Friday, April 17 2020



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No more dithering, Cyril, Tito. Give us your plan. Now

Their strategy is to say the right thing at the right time without details on the ‘how’. SA can no longer afford this

3 min read

Move over lockdown, SA is getting back to (some) business

Restrictions have been relaxed for key sectors, a sign the executive fears the approaching financial pinch

Jeff Wicks
Senior reporter
3 min read

Yikes! Some grades may only return to school in July

The basic education department is considering a ‘phased-in’ approach to the resumption of schooling

Prega Govender
4 min read

Medical schemes regulator may give industry a chance to breathe

Medical aids are worried about keeping members as companies, individuals grapple with lockdown fallout

By Tamar Kahn
3 min read

Tim Noakes says sorry for his Covid-19 comments ... well, sort of

Sports scientist says journo who criticised his words as ‘dangerously misleading’ didn’t get the point he was making

4 min read

Covid-19 separates men from boys as winter circumcisions banned

Traditional leaders are not happy with government’s decision, saying they were not consulted

3 min read

Lockdown is a red-hot deal for Vodacom as traffic jumps 40%

The telecoms sector has seen a spike in network data traffic, but in the longer term things look a bit gloomy

By Reuters
2 min read




Be gown! Judge boots love rat from wife’s home

Man loses bid to sell matrimonial holiday home after wife discovers affair, nightgown violation

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

S’true doll! Stone Age Saffers loved leopard skin

Dig finds bones of the big cats with markings that prove they were carefully skinned

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read



Ideas FREE

No, frontline workers are not going to be the new A-list

When Covid-19 is all over, soothsayers insist, we will have cancelled the rich and famous. Really?

Tom Eaton
2 min read

It’s easy to take umbrage at the slithers of twee Doloreses and Bathabiles

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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

For whom the school bell tolls: how lockdown eases kids’ fear

There are many negatives to school being shut, but for some it is a break from extreme violence in many forms

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

The state’s virus response is ruined by its denial of SA’s jobs nightmare

And it has dithered while having at its disposal a world-beating tool to help the masses who desperately need it

3 min read


6 things you need to know

Shopkeeper killed after refusing to sell cigs

A shopkeeper who refused to sell cigarettes during the lockdown was stabbed to death, police said on Thursday. Brig Vishnu Naidoo said the shopkeeper's colleague at Malmesbury, Western Cape superette was stabbed in the neck but survived. Naidoo said the attacks occurred after the Kalbaskraal Superette closed on Wednesday. The shopkeepers were in the back room when they heard a knock on the door at 7.30pm. “They asked who it was. The person identified himself, and because they knew who it was they opened the door for him. The visitor asked the shopkeepers if he could buy cigarettes. They said no and an argument ensued. The suspect then stabbed the two shopkeepers with a knife. Both were stabbed once in the neck. The suspect was arrested at 4am on Thursday.”

Banksy’s toilet toil makes wife ratty

Nobody really expected Banksy to shut up and self-isolate, did they? It seems the reclusive street artist can’t help himself. Trouble is, the series of rats causing mayhem in his bathroom hasn’t gone down too well with his wife, The Guardian reports. The artist captioned a set of five images on Instagram thus: “My wife hates it when I work from home.” In the images, the rodents - a motif in much of his art - knock the bathroom mirror to one side, hang on the light chord, swing on a towel ring and step on a tube of toothpaste, the report said. Another rat is seen scampering on roll of toilet paper while another urinates all over the toilet seat, as yet another counts down the days in lockdown in red lipstick on the mirror. - Staff reporter

Zondo witnesses get a reprieve, for now

People accused of facilitating and aiding - or being witnesses to - state capture can breathe a temporary sigh of relief. Those who were scheduled to answer before the state capture inquiry between next week and the end of April will now no longer do so because of the extension of the countrywide lockdown. The commission has been on hold since mid-March after the coronavirus outbreak. It was due to resume next week. Commission spokesperson Rev Mbuyiselo Stemela said those who were meant to appear in the final 10 days of this month would be allocated new dates. However, all those who have been given dates that fall outside the lockdown period would still have to appear unless the commission decided otherwise should the lockdown be extended further.

Gravely big business for ‘coffin village’

It may be small but Pinor village in a remote corner of northwestern Spain has the peculiar distinction of being known for coffins, with coronavirus deaths doubling demand at its nine workshops. Spain is suffering one of the world's most deadly outbreaks that has killed more than 18,500 in just two months. For mayor Jose Luis Gonzalez the pandemic has sent the amount of work soaring for those in the coffin-making business in this village of just more than 1,000 people. At his own business, which he inherited from his father, workers are making “around 400” coffins a month, when they would normally be producing half that. - AFP

Residents saved from Hillbrow blaze

A fire broke out in a building in Hillbrow, Johannesburg on Thursday morning. The building, along Katherine and Oracle streets, started burning at about 10.45am. Robert Mulaudzi, of the City of Joburg's emergency management services, said no injuries were reported. “All the residents were evacuated safely [and] unharmed. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. We would like to encourage all our residents to continue to look after any heating devices which might cause fire incidents at home,” he said. The disaster management team would help those affected.

This fake tan is beyond Kardashian help

Beauty products maker PZ Cussons is seeing a surge in demand for its Carex hand wash, sanitiser gels and Imperial Leather soap owing to the coronavirus pandemic, while facing a slowdown in its fake-tan brand St Tropez. PZ Cussons said St Tropez, which has been name-checked by Kim Kardashian and other social media influencers, has been hit hard by the social distancing measures in place in Britain, the US and across Europe. “Our significant marketing activities planned for Q4 have been cancelled and we expect this business to be slow to recover,” the company said. - Reuters




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 WHO gets it wrong sometimes, but not this time

ANALYSIS | Nations that heeded the advice of its huge pool of experts are beating the virus far better

By Paul Nuki
3 min read

Room and gloom: has coronavirus brought Airbnb to its knees?

The company has long profited from buyers and sellers. Now both have gone belly up, and it might not survive

By Laurence Dodds and James Titcomb
6 min read

Appy days? Not if you value your privacy

Then there are false positive tests, which could lead to chaos, and false negatives to a misguided sense of security

By Olivia Rudgard
4 min read

Lock up kitty, walk clockwise, kill music: welcome to post-lockdown life

Experts have come up with 275 ideas to stop coronavirus spreading after restrictions are eased

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read




Saffers grapple with the five stages of lockdown

Some are hitting the bootleg  booze, others are getting the blues as lockdown enters its fourth week

Paul Ash
Senior reporter
4 min read

Take note: Nduduzo Makhathini drops a first for SA

The award-winning musician is the first South African to sign to Blue Note Records

By Debbie Hathway
5 min read

Offbeat assassins and idiots to laugh at make for binge-worthy fare

You’ve got screen time, use it well. To help you, check out our picks for lockdown couch vegging

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

Here’s looking at your closing scene, Casablanca

For film fans, this is the time to reconnect with the idea of what makes a classic, a desert-island film choice

By Robbie Collin
4 min read

Blast from the past: Proteas run triangles around rivals

Today in SA sports history: April 17

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read

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