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Tuesday, December 14 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

New book by Zuma? No better way to cap off a year of gaslighting

If you feel as if you’ve been mainlining propaganda for the past year, head for rehab with Ros Atkins and his ilk

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

‘It was very easy to say he died of Covid’: ‘poisoned’ top cop’s family

Just 24 hours after being diagnosed with Covid-19 he was dead, sending his family on a quest for justice

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
5 min read
News FREE

Major SA arms firm makes ‘secret’ urgent court bid over ‘stolen designs’

Paramount, which says a rival stole its intellectual property, has obtained a rare Anton Piller order

Erika Gibson
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

DA gets its Gauteng coalition ducks in a row

The party has formed majority governments in Joburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni with the help of smaller parties

By Thando Maeko
2 min read

Sky’s the limit for new commander of air force base Durban

Col Lennon Atchanna has become one of the youngest commanders of an air force base in SA

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
3 min read

On the plus site: Joburg drafts plan to take building applications online

Paper applications are being scrapped in 2022, which experts say will reduce waiting time and curb corruption

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

If we ignore truck drivers’ issues, our economy will suffer

The blockades that have strangled SA’s major economic arteries will continue if truck owners and operators go unheard

3 min read

New book exposes how the misuse of science compounded SA’s Covid crisis

One Virus, Two Countries examines SA’s response to Covid and its first world minority’s fixation on Western science

By STEVEN FRIEDMAN
5 min read

PODCAST | ‘There’s an education revolution taking place’

Mudiwa Gavaza and Louise Schoonwinkel talk about educational tech in a hybrid working world

By Mudiwa Gavaza
1 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — December 14 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

CUT! The curious case of a map and a disappearing Taiwanese minister

A map at the US democracy summit that showed Taiwan in green and China in red led to a questionable incident

By Humeyra Pamuk, Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom
4 min read

Billionaires sell the moon and the stars, and the monied buy it

‘It’s fulfilling a boyhood dream,’ says former Zscaler COO Lane Bess among passengers on rocket launch by Bezos firm

By Devon Pendleton and Blake Schmidt
3 min read

Enemies come left and right as Boris faces Omicron ‘tidal wave’

UK prime minister is set for another bruising week as he struggles to convince his party that he is the right leader

By David Goodman
4 min read

Stop being ‘shybrid’ and come up with a policy that works already

By not deciding on a future office model, companies are leaving workers in limbo

By Jeff Green
3 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Sisters are doing it for themselves: want some nun-brewed beer?

After centuries, Belgian nuns join monks in production to raise funds for abbey renovations

By Philip Blenkinsop
1 min read

No horsing about: how a racehorse sparked a gaming revolution

A new app, inspired by a Japanese thoroughbred, has injected much-needed life into mobile gaming there

By Sam Nussey
3 min read

Leader of Grammy-winning reggae band Black Uhuru dies aged 72

Garth Dennis, who assisted in pioneering electronic and echo-driven reggae, passed away on Thursday

By Kate Chappell
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Verstappen fulfils his destiny with dream F1 title

Max Verstappen leaves it until the final lap of the final race of the season to clinch the coveted F1 world title

By ALAN BALDWIN
3 min read

PSL launches new competition driven by public voting

Fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates’ players will be teammates in this unique competition

By MARK GLEESON
1 min read

Blast from the past: SA get bowled over in maiden Test Down Under

Today in SA sports history: December 14

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE