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Friday, April 3 2020



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Mbak in time: even in a disaster we get a Fiks of our old bungling ways

But despite Mbalula and Cele, it could be worse. A lot worse. We could be poor old Turkmenistan

Tom Eaton
2 min read

The sound of silence hangs heavy on airports and train depots

Lockdown has hit local airlines and tourist trains hard, but they’re ready to hit the ground running when it ends

Paul Ash
Senior reporter
3 min read

Streets vs shelters: Officials race to get terrified homeless people housed

The challenge, however, is keeping them in shelters, some of which are makeshift and battling to cope

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
5 min read

Big Brother will be watching you, SA, but he can’t hear your chats

Cellphones to be used to track Covid-19 infections, but a judge will make sure the state doesn’t abuse its new powers

1 min read


We took a flight with City of Cape Town officials on a Civair helicopter during day six of the national lockdown on Wednesday.



Gillette is cut slack, but no thigh-five for paint shop’s boob

Watchdog has come out in favour of all but one advertiser in sexism and gender-stereotype complaints

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

400 million years old and going along swimmingly. So what’s the big deal?

The latest coelacanth to be spotted, this time off the KZN coast, is actually a very big deal indeed. Here’s why

Tony Carnie
4 min read

Taxi boss killed in ‘hit’ after meeting cops over missing millions

Limpopo taxi association members plead for the police's help, saying there's a hitman picking them off

By Peter Ramothwala
3 min read


A man feeds pigeons outside a shop on Grant Avenue in Norwood, Johannesburg, during lockdown.
WAITING IN THE WINGS A man feeds pigeons outside a shop on Grant Avenue in Norwood, Johannesburg, during lockdown.
Image: Alon Skuy

6 things you need to know

SA pastor arrested in US for virus violations

An SA pastor has been arrested in Florida, US, for violating Covid-19 restrictions. Rodney Howard-Browne was arrested for holding two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violating a "safer-at-home" order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the New York Times reported. The SA-born pastor held the two services at his church, River, in Tampa Bay. He even provided bus transport for members. According to a CNN report, Howard-Browne was charged with two counts: unlawful assembly and a violation of health emergency rules. Both are second-degree crimes.

Two men held for rape, murder of pensioner

Two men who allegedly posed as soldiers have been arrested for the brutal rape and murder of a 74-year-old Pietermaritzburg woman. The pair, aged 24 and 27, are believed to be linked to the rape of a 20-year-old woman on the same night. They are expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court soon. Police spokesperson Col Thembeka Mbele said the attack occurred at the elderly woman's home in Sweetwaters, where her body was later discovered. “She was allegedly raped and strangled,” said Mbele. The 27-year-old was arrested at his home in KwaShange, Pietermaritzburg, and the 24-year-old was tracked to Durban's Point area.

Limpopo fisherman ‘eaten by crocodile’

The remains of a 31-year-old fisherman were found floating in the Levubu River after he was allegedly attacked by a crocodile, Limpopo police said on Thursday. Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said the remains of Nephawe Rabelani were found on Wednesday. It was alleged that Rabelani, from Tswinga village, outside Thohoyandou, was fishing with a group of other people when he was allegedly seen being grabbed and dragged into the water by a crocodile, said Mojapelo. The incident occurred on Monday at about 6pm. Police investigations are continuing.

Baby formula packs more sugar than Fanta

Some baby formula milk contains up to twice as much sugar as a Fanta fizzy drink despite the potential increased risks of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, a university study has found. Some ready-to-drink formula milk for babies under 12 months - used by the 60% of women who do not breastfeed - was found to contain as much as 8.7 grams of added sugar per 100ml of liquid, which compares with 4.6 grams of sugar per 100ml for Fanta. The 8.7g - equivalent to two teaspoons of added sugar - also exceeds the European Parliament recommended limits for infants of 7.5g per 100ml. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

No, it’s not New Zealand, it’s Antarctica

Antarctica was once a swampy forest with an average temperature of 12C, scientists have concluded. The study, published in the journal Nature, found that the continent had a much more temperate climate 90 million years ago - similar to that of parts of New Zealand today. Scientists discovered the previous temperature of the Antarctic by looking at soil samples from the mid-Cretaceous period (80-115 million years ago). The team said analysis of preserved roots and other plant remains in the soil suggests the world at that time was warmer than previously thought. They found well-preserved forest soil, including plant pollen, spores, a dense network of roots and the remains of flowering plants. It is not yet know what caused the climate change and ice sheets to form.– © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Forced to Zoom? You could sue your boss

Workers using Zoom to attend virtual meetings from home could sue their employers if they object to how the web conference tool uses their personal information. Zoom, which is worth $40bn (R735), has risen from the pandemic as one of the hottest technology companies with millions around the world logging in for online meetings. Employees who feel obliged to use the software, which shares personal data with other companies, may be entitled to a payout. James Castro-Edwards, partner at law firm Wedlake Bell, said: "If a workforce was forced to use Zoom to communicate and it transpired that personal data was going to places that they hadn't agreed to they could claim they had been distressed." – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)



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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Sometimes it’s the rebels who help the cause

Yes, I know this is a time when we must all obey the law, but I can’t help but admire the rebels among us

4 min read
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We all owe a duty of care to those who heal, nurture, scrub and carry

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
3 min read

Love it or hate it, working in your PJs is the new normal

As the virus forces SA to work from home, office buildings will become white elephants, says an expert

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
2 min read

TV in quick bites, on a phone near you, is nothing to quibble about

Quibi is looking to change the future of video streaming when it launches on Monday

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

Sofa so boring? Try these new ways to keep app with your pals

We might not be able to meet up with mates in the flesh, but we can interact virtually thanks to apps

By Lifestyle reporter
2 min read

Splendid isolation: seven things to binge-watch

Our team of professional couch potatoes offers suggestions to help pass the lockdown hours

By Staff reporters
5 min read

Blast from the past

Today in SA sports history: April 3

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

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