The South African Municipal Workers Union, SAMWU has called on the City of Cape Town to employ the current 10 000 Extended Public Workers permanently, and to do away with labour brokers.
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The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) is embarking on a campaign called ‘Learn Without Fear’ that is aimed at eradicating inequality and bullying at the country’s schools.
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HARARE – Recent rains in South Africa may have provided some respite for ostrich producers in the Karoo region but farmers there say this is not enough to break the drought effects parching the region.
The Karoo ostrich farmers’ plight is exacerbated by power outtages instituted by Eskom as well as rising feed-stocks which are exerting pressure on margins.
SA produces “more than 65% of the world production” of ostrich products, according to Piet Kleyn of the SA Ostrich Business Chamber.
However, Joey Potgieter, an ostrich farmer under the Ostrich Producers Association has told Business Report that although the region has been receiving some rains in the past few months, “it is not nearly sufficient to break the current drought effects” that have been burning the region.
“The feed is very expensive and margins are low. We have to have a good feed conversion ratio and low mortalities to survive as farmer,” he said.
Other ostrich producers in the Karoo cited “labour laws with fixed minimum wages” as well as “the land talks” that are heating up in SA and “Eskom and its power failures” among additional constraints that are impacting on operations.
In the past year, the SA Ostrich Business Chamber in Oudtshoorn said producers of the big birds were suffering from drought.
However, despite the drought conditions affecting ostrich farmers in the Karoo, South Africa has remained “the leader by quite a margin in the world in terms of ostrich products supply” according to Piet Kleyn, CEO of SA Ostrich Business Chamber.
Potgieter further adds that there are also opportunities in 2020 to continue exports of day old chicks to the Middle East and Pakistan.
Other international markets are also still keen on SA heat treated ostrich meat, although other product exports are still restricted owing to the Avian Influenza outbreak that hit poultry producers in SA recently.
“Due to the AI situation in the RSA only heat treated meat were allowed to be exported as well as feathers / leather and pet treats. South African consumers are well aware of the healthy status of the meat and buy a certain amount of product in supermarkets and in restaurants,” further commented Potgieter.
There is also a growing local market for ostrich skin products although the amounts are still small.
South Africa has about 360 registered ostrich holdings although the number of those actively producing at the moment is just about 200. The country’s production of around 150,000 ostriches per year is however expected to be subdued owing to the drought conditions in the Karoo.
A few other producers such as Potgeiter meanwhile plan to boost output by about 30 percent this year after implementing survival measures.
Business Report reported this year that South Africa is facing mounting pressure from Nigeria which could dislodge it as the number one poultry producer in the sub-sectors of chicken and chicken eggs. SA has a current production of 19.7 million chickens a week against a market demand of 21million.
“South Africa to remain the biggest industry, but its share of total African production will fall further in the next decade,” says senior Rabobank analyst Nan-Dirk Mulder.
The family of murdered Gauteng learner, Laticia Jansen, say they feel let down by the police.
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CNN voted Durban as one of the top street food destinations in the world in 2016. From the bunny chows and shisa nyama, the city has vast street food options for all taste buds.
Here are some places to check out:
Bunny Chows by Two and a Half Men
Located on Florida Road, Bunny Chows by Two and a Half Men serves up one of Durban’s classic in a picturesque setting. The Indian cuisine hotspot has become a sensation since opening last April. So, what makes Bunny Chows by Two and a Half Men different?
According to part-owner Shane Ramautar, it is their home-made spice mix that makes their bunnies stand out from the rest.
Popular items on the menu include mutton bunny and an assortment of curries served with rice. Visitors can get two mutton bunnies for R100 before 2pm daily.
Located at 295 Florida Road. Call 065 820 5555.
Food truck restaurant called The Conjunktion recently won an award for the ‘Best Foodie’ at the Durban Creative Awards, and it is easy to see why.
The Conjunktion serves up a range of street food inspired meals, from Russian Rolex rolls, iBurger Yodumo (beef and bacon burger), isibindi (ox liver) and izinso (beef kidneys). There’s also a vegetarian sandwich called the mnandi toast made of lettuce, fries, tomato, cheese and onion rings.
The Conjunktion is situated in Berea, opposite Durban University of Technology’s Steve Biko campus, and is open from Monday to Saturday from 11am until 9pm. Call 074 583 3427.
Ameri-Canteen Food Truck
From corn dogs to bacon and cheese-stuffed hamburgers, chicken noodle stir-fry, Louisiana chicken sandwiches to a chocolate dessert made with corn dog batter, the Ameri-Canteen Food Truck in Warner Beach is showcasing American diner and street food perfectly. The food truck is situated on 1 Somerset Place in Warner Beach in aManzimtoti on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
Make sure you get their famous corn dog batter, owner Bradley Naidoo swears by it. Call 082 400 6087.
The Snack Bar at The Spice Emporium
If you want to be transported to the streets of India and sample its glorious street food options, then head to The Snack Bar at The Spice Emporium.
The vegetarian spot serves up delicious Indian-inspired snacks such as bhelpuri, a mixture of puffed rice, potatoes and roasted peanuts, pani puri, a crisp, hollowed puri with potato, moong and chickpeas and the Bombay paneer sandwich. Located at 31 Monty Naicker Road in the CBD. Call 031 332 5888.
Voted one of the best 207 restaurants in the world by Conde Nast Traveller in 2016, Max’s Lifestyle has attracted some big names including actor Common, rapper TI and the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Max’s prides itself in serving delicious food. It is renowned for its shisa nyama spread for visitors.
The tourist attraction also serves up umgxabhiso (tripe) with dumplings and inhloko (sheep’s head). Located at 328 Mbe Road in Umlazi. Call 031 906 1393.
Roti & Chai
No street food list is complete without the famous Roti & Chai. Inspired by Indian street food, Roti & Chai started flourishing in Durban’s market scene before opening two branches in the city. Try their tandoori chicken naan wrap or opt for a vegetarian-friendly paneer tikka masala naan wrap.
Other options include gourmet paratha and tandoori tava pilau. Located at 223 Florida Road or Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment. Call 061 959 6975.
Afro’s Chicken Shop
Afro’s Chicken Shop made quite a name for itself in Durban.
This proudly South African foodie spot uses the freshest local ingredients and supports local talent through its interior design and art. Foodies should try the Ikaasi Burger and Tjips, Laanie Strips and Tjips with avocado and streaky bacon and veggie wrap with crumbed schnitzel and chilli chutney.
Located in 10 locations, including Florida Road, Glenwood, uMhlanga, Hillcrest, New Germany and Westville.
Apple Inc on Saturday said it would shut all of its official stores and corporate offices in mainland China until February 9 as fears over the coronavirus outbreak mounted and the death toll more than doubled to over 250 from a week ago.
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The first winner of the female race in the history of the Comrades marathon, Betty Cavanagh, has been hailed as a woman who was ahead of her time.
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The North West University‘s (NWU) Mafikeng Campus has reopened for registration and allocation of residences following a week-long shutdown. The campus was one of six campuses including the Universities of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal which were closed this week following a call by the South African Union of Students (SAUS) to shut down public […]
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Five people have died in a collision between a bakkie and a car on the N11 between Ladysmith and Newcastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
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The cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church Wilfred Napier says congregants must use Gospel to fight corruption as money which could be used to create jobs is being stolen.
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Pretoria – The phrase “time heals all wounds” has proved true for pupils who were kicking and screaming on their first day of school.
Barely a month into the academic year, many children are having the time of their lives and the anxiety is gone. They are more eager to wake up every morning and go to school, the place they initially saw as a prison for them.
Among them is Grade R pupil Mthokozisi Dulamo, who was in tears on the first day of school. On that day, he repeatedly kicked his classroom door and tried to escape while screaming from the top of his lungs, an indication that didn’t want to be at school were evident from day one.
From about 7am when children lined up to be sorted to their different classes, Mthokozisi was already in tears and clinging on to his mother.
Firmly gripping on her clothes and hiding behind her back, he didn’t even flash a smile to other children. “I don’t want school; I want to go home. Mom you don’t love me,” he screamed, causing other children to go into a ruckus
He has now done a 360-degree about-turn and become the life of his class at FF Ribeiro Primary School in Mamelodi.
Mthokozisi was entertaining the class with his playful antics this week. He jumped up and down as he flashed numerous smiles, at some point even dancing with a classmate.
His twin sister, Lihle, was in a joyous mood, as shehad been on the first day. She continued to be inquisitive and smiled continuously.
Their teacher, Philippine Mokoena, said by the third day of school Mthokozisi was friendlier and interacted with other children.
She said it was always a matter of time for pupils to settle in. “It can take anywhere from one day to two weeks, depending on their temperament, to adjust,” she said.
She said the common cause was separation anxiety and children often fed off the emotions of the people around them.
“This is particularly true when it comes to their parents. Separation anxiety in children can actually be linked to that of their parents about a child starting school,” she said.
And while others had separation anxiety, thousands struggled to find placement, prompting the provincial education department to seek help from private schools to ensure that all pupilss had a place in grades 1 or 8.
MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the admission processes this year had been “painful”, because of the new regulations and the impact these had on parents.
Desperate parents of unplaced pupils flocked to department offices across the province to plead their cases.
Lesufi said the biggest headache that needed to be resolved was placement in schools that had been approached by the department last year to increase their capacity to accommodate more pupils with either bigger or mobile classes.
Spokesperson Steve Mabona confirmed all pupils had been placed.
The Transnet National Ports Authority says it has implemented additional procedures for all vessels entering South African ports, following the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China.
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The South African Federation of Trade Unions is caught in an ugly legal battle after axing its spokesperson, who is facing three counts of rape.
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Johannesburrg – Just a few minutes into officer Jason Nzama’s morning shift, he has already spotted a speedster. A man driving a grey Toyota storms past on the R21 at an alarmingly high speed.
The man, who is heading in the direction of OR Tambo International Airport, moves into the fast lane, pushing other drivers out.
Officer Nzama and his partner clock the driver going at a speed of 165km/h on their moving violation recording device that’s fitted in their car.
Once a driver has clocked over 161km/h on any of Gauteng’s highways or freeways, it is this team’s signal to spring into action.
He immediately switches on the blue lights on his unmarked VW Golf GTI and puts the pedal to the metal so he can catch up to the Toyota.
Within seconds, they are right behind the car. They flash for him to pull over.
In a few metres, Nzama jumps out so he can chat to the driver, who just clocked 165km/ . Few words are exchanged and the man is in handcuffs.
At the Lyttelton police station in Centurion, the closest to where the offence was recorded, the driver is detained and a case of reckless and negligent driving, with an alternative charge of exceeding the legal speed limit of 120km/h , opened.
Nzama isn’t thrilled that they’ve had to arrest someone so early in the day.
“An arrest is not a success. I am still waiting for the day when I can go home without one. I will call that day a success.”
After processing the driver and completing the formalities, Nzama and his partner are back on Gauteng’s highways and freeways, making sure roads are safe in the province.
The team are part of the award- winning Gauteng Traffic Police High-Speed Unit.
This highly specialised team track down speedsters on Gauteng’s highways and freeways. They also look out for any drivers who are responsible for other driving violations.
They drive incognito in their unmarked Golf GTIs and Ford STs which have been fitted with the latest technology including eyewitness cameras fitted on the windscreens of the cars, as well as moving violation recorders to catch speedsters in the act.
“The High Speed Unit tracks down and records driving behaviour. If cars exceed 161 km/h in a 120km/h zone, that is when we get involved.”
The 36-year-old officer, who’s been part of the elite unit since 2016, and who recently received an award from Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula for going beyond the call of duty, says Gauteng drivers keep him and his team busy.
Last month, a Gauteng driver made headlines after he was captured on video clocking more than 300km/h on the R21 in Johannesburg.
The video, which was circulated on social media, showed the motorist in an Audi TTS, speeding at a maximum of 322km/h on the busy highway.
Nzama says those taking chances on Gauteng’s highways and freeways will not get away with violations on the road.
“The (Audi driver) thought he knew better. But with our technology, we have an advantage in tracking down drivers even if we aren’t around.”
“There are cameras that you don’t even know about that are watching your every move on highways and freeways. You cannot beat us.”
“If you commit major offences on the roads, there is no way you’re getting away with it, not even at night.”
The father of one says most drivers are caught speeding on the N1, R21, N4, M1, and N14 highways.
“Most recently, the R55 has also become notorious after the highway was recapitalised. Once there were dual lanes, people started enjoying themselves.”
Just last year, Nzama says he encountered a driver speeding at 252km/h on the Ben Schoeman Highway.
“It was a lady who was driving a Mercedes-Benz GLC. We had to chase after her for a while before eventually catching her.”
Nzama says while the majority of drivers co-operate and pull over, many drivers try to get away.
“From time to time we do have high-speed pursuits. Recently, we chased a car from Joburg all the way to Bronkhorstspruit.
“I’ve also had to chase drivers on foot. Some drivers jump out of their car and start running for the hills.
“We have to be mentally strong and also physically fit,” he said.
He has also been involved in chasing getaway vehicles involved in criminal activity.
“It does get hectic at times, but we are most definitely skilled to deal with these kinds of situations. The equipment we have helps us. Most of the time we do win, but there are times when our colleagues have been injured, but it’s part of the job.”
After four years with the unit, Nzama knows all the “lies and excuses” drivers come up with for speeding.
“Some of them are so creative,” he giggles. “The most popular one is that the man is rushing to get to his wife because she is about to give birth. We have heard that so many times.”
“When they tell us this, we offer to follow the driver to the hospital. But in the end we find out that there was no pregnant wife.
“Some have told us that a family member died. Most of the time, the drivers are lying. They are killing their family members before they even die.”
As a traffic law enforcement official, Nzama has also been offered bribes on numerous occasions.
“If you attempt to bribe me, it is a charge on its own. So what I do is add it to what we have charged you with already. I do not tolerate that.”
He says, however, that he takes no pleasure in arresting drivers. His mission is to make sure that Gauteng’s roads are safe.
“It’s not like I wake up and look forward to putting drivers behind bars. I am trying to keep our roads safe and doing my job. That is all.
“I want to change the perception in drivers that we are the enemy. We are not there to give you hell, but rather to make sure you are safe.”
Nzama’s recent award is another notch on the belt of the High Speed Unit, which has been winning accolades for their outstanding work and high-arrest rate over the years. It’s what drives his team to do better every day.
“We are very fortunate that our work is recognised. It puts us in a very good space and that recognition fuels us.”
He adds that the unit is “incredibly efficient” and has been since its inception.
“I think God honestly loves us because we drive more than 200km every day but we can spend a whole year without a single accident, especially when we are forced to drive at high speeds.
“The day we don’t have any fatalities on these major roads is the day we will be successful,” Nzama says.
DURBAN – Police officers from various South African Police Service (SAPS) units deployed in Hluhluwe and Mtubatuba have arrested four suspected rhino poachers for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, the SAPS in KwaZulu-Natal said on Saturday.
Police had received information about the suspects, aged between 22 and 24, travelling on the R618 at Khula village in Matubatuba on their way to Dukuduku, Colonel Thembeka Mbele said in a statement.
"Police found the vehicle on the road and swooped on the men. During a search of the vehicle, police found a rifle, binoculars, ammunition, a home-made silencer, and cellphones."
The suspects were arrested and charged with being in illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. They would appear in court soon. Investigations were also under way to establish if they could be linked to other crimes in the area, Mbele said.
In the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, many Western policymakers assumed that globalization was irreversible and would lead to rising incomes for all. In 2005, then-U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair encapsulated part of this complacent view: “I hear people say we have to stop and debate globalization. You might as well debate whether autumn should follow summer.”
The Western world’s experience in the more recent past suggests that Blair was wrong. Slower growth, a financial crisis, and, in some cases, rising income inequality have triggered a globalization backlash. The U.S. no longer seems willing to sponsor 21st century versions of the post-World War II institutions that helped set the international rules of the game. Instead, the White House places more emphasis on “America First” than on internationally agreed norms. Congress, meanwhile, hopes to contain, rather than engage with, China. One result has been the onset of a trade war that’s now gone far beyond a bilateral China-U.S. spat.
To prepare for the future, it pays to study the past. In this case, we can look to the 19th century, a period shaped by a mix of colonial ambition, the hunt for natural resources, industrial concentration (in a limited number of Northern European countries whose empires had absorbed much of the world by 1900), and a transportation revolution in rail and shipping, underpinned by coal and steam.
In contrast to the late 20th century, 19th century globalization was mostly associated with income divergence between countries and regions. Annual increases in gross domestic product per capita in the West were typically above 1%. Japan made strong gains following the late-1860s Meiji Restoration. Elsewhere, progress was limited or nonexistent.
These varying growth rates led to rapidly widening income disparities. The distinction between Western “haves” and the “have-nots” elsewhere became increasingly stark. (In the West, even the original Dickensian have-nots eventually saw their incomes rise on the back of sustained productivity advances.) In 1820, when the U.S. was still a poor nation, Chinese living standards were about 44% of those in the U.S. By 1900 they’d dropped to just 13% before falling to a mere 5% by 1950. India’s experience was similar.
Both China and India were important parts of the 19th century global economy. India was the jewel of the British Empire. It was a market for U.K. goods and a trading post between Asia and Europe. It supplied a standing army and a bulwark against Russian expansionism. China produced luxury products such as porcelain and silk that were favored by European consumers. Yet both countries fell behind economically. In 1750, India and China produced more than 57% of world manufacturing output. On the eve of World War I, they accounted for a mere 5%.
The abuses and intellectual chicanery of empire undoubtedly contributed to this. The ideas of Richard Cobden, the great 19th century proselytizer of free trade, were too often hijacked by those who, for example, wanted to open China to the world through violence and opium. The claim that Europeans were bringing civilization was undermined by, for example, Belgium’s appalling activities in the Congo, later immortalized in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (later transplanted to Vietnam and Cambodia in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now).
Technological innovations also damaged Asian economies’ manufacturing terms of trade. Steam power led to extraordinary productivity gains in England and, in time, other European countries. The increase in European textile production, for example, drove down prices on the world market. As prices fell, traditional manufacturers in India’s hitherto-dominant textile industry—too dependent on labor and too slow to embrace the machine age—simply went out of business. In time, rapid European industrialization led to more than a century of deindustrialization in India and, in many cases, a painful return to rural subsistence.
Put another way, even if globalization leads to a bigger economic pie, the distribution of the slices depends on how technology reshapes economic relations. In the second half of the 20th century, technology led to dispersion. The expansion of global supply chains—thanks to mobile capital and, in East Asia, a determination to produce goods that could compete in local and world markets—meant that more countries benefited. A century earlier, technology spurred agglomeration. Industrial advances created massive economies of scale and conquered distance (with rail and ship). Suddenly, a limited number of regions could produce goods for consumers all over the world. Think of the rise of the U.K.’s industrial heartlands and the expansion of docks in London, Liverpool, Bristol, and Southampton.
It’s easy to imagine that the forces of dispersion will continue as they did in the second half of the 20th century. Following the 2008 global financial crisis, capital is a little less mobile across borders than it was at its peak, but volumes remain very high. Wages vary enormously between countries, implying that outsourcing and offshoring should continue. Surveys measuring the ease of doing business across nation-states suggest that modern-day “trade”—inward investment for those countries short of domestic savings in exchange for improved rule of law and better corporate governance–should only increase.
East Asia’s story is a little more complex, because many countries had a savings surplus and didn’t depend on foreign inflows. Even so, surveys suggest the ease of doing business has improved considerably in recent years in places such as China. New technologies, including 3D printing, broadband communication, and remote provision of services (including, for example, surgery), may enable would-be consumers to be reached more easily all over the world, pointing to an increase in localized (or dispersed) production.
Yet all this assumes that technology simply allows the world to become increasingly “flat.” Already the evidence of flatness within nations is fading fast. Rapid increases in income and wealth inequality between regions within the U.S. and Europe suggest that overall economic expansion has become associated with the reemergence of winners and losers.
Consider the effect of new technologies. More jobs have been automated because of advances in computing, robotics, and artificial intelligence. One consequence has been the hollowing out of clerical jobs. Displaced employees end up competing for positions that might have been considered below their pay grade. That depresses wages more generally. In other words, the technology revolution appears to be creating a large number of losers even as the winners—the WhatsApp innovators, the Facebook pioneers—make fortunes.
If technology can disrupt the labor market within a country’s borders, it might have a similar effect across them. The late-20th century global supply chain model relied, in part, on companies arbitraging the lower cost of labor in country B relative to country A. That arbitrage increased with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Soviet Communism, and the information technology revolution.
Yet it might reverse if jobs can be performed by robots even more cheaply. After all, companies that invest in or source materials from far-flung countries are taking on significant risks: political (Venezuela today); environmental (Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nightmare); financial (the 1997-98 Asian crisis); or legal (the ongoing challenge of France’s labor laws). Those risks could be removed at a stroke with homegrown robots.
This would threaten a return of 19th century agglomeration. Instead of dispersing opportunities, skills, and knowledge to workers around the world, capital could stay home. Wealthy countries would invest in robot technology. Those who owned capital—or the ability to tax capital—would prosper. Those who supplied only labor—particularly for jobs that are easily automated—would suffer. Big chunks of Asia, much of sub-Saharan Africa, and large parts of Latin America might be left behind as the richer countries, in effect, build gated communities.
Arguments for free trade depend on the idea that economic and financial links between countries create win-win outcomes. If the rise of the robots removes the need for global supply chains—or at least shortens them—it becomes easier to support isolationist policies. The institutions that helped set the international rules of the game since the end of World War II would dissolve or be supplanted. Regionalism and nationalism would become more likely default outcomes.
Trade would still occur but largely between the nations rich in robots and those rich in commodities. The situation would look remarkably similar to the 19th century, with industrial concentration in some parts of the world, declining prices for robot-produced goods and services (today’s version of steam power), and deteriorating terms of trade for manufacturing and services elsewhere. That could trigger a return in many countries to commodity dependency and a widening gap between rich and poor nations.
This might foreshadow a return to another key aspect of 19th century globalization. Just as globalization in the years running up to the 2008 crisis was dominated by cross-border capital flows, so was the 19th century version dominated by flows of people from the Old to the New World. That movement of people was proportionately much higher than the migration seen in recent years from Latin America to the U.S. or from Eastern to Western Europe. In the mid-19th century, many who made the journey—typically from England or Germany—had skills that commanded higher-than-average wages in North America. By the end of the 19th century, transportation costs had declined considerably, and those who were poor, desperate, or both could afford a one-way ticket. Migrants from Southern or Eastern Europe were prepared to work for wages that undercut those earned by existing U.S. workers.
It isn’t impossible to imagine a similar process in the 21st century. If robots lead to a manufacturing renaissance in the richest nations and the gap between rich and poor countries widens, people in the losing countries will have a powerful incentive to move. Given likely demographic trends this century—notably the rapid population growth in Africa and the Middle East—the rise of the robots is likely to be matched by a march of the migrants.
King is senior economic adviser to HSBC Holdings Plc and author of Grave New World: The End of Globalization, the Return of History. This column doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinion of Business Report or Bloomberg and its owners.
Leticia Jansen’s funeral service is being held at the Khuthalo hostel hall in Dukathole in Germiston East of Johannesburg.
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The father of the late Enock Mpianzi has described his son as remarkable – saying he had many dreams and plans for the future.
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