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HE BOOM in the local pornography industry has led an increasing number of young men and women who want to be part of the business, offering to do it for free. However, the taboo that comes with pornography has forced many people in the industry to operate with aliases. One such person is “Leila Lopes” who lives in Westville, outside Durban. A middle-aged woman with a slim body and slick hair, Lopes has been in the business for almost five years and has found the local porn industry becoming more stable. “It’s not a high-earning job because you earn anything from R1 000 to R8 000 a session. But there is certainly more work now.” Lopes says that performing in a porn film is just like any other job. “There are a lot of taboos about porn and people think that there is something abnormal about it, but the fact is that thousands of people buy porn and it’s an honest day’s work for most of us,” she said. “We still have lives and friends away from the business and it’s important to keep those elements separate.” Lopes adds that local porn can be used as a more direct tool to teach people about HIV/Aids and sexual health. “There is too much sugar coating that often goes on around sex in South Africa.


JUST A JOB: Porn queen ‘Leila Lopes’ says, ‘There are a lot of taboos about porn and people think that there is something abnormal about it but the fact is that thousands of people buy porn and it’s an honest days work for most of us.’ PICTURE: SUPPLIED

What we do is give a visual display of what many South Africans think and fantasise about. But we are also responsible and we use condoms so as to show people that aspect of sexual health as well,” she said. Each year thousands of magazines and videos make their way on to the market. But it is local productions that are catching the eye of local porn distributors and fans. According to Tau Morena, who produced South Africa’s very first all-black porn film (Mapona Volume one), the success of local productions is proof that South African consumers want to see local porn. “There is no denying that there is a market for local porn. We moved thousands of copies of the DVD and we are catching the eye of many distributors. Porn is a legal product and if sent through the right channels it can be very successful,” said Morena. He said the boom in local porn has also meant that there are more and more young people who want to be part of the industry. “There are people who want to be part of it but as local producers it’s important to screen people and make sure they are legit,” he said. “This is a business for us so

we want to get the right people who are legal and can be professional,” said Morena. Despite the growth of the local industry, piracy has hurt the revenue stream for local producers. According to estimates by JT Wholesalers who own Adult World, the local industry is worth R300 million but could be even bigger if it were not for piracy. Morena notes that people often buy pirated DVDs because of the lack of proper distribution. “We don’t have as many retail outlets in South Africa as other countries and unfortunately that means that a lot of the people behind the actual products don’t make much money at the end of the day.” One of the concerns raised by the Film and Publications Board and the Human Sciences Research Council is the infiltration of porn into social networks such as Mxit and Twitter where young people see it. Commenting on the issue, Lopes said many local producers play their part in regulating their material and that parents need to play a more active role in protecting their children. “The films that we make always have the appropriate rating and are only available at adult shops. But if kids want porn they will get it online or by some other means. “The industry cannot be blamed for everything. Parents also need to take up some responsibility and know what their kids get up to,” said Lopes.

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GUARD OF HONOUR: Smith goes out to bat against Pakistan in his 100th Test as captain. PICTURE: GALLO IMAGES

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FAMILY MAN: Proteas captain Graeme Smith with his wife, Morgan, and daughter Cadence.

Four cakes and a hat trick for Smith STUART HESS and REBECCA JACKMAN IT WASN’T quite the way Graeme Smith would have wanted it. There was no big hundred or easy runs for that matter, but there was cake and more appreciation for the landmark achievement of captaining in 100 Tests. Smith, who also celebrated his 32nd birthday yesterday, was presented with four cakes during the tea interval – one shaped as a boot, another a bat, a beer bottle and a book – from various sponsors. The giant, 3x5m replica shirt which had been hanging in Sandton City this week for people to sign in commemoration of his 100th Test as captain was also handed over to him. More happiness for Smith and his wife, Irish model and singer Morgan, is the news that the couple are expecting their second child, announced on Monday via Twitter. “Great news to start the week. Smith family growing quickly, myself and Morgs are expecting our 2nd child. 3 month scan done!” Smith tweeted.

His wife posted: “So excited to say we are expecting our second baby!!!! We’re 3 months pregnant and feeling so blessed.” The couple have a sixmonth-old daughter, Cadence. The day yesterday didn’t pan out quite as perfectly as Smith would have liked. He won the toss and chose to bat, a decision he admitted would make his morning a bit difficult. “It might be a bit tough this morning, as an opener I probably should protect myself,” he told SuperSport’s commentator HD Ackerman at the toss. Smith played a very tense waft at the first ball he faced from Pakistan’s opening bowler Umar Gul. There were clearly plenty of nerves in the first 20 minutes as he poked at the ball, but he gradually settled down. Though the crowd for the morning session was sparse, there was some enthusiastic support from Smith’s wife, his old primary school King Edward VII Preparatory School, and friends. Unfortunately for Smith, there was to be no batting milestone as he was dismissed for

24 by Gul 30 minutes before the lunch break. At the tea break Sports minister Fikile Mbalula, wearing a replica shirt with Smith’s Test number, which had been presented to him on Thursday, thanked Smith for his service to South Africa. Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC Ivan Meyer also congratulated the captain on his milestone achievement, a feat “unlikely to be repeated by another cricketer”.

Tenacity “Through hard work, tenacity and discipline he has distinguished himself as an outstanding cricketer and a remarkable captain and leader. He assumed the captaincy at the tender age of 22, and has led his team to their current position of the top Test team in the world. Graham Smith has booked a place for himself as one of cricket’s legends,” Meyer said. Morgan Smith said it was sometimes hard for her to comprehend her husband’s status as a sporting hero. To her he was a loving husband and fa-

ther, who gave his family 100 percent, regardless of what was going on with his work. “It’s easy to forget that he’s a pretty big deal in the sporting world because he never acts that way once he comes home to us. Sometimes I watch documentaries about him and read articles, and I stop and think ‘Wow, my husband is very special’. I’m so proud of him for reaching this milestone of captaining 100 Tests,” she said. “I know as a young boy he had big hopes and dreams for his cricketing future, and to see someone you love achieve their dreams, and achieve beyond them, there is no greater thing to witness.” She added that they would celebrate his birthday with a dinner with friends and family. “It will be pretty chilled though. Graeme won’t want to take focus from this weekend’s Test. We can celebrate it properly once this Test is over.” Smith said in a short speech at the game yesterday: “I would have loved to have scored some more runs, but I’ve been really grateful for all the support and well wishes I’ve got this week.”


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Luyt had heart problems BUSINESSMAN and former national rugby boss Louis Luyt had struggled with cardiac problems before his death on Friday, his family said yesterday. “He has had numerous admissions over the past year for this condition, and ultimately this event was not unexpected, although sudden,” said his son, Louis Luyt jnr. Luyt, 80, was admitted to eThekwini Hospital with dysrhythmia, a condition causing an irregular heart beat. After an attempt to correct the rhythm disturbance, he developed unco-ordinated contraction of the cardiac muscles. “We are saddened by the passing of this stalwart of South African society, and this pillar of our family who was always there for us – at all times and in all situations,” said Luyt. “At the same time, we are truly grateful for having been blessed to be the family of this wonderful person.” He was married to Adri, and had four children. – Sapa