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Articles from November 6, 2007

Absa's Conscience?
I have banked and made no money with Absa Bank since it was the United Building Society in the 1970s. I have remained a loyal customer, and all the money I owe in the world, I owe to Absa, with high bank charges, a rampant drive to pull me further...
A Herculean Effort Is Needed to Destroy These Alien Hydras
BYLINE: ALIENS PART 4 l Hakea spp (stinkbean) are Category 1 declared weeds, which must be controlled or eradicated. Three species were introduced from Australia in the 1830s to grow hedges to control drift sand. Hakea gibbosa (rock hakea),...
At Least 100 Critical Posts
BYLINE: ANEL POWELL THE City of Cape Town's housing department is battling with "critical skills gaps" and urgently needs to fill at least 100 posts to meet service delivery needs. It would, however, take R18.5 million to fill these posts and...
Attuning to Ancient Aztec Spirit and the Divine in Old Mexico
Chakras are cleansed while the senses succumb, writes Christopher Reynolds Unless you have Aztecs in your family tree, you may find this city's name hard to pronounce. But so much else is easy, or irresistible. The Aztec echoes, the ice cream, the...
Bodi amongCricketers of the Year
BYLINE: PATRICK COMPTON JOHANNESBURG: Paul Harris's elevation to first-choice spinner for the Proteas over the last year was underlined last night when he was named as one of the South African Cricket Annual's five Cricketers of the Year. The...
Cast's Charm Wins over Audience
JUTRO. Directed by Helen Iskander, with Keren Tahor and James Cuningham. At the Intimate Theatre until November 18. PETER TROMP reviews Creative team Helen Iskander and James Cuningham, along with regular co-conspirator Sylvain Strike, have perfected...
City Housingdepartmentbattling to Fill Skills Gap
BYLINE: ANEL POWELL THE City of Cape Town's housing department is battling with "critical skills gaps" and urgently needs to fill at least 100 posts to meet service delivery needs. It would, however, take R18.5 million to fill these posts and...
City, Red1 Row Flares Up Again over Delay in Liquidation of Body's Affairs
BYLINE: ANEL POWELL A NEW row has erupted between the City of Cape Town and the now defunct regional electricity distributor, Red1 - this time about who should be responsible for winding up the entity's financial matters so that it can be liquidated....
Community Fishers Hail Marinepolicy Breakthrough
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH THE government has agreed in principle to develop a system based on community fishing rights to replace quotas. Community fishermen reject the government's quota system and want a "more equitable" arrangement. The agreement...
Dodging the Shadows along the Walkway
BYLINE: Joanne Hichens The wind was howling at Muizenberg. I revolted against the idea of dragging a bunch of kids through the wind, to the beach, sulking to myself that the teachers were a mad lot to go ahead with the outing. But the kids didn't...
Economy Sliding While Elite Prospers - Moeletsi Mbeki
BYLINE: Fiona Forde JOHANNESBURG: Political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki has warned of South Africa's industrial decline, which is leaving small islands of wealth in a sea of poverty. Speaking last night at the Chamber of Mines here, the brother of...
Eksteen Makes a Case
BYLINE: TELFORD VICE Take 12 wickets at 20.66 in two games and you might think your place in the next match is assured. But if you're left-arm spinner Paul Harris and that next match is a Test against New Zealand at the Wanderers in Johannesburg...
Energetic, but No Excellence on Show
UCT DANCE.COM. Directed by Eduard Greyling and Lindy Raizenberg. Presented by UCT Dance Department in collaboration with Artscape. Sheila Chisholm reviews Performed with all the verve, vitality and sincerity one expects from post-matric students...
Film Is an Aural and Visual Treat
HHHH CANONE INVERSO (MAKING LOVE). Italy 2000. Directed by Ricky Tognazi, with Hans Matheson, Melanie Thierry, Lee Williams and Gabriel Byrne. L'Chaim: To Life festival, Labia on Orange. KAREN RUTTER reviews. As passionate and intricately structured...
Forgotten Art of Salt-Roasting; It's Not Quite Steaming and Not Quite Roasting, Writes Russ Parsons, Who Tries It Out
WHAT was quite possibly the single best dish I've eaten this year came to my table as a bleak white mound that looked less like food than some kindergarten art project. That it was wheeled with such ceremony through the dining room of a Providence...
Free Software Rivals Big-Bucks Packages
This is part two of a series about free software I have installed on a laptop computer that I am using as a cheap, portable business machine. The objective of this experiment, other than to save money, was to see if I could happily do away with...
Fruit Farm Workers Complete Healthcare Course
BYLINE: STAFF WRITER SEVENTEEN farmworkers from around Ceres have completed a five-month general healthcare course and will now be able to go into their communities and pass on what they have learnt. One of the 17, a woman who gave birth a week...
Home Is Where the Heart Is, as Well as the Borer Worms and Electrified Pets
I don't want to write about it. I really don't. The entire business makes me sick to my stomach. I have just made my 14th move in 10 years. Looking at the devastation strewn across this alien lounge floor, I can see boxes that date back to the very...
Hopes High Mbeki Can Wave Peacekeeping Wand over Sudanese Strongman
BYLINE: Hans Pienaar THE world community has emerged dazed and confused from the Sudanese crisis. The US has imposed sanctions, but is using Sudanese intelligence, China has been forced to drop its non-interference policy, and humanitarian agencies...
Igesundhappynot Toface Bax
BYLINE: FAROUK ABRAHAMS AFTER a woeful Champions League campaign that seemingly caused much embarrassment to multi-millionaire owner Patrice Motsepe as well as the club's impatient followers, Mamelodi Sundowns are ominously back in the hunt for...
In Teachers' Defence
The decision to rewrite the matric English Literature paper has received a great deal of media coverage. It is fair to say that the chief invigilator, the headmaster and the head of the English department at SACS made a mistake in signing off Paper...
Just Surprising That Banks Don't Charge an Entrance Fee Too
THERE'S a lot of ill-feeling towards banks out there. The gatvol factor is sky high. Nothing else can explain the vociferous e-mail response to my column of two weeks ago, in which I complained about being charged a "cheque deposit fee" of R12.49...
Killings Could Be 'Gang Related'
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH<p>and CARYN DOLLEY WHILE police have not yet established a motive for the execution-style killing of five people at a Woodstock warehouse owned by alleged druglord Mogamat Madatt, it emerged last night that one man...
Living a More Poetic and Associative Existence
I once landed up on poet Robert Berold's farm for an impromptu braai with some mates during the Grahamstown Arts Festival. But the poet wasn't there, he was in China. "What's he doing in China?" I asked. "He's teaching at Zhejiang University," was...
Man Hid in Cupboard as Co-Workers Were Murdered
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH<p>and CARYN DOLLEY WHILE police have not yet established a motive for the execution-style killing of five people at a Woodstock warehouse owned by alleged druglord Mogamat Madatt, it emerged last night that one man...
McLaughlin Explores Jazz-Rock Roots Again on Tour
BYLINE: Dan Ouellette NEW YORK: In the midst of John McLaughlin's autumn tour with his latest band, the 4th Dimension, the guitarist is upbeat about having returned to the road with jazz-rock rhythms pulsating in his veins. Supporting last year's...
More Accessible Court Systems on the Cards
BYLINE: STAFF WRITER THE Western Cape Justice and Constitutional Development Department's main goal is to "modernise" itself and create a system accessible to all which is "simpler, cheaper and faster", says its head. And the R219 million allocated...
Musharraf's Mistake
Occasionally in history, generals scrap constitutions, silence judges, tell the politicians to shut up and get away with it. De Gaulle in the miserable France of 1958, and Pilsudski in the chaotic Poland of 1926, were two; they seized power, while...
Online Brolly Brightens Rainy Days
BYLINE: Sarah Jane Scott While Cape Town's wet season comes to a timely end, folk up in the northern hemisphere begin their gloomy term of rainy days and soggy socks. But two young Japanese graduate students of Keio University Graduate School...
Pakistan's 'Coup within a Coup' Is No Surprise
BYLINE: Tariq Ali LONDON: For anyone familiar with the history of Pakistan, Saturday's decision by the military to impose a state of emergency comes as no surprise. Martial law in this country has become an antibiotic: in order to obtain the...
Passionate UK Travellers Vote City Tour Guide One of the Best
BYLINE: DOMINIQUE HERMAN CAPE TOWN tour guide Selwyn Davidowitz is one of two best guides in the world, according to Wanderlust, the UK's leading magazine "for people with a passion for travel". One-man operator Davidowitz - whose almost 12-hour...
Performance Marked by Warm Partnership
LIONEL BOWMAN MEMORIAL CONCERT, City Hall; CPO conducted by David Nettle, soloist Richard Markham; Mendelssohn: Overture, The Hebrides Op 26; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 in F minor, Op 36. DEON IRISH...
Plea to Murder Charges Delayed
BYLINE: JO-ANN BEKKER KNYSNA: The Cape Circuit Court sitting here is to visit sites relevant to the rape and murder trial of former nightclub disc jockey Heinrich Urwyler van Rooyen today, says Judge Nathan Erasmus. Van Rooyen, 25, appeared in...
Pretty in Pink with Choice Fast-Growing Indigenous Trees
The pompon tree (Dais cotinfolia) is one of the best- known and well-loved of the indigenous trees. It grows exceptionally fast and is tough enough to serve as a street tree and small enough to fit into most gardens. Perfect for small gardens, it...
Protest by Matrics a Damp Squib as Department Warns: No Rewrite, No Results
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH JUST SIX of the 21 000 Western Cape matrics who will have to write their English setwork paper again later this month arrived at yesterday's protest against the rewrite. It may have been the heat, or yesterday's physical...
Protest by Matrics a Damp Squib, While Department Warns: No Rewrite, No Results
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH JUST six of the 21 000 Western Cape matrics who have to write their English setwork paper later this month turned up yesterday for a planned protest against the rewrite. It may have been the heat, or the physical science...
Questionable Act
The Cape Times picture of the destruction of a "derelict mine warfare vessel" off Cape Point by the South African Navy on November 2, refers. A couple of concerns spring to mind, particularly since no one in the media (as far as I am aware) raised...
Red1 Row Stoked Back to Life by Delay in Liquidation
BYLINE: ANEL POWELL A FRESH row has erupted between the City of Cape Town and the now-defunct regional electricity distributor, Red1 - this time about who should be responsible for winding up the entity's financial matters so that it can be liquidated....
Revelling in the Beauty of Remarkably Irresistible Trees; Arborist Packenham Champions the Rights of Trees Worldwide, Writes Nancy V Richards
We're enjoying a moment of what Thomas Packenham calls the "intoxicant" factor - or looking long and hard at something until the perfect conditions present themselves to click the shutter. "I sometimes think I would have liked to be able to paint or...
Rights System May Be Overhauled
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH THE government has agreed in principle to develop a system based on community fishing rights to replace quotas. Community fishermen reject the government's quota system and want a "more equitable" arrangement. The agreement...
'SA's Industrial Declineleaves Islands of Wealth in a Sea of Poverty'
BYLINE: Fiona Forde JOHANNESBURG: Political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki has warned of South Africa's industrial decline, which is leaving small islands of wealth in a sea of poverty. Speaking last night at the Chamber of Mines here, Mbeki, who is...
Simple, Satisfying Storyline
HHHH NINA'S HEAVENLY DELIGHTS. UK 2006. Directed by Pratibha Parmar, with Shelley Conn, Laura Fraser, Ronny Jhutti, Art Malik and Raji James. Out in Africa Film Festival, V&A Waterfront. November 11, 8.30pm; November 15, 7pm; November 17, 8pm....
Steyn and the Fast Men Sure to Target Shaky New Zealand Top Order
BYLINE: STUART HESS JOHANNESBURG: South African pacemen Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn and Andre Nel must be licking their lips at the prospect of getting stuck into New Zealand's decidedly shaky top order in the first Test starting at the Wanderers...
Talking about Food - What to Eat, I Ask You, What to Eat?
BYLINE: GILDA ROMAIN FIRST we hear butter's better. Yes, eat butter. No marg, butter. Then no butter. Eat marg. Butter has too much animal fat. Then we hear butter. Good old natural butter. Marg becomes black in part of its making. So ok, no marg....
The Anc Should Find a Way out of the Nightmare
BYLINE: Xolela Mangcu In speaking here I was asked to do two things. First, answer the question of whether the leadership succession debate is likely to destroy or harm our democracy. Second, try and figure out what kind of leader our society demands....
Top-Notch ART PRESENTS Contemporary Arcadia
Exhibition: Kevin Brand, Sanell Aggenbach and Julius Mfethe at the AVA Gallery, until November 9. Melvyn Minnaar reviews Irony has been the prevailing mood of artistic paradise ever since Poussin's famous 1647 painting and call from the grave, Et...
Two Top Artists Combine Musical Talents at Baxter
BYLINE: ARTS WRITER Violinist Phillippe Quint and pianist Francois du Toit will give a recital under the auspices of the Cape Town Concert Series on November 17, at the Baxter at 8pm. This will be the final concert in the current series. They...
Unwelcomeguest
It is quite disturbing that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is being given the red-carpet treatment in South Africa. Today he will inspect the guard at Tuynhuys and be guest of honour there at a state banquet hosted by President Thabo Mbeki tonight....
Victims Weep as They See Alleged Serial Rapist in Court
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER THERE were emotional scenes as a former navy seaman accused of 40 counts of rape and 33 of indecent assault made his way to the Cape High Court dock, watched by many of the women he is said to have attacked over four years....
Victims Weep at Sight of Alleged Serial Rapist in Court
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER THERE were emotional scenes at the Cape High Court where a 34-year-old alleged serial rapist appeared yesterday in connection with 104 charges, including 40 counts of rape and 33 of indecent assault. The attacks took...
Whale-Watching Permits Won't Help Perlemoen Fishers
It is of concern that while the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has banned the catching of perlemoen, it has recommended that those permit holders who have been deprived, substitute perlemoen fishing for boat-based whale watching or...