Tuesday, July 30 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Gordhan biffs Busisiwe. How many more bloody noses can she take?

Experts tell us what the public protector's latest humiliation means for her future ... and that of the EFF

By Genevieve Quintal and Jeff Wicks
4 min read

So, Derek Hanekom is our new hero? Get a grip, SA

Let's consider some cold, hard truths about what these former Zuma lackeys are really all about

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Deadly affair: dad’s pain after finding his wife and daughters murdered

Details of jealousy, extramarital affairs and innocent victims play out in court

3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

We’re throwing the book at SA’s reading crisis

The government's idea is to bombard children with books so they become 'flourishing' readers

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

How Mossad saved 7,000 Jews from commie hell

Meet the man whose daring rescue plan duped both communist Ethiopia and Arab Sudan. Catch his story on Netflix

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

Auctioneer squeezed me dry, says juice maker

After being 'short-changed' in a wrangle over 19 fridges, Gavin Norris hit a legal snag that leaves him without recourse

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Ad for arthritis pills red-flagged for overdoing fear factor

Watchdog criticises firm for its 'hysterical' tone in disparaging substances found in rival products

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Abuse, exploitation, ripoffs are always on the menu for SA waiters

Much of the mistreatment of serving staff by restaurateurs is illegal, but it's rife nonetheless

By Georgia Carter
4 min read

Study sheds new light on TB and its ‘deadly twin’

A new survey of co-infected patients provides a better insight into the causes of death

2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Don’t Folau the crowd: being an openly gay sportsman is absolutely fabulous

One of the very few 'out' top soccer players tells us about how his many fears all proved to be groundless

By Charlie Eccleshare
4 min read

Hillsong and dance: is it Christianity lite or its saving grace?

Millennials and celebrities flock to its tattooed preachers. Let's have a closer look at this 21st-century phenomenon

By Joe Shute
6 min read

Virgin Galactic will soon come back to Earth with a very big bump

Why investors should shun shares in Richard Branson’s space tourism venture

By Lewis Page
8 min read

SNAPSHOT

Protesters use umbrellas as shields from tear gas during a protest against police violence at previous marches, near China’s liaison office in Hong Kong.
SMOKING UMBRELLA Protesters use umbrellas as shields from tear gas during a protest against police violence at previous marches, near China’s liaison office in Hong Kong.
Image: Reuters/Tyrone Siu

Six things about SA you need to know

EFF growth in Cape gives ANC jitters

The ANC in the Western Cape has identified the EFF as an additional threat to its attempts to reclaim power in the province. The party says that while its own support has been declining, the EFF has been growing in ANC strongholds including Khayelitsha in Cape Town and was becoming a second choice for ANC voters. This is revealed in an internal report, “Status of the ANC in the W Cape – the untenable situation”, which assesses the status of the organisation in the only province where it does not govern. The report was written by provincial executive committee member Richard Dyantyi. He confirmed being the author of the leaked document but declined to comment further. "While there has been decline and loss on one hand, there has also been growth in many ANC strongholds for the EFF. This is a worrying development," he wrote.

Man held for killing hiker was ‘on parole’

A man arrested after the fatal stabbing and robbery of a tourist on Chapman's Peak Drive in Cape Town appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday. During Sinayo Mposelwa’s brief appearance it was revealed he had been out on parole at the time of the incident. The 23-year-old is facing charges of robbery with aggravated circumstances and murder in connection with the death of Ivan Ivanov, who was attacked at The East Fort, a heritage site, on Saturday. "Three suspects fled with his backpack containing personal belongings. Members of the neighbourhood watch caught one of the suspects in possession of the stolen items," said police spokesperson Lt-Col Andrè Traut. When Mposelwa was arrested, there was blood on his clothes and face and he was carrying a black backpack. The matter was postponed until August 21 for a bail application.

Ex-Prasa boss wants to testify at capture probe

Former Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana has written to deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo saying he will make submissions to the state capture commission. Montana, in a letter to the commission published on his Twitter page on Monday, said his testimony would demonstrate that those making allegations of state capture or corruption were in fact the most corrupt. He added that Prasa was never captured by “any of the forces” during his tenure there. He left Prasa under pressure as questions were being asked about the agency's R3.5bn tender for diesel locomotives that allegedly did not conform to SA railway standards. In his letter to Zondo, Montana says he intended to address a range of issues at Prasa, and seek to reveal who the key individuals were at the centre of the demise of the passenger rail system.

Mystery trawler adrift between Moz, SA

Mozambican and SA maritime authorities are trying to piece together how an abandoned fishing trawler ended up capsized on the east coast. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Monday its Richards Bay team was notified on Friday by a dive charter crew that an overturned fishing vessel was afloat "approximately 10 nautical miles offshore between Ponto do Ouro, Mozambique, and Kosi Bay, on the KwaZulu-Natal coast". Divers found no identification on the trawler, which was in a dilapidated condition, the NSRI said. SA and Mozambican maritime authorities had been asked to broadcast "a maritime navigational hazard alert". "On Saturday morning NSRI Richards Bay was informed that the wreck had beached on Friday night along the shore in the vicinity of Ponto do Ouro, Mozambique … It remains unknown the origin or the identity of the trawler."

Brace for mixed fuel-price bag, AA warns

Fuel prices for August are set for changes, with petrol up and diesel down. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. Using the latest figures, the AA forecast petrol would rise by about 12c a litre, with diesel down about 16c. Illuminating paraffin is also down, by 8c a litre. The association says oil-price volatility is likely to continue, while fluctuations in the rand-dollar exchange rate would also play an important role. "Anything which shocks oil higher or the rand weaker has the potential to cause sharp fuel price increases," it said.

The youth ‘bulge’ has potential, but alas …

There are about 58.78 million people living in SA today, said Stats SA on Monday as it released its 2019 mid-year population estimates. It found that just more than half of the population are women, at 51.2% or about 30 million. About one in four South Africans (25.8%) live in Gauteng (about 15.2 million people), followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 19.2% (about 11.3-million). The Northern Cape is the least populous province (about 1.26 million). The stats say 28.8% of South Africans are 15 or younger, while 9% are aged 60 or older. Stats SA said on its website on Monday: “Using the demographic window of opportunity, the youth bulge in South Africa could be harnessed to unleash a potential demographic dividend. However, the majority of South Africa’s youth often falls within one of three categories: uneducated, unemployed, and unemployable.”

THE VISUAL SIDE

Gilroy police chief Scot Smithee says four people died in a shooting at a California food festival on Sunday, including a suspected gunman.


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

It’s time for Islamic State’s Nuremberg moment, says UN boss

Head investigator and his team are gathering evidence to put the group on trial, as Nazi leaders were in 1946

By AFP
4 min read

YouTube’s doing its best to block scum, but laws must change: exec

Neal Mohan says the platform needs new rules to banish Nazis and other loons, but it's 'complicated'

By AFP
3 min read

The sea was up to his neck: hero’s 4-hour terror after he rescued toddler

With the tide rapidly rising, his leg got stuck in a rock. All he could do was hope his rescuers reached him in time

By Telegraph reporters
2 min read

Guest what! Vogue has a royal editor for a change – Meghan, no less

Duchess grabs the chance to highlight women who are leading the equality fights she believes in

By Victoria Ward
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

Migrants take selfies after crossing illegally into El Paso, Texas.
SAY ‘HI TRUMP’ Migrants take selfies after crossing illegally into El Paso, Texas.
Image: Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez

6 things you need to know about the world

‘Brownface’ ad chewed out in Singapore

An advert featuring an actor of Chinese origin with his skin darkened to portray different races has sparked anger in multi-ethnic Singapore, prompting an apology from the country's state-owned broadcaster.Race is a sensitive issue in Singapore, home to ethnic Chinese, ethnic Indians and Muslim Malays, as well as a large number of expatriates from all over the world. The advert, part of a government-initiated campaign for cashless transactions in the tech-savvy city-state, featured actor Dennis Chew from broadcaster Mediacorp as four characters. His skin was darkened to depict an Indian man, he put on a headscarf to act the part of a Muslim woman, and he also portrayed a Chinese man and a Chinese woman. Each character was shown holding a plate of food paid for electronically." Brownface in a Singaporean ad in 2019. I thought we already went over this," magazine editor Ruby Thiagarajan said on Twitter. – AFP

There go the wine glasses

Smilyana Zaharieva knew she had a gift when she saw her audience tremble or cry during her performances. Now an official Guinness world record confirms that the Bulgarian singer has one of the most powerful voices on the planet, which can stay pitch perfect despite being as loud as a rock concert. Zaharieva says she burst into tears when she received the official Guinness world record certificate last month, confirming she had achieved the loudest mezzo-soprano vocal note. "When I saw the monitor reading 113.8 decibels, it surprised me," the 48-year-old said of her record-setting attempt in September 2018. – AFP

Lie to me, I dare you

French social security officials are to be given classes in discerning lies to prevent fraud estimated to cost the state billions a year. They will be trained to assess whether people applying for family allowances, disability benefits or pensions are lying from their body language, facial expressions and changes in their tone of voice. The classes will be based on the methods of Paul Ekman, an American psychologist and scientific adviser to Lie to Me, a US TV crime drama. Officials working for the French social security system, which covers health, pensions, disability and family allowances, are advertising for instructors who will train staff to "conduct interviews and hearings capable of characterising fraud … to detect lies in verbal and written claims and to know how to decipher non-verbal communication".– © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Man bites snake … as one does

An Indian who was bitten by a snake got his revenge on the reptile by biting it back and killing it, the man's father said on Monday. The man, Raj Kumar, was relaxing at home, enjoying a drink on Sunday, when a snake slithered into his house in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, and bit him, said his father. "A snake bit him. So, in turn, he bit it and chewed it into pieces," said the father, Babu Ram. The man's family took him to hospital where media said his condition was critical. The snake was reported to have been a rat snake, which experts regard as usually not venomous. – Reuters

It’s end time in Vegas, but not for long

Huge swarms of grasshoppers have descended on the Las Vegas Strip this week, startling tourists and residents as they pass through on their northbound migration. Videos posted on social media show swarms of pallid-winged grasshoppers converging on the bright neon lights of the Strip and sidewalks covered with the insects. The Nevada agriculture department said the rare invasion was linked to an unseasonably wet winter and spring. Department entomologist Jeff Knight said the insects are harmless and not a sign of the end of time. “They don’t carry any diseases. They don’t bite. And they are not even one of the species that we consider a problem,” he said. “They probably won’t cause much damage in a yard.” The grasshoppers, measuring about 3.80cm, will all have flown out of the Las Vegas area within a couple weeks. – AFP

Pope drives home position on prostitutes

Prostitution is an "evil vice" that reduces women to slavery, often carried out by men who call themselves Christian, Pope Francis wrote in a book preface published in Italian media on Monday." All forms of prostitution amount to slavery, a criminal act, a disgusting vice which confuses making love with relieving one's own instincts by torturing a defenceless woman," said the text published in La Repubblica daily."A person can never be sold," the pontiff wrote in the preface of a book by Aldo Buonaiuto, a priest attached to the Pope John XXIII Community, a Roman Catholic charity that looks after the poor, prostitutes and troubled."It is a sickness of humanity, an erroneous way of considering society. Freeing these poor slaves is a merciful gesture and a duty for all men of good will. Their cry of pain cannot leave individuals or institutions indifferent," the pope wrote. – AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Survival of the weakest is the new world order

It used to be that the currency of war was strength. Not any more

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

SA investors grab the bull by the phone with an app for cattle

The app was launched in 2015 with 26 cows, and now has more than 2,000

By Tanisha Heiberg and Sisipho Skweyiya
2 min read

Now you seem him ... Was Anil Agarwal’s Anglo foray worth it?

Whatever the billionaire's reasons for buying in and suddenly cutting ties, it kept management’s focus razor sharp

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Just for the record: Manson the muso was murder for a Beach Boy

A fortnightly review of music on vinyl

By Andrew Donaldson
9 min read

BOOK EXTRACT: One thing about cancer, it puts things into perspective

In this chapter from 'So You Want to Build a Startup?' entrepreneur Matthew Buckland describes being diagnosed

By Matthew Buckland
6 min read

The artist who makes pictures of music in the key of life

An exhibition at the Wits Art Museum pulling together the print work of Sam Nhlengethwa is a must-see

By Graham Wood
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Now Champions League beckons Tau

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

Rabble no more: The Boks are back in town

Draw against New Zealand offers a number of positives, and sends the message that they're a threat once more

Craig Ray
Journalist
3 min read