Monday, September 28 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

Now power-mad Trump is the pot calling the kettle a s**thole

As world’s fiercest defender of peaceful power transfers, US looks a lot like nations tormented by stubborn strongmen

4 min read

Yes, the earth moved for the W Cape, but was no great shakes

The pair of tremors certainly had locals wound up, but seismic events like these are actually common, says an expert

By Lwandile Bhengu
3 min read

Why that to-die-for leather couch could smack you on the hide

Leather hides are not identical, so if buying furniture based on a showroom sample, you may be disappointed

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

How the apartheid government turned the ocean into a graveyard

Ex-security force members describe how, from the late 1970s, activists were murdered and dumped in the sea

By Michael Schmidt
6 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Water wonderful weekend

Sun City Resort opened the Valley of Waves at the weekend. Our photographer was there

0 min read
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Small-scale fishers’ heritage is being systemically gutted

Harmful industrial fishing and unfair laws threaten to end a community’s age-old tradition

By Angelo C Louw
4 min read

Blame the cops for shocking gender-based violence rates: NPOs

The minister may have pegged 30 hot spots, but activists say perpetrators just don’t fear the justice system

5 min read

Gross domestic violence: GBV is bad for GDP growth, study finds

Nations that ‘do not have the money’ to tackle the issue should look at how much it is already costing them

By Emma Batha
2 min read

Court short-circuits R1.5bn power tender after snubbed firm fights back

City Power has been ordered to start an ‘emergency’ procurement process following irregularities

2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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What the tourism sector can learn from Cape ...

At its peak, tourism declined in the Cape, a warning that it is crucial to build on water-efficient infrastructure

By The Conversation
4 min read

No time to mess about: why Tom Hardy would be a ...

As rumours swirl that the actor has been cast, here are the sticking points – and the boxes he simply doesn’t tick

By Robbie Collin
5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – September 28 2020

Six of the best pictures of the day

0 min read

Even against rosary-wielding Biden, Trump may swing the Catholic vote

ANALYSIS | His Supreme Court pick will prove critical to wooing this important voting bloc in the swing states

By Ben Riley Smith
2 min read

Fresh hell: as a second Covid peak hits Europe, these are the hard lessons

ANALYSIS | The continent faces rising cases and deaths, but the outcome could be very different this time around

By Paul Nuki, James Badcock, Nick Squires, Justin Huggler and Henry Samuel
4 min read

IS may be smashed, but scattered radicals attack Europe ‘every fortnight’

There have been 33 known plots over 15 months since the Islamic State collapsed, says a report

By Robert Mendick
2 min read

How does Attenborough gift a royal? A fossil fit for a prince, naturally

Although when the legend visited Prince George it would hardly have mattered – he’s a hero in the family

By Hannah Furness
3 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

Should you dive into cryotherapy, or just stay tucked up in bed?

It might be a case of if it makes you happy and motivated, do it safely and responsibly

By Devlin Brown
3 min read

The show on the road: five homegrown SA heroes who became famous

To celebrate Heritage Month, we take a look back at some iconic made-in-SA cars

By Denis Droppa
4 min read

Five black stars who took top beauty honours at the Emmys

Black beauty certainly won in 2020. From Zendaya to Regina King, these are our favourite looks

By Nokubonga Thusi
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Ace about face: how drugs testing plummeted in lockdown

Top players have barely been tested during this time as tennis lags behind other sports on the doping front

By Simon Briggs and Jannik Schneider
5 min read

Freeman’s Games glory for Aboriginals is a message for these angry times

The Australian’s Sydney Olympics gold helped further reconciliation despite bigotry’s persistence

By Oliver Brown
4 min read

Blast from the past: Brian Mitchell bashes his namesake in US debut

Today in SA sports history: September 28

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE