Wednesday, April 15 2020



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Reserve Bank attacks crisis with all guns blazing

ANALYSIS | The Bank has rapidly used all its weapons while the government dithers on macro-economic policy

Hilary Joffe
4 min read
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Cape parties scrap on at the bottom of the barrel

We do not need divisive leaders at a time the world faces a deadly enemy

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
4 min read
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Easing lockdown: these are the crucial questions we still need answered

Zweli Mkhize and Prof Salim Abdool Karim gave a masterful overview, but there are still some grey areas

By Alex Welte
4 min read

Businesses stress about relief cash as ‘chancers’ try their luck

Funding and debt-relief options flooded with applications by lockdown-battered companies

By Orrin Singh and Nivashni Nair
3 min read

Nurse that last bottle a bit longer: state still mulling end to booze ban

Government continues consultations on the matter, but promises an answer by the end of Friday

By Claudi Mailovich
2 min read

It’s not a touchy issue: boxes and packages are safe, say experts

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found no sign of the virus on cardboard after 24 hours

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
2 min read



De Lille’s fence borders on the ridiculous – not to mention its cost

How can she justify paying R1m a km for a bit of wire that wouldn’t stop a chicken crossing from Zim to SA?

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Instead of a virus national command, what SA really needs is a ‘Goat’

Pandemic demands a ‘government of all talents’ that doesn’t shut out technocratic expertise and alternative wisdom

Tony Leon
6 min read
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Solani Samson Mthombeni: The man, the village and his acoustic guitar

Everything about him was a testament to the artistic creativity and cultural integrity of his area’s people

By Tinyiko Maluleke
5 min read

Return of the studied dig shows you Kant put a worthy verb down

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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


People arrested and charged with violating lockdown rules over the Easter weekend wait outside the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Some said they were arrested while going to buy food, and claim police were verbally and physically abusive.
LOCKDOWN BEATDOWN People arrested and charged with violating lockdown rules over the Easter weekend wait outside the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Some said they were arrested while going to buy food, and claim police were verbally and physically abusive.
Image: Sebabatso Mosamo

6 things you need to know

State thinking of topping up grants

The government is considering topping up some of the social welfare grants paid to millions of poor South Africans to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “Yes, I can confirm that we are looking at adjusting temporarily the child-support grant and old-age pension grant,” finance minister Tito Mboweni said on Tuesday. He said a firm position would be taken on Wednesday, but indicated that people tended to gravitate towards the old-age grant.

Death probed after ‘assault’ by soldiers

The SA National Defence Union (Sandu) has called for a military inquiry into the death of a man from Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, allegedly after being beaten by defence force (SANDF) members. Police spokesperson Brig Mathapelo Peters said the man, believed to be in his 40s, was allegedly assaulted by soldiers on Good Friday. A murder case had been opened at the Alexandra police station where the autopsy results were awaited. Defence force spokesperson Col Louis Kirstein said the SANDF would co-operate with the police investigation. Sandu said an urgent board of inquiry must be instituted.

KZN could wake up to snow on Wednesday

Light snowfall is expected over parts of the Drakensberg and the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Tuesday evening and into Wednesday. This comes as a cold front sweeps in from Botswana through the central interior, stretching to the coastal regions of KZN and the Eastern Cape. SA Weather Service forecaster Julius Mahlangu said there had been no snow in the province, but “we're expecting some light snowfall over parts of the Drakensberg mountains tonight going into Wednesday morning”. Many parts of KZN were experiencing thunderstorms and showers. Weather service spokesperson Hannelee Doubell said parts of Gauteng could also expect severe thunderstorms.

Algerians tune in to irreverent ‘Radio Corona’

Algerians stuck in pandemic lockdown and dismayed with their government are tuning into an irreverent online broadcaster that is keeping their protest spirit alive: Radio Corona Internationale. Created in an expatriate’s dining room in the US, RCI offers political talk, caustic humour and popular music to give listeners rare moments of freedom amid the gloom of confinement. – AFP

I wouldn’t reopen at Trump’s orders: governor

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said he would not abide by any order that President Donald Trump gave to reopen his state in an unsafe manner during the coronavirus outbreak. Trump said on Monday he believed the president has ‘total authority’ over states in the US coronavirus response, a stance that is not supported by the constitution and was immediately rejected by legal experts and some governors. – Reuters

China offers reward for catching border crossers

A northeast China province is offering cash rewards of up to 5,000 yuan (R13,000) for help in catching people who illegally cross the Russian border. China is still struggling to contain a spike in imported cases. Most of the new infections have been in Chinese citizens returning home. A new front has emerged in Heilongjiang province, which on Tuesday reported 79 new cases in arrivals from neighbouring Russia. – AFP




Today’s cryptic crossword

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Today’s quick crossword

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Meat our maker: amazingly, dogs, snakes and bats are back on the menu

Wet markets worldwide are still open despite their role in spreading disease. This is a huge and deadly mistake

By William Hague
5 min read

Africa needs huge debt relief to avert virus catastrophe, G20 warned

Without it, half a billion people may be pushed into poverty, facing a terrible choice: save lives or the economy

By Adrian Blomfield
4 min read

The ‘currency of last resort’ strikes gold

The precious metal’s popularity has grown during the pandemic

By Tom Stevenson
4 min read

I’m not saving the world, says vaccine guinea pig. Some may beg to differ

The first person to test a possible Covid-19 jab is humbled by the support she receives on social media

By Ben Riley Smith
4 min read



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Just when we knead it most, bread rises again

As baking enjoys a revival it is (ahem) leavening to reflect on bread’s long and storied past

Nadine Dreyer
Features editor
2 min read

Rooibos: from SA’s best-kept secret to chart-topping superfood

This is how the tea evolved from second-rate status to an ingredient with gourmet grading

By Tamara Rothbart
10 min read

Sick to death of your recipe repertoire? SA’s top chefs to the rescue

Five of our best have taken to social media with tips, tricks and recipes to keep their followers entertained

By Steve Steinfeld
3 min read

If you don’t know your brut from your blanc, we’re here to help

A guide to winespeak: how to say it and know what it means

By Wade Bales
3 min read

Blast from the past: Bungu bashes to sixth title defence

Today in SA sports history: April 15

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

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