City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:01:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Liverpool beat Norwich to go five clear in title race http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/liverpool-beat-norwich-go-five-clear-title-race/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=liverpool-beat-norwich-go-five-clear-title-race http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/liverpool-beat-norwich-go-five-clear-title-race/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:44:55 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=108097 Liverpool took a giant step towards their first title in 24 years with a 3-2 win at a plucky Norwich City today, opening up a five point lead over second-placed Chelsea with three matches remaining.

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Liverpool took a giant step towards their first title in 24 years with a 3-2 win at a plucky Norwich City today, opening up a five point lead over second-placed Chelsea with three matches remaining.

Two goals from Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez’s 30th league strike of the season helped them to their 11th consecutive Premier League victory and ensured them a top four finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League, the first time they have reached Europe’s elite club competition since 2009-10.

They moved to 80 points, five ahead of Chelsea who suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by last-placed Sunderland yesterday, while third-placed Manchester City, on 71 points and with two matches in hand, play West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

Norwich failed to roll over for their higher placed opponents. After Gary Hooper had scored for Norwich early in the second half, Robert Snodgrass’s 77th minute goal ensured a nervy finish for the visitors who had appeared to be heading for a comfortable win at 3-1 up.

The loss keeps Norwich mired in the relegation battle in 17th place, two points above Cardiff City and Fulham and three ahead of Sunderland.

Liverpool have not finished top since 1990, two years before the Premier League began, and they can put themselves on the brink of ending that drought when they meet Chelsea at Anfield next Sunday.

Also on Sunday, Hull City and Arsenal meet in a FA Cup final dress-rehearsal, while David Moyes returns to Everton with new club Manchester United.

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Metrosexual me http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/metrosexual/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=metrosexual http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/metrosexual/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:01:48 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=107629 City Press sports reporter Mawande Mvumvu accepted the challenge of a male-grooming session.

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City Press sports reporter Mawande Mvumvu accepted the challenge of a male-grooming session.

The truth is that men spend as much time looking in the mirror as women.

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We also want to look good.

So, a curious me could not miss out on an opportunity to explore the MAC Cosmetics male-grooming experience.

It’s about your skin, I’ll find out. The rationale is to create a fresh, healthy complexion in an invisible way.

Emphasis on invisible. I mean, male sports reporters can’t be seen to be wearing make-up. Trust me on this.

Anyway, gents, it’s not about changing your looks, but rather enhancing what you have to be more presentable.

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Men’s skin is generally oily and mine is no exception, so once I am seated in MAC’s Sandton City store, we begin with Green Gel Cleanser, which helps clear excess oil.

“But what about where my beard grows?” I ask the MAC artist. (I’d mention his name, but MAC insists we refer to him just as “a make-up artist”. It’s their branding, or something to that effect.)

“Because the beard area is usually dry, we use the MAC Fix Plus spray to soothe the skin,” he says.

“This you can also pop on in the office from time to time. The skin tends to get dry as a result of air conditioners.

“By the way, the beard is camouflaging the skin so it is impossible to see any discolouration there,” says The Artist.

The rule is no colour products on the beard. I nod.

Men naturally have more than one skin tone and the products being applied seek to even this out.

The region around the nose is the prime suspect – also the area underneath the eyes.

As The Artist finishes applying Prep and Prime CC Colour correctors to these areas, Lucky the photographer says: “You look like an Eastern Cape rural boy who’s just been transformed into an urban hunk.”

That’s me.

After the Prep and Prime BB Cream (a.k.a. eight-hour cream) has been massaged in, my skin has a bizarrely healthy, natural glow.

The slight discolouration underneath the eyes calls for Mineralize Concealer. Yes it does, take my word for it.

Can we talk about shine? Especially on the forehead. I now meet Blot Powder.

If it’s good enough for TV presenters under studio lights, it’s good enough for me.

A man has to take care of the eyebrows and then the lips. Hello Lip Conditioner, and all your nourishing and repairing.

I look in the mirror again. It’s me. Just better. Would I like to own these products? Hell yes. My eyes narrow.

So what do they all cost and how long would they last, I ask The Artist.

“It would cost you about R2 000 and last you for five months if you use it sparingly,” he says.

And just like that it’s over – in 15 minutes.

Can I afford it? Hell no. What part of sports reporter don’t you get?

Would I buy it if I could afford it? Of course. Who wouldn’t?

The face currently looking back at me in the mirror is looking damn fine.

. Win a MAC male-grooming experience. See details on P11

 

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Khanyi Mbau: Queen of Joziwood http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/khanyi-mbau-queen-joziwood/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=khanyi-mbau-queen-joziwood http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/khanyi-mbau-queen-joziwood/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:01:31 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=107636 Khanyi Mbau is making her own sugar. The star of 22 low-budget films is now becoming a TV producer. She has dinner with Lesley Mofokeng, author of her biography, Bitch Please, I’m Khanyi Mbau

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Khanyi Mbau is making her own sugar. The star of 22 low-budget films is now becoming a TV producer. She has dinner with Lesley Mofokeng, author of her biography, Bitch Please, I’m Khanyi Mbau

‘My life is back to front. I used to live large and now I am all about the craft,” declares the woman who once flew the flag for the famous-for-being-famous crowd.

Much has been written about ­Khanyi Mbau “toning down” and “growing up”, and it’s all true.

Lately she chooses her RSVPs carefully and has even missed a few envelope openings.

Then, this month, the actress proved her never-say-die attitude when she featured in The Comedy Central Roast of Kenny Kunene and overnight became a stand-up comedy sensation.

But that’s not where she’s headed. Mbau has been ­reinventing herself – Nollywood style.

She has cornered the market for low-budget films that take seven days to shoot and enjoy mass popularity.

It’s a formula that has seen the Nigerian industry stake its claim as the second-largest movie-making ­machine in the world – creating Africa’s own Hollywood, ­currently worth R36.8 billion.

Little known fact: Mbau has starred in 22 films between 2013 and 2014. Some of them were broadcast during e.tv’s eKasi slot, while others appeared on Mzansi Magic.

“The day I die and there’s a tribute to me, I want a broadcaster to play all my movies all day and night so people can see my work,” she says.

Many of the films are love stories because “when you have a small figure, pretty face and fair skin, you’re bound to be someone’s love interest”.

Next month her latest film, Room Divider, comes to Mzansi Magic.

It is a shout-out to the quintessential piece of décor usually found in the living room that dominated black homes in the 1980s and 1990s, and can still be found today, though shunned by the more discerning.

The film by comedian David Kau is set in his hometown, Kroonstad.

It cleverly uses the room divider as a prop that also provides social commentary on political greed, ­desires of the flesh and broken dreams.

There are beauty queens, alcohol abuse, visions of Miss Ellerines and Miss Joshua Doore, fat cat politicians and buckets of fried chicken.

The story line may be weak and poorly ­edited, but dramedy fans will be glued to the screen.

Room Divider is 90 minutes long and not 60 minutes – a format change introduced by the broadcaster of Lokshin Bioskop, which aims to narrate “the extraordinary tales of typical South Africans”.

I find Mbau over a bowl of deep-fried chicken wings at ­Melrose Arch’s Fire & Ice Hotel.

In a colourful powersuit, she looks no-nonsense and all business.

“I owed David one and he’s always wanted to put me in his movies. I had just finished Tin City and he said: ‘Let’s go down to Kroonstad.’ I said ‘cool’,” she says.

Kau told her that the film would have a Desperate Housewives vibe, township kugels.

“I said to him ‘great’, and that’s as far as the story was at that time. It developed as we shot … I think David is a comic more than a story writer, so everything with him goes with feeling and ambience.”

Mbau says besides acting in films, she has also tried her hand at being assistant director and discovered a new passion.

“People are hiring me because they see a side of me that I also didn’t know existed: the fearless woman who works hard.

“I think I have always had a self-confidence complex … People thought I was so confident, yet I was just protected and covered. But the book [her biography] made me so naked and I realised, oh my goodness, I actually am the creator of all that has been happening in my life. I only found my confidence three years ago when the book liberated me.”

Mbau says it was a conscious decision to target low-budget Joziwood movies.

“Every girl in this industry wants the endorsements and big jobs, and it’s so crowded in that room. I decided to take it back to the people. The new talent is so consumed with being larger than life that they end up so removed from people.

I want to remain accessible. My life may seem extraordinary, but I’m still accessible.

“There is an expiry date for big brands, but when you are a brand of the people, you are passed down to their children, hence the kids who were my fans when I started out now hear their four- and five-year-old daughters talk about me. They know who I am.”

For a woman who goes as the queen of bling and insists on the finer things in life, surely Mbau would struggle to shoot on locations stripped bare of luxury in Soweto, Alexandra and Kroonstad.

She says it has humbled her.

“In some places there are no toilets and you have to pee in the bushes. Organic peeing!” She bursts out laughing.

“I know there are two worlds and I have been in both of them. I am not fazed.

“It’s the production companies that I work with that struggle. Most of them are in disbelief that Khanyi wants to do this.

So how they treat me is that they take out their best cutlery and try to make me comfortable, but I say to them that I will eat whatever they eat.

“And it takes them three days to warm up and get used to the idea that I am cool with everything. It’s fine, let me stand under the tree and change. It’s okay.”

She insists that she feels artistically challenged enough by Joziwood.

“Some think I just want to be fabulous, but I enjoy roles where I have short hair or no hair, or I don’t speak English or act dumb.”

Is there money? “There is no money, but when you do 14 movies in a month you can make what a soap star makes. I’m lucky because my producers give me a higher rate and ­appreciate my work, and I do other jobs on the side. But when you come in as new talent, you won’t make much money.”

Mbau admits that she is doing all this in part to dispel the belief that she is the Paris Hilton of Joburg.

“It kills me. At the Saftas when I went up to present the award for best feature film, I was introduced as a socialite and TV ­presenter [of Katch It With Khanyi]. And I am the host, it’s my show. And I have done so many films.

I work. I guess people still like that girl that came on the scene, but I’m hardly at parties.

“People need to understand that I was 19 when all of this started. I am 29 this year … I would love that party-girl image to go because I am somebody else’s mother. She is eight and she’s the one who will be leaving me at home to go to parties.”

Nowadays she finds the entertainment industry “boring”.

“I look at the girls and they remind me of me. The need to be shiny and expensive, and have the best of everything. Joburg is small. I’ve slept in all the hotels. I have lived in all the ­prominent places. I’ve eaten all that food. So the best thing for me is to work and meet different people.”

Aside from the acting work, Mbau has started a company called Her Productions to produce movies and her talk show on eKasie+.

“People follow what I have done and I have a hand in how pop culture turns out,” she offers.

She spends her days studying directors, sitting with editors and wardrobe mistresses. She dreams of being a fashion editor.

She is thankful for her appearance on Kunene’s roast.

“Comedy has liberated me.”

She says she knew the night would be about her because of her colourful past.

“That is why my outfit was dramatic.”

She admits she was scared out of her wits because all the good jokes had been told by the time it was her turn.

“I went off script. After all the insults, I had to reply to everyone. I didn’t think I would pull it off.”

Mbau is not bothered that her private parts were the theme of the evening.

“Women have breasts and [a vagina] down there. It’s all ­interesting. Men have one part and it’s finished after that.

They are logs … Feminists must also drink some tea and relax. Sex is women.”

The Roast of Kenny Kunene will premiere on April 28 at 9pm on Comedy Central David Kau’s Room Divider will premiere on May 3 at 6pm on Mzansi Magic

 

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Newsmaker – Roger Dixon: ‘I used my eyes, My Lady’ http://www.citypress.co.za/news/used-eyes-lady/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=used-eyes-lady http://www.citypress.co.za/news/used-eyes-lady/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:01:16 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=107956 Roger Dixon admits that he knows nothing about ballistics, blood spatter, wound ballistics, light and sound.

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Roger Dixon admits that he knows nothing about ballistics, blood spatter, wound ballistics, light and sound.

But this didn’t stop the forensic geologist from confidently offering his opinion on each of these subjects before the North Gauteng High Court this week.

Dixon was savaged by prosecutor Gerrie Nel when he took the stand as a defence team expert in the Oscar Pistorius trial.

Perhaps his finest moment was revealing the details of a sound test ­designed to determine whether a cricket bat hitting a door could sound like a gunshot.

The intrepid geologist armed himself with a sound man and headed off to an open, outside area – not a bathroom, or even Pistorius’ home – and recorded himself hitting a door with a bat.

Defending his method, Dixon explained that other forensic experts were present. They even brought their wives, he told the court – a detail which gives new meaning to the idea of “date night”.

Nel took great delight in discovering that the sound man in question was actually a music producer. When it came to recording the gunshots for ­comparison, the court heard, the gun kept jamming and the music producer had to keep recording the shots individually, then electronically manipulate them to sound like rapid gunfire.

This part of the test, it emerged, was redone a week before Dixon took the stand. But he told the court he wasn’t present at this retest and had no idea how it was conducted.

He also tested the light at Pistorius’ home – supposedly as it would have been on the night the athlete shot Reeva Steenkamp dead. Nel found a ­problem with this, too. On the night of the shooting, it was new moon and so ­extremely dark. On the night of the test, though, it was full moon and a great deal lighter.

Asked what instruments he used to test the light, Dixon responded: “The instruments I used were my eyes.”

Then Dixon revealed that there may be a wound ballistic expert hiding in all of us, just waiting to emerge.

Pathologist Professor Gert Saayman, Dixon told the court, was wrong to find that Steenkamp ate two hours before she died and that the bruising on her back was caused by a second bullet missing her and ricocheting off the toilet wall.

He also disputed Saayman’s version that the mark on Steenkamp’s buttocks was caused by the bullet entering her hip. Instead, Dixon explained, it was the result of her falling on a magazine rack in the toilet.

Dixon has attended three postmortems during his career, whereas ­Saayman has personally conducted between 10 000 and 15 000.

He had a torrid time in court this week, but it was not Dixon’s first role in a high-profile murder case. He testified as an expert witness for the defence in Fred van der Vyver’s trial. Van der Vyver was accused of murdering his girlfriend, Stellenbosch University student Inge Lotz, in 2005.

Dixon identified marks on a glass that ultimately helped acquit Van der Vyver.

He testified this week that he was qualified to talk about “soil and all sorts of things” because he is a geologist working in a university laboratory ­analysing these materials.

He likes to take photographs, too, he told the court.

He testified that he does not own a television, hasn’t followed the trial on radio and doesn’t buy newspapers.

He is active on Facebook, though.

According to his Facebook page, Dixon is a man of varied musical tastes. He likes Beethoven, heavy metal, harp music and Meat Loaf.

On the third day of his testimony, his status update read: “Third day in court today. Let’s see how much of my credibility, integrity and professional reputation is destroyed. It is difficult to get belief in those who will not listen because it is not what they want to hear. After that, beer!”

Dixon told City Press that it really was his account and that the status ­update was meant to be light-hearted. But he said: “Perhaps in hindsight, posting that comment was a mistake.”

His Twitter account reveals that he’s a “mineralogist and forensic scientist, I grow clivias and other plants, have a Land Rover and a Trans Am. I live in a forest I planted myself.”

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SABC delays action on Hlaudi Motsoeneng http://www.citypress.co.za/news/sabc-delays-action-hlaudi/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sabc-delays-action-hlaudi http://www.citypress.co.za/news/sabc-delays-action-hlaudi/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:58 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=107946 The SABC board is likely to miss the Public Protector’s deadline for action against controversial acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, after Thuli Madonsela’s office found he lied about his qualifications and received irregular pay increases.

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The SABC board is likely to miss the Public Protector’s deadline for action against controversial acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, after Thuli Madonsela’s office found he lied about his qualifications and received irregular pay increases.

This was according to Communications Minister Yunus Carrim in an interview with City Press on Friday.

Motsoeneng is at the centre of the SABC’s controversial elections coverage, which includes pulling a DA election advert, and instructions to limit the coverage of opposition parties.

Carrim said he referred all complaints about the coverage to board chair Ellen Tshabalala. He said although the public expected him to take action against Motsoeneng, his hands were tied.

“I am constantly accosted by both people who want me to dismiss or retain Mr Motsoeneng. But I have no such arbitrary powers. It is for the board to make any such decision and then refer it to us,” he said.

In February, Madonsela urged Carrim to fill the long-vacant post of chief operating officer with a suitably qualified permanent candidate within 90 days. But it is unlikely this deadline will be met.

“With the SABC’s coverage of the elections and the challenges around this, the work on the Public Protector’s report has slowed down,” Carrim said, adding the SABC had asked the Public Protector’s office and his department for an extension.

Meanwhile, Motsoeneng has allegedly accused news staff at the SABC of trying to stage a revolution against the executive. At a meeting on Tuesday, he laid down the law about leaking information to the media about management’s interference in news.

Afterwards, he allegedly called one-on-one meetings with the most outspoken staffers at which he suddenly became amicable, putting on his pastor’s cap and making concessions.

But staff say working at the SABC has become like working in a surveillance state – with the constant threat of phone monitoring and cameras tracking staff movements.

Broadcast, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union spokesperson Hannes du Buisson said: “Some of our members did complain that he had threatened them. He told them they would get fired if they were leaking information to the media, especially around interference in news.”

When asked to respond, Motsoeneng told City Press he would not comment on internal SABC matters.

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Quota debate rages on http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/quota-debate-rages/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=quota-debate-rages http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/quota-debate-rages/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=107918 Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s plan to institute a 60-40 quota system has had administrative bodies of various South African sporting codes up in arms.

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Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s plan to institute a 60-40 quota system has had administrative bodies of various South African sporting codes up in arms.

Mbalula met the disgruntled federations on Monday to discuss the Eminent Persons Group report, which instigated the move from a 50-50 to a 60-40 transformation split.

The minister said: “When the [ministers and MECs] met, it was decided that the 50-50 representation quota was far too low and it needed to be raised. When you look at a sport like rugby, it is still largely untransformed at the grass roots level and that needs to be addressed.

“The Sports Indaba reaffirmed the quotas as a main position and they must not be left out. They have to be part and parcel of a federation’s strategy.”

Mbalula added that federations that do not comply with the policy run the risk of losing their membership, which means losing the right to compete internationally.

The unions in question – Cricket SA, the SA Rugby Union (Saru) and the SA Football Association – have differing views on the implementation of the policy.

But it is the coaches, along with the selectors, who will have to carry the selectorial can should the policy be rammed through.

Proteas coach Russell Domingo, who took over from Gary Kirsten in all formats in May last year, has not fielded a black African test ­cricketer since.

Domingo said he was not at liberty to talk about it. “I’m not talking about that. It is not something that I am aware of so I’m not going to talk about that.”

A Saru spokesperson said Springbok coach Heyneke ­Meyer was not at liberty to talk about the policy.

“Coaches are employed by Saru to select and prepare teams to win international matches to the best of their ­ability, and are asked to leave any policy questions to the administration,” the spokesperson said.

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund believes Mbalula has taken it too far by expecting a quota system to work in football.

According to him, soccer has long been transformed.

“The minister has done well since he took office and has been supportive to all sporting codes. I don’t want to get involved in politics, but in football.

“We have passed that stage and I will always choose the best available players as I don’t look at colour,” said

Igesund, who added: “The country should be represented by the best team available and this is what I am going

to do. “I don’t think we have even 20% of white or Indian players in the league, so where will I get them from?”

Sports Quotas

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ASA in fundraising dilemma for World Relays http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/asa-fundraising-dilemma-world-relays/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asa-fundraising-dilemma-world-relays http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/asa-fundraising-dilemma-world-relays/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:53 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=107906 South Africa’s hopes for representation at the inaugural IAAF World Relays next month rest on Athletics SA (ASA) raising the necessary funds to send relay teams to the Bahamas.

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South Africa’s hopes for representation at the inaugural IAAF World Relays next month rest on Athletics SA (ASA) raising the necessary funds to send relay teams to the Bahamas.

The event will take place in Nassau on the Caribbean island on May 24 and 25.

“ASA’s financial situation is very bad and we are looking for funding for the teams,” said Brandon du Plessis, the ad hoc committee member responsible for track and field events.

However, ASA interim chairperson Daan du Toit said a final decision would be taken at the committee’s meeting on Tuesday.

But all hope is not lost.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said the “bulk of the funding for qualified teams will be paid by [the World Relays’] local organising committee”.

Said IAAF spokesperson Chris Turner: “IAAF pays travel and hotel expenses [four nights] for two athletes per team entered for each discipline [men and women] by each national member federation. The top four teams finishing in each event discipline will have the travel and hotel expenses [four nights] paid for an additional two athletes.”

Just last month, ASA failed to raise about R200 000 to send a team of 24 athletes to the African Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda. This was something beyond the ASA’s latest interim structure – it inherited empty coffers when it took office at the recommendation of the IAAF in February.

This time around, the hopes of athletes like SA 100m record holder Simon Magakwe and other top-ranked track hopefuls remain in doubt.

South Africa’s placing in the world’s leading sprint times suggests that ASA can compile a competitive 4x100m relay team.

Magakwe ranks as the fastest man in the 100m sprint thanks to his SA record time of 9.98 seconds clocked at the SA Senior Track and Field Championships at the University of Pretoria’s Tuks Athletics Stadium last weekend.

Behind him in the latest IAAF top list are rising stars like Akani Simbine, Henrico Bruintjies, ­Gideon Trotter and Emile Erasmus who have all hit A-standard times. (See box below)

Running Men

SA’s world-class 100m sprinters

9.98: Simon Magakwe

Province: Athletics North West

Age: 27

Current IAAF ranking: 1

» His record time of 9.98 seconds, which ­catapulted him to his sixth 100m SA Championships title, places Magakwe as the world’s fastest man in the short sprint.

10.02: Akani Simbine

Province: Athletics Gauteng North

Age: 20

Current IAAF ranking: 3

» Simbine bettered his personal best after he finished as a runner-up to Magakwe at the SA Champs last Saturday, having started his season with a 10.13 at the Gauteng North provincial championships last month.

10.17: Henricho Bruintjies

Province: Athletics Gauteng North

Age: 20

Current IAAF ranking: Joint 12

»Bruintjies also set his personal best at the SA champs in the 100m semifinals last Friday.

10.23: Gideon Trotter

Province: Athletics Free State

Age: 22

Current IAAF ranking: Joint 21

»Trotter also clocked his mark in the semifinals last Friday.

10.23: Emile Erasmus

Province: Athletics Gauteng North

Age: 22

Current IAAF ranking: Joint 21

»His time claimed a bronze medal behind Simbine (silver) and Magakwe (gold) at the national championships last Saturday.

SABC uses one camera to film SA Track and Field Champs

The ghost of the Athletics SA (ASA) leadership squabbles that subsided in February returned to haunt at the SA Senior Track and Field Championships in ­Pretoria last weekend.

The squabbling had led to the ASA-SABC broadcast contract not being finalised. This resulted in the SA Junior and Senior Track and Field Championships being covered with a single camera, said the SABC.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said: “We did not cover the junior and senior track field events with multicameras. We have, however, covered these events with a single camera. These will be broadcast on Athletics Alive (a magazine show that covers athletics). We could not cover the events with multicameras because the contract is still not in place. We are in the process of finalising it.”

Ousted ASA president James Evans said: “We met the SABC in November and had to give them some information for their planning – then Sello Mokoena and his interim committee ­intervened.”

Mokoena said he “didn’t know what happened afterwards as what was ­required then was the renewal of the contract”.

»Athletics Alive is flighted on SABC2 on Sundays between 12.30pm and 1pm

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Retailers hammered by strike http://www.citypress.co.za/business/retailers-hammered-strike/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=retailers-hammered-strike http://www.citypress.co.za/business/retailers-hammered-strike/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:53 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=107823 An incredible humanitarian and economic tragedy is flowing from the strike of about 80 000 workers in the platinum industry, which has now continued for an unprecedented 12 weeks.

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An incredible humanitarian and economic tragedy is flowing from the strike of about 80 000 workers in the platinum industry, which has now continued for an unprecedented 12 weeks.

Retailers and food distributers are reporting a dramatic collapse of buying power in parts of rural Eastern Cape, home to most of the striking mine workers.

Roelf Venter, commercial director of Spar, says the retailer’s management has discussed the collapse at a meeting.

“It’s hard to give specific figures at this point because it varies a great deal from place to place – and because it is happening in isolated places.

“There is, however, a clear and sharp downturn in the buying power of people in the Eastern Cape’s rural areas.

“It is virtually just as bad in KwaZulu-Natal and also noticeable in Limpopo,” says Venter.

“It is less severe in the Rustenburg area, except in the peripheral areas like Mooinooi and Marikana.”

More than 60% of the strikers are migrant workers from the poorest parts of the Eastern Cape, Lesotho and, to a lesser extent, KwaZulu-Natal.

Chris Schutte, CEO of Astral Foods, says sales of chickens around Rustenburg have fallen by between 30% and 40%.

Astral is the market leader in the area.

The drop is not necessarily in sales through large retailers like Shoprite, but in the informal settlements, where Astral has a large distribution system.

“At some distribution points in Rustenburg, sales have dropped by 50%,” says Schutte.

In the Eastern Cape, Astral has lost 11% of its revenue – after buying out a competitor in the region, he adds.

Theo Delport, managing director of Astral Poultry, says agents selling into informal businesses like spaza shops this week experienced their worst week of the year.

Usually, the Easter weekend is like a mini Christmas for retail sales, he says.

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Spurs go marching on http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/spurs-go-marching/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spurs-go-marching http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/spurs-go-marching/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=107961 Tottenham Hotspur completed an emphatic 3-1 victory over Fulham at White Hart Lane yesterday to maintain their push for a spot in next year’s Uefa Champions League.

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Tottenham Hotspur completed an emphatic 3-1 victory over Fulham at White Hart Lane yesterday to maintain their push for a spot in next year’s Uefa Champions League.

In what was at times a rather listless affair, it was Spurs who showed the required quality when it mattered, with goals from Paulinho, Harry Kane and Younès Kaboul outdoing Steve Sidwell’s lone effort for Fulham.

It was the visitors who began the game the stronger of the sides, with the Cottagers manufacturing a few half chances as they applied pressure on Spurs, never letting the home side settle.

But it was Kaboul who had the first real chance of note on 18 minutes, with the defender heading over when given some space in the area.

Moments later, Hugo Rodallega had a chance at the other end, with Hugo Lloris forced to rush off his line after a deflection put the Colombian through on goal.

Some dithering in the Fulham defence presented Aaron Lennon with a shooting chance just before the half-hour mark, but goalkeeper David Stockdale was able to deflect his effort on to the post.

Spurs began to assert their dominance on proceedings and they made it count on 35 minutes as Paulinho ghosted in behind the Fulham rearguard to tap home a Christian Eriksen free kick.

But the home side’s lead would last just two minutes, with a sleepy Spurs defence allowing Alex Kačaniklić and Sidwell to play a neat one-two in the box, the latter doing well to poke the ball home under pressure.

Fulham boss Felix Magath would have headed into the break pleased with his side’s efforts, but would have felt anything but pleased when Kane grabbed Spurs’ second just minutes after the restart.

The young striker had to be alert to glance a fast, flat delivery from the right from Lennon past Stockdale.

Rodallega nearly had Fulham level five minutes later, but Lloris once again denied him, this time tipping away the forward’s powerful header.

Kaboul appeared to make the game safe when he bagged Tottenham’s third after 62 minutes. Wearing the captain’s

armband, Kaboul was in the right place to prod home another sumptuous and fierce delivery from Eriksen. The goal knocked the wind out of Fulham’s sails as Tottenham took control, with the Cottagers almost resigned to their fate.

But while Eriksen was the architect of two of his side’s goals, he provided Fulham with a way back into the match as he unnecessarily handled the ball with 15 minutes to play.

Lloris bailed his team-mate out, with the Frenchman beating away Sidwell’s poor penalty attempt.

If Fulham weren’t beaten before the failed penalty, they certainly were after it as they could not muster a late charge for a share of the spoils.

The result sees Spurs move within three points of fifth-placed Everton, while Fulham’s woe continues, with the Cottagers still two points from relegation safety with only three games remaining in the season

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Politicians get spiritual http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/politicians-get-spiritual/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=politicians-get-spiritual http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/politicians-get-spiritual/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=107948 Politicians have taken to churches over the Easter weekend in their numbers to campaign for the upcoming elections – but some religious leaders don’t approve.

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Politicians have taken to churches over the Easter weekend in their numbers to campaign for the upcoming elections – but some religious leaders don’t approve.

On Good Friday, President Jacob Zuma started at the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God at Joburg’s Ellis Park stadium, where he asked congregants to vote for the ANC on May 7. He then went to a Hindu temple in Durban.

DA leader Helen Zille and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe are expected to attend the Zion Christian Church services in Moria, outside Polokwane, this morning.

DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane, an ordained pastor, was invited to deliver a sermon at the Believers’ Centre in Orlando, Soweto, today.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa yesterday told 2 000 worshippers at the Burning Bush Ministries in East London that they should be angry at the ANC for the Nkandla scandal as it had given them Zuma.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota was scheduled to attend two churches in Soweto yesterday afternoon. But while congregants welcomed them, the SA Council of Churches (Sacc) was not as enthusiastic.

Sacc’s general secretary, Mautji Pataki, said: “Congregants belong to all political parties. We cannot afford to divide their divine attention by political ideology.

“We cannot stop [politicians] from coming to churches, but what we are calling for is restraint. When they come, it should be for worship, not to canvass for membership,” he said.

Zuma addressed Universal Church of the Kingdom of God members from the stadium pitch on Friday, saying that they should vote in honour of ANC leaders like Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela.

“In their memory, let South Africans come out in their millions to vote on May 7 in celebration of this hard-won right to choose a government of our choice, the ANC,” he said.

Church members at the packed stadium sang Zuma’s favourite song, Awuleth’ Umshini Wami, as he entered the venue. He did not join in.

Later though, he sang Inde lendlela.

Church spokesperson Nametso Mofokeng said Zuma was invited in his capacity as the president of the country, not as the ANC leader.

“We know and believe what the Bible says, that if you pray for authorities and the leader of the nation you will be blessed. “Church members know that the church does not involve itself in politics,” she said.

Holomisa told worshippers the UDM would not waste its time on the impeachment of Zuma.

“The ANC made Zuma president of South Africa. They must deal with him. There is already a precedent where they removed President [Thabo] Mbeki when they did not want him. They must do the same with Zuma,” Holomisa said to wild applause.

The Rhema Bible Church did not have any official visits from politicians over the Easter weekend after a visit by Zuma before the 2009 elections sparked controversy among congregants.

Zuma was ANC president at the time and had not yet been appointed as the country’s president.

Church spokesperson Giet Khosa said: “Politicians are welcome in our church, but we don’t allow them on the platform to campaign. “But anybody is welcome to attend our church to praise and to worship God and to listen to the message.”

Maimane, a regular churchgoer, said he would go to the Believers’ Centre in Orlando today to “hear and to respond” about “where they are as a church”.

The church is being threatened with eviction by the City of Joburg.

Maimane said churches should not be “co-opted” by political parties. “The church should be more like a stakeholder in holding government to account,” he said.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said there was nothing wrong with politicians going to churches. “People who attend churches are not immune to political developments in a country,” he said.

“The politicians are often invited to attend churches, they don’t impose themselves. “For us as the ANC, churches remain important,” Khoza said, adding that the party’s first leader was a priest and that many churches, including Sacc, had supported the struggle against apartheid.

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