Wednesday, August 19 2020



As SA shops til it drops for dop, tavern owners count the cost

Queues for booze formed across SA as the sales ban lifted, but pubs are struggling to bounce back

Iavan Pijoos
4 min read

Legal booze and cigs, illegal booze and cigs – they’re all yours

Euromonitor predicts that the illegal alcohol and tobacco trade will continue, despite the lifting of bans

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
2 min read

Chained like a dog: Sandra Munsamy’s 162 days of hell

A Hawks investigator has detailed how the Durban woman was held hostage in a house in Mpumalanga

Orrin Singh
2 min read




Death by numbers: how well has SA really done in fighting Covid?

The answer may surprise you since, as our research shows, you can take a lot of figures with a pinch of salt

By Nathan Geffen and Alex Welte
10 min read

SA might be past its peak, but a world of uncertainty awaits

Predicting the future is tricky, but social protocols and tracing are the best long-term strategies, say experts

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

‘Why them?’ Town mourns ‘wonderful’ families killed in Kalahari fire

The loss of 10 people – in what they say is the worst tragedy to befall the Cape hamlet – has ripped out its heart

By Aron Hyman and Anthony Molyneaux
4 min read

Field of fears: KZN south coast community loses faith in justice

They have been hit by murders, an apparent suicide, a police bungle and now rumours of more deaths

5 min read



EDITORIAL | SA’s safety is yours to bear, so don’t mess up

Instead of lessening the burden to keep ourselves and others safe, level 2 requires us to shoulder it more than ever

2 min read
Ideas FREE

If SA is outdone by Bibi and Trump, we must be in dire domestic straits

Our wearying approach to Israel and Zimbabwe points to a poverty of foreign policy imagination

Tony Leon
5 min read

Covid-19 has been a test, but let’s get 100% from its lessons

The coronavirus may have turned our lives upside down, but it has had some surprising health benefits

By Sharon Walker
7 min read



New Covid-19 alarm: it could be causing type 1 diabetes in kids

Worrying rise of new-onset cases among UK children mirrors similar scenarios in China and Italy

By Henry Bodkin
1 min read

‘Very promising’: the pieces are coming together for a long-lasting vaccine

This comes amid mounting evidence that T cells and B cells provide longer-lasting protection

By Georgina Hayes
1 min read

Damned if he does: why Belarus gives Putin a huge headache

ANALYSIS | The last thing he wants is another pro-Western neighbour, but he’s in a Catch-22 situation

By James Nixey
2 min read

What the hell?! ‘Harry did not shout at queen’ during storm in a tiara

A source says it is ‘totally untrue’ that the prince used inappropriate language when addressing his gran

By Hannah Furness
3 min read



SA can go toe to toe with the world’s 10 most bizarre Covid rules

We think we have it bad, but some countries’ rules make no sense at all

By Oliver Smith
11 min read

Shine a bit on wine and your health may thank you for it

Moderate consumption of the fruit of the vine could have these five positive effects on you, say researchers

By Wade Bales
2 min read

Now we can have them, gin cocktails are set to blossom in summer

Joel Harrison, co-author of ‘The World Atlas of Gin’, gives his tips on making the simplest versions

By Susy Atkins
1 min read

Blast from the past: Seeing red over Semenya’s gold

Today in SA sports history: August 19

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read


Joburg residents drink at a bar for the first time since the national lockdown started in March.
WHAT THE BOSS SAYS, GOES Joburg residents drink at a bar for the first time since the national lockdown started in March.
Image: Alaister Russel

6 things you need to know

Hawks storm 7 houses in illegal mining bust

Three people have been arrested in Khuma, North West, for illegal mining, illegal possession of gold-bearing material, illegal dealing in ,gold and money laundering. The arrests stem from a year-long investigation into illegal mining and dealing in gold in the Khuma area, said Capt Tlangelani Rikhotso of the Hawks. Seven houses were stormed on Monday morning by the Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit assisted by members of Tactical Response Team, Northern Cape Detectives, the Kenneth Kaunda District Illegal Mining team, and a crime-scene laboratories team. The raids “resulted in the seizure of R760,000 cash, a firearm, two Mercedes-Benz sedans, Toyota double cab, Isuzu bakkie, mercury and gold-refining paraphernalia”.

Half of varsity students lack laptops, data

A new study has revealed that the majority of university students lack “critical” resources such as data and laptops to study from home during lockdown. The study by by Feenix, a crowdfunding platform, involved 362 students across 26 universities, as well as graduates and parents. It found students were “severely affected” by a lack of food, accommodation and transport, said Leana de Beer, Feenix CEO. The report revealed that 41% experienced a delay in registration and start of their studies, with 50% of these saying this was because of a lack of funding, while 27% of respondents had difficulty accessing textbooks and 46% were unequipped with necessary tools such as data, laptops and computers.

ConCourt's efficiency is declining

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has decreed that all judges must attempt to hand down reserved judgments within three months. But an analysis of the Constitutional Court’s performance shows a steady decline in efficiency in the apex court. The analysis involved all cases considered by the court for 2016-19 and up to March 2020 - a total of 182 matters. However, 48 of the matters, where judgments were handed down without hearings, were excluded. The analysis shows that for judgments delivered so far in 2020, it has taken an average of 204.5 days or just more than six and a half months from hearing to judgment delivery. For judgments delivered in 2019, it took an average of 151.6 days (five months).

Mauritius arrests oil spill captain

Mauritius has arrested the captain of a Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground off its coast, causing a devastating oil spill in one of the world’s most pristine maritime environments. Another member of the crew was arrested. After having been heard by the court they have been denied bail and are still in detention. – Reuters

Scientists egg on near-extinct rhino

Scientists racing to save the northern white rhino from extinction have harvested 10 more eggs from the last two females alive, which they hope will help create viable embryos that can be incubated by other rhinos acting as surrogates. Neither of the remaining northern white rhinos on Earth – a mother and her daughter – can carry a baby to term, so scientists want to implant the embryos into southern white rhinos instead. – Reuters

Health minister follows deputy out of office

Poland’s health minister Lukasz Szumowski said he was resigning from his post. The announcement came a day after Deputy Health Minister Janusz Cieszynski announced he was leaving the ministry. The resignations come at a time of growing criticism of how Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) has been dealing with the pandemic as the daily numbers of new infections remain high. – Reuters