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SASCOC hopes to implement turnaround strategy

Barry Hendricks

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee says it’s hopeful that corruption and negligence are a thing of the past as it’s implementing a turnaround strategy.

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Jiba insists her only income derived from NPA

Suspended National Prosecuting Authority senior advocate, Lawrence Mrwebi has reiterated his claim that there was no sufficient evidence linking former head of Crime Intelligence Richard Mdluli to fraudulent car purchases.

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Parliament wants SABC Board vacancies expedited

Baleka Mbete

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says she has been in contact with State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba to sensitise her about the need for the State Security Agency to expedite the vetting of candidates who have to fill vacancies on various boards.

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Mokgoro Enquiry a liberating platform: Jiba

Nomgcobo Jiba

Suspended NPA Deputy NDPP, Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, has described the Mokgoro Enquiry as a liberating opportunity to give her side of the story.

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LOOK: A whole new world awaits at Pomene

I am an island boy at heart. There is nothing better than taking a dip in the ocean or lying lazily on a lounger while I escape to faraway lands with a good book.

Pomene Island, an unspoilt area just 170km south of Vilanculos and 600km from Mozambique’s capital Maputo, had been just the place to catch some vitamin sea when the MSC Musica docked on a bright Wednesday morning.  

The destination was launched in 2017 by MSC Cruises for their 5-day cruises. Here one can sunbathe at their pristine beach or explore Pomene through a range of exciting, and educational, tours.

The first boat disembarks at 7 am allowing travellers enough time to enjoy the facilities and take in a new destination.

Take in the gorgeous views. Picture: Clinton Moodley.

After a slather of sun lotion, I was ready to explore. While I was quite thrilled to walk through the hotel ruins, the excursion had exceeded its capacity.

The tours should be booked a few weeks ahead of your cruise if you want to qualify for a discount and not have FOMO as I did. Other activities include ocean safari, mangrove estuary trip and kayaking.

If you have time, visit Pomene Nature Reserve, a protected marine area that has managed to preserve its authentic and wild beauty thanks to its remote location.

Make sure you book an excursion before your cruise. Picture: Clinton Moodley.

There is a small craft market on the island where you can purchase authentic African art, from keyrings, ashtrays, silk printed items, carved shaped cats and wooden planes.

The craft owners have compelling stories to share.  

Rogal Mthembu owns a small souvenir stall where he displays his colourful art.

Rogal Mthembu owns a small souvenir stall. Picture: Clinton Moodley.

Hard at work on a wooden souvenir- Mthembu tells guests about how he stumbled onto the profession.

“I had just finished school and was in search of a job. When I could not find anything, I took solace in creating mementoes as a hobby. I ended up turning my passion into a career,” he said.

A few stalls away are people selling traditional Mozambican beers and cocktails, which is perfect to quench one’s thirst from the harsh weather conditions.

Those who prefer some peace and quiet should head down to the beach. The crystal clear water, coupled with the white sand, is heaven.

Take home a souvenir. Picture: Clinton Moodley.

In the distance stands the cruise ship- which makes a good backdrop for your island shots.  Lunch service operates from 11 am to 2 pm with an assortment of island flair to keep the bellies satisfied.

Brave the crowds with some fresh buns, grilled meats and seafood, and a selection of condiments. End the perfect day at Pomene with a cocktail in hand and a view of the sunset.

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Nasa unveils daily Mars weather report

Los Angeles –  Anyone can now check the weather on the red planet with a few clicks thanks to a new tool unveiled by Nasa yesterday.

The space agency’s rover InSight is providing daily weather reports, which are then posted online, Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said.

On Sunday, the highest temperature on Mars was a brisk -17ºC and the lowest reached a frigid -95ºC.

“It gives you a sense of visiting an alien place,” said Don Banfield of Cornell University, in New York’s Ithaca, who leads InSight’s weather science department. “Mars has familiar atmospheric phenomena that are still quite different than those on Earth.”

The Nasa spacecraft landed on Mars in November, becoming the first probe from the US civilian space programme to land on the red planet in six years.

This artist concept shows NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars’ past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Curiosity is being tested in preparation for launch in late 2011. In this picture, the rover examines a rock on Mars with a set of tools at the end of the rover’s arm, which extends about 2 meters (7 feet). Two instruments on the arm can study rocks up close. Also, a drill can collect sample material from inside of rocks and a scoop can pick up samples of soil. The arm can sieve the samples and deliver fine powder to instruments inside the rover for thorough analysis. REUTERS/ NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handou

–  dpa African News Agency (ANA).
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SABC urged to transmit healthy lifestyle programmes

The SABC has been challenged to have more educational programmes that encourage people to adopt healthy lifestyles in order to reduce diseases.

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Braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and… niks

JOHANNESBURG – Easy access, clean toilets, a variety of food and drink, sufficient security officials who actually watch the crowd and not the game, and entertainment – in addition to the game – that doesn’t take away from the sport but makes attending an NBA game fun.

There is a LOT that South African clubs, marketing operators and national federations can – and must – learn from their American counterparts, lest we continue to see crowds of 2000 come through the gates on one of the most thrilling days of Test cricket this country has ever seen, as was the case at Kingsmead last week.

Or a similar figure for a midweek football match involving South Africa’s biggest/most popular sports team.

When SA Rugby took a pre-season event featuring all four Super Rugby sides to the new Cape Town Stadium, it came as a shock when the place was packed. Largely that was down to people knowing they were going to a spacious venue with good amenities. 

It was a big "up yours" to Western Province Rugby and its beleaguered authorities, who are still living in the dark ages and wish to protect a relic like Newlands.

The Cape Town Sevens at Cape Town Stadium is an example of how a sporting event should be presented. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
The Cape Town Sevens at Cape Town Stadium is an example of how a sporting event should be presented. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Sport must move with the times, and that goes for the venues that host them too. Sadly in South Africa they don’t, mainly because of economics.

We have cricket grounds in this country that have had no development in 16 years, when the World Cup was held here. In the meantime, cricket has moved on since 2003 with T20s (even T10s), TV reviews and pink balls.

The only fresh elements at most cricket grounds in this country are some new lights and big screens, which aren’t used properly but were installed for the T20 Global League/Mzansi Super League.

Otherwise, in 2019 you’re still buying boerewors rolls, tasteless burgers, oily slaptjips, Simba chips and beer/soft drinks. Nothing’s really changed.

The same goes for the entertainment during the breaks. If there is any at all, it’s dull and outdated.

And if you’re the Lions rugby union and you’re trying to bring fans to Ellis Park for the derby against the Bulls at the start of next month, you just go ahead an exclude the majority of the population because the only artists down to perform on the day include Bok van Blerk, Pieter Smit, Liezel Pieters, Pieter Koen and Dirk van der Westhuizen, because, you know, screw diversity – it’s still 1988 in one part of Doornfontein.

Sports teams in the United States value their spectators – from all different backgrounds, ages and genders – more than is the case here in South Africa. They genuinely listen to them and then genuinely attempt to integrate what those fans have to say into the experience at venues.

They don’t short-change spectators by not running replays of everything (including run-outs, Cricket SA) on the giant screens – all in HD, by the way – and they use the full dimensions of the screen, unlike cricket grounds in this country.

It’s no longer time for SA sports authorities to pay attention, it’s time to actually make changes, become more innovative and more outward looking.

People’s spending budgets have become smaller and smaller, and in light of Tito Mobweni’s speech yesterday, that’s only going to continue. Sports bodies need to shape up; it’s 2019, time to get with the times. 

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Miscarriage: Why no one wants to talk about it in the workplace

For many expectant parents, experiencing a miscarriage – whether it occurs early or late in pregnancy – can be devastating. Statistical evidence suggests that one in three or four pregnancies results in a miscarriage. 

Although this life event is fairly frequent, it is rarely openly spoken about. In some cases, bereaved parents are even reluctant to discuss it with families and friends. And in many countries, people choose not to share their pregnancy news until the end of the first trimester when miscarriages are less frequent.

Miscarriage is the loss of a child during the first 23 weeks of a pregnancy – and it can be highly traumatic for expectant parents. Added to the complications of dealing with such a unique type of loss, many people feel uncomfortable talking about personal issues within their workplace.

Organisations often shy away from dealing with personal circumstances that are linked to the body and its “dirty” processes, such as miscarriage, menopause and menstruation. People and organisations around the world regularly silence the physical experiences of workers out of shame, ignorance or discomfort. This is often down to the private nature of the topic and the lack of specific organisational support.

Part of the problem is that ideas of management and the workplace traditionally are deeply rooted in masculine norms that consider any personal experiences of loss, the private world of reproduction and intense emotional engagement as “weaknesses” or unprofessional.

One body

Our recent research challenges the outdated patriarchal style of management that dehumanises workers and separates personal and professional lives. We advocate a more humanistic style of managing and behaving in organisations that is inclusive and supportive of employees, and which acknowledges that staff’s well-being inside and outside of the workplace is inevitably linked.

The research draws upon the first author’s (Ilaria) experience of miscarriage. We use personal narrative to show how difficult it can be to try and balance your personal life and work life when you are going through such a traumatic experience:

I find a quiet space at the top of a staircase and cry my tears of love and lost motherhood. I open the gates of my loss and fragility. I am half aware of the possibility of being seen, half-unbothered about the experiential conflict between my personal and work lives, which are never separate, never manageable in organised compartments, never really balanced.

Notwithstanding the impact on people and their ability to perform in the workplace, organisations often have no specific policies to support bereaved parents. There may be maternity or paternity policies, there may be a few days entitlement for bereavement, there may be sick leave, but usually there are no specific and targeted processes and policies in support of miscarriage.

Maybe it shows on my face, as two colleagues I bump into ask me if I am okay. I am not feeling great. Headache? Something like that. Take care of yourself. I slide away. After all, a miscarriage is not really appropriate conference corridor chit-chat material.

This lack of acknowledgement and support for miscarriage leaves people feeling alone, isolated and may also lead to depression.  But following a miscarriage, women and their partners do not receive any post-miscarriage mental health or well-being support. Bereaved parents are left to their own devices or are expected to be proactive in seeking external advice.

Shared stories

When we began talking about miscarriage, people started coming forward with their own stories and shared their experiences. Colleagues reported feeling less lonely knowing that it was alright to discuss this, and acknowledged how miscarriage affected their lives and work.

By sharing narratives of miscarriage, individuals became part of a more intimate community of colleagues who feel valued and listened to as people – and not just workers.

Our research shows why it’s time for personal issues to be written and spoken about in a professional context. This needs to enter organisational discourses, policies and practices. Organisations must create places, networks and processes to legitimise miscarriage as a significant life event. This will enable people to discuss their experiences and feel more able to start talking about traumatic events with less shame and fear regarding other people’s reactions.

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Registration still open for potential voters in 2019 elections

With the youth being the Electoral Commission’s (IEC) main target audience for the 2019 National and Provincial elections, SABC News speaks to young people around Johannesburg to find out if they have heeded the call to register.

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Beast 2.0 aiming to follow in his mentor’s Bok footsteps

DURBAN – The Sharks have had a rich history of colourful props and young Khuthuzani Mchunu has the potential to add his name to the likes of burger-munching Ollie le Roux, roly poly Coenie Oosthuizen and, of course, The Beast.

Mchunu, a 21-year-old tighthead prop harvested from the rural farming community of Greytown in northern KZN, yesterday fronted the media for the first time in his fledgling career, and did so as if he was to the manor born.

Confident and erudite, he revealed that if he did not become a professional rugby player, he would have studied medicine, but as a compromise he was studying bio-medicine through Unisa.

Mchunu is one of the four youngsters who made their Super Rugby debuts against the Sunwolves last week, a moment he describes as “unreal” and something he had envisioned since he was a boy.

And quite a boisterous boy he was, too, he tells us.

“I started playing rugby when I was about 7 years old, I was one of the loud ones in class and my principal said I should go and burn my energy up on the rugby field… and from there it has just been love for the game.

“I never really knew I was good at rugby until I was about 13 years old and started making provincial sides, and then I realised I had a talent for the game and the love grew even stronger.”

Glenwood old boy Khuthuzani Mchunu during the 2018 Glenwood Annual Sports and Cultural Awards’ Assembly. Photo: Glenwood High on facebook
Glenwood old boy Khuthuzani Mchunu during the 2018 Glenwood Annual Sports and Cultural Awards’ Assembly. Photo: Glenwood High on facebook

Naturally, the young Mchunu had an affinity for the legendary Tendai Mtawarira, who first inspired him and is now teaching him the art of scrummaging.

“Being a young black kid, you are obviously going to mention Beast as a role model,” Mchunu said. “He has done a lot for the game, not just in terms of the way he played, but for the black community as a whole. He let us believe that we can achieve the same heights he did in his career, and to now be in camp with him is just unreal… you can just imagine.”

Mchunu said his progression from school through the age groups and onwards to the Sharks began as a schoolboy dream “to play in the black and white”.

“Also, they have always had a lot of Springboks, especially props and hookers, so I knew there would be opportunities to learn from the best.

“For a young front rower like myself, you might not play a lot of games as you wait your turn, but you are going to learn a lot of lessons here, scrummaging against Beast week in and week out in training; Coenie Oosthuizen, as well as guys like Akker van der Merwe, and you are learning from them and they are teaching you a few things.”

Respectful as he is, he is also hungry and ambitious. He knows exactly what he wants to achieve, and that includes playing for the Boks at the 2023 World Cup in France.

“For this year I want to try and get as many caps as I can for Super Rugby, win Super Rugby, and for me personally, I want to try and make the Bok squad and even go to the 2023 World Cup, that is my main goal,” he said.

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If that comes to pass, Mchunu will emulate Greytown’s most famous product, Philip Nel, who captained arguably the greatest Springbok side, the 1937 vintage that swept the All Blacks aside in a series in New Zealand.

Mchunu is clearly having the time of his life at the Sharks, living the dream, and he is proud of his achievements as a youngster from small-town KZN. 

“The Greytown community are extremely proud of me, almost every day I get messages on Facebook, hopefully as I start getting traction in my career and playing more Super Rugby, I can give back to Greytown and help the development of the game there.”


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#MyHeart belongs to the 3 men in my life

For the month of February, IOL is inviting our readers to tell us who they love and why to stand a chance of winning amazing prizes in our #MyHeart competition.

Our next winner is Leontine Thomas, who submitted the following entry:

I have to commend the three men in my life, plus my son’s fiancee for their unselfish support for me. You see, I’m fifty years old and a full-time law student. I’m doing my fourth year of my law degree. It isn’t always easy, but I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have these guys behind me.

I was very fortunate to be a stay home mum. Once my sons were adults and my job as mum became redundant, I found that my skills in the employment sector was outdated. I became desperately despondent and decided to be a victor instead of the victim. I enquired with the University of the Western Cape about studying and possible age exemption. Unfortunately, this does not exist, but they do offer recognition of prior learning and I set off on the battery of tests to test my ability to and eligibility for studying. That was in 2015 – needless to say I was successful.

Before I applied I had to discuss this with my family, who thought I’m crazy but nonetheless proffered support. I have no regrets as I am qualified at the end of 2020. A journey that reduced me to tears on occasion, but the career prospects available makes it worthwhile.

My heart belongs to my guys – I owe you for every lunch, every textbook, every tank filled with petrol, every pen, every cent of the fees you guys provide. Least of all for being content with peanut butter sandwiches for dinner when I am too tired or too busy to cook.

I love you Gregory, Leighton, Darryn & Cayli – THANK YOU


How to enter our #MyHeart competition:

Tell us who you love and why. The IOL team is passionate about news for the heart of South Africa and we want to hear about who holds your heart. Whether it’s the love of your life, your BFF, your cat, your mom, your boss or your second-removed cousin on your grandmother’s side, we want to know why you appreciate them so much.

If you are our pick for the best story of the day, you will win one of our amazing prizes and be entered into our grand prize draw sponsored by Protea Hotels by Marriott. 

Whether it’s an urban escape, going off the beaten track or a romantic seaside soiree you’re after, Protea Hotels by Marriott has just what you’re looking for. Visit  protea.marriott.com/valentines-day for some unbelievable couple’s experiences and imagine the possibilities this Valentine’s month.  

So send an email to iolcompetitions@inl.co.za telling us your #MyHeart story.

You can also DM us on Facebook or Twitter.

Or download our app on Android or IOS and use our MOJO feature to send us your entry.

TIP: The more words the better, and if you have pics and videos, you can send that too. 

The competition runs from February 1 to 28.

Winners will be notified by March 1.

Winners will be notified by email or phone, so please send us your contact details with your entry.

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Your privacy is important to us. When you enter a competition with us, we ask for your name, email address and mobile number. We use email addresses to notify winners to let them know they have won a prize. We use the mobile numbers provided in order to contact the winner and for prize delivery.

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Employees of Independent Media, the sponsors & their agents, or any company associated with the competition & their immediate families are not eligible to enter. • Prizes are not redeemable for cash. •  The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. •  Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged. • The entrant accepts that entry to the competition does not constitute a contract or any form of legal commitment between the entrant and IOL.

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Rand strengthens after dropping to a seven-week low

Rand notes and coins

The rand has regained some ground after dropping to a seven-week low against the greenback as traders wagered that Wednesday’s budget speech would sway ratings agency Moody’s from downgrading the country’s debt to junk status next month.

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Proteas bowled out for 222 on day One

Vishwa Fernando

South Africa who won the toss, have been bowled out for 222 midway through the final session on the opening day of the second cricket test against Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth.

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Pule Mabe “accuser” speaks out

Pule Mabe

Kgoerano Kekana, who was allegedly sexually harassed by ANC National Spokesperson, Pule Mabe, has spoken out following the clearing of Mabe by an internal ANC committee of sexual harassment charges.

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Nowell and Moon start for England against Wales

BAGSHOT – Jack Nowell and Ben Moon will both start for England in their potentially title-deciding Six Nations clash against Wales.

Nowell replaced Chris Ashton after his fellow wing was sidelined with a calf injury in the only backline change to the run-on XV that thrashed France 44-8 at Twickenham last time out.

The only other alteration was up front, with loosehead prop Moon starting in place of the injured Mako Vunipola. 

Saturday’s match in Cardiff could well decide the destiny of the title, with England and Wales the only unbeaten sides left in this season’s Six Nations after the opening two rounds.

Powerful Bath wing Joe Cokanasiga and back-row forward Brad Shields (Wasps) are included in the match day 23 for the first time this tournament with Ellis Genge and Harry Williams also on the bench.

“Ben Moon will start and Ellis Genge will finish so we will get a great 80 minutes out of those two,” said England coach Eddie Jones after announcing his side on Thursday.

“It is disappointing to lose a player of the calibre of Mako Vunipola but we have two very good players who will do a great job for us.”

Eddie Jones on Thursday named his England side to play Wales. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Reuters
Eddie Jones on Thursday named his England side to play Wales. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

The Australian added: “Jack Nowell will start and Joe Cokanasiga will come onto the bench. As we saw in the autumn Joe is a player of great potential so we are looking forward to him adding to the squad.  

“Brad Shields comes in for Nathan Hughes as a finisher as we just feel like it is going to be a high work-rate game.”

‘Big game’

“England and Wales is always a big game,” insisted Jones. “Intense rivals and there is the historical context to it, but for us it is our most important game because it is our next game and that is how we are treating it.”  

Wales were last crowned Six Nations champions in 2013, when they thrashed England 30-3 on the final day of the tournament that season.

England meanwhile are bidding for a third Six Nations title under Jones, who has won all four of his matches against Wales since taking over as Red Rose boss after the 2015 World Cup.

Wales are on an 11-match unbeaten run, with just one more win required to break their all-time record set from 1907-1910 and Jones said: “As you have read in the media, it’s all about Wales, we are playing potentially the greatest team ever. Their players are full of emotion and it’s the biggest game they are going to play in their lives.”

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But while some may have detected a slightly sarcastic tone in that section of a Rugby Football Union statement, there was no doubting Jones’ admiration for Wales coach Warren Gatland.

“Whenever you play against a Warren Gatland side you are playing against a side that is going to be very physical on the gain line,” said Jones of the New Zealander.

“They are always very fit so you have to make sure you win the gain line and then find opportunities of where you are going to attack them.”

Gatland, in his final Six Nations as Wales coach before standing down after this year’s World Cup in Japan, is due to announce his side later Thursday. 

The England team (15-1) is:

Elliot Daly; Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May; Owen Farrell (capt), Ben Youngs; Billy Vunipola, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson; George Kruis, Courtney Lawes; Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George, Ben Moon

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Harry Williams, Joe Launchbury, Brad Shields, Dan Robson, George Ford, Joe Cokanasiga 

Coach: Eddie Jones (AUS)

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Opinion: Why we are over gin

For a long time, gin had a bad reputation, it just wasn’t cool, especially for us young people.

But now it has gone from being an old man’s drink to being a “trendy” millennial’s tipple of choice.  

I remember one of my uncle used to love Gordon’s and I never imagined that today I’ll also be a fan of the much-loved spirit. It just suddenly blew up becoming more of a millennial drink which was something we never imagined it to be. 

It became trendy to an extent where we saw new bars dedicated entirely to the spirit and everyone, from entrepreneurs to celebrities, launching their own gin brands.

When the spirit blew up a few years ago I asked myself, what has sparked this? Why is everyone suddenly enjoying gin a lot more than they used to? 

After experiencing more of it, I found out that gin is one of the most versatile spirit to mix with, hence so many people love it. 

But I’d also like to think we can do the same and more with other spirits too. 

We have world class bartenders and experts all around the world who can bring new magic to any type of spirit available and they I feel we are currently missing out on all the versatility of the other spirits out there. What about whisky? What about rum? What about white port?

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I love gin – I really do, but I fear we are quickly approaching “gin overload” and that needs to be looked at.

There’s a whole spirit world out there, and we should not limit ourselves. Let’s enjoy our gin and tonics but also remember we have got other options. 

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OPINION: Making sense of #Budget2019

Every year around mid-February, the news cycle turns its focus to the national budget speech. Everybody knows how important it is for the country and our economy, and for a few days following the budget speech many of us recycle expert commentary as our own and pretend to know what we’re talking about. For ordinary South Africans, the outcome we typically care most about is how the new budget is going to affect our pockets. Will we have to pay more in income tax? How much more will my fuel cost? Will my parents’ old age pension increase?  

Although these questions are important, the bigger budget itself is a great way to gauge the health of the country, which will ultimately affect all of us in the longer term. We suspect that most of us don’t really pay much attention to the bigger budget because we struggle to make sense of it. For many of us, when numbers get into billions and trillions, and jargon like “percentage of GDP” is thrown around, we tend to disengage and have little chance of really understanding what’s going on.  

Simplifying the budget

In an effort to contextualise the latest projected national budget, we conducted a little thought experiment: we created a fictional household with an income of R100,000 per year. And this fictional household has a fairly normal household budget which consists of income, spending, investing, borrowing and interest on borrowing. We then took the projected budget of South Africa, and allocated the income and expenses into the categories that this household has to see how well or badly the household’s finances are managed.

Fortunately, National Treasury produce a really handy summary of the budget  which makes this experiment a little easier. It’s certainly debatable how we allocated the different national expenditure lines to the various household budget categories, but we tried to keep things simple.

Income

This was the easiest one since we could simply allocate all the projected Revenue collected through taxes (like the income tax you pay), duties and levies into this line. For the 2019/2020 financial year, the Income is R1,455.2 billion.

Spending

In a normal household, spending would typically cover costs such as utilities, food, security, medical expenses, education for the children, charity, insurance, dining out and entertainment. We looked at the various expenditure items in the national budget and decided to allocate the following core spending areas to spending: Health, Learning & Culture, Social Development, Community Development, Peace & Security, General Public Services and two other small spending lines.  

Adding these categories together brings us to a total of R1,290.9 billion.

Investing

A normal household will choose to invest primarily to create additional income and assets in the future. In the same way, the government spends some of its budget on things which should increase revenue in the future primarily through economic growth. We allocated the full Economic Development budget of R192.4 billion to the Investing category.

Interest on Debt

This was simply the published Debt Costs Service of R182.2 billion.

Making sense of the numbers

In order to get a grip on these big numbers, we recalculated all the spending items to be relative to the simpler household income of R100,000. 

 There are a few interesting observations we can see from this picture now. The most startling is that this household is spending R14,400 more this year than it is earning. The other troubling observation is that this household is not paying off any of its debt. In fact, because the household is spending R14,400 more than it’s earning, it is actually increasing its debt each year.

At this stage, a financial advisor for this household would be quite worried about the situation and words like “debt spiral” may start to be thrown around. For those who don’t know, a debt spiral can start when a person has borrowed so much money that the interest owed on that debt becomes so high that the person has to borrow even more to survive. This further increases the interest cost, making the problem worse and even more debt is needed and so on and so forth. It normally doesn’t end well.

How do we turn the tide?

If this was a normal household, there are a number of interventions which would need to be put in place immediately. We’re going to make the assumption that the South African government can’t go into debt rescue, and will want to pay back its debts in full.

Step 1

This household should cut back on spending across the board so that it can stop borrowing. Continual borrowing and the resulting increase in interest costs on that debt will eventually end very badly. In a crisis like this, cutting back on both spending and investments to achieve this would be a good idea.

Step 2

This household should look to find what it can do to increase its income. For ordinary people, this may mean looking for alternative employment or starting a side hustle. For a government, this can only be done by increasing its tax revenue. This can be done through tax increases, although much research suggests that any further increases in personal income tax may have the opposite effect of lowering revenue. The other option for this government is economic growth which will mean more people working (which is more personal income tax), more spending from these people (more VAT) and more corporate profits (more corporate tax income).

Step 3

Start paying back the debt. There are two ways to do this. Firstly, this can be done by spending less than we’re earning and using the budget surplus to pay off debt. Given the current budget shortfall and economic growth outlook, this solution seems unlikely at the moment.  

The second option would be to sell off existing assets and use the proceeds to pay off some of the debt. If a household was in this situation, yet had some assets which had some value (like a second car), they could sell it to pay back some debt to make it more manageable. Unfortunately, in the case of South Africa, it’d be tricky to start selling any of the government’s assets on Gumtree.  

What can we do?

As individuals, we should aspire to run our finances as best we can. It’s not entirely rocket science to get it right in theory, but we know how difficult it can be to put this theory into practice.

So here are a few simple principles:

  • Spend less than you earn
  • Only borrow money to acquire assets (as opposed to borrowing to fuel spending)
  • Invest the difference between what you earn and spend
  • Income generated from these investments, over time, should passively increase your income which means even more can be reinvested.

If each of us is able to grow our wealth – paying taxes, creating jobs and spending money (wisely) as we do – then we can do our little bit to help grow the government’s income. And little by little, a little becomes a lot.

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S Africa sugar association reacts to “sugar tax” increase

The South African Sugar Association says it is disappointed at Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni’s, announcement of an increase in the so called ‘sugar tax’ during his maiden budget speech.

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Sri Lanka control proceedings on day one tea break

Aiden Markram

Sri Lanka seamers Kasun Rajitha and Vishwa Fernando reduced South Africa to 185 for seven at tea on day one of the second and final test at St George’s Park on Thursday.

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I couldn’t really celebrate, says Man City’s Sane on stunning free kick against Schalke

GELSENKIRCHEN – Leroy Sane admits feeling “sorry” for his stunning free kick against ex-club Schalke, which helped 10-man Manchester City seal a dramatic 3-2 away win in the Champions League.

Premier League leaders City were in trouble at 2-1 down in the last 16, first-leg tie, playing with 10 men after Nicolas Otamendi was sent off on 68 minutes, before Sane struck.

The Germany winger, a product of Schalke’s academy who left for City in 2016, came off the bench and smashed home a free kick to equalise on 85 minutes in Gelsenkirchen.

Raheem Sterling then tapped home City’s superb winner on 90 minutes, after a brilliant long-range pass from goalkeeper Ederson, to seal victory, with the return leg in Manchester on March 12.

“Yeah, I was a bit,” Sane told reporters when asked if he was sorry to score against Schalke on Wednesday. “I couldn’t really celebrate. Of course I was pleased for my team, but to score a goal like that against my ‘former love’…”

Having waited 78 minutes to come off the bench, Sane was delighted to finally run out at the Veltins Arena.

“It was very emotional for me to be back in my home town,” said Sane. “It was great to be able to play in this great atmosphere in front of these fans.

“In the first half I had goosebumps, the way the Schalke fans urged their team on.”

City top the Premier League on goal difference, while struggling Schalke are down near the relegation places in the Bundesliga.

Yet the Germans gave Pep Guardiola’s City a scare as Nabil Bentaleb netted two first-half penalties, both awarded after the video assistant referee intervened, to cancel out Sergio Aguero’s early goal.

Leroy Sane watches his free kick sail over the wall and into the net for Manchester City against Schalke on Wednesday. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP
Leroy Sane watches his free kick sail over the wall and into the net for Manchester City against Schalke on Wednesday. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP

Sane was full of praise for his former club.

“They played very, very well and the way they defended made it hard for us,” said the 23-year-old.

“I was a little bit sad for Schalke, because the atmosphere was amazing, like it always is.

“At the end we did it, we scored three goals away – that was the most important thing.”


AFP

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World Spay Day highlights the importance of fixing our pets

World Spay Day — marked on the last Tuesday in February — is an international effort started by the Doris Day Animal League to encourage the sterilization of dogs and cats.

It is an effort that is supported by animal advocates such as the Humane Society International and celebrities such as Katherine Heigl, Josh Kelley and Lily Tomlin. And of course Bob Barker, who ended the The Price Is Right with the phrase: “This is Bob Barker reminding you to help control the pet population — have your pets spayed or neutered.”

‘The Price Is Right’ host Bob Barker signed off by telling viewers to spay or neuter their pets.

As a researcher studying meaning and well-being, especially in later life, I have found that the human-animal bond crops up repeatedly as an essential element of quality of life. Recently I wrote about how, for many people around the world, pets are family members, who actually contribute to our health and well-being.

Sterilization and population control

We are horrified by stories of dogs and cats abandoned and unwanted, living on the streets, abused or killed in shelters that just don’t have room for them all. But there is a simple fix for this problem: sterilizing puppies and kittens before they are old enough to have babies themselves.

Spaying or neutering not only prevents unwanted puppies and kittens, it also decreases undesirable behaviours like aggression and marking indoors. In fact, spaying or neutering our pets increases the likelihood that we will keep them. Multiple studies have shown that unsterilized pets are more likely to be abandoned at shelters than those who were “fixed.”

For both cats and dogs, sterilization also reduces the likelihood of testicular, ovarian, uterine and/or mammary cancers and increases life expectancy.

Sterilization to reduce animal suffering

Spaying and neutering dogs and cats is an effective way to prevent the miserable life unwanted animals face, including starvation, abuse and suffering. Many animal welfare organizations, employ pediatric sterilization, (spaying/neutering puppies and kittens under four months old) to manage overpopulation and/or prevent unwanted litters post-adoption.

Additional benefits

Traditionally, sterilization is done around six to nine months, or older. However, decades of research suggest many animals can be sterilized at a much younger age. Research shows no difference in terms of most behavioural and medical conditions between early-age and traditional-age sterilization of dogs and cats. Some research suggests that cats and male dogs of many breeds can be sterilized as early as six to eight weeks for population control.

Given that there are breed-specific concerns with regard to when to spay or neuter, pet owners should consult their veterinarian, since for some dog breeds sterilization at four to five months of age or older may be better for their long-term health. For female dogs, sterilization is generally recommended after three months and before the dog’s first “heat” (estrous cycle), after which there is a higher risk of cancer as well as unplanned litters.

Sterilization does not affect pets’ intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt. It can help protect against some serious health problems, as well as reduce many of the behavioural problems associated with the mating instinct. And, sterilization is associated with longer life spans.

Around the world, animal rescue and protection organizations are actively working to manage the overpopulation of street and feral cats and dogs humanely. But they will not succeed unless pet “parents” do their part and spay or neuter their animals.

Choosing to spay or neuter our pets is the best way to prevent overpopulation — and the associated suffering among these animals who collectively contribute so much to human well-being.

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Pirates title hopes suffer setback

Pirates and Supersport players

Orlando Pirates’ ABSA Premiership title hopes suffered a major setback when they lost 1-0 to their SuperSport United in the only league match played Wednesday night.

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Thursday marks International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day.

Thursday marks international mother language day. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1999.

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Wales prepared for ‘exceptional’ England in Six Nations, says North

CARDIFF – Wales winger George North expects England’s ‘exceptional’ tactics in both attack and defence to cause them problems in their Six Nations clash but are prepared to take them on in Cardiff on Saturday.

The visitors are top of the Championship table after victories over holders Ireland and France and two bonus points have given them an outright lead over Wales, who are looking to set a record of 12 consecutive wins.

“England have been in great form, both sides of the ball. They have been exceptional tactically,” North, who has 80 caps for Wales, told The Guardian.

“They have great line-speed, are strong defensively and they have good variation in attack through their kicking game and strike plays. Their matches this year have probably had a bit more rugby than ours and they are certainly in a good place.

“We have the opportunity to put ourselves in a great position. The boys know what is at stake and, come the weekend, we will have had the best preparation.”

Georges North in action during the match between France and Wales at the Stade de France. Photo: Yoan Valat/EPA
Georges North in action during the match between France and Wales at the Stade de France. Photo: Yoan Valat/EPA

North also said that Warren Gatland’s side have not produced their best performances despite victories over France and Italy earlier this month.

“We made a slow start in France, then brought it back, and Italy was a tough place to go having made so many changes,” North added.

“As Warren says, winning is a habit: ugly or pretty, you have to win wherever you go.”

Victory for either side at the Principality Stadium would make them favourites for the title and a potential Grand Slam. 

Reuters

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#WinnieMandela’s Brandfort museum project stalls due to rising costs

Johannesburg – Plans to turn struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s Brandfort house into a museum have been scuppered by rising costs and there is no indication as to when they will resume, the department of arts and culture revealed on Thursday.

The ailing anti-apartheid struggle icon died in hospital on 2 April 2018. She was 81.

In the same month, the department entered into a level service agreement with Risimati Consulting Engineers as the implementing agent to turn the house Madikizela-Mandela was banished to by apartheid government in the 70s in Brandfort, Free State, into a museum to preserve her memory.

This was after R3 million allocated to the Free State Independent Development Trust (IDT) for the project in 2012 "disappeared". The investigation into the missing money has stalled. 

Spokesperson for the department, Asanda Magaqa, told African News Agency (ANA) that two adjudicated tenders bids for the projects were found to be non-responsive on both functionality and price as they quoted the department well over R2.5 million. 

Magaqa said the tender to appoint the contractor was advertised in August last year, and was followed by a compulsory site briefing from the four prospective tenderers who had collected the documents.

She said only two tenderers returned their priced documents and were adjudicated, but both companies did not meet the quality and functionality criteria.

"The tender price of both companies were much higher than the approved budget. The first company tendered for R2 529 806.07, which is a 46.50 percent deviation from the approved budget. The second company tendered for R2 964 420.64, which is a 54.35 percent deviation from the approved budget," Magaqa said. 

The house in Brandfort where Struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was banished to in 1977 by the apartheid regime. Picture: Supplied

"National Treasury approval for an increased budget has been sought based on the response of the market and the implementing agent has been instructed to re-advertise the tender in order to reach a wider pool of prospective qualified bidders and appointment by end of February."

Risimati developed a detailed project implementation plan and a revised design, focusing on the restoration of the house and bombed clinic. These were to be converted into interpretative spaces. A multi-purpose centre with an internet hub and wi-fi facilities was also part of the plan.

Magaqa said as things stand, National Treasury has requested that before the department can approve the project variation order, it must furnish them with the tender advert and bid adjudication committee report for the sub-contractors, bills of quantity for the implementing agent.

"This was done and we await their response," Magaqa said. 

Africa News Agency/ANA

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Top 10 reasons why I love #MyHeart

For the month of February, IOL is inviting our readers to tell us who they love and why to stand a chance of winning amazing prizes in our #MyHeart competition.

Our next winner is Gugulethu Mntambo, who submitted the following entry:

I’d like to share #MyHeart story about my girlfriend whom I’ve been with since high school. I’ve got a multitude of reasons why I love her. These are the top ten:

1. She makes me happy 

2. She is forgiving

3. She is truthful and honest

4. She realizes my mistakes and helps me rectify them

5. She listens to me

6. She cares to know how I feel all the time

7. She is reliable

8. She supports my decisions and challenges those she thinks aren’t good

9. She is beautiful

10. Most importantly she loves our kids more than she loves me 🙂

These are my top 10 reasons. Before I conclude I’d like to share the following poem by Elaine Chetty:

My love for you is like the raging sea,

So powerful and deep it will forever be.

Through storm, wind, and heavy rain,

It will withstand every pain.

Our hearts are so pure and love so sweet.

I love you more with every heartbeat!

Good luck to her. She deserves the #MyHeart story hamper more than I do :).


How to enter our #MyHeart competition:

Tell us who you love and why. The IOL team is passionate about news for the heart of South Africa and we want to hear about who holds your heart. Whether it’s the love of your life, your BFF, your cat, your mom, your boss or your second-removed cousin on your grandmother’s side, we want to know why you appreciate them so much.

If you are our pick for the best story of the day, you will win one of our amazing prizes and be entered into our grand prize draw sponsored by Protea Hotels by Marriott. 

Whether it’s an urban escape, going off the beaten track or a romantic seaside soiree you’re after, Protea Hotels by Marriott has just what you’re looking for. Visit  protea.marriott.com/valentines-day for some unbelievable couple’s experiences and imagine the possibilities this Valentine’s month.  

So send an email to iolcompetitions@inl.co.za telling us your #MyHeart story.

You can also DM us on Facebook or Twitter.

Or download our app on Android or IOS and use our MOJO feature to send us your entry.

TIP: The more words the better, and if you have pics and videos, you can send that too. 

The competition runs from February 1 to 28.

Winners will be notified by March 1.

Winners will be notified by email or phone, so please send us your contact details with your entry.

Competition Rules:

Selected story entries, pictures and videos will be published on iol.co.za and our social media pages. The winners’ names will be published on our website and social media pages.

Your privacy is important to us. When you enter a competition with us, we ask for your name, email address and mobile number. We use email addresses to notify winners to let them know they have won a prize. We use the mobile numbers provided in order to contact the winner and for prize delivery.

The competition is only open to people residing in South Africa.

Employees of Independent Media, the sponsors & their agents, or any company associated with the competition & their immediate families are not eligible to enter. • Prizes are not redeemable for cash. •  The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. •  Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged. • The entrant accepts that entry to the competition does not constitute a contract or any form of legal commitment between the entrant and IOL.

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SA model David Miller mourns the death of Lagerfeld

SA's first male model David Miller.

South Africa’s first male super model, David Miller from Cape Town, has joined the international fashion world in mourning the death of the legendary designer and accomplished photographer, Karl Lagerfeld.

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It’s early days yet, but Rebel Cooper’s performance deserves some Cheika attention

CAPE TOWN – Former Wallabies and Reds fullback Greg Martin described Quade Cooper’s debut Super Rugby performance with the Rebels as “the most commanding flyhalf performance from an Australian in three years.”

The 70-Test Wallaby’s Super Rugby return was always going to be the main event in the Rebels’ opener against the Brumbies last week. And it turned out to be a brilliant one as Cooper guided the Rebels to a 34-27 win at Canberra Stadium.

If you look at the Rebels’ pivot struggles over the years, the 30-year-old’s efforts in round one should be welcomed even more.

But Cooper’s Canberra productions also sent a loud message to Australia coach Michael Cheika as well. Or at least it should have.

That was round one, so it’s still very, very early days. But after that performance, you can’t help but think World Cup, especially considering the Wallabies’ thin playmaking stocks.

And what a return that would be.

Cooper – along with Karmichael Hunt and James Slipper – was considered excess goods at Ballymore in 2018 and was exiled under Brad Thorne (although Cooper was the Reds’ only Super Rugby-winning playmaker).

He ended up playing third-tier club rugby in Brisbane, and now looks set to make up for lost time next to his long-time halfback partner Will Genia.

Should he be recalled, what a return for Quade Cooper to the Wallabies at the 2019 World Cup it would be. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/EPA
Should he be recalled, what a return for Quade Cooper to the Wallabies at the 2019 World Cup it would be. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Going on that performance alone, the Rebels’ playmaking axis should be the one that steers Australia in Japan at the World Cup.

The Cooper-Genia halfback pairing is the third most capped partnership (71 games) in Super Rugby history, behind the Hurricanes’ TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett (91) and former Brumbies duo George Gregan and Stephen Larkham (80).

They were also instrumental in the Reds’ Super Rugby-winning season in 2011. But the digits next to their names are far from the only factor that should speak in their favour when Cheika pencils his World Cup selections.

While Cooper showed a lot of his to-be-expected balling traits against the Brumbies – like that left-foot jink, flat play, stunning passing and a no-look give or two – it was also clear that he had worked on a thing or two while in the rugby wilderness.

He didn’t disappear in defence, in fact he looked quite eager and sturdy – like when he made that try-saving tackle on Wallaby steamtrain Tevita Kuridrani – while his kicking was pin-point and raked some good distance.

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Genia was also impressive with his passing and kicking, and an added linebreak or two in addition to two try-assists made his outing a superb one.

That was on the individual front, but as a pair, there is no other partnership Down Under that can run the show like Cooper and Genia when they get it right.

And if they continue getting it right, Cheika will find himself having to explain why it isn’t Cooper starting alongside Genia in Japan as opposed to why he is giving the enigmatic flyhalf another chance.

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White supremacist held over US terror plot

A US Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist has been arrested after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home that authorities say he stockpiled to launch a widespread domestic terrorist attack targeting politicians and journalists.

Christopher Paul Hasson called for "focused violence" to "establish a white homeland" and dreamed of ways to "kill almost every last person on earth," according to court records filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland. Though court documents do not detail a specific planned date for an attack, the government said he had been amassing supplies and weapons since 2017 at the latest, developed a spreadsheet of targets that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and searched the internet using phrases such as "best place in dc to see congress people" and "are supreme court justices protected."

"The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," the government said in court documents filed this week, arguing that Hasson should stay in jail awaiting trial.


Hasson, of Silver Spring, is expected to appear before a judge for a detention hearing in federal court in Greenbelt on Thursday.

Hasson was arrested on illegal weapons and drug charges on Friday, but the government says those charges are the "proverbial tip of the iceberg." Officials with the U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland outlined in court documents Hasson’s alleged plans to spark chaos and destruction, describing a man obsessed with neo-fascist and neo-Nazi views.

"Please send me your violence that I may unleash it onto their heads," Hasson wrote in a letter that prosecutors say was found in his email drafts. "Guide my hate to make a lasting impression on this world."


A magistrate judge ordered that the Office of the Federal Public Defender represent Hasson; the office declined comment on Wednesday.

Hasson has been working at the US Coast Guard headquarters in Washington since 2016, according to court documents filed by prosecutors. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1988 to 1993 and in the Army National Guard for about two years in the mid-90s.

A case containing bottles of Tramodol uncovered by US federal investigators in the home of US Coast Guard lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson in Silver Spring, Maryland. Picture: US Attorney’s Office Maryland/Handout via Reuters

Agents with the FBI field office in Baltimore and the Coast Guard Investigative Service arrested Hasson on Friday, FBI Baltimore spokesman Dave Fitz confirmed.

A Coast Guard spokesman, Lt. Cmdr. Scott McBride, said Wednesday that Hasson no longer works at Coast Guard headquarters.


"An active duty Coast Guard member stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by Coast Guard Investigation Services, in cooperation with the FBI and the Dept. of Justice," McBride said in a written statement. McBride declined to comment further, citing the open investigation.

Court documents do not detail what prompted federal law enforcement to begin investigating Hasson, but they say Hasson has been studying the 1,500-page manifesto of right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who unleashed two attacks in 2011 that killed 77 in Norway. They say Hasson’s attack preparations resembled Breivik’s.

The manifesto outlined how Breivik planned and prepared his attacks with the aim of providing an outline for others planning similar terrorist operations, the U.S. court filings say.


Breivik took steroids and narcotics, believing it would heighten his abilities to carry out attacks. When law enforcement raided Hasson’s apartment, they said they found a locked container loaded with more than 30 vials of what appeared to be human growth hormones. He has also ordered more than 4,200 pills of the narcotic Tramadol since 2016, along with synthetic urine to allegedly bypass possible random drug screenings at work, they said.

Breivik encouraged identifying targets and traitors. In recent weeks, they said, Hasson developed a spreadsheet of targets that included top Democratic congressional leaders and media personalities. The list includes "JOEY," what prosecutors say is a reference to former Rep. Joe Scarborough, R-Fla., who works for MSNBC; "cortez," an alleged reference to freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York; and "Sen blumen jew," presumably about Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

The filing was first reported Wednesday afternoon by the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.


Authorities seized 15 firearms, including several long guns and rifles, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from his basement apartment after executing a search warrant this month. Over the past two years, he had made nearly two dozen purchases of firearms or related equipment and made thousands of visits to websites that sell weapons or tactical gear.

Authorities said Hasson harbored extremist views for years.

"The defendant is a domestic terrorist," the government said in court filings, "bent, on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct."


In an email he drafted in June 2017, he contemplated biological attacks and targeting food supplies, according to court filings. He considered the merits of a "bombing/sniper campaign" and included a "Things to do" list that included purchasing land "out west or possibly NC mtns" for family and researching tactics used during the civil war in Ukraine.

"During unrest target both sides to increase tension," Hasson wrote in the email, according to the court filings. "In other words provoke gov/police to over react which should help to escalate violence. BLM protests or other left crap would be ideal to incite to violence."

In another letter drafted months later to an American neo-Nazi leader, Hasson called for a "white homeland." He sent the letter to himself nearly two months after the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where torch-carrying white-supremacists clashed with anti-racist protesters.


"I never saw a reason for mass protest or wearing uniforms marching around provoking people with swastikas etc.," Hasson said in the letter, according to court filings. "I was and am a man of action you cannot change minds protesting like that. However you can make change with a little focused violence."

Hasson’s commitment to destruction appeared to increase in recent weeks, according to details from prosecutors. He created a list of "traitors" and targets on January 19 in a spreadsheet on his work computer, they said, which was created two days after he conducted a series of internet inquiries:

8:54 a.m.: "what if trump illegally impeached"


8:57 a.m.: "best place in dc to see congress people"

8:58 a.m.: "where in dc to congress live"

10:39 a.m.: "civil war if trump impeached"


11:26 a.m.: "social democrats usa"

The arrest marks the second time that the Coast Guard has responded to an incident involving alleged white supremacy in recent months. In September, the service reprimanded a worker who flashed what some people identified as a white-supremacy sign in the background of a televised interview with another officer during the response to Hurricane Florence.

"We are aware of the offensive video on twitter – the Coast Guard has identified the member and removed him from the response," the service said at the time in a tweet. "His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard."


That individual was not identified.

The Washington Post