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Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi, President Zuma and Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini pose during the opening ceremony of the new premises. Pic : Inner-city Press Agency

COSATU opens new offices ‘This honours the history of the workers’ Sizwe Mathe

Participants of the Sefako Mapogo Makgatho lecture at the University of Johannesburg, with the Leader of the Majoruty Party in Parliament Mathole Motshekga (bottom pic fourth from left). The lecture was convened by the ANC Sefako Makgatho Branch and hosted by the UJ SRC. PICS : INNER-CITY PRESS AGENCY

COSATU this week opened its new headquarters in corner Jorissen and Simmonds streets. The federation previously had its head offices in corner Leyds and Biccard streets for the past 19 years. The opening of this nine-story building was attended by the federation’s former leaders, current and former ministers, and President Jacob Zuma. Officially opening the building, Zuma said it will also be a home to the ANC. “As the ANC this is also our house and I am sure that some of the alliance meetings will be held here,” he said. The ANC must con-

tinue to work with COSATU to tackle poverty and inequality in the country, the president added. “This is a realisation that workers must be modern. It is very impressive and we are happy that COSATU now has its own modern home.” The building floors, centres and boardrooms are named after ANC, SACP, and trade union stalwarts Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, and the federation’s first president Jay Naidoo. All floors are decked with huge photographs of struggle heroes. “We commend COSATU for restoring the history of this country by renaming floors of this building after our heroes,” added Zuma. The new house has a video conferencing centre, gym, steam-room, sauna and TV broadcasting infrastructure. There will also be a train-

ing centre and cultural area which will be used to record songs and poems. COSATU secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi described the building as a home of the workers. “It honours history and the workers. It is indeed a proud moment for all of us. The road that leads to the opening of this historical building includes the bombing of our previous building,” he added. The COSATU House offices were bombed in 1987 and 18 federation’s members were detained. The refurbishment of the building started in October last year, said Vavi. On the choice to remain in Braamfontein, spokesperson Patrick Craven said: “We did not choose Braamfontein at the expense of other places. However, the area has undergone huge improvements.”


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Most wanted suspects held

MEC threatens to shut taxi rank

Sizwe Mathe Last week Jeppe police arrested seven most wanted suspects who were wanted for crimes ranging from assault to pointing of firearms. The station’s spokesperson W/O Richard Munyai says a 27 year-old man was arrested and will be charge for assault. “The suspect allegedly assaulted a 44 year-old man. A 25 year-old woman was arrested for assaulting a 24 year-old woman. The victim was sitting with her boyfriend late in the night on Saturday, the suspect threatened the victim before stabbing her in the face,” says W/O Munyai. The other three suspects were arrested for assault and robbery. “It is alleged that a 28 year-old man was walking along 6th Avenue in Bertrams when he was approached by the suspects who demanded his cellphone. The victim tried to run but fell and the suspects stabbed him in the head with a broken bottle. The suspects took his cellphone and fled,” adds W/O Munyai. Other suspects aged 28 and 45 were arrested for alled malicious damage to property in separate incidents, he says. “A 26 year-old man was arrested for assault and a 45 year-old man was arrested for pointing of a firearm,” he adds.


‘Taxi owners must get rid of criminal elements and ensure that commuters are respected’ MMC Matshidiso Mfikoe (left) with Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko. PIC : INNER-CITY PRESS AGENCY

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he Noord Street taxi rank faces closure if action is not taken to curb criminal activities and rowdy behaviour within the facility. Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko issued this warning this week during an operation with JMPD and EMS at the taxi rank, which formed part of the safety and security month campaigns started earlier this month. “We have issued notices to the

City of Johannesburg to sort out this rank within seven days or we close it down. The public may suffer, but we have to sort out grime, thuggery and the non-compliance of by-laws,” said Mazibuko. The MEC was accompanied by Johannesburg Community Safety MMC Matshidiso Mfikoe and JMPD chief Chris Ngcobo. During the operation 70 taxis were impounded and one suspect arrested for being in possession of nyaope (a mixture of dagga and heroin). “The basement is filthy, it has

become a nest for criminals. The drainage system is also not working; the whole environment is unhealthy, which warrants closing this rank,” Mazibuko said. She added that taxi owners must get rid of criminal elements and ensure commuters are respected. “We will monitor this taxi rank as this is where women are harassed. It is supposed to be clean and safe.” Clr Mfikoe added that a notice has been forwarded to Metropolitan Trading Company (MTC) to get the rank in order. “If they do

not sort out the issues raised, we will have no option but to close the rank. However, we get an understanding that taxi associations are willing to work with the city,” she added. MTC CEO Justice Mashele complained about lack of co-operation from taxi owners. “Taxi owners do not want to pay, we pay R100 000 per month on electricity alone. The current management approach is not sustainable, someone pays and the other uses the facility for free,” he said.




Need to create a positive learning atmosphere

COMMENT The expansion of the Ekhaya City Improvement District programme to cover the northern parts of Hillbrow has to be welcomed by all who cherish prospects of development in the neighbourhood. Having started in 2004 in the southern parts of the suburb the project ensured the development of a friendly environment for people to live peacefully in the area. The first results to be noted was a rapid reduction in muggings and robberies that were prevalent in the neighbourhood, followed by renovations of dilapidated buildings and controlled access into apartment blocks. Added to that were recreational facilities that kept the children off the streets and out of danger and temptations to be involved in crime and drugs. Property owners and other stakeholders recently put together a project called Ekhaya North Hillbrow Initiative, with the intention to give the area similar development of the infrastructure and the general environment. The northern area is relatively under-serviced in terms of security, environmental and structural considerations, so this project comes in handy for the area. In recent times there has been notable investment in the vicinity of Pretoria Street, with corporate and top businesses that include FNB, McDonalds, DoRego’s, Cambridge Food and Fontana Spar starting and improving services for the residents. This proved that businesses have confidence in the area and will thus participate in its development. This will be done through the Ekhaya CID as it has extended its reach to the northern part of the area.

Schoolchildren enjoy their lesson at school.


he recent trend of unruly behaviors by pupils particularly in high schools damages the image of our schools. A day doesn’t go without reported incidents of a pupil stabbed to death in the school premises. There are many factors that influence this behavior. Chief among them is lack of parental boundaries set of what is an appropriate way to speak and deal with another adult. These learners carry the bad attitude, in most cases, from home to school. However, with a level of substance abuse at this rate, drug abuse cannot be ruled out as an instigator. In some instances you will find that pupils are fighting over boyfriends or girlfriends. This is very shameful considering that the schools are

supposed to be sources of nurturing characters. Schools are not places of smoking dagga or having sex. If learners fail to understand that they will have no one but themselves to blame. Teachers need tools to use in order to help provide support and guidance. Likewise, administrators need methods to create a positive learning atmosphere within the entire school. Essentially, parents need information on how to work with the school to address their children’s behavioral challenges in the school. It will be unfair and naïve to points blame squarely on pupils. Parents themselves have a role to play in this dangerous trend. Many parents do not even care to check

Parents need information on how to work with the school to address their children’s behavioral challenges their children’s work. They do not monitor the progress of a child. However, it is important for teachers, schools, and families to create safe and positive learning environments for all children, while providing informed and positive behavior support that learners need to grow. Schools need to have firm and consistent discipline policies to keep schools safe. But most importantly work with parents closely. This includes sending letters home when a learner has done a good work and present certificates when a learner has done exceptionally well. The accolades will given to one learner have a potential to motivate others to do well. Involving them in setting their own behaviour targets, for example,

on losing their temper; pairing them up with an older student to act as their mentors. Moreover, schools can also use a range of punishments, as well as detentions, including removing the child from the class. Internal exclusion, which means the learner must come into school later than other learners, and leave after others have left. Such penalising measures must only be meted out if a learner defies any other forms of discipline. Let’s make this our responsibility, let’s ensure that our kids are at home on time. The learners must also learn to respect their uniforms. You can’t be seen wearing a uniform in the clubs, it degrades you. Christine Ntuli Newtown

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he City of Johannesburg is ahead of its revenue collection targets and the City is on track to meet the goals set in the 2011/12 Budget. The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance, Geoff Makhubo (pictured), says “figures for the first half of the financial year reflect the robust health of the Johannesburg finances and a growing confidence among rate-

payers who contribute to the city’s coffers”. “We are making steady progress to strengthen our revenue collection service and restore confidence in the integrity of our billing data,” he says. “The Revenue Roadmap announced in November is already achieving measurable results and we are getting positive feedback from ratepayers whose billing

concerns are being resolved.” The six-months’ figures as compiled at the end of January show that Johannesburg collected R11,86-billion, which is 50,6 percent of the adjusted budget of R23,4-billion. “We have exceeded our revenue targets by R466,2-million and I am confident that we will also meet the 12-month goals,” says Makhubo. Johannesburg had a cash balance of over R2-billion at the end of January which reflects the healthy financial position of the City. “Our new revenue and customer relations system is being put place over a 19-month period but we are already seeing improved results. We are improving the quality of the customer’s interaction with the City and introducing a step change in our collection system. “Our customers are showing greater inclination to pay for services such as water, electricity and waste removal as they gain more

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confidence in the data that are reflected on their bills.” The six-months’ figures also show an operating surplus of R785,8-million – against a budgeted surplus of R688,7-million – while the actual operating expenditure was over budget by R369,1-million. We have a R2.1 billion sinking fund assets to address our maturing bond. Revenue excluding capital grants as increased by 20 percent year-on-year while our expenditure increased 13 percent year-on-year. This enhanced the ability to meet our obligations. The City has also put in place a strategy to ensure that expenditure takes place within the revenue envelope. The total operating budget for 2011/2012 was adjusted upwards by R836,8-million to R32,81-billion while the capital budget increased from R3,72-billion to R3,74-billion. The budget for the 2012/2013 year will be delivered in May.

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Militia holds UK journos Tripoli - The Saraya Swehli militia is holding two British journalists, refusing to turn them over to government authorities and preventing international aid workers from visiting them, Human Rights Watch says. The gunmen detained Nicholas Davies and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson along with their Libyans companions, said HRW consultant Sidney Kwiram. The Libyan transitional government has asked the militia to hand over the two journalists who work for Iran’s Press TV, but the militia has not complied, said Kwiram. Some militias who fought Mummar Gaddafi remain intact and often elude government control. A militia official told HRW it detained the journalists and their colleagues because they drove at night and took photos. “Militia members later accused the journalists of not having proper immigration papers.” The Saraya Swehli militia operates in Tripoli but hails from Misrata, a city that took the brunt of the deadly military onslaught by Gaddafi troops on citizens who rose against his rule. Militias from Misrata have practiced vigilante style justice and carried out revenge in the wake of the revolution against those they believe supported Gaddafi.


Aid workers put on trial

Cairo - The trial of 43 international aid workers, including 16 Americans accused of fraud has started as diplomatic discussions simmered over the case. Only 14 non-American workers showed up for a trial unfolding in the wake of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak, and increasingly shaky reMohammed Tantawi lations with the US. The accused were detained as part of a crackdown on pro-democracy groups, which the military rulers led by Field Marshal Mohammed Tantawi say is part of foreign interference stoking unrest. “We are having intense talks at the highest levels of the Egyptian government because we would like to see this resolved,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. The accusations included the unlicensed formation of international organizations and illegally receiving and distributing funds from the United States. Authorities claim that millions of dollars in unlicensed funds were deposited directly from abroad into bank accounts in Egypt.

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UK plan ignores civilians

Editor faces intimidation Lome - A news editor of the Tribune d’Afrique newspaper, Max Savi Carmel fears for his life after he was recently detained by members of the government’s Intelligence and Investigation Services (SRI). They questioned him about his sources on a story involving Abass Bonfoh, president of the Togolese National Assembly, the journalist told CPJ. After he was released his car had been damaged and ransacked. Carmel said Tribune d’Afrique, had not published the story and was not disclosing details, and had not sought the official’s comments. He said he later received threatening anonymous calls, and strangers came to his home seeking information about him from his family. “I have not slept in my house since this began. I fear for my safety and that of my family,” he said. CPJ Africa coordinator Mohamed Keita said it is outrageous that Carmel was detained and harassed for simply doing his job. “We hold Togolese authorities responsible for his safety and urge them to investigate the threats against this journalist,” he added.

Max Carmel

Sata rejects secession bid Lusaka - Responding to a Mongu Commission report President Michael Sata has rejected suggestions for the secession of Barotseland. Presenting the report Commission chairperson Dr Rodger Chongwe said the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 should be restored. “Denial by the police to allow meetings violates the rights of expression by people in Western Prov-

ince. The abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement caused high poverty and frustrations,” Dr Chongwe stated. He said many people had demanded that Western Province secedes from the rest of Zambia because of frustrations resulting from underdevelopment. Sata warned that secession would bring Zambia to a dead-end because all

Sanctuary for abandoned kids ‘Major challenges include mothers leaving babies without information’ Sizwe Mathe


he Door of Hope NGO, which has been saving the lives of abandoned children in Berea and surrounding areas, has advised women against dumping babies in rubbish bins. Cases of babies thrown out of buildings, left in dustbins, hospitals and parks have been reported. The Berea centre’s social worker Renette Louw attributes this to low socio-economic standards. “This makes it difficult for mothers to take care of their babies. Another factor is when a baby has not been planned; this exerts insurmountable pressure onto young mothers. However, in other cases it is lack of self-esteem and immoral behaviour,” she adds. The major challenge that the centre sometimes faces is when a mother leaves a two weeks old baby without providing adequate information. “It complicates matters when the mother comes back a year later to claim the baby. In some cases the baby has already been adopted and is no longer here or in the country. What you see in this centre is a re-


flection of abject conditions faced by many people in this country. It is our duty to provide home for all these babies while seeking suitable permanent care for each one. Sometimes it can be painful to see the conditions of these babies when they come,” she adds. Mothers can anonymously place their babies inside the ‘baby bin’ in Hillbrow Street, adds the centre’s manager Francinah Phago. “The moment a baby is placed in the ‘baby bin’ care workers receive an electronic signal alerting them. However, other babies are brought by the police, community members, hospitals or clinics.” In the event of unplanned pregnancy, mothers should not abort the baby, implores Phago. “People must not hide their pregnancies because this results to the abandonment of babies. We urge women not to kill their babies. There are other available channels for your baby.” The centre was established in 2010, it received Caring Joburg Halala Award last year. The bin is open 24 hours and babies can be dropped in anonymously. For more details contact the centre on telephone 011 484 - 9930.

provinces would seek independence. “Should such a call be tolerated, there would be similar demands within government and provinces. Then we should forget about Zambia,” President Sata said.

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Mogadishu - Rights group Amnesty International says last week’s London Conference on Somalia ended with a plan to boost humanitarian aid and support for AU troops, and tougher action on piracy, but fell short on measures to address risks faced by civilians. Amnesty International’s Somalia researcher Benedicte Goderiaux said the recent surge in military operations increases civilian vulnerability, and brings more arms into a country already awash with weapons. “This is a lethal mix that could fuel further rights abuses. We hoped to see more efforts to improve the safety of the Somali population.” Delegates to conference included UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the AU, Arab League and regional presidents, a small Somali team including the president, prime minister and speaker of the Transitional Federal Government and new players, such as Qatar and Turkey. Clinton opposed engagement with Al-Shabab, and said: “It is time to bring stability to Somalia. Attempts to obstruct progress will not be tolerated.”




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NEWS / FEATURES Drugs found in schoolbag

Hillbrow police have arrested a man for alleged possession of unspecified drugs,

police spokesperson Sgt Jenny Pillay says. She explains that police searched a man who was carrying a school bag at


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corner in Rissik Street, Braamfontein. “Inside the bag they found three plastic containers with drugs inside, with an estimated street value of R50 000, and the man was arrested,” Sgt Pillay adds.


ouncillor Nokuthula Xaba (ANC) (pictured) of Ward 60, which includes Braamfontein, the inner-city and a part of Hillbrow, says that her focus is to remove sex workers and mentally disturb people from the streets. “Our short term goal is to build or find a facility where we could keep the people who are mentally challenged and those who do not have ID books,” she said. She added that there is a need to remove the sex workers from the streets and find them jobs and a safe place to stay. “Some of them they do not like to do what they are doing but because of the situation that they are in they end up selling their bodies in order to survive. We should not judge them but think of how we could empower them, support and love them.” Xaba added that on 21 March her ward will host a Healthy Living Marathon at Mandela Bridge. “Celebrating our streets of

Joburg to be used in a friendly way, we should also use them without any fear because we are living in a free country,” said Clr Xaba. We have a lot of activities coming up, and we are still finalising our year plan,” she added. For further information contact Clr Nokuthula Xaba on 082 645 8985 or Email xaba38@

HILLBROW POLICE ARRESTS 19 - 25 FEBRUARY 2012 Assault GBH 29, Assault Common 32, Possession of dagga 15, Possession of suspected stolen property 7, Rape 1, Murder 3, Driving without licence 14, theft 19, Robbery Common 5, Malicious injury to propery 5, Fraud 6, Reck and Negligent driving 7, Dealing in dagga 1, contempt of court 1, Attempted murder 1, Armed robbery 10, shoplifting 5, dealing in counterfeit DVD 1, perjury 1, crimen

injuria 1, House robbery 2, Dealing in drugs 1, Possession of unlicensed firearm 1, failure to appear in court 1, Attempted rape 1, copyright act 2, house breaking and theft 1, interference 1, drunk driving 15, theft of motor vehicle 1, dealing in liquor 1.. Sap 13, one hand made gun (unknown value). Drugs . 4 cellphones worth 4000, 57 DVD,s and drugs worth 25000 and dagga 200 grams worth 3000.

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Latest comedy offering A perfect antidote for the post holiday spending blues

Mentor..Kwesi Johnson will develop the performers after the festival.

Hip-hop integration festival

Arts Correspondent Touch the floor...hip hop dancers in a performance.

A platform to portray South African stories through mixed dance styles, music and words

Arts Correspondent


n his 2006 track Hip Hop Is Dead, US rapper Nas could not have been wrong, something the British Council SA’s new hip hop dance theatre showcase, Mixing It Up, is about to prove. Mixing It Up is an initiative to position the local hip hop sector, generally seen to be an informal street-based activity, as a legitimate form of art. The concept for this project was adapted from the UK hip hop scene where hip hop has successfully been integrated into the local theatre sector. This initiative contributes in the development of the local hip hop dance theatre culture, as it is still largely confined to the clubs and battle scene, where it nonetheless enjoys a strong presence. The idea is to develop a new generation of South African hip hop

dance performance artists, whose works will be exported for the enrichment of international audiences, and will empower the artists to package their craft, manage their brands and attach value to them. This provides a platform for artists to portray South African stories through mixed dance styles, music and words. Audiences will also be enthralled by the genre’s other elements such as DJing, rapping, graffiti and the trendiest street wear brands. The performers were selected from the preliminary Sweat Week workshops and auditions in November 2011 and January this year. Mixing it up will showcase their new original work, under guidance of expert choreographers and curators. The idea is to show this work to local and international dance festival curators, theatre programme managers, booking

agents, the press and the public. In preparation for the showcase, the hip hop crews and artists have been participating in a series of development workshops facilitated by experienced local hip hop, dance and theatre practitioners. The role of workshop facilitator and mentor for Joburg dancers is undertaken by the DJ of renowned outfit Static B-Boys, MC, TV and radio personality, DJ Switch. He will also be responsible for the musical direction for each dance crew and will also be MC at the Joburg event. Besides presenting an opportunity for performers to use hip hop dance theatre imaginatively, this also encourages them to become socially aware citizens. Award winning dancer Mamela Nyamza will be the curator for the showcase. Kwesi Johnson of Kompany Malakhi, a company he

established in 1994 to fuse dance, physical theatre and spoken word; will be in charge of developing the performers after the showcase through master classes. Headlining the festival is international hip hop theatre pioneers Clash 66, made up of France’s Sebastien Ramirez and Hyun-Jung Wang from Germany. Performers from the UK and Zimbabwe will give the show added authenticity. Mixing it Up is made possible by the British Council in collaboration with Matchboxology Creative Incubator, Heal the Hood Project, Artscape Theatre, Goethe Institut, French Institute, the University of Johannesburg, French Embassy, EUNIC, DJ Switch, Bush Radio and the French Embassy. The festival will be on March 7 and 8 at the University of Johannesburg Theatre. For more visit .

Glittering awards event Roll of honour will pay tribute to artists who took their final curtain this year Arts Correspondent


his year’s Naledi awards ceremony will be on March 5 at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City. Artists who will perform include Gloria Bosman (pictured), in a Miriam Makeba medley from the multi-nominated Mandela Trilogies. Nadine (also a nominee) will perform I don’t know how to love him from JC Superstar; the hit song Listen will be performed by Lindiwe Bongani and Tracey Lee Oliver accompanied by Rowan Bakker. Mark Hawkins will present a new dance work, Excerpt from Dirty Laundry, specially created for 2012 Dance Umbrella, and features dancers from Moving into Dance Mophatong. Ek Staan Wag oor jou hart is a poignant duet from Deon Opperman’s hit musical Tree Aan, performed by Vaughan Gardiner and Nadia Beukes. Eve Ensler’s

new ensemble piece I am an Emotional Creature will be represented with a hip-hop rap item performed by the dynamic Karabo Tshikube called I am what you Fear. And of course the mighty Phantom has to be sent up with an item from OffBeat Broadway, “the Phantom of the Opera in five minutes” complete with chandelier and performed by Lindy Abromowitz, Anton Luitingh and Paul du Toit. The MC is Alan Committie, and celebrity presenters include Zwai and Melanie Bala, Dali and Rachel Tambo, Cito, Candida Mosoma, Sello Maake ka Ncube and Yvonne Chaka-Chaka. In its annual roll of honour the event will pay tribute to SA artists who took their final curtain this year. Awards board member Welcome Msomi said this is the ninth annual Naledi Awards. “Each year we grow bigger and more exciting. I

feel privileged to be on the panel of judges which means I get to see more than 50 productions a year, most of which are of world-class standards,” he added. An exciting addition is that the entire event will be filmed. Dawn Lindberg, executive director of the awards, said the awards will be edited to a 90-minute special. “We hope it will be flighted by Mzansi Magic soon after the event.” The panel of judges includes Renos Spanodus, Janet Baylis, Helen Heldenmuth, Kholu Nemungadi, Mandla Motau, Peter Feldman, Rudi Sadler, Dorianne Alexander and Lali Dangazele. The evening ends with a blast and a bang with a dynamic item from drummers Code Red. Members of the public are welcome to attend the event, and tickets can be bought from the Lyric theatre. For more call 011 248 5168.


fter a three year absence, stand-up comedian Stuart Taylor returns to the Market Theatre between 20 March and 1 April with his latest solo offering, Money’s Too Tight To Mention. Created by the award-winning duo of Stuart Taylor and director Heinrich Reisenhofer, the show gives fresh and hilarious perspective on the way we deal with money and pokes fun at the crazy things we do to get and stay ahead in life. With Taylor’s delivery style described as classy, laid back and infectious, Money’s Too Tight To Mention explores the ups and downs on the roller-coaster ride of aspiration, the effects of the current financial crisis, the drive to keep up with the new Joneses and shares inspiring tips on how to get through the rough patches. “If you’ve ever thought, I can’t believe how broke I am,’ this show is for you. If you ever opened your bond account and thought, ‘I can’t believe I owe someone this much money,’ this show is for you. If lately you’ve had to give up luxuries like naked sushi and replace it with a can of pilchards on your wife’s tummy, this show is certainly for you!” adds Taylor. Money’s Too Tight To Mention is the perfect comedy antidote for the post holiday spending blues.

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Hillbrow boxing tourney A foundation for aspiring boxers to progress to the national and ultimately international arena Sizwe Mathe


he Hillbrow Boxing Club has lined-up a series of professional and amateur tournaments to be held at BG Alexandra hall, Flamingo Hotel and at the boxing club. All tournaments will begin towards the end of March and continue till the end of April in dates soon to be announced. The club’s manager George Khosi says the tour-

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Khosi. “The money received will be used for the development of amateur boxers in the club. However, for the amateur boxer’s tournament the entrance will be free,” he adds. It is important to concentrate resources and energy to the development of young boxers, emphasises Khosi. “Many professional boxers started as amateurs. Through amateur tournaments, we are able to identify boxers who have the potential to compete in provincial tournaments.” He continues that these tournaments lay a foundation for aspiring boxers to progress to the national and ultimately international arena. “It is highly impossible for most boxers to advance to the professional boxing level without going through these

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naments will target primarily the development of amateur boxers in Hillbrow and surrounding areas. “However, the boxing tournament at the BG Alexander hall will be for professional boxers. It will include boxers such as Sibusiso Khumalo, Shadrack Makama and Rita Mrwebi, the South African female Welterweight Boxing Champion. Various boxing trainers as well as distinguished boxers will also be present,” adds Khosi. He promises that it will be the biggest boxing tournament in Hillbrow. “It will help reshape and enhance the image of boxing in Hillbrow.” Due to the fact that it is a professional boxer’s tournament, a paltry R10 entrance fee will be charged, notes

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tournaments,” says Khosi. He urges the Hillbrow community to come and witness cutting-edge boxing. “Boxing in the area is growing at an amazing pace. There is a tremendous change in which people perceive boxing in this area. Many people of different ages are showing a lot of interest in boxing,” he adds. The club was established in 1994, it has over the years produced the country’s champions. The reigning South African middleweight champion Julie ‘Queen’ Tshabalala is a product of the club. On March 10 she faces the undefeated number one middleweight and current WBF world champion Christina Hammer in Ukraine. For more information on club training sessions contact Khosi on 082 260-4804.

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