Friday, February 19 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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IEB matric excellence is still in good health as pupils ace their exams

Private schools made the most of their online resources to ensure the pandemic made only a small dent

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

It’ll be the Magashule of all battles as Ace faces down the ANC

The party’s secretary-general is unlikely to step down voluntarily as he appears in court to face corruption charges

Genevieve Quintal
Political editor
4 min read
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Stunting and sugary snacks part of a deadly food crisis

A quarter of SA’s kids are stunted, more than two decades into democracy, say experts

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
4 min read
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Nutrition takes a backseat as breadwinners battle to feed their families

New report paints a bleak picture of hunger and hopelessness worsened by Covid-19

2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Not so liquor: booze bans cause losses of R36bn for the industry

Alcohol industry one of biggest contributors to state coffers, accounting for about R46.8bn in excise tax in 2019

By Bekezela Phakathi
3 min read
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Ramaphosa ignores MPs’ mudslinging and gets on with his own show

The president keeps his resolutely upbeat tone as he answers criticisms to his Sona

Thabo Mokone
Parliamentary editor
3 min read
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Mutations and mergers: how Covid is staying ahead of the game

A single mutation in the spike protein makes the most prevalent variant in SA up to eight times more transmissible

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read
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Africa expects million doses of Covid-19 vaccine next week

Africa CDC chief Dr John Nkengasong urges use of AstraZeneca vaccine where variant is not dominant

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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‘Slow violence’ of hunger does not wait for government to care

This is not only about children having access to food but access to nutritious food

3 min read
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Blade isn’t exactly the sharpest needle, let’s face it

Now that he’s assembling a team of vaccine scientists, let’s just hope Nzimande has a rethink on his attitude to science

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read
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There are lessons from Musica’s demise, but have we learnt them?

There’s a gap in digital media space for digital specific content, but it begs the question, what is it?

By Khulekani Shandu
4 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – February 19 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read
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Big tech bully Facebook ‘unfriends’ Oz after dispute with government

The social media giant shocked Australia on Thursday when it blocked all media content from its platform

By Swati Pandey and Kirsty Needham
3 min read
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How a student emerged as champion in Olympics chief’s takedown

Momoko Nojo started the #DontBeSilent campaign after the octogenarian’s sexist remark that women talk too much

By Ju-min Park and Akiko Okamoto
3 min read
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Tech used at Uighur detention camps watches over London boroughs

At least 28 councils own technology made by Hikvision, a company linked to the ethnic cleansing in China

By Avi Asher-Schapiro
8 min read
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If your goal is to ditch coal, you have to win your workforce’s soul

Interest in solar energy is growing in coal-dependent parts of Europe, but switch from fossil fuels is challenging

By Laurie Goering
4 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Tali Babes is having a baby!

Showmax just dropped the trailer for Tali’s Baby Diary, the long-awaited sequel to Tali’s Wedding Diary

By Kevin Kriedemann
3 min read

Some viewing bliss in these anxious times

Romance, a selection of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s films and a story of friendship — what to stream this weekend

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Thank goodness for our friends rescuing us from the Lions’ den

Ellis Park Stadium MD Pieter Burger is grateful for the enduring relationship with Emirates during these trying times

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read
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Ex-world boxing champ conquers another arena – celebrity fitness

The two-time former world champion from the Eastern Cape is now a personal trainer for the likes of Connie Ferguson

4 min read

Is he a keeper? Khune’s dip in form is a concern for Chiefs

The goalkeeper has been given another chance by coach Gavin Hunt, but has continued his error-prone ways

Marc Strydom
Journalist
2 min read
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Blast from the past: Schutte wins slugfest over ‘real life’ Rocky

Today in SA sports history: February 19

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE