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Articles from August 19, 2008

Alleged Hitman Says He Kissed Sleeping Baby at Petersen Home While Robbing Its Parents
still be alive today," Hassen told the court. "I found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time." Hassen said when he rejoined Snyders in their bakkie outside the house after the shooting, Snyders was very disturbed, and did not want to talk...
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Asmal Lauds Gandhi's 'No Violence' Stand in Lecture
EVEN though many South Africans remain "impatient for progress", it is important to remember that "in a democracy we cannot and must not resort to violence", says ANC veteran Kader Asmal. Asmal delivered a public lecture in Johannesburg last night...
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A Taste for Transformation
BYLINE: A'EYSHA KASSIEM MIGRANT worker. Saxophonist. Risk-taker. These are three words describing UCT's new vice-chancellor, Max Price, that you won't find on his CV. Price, from Johannesburg, is to take up the vice-chancellor title officially...
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Benkenstein:Englandmissed a Trick
BYLINE: PATRICK COMPTON DURHAM, England: Dale Benkenstein says he is proud of his former South African teammates for winning their first Test series in England since 1965, but he feels the England selectors missed a trick when they failed to select...
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Beware - That New Facebook Friend Could Be a Lethal Hacker
BYLINE: Joseph Menn Los Angeles: MySpace bills itself as "a place for friends." But social networking sites are becoming a place for enemies too. A couple of things happened on last Thursday that reinforce the point that these sites, while being...
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Boy Kills One, Wounds 3 in Sword Attack at His School
BYLINE: Alex Eliseev, Kanina Foss <p>and Angelique Serrao JOHANNESBURG: In the morning, the teenager made his mother coffee - something he never did. He put on his school uniform, including the red matric jersey that all final-year pupils...
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China Could Teach Us Vays Und Means to Make Our Chaps Win
CHINA could have taught us a lot about Olympic success, if only we had let it. That country would simply not have put up with divers who belly-flopped, or swimmers who came last. It would have told its athletes to win medals, or else! When the alternative...
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Communities Seize the Initiative
BYLINE: JO-ANNE SMETHERHAM A GRASSROOTS movement fighting crime and poverty is slowly taking hold across the Western Cape. Proudly Manenberg (PM) and the Khayelitsha Development Forum are shining lights for 25 other organisations that started...
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Computers Are Happiest When They're Trusted
This is a mea culpa, a grovel. If at any time I have offered advice about how to treat your computer, forget it: it was all wrong. (Sorry, hey, now ciao, OK?) It was also misleading and dangerous like most similar advice that emanates from the parasitic...
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Copperheads Arrest Six They Link to Friday's Theft of Copper Cable
BYLINE: Staff Writer THE city's non-ferrous metal theft task team, the Copperheads, has arrested six suspects in the theft of copper cable that left thousands of Cape Town train commuters stranded on Friday morning. City councillor Pieter van...
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De Villiers Determined to Complete Bok Transition
BYLINE: MIKE GREENAWAY DURBAN: Cheetahs flyer Jongi Nokwe is likely to be named at left wing later today in the Springbok team to play the Wallabies on Saturday in place of star wing Bryan Habana. The Bok team management announced yesterday that...
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De Villiers Must keepBoks on Creative Path
The Springboks' 19-0 loss to the All Blacks was an extremely disappointing result and failing to score a point in a Test match is embarrassing, especially at home. But let's keep things in perspective here. Fact: The Boks have lost 16 out of 21...
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Emotions Run High
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY THE last leg of public hearings on the Scorpions' future turned into a slanging match between ANC supporters in favour of disbanding the crime-fighting unit, and parties against the idea, which slammed the hearings as a farce....
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"Everything Has Been Suspended"
BYLINE: Hans Pienaar JOHANNESBURG: Activists, unionists and others slammed the failure of the SADC summit at the weekend to deal with worldwide demands to have the Mugabe regime's restrictions on humanitarian agencies lifted. In the final communique...
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Free Legal Advice during Sawla's Access to Justice Week
BYLINE: CARYN DOLLEY PEOPLE usually unable to afford legal assistance will benefit during the next few days as free legal advice and services will be offered to them as part of national Access to Justice Week. The aims of the week, an initiative...
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Give Them Hope
I was very interested in Avril Knott-Craig's article ("When the unruly few bring learning to a halt", August 14). Troublesome, unruly adolescents certainly put authorities under pressure to develop alternative provision for them. There are many well-documented...
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Guerrilla Gardeners Go to War to Beautify Their Surroundings
I love the new cycle path along the Liesbeek Parkway in Rosebank. There must have been a path or road here years ago, as the trees are planted in pairs, and the landscape architect has threaded the new path between them. I hope the council decides...
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Height Does Play a Role for a Fetcher, Says Smith
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED STAR Wallaby fetcher flank George Smith says that the height of an openside flank plays an important role in the battle for the ball at the breakdown. Smith, who is one of the finest exponents of turning over opposition...
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In a Virtual World You Can Buy Anything ... Even Dung
BYLINE: Alex Pham Los Angeles: Why do people pay real money for virtual items? This is a question that has intrigued Vili Lehdonvirta for years. A researcher at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology in Finland, Lehdonvirta approaches...
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In Prehistoric Times, a Leopard-Like Predator Turned Our Ancestors into Cat Food, Study Finds
BYLINE: Shaun Smillie JOHANNESBURG: From fossils gathered across the Cradle of Humankind, to the west of here, scientists are drawing up a list of likely suspects. And with the assistance of new technologies and finds, the search is narrowing....
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It Looked like He Beheaded Him, Says Dead Boy's Friend
the boy with a black mask. The masked boy drew a long sword from his side and slashed his friend across the neck. "It looked like he beheaded him. I just ran when I saw my friend fall," JC said. After he killed Pretorius, he went for another...
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Learningcurve
FORTY YEARS ago, social anthropologist Archie Mafeje was blocked from a University of Cape Town teaching post because of the colour of his skin. The decision by the university's council, under pressure from the apartheid government, to deny Mafeje...
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Little Theatre Puts on American Classic
BURIED CHILD. Direction and design Christopher Weare. Written by Sam Shepard, with Guy De Lancey, Gina Pauling, Scott Sparrow, Jason Potgieter, Nicholas Pauling, Tinarie van Wyk Loots, Kate Liquorish. At the Little Theatre in repertory with David Mamet's...
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Maidens in Reed Dance Must Cover Rear, Says Zulu King
BYLINE: SIPHAMANDLA GOGE DURBAN: King Zwelithini Goodwill KaBhekuzulu has expressed concerns that the annual reed dance might lose its credibility if maidens continued to show up "half-naked" resulting in their vulnerability. The king was speaking...
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Music Industry Eyes Video Games as Bigger Source of Revenue
BYLINE: Michelle Quinn and Alex Pham Los Angeles: Many music industry executives who are trying to offset falling CD sales love the sound of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. The video games have millions of followers who memorise every note of songs...
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Natalie Ready to Take Yet Another Big Step
BYLINE: KEVIN MCCALLUM BEIJING: A little over four months ago Natalie du Toit was dreaming of grabbing a spot on the South African Olympic team to go to Beijing. Just being here at the Olympics has fulfilled a lifetime ambition. Now, however,...
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Oh Baby, at 54 I Look like One, and I Smell like One (Freshly Changed, That Is)
BYLINE: Jerry Zezima LOS ANGELES: "Baby face, I've got the cutest little baby face." Those are the lyrics I am singing to myself these days, not just because I smell like a baby, but because I look like one. That is what I was told when I...
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Open Source Victory
SAN FRANCISCO: In a crucial win for the free software movement, a US federal appeals court has ruled that even software developers who give away the programming code for their works can sue for copyright infringement if someone misappropriates that...
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Parents Fear 'Grand Theft Auto' More Than Porn or Beer
BYLINE: Alex Pham Los Angeles: Which is the worst thing for your 17-year-old to do? Drink beer? Smoke pot? Watch porn? Or play Grand Theft Auto? While marijuana took the No 1 spot of worst offenders, GTA finished second in an online poll of 1...
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Parliament Needs to Be Involved
In today's article in our series, Elroy Paulus, Advocacy Programme Manager at the Black Sash, argues that giving Parliament more say over money matters will speed up economic transformation. The tragedy of Irene Grootboom, who died in her shack...
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Pilger Exposes Dirty US War on Democracy Spanning Latin America and Africa
BYLINE: Terry Bell South Africa is in the midst of a war against democracy, campaigning journalist and film-maker John Pilger said last week. He was referring to the ongoing battle about macro-economic policy and international trade and political...
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Researcher Questions 'Messages' in School Books
BYLINE: A'EYSHA KASSIEM ARE messages in school textbooks to blame for some of the xenophobic notions among young South Africans? That's the question that research director, Linda Chisholm, in the Human Sciences Research Council's Education, Science...
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Santanaprepares'big Hug' for Carlos
BYLINE: MATSHELANE MAMABOLO<p> LONDON: Joel Natalino Santana knows nothing about Carlos Alberto Parreira's reported return to Bafana Bafana. But the coach of South Africa's senior national team will welcome back his fellow Brazilian with a...
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Silence Condemns Us
The moral progress we make in our emerging democracy and human rights- premised society is inversely proportional to the silences we keep. Thus the future can look vastly different from the past and the excesses in abuse of power. "Hou-den-bek"...
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Silver Man Mokoena'saved Team SouthAfrica' with His Jump
BYLINE: Nazli Thomas Beijing: In the end, it took a lot less than he thought it would, but Khotso Mokoena easily walked away with the silver medal in the men's long jump yesterday - rescuing the team's reputation at the Olympic Games. It was...
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Site-Specific Sculpture
Michaelis School of Fine Art will host the Masiphumelele Public Sculpture Exhibition at the Masiphumelele Library until August 21. The exhibition includes site-specific works by third- year students. Call 021 785 5234. University of Cape Town fourth-year...
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Sit-In Sadness
As a UCT sit-inner who has been taking part in the 40th anniversary of this event, I am deeply saddened by Ganief Hendricks's letter to the Cape Times (August 18). Hendricks, "a member of Professor (Archie) Mafeje's District 6 family", writes that...
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Social Networks Scramble to Take on the Language Barrier
BYLINE: Catherine Holahan LONDON: When Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wants to illustrate the impact of his social network, he tells a story about several young religious militants from Lebanon who changed their view of Western culture...
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'Third Hand' Involved in Beating Chief, Say Mining Opponents Who Are Being Blamed
BYLINE: Guy Rogers PORT ELIZABETH: A Wild Coast chief sympathetic to the granting of a mining licence has been brutally assaulted, allegedly by some of his subjects opposed to it. Police said yesterday two suspects had been arrested and a major...
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Threatened Species
BYLINE: MELANIE GOSLING SOUTH AFRICAN diners who tuck into seafood meals at local restaurants may find the fish delicious - but in some cases they are not eating what it says on the menu. That tasty bit of kingklip may actually be a piece of...
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Tobacco and Drugs Bills Come Up for Public Participation
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY TWO pieces of draft legislation aimed at combating substance abuse and tightening control on access to tobacco products will be open for public participation this week. The Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Bill...
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Treaty Flouted
Last week's execution of Jose Medellin, a Mexican who was convicted of the 1993 rape and murder of two girls in Texas, flouted a treaty signed by the United States that will now offer less protection to Americans arrested and imprisoned abroad. ...
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'We Need a Black Google'
BYLINE: Alana Semuels LOS ANGELES: Is Google too white? No, we're not talking about the white home page that's so bright it motivates some people to change its appearance to save energy. We're wondering if it is too white, as in Caucasian, because...
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We Need a Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Crime in Every Province
BYLINE: David Klatzow<p>and Paul Hoffman The frank acknowledgement by Deputy Minister of Justice Johnny de Lange that the criminal justice system is dysfunctional is a welcome development from the point of view of ordinary people who have...
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We Would Be Stupid to Ignore the Lessons of Zimbabwe
There are murmurs in many quarters, including among Azapo members and sympathisers, concerning signs that the gloss on our democracy is fading fast. The promise we held as one of the beacons of hope on the continent in terms of our democratic constitution,...
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'Young Players Need to Work with Guys like Benni'
BYLINE: jOHN GOLIATH<p> SHAUN BARTLETT, whose all-time goal-scoring record for Bafana Bafana was recently eclipsed by Benni McCarthy, is seriously worried about the standard of the strikers in South African soccer with the World Cup just two...
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