Thursday, July 16 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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Covid-19 studies paint horrifying picture of jobs, food crisis

As SA shed 3 million jobs between February and April, almost half the population ran out of money for food

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist
5 min read
Ideas FREE

Sadtu is right to stand up to Angie. Teachers’ lives also matter

The government’s callous policy of ‘acceptable losses’ must be defied and schools must close

4 min read
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Things were bad for teachers even before Covid-19. Now they’re terrible

A UKZN webinar on the emotional health of teachers lays bare truths about teaching in the age of Covid-19

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
5 min read

Oi! Cyril’s booze ban is thanks to our good, sober science

Scientists behind some of the research that led to Ramaphosa banning alcohol again defend their studies

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
3 min read

SMART NEWS

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When ‘bad science hangs on horns of prejudice’ you’re in for a lynching

Academics have criticised a UCT prof’s study on black students in biological sciences, but some say it furthers debate

Bobby Jordan
Senior reporter
3 min read

Lockdown drags on for buffaloes left to starve at Bloem zoo

The zoo’s last remaining animals are surviving on fodder from the local SPCA, since staff have vanished

Paul Ash
Senior reporter
3 min read

Victims of the NCD epidemic lose out in the war on Covid-19

Alliance steps up for people with non-communicable diseases who say the playing field is not level

3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Is the universal grant just another empty promise to the poor?

SA sorely needs universal basic income, but a strained national fiscus and shrinking tax base negate the idea

2 min read

Amazon’s driverless ambition delivers the next Musk-Bezos feud

But the giant’s $1.2bn deal for self-driving start-up Zoox does more than simply extend its Tesla rivalry

By Olivia Rudgard and Laurence Dodds
5 min read

Hit your health targets right in the middle

Not all fat is created equal, so start at your belly

By Kim Pearson
4 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

The best shot at a vaccine may not even be that great

Many of the vaccines scientists are looking at may not reach the ‘one-shot’ standard

By Sarah Newey and Paul Nuki
4 min read

Coronavirus gives malaria extra bite in African hot spots

It’s not the first time an outbreak of another disease led to a rise in the number of malaria infections

By Sally Hayden
5 min read

Sussexes, you could have had it all in exchange for three simple things

The Brits will always have royals’ backs, but turn your backs on them and they’ll be deaf to your whining violins

By Celia Walden
4 min read

The death and sorrow that haunts Travolta – and how he found salvation

The death of wife Kelly Preston is the latest tragedy in a life marked by loss, and the solid support of Scientology

By Peter Stanford
6 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

Dior ditches lily-white for all-black

The fashion house has taken one small step for a man and one huge step for diversity in haute couture

By Staff Writer
1 min read

Blackfishes have a Grande old time, then scurry back to whiteness

They relish being racially ambiguous, until the negative aspects of blackness come knocking

Yolisa Mkele
Journalist
2 min read

Gucci’s first eco-wise foray steps elegantly into a conscious future

With organic, bio-based or recycled materials, this is their vision for harmony between fashion and nature

By Sahil Harilal
2 min read

Don’t preach. At least the material girl is interesting

At 61, Madonna posed half-naked on Instagram, and why the hell not. There are many ways to age in 2020

By Lisa Armstrong
2 min read

Blast from the past: SA draw but lead at Leeds

Today in SA sports history: July 16

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

A cleaning company sterilises a spaza shop in Kagiso, West Rand.
SPICK AND SPAZA A cleaning company sterilises a spaza shop in Kagiso, West Rand.
Image: Alon Skuy

6 things you need to know

UN warns of dangerous drop in vaccinations

Levels of childhood immunisations against diseases such as measles, tetanus and diphtheria have dropped alarmingly during the Covid-19 pandemic, putting millions of children at risk, UN agencies said on Wednesday. “The avoidable suffering and death caused by children missing out on routine immunisations could be far greater than Covid-19,” World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a report with Unicef. Three-quarters of the 82 countries that responded to a survey for the report said they had suffered coronavirus-related disruptions to their immunisation programmes as of May 2020. Most problems were linked to a lack of personal protection equipment (PPE) for health workers, travel restrictions and low health-worker staffing levels. Data for 2019 showed that nearly 14 million children worldwide missed out on life-saving vaccines. Most of these children live in Africa, the report said. It said progress on immunisation was already stalling before the new coronavirus emerged, but the pandemic made a bad situation worse. — Reuters

UK slave trader statue replaced by protester

A statue of slave trader Edward Colston, toppled by antiracism protesters in Britain last month, was replaced on Wednesday, without permission, with a sculpture of a black woman who helped pull it down. The new statue, showing Black Lives Matter (BLM) protester Jen Reid with her fist raised, occupies the plinth where the Colston likeness stood before crowds threw it into Bristol harbour. Colston was a 17th-century slave trader and Conservative MP who forcibly moved large numbers of West Africans. Entitled “A Surge of Power”, by artist Marc Quinn, Reid attended the unveiling. Local authorities said previously that any decision to replace the Colston statue would be taken locally. “The sculpture that has been installed today was the work and decision of a London-based artist. It was not requested and permission was not given for it to be installed,” Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said. “The future of the plinth and what is installed on it must be decided by the people of Bristol.” — AFP

Young Hong Kongers vow to take on Beijing

Young Hong Kong pro-democracy politicians vowed on Wednesday they would not be cowed by China’s new security law and would press ahead with plans to win a majority in the city’s legislature. More than 600,000 people turned out at the weekend to choose candidates for upcoming legislative elections, despite warnings from government officials that the exercise could breach Beijing’s sweeping new law. Results released on Wednesday showed 16 young firebrand politicians had done especially well. Older, more traditional candidates, made up a smaller selection of winners. After the primary, Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong accused democracy activists of trying to launch a revolution. It also said any candidates campaigning to paralyse the 70-seat legislature through winning a majority broke an anti-subversion clause of the new law. The official line raises the prospect that some prospective candidates might be prosecuted or barred from standing in the election. — AFP

Cele a step closer to appointing Ipid boss

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is set to get a new boss in Jennifer Dikeledi Ntlatseng. Parliament's police portfolio committee has endorsed police minister Bheki Cele's nomination of Ntlatseng to be appointed as the executive director of the police watchdog. The law provides for the police minister to make the appointment based on the approval of his chosen candidate by parliament. The DA and Freedom Front Plus objected to the nomination, claiming the process had been flawed and that the candidate lacked investigative experience.

Uber Eats fails to pay restaurant for months

A Facebook plea by the owner of a well-known Thai restaurant in Cape Town has helped break the deadlock he had in getting Uber Eats to pay him the more than R100,000 the international delivery platform has owed him for months. “I have tried to call their call centre in India. I have emailed their head office in Canada. They keep making promises but doing nothing,” Nirun Kotkong of Yindees Thai Restaurant, wrote on Sunday night. “It has been four months since I have been paid. I will be forced to close my restaurant, which I have given the past 25 years of my life to, if they do not pay me soon.” Uber Eats South Africa has since reached out to Kotkong and offered to pay him in full for the orders - about R150,000, waiving its usual 30% (excl VAT) service fee.

Fuel price expected to rise again: AA

Oil's recent price advances slowed in the first half of July, putting a ceiling on potential fuel price increases as the rand traded mostly flat against the US dollar. This is according to the Automobile Association, which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The current data points to fuel price rises at month end of about 35c a litre for petrol, 68c for diesel, and 63c for illuminating paraffin. “This will still leave our fuel prices below their pre-lockdown highs notwithstanding the rand currently being pegged about two rand weaker to the dollar than it was then. Despite our cautious optimism that stability is creeping back into the market, we still advise motorists to expect further fuel price rises in the short term,” the AA says.

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