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hen Nelson Mandela turns 94 on Wednesday 18 July there will be celebrations all over the world. His birthday has become the focus of efforts to improve humanity, one step at a time. Now in its fifth year, Nelson Mandela International Day was inspired by Mandela’s address in London on 27 June 2008 when he purposely misread his speech to say “it is in your hands now” instead of “it is in our hands now”. A year later 18 July was formally recognised by the United Nations as a global day of celebration and motivation for doing good. Do you want to give some time to a project? Here are a few ways you can celebrate on Wednesday! 1. Pledge 67 minutes Blue Dot are working with The Elders and Nelson Mandela Foundation to compile a book of pledges. They want as many people as possible to pledge 67 minutes of their time in recognition of Mandela’s 67 years fighting for human rights. The book, supported by the UN and celebrities as diverse as Lewis Hamilton, Desmond Tutu and Jamie Oliver, will be presented to

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2. FoodBank – make a real difference with just £5 FoodBank is running a text message campaign asking people to donate £5. It costs FoodBank only £6.25 to provide food for one person for a month. A single text donating £5 will, therefore, make a significant difference. You can contribute simply by texting ‘MAND12 £5’ to 70070. In return they will send you 67 facts about FoodBank and hunger in SA. FoodBank coordinates national food distribution in SA to over 1,600 community-based organisations. Its Food Rescue Programme sources food from supermarkets to feed more than 377, 000 and saves tonnes of

food from landfill. Their Food Procurement Programme buys staple foods, negotiating discounts on food supplements to enhance the nutrition of food

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3. Spur Madiba Meal On Thursday 19 July at 7pm, Spur Steak & Grill will hand over a donation cheque to ex-Saracens prop Cobus Visagie, Janet Broadhurst of FoodBank, and other Trustees, at their Wandsworth branch. All FoodBank supporters are welcome. 4. Beaks’ Three Peaks Within 24 hours, on Mandela Day, Mark Beacon intends to climb to the summits of Ben Nevis, Snowden ...continued on page 3


Africa on stage at the BT River of Music | p9 New festival site The London Pleasure Gardens will host a weekend of African music on 21 and 22 July, including performances from Hugh Masekela, Baaba Maal and The Noisettes.

Mandela’s ‘Bible ‘ on show at British Musuem | p8 A copy of ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare’ with a favourite passage from ‘Julius Caesar’ that Nelson Mandela inscribed with his signature goes on display at the British Museum this week.

SA Chamber of Commerce launches in UK | p12 10 July was a historic day as the new South African Chamber of Commerce in the UK was launched by South African High Commissioner Dr Zola Skweyiya at an exclusive event at the High Commission.


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July Gregory Maqoma: Exit/Exist Date: 17 July 2012, 7.30-9.30pm Venue: Southbank Centre South African choreographer and dancer Gregory Maqoma breathes new life into his Xhosa past. He summons up ancestors who have departed this world but who live on in him, linking past and present in a unique blend of traditional movement and contemporary dance. Details: African business debates at the Southbank Date: 20 Jul 2012 Venue: Southbank Center As part of its Africa Utopia Series, London’s Southbank Centre is hosting a day of free talks and debates on issues surrounding Africa and its perception by and relation to the West.

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Mzansi Cymru Date: 20 and 21 July 2012, 7.30pm Venue: Wales Millennium Center This rollercoaster epic saga is told by the people of the South African townships and the South Wales Valleys in a cross-cultural performance mixing drama, music, circus and dance. It tells the story of a young Welsh actor and an African dancer who, in 1964, win parts in the film Zulu. The two fall in love, but their lives are ripped apart by apartheid and they don’t see each other again until fate plays its hand 40 years later. This inspiring love story is brought to life by massed Valley voices and performers joining forces with South African groups such as Zip Zap circus, Dance for All, Amampondo and the Fezeka Choir. Tickets:

A New Frontier, 11am–12pm ‘A New Frontier’: How to do business in Africa, is presented by UK Trade and Investment and is aimed at sharing information with UK businesses that may be considering links with Africa. China Loves Africa, 11am – 2pm Join Chair Funmi Olonisakin and panellists to debate the blossoming relationship between China and Africa. Is it for the good of Africa or a new form of colonialism? Africa and the Technology Revolution, 2.30–3.30pm, The rise of technology and what it means for Africa will be debated. Discussing the boom of technology and the impact of it for entrepreneurship in Africa will be Digital Producer at CNN, Stephanie Busri, Marieme Jamme of Africa Gathering and mobile technology expert and founder of, Idris Belle. Details:

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Gregory Maqoma: Exit/Exist In this special adaptation for Africa Utopia, Spanish master of flamenco guitar Paco Peña collaborates with South African composer Neo Muyanga, drawing on the deep emotional content of the African soul, the passion of Spain and the timeless beauty of a classical choir to create an unforgettable concert experience. Details: www.Southbankcentre.

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The sharpest blade in the sheath SOME time ago, a reader suggested I do a piece on the 2012 Olympics. Here it is. And to this wonderful reader, I’m sorry if you thought this was going to be a positive, butterfly-filled piece. It isn’t. I hate the Olympics, I despise Locog, the Local Organising Committee, and I just want the damn thing to be over. Between deploying the army and their surface-to-air missiles in London, nasty sponsorship rules, cosmically expensive tickets and the worst logo known to man – seriously, it’s Lisa Simpson giving someone a blowjob – I’m a bit gatvol with the Olympics right now. And then there’s the transport. Last week, Transport For London announced a large-scale test of its stations for the Olympics, including fake queues, enormous diversions and simulated delays. But, they bleated, “we’d advise people not to avoid these stations, as this would render the exercise pointless.” Oh TfL, you cannot comprehend the magnitude of the toss I do not give. So let’s talk about something positive. Let’s not talk about the Olympics, but instead focus on an Olympian. His name is Oscar Pistorius, and the word amazeballs doesn’t quite cut it. Oscar amazes

so many balls that he has most of the world’s male population walking about with startled scrotums. I won’t hear any argument claiming that he shouldn’t be in the Olympics, but only in the Paralympics. I will dismiss, here and now, any noises about him having an unfair advantage because his blood takes less time to circulate in his body. The man. Is running. Without legs. And he’s doing it at an Olympic level. He runs faster than almost any person you’d care to name. Usain Bolt would beat him, but not by much. And not only that, he manages to look cool while doing it. Seriously, his nickname is Blade Runner. If there didn’t exist a film of that name already, then Oscar would star in one. The image of him exploding out of the blocks with those twin blades flashing is one of the great moments in sport. He is close to becoming a poster boy for the Games, and he deserves every moment of exposure he gets out of it. Earlier this week, the South African sportswriter Kevin McCullum said that Pistorius running in the Olympics was the greatest PR coup South Africa could possibly wish for. I am, as you may have gathered, something of a Pistorius fanboy. I could never interview him. Remaining impartial would be a bit like trying to beat him in the 400m. But in my defence, it’s difficult not to want to break out in spontaneous applause every time he takes starters orders. This is one amazing dude. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to hang around the Olympic Park, wearing a Pepsi t-shirt and eating some KFC. I suggest you do the same.

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Cape Town Opera’s ‘Porgy & Bess’ opens in London The Cape Town Opera’s acclaimed production of controversial love story ‘Porgy and Bess’ runs from 11-21 July at the Coliseum Theatre

by NICOLE HOLGATE CAPE Town Opera’s production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess opened last Wednesday at the London Coliseum for a two-week long, star-studded run. Written in 1935 to portray life in 1920s America’s Deep South, songs include the unforgettable ‘Summertime’, and the favourites ‘I got plenty of nuttin’ and ‘I loves you Porgy’. The opera’s production relocates the love story to the depression-ravaged townships of 1970′s Soweto, stirring the same passions and hope amidst poverty and hardship. Bess will be played by Tsakane Valentine Masawanganyi, who previously sang the title role in Carmen Jones at the Royal Festival

Hall. She shares the role with Sibongile Mngoma, who sang as Bess in their production in Tel Aviv, and Nonhlanhla Yende, who joined the Cape Town Opera in 2010. Porgy will be played by two men: Xolela Sixaba, who has been singing since the age of 10, will alternate with Otto Maidi, who most recently created the role of Columbus in Winnie the Opera. The cast also includes Gloria Bosman, Nkosazana Dimande, Arline Jaftha, Aubrey Lodewyk, Mandisinde Mbuyazwe, Owen Metsileng, Tshepo Moagi, Nozuko Teto, Miranda Tini, Victor Ryan Robertson, Ntobeko Rwanqa and Philisa Sibeko.

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FOR most of my young and innocent life, I believed that when they said the ‘meek’ would inherit the earth, it really meant the good guys would be victorious. Put in a good day’s work, pay your taxes, be kind to children and voila, angels as big as Gabriel in all the pictures I got from the nuns at school, would appear with a tablet and tick, tick, tick the list. All ticks and no crosses. Not even for the odd dirty thought of what Mr Grey could be doing to one in an elevator. Like a scene from the classic Heaven Can Wait, you would find yourself on a fluffy cloud surrounded by girl guides and women who make jam for the WI. On the other side of the Magic Faraway Land, would be the kind Father Christmas, all the young ones who died too soon with the bambis and those who took care of me in my life. Teachers, friends, bank managers – whoa! Backtrack on the bank managers. They have become more scorned than the local terrorist in your neighbourhood. Back in the grandparents’ days, the bank manager of your local branch was the one who looked after your affairs. The one with the tie (not silver) and sweet disposition, reassuring hardworking folks that their money was safe. Fast forward to the villains of today – these ogre banks who run governments and get bonuses and seats at Wimbledon. Bank leaders are powerful people. Makes my hair want to burst into snakes a la Medusa. Tell you why? Pure envy. The thought that I have been doing it wrong. Brown Owl taught me wrong. It’s not the meek who will inherit the earth. It’s the

bullies, the skelms, the Dodgers and Rogers whose parties are photographed by Hello magazine. The meek are simply the fodder in the frontlines, falling to further unemployment. And I seem to be one of the meek. At least Easyjet confirmed it for me this morning. I had the lunatic impulse to take the first flight of the day to Nice. ‘Une’ bag packed; little bag for an entire week but I have my principles and paying extortion money for a cargo hold suitcase was something I was not falling for. The quiet drive to Gatwick lulled me into thinking that travelling this early would be a peaceful experience – only to discover that Gatwick at 4.30am is worse than the final scene of Lord of the Rings. I was Frodo, pushed and shoved about by Orcs in maxi dresses, slops and sunglasses – for crying out loud, this is still wet summer in England! No such thing as pre-seating, only the rush hour aisle race – me whimpering ‘I hate budget travel, I hate budget travel.’ Those bad big bank guys are going to turn left, pre and post kiss-and-tell. I seriously doubt they will be selling any copies of the ‘Issue’ magazine once confessing to ripping off the nation but hey, Brown Owl and Sister Clemency, the goody-goody thing is still noble, but very trying, particularly as I sit here now, with a view of the largest yachts in the world – and just know that everyone one of them is registered in a tax free haven. Rather a case of the meek make the rest inherit the earth.

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Mandela’s ‘Bible’ on show at British Museum A copy of ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare’ with a favourite passage from ‘Julius Caesar’ that Nelson Mandela inscribed with his signature goes on display at the British Museum this week

British Museum curator Rebecca Allen holds the ‘Robben Island Bible’. © The Trustees of the British Museum.

by STAFF REPORTER THE original ‘Robben Island Bible’ has been installed at the British Museum in preparation for it going on show in the upcoming exhibition, Shakespeare: Staging the World, as part of the World Shakespeare Festival in the London 2012 Festival. The book is in fact a a copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare that former Robben Island prisoner Sonny Venkatrathnam kept in his cell. Venkatrathnam disguised its cover with Diwali cards to prevent its seizure by prison authorities. He eventually passed it to 33 of his friends and fellow South African political prisoners, asking them to sign a passage that meant a lot to them. Julius Caesar has long had particular resonance in Africa as a paradigm for rebellion against imperial rule, and it remained the inmates’ favourite. Nelson Mandela himself chose the lines from Act 2 scene 2, 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.

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South African bobotie recipe


• 2 tbsp vegetable oil • 2 onions, finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 5 00g lean minced beef • 1 tsp turmeric • 2 tsp mild curry powder • 2 tbsp mango chutney • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar • 1 00ml beef stock • 2 slices of brown bread soaked in milk • 5 0g sultanas • 2 5g flaked almonds For the Topping • 2 eggs, beaten • 2 50ml milk • 3 bay leaves

and diplomacy. The exhibition creates a unique dialogue between an extraordinary array of objects and the plays and characters that have had a richer cultural legacy than any other in the western world. The exhibition opens on 19 July. Tickets are £14 and can be booked at www.britishmuseum. org or 020 7323 8181. Follow updates on the exhibition via Twitter #ShakespeareBM and @britishmuseum. World Shakespeare Festival The World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations, running until November. London 2012 Festival The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.

Famous Cullinan Diamond stones appear together for the first time


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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.’ The ‘Robben Island Bible’ is one of more than 190 objects in the exhibition, more than half of which are lent from private and national UK collections, as well as key loans from abroad. Shakespeare: Staging the World gives insight into the emerging role of London as a world city 400 years ago, interpreted through the innovative perspective of Shakespeare’s plays. One of the key innovations of the period was the birth of the modern professional theatre: purpose-built playhouses and professional playwrights were a new phenomenon, with the most successful company being the Chamberlain’s/King’s Men at the Globe who worked alongside their house dramatist, William Shakespeare. The exhibition shows how the playhouse informed and provoked thought on the issues of the day; how it shaped national identity and opened a window on the wider world as London’s global contacts were expanding through international trade, colonisation

Top chef Angie Steele shares her recipe for the traditional SA dish, bobotie.


• Pre-heat the oven to 180° • In a large saucepan, over a medium heat begin to sweat down the onions in the oil along with the crushed garlic • Once softened, add the meat and cook it out until it has browned evenly • Add the spices, chutney and vinegar and cook out for a further 2 minutes • Pour in the stock and simmer for roughly 10 minutes • Squeeze the excess milk from the bread and add it to the meat, together with the sultanas and almonds • Check for seasoning, adjust if need be and spoon into a shallow

ovenproof dish • Beat the eggs and milk together and strain over the meat • Place the bay leaves on top of the custard and return to the oven for 25-30 minutes until the top is set 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

by DANI PORTER AS part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations this summer Buckingham Palace will be opening its doors for a rare display of the Queen’s diamonds. Opened on June 30 and running until October 7, priceless jewels including the Queen’s tiaras, crowns and jewellery will be available for the public to see. The exhibition will also bring together seven of the nine principal stones of the world’s largest diamond, South Africa’s Cullinan Diamond, for the first time in history. The other two remaining pieces are found in the Queen’s crown and sceptre, which are kept in the Tower of London. The famous diamond was mined in South Africa in 1905. Weighing 3,106 carats in its rough state, its huge size defied its true nature. Clerks believed it was a crystal and so initially disposed of it, not believing that it was possible to get a diamond of that size. Exhibit curator Caroline de Guitaut described it as “a truly exceptional diamond, both in terms of its size but also in terms of its clarity and colour. It is completely flawless and has a wonderful bluewhite colour.”

The diamond was divided into nine principal stones and has been used in various settings over the years, including a pendant as part of the Dehli Durbar Necklace of diamonds and emeralds, a 21st birthday gift given to the Queen in 1947, and also a huge pear-shaped brooch which the Queen wore for the Service of Thanksgiving on 5 June during the Jubilee weekend. The exhibition, including the Cullinan pieces, will comprise more than 10,000 diamonds worn by six different monarchs over three centuries. Please note: Buckingham Palace will be closed from 9 to 30 July. Details: www.royalcollection.

Cullinan IX Ring, Attributed to Garrard & Co, 1911.

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Africa on stage at BT River of Music festival A new venue aims to combine the great heritage of African music with a modern atmosphere, including performances from Hugh Masekela and The Noisettes

by NICOLE HOLGATE THE London Pleasure Gardens, a new festival site in Docklands, will host a weekend of African music on 21 and 22 July, aiming to combine the cutting edge of 21st century culture with London’s multicultural heart and traditions. The Pleasure Gardens attempts to re-create the pastime of pleasure gardens in central London, oases of calm in the hectic city that hosted events and concerts. BT River of Music have put together stages of world music, with artists from across Europe, America and Africa. The Africa stage has a spectacular combination of modern voices combined with authentic African musical stylings and beats. One of the highlights will be South Africa’s Hugh Masekela, who will have just performed at Hard Rock Calling in a live performance of Graceland with Paul Simon in honour of the 25th anniversary of the controversial Graceland tour. In a more modern vein, The Noisettes will appear in collaboration with other southern African singers to express Shingai Shoniwa’s Zimbabwean heritage. Angelique Kidjo will also lend

her spectacular voice to the proceedings. The Invisible Republic of JuJu will also feature guitarist Justin Adams, and superband Staff Benda Bilili will collaborate with Zao. Sengalese master Baaba Maal, host of the Africa Utopia festival at the Southbank Centre, will headline on Saturday. Tickets are free, but you need to apply online at www.ticketmaster., and there is a £3 handling fee. Announced so far are: Saturday 21 July •A  ngelique Kidjo •B  aaba Maal •H  ugh Masekela • J ustin Adams & The Invisible Republic of JuJu •K  ing Sunny Ade •S  eckou Keita & The Bantamba Syndicate Sunday 22 July •K  rar Collective: Horn of Hope •M  untu Valdo •N  oisettes •S  taff Benda Bilili & Zao Doors will open at 11am, with performances begining from midday and ending at approximately 9.30pm.

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LAASJAAR was dit die brandweermanne en die moltreinstakers en dié jaar is dit die busdrywers tydens die Olimpiese spele wat in die beste posisie is om daai skroefie te draai. Dit laat my vreeslik dink aan daai grappie van Oom Tolla by die tandarts, maar vanweë my opvoeding sal ek my weerhou om te sê in wat se klem die drywers die owerhede het. Hulle staak want die London busdienste wil nie vat aan die belastingvrye £500 vir elkeen van hul drywers tydens die Spele nie. Unite reken dat dit net £14 miljoen sal kos. Wat! Skree ek hier by myself, net Veertien Miljoen pond! Maar dit lyk tog of hulle die boompie gebuig gekry het, want na ses dae se onderhandelinge tussen 20 London bus maatskappye en Unite is daar aangekondig dat daar ‘n aanbod na die tafel gebring is, wat die Unite vakbond na hulle lede sal versprei, met die bodskap om dit te aanvaar. Die besondehede van dié aanbod is glo baie konfidensiëel. Maar volgens die Evening Standard op 4 Julie is die 24uur staking op 5 Julie voorkom deur ‘n aankondiging van Transport for London dat hulle alle buswinste wat gemaak word tydens die Olimpiese Spele en die Paralimpiese Spele, op ‘n 50-50 grondslag sal deel. Dit sou beteken dat drywers ‘n ekstra £700 sou verdien en teen my somme is dit £19,600,000. Die busdrywers sal op 17 Julie besluit of dit aanvaarbaar is en of hulle sal voortgaan met die beplande staking, drie dae voor die Olimpiese spele. Is dit nie belaglik nie? Sou hulle nie maar nes ons in elkgeval moes werk nie? Hulle sê dat daar meer besoekers gaan wees, maar dit beteken mos nie dat ‘n individu meer sal moet bestuur nie? Sy roete is mos sy roete, hy kan mos in elkgeval nie nog vinniger ry as wat hy klaar ry nie, miskien meer onverskillig ja. Wat sal gebeur as ek na my werkgewer gaan en vra of ek asb £500 ekstra kan kry omdat ek gedurende die Olimpiese spele moet werk? Hy sal mos sê, “Kom ons maak ‘n plan dan kan jy die hele spele voor die kassie deurbring en vir Blade Runner en die res van jou SA span, heeltyd dophou!” Dis daai greep. Ek sê julle, dis daai greep! Daai boompie buig nou en ons kan maar net hoop dat hy nie knak nie, of breek soos vir sommige van die vorige Olimpiese gashere nie – Griekeland sukkel nou nog om te


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THREE INSIGHTS INTO: JOINT VENTURES by PAUL HARRISON JOINT Ventures or JVs have become popular with businesses to increase their sales, but what is a JV? If you’re a company with a quality product or service but without distribution then a JV is one of the most cost-effective ways to bring new qualified leads into your business. They’re a great way to fast-track sales into your business, particularly if you’re new to a country and don’t have a large network. However 95% of businesses don’t do JVs and of those that do, most fail. Paul Harrison sat down with Nick Griffith of, an expert in joint venturing, in order to get the best insights into what to look for when creating a JV: Tip 1: Only approach the right people It sounds obvious, but it still rarely happens. You should think who do I know? What’s my relationship with them? Who do my contacts know and what’s their relationship with them? List the people of influence [who you know] who have some or all of the following: a relevant prospect/client list, experience and respect in your industry and a good reputation. Tip 2: Always make the offer a Win Win When your goal is to get someone to agree to a JV you have to look at it from their perspective, not just consider why your offer is so good. Their fears will include a) this will just waste my time, and b) this could damage my reputation, so you must overcome these first, then make them an offer which solves a pain in their business. The second Win is for the customer; remember if your JV brings them what they

Nick Griffith answers Babis Gakis’ questions on joint ventures Babis Gakis is a UK-based South African business owner wanting to find out if JV’ing is going to help him in his business.

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want, they go away happy and that will feed back to the person you did the JV with. You want to build long term JVs with ongoing business. Keep all parties happy and they will agree again. Lastly make sure you win too. Know when you’re offering too much and make sure you can deliver (and overdeliver) on what you are promising. Tip 3: Have a realistic time frame Businesses often try for JVs when they see the result of their existing marketing not working as expected. By this point it’s often too late. Successful JV’s are built on rapport, trust and planning – these cannot be fasttracked. If you want JVs for next month it’s too late – you should be thinking six to 12 months ahead – minimum.

How do I best identify and meet potential JV partners? Look in a non-competing market where you’re likely to have a similar demographic to your customer base. Always think about it from their perspective – if you can find a way to help before you ask for anything – do it. To meet them, network at the right events, ask for introductions from mutual friends and be patient. When you do meet them think: ‘What would you want to hear if someone approached you?’ How do I protect my brand/ the brand of the person I want to JV with? Always have the right plan (now you’re in the top 1%) and make sure an agreement is drawn up (it doesn’t have to be long and full of legal jargon) on who’s responsible for what. Build rapport with key stakeholders in the other business – things will go wrong so stronger working relations will help solve problems quickly and maintain strong relations. Also, remember – you can’t be too protectionist – you have to know what you’re looking for, listen to your instinct and then trust and let go a little to make progress.

How do I guarantee that everybody wins? You can’t 100% guarantee that people will stick to their word and agreements will only go so far. Remember you’re doing business with people and however ‘good’ the potential JV appears to be, do some research and meet the people in charge, in person. If something doesn’t feel right or there is news of people not always having integrity – don’t do it and move on! A bad JV is worse than none. To find out more about how you can use high level networking to meet potential JV partners visit If you have any other questions that you would like answered, please email Paul@

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In Africa the cost of all medications, including generic drugs, exceeds the means of most and many people are faced with a grim choice: purchase counterfeit medications, ingredients unknown, or go without treatment By KATIE MCQUE WITH 30% of the total available pharmaceuticals in Uganda believed to be counterfeit, the country, like many others, is struggling to keep control of a business that is both deadly and lucrative. “A lot of deaths occur. But nobody reports these and nobody is going to investigate,” said Suraj Ali, a partner at the Ugandan legal firm Muwema & Mugerwa. The situation in Uganda is typical in much of sub-Saharan Africa, and the reasons are economic. In regions of high prevalence of poverty the cost of all medications, including generic drugs, exceeds the means of most. Few people have medical insurance, and they are faced with a grim choice: purchase counterfeit medications – ingredients unknown – or simply go without treatment. The big pharmaceutical firms are worried. “When you visit a market in Tanzania, you see that they are being sold everywhere,” Ed Wheatley, AstraZeneca’s investigations director for the region, said at June’s Visiongain Pharmaceutical Anti-Counterfeiting conference, in which representatives from major drug makers gathered to deliberate the problem. This big problem is also a big business – it is widely estimated

that counterfeit drugs have an annual turnover of US$75 billion worldwide, with a profit margin of about 70%. This means that the global share of counterfeit medications is 10% of the pharmaceutical market. Around the world 200,000 people die annually due to counterfeits. Most of the fakes hail from factories in China, India and Pakistan, where the counterfeiters are more concerned with matching the packaging than the ingredients of the original. Criminals steal hospital vials with branded labels, print their own hologrammed boxes – even buy tablet-making presses on eBay. The World Health Organisation estimates that 32.1% of these drugs do not contain any active ingredients; 20.2% have incorrect quantities of active ingredients; 21.4% include wrong ingredients and 8.5% have high levels of impurities or contaminates. Big pharma is worried. The loss of sales and reputation is significant, as users of the fake drugs may still associate their illness with the genuine article. In some countries, drug makers can also be liable for harm caused by fakes. In Germany, for example, a company can be called to account if it can be proven that it did not utilise all the possibilities provided

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Counterfiet medication accounts for 10% of the pharmaceutical market. Tablet-making presses used to make these pills can even be found on eBay (below left).

by state-of-the-art technology to prevent counterfeiting. In most US states, any part of the manufacturing and sales chain can be liable for damages to the consumer arising from faults in a product’s construction, manufacturing or labelling. Given this risk it is understandable why pharmaceutical companies are keen to intervene in the African counterfeit market. Some assist local governments with on-theground intelligence, leading to raids and prosecutions. This assistance is necessary in countries where awareness is low, resources devoted to the problem are scarce and corruption is high. “There is a lot of corruption,” Ali




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said. “A lot of the magistrates are underpaid and they get bribed. “We have a national drug authority that is supposed to prevent counterfeiting, but it is underfunded,” he added. “There

are very few inspectors; they don’t have the equipment to check drugs properly… Things find their way into the country – the borders are very porous.”


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Rand falls but finds its feet by Friday THE South African Rand traded between 8.21 and 8.33 to the US Dollar between 9 and 13 July. The Rand also traded between 12.74 and 12.86 to the British Pound during the same period. Monday started with the Rand slightly pressured by other emerging market currencies due to the weak global economic outlook. There was very little local influence to affect the markets and by midday the markets were very quiet. The Rand weakened against the Dollar early on Tuesday, due to weak Chinese June import data. By midday the Rand strengthened against the Stirling. “The Rand has been fluctuating but now it seems like more people are willing to take a risk after the good news from the UK‚” said Henry Flint Thebe Stockbroking. The Rand was slightly stronger against the US dollar on Wednesday afternoon‚ after the US trade deficit

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narrowed for a second month. Midday trade on Thursday saw the Rand under pressure due to the depressed global sentiment, once again following movements made by the pressured Euro. Friday morning saw the Rand start to regain some footing against the Dollar and followed the direction of other currencies due to the growth of the Chinese economy, and the GDP of China within the expected range, showing that the fiscal policy changes can in fact positively affect and aid the monetary policy. The Rand started the new week relatively steady against the major currencies. The market is awaiting the monetary policy statement due to be released on Thursday, where it is expected that interest rates will continue to be kept at 30 year lows. GBP / ZAR: 12.85 EUR / ZAR: 10.10 USD / ZAR: 8.26 Compiled by Ruth Laatz-Reineke

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by STAFF REPORTER TUESDAY 10 July was a historic occasion as the new South African Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in the UK was launched by South African High Commissioner Dr Zola Skweyiya at an exclusive event at the SA High Commission in London. The SACC is an umbrella organisation and conduit for trade, community and investment into and out of South Africa. The aim is to bring all current South African business-focused organisations under a common management agreement to benefit from knowledge sharing around common practices, sharing of information, and economies of scale in logistical management. This will also hopefully bring to an end proliferation of the formation of other such groups as in this collective unit, all needs for all communities, will be met,” said SACC chairperson Mary-Anne Anderson, Chairperson of the SA Chamber of Commerce. The SACC is a member-funded, apolitical organisation, directed by a Board of Corporates. The Board members denote the agenda, what the topics for discussion for the year might be, interest areas that need pursuing and, where applicable, areas for lobbying government. The objectives of the SA Chamber of Commerce are: • To offer advice to members in the operation of their business as and when might be requested or appropriate • To provide a united voice when dealing with government bodies and private sector groups • To provide training opportunities for members in all aspects of business as appropriate with particular emphasis on operating businesses in South Africa and the United Kingdom • To provide a central body for the administration, research, lobbying and support of subcommittees and associated bodies with specific interests in SA-UK business • To provide a forum to promote business opportunities between members • To provide proactive facilitation of business introductions • To bring under a common management agreement, all current South African businessfocused organisations to benefit from knowledge sharing around common practices, sharing of information and economies of scale in their logistical management. Details: southafricanchamber.

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African women take on Kilimanjaro A group of UK-based African women called 3 Thirtyseven have taken on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro in support of charity and women all over Africa by NICOLE HOLGATE 3 Thirtyseven are a determined team of African women who are on the final countdown of their attempt to climb Kilimanjaro. The name echoes the coordinates of Uhuru Peak (3º South, 37º East), the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the destination of their first ever challenge. Sarah Mtonya, Daphne Kasambala, Sebenzile Dlamini, Pamela Samasuwo, Angeline Gavaza and Rudo Nyangulua are the team behind 3 Thirtyseven and this first fundraising attempt. Their vision is to recruit women from each African nation and get them to participate in outdoor activities, organised expeditions and challenges. Sarah and Daphne, both mums from Malawi, began the cause. Fundraising director of the nonprofit, Pamela and nurse Angeline are the UK-based representatives of their home country of Zimbabwe on this climb. Sebe, the South African of the team, is a social worker living in London. Rudo is a legal consultant based in Zimbabwe but originally from Malawi. She hopes to join them too, or at the very least meet them in Tanzania to cheer them on!

As they climb they will be waving a South African, new Malawian and Zimbabwean flag, plus their own 3 Thirtyseven banner. They have also joined forces with a team of Estonian hikers who have their own charity, the Ladies Virtual Trekking Club, that helps young girls get an education in Tanzania, avoiding forced marriage, homelessness and prostitution. They will also mention 3 Thirtyseven in a book they are producing about their hike, sales of which provide ‘book-for-book’ study materials for Tanzanian schoolgirls. Sebe has chosen Gumboots Foundation as her charity, because of their focus on education and support of local communities, and their promise of continued transparency on the use of their funding. Each participant chooses their own charity to raise funds for, and 3 Thirtyseven as a whole supports their fundraising process. Her training for the climb has involved some very cold mornings out on Hampstead Heath, but she was happy to do it as her background made her keen to take on a challenge. Growing up in Ixopo, KwaZuluNatal, she was often told off by her mother

for attempting to clothe and feed all the poorer children in her neighbourhood. “After searching for my purpose in life, I came to realise that I was born to give and my passion has been reaching out to people whether through my day-to-day job being a social worker or within my community,” she said. Her values have not changed, but she has been given a valuable change of perspective by moving to London in 2002. Seeing the number of projects going on in the UK, such as Sport Relief and Soccer Aid, inspired her to reach back to her own community. She asked, “Why do we have to wait for Western countries to feed our very own children?” Her presence as a social worker in the group reflects her choice of the Gumboots Foundation UK, a UK-based South African charity that works to involve local leadership and organisations in sustainable projects that can transform poorer communities. Details: and teams/3ThirtysevenKilimanjaro

South Africa’s Sebenzile Dlamini will be climbing Kilimanjaro with her team, 3 Thirtyseven.

Harare gets $100 million shopping mall

by JENNIFER MUNRO AUGUR Investments and McCormick Property Development are planning a $100 million shopping mall in Borrowdale, opposite the famous Harare race course. Radio VOP reports, “Although the controversial project is facing resistance from Borrowdale residents and environmentalists, Jason McCormick, Managing Director of McCormick Property Development, told Radio VOP that, ‘it’s a juggernaut that cannot be stopped. The Mall of Zimbabwe will be modelled on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. It will have upmarket restaurants, and has already attracted tenants such as Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Spar, Woolworths, Edgars, Truworths, Game and Mr Price.” The project is said to begin later this year with an October 2014 completion date. The shopping centre will be made up of over 150 retail outlets, occupying 68,000 square metres and catering for thousands of shoppers every day. The really good news

An artist’s impression of the Mall of Zimbabwe.

is that it is estimated that 4,000 jobs will be created by the project. The Mall of Zimbabwe is being developed on a site acquired by Augur Investments in terms of a controversial barter trade deal between the Government of Zimbabwe and Augur Investments in which Augur is financing the design and construction of the Harare Main airport highway. The developers told Radio VOP, “While everyone was running away from Zimbabwe, we used our gut feelings to invest. We sought local knowledge, and we felt it was time to put money into the country.” They said they were impressed by what they saw and never looked back on investing in a country still considered by some investors as a no-go area. “We have the backing of the President, Prime Minister and cabinet ministers because they understand what we are trying to do for Zimbabwe, and we obey the laws of the country,” said McCormick. Another report out of Zimbabwe this week

reveals that Robert and Grace Mugabe have been giving away dairy products to launch their Alpha Omega Dairy range. The dairy, run by Grace’s son from a former marriage, is based at Mugabe’s Gushongo Estate in Mazowe where the facility boasts 1,300 cattle producing 8,000 litres of milk per day, and state-of-the-art equipment from Germany. Apparently 64 cows can be milked at a time. The Guardian reports, “This follows a falling out with Nestlé three years ago when,

facing a possible global consumer boycott, the multinational food giant stopped buying milk from the farm. The previous owner of the Gushungo dairy estate had reportedly been forced to sell it to Grace Mugabe under duress. A Facebook campaign put pressure on Nestle to boycott the produce. She is now taking on the mighty Nestlé by selling her dairy products direct in supermarkets, with the news website New Zimbabwe describing it as a ‘brazen challenge’ to Nestle.


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Lyon: The Crossroads of Europe France’s forgotten city has so much to offer. Jonathan Waldheim shares five ideas to help get you started by JONATHAN WALDHEIM WHEN you think of France, inevitably Paris springs to mind; the home of the Eiffel Tower is one of the worlds most visited cities. However, La France has so much more to offer and with a range of cheap flights leaving from London to all over France, Gallic culture is right on our doorstep. Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France sits on the plain in front of the Alps. Self-styled as the ‘Crossroads of Europe’ the city is a veritable treat for first time visitors. With a wide range of attractions for the whole family and bustling arts and cultural scene, Lyon straddles the rivers Rhone and Saone at their convergence and combines the chic of Paris with a crowd free environment. It would take at least a week to soak up the whole city and its surroundings, but should you only have a weekend here are five ideas to guarantee a top-notch city break.

There’s plenty to do for first-timers to Lyon; watch a football match, dine out in France’s gastronomic capital or visit the birthplace of cinema.

1. Watch L’OL play a match at the Stade de Gerland The pride of the city, L’Olympique Lyonnais contest their football matches at the Stade de Gerland in the southern district of the city. The team won the league championship on seven occasions in the last 15 years and are regular contestents in Europe’s elite competitions. The stadium is easily accessible by metro on the B line and with ticket prices from €12, paying over the odds for Premier League football will become a distant nightmare.

2. Visit Le Parc de la Tete d’Or The ‘Park of the Golden Head’, is one of the most magnificent city centre parks in Europe. With a boating lake, zoo and acres of land encompassing woodland and open space, this park will keep the kids entertained for hours. Metro and bus services visit the park and are cheap and easy to use. 3. Visit ‘Les Traboules’ and the old town In the western district of the city is the old town, the most tourist-centric area of Lyon. Avoid the restaurants and head straight for the ‘Traboules’, a hidden network of secret passages between buildings. These secret passageways were used by ‘La Resistance’ in World War II and can only be found because of the plaques on the wall which indicate their existence. After visiting the Traboules, take the funicular up to the Notre Dame de Fourviere cathedral, perched on the hill behind the old town. The views across the city are unrivalled, stretching across the plain and towards the Alps. Afterwards, walk down the hill and take in the Gallo-Roman ruins or stroll through the gardens in front of the cathedral, before descending back into the old town. 4. l’Institut Lumiere The Lumiere brothers, the inventors of cinema, were born and lived in Lyon. The first ever motion picture Sortie d’usine (Leaving the factory) was shot were L’Institut Lumiere now stands. With a single screen, l’Institut is a draw for film

fans across the globe as famous faces such as Clint Eastwood come to the birthplace of cinema and academics host talks on the retrospectives held in the cinema. Next to L’Institut stands the house where the brothers lived and contains a museum about them and their amazing invention. 5. Eat Lyon is rightly proud of its food. With the celebrated chef Paul Bocuse being Lyonnais there is a variety of top quality restaurants to be found across the city as well as weekly markets on the river where the freshest fruit, vegetables and other culinary delights can be bought for a decent price. Off Le Place Terraux, Lyon’s immigrant population have set up a series of take-away restaurants and falafel is the order of the day. Looking for traditional French food? Head for Bocuse’s Brasserie de l’Est, situated in the old station near the new mainline station La Part-Dieu . L’Est is a trave themed restaurant with high quality food with Menu à la carte starting at €23 . Lyon has been criminally overlooked as a tourist destination. Blending old and new with top quality food and a dual riverside setting, there is no doubt that Lyon has so much to offer. These five pointers are merely a guideline – as any Lyonnais will tell you, this beautiful city has made the inhabitants Fier d’etre Lyonnais (Proud to be Lyonnais). Take it from me, as an ex-resident myself, Lyon is one of the best places in France.


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TEAM SA @ THE OLYMPICS Bridgitte Hartley | Kayaker

Bridgitte Hartley will represent SA at the Olympics for the second time. Photo by Dave Macleod/Gameplan Media.

By SUSAN MILLER Are you a full-time canoeist? For the last two years I have been a full time athlete. After I got my degree at Tuks in 2010 I decided to just focus on qualifying and competing at the Olympics as it would mean lots of training away in Europe. How much training do you have to do? How many events do you compete in per year? We train six days a week, twice on the water and three sessions per day of running, pull-ups and push-ups. I also do some Pilates or yoga. Sunday is rest day and Wednesday is a half day every week from October until our main race. I compete in SA selection trials which are usually sometime in April then I race two or three World Cup events during May and June. Then the next event is World Champs or this year it’s the Olympics! How much effort did it take to get to this top level of competition? I got a really good coach when I first stared sprinting in about 2004. I first raced for SA at the World Championships in 2006. It’s taken lots of sacrifices, but it’s all worth it! What do sprint kayaking and marathon actually mean to the layperson? Sprint kayaking is on flat water in nine lanes, with a similar structure to swimming. We line up on a course with no flow and have starting blocks that drop when the starter sets us off. It consists of heats, semi-finals and finals. The events are over 200m,

500m or 1,000m in a single kayak (K1), double (K2) has two people and (K4) has four. Marathon is a longer distance that usually entails jumping out of your boat for a short running portage. The marathon can be one day, or two if it’s a river marathon. What event will you compete in at this Olympics? I will race K1 500m sprint kayaking. What times are achieved to lead the field? A good time for my event is 1 min 47 sec. Where are your times in comparison? Last year I set an unofficial world record time of 1 min 46.90 – in the B final not the A final so I never won the World Champs. That’s how I qualified by winning the B final last year! How many paddlers will represent SA in London? There are only two. This is your second time representing SA at the Olympics. How did the first time go? I raced in a K2 over 500m in Beijing 2008. We trained for only three months before as I was trying to get the K1 place but had to win the trial twice and only won it once. We made a semi-final, which was a great achievement. It was a wonderful experience to walk into the opening ceremony with Team SA. It was a goosebumps feeling and I was very proud to say I’m South African and representing them at an Olympic level. Did you learn lessons in Beijing and if so, what will you do differently this time?

I’m stronger, faster and more confident. Beijing felt a little like a fairy tale, almost unreal! A lovely experience to soak up the atmosphere. It’s good to take an Olympics just like every other international race we do. You have been training in Austria – is this your normal routine?

I am training in Austria as my trainer is also coaching the Austrian team. He used to coach in SA until 2008 then I followed him to Hungary and now to Austria as he helped me improve so I wanted to keep him. His teaching technique is very good and I have training partners in Austria who are at a top international level so it’s good for all-round training and it’s summer in Europe now too. Does the SA paddling team train together ? I haven’t trained with the team since I followed my coach to Europe. We have very few coaches in SA so there are smaller groups all over SA training together but we have not had national team training camps for a long time. You were born in Sandton and attended Pretoria High School for Girls – how did you start surfing? My dad was a good sportsman so he might have got the competitive personality engraved in me. I have done sport since I was eight. I did netball, athletics and hockey. I did gymnastics when I was young, took it up again in high school and competed once at nationals for the bar. I started surfing when I was 13 when I lived with my mom in Richards Bay. I love it and still surf in my free time. My dad introduced me to paddling in high school. I was in boarding school in Pretoria so only took paddling more seriously in my second year

of university. How do you rate your chances of an Olympic medal? If I have one of my best races I stand a good chance. I hope to not get too nervous and execute my race plan as best I can. At the moment there is not one single favourite to win the gold in the women’s races. You were the first South African and African to win a canoeing medal at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Champs. Do you see growing interest in your sport in Africa? Yes I was first in SA and Africa to win a medal at the World Champs, it was a super feeling. My sport code has grown and I hope I have influenced it in some way! A guy from Tunisia just won two medals at the World Cups so Africans are putting themselves on the international map, which is wonderful. The number of paddlers competing in Africa has grown over the last four years. What next after the Olympics? I am still improving and the World Champs are in Rio next year. I believe I have another Olympic cycle to still take part in. Details: or follow Bridgitte @for_bridgitte

South African pupil carries Olympic Flame

High school leader Moegamat Rogers runs with the Torch in Nottingham

Cape Town teenager Moegamat Rogers was joined by 19 other young people from 20 countries who were given the opportunity to carry the Olympic flame.

by JONATHAN WALDHEIM LAST week in Nottingham, England, Capetonian matric pupil Moegamat Rogers seized the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch. Moegamat, from Hanover Park, Cape Town, was joined by 19 other young people from 20 countries who were given the opportunity to carry the flame in the pre-Olympic relay, an event that has taken place ahead of every Olympic Games since 1936. The Mountview Secondary School student was selected in recognition of his work for the London 2012 international sports legacy programme, International Inspiration. Run by the British Council, Unicef and UK Sport, the International Inspiration Programme is an initiative to connect children through the power of sport. Moegamat was chosen to carry the flame in recognition of his contribution to the community and his leadership skills.

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Do the Stormers deserve to be # 1?

120 GAMES have been completed in the marathon section of Super Rugby, and South Africa has three teams in the top six. However, digging a little deeper, I’m not convinced we should be putting the champagne on ice just yet. The business end of this year’s (even longer) tournament kicks off on Friday, with two matches this weekend. While it makes my SuperBru predictions less onerous in terms of volume, deciding who to pick will be harder than choosing between Megan Fox and Pippa Middleton. While I do feel for Jake White and his Brumbies team, the Reds present a formidable challenge for the Sharks in Brisbane. Both teams have gained serious momentum of late, with the Sharks notching up six wins in their last seven games (including thumping the Bulls and knocking off the table-topping Stormers), while the Reds have chalked up seven victories in their last eight games, only narrowly being beaten by the Crusaders and Bryce Lawrence’s whistle (there’s a first) in Christchurch. That last-minute penalty miss by Zac Holmes of the Brumbies in their round 14 fixture was enough to make a grown man (aka Jake) cry as it turned out to be the difference between hosting a playoff and watching it on TV. It was quite humorous watching the Bulls and Sharks on Saturday; both needed to win, but not that well, in order to avoid making the trip to play the Crusaders. But it is the Bulls who yet again travel to Christchurch (these two teams have a habit of meeting one another in play-off matches!). In all honesty, the Bulls have been off-colour this year and it will take one of their Herculean efforts to even get close to a team that has become an All Black factory. However, if there is one team I’m just not sure how to feel about, it is the Stormers. Yes, my team. 14 wins out of 16 is something to be proud of, naturally. But they have only managed to get two losing bonus points. Allister Coetzee’s team undoubtedly has the best defence - though they leaked three Rebels’ tries on


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Saturday - and has done for the last 30 tries but scoring 47. three years. A pat on the back for And that’s why I think the Jacques Nienaber, their defence Stormers don’t necessarily deserve coach. to top the log. Yes, their mindset This year, of win ugly they only That last-minute penalty worked, conceded 254 but is that a miss by Zac Holmes of points in all triumph for the Brumbies in their league fixtures the game? One (15.9 points is inclined to round 14 fixture was per game), with defensive enough to make a grown think only Jake’s teams win man (aka Jake) cry. Brumbies playoff games, coming close but this isn’t (331). They scored the least always the case, as we saw with number of tries (28), with even the the Crusaders and Reds making the shoddy Lions and Force scoring final last year. The Stormers also more (30 each), but conceded only have countless injuries. 21 tries all season. The Chiefs It could be a rocky road ahead proved however that one can play for the South African teams in the attacking rugby and still be miserly coming weeks. on the scoreboard, letting in only

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PROTEA BATSMEN ON FORM SA’s batting unit ready for England Series


by WESLEY MCKAY outh Africa’s star batsmen have found some form in their final warm-up game against Kent prior to the first test match at the Kia Oval, which begins on Thursday. Hashim Amla (77), Jacques Kallis (54) and Jacques Rudolph (50) all found the bowler-friendly conditions in Canterbury a bit easier than others with Kallis and Amla retiring to give other batters an opportunity at the crease. Saturday's match, which was heavily interrupted by rain, was eventually drawn, with South Africa unable to bowl out the host in the final 90 minutes of play. Kent finished the day on 105 without loss. South Africa had started the day on 108 - 2 and were eventually bowled out for 314, with the last five wickets falling for just 49 runs, a fact which will be slightly concerning for Proteas management considering the strength of the Kent bowling lineup. Rudolph, who has forced himself back in to the Proteas squad in recent years, was in good spirits following the draw. "I think it was good preparation, specifically from a batting point of view - everybody got starts, got

in," said Rudolph. "It was a little difficult for the bowlers. The wicket didn't really give them any assistance. But the way we've batted here as a unit was exceptional. We’re pleased with the work we've done, and I can promise you all the boys just want that first Test to start now." The Proteas arrived in London on Sunday, and the squad is eager for the 'real' cricket to start after playing two warm-up fixtures. JP Duminy has been drafted into the squad at no seven because of the unfortunate injury to South African stalwart Mark Boucher, who has since retired from the game. Boucher was injured in a warm-up game at Taunton earlier in the series and flew directly home after having surgery on his injured eye. Duminy mentioned how 'disappointed' the team were for Boucher but admitted the injury had given him an opportunity to stake a permanent place in the test side. AB de Villiers will take over the wicket-keeping role from Boucher, a role he has fulfilled many times before in the shorter versions of the game. Limited tickets are still available for this week's matches - buy on

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