Tuesday, November 12 2019




Huge tender decided in under two hours. Do we smell something fishy?

Probe reveals shockingly speedy award by E Cape council, and millions wasted on IT system that doesn’t work

Mpumzi Zuzile
4 min read

OBITUARY: Allan Gray, titan of SA investment managers

Founder of the firm that bears his name has died

By Mark Herdman
5 min read

Gauteng, you’ve been warned: change your water habits now

FREE TO READ | While there’s a plan to help province beat back drought threat, everybody needs to play a part

Graeme Hosken
4 min read




Cape Town loosens ‘spatial apartheid’

FREE TO READ | Part of a push to create more inclusive communities with access to improved services

Tanya Farber
2 min read

SA has lion’s share of Africa’s plushest homes

Residential property review reveals SA has the most prime real estate on the continent – and the Cape tops the list

2 min read

SA’s young women scientists prove they are out of this world

FREE TO READ | Turning rubbish into power and chasing galaxies are among the projects to snap up awards

Tanya Farber
2 min read

Having won a four-year TB fight, Goodman joins war for better drugs

Now cured of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, he has become an activist for more affordable medication

2 min read

This beetle is killing Joburg’s trees, and the race is on to avert disaster

Despite many attempts a solution is elusive, and the critters have been spotted in every other province, too

By Kim Harrisberg
3 min read

No sign of hyped new banknotes for cash-starved Zim

Not that anybody thinks the low-denomination notes will end the cash shortage and ease inflation

By MacDonald Dzirutwe
2 min read



Ideas FREE

Mabuza’s position on killing gays is just what you’d expect from him

FREE TO READ | His response to Uganda’s threat to impose the death penalty on LBGTQI people was a calculated one

Tom Eaton
4 min read

Why Kimberley’s bright idea to fight illicit mining fell down a groot gat

The mining formalisation scheme could have served as blueprint before violent zama-zamas muscled in

By Tanisha Heiberg and Helen Reid
5 min read

Freud and forbearance: Julie Andrews on her ‘practically perfect’ life

After a tumultuous upbringing and family fallouts, psychotherapy was her saviour, she says

By Susie Boyt
8 min read


A team of 30 Cape of Good Hope SPCA staff members will brave the IMPI Challenge in Stellenbosch on November 23 for the 'love of all animals'. Here, radio personality and SPCA supporter Liezel van der Westhuizen, takes part in a previous Challenge.
you've got to be mud A team of 30 Cape of Good Hope SPCA staff members will brave the IMPI Challenge in Stellenbosch on November 23 for the 'love of all animals'. Here, radio personality and SPCA supporter Liezel van der Westhuizen, takes part in a previous Challenge.
Image: Cape of Good Hope SPCA

Six things about SA you need to know

One dead as rains batter KZN

KwaZulu-Natal co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Sipho Hlomuka has confirmed that a person has died after severe thunderstorms hit parts of the province from Sunday. Hlomuka said a member of the Zimba family, from the Okhahlamba local municipality in central KZN, died in the storm. Disaster management teams were placed on high alert following a warning by the SA Weather Service of storms and possible flooding. Disaster management teams are assessing and verifying incidents that have been reported to them, said Hlomuka. The flooding caused a section of the busy M4 freeway between the Umhlanga and Sibaya precinct to be closed to all traffic on Monday.

Exams delay trial of ‘millionaire’ student

The court case against NSFAS “millionaire” Sibongile Mani has been delayed to accommodate her exams. On Monday, East London Regional Court magistrate Twanett Olivier postponed the matter to November 25. The third-year accountancy diploma student was not in court because she was studying for a Wednesday exam, defence advocate Asanda Pakade explained. The Hawks arrested Mani on May 29 2018 for theft, after student fund distributor Intellimali opened a case on September 5 2017. This was after R14m was allegedly erroneously loaded into her student account on June 1 2017. Mani is accused of failing to report the error, instead blowing almost R820,000 in 73 days. Intellimali director Roy Jackson told the court earlier that an “absurd glitch” had caused the “system error” that led to Intellimali crediting R14m to Mani in 2017, instead of her monthly allowance of R14,000.

Madikizela focuses on WC as he exits DA race

Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela says he cannot be distracted from his mandate of running the party in the province by a race to become the interim federal leader. Madikizela said it was his priority to build structures in the province in the lead-up to the 2021 local government elections "without any interruption to our current leadership". Last week Madikizela wrote to the party's federal elections presiding officer, Desiree van der Walt, announcing that he would withdraw from the contest. Madikizela said his decision came after "discussions with my leaders in the Western Cape" who "raised concerns with me". Madikizela's withdrawal leaves DA parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen and Gauteng provincial legislature member Makashule Gana in a contest for the interim position. A federal council meeting expected to convene on Sunday this week will decide the victor.

Locals lock EP rugby offices after Bok no-show

Irate residents of Port Elizabeth's northern areas padlocked the Eastern Province Rugby Union offices on Monday morning, saying general manager Thando Manana needed to explain why the #SpringboksTour parade failed to drive through their area. ANC MPL Christian Martin said he bought a padlock and locked the gate. “I have also parked my car in front of the gate. We as the northern areas community want Mr Manana to tell us why the #SpringboksTour parade did not come to the northern areas. Some of us bought rugby jerseys and we brought our children out in the cold weather in support of the Boks. After a meeting, Manana said that the team should come back as an apology to those who missed out.

Conference will create 412,000 jobs: Ramaphosa

The 2019 edition of the annual investment conference will create 412,000 direct jobs and more indirect jobs. That's according to the weekly newsletter penned by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa said the investment conference held last week had resulted in R363bn worth of commitments from corporates. This was in addition to R300bn pledged in 2018 towards the president's R1.2 trillion target in five years. Of the commitments made in 2018, at least R238bn had been invested in projects that had been completed, while others were being implemented. "It is expected that over the next five years, the investments announced last week will conservatively result in the creation of about 412,000 direct jobs and a significant number of indirect jobs. The aim of our investment drive is to create jobs, but also to create other economic opportunities as businesses are established to produce and supply products and services,” he said.

Scrapping of birth certificates ‘will boost SA’

Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has welcomed the scrapping of unabridged birth certificates for international minors travelling to SA with their parents. Kubayi-Ngubane said the announcement could not have come at a better time, just ahead of the festive season. “To completely rescind this requirement is a win for tourism and an upside for industry and travellers alike as this has been a real concern raised throughout my engagements with various stakeholders," she said. The directive was signed by home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Friday. There have been concerns raised about unabridged birth certificates and their impact on tourism, with reports that travellers were turned away at airports because they did not meet the visa requirements, particularly the birth certificate requirement.


Parliamentarians and South Africans gathered around parliament awaiting the Springboks' arrival on Monday for the last leg of the Rugby World Cup trophy tour. In a special moment, the Boks had the crowd going crazy when they pulled out their best dance moves to Brenda Fassie's hit,' Vul’indlela'.



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



Chaos brewing: UK tea growers in Kenya face ‘Zim-style’ grabs

Governor warns there will be land seizure unless the Crown pays billions for colonial-era forced evictions

By Adrian Blomfield
6 min read

‘Too much GDP, not enough real life’: Nobel winner lashes economists

Esther Duflo wants colleagues to prioritise poverty, and has a go at the ‘locker room’ culture of her field

By Russell Lynch
7 min read

Bangladesh’s battle against deadly lightning strikes takes root

Planting palms is now part of a desperate plan to combat one of the nation’s perilous disasters

By AZM Anas
5 min read

Poppy fascists, awful politicians and the madness of Greta worship

Historian fumes about farcical Brexit, the crazy religious ritual around the war dead, and a certain teen eco-warrior

By Christopher Hope and Theodora Louloudis
4 min read


Doug the Pug arrives at the Peoples Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.
pug off, peasants Doug the Pug arrives at the Peoples Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.
Image: Monica Almeida/Reuters

6 things you need to know about the world

Napoleon expert admits to butchering lover

A Russian academic has confessed to killing his student lover after he was caught drunkenly attempting to dump her severed arms in a river in St Petersburg. Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old history lecturer and prominent Napoleon expert, was arrested on Saturday after he was pulled from the Moika River with a backpack containing a woman's arms. "He has admitted his guilt," Alexander Pochuev, Sokolov's lawyer, said on Sunday, adding that he regretted what he had done and was now cooperating. Sokolov was reportedly drunk and fell in the river as he tried to dispose of the body parts. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

This might get canned lion hunters’ goat

Tens of thousands of Swiss citizens are calling for an end to "trophy hunting" of the country's iconic ibex by foreigners who pay up to £15,000 to shoot the wild goats at close range. About 46,000 have signed a petition in the past week in the wake of a TV investigation showing big game hunters scaling Alpine peaks to kill the long-horned beasts as they graze. Hunted almost to extinction in Europe, the Alpine ibex population has recovered to about 40,000.While ibex enjoy total protection in neighbouring France and Italy, they can be hunted in two cantons of Switzerland, Valais and Graubünden, where, according to their status, conservation is required but numbers are not critical– © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Holocaust heirs in spat over $7m portrait

The heirs of two Holocaust victims have sued the Lehman Foundation in New York over an multimillion-dollar painting, both claiming their families owned the painting before the Nazi era. The 1917 painting by Egon Schiele, Portrait of the Artist's Wife, was bought by Robin Owen Lehman - the son of the late banker Robert Lehman - from the Marlborough Gallery in London in 1964. It is now estimated to be worth between $5m and $7m. In 2016, Lehman tried to sell the painting through Christie's auction house to raise money for his charity foundation. However, the move notified the two rival claimants to the painting's whereabouts and all three parties have been stuck in a legal stalemate ever since. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Sex-change ops yield mental health benefits

When transgender people undergo sex-reassignment surgery, the beneficial effect on their mental health is still evident - and increasing - years later, a Swedish study suggests. Overall, people in the study with gender incongruence - that is, their biological gender doesn’t match the gender with which they identify - were six times more likely than people in the general population to visit a doctor for mood and anxiety disorders. They were also three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants, and six times more likely to be admitted to hospital after a suicide attempt, researchers found. – Reuters

Man set on fire in day of Hong Kong fury

A police officer shot a masked protester in an incident shown live on Facebook and a man was set on fire Monday during one of the most violent days of clashes in Hong Kong since pro-democracy unrest erupted more than five months ago. Protesters, who had already begun a city-wide day of action aimed at paralysing the international financial hub, reacted to the morning shooting by rampaging through train stations, barricading streets and vandalising shops throughout the day. A masked assailant also doused a man with a flammable liquid and set him ablaze during an argument, with the horrifying scene captured on mobile phones and also posted online.Police said a protester carried out that attack and accused black-clad "rioters" of an array of other violent acts, including throwing a petrol bomb inside a train carriage. – AFP

Netflix Nazi doccie riles Poland

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has pressed Netflix, the US streaming and production company, to make changes to a documentary that includes a map showing Nazi death camps inside the borders of modern Poland. The camps were built by the Nazis on Polish soil during their brutal occupation of Poland in World War 2, but the map used in the documentary, Morawiecki said, implied that Poland existed at that time as an independent nation within its post-war borders and thus could share responsibility for the atrocities. The map appears in the series entitled The Devil Next Door, which chronicles the story of John Demjanjuk, a retired US carworker convicted by a German court in 2011 of having been a Nazi death camp guard during the war. - Reuters



Yes to big dreams but first feed, teach and care for us

Politicians have to be pragmatic. Who wants 5G if we don’t have running water? Our primal needs come first

By Mark Barnes
3 min read

Delta: The govt’s biggest landlord could get even bigger

Two of the original black owned and managed property groups to list on the JSE are in line for a merger

By Alistair Anderson
1 min read

R400m target for second SA Islamic bond placement

Another market that can be tapped by SA to meet the ever-growing public sector borrowing requirement

By Warren Thompson
1 min read



Bookmarks: Brando, Bowie and other things funny peculiar

FREE TO READ | A fortnightly look at books, writers and reviews

By Andrew Donaldson
8 min read

Jozi rules: Blowing hot and cold about SA’s coolest city

Two tales of one city: new book highlights the ultimate love/hate relationship with the City of Gold

By Michele Magwood
3 min read

A book is a book is a book until it’s not just a book

The Centre for Book Arts at the Wits Art Museum is one of the top five such collections in the world

By Alexia Walker
3 min read

Louvre your work: Leonardo show rakes in the punters

Blockbuster exhibition showcases work by the Renaissance  polymath 500 years after he died

By AFP Relaxnews
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: Hot words fly after hectic weekend soccer

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Marc Strydom
4 min read

Too soon to talk about the title – so let’s talk about the title

Liverpool show ruthless streak of champions to pounce on Man City’s frailties, and now the pressure is on

3 min read

Blasts from the past: Tough post-isolation lessons for SA

Today in SA sports history: November 12

David Isaacson
1 min read