Wednesday, January 29 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

News FREE

Honour to heartbreak: Enoch was full of promise, says teacher

Family and ex-teacher express praise and grief for the drowned teen at Parktown Boys’ High memorial

Naledi Shange
Journalist
3 min read

He fought on Cape streets. Now gangster fights for lighter sentence

A ‘businessman’ who corrupted a cop argues that he’s been given an unfair amount of jail time

Aron Hyman
Journalist
3 min read

Don’t get into too much of a Faf about the Proteas. Here’s why

The reasons for the SA cricketers’ dismal form may actually also be why will they eventually rise from the ashes

2 min read
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Smokers and drinkers may cough up more to fund NHI

Given the burden of chronic diseases, taxes on alcohol, cigarettes and sugary drinks should go up, says a report

3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

High alert: cannabis users are bad drivers even when not stoned

Researchers found that heavy users drove at higher speeds and through more red lights despite being sober

2 min read

NPA has a beef with Mandrax accused’s cattle

Asset Forfeiture Unit wants to seize them, but owner says they’re not ill-gotten gains

Shain Germaner
Journalist
3 min read

SA must shape up maritime pollution laws or ship out

Failure to adhere to the new international decree could threaten the employment of SA seafarers globally

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
2 min read

High-flying spies: albatrosses help to expose illegal fishing

Fitted with specialist tech, 169 of the giant birds are patrolling the Southern Ocean in search of rogue trawlers

By AFP
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Ideas FREE

In the tightening grip of an autocrat, Benin must reform or implode

Terror looms if it doesn’t deal with graft, the economy and a crackdown on the opposition, media and civil society

6 min read
Ideas FREE

It’s a bit late to ask for tips, Tito, but try these radical ideas anyway

If you really are moved to heed the minister’s plea for ‘scientific ideas’, feel free to submit the following

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

You’re still in the race: why midlifers should run a marathon

Not only has a study bust the myth that running damages the knees, it has found that the opposite is true

By Jessica Salter
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova plays against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the Australian Open quarterfinal.
A SIGHT FOR SOARING EYES Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova plays against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the Australian Open quarterfinal.
Image: Reuters/Issei Kato

Six things about SA you need to know

Fresh mugging warning about ‘grape sellers’

Buying grapes from roadside sellers along the N1 outside De Doorns is potentially dangerous. Police have issued a fresh warning to motorists to refrain from stopping for the informal grape sellers on the N1 near the GG camp informal settlement outside the town. "In most incidents, motorists stop with the intention to buy grapes, and criminals rob them of their belongings such as cellphones and cash," Capt FC van Wyk said. Several cases of common robbery had been reported, and officers were working around the clock to arrest the suspects.

Outa wins against ‘delinquent’ Dudu

The high court in Pretoria on Tuesday dismissed a bid by former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni to appeal against an order the court made last month. In the December 12 order, the court dismissed her special plea that the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) did not have legal standing to bring an application to declare her a delinquent director. The application by Outa and the SAA Pilots' Association was set to start on Monday but Myeni applied for leave to appeal against the December 12 order. This application was dismissed by Judge Ronel Tolmay on Tuesday, who said it was filed after the 15-day limit had lapsed to note an appeal.

Hawks arrest men found with elephant tusks

Two men were set to appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for possession of four elephant tusks. KwaZulu-Natal Hawks spokesperson Capt Simphiwe Mhlongo said both men were arrested at Marine Parade in Durban during a joint operation on Monday. "Members of the Hawks together with the Durban Serious Organised Crime unit, Point Task Team and Umlazi Tactical Response Team received information about the suspects who were in possession of the elephant tusks." The value of the tusks is unknown, but it is understood ivory sells for between R22,000 and R26,400 a kilogram on the black market.

Autopax staff to get balance of pay: unions

Workers at Autopax would be paid the balance of their salaries by Wednesday, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said on Tuesday. On Friday, Autopax advised employees that it would be able to pay only half salaries this month. It did not say when the balance would be paid. Autopax is a subsidiary of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and operates inter-city bus services City to City and TransLux. Numsa said it met Autopax managers on Monday to deal with the matter.

Students ‘assaulted’ in varsity chaos

The North West University (NWU) has closed its Mahikeng campus after an outbreak of violence on Monday. This after the SA Union of Students (Saus), student representative presidents and secretaries-general called for a national shutdown of all universities. A group of students has been preventing people from entering the campus since Monday morning, spokesperson Louis Jacobs said. Jacobs said a group of senior seniors had also assaulted other students and damaged university property.

Corrections couple found dead after ‘domestic’

Two correctional services department officials were killed after an apparent domestic dispute on Monday. The department said Visham Singh, 46, and his wife, Liezel Singh, 42, were declared dead by police when they were discovered in a residence for married warders at Pietermaritzburg Medium A prison, where they worked. It is understood they had been shot. “It has been reported that there was a gun shooting with a private firearm at Hermes 3 (residence for married warders) at about 2.30pm today (January 27), which seems to be related to domestic violence,” said the department. “At the moment we don't have more details of what led to this tragic incident and we are waiting for the report from the police.”

THE VISUAL SIDE

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

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Not even a Bolton from the blue will get rid of party-backed Trump

ANALYSIS | There is renewed fever around the ex-adviser’s impeachment testimony, and then there's reality

By Ben Riley Smith
1 min read

To be sneezed at: that flimsy mask is no good against a virus

It has become an essential weapon in the battle against an invisible enemy, but experts dispute its effectiveness

By AFP
3 min read

Heavy mental: no, Ozzy Osbourne’s wild past didn’t give him Parkinson’s

It’s not always a death sentence, and reaction to the singer’s diagnosis shows how misunderstood it is

By Victoria Lambert
7 min read

Fancy buying an Italian palazzo for R16? Yes, they’re serious

The plan is to breathe life back into Taranto by selling historical homes cheaply

By Nick Squires
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

A Palestinian demonstrator points a toy gun at a poster depicting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Rafah, Gaza Strip.
CONFRONTATION A Palestinian demonstrator points a toy gun at a poster depicting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Rafah, Gaza Strip.
Image: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

6 things you need to know about the world

UK says yes to Huawei, but it’s a bit sensitive

Britain says it will allow Chinese firm Huawei a limited role in building its 5G. It said high-risk vendors would be excluded from the sensitive core of networks, and there would a 35% cap on their involvement in the non-sensitive parts. The US wanted PM Boris Johnson to ban Huawei completely, accusing Beijing of espionage. – Reuters

Shrimp to go from petri dish to your plate

Shiok Meats, a Singapore-based start-up, aims to become the first company in the world to bring shrimp grown in a laboratory to diners’ plates. Demand for meat substitutes is booming, as consumer concerns about health, animal welfare and the environment grow. More than two dozen firms are testing lab-grown fish, beef and chicken. – Reuters

Virus cartoon draws China’s ire

Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten refused to apologise to China over a satirical cartoon about coronavirus. The cartoon depicted a Chinese flag with the yellow stars normally found in the upper left corner exchanged for drawings of the virus. China’s embassy in Denmark responded the same day and issued a statement calling the cartoon ‘an insult to China’. – AFP

Dry red alert: wine regions to shrink

According to a new US study, global warming of just 2°C could see the world’s wine-producing regions shrink by more than half. With 5°C of warming, 85% of current wine-producing land would be unable to produce good vintages. – AFP

It’s the end of the road for Lagos motorbikes

Lagos, Nigeria, will ban commercial motorcycles from many areas of the city, citing overcrowding and safety, authorities said on Monday, a move that could change the commute for thousands and threaten ride-hailing startups. Companies such as Max.ng, Oride and Gokada have been aiming to capitalise on the congested Lagos roads and the city’s teeming population to expand their operations. – Reuters

Israel PM formally indicted on graft charges

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu was formally indicted in court on corruption charges after he withdrew his request for parliamentary immunity from prosecution. Netanyahu was in Washington for meetings with US President Donald Trump when Israel’s attorney-general filed the charges in a Jerusalem court. Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing, lacked sufficient votes in the legislature for approval of his request for immunity. – Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Stock markets totally out of sync with global pessimism

While the world economy languishes and company earnings fall, the S&P500 index keeps hitting new highs

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Sibanye breaks SA record for fatality-free gold operations

Now 518 days without a death, compared to brutal days in 2018 when more than 20 people died

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Market reckons Pembury deserves a jolly good hiding

Private schools company has been acting up of late

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Vendor art: Street food steps up as the Cape’s hippest trend

Three top Cape Town chefs move away from fine dining to embrace a refined style of global street food

By Steve Steinfeld
2 min read

Bravo new world as zero-waste grub comes to Durban

If you’ve resolved to eat better – for yourself and the planet – here are places you can buy without the guilt

By Candice Botha
2 min read

Marly ghosts in to assume prime position in Camps Bay

Good reasons for fanfare at revamped boutique hotel

By Sarah Buitendach
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Nadal licks his lips for Federer

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Joyi to the world for boxer

Today in SA sports history: January 29

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read