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Articles from February 24, 2009

Ajax and Santosface 'Small' Teamsin Cup Openers
BYLINE: JOHN GOLIATH<p> WHILE Cape Premiership sides Ajax Cape Town and Santos have been given a favourable draw, the clash between Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United will be the most high-profile fixture in the round of 32 of this season's...
Analysts Can't See ANC Losing Eastern Cape
BYLINE: Siyabonga Mkhwanazi United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa believes a coalition of opposition parties can wrest the Eastern Cape from the ANC - but analysts aren't so sure. Holomisa told the Cape Town Press Club yesterday...
'Base Them on Facts Not Electioneering'
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH THE Democratic Alliance has rejected as false Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu's claim that the government has built nearly 100 000 houses for more than|400 000 people in the Western Cape over the past three years. But the...
Beware Red Herrings
The headline of the article "CapeNature reconsidering permission to use fish poison" (February 18), for a moment made me think CapeNature had woken up. Alas not. Anyone who has met Dean Impson would not doubt his professional ethics for a moment....
Christians Should Worry about the End of Free Speech, Not UCT Blasphemy
BYLINE: Jordan Pickering The young editors of UCT's regrettable Sax Appeal magazine are hopefully taking some lessons in discretion, and perhaps spelling. The vulgar and blasphemous recent issue displayed no awareness of the difference between...
Clash of the captains:Smith against Ponting
BYLINE: Stuart Hess Johannesburg: The men tasked with leading the South African and Australian cricket teams in the most eagerly-anticipated Test series this country has hosted in decades are both powerful personalities, mighty figures in the modern...
'Comedy Encounters'
The fourth Old Mutual Comedy Encounters showcase presented by Heart 104.9fm takes place at the Grand Arena at the GrandWest Casino today for one show only. This celebration of|local comedy features the stand-up talents of Stuart Taylor, Mel Miller,...
Cope's Presidential Candidate
BYLINE: XOLANI MBANJWA BISHOP Mvume Dandala has accepted his nomination as the presidential candidate for the Congress of the People (Cope), with party leader Mosiuoa Lekota denying any tension over his selection. However, at a press briefing...
Dealer Accused of Murder Dismisses State Witness as an Addict
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH A SELF-CONFESSED Cape Flats drug dealer has denied involvement in the attempted murder of an alleged rival and the murder of the man's baby daughter. There was no need for him to eliminate Lukas "Oom Tam" Kok, whose...
Extra Pressure on Stormers to Clinch Home Super 14 Semi
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED THE Stormers will feel even pressure in their Super 14 campaign after union officials said yesterday that a home semi-final or final could net the union a few extra million rands. Western Province Rugby Football Union president...
Gold: Blues Not Suddenly a Bad Team after Loftus Hiding
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED THE Stormers say that they are not going to read too much into the Blues' thrashing by the Bulls at the weekend. The team from Auckland took a severe 59-26 beating at Loftus on Saturday, with the Bulls scoring seven tries...
'He Is the Serial Rapist'
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH SUSPECTED serial rapist Tsediso Letsoenya should be convicted on 80 counts because the evidence against him on these is "overwhelming", the state has said in delivering its final argument. State advocate Christenus van...
Home Affairs Wants 'Dead' /People to Prove They're Alive
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH<p> THE Department of Home Affairs is urging South Africans to contact its national call centre in order to find out if they're still alive. That's because identity theft is taking a grisly new turn, with some fraudsters...
'I Am Unable to Do This Matter' Magistrate Quits Hewana's Trial
BYLINE: Michelle Jones A REGIONAL magistrate has recused himself from hearing the criminal charges brought against the Goodwood police station commissioner after former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni's arrest on suspicion of driving while drunk. ...
Increasing Your Security May Come at a Cost
When it comes to computer security products, I've had a lot more experience than most because products such as McAfee or Norton Internet Security, or a variety of alternatives, are a staple of any of the hundreds of computers I encounter. Naturally,...
Inspiration Behind 'Slumdog', Diplomat and Novelist Swarup, Has His Moment of Glory
BYLINE: Peter Fabricius Those who know him will have recognised the friendly face peeping over the shoulder of Christian Colson, the producer of Slumdog Millionaire, when Colson received the Oscar for Best Picture yesterday. It was of course...
Lucky Dube/shot From/behind as He/moved to Flee, Court Told
BYLINE: Botho Molosankwe JOHANNESBURG: One of Lucky Dube's killers grabbed his hand, preventing him from fleeing - then shot him as he sat in his car, according to evidence given by Thabo Maruping, who was present when Dube was murdered. Maruping,...
Luke Can Win Back Respect on the Field - Especially If He Does the Fetching Job
THE only way Luke Watson can play for the Springboks again and continue to take part in the fight for change in this country's rugby landscape is by doing his talking on the rugby field. And what a good start he has made there for the Stormers in...
Makka Pakka What?
I've often wondered why CUM bookstores don't change their name. It sounds as though they sell pornography, not Christian literature. If you go to www.cum.co.za you can even buy a gift card called Cum Blessings. It's all just too rude. My children,...
Malema Should Go All the Way to Timbuktu ... and Stay There
IF I were Julius Malema I would accept a fellow ANC member's offer to fly him to Timbuktu. It's a place where the Youth League leader could learn a lot. Eastern Cape MEC Christian Martin would like Malema to stay there until after the April elections,...
MvumeDandala
MVUME DANDALA, the man who is to contest the general election in the name of the Congress of the People, is a newcomer to the political scene. His nomination, just weeks ahead of the April poll, seems aimed not only at claiming for Cope the moral...
New Horror Games Are Guaranteed Splatterfests
BYLINE: Lou Kesten WASHINGTON: In the movies, the horror genre covers a surprisingly wide range of moods. At one extreme, you have all-out splatterfests like Friday the 13th and My Bloody Valentine, which revel gleefully in creative ways to dismember...
Our Thugby Players Are Performing like Girls - So Now It's over to the Women
A volcanic cacophony of raw sound has been emanating from my neighbour Gatvol van der Pomp's dreadful warren of semi-habitable sewage pipes. To comprehend its full meaning, you have to unwind the total aural weave - rather as one might disentangle...
RDP Policy Must Be Revisited in Battle for Economic Reform
BYLINE: Bennie Bunsee I was political adviser to the Pan-Africanist Congress when the chair of the small group of PAC MPs came running to me to tell me to put out a statement that the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) needed to be scrapped...
Shabalala Refuses to Give Up on Title Just Yet
BYLINE: JOHN GOLIATH ALTHOUGH Ajax Cape Town will find it extremely tough to win their maiden Premier Soccer League title after going down to SuperSport United last Saturday, midfield hardman Nhlanhla Shabalala believes anything can still happen...
Swim with the Tide
The letters "Yellowtail fish farm idea will cast local fishermen adrift" (February 16) and "Net result" (February 19) by Glen Ashton are ill informed and promiscuously devoid of reality while the uncalled-for slur against the impeccable credentials...
The Online Male Keeps on Clicking and Takes a Licking
BYLINE: Delphine Schrank Washington: Say you're halfway through a sandwich when you have a sudden urge to use Wikipedia to look up the word "crush" because your nephew is bashfully asking what it means - which reminds you of when you, too, were...
The Queue Can Be Viewed in Various Ways
That infinitely poignant but triumphal 1994 election photo - the long curved queues in the open air - said all that is needed about the advent of democracy. Yet images have as many meanings as sea in the shifting colours of days: to anyone accustomed...
'There's Another Earth out There - and We'll Find It'
BYLINE: Steve Connor Chicago: The first Earth-like planet orbiting a distant star could be discovered within four years, astronomers believe. None of the 300 "extra-solar" planets so far identified beyond our own system are thought to be suitable...
Too Soon to Celebrate
The better news out of Iraq recently is not, as becomes increasingly clear, unalloyed. Provincial elections passed off peacefully last month. British forces in the south are likely to return home in the next few months, and security across most of...
Treasury Defends Allocation That Leaves City Short
BYLINE: ANEL POWELL THE National Treasury has defended its municipal grants allocation proposal that would leave the City of Cape Town with a R100 million shortfall in the next financial year, saying the formula used has been calculated to redistribute...
Verging on a Spoof of Shakespeare Classic
ROMEO N JULIET - UNPLUGGED. Directed by Anthea Thompson, with Crystal Donna Roberts, Thulani Cekiso, Briony Horwitz, Pakamisa Zwedala, Anele Situlweni and Lungi Phinda. A performance script based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Compiled...
We Cannot Allow Disruptive Forces to Display Thuggery
The portfolio of Community Safety of the Western Cape, and that of law enforcement agencies, is to ensure the safety of the citizens of the Western Cape. When any elements of our society plan to take out their grievances on innocent people, then we...
'We Forget His Work with the Ball'
BYLINE: Kevin McCallum PRETORIA: Mickey Arthur, the coach of South Africa, reports that Jacques Kallis is positively "bristling" with form and anticipation ahead of the first Test against Australia, which starts at the Wanderers on Thursday. ...
Zille's Statement That Zuma Is Not Constitutionally /Fit to Govern Is Hate Speech, Says ANC's Phosa
BYLINE: CARIEN DU PLESSIS DEMOCRATIC Alliance leader Helen Zille's remarks about ANC president Jacob Zuma not being constitutionally fit to govern bordered was hate speech, ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa has said. Phosa told the Cape Times...