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Friday, February 18 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

10GB of free data will be nice, but let’s also sort out bucket toilets

The UN says data has become a fundamental human right, but there are many other things needed for human dignity

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
5 min read
Ideas FREE

How Ramaphosa moved the ANC’s heaven and earth

His statement that ‘the state does not create jobs, the private sector does’ is a dramatic about-turn for the ANC

5 min read
Ideas FREE

SA’s faith in its municipalities is collapsing even faster than its cities

Municipal rot amounts to R189bn. To turn this around we need leaders who lead, then citizens will follow

By Londa Nxumalo
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Ideas FREE

PODCAST | Six themes Zondo underexplored in the first two reports

Eusebius McKaiser and Hennie van Vuuren discuss how Zondo report could have been more nuanced in some respects

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
1 min read
News FREE

Covid drug gets interim approval as regulator continues testing

SAHPRA is allowing emergency use of molnupiravir and has started a rolling review of the product

By TImesLIVE
1 min read

From poos to booze: ellies have been there, dung that to make perfect gin

The world is drunk on the alcohol this SA artisanal distiller makes from carefully selected elephant droppings

By Sisipho Skweyiya
1 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Police must put 2014 equal resources plan into action. Now

SA is never going to sort out GBV as long as there aren’t enough cops in poorer areas

2 min read

Singling out VW Polo drivers won’t get us there alive

RTMC thinks they’re SA’s most dangerous drivers and wants the speed limit lowered. Does it get how numbers work?

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read
Ideas FREE

It gives me no bleisure to announce the marriage of business and leisure

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — February 18 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

This is where Africa is at with Covid-19 vaccinations, and it’s not good

Only 12% of people are fully vaxxed, with some countries administering less than five shots per 100 people

By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala and Fred Ojambo
5 min read

Long after the Covid war is won, survivors battle with mental health

Study indicates after-effects of the virus could be far worse than initially feared, and may last a lifetime

By Jason Gale
4 min read

Mining imperils mysterious deep-sea critters that could save the planet

Strip-mining for minerals used in e-car batteries could make the organisms extinct before scientists can study them

By Todd Woody
4 min read

Sydney afraid to go back in water after first fatal shark bite in 60 years

Experts believe a white shark of at least three metres in length was responsible for the attack

By Renju Jose and Jill Gralow
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Golden moment for Spain as ‘Alcarras’ takes Berlinale’s top award

Other films to take honours included ‘Myanmar Diaries’, ‘Trap’ and ‘Rabiye Kurnaz vs George W Bush’

By Thomas Escritt
2 min read

Nothing birdbrained about these canine patrols

Thanks to dogs, guests at Sydney Opera House eateries can enjoy meals without being bombarded by seagulls

By James Redmayne
1 min read

Baby shark has Kiwi scientists singing about ‘rare and exciting’ find

Experts surveying the east coast of South Island have discovered a rare baby ghost shark

By Renju Jose and Cordelia Hsu
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sport FREE

SA rugby needs top-to-bottom cash injections to sustain it

Private investment is welcome, but it needs to more than trickle down to provincial level

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read

World’s top golfer Jon Rahm pledges ‘fealty’ to PGA Tour

‘I wish I could tell you when I’m playing again,’ says Tiger Woods

By Reuters
3 min read

Blast from the past: Malan’s 1961 Boks return home unbeaten

Today in SA sports history: February 18

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE