Friday, October 2 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

‘Bosasa bro Vincent Smith turned a blind eye in return for a cool R800k’

Former ANC MP has denied protecting the company against concerns raised by parly committee

By Kgothatso Madisa and Iavan Pijoos
3 min read

This is how seven people ‘got their fibrils into R255m asbestos tender’

The accused in ‘dodgy’ Free State project face 60 charges, including money-laundering, corruption and fraud

4 min read

Virologist behind HIV breakthrough now uses his skills in Covid fight

Fresh from his latest accolade, Prof Ravindra Gupta has joined the efforts to curb a new pandemic

4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

A blooming good year for West Coast daisies – but it’s the norm

Visitors claim the flowers are the best yet, but an ecologist has a different view, and it’s all to do with timing

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
2 min read

Have My Covid-19 Pass, will travel with Africa app

The Africa CDC has launched an app to enable travel to and on the continent to help boost economies

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
4 min read

Rain gets another brolly good scolding for exaggerating its torrents

SA’s first 5G network has lost an ARB appeal and been ordered to desist from making misleading claims in its ads

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read
News FREE

Gobsmacked: whale and calf give curious diver the sight of a lifetime

KZN man is overawed by the rare spectacle of a humpback with her calf in her mouth

2 min read

FARM ATTACKS

THE SA SCOURGE THAT REFUSES TO GO AWAY

News FREE

Starve the farm attackers before they starve the country

Experts warn that SA faces a job and food-supply security risk unless the criminal onslaught is stopped

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
5 min read
News FREE

‘This isn’t worth it, maybe I should stop’: survivors tell of attack terror

Farmers, their workers and families have to pick up the pieces every time they are attacked, but some have had it

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
5 min read
News FREE

Free State farmers are finding whole gnu ways to protect themselves

From wildebeest to drones, they have come up with solutions, but still refuse to farm near the Lesotho border

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Make school year count for the teachers who sacrificed so much

It’s been a tumultuous year, but let’s thank SA’s teachers by working as hard as they did to get through it

3 min read
Ideas FREE

A teacher at home and a mother at school: a tribute to a true visionary

Teachers are like second parents, they shape the lives of children in their care. I had the best of both worlds

By Prof Chika Sehoole
7 min read
Ideas FREE

Like the harvest moon, SA’s Chinese will rise again from this dark season

The Year of the Rat, signifying prosperity, has been anything but, with people financially and personally broken

By Ufrieda Ho
9 min read

Fear not, killjoys are as easy to fight off as a baby-eating marrow

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
3 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world – October 2 2020

Six of the best pictures of the day

0 min read

How Zuckerberg really wants to be in your face. And boy does he hate Apple

The Facebook chief’s prediction for how we’ll see holograms could be bad news for the iPhone maker

By Michael Cogley
5 min read

Covid shut the door on spies – and opened another

This is how the pandemic and its restrictions on movement have affected the intelligence community

By Charles Cumming
6 min read

The ‘Alzheimer’s village’ where the old world is not forgotten

You won’t find nurses in white coats here, where residents maintain contact with the lives they once knew

By Emilie Delwarde
2 min read

Helen Reddy: ‘chosen’ by God to give voice to a feminist anthem

After moving to the US from Australia she won a Grammy and sold 80 million albums worldwide

By Telegraph Obituary
6 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

If only the once-mighty Hollywood could turn back time

The industry’s decline appears to be a cultural phenomenon, but it might turn out to be a geopolitical one too

By Janan Ganesh
4 min read

Your viewing dilemma sorted! Five things to watch this weekend

For your streaming entertainment, a Gothic misery, a moving biopic, motorcycle adventures and documentaries

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

HBO flix the competition aside at Emmys

Content on Showmax bags a whopping 34 awards, thanks to ‘Watchmen’, ‘Succession’ and ‘Bad Education’

By Kevin Kriedemann
9 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sport FREE

This is the way Super Rugby ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper

Excesses aside, the competition helped establish professionalism in the game and it deserved a more fitting departure

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read

There’s no home-ground advantage without theatre, just ask Naas

With stadia empty, teams will be unable to draw energy from their fans, which could bode well for the opposition

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read

Elleray’s constant meddling makes a mess of handball. What’s he playing at?

Ifab’s technical director has inspired 178 law changes in four years. No wonder refs seem confused

By Sam Wallace
5 min read

Blast from the past: No Faffing about as Proteas down Oz

Today in SA sports history: October 2

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE