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Friday, February 25 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

News FREE

Kidnappings for ransom – part one: from Mozambique with greed

SA ‘is losing war on kidnapping because of corruption and infighting among Crime Intelligence’

By Graeme Hosken, Aron Hyman and Tankiso Makhetha
11 min read

Kidnapping for ransom – part two: top cop ‘tried to get money from family’

A victim’s son relives the 17 days in which his father was missing that led to a colonel appearing in court

By Tankiso Makhetha and Graeme Hosken
4 min read

Kidnappings for ransom — part three: the SA syndicates

‘These guys are well resourced and financed, with state-of-the-art cellphone technology’

By GRAEME HOSKEN, ARON HYMAN and TANKISO MAKHETHA
4 min read

Kidnapping for ransom – part four: insurance inquiries on the rise

Usually for corporates only, families are now now signing up and ‘we have seen ransoms vary from R1m and R76m’

By ARON HYMAN and GRAEME HOSKEN
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

Covid-19 pandemic at a ‘turning point’: groundbreaking study

Wits University publishes world’s first study on decoupling Omicron from death

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
2 min read

Rare chance for Africa to make its own vaccines, but market must buy

Global summit says procurement agencies must commit to purchasing locally

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
2 min read

‘Mama is there a piece of bread?’: the plight of SA’s starving children

Black Sash research report finds the R460 child social grant is not enough to stave off malnutrition and hunger

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist
4 min read

Cape’s Hospital of Hope a case study of teamwork in the face of adversity

Organisation, support and planning gave healthcare workers a sense of unity, purpose and job satisfaction

4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

It was a boring budget for extraordinary times

It was very much what one might expect a minister in Ramaphosa’s government to deliver, but did it address its context?

3 min read

Bordering on madness: why do we fight over lines in the sand?

The Ukraine conflict shows how a line on a map, separating people of the same culture and language, can start a war

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
6 min read
Ideas FREE

Cometh the iceman: putin’ history in its place in Ukraine

So anachronistic is Putin that, without blinking, he’s revisiting a century-old feud while pondering World War 3

5 min read
Ideas FREE

Watch as armchair virologists and revolutionaries invade geopolitics

In the coming confusing days, expect to see the widespread insistence that two wrongs do, in fact, make a right

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read
Ideas FREE

Why did Putin start a rort with Ukraine? Just coz

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

World FREE

There will be Vlad: why Putin’s pride can only lead to his fall

He has fallen into the autocrats’ trap, and history has many examples of what will almost inevitably follow

By Clara Ferreira Marques
3 min read

Russia needs European cash more than Europe needs Russian gas

Soaring gas prices suggest Russia has Europe over a barrel, but it’s a tenuous scenario that could backfire on Moscow

By David Fickling
5 min read

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t, Biden is under intense scrutiny

President’s consultations with allies are in stark contrast to last year’s chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan

By Matt Spetalnick, Simon Lewis and Steve Holland
4 min read

In Antarctica, harvesters catch krill with extra loads of unintended kill

Trawlers target the same foraging grounds as fur seals, humpback whales and blue whales, which get entangled in nets

By Gloria Dickie
6 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

‘There was underwear and there were boobs everywhere’

Madea and Mrs Brown have teamed up for a cross-dressing Netflix comedy that will be aired globally on Friday

By Rollo Ross and Alan Devall
1 min read

Irish painter’s Trotsky triptych set to bring home plenty of bacon

A work by Francis Bacon is expected to fetch up to R1.1bn at a Christie’s auction next week

By Will Russell and Marie-Louise Gumuchian
1 min read

Hear this: how a Pakistan food truck is breaking down language barriers

In a first for the country, a hearing impaired family has hit the road with a  deaf-staffed mobile eatery

By Sheree Sardar
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sport FREE

After an offside start, SA just might blitz URC opponents

SA teams have the chance to make this weekend’s round a watershed one

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read

Playoff match with Russia ‘almost unthinkable’, says Swedish FA boss

Uefa to discuss moving Champions League final from St Petersburg

By Philip O'Connor and Simon Evans
2 min read

Blast from the past: McCarthy double sends Bafana into Afcon final

Today in SA sports history: February 25

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE