Tuesday, October 13 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Into the Horner nest: all eyes on Senekal as racial tensions simmer

Events in the town show South Africans are still divided because of our past, says President Cyril Ramaphosa

By Andisiwe Makinana, Iavan Pijoos and Unathi Nkanjeni
4 min read

She ain’t Beaming now: top cop in dock over ‘blue lights’ tender

Charges lay out how Lt-Gen Bonang Mgwenya managed to snag a flash BMW X5 by fiddling a deal for cop cars

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist
3 min read

Give Gomba a break. Her sins are nothing compared to her ANC comrades’

And now the ANC wants taxpayers to further prop up political parties, which might be OK if they could be trusted

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

EXPLAINER | Forget land grabs. Here are the facts on the expropriation bill

It doesn’t amend the constitution, and it could benefit land owners. We asked a legal expert to break it down

Paul Ash
Senior reporter
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Phishers use taxman con to hook home insurance giant

More than 3,000 BetterSure clients targeted, but firm insists no personal data has been compromised

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
6 min read

Quake? No problem, our nuke ‘shock-absorbers’ can handle it: Eskom

It says Koeberg is built to withstand even major seismic events, despite worries over its ‘raft’ safety feature

Bobby Jordan
Senior reporter
3 min read

Hospitals play catch-up after six-month backlog in elective surgeries

Covid-19 fears kept patients away from hospitals and put procedures on hold during lockdown

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
3 min read

An excellent shot: odds are in favour of Covid vaccines, says boffin

Top HIV vaccine scientist is confident we’ll nail it since coronavirus is an acute infection, and relatively stable

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | It’s time to break down mental health stigma, not its victims

Statistics show we have not learnt from our fatal failures, which makes mental health literacy imperative

3 min read

With nothing left to steal, it’s time to borrow new ideas

There is no way out of this crisis without an injection of new money into the economy

Duma Gqubule
Columnist
3 min read
Ideas FREE

‘Nowadays it’s feet first for ladies’, so scrub up and sneak in for the win

A booming sport-shoe trade has given rise to secondary sneaker industries and locals are cashing in

4 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world – October 13 2020

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

‘I had gender surgery, then serious doubts. Now I’ll be affected for life’

A landmark legal case has propelled the UK’s Keira Bell to the fore of a growing ‘destransition’ movement

By Joe Shute
8 min read

All eyes on encryption: global alliance warns of ‘severe safety risks’

While acknowledging the benefits of privacy, the Five Eyes caution against total encryption

By James Cook
1 min read

Cool-to-be-kind fabric could replace air conditioners

Clothes that conduct heat away from the body could help combat climate change by cutting greenhouse gases

By Jack Hardy
2 min read

Pain in the ash: thief just wants rid of ‘cursed’ Pompeii relics

The pilferer, who has had breast cancer twice, says the pieces harbour ‘lots of negative energy’

By Giada Zampano
1 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

Story of a small-town murder trial breaks it to you not so gently

The events in this compelling book take place against a backdrop of a poisoned history, racism and murderous crime

By Alec Russell
3 min read

Take it outside and into the heart of public art

Government’s art programme, corporate and private investors are changing the face of the outdoor art scene

By Jo Buitendach
2 min read

To depict hate is not to endorse it, and viewers are not fools

The ‘postponement’ of a major Philip Guston show is astonishing. Galleries shouldn’t be afraid of ‘evil’ symbols

By Chris Harvey
4 min read

Tlale and Avon join to make up affordable luxury

The designer and cosmetics brand brought Tlale’s spring/summer collection to the fore at the weekend

3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Swot a champ: Iga Swiatek’s tennis master class is a lesson for life

Having prioritised school over rankings, younger players should note the French Open winner’s attitude

By Simon Briggs
3 min read

The ‘big picture’: Premier League overhaul rewrites the rules of the game

Liverpool and Man United team up for reforms that will leave power in the hands of the biggest English clubs

By Sam Wallace
5 min read

Blast from the past: Donald amasses scalps in historic Harare Test

Today in SA sports history: October 13

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE