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hearing by the Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) on the DA’s advertisement complaint case against the SABC was adjourned on Tuesday night. The hearing would resume on Wednesday at 18:00 to give the SABC more time to consult with its legal team, CCC chairperson Wandile Tutani told those present at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) headquarters in Sandton, north of Johannesburg. The committee was hearing arguments from the DA and the SABC regarding the pulling of a DA television advert which was paid for, after airing it only three times. Ronnie Bokwa, for the SABC, said the advert was aired twice last Tuesday and once last Wednesday before it was taken off the air. “Ayisafani” TV advert The DA laid a complaint with Icasa on Saturday after the SABC failed to broadcast its election advertisement. The “Ayisafani” TV advert was pulled off the air last week, along with five radio advertisements. The advert shows the DA’s

Gauteng premier candidate and spokesperson, Mmusi Maimane, standing in front of a mirror talking about the current state of the country. He says life today is better than it was 20 years ago and gives credit to great leaders who he believes have taken the country forward. “But since 2008 we’ve seen President Jacob Zuma’s ANC. An ANC that is corrupt. An ANC for the connected few. An ANC that is taking us backwards. An ANC where more than 1.4 million people have lost jobs.” Maimane then asks Zuma where are the jobs. The SABC did not broadcast the advertisement and gave the DA a letter. In it, SABC acting group CEO Tian Olivier informed the party that it would not be able to broadcast the advert on radio or television on four grounds: - The Icasa regulations on political advertising state clearly that there may not be incitement of violence; - That the Electoral Code of Conduct includes a clause prohibiting the publication of false information about other candidates or parties; - That the Advertising Stan-

dards Authority of South Africa (ASA) did not permit attacking another product to promote its own; and that - The SABC would not permit personal attacks on any party member or leader by any other party, as was being done in the DA’s advert in respect of Zuma. The SABC stood by its decision. It said the party could submit an amended version of the advertisement.”We acted properly,” Bokwa said at the hearing. DA leader Helen Zille and the SABC’s acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng were present at the hearing.Bokwa said the DA’s video advert included a part where a picture appeared of a police official pointing his firearm at two members of the public wearing blue shirts. The voice along with the picture said: “We have seen the police force killing our people.”Inflammatory Bokwa said the use of language and the visuals used were inflammatory and could not be seen as freedom of speech. He said the current climate in the country and the media reports of police brutality portrayed a negative image

DA Leader: Helen Zille of the police. “From a responsible broadcaster’s point of view, we felt to flight the advert would create the impression that there is an imminent threat of violence.”Bokwa said he had an issue with the use of the word “our”.”Does it mean police are killing the

DA’s people?” he asked. A member of the CCC asked whether the broadcaster had a checklist for all adverts aired on the broadcaster’s channels. The SABC asked for an adjournment before responding. The broadcaster is yet to answer a number of questions

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outh Africa’s Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who took on the country’s president over the use of taxpayer’s money to upgrade his residence, has been named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. The citation was written by the former governor of the central bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, who describes Madonsela as “an inspirational example of what African public officers need to be”, adding that it required “extraordinary courage and patriotism to do what Thuli Madonsela has done”. Yet in South Africa, Madonsela has been subjected to scorn, attacks on her integrity and insults by many in the ruling coalition. The Time list is by no means the best and brightest citizens of the world – it has Miley Cyrus and Pharrell Williams on it – but the magazine rightfully states that Madonsela “has assured herself a place in the history of modern South Africa”.Madonsela is definitely not defined by the Nkandla investigation report, now the most common reference to her name, even though it has been the biggest challenge of her outstanding career. By taking on a probe into the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s residence, she went where most others fear to tread. She pronounced on the conduct of the most politically powerful people in the country, withstanding intense pressure throughout the course of the investigation, but was determined to preserve its integrity. The report is now a testament, exposing the full extent of the “toxic concoction of a lack of leadership, a lack of control and focused self-interest” which led to the “unconscionable” R246m-upgrade to Zuma’s private residence at state’s expense. But Madonsela and the office she heads is much more than the two-year investigation into the Nkandla upgrades. Madonsela excelled at whatever she has touched, as a teacher, in constitutional law and race and gender activism. But when she became the Public Protector in 2009, she be-

gan to mould the office around her own values, that of justice, humanity, integrity, high morals and public service. In 2011, Daily Maverick named Madonsela South African Person of the Year for her exceptional work as an ombudsman to the exercise of executive power with unwavering commitment to truth. We could have done so every year since then as Madonsela has continued to shine, exposing maladministration and improper conduct in government, building her office as a centre of excellence and displaying deep respect for the people of South Africa by acting as their guardian. But it is perhaps how she herself describes her role that is most insightful. At the media conference to release her Nkandla report, Madonsela said the ombud was a fairly recent innovation in the area of public accountability globally. In South Africa, she said, there were parallels between the Protector as an institution and non-political institutions that served to curb excesses in the exercise of public power. “One institution is the Makhadzi which we have adopted as one of our symbols. The Makhadzi, an aunt, is a non-political figure who serves as a buffer between the ruler and the people,” Madonsela said. “The Public Protector is part innovative constitutional institutions that are meant to help the people exact accountability in the exercise of state power and control over state resources through administrative scrutiny.” The Makhadzi “enhances the voice of the people while serving as the king’s eyes, ears and conscience”. He ignores her “at his own peril”. Not all cases dealt with by her office receive the media attention that the Nkandla report has drawn. “Most are resolved through the Makhadzi way of whispering to appropriate authorities about wrongdoing.” Like the Makhadzi, she did not make the rules, Madonsela said. “They are made by those who are governed and those who govern. We are just the keepers of such rules.” There is no doubt that in the

the public highly. Some might say – mostly her critics in the ANC, the ANC Youth League and the South African Communist Party – that she thrives on media attention and feeds the news monster, which is why she is the darling of South African newsrooms. She sees public engagement as part of her responsibility and also uses it to promote confidence in her office. Very few people or institutions in the public service know how to do that. It is part of the reason so many people in government resent her. Madonsela rarely says no to being interviewed; she understands that the media is the conduit to her audience and therefore makes herself available to explain her work – whether it is on early morning television to late night radio talk shows, or sitting down to tell Daily Maverick how her work sometimes makes her cry. Madonsela’s ability to market herself and her work has been used against her. She has been accused of campaigning through the media and blamed for leaks of her provisional reports. After the release of the Nkandla report and the damning findings of ethical breaches by the president and maladministration by members of his Cabinet, the criticism and attacks reached a peak, with accusations that she had a political agenda and even crude commentary about her appearance. Neither Zuma nor his government have responded formally to Madonsela’s report yet, with the president deferring his response until he has receipt of the Special Investigating Unit probe into the upgrades. A parliamentary ad hoc committee has now been constituted to look into the matter, but it appears from its first meeting that the ANC is trying to undermine any proper interrogation and is trying to run out the clock. The committee has to complete its work by 30 April. From the comments made by the ANC MPs in the committee meeting on Thursday, they appear not to have read the report even though it is widely accessible and pronounces on the conduct of their party leader. The subtext is that they have not taken Madonsela’s report seriously enough to have read it. Most recently, Madonsela has been trying to fend off an onslaught by a group of KwaZulu-Natal lawyers who have embarked on a roadshow to discredit her Nkandla report. The Mail & Guardian reported this week that the lawyers say they are in the process of preparing a court application to seek a review of the Nkandla report. In the meantime they are addressing public events, presenting their views on Madonsela’s report, which they have apparently likened to a “joke”, claimed lacks credibil-

Editor’s Note Dear Reader Just a few more days until the 2014 democratic elections, a day on which most young people will be casting their vote for the very first time. Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, who is also a part of the JCPS cluster, said all Home Affairs offices throughout the country will be open from 7am on Election Day, to enable people to collect their identity documents. According to Minister Pandor, there are 122 000 uncollected IDs and 23 000 uncollected smartcard IDs. Home Affairs has 117 mobile offices to provide extra capacity to process applications. All border posts will be open and functioning on Election Day to allow South Africans to come home to vote. Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said all 155 000 inmates in 242 correctional facilities across the country are registered to vote. The IEC, working with the Department of Correctional Services, has made the necessary arrangements to ensure that inmates exercise their democratic right to vote. Special votes will take place on 5 and 6 May. The IEC says 25 390 150 voters are eligible to cast their votes come 7 May. N’wa Hlungwani (Patrica)

ity and that her findings have no basis in law. Madonsela’s office responded to the lawyers’ claims by explaining that the report’s findings are final and binding. “Their comments are totally unfounded and clearly show that they are confusing the public protector’s inquisitorial justice with the adversarial justice of our courts,” the Public Protector’s communications manager Oupa Segalwe told the Mail & Guardian. “The public protector is not aware of any inconsistencies, as alleged by this group. The report is evidence-based and speaks for itself.” Amid the continuing controversy over Nkandla, Time magazine announced its annual list of 100 most influential people in the world. Madonsela is named in the category of “leaders”, which include US President Barack Obama, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is also on the list, underlining the point that the list recognised influence rather than the smartest, most upstanding leaders. Other categories feature performers Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell Williams, and actress Kerry Washington. Soccer star Christiano Ronaldo joins Pope Francis and Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai in the category of “icons”. Madonsela said in a statement that she was “taken by surprise that the modest efforts of her office were not only been recognised at home but elsewhere in the world too”. “I also hope that this gesture

will put the Public Protector or the Ombudsman institution on the world map, therefore alerting governments of the potential of this institution as a partner in promoting good governance, thus strengthening constitutional democracy.” The global recognition for Madonsela and her office is well deserved, even though the list might be a hodge-podge of the world’s biggest movers and shakers, not all of whom aspire to the same values she does. But the best recognition for Madonsela would be from the people whom she serves and whom she hopes to guide to greater standards of ethical conduct. In her citation, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Lamido Sanusi, himself suspended from office by the president, Goodluck Jonathan, says: “To speak about corruption in high places is often subversive and always embarrassing. The machinery of state can be called upon to intimidate or even destroy and eliminate whistle-blowers. “It therefore requires extraordinary courage and patriotism to do what Thuli Madonsela has done. Yet in standing up for the truth as she sees it, she has assured herself a place in the history of modern South Africa and among the tiny but growing band of African public servants giving us hope for the future of our continent.” Thuli Madonsela is indeed a symbol of hope and personifies what is good and great about South Africa. She has performed an outstanding service to this country and now the world too has acknowledged that she is no ordinary human being.

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auteng is home to just under a quarter of South Africa’s population and contributes 36 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Because of its central location, it is also a gateway to other provinces and the rest of the African continent in terms of movement of people and goods. Increased economic activity through the public and private sectors create opportunities for individuals to find shelter and make their livelihoods in this province. This is demonstrated by year-on year increase in the number of learners seeking education spaces in our schools. According to the 2-13 Mid-year population estimates released by Statistics South Africa, Gauteng population has increased slightly from 12.4million to 12.7 million. It is for this reason that the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) continues to work on strategies that are aimed at yielding socio-economic benefits for all. Our response to addressing challenges such as unemployment, poverty and inequality are central to our business. There are continued and concerted efforts to accelerate service delivery by implementing programmes and projects that leads to improved quality of life of our communities. These include food security, youth employment, Zivuseni, Bana Pele, Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP) and Violence Against Women and Children (VAWAC) to name but a few. As a way of demonstrating our continued commitment to improved social service delivery, Health, Education and Social Development account for the lion’s share of the 2014 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) budget and lays the foundation for the improvement of education outcomes, provide quality healthcare and building a hedge of protection for our vulnerable and affected communities. Gauteng is indeed a better place to live and will continue to be as we direct our energies to live in and continue to be as we direct our energies to addressing challenges that confront us and sustain the momentum of delivering quality services. The following sources determine the quality of services delivered to Gauteng citizens: • National Treasury (R85.608bn divided into R68.673bn equitable Share and R16.935 Conditional Grants) • Gauteng Provincial Government (R4.266bn) • Direct Charges (R69.63m) Over and above this, other sources of provincial revenue are Gambling and Taxes, Motor Vehicle Licenses, Hospital patient fees and other revenue streams. The conditional grants are mostly used for the Comprehensive HIV and AIDS grant (15%), Further Education and Training (4%), Education Infrastructure Grant (4%), National Treasury Services Grant (21%), Human Settlement Development Grant (26%), National School Nutrition Programme (4%), Public Transport Operations Grant (11%) and (15%) of the budget will be spent on Other.

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citizens to ensure that children’s educational struggles are addressed.” These were the words of Desk-Bags originator and managing director of PR Worx, Madelain Roscher in a press release. On the 11th April, PR Worx in partnership with SA Taxi foundation and SDV South Africa visited Zenzelani primary school located at 19th

Avenue Vincent Tshabalala road (formally known as London road) to donate a total of 1000 desk bags for learners at the school which when folded open, acts as a portable desk that can be used both at school and at home.Desk-Bags, which are made from 100% recyclable billboard material, are school bags that provide a portable desk solution for learners to use at school and at home. The front flap of the bag is reinforced with a durable ABS plastic when folded open, allows for instant desk support. The light weight school bag also allows plenty of space for learners to carry all their books and stationary whether they are in pre-primary school

or matric. Furthermore, Desk-Bags also come with reflective biding that allow children to be easily spotted by motorists when walking in the rain or the dark. Director of SA Taxi foundation Kalnisha Signh and Managing Director of SDV South Africa Ken McDonald were among many who were thrilled about the success of PR Worx’s CSI initiative which is committed to education. “We are thrilled to be involved with an initiative that is committed to education as Desk-Bags. It is our goal as a company to become more involved in sustainable education activities and Desk-Bags is the right vehicle to start our activities off with,”Kalnisha explains.

outcry. “I was quite astounded myself but I tried to pretend that I was humbled and didn’t really mind,” the 82-yearold said. “It was not true, I was very hurt. He was a very dear friend. “We made up for it a little bit. I was asked to preach at a wonderful memorial held at the Westminster Abbey. They have the right to say who would speak, but I think they shot themselves comprehensively in the foot in snubbing me. It was sad.” The archbishop emeritus, who has been described as the moral conscience of South Africa, and the de facto leader of the liberation struggle while Mandela was in jail, has become a fierce critic of the African National Congress (ANC) under president Jacob Zuma. There is little sign of the rift being healed.

“I have already said that I will not vote for them; that is something that I have said,” he explained. “And I say it with a very sore, very heavy heart because on the whole they have tended to be close to the kind of things we dreamt about.” Referring to Mandela’s generation, he added: “We have to admit that not too many of the successors of those leaders have been able to fill their shoes. But the shoes were enormous.”While he never belonged to a political party, he continued, he had wanted to support one that would be as close as possible “to the sort of things that we would love to see. On the whole, the ANC was that. Have you noticed the tense?“We dreamt about a society that would be compassionate, a society that really made people feel they mattered. You can’t do

that in a society where you have people who go to bed hungry, where many of our children still attend classes under trees.” Tutu, who coined the phrase “rainbow nation”, described 20 years of democracy in South Africa as “a heck of an achievement” and a “very good reason for all of us as South Africans to feel proud”. He acknowledged that the ANC deserves at least some credit. “I am going to recognise, not concede, but recognise the wonderful achievements, the fact that many more people have running water, that there is electricity for very many more people than it used to be, the social grants and we have the largest HIV programme … those are significant feathers in the cap of our government.” But he added: “This is a country where we shouldn’t

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etired archbishop Desmond Tutu has spoken of his pain at being snubbed by organisers of Nelson Mandela’s funeral last year as his relationship with South Africa’s dominant party continues to sour. Tutu, who like Mandela won the Nobel peace prize as a leader of the struggle against racial apartheid, will be out in the cold again on Sunday when official events are held to mark the 20th anniversary of the country’s first multiracial election. At a press conference at St George’s cathedral in Cape Town, Tutu reflected on his exclusion from the programme at Mandela’s funeral last December. At first he was not even on the 5,000-strong guest list but he received a last minute invitation following a public


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McDonald, who was unable to attend the hand-over of the Desk-Bags, added that “SDV also understands the importance of education to the nation and we are happy to support Desk-Bags in their campaign to uplift education in South Africa. We are happy that our support to them can make such a tangible impact on the lives of the children of Alexandra. There to express her sincerest gratitude, was principal of Zenzeleni primary school, Mrs. Thandi Gumede. It touches me deeply to know that there are people out there who care about the education of the African child, as you would know, most of these learners have never had anything they

Retired Archbishop: Desmond Tutu read stories of a six-year-old falling into a latrine hole. It shouldn’t happen. It unconscionable, it’s a disgrace. This is a fantastic country with fantastic people. Let’s make it become what it has in itself to become.” He also declined to condemn a controversial plea by a group of former ANC stalwarts, led by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils, for voters to choose one of the smaller parties or spoil their ballots in protest against what they see as a betrayal of the ANC’s prin-

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can call their own, this has truly been a blessing to the Alexandra community. We will make certain that these bags are well looked after and that they are maintained which will guarantee that the learners are able to use them up until they reach grade 7 and possibly go to high school with them, Gumede said with great joy. Others who attended the hand-over ceremony were the HR staff from SA Taxi foundation and PR Worx as well as Mr. South Africa 2014 contestant, Armand Du Plassis and Miss Earth semi finalist, Shannon Roscher who both have selected Desk-Bags as their campaign for their respective pageants.

ciples. “Don’t just say, ah well, I’ve always sung these struggle songs and therefore when I’m going to vote … think! “You can’t call into question the integrity of the people who have called for this; you can’t call into question their struggle credentials and they are saying don’t vote mindlessly, don’t be voting cattle. Think when you’re making that cross and remember that it is going to decide what quality of life you are going to have for the next five years.”




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Vavi vows to unify Cosatu after his return

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is eight months on suspension were wasted time, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Monday. “I’ve never been on leave

for such a long period in my life,” he told union members gathered outside Cosatu House in Johannesburg. “It has been [a] long eight months of wasted time.” Vavi returned to work at the Congress of SA Trade

in Johannesburg set aside Vavi’s suspension. Judge Phineas Mojapelo ruled that it was invalid and that the Cosatu constitution had been breached because the decisions to suspend Vavi and investigate his conduct were not put to the vote at the central executive committee (CEC) meeting where they were made. “A vote is prescribed as the manner in which decisions are to be taken ... therefore no valid decisions were taken,” Mojapelo found. Vavi was placed on special leave in August, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing relating to his affair with a junior employee. In July, the employee accused him of rape. He said they had an affair. The woman later withdrew a sexuUnions’ (Cosatu) headquar- al harassment complaint against him. ters on Monday morning. Food and Allied Workers’ Decision challenged Union (Fawu) members sur- Following Vavi’s suspenrounded Vavi, singing as he sion, the National Union of stepped out of his car out- Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), an ally of his, lodged side the building. On Friday, the High Court an application in the High

Court in Johannesburg challenging the decision. Vavi then lodged papers to be added as an applicant in Numsa’s challenge. Cosatu will discuss the judgment and the way forward at a special CEC meeting on Tuesday. Numsa’s position in Cosatu is also expected to be on the agenda. Last week, Numsa wrote to Cosatu demanding that it convene a special national congress, and threatened to take the matter to court if it did not. On Monday, Vavi thanked union members for their warm welcome. “Last week Friday was about defining the basic... rule of law... we [are] thankful we came out triumphant. “Your power has brought me back to where you have elected me to be.” Vavi said it was a difficult day because his daughter was being operated on after an accident last week in the Eastern Cape, but he was excited to be back at work. Wanting to unify Cosatu

Thabo Tshabalala and a who runs a car wash business in Stshwetla, were the business-people who were approached by the DA representatives on the challenges their business encounter respectively on a day to day bases. “Like every businessman, I would like to see my business growing, gradually rendering my services to people who will pay good money to help my business create jobs for more people, I have never experienced any crime related issues however it would be helpful to know that my working equipment is safe at all times”, Tshabalala explained. Adelaid who sells fast-food also raised concerns about the lack of catering tenders from Gorvenment and that she would use any help she can get about ways to win Government tenders.

have the knowledge of how to apply and win government tenders as they need to be broken down to be manageable by small businesses, and they also need to be educated about tax returns as this is essential for any

He said he was returning to Cosatu not with vengeance in mind, but to unify the trade union federation. “I’m acutely aware of my responsibility to build the unity of the federation,” Vavi said. “I recognise an un-unified Cosatu is not in the best interest [of workers]. Our challenge here is to unify the federation, to unify progressive forces.” He called on people to forget what he called the “political shenanigans” of the past. “Forgive them, because they don’t know what they do,” Vavi said. FAWU members followed Vavi into the building and up to the ninth floor, which is the secretariat office. Vavi stood singing with union members in the foyer outside his office. He then proceeded to a meeting with other national office bearers, which he said he was chairing and had chaired every Monday in his role as general secretary.

DA tackles small business challenges Wellington Nobele

With only a few weeks left until the 2014 democratic elections which state President Jacob Zuma has announced to be on the 7th of May, political parties have been hard at work trying to win the votes of the South African society at large. Among other things, South Africa celebrates 20 years of a democratic state where even small businesses are able to significantly contribute to the national economic state. Speaking to the paper on behalf of the DA Alexandra constituency was operations manager Bongani Nkomo, who spoke to us about part of their manifesto where the party identifies small business needs and devises strategies which can help them partake in the national economy in general.

“The aim of this initiative is to ascertain small business challenges through asking them questions of the difficulties they face on a day to day basis”, said Bongani. On the 10th of April, DA representatives visited Stshwetla informal settlement as part of their campaign for the Gauteng province, to conduct a survey of small business needs and identify what they need from government to help them overcome these challenges. The survey was partly based on the DA’s manifesto in terms of small businesses being given a platform in the national market and providing the necessary advisory structures and knowledge of how to pursue government tenders. Small business owners Adelaid (preferred to only provide her name) and

DA representative conducts a survey with Stshwetla residents Sophie Mashele of the DA spoke to Thabo and Adelaid about the party’s intention to cater for small businesses and how they plan on implementing advisory structures for small businesses. “Most small business owners do not

business. More importantly, South African citizens need to practice their democratic right and cast their vote for the party they believe will best keep their interests at heart”, Mashele said in conclusion.



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Welsh opera sensation Bryn Terfel is ready to sweep Gauteng audiences off their feet W elsh opera sensation Bryn Terfel is ready to sweep Gauteng audiences off their feet. Terfel will perform two concerts in the province – one in the capital city and the other in the City of Gold. The ZK Matthews Hall, at Pretoria's University of South Africa, will play host to what is termed a slightly more “serious” programme, which consists of songs on poems by John Masefield, pieces from composers Schumann and Schubert and, again, traditional songs from the Celtic isles. The concert takes place on 11 May at 4:00pm. Terfel's “popular programme” will take place at Johannesburg's Linder Auditorium on 6 May at 8:00pm, and includes pieces by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Schubert and Mozart, and Celtic songs. Both programmes promise to showcase Terfel's rich bass-baritone voice. The Brit superstar will be accompanied by top South African pianist Nina Schumann, a professor of music at the University of Stellenbosch. Schumann, who holds a master's degree in music from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and a doctorate degree from the University of Cape Town, co-owns the TwoPianists record label, and is part of an internationally recognised duo with her pianist husband Luis Magalhaes. Terfel, who was recently nominated as best male singer in the inaugural International Opera Awards, the "oscars of the opera world", is a Grammy, Classical Brit and Gramophone Award winner with a discography encompassing operas of Mozart, Wagner and Strauss, and more than 10 solo discs including Lieder, American musical theatre, Welsh songs and sacred repertory. In 2003, Bryn was made a CBE for services to Opera in the Queen’s New Year Honours list and in 2006 was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music. He is also a recipient of the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg. Tickets for both programmes cost between R490 and R550, and are available from Computicket. Contact: Christabel Zulu/ Bridget van Oerle BUZ PUBLICITY 011 482 3467 /3489 083 706 2952/ 083 263 6991 skype: buzpublicity

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t has now been exactly 7 months since the launch of the NECT (National Education Collaboration Trust) which was launched in August last year. The NECT’s main objectives were to strengthen the relationships between business societies, the civil society, government and labour in order to achieve the education goals of the National Development Plan and to support and influence the agenda for the reform of basic education. Ministers Paul Mashatile of arts & culture, Fikile Mbalula for sports and recreation, as well as Deputy Minister in the presidency responsible for monitoring and evaluation, Obed Bapela, payed a special visit to Alex High school on the 11th April as they had promised to return to the school on their last visit in 2013, to express their sentiments on razing the bar on the quality of education in Alex. The 76 year old high school located at the corner of 3rd Avenue Joe Nhlanhla, which was also attended by both Mashatile and Bapela during their high school years, became a symbol of hope for the learners at Alex high who have selected mathematics and physical science as their major subjects. As part of giving back to the school they attended and Alexandra community at large, the Ministers partnered with EduSciMat, to hand over a new maths and science laboratory as they had promise when they last visited the school. “The laboratories are part of EduSciMat’s CSI initiative aimed at improving the standard of education in more crucial subjects such as mathematics and physical sci-

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New Bok jersey launched!

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ew kit supplier to the Springboks, ASICS, have launched the new home and away jerseys, which will be used for the first time in June, at an exclusive event in Cape Town on 24 April 2014.Jurie Roux, CEO of the South African Rugby Union (SARU), said this new sponsorship ushered in an exciting new era for the Springboks and all other national teams as they aim to continuously raise the bar in performance. “Ever since we’ve announced our sponsorship with ASICS last August, excitement has been building towards the big reveal of the new Springbok jersey,” said Roux.“Apart from the technological advances we’ve seen in the manufacture of this new jersey, the designers at ASICS have done a superb job in ensuring the honour, heritage and tradition associated with the Springboks’ traditional green and gold have

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remained intact.” According to Florence Ainsworth, Apparel Product Director for ASICS Europe Middle East and Africa, ASICS has introduced new technical advances to the jersey which should give the players an edge on the field. “The new jerseys are made with ‘motion dry’ technology which allows the players to wear the item tight fitted whilst allowing for maximum natural freedom of movement and temperature management,” explained Ainsworth. “The seams are reinforced to mitigate tear risk and the jerseys use ‘gripper’ technology in the chest area to enable players to get a better hold of the ball. It’s also inside the jerseys along the hem to prevent the shirt from moving while the players are running.”Springbok captain Jean de Villiers added that he was looking forward to run

out in the new jersey during the Incoming Series in June. “As Springboks, running out in the green and gold is always extremely special as we know we carry the hopes and aspirations of our entire nation on our shoulders,” said De Villiers. “The Springbok jersey is almost sacred to South Africans and I’m very excited about the prospect of running out in this new jersey later this year. “Getting an edge over your opponents is important and I’m sure the new technological advances will assist us on the field.” SARU’s contract with ASICS runs for six years and as part of this deal, ASICS made a commitment to manufacture at least 70% of its licensed supporter wear in South Africa. “We came to South Africa with the long-term view that we would use the SARU deal as a foundation for setting up ASICS in South Africa,” said Max Keen, ASICS Brand and Sports Marketing Manager. “We believe that it is to everyone’s advantage if we produce the SARU merchandise locally. “Our long term aim is that we develop South Africa as an ASICS manufacturing center of excellence for all our product ranges.” The Springbok team will run onto field in their new jerseys for the first time when they take on the World XV on 7 June in Cape Town.

Vets and masters accommodated at JoBerg2c

Cyclist of Old Mutual Joberg2c


he Old Mutual JoBerg2c has announced age category prizes to complement its overal cash offering ahead of the start of the nine-day mountain bike race on Friday. Race organiser Craig Wapnick revealed today that the City Lodge Hotel Group had come on board to sponsor over R180 000 worth of prizes in the veterans and masters age categories. “These categories are always fiercely competitive and, although they are not pros, we believe these are serious riders who need to be rewarded for their efforts.”Wapnick said the hotel group would be sponsoring 140 bed nights for the overall age group winners among the men’s, women’s and mixed pairs – as well as those entered in the Tread Buffalo category. “Many of our riders travel for business and leisure purposes and also ride other

events around the country, so this lifestyle-oriented prize is a perfect fit.” He said the first prize of five nights’ accommodation in each age group was a token of appreciation for the effort the riders put into their sport. In addition to these rewards, he said the total prize money for the pros had increased from R220 000 to a quarter of a million rand for the fifth edition of the race.Wapnick said the investment, which includes daily incentives, was in keeping with the event’s status as one of the top races in South Africa. “We’ve also invested in nine days of television coverage, which is another massive incentive for pro teams and their sponsors.” He said the accommodation vouchers could be redeemed at any of the group’s hotels, including Courtyard Hotels, City Lodge Hotels and Town and Road Lodges. “The Courtyard Hotel in


Rosebank will also be our official accommodation partner for riders attending registration on Thursday evening before they depart from Heidelberg.” Wapnick said it would be their last chance to experience the luxury of urban living before they enjoyed the camaraderie of the tented camps at the eight rural race villages.He said the Old Mutual joBerg2c was as much a ride as it was a race.“We don’t have pros and amateurs, we have racers and riders.” Wapnick said it was important for organisers to strike a balance between the two and put enough money back into the event for the whole field of 750 riders to enjoy the experience. “On the one hand, we love watching proper dicing on our great routes and fully support those on top of their game. On the other, we love watching riders smile and grimace their way across the beloved country. “Whether you are in the prizes or not, you will be rewarded with an inspirational journey.” He said the Tread Buffalo category – a new national competition for riders 90kg and over – would be launched at the event. The race starts in Heidelberg on the outskirts of Johannesburg and finishes in Scottburgh in KwaZuluNatal on May 3.

Pioneer north april 2014  
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