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Wednesday, March 2 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

News FREE

Character Bosasa-nation: how Watson cosied up to JZ, Mantashe and more

From a cash-stuffed handbag to parties, monthly payments and groceries, this is how Bosasa lured the ANC, says Zondo

Matthew Savides
Night news editor
9 min read
News FREE

My 162 days of kidnap hell in shackles and sweltering car boots

‘We need you for 30 minutes’ turns into 162 days of cat and mouse as Durban woman’s hostage ordeal plays out

Orrin Singh
Reporter
5 min read

The UN has run its course. It must adapt or die

Big five’s power must be curtailed, the right to veto reformed and the Global South included. After all, it’s not 1945

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
4 min read

Roles are reversed as giant Klitschko brothers take on Goliath

Ukrainians Wladimir and Vitali mirror the courage they showed in the ring by signing up to fight Russia

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

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Take your dynamite and shove it where the sun don’t shine — for now

High court interdicts companies from continuing West Coast seismic survey pending outcome of internal appeal

3 min read
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Chicken Licken in a legal flap again over claim of sole rights to ‘soul’

The fast food chain is accused of aggressive litigation as it pursues another small business

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Western and Northern Cape schools bear brunt of vandals, absenteeism, drugs

A portfolio committee on basic education report paints a grim picture of struggling schools in these provinces

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

Exhibition shines Sunlight on women silenced forever by their partners

#OverMyDeadBody will open at the Durban Art Gallery on Thursday

Yasantha Naidoo
Durban bureau chief
2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | Society must ensure women work without fear

The state and private entities need systems that give women and young people a safe space to raise GBV alarm

2 min read

You can’t expect ANC to take a moral stand against Russia. It has no morals

What we’re seeing in Ramaphosa’s response isn’t realpolitik, cowardice or nostalgia. It’s moral bankruptcy

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
7 min read
Ideas FREE

PODCAST | Gas is to Gwede what diamonds are to girls

Researcher Jesse Burton takes Peter Bruce through the risks associated with using gas as a transitional fuel

Peter Bruce
Editor-at-large & columnist
1 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — March 2 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Nuclear threat: can the world afford to call Putin’s bluff?

The changing of Russia’s nuclear status to high alert after setbacks in Ukraine is cause for concern

By Marc Champion
4 min read

From the US to Australia, the world says nostrovia to Russian brands

US states have ordered bottle stores to remove vodka and other products, while Aussie chains have halted sales

By Angus Whitley
1 min read

Will flaky rich nations chip in $60bn to protect nature in poor countries?

US, EU, UK, Japan and others urged to support ‘relatively modest’ annual funding target to restore planet’s ecosystems

By Michael Taylor
3 min read

Ugandan schools ditch the moral panic and open doors to teen moms

Some religious leaders in the East African country oppose the shift, however

By Elias Biryabarema
2 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Go nuts and grab these gonads, guys. They could save you from cancer

Ancient erotic pottery is teaching Peruvian men how to self test for prostate and testicular cancer

By Marco Aquino
1 min read

My hat! With gear like that, all will be We(dde)ll in the water

Seals fitted with head-mounted sensors are helping Japanese researchers collect data under Antarctic ice

By Irene Wang and Akira Tomoshige
1 min read

‘Historic’ plastic treaty will not be fantastic for big oil and chemicals

It is hoped agreement on a full treaty to tackle plastic pollution will be ratified within the next two years

By John Geddie and Joe Brock
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Rugby officials should apply the laws, not try to interpret them

Referees and officials are ruining the game with inconsistent application of the rules

By Mark Keohane
3 min read

Proteas skipper glad that brave toss decision paid off

Rookies Kyle Verreynne and Sarel Erwee were heroes with the bat, both scoring their maiden Test centuries

By Ian Ranson
3 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE