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Articles from August 5, 2011

Backyarders Allege Housing Rip-Off
Gugulethu backyarders allege that they have been robbed of the chance of becoming homeowners after being conned out of hundreds of thousands of rand and having their names replaced on the beneficiary list. The 52 backyarders, who have struggled...
Cantona: City Players Should Stop Moaning
LONDON: Eric Cantona voiced doubts about what he perceives as Manchester City's attempts to buy their way to greatness last night, suggesting that those highly paid players who have declared they do not like life in Manchester have overlooked the fact...
Clampdown Coming on Annoying 'Cold Callers'
So many offers, so little time[bar] For the past week or so, I've been receiving many e-mails from readers complaining about an increase in unsolicited direct marketing calls and SMSes. Here's a typical one: "I am being inundated at the moment with...
Craven Week Players Were on Steroids
FOUR school rugby players tested positive for steroids at the country's biggest schools rugby tournament, leading to concern among sporting bodies about the use of illegal substances among young people. The South African Institute for Drug-Free...
Creating Magic Blends
ON THE face of it, making wine is a pretty easy job. Plant a vine, grow some grapes, pick 'em, squeeze 'em, ferment 'em, then clean it up and stick it in a bottle - job done. Now, clearly it is a little more complicated than that, but science has...
DA Not Willing to Work with Chaaban
CONTROVERSIAL politician Badih Chaaban has turned up as kingmaker in local politics again - this time in Oudtshoorn. It has emerged that were it not for the refusal of DA leader Helen Zille to co-operate with the controversial leader of the National...
Digging Deep for Answers on Fracking
When the cabinet first referred to the moratorium and the related task team, the official statement was unequivocal - the task team would be appointed to "research the full implications of the proposed fracking." The cabinet stated further it had...
Golden Crop Turns Bitter for Growers
FOR years small farming communities in Wupperthal in the Cederberg and surrounding towns have easily produced an abundance of a golden crop - rooibos tea. But now the brew has been soured, and many farmers say they were forced to live through three...
It Is Nearly Impossible to Reach Turkana
ON TUESDAY this week, we carried a report by Emily Dugan of The Independent about the hitherto unreported famine that has hit Kenya's remote Turkana region. It was harrowing stuff. Dugan wrote that there are "385 000 malnourished children in northern...
Jooste: Morn[c] May Still Be Bok No 10
SPRINGBOK rugby is not in crisis just over a month before the World Cup, says selection chief Peter Jooste, and the team are "looking forward to having a good home Tri-Nations series". The Boks took beatings from Australia and New Zealand on the...
Let's See If Benni 'NoCalfy's' 33-Year-Old Legs Can Still Walk the Walk
IT'S nothing more than a coincidence that the return of this column is coinciding with the return of Benni McCarthy to top-flight football in South Africa. Of course this striker has been the source of great material, not only for this column, but...
Liverpool Can Win the Title, Says Dalglish
LONDON: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has held out the prospect of his reshaped squad challenging for the Premier League title in the season ahead, brushing away the suggestion of the club's owner, John W Henry, that a Champions League place is...
Maluleka Wants to Prove Ajax Sceptics Wrong
YOU have to feel for new Ajax Cape Town coach Maarten Stekelenburg ahead of tonight's MTN8 quarter-final against SuperSport United at Cape Town Stadium. The Urban Warriors' coaching position isn't exactly the poisoned chalice of, say, the Mamelodi...
Marvellous Tale of Grandeur of the Past Told in Technicolor
Mari[c] Heese Human and Rousseau Courtesans there have been aplenty, from the heroines of grand opera like Violetta in La Traviata to Madame de Pompadour, Nell Gwynne and the recently amended models who scandalised the American public with their...
Miyeni, Your Venomous Attack Masks Your Real Agenda
I have my own issues with City Press's Ferial Haffajee. Everywhere she goes it seems black voices like that of Azapo and other traditionally black left-wing organisations suddenly diminish under her editorial control. That being said, I would never...
'Name and Shame' for Defaulting Fathers
MORE than 7 000 Western Cape parents - mostly fathers - have been subpoenaed for defaulting on their monthly maintenance payments, and almost 300 risk being "named and shamed" because they cannot be traced. According to the Department of Justice...
Never Mess with a Born Hater
Fail! Eric starts to mess with the City Press editor (6)*. I'm at a restaurant, trying to solve that crossword clue, when I notice three men and a woman speaking in hushed voices at a table nearby. One of the men gets up. He lifts his glass. "The Departed...
Police Disperse Residents Protesting over Electricity
POLICE fired rubber bullets to disperse a group of protesters in Delft yesterday who were demanding electricity for their new subsidised houses in the N2 Gateway. About 50 residents burnt tyres in front of the Housing Development Agency's (HDA)...
Rose-Tinted Google Glasses?
Said Vaidhyanathan University of California Press When I was doing some research for this review, I googled it. Chances are, most of you have googled something this week. With a small "g". Because despite Google's best attempts at holding...
The Durbanville Craft Market Takes Place in the Gardens of the Rust-En-Vrede Heritage Site Tomorrow. Call Margaret on 072 173 1040 or Visit WWW.Durbanvillecraftmarket.Co.Za
The Durbanville Craft Market takes place in the gardens of the Rust-en-Vrede heritage site tomorrow. Call Margaret on 072 173 1040 or visit www.durbanvillecraftmarket.co.za The Bo-Kaap Food and Craft Market takes place tomorrow. View old pictures...
Timbuktu Books Will Host Islamic Scholar Shaykh Ninowy Tomorrow at 11.30 for 12 to 12.45pm. Ninowy, a Guest of Masjidul Quds, Will Discuss "His Character Was the Qur'an" from the Book Our Master Muhammad, by Shaykh Husayni, for Which Ninowy Wrote the Foreword. All Welcome
Timbuktu Books will host Islamic scholar Shaykh Ninowy tomorrow at 11.30 for 12 to 12.45pm. Ninowy, a guest of Masjidul Quds, will discuss "His character was the Qur'an" from the book Our Master Muhammad, by Shaykh Husayni, for which Ninowy wrote the...
Trial of Strength?
The sight of one man in the dock mesmerised the Arab world on Wednesday. Hosni Mubarak, who herded countless opponents into the caged dock, many to their deaths, was now in the same place himself. But there the neat symbolism ends. Lying on a stretcher...
Weekend Sport on TV
Today ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting, London, England, 7.55pm MaXimo2/ 8pm SS7. CRICKET Test, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, Harare, 9.50am SS2. GOLF WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Akron, Ohio, 8pm SS5/9.10pm SS HD/CSN. RUGBY ...
WP Must 'Get Mix Right'
THE Stormers were sometimes guilty of being too defensive this season, and now coach Allister Coetzee wants his Western Province team to be "more dynamic" in tomorrow's big Currie Cup clash against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. But he says that...
Write Thing
HOW unusual: a South African takes personal responsibility and resigns because of the errant behaviour of one of his employees! The person in question was Len Maseko, acting editor of Sowetan newspaper, who quit over a racist and misogynistic piece...
You Just Can't Win When You're in a Position of Leadership
HOLDING a position of leadership can be a terrible burden. You can never meet everyone's expectations. And what may be regarded as a strength in one instance can be deliberately taken out of context and presented as a weakness in another. Take the...