Monday, September 21 2020



Ideas FREE

No pap for Lungisa and his corrupt ilk. They think they’re better than us

He is the worst of the horrible faces of the ANC in power, stealing from the poor and living the high life

4 min read

Must at-risk teachers really now go back despite ‘terror’ of virus?

Some say they won’t go back unless officially asked to do so, but department says schools have been told they must

Prega Govender
3 min read
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Airports drop-kick drivers to levels two, three and four of fury

Pre-lockdown pickup and drop-off areas are a goner. Now you have to head for the parkades and it may cost you

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read



Pluck is a big plus for pioneer maths boffin

A blind Johannesburg teenager is not letting the disability she was born with impair her zest for life

2 min read

Empty nesters no more as SA youth moves back home

Nearly two-thirds of young people have had to go back to their parents due to the economic impact of Covid-19

5 min read

Sometimes sticking your neck out comes at a deadly cost

The adaptive advantage of long necks was a death knell for two giraffes believed to have been killed by lightning

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

More than 70% of stressed professionals in SA have not sought help

The 2020 Stress Index shows more than a third are struggling, but the majority have failed to seek comfort

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

New name, same great journalism: we’re now Sunday Times Daily!

Your favourite daily digital edition has a new name but still has all the content you love

2 min read



EDITORIAL | SA needs to be on level 1, but with flexibility and fairness

Nobody at high risk of dying of Covid should be forced to choose between earning an income and staying safe

3 min read
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They wrote it this week: How did the Bond girl really break her arm?

Extracts from diaries and letters written between September 21 and September 27

Robin Crouch
9 min read

Pilates of the pen with ice in your soul: the high risk of diary writing

Keeping a journal reveals much more about the diarist. Trust me, I’ve worked with many of them

By Anna Herve
4 min read



The big Roe-back: Ginsburg’s successor likely to reopen abortion debate

One name on Trump’s list is a devout Roman Catholic driven by dogma, and the others aren’t much better

By Verity Bowman
2 min read

America’s Rust Belt has the blues but it’s still red to the bone

Despite Covid, Trump support is still strong in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, which is in a critical swing state

By Ben Riley Smith
4 min read

We’re wasting time and money when we should be probing Covid immunity

ANALYSIS | Forget lockdowns and costly PCR tests when it's better to focus on the extent of our immunity

By Dr Uri Gavish, Prof Udi Qimron, Eyal Shahar, Dr Ifat Abadi-Korek and Michael Levitt
3 min read

Are they totally starkers? Adults are getting naked for kids on TV

Denmark’s latest contribution to body positivity is even rubbing up some Danes the wrong way

By Colin Freeman
1 min read



Is it really a thing? Or a fad? Beware the ‘con’ in MetCon

Like all things exercise and fitness, a blind one-size-fits-all approach can be counterproductive, even harmful

By Devlin Brown
3 min read

Smooth operators: the best new features coming with Apple iOS 14

A host of features are designed to improve messaging and make apps easier to access

By Olivia Rudgard
6 min read

Hyundai hides the highlight of its jewel of a revamped Tucson

Big design revamp features daytime running lights that are hidden behind the grille until switched on

By Dennis Droppa
1 min read



Questions swirl around Woods, Mickelson as they miss cut at Winged Foot

Are their powers waning after poor driving at the fabled course? There’s always the Masters in November

By James Corrigan
5 min read

He ain’t Djoking: ‘It’s just me,’ says Novak after losing it – again

'It’s not the first nor the last racket that I’ll break in my career,' is what he had to say for himself afterwards

By Arvind Sriram
1 min read

Blast from the past: Cech and Di Clemente turn bronze into silver

Today in SA sports history: September 21

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read


A server carries mugs at a beer garden near Theresienwiese where Oktoberfest would have started on Saturday as Covid-19 continues in Munich.
beer with me A server carries mugs at a beer garden near Theresienwiese where Oktoberfest would have started on Saturday as Covid-19 continues in Munich.
Image: Andreas Gebert/Reuters

6 things you need to know

Driver held after 34 people crammed into taxi

A Free State taxi driver has been arrested after 34 people, including schoolchildren, were found crammed into a taxi in Harrismith, the provincial department of police, roads and transport said on Sunday. In a video doing the rounds on social media, a law official is seen counting the pupils as they exit the taxi. The headcount revealed a total of 34 people, including pupils, crammed into the taxi. All appear to be wearing masks. Department spokesperson Hillary Mophethe said the incident occurred on Friday. Mophethe said the driver was charged for overloading and defeating the ends of justice. The taxi had been impounded.

Nehawu fights on for wage hikes

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) says its members will stage a demonstration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday. Nehawu is protesting against the possibility of salaries of public servants not being increased in 2020 and alleged lapses in the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. National spokesperson Khaya Xaba said salary negotiations between the union and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme would now form part of the broader demands. Negotiations between the two parties started in June, but have been deadlocked since August.

Hundreds of pupils quarantined in Covid outbreak

About 652 pupils from Ethembeni Secondary School in Burgersdorp, Eastern Cape, had to be quarantined after a Covid-19 outbreak at the school. The Joe Gqabi district municipality said  98 pupils  had tested positive for Covid-9 and 65 were awaiting their test results. This comes days after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced easing of lockdown regulations and move to a level 1 lockdown. Joe Gqabi municipal spokesperson Mandla Gceya said it was not yet clear how the pupils were infected.

Millions of birds drop from sky in US

Millions of migratory birds have been dropping dead across the southwestern US, in a mass event that scientists say is unprecedented. A sudden fall in temperature added to an earlier heatwave in some western states and a large amount of smoke from wildfires is thought to have led to a mass “die-off”, leading to people in New Mexico finding scores of birds dead on the ground. Residents of Utah and Colorado reported similar discoveries. - Telegraph Media Group

Trump wanted Dennis Rodman to be an envoy

Donald Trump has said he considered making Dennis Rodman, the basketball star, envoy to North Korea instead of well-educated “stiffs” from top universities.The US president made the revelation in an interview when asked if he had ever discussed basketball with Kim Jong-un when they met. “Well, he really does like Dennis Rodman,” Trump said. “I always said Dennis would be better than some of these stiffs they used to send to get to know him. They send these people over and they went to Harvard ... but they have no chemistry whatsoever.” - Telegraph Media Group Limited (2020)

Germans fear beer will cause second wave

Fears are growing in Germany that Oktoberfest parties could lead to a surge in coronavirus infections, pushing the country into a second wave of the pandemic. The famous festival, which normally takes place in Munich in September and October, was cancelled this year for the first time since World War 2. Nevertheless, alternative festivities kicked off on Saturday, when traditional Oktoberfest would normally begin. Over the coming weeks, 50 pub owners hope to create an Oktoberfest atmosphere. - Telegraph Media Group Limited (2020)