The EFF have rejected Minister Tito Mboweni’s document on economic development.
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Chief Petty Officer Dudley Malgas on Saturday fired his final round of the Noon Day gun in Cape Town.
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Three of the nine people who died in a multiple vehicle accident in the Zebediela area in Limpopo a week ago has been buried on Saturday.
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The small town of Somerset East in the Eastern Cape is about an hour and half’s drive from Port Elizabeth.
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Carnivores are stuffing themselves at the annual Hantam meat festival in Calvinia in the Northern Cape.
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As Women’s Month wraps up new activist groups have sprung into action to speak out against gender-based violence.
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Forty years after actress Jean Seberg died, Kristin Stewart says she wants to show the world that the star of the French New Wave should be known for more than just her short haircut.
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Various women entrepreneurs in the Agricuture sector were this week honoured for their contributions towards ensuring food security, Poverty alleviation and job creation at an awards ceremony in Cape Town.
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The popular ballet theatre production “Sleeping Beauty” is concluding its running at Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre on Saturday evening.
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Cape Town – “He was mature enough to hit her, he hit her so hard her brain haemorrhaged, he fractured her eye socket and he only got 10 years; anyway these are just the feelings of a mother,” said Lilian Fielden the mother of Hilary van Rooyen.
Speaking to Weekend Argus after Reghard Groenewald was handed a 10-year sentence for murder and theft, Fielden said she was utterly disappointed that he got less than the minimum prescribed sentence for murder.
Judge Derek Wille sentenced Groenewald to one year on count one for theft and 10 years for count two of murder at the Western Cape High Court on Thursday. The sentences will run concurrently.
Groenewald walked into court with a grey camouflage shirt with blue jeans and sneakers. As the judge was reading out sentencing, he took a few deep breaths while nervously flexing his jaw.
Family and friends of Van Rooyen’s family packed the court’s gallery and made their way down to console the family.
The deceased’s body was found in a pool of blood at her home on May 9, 2017.
In his not-guilty plea, Groenewald said he had struck her with the closest thing he could find – a vase – after she allegedly made “sexual advances” towards him. She had allegedly also threatened that she would tell friends and family that he tried to assault and rape her.
The judge said in his judgment that he found that it would do more harm than good to pronounce on any finding on what precisely occurred prior to the attack upon the deceased.
Fielden, who was visibly disappointed after sentencing, unrolled a poster of her daughter, saying she had deserved more.
During sentencing, Van Rooyen’s husband, Derek, shook his head in disappointment while his eldest son Dean was also distraught.
Fielden said it broke her heart seeing her grandson so upset in court and described her daughter as her best friend and a superb woman.
“This sentence is really unacceptable and in Women’s Month too. I am disappointed in South African law. The crime against women in this country is atrocious,” said Fielden.
Derek declined to comment, but during his victim impact statement he told the court he felt angry and hated Groenewald with every fibre of his being and would never be able to forgive him.
“Identifying my wife’s body and seeing her damaged face in the mortuary has been one of the horrific pictures I’ve ever experienced.
“Until today, that picture is printed in my head and impossible to get out of my mind. The accused showed no remorse,” said Derek.
Dean said he could never forgive Groenewald because his mother wouldn’t be able to see his kids one day, see him get married or be there for milestones because he took that away. “My mother gave so much good to the world. I fear for the world if he is out. I can’t forgive you.”
In pronouncing sentence Judge Wille said the family of the deceased “are angry and request a harsh sentence be imposed. For them (the family of the deceased, regrettably forgiveness is not an option”.
“I also have to be mindful of the fact that there exists a good prospect that the offender may become reformed and may be rehabilitated. This opportunity, I cannot legally deny him of even if the family of the deceased do not think him deserving of this opportunity. These are all substantial and compelling circumstances that legally justify deviation from the prescribed minimum sentencing,” read the sentence.
INTERNATIONAL – A Brazilian asset manager who’s been around for more than two decades is arguing the raging fires across the Amazon rain forest have something to teach the nation’s investors.
FAMA Investimentos Ltda., a Sao Paulo-based equity fund manager with around 2.1 billion reais ($505 million) under management, said dire economic consequences could arise from the Amazon issue, according to a letter sent to clients.
“The country needed to be on the edge of a fiscal abyss for the pension reform to be approved,” Fabio Alperowitch and Mauricio Levi’s FAMA wrote. “Now, we have to watch the Amazon burn for the theme to gain the relevance it deserves.”
Brazil and President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policies have come under pressure as more than 75,000 fires have swept across the country this year, an 84% increase compared to last year, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research. The dramatic rise has prompted international calls for immediate action and a fierce response from the government, which has traded barbs with foreign leaders — especially French President Emmanuel Macron.
FAMA says the environmental issue, usually seen by Brazilian firms and investors as a minor concern, may bring “dire economic consequences to the nation” which could include economic sanctions aimed at exports, especially to Europe.
“We can’t rule out a setback in the historical agreement between the European Union and Mercosur,” according to the letter.
Macron last week threatened to block a trade deal between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc of South American countries, saying Bolsonaro had lied to him about his commitment to fight climate change. On Tuesday, Norway’s government warned companies present in Brazil against any involvement in deforestation, while the Swedish government is reportedly examining whether the AP pension funds’ investments in the country and the rest of South America live up to sustainability targets.
Brazilian firms have the lowest level of board oversight on climate issues, FAMA says citing a report by CDP, a British nonprofit research group that solicits and scores corporate environmental disclosures. About 50% of the country’s companies say their directors address those issues, compared 60% in the U.S. and 87% in Europe, according to the report, which compiled data from 6,937 firms.
The asset manager says it uses environmental, social and governance criteria to filter the pool of firms it invests in. Car-rental firm Localiza Rent a Car SA, pulp maker Klabin SA and travel agency CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens SA are among the fund’s main holdings, Alperowitch said in an emailed message. FAMA FIC FIA, the firm’s flagship, had a total return of 16.6% year to date, compared to a 11.1% return of the Ibovespa index, the fund’s benchmark.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer remain on a collision course to meet in the US Open semi-finals after they each claimed straight-sets wins to reach the last 16.
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We started the week on a high note. The Big Easy Durban partnered with The Macallan Whisky to bring us a night of elegant simplicity and dining excellence.
The Macallan Brand ambassador, Tamara Mkhize offered us the opportunity to discover the exquisite The Macallan range, the most precious single malt in the world. The Big Easy Head Chef, Noel Kanyemba took us through a sensory five-course journey of distinctive tastes and aromas.
Together with my colleague Clinton Moodley, here is what we thought about the food and whisky pairing.
For starters of smoked salmon croquettes with spring onion, baby radish salad, and dill emulsion, we paired it with The Macallan 12 years old double cask. This whisky is rich, savoury, and spicy giving out a perfect taste balance to any seafood dish.
For the main, I had Parmesan gnocchi with roasted red cabbage, garlic baby potato, snaps peas, and caperberry sauce paired with The Macallan 15 years old triple cask. The pairing with the “parmesan gnocchi” works with this whisky. The citrus notes in the whisky cut through the richness of the creamy gnocchi.
For dessert, we had passion fruit and elderflower tart with lemon syllabub, passion fruit sorbet, sable biscuit, and passion fruit curd paired with The Macallan 12 years old triple cask.
I am not a dessert fan but a whisky dessert is one that cannot be turned down. Fruit and whisky seem to be a match made in flavour heaven. The hints of dried fruit in the whisky complemented the dessert. This whisky seems to have been aged with the dessert in mind.
Whisky is an acquired taste, and you’re probably not going to like it on your first drink.
I thought to be a pescatarian (I eat vegetables and seafood) means there aren’t many options for me.
But, I found that the seafood options fair well with the whisky.
For starters, the chef served us a smoked salmon croquettes with spring onion, baby veg and radish salad and dill emulsion. The meal was paired with The Macallan 12-years-old double cask. Both flavours merged effortlessly and I quite like the fruity citrus taste on my palette.
The parmesan gnocchi with fresh sage leaves melted in my mouth as soon as I took a bite of the vegetarian dish. The dish paired with the Macallan 15-years-old triple cask was rich.
Both paired well, and the creaminess of the gnocchi complemented the strong whisky taste.
Dessert, my favourite, was passion fruit and elderflower tart with lemon syllabub, passion fruit sorbet, sable biscuit and passion fruit curd. Yum! Paired with Macallan 12-years-old triple cask, the diner is meant to enjoy flavours of lemon citrus, vanilla, and light toasted oak and nutmeg.I skipped this whisky pairing as I wanted to savour every taste of the dessert.
Durban – Two top school choirs will perform together for the first time. The choirs from Drakensberg Boys and Kearsney College will perform music from classical and contemporary choral gems to billboard pop hits to authentic indigenous South African music in the Durban City Hall next Saturday.
Drakensberg Boys Choir spokeswoman Deirdre Alcock said: “There are several Drakensberg Boys Choir School old boys in the Kearsney College Choir, including their director of music, Marshell Lombard.”
Boys leave the mountain institute, dubbed “a choir with a school”, when their voices break, and enter a range of high schools throughout the country, among them Kearsney College.
Drakensberg Boys’ Grade 7 pupil Seth Brown said he was excited to perform with Kearsney “because I’m going to sing with my brother, and that’s my next school”.
“My grandfather and dad went to Kearsney, so I’m keen to do them proud.”
Connor McKenzie, who is in Grade 9, expected the performance to be “amazing”. “Both of us are going to bring different things. We’re going to enjoy the time, because both of the choirs are very different. I’ll be attending Kearsney next year, so I’m excited to see what they have to offer.”
Tickets at www.webtickets.co.za. R160 for adults, R120 for pensioners/children.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has reiterated his stance that government of the day should be based on the will of the people.
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Johannesburg – Shiraaz Mohamed’s mock execution on video is a suggestion that behind-the-scenes negotiations are under way to secure his release, but it also could mean time is running out for his captors.
Rebel groups in Syria are becoming increasingly desperate as government forces, assisted by Russian air strikes, are rapidly overrunning their territory.
It is this pressure that could have spurred the release of the video two weeks ago. Experts agree that the latest video is “posturing” by Mohamed’s kidnappers to try to secure a deal for the South African photojournalist.
To secure Mohamed’s release after more than two years in captivity is likely to require the assistance of neighbouring Turkey, which is likely supporting the rebels who are holding the South African.
“It is a negotiation strategy. There would be no benefit of beheading him, they just want to get the maximum out of him,” says Martin Ewi, a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies. “He has been the big fish for them.”
Mohamed was kidnapped in Syria in early 2017. In the latest video, he can be seen putting on an orange jumpsuit, the infamous garment Islamist extremists use to dress their prisoners in before executing them.
His captors also shaved his beard and Mohamed is heard pleading for his life.
“I feel they will put a bullet in my head,” he can be heard saying.
“The fact that there have been three videos in six months is a positive sign that there is something going on,” explains Ewi.
It has been reported that his kidnappers have demanded a ransom of $1.5million (R22.8m).
“Most likely the only way to get to him is through Turkey and a ransom will have to be paid,” says counterterrorism expert Jasmine Opperman, who adds the ANC and Turkey’s ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party recently signed a memorandum of understanding agreement.
South Africa, like countries such as the UK and the US, has a policy of not negotiating with terrorist organisations.
“And that is why you need backhand dealings with second parties,” Opperman says.
She pointed out that Stephen McGown’s release, after he had been held for more than five years by al-Qaeda in Mali, was secured after a ransom was paid.
The government is, however, tight-lipped about what it is doing to secure Mohamed’s release.
“All we can confirm is that we are working with the family to assist in his safe return,” says Lunga Ngqengelele, spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Co-operation.
Mohamed’s family has also refused to comment on the latest video.
However the photographer’s ex-wife Shirley Brijlal says his mother is “inconsolable”.
There is an element of urgency.
“The rebels are being wiped out and because of this his life is in danger. It comes down to getting the money to the right people,” says Opperman.
But, ultimately, it’s about keeping the kidnappers happy.
“What you want is to continue to give them hope, even if they don’t get what they are asking. And that is very important in keeping the captive alive,” adds Ewi.
The manager of the late female boxer, Leighandre Jegels, has described her as talented, saying she showed potential to have greater success in her field.
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