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Articles from March 6, 2008

20 Countries Down, 13 to Go for Adventurer-Activist Holgate
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH TWENTY countries down and 13 to go: that's the word from adventurer-activist Kingsley Holgate and his team, who have spent the past nine months travelling around Africa handing out mosquito nets, reading glasses and educational...
A Darling Result for Nissan Factory Team
BYLINE: Offroad Correspondent Reigning champions Nissan made a dream start to the Absa Off Road Championship last weekend when they scored a one-two in the Production Vehicle category in the Nissan Dealer 400, the opening event of the season, in...
A Day to Shed Light on the Plight of SA's Poorer Consumers
March 15 is World Consumer Rights Day. The National Consumer Forum will be holding a conference under the theme "Consumer rights and the fight against poverty". According to the United Nations guidelines for consumer protection, the interests and needs...
ANC Horrified by 'Ticking Time Bomb' Conditions for Delft Evictees
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY THE ANC says the horrible living conditions of people evicted from Delft houses they had illegally occupied are a ticking time bomb and the party will today demand the city council accommodate the families in community facilities....
ANC Horrified by 'Ticking Time-Bomb' Conditions for Delft Evictees
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY THE ANC says the conditions in which people have been living since being evicted from Delft houses they illegally occupied are a ticking time-bomb and that the party will demand today that the city council accommodate the families...
Blase about Security
Daily we read about and see on television the near breakdown of policing and security, and yet we remain completely blase about this. International newspapers seem to depict a more accurate state of affairs in our country pertaining to this chaos....
BMW's Baby 1-Series Coupe Jets into Town
BYLINE: Minesh Bhagaloo Yup, it's here, and in my opinion it should have been badged as the successor to the M1. That's right folks, the 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six engine that was lumped into the compact 1-series coupe body has landed...
Business Tycoon's Girlfriend Tells Court of Alleged Attack by Woman in Luxury Suite
BYLINE: Thandi Skade JOHANNESBURG: A magistrate's court yesterday heard how the girlfriend of a business tycoon was allegedly attacked in his luxury suite in a hotel here. At the centre of the story was multimillionaire Douw Steyn and, not far...
'Chabaan Paid Deputy Mayor R19 900'
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH FORMER Drakenstein deputy mayor Jacqueline Noland allegedly received R19 900 from Badih Chaaban while waiting to cross the floor last year from the ID to the National People's Party (NPP), according to an affidavit before...
Councillor Fights ID in Court
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH FORMER Drakenstein deputy mayor Jacqueline Noland allegedly received R19 900 from Badih Chaaban while waiting to cross the floor last year from the ID to the National People's Party (NPP), according to an affidavit before...
Court Report Details Abuse, Intimidation of 'Incarcerated' XDR-TB Patients at Brooklyn Chest
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER A DIETITIAN who investigated conditions at the Brooklyn Chest Hospital has compiled a damning report of abuse of TB patients compelled to remain there. The report was attached to court papers four Extensively Drug-Resistant...
Delport Busts Criminals and Par
BYLINE: GRANT WINTER<p> DURBAN: He's a crime-buster - and a par-buster. He's 37-year-old policeman Hugo Delport, and he's not letting his younger opponents steal any of the glory in the match play at the Glacier South African Amateur men's...
Dietitian Details Abuse, Intimidation of XDR-TB Patients Kept against Will at Chest Hospital
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER A DIETITIAN who investigated conditions at the Brooklyn Chest Hospital has compiled a damning report of abuse of tuberculosis patients compelled to remain there. The report is attached to court papers that four extensively...
DPP Steps in to Give Priority to Trial over TAC Activist's Death
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH THE Directorate of Public Prosecutions has committed itself to ensuring that a rape and murder trial that was postponed 17 times before getting under way in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court last week is "prioritised". ...
'Erwin Must Resign'
BYLINE: Deon de Lange South Africa's ageing electricity infrastructure is coming apart at the seams at a time when the national electricity crisis is placing unprecedented strain on an already overburdened power supply system, MPs heard yesterday....
Fraud, Need for Funds and Manpower Problems Bedevil Taxi Programme
BYLINE: BABALO NDENZE LIMITED scrapping sites, fraud and corruption at scrapping agencies, and a lack of law enforcement are among the major problems the government is facing in its R7.7-billion taxi recapitalisation programme. The Department...
Green Again the Theme at Geneva
BYLINE: Reuters Greener vehicles drove into the spotlight as Europe's biggest auto show opened in Geneva this week and automakers hit back against a slowdown threatened by a weak euro and high raw-material costs. Toyota, Renault and Fiat all...
Hardcore Lotus No GT
BYLINE: Denis Droppa Rock-hard suspension, check. Small and sexy body, two seats, engine in the back, and it handles like a mouse scurrying through a laboratory maze, check. Yup, all pure Lotus. But if the Lotus Europa S is a Grand Tourer...
Joburg Event Promises a Fine Show
BYLINE: MELVYN MINNAAR The Cape's top art galleries are embarking on a great trek north en masse for the upcoming Joburg Art Fair in a week or so. Punted as the first such event in Africa, the art fair takes place from March 13 to 16 at the Sandton...
JOURNALISTS Must Get Back to Basics
BYLINE: SIMPHIWE SESANTI AMONG the basics taught to journalism students are the five Ws and an H (what, who, where, when, why and how). For many journalists the why seems to be problematic. The last W is meant to enable the journalist to gain...
Kia SA Spices Up Its Picanto Range
BYLINE: Jesse Adams Getting Kia Motors South Africa to report on its local sales figures is like pulling teeth. The Korean based company holds its cards close to its chest, keeping the big guns like Toyota guessing. But at the launch of the revised...
Last Summer Concert for Season a Sell Out
SYMPHONY CONCERT, Thursday, February 28, City Hall; CPO conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, soloists Laura Pauna and Cara Hesse (piano) and Zorada Temmingh (organ); Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op 32; Bruch: Concerto for Two Pianos; Saint-Saens:...
Liebenberg Returns Home
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED STORMERS backline coach Allister Coetzee yesterday urged flyhalf Peter Grant to take control of the team's attacking play in Saturday's Super 14 clash against the Reds in Brisbane. Grant has been in poor form in the Stormers'...
Lifestyles for the Rich and Famous
BYLINE: Motoring Staff The V&A Waterfront has a new drawcard for well-heeled petrolheads with the opening of the Future Exotics Lifestyle Emporium on Breakwater Boulevard last Friday. Part of the Abalengani Group, the dealership is a custom-built...
Merryweather Case Winding Up
BYLINE: QUINTON MTYALA THE STATE has conceded that there may not be enough evidence against the six men, accused of beating a restaurant manager so severely he was paralysed, to find them guilty of attempted murder - but certainly aggravated assault....
Merryweather Case Wraps Up
BYLINE: QUINTON MTYALA THE STATE has conceded that there may not be enough evidence against the six men, accused of beating a restaurant manager so severely he was paralysed, to find them guilty of attempted murder - but certainly aggravated assault....
Michelin Takes Its Time with Tweel
BYLINE: Denis Droppa So what ever happened to the Michelin Tweel, the amazing airless tyre that was to change the future of automotive footwear as we know it? When Michelin unveiled the prototype at the 2004 Paris show it seemed like one of those...
MotoGP to Make History
BYLINE: Motoring Correspondent The MotoGP World Championship's opening race of the season takes place this Sunday in Qatar and, in a first, will host the series' first ever night race. One of the most ambitious lighting projects in history, the...
MPs Who Finger Each Other May Be Merely Scratching an Itch
FINGER gestures in Parliament can be entirely misinterpreted, which is why I spring to the defence of Winkie Direko. The ANC MP (and former Free State premier) was caught on camera drawing her finger across her throat while Safety and Security Minister...
MyGIG Now Available
BYLINE: Motoring Staff Chrysler South Africa has introduced the MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System as an option in its Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge models. The new MyGIG multimedia head unit is available in two versions - with or without navigation...
New XF a Glimpse of Jaguar's Future
BYLINE: Denis Droppa The Jaguar designer was so passionately describing the new XF's coupe-like profile and graceful grand tourer proportions that I thought it a bit boorish to ask why his new car looks a bit like a Hyundai at the front. So I...
'No Regard for Human Life'
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER WITH a grin on his face, 25-year-old Richard Engelbrecht stared icily at the Cape High Court judge who yesterday sentenced him to two life terms in prison for the murder and rape of 11-year-old Annestacia Wiese in Mitchells...
Our Widespread and Shared Rejection of Repulsive UFS Video Is Good News
BYLINE: Fanie du Toit A series of race-related incidents has had a double effect on South Africans. It reminded us of our worst traits as a people. It also enabled South Africans to confront the scourge of racism together, reminding us how much...
Outgoing ANCYL President Prods Candidate into Apology
BYLINE: SIBUSISO NGALWA Outgoing ANC Youth League president Fikile Mbalula has prodded one of the contenders to succeed him to apologise for accusing him of "anointing" a successor. Songezo Mjongile, from the Western Cape and a member of the...
Pirates Take the Points after Omony Blunder
BYLINE: Jonty Mark<p> Johannesburg: It was far from pretty, in fact, it was pretty ugly, but Orlando Pirates kept their Absa Premiership title challenge very much alive with a 1-0 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic in Mangaung yesterday. ...
Racial Fault Lines Run through Our Rainbow Nation
BYLINE: Tinyiko Sam Maluleke The recent re-launch of the Forum for Black Journalists (FBJ), which was addressed by ANC president Jacob Zuma, has laid bare the racial fault lines in the landscape of the rainbow nation. The overkill with which...
Seven-Man Break IN GIRO
BYLINE: KEVIN MCCALLUM<p> MICHAEL MORKOV may be more used to going around in circles as a world-class rider on the track, but yesterday he secured his first victory on the road when he took the second stage of the Giro del Capo after having...
Soccer Supremo Khoza Apologises for Using K-Word
BYLINE: Lebogang Seale JOHANNESBURG: Irvin Khoza, chairperson of the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC), has apologised for his racist remarks when he used the k-word towards a black journalist. Khoza's statements at an LOC media briefing...
Sparks Set to Fly as Rally Season Revs Up
BYLINE: Rally Correspondent Yes, Serge Damseaux is gone, but the 2008 Sasol South African Rally Championship still has the makings of a thriller that could eclipse last year's tight-fought championship. The season kicks off with the Hitachi Power...
Suspected Kirstenbosch Mugger Dies after Chase
BYLINE: CARYN DOLLEY A SUSPECTED mugger died of apparent dehydration at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens while in police custody, as paramedics were treating him for leg injuries he sustained scrambling over rocks and bush while trying to outrun security...
There Is No Science in the Term 'Race', and It Is Time to Scrap the Concept
Scientists say race is a meaningless concept in that it does not explain anything in particular. The BBC headline for a news item published last Friday, though, read "Race differences in immune genes" (http:/news.bbc.co.uk). If race is not meaningful...
Webber Fears More Crashes
Australian Mark Webber fears Formula One bosses will have to make some tough calls to ensure driver safety in a season that could see more crashes than before. The Red Bull racer's concern stems from the introduction of an innocuous-looking box...
What to Do When Central Locking Fails
Central locking has been around for many years and comes in two main forms. Some manufacturers use permanent magnet motors to work the locks, but others, including Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, use pneumatic linear activators. The latter type...
Winnie's No-Show Scuppers Case against Relatives
BYLINE: Lebogang Seale JOHANNESBURG: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's relatives, accused of stealing jewellery worth an estimated R4 million from her, remain bitter albeit relieved that charges against them have been provisionally withdrawn. Madikizela-Mandela...
Work in Progress
IN THE midst of the good news about spending priorities in the Finance and Tourism MEC's budget speech this week, there were a couple of chilling facts. The Western Cape economy, said MEC Lynne Brown, is still growing faster than the national average,...
Yamaha R6 - the Best Just Got Better
BYLINE: Dave Abrahams Phakisa is a superb circuit; easy to learn but hard to lap quickly, with some very technical sections that really test sportsbike handling of a sport bike - which is why Yamaha chose it for the South African launch of the 2008...