Friday, June 28 2019



Homeless shelter baas: ‘We install order through the sjambok’

Times Select visits the Pretoria homeless shelter hijacked by a rogue committee that reports to a taxi association

Graeme Hosken
6 min read
Ideas FREE

Our supernatural AG is somehow still sane. Lord knows how

Year after year, Makwetu has to confront the horror story that is SA's municipal finances

Tom Eaton
3 min read

Guppies are so last week, may we interest you in a tattooed fish?

Pet store owners describe it as painless paintwork, but critics say it's 'absolutely bloody atrocious'

Alex Patrick
2 min read




Wondering why so many SA municipalities are clueless? This is why

Auditor-general's report gets to the nub of why so many of us are living in atrociously run towns and cities

Mpumzi Zuzile
3 min read

SA model’s bags full of ’60s Paris memories go under the hammer

Annette de Villiers’s career flourished in the 1960s, during which she collected bags she received from lovers

By Shana Ellappa
25 min read

Ferraris, jets … and golf. What SA’s super-rich splurge on

The latest report by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth uncovers SA's wealth trends

2 min read

Red alert! The aliens are coming to Durban harbour

A plant, an amphibian and an insect have been identified as priority threats, and KZN's climate is perfect for them

By Shana Ellappa
1 min read



I thought I was cool until ... well, even thinking of it makes me sweat

The day a bluffer like me, with superior savoir faire, made me brood on my humiliation

5 min read

Woolly heads with extremal bunny ears end up in a literary black hole

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
4 min read

Princess Di hit black and the ‘revenge dress’ has been in fashion since

Twenty-five years ago, the Princess of Wales shocked the world. Many have since followed in her footsteps

By Bethan Holt
5 min read


Angelo Agrizzi in the Equality Court sitting in the Randburg Magistrate's Court during his hate speech case. Agrizzi was hauled to court by the SA Human Rights Commission after being caught using the k-word repeatedly. On Thursday he agreed to donate R200,000 to the Barney Mokgatle Foundation.
No angel Angelo Agrizzi in the Equality Court sitting in the Randburg Magistrate's Court during his hate speech case. Agrizzi was hauled to court by the SA Human Rights Commission after being caught using the k-word repeatedly. On Thursday he agreed to donate R200,000 to the Barney Mokgatle Foundation.
Image: Supplied

Six things about SA you need to know

ConCourt boots bid to debar Jiba, Mrwebi

The Constitutional Court has dismissed the General Council of the Bar's (GCB's) bid to have former senior NPA officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi removed from the roll of advocates. In a unanimous decision on Thursday, Justice Chris Jafta dismissed the application by the GCB against the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on its merits. The SCA had held that the names of Jiba and Mrwebi should not be removed from the roll of advocates. Jafta said the court did not have jurisdiction to hear the matter because no constitutional issue was raised in appeal and there was no issue of general public importance. The judgment comes a few months after President Cyril Ramaphosa fired Jiba and Mrwebi, following the findings of the Mokgoro inquiry into their fitness to hold office.

Motorists to get a breather in July

Lower international oil prices in June have set up a substantial fuel price drop for July, and the reduction could have been greater had it not been for the rand. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The association is expecting petrol to drop by 86c a litre, diesel by 68c, and illuminating paraffin by 58c next month. "June was the weakest month for oil in the last quarter, with crude briefly slipping below $60 to the barrel at mid-month," the AA said. But a damaging spat over the mandate of the Reserve Bank sent jitters through investment markets, and the rand weakened against the dollar. Although it did improve later in the month, the AA said the initial decline means “fuel users missed out on an even bigger drop”.

Agrizzi to pay R200,000 for k-word slurs

State capture whistle-blower Angelo Agrizzi and the SA Human Rights Commission inked a deal on Thursday whereby he will issue a public apology and pay a hefty sum for his self-acknowledged racism. He appeared in the Equality Court sitting in Randburg after the SAHRC lodged a claim of discrimination and hate speech against Agrizzi. During Agrizzi’s testimony at the state capture inquiry an audio clip was played in which he was heard using the k-word numerous times while laughing with those he was conversing with. Papers presented in court on Thursday show Agrizzi has agreed to pay R200,000 to the Barney Mokgatle Foundation in Alexandra, as a sign of reparation. The agreement was made a court order.

Paramedics robbed while treating patient

City of Johannesburg paramedics were robbed of their belongings after they responded to an emergency call in Soweto on Wednesday evening. "They arrived on the scene and started treating the patient. While they were working a car pulled up next to them. A group of armed men got out and robbed them at gunpoint," Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe said. The paramedics were robbed of their cellphones, wallets and "everything they had on them". The incident occurred in Dobsonville. "We have our trauma counsellor with them to ensure that they are okay," said Radebe. A paramedic was also shot in a similar incident in Durban.

Protestors use excavator to dig up road

Ten people have been arrested for violent protests in Ikageng, near Potchefstroom in North West, police said on Thursday. As part of the protest unhappy residents "hijacked" an excavator and dug up a road in the area. Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Adéle Myburgh said six men and three women were arrested for public violence on Wednesday. Another man was arrested the day before. Ikageng residents, unhappy about the allocation of stands and houses in the area, embarked on the protest on Monday, barricading the N12 between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom. Myburgh said the protesters pelted cops and motorists with stones, while goods were looted from a delivery truck. The protest escalated on Tuesday when some residents dug up Sarafina Road in Ikageng using an excavator they had forcefully taken from its owner. All 10 were expected to appear in court on Friday.

Horse left to die still clinging on

A dying stallion that was abandoned in the veld near Cullinan, west of Pretoria, on Tuesday has survived another night. According to a Facebook post by the Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre, Zulu is "coming along nicely”. The post added: “He is eating well, enjoyed a carrot and is making friends, but his legs are extremely swollen and his body is sore.” Times Select reported on Thursday that the horse, in an advanced stage of neglect, was dumped by two people - described by witnesses as a well-dressed couple - who dragged the animal from a horse trailer before speeding off. While Zulu is being cared for efforts to trace the couple are under way.

Tiso Blackstar sells media assets to Lebashe

Tiso Blackstar Group has sold its print, broadcasting and content businesses in SA, Ghana, Kenya to Lebashe Investment Group for R1.05bn. Tiso Blackstar said the sale, which is subject to regulatory and other approvals, will unlock significant value for its shareholders ‘while also ensuring that the media business has a strong and committed shareholder in Lebashe to take it forward’. Tiso will retain ownership in multi-channel marketing and communication solutions business Hirt & Carter (H&C) and the Gallo Music Group.


Madonna's new video raises awareness of gun violence in the US. 'God Control' tackles police brutality against targeted minority groups.



Today’s cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

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Today’s quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

1 min read



‘That river is a killer’: the story behind the photo that shocked the world

Woman watched as the Rio Grande river claims her husband and daughter as they try to cross into the US

3 min read

US powerless to stop online sale of abortion pills

Amid crackdown on clinics, women are turning to the internet, and state authorities admit they are at a loss

By Gabriella Borter
4 min read

Porn-hoarding creep watched woman suffocate in online sex game

He had been urging the 21-year-old carer to perform 'increasingly degrading and dangerous' sexual acts

By Telegraph reporters
2 min read

Here’s something to get a spidey sense of Marvel’s future

Fans are in a spin about what's next for the franchise after 'Endgame', but the new Spider-Man offers some answers

3 min read


An enhanced satellite image of volcanic ash rising above the Kuril Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, after the Raikoke Volcano erupts.
MUSHROOM TO GROW An enhanced satellite image of volcanic ash rising above the Kuril Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, after the Raikoke Volcano erupts.
Image: Nasa/Expedition 59 Crew/Reuters

6 things you need to know about the world

Selfies more deadly than shark attacks

Selfies have killed five times more people than shark attacks. And the death toll has crept up incrementally each year as smartphones become more sophisticated and selfie-sticks increase the range at which people can snap themselves, prompting them to take bigger risks for the perfect shot. Between October 2011 and November 2017, at least 259 people died taking selfies around the globe, according to India’s Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, compared with just 50 killed by sharks. While women take the most selfies, young men, who are more prone to take risks, make up three-quarters of the selfie deaths - in drownings, crashes, falls or shooting accidents. India, with a population of more than 1.3 billion and 800 million cellphones, holds the record for the number of selfie deaths, with 159 recorded so far. - AFP

Tot-catching teen an instant hero

A viral video has turned a young man into the hero of the hour in Istanbul after he was seen catching a toddler as she plummeted from a second-floor window. Fawzi Zabaat, a 17-year-old Algerian, was walking in the working-class district of Fatih when he saw the two-year-old Syrian girl playing near the open window of her apartment last week. In the video he is seen trying to alert those around him, before stepping in to catch her as she hurtles towards the pavement. The teenager has remained modest, when interviewed on Wednesday by the Dogan news agency, which published the images. "I was just walking in the road when I saw the little girl at the window. She fell, and thanks to God, I caught her before she hit the ground," he said. – AFP

Summit’s up with shaky Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered another episode of uncontrolled trembling on Thursday, a week after a similar incident that sparked questions about her health. The latest lapse came hours before Merkel was due to board a plane for the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. The German leader began to tremble as she stood next to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was giving a speech. The shaking went on for two minutes, according to a DPA photographer. Merkel folded her arms in a bid to stop the trembling. She only finally brought it under control once she was able to take a few steps. She was offered water but turned it down. Her previous bout of shaking had been blamed on dehydration on a hot summer's day. – AFP

Reality bites Korea’s Brangelina

Fans of Korean drama are mourning news of a divorce between two celebrities who turned real-life lovers after starring in the hit TV series The Descendants of the Sun. Leading lady Song Hye-kyo, 37, and heart-throb Song Joong-ki, 33, were seen as Asia's answer to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and, like Brangelina, even got their own joint moniker: "Song Song couple." The pair played the leads in the 2016 military romance that took Asia by storm, winning a thumbs-up from Thailand's junta chief, who praised the main characters' sense of duty. Their high-profile marriage had since been closely followed by media. But on Thursday, Song Joong-ki said he had begun legal procedures to end their marriage. He apologised to fans and did not give a reason. – AFP

These pupils better get good Marx

In a secretive school in China’s capital rows of students face a giant video projection of Xi Jinping, making careful notes on the lecture on their leader’s guiding principles. Sitting in red-covered chairs in a school dotted with statues of late Chinese leaders, the mostly male students are being groomed to become elite members of the Communist Party. In particular, the students are learning the intricacies of “Xi Jinping Thought”. President Xi is himself a former head of the Central Party School, but now his guiding philosophy is part of the curriculum for the cadres studying their way up the political ladder. The usually highly secretive school in Beijing gave a rare tour to foreign media during a tightly controlled visit this week. Statues of late Chairman Mao Zedong - also a former dean - and late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping dot the leafy campus. – AFP

So the Romans did get wrecked in Cyprus

Cyprus has found its first undisturbed Roman shipwreck complete with ancient cargo off its southern coast, the antiquities department said on Thursday, noting the discovery could illuminate regional trading history. "The site is a wreck of a Roman ship, loaded with transport amphorae, most probably from Syria and Cilicia," the antiquities department said. An amphora is a narrow-necked Roman jar designed to hold liquid products including oil and wine. "It is the first undisturbed Roman shipwreck ever found in Cyprus, the study of which is expected to shed new light on the breadth and the scale of seaborne trade between Cyprus and the rest of the Roman provinces of the eastern Mediterranean," it added. The wreck is located off the Mediterranean island's southeast coast, near the beach resort of Protaras. – AFP



Close the gaps and beat the market to spare the heartache

Market value can be much less than net asset value if a company runs its offices badly and pays managers too much

By Brian Kantor
3 min read

Wes the coal profits? Lost in the economy’s sludge

Two mining companies have already begun trying to claw their way out

By Lisa Steyn
1 min read

Hope and pay: MultiChoice tangled in the digital net

Slow to move with the times, the pay-TV operator is feeling the sting of the digital revolution

By Mudiwa Gavaza
1 min read



You’re unlikely to get Stockholm syndrome from this dud

The actors in 'Stockholm' do their best to rise above the director's shambolic attempt to hold audiences hostage

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
3 min read

It’s been 25 years and Kalawa Jamzee has never missed a beat

The champions of our local sounds have learned that changing with the times is the best way to stay on top

By Zola Zingithwa
2 min read

Thom Yorke is at it again and, yup, every silver lining has a storm cloud

If you love his gloom-laden world view, 'Anima' is definitely for you

By Ed Power
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: Sri Lanka bet on the bat against Proteas

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

PSL structure kicks back MTN8 start date

Premier Soccer League season means a shift for the lucrative knockout competition

By Nick Said
2 min read

Blast from the past

Today in SA sports history: June 28

David Isaacson
2 min read