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Friday, December 3 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

Unity isn’t the ANC’s strength. It’s its fatal weakness

Unless Ramaphosa belatedly sees sense and gets rid of corrupt members, the party is doomed to die at the next poll

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
8 min read
Ideas FREE

Celebrity power in the age of high comedy and broken promises

It’s no wonder populist ‘cleaners’ are the salve of the jaded, but they’re not the answer. Moderate politics is

5 min read

Anyone for tennis? Except you, China

More and more women are demanding sport lives up to its ethos of fair play. Sadly, the same can’t be said about its men

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Bad news: Omicron spreading faster than Delta. Good news: fewer in hospital

The evidence from the variant’s SA hotspot, Gauteng, suggests it is more transmissible, says government adviser

By Antony Sguazzin and Janice Kew
2 min read
News FREE

Travel bans are thwarting scientists’ quest to understand Omicron

Africa health chief says vaccine supplies to Africa are improving but hesitancy is still a problem

By Katharine Houreld and Ayenat Mersie
2 min read
News FREE

No, girlfriend, you can’t have wealthy dead philanderer’s cash

The woman claims his estate was ‘unduly enriched’ through her and that she is entitled to half of it

4 min read
News FREE

Stop Shell’s Wild Coast survey, top SA scientists beg Ramaphosa

Oil giant threatens to walk away from the project if it isn’t allowed to get going with it in December

Bobby Jordan
Senior reporter
2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Unqualified and clueless, police chief must cop it for July riots disaster

The time for making SA’s top cop a political appointment is over, and if that means Khehla Sitole must go, so be it

4 min read
Ideas FREE

Let’s argue Semitics: this word never means what you expect

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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

The culture wars require a peace process and GenXers must initiate it

Boomers don’t seem to think there is a generational clash. The future depends on younger people putting them right

By BY FELIX MARQUARDT, STEVE SCHMIDT and ROKHAYA DIALLO
4 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — December 3 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Omicron is a test for vaccine greed: will rich countries evolve and adapt?

The variant could spark a new chase for limited supplies that leads to global inequity in the rollout

By James Paton
5 min read

Scientists think they’ve worked out why Astra shots cause blood clots

Rare cases of the side effect have been an obstacle for the AstraZeneca vaccine

By Suzi Ring
1 min read

When it comes to LGBTQ, Ghana’s political parties are happy to share a bed

Ruling party and opposition legislators are sponsoring a bill to, among other things, jail LGBTQ people

By Yinka Ibukun
3 min read

Hiding behind ‘vaccine diplomacy’ in run-up to Olympics won’t help China

The country is facing increasing pressure from Covid-19, possible boycotts and scaled back trade

By Peter Apps
5 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Have pole, will dance, no hands required

Meet the Italian teen with one leg and no hands who is finding freedom in acrobatic pole dancing

By Yara Nardi and Matteo Berlenga
2 min read

Great expectations as Dickens letter goes on auction

The author’s letter brings a Victorian dinner drama to life

By Sarah Mills
1 min read

Armani pulls a rabbit out of the hat in sustainable move

The luxury brand says it will ban angora wool, which is removed from live rabbits, next year

By Claudia Cristoferi
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sport FREE

Africa is the forgotten continent when it comes to sport awards

No South Africans among World Rugby player of the year nominees, while Salah is ranked seventh in Ballon d’Or

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read

Hamilton chasing hat-trick to set up last-race showdown

Verstappen can clinch F1 title on Sunday but title battle will go to Abu Dhabi if Hamilton finishes in top five

By Abhishek Takle
2 min read

Blast from the past: Proteas pummel Aussies for Test series win

Today in SA sports history: December 3

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE