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Tuesday, April 5 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

News FREE

Bye bye disaster, hello ‘freedom’!

President Cyril Ramaphosa has repealed the state of disaster, but some measures will remain for 30 days

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter
3 min read

Red flags over some SAAF pilots taking shortcuts to get private licences

CAA raises concerns it may have irregularly issued some licences, works to remedy errors, experts question timing

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
6 min read

Music is part of SA’s soul. The state needs to help keep the beat alive

Black Coffee’s Grammy validates SA’s immense talent pool but government must start singing from the same hymn sheet

4 min read

And the Darwin award goes to ... the ANC

It once had a comfortable niche in the order of things, but the world has changed and it has failed to evolve with it

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Cracks in school walls but who cares? Not the department

North West pupils still waiting for mobile classrooms, while parents at another school have vowed to keep fighting

Prega Govender
Journalist
2 min read

A thief stole his wheelchair. Now, thanks to his community, he has two

Homeless amputee had no other way to get around. Luckily he had made many friends, who rallied around him

By Roslyn Baatjies
2 min read
News FREE

Musk loves Twitter so much he bought stock in it ... and got $1bn richer

He now has a 9.2% stake in the social media company, but that’s just a fraction of his overall wealth

By Devon Pendleton
2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Ideas FREE

Rising vigilantism: SA reaps the fruits of misrule

Unfulfilled promises and dwindling indirect rule give birth to a youthful citizenry with no faith in formal politics

By Loren B Landau and Jean Pierre Misago
6 min read
Ideas FREE

Timbuktu scripts only a sliver of Africa’s archive

Google’s ‘Mali Magic’ is drawn from a library association’s 80,000 documents, with the latter hoping to publish 242,000

By Charles C Stewart
5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — April 5 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

New EU sanctions on Russia the only way forward after the horrors of Bucha

War crimes are now part of the conversation as EU says it will work ‘as a matter of urgency’ on new penalties

By Alberto Nardelli, Samy Adghirni and John Follain
4 min read

Pro-Russia conscripts dragged to front line with no training, no supplies

Sources describe little or no safe water, field rations for one man being shared among several and scavenging for food

By Reuters
7 min read

Just when we thought we were winning, Covid spits out new mutations

But the good news is that the number of infections from them is small and many variations have gone nowhere

By Linda Lew and Michelle Fay Cortez
4 min read
World FREE

Who’s laughing now? Prank tweet lands airline staff in hot water

Thai airline’s April Fool’s tweet prompts royal insult complaint to police

By Panu Wongcha-um
2 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

History goes digital as NFT of Mandela’s arrest warrant sells for R1.9m

Proceeds of the sale will go towards helping Liliesleaf Farm heritage site and museum stay afloat

Sanet Oberholzer
Lifestyle writer
1 min read

One in five US high schoolers isn’t straight and they’re paying the price

About 22.5% of those surveyed by the CDC are part of the LGBTI community and facing mental health challenges

By Ella Ceron
2 min read

Stop blowing smoke up our butts and cut back on smoking scenes, Netflix

In 2019 it pledged to do so, but US lawmakers say in the past four years it has shown more than any other channel

By Brody Ford
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Hard work pays off for Maharaj in tale of two innings

Spin twins Maharaj and Harmer bag seven wickets apiece as Proteas dominate Bangladesh in first Test

By Nick Said
1 min read

Mngqithi urges Sundowns to stay grounded as they edge towards quadruple

With MTN8 trophy in the bag, Downs eye three more titles — Dstv Premiership, Champions League and Nedbank Cup

By Sithembiso Dindi
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE