Thursday, August 22 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Poof! goes R137m’s work into the arms deal probe. This is bad news for Zuma

The high court set aside judge Seriti’s findings and neutralised one of Zuma’s key arguments

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
3 min read

Did he get a bum rap? Gay is still not okay for Jon Qwelane

The former diplomat has gone as far as the Supreme Court of Appeal, asking them to reverse a hate speech verdict

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

Finger on the pulse: meet the man charged with setting up the NHI office

Dr Nicholas Crisp has been hauled out of retirement to oversee everything. He tells us what he plans to do

4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

From Limpopo village to blowing Cowell’s socks off

The 'humble' youngsters of the Ndlovu Youth Choir are taking 'America's Got Talent' by storm

3 min read

Fat in the fire: 71,000 SA convicts live in gangsters’ dens

Social reintegration plan for parolees is marred by presence of violent gangs, says correctional services

Orrin Singh
Journalist
2 min read

Historic British-built yacht to make local boat-building history

Now the Brat, which rescued Allied troops, is set to rescue local artisans from unemployment

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
2 min read

Crikey, mate, it’s cruise ships ahoy for Durban!

The new cruise terminal, which is hoped will boost employment in several areas, is not on such a distant horizon

Yasantha Naidoo
Durban bureau chief
4 min read

Power of art: load-shedding inspires artist’s big win

Student Patrick Rulore's depiction of his family during power cuts bags top prize in national competition

By Diane de Beer
2 min read

THE UNISA DEBATE

ACADEMICS FROM THE UNIVERSITY RESPOND TO JONATHAN JANSEN'S COLUMN

Unisa has a race problem: if you’re black, promotion’s a walk in the park

FREE TO READ | This is the column that sparked the controversy

4 min read

Promotions are not all about ‘quantity’, as anti-black prof claims

FREE TO READ | Trade union describes Jansen's remarks about Unisa as ‘melodramatically fallacious’

By RS Netanda
6 min read

Jansen forgot about white ‘affirmative action’ academics

FREE TO READ | A Unisa lecturer responds to Jonathan Jansen’s article on its ‘race problem’

By Madidimalo Richard Moila
4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Poor township schools will miss out on Cyril’s tech revolution

There are echoes of the disastrous OBE rollout where under-resourced schools were at a huge disadvantage

4 min read

Bietjie bietjie maak merry: how LSD changed my life

To conquer my crippling depression I took small regular doses, and soon it was as if my brain had rewired itself

By Dan Dalton
4 min read

Hey, doctor, the suicidal patient with ‘mild PMS’ is not being dramatic

After a woman went missing, it is clear that PMDD needs serious attention

By Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

Busisiwe Mkhwebane at the Rabasotho Community Hall in Tembisa on Wednesday. She is on a roadshow to make the communities aware of her role as a chapter nine institution.
EXHAUSTING CHAPTER Busisiwe Mkhwebane at the Rabasotho Community Hall in Tembisa on Wednesday. She is on a roadshow to make the communities aware of her role as a chapter nine institution.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi/The Sunday Times

Six things about SA you need to know

Did Cyril buy loyalty with CR17 cash?: Maimane

DA leader Mmusi Maimane wants National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise to allow him to put an “urgent oral question” to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday when the latter is scheduled to appear at a Q&A session. In a letter to Modise on Wednesday, Maimane wants to be allowed to probe Ramaphosa on the appointment of at least four cabinet members who reportedly received payments for their role in his ANC presidential campaign in 2017. This comes after it emerged at the weekend that small business minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni received R5m, deputy minister in the presidency Thembi Siweya received R2.3m, and transport minister Fikile Mbalula and deputy state security minister Zizi Kodwa got R40,000 each. Meanwhile, EFF leader Julius Malema wants Ramaphosa to provide details on presidency staff and ministers who were involved in CR17 campaign fundraising, and to name the funders he personally met.

Prisoners cook food after Bosasa contract cut

Prisoners are cooking their own food at correctional facilities around the country. This was revealed by correctional services department acting KZN commissioner James Smallburger on Wednesday. Responding to questions about whether the department had procured the services of another contractor following its decision earlier in 2019 to terminate the Bosasa food contract, Smallburger said: "No service provider was appointed to replace Bosasa." He said the department had taken over and insourced the task of preparing food and meals for inmates. Currently "the offenders and the staff are preparing the food and the meals". Contracts were in place to supply nutritional ingredients to facilities.

We have support to remove Mashaba: ANC

The ANC says it has convinced 145 councillors in Johannesburg to support a motion of no confidence in mayor Herman Mashaba - nine more than required for the motion to succeed. The party’s Johannesburg region said on Wednesday it had consolidated the support of 145 councillors, including those from the Patriotic Alliance, the African Independent Congress and Al Jama-ah. "All these councillors have decided to act in the best interest of the residents of Johannesburg and vote Mashaba out. We are aware that Mashaba is doing all he can to prevent the motion from succeeding," it said. The ANC appealed for DA-aligned council speaker Vasco da Gama to ensure that councillors were able to "freely participate in the democratic process without intimidation and threats". A date for the motion has not yet been set.

Assassins came for me, says E Cape DA leader

DA Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga says he was chased by two cars on Tuesday night, in what he believes was an assassination attempt. The DA MPL said he had just wrapped up a meeting with political parties in Nelson Mandela Bay, where they had discussed a council meeting to remove mayor Mongameli Bobani, when he was allegedly followed in Summerstrand at about 10pm. Bhanga and DA Nelson Mandela Bay caucus leader Athol Trollip pleaded with people who may have witnessed the car chase to approach the police. “They [the assassins] failed yesterday and I think they could continue to pursue it,” Bhanga said. Provincial police spokesperson Brig Tembinkosi Kinana said a case of attempted hijacking had been opened at the Humewood police station.

A bogus CV could land you in jail

Making bogus claims about your degree could land you in hot water - and behind bars. The National Qualifications Framework Amendment Act, which came into effect this week, was designed to ensure that employees are not bamboozled by false qualification claims. Lying on your social media pages, such as LinkedIn, is as punishable an offence as presenting a fake qualification on a CV addressed to a potential employer. The act states that criminal prosecution can result when a person “falsely or fraudulently claims to be holding a qualification or part-qualification registered on the NQF or awarded by an education institution, skills development provider, QC or obtained from a lawfully recognised foreign institution”. Shirley Lloyd, recently retired head of the National Qualifications Framework directorate, said offenders could face a minimum of five years behind bars if found guilty.

Flyers of old SA flag slammed by judge

Anyone who displayed the old South African flag wanted to “incite and awaken feelings of white supremacy against black people”. Gauteng deputy judge president Phineas Mojapelo made this remark in a landmark judgment on Wednesday, when he declared that the display of the old flag constituted hate speech. In his ruling, he said that those who displayed the old flag — which was used throughout the apartheid period — demonstrated a clear intention to be harmful and hurtful, and to incite and propagate hateful feelings, not only of victims of apartheid, but also to the country's budding democracy. The Nelson Mandela Foundation had sought an order declaring that gratuitous displays of the old flag be constituted hate speech, unfair discrimination and harassment based on race. AfriForum had opposed the application. The ANC and EFF welcomed the judgment.

THE VISUAL SIDE

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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

You’re going to save Earth, Greta? That’s nice, dear. Now go and play

Greta Thunberg is selling a lifestyle for the wealthy that the rest of us will never be able to afford

By Tim Stanley
5 min read

Breathing dirty air pollutes the mind, literally

Air pollution can lead to a number of major mental illnesses, researchers find

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

No, you’re not seeing double. It’s the rise of the ‘twinfluencer’

Twins are a social media gold mine, because it’s a niche, and apparently we’re running out of those

By Helen Chandler-Wilde
5 min read

Spider-Man’s about to sling out of Marvel’s movie universe amid Sony row

The squabble with Disney reportedly centres on a profit sharing deal - that is, the studio wants more

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

The 'Point of No Return' monument at the historic slave port of Ouidah, Benin, during the 400-year anniversary of the first slave voyage to the Americas.
RETURN TO THE POINT OF NO RETURN The 'Point of No Return' monument at the historic slave port of Ouidah, Benin, during the 400-year anniversary of the first slave voyage to the Americas.
Image: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

6 things you need to know about the world

Plastic is a hard sell in cash-loving Japan

Once a pioneer in cashless transactions, Japan now lags behind as the world’s biggest economies embrace electronic payments — because its ageing population still prefers physical money. Four out of five purchases are still made with cash in Japan, despite its reputation as a futuristic and innovative nation. In South Korea, some 90% of transactions are digital, while Sweden aims to be a cashless society as early as 2023. But in Japan, where crime and counterfeiting is virtually non-existent so people feel more comfortable carrying cash, consumer response has been sluggish. With Japan becoming the first “super-aged” society with more than 28% of people 65 or over, it is harder to persuade consumers to take up new technology. — AFP

Hip-hop gang war breaks out in Paris

Shots were fired and several people injured in Paris as gangs armed with guns and baseball bats stormed the set of a music video by controversial French rapper Booba. The 42-year-old musician, one of France’s biggest rap stars, has been locked in a high-profile feud with fellow rapper Kaaris which exploded into violence at a Paris airport last year, landing them both in jail for a month. About 15 people were involved in the attack. One of the injured sustained a bullet wound to the thigh. The attackers pulled up to the site in cars and fired four shots towards Booba’s crew as they put away equipment. They then began attacking the rest of the crew with iron bars and baseball bats. — AFP

Danes gobsmacked by Trump’s Greenland snub

Danish leaders expressed shock and disbelief on Wednesday over US President Donald Trump’s cancellation of a state visit to Denmark after its prime minister rebuffed his interest in purchasing Greenland. Trump’s proposal at first elicited incredulity and humour from politicians in Denmark, with former premier Lars Lokke Rasmussen saying: ‘It must be an April Fool’s Day joke.’ But the mood turned to shock when Trump called off the September 2-3 visit after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called his idea of the US buying Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, ‘absurd’. — Reuters

Would you walk a mile for a cold camel?

In the searing summer heat of Dubai, some of the world’s top racehorses are being swathed in freezing nitrogen mist to boost their performance. Cryotherapy, which surrounds the body in a mist as cold as -140C, has been used for decades on athletes to aid recovery and in medicine. A Dubai-based company, Revive Cryotherapy, says it is now offering the first whole body cryotherapy chamber for horses. The company also offers the technology to humans and dogs and is thinking of expanding into the world of camel racing. A full treatment lasts about seven minutes and cools skin to about 3-5C. — Reuters

‘Otterly adorable’ selfies are killing a species

Social media users are fuelling a burgeoning appetite for acquiring wild otters as pets, conservationists say, warning the trend could push the species towards extinction. Instagrammers posting selfies with their pet otter may simply be seeking to warm the hearts of their sometimes hundreds of thousands of followers, but the trend is posing an existential threat to the silky mammal. All Asian otter species have long been listed as vulnerable or endangered. But social media hype around the creatures has sparked a frenzied demand for baby otters in Asian countries. Conservationists acknowledged that otters are ‘very charismatic creatures’, saying ‘it is the cute factor that is causing their demise’. In Japan an otter pup can fetch up to $10,000. — AFP

‘Greens to blame for burning rainforest’

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday said, without presenting evidence, that non-governmental organisations could be burning down the Amazon rainforest to bring shame on his government after he cut their funding. Bolsonaro’s comments are likely to enrage critics, who have become increasingly concerned by his administration’s attitudes towards the Amazon rainforest, one of the world’s most important bulwarks against climate change. Brazil is home to more than half of the Amazon. Bolsonaro, a longtime sceptic of environmental concerns, wants to develop the Amazon, and has told other countries worried about rising deforestation since he took office to mind their own business. — Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

BULL’S EYE: Fond memories of 1979’s Winter of Hate

Forget the Summer of Love, apolitical kids in their 20s have a lot to learn from the firebrands of 40 years ago

By Jeremy Thomas
3 min read

Debt-relief law would chase poor from banks to loan sharks

Capitec cuts its lending to lower-income people, opening the door to lawless operators ... or TymeBank

By Londiwe Buthelezi
1 min read

Private education: Advtech is the clever bet in the sector

Advtech’s ballpark earnings are comfortably ahead of those of rival private education practitioner Curro

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Cradle of Creativity shows even babies can enjoy theatre

International youth theatre festival is on in Cape Town this week at two theatres and a museum in Langa

Claire Keeton
Journalist
3 min read

Tarantino plunders the Tate gallery for Robbie’s clobber

The story behind Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate costumes in ‘Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood’

By Caroline Leaper
4 min read

Band aids like these will make your hair get better

The padded headband is about to overtake the hair barrette trend in a major way on the popularity list

By Nokubonga Thusi
1 min read

Simply the light thing to do

Part of a family of three, the elegant Alistair M table lamp from Spanish brand Parachilna is now in SA

By Mila Crewe-Brown
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Clarence revs up to crack 20sec mark on Friday

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
2 min read

Rassie’s six-year contract looks like good business

Undefeated this year and the Rugby Championship title banked, Boks go to the World Cup among the favourites

Craig Ray
Journalist
4 min read