Wednesday, July 22 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

‘Deeply offensive’: lawyer in hot water over Zindzi Mandela land tweet

On the day the ambassador died, legal eagle Marc Aupiais tweeted that she ‘finally got her plot of land’

Jeff Wicks
Senior reporter
2 min read
Sport FREE

SA Rugby vows to ‘own up’ and address black players’ grievances

It's time for those uncomfortable conversations about systemic and integrated discrimination, says Jurie Roux

Khanyiso Tshwaku
Sports reporter
3 min read
News FREE

Unions ‘confident’ schools shutdown is a closed deal

As cabinet met on Monday to make its final decision, cautious optimism was the main emotion

Prega Govender
Journalist
2 min read
News FREE

‘Want a wine win situation? Separate us from beer and spirits’

Government must recognise wine doesn’t cause binge drinking and so save thousands of jobs, says industry

By Tania Broughton
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Free State’s ‘Parkrun Queen’ outruns Covid-19 - and the stigma

She felt ‘ashamed and embarrassed’, worried about what people may think, but what they did humbled her

1 min read

Court blocks Umgeni Water tender, but shafted firm loses out too

Politically connected company's fat security contract doesn't hold water. SOE given 10 months to fix it

By Sipho Masondo
2 min read

Road to nowhere: KZN firm in Hawks’ headlights for ‘ghost’ work

Probe into R227m tender awarded to an engineering company with Klusener family links

Orrin Singh
Reporter
2 min read

Isolate in luxury under the watchful eye of caring hotel staff

Many South Africans are opting for quarantine hotels as they, medical aids and government foot part of bills

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Shut down the depraved cashing in on Covid

We need to send a strong message to opportunists using the pandemic crisis to plunder state coffers

3 min read
Ideas FREE

Lacking courage to tackle SA’s disasters, Cyril’s credibility crumbles

Unlike Churchill, the exemplar of political bravery, our president skirts the pressing issues, playing it safe

Tony Leon
Columnist
6 min read
Ideas FREE

Oh, go on, let SA’s very own Marie Antoinette eat all the cake

Surely Lindiwe Ntshalintshali spending R348,000 of our money is justified. After all, she’s an important woman

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

For tortured, retch-worthy business-speak it’s hard to top this

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

To open schools or not? Makes no difference, says study

In Sweden, schools stayed open, in Finland they didn’t, and there was no difference in the number of Covid-19 cases

By Camilla Turner and Nicola Smith
2 min read

‘Game-changer’: drug exceeds expectations in Covid trial

The treatment not only helps the lungs’ ability to neutralise the virus, but could also tackle a mutated version

By Laura Donnelly
3 min read

Death, drugs and ‘Pumpkin Head DiCaprio’: Johnny Depp according to Amber

Actress says he threatened to kill her, beat her up, and accused her of sleeping with a long list of co-stars

By Izzy Lyons
6 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

PHOTO ESSAY | The colours and characters of Kliptown

When vibrant communities get together to promote and take care of each other, it’s music to the ears

By Andrea Nagel
2 min read

From Greece to Korea, how to eat your heart out of a break-up

Heartache comes in stages, but don’t worry, food will get you through, with a glass of wine for good measure

Yolisa Mkele
Journalist
3 min read

Bellissimo! Here’s your Italian cuisine adventure, Joburg style

We can’t travel right now but our tongues can, so we may as well pop into that boot-shaped place

Yolisa Mkele
Journalist
3 min read

Blast from the past: Potgieter sticks his neck out to win gold

Today in SA sports history: July 22

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
4 min read

SNAPSHOT

Ennie Makgoba is one of the nurses at Charlotte Maxeke hospital who received flowers from Ubuntu beds and Together We Bloom. The two NGOs donated 350 flowers to thank the hardworking healthcare workers.
HEALTH BOUQUET WORKER Ennie Makgoba is one of the nurses at Charlotte Maxeke hospital who received flowers from Ubuntu beds and Together We Bloom. The two NGOs donated 350 flowers to thank the hardworking healthcare workers.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi

6 things you need to know

Covid-19 UIF benefits extended

The employment and labour department has extended the Covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) benefit until August 15, deputy minister Boitumelo Moloi confirmed on Tuesday. Last month, the department indicated the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) would pay workers their relief payments under the scheme until the end of June. The payments were intended as a stopgap for three months, until the lockdown restrictions were eased and the economy slowly reopened. To date, about R34bn in benefits had been distributed through employers in 7.4 million payments. The extension was decided following "due diligence and consultation with the UIF actuaries, and in line with the president’s decision to extend the life of the Disaster Management Act until August 15".

Buthelezi slams ‘infantile obsession’ with statues

Former IFP leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has warned against the removal of statues of colonial and apartheid leaders, saying doing so would be akin to wiping out part of SA's history. Buthelezi, the leader of the IFP caucus in parliament, was speaking during a parliamentary budget debate of the sports, arts and culture department on Tuesday. He said the country must not have an “infantile obsession” with getting rid of all statues indiscriminately. “If we must have a record of our saints, I think we must have a record of our villains as well because then our history becomes a bit truncated. If we think [about it], by removing the statues we are wiping off a part of [the] history of our country.”

Gauteng more than halves hospital numbers

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 in Gauteng has decreased by more than 50% since last week, the health department said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Kwara Kekana said 2,487 people were being treated at public and private facilities in the province. This was down by 3,089 admissions since last Wednesday, when the department said 5,576 people were being treated for Covid-19.

US blacklists firms over abuse of China minorities

The US added to an economic blacklist 11 Chinese companies it said were implicated in human rights violations in Xinjiang region. The step prompted an accusation of slander from China, which vowed to take measures to protect its companies’ rights. The US commerce department said the companies were involved in using forced labour by Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups. – Reuters

Clock is ticking as TikTok gets warning

Pakistan’s telecommunications regulator issued a ‘final warning’ to video app TikTok over explicit content, while livestreaming app Bigo Live was blocked for the same reason. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said it had sent TikTok and Bigo Live notices to moderate content after receiving complaints, but their responses were unsatisfactory. – Reuters

Jobs slump hits LinkedIn

Professional social network LinkedIn said it was cutting 960 jobs as the global pandemic has hit demand for its paid recruitment services. The Covid-19 outbreak ‘is having a sustained impact on the demand for hiring’, said CEO Ryan Roslansky. As a result, ‘there are roles that are no longer needed.’ – AFP

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