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Monday, March 28 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Be honest, Sihle, the constitution is not to blame for SA’s mess

If the premier and his ilk were truthful, they’d admit our issues mostly stem from ANC bigwigs lining their pockets

4 min read

Put top brass out to grass: SANDF too top-heavy to cope with budget cuts

The SANDF spends 60% of its budget on personnel, leaving little for much-needed training and maintenance

Erika Gibson
Joernalis
5 min read

Expensive exercise: when gym bunnies try to hop out of their contracts

First, don’t sign up for long-term contracts. Second, read the fine print regarding cancellation fees carefully

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
6 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Hell no, we won’t go: Top Pretoria school a no-show at racism probe

Cornwall Hill says it was not given enough time to prepare submissions or given documents about the claims

Prega Govender
Journalist
4 min read

Should SAPS be forced to pay apartheid cop’s legal fees in Cosas 4 trial?

Battle over who bears the cost of former Security Branch policeman’s defence could delay case for at least two years

By David Forbes
5 min read

‘I’m just living because of my kids’: SA’s social glue is dissolving

Covid-19 has worsened South Africans’ mental wellbeing, as evidenced in the latest Mental State of the World report

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
4 min read

Pretty bold: vilified Iraqi beauty queen fights back

Sarah Idan uses her experiences to fight the ugly, small-minded and vindictive prejudice she suffered

By Jeremy Shepherd Smith
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

EDITORIAL | The state must prioritise mental healthcare

Sufferers, facilities are buckling under pressure and it cannot be that NGOs are the only ones providing support

2 min read

BOOK REVIEW | Junior Khanye­: nimble on the field, tripping off it

‘Ghetto Ninja’ by Nikolaos Kirkinis is brilliant, compelling and heart-warming

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
10 min read

A healthy woman is a wealthy nation: a key to Africa’s prosperity

Gender inequality and barriers to healthcare limit women’s participation in economies

By Abofele Khoele
6 min read

PODCAST | Can the ANC be saved from itself?

Thabo Shole-Mashao and Lance Claasen ponder whether the ruling party is damaged beyond repair

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
1 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — March 28 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

China isn’t helping Russia bust Western sanctions, all evidence shows

Though it won’t admit it, staying in West’s good books more important to it than exploiting new Russian opportunities

By Lisa Du and Nick Wadhams
6 min read

Power to setsuden: Japan sheds light on how unity can halt an energy crisis

The world, and right now Europe, would do well to note how the country came together last week to avoid a meltdown

By Stephen Stapczynski and Shoko Oda
6 min read

Zambia all aflutter as it sets about outing extractives to wave in fintech

The country, which relies heavily on copper, is becoming a hotbed for fintech and e-commerce startups

By Matthew Hill
3 min read

Will Elon unMusk a social media platform that champions free speech?

After asking tweeps if they think Twitter adheres to the principle, he said he is thinking about creating one that does

By Jahnavi Nidumolu and Bhargav Acharya
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Peugeot 208 aims to beat the odds

Offerings like this prove that one of the biggest mergers in the automotive industry has certain gems in its stable

Brenwin Naidu
Motoring editor, reporter and presenter
2 min read

‘To every person who has ever bought a movie ticket, thank you’

Oscars weekend kicks off with honours for Samuel L Jackson, Danny Glover, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann

By Lisa Richwine
1 min read

It’s a sin, cuzzie: Oscars’ ‘ugly cousin’ sticks it to lame films

‘Diana’, ‘Space Jam’, Jeanna de Waal, Jared Leto and Bruce Willis snag Razzie awards

By Daniel Trotta
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Broos happy with Bafana’s extra ‘experience and muscle’ against Guinea

Superstars N’Golo Kanté and Kylian Mbappe return to French squad for Tuesday’s match against SA

Marc Strydom
Journalist
2 min read

Proteas knock India out of World Cup. England lie in wait in the semis

SA, who beat England in the group stages by three wickets, are looking to reach the final for the first time

Tiisetso Malepa
Sports reporter
2 min read

Blast from the past: Last-minute Tshabalala goal sinks Norway

Today in SA sports history: March 28

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE