Thursday, January 21 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

News FREE

A bridge too far, as six Joburg Roads Agency officials are suspended

Agency incurred more than R418.7m in irregular expenditure to fix roads, potholes and bridges, according to report

3 min read
Ideas FREE

Nationalisation is being bandied about, so play the game, private schools

Independents have a place, but at times like this and for solidarity’s sake they should align with public institutions

4 min read

ANALYSIS | The awesome stakes of Joe Biden’s presidency

Not since 1945 has more rested on a new US leader

By Janan Ganesh
4 min read

ANALYSIS | The American republic’s near-death experience

Donald Trump was just a symptom and the US is still in danger from those who peddle lies in place of truth

By Martin Wolf
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Vacancies fester as doctors, nurses sit at home

SA’s healthcare under the spotlight as pandemic reveals the sector’s chronic weaknesses

Paul Ash
Senior reporter
2 min read
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‘Mr President, hear our cries as our healthcare colleagues die around us’

SA healthcare workers are pleading for assistance as dozens of professionals continue to die of Covid-19

Orrin Singh
Reporter
3 min read
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SIU got it wrong about me and PPE, Masuku wants to tell court

Former Gauteng health MEC will try to convince the court on Thursday that report is invalid

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter
2 min read
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Did Aggett make a confession? If so, interrogator says he never saw it

Conflicting testimony by former cops at inquest makes details around activist’s supposed suicide even murkier

4 min read
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Who’s zooming who? Why people prefer the cameras off in online meetings

Students and colleagues seem to have a complex about operating on camera during Zoom meetings

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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EDITORIAL | The survival of the booze industry is in our hands

South Africans want to drink our favourite tipples. We also want beds available in hospitals. We can’t have it both ways

2 min read
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We’re not safe from the Trump skidmark, but can scrub some of it away

Perhaps under the ordinariness of Biden and Harris, the US and the world can start reclaiming reality

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read
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Many US presidents went on to write books. Let’s hope Trump doesn’t

Here’s a look at some of them, as industry experts beseech US publishers not to make a deal with Agent Orange

Jennifer Platt
Sunday Times Book Editor
3 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – January 21 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
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Lower-income countries fall behind in race for vaccines

Dose shortages risk prolonging pandemic for years, experts warn

By Jonathan Wheatley
4 min read

Thailand to charge opposition leader over ‘royal vaccine’ remarks

Politician faces lèse majesté law after claim Covid jabs an attempt to ‘shore up’ monarchy’s popularity

By John Reed
3 min read
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Green hydrogen kicks into high gear, but could the wheels come off?

The industry’s shares have soared 500% in the past year, but the frenzy has led to concerns about a bubble

By Elizabeth Howcroft and Thyagaraju Adinarayan
3 min read
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Courtiers ready to splab all on Meghan’s letter to her dad

Associated Newspapers questions the letter’s ‘secrecy’, as Duchess of Sussex admitted discussing it with aide

By Michael Holden
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Flush and flash? Then this is the shop for you

A new go-to destination for all things luxury has opened its doors – and it looks stunning

By Thango Ntwasa
1 min read

Tshepo Jeans makes great strides with Hyde Park opening

SA’s design savvy congratulate Tshepo Mohlala on his upmarket move

1 min read

Meet man’s best-dressed friend

Fashion’s latest superstar is an Italian Greyhound named Tika, who’s also a fierce advocate for gay rights

By Sahil Harilal
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Alas, the most predictable thing about our league is its unpredictability

An example is Chiefs confounding critics by winning three games on the trot, rocketing them up the table

Sazi Hadebe
Sports reporter
4 min read
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Rabada is happy with security and just wants to concentrate on cricket

The Proteas have arrived in Pakistan and begun to acclimatise ahead of the first Test which starts on Tuesday

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
2 min read
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Blast from the past: Kuiper clobbers Proteas to victory over England

Today in SA sports history: January 21

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE