Friday, May 29 2020




Lord help us: ministers clear as mud on church gatherings

They offer an astonishing variety of answers to questions about religious events and cluster outbreaks

By Sthembile Cele
2 min read

Welcome to the SA circus. Let’s bring on the clow ... er, ministers

It’s where our, er, leaders come up with their ‘collective’ decisions that are based on, er, ‘science’ and, er, ‘logic’

Tom Eaton
4 min read

Shaiking off his shackles, Zuma’s pal is free and ready to splab all

Freed after a decade on medical parole, he tells Times Select about his new life and the memoirs he’s writing

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
3 min read




‘By Wednesday, I expect effective teaching’: Angie Motshekga

The minister says there are eager teachers waiting to enter the system if others do not want to return to work

2 min read

Need for PPE could rise by 460% in a single month

Although the country has not run out, fears of this happening are rising among health workers

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

A quick prayer, no more: ‘Aids taught us how to handle Covid deaths’

A funeral home owner explains how one pandemic’s lessons in dying and dignity readied them for another

By Zimasa Matiwane
3 min read

Is your job killing you faster than Covid-19?

In the age of remote working, a new study has brought to light how work demands could affect our health

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
4 min read



The verdict is … a nagging question: how did Collins Khosa really die?

Probe clears soldiers of wrongdoing after they ‘only pushed and clapped’ the father of three, who died hours later

4 min read

‘Prof Jansen’s attack on minister is shocking in the extreme’

His views about reopening schools betray a disdain for those in political office, writes education official

By Elijah Mhlanga
6 min read

Fizz is finished and klaar in bad times as beer gathers a head of whimsy

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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



Rich pickings: eight top SA doccies to stream now

Watch these proudly SA documentaries now streaming on Showmax

By Staff reporter
3 min read

From the Mother City to Ibiza, here’s a watching brief for the weekend

If it’s millennial life in Cape Town, men after meaning, or Spanish club life you want, these series have it covered

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

Blast from the past: Chiefs lose it as Swallows take flight

Today in SA sports history: May 29

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read


A resident waits for food during a handout by the Hennops River Revival NGO at a waste recycling area in Pretoria.
QUEUE THE MUSIC A resident waits for food during a handout by the Hennops River Revival NGO at a waste recycling area in Pretoria.
Image: Alon Skuy

6 things you need to know

Soldiers, cops ‘not responsible’ for death

A lack of respect towards female soldiers and provocation were cited by a SANDF board of inquiry as the cause of a lockdown altercation prior to the death of Collins Khosa in Alexandra, Johannesburg. The board of inquiry found that soldiers and Johannesburg metro police who were accused of killing Khosa at his home could not be held liable for his death. It found that: “The cause of the incident was gender inequality and provocation, specifically lack [of] respect towards female soldiers by two men." The board recommended that programmes “should be developed to educate our citizen [sic] on gender equality specifically on security forces”.

A tall tale about the birth of Corona

A Bali zoo has named a baby giraffe Corona in honour of her birth during the global pandemic. The calf was born on April 9 to mother Sophie and father Matadi, joining two other siblings at Bali Safari Park on the Indonesian island.A video released by the zoo showed the calf being born in a small enclosure. "She was born during the Covid-19 pandemic so the environment minister … named her Corona," said zoo spokesperson Anak Agung Ngurah Alit Sujana. "Corona is healthy and is still breastfeeding. We'll keep her under observation for three months." Bali Safari Park has been closed to visitors since late March as part of efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus. - AFP

Kruger rhino poaching lowest since 2013

The environmental affairs department says the lockdown has resulted in a significant drop in rhino poaching. Since the lockdown began in March fewer rhinos have been poached countrywide, resulting in the fewest rhinos poached in the Kruger National Park in a single month since September 2013. The department's spokesperson, Albi Modise, said travel restrictions had disrupted the supply chain. He said the closure of borders removed the key routes that poachers used to supply horn to transit and consumer countries.

Pair survive 19 days in Frodo’s footsteps

Two New Zealand hikers survived 19 days in a rugged national park that was the shooting location for the "Mines of Moria" in the Lord of the Rings films, drinking puddle water to stay alive, they said on Thursday. Dion Reynolds and Jessica O'Connor, both 23, set off on a five-day camping trip in Kahurangi National Park on the South Island on May 8 but became disoriented in heavy fog. A military helicopter rescued them on Wednesday after a huge search operation in the area - where Frodo and the Fellowship's escape from the grim Mines of Moria was filmed. The pair had only minor injuries suffered during falls, with Reynolds twisting his ankle and O'Connor wrenching her back. - AFP

Anxiety, overeating cited in lockdown poll

Anxiety, overeating and under-exercising, insomnia and depression are all seen as problems arising as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown in SA. Only three in every 10 online South Africans (30%) polled by Ipsos indicated they do not suffer from any of the listed conditions. Males were slightly less open to answering the question than females were. In keeping with the ban on alcohol sales in SA during level 4 lockdown, almost one in every five (19%) men indicated they have consumed less alcohol, with females not far behind at 14%. Despite the ban on cigarette sales, 8% are smoking more than they did before the pandemic.

Dominatrix gagged by lockdown rules

The bondage chairs and metal whipping tools sit gathering dust on a quiet street near London's trendy Shoreditch neighbourhood - and Madame Caramel is not pleased. The coronavirus lockdown has punished the London dominatrix, whose Hoxton Dungeon Suite has stood silent for weeks. “In regards to the dungeon, completely stopped, zero percent, no income whatsoever, and in regards to Madame Caramel as a professional dominatrix it is exactly the same,” said the red-haired self-proclaimed “femme domme”. Many sex workers in Britain and beyond are now moving online to make ends meet. Another London dominatrix, Mistress Evilyne, found success on the largely X-rated entertainment platform OnlyFans. She works out of her small flat, where chains, whips, gags and other BDSM (bondage, domination, sado-masochism) apparatus lie unused beneath her bed. - AFP