Thursday, September 30 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

News FREE

Zweli Mkhize ‘deliberately’ ignored advice to use GCIS: SIU report

Investigators found he overlooked a cabinet memorandum recommending the government agency for communications

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter
6 min read
Ideas FREE

This latest ANC vote-grabbing exercise is cynical in the extreme

Employing thousands of youngsters just to toss them back on the streets in five months is scandalous, but expected

4 min read
Ideas FREE

R Kelly believed he could fly above morality. For too long, he did

There were rumours from the start, but society turned a blind eye to the singer’s crimes for decades

Nadine Dreyer
Features editor
7 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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How a Kombi heated up newlyweds’ first night

Céhanè and Jacques Lubbe’s wedding ended in flames when the classic vehicle they were in went up in smoke

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist
2 min read

Maties machine-learning tool coughs up the truth about Covid-19

Stellenbosch University researchers used two datasets to develop a tool that identifies Covid-19 coughs

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
1 min read

Toolkit launched to identify potential dropouts and keep them in school

It outlines how roleplayers can monitor absenteeism and potentially prevent children from dropping out

Prega Govender
Journalist
4 min read
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SA is one of world’s worst nations on global organised crime index

Index paints a gloomy picture of the global scourge, which has increased during the pandemic

Paul Ash
Senior reporter
3 min read

Child grants simply don’t cut it any more as SA’s food prices soar

People living below poverty line pay nearly 10% more for staple foods while the social security system fails to catch up

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

If parties don’t get rid of their thugs, political killings will continue

ANC councillor Tshepo Motaung’s demise underlines a murderous hunt for enrichment that must be stopped

2 min read

Ja nee, if Afrikaans isn’t indigenous, then the SACP isn’t South African

Of all this week’s nonsense, the only thing to trump Maharaj and Jordan’s new book is Blade’s rejection of Afrikaans

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read
Ideas FREE

The Jurni to tourism recovery starts with technology

A tourism department initiative is partnering with entrepreneurs to help them grow their presence online

By Shepo Matlou
2 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world – September 30 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read
World FREE

Skyrocketing deaths of women, children reveal true impact of pandemic

Disruption caused by Covid in lower-income nations threatens years of health gains

By James Paton
2 min read
World FREE

Philippines fails to fight Covid and ranks last globally. Why?

There are valuable lessons for the developing world to learn from the many mistakes the country has made

By Bloomberg News
6 min read
World FREE

Will Amazon see the wood for the trees with its first robot?

The company, known for scrappy and relatively cheap gizmos, has set its biggest test to date with the pricey bot

By Matt Day and Mark Gurman
4 min read
World FREE

Diabetes weights for no man: try your 21-year-old jeans on for size

Despite a normal body mass index, if you can’t fit into your old denims you run the risk of developing  type 2 diabetes

By Alice Gledhill
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Bise instincts: Frenchies kiss their way back to normality

With more than 70% of the population vaccinated against Covid-19, France’s ‘la bise’ greeting is back

By Yiming Woo
2 min read

Imagine that: Lennon cassette recording fetches nearly R1m

A never-released John Lennon recording has sold for R873,981 at auction in Copenhagen

By Nikolaj Skydsgaard and Stine Jacobsen
1 min read

That’s deep: drowning girl statue unsettles residents in Spanish city

Passers-by have been greeted by a distressing sight in the river thanks to the work of a Mexican artist

By Reuters
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sport FREE

Biennial World Cup may work for other continents but what about Africa?

Arsene Wenger’s proposal does not factor in the problem of African logistics and facilities

Sazi Hadebe
Sports reporter
5 min read
Sport FREE

Gloves are off: Pacquiao quits boxing to contest Philippines presidency

Pacman rose from poverty to wealth and fame and won an unprecedented eight titles in eight weight classes

By Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema
2 min read
Sport FREE

Blast from the past: Silver lining for Cloete at Sydney Games

Today in SA sports history: September 30

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE