Friday, August 20 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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The ANC is playing Russian roulette, but then DD was in the house

If Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula couldn’t see last month’s insurrection coming, how will she protect the ANC in parliament?

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read
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You think taking the vaccine is bougie? How about a jab in the face?

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
3 min read
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What has gone wrong with our Constitutional Court?

Recent judgments, not least its latest Zuma one, smack of personal predilections and politicking

By Ziyad Motala
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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I won’t compromise parliament for ‘personal whims’, says Mapisa-Nqakula

She pledges to ‘foster cooperation’ between parties, even though the opposition vehemently opposed her nomination

Thabo Mokone
Parliamentary editor
3 min read

State stepping into a minefield with social security reform plans: expert

Asisa adviser says changes should not disrupt the industry but build on it and should first cater for those most at risk

By Linda Ensor
6 min read
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Toxic blues: at last, cleanup of deadly Durban chemical spill begins

What with some of the compounds being widely banned, many are asking why the firm has taken so long to act

Orrin Singh
Reporter
3 min read
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A repeat of Zambian elections in Zim? Not going to happen, vows Mnangagwa

Zanu-PF bothered by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s close ties with new Zambian president Hakainde Hichilema

By Lenin Ndebele
2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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Why should the poor give the state even more of their hard-earned money?

With government’s track record, the proposed national social security fund is another disaster waiting to happen

2 min read
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Government has been slow on the uptake, hence SA’s vaccine hesitancy

Government’s strategists have been sleeping on the job, which explains why our vaccine rollout is slipping

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
4 min read
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No use Biden our time. Let’s get on with nation-building

Just as the US gave a spectacular example of how not do do it, Zambia proved that it really needn’t be that hard

5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – August 20 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read
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The men who pull the strings inside the Taliban – and now Afghanistan

Here are seven of the most influential leaders in the organisation

By Muneeza Naqvi and Eltaf Najafizada
4 min read
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Delta ‘blunts jabs’ effectiveness’ and could lead to hoarding

Some vaccines lost effectiveness after three months, which is likely to lead to calls for booster shots

By Naomi Kresge
4 min read
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You’re kidding, man! Hongkongers’ fury as actress exempted from Covid rules

Nicole Kidman, who is on set there, doesn’t have to quarantine because she's 'contributing to the economy'

By Olivia Tam
2 min read
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White-collar staff are braver and more bullish as job markets recover

Post-lockdown resignation intent is on the rise as labour shortages are now creating options for skilled staff

By Michael Kahn
4 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Choices! Bangkok butchery, Miami mayhem or Paris Hilton’s cooking

Here are five shows to stream this weekend

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

Guess what? Robin might be gay and it would be marvellous

Batman’s sidekick is going on a date with a male friend, with the writer saying she hopes to raise awareness

By Sarah Mills
1 min read

Dutch Academy for Film takes the calf by the horns and goes gender-neutral

The body aims to improve equality by not separating acting awards based on gender

By Bart Meijer
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Boks building vital experience ahead of World Cup

Lood de Jager is another Springbok set to join the 50-Test club

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
4 min read
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Chelsea seek to add to Arsenal’s troubles in London derby

Man City look to bounce back after surprising opening day defeat to Spurs

By Martyn Herman
6 min read
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Blast from the past: Olympic gold, silver and bronze for Schoeman

Today in SA sports history: August 20

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
5 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE