Wednesday, June 3 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

News FREE

What a disaster: court declares NDZ’s ‘irrational’ lockdown rules invalid

It’s ‘review, amend and republish’ as judge finds regulations trample all over the Bill of Rights

By Sthembile Cele
5 min read
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US cops shoot anti-apartheid hero at point-blank range

SA struggle veteran bludgeoned, shot in groin during LA protest against the killing of George Floyd

Alex Patrick
Journalist
4 min read
Ideas FREE

The RET Club: where selfishness rules and the poor have no place

They show no inclination to give up their comforts and find jobs in the economy they’re hellbent on destroying

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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No life in danger from testing backlog: Mkhize

Results backlog of about 90,000 doesn’t affect virus’s spread. Behavioural change is what’s needed to contain it

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read
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Airport hangars and a sport stadium to be converted as EC braces for peak

The province also plans to build field hospitals in its eight districts and stop forking out for private facilities

Mpumzi Zuzile
Journalist
5 min read
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‘Amazed’ Cuban doctors say ‘dumelang’ to their SA adventure

Cohort of specialists in North West tell us what has impressed them about their Covid-19 stint in Mzansi

Leonie Wagner
Journalist
3 min read

Apartheid spatial planning haunts South Africans with comorbidities

SA’s townships put healthy lifestyles out of reach of residents, a major concern amid Covid-19

Tanya Farber
Journalist
4 min read

Eye on the ball: World Cup upgrades help Cape achieve its goals

Infrastructure that was put in place in Cape Town before the tournament is being used to help fight the pandemic

4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Out with the new and in with the collision course of old

Since the ban on alcohol was lifted on Monday, trauma units have been inundated and drunk driving has spiked

Times Select
Editorial
2 min read

My dearest biographer, don’t believe a single word of this letter

Just how revealing is private correspondence? With Philip Larkin back in the news, here's a note of caution

By Rupert Christiansen
6 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Damned if he does … Zuckerberg stuck between staff ire and free speech

ANALYSIS | Facebook chief’s predominantly left-leaning staff revolt over how it deals with Trump posts

By James Cook
3 min read

Market forces have boldly altered the space frontier

The cost of a shuttle launch was $1.5bn, but Elon Musk can send up his Falcon 9 rocket for just $62m

By Matthew Field
4 min read

How the newly jobless are being used to build a better post-virus world

Jobless Thais are being employed to fight against climate change and inequality, providing a blueprint for recovery

By Rina Chandran
2 min read

Gang swaps diamonds for pebbles in Indiana Jones-style heist

Bogus Russian gemologists pulled off Britain’s biggest jewellery robbery using sleight of hand

By Martin Evans
3 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

A lush treasure in the heart of the Karoo’s dry lands

Danielskraal farm will charm you with its many delights, but none so enchanting as its owners

By Andrea Nagel
3 min read

Making the circle bigger and reaping awards with fine drams

After a decade of hard work and dedication a local institution has become a world icon of whisky brands

By Dram the Man
4 min read

Past masters: some wines are ready to drink only after you die

The trick is to find a happy balance since most wine is drunk within 24 hours of purchase

By Michael Fridjhon
3 min read

Blast from the past: Forget four, let’s go for three

Today in SA sports history: June 3

David Isaacson
Journalist
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Unite Against the Tobacco Ban and supporters protest outside parliament in Cape Town.
FUMING Unite Against the Tobacco Ban and supporters protest outside parliament in Cape Town.
Image: Esa Alexander

6 things you need to know

ANC to meet over mayor’s pro-Malema tweets

The ANC Ekurhuleni region has called an urgent meeting on Tuesday to discuss mayor Mzwandile Masina’s tweets on Monday night. Masina was rebuked by Luthuli House following his tweets supporting EFF leader Julius Malema’s views to “let the white economy collapse”. After the ANC’s statement Masina went on a rant, daring the ANC to fire him. “I fear nothing if I'm isolated for radical views," he tweeted. “There is no way my ANC views can be misunderstood in my organisation. I stand firm on the nationalisation of commanding heights. I can be removed tomorrow as mayor. I'll accept without hesitation. I'm not a coward, I'm ready.” Masina has since deactivated his Twitter account. Ekurhuleni regional spokesperson Sunnyboy Masingi confirmed the regional executive committee meeting set for Tuesday afternoon. He said the REC wanted Masina to explain his tweets.

Wuhan doctor is China’s 1st Covid death in weeks

A Wuhan doctor who worked with coronavirus whistleblower Li Wenliang has died of the virus, becoming China’s first Covid-19 fatality in weeks. Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, passed away after being treated for Covid-19 and allied issues for more than four months, state broadcaster CCTV said. He is the sixth doctor from Wuhan Central Hospital to have died from the virus. – AFP

PPE worth millions missing en route to schools

Large quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE) have “disappeared” en route to KwaZulu-Natal schools. “The MEC for education in KwaZulu-Natal, Kwazi Mshengu, has received with shock the reports of the disappearance of large quantities of PPE in the Umlazi, Pinetown and Zululand districts. It is said that the equipment disappeared en route to circuit offices and schools,” the provincial education department said on Tuesday. The disappearance makes the preparations for the reopening of schools an elusive goal, the department said. “The replacement … will cost the department millions of rands, money the department does not have.” On Monday morning Mshengu was at Insika High School, which had only received one, instead of two, masks per child. He said 4,400 of the province’s 6,000 schools were ready to reopen on June 8.

Austria to turn Hitler’s birthplace into police station

Austria presented an architectural plan to turn the house where Adolf Hitler was born into a police station in the hope of ‘neutralising’ the space and ensuring it does not attract neo-Nazis. Austria carried out a compulsory purchase in 2017 to turn it into police offices so that it ‘will never again evoke the memory of National Socialism’. – Reuters

No decision on ex-coach’s sex assault trial

For the 13th time, the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday postponed the matter of the former Bryanston High sports coach accused of sexually assaulting three pupils at the school, Women and Men Against Child Abuse said. The organisation's Ngaa Murombedzi said the case was postponed to August 24 for representations to the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions. The ex-coach has hired a new legal representative. “The accused has not yet pleaded to the charges … He brought representations before the court for the charges against him to be dismissed. The decision now lies with the director of public prosecutions.” The alleged assaults happened on and off the school premises, dating back to 2017 and 2018. The 33-year-old was dismissed in March 2019. He was arrested in January 2019, and is out on bail.

Altared state: ancient Israelites smoked cannabis

It’s highly likely that ancient Israelites got high on cannabis in religious rituals, say researchers who have found traces of the drug at a religious site in Israel. Archaeologists made the dope discovery at the eighth-century Tel Arad pilgrimage site in the Negev desert, south of the occupied West Bank. – AFP

THE VISUAL SIDE

Crawford College in Sandton, like many other private schools across SA, reopened its doors to grade 7 and 12 pupils on Monday. This comes after the department of basic education backtracked on its decision to have all grade 7 and 12 pupils in SA back in school this week. Covid-19 symptom screenings, sanitisers and social distancing enforcement will now be part of the school's daily operation.


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