Friday, November 29 2019



A sordid tale of two cities: the scramble for mayors is on

Both Joburg and Pretoria are without leaders as squabbles and scandals rage in their council chambers

Aphiwe Deklerk
4 min read

Black Friday is capitalist punishment for the masses

The idea is slowly filtering through that if you have the choice to say no to cheaper products, you don’t get to judge

Tom Eaton
3 min read
Sport FREE

Eddie Jones: Winning the Kiwi battle but losing the Bok war

FREE TO READ | You can sometimes find yourself jumping at shadows or second-guessing decisions, reckons the England ...

Liam Del Carme
4 min read



Judges to decide fate of kids caught between warring parents

It’s all about the litigation rather than the children’s interests, says advocate of trio taken to Alaska by their dad

4 min read

Cops crack down on dagga healer dealers

FREE TO READ | Zanele Mazibuko-Mnisi is a revered traditional healer who now finds herself on the wrong side of the law

Jeff Wicks
2 min read

Lax laws, cops leave Africa’s kids at mercy of sex predators

FREE TO READ | Report highlights the ease with which abusers have ‘free rein’ to sexually exploit Africa’s kids

Matthew Savides
News editor
3 min read

Estate agent forced into Retreat by would-be buyer’s boundary beef

The line between two previously race-segregated suburbs has blurred, setting the stage for a dispute

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read




Itch to twitch: birding takes off with teens

FREE TO READ | Being in the field spotting birds is changing the lives of pupils from Cape Town

Claire Keeton
3 min read

World’s loudest bird sings its heart out for love

The bird’s peak decibels can reach above the human pain threshold and are equivalent to a loud rock concert

2 min read

BirdLife SA is hosting Birding Big Day on Saturday, when birders record as many species as they can in 24 hours in a 50km radius.



Ideas FREE

Utterly perfect: the dying era of tender departures and messy goodbyes

FREE TO READ | Some last words had the clearest ring of authenticity, while some were a little too polished

4 min read
Ideas FREE

Community garden is SA’s hope and hardships in a nutshell

FREE TO READ | The backlash from the drought is still felt by small farmers, but hope lies in the next generation

Tanya Farber
5 min read


Six things about SA you need to know

Cyril axes interview over host’s assault claims

President Cyril Ramaphosa bowed to public pressure on Thursday, and pulled out of a scheduled PowerFM radio interview. Ramaphosa was slated to take part in “The Chairman’s Conversation” with PowerFM chairperson Given Mkhari. However, there was criticism over the interview because assault charges had been opened against Mkhari by his wife, Ipeleng. Mkhari also opened charges against Ipeleng. This stemmed from a fight at their home in July 2018. The court matters against Mkhari and Ipeleng were withdrawn in the Randburg magistrate's court in August last year. In a statement on Thursday, the presidency said that — “in the light of concerns raised by civil society organisations” over the event — Ramaphosa had decided not to participate. The Wise Collective and the Soul City Institute were among those to openly criticise the decision to take part in the interview with Mkhari. The presidency said: “President Ramaphosa firmly believes that he, like every other South African, has a responsibility to do everything within his means to confront gender-based violence, and to do nothing that undermines the effectiveness of the national effort.”

ANC angry at delay in appointing new mayor

The ANC says it will go to court over the postponement of a Johannesburg council meeting on Thursday that was meant to elect a new mayor. After the postponement of the meeting by council speaker Vasco da Gama, ANC regional secretary Dada Morero confirmed the party would go to court, a move opposed by the DA and the EFF. Postponing the meeting, Da Gama said he wanted to get a legal opinion on what the majority vote meant for the mayoral vote. But the ANC insisted Da Gama should have consulted and made a decision on Thursday because the council meeting had a quorum. He said Da Gama's decision was illegal and the DA was running away because they knew the ANC and its partners were going to win. ANC regional chair Geoff Makhubo was up against the DA's Funzi Ngobeni and the EFF's Musa Novela.

Principal arrested for rape of teacher

The KwaZulu-Natal education department is in the process of suspending a primary school principal in Phoenix, south of Durban, after he was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping a teacher. Spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa said the department was investigating the principal after the rape allegation. Several other teachers had come forward with similar allegations. KZN police confirmed that they were investigating a case of rape opened against the 54-year-old on Monday. The rape allegedly occurred at the school. Mbele said the man was expected to appear in court soon.

R30bn for two new KZN dams

Two new dams, providing a combined 800 million litres of water a day, are set to be built in KwaZulu-Natal over the next decade at a cost of more than R30bn. Speaking at the release of the Umgeni Water annual report in Durban on Thursday, the water authority’s CEO Thami Hlongwa said the huge builds - along with the completion of the Hazelmere Dam wall expansion project - would secure the province’s water resources for the next 50 years. The biggest project was the Smithfield Dam in the Upper uMkomazi area, worth R26bn, which will add 700 million litres of water a day to KZN’s water supply. Construction is expected to be completed by 2030. Construction on the second dam, Ngwadini, which will feed existing dams supplying the south coast, is expected to start in the 2020/21 financial year. This will cost Umgeni Water R4.2bn.

Teacher dies after brick thrown at car

A high school teacher died after being hit in the face by a brick hurled at the car she was travelling in with her husband near Paarl. “It is such a tragic and unnecessary violent act,” said a message shared with staff, parents and pupils by New Orleans Secondary School. “This is such a sad day for us as a New Orleans family, to inform you of the passing of a beloved friend, colleague and beloved teacher, Mrs Michelle Pietersen. Our prayers are with her husband, Mr Anton Pietersen, her children and grandchildren, as well as the extended family,” the school said. Western Cape police spokesperson Siyabulela Malo said the incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday. An unknown person appeared “out of nowhere” and threw a brick at the couple's car. They were travelling on the N1 from Cape Town to Paarl. A case of murder was opened.

Murder accused had ‘bloody clothes, sharp object’

A 28-year-old man arrested for the murder of Precious Ramabulana was allegedly found in possession of her cellphone, bloodstained clothes and a sharp object, said the family. The Capricorn TVET College student was brutally murdered about 2.30am on Sunday. National police spokesperson Brig Vishnu Naidoo said the man was arrested at his parents’ home in Nyakelang Village, Botlokwa, on Thursday morning. “We are confident that we have the right suspect in custody and that he has a case to answer to,” said MEC for transport and community safety, Namane Dickson Masemola. The family said the man was caught after he was tracked down using Ramabulana's cellphone. Preliminary police investigations revealed Ramabulana was asleep in her room at Ga-Joel Section in Mokomene when she was stabbed to death.
Bruce Parker enjoys the waves spraying him as they crash on the beach during the arrival of a winter storm in Oceanside, California.
OCEANSIDE VIEW Bruce Parker enjoys the waves spraying him as they crash on the beach during the arrival of a winter storm in Oceanside, California.
Image: Reuters/Mike Blake


Footage of a metro police officer 'demanding a R600 spot fine' has gone viral. It was shot on driver Phil Maloney's dashcam on August 19 in North West. An officer stopped Maloney after he was allegedly caught driving at 77km/h in a 60km/h zone. Maloney said he knew 'spot fine' to mean 'bribe' in SA.



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



Why you needn’t worry too much about China’s mania for coal

Sure, it’s building new power stations at a terrifying rate, but that doesn’t mean all hope for the planet is lost

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
5 min read

Scientists spot black hole so huge it ‘shouldn't even exist’ in our galaxy

Discovery of LB-1, which is ‘twice as massive as anything we thought possible’, forces a rethink of how stars evolve

3 min read

Blacklash: French want to bin ‘wasteful’ Black Friday sales

Greenie minister takes aim at ‘frenzied consumerism’ as activists launch Block Friday campaign

By Henry Samuel
1 min read

Out in a ‘blaze of obscurity’: the poet who was an improbable TV star

Aussie-born Clive James invented modern television criticism and became a luminary of the medium

By Telegraph Obituary
13 min read


People gather around a hot punch booth beneath a tree decorated with glowing hearts at a Christmas market in Vienna, Austria.
THE HEART GROWS YONDER People gather around a hot punch booth beneath a tree decorated with glowing hearts at a Christmas market in Vienna, Austria.
Image: Reuters/Lisi Niesner

6 things you need to know about the world

Patriarchy hasn’t a prayer against nun-chucks

They train with swords and fighting fans after their prayers and morning chants. Meet the Himalayan kung fu nuns using their martial arts skills to challenge stereotypes about women's roles in the region's patriarchal societies. "In the Himalayas, girls are never treated equally and girls are not given equal chances - that's why we want to push the girls up," practitioner Jigme Konchok Lhamo, 25, said. "Kung fu has helped us in taking a stand on gender equality as we feel more confident, we feel strong physically and mentally. We are doing kung fu as an example for other girls." The nuns are from the 800-strong Druk Amitabha Mountain Nunnery in Nepal and belong to the centuries-old Drukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. – AFP

Big come-down from weed euphoria

When Canada became the second country, after Uruguay, to legalise cannabis in 2018, executives, growers and investors were euphoric. Share prices soared amid predictions that sales would soon hit tens of billions of dollars. Just over a year on, the cannabis bubble has burst. This month, Canada's biggest suppliers posted dismal quarterly results amid a sector-wide sell-off, due largely to a lack of shops selling the stuff, difficulties in reaching scale and the reluctance of pot smokers to abandon the black market. Once a trailblazer, Canada now looks like a cautionary tale. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Apple gives a big app-yours to Ukraine

Ukraine has lashed out at Apple for showing the annexed Crimea peninsula as part of Russia, saying the US tech giant did not "give a damn" about the pain of the Ukrainian people. Russian lawmakers said on Wednesday Apple had complied with a demand from Moscow for Crimea to appear as Russian territory on its maps and weather apps. "Let me explain in your terms, @Apple," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko wrote on Twitter. "Imagine you're crying out that your design & ideas, years of work & piece of your heart are stolen by your worst enemy but then smb ignorant doesn't give a damn about your pain. That's how it feels when you call #Crimea a (Russian) land.” As of Wednesday, the Black Sea peninsula and its largest cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol were being displayed as Russian territory on Apple's apps when used in Russia. – AFP

Beer exports dry up over WW2 frothy

Not a single drop of Japanese beer was exported to South Korea last month, according to official figures, as a boycott campaign against Japan over a historical dispute dries up demand. Japanese beer shipments to South Korea stood at 7.9 billion yen (R1bn) in 2018, accounting for more than 60% of the country's global exports of the amber nectar. But the finance ministry in Tokyo said exports had plunged to zero, as the two countries remain locked in a dispute over trade and Japanese wartime atrocities. Exports of Japanese instant noodles and sake to South Korea have also plummeted. Ties began a downward spiral after South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to compensate wartime forced labour victims. – AFP

Arsonist gets pioneering burns treatment

A Japanese man accused of killing 36 people in an arson attack is having experimental treatment for third-degree burns to 90% of his body. Donated human skin has been used to provide grafts for 33 victims badly burned in the attack, but is in limited supply, so Shinji Aoba, 41, who was not initially expected to survive his burns, is being treated with artificial skin as well as grafts from the small patches of his own skin that were left intact. The procedure has been carried out elsewhere in the world but is a first in Japan for such extensive third-degree burns, sources said. Aoba told police he carried out the July attack on Kyoto Animation Studios because the studio stole his story ideas. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

World's first HIV-positive sperm bank opens

The world's first HIV-positive sperm bank, designed to reduce the stigma around the virus, has been opened. Sperm Positive, an online sperm bank based in New Zealand, has three HIV-positive male donors with undetectable "viral loads", meaning the virus cannot be passed on. Experts say HIV-positive men can father children with minimal risk of transmission to a partner or baby as long as they have had advice, support and medication, even if the virus is detectable. Damien Rule-Neal, a Sperm Positive donor, was diagnosed with HIV 20 years ago and had it confirmed as undetectable after treatment in 2001. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)



The give-and-Takealot of Naspers’s bet on online retail

Takealot CEO Kim Reid speaks about the parent company, tech, and the outlook for online retail in SA

By Mudiwa Gavaza
2 min read

Not a whole lot of explaining being done at wobbly Woolies

Concern about the size of CEO Ian Moir’s remuneration just one of the issues not dealt with at AGM this week

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

If we want clean energy, stock market investors will buy it

Shifting the world’s financial system towards 50% equity financing could cut carbon emissions by 12%

1 min read



‘The Crown’: Too close to home and too near the bone

Life rarely imitates art exactly; often it is far worse

By Chris Thurman
4 min read

Now streaming: Wouldn’t you love to know why we hate?

Six-part Discovery series on Showmax sets out to answer the question: ‘Where does hate come from?’

By Vianne Venter
3 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: ‘Shakes’ to captain Blitzboks

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Andrews helps thump England

Today in SA sports history: November 29

David Isaacson
1 min read