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Thursday, January 13 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Hey, Angie, get those kids fully and safely to school

Stop rotational schooling, ensure people are vaxxed and masked, and that all schools are provided with PPE

4 min read

So what if 500,000 kids are dumped? It’s just numbers, like the pass mark

The education minister would have us believe the matric pass mark is higher than 30%. Who am I to question her?

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read
News FREE

Where there is a will, they will find a way for the new Zulu king

Legal arguments based on Zulu culture are challenged by presiding judge and cultural expert Isaac Madondo

By TANIA BROUGHTON
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

Huge driver’s licence backlog as machine repaired

SA’s sole licence card machine has been broken for months, and it could take a while longer before it’s fixed

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist
3 min read
News FREE

Covid-19 ill-health leave cost the state R14bn, says Ayanda Dlodlo

Between March 28 2020 and October 31 2021, 881,152 employees used normal sick leave and incapacity leave

1 min read
News FREE

ANC councillor refuses to move out of Cape Town flat

The politician says he will leave in March, sets lawyers on estate agent

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist
3 min read

School uniforms maketh not manners: study

They are not linked to any differences in bullying or social anxiety in children, say researchers

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
2 min read
News FREE

Say hi to two new Covid side effects: overwork and under-protection online

Employees put in extra hours working remotely, but lack secure online habits, a cybersecurity company has found

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

As schools reopen, so does the same can of worms

Things should be getting better, but we are stuck with issues that resurface every year

4 min read
Ideas FREE

Five picks from a great year for African writing

Columnist Jennifer Platt will be back next week. Until then, here are Kenyan writer Peter Kimani’s top picks of 2021

By Peter Kimani
3 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — January 13 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

LGBT+ rights are getting too big to ignore for Europe’s tiny states

The winds of change that swept through the larger countries are now finding the continent’s hidden corners

By Enrique Anarte
5 min read

Teenager in the driving seat after ‘hacking’ into Tesla cars

David Colombo says a flaw allowed him to start the cars, disable their security systems and see if a driver was present

By Katrina Nicholas
1 min read

Heavyweights on the ropes for using fame to ‘lure’ crypto investors

Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather have been sued after they were paid to hype up cryptocurrency EthereumMax

By Peter Blumberg
1 min read

First zebra crossings now puma crossings — their future depends on them

The Olympic Cougar Project aims to address the problem of highways separating the animals’ natural habitat

By Stephanie Keith
3 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Oscar and you’ll receive: Academy Awards return to old haunt, with a host

This year’s Oscars will take place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre with a host for the first time since 2018

By Lisa Richwine
1 min read

NFT sales hit $25bn in 2021, but growth shows signs of slowing

Money spent on NFTs last year is about equal to that pledged at COP26 or World Bank funding for Covid vaccines

By Elizabeth Howcroft
2 min read

Pope pops into Rome record store to surprise old friends and get a CD

The Catholic figurehead is no stranger to shopping in the city

By Philip Pullella
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Why can’t Fifa see four doesn’t go into two?

With Afcon, Chan, Cosafa Cup and other contests, Africa has enough on its plate without a World Cup every two years

Sazi Hadebe
Sports reporter
5 min read

Court battles: Djokovic faces hostility, cold start at Melbourne Park

The world No.1’s court victory hasn’t gone down well with many fellow players who have all been vaccinated

By Courtney Walsh
4 min read

Blast from the past: Bafana maul Indomitable Lions in Afcon opener

Today in SA sports history: January 13

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE