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Wednesday, March 30 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

BEHIND THE SCENES | Terror and tethers in Gauteng’s psych ward hell

In overflowing wards, Sunday Times Daily finds staff overwhelmed by a deluge of often dangerous patients

By Graeme Hosken and Tankiso Makhetha
9 min read

We may not like Lux, but we don’t have the luxury of ignoring his message

Government needs to engage with Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini and the public so we don’t have a repeat of the past

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
4 min read

Toilets in fields, bees, bars: just another day in an Eastern Cape school

After visiting 198 schools in the province, its portfolio committee has released a shocking report

Prega Govender
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

She could be Durban’s ANC head. Or she could be heading to jail for fraud

More than 55 witnesses set to testify about the ‘carefully hatched’ plan to enrich ex-mayor Zandile Gumede and others

Orrin Singh
Reporter
3 min read
News FREE

Will she stay or will she go? Bathabile faces ANC top six this week

The ANC requires those convicted of serious crimes to step down, but ‘hasn’t determined whether perjury is serious’

1 min read

Can’t see the wood for the trees: biodiversity summit fudges final deal

Indigenous peoples have a critical role to play in helping save global diversity, say organisations

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

A real leader would’ve quit, but this is Bathabile

Why not save the ANC the indignity of having to fire her? Is it a case of the absence of shame?

4 min read
Ideas FREE

Clean air is a right. This is what needs to change

Other countries have shown that improving it takes dedication, resources and time, but the benefits are huge

By Rebecca Garland
5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — March 30 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Ukraine’s childcare system was already overflowing, then came the war

With Europe’s highest number of children in care, shelters are struggling as thousands flee their homes without a trace

By Silvia Aloisi, Margaryta Chornokondratenko and Zohra Bensemra
7 min read

The despair of Ukrainian refugees drives London cabbies to action

A group of London black cabs and other vehicles set off on an 11-hour trip to Poland to provide lifts and other aid

By Vin Shahrestani
2 min read

Vax and wane: as global glut looms, vaccine producers face a crossroads

What to do with all that extra production capacity built up when the pandemic was at its height?

By Chris Kay and Malavika Kaur Makol
6 min read

Shops battle to dish out the bacon as food prices soar, changing how we eat

Covid-19, labour shortages, climate change and Ukraine war cause deficits that are being mitigated by scaling back

By Anuradha Raghu and Pratik Parija
5 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

This R440m SA ‘chicken egg’ is sure to make any girl your best friend

A 228-carat diamond that was mined in SA about 20 years ago is headed for auction in Switzerland in May

By James Tarmy
3 min read

Yes we Cannes: Apple TV+ makes history with Oscar win for ‘CODA’

The service, which bought the film for a record R364m after its 2021 debut, is the first streamer to win best picture

By Dawn Chmielewski
1 min read

This hotel has gone to the dogs, but it’s cool, say pet owners

In Caracas, a vet is hosting pool parties for dogs at his canine hotel, and their humans think it’s great

By Efrain Otero
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sport FREE

Loose-lipped Johnny du Plooy was a portent of drugs to come

Clinton van der Berg’s new book uncovers a doping culture that has spread its tendrils deep into SA sport and society

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
5 min read

Rerig Rassie! European clubs turn Boks from chumps to champs

Ditching the foolish rule of only picking SA-based players for the Boks is a big reason for their change in fortunes

By Mark Keohane
3 min read

Bangladesh series gives Proteas’ backup bowlers their chance to bloom

With the first-choice bowlers chasing IPL bucks, Mfuneko Ngam backs fringe bowlers to stake their claim

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
3 min read

Blast from the past: Joyi as Nkosinathi retains IBF title

Today in SA sports history: March 30

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE