Friday, August 27 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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INVESTIGATION | How Gupta allies gamed SA’s diamond trade

Undervaluing the stones led to major losses for SA and small-scale miners who rely on the industry

By Brenda Smith
15 min read
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Too often those in power, whom we trust, disappoint us

The ANC not paying its workers on time is an embarrassment, indicative of the self-serving times we live in

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
4 min read
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Julius, cut the rhetoric and point-scoring and put your people first

By refusing to say whether he has been vaccinated, Malema is hindering the rollout and putting people’s lives at risk

5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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‘You died a hero’: slain graft buster laid to rest

Witness in an investigation into Gauteng PPE irregularities gets moving send-off

3 min read
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‘Come see the dead bodies’: health minister livid at anti-vaxxers

Western Cape’s Nomafrench Mbombo says so-called ‘experts’ are undermining public interest and putting lives at risk

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read
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Ramping up Africa’s jabs, ‘mini-lockdowns’ critical to halt Covid

Everybody needs to commit to ‘social contract’ to save lives, says Africa CDC chief

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
4 min read
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Axe finally falls on Bongani Bongo as ANC shakes up parliamentary caucus

Bongo’s removal is among several changes ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina announced on Thursday

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent
3 min read
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Only the most Covid-friendly penthouses money can buy for SA’s uber-rich

Property experts are seeing an uptick in the demand for houses and flats in the R10m-and-upwards bracket

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

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History: the thorny subject that’s always fair game for politicians

There is no single truth in it, which is worth remembering when politicos bang on about righting historical wrongs

5 min read
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I’m sorry Beyoncé, some days are diamonds, some days are stones

The flak the singer received on social media for wearing a ‘blood’ diamond was inevitable and calculated

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read
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Principled readers pour over books only when bored to tears

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
3 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – August 27 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read
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West tries to take in Afghans but may find itself turning them away

More of the distressed population want to leave, and few countries will want them

By Peter Apps
5 min read
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The developed world’s solar ‘trash’ is the developing world’s treasure

As wealthy countries upgrade systems, used solar panels are powering the developing world and cutting waste

By Adam Minter
4 min read
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Taxing time for MultiChoice as Nigerian demand sees stocks plummet

An order that the company pay an almost R33bn tax bill saw it lose R3,5bn in market value in just two hours

By Ruth Olurounbi and Loni Prinsloo
2 min read
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Productivity is key: home-work revolution already transforming economies

A recent study shows working from home around one day a week can boost productivity by 4.8%

By Libby Cherry
7 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Key finding: extra digits won’t make you all fingers and thumbs

In a study, it took pianists fitted with an artificial digit next to their little finger just one hour to start using it

By Stuart McDill
1 min read

A case of honouring you, Joni Mitchell

The Canadian singer-songwriter has performed for millions. Now musicians will do so for her before the Grammys

By Jill Serjeant
1 min read

Saype it up: graffiti artist gives clouds, people a new lease on life

The Frenchman has created a massive artwork in the Swiss Alps to turn people’s attention to living lightly

By Denis Balibouse
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Kane says he will stay at Tottenham Hotspur

Pep Guardiola set to leave Manchester City in 2023

By Reuters
7 min read
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Djokovic gets second bite at history in the Big Apple

Novak Djokovic looks to become the first man to complete a calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969

By Steve Keating
3 min read