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Articles from September 15, 2011

AfriForum and the Transvaal Agricultural Union Have Complicated a Simple Matter. Judge Colin Lamont Further Complicated It
AfriForum and the Transvaal Agricultural Union have complicated a simple matter. Judge Colin Lamont further complicated it. The matter of the song was not supposed to have been taken to court. A judgment that would have forced the parties to dialogue...
Ajax Get Their Sweet Revenge over Chiefs
AJAX CAPE TOWN handed Kaizer Chiefs their first defeat in the league this season - and their second in five days - with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Cape Town Stadium last night. Vladimir Vermezovic's side will now head into Saturday's first Soweto...
All the Results
Cricket ZIMBABWE Third one-day international Zimbabwe v Pakistan Harare PAKISTAN Moh Hafeez c Waller b Vitori 23 Imran Farhat c Chibhabha b C'bura 37 Asad Shafiq st Taibu b Price 51 Younus Khan c and b Jarvis 81 Shoaib...
Angry Stofland Residents Demand Answers from MPs
FOR the long-suffering poor of Stofland, a rare visit by top MPs would have presented an ideal opportunity to vent frustrations and seek answers. But they had merely a glimpse of members of the National Council of Provinces and the Western Cape...
Anything but Your Conventional Electric Show
IF YOU'VE ever wondered what Ashtray Electric sound like when they run on raw energy alone, Sunday is your chance. The four-piece are warming up to play (with most of their electrified backline nowhere in sight) at the Silver Tree Restaurant, Kirstenbosch...
Babies to Get FAS Test at Birth to Increase Chances of Proper Treatment
JOHANNESBURG: For the first time, many South African babies born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) will be diagnosed at birth - giving them a far better chance of getting help. It was announced last week that the world's first commercial project...
Bitter Legacy of Dop System Stalks Farms
SHE was a regular drinker - drinking while she was pregnant with her second child - and not knowing the consequences. Now nine years later, Latonia Fredericks realises the effects her drinking had on her daughter, and bitterly regrets her actions....
Cape to Cairo on a Couple of Tiny 200s
ADVENTURE, like adrenalin, is addictive. And the most addictive form of adventure is travel - the primitive need to see what's over the next rise. And that's why Francois and Tania Steyn of Stellenbosch ride motorcycles. A year ago they completed...
City Told to Meetresidents on Eviction
A JUDGE has ordered the City of Cape Town to sit down with the residents of an "uninhabitable" development in Gugulethu and discuss acceptable, alternative places for them to live. The residents themselves believe the buildings are on the brink...
Confusion after Drunk-Driver Ruling
MUNICIPALITIES across South Africa have had varied reactions to the landmark judgement about the use of breathalyser testing, but the message remains clear: don't drink and drive. Metro Police in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town will resume using...
Cosmo Editor Calls for Gareth Cliff Boycott
DAYS after 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff's on-air remark that "22-year-old girls do nothing but lie on their backs with their legs open", the furore continues, with a top women's magazine editor calling for people to ignore and boycott him. But Cliff remains...
Decisive-in-Process Leadership Zz President Gives Answers ZUMA TALKS
Like most readers of this article I have seen the president of South Africa, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, on my television screen. And like some of you, I came closer to him when I attended a function where he was the special guest. In my case I sat...
Destination South Africa Is Doing Well
The world has experienced fundamental changes over the past few months, thereby altering our tourism marketing and operating environment considerably. If one takes a cursory glance at some of these global developments such as the social media-led...
Ellis Moved at 'Son of Soil' Tribute as He Leaves Parliament after 24 Years
EMOTIONAL scenes played out as MPs paid tribute to the DA's deputy chief whip in Parliament, Mike Ellis, during his last session in the National Assembly yesterday. Ellis, 64, who is hanging up his gloves after nearly a quarter of a century on the...
Fraud and Waste at SABC 'Go to the Top'
THE rot of fraud, corruption and waste at the SABC reaches all the way to the top, according to a preliminary report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into long-standing allegations of widespread graft at the public broadcaster. The ongoing...
Gordhan Urges Municipalities to Go Easy on Gravy and Stick to Basics
FORGET the frills, like Mercedes-Benzes, and stick to the basics, like service delivery. This is Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's message to municipalities across the country. Briefing journalists in Cape Town yesterday on the newly released Local...
How Do We Curb Domestic Violence, If Crime Statistics Do Not Reflect It?
Last week, Police Minister Nathi Mthetwa released annual crime statistics for 2010-2011. On average, crime has decreased and the murder rate dropped by 6.5 percent. However, there was a 5.6 percent increase in the number of women murdered. Yet, police...
How You Can Improve Fuel Economy
THE EVER-increasing cost of fuel affects us all so any possible ways of reducing fuel consumption must be welcomed. Leaving aside such drastic moves as swapping your trusty V8 for a mini, there are several common sense ways of cutting costs. Some...
'I Was Fleeing for My Life'
JOHANNESBURG: The taxi driver who dragged a woman under his vehicle for 700m claims he was fleeing for his life when the accident occurred. The man's lawyer, an advocate Moeti, told the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday he had knocked down Kim...
Kadalie Quits 'Racist' Stellenbosch University
ACADEMIC Rhoda Kadalie has resigned from the Stellenbosch University council because she said it was racist in its appointment of a new dean of the Faculty of Military Science, chosen by a two-thirds majority. Kadalie refused to identify the losing...
Lorenzo Sets Sights on Stoner in Spain
THE MotoGP world championship returns to Spain this weekend for round 14 of the 2011 campaign, the penultimate European race of the season before what is certain to be a title-deciding flyaway series in Japan, Australia and Malaysia. The impressive...
Lunchbox Lads and Lassies Healthier Than Tuck Shop Tubbies, HSRC Finds
A LUNCHBOX is the answer, not the tuck shop, says the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Children sent to school every day with a sandwich inside their lunchbox are far more likely to consume a diet with enough nutrients and are less likely...
Mitsubishi Debuts Crossover ASX
MITSUBISHI South Africa launched its first all-new vehicle in two years this week, and the new ASX completes the brand's SUV range with large, medium and now small sizes. The ASX is a compact SUV/crossover that at first glance looks a lot like the...
Mother City?
IT took a Cape Times team just 90 minutes to get a picture of the grim reality of crime and drug use in Delft. Delft is one of the areas in the Western Cape where drug-related crime has soared, surging from 1 086 cases in 2009-2010 to 2 121 in 2010-2011....
Multifaceted Programme to Celebrate Struggle Heritage
IZIKO Museums will celebrate Heritage Week from September 19 to 25. The theme is Celebrating Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle and Iziko hopes to offer a fresh perspective on our diverse cultural heritage by "seeing things differently"...
No Place for Hateful Racist Chant in South Africa Today
The furore that has erupted in the wake of Judge Lamont's finding that Shoot the Boer is hate speech has again divided us, and further polarised our public discourse. He stated that how words were understood was far more important that what those...
Not Forgotten
Five years after the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was brutally shot in her Moscow apartment building, there have been no convictions for her murder. Prosecutors badly botched the 2009 trial of the alleged lookout, getaway driver and another...
Pay Attention When Transacting Online
Did you read the report about the Bellville man who discovered a surprise deposit in his bank account of almost R220 000 and decided to keep it? Turned out he didn't have a mystery benefactor - an insurance broker had had finger trouble and paid...
Q&A with President Zuma as Conducted by Ellis Mnyandu and Adriaan Groenewald of the BR Leadership Platform
It must be very lonely in this leadership position, having to absorb continual criticism or people always treating you with such huge respect. Are you lonely? Not at all. Not with me. I am not at all very lonely. I am with people all the time. I...
Stop People Using Hate Speech and Bang Goes Their Heritage
WITH all due respect to Judge Colin Lamont, hate speech is okay if it's historical and part of the Struggle. Not that Shoot the Boer (Dubul' iBunu in the original) is necessarily hate speech. It could be interpreted as a term of endearment for white...
Summer Is Coming, and I Say Let's Put Some Fun Back into South African Golf
UNLESS you are an avid follower of professional golf, you wouldn't have a clue where the European Tour is playing this week. As for the US PGA Tour, another new week, another beautiful looking golf course and another new winner. Even back home in...
The Public Face of Anthropology
STUDENTS in the department of Social Anthropology are making great strides in bridging the gap between academic and public life. In the current group exhibition, Making Home in Temporary Spaces, UCT Video Production graduate Sydelle Willow Smith,...
The Tragic Fate of Steve Biko at the Hands of the Apartheid Police Is an Appalling Waste, but Let Us at Least Ensure That His Message Is Not Lost
The tragic fate of Steve Biko at the hands of the apartheid police is an appalling waste, but let us at least ensure that his message is not lost. If I am not mistaken, it was basically about self-belief. Of course he spoke of Black Consciousness -...
Turning Waste Fibre into Fuel
BAGASSE is the worthless residue left after sugarcane has been processed. Now scientists say they have found a way to turn it into butanol fuel. It's the holy grail of green - a clean, sustainable way to turn waste plant material into a biofuel...
Two Little Miracles Bring Joy amid Despair and Heartache Heady
Abdi Aziz, Somalia: For the team of South African medical specialists entrenched in a Somali hospital, the survival of two gravely ill young children is nothing short of a miracle. Severely dehydrated, malnourished and non-responsive, it was believed...
Use Your Rights, Concourt Judge Urges
A SENIOR judge says civil society is duty-bound to examine proposed government action for any apparent constitutional inconsistency and to take legal action if it seems necessary. Speaking last week at Wits University, the Constitutional Court's...
Vettel Still Hungry for Race Wins
TO THOSE who still had any doubt, Sebastian Vettel proved himself a worthy Formula One world champion with his emphatic win at last Sunday's Italian Grand Prix. For a man who could easily have sat back and earned safe points finishes in the remaining...
Volkswagen's Classy Rubble Remover
WE LIKE the Amarok bakkie because Volkswagen's upper class German build quality standards translate well into the leisure-type double cab. But now, the Amarok also comes in a more work-oriented single cab body style capable of hauling a heifer at the...
'We Could Be Seeing More Than 1 000a Day'
Abdi Aziz: South Africa's mercy mission of hope to Mogadishu has grown beyond expectations. As queues begin forming outside once-abandoned hospitals before sunrise, the team of medical specialists gathers. Word that South African doctors are...
We Need a Common Agenda
If you listen to the debates that South Africans, across race and class, are preoccupied with at the moment you would think this country is a self-contained island. Yet we are part of a global economy that is characterised by much uncertainty. "The...
Will SA Lead or Tag along in Sustaining Its Energy? UNDERSTANDING Green Economy
What is the green economy? The fundamental principle of a green economy is that it uses a resource-efficient, low-emission and pro-employment approach as the key driver of growth. Economic growth and social welfare still lie at the forefront of its...
Wine Farmers Feel the Pinch as Revenue Drops
WINE farmers are facing a significant drop in revenue, says a wine industry report. The PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) South African Wine Industry Insights Survey 2011 found that poor weather during the grape-growing season meant that the average...
Win Some, Lose Some with Chev
THE NEWS that actress Jessica Simpson plans to have breast reduction surgery will have many a red-blooded male crying into his empty tequila glass. But before we panic needlessly it's prudent to remember that less can sometimes be more, and that...
Workers Furious over 50c Paypackets
FIFTY cents! That's what greeted farmworker Sanna Moses and 13 of her colleagues when they opened their pay slips last Friday. Moses had worked on the farm owned by Boet Immelman outside Porterville for two-and-a-half days last week at a rate...