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Monday, February 14 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

Super blacks: definition — those who are more equal than you

People like Lindiwe Sisulu and Dali Mpofu think it’s fine to insult others, but whatever you do don’t criticise them

4 min read
Ideas FREE

Did you notice Ramaphosa blackmailed you on Thursday?

The president wants you to survive on a diet of hope and resilience, which is brutal and wrong

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
5 min read

Initiation fees are all the rage — everyone’s doing them. Must you too?

Banks say initiation fees are the law, but the National Credit Act actually states banks ‘may’ charge them

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read
News FREE

We’ve got the money for R350 grant extension: Lindiwe Zulu

‘The president was never going to announce the extension if there was no money,’ she says

3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

‘If I had money I wouldn’t stay in such a place’

Despite fearing for their lives, Mamelodi flood victims say they have no choice but to stay where they are

3 min read
News FREE

This year’s Sona was long but did it cover everything?

Cyril spoke for nearly two hours during Sona 2022, but how does it compare with his previous speeches?

By Gemma Ritchie
5 min read
News FREE

Umhlali residents do it for themselves to restore home of ‘snail mail’

The community is refurbishing its post office because the SA Post Office says there are no funds to maintain buildings

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
3 min read
News FREE

Backed into a corner: iconic Northcliff landmark is up for auction

Got a vision and a few million to spare? Then this shopping centre may be exactly what you’re looking for

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist
3 min read

Ventilator battery will breathe life in countries hit with power cuts

Experts have developed guidelines to design mechanical ventilators that  work in low- and middle-income countries

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Tshwane’s disconnection spree is welcome, but it should cut off its crowing

Rightly, the city is disconnecting those don’t pay for power, but being so vocal about it could blow up in its face

2 min read

RIGHT OF REPLY | Try this for meaning, Prof Jansen

The IRR has written a reply to Jonathan Jansen’s opinion piece ‘Read this for meaning, Institute of Race Relations’

By Sara Gon
6 min read
Ideas FREE

Revisionist history and Western panic are stoking Ukraine fires

Promising tough sanctions and mobilising troops make it harder for Putin to walk away

By Tristen Taylor
4 min read

Five out of six weekly gains for the rand against the dollar ain’t bad

The rand underlines its resilience by defying bets on weakness as US yields climb

By Colleen Goko
2 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — February 14 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Slow down, world, we haven’t reached the Covid finish line

As nations lift restrictions, scientists worry governments haven’t learnt from the past and are moving too fast

By Fergal O'Brien, Tim Loh and James Paton
3 min read

Old-fashioned Novavax goes some way in convincing Germans to get vaxxed

Those wary of mRNA jabs seem open to Nuvaxovid, the technology behind which has been around since the 1980s

By Riham Alkousaa
3 min read

How David Beckham’s undies gave rise to a start-up, then saw it go limp

Its first trial of ‘TV commerce’ in 2014 fell flat, triggering litigation that is only due to go to trial this year

By Drake Bennett
7 min read

Climbing the corporate ladder? Then this is who you should put a ring on

Conscientious mates have big impacts on their spouses’ careers, but don’t expect agreeables to make you richer

By Sarah Green Carmichael
4 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Audi E-Tron Sportback is swift, silent and sturdy

One thing you can expect to see more of in 2022 is an expansion of the electric vehicle genre

Brenwin Naidu
Motoring editor, reporter and presenter
4 min read

‘We’ve got to tell these stories and make sure they get made’

Emma Thompson on ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’, about a retired teacher who hires a young escort

By Hanna Rantala
1 min read

Revellers mask up to hit the canals, but Covid has nothing to do with it

After a two-year hiatus, the the Venice Carnival is back, this time with a message of hope

By Gabriele Pileri
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Ronaldo running out of lives as effect on Man United games dwindles

The 37-year-old has not had quite the same impact as he did during his first spell at the club over 13 years ago

By peter hall
3 min read

Mercedes fired up to bounce back in 2022, says Russell

George Russell replaces Valtteri Bottas to line up alongside seven-time champion Hamilton this season

By Reuters
2 min read

Blast from the past: Kallis ton not enough for Proteas against Kiwis

Today in SA sports history: February 14

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE