City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:19:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jacob Zuma appoints Thomas Moyane as Sars commissioner http://www.citypress.co.za/business/jacob-zuma-appoints-thomas-moyane-sars-commissioner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jacob-zuma-appoints-thomas-moyane-sars-commissioner http://www.citypress.co.za/business/jacob-zuma-appoints-thomas-moyane-sars-commissioner/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:19:03 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=131859 Thomas Swabihi Moyane has been appointed commissioner of the South African Revenue Service.

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Thomas Swabihi Moyane has been appointed commissioner of the South African Revenue Service.

Moyane replaces Ivan Pillay, who acted in the position after the resignation of former commissioner, Oupa Magashula.

Spokesperson for the presidency, Mac Maharaj, said today that Moyane’s appointment is effective from Saturday. He had been appointed by President Jacob Zuma in terms of section six of the South African Revenue Services Act.

Magashula resigned in July last year following an investigation into allegations that he offered a chartered accountant a job at Sars.

Magashula allegedly offered the accountant a job in a recorded telephone conversation facilitated by a Timothy Marimuthu, believed to have had influence over Magashula.

The investigation was initiated by former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.

Maharaj said Moyane, a development economist, would bring more than 30 years’ experience to the position, having worked as a senior executive in various government and private sector entities.

“Moyane has served as national commissioner at the department of correctional services, chief executive of the Government Printing Works, managing director of Engen Mozambique as well as regional coordinator for the regional spatial development initiatives, and as chief director for industry and enterprise development at the department of trade and industry,” he said.

His qualifications included a BSc in economics from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, and a diploma in small business consulting from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Moyane also holds certificates in strategic management and managing markets from Henley Business School, microeconomics from the London School of Economics and mastering finance from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

“During his period in exile, he worked for government departments in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau,” Maharaj said.

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DA challenges SABC’s Ellen Tshabalala to face the music http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/da-challenges-sabcs-ellen-tshabalala-face-music/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=da-challenges-sabcs-ellen-tshabalala-face-music http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/da-challenges-sabcs-ellen-tshabalala-face-music/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:52:24 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=131856 The Democratic Alliance has urged SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala not to resign and rather face a parliamentary inquiry that she lied about her qualification.

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The Democratic Alliance has urged SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala not to resign and rather face a parliamentary inquiry that she lied about her qualification.

Reacting to media reports that Tshabalala would be asked to jump ship following a push for her resignation during an ANC national executive committee meeting held at the weekend, DA MP Gavin Davis today said this would result in a scheduled parliamentary inquiry being scrapped.

“This will rob us of an opportunity to ascertain once and for all whether she lied to Parliament when she claimed to have a BCom and diploma from the University of South Africa,” Davis said.

“Ms Tshabalala has consistently denied lying about her qualifications. The parliamentary inquiry is an ideal opportunity for her to prove her innocence.”

The inquiry was meant to start on Thursday, but was postponed to October 14 to give her an opportunity to prepare for the hearing.

“If Ms Tshabalala does decide to jump before she is pushed, she should be aware that the case against her will not go away,” Davis said.

“Lying to Parliament may amount to perjury, which is a criminal offence.”

Last week, the portfolio committee on communications recommended she be suspended pending the outcome of the hearing.

Only President Jacob Zuma, who is the appointing authority, can suspend her from her duties.

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Only faith keeps some buildings standing http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/faith-keeps-buildings-standing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=faith-keeps-buildings-standing http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/faith-keeps-buildings-standing/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:45:21 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=131348 Nigeria is the African country with the most Christians (80 million) and also the African country with the most Muslims (also 80 million). Religion is everywhere. As is poverty. Dozens of small churches populate almost every suburban street and backstreet in Lagos.

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Construction regulations in Nigeria are regularly flouted, leading to the ­regular collapse of structures in a country where corruption is rife

Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria. President Jacob Zuma announced on Tuesday that at least 67 South Africans died when the multistorey guesthouse, which housed Nigerian and foreign followers of the popular preacher and televangelist, TB Joshua, collapsed on September 12. Picture: AP

Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria. President Jacob Zuma announced on Tuesday that at least 67 South Africans died when the multistorey guesthouse, which housed Nigerian and foreign followers of the popular preacher and televangelist, TB Joshua, collapsed on September 12. Picture: AP

Nigeria is the African country with the most Christians (80 million) and also the African country with the most Muslims (also 80 million). Religion is everywhere. As is poverty. Dozens of small churches populate almost every suburban street and backstreet in Lagos.

But it is just outside the city where the giants stand: enormous temples of hope with names like Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (capacity: 200 000) on the highway to Ibadan; TB Joshua’s own church where last week’s tragedy occurred; and Winners Chapel, where glamorous bishop David Oyedepo boasts his temple’s roof stays up thanks to mercy from above (it seats 50 000 people).

And this is part of the problem – so many roofs and buildings in Nigeria are still standing on just a wing and a prayer.

Collapsing buildings in Lagos, a pulsating megacity of about 18 million people, is a common occurrence.

Building regulations are regularly flouted, cement is mixed with sand and despite many efforts to curb corruption, bribery is common, especially if you need a certificate that says “this building is safe”.

Everything is up for sale, and even fear is peddled.

Joshua’s own explanation for the catastrophe was that a mysterious aircraft somehow managed to sabotage the multistorey building by flying over it shortly before the collapse.

He also blamed Islamic militants, who, as Boko Haram, have abducted and slaughtered thousands of people in recent years, especially in the north, in their effort to enforce the creation of an Islamic caliphate.

In April, more than 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok. They are still missing.

Their proven blood lust makes the extremists a credible scapegoat. Video footage made available by Joshua shows something that looks like an aeroplane flying low over the building before it collapses in a cloud of dust.

The authenticity of the video has not been confirmed and conspiracy theories like these abound in this superstitious country, even if relief organisations have ruled out foul play.

The more banal explanation for the deadly collapse is the alleged unlawful construction of additional floors on top of Joshua’s guesthouse. We don’t yet know the real reason for the disaster.

The hundreds of people who go to Lagos with the hope of finding spiritual revival or a cure for deadly disease become the innocent victims of prophets who are seen as infallible.

And who can blame the millions of Nigerians who stream to Joshua and other merchants of hope?

Government institutions are so eroded by nepotism and fraud, it really is only the churches that can say with any authority: “Believe in us.”

Pelser was Media24’s bureau chief in Lagos in 2007 and 2008, and is now the editor of Rapport

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http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/faith-keeps-buildings-standing/feed/ 0 Rescue workers Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria. President Jacob Zuma announced on Tuesday that at least 67 South Africans died when the multistorey guesthouse, which housed Nigerian and foreign followers of the popular preacher and televangelist, TB Joshua, collapsed on September 12. Picture: AP
Please mind my language http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/please-mind-language/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=please-mind-language http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/please-mind-language/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:45:05 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=131335 Writer Frantz Fanon said: “To speak ... means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of civilisation.” Language represents a particular way of representing, articulating and thus being in the world. Its significance cannot be stressed enough.

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Writer Frantz Fanon said: “To speak … means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of civilisation.”

Language represents a particular way of representing, articulating and thus being in the world. Its significance cannot be stressed enough.

Nomvula Mokonyane’s Sesotho statement being poorly translated has been another episode of the systemic obsession with fashioning into English things that cannot live there.

You learn early on that despite being in the majority, English is the lingua franca. Intelligence and competency continue to be judged, and respect apportioned, according to how well it is spoken.

Throughout my schooling in so-called white schools (which are really just schools that privileged whiteness, English and Afrikaans), I couldn’t speak one of the other five languages I speak.

This was even during breaktime, when I was among other vernacular-language speakers, which then at some point became a punishable offence.

Vernacular languages exist in special places outside of the centre. ‘Ukuphapha’ is one of the most perfect words in my lexicon. It leaps and arrives at the thing it describes with vitality and fullness.

That thing, ‘ukuphapha’, does not live in English. And an attempt to explain or translate it strips it of its essence. It becomes a lacklustre ‘overzealous’ or ‘overexcitement’.

It’s also not just about translations. The failure to spell words correctly does the same. The pervasive ‘Mzansi’ is not the same as ‘mzantsi’, which means “South Africa” by loosely referring to its position on the African continent.

The failure to articulate words correctly also takes away the meaning and significance.

‘Kulula’ (a word meaning “easy”) is not the same as ‘khulula’ (the normative pronunciation), which means “to undress” in isiXhosa. ‘Mpumalanga’ becoming

‘Ma-pumalanga’ no longer means “the place where the sun rises”.

Poet Warsan Shire speaks of once hating her name because people refused to respect and acknowledge it, therefore refusing to respect and acknowledge her.

To borrow from Shire, the breaking of names to fit tongues that refuse to form around them is not just about Mokonyane and Sesotho. It’s about whose lexicon we use to understand and exist in the world.

There is also enough privileging of hegemony at all times. This very piece is that.

It is okay that there is no English equivalent of ‘ukuphapha’. There needn’t be.

In the same way that “je ne sais quoi” is alive in French.

Those privileged enough to be accommodated in the dominant language and culture also need to learn to sit out some conversations.

The world needn’t and will not always include you.

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Manchester United ‘needs massive investment on new players’ http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/manchester-united-needs-massive-investment-new-players/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=manchester-united-needs-massive-investment-new-players http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/manchester-united-needs-massive-investment-new-players/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:33:33 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=131852 Manchester United, who spent £150 million (about R2.7 billion) on new players in the summer, might need to spend another £100 million before they can compete for the Premier League title, according to former defender Phil Neville.

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London – Manchester United, who spent £150 million (about R2.7 billion) on new players in the summer, might need to spend another £100 million before they can compete for the Premier League title, according to former defender Phil Neville.

United’s defenders have been savaged in the media after squandering a 3-1 lead to lose 5-3 at Leicester City on Sunday but Neville, who won six Premier League titles with United, said he was not surprised at what happened.

“I know United have spent £150 million,” Neville told BBC Radio 5 live.

“I think there’s another two transfer windows of similar amounts of money needed – maybe 100 million – before they can even think about winning the title.

“There are still key positions in the team that need filling.

“I think the centre back position is obviously the key area,” Neville added. “Holding midfield or centre midfield needs addressing too.”

The imbalance in the United team was glaringly obvious on Sunday with Robin van Persie, Ángel di María, Ander Herrera, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney looking dangerous going forward.

But United’s defending was shambolic, leaving new coach Louis van Gaal needing to fix the problems urgently if United are going to launch any kind of bid for the top four positions, never mind the title, this season.

To add to his problems, Jonny Evans went off injured, leaving the ground on crutches and with his foot in a protective boot, and young defender Tyler Blackett, who has played in all five league matches at centre-half, was sent off and will be suspended from Saturday’s game against West Ham at Old Trafford.

United signed forward Di María, midfielder Herrera, defenders Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind but did not sign a top-class centre back to replace the departed Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidić.

Neville, who was on the coaching staff at United last season, said there was a good reason for that.

“That squad needed quality, not just run-of-the-mill players, they needed world-class players, and there were no world-class centre backs out there,” he said.

“I think that’s why in the next two transfer windows, United might still be looking for that world-class defender.

“I am certain Chris Smalling will come good and I have full faith in Phil Jones as well. They’ve bought a lot of foreign players; you don’t get rid of your English spine.”

United have made a worse start to this season than they did a year ago when David Moyes was starting his short-lived stint as manager.

They are currently 12th with five points and one win from five games, leaving them eight points behind early pacesetters Chelsea.

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Deny TB Joshua a visa – ANC Youth League http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/deny-tb-joshua-visa-anc-youth-league/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deny-tb-joshua-visa-anc-youth-league http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/deny-tb-joshua-visa-anc-youth-league/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:28:47 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=131850 The government should not issue a visa to Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, the ANC Youth League has said.

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The government should not issue a visa to Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, the ANC Youth League has said.

“TB Joshua should not be allowed to come to South Africa until we know what happened to our fellow countrymen at his church,” spokesperson Bandile Masuku said today.

“We will make sure we engage with the department of international relations and cooperation to make sure they do not issue him with a South African visa.”

About 115 people, including 84 South Africans, were killed and dozens trapped when the multistorey guesthouse attached to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, run by Joshua, collapsed on Friday, September 12.

About 350 South Africans were thought to be visiting the church, in the Ikotun neighbourhood of Lagos, at the time.

Joshua is one of Nigeria’s best-known evangelical preachers and is referred to by followers across the world as “The Prophet” or “The Man of God”. On Sunday he pledged to travel to South Africa to meet the survivors and their families.

Yesterday, 25 South Africans injured in the collapse arrived at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria.

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Film and Publication Board fires employees for porn movie theft http://www.citypress.co.za/news/film-publication-board-fires-employees-porn-movie-theft/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=film-publication-board-fires-employees-porn-movie-theft http://www.citypress.co.za/news/film-publication-board-fires-employees-porn-movie-theft/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:15:50 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=131847 Two men have been dismissed by the Film and Publication Board after they tried to steal an unclassified pornographic movie.

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Two men have been dismissed by the Film and Publication Board after they tried to steal an unclassified pornographic movie.

“Their case was finalised in August, and they were dismissed at the beginning of this month for trying to steal a copy of the film,” the organisation’s Sipho Risiba said today.

The board classifies all film material distributed in South Africa.

The two men were caught on a CCTV camera trying to steal a copy of the Venda movie Bush Pie 3. The film is yet to be released.

Risiba could not comment on whether the process to classify the film was completed and when it would be released to the public.

“I do not have information regarding that as I am currently not in the office,” he said.

Risiba referred queries to a legal officer for the board, a Mr Kekana. He refused to comment about the film or the employees’ case. He said he was not the organisation’s spokesperson and therefore Risiba should comment or ask him in writing to comment.

The Venda film, produced by Thohoyandou porn mogul Zwoluga Madega, reportedly drew criticism this year from religious leaders and the Venda community.

The film was shot in Manyuwa, Venda, and the cast wore traditional Venda attire.

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21 000 Ebola cases by November if no changes http://www.citypress.co.za/news/21-000-ebola-cases-november-changes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=21-000-ebola-cases-november-changes http://www.citypress.co.za/news/21-000-ebola-cases-november-changes/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:40:28 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=131840 New estimates from the World Health Organisation warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21 000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up.

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London – New estimates from the World Health Organisation warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21 000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up.

Since the first cases were reported six months ago, the tally of cases in West Africa has reached an estimated 5 800 illnesses. WHO officials say cases are continuing to increase exponentially and Ebola could sicken people for years to come without better control measures.

In recent weeks, health officials worldwide have stepped up efforts to provide aid but the virus is still spreading. There aren’t enough hospital beds, health workers or even soap and water in the hardest-hit West African countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

“We’re beginning to see some signs in the response that gives us hope this increase in cases won’t happen,” said Christopher Dye, the WHO’s director of strategy and study co-author, who acknowledged the predictions come with a lot of uncertainties.

“This is a bit like weather forecasting. We can do it a few days in advance, but looking a few weeks or months ahead is very difficult.”

They also calculated the death rate to be about 70% among hospitalised patients but noted that many Ebola cases were only identified after they died. So far, about 2 800 deaths have been attributed to Ebola. Dye said there was no proof Ebola was more infectious or deadly than in previous outbreaks.

The WHO is just one of the groups that have attempted to calculate the epidemic’s future toll.

Today, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to release its own predictions for only Liberia and Sierra Leone – the two West African countries that recently have shown the steadiest and most alarming spread of cases.

CDC scientists conclude there may be as many as 21 000 reported and unreported cases in just those two countries as soon as the end of this month, according to a draft version of the report. They also predict that the two countries could have a staggering 550 000 to 1.4 million cases by late January.

The agency’s numbers seem “somewhat pessimistic” and do not account for infection control efforts already under way, said Dr Richard Wenzel, a Virginia Commonwealth University scientist who formerly led the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

Other outside experts questioned WHO’s projections and said Ebola’s spread would ultimately be slowed not only by containment measures but by changes in people’s behaviour.

“It’s a big assumption that nothing will change in the current outbreak response,” said Dr Armand Sprecher, an infectious diseases specialist at Doctors Without Borders.

“Ebola outbreaks usually end when people stop touching the sick,” he said. “The outbreak is not going to end tomorrow but there are things we can do to reduce the case count.”

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‘Old naked people’ on the beach ‘will help with economic growth’ http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/old-naked-people-beach-will-help-economic-growth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=old-naked-people-beach-will-help-economic-growth http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/old-naked-people-beach-will-help-economic-growth/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:23:48 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=131836 The Hibiscus Coast municipality will today hear an application for a nudist beach on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.

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The Hibiscus Coast municipality will today hear an application for a nudist beach on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.

“Having a naturist beach would help the area for economic growth,” said Athol Lutge, chairperson of the South African National Naturists Association, which brought the application.

“There would be more international and local visitors. There is a huge amount of money that comes in with naturist visitors.”

The council was expected to let the association know its decision tomorrow morning.

Lutge said they wanted the Mpenjati beach, between Palm beach and Trafalgar, to become a nudist beach.

He argued that France made R3.5 million a year on naturist visitors.

“For them, this would be a cheap holiday.”

A debate on the matter was held yesterday. More than 100 local residents were for it and less than half that number were against it, he said. Those who were against it were narrow-minded, he said.

The Times newspaper quoted some residents at the meeting who were against the move.

“According to our bylaws, nudity is not allowed. If people want to be nude, I have no problem with it,” Trafalgar resident Reyna Joubert was quoted as saying.

“I walk around nude in my house. But when I look at myself in the mirror I think I look like those old naked people on the beach. Everything droops. I don’t want to look at drooping boobs and buttocks on our beach.”

Another resident Amanda Foster, who was in favour of the nudist beach, was quoted as saying: “I would want to enjoy a day at the beach with my family as naturists. Am I weird because I am a mother and a grandmother who wants to be free and naked on the beach?”

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Stellenbosch University in new blackface scandal http://www.citypress.co.za/news/stellenbosch-university-new-blackface-scandal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stellenbosch-university-new-blackface-scandal http://www.citypress.co.za/news/stellenbosch-university-new-blackface-scandal/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:32:43 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=131820 Stellenbosch University is the latest tertiary institution to find itself at the centre of a blackface scandal after a photo showing two students covered in a black paint-type substance was shared on social media.

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Stellenbosch University is the latest tertiary institution to find itself at the centre of a blackface scandal after a photo showing two students covered in a black paint-type substance was shared on social media.

In the photo the two students are supposed to be dressed as United States tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams. They were attending a 21st party.

The caption on the photo reads: “Hanging out with the Williams sisters last night at the Boli’s [sic] 21st. Let’s hope they don’t get kicked out the varsity for this one!”

The photo was widely shared on Twitter with many calling for the students to be expelled.

The university’s spokesperson Martin Viljoen told News24 the institution was trying to verify if those pictured were in fact Stellenbosch University students.

He said he had only just heard about the incident and didn’t think the university’s management had any knowledge of it.

The university was expected to release a statement later today.

The incident comes a few months after two University of Pretoria students came under fire for dressing up as domestic workers and smearing themselves in dark brown paint.

The University of Pretoria said there was an ongoing investigation.

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