Thursday, November 21 2019




Is De Ruyter the right choice to save Eskom? Experts give their opinions

FREE TO READ | It’s SA’s most unenviable job. Here are the strengths and weaknesses of the utility’s new CEO

Belinda Pheto
4 min read
Ideas FREE

Rant all you want, but that varsity rejected your child for a good reason

FREE TO READ | Before outraged moms and dads hit social media, they need to consider a few facts

4 min read

Finally, the Estina Dairy Project is back on track for trial

A series of embarrassing court defeats later, the NPA says it now has the info it needs to show where all the money went

Karyn Maughan
3 min read




Judge corrects ‘slap on the wrist’ for child rape

FREE TO READ | Magistrate’s history of lenient rape punishments to be probed as regional court corrects sentence for ...

4 min read

SA youth believe sexual violence is a ‘medical emergency’

An MSF survey has found that young people are eager to take a stand against sexual and gender-based violence

3 min read

We don’t want them to know where we live, says con woman’s mom-in-law

FREE TO READ | Things not looking good for couple facing charges over many cons and even a fake terminal illness

Shain Germaner
4 min read

ConCourt rejects businessman's bid to have raids declared illegal

Businessman who allegedly scored tenders from Khomotso Phahlane wanted police raids declared illegal

Graeme Hosken
3 min read

Workshops for GPs give family practice a shot in the arm

Joburg doctor on a mission to plug knowledge gap among GPs who lack experience in family medicine

Tanya Farber
2 min read


A police officer in Zimbabwe tackles a woman with his boot as they dispersed a crowd gathered to hear an address by leader of the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) Alliance, Nelson Chamisa at Morgan Tsvangirai House, the party headquarters, in Harare.
HURDLES A police officer in Zimbabwe tackles a woman with his boot as they dispersed a crowd gathered to hear an address by leader of the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) Alliance, Nelson Chamisa at Morgan Tsvangirai House, the party headquarters, in Harare.
Image: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Building where firefighters died to be demolished

The Bank of Lisbon building in downtown Johannesburg - where three firefighters died in a 2018 fire – is expected to be demolished on Sunday. The announcement was formally made by the Gauteng government on Wednesday. The 31-storey building was severely damaged in the fire. The Gauteng government said an assessment conducted by structural engineers found the fire caused severe damage to the slabs of the floors and posed a threat of collapse. Nearly 2,000 residents in 10 residential buildings would need to be removed for about three hours on Sunday. An “exclusion zone” would be set up.

Pupil stabs Grade 8 girl to death at school

A girl in Grade 8 was stabbed to death at her school in Upington in the Northern Cape on Wednesday. The provincial education department said the girl was a pupil at Rosendal Intermediate School. She was reportedly stabbed by a fellow pupil. “At this stage we are not sure what triggered the incident, but our district office is investigating,” said department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe. “The alleged perpetrator was issued with a suspension letter, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing, and will be isolated and continue to write her examinations under supervision.” Counsellors have been sent to the school to offer counselling to affected pupils and teachers.

Rescue team sent to failing Nelson Mandela Bay

The Eastern Cape government will send an acting city manager and CFO to Nelson Mandela Bay to help stabilise the city, the provincial cabinet has decided. A multidisciplinary task team will also be sent to support the officials seconded by the provincial cabinet. Political parties in the metro, including coalition partners, accused Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani of unilaterally appointing legal services official Nobuntu Mpongwana as acting municipal manager. The metro has had at least seven acting city managers during Bobani’s term in office, which began in September 2018. Premier Oscar Mabuyane's spokesperson, Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha, said the provincial cabinet supported the decision to send the support team.

Malema lying about assault on cop: AfriForum

Lobby group AfriForum accused EFF leader Julius Malema on Wednesday of “lying” about not assaulting a police officer at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral. Malema and party spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court earlier in the day, accused of assaulting the officer at the funeral in April 2018. The case was postponed to March 10 2020 for trial. Outside court, Malema denied he and Ndlozi had assaulted the officer: “If I laid a hand on him I would have panel-beaten him. All we were fighting for was to enter the cemetery and go and bury our mother.” AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said Malema was “not known for being a truthful person”.

Mashaba describes ‘brutal’ Joburg mayor job

Outgoing Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba says his job as the first citizen of SA’s biggest metro was the most rewarding, but that it was “brutal”. Mashaba, who is due to step down as mayor next week after his resignation from the DA spoke glowingly about how he turned around the metro police department in the city. He was speaking during the release of the city’s monthly crime statistics on Wednesday. “This has been the most rewarding job any human being can have, brutal as it was … This was a brutal job, running a seven-way multiparty government,” said Mashaba. He praised the turnaround of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), saying his administration had managed to free the officers from political interference. He hoped the incoming political leadership, to be elected next week, would continue that support.

Teen arrested after gran bludgeoned to death

A 13-year-old girl has been arrested for the gruesome murder of her grandmother after the woman was found bludgeoned to death in her home in Tongaat, north of Durban, on Monday. Police spokesperson Col Thembeka Mbele said the teenager was arrested on Tuesday and was in custody. She was expected to appear in court on Thursday. According to police on Monday, the girl said she had seen her grandmother being bludgeoned by an unknown man. Mbele said the girl told police she had tried to fight the man but he overpowered her, pushed her out and locked the door. "She alleged that she left the premises to call for help and when she returned with neighbours the man was nowhere to be found," she said.


Gauteng police swooped on an alleged dagga laboratory and arms cache at a home in Wierdapark, Pretoria, on Tuesday. The owner of the house, a 50-year-old man, was arrested.



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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‘Pray for me’: how Chinese tortured Hong Kong man for being a ‘UK spy’

The UK consulate staffer describes a horrific two-week kidnap ordeal at the hands of state security agents

By Sophia Yan
8 min read

Is this how Andrew slipped away for a quickie with Epstein’s sex slave?

Source who was with the duke in US can’t confirm his whereabouts for three days of a ‘busy’ tour in 2001

By Robert Mendick and Martin Evans
6 min read

Painfully unfunny things that went down at Google

Former executive is candid about mental illness and her widely publicised affair with the tech giant’s president

By Karen Yossman
7 min read

‘Do it for the fans’: why GoT nudity made Daenerys weep in the loo

Mother of Dragons actress says she had ‘fights on sets’ about nude scenes, and was told not to disappoint fans

By Jessica Carpani
2 min read


A man looks at antigovernment street art in Santiago, Chile.
DOG DAZE A man looks at antigovernment street art in Santiago, Chile.
Image: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

6 things you need to know about the world

Dam fine job of work, young beaver

Beavers are to be reintroduced in Britain as part of plans to help control flooding, the National Trust announced on Wednesday. The charity, which manages historic properties and countryside, said it aimed to release Eurasian beavers at two sites in southern England early next year. ‘The dams the beavers create will hold water in dry periods, help to lessen flash-flooding downstream and reduce erosion and improve water quality by holding silt,’ said Ben Eardley, project manager at one of the sites. Beavers were hunted out of existence in Britain in the 16th century because of demand for their fur, meat and scent glands. — AFP

Bricks idea not to be poo-pood

Pupils in the Philippines have found a way to convert poo from stray dogs into a mixture for bricks, aiming to rid city streets of excrement and potentially even lower construction costs. As part of a research project, eighth-graders gathered and air-dried dog faeces, which were then mixed with cement powder and moulded into rectangular ‘bio bricks’. The pupils say their bio bricks are ideal for paving or small structures like backyard walls. Each brick contains 10g of dog poo and 10g of cement powder, and has a faint odour that the group says will fade with time. — Reuters

OK Gen Z, you deal with this

Oil, gas and coal output already planned or in the pipeline will overwhelm efforts to cap global warming at levels consistent with a liveable planet, the UN warned on Wednesday. The world is on track to produce 50% more fossil fuels than could be burned without increasing Earth’s surface temperature by more than 2C above pre-industrial levels, it said. If temperature rise is to be limited to 1.5C, planned fossil fuel production is more than double what can be tolerated. With only 1C of warming to date, the world has seen a crescendo of deadly heatwaves, flooding, and superstorms made more destructive by accelerating sea level rise. — AFP

Hong Kong arrests leave a bad smell

Two pro-democracy protesters were arrested on Wednesday as they emerged from a manhole on a Hong Kong road outside a besieged campus, in a thwarted escape bid from inside the university. They apparently crawled through fetid sewers to a manhole outside a housing estate about half a kilometre from city centre grounds of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the scene of the dramatic siege by police. The group were arrested for a range of offences including ‘taking part in a riot’ and ‘assisting offenders’, said chief superintendent Ricky Ho. — AFP

Somebody’s shedding pounds in England

Blackhall Colliery is like many struggling former mining villages in northeast England. But the village on the County Durham coast is now at the centre of a mystery — as bundles of cash keep turning up in the street. Durham Police said a total of £26,000 had been found over the past five years — 13 packages of £2,000 in £20 notes. ‘These bundles are always left in plain sight such as on pavements and discovered by random members of the public who have handed them in,’ said detective constable John Forster. The latest discovery on Monday was the fourth this year, he added, speculating that a Good Samaritan could be dropping off the cash parcels. — AFP

Faulty friks press pause on Ugandan activity

Global health charity Marie Stopes said on Wednesday it had recalled 800,000 faulty condoms on sale in Uganda, where HIV rates are among the highest in the world. The recall followed a warning from Uganda’s National Drug Authority that the Life Guard brand condoms had failed manufacturing ‘quality tests’ because they contained holes and may burst. The affected condoms were manufactured by India-based MHL Healthcare in April 2019 and have an expiry date of April 2024, the government regulator said. According to UNAIDS, 1.4 million Ugandans are living with HIV and last year 53,000 people were newly infected with the disease. — AFP



BULL’S EYE: Cheers to the guy who said to hell with luxury

FREE TO READ | The late Hans Enderle knew a thing or two when he stripped all the frills from City Lodge

Jeremy Thomas
3 min read

It’s pretty dim not to allow miners to use alternative energy

Beyond comprehension why the SA government is standing in the way of solar and other energy projects

By Allan Seccombe
2 min read

How can a stock up 130% in 2019 still be such a big secret?

Directors of Indequity seem to be going out of their way to ensure the insurer remains an obscure JSE entity

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read



Cane and able: Cape Town’s blind weave the highest art

A star cast of designers give the collection a mix between honest handcrafting and highbrow design

By Mila Crewe-Brown
1 min read

Art as jewellery, or vice versa? Either way, you’re winning

Contemporary jewellery that’s worth showing off

By Geraldine Fenn
1 min read

Giving good blouse: Style tips from TV’s best-dressed series

Costume designers seem to be upping the fashion ante in this season’s high-budget productions

By Charlie Gowans-Eglinton
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: Maritzburg fear hoodoo Chief Bernard Parker

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read
Sport FREE

Super improvement needed or Lions will eat SA rugby alive

FREE TO READ | Since the Bulls won in 2010, Super Rugby success has been a foreign concept for SA teams

3 min read

Blasts from the past: Bugbear Steve Smith at it again in 2014

Today in SA sports history: November 21

David Isaacson
1 min read