Wednesday, August 4 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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ANALYSIS | Cyril set to reward allies, and give one big shock, in reshuffle

Insiders say several heads are about to roll, but not the one that everyone expected

By THANDUXOLO JIKA
4 min read
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SA should insist the UK changes its ludicrous Covid travel curbs

South Africans are subjected to nonsensical, patronising, glaringly political restrictions that are hurting our economy

Tony Leon
Columnist
6 min read
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SA urgently needs a decisive answer to the BIG question

Can we afford for government to dither on social grants when so many in our country are going hungry?

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
5 min read
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Kids were collateral damage in healthcare response to pandemic

Data from recent UCT advocacy briefs show an increase in child injuries in the past year

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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LISTEN | Good life pays off as retired doctor, 89, volunteers to give jabs

Octogenarian, who hung up his stethoscope in 2009, elected to help at vaccine centre as soon as he heard about it

2 min read
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Phoenix rises from the ashes to try and heal racial rift

Moral regeneration and social cohesion campaign by KZN government and civil society strives to restore stability

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
5 min read
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OBITUARY | ‘Train lady’ Nerina Skuy was the Apple of Gqeberha’s eye

Nerina Skuy blazed a trail for local locomotive enthusiasts, reviving the popular Apple Express in the Eastern Cape

Paul Ash
Senior reporter
3 min read
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Local election lies in ConCourt’s hands as SA wades into ‘uncharted waters’

Cogta minister gazettes October 27 as the date for local government poll, but apex court’s decision may change that

3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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EDITORIAL | Schools must go the distance before they reach full capacity

The drive to bring back all primary school pupils should not be done at all costs

3 min read
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Municipalities pivotal in rebuilding SA. Here’s how they can do their bit

The ripple effects from recent unrest will be far-reaching. This is how we can overcome them, starting at local level

By Empril Mathew
6 min read
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Should Eskom step on the gas or wait for greener alternatives to coal?

To many analysts, the fuel looks to be SA’s easiest answer as it sets out to decommission ageing power stations

By Paul Burkhardt
5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – August 4 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
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UK’s labour crisis a result of pandemic and post-Brexit double whammy

Chronic shortage of workers due to self isolation is masking the challenge for firms struggling to recruit after Brexit

By Jack Sidders, Deirdre Hipwell, Joe Mayes and Libby Cherry
7 min read
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Scramble for booming delivery market is the order of the day

Can these companies, many of which are just starting out, sustainably turn a profit?

By Alex Webb
2 min read
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So what’s really going on in and on Kim Jong Un’s head?

The North Korean leader, in a difficult spot, but not re-entering nuclear talks, is now sporting a bandage

By Jon Herskovitz and Shinhye Kang
3 min read
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Gates’s marriage firmly closed as divorce becomes official

Neither will get spousal support or change their names, property to be split based on confidential contract

By Sophie Alexander and Ben Steverman
2 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Sculpted garden grows out of the wilderness within

Dylan Lewis has created a landscape full of beauty bridging the wild and the tame and bringing artists together

By Lucienne van Pul
5 min read

Earbuds or earpods? The difference is music to your ears

Sibusiso Mkwanazi compares the Taotronics Sound Liberty 79 earpods to the Sound Liberty 92 earbuds

By Sibusiso Mkwanazi
2 min read

Beethoven’s Sonatina in F Major? No problem for this pint-sized prodigy

Brigitte Xie started learning piano via Zoom in lockdown. Now she is set for Carnegie Hall and she’s all of four

By Reuters
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Has SA’s hurdling glory in been gooied into the history books?

For years SA had a host of top-notch 400m athletes, but this year in Tokyo it was all down to one man

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
3 min read
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On a tough day, Blignaut’s best shot puts a rare smile on Team SA’s face

As our athletes tumbled in Tokyo, Kyle Blignaut ran circles to turn things around and qualify for the men’s final

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
3 min read
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SA Rugby in hot water over Erasmus’s viral video

Rassie Erasmus has been charged with a breach of  World Rugby’s misconduct and code of conduct regulations

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read
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Blast from the past: Marathon man Thugwane makes history in Atlanta

Today in SA sports history: August 4

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE