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Proposed changes to family migration rules will tighten entry into UK for relatives and partners by DANI PORTER A KEY point of the Conservative manifesto was the aim of reducing the number of immigrants to the UK from 200,000 per annum to tens of thousands. Although unable to affect the numbers of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, the main immigration route into the UK, they have made decisive new rules aimed at clamping down on family migration, the third biggest reason for entry to Britain. Last week Home Secretary Theresa May announced a number of proposed new family migration measures that will mostly come into effect on 9 July. They will only apply to people given leave to enter or remain in the UK after that date. According to the UK Border Agency, these revisions follow wide consultation and expert advice from the Migration Advisory Committee. The changes include a higher salary threshold, increased probationary period and a citizenship test. A non-EEA spouse, partner, fiancé, civil partner or other family member joining a UK resident will now have to earn an income of £18,600 or higher. To put that into context, 47% of UK residents

currently earn less than this minimum requirement. Until now a couple has needed just £5,500 plus housing costs. t seems that the majority of these changes (unless otherwise stated) will come into force one month from now, on 9th July – but Find full details on the transitional arrangements and applicability of these new rules on page 34 The two-year probationary period for settlement of spouses has now been increased to five years, in order to keep tabs on the validity of the relationship. Previously, couples with one UK citizen were allowed to settle here if they could give evidence of having lived together for four continuous years elsewhere; this has now been abolished in favour of the five-year probationary period. Elderly relatives will only be able to join family in the UK if they can prove that they need ongoing care that they can only receive here. From October 2013, all applicants for settlement must pass the Life in the UK Test, which comprises 24 questions on Britain’s politics and society. See if you can answer the Life in the UK test questions on page 3…

INSIDE: South African BHP Billiton boss in UK top-five pay list| p3 SA-born BHP Billiton chief executive Marius Kloppers has rounded out a list of Britain’s top-five earners as published by the Financial Times.

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China in Africa: Law and Economics Date: 19 June 2012, 6.30 - 10pm Venue:The Churchill Room A UCT Open Lecture with Professor Salvatore Mancuso, Chair in Comparative Law in Africa. The University of Cape Town Trust is delighted to invite you to a talk by Professor Salvatore Mancuso, holder of UCT’s Chair in Comparative Law in Africa.. Chinese presence in Africa has raised many issues. How has China been able to overtake any other presence in the African continent? What are the legal implications of such massive Chinese presence in Africa? This presentation will offer a general overview on the main aspects of Chinese investments in Africa, both in terms of their historical development and their present situation. It will also analyse, from a legal point of view, the agreements between China and the African states, as well as the Chinese policies on investments in Africa – including

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South African BHP boss in UK top-five pay list


BHP boss Marius Kloppers earns Britain’s fifth highest salary SOUTH African-born BHP Billiton chief executive Dr Marius Kloppers has rounded out a list of Britain’s top-five earners as published by the Financial Times newspaper. The 49-year-old boss of the world’s largest mining company – dual-listed and headquartered in Australia – in 2011 took home £9.82 million in salary, cash bonuses, pensions, and share options, reported the British broadsheet on Tuesday. Kloppers came fifth on the top-five British pay list behind GlaxoSmithKline’s Andrew Witty (£10.75 million), AstraZeneca’s David Brennan (£11.32), WPP’s Martin Sorrell (£11.62 million), and Barclays’ Bob Diamond (£20.97 million). Kloppers was born in Cape Town and grew up in Johannesburg, where he matriculated from

Helpmekaar Kollege. He earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria and a PhD in the same subject from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kloppers worked at Sasol and Mintek before realising that he didn’t want to be a chemical engineer and that his interests were actually far broader. After doing his MBA at INSEAD in France, he worked with management consultants McKinsey & Co in The Netherlands before joining Billiton in 1993. In 2007, at the age of 44, he was appointed CEO. He is married to his high school sweetheart Carin, and they have three children. A survey of executive income conducted by Manifest and MM&K and published in the FT found a median 10% increase in the pay packets of FTSE 100 chiefs in 2011,

Dr Marius Kloppers is the head of the world’s largest mining company.

adding that their earnings have grown to 139 times that of their employees’ average salary. An unnamed US fund manager defended the executive pay levels. “You have to pay a lot of money for excellence,” he told the Financial Times. “Strongly performing chief executives are worth the money. They make a big difference to total returns, dividends and the performance of a company. “These people don’t just turn up for work and drink coffee. They make important decisions that can make a big difference to how successful a company is.”

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Cocoa: Another family member eg a parent can only join their UK citizen or resident child if they are in extremely poor health and even then the hurdle is so high it’s going to be nigh on impossible for anyone to satisfy the criteria laid. They have to be completely incapacitated ie need help getting dressed and the UK resident would need to show

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that the parent, even with practical and financial help from their child, cannot get that level of care in their home country. So if you have enough money to support your parent in Britain you’re screwed because that money should be sufficient to buy them care in their home country, and if u don’t have enough money you’re screwed because then you can’t sponsor them. Thank you Mrs Theresa May for ensuring you get voted out the very next chance I get. Vaughan: I have a doctorate from Oxford University and many

years’ experience in my field. But residency requirements are so strict that it is almost impossible for me to remain in the UK. The same goes for many of my colleagues. The UK is no longer as desirable as it imagines and as it once was. It should implement policies to attract and retain people with good education rather than turning them away; there are many other attractive destinations for the welleducated youth. Sharon Banham: I think it stinks, I have family there and my daughter would

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like to come over and stay here, now that is not going to be possible at all, not fair at all. Pat Warrington Benton: Just glad I got here 16 years ago. It is such a small island we live on, so I suppose there have to be limits. Annie Thorne-Barnes: Words fail me at this time. Jan Sempels: No, it is not fair, but if take a look from the UK’s point of view, it is correct. I visited England and was suprised that I didn’t hear any English on the streets, the same in Amsterdam, it is all foreign you hear! Polish, Russian, Turkish, etc. Even the locals are tired of this and want them gone. Oooo, the mighty Europe! Except for the buildings, there is nothing European left.

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Jimbo: Fascinating, a great story. Well done to Marius. Dave: “These people don’t just turn up for work and drink coffee.

They make important decisions that can make a big difference to how successful a company is.” - I guess one would hope so for £10 million a year. Alco: There are quite a few footballers in the UK who earn more than him. His salary equates to £192k per week. The 20 teams in the English Premier League (201011) wages equated to £1.6billion. With the 92 league clubs paying £1.2 billion in tax alone, I bet deep down Marius wishes he was a footballer! Busi: Well done to our fellow SA citizen, I am extremely proud of you…keep up the good work. I work in the industry and understand what it takes to lead successfully in that environment. James: No wonder Australia does so well, it has Saffas running its biggest companies… awesome stuff! Cathy: Alco – very funny re the footballer comment! Great to hear about Saffers doing so well, makes one proud. Join the debate on


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Why can’t a cop run our police force? It seems unfair to criticise someone before they’ve even started a job. I should know: I’m continually given stick for my apparent lack of DIY experience. I’ll be standing by a wall, about to strike the nail for the first time, and will have the hammer rudely removed from my grip because someone (father, mother, girlfriend, random passer-by) assumes I am incompetent. This despite the fact that I have never actually hammered a nail into a wall before, mostly because someone always stops me and tells me I’m useless before I can start. So I feel a grain of sympathy for Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega. She’s our new top cop – and although her appointment was only announced a few days ago, she’s already having the hammer yanked out of her hands. I think this is perhaps a trifle unfair; after all, to be better than Bheki Cele, all you have to do is show up. Phiyega has certainly done rather well for herself. She’s chairperson of the mouthful that is the presidential review committee on state-owned enterprises as well as deputy chairperson of the independent commission on the remuneration of office bearers. She’s held executive positions at ABSA, the National Ports Authority and Transnet. She’s had roles in the Road Accident Fund, and to cap it all off, she was on the World Cup 2010 committee as well. She’s an accomplished businesswoman. She knows not just her onions, but almost every vegetable in the garden. She probably doesn’t deserve to be given hell when she has yet to start her new role. So it pains me to have to add my voice to those asking: why can’t a cop run our police force? We started with one, George Fivaz, appointed by Nelson Mandela in 1995. But then we

sort of went off the rails a bit. We had a politician, Jackie Selebi, which worked about as well as a chocolate towel rail, and then we had another one – a politician, that is, not a towel rail. Bheki Cele, who immediately gave himself the title of ‘General’ (with head in hands: “No, no, no, no, you’re doing it wrong). When he was kicked out, we actually had a cop running things for a while in an acting capacity: Major-General Nhlanhla Sibusiso Mkhwanazi. And now, we have a businesswoman. This is starting to get mighty tiresome. The one thing the police service badly needs is a literal top cop. A career policeman or policewoman, who has come up from the bottom and who knows the service backwards. Matter of fact, we need a Sam Vimes. Vimes is the creation of the authorTerry Pratchett. He’s the chief policeman of Ankh-Morpork, a city which is probably the only place more chaotic that Johannesburg. He’s a copper to his boots. We need him. Or someone very like him. Right now, we have a corrupt and inefficient service, often guilty of deeply ugly behaviour. But that is because they have corrupt, inefficient and ugly managers. If Phiyega can sort that out let me say that I will be the first to raise a beer to her. Perhaps a business mind is what our police service needs. Until then? Sceptics over here. I saved you a seat.




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LANKLAAS is die woord diamant soveel keer oor die laaste paar weke gebruik, soveel so dat ek begin wonder het wat van ons diamant geword het? Ek praat natuurlik van Die Stêr van Afrika, of meer korrek, die Cullinan1, die grootste van 9 stukke wat uit die oorspronlike Culllinan rots gesny is. Die Cullinan1 teen 530.4 karaat (106.1 g) was tot in 1985 die grootste

geslypte diamant in die wêreld, tot die ontdekking van die Goue Jubileum Diamant teen, 545.67 karaat (109.13 g), by dieselfde myn in Suid-Afika, die Premier Myn, 80 jaar later. Op 6 Januarie 1905 hardloop ‘n asvaal Thomas Evan Powell by die mynbestuurder Mr Frederick Wells in en in sy gebarste vuil hande, ‘n baie groot steen. Die steen is ondersoek en as gevolg van sy groote word daar besluit dat dit niks anders as ‘n kristal of glas kan wees nie, nutteloos vind dit toe sy weg na die vullis buite. Maar gelukkig besluit een om dit weer van nader te bekyk en so die geboorte van die Cullinan diamant. Teen 3106 karaat is die Cullinan diamant steeds die grootste diamant ooit gevind en nie net besonder in grootte nie, maar klariteit ook. In 1907 besluit die Eerste Minister van Transvaal om die diamant te koop en aan Koning Edward VII te stuur vir sy 66ste

verjaarsdag, die diamant was toe alreeds vir $1,250,000 verseker. Om die diamond veilig van SuidAfrika na Engeland te vervoer was ‘n groot kopseer en daar word beweer dat inspekteurs op ‘n stoomboot ‘n vervalste steen onder gewapende sekuriteit vervoer het, terwyl die werklike diamant per gewone ‘sigend for post’, aangestuur is. Die Koning het die sny van die steen aan die bekende Asscher’s Diamond Company toevertrou in Amsterdam waar dit vir maande bestudeer en voorberei is en op Februarie 1908 neem Mnr Asscher die hef in die hand en plaas die staallem versigtig in die V-groef wat oor vier dae geduldig uitgesweet is. Daar word vertel dat Mnr Asscher as die beste breker van sy tyd, ‘n dokter en verpleegster op bystand gehad het tydens die breek van die Cullinan diamant. Met die eerste hou het die staallem gebreek en die diamant het ongeskonde gebly, maar dit was met die tweede straf van die staalpaal op die lem, dat die diamant presies gebreek het, soos beplan en Mnr Asscher flou op die grond beland het – Foeitog die spanning was seker te veel. Na weke se fyn skaaf- en poleerwerk het hulle nege primêr genommerde stene, 96 kleiner ‘brilliants’ en 9 karaat ongepoleerde diamantstukke, aan die wêreld bekend gestel. Al nege stene is vandag deel van die Kroon Juwele en in besit van die Koninklike familie. Die twee grootste stene, Cullinan1 of die Stêr van Afrika (530.4 karaat) is deel van die ‘Sovereign’s Sceptre’ en die Cullinan2 of die Tweede Stêr van Afrika (317.40 karaat) is geset in die ‘Imperial State Crown’, beide word op die oomblik vertoon by die ‘Tower of London’. Om die Koningin se diamant jubileum te vier, sal daar ‘n spesiale uitstalling by Buckingham Paleis wees, waar sewe van die nege Cullinan diamante vertoon sal word. Die uitstalling is vanaf 30 Junie 2012 to 8 Julie 2012 en dan weer vanaf 31 Julie 2012 tot 31 Oktober 2012. In die ekonomiese tye waarin ons leef, wonder ek wat dié diamante nou werd is.

Shake a spear! Mandela loves the bard

With the fabled ‘Robben Island Bible’ taking centre stage in London this month, we look at why The Bard was Madiba’s favourite.

Former Robben Island prisoner Sonny Venkatrathnam pages through the ‘Robben Island Bible’. (Inset) Nelson Mandela’s favourite Shakespeare quote.

by NICOLE HOLGATE SHAKESPEARE’S political and historical works may make schoolchildren the world over go cross-eyed, but the leaders of Africa found in his rhetoric the inspiration to get through the most harrowing moments of their lives, and inspire legends which carry the stories on into artworks of their own. Thabo Mbeki became enthralled by Shakespeare when he was at Sussex University, and has since quoted him at every opportunity. When Mandela celebrated his 80th birthday in 1998, just before stepping down as President, Mbeki made a speech speculating about how Madiba would retire to the country, quoting from King Lear:

‘To tell old tales, and laugh At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues talk of court news’ Julius Caesar has probably the most impact on Africa. Its original translation into Swahili by the first democratic President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, marked a shift in white-dominated education. The role of the Bard continued to be strongly political in South Africa, resonating with an oppressed people realising their potential against authority. The story of the ‘Robben Island Bible’ is a fantastic example of the imagined and real histories recreated by Shakespeare taking flight in the minds of the political prisoners of South Africa. Nelson Mandela, alongside similarly segregated prisoners Ahmed ‘Kathy’ Kathrada, Walter Sisulu, Eddie Daniels, Michael Dingake, Kwede Mkalipi, Theo Cholo, and Andrew Mlangeni, would gather together and recite long passages of Shakespeare. Another

prisoner, Sonny Venkatrathnam, kept a copy of The Complete Works disguised as a religious text in his cell. Known as the ‘Robben Island Bible’ because of this, he eventually passed it to each of his friends, asking them to sign a passage that meant a lot to them. Julius Caesar remained the favourite, and Madiba himself chose the lines below, which he signed and dated 16 December 1977. The words exemplify Caesar’s, and his, fearless leadership: ‘Cowards die many times before their deaths The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.’ These moments were immortalised in a play by Londonbased playwright Matthew Hahn, The Robben Island Bible. When asked why he still thinks Shakespeare is relevant, he referred to the inmates, who he interviewed extensively to write and produce the play. “They were all still quoting Shakespeare,” he said, “And Andrew Mlangeni was saying that it is still relevant after 400 years.” When asked why, Matthew said, “There is a universal appeal to Shakespeare: the plays can be adapted and performed in a number of different settings.” Themes such as love, betrayal, political competition, leadership and fidelity, “these are themes that never go away” believes Matthew. This is most obviously exemplified by the recent theatre festival, Globe to Globe, showing all of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 languages and impressing the universality of the stories he told and the themes he expressed. Matthew’s play is being staged at the London Literary Festival at Southbank Centre on Tuesday 3 July while the original ‘Robben Island Bible’ can be seen in the exhibit ‘Staging the World’ at the British Museum from 19 July.

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Make summer sizzle with Grant’s spicy sauce my first meal for the family at eight.” Grant trained under Master Chef Bill Stafford in Cape Town, went on to become executive chef of Simply Salmon in Cape Town and later head chef at a range of top establishments in the UK and France. These days he works as a chef consultant throughout the UK, in his spare time he has to developed and released his new sauces. The challenge of piri piri, he said, “I have long wanted to bottle the sauce and marinade. It’s a recipe I learned from a Mozambican woman and have modified and refined over 15 years. “There have been plenty of challenges along the way. I’m self-funded so it’s completely my own project, the upside means all final decisions rest with me. But it does also mean that I’ve had to do everything, from sourcing quality ingredients to designing the label, sorting out all the legal issues and

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by SANDY CADIZ-SMITH I TALKED to the South African creator of African Volcano about the inspiration behind his new spicy marinade and sauce, which are not only delicious but are giving something back to SA. Grant Hawthorne was raised in Hout Bay and has always been interested in good food. “My mother was a great cook and I was fortunate enough to grow up opposite the most popular restaurant in Hout Bay, Papinos. I started cooking at six and cooked

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the marketing. It’s been busy! “The sauce and marinade have been designed to complement each other. The marinade needs to be cooked, while the sauce is great as an everyday condiment eg on a cheese sandwich or with your eggs for breakfast.” Grant still has strong links with Cape Town, something clearly displayed by the sauce’s logo. It contains a sketch of the iconic Lion’s Head, which he often climbed as a child. He is also very aware of giving something back to the land of his birth, in particular, Cape Town. “I am working with Habitat for Humanity South Africa and donating 30p from the sale of every bottle to support the Youth Build initiatives. The initial target is to sell more than 330,000 bottles (raising £100,000) which when converted to rands can go a long way to making a difference.” And Grant has plenty of plans for the future. “At the moment I’m working on producing a milder and a hotter version, using chillies that are currently being grown by a small farm in Bedfordshire . I am then hoping to add further lines

over the next three years. I have a major food manufacturer lined up who will be able to produce larger quantities if required. I’m hugely confident in the product and its growth beyond this island.” In the meantime, you can celebrate its arrival and serve up tasty dishes while making good things happen in Cape Town, too. Use to marinate ribs, steaks or chops overnight, for spicing up sandwiches or served on the side with cheese or meat platters. Grant’s sauces are available at: • Macken Brothers butchery, Chiswick, London • Grahams butcher, East Finchley, London • St Marcus Fine Foods, Roehampton, London • Designa Sausage, Cheshire • The Isle of Skye Baking company, Portree, Scotland • Grant does a street food market with the sauce and prego rolls etc at African Volcano, Maltby Street Food Market, Bermondsey, London on Saturdays (9am – 3pm). Visit to buy online


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I LOATHE texting slang. Hate getting messages with half-baked letters and symbols mixed up like a psychotic riddle I have neither the time nor inclination to unravel. ‘R u f3 4 dnr?’ a friend texted me. Say what? If she is too lazy to spell the words properly, how much effort will go into my dinner? How long would it have taken to simply text five full words; did the world come to an end, was the train on fire? Brain cells missing? Or maybe I just don’t get it. Am I the last person standing to lament the slow and painful demise of the English language? It is an old issue, debated at length – but I for one, still enjoy receiving a note, elegantly written, properly spelt – the correct use of grammar and

punctuation. What happened to full sentences? The number of times I have received business letters crammed with spelling mistakes and ambiguity are enough to make me cringe – basic language skills have sunk into the black hole of modern communication. Finding the lost syllables and thwarted idioms, the collective nouns – used to hate learning them, but still love the descriptive ‘a parliament of owls’ or an ‘ exultation of larks’. I compare it to learning times tables at school. A long, slow process but once learnt, never forgotten. Language is beautiful, evocative. There is murder in the dictionary. Rather, modern communication has taken words and turned them on their little stilts. Each generation will find their own lingo, a style of identity to brand their own. Saying ‘radical’ and ‘cool’ is archaic now – think you may get a few raised eyebrows and rolling eyes on that score. If you are over 30, don’t do it. Back to this texting format. Bad enough that our leaders of tomorrow will be unable to spell correctly, possibly never write a letter in their lifetimes and be

limited to a vocabularly of no more than three letters per word. Def bro, sic. But what is worse? Adults trying to send text messages with the letters and the numbers all mixed up. If a lawyer sent me a message with the new text lingo, I wouldn’t trust him. Not cool. Def not cool. ‘ Bro. Hse the mtng 4u? ‘Kewl. Jst w8tng 4 the wknd n u? ‘G8t. M2. Rave? ‘ ‘Kwel. U f3? ‘Def.’ ‘Sic bbs. Lv u.’ ‘LOL. Lv to the ballies.’ Ugh. And on a lighter note… The extension of my Tier 1 visa that has eluded me for so long, has been granted. After five months, one e-mail to my local MP and presto! Two days to process. I am elated. Alas, the new biometric card with the hideous photo is a disaster. Name incorrectly spelt. Passport and biometric card have to be returned until further notice. The words associated with this dilemma are, sadly, not of the eloquent sort. LOL.

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UK-based SA singer Jakob Deist at Summer Fayre

Ex-Durbanite Jakob Deist will be one of the performers at a big summer fair in Essex by HEATHER WALKER UK-BASED South African musician Jakob Deist will be the headline act at Warren Primary School’s big fundraising Summer Fayre on Saturday 30 June. The event at the school in Chafford Hundred, Essex, is sponsored by Lakeside Spur Steak & Grill, and promises all the traditional fun of the fayre, with lucky dip, coconut shy and hook a duck, face painting, competitions, delicious food and drink and live music throughout the afternoon. Kids will love bouncing on the inflatables, soaking the teacher and the penalty shootout. A local fire engine will also visit. Entertainment includes a display from AA Dance, plus live music from local bands Tall Dark Friend, Paper City, Pure and headline act, singer and songwriter Jakob Deist, who is originally from Durban and now lives in Essex. Jakob performed at the school’s last

fundraiser in October last year, where he was an instant hit with old and young. There are also some great prizes to be won. Spur Steak & Grill is sponsoring a kids colouring competition, offering a first prize of a Nintendo Wii. Raffle prizes including products from Lush, food vouchers from both Spur Steak & Grill and 210BC, a month’s free tuition at Explore Learning, a summer hamper and Vue cinema tickets, among others, have been generously donated by other local stores and businesses. All sorts of food and drink will be available, with cake and sweet stalls, strawberries and cream and ice cream. The Spur Steak & Grill team will be firing up the braai with their sizzling burgers, ribs, wings and hot dogs, donating all profits to the school. Said David Maich, Director of Spur UK, “As a local business

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we believe it’s all about building lasting relationships with the local community, We are really happy to support Warren Primary School with their fundraising events.” The Summer Fayre will take place in the school grounds on Gilbert Road from 1pm to 5pm. Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

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ANY South African man will tell you, it is the ONLY combination; beer and beef, one simply cant go wrong. Ladies, I put my right hand over my heart and swear to you that this is the only way to a man’s heart. Mix the two together, leave it to soak and whack it over those flames, serve it rare (is there any other way?) and you are onto a winner. Ingredients: • 4 x 200g beef fillet steaks • 300ml beer • 150ml olive oil • 80ml dark soy sauce • 30ml honey • 6 garlic cloves, minced • 1 piece ginger peeled and finely chopped • 1 red chilli, finely chopped • 5ml smoked paprika • 10ml coriander seeds, crushed • 1 handful fresh coriander, chopped

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Method: • Using a deep tray, combine the beer, olive oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, red chilli, smoked paprika, coriander seeds and fresh coriander. • well in the marinade. Cover with a layer of cling film and refrigerate. • Leave for 4-6 hours, turning over at regular intervals. • Remove from the marinade and keep any excess sauce for basting. • Using a large frying pan, heat the pan with a little oil and season the beef with salt and pepper. • Begin to seal the beef for 2 minutes on each side, browning evenly, either remove from the

pan and cook in a pre heated oven at 180°c to desired consistency or keep cooking in the pan until ready. • Alternatively, cook over a flaming braai. Angie Steele hosts fun cooking classes at The Avenue cooking school in Putney. These include Dinner Party Demon to brush up those key skills to help you impress, and Ready Steady Date for single cooking with loads of laughs. To book visit www. courses/angie-at-the-avenue or e-mail


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The Final Countdown The finale of The South African Biltong Awards 2012 is approaching… Make sure you’ve voted for your favourite!

by NICOLE HOLGATE THERE is just one week left to vote for Britain’s Best Biltong! Boasting almost as good a turnout as the London elections, we’re hoping to push it further. So don’t forget to go online and vote for the British biltong maker you love most. This year nine competitors are presenting their best-sellers from four potential categories of Beef, Game, Flavoured and Dry wors. Comment on their profiles to cast valuable votes and tell them how you feel about their meat! Each comment attached to a unique,

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legitimate e-mail address will count as a vote. Check out their profiles and vote for the Best Biltong below: • Hunter’s Biltong is dry-cured, with only prime cuts of silverside beef… • The Savanna come from a proud heritage of SA farmers who know their stuff… • Jumbo Importer’s Biltong use traditional SA spices and cabinets… • Isle of Wight Biltong mix their spice blend by hand…

Quality South Africa makes all theirs freshly to order… • Biltong Place boast two flavours that you can’t get anywhere else… • The Chichester Biltong Company use only local, grass-fed beef… Raging Bull Meats have “authentic flavours, cured to perfection”… Westdene Butchers is handflavoured with East Sussex sea air… Cast your vote on www.

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CHARLIZE Theron has been spotted in LA with a new hairstyle – a shaven head. The 36-year-old actress covered the new style with a hat as she carried her six-month-old son in Beverly Hills on Monday. With her latest blockbuster, the Alien prequel Prometheus, drawing big crowds, was this a subtle tribute to fellow Alien star Sigourney Weaver, who shaved off her own locks when she reprised the role of Ripley in Alien 3? No, according to her publicist – it is in for her new role as Furiosa in Mad Max 4: Fury Road. Never one to shy away from

transforming her appearance, Theron famously put on weight and wore heavy make-up to become the serial killer Aileen Wuornos for her Oscar-winning performance in Monster. “The original Mad Max created such a vivid world, so to go back and re-imagine it and re-play in that sandbox sounds like fun to me. It’s a really challenging piece of material,” the South African star said in an earlier interview. Theron’s latest movies Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus earned a combined $73-million in the United States this weekend.

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British companies flock to African business conference in London by IRENE MADONGO AROUND 200 UK companies and key trade bodies gathered to discuss doing business in SubSaharan Africa on Tuesday. Senior representatives from British companies shared their experiences at the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) one day conference held at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The meeting explored business opportunities available to British companies in sub-Saharan Africa. UK businesses expressed optimism about doing business on the continent. The firms also discussed the challenges they face and ways to overcome obstacles. Tullow Ghana executive chairman Ike Duker said: “I hear people talk of high risk, but there is also high reward. Africa is the place to be. It is ready and open for business, but you have to take the bold step to come try to work with local people who know the etiquette.” Highlights included the interaction between firms keen to know more and businesses already active in Sub-Saharan Africa. Three panel discussions covering West, East and Southern Africa were held, followed by round table discussions. The companies also shared tips on how to improve business prospects. Elite International Career’s Gisela Goncalves spoke about the importance of the language factor, such as speaking – or having someone who speaks – Portuguese in countries like Angola and Mozambique, saying it’s advisable to have a local partner who speaks the language. The firm is based in Angola and is looking at expanding to the Mozambique. “Some companies would prefer the meeting to be conducted in Portuguese,” she said. It is also important for firms to ensure that the local firms they

Around 200 UK companies and key trade bodies gathered to discuss doing business in Sub-Saharan Africa last week.

work with are legitimate. Also present at the conference was Richard Hodder of HSBC’s Export Credit and Global Specialised Finance, which has expressed a willingness to assist the firms. Hodder said: “We are looking at corporates, the public sector which is key in Africa, banks and large project finances where cashflows from seven projects will be used to pay the debt. In the event that we don’t get paid back, we have security from the UK Export Finance.” The bank wants to offer backing in the form of hard cash and other support, he explained. Foreign firms need to be aware of economic transformation programmes such as black

empowerment in South Africa, it was noted. “In South Africa, it is something that you have to be aware of, said Matthew Dawes, All Amber UK managing director, “you cannot go in with an English mindset and dictate how things are being done. Go in there and just be respectful to people.” Bureaucracy was highlighted as a key challenge to doing business. In Southern Africa, the issue of obtaining visas and work permits was also raised. Some multinational companies face problems with this in places like Angola where companies have to prove that they do not have locals to do the job, according to Goncalves, whose company does recruitment for expats. “We have

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Mark van Hoven is a UK-based South African who is looking into Network Marketing as a source of additional income. I hear horror stories of people investing thousands into Network Marketing, only to be left with products they do not want or cannot sell. How do I protect myself against this? There are some very stringent rules that apply to our industry to stop this kind of thing happening. For example, it is illegal for you to spend more than £200 in your first seven days of business and there is always a cooling -off period where you can return product for a full refund. Having said this, if

you follow the systems in place and set yourself an activity standard, you should never be left with mountains of stock and the person who introduced the business to you should never ask you to place an order if it is not appropriate for your business plan.

What if I enroll and then after a while decide it is not right for me? You should be able to step away from a network marketing company at any time if it isn’t right for you. Good companies will have a quick way to return your initial investment and then to continue to build your business to a level that generates a residual income. Because of the fact that they use you to recommend their products and services, it is of no advantage to them to have an unhappy distributor tied into a long contract.

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Rocky road ahead for the rand

THE Rand began trading last week Monday the 11th June 2012 around the 12.98 mark against its British counterpart and 10.50 to the Euro. The Rand closed significantly weaker on Friday the 17th June 2012 at 13.13 to the British Pound and 10.56 to the Euro. The main focus this week has been the weekend’s elections in Greece. All eyes will be focused on the results of the election for some direction going forward. South Africa however is standing firm with its policy that it has adopted in which government does not interject itself into the forex market to influence the rate of the Rand. One starts to get that familiar feeling as we had with the sub-prime crisis in the USA.

Everywhere that you look there are new developments sparking the interests of market participants in Europe. The main problem is the uncertainty. If there is one thing that can rattle the cage of an already shaken market, it‘s uncertainty. Market participants like predictability and transparency, both which have been lacking during the European Debt Crisis. To add to the madness in Europe, Cyprus has now joined the list of Spain and Greece by requesting bailout assistance to service its vast debt build up. The situation in Europe looks as though it is ready to erupt! With the Greek elections this weekend, the possible bail-out of Cyprus and current deliberations over Spain;

we can expect high volatility this week if there are any unexpected spanners thrown into the works. GBP/ZAR: 13.05 EUR/ZAR: 10.48 USD/ZAR: 8.502 AUD/ZAR: 8.20 Correct at 09:00, 18th June 2012 Compiled by Matthew Cridge

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Legally Speaking: Family THE GRAFT IS GREENER Migration Route Changes


: Can you please tell me what the new changes to the family migration route entails and when it will be imposed? : Yes, the UK Home Office has announced changes to the UK immigration rules that will affect non-EEA nationals applying to enter or remain in the UK on the family migration route. The changes will apply to new applicants from 9 July 2012 and include inter alia the following; • A new minimum income threshold of £18,600 will be introduced to sponsor the settlement of a non-EEA spouse, partner, fiancé, proposed civil partner. This threshold will increase for any children sponsored, to the amount of £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child. • The minimum probationary period for settlement for nonEEA spouses and partners will be


increased from the current two years to five years in order to test the genuineness of the relationship. • The route to immediate settlement, for migrant spouses and partners where a couple have been living together overseas for at least four years, will be abolished. In the light of these stringent new measures that are coming into effect soon, BIC would like to advise all clients who want to make use of the family migration route, to do so as soon as possible in order to avoid these stringent new immigration measures. JP Breytenbach Director of Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Ltd or

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Born: On the east side of Joburg… How long in UK: This is my eighth year. Day job: CEO of YuDoGlobal, a technology company based in London, New York and Mumbai. The rest of my time: Global Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance Abroad. Background: I spent 12 years in the banking industry after starting right at the bottom as a data capturer after I finished school, and left as a Vice President of Equity Derivative Operations Projects until I started YuDoGlobal last year. During that time I also did a BCom Economics degree part time before moving to London in 2004 I lived in Cape Town for a bit too, which is now my home, when I speak of home. Motto: Less talk more action.

by PAUL HARRISON What do you do in your job? My job at YuDoGlobal is quite varied, which I love. It ranges from being hands-on with the product development strategy which includes feature testing too, all the way to client and sales meetings, shareholder communication, you name it. It also involves quite a lot of international travel, but at the same time I am also immersed in the work of the DA Abroad which gives me an opportunity to also do something for my country and community, a chance to give something back. What is the most exciting thing about your job? For YuDoGlobal, it’s seeing this company grow from an idea into a real organisation. It’s been a nonstop adventure since this time last year and its only getting started… As for the DA Abroad, it’s by far the fact that, even though we are so far from home at the moment – we can still make a difference and contribute, no matter where we are in the world… we are continually

forming more and more DA Abroad hubs around the world, it’s very exciting. What do you think the most critical aspect of your job is? Communication! Communication! Communication! We can so easily get caught up in DOING that you need to be aware that you need to keep communicating with those who aren’t involved in the business on a daily basis, but need to be in the know. This to YuDoGlobal and the DA Abroad, as both have stakeholders worldwide, so I am always conscious that I give these people that extra bit attention. Future plans? Apart from all the wonderful work that lies ahead for the DA Abroad and this massively exciting process with YuDoGlobal, I do think commodities is the next big thing… so who knows, maybe the my next project will be YuDoCommodities! Do you think being South African helps you in your job? Absolutely… and here are three reasons why: 1. South Africans have a fantastic reputation overseas as hard and productive workers, which is always a good starting point at any new job and setting up any business. 2. Being South African gave me access to a large network of contacts which helped me setup YuDoGlobal, from referrals to good lawyers, to logo designers, to website builders, to people we’ve hired. 3. As South Africans, we also have a unique perspective on the world and have a can-do attitude, which contributes substantially to our business ethic.

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BATH Tired of London smog? Soak yourself clean in Bath’s regenerative waters.

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waters, using the pools as a friendly meeting place. Thermae also offers a range of skin treatments and massages which cater for both hen and stag dos, as well as any other visitors. The steam rooms, also an amazing experience: it does begin to feel like a traditional Roman day out (except you aren’t allowed to walk around naked). I was treated to a Thermae Oriental massage, which combined techniques from Swedish, Thai, Malay and Bamboo massage for a skin-softening effect. The spa does not claim any health-enriching properties based on the minerals in the water, but you certainly emerge feeling purified and relaxed. Thermae uses two of the three hot springs of Bath to heat its pools, the other of which is still bubbling up into its original site, the ancient Roman baths. The unearthed buildings and stonework that remains intact are roughly 2,000 years old. There is now a museum which brings alive the history: they have recreated images of the occupants of Bath, or Aquae

by NICOLE HOLGATE BATH is a beautiful and charming city. Although the buildings now contain chain stores and banks, the 18th Century facades remain, with sandstone frontings and Roman columns. Brooks Guesthouse is a similar mixture of gorgeous chintz and modern touches: gilded mirrors and cheesy velvet-flocked wallpaper sit next to Habitat lampshades and elegant stainless steel chairs. The only let-down is the communal lounge, which had a few very tired looking chairs and an unhappy leather sofa. The hotel is literally 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre, so after a perfectly-poached Eggs Benedict for breakfast, I headed in. Central to the city are its namesakes: the Roman Baths. There are also The Pump Rooms, where the famous waters were drawn to provide health-restoring beverages for all, and a newer addition, the Thermae Bath Spa. The spa is not a girly pastime anymore. In fact, visitors embrace the Roman spirit of the warm

Sulis as it was known, based on artefacts found at the original site of the spring. You can even taste the waters, which contain fortythree different minerals. It tastes the way it sounds: mineraly. Among places to eat, there is The Pump Room, which as mentioned above was the original place to take the waters of Bath (some people were prescribed as much as a gallon a day). Now the luxurious surroundings host a similar level of clientele and a string trio who play daily. The Pump Room Restaurant usually requires a booking for the evenings, but is open for morning coffee or afternoon tea. On a lesser budget, visit the Green Park Brasserie, a sprawling bar with an outside area and an incredibly welcoming atmosphere. There is live music most nights and you get a feel of the more contemporary nightlife Bath has to offer.

Five other things to see and do in Bath:

• Bath Abbey – simply wander in, or there are sermons and events on Sundays and religious holidays. The sweeping 16th Century architecture is breath-taking. • The Jane Austen Centre – this lovely museum at 40 Gay Street, down the road from where Jane lived after her father’s death, begins with a talk about her life from a costumed guide. Her time in Bath was reflected in two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. • Sally Lunn’s – A must, is the oldest recorded tea house in Bath, c.1482. They serve an amazing signature cream tea with a Sally Lunn bun. I could have eaten several of them. The bottom of the house is a museum to the less-than-glamourous life of the original Mrs Lunn. • The Royal Crescent – Famous as the merging of the new 18th Century structure in town, the crescent has a museum at No. 1, perfectly restored to appear as it would have in Georgian Bath. • The Assembly Rooms and Fashion Museum – Used for modern events. The Assembly Rooms were the social hub of the 18th Century, where young women and men would meet and court on the ballrooms dancefloors. The Fashion Museum, which holds a huge collection of fashions spanning the entire 20th Century, and a chance to try on certain period costumes.


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Big Shop of Horrors – Audrey II eats Zimbabwe THE ZIMBABWE Parks and Wildlife Management Authority’s Public Relations Manager, Caroline Washaya Moyo has revealed that an estimated 151 wild animals, worth $5,294,000, were killed by poachersbetween January and April. This includes one white rhino, 10 black rhinos, and 71 elephants. Moyo’s battles are huge: a shortage of resources to protect wildlife, a president who encourages the killing of elephants to feed starving voters when elections are close, and organised crime, based in the East, that has access to helicopters, professional hunters with powerful night-vision rifles, and what appears to be almost diplomatic immunity from prosecution. It is believed there are 90% fewer animals in Zimbabwe now than there were before independence. It seems there are two driving factors: In Vietnam there is the rumour that rhino horn cures cancer. Apparently some government minister said he was cured, but nobody knows which minister or what proof he had. The other is the massive demand for animal parts from China. What’s that about? Well, once upon a time ‘Audrey II’ (Asia) sat quietly in her corner vaguely dissatisfied with communism, until ‘Seymour’ (the West) spotted her potential for making his dreams come true, and identified her as the consumer market of the future. Seymour showed Audrey II all the things she’d never had, didn’t need and couldn’t afford – the lifeblood of the West: brands, cars, holidays, machines to do the work of people, democracy, materialism! He made her want them with a passion. ‘FEED ME, SEYMOUR!’ she screamed. She had to

In Vietnam the rumour that rhino horn cures cancer, and the massive demand for animal parts from China are driving the growth of rhino poaching in southern Africa

find a way to get them…cue Fu Man Chu frowning in concentration with one longnailed finger pointed to his evil cheek. Seymour’s blood turned Audrey II into a consumer monster. She needed more resources: rhinos, minerals, trees, corporations, countries! We all know the end of this story. Poor Seymour signed his own death warrant, and coincidentally, the death warrant of the animals. Audrey II grew enormous, gobbled up Seymour, and spilt out all over the stage, looking for MORE! MORE! MORE! None of this helps the poor rhinos though. They’re just collateral damage in the battle for world domination. After the economic crisis of 2008, Robert Mugabe turned to his old friend Audrey II, who turned out to be a friend with benefits (and an ulterior motive). The benefits were mining rights and an invisibility cloak where the law surrounding endangered species is concerned.

‘Repair Roosevelt Girls High’ fundraiser

A FUNDRAISING dinner for Roosevelt Girls High in Harare, Zimbabwe will be held on 30 June at Brentwood Holiday Inn, 7pm till 2am. The school is in major need of a new coat of paint and general repairs and the girls need basic school essentials. The organisers are looking for donations, pledges and sponsors. You don’t need to know anyone who has been to the school to help out. All funds raised will go directly to the school. Sponsors: Are being asked to pay £100 and in return they get a table to display goods and sale and/or advertising space on the night. Anyone sponsoring can also donate something to auction on the night. Donations /Pledges: Can be in monetary form or school essentials such as books, pens, pencils, computers. Even if you cannot attend you can just donate or pledge – this

can be done until 28 June. To attend: Advance tickets are £45 per person or £80 for two. From there a £10 discount if you buy two tickets. Last day to purchase tickets is 25 June. The evening will be a chance to reunite with old schoolmates, enjoy a two-course meal, share a drink, laughs and do some dancing. Tim2soxx will provide entertainment while the speakers will be Betty Makoni, founder of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe, and Sibongile Tendai Tamia Rukazhanga, founder of Afro TV. Dress code: Any respectable uniform (army, police, nurse, school etc). There is a £5 penalty if not in uniform. Details: www.rooseveltgirlshighschool. Or call / email Veronica 07979050851 or

Chinese mineworkers earn $50 per month in Zimbabwe, but opportunities for enriching (and feeding) themselves are walking around the bush. Imagine a rhino with a horn of gold, strolling around unprotected. Each horn is worth over $65,000 – it can buy a Rolex, a car, an Armani suit and a lot of status. Traditional Chinese medicine is not the main culprit; greed and the longing of the have-nots to have more is. Many Chinese traditional healers don’t use rhino horn any more; its use was banned in China in 1993, and the substance is easily substituted. Wealthy Easterners give rhino horn as a prestige gift to each other because they have so much money, they don’t know what to do with it. Organised crime sells it on the black market, and some countries use it in decorative dagger handles. If you’re still mystified as to why the quantities of rhino horn are so big, look at the population of China. Audrey II is scary big.

by STAFF REPORTER RISING Zimbabwean gospel musician Prosper Mateva has been nominated for Best Discovery of the Year in the UK Africa Gospel Music Awards (AGMA). The AGMA recognises some of the continent’s most talented musicians. The theme of this year’s awards is ‘The Olympic Edition’ and they will be held at London’s Golders Green Hippodrome on 7 July. Mateva told The Zimbabwean that he had been nominated as a result of the airplay his music had received on the UK’s biggest gospel radio station, Premier Gospel. “Being nominated is an honour and I am hopeful of winning,” said an optimistic Mateva. The 29-year-old has released two albums, Genesis, and Pandimire: Where I stand. “My latest album is doing quite well, considering I don’t have a distribution company and I am doing most of the marketing on my own. I have also done a lot to promote it in shows mainly in Gauteng, where I have performed with South African musicians like Keke, Regalo and others.” The AGMA community has about 8,000 members, including agents, artists, church leaders, managers, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters, and other industry visionaries. To vote for Prosper visit www.


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TEAM SA @ THE OLYMPICS Willem Coertzen | Decathlete

by SUSAN MILLER South Africa’s Olympic decathlete Willem Coertzen was so determined to get the best coaching possible that he decamped to the UK with his wife (and now two-year-old daughter). ‘The problem with the decathlon, sometimes, especially in South Africa is you have a lot of individual coaches but you don’t have one guy who can coach you for all the events,’ he says. And of course that’s the point as decathletes have to excel at ten track and field events over two days – the 100 metres, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 metres, 110 metres hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and the 1500 metres. So Willem has been working with British coach Greg Richards who coaches only decathletes, competing against a group of about eight British decathletes who all carry out a ‘hectic weekly schedule’. It runs something like this: “on a Monday I have a weights session in the evening for about two hours, Tuesday I train from about 9am to 2 or 3pm in the afternoons, Wednesday evening I have got another weights sessions and plyometrics for two to three hours, Thursday morning again from 9am till about 2pm, Friday I have free, and then Saturday and Sunday mornings I train from 9am till about 1pm”. “I spend almost all of my time at the track,” he says.

This dedication has paid off and in May, Willem set a new South African record of 8244 points at the National Championships, easily reaching the Olympic qualifying level of 8200 points. It was the fourth time he had beaten his own national record. Does he think he’s a possible medallist for South Africa? “In the 2009 World Champs in Berlin I finished 14th so if I can get in the top ten at the Olympic Games I will be very happy with that”. Willem says that the decathlon is currently dominated by American athletes who are about 500 points ahead of their competitors. “The current Olympic champion, the World Champion and World Indoor Champion, who broke the world record at the beginning of this year, are all Americans who are a few steps ahead of everybody else”. So will the fight be for the fourth place then? “A fight from about fourth till tenth because the rest are all in the same kind of pool from about 8200 points to about 8500”. After moving to the UK, the Nigel-born athlete has also had to fit part-time work in around his hectic training, however the SA Athletics Federation has started to pay for travel tickets and other expenses this year after a fraught period politically. “The Federation went through quite a bad stint in the last couple of years – at the 2009 World Champs after the whole Caster Semenya thing. Everything blew out of proportion… we’re in a bit of a build-up phase now – so we didn’t get a lot of help over the last two years but they’ve started helping us if we need to travel to go and compete – when I went to

South Africa, they helped me pay for that … it helps a lot”. Willem was contemplating heading to the Czech Republic for a meet closer to the Olympics as it’s important to get the build-up right. “In decathlon we only really compete in about three a year as you don’t want to burn yourself out but it’s also good to keep on top of everything. If you’re not doing any decathlon you can still do a lot of single events – especially in the British League Season over here, which is quite good for decathletes because there is quite a lot going on.” The 29-year-old points out that while he started the sport quite late, some of the best decathletes are way over 30. “The 2004 Athens Olympics Games – that was the first time I had ever heard about the decathlon. Because I only started when I was 23 it’s taken me a few years just to get up to a certain level … but they do say the peak ages for decathletes is between 29 and 32. The current world record holder is 39 and he’s pretty good still. I think it all depends on the amount of support you have, how your body holds up. I don’t know how long I can carry on or how long my wife can still hold out … it all depends on that…” While Willem is determined to beat his national best at the Olympics, he picks Caster Semenya as South Africa’s strongest gold medal possibility with LJ Van Zyl in the 400m hurdles and long jump champ Khotso Mokoena as possible surprise winners. For him, aside from finishing in

Zola Budd: “I won’t watch the Olympics”

Nearly 30 years since Zola Budd’s controversial 1984 Olympics, she admitts she wishes she’d never taken part. by STAFF REPORTER At the age of 17, she was sprinting across the hills in her native South Africa and just a few months later, she was running at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics for Great Britain. Of all the extraordinary Olympic stories over the last few decades, Zola Budd’s journey from local sensation to global hate-figure in

less than six months is definitely up there. Some 28 years later, now 45, living in America and known as Mrs Zola Pieterse, the former middle distance star is now a volunteer track coach at the local college. But she hasn’t told her colleagues or her three children about her experiences. There are no trophies on display. “This might sound odd but I never talk about r­ unning. People ­assume I am ­obsessed by it, but I’m not. I won’t watch this ­summer’s ­Olympics,” she told Britain’s Mirror. “I suspect my children might have Googled me, but it is not a topic of conversation in our house. They’ve never seen my medals. They’re in storage somewhere in South Africa.” Zola was born in Bloemfontein

in 1966. She was discovered posting impressive times by local coaches, who were amazed at her talent, especially because she wasn’t trained and used to run barefoot. She went on the break the women’s world 5,000m record. This was not officially recorded however, due to apartheid sport sanctions which prevented South Africa from competing internationally. Journalists working for the Daily Mail discovered she had a grandfather who was born in the UK and encouraged her to apply for her British citizenship. Because of her talent, her application was significantly fast-tracked. Arriving in London on the eve of her 18th birthday, she was greeted by protestors, irate that a ‘wealthy’ white South African was allowed

As a decathlete, Willem Coertzen has to excel at the 100 metres, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 metres, 110 metres hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and the 1500 metres - all for one medal!

the top ten, he’d like to be the top African athlete in the decathlon. “There is an Algerian decathlete, I haven’t seen him compete yet, but he’ll probably go as well.

We’re very big rivals … he breaks the African record, then I break the African record … at the moment he’s got the African record so I’m chasing him,” he says.

to run when poor blacks were not afforded such an opportunity. A few months later Zola made it to the Olympic 3,000m final. The media billed the race as a contest between Zola and American runner Mary Decker, in terms of who would land the gold medal. Running barefoot as usual, Budd began slowly then eventually caught up with the pack until she and Decker were neck and neck. Halfway through the race, Zola took the lead. And then it happened – the moment neither runner will probably never forget. The rivals were running closely together, with Budd in front, when her foot clipped Decker’s leg. The two became entangled but Decker fell down. Decker crashed out of the race and Zola eventually finished seventh, although she said later in her autobiography that she intentionally slowed down after

that, as she didn’t want to incite more hatred had she ended up on the podium with a medal around her neck. Budd was accused of deliberately tripping Decker and had to leave the USA with an armed escort after receiving death threats. Zola has admitted that back then she was ignorant of politics. She called the 1984 Olympics one of her greatest regrets. “I wish I’d never taken part.” She went on to win gold in 1985 and 1986 at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships but would never achieve succes at Olympic level. She did compete for South Africa at the Barcelona Olympicsin 1992 but did not qualify for the 3,000m final. She retired from the sprint circuit and started running marathons after that. Now she doesn’t run competitively any more. “I do it for pleasure,” she said.

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Jake White: “It’s great to compete in the real world”

THERE’S something very intellectual about Jake White. As he chats away on the phone from Canberra, I imagine him looking honestly at me from behind his new ebony-framed spectacles, and sincerely responding to my probing examination. For all intents and purposes, Jake is not a man of few words, which just about defies his academic demeanour. If talking rugby were an Olympic sport, Jake would be the only entrant, as the others would cry off in shame.The current Brumbies mentor’s transition from the hustle-bustle of South Africa to the tranquil valley surroundings of Canberra has been fairly seamless, helped in no small part by having previously resided in Stellenbosch. “The people in the community


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have been really friendly, probably due to the fact that the team is doing so well,” says Jake. And his commitment to the Brumbies is nailed to just about every mast in the Australian capital: “My wife is here, but my two boys are still in Cape Town at school and university. I have tried to show the players that I am committed to get the job done by not commuting back and forth. I’ve only been home once, for the tour.”South Africans jumping ship to Australia is not a new thing, but Jake bats down the perception that given the apparent similarities of the two countries, moving eastward is uncomplicated. “I’m loving being out of my comfort zone. Aussies actually don’t do things the way we do things in SA. That’s not to say what we do in SA is right!” Upon his arrival last July, he discovered an almost unrecognisable Brumbies outfit. The once-famed modern rugby trendsetters were hovering in the depths of Super Rugby classification. “They had lost that edge, but their saving grace was the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) on their doorstep.” He instantly set about his work, getting former Brumbies household names George Gregan and Eddie Jones on board as consultants, and rekindling the AIS relationship. It unquestionably has the aroma of former Brumbies’ glory days. He consciously also made the decision not to bring any South Africans over – staff or players. “I did not want to bombard. I first wanted to see how the organisation

worked, what was at their disposal and then decide how to add value.” He appointed Waratahs defector Ben Mowen as skipper because he was convinced he was the right guy – a la John Smit – to complement his coaching ideology. “I’ve never seen a successful coach who has a poor captain. I decided early so that we all got behind him, and also to break up the cliques that can form.” Against all odds, the turnaround was almost immediate. “I really enjoy being allowed to do what I want; pick, recruit and substitute who I want. It’s just great to compete in the real world.” We both snigger, but it papers over the cracks of a South African system racked with obtuseness. I breathe a sigh of relief; I’ve hit a soft spot. The frost of those words begins to set in. As for South Africans crossing the pond, Jake isn’t completely shutting the gate. “You’re allowed two foreign-based players in Australian franchises, and they become eligible for Australia after three years if they choose. But it’s a professional sport so if a guy upskills himself then returns home, great. André Vos did that and became Bok captain. The converse is that you get guys like Dan Vickerman and Clyde Rathbone who beoame Wallabies.” Now for the acid test. Would he coach the Wallabies? After all, his good mate Mickey Arthur got another crack at coaching cricket internationally, and is doing superbly with Australia. “I’ve made no secrets of the fact that after this job I’d love to

coach international rugby again, wherever the opportunity is, and test myself at the best level.” I also give him the opportunity to explain the Lions debacle in which he was embroiled. He is candid in his response. “The reality was I offered my services as a consultant to look at the organisation from a rugby point of view and was paid a consultancy fee.” I sense his irritation at being asked. “Which part should I claim – the Currie Cup win or their current Super Rugby failings? A lot of

things did change when I left, but it’s not necessarily because of me. I truly believe [Lions CEO] Kevin de Klerk was thankful.” Our time is limited, so I give him one for the road. “How many Brumbies would make the Springbok team?” His reply is more delightful than I could ever have envisaged. “Now I’ve realised what the answer is, none of them, because they’re all eligible to play for Australia.” Bingo.

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The Boks were clearly not feeling sorry for England’s misfortune and were ruthless in the way they steamrolled the young English team in the opening clashes

by WESLEY MCKAYTHE Springboks narrowly edged past a brave England team 36 – 27 in an epic test match at Coca Cola Park on Saturday. The home side was made to work extremely hard by a dogged England team desperate for their first win against the Boks in ten matches. The victory means the Boks take an unassailable lead into the final test match in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Unlike last week’s test match, the Boks were quickly out the blocks and after four minutes Willem Alberts was presented with a gift of a try, picking up a loose ball five yards from the tryline after Ben Youngs’s feed had passed straight through the scrum. The Boks will count themselves lucky the try was awarded after touch judge Steve Walsh failed to see that the ball fed into the scrum had not made any contact with a front row forward, and therefore should not have stood. The Boks were clearly not feeling sorry for England’s misfortune and were ruthless in the way they steamrolled the young English team in the opening clashes. Huge crashing runs by South Africa’s giant forwards eventually culminated in a try under the posts by talismanic hooker Bismarck du Plessis. His try sent the Boks to a 12 – 0 lead and things only looked

like they were getting worse for England. Toby Flood pulled a penalty back for England but the Boks quickly snuffed out any hope of an immediate fightback. Du Plessis was again heavily involved in a dominant surge by the Springbok pack and it was he who popped the ball to Derick Hougard to score South Africa’s third try in just the 15th minute. Morne Steyn then kicked a drop goal but uncharacteristically missed a relatively easy penalty. The Springboks could have had a fourth try before the break when Frans Steyn grubbered the ball through for captain Jean de Villiers to gather and pass inside to JP Pietersen, who could not take the pass under pressure. The Springboks were then forced into a change when Wynand Olivier came on for the injured Pat Lambie. The change seemed to have a negative impact on the Boks because England quickly pounced with a tap-and-go penalty by Youngs that was eventually finished by Flood close to the posts. Flood converted his own try to send England into the break 25 – 10 down, a scoreline that did not reflect South Africa’s dominance. In the second half, Steyn kicked an early penalty to send South Africa 28 – 10 up. The home side’s scrum and line-out then seemed to suffer and England clawed back

South Africa’s JP Pietersen scores a try as England’s Ben Youngs tries to to defend during their Test match in Johannesburg on Saturday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

seven points when Youngs scored. Flood converted to make it 28 – 17. After Steyn had kicked another penalty, England stormed back with a great line-out win and drive to the Bok line for Young’ second try. With the pressure beginning to show, Steyn kicked the ball directly out from the restart. The

South African scrum was put under sever pressure by England who were awarded a penalty, which Flood duly kicked to bring the score 31 – 27 to South Africa. From there onwards the Boks were without the likes of Du Plessis and Alberts and with just 16 minutes to play, the momentum was all with England. Steyn then

missed another easy penalty to leave nerves jangling. England kicked downfield where Pietersen collected and started a meandering run downfield where he was finally dragged down. The Springboks again played quickly and Pietersen, who had started it all, finished with a try, making the final score 36-27 to the Boks.

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The South African, Issue 468, 19 June 2012  
The South African, Issue 468, 19 June 2012  

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