Friday, February 12 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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ANALYSIS | We are resilient, Cyril. What we need are good leaders

Ramaphosa makes announcements on social relief grants, digital migration, possible reduction of power cuts and more

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
4 min read
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WATCH | Five years of wild and wonderful Sona moments

From the iconic ‘Zupta must fall’ chant to Trevor Noah’s appearance in the gallery

Anthony Molyneaux
Multimedia journalist
1 min read
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Variant in 7 African states, but rest of continent can use Oxford vaccine

Nations should avoid vaccine if variant is driving new cases, but those not reporting it should be targeted: expert

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
3 min read

Vaccines vs variants: the race to immunise the developing world

Spread of new Covid strains has made it even more urgent to launch rapid vaccination drives in poorer countries

By David Pilling, Stephanie Findlay and Bryan Harris
12 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Hawks ‘abused their powers and position’ in arrest of Norma Mngoma

Their aim was ‘presumably to avenge a wrong or perceived wrong’ against her powerful husband, says judge

By Franny Rabkin
3 min read
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‘No trust in SA’s Covid response pushes people into using ivermectin’

Frontline doctors say the government needs to adopt a less elitist approach to medicines in a time of pandemic

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
5 min read
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PODCAST | Can you get reinfected with Covid-19? Top prof counts the odds

Wits dean of health sciences, who has been instrumental in SA clinical trials, answers the big immunity questions

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
1 min read
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For art’s sake, send help before it’s final curtain!

Some creatives are so desperate they are appealing for toiletries and living on food vouchers

By Suthentira Govender and Mluleki Mdletshe
5 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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No wonder people take ivermectin. This stable has no master

South Africans are already used to taking matters into their own hands

3 min read
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For the ANC a joint venture would be sitting around idly puffing weed

To get the albatross that is SAA to fly,  the ANC needs a proper business and economic plan. Don’t hold your breath

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read
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The modern use of some words is pivoting out of control

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – February 12 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

AstraZeneca aims to speed up adaptation of vaccine for Covid variants

The pharma group hopes to cut the time needed to reach production at scale to six to nine months

By Donato Paolo Mancini
3 min read
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A dose of good news: vaccinated people in US can skip quarantine

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says those vaccinated needn’t quarantine post-Covid-19 exposure

By Manas Mishra and Rama Venkat
1 min read
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Things are looking up in Wuhan on the eve of the Year of the Ox

But, in line with the calendar, could wealth and prosperity be in the offing for those still battling Covid-19 fallout?

By Engen Tham
1 min read

ANALYSIS | A decade after Mubarak fell, Egypt is a diminished state

Promise of the revolution gives way to stifled dissent, reduced investment and a decline in regional influence

By David Gardner
4 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Ridley Scott’s ‘Raised by Wolves’ is here, starring ... Cape Town!

‘It was surreal, it was otherworldly, so half the work was done,’ is what the director had to say about its location

By Kevin Kriedemann
4 min read

The Truman show: Capote and the movies

He wrote and inspired some memorable films and is the subject of a new bio-doc. What is his cinematic legacy?

By Nigel Andrews
5 min read

From yesterday’s legends to today’s top acts, a V Day playlist for you

On Sunday, hit the play button and romance the love of your life with this selection of tracks from Gallo

By Heather Hook
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Why the world’s top rugby players are kicking for Japan

Less confrontation, shorter season, great lifestyle. But rugby chiefs there are wily, so only the top flight will get in

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read
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Sundowns legend Feutmba backs his former team to conquer Africa

Roger Feutmba, who helped Downs to three consecutive league titles in the 1990s, believes they can go all the way

By Neville Khoza
2 min read
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Blast from the past: Hanley spooks Windies with hat-trick on debut

Today in SA sports history: February 12

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE