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Friday, January 28 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

News FREE

‘Helicopter giant knew of fatal maintenance schedules before Netcare crash’

Bell denies all accusations as US lawsuit unearths accident report which shows crash was ‘preventable, foreseeable’

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
15 min read

Fifa boss’s remarks were wrong, but Africa must stop scoring own goals

Africans can throw shade and insults at bigots in the world, but we have a responsibility to ourselves

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
4 min read
Ideas FREE

Restaurant ‘inspections’ and other goose-steps of creeping Nazification

SA needs humane immigration policies. After all, foreigners contribute to its economy, which needs every cent it can get

5 min read

PODCAST | Critics of Neil Young are wrong to claim he’s against free speech

Many argue his ultimatum to Spotify constitutes intolerance towards different views, but that’s unhelpful. Here’s why

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
1 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

Help us get paid, Special Investigating Unit pleads with Ramaphosa

SIU contacts president over processes related to R216m payment for PPE probe

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter
5 min read

Two teachers fired for sexual offences with grade 7 girls

The educators, in Limpopo and in Mpumalanga, were dismissed by Education Labour Relations Council arbitrators

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Offside: broke city tight-lipped on Maritzburg United’s jaunt to Germany

City is falling apart, yet its soccer team is heading overseas and the municipality won’t reveal who’s footing the bill

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
1 min read
News FREE

A month on, engineers still haven’t been appointed to assess parly blaze

Committee also wants public works and infrastructure to answer complaints about failure to maintain public buildings

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent
2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Dirks may be playing politics, but his suspension is wrong

In a party election year, ANC MPs suddenly ask tough questions. Is this what’s going on or is there more to it?

3 min read

Let’s hope those prefects are taught to mind their pees and Qs

Maritzburg schoolboys’ urine-soaked initiation ritual was nothing but the most toxic, debased form of masculinity

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read
Ideas FREE

If it quacks like a duck it’s a robot shooting at sitting humans

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
4 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — January 28 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Omicron sub-variant’s stealthy rise puts Hong Kong on the back foot

The city has avoided Covid for months and kept out Delta last year, but now the stealth variant is raising its head

By Shirley Zhao
2 min read

Anti-vaxxers’ Holocaust tropes are fuelling anti-Semitism

Protesters likening Covid restrictions to the Holocaust are out of order, says chief rabbi

By Dan Williams
2 min read

Drug resistance: the big global health crisis in Covid’s shadow

While pathogens have developed resistance to treatment, there have been no truly new antibiotics in 30 years. Why?

By Therese Raphael
7 min read

No Biden your time on this one, Joe. It could come back to haunt you

US president could face serious blow if he doesn’t make good on promise to appoint black woman to Supreme Court

By Mario Parker
2 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

SA climbers pull off superhuman feat so others can second them

Two top athletes have raised more than R100,000 for an Mpumalanga climbing club in a 12-hour competition

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
4 min read

Comes a time when you gotta stand up to those who don’t teach well

Spotify to remove Neil Young’s music after singer objects to being on platform that streams Covid misinformation

By Lisa Richwine, Dawn Chmielewski and Yuvraj Malik
1 min read

From outer space? Earth’s pit? Either way Enigma goes to the highest bidder

The mysterious 555.55-carat gem is the largest faceted black diamond known to go on auction

By Rollo Ross
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Get with the programme and form women’s sides, Safa urges PSL clubs

From this year Caf have ruled that clubs without women’s sides can’t participate in continental club competitions

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
2 min read

Kolisi deservedly named SA Rugby Player of Year, Fassi picks up junior gong

Kolisi led the Springboks to a series win over the British Lions and played in all 13 Tests last year

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
3 min read

Blast from the past: Rabada races to 200 Test wickets

Today in SA sports history: January 28

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE