Friday, July 19 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

This charity wants to help poor kids – as long as they’re white, that is

But Boere Gemeenskap Transvaal insists its unashamedly racial criteria don't amount to racism

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

Imagine if load-shedding meant doing housework after midnight. That’s Zim

The crippling electricity cuts are forcing the rich and poor to upend their lives to get everyday things done

Lenin Ndebele
Journalist
3 min read

Goodbye, James Small. Thanks for the ‘whirlwinds’

Family, friends and the rugby fraternity gather to bid farewell to the World Cup-winning winger

Nico Gous
Journalist
3 min read

Face it, Zuckers, you don’t need an app to see your sad future

FaceApp is fun, but consider how that grinning pic of an aged you is making Zuckerberg and Putin smile

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

WATCH | Madiba magic, Clegg make for happier kids

It was part of their 67 minutes, but singing ‘Asimbonanga’ meant much more for pupils affected by poverty and violence

By Nabeelah Osman
2 min read

Suburb where school kids ‘behave like gangsters’

In Lenasia, where two matrics were shot this week, locals say pupils are out of control, and the school needs to step up

2 min read

Transformation in the gambling industry is dicey

The sector is betting on inadequate enforcement, and it's by no means alone, say experts

Shain Germaner
Journalist
3 min read

Whip out those breasts, they’re a source of survival, not shame

Public breastfeeding debate erupts just as new study reveals our three-million-year 'breast is best' strategy

Tanya Farber
Journalist
3 min read

‘Lion King’ will make Saffers proud, says John Kani

Legend talks about voicing Rafiki in the new film and working with the likes of James Earl Jones and Beyoncé

By Faith Mtwana and Zamandulo Malonde
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

In his gown, he is the divine mother herself

Dimitri is handsome enough, but it is below the chin that he comes into her own

7 min read

Passport? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Phone? Toss

I embraced the trend for social media sabbaticals, and it changed my holiday for the better

By Anna Hart
4 min read

Unforgivable forgiveness? A Holocaust survivor’s unusual path

She was one of 'Mengele's twins', but, almost alone among his surviving victims, she harboured no bitterness

By Daily Telegraph obituary
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

The 12 Spar Proteas players could be millionaires by the end of the weekend if they win the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool on Sunday. The South Africans have been promised a bonus of R1m each if they go all the way by domestic league sponsors Telkom. If they finish second‚ each player will get R500‚000. As if that were not enough‚ the national side's title sponsor Spar have dangled another carrot and the players will share R1m if they win the tournament. They will share R750‚000 if they finish second and R500‚000 for a third-place finish. The team’s place in the semifinals is already guaranteed.
show us the money! The 12 Spar Proteas players could be millionaires by the end of the weekend if they win the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool on Sunday. The South Africans have been promised a bonus of R1m each if they go all the way by domestic league sponsors Telkom. If they finish second‚ each player will get R500‚000. As if that were not enough‚ the national side's title sponsor Spar have dangled another carrot and the players will share R1m if they win the tournament. They will share R750‚000 if they finish second and R500‚000 for a third-place finish. The team’s place in the semifinals is already guaranteed.
Image: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Six things about SA you need to know

6,000 living in shelters or on street in CT

There are more than 6,000 people living on the streets and in shelters in Cape Town, most of them men. This was revealed on Thursday when the city released data on its latest enumeration of street people, conducted over 18 days in November 2018. A breakdown of the numbers indicated that 3,999 people were sleeping on the street and 2,084 were using shelters. The figure was about 16% lower than the figure arrived at during the previous count, in 2015. The survey identified the Cape Town CBD and surrounds, as well as Mitchells Plain and Bellville, as having the largest populations of street people. It also found 64% of people on the street were male, and more than 60% were between 26 and 45.

‘Death squad’ cop dies day after charges dropped

A member of the so-called Cato Manor death squad died on Thursday, a day after charges were withdrawn against the 27 men implicated in the case in the Durban High Court. Retired Hawks head Johan Booysen confirmed that Ajith Ghaness, 51, died from what he understood was multiple organ failure on Thursday. Ghaness was one of two implicated policemen who were not in court on Wednesday and had submitted a doctor's note to explain his absence. Booysen said it was "so sad" that Ghaness couldn't be in court to hear that the charges had been dropped against him. "At least he died a free man. I think the prosecutors who made these false charges, they have got more blood on their hands,” he said. The policemen were arrested in 2012 on allegations that they had been running a death squad. They were collectively facing 116 charges.

‘Sanctuary’ bust with 100 neglected, sick dogs

A bleeding basset hound. A Labrador unable to stand. A Boerboel with deformed legs. This is what the SPCA discovered at a house serving as a "shelter" to more than 100 dogs, many of them neglected and ill, at Odendaalsrus in Welkom. Free State SPCA inspector Thea Smit said the organisation had received an anonymous tip-off about a large number of dogs being kept at the house operating as a non-profit organisation. She said the dogs, kept in an outside building, had mange and appeared to be neglected. They found more animals in different sections of the property, which operated as an animal sanctuary. "Some of the animals were in a terrible state, with external parasites, and others aggressive and not socialised," said Smit. Many of the dogs had to be put down due to severe illness. A case of animal cruelty had been opened.

Johnny Clegg laid to rest in private funeral

Musician Johnny Clegg has been laid to rest in a private ceremony attended by family and close friends. His longtime manager, Roddy Quin, confirmed that Clegg's funeral took place in Johannesburg on Wednesday. It was "what Johnny wanted". Quin confirmed that memorial services were being planned and details would be revealed once he had discussed plans with Clegg's family. "I can confirm that Johnny Clegg was buried by his family at a small gathering of people, which was his family’s request and his request. We will be making an announcement, perhaps at the end of the week, about a memorial service, which everybody, the public will be invited to," Quin told the SABC. Clegg died on Tuesday after a five-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

SACP turns up heat on Mkhwebane

The SA Communist Party will lobby for the National Assembly to begin a process to review public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office. The party, along with various civil society organisations, threw its support behind public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan. At a media briefing at the Constitutional Court on Thursday, SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo said SA was facing a "concerted fightback against the renewal of our society by many of those implicated in state capture". He was reading a joint statement by the SACP and other civil society organisations, including the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. Mashilo lashed out at Mkhwebane, saying he found it "concerning" that the SA Revenue Service’s "rogue unit" narrative was again being perpetuated.

KZN truck drivers threaten to stop driving

Members of the All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF) say they will not go back to work until the interdict against them is struck off the Pietermaritzburg High Court roll. The matter was back in court on Thursday after Positive Freight Solution Forum (PFSF), representing truck owners, were granted an urgent interdict against ATDF and its members on May 30. "If they do not remove this case, we are not going back to drive trucks," said Nkweni Khumalo, a member of ATDF, outside court. The interdict was granted against those believed to be responsible, specifically ATDF leaders Sipho Zungu, Cele Khumbulani, Mncebe Sihle and Nkosenye Buthelezi, for a series of looting and burning of trucks along the N3. ATDF chair, Zungu, maintained his organisation's innocence and said that all it wanted was the removal of foreign truck drivers. The matter will be back in court on September 2.

THE VISUAL SIDE

Parliament was filled with lighter moments during the budget vote debate on July 17 2019 when MPs and ministers, including Ronald Lamola and Jackson Mthembu, sharing sentimental moments of gratitude to their families.


CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE

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

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

The lion wakes, and it’s coming back to claim its crown

The 'Lion King' reboot is rekindling interest in the iconic beast ... and maybe just in time to save it

By Brian Jackman
10 min read

Facebook’s got a f#!k load of things we’re not allowed to say

Social media site has compiled world's largest list of obscenities in almost every language from hate posts

By Harry de Quetteville
2 min read

Christ brings anything but peace and goodwill in Peru

With its links to to a dodgy businessman and equally dirty ex-president, statue seen as symbol of corruption

By AFP
3 min read

Aldrin isn’t getting a buzz out of the next moon mission

Astronaut uses big Apollo 11 celebration to lecture bigwigs about the state of the US space industry

By AFP
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

Evangelia Papazoglou and Evangelina Platanioti of Greece at the Fina World Swimming in Gwangju, South Korea.
IN SINK Evangelia Papazoglou and Evangelina Platanioti of Greece at the Fina World Swimming in Gwangju, South Korea.
Image: Reuters/Antonio Bronic

6 things you need to know about the world

Human gobblers make fat cats

North America's obesity problem has spread to its domestic cats, research has found. Just as people in the US and Canada have been overeating for years, they have also been overfeeding their pets. The average weight of a neutered female rose by 24% between 1995 and 2005, while the increase was about 19% for males. Researchers at Ontario Veterinary College said the problem had gone largely unnoticed because cats visit the vet less frequently than dogs. The team analysed weight measurements of 19 million cats taken at vets across the US and Canada. The trend is similar to human obesity rates in the US, which rose across the same period to about 35%. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Shooing the homeless is child’s play

The popular kiddie song Baby Shark gets up most adults’ noses, but officials in one US town believe its irritation quotient can be weaponised – against homeless people. The bigwigs in West Palm Beach, Florida are subjecting its shelter-less citizenry to a continuous loop of children’s songs throughout the night, to prevent them sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental events facility, reports the Palm Beach Post. The city’s parks and recreation director, Leah Rockwell, reportedly said blasting the homeless with the likes of Raining Tacos was meant to discourage them from bedding down outside the money-spinning Waterfront Lake Pavilion. It was, however, a “temporary fix” – Staff reporter

Deadly critter playing croak and dagger

A toxic cane toad prevalent in Australia's tropical north has been captured near Sydney, sparking fears the invasive species could be adapting to cooler weather and spreading southwards, further threatening the country's unique wildlife. A local family caught the adult male about 50km north of Sydney on Tuesday, the first time one of its kind had been found wild in the area, the Australian Reptile Park said. The toad has a highly poisonous venom that kills predators that try to eat them, causing catastrophic declines in native wildlife populations in northeast Australia. Conservationists are concerned that the tough and adaptable pest, introduced from Central America in 1935 to control beetles in sugarcane fields, may be adjusting to the climate in southeast Australia amid an unseasonably mild winter. – AFP

Life is too much, even with two heads

A two-headed baby turtle has been born in Malaysia, captivating conversationists, but it only survived a few days after being discovered. It was found on Monday on Mabul island, off the Malaysian part of Borneo, in a nest alongside more than 90 other recently hatched green turtles. David McCann, marine biologist and conservation manager for group SJ SEAS - which oversees the nesting site - said the creature was "utterly fascinating". "The right head seems to control the front right flipper, and the left head the front left flipper. Yet they are capable of co-ordinating their movements in order to walk and swim," he said. – AFP

Sharing is not caring on Instagram

Instagram started hiding "likes" on its platform in Australia, Brazil and several other major markets on Thursday, saying it wanted to ease pressure on users, following criticism about its effect on mental health. The Facebook-owned app’s trial changes mean users in the six countries will no longer be able to see the number of likes other people's posts receive. "We want Instagram to be a place where people feel comfortable expressing themselves," Facebook Australia and New Zealand policy director Mia Garlick said. "We hope this test will remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive, so you can focus on sharing the things you love." – AFP

Are ticks a secret military weapon?

It sounds like the stuff of extreme conspiracy theory, but the Pentagon has been asked to examine whether the spread of Lyme disease is the result of an US military mission to "weaponise" ticks. As cases of the disease rise in the US, a politician has demanded answers on the possible testing of ticks and other insects as potential biological weapons. Republican Chris Smith’s vote, which passed last week, compels the Pentagon inspector-general to investigate. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. It is easily treatable with a three-week course of antibiotics if caught early, but if left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Rate cut: That’ll do very nicely indeed, says JSE and the rand

Reserve Bank cut the repo rate 0.25% to 6.5%, following expectations of an imminent US Fed rate cut

By Odwa Mjo
1 min read

If Edcon can be bailed out, why not construction firms?

What about the workers? Strange that the government (or the PIC) has not yet come to the industry’s rescue

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

About time CEO and directors lightened up on Cartrack load

With over 80% of Cartrack owned by Zak Calisto and fellow directors, the likes of Coronation are sidelined

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Celebs give back 67 minutes and more on Mandela Day

What good deeds some well known South Africans got up to on Thursday in honour of uTata’s birthday

By Zola Zingithwa
1 min read

Keats would surely have had something to say about this

The vineyards in SA’s oldest wine producing region have the kind of glow only a poet could conjure up

Claire Keeton
Journalist
2 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Two more Du Preez boeties join Sale Sharks

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
3 min read

First of two Bok XVs to trundle out against Australia at Ellis

Team to face the Wallabies is entirely different to the one that tackles the All Blacks in Wellington on July 27

Liam Del Carme
Journalist
3 min read