Monday, February 24 2020



Ideas FREE

The Zuma flunkeys are bleeding out – so why is Cyril not acting?

The faction that may have blocked Ramaphosa’s reforms is scared and vulnerable, but new threats loom

4 min read

Judge Hlophe’s rival: This is why I was a no-show at hearing

Patricia Goliath says she did not need to attend, while her opponent was there in full force, for seven hours

Karyn Maughan
2 min read
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Desperate to escape your timeshare nightmare? Here’s how

There’s a very simple way to end your so-called ‘contract’ – and you won’t even need an attorney

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read




First heritage centre for SA’s first people. It’s about time

San heritage centre at !Khwa ttu joins a wave of revivalism sweeping the country

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
10 min read

Mind your language: social media should make us happy, says activist

Christo Thurston is using his viral online presence to build people up, not break them down

2 min read

Tourism body takes itself to court, told it’s as pointless as it sounds

Court rules authority had no reason to take board’s decisions on review,  particularly as they were never implemented

Shain Germaner
4 min read

Reference letters ‘catapult job seekers to front of the queue’

They also boost a firm’s ability to select better candidates – except when they seem too good to be true

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read



Ideas FREE

They wrote it this week: How it felt to be a Jew facing the most evil Nazi

Extracts from diaries and letters written between February 24 and March 1

Robin Crouch
8 min read

Trump’s zombies are feasting on voters’ brains, says acid-pen economist

The economy is not what scares Paul Krugman about a second Trump term. It’s what will happen to US democracy

By Tom Rees
5 min read

Shamed to death: these stars have run the gauntlet of public pain

As Caroline Flack’s Instagram post reveals the truth of her breakdown, we look at how other celebs have coped

By Louise Gannon
8 min read


A man works on the final preparations at the Sambadrome for the upcoming carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro.
A HAPPY AND MARITIME A man works on the final preparations at the Sambadrome for the upcoming carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro.
Image: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes

Six things about SA you need to know

Award-winning woman farmer stabbed in head

A woman has survived a terrifying ordeal after three armed men broke into her home and forced her do a money transaction before threatening to rape and kill her on Saturday evening. The incident occurred on her farm in Rosemead, just outside Bloemfontein. Mimie Jacobs, recipient of the Free State Female Farmer of the Year Award from the department of agriculture in 2016, was in hospital on Sunday. Jacobs is also a former president of the Free State Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The farmhouse floors were covered in blood after she was stabbed in the head by her attackers. Part of the knife snapped off, remaining embedded in her skull.

Manufacturer recalls tins of pilchards

People who recently bought canned Pilchards in Tomato Sauce in 400g tins under the Shoprite, Checkers and OK house brands have been urged to return them for a refund. West Point Processors, which supplies the house brand products, announced a recall on Saturday, citing a “canning deficiency” that may make the product “unfit for human consumption”. The company said: “The recall is only related to the 400g Pilchards in Tomato Sauce products which have the specific batch codes starting with ZST2 and ZSC2.”

One dead in KZN flash floods

Three vehicles were swept off a bridge by flash floods, claiming the life of a 28-year-old woman while others managed to escape to higher ground on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast on Saturday evening. Heavy rain caused flooding in the Nonoti and Kwadakuza areas. IPSS Medical Rescue were alerted to vehicles being washed off a low lying bridge in the Nonoti area, setting in motion a rescue operation. SAPS K9 search and rescue and the National Sea Rescue Institute were also notified.

Poet slams Cyril over gender violence

A Western Cape activist's powerful video poem accusing President Cyril Ramaphosa of being oblivious to gender-based violence in SA has gone viral. Veronique Jephtas – a 23-year-old Paarl poet and writer – took to Facebook on Thursday after eight-year-old Tazne van Wyk's body was found in a stormwater drain pipe in Worcester, to post her two-minute video poem titled, “The apology we never got”. Moehydien Pangaker, 54, has been charged with the kidnapping and murder of Tazne, who went missing two weeks ago. The child’s death has sparked widespread grief, anger and outrage.

I’m not afraid of jail, says Zuma

Former president Jacob Zuma reiterated on Saturday that he was not afraid of going to jail. He briefly addressed a crowd at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg after returning home from a trip to Cuba where, he explained, he had received medical treatment. Zuma wore dark sunglasses as he was greeted by the throng, some carrying banners and placards. “Zuma the Mkhonto Wesizwe Commender,” read one of them. He explained that he was wearing dark glasses because there was something wrong with his eyes. He had received treatment abroad for the condition, he added.

Another Fort Hare student killed

A 30-year-old man who was stabbed to death in Alice in the early hours of Saturday has been identified as a University of Fort Hare student. This means two UFH students have died in the past two weeks, reports DispatchLIVE. At least 10 UFH students died in 2019. The student was a witness in the murder of another University of Fort Hare student, Yonela Boli, who was also stabbed to death on February 8. The student died at Victoria Hospital in Alice.




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?

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Whingeing Sussexes have shown us they don’t intend to shuffle off quietly

Their latest tirade, with thinly veiled barbs, reveals they’re less than happy with the ‘divorce’ arrangements

By Camilla Tominey
3 min read

The choke’s on us: the carbon offsetting ‘Wild West’ revealed

People trying to offset emissions risk being ripped off in an unregulated carbon market, an investigation finds

By Hayley Dixon, Emma Gatten and Sophie Barnes
4 min read

Let us spray: this is the ‘cult-like’ church where the coronavirus spiked

The spotlight is on South Korea's shadowy end-times Shincheonji Church, whose leader thinks he’s Jesus

By Nicola Smith and Seung Won Choi
5 min read

Time to cry: meet the little robot boy who can ‘feel’ pain

As a machine learns to wince, we're closer to a ‘Blade Runner’ future where androids are indistinguishable from humans

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read


A Hindu devotee walks along the premises of a temple a day ahead of the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.
IN BETWEEN A Hindu devotee walks along the premises of a temple a day ahead of the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Image: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

6 things you need to know about the world

UK takes hard line on Grace Mugabe

The UK is preparing to reimpose sanctions on the wife of Robert Mugabe at the end of the year after the government disagreed with an EU decision to ease restrictions on her finances. The UK suspended an order freezing assets of Grace Mugabe following an EU decision last week. The UK exited the EU at the end of January but is required to follow the bloc’s sanctions decisions until the transition period expires at the end of the year, but the threat to reinstate restrictions on Grace Mugabe is the clearest indication yet that the UK could change its approach to dealing with human rights abuses when the Brexit transition period ends on December 31. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2020)

Airline boss hits back at flight-shamers

The boss of the world’s biggest airline has attacked climate change campaigners, insisting the burgeoning “flight-shaming” movement is “not helping the environment”. American Airlines boss Doug Parker says the industry must focus on developing cleaner fuels to address its carbon footprint. “In the near-term, I think the best thing we can all do is make sure that we have the most efficient aircraft we possibly can,” he said. “Longer term, though, that’s not sufficient. We need to work on synthetic fuels, fuels that don’t produce carbon.” – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2020)

Pope comes out as anti-Trump

Pope Francis on Sunday warned against “inequitable solutions” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying they would only be a prelude to new crises, in an apparent reference to Donald Trump’s Middle East peace proposal. It was believed to be the first time the pope, who has often defended both Palestinian rights and Israel’s need for security, has spoken in public about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since Trump announced the plan on January 28. – Reuters

Japan admits it messed up virus quarantine

Japan on Sunday confirmed the first case of a former Japanese passenger of a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship testing positive for the disease after initially receiving a clean bill of health. More than 20 foreigners evacuated from the ship have also tested positive after returning home. The cases raise questions about the effectiveness of the quarantine on board the ship and fears for the nearly 1,000 former passengers allowed to move freely around Japan. Further fuelling criticism of the Japanese government measures, health minister Katsunobu Kato was forced to apologise after it emerged that 23 passengers were released without even being tested during the quarantine for the virus. – AFP

Gay is now okay in UK’s palaces

The UK’s Historic Royal Palaces charity has uncovered queer and transgender stories in its archives for a series of LGBT events as its curator suggests tales of homosexual relationships are more acceptable than Henry VIII’s “extreme heterosexuality”. The charity, which looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court, and Kensington Palace, is marking LGBT History Month with tours about royals and courtiers’ same-sex relationships and “drag queen story time”. “If you can talk about Henry VIII and his relationships, why not talk about romantic relationships between people of the same sex?’’ said curator Matthew Storey. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2020)

‘Friends’ with benefits as cast reunites

The cast of the US sitcom “Friends” will each earn nearly $2.5m when they appear in a one-off reunion show, it has emerged. The six main cast members have signed a new deal to appear in a single episode to be shown 16 years after the final series ended. It is understood Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will each receive between $2.25-$2.5mm. The sitcom, which ended in 2004, has experienced a surge in popularity recently among younger viewers who have discovered it through Netflix. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2020)



SAA business rescue seems to be working - just let the team do its work

The reorganisation of the airline has rapidly advanced and it appears a path forward is slowly gaining traction

By Eric Levenstein
4 min read

Grist for the mills: Umhlanga to get more homes after Tongaat sale

Property offload comes amid talks for the potential sale of the firm’s starch business as it battles R13bn debt

By Siseko Njobeni
2 min read

‘Nervous’ Assore steels itself for coronavirus fallout

Chinese inventory of finished goods stokes SA firm’s worries about looming reduction in demand

By Lisa Steyn
2 min read



Prue Leith takes a tasty trip into the world of vegetables

‘Most serious cooks love vegetables. I’m not vegan, I’m not even a veggie but I like the drift,’ says famed chef

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
2 min read

Hemp is the answer to the planet’s problems. That is zol

Dagga’s uses span construction, petrochemical plastics, pharmaceuticals, paper, alcohol and animal feed

By Guy Oliver
3 min read

Bollywood’s first gay rom-com flicks its rainbow cape at stereotypes

This in a country where LGBTQ+ people are often cast as crude caricatures for cheap laughs

By Annie Banerji
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: It’s too early for the blues, says ...

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
6 min read

Blasts from the past: Two-ton Adam Gilchrist ...

Today in SA sports history: February 24

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read