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City Press book prize winner announced

@City_Press 18 September 2014 11:32

Education researcher Vashti Nepaul was announced as the winner of the City Press Tafelberg nonfiction award at a function at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town last night.

A thinking cap: Brazilian inventor Claudio Vollers sits at a table with legs out of bottle caps, in Rio de Janeiro, on Tuesday (September 16, 2014). The Brazilian plastics packaging specialist hopes to stop the lids from becoming trash with his invention of a Lego-like bottle cap that can be used to build a host of interesting creations.

Picture: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

How to Spread it  – Angela Larkan: From theory to good social practice

@City_Press 14 September 2014 15:00

When Angela Larkan started Thanda After-School at KwaNdelu in rural Mzumbe on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast in 2008, when she was just 22, she had no idea her model for assisting Aids orphans in the impoverished farming community would grow into a fully fledged community resource, serving more than 2 500 children every week.

‘There are zealots among us’

14 September 2014 15:00

In this edited extract from Mandla Langa’s new book, he finds that cracks in ‘the movement’ are magnified over time.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Get wet

@City_Press 14 September 2014 15:00

This month, we celebrate our heritage with the second in our series showcasing our World Heritage Sites. This week, Denise Slabbert visits the water wonderland of iSimangaliso. Enjoy!

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    School kids are not sex objects for teachers. This is the message ­Gauteng and Free State education MECs ­Panyaza Lesufi and Tate Makgoe, ­respectively, are sending out. The ­politicians have axed several teachers found guilty of having sex with schoolchildren. Such brave action means ­culprits cannot hide behind their ­profession while abusing our children.

    Not:

    It’s obvious. No words necessary. Bleddie agent!

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    South Africans are closer to knowing the contents of the spy tapes that saw President Jacob
    Zuma evading criminal prosecution. For years, the DA has gone to the courts to force the National Prosecuting Authority to hand over the recordings. In it, we can only hope, are the answers the country has been waiting for.

    Not:

    Mpumalanga culture, sport and recreation MEC Norah Mahlangu-Mabena seems not to know how to divide her duties between the party and the government.
    Addressing a Women’s Day event, she lashed the Public Protector for being sent to destroy Zuma. Really. Clearly, the MEC knows more than we know. We’re listening...

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Beyoncé. And no, she is not hot ­because of that rhinestone bodysuit alone. We salute the singer for proudly proclaiming herself a ­feminist at the MTV Video Music Awards and for so beautifully ­sampling Nigerian writer ­Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s thoughts on what it means to be a feminist today.

    Not:

    Marikana strike leader Xolani ­Nzuza. This week he told the ­Marikana Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 44 people two years ago that he bore no ­culpability and would not apologise for the brutal deaths of security guards Hassan Fundi and Frans Mabelani at ­Lonmin.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    When it’s your time, it’s really your time. Fresh from a gold in triple jump at the Commonwealth Games, Khotso Mokoena led the South African ­contingent with a solid victory in the men’s long jump event at the ­Diamond League meeting in Stockholm this week. This could prove to be Mokoena’s year to capture the world stage and make it his own.

    Not:

    Ratings agencies have become one of those things we love to hate. Whether anyone agrees with the downgrades or not, the minute they declare a company or country junk, a whole lot of investment protocols kick in, ensuring that the rating is proven correct. We have felt their scorn, and we want them to go away and pick on someone else.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Laughter is the best medicine, but it wasn’t enough to cure actor Robin Williams of his deep depression. He made us weep with laughter and, in his darker roles, just weep – and hid his own demons behind a wide smile and sad eyes. His ­suicide this week left the world a little emptier.
    Thanks for the memories, Robin – we’re sorry for your pain.

    Not:

    President Jacob Zuma has mastered the art of passing the buck. After keeping us waiting for months for a response to the Public Protector’s Nkandla report, he delivered what was essentially two pages of a reply as most of the 20 pages were a regurgitation of other reports. And the substance was: Ask the police minister.

The world needs feminism  2.0

12 September 2014 6:45

Feminist professor Nancy Fraser recently wrote about the movement being hijacked by neocapitalism. Dhaya Pillay unpacks her assertions and presents a few ways to act against genderised poverty in SA.

Tempted by a white girl

7 September 2014 15:00

In this edited extract from Kaizer Nyatsumba’s new book, Incomplete Without My Brother, Adonis, he tells the story of how, in 1978, he almost took a bite of the forbidden fruit.

The Maloti-Drakensberg park: Head for the hills

@City_Press 7 September 2014 15:00

This month we celebrate our heritage, what it means to be South African and the myriad reasons we can be proud. For the next eight weeks, we will be showcasing our World Heritage Sites, beginning withthe Maloti-Drakensberg Park, which was added to the World Heritage List in 2000. Denise Slabbert includes a guide to getting there, where to stay, and what to see and eat while you celebrate your heritage. Enjoy!

How to Spread it – Daniel David: Helping others to take the first step

7 September 2014 15:00

He started out as a mine worker in the gold mines of South Africa. Now Daniel David is not yet 50 years old and is the CEO of the Soico Group, the biggest private media conglomerate in Mozambique. He is also the chair of the Mozambique Portugal Chamber of Commerce and is recognised as one […]

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In their chaotic conduct they are undermining and disrespecting the South African electorate.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa on the Economic Freedom Fighters’ behaviour in Parliament

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