Wednesday, December 8 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Deck the electoral halls with holly — electoral reform is in the air

The tabling of the new electoral bill will hopefully exorcise the ghosts of Christmases past

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
4 min read
Ideas FREE

ANC suffers another setback as land expropriation bill is defeated

Small parties unite to isolate limping governing party, which had 30 MPs absent at the important sitting in parliament

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist
3 min read

Today politics says goodbye to a man whose name belies his character

For more than 40 years James Selfe has been one of this country’s most faithful servants. We need more of him

Tony Leon
Columnist
6 min read

JAB IN THE RIBS

THE QUESTION OF VACCINE MANDATES

‘Start with empathy’: how to shift the jab-hesitant, by psychiatrists

Experts warn that hesitancy is a cause of ‘frustration’ among an exhausted group of health workers

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
6 min read

Where to mandate jabs and why public interest overrides the individual

There are a number of areas in which they could be mandated, but there will have to be exceptions

By Keymanthri Moodley
5 min read

Dithering doe-does: state-imposed vaccine mandates off the cards for now

The government has told Nedlac to approach the Constitutional Court in the new year for direction in the matter

By Luyolo Mkentane and Thabiso Mochiko
3 min read
News FREE

What the vaccine mandate task team could consider

Forced jabs? Exclusion from public settings? Incentives? These are the approaches in other countries

By Sunday Times Reporter
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

‘No, you can’t have your report because your fees are outstanding’

That’s what a school is said to have told a pupil whose dad lost his job in the July riots

Prega Govender
Journalist
4 min read
News FREE

Makro Springfield GM recalls devastation after July unrest

After four months of being closed, Springfield Makro in Durban is set to reopen on December 13

Orrin Singh
Reporter
2 min read
News FREE

Year after fisher is killed in run-in with rangers, brother goes missing

Apart from seeking justice for the men, a KZN village wants to negotiate with authorities about a gill-netting ban

Orrin Singh
Reporter
4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Health care must be new Joburg officials’ priority

The province’s hospitals have been left to rack and ruin. When will government realise lives depend on its support?

2 min read

SA can’t afford to be a failed state, so end graft

Hopefully Anti-Corruption Day sentiments sink in because the upshot of such a fate would be catastrophic

By Kgabo Morifi
3 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — December 8 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

0 min read

When the chips are down, profits mean more to ‘big industry’ than lives

Relentless demand for the semiconductors turns deadly in Malaysia as firms push to keep supply chains running

By Yoolim Lee and Yantoultra Ngui
12 min read

Trans patients languish on waiting lists while healthcare demand surges

Delays smack of discrimination and neglect, but some nations plan policy reforms

By Rachel Savage and Sydney Bauer
6 min read

Watch out, people: the Aussies are going to track your impact on Earth

The country is creating a ‘black box’ to monitor humanity’s positive or negative steps regarding climate change

By Reuters
1 min read

The ultra-rich got richer as Covid worsened wealth divide, says study

Twenty-five years ago, billionaires controlled 1% of the world’s wealth. Now, 3.5% is in their hands

By Augusta Saraiva and Alessandra Migliaccio
2 min read

LIFESTYLE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

‘Spielberg’s finest in 20 years’: consensus on first foray into musicals

The director has reimagined ‘West Side Story’ and cast it’s original star, Rita Moreno, who is now 89

By Jill Serjeant
2 min read

Matthew Vaughn scratches an itch with prequel to ‘Kingsman’ films

In the third offering, Ralph Fiennes will tell the gentlemen spies’ origin story

By Mindy Burrows
1 min read

Climate change is no joke, but here’s an all-star comedic warning

Adam McKay has assembled a number of Oscar winners for Netflix’s climate warning comedy ‘Don’t Look Up’

By Alicia Powell
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Surely SA boxing referees and officials can count to three?

Cristiano Ndombassy’s bout against Roarke Knapp needs to be investigated

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
4 min read

Olivier returns to Proteas fold for India Test series

CSA announce squad for three-Test series against India

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE