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Tuesday, February 15 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

After watching this space for so long, SA will take any shiny thing

The wrangle and fawning over Ramaphosa’s optimistic words feels like some kind of Stockholm Syndrome

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read
News FREE

Just how gross was Hlophe’s misconduct? Fight over JSC finding begins

Defence argues the judge’s alleged meddling was missing ‘the element of persuasion’

By Franny Rabkin
4 min read

Leave us alone, unhappy homeschool parents tell government

They are unimpressed by the proposed basic education bill that goes before parliament this week

Prega Govender
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Snap, crackle and now POP for SA’s ailing police resources

SAPS had leadership problems before the Marikana massacre and the July 2021 riots exposed the same problem: experts

Orrin Singh
Reporter
5 min read

Guess which communities don’t see the boys in blue

Here’s a clue: Joburg’s Rosebank has 82 officers for 8,308 people. Diepsloot has 114 serving 143,391 people

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist
3 min read

Cops and justice thin on the ground in crime-plagued rural areas

Social Justice Coalition is fighting in the ConCourt for police resources to be more evenly distributed

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
5 min read

‘It’s like Animal Farm’: township crime-fighter dreams of equality

Police stations in high-crime areas are under-resourced, while wealthy suburbs have it all, including private security

3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Hlophe should have benched himself

He should not be presiding while a cloud hangs over his head. After all, a judge’s ethics must be unquestionable

2 min read

What to expect as world plays catch-up with Covid

While the outlook isn’t all gloom, scientists agree it’s too soon to assume the situation is under control

By Michelle Cortez
11 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — February 15 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Uncoupling of cases and deaths suggests end to Covid emergency phase

Effective vaccines and milder variants are improving survival rates dramatically in 2022, say experts

By Tom Randall
2 min read

Bosses, the genie’s out the bottle, so best you let us work from home

Experts say employers will suffer if they force people back to work, with bosses saying remote work has led to goodwill

By William Shaw
1 min read

Not even James Blunt and Barry Manilow can budge Kiwi anti-vaxxers

New Zealand tries to oust protesters outside parliament by blasting them with Manilow, Blunt and Celine Dion songs

By Matthew Brockett
1 min read

Lesbians, sexual language — you name it — they’re not our friends

‘Friends’ fans in China are up in arms after the sitcom was censored, with a hashtag about it viewed 54-million times

By Zheping Huang
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Who needs roses and chocs when they can have takeaways and haircuts?

Athletes in the ‘closed loop’ at the Olympic Games in Beijing had to be creative on Valentine’s Day this year

By Reuters
3 min read

Goya hand it to them: Bardem and Blanchett honoured at Spain’s film awards

Javier Bardem won best actor, while Cate Blanchett received the first International Goya award

By Eva Manez
1 min read

Asian films at Berlin Film Festival turn lens on burden of violence

Kamila Andini’s feature focuses on a woman in war-torn Java, while Rithy Panh’s looks at a world ruled by animals

By Thomas Escritt
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Storied ex-McLaren boss Whitmarsh builds up Aston Martin for F1 success

Martin Whitmarsh won a combined 10 drivers’ and constructors’ titles with McLaren

By Abhishek Takle
3 min read

Sterling in for a pound as City juggernaut rolls on

Man United can’t seem to hold onto a lead, while Van de Beek proves the doubters wrong with Everton

By Peter Hall, MARTYN HERMAN, Dhruv Munjal and Rohith Nair
2 min read

Blast from the past: Akram sparks spectacular Proteas collapse

Today in SA sports history: February 15

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE