Monday, May 4 2020



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SA is in deep trouble, so the state’s nonsense must stop

South Africans in their millions are facing disaster. Here’s how government can keep them on its side

4 min read

When and how can you move home in level 4? Let’s try to work it out

Confusion about moving still reigns and property fundis foresee ‘a tremendous amount’ of litigation arising

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

The covid apparatchiks would do the apartheid regime proud

If you thought SA was a real democracy, lockdown is a wake-up. Its authoritarian rules should be ringing alarm bells

By Mary de Haas
6 min read

Mr President, you’re trampling smokers’ rights, now they’re angry

As Cyril plays a game of ‘smoke and mirrors’, a Sunday Times reader reminds him that this is a democracy

By Sunday Times reader
10 min read




Firms that don’t obey virus rules face closure

Businesses must have a plan, keep employees informed of labour’s directive and how it will be implemented

By Linda Ensor
2 min read

‘I never had to beg for food before’: in the queues of desperation

About 50,000 workers in Joburg join millions who live off food parcels, but it’s not just the poor who are queuing

4 min read

He’s homeless in lockdown, but top chef finds his mojo again

Sought-after Rohin Singh lost everything to alcoholism, but living in a shelter has given him his life back

5 min read

Kid’s food challenge has adults eating out of the palm of her hand

Hannah was worried about the plight of waste pickers in her area, so she did something about

2 min read

How a neonatal unit gets ready to admit Covid-19 moms

Charlotte Maxeke hospital in Joburg meets international guidelines and is ready to advise other facilities

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read



EDITORIAL | Stick it out a bit longer, or we really are all doomed

Urbanisation is a key driver of hypertension and the disease, coupled with Covid-19, is lethal

2 min read

They wrote it this week: How to be cocksure when posing in the nude

Extracts from diaries and letters written between May 4 and May 10

Robin Crouch
10 min read
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If you know jack s**t about Jack, allow us to enlighten you

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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


Residents offer their services portering food parcels for a small fee in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion.
AT YOUR SERVICE Residents offer their services portering food parcels for a small fee in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion.
Image: Alaister Russell

6 things you need to know

Europe prepares to ease lockdowns

European nations on Sunday prepared for further easing of coronavirus restrictions after signs the pandemic may be slowing. More than 243,000 people have been killed and 3.4 million infected worldwide by Covid-19, which has pushed the global economy towards its worst downturn since the Great Depression. Despite moves to ease curbs across the globe, more than 4.6 billion people are still in some form of lockdown. Most governments are sticking to measures to control the spread of the virus – social distancing, masks in public and testing to track infections as they relax curbs on movement. – AFP

Tens of thousands evacuated after dam bursts

Uzbek authorities on Sunday launched a criminal probe into "official negligence" and construction violations after a dam burst, prompting the evacuation of at least 70,000 people there and in Kazakhstan. The wall of the Sardoba reservoir dam burst on Friday. Construction of the dam began in 2010. It was completed in 2017. – AFP

Free-roaming horse cheers up German lockdown

Every morning, mare Jenny leaves her stable to stroll through her Frankfurt neighbourhood. Bringing trams to a halt and smiles to people’s faces, the horse is brightening up lockdown for many. For more than a decade, Jenny has wandered through Fechenheim. She explores the high street, trots along the tram line to a nearby field and spends hours nibbling on patches of grass. The Arabian mare, already 25 years old, has always been a hit with residents, but never more so than in recent weeks. Jenny’s ramble ends at about 4pm, when her owner, 80-year-old Werner Weischedel, jumps on his e-scooter to find her and tell her it’s home time. – AFP

Cops arrest 18 after shop looted

Eighteen people were arrested in Fraserburg, Northern Cape, on Saturday after they looted a tuck shop, making off with groceries worth about R100,000. “It is reported yesterday between (4pm and 6pm) residents went on the rampage demanding to be sold liquor and cigarettes,” police spokesperson Brig Mohale Ramatseba said. Police were pelted with stones while trying to disperse the crowd. Ramatseba said a police officer's hand was broken and the windows of police bakkies damaged. The arrested people will face charges of malicious damage to property, housebreaking and theft and contravention of the Disaster Management Act. They are expected to appear in the Fraserburg Magistrate's Court soon.

Three arrested in dagga, heroin busts

Police arrested two people after two compressed dagga parcels weighing 60kg were found inside their vehicle in Paulpietersburg, KwaZulu-Natal, in the early hours of Sunday. “Police were conducting an operation on Main Road when a vehicle with two occupants was spotted. A search was conducted and more than 60kg of dagga parcels were found,” police spokesperson Capt Nqobile Gwala said. Gwala said a 45-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were arrested and charged with possession of dagga. They will appear in the Paulpietersburg Magistrate's Court on Monday. In another operation on Friday, the KZN Drug and Firearm Unit, together with eThekwini Cluster Task Team arrested a 32-year-old man allegedly transporting heroin from Dalton to Warwick Avenue in the Durban CBD.” The drugs are worth more than R11,000. He would appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday.

New court directives for lockdown criminal cases

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has issued new directives for the management of courts during the national state of disaster, which will see more court proceedings being undertaken during this period. The directives repealed the ones he issued on April 17. The new directives state that criminal trials already set down for hearing during the national state of disaster shall be dealt with and disposed of in a manner determined by the head of court. This directives issued on April 17 had stated that criminal trials already set down for hearing during the lockdown period must be brought forward by arrangement with all the relevant parties, and postponed to dates beyond the lockdown period.




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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It’s looking more and more as if the Swedish way is the best way

The WHO has endorsed the nation’s approach as the only way a society can fight Covid-19 in the long term

By Patrick Sawer
2 min read

Coronavirus too complex for quick cure, but small steps are being made

Don’t pin your hopes on a knockout blow. Finding an effective treatment for Covid will be a long fight

By Harry de Quetteville
4 min read

China’s ‘bat woman’ and her ‘killer’ lab: inside Wuhan’s covid facility

This is the storied history of the virus institute blamed by Donald Trump for causing the global pandemic

By Roland Oliphant, Nicola Smith and Henry Samuel
5 min read

Harry, here’s a survival guide to LA life, but you ain’t gonna like it

The Duke of Sussex is reportedly finding life in California more difficult than anticipated

By Celia Walden
4 min read



Bank on these women to turn trash into cash for others

Thousands of women are making a living off clothing waste retailers don’t have the resources to process

By Sanet Oberholzer
2 min read

Exercise some common sense in choosing your get-fit app

No mobile software will get you off your analogue arse and moving – that you must do yourself

By Devlin Brown
3 min read

Load up on luxury, sleek storage for your car

Thule’s Vector is the new flagship of the Swedish luggage specialist’s 22-model range

By Motor News Reporter
1 min read

Blast from the past: ill-fated Baronet wins only pro title

Today in SA sports history: May 4

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

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