×

We've got news for you.

Register on Sunday Times at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

Friday, February 11 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Dreams of bullet trains derail as Cyril goes back to basics for Sona 2022

Announcement to industrialise hemp and cannabis with potential to create more than 130,000 new jobs receives applause

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent
5 min read
Ideas FREE

Killing the Boer, cockroaches, little frogs — and free speech

Malema, AfriForum should take absurdities elsewhere and leave Equality Court to those who need its services urgently

5 min read

Every government department should answer to a JSC-type panel

In a country where governmental accountability is almost non-existent, answering to a committee would do wonders

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
5 min read

PODCAST | Trollip on what’s different about new political adventure

Former DA leader spoke to Eusebius McKaiser after joining ActionSA

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Police storm Joburg lodge to free kidnapped foreigners

Arrest of ‘kingpin’ blows lid off organised crime syndicate whose members are said to include law-enforcement officers

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
3 min read
News FREE

How BioNTech undermined SA-based WHO vaccine hub for Africa: report

Documents show how a biotech giant aimed to exploit regulatory framework to send vaccines from Africa to Europe

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

Struck-off attorney is close to being a ‘serial offender’: judge

Judge not convinced that former Durban attorney, convicted of corruption and impersonating an attorney, has reformed

5 min read

Private pilots battle with stoned drone, stray duiker — their fallibility

CAA reports highlight a number of incidents in which aircraft were badly damaged, but no one injured or killed

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
5 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Sona: much to like, but we want to see it actioned

Ramaphosa didn’t squander his chance to assert his authority on Thursday, but key now will be action and results

3 min read

In domestic bliss and bath-time coups it’s all good, bad and achievable

Here’s an educated guess on the contents of Sona, which will all be forgotten by Friday. I thank you

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

Regrets, I’ve had a few, but were they deep?

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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

Teen killings lift mirror to our society and we cannot look away

These three stories rocked the country, but now everyone has moved on and the mayhem continues

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
6 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — February 11 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

US civil rights regulator sues Tesla after unMusking more racism at factory

The carmaker has faced many complaints over the years, with one worker telling of hearing up to 100 racial slurs a day

By Dana Hull
2 min read

As revolutionary as the Pill: UK set to turn down the heat on menopause

The nation is investigating making one targeted hormone replacement therapy product available over the counter

By Therese Raphael
7 min read

Killing, torture, looting and plunder in Congo costs Uganda R5bn

The International Court of Justice has ordered the country to make good after atrocities 20 years ago

By Michael J. Kavanagh and Fred Ojambo
2 min read

Musk’s satellites could cause close encounters of a new kind

Nasa warns that SpaceX plan for 30,000 new satellites could put International Space Station at risk

By Todd Shields and Ed Ludlow
2 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Sony’s race to up its game sees AI beating humans at Gran Turismo

The company has created an AI agent which it trained to race from scratch to superhuman level in about two weeks

By Supantha Mukherjee
1 min read

All-women Indian news outlet fired up about Oscar nod

A film about the organisation’s work has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category

By Saurabh Sharma
1 min read

Things are going swimmingly for Cuba’s elderly after easing of restrictions

Cuba’s elderly are able to swim again after two years landlocked by pandemic

By Mario Fuentes, Anett Rios and Nelson Gonzalez
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

All Blacks return to SA shores is a boost for the Rugby Championship

The All Blacks and Springboks will resume their long-running rivalry at Ellis Park and Mbombela Stadium

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read

Elgar admits strict NZ quarantine protocols are taking a toll on players

Proteas skipper Dean Elgar said while the hosts have tried to make their stay as bearable as possible, ‘it’s been tough’

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
2 min read

Blast from the past: Mitchell marches to seventh title defence

Today in SA sports history: February 11

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE