City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:45:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Travel – Maputo on foot http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/travel-maputo-foot/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=travel-maputo-foot http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/travel-maputo-foot/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:45:39 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=127568 One of Maputo’s treasures is the indomitable Jane Flood, whose enthusiastic walking tours of the city can be discovered on her Facebook page, Maputo a Pé. In particular, the tours explore the city’s unique architectural heritage. These are some of our faves

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TROPICAL MODERNISM

While Europe was recovering from Word War 2, Mozambique and Angola had an influx of funds ill-gotten from Portugal´s neutral position.

Many who sought to escape the conservative regime in Portugal came to Maputo to discover the joys of the Paris of Africa.

So João Tinoco and José Forjaz and home-grown Pancho Guedes enjoyed the freedom to shape the city, originally under Mesquita, the city engineer.

At first, the weathered concrete and dated forms of tropical modern buildings make little impression on a visitor. Yet, as the eye discovers the historical importance of this vernacular, seemingly ugly, multistorey buildings become ever more beautiful.

What’s curious is that this style of architecture is most prominent in Brazil’s metropoles and in parts of Joburg like Hillbrow.

Elements to look out for include the brise soleil with dramatic cantilever effects. Other equally captivating examples include the Moz Bank near Café Continental, Predio Abreu, Santos e Rocha facing the station and Polana Mar, all a stone’s throw away from the famous Polana Hotel.

ART SAFARI

This walk gives you a crash course in the best of Mozambican art, access to artists’ studios like Gonçalo Mabunda – represented by Tilandia Gallery, which has an extensive selection of Malangatana Ngwenyas and other contemporary artists’ pieces such as Victor Sousa and Butcheca.

Catch up with the current exhibitions. The murals of Naguib and other decorations on house fronts provide art lovers with the rare opportunity to see Makonde wood carvers at work.

By special arrangement, you can find yourself surrounded by the expressive pieces of younger, upcoming artists at the Fabo Gallery at Eduardo Mondlane University.

For a reasonable fee, travellers and locals alike can visit sculptor Pekiwa.

The sculpture garden is a glimpse of magic, and visitors can have a delicious lunch while enjoying the grace and beauty of salt flats and flamingos.

8 MUST-SEE WALKING TOUR SIGHTS

. The lively and colourful central market, which was a key location during the filming of Blood Diamond.

. Eiffel’s Iron House (known to locals as Casa de Feirro) is a marvel built during the rubber boom in the late 19th century.

. The Long Street red-light area of Rua de Bagamoyo is one of the spots where you can buy authentic Mozambican collectables.

. Fortaleza de Maputo, a fortress that was built by the Dutch in 1721.

. Horta dos Banianes, the botanical garden in central downtown, is an explosion of exotic plants.

. A centre of Mozambican arts and culture, The Art Nucleus, also serves as an association house for artists exploring the region’s works.

. The iconic Roman Catholic cathedral at Independence Square.

. The Samora Machel Monument, which faces the cathedral as a reminder of the former statesman.

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DA: Bucket toilets rob people of their dignity http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/da-bucket-toilets-rob-people-dignity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=da-bucket-toilets-rob-people-dignity http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/da-bucket-toilets-rob-people-dignity/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:58:22 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128319 The DA will investigate the increase in the use of the bucket toilet system in the Eastern Cape.

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The DA will investigate the increase in the use of the bucket toilet system in the Eastern Cape.

“The DA will be initiating its own investigation to determine exactly in which areas of the province this has taken place,” said DA MP Kevin Mileham today.

The use of the bucket system was offensive and robbed people of their dignity.

“It is shocking that the problem persists on such a large scale in the Eastern Cape.”

The party would identify hotspots, report them to the SA Human Rights Commission and follow up to ensure that remedial action was implemented.

Mileham said the SAHRC should investigate the issue as a matter of urgency.

“The SAHRC must identify those local governments that are responsible and must enforce strong remedial actions to those responsible.”

Yesterday, a Statistics SA report showed that the use of the bucket toilet system had increased in three provinces between 2012 and 2013.

The Eastern Cape, North West, and KwaZulu-Natal reported increases, according to StatsSA’s Non-Financial Census of Municipalities, June 2013.

In the North West, 1481 households were using the bucket toilet system in 2012. This increased to 1750 in 2013.

In KwaZulu-Natal, no households were using the bucket system, but in 2013, 1585 were using it, according to StatsSA.

The number of households using the system in the Eastern Cape increased from 38 606 to 52 732. The province had the highest number of households using the bucket toilet system.

According to StatsSA, the number of households using the system decreased between 2012 and 2013 in Gauteng, the Western Cape, Northern Cape, and Free State.

In Gauteng, the number dropped from 160 to 58; in the Western Cape it decreased from 3804 to 2598; the Northern Cape decreased from 9286 to 8147, and the Free State went down from 35 214 to 31 032.

Limpopo reported no use of the bucket toilet system in 2012 or 2013, said StatsSA.

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Thuli Madonsela did her job very well – Numsa http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/thuli-madonsela-job-well-numsa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thuli-madonsela-job-well-numsa http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/thuli-madonsela-job-well-numsa/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:34:30 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128317 Numsa has condemned the ANC’s attacks on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

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Numsa has condemned the ANC’s attacks on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

The trade union today said it supported calls for President Jacob Zuma to repay a portion of public funds spent on his Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal residence.

“The National Union of Metalworkers of SA condemns in the strongest terms the vicious attacks directed at the office and person of the public protector, advocate Thuli Madonsela,” said the union.

“She … has simply done her job very well, courageously, professionally and as stipulated by both the liberal Constitution and relevant laws of South Africa.”

The war of words between Madonsela and the ruling party had taken a “dangerous, conspirational turn”. It said the ANC accused her of timing her leaked letter to the president to coincide with “legitimate demands” by the Economic Freedom Fighters for an answer from Zuma as to whether he will repay some of the R246 million spent on Nkandla.

Numsa said there could be “no better measure of the degree of rot, corruption and complete loss of revolutionary morality in the ANC and the SACP” than the fact that poor South Africans lacked adequate housing, while a quarter of a million rand in taxpayers’ money was spent on the president’s private home.

Numsa’s condemnation forms part of growing pressure on Zuma to respond to Madonsela’s recommendation that he reimburse the state for improvements at Nkandla unrelated to security.

The EFF said today it would go to court to fight its looming suspension from Parliament for staging an unprecedented protest in the National Assembly, in which its MPs chanted “pay back the money”.

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SA excels in health policy, fails in health outcomes http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/sa-excels-health-policy-fails-health-outcomes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sa-excels-health-policy-fails-health-outcomes http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/sa-excels-health-policy-fails-health-outcomes/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:22:47 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128315 South Africa has achieved much in health since the era of Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, but South Africans are still getting a raw deal.

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South Africa has achieved much in health since the era of Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, but South Africans are still getting a raw deal.

“We have poor health outcomes despite good policies,” Salim Abdool-Karim, director for the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa, told an SA Medical Association conference in Durban today.

“Health outcomes are disproportionately poor.”

He said since Tshabalala-Msimang stepped down as health minister in 2008, the government’s decision to implement the world’s biggest antiretroviral programmes had a major impact on South Africa’s mortality rate.

A quarter of all people in the world receiving antiretroviral treatment were in South Africa.

The rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission had fallen almost 10-fold, from 27% to 2.7% of newborn babies being infected.

There had been other improvements in health, such as a slight decline in tobacco consumption.

The country was unique in that it carried an exceptionally high health burden, he said.

Some 17% of all HIV infections globally occurred in South Africa while it had less than 1% of the world’s population.

The country had 5% of the world’s tuberculosis cases.

Injuries caused by violence were higher than the global average, with South Africa accounting for 1.3% of such injuries.

South Africa had 1% of the world’s non-communicable diseases, such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Abdool-Karim said there was a steady increase in these diseases.

South Africa was unique in that it was affected disproportionately by several health problems at the same time.

Bangladesh, which had a population of about 150 million, spent less money per person on health and yet all its health indicators, such as infant mortality, matched those of South Africa, with a population of about 53m.

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Don’t gamble with our education – Cosas http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/dont-use-education-bargaining-chip-protests-cosas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-use-education-bargaining-chip-protests-cosas http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/dont-use-education-bargaining-chip-protests-cosas/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:58:50 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128312 The Congress of SA Students (Cosas) has condemned the use of education as a lever during protests.

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The Congress of SA Students (Cosas) has condemned the use of education as a lever during protests.

“This is the same as community members who burn down government infrastructure to wage different struggles, which is walking three steps forward and two back,” said Cosas president Thlologelo Malatji today.

“The communities involved in these protests obviously did not weigh the protest they are currently involved in, the expected outcomes of it and the education of a learner…”

In Kuruman in the Northern Cape, a group calling themselves the Road Forum began protesting in June demanding that a 130km stretch of road in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality be tarred.

The protesters were barring pupils and staff from going to school, apparently to get the attention of the authorities.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga yesterday said 16 000 pupils from 54 schools in different villages were affected. Of these 496 were matriculants.

Motshekga was in the area on Wednesday to talk to the community, expecting to re-open the schools.

However, the community was adamant that the situation would not change.

Cosas today urged parents in the area to reconsider their strategy and said it would ask the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) to intervene.

“Cosas remains a students’ movement and our main concern in this whole issue is the learners,” said Malatji.

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MPs tell SIU to speed up investigations http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/mps-tell-siu-speed-investigations/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mps-tell-siu-speed-investigations http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/mps-tell-siu-speed-investigations/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:41:56 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128310 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is slow in its investigations, says the portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services.

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The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is slow in its investigations, says the portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services.

“The portfolio committee … is concerned about the slow pace of the investigations by the SIU into some entities of the department,” said chairperson Mmamoloka Kubayi today.

The committee received a report from SIU head Vasantrai Soni on progress in outstanding investigations into entities within the department, as proclaimed by President Jacob Zuma.

Kubayi urged the SIU to urgently find speedy resolutions.

SIU spokesperson Boy Ndala said he could not comment on the matter as he had not seen the committee’s comments.

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Petrol price drops by 67 cents a litre http://www.citypress.co.za/news/petrol-price-drops-67-cents-litre/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=petrol-price-drops-67-cents-litre http://www.citypress.co.za/news/petrol-price-drops-67-cents-litre/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:11:48 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128301 The price of all grades of petrol will drop by 67 cents a litre next week, says the energy department.

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The price of all grades of petrol will drop by 67 cents a litre next week, says the energy department.

The price of diesel would decrease by 25.38 cents a litre, and that of illuminating paraffin by 25 cents a litre.

The price of LP Gas would fall by R1.08 a kilogram.

The new prices would come into effect on Wednesday.

The department today said Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson had approved a retail margin increase of 4.2 cents a litre from Wednesday.

This increase was to accommodate the 9% salary increase for fuel pump attendants and cashiers.

 

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Is Weet-Bix South Africa’s number one cereal? http://www.citypress.co.za/news/weet-bix-south-africas-number-one-cereal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=weet-bix-south-africas-number-one-cereal http://www.citypress.co.za/news/weet-bix-south-africas-number-one-cereal/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:11:12 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128300 The Advertising Standards Authority has dismissed a complaint against Pioneer Foods for claiming Weet-Bix is “the number one cereal in South Africa”.

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The Advertising Standards Authority has dismissed a complaint against Pioneer Foods for claiming Weet-Bix is “the number one cereal in South Africa”.

“There appears to be nothing in the respondent’s television commercial that would suggest to consumers that the claim relates to value market share, as opposed to volume market share,” said the Advertising Standards Authority in its ruling today.

“The directorate also notes that the complainant provided no motivation for its submission that consumers may also interpret the claim to mean that Weet-Bix is the most preferred cereal brand in South Africa.”

Tiger Consumer Brands, which lodged the complaint, argued that consumers would interpret the claim to mean that Weet-Bix was bought by more consumers in South Africa than any other breakfast cereal.

It said this implied that Weet-Bix should be the number one breakfast cereal in South Africa by volume.

Tiger Consumer Brands submitted a slide from Nielsen, an information and measurement company, headed “in segment volume/value shares: RTE breakfast” (ready to eat breakfast), which showed that Kellogg’s had the highest share in the market for sales volumes for ready to eat breakfast cereals, and that Weet-Bix was second.

In response Pioneer Foods pointed out that the complainant’s comparison between Weet-Bix, a single product which was part of the Bokomo Foods brand, and the Kellogg’s brand, which consisted of a number of different products, was “unreasonable and irrelevant”.

The Advertising Standards Authority said: “The directorate agrees with the respondent that the relevant market share comparison in the present matter is not between Weet-Bix and Kellogg’s, but rather between Weet-Bix and other individual cereal products, including the individual products that fall under the Kellogg’s brand, such as Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Kellogg’s All Bran Flakes.”

The authority found that Pioneer Foods had not contravened the code of advertising practice.

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No Ebola cases in SA ‘but outbreak continues to accelerate’ http://www.citypress.co.za/news/ebola-cases-sa-outbreak-continues-accelerate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ebola-cases-sa-outbreak-continues-accelerate http://www.citypress.co.za/news/ebola-cases-sa-outbreak-continues-accelerate/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:24:15 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128282 There are no Ebola cases reported or confirmed in South Africa, the health department has said.

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There are no Ebola cases reported or confirmed in South Africa, the health department has said.

However, the total number of cases in the current outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone had risen to 3 069 probable and confirmed cases, spokesperson Popo Maja said today.

There had been 1 552 deaths.

“The outbreak continues to accelerate. More than 40% of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days,” he said.

“However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities. The overall death rate is 52%. It ranges from 42% in Sierra Leone to 66% in Guinea.”

A separate Ebola outbreak, not related to the one in west Africa, was laboratory confirmed on Tuesday by the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It was also detailed in a separate edition of the Disease Outbreak News of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“A detailed analysis by [the] WHO of exactly where transmission is occurring – by district level – and of time trends is ongoing,” Maja said.

“Preliminary results show that cases are still concentrated – 62% of all reported cases since the beginning of the outbreak – in the epicentre of the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where cases continue to rise.”

Capital cities were of particular concern, owing to their population density and repercussions for travel and trade.

The WHO and its partner organisations were on the ground establishing Ebola treatment centres, and strengthening capacity for laboratory testing, contact tracing, social mobilisation, safe burials, and non-Ebola health care.

“The WHO continues to monitor for reports of rumoured or suspected cases from countries around the world and systematic verification of these cases is ongoing,” Maja said.

“Countries are encouraged to continue engaging in active surveillance and preparedness activities.”

The health department continued to monitor the situation and would keep South African citizens informed, he said.

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Court gives Portia Sizani ultimatum in R1.2m ‘ghost’ teacher fraud trial http://www.citypress.co.za/news/court-gives-portia-sizani-ultimatum-r1-2m-ghost-teacher-fraud-trial/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=court-gives-portia-sizani-ultimatum-r1-2m-ghost-teacher-fraud-trial http://www.citypress.co.za/news/court-gives-portia-sizani-ultimatum-r1-2m-ghost-teacher-fraud-trial/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:02:57 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128276 Portia “Pankie” Sizani, has been warned by the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court that if she does not show up for her trial, she will face arrest.

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Portia “Pankie” Sizani, has been warned by the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court that if she does not show up for her trial, she will face arrest.

Sizani (46), the wife of ANC parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani, appeared in court for the 10th day today.

She faces 31 counts of fraud and money laundering for allegedly creating “ghost” teachers and pocketing their salaries when she was coordinator of the provincial education department’s Early Childhood Development unit.

The alleged offences occurred between 2009 and 2010, when Sizani allegedly falsified documents of Grade R teachers in and around Port Elizabeth and defrauded the department of more than R1.2 million.

Today, while postponing the matter to January 26 next year, magistrate Mputumi Mpofu warned Sizani to come to court on that date or face possible arrest. She is out on warning.

“Mrs Sizani you are warned to be here in court at 9am on January 26, failing which a warrant for your arrest would be issued,” said Mpofu.

The magistrate’s warning comes after the trial was postponed for a year due to Sizani’s alleged illness.

Earlier in the trial, Mpofu issued a warrant of arrest for a witness, Ntombikhaya Dinge, after she was called to court three times to no avail.

The matter was postponed after the defence argued that, apart from the two weeks set down for the trial, they did not have another two weeks between now and the end of the year to commence with the proceedings.

“The time for which this trial was set has lapsed and now we are obliged to find another suitable date,” said Mpofu.

Today’s proceedings began with state witness Bukeka Mbambisa telling the court that Sizani was “lying” that she did not intend to mislead anyone or defraud the department nor was she aware that money deposited to the witness (Mbambisa) unlawfully.

Mbambisa told the court that Sizani informed her that R16 000 would be deposited in her account from the department of education and instructed her (Mbambisa) to deposit R12 000 for the accused (Sizani) and keep the rest.

Mbambisa said this transaction was done after she had asked Sizani for a job as a Grade R teacher.

She said Sizani promised her the job despite the fact that she was not qualified.

“I deposited the amount of R12 000 in Mrs Sizani’s Standard Bank account as she had instructed me,” she told court.

But when asked by defence advocate Johan Wessels why she kept money she had neither worked for nor was entitled to, she said she was following Sizani’s instructions.

“At the appropriate time we will argue that you are the most evasive witness,” said Wessels.

Wessels accused Mbambisa of evading the questions and put it to her that she was an accomplice in whatever the state was alleging to have taken place.

Mbambisa also conceded under cross examination that she had lied when she told the police in her statement that she had worked for the R3 300 she was told to keep.

“I thought Mrs Sizani was doing the right thing by giving me that money. She was at the department and I was unemployed. I did not know she was breaking the law,” said Mbambisa.

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