South African shipbuilders have called on government to develop a new policy to grow the industry by allowing the employment of skilled foreign workers for longer periods.
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Chippa United coach, Clinton Larsen, is feeling the pressure after his side played to a goalless draw against Polokwane City in their Absa Premiership match in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night.
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The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has withdrawn her application to the Constitutional Court in which she had sought to seek leave to appeal the judgment of the High Court in Pretoria on the her findings in the matter of the rogue unit.
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Cape Town – Sulaiman Effendi, the son of killer Najwa Petersen, has been arrested for the lion cub that was found in Athlone.
Effendi, Shurud Jacobs and Moegamat Rayaan Simons on Wednesday made their first appearance at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court following their arrest on Tuesday.
It was also revealed that members from the Stock and Endangered Species Unit are now searching for a second lion cub, which was smuggled from Limpopo along with the first cub which was found at Effendi’s home in Lawrence Road, Athlone last Wednesday night.
Police said the estimated street value of the cub is R50 000.
Moments before stepping into the dock, Effendi dressed in a K-Way jacket, stood outside the court holding cells and burst into tears when he saw his friends and relatives who came to support him.
Magistrate Rhode informed the trio, aged between 28 and 30, that they were facing 14 charges relating to the protection of wild animals.
The suspects indicated they have private lawyers.
Last Wednesday, detectives attached to Organised Crime Investigations followed up on information about a lion cub and arrived at Jacobs’ home, who first took police to Simons’ residence and then to Effendi’s house where the lion cub was found.
The next day, a photograph of Effendi holding up the cub, and mimicking the movie, The Lion King, went viral.
The State asked for R10 000 bail for Jacobs and R5000 for the other two accused.
When Magistrate Rhode queried the difference in the amounts, it was revealed Jacobs, who has a two-year-old daughter, had a pending case of assault, while Simons and Effendi had no pending cases, warrants or convictions.
The State said they would not be opposing bail and the trio was granted R5000 bail each.
Due to outstanding witness statements, the matter was postponed to 27 November.
Prosecutors said investigators also still needed to find the exact origin of the lion cub.
Outside court, more drama unfolded when Najwa’s brother, Waleed Dirk, was filmed headbutting a photographer from Die Burger, Jaco Marais, while he took images of the accused hiding their faces under hoodies and jackets as they left the court.
Marais has opened a case of assault at Wynberg SAPS.
In 2013, Waleed was convicted of 180 counts of fraud and forgery after entering into a plea deal.
He admitted to defrauding customs export officers and Sars officials in the Northern Cape when fruit was exported under their family business, Dirk Fruit Supply Oshakati CC.
He was fined R1 million, which he paid into the State’s Criminal Asset Recovery Account.
He was also fined R7m, payable to Sars, which was deferred.
Najwa is currently serving a 28-year sentence for murdering her husband, music icon, Taliep Petersen.
JOHANNESBURG – Africa has extraordinary prospects, from its wealth of natural resources to the untapped talents of its youthful population, yet it has not lived up to its potential and too many of its people have been left behind despite the accelerated economic growth of the past decade.
Partly, that’s because many of Africa’s economies rely too heavily on commodity exports, with little beneficiation taking place before these are loaded on to ships for other countries to convert into finished goods.
This means jobs are effectively exported with raw materials. It also makes these economies far more vulnerable to fluctuations in demand for their natural resources – a lesson painfully learnt in recent years.
According to the African Economic Outlook 2017 report, co-authored by the African Development Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UN Development Programme, Africa should harness less volatile sources of growth to boost human development.
The report calls for a redoubling of efforts to empower Africans with the necessary skills to promote development from the bottom up, driven by domestic innovation and investment.
While the continent enjoys a vibrant entrepreneurial culture, with 80percent of Africans viewing entrepreneurship as a good career opportunity, and the highest share of adults starting or running a new business in the world, this is predominantly in low-productivity sectors and survivalist by nature.
Governments can convert this dynamic entrepreneurial culture into a higher productivity, job creating engine of growth by addressing barriers to entrepreneurship such as informality, fragility, and constrained business opportunities for the youth and women especially – in line with the AU’s Vision 2063.
As the maker of some of the world’s most iconic fast-moving consumer Goods (FMCG) products, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has a real interest in servicing one of the biggest potential markets in the world, but the market must be able to support the product.
The only way for us to help achieve that is to support the economies of the countries where we trade. As a large business and employer, we make a direct positive contribution by investing, as we have in new bottling plants and increased capacity in South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda; by sourcing our ingredients locally, and by employing locally.
But perhaps the most effective way of stimulating the economy and breaking the bonds of poverty is through our development of entrepreneurs.
CCBA, using local suppliers and entrepreneurs, supports many more livelihoods than just those of it staff, from the local distribution partners who deliver our products in their own vehicles, to retailers who get fridges from us which they use to showcase and supply our products.
The knock-on effect is dramatic. As an example, across our business, we employ more than 16000 people in 37 bottling plants, but millions more benefit throughout the value chain as we service 600000 outlets.
Developing entrepreneurs, giving them hard financial skills and a ready supply of product to sell, helps create an anchor for their retail operations. We do this in line with the recommendations in the African Economic Outlook report by focusing on women and youth.
As part of the Coca-Cola system, we’ve been empowering women across our markets through the 5by20 programme. The initiative aims to help 5million female entrepreneurs within the Coca-Cola value chain overcome barriers as they grow or establish businesses by next year.
The 5by20 initiative offers women business owners and managers access to business opportunities, educational courses, financial products and mentors. Since 2010,159848 women have been enabled in this way across CCBA.
As of June, we exceeded our 5by20 targets, with Tanzania (44821), Kenya (31403), Uganda (29017), Mozambique (18 417), Ethiopia (12832) and South Africa (13328) leading the way.
It’s about shared opportunity: we meet the needs of our consumers, we develop our retailers and distributors, local suppliers benefit, jobs are created in communities where there weren’t any, and our shareholders benefit from the increased viability of our operations and the security of their investments.
The corporate sector has to find areas, with government, to create industry. This will grow employment, and companies and their employees will pay taxes, which can fund social investment such as education, healthcare and housing. In turn, the investments in human capital will lift productivity and the growth potential of African economies.
Governments must put the interests of their people first. It is increasingly clear that this is not only possible but necessary to do so by working in partnership with the private sector. Together, we can break the spiral of poverty in Africa.
Jacques Vermeulen is chief executive of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa.
Cape Town – A Cape Town mother of two young boys with autism has turned a heartbreaking situation into an opportunity to educate people about the importance of mental health awareness through starting an NGO dedicated to her sons.
Liesel Gaffley was shattered when her eldest son, Alexander Gaffley, 6, was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, and dedicated as much time as she could to his needs.
“We realised at 18 months that there was something wrong with Alex: he just changed and was no longer making eye-contact with us and had stopped talking. Even now he doesn’t use full sentences when speaking, simply using one word to refer to things he wants or needs,” she said.
In September 2016, Gaffley started her NGO, called the Alexander Foundation, in order to raise awareness about autism.
“I give talks at events once a month about mental health and sell T-shirts and key rings to help raise funds for the NGO and for other organisations that help kids with autism,” she said.
“These talks are really important for me because I’ve suffered with depression since I was a teenager and it all just became too much for me when my youngest son, Adam, 4, was also diagnosed with autism.”
Alex has mild autism and is currently non-verbal, while Adam has a higher level of functioning and has delayed speech.
“They’re very different children – Adam is very social, and his brother is quite an introvert,” Liesl said.
Alex is at Alpha School in Woodstock, a learning institution that provides training and education for children with autism. “Recently, the school decided to start having classes for younger children and so Adam – who is at crèche – will start attending classes at the Alpha in October.”
Gaffley said that she and her husband, Riccardo Gaffley, processed the news of the two boys having autism in very different ways.
“While I went into overdrive mode, my husband needed time to process everything that was going on in our lives as a family,” she said.
“We refer to Alex as pre-verbal because we still have hopes that he’ll speak one day. My husband is still very hopeful that Adam will one day be able to attend a main- stream school.”
Gaffley said a big challenge parents of children with autism often face is a lack of support from family members.
“There’ also a lot of education and awareness that needs to take place about the condition,” she said.
Gaffley is writing a children’s book about autism.
A State Capture witness has fled the country out of fear for her life. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has been told that Koroneka Trading and Projects Director, Babadi Tlatsana has received several death threats.
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Neo Solutions Director Vivien Natasen has told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture he did not see anything wrong in giving former SAA Express Commercial Manager Brian van Wyk R300 000 in cash when he needed the money urgently.
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CARDIFF – Prop Rhys Carre and wing Owen Lane will make their international debut for Wales when they host Ireland in their penultimate Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff on Saturday, head coach Warren Gatland said on Thursday.
Gatland made 14 changes to the squad that beat England 13-6 earlier this month and the team will be captained by Josh Navidi, with Aaron Shingler and James Davies in the back row alongside him.
Uncapped Carre and Lane have played together for Wales’ age-grade sides and Gatland said it was a “great opportunity” for the pair to make an impression before he finalises his 31-man squad for next month’s World Cup in Japan.
“They’ve worked hard all summer to get to this point so it will be good for them to get their first international caps and put their hands up for Rugby World Cup selection after the match,” Gatland said in a statement.
“For Josh, it’s a huge honour to be named captain. He has been hugely consistent for us… really impressed in the last couple of seasons and he’ll lead from the front of Saturday and it is a great compliment for him to be awarded the captaincy.
“Saturday is a really big game for the players and I’m really excited about the challenge for this Welsh team. There’s so much at stake in terms of World Cup selection and with a number of positions still up for grabs it will be a huge game.”
The only player to retain his place in the starting XV was James Davies on the back row. Scott Williams, who was released from the Six Nations squad in February due to a back injury, returns to the side.
Carre will play alongside Scarlets’ Ryan Elias and Samson Lee in the front row while Jarrod Evans is set to make his first start.
Wales play one more warm-up match away at Ireland on Sept. 7 before flying to Japan where they begin their World Cup Pool D campaign against Georgia on Sept. 23.
JOHANNESBURG – Having been absent from Banyana Banyana’s structures in the last three years, Robyn Moodaly is banking on inspiring the team to greater heights at the second bite of the cherry.
In 2016 Moodaly lost her spot in the Banyana set-up after suffering a knee injury. Upon her recovery she moved to the University of North-Western Ohio in the US where she completed her degree in sport management last year.
The 25-year-old footballer returned home and joined JVW FC late last year in order to catch the eye of Banyana’s mentor Desiree Ellis.
But her timing was bad then, the national team already having done enough to qualify for their maiden World Cup, which took place in June in France.
When the dust settled, Ellis recalled Moodaly for the recent Cosafa Championships, where the former University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre player inspired South Africa to their record sixth title in seven attempts.
“With the team having qualified for the World Cup, there’s high expectations,” Moodaly noted. “I want to get more caps with the team because I’ve been away for a while but I was very delighted to get a chance to play in the Cosafa Cup. And I’m looking forward to being back in the national team for a long time.”
It took a team effort for Banyana to win the recent Cosafa Championships, but Moodaly dished out a woman of the match performance as her team beat Zambia 1-0 in the final at Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
“Definitely (my confidence is on a high), especially considering the last time I was part of the team was in 2016,” she said.
Banyana will bank on the recent triumph in the regional finals to serve as a morale booster when they play the first leg of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers against Botswana tomorrow night (7pm) at Botswana National Stadium.
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Botswana have already indicated that they’ll go all out when they revive their rivalry with their neighbours.
They pulled out of the Cosafa, and used the period to hold an international camp in Slovakia before assembling for a local camp on Tuesday.
“They weren’t in the Cosafa Cup but they were obviously preparing,” Moodaly said.
“We know how they play, but I feel like we can come up strong and then look forward to the upcoming matches. And having camped like two weeks ago, we’ve fitted into the system. So, there wasn’t much of a gap in our return back to the ongoing camp.”
If Banyana are to qualify for their third successive Olympic Games, they’ll need to make those intentions clear by pulling off a polished performance tomorrow night.
Bidvest Wits register another victory in the Premier Soccer League beating Stellenbosch FC with 2-1 at Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.
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The Human Rights Commission says the settlement agreement it reached with businessman Adam Catzavelos will act as a deterrent but also ensure there’s restorative justice.
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The music producer behind some of South Korea’s biggest K-pop stars was questioned by police on Thursday in connection with an investigation into illegal gambling and prostitution that has rocked the music industry.
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BLOEMFONTEIN –The Sharks have made just one change to their side to face the Free State Cheetahs in their Currie Cup semifinal in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Curwin Bosch returns to flyhalf after a minor injury. After losing to the Pumas in round three, the Sharks have enjoyed a fruitful run of good form, beating the Cheetahs at Kings Park before back-to-back away wins against the Lions and Blue Bulls.
Sharks fullback Aphelele Fassi said his side would be confident heading into the clash.
“After last week’s victory over the Blue Bulls, I’m really happy with where the team is at right now. We lost two games which we could have won, but we’ve grown since then through lots of hard work,” said Fassi.
“As a youngster, I grew up dreaming of playing in the oldest rugby competition, and now that we’re here and I’m in a semifinal with a whole lot of other young players, it’s a huge honour and privilege for us. The youngsters bring a lot of energy into the team and although they’re learning, they’re doing well and contributing in a good way.
“This weekend is about us sticking to our processes, doing the basics right and if we can achieve that, we stand a good chance.”
The Sharks team:
15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward (co-captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Tera Mtembu (co-captain), 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Phepsi Buthelezi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Thomas du Toit.
JOHANNESBURG – Thomas Jantjies would have been a proud man when his son, Elton’s name was called out among the 31 players that will represent South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in Japan next month.
It was his dream to see Elton in the Green and Gold at the global showpiece but he would never get to experience the moment after he died in 2013 due to a bee sting to the head.
Elton Jantjies said on Monday that although his father may not be here anymore, he had no doubt Thomas was present in one form or another.
“It is a privilege, and it is not that I have to go to the World Cup, Rassie (Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus) has placed his faith in me,” Jantjies said.
“Making the squad is a victory for my father, I can’t escape that; it is the reason why I play every week. It is for my dad.
“He wanted me to go to the 2011 World Cup, and I didn’t. He then died, and in 2015, I had a good opportunity, but it wasn’t my time,” he added.
Jantjies missed out on World Cup selection four years ago with former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer opting for Morne Steyn, Pat Lambie and Handre Pollard as his flyhalf options.
No matter how well Jantjies performs, he cannot seem to escape the criticism from his naysayers. Not even now that he is a regular selection for the Springboks, whether he starts or plays off the bench.
But Jantjies has never allowed poisoned opinions to get him down. He believes he has a higher purpose.
“I knew I would get offers from overseas and there would be the temptation to move, to leave the Lions or not represent South Africa,” Jantjies said.
“Guys get good contracts and go overseas.
“My rugby career is not about money, it is about my goals and my purpose, and that is to play for my father and for the Springboks.”
Jantjies made his Springbok debut against Australia in the 2012 Rugby Championship at Loftus Versfeld, four months before Thomas’ untimely death.
Stepping into the environment as a 22-year-old, Jantjies found it intimidating with the team featuring 2007 World Cup winners.
Now a seasoned veteran with 35 Test caps to his name he encourages newbies to showcase their individuality.
“I try to tell the new guys to be comfortable in their own skins, don’t try to be something else, be yourself,” Jantjies said.
Jantjies started in the opening Rugby Championship match against Australia and the Farewell Test against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld this season.
Although the Boks have been unbeaten so far this year, Jantjies believes they still need to iron out some kinks before their World Cup campaign kicks off in earnest against the All Blacks on September 21.
“We are focusing on Japan, we won the Rugby Championship, but the last game against Argentina was tough. There were aspects from that game we need to fix against Japan (in their last warm-up game before the World Cup starts),” Jantjies said.
“We can’t look further than the warm-up match against Japan (on September 7), a Test remains a Test, and it doesn’t matter that it isn’t a World Cup game.”
Johannesburg – Adam Catzavelos, the man who infamously filmed himself in an insulting and racially charged 22 second ‘weather forecast’ video clip at a Greek beach, has apologised to black South Africans for calling them the k-word.
Catzavelos’ racist video went viral last year, angering many South Africans.
He said on the video: “Let me give you a weather forecast here. Blue skies, beautiful day, amazing sea, and not one k***** in sight, (it’s) f****** heaven on earth, you cannot beat this”.
He is also being tried by a Greek court.
The South African Human Rights Commission dragged Catzavelos to the Equality Court after the video surfaced. At the court, Catzavelos apologised for his racially charged insult and has reached an agreement with the commission to pay a R150 000 fine, which is to be paid over 30 months in R5000 installments to a charity organisation.
In his apology, which he read out in court, Catzavelos apologised and owned up to taking the video selfie in August last year.
“I, Adam Catzavelos acknowledge and admit that I, on the 12th day of August 2018, made a selfie video of myself whilst on a beach on holiday in Greece where I made a racial slur, using the “k- word with reference to black South Africans in general,” he said in the statement.
Catzavelos said he was “disgusted, horrified and ashamed” of his behaviour, after he was forced to watch the video by his lawyers.
“I now, more than ever, in the course of having to confront and take responsibility for my actions, which has forced me to consider deeply issues such as dignity and humanity, am acutely aware of how profoundly dehumanising and hurtful it must be for black South Africans to be referred to by the "k-word with all its connotations, who a mere 24 years ago were liberated from centuries of enslavement, colonisation and subjugation and oppression.
“I acknowledge what I have done and the harm it has caused first and foremost to black South Africans but also to our country, to all South Africans irrespective of race, and to my family and take full responsibility for it and hold myself accountable.
“I returned to South Africa early this year on my own accord for that very purpose,” he said.
He said he was deeply remorseful for what he had done and apologised “sincerely”.
“I have had to look at myself from many different angles inside and out and can assure you that I have grown as a person, and never again will I be so insensitive as to not take other people’s feelings into account.
“I have already mentioned the self-loathing and shame I have felt as a result of my actions. In the course of going through the processes both in relation to the Criminal prosecution and the proceedings in the Equality Court, and in preparing this apology statement, I have become aware of the extent to which I, as a perpetrator, have damaged my own dignity and humanity,” he said.
He said he hoped that he would be forgiven for his actions.
“I am hopeful that in making this acknowledgement and apology I will be forgiven and be able to restore my identity as a person and my pride so that I am also able to restore my confidence and participate in all aspects of life in South Africa including the building of social cohesion,” he said.
Maybe you kick off your shoes at home because you don’t want to track dirt across clean carpets or floors, or maybe it’s just a relief to shed them. But if you regularly take them off because you’re worried about harmful bacteria from the outside getting inside and making you sick, relax. Those concerns are overblown, according to experts, who added that more pressing health risks are often overlooked.
Contaminated shoes are unlikely to make you sick: It’s possible to transmit germs from your footwear if you touch your shoes and then your face or mouth, for instance, or if you eat food that’s been dropped on the floor. But in the hierarchy of potential health hazards at home, bacteria-caked shoes rank comparatively low, according to Donald W. Schaffner, a food microbiologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
He said there are more important considerations. Is anyone in the house sick? Are there frogs, turtles or snakes nearby, which can carry salmonella? Is food being stored and prepared properly?
Sponges, which retain water and food particles, are a “cesspool” of bacteria, said Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
Outside the home, there are objects and surfaces that are frequently touched but seldom, if ever, washed, such as money, ATM buttons and gas station pump handles, he said, adding, “Focusing on people’s shoes feels like focusing on the wrong vector.”
Overall, experts emphasized that washing your hands with soap and water remained the most important health practice.
Dirt can be healthy. Really. Considering the benefits of modern-day sanitation, vaccinations and health care, the likelihood of getting sick from our shoes is “infinitesimally small as to almost be unwarranted,” said Jack A. Gilbert, a professor in the department of pediatrics and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.
Gilbert, an author of the book “Dirt Is Good,” said there were theories suggesting that bringing elements of the outdoors indoors could help stimulate autoimmune systems, particularly in children.
In the first year of life, physical interaction with a dog can reduce a child’s likelihood of developing asthma by 13%, while interactions in a barn or farm can reduce it by 50%, he said.
When should you take off your shoes? It’s best to take your shoes off if you have young children crawling on floors or people in the home who have allergies, because pollen can be transferred to floors, especially to carpets.
“In cases where your immune system is compromised – people who have cancer, have undergone an organ transplant, have an infection – then there is much more of a reason to take your shoes off when you come home,” Cuchara said.
If the person you are visiting prefers that you take your shoes off, it’s sound etiquette to abide by their wishes, said April Masini, who writes about relationships and etiquette for her website, Ask April.
“Even if you don’t see shoes at the entrance, you can always ask if your host would like you to take off your shoes upon entering,” she said.
It is also a common practice observed in Asian and Middle Eastern countries, said Benjamin Hiramatsu Ireland, an assistant professor of modern language studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
“Removing one’s shoes upon entering a home stems from the respectful observance of religious practices that have been integrated within the cultural fabric and expected ‘to-dos’ of each of these countries and, of course, for reasons pertaining to hygiene,” he said.
It was dubbed the Miyagi vs Karate Kid contest as the teacher (Steve Komphela) came up against his student (Rhulani Mokwena) but the Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows game produced a goalless draw in an Absa Premiership game played at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday night.
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