Friday, August 7 2020




SA, your patience will soon be rewarded with juicy graft trials: NPA, SIU

The bodies understand SA’s frustration, but say it takes time to develop watertight prosecution cases

Jeff Wicks
Senior reporter
4 min read

Dark horse: KZN set to place 2nd in Covid-19 infection race

The health minister visited the province to ascertain its state of readiness ahead of the major turn

Orrin Singh
1 min read

Dlamini-Zuma bats away claims her cig ban has failed

Minister’s counsel attacks illicit trade and smoker numbers wielded by British American Tobacco SA

4 min read

Don’t be bullied by Zim, just help them, Cyril urged

Zim’s leaders forever howl ‘sovereignty’, but SA must weigh in on its economic and rights disaster, say experts

Lenin Ndebele
4 min read




Retired teacher’s new career as social media star

Video of much-loved maths teacher’s farewell is a global hit. Now she’s giving lessons on Zoom

Prega Govender
5 min read

Antibody tests: where are they, and are they really any use to you and me?

They are cheaper, quicker and will help with community surveillance, but they have their limits

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
2 min read

WHO surge team lands in SA as Africa ‘scales up’ Covid fight

Public health experts are here to increase technical expertise and training among their local counterparts

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
2 min read

Flying in pandemic is as terrifying for airlines as it is for travellers

The industry’s recovery is hanging in the balance, with revenue reported to be at 1% of what it was in 2019

Paul Ash
Senior reporter
4 min read

Lockdown throws lifeline to SA’s rhino, but poachers are poised

There are fears the momentum could be lost as more people ‘poach for the pot’ amid Covid-19 desperation

Matthew Savides
Night news editor
7 min read



EDITORIAL | Blood on SA spreadsheet of shame must be wiped away for good

More than six decades after women stood up to be heard they are still striking their heads against rocks

3 min read

Women superheroes are stepping out of the shadow of men

Without fanfare, they are defining an entirely new style of leadership to forge a post-Covid future

By Saray Khumalo
4 min read
Ideas FREE

How I learned to start worrying and hate the bomb

Thursday marked 75 years since the US devastated Hiroshima. We cannot let this happen again

Tom Eaton
4 min read

We simply need cuneiform heretoforeunders owing to tricky pips

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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



Kelly to the max: Khumalo talks love, life, Covid and gin

'Life With Kelly Khumalo' offers a glimpse into the life and career of one of SA’s biggest music stars

By Kevin Kriedemann
2 min read

Get entangled with your TV this August

Some audiovisual ice-cream to gorge yourself on

By Kevin Kriedemann
3 min read

Beyoncé’s unapologetic love letter to blackness is a triumph

Her ‘Black Is King’ album uses music, clothing, colour and dance as vehicles to celebrate the glory of Africa

By Funiwe Mkele
2 min read


The Light SA Red movement illuminates iconic parts of Cape Town to bring the government's attention to the events sector's plight.
COLOURFUL EVENT The Light SA Red movement illuminates iconic parts of Cape Town to bring the government's attention to the events sector's plight.
Image: Esa Alexander

6 things you need to know

Ramaphosa sets up committee to probe PPE deals

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed an inter-ministerial committee to “deal with alleged corruption”, linked to the procurement of personal protective equipment. The appointment follows a sitting of cabinet on Wednesday. The committee will include justice minister Ronald Lamola, minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu, finance minister Tito Mboweni, police minister Bheki Cele, minister of public service and administration Senzo Mchunu, and minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The president is seeking the names of companies and amounts of tenders and contracts awarded in their departments, “as a matter of urgency this week”. The report on all suppliers would be made available publicly.

ANC councillor apologises for wealth brag

An ANC councillor in the Emfuleni municipality in Gauteng, Maipato Tsokolibane, has apologised for bragging about her wealth and insulting her colleagues in an audio recording that has gone viral. She can be heard shouting at fellow councillors over allegations of corruption. Speaking in Sesotho, Tsokolibane says: “Who is a gogo? I went to school, I was a principal for 35 years. I have my own money and I have my own houses that I did not buy through theft from the Sedibeng municipality or Emfuleni,” said Tsokolibane. “My shoes are worth R30,000. I buried my child with R200,000. These primary school dropouts must go get their uneducated mothers to come to lead the municipality. This municipality is in this state because of these rubbishes.” It is not known who released the recording, and it is also not clear who Tsokolibane was referring to in the statements. In a statement on Tsokolibane’s behalf, municipal spokesperson Stanley Gaba apologised for the rant.

Sassa paypoint hit by armed gang

Gunmen opened fire at an SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) paypoint in Ndwedwe, north of Durban, on Thursday as officials were issuing payments. The men struck at about 8am. "Five or more armed men rapidly moved into the pay site and fired a number of shots. They attacked a security guard and robbed him of his firearm. The men then made off with an undisclosed amount of cash that was already assigned to paymasters," said Themba Matlou, Sassa KZN regional manager. The gang fled in a hired SA Post Office vehicle. Matlou said two officials suffered minor injuries. "Arrangements are being made to ensure that beneficiaries receive their grants," said Matlou.

Very naughty mask wearers will be punished

Dominatrixes are to be allowed to resume work in Berlin for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown this weekend - three weeks before the reopening of brothels in September. Prostitutes can offer their services again in Germany’s capital from September 1, under strict new hygiene measures announced by the regional government. Sex workers who do not offer intercourse, such as dominatrixes, will be allowed to resume business from Saturday, although masks must be worn. Prostitution is legal in Germany but all forms of sex work, including professional BDSM, was banned in March owing to the pandemic. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

They waited 400 years to be worth a dam

The first beavers to live naturally in the wild in England for more than 400 years have been given the green light to stay after a five-year trial showed their dam-building activities were good for wildlife and people. Beavers were hunted to extinction in Britain more than four centuries ago because people wanted their meat, fur and castoreum, a secretion used in medicine and perfumes. But in 2013 a family of beavers was found living on the River Otter in Devon, southwest England. It is not clear where the beavers came from and at first they were threatened with eviction. But during the trial spearheaded by the Devon Wildlife Trust, they thrived, breeding and dispersing throughout the river's catchment area. They have built 28 dams and are now estimated to consist of 15 family groups. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Now here’s a bum cure for Covid

If you thought Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s promotion of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a miracle Covid-19 cure was out there, meet his equally batty countryman, Volnei Morastoni, mayor of Itajaí. His contribution? Rectal injections of ozone, which he describes as an “excellent” coronavirus treatment, according to a New York Daily News report. He recommends a “simple, fast application of two, three minutes a day” using “a thin catheter”. Brazilian scientists urged Morastoni not to offer the treatment in his city. However, the mayor’s enthusiasm for unproven coronavirus treatments doesn’t end there - his city reportedly offers camphor and ivermectin to prevent the virus, along with the antibiotic azithromycin for infected patients, the report added. - Staff reporter