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Articles from February 19, 2008

Analysts Demand Answers to Sa's Power Crisis
BYLINE: Boyd Webb FINANCE MINISTER Trevor Manuel is expected to dig deep into his pocket tomorrow to help ensure the security of the country's power supply. Analysts and opposition parties alike believe that the key question Manuel must answer...
An Apology to Heal the Past and Unite a Nation
This is an edited version of the speech by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd last Wednesday, in which he apologised to the country's indigenous people. I move that today we honour the indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures...
Annestacia's Mum Tells of 'Strange Feeling' before Killing
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER THE mother of slain 11-year-old Annestacia Wiese says that shortly before her daughter was killed, she had a "strange feeling" something bad was going to happen. Her disquiet led her to fetch Annestacia and her son, Brandon,...
Annoying Web Ads Can Easily Be Blocked
There are many irritating problems that can interfere with internet browser software. I have spent the past two weeks explaining how to get back to enjoying your internet connection as quickly as possible. This is the final part of the series. For...
Arno Carstens to Strut His Stuff at Kirstenbosch
BYLINE: ROBYN COHEN With nine No 1 hit singles and five SA Music Awards for Best Album to his credit, Arno Carstens has earned his moniker as "The Godfather of South African Rock". Worcester-born Carstens is one popular dude in his home country...
Asylum-Seekers Tell Court:
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER IS THE Department of Home Affairs incapable of dealing with the number of refugees seeking asylum in South Africa? This is what the Cape High Court has been asked to decide after seven men, seeking asylum from the Democratic...
Bill of Responsibilities Teaches Youth the Flip Side of Rights
BYLINE: WENDY JASSON DA COSTA THE Education Department hopes to improve the moral values of young South Africans through its newly-released Bill of Responsibilities. The aim of this bill is to teach youngsters how to enforce the Bill of Rights,...
Bioshock Game Opens Debate about Ayn Rand Philosophy
BYLINE: Daniel Malherbe Bioshock is still an amazing game. In fact, it's content has even become a topic of dispute, with the objectivist stance the game takes being compared to the philosophy of writer Ayn Rand. One can see why. Bioshock has...
Breathalyser to Boost Diseasedetection
BYLINE: Pete van der Woude Imagine the convenience of being able to breathe into a sterile plastic tube in the comfort of your own home and get an immediate diagnosis on the presence of diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer. Dr Masood Yousef,...
Cape Town Passes Begin to Monopoly Green Zone
BYLINE: BRIAN INDRELUNAS CAPE Town is seeing green as it has moved into the second-highest tier of spaces in an on-line vote to determine the composition of a new Monopoly game board. Within the green tier, the Mother City passed Riga, Latvia,...
Clearing the Air of Conflict Can Be Too Much of a Good Thing
ALL this clearing of the air going on at the moment is a big surprise, and out of national character. Cricket bosses Norman Arendse and Gerald Majola, for instance, have been busy "clearing the air" over the weekend, issuing statements apologising...
Cobras Can Beat Any Team If They Just Find the Consistency, Says Kemp
BYLINE: TELFORD VICE THE Zimbabweans' playing gear wasn't all that was red after their shock win over the Cape Cobras in an MTN Domestic Championship match in Harare on Sunday. "It was very annoying, but I suppose at least it wasn't on television,"...
Crucial Considerations Must Inform Decision on Scorpions
The decision of the executive to implement the ANC's Polokwane resolution to dissolve the Scorpions raises important legal and constitutional questions. There are four concepts that ought to inform the debate on this topic: rationality, constitutionality,...
Cullinan Lauded as Pioneer in Drafting Eco-Friendly Laws
BYLINE: STAFF WRITER CITY environmental lawyer Corman Cullinan has been hailed as one of the world's greatest eco-warriors. The newly published book Planet Savers: 301 Extraordinary Environmentalists lauds Cullinan for developing a new approach...
Declarations of Independence and Exploding the Afghan Dog-Fighting Myth
Brenda was reading the newspaper when she spontaneously erupted with laughter. I didn't know it was laughter at the time. It's a rare sound in these parts. I thought she was erupting with something dark and potentially dangerous, so I hit the floor...
Delft Residents Have to Move after Losing Eviction Appeal Bid
BYLINE: BABALO NDENZE <p>and AZIZ HARTLEY THE 1 600 Delft residents - some heavily pregnant, others elderly - who had illegally occupied N2 Gateway houses will this morning begin the task of finding other accommodation following yesterday's...
End of Road for Delft Families as Appeal Bid Fails
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY FAMILIES illegally occupying about 1 000 incomplete houses in Delft have been refused leave to appeal against an order that they move out. Justice Deon van Zyl said their lawyers had more than enough opportunity, during the...
Financial Information Is a Click Away
BYLINE: COURTNEY BROOKS SOUTH AFRICANS can now compare banking and credit card rates, home loans, insurance, cellphones and medical aid with a website devoted to helping consumers become more informed about their finances. Justmoney.co.za, which...
Flexibility Changes Face of Cellphones
BYLINE: tony scott Have you ever wished your cellphone or PDA had just a slightly bigger screen? Wondered how it would ever be possible to balance the need for larger displays with the trend towards ever smaller phones? Welcome to the latest...
International Award for Home That Makes the Most of Views and the Least of Storms
BYLINE: BRIAN INDRELUNAS A SIMON'S TOWN home that capitalises on its mountainside location has won an international architecture award. "The house is about being able to live in close contact with nature," said Kevin Fellingham, the architect...
Liquor Act Inlimbo as Capeshebeens Apply for Licences
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY AS THE province grapples with legislation to clamp down on the massive illegal liquor trade, 284 new licence applications have been received in the past three months alone. And residents are being urged to register their...
Manuel'smoment
FINANCE MINISTER Trevor Manuel's 12th national budget, which he presents to Parliament tomorrow, will be a gloomy affair. When he gave his mid-term budget policy statement in October, South Africa was in the midst of a heady economic boom, the longest...
Marine Fund Flounders under Mismanagement, Says DA
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH THE Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism says although its Marine Living Resources Fund (MLRF) received a qualified report from the Auditor-General, the fund has experienced "a significant turnaround" in its management...
Oath Is Not a Priority
Education MINISTER Naledi Pandor's oath has a history. She drops it as if it came from the sky, without any context whatsoever. The oath was first framed under Professor Kader Asmal's watch as minister of education. It was not a high priority then...
Of Course There's a Little Person Inside Your PC
Some people believe that a testy little man lives in computers. On a good day, things work. The rest of the time - mostly - the start-up chugs, the internet connection freezes and Microsoft sends you messages asking that you tell them what went wrong...
Police Argue against Bail for Women in Murder Case
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH THE police inspector investigating the murder of Danish pensioner Preben Povlsen is so convinced his Ugandan wife and her sister were involved in the murder, he said it would not be in the interests of justice to allow...
Political Surge in Iraq
It has taken nine bloody and difficult months, but the deployment of 30 000 additional US troops appears at last to have brought not just a lull in the sectarian fighting in Iraq, but the first tangible steps toward genuine political reconciliation....
Proteas Not 'Hitting the Deck' Withenough Energy, Says Worried Arthur
BYLINE: IQBAL KHAN DHAKA: South Africa coach Mickey Arthur is a worried man. It stems from the fact that his quick bowlers have not yet been able to find the right lines and lengths to bowl on the slow and low pitches they will have to put up with...
Public Transport
It is common knowledge that our public transport system leaves a lot to be desired. First, it is not integrated - rail, bus and taxi operators are running un-co-ordinated services - resulting in passengers spending long hours and a lot of money...
Racism Denial
It AMAZES me that we are constantly having to read letters denying the obvious in our society, and particularly in Cape Town. As soon as a black person writes about racism, there is a spate of letters denying it. In his letter "White racism thrives"...
Rassie Has Brought an Edge, but What about the Joie De Vivre?
The Stormers have always been known as a team loaded with talented, creative players who can beat any other team on their day. They have usually been able to field an outstanding backline, ranging from the era of Justin Swart, Percy Montgomery,...
Record Number of Students Register for Engineering in Western Cape
BYLINE: A'EYSHA KASSIEM A RECORD number of students have registered for engineering at some Western Cape universities. At Stellenbosch University, the dean of the engineering faculty, Arnold Schoonwinkel, said a record 477 new first-year students...
Rookies Ready to Strikeagain at Woodmead
BYLINE: GRANT WINTER JOHANNESBURG: A growing number of golfers have been putting their hands up this summer as if to say the game in South Africa is not only about established stars like Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini, Trevor Immelman,...
Sa Economic Growth Creates Job Opportunities but Mainly in High-Skills Sector
BYLINE: Ralph Mathegka In some circumstances, the relationship between democracy and economic progress is not contentious because the two spheres are regarded as separate. Thus one can determine progress in democratic development separately from...
Schalk Rib Injury
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED STORMERS coach Rassie Erasmus yesterday acknowledged that his team played too conservatively against the Bulls at the weekend and are hoping to play a bit more expansively against the Sharks on Saturday. After insisting...
Senior Citizens Fall Victim to Car Brake Scams
BYLINE: CARYN DOLLEY A SYNDICATE which targets senior citizens by cutting the brake fluid pipe of their parked vehicles, then follows them home to tell them of the leak and offer to take the car for repairs is operating in Sea Point. Police are...
Serbia Seethes as Jubilant Kosovans Celebrate Independence
BYLINE: Peter Popham Pristina: "It's the biggest day for a million years!" declared an ecstatic Kosovar, celebrating his country's independence along with tens of thousands of other ethnic Albanians in Pristina on Sunday night. Fireworks exploded...
Snatching Bobo Will 'Stoke Good Old Rivalry'
BYLINE: MIKE GREENAWAY Durban: Rugby fans who were disappointed by the quality of the match between the Sharks and the Force last week can expect better fare on Saturday when a wiser Sharks side host a super-charged Stormers team, says coach Dick...
SOS SMS from Foreigners Trapped on Rock Leads to Dramatic Sea Rescue
BYLINE: STAFF WRITER THREE "ill-prepared" foreigners, who had gone on a challenging hiking trail barefoot, were saved in a dramatic rescue yesterday when they got trapped on a rock near Plettenberg Bay for almost two hours, surrounded by growing...
Stalled Doha Trade Talks Are Symptomatic of a Deeper Crisis of Multilateralism
BYLINE: Mills Soko <p> Amid the general pessimism about the prospects of the Doha round of global trade talks, it is tempting to dismiss the multilateral trading system as a failure. It is not, as the recently released report of the Warwick...
Stereotypes of Foreigners Complicate Relations with Officials and Communities, Writes Karen Breytenbach
ARE the policemen who encounter immigrants and the immigration officials who facilitate arrest, detention and deportation of illegal immigrants properly trained? While the public relations engine room of police headquarters last month assured the...
Surprise! How Roaming Bills Run to Thousands
BYLINE: COURTNEY BROOKS SOUTH AFRICANS are unknowingly racking up cellphone bills of up to R8 000 a day while travelling abroad. Although making a phone call and sending an SMS is still relatively cheap, the cost of downloading data has increased...
Symphony Concert Engages Audience in Sold-Out City Hall
SYMPHONY CONCERT, February 7, City Hall; CPO conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, soloist Martino Tirimo; Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op 80; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G major, Op 58; Brahms: Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 73. DEON IRISH...
Three-Year-Old Missing after 'Gran' Takes Him by Hand in Street
BYLINE: CARYN DOLLEY A Philippi mother spent weeks counting down to her only child's birthday, but when he turns four tomorrow her thoughts will be only on the number of days it is since he was last seen. Thapelo Sifuba was last seen being led...
Waste Dump Worries
BYLINE: JO-ANNE SMETHERHAM CONCERNS are growing over proposals for a huge seaside development, with more than 700 apartments, businesses and shops, on the slope below an old municipal dump and an industrial waste site in Glencairn. Developers...