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Friday, March 4 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

If Bush lied and people died, why trust the West with the truth?

Yes, RT may be a propaganda machine, but we cannot afford to be stuck with a one-sided narrative

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
6 min read

Putin’s RT channel: guided missives from the edge of media fantasy

The Russian propaganda TV channel studiously avoids the words attack, invasion or war, but no one is fooled by this

5 min read

R1.4m for Joburg’s powerful chief of staff with ‘just a matric’

Based on Gregory Daniels’ appointment document, he was hired despite not providing proof of matric or tertiary studies

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

Pay us $10m. We’re willing to wait a year, ‘kidnappers’ told Sandra Munsamy

The businesswoman says ‘the boss’ instructed her to demand the money from her family

Orrin Singh
Reporter
2 min read

COVID AFTER TWO YEARS

THE UPS AND DOWNS, THE TRIUMPHS AND TRAGEDIES

There’ll be one more family meeting, and it will contain good news

COVID AFTER TWO YEARS: Health minister says he’s ready to present proposals to ditch the Disaster Management Act

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter
3 min read

Wearing masks outdoors makes ‘no sense’ any more

COVID AFTER TWO YEARS: ‘More commonsense approach’ needed as SA enters new phase of pandemic

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
2 min read
News FREE

Remember when we couldn’t buy short pants or ciggies?

COVID AFTER TWO YEARS: Since the first SA case a lot has happened. Some good, some bad and some just bizarre

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist
4 min read

Then vs now: what we’ve learnt about the virus and vaccines

COVID AFTER TWO YEARS: The days of scrubbing groceries are long over as scientists have come to know the virus

By Tanya Farber and Claire Keeton
3 min read

Blind flight: brief history of Covid treatments, hopes and snake-oil cures

COVID AFTER TWO YEARS: In March 2020 doctors, scientists and con artists embarked on a quest for remedies

Paul Ash
Senior reporter
3 min read

We did more things right than wrong: Prof Salim Abdool Karim

COVID AFTER TWO YEARS: He believes SA’s initial swift action paid dividends in the fight against the virus

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
4 min read

‘I am tired of being one of many masked faces’: the faces on the front line

COVID AFTER TWO YEARS: It’s been a torrid time for healthcare workers. Here, some share their experiences

By Nivashni Nair and Nomahlubi Sonjica
4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | As things return to normal, let’s not unmask a backslide

Covid has devastated SA on many levels, so moving forward, let’s be mindful of the hardships we’ve endured

2 min read

PODCAST | Is Putin an ANC sugar daddy or is the relationship ‘complicated’?

Prof Richard Calland and Eusebius McKaiser debate SA’s foreign policy towards Russia

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
1 min read

Again the ANC sells out democracy for a blowjob in a jalopy with no brakes

The party betrays its founding principles time and again, but it barely registers anymore. We just shrug and move on

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read
Ideas FREE

Set those freezing Berserkers on fire before they run amok

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — March 4 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Been there, done that: reality bites for Russians as rot sets in for rouble

The currency has crashed and inflation and interest rates are skyrocketing, but consumers there have seen it all before

By Bloomberg News
4 min read

Oligarchs’ hopes sink as the West starts grabbing their showy superyachts

You’ll be relieved to hear, though, that Putin managed to sail his one out of harm’s way before he invaded Ukraine

By Tom Maloney
1 min read

After two long years, one of world’s last Covid Zero holdouts reopens

While most of Australia’s borders gradually reopened in 2021, Western Australia stayed closed amid acute labour shortage

By Ainslie Chandler
3 min read

What happens if chemical fertiliser is banned? Sri Lanka has found out

The government’s move risks undermining support among a key demographic as crop yields plummet

By Uditha Jayasinghe and Devjyot Ghoshal
5 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

BOOK REVIEW | As Gooding as it gets in the golden age of radio

They prowl the empty streets at night -- Waiting. In fast cars ... Remember it? Then you’re sure to recall this voice

By JESSICA LEVITT
3 min read

Waste not and the planet won’t want

In Nigeria, where littering is common, a museum is exhibiting plastic and other art to raise awareness about waste

By Seun Sanni
1 min read

Move over choccies: how old-world technology is enabling new-world tech

Instead of dispensing chocolates and cold drinks, a New York vending machine is selling NFT art

By Daniel Fastenberg
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sport FREE

It’s time Saru blew the final whistle on Jurie Roux matter

In December he was ordered to pay back R37m to Stellenbosch University, yet Saru is yet to take a position

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read

Reds are rooting for United in Sunday’s Manchester derby

The rest is for the birds, with the Seagulls, Magpies, Canaries and Eagles all playing must-win games

By MARTYN HERMAN
5 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE