Tuesday, December 1 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

‘You must grow up. Do not be cheeky’: Mpofu turns the tables on Gordhan

Tom Moyane has accused the minister of racism, which he will ‘back up’ when he testifies at the state capture inquiry

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist
4 min read

SA poachers’ brutal secrets revealed as convicts turn snitch

Research by global trafficking NGO gives an insight to why and how people become involved in poaching

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
5 min read

Mutilation and engraved walls: the tragic death of a KZN three-year-old

The boy’s father, a welder, has been arrested and charged with murder. His family says he is mentally ill

Orrin Singh
Reporter
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

When thunder roars, go indoors: beware the bolts that kill us

SA has one of the world’s highest death rates from lightning strikes. A top SA expert tells us how to be safe

Tony Carnie
Journalist
4 min read

‘Saffers are wasting our herd immunity by spurning protocols’

To sustain it and avoid mass surges, citizens must mask, social distance and maintain hand hygiene, insists prof

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
2 min read

Traditional leaders urge state: cut to the chase, let us do circumcisions

While guidelines for carrying out the practice have been issued, initiation schools are still officially suspended

3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Education department is failing our kids and SA’s future

First schools were told to up the marks of grades 4 to 9. Now ill-equipped pupils in grades 1 to 3 will be promoted

3 min read

Cyril’s first orgasm of no confidence is brought to you by an ATM sex tape

The party’s motion of no confidence in the president is merely a grubby lunge for the national spotlight

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

SA artists put new into old to sing out against GBV

Remember Peter Aslop’s 1983 song ‘My Body’? Well, it’s making a comeback to help fight women abuse

5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world – Tuesday, December 1 2020

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Machine guns and a hit squad: the killing of Iran’s nuclear mastermind

Assassination set to escalate tensions as US president-elect Joe Biden keen to restart nuclear talks

By Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Mehul Srivastava
5 min read

The Georgia Senate races that will define Joe Biden’s presidency

Republicans worry Donald Trump’s claims about a ‘rigged’ election will alienate voters

By Lauren Fedor
12 min read

Kenyans save their forests as greed threatens their livelihoods

In three decades, the amount of land covered with closed canopy forests has plummeted from 12% to below 2%

By Kagondu Njagi
5 min read

Make the most of the right to choose where to work

ANALYSIS | Smart businesses will reconfigure jobs to get the best mix of in-office and remote skills

By Andrew Hill
4 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

A mother, lover, daughter, friend, foe – and the novel she inspired

Booker winner Douglas Stuart on the journey of Shuggie Bain

By Frederick Studemann
5 min read

The truth, nothing but the truth, but not the whole truth

Former US president Barack Obama’s limpid memoir is a blast, until he reaches the White House

By Edward Luce
4 min read

Master strokes wave SA’s overlooked citizens into view

Among Zwelethu Machepha’s most notable works is a 2017 collection that tells the story of SA’s waste reclaimers

By Paula Andropoulos
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

With patience running out, is Boucher the right man for the job?

England’s problem of plenty to choose from is in stark contrast to SA’s over-reliance on a few stars

Khanyiso Tshwaku
Sports reporter
3 min read

Maradona and Messi: mirror images on the field but definitely not off it

Argentina’s two icons were both extraordinary footballers but also very different personalities

By Richard Martin
3 min read

Blast from the past: Kirsten doubles up with Test tons against India

Today in SA sports history: December 1

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE