Wednesday, October 20 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Poll chancers: politicians who make false promises must be punished

The IEC should look to deter those who disrespect voters by promising them a world they can’t deliver

3 min read

ANALYSIS | Cyril wants us to forgive and forget. Well, he’s made his bed ...

On the campaign trail, the ANC president has stuck to the same script, even throwing in some humour

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist
3 min read
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PODCAST | Earth to ANC: avoid disappointment, lower your expectations

In ‘Podcasts from the Edge’, Peter Bruce talks to elections analyst Dawie Scholtz about the upcoming polls

Peter Bruce
Editor-at-large & columnist
1 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Zero tolerance for cheats: matric exam rules bring out the big stick

Parents, pupils will be required to sign an agreement that aims to make sure there isn’t a repeat of last year’s debacle

Prega Govender
Journalist
4 min read
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My actions weren’t those of someone with things to hide: Mkhize slams SIU

The former health minister has accused the unit of conducting an unlawful investigation into the Digital Vibes saga

Sabelo Skiti
Investigative journalist
6 min read
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Magistrate’s paid suspension ‘as lenient as her sentences for rapists’

A rapist father’s sentence was recently adjusted from five years to life imprisonment after it was sent on review

3 min read
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Buzz off with your bylaw, beekeepers tell Cape Town

Capetonian apiarists have bees in their bonnets after a new bylaw was introduced without their input

Bobby Jordan
Senior reporter
4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Artisanal mining is vital and must be formalised

The small-scale miners face death and enslavement on a daily basis. They need to be acknowledged and protected

2 min read
Ideas FREE

Colin Powell embodied African American ‘two-ness’

As a black military man, he would have had to wrestle with serving a country that didn’t serve him

By Chad Williams
5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world – October 20 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read
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UK Covid spike serves as a warning to others. What went wrong?

Part of the answer seems to be the reopening in July, but that’s still too simplistic

By Therese Raphael
5 min read
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Fatality risk is below 0.1%, so what set Colin Powell’s death apart?

The available data show that such deaths for fully vaccinated people are exceptionally rare

By Emma Court
2 min read
World FREE

Thou doth protest too much, methinks: King Mswati III

Eswatini schools closed in response to pro-democracy demonstrations, less than four months after similar protests

By Matthew Hill
1 min read
World FREE

Brain drain: Afghanistan set back decades as professional women flee

From judges to midwives, thousands have gone into reluctant exile, leaving an unfillable hole for those who remain

By Emma Batha and Shadi Khan Saif
4 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Isn’t it marvellous that Marvel’s making diversity eternal?

‘Eternals’, directed by ‘Nomadland’ Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao, boasts a diverse cast and Marvel’s first deaf role

By ROllo Ross
1 min read

It’s time to fashion a new future by letting nature redesign itself

Designer Vivienne Westwood is among those who shared ‘Letters to the Earth’ ahead of COP26

By Mindy Burrows
1 min read

Hats off to a man who is keeping a dying tradition alive

Their popularity may be declining, but fez-maker Nasser Abdel Basset is determined to pass on his skills

By Ahmed Fahmy
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Bok coach names two uncapped players in UK tour squad

Jacques Nienaber has stuck to core Springbok group for Tests against Wales, Scotland and England

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
4 min read

Next month’s Joburg Open tees off SA summer golf season

It will be the first of three Sunshine/European Tour events, including the SA Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
2 min read
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Blast from the past: Boks boot their way to World Cup glory

Today in SA sports history: October 20

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE