The constant struggle for employment and employability is being addressed through a camp by the South African National Defence Force.
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CAPE TOWN – Despite Mpati Commission evidence leader advocate Jannie Lubbe’s claims that he never prejudiced black-owned companies, new evidence has emerged suggesting he may have done so in a different letter to the one he tabled before the commission last week.
In his response to the Independent Media report that he had singled out nine black-owned firms for attention before the start of the commission, Lubbe said it was factually incorrect to say he did so because he later added other mostly white-owned companies such as Steinhoff, Ascendis Health, Grit, NEF and Eskom among 38 other companies.
He did not say why they were initially excluded.
Lubbe submitted a letter to the commission, dated January 15, 2019, saying he did not instruct former acting PIC chief executive Matshepo More but merely requested information from the PIC about the nine companies.
However, Independent Media can reveal that the letter in its possession, dated December 4, 2018, was not tabled by Lubbe.
The letter clearly shows that prior engagement between Lubbe and More had taken place.
This letter was not disclosed at the commission.
The commission is probing allegations of impropriety at the Public Investment Commission,
This came after a leaked letter written by More revealed that Lubbe had targeted the nine companies even though they accounted for R22 billion of the more than R100bn PIC investments.
They included VBS Mutual Bank, Lancaster, S&S Refineries and Sekunjalo subsidiaries such as AYO Technology Solutions and Independent Media. Notably, the PIC investment in all nine companies totals about 25 percent of its transactions and that several companies on the list are still viable.
Interestingly, 30 percent of his initial list consisted of companies in which Sekunjalo has an interest.
Commission transcripts and statements show that AYO Technology Solutions has been the main focus. It has been discussed more than any other company at the commission.
However, firms such as Group 5, EOH, Tongaat Hulett, AfriSam, Tiso Blackstar, MTN remain untouched, despite allegedly costing the PIC about R100bn.
During his heated exchange with More last week, Lubbe began by taking issue with suggestions that he had instructed the PIC board and management to target black companies.
“Now before we start with your statement there is another aspect I’d like to get out of the way, on June 19 this year on the front page of The Star newspaper there appeared an article referring to a leaked letter written by you.
“That letter has revealed how the evidence leader, and that is me, had instructed you and the rest of the board of the PIC, senior management and staff at the asset manager to provide detailed information specifically related to just nine groups of companies.
“The emphasis is on the words ‘instructed you and the board’. Now I’ve requested you to bring that letter to the commission, have you got a copy of that?” Lubbe asked, to which More said “yes!”
More maintained that she would “not deal directly” with media reports, as she was “not privy” to the leaked letter.
She said she was only aware of the one she wrote to the board, “updating them about the progress regarding the commission”.
Offering to rather “clarify”, More began reading the contents of her letter before Lubbe interjected.
“Thank you, we can stop there. That’s the relevant part of the letter that I wanted you to read into the record.
“Do you see or find anything in the letter that I instructed you or the board to do something?” he asked.
“So the word instruct, so you just requested information on an urgent basis,” More replied.
More further told the commission that she had suggested to Lubbe that two other companies should be added to the list.
“I responded to this e-mail from advocate Lubbe and highlighted it to say: ‘Thank you for your email.
“Quick question: I see even this list does not have any NEF and also Eskom. Should I take it that they are not applicable? “I won’t go further for that. Then advocate Lubbe responded and said the two I mentioned must be included.”
The letter clearly shows that prior engagement between Lubbe and More had taken place.
Ordinary people, mainly villagers from the rural Vhembe District in Limpopo, who deposited all their savings into the now liquidated VBS Mutual Bank, are concerned that they might never get their money.
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Veteran SABC broadcaster, Mduduzi Hlophe, has been described as an unsung hero within the broadcasting industry.
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The Jaguares are in the final of the 2019 Super Rugby after soundly beating the Brumbies 39-7 in their semi-final match in Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires.
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After more than a decade in a Thailand prison for drug trafficking, South African Nontando Pendu has returned home.
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CAPE TOWN – Kane Reilly starts his European trail-running season at the legendary French Alpine mountain town of Chamonix on Sunday.
South Africa’s leading trail athlete will be looking to bring his domestic form to international competition at the Marathon du Mont Blanc, the second stop on the Golden Trail World Series, following the season opener at Zegama four weeks ago.
Spanish superstar Kilian Jornet took line honours at Zegama, while Norway’s Eli Anne Dvergsdal won the women’s race in her trail marathon debut.
With Jornet, who also won last year’s Marathon du Mont Blanc, choosing to sit out this year’s race, last year’s Golden Trail Series winner Stian Angermund-Vik of Norway will be a strong contender.
The winner of last year’s Otter African Trail, Poland’s Bartlomiej Przedwojewski (second at Zegama), France’s Thibaut Baronian and Italian Francesco Puppi are likely to be in close pursuit.
New Zealand’s Ruth Croft returns to defend her title and faces strong competition from Dvergsdal, American Megan Kimmel, Dutch runner Ragna Debats (Team Merrell) and Spain’s Eli Gordon (third last year).
But South African Meg Mackenzie will also be pushing hard for a top-five finish, following her impressive eighth in last year’s race.
Fellow Capetonian Toni McCann will be looking to consolidate her strong start to the series following her 16th place in Zegama.
A brutal heatwave currently sweeping France will likely impact the outcome, favouring athletes better adapted to running in warm climes, potentially acting in Reilly’s favour.
The Cape Town-based athlete placed an impressive fifth behind Spanish star Kilian Jornet in the 2017 race, but fell short of his best form during last year’s European summer.
A bout of sinusitis played a major part in Reilly’s withdrawal 36km into last year’s Mont Blanc race, after running with the leaders in the early stages.
But Reilly feels more confident, healthy and relaxed heading into Sunday’s race.
“My preparation has been great! I’ve had some good weeks at home in recent weeks and have had a couple solid runs in and around Chamonix,” Reilly said yesterday.
“My run – work balance has been good – running in the mornings, and working in afternoons/evenings.
“I will try and not be too crazy at the beginning because of the heat,” admitted Reilly. “But I think the start will be quick given the first 10km being pretty relatively flat. My new goal is just to run as I do back home.
“I think if I can do this, I’ll be in with a shot of mixing it up with the top guys.
“As always, I’m looking to have a great run – I don’t have any crazy expectations to be honest, but am feeling very excited.”
Cape Town – From the outside, Al-Noor Orphanage Centre seems well kept, with signs reading “Welcome to our village” and “It takes a village to raise a child” on its concrete fence.
A sad reminder of the children who once lived there are hand-prints on a wall at the entrance. Brightly coloured locked containers, likely a sewing room and a library, were also decorated with prints.
Emotional after opening the girls’ room and being greeted by emptiness, a staff member said the children had lacked for nothing.
“Our children had clothing, shoes and toys. These are all things which were donated to them. The children here were really spoilt.”
Pink bedding caught the eye in the room. Cupboard doors were still open, showing signs that whoever had lived there had packed in a rush before they were removed on June 12 by the Department of Social Development.
Rubbish bags lay in a row on bunk beds.
Looking out onto the field from the room, an empty playground caught the eye.
A broken swing-set surrounded by overgrown grass stood out in the corner of the field.
Speaking to the Weekend Argus, a social worker at the orphanage said the government had placed the orphans at the home.
“Our children here were getting everything, even things that our kids at home do not get.”
A football trophy was displayed at the entrance of the boys’ room, with a fooseball table in the corner.
Clothes and shoes peeked out from some of the lockers and cupboards.
In the boys’ shower, a pair of sandals lay on the floor along with other litter.
There was a pungent smell at the exit to the boys’ room and near the dining hall, where the children ate and did homework.
It was a smell that lingered even after stepping out for some air.
The trophies and certificates from past and recent residents were on display outside the hall. In the same vicinitywas a small prayer room and computer room.
Toni Tresadern, who visited the centre in 2006 with a sponsor, said red flags had gone up when they were taken on a tour of the premises and she noticed that none of the computers in the computer room were plugged in.
Tresadern is a community worker and runs a safe house for special needs children.
“They were very old units and I was surprised when the owner told us that they offered comprehensive computer courses to the children.
“It was clear that no money had been spent on maintenance of the home for some time.
“Children from hard places are terrified of being sent to worse places and very often feel that nobody would believe their stories anyway.
“When children are removed due to neglect and abuse, they often ask to go back to where the abuse happened as they are extremely frightened about the road ahead.”
Standerton – Four people died and another person was injured when two cars collided head-on on the R546 between Standerton and Evander in Mpumalanga in the early hours of Saturday morning, paramedics said.
Shortly after 4am on Saturday morning, Netcare 911 paramedics responded to reports of a car crash on the R546 near Charl Cilliers, north of Standerton, Netcare 911 spokesman Shawn Herbst said.
Reports from the scene indicate that two cars were involved in a collision. Paramedics assessed the scene and found that four occupants from one of the cars sustained fatal injuries and were declared dead on the scene.
An adult man from the second car sustained moderate injuries. Once stabilised he was transported by ambulance to hospital for further treatment, Herbst said.
Boasting unparalleled views to Magaliesburg, The Northcliff, one of Johannesburg’s ultimate boutiques, suburban hospitality experiences, has opened its signature restaurant, Kranz.
With an innovative interpretation of classic, uncomplicated dining, the Kranz menu combines locally sourced produce and seasonal ingredients for a menu that constantly changes and evolves throughout the year.
“Kranz offers a simple, yet sophisticated, intimate dining experience for our guests, whether they are staying in one of our hotel rooms or simply joining us for a meal,” says The Northcliff’s Jaco Minnaar.
“We are also proud of our diverse wine list of limited edition vintages from boutique South African vineyards hand-picked to complement each dish on our menu.”
Minnaar adds that for events, bespoke menus can also be created to ensure business and special occasions are truly memorable.
“Although we’ve only been open for a few weeks, we already have regulars joining us for lunch and dinner, with out of town guests taking advantage of The Northcliff’s world-class accommodation and detail-oriented service.”
Before a meal or even for after-work sundowner drinks, Minnaar invites guests to enjoy the pool deck and garden to savour a carefully selected glass of wine or cocktail from the well-stocked bar.
“We understand that service and attention to detail are paramount and we look forward to fast becoming a landmark on the Johannesburg culinary and hospitality landscape as we grow The Northcliff over the years to come,” said Minnaar.
Comprising a diverse selection of limited edition vintages from small South African vineyards, each wine is handpicked to complement specific dishes on the menu in order to give you the full taste experience.
The restaurant and hotel are a combined triumph of design with a minimalist edifice and an elegant luxurious interior, but the venue loses a few points when it comes to accessibility.
The steep, hilly roads and the multitude of stairs inside the hotel are undoubtedly a consequence of its stunning location, but the venue is unfortunately virtually inaccessible for the disabled and the elderly.
The Northcliff is open from Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch. Breakfast is available exclusively for in-house guests.
Kranz also offers a lighter menu for the lounge, pool deck and garden from 11am to 6pm.
President Ramaphosa has shared his vision of turning South Africa’s economy around with business communities in Osaka, Japan.
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Megan Rapinoe stole the headlines again as her brace took the United States through to the semi-finals of the women’s World Cup on Friday, the holders beating France 2-1 in Paris to puncture the hopes of the host nation.
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The Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says South Africa should use the Indoni My Heritage, My Pride Programme, to rescue its youth from social ills.
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In a room filled with budding sommeliers, wine enthusiasts and members of the hospitality industry, The Black Cellar Club (BLACC) had a special showcase of Bouchard Finlayson handcrafted Pinot Noirs by winemaker, and South Africa’s “Father of Wine”, Peter Finlayson.
Bouchard Finlayson, one of South Africa’s most awarded boutique wine estates lies in a scenic valley called Hemel-en-Aarde or Heaven-and-Earth. With panoramic views of the ocean and mountains, the boutique vineyard is just a short hour and a half drive from Cape Town. As one of the coolest wine-making regions in the Cape, with duplex soil structures and sun-facing slopes, the promise of the unique terroir is harnessed by the winemaker in slow-ripened, flavour-rich wines.
Globally acclaimed for producing the best Pinot Noir in South Africa, the opportunity to taste Bouchard Finlayson wine in an intimate setting, with commentary from Finlayson was truly something special. The event was held at The Oyster Box Hotel’s Durban July room on Monday, where we tried the Galpin Peak Pinot Noir from several different years, the Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir and two Hannibal wines.
A taste of Galpin Peak Pinot Noir through the years
Starting with Galpin Peak Pinot Noirs, this particular wine is described as, ”Rich with luscious soft tannins and red fruits deftly balanced on a cord of lingering plum and raspberry delights. Expected to age with appealing composure.”
We tasted a bottle of Galpin Peak Pinot noir for every year from 2004-2009 before trying the, more recent, 2018 bottle. Being able to learn about the seasons, whether they were dry or wet, opened us up to the journey of wine from vine to glass, and how unpredictable the process of winemaking can be.
The fifteen-year-old 2004 bottle of pinot noir had a very mature, fruity aroma that felt dry as it lingered on my palette. I watched the more experienced wine connoisseurs swirl the velvety dark liquid around in their glasses as co-founder of BLACC, Aubrey Ngcungama, shared that this technique is used to help the wine to open up. “Swirling opens up the wine by introducing oxygen so it breathes and releases the aromas. It is particularly useful if the wine is older and requires more time to open up.” I swirled the liquid around before my second sip and was amazed by the difference and how much more I enjoyed the overall taste.
Out of all the earlier wines, the 2005 pinot noir was by far my favourite. This wine was elegant and smooth and called me back to the glass each time I set it back down.
We then moved on to the 2018 bottle of Galpin Peak, it was classic ruby in hue, and had a very fruity aroma with more bitter, higher tannins. It was clear it was still very young and still developing into a true pinot noir. After trying all the wines and experiencing how they mature in colour, aroma and taste, I found that the earlier wines were much more velvety with a meaty earthiness that exploded on the tongue. Finlayson said, "This is a versatile red wine that pairs well with fish, poultry, red meats and cheese. When pairing your meal with wine, don’t confuse it with too much sweetness or spice as it’s important to understand what you are tasting."
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Originally prompted by the classic taste and palate of Italian varieties, the Hannibal Red is a blend based on Sangiovese, a red Italian wine grape variety that derives its name from the Latin sanguis Jovis, "the blood of Jupiter" and Nebbiolo, an Italian red wine grape variety predominantly associated with its native Piedmont region. The importation of these grape varieties in 1989 led to the development of this highly successful blend, with the first commercial launch of the Hannibal label 12 years later.
Finlayson described this wine as a special occasion wine. With firm tannins, this deep red wine has red cherry, flowers and a whiff of truffle on the nose with a little spice. Pair it with red meats and Italian cuisine.
India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday unveiled the orange-and-dark-blue jersey that the team will wear in their World Cup match against England in Birmingham.
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Manchester United completed the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for a reported fee of up to £50 million ($64 million) on Saturday.
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Job retention and the importance of supporting the local clothing industry are some of the issues that are being discussed at the South African and Clothing Textile Workers Union’s Congress currently underway in Cape Town.
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Six people have died and 14 others sustained critical injuries in separate crashes on Eastern Cape roads. Provincial Department of Transport spokesperson Unathi Binqose says the crashes are believed to be caused by alcohol consumption and reckless driving.
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