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Articles from November 18, 2013

Africa Gets Chance to Settle the ICC Row
African governments have been given an opportunity this week to resolve the row with the International Criminal Court (ICC) over its case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Whether they seize this opportunity will say much about their real...
Airbus Contract Puts Aerosud on First Tier
BYLINE: Roy Cokayne Aerosud has reached the rank of a global first tier aerospace supplier, after being awarded a contract worth "billions of rand" by Airbus Military. The contract extends the responsibility of the Centurion-based privately owned...
Airlines in the Gulf Splash on New Jets; Zz $100Bn Orders at Airshow
BYLINE: Praveen Menon and Nadia Saleem Dubai Gulf airlines splashed out well over $100 billion (R1 trillion) on new aircraft on day one of the Dubai Airshow, underscoring a shift in power in the aviation industry and giving a boost to the formal...
Analysis: Berlin Bets on Start-Ups to Create Needed Jobs
BYLINE: Marie Julien Berlin Penniless and without major domestic industry to call its own, Berlin is nevertheless bursting with energy and setting its sights on start-ups to generate the jobs it so painfully needs. "The aim must be to become...
Bafana Will Take the Game to Spain
BYLINE: Tshepang Mailwane johannesburg: Two days after Spain's World Cup winning coach Vicente del Bosque revealed he had agreed to stay on with the national team to 2016, Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund spoke of the importance of continuity...
'Between a Rock and a Hard Place'
"To every people the land is given on condition. Perceived or not, there is a covenant, beyond the constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee, beyond the nation's sweetest dreams of itself", wrote Leonard Cohen. The Freedom Charter states that "the land...
Boks in Full-On Ruthless Mode
BYLINE: Mike Greenaway edinburgh: There was an element of ruthlessness about this Springbok performance that underlines why the Boks and the All Blacks occupy their own place in rugby's stratosphere, and why the rest of the world is relegated to...
China Reforms
In one of several surprising and potentially welcome shifts in policy, China's leaders announced on Friday that they would relax China's draconian one-child policy and end its brutal "re-education through labour" camps. They also outlined several ambitious...
Christian Women Forced to Convert to Islam and Marry Boko Haram Fighters
BYLINE: Joe Brock Reuters ABUJA: In the gloom of a hilltop cave in Nigeria where she was held captive, Hajja had a knife pressed to her throat by a man who gave her a choice - convert to Islam or die. Two gunmen from Boko Haram had seized the...
Church Group's Horror Find
BYLINE: Caryn Dolley and Jason Felix AT LEAST three people were killed in a stormy weekend which wreaked havoc across the province, leaving a quarter of the Overberg District Municipality inaccessible by car, scores of roads flooded and fruit crops...
'Collective Leadership' Doesn't Cut It as Many ANC Supporters Want JZ Out
The ANC is soon going to have to ditch the romance of collective leadership. There's a remarkable and healthy persistence beginning to creep in among voters: distinguishing between the ANC as an organisation, and individual leaders of the ANC like...
Court Files Swept Away in Flooding Chaos
BYLINE: Annelize le Roux and Jason Felix FloodWATER trapped in the magistrate's court in Franschhoek gushed into the main street, carrying hundreds of documents to a nearby stream that joins the Franschhoek River, which feeds into the Berg River....
Cyclist Event Revolves around City and Citizens' Responsibility
By the time you read this, we will know whether the controversy around the City's event permit for Moonlight Mass attracted more than the usual cyclists under last night's full moon. After the City pulled the permit, citing unspecified safety concerns,...
DA Must Not Pander to Its Conservative White Voters Political View
BYLINE: Kashif Wicomb DA leader Helen Zille's denunciation of her party's vote in favour of the Employment Equity Bill provides revealing insight into the party's philosophy and strategy. To some, its flip-flop on employment equity reveals the reality...
Don't Count on Remote Control to Lock the Car
In late January 2011, I began this column with these words: "It's not enough to press the lock button on your car remote and walk away, thinking that what's hidden in the boot is safe. "Thanks to a new signal-jamming tactic being used by thieves,...
Drier, Hotter, More Polluted Country - Experts
BYLINE: Tony Carnie DURBAN: What kind of world will our children wake up to just a few decades from now? For starters, they could be sweltering in temperatures up to 8 degrees hotter, according to a new series of government factsheets which aim...
Eastplats Posts a Loss as Work at Mine Stops
BYLINE: Dineo Faku THE ONLY one of its mines that was operational this year, Crocodile River mine in North West, would remain idle until the economic outlook improved, Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) said on Friday when it released its financial results...
Engineering Work Solutions You Need Above-Average Interpersonal Skills
What does your job entail? I undertake all the cost and commercial management functions on various projects - mostly energy and power-related - from inception to completion. I'm responsible for quantifying, consolidating and engineering the cost...
England Set to Go with Tremlett at the Gabba
SYDNEY: England's concerns over who will complete the pace attack for the first Ashes Test against Australia may have been put to rest after bowling coach David Saker expressed satisfaction with Chris Tremlett's form in the nets. Despite taking...
EU Plans a Ban on SA Citrus Imports Zz Black Spot Disease a Threat
BYLINE: Reuters The EU is preparing a ban on South African citrus imports that could take orange juice off Europe's breakfast tables next summer and sour efforts in Brussels to broaden trade with Africa's biggest economy. The move follows the...
Expect an Ocean of Entertainment on Summer Cruises
BYLINE: Arts writer WITH the commencement of MSC's cruise season, holidaymakers can look forward to a fun-filled deep sea summer. MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia plan to delight with a range of on-board entertainment options for the 2013/14 season. ...
Expo Provides a Lens through Which to View the History of Photography
BYLINE: Arts writer THE National Library of South Africa (Cape Town campus) and the Cape Town Photographic Society (CTPS), have long histories. The former was established in 1818 and the latter in 1890. They have teamed up for a collaborative...
Failed Neo-Liberalism Sees SA Sleepwalking into a Revolution Focus on Policy
BYLINE: Redge Nkosi Before the financial crisis, the South African economy was growing at about 5 percent a year, and averaged about 4 percent since 1994. Credited with the political miracle of 1994, an economic miracle was in sight, or so we hoped....
Farmworkers Seek Reinstatement
BYLINE: Xolani Koyana FARMWORKERS will go to the courts today demanding to be reinstated after being evicted from their homes in Moorreesburg for taking part in an unprotected strike, the Bawsi Agricultural Workers Union of SA (Bawusa) says. ...
GEPF Members Scared as Trustees Limp along Poultry Industry Takes Consumers for a Ride Ellerine Needs Its Old Team, Not a New Home Country Needs New Leaders, Not Struggle Cohorts READERS' FORUM
A very good article by Jeremy Gardiner in Business Report ("With right leadership, problems will heal and country will fly", November 11). I always say to my pessimistic friends, there is no utopia so we need to make the most of our beautiful country....
Gigaba Warns of 'Oppressors' Taking Over
BYLINE: Mohlatlego Moitsi Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has warned that the "oppressors" would take over the government if people did not vote in large numbers during next year's elections. He said opposition parties would gang up...
Great Drive Does Not Mean Safe Shot on Golf Courses That Carry Hidden Dangers
BYLINE: Zoah Hedges-Stocks The Independent LONDON: Golf has a reputation for being boring, but a British tourist called Dougie Thompson had the most terrifying game of his life in Mexico last week, when a 4m crocodile tore his leg open. If this...
Hitachi Commits to Medupi Time Frame
BYLINE: Londiwe Buthelezi Hitachi Power Africa has put its neck on the chopping block, making a firm commitment that it would not delay the commissioning of Medupi again even though it has uncovered more welding defects at the power station. ...
I Believe I've Earned at Least 24 Hours of Rest, Says Sachin
BYLINE: Sudipto Ganguly MUMBAI: Recovering from a tennis-elbow injury was the most difficult phase in Sachin Tendulkar's illustrious cricket career with the master batsman fearing he would never be able to hold a bat again after surgery in 2005....
Independent Brokers Battling to Survive
BYLINE: STAFF WRITER The South African broker industry is facing a potential crisis as increasing numbers of professionals are leaving the industry or joining alternative models, and there is a marked decline in the number of newcomers. Unless...
In Eye of Climate Change Storm
BYLINE: Gina Ziervogel and Anton Cartwright, with Leonie Joubert From the air, on a Friday afternoon in mid-August, False Bay's grey-blue surface was striated with gashes of white where the howling north-westerly wind was slashing the tops off the...
Informal Traders Seek Court Action against Johannesburg
JOHANNESBURG: The SA Informal Trader's Forum announced plans yesterday to take the City of Johannesburg to court about the removal of informal traders in the CBD. The forum said the court action followed weeks of speaking to the city in order to...
I Thank God for the World Cup Ticket, Says Nigeria's Musa
BYLINE: Samm Audu CALABAR, Nigeria: Ivory Coast joined Nigeria in the World Cup finals on Saturday after a 1-1 draw against Senegal gave them a 4-2 aggregate win on a tense night in neutral Casablanca. Ivory Coast reached a third successive World...
Kallis Set to Come in for Faf
BYLINE: Stuart Hess JOHANNESBURG: The Proteas one-day side remains a work in progress according to coach Russell Domingo, and an intriguing part of that progression will be Jacques Kallis's return to the team for the three-match series against Pakistan....
Lockout at Tiger Brands Cannery
BYLINE: Xolani Koyana TIGER Brands has imposed a lockout at its factory in Ashton after workers went on a strike last week demanding better wages. Today the Bawsi Agricultural Workers Union of SA (Bawusa) meets Langeberg and Ashton Foods management...
Malema Writes Economics Exam on Day of His Racketeering Trial
BYLINE: Moloko Moloto JULIUS Malema will today first sit for his economics exam at Unisa before proceeding to stand trial for his money-laundering and racketeering charges. The 10-day trial for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader was expected...
Media24 Accused of Dirty Tricks Zz Insider Tells of Welkom Plan
BYLINE: Asha Speckman Media24 community newspapers Vista and Goudveld Forum were at times delivered late to the printers to slow down the printing process and so delay distribution of its competitor's newspaper, which was printed at the same facility....
'Mental Fortitude' Brought All Blacks through at Twickenham
BYLINE: Mitch Phillips LONDON: Dan Carter made his 100th Test appearance but was still only the fourth-highest capped player in the New Zealand team on Saturday, and that case-hardened experience was key to their victory over a feisty England. ...
Moonlight Trippers Hit Streets as MEC Signs Their Ticket to Ride
BYLINE: Barbara Maregele HUNDREDS of cyclists, skateboarders and wheelchair users participated in the monthly Moonlight Mass cycle through the city last night. The popular ride had been cancelled earlier this month because the City of Cape Town...
No Strong Business Views on BITS Zz Existence Not Seen as Crucial to Investment in My View
BYLINE: Ann Crotty One voice that is surprisingly absent from the discussion of the government's decision to terminate its bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with a number of European countries is that of business. Business Report has, so far,...
No Sweat, Really, This Registration, Ask the Man Who Burst My Bubble
BYLINE: Caitlin Spring I've been thinking about voting a lot lately. This is the first time most of my contemporaries and I have been able to register. My Facebook feed has been full of voting-related statuses, from people urging others to vote...
Not Much in Common
IF THE furore over the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting that ended in Sri Lanka yesterday has caused problems for leaders such as President Jacob Zuma and British Prime Minister David Cameron, it shines an even less flattering light on the...
Personality Tests Well Used in Recruitment
"Since everybody is an individual, nobody can be you. You are unique. No one can tell you how to use your time. It is yours. Your life is your own. You mould it. You make it." - Eleanor Roosevelt Who are you, and what makes you tick? To know yourself...
PIC to Meet Adcock over CFR Bid
BYLINE: Ann Crotty The Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which holds 18.6 percent of Adcock Ingram, will meet with Adcock's independent board to discuss its concerns with the proposed terms of the JSE-listed firm's acquisition by Chilean group...
Productivity Is Increased When the Staff Is Well
BYLINE: STAFF REPORTER Reports that South Africa's decline in global competitiveness can be attributed to a combination of absenteeism through sick days and presenteeism (when workers are present but non-productive), demonstrates the importance...
Recluse Denies Precious Art Hoard Stolen from Jews
BYLINE: Stephen Brown Reuters BERLIN: The German recluse whose billion-dollar art hoard was seized by authorities, has broken his silence to ask for the pictures back and to deny that his father, an art dealer for Hitler, extorted any from Jewish...
SA Nuclear Leak Leads to Shortage of Isotopes
BYLINE: Paul Burkhardt A leak at a South African Nuclear Energy Corporation plant this month has caused a global shortage of isotopes used in millions of medical procedures every year, including treatment and diagnosis of cancer. "No production...
Stenson 'Best Player on the Planet Right Now'
BYLINE: Grant Winter and Safa-AFP JOHANNESBURG: Henrik Stenson, the hottest golfer in the world in 2013 following robot-like birdie blitzes both in America and on the European Tour, is on his way to Johannesburg. Unless a wrist injury forces...
Summit Heralds Tougher Rules on Doping in Sport
BYLINE: Peter Fabricius Foreign Editor The ghost of Lance Armstrong dominated proceedings at the World Conference on Doping in Sport which the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) held in the Sandton Convention Centre last week. The controversial...
Taxis to Operate 'As Usual' after Accord Reached
BYLINE: Zara Nicholson Metro Writer POLICE have set up a "priority committee" to deal with the continuing taxi violence in Cape Town that has claimed the lives of at least 10 drivers over the past three months. And taxi operators are expected...
Three Die and Patients Evacuated as Rain Wreaks Havoc in Western Cape
friend's body, the police and ambulance arrived. A relative, Primrose Jongile, of Gxagxasi broke down in tears. The third fatality was a 28-year-old man who drowned while trying to cross the Breede River, Reinard Geldenhuys, the Overberg District...
To Brine Chicken or Not to Brine, That Is the Question
Did you know of all chicken sold in South African shops, 60 percent are individually quick-frozen (IQF) products? The chicken pieces are injected with brine - about 30 percent in most cases - and then the swollen joints are blast-frozen before landing...
Trade Data Revision Boosts Rand, Gold Shares Lift JSE
The local currency pushed as high as R10.1205 to the greenback, but came back to be bid at R10.1432 at 5pm, a gain of 18.61c from 5pm on Thursday. Government bonds were also firmer, with the yield for the paper due in 2026 sliding. The rand had...
Villagers Mob US Aid Choppers
BYLINE: Aubrey Belford Reuters CABUNGAAN: Mobbed by hungry villagers, US military helicopters dropped desperately needed aid into remote areas of the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines as survivors of the disaster flocked to ruined churches yesterday...
Villa Has Fond Vuvuzela Memories
BYLINE: Jonty Mark JOHANNESBURG: For an hour or two yesterday evening, Orlando was transformed into a mini-Spain as the world champions mixed with their fans in the land where they conquered the footballing planet. Men, women and children, clad...
WCC 'Can Fill Eskom Coal Supply Gap for 100 Years'
BYLINE: Donwald Pressly The Western Australia-based Waterberg Coal Company (WCC), which recently appointed former ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa as a non-executive director, believes it is in a position to fill Eskom's coal supply gap for the...
Zuma Joins Other Nations in Promise to Help Sri Lankans Reconcile
BYLINE: Katy Daigle Sapa-AP COLOMBO: Leaders, including President Jacob Zuma, said yesterday they were ready to help Sri Lanka achieve post-war healing, as the island nation closed a Commonwealth summit held amid an international outcry over its...