Tuesday, January 18 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Two mysterious WhatsApp calls are key to tracking down Moti kidnappers

‘The investigation has suddenly become much bigger,’ as cops also probe where the ransom money came from

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
5 min read

Why the outrage at ANC polyp Sisulu’s passion to be president?

It’s inevitable in a country where no one is held accountable

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Black consciousness, white tears: ubuntu’s challenge to liberalism

Panashe Chigumadzi discusses, among other things, why it’s hard for white people to claim knowledge of ubuntu

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
1 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Net tightens as Hawks probe scammer who conned victims out of millions

Suspect denies the allegations, which Gauteng investigators say targeted mainly young women and the elderly

5 min read
News FREE

Bring your ANC members into line, Cyril urged after Joburg council brawl

Coalition partners appeal to president to intervene before the meeting resumes on Tuesday

3 min read
News FREE

He went to visit his doctor. The next thing he was killed by crossfire

Healthcare centre worker tells court how Mthokozisi Ntumba died as four cops stand trial for his murder

2 min read
News FREE

De Beers hoiks up diamond price as world falls back in love with gems

World’s No.1 diamond miner raises prices by about 8%, with smaller, cheaper stones getting the biggest increase

By Thomas Biesheuvel
1 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Department gets 0% for handling of access to matric results

Decision to not publish matric results in newspapers was not thought through and the alternatives are inadequate

4 min read
Ideas FREE

We must safeguard against attacks on our hard-won freedom

In his weekly newsletter, President Cyril Ramaphosa underlines how strongly SA feels about its democracy

By Cyril Ramaphosa
4 min read
Ideas FREE

The discovery of insulin: a story of monstrous egos and toxic rivalries

It’s one that dates back 100 years, but in a time of Covid-19 and climate change has important lessons

By Kersten Hall
16 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — January 18 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Did Novak Djokovic really pose a health risk in Australia?

No. But the government has risked stoking fears it needs to dampen and eroded its case for a strategy change

By Therese Raphael
4 min read

Get the shot or your pocket will take a bullet, ballies

Elderly Greeks could be fined R1,800 a month if they do not get vaccinated, with the money going to hospitals

By Paul Tugwell
1 min read

Scientists in murky waters after ‘astounding’ undersea volcanic eruption

Unusual speed and force of explosion off Tonga indicate a greater force at play than simply magma meeting water

By Kanupriya Kapoor
2 min read

It could cool the planet by mimicking volcanoes, but is it worth the risk?

Solar geoengineering research runs into barriers as indigenous opposition sparks a 2022 strategy rethink

By Alister Doyle
6 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Unusual suspect: Anne Frank likely to have been betrayed by a fellow Jew

A cold-case investigation uses modern techniques to uncover the decades-old question of the betrayal

By Anthony Deutsch and Stephanie van den Berg
1 min read

Gen Z investors are ditching meme stocks for the metaverse

Youngsters are shifting their focus to electric vehicle start-ups and NFT companies

By John McCrank
1 min read

We’ve got this: avatar robot goes to school for ill German boy

The Berlin district in which the child lives has bought four avatars for its schools for pupils who can’t be in class

By Gabi Sajonz-Grimm, Oliver Barth and Fanny Brodersen
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Cummins wins Ashes and hearts with Khawaja gesture

Australian captain halts champagne spraying so Muslim cricketer can rejoin group for team celebrations

By Amlan Chakraborty
2 min read

Australia leaves door open for Djokovic to play at next year’s Open

The tennis player’s visa troubles have fuelled global debate over the rights of people who decline to get vaccinated

By Jane Wardell and Loren Elliott
4 min read

Blast from the past: Oldjohn own goal gifts Senegal win over Bafana

Today in SA sports history: January 18

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE