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Tuesday, May 17 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Eastern Cape education skips cheaper option for R220m consultancy

Officials hire a middleman to provide tutors, an expense a teachers’ union calls a fruitless expenditure

Prega Govender
Journalist
5 min read

The just transition gift horse that might be a Trojan horse

Pravin Gordhan is severely underestimating the effects of stage 2 load-shedding on the economy

By Pali Lehohla
8 min read

Ubank placed under curatorship

The bank has a capital adequacy ratio of just 3% vs an industry-wide average of more than 15%

By Garth Theunissen
3 min read

To keep our demons in check, we need to embrace unusual suspects

Whether we agree with them or not, stepping away from our reading staples to sample other views is important

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Mkhwebane opens criminal case against Joburg over Sibiya appointment

Public protector says city misled her by concealing critical information about anti-corruption unit boss’s appointment

Tankiso Makhetha
Investigative reporter
3 min read

Terror charges in KZN’s ‘IS’ double murder case were dropped. Why?

Three accused of killing Cape couple in 2018 were initially charged on four counts of terrorism-related activity

Orrin Singh
Reporter
3 min read

Impeachment process is tainted, Mkhwebane says in affidavit

Public protector has applied to file new evidence in the Western Cape High Court

By FRANNY RABKIN
4 min read

Another day, another delay in Zuma, Thales corruption case

Tuesday was a ‘holding date’ for SCA feedback on Zuma’s ‘reconsideration’ application, but it hasn’t materialised

3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Paying consultants millions to teach maths and science doesn’t add up

With thousands of vacant posts, Eastern Cape education department’s outsourcing of extra lessons makes no sense

2 min read
Ideas FREE

Black farmers in SA need support. This is how it could be done

Subsidies for these farmers would help to create an inclusive agricultural sector and correct past racial biases

By Nick Vink and Johann Kirsten
7 min read

African women hit a wall of prejudice as they seek start-up funding

The push to groom more women entrepreneurs has spawned a new breed of gender-focused funds on the continent

By Samuel Gebre, Bella Genga, Katarina Hoije and Archana Narayanan
6 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Eye on the world — May 17 2022

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Vaccination + infection = better Covid immunity, say studies

They signal that vaccinated people who’ve had Omicron probably won’t get seriously ill from another variant

By Naomi Kresge
3 min read

Hot as hell: welcome to Delhi, where a record heat wave refuses to end

A diary from New Delhi on a recent day when the city of 19-million struggled to cope with killer temperatures

By Archana Chaudhary and Akshat Rathi
7 min read

You’d be goggle-eyed if you knew how much of your data Google really shares

The info is mainly used to boost the search engine’s ad revenue, but it is increasingly being exploited for surveillance

By Parmy Olson
5 min read

Cuba says Fidel-deedee to bigots, celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month

It is the first Latin American country to celebrate the month, first organised by the US’s Rodney Wilson in 1994

By Nico Lang
3 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Friendships end for many reasons, among them Covid differences

In romantic relationships people believe they can resolve issues through debate, but this does not apply to friendships

By Beverley Fehr
4 min read

Actually, we will play again, and we’ll do it with Def Leppard

Mötley Crüe, which vowed never to play live again, reunites for new audiences, taking other ballies along for the ride

By Martine Paris
2 min read

Zoo sticks its neck out to give baby giraffe a leg up to survival

San Diego Zoo resident receives a leg brace to correct limb disorder which could have cost the animal her life

By Jane Ross
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Stellies savour 3-0 win over Sundowns and eye Confed Cup football

Steve Barker’s Stellenbosch FC are in fifth position, just two points off third place with one game to play

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
3 min read

Woods back in PGA spotlight, Mickelson still in the shadows

Former world No.1 Tiger Woods takes the next step in his extraordinary comeback at Southern Hills this week

By Steve Keating
3 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE