- Emilie Gambade
The professional conduct hearing into diet guru Tim Noakes continues, but it is already clear that the tussle is one of lawyer vs lawyer rather, than a debate of science. On Wednesday, Noakes’ legal team poked holes in the testimony of witnesses criticising Noakes’ nutritional advice. When Noakes’ team calls their own expert witnesses in his defence, expect the same to happen to them. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Sheer curiosity and a benevolent photographer pushed me up what felt like the steepest driveway in Bedfordview. The reward – an hour inspecting the home of arguably the country’s most infamous crime boss and the opportunity to allow myself to slip into an alternate universe narrated by Marlon Brando and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. By MANDY WIENER.
The second day of scientist Tim Noakes’ professional misconduct hearing saw two witnesses give evidence against Noakes and his controversial Banting diet. But the professor is not taking it lying down: his legal team subjected Noakes’ complainant to a gruelling cross-examination, including the implication that she might have financial ties to cereal companies. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Factory farming and our own excessive pill-popping is driving the development of “superbugs” that are able to evade our best medicines, making death from common infections possible once again. Now resistance to one of the very last effective antibiotics has been discovered. By KERRY CULLINAN for HEALTH-E NEWS.
Saudi Arabia shocked the world when poet Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death for apostasy last week. The poet, who was effectively unable to get legal assistance, has been given 30 days to appeal his penalty. But, says Amnesty International, at the heart of it, it is the West that should be holding up a mirror. And Fayadh’s case is just a drop in the ocean. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
To his admirers, he is a visionary health guru now made the victim of a witch-hunt. To his detractors, he is a once-solid sports scientist who has veered down the path of quackery by pushing his low carbohydrate, high fat Banting diet. This week, Professor Tim Noakes’ views on nutrition will be placed under the microscope as he faces a Health Professions Council hearing over advice he gave on Twitter about what babies should be fed. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Former president, Thabo Mbeki, noted that “among the yardsticks by which to measure a society’s respect for human rights, to evaluate the level of its maturity and its generosity of spirit” is the manner in which it treats the disabled. The marginalisation and dehumanisation of people with psychosocial disabilities, represents one of the most widespread forms of discrimination still prevalent in South African. By FARAAZ MAHOMED and DAVID BILCHITZ.
The Oranjezicht City Farm Market in Cape Town has gone in four years from being a small volunteer community project to a popular city market pumping R30 million into the local economy trading only one day a week. It has also created 200 jobs and supports around 15 small farmers in the region. One of its visionaries is former Cape tourism head, Sheryl Ozinsky, who has a plan to create sustainable, local, small scale farming in the region enabling the provision of quality, affordable and nutritious food. And she's making it happen. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Cape Town’s Waterfront is playing host at the moment to an extraordinary Hawaiian voyaging canoe, on an journey around the world with a message of interconnectedness and environmental care. Its crew have none of the normal technology available to guide their trip. REBECCA DAVIS finds out how they navigate the oceans.
This is a powerful piece of theatre, but you have to wonder why anyone would want to see it. We live amidst brutality and madness, where the abuse of women is rife, and men and women, alike, carry ourselves with a constant tinge of wariness. Noise heightens this in 90 minutes of domestic soapy cum thriller. Theatre Review by LESLEY STONES.
In Burundi, the children suffer a double blow; economic decline, and reduced foreign support. There is a need for investment in children by all, from protection to education to healthcare. In these troubled times, more than ever, there is a strong case for support, and for the immediate protection of children from violence. By LEILA GHARAGOZLOO-PAKKALA.
Hunters from the United States and South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) are meeting behind closed doors at a resort near Polokwane this week, to plan the future use of Africa’s wildlife. Journalists have been told they are not welcome at a meeting hosted by the South African government, in collaboration with pro-hunting groups from the United States. By DON PINNOCK.
Between some great local non-fiction escapist offerings due on the shelves this holiday season, South Africans hoping to catch up on political non-fiction are in for a dose of bleak and brutal reality for 'tis the season of deep discontent. A new addition to the growing pile of dystopian recent writings is columnist and political analyst, Justice Malala's book, an angry, uncompromising, but not unexpected lament about the current state of the country under ANC rule. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Now that the Economic Freedom Fighters have forced white monopoly capital to pay attention to their demands, the rest of the country may want to consider the party’s stance on the potential of the cannabis plant. With the help of a management consultant who is unpacking the business case for legalisation, KEVIN BLOOM attempts to assess the real value of South Africa’s fabled dagga fields.
South Africa is often referred to as a "religious society". Of course no one quite defines what that means, but it is a part of our national identity that we encompass many religious groups who believe different things. And we're often quite proud of that. It would be weird for the African National Congress (ANC) to open a political conference without almost all of the country's beliefs being represented. This makes religion quite a powerful force. But over the last month, a Chapter Nine Institution, known as the CRL, has started to muscle in on religion. And it is doing so unfairly. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
For those who watched the Pistorius proceedings live on television, it was immediately obvious that the Supreme Court of Appeal is a completely different arena to the country’s magistrate’s courts or even the High Court. The overwhelming sense many would have felt was that the law is in good hands. By MANDY WIENER.
Political satires and parodies have a long history of taking the mickey out of the mighty and the powerful. J. BROOKS SPECTOR looks at the latest in this tradition. It is a good one, a pseudo-children’s book, Goodnight zzZuma, built upon that great children’s classic from the late 1940s, Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown.
Artist Lizza Littlewort is holding her first major solo exhibition since returning to full-time painting earlier this year. Inspired by influences as diverse as Foucault, JM Coetzee and the now-humble Cecil John Rhodes, she’s turning the works of the Dutch masters upside down. Rewriting history? An ambitious task. But according to her, it’s already been done. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
The Oscar Pistorius circus moves to Bloemfontein, where lawyers will argue among themselves about just how guilty he really is, and whether the trial judge, Thokozile Masipa, got it wrong in her initial judgment. The outcome will determine whether Oscar gets to enjoy the remaining four years of his house arrest, or gets sent back to the slammer for a much longer stint. By SIMON ALLISON.
Witwatersrand University’s Prof Lee Berger sits down for breakfast with J. BROOKS SPECTOR and discusses the larger meanings of the discovery of Homo Naledi, the origins of humanity, and need to focus more attention on science in a country like South Africa, both for the advancement of knowledge as well as for basic economic goals. And so much more.
“Red meat causes cancer.” You’ve heard this repeated many times over the past few days, with every imaginable tone and implication. The link is likely real, but how big a puzzle piece is it in the overall picture of health in South Africa? Is the finding cause for serious concern, or are there more important health hazards to worry about? By ANDREA TEAGLE.
After two years of work a highly anticipated meeting of Catholic bishops came to an end in Rome last Sunday. The bishops met for three weeks to study and discuss the Church’s response and responsibility in promoting and facilitating family life. Some were relieved that there were no big changes, others disappointed as they had hoped that the Catholic Church would change its position on a number of hot-button issues. Was there any point to the meeting and the entire two-year process? By RUSSELL POLLITT.
Leopards are in trouble. But how much is hard to tell. For hundreds of years they were classed as vermin. Today we don’t know how many have survived the guns – they’re elusive and hard to count – so it’s almost impossible to work out whether hunting them is sustainable. But in slow, incremental steps, the South African government is finally doing something about it. By DON PINNOCK.