Friday, December 11 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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What the devil? Lord preserve us from Mogoeng’s anti-vax prayer: experts

As Africa fights to get ready for vaccinations, chief justice’s ill-advised plea to the Almighty has caused dismay

By Claire Keeton and Matthew Savides
6 min read
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Covid-19 masks being used by SA health workers fail safety tests

UCT tests reveal shocking deficiencies, as government is urged to exert tighter quality control

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read
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ANC gave another good showing in this week’s by-elections

It nabs five new wards and retains 12, as the DA downplays its loss of an outright majority in Oudtshoorn

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Probe points at pilots in four fatal crashes

Broken beer bottles in plane, paraglider too busy filming himself among the causes of aircraft crashes

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
8 min read
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She bragged about the perks of being a ‘doctor’ until the lies unravelled

Woman who allegedly duped East Rand into believing she was a doctor for months will spend Christmas in jail

3 min read
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When row, row, row your boat doesn’t take you gently across the sea

Unexpected weather has seen a Cape Town adventurer shelve his rowboat record attempt, for the moment

Bobby Jordan
Senior reporter
3 min read
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Media should treat cases involving child victims with kid gloves

The use of language and visuals draws attention to emotivity rather than how sentences are arrived at: study

4 min read
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Comedian’s ‘Park by the Pozie’ campaign ‘fuels political fires’

A call for South Africans of Indian origin to boycott big brands on Saturday has been slated

Orrin Singh
Reporter
4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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EDITORIAL | There’s no masking that SA is falling short in Covid fight

With the second wave starting to spike at an alarming rate, the least we can do is equip health workers properly

3 min read
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In practice you might want to theorise about buying a bottle soon

Anti-lockdown lobby’s feeling is the state should rely on people to do right, but then their reality is mostly bollocks

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read
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My phone wishes we could finish each other’s sentences, but it’s too fast

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world – December 11 2020

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read
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A lot can change in a year: how the coronavirus has evolved

The best shot at avoiding mutations that are resistant to a vaccine remains slowing the spread, say experts

By Jane Wardell, Simon Scarr and Jitesh Chowdhury
3 min read
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Don’t poo poo the idea: masks can be turned into stools

South Korean design student thinks outside the box to recycle disposable plastic masks into eco-friendly seats

By Minwoo Park
1 min read

Modi ignores criticism and lays foundation stone for ‘vulgar’ new capital

New Delhi wants buildings to reflect India’s ascendancy, but conservationists are furious

By Amy Kazmin
3 min read
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It’s no mystery why China’s youth is so obsessed with these dinky toys

A Beijing toy maker is set to list in Hong Kong on Friday, thanks to millennials’ obsession with its mystery boxes

By Sophie Yu and Brenda Goh
3 min read

LIFE

ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER

2020 was a very good year ... for TV, at least

The top-rated television shows from ‘PEN15’ to ‘I May Destroy You’ and ‘My Brilliant Friend’ set the bar high this year

By Kevin Kriedemann
18 min read

Back to the Golden Age: weekend things to watch

Tales of Hollywood’s Golden Age, millennials, wartime horror and modern-day Turkey — here’s what to stream

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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‘I was there, but I can’t remember it at all’

Rugby players could be compensated if they can show concussion was ignored, but some just want their lives back

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read
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SA football has lost a humble, committed and loyal role model

A tribute to Anele Calvin Ngcongca, 1987-2020, hero of Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns

Sazi Hadebe
Sports reporter
4 min read
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It’s gone on VAR too long, says Liverpool’s Klopp after incessant delays

Reds manager frustrated by the stoppages during Champions League match against Midtjylland

By Hardik Vyas
1 min read
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Blast from the past: Makambi stops Dobson to win middleweight crown

Today in SA sport history: December 11

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE