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Articles from August 14, 2009

About Time the Use of the Race Card Was Exposed for the Craven Exercise It Is
BRAVO Professor Nithaya Chetty, bravo. Delivering the 50th TB Davie Memorial Academic Freedom Lecture at UCT on Wednesday, Chetty said: "One of the difficulties I have with the current discourse on race within our universities - and indeed in broader...
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A Disturbing View of Ourselves as Others See Us
IT'S always interesting, and sometimes deeply disturbing, to see South Africa featured in programmes made by foreign crews and screened on international channels. A case in point was last week's episode of Louis Theroux (BBC Knowledge, Thursdays...
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A Walk on the Wild Side
The Imfolozi Primitive Trail is no sugar-coated walking safari. You load a pack on your back with all your food and equipment and set off into a wilderness seething with wild animals. When it's over, there'll be no trace of you left there. By ALISON...
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Balkan Act's New Dance
BYLINE: SARAH BRITTON THE sky's the limit when it comes to band names, and many an imagination has been sparked by local act, the Kolo Novo Movie Band. Hungarian-Serb, band director Grada Djeri explains that the kolo is a traditional dance which...
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Cameras to Ease Flow on Major City Roads
BYLINE: ANEL LEWIS MORE than 60 CCTV cameras are to be erected on portions of major roads in Cape Town, including the N1, N2 and R300, to improve road safety and reduce congestion. The cameras will form part of a strategy by the South African...
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Chaaban Fined in Storm over Coffee Cup
BYLINE: CARYN DOLLEY CAPE Winelands Mayor Badih Chaaban has been told he needs rehabilitation because he "can't control his anger" and found guilty of intentionally throwing an espresso cup at a fellow member party member two years ago. Sentencing...
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Chappies: Go Figure
I'm glad Robin Carlisle is also disappointed and exasperated about Chapman's Peak's continued closure, but it would be a lot better if he actually shared with us the bigger and more embarrassing picture. First, we must stop referring to the Chapman's...
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DA Slams Minister for Spending R527 000 on 'Promotional Fluff' Adverts
BYLINE: XOLANI MBANJWA The Democratic Alliance has blasted Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula for spending R5270 000 on two newspaper advertisements despite her department having overspent its budget by nearly R500 million in...
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'Eureka' Moment 72 000 Years Ago
BYLINE: MELANIE GOSLING GROUND-BREAKING archaeological evidence from the Pinnacle Point caves near Mossel Bay suggests South Africa was the cradle of modern human behaviour and that the southern Cape coast may have been the origin of the lineage...
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Feathers Fly in Furious Fowl Row over Right Halaal Way of Slaughtering Chickens
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY THE Muslim Judicial Council has rejected an allegation that chickens slaughtered at farms it had certified as halaal were unfit for consumption by Muslims. The council's rejection yesterday was in response to a Gauteng group,...
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Feathers Fly in Furious Muslim Row over Right Halaal Way to Slaughter Chickens
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY THE Muslim Judicial Council has rejected an allegation that chickens slaughtered at farms it had certified as halaal were unfit for consumption by Muslims. The council's rejection yesterday was in response to a Gauteng group,...
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Fifty Years since DA Nucleus Broke Away on Principle
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY FIFTY years ago yesterday, a handful of progressive members of the then official opposition United Party broke away when it refused to acknowledge that political change was inevitable. They formed the Progressive Party and...
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'For the Love of House'
BYLINE: TERRI DUNBAR-CURRAN WHAT started off as a simple hobby has launched DJ Euphonik into clubs across the world and on to the airwaves, and as long as there is music out there to enjoy, he'll keep mixing - all for the love of house. DJ Euphonik...
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Heartbreaking Drama
BYLINE: Review: BETSY SHARKEY HHH MY SISTER'S KEEPER. Directed by Nick Cassavetes, with Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric, Sofia Vassilieva and Joan Cusack. SADNESS settles into My Sister's Keeper like rain over Seattle...
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Hotdiscovery
When one looks at the breath-taking array of modern technology all over the world today, it is hard to imagine that it may all have started in a small cave near Mossel Bay. But this is what new evidence points to. We know that Africa is the place...
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James Bond Is Dead, Long Live James Bond
Bond fans always look forward to another adventure from the world's favourite secret agent, and this new outing is a welcome addition. Faulks is not the first writer to pen a 007 adventure since Ian Fleming's death. He follows in the footsteps of...
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Jokers Strut Their Stuff
Funny lady MELODY SHEVLANE runs Joker's Comedy Club, where comics get get to try their hand at comedy. She spoke to KAREN RUTTER about the state of comedy in Cape Town. Why did you start Joker's |Comedy Club? I really wanted to share my love...
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Malema Seems to Be Pushing for the Return of the Pencil Test
THE once-radiant colours of the "Rainbow Nation" are looking decidedly faded these days. And this not even 15 years after Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu joyfully baptised us with that glorious name. First, there was the warm embrace of Nelson...
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Never a Doll Moment
BYLINE: Review: BETSY SHARKEY HHH GI JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA. Directed by Stephen Sommers, with Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid, Christopher Eccleston, Ray Park and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. THERE are a few things we...
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No Cookery Cookbook
I ENJOYED the most delicious vegetarian food I've ever tasted at the launch of Rawlicious, South Africa's first "uncooked" cookery book. "This is no ordinary cookbook. First, no cooking is done. And second, it describes a whole new paradigm in relation...
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Plan to Upgrade Philippi into Business Zone Falls Flat
BYLINE: ANEL LEWIS THE government has invested less than R1 million in the past decade on developing Philippi as an economic and industrial node. Despite plans by both the province and the City of Cape Town to upgrade the area, it now lacks infrastructure,...
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Premier Admits Merc Extras Aren't Necessary
BYLINE: Political Bureau FREE STATE Premier Ace Magashule has admitted that the luxuries in his R1.3 million-plus Mercedes Benz S600 are excessive. Magashule told journalists at a briefing in Johannesburg yesterday of the extras in the German...
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Project Will Find Internship Jobs for 450 Unemployed Young Adults
BYLINE: JASON WARNER IN A province with about half a million people unemployed - 450 young adults face light at the end of the tunnel. The Work and Skills for 100 000 Programme was launched yesterday afternoon in Paarl by Finance, Economic Development...
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Quirky Trailer Park Sets the Bar High for Kooky Accommodation
BYLINE: BIANCA COLEMAN In every hotel in every city in the world there is the coveted penthouse suite, but at the Grand Daddy in Long Street, that comes with a twist. Seven of them, in fact - seven gleaming silver Airstream trailers on the rooftop...
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Reader Gets to Be a Fly on the Wall in the Proteas' Changing Room
BEFORE 2008, South Africans would not have been frantically reaching for their cellphones to send text messages in favour of Graeme Craig Smith winning a popularity contest. He may be the South African cricket captain - the youngest yet, in fact...
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Stirring Us from Our Comfort Zones
I CANNOT remember when I was so challenged by a single, short book. It is by one of the greatest living Earth scientists, James Lovelock, who at the age of 90 is a master with no need to prove anything to anyone. A noted scientist and inventor who...
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Stop Bashing Men
My three children (two girls and a boy) were born in the 1970s, but I was a progressive husband, way before my time. I bathed and fed the babies; changed nappies; cooked simple meals to help my wife; did the washing; cleaned the house; etc. When...
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Stop the Kiwi Press! Posh Spice Has Just Smiled and a Monkey's on the Loose
Not much news in New Zealand The lead story on the news this morning was that Victoria Beckham was spotted smiling. Also in the headlines: Minty the monkey has escaped from the zoo a second time! And a pawn shop has admitted to overcharging its...
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Task Team Appointed
BYLINE: Caiphus Kgosana THE cabinet is steaming ahead with efforts to cut wasteful expenditure by government departments, including unnecessary travelling, entertainment, the use of consultants and even spending on ministerial cars amid public concerns...
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The Barbarian Lurks
BYLINE: Review: STEYN DU TOIT HHHH DISGRACE. Directed by Steve Jacobs, with John Malkovich, Jessica Haines and Eriq Ebouane. DESIRE is a disease that can strike any time - whether or not we can be forgiven when succumbing to it is a difficult...
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The Government Must Admit That OBE Is Not Working
Since the introduction of outcomes-based education, pupils in most schools and, in particular, the pupils from the more disadvantaged areas, are steadily losing literacy skills in English and competency in pretty much everything else. There are...
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TV Prize Took a Little Time
I received an e-mail from 22-year-old Nkululeko Madonsela of Pretoria last week, asking for my help in claiming a prize he was told he'd won in mid-June. "On June 16, e.tv was running a competition whereby they would ask a question every hour and...
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Vouchers That Shops Refuse to Vouch For
For years, retailers have been able to rely on a nice bit of unearned profit thanks to many consumers failing to redeem their gift vouchers within the often very short "valid until" periods. But the Consumer Protection Act will soon compel them...
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War on Rape
Rape is one of the oldest weapons of war, but until recently it was treated much like looting, as regrettable collateral damage rather than as a war crime. That may be because most victims are women, often second-class citizens in their societies....
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Zuma Calls for Political Education as He Rules out Debate on Race as 'Regressive'
BYLINE: Gaye Davis PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma says a debate on race will take the country backwards - and has called instead for a deeper understanding of non-racialism in the country. In an exclusive interview with the Cape Times, Zuma said the ANC...
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