Wednesday, December 9 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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It’s not write: Teacher fears many pupils will boycott exam rewrites

Some pupils believe they are being collectively punished for the sins of a few

By Shonisani Tshikalange, Ernest Mabuza and Nomahlubi Jordaan
4 min read
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SA sucks at maths and science, ‘but don’t say the system is dysfunctional’

Out of 39 countries, SA came last in science and second to last in maths, TIMSS results show

Prega Govender
Journalist
4 min read
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Nothing disallows judges from discussing the law, Hlophe tells tribunal

Judge Nkabinde sticks to her version that Hlophe said he had come with a mandate

By Franny Rabkin
4 min read
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Court grants order to attach over R102m of ANC assets in payment dispute

ANC accused of being ‘nonchalant’ about debts owed to creditors, as its financial problems continue to mount

By KGOTHATSO MADISA
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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‘Most of my friends tested positive too’: race to halt Rage outbreak

Parents seized by guilt as 1,300 Gauteng teens urged to quarantine after attending Ballito Rage

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read
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Hey, Mr DJ, bring the virus on ... but not if experts can stop Plett Rage

A top scientist says it ‘absolutely can’t go ahead’, but organisers have stopped short of calling it off

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
3 min read

Mid-WiFi saves the day! Dad googles how to deliver baby at Airbnb

Doctors confirm mother and child are fine after the baby girl was born at 36 weeks

By Kathryn Kimberley
2 min read
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Ordinary SA petrolheads join race to own part of prized Coetzer collection

The biggest sale at the auction was a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 Dora which went for R1m

3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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EDITORIAL | What more Rage advice do we need?

The experts have said it, and the numbers are there for all to see

4 min read
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In denial over Covid, but pretending we’re not

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – December 9 2020

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read
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It’s been a tough year when a vaccine is someone’s ‘best birthday present’

Margaret Keenan is the first to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, just ahead of, kid you not, William Shakespeare

By Kate Holton
2 min read
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Retail sites declare war as resale bots scoop up all the bargains

Stores try new tactics against emboldened bots rushing to snatch products online

By Richa Naidu and Melissa Fares
4 min read
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Are oil firms nurturing nature because they care about the climate or cash?

As companies, ‘largely responsible for climate-warming emissions’, seek more carbon credits, prices are set to rise

By Shadia Nasralla
4 min read
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Chuck Yeager, the man with the right stuff to break the sound barrier, dies

Yeager’s first plane ride made him throw up, but he went on to make aviation history in the Bell X-1

By Bill Trott
4 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

Murphy’s Law: How to stay trim in December

SA treats the holidays as an eat-all-you-can buffet, but thinking like an athlete can help you stay in shape

By Devlin Brown
5 min read

See India like you’ve never seen it before

‘India From Above’ provides a magnificent take on the rhythms and rituals of this fascinating country

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
4 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Mental stress takes its toll as series is called off after Covid cases

Living in supposedly secure ‘bio bubbles’ for long periods has caused mental and anxiety issues for players

By Nick Said
3 min read

Juve! 100 Years of an Italian football dynasty

Herbie Sykes’s history of Italy’s dominant team is a study in how power works in the country

By Simon Kuper
3 min read
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Blast from the past: Botha bangs way to world title, then fails drug test

Today in SA sports history: December 9

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE