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The six winners of the 2012 South African Business Awards were announced at a function at South Africa House in London last Week



N WEDNESDAY night the annual South African Business Awards, hosted by the South African Chamber of Commerce at SA House in London, honoured the most outstanding South Africans in the business arena across six categories. There was an excited buzz in the air before the ceremony began, as the 150 guests and nominees chatted and networked over champagne before moving into the auditorium to find out who the winners were. After a short opening address by South African High Commissioner Dr Zola Skweyiya, Chamber of Commerce chairperson Mary-Ann Anderson took the podium to announce the much-anticipated results. She said that there were more than 2,000 total votes for nominees on TheSouthAfrican. com. These made up 30% of the overall vote, while a panel of eight independent judges (made up of sponsors and Chamber of Commerce board members) contributed the remaining 70% of the vote. Innovator of the Year was won by Francis West, who received his award from Kevin Ryder of sponsor Nedbank. Second place in this category went to Jana Meyer. West said he hoped his award would bring him good exposure “to help South African companies use an innovative UK IT partner to set up their IT systems in the UK.” The winner of Business Leader of the Year was Claudio Chiste,

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Participate in the SA UK Visa Survey | p2 The winners of the South African Business Awards 2012: Mark Griffiths, Claudio Chiste, Noma Mthimkulu (representing Jessica Shelver), Janet Broadhurst, Lisa MacLeod and Francis West.

who received his prize from Gary Kershaw of category sponsor SAA. The runner up was Reg Bamford. Chiste, who spent eight years in the South African military as a naval officer, said, “As with many others looking to move into the private sector after a long period in the military, I was concerned about having transferrable skills. However, in my experience, it seems long-term career success is heavily influenced

by an individual’s self-belief and determination.” He said in terms of his career at Investec, he found the company’s culture of empowering individuals and celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit, especially in the maritime trade and ship finance arena, had been a great fit with his career goals and values. “I remember a couple of years ago when these awards did not exist. I think the Chamber of Commerce have done an

outstanding job in recognising the achievements of South Africans abroad. From nothing they have created a premier event, now widely regarded as a ‘must attend’ event.” Entrepreneur of the Year went to Mark Griffiths, who accepted his award from Lucy Mullins of The Red Phone, while the runner-up was Paul Harrison. Griffiiths said, “This award means a great deal to me and ...continues on next page

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South African Business Awards winners announced continues from previous page... the SecondNature team because we are a business striving to engineer the transformation of the private and public sectors by demonstrating the benefits of linking financial, social and environmental metrics. Companies that address sustainability as an opportunity will be rewarded, while governments who seize this mantle will deliver improved quality of life for their citizens. He felt the awards event was well put together in both the set up and the execution. “For example the process of nomination and voting was efficient and well managed. Good food, sumptuous wine and great company on the night. Bravo!” Jessica Shelver was named as Rising Star of the Year, while the runner-up was Pily Mirazi. As Shelver was unable to be at the ceremony, Noma Mthimkulu collected the award on her behalf from Lukas Van Der Walt of Sanlam. Shelver was thrilled to hear she had won. “My goal is to be able to help South Africans and I believe that bringing widespread attention to the issues in the country is the first step to achieving that. Winning this award, as humbling as it is, enables me to do that. It will in turn bring new attention to the issues that matter. For that, I am eternally grateful and look forward to making a positive difference.” Riandra White of Standard Bank handed over the award for Woman in Business of the Year to Lisa MacLeod. Neleen Strauss came second in this category. MacLeod was honoured to receive the award, “Particularly at a time when there is so much focus on senior women in business, and drawing more senior female talent into the boardroom. I am returning to the FT from maternity leave in the early new year in a new role: as

Head of Operations for, so will be facing a new challenge as the newspaper industry moves to an increasingly digital reality. I am very excited and looking forward to it – and the award has really been the cherry on top of a wonderful year.” “It was an excellent event with a great collection of South Africans – which is always a lot of fun, and it’s so impressive to see how well they all do on the international stage. We should always be proudly South African,” she added. Janet Broadhurst accepted the award for Charity of the Year on behalf of FoodBank Foundation. As Christopher Whiting-Ayling of category sponsor Global Options presented her with the award, she said, “This award comes at a crucial time for FoodBank at the end of a very busy and exciting first year in London. It will help FoodBank increase its profile in the UK and underpin the amazing work that FoodBank is doing in South Africa as we embark on the next phase of our development. “This award ceremony provides a wonderful opportunity to network with South Africans and others who are committed to South Africa. This is a moment to be proud of being connected to South Africa,” said Broadhurst. All six winners received a year’s free membership of the SA Chamber of Commerce as part of their prize. After the ceremony, the guests continued mingling over some delicious canapés and South African wine and also had the chance to taste the decadent South African caramel and chocolate flavoured vodka liqueur, Lovoka. See a gallery of photos from the event at www.thesouthafrican. com/photos News


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DA vows to take Secrecy Bill fight to Constitutional Court Protection of Information Bill, passed on Thursday, ‘remains unconstitutional’


“THIS Bill in its current form remains inconsistent with the Constitution, and the DA therefore commits to continue to fight it. If need be, we will take this fight all the way to the Constitutional Court,” the Democratic Alliance has said in a statement released on Friday by DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko MP, DA Chief Whip Watty Watson MP and DA Member of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Alf Lees MP. The statement went on, “The NCOP ypassed the Protection of State Information Bill despite the objection of all opposition parties and civil society organisations. “During the deliberations on the bill in the Ad Hoc Committee, the DA pushed for the inclusion of a series of amendments, including: • A public interest defence • A strengthened public interest override • The removal of clause 1(4) which would allow the Bill to trump the Promotion of Access to Information Act • A sufficiently limited definition of “national security” • A review of sections pertaining to almost all offences (such as the possession and disclosure of classified information) • The removal of all minimum sentences. “Some important changes were proposed in the NCOP, due to the tireless efforts of opposition parties

and civil society. The ANC agreed to significant amendments which have resulted in exemption from prosecution for possession and disclosure but only for a limited number of exceptions. “Most importantly, the ANC also agreed to delete section 1(4) which would have allowed the Secrecy Bill to trump the Promotion of Access to Information Act and section 49 which would have meant that anyone in possession of state security information would have been guilty of a criminal offence. This was a great victory for media freedom in South Africa. “However, these proposals did not go far enough. The absence of a strengthened public interest defence clause will endanger whistleblowers of corruption and wrongdoing. While it is important to have legislation that seeks to classify some state information, this Bill will effectively enable government to hide corruption and other information it deems embarrassing. “The DA requires, in addition to the inclusion of a public interest defence clause and other amendments, that the following provisions be excluded: • minimum sentences; • provincial archives; and • ‘valuable’ information. “The DA will push hard for these changes to be made when the bill returns to the National Assembly next year. An Ad Hoc Committee must be established to consider the

changes made in the NCOP and propose further amendments. The DA will lobby ANC MPs and urge them to make the necessary changes to ensure Parliament is not undermined by passing unconstitutional legislation. “If this does not happen and all mechanisms available to us in Parliament have been exhausted, the DA will petition the President under section 79 of the Constitution to refer the Bill – after it is passed in the National Assembly – to Parliament for reconsideration of its constitutionality. “Should the President abdicate his constitutional responsibilities and sign this problematic bill into law, the DA will, through the Multi Party Forum, lobby MPs from other parties to join our petition to refer the law directly to the Constitutional Court as provided for in section 80 of the Constitution. “It is clear the ANC has been prepared to make some key changes to this bill during the NCOP process. We welcome their willingness to negotiate and consider proposals made by the opposition. But we must be clear: we will do everything possible to prevent the majority party from passing a bill which is unconstitutional. “This is our responsibility as Members of Parliament, who took an oath to uphold the constitution.”

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Have you been spotted? Chamber of Commerce hosts Bob Skinstad

by BYLINE NEEDED FORMER Springbok captain and Rugby World Cup winner Bob Skinstad was invited to speak at Sanlam’s London office as part of the Silicon Cape Initiative, a non-profit, community owned and driven movement for entrepreneurs, marketers and other

professionals in the South African IT industry. Bob spoke about his life as a professional rugby player and how it has shaped him in the business world. Photos

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South African film finding its feet The South African film industry, despite having a small fragmented audience and huge distribution issues abroad, is evidently growing and evolving its unique style and enjoying some national box office success

by SANDI THOMPSON SOUTH AFRICAN national cinema is relatively young, but rapidly evolving into something to be excited about, according to filmmakers and speakers at the African Film Cultures conference at the University of Westminster. “You’ve heard of Hollywood, and Bollywood – well the Cape Town industry is affectionately nicknamed ‘Skollywood’ by some”, says Mauritz Grundlingh of the AFDA, Film School South Africa ( Grundlingh, film producer and lecturer in Cape Town, teaches students to consider their audience when making a film, “What is the film saying? Can the audience relate?” French film for instance, is far easier to define than South African film. South African culture is so diverse and unique that it is difficult to pinpoint a common culture reflected in their national film. On the one hand, this is problematic because it means the audience is also “small and fragmented”, says Grundlingh. On the other hand this creates the perfect melting pot for original narratives, unique situations, complex characters and layered messages to be born. Mobile Technologies open doors for young filmmakers Technology is accessible and the cost relatively affordable for young filmmakers to generate poignant stories using digital equipment and exhibiting on multiple mobile platforms such as You Tube and Vimeo. In such, the industry is slowly evolving its voice. This means of production is encouraged by the AFDA, which has campuses in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and has recently announced the launch of its Durban campus. In her paper on Post-Apartheid Popular Film, Cara Moyer-Duncan of Emerson College notes that as the largest economy in the region, South Africa is sufficiently industrially developed to enable

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the dream of a viable film industry to become a reality for the first time. In recent years this burgeoning industry has produced a growing number of commercially successful films by both black and white filmmakers that held their own against, and in some cases even outperformed Hollywood films nationally. However, there are still real hurdles for international distribution. Films like Leon Schuster’s Mama Jack (2005), Ralph Ziman’s Jerusalema (2008), Jann Turner’s White Wedding (2009), Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi (2005) and Steven Silver’s The Big Bang Club (2011) have all enjoyed huge success at the box office. South African stories These films “take up local audiences as a primary concern and speak to the mood of the nation. In doing so, these popular films reveal a great deal about the state of contemporary South Africa,” says Moyer-Duncan. Though our filmmakers often make films with a strong social conscience, they are increasingly moving away from

the depressing ‘kitchen-sink’ narratives and instead re-packaging their message. Lizelle Bisschoff of the Africa in Motion Film Festival defines these semi-science-fictional films as ‘Speculative Narratives’ which imagine an alternative future or past for South Africa. A case in point is Neill Blomkamp’s internationally renowned District 9 (2009). At a screening of White Wedding Moyer-Duncan interviewed an audience member about his views on popular South African film: “These guys are telling South African stories, in our own languages, in which we can see ourselves.” Read about day one of the conference, focusing on African film: ‘African cinema evolving its voice’ on our website.


Classic prawn cocktail recipe

IN THE RUN up to Christmas, I thought I would start getting everyone in the swing of things and focus the next few weeks on all things Christmassy. This retro classic is one of the easiest dishes known to man. A brilliant combination and is the ever so classic Christmas dinner starter. If someone has an allergy to prawns then substitute it for tuna, it works just as well. Everyone loves it! Try serving it in a glass to give it more of a plated edge or keep it super retro and serve it in half an avocado. Either way, you can’t go wrong. So that’s one thing ticked off the to-do list!


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• In a medium size bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, Worchester sauce, Tabasco and lemon juice • Season well with salt and pepper • Add the smaller cooked prawns and put aside • Pull the baby gem leaves apart, put aside 8 of the smaller leaves and finely shred the remainder • Divide the shredded gem leaves on the bottom of 4 glass bowls • Top with a thin layer of avocado in each glass • Divide the marinated prawns in the glasses and sprinkle over a little paprika and the chives • To finish, place the large prawn on the top with 2 pieces of gem leaves and the lime wedge Top South African chef 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 TIME has come for the standard issue overcoat. Preferably black. You can be one those alternatives, choosing cerise or lime coats for the season of darkness, but I choose to melt in with the army of indigo. Black beret, black coat, black boots – by 4.30 in the afternoon I am practically invisible. Sad situation. Talking of the joys of London during the Olympics and Jubilee, whilst standing in the drizzle at Twickenham. Like a typical ‘when-we’ person, pathetically trying to explain to some hefty Springbok supporters from those sunny shores that life is not always so grim. They


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JAARLIKS met die aanbreek van die laaste naweek in November, skrik ek senuagtig wakker en weet sommer klaar dat ek die eerste Kersmarkte gemis het. Dis amper soos Crufts, die grootste hondeskou ter wêreld wat ons elke jaar belowe om te gaan kyk in Birmingham, net om (as ons gelukkig is) die laaste draaie van die honde op die tv te sien. Dan sê ons maar weer, volgende jaar kan ons dit nie mis nie, nie weer nie… Wel, ek weet nie of die probleem dalk is dat ek nog nooit ‘n volledige lys of rooster van al die Kersmarkte te vinde gekry het nie, een wat jou sê wanneer watse een waar begin, maar ek is seker selfs met so ‘n rooster sal jy steeds een mis, een wat jy graag sou wou bywoon. Twee jaar gelede was ek gelukkig genoeg om tussen ons gemorspos, ‘n Kersmark advertensie na Brugge in België en Lille in Frankryk raak te sien. Dit was oor ‘n naweek en was iets wat ons seker nooit sou vergeet nie, want nie net was dit fantasties om in jou eie taal in ‘n vreemde land met sy mense te praat nie, maar die weer was net reg vir rondloop in die nag. Die aande was donker en fris

scoffed and roared loudly, their little springbok caps (with the ears and eyes) bobbing up and down with mirth at my attempt. Their tummies bounced too. They were here for the rugby, the beers and the ‘boeregees’, but staying – not a chance. Eventually I gave up, sank deeper into now drenched coat, my hair plastered on my face, trying to remember if I had any fingertips. The cast of Les Miserables could not have created a more fitting spectre. My lips wobbled when they brought out the flag; tears at the anthem, darn it – English winters are like ‘go to jail cards’ when you think of summer, beaches and bikinis. Can deal with the cold. Loads of wine, snug jerseys, clinking radiators. Sorted. It is these early nights that close my throat sometimes. Makes me old and grumpy. Thoughts of going out are frowned upon in favour of endless ‘Christmas movies’ on television. By the eleventh one, I am master at Christmas script writing for films – sad creature plus bad creature, thrust together with elves and veritable shades of tinsel and voila, happiness in kitsch county. I get emotional about the John Lewis advertisement. What is happening, my inner altar screams! How am

I ever going to get through till March? We sit in the rain, chewing soggy droewors and Niknaks. The seats are so narrow I am practically bonded to the men beside me. Like ‘paddas’ in the mist we squat, hunched, chewing, drinking and yelling expert advice to the players. South Africa wins, just, but did we think they would fail? Our boys, those hunks of tan and muscle? Never! Leaving the stadium I can smell the boerewors rolls, the slither of smoke dissipating in the rain. The paddas hopped home. I was never going to convince those men last Saturday afternoon that life here can be good, even during winter. That I could have the boerewors, and the eggnog. I get to watch Christmas movies and go ice-skating in the park. Christmas is real, cold Christmas. As a fellow South African, living in London said: growing up in the Free State when it so seldom rained, he loves it when it rains here. When the sun does come, we become hopping bunnies rather than paddas. Optimism rules! What I did not say, is I sang both anthems; ‘N’kosi Sikelele’ and ‘God Save the Queen.’ Because I can.

maar helder verlig met al die bonte liggies en vriendelike gesigte, met reuke van vars kos en lekkernye wat rondhang en jou neus vul. Dit was ‘n fantastiese twee dae en ek sou graag wou teruggaan, maar ek mis elke jaar die bus. So vir ander mense ook bietjie markie-mal, hier is ‘n kort alfabetiese lysie van Kersmarkte in die VK en Europa. Bath (22 Nov – 9 Des) Ons het laasjaar dié mark besoek en het dit vreeslik geniet. Die kern van die 140 houtstalletjies sal weer op die gronde van die Bath Abbey wees, naby aan die Roman Baths. Birmingham (15 Nov – 22 Des) Birmingham se Frankfurt Kersmark is na 11 jaar die grootste buitelug Kersmark in die Land en lok besoekers van regoor die wêreld. Brighton (7 – 29 Des) “The Rare Brand” Kersmark sal dié jaar sy eerste verkyning in Brighton maak. Daar sal ook ‘n Germaanse mark tot die 29ste Desember wees en die ysskaatsbaan is reeds in volle swang. Brugge, België (25 Nov – 3 Jan) *Nie Kersdag Uit ondervinding kan ek dié mark aanbeveel. Die markplein word jaarliks in ‘n Ysskaatsbaan getransformeer, waar dit omring word met die mees interessantste klein winkelkies wat amper als onder die son verkoop. Lekkers en sjokolade is hier die groot trekpleister. Caerphilly, Wallis (8 – 9 Des) Dié een is op my lysie vanjaar, ietsie anders. Dit is ‘n Middeleeuse Kersmark met Middeleeuse stalletjies. Canterbury (23 Nov – 23 Des) ‘n Klein tradisionele mark wat

van juweliersware, handgemaakte speelgoed, glas ornamente vir jou boom tot unieke hoede vanaf Whitefriars Square, verkoop. Cardiff, Wallis (23 Nov – 23 Des) Kuns and Kunsflyt is die groot trekpleister, met geskenke wat strek van leer en pewter tot silver and hout. Padstow (7 – 9 Des) Dié klein dorpie, tuiste vir die bekende Chef Rick Stein, hou jaarliks ‘n hele fees gedurende die tydperk. Die fees is nie net bekend vir sy kos en demonstrasies deur Top Chefs nie, maar dra ook die erkenning as een van die Lonely Planet se top tien “Delightfully different Christmas markets in Europe”. Reims, France (23 Nov – 30 Des) 125 Klein houtstalletjies by die Place d’Erion en dit is hier jou kans om jou Sjampanje voorraad aan te vul. Winchester (22 Nov– 23 Des) Winchester Kersmark met sy jaarlikse 300 000 besoekers word vandag beskou as een van die bestes in Europa. Dit het ‘n fantasties ligging, hoë kwaliteit stalletjies en wonderlike atmosfeer. Dit is inderdaad ‘n besonderse mark en as ek mag voorstel, besoek dit in die aand. Die atmosfeer is fantasties en mens kan nie anders as om verwondered weg te stap nie. So daar het jy dit nou, ‘n kort onvolledige lysie, maar wees gewaarsku, beplan voor jy gaan. Maak seker jy het goeie stapskoene vir die dag, ‘n rugsak vir jou aankope en vir dié met sensitiewe oë, ‘n sonbril vir die liggies, maar mees belangrik, moenie jou beursie vergeet nie. Vat daai bodemlose een waarvan almal so droom.


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One of Maqhubela’s mosaics and Material Discourse (2012, oil on canvas) are two of the works currently on show at Louis Khela Maqhubela’s exhibition in London’s Art First gallery.

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UK-based South African artist Louis Khehla Maqhubela, who is currently presenting an exhibition of his latest work at Art First gallery in London, talks to us about his five decade career by JEREMY KUPER LOUIS MAQHUBELA started studying with Cecil Skotnes at his famous Polly Street art centre in Johannesburg when he was around 17 and still a schoolboy in Orlando. He recalls how he joined more than half a century ago, “through friends like fellow artist Ephraim Ngatane. “He’s the one who told me about Polly Street, because he was already attending. We happened to be close friends because we were neighbours and he was as interested in art as I was. Ephraim was still living in Shanty Town, close to Orlando West.” At Polly Street, Maqhubela met other artists like Lucas Sithole, Joe Maseko Ezrom Legae, Durant Sihlali and Sydney Khumalo. “We all met there, and a few others who are not known today because they gave up this art thing.” Sihlali also formed a group of painters who would would go out and paint in the township. Skotnes organised various

jobs and commissions for his students and one of his friends, Colin Goodman, was then in charge of the Housing Division in Johannesburg. Goodman gave the young Maqhubela a job producing artworks and mosaics. He remembers being shown around a big yard at the Housing Division and seeing all the discarded materials like tiles and piping. “The tiles were really from the suburbs, townships didn’t have bathrooms. That’s when I developed this idea of turning them into mosaics.” One of the labourers in the Housing Division would cut them into shapes for him. “I would just tell him the different sizes to cut for particular pictures.” “It wasn’t as easy as it looks. You know why, because you put it on upside down and the complete drawing won’t show until you finish the laying of the whole plate. At the back of the tiles as you know it’s white. So you more or less do it blind,” he explains. “You just lay on the cement and then after it’s dried this labourer would lay it up against the wall and then take off this metal frames that was on the metal plate, holding the tiles and the cement. And that’s the only time you begin to see how it has worked out.” As Maqhubela’s work progressed, he embraced a more abstract style. “I’ve always realised that doing abstract art, abstraction generally teaches you how to get rid of these restrictions that exist when you’re doing realistic work. Abstract art has no such restrictions. You are free,” he says… except perhaps less so in South Africa at that time. Leaving South Africa “Every artist who worked in townships like Soweto had to work in a four-roomed house… you know township houses they

call them matchbox houses. You have to do your work in one of the rooms in this matchbox house, where families are normally around,” explains Maqhubela. He needed a studio for space and to be able to produce larger scale works, and thought he could build one in the yard out the back. “And they [the authorities] told me, that’s not the policy of this country. They even told me as far as we’re concerned, there’s no such thing as a black artist.” “So being an artist was also a dodgy kind of work. Because you were not officially recognised. In fact, [you were] always in trouble with the authorities… You would say I’m an artist, and you’d spend a night in a cell. That’s where Mandela and his friends and colleagues, they helped us so much. Not me personally, but all the youngsters in Soweto.” “In 1966, that’s when I won the prize that got me abroad to see all the different countries in Europe. That’s where I realised how free other people were outside South Africa.” “Even blacks they could walk around at midnight in town without anybody asking them where are you going? That’s what was very exciting for me. I used to walk for miles at night, not even knowing where I was going. Just enjoying the freedom seeing policemen smiling at me – which was a shock to my system.” Fighting Apartheid He describes his fight against apartheid as being a subtle thing. And it had to be “in order to not to end up in John Vorster Square every time I produced a picture. Because that would definitely happen. In fact they would even stop me from being an artist because the galleries would boycott my work.” “It was generally accepted that

Louis Maqhubela with his painting Ndebele Gate (2010, oil on canvas) at the opening of his exhibition at Art First gallery.

a black person can never be an abstract artist, because their brains are not designed that way. They’re not capable of abstraction,” he tells me. “They’re too simple, too ignorant, too primitive. While at the same time, every white person in Europe was copying art from West Africa, which was abstract. But in South Africa they were saying a black person can never succeed in doing abstract things.” His current work is both abstract and in his words metaphysical, like his recent painting Material Discourse - a utopian vision of the future. His philosophy which guides him is unusual and he uses this to explain the meaning of this work. “In this world we wear these uniforms. You wear this pink uniform, you call yourself white.

I wear this brown uniform, I call myself black. But these are all uniforms, inside you are just the same,” he says. “You know Shakespeare says, the world is a stage. We come to earth to take part in this play and you decide before you get born what uniform you’re going to wear. Purely for your mission, what you’ve come to do.” “You’re conveyed through an explosion and each piece from this explosion became an entity with an ego – so we are all striving to go back to the source. It’s an evolution thing that needs your presence on earth to experience things that you are going to… You’ve already decided what coat you’re going to wear that’s aligned to the mission you are on.” My head is spinning. Maybe I’ve just landed.

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by JEREMY KUPER Is Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth sustainable? I think the resurgence in Africa at the moment is down to the availability of mineral resources and China’s desperate need for those resources… Tell us about Jubilee 2000 and what’s happened since. Jubilee 2000, a world-wide civil society campaign that I helped lead, resulted in the cancellation of about $100bn of debt in nominal terms – less in net present value terms – of 35 of the poorest countries. Most of these sovereign debtors were African. This debt was written off, first, by the Paris Club of creditors, and then by the World Bank and IMF. Countries like Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia all got substantial debt relief as a result of the efforts of millions of Jubilee 2000 campaigners. And what that really meant was that the debts they were due to repay in hard currency to foreign creditors, for say, the next 30 years, stayed at home. We know that some of the money saved was invested well – health and education in countries like Uganda and Tanzania. But the problem was that as soon as they were given the debt relief and were made more sustainable, both the big multilateral institutions, the IMF and in particular the World Bank, followed up with new loans. And then China piled in with new loans. Now there’s a difference between China’s lending and most loans made by official creditors from the west, in that Chinese tend print to Nedbank Golf loans Challenge be less conditional. Nevertheless, they represent a potential burden on those countries, because the loans ultimately have to be repaid in hard currency. And it’s the ability to earn that hard currency that determines whether or not a sovereign remains a ‘performing’ debtor. I had a lot of sympathy for the people of Nigeria, because much of the debt they were expected to repay was the result of loans made by western governments,

like Britain, to dictators. There was often very little evidence of the contractual arrangements around the loans and the public were often unaware of deals done behind closed doors. Naturally when these dodgy loans are made, creditors are unlikely to make them too public. In addition, movements in exchange rates could cause the value of the debt to rise (or fall). Often the outstanding debt rose well beyond the loans made, because of exchange rate movements, and the compounding of interest on unpaid debts. This meant that the debts just grew, and in the end bore no relation to the original loans. That’s the nature of debt, as we know. Do you think South Africa can effectively diversify? South Africa is of course in a strong position to diversify. But historically her commodities, which are immensely valuable and are limited, have sold at what are effectively low prices.

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I grew up in a small gold mining town (Welkom) in South Africa and we always believed that the gold beneath our feet was unlimited; that we would always be able to extract it. It turned out to be not so. And at that time (the 50s and 60s) I remember as a child asking my dad why the price of gold was fixed, while all other prices moved up and down? The point is this: South Africa

and indeed all African countries with valuable commodities have, over time, been paid very little for those valuable and scarce assets. And it’s been hard for them to diversify because western companies exploited those assets by adding value, and prevented (by way of control over technology, patents etc.) African entrepreneurs from doing the same. Take the example of chocolate. The people of Cote D’Ivoire grow cocoa, but big companies turn that cocoa into chocolate, and make it very hard for Ivoirians to add value within the country – and I think that applies across Africa. Not only have African leaders been too dependent for revenue on basic commodities, like Zambia’s copper, South Africa’s valuable minerals or Nigeria’s pure oil. But if they had wanted to diversify and add value they would have met stiff resistance from competing corporations and their western governments. So on the one hand, African leaders were perhaps too easily content with the revenues that rolled in for their oil, copper, gold, or diamonds. Without understanding, as for example Botswana has done, that they needed to do more to build a balanced economy. What about South Africa’s role as the new regional economic power? When I go to other countries in Africa I am stunned by the extent to which South Africans have engaged in those economies. If you visit Abuja [Nigeria] some of the best hotels are owned by South Africans. In Tanzania the beer company has been bought by SAB Miller, [who have] taken over almost all the breweries in Africa. And there is a degree of resentment towards South Africans. If you visit some of these countries it feels like South Africa is the new colonial power. So I think the extent to which SA companies have now taken root in other African countries must not be underestimated. The question becomes, when those South African companies repatriate their profits back home,




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whether or not those are affordable costs for poor countries that don’t have the hard currency reserves needed to ensure those kind of transfers can take place without unbalancing the exchange rate or indeed the economy. African countries, most of whom were heavily indebted, were obliged by their creditors to open up their economies well before they were ready to do so… I would prefer to see countries build up demand in their own domestic economies. And when they’re ready and prepared to open up their markets, to do so in a measured and sustainable way. Unfortunately debtor nations lose what is known in economic circles as ‘policy autonomy’ to their foreign creditors. As a result, they have little choice. Americans and Europeans have frequently dumped their excess agricultural exports on African countries, just to find outlets for these products. These same

western economies grew and developed behind protectionist barriers and when they were strong enough opened up. Africa was obliged, thanks to pressure from creditors operating through the IMF, to open up her economies, regardless of preparedness. In other words, most African economies have not gone through the processes western economies went through, in protecting and building up their home sectors, before facing competition from abroad. The three key pillars of any western economy are agriculture, textiles and housing/ construction. And these three sectors are the most protected in every rich economy. Not surprisingly, because they are the sectors that provide food, clothing and shelter for their people. Africa is denied that sort of protection… it’s just very unfair. Read the full interview on www.


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BULLET BIOGRAPHY Born: Cape Town High school: SACS Tertiary education: Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University Published books: • Boerejood (2005) • A Fisherman in the Saddle (2005) • A Day with an MP, with Jane Elizabeth Bowler (1981) Lives in: Sussex Career trajectory: • Journalist at Mid Sussex Times during 1980s • Set up own PR firm in mid1990s • Moved to Bonhams in 2002 • Currently Bonhams marketing director

How did you end up in the UK? After leaving school I went into the family business, Enterprise Bakeries, and sold biscuits for seven years all over South Africa, then did my national service in the army. At the age of 27, in the mid-1970s, I just felt, with what was happening politically, I would be asked to act on behalf of a government. Wearing a uniform with a gun in a township, or on the border or wherever, was something I was

deeply unhappy about. I decided to change course completely and study journalism at Rhodes among all these 18-yearolds and it was an interesting experience. I absolutely loved it. I met my wife Janice Warman there, she was another journalism student. At the end of our three years we married and went to Europe on honeymoon. We arrived here in February 1980 and found work in Sussex as journalists. After five years we achieved permanent residence and a couple of years later we became British citizens. Janice moved to the BBC and I started my own PR consultancy called Bendigo Communications, which I ran for 10 years. I had some interesting clients: Virgin Atlantic, Black Horse Agencies and Robert Brooks, who was running the car department at Christie’s. After about 10 years, Robert Brooks [now Bonhams chairman] made me an offer about whether I’d come to Bonhams, to look after press and marketing for the company. And it’s been fascinating. Bonhams was the fourth largest UK auction house. And in just over a decade, Robert has driven the company to being the third largest auction house in the world, which has been a hugely exciting thing to be a small part of. And each day brings its own fascination. We are now operating in 27 countries on five continents, so rather like the old British Empire, this is an empire on which the sun

never sets. Tell me a bit about the books you’ve written South Africans and fools rush in where angels fear to tread. And you know, if I have a philosophy it’s ‘Fail trying’. I’ve ridden all my life, that’s my great passion. I live near Ashdown Forest, and that’s been my riding country… Pooh Bear country. Anyway I had to have this horse put down, the first horse I’ve ever had to have shot and that so upset me I thought I’d write about it as a cathartic exercise. I shared that with a few people and my sister suggested I do a similar piece about each of the horses that have been in my life, and I did. Just as a sort of a fun exercise. I then started writing about my other great passion: fishing. I’ve been fortunate enough to have fished with my dad in some of the most amazing parts of the Cape where we had a fishing shack on the mouth of the Breede River about 180 miles north of Cape Town and a little bit beyond that at a place called Hammerkop. And I wrote about this extensively. South African Country Life magazine serialised sections of the manuscript. Jacana Books approached me to turn my riding and fishing pieces into a book, called A Fisherman in the Saddle. A couple of years later, having travelled as one does, backwards and forwards to South Africa to see family and friends the whole basis on which I had left SA was turned on its head. So I was amazed and really could not understand how that emotional, intellectual leap had been made in Afrikaners. And the book that became titled Boerejood is an incomplete, haphazard attempt to try and understand that process. The Afrikaner had moved away from being what he was in the Boer War to being a middle class yuppie with a BMW and a swimming pool and wasn’t going to abandon that for a life in the bush. I wasn’t quite sure how this book was going to be received, particularly by the Afrikaans community. The problem with being a Boerejood and being someone who loves language is that I feel passionately about the survival of Afrikaans, as I would about an Amazonian language. I’m one of these lucky people, having decided to not sell biscuits anymore and to write for a living, for whom the writing has always

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Dubrovnik, Croatia, is well known as a mecca for tourists in the busy summer months, however, the low-season offers a unique opportunity to discover the city’s hidden gems without the crowds by NICOLE CROWLEY TWO weeks ago I had the poor judgement to log on to the Huffington Post. What I saw hardly filled my winter socks with warmth: “UK Weather: Wild Winter On The Way With Forecasters Predicting Snow And Sub Zero Temperatures.” Fortunately, I happened to be reading the headlines from the Luton airport lounge, smugly en route to Dubrovnik, which famously boasts 300 days of Croatian sunshine each year. It was au revoir rain boots. The Great Escape While Dubrovnik has rightfully earned its crown as a summer tourist goldmine, the reality of a sunshine escape in November is perhaps slightly ambitious. However, one need not be deterred. Many of the summer travel stresses – heightened prices, unbearable heat, over-crowding and heavy queues – are alleviated during the low season, presenting a unique opportunity to soak up the local culture and explore the country’s ancient history at your own pace. Return flights to Dubrovnik from London Luton came in at just under 140 pounds, while Old Town Ivory Apartments in the heart of the city (highly recommended) were a steal at 168 pounds per person for three nights. I gave Google a quick run for its money and found many of the cities summer-famed attractions - Dalmatian beaches, brunches at the Gradska Kavana, two kilometres of city walls, boat trips along the angelic archipelago and cocktails in the city’s best bars - could all still be enjoyed. The words that had burned my retinas, “Britain is not expected to have a mild winter” seemed to melt away. Touching down in Dubrovnik’s only airport, the first big adjustment is the currency conversion. While most of the country accepts Euros, the national currency is the Croatian Kuna. Calculating in advance how much Kuna you get for your hard-earned pound is advised. Once I realised 1 Kuna (HRK) is approximately only 0.10 GBP, withdrawing 1200HRK didn’t seem too extreme, 35HRK for a

shuttle into Dubrovnik Old Town seemed reasonable and 12HRK for a Coke Zero didn’t seem so absurd. As they promise, Dubrovnik is extremely well priced. From up high The quickest and easiest way to become acquainted with the city is to take the Zicara Cable Car to the top of the Srd Hill. For 87HRK return (alternatively, you can trek down the hill in good conditions), you will be transported to one of the highest viewing points and rewarded with panoramic views of the entire Old City of Dubrovnik, the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, and numerous islands. Admittedly, the summer months do equate to clearer days and clearer views. However, despite some fog on the day, the enormity of history and culture that fills the ancient walls and stretches out below will not fail to impress. Although there isn’t much at the top of Srd Hill to write home about (a small shop and café where the cable car arrives), the War Museum is a definite must. Just a short walk away, the Old Fortress currently houses an incredible exhibition packed with information on war in the region. Another stamp in the passport While a day of rain delivered a blessing in the form of no queues or crowds, it also meant that many of the boat tours famous for island hopping shenanigans and glass bottomed bliss were not running due to poor weather and low capacity. Not to despair. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the geographical proximity of Dubrovnik to neighbouring countries Bosnia and Montenegro, and grab a bargain on a day tour. As Dubrovnik lies perfectly on the southern tip of Croatia, all you need is your passport and a full day to pop over the border further south into Montenegro. We snapped up a 12-hour tour for 360HRK (or approximately 48 Euro). Perhaps one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, the coastal drive into Montenegro is well worth the 8am departure, producing scenes

of exceptional natural beauty. The bus routinely stops for some stunning photo opportunities; small villages with terracotta roofs adorning the foothills of beautiful mountains from across the lake. Just a few kilometres up, a guided tour presents the medieval town of Kotor, which is enclosed by stunning lakes (crystal green even in the cooler months) and stone wall fortresses (a Unesco World Heritage Site). A little further south, the bus drives along the bay offering passing views of Sveti Stefan, an exclusive resort occupying an entire small island. Budva is next on the agenda, Montenegro’s main town developed around a small peninsula. While in summer Budva is infamous for its over-crowded beaches, never-ending nightlife and carnival atmosphere, autumn resulted in a rather different impression, with mellow walks along the marina, yacht watching and a fresh seafood finale. Panorama with a difference Of course, no trip to Dubrovnik should be complete without a stroll around the Dubrovnik City Walls, the second UNESCO World Heritage site to tick off the list. For 70HRK, a walk through the 1,940m of uninterrupted paths, forts and towers is by far the most inspiring way to connect with the history and culture of the Mediterranean. The walls date back to the 13th century and are an average of six metres thick, providing tourists with 360-degree panorama of the deep blue Adriatic, surrounding islands and an entire overview of the hilltop town. Spend an hour or more exploring the crevices and forts, and your fitness will thank you as much as your camera. Although summer has its perks, avoiding destinations heralded as tropical hotspots until June and July really has little merit. Dubrovnik has plenty to offer during the quieter months and why not discover the “Jewel of the Adriatic” while prices are reasonable, the heat is controlled, crowds are low and the city’s beauty is still shining.

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of all, lost opportunity,” the report said. The dossier also stated that the scale of the illegality was “mind-blowing”, and would “compromise most of the diamond markets of the world”. In his 2012 budget the finance minister Tendai Biti said that he had been promised $600 million in diamond revenue to help fund development in public services, but that only a quarter of the amount pledged had materialised. Meanwhile, records state that 10 million carats of Marange diamonds were recently sold to Dubai for $600 million. The report by PAC said that this price was artificially low; the same stones were sold for twice the price when

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2012 Boks: a slowmaturing vintage?

WHEN speculation was ended in January about the identity of the Springboks’ new coach, it was with much relief that the name of the highly successful former Bulls’ coach Heyneke Meyer was revealed. After four turbulent years under the helm of Peter de Villiers, many fans were baying for Meyer – who was passed up for the job in 2008 – to be installed as the new mentor, and deliver that magical wand kind of stuff that Bok fans expect of a new coach. It is now almost a year later, and a time of reflection on Meyer’s first year in charge, and in all honesty, nothing should be a surprise to any of us, as the Boks played 12 Tests, won seven of them, lost three and drew two, for a winning percentage of a rather disappointing 58.33%. With a new skipper as well in the form of Stormers’ centre Jean de Villiers, 2012 was always going to be a year of rebuilding for the Boks, as a new coaching staff was also appointed and a raft of new players filling the boots of some very experienced names such as

John Smit, Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw. Meyer was also hampered by injuries to key players such as Bismarck du Plessis and Schalk Burger. The Boks played the entire year with an outdated gameplan with a Bulls’ blueprint written all over it, which, if you consider his coaching staff is almost entirely from the Pretoria region, should not have been a surprise to us. Meyer persisted with flyhalf Morné Steyn, whose goal-kicking was woefully shy of his usual high standards, and the Boks drew and lost matches they should have won had Steyn had his radar on. He also made some other glaring selection errors, such as playing the out-of-depth Jacques Potgieter and Dean Greyling. However, we should look to take some positives from the year, and while most believe that the Boks’ dinosaur-tactics were dull and uninspiring, Meyer is simply showing yet again that he is a builder of teams, rather than a quick-fix type of coach. One only has to remember he was fired twice from his Bulls job, before returning for a third stint and creating a dynasty at the union for the better part of a decade. Meyer started the year with a 2-0 series win over England, who had returned to form in the Six Nations, and the Boks also recorded a five-try demolition job of a hapless Wallabies in Pretoria, as well as a clean sweep trip of the UK and Ireland at the end of the year, moving up to second place from fourth on the IRB World

Rankings. Furthermore, he unearthed future Springbok greats in the form of Eben Etzebeth, Marcell Coetzee, Johan Goosen, Elton Jantjies, Jaco Taute and Duane Vermeulen – all players who will be central to the 2015 World Cup campaign. Bath flank Francois Louw was a revelation in the fetcher role, while Bryan Habana also emphatically returned to form, scoring seven tries, and taking out the SA Rugby player of the year award. What is also most notable of Meyer’s first year in charge is that towards the end of the season, the

Boks were winning games when having to dig deep and come from behind or maintaining a lead. This can simply be put down to their defence, which is now right up there as one of the best in the rugby world. There is lots to ponder for Meyer in the new year, but also lots with which to work, as the Boks seek to claw back some ground in the chasing pack behind the World Champion All Blacks. But the Boks seem to be a slow-maturing vintage, and their harvest is perhaps another season or two away yet.

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Habana receives IRPA Try of the Year award

by ROB FLUDE STAR Springbok wing Bryan Habana claimed the annual International Rugby Players Association’s (IRPA) Try of the Year for 2012. His spectacular score against the All Blacks in Dunedin during the inaugural Castle Rugby Championship was voted the best effort during the year, beating three other nominations, namely New Zealand’s duo Hosea Gear and Julian Savea and Frenchman Julien Malzieu. Habana, 29, becomes the second Springbok to win the prestigious award following compatriot Jaque Fourie taking out the same honour in 2009 for his match-turning try during the second Test against the British & Irish Lions at Loftus Versfeld. The judging panel consisted of Fourie, former All Black fullback Mils Muliaina, former IRB Player of the Year Shane Williams of Wales and Japan’s Daisuke Ohata, the leading try-scorer in Test Rugby. The try by Habana was also named as the try of the year at the recent SA Rugby awards, to go along with his accolade of SARU’s player of the year this season.

The try itself occurred seven minutes into the second half, when Habana burst full-speed onto a pass from flank Francois Louw following a lineout. The winger chipped ahead, the ball came off the side of his boot, but his sheer pace meant he was able to gather on the bounce to score in the corner and briefly give the Boks the lead. “Scoring a try against the All Blacks is always special, but scoring against them in New Zealand is even more special,” said Habana, who has performed that very same feat twice before, in 2005 in Dunedin and 2008 in Wellington. He has also scored against the World Champions five times in his stellar career. “I really enjoyed getting across the try-line in Dunedin – contributing to the success of the team and also lifting the spirits of my teammates.” “Winning this award is very special and hopefully I can continue scoring tries for the Springboks for a very long time.” Habana, who made his Springbok debut in 2004 against England at Twickenham, is the Springboks’ leading try-scorer with 47 tries from 83 Tests.



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by JEREMY BORTZ HASING what would have been a world record 632 to win the third and final Test at the WACA in Perth, Australia was dismissed for 322 on the fourth day, as the Proteas recorded a famous Test and series win Down Under. Having won the toss on Friday and electing to bat, the Proteas would have not been particularly happy with their first innings effort of 225 on a fairly good batting strip. At one stage, though, even 200 looked improbable after the Proteas slumped to 75 for six just after lunch. Once again it was Faf du Plessis who rescued the Proteas, scoring his third consecutive score over fifty to end the innings unbeaten on 78. He was ably supported by Robin Peterson, who scored 31, Vernon Philander, who chipped in with 30, and number 11 Morne Morkel, who made 17. The never-say-die Proteas hit back immediately with the ball, taking two wickets before close of play on the first day. Unlike the previous two Tests where the bowlers bowled well in spurts but were unable to apply pressure for long periods of time, the

pace trio of Dale Steyn, Morkel and Philander applied consistent pressure and bowled with great discipline to reduce the home side to 140 for eight before Peterson wrapped up the tail, claiming the final three wickets in five overs and giving the Proteas a more than handy 62-run lead. Unbelievably, the Aussies were all out just before tea on day two. Banishing all memory of the first innings, the Proteas set out to dominate the Aussies and stamp their authority on the match and the series. The Proteas pair of captain Graeme Smith and number three Hashim Amla showed scant regard for the Aussie bowlers, scoring over 200 runs in the final session, a first for any Proteas team. Smith was out for a fine 84 just before the close of play, but Amla continued his imperious run of form on day three, recording his 18th Test century and going to over 1,000 runs for the 2012 calendar year. He eventually fell just four runs short of what would have been his fourth Test doublehundred. Vice-captain and wicket-keeper AB de Villiers was back to his best, going to his 14th Test century

with three consecutive reverse sweeps off Australian spinner Nathan Lyon. De Villiers, who hadn’t scored a Test 50 in nine innings, ended all speculation about whether the wicketkeeping had been affecting his batting, and finished with 169 off only 184 balls. The Proteas were eventually all out for 569 in only 111 overs, leaving the Australians a hefty 632 in just over two days to win the Test. Peterson, who hasn’t played a Test for South Africa in just over four years, picked up another three wickets, including opposition captain Michael Clarke and the retiring Ricky Ponting, to add to his brilliant all-round performance thus far in the match. Steyn picked up three sticks, and Morkel and Philander a couple each to finish off the Australian resistance well before the end of the fourth day’s play. Before the series, Smith spoke about creating a legacy, and by winning their second consecutive series Down Under, it should be the start of one for this Proteas team. Sport

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