Monday, December 2 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

This is the corrupt, unethical and dodgy ANC – ignore it at your peril

FREE TO READ | Mo Shaik’s Zondo testimony shows again a party that has sold its soul to the highest bidder

4 min read

Black Friday’s cheap thrills come at an inflated price

I’ve seen enough evidence to know price manipulation happens in the run-up to the buying frenzy

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

ANALYSIS: Judges lash Zuma’s ‘vexatious’ get-out-of-jail bid

Language in application for leave to appeal after his bid to stay his corruption prosecution failed, leaves a bad taste

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Continued use of coal will fuel deaths in SA by 2030

The African countries that will be most affected are SA, Nigeria and Malawi, according to new research

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

Township’s spekboom of hope will be seen from space

The carbon-guzzling plants have been arranged into one of the world’s biggest labyrinths

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
3 min read

More and more of SA’s wealthy are moving to swanky estates

A new report shows that over 40% of SA’s rich have homes on residential estates

2 min read

Is it a dog or a wolf? This preserved Ice Age pup could be the missing link

The 18,000-year-old specimen could represent the point where the two canine branches split

By Rozina Sabur
2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Ideas FREE

They wrote it this week: Rasputin had a quirk that made the ladies smirk

FREE TO READ | Extracts from diaries and letters written between December 2 and December 8

Robin Crouch
Journalist
5 min read

Who cares?! Pete Townshend says he doesn’t like his own band. Here’s why

Co-founder talks about ageing, Keith Moon's death, memes, and his enduring ambivalence about the group

By Neil McCormick
8 min read

Pink Panthers pulled €1bn Dresden heist, says woman who met them

It bears all their hallmarks, says the documentary maker who once filmed the criminal gang

By Havana Marking
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

A fragment of a wooden relic, reputed to be from Jesus's manger, is displayed in Jerusalem ahead of its transfer to Bethlehem in time for the Christmas season.
FACELESS A fragment of a wooden relic, reputed to be from Jesus's manger, is displayed in Jerusalem ahead of its transfer to Bethlehem in time for the Christmas season.
Image: Reuters/Ammar Awad

Six things about SA you need to know

Ex-transport MMC verified as a SA citizen: IEC

The Electoral Commission (IEC) has confirmed that former Tshwane roads and transport MMC Sheila Senkubuge was “verified” as an SA citizen. This follows a Sunday Times report that Senkubuge’s citizenship status had been questioned since 2017. According to the Sunday Times, Senkubuge resigned last week after an affidavit was circulated alleging that she had arrived in SA from Uganda in 2011 and was not yet a naturalised citizen when she was elected. She also resigned a few days after a leaked audio recording in which she is allegedly heard having “sex” with now suspended mayor Stevens Mokgalapa.

Hawks arrest second terror suspect

A woman wanted for questioning in relation to alleged terror activities has been apprehended in the south of Johannesburg after an alert was issued for her by the Hawks. Riana Heymans, linked to a movement called the National Christian Resistance Movement, also known as the Crusaders, was arrested on Friday evening with two others in Kliprivier, the Hawks' Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi said on Sunday. She was apprehended by an integrated team of Crime Intelligence operatives and Hawks members from Serious Organised Crime Investigation. “Various firearms and ammunition, documents and other items were confiscated by the Criminal Record Centre for further probing,” he said. The trio will appear on Monday at the Middelburg Magistrate's Court together with Harry Knoesen, 60, charged with contravening the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorism and Related Activities Act as well harbouring a wanted suspect in terms of the same Act.

Phew! SA village breaks heat record

Vioolsdrif, a village in the Northern Cape, has broken the record for the highest temperature in the country, reaching more than 50°C. SA Weather Service forecaster Mbavhi Maliage said Vioolsdrif first broke the record in 1995 with a maximum temperature of 46.2°C. “On Thursday, it reached a new record of 50.1°C and then it broke its own record again on Friday by reaching 53.2°C, which was rounded off to 54°C.” She said the area has been experiencing high temperatures for a while. “There was an upper high weather system situated over the area that resulted in an increase of temperatures, which is the reason we had a heatwave condition in parts of SA.” Vioolsdrif would remain hot but temperatures would decrease by about 15°C in the next two days.

Getting more people on antiretrovirals ‘critical’

Getting an additional two million people on antiretroviral treatment is critical in the fight against HIV/Aids, said parliament’s portfolio committee on health on Sunday, World Aids Day. “As we commemorate World Aids day, I would like to acknowledge the sterling work by the community health workers across the country. Their contribution should stimulate other South Africans to join and be part of this drive against HIV,” committee chairperson Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said. He said it remained important to highlight the rollout of interventions and that “achieving the target of an additional two million people on treatment by 2020, increasing of HIV education, counselling and testing, medical male circumcision and many other strategies remain critical in the broader scheme of strategies against HIV”.

Deputy principal, friend mowed down by taxi

Tributes are being shared for respected educator Janine Hopkins and a friend, who died after being struck by a taxi while riding tandem on a bicycle at the weekend. Emer-G-Med said the accident occurred in Isando early on Saturday. Hopkins, described as “an absolute ray of sunshine” by people who knew her, was declared dead on the scene. Her co-rider was treated by paramedics on the scene for serious injuries, said Emer-G-Med. However, Team Lifecycle shared shortly afterwards that Frans Duys had succumbed to his injuries. The Urban Active Cycling Club highlighted his “passion and love for cycling” and commended his dedication to helping others.

Man arrested after false robbery claim

A 45-year-old man from Mondeor, south of Johannesburg, has been arrested for perjury. Brig Mathapelo Peters said he was nabbed on Saturday. He had told police he was followed from a Standard Bank branch on Thursday after he had withdrawn cash. He claimed that while opening the gate at his home three male suspects who had been in a white Toyota Fortuner following him, held him up with a firearm and took him into the house, where they robbed him. “An investigation revealed that he opened a false case,” said Peters. The suspect would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

THE VISUAL SIDE

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

How a convicted jihadist gamed the system to bring terror to London

His imprisonment had given him ample opportunity to learn to hoodwink authorities and go on a killing spree

By Steve Bird, Martin Evans and Greg Wilford
5 min read

‘It’s a national shame’: the Brits living in fear of anti-Semitism

As three Jewish children are attacked on a bus, we hear from those whose lives have been blighted by horrific abuse

By Joe Shute
5 min read

New rover seeks alien life 20km below ice on distant moons

Mission starts with Antarctic tests and ends by scouring the ocean depths of Jupiter and Saturn’s watery moons

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

Beauty and the beasties: your makeup bag’s full of horrid superbugs

E.coli, staphylococcus, fungi – it’s seriously not looking well between all that lippy and eyeliner

By Laura Donnelly
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

A newborn orangutan of a critically endangered Sumatran species with its mother at a zoo in Chester, UK.
TEACHING THE ROPES A newborn orangutan of a critically endangered Sumatran species with its mother at a zoo in Chester, UK.
Image: Chester Zoo/Reuters

6 things you need to know about the world

Denmark jumpy over greed for Greenland

Denmark has made Greenland a top national security priority after Donald Trump expressed an interest in buying the territory. Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen responded at the time that it was not for sale. Now, Denmark’s foreign and military intelligence agency has warned of increasing tensions over Greenland involving major powers, including the US, China and Russia, and highlighted the threat ahead of others like terrorism and cyber crime. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Rape scandal hits ‘Big Brother’

Dozens of companies have said they will no longer advertise on “Gran Hermano”, the Spanish version of the TV reality show “Big Brother”, after a contestant was shown footage of her alleged rape. Carlota Prado was sent to the diary room to watch a video of how a fellow contestant apparently had sex with her when she was unconscious after drinking. “Please, stop now, please,” a tearful Prado asked. But the tape continued to play. Until being asked to enter the diary room, Prado had no idea of what had happened the previous. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Get a backbone, tech giants told

Tech giants have run into controversy after bowing to pressure from governments to change highly disputed and politicised content. Apple came under fire after its maps for users in Russia referred to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, as part of Russia. Apple said the move was due to a new law in Russia, but the move was condemned in Ukraine. The row came as Facebook added a correction to a post on the Facebook page of anti-government website States Times Review, following a demand from Singapore authorities who claimed it contained false information. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Europe is the new cocaine hub

European countries are so saturated with cocaine that the region has become a hub for exporting the drug to markets such as Australia, Turkey and Russia, according to new data. Record production levels of the drug in South America and new smuggling routes into the Continent mean Europe is now a transit area for cocaine export. The phenomenon is outlined in Europol analysis of the drug market, and comes after Spain seized a submarine carrying cocaine from Colombia in a European first last week. New trafficking routes are also being developed through war-torn west African states. Four million European citizens have used the drug this year. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Kamala ‘harasses her staff’

The 2020 US presidential campaign of Kamala Harris has been accused of staff mistreatment and division, and lacking a strategy for success. Harris, 55, was considered a strong contender for the Democrat nomination when she entered the race in January. However, after reaching a peak of 15% in polls in June, Harris has seen her support tumble to 4.3% in the latest polls. Kelly Mehlenbacher, Harris’s senior operations aide, has now quit to work for Michael Bloomberg, who recently joined the race. In her resignation letter, she wrote: “This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organisation treat its staff so poorly.” – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Drunk French hunters killing themselves

French hunters are facing calls for compulsory breath tests before using arms amid fears that a spike in the number of deaths this year could be drink-fuelled. Eight people have died in hunting accidents since September and the season still has three more months to run. The death toll has already surpassed the seven who were killed last year. Animal welfare groups say safety legislation fails to address the issue of alcohol consumption. “Today, you can hunt drunk in France, it’s perfectly legal,” said activist Marc Giraud. The problem was that being “merry, a bon vivant who likes to drink and eat well” was part of the hunters’ image “but there is a price to be paid that can be someone's life”. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Entrepreneurs can use SAA’s woes to take off – and SA needs them

If staff snap up retrenchment packages, business opportunities arise, say leading litigation experts

By Boris Urban
4 min read

Total and Gigajoule’s Moz deal will be a gas for SA

At least now we know where all that gas included in the country’s energy strategy might come from

By Lisa Steyn
2 min read

Sandton City shines as Liberty Two Degrees weathers tough economy

Company manages positive trading-density growth across its retail portfolio, improving on 2018

By Alistair Anderson
2 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Jog your memory about which running shoe’s right for you

Remember that choosing the right takkies involves far more than comparing prices and finding the right fit

By Devlin Brown
9 min read

Financial planning for life’s swings and roundabouts

Your kids will benefit if you plan for the worst

By Angelique Arde
4 min read

Blown away by the lack of roof or windscreen on this one

Created as a purist driver’s car, the new McLaren Elva has 600kW that will really ruffle your tail feathers

By Dennis Droppa
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: ‘Bad dream’ as Tete loses world title

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
6 min read

Good ‘ebening’ and goodbye: where it went wrong for Arsenal coach

All the signs had been there for a while, and there was little goodwill once Unai Emery’s reign began to unravel

By Sam Dean
7 min read

Blasts from the past: Pollard miss gives Wales the ’17 Test

Today in SA sports history: December 2

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read