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Articles from June 3, 2008

African Landscape Art
THE AVA's Members Exhibition, titled X Marks The Spot, will run until June 20 at 1pm. The group exhibition of submissions received around the theme of the South African landscape will present both established artists and more tentative attempts at...
Algae Oil May Keep Us Rolling without Starving
BYLINE: Elizabeth Douglass Los Angeles: A San Diego company says it can turn algae into oil, producing a green-coloured crude that yields ultra-clean versions of petrol and diesel without the disadvantages of other biofuels production. The year-old...
A Radio Station Tuned for Aliens
BYLINE: John Johnson HAT CREEK, California: In this remote volcanic valley near Mount Shasta, 42 telescope dishes have sprouted amid the soaring ponderosa pines, listening for a voice from space. Every few seconds the six-metre-wide dishes, scattered...
Arthur: Smith Will Be Fit for Lord's
JOHANNESBURG: Proteas captain Graeme Smith is targeting the three-day tour match against Middlesex for a comeback appearance from his hamstring injury ahead of the Test series against England, according to coach Mickey Arthur. Smith told reporters...
Basic Income Grant Would Give the Poor Precious Hope
People seem to like new words. Especially new and little-known words. Like xenophobia. They sound good and impressive, so, when a critical situation arises as we have now, and the new word is attached to it, we all go ape with it. But the hatred...
Board No Longer Serving Public's Interest, Say SABC Executives
that certain members of the board do not have the interests of the SABC (at heart), but are motivated by personal vendettas", SABC head of group strategy and risk Sipho Sithole read from the executive's statement. It had concluded that, as a collective,...
Bok Coach Must Staytrue to His Beliefs
THIS Saturday, at 3pm in Bloemfontein, we will witness the historic moment rugby fans have been waiting for this year: the new Springbok team under Peter de Villiers. Apart from the obvious reasons (a new era under De Villiers, being the first black...
Calls for Swift Action on Allegations against Hlophe
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH and<p>KAREN BREYTENBACH THE Western Cape's two top legal bodies have called on Cape Judge President John Hlophe to step down pending the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) investigation into allegations that he tried...
Chrysalis Academy in Tokai Provides Haven for Displaced Families
BYLINE: JEAN YUNG AN ERRANT beach ball bounced towards us, chased by a small Somali boy. I stuck out my foot to stop it. The boy giggled and hugged my leg with all his might - a warm welcome to the Chrystalis Academy. Here in the idyllic surrounds...
City Hands over Care of Displaced People to Province
BYLINE: ANEL POWELL <p>and BABALO NDENZE THE City of Cape Town says it has started to hand over management of the more than 20 000 people displaced by the xenophobic violence and looting of the past 10 days to the provincial government. ...
Click and Pick a Handbag or Play and Feed the Poor
ONE of the local sites I go to several times a week is the St Luke's Hospice Online Auction. They auction everything from furniture and classy handbags to holidays and artworks - and there are many, many bargains to be had. On other online auction...
Crawford-Browne Loses High Court Bid in Tussle with Trevor Manuel over Arms Deal
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER ARMS deal crusader Terry Crawford-Browne has lost a Cape High Court attempt to obtain hundreds of pages of documents related to the multi-billion-rand arms deal. The court had dismissed an application he lodged against...
Crisis Mode
THE N2 Gateway Housing Project has staggered along from one crisis to another. The Cape Times (May 28) reported on the difficulties there, from Thubelisha Homes' insolvency after a R70 million loss, to assurances by the MEC for Housing, Richard Dyantyi,...
Critical Staff Vacancies Put Brakes on City's Housing Department's Plans to Shrink Backlog
BYLINE: ANEL POWELL THE City of Cape Town's housing department, which faces a current backlog of 400 000 units that increases by 18 000 each year, "does not have enough funding" to fill its critical staff vacancies. And if these are not filled,...
Displaced Foreigners Requesting Further UN Intervention
BYLINE: COURTNEY BROOKS SOME foreigners displaced in a wave of xenophobic violence in Cape Town have called for further UN intervention, saying that the government had failed them and they were no longer looking to it for help. Deo Kabemba Bin...
Fabregas Faces Time on the Bench
BYLINE: Pete Jenson LONDON: The chances of Cesc Fabregas being left out of Arsenal's first team are as remote as the chances of Fernando Torres going eight months without scoring for Liverpool. But with four days to go before Euro 2008 kicks off...
Fear, Loathing and Broken Dreams
BYLINE: Cynthia Chitongo Every year as I was growing up, we celebrated Commonwealth Day at primary school. Prior to that day, each class had to research any country and its culture, dress and tradition. It was an exciting time for our school...
FELA KUTI-INSPIRED Grooves
Funky singer and dancer WUNMI is in Cape Town as part of the Convoy to Cape Town music tour. She spoke to KAREN RUTTER about the power of music. "You can't put my music in a box. That's one of the reasons I confuse record companies. I don't fit...
First Aid Course Was My Chance to Figure out How to Dislodge Objects from Peggy's Air Passages
BYLINE: Jerry Zezima Being the kind of person who is calm in any emergency, which means I am more likely to faint than spring into action, I always thought I could save a choking victim by performing the Heineken manoeuvre. This involves clearing...
'Genteel Xenophobia'
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH THE Methodist Church has accused some Bergvliet parents of "an exquisite form of genteel xenophobia" for forcing refugees and migrants displaced in xenophobic violence to move from a church in the upmarket suburb. The...
'Haze' Disappoints, but Other New Titles Shine
BYLINE: Haze<p>PS3 Don't let the fancy commercials fool you: Haze is conceptually flawed and remarkably unoriginal. Haze tries to be something special but ends up more like a gumbo - taking the good parts of other great games and then cooking...
Increased Availability Leads to Greater Harm
BYLINE: Jonny Myers and Tracey Naledi Alcohol is no ordinary commodity and consequently the alcohol industry is no ordinary industry. Alcohol is a drug that causes significant and substantial harm to health, society and the economy generally. ...
Independence of Judiciary at Stake in Hlophe Matter - Law Society
requested the JSC to facilitate Judge Hlophe's absence from office pending the final determination of the complaint." The Cape Law Society said allegations against Hlophe were a matter of "extreme concern ... not just because of the nature of the...
'Influx Won't Stop until Politicians Keep Vows'
BYLINE: ANDREA HART Thirty thousand African migrants have left South Africa since the violence against them began, but each month 15 000 Zimbabweans arrive in the country, hoping to stay, according to official statistics. On average, 95 000 Zimbabweans...
JSC Must Prioritise Investigation into Hlophe, Says Law Society
light of complaints against Hlophe, it would be "untenable" for the judge president to stay in office "pending the determination of the complaint by the JSC". "In the circumstances, and in order to safeguard public confidence in the independence...
Judgmentcall
THERE are those who argue that the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) failed the nation last time around and that we are now paying the price. This after a divided JSC - the constitutional body tasked to deal with complaints against judges - controversially...
Keeping Track of Tracking Device Payments
Here's the problem. A cellphone or a car tracking device costs several thousand rand, and many of us would find it difficult to come up with this as a lump sum. So what do we do? We sign a two or three-year contract and pay the "hardware" off as...
LAnd of Promise and Persecution
BYLINE: ANDREA HART Against the light blue wall of the open-air hallway outside the Musina Hospital lobby stands 17-year-old Thandi Ncube (not her real name). Thandi clutches her stomach in pain from peptic ulcers. Bending her frail body forward,...
Legal Bodies Call on Hlophe to Take Leave of Absence
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH THE Western Cape's two top legal bodies have called on Cape Judge President John Hlophe to take a leave of absence pending the outcome of a Judicial Service Commission probe into allegations that he tried to influence Constitutional...
Miracles and Madiba Magic Not Enough - Ramphele
BYLINE: DOMINIQUE HERMAN SOUTH AFRICA has "grossly underestimated" the challenges of transformation by thinking we can survive on "miracles and Madiba magic", according to Mamphela Ramphele. "The government thought only about 'the people shall...
Modise Could Hardly Bear to Watch
BYLINE: Nkareng Matshe JOHANNESBURG: For the first time in more than a year, Teko Modise watched a Bafana Bafana match on television at the weekend. The man who had been part of every national camp since last May - playing 1 444 minutes in 19...
Monthly Rates in Knysna to Increase by 30%
BYLINE: JO-ANN BEKKER KNYSNA: Many property owners here can expect increases of 30% on their monthly rates and services bills from July, according to the annual budget speech delivered by ANC executive mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies last week. The...
Mozambicanmurdered by Mob Makes Last Journey Home
BYLINE: Beauregard Tromp MAPUTO: They wanted to see it, to know how Ernesto died. In the village of Vuca, 500km north of here, the uncles who helped raise Ernesto Nhamuave wanted to see how a mob of South Africans set the young man alight and left...
MySpace Regains Its Mojo after Face-Off with Online Titan
BYLINE: Dawn C Chmielewski<p>and Jessica Guynn Los Angeles: Last year, MySpace looked like a dance club in need of a new DJ. Its users were spending less time on the social networking site as upstart Facebook Inc gained new ones at a breakneck...
Network to Get Work Done Free
BYLINE: COURTNEY BROOKS CROWDSOURCING, an innovative way to network, build friendships, and get your work done for free, is taking off in South Africa. "Over the last six months there has been a complete adoption locally", said Kelly Ledger,...
Nigerian President's Visit Brings Home Awkward Similarities to South Africa
BYLINE: Hussein Solomoni Nigerian President Alhaji Umari Musa Yar'Adua is on a state visit this week and will be hosted by President Thabo Mbeki in Cape Town. There are some who would argue that such a visit makes sense given the parallels between...
One More Option Left
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER FORMER Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown's latest legal bid for freedom has been thrown out by the Cape High Court. The Scorpions, says the court, were justified and acted lawfully when rearresting Brown last month and right...
Provincial ANC Mum on Tension within Party
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY THE ANC in the Western Cape has been tight-lipped over a report that tension was running high in the party ahead of its elective provincial conference at the end of July. ANC provincial spokesperson Garth Strachan refused...
Removing the Menace of Adware
ADWARE is malicious software typically bundled with free programs. It often silently installs itself along with apparently legitimate software. Thereafter it typically changes settings within Windows without notification to the user, working behind...
Sea Point Building Site May Be Inspected after Safety Concerns
BYLINE: CARYN DOLLEY A BUILDING inspector may be sent out tomorrow to see if workers at a site on Sea Point's Main Road are complying with safety regulations and whether the site is a danger to the public. Concerns were raised about the site,...
State Aims to 'Grab Land' with Proposed Bill, Says DA
BYLINE: Siyabonga Mkhwanazi THE Democratic Alliance has attacked the Expropriation Bill as unconstitutional, and said it would lead to economic decline and disinvestment. DA leader Helen Zille said yesterday that the proposed legislation had...
Sunny SA Last Place to Find a Solar Charger
Tottenham Court Road is London's central stopping district for computers and portable music and devices. And it's where you buy what the English call "mobiles". They mean cellphones, not those arty things that float from ceilings in the wind, and are...
Teenage Orphans from Zimbabwe Risk Their Lives Crossing the Border to Sell Petrol and Water
BYLINE: ANDREA HART Scattered throughout Beit Bridge near the official point of entry to South Africa are unaccompanied migrant boys. They dodge oncoming cars and weave around the trucks carrying tons of copper and oil to and from Zimbabwe. These...
The Format War Is over, but Blu-Ray Still Awaits Its Spoils
BYLINE: Mike Musgrove Washington: Blu-ray may have won the format war, but it hasn't won over many consumers. Now was supposed to be the boom time for the young video technology, pitched as a high-definition replacement for the DVD. In January,...
The Reason for SA's Migrant Problem Is That We Can't Count
THE whole foreign migrant problem may boil down to the fact that South Africans can't add. Especially the Minister of Home Affairs who, when asked if three to four million migrants was too many, said: "I don't know." Maybe Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula...
Vested Interests in Zimbabwe Rely on Economy Remaining in Crisis While They Loot It
BYLINE: Yazeed Fakier The hope all around is, of course, that Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai will break bread, the run-off election is duly held, the economy recovers with the aid of international largesse and the battered barge that is Zimbabwe...
Wake-Up Call
There's always a new report about global warming, but the one released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), with its charts on optimal temperatures for soybeans and peanuts, is downright creepy in its detail. It is more frightening because it...
Warning of Effects on Poor
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY PUBLIC hearings will start tomorrow on the controversial Western Cape Liquor Bill aimed at regulating liquor sales in areas where there are now thousands of shebeens. In terms of the bill, illegal outlets would have to apply...
Welcome Relief
The City of Cape Town welcomes the call by the Premier of the Western Cape to declare the province a disaster area in the aftermath of the recent xenophobic attacks. This will enable specific provisions of the Disaster Management Act to come into play...
Wii Can Be Much More Than Just a Console
BYLINE: Ben Chu LONDON: Remember the buzz when Nintendo unleashed its Wii console last Christmas? In any computer games shop in Britain, you probably would have witnessed enthusiastic punters waving around a white device slightly larger than a mobile...
Wii Fit Succeeds at Getting Gamers off the Couch
BYLINE: Mike Musgrove Washington: After all the good times we've had together, it's nice to know my Wii doesn't think I'm fat. Last week, Nintendo launched an unusual product designed for use with its fast-selling game console. Called Wii...
Youths at Risk Ignored - Journal
BYLINE: COURTNEY BROOKS SOUTH AFRICA'S penal strategy needs an overhaul to fight rampant crime, but not the way one might expect. The length of prison sentences must be reduced and a new system of community based penal strategies must be created,...