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Friday, May 13 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

It’s not if but how Cyril wins — and when those arrests happen

It’s getting harder to convince the public that Zweli Mkhize’s looming arrest is unrelated to ANC leadership battles

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
5 min read

Beyond the legal question, why do you want symbols of hate, AfriForum?

Quite aside from the legal questions, there are moral ones that South Africans must ask

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
4 min read

Prasa chair denies Fikile Mbalula’s explosive WhatsApps

Leonard Ramatlakane says messages the transport minister sent to former CEO Zolani Matthews may be fake

Nicki Gules
Assistant editor: Sunday Times
4 min read
News FREE

So we won’t be sucked into oblivion, but here’s the black hole in our midst

In a huge breakthrough, scientists have photographed the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

After two years of playing cat-and-mouse, Covid is now more predictable

SA positivity rate surges to 23% from 19% in one day, with scientists pointing to two Omicron variants as the culprits

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
2 min read

Not over yet: after a Covid lull in Africa, fifth wave is spreading fast

CDC director Dr John Nkengasong holds his final briefing and praises the continent for its united fight against Covid

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
4 min read

Stop your squabbling or your party’s over, judge tells AIC

The African Independent Congress has been brought to its knees by infighting and bank woes

4 min read

How childhood adversity curbs our potential for productive, happy lives

A Wits study shows that the economic impact and social burden of violence in childhood costs SA almost 5% of GDP

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

A R22m flag won’t improve patriotism, it’s a monument to madness

Giant flag proposal shows that the department cares very little about sport, arts and culture

2 min read

In the crazy, cryptic world of bitcoin there is no downside

Its value has fallen sharply this week, but the glass is still half-full for bitcoiners

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read
Ideas FREE

Tooth of the matter is, the biting incident left dents on the dentist

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
3 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — May 13 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

North Korea did an amazing job of keeping Covid out. Or it lied

For first time since it emerged, Kim Jong-un confirms a case, which could spell disaster in a nation with no vaccines

By Jon Herskovitz
4 min read

No more coining it for crypto billionaires bitten by sell-offs

A tech-stock selloff that spilled over into digital currencies has seen crypto founders lose billions in a few weeks

By Scott Carpenter and Tom Maloney
3 min read

Food for thought: bringing the office, and lunch, closer to home

With online shopping deliveries rising, supermarkets are monetising excess store space by turning it into office space

By Katie Linsell and Charles Capel
1 min read

Inflation hits Ghanaians where it hurts most – chilli sauce

The cost of smoked herring, a key ingredient in hot relish shito, rose by nearly 40% in April compared with 2021

By Yinka Ibukun and Ekow Dontoh
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Is Google speaking our language? Tech giant eyes computer glasses again

The company also teases a tablet to be launched in 2023 and a smartwatch that will go on sale late this year

By Paresh Dave and Yuvraj Malik
3 min read

Claire Danes sheds old skin for ‘scary’ role in ‘The Essex Serpent’

Award-winning ‘Homeland’ actor’s new show, focusing on the debate of science vs faith, premieres on Apple TV on Friday

By Lisa Keddie
2 min read

Puffed with pride: Cuba’s legendary hand-rolled cigars are smoking

State cigar monopoly posts record sales in 2021 as global travel resumes and vaccinations accelerate

By Dave Sherwood
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sport FREE

Kick those views into touch and admit this clash was thrilling

Whether you agree with the way the Munster vs Toulouse game played out or not, it certainly was a novel spectacle

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read

What can be done to awaken the sleeping Amakhosi giant?

Chiefs need to get rid of the deadwood and lure the sort of talent that can get the club vying for trophies again

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE