Wednesday, December 2 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Lungisa and RET faction take no prisoners in Covid blame game

Controversial release of former ANC councillor turns into an opportunity to lay into Ramaphosa’s leadership

By Nomazima Nkosi and Naziziphiwo Buso
4 min read
News FREE

‘Just window dressing’: Nelson Mandela Foundation snubs top school

It says it was ignored by St Anne’s even though it was invited to help formulating transformation process

3 min read

Roedean ‘thinks equal’ and will tackle discrimination, which ‘will arise’

The prestigious school has appointed a team to address prejudice after a racist incident involving a nine-year-old

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

Choking, ‘hostage drama’: how ANC chose DA speaker

A bizarre series of events, blamed on ANC infighting, caused a surprising result at small Free State municipality

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent
2 min read

Pulling a fast one: distributor sues Venter trailers for breach of contract

Hedley Thomas Abnett is suing Venter after he assumed he had exclusive distribution rights for the whole of Botswana

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist
3 min read

At least 7,000 ventilators breathe new life into public hospitals

Meanwhile, the Eastern Cape, which is seeing a Covid-19 surge, says it is not running out of oxygenation equipment

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
1 min read
News FREE

It only makes cents in 2020: What SA bought on a unique #BlackFriday

Masks and home appliances are 2020’s top items, with dishwashers selling in their thousands

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
2 min read

Unfairly dismissed health manager asks judge to punish MEC

If the Western Cape MEC is found guilty of contempt of court she could be imprisoned or fined, says judge

4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Lungisa’s short stroll to freedom sends the wrong message

The former ANC councillor’s claim to being a political prisoner hangs on the thinnest of threads

3 min read
Ideas FREE

Enough fine words and smart suits. African leaders have a lot to answer for

With right people at the helm this continent can thrive and prosper, despite a history of dictators and corruption

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
4 min read
Ideas FREE

Judging our judges is dangerous, and an attack on SA’s democracy

Attacks on the judiciary, such as the recent one by Panyaza Lesufi, need to be censured

Max du Preez
Editor: Vrye Weekblad
3 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world – Wednesday, December 2 2020

Six of the best pictures of the day

0 min read

Pandemic spawns fertility crisis down south in Europe

Fertility gap grows wider between richer north and the poorer south as southern regions put a pause on babies

By Catarina Demony and Gavin Jones
5 min read

Change is in the hair: former royalist cuts Thais with monarchy

Mitree Chitinunda once cut his hair to resemble King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Now he dons the pro-democracy salute

By Jiraporn Kuhakan
2 min read

Super-fast sky eye has Oz astronomers starry-eyed

The ASKAP mapped three million galaxies in 300 hours, allowing experts to regularly note and track changes

By Sonali Paul
1 min read

How man’s best buddy is putting soul back into disabled children’s lives

Youngsters at a Spanish school can’t see their teachers smile because of masks, which is where Soul comes in

By Luis Felipe Castilleja and Jordi Rubio
1 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

Young or old, winemakers only have so many chances to get it right

Yet Peter Ferreira, Graham Beck’s 30-year vintage winemaker, rarely fails to put fizz in his craft

By Michael Fridjhon
3 min read

An eatery that’s sure to breeze onto Durban’s must-visit list

Chic and stylish, The Baron at Umhlanga Arch serves up views and vibe, teething problems aside

By Candice Botha
2 min read

If this doesn’t float your boat, nothing will

Five-star floating: the Ritz-Carlton’s first luxury yacht collection launches with the Evrima next year

By Mark Smyth
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sport FREE

Is there more to SA’s dearth of top female swimmers than meets the eye?

The spectre of sexual abuse cases against coaches may explain why there are so few world-class SA female swimmers

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
3 min read

No practice advantage, no up and over Down Under

Coach says Australian Open players face great injury risk if they are unable to train in the run-up to the Grand Slam

By Sudipto Ganguly
2 min read

Blast from the past: Wales pip Boks despite gallant fightback

Today in SA sports history: December 2

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE