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Articles from November 23, 2007

African Languages
While it is encouraging to note that there are people like Xolisa Tshongolo who are passionate about the study of Xhosa, there are a few things which I find disquieting in Tshongolo's letter (November 15). I do not think it is fair to lay the blame...
Asia's Eloquent Spokesman
BYLINE: Jonathan Romney LONDON: Among the great film-makers, there's eccentricity and then there's eccentricity, but there's a level of strangeness peculiar to Taiwan's Tsai Ming-Liang. As well as being the Asian screen's most eloquent commentator...
BEE Spoof Proof That SA Cinema Is Still in a Slump
H BIG FELLAS. Directed by Philip Roberts, with Colin Moss, Ross Garland, Carling Erntszen, Lee-Anne Summers, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Cokey Falkow, Marc Lottering, Louw Venter, Kangiso Lediga, Grethe Fox and Lesley Mongezi. Review: PETER TROMP. WRITER/producer...
BRICE WASSY - BALENGU VILLAGE (Melt 2000)
Wassy's sharp percussive skills have marked him as one of the globe's best world musos. While you can find him in the hot seat behind a range of artists, or being highly inventive with classics like Footprints on his own albums, Balengu Village is...
Brown 'Has No Way of Repaying Group the R24m He Used to Live Lavishly'
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER FIDENTIA boss J Arthur W Brown had a lavish lifestyle, driving expensive sports cars and buying luxurious items. But the money he used belonged to the Fidentia group of companies, the group's joint curators say. They...
Crimes by Bogus Police: Public Urged to Check Credentials
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH IN the wake of two incidents involving criminals posing as police officers, police are encouraging Capetonians to check the credentials of anyone claiming to be a SA Police Service (SAPS) member. On Monday night, a family...
Destinations Worth a Drive
Top 10 restaurant highlights in the 2008 Dine Guide: Jardine, Contemporary eclectic. 185 Bree Street, Cape Town CBD. Call 021 424 5640. Chef George Jardine's food is a symphony of New World artistic flair combined with solid classical technique....
Double-Murder Accused DJ's Defence Calls for Judge's Recusal after Police Statement Is Allowed
BYLINE: JO-ANN BEKKER KNYSNA: A day of dramatic evidence in the Cape Circuit Court here yesterday ended with defence advocate Terry Price's terse announcement that he would consult a senior advocate about petitioning Judge Nathan Erasmus to recuse...
Expanded Powers of Regional Magistrates Poor Substitute for Social Measures
BYLINE: Jean Redpath At the end of this year, South Africa's 300 or so regional magistrates - the tier of the judiciary sandwiched between high court judges and district magistrates - will be empowered to sentence those convicted before them of...
Fifa Will Change Venues If Strikes Affect 2010 Plans
BYLINE: Colleen Dardagan<p>and Lebogang Seale Durban: The world football governing body Fifa yesterday issued veiled warnings to Durban, Nelspruit and Cape Town that they could be left out in the cold at the 2010 World Cup. Just days before...
Full-Page Photos Ensure Boland Farm History Will Not Be Forgotten
When Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State, was asked what his most pleasing memory of Africa was, he replied "the malva pudding and brandy snaps at Boschendal". Now comes a sticky question. If you want to make those brandy snaps, how would...
How Does Watson Come Back from Africa Gaffe?
BYLINE: Trefor Jenkins James Watson seems to have a penchant for putting his foot in it every time he opens his mouth. The Nobel Prize winner was quoted in the London Sunday Times last month as saying he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect...
Immelman Keeps SA in World Cup Race
BYLINE: nick mulvenney SHENZHEN, China: Americans Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum justified their World Cup selection by sharing seven birdies and two eagles for a one-stroke lead after the opening fourballs yesterday. Despite being a long way from...
In the Line of Fire
Once again the fire fighters did an excellent job on Monday. But for me, the real question is: "Should the fire have been extinguished?" To answer my question in the context of the management of biodiversity, we have to consider the ecological consequences...
It Could Snow in Cardiff
BYLINE: JACQUES <p>VAN DER WESTHUYZEN CARDIFF: So, exactly one month and three days after South Africa won the World Cup in France, Jake White is a day away from his final team talk before a Test match. He will be an emotional man over...
'Legs, Fists Were Flying Around,' Merryweather Trial Hears
BYLINE: QUINTON MTYALA A THEATRE manager testified he could not remember which of three young men had assaulted two brothers in a fight at a Claremont service station. Progress Mphande was testifying in the trial of seven teenagers charged with...
Lunch at Boschendal and Learn Everything about This Historic Estate
BYLINE: Gorry Bowes Taylor It's a very beautiful book. Boschendal is that historic estate's history, homes, people, wines, fruit, paintings, plantings, antiques, food and much, much more. Clive Venning, CEO, and researcher Marianne Gertenbach, will...
Man, 27, to Serve Life for Brutal Murder of Woman
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER A 27-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to an effective term of life imprisonment for murder after the court found him guilty of indecently assaulting a woman before beheading her and cutting off her right leg. There was evidence...
Marketing Pays Off
BYLINE: ANEL POWELL TOURISM to the Western Cape this festive season is showing "substantial growth" from last year's 2.7 million visitors. More than three million are expected, with a million of them packing Cape Town's beaches, restaurants,...
Memo to Jomo: Use R70m to Combat HIV
THE latest stats regarding HIV infections make for depressing reading. South Africa heads the world standings, which is not a grand distinction. Amazingly, the news filters through and is shifted to the back of our minds as every day in our country...
Mesmerised by a Bevy of Shrieking, Squealing Models
WANNABE supermodels shriek and squeal - a lot. They also cry easily. This sweeping generalisation comes after watching an episode of Revlon Supermodel (SABC3, Saturdays at 6pm), which is one giant infomercial. Granted, advertisers have to find...
Monster Epic a Visual 3D Adventure for Sci-Fi Fans
HHH BEOWULF. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, with Ray Winstone, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Crispin Glover, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson and Alison Lohman. Review KENNETH TURAN IN the half-century since Hollywood first...
More Is Everything You'd Wish For
There was more than a little excitement following my recommendation restaurants take reservations only with a R100 deposit. Some restaurant patrons concurred, but most shared their experiences of restaurants that let them down even after booking....
No Booth on Newlands Roof
BYLINE: Ashfak Mohamed Can Rassie Erasmus transform the Stormers into Super 14 champions? We sat down with him this week to find out ... How have you found Cape Town? The area, the people, the job? Despite what others have told me, I have...
Painful Face of Slavery at the Cape
Stories of South African slavery, whether historical or literary, are thin on the ground by comparison with the African-American tradition of slave narratives - records of slaves' own stories - and North America's abundant literary accounts, of which...
Rickman Bakes a Cool 'Snow Cake'
HHH SNOW CAKE. Directed by Marc Evans, with Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Fox, Jayne Eastwood, Emily Hampshire and James Allodi. At Labia On Orange. Review: JANE MAYNE Snow Cake does much to illustrate how one simple...
Santos Must Win to Be Taken Seriously, Says Ithier
BYLINE: FAROUK ABRAHAMS THANDA ROYAL ZULU, formerly known as Benoni Premier United, visit local boys Santos for tomorrow's crucial Absa Premiership fixture at Athlone Stadium (kickoff: 8pm). It's a match the home team simply cannot afford to...
Search for the Truth about Lubowski Assassination Continues
It was with great encouragement that I read President Thabo Mbeki's statement in the Cape Times on November 9: "I can't understand why any South African would want to be brought under judicial imperialism. People who felt aggrieved by something that...
Self-Deprecating Tale of Love-Addiction in the Face of Abuse
It's a brave person who decides to tell the story of how he or she survived an abusive relationship. Brave, because so often abuse remains a secret shame. Look Me in the Eye is the story of a seemingly ordinary woman who, on the surface of it all,...
Straddling Comedy and Conservation
BYLINE: PETER TROMP Robert Fridjohn's tour de force comedic turn as the ingratiating Jewish diamond ring salesmen Hershel Klein is likely to have an effect on anyone who saw Modern Orthodox at Theatre On The Bay last year. Fridjohn was an award-winning...
Superficial Love Story, with Worms
HH SILK. Directed by Francois Girard, with Michael Pitt, Koji Yakusho, Keira Knightley, Alfred Molina, Mark Rendall and Sei Ashina. Review: KEVIN CRUST Silk is a shaggy worm tale about a young Frenchman's instant obsession with a once-glimpsed...
Taiwanese Film Gems at Fest
BYLINE: JANE MAYNE Taiwan's new wave cinema is best represented by the work of director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. This trailblazer's distinctive flair can be seen at the Taiwan Film Festival, which screens at the V&A Waterfront Cinema Nouveau from today...
The Colour Maroon
This week Channel O has a Crush on Maroon 5. Songs About Jane made the band a household name all over the world. This was their first album which went multi-platinum globally, and gave birth to smash hits such as She Will be Loved, This Love and Harder...
There's Always a Reason to Celebrate in India
India has an exciting energy that dazzles visitors undeterred by its heat, crowds and poverty. For the first-time visitor, a good place to start is the commercial capital and home to Bollywood, Mumbai, writes GILL CULLINAN It's a hot Friday afternoon...
These Floods Are the Same Old Thing, but Get Ready for the Really Nasty Stuff
THE howling winds and blasting rain of the past couple of days (in November, nogal) are the kinds of weather phenomena that lead excitable sub-editors to pen headlines like "Freak weather lashes Cape". They are also the kind of phenomena that lead...
True Buccaneers Convert
BYLINE: Jonty Mark Durban: When Teko Modise was a young boy playing football on the streets of Meadowlands, he always dreamed of starring in the Soweto derby. "It is the wish of every young footballer (in South Africa)," he said yesterday, as...
Watch out Plett: The Matrics Are on Their Way
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH IT'S NOT just bad weather that will have residents in Plettenberg Bay battening down the hatches and locking up their sons and daughters: the matrics of 2007 are coming to town. Today marks the start of the annual Plett...
'We Want to Contribute to Society'
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH HIGHLY educated refugees often struggle to become integrated into South African society and become "deprofessionalised" because of the prejudices of companies and institutions, the Alliance for Refugees in SA says. It...
With a Little Work, the Unfamous Can Be Stars of the Red Carpet
BYLINE: Joel Stein los Angeles: The red carpet is sometimes the only way to get into the theatre for a movie premiere. Faced with this, I walk really quickly with my head down, afraid that if a photographer mistakes me for someone famous, I'll disastrously...