Friday, August 13 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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ANALYSIS | A lot of words, Mr President, but what exactly do they mean?

Ramaphosa speaks in riddles during state capture commission, leaving several crucial questions up in the air

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist
3 min read
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Cyril’s Zondo tightrope act: quiet heroics or paving a path to power?

The unrest and cabinet reshuffle point to the president being sorely lacking in bringing the ANC to account

5 min read
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Malema’s house is built on hot air ... but don’t expect it to collapse

One hopes voters aren’t duped by his ‘spacious houses’ for the poor and his rhetoric, but don’t hold your breath

6 min read
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In his need to be Mr Nice Guy, Cyril has made some very nasty decisions

First it was the non-event going as a cabinet reshuffle, now it’s Mapisa-Nqakula. Who knows, next it could be Zuma

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Beware, deadbeat dads, after landmark ruling

A watershed conclusion to a case will pave the way for evasive SA fathers to face the might of the law

4 min read
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Potential ConCourt judges to be grilled again as interview process reopened

JSC and Casac reach agreement in this regard after complaints about ‘politicised’ April process

By Franny Rabkin
2 min read
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Virtually impossible: online secret ballot to elect speaker out of question

Parliament grapples with ‘logistical nightmare’ to elect new speaker under Covid-19 safety protocols

Thabo Mokone
Parliamentary editor
4 min read
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Africa’s Covid third wave is waning but Marburg threat lurks nearby

West Africa hit by its first case of the deadly haemorrhagic virus in Guinea

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
3 min read
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Only you have the capacity to turn the Covid tide, Western Capers told

As trauma cases rocket and hesitancy mars vaccine rollout, the metro’s critical-care beds are at 129% occupancy

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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Rub insult into a wound worth its weight in salt or it’s in poor taste

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
3 min read
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As Iqbal surveys the damage, another story is coincidentally cooked up

So Piet and Iqbal think they’ve got the better of us, or found a Google loophole to deflect from their dodgy journalism

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read
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PODCAST | Why the ANC needs a national electoral committee: Motlanthe

In the latest Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we chat to SA’s former president about the quality of ANC candidates

By Mike Siluma and Paige Muller
1 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – August 13 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
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As voters join long queues, the fairness of Zambian election is questioned

Activists say playing fields weren’t level in run-up to voting, US may impose sanctions over any election discrepancies

By Matthew Hill and Taonga Clifford Mitimingi
2 min read
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Slam dunk! Third jab a boost for transplant patients

A month after a third shot, 55% developed antibody levels likely to provide notable protection, study finds

By Robert Langreth
2 min read
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It’s right to worry about office-shy youngsters, but they’ll figure it out

Gen Z workers do want to return to the office – and a system that works for them

By Lara Williams
3 min read
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O, kimon, guys, tell us why you pay real money for virtual clothes

Avatars also need to be dressed and their handlers are digging deep as Covid-19 sends NFTs through the roof

By Elizabeth Howcroft
4 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

How about some weird, wild excess this weekend?

From helicopter parenting to self-destruction and the London punk scene, these three films are must-watch

Tymon Smith
Features writer, film and series reviewer
3 min read

The ‘Discovery of Witches’? Of other shows to watch? You can have both

Here are eight of the best international series to watch this August

By Kevin Kriedemann
2 min read

Come what may, Barbie’s standing by Elvis

Toymaker Mattel is celebrating the music legend, who died on August 16 1977, with a new doll

By Alicia Powell
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Boks may be ‘boring’ but they’re winning

Big matches such as World Cup finals and Lions Tests are simply not conducive to free-flowing rugby

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read
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Man City’s title rivals look to lay down early markers

Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all look to get Premier League season off to a flying start

By Martyn Herman
7 min read
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Blast from the past: Semenya strides to hat-trick of 800m world titles

Today in SA sports history: August 13

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE