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Articles from August 5, 2009

2 200 Vacancies Not Filled
BYLINE: Siyabonga Mkhwanazi CORRECTIONAL Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula admitted yesterday that she could not fill more than 2 000 posts because her department used half a billion rands to pay staff overtime. She has decided to halt...
ANC Appoints 25-Member Task Team to Rebuild Its Structures in Western Cape
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY and <p>MICHELLE JONES THE ANC has appointed a task team of 25 "to rebuild" its structures in the Western Cape and to convene an elective conference within nine months, following the disbanding of its provincial executive....
Another Blow as Glenister Denied Leave to Appeal Dismissal of Scorpions Application
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH IN a further legal blow to his championing of the Scorpions, Hugh Glenister has been denied leave to appeal against the dismissal of his application last year to interdict and restrain MPs from voting on legislation to...
Between Reconciliation and the Rule of Law
BYLINE: Erik Doxtader Transitional justice is a difficult art. But it is an art. In deeply divided societies, there are no sure methods for coming to terms with the past in the interest of moving into the future. In recent days, a significant...
City Paid Consultant on Transport a Reduced Rate
BYLINE: ANEL LEWIS THE overseas consultant hired to do the costing and business plan for the City of Cape Town's public transport system, now more than R2 billion over budget, was paid reduced rates for an 18-month contract. City executive director...
Club President Angry after Springboks Move Practice from Green Point Ground
BYLINE: ASHFAK MOHAMED SCHOTSCHE Kloof Walmers president Gamiem Khan says he is "disappointed" with the Springboks because the world champions cancelled a scheduled practice at the club ground in Green Point yesterday. Bok media manager Anthony...
DA Calls for Selling of SAA and Leasing of Ports to Improve Services
BYLINE: Political Bureau<p> THE DA has repeated its call to privatise SAA and Mango as well as the country's ports to reduce their burden on the state and improve service. The official opposition said the state-owned airline's monopoly...
Dear Mr Cele, Please Don't Shoot Rampaging Strikers on Sight
DEAR National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele: This is an appeal to you not to shoot rampaging strikers on sight, even if they do smash shop windows, vandalise public property and trash the trash bins, scattering rubbish all over the streets. ...
Dedicated Agency May Be Set Up to Secure Borders, MPs Told
BYLINE: GAYE DAVIS TOP-LEVEL discussions involving the police, the defence force and the intelligence service are under way over the establishment of a dedicated border management agency that would be responsible for securing the country's porous...
Farmworker Bodies Stage Sit-In at Agri Wes-Cape
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY WOMEN on Farms - an organisation that represents farmworkers' interests - led an occupation of Agri Wes-Cape's offices after the agriculture organisation cancelled a meeting with it. The meeting had been scheduled for Monday...
Film Screening
The Ship Society of South Africa will show the film The Legend of 1900, the story of a baby born onboard a liner who later becomes a pianist. The screening is tomorrow at 8pm at the club room opposite F Berth, Duncan Road, Table Bay Harbour. All welcome....
Gallery Going to Ruin
IT IS time for Iziko Museums of Cape Town and its sister museum organisation, the Northern Flagship Institution in Gauteng, to be reviewed by the government. As a person familiar with the National Gallery over some 33 years, I wish to express concern...
Gordons Bay Cemetery Probe to Indicate Location of Bones
BYLINE: ANEL LEWIS AN "urgent" forensic investigation into the sale by the former Gordons Bay municipality of a portion of the Gordons Bay cemetery to a private developer must include a probe of how the remains of those buried there were handled...
Lack of Discipline 'Was a Cancer'
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH A LACK of discipline grew "like a cancer" at Rhodes High School at the time a teacher was attacked in class with a hammer, partly because the deputy principal could not keep a tight rein while the principal was going through...
Maal Back with 'Television'
BYLINE: MICHAEL D AYERS NEW YORK: After an eight-year break, Senegalese recording artist Baaba Maal will release Television, his first album of all-new recorded material since 2001's Missing You. On the album, due September 15 on Palm, Maal teams...
Monthly Art Exhibition
Artists of the South, a monthly exhibition of work by local artists, will be held at Simon's Town Library Hall from Friday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Artists featured this month will include Ian Lamond, Desia Wood, Valda Preen, Hildegard McKee and...
Note to Ministers of Materialism: The Truly Great Don't Show off in Fancy Cars
BYLINE: Allister Sparks The addiction of some of our rulers to extravagant luxury, especially in their choice of official cars, is more than just scandalous. It is an obscenity. Ours is a Third World country with millions of desperately poor...
'Obama Might as Well Be Bush When It Comes to Greenhouse Gas Emissions'
BYLINE: TONY CARNIE<p> PRETORIA: With less than four months to go before a crucial world climate change meeting, President Barack Obama's government is unlikely to announce any major plans to rescue the global talks from another deadlock....
Part of R280m Development
BYLINE: MELANIE GOSLING THE City of Cape Town plans to build 1 100 new housing units at Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay as part of a R280 million development of 19ha of land adjacent to the settlement. The development will include two- and three-storey...
Plan to Get Illegally Converted Taxis off SA's Roads
BYLINE: LYNDON KHAN and Sapa FIFTY panel vans illegally converted to taxis are to be taken off the road in the Western Cape and fixed at a cost of R2 million to bring safety regulations up to scratch. It's 10 percent of the R20m budgeted by SA...
Plenty of Charity Needed to Ease Load of Stricken Long Charity in Saldanha
The poorly reported grounding of the laden capesize ore carrier Long Charity at the entrance to Saldanha Bay harbour last Friday was a disaster in the making, until tugs refloated her on Saturday. She grounded just before low tide and with spring...
Principal's Negligence Linked to Pupil's Attack
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH A LACK of discipline grew "like a cancer" at Rhodes High School at the time a teacher was attacked in class with a hammer, partly because the deputy principal could not keep a tight rein while the principal was going through...
Prospect for Peace
Out of the spotlight, at least compared with the recent flurry of high-level US visitors to the region, or the corruption accusations against Israel's Foreign Minister, an event takes place this week that could have at least as much impact on the prospects...
Soothe Your Soul with a Trip to Noordhoek
WINTER is about two things - being cosy and taking advantage of great specials. We got to do both last weekend... for the most part, but more of that just now. A good place to start looking for things to do is at Cape Town Tourism's winter site...
Stadium Tours Give Visitors a Taste of What's to Come in 2010
THERE'S no getting away from it - the 2010 Soccer World Cup is less than a year away and every day the biggest physical reminder in Cape Town inches towards completion. Love it or hate it, the new Green Point Stadium is here to stay, and no matter...
'State Failed to Prove beyond Doubt That Potts Killed Girl, 16'
BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH THE State had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that alleged Eerste River gang boss Garron Potts had murdered a girl who had accused him of rape, his legal team argued in the Western Cape High Court. Potts, also...
Tertiary Institution Upheaval
BYLINE: QUINTON MTYALA STRIKING students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) have vowed to continue their protest, and may disrupt classes today after they failed to reach an agreement with the management on proposed fee increases....
'The Elixir of Love'
BYLINE: FIONA CHISHOLM THERE'S nothing like playing Miss Unobtainable for a girl's morale. And if that girl is good looking, sings beautifully and likes to be noticed, it's a lucky break for someone like soprano Nokrismesi "Kimmy" Skota. Skota...
There's No Need for Nzimande to Politicise NHI Development
It is very disturbing that Blade Nzimande has threatened to politicise the development of national health insurance. The basic problem is that medical aid membership has barely increased since 1994 - despite an increase in the number of formally...
Viva the Vuvuzela!
There has been speculation over whether to ban the vuvuzela from South African soccer stadiums. Strong feelings have been voiced by international players and fans against the use of the metre-long plastic horn, following the Confederations Cup and...
We'll Change the Situation, Education Committee Tells Plundered School
BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY HELP is at hand for a Ravensmead school, taken apart piece by piece by thieves who steal windows, cables, aluminium fittings and anything else of value - leaving several classrooms demolished or declared a safety risk. Uitsig...