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Tuesday, March 8 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Take this to bed, Dexter devotees: societal blights do not justify war

The Armscor director’s parable about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine should be treated with contempt, but this is SA

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Diamonds are forever: Botswana looks to strengthen its global position

With its biggest rival, Russia, out of the way, it is bidding to host Kimberley Process secretariat

By David Malingha
3 min read

Broke SANDF spends millions to bring eight pilot trainees home from Cuba

Chartered flight cost between R2.1m and R7m after students kicked off course for test ‘that was in no way scientific’

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
5 min read
Ideas FREE

PODCAST | SA’s foreign policy flip-flopping sends poor message to allies

Mike Siluma and guests discuss SA response to Russia’s invasion, its foreign policy and standing on the global stage

Mike Siluma
Sunday Times deputy editor
1 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

I’m with Cyril, says Mpumalanga ANC heavyweight on second term

Mandla Ndlovu sang the president’s praises when he visited the hotspot after its elective conference was shelved

Mandla Khoza
Freelance journalist
1 min read
Ideas FREE

OBITUARY | The waste picker who travelled the world and met the Pope

Activist Simon Mbatha died last month aged 50. He leaves a legacy of fighting for those on the fringes of society

By Musa Chamane
3 min read

This is how NHI can shine: doctor behind Soweto clinic that broke the mould

With his queue-slashing model, 6,000 general doctors could cover 60-million people in primary healthcare teams

3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Some issues are more important than your attention-seeking, Fikile

Fikile Mbalula’s childish buffoonery on Twitter is not what we should expect from a senior government minister

3 min read
Ideas FREE

The West is in no position to claim the moral high ground on Ukraine

History shows the West and colonial powers have just as much blood on their hands as Putin’s Russia, if not more

By Abdi Ismail Samatar
5 min read
Ideas FREE

Turn the page to an overdue series of kids’ books on SA women

Written for young readers, ‘Imbokodo’ celebrates well-known and lesser-known figures who helped shape SA

By The Conversation
6 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — March 8 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Crude price surge looks scary, but no need to panic about oil turmoil

Current trading figures seem like the start of the apocalypse, but it’s very nearly a return to normal

By David Fickling
4 min read

You might fall over, but please don’t shoot yourselves or our soldiers

From chefs to IT experts, Ukrainian men are receiving crash courses in fighting Russian soldiers

By Andrew RC Marshall
2 min read

Get in line for ‘ethnic harmony’ or people will suffer: Xi digs in heels

China’s president gives warning to delegation from Inner Mongolia, where assimilation policies have set off protests

By Bloomberg News
2 min read

Fortress New Zealand’s defences crumble as Omicron runs riot

The country is seeing 22,000 infections a day, up from less than 1,000, with at least 200,000 active cases

By Matthew Brockett
3 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

In war and peace, you’ll never get their goat

Afghanistan’s traditional ‘goat-pulling’ sport resumed last month for the first time since the Taliban took over

By Ahmad Masih
1 min read

Mush ado about climate change at Iditarod

The annual race took off on Saturday in near-record temperatures, which have forced adjustments in the past

By Yereth Rosen
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Neville and Keane accuse United of ‘throwing in the towel’ during derby

The two former Manchester United skippers brand their former team an ‘embarrassment’ and a ‘disgrace’

By Simon Evans
4 min read

Gavaskar shocked by Warne’s death but says he wasn’t greatest spinner

He was one of Wisden’s five best players of 20th century but Sunil Gavaskar rates Muttiah Muralitharan higher

By Shrivathsa Sridhar
5 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE