Thursday, March 26 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

News FREE

No dog walking, and don’t you dare booze, warns Cele

Police minister contradicts health minister, saying people could only walk their furries around the house

By Zingisa Mvumvu, Claire Keeton and Tamar Kahn
4 min read
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Help me get home to my sick child, pleads SA mom stuck in Angola

She was on a business trip when suddenly Angola banned flights. So far, SA authorities have been silent

By Matthew Hattingh
2 min read
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Eskom should be able to keep our lockdown lights on: Mantashe

The minister says the power utility will be under less strain during the 21 days due to lower demand

By Sthembile Cele
1 min read
Ideas FREE

Selfishness kills, and priests and politicians feed the deadly contagion

When people do not see selfless behaviour in their leaders, it's very hard to convince them to behave magnanimously

4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Covid-19 gets couple to the church ahead of time

An SA couple’s dreams of a big wedding have been dashed, but they will tie the knot on Thursday to beat the lockdown

Jeff Wicks
Senior reporter
2 min read
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Pretoria anaesthetists volunteer at ICUs to fight virus

The group of private-practice specialists will give up their time should the units be overwhelmed

Jeff Wicks
Senior reporter
2 min read
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Apocalypse? Not now: Capetonians get their chill on

Meanwhile, some people took advantage of the remaining hours of freedom to flee the province

By Aron Hyman and Esa Alexander
2 min read
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Love in a time of lockdown – will your relationship survive?

Chinese media report a sharp rise in divorces because isolated couples are ‘spending too much time together’

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
3 min read
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War on hugs: Covid-19 fighting talk is loved and loathed

All that wartime imagery has ruffled feathers when used cynically by leaders to garner support

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Ideas FREE

A skrik in the suburbs: when the last hurrah goes ...

The delay between Cyril’s announcement and the actual lockdown may turn out to have been a costly mistake

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
5 min read
Ideas FREE

Five go into Lockdown! How classic kids’ books ...

I am returning to my childhood books, to a life that felt simpler, more enchanted, and rich in possibility

By Claire Allfree
5 min read

SNAPSHOT

Six things about SA you need to know

Magashule to push ahead with defamation case

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has not withdrawn a defamation case against Buyisile Ngqulwana, but requested a new court date. This is according to Magashule's legal representatives, Victor Nkhwashu Attorneys. The law firm released a statement on Wednesday after reports at the weekend said Magashule had withdrawn the case and was facing a lawsuit from Ngqulwana. But his lawyers said Magashule was going ahead with suing Ngqulwana for defamation after the latter accused Magashule of being instrumental in the formation of political party ATM. Initially, a date of March 26 was given for the case, said lawyer Victor Nkhwashu. But this had now moved to April 30 2020, in the high court in Bloemfontein.

UFS appoints business executive as new chancellor

Prof Bonang Mohale has been appointed chancellor of the University of the Free State. He will replace Dr Khotso Mokhele, whose second five-year term ends on June 3. A professor of practice at the Johannesburg Business School’s College of Business and Economics, Mohale has held chairships and directorships at some of SA’s top companies. He is a former CEO of Business Leadership SA, where he steered several programmes to attract foreign investment and create jobs in the country.

Traditional healer Credo Mutwa dies at 98

The Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) has sent condolences to the family of renowned traditional leader Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, who died on Wednesday morning at the age of 98. Mutwa died at a Northern Cape hospital early on Wednesday following a period of ill health, his foundation said. “It is with profound sense of loss and deep sorrow that the Credo Mutwa Foundation wishes to officially confirm the passing of uBaba Credo Vusamazulu Mpumelelo Mutwa,” the foundation said. He had been fragile and in and out of hospital due to old age. Contralesa secretary-general Zolani Mkiva said the organisation was saddened by his passing. “He was a great spiritual leader. We have lost a critical reservoir of indigenous knowledge,” Mkiva said. He described Mutwa as a “library” for his wealth of knowledge.

Law firm secretary ‘took R12m from trust funds’

A secretary at a law firm in Stellenbosch who allegedly siphoned R12m from trust funds has appeared in court with her husband and daughter on fraud and theft charges. “It is alleged that Alwena Smith, who worked as a secretary in a well-established attorney’s practice in Stellenbosch, unlawfully transferred trust funds to various accounts between January 2016 and April 2018,” the Hawks said. “She allegedly amassed over R12m in her alleged illegal dealings from the law firm she worked for, of which half of the funds were recovered and paid back into the trust fund.” Smith, 48, Sean Desmond Smith, 51, and Elviolynn Dreyer, 31, appeared in the Bellville Commercial Crimes Court on Monday. Investigators allegedly linked the bank accounts to her family. The case against the trio was postponed to April 17 for further investigation. They were each released on bail of R3,000.

Man in custody over ‘body parts murder’

A 50-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of an 11-year-old girl, whose body was found dismembered in Limpopo last week. Moses Makwakw, from Ndengeza village, appeared at the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a charge of murder. He was remanded in custody and his case postponed for a week for a bail application. “The suspect was arrested on Thursday March 19 after his alleged involvement in the brutal murder of an 11-year-old girl, whose dismembered body was found dumped in the Letaba River outside Giyani on Tuesday March 17,” said police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe. Tiyiselani Nokuthula Rikhotso, from the village outside Giyani, was reported missing on March 16. Residents found the dismembered body and called police. They also torched the suspect’s house.

Zim nurses strike over lack of protective equipment

Nurses at Zimbabwe's state hospitals started walking off the job on Wednesday, saying the government had failed to respond to their demands for protective equipment as they brace for a battle against the coronavirus. Customs officials at the country's biggest airport have also stopped reporting for work, fearing exposure to the coronavirus and a lack of measures to prevent its spread, their union said.
A community chairperson on the tallest building of the area tells people how to curb Covid-19 in Kampala, Uganda.
SPREAD THE MESSAGE A community chairperson on the tallest building of the area tells people how to curb Covid-19 in Kampala, Uganda.
Image: Badru Katumba/AFP

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?

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WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Oh, what a bore! It didn’t take long for Parisians to get sick of lockdown

Stuck in cramped apartments, their initial acceptance of a new way of life soon gave way to tetchiness

By Joe Burgis
3 min read

Trump plans to resurrect business as usual by Easter. Is this madness?

For the US president, it’s about keeping the commercial numbers healthy, no matter what the experts say

By James Titcomb
4 min read

Not helping poor nations fight Covid-19 is shooting ourselves in the foot

Leave it to spread freely in already compromised countries and the virus will circle back around the globe

By Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Mark Lowcock
4 min read

Could the blood of Covid-19 survivors be what saves the world?

Taking a leaf from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, blood from recovered patients may be transfused into sick people

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

A masked worker attaches prayer petitions with names written on card in preparation of the upcoming birthday of Buddha at a temple in Seoul.
ON THE CARDS A masked worker attaches prayer petitions with names written on card in preparation of the upcoming birthday of Buddha at a temple in Seoul.
Image: Reuters/Kim Hong-ji

6 things you need to know about the world

Even God’s newspaper succumbs to virus

The Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano, which Pope Francis has jokingly called “the party newspaper”, suspended printing for only the third time in nearly 160 years on Wednesday due to the coronavirus.The paper, which was founded in 1861, will continue publishing online and most of its staff of about 60 will work from home, editor Andrea Monda said. “A newspaper and the paper on which it is printed are inextricably intertwined so it sad that this is happening but the reality is that we are all facing a crisis,” Monda said. - Reuters

Vicar’s first online sermon gets a bit too fiery

A British vicar got more than he expected from his first attempt at an online sermon when he leaned too close to a candle on a cross and his sweater caught fire. Stephen Beach was getting his congregation to reflect on the experience of waiting in the sermon delivered from his home last week. “It's a great thing to pause in the presence of God and to ask the question: Lord God, what are you saying to us?” Beach said, warming to the theme. “And then, of course, to wait for an answer. I've just been pausing between these …” he continued before realising his left shoulder had moved too close to the flame. “Oh dear, I just caught on fire,” he exclaimed, batting and blowing out the flame. “Oh my word.” - Reuters

Prince Charles has the virus

Prince Charles, is showing mild symptoms of the coronavirus but “otherwise remains in good health”, his office said on Wednesday. The 71-year-old and his wife Camilla - who does not have Covid-19 - are currently self-isolating in Scotland. “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks,” the prince’s office added. - AFP

A third of world’s population now in lockdown

India’s 1.3 billion population went into a three-week lockdown on Wednesday, meaning that a third of the world is now under orders to stay indoors. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “total lockdown” call doubled the number of people around the globe under some form of movement restriction to more than 2.6 billion people. However China loosened tough rules on the 50 million people in Hubei province on Wednesday after a months-long lockdown as the country reported no new domestic cases. - AFP

Ex-Spanish king gave mistress luxury love nest

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos gave his ex-mistress close to €1.75m to set up an exclusive love nest home in a picturesque Swiss resort, it has been reported. It is the latest controversy surrounding Juan Carlos. According to El País newspaper, a fund based in Panama set up by Juan Carlos ordered transfers to companies and accounts under the name of Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein to pay for their flat in Villars-sur-Ollon. Her lawyer said the manner in which his client “chooses to allocate her capital, including the unsolicited gift she received in 2012, is her private business”. - Telegraph Media Group Limited (2020)

Ronan could be Sinatra’s son, Woody Allen admits

Woody Allen has conceded his son with Mia Farrow, Ronan, could in fact be Frank Sinatra’s. In his new memoirs, Allen discusses the long-standing question. “One day Mia announced she was pregnant,” he wrote. “I naturally assumed it was by me and the wolfsbane had finally kicked in; and despite her suggesting [Ronan] was Frank Sinatra's child, I think he's mine, though I'll never really know. She may have still been sleeping with Frank, as she hinted, and may have had any number of outside affairs, for all I know. As I said, we lived apart.” - Telegraph Media Group Limited (2020)

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The pandemic has caused technical recession, but this too shall pass

Remarkably in SA, the coronavirus crisis is causing equities to rebase for future growth

By Nolan Wapenaar
4 min read

Tourist sighs: can SA’s visitor attractions survive?

Easter is critical for tourism, but travellers will be stuck at home by the time this peak period arrives

By Sabine Lehmann
6 min read

Wash, rinse, recession: history repeats itself as 2008 flashbacks intensify

There are rising fears that pressure in markets is echoing the late-noughties crisis

By Lucy Burton
2 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Want to do your bit? Here are six SA virus charities to donate to

As we face the pandemic head-on, these SA NGOs are making sure resources get to those who need them most

By Katharynn Kesselaar
5 min read

Wear yourself some happy: why donning colour will boost your mood

Picking out something with a flash of colour in it could be the sartorial equivalent of smiling for a moment

By Caroline Leaper
4 min read

Sound investment: why we love Montblanc’s smart headphones

The luxury maison’s wireless offering combines elegant Montblanc design, comfort and high-quality sound

By Katharynn Kesselaar
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Online launch for new Bafana jersey?

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
5 min read

Blast from the past: Schoeman makes history at ...

Today in SA sports history: March 26

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read