Monday, July 8 2019



While our leaders trade childish insults, SA is racing to its doom

Far from the great political feat of 1994, we are now unable to find consensus and solve our real problems

4 min read

‘If we in SA torch their trucks, they’ll torch ours’: Zulu king

The monarch has warned that SA truck drivers in foreign countries could come under attack

3 min read

Climate change will turn us into a nation of hotheads

Environmental factors are seldom recognised as instigators of violence, when research suggests the contrary

By Lucas Nowicki
2 min read

Tiso Blackstar Group statement on Rampedi allegations

Tiso Blackstar Group has noted the inaccurate, false and fabricated statements from its former employee Piet Rampedi

By Times Select
1 min read



Mercedes-Benz brakes the honesty code – now what?

The firm says there was a system glitch, but the issue is not the defect, it’s one of omission

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

Think you know yourself? Your DNA disagrees

A black man with white ancestry, an Indian woman with Japanese heritage – genetic testing can be quite a shock

By Kgaugelo Masweneng
4 min read

Bless the drains down in Knysna and stop stuffing them with trash

A campaign is asking residents to remember that any rubbish that goes down the drain pollutes the oceans

Shain Germaner
2 min read

Be like grandma and grandpa. Save at least a grand this July

Desperate to join #NoBuyJuly but not sure where to cut corners? Worry not. We have all the tips you need

Nivashni Nair
6 min read

US beauty kisses off stigma around cleft conditions in SA

Pritika Swarup will travel to SA to talk to youngsters about cleft conditions and the stigma attached to them

2 min read

Their world has been silent, but deaf teachers will be heard

As SA’s four million deaf continue to face challenges, a new programme hopes to finally bridge the gap

4 min read



They wrote it this week: Junior giants, a Ritz love blitz and Nazi nonsense

Extracts from diaries and letters written between July 8 and July 14

Robin Crouch
9 min read

Just plane madness: the wacky golden age of hijacking

In an era close to free of the phenomenon, we easily forget there was a time when plane hijackings were common

By Hugh Morris
6 min read

Callas disregard: divas belong in the cringeworthy past

To the modern woman, being self-contained and cool-headed looks far more attractive than being a bellyaching bitch

By Julie Burchill
6 min read


A Sudanese woman can't contain her joy after Sudan's ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups agree to share power during the transition to elections, in Khartoum.
TRIUMPH A Sudanese woman can't contain her joy after Sudan's ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups agree to share power during the transition to elections, in Khartoum.
Image: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Six things about SA you need to know

Man jailed for killing girlfriend and her mom

A Limpopo man will spend 28 years behind bars for murdering his girlfriend and her mother in 2017. Police spokesperson Constable Maphure Manamela said on Sunday the Polokwane High Court sentenced Clement Mashego, 37, on Friday. Mashego confronted his girlfriend, Kotelo Tshepi, 26, and her mother, Makitla Chileki, 62, at their home near Ntwane at about 10pm on August 27 2017. “Mashego shot and killed the two women and fled the scene. The accused was tracked down and arrested following this brutal murder. During the arrest, police recovered the murder weapon and preliminary investigations revealed that prior to the murder Mashego took his friend’s firearm from the safe after stealing the key,” Manamela said. Tshepi was a traffic officer at the Elias Motsoaledi Municipality in Groblersdal. The court found Mashego guilty of two counts of murder; stealing a firearm; unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Women beaten, set alight by mob

Enraged residents attacked two women, stripped them naked and set them on fire in Limpopo. The attack at Ha-Mashau Misevhe village A and C, in the Levubu policing area, was triggered by the discovery on Friday of a missing 12-year-old boy’s body in a river. “Subsequent to this discovery, the community members apparently gathered to discuss the matter. Later at about (10pm), they attacked the two women with various objects, stripped them naked before setting them alight,” police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said. Police and emergency services found one woman dead, while the other died in hospital. The crowd then burnt three houses belonging to a 79-year-old man, who escaped, Mojapela added. The two women were identified as Mudziwa Esther, age unknown, and 66-year-old Hulumeni Sarah Masiagwala, both from Matsindevhe village. Two cases of murder, one of inquest and another of arson were opened. Two teens, aged 16 and 17, were arrested in connection with the violence.

Farm manager ‘thrown into fire’ during ‘invasion’

A farm manager in KwaZulu-Natal was admitted to hospital with burns on Saturday after "violent thugs" invaded a farm, set it alight and allegedly threw him into the flames. IFP MP Inkosi Bhekizizwe Luthuli revealed details of the incident on Sunday on behalf of the Mathulini Communal Property Association. He said the perpetrators were part of a “concerned group” that was to hijack a 7,500-hectare land claim from the Mathulini Communal Property Association and the Ndelo Community Trust, worth more than R300m. “The farms that make up this land claim produce 400,000 tons of sugar cane annually and employ 1,200 people,” Luthuli said. “This violent hijack of a legitimate land claim is a desperate and unlawful attempt to achieve what has failed through legal processes … The demands of the ‘concerned group’ ... have already been rejected in the land claims court in numerous cases.” TimesLIVE has asked the police for comment.

Family ‘denies being racist towards Van Damme’

The family accused of racism by DA MP Phumzile van Damme have denied that they were racist towards her in a row on June 18 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. They told Rapport newspaper that Van Damme was the one who turned the incident into a “race thing”. The family’s legal representative, Carlo Viljoen, told the newspaper they had decided not to lay a charge against Van Damme out of fear of intimidation. Viljoen said the family were shopping at Clicks and waiting in line to pay when Van Damme had tried to jump the queue ahead of them. “When the woman objected, she [Van Damme] became very aggressive,” alleged Viljoen. Viljoen said the family left the store and did not plan on saying anything, but Van Damme followed them outside and "insulted" the family. The son stood up for his family and allegedly said nothing about “colour or race” when Van Damme slapped him.

Student sues mom for R14,655 a month: report

A university student from Johannesburg is suing his mother for R14,655 a month to cover his living expenses such as groceries, studies, medical aid and pocket money. “I recently had a nervous breakdown after all the drama,” his mother told the Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Rapport. The first-year student, according to his mother, did not try to obtain a bursary and lives with his father. She said she earned R27,000 a month before deductions and had “no idea” why her son believed she could afford to pay him more than R14,000 a month. She currently pays R3,000 a month towards his expenses. The student is seeking payment for, among other things: R3,404 a month for hostel fees R3,000 a month for groceries, food and personal care R500 a month for pocket money, plus R500 for holidays and relaxation. R620 a month for clothes; and R2,200 a month for tuition. The student declined to comment to Rapport.

Zim civil servants pay for power up-front

State departments owe $20m to the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa), and prepaid meters are being installed so they can only use the electricity they have paid for. "It's already under way but I cannot project when we will be done," said Zesa spokesperson Fullard Gwasira. Energy minister Fortune Chasi said the 600,000 meters would be "good for budgetary control". Chasi had to intervene recently to ensure the treasury paid $10m of Zimbabwe's $33m-plus debt to Eskom. The minister also threatened to switch off non-payers. "Zesa has a legal obligation to cut its losses. It cannot continue to supply power to people who do not pay," he said. "Switching off non-paying consumers is a real option. Be warned. This is regardless of who you are." Zesa is owed $1.2bn, including $350m by local authorities and $200m by mines. It says it needs revenue of $15m a month to keep the lights on.




Today’s cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

1 min read

Today’s quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

1 min read



The Sussexes should remember who pays for their silly secrecy

Ordinary Britons and the media were shut out of Archie's christening, and they're getting pretty cheesed off

By Harry Mount
8 min read

Could the common cold cure cancer? This study is nothing to sneeze at

The virus infected cancerous cells and replicated itself causing the cells to rupture and die, scientists found

By Laura Donnelly
2 min read

It might help ellies but the ivory ban ‘is killing hippos’

Smugglers are now focusing on hippo tusks and teeth as the law shuts down trade in elephant tusks

By Helena Horton
2 min read

Forget smart cookies, this is how advertisers are snooping on you

They are using your browser ‘fingerprint’ to track your every move – and there’s nothing you can do about it

By Matthew Field
4 min read


Fissures that opened up under a highway during an earthquake that struck Southern California.
WANDERER DRIFTS INTO A RIFT Fissures that opened up under a highway during an earthquake that struck Southern California.
Image: Reuters/David McNew

6 things you need to know about the world

Climate change’s grapes of wrath hit France

The unprecedented heatwave that scorched France last month brought despair among wine growers in the south but joy in the north as climate change appeared to be ‘moving the goalposts’. Some estates in the south lost 80% of their grapes in the intense heat, prompting anxious growers to question whether climate change could soon kill off the region's wine production. However, producers in the Bordeaux region were hailing the blast of sun after a wet spring as heaven-sent for this year's vintage. Further north, Brittany, long dismissed as too wet and changeable for vineyards, was beginning to be eyed by Bordeaux and Burgundy producers. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

No harmony for top orchestra

Musicians the world-class Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) have been locked out of the building in a row over proposed pay cuts. In a very public protest, the players have taken to picketing outside the ensemble's hall with drums, horns and hand-drawn signs reading ‘Baltimore needs Beethoven’ and ‘Don't Lose Your BSO, Hon’. The orchestra's management locked the players out without pay on June 17 in a bid to pressure the musicians into signing a new employment contract, which the musicians say would equate to a roughly 20% pay cut. Negotiations between the musicians and orchestra officials are ongoing, but the BSO's management has already said the lockout will continue until September, when the autumn season begins. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Big stink heads for Mexican beaches

A mass of stinking seaweed the size of Jamaica is heading toward Mexico's popular beaches, in time to ruin the usually pristine waters for tourists. The floating mass of sargassum algae, 550km long, could reach Mexico's shoreline this week, reaching the Yucatan peninsula's coast and spreading as far south as Belize. Mexico's Caribbean beaches, in particular Cancun and Tulum, are popular with foreign tourists looking for a cheap break, warm weather and crystal clear waters. The sargassum has affected some Mexican beaches since 2011 but the seaweed island, dubbed the ‘Sargasso stain’, is a worrying escalation. The explosion of algae has been caused by deforestation in the Amazon and intensive use of fertilisers which have fed nitrogen into the oceans, boosting seaweed growth. - Reuters

Whoops! Leaked UK memo says Trump is inept

Britain's ambassador to the United States described President Donald Trump's administration as ‘dysfunctional’, ‘clumsy’ and ‘inept’, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported, citing a series of confidential memos. In memos to the British government which date from 2017 to the present, Kim Darroch said Trump ‘radiates insecurity’ and advises officials in London that to deal with him effectively ‘you need to make your points simple, even blunt’. But he also warned British officials not to write Trump off, saying there was a ‘credible path’ to him winning a second term in office. - Reuters

Dang it, who knew dugongs were so cute?

A round-the-clock webcast starring two beloved baby dugongs in Thailand named Mariam and Jamil went live on Sunday, allowing a more in-depth look at the celebrity sea cows. Mariam captured hearts in viral social media posts last month showing her playfully nuzzling up to rescuers in shallow waters off southwestern Thailand, while Jamil washed ashore further up the coast a week ago. The orphaned dugong duo are being held separately, but anyone with an internet connection can now see them through a 24-hour livestream that uses eight camera angles and scheduled feeding times. - AFP

Stevie Wonder to have a kidney transplant

Stevie Wonder has announced he will undergo a kidney transplant later this year. The American chart-topper told fans of his condition as he wrapped up his set at British Summer Time in Hyde Park. He told the crowd he had a donor and that he would perform a few more shows before he takes a break ahead of the procedure planned for September. The news was greeted by cheers of support from fans, who gave him a raucous applause as he was led off stage. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)



California dreaming: Cyril wants SA’s own Silicon Valley

There is R5-trillion in the digital economy just waiting to be grabbed, says the president

By Luyolo Mkentane
2 min read

Pits of hell: zama zamas are paying with their lives

The death of 43 'artisanal' miners in the DRC highlights the conflict between outside companies and residents

By Jon Yeomans
6 min read

‘Smoking gun’: Huawei staff linked to Chinese military agencies

The leaked CVs of up to 25,000 employees are a treasure trove, says the professor who unearthed them

By Robert Mendick
3 min read



Harry Potter Wizards Unite: a parent’s guide to the new Pokémon Go

Is the latest craze something your child should get?

By Tom Hoggins
6 min read

10 fuel-saving tips every driver should know

Are you feeling the pain at the pumps?

By William Miller and Renaldo de Jager
2 min read

Seven facts about Coco Gauff, the schoolgirl who beat Venus Williams

The rising star became the youngest player ever to qualify for Wimbledon in the Open Era

By Zola Zingithwa
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: the moment Lorch silenced a country

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
9 min read

Shame and ‘disgust’ as Salah, Egypt flop at Cup of Nations

The Liverpool star was powerless to stop the Pharaohs suffering humiliation at the hands of Bafana Bafana

3 min read

Blast from the past: Sid takes silver but gold beckons

Today in SA sports history: July 8

David Isaacson
1 min read