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Vigilantes in the suburbs

21 October 2014 8:00

Where the police aren’t trusted and private security companies can’t fill the gap, there’s community policing. Carolyn Raphaely explores how ordinary citizens in two Joburg suburbs, Westdene and Sophiatown, are fighting back – and whether their battle threatens to slide into middle class vigilantism.

Liftoff: An unmanned spacecraft is launched atop an advanced Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on Friday (October 24 2014). China launched the experimental spacecraft to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

Picture: Jiang Hongjing/Xinhua/AP

How to Spread it: Harvesting a prosperous future together

19 October 2014 15:00

One man is single-handedly resurrecting the once-lucrative Ugandan cotton trade and broadening the ‘Africa rising’ narrative, writes Ferial Haffajee.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    Shakes Mashaba for turning no-hopers Bafana Bafana into a respectable outfit. They are unbeaten in four matches, and are on course to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals after a 3-0 away victory over Sudan, a goalless home draw against Nigeria, a 2-0 away win over Congo Brazzaville and a goalless draw at home. Bafana have yet to concede a goal under Mashaba.

    Not:

    A media monitoring company ­reported on Friday that Brett ­Kebble’s killer, Mikey Schultz, snapped up 30% of the previous day’s media coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial – just by being in court. This may be the highlight
    of Schultz’s life because his only claim to fame up to now is getting away with murder.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    He was hot as director-general in the Treasury and hotter as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank. But you can’t get much hotter than having your signature on every SA banknote. Lesetja Kganyago will succeed Gill Marcus as Reserve Bank governor next month. It was only a matter of time before someone of his calibre was rewarded with a top post.

    Not:

    Lonmin has failed to show it did all it could to improve labour relations at its Marikana mine, which exploded into mayhem in 2012. Its executives performed dismally at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry when they took the stand. This week, it gagged an NGO that sought to present findings of transfer pricing and tax dodging.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    National Under-17 side Amajimbos for completing a hat-trick of SA soccer teams to qualify for next year’s major continental competitions. It has been a fairy tale for the national teams since Banyana qualified for the African Women’s Championship, followed by Amajita (U-20) and now Amajimbos, who are going to Niger. Bafana have many reasons to follow suit.

    Not:

    Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane attributed the three weeks of water stoppages around Gauteng to “a technical glitch”. Clearly, the minister lives in a bubble. Water is a basic right and being deprived of this for three weeks while officials try to figure out the problem, is just
    not on.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Since the collapse of the guesthouse at Nigerian preacher TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations, the South African government has been there to lend its hand. Even through a difficult time to get information from its counterpart in Nigeria and from Joshua, our government has looked after the South African victims. A caring government leads from the front.

    Not:

    God comes in different forms and is worshipped differently. First, Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries in Tshwane made his congregants eat grass. But his latest stunt is really worrying. His church members are now drinking petrol, which he claims he has turned into juice through prayer, all in the name of the lord.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. A true reflection of democracy took place this week, when 85% of the eligible Scottish population took to the polls to vote for or against independence from the United Kingdom. While those who wanted independence (45%) didn’t get their way, it is clear democracy is alive and well.

    Not:

    But this is not the case in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, where there was an attempted coup last month. On Friday, police and ­military exchanged fire as the country battles to return to ­normality. Only strict adherence to democratic rule can free the country of its problems.

Behind the Icon: Pregs Govender

19 October 2014 15:00

This week, 21 Icons season two pays homage to its 11th icon, Pregs Govender, a human rights and gender activist who is widely respected as an individual committed to the development of South Africa as a fair and humane democracy.

Book review – Rape of Rachel: A nauseatingly vivid account of oppression

@City_Press #Trending 14 October 2014 8:00

On the first page of Zakes Mda’s latest novel, Rachel’s Blue, readers encounter Jason de Klerk, a likable guy who ends up as the villain.

How to Spread it: Defenders under threat

The Treatment Action Campaign has become an advocate for patients who are mistreated by the health system and have no one to fight for them, yet this iconic organisation is struggling to survive as donor funds move elsewhere. Kerry Cullinan and Laura Lopez Gonzalez profile two of its members who are often the first – and last – line of defence for patients.

Behind the icon – Pieter-Dirk Uys: The master jester

@City_Press #Trending 12 October 2014 15:00

Satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys, who has been using comedy and caricature to poke fun at the state for the past 30 years, is the 11th icon of the second season of 21 Icons.

News

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We encourage the families to take comfort from the knowledge that the greater part of the preparatory work has already been done.
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe on the repatriation of the victims of the Lagos building collapse

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