Wednesday, August 18 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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Was Biden weak or is he doing a Ramaphosa and playing the long game?

The US leader is accused of bungling his country’s Afghan withdrawal, but he may have bigger fish in mind

Tony Leon
Columnist
6 min read
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ANALYSIS | The ‘mini-me’ Afghan army was always doomed

The US shouldn’t have used its military model to train Afghanis. It should have built a version of the Taliban’s force

By James Stavridis
6 min read
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Zambia has taught us a lesson in democracy. Let’s learn it

In local elections, and soon in national elections too, the opposition parties do not have to be SA’s only alternatives

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
4 min read
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ANALYSIS | Bring on the clowns: Zondo probe made SA laugh till we cried

From heroes to zeroes and clowns, here’s a round-up of three years at the state capture inquiry

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist
6 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Cruel twist of fate puts travellers on death bus

Details of a swap from a broken-down bus and mechanical issues have emerged after 30 people died in the crash

By Sivenathi Gosa
4 min read
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ANC risks missing IEC deadline as staff refuse to work extra hours

Party employees are on a ‘go-slow’ over outstanding salaries, but their bosses are begging them to be accommodating

2 min read
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LISTEN | ‘I made a call and left’: SA man grateful to have fled Afghanistan

A Bloemfontein man was fortunate to get a flight out of Kabul just before the Taliban captured the Afghan capital

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist
3 min read
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Jabs aplenty but SA vaccination drive has lost momentum

The 35-50 age group has turned out to be a vaccine-shy bunch, says ‘worried’ health department

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter
3 min read
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Bare facts: SA is among the world’s best skinny-dipping spots

A survey based on ‘topless and nude’ sunbathing spots puts SA in the world’s top 10 destinations

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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EDITORIAL | All of SA must drown out the anti-vax lies with truth

The public’s reluctance to take the vaccine is concerning but we can control how we go forward

4 min read
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Women in science and tech are left out in the cold during pandemic

Covid-19 has worsened inequalities and structural barriers, making it difficult to do good, cutting-edge research

By Nox Makunga
4 min read
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Household gardeners in SA: a survivalist life with little protection

Policy is needed to regulate the sector, with 45% of those in it earning less than the minimum wage for domestic workers

By Charlie Shackleton
4 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – August 18 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read
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Taliban vows softer approach but how long will it last?

There are growing fears the Taliban will oppress women and ethnic minorities in Afghanistan

By Faseeh Mangi and Eltaf Najafizada
5 min read
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Death at a funeral: scenes of horror as church collapses in Haiti quake

The death toll has passed 1,400, with almost 7,000 injured after the devastating earthquake on Saturday

By Laura Gottesdiener
2 min read
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European cities like Amsterdam look to show red light to rowdy tourists

Prague, Amsterdam and Barcelona see tourism silver lining in Covid lockdowns

By Paul Tullis
8 min read
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Mr child abuse man? Bob Dylan accused of having sex with 12-year-old

The woman says the musician, then in his 20s, sexually abused her at his New York flat over a six-week period

By Lisa Richwine
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Don’t judge a bottle by its price tag

How some local wines fare in a blind tasting and whether they hold up to their price

By Michael Fridjhon
3 min read

Peace in a pod: a cocoon you’ll never want to leave

Get cooped up in luxury while immersed in the otherworldly silence of the Karoo

By Richard Holmes
3 min read

Fast fashion is fast polluting Africa’s rivers, but doing little about it

In Lesotho, WWI found a river polluted with blue dye, while in Tanzania a water source had a pH the same as bleach

By Emma Rumney
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Bok coach reverts to tried and tested for second Test

Full-strength backline back in tandem as Jacques Nienaber shuffles his pack

By Nick Said
2 min read
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McCarthy scrambling to get his troops ready for opener against champions

Amazulu coach bemoans difficult, Covid-ravaged pre-season ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns clash

Tiisetso Malepa
Sports reporter
2 min read
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Blast from the past: Mokoena leaps to SA’s sole medal in Beijing

Today in SA sports history: August 18

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
4 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE