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Tuesday, January 25 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Transnet Freight Rail security boss ‘not qualified for the job’

Insiders claim the position requires a bachelor’s degree and about 12 years’ experience, yet he ‘only has a matric’

Sabelo Skiti
Investigative journalist
3 min read
News FREE

She bought nothing fancy, I had no clue: R4m-theft accused guard’s ex

Tankiso Makhetha tracks down Bathobile Mlangeni’s former boyfriend, who has a riveting tale to tell

Tankiso Makhetha
Investigative reporter
3 min read
Ideas FREE

As the ANC burns SA down, a sound rises up. It’s Cyril serenely snoring

No wonder some thought Waterkloof’s fire was another insurrection. We’ve learnt that where there’s smoke, there’s fire

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

PODCAST | How to be a better anti-patriarchy and anti-racism ally

Sue de Groot discusses the concepts of ubuntu, racism and patriarchy and their dynamics among South Africans

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
1 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

Mervyn Dirks challenges ‘proverbial guillotine’

He claims his suspension is an attempt by dominant ANC members to subvert parliament’s oversight role

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent
3 min read
News FREE

Threats, a bizarre job offer: friend tells of Tshegofatso Pule’s last weeks

Court hears that the soon to be murdered woman felt abandoned by the father of her unborn child

4 min read

Biggest genome project on all plants and animals kicks into high gear

Earth forecast to lose 50% of biodiversity by end of century, so action is urgent

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
2 min read
News FREE

‘Extraordinary’ that stowaway survived icy flight from SA to Netherlands

He might have gone into suspended animation like a hibernating bear but most are not so lucky, says expert

2 min read
News FREE

Starving sailors rescued in Durban

Some have been stranded for months after their ships were arrested under maritime law or abandoned by owners

Bobby Jordan
Senior reporter
1 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Be more kind, SA. This is the lesson of Patrick Shai’s tragedy

The actor should also be remembered for making an effort to change his ways on a personal level

3 min read

SA politics will change for good if Cyril completes what Zondo started

As a nation still being forged, too many leaders have abandoned the rule that ethical conduct is central to leadership

By Prof Sethulego Matebesi
4 min read
Ideas FREE

Horn consumers reveal why a legal trade alone won’t save rhinos

It will likely face competition from a parallel black market because of a strong preference for wild rhino horn

By Vu Hoai Nam Dang and Martin Reinhardt Nielsen
5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — January 25 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Will Putin hurl a javelin at Xi by invading Ukraine during Olympics?

The nations have often been allied, but if he acts, Putin ‘will do so when it’s best for Russia, despite fallout’

By Alberto Nardelli and Evgenia Pismennaya
5 min read

Fourth shot delivers twice the protection against Covid-19, says study

It also offers ‘at least three times the protection from severe illness’, but still won’t prevent Omicron infection

By Alisa Odenheimer
1 min read

Green and gold: Japanese firms bet on algae being the fuel of the future

The 35-company initiative hopes for a $320bn industry by 2030 as it plans to turn the aquatic resource into fuel

By Erica Yokoyama
4 min read

Fly me to the mooner: passenger charged after taking pants off on flight

Irish resident Shane McInerney refused to wear mask, threw a can and  is charged with assaulting flight crew

By Patricia Hurtado
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

End of the runway for French fashion designer Thierry Mugler

The fashionista, whose clients included Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Diana Ross and David Bowie, died on Sunday aged 73

By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Dominique Vidalon
1 min read

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ reaches new heights at box office

The film climbed past ‘Lion King’ to become the sixth-highest grossing film in history

By Rebecca Rubin
1 min read

We will not torture our friendly fish!

A French petcare firm has stopped selling fish bowls, saying keeping the animals in them is abusive

By Geert De Clercq
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Boucher stonewalls questions on CSA’s gross misconduct charges

Proteas head coach’s hearing is unlikely to take place before the end of February

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
2 min read

Spot-fixers blackmailed me after filming my cocaine binge: Zim batsman

Brendan Taylor faces a ban after admitted to taking money from an Indian betting syndicate

By NICK SAID
1 min read

Blast from the past: Proteas slump to ODI defeat in Sydney

Today in SA sports history: January 25

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE