Thursday, April 29 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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Cyril’s new obsession: public servants who can actually do their jobs

President Ramaphosa defends the controversial deployment system but admits its shortcomings to Zondo probe

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist
3 min read
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Cyril can’t say why cadre deployment failed, so can we trust him to fix it?

The Zondo inquiry avoided controversial issues, but it seems Ramaphosa may need to prepare for tough times

3 min read
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If Cyril wasn’t lulling us to sleep, he was stating the bleeding obvious

President Ramaphosa’s highly-anticipated appearance before the Zondo commission was a bit of an anticlimax

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read
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Beware SA’s shenanigans with other countries behind our backs

The recruitment of Cuban engineers and doctors makes political sense and nothing else

4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Mkhize defends fast-track of R250m Covid fund

Opposition parties quiz health minister about the speed at which the No Fault Compensation Fund was established

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter
6 min read
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The girl code breaks out of the loop and into revolution

One woman has an ambitious goal: to teach 10 million girls how to code in 10 years

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
4 min read
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The Big Bam Theory: former IEC chair on SA’s ‘third stage’ of democracy

The former head of the country’s electoral body reflects on her time in office and why Freedom Day matters so much

3 min read
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Stepping out: prostheses gives young girl a new lease on life

It’s been a long walk to freedom for some SA amputees, but the waiting list for hundreds of others is daunting

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
4 min read
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Gauteng knew hospitals’ dire safety diagnosis for years but did little

One of the hospitals that was flagged for hazards was Charlotte Maxeke, where a fire broke out this month

3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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These authors have got me full of beans about coffee

Spare time has opened me up to eating and drinking new things and right now I’m in bed with coffee

Jennifer Platt
Sunday Times Book Editor
2 min read
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From Tokyo to Timbuktu, SA’s scams are boundless

Don’t think this sort of behaviour is particular to Tokyo Sexwale. Scamming is a national ANC pastime

7 min read
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No male guests: single Egyptian women endure uninvited attention or worse

A woman’s suicide has highlighted the social pressure on women living alone in this conservative society

By Mai Shams Eldin
3 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – April 29 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read
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‘Those infected by virus three weeks after jabs are unlikely to pass it on’

Study gives insight into one of Covid-19’s biggest unknowns - the extent to which vaccines prevent transmission

By Alistair Smout
1 min read
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No Lee-way: Samsung family to cough up more than R155bn inheritance tax

Analysts say the family will use loans and dividends from both their own and Lee Kun-hee’s shares to pay

By Joyce Lee and Heekyong Yang
2 min read
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NOTAMs cock-up is the pits, say pilots concerned about safety

Notices to Airmen system, ‘a bunch of garbage that nobody pays attention to’, is being overhauled in wake of crashes

By Jamie Freed
4 min read
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Doosey: US lobby groups don’t dig Doug’s new pro-life law

Arizona governor enacts bill that could see doctors who perform abortions based only on genetic disorders jailed

By David Schwartz
2 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

A super-sized collection of fast-food toys

Filipino Percival Lugue built his three-storey house to accommodate the items, more than 10,000 of them

By Adrian Portugal
1 min read

Skin deep: luxury skincare now at your fingertips

Three of Europe’s finest sustainable skincare brands are now available in SA – Chatelier, Nuori and Manasi 7

By Nokubonga Thusi
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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All strength to Usuthu and Arrows, may their futures be golden

The Durban clubs have proved that management trust in coaching and playing staff will take teams places

Sazi Hadebe
Sports reporter
5 min read
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Show must go on: IPL to continue as planned despite Covid surge

The new Covid spike in India has seen some cricketers, including three Aussies, withdraw from the tournament

By Amlan Chakraborty
3 min read
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Blast from the past: World champ Ballington blazes to Austrian GP win

Today in SA sports history: April 29

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE