Tuesday, June 9 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Double pain for Collins Khosa’s widow as his secret life is revealed

She discovered while watching TV that he had been living with another woman

Alex Patrick
Journalist
2 min read

Black lives are at stake here. We can’t afford any mistakes

OPINION | Ill-advised comments by people who should know better only deflect from the truth that's being fought for

3 min read

Dear white people, all you ever do is talk – now shut up

OPINION | You speak out about racism from within the warm fuzzy blanket of whiteness, disconnected from our plight

Yolisa Mkele
Journalist
4 min read

BACK TO SCHOOL

ALL THE DRAMA AS PUPILS START RETURNING

Save the Covid sermons for Sunday school, teachers told

A 67-page document lists the dos and don’ts when talking about the virus in the classroom

Prega Govender
Journalist
2 min read

Racism claims swirl as private school and landlord face off

Vine College fell behind with its rent, so its landlord welded the gates. Now he is threatening to evict the school

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
2 min read

Parents, here’s yet another thing for you to worry about

Naptosa says it is unfair to expect parents to sign Covid-19 ‘indemnity’ forms, but experts don’t see a problem

Orrin Singh
Journalist
4 min read

Thousands of EC schools still can’t protect kids from virus

Report reveals 3,197 schools haven’t received their PPE, while hundreds are still without water

Mpumzi Zuzile
Journalist
3 min read

COUNTRIES COPE WITH COVID

LESSONS FOR SA FROM OTHER NATIONS

Malls, places of worship reopen in India, but the people aren’t so sure

The move aims to ease economic woes, but the public’s response has been tentative and some cities maintain caution

By AFP
3 min read

Good on ya! PM ‘did a little dance’ as N Zealand banishes coronavirus

Border curbs remain, but it’s pretty much back to normal life for Kiwis as all restrictions are to be lifted

By Praveen Menon
2 min read

‘Putin walks into a bar …’ Dark humour lifts Russian spirits

TV sketches and expletive-laden songs muse on the Covid-19 crisis and poke fun at the authorities

By Tom Balmforth
1 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Don’t get too drunk on freedom, SA, or Covid will win

The coronavirus, if it were human, would be laughing itself silly

Times Select
Editorial
2 min read
Ideas FREE

If SA’s economy is to survive Covid, this is the example we Musk follow

The ANC – and the rest of us – need to get over our knee-jerk belief that entrepreneurship is a bad thing

4 min read
Ideas FREE

Spirit of Anne with an ‘e’ lives in paperless kindling of the imagination

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
2 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Scarred and scared: post-Covid consumers not their spending selves

Worldwide, spending is down, which could force governments to hasten easing of lockdowns, cut interest rates

By Mark John
3 min read

Democrats want to crack down on cops. Now’s just to persuade Trump

The new laws being proposed in Congress would make it much harder for US police to commit racist crimes

By David Morgan
1 min read

No sweat: dogs can detect Covid-19 by sniffing armpits

Trained furries score a 95% overall success rate in detecting coronavirus, a better result than hospital tests

By Henry Samuel
1 min read

Maddie suspect was a ‘gun-toting’ crazy who ‘terrified’ villagers

Christian Brückner befriended a couple who took in foster kids, and mention of his name still brings locals to tears

By Jamie Johnson
4 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

News FREE

Eagle celeb pair welcome addition to the nest

The reality show starring Roodepoort’s famous black eagles has not taken a break during lockdown

Alex Patrick
Journalist
4 min read

Overly sensitive? It could be in your genes

New study finds that being thin-skinned probably isn't thanks to the way you were brought up

Claire Keeton
Journalist
3 min read

Forget the bone, Lauren Beukes’s novel will chill you to the marrow

The author could not have imagined how true to life the book she began writing five years ago would be

By Michele Magwood
4 min read

Nevermind the music, let’s judge this iconic album by its cover

This is the story of one of the greatest rock albums ever made

By Neil McCormick
6 min read

Here’s to a new SA where old ideas on art are going, going, gone

Both auction houses and varsities are leading the way to change in the vacuum left by the government

By Chris Thurman
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for education Kwazi Mshengu waves as he leaves Sibusisiwe Comprehensive School in Mbumbulu.
THE GOAL IS TO PASS LEVEL 3 KwaZulu-Natal MEC for education Kwazi Mshengu waves as he leaves Sibusisiwe Comprehensive School in Mbumbulu.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

6 things you need to know

‘Racism’ at elite school sparks probe

The KZN education department has called for an independent investigation into allegations of racism at Durban’s oldest and most elite girls' private school, Durban Girls' College (DGC). MEC Kwazi Mshengu made the call at a meeting with the school's managers and directors on Monday. A social media storm erupted last week when the allegations surfaced. At the time more than 5,000 people had signed an online petition started by old girl Thabisa Mangisa titled “Hold DGC accountable for racism”. Several people shared their own alleged experiences of racism on a video posted on Instagram. Mshengu said the petition was also signed “by some girls who are currently pupils at this school citing incidents of racism”. Some board members had been incorporated into a task team “to look into how best the school can handle these matters” in future. The school's executive head, Marianne Bailey, said: "This is not an easy matter. It's not something any school would like to deal with."

DA in court bid to save beauty industry jobs

The DA has taken the government to court over the continued lockdown of hairdressers and other personal-care service providers. DA MP Dean Macpherson filed urgent papers in the Western Cape High Court on Monday to have the ban and “criminalisation of personal care” services, which includes hairdressers, declared invalid and unconstitutional. This comes after the party gave co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma until last Wednesday to provide the reasons and rationale for the ban. “The DA therefore has been left with no choice but to take this legal step to save the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.” He claimed the indefinite ban violated section 22 of the Constitution, which allows citizens the right to practise their trade, occupation or profession freely, which may be regulated by law.

Cold front to bring floods, snow, wind

An intense cold front accompanied by heavy rain and snow is forecast to hit the country early on Wednesday. The front, with an associated cut-off low, will make landfall over the western parts of the Northern and Western Cape, the SA Weather Service warned on Monday. Strong to gale-force winds (55-75km/h) and gusting winds (65k-85km/h) were expected over the Hantam and Karoo Hoogland municipalities on Wednesday. High seas, with waves of 6m-7m, are expected between Cape Columbine and Cape Agulhas on Wednesday morning, spreading to Plettenberg Bay overnight into Thursday. Flooding was expected over the Cape Winelands, Cape Metropole, western parts of the Overberg, eastern parts of Cederberg and Bergrivier municipalities on Wednesday and Thursday.

Slave trader statue ‘can stay toppled’

British politicians have condemned the destruction of a statue to a leading slave trader during an anti-racism protest, but a leading heritage body said there was no need to reinstate it. Demonstrators pulled down the bronze of Edward Colston in Bristol and threw it into the harbour on Sunday, during a protest against the death of George Floyd in the US. Historic England, a government heritage body, said local residents must now decide what to do with the statue but "we do not believe it must be reinstated. We recognise that the statue was a symbol of injustice and a source of great pain for many people.” Statues of figures from Britain's imperialist past have in recent years become the subject of controversies between those who argue that such monuments merely reflect history and those who say they glorify racism. - AFP, Reuters

Will an African take the WTO helm?

The World Trade Organisation has kicked off the process for selecting a new director-general, after its current chief, Roberto Azevedo, decided to leave a year early. With Brazilian Azevedo set to leave on August 31, the WTO opened a one-month window for would-be successors to put forward candidacies. Mainly African and European names are currently circulating in the media as likely candidates, and several African names appear likely to be in the running, including former Egyptian diplomat Hamid Mamdou, who worked with the WTO for years. Nigeria has backed Ngozi Okondha-Iweala, who has served as minister of foreign affairs and of finance and is currently board chair of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. Eloi Laourou, Benin's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, has also been mentioned. The African Union has said it wishes to nominate an African candidate, but it is unclear if it will manage to do so before the July 8 deadline. - AFP

Canada frets over lockdown booze binge

Canada's top health officer has expressed concern over higher consumption of alcohol and junk food during the coronavirus epidemic, suggesting this could be a sign of worsening mental health. While Canada's 10 provinces are all gradually reopening their economies and relaxing restrictions on social gatherings, unemployment has soared to record levels amid widespread shutdowns, and market analysts say it could take years for the economy to recover. "I am concerned about Canadians' mental health ... more Canadians have increased their consumption of alcohol and junk food or sweets since the beginning of the pandemic," chief public health officer Theresa Tam said. Almost 20% of respondents in the Statistics Canada survey reported symptoms consistent with moderate or severe anxiety. Statscan said factory sales of beverages and tobacco rose by 6.7% in March from February on higher demand for beer, wine and soft drinks. - Reuters

THE VISUAL SIDE

South Africans have been unable to buy cigarettes since March 26. The restaurant business has been severely affected by the lockdown and some of those in the industry who are now jobless have resorted to trading illicit cigarettes as a means of survival.


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