Monday, December 6 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

It beggars belief that Cele and Sitole are still in office

The irony is that while these two incompetents still have jobs, unemployment is now at an all-time high

4 min read
Ideas FREE

Omicronomics: what the new variant could mean for SA’s economy

Arguably the impact on jobs could be greater than the impact on GDP growth because of the seasonal timing

By Walter De Wet
4 min read

Death trap: Charlotte Maxeke Hospital still limping months after fire havoc

‘The place is falling apart around us,’ says angry doctor

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist
3 min read

‘Worse than Life Esidimeni’: backlogs see cancer patients sent home to die

Doctors and the Cancer Alliance are bracing for the worst as another Covid-19 wave looms

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Teacher helps top pupil write matric exam hours after she gave birth

Educator makes sure nothing stands between the girl and her dream of becoming a financial analyst

Khanyisile Ngcobo
Story producer
2 min read

Abused women in need got lockdown aid, just not from government

Study probes impact of lockdown on survivors’ experiences of violence and is damning on the state’s response

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist
4 min read

Again, poor children bear the brunt of education budget constraints

The Limpopo education department has scrapped an incentive project to keep teachers in rural schools

Prega Govender
Journalist
4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Tricked into a second phone contract? Maybe now there’s hope

Both MTN and Vodacom say they are cracking down on third-party marketers that target the elderly

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Should succession replace customary law in townships?

People are still facing the repercussions of apartheid laws, which impact inheritance claims and relationships

By Kagiso Mahlangu
5 min read

We have to live with Covid. Here’s how we get our lives back

We need to accept wearing masks, social distancing, air ventilation and regular testing will become ways of life

By Kanoko Matsuyama
6 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — December 6 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Refuseniks, you’re on hiding to nothing in Europe if you’re not vaxxed

Lockdowns, fines, mandatory shots, travel bans. These are just some of ways countries will punish anti-vaxxers

By Fergal O'Brien
5 min read

Both bad and good news: what scientists now know about Omicron

It will take much study, but what’s clear is Covid-19 will keep spreading and mutating while people remain unvaxxed

By Kristen V. Brown
4 min read

Mom’s reaction to clear signs her son was planning a mass shooting? ‘LOL’

Parents charged with involuntary manslaughter after they bought the gun Michigan boy used in school massacre

By Ted Hesson and Maria Ponnezhath
4 min read

Is Uganda selling its soul to China, while fighting corruption, militants?

Yoweri Museveni says it is working on a number of deals with China, but isn’t using state entities as collateral

By Elias Biryabarema and Karin Strohecker
3 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

What on Earth drove BMW to unleash this hideousness?

From its cartoonish snout to its sea monsterish butt, the Bavarian brand’s XM is an eyesore

Brenwin Naidu
Motoring editor, reporter and presenter
2 min read

If the Aztecs thought they invented the macuahuitl they were wrong

A newly discovered armoured dinosaur wielded a tail resembling the culture’s war club

By WILL DUNHAM
3 min read

So how and why did bipedalism begin, and which hominin cross-stepped first?

Up to now it’s been a bit of a mystery, but Tanzanian footprints are offering clues to the origin of  upright walking

By WILL DUNHAM
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

England captain Root is the wicket the Aussies prize most, says Cummins

World’s oldest Test player, Australian Eileen Ash, dies at 110

By Michael Church and Manasi Pathak
3 min read

Swallows back on track, says stand-in coach

Former Chiefs and Bafana star Fani Madida in charge until new coach Dylan Kerr sorts out his work permit

Neville Khoza
Journalist
2 min read

Blast from the past: Lucky 13 for Gary Player at SA Open

Today in SA sports history: December 6

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
4 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE