City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:38:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Just how good is AB de Villiers? http://www.citypress.co.za/news/just-good-ab-de-villiers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=just-good-ab-de-villiers http://www.citypress.co.za/news/just-good-ab-de-villiers/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:37:51 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=156173 Auckland – Pakistan captain Misbah ul-Haq rates the South Africa captain as the best one-day batsman in the world, which certainly confirms the International Cricket Council rankings.

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Auckland – Pakistan captain Misbah ul-Haq rates the South Africa captain as the best one-day batsman in the world, which certainly confirms the International Cricket Council rankings.

South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn says watching AB de Villiers develop over the years has been like watching the character Neo in the movie The Matrix.

De Villiers’ performance could be pivotal when South Africa play Pakistan in a Cricket World Cup Pool B match tomorrow at Auckland’s Eden Park. Pakistan are desperate to win and secure a spot in the quarterfinals, while South Africa want to continue their run of good form.

Rain is threatening to interrupt the match, a factor which could push both teams into batting more aggressively to ensure they maintain high run rates.

New Zealand’s MetService is predicting moderate rain showers to hit during the day-night match, a slight improvement from previous forecasts predicting heavy showers. The covers remained on the pitch much of today as showers came and went.

South Africa have three wins and one loss from their four matches. They scored more than 400 runs in each of their last two games, against the West Indies and Ireland, winning each game by more than 200 runs.

Against the West Indies, De Villiers was sublime, stroking an unbeaten 162 off 66 balls. He reached his century off 52 balls, the second-fastest in any World Cup game.

Misbah said Pakistan have some good bowlers who had a plan against De Villiers and who could put pressure on him.

“But the only way of stopping AB is just try to get him out,” he added. “That’s the only way I think. Otherwise, if he’s there, it’s not easy to stop him.”

Steyn joked that the way to stop De Villiers might be to try to trip him on the way out of his hotel.

“He’s just playing shots that I don’t think most people have ever seen before,” he said.

Steyn, who began his first-class career with De Villiers, said he remembers a talented young batsman scoring a 50 in each of his first two innings and then just continuing to get better.

“It’s like watching The Matrix movie really,” he said. “There’s Neo for you right there. Like he just doesn’t understand how good he is … I think he’s actually figured out now there is no roof or cap on how good he can possible be. It’s limitless what he can do.”

Pakistan have had a shaky start in the World Cup. After losing their first two games against India and the West Indies, the 1992 champions picked up four points with wins over Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates.

Misbah rejected the idea that Pakistan’s top-order batsmen, none of whom have career strike rates above 80, need to be more aggressive. He said the team have often lost early wickets and those batsmen have been required to rebuild the innings.

A strong bowling attack, he said, ensured that if Pakistan scored more than 250 runs they could put pressure on any opponent.

“We have our targets and we play according to our strengths,” he said.

“The kind of start we had in the last game, if we can really repeat it against the top sides, we could really manage to score 300.”

Meanwhile, Steyn said it had been hard to concentrate on cricket over the last couple of days with his mind on the wildfires in his home of Cape Town. The fires have destroyed homes and caused hundreds of people to evacuate. Steyn said he was in Canberra, the Australian capital, when he took a frightening call.

“The people who were looking after my house called me and said ‘Listen, you’ve got five minutes, we’re evacuating this place, what do you want us to take out of your house?’” Steyn said.

“I’ve never been more scared in my life. I’m sitting halfway across the world, and everything that I’ve ever earned, or got in my life – every wicket, every ball, every bit of clothing in my 31 years – is in that house.”

He said other players on the team were also affected, and the lawn of retired all-rounder Jacques Kallis was in flames. But he said firefighters and volunteers had done a tremendous job beating back the fires.

 

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Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/harrison-ford-injured-small-plane-crash/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=harrison-ford-injured-small-plane-crash http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/harrison-ford-injured-small-plane-crash/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:41:06 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=156186 Harrison Ford crash-landed his World War II-era aeroplane yesterday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries as he used his years of piloting prowess to bring down the plane on a golf course and avoid nearby homes in what one expert called a beautifully executed manoeuvre.

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Harrison Ford crash-landed his World War II-era aeroplane yesterday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries as he used his years of piloting prowess to bring down the plane on a golf course and avoid nearby homes in what one expert called a beautifully executed manoeuvre.

It was the latest and most serious in a series of crashes and close calls for the 72-year-old action-adventure A-lister, who like his Star Wars alter-ego Han Solo has a taste for aerial thrills. He was pulled from the plane by golfers and course workers who saw it come down short of the runway at Santa Monica Municipal Airport, and was taken by ambulance to a hospital conscious and breathing.

He was pulled from the plane and given initial help by doctors who happened to be playing golf on the course that is right next to the airport, Los Angeles fire officials said.

A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed.

A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed.

Ford’s publicist Ina Treciokas said Ford had no other choice but to make an emergency landing. She said his injuries “are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery”.

Ford took off from the airport at 2pm (midnight South African time) About 20 minutes later, he told the tower he had engine failure and was making an immediate return, according to a recording posted by the website LiveATC.net.

The plane had been flying at about 914 metres and hit a tree on the way down, according to witnesses and officials.

The plane, a yellow 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR with stars on its wings, was upright and mostly intact after the crash. No one on the ground was hurt.

“I would say that this is an absolutely beautifully executed – what we would call – a forced or emergency landing, by an unbelievably well-trained pilot,” said Christian Fry of the Santa Monica Airport Association.

Ford had a cut to his forehead and scraped arms, but it wasn’t clear what internal injuries he may have had, Los Angeles Fire Chief Patrick Butler said.

“He wasn’t a bloody mess. He was alert. He had good vitals,” Butler said.

The bystanders pulled him from the plane because they were afraid it might explode or catch fire, Butler said.

Eddie Agoglia (47) was golfing on the eighth hole at the course. He said he looked up and saw the vintage plane with “US Army” on its underside.

“The engine gave a little sputter” and died, he said.

Jeff Kuprycz, another golfer, said the plane “banked sharply to the left” then went down.

“There was no explosion or anything. It just sounded like a car hitting the ground or a tree or something,” Kuprycz said.

Ford is cast to play the swashbuckling Solo in his fourth Star Wars movie, set for release in December. The original Star Wars in 1977 made Ford an overnight star. He later played whip-slinging archaeologist Indiana Jones in four hugely popular movies.

Shooting on Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shut down for several weeks last July after Ford broke his leg during filming at the Pinewood Studios outside London. The accident involved the spacecraft door of the Millennium Falcon, which makes a return in the highly anticipated film.

Ford got his pilot’s licence in the 1990s and has made headlines with his flying before, though he had never been significantly injured doing it.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash in a process that could take up to a year before a final report. Safety board investigator Patrick Jones said “we’re going to look at everything: weather, man, the machine”.

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Cape Town fire ‘under control’ http://www.citypress.co.za/news/cape-town-fire-control/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cape-town-fire-control http://www.citypress.co.za/news/cape-town-fire-control/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:29:37 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=156187 The fire which broke out in the South Peninsula of Cape Town last weekend is finally under control.

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The fire which broke out in the South Peninsula of Cape Town last weekend is finally under control.

“It’s just [a case of] monitoring all the flare-ups now,” Cape Town Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said today.

She said there was a “situation” at the Cape Point Nature Reserve but it had been sorted out and was now fine.

The firefighting efforts were scaled back yesterday.

The City of Cape Town said a stop-go system was in place on Boyes Drive but Chapman’s Peak Drive remained closed because it was “unsafe” for road users.

The fire started on Sunday and was contained, but flared up again just after 2am on Monday in Muizenberg above Boyes Drive. It was fanned by strong winds.

It spread to Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, and Tokai.

The city’s Fire Safety Division confirmed on Wednesday that 13 properties were affected by the fire.

These included the Tintswalo Lodge at the foot of Chapman’s Peak.

Three of the properties – two in Constantia and one in Noordhoek – were completely destroyed.

By Wednesday, 500 people had been evacuated since the fire began.

Fifty-two frail-care residents from a Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation.

More than 2 000 people were helping to quell the fire on Wednesday, the environmental affairs department said at the time.

A total of 26 aircraft had been in the air since Sunday, Nqayi said.

The 198 hours already flown cost an estimated R2.4 million.

About two million litres of water had been dumped on the fire in about 2 000 water drops.

The helicopters used to water-bomb the flames had to stand down because of the smoke and the weather.

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Pics – Platinum locks, bare breasts and lingerie at Paris fashion week http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/pics-platinum-locks-bare-breasts-lingerie-paris-fashion-week/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pics-platinum-locks-bare-breasts-lingerie-paris-fashion-week http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/pics-platinum-locks-bare-breasts-lingerie-paris-fashion-week/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:20:50 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=156168 Kim Kardashian made a fashion statement of her own at Balmain’s show yesterday, showing off new platinum locks. But the reality star wasn’t the only one proving her blonde ambition at Paris Fashion Week.

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Kim Kardashian made a fashion statement of her own at Balmain’s show yesterday, showing off new platinum locks.

But the reality star wasn’t the only one proving her blonde ambition at Paris Fashion Week. In a rather unfortunate clash, actor Jared Leto turned up at the same show, debuting his new white-blond hair too.

But for the Academy Award winner this dye-job wasn’t aimed at setting any trends – it was apparently for his new role as the Joker in the upcoming 2016 film, Suicide Squad.

Intentional or not, it’s bound to catch on.

Here are the highlights of the fall-winter 2015 shows:

Kim Kardashian West is seen on Thursday (March 5 2015) in Paris, France. Picture: Marc Piasecki/GC Images Actors Noomi Rapace and Jared Leto pose backstage prior to the Lanvin show. Picture: Rindoff/Dufour/Getty Images From left: Jared Leto, musicians Solange Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner attend the Lanvin show. Picture: Rindoff/Dufour/Getty Images A model walks the runway during the ETAM show at Piscine Molitor earlier in the week. Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for ETAM French actress Joséphine de la Baume, her husband, DJ Mark Ronson, singer Solange Knowles and actress Noomi Rapace watch the H&M show at Grand Palais. Picture: Michel Dufour/WireImage Kim Kardashian’s half sister Kendall Jenner returns to the catwalk for the H&M show, following an illness that resulted in her missing the Milan fashion week. Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images A model presents a creation by Danish designer Anne Sofie Madsen as part of her autumn/winter 2015/2016 women’s ready-to-wear collection. Picture: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters Italian designer Donatella Versace attends the presentation of designer Anthony Vaccarello’s ready-to-wear collection. Picture: Charles Platiau/Reuters US rapper Snoop Lion, known as Snoop Dogg (centre), performs next to models during the Etam Live Show Lingerie at Piscine Molitor. Picture: Charles Platiau/Reuters Models present creations by Italian designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua for fashion house Rochas. Picture: Charles Platiau/Reuters

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http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/pics-platinum-locks-bare-breasts-lingerie-paris-fashion-week/feed/ 1 Paris fashion week kim Kim Kardashian West is seen on Thursday (March 5 2015) in Paris, France. Picture: Marc Piasecki/GC Images Paris fashion week jared Actors Noomi Rapace and Jared Leto pose backstage prior to the Lanvin show. Picture: Rindoff/Dufour/Getty Images Paris fashion week solange From left: Jared Leto, musicians Solange Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner attend the Lanvin show. Picture: Rindoff/Dufour/Getty Images Paris fashion week lingerie A model walks the runway during the ETAM show at Piscine Molitor earlier in the week. Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for ETAM Paris fashion week french French actress Joséphine de la Baume, her husband, DJ Mark Ronson, singer Solange Knowles and actress Noomi Rapace watch the H&M show at Grand Palais. Picture: Michel Dufour/WireImage Paris fashion week kendall Kim Kardashian’s half sister Kendall Jenner returns to the catwalk for the H&M show, following an illness that resulted in her missing the Milan fashion week. Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Paris fashion week breast A model presents a creation by Danish designer Anne Sofie Madsen as part of her autumn/winter 2015/2016 women’s ready-to-wear collection. Picture: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters Paris fashion week versace Italian designer Donatella Versace attends the presentation of designer Anthony Vaccarello’s ready-to-wear collection. Picture: Charles Platiau/Reuters Paris fashion week snoop US rapper Snoop Lion, known as Snoop Dogg (centre), performs next to models during the Etam Live Show Lingerie at Piscine Molitor. Picture: Charles Platiau/Reuters Paris fashion week final Models present creations by Italian designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua for fashion house Rochas. Picture: Charles Platiau/Reuters
Eastern Cape saddened by Port St Johns mayor’s death http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/eastern-cape-saddened-port-st-johns-mayors-death/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eastern-cape-saddened-port-st-johns-mayors-death http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/eastern-cape-saddened-port-st-johns-mayors-death/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:11:51 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=156163 The Eastern Cape provincial government was saddened by the death of Port St Johns Local Municipality mayor Danisile Mangqo, Cogta MEC Fikile Xasa said.

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The Eastern Cape provincial government was saddened by the death of Port St Johns Local Municipality mayor Danisile Mangqo, Cogta MEC Fikile Xasa said.

Mangqo died at 2am yesterday after a short illness, the Eastern Cape department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) said.

“We are saddened by the untimely passing away of councillor Mangqo who has led the PSJ Local Municipality with diligence and political maturity. Death has deprived us of a committed, professional and dedicated servant of our people,” Xasa said.

He expressed heartfelt condolences to Mangqo’s family on behalf of Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle.

“We thank him [Mangqo] for his sterling contribution to create better communities in line with the priorities of government.

Speaker of the Port St Johns council Thandisizwe Khukula also expressed sadness at the news of the mayor’s death.

“As council we are devastated. Death has robbed us of a unifier who spent his entire life to bring about harmony, peace and development to the people of Port St Johns in particular and OR Tambo in general.”

Mangqo was born on August 8 1974 at Mgugwana Administrative Area in Port St Johns.

In December 2001 he was elected a Ward Councillor for the African National Congress in the local municipality.

He served as mayor of the municipality from June 2011 until his death.

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Spy claims will be probed – state security http://www.citypress.co.za/news/spy-claims-will-probed-state-security/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spy-claims-will-probed-state-security http://www.citypress.co.za/news/spy-claims-will-probed-state-security/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:16:49 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=156160 Allegations of espionage against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and certain political leaders made on social media will be investigated, the state security department has said.

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Allegations of espionage against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and certain political leaders made on social media will be investigated, the state security department has said.

“A search conducted on these allegations made, led government to the following website: africainteligenceleaks.wordpress.com, including other social media platforms,” spokesperson Brian Dube said yesterday.

“The State Security Agency looked at the matter with great concern, as these allegations will impact negatively on our hard-won democracy and will undermine the independence and credibility of our democratic institutions.”

Allegations were made that Madonsela, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, former Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union president Joseph Mathunjwa were spied upon.

Dube said the SSA, working with other security cluster departments, would probe the claims.

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How to have your best sex http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/best-sex/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-sex http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/best-sex/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:00:45 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=155427 Your body is worthy of pleasure. Jade Zwane suggests you introduce yourself to your intimate places, and share this new knowledge.

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Your body is worthy of pleasure. Jade Zwane suggests you introduce yourself toyour intimate places, and share this new knowledge

You’re not necessarily going to feel like a goddess every time you have sex. Women tend to worry about whether they’re thin enough or sexy enough; they fret about the dreaded cellulite or whether their vulva is “normal” and looks like “everyone else’s”.

You may not be at your ideal weight and look like Beyoncé, but you’re a work in progress. Enjoy your body as it is while you work towards your goal. It’s what you have until you reach your ideal weight, if that’s what you’re working towards. And you deserve pleasure in the interim.

Let me tell you this: guys worth your time don’t really care if you’re a little overweight or have cellulite. They’re just happy to be with you. If he’s not a douchebag and sees that you are insecure, most guys will reassure you about how great they think you look.

But the sexy has to start with you. You need to allow yourself to be and feel sexy. And it’s okay – it doesn’t make you promiscuous or conceited. Give yourself permission to be a sexual being and explore your sexuality on your own terms.

As far as the vulva goes, every one is unique and beautiful. Get to know your vulva – no partner should know it better than you do. Use a mirror and your hand to get acquainted. If you feel it doesn’t appear “normal” or if you have a discharge or experience pain during intercourse, see a doctor. Get to know your body. Stand in front of a mirror naked and explore every inch of it. I’m the biggest advocate of self-pleasure and of feeling your way around yourself. Get to know what gets you off so you can communicate this information with your partner.

Your goal should never be to be the best sexual experience your partner’s ever had. And yes, orgasms are mind-blowing, but that shouldn’t be your priority either. Enjoy the act itself. And, if you want to blow your partner’s mind, ask them what they like. Everyone is different – there’s no one trick that works on everyone.

Don’t forget to talk about sexually transmitted infections, sexual histories and contraception openly and honestly, so you know where you stand with each other.

Also voice your desires and hear what your partner’s are. If you feel uncomfortable discussing all this with your partner, perhaps you should reconsider the union.

If you’ve done all you can and still feel insecure, see a therapist, because the insecurities may stem from a deeper emotional vulnerability. Asking for and getting professional help is always a great form of self-care.

Most importantly, sex is meant to be fun, so relax and enjoy it.

 

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Zuma gives amakhosi rude awakening on land claims http://www.citypress.co.za/news/zuma-gives-amakhosi-rude-awakening-land/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zuma-gives-amakhosi-rude-awakening-land http://www.citypress.co.za/news/zuma-gives-amakhosi-rude-awakening-land/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:25:31 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=156153 President Jacob Zuma has rebuked traditional leaders for ignoring his advice to make land claims on behalf of their subjects.

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President Jacob Zuma has rebuked traditional leaders for ignoring his advice to make land claims on behalf of their subjects.

Zuma gave the leaders a heads up in February last year, four months before the government re-opened the land claims process when he advised them to pull resources together, hire legal representatives who will process the land claims on behalf of ordinary people.

This was during the same week that the National Assembly passed the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill which sought to re-open the land restitution process with a new December 31 2018 deadline for land claims.

Zuma, speaking at the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament this morning, said he was worried that his advice was ignored and that he has heard nothing since he offered it.

Generally, the occasion is an event of mutual praise singing between Zuma and the traditional leaders, but this time around they seemed taken aback by the harsh words from the president.

He said for the government to eradicate poverty, one of the critical requirements was access to land.

Speaking off the cuff, Zuma said: “At some point when I was here opening this house, when there was reopening of the claims to continue claiming land, I urged the traditional leaders to adopt a different approach rather than just [having] individual, isolated communities claiming land [as] some of the communities do not have money to pay lawyers.”

Zuma said the lawyers were the ones who could help these communities present their case “very well” so that the claims could be done properly.

“I requested that we should all come together as traditional leaders and have one set of lawyers that we can all contribute to. They can deploy themselves in different ways so that there is no area that remains in the wrong hands just because the people were too poor to have lawyers to help them to claim,” he said.

“It’s also so that the claims could be done properly and not emotionally because emotionally we can make a huge claim and want half of South Africa but you might not even get a piece of it,” said Zuma in clear reference to King Goodwill Zwelithini who is claiming rights to a huge tract of urban and rural land including Durban, parts of the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Free State through the Ingonyama Trust.

“All you need are people who will use the existing constitution and the law to claim appropriately and to speak on behalf of those who were disadvantaged for a long time,” said Zuma.

Zuma said the hired lawyers would ensure that there is no piece of land that has not been claimed legitimately.

“I made this request and I think it is important because if you do so, you will have qualified researchers who must do a thorough research and collect information about what happened to the land.

“I’m emphasising this point because I haven’t heard that there has been any initiative taken by the collective leadership of the traditional leaders since we spoke about it. I haven’t heard.”

He warned that: “We can’t do as we did when we were invaded, when we fought as different groups and we were defeated one by one before we were colonised”.

Zuma, in suggesting that the traditional leaders were failing to do their work, added that when the houses of traditional leaders were established by democracy it was “thought it was important to help traditional leaders to be organised because they have got similar interest and so that they can tackle the challenges that face traditional areas together”.

He said claiming back the land was an example for such a common matter.

“We can’t do as out great grandfathers did, not to be organised because if we are not organised we would be defeated.

“I am making that request once again. The cut-off date is 2019. You still have time. I am telling you 2019 is going to come and go and you will still be complaining because you are not organised.”

Zuma said he was stressing the point because he was worried. “I have never heard the provincial houses or the national house discussing the issue saying how do we tackle this issue commonly.”

He warned that if the tradition leaders failed to heed his advice, the 2019 cut off date for land claims will “come and go” and nothing would have changed for people who want to claim land.

Zuma also called on traditional leaders to participate in the land-related bills that will be tabled in Parliament later this year.

Turning to food security, Zuma said the government was working hard to resolve the land question because land is necessary for food security.

He appealed to the traditional leaders to drive their communities back to self-sufficiency where each household was able to use its backyard piece of land to produce food.

Zuma called on the traditional leaders to encourage their people to till their land in rural areas instead of moving to big cities where they end up living in shacks.

He said people had become too lazy to work their land and ensure they can put food on the table.

Traditional leaders will debate Zuma’s speech in Parliament next Tuesday.

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R20m gold seized in Hawks raid http://www.citypress.co.za/news/r20m-gold-seized-hawks-raid/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=r20m-gold-seized-hawks-raid http://www.citypress.co.za/news/r20m-gold-seized-hawks-raid/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:02:18 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=156149 The Hawks today launched a co-ordinated raid, simultaneously hitting 18 properties that they believe are associated with highly organised syndicates trading in illegal gold.

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The Hawks today launched a co-ordinated raid, simultaneously hitting 18 properties that they believe are associated with highly organised syndicates trading in illegal gold.

Targets included a gold refinery and three residential properties in Springs, Ekurhuleni, a farm in Limpopo and properties in Johannesburg.

By the afternoon they had seized 48kgs of gold (valued at almost R20 million) as well as gold smelting equipment and ammunition.

The raids are the final stage of Operation Tarantula, a covert project launched by the Hawks in 2013.

The Hawks had not planned to launch the raids today, but after learning that a large consignment of gold was about to be moved, they decided to swoop on their targets.

“This is huge, these are really organised syndicates that we are dealing with,” said Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

“They are not only dealing in South Africa, they have got contacts in Africa, Europe and Arab countries… With the ongoing investigation we will see if we cannot involve Interpol.”

Surprised neighbours in Springs described how a police helicopter landed in a suburban park mid-morning, accompanied by armed members of the SAPS task team.

Their target in this instance was Goldkid, a registered gold refinery owned by businessperson Andries Greyvensteyn.

Goldkid operates out of a compound on Nigel Road, Springs, protected by a 21-string electric fence, security cameras and a two-phase entrance gate. The Hawks said they also believed that there were armoured vehicles on the property.

However the fortifications proved insufficient as the Hawks used a Nyala to break through the wall.

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“We had our search warrants and we requested to come in but it seems there was resistance,” said Mulaudzi. “Because of the high profile of this case, we had to ram the wall, so the task team assisted us in making sure that we infiltrated this house.”

The Hawks would not confirm whether Greyvensteyn was a suspect or how they believe Goldkid may have played a role in the illegal gold trade.

Greyvensteyn’s phone was switched off this afternoon and although his lawyer was present at the property, he was not able to provide City Press with a comment.

A few kilometres down the road in Presidents Dam, the Hawks closed off a street in order to search three houses.

Mulaudzi confirmed that by the afternoon they had found gold smelting equipment and large amounts of ammunition in these properties.

The Hawks said that although no arrests had been made, they anticipated that several arrests would be made over the next few days.

In total 46 people have been arrested since Operation Tarantula was launched.

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Geneva – Adults and children from the Americas to Western Europe and the Middle East must roughly halve the amount of sugar they consume to lower the risk of obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organisation has said.

New guidelines mean people should reduce the amount to less than 10% of their daily energy intake – or to about 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar for adults, the United Nations agency said.

A cut to less than 5% would be even better at helping prevent chronic diseases linked to poor diets including heart disease, cancers and diabetes, it added.

“The reason we are focusing on sugar is that we really have seen the important association with weight gain and obesity is a major public health concern for many countries, an increasing concern,” the director of the WHO’s department of nutrition for health and development, Dr Francesco Branca, said.

The WHO’s recommendations cover free sugars such as glucose and fructose, and sucrose or table sugar added to processed foods and drinks. They do not cover sugar found naturally in fresh fruit, vegetables and milk.

The current average in South America was 130 grams per adult per day, in North and Central America 95 grams, in Western Europe about 101 grams and 90 grams in the Middle East, Branca said. Equatorial and southern Africa has the lowest average of 30 grams.

“Where do we find free sugars, in reality we find them in a large number of products, in fact in the majority of products,” he added.

One can of sugar-sweetened soda contains up to 40 grams (around 10 teaspoons) of sugar, while orange and apple juices have between 24-26 grams, he said.

“Actually it is very easy to exceed the recommendation of 12 teaspoons if you think of having maybe a bowl of breakfast cereals in the morning, then maybe you have a can of soda sometime during the day, then you have for dinner a sweetened yogurt, you are already above the 10%. You are already at approximately 15 teaspoons,” Branca said.

Global sugar consumption from a daily average of about 58 grams a person in 2003 to 63 grams in 2013, is up about 10%, according to the WHO.

The Sugar Association, a US trade group, slammed the guideline, saying it used “weak and inconsistent data” to link sugar intake with chronic diseases.

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