Tuesday, February 9 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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ANALYSIS | What now with vaccines? The most important thing is: don’t panic

We speak to the experts who reassure us that, in the long run, the good news may outweigh the bad news

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
8 min read

A single ‘escape mutant’ shouldn’t render a Covid-19 vaccine useless

Despite the disappointing news about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, there still is some reason for hope

By Sarah L Caddy
3 min read
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‘I disagree’: Vincent Smith clings on to his trusted line on Bosasa

No, he tells Zondo, there were no kickbacks and his committee absolutely did not turn a blind eye to Bosasa’s dealings

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Gigaba cleared: ‘his officials were to blame for Gupta naturalisation’

Public protector rules that he was, however, at fault for not tabling the move in parliament

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist
3 min read
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‘Tragic and sad day’: farmer on death of seven children in river

Stillness hung over a Free State river after it swallowed a vehicle carrying 10 people, leaving eight dead

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist
3 min read
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Breathing blues? Give puffs a pass to reduce the risk of attacks

Asthma care needs to be reviewed as patients tend to rely on short-acting rather than maintenance drugs: experts

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
3 min read

Kepe keeps it real with ready-made meals gogo would approve of

‘MasterChef’ finalist Khayakazi Kepe’s home-cooked, African-inspired cuisine is making its way to supermarkets

By Gillian McAinsh
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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Government has gone from Covid hero to zero. It must stop napping

Mistakes happen, but to persist with inaction in the face of this insidious virus is unforgivable

3 min read
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State of stagnation: ho-hum, it’s time to hear the platitudes yet again

Age-old tradition of leaders plying us with platitudes to placate us is still alive and well in the national assembly

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read
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Is #AdoptDontShop barking up the wrong tree? Ethical breeders think so

Rescue groups stand against any form of breeding, but enthusiasts refuse to be lumped with illicit puppy mills

By Raahil Sain
4 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world – February 9 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Cuba lifts ban on most private business

Reform comes as communist-ruled island grapples with deepest economic crisis in decades

By Marc Frank
4 min read

Impeachment dilemma: Republicans rally behind Trump before Senate trial

The party has a chance to break with the former president. But instead, wary of his supporters, it’s likely to back him

By Lauren Fedor
11 min read
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Demand for pyjamas is not helping struggling manufacturers

There is up to R2,8-trillion in unsold clothing worldwide, says McKinsey, and the prospects for 2021 are just as bleak

By Victoria Waldersee and Ruma Paul
3 min read

Big oil’s huge losses raise prospect of megamergers

Finances are in tatters as demand crashes and the rise of clean energy forces existential reckoning

By Derek Brower, Justin Jacobs and Anjli Raval
5 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Could this at last be a Joburg inner-city project that actually works?

Victoria Yards has won an international award for being a successful example of gentrification without displacement

By Graham Wood
4 min read

Buck up, collectors! Three limited edition coins to add gleam to your set

Rael Demby of the SA Gold Coin Exchange and Scoin shop on the pieces you best buy before the end of the year

By Staff reporter
2 min read

Got you covered: must-read books to add to your list of upcoming titles

These are the big names, including two Nobel Prize winners, coming out in the next few months

By Michele Magwood
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Babar full of praise, De Kock rues his team’s lack of BMT

Hasan Ali takes 10 wickets as Pakistan sweep Test series 2-0 in Rawalpindi

By Nick Said
2 min read
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Game, set and mask: fans trickle in on first day of Australian Open

Crowd capacity for this year’s event in Melbourne has been capped at 30,000 per day

By Melanie Burton
3 min read
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Blast from the past: Waqar waltzes through Proteas’ line-up

Today in SA sports history: February 9

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE