Friday, December 18 2020

SUNDAY TIMES DAILY EDITORs

CHOICE EDITION

What a year. None of us could have seen this coming. A global pandemic and a matric exam leak scandal were interspersed with corruption, political scandal, increased racial tensions and, of course, an octopus friend. In our last edition for the year we publish a highlights reel of top stories from the Sunday Times Daily and Sunday Times. Then, from Monday to Christmas Eve we will publish a daily article looking back at the big stories from the year that was.  The Sunday Times Daily team wishes you all the best this festive season. Be safe, wear a mask and remember to sanitise.

NEWS

THE HOT TOPICS

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SA’s R37m Covid fence ‘joke’

Hasty barrier laughed off by Zimbabwe’s many border hoppers

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
5 min read
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Eskom exec ‘quietly enjoyed’ free electricity at his home for 14 years

After Sunday Times inquiries, Eskom suspends legal chief

By SABELO SKITI
4 min read
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‘My feisty hero’: daughter of slain anti-mining activist pays tribute

Others remember Fikile Ntshangase as an ‘incredible’ feminist who ‘spoke for justice ... spoke for truth’

Orrin Singh
Reporter
6 min read
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Cape businesses live in terror of their ‘protectors’

A ruthless extortion racket has taken root, and the gangs are becoming more efficient by the day

10 min read

Covid-19

THE STORY THAT LED THE AGENDA ... BY FAR

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How a Tshwane family blew R5.7m UIF cash meant for 1,400 workers

Beneficiary of fraud payout tried to cover his tracks by dispersing the booty among family

Jeff Wicks
Senior reporter
4 min read
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Diko’s ‘proxy’ made an 800% mark-up on PPE, medical supplies, says SIU

Apart from ‘extortionate’ mark-ups, the unit alleges there was a plot to defraud the Industrial Development Corporation

By Franny Rabkin
7 min read
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‘I never had to beg for food before’: in the queues of desperation

About 50,000 workers in Joburg join millions who live off food parcels, but it’s not just the poor who are queuing

4 min read
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IN PICTURES | Limping restaurants fight for a seat at the table

The industry has clashed with government for several weeks. On Wednesday, it took to the streets

By Kgaugelo Masweneng and Shonisani Tshikalange
3 min read

Politics

PEOPLE WITH POWER, AND THEIR POLICIES

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Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi — the politician who has seen it all

Sunday Times editor S’thembiso Msomi sits down with Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi on his turf

By S’THEMBISO MSOMI
14 min read
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ANC ‘at risk of losing power’: docs spell out uncertain future for party

Jeff Radebe says in a worst-case scenario the party may become so weakened it is forced into coalitions

3 min read
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R38,000 per day? That’s the cost of the Zondo inquiry’s lawyers

The commission’s major cost drivers are its legal fees and investigators’ costs, parliamentary committee hears

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent
3 min read
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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

Features

TALKING POINTS

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Ugly bugs had a ball when early hominins croaked at the Cradle

Bugs enter the big stage of human evolution as scientists uncover miniature ecosystems in fossil remains

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read
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I can only hope it gave people hope, says filmmaker on ‘My Octopus Teacher’

'My Octopus Teacher' has inspired a string of memes, spoofs and even a mockumentary

By Jonathan Ancer
10 min read
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It’s hysterical bull, but the pox of anti-vaxxer idiocy persists

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
3 min read
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Economist Mariana Mazzucato is a new coach for our fractious team

She has won disciples in high places — including in SA — with her focus on innovation as key to inclusive growth

By William Gumede
9 min read

Opinion

EVENTS THROUGH OUR COLUMNISTS' LENSES

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Want to write about black people? Know your facts

White academics have no right to question black people’s behaviour without humility and caution

4 min read
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Calm down, SA! Lockdown laws may be nasty, but they’re not Nazi

This is just the ANC doing what it has always done, shooting itself in the foot

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read
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The high-profile arrests won SA’s heart. Don’t break it all over again

Our people have waited 12 years for this, and they are delighted. Therein lies a crucial lesson for our leaders

4 min read
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Cyril has squandered the main thing he needs to fight Covid – our trust

The government’s non-science-based decisions are nonsensical and have cost it public trust

4 min read
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No, Bheki Cele, police brutality is not justifiable. Ever

The minister’s refusal to condemn disproportionate use of force by the police is extremely dangerous for SA

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
4 min read
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In SA, as in Poland, the Bolsheviks rule, not the democrats

The country is masquerading as a democracy, so don’t think comradeship, cadre deployment and failure odd

Tony Leon
Columnist
5 min read
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Tito is a national treasure. Now he just needs Cyril to back him

SA doesn’t have time for Ramaphosa’s vanity projects. Thank goodness Mboweni kicked those into touch

4 min read
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Crystal balls-up: SA’s 2020 is full of bad Juju

When it comes to SA politics, the stars are everything but aligned and astrologers’ charts get a little foggy

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

SPORT

PITCH-PERFECT WRITING

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The dressing-room is where we change everything but racism

Yet SA still produces outstanding black athletes despite these unfriendly spaces

Khanyiso Tshwaku
Sports reporter
3 min read
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King Kaizer Motaung reflects on glamour boys’ 50-year journey

An in-depth conversation with the man who helped build one of SA’s most successful clubs

By BARENG-BATHO KORTJAAS and SAZI HADEBE
14 min read
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Boxing not so clever: MPs still haven’t learnt from a mistake 14 years ago

Parliament’s sport portfolio committee seems to have not learnt the rules of the game

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
3 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE