Wednesday, July 29 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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The way Facebook has treated terrified SA teen is ‘absolutely despicable’

Bullies roam free across social media thanks to combo of tech giants’ arrogance and cops’ ineptitude, say experts

3 min read
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Hush-hush talks on school year’s fate: this is what we know so far

Unions meet with department to learn all the details, and also to tackle the thorny issue of model C schools

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

Party’s over, boys! principal warns Selborne pupils

Head master is sick of boys whooping it up and then self-isolating, having put others at risk in the meanwhile

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

Nhleko disputes Ipid evidence, insists first report on Dramat was final

Robert McBride, Innocent Khuba told the state capture inquiry the report clearing Anwa Dramat was ignored

3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Bloom and bust: SA advocate snares international flower thief

US wildlife agency lauds Aradhana Heeramun for helping to bringing slippery plant trafficker to book

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
2 min read

I was forced to do chores for kidnapped businesswoman, says ‘captor’

One of the accused says he was told he was going to do construction, not cook and clean for Sandra Munsamy

Orrin Singh
Journalist
6 min read

Judge not convinced ‘not-so-friendly’ Spar Group acted in good faith

High court slams supermarket group for the way it amended multi-store-owner’s Ts and Cs

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
4 min read

Take a shot at Alzheimer’s with an annual flu vaccine

Researchers have found that those who are vaccinated against flu have a lower risk of developing the disease

Claire Keeton
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

We should be as outraged by all crime as we are about covidpreneurs

If our anger at all crime was equal, there would be many more people who still had their livelihoods or, indeed, lives

Times Select
Editorial
2 min read

By the time we find out what tricky Diko was up to, we won’t care anymore

That’s the way probes work in SA. They just delay the inevitable until the inevitable doesn’t matter

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

The friends of fictional Soviets are far more than buddies to me

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
3 min read
Sport FREE

Boks may need seven-week build-up before springing into combat

If SA make it to New Zealand, the team will probably have to be bolstered to lessen individual workloads

Liam Del Carme
Journalist
2 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

It’s looking like Democrats will win complete control of US government

Latest polls show Trump’s Republicans have fallen so far behind they are likely to even lose the Senate

By Ben Riley-Smith
1 min read

If she fails to be heard, Amber has a lot more to lose than Johnny

Depp may take a knock if the law isn’t on his side, but if the actress loses she will pay the price of ‘toxic fame’

By AFP
3 min read

Gag reflex: Ghislaine Maxwell fights to keep sex pics, video secret

Jeffrey Epstein’s socialite pal scrambles to put a lid on ‘highly confidential’ and ‘sexualised’ trove of evidence

By Josie Ensor
2 min read

If Harry and Meghan want out of public life, here’s a PR lesson: shut up

By constantly airing their hurt feelings the Sussexes are losing their magic, and showing us what they really are

By Harry Mount
4 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

Hey, bosom spuddy, our history was written in the starch

A love letter to the most versatile vegetable in the world, and perhaps the greatest food that has ever lived

Yolisa Mkele
Journalist
3 min read

For SA’s sake, Mr Pres, can we have a drink? First round’s on me

SA’s booze ban will see organised crime thrive and huge revenue losses. Then there’s liberty to worry about

By Rowan Leibbrandt
5 min read

Black in Asia: a Seoul brother chronicles Korea

In this new series we gather anecdotes from Saffers on how weird travelling in Korea as a black African can be

Yolisa Mkele
Journalist
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Dentist Nina Agustin and her assistant don eye-catching PPE to examine a patient in Malang, Indonesia.
TOOTHSOME Dentist Nina Agustin and her assistant don eye-catching PPE to examine a patient in Malang, Indonesia.
Image: Aman Rochman/AFP

6 things you need to know

Parliament to probe PPE corruption claims

Finance minister Tito Mboweni and National Treasury officials are to be called before parliament’s two finance committees next week to brief MPs on the government's procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), which has been plagued by allegations of corruption. There have been reports of inflated prices paid by provincial governments and contracts given to the well connected, in relation to the procurement of PPE and the distribution of food parcels. Standing committee on finance chair Joe Maswanganyi said at a meeting of the two committees on Tuesday that Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane and officials from the Treasury’s procurement office should also appear before MPs.

Sassa warns of fake e-mail about food tender

Sassa has warned the public not to be duped by a fake e-mail in which an “official” calls for people to contact its offices about a tender for the three-year supply of food parcels in the Free State. Sassa spokesperson Sandy Godlwana said the agency was concerned that the public “will find themselves having to pay money with the hope that they will get the tender, where this is fake and a scam”. The e-mail has been sent in the name of Sassa regional executive manager Themba Matlou, who said: “This misinformation is devoid of truth ... The agency warns all bidders against this scam and any other bid where people purport to take money claiming they are from Sassa.”

Tshwane gets interdict against strikers

The City of Tshwane has obtained an interdict from the labour court in a bid to stop the disruption of services by striking members of the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu). The ongoing labour dispute is having a “devastating” effect on service delivery across all seven regions in the municipality, according to the city. Protesting workers damaged the Tshwane municipality head office last week. They also emptied bins and strew litter across the CBD, according to the municipality. Some workers who reported for duty were allegedly physically threatened and their offices forcefully closed. The interdict prevents strikers from blocking or interfering with traffic flow in the Pretoria CBD, damaging city, business and residential property, and threatening, manhandling or assaulting any city employee or contractor.

Uganda president gives it another go (or stay)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was nominated as his party’s candidate in the 2021 presidential election, seeking a sixth term in office. Museveni, 75, changed the constitution in 2005 to abolish a two-term limit. In 2019 the Supreme Court confirmed the scrapping of the age limit for the presidency. Museveni faces a challenge from Bobi Wine, who is popular among youngsters. – AFP

Breadth of calamity: pollution chokes human life

Air pollution cuts life expectancy for everyone by nearly two years, according to new data suggesting poor air quality is ‘the greatest risk to human health’. In countries such as India and Bangladesh, air pollution is so severe that it now cuts average lifespans in some areas by nearly a decade. Authors of the research said the global air quality constituted a far higher health risk than Covid-19. – AFP

A mammoth find thanks to global warming

Russian scientists are poring over the stunningly well-preserved bones of an adult woolly mammoth from at least 10,000 years ago, after local inhabitants discovered its remains in the shallows of a Siberian lake. The remains were retrieved from Russia’s remote Yamal peninsula above the Arctic Circle on July 23. Similar finds in the Siberian region have happened with increasing regularity as the climate the warms the Arctic at a fast pace. – Reuters

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