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Thursday, December 9 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Make the circle bigger but safe before it is too late

This holiday season, put the likes of politics and unnecessary squabbles aside to cherish your fellow humans

4 min read

Pfizer vaccine offers some defence against Omicron, new data shows

More research is necessary, but there’s a chance the body’s immune response could prove more effective at fighting it

By Linda Ensor
5 min read

PODCAST | Covid pandemic shows Cyril is no crisis president

Join Eusebius McKaiser and UCT law professor Richard Calland in this episode of ‘Eusebius on TimesLIVE’

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
1 min read
News FREE

‘Unremorseful’ Walus should not get parole, Hani’s widow tells ConCourt

Limpho Hani argues her husband’s assassination had the potential to destabilise the country at a crucial moment

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Light up the digital divide: Wits project aims to provide internet to needy

The university is developing a system it hopes will connect those in poor communities to high-speed internet

Orrin Singh
Reporter
2 min read

They’ve got the Powa: new skills help free women from their abusers

People Opposing Women Abuse is giving GBV survivors the skills and tools to become economically empowered

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
4 min read

Sexual violence rampant on college campuses, say MRC researchers

One in five of students surveyed faced sexual violence in the past year, with those in TVET facilities more at risk

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Covid-19 puts Africa’s fight against malaria on the back foot

New data from the WHO shows a marked increase in cases and deaths

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Vaccine mandate focusing on key areas is the way to go

The subject of mandatory vaccinations is emotive and divisive, but the Concourt needs to act quickly and decisively

3 min read

A superstar does not necessarily a best-selling author make

Just ask Billie Eilish and Piers Morgan, who have millions of social media fans but don’t seem to interest readers

Jennifer Platt
Sunday Times books editor
2 min read

Cyril, you can change the book, but the story remains the same

The balance is not right when you threaten to come down on striking truck drivers but say nothing about Eskom

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — December 9 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Will Biden and Putin’s jaw jaw avert war war over Ukraine?

A recent call between the two is said to have resulted in them getting their messages, with some jest thrown in

By Nick Wadhams and Ilya Arkhipov
4 min read

It’s complicated: Angela Merkel leaves an enigmatic legacy

Her steady leadership and longevity will be missed, but she also leaves behind a series of vexing problems

By Chris Reiter, Arne Delfs and Patrick Donahue
6 min read

Bhutan is caught between a rock and a hard place

Despite border disputes between the kingdom and China, it’s doing its best to avert clashes between China and India

By Sudhi Ranjan Sen and Archana Chaudhary
4 min read

Don’t be square: Chinese sighting of ‘cube’ on moon rouses speculation

Yutu-2, a robotic lunar rover has captured a cube-like image on the moon’s horizon and inspired a series of memes

By Ryan Woo and Liangping Gao
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Omilord, it’s OK to be cheugy, but please be on point with pronunciation

We get that some people may not be able to pronounce Tsitsipas, but Glasgow, Ever Given and Omicron?!

By Rory Carroll
1 min read

A sweet deal for the world that’s slightly bitter for Quebec

Quebec to unlock the only maple syrup strategic reserve amid rising demand at a time of small harvests and theft

By Rod Nickel
1 min read

With R12m, you could’ve had a tiara thought to be Josephine Bonaparte’s

Two ‘very rare examples of early, near-classicism jewellery’ believed to have belonged to the empress sold this week

By Reuters
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sport FREE

The good, the bad and the ugly — another typical year for SA football

Sundowns men and women have shone, Bafana have shown signs of improvement, but the PSL is an administrative shambles

Sazi Hadebe
Sports reporter
5 min read

Five Springbok stars named in World Rugby Dream Team

After the World Rugby player of the year award snub, five Bok players make the team of the year

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE