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Articles from July 16, 2009

Avast, Ye Landlubbers! ... the Circus Is in Town
BOSWELL WILKIE'S PIRATE EXPERIENCE. At the GrandWest Grand Arena until July 19. TERRI DUNBAR-CURRAN reviews. THE circus conjures up images of jugglers, clowns, stilt walkers, trapeze artists, a ringmaster and the big top. Boswell Wilkie's Pirate...
Backlog Courts Speeding Up Justice and Taking the Strain off Regional Courts
BYLINE: Hishaam Mohamed In response to the strain on some of the Western Cape court rolls, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, in partnership with the Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS), came up with an innovative...
Back to the Drawing Board for National Unity
BYLINE: Valdi Van Reenen-Le Roux At the height of the political unrest in the mid 1980s, my peers at the University of the Western Cape and I had a way of checking on each other's emotional wellbeing. We would ask, "So where are you on the rollercoaster...
Cape Town Gets Clean Bill of Health from A-G
BYLINE: ANEL POWELL WESTERN Cape municipalities showed a "notable improvement" in their financial results according to the 2007/08 audit, with the City of Cape Town getting a clean bill of financial health from the Auditor-General. With KwaZulu-Natal,...
Draining Stagnant Water
BYLINE: Deidre Crawford,<p>Lyndon Khan and <p>Mary-Anne Gontsana WITH 20 000 flood victims and nearly 6 500 homes still affected, the city is trying to prevent an outbreak of waterborne diseases by draining stagnant water. Charlotte...
'Extra Motivation' for Welsh
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED SATURDAY'S big Currie Cup clash at Loftus Versfeld is not about Western Province captain Luke Watson taking on the Loftus crowd or the Blue Bulls team on his own. That was the view of Western Province head coach Allister...
Illadvised
PROVINCIAL HEALTH authorities yesterday added to the confusion surrounding the future of trauma and casualty units at the big Western Cape hospitals. On Tuesday the Cape Times reported that emergency services at these hospitals are to be restructured,...
I'm Going with My Heart - So It's Goose, Ogilvy and McIlroy for the Open
TURNBERRY is one of my favourite golf courses. Two years ago, I was invited to Scotland and got to play a round there for the first time in 27 years. When we arrived, it was raining, but even that wasn't going to put me off. There were no caddies,...
Over-Par Winner?
BYLINE: GRANT WINTER TURNBERRY, Scotland: Yesterday was a glorious day as the final practice rounds ahead of this year's Open Championship were played, but the weather was expected to get progressively nastier as the week progressed. "In fact,...
Pilot 'Attempted Emergency Landing' after Engine Caught Fire
Iranian, of whom 31 were of Armenian origin. The remaining six were four Armenians and two Georgians. Iranian officials said 10 members of Iran's junior national judo team were among those killed. Pogossian said the pilot had attempted an...
Please Free Us from the Burden of VAT on Books, Mr Gordhan
This is an open letter to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan: Mr Gordhan, I support the scrapping of VAT on books. As the head of South African Revenue Service you did brilliant work. You got billions of rands out of big businesses that had previously...
SA's Support for AU's ICC Snub in Al-Bashir Case Unconstitutional, Say Civil Society Groups
BYLINE: Peter Fabricius Many South African civil society organisations, including the SA Human Rights Commission, and prominent individuals have called on President Jacob Zuma to dissociate the government from the African Union's decision not to...
Shades of Green
HAVING spent most of my life in agriculture, I pose this question: Is a total organic approach to agriculture and subsistence farming sustainable and applicable everywhere? No, certainly not. Chemical fertilisers are usually necessary to sustain...
Superb Voices Take Audience on a Magical Journey
NOAH OF CAPE TOWN. Directed by Jaci de Villiers, with Francesco Nassimbeni, Chris-tine Weir, Gys de Villiers, Anton Luitingh, Chantal Herman, Eben Genis, Genna Galloway, Gile Motshwane, Keenan Arrison, Lerato Moloi, Lindy Abromo-witz, Nicole Holm,...
The Jobless Are Feeling Left out by the Haves-Who-Want-More
A LOT of people who have not yet gone on strike are feeling left out. Especially those who haven't actually got jobs. I met one of them yesterday. "I know I'm not a doctor, or a construction worker, or a gold miner, or an employee of the SABC,"...
Unbalanced Affirmative Action to Blame for Poor Service Delivery - De Klerk
BYLINE: CARIEN DU PLESSIS "Unbalanced" affirmative action has led to poor service delivery, especially in municipalities, and was a threat to the country's future stability, former president FW de Klerk has warned. De Klerk said private companies...
'Victory for Common Sense' as Families Agree to Move
BYLINE: STAFF WRITER NINE Masiphumelele families have moved off land which had been the source of conflict with a community organisation which wants it for a school. The breakthrough follows a meeting between Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela,...
Votes and False Hopes
And so the charade begins once again. A state ripped apart by war, poverty and corruption promises to hold elections, and optimistic Western leaders pump in money and troops in a bid to ensure a window of comparative peace for the ballot. The battered...
West Bank: The Facts
Tamar Almassri's article (July 9) misrepresents, among other issues, the history, facts and context of the situation in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority governs the West Bank. Israel's presence is there to prevent terrorists from entering...
Zuma Should Use His Grand Tour to Tell Us What His Government Is Planning
Someone remarked to me last week that modern governments are destined to fail. Cynical maybe, but he was probably right. Given the enormity of the challenges of sustainability (in its broadest sense), there is no way a government can succeed completely,...