Friday, November 12 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

OBITUARY | Apartheid’s last president, who thought he could outplay the ANC

FW De Klerk, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in June, died on Thursday aged 85

By Chris Barron
7 min read

FW’s apology is a choreographed insult to our intelligence

In the words of Fort Calata’s son: ‘De Klerk died peacefully … unlike those whose murders he ordered … ’

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
6 min read
Ideas FREE

Beyond a whiter shade of pale as De Ruyter flogs dead horse that’s Eskom

Some want him in, some want him out, while the EFF, well the EFF just wants to ‘moer’ him for ‘moering’ Eskom

3 min read
Ideas FREE

Ugly shoes to fill: Godongwana had no choice but to tread lightly

The new finance minister’s first budget is one of fiscal consolidation

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

I felt like I was dreaming when I saw them, says woman who helped Moti boys

A Limpopo couple who looked after the brothers until police and a relative arrived describe their experience

2 min read

ANALYSIS | Pensioners lead the pack at DA municipalities

The party has the oldest cohort of local government representatives in the country

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist
3 min read

If you feel like an elephant is on your chest, it could be a ‘broken heart’

Study suggests middle-aged and older women are being diagnosed more often with broken heart syndrome or Takotsubo

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Budget doesn’t answer the main question: how is SA going to grow?

As long as we are hamstrung by servicing an inordinate amount of debt, economic development will remain static

4 min read

Budget sounds good save for the underspending on realistic outlook

Are the minister and the president serious about putting us on the road to recovery?

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read
Ideas FREE

To bake a tart or to be one? A sorry ghost has many options

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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

SA desperately needed new blood and the election has given it to us

Fresh faces on the political landscape are welcome and guaranteed to hold the incompetent to account

4 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Sudan coup leader sidles up to ‘remnants’ of Bashir regime to cement power

Former senior officials appointed to key government positions by the same man who forced them out in 2019

By Khalid Abdelaziz and Nafisa Eltahir
5 min read

Despite China encouraging larger families, its population is falling

Demographer predicts births will drop again this year and says deaths could exceed births for the first time

By Bloomberg News
1 min read

Experts seek to keep climate change jaws from closing on Thames sharks

Three endangered shark species have been found in the river, considered ‘biologically dead’ for 64 years

By Norah Mulinda
1 min read

YouTube gives its ‘dislike’ button a thumbs-down

The video platform makes the move to tamp down endemic harassment of content creators

By Mark Bergen
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Got time for the good, the bad and the mediocre?

Whether it’s two hours or five hours, here’s what to stream this weekend, depending on your flavour

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

Gadget gifting to be costly this Christmas as supply chain plays The Grinch

A globally clogged up supply chain has forced electronic companies to focus on high-end products

By Nivedita Balu
2 min read

Aiming for Disney heights: metaverse is entertainment giant’s new frontier

Mickey Mouse is poised to venture into the three-dimensional, virtual-reality, avatar-populated metaverse

By Dawn Chmielewski
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sport FREE

SA’s fast bowl into international cricket 30 years ago was a no ball

In the country’s haste to play overseas, a system to bring equal opportunity and excellence was not put in place

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
2 min read

Villa the logical next step for Gerrard after restoring Rangers to glory

Former Liverpool talisman will have his work cut out turning struggling Aston Villa around

By Richard Martin
3 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE