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21 - 28 May 2013

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A VISA FOR UK VISITORS TO SA? SA Home Affairs minister hints that it may be time to make visas compulsory for all tourists from the UK, following stalled talks on visa-free travel to Britain

by STAFF REPORTER

DIPLOMATIC relations between South Africa and Britain appear to be slightly strained at the moment. Following the announcement that Britain would withdraw foreign aid to South Africa, along with ‘no movement’ on South Africa’s visa status, Home Affairs minister Naledi Pandor has hinted that South Africa may hit back by making visas compulsory for UK visitors. The South African government said in February that it was sufficiently confident of the security of its passport system that it has approached British authorities to negotiate the possible reinstatement of South Africa’s visa-free status. The UK revoked this status in 2008 after rampant corruption in the Department of Home Affairs saw officials issue passports to foreign criminals, increasing the risk of suspected terrorists entering the UK via South Africa. According to City Press, Pandor told MPs in Parliament, “We had been given a promise that following the (London) Olympics, there would be a focus on whether this visa requirement can be lifted. There hasn’t been any movement and I think the time has come for us to consider reciprocity,” she said. For the last five years thousands of South Africans have had to pay for costly visas to come on business trips, holidays or to

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visit family here. Diplomatic and official passport holders also need visas. It costs about R1 180 for a shortterm visitor’s visa. The Department of Home Affairs has taken “drastic steps” over the last five years to root out corruption and redesign the security features of passports, Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni said. “We now have one to the world’s safest passports that cannot be forged. The process of issuing passports is more credible and has stringent checks and balances to ensure applicants are genuinely South African,” Apleni said. He said South Africa had followed best international practice to monitor travellers’ movements at all its entry and exit points. At OR Tambo International Airport the fingerprints of every traveller using a South African passport are checked against the national population register to ensure that the passport holder is a South African citizen. If South Africa decides to implement a ‘tit-for-tat’ visa regime, UK visitors – including government officials and diplomats – would have to apply for visas. This would be likely to affect the number of tourist arrivals from one of South Africa’s biggest markets, with more than 438,000 visitors last year - a 4.2% increase from the previous year. continued on page 2

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KNOW YOUR DA, SAYS LINDIWE: Ahead of South Africa’s 2014 elections, Lindiwe Mazibuko, Democratic Alliance Parliamentary Leader, will give a number of addresses in London this week as part of the DA’s effort to conscientise voters to its anti-apartheid credentials. More on page 2.

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hell South Africans go through for visas. But let’s be honest. Because of a bruised ego, we decide to [mess] with one of the only things keeping us going - tourism. By doing this, South Africa is playing with fire. We need them here spending their money.”

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THE Democratic Alliance (DA) has recently launched its Know Your DA campaign ahead of South Africa’s 2014 elections. This week the party’s parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko will make a short visit London. Her public engagements include two business breakfasts and a lunchtime talk at Chatham House. On Wednesday 22 May 1pm at Chatham House, Mazibuko will discuss the DA’s success in recent elections, its priorities and role in parliament, and perspectives on the economic, social and political challenges confronting South Africa. Register your interest to attend on www.chathamhouse.org On Thursday 23 May at 8am, hear from this passionate homecomer and active citizen about South Africa’s amazing potential. The breakfast is hosted by Homecoming Revolution will be held at KPMG’s London office in EC4Y. Limited places available. RSVP to info@ homecomingrevolution.co.za On Friday 24 May at 9am Mazibuko will address a South African Chamber of Commerce business breakfast at BDO LLP on the consequences of Britain’s recent announcement that it will be cutting foreign aid to South Africa. Limited places available. Register on www.southafrican chamber.co.uk/events

About Lindiwe Mazibuko Mazibuko was born in Swaziland and grew up in KwaZulu-Natal. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a BA in French, Classics & Media from the University of Cape Town, and a BA Honours in Political Communication. She became interested in politics after she moved to England to study. When the September 11 terrorist attacks happened she was disturbed by the way Muslims were negatively portrayed and this reminded her of apartheid South Africa. At the same time, she began to look at South Africa from afar, which changed her view of the role government should play in people’s lives. Mazibuko first got involved with the DA when she chose Helen Zille as the subject for her honours dissertation and discovered that the party’s policies were very much in sync with her own political vision. After completing her postgraduate degree she was employed first as a researcher then as media officer for the DA, before being elected to Parliament in 2009. In October 2011, Mazibuko was elected as the DA’s Parliamentary Leader and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly making her the youngest black woman leader in the history of the party’s parliamentary caucus.


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Prof Cyril Karabus finally welcomed back to SA

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Around 100 people awaited Prof Cyril Karabus’s long-awaited arrival in Cape Town on Friday; many were wearing t-shirts bearing the doctor’s name and messages of support

by SHANNON CLARK

AFTER a nine month long ordeal, Professor Cyril Karabus was welcomed back to South Africa on Friday by cheers, balloons and banners from his family, friends, colleagues, members of the public and even a band. Karabus, a specialist paediatric oncologist, had been held in detention in Abu Dhabi since August 2012 after he was found guilty in absentia on charges of manslaughter and fraud following the death of a three-year-old patient that he had been treating for leukaemia in 2002. Prof Karabus had initially been acquitted in a criminal court in March once a medical review committee had given a statement in which they said that the cancer patient that he had been treating had not died due to his negligence. The prosecution appealed against this decision, as based on international guidelines the life support had been turned off before the patient was able to be considered as brain dead. Despite an unexpected turn of events when the Abu Dhabi appeals court acquitted Karabus of all charges on 21 March, his return home was delayed because he was still listed on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) database as a fugitive from justice. Once this had been resolved

Karabus received his passport, but faced further delays as his visa had the wrong dates of entry to the UAE meaning that it would appear as if he had stayed in the country illegally for a period of time. Karabus was finally able to board the Emirates Flight EK772 on Friday morning without any more problems and the plane left Dubai to head to Cape Town International Airport in the early hours of the morning. International Relations Deputy Minister Marius Fransman was waiting to greet the doctor and Karabus took part in a press conference at the airport at which he said,“It’s a relief to be home after the uncertainty of his time in the United Arab Emirates.” At the conference Sekunjalo Investments chairman Iqbal Survé said that the simple, yet essential, point was that Karabus was innocent. Karabus’s lawyer Michael Bagraim went on to praise the media for keeping the issue highlighted to the public. He said, “We take our freedoms in South Africa for granted. As a lawyer, I am used to a process and getting a result. We couldn’t get that there. It was the press that kept the issue alive.” Around 100 people had come to await Karabus’s arrival in the airport; many of them were wearing T-shirts printed the doctor’s

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www.southafricanremovals.com name and messages of support. A group of Cape minstrels even broke out into song, leading to the SA Zionist Federation members grabbing hands and continuing to dance around in circles as the plane came down the runway. Karabus believes that his release from the UAE is as a result of the huge amount of support he has received from South Africa and stated that he “really must thank everybody” because the ”support has just been fantastic.”

Annie Lennox to perform at Tutu’s Templeton Prize Ceremony

by STAFF REPORTER

DESMOND Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, will be presented with the 2013 Templeton Prize at a ceremony in London’s Guildhall on Tuesday 21 May starting at 5pm. The £1.1 million award has been made in recognition of Tutu’s lifelong work in advancing spiritual principles such as love and forgiveness which have helped to liberate people around the world. The award will be presented by Heather Templeton Dill representing the John Templeton Foundation. The event will be attended by dignitaries from the Anglican Church, leaders from other faiths, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, members of both Houses of Parliament and distinguished individuals and representatives from charities and campaigning groups for Africa.

Musical performers at this year’s ceremony will include British singer-songwriter Annie Lennox who received an OBE two years ago for her charity work fighting AIDS and poverty in Africa. She is married to South African gynaecologist and philanthropist Mitch Besser. Also appearing will be American Grammy award-winning composer Eric Whitacre, leading his own choir in a performance of his celebrated work ‘Lux Aurumque’. Members of the London African Gospel Choir will add their own mixture of song and dance to the live entertainment. Established in 1972 by late global investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, the Templeton Prize is a cornerstone of the John Templeton Foundation’s international efforts to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and

ultimate reality. The Templeton Prize has been the world’s largest annual monetary award given to an individual for the past 40 years. Tutu joins a distinguished group of 42 former recipients including last year’s Laureate, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. It celebrates living persons who have made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. In response to the Templeton Prize announcement last month Tutu said, “When you stand out from the crowd it’s usually because you are being carried on the shoulders of others. I want to acknowledge all the wonderful people who accepted me as their leader at home and so to accept this prize in a representative capacity.”


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Annual UCT-UK Alumni Reception at Fishmongers Hall, London

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THE speakers at the annual University of Cape Town Alumni reception held at Fishmongers Hall in London were vice-chancellor Dr Max Price and distinguished UCT alumnus Lord Hoffmann, who attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, was appointed Queen’s Counsel and has served as a Judge of the High Court and Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

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Vier Afrikaans in Holland met Kramer, Krog en vriende Na die sukses van die eerste fees in 2011, vind die tweede ‘Festival voor het Afrikaans’ in Nederland plaas op 13 Junie in De Melkweg in Amsterdam en van 14 tot 16 Junie 2013 in die Theater aan het Spui in Den Haag by STAFF REPORTER

VAN 13 tot en met 16 Junie word die Afrikaanse Fees in Den Haag en Amsterdam gehou. Op die Afrikaanse Fees tree die beste name uit die Afrikaanse en Nederlandse musiek-, literatuur-, film- en kabaretwêreld op. Hier is jou kans om hulle buite SuidAfrika en Namibië te sien! Boodskappers sal op Donderdagaand 13 Junie in die Amsterdamse Melkweg die bruisende begin wees van die Festival voor het Afrikaans 2013. Hierdie aand word mede moontlik gemaak deur MK. Laat jouself deur akrobate en dansers na die dramatiese, maar tegelyk ook meesleurende atmosfeer van die straatteaterkultuur voer. Bring jou boa saam, dra ‘n dieremasker, sit blinkers in jou hare, of dra daardie neonpruik wat nog iewers agter in jou kas lê… Verras jouself en word verras. Beleef soos nog nooit tevore nie, ‘n vertoning met Suid-Afrikaanse rock, hiphop en rap. ‘n Deel van die opbrengs van die kaartjiesverkope word gedoneer aan Orange Babies. Omdat geen enkele kind dit verdien om met HIV gebore te word nie. Kunstenaars wat aan hierdie besondere aand meewerk is Bittereinder, Van Coke Kartel, Jack Parow en Wambüseun. Kaartjies is al beskikbaar op die webwerf van De Melkweg.

Program Vrydag 14 Junie (openingsaand) Radio Kalahari Orkes (musiek) Emo Adams (kabaret/musiek) David Kramer se Karoo (musiek) Gert Vlok Nel (musiek) Dagprogram Saterdag 15 Junie Helena Hettema m.m.v. Niel Rademan (kabaret; musiek) My Naam Is Ellen Pakkies (toneel) Gerard van Maasakkers (musiek) Antjie Krog (literatuur; poësie) Die Verraaiers (speelfilm; regie: Sallas de Jager) Theater aan de Braak (toneel) Luna Paige (musiek) Die program word nog aangevul met meer film en dokumentêre Aandprogram Saterdag 15 Junie Radio Kalahari Orkes (musiek) Gert Vlok Nel (musiek)

Dagprogram Sondag 16 Junie Emo Adams (kabaret) Niel Rademan (musiek) Etiënne van Heerden (literatuur) My Naam Is Ellen Pakkies (toneel) Ronelda Kamfer (poësie) Die Wonderwerker (speelfilm, regie: Katinka Heyns) Theater aan de Braak (toneel) Christoff Beukes (musiek) Aandprogram Sondag 16 Junie Stef Bos (musiek) David Kramer se Karoo (musiek) Die Karoo Kafee sal die middelpunt van die Afrikaanse fees wees. Die foyer van die Theater aan het Spui sal omgetower word in ‘n markplein. Hier sal ‘n mens alles kan vind, wat mense nie sommer op ‘n verhoog kan aanskou nie. Vol trots

bied ons daarom die Karoo Kafee aan: Suid-Afrikaans ete, kuns en ontwerp, boeke en CD’s en ‘n oop podium! Die ruimte sal stylvol ingerig word met kuns van From Africa with love, Carina Claassens, Francois de Plessis en Us two design. Boonop sal die fees met egte Suid-Afrikaanse spyseniering spog. Die Suid-Afrikaanse restourant, Tjing TjingTjing Tjing uit Amsterdam sal vars boerewors maak, maar daar sal ook soet suksesnommers soos malvapoeding of koeksisters wees om van te geniet! In die naweek sal daar in die middag ‘n wynproe georganiseer word. Weens die feit dat die fees in twee teaters plaasvind, gebeur die aanlyn-kaartjieverkoop ook via twee verskillende webwerwe. Kaartjies vir die dele van die Afrikaanse Fees in Den Haag kan

u op die webwerf van die Theater aan het Spui (theateraanhetspui. nl) koop. Kaartjies vir die rock-konsert in Amsterdam kan u op die webwerf van De Melkweg (melkweg. nl) koop. U kan u kaartjies ook telefonies reserveer of by die kassa’s van beide teaters koop. Wen! Ons gee vyf paar kaartjies vir albei venues na gelukkige lesers weg. Skryf aanlyn in of neem die QRkode op u foon af. Inskrywings sluit Vrydag 31 Mei. Win! We have five pairs of tickets to give away to the festival (both venues). Enter online or scan the QR code. Entries close Friday 31 May. thesouthafrican.com /winprizes

Dear Reader sings her way home with haunting new album Rivonia by GRANT MOWATT

CHERILYN MacNeil, also known as Dear Reader, has just released her third album called Rivonia, named after the Johannesburg neighbourhood in which she grew up. I spoke to Cheri to find out how Rivonia came into being. The album is partly based around the arrests of struggle icons in Rivonia. What was the inspiration? Actually just one song is about the arrests in Rivonia – ‘Took Them Away’. What happened is I moved to Berlin, and being so far away from home gave me a fresh perspective on my homeland. And on top of that, people here asked me a lot of questions about South Africa, especially its politics and history, and I was embarrassed by how inadequately I could answer those questions. I realised that I was actually really ignorant about my own country, so I started reading up on South African history. I also started reading Long Walk to Freedom, which I had been meaning to read for ages. ‘Took Them Away’ was directly inspired by Nelson Mandela’s account of that story in his autobiography. And I was finding so many other incredible stories while I was reading.

Historical accounts are obviously really factual and dry, but between the lines everything was really dripping with drama, and I started imagining the characters, and how they might have thought or felt. So I got the idea to write a whole album about South Africa. But it was something I was really nervous about, and I was also unsure whether it was something that could work at all. So I actually didn’t tell anybody what I was working on for a long time, just in case it turned out to be a horrendous idea and then I could just quietly sweep it under the carpet. Obviously I was also nervous because I had the feeling that nobody would want to hear this stuff from me – a white, middle-class South African. I felt like maybe these weren’t my stories to tell. But it is also exactly those feelings of guilt and not belonging that made me really want to write this album. It was a really personal endeavour, something I principally did for myself.

How do you think people back in South Africa are going to react to this album? I have absolutely no idea. I’m quite nervous about it actually. It was released in South Africa last week

(a bit later than in Europe) so I’ve yet to receive any proper feedback from down south. I have a constant anxiety about this project – that it will offend or hurt somebody inadvertently. I know that it is inevitably flawed, and couldn’t be anything but incomplete. But I hope that it will be the start of a discussion of sorts. I guess that wouldn’t be a bad thing. You are signed to German label City Slang and you perform throughout continental Europe. When will fans in the UK see Dear Reader perform here? We plan to be in the UK in the autumn. People can keep an eye on our websites for more info: www.dearreadermusic.com www.facebook.com/ dearreadermusic


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Three of my favourite Chenin Blancs

THE Chenin Blanc grape was until recently (1965) known in South Africa as Steen (not Stein – a wine style). It was called Steen

for many years and thought to have only grown in the Cape. Today both names are accepted and we should remember that they are the same grape. It is widely grown in South Africa and makes up about 17%-20% of total vine plantations in South Africa. It is an exceptionally versatile grape and can make wines that differ tremendously in style – from dry and fruity to pudding wines!

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Most commonly found as single varietal otherwise a part of a blend; it brings forward aromas and flavors of tropical fruit. In the Swartland a number of producers are using more and more oak to ferment and mature their Chenin in. Here are three of my favorites: Secateurs Chenin Blanc, Badenhorst Family Wines 2011 Wow! A wonderful-ly crafted wine by Adi Badenhorst made from old Chenin bush vines. Fresh, with loads of green citrus and floral aromas. A richness on the palette balanced superbly with just enough acidity that lingers

in the mouth. revolutionwines. co.uk Alheit Cartology 2011 A barrel fermented version of Chenin Blanc made by husband and wife team Chris and Suzaan Alheit. Old Chenin bush vines throw fruit and richness at you from the glass. Elegance on the palate with lovely subtle subtropical fruit, followed by some wonderful creaminess and typical acidity. I can’t wait for my next glass! thesavanna.co.uk

Mullineux Family White 2011 A blend of 65% Chenin Blanc, 26% Clairette and 9% Viognier. Brilliantly clear yellow in colour, this wine has a nose of minerals, limes, spiciness and a floral perfumed perfection. A full richness followed by a flinty flavor. Delicious! domainedirect.co.uk Louis Holtzhausen is a lecturer for the Cape Wine Academy London. Contact him at info@capewineacademy.co.uk

Alheit Farm on the Hemen-en-Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay, Western Cape

Duet of chocolates ‘fondant’ and white chocolate ice cream

THE visual effects of a dark, bitter chocolate ‘sponge’ with a liquid white centre is something to behold and savour. The first forkful, breaking through the fondant is like finding a present that’s hidden away, just for you. A glass of Klein Constantia ‘Vin de Constance’ is the recommended pairing. Yield: 12. Ingredients: 5 Whole eggs, 5 Egg yolks, 125g Castor sugar, 250g Unsalted butter, 250g 70% Chocolate Amedei Chuao®, 50g Plain flour, 50g Cocoa powder – for dusting 250g White chocolate – broken Butter for ‘greasing’ the moulds Icing sugar for dusting

Method: Sabayon (whisk over a Bain Marie, till ribbon stage) the eggs and sugar. Reserve to one side, keeping warm. Melt the dark chocolate and butter over a Bain Marie. Mix carefully. Incorporate the chocolate-butter mixture slowly with the egg-sugar sabayon. Mix together thoroughly. Add the flour and mix until there are no lumps. Grease and ‘dust’ the timbale/ moulds with the cocoa powder. Pour equal amounts of the cooling mixture into these moulds. ‘Knock it back’ to remove any air pockets. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours – to set. Note: This can be speeded up by blast chilling or freezing for a few hours or until set. For service: Remove portions from the fridge. Divide the white chocolate equally between all the portions. Push 20g of white chocolate into the centre of a portion. Bake the fondant in a preheated oven (200 c) for 11 minutes (Until it begins to ‘soufflé’). Remove carefully and gently loosen the pudding from the sides of the timbale (You might need to use the back of a knife). Turn out onto the plate and serve immediately.


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Nelson Mandela’s Living Legacy

The Early years in Johannesburg: ’40-’43

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Cult SA author Lauren Beukes launches new novel, The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes is the award-winning author of ‘Zoo City’ and ‘Moxyland’. Sandi Thompson caught up with her in London where she is promoting ‘The Shining Girls’, a nail-biting, heart-racing, time-travelling thriller

by SANDI THOMPSON

CULT South African novelist, journalist and scriptwriter Lauren Beukes is tiny (pot calling kettle black, I know), but not to be underestimated. Having devoured the unputdownable The Shining Girls, I had the privilege to sit down and talk with this award-winning writer about her latest novel, which is tipped to be the big summer read. Why have you set The Shining Girls in Chicago? I wanted to write a novel about a time travelling serial killer in the 20th century and if I did 20th century South Africa, it would automatically become an apartheid story – I wanted to talk about broader issues. Chicago has a lot in common with South Africa. The apartheid government actually went to Chicago in the ’50s to learn how to do segregation better. The issues are universal. You have said, “I like to rugbytackle social issues through film.” What did you want to tackle through this story? It’s primarily a book about violence against women and how we look at women through crime and news media. They become a statistic, a body, an autopsy, and it’s another way of objectifying them. What I was interested in is who the women were before that? What were their hopes and dreams? It’s also about how the 20th century has shaped us. History holds resonances of today. The Great Depression in the ’30s resonates with the depression we’re in now; Hoovervilles of the 1930s absolutely echoes the shantytowns in South Africa. The chapter set during McCarthyism

is resonant of apartheid. This resonates with the surveillance society of today and the war on terrorism. It was also interesting for me to look at how things have changed for women – the war for a woman’s right to control her own body is still on the table. It’s about the loops of history and how society keeps coming back to the same issues. How is this a unique time travel story? The social edge is interesting. It’s also fatalistic. It’s Oedipus, Greek Tragedy, Macbeth – the more you try and avoid your fate, the more you put into play all the elements that are going to bring it about. It’s a comment on free will versus determinism and Harper is trapped in his obsession. Harper is trapped by his fate, while Kirby breaks free of hers… but sets into play the things that drive Harper towards his. Which girl did you find hardest to kill off? I really liked Zora. She had a family and that makes her death difficult. By the time we got to JinSuk, Harper and I were both sick of killing. How do you get inside you characters’ heads or do you find that they begin to exist independently of you? It’s a bit of both. You have to find a part of you that resonates with the character. I researched a lot of oral histories and tried to find the voices of the eras so that my characters could be as authentic as possible. There is also a lot of subconscious play and that’s the magic of writing – that moment

between when the thought fires in your brain and your fingers hit the keyboard where something happens and the character will become something other than what you’d intended. So what about Harper? How did you go about profiling him? The useful thing about Harper is that he’s from the ’30s so his perspective shows you a lot about how the world has changed. But writing him was extremely difficult. I wanted to avoid the preconceived idea of a serial killer as an Apex Predator – the sophisticated Dexter, Hannibal Lecter type. My research on serial killers indicates it has a lot to do with impotence; whether that’s feeling impotent in your normal life or actual sexual dysfunction. He’s an awful, vile man. Violence is an act of contempt and we should hold those who do it, contemptible. I knew he was a construct and I could step away from the keyboard, but I had to go back to him the next day and the way I dealt with that was by hurting him. I hurt him at every possible opportunity. The only problem was that I had to track his injuries. Is his jaw still wired up? How has his leg healed? It was cathartic to hurt him. Did you set out to write another science fiction novel? I aspire first and foremost to write great fiction. Of course I want the social issues to come through, but it has to be secondary to a good story. It’s not strictly ‘science-fiction’. Science fiction is a vehicle – it’s a thriller, a historical and a romantic investigative story.

RETURNING to Mqhekezweni in December 1940, Mandela found that Jongintaba had arranged marriages for him and Justice; dismayed, they fled to Johannesburg via Queenstown, arriving in April 1941. Mandela found work as a night watchman at Crown Mines, his “first sight of South African capitalism in action”, but was fired when the induna (headman) discovered he was a runaway. Staying with a cousin in George Goch Township, Mandela was introduced to the realtor and ANC activist Walter Sisulu, who secured him a job as an articled clerk at a law firm run by a liberal Jew, Lazar Sidelsky, who took a keen interest in the education of indigenous Africans.At night Mandela worked on his BA through a University of South Africa correspondence course.Living off a small wage, he rented a room in the house of the Xhoma family in the Alexandra township; rife with poverty, crime and pollution, Alexandra “occupie[d] a treasured place in [his] heart”.Although embarrassed by his poverty, he briefly courted a Swazi woman, Ellen Nkabinde,

before unsuccessfully pursuing Didi Xhoma, his landlord’s daughter. At the firm, he befriended Gaur Redebe, a Xhosa member of the ANC and Communist Party, as well as Nat Bregman, a Jewish Communist who became Mandela’s first white friend. Attending Communist talks and parties, he was impressed that Europeans, Africans, Indians and Coloureds were mixing as equals. However, he stated later that he did not join the Party because its atheism conflicted with his Christian faith, and because he saw the South African struggle as being racially based rather than class warfare. Redebe encouraged Mandela to join the ANC, and in August 1943 Mandela marched in support of a successful bus boycott to reverse fare rises. Finding the rent cheaper, Mandela moved into the compound of the Witwatersrand Native Labour Association; living among miners of various tribes, he met the Queen Regent of Basutoland. In late 1941, Jongintaba visited, forgiving Mandela for running away. On returning to Thembuland, the regent died in winter 1942; Mandela and Justice arrived a day late for the funeral. After passing his BA exams in early 1943, Mandela returned to Johannesburg to follow a political path as a lawyer rather than become a privy councillor in Thembuland. He later stated that he experienced no epiphany, but that he “simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise.” - Wikipedia.com


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DIS altyd amuserend om te verneem dat iemand uit die Republiek in Londen kom aandoen het, drie nagte in ‘n hotel in Mayfair oorgebly het, en dan, wonderbaarlik, ontpop het in ‘n kenner van alle dinge Brits. Dít ten spyte daarvan dat die ‘Engelse poppie’ agter die hotel se navraagtoonbank eintlik in Bydgoszsz, Pole, grootgeword het en die ‘Rooinek-knaap’ agter die kroegtoonbank maar eers ‘n maand gelede uit Istanbul gearriveer het. Maar selfs al sou hy vir vyf jaar hier bly, en élke dag nét met

volbloed-Britte te doen kry, sal dit steeds onmoontlik wees om aan te voer dat die Britte onbeskof / tegemoetkomend / altruïsties / onbetroubaar / astrant / hardwerkend is, want dis eenvoudig onmoontlik om die miljoene burgers waaruit ‘n nasie bestaan, oor só ‘n breë kam te skeer. Só ‘n veralgemening ignoreer die unieke karaktereienskappe van individue en behoort uit ‘n empiriesbewysbare oogpunt verwerp te word. Nou ja, noudie dag nooi ‘n (Britse) kollega my om ‘n uur of twee saam met hom in ‘n pub te verwyl. Na ‘n ruk sluit ‘n vriend van hom by ons aan en na ‘n beleefde bekendstellingsgeselsie stuur ons gesprek toe onvermydelik in die

rigting van sy persepsie van SuidAfrikaners in Engeland. “Well,” sê hy nadat hy diep nagedink het, “I find South Africans to have an overblown sense of self-importance. They are extremely opinionated, and yet they’re incredibly intolerant of others’ opinions - especially the Afrikaners”. Ek was oorbluf deur dié analise. Ek wou natuurlik sommer dadelik op my perdjie spring en die foute in sy skreiend onregverdige veralgemening uitlig, toe ek besef dat dít júís ‘n reaksie sou wees wat sy persepsie van ons sou regverdig, en inteendeel sou versterk. Ek het uiteindelik net geknik en die betroubare cliché dat ons nie almal

so is nie, in sy rigting gegooi. Hierdie enkele Brit se growwe veralgemening oor die ganse Afrikaanse nasie moes eintlik soos water op ‘n eend se rug gewees het, maar dit het kennelik ‘n rou senuwee in my binneste geraak. Sedertdien het my gedagtes gereeld in die rigting van sy opmerking gedwaal, en hoe meer ek daaraan dink, hoe groter raak die besef dat hy dalk ‘n punt beet het. Want Afrikaners hét sterk opinies. Oor alles en nog wat. Daar is SEB en regstellende aksie, kerkaangeleenthede, rugby, homoseksualisme, gemengde verhoudings, die blyers/glyersdebat, doef-doef-musiek vs ‘regte’ musiek en FW de Klerk se nalatenskap - om maar net enkele netelige kwessies uit te lig. En sóveel Afrikaners, sóveel opinies. Wat goed is. Want almal is geregtig op een. Maar dis die wyse waarop ons ons opinies verdedig wat straks ‘n bietjie skaafwerk nodig het, want ek beleef dit alte dikwels dat Afrikaners hul eie opinies op só ‘n wyse verdedig dat hulle in gebreke bly om hulself oop te stel om enigsins oorweging te skenk aan die opinie van die persoon wat teenoor hulle staan.

En jy sien, jy hoef niemand van jou opinie te oortúíg nie. En net so hoef jy nie ander se opinies deel van jou selfkonsep en wêreldbeskouing te maak nie. ‘We agree to disagree’ is towerwoorde waarmee ‘n meningsverskil tot ‘n eerbare vergelyk vir beide partye gebring kan word. Dis nie beledigend nie, poog nie om die ander persoon aan jou opinie te onderwerp nie en dui respekvolle wederkerige erkenning aan. So probeer dít volgende keer, eerder as om iemand anders se sienings as belaglik af te maak. Mens sou seker dink dat my teologiese studies onlangs ‘n aanvang geneem het met dié dat ek so prekerig is, maar net soos ware Vissers van Mense sal ek ook tevrede voel indien dié relaas inslag by net één persoon vind. Laat my daarom toe, broers en susters, om af te sluit met die volgende: jy verloën nie jouself deur na ‘n ander se opinie te luister nie. En jy is nie ‘n verloorder indien jy daarin faal om hom van jou opinie te oortuig nie. ‘n Opgevoede, selfversekerde persoon kan ‘n nuwe idee ondersoek, en daaroor tob, sonder om dit van toepassing op sy eie lewe te maak. Amen.

fashion to promote the flavours of South Africa. I found soaps and skin care products infused with Rooibos, Aloe, Khaki and other delicious local ingredients. Candles scented with memories of the Highveld, the Cape in winter, all testimony to our proud heritage. And then there were the books – first class stories, licked with our languages to savour, devour when one is far from home. Some may never understand them, but that does not matter, we do. Our wines are still the best in the world. Our music is unique, lyrics peppered with tales of what it means to be part of something extraordinary. Afrikaans-scripted fabric and one word that stood out – gees – spirit. We certainly have buckets full of that! And of course we love rugby. We may fail sometimes but I doubt if any country feels the love for the game quite as much as we do. We love our teams and wear the green and gold with pride. I will not mention the crocs again but urge those who think themselves spiffy in those to

reconsider. Okay, we fail on some counts, but on others, we are absolutely fabulous. The revival of Afrikaans décor, sometimes mixed with a little Huguenot notes is uplifiting. Visiting places like Babylonstoren makes me realize that we needn’t feel anything but way up there with any global competitor. Back in England, which I love, I realized just how much South Africa has to offer. We are moving, developing styles unique to our shores, embracing young designers who are digging deep into our history and changing it, moulding it, pushing the boundaries to showcase true new-age fashion. I guess our melting pot of cultures offers us the ability to mix, measure and deliver products of outstanding quality. I can see it, but how to make the rest of the world sit up and listen. How do we get past the clichés of what people perceive South Africans to be abroad? Only we can do this by embracing the sophistication of Chardonnay over crocs. With style.

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WILL I ever escape those plastic, sweaty heffalumps for feet? Crocs simply have to be the worst fashion accessory since puff ball skirts, and yet most English people seem to think they are indicative of every South African’s taste. That and a nation of biltong-chewing, green jersey-wearing, rugby-mad beer drinkers. Loud and over here. Yet my last trip to Cape Town reiterated my beliefs that South Africans in general are a class above the rest. We must be the most sophisticated nation on earth. Rich or poor we are immensely talented, well bred, mannered and endowed with incredible talent – for everything. Right down to the wire and beaded animal figures sold at the nearest intersection. Where else do I see such incredible entrepreneurship? Despite the negative publicity, one cannot but be amazed at the high level of service in the hotels, the restaurants, in retail. Young, creative individuals are opening shops with South African designs, flavoured with indigenous influence – through sculpture, art, food and


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THE Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) covering 110 km² of land is situated within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Coega is one of three major IDZs in the country, all of which are government-funded and aimed at increasing jobs, trade and investment in South Africa. The initial development phase to put all the infrastructure in place took 6 to 7 years. This involved ensuring that services such as water, electricity, sanitation, roads were all put in place. Once the infrastructure was set up, the second phase, which began in 2007, involved the process of attracting investors into the IDZ. “So, that process started with a very aggressive drive towards securing tenant[s], as well as attracting other investors into the zone. We are in that particular process even now” says Vilakazi. “We don’t have a major anchor tenant, but our model is that we want to create opportunities for industrialists, people who want to build industries and big plants and factories in the IDZ.” “The next phase of the IDZ in terms of investors is to grow their businesses in the zone, but also to ensure that the zone remains sustainable from a funding perspective,” says Vilakazi. This involves attracting investors who are going to create more jobs and who undertake to train more local people, as well as creating opportunities for small businesses in the Eastern Cape. “We have quite a high concentration of civil engineers,

architects and very professional skilled people who have been part of the development on the IDZ,” explains Vilakazi. “And now that the IDZ is almost one hundred per cent developed, in terms of the infrastructure on the ground, you then have a large [talent] pool, which we are using [elsewhere].” Once the IDZ was completed, the Coega Development Corporation realised that the environment had changed. “It became very clear to us that [we stood to lose] these skilled people, to wherever they may have come from, and [their] skills, that the province so needs…we then took a decision to say: ‘We’re going to retain the skills within the province, within the organisation and we’re going to utilise these skills on new projects.’” As a result, on the external services side, Coega are now an implementing agent for infrastructure development programmes across the country, and particularly for the Department of Roads and Public Works in the Eastern Cape. In addition to assisting in road building and maintenance in the Eastern Cape, Coega’s engineers are helping to build infrastructure for the Departments of Education and Health in KwaZulu-Natal. In the province, Coega is building new schools, roads and bridges as well as refurbishing existing roads and hospitals. These external services are now used to generate sufficient revenue for the IDZ. There are around 21 major investors into the IDZ to date, and others are about to buy in, like FAW, the giant Chinese vehicle manufacturing company. The automotive sector is one which

Coega is looking to attract to the zone. And Vilakazi adds: “We are focusing very much on the Chinese market in attracting more Chinese investors to locate their businesses in the IDZ.” Another interesting partnership is a joint venture between Coega and a German company to produce wind turbines at the IDZ. “In fact, the wind turbine at Coega was used to supply electricity at the 2010 World Cup, to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium [which hosted FIFA matches]. So energy is an important area,” continues Vilakazi, who adds that logistics are another important sector, as is business process outsourcing. Vilakazi admits that Coega has not yet witnessed a massive influx of oil and gas business from further up the east and west coasts of Southern Africa. But, as he says: “I think a lot of the interest revolves around the value chain that results from having a refinery and getting companies that are interested in Africa, to relocate here from elsewhere, because of the refinery and the smelter.” “Most of our investors…are actually local investors – ‘local’ meaning they’re actually African investors in South Africa. So there is a general interest and confidence among South Africans and some small parts of Africa that are locating their businesses here because they believe in the IDZ, that it has the potential.” “So, I do expect that there will be quite an influx and a huge interest from the rest of Africa to locate their businesses in the IDZ,” Vilakazi predicts. To quote the American author James Earl Jones: ‘People will most definitely come.’

AS collective wage negotiations are nearing, many worry that it will be difficult to avoid a repetition of last year’s deadly strikes. The largest private sector union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has announced it will demand double-digit wage increases. “It’s going to be very tough, perhaps one of the very toughest collective bargaining (rounds), since the attainment of democracy,” said Crispen Chinguno a sociology fellow at the University of Witwatersrand, who specialises in strike violence. The gloomy predictions are based on a combination of factors including the country’s difficult economic situation, last year’s success of strikers, who eventually got the wage increases they demanded as employers needed to end the protests, and the anger about deadly events last summer. In August 2012, 44 strikers were killed at Marikana and nearly 80 injured in clashes with the police

and struggles between rival trade unions, NUM and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). “The perception among workers that wildcat strikes are an effective and legitimate means of seeking wage concessions will increase their prevalence and intensity,” said Charles Laurie, an Africa analyst at Britain’s Maplecroft, Global Risk Analytics. NUM said that difficult business conditions: “should not be used as an excuse or bargaining chip to award workers lower pay or threaten them with dismissals.” Amplats one of the biggest global platinum producers, Anglo American Platinum, is expected to announce plans to slash as many as 14 000 jobs next week, as the company, facing low prices of platinum, cuts costs. However, Anglo told Gateway to Africa that they would endeavour to re-deploy redundant miners elsewhere. “Strike season,” has become an annual event in South Africa, when labourers as well as the unemployed take to the streets.

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THE Savanna, London’s largest South African food retailer is pleased to announce plans to open a new store at Paddington Station in early June. Owner Lisa Gardshol said, “We are really excited about opening up at Paddington. We have no presence in West London, and when you consider the footfall at the station and its links to Heathrow airport, it’s an ideal spot for Savanna.” After completing the refurbishment of all stores and expansion of its butchery last quarter, Savanna is now entering a new phase of growth. “The business is now at the stage where we are ready to move to the next level.” “We are already serving 15,000 customers a week, but by doubling our butchery capacity and investing in new stores, we have a

platform to scale up much more” said Gardshol. This new shop will bring the number of Savanna stores to eight. These include three other City locations at London Bridge, Victoria and Liverpool Street

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THE Rand weakened against both currencies to end the week at 14.26 to the Pound and 9.407 to Dollar. The Rand continued this trend over the weekend to open at 14.28 to the Pound and 9.397 to the US Dollar. The Rand touched its weakest level against the USD in nearly three weeks on Tuesday as the strike at Lonmin reminded investors of last year’s mining sector violence. The mining unrest is fuelled by a dispute between the National Union of Mine Workers, an ally of the ANC, and the breakaway Association of the Mineworkers and Construction Union, a more militant group. Sliding precious metals prices have raised the pressure on miners as they ready for pay talks. Gold is down 19 percent this year; losing its safe haven allure on concern the U.S central bank will end its extensive stimulus for the U.S. economy. Disappointing data out of the USA and Europe has weighed down upon commodity prices adding to the weakening of the Rand. The next Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee meeting is set to commence tomorrow 21 May until 23 May. GBP / ZAR: 14.303 EUR / ZAR: 12.103 USD / ZAR: 9.407 NZD / ZAR: 7.647 Rates as of 09 am, 20 May 2013 Note: If you want to transfer money to South Africa then please register/login or call us for a live dealing rate. Make use of a Rate Notifier to send you alerts when the Rand exchange rate reaches levels you are looking for. Brought to you by

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DID you work in South Africa before you came to the UK? Yes, I worked for the Space Theatre in Cape Town. It was a fringe theatre started by Brian Astbury, Yvonne Bryceland and Athol Fugard. You were working with these incredible people but at the same time, South Africa in 1976 was a terrible place to be. Was it hard to leave? It was a terrible place on one hand, but on another level it was an incredibly creative time at the Space. Ironically, when I graduated, I think I was among the first in my class to be offered a professional job in a professional theatre. It was ironic because there were no other opportunities. The Market Theatre was establishing itself in Johannesburg at the time – the Market Theatre and the Space Theatre were sister theatres – and they were the only opportunities where an actor of colour could pursue a theatrical career in South Africa. There was a twofold reason for leaving. I left to broaden my horizons, so I went on a three month ticket to go backpacking, particularly in Europe. I guess there was a trail of travellers and I was hoping to possibly end up in New York! Anyway, I got waylaid in London because at the time London was – and possibly still is – a Mecca for theatre. For an actor, the opportunity to live in London was an enormous opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I also then met up with an exteacher from drama school in Cape Town, Tessa Marwick, who was running a little theatre company and working

for a much larger community art group, Interaction. I was invited to join and that started my stay in London. If I had stayed in SA my career would have gone along a completely different path. I really don’t regret stopping off in London, I think my parents would have loved me to go back to South Africa but one has to carve out one’s own path. You came here in 1976 which was a difficult year in South African history. Did you feel you were coming as an exile? What were your feelings about South Africa? Were you politicised? I wouldn’t regard myself as an exile; that would be presumptuous as I came as a traveller. I arrived about a month before the events in Soweto. I remember my first inkling of what was going on was when I walked into a local pub and on the television screen Soweto was exploding…that was my first inclination that South Africa was inflamed. But that wasn’t the reason I left. At the time I had a very ambivalent attitude, I wanted to go back but there were things I wanted to achieve in my career that made me stay. Politicised? Certainly, I was politicised form a very young age at my high school. My high school was a pretty

radical educational establishment and my teachers were certainly very astute and at pains to point out that education was our path to freedom – which ironically is a quote from a play I am doing right now. You are perhaps most famous in the UK for playing Ashwin Kumar in The Kumars at No. 42. What was that like? Has working on such a successful television show typecast you? No, I wouldn’t say I have been typecast. The Kumars came as a consequence of me meeting the actor who plays Sanjeev, he came up with the idea of the Kumars. We met while working at Tara Arts, a London based theatre group which dealt with issues concerning the Asian community. It was at one stage labelled Britain’s foremost Asian theatre company although it was much more than that – it dealt with issues concerning migratory populations coming to London. He is a consummate performer and comic actor and he and I got along very well. After we both left, a number of years passed before he began to plug the idea of the Kumars to various companies. He was looking for a group of actors to set up the family to make up the Kumars and he tracked me down. It came about as a friendship which blossomed into a working relationship. You won the Safta for Best Supporting Actor in the South African film Material. Are you very involved in the South African film scene? Well, I didn’t go back physically to collect the award as I was rehearsing for another production. It was collected on my behalf by Craig Freimond who directed the film. Material was the first time I ventured back to work in South Africa after 37 years. I had always been looking for an opportunity to go back to South Africa to work, so it felt fantastic. After Craig offered me the part in Material I considered the script and it felt like the right opportunity. I’m extremely pleased I did it. What evolved was a very strong creative

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relationship with the director. We worked on the script via email and telephone conver-sation, particularly on the part I played. What is Material about? Material is the story if a family that owns a material shop.The father is a conservative, devout, orthodox Muslim who wants to leave the shop to his son. His son however, is more intent on securing a career as a stand up comedian. The father deems this to be against all the values of his community and Islam, but the son lives in a modern world and I guess the film is about a family

– particularly a father and son – coming to terms with a changing world and particularly the changing world of South Africa. For me it was a very exciting opportunity to return to South Africa to work. While I was filming it I certainly had the feeling that we were creating a bit of magic so I am extremely gratified that it has received so much recognition, particularly in South Africa. It would be great to establish some recognition in the rest of the world, but it is a much larger task to get a film that is so particularly South African recognised internationally.

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At least 28 candidates to run for Zimbabwean presidency Upcoming presidential elections promise a real diversity of political choice

ZIMBABWEAN voters will have plenty of choice when they go to the polls for the presidential elections on 29 June 2013 as all of the country’s 28 political parties want to be represented in the contest, and there are more being formed. Many parties, including Zanu-PF, MDC-T, MDC, Mavambo Kusile Dawn and Zanu Ndonga have been attending meetings convened by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Rita Makarau for the past three weeks. The last one was held on Friday in an attempt to resolve political disputes ahead of the elections. Among the politicians interested in participating in the elections is also Egypt Dzinemunenzva, the leader of African National Party (ANP), known for seeking to contest almost all possible elections – presidential, parliamentary and council. There are still more parties being formed especially for the big occasion. On Tuesday a new party called Freedom Front was launched by the little known Cosmas Mponda, 39, from Harare. Mponda, who arrived nearly an hour late for his press conference, admitted he had no political background but was full of ideas and confidence. He said,” We want to ensure that people have access to water, electricity and proper infrastructure. We will strive to provide our graduates with funds to start their own businesses. “I feel it. I have got it in me. If

those with the political background can’t make it, then who else should come in and do that,” he added. The candidate introduced himself as a former musician and businessman, but refused to elaborate on his business activities. Although the elections are constitutionally due on the 29 June 2013, when the mandate of the Seventh Parliament ends, the debate on when exactly they should be held is ongoing. Zanu (Ndonga) president Gondai Vutuza stressed that the elections should be held soon: “We want to get out of the Government of National Unity. Time is running out. As a party we have always supported the idea of getting rid of the GPA which we believe has served its intended purpose. “If elections can help us get out of this GNU creature, then let’s have them as a matter of urgency. We want a party that is answerable to the people of Zimbabwe. As a party we are more than ready for elections,” said Mr Vutuza. Mathias Guchutu, secretary for information and publicity of multiracial open party Christian Democracy said his party also supported early polls. “It was supposed to have ended after 18 months. Let’s not continue procrastinating elections. Let’s have them at the earliest possible time,” he said. Some parties’ representatives complained that it was unfair some parties were receiving funding from the fiscus while others did not.

Changes meant to improve country’s mining conditions leave foreign investors uncertain by MEDHA PRAKASAM

Justice Makarau told them that according to the law, only those with at least five percent representation in Parliament were eligible for Government funding. The law providing Government funding was created after allegations that certain parties were funded by hostile westerners, led to the outlawing of foreign funding of political parties. Other parties standing in the elections include Zimbabwe African People’s Union, Free Zim Congress Rebuilding Party of Zimbabwe, Voice of the People, African National Council, Progressive and Innovative Movement for People’s Prosperity, Zimbabwe Youth Alliance, Democratic Alliance-United People’s Party, United Movement for Democracy, Zimbabwe Organised Open Political Party, Multiracial Open Party Christian Democrats, Zimbabwe Development Party, Zimbabwe Progressive Party and Popular Democratic Front.

ZIMBABWE is planning new controls on mineral sales within the country. A new draft policy says that mines might now be forced to sell all their output to the state. The policy, however, promises miners that they will receive “fair and transparent market prices”. It has been proposed that this will be done through the state-owned Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe, the policy document states. According to the draft report, this was part of creating a “transparent and competitive auction procedure for known mineral deposits.” The mines and mining development ministry in the country said on Monday that it would start consultations on its plans to change/improve the country’s mining policy. However, certain mining executives were quoted in

Business Day on Monday, as saying that uncertainty when it comes to policies relating to mining was not conducive to investment in the sector: “This just adds onto the uncertainty because we do not have a rigid policy framework.” Ted Muzoroza, a mining law a policy expert in Harare, said, “In Zimbabwe, mining is the engine for economic growth”. The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority has said that mining organisations in Zimbabwe have contributed roughly $43.1m in the first quarter of the year. In spite of this, government officials insist that the country is not living up to its full potential and benefitting from all the minerals it owns. The new policy, though aimed at improving mining conditions in the country, might actually have the counter-affect of reducing foreign or national investment in the sector.

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Cold weather, warm welcome: once the capital of a self-contained world, Moscow still offers a huge range of culture and food found nowhere else - plus all the luxury your capitalist heart could desire by MARIANNE GRAY

EVERYONE’S talking about how Moscow is the “new” Prague or the “new” Berlin, but that is far too easy a description for this revolutionary city of style. There is nothing “new” about Moscow. It still seems like the original frontier town as it winds along the Moskva (Muddy) River with its glorious mix of architecture, squares filled with golden-domed churches, elaborate Metro stations and grey concrete Soviet legacies. Since perestroika Moscow has come a long way, from a place where once you could almost finance your trip by selling your jeans or the latest American videos, to what is now an oil-rich, remarkably restored city full of ideas and secrets. It seems to have washed its face and opened its doors to the outside world - albeit with caution. Foreigners are welcome but it is clear that Muscovites are managing fine without them. The capital’s growing middle class seems to be revelling in the exciting novelty of what it never got enough of under Communism – style, money and freedom. Young “new” Russians teem in bars, bistros and nightclubs, spending easily. At Cafe Pushkin a glass of bubbly is $20 (£13); a coffee in stylish Petrovka Street is $5. A seat at the cinema can cost $40. Big spenders can pay $200 for a table at a hot nightclub. (The local currency is roubles, with about 50 roubles to £1, but dollars rule over sterling.) Unofficial figures cite a population of more than 15 million in this vast city covering an area of 1,081 square kilometres. Although not all Moscovites are tasting this bright new dawn, as shown on the

outskirts where bleak-faced people who are too old or too forgotten to catch the breaking economic wave live in grim apartment blocks, there is nevertheless a refreshing flourish and vitality about the place. Moscow is a perfect city for a long weekend visit. Most of its gems lie within the inner boulevard (The Apple Garden Ring) and transport is cheap (15 roubles, about 30p) and easy. Battered tramcars criss-cross the city and taxis are everywhere downtown. There is 280km of Metro track (open 6am to 1am) between 171 stations, many of them architectural masterpieces of a glorious 1930s-1950s design. Some of the most opulent are Komsomolskaya, Kievskaya and Smolenskaya, to be savoured in the light of London’s poor, old, tired Underground. Whatever time of day or night you arrive, head straight for Red Square, an impressive place that overshadows almost anything grandiose you’ll see in Europe. Red Square takes the breath away whether it’s midday or midnight with St Basil’s Cathedral and its brightly coloured onion-shaped domes, Lenin’s tomb and the Kremlin, a massive palace-fortress enclosed by 2km of forbidding red brick walls. Also there is the Bolshoi Theatre (currently being rebuilt), the Kazan Cathedral and the History Museum. I took a break for a cup of “chai” (tea) at the legendary Metropol Hotel on the northern side of the square. When I stayed there 18 years ago it was full of faded old men in green livery and lumpy babushkas on creaky, linoleumlined landings who issued guests with a small piece of soap and a little recycled loo paper. Now the Metropol is the most splendid

example of turn-of-century grandeur with its glass ceiling and Deco lifts and memories of guests like Tolstoy, Shalyapin and Kennedy. You could walk yourself to death in Moscow. There are more than 200 museums, from the new Vodka Museum with its 250 brands of vodka and daily tastings, to the Cosmonauts Memorial Museum. (Museums usually close on Mondays). There are more than 614 orthodox churches and synagogues in the city and there are museums to Gorky, Gogol, Tolstoy and Pushkin and monuments to everyone from Karl Marx to Charles de Gaulle. Perhaps the most interesting of the galleries is the fabulous Tretyakov Gallery of Russian art from the 10th to the 20th century, a picturesque walk off Red Square, across the river, the island and the canal, to the south bank along streets lined with beautifully restored 19th century residences. A good place for a break and some souvenir-shopping is the Staryi Arbat, a pedestrianised street leading west to Smolenskaya Plaza with its “stepped” Gotham City-style skyscraper, where buskers and artists hang out among the theatres and restaurants and pretend they are in Paris. Boats do trips on the Moskva River for an intriguing backdoor view of the city. Interesting trips outside Moscow include the Russian Orthodox Church in Sergiev Posad, a medieval town 70km away, and Kolomenskoe Estate, where grand dukes and tsars have spent their summers since the 14th century. Whilst at the latter I happened upon a traditional Russian wedding re-enactment to an audience of foreigners. Before I could protest I found myself in traditional gear, standing in as the bride’s mother.


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Graeme Smith to miss ICC Champions Trophy Smith will return to SA for further consultation, after scans revealed a stress fracture to his troublesome left ankle. rules him out of the Champions Trophy.” A disappointed Smith said, “It’s a big blow for me be missing out on the Champions Trophy. The ODI squad is creating something special and I was looking forward to being part of that family. I will no doubt be supporting from my living room and I know the players, under AB’s leadership will be giving all that they can during the tournament.” Peterson’s inclusion has been approved by the event technical committee in terms of ICC protocol governing the replacement of injured players in the originally selected squad. “We have decided on a like-forlike replacement,” commented CSA Selection Convener Andrew Hudson, “and Alviro is the obvious choice in this regard. He is a specialist opening batsman and also brings some very useful experience on board following the loss of both Smith and

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ALVIRO Petersen has been called up to replace Graeme Smith, who will miss the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales next month due to a left ankle injury. Smith will return to South Africa for further consultation, after scans in London revealed a stress fracture to his troublesome left ankle. Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said, “Graeme has been troubled by left ankle pain over the last few months and despite extensive treatment and physiotherapy, it has recently deteriorated significantly while playing for Surrey. “He underwent a rescan of his left ankle, and it was determined that since his last scan, the condition has progressed to a stress fracture. Surgery will be required, and he has been advised to follow a rest and rehabilitation programme over the next four to six months. This unfortunately

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these conditions extremely well during our Test tour to England last year.” Petersen played the most recent of his 17 ODIs against Sri Lanka at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in January last year. Revised Proteas Castle Lager squad: AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robbie Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe


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BULLS IN SECOND SPOT

The Vodacom Bulls moved up to second spot on the overall log in a great weekend for South Africa, as three out of four SA teams won their Vodacom Super Rugby matches against Antipodean opposition by EVAN BARTLETT

TWO rounds of relative disappointment were reversed this weekend as three of the four South African teams in action won their Vodacom Super Rugby matches against Australasian opposition. In the process the Vodacom Bulls moved up to second spot on the overall log, although they made very hard work of recording a try-

scoring bonus point in their 35-18 win over the struggling Highlanders in Pretoria on Saturday. The Toyota Cheetahs and The Sharks also recorded wins this weekend, both over Australian teams. On Friday afternoon The Sharks managed to finish a disappointing tour of New Zealand and Australia on a high when they beat the Force

by 23-13 in Perth. The Toyota Cheetahs were too strong for the Reds in Bloemfontein, with Piet van Zyl scoring a brace of tries in their 27-13 victory. The DHL Stormers’ tour Down Under ended in heartbreak after they lost by 30-21 to the Rebels in Melbourne. All five South African teams have now concluded their Australasian tours.

Jan Serfontein of the Vodacom Bulls during the Super Rugby match between Vodacom Bulls and Highlanders from Loftus Versfeld on Saturday in Pretoria (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Smit bows out with 19-0 Sarries win

111-time Springbok captains Saracens against SA Barbarians in glorious last game in London by STAFF REPORTER

JOHN Smit ended his career on a winning note as Saracens beat the South African Barbarians 19-0 at the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of the City of London. Smit started the match as hooker and ended it as fly half as he called time on an illustrious career that saw him capped 111 times by the Springboks and win a World Cup in 2007. The club’s fourth match at the unique venue in the capital’s financial district saw two tries from James Short and a score for Jack Wilson secure the victory against the Barbarians side largely made up of emerging South African players based in Europe. After a fierce opening quarter of the match, Short scored his first of the match to round off a flowing crossfield move while Wilson powered over the line just before the break. Short crossed for a second midway through the second half in a match that also saw Joe Maddock and Andy Saull play their final games for Saracens. But perhaps the biggest cheer of the evening was saved for Smit

when he came back on to the field with five minutes remaining to take charge of the game at fly-half and round of a fantastic career. Saracens return to the Honourable Artillery Company on Thursday 22 August when they face Cornish Pirates.

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