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Articles from November 25, 2008

16days
TODAY MARKS the start of another campaign to eliminate the violence against women and children which is so pervasive in our society. The Commission for Gender Equality says that one in every two South African women is likely to be raped at least...
16 Days Needs to Be Partof 'Year-Round Programme'
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH ONE IN every two South African women is likely to be raped at least once in her lifetime, says the Commission on Gender Equality, and only a committed year-round effort from police, the government, civil society and communities...
'16 Days' Needs to Be Partof 'Year-Round Programme'
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH ONE IN every two South African women is likely to be raped at least once in her lifetime, says the Commission on Gender Equality, and only a committed year-round effort from police, the government, civil society and communities...
ANC Plans to Launch Its Election Manifesto in Eastern Cape Next Year
BYLINE: XOLANI MBANJWA <p>and Deon De Lange THE ANC's election manifesto will be launched in the Amathole region of the Eastern Cape in January, an area that has become a hotbed in the struggle between the ruling party and the breakaway Congress...
Angry Hangberg Protesters Trade Fire with Metro Police
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY AN unknown number of people were injured by rubber bullets and a Metro Police officer was shot in the hand by protesters after a group of residents in Hangberg, Hout Bay,clashed with law enforcement officers yesterday. The...
Another Controversy at KZN University as Law Professor Takes Early Retirement
BYLINE: SHARIKA REGCHAND<p>and LATOYA NEWMAN DURBAN: University of KwaZulu-Natal academic Professor Michael Cowling, 57, yesterday took early retirement amid allegations that he had lied about two master's degrees he said he obtained from...
Are You Game for Speed, Espionage and Rock 'N' Roll?
BYLINE: Rock Band 2 <p>Xbox 360 THE original Rock Band was the first video game to bring the band experience into the lounge. Sure, Sing Star and Guitar Hero had been baby steps in the right direction, but Rock Band brought everything together...
Ban on Demeaning Images of Women Key to Reducing Violence
Today signals the start of the ninth annual 16 Days of Activism against the Abuse of Women and Children. Although the campaign has enjoyed moderate success by increasing public awareness around the horrific incidences of abuse and violence against...
Cape Cobras Set to Unleash 'Oudtshoorn Express' on Eagles
BYLINE: ZAAHIER ADAMS Cape Cobras rookie fast bowler Francois Plaatjies is being lined up to make his MTN Domestic Championship debut against the Eagles in Bloemfontein on Friday. The Cobras convincingly won their opening limited-overs match...
Child Welfare Prepares Report
BYLINE: Kanina Foss <p>and Alex Eliseev JOHANNESBURG: Before the week ends, Child Welfare hopes to complete a report on the eight-year-old boy whose father kept him at his Olivedale home, hidden from the outside world, for four years. Child...
Company's Bid to Run Kerbside Parking Set Back by Appeal
BYLINE: ANEL POWELL STREET Parking Solutions (SPS), the company awarded the R30 million contract to run the City of Cape Town's kerbside management parking, is unlikely to implement its smart-card system before February next year. The city has...
Court Rejects Attempt by Supporters of Zuma to Delay Hearing of NPA's Appeal
BYLINE: Deon de Lange A GROUP of self-proclaimed supporters of ANC president Jacob Zuma have lost an urgent court bid to have the legal battle between Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) delayed until after next year's election so...
Court Rejects Attempt by 'Supporters of Zuma' to Delay Hearing of NPA's Appeal
BYLINE: Deon de Lange A GROUP of self-proclaimed supporters of ANC president Jacob Zuma have lost an urgent court bid to have the legal battle between Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) delayed until after next year's election so...
CSIR Faces Heat over Suspension of Top Water Researcher Turton
BYLINE: CRAIG McKUNE THE Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) faces rising heat for its suspension of internationally-acclaimed researcher Anthony Turton for speaking to the media. The Wildlife and Environment Society of South...
Dangerous Path
It is easy to call on the world's freedom movements to seek the path of negotiation over the way of violence. But what happens if it gets you nowhere? That was the bleak question asked by Tibetan exiles at a meeting in Dharmsala in India that ended...
Digging, Dealing, Stripping and More
Globetrotting archeologist Indiana Jones makes a welcome return after a long absence, but it's not quite a return to his glory days. Set in the Cold War 1950s, Indy (Ford) finds himself pitted against nasty Russians who are intent on harnessing...
Fairall's Name 'Written in Our Hearts - and the Stars'
deputy vice-chancellor, said yesterday that the UCT community was shocked and deeply saddened. Fairall was "one of the university's best-loved and most revered staff members". He was due to retire at the end of the year after "38 years of outstanding...
Historic Chance
The launch of the Congress of the People (Cope) on December 16 represents the last chance for our nation to stop South Africa's slide into Zimbabweism. Much work is being done to formulate policy and organise the groundswell of support into formal...
I Didn't Want People to Know He Was Here, Says Father Who Locked Up Son for 4 Years
BYLINE: Kanina Foss <p>and Alex Eliseev JOHANNESBURG: Before the week is out, Johannesburg Child Welfare hope to complete a report on the eight-year-old boy rescued from his father's home in Olivedale. They confirmed yesterday that social...
Is the Coach in Charge of the Team?
THE Springboks deserve all the credit for their 42-6 hammering of England at the spiritual home of rugby. It was the biggest defeat suffered by England at their headquarters and only the Springboks' second triumph at Twickenham in the last 10 years....
Laptop Theft Hobbles Gordon's Bay Tourism
BYLINE: STAFF WRITER A LAPTOP containing at least 13 000 contacts of guest houses and hotels which took more than three years to gather has been stolen from Gordon's Bay Tourism, dealing it a blow for the festive season. The contacts would have...
'Leaders Don't Seem to Know Facts of Tragedy'
BYLINE: Hans Pienaar JOHANNESBURG: Human rights advocate and a member of The Elders, Graca Machel, said governments in the region should follow South Africa's example and withhold resources from Zimbabwe. South Africa has promised Zimbabwe R300...
'Leaders Don't Seem to Know Facts of Tragedy'
BYLINE: Foreign Service and SAPA JOHANNESBURG: Human rights advocate and a member of The Elders, Graca Machel, says governments in the region should follow South Africa's example and withhold resources from Zimbabwe. South Africa has promised...
Macabre Joke
It is either delusional or a symptom of denial that the South African government, and even some commentators, are claiming that by slamming all the leaders of Zimbabwe for not forming a unity government, South Africa is getting tough on Mugabe. ...
Man Denies Attacking Gordon's Bay Retiree
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH A LWANDLE man has confessed in the Cape High Court to breaking into an elderly Gordon's Bay couple's house and stealing their television, but denied assaulting them. Rhanya Mthelo is on trial for the murder of retired...
Man Found Guilty after Dragging Car Guard by the Collar for 1km
BYLINE: Hanti Otto PRETORIA: A businessman who dragged a car guard by the collar for about a kilometre while driving his bakkie, before driving over his leg, has been found guilty of attempted murder. Zander Smit, 30, of Mountain View earlier...
Man Says He Had Sex with Teen, but Saw Her Alive at Street Party
BYLINE: MICHELLE JONES A MAN accused of raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl has claimed he had consensual sex with the teenager and left soon afterwards. Sibongile Nikani, 22, told the Cape High Court yesterday that he and Bianca Macwili...
Medical Experts Barred at Gate
BYLINE: CRAIG McKUNE A GROUP of doctors has warned of a "serious" threat to the health of refugee children at Blue Waters safety camp. And about 50 protesters from Blue Waters Site B demanded entry through the gates of Site C yesterday. Spokesperson...
Not Concerned about Morkel
BYLINE: Stuart Hess<p>and Jane Bramley JOHANNESBURG: Jean-Paul Duminy has been in and around the national team since accompanying them on a tour to Sri Lanka in 2004. He's travelled to the subcontinent, been to England and up and down South...
Official 'Using His Imagination'
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH A SENIOR department of housing official who told a newspaper that Middle Eastern companies were vying to pour billions of rand into Plettenberg Bay was just using "his imagination ... his initiative" when he made the comments,...
Political Parties Must Pledge to Promote Free Campaigning for Polls
BYLINE: Brigalia Bam Fourteen years ago, hundreds of South Africans took to the streets in jubilation over the demise of apartheid and the results of our first multiracial election to bring democracy to our country for the very first time. No...
Protect Yourself from Phishing
As someone who promotes and encourages the adoption of online technologies, I'm regularly forwarded fraudulent or fake messages. These range from nonsensical virus warnings "confirmed by CNN" to more sinister attempts to harvest personal details for...
Provocative Production
BYLINE: MARIANNE THAMM HAD we met somewhere in the US, land of uber-celebrity and spectacle, David Dennis, might have arrived at the hotel in a limo trailed by a gaggle of flash-happy paps. Not that he's the kind of actor who would embrace the...
Recreating a Picture of the Past with Picasa
Picasa is a boon to digital snappers, a filing system and editing suite. It creates flattering results: transforming squonk, blurry visual shorthand into evidence of professional talent and art. Picasa, a Google program, is an easy download of about...
Religious Leaders Unclear on How to Help
Religious leaders can play a key role in efforts to end violence against women, says Patrick Godana of the Sonke Gender Justice network. They should help women who are victims of domestic abuse with any religious concerns and explain that their...
SA Must Roll Up Its Sleeves
BYLINE: Colin Boyes South Africa will have to ratchet up its economic performance if it is to hold onto and improve its gross domestic product growth prospects and have a chance to bring down unemployment by half by 2014. As it stands, we will...
Second Life, My Arsebook, It's the Comic Strip Death of Reality as We Know It
THE illegal yellow-jacketed cannibals who guard my local Pik n Pray (I live in the New Age belt) insisted on strip-searching me lest I had shoplifted a frozen octopus for Christmas and stuffed it in my underpants. Like the SS, they were following...
Sick Politics
Cholera is a sign of neglect and political decay. A cul-de-sac to a failed state. The pattern is the same: first the death of a human rights culture, then economic decline and then the disintegration of the healthcare system. Hence the outbreak of...
Tacky, Silly and Funny Costumes, and Other Must-Have Pet Accessories
Paris Hilton has her uses after all - she's sparked a new industry in dog accessories. At glamourdog.com you can see a horrible range of tacky glamourwear for tiny dogs, including wedding dresses and frilly puppy panties. Dress them in these, and...
Task Force Member Tells of Search after Officer Shoots Children
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH ON the night then-superintendent Marius van der Westhuizen shot his three children in his Brackenfell home, members of the police Special Task Force opened fire because they feared he might shoot at them. Jaap Koekemoer,...
Teens' Internet Use Is Mostly a Good Thing, Study Finds
BYLINE: Corina Knoll Los Angeles: The MacArthur Foundation has a message for parents worried about their children's use of the internet: Chill out. A new study to be released on Thursday found that most teenagers steer clear of dangerous sites and...
Unfair Attack
Thomas Johnson (November 20) distorts the current debate on the draft animal bylaw on a couple of levels. First, he compares an efficient councillor, JP Smith, with the likes of ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, which is a misnomer. He should...
Without a Place of Their Own, Many Women Have No Choice but to Return to Abusers
BYLINE: staff writer Shelters can offer abused women and their children emergency accommodation and a chance to get back on their feet. But where do they go when their time at the shelter is up? Many have little choice but to go right back...
Years Later, She Wouldwonder Why She Didn'tleave the Day It Started
BYLINE: staff writer The first time her husband assaulted her, Christine* was pregnant with their first son. The kick came out of nowhere, one sunny quiet afternoon in the countryside. They'd been picnicking and something she said had annoyed...
Yengeni: Maxfiles Complaintagainst Policewitnesses
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY DA MPL Lennit Max has filed a complaint against two policemen who testified in court that their commanding officer had pressured them to change the time of arrest of ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengeni in his...
You Can Have Your Sailing Adventure without Leaving Harbour
"THERE'S very little difference between the Volvo Ocean Race yachts braving the Southern Ocean and us setting sail in our little dinghy on the Hermanus lagoon," I said to my wife. "It's all relative, especially if there's a strong wind." "But there's...