Thursday, September 10 2020

BIZOS: A NOBLE LIFE

ONE OF THE GREATS OF SA HISTORY HAS DIED

George Bizos rejoins his lifelong friend

Struggle hero George Bizos died on Wednesday, aged 91. This article on him was written in 2017

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
6 min read
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Nelson, George and the rules of engagement

In this edited extract from ‘65 Years of Friendship’, George Bizos recalls his meetings with Mandela in jail

By George Bizos
5 min read

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

We explode with rage over a racist ad, but still fall for white-hair lie

It’s one thing to be outraged, but it is surely wrong to then rush off and buy hair-straightening products

4 min read

It was a helluva job, but these modellers got the Covid-19 death toll right

We take no joy in it, says expert, explaining the many variables to be factored in to come up with numbers

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
4 min read
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Good news! SA may surge to level one soon, hints Zweli Mkhize

The health minister says the worst is over and the country needs to return to normal, cautiously

3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Ideas FREE

Oxford vaccine near, but no short cuts

Are Covid-19 vaccines being ‘rushed through’? This is how these Oxford scientists are covering their bases

By Rebecca Ashfield and Pedro Folegatti
4 min read

We’re not scared, say Saffers in halted vaxx trial

Some of the 2,000 local subjects say they're committed to the war on the pandemic despite a mysterious illness

By Tanisha Heiberg and Siyabonga Sishi
5 min read

Record high pollen count leaves Joburg allergy sufferers in tears

Never mind Covid – you need a mask just to breathe in the air this spring

4 min read
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Jug-attack ruling, ANC klap deal double blow to Andile Lungisa

First the party canned him, then he lost his appeal in the water-jug furore. Now he's waving an 'olive branch'

By Michael Kimberley
3 min read

Gumede case: one fell swoop can overturn Hawks’ 100% success

The former eThekwini mayor could be a thorn in the side of the country's fraud and corruption busters

Orrin Singh
Reporter
3 min read

Law firm payout to Ponzi scheme victim is a bitter pill

Judge lashes ‘biased’ directors, saying one of them was a ‘stranger to the truth’ over multimillion-rand fraud

4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Lockdown kept SA shopping habits in check

While the well-heeled didn’t let lockdown dampen their aspirations, most South Africans stocked up on basics

Times Select
Editorial
2 min read

The truth has been captured by corrupt, opportunistic SA leaders

Desperate citizens are fooled by the manipulation of truths, sayings and ideologies by greedy public figures

4 min read

Bad Apples: app developers are hacking your brain to boost ratings

Apple clamps down on those gaming the system for five stars, but there are always loopholes

By Patrick McGee
12 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Covid what? Coverage of Indian actor’s death outdoes that of virus

A ‘trial by the media’ after the death of a Bollywood star and his girlfriend’s arrest has gripped the country

By Shilpa Jamkhandikar
3 min read

Pandemics be damned! China’s ‘smart city’ is where it’s at

Barcelona-invented Chinese city to rival Silicon Valley means people will never have to leave the house

By Colin Freeman
2 min read

Battle of the fattest: are men with dad bods better fathers?

Fathers with six-packs fare the worst, suggests new research

By Michael Hogan and Joel Snape
8 min read

Does your furry friend really love you? We don’t know the arf of it

Do animals love us for ourselves, or as a food supply? A new series examines the inner lives of cats and dogs

By Flic Everett
6 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

How the Kardashians changed fashion, from beauty to bottoms

‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ might be drawing to a close, but Kim’s style legacy lives on

By Melissa Twigg
5 min read

Six local entrepreneurs dishing out the fine goods

You need to get your hands on this craftsmanship

By Sarah Buitendach
8 min read

A-listers bring their A-game to 77th Venice Film Festival

From Tilda Swinton in Chanel to Cate Blachett wearing previous gowns, the brightest stars stunned this year

By Sahil Harilal
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Weak Cricket SA leaves the affirmative action crease

CSA has done an about turn on a statement in which it said it would give preference to black consultants

Khanyiso Tshwaku
Sports reporter
3 min read
Sport FREE

Court’s decision on Semenya an ‘injustice against African women’

Swiss court won’t allow Caster to run 800m without medication and Nathi Mthethwa is having none of it

2 min read

Blast from the past: the Bok stopped here for Craven et al

Today in SA sports history: September 10

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

A resident rows through flooded streets after last week’s heavy rains in Keur Massar, Senegal.
DIGGING IN THE HEELS A resident rows through flooded streets after last week’s heavy rains in Keur Massar, Senegal.
Image: Reuters/Zohra Bensemra

6 things you need to know

Hawks man ‘blows cash from sting’

A Northern Cape Hawks official faces a charge of theft after allegedly disappearing with money used in a sting operation. The 43-year-old warrant officer appeared briefly in the Springbok Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, the Hawks said on Wednesday. It is alleged he was part of a covert operation last month, for which R50,000 had been withdrawn from the state account. Only R20,000 was used and the remainder was supposed to be returned. The official allegedly “booked off sick and disappeared with the remaining R30,000, using  it for his own personal gain”. A tracing team arrested him in Springbok and seized about R11,000. The officer is out on a warning. The case was postponed to September 15 for further investigation.

Cyber experts warn of xenophobia campaign

There is a coordinated attempt to manipulate SA conversations with a xenophobic tone on social media platforms, according to an interim report released by analysts from the Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change (CABC) at the University of Cape Town. The report found that key narratives around xenophobia are being curated and amplified by a dedicated network of users on SA social media platforms. “Whereas xenophobic mentions generally hovered around 100 per day at the beginning of March, within two weeks there was a significant uptick to around 9,000 … peaking at around 15,000 mentions at one point,” said Dr Camaren Peter, director and executive head of the CABC.

Slain student’s boyfriend was convicted killer

Letaba Technical and Vocational Education and Training College student Kgaogelo Shai, who was found dead two weeks after she went missing, may have not known she was in a relationship with a convicted murderer. Limpopo police revealed on Wednesday that the 20-year-old’s boyfriend, Ronny Kgatla, the main suspect in her killing, had killed before. He was a parolee after he was incarcerated for murdering his former girlfriend, Brig Motlafelo Mojapelo said. Kgatla, 35, hanged himself, and his body was found on August 31. Police had been searching for Shai since then. She was last seen in Kgatla's company on August 29. Mojalepo said Shai's decomposing body was found on Monday morning in the village's Dan Extension 2. “The deceased might have been strangled but there were [other] visible injuries.” A case of murder was registered against the already dead Kgatla.

UK acknowledges post-Brexit bill breaks law

Britain threw Brexit trade talks into chaos on Wednesday by announcing draft legislation that acknowledges some of its provisions would break international law, according to a copy seen by Reuters. The proposals have contributed to concerns that Britain could leave the EU’s single market in four months with no new agreement on trade. Prime minister Boris Johnson told parliament the bill was “a legal safety net to protect our country against extreme or irrational interpretations” of the Northern Ireland part of the EU Withdrawal Agreement that could threaten peace in the British province. The Internal Markets Bill, if approved, would give ministers the power to ignore parts of the Northern Ireland protocol of the agreement. — Reuters

Thai protesters plan march on PM’s office

Thai antigovernment activists on Wednesday announced plans to hold an overnight protest and to rally up to 100,000 people to march on Government House next week, piling more pressure on the military-backed administration to step down. A march on the seat of government would mark the first time the pro-democracy movement, which started rallies in July, moved beyond speeches on stages. After a long absence, demonstrations have returned to Thailand streets to demand the removal of prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, reviving memories of more than a decade of intermittent unrest that culminated in a 2014 coup. Prayuth led that putsch and remained in power after a disputed election last year that he insists was conducted fairly. He has warned Thailand could be “engulfed in flames” if protests persist. — Reuters

Climate change adds to plight of turtles

Baby sea turtles in Cyprus struggling to crawl to the sea now face the added threat of climate change, scientists say. Threats to the endangered species include coastal development for tourism and fishermen’s nets. According to Medasset, the Mediterranean Sea turtle protection association, climate change has caused a rise in sea levels and more frequent, severe storms, jeopardising the turtles’ nesting grounds. Changes in temperature affect the sex of a turtle, with hotter weather producing more females. High temperatures can also hinder eggs from hatching. Cyprus is home to two endangered turtle species — the Green Turtle and the loggerhead Caretta Caretta. — ReutersUK acknowledges post-Brexit bill breaks international lawBritain threw Brexit trade talks into chaos on Wednesday by announcing draft legislation that acknowledges some of its provisions would break international law, according to a copy seen by Reuters. The proposals have contributed to concerns that Britain could leave the EU’s single market in four months with no new agreement on trade. Prime minister Boris Johnson told parliament the bill was “a legal safety net to protect our country against extreme or irrational interpretations” of the Northern Ireland part of the EU Withdrawal Agreement that could threaten peace in the British province. The Internal Markets Bill, if approved, would give ministers the power to ignore parts of the Northern Ireland protocol of the agreement. — ReutersThai protesters plan march on PM’s officeThai antigovernment activists on Wednesday announced plans to hold an overnight protest and to rally up to 100,000 people to march on Government House next week, piling more pressure on the military-backed administration to step down. A march on the seat of government would mark the first time the pro-democracy movement, which started rallies in July, moved beyond speeches on stages. After a long absence, demonstrations have returned to Thailand streets to demand the removal of prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, reviving memories of more than a decade of intermittent unrest that culminated in a 2014 coup. Prayuth led that putsch and remained in power after a disputed election last year that he insists was conducted fairly. He has warned Thailand could be “engulfed in flames” if protests persist. — Reuters

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