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Monday, April 4 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

We just want our textbooks, say ‘frustrated’ Eastern Cape schools

Despite being ordered to ensure pupils have books and stationery, provincial education department has not done so

Prega Govender
Journalist
4 min read

July unrest plotters will never be booked ... and they’ll run riot again

Why, nine months after the fact, has no one been charged with treason for bringing SA to its knees?

4 min read

Sympathy for Mani is proof of how low SA morality has sunk

When citizens think people such as Sibongile Mani are not guilty, how can we have a functional society?

By Songezo Zibi
5 min read

Oil and gas opportunities will come knocking, but will Africa answer?

Serious housekeeping needed as continent’s resource-rich nations find themselves well positioned to replace Russia

7 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Vishing expedition: it’s getting harder to tell fact from the fraudsters

If your bank calls to tell you fraudsters are targeting your account, there’s a 90% chance the caller is the fraudster

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

A chief, a widow and an R8m white elephant: what went wrong?

A farming project by a cooperative of impoverished KZN women has been thwarted by a land dispute

By LWAZI HLANGU
5 min read

Homeless fear end of Covid state of disaster could trigger evictions

Regulations saved District 6 informal settlers from removal, but they worry they won’t have that protection this time

4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

The state has played fair with fuel. It must do the same with food

Government must consider VAT proposals because the cost of food items is more than 10% up on last year

3 min read
Ideas FREE

Feel sorry for the poor, not for perjurer Bathabile Dlamini

She refuses to reckon with the seriousness of her conviction while ANC won’t act swiftly against a convict

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
5 min read
Ideas FREE

Support for blood cancer patients is thin. This needs to change

To ensure their rights to healthcare, PMBs need to be updated and others educated on how they can save lives

By Dr Theo Gerdener
4 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — April 4 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

EU is paying a high price for weaning itself from Russian gas

Steel, copper and aluminum reached records in the past year, threatening to slow Europe’s plan to triple renewables

By Rachel Morison and William Mathis
4 min read

Nostrovia! Vodka made from captured carbon, but it’s an expensive tipple

Climate-conscious shoppers can now buy hand sanitiser, perfume and other products made from waste CO₂

By Sylvia Klimaki and Ryan Hesketh
5 min read
World FREE

Why were there fewer fender-benders but more road deaths during lockdown?

It’s one of the great pandemic mysteries, but experts are closer to answers, with implications for traffic control

By Mark Buchanan
5 min read

Catch-22: Taliban bans poppy cultivation, putting lives at risk

Farmers grow the illicit crop to put food on the table because it brings higher returns than legal options

By Charlotte Greenfield and Jibran Ahmad
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Eskom stopping you from going electric? Volvo has the solution

Plug-in hybrid concept would be the best solution to SA’s challenges with power supply, says company MD

Brenwin Naidu
Motoring editor, reporter and presenter
3 min read

Cannes has that loving feeling for maverick Cruise

The actor’s ‘Top Gun’ sequel will screen at the festival, with a look back at his career

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian
1 min read

Badminton goes futuristic in Malaysia with glow-in-the-dark courts

The venue was set up late last year to attract people to the sport after two years of social restrictions

By Ebrahim Harris and Travis Teo
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

The Lizaad king: Williams savours his first Test wicket for Proteas

The Titans fast bowler ‘delighted he could contribute to the team’ on debut against Bangladesh

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
2 min read

Rejuvenated Lions learn how to stay in the fight

After a poor start to the United Rugby Championship, the Lions have bounced back by winning their last four games

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
2 min read

Blast from the past: AB puts India to the sword in Ahmadabad

Today in SA sports history: April 4

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE