City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:45:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Friends & Friction: A new soul trapped in an old body http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/friends-friction-new-soul-trapped-old-body/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=friends-friction-new-soul-trapped-old-body http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/friends-friction-new-soul-trapped-old-body/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:45:11 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=121969 It was a mistake to launch a Brics development bank a day after the Fifa World Cup final. This monumental announcement got lost in the noise of the exiting crowds.

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It was a mistake to launch a Brics development bank a day after the Fifa World Cup final. This monumental announcement got lost in the noise of the exiting crowds.

The bank will free the developing world from the clutches of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, institutions that have created enormous hardship for developing economies, leading to social strife.

The good news is South Africa is an equal shareholder alongside Brazil, Russia, India and China. Clearly, we are punching way above our weight.

The quiet passing of this big event forces us to ask a bigger question: Why are South Africans so gloomy about their freedom when so much has been achieved?

Don’t blame the media, only tinpot despots do so. I believe the fault lies in the fact that we have never really made a clean break with our past.

We remain its captives and believe what we’ve been told for years – that we are good at nothing. It seems as if it is our mission to prove that theory correct, so we’ve become blind to the good in us and our minds are too damaged to dream of what we can become.

We prefer the company of our shortcomings and the sympathies that come with our sorrows. South Africa is a new soul trapped in an old body.

It is time to rebrand our country.

I can hear some people say: “We have bigger problems to worry about than throwing out Jan van Riebeeck.”

But symbols are important whether you call them flags, corporate colours, emblems or logos. They make people feel passionate about their country, company or cause.

Great countries rebrand themselves from time to time, for whatever reason.

When the United Colonies of North America “rebranded” itself as the United States of America, no one knew they were unleashing the potential of a superpower.

The current 50-star US flag was adopted as recently as 1960 after it was designed by Robert Heft, who died only five years ago.

The problem with our flag is that it is a compromise of colours that no one really feels attached to.

If we truly want to walk with dignity, we must do what great nations did – we must change the name of this country and write a new chapter in history.

Only then will we truly celebrate our people and our national achievements.

Kuzwayo is the founder of Ignitive, an advertising agency

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Sanral: We have right to use blue lights http://www.citypress.co.za/uncategorized/sanral-right-use-blue-lights/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sanral-right-use-blue-lights http://www.citypress.co.za/uncategorized/sanral-right-use-blue-lights/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00:29 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=122609 It is not illegal for Sanral traffic control vehicles, which are assisting on the Gauteng highways, to have blue lights, says the road agency.

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It is not illegal for Sanral traffic control vehicles, which are assisting on the Gauteng highways, to have blue lights, says the road agency.

“These vehicles need to have blue lights,” said SA National Roads Agency Limited spokesperson Vusi Mona yesterday.

“If they don’t, they operate illegally.”

He said the agency had obtained legal advice through every step of the implementation of the e-tolling system in the province.

Those who wanted to challenge Sanral on the legality of the blue lights were welcome to, said Mona.

“It is not their opinion that matters but what the law says and we are confident we have done everything by the book.

“What is more important here is the effort to do proper enforcement on our roads, thereby addressing issues such as non-roadworthy vehicles, vehicles without number plates or false number plates, and other road traffic offences,” he said.

He said people who were complaining about Sanral’s vehicles were trying to undermine attempts by the agency to assist law enforcers on Gauteng’s highways.

 

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Recipe: A perfect pairing http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/recipe-perfect-pairing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=recipe-perfect-pairing http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/recipe-perfect-pairing/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00:27 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=122059 Chef David Godin, who was the Johnnie Walker chef of the year in 2005, has shared this luscious broccoli and Stilton cheese soup with us.

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Chef David Godin, who was the Johnnie Walker chef of the year in 2005, has shared this luscious broccoli and Stilton cheese soup with us.

It goes perfectly with fortified wine, like the new Rosendal Cape Ruby Reserve.

Ingredients
. 2 tbsp rapeseed or vegetable oil
. 1 onion, finely chopped
. 1 stick celery, sliced
. 1 leek, sliced
. 1 medium potato, diced
. 1 knob butter
. 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
.  1 head broccoli, roughly chopped
.  140g Stilton cheese, crumbled

Method
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions.

Cook on a medium heat until soft.

Add a splash of water if the onions start to catch.

Add the celery, leek, potato and butter.

Stir until melted then cover with a lid.

Allow to sweat for five minutes.

Remove the lid, pour in the stock and add chunky bits of broccoli stalk.

Cook for 10-15 minutes until all the vegetables are soft.

Add the rest of the broccoli and cook for a further five minutes.

Carefully transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.

Stir in the Stilton, allowing a few lumps to remain.

Season with black pepper and serve.

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Watch – Julius Malema forcefully removed from Gauteng legislature http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/watch-julius-malema-forcefully-removed-gauteng-legislature/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=watch-julius-malema-forcefully-removed-gauteng-legislature http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/watch-julius-malema-forcefully-removed-gauteng-legislature/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00:21 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=122612 Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader Julius Malema and other party members were removed after attempting to storm the Gauteng legislature during a march against the banning of the party’s signature red overalls.

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R100 000 reward for information on Reiger Park hijacking http://www.citypress.co.za/news/r100-000-reward-information-reiger-park-hijacking/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=r100-000-reward-information-reiger-park-hijacking http://www.citypress.co.za/news/r100-000-reward-information-reiger-park-hijacking/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:50:07 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=122606 Police have doubled the reward offered for information that would lead to the arrest of four-year-old Taegrin Morris’s killers.

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Police have doubled the reward offered for information that would lead to the arrest of four-year-old Taegrin Morris’s killers.

“We have increased the reward to R100 000, from R50 000,” said Colonel Noxolo Kweza today.

Morris died while being dragged for a long distance next to his parents’ hijacked car in Reiger Park, east of Johannesburg on Saturday night.

“We are confident that we will be making an arrest pretty soon,” said Kweza.

She appealed to the public not to take the law into their own hands and co-operate with police in their investigation.

Kweza declined to comment on reports that one of the alleged hijackers was pointed out in an identity parade.

Today she denied a report that a man linked to the hijacking had handed himself over. She said a man questioned about the crime was not arrested.

The four-year-old boy was travelling in a VW Golf with his mother, father, and sister in Reiger Park when three men approached them.

“They ordered him [the father], his wife and daughter to get out of the vehicle,” Lieutenant-Colonel Khensani Magoai said at the weekend.

“The four-year-old was left in his safety belt. They [the hijackers] got in the car and drove away.”

Magoai said it was unclear how it happened but the boy was then dragged along, hanging outside the car door from his seat belt.

“He was dragged along until Boksburg. The hijackers then abandoned the vehicle and the boy was dead.”

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EFF march to Gauteng legislature ends in chaos http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/eff-march-gauteng-legislature-ends-chaos/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eff-march-gauteng-legislature-ends-chaos http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/eff-march-gauteng-legislature-ends-chaos/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:06:40 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=122602 EFF leader Julius Malema and nearly 300 of his supporters had to be forcefully removed from the Gauteng legislature after they staged a sit-in.

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EFF leader Julius Malema and nearly 300 of his supporters had to be forcefully removed from the Gauteng legislature after they staged a sit-in.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members were today demanding that eight of their members be allowed into the building after they were banned for wearing red overalls on July 1.

The EFF supporters marched through Braamfontein to the provincial seat of government in the city centre at midday chanting “sizobadubula” (we are going to shoot them).

They ignored all the march routes that were agreed upon, pushing through police barricades that had been put in place.

At the entrance of the legislature, the red beret train did not stop as journalists and police had anticipated.

Although law enforcement eventually managed to stop what would have been a stampede at the door, Malema and a few dozen EFF members were already inside.

The firebrand leader was the first to push through the police’s attempt to stop the marchers from entering the building.

Looking for a route to where the actual sitting of the house was, Malema was in front when his men took the first flight of stairs to the thick-carpeted corridors, banging on doors along the way.

At the end of one hallway, the group came to a halt, which is where they would spend nearly seven hours.

“We are staying and we must reach an agreement today … this is not a crime scene … the legislature is public property,” Malema told EFF members, who had occupied the entire first floor.

“We are here and we are going to remain here until we get a guarantee that our members will be allowed back in … no policeman must touch us here.”

The fighters were also unapologetic for the mess they created after helping themselves to the MPLs lunch.

“We are not sorry, it’s job creation. My unemployed aunt must come clean here tomorrow and get paid for it, it is called real job creation,” said one member.

After hours of waiting for legislature speaker Ntombi Mekgwe, Malema lost control of his men, who had been getting agitated by the hour since early afternoon.

Meanwhile, the police had surrounded the place with more reinforcements.

As the singing got louder inside, a hosepipe and a fire extinguisher were thrown at the riot police who were preparing to storm in.

After a brief scuffle, Malema was escorted out almost unscathed while the rest of the supporters were not that lucky.

The police were waiting for them outside with batons, teargas and stun grenades.

The fighters vowed to keep on fighting until their members were allowed back in.

 

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Sanral gets tongue-lashing for Lwandle evictions http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/sanral-gets-tongue-lashing-lwandle-evictions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sanral-gets-tongue-lashing-lwandle-evictions http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/sanral-gets-tongue-lashing-lwandle-evictions/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:40:24 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=122597 An inquiry investigating the removal of people and structures from Sanral-owned land in Cape Town reprimanded the company for throwing people out onto the street.

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An inquiry investigating the removal of people and structures from Sanral-owned land in Cape Town reprimanded the company for throwing people out onto the street.

Attorneys for the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) had testified about the circumstances leading to the removals in Lwandle on June 2 and June 3 through an interdict.

Sanral attorney Fiona Bester explained that the “tipping point” for getting the interdict was when the city’s human settlements director sent a notice to the regional Sanral office on January 22 stating it had 14 days to rectify the situation or be liable for all legal costs.

Inquiry head, advocate Denzil Potgieter, said Sanral was not a private property owner and could not act as such.

“Sanral is a state-owned company …. so it doesn’t behove Sanral to allow itself to be put into a position where it throws a large number of people out on the street in the beginning of winter,” he said.

“Why does it adopt a supine attitude when it comes to a situation which is obviously going to result in an emergency, obviously going to have people out on the street? I can’t understand that.”

Potgieter said that Sanral should have asked the city to remove people from the site if it had been such an issue. He said it was clear the city had not done so because it would have had to consider a relocation spot.

Fellow Sanral attorney Shaun Hornby said that the land invasion was out of control between the granting of the interdict, on January 24, and June.

He said that Sanral’s interdict would have been imposed in April or May had the public order police not been busy with elections and parliamentary activities.

“But you definitely couldn’t send in the Sheriff with [their] own security and expect them to sort it out,” said Hornby.

The inquiry had earlier heard submissions from the Sheriff of the High Court for the region, who apologised for the impact the removals had on residents. He said he would have done things differently if given a second chance.

Potgieter said the first hearings were now closed and that the inquiry would proceed to Nonzamo, near Strand, tomorrow to take statements from removed residents.

The next round of hearings in the area would be announced shortly.

 

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Thuli Madonsela probes Mandela funeral ‘spending irregularities’ http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/thuli-madonsela-probes-nelson-mandela-funeral-spending-irregularities/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thuli-madonsela-probes-nelson-mandela-funeral-spending-irregularities http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/thuli-madonsela-probes-nelson-mandela-funeral-spending-irregularities/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:00:46 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=122592 Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is investigating alleged corruption by Eastern Cape municipalities relating to former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

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Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is investigating alleged corruption by Eastern Cape municipalities relating to former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

“The public protector is investigating allegations of maladministration, corruption and unconsumable use of public funds by municipalities of the Eastern Cape… ,” said spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi.

This related to procurement of service providers for Mandela’s memorial services and funeral.

Masibi could not immediately say who made the complaints.

She said the provincial government appointed the Eastern Cape Development Corporation as a provincial host and paymaster for the logistical arrangements and the funeral.

The Nelson Mandela metropolitan, OR Tambo, King Sabata Dalindyebo and Buffalo City municipalities were appointed as well, she said.

Madonsela would investigate the municipalities.

They allegedly spent nearly R65 million on service providers for Mandela’s funeral without following proper procurement procedures.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on December 5, aged 95. He was buried his homestead in Qunu on December 15.

On Friday, the Mail & Guardian reported that the Hawks were investigating how R250 000 appeared in Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle’s bank account around the time of Mandela’s funeral.

On Wednesday, the Democratic Alliance said it had raised questions about Masualle’s personal bank account in the Eastern Cape legislature, but on two occasions its questions were blocked.

 

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Yaaseen Barnes: Prince of the One-Liner http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/yaaseen-barnes-prince-one-liner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yaaseen-barnes-prince-one-liner http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/yaaseen-barnes-prince-one-liner/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:00:01 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=122140 There’s a new Muslim comic star on the rise. His name is YaaseenBarnes.Percy Mabandu gives him a ring

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There’s a new Muslim comic star on the rise. His name is Yaaseen Barnes. Percy Mabandu gives him a ring

Stand-up comedian Yaaseen Barnes is being pegged as “the new king of one-liners”.

When I called him up, I expected a brash, lively voice to come over the line from Cape Town, but the 27-year-old from Athlone is soft-spoken and borderline shy.

His bashfulness is particularly pronounced when I ask him about being a rising star while living as a young Muslim in a changing Cape Town.

It was in late 2012 when Barnes was cracking his friends up with one-liners on Twitter, and growing his followers in the process.

“My friends started asking me to do my jokes on stage.

So I entered the Joker’s Comedy Championship at the Florentine in Observatory. I won. It was amazing,” he says.

This was followed by a debut gig at Jou Ma Se Comedy Club.

Just as he was starting out, another Cape Town-based comedian, Rustum August, died.

Barnes would end up be compared to him. August had made a name for himself as the genius of the one-liner.

“It was like I was his reincarnation or something. They said I’m just like him. The big guys then took me under their wings.”

Ever since, he has been included on line-up after line-up.

At home, Barnes started missing family gatherings and events, a taboo in the close-knit Muslim community.

His parents have since learnt to accept that it’s with good reason – he is building himself a career.

Barnes is wary of being branded a Muslim comedian, though. “Yes, I’m Muslim and I’m a comedian.

But I’m not a Muslim comedian.

I like to separate my religion from my work.

I just want to tell jokes and be universally funny,” he says.

But Barnes’ attempt to separate God and jokes is made difficult by his comic forbears.

Hot acts like Joey Rasdien and Riaad Moosa and rising stars like Simmi Areff often tailor their material for a growing Muslim audience.

Only time will tell who the real Barnes is without needing to compare him to others.

Four best Barnes gags

There’s a few things that’s a mess in my life. They are my hair, my handwriting and a knife in Afrikaans.

I was watching the Brazil game last night. The worst thing about the highlights is that they were in Neymar’s hair.

I was at the mall recently. I saw a sign that said ‘wet floor’. So I did.

I used to surf. Now I skip. Talking about washing powder.

» See Barnes in Divine Live at The Lyric. Presented by Comedy Central, the show will be hosted by Gareth Cliff. It takes place at The Lyric theatre in Joburg on September 12 and 13. The TV special will be aired on Comedy Central in November.

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Nkandla ‘prestige project’ probe continues, says presidency http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/nkandla-prestige-project-probe-continues-says-presidency/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nkandla-prestige-project-probe-continues-says-presidency http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/nkandla-prestige-project-probe-continues-says-presidency/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:08:39 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=122588 The investigation by the SIU into upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s private home in Nkandla is still ongoing.

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The investigation by the SIU into upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s private home in Nkandla is still ongoing.

The investigation started after Zuma signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe the public works department’s “prestige project” at Nkandla.

The presidency today said the probe was one of 27 which were still ongoing, following proclamations signed by the president.

In a report released in March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the R246 million spent on security upgrades to his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

Zuma declined to respond to Madonsela’s report in full within the required fortnight. Instead he said he would wait for the SIU’s findings on the same issue.

The president had undertaken to hand National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete a comprehensive report on the outcome of three separate investigations into state spending on his home by the end of Wednesday last week.

However, on Thursday last week, his spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the president needed more information before responding to findings about his home.

 

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