Thursday, August 1 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

‘Wholly incompetent’: Cyril lashes Mkhwebane’s grasp of the law

In an urgent legal challenge he raises 'grave concerns' about the protector's findings around his election funding

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
5 min read

Cape Town is stuck in apartheid. It’s an ugly blot on a beautiful city

But there is a way to fix this world-class city still mired in the evil political inventions of racial classification

4 min read

Caster isn’t the cheat in this racist shambles, say SA academics

Sports chiefs have trampled human rights and medical ethics as they target athletes from poor backgrounds, they argue

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Do medical aid fraud busters target black doctors?

NHCPA head claims administrators made 29 complaints against black doctors and only one against a white doctor

4 min read
News FREE

Senzo’s dad never gave up his fight for justice. Now he too is dead

'One day, God will help me and everything will be revealed,' Sam Meyiwa said. His prayer wasn't answered

4 min read

Harpo the hippo saved from bullet after stealing Harties hearts

These locals love their unusual guest, and sprang into action when they heard someone wanted to shoot him

3 min read

Designer babies: does SA have the legislative muscle it needs?

Genetic engineering is creating a whole new ethical minefield, and our laws do little to address the problem

Tanya Farber
Journalist
4 min read

Dodging disease: scientists target genes to fend off foes

Gene therapy is an ongoing global project, but already it has shown signs of success for some of Africa’s ills

Tanya Farber
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

My rocker dad gave me weed when I was a tot – mum gave me speed

The daughter of 60s bad-boy rock star Ginger Baker has a cautionary tale to tell

By Maureen Paton
8 min read

You’re last to find out millennial staff aren’t that bad? You still win!

This is what members of the younger generation are really like in the workplace

By Eleanor Steafel
9 min read

Guns, joysticks and mega millions: inside the esports explosion

The teenage Fortnite winner who collected R41m turns the spotlight on a booming industry

By Laurence Dodds and Tom Hoggins
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

In his usual flamboyant attire, pastor Timothy Omotoso on Wednesday entered the Port Elizabeth High Court dock from the holding cells clutching the Bible while his supporters cheered and called out 'my general' and 'my daddy'.
BIBLE-BASHFUL In his usual flamboyant attire, pastor Timothy Omotoso on Wednesday entered the Port Elizabeth High Court dock from the holding cells clutching the Bible while his supporters cheered and called out 'my general' and 'my daddy'.
Image: Eugene Coetzee/The Herald

Six things about SA you need to know

You paid R3.5m for state’s Geneva ‘jamboree’: DA

The newly established employment and labour department spent a whopping R3,429,695.97 on a 12-day trip for 35 delegates to Geneva, Switzerland. The delegates accompanied President Cyril Ramaphosa to a conference hosted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) last month. Now the DA wants minister Thulas Nxesi to provide a detailed report of what was achieved by the delegation, and how it has addressed SA’s unemployment crisis. DA MP Michael Cardo said the public deserved to know why it was necessary for Nxesi’s department to send one of the largest delegations to Geneva, with it costing SA taxpayers millions. “In the face of unprecedented levels of unemployment and economic stagnation, austerity measures are a necessity for government ... the jamboree to Geneva seems difficult to justify,” he said on Wednesday. Details of the “junket” were revealed in a written reply to a parliamentary question Cardo posed to Ramaphosa.

Strikers ‘stole’ 40 buses to blockade streets

Striking municipal workers allegedly stolen dozens of buses without permission to blockade roads during the wage strike that caused traffic chaos in Tshwane. “At least 40 buses were returned to the municipal bus depot east of the city just before midnight. This came after the buses were removed from the depot by drivers and used to blockade streets, which caused turmoil when traffic came to a standstill,” the city said on Wednesday. “The city of Tshwane has, as of [Tuesday] recovered municipal buses that were taken by drivers without authorisation on Monday.” Pay negotiations between the city and SA Municipal Workers’ Union entered their third day at the national bargaining council as the union demanded an 18% hike, on par with what some senior city managers reportedly received. Bus operations remain suspended.

Cape Town’s ‘brownish tap water’ safe to drink

The city of Cape Town has moved to allay fears about “discoloured tap water” in some areas, saying tests confirmed it did not pose a health risk. Residents were, however, advised to continue boiling water if they noticed discolouration. The city sent out an advisory late on Monday cautioning residents that “water in the distribution system is currently discoloured over a large part of the eastern, central and southern suburbs” due to a “process control fault” at its Faure water-treatment plant. “As a safety precaution, residents are advised to boil the water before drinking, especially if it appears discoloured.” Tests indicated that the water did not pose a health risk, the city said on Tuesday evening. “An error in the dosage of this chemical led to the water retaining its brownish colour.” The Faure treatment plant provides about a third of the water consumed by residents across the city.

Second man arrested for Table Mountain murder

Cape Town police have arrested a second suspect in connection with the murder of Russian hiker Ivan Ivanov on Chapman’s Peak near Hout Bay. Western Cape police spokesperson Sgt Noloyiso Rwexana said on Wednesday: “Following the death of a 44-year-old hiker who was stabbed while hiking on Chapman’s Peak at the weekend, detectives have been hard at work following up leads. In the early hours of [Wednesday] they apprehended a 24-year-old suspect at the Hout Bay harbour. Another suspect was arrested by neighbourhood watch members on the day of the incident with items that are believed to be possessions of the victim.” The man is set to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

De Lille promises to fix smelly courts

The department of public works and infrastructure has set aside more than R260m for the repairs and refurbishment of court buildings across the country. She said on Tuesday that the total budget for repairs and refurbishment of court buildings was R260m, of which R229m had been allocated for repairing and refurbishing 105 courts. “But what worries me is that the department has only spent R24m in the first quarter of this year,” said De Lille. She said she had received complaints across the country about the poor state of court buildings. “In Pinetown [west of Durban], there are reports that rats are eating the lunch and snakes are eating the rats. Coupled with this, there’s a persistent stench of sewage,” De Lille said. The department had budgeted R2.5bn for repairs and refurbishment across all areas during the current 2019/20 financial year.

Mkhwebane denies report of Gupta link

Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has rejected a report claiming she had financial links to the controversial Gupta family. Investigative journalism organisation Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project reported on Tuesday that Mkhwebane was “flagged” by global banking giant HSBC as having financial links to the Guptas. “Mkhwebane rejects with contempt the claims … that she was flagged by international banking institution, HSBC, as having financial links to the Gupta family,” Mkhwebane’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said. According to the OCCRP investigation, Mkhwebane received a payment of more than $5,000, which was paid into her FNB account in June 2014. “Adv Mkhwebane would like to place on the record the fact that she heard for the first time from the OCCRP last Thursday that she had been flagged. HSBC has never brought this flagging to her attention and she has absolutely no links with the Guptas,” Segalwe said. Mkhwebane had been a target of “dirty tricks” and this was “yet another example of the onslaught”.

THE VISUAL SIDE

Six seemingly armed men robbed a McDonald's and its customers in Bruma, Johannesburg, on July 18. Police are searching for six suspects.


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

Death without question: this is justice in Sisi’s Egypt

Death sentences have soared as families say prisoners are tortured into confession under a military-led authoritarianism

By Reuters
11 min read

Just what is the deal with Trump and A$AP Rocky’s trial in Sweden?

The president even sent a top lawyer to keep an eye on the rapper's assault case. Oh, and Kanye's involved, too

By Harriet Alexander
6 min read

Harry is not kidding around – he wants two children, ‘max’

In an interview, he also tackles the ‘unconscious’ racial bias against Meghan

By Hannah Furness
3 min read

Dark clouds: nature words are losing their net worth thanks to tech

From cloud to stream, the language of the natural world is being overtaken by references to technology

By Anita Singh
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

A ballerina dances at the Louvre pyramid in Paris.
THE PROPORTIONS ARE CRYSTAL CLEAR A ballerina dances at the Louvre pyramid in Paris.
Image: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

6 things you need to know about the world

Mom’s ‘nightmare’: teen admits killing Italian cop

The mother of a ‘thoughtful’ US teen detained in Rome over the killing of a cop spoke of her shock as the suspect’s father arrived in Italy. Finnegan Elder, 19, has been charged with aggravated homicide along with friend Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 18, for stabbing Mario Cerciello Rega. Elder has confessed, but says he mistook the plainclothes officer for a dangerous drug dealer and acted in self-defence. – AFP

Pregnancies to knock up white rhino population

Two rare southern white rhinos are pregnant at the same time at a zoo in Belgium, boosting efforts to save the endangered species. The news that both Elie and Madiba conceived after ‘natural’ relations with the zoo’s male rhino, came after a calf was born in San Diego zoo. There are about 18,000 southern white rhinos in the wild, but the subspecies is being rapidly exterminated by poachers. – AFP

Body of India’s coffee king found in river

The body of billionaire Indian coffee magnate VG Siddhartha was found by a river in India on Wednesday, a day after a letter revealed his concerns over deep financial problems and perceived harassment from tax authorities. The discovery by fishermen ended a two-day search for the founder of the Cafe Coffee Day empire, after he was last seen by his driver walking across a bridge in Mangalaru. – AFP

Israel ‘renovates’ in time for special visitor

Israel has given rare approval to Palestinian homes in Israeli-occupied West Bank while also backing a large settlement expansion before a visit by the White House’s Jared Kushner. The approval is for 700 Palestinian homes and 6,000 for Israeli settlers. This could allow PM Benjamin Netanyahu to argue he’s making efforts in favour of Kushner’s long-awaited peace plan. – AFP

We’re testing missiles – nothing to see here

Iran’s defence minister said it was ‘normal’ for the country to test missiles as part of its defence research. This comes after Washington said Tehran had test-fired a medium-range missile last week. Brigadier General Amir Hatami stopped short of explicitly confirming the test. – Reuters

Toddler survives fall from sixth floor

A boy, 3, has survived a fall from a sixth-floor balcony in southwest China after neighbours caught him with a large blanket. A video of Monday’s incident shows the boy clinging on to a slab and trying to climb back up on to the balcony while his feet kept slipping. Moments later, he lets go and falls on to a large, white blanket held open by onlookers. – AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

BULL’S EYE: You can stock the odds in your favour, but it’s all luck

What investors want is not luck but proven ability, but it’s not that simple

By Jeremy Thomas
3 min read

Eskom stuck in a ‘death spiral’ with no end in sight

It's about to surpass its record R20.7bn loss, while there's no sign of the promised restructuring process

By Carol Paton
4 min read

Old Mutual doesn’t want him no Moyo, but he rolled up anyway

Now, because of an appeal against Peter Moyo's reinstatement, 'he is in the building but he is not working'

By Genevieve Quintal
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

For African designers, the best of times is now

We catch up with 100% Design SA’s Afropolitan-featured designer Laduma Ngxokolo of MaXhosa

By Mila Crewe-Brown
2 min read

The Lying King: did Beyoncé pinch from a local artist for her new video?

Her 'Lion King' video looks similar to an SA singer's work - and it isn't the first time Queen B has done this

By Tswelopele Maputla
1 min read

Jeepers sneakers! And you thought they were just smelly old shoes

Sotheby’s New York held its first sneaker auction last week, and the bids kicked the ball out of the park

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Simbine inks new sponsorship deal

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

Please, keep diddly-squat Div as far from the Kings as possible

No one can point out what he can actually bring to the tactical table. Besides, there are better coaches

4 min read

Blast from the past: Atkinson kicks it up in Amsterdam

Today in SA sports history: August 1

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read