Wednesday, January 8 2020

MATRIC FOCUS

THE STORIES BEHIND THIS YEAR'S RESULTS

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Government mulls big matric reforms, not least pushing pass from 30% to 40%

As minister announces 81.3% pass rate, she suggests major reforms are needed

Prega Govender
Journalist
5 min read

The IEB star who was never supposed to finish school

A brain stem problem was meant to prevent her writing, but Alexandra Dumas had other ideas

3 min read
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Overcrowded school still makes plenty of room for As

With the help of their dedicated teacher, pupils at the Gauteng school bagged distinctions against the odds

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
4 min read
Ideas FREE

Here’s to the kids tossed into the meat grinder of mediocrity

As parents and teachers celebrate the prodigies, spare a thought for the pupils who slogged their way through

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Ideas FREE

The good news first: SA isn’t as doomed as you think

When thinking about SA’s future, keep in mind that humans are neurologically wired to be negative

Tony Leon
Columnist
5 min read

Life stinks in Pampierstad, and Cyril just got a whiff of it

Ramaphosa and co on ANC birthday promo walkabout in the Northern Cape find locals aren’t in a party mood

By Zimasa Matiwane, Zingisa Mvumvu and Qaanitah Hunter
3 min read

Be warned: those illegal gambling spots are a bad bet

Even if you do win big, you’ll find getting your hands on your big payout very tricky, the gambling board says

Mpumzi Zuzile
Journalist
3 min read
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Trio punished for trying to save lion, cheetah cubs. Appeal judge outraged

Judge slams Free State permit system and lambastes its officials for putting baby animals’ lives at risk

Shain Germaner
Journalist
5 min read

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

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

Was this Hollywood’s last hurrah?

The Golden Globes showed that film studios can still compete against the might of Netflix – for now

By Robbie Collin
5 min read

Weinstein’s in the dock, but so is the MeToo mob

The movement has become less of a quest for justice than an abstract concept – at the expense of the truth

By Celia Walden
4 min read

Juicing up your blood won’t bring you nirvana

Let’s face facts. Liquidised or ‘detox’ foods don’t actually remove toxins from your body

By Andrea Burgener
3 min read

All this talk about the end of the holidays is Greek to us

This spot in Parkhurst will make you feel as if you're vacationing in Greece, even if just for a little while

By Sarah Buitendach
1 min read

The wheel spins as investors are split between SA and US

There’s a possibility that many investors will opt to rotate out of developed markets. Will they look to SA?

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Times Select will be in digest form until January 10.