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Articles from November 16, 2007

A $2 Million Bill for His Upbringing Prompted This Tasteful Novel
After reading this for the first time, it remained unclear whether it was a novel that succeeds as a memoir, or the other way round. In fact, it's the second of two memoirs by Bernard Cooper, and it works, no matter how you choose to see it. ...
A Christmas Gift to Slow the March of Greed, Anarchy and Poverty in Africa
AFRICA is not a place for the faint of heart, or for sissies, as the bumper sticker says. And East Africa, Kenya in particular, is definitely not for the faint of heart. This has been a recurrent motif of my travels through the continent - there...
A Little Loco
Wild and Crazy is a new programme which premieres on Wednesday. It will screen unusual live footage caught on tape over the past 10 years. Expect to see a variety of edge-of-the-seat events, ranging from an enraged bull attack to a real-life suicide...
Bafananeed Morethan Anew Shirt
BYLINE: FAROUK ABRAHAMS Johannesburg: With a dazzling new multi-coloured match ball strangely named the "wawa aba" and a brand-new "technically advanced" football shirt, it is hoped that Bafana Bafana will at long last advance to that elusive next...
Bergvliet Home Opens Its Hearth to Give Visitors a Taste of SA
BYLINE: DOMINIQUE HERMAN FOR the first course, Sophia Lindop's black shiny curls are pinned up tightly at the back of her head. By the time the mains have been served to all 16 visiting Americans, they are tumbling down her shoulders. "We've...
Charged, but Lost in Translation
HHH INTERVIEW. Directed by Steve Buscemi, with Steve Buscemi, Sienna Miller, Tara Elders, Molly Griffith, Robert Hines and Jackson Loo. Review: CARINA CHOCANO The late Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh (great-grandson of Vincent's brother Theo),...
City's Lack of Manpower Sees Suburbs Going to Seed
BYLINE: ANEL POWELL ROUTINE maintenance in suburbs is being neglected because of "dire" shortages of staff at all levels and resources in the council's stormwater, transport, parks and cleansing departments. James Vos, chair of the northern suburbs'...
Clear-Headed Debate on SA's Social Scourge
Anthony Altbeker is in Cape Town for work. His work - for the past 13 years - has been crime. Not doing it, but thinking about it. Put that way though, crime has been every South African's "work" for several decades now. It consumes our freedom,...
Court Convenes at Location Where Policeman Was Shot
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER THEY appeared cold as they battled to get out of the police van and waddled their shackled feet down the street to the Woodstock police station. Everyone watched keenly as the two men, Ebraheem Jacobs and Garth Leetz,...
Death Truck 'Not Fit for Animals, Let Alone People'
BYLINE: CARYN DOLLEY THE Isuzu truck that overturned near De Doorns, killing eight farmworkers, was overloaded and not licensed to carry animals, "let alone passengers" on the back, says an Isuzu truck sales manager. Seventy-one farmworkers were...
DEVENDRA BANHART SMOKEY ROLLS DOWN THUNDER CANYON (Just)
Words such as "acid-folk troubadour" and "neo-hippie messiah" have been bandied about to describe Banhart. They might all be true, but the best description for this artist is restless songwriter. So many styles crisscrossing it almost amounts to folly...
Directing a Search for Love and Literature
BYLINE: PETER TROMP Library, Juliet Jenkin's follow-up play to The Boy Who Fell From The Roof and the final production of the third Artscape Spring Drama Season, will premier on Sunday. The latter work formed part of the first Artscape Spring...
Dull Policy Debate Fails to Deliver
HH LIONS FOR LAMBS. Directed by Robert Redford, with Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Michael Pena, Derek Luke and Andrew Garfield. Review: CARINA CHOCANO LIONS FOR LAMBS has some interesting things to say about the collective complicity...
Earl Back in City to Tinkle Ivories
He made his professional debut at the age of 16 and first played a concerto in the City Hall as a 17 year old in 1968. Now South African-born, Cambridge-based composer, pianist and teacher David Earl is back to play the first professional performance...
Elgar and Rudolph Slay Cobras at Newlands
BYLINE: FANIE HEYNS<p> A STYLISH century by former South African under 19-captain Dean Elgar and a sparkling 94 by Jacques Rudolph propelled the Diamond Eagles to 295/4 in their first innings at close of play as the Cape Cobras' decision to...
Exclusive Core Group for Bok Sevens
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED THE Springbok Sevens side have been significantly boosted by the announcement yesterday that a core group of 15 players will be contracted exclusively to the team. Coach Paul Treu said yesterday that the decision was a...
Exploring the Trials and Tribulations of Teenagers
AS PARENTS of three teenagers between us, my best friend and I have whiled away many hours pondering their many mysteries. We've given each other advice and support when issues such as tongue piercing and safe sex came up and watched in wonder as...
Fair Global Economy That Cares for the Poor Is Key to Stemming the Tide of TB
BYLINE: Solly Benatar At the conclusion of yet another world conference on tuberculosis, we need to ask why TB is on the increase globally, why multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) are emerging, and why insufficient...
Fresh Take on Recipes for All Seasons
IF I could take this book to bed with me every night and hug it 'til the sun came up I would. Sadly, it's far too big, fat and heavy to make a comfortable bed companion - and the pointy corner bits don't help much either. But while I can't sleep...
G-20questions
THIS WEEKEND the world's top policy makers will descend on Kleinmond for the annual meeting of the G-20, an informal grouping of finance ministers and central bank governors from developed and major emerging countries. The G-20 was formed in 1999...
Getting There
From Cape Town, it's a seven-hour (673km) drive along the N7 to Vioolsdrif. From Gauteng, it's about double that (1 270km) on the N14 via Vryburg, Upington and Springbok. The Augrabies Falls is a good spot to overnight. Because you return on the Namibian...
'Grey's' Spin-Off Is like a Chocolate Glob to My Castor Sugar
BYLINE: DOMINIQUE HERMAN SOMETIMES change is not good. Like when French pastries are involved. Such as in the experience of my mate Mike, who recently went to his local Carlucci's to discover his Sunday morning ritual had been disturbed: the spread...
I Had to Cheer Ajax for Bringingback Some Golden Memories
IT's seldom that local football manages to raise my levels of excitement to the extent that I can stand up and applaud brilliance on the pitch. Such has been the dearth of naturally gifted footballers that one hardly gets to witness moments of real...
Kapoors Add Passion to Epic Romance
HHH SAAWARIYA (Beloved). Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, with Rani Mukherjee, Salman Khan, Zohra Sehgal, introducing Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. At Ster-Kinekor Cavendish Nouveau. Review: Mehboob Bawa. The release of a Sanjay Leela...
Last Chance to Save the Earth - and Other Inconvenient Truths
HHH THE 11th HOUR. Documentary. Directed by Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen, with Leonardo DiCaprio, William McDonough, Bill McKibben, Kenny Ausubel, Janine Benyus, Sylvia Earle, Paul Hawken and Stephen Hawking. Review: KEVIN CRUST ...
Lip Smacking Recipes That Will Have You Falling in Love with Seafood
BYLINE: ASHLEY PROBERT Summer and seafood go hand in hand. It's just that you and seafood don't. If you feel daunted by the prospect of seafood suppers, you'll love these easy-to-prepare dishes for novices (guaranteed to be enjoyed by pros). ...
'Lucky to Have Such Depth'
BYLINE: Jacques van der Westhuyzen Johannesburg: It may be a somewhat fatigued Springbok squad that heads to the United Kingdom today, but the newcomers and those recalled to the side after lengthy absences will bring new energy to the team, says...
'Mbeki Thinks Zuma Will Turn SA into Basket Case'
BYLINE: SIBUSISO NGALWA PRESIDENT Thabo Mbeki wants to remain ANC leader because he believes that a Jacob Zuma presidency will turn South Africa into a "neo-colonial" African basket case, his biographer Mark Gevisser said yesterday. Speaking...
More Skills, More AA
I have been a fan of our Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, since she took over from Jacob Zuma. I remember her saying that we needed to get back those people who had left South Africa and put them back into the economy. She was referring to...
Musical Road Show to Tune Addicts off Tik and into Hope
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY A MONTH-long interactive anti-drug road show will be stopping off at schools and malls across the region this month in an attempt to steer youngsters away from narcotics - particularly tik. The Tik Off - There is Hope show...
'Navy Frigates Benefit Local Companies to Tune of R860m'
BYLINE: BABALO NDENZE SOUTH African manufacturers benefited directly to the tune of R860 million from offset contracts from the navy's acquisition of four new frigate platforms, according to Arms-cor, the arms acquisition agency for the Department...
New-Look Henin Back at the Peak of Her Powers after a Dark Descent into the Abyss
BYLINE: RONALD ATKIN LONDON: Wimbledon's prominent use of that grand old Rudyard Kipling quote about triumph and disaster is deliberately sited to catch the eye of every competitor about to walk on to Centre Court. Many of the biggest names in tennis...
No More Sweet Treats for Plump Feline Friends
IF YOU'RE a loving owner of a pet, one of the most difficult things to do is ignore puppy-dog eyes peering beseechingly at an empty food bowl. There are few things in the world that look more forlorn or put-upon than dogs or cats that want snacks....
Parties Cagey about Report on 'Whitewash' by Rasool
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY POLITICAL parties have reacted with caution to a leaked report that an ad hoc committee has found Premier Ebrahim Rasool knowingly made incorrect statements in the provincial legislature. Details of the report, which has...
Primed with Political Dynamite
BYLINE: John Scott THE doctoral thesis that said apartheid would never work - and whose author never published it, for fear of his political future - lay in my study for several months. Dr Piet Koornhof, whose death this week at the age of 82...
Silver Fernstower overSA Women
BYLINE: NAZLI THOMAS AUCKLAND: In terms of the world rankings, yesterday's fourth quarter-final at the world netball championships couldn't quite be described as a battle between David and Goliath. It was more a case of a blind David (South Africa)...
Spray Drift Contamination Is a Well-Documented Problem
Alan Barnard's letter ("Where is the proof", November 15) regarding the problem of pesticide spray drift in Riebeek Kasteel creates the impression that I offered comment on the problem based on "a casual visual observation". This is untrue and misleading,...
Succumbing to the Flow of the Orange
On a river, the current determines time and there's nothing to do but get carried along. It's a great place to contemplate the meaning of things and to reconnect with your mojo and your loved ones, says David Bristow. The word sjambok is derived...
Supermarket Freshens Up Its Service
South Africa's supermarket landscape is about to get a whole lot more interesting. Forty-year-old retail giant Pick 'n Pay has spent the past 18 months secretly reinventing itself, inside and out, in a bid to "move with the times" - and partly to win...
Tygerberg Hills Hike
Join the Friends of the Tygerberg Hills for a three-hour walk tomorrow. Meet at 3.50pm for 4pm at the Welgemoed entrance to the nature reserve. E-mail Jurg at jurgz@mweb.co.za or call 083 701 8496. The Meridian Hiking Club will be walking to Admiral's...
'Unsatisfactory Answers and Lack of Confidence in Director'
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH ABOUT 40 perlemoen industry representatives walked out of a meeting with Marine and Coastal Management on Wednesday over not getting "satisfactory" answers to their questions and a "lack of confidence" in the director of...
Win a Weekend Break in the Heart of Wine Country
At Moreson, everything is infused with passion, love and magic. As a boutique wine farm, Moreson is able to fully invest time and energy in ensuring the farm exudes an ambience which inspires a zest for life. This year Moreson has received numerous...
Zimbabwean's Death SPARKS HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH THE Adonis Musati Project - a humanitarian effort to assist asylum-seekers suffering the consequences of the backlog at Home Affairs - has been launched at Idasa House in Cape Town. The project is named after the young...