Thursday, October 1 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Scorpions set to sting top ANC politician after nabbing other ‘culprits’

Six alleged masterminds behind an asbestos tender have been arrested, with a seventh suspect on the radar

By Thabo Mokone, Iavan Pijoos and Orrin Singh
2 min read

EDITORIAL | Tenderpreneur crackdown is heartening, but it’s just the start

Edwin Sodi is one of many who have for years been greasing the palms of those in power

4 min read

I didn’t need Cyril’s say-so for Zim flight: Mapisa-Nqakula

She says it would have been ‘prudent’ to tell him, but insists there was nothing dodgy about the costly jaunt

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Signings give Sundowns many post-Pitso puzzlers

Without a new coach the variables are many, but we look at the positions beckoning the new players

Sazi Hadebe
Sports reporter
4 min read

You shall not pass this port: SA’s borders open, but not to everyone

UK, US and France named ‘high-risk’ countries, meaning leisure travellers will not be allowed in from Thursday

3 min read

Ace Magashule is off the hook for ‘misleading the provincial legislature’

Public protector clears former Free State premier after two complaints that he had misled the legislature

2 min read

Shock-chip: SAA tender U-turn takes the biscuit, but it won’t say sorry

Protector says Cape biscuit firm was left with crumbs after Air Chefs bungled their snack deal

Bobby Jordan
Senior reporter
3 min read

Ugly bugs had a ball when early hominins croaked at the Cradle

Bugs enter the big stage of human evolution as scientists uncover miniature ecosystems in fossil remains

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Ideas FREE

The Trump-Biden spectacle wasn’t a debate. It was game over, folks

Between a knackered, uninspiring Biden and fascist Trump, the debate really is done

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

Footloose and fact-free: Trump’s bullying backfires in Biden showdown

In a horrible display of mudslinging, the president may have ruined a chance to reach voters he needs

By James Oliphant
4 min read
Ideas FREE

Online exams are fertile ground for cheats. Here’s how to fix them

Varsities can’t enforce cheat-free online assessments, but these seven steps will build integrity into the system

4 min read

A curse on transphobic JK Rowling. Now what are we Potterheads to do?

Given the fresh controversy surrounding the author, it feels hypocritical to separate the art from the artist

2 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world – October 1 2020

Six of the best pictures of the day

0 min read

Covid may kill another million, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it

As global deaths pass the million mark, we canvass the experts on what the future trajectory will be

By Dominic Gilbert and Anne Gulland
3 min read

Worse for wear: clothes pile up in warehouses as second-hand market crashes

Donations have mounted as people stuck at home clear out their wardrobes – a boon in normal times

By Sonya Dowsett and George Obulutsa
6 min read

I’ll do his time, says Auschwitz director of boy jailed for blasphemy

It’s not enough to just like something on Facebook or retweet it, says Piotr Cywinski

By Will Brown
2 min read

No going hungry if we tuck into fonio washed down with marama

With 90% of the world’s food coming from just 15 plants, scientists are exploring how to expand our repertoire

By Emma Gatten
3 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

Princess Diana’s personal trainer still keeps women riveted and in shape

Former Durbanite Jenni Rivett is virtually helping women worldwide to achieve their fitness goals

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
2 min read

Bespook design: Thebe Magugu invokes apartheid spies at Paris Fashion Week

The trailblazer takes his cue from SA’s storied past. Here’s the lowdown on Counter Intelligence

By Sunday Times DAILY
2 min read

Berdoues mixes and matches little bursts of summer

Try new scents for the new season

By Nokubonga Thusi
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

With dunces in charge, pitiful Bafana remain a laughing stock

Our perennially woeful squad owe their failures to a lack of decisive leadership. Safa’s latest move doesn’t help a jot

Sazi Hadebe
Sports reporter
5 min read

The IPL slogfest is a Big Mac to the first-class game’s fillet steak

Were T20 played without an imitation crowd, it would draw attention to how silly an exercise it is

By Simon Heffer
4 min read

Football is at risk of becoming a statistical dogshow

The people’s game use to be beautiful. Now it’s just a complex parallel world some of us want to get off

By James Corrigan
4 min read

Blast from the past: Second tragedy in the ring for Qash Sithole

Today in SA sports history: October 1

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE