Monday, January 14 2019


Monday, January 14 2019



The useful idiot Manyi is right, the ANC is limping into oblivion

Broken by the Zuma years, the party looks beyond rescue and will continue to fracture - even if it wins the elections

4 min read

The promises have been made, now ANC must find the voters

Its research shows it must get its supporters to register, then to the polls - but it faces hard questions about jobs

4 min read

SA is sitting on a sexually transmitted time-bomb

Study reveals more than 60% of young women in Soweto and Cape Town townships have the cancer-causing HPV

3 min read



Don’t let firms wriggle out of warranties

Companies cannot escape the terms of a 6-month warranty by just pointing out defects in a returned product

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

Vets can’t pay school fees thanks to false claims

No funds for grants as veterans’ department accuses military veterans of 'cheating’ the system

Bongani Fuzile
4 min read

Sleep opens doctors’ eyes to a serious illness in kids

The condition, say doctors, is an important health concern that has unfortunately been neglected

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read

Fur-well to ignorance: Five things we learned about pets in 2018

Dog lovers are probably going to like the scientists' findings a lot more than cat lovers

Claire Keeton
4 min read

Truff times as ethical eating becomes the new status symbol

Foie gras, truffles and caviar are going out of favour with the social elites in SA and globally

2 min read

Take it as read: local literacy warrior gets big boost

The International Literacy Association has put South African Nangamso Mtsatse on a prestigious list

Tanya Farber
3 min read



A soutpiel’s tale: My weekend in Schweizer-Reneke

Last week's saga at a Schweizer-Reneke school brought back memories of a weekend spent in the town in 1996

By Jonathan Ancer
4 min read

We are so screwed: so many options at the polls, but none at all

Hlaudi, Cyril, Julius, Mangosuthu, Patricia, Mmusi and Pieter. Fuck it. This year's election is hard

Matthew Savides
News editor
3 min read

Going off pop: another diet gimmick that’s sure to fizzle out

Is there really any point to the endless succession of month-long fad diets we're being subjected to? In a word, no

By Charlotte Lytton
4 min read


Six things about SA you need to know

Man bust doing 203km/h on N4

A 48-year-old man in a Golf 7 TSI was arrested by Gauteng traffic police on Saturday after being clocked travelling at 203km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N4 West in the direction of Rustenburg. He was formally charged for reckless driving at Akasia police station with an alternative charge of exceeding the speed limit, the Gauteng department of community safety said. “At the time of his release the bail was not determined as yet. He is expected to appear at the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Monday,” said the department. Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said: “Most fatal crashes are as a result of this unwarranted conduct by our drivers … I call upon our law enforcement agencies to continue to deal decisively with those who do not adhere to the rules of the road particularly given the high rate of fatalities that the province continue to experience.”

Malema, EFF pay further R100,000 to AfriForum

EFF leader Julius Malema and his party have paid two of the five court cost orders obtained against them by AfriForum following a second payment of more than R100,000 last week. AfriForum said Malema and the EFF had paid R108,960 on Thursday after having paid R126,703 to the civil rights organisation on November 13 2018. This meant they had so far paid more than R235,000 of the estimated R550,000 they owed AfriForum, it said. CEO Kallie Kriel said AfriForum will use the payments in its court battles against attempts to change the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.” Two of the three outstanding cost orders must still be taxed and one is subject to an appeal application by Malema and the EFF. The cost orders stem from a court case that AfriForum brought against Malema and the EFF to obtain an interdict to prevent them from inciting people to occupy land illegally.

Twitter silences controversial SA tweeter

Controversial SA-based tweeter Man's Not Barry Roux has had his Twitter account suspended. Well known for his explosive Sunday-morning tweets, @AdvBarryRoux - who was both hero worshipped and despised - was shut down in the early hours of Saturday. A Twitter spokesperson said: "We do not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. Our copyright policy is outlined in the Twitter rules." On its website Twitter states that to maintain a safe environment for users, accounts that violate Twitter rules can be suspended. It adds that common reasons for suspensions include spam, the account's security being at risk and abusive tweets or behaviour. Twitter says accounts can be unsuspended through the filing of an appeal. The anonymous @AdvBarryRoux, who has been linked to the EFF and is commonly referred to as "Twitter CIC" [commander-in-chief], has stoked controversy and sparked national debates through challenging tweets on politics, abuse of power, racism and corruption.

Parents deny girls anti-cancer jab

Growing numbers of parents are preventing their daughters being vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV). More than a quarter of girls did not arrive for their booster dose in 2016, up from 21.4% in 2014 when the government started offering the vaccine in schools. Now the Cancer Association of SA (Cansa) and other medical experts are mounting a fightback against the anti-vaccine lobby. Professor Michael Herbst, Cansa's head of health, said parents should be wary of activists who were alarmist about unproven adverse effects. "It is parents' choice to vaccinate or not to vaccinate their children, but my advice to parents is not to miss such a golden opportunity to vaccinate their kids against HPV, which we all know causes cervical cancer. It is a lot cheaper and safer to vaccinate than to treat cancer." Experts revealed the decline in HPV vaccine uptake in the South African Medical Journal.

SA women out of Zim jail but can’t get home

A month after a Zimbabwean court ordered the release of two SA women they are still behind bars - and in limbo. Last month Zakiti Mbane and Mpo Mkonza, respectively from Randfontein and Kagiso on Gauteng's West Rand, won a court case in which they challenged their detention at Chikurubi maximum-security prison. They were detained for almost a year, for allegedly not having the correct travel documents. But this week, the immigration department blamed the SA embassy in Harare for the delay in the return of Mbane and Mkonza to their home country. Zakiti is the sister Banyana Banyana soccer player Bambanani Mbane. Now it is the cost of their journey home that is keeping the women in prison. On Friday, the pair's legal representative, Brian Hungwe, said: "They are still in detention and we are still trying to raise money to facilitate their travel to SA."

Teen pregnancies up as contraceptive runs low

Demand for SA’s most popular contraception remains high but supply runs low. The department of health claims that the injectable Depo-Provera is at 82% availability across the country, but areas as far-flung as Stanford in the Western Cape and Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal have been in crisis for much of 2018. The worst-hit provinces are Limpopo and North West. A tender was put out by national treasury but there were no bidders, according to health department spokesperson Popo Maja. He said the most recent contractor was Fresenius Kabi but "the company has taken the decision to discontinue the product". This left only Pfizer as a remaining local supplier but it chose not to bid. Spokesperson Charmaine Motloung said it was supplying the department on "request only". "The tender to supply it ended in September 2013," she said. "Pfizer … did not bid for the tender in 2017 as it was not in a position to meet all the tender requirements at that time."
A man passed out during a protest against a cost increase in utility services in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
EVERYTHING BUT DEBT COLLAPSES A man passed out during a protest against a cost increase in utility services in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Image: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci




Today's cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

1 min read

Today's quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

1 min read



Cross purposes: Fury over Vatican envoy who says Jesus didn't rise again

Archbishop of Canterbury under pressure to act against the cleric who will be in direct discussions with the pope

By Tim Wyatt and Steve Bird
3 min read

Moment of tooth: Elephants evolve tuskless to evade poachers

Tuskless elephants survived the Mozambique war and passed this trait on to many of their daughters, scientists believe

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

Girl, 13, escapes three months after kidnapper killed her parents

Suspect arrested 11 minutes after dishevelled girl flees cabin on foot and begs dog walker for help

By Rozina Sabur
3 min read

Sheep shall stately graze: prince to turn royal estate into organic farm

Charles's ambitious plans for Sandringham could tap into lucrative markets for wool and lamb

By Camilla Tominey
4 min read


6 things you need to know about the world

Pompeii site rises from the ashes … again

A stone building in Pompeii used to train gladiators has reopened to the public after a three-year restoration, becoming an emblem of the renaissance of the ancient site. The House of the Gladiators collapsed eight years ago after days of heavy rain, with many of its precious frescoes damaged or destroyed. It was seen as a symbol of Italy's neglect for its unrivalled heritage. Now the damaged frescoes have been restored and the site will now be open to the public every Thursday. - The Sunday Telegraph

Murderer nabbed after 30 years on the run

Italian former leftist guerrilla Cesare Battisti has been arrested in Bolivia and will be extradited to Italy. Battisti faces life in prison in Italy, where he was convicted of four murders committed in the 1970s. He escaped from prison in 1981 and lived in France before fleeing to Brazil to avoid being extradited. He spent years in Brazil as a refugee, backed by former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. However, the new Brazilian administration pledged to send him back to Italy and and ordered his arrest, upon which he fled to Bolivia. – Reuters

Pair killed trying to save skiers from avalanche

Two employees at a ski resort in the French Alps died on Sunday when the avalanche-control charges they were trying to set accidentally went off. The accident took place as the pair ‘were working on an avalanche prevention programme’, an expert said. Controlled explosions are carried out before the slopes open to mitigate the risk of larger avalanches. They were working with the explosives when the accident happened. - AFP

‘Once bitten’ clearly doesn’t work for this airline

For a lucky few, it's the gift that keeps on giving: a Cathay Pacific snafu offering premium tickets at a fraction of their value, for the second time in less than two weeks. On its website on Sunday morning, Cathay was offering first-class flights from Lisbon to Hong Kong for just $1,512. The journey would normally cost $16,000. ‘We are looking into the root cause of this incident both internally and externally with our vendors,’ a Cathay spokesperson, who attributed the error to an ‘input issue’, said. The carrier will honour the cheap fares for the ‘very small number’ of savvy travellers who took it up on its offer. - AFP

Millions gather to take a dip

Hindu devotees began gathering on Sunday in northern India for the world’s largest religious festival, with millions of pilgrims travelling to bathe in holy rivers for the spectacular Kumbh Mela. State authorities in Uttar Pradesh are expecting 12 million visitors to descend on Allahabad for the centuries-old festival, which officially begins on Tuesday. Two days before the gigantic bathing ritual begins, naked holy men wandered the banks smeared in ash, offering blessings for devotees. The Mela will run until March 4. – AFP

Student expelled for hugging fiance

Egypt’s Al-Azhar university on Sunday expelled a female student after she appeared in a video hugging a male colleague, accusing her of undermining the school’s reputation. The video, which went viral earlier this month, shows a young man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a young woman and then hugging her in what appears to be a marriage proposal. The video was not filmed at Al-Azhar. Nevertheless its disciplinary council ‘decided to expel the young girl definitively’, a spokesman said, adding that hugging between unmarried men and women violates ‘the values and principles of society’. - AFP
A daughter of a government employee at a rally against the ongoing US shutdown in Utah.
OH, HERE’S A FREE IDEA A daughter of a government employee at a rally against the ongoing US shutdown in Utah.
Image: Reuters/George Frey



Wham-bam - choose a policy and implement it

The total menu of policy options in this reform restaurant is already on the table - we simply need to act

By Peter Attard Montalto
5 min read

Call to arms: Banks tackle SIM-swap menace

SA's big banking players beef up security amid a shocking rise in this type of fraud

By Londiwe Buthelezi
3 min read

Yet another blow to Steinhoff’s salvage bid

Court move by company linked to ex-business partner delays deal with furniture retailer's creditors

By Warren Thompson
2 min read



They may be fad gadgets but we’d take one in a heartbeat

What we’d pick out of everything on show at CES 2019

By Aneesa Adams
2 min read

Robots for catching Zs, a toothbrush that makes you ask Y? What’s next?

This is what the 'Davos of tech' tells us about the future of health

By Jack Rear
6 min read

Let’s tech a look back at the best and worst gizmos of 2018

These devices launched last year will help you decide what you need to save for or discard in 2019 

By Sylvia McKeown
4 min read

Coining it on the run: From bras and broeks to live crabs

Remarkable things you can buy from vending machines 

By Aneesa Adams
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: SA stunned by loss of ‘giant’ Masinga

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
8 min read

Masinga wrote his name into SA football folklore

He was a stalwart for the national side after readmission and should be remembered as a Bafana legend

By Nick Said
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Bafana drill Mali 3-0 in Gabon

Today in SA sports history: January 14

David Isaacson
1 min read