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Thursday, January 20 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

Don’t be fooled, this is why AfriForum wants the matric results printed

White schools dominate the top end, paving the way for public displays of domination and playing into the DBE’s hands

4 min read

Boris’s pants are on fire. Cyril could do worse than follow his example

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has used a combination of lying, denying and gobbledegook to confuse punters

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

No, Julius, you’re not the labour police

Labour department draws line in the sand as EFF visits restaurants to check if they employ foreign nationals

4 min read

Gauteng, Eastern Cape arrests blow lid on international kidnapping ring

Detectives learn that Bangladeshi businessman was killed just days before they carried out raids in a bid to rescue him

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Jabs and jobs: local vaccine-making facility will ‘employ hundreds’

Patrick Soon-Shiong says R4bn will be invested in the project, with another R100m for education and training

4 min read

Booster shot may not defend against reinfection with Omicron: study

Other research finds aircrafts’ wastewater is a useful source of data for Covid-19

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read
News FREE

All aboard the cannabis? US study indicates hemp could combat Covid-19

Researchers say hemp compounds show the ability to prevent Covid from entering cells, but SA expert is wary

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Be wary of coalitions, SA, and politicos, remember who put you there

Recent events show voters need to think long and hard in the run-up to 2024, as do established political parties

2 min read
Ideas FREE

So many books, so little space, but hopefully a lot of time

This year looks to be a feast of books. Here are some top picks. For more, grab this weekend’s Sunday Times

Jennifer Platt
Sunday Times books editor
3 min read
Ideas FREE

Airline tie-up between Kenya and SA: possible risks and rewards

To what extent will the two governments allow efficient decision making to happen?

By Eric Tchouamou Njoya
6 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — January 20 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Digital loan apps terrorise desperate Kenyans, but help is on the way

Loaners use illegally obtained personal data to threaten borrowers, but government is moving to curb violations

By Nita Bhalla and Dominic Kirui
6 min read

‘Nobody cares’: fury as billionaire shrugs off Uyghur genocide

Backlash to Chamath Palihapitiya’s comments draws renewed attention to the NBA’s relationship with China

By Isabella Steger
2 min read

Wealth tax would solve the vax problem – and a lot of other ones too

It could cover social grants and healthcare for poor countries and lift about 2-billion people out of poverty

By Asad Zulfiqar
2 min read

China increasingly ham(ster)-fisted as it tries to slay the Covid dragon

The country believes non-human factors are driving its woes, but experts say this is unproven and unlikely

By Bloomberg News
5 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Fraud takes off on a ‘mind-blowing’ scale in booming NFT art market

Some visual artists sell NFTs as a way to exert more control while others say the industry is too saturated by scammers

By Avi Asher-Schapiro
6 min read

Luxury brands fashion good results as demand surges to pre-Covid levels

Prada, Richemont and Burberry are among brands raking in dosh as cooped-up consumers spoil themselves

By Reuters and Bloomberg
1 min read

Covid blues makes employers see red as they battle to find workers

In the UK, more than 400,000 people dropped out of work between February 2020 and November last year

By Philip Aldrick
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

If only SA football had leaders like Dean Elgar

The Proteas captain has had some ‘tough, hard chats’ with his charges and they are rising to his challenges

Sazi Hadebe
Sports reporter
5 min read

F1 should not assume Hamilton will stay, says McLaren boss

Zak Brown believes the grand prix superstar still has a burning desire to race but his anger may get the better of him

By ALAN BALDWIN
2 min read

Blast from the past: Ntini reaches 300 Test-wicket milestone

Today in SA sports history: January 20

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE