Friday, November 15 2019




SAA is stuck in a desperate catch-22. Does it have any options left?

FREE TO READ | A national strike may cause its collapse, but failure to reform and shed jobs could spell its end

Jeff Wicks
4 min read

Why the DA will go back to the future as it chooses its leader

FREE TO READ | The race is between a black and a white candidate, and there’s little doubt over which of them will win

Aphiwe Deklerk
2 min read

Simply the Beast: Tendai Mtawarira tells how he defied the odds

'I want to inspire the kid with nothing,' says Beast of the legacy he wants to leave after SA’s World Cup triumph

By Ben Coles
5 min read

‘Vet’ chance: landmark ruling a big setback for ‘drug lord’

FREE TO READ | Judge's decision that drug packer’s statement can be admitted is a first in Western Cape

Aron Hyman
3 min read




Dad gives kid’s classic car to loan shark. Uh-oh

FREE TO READ | The 1936 Model Ford is yet to be returned despite a court order in the dad’s favour

Shain Germaner
3 min read

Packed and ready: wild dogs fly to brighter future

Large airborne translocation project to Mozambique boosts hope for this endangered species

Tony Carnie
3 min read

So, SA’s as unequal as ever. Is there any good news?

The first Inequality Trends Report for SA has been released, and it paints a largely unflattering portrait

Mpumzi Zuzile
3 min read

Last rites: outspoken AmaXhosa king dies

Obituary for King Mpendulo Calvin Zwelonke Sigcawu

By Lulamile Feni
4 min read

Nurses get their healing hands on the trophy

Excellence awards recognise nurses who go beyond the call of duty to help their patients and communities

5 min read

World’s best varsities in fight to sign up boy genius

Laurent Simons may follow mentor to Oxford after finishing first degree at 9, thereby smashing a record

By James Crisp
1 min read



A ban on clapping: a load of claptrap or to be applauded (silently)?

It’s all very well making the world a more inclusive place. The trouble is knowing when to stop

4 min read

Cyrus Ramapaloozah and the new US ambassador to SA

Trump, insists handbag designer Lana Marks, ‘totally believes in Ramaphosa’. Totally. No, really

Tom Eaton
3 min read
Ideas FREE

Hell weights for us after the summer the long-haired band drug in

FREE TO READ | A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
4 min read


French-Swiss artist Saype poses on his giant biodegradable land art painting for his ‘Beyond Walls’ project in Berlin.
REPOSE AND WRIST French-Swiss artist Saype poses on his giant biodegradable land art painting for his ‘Beyond Walls’ project in Berlin.
Image: Valentin Flauraud/Saype

Six things about SA you need to know

Cop shot outside Cape home named

A 52-year-old police officer was shot dead outside his home in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town, early on Thursday. Lt-Col André Kay was a member of the provincial firearm, liquor and secondhand goods control unit. “It is alleged the official had just got into his vehicle at 6:50am when an unknown gunman in a vehicle fired several shots at him. He died on the scene,” said police spokesperson Brig Novela Potelwa. Family spokesperson and relative, Kim Kay, confirmed his identity and said his 81-year-old mother, Alice, was shattered by the murder. The octogenarian heard the gunshots. “He lived with my grandmother,” said Kay. “He was on leave and then he was about take his friend to hospital. He went out of the gate, locked it, got back into the car and … people emerged and shot him through the window.”

It’s e-filing or else, taxman warns

About 1.7-million taxpayers have not yet filed their tax returns and were urged on Thursday to submit them online by the December 4 deadline. The SA Revenue Service (Sars) warned that not filing a return would result in taxpayers facing administrative penalties. The filing season for individual taxpayers who wanted to submit returns at a branch office closed on October 31. “Sars wishes to thank taxpayers for their submissions thus far and is encouraged by the 3,882,111 personal income tax returns filed on a digital platform as well as at a branch. These returns include submissions for both current and previous years,” Sars said. Non-provisional taxpayers (mostly salary earners) can still file a return on the Sars MobiApp and eFiling platforms until December 4.

Union court bid to stop SAA retrenchments

The SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) is heading to the Labour Court to interdict SAA from retrenching almost 1,000 employees. SAA announced its intention to retrench 945 workers on Monday. The announcement, according to Satawu, did not reach unions via the airline. “Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act is very clear that all unions representing workers in the company should be consulted and so should unorganised employees. Therefore, by not consulting the unions, SAA is in breach of the act,” said Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabela.

Hospitals to arm guards to curb attacks

The Eastern Cape department of health is poised to arm security guards working in hospitals with pepper spray and stun guns in a bid to curb attacks on patients and staff. reported on Monday how a stab wound patient was stabbed to death the previous day inside All Saints Hospital in Ngcobo by a man who had apparently come to “finish him off”. This followed a brawl at a local tavern, said provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo. Kupelo said criminals were targeting hospitals and clinics. “After meeting unions, the hospital board, Ngcobo mayor Siyabulele Zangqa, the SAPS and traditional leaders, it was agreed that security measures should be improved,” said Kupelo.

Girl suspended for bullying boy at school

The Gauteng education department on Thursday suspended a Grade 10 pupil at a West Rand school with immediate effect for allegedly assaulting and bullying a Grade 9 pupil. The incident occurred on Tuesday at Hoërskool Jan Viljoen in Randfontein after both pupils had written exams. In video footage that went viral on social media, the 16-year-old girl is seen assaulting the boy, also 16. “It is unfortunate that the incident happened at the time when learners are busy with their year-end examinations. We strongly condemn any misdemeanour in schools, which could lead to serious action being taken against a learner,” department spokesperson Steve Mabona said. The department had sent its psychosocial team to provide necessary support to all affected by the incident. The department said the school governing body would facilitate the disciplinary process in due course.

Tourist dies after being crushed by giraffe

A Swiss tourist, critically injured in the Kruger National Park at the weekend when a giraffe fell on to the safari vehicle he was driving, has died. SANParks said the giraffe appeared to have stepped into the road and been hit by a vehicle carrying 13 day passengers on Sunday. The giraffe fell on to the rented safari vehicle, crushing the roof. Four people were injured. The giraffe died on impact. The man, identified by police as Roland Koller, who was travelling with his partner, was taken to Mediclinic in Nelspruit, but later transferred to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, where he died on Wednesday. Police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said authorities had changed a case of reckless and negligent driving against the driver of the minibus. SANParks spokesperson Isaac Phaahla said: “We are not commenting on any aspect out of respect for the family.”


Rugby World Cup winner Faf de Klerk has challenged his teammates and other men to join in on the #FafChallenge. The social media campaign is aimed to raise awareness about testicular cancer.



Today’s cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

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Today’s quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

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Impeachment will hurt Trump, but topple him? Think again

The political ramifications are enormous, but even so, he is hoping the drama will rally his base

By Tim Stanley
2 min read

Tipple, tailor, soldier, spy: MI6 reveals its secret bar

Agents need somewhere to unwind, since they can't talk about their work to anyone else, says the agency's head

By Dominic Nicholls
3 min read

Is sharing personal data online for free a form of slavery?

People freely share the very data that will lead to the elimination of jobs, says an expert

By Umberto Bacchi
3 min read

The secret of the super-agers is revealed: it’s in their blood

These people, who live to at least 110, boast a high number of cells that kill cancer and infections

By Sarah Knapton
1 min read


People buy groceries at a night vegetable market on the outskirts of Faridabad, India.
GREENS AND PURPLES People buy groceries at a night vegetable market on the outskirts of Faridabad, India.
Image: Xavier Galiana/AFP

6 things you need to know about the world

Cirque founder on the high wire

The billionaire founder of acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, has been charged in French Polynesia for allegedly growing cannabis on his private atoll, his lawyer said. The Canadian entrepreneur was released after being formally charged with possession and cultivation of narcotics. Detained on Tuesday, Laliberte is suspected of growing cannabis plants in a container on the atoll of Nukutepipi, which forms part of the Tuamotu island group in French Polynesia. Under French law he risks 10 years in prison if convicted. In practice, however, growers of pakalolo, the Polynesian name for cannabis, are not sent to jail over small quantities unless they are repeat offenders. – AFP

Regrets, this guy’s had a few

He wrote the music for My Way, one of the world’s most popular songs, but Jacques Revaux would like to mention a few regrets. For one, “I don’t even have a photo with Frank Sinatra,” the French songwriter laughed. The legendary American crooner may have made the song a global hit, but not many people know it was a French song first. Fewer still - not even in France, where the credit often goes to the singer Claude Francois - are aware that Revaux wrote the original. Yet after half a century of being elbowed into the shadows, the 79-year-old is still happy he did it his way. The prolific songwriter scribbled down the number when he was 27, and it was turned down by the “French Bob Dylan“, Hugues Aufray, British singer Petula Clark and Egyptian-born diva Dalida. He then bumped into French megastar Francois, and the rest is history. – AFP

Notre-Dame refit spikes tempers

The French army general charged with overseeing the rebuilding of Paris’s fire-mangled Notre-Dame has caused astonishment by publicly telling the cathedral’s chief architect to “shut his mouth” in a sign of tension over the monument’s future look. General Jean-Louis Georgelin and chief architect Philippe Villeneuve are at odds over whether to replace the spire with an exact replica, or give it a modern twist. President Emmanuel Macron, who appointed Georgelin, is in favour of adding a “contemporary” touch. But Villeneuve insists it must be redone exactly as it was. Tensions boiled over at a meeting of the cultural affairs committee in parliament. “As for the chief architect, I have already explained that he should shut his mouth,” Georgelin erupted. Georgelin confirmed the five-year timeframe set by Macron for rebuilding the religious edifice, but Villeneuve says this could only be met if the spire is rebuilt to resemble its former self. – AFP

Night with a goddess courts trouble

Japanese Emperor Naruhito, in white robes, was ushered into a dark wooden hall by torchlight on Thursday night to start his last major accession rite after becoming emperor: spending the night with a goddess. The "Daijosai" rite centres on Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess from whom conservatives believe the emperor is descended. It is the most overtly religious of the series of rituals marking Naruhito's taking over after his father Akihito's abdication. The rite, which lasts until Friday morning, has prompted lawsuits from critics ranging from communists to Christians, who say it smacks of the militaristic past and violates the constitutional separation of church and state since the government pays the bill. – Reuters

If it’s ‘made in Vietnam’ it probably isn’t

Vietnam is struggling to curb fraud in exports destined for America, custom officials said on Thursday, as manufacturers seek to dodge punishing tariffs due to the US-China trade spat by illegally using “Made in Vietnam” labels. Exporters have started shifting production from China to Vietnam to avoid steep tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods. The move has also prompted concerns on a rise in manufacturers illegally claiming their products are from Vietnam when they in fact originate in China - and authorities have vowed to crack down. Au Anh Tuan, director of customs control and supervision at Vietnam Customs, said there have been cases where “Made in Vietnam” labels were sewn in after goods have cleared customs, making it more difficult to flag as a potential risk. – AFP

Oh heil No: Hitler auction hammered

Adolf Hitler’s top hat, Eva Braun’s dresses and a silver-covered edition of Mein Kampf are among the items being put up for sale by a German auction house, prompting protests from Jewish leaders. Munich-based Hermann Historica will be selling 147 items from the Third Reich on November 20. Rabbi Menachem Margolin, chairman of the European Jewish Association, has written to the auction house asking for the items to be withdrawn from sale, adding that the auction itself was “not illegal, but it is wrong”. Hermann Historica’s director Bernhard Pacher was quoted by the Bild daily as saying: “Yes, Hitler sells but most of all to customers who are approaching it with serious historical interest.” The items include the personal belongings of top Nazi leaders such as Hermann Goering and Joseph Goebbels, many of which were seized by US soldiers in the final days of World War 2. - AFP



Grim stats open small hope that we could see a rate cut

Mining data join manufacturing and retail figures that show low demand and constrained consumer spending

By Lynley Donnelly
1 min read

Sad day for SA as Saldanha steel plant prospects darken

Blame the near-collapse of Eskom, the deterioration of Transnet services, and the weaker global economy

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Tangled web surrounds MAS Real Estate’s vote about boss

Decision on takeover deal will determine who takes over as CEO at the Eastern Europe-focused company

By Alistair Anderson
1 min read



The bloody history behind the blarney of ‘The Irishman’

Scorsese’s epic mafia drama is based on disputed facts

By Chris Harvey
12 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
2 min read

Phoebe adds just a scratch of ‘Fleabag’ to James Bond script

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was drafted in to tweak the lines in the forthcoming ‘No Time to Die’

By Staff reporter
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Oosthuizen’s kidneys don’t hold up his run

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
2 min read

Grey areas look dirty when we’re talking black and white

Aggressive transformation is necessary because few black players have opportunities to play abroad

3 min read

Blasts from the past: Cassius Baloyi wins first world title

Today in SA sports history: November 15

David Isaacson
2 min read