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Obituary: Lesley Perkes – The good fairy of public art

22 February 2015 15:00

Even on her deathbed, public art activist Lesley Perkes dreamed of a new city. At her funeral last Sunday, the cultural community turned out in force to say goodbye. Charlotte Bauer remembers her.

Snowy times: The People's Liberation Army train in temperatures of minus 10 degrees Celsius on Thursday (February 26 2015) in Heihe, China. The Central Military Commission has warned the armed forces that their goals of modernisation can only be achieved if they respect the law. The army has been scandalised with many top-flight members being accused of corruption.

Picture: China Daily/Reuters

Top 10 Sona promises

@City_Press 22 February 2015 15:00

President Jacob Zuma delivered the overall state of the nation address last Thursday. This week, different government clusters briefed the media on their performances and programmes of action for the year ahead. The briefings gave a sense of where things are and what direction government is taking on issues that concern the country. Here are the top 10 focus points of each cluster, reports Caiphus Kgosana.

How to Spread it – Solome Lemma: Amplifying African voices

25 January 2015 15:00

Solome Lemma, co-founder of Africans in the Diaspora, says that there are heroes among us and they are African, writes Gayle Edmunds.

Climbing the mountain of Cape Town’s whiteness

Martina Dahlmanns blew the whistle on racism encountered by her friend Tumi Mpofu, who recently tried to go to dinner at a restaurant at the Twelve Apostles hotel in Cape Town. Mpofu asked Dahlmanns to make the booking, which was confirmed. The booking was subsequently denied when the visitors turned out to be black. This is Dahlmanns’ story of finding a diverse space in the Mother City

How to Spread it: Corruption buster fights the good fight

18 January 2015 15:00

Robtel Neajai Pailey has written for publications across the world, including the International New York Times, and news and opinion website The Daily Beast.

Hot or Not

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    South Africans aren’t known for their “put up and shut up” attitudes, which the ANC should have remembered before it arranged to have the 3G signal jammed in Parliament during the state of the nation address. Ordinary citizens, civil society and journalists collectively lost their tempers – and signal was restored. Just a reminder to our leaders: we won’t be silenced.


    State Security Minister David ­Mahlobo left the National Assembly when chants of “Bring back the ­signal!” reached fever pitch on Thursday night. When he returned, so did the cellphone signal. ­Coincidence? We think not, Mr ­Minister. South ­Africa needs leaders, not mindless securocrats who try to throttle ­dialogue and dissent.

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    Our sister paper, the Daily Sun, tells some of SA’s most important stories. One of the best things about this ­flagship tabloid is its sense of humour, as evidenced by a poster that we ­imagine nearly led to a number of multiple car pile-ups on Wednesday. “Tokoloshe blow job terror!” it shouted from lampposts. Sadly, the tokoloshe could not be reached for comment.


    Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for telling the Proteas “Don’t be like Shakes Mashaba” before they left for the World Cup. While his office has tried to play down the comment, ­saying it was made in jest, this was not a cool thing to say. Mbaks should know better and should look no further than his “bunch of losers” comment about Bafana Bafana.

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    Captain marvellous AB de Villiers for his amazing feat when the Proteas slayed the West Indies on Sunday. He scored 149 runs off just 44 balls, with nine fours and 16 sixes, the most by a local and the joint highest number of sixes overall in an ODI innings. He equalled the world record of ­India’s Rohit Sharma. Div reached three figures off just 31 deliveries.


    Nothing can stand in the way of the king’s wishes – this much is clear in Swaziland, where King Mswati III ordered that schools not reopen yet. He made the order so that schoolboys can instead help weed his ­sorghum fields. And in return, the pupils will be rewarded with a 2015 calendar, bearing the face of none other than Mswati himself.

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    Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has brought hope to the nation. He’s won 10 out of 10 games since his appointment and goes into the first Afcon game against Africa’s powerhouse,
    Algeria, in high spirits after drawing with former African champs Zambia and Cameroon, before demolishing Mali midweek. We are behind this bunch of winners. Go for it and make us proud.


    Talana-Jo Huysamer (23), pictured above, and Chantlé Hoffmann (42) wanted the same parking spot in Cape Town’s Harfield Village. So Huysamer, who is white, allegedly shocked Hoffmann, who is coloured, with a Taser and called her the k-word. This kind of behaviour won’t help white Cape Town shake off the ‘racist’ tag it hates so much.

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    When you’re a politician, it’s easy to fall into the trap of making big promises, and demanding that others do as you say and not as you do. So kudos to Eastern Cape Rural Development MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane. He not only encourages people to plant their own food gardens, but gives them the seeds to do so and shares pics of his own garden to encourage them.


    In 2009, a little system called democracy saw the ANC lose power in the Western Cape. Voters didn’t think the ANC was governing or delivering services well. ­Instead of promising to do better, its leaders are using petty race politics to bully people into voting the DA out in 2016. You can do better than that, ANC.

Matrics decoded

@City_Press #Matric2014 11 January 2015 15:00

Is SA producing quality matriculants and what do the numbers tell us about the state of education in the nation? Sipho Masondo asked a few experts in their fields for their assessments of the 2014 results.

Behind the Icon – Sandra Prinsloo: Leading lady

21 December 2014 15:00

This week 21 Icons celebrates the 21st and final icon of its second season: Sandra Prinsloo, the doyenne of South African stage and screen. The 21 Icons portrait features Prinsloo kissing a shadow projected on to a white background.

Female fighters battle for freedom and equality in Syria

17 December 2014 13:15

Every night before 27-year-old Arin goes to bed, she hangs her Makarov, a Russian semi-automatic pistol, from a steel coat rack by the entrance to her one-bedroom apartment in a small, dusty town on the Syrian border with Iraq.

Faces of Nigeria

@City_Press 14 December 2014 15:00

They were not only beloved mothers and fathers, devoted daughters and sons, and adored siblings. The 85 South Africans who died in the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations guesthouse in Lagos were also citizens with irreplaceable skills. Among them were six teachers, a doctor, five senior government officials and a host of go-getters destined for success. These are the faces of the tragedy



The party has a choice. Not me. I’ve said I don’t choose my successor.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on his successor

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