The Student Representative Council (SRC) at the Buffalo City Campuses of Walter Sisulu University has accused the institution of introducing a flawed digital registration system, which disadvantages the poor.
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The Department of Home Affairs will deploy immigration officials to the crime-ridden Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, to work with the police to verify the documentation of residents.
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The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) will send its biggest team since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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INTERNATIONAL – Farai Mapondera sits at a Shell filling station about 500 yards from the Beitbridge border post that separates South Africa and Zimbabwe.
It’s 3 p.m. and 40 degrees (104 Fahrenheit) so he’s slouched against his battered Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, waiting for the sun to set before he tackles a crossing plagued by delays, corruption and chaos.
Beitbridge is one of Africa’s busiest land border crossings.
About 25,000 people and 500 heavy trucks cross every 24 hours and, in summer, the temperatures are searing.
Mapondera is a runner, or malaicha, a slang term meaning “deliverer of goods.” Twice a week he transports items between South Africa’s commercial hub, Johannesburg, and Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
But delays at the border and breakdowns can reduce his trips to as few as three a month. If it’ll fit in his van or on the over-loaded trailer he tows, he’ll take it. The trailer towers over the Sprinter and it looks precariously balanced, tied down with bits of rope and netting. The 1,200 kilometer (745 miles) journey takes him about 24 hours — if he’s lucky.
“If there are delays you can spend a whole 24 hours trying to cross” the border, Mapondera said. “The roads in Zimbabwe are terrible, so punctures are common, also breakdowns, so sometimes it can take much longer.”
The malaicha exist because Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has destroyed much of the normal infrastructure of trade and foreign currency is scarce. That, and a drought, have made it even more difficult to acquire basic consumer goods.
While it’s impossible to put a value on the goods runners move across Africa because they avoid duties and taxes, they are organized and efficient. They even have a website and an app. They’re used by rich and poor to bring in goods at the lowest possible price and will deliver to your door anything from a freezer to a mobile phone — and even an envelope stuffed with cash.
Three Border Crossings
Parked next to Mapondera, Josiah Banda is underneath an old Iveco van, tying the exhaust to the chassis with wire. He’s on his way to Blantyre, Malawi’s economic capital that’s another 1,200 kilometers northeast, and he faces two more border crossings.
“It’s hard to say who are worse,” Banda says, rubbing his soot-covered hands on his trousers. “South African immigration can make you move from one queue to another for no reason. They’re very rude.”
Driving in Zimbabwe isn’t too bad, but once you hit Mozambique you’re expected to pay bribes at the border and to police along the road, he said.
“In Malawi, people complain that everything is expensive; well, this is why everything costs so much.”
Typically, runners taking goods to Zimbabwe charge between 25% and 30% of the value of the items as their fee. That’s considerably less than the import duties they’d normally have to pay, but there are ways to wiggle for profit.
The runners have arrangements with the bus drivers who cross the border and officials from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority. Instead of declaring the goods themselves, they spread it between the 80 passengers on each bus and, with a $200 duty-free allowance per person, the runners end up paying very little.
A malaicha who says his name is John Madzibaba is heading for Chipinge, a small town on Zimbabwe’s frontier with Mozambique. His trailer is sagging under the weight of bags of cornmeal, plastic chairs and suitcases. He’s waiting for a shift change on the Zimbabwe side when “my customs guy will be on duty,” he said.
Madzibaba does between four and six trips a month, each turning over about 20,000 rand ($1,384). From that he must pay his loading assistant and bribes, buy fuel and maintain his vehicle, he said.
Border infrastructure in South Africa and Zimbabwe was built in a time when far fewer people and less freight crossed the Limpopo River between the two nations. The South African side is mainly orderly but slow, with lines of people waiting in the sun. The Zimbabwean side is frenzied, chaotic and without any obvious order, but can often be quicker.
Both sides maintain archaic police and vehicle checks, endless forms and waiting. Sometimes fights break out when someone jumps the line and tempers become frazzled in the heat and impatience with corruption.
It’s a far cry from the vision of leaders who signed the African Continental Free-Trade Agreement, aiming to lower or eliminate cross-border tariffs on most goods and ease the movement of capital and people across the whole continent.
Back at the Shell filling station, Mapondera affirms this.
“When politicians talk about African trade, they’re talking for the sake of talking,” he said, dismissing chances of governments ever agreeing to open borders. “What we do, we runners, is how most of Africa trades.”
Following a meeting between Grade 8 parents from Parktown Boys’ High and the Gauteng Education Department, MEC Panyaza Lesufi says that all stakeholders agreed that the reputation of the school has to be protected.
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A parent has criticised the policy of the after school care programme of Milnerton Primary in Cape Town as harsh, drastic, unfair and lacking ubuntu.
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DUBAI – England’s Eddie Pepperell finally found some form in the new decade to grab a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.
Slightly calmer winds than during the opening round allowed for some low scoring and Pepperell took advantage with a five-under-par 67 to get to eight-under overall at the Emirates Golf Club.
Pepperell holds a narrow lead over defending champion DeChambeau, who matched Pepperell’s round, Ryder Cup European vice-captain Robert Karlsson and South Africa’s Dean Burmester.
After opening the year with two missed cuts in Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi, Pepperell said he has returned to some old drills and switched to a claw putting grip this week.
"It might look very technical with me but believe it or not in my mind it doesn’t feel that way, at least certainly when I’m doing pretty good, because it’s all about feeling," he said.
"I think regardless of what your hands are doing on the grip, great putters tend to look quite comfortable. When I set this way I look more comfortable which, in my mind and I think in the viewer’s mind, should be more confident.
"It’s been very good the past two days and I’ve been surprised with how good it’s been."
American DeChambeau made a fast start with three straight birdies and recovered from a bogey at the sixth hole to take advantage of the par-five 10th.
A missed green led to another bogey at the 15th but he gained a stroke on the 17th to get back to seven-under.
Burmester, who was involved in car crash on Wednesday, mixed five birdies with a sole bogey for a round of 68, while Karlsson remained in contention with gains on the final two holes.
Overnight leader Thomas Pieters of Belgium had a day to forget, finishing with a second round 77 to make the cut but slumped to a share of 32nd place on level par.
Pretoria – The Embassy of China in Pretoria on Friday urged South Africans to avoid travelling to China’s central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the current coronavirus epidemic which has so far killed at least 26 people.
“Friends from South Africa are requested not to go to Wuhan for the time being, and South African friends in Wuhan now should not leave the city or return to SA at this moment,” the diplomatic mission said in a statement to media.
The embassy said there are designated and back-up hospitals for the treatment of the pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus in Wuhan and other places across China, and an effective response program has been formulated.
“If there is a suspected illness, the person can contact the local medical institution as soon as possible to seek medical treatment and receive treatment in time.”
The diplomatic mission said a large number of South African students who are studying in China, especially in Wuhan, are deeply worried about the epidemic.
"We fully understand it and hope that friends from South Africa and other countries could believe in the Chinese government and people who will make every effort to ensure the health and safety of each and every foreigner in China, especially the international students."
The embassy said it would keep South Africans informed on the massive fight launched by Beijing, together with international partners, to manage and fend off the dangerous coronavirus.
“To win the battle against this unexpected epidemic requires the concerted efforts of the international community. We are ready to share information on epidemic detection, investigation and risk assessment with other countries in a timely manner, and unite international medical forces to carry out vaccine research and development,” the embassy said.
“We are also committed to strengthening joint prevention and control cooperation with African countries including South Africa, so as to strictly prevent epidemic import, and jointly maintain global and African public health security.”
The diplomatic mission also urged individuals to check the official website of the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China for daily updates on the epidemic.
The epidemic of new coronavirus infections originated from and concentrated in Wuhan City of Hubei Province, China. The embassy said because of the infectious nature of the epidemic, the Wuhan Municipal Government “has adopted the strictest entry and exit control including temporarily closing public transportation to and from Wuhan’.
On Thursday, South Africa’s ministry of health said it had measures in place to detect, manage and contain any cases of coronavirus should it come to the country’s shores.
Assuring South Africans that there was nothing to fear, it said that no cases had been reported so far.
"Port health professionals routinely conducts temperature screening for all international travellers. However, due to the current risk of importation of inadvertent cases of 2019-nCoV from Wuhan City, China, port health authorities have enhanced surveillance of all travellers from Asia, especially China.
"Fortunately, OR Tambo International Airport is the only port of entry for all flights from Asia," the ministry said.
It said that the provinces had activated outbreak response teams and were on high alert to detect and manage inadvertent cases that may arrive in the country.
The ministry said that there were no restrictions on travel to China, adding that the World Health Organisation had also not recommended any restriction on travel or trade.
For the first time since the inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist, Neil Aggett, began this week, a former police officer at the former John Vorster Square police station has testified.
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Members of the media and parents of former Parktown Boys’ High School learners have been kicked out of a meeting that is under way at Wits University’s Education Campus in Johannesburg.
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DUBAI – For tenacity, Worknesh Degefa was the star of the show in the 21st anniversary race of the Dubai Marathon, a World Athletics Gold Label road race on Friday (24), the Ethiopian enduring mid-race physical problems to clock 2:19:38 and win the women’s race.
But for sheer opportunism, debutants Olika Adugna of Ethiopia and Eric Kiptanui of Kenya carried the day, outwitting the tried and tested marathoners, to finish first and second in the men’s race, in 2:06:15 and 2:06:17.
Degefa won by half a minute from compatriot Guteni Shone, with another Ethiopian Bedatu Hirpa further back in third; but the measure of the blanket finish of the men’s race was that Beshah Yerssie ran 2:06:34, which would have been a world record two decades ago, yet his 11th place meant he got zero prize money.
The mass sprint was more reminiscent of a track event. And sure enough the sprinters won; or rather the former track men.
The experienced marathoners were keeping a close eye on one other and ignoring Adugna and Kiptanui, but when it came down to speed rather than staying power, Adugna followed the initial sprint of Kiptanui from 500 metres out, then whizzed past him after another 100 metres, and took the victory and the $100,000 (R1.4m) first prize.
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Two more Ethiopians followed on 2:06:18, with Tsedat Abeje getting the nod over Lencho Tesfaye.
Degefa won this race on her own debut in 2017, and finished fourth the following year, yet though she could only finish second to Ruth Cheongetich last year, she said that her national record of 2:17:41 followed by victory in Boston last April meant that she now felt "really confident as a marathon runner”.
Accordingly, she set out to underline her status as world’s sixth fastest woman. She asked for a fast pace, and approaching halfway, with a lead of over a minute, she was on course for a 2:16 clocking. But then a back injury that has blighted her training and caused her miss New York in November flared up, and looking distinctly uncomfortable, she dropped off the pace.
With her lead reduced considerably by the end, she only just managed to cross the line before collapsing and needing medical attention. But she revived soon enough to say, "I’m really proud that I managed to keep going when my back was giving me so many problems. I want to sort them out, because my aim is to represent my country in the Olympic Games (Tokyo in August)." That would be after defending her Boston title in April.
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Degefa also won $100,000, out of an overall prize pot of a million dollars. And after expressing his surprise that the leaders should have followed a relatively sedate pace – "At 40k, I realised that, with my speed I could win," – Adugna underlined the financial primacy of road running, and marathons in particular nowadays when he completely dismissed the idea of returning to track. Then again, a hundred grand is a powerful argument for sticking to the roads.
Of the several runners from across the world who were seeking an Olympic qualifying time, the best was Kenyan-born Mexican Risper Biyaki, but her 2:30:59 for tenth place was ten seconds off her best, and still over a minute outside the Tokyo qualifying time.
As for late entrant, Japanese men’s record holder, Suguru Osako, it turned out that he only wanted to run to 25k against a class field, and demonstrate to the national selectors that despite his third place in the Olympic Trial which should qualify him for Tokyo anyway, he is still maintaining quality form.
The way he was dropping off the pace and then surging back to the front suggests that are no problems in that department.
1. Olika Adugna, ETH 2:06:15 2. Eric Kiptanui, KEN 2:06:17 3. Tsedat Abeje, ETH 2:06:18 4. Lencho Tesfaye, ETH 2:06:18 5. Yitayal Atnafu, ETH 2:06:21 6. Yihunilign Adane, ETH 2:06:22 7. Aychew Bantie, ETH 2:06:23 8. Seifu Tura, ETH 2:06:26 9. Chalu Deso, ETH 2:06:29 10. Zewudu Hailu, ETH 2:06:31
1. Worknesh Degefa, ETH 2:19:38 2. Guteni Shone, ETH 2:20:11 3. Bedatu Hirpa, ETH 2:21:55 4. Tigist Abayechew, ETH 2:22:45 5. Dera Dida, ETH 2:22:52 6. Hawi Feysa, ETH 2:23:36 7. Bezunesh Deba, ETH 2:26:59 8. Obst Abdeta, ETH 2:29:30 9. Buze Diriba, ETH 2:30:18 10. Risper Biyaki, MEX 2:30:59
LONDON – What to watch out for in the leading soccer competitions in Europe this weekend:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future is back under scrutiny after Manchester United’s back-to-back losses in the Premier League, and the pressure will ratchet up if his team is eliminated from the FA Cup by a third-tier opponent on Sunday.
Solskjaer was in bullish mood Friday, saying he was “not going to change” and that he retains the trust of the club’s ownership after United’s bruising losses at Liverpool and then at home against Burnley, during which fans vented their anger at the Glazer family and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.
“You’ve got to be stronger mentally, probably, than anywhere else in the world,” Solskjaer said. “I feel I am. The club is strong.”
Losing to Tranmere would seriously test the patience of supporters and those high up at the club, however, and the fourth-round match has all the ingredients of a tough test for United. Tranmere is from Liverpool, a rival city to Manchester in northwest England, and its team is fired up to take down a second Premier League team in three days after beating Watford 2-1 after extra time on Thursday.
Then there’s the playing surface at Tranmere’s Prenton Park, which resembled a quagmire against Watford after recent rain in the area and needed to be heavily sanded to allow the game to take place. It’s far from the ideal surface for a bunch of United players already with heavy legs after a busy run of games across three competitions this month.
Opportunities for silverware are running out for United this season, and Solskjaer has fielded strong lineups in the FA Cup. United needed a replay to get past Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to send out a young and largely second-string team for a match at third-tier club Shrewsbury on Sunday, when defending champion Manchester City hosts second-tier team Fulham.
— By Steve Douglas
Barcelona visits Valencia on Saturday seeking a win to stay in first place in the Spanish league and give a boost to new coach Quique Setién.
Barcelona has struggled to score goals in harder-than-expected wins over Granada in the league and a third-tier opponent in the Copa del Rey in its first two matches under Setién.
Lionel Messi will return for Barcelona after sitting out the midweek match at Ibiza in the cup competition.
Real Madrid trails Barcelona only on goal difference. Madrid travels to Valladolid on Sunday.
Atlético Madrid hosts crosstown rival Leganés also on Sunday, three days after a humiliating elimination from the Copa del Rey at the ground of a third-tier rival.
Atletico is in third place, eight points behind the two frontrunners.
— By Joseph Wilson.
Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri visits his former club when the Serie A leaders play struggling Napoli on Sunday.
Juventus has opened a four-point lead over second-place Inter Milan, which hosts Cagliari earlier Sunday. Napoli has lost five of its last seven in the Italian league, although the southern club showed signs of improvement with a midweek elimination of Lazio in the Italian Cup.
Also Sunday, third-place Lazio faces fourth-place Roma in the Rome derby.
On Friday, eighth-place AC Milan visits Brescia, which is without Mario Balotelli. The Italian was suspended for two matches after protesting a booking last weekend that ended up with the striker being sent off.
— By Andrew Dampf
League leader Paris Saint-Germain travels to Lille on Sunday, where it fell to a 5-1 loss late last season in one of the club’s worst defensive performances in recent years.
Lille’s attack is not quite so dangerous these days, though, after selling Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal in the offseason. The team is in fifth place, 18 points behind PSG, and lost to Lyon in the League Cup semifinals on Tuesday.
Lyon has started the new year well and looks to maintain its unbeaten run with a home win against last-place Toulouse on Sunday.
Marseille, which is eight points behind PSG in second place, plays Angers at home on Saturday.
Nantes will pay tribute to late Argentine player Emiliano Sala by wearing a special blue-and-white shirt during Sunday’s league game against Bordeaux.
— By Jerome Pugmire
Bidding to win an eighth straight Bundesliga title, Bayern Munich is four points behind first-place Leipzig heading into a home match against Schalke.
Bayern reinforced its defense by signing Alvaro Odriozola on loan from Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Leipzig plays on the same day against Frankfurt, which is struggling in 11th place and hasn’t found consistent form this season after selling striker Luka Jovic to Real Madrid.
Third-place Borussia Mönchengladbach also plays Saturday and needs to regain its strong early-season form after a recent slump. Gladbach has won only one of its last four Bundesliga games going back to mid-December.
Sir Elton John, Cynthia Erivo, Idina Menzel, Chrissy Metz, and Randy Newman will all perform at this year’s Academy Awards.
The 72-year-old singer will take to the stage at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on February 9th to perform ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’ from his biopic ‘Rocketman’, and ‘Harriet’ star Cynthia – who is up for the Actress in a Leading Role gong for her portrayal of abolitionist Harriet Tubman – will sing ‘Stand Up’ from the motion picture.
Randy Newman will sing ‘I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away’, from ‘Toy Story 4’, ‘Frozen II’ star Idina Menzel is to perform ‘Into the Unknown’ from the animated movie alongside Aurora, and Chrissy Metz is to sing ‘I’m Standing With You’ from ‘Breakthrough’.
All five are nominated in the Original Song category and as well as the quintet, Questlove will make a special appearance, and there will be a guest-conducted segment by Eímear Noone, who is the first woman to conduct during an Oscars telecast.
‘Joker’ leads the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards with 11 nods, including one for Best Picture accolade, alongside ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, ‘1917’, ‘Ford v Ferrari’, ‘The Irishman’, ‘Jojo Rabbit’, ‘Little Women’, ‘Marriage Story’, and ‘Parasite’.
All thee of the most nominated films have also scored places on the Best Director shortlist for Todd Phillips (‘Joker’), Quentin Tarantino (‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’), and Sam Mendes (‘1917’), alongside Bong Joon-ho for ‘Parasite’ and ‘The Irishman’ helmer Martin Scorsese.
Joaquin Phoenix – who has already won a string of awards for his performance in ‘Joker’ – is up for the Actor in a Leading Role award alongside Antonio Banderas (‘Pain and Glory’), Leonardo DiCaprio (‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’), Adam Driver (‘Marriage Story’), and The Two Popes’ Jonathan Pryce.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Western Cape says there is a possibility of an out of court settlement in the alleged racist assault case of Springbok rugby star, Eben Etzebeth.
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The Mpumalanga Health Department is taking steps to change and improve health care services.
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A massive explosion at a manufacturing building ripped through a Houston neighbourhood early Friday morning, injuring several people and damaging homes while sending out blast waves detected for miles around, officials and media said.
Smoke poured out from inside the structure in the predawn darkness about two hours after the blast as emergency vehicle lights flashed and first responders blocked access and checked for damage, aerial video from KTRK television showed.
No fatalities were reported, but one employee was unaccounted for, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The moment of the explosion, around 4:25 a.m. CST, was captured on a home security camera, also aired on KTRK, that showed a blinding flash in the distance, followed by a fireball.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the blast was felt as far away as 14 miles (22 km), based on social media reports.
"(The explosion) knocked us all out of our bed, it was so strong," Mark Brady told KPRC television. "It busted out every window in our house. It busted everybody’s garage door in around here. … It’s a war zone over here."
Another neighbour identified only as Kim said her family was trapped in her home until rescued.
"The whole house is ruined," Kim said.
"The whole ceiling crashed down on all of us. We were all trapped in there, and a nice family came and helped us out. It’s trashed. It’s just trashed. … Every house was devastated."
KTRK, the local ABC affiliate, said the blast appeared to have originated at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, a machining and manufacturing company. The explosion took place on Gessner Road in northwestern Houston, city police wrote on Twitter.
"The owner of Watson Grinding tells us it was a propylene gas explosion, which sent two people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries," KTRK reporter Marla Carter wrote on Twitter.
Propylene is a colourless, flammable, liquefied gas that has several industrial uses.
The debris field from the explosion spread about a half mile (1 km) wide, but there were no known toxic gases emitted from the blast, Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
The explosion damaged several homes in the area, the Houston Chronicle reported, showing pictures of homes with windows blown in and debris scattered.
At least two people had cuts on their faces after their windows were blown in, according to pictures published on the Chronicle website.
"This is still an active scene," Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña posted on Twitter. "We will advise of the possible cause of the explosion as soon as we have concrete info."
A hazardous materials team was responding to the area and at least one person was taken to the hospital, the Houston Fire Department wrote on Twitter.
Mike Iscovitz, a meteorologist with the local Fox News channel, said the huge blast had shown up on local weather radar and was felt more than 20 miles (32 km) away.
"Radar clearly shows this brief FLASH of reflectivity from NW Houston," he tweeted.
Houston, a major hub for the oil and gas industry, is the fourth largest city in the United States with a population of some 2.3 million.
What started out as a Facebook group for banters several years ago has manifested in a user-friendly cookbook, "Banting 7 Day Meal Plans", with the co-authors Rita Venter, Natalie Lawson and Kim Blom debunking a few myths and inspiring a lifestyle change.
They popped into our office in Johannesburg for a podcast interview a few weeks ago.
They were in town to promote their book and Venter and Blom proved to be chattier in the group.
Reflecting on the journey, an exuberant Venter says, “Five years ago, I started banting and then I started a group on Facebook. And then Kim joined the group and I added Natalie. So that’s how we met. Although, I’ve known Natalie for a long time now as I grew up with her husband.”
With close to 2 million followers, they are kept busy as the group’s admin.
Venter adds, “We did a beginner guide for our group so people could download that. Libby Doyle and the team from Quivertree Publications saw it and asked if we could translate that into a book. So that’s how it came about.”
Blom explains that Libby asked them to do a book that feels good, is encouraging and would make it easy for people to follow.
Their first draft needed to be condensed to a more user-friendly offering. And they eventually got the balance right.
“People who have been banting for four to five years say it’s like a refresher course,” Blom points out.
The book includes a foreword from Tim Noakes, who gave us The Real Meal Revolution several years ago, testimonials, a 10-step guide, frequently asked questions, shopping lists, meal plans and recipes.
Venter explains, “I think ‘The Real Meal Revolution’ was very intimidating for a lot of people. What most people want to know is: ‘What is banting, how do I start and won’t it kill me?’ We are debunking myths that you need to have very high levels of carbohydrates to function properly. The other thing that we debunk is that it is a very expensive lifestyle. We have people from all walks of life, including unemployed people, banting as well. We encourage people to grow their own vegetables, buy organic food at the taxi rank and to enjoy traditional food like chicken hearts, walkie talkies and chicken livers.”
In the book, there is a green, orange and red list. I quipped about it being very similar to a robot.
The authors laughed in agreement.
“That’s what we say to people who are out shopping, as soon as you see a red list item, stop, put it back. If it doesn’t have any of that red list ingredients, look at the carbs, is it green or orange. We give people those guidelines. Be sensible and decide what you are going to nourish your body with,” maintains Blom.
Venter adds, “The best part about Banting is that you are never hungry. You eat the best food. You are not that miserable person in the corner at a braai, eating a steamed chicken breast.”
The recipes in the book make Banting an inclusive family affair.
It is not just about weight loss, there have been noticeable health benefits with this lifestyle change. Of course, you should always consult your doctor, first!
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The podcast was produced and edited by Masabata Mkwananzi.
INTERNATIONAL – Tesla has overtaken Germany’s Volkswagen as the world’s second most valuable carmaker behind Japan’s Toyota, as the meteoric rise in the US electric vehicle maker’s shares reshuffles the global market.
The carmaker’s stock has more than doubled in value in the last three months, with its market capitalization piercing $100 billion on Wednesday, a first for a listed US automaker.
During the rally, its value has leapfrogged more established global rivals: Honda, BMW, General Motors and Daimler. On Wednesday, it eclipsed VW’s $99.4 billion value.
Toyota still holds pole position with a market cap of $233 billion.
The recent gains have been fueled by a surprise third-quarter profit, progress at a new factory in China and better-than-expected car deliveries in the fourth quarter.
Many investors remain skeptical that Tesla can consistently deliver profit, cash flow and growth.
But the gains highlight growing confidence among investors about the future of electric vehicles and Tesla’s shift from a niche car maker into a global leader in cleaner cars.
A glance at its results shows it has a long way to go before it can eclipse larger rivals.
Based on 12 month forward sales estimates, it doesn’t even appear in the top 20 in the world. The company’s sales will reach $31 billion, a slither of Toyota’s $276 billion, VW’s $283 billion and Daimler’s $191 billion, according to Refinitiv data.