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Wednesday, February 23 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

SA’s politicians quite simply don’t have enough ‘skin in the game’ to care

Let’s hope the finance minister is able to rise above their cloud-cuckoo-land world views as he delivers his budget

Tony Leon
Columnist
6 min read

SA should design economic policy based on strengths of regions: here’s how

To build the economy the state should devolve national policy to allow provinces to build on their strengths

By JUSTIN VISAGIE and IVAN TUROK
5 min read

Plan to make grade R compulsory is threatened by high cost

Thousands of new classrooms and teachers would be needed for R17.6bn project

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

If there’s a World XV in heaven, HO de Villiers will be lacing his boots

Regarded as one of rugby’s all-time greats, with his attacking flair he revolutionised the way fullbacks played

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
7 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Vaccine mandates: it’s not all about you, Makhanda Against Mandates

Rhodes says anti-vax group’s rights cannot trump those of majority, with Covid expert backing the institution

Prega Govender
Journalist
4 min read
News FREE

Big Five bonanza: Patrice Motsepe splashes the cash to political parties

IEC report shows African Rainbow and Harmony Gold paid over R13m to the big five political parties in October

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter
1 min read
News FREE

Corruption trial politically motivated, with no legal basis, Ace insists

Suspended ANC secretary-general wants his cases struck off the roll, but he will have to wait until April for clarity

2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Prove you’re right, Cele. Solve the Clover murders

Video footage of a strike-related killing is circulating widely, so identifying all the offenders shouldn’t be difficult

3 min read
Ideas FREE

How Boeing fooled the world for max profits

Doccie on plane maker’s death traps is essential viewing for anyone interested in how corporate dishonesty costs lives

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Why Vladimir is Putin store in east Ukraine and why the West is worried

Autonomy allows the breakaway regions to veto policy, while invasion could spark European security crisis

By Bloomberg News
2 min read
World FREE

Sanctions could badly hurt Russia, but it’s a balancing act for the West

Moscow is throwing stones, leading the White House to announce sanctions of sorts, while the EU considers them

By Karin Strohecker
5 min read

Don’t get too excited: living with Covid does not mean it’s over

How relaxed restrictions work in practice will depend on how responsibly everyone holds up their end of the new deal

By Therese Raphael
4 min read

GOP candidates don’t get a cent from Trump’s mountain of cash

He has been aggressively fundraising since leaving office, raking in enough to make his presence felt in the midterms

By Bill Allison
2 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Music loses one of its ‘brightest stars’

UK music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, whose mission it was to discover emerging artists, has died aged 31

By Kylie MacLellan
1 min read

Easter Island statue shrugs off the cobwebs to make long journey home

‘Moai’ has spent more than a century in a Chilean museum

By Fabian Cambero
1 min read

Female representation on UK boards is at 40%, with SA not too far behind

In the UK there has been a more than 25% increase in a decade, says report, but ‘there’s room for improvement’

By Reuters
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Boklash: Bakkies, as only he can, was just telling it like it is

Bakkies Botha is spot on when he says Eben Etzebeth hasn’t reproduced his Springbok form for French club Toulon

By Mark Keohane
4 min read

One match does not make us a bad team, says Bavuma

Proteas players ready to bloom again after a period of soul searching and self-critique

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
2 min read

Blast from the past: Lara lashes SA bowling attack in Bloem

Today in SA sports history: February 23

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE