Wednesday, June 17 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

‘We can’t sleep’: horror crash survivors relive ...

Jozini residents are piecing together their lives after a truck crash left nine people dead and 31 seriously injured

Orrin Singh
Journalist
5 min read
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Pretoria fitness queen and Hitler sympathiser ...

Simone Kriel’s deeply offensive post about Jews leads to a criminal probe and the reproach of an Auschwitz survivor

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
4 min read

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Elsa Joubert’s last journey: her sad chat with son

Nico Steytler talks about growing up with the ‘Poppie Nongena’ author – an ‘intellectual sparring partner’

Leonie Wagner
Journalist
4 min read

Runaway success: virtual Comrades outstrips pre-Covid race

The 2020 iteration attracted 43,000 runners, and now there’s talk about making it a regular thing

Alex Patrick
Journalist
4 min read

Wedded to distancing: venues dump the old for the new

Social distancing has forced wedding venue planners to think outside the box, literally

3 min read

Joggers, Covid is always at your heels. Here’s how to outrun it

If you are hiking, jogging or cycling, ensure you are not a big risk to others or yourself

By Hanlie Gouws
3 min read

Fight over Ingonyama Trust land in Umlazi comes to a head

Church torched in latest twist in 3-year row, as locals say no one is listening to them

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | The media must challenge stereotypes, not uphold them

Miss SA Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier has hit back at a report questioning whether she is pregnant

Times Select
Editorial
2 min read

Close encounters of the very dof kind await alien visitors to Earth

You’d have to question the brains of any alien who journeyed here, but wait till they get a load of Donald and Lindiwe

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

SA feeds China’s criminal craving for lion bones, and it may kill us

The consumption of the body parts of captive lions bred in this country is a serious global health risk. Here’s why

By Michael Ashcroft
3 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Is there anybody out there? Actually, there are 36 places we’ll find aliens

There should be at least a few dozen active civilisations just like on Earth in our galaxy, say scientists

By Helena Horton
2 min read

Wake up and smell the Covid: loss of taste lingers long after the virus

Until the pandemic struck, anosmia – the loss of smell – was relatively rare

By Bobby Friedman
4 min read

New book might be too much for Trump and never enough for his critics

His niece has reportedly detailed ‘harrowing and salacious’ revelations about the US president

By Ben Riley Smith
2 min read

All at sea? Life on a politically autonomous island could be yours

The first 'seastead' may have fallen foul of the Thai navy, but a life on the ocean wave is still possible

By Margi Murphy
5 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

Do dolphins really love us as much as we think? Don’t be fooled

Is there any reason to think dolphins and humans have a special bond? Sure, but it might not be a friendly one

By Justin Gregg
14 min read

Juicy talk: guilty pleasures and Babylonian breakfasts

Award-winning author and chef Zola Nene shares her favourite Cape Town food haunts

By Richard Holmes
4 min read

SA’s travel industry warms up for a September restart

Confusion about when the country will reopen, but tourism bodies are hopeful it will be sooner rather than later

By Emma Cooke
3 min read

Blast from the past: Boks rain on France’s parade

Today in SA sports history: June 17

David Isaacson
Journalist
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Asivikelane supporters commemorated June 16 in Soweto at the Hector Pieterson memorial site.
TWISTS AND TURNS Asivikelane supporters commemorated June 16 in Soweto at the Hector Pieterson memorial site.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi

6 things you need to know

Drunk cop impersonator arrested

A 41-year-old less-than-sober man wearing cop gear has been arrested while conducting his own “stop-and-search” operation in central Durban. He will now face charges of possession of stolen property and impersonating a police official. He will appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court. Police said the arrest on Sunday came after they were alerted to “a highly intoxicated man in police uniform, conducting stop-and-searches” on Victoria Street in the Durban CBD. “After questioning him, police discovered that he was not a police officer. He was found wearing a police bulletproof jacket and a police cap. He was searched and a fake appointment card as well as a wallet with the SAPS logo were recovered.”

Ex-wrestler appointed to state bank board

Turkey’s opposition parties are criticising the appointment of Hamza Yerlikaya to a state bank’s board, calling on him to reject the position for lack of banking competence. Former wrestling champion Yerlikaya, who won several Olympic medals and world titles in the 1990s for Turkey, was appointed management board member at the country’s fourth-largest lender Vakifbank. The filing gave no explanation for the appointment. – Reuters

Guards on Eskom contract killed

Two security guards were shot dead in Philippi East in Cape Town, while escorting Eskom technicians out of the area after they had attended to an electricity supply fault. The security guards were employed by Vusalsizwe Security and were contracted to Eskom to provide armed escorting services for technicians working in high-risk areas known for incidents of robberies, people having guns pointed at them and violence, said Eskom. The shooting occurred at about 4pm on Monday. The general manager for Eskom Distribution in the Western Cape, Alwie Lester, said the police were investigating.

Let the ADHD therapy games begin!

US health officials have approved the first game-based treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, part of a trend toward ‘digital therapeutics’ or software to address certain conditions. The Food and Drug Administration said it approved the sale by prescription of the game EndeavorRX from health tech startup Akili Interactive. – AFP

Man dies after being hit by plane wing

A 27-year-old man on his way to work with colleagues was struck by a wing of an aircraft as it landed on Monday in Graskop, Mpumalanga. The man was struck moments after warning others to move away from the runway as thePiper PA-28 Cherokee approached. “Four men employed by a Graskop-based construction company were on their way to work and were allegedly utilising the Graskop air strip runway,” said police spokesperson Brig Leonard Hlathi. “Whilst on the runway [the aircraft] hit the man with the wing during landing.” The man was certified dead on the scene. A preliminary investigation “indicated that the four men, including the victim, are from Gauteng and came to Graskop for employment”. An inquest docket has been opened, and the SA Civil Aviation Authority would investigate.

India and China in deadly border clash

Three Indian soldiers were killed in a violent face-off on the Chinese border, the Indian army said, following weeks of rising tensions and the deployment of thousands of extra troops from both sides. Brawls erupt regularly between the two nuclear-armed giants across their disputed frontier, but no one has been killed in decades. The Indian army said there were ‘casualties on both sides’, but Beijing made no mention of any, laying the blame squarely on Delhi. – AFP

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