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City’s Freeman Joburg Mayor Parks Tau, the Chief Whip Clr Prima Naidoo and the Speaker of Council Clr Connie Bapela cutting the birthday cake and celebrating Ahmed Kathrada’s birth day (second left) at the conferment of the Freedom of the City to Kathrada. PIC: ENOCH LEHUNG

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his week Hillbrow SAPS held a memorial service at the police station for the late Cst Inah Rangani who died on duty last week. The deceased police officer died when a suspect shot him, also seriously injuring his colleague. He is survived by his parents, a brother, a sister and his son. He served the SAPS from 2009 up to his death.

His friend and colleague Cst Mahasha said they were recruited together in 2009 and after training they remained close friends. “He was a loving and caring person, and we feel the pain of losing him.” Another colleague Cst Tshifhiwa Dowelani said the deceased was a humorous person who was never angry with anyone. “He was also a respectful person and was dedicated to his work, and we feel the pain of losing him.”

A POPCRU representative blamed the politicians for coming up with laws which make them vulnerable to the public. “We die protecting the same people and government who do not appreciate us. Maybe the time has come for us to have a national mourning for the heroes who are crossing borders of life and death protecting the nation. It is very sad to the family of Rangani who sent their child to work, only to receive a call that he is no more.”

SAPU representative Cst Aubrey Sidimela said the culprits should be brought to justice. “Criminals are a danger to the community as a whole; right now we may not know what they are planning to do next,” he added. Hillbrow Station commander Brig Ntandane also expressed his condolences to the Rangani family, and encouraged members of the community to work together with the police in stopping crime.

Left: Jabu Mvula denounces the march. Above : Community members attend the march with former Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan (bottom right). PICS: INNER-CITY PRESS AGENCY

‘March was in response to SMS threats made to community activist’

Controversy in law enforcement march Akhona Zibonti akhona@inner-city-gazette.co,za

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ome Yeoville-Bellevue community members recently held a march in Rockey Street against lawlessness in the area. The march’s coordinator Rev Tsepo Matubatuba said that was partly in response to SMS threats that were recently sent to community activist and publisher of Yeovue News newsletter Maurice Smithers. The anonymous message accused Smithers of disrupting businesses by wanting regulation of economic activities and enforcement of by-laws, ordered him to leave Yeoville or face harm directed at him and his family. “The area is a free for all, community activists are seen as a threat to those running illegal businesses. We want the City of Johannesburg, the Department of Community Safety and the Liquor Board to take proper gover-

nance of the area,” Rev Matubatuba. Ward 67 Clr Sihlwele Myeki (ANC) did not attend the event that was held in his area. Upon consultation Clr Myeki said he did not know about the march and where the approval came from. “I am concerned on how JMPD approved the march without my knowledge, and I will have to ask the relevant people to tell me what happened.” About the presence of Ward 66 Clr Carlos da Rocha (DA) at the event, Clr Myeki said Yeoville is split into four wards, and Bellevue in Ward 66 has a big part. “The march was not about Yeoville, but was a YeovilleBellevue march,” he said. The councillor for neighbouring Ward 66, Carlos Da Rocha, who attended the event said: “I’m here hoping to achieve law and order in all the wards. This is a lawless community which is creating decay and law enforcement agencies should do more,

a zero tolerance for crime should be enforced in this area,” he said. Deputy Chairperson of the Liquor Board Nomusa Mufamadi thanked the marchers for communicating their concerns. “We are fighting the proliferation of unlicensed liquor outlets in the area, which will not be easy without your help,” she said. A Community Safety representative said they would ‘pick up issues that are relevant to the department’. During the event a community member who identified herself as Jabu Mvula displayed a placard that dismissed the march. When approached for comment she said: “We are confused by having a march without consulting the Ward 67 councillor. What is Maurice up to, what does he want. He says there is crime in the area but I have lived here for 20 years, there is no such thing. If he wants us to vote for him he must tell us, and not confuse us like this.”


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female cashier died during a robbery at the Shoprite supermarket in Jeppe Street on Thursday evening. Ten armed robbers raided the Shoprite You Save supermarket in Jeppe Street in the Joburg CBD and stole an undis-

closed amount of money from the tills, according to police. Police spokesperson Col Lungelo Dlamini said during the robbery the gunmen pistol-whipped a pregnant cashier, who collapsed and died. “The suspects fled the scene on foot, and we are following all leads in investigating the robbery,” Col Dlamini added.

Volunteers conduct one of the reading sessions at theYeoville library.

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t the Yeoville library in Rockey Street the Teena Karrin Foundation hosts the Make Reading Fun programme for youths. One of the founders of the project Kylon Karrim said the community reading programme has been running for six weeks. “Already the response from the children and the community is amazing. Yeoville is already moving towards our goals, reading is the first step to a better future. He explained that they started this programme because they realised the need. “It is estimated that 50 000 people in Yeoville share one library, whereas in other areas 4 000 people use one library. There is also the lack

of resources; we reduce the burden on the teachers who we work with to understand where the children need help. We show children how interesting reading can be, but not in a school way,” said Karrim. He explained that the project has no model. “We came into Yeoville, saw what worked and we did more of that with the help of 10 community volunteers, Sacred Heart College student volunteers and 10 Wits University student volunteers who will be working with Yeoville Boys primary school,” said Karrim. He added that they currently read to about 40 children per week in their community reading sessions every Saturday morning. “The numbers are increasing as word of the project spreads. When we get to our school

reading project, to be twice a week for an hour, off the ground this week at Yeoville Boys primary school, we will be reading to 80 or more children per week,” he said. Karrim explained that the volunteers get briefed on reading materials that must be age, moral and language appropriate for the children. “We also encourage them to bring their own style to get the focus of reading on the children.” The project considers adding writing workshops into the programme in the future, Karrim said. “This project would not be a success without community involvement. We would like the locals to manage it, to sustain it to the future,” he added. Karrim can be reached on 073 172 3262 or kkarrim@tkfoundation.co.za


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As we enter heritage month it is appropriate to reflect on what heritage is and its importance to human existence. Heritage can be summed up as what we inherit as a people. This includes wildlife and scenic parks, sites of scientific and historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature and music, oral traditions and museum collections. It depends largely on how far back one is prepared to go to determine what we have inherited. It is essential to celebrate the heritage month because it has as much to do with what we perceive as being of value. We need to ask ourselves if it is still important to go to Apartheid Museum to remind ourselves of that dark chapter. Heritage Day will probably be characterised by celebrating the freedom won in 1994. We need to interrogate the role of liberal and nationalist compatriots, and the people who share experience with them during such commemorations; because some argue that there is nothing to celebrate as they struggle with their logical connection. Strangely, some of the nationalists do attend these celebrations; many are proud of what this country has achieved and have abandoned the racial ideology that formed part of their nationalism. In many cases the liberal media still portrays our heritage as rooted in crime, corruption, HIV/Aids, and unemployment, as if that is all the country has inherited over the years. The quality of marketing done by all the country’s stakeholders builds a positive national reputation. Therefore, it is important that we communicate positive messages about our country. This is an apt period to focus on the heritage we are building for future generations; based on a new South Africa; victory over oppression, achievement of human rights, defeat of poverty, deracialising of our diversity, industrial innovation, building of a new Africa and the culture of ubuntu. Distribution – 40 000 copies free door to door delivery weekly to all households and businesses in the Joburg inner-city. Inner-City Gazette welcomes editorial contributions from readers. They may raise new issues or respond to articles published in the paper. Contributions may be sent to the editor’s address below. Published by Inner-City Gazette 149 Pritchard Street, Johannesburg 2000 Tel : 011 023 - 7588 011 024 - 8210 011 402 - 1977 Fax : 086 609 8601 Email : info@inner-city-gazette.co.za Website : www.inner-city-gazette.co.za Printed by Paarlcoldset(Pty)Ltd

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f the sounds were unbeknown to you; let me fill you in. Hillbrow Theatre was filled with the cheers and cries of applause this past weekend as the MES Youth Enrichment programme took the stage by storm with an enticing musical production entitled, Hold On (see pic above). Featuring some eclectic musical choices and bold choreography, it was an invigorating tale depicting the trials and tribulations faced by many youth today.

The vastly talented young men and women who took the stage were a refreshing reminder of the importance of family, honesty and integrity, and faith. To all those involved in the production -dedicating long hours, much of their free time, and quite possibly their sanity -thank you. To all people -who came out to support the show and to celebrate such a vital programme -thank you! Nicholas Tshivhase Hillbrow

Young women stand up We live in a time where everyone is wondering what positive thing we would be remembered for

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ust because we do not face obstacles measuring to those of women from past centuries, it doesn’t make us less women. Just because we favour career before instant marriage, it doesn’t make us less deserving of the term ‘women’. The things we fall for as young women today are not what define us. It is how we get ourselves out of bad situations, bad relationships and be confident enough to try again in things that are viewed meaningless is what make us proud to be women of the 21st century. We are young women who want to be better. We live in a time where everyone is wondering what positive thing we would be remembered for. But time has made it impossible for us to be remembered just as Mother Theresa or Adelaide Tambo will always be renowned for. As the little things

we do such as fight against the breast cancer epidemic or the fight against women and child abuse are easily put aside. Our great virtues and capabilities are overlooked when a young girl of 16 is seen with a 35 year old man or 15 years old girl commenting to her friends about how government grant will get her through. Now I ask, are we being judged because of our younger sisters? Have we become so driven by that need to be career women that we have become terrible role models? I am not perfect but I do consider myself wise. Wise enough to believe that these predicaments can be changed. There will be a time when we young women are known for more than just being pretty or having sugar daddies. We are capable of more than that. It’s the society we live in that trashes us by feeding that idea of having material things to be happy. We use up so much energy chasing after the fab lane, putting aside careers that can challenge us mentally. We favour people like Khanyi Mbau and often wish for the easy party life, however she isn’t all that she seems, frankly she is on the route to changing her life. I respect young ladies who are following a career that doesn’t require them to take their clothes off or starve themselves. However, I don’t judge those who do as there is so much to modelling than what meets the eye.

Nevertheless, a person like Bo- a diploma at least. With your exnang Matheba is more than just a cuse being what exactly? There isn’t really much to compretty girl. Young women view her in two dimension. She is plain about these days. There are known as this beautiful radio DJ, countless opportunities available sexy Live presenter and one of to women, young women espethe most gorgeous young women cially. We live in a time where you can even be a president one day, in the world. While this information is railed so the only person in your way is to us young women we get mes- you. There is no space for saying merised by this life that seems ‘I am from a township’ NO! Or ‘I flawless without considering how am from a disadvantaged family’ she got there and is able to stay NO!. What governement gives us there. Bonang went to school and might not be enough, but the fact has a degree from the University that there is something to be reof Johannesburg and she current- ceived only means that you need to get up and go ly has her own comget it. pany Bonang Math- The time has eba Entertainment. made it impossible We might not be remembered This has proven to for us to be as heroins of this me that there’s nothtime or renowned ing more greater in remembered like life than having that Mother Theresa or for shaping the present for the brain power to go Adelaide Tambo future. But there further in life. Education is truly the key to will always be is something special about us, and success. Our genera- renowned for that is WE CAN tion of young women need to have this drilled into their CHANGE. We can be our very heads. The phrase might seem own role models and have an like a cliché, but its use can get impact on our little sisters’ lives. you far beyond your known ca- And all it only takes is a single pabilities. In this time of social step. Get out of your comfort media and technology, we young zone, say what you want and go women get stuck in meaningless for it. Don’t give up. Challenges are things. We strive to be known for things that don’t really better good; they are always a sign that you are close. We are the young someones life except our own. Even so, our selfish doings lead women of the 21st century and us to become people that we we will be remembered, even if it is for that make-up bag. hadn’t pictured ourselves to be. Pictures on Facebook and Twit- Yolanda Zondo is the editor ter that portray us as cheap atten- of Fashion Culture magazine. She can be contacted on tion seeking women, not even in fear of saying that you don’t have yolandazondo@hotmail.com


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Cholera outbreak scare Freetown - The government has declared a cholera outbreak a national emergency after 176 deaths and 10 800 reported cases since January. The decision was announced after a meeting between the governmentof Ernest Koroma, WHO and UNICEF. Government has set up a special task force to deal with the epidemic. According to WHO eight of the country’s 13 districts are affected by the outbreak, with the increase in the number of cases in the Western Area of particular concern. Health Ministry spokesperson Abass Kamara rejected criticism that government was doing little to stem the outbreak. “Resource mobilisation and dozens of cholera treatment units in affected areas have been undertaken.” State doctor Harrison Williams said patients came from areas with limited access to proper water drainage and sanitation as it is at the height of its rainy season. “The unprecedented rainfall is dislodging clogged-up gutters and bringing garbage into the streets.” The west African nation has one of the world’s worst health systems in the world, with only one doctor per 34 744 people, according to United Nations figures.

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Addis Ababa - Long time leader Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died while undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness in Brussels. Information Minister Simon Bereket said Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn would be the acting prime minister; in charge of the military and all government institutions. Rumours about Zenawi’s health rose during the AU summit where he failed to appear. He had been in power since overthrowing Mengistu Haile Mariam’s military junta in 1991. He was credited with Ethiopia’s economic boom in the past decade, economic growth shooting from 3.8 per cent in the 1990s to 10 per cent in 2010. Human rights organisations often accused him of abuses against ethnic Somalis in the eastern Ogaden region where rebels have fought a longrunning uprising. Similar ethnic conflicts have boiled among the Oromo people in central Ethiopia, the Afar on the Eritrean border, and the Anuak near South Sudan. In 2005 about 200 died in a crackdown on the opposition who accused Zenawi of rigging elections.

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Abidjan - Gunmen have attacked army posts and freed 100 prisoners in Dabou town west of the capital. Five people were killed, including two of the gunmen and three civilians, an army commander said. There are almost daily raids against army and police installations that began almost three weeks ago, reviving fears of renewed instability a year after civil war killed 3 000 people. Ten soldiers have been killed so far in the violence, which the government blames on supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo. Defence minister Paul Koffi Koffi said: “It’s the same scenario, they come in little groups and attack.” A civil war erupted after Gbagbo refused to acknowledge defeat to Alassane Ouattara in 2010. Gbagbo now awaits trial for crimes against humanity at the ICC in The Hague. The Defence Ministry said the attacks aim to unsettle foreign investors, who have begun to trickle back. Some serving soldiers have been arrested for alleged complicity to the attacks. Gbagbo’s allies deny involvement in the violence, and accuse the security services of widespread roundups of suspected supporters of Gbagbo.

Dodoma - President Jakaya Kikwete and his Malawian counterpart Joyce Banda have stated that they will not go to war and called for patience as a joint committee works to find a solution to the Lake Nyasa border dispute. The two reaffirmed their commitment to pursue diplomatic channels to resolve the wrangle amicably. “There has been so much hype about military action, but we never considered that option. We have no plans to go to war with our neighbours over any issue that can be resolved diplomatically.” He said officials are set to meet and need time to come up with a solution to the saga. Banda said Malawians have been uneasy since the rumours of war. “Tanzanians and us are peace loving people, hence no need for us to fight.” The conflict followed Malawi awarding an oil exploration licence to UK Surestream Petroleum company to search for oil and gas in Lake Nyasa. Tanzania asked Malawi to shelve the exercise until the dispute, in which it claims part of the lake is resolved, but Malawi claims the whole lake.

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Region set to monitor piracy Maputo - The SADC is monitoring maritime piracy to prevent a severe impact on regional economies, said SADC Executive Secretary Tomas Salomao last week. SADC states are involved in joint military exercises to repel any pirate attack. Salomao added that at a recent SADC Security Troika meeting they looked at the impact of piracy on

the economy of Mauritius, which dependends on tourism. There has been a huge decline in tourists, blamed on the fear of Somali pirates. Salomao believed that the military exercises held by Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania will reduce the threat. The most serious pirate raid occurred in December 2010, when they hijacked a Mozambican fishing vessel

and used it to attack merchant shipping in the Arabian Sea. The Indian navy later sank it. Salomao hoped that consolidating the new Somali government will remove the fertile ground the pirates enjoy.

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Youths demonstrate against abuse in Yeoville. PIC: INNER-CITY PRESS AGENCY

Youths in abuse demo Akhona Zibonti akhona@inner-city-gazette.co.za

The Higher Education Department hopes the ‘Apply now’ campaign will prevent incidents like the deadly stampede at the University of Johannesburg early this year.

Matriculants must ‘apply now’ for varsity enrolment The campaign is designed to prevent a last minute scramble for places Moses Moyo moses@inner-city-gazette.co.za

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here are only a few weeks left before applications for admission to public higher education institutions close, and it is imperative that matriculants use this time to ensure they have good options open to them next year, an education expert warns. The deadline for application to many public institutions is already two weeks away, at the end of August, while some will accept applications until September. “In these last weeks before the ap-

plications for admission to public institutions close, there is often an increasing feeling of anxiety,” says Dr Felicity Coughlan, the Director of the Independent Institute of Education. “School-leavers are nervous about the decisions they need to make, and naturally question whether they are making the right choices,” she says. Recently the Department of Higher Education launched the “Apply now”campaign, which seeks to avoid a repeat of the desperation witnessed at the start of the current academic year when thousands of

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he Yeoville Youth Desk, in partnership with Yeoville police and the Victim Empowerment Centre recently demonstrated against abuse of women of the area. Police spokesperson Cst Thabo Malatji, who co-ordinated the event, said that was to support victims of abuse. “We are there to take action, we want to make sure we get rid all forms of abuse in the area.” Cst Malatji said the station receives about five reports of domestic violence per week which all go to court. “The problem is that the victims do not want to leave the abuser because of socio-economic reasons; but we have enforced a long existing law

where we do not allow the victims to withdraw cases. Since I started with the awareness campaigns and the abusers seeing that justice is taking its course the abuse rates have gone down drastically,” he said. The coordinator for the Victim Empowerment Centre Nomusa Siyothula said: “In most cases I see women and girls who feel defeated, and my advice to them is that it is not the end of the world. If you speak out you will get the necessary help.” Yeoville Youth Desk chairperson Phil Mathebula said: “Today we hope to have an impact and this event is also to celebrate Women’s Month. We want to have more campaigns like these so to inspire youth not to be oblivious to what is happening in their surroundings,” he said.

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MMC briefs residents on JMPD ward deployment ‘This is integrating all law enforcement agencies so as to enhance existing structures’ Akhona Zibonti akhona@inner-city-gazette.co.za

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ohannesburg MMC for Public Safety Clr Sello Lemao recently briefed Yeoville, Hillbrow, Berea and Bellevue residents about the ‘10 officers per ward programme’ at the Yeoville recreation centre.

Lemao said officers would be deployed according to the nature of the wards. “This programme is about integrating all law enforcement agencies so as to enhance existing structures. There will be also be two JMPD patrol vans in each area,” Lemao said. JMPD chief Chris Ngcobo said

the deployment of metro cops in the wards will make the police win back their dignity. Hillbrow resident Masindi Mmbengwa-Kwinda said : “I am prepared to be part of this change and we appreciate what the city is doing for us to control crime. We want all by laws enforced.”

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DA envisages new trade era SA’s economic growth is being dragged down by the recession in Europe Persistance Nkomo persie.nkomo@inner-city-gazette.co.za

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LANDROST PLAY FACILITY LAUNCH The Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) has invested more than R200 000 at a kids play facility at Landrost building at corner Plein and Twist streets in the Joburg CBD. The play facility will assist in preventing children from playing in passages and damaging building property. The facility will be shared by kids from New Hamstead, and Stanhope Mansions. The grass used in synthetic. PICS: INNER-CITY PRESS AGENCY

t a recent press conference in Braamfontein DA Shadow Minister of Finance Tim Harris MP said South Africa is becoming a bystander to an economic boom on the African continent. He said inefficient regulation and an unfocussed trade strategy undermine the opportunities for job creation and poverty alleviation that could derive from increased trade, particularly with the rest of Africa. “Right now, instead of being buoyed by African growth, South Africa’s economic growth is being dragged down by the recession in Europe. It’s time to diversify our international trade,” said Harris. Harris added that the economy is subjected to the seismic shock of the proportions at the recent Lonmin Marikana mine massacre.

“We have since seen a dip in the JSE all share index, a weakening in the rand and a spike in reports on the perceived political risks related to investment in South Africa since the Marikana incident,” he said. Harris added that if the economy is to grow, there is need to create a stable economic environment, which means an industrial relations dispensation that processes wage disputes fairly and efficiently. “It means a criminal justice system that can maintain law, order and stability without unnecessary loss of life. It means economic policy certainty that will create and sustain investor confidence,” he added. He said the DA plans to break down the barriers that prevent people from accessing economic opportunities by improving quality, access and accountability in the education system, enhancing youth employment, and creating an enabling en-

vironment for entrepreneurs in their jobs campaign. “The DA plans to open South Africa for business focuses on improving economic ties with Africa and the world, removing the physical and bureaucratic barriers that inhibit cross-border trade, and encouraging foreign direct investment (FDI) through proactive economic diplomacy and by creating an enabling environment in which businesses can flourish,” said Harris. He added that South Africa is currently facing the reality of losing its status as the ‘gateway to Africa’. “We need decisive trade and investment policies now to ensure that we are not left behind by more policysavvy economic growth nodes. The proposals outlined in the DA’s Open for Business document offer a viable solution that promises to usher in a new era of trade and investment verve,” said Harris.

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A bed the whole town can share Joburg art activist wins a place in TED Carlifornia finals

Bottom : Lesley Perkes sits on the concrete bed in Troyeville. Above : Perkes is also known for her participation in wrapping Joburg buildings with an art exhibition by Mary Sibande. In the picture the images are round a building in Juta Street, Braamfontein.

Bridgette Moulang

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n the edge of the inner city in a much-loved area of Troyeville, lies a concrete bed in a park overlooking the main route (Bezuidenhout) into Johannesburg from the east. Passers-by and the occasional visitor may look at it and wonder how it got there. This double bed complete with duvet and headboard - all in concrete, beautifully made and maintained - represents a neighbourhood attitude that is catching on. The bed - known as the Troyeville Bedtime Story - has become a legendary meeting place, an object of curiosity, a platform for events and arts and a unifying community force in Troyeville. Through its online manifestation the project reaches people all over the world and is a centre-piece for a model motivating neighbourhoods and kindred spirits all over the world to regain their joy. “Everywhere in the world right now, the majority of people feel pretty powerless,” says Lesley Perkes, who conceptualized the

project with artist Johannes Dreyer. “Using your own imagination and ability to act on what you see around you is a great way of getting up to good mischief, making you feel the power that you – and the people around you - do have. So much seems to be falling apart but artists instinctively know how to re-invent and re-see, if you like,

disintegration. The bed used to be a pile of neglected rat-infested pile of rubble that we were all used to. Reinventing it makes us question what we think is normal and what to do about that.” It is with this powerful message that increasingly visible and gutsy public arts activist Perkes is making a determined bid to represent

South Africa on the main stage at the annual TED conference in California in March 2013. TED started out in 1984 as a conference to bring together the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design, and has blossomed into the most powerful stage internationally for the world’s greatest thinkers and doers. Calling TED’s stage “a turbo-charged platform for imagination” Lesley has made it through to the finals among 20 candidates from South Africa. In a pool of more than 290 submissions from 13 countries around the world, Lesley inspires people to “…become initiative and act!” “I hope South Africa will get behind all the finalists – it’s the Olympics of Ideas for us, and says a lot about South Africa’s place in

the world. We don’t always have to be spending fortunes bidding on other country’s projects. We have our own offerings for the world.” For the last twenty “very odd years” says Lesley, she has been working obsessively in the public arts and is responsible for making her own and producing work in public places “for some of the most interesting artists in the world.” Among hundreds of projects produced by Perkes, most memorable are the spectacle ideas including the yellow hands at the Gilloolly’s Interchange (with artist Strijdom van der Merwe), Joburg Art City’s wrapping of over 10 000m2 of inner city buildings with an art exhibition by the brilliant Mary Sibande, and the giant Crateman built using thousands of crates over a massive steel armature by world-famous Cape Town artist Porky Hefer. Find out more by watching Lesley’s audition – titled “Making a bed the whole town can share”, online - and vote for her by visiting the Joburg candidate section at http://talentsearch.ted.com .

Cult classic heads for UJ A gleefully gruesome musical, with a line-up of energetic songs and zany characters Di Sparks

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The man-eating plant in the Little Shop of Horrors production.

irected by UJ Arts & Culture resident choreographer Owen Lonzar, Little Shop of Horrors is a show that will delight anyone with a taste for the unusual. Lonzar says he has started looking at genetically modified foods in a new light, as he comments on choreographing the comedy-horror-rock musical about a florist employee who raises a giant man-eating plant, forcing him to kill to feed it. Seymour, a down-and-out skid row floral assistant, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a craving for fresh blood.

Seymour plays nursemaid to the man-eating plant, “Audrey 11”, named after his co-worker Audrey (who he secretly loves). Soon ‘Audrey II’ grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers Seymour fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination. The musical is based on the 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. The music, in the style of 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes well-known tunes, including the title song, Skid Row, Somewhere That’s Green, and

Suddenly, Seymour. The original production won several awards including the 1982 and 1983 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Lonzar joined UJ Arts Centre in 2008 when he choreographed Footloose, followed in 2009 by his first dance production, Deconstructing Jazz. Since then he has created three further works for the company, all sell-out seasons. The Little Shop of Horrors production opens at the UJ Arts Theatre, Kingsway Campus on 6 September and runs until 22 September.


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Confidence in SA Paralympics team Squad hopes to win at least six medals Athletics Correspondent

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The team of women who will compete in the Golden Games. PIC: INNER-CITY PRESS AGENCY

Elderly women compete in annual Golden Games Akhona Zibonti akhona@inner-city-gazette.co.za Elderly women of Yeoville recreation centre’s Aerobics Club whose team will participate in the upcoming regional Golden Games which will be held in Ennerdale this Friday. Trainer Mzwandile Kweyama said tournament consists of 13 teams and Region F will compete for a place in the provincial competition. “The team consists of 27 members trained for almost two months, and will participate in four of the 17 sporting codes,” he added.

Lindi Zulu 60, a participant at the games said she has been doing aerobics, weightlifting, Tae-bo for 30years. “I go to the gym in the morning and evening. We are confident that we will win these games.” Kweyama said last year Kensington Home for the Elderly came third in the provincial games. Lillian Sinuka, 72, said: “I’m excited to be part of the event. Before I joined the club eight months ago I had sprained my knee and ankle, and the pain was excruciating, but now the pain is gone because I’m in a better shape and can compete.”

he South African 2012 London Paralympics team is determined to improve on the previous Paralympic Games, spokesperson Pieter Badenhorst said as the team departed on Tuesday. Four years ago in Beijing the team finished sixth, winning 21 gold, three silver and six bronze medals. Badenhorst said it is difficult to win medals at the Paralympics. “It gets congested at the top of the table, there is little difference between the team which comes third and the one that finishes 13th, so one slip up can affect us. There are a lot of dynamics which we cannot predict, so we can only do what we can and will be happy with fifth or sixth position.” He explained that just getting on the plane is a challenge as carriers have a limit on the number of wheelchairs

permitted on each flight. “Thank goodness we have a special relationship with the airline and they have provided extra crew for the flight. Some of our coaches also underwent special inflight safety training.” In the past, South Africa’s Paralympic medals came mainly from swimming and athletics, but this year, after a tough selection process, Badenhorst hopes medals would be achieved in different sporting codes. “The selection criterion was extremely strict so everyone selected has medal potential, the athletes are ready to perform.” Grace Hughes, the chief physiotherapist travelling with the team said the athletes were in peak condition. “They have gone through a rigorous selection procedure and they are elite athletes. They’re great, strong, fit and look fabulous.”

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