Wednesday, December 15 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Santa, please read this. It has gift ideas for our politicians

This year unleashed all manner of horribilises, but if Father Christmas takes note, 2022 may be a little better

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
3 min read

In SA, Omicron is less dangerous than previous variants, new research finds

The study comes as the UK removes 11 countries, including SA, from its travel red list

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
5 min read

Let it digest: global clinical trial for oral Covid vaccine kicks off in SA

Pharmaceutical company says an oral vaccine would be easier to distribute

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
1 min read
News FREE

Verdict is in: judiciary meets its own targets — mostly

Constitutional Court falls short on new performance indicators set by the judiciary in the 2020/21 year

By FRANNY RABKIN
2 min read

There will be no edition on the public holiday tomorrow. Don’t miss our Best of 2021 edition on Friday.

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

No more dodging bullets as animals find new home

Friends of Rescued Animals arrange a Noah’s Ark-like rescue mission for animals to new digs in Tarlton

5 min read
News FREE

WATCH | Boeing 737 takes its last trip — through the streets of Benoni

The former FlySafair carrier, renamed Shirley, will live on as a restaurant and watch over Formula K racing events

Paul Ash
Senior reporter
3 min read
News FREE

Emotions run high as families reunite after two years apart

After festive plans were curtailed last year, families are hoping to resume their traditional holiday activities

3 min read

Migrants stranded as transport costs to neighbouring countries skyrocket

Homesick workers are forced to spend second Christmas away from home thanks to high fees and restrictions

3 min read

Some roads still lead to KZN this festive season

Though occupancy is nowhere near what it was before Covid-19, the province expects more than 60%

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

We wish you a sensible Christmas and a responsible New Year

This year has been a tough one on all fronts. While we all deserve to let our hair down, we should do so judiciously

3 min read

PODCAST | ‘Ramaphosa made fundamental mistakes after ascending to power’

Mavuso Msimang discusses the president’s leadership and cautions analysts to keep their emotions in check

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
1 min read

How SA’s petrol price is set and why fuel should be deregulated

Regulation dates back to WW2, but efforts at reform have been stalled by vested interests and lack of political will

By Rod Crompton
4 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — December 15 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Beginner’s guide to Web3: crypto heads dream up a new kind of internet

If you’re still trying to get your head around the web, let alone crypto, NFTs and dapps, there’s a hard road ahead

By Olga Kharif
8 min read

Fired up: Musk wants to turn CO2 from atmosphere into rocket fuel

The TIME magazine Person of the Year’s plan would rely on untested carbon-removal technology

By Bruce Einhorn
1 min read

UK Remainers lose voice to pandemic and domestic turbulence

Pro-EU campaigners expected a Brexit reckoning this year, but it hasn’t come to pass and their resolve is weakening

By Mark John and Andrew MacAskill
4 min read

Kenya Uber drivers are gonna rock down to electric avenue

Uber drivers to have access to finance to buy motorbikes made by Opibus, who convert petrol and diesel to electricity

By Antony Sguazzin
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

With venues such as these, who needs to leave town?

If you live in Joburg and are staying at home this month, here are seven must-visit bars that opened in 2021

Sanet Oberholzer
Lifestyle writer
3 min read

What a dog show: it’s back to school for Nigeria’s canines

The Lagos Dog Carnival aims to get people to celebrate their pets and learn  how to take better care of them

By Fikayo Owoeye
1 min read

From sake bars to yacht cabins, Singaporeans transform bland public flats

Eighty percent of the country’s 5.5-million people live in utilitarian spaces, but some are taking them to new levels

By Edgar Su
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Even Sunday’s final lap drama hasn’t converted me to F1

Besides Hamilton and Verstappen’s coming together after the start and the final lap, it was like watching paint dry

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

Villa could consider vaccine status of transfer targets: Gerrard

Manchester United’s visit to Brentford on Tuesday night was postponed due to an outbreak of Covid at Old Trafford

By MARTYN HERMAN
3 min read

Blast from the past: Brave Bafana hold Germany to a draw

Today in SA sports history: December 15

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE