Tuesday, December 7 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Is the ANC dying yet? No? Keep going, Cyril

I held the belief that Ramaphosa was trying to fix the ANC and SA but doing both very badly. I was wrong

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Covid seen more in 10- to 19-year-olds than in younger children

Tests are reliable for Omicron, while experts believe vaccines will hold up to the variant

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
4 min read

SA fuels Omicron hope as hospitalisations stay in check

Early readings may point to lower severity as scientists still decode strain to evaluate global impact

By Mike Cohen and Janice Kew
3 min read

Child rape cases suffer ‘setback’ after training delays court process

Activists slam planning and say children are being retraumatised by months-long delays in trials

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Meet the cleaner who graduated at the university she buffs and shines

Sthembile Mngwengwe’s journey does not end there though as the next step is her postgraduate degree

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
2 min read

To party or not to party: SA corporates’ dilemma as Covid cases rise

Event companies are reeling from the cancellations of year-end functions

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
3 min read

Embracing women to help them overcome ‘common’ obstetric violence

Mothers’ movement Embrace is helping women expose this form as violence as gender-based

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Is that all you’ve got, Batohi?

NPA boss had the opportunity to take SA into her confidence on Monday, but she danced around the questions instead

4 min read
Ideas FREE

Karabo, Issa ‘walked like us, climbed like apes’

Lumbar vertebra fossils discovered in the Cradle of Humankind have thrown new light on Australopithecus sediba

By Scott A Williams and Natasha Joseph
5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — December 7 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

From pedestal to prison: the many lives of Suu Kyi

The leader has come a long way from the days when she was held up as a heroine for democracy

By Reuters
4 min read

No doses, too many doses, scepticism: all stymie Africa’s vaccine rollout

These are a drop in the ocean of issues facing the continent and the West has a lot to answer for

By Maggie Fick and Edward McAllister
7 min read

How a vaccine side-effect database has given ammo to anti-vaxxers

Omission bias when using VAERS has been used to mislead and misrepresent statistics by anti-vaccine protagonists

By Kristen V Brown
5 min read

Lunar tunes: China ups the ante in space race with US

Crewed missions by 2030 are ‘entirely possible’ as China’s new moon landing schedule escalates rivalry with US

By Bruce Einhorn
2 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Tearful reunions, comebacks and pop freedom: that was showbiz 2021

From awards and split-ups to new albums and goodbyes, here are the year’s top stories

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian
2 min read

‘Spider-Man’s’ Tom Holland set to swing out of the bath and into a top hat

The actor says he will play Fred Astaire, considered cinema’s greatest dancer, in a new biopic

By Edward Baran
1 min read

The wine was a little sweet, but not as sweet as this return to tradition

With Trump gone, Kennedy Center honorees, including Bette Midler and Berry Gordy, hit the White House on Sunday

By Jeff Mason and Trevor Hunnicutt
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

India’s Test cup runneth over ahead of SA tour

The only cloud is over batting stalwart Ajinkya Rahane’s form, but there is plenty of back-up waiting in the wings

By Sudipto Ganguly
2 min read

Is it back to the future for Man United?

Steven Gerrard set to make Anfield return with a resurgent Aston Villa team

By Martyn Herman, Simon Evans, Shrivathsa Sridhar and Philip O'Connor
4 min read

Blast from the past: Wessels makes history as TV umpire runs him out

Today in SA sports history: December 7

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE