Tuesday, January 19 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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Everything we know about 501.V2, the new Covid-19 variant identified in SA

SA has more cases and deaths than anything we saw on any day during the first wave, says Prof Abdool Karim

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read
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Lazy police have failed SA by hiding behind the ‘roadblock strategy’

Law enforcement has shown SA mirrors a near failed state with its lack of proactive policing of Covid protocols

4 min read
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Whatever happens to the vaccines, SA is already immune to shock

Centralising the vaccination programme to keep money away from grubby hands is simply palliative care

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Lesufi lays down law as Curro goes online

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has called for the postponement of schooling to be gazetted

3 min read
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Six matric markers die of Covid, 308 test positive

Nearly 2,500 of 45,388 markers withdrew, with fear of contracting Covid-19 among their reasons

Prega Govender
Journalist
1 min read
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WhatsApp flexes its muscles in fight with SA’s GovChat

Competition Tribunal reserves judgment after an impasse between the two messaging platforms

By Franny Rabkin
3 min read
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Leave the Covid corpses to undertakers, minister implores families

Zweli Mkhize warns that families preparing their loved ones’ bodies for burial could result in the spread of Covid-19

By Mluleki Mdletshe
1 min read
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Guptas blatantly used of media for personal gain, says probe

The Sanef Inquiry into Media Ethics and Credibility unpacks several hard truths relating to the industry

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
5 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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EDITORIAL | How independent are private schools?

There should have been clarity from the start on whose choice it is to reopen

2 min read
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Why Mogoeng was out of line on vaccine

How dare he use Covid-19 to promote his warped ideas and speak on behalf of Christians? It is time for him to go

By Ebrahim Harvey
3 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – January 19 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Erdogan’s great game: Turkey pushes into Africa with aid, trade and soaps

President cements foreign policy ambitions with business and humanitarian help on the continent

By Andres Schipani and Laura Pitel
6 min read
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Why, Saudi Arabia, are juvenile offenders still sentenced to death?

Riyadh under scrutiny as five child offenders still face execution despite a royal decree to end the practice for minors

By Raya Jalabi
5 min read

Josh Hawley’s political ascent stalls after US Capitol attack

The Missouri senator faces recriminations for pressing on with his election challenge despite the riot

By Courtney Weaver
5 min read
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Migrants’ plight: ‘We’re starving. All we have is water and a few cookies’

Thousands of Hondurans seeking a better life in the US are being held back or sent home by Guatemalan forces

By Luis Echeverria
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Barack in the USA: Obama tells his story, and leaves us wanting more

For those interested in policy, Obama’s book is a perfect guide, but it’s a pity there’s not more detail about unity

By Yacoob Abba Omar
5 min read

Are SA’s cultural institutions trying to get rid of Kannemeyer and Botes?

The duo behind Bitterkomix is being stymied by galleries, universities, you name it. But why?

By Graham Wood
12 min read

Take a bewitching ride to utopian Gwadana

This world of beautiful outcasts collapses the everyday and the outlandish into one scene

By Chris Thurman
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Nurkovic takes the ‘im’ out of impotency and fulfils his chief task

The striker’s injury frustrations are over and he says the team is working hard to get back on track for its fans

Mninawa Ntloko
Digital sports editor
2 min read
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Siraj rides an emotional rollercoaster to keep India in Test series

The inexperienced pace bowler has stepped up to lead a depleted Indian attack in the fourth Test against Australia

By Amlan Chakraborty
1 min read
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Blast from the past: Cox rocks in Dakar rally

Today in SA sports history: January 19

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE