Wednesday, November 3 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

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You didn’t vote? The lack of your X could make SA an ex-democracy

Voting should have been made compulsory in 1994 because voter apathy could be devastating for SA

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
4 min read
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ANALYSIS | Kingmakers and crucial cogs: coalitions loom in most SA metros

Early vote-counting shows that outright winners are unlikely in as many as six of SA’s eight metropolitan municipalities

Matthew Savides
Night news editor
5 min read
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IFP made KZN gains ‘because ANC wouldn’t stop its infighting’

Comrades were warned they’d lose their seats if they didn’t mend their ways, says ruling party’s spokesperson

3 min read
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LISTEN | The blame game: who is responsible for low voter turnout?

This year’s showing is ‘likely to be the lowest since SA’s first democratic elections’

By Paige Muller
1 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Ramaphosa secures COP26 green finance deal worth billions

This is the first significant financing deal to emerge from the landmark climate conference in Glasgow

Carol Paton
Editor at large
2 min read
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Covid bumps up matric intake by biggest margin in more than a decade

A DBE report says this is likely due to more pupils than usual being given a second chance after 2020’s difficulties

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read
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Cancer diagnosis often heals family relationships, study finds

Research at UKZN finds family members who are caregivers to cancer patients often strengthen their bonds

3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

How much are petrol price hikes fuelled by state policy? SA needs to know

Calculating increases is complex, but we at least need an assurance that the sums are done with our interests at heart

3 min read
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Corporates must step into the education breach or we’re doomed

In SA, five pupils at a public school share one textbook. This has to change and government can’t do it alone

By Kagisho Masae
4 min read
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That giant sucking sound may just be a climate solution

It may not be fully industrialised, but ‘direct air capture’ is a process we should vacuum into our consciousness

By Chris Bryant
4 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

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Eye on the world — November 3 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
1 min read
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Is COP26 deforestation pledge another headline-grabbing empty promise?

World leaders have pledged to halt and reverse deforestation within the decade, but environmentalists are sceptical

By Michael Taylor
6 min read
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For centuries US blacks’ land has been grabbed. Now they’re fighting back

A move in California to give land back to the black family it was seized from has sparked interest nationwide

By Carey L Biron
5 min read
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Taliban must respect women’s rights, and there’s an easy way to force it to

Women should make up half of foreign delegations, each of which should insist women are among Taliban negotiators

By Bobby Ghosh
3 min read
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Back to the future: your new office is going to look a lot like the old one

Flexible workspace and hybrid work schedules are set to be the new office norm

By Emily Cadman
5 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Starry-eyed scientists race to find dark energy and alien life

And those who operate the giant telescope that finds life on another planet ‘will win the Nobel Prize’

By Jorge Vega and Fabian Cambero
1 min read

How language ‘dating’ is speeding up Jewish-Palestinian reconciliation

In Jerusalem, a project based on speed dating is bringing people together to bridge the Hebrew-Arabic divide

By Rinat Harash
1 min read

Wine press that quenched Assyrians’ mighty thirst unearthed

The press and archaeobotanical remains dating back 2,700 years were discovered in northern Iraq

By Kawa Omar
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

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Another Soweto derby sans spectators?

No clarity on whether spectators will be allowed to attend Chiefs vs Pirates showdown at FNB Stadium on Saturday

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
2 min read
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It’s not my problem if unvaxxed can’t play in Australian Open: Paire

Rafa Nadal, who has publicly backed vaccination, said he is hoping to play at Melbourne Park

By Nick Mulvenney
2 min read
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Blast from the past: Taylor climbs from the canvas to win world title

Today in SA sports history: November 3

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE