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Articles from June 18, 2007

Agreement Protects Employee Rights
BYLINE: SUSAN STELZNER It's not unusual for businesses to be bought, sold and merged and these situations are often a source of concern to employees who fear that their rights will be affected. Most people know that if a business is transferred...
Ajax Boss Accepts Hehas lostErtugral
BYLINE: FAROUK ABRAHAMS Muhsin Ertugral is set to be unveiled as Kaizer Chiefs' new coach after the Turkish-born mentor's meeting with Ajax Cape Town chairman John Comitis failed to materialise yesterday. A disappointed Comitis said he had been...
Ambulance One Hour Late
BYLINE: CARYN DOLLEY THE National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was looking into why a private ambulance company did not inform it about a diver with decompression problems at Miller's Point yesterday after their joint emergency line was called for...
A Question of Priorities: Responding to the Continent's Helpless Appeal
The African journalist asks, smilingly: "But what can you do for Africa?" Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer explains that his government is doing quite a lot for Africa. Development aid has been increased by more than $12 million in the...
Badminton
SUDIRMAN CUP Glasgow Semifinal: China 3, South Korea 0 Mixed doubles Zheng Bo/Gao Ling (Chi) bt Han Sang Hoon/Lee Hyo Jung (Kor) 21-17, 22-20 Women's singles Zhang Ning (Chi) bt Hwang Hye Youn (Kor) 21-14, 21-17 Men's singles ...
Badminton
SUDIRMAN CUP Glasgow, Scotland Semi-finals: China 3 South Korea 0 (Mixed doubles: Zheng Bo and Gao Ling bt Han Sang Hoon and Lee Hyo Jung 21-17 22-20. Women's singles: Zhang Ning bt Hwang Hye Youn 21-14 21-17. Men's singles: Lin Dan bt Shon Seung...
Bafana Hang on for Heroic Draw
BYLINE: Nkareng Matshe Carlos Parreira called it his toughest test yet of his six-month Bafana Bafana reign and it turned out to be exactly that. But helped by dogged performance inside this noisy stadium, and another goal from Sibusiso Zuma,...
Beware of Criminals Phishing for Personal Banking Information
The fraudsters are still phishing in South African "waters", but often their catches slip away from them. Last week, I heard from two Standard Bank customers who'd had large sums of money "mysteriously" disappear from their accounts within a day...
Boom Not Over
BYLINE: TOM HOOD THE hottest properties in Cape Town, on the Atlantic seaboard, are fetching staggering prices in spite of forecasts that the housing boom has run out of steam. A Bantry Bay flat was sold recently for a record R78 370 a square...
Botanist Sets Up Project to Test Global Warming Damage to Fynbos
BYLINE: MELANIE GOSLING GLOBAL warming is likely to change fynbos, the smallest of the world's six floral kingdoms and home to an astonishing 9 000 species, most of which grow nowhere else in the world. Over 90% of the climate change models agree...
Bridge Squatters Seek High Court Redress after City Council Demolishes Shacks
BYLINE: WESLEY APRIL THE continuing feud between Cape Town City Council and N7 bridge squatters in Goodwood has flared up again after the council broke down shacks on Friday. The squatters have clashed with the city on several occasions after...
Business, Government Join Forces against Cable Theft That Cost City R22m in a Year
BYLINE: BABALO NDENZE THE National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has joined the probe into the widespread theft of copper cable which has plunged whole areas of the country into darkness and cost the City of Cape Town alone R22 million over the past...
Curtain Rises on a Busy Life
What does your job entail? I make sure the theatre productions run efficiently. I am responsible for every aspect of production - sourcing the funds, looking after the budgets with a small team of helpers, making sure every aspect of the production...
Cynical Betrayal
Sometimes, confronted with the absurdities of officialdom, you do not know whether to laugh or cry. The release of Jamil el-Banna, a British resident held for four years at Guantanamo, is being complicated by British authorities who now refuse to allow...
Death of Baboon in Fight with Farm Dogs No Cause for Prosecution, Says SPCA
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH THE Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has found no cause for criminal prosecution, after a relocated Tokai baboon had been killed by a pack of dogs on a Worcester farm two weeks ago. David, the "gentleman...
Delport Appointed the DA's New 'Shadow Justice Minister'
BYLINE: Angela Quintal <p>and Boyd Webb DA POLITICIAN Tertius Delport has been appointed the party's "shadow justice minister" at the expense of another veteran, Sheila Camerer, after failing twice to be elected to a leadership post under...
Don't Pay More Because of a Contract's 'Admin Fees'
"Admin fees" are a convenient way for companies to make an extra layer of profit from unquestioning consumers. Among the most unjustifiable of admin fees, in my opinion, is that which the cellphone networks charge their subscribers when they renew...
Group Fights Risk of SA Land Turning to Desert
BYLINE: MELANIE GOSLING OVER a billion people stand to lose their livelihoods globally as a result of the world's creeping deserts, and South Africans will be among them. Yet those who work to combat desertification say there is no sense of urgency...
High Praise for Former Cape Times Production Editor
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY FRIENDS and former colleagues have saluted Godfrey Heynes, the Cape Times's former chief sub-editor and later production editor, who died at the weekend after a short illness. He was 61. Heynes had worked at the paper for...
How the Bafana Players Rated
BYLINE: Nkareng Matshe Rowen Fernandez 6/10 Terrible mistake which helped Congo to draw level should not detract from another impressive performance. Kept SA in the game with great saves prior to, and after, the blunder. Cyril Nzama 5 Combative...
Incisive Photography Explores Moral Paradigms
BYLINE: Melvyn Minnaar pop artist David Hockney, talking at an London exhibition last week, bemoaned the possibility that we are moving into a post-visual age. A visualist who stopped viewers in their tracks, Hockney reckons nowadays people go...
isiXhosa Literature Needs to Break Free of Its Fetters
It is widely accepted that the only book that sells in indigenous languages is the Bible. If this is so, then isiXhosa literature has lost its sense of place, its sense of spirituality, of providing mature commentary on the society within which the...
'Job Crisis' Could Spark New June 16,/says Vavi
BYLINE: Moshoeshoe Monare BLOEMFONTEIN: Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has warned that the high rate of unemployment among the youth could spark a rebellion reminiscent of the June 16, 1976 student uprising. He was speaking at a rally...
'Job Crisis' Could Spark New June 16, Says Vavi
BYLINE: Moshoeshoe Monare BLOEMFONTEIN: Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has warned that the high rate of unemployment among the youth could spark a rebellion reminiscent of the June 16, 1976 student uprising. He was speaking at a rally...
Kasrils Paints a Skewed Version of What Really Happened in 1967 Six-Day War
BYLINE: Benny Morris Ronnie Kasrils ("Zionists in their own words", June 7) uses history to advance a political agenda. The problem is that his history is skewed; factual errors piled on top of ideologically-motivated distortions. The outcome...
Male Migrants from Eastern Cape Struggle to Find Employment
BYLINE: HANNA INGBER WIN MIGRANTS from the Eastern Cape continue to flow into the Western Cape, yet male migrants have a significantly worse chance of securing a job than those who already live here. "Those already in the Western Cape have more...
Minutes Were Altered
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY THE ANC has dismissed as untrue allegations that former MEC and now provincial secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha had undue influence in a provincial land sale, but the DA has asked two provincial standing committees to investigate...
'New Age' All Blacks Lookingvulnerable in the Second Row
BYLINE: MIKE GREENAWAY It is not often that the All Blacks land in South Africa with a potential weakness in their team, but the on-going curse of the second rowers in the Land of the Long White Cloud has culled six leading locks and exposed a lineout...
Newlands Hero Has Sights Set on Playing Flyhalf
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED HE conquered the Wallabies in dramatic style at Newlands with two late drop goals, now 20-year-old Springbok back Francois Steyn hopes to go one further and dictate the backline from flyhalf. The Sharks star grabbed victory...
Passing of Bill Delayed
BYLINE: HANNA INGBER WIN CHILDREN as young as four are trafficked into South Africa, yet there is no legislation outlawing the practice, civil society organisations say. "We basically rely on pieces of legislation," said Pamela Silolo, the child-trafficking...
Play Pienaar Ahead of Du Preez, Says Divan
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED Ruan Pienaar should be the first-choice Springbok scrumhalf - even ahead of Fourie du Preez. That's the surprising view of former Springbok captain and scrumhalf Divan Serfontein after Pienaar got his first Test start against...
PlayTV
The deal between the Premier Soccer League and pay TV channel SuperSport has come as a a shock to many people. It will affect millions of soccer lovers across the country who relied on the SABC for live coverage of local soccer. The award to the...
Police Organised Crime Unit Joins Search for Missing Mikayla
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH THE Western Cape Organised Crime Unit has joined the investigation into the disappearance of six-year-old Mikayla Rossouw in Swellendam a week ago. Police from Swellendam and more than 100 volunteers embarked on a massive...
Politics Lies at the Root of Child Malnutrition, Says Expert
BYLINE: HANNA INGBER WIN THE health sector, in which wealthy patients receive the world's highest quality of care and the poor some of the worst, is a "mirror of South Africa", a public health expert has said. David Sanders, founding professor...
Public Sector Strike 'A Just and Valid Cause' - Anglican Bishop
BYLINE: LILLY FOWLER An ANGLICAN bishop in the Western Cape issued a pastoral letter yesterday urging his congregations to accept the public sector strike as a just and valid cause. "This worker action is a legitimate one, and we are neither...
Public Sector Strike a Just and Valid Cause, Says Anglican Bishop
BYLINE: LILLY FOWLER An ANGLICAN bishop in the Western Cape has issued a pastoral letter urging congregations in his diocese to accept the public sector strike as a just and valid cause. "This worker action is a legitimate one, and we are neither...
Schalk Lovedthe Combatof Test Rugby
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED Springbok flank Schalk Burger was delighted to finally play in a "proper Test match" in Saturday's 22-19 victory over Australia at Newlands. After two low-key Tests against a third-string England outfit, the Boks only just...
Shvetsov on How It Feels to Break Fordyce's Record
BYLINE: Leonid Shvetsov To win the Comrades Marathon so convincingly, and to break the record that had stood for 21 years, was an unbelievable experience - one that ranks second in my career only to finishing 13th in the 2004 Athens Olympics marathon....
Simons Makeshistory in Barcelona
BYLINE: GRANT WINTER South Africa teenager Ashleigh Simon announced her arrival on the world stage by sensationally winning the Catalonia Masters yesterday - just a month after turning professional. In snatching victory from overnight leader...
Sister Act Kept Me on Track, Says Russian Dynamo Nurgalieva
BYLINE: Olesya Nurgalieva To finally win the Comrades Marathon, after finishing second in both the 2003 and 2005 "down" runs, is really amazing, but I couldn't have done it without my twin sister Elena. With about nine kilometres to go in yesterday's...
Skinstad Could Cap Comeback Byleading Boks against All Blacks
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED Bob Skinstad could complete a remarkable comeback to Test rugby by captaining the Springboks against the All Blacks in Durban on Saturday. Skipper John Smit limped off Newlands with a hamstring injury in the Boks' 22-19...
Surveillance of Masterminds in Perlemoen-Poaching Racket Beefed Up
BYLINE: VUSUMUZI KA NZAPHEZA THE battle against the illicit trade in perlemoen is intensifying, with law-enforcement agencies identifying key suspects in the lucrative racket. A Sunday newspaper reported that police were keeping an eye on several...
Teachers to Be Rewarded According to New Scales
Government shares the view expressed by the Westerford High School Governing Body and Patricia Mudiayi that teachers are under-rewarded (June 14). It would appear in the case of the governing body that the members do not have the detail of government's...
UCT Students Give Those Less Fortunate a Soft Place to Land
BYLINE: HANNA INGBER WIN UCT students in paint-|splattered clothes sing out loud as they coat the exterior of a homeless shelter. Their voices muffle the banging from inside, where others tile a bathroom's floor and walls. Twenty-eight students...
Unhealthy Surgery
It appears there is no derailing the Western Cape Department of Health train in its quest to bring healthcare delivery in this province to a grinding halt. No sooner has it unilaterally planned, approved and implemented budget and bed cuts to the...
We Need to Define What We Mean When We Say Cape Town Is Not African Enough
BYLINE: James O'Connor There has been much written lately about Cape Town's Eurocentrism and lack of Africanness. In the spirit of this I would like, as a white South African, to make some comments. Perhaps they could lead to further meaningful...