Wednesday, April 22 2020




Cyril’s rescue plan: will it work, is it enough?

He grabs R500bn from everywhere he can and is dependent on some very dodgy departments to make it work

Hilary Joffe
5 min read

And here, in detail, is what Cyril plans to do

His rescue plan aims to address the concerns of all the many interest groups he’s been consulting with

5 min read




There’s only one way to test for Covid-19: experts

Beware of money-hungry manufacturers offering quick-result tests

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
4 min read

Chilling details emerge in army lockdown ‘killing’

The family of an Alex man who died after an alleged beating by soldiers turns to the highest court for justice

Karyn Maughan
3 min read

‘Brilliant’ schoolgirl raped, stabbed to death during lockdown

A confession by a 22-year-old man reveals it was him and allegedly the victim’s boyfriend who killed her

By Tankiso Makhetha
3 min read

Help floods in for family after story of lockdown misery opens hearts

Times Select feature on poor family fishing in a stream for food strikes a chord with their fellow South Africans

By Nonkululeko Njilo and Mandla Khoza
3 min read

It’s compassion on a plate as chefs rise to lockdown challenge

Using food that otherwise would have gone to waste, they are feeding thousands who face starvation

4 min read

‘A person can do anything in life, but not if they are hungry’

Food aid volunteer Sipho Ntuli is moved to help the country's desperate workers, who now have no income

5 min read



EDITORIAL | To save SA, the ANC must lose its allergy to the IMF

Reaction to Tito Mboweni’s comments on an IMF loan signals what’s wrong with SA’s economic policy debates

2 min read
Ideas FREE

We are tiny specks being humbled by something even tinier

Perhaps this is what humanity needed all along – a complete surrender of control

By Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu
7 min read

See? The dirty cadres who hawked all of SA’s oil are patriots after all

They must be celebrating a giant pat on the back courtesy of the collapse of the global oil price

Tom Eaton
3 min read
Ideas FREE

Better the battering of smiths and lonely bakers than a beating of old

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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


6 things you need to know

‘Brakes failed’ on truck that killed soldier

The truck that crashed into a roadblock on the N12, killing a soldier, allegedly experienced brake failure, the department of transport said. Earlier, Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the accident occurred at a roadblock on the N12 east during a joint operation by the SANDF, JMPD and the police. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said the truck crashed into the roadblock before veering off the freeway and overturning, and an injured motorist was taken to hospital. “It is extremely devastating that we continue to lose our [law enforcement] officials under such tragic circumstances." He sent "sincere condolences" to the soldier's family and friends. A culpable homicide case has been opened.

Cops arrest 25 more for school burglaries

Gauteng police have arrested 25 more people in connection with school burglaries during the Covid-19 lockdown. Police spokesperson Capt Mavela Masondo said 10 were arrested in Johannesburg and Soweto, nine in Tshwane, and six in Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng and the West Rand. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga's office has said more than 400 schools countrywide have been vandalised or burgled. The thieves stole or vandalised teaching items, stationery and school infrastructure. The most common targets were administration blocks where equipment was kept and nutrition centres which stored food.

Bail for cops who ‘stole’ R37,900 at roadblock

Six police officers who were arrested for allegedly stealing R37,900 from a car during a Covid-19 lockdown operation on the old Bronkhorstspruit and Witbank road at the weekend have been released on bail. This is according to the Gauteng department of community safety, which has condemned the alleged corruption. “It is alleged the officers stopped a vehicle with three occupants and requested a travelling permit, which the occupants didn’t have. A bribe of R100 was paid to the officers so the car could pass through the roadblock. The officers proceeded to search the car and in the process allegedly took the money. The matter was reported and a sting operation was conducted. The amount of R37,900 was found in possession of the officers,” said department spokesperson Ofentse Morwane. The officers appeared in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate's Court on Monday and were released on R7,000 each.

Lululemon eaten alive after ‘bat-fried rice’ T-shirt

US fashion brand Lululemon apologised for and distanced itself from a T-shirt design promoted by art director Trevor Fleming that triggered outrage and accusations of racism online. Fleming posted an Instagram link that promoted the sale of a T-shirt on the website of artist Jess Sluder, under the name ‘bat fried rice’. The T-shirt bore an image of chopsticks with bat wings on the front and a Chinese takeout box with bat wings on the back. – Reuters

Lockdown violators sent to ‘haunted house’

Kusdinar Untung Yuni Sukowati, the regency head of Sragen, Indonesia, issued an edict to deal with an influx of people to the area after lockdown – by locking them in a ‘haunted house’. Some newcomers weren’t respecting orders to self-isolate for 14 days, so Sukowati instructed communities to repurpose abandoned houses that were feared to be haunted. Five people have been tossed into the spooky jails so far. – AFP

Madagascar president launches virus ‘cure’

Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina has officially launched a local herbal remedy claimed to prevent and cure the coronavirus. ‘Tests have been carried out – two people have now been cured by this treatment,’ Rajoelina told ministers, diplomats and journalists at the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, which developed the beverage. – AFP




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?

1 min read



World of trouble: we’re about to experience the next 20 years in 12 months

From the West’s rivalry with China to inequality to the decline of oil states, this pandemic is the Great Accelerator

By William Hague
6 min read

A new pandemic of violence is spreading across the globe

The rising tide of protest shows it is naive to think you can sacrifice economies without cost

By Tom Welsh
3 min read

We could learn from China’s central quarantining – it may be the best bet

Thousands of beds could be used to house mildly affected individuals. It could even be fun

By Daniel Falush
4 min read

‘If u love Meg please call me’: Sussexes’ pleas to Meghan’s dad revealed

On the eve of her court case against red-top rag, Meghan releases texts telling her side of the story

By Hannah Furness
4 min read



Thrill junkies are in full swing - from the couch

KZN tour outfits are taking a big lockdown hit, but some are proving it’s hard to keep adventure seekers down

2 min read

A tribute to the river that runs in their veins

Dereck and Beverly Joubert hope their series on the Okavango will inspire people to protect this gem

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
3 min read

At border towns, nations are divided, but nothing separates their people

These places pay little attention to political boundaries and the formalities that take place at border posts

By John Miller
6 min read

Create a cabinet of curiosities with these new tipples

Plus, an easy vodka cocktail you can make at home. All after lockdown, of course

By Wade Bales
1 min read

We don’t want to burst your bubble, but look where you could be

From salt flats to alps, they’re not exactly hermetically-sealed holidays, but they’re as close as you can get

By Sarah Buitendach
2 min read

Blast from the past: Bartlett bags it for scrappy Bafana

Today in SA sports history: April 22

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

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