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Monday, May 9 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

SA’S IS CRISIS | How R6bn got from spaza shops to African terrorists

Payment systems were meant to facilitate remittances from SA, but sudden large transactions started raising flags

By Graeme Hosken, Aron Hyman and Tankiso Makhetha
10 min read

SA’S IS CRISIS | State lets fighters return from Syria in secret scheme

This as 2020 New Year’s Eve shootings are officially linked to the extremist group

By Graeme Hosken, Aron Hyman and Tankiso Makhetha
7 min read

SA’S IS CRISIS | Ethiopian community lives in fear as IS murders mount

‘We are being deleted by criminals who hide behind Islam,’ they say as anyone who speaks out is in mortal danger

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
4 min read

SA’S IS CRISIS | Why it’s so hard to track money going from SA to IS

Opacity of those operating outside anti-money laundering crosshairs raises concern about amount flowing to terrorists

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

What lies ahead? ANC is now so corrupt, it can’t even see it’s wrong

The party’s slippery slope started under Mandela and has now reached a depth from which there is no return

4 min read

Renting a car? Get to the bottom of it before the waiver wavers

Consumers have no idea just how financially catastrophic renting a car can be if things go wrong

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read
Ideas FREE

What happens to salt when it’s lost its saltiness is a leadership question

Why has SA shied away from its natural hegemonic position on the continent and the region for such a long time?

By Pali Lehohla
6 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Phasing out multigrade classes is good. Closing small schools is not

Rural schoolchildren will have no chance if government insists on closing schools with less than 135 pupils

3 min read
Ideas FREE

Cape Town can become a beacon of hope for SA

There is scope for functional federalism and Cape Town’s policing, power and rail passenger schemes prove this

By Geordin Hill-Lewis
6 min read

‘We may be forced to shut’: no silver lining as mines battle cable theft

Sophisticated gangs are targeting SA’s platinum mines to steal expensive copper from cables, disrupting operations

By Felix Njini
3 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — May 9 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

To save democracy from likes of Putin, nations like SA must join the fight

Germany is leading the push to expand the alliance of democracy-valuing countries beyond the ‘old’ West

By Andreas Kluth
5 min read

Thanks to Russia, the rush is on to grab Africa’s minerals

With sanctions meaning its riches are no longer available, miners are more willing to risk Africa’s challenges

By Helen Reid and Clara Denina
2 min read

Against the grain: Africa turns to alternatives as wheat prices soar

Rice, manioc flour and sorghum are some of the substitutes being used by African food companies

By Eamon Akil Farhat
3 min read

Early spring blossoms spell blooming disaster for ecosystems

Global warming isn’t just hard for humans and animals. It’s wreaking havoc on plants, too

By Mark Buchanan
4 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

From beaming beauties to ‘Beam me up Scottie’, this is the BMW 7-Series

With BMW about to launch its latest version of the iconic 7-series, lets look at how the car has evolved over the years

Brenwin Naidu
Motoring editor, reporter and presenter
5 min read

Things go pear-shaped in a good way as SA diamond is set to fetch R500m

And a portion of the proceeds will be used to bring water to people in conflict zones

By Cecile Mantovani and Emma Farge
1 min read

Climb every mountain? No, I’ll just scale Everest 26 times

Sherpa breaks his record and establishes a new one on Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s route

By Gopal Sharma
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

‘I won’t testify at Boucher hearing, I spoke my truth,’ says Paul Adams

The former Proteas spinner says he has said his piece at the SJN hearings and has nothing more to add

Tiisetso Malepa
Sports reporter
3 min read

Rangnick apologises for United’s 4-0 drubbing by Brighton

Juergen Klopp urges Liverpool to put Spurs draw behind them. ‘It’s not a funeral’, he says

By Adam Millington
3 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE