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Tuesday, February 1 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Where to start? Ramaphosa’s speech writers have their work cut out

Spare us a Sona of slogans and insipid clichés. Just admit the serious issues at hand and act on them

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

One big Downer: How can I be prosecuted by an accused? asks Zuma

Judge to deliberate on his argument that prosecutor’s participation in arms deal trial is ‘stranger than fiction’

3 min read

The SKA’s the limit after telescope finds something very weird indeed

Discovery of strange ‘collapsed star’ reveals the exciting potential of SA’s Square Kilometre Array

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
2 min read

Controversial River Club site ‘a marshland, not a battle site’: Khoi group

Not one artefact found, says chief, batting away claims from another Khoi grouping that wants development halted

Bobby Jordan
Senior reporter
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

Absa fraud accused spent R200,000 on clothes in one day, court hears

Xolela Masebeni and his wife Athembile Mpani, who are applying for bail, allegedly defrauded the bank of R103m

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist
3 min read

‘Keep kids in hospital longer to halt heavy toll of malnutrition, HIV’

Researchers find that many are still severely malnourished at discharge, which is associated with poorer outcomes

2 min read
Ideas FREE

Back to basics: how micronutrients can fill the nutrition void in Africa

There is no better way to provide nourishment to those who need it most than through the foods they eat daily

By Andre Redinger
3 min read

Want a date but too scared to ask? To make them smaak you, wear a mask

Research has found that, in a global shift of mass psychology, people now find mask-wearers more attractive

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Step aside for one should be step aside for all

The ANC’s rule will not properly address corruption unless every member fingered for it is forced to do so

2 min read

How Covid helped Africa improve public health

By working together it achieved much. Now the continent must build on that to establish a new public health order

By Ebere Okereke
5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — February 1 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Seeds of concern: soaring fertiliser prices worsen African food woes

Small-scale farmers are hardest hit as many see no other choice but to forgo the application of nutrients

By Mumbi Gitau
3 min read

Taliban on a killing spree, says UN, but group says it’s defending itself

UN says more than 100 people have died, but Taliban says there might be 15 to 20 cases due to ‘personal enmity’

By Philip J. Heijmans and Eltaf Najafizada
2 min read

Don’t bring your gay game: China grinds out another attack on LGBTQ

On the eve of the Olympics, Grindr has been removed from Apple’s App Store as Beijing targets internet content

By Bloomberg News
1 min read

Those things going bump in the night could be iguanas losing their grip

Florida is so cold the reptiles are falling out of trees, while in Greece thousands of fish have died from thermal shock

By Reuters
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Joe Rogan apologises, Spotify to add advisory to Covid podcasts

Scientists, medical professionals have written to Spotify urging it to stop Rogan from spreading anti-vax messages

By Helen Coster
1 min read

Netflix and Mattel snatch up ‘Masters of the Universe’ movie

This is the latest victory in US toymakers’ competition for lucrative contracts with Hollywood studios in recent years

1 min read

Coffee, cake and crypto: that’s what’s hip at this eatery

A Thai café has become a stock exchange of sorts, but the government is worried about risks to the economy

By Jiraporn Kuhakan and Vorasit Satienlerk
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Blitzbok juggernaut has its rivals at sixes and sevens

SA’s dominance of the World Sevens Series continues with sixth tournament win in a row

By NICK SAID
2 min read

Nadal triumph slams door on young pretenders yet again

The combative Spaniard proves the ‘old guard’ are not done just yet

By MARTYN HERMAN
3 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE