Scandinavian airline SAS cancelled more than 500 flights scheduled for Wednesday, which will ground some 47 000 passengers, as a strike by pilots entered a fifth day with no sign of talks between management and unions.
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The Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue is the publications most anticipated issue. This years is no different with one exception.
Well known for it’s sexy covers and models showing bronzed toned bodies in teeny tiny bikinis, this issue will for the first time feature a Muslim woman.
Somali-American model Halima Aden, who we’ve seen on the runway at New York Fashion Week as well Kanye West’s Yeezy clothing collection, will proudly be wearing a hijab and burkini on a beach in Kenya where she was born.
"Growing up in the States, I never really felt represented because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab," Aden said in a video tweeted by the magazine.
The model posted a picture from the shoot wearing a turquoise hijab, long yellow earrings and a deep blue burkini while lying down in shallow water.
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Don’t change yourself . Change the GAME!! Ladies anything is possible!!! Being in Sports Illustrated is so much bigger than me. It’s sending a message to my community and the world that women of all different backgrounds, looks, upbringings… can stand together and be celebrated. Thank you so much @si_swimsuit & the entire team for giving me this incredible opportunity.
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Halima, 21, made headlines at age 19 when she was the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant, where she made the semi-finals in 2016.
Taking Mom out for brunch on Mother’s Day is a tradition that’s becoming more popular each year.
If you are in and around Durban and you are still not sure where to take her, you can try any of these places.
9th Avenue Bistro
Roasted butternut squash ravioli with madeira cream, mushrooms, candied pecans and parmesan, or gin cured salmon with crème fraîche, homemade seed loaf and dill cucumber, or gorgonzola, pear and candied pecan nut salad with mixed lettuces and lemon vinaigrette, or crispy fried calamari with vietnamese and jalapeño aioli, or duck liver parfait, onion jam, pickled apples and toasted milk bun, or today’s soup.
Beef fillet with parmesan and thyme bread pudding, or roast mushroom, broccoli and truffle aioli, or crispy roasted free-range duck with potato mash, or roast carrots, grilled cabbage and carrot top pesto, or baby lango tail squid ink linguine with tomato and fennel cream, chilli pesto and rocket, or lamb belly and neck fillet with potato beignet, pea puree, zucchini balls, black garlic mayo, artichokes and lamb jus, or artichoke and truffle risotto with mushroom, spring onion and raspberry vinegar.
Gin and tonic with gin and juniper sorbet, or toasted marshmallow meringue, lemon curd and cucumber gelée, or pear and polenta cake with pomegranate and cheesecake ice cream with crystallized ginger crumble, or chocolate torte with white chocolate ice cream, bittersweet chocolate sauce and berry coulis.
Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els
Roasted beetroot and fig tart with Midlands boursin cheese, or seared ostrich with parmesan crisp, arugula, dried cranberries and shallot dressing.
Charred apricot salad with heirloom tomato, provolone cheese, balsamic reduction and micro herb salad, or beetroot cured salmon with radish, or pumpernickel bread crostini, creme fraiche and beetroot chips.
Honey glazed Midlands duck breast with braised cider red cabbage, or spiced butternut puree and smoked cauliflower florets, or seared scallops with prawn bisque, linguine, grilled prawns and fresh spring onion, or bolognaise with zucchini spaghetti, aubergine meatballs, pomodoro sauce, basil and Parmesan cheese.
Coconut panna cotta with dark rum spiced pineapple soup, or biscotti, apple and basil salad, or baked lemon cheesecake with blueberry coulis, or lemon curd and meringue chards.
Tomato and mozzarella salad or coleslaw salad with crispy bacon bits, or greek salad station or bread rolls.
Roasted leg of lamb with garlic gravy and mint sauce, or sage and onion stuffed grilled chicken.
Ginger and lemon crusted fish bake on baby marrows, or beef and vegetable stir fry with noodles, or selection of seasonal vegetables in herb butter and glazed carrots or garlic and parsley roasted potatoes and basmati rice.
Ice cream with chocolate sauce, or chocolate and amarula mousse or fruit salad with custard or a traditional malva pudding.
Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel
Starting off with rare roast beef and horseradish pinwheels, roast butternut caramelized onions and gorgonzola quiche, rooibos smoked salmon tartlets, cucumber finger sandwiches, lamb kofta with mint yoghurt and mini coq au vin pies.
This will be followed by some sweet treats, compromising off decadent dark chocolate brownies, fresh scones with Chantilly cream, macerated berries, lemon posset with almond shortbread and an array of assorted chocolates.
Boxing South Africa top brass expressed disappointment after Zolani “Last Born” Tete pulled out of the bantamweight World Boxing Super Series last week.
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CAPE TOWN – It is not often that a Stormers victory over the Bulls is not celebrated from the roof-tops. Even more so when it was sweet revenge for being slaughtered up at Loftus.
But that was exactly the muted mood in the home changeroom at Newlands on Saturday. Coach Robbie Fleck believes this is a positive omen ahead of trip to Argentina to face the Jaguares this week.
“The guys were a bit quiet after the game, and it was a sign that maybe they felt they left a lot out there. That is a good sign for us,” Fleck said.
The Stormers certainly showed they were improving in critical areas of their game against the Bulls. Throughout the season the Stormers have been good at set-piece time, and taken the ball through phases without gaining the reward it deserved.
But on Saturday, they finished off a couple of moves and also pounced on the Bulls’ mistakes and converted it into points. Captain Siya Kolisi certainly believed his team was on the right path.
“The toughest part is when you actually do play well and don’t execute, as was the case against the Brumbies,” said Kolisi. “It is tough to do analysis then and to decide what you need to get right. We felt we had done most things right in that game, we played well, we just didn’t win on the scoreboard.”
The skipper will unfortunately not to be in Buenos Aires to help continue growing his team’s momentum. He is being rested this week under the Springbok management programme along with prop Frans Malherbe.
It is a double blow for the Stormers with Pieter-Steph du Toit also being ruled out. Du Toit suffered a shoulder injury against the Bulls and was forced to leave the field. He is only expected to be back for the Crusaders clash on May 18.
Du Toit will be joined on the sidelines by rookie loose-forward Ernst van Rhyn. This setback will at least be softened with the return of Jaco Coetzee and Sikhumbuzo Notshe.
Fleck will certainly need them to make an impact for the Jaguares are immense at home.
“It is a massive game for us. We will go away to the Jaguares knowing they are a different beast in Argentina. There is lot more energy there and the crowd gets behind them,” the Stormers coach said.
“They’re a pretty physical side, they an emotional side. Every team that has gone over there has struggled, apart from probably the Lions which was in the early part of the season.
“We will do our homework and see what worked at Newlands, but knowing they will grow and extra arm and extra leg playing at home. It will be a great challenge for our boys, but we have shown that we can win away, in terms of the Rebels, so it’s just another blade of grass only a couple 1000 kilometres away.”
Stormers squad to Argentina
Jaco Coetzee, Damian de Allende, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Johan du Toit, JJ Engelbrecht, Eben Etzebeth, Neethling Fouche, Corne Fourie, Herschel Jantjies, Steven Kitshoff, Dan Kriel, Michael Kumbirai, Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Scarra Ntubeni, Sergeal Petersen, Justin Phillips, JD Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Josh Stander, Kobus van Dyk, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse.
CAPE TOWN – Kyle Verreynne is hoping his switch in the batting line-up will help him take the Cape Cobras over the line in their T20 Challenge semi-final against the Warriors in East London tomorrow.
Verreynne, 21, has endured a stuttering T20 Challenge campaign. Although one of the most talented young batsmen in the country, he has yet to develop the power-game required for the shortest format. He prefers to hit the gaps, preferably behind square, and runs hard between the wickets.
However, after being dropped mid-way through the campaign to accommodate the return of JP Duminy, he was recalled for the final league game against the Dolphins after Hashim Amla decided to focus on his preparation for the World Cup.
“I quite enjoyed opening the batting,” Verryenne said after his 26 off 29 balls. “I did it quite a bit at SA U19 level, so it is not foreign territory. It is probably my best position in the T20 format. I quite enjoyed and hopefully I will get a few more opportunities at the top.”
It is not only Verreynne, though, that will need to step up tomorrow. The Cobras have faltered in the crunch moments over the course of the season and will need to show that they possess the resolve to win under pressure.
“It was obviously disappointing to lose (against the Dolphins on Sunday). We would have wanted a bit of momentum. I think we knew that we were guaranteed a semi-final spot, but obviously a win would have given us a home semi-final, so disappointing not to get that,” Verreynne said.
“I think the boys are still excited to go out and play a semi-final. It has been a long season, but having not won anything yet, the guys are quite motivated to finish on a high. The whole squad is quite motivated to go out there and win a semi-final and win the trophy in the end.”
The Warriors are by no means a star-studded outfit, with none of their players close to top of the individual batting and bowling charts. They are, though, team that plays as a unit, giving everything in the field.
They also find the most unlikely of characters to put in a match-winning performance and the Cobras should be on the guard for the likes of Marco Marais with the bat and Sisanda Magala with the ball.
CAPE TOWN – Four people have been arrested after being found in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition in Manenberg, Cape Town, police said on Tuesday.
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the suspects were arrested on Monday night when members of the anti-gang unit responded to a shooting in Sabie road.
"As members conducted a foot patrol, they found a 31-year-old man in possession of a 9mm firearm and 17 rounds of ammunition. The suspect was arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition,” said Van Wyk.
As police apprehended the suspect, more shots went off and information came through about a firearm at premises nearby. where they found a 34-year-old man in possession of a 9mm pistol without a serial number and 11 rounds of ammunition. The man was arrested for the illegal possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition.
While still on the scene, police also arrested a 36-year-old man after he was found in possession of 25 rounds of ammunition.
Late on, police responded to a shooting and conducted a foot patrol which took them to Helen Court in Manenberg, and searched the premises. An 18-year-old man was found with a .38 special revolver without a serial number.
The teenager was due to be charged for the possession of a prohibited firearm, van Wyk said.
Cape Town – With elections just a week away emigration companies are already experiencing a surge in people enquiring to move overseas over the uncertainty of political leadership in the country.
“I can confirm that the number of enquiries regarding visas for other countries has increased,” said spokesperson at Immigration and Consulting South Africa (Imcosa).
“Seeing that this does not form part of our service (ours relates only to incoming visas and permits for South Africa), it is only the stray enquiry regarding emigration that will reach us.”
According to the company, the number of such “stray” enquiries has quadrupled in the past few weeks.
Experts have previously predicted that last year would prove to be a record year for emigration after a spike in 2015, when more than 25000 South Africans moved abroad.
The UK Office for National Statistics announced this year that, in 2017, an estimated 7300 people emigrated from South Africa to the UK. The most recent figures come from Statstics SA’s Community Survey 2016, a large-scale survey conducted between censuses.
The survey showed that 97460 South Africans had moved abroad since 2006. The bulk were between the ages of 25 and 44.
Ryan Rennison, managing director of UK visa solutions firm Move Up said that over the past four years, the company has witnessed an increase in the number of South Africans requesting permission to enter the UK.
“Late last year, we witnessed a 22% increase in the number of applicants looking to emigrate and head to the UK.
“A lot of Move Up cases consist of economic-motivated migration. Career restrictions and economic instability often motivate clients to take their skill set and expose themselves to First World economies,” Rennison said.
Global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners said there was a ever-growing demand for their services in South Africa.
“The number of foreign citizenship enquiries from South Africans shot up 125% in the second-half of last year over the same period in 2017.
“This translated into a 53% increase in applications for foreign citizenship in the second half of 2018. There was a 364% spike in enquiries in October 2018 over the same month in 2017.
“Interestingly, around 95% of South African high-net-worth clients looking to acquire an alternative citizenship are not looking to relocate or immigrate,” said Henley & Partners spokesperson Sarah Nicklin.
The country is facing a tumultuous time, both economically and socially, with monthly rising fuel prices, an unemployment level sitting stubbornly above 20%, coupled with poverty and inequality.
University of Stellenbosch political analyst Amanda Gouws said that this was because of elections.
“I think that people are a bit anxious, they are fearful that the ANC won’t get 50% and we will have a coalition government. But more so there is a fear surrounding the land and whether it will be expropriated and whether Cyril Ramaphosa will be president,” she said.
Gouws said that the economic state of South Africa had created a discourse within the country about emigration.
“The economy is in a very bad condition and there is discourse among the whites. I think it’s mostly white people who are deciding to emigrate because they have family members living overseas” she said.
Sabrina Dhowre had a secret tribute to Idris Elba on her wedding dress and featured a hem with the words ‘This train carries no wrong do-ers’ embroidered on it, which is the phrase Idris, 46, has inked on his forearm.
Sabrina Dhowre had a secret tribute to Idris Elba on her wedding dress.
The 29-year-old model – who got engaged to the ‘Yardie’ director in 2018 – wed the ‘Luther’ star in a secret ceremony in Morocco last Friday (26.04.19) and her custom off-the-shoulder silk crepe Vera Wang gown featured a hem with the words ‘This train carries no wrong do-ers’ embroidered on it, People magazine has revealed.
The slogan is the phrase Idris, 46, has inked on his forearm.
Sabrina later changed into a V-neck style embroidered dress with pearls and gemstones for the three-day wedding celebrations at the Ksar Char Bagh hotel in Marrakesh.
The bride worked with A-List stylist Law Roach – who also works with Ariana Grande, big day and thanked the fashion expert for helping her to "feel beautiful".
Writing on Instagram, Roach wrote: "@idriselba and @sabrinadhowre thank you for letting me apart of your special day! (sic)"
And Sabrina replied: "Thank you for making me feel beautiful (sic)"
It’s said that the bash in Morocco was "the wedding party of the year" with drinks flowing and everyone filling the dancefloor.
An insider said recently: "Idris and Sabrina were the perfect hosts – dancing with all their guests as well as cuddling up on the dancefloor together.
"When a Beyonce medley came on Maya and Sabrina got their groove on and were twerking with their bunch of pals to Stormzy’s new track ‘Vossi Bop’ which Idris is in the video for.
"It was the wedding party of the year – and there were lots of sore heads the next morning."
Meanwhile, Idris previously admitted that proposing to his fiancee was "the most nerve-wracking thing" he’s ever done.
Whilst he was incredibly nervous throughout the whole exchange, he also made sure to make the proposal "pretty romantic".
He said: "[Proposing] was the most nerve-wracking thing for me ever. But in terms of wanting to make someone feel super special and feel my love, that was pretty romantic for me."
Following a successful showcase at Milan Design Week where she wowed visitors with her Oromo chair, Mpho Vackier of TheUrbanative, contemporary African furniture, and product design company in South Africa shares with us how it feels like to have her work displayed at one of the world’s design destinations.
TheUrbanative is one of the six local brands that exhibited at Ventura Future Base in the Tortona District as part of a striking installation entitled Sacrosanct.
Ventura Future is a platform for young designers, offering the best of contemporary design from a mix of international academics, designers, brands, and labels.
Please tell us about your work as a designer, when did it start?
In 2017, I officially launched TheUrbanative and prior to that, I was really working on a range for about a year, inspired by Ndebele cultural graphics.The furniture and products that I make are differentiated by the juxtaposition of abstracted African cultural graphics, motifs, lines, forms and inspiration with the functionality and look and feel of modern, mid-century and Bauhaus furniture silhouettes guided by the philosophies of craft, collaboration, authenticity, and design evolution for the urban native.
Mpho Vackier founder of TheUrbanative. Picture: Supplied.
How did you get to showcase at Milan Design Week?
My friend Thabisa from Mash T Design Studio whom I also share a furniture showroom with got the opportunity to exhibit at Milan and she, like most of us believes in collaboration over competition. She asked a few of us for pieces she curated along with the entire look and feel of the Sacrosanct hut, which resulted in a beautiful representation of what is happening in the SA design scene at the moment.
Tell us about the experience of being one of the exhibitors at Ventura Future?
Ventura Future was so inspiring, we were all reignited with new energy, the reception of our showcase was so warm, and it didn’t even matter what initial inspirations drove the designs that we showcased. A lot of visitors remarked on how it made them feel and good design is supposed to move you! We are so excited about being able to be representatives of the amazing scene that is South African design.
The Oromo chair is Inspired by the beautiful organic lines of the Oromo (Kemetic Africa) hairstyles in Jimma (Ethiopia) in the late 1800s. Picture: Supplied.
How do you narrate stories through designs?
Through TheUrbanative we aim to tell stories inspired by African culture, history, and heritage through furniture and product design guided by the philosophies of the craft movement, the Bauhaus & African philosophies of quality of craft, and functionality.
Our design language is that of juxtaposing seemingly opposite and different inspirations (African stories + Modern design classics) to create pieces that are a conversation in the relevance of culture and design with today’s problems and end users in mind.
We’re ultimately a design studio that always endeavors to design products and furniture that tell a story for the urban native.
What inspires your designs?
I am constantly guided by practicality, functionality, and purpose when I design. I am inspired by life, culture and the idea of making culture and heritage relevant to TheUrbanative. When designing I love the visual tension created by contrasting elements/ materials/ideas and the result thereof. I am also inspired by patterns in everything ( art, craft, urban living, nature and so much more)and I love translating those patterns into functional 3rd products that tell a story.
At TheUrbanative, they believe that juxtaposition is the spice of life.
Now that you’ve unlocked Milan, what’s next for The Urbanitive?
It would be a super amazing to break into the overseas market either through re-sellers of our items, maybe take our showcase to other countries and share our stories with those nations.
TheUrbanative constantly explores the role cultural representations in modern societies, with the aim of telling contemporary African stories through furniture and product design.
South Africa is still going to dominate the men’s long jump for years to come and the healthy rivalry of world champion Luvo Manyonga and current continental champion Ruswahl Samaai is benefiting the country.
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FAK says declaring the public displays of the apartheid flag hate speech would amount to the suppression of freedom of speech.
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Police are maintaining a strong presence in Meadowlands Soweto as the community has taken to the streets over the increase of crime in the township.
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CAPE TOWN – The 2019 Super Rugby season has been one marred by inconsistency for the South African teams. While the team performances haven’t failed to produce many a talking point, the individual outings have also been a big deal, for a number of reasons.
So, here IOL Sport’s Wynona Louw highlights three South African players whose form should have helped them onto the radar… and three who haven’t quite got it right yet.
I don’t think a lot needs to be said here. In the Stormers’ win at the weekend, Leyds was a real pain for the Bulls, and they felt it almost every time he touched the ball. His brilliance – which saw him deceive several Bulls defenders to set up Herschel Jantjies’ try – was superb, but the same vision and ridiculous skill he showed before offloading to the scrumhalf has been on display many times this season. Springbok omission would be an insult.
This season has been one in which the curtain has been raised high enough for SA to see more of Jantjies. His speedy and effective service and potency around the fringes are obvious strengths, but his defence has continued to move closer to that category.
Add in there his support play and overall ability to inject some pace into a game and you are looking at a player who has what it takes to move closer to the “complete scrumhalf” phase.
No matter how modern the game gets, a front-rower’s execution of his primary duties will always be the green tick that matters, but adding a few more pros certainly can’t hurt, and that’s where Gqoboka passes with flying colours.
His consistent hard work away from the set-piece is just as impressive. And one can only hope that he succeeds in evading injury as well as he can pick those running lines post the breakdown.
Robert du Preez
I don’t know what’s worse – the fact that it took two years for Robert du Preez Senior to give Curwin Bosch a chance at No 10 or that his son has to deal with the repercussions (i.e. the public reaction) of his unrelenting resistance to change. Either way, Du Preez Junior’s form hasn’t done anything to help the situation.
While his 2018 productions got him a Springbok call-up, it’s safe to say that, on current form, one ahead of the World Cup seems highly unlikely.
Jean-Luc du Plessis
Even just listing Du Plessis as a “miss” is an occurrence that should never happen considering how talented the pivot is. But so far in 2019, he hasn’t been able to prove a hit just yet. After a lengthy struggle with injury, the Stormers flyhalf is yet to remind us of why he can easily be considered one of the best in SA when he gets it right.
Following their win against the Bulls, Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said that he would continue backing him.
Hopefully it’s a decision that brings out the real Jean-Luc du Plessis.
Ok, so he hasn’t exactly been an out and out “miss” in 2019, but he hasn’t lived up to all the 2018 hype either.
Fewer SA players would have made the “to watch” lists more often than the Sharks back last season. And while it hasn’t been all fireworks courtesy of the 21-year-old just yet, he still has time to bring all that young rugby credit into 2019.
Cope believes South Africa needs to return to the rule of law and that politicians who have abused public resources should be jailed. The party says the country needs to look forward to the future where an inclusive economy is achieved and economic growth is attained and benefits all. It says economic growth should result in job creation which aligns with the requirements of a Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Profile of leader:
Lekota has a long history in South Africa’s struggle for liberation. He began as a student activist as part of the SASO in 1974. He was later imprisoned at Robben Island for Apartheid activism activities and was released in 1982. He later joined the United Democratic Front and served as its secretary. He was a defendant in the Delmas Treason Trial and imprisoned and released in 1989. He played a crucial role within the ANC. He was the convenor of the ANC in Southern Natal and a member of the party’s national executive committee and national working committee. He was appointed as the ANC intelligence chief in 1991 and served as the secretary for the party’s electoral commission in 1992. After 1994 elections he served as the premier of the Free State until 1996.
He later served as the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces from 1997 until 1999. He was then appointed as defence minister. He also served as the national chairperson of the ANC until 2007. He resigned along with various other members of the cabinet and the ANC in September 2008 following former president Thabo Mbeki’s resignation.
He went on to found the Cope party along with other former members of the ANC. He has served as the party’s president since its founding.
History in nutshell:
Cope was founded in 2008 largely led by a group of former ANC members that were unhappy with the processes followed by the party to force former president Thabo Mbeki’s removal from office. Its two main leaders were Mosiuoa Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa, a former Gauteng premier. The party was launched months before the 2009 elections and was largely seen as an alternative for those disillusioned by the ANC at the time.
The party managed to receive about 1 311 0027 of votes which amounted to 7.42% of the votes. It gained about 30 seats in Parliament. But the glory was short lived as the party underwent a leadership battle between Lekota and Shilowa which led to a split in the party between those supporting the two. The infighting caused the party to lose a large share of its supporters in the 2014 elections with it only being able to gain three seats in Parliament.
Cope’s position on hot button issues:
Cope believes in land expropriation to achieve land reform only to the extent that passes Constitutional muster. It says a more reliable and comprehensive land audit should be conducted to help achieve land reform. The party says resources should be provided to support existing and legitimate farmers. It says state-owned land should be made available to build houses and for agricultural purposes.
The party says the economy needs to be stimulated in order to allow for job creation and competitive markets that will allow for large scale investments which would lead to job creation. It says it would introduce a “Buy South Africa Bill” aimed at requiring SA companies to use SA manufactured goods in order to enable greater job preservation and more job creation.
Cope says it will tackle corruption by ensuring the prosecution of corrupt politicians. It says ethical muster will not just be a slogan for the executive but for lower levels of government. It says what is needed is a culture of accountability and full consequences for those who do not adhere to that culture. It says citizen activism, whistleblowing, and investigative journalism are facilitated, supported, safeguarded and rewarded to increase accountability and expose corruption. Public representatives dutifully and competently service their communities without any political bias.
Cope says children, elders, and the disabled who are the most vulnerable in South Africa will be protected against neglect and abuse through – education and practical skills programmes given to caregivers, parents, family members, pre-school teachers and assistants. It says ABET and TVE programmes will be used for on caring, stimulation, basic screening for physical and emotional health problems, healthy nutrition, identification of symptoms of bullying, abuse and violence, and reporting any abuse to law enforcement agencies. Vulnerable groups in both the rural and urban areas of our country are kept under regular watch for their protection.
Churches and NGOs will be encouraged to create community centres where ongoing education is provided and problems in respect of vulnerable people are given attention. It says women will be empowered through ABET and TVET training, in towns and rural areas, to provide for themselves.
Cope believes the development of the green economy is stimulated because of that alone is going to be the economy of the future. It says it will introduce sound environmental practices, with an emphasis on recycling and environmental sustainability are widely implemented in our country. Under Cope Organic farming will be supported to replenish depleted soils and to protect both consumers and the environment. It says it will ensure carbon emissions continue to be progressively and meaningfully reduced through various interventions like tax incentives and in keeping with South Africa’s moral obligation to honour international commitments on climate change. Cope says radical community-wide programmes will be instituted to build awareness about climate change and to empower people to take initiatives that contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change.
FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION:
Cope says the advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution which poses a steep challenge to our nation because of the poor quality and nature of the education of children will be addressed through education reform. It says investments in innovation will be made to bridge the digital divide through an expansion of the information communication network and the adoption of new technology as a significant driver for socio-economic development. It says it will ensure that meaningful economic transformation takes place through the widest availability and use of computers and Information Communication Technologies.
Cope says it will facilitate the local manufacturing of computers to supply the market with affordable computers to achieve socio-economic transformation, It says will be sought from all players in the economy to recruit as many as 10 000 suitably qualified graduates for training so that they can form the vanguard leading the country’s charge in capturing high ground for the Fourth Industrial Revolution to feature prominently in South Africa’s economic development.
Cope says it will tackle crime through a number of strategies such as ensuring that all national and other police commissioners are suitably qualified, experienced and skilled in a relevant field before being appointed. It says the safety, security and intelligence services will be depoliticized as part of establishing and maintaining a professional civil service. Research capacity at police colleges will be developed so that the police are able to deal with criminals who attempt to keep ahead of the police. It says it will ensure that adequate resources are allocated to the police to operate effectively,
It says minimum criteria will be developed in respect of population density and crime trends to determine staffing. The salaries and promotion of officers will be based on academic qualifications, skills and performance. It will introduce specialised police units will be established to eradicate serious crimes within affected communities.
Johannesburg – With a week left before South Africans take to the polls, the Institute of Race Relations’ (IRR) latest poll shows the ANC sitting at 49.5% of the national voter share with the DA at 21.3% and the EFF at 14.9%.
Gareth van Onselen, the IRR’s head of politics and governance, said on Tuesday that the poll was not a prediction of the voting outcome for elections next Wednesday.
The institute had published three other polls gathered from interviews with voters on their possible voting intentions. This latest poll was conducted between April 18 and April 25.
The sample consisted of 2 375 registered voters.
The poll breakdown is as follows
The ANC currently stands on 49.5% nationally, down 5.2 percentage points from February (54.7%). On a 71.9% turnout scenario, support for the party increases to 51%. On a 69.3% turnout scenario, it increases to 50%.
The DA currently stands on 21.3% nationally, down 0.5 percentage points from February (21.8%). On a 71.9% turnout scenario, support for the party increases to 24%. On a 69.3% turnout scenario, it also increases to 24%.
The EFF currently stands on 14.9% nationally, up 2.7 percentage points from February (12.2%). On a 71.9% turnout scenario, support for the party decreases to 14%. On a 69.3% turnout scenario, it also decreases to 14%.
The organisation also provided a breakdown of voter support in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The poll shows that the DA could possibly face a threat of a decline in the province.
For Gauteng intentions are as follows
The ANC currently stands on 42.8% on the provincial ballot, up 1.2 percentage points from February (41.6%). On a 70.4% turnout scenario, support for the party decreases to 39%. On a 67.7% turnout scenario, it also decreases to 39%.
The DA currently stands on 31.9% on the provincial ballot, down 0.5 percentage points from February (32.4%). On a 70.4% turnout scenario, support for the party increases to 39%. On a 67.7% turnout scenario, it increases to 40%.
The EFF currently stands on 13.0% on the provincial ballot, down 5.2 percentage points from February (18.2%). On a 70.4% turnout scenario, support for the party decreases to 12%. On a 67.7% turnout scenario, it also decreases to 12%.
The Western Cape
The DA currently stands on 44.6% on the provincial ballot, down 5.5 percentage points from February (50.1%). On a 71.9% turnout scenario, support for the party increases to 50%. On a 69.1% turnout scenario, it increases to 51%.
The ANC currently stands on 27.8% on the provincial ballot, down 6.1 percentage points from February (33.9%). On a 71.9% turnout scenario, support for the party increases to 29%. On a 69.1% turnout scenario, it increases to 28%.
The ACDP currently stands on 7.0% on the provincial ballot, up 3.5 percentage points from February (3.5%). On a 71.9% turnout scenario, support for the party stays at 7%. On a 69.1% turnout scenario, it also stays at 7%.
The EFF currently stands on 6.8% on the provincial ballot, up 5.8 percentage points from February (1.0%). On a 71.9% turnout scenario, support for the party decreases to 5%. On a 69.1% turnout scenario, it also decreases to 5%.
Van Onselen, said voting patterns were likely to change with the next few days as voters make final decisions.
“It is important to appreciate that this poll came out of the field with 14 days of the election period still to go. The last weeks of an election campaign are a critical period during which, historically, the bigger parties – particularly the ANC and DA – tend to consolidate their vote upwards, and the vote share of smaller parties declines, as their voters are pressured. This is still likely to happen,” van Onselen said.
Project #ShowUs is the world’s largest stock photo library with more than 5000 images, created by women and non-binary individuals to shatter beauty stereotypes. The aim of the campaign is to put an end to the narrow definition of beauty consistently portrayed around the globe.
Featuring individuals from 39 countries, each image was created by women and non-binary photographers.
For Masego Morulane, it was an easy fit. After receiving a DM from Girlgaze, she knew she had to be part of the initiative. “My street photography project #spotthemane aims to document the beauty of black hair in our time. So I submitted my portfolio, created a Girlgaze profile, and later I was selected to work on Project #ShowUs,” said the designer and photographer.
With her experience of working in the fashion industry, Morulane uses her craft as a tool to document and share images of black hair and beauty. Now, Project #ShowUs serves as a platform to achieve her ambitions on a much larger scale “which is something I wouldn’t have been able to achieve on my own”.
As a Girlgaze photographer, she works very closely with the women she photographs. For this project, she involves them in the selection process, tagging their search terms for Getty Images. “It was less about me and more about my subjects feeling proud about how they identify themselves, and giving them a platform to share their stories with the world,” she said.
For her, the project resonates deeply. “We all have insecurities and some of them are caused by society’s beauty expectations. This is why Project #ShowUs is so important.”
But there’s another aspect to the campaign, probably the most important. Dr Tshepiso Matentjie was invited to work with Dove on Project #ShowUs in an advisory role because of the work that she had done with them in the past on the Dove Self-Esteem Project.
“Due to the nature of my work as a psychologist and life coach, I encounter many young people who struggle with self-esteem related issues, often because they do not feel represented by the picture of beauty painted by the media,” said the registered psychologist who runs a private practice.
Matentjie believes part of building self-esteem is about exposing young people to images that represent them and allow them to feel like they are accepted in society.
“In the past, we have not always held the media and advertising outlets accountable for how they represent women, and this is key to helping South African women come to terms with their unique version of beauty, based on what they consume in the media every day,” she said.
As body positivity becomes a bigger part of the narrative, many young people are now celebrating their bodies, faults and all. Photographer and blogger Lesego Legobane, also known as Thick Leyonce, has no qualms about showing off her bits. She’s now part of the #ShowUs initiative, campaigning fiercely on Instagram.
“If you’re only supporting bodies you find attractive, you might want to rethink calling yourself body positive,” she said while posting a picture of herself wearing a THICK AF T-shirt.
She, like others, are slowly smashing stereotypes, choosing to call out body shamers and other who still subscribe to the notion of the conformity of beauty.
Matentjie is glad that the conversation is happening. “We tend to have an overinflated sense of what a person in the public eye needs to look like and compare ourselves to that, highlighting what we perceive to be negative aspects of ourselves.
“But when we see more people celebrating who they are, no matter what they may look like, it makes it possible for us to learn from that as well,” she added.
How do we teach young people to embrace their bodies without shame?
For Matentjie, it’s simple: “True beauty lies in being your authentic self and accepting yourself in your authentic state.”
How to get involved
Media and advertisers:
View, license and use the photos in Project #ShowUs for your next project or campaign at GettyImages.com/ShowUs.
Women around the world:
Join Dove.com/ShowUs to share your images and you could become part of the Project #ShowUs photo library.
Bald heads in the distance wait to make their move. Closer, closer. The dark spots eye out the ground below. They know what’s coming.
They start arriving and settling in the trees around the vulture restaurant at midday, and then, an hour later, they swoop.
Everybody wants a piece of the action. A couple of marabou storks want in as well. Frenzy. Feathers fly. Vultures chow down. And then silence. The carnivore luncheon. The marabous stick around for any scraps that might have been missed, the vultures simply up and leave. They know to arrive back tomorrow, same place, same time.
At 1pm daily the raptors charge down from the trees giving visitors what has to be the show of the day.
It is part of the Vulture Conservation project run by the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and is a sight to behold.
Visitors to the lodge get to enjoy the spectacle from a specially built hideout where they can get a close-up from the deck of the magnificent lodge with its sunset-facing views over the bushveld and a wildlife-rich waterhole.
Built of thatch and timber, the hotel rises seven levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan treehouse right in the Zambezi National Park.
After a lovely night at the hotel in the beautifully appointed rooms, we headed down to the jetty for a cruise along the Zambezi. Welcomed on board the Zambezi Royal with a glass of bubbly, we were in for a treat.
For two hours we were treated with unparalleled views of the wildlife and nature from the middle of the river. Hippo eyed us suspiciously, their ears twitching as they watched us glide on by, while others treated us to a fantastic yawning display. A family of elephants walked trunk-to-tail, cruising the river to get to the other side, often stopping for a dally in the cool water.
That golden hour just after sunrise and just before sunset is a beauty to behold, and on an African cruise is something magnificent. It’s quiet, peaceful. One of those moments when you’re just glad to be there. In that moment.
As the light began to fade and the pink champagne sunset enveloped us, we all stood quiet, lost in thought as we watched the sun setting below the horizon. A perfect way to celebrate the setting African sun.
The only sounds then were the animal calls and the rumble of the Victoria Falls a few kilometres away. We left the boat happy, satisfied.
In direct contrast to the tranquillity of the Zambezi, before you are even close to it, you see it and hear it.
Standing at 108m tall and more than 1 700m wide, the size and power of the mighty Victoria Falls will take your breath away.
Straddling two countries (Zimbabwe and Zambia), Victoria Falls has long been a bucket list item for adventurers and travellers alike. Before you see the massive wall of water with your eyes, you won’t know what to expect. It’s just something else.
As we entered the park, a fine mist gently coated my skin and clothes. As we got closer to the falls, we were hit with the spray from the immense volume of water that drops over the craggy rocks of the Victoria Falls.
Africa has no shortage of incredible feats of nature, but few people are ever really prepared for the beauty and mesmerising strength and power of “the smoke that thunders”.
After a two-hour walk in the lush rainforest that has sprung up around the falls, we left the park, soaked but exhilarated to have been able to experience the natural wonder.
So much to see, so little time. Next we were off to The Boma – Dinner and Drum extravaganza, on the Victoria Falls Lodge estate.
Dressed in chitenges (traditional robes), we sampled traditional beer, drummed the night away and got down and boogied, all between eating the most delicious food.
Every so often I have a travel experience that sticks in my head. It’s an experience and a set of memories that makes me beam spontaneously; it has to be my first sight of Victoria Falls that has lodged itself permanently into my memory.
The spectacular explosion of froth and spray, the thunder, the rainbows of colour makes the world wonder something to behold.
And I imagine like the thousands of adventurers, explorers and tourists before me, falling for Victoria Falls is too easy.