Monday, December 13 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

ANC elites don’t like new brooms, so expect them to be swept out

There’ll be more people like Phathiswa Magopeni and Hermione Cronje because they disturb corrupt status quo

4 min read

Summarily bringing your debit order forward is not so simple

December, the month your banks don’t trust you to have any money at the end of the month

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read
Ideas FREE

Get vaccinated or get fired: it’s not that simple

Employment and labour department directions allow fairly broad scope for employees to refuse mandatory jabs

By Bradley Workman-Davies
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

OBITUARY | Ebrahim Ebrahim: the unbreakable spirit of a freedom fighter

Activist and former deputy minister is one of the only prisoners to have received a second sentence on Robben Island

By Chris Barron
5 min read

Top detective’s heart swells over Verulam rape survivor’s school results

W/O Nivi Lutchminarain’s dedication and compassion has helped get 14-year-old rape victim’s life back on track

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
4 min read

South Africans dig R70m deep for virtual strangers in 2021

With more than 4,000 campaigns and 80,000 donors contributing support, BackaBuddy has changed many lives

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
3 min read
Ideas FREE

PODCAST | Continent unites against the West after Cyril’s tour

In this week’s episode we look at Ramaphosa’s four-nation diplomatic excursion

Mike Siluma
Sunday Times deputy editor
1 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Private Covid tests finally drop, but pressure can’t let up

Thanks to Competition Commission’s intervention, private PCR test costs go down from R850 to R500

3 min read

We cannot eat the constitution

SA’s foundational legal text is 25 years old, so how much have we lived up to its standards?

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
8 min read
Ideas FREE

ANC owes it to Luthuli’s legacy — and to SA — to sort itself out

Former president issues rallying call in lecture to commemorate Nobel Peace Prize for Chief Albert Luthuli

By THABO MBEKI
7 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — December 13 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

‘Anti-China club’? Xi and Putin dominate G7 discussions

Russia’s threat to Ukraine and the East Asian superpower’s growing assertiveness were high on the agenda

By William James, Alexander Ratz and Humeyra Pamuk
3 min read

‘After these deaths, there’s no way I’m relying on Amazon to keep me safe’

Employees say the company’s cellphone ban puts them at risk after warehouse collapses in storm

By Spencer Soper
3 min read

Farc’d up: peace deal unleashes war on Colombia’s Amazon forest

Since the government reached a deal with guerrilla force, the brakes are off environmentally catastrophic activities

By Matthew Bristow
7 min read

Q&A: Omicron has the spikes, pandemic intelligence chief has the AI

New WHO group, headed by veteran Nigerian epidemiologist, aims to wield data to manage Covid and future health crises

By James Paton
5 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Need a pickup this festive season?

From upgrades to anniversaries, these five bakkies are making headlines

Brenwin Naidu
Motoring editor, reporter and presenter
3 min read

Smart-home devices for not-so-smart people

Get to grips with connectivity and its advantages with this tech

By Sibusiso Mkwanazi
2 min read

My precious, guess whose anniversary it is?

‘Lord of the Rings’ celebrates 20 years, with Kiwi film industry hoping it will be all’s well that ends better in 2022

By Praveen Menon
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

India kick off tour at happy hunting ground Wanderers

The visiting side’s record at each of the three venues for Test series against SA

By Nick Said
5 min read

Guardiola salutes milestone men Sterling, Ederson

Raheem Sterling scored his 100th Premier League goal, and Ederson kept his 100th clean sheet on Saturday

By Shrivathsa Sridhar
3 min read

Blast from the past: Kriek klaps Denton to win second Australian Open

Today in SA sports history: December 13

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE