Wednesday, March 25 2020




Government gets down to business as lockdown looms

Cabinet ministers reveal drastic measures to cushion the blow against banks and tourism

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent
4 min read

What a gemors! UK shows how not to do a lockdown

People happily carry on with their lives as before, while government keeps on bungling its messages

By Alistair Smout and Michael Holden
3 min read
Ideas FREE

Luckily for SA, we can heed what other nations have done to halt the virus

From tech solutions to business grants, South Korea, China and others appear to have winning strategies

6 min read
Ideas FREE

Cookies, anacondas, Brit-less board games – here are your lockdown basics

In the interests of public wellbeing, I believe the following home activities are essential

Tom Eaton
3 min read




Hops spring eternal: breweries are outbreak heroes

Hand sanitiser is sold out everywhere. Ditto the ingredients to make it. Fear not – breweries have a plan

3 min read

SA’s enterprising mask-makers prize gems over germs

Entrepreneurs create fashion-forward responses to the pandemic

2 min read

Saffers’ mental health taxed by Covid-19, but there are ways to cope

Those with anxiety, obsessive compulsive and mood disorders likely to suffer most, experts warn

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
3 min read

Working at home? Protect your back with these exercises

And their effect lasts three times longer than a typical muscle-strengthening exercise programme

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Hebrew-speaking parrot warns the world: ‘Don’t go out!’

Luca’s Israeli owners taught the bird the new words while holed up in their home because of Covid-19

By Eli Berzlon
1 min read


Shoppers maintain the one-metre distance as they stand in at a supermarket after the lifting of a curfew in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
THEIR HEALTH ON THE LINE Shoppers maintain the one-metre distance as they stand in at a supermarket after the lifting of a curfew in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Image: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Six things about SA you need to know

Hotel magnate Sol Kerzner laid to rest

Hotel and casino titan Sol Kerzner was buried at a small private funeral attended only by his family on Sunday, a day after he succumbed to cancer. Kerzner died at his home in Cape Town, surrounded by his family, at about 6.30pm Saturday. Ian Douglas, a friend and employee at Kerzner's companies for 20 years, confirmed on Tuesday that Kerzer, 84, had been laid to rest. "He was buried on Sunday with only his close family in attendance. In the Jewish faith the funeral happens very promptly," said Douglas. Kerzner is survived by his children Andrea, Beverley, Brandon and Chantal, and 10 grandchildren. His eldest son, Howard “Butch” Kerzner, died in a helicopter crash in 2006.

Fire rips through Parkview Junior School

Exactly how much damage was caused by a fire that ripped through parts of Parkview Junior School in Johannesburg in the early hours of Tuesday is not yet known. At this stage, an overhead projector, musical instruments - including a 103-year-old piano - and 300 chairs are among the items damaged within the hall, classroom and storeroom which caught fire. The Gauteng education department is calling on anyone with information to share it with the police. Firefighters took about four hours to quell the blaze. The school hall, pupil support classroom and the equipment storeroom were destroyed.

Child rapist Bob Hewitt to be paroled

Former tennis icon and convicted child rapist Bob Hewitt has been granted parole. Once a major name on the international tennis circuit, Hewitt, 80, was convicted in March 2015 of raping two teenage tennis pupils and sexually assaulting a third in the 1980s and 1990s, while he was their coach. Hewitt was sentenced to six years in prison in May 2015 but was only jailed in September 2016 after an unsuccessful Constitutional Court appeal. After serving just three and a half years of his sentence, Hewitt will be released on parole on April 24 after his hearing on Tuesday. The parole board found that Hewitt was eligible for parole and that he had a solid support system at home should he be released. Speaking after the announcement, a lawyer for one of Hewitt's victims, Tania Koen, said the matter could still be taken on review but this would be up to the victims.

Limpopo premier fires public works MEC

Limpopo premier Stanley Mathabatha has announced his first executive reshuffle of the sixth administration, axing public works MEC Monica Mochadi from his team. The changes were announced in a statement from his office. Mochadi was replaced by Namane Dickson Masemola, who previously served as MEC of transport and community safety. Masemola has been replaced by speaker of the provincial legislature Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya. Mathabatha said the changes stemmed from an assessment of the performance of the executive.

Hawks take down Free State drug syndicate

After a three-year operation, the Hawks on Monday arrested six alleged drug dealers in Bloemfontein. The arrest of the suspects - aged between 21 and 50 - was the culmination of a project undertaken by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Unit. "The operation was conducted following an intelligence surveillance operation where the group’s illegal activities were monitored and evidence was gathered since 2017. "Over a period of time the group unsuspectingly sold supplies of various drugs to undercover police members, which resulted in 16 case dockets being registered and their recent arrest," Hawks spokesperson Warrant Officer Linda Steyn said. The six were expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

Man arrested for farmer's murder

A 35-year-old has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 63-year-old farmer from the Dzumeri area outside Giyani, Limpopo. The arrest comes after the discovery of the body of Soyaphi Thomas Nkuna along the R529 road next to Maphata Village a week ago. Nkuna was found with a gunshot and stab wounds. He was a teacher at Kheto Nxumalo High School in Giyani before becoming a farmer. The man accused of the killing was arrested in Polokwane on Saturday, and was positively linked to a housebreaking and theft incident in the area. He was expected to appear before the Giyani Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, facing charges of murder and carjacking.




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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The virus has its own slasher movie, and Hollywood is the victim

Cinemas are shut and the film release schedule is in ruins. If the industry does survive, what form will it take?

By Robbie Collin
8 min read

The young think they’re immune to Covid-19. They’re in for a big shock

ANALYSIS | It’s possible for this to be a ‘disease of the old’ and yet for large numbers of young people still to die

By Paul Nuki and Sarah Newey
3 min read

Egypt torturing kids as young as 12 in huge crackdown: report

They are being regularly swept up in raids, then electrocuted and waterboarded, among other horrors

By Raf Sanchez
1 min read

I’m like Henry Miller and James Joyce - a victim, says Woody Allen

In his memoir, he admits to ‘poetic fantasy’ in which he ‘stands defiantly’ with writers who also suffered ‘injustice’

By Nick Allen
3 min read


Men keep their distance as they pass money in Trafalgar Square as the spread of the coronavirus continues in London.
CASH IN, BUT DON’T CATCH IT Men keep their distance as they pass money in Trafalgar Square as the spread of the coronavirus continues in London.
Image: Reuters/Hannah McKay

6 things you need to know about the world

Afro-jazz star dies from Covid-19

Veteran Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango has died after contracting the new coronavirus, one of the first worldwide stars to succumb to the disease. The 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit ‘Soul Makossa’, ‘died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region’, his music publisher Thierry Durepaire said. – AFP

EU officials’ video conferencing ‘catastrophic’

The EU’s decision-making process is being sorely tested by video conferencing during the coronavirus pandemic, EU officials say, with one calling it a ‘catastrophe’. A virtual meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday was punctuated by technical problems, speakers who were unsure if they could be heard and a lack of translators. – Reuters

Sixty-four migrants die in truck in Mozambique

Sixty-four people believed to be migrants from Ethiopia headed to SA have been found dead in a container attached to a truck in Mozambique. Authorities stopped the truck en route from Malawi. They found 14 people alive among the bodies of 64 who had died from suspected asphyxiation. The survivors were now being held at an immigration facility. Two people were detained in connection to the incident. – Reuters

Rule-breakers branded ‘friends of coronavirus’

Police in Meerut, India, are making citizens who break its lockdown hold up signs reading: ‘I am a friend of coronavirus,’ or ‘I am the enemy of society,’ before posting their pictures on Twitter. Most of India, which had 482 infections and nine deaths by Tuesday, is under lockdown to curb the spread of the virus, including Meerut. – Reuters

Nigeria president’s ‘gatekeeper’ tests positive

The Nigerian president’s chief of staff has tested positive for coronavirus. Abba Kyari, who is in his 70s, is an important figure in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and his illness could have ramifications for the running of the country. Kyari has a history of medical complications, including diabetes, and is the gatekeeper to the president. – Reuters

US state abolishes death penalty

Colorado governor Jared Polis on Monday signed a bill to repeal the death penalty and commuted the sentences of three men on death row to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Lawmakers in February approved the bill, overcoming fierce opposition from Republicans who tried to stall the vote. – AFP



What we need from SA’s rich right now are rand gestures

It has happened before in SA, and it is working for other countries battling the Covid-19 outbreak

By Mills Soko and Mzukisi Qobo
5 min read

Treasury working to limit fiscal deficit in face of virus shutdown

Reprioritisation, adjusting spending and postponing certain initiatives form part of the response

By Lynley Donnelly
2 min read

As SA shuts down, global markets have to steel themselves

There are increasing reports from around the world of miners either idling output or cutting it back

By Clyde Russell
4 min read



Everyone! Four new cookbooks (and a journal) you ...

These sumptuous new releases will inject some inspiration into your cooking and entertaining

By Candice Botha
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: Olympics postponed until 2021

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
4 min read

Blast from the past: Mwelase win is one for the ...

Today in SA sports history: March 25

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read