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Consumption’s not about race – research

@City_Press 4 March 2015 6:00

When black middle class South Africans buy flashy cars, expensive booze and designer clothes, it has nothing to do with their character and traits as a race group.

Jumbo feast: National Elephant Day was celebrated on Friday (March 13 2015) in Thailand. Massive buffets of fruit and vegetables were organised for the elephants after a religious ceremony was held by monks to commemorate fallen elephants. There are around 6 000 domesticated elephants in Thailand, a sharp decline from a 100 000 in 1850.

Picture: Athit Perawongmetha/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.

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    South Africa loves a bunch of winners. The national Under-17 soccer team reached today’s CAF Junior Championships final, where they meet Mali. They also qualified for the Fifa World Cup in Chile in ­October when they beat giants Nigeria in the semifinal on Wednesday. We can only say “well done, boys”. Bringing the cup home will be the cherry on top.


    Anyone who has heard Mohau Pheko speaking of matters political and economic would testify that she is well schooled. She understands these issues and speaks with authority. Why then did she have to embellish her qualification? It is such a pity she thought she needed to be called “Dr Pheko” to be taken seriously.

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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.

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.

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.


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EFF members from the regional structures of the Northern Cape, allegedly aligning themselves with four suspended MPs

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