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Issue 519

UK SPIED ON SA AT G20 LONDON SUMMITS

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s disclosures include revelations that GCHQ spied on visiting delegations at economic summit on the instructions of HM Government by STAFF REPORTER

AS the G8 summit got underway in Northern Ireland yesterday, it was revealed that Britain’s intelligence agencies carried out an intensive spying operation on foreign politicians, especially those from South Africa, Russia and Turkey, who attended the two G20 meetings in London in 2009. According to reports by The Guardian, details of the surveillance are said to be contained in documents uncovered by US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, responsible for a string of disclosures about American intelligence operations. The documents reveal that Britain’s signal spying body, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), spied on communications of visiting delegations on the instruction of the British government. GCHQ was said to have enabled a team of 45 analysts to be provided with live round-the-clock summaries of who was phoning whom during the proceedings. The leaked documents, classified ‘top secret’, show that G20 delegates had their computers monitored and phone calls intercepted by GCHQ, and were even persuaded to use specially prepared Internet cafes where an email interception programme and key logging software was used to provide the M16 and GCHQ with “sustained intelligence options against them” even after the April

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HONOURING THE PAST, CELEBRATING THE FUTURE: South Africans from all over London gathered on Saturday at the Orange Bull bar in Rotherhithe, London, to commemorate Youth Day. The event organised by South African Youth Development featured a braai, SA drinks and entertainment, with Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Asanda Jezile a special guest.what is important is that his family must release him.

and September summits were over. One of the documents describes a sustained campaign to penetrate South African computers, and successfully gain access to the country’s foreign ministry network. They “investigated phone lines used by the High Commission in London” and “retrieved documents including briefings for South African delegates to G20 and G8 meetings”. As a ‘friendly ally’ and member of the G20 group, South Africa has observer status at G8 meetings. It is alleged that in December 2005, the GCHQ convened a meeting on a project to intensify spying on the South

African foreign ministry. It is clear that GCHQ was aiming to find out everything it could about the negotiating position of the government of then President Thabo Mbeki, “an independently minded swing vote on issues of global economics and finance.” The “computer networks exploitation” team, responsible for hacking into foreign computer networks, had acquired passwords from a standing operation whose task it was to wheedle them out of target governments and agencies. One line of approach was to dig up the old phone numbers and continued on page 2

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continued from front page email addresses of the head of the cryptology department in Pretoria. The passwords were then used to hack into the online accounts of South African diplomats. The documents allegedly suggest that the government of then-PM Gordon Brown sanctioned the surveillance operation at a senior level and that the intelligence obtained was passed to ministers. These revelations are potentially embarrassing for Prime Minister David Cameron as he hosts this week’s G8 summit at Northern Ireland.

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Gordon Brown may have ordered surveillance on SA diplomats

EXPELLED African National Congress (ANC) Youth League leader Julius Malema, plans to create a new political party, The Star reported on Tuesday. To “restore the dignity of blacks,” and reduce inequality between rich and poor would be the main objectives of his platform, he declared. “We are being molested here. I refuse to sit back. It can’t be. And I think

there should be some sort of an announcement soon,” Malema said. He added that his “forum,” would fight for social justice rather than reconciliation, and resume an “onslaught against white male monopoly capital.” Malema dismissed all opposition parties as irrelevant, and said that his forum would provide an alternative. The future party’s political programme would include expropriation of land without compensation, and nationalisation of mines. It would also force the beneficiaries of apartheid to be remorseful “and behave in a manner that says they regret their conduct.” Malema wants to recruit members for the new project among ”radical militants,” within and outside the ANC, whom he wants to organise to ”to come together and talk about an alternative platform. I think we should find a way of sitting together and decide what to do,” he said. Among the main issues that motivated Malema to set up a new party were rampant corruption and abuse of public funds, as well as ”micro-managed” investigations of the culprits.

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Shuttleworth takes Reserve Bank to court over exchange controls

The Reserve Bank says that economy might be harmed if billionaire entrepreneur is successful in his bid to have South Africa’s exchange controls declared unconstitutional - as well as recover R250m in taxes. by PAULA BARANOWSKA

SOUTH African IT billionaire Mark Shuttleworth, who is trying to regain R250m from the Reserve Bank, wants a court to declare South Africa’s exchange controls unconstitutional. This move could be highly damaging for the economy, according to Jeremy Gauntlett SC, for the Reserve Bank. The High Court in Pretoria is to decide whether the South African system of exchange controls, which Shuttleworth argues forced him to leave the country in 2001 as he could not carry out his entrepreneurial and philanthropic ventures, are unconstitutional. Shuttleworth’s claim that the exchange control regulation was unconstitutional is based on the notion that the public was not consulted. However Gauntlett argued that consulting the public on the issue would be unfeasible: “When you control foreign exchange, you cannot conceivably say: ‘Let’s put up a billboard somewhere and consult the public.’ You cannot do things that way because people will take their money and go.” According to Gauntlett, Shuttleworth’s application could harm the economy if successful. “He quite deliberately decided to attack the heart of the scheme and seeks to bring down the pillars of the temple. “If the applicant succeeds in striking down Section 9 of the Currency Act and declaring all orders and rules unconstitutional, there would be no inhibition on removing capital from this country at all,” he warned. Gauntlett was als0 outraged that Shuttleworth said that it was in the interest of all South Africans to destroy the entirety of the exchange control system in the country. “He couldn’t get his money out of the country. Now he wants to pull the whole system down. Why should this financial refugee, living on the Isle of Man, speak on behalf of the entirety of South African society?” Shuttleworth’s fortune is now split between the UK mainland and tax haven The Isle of Man. However, he is still a South African citizen and his money is used to invest in start-ups in South Africa, and his charities continue to support funding and fellowships to social innovators. Shuttleworth had to pay over R250m in order to get some of his assets out of South Africa in 2009. He argued that the

South Africa to launch AntiCorruption Bureau in July The South African government continues struggle with “rampant” corruption as Minister Lindiwe Sisulu announces new AntiCorruption Bureau. But some MPs have already questioned the bureau’s future effectiveness, saying that its budget of R17 million was too little compared to state corruption estimated at billions of rands

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money should be returned to him, because he had paid a 10 percent “exit charge,” when moving his R4.27bn worth assets abroad in 2008 and 2009, a year after the government abandoned the levy. The entrepreneur also wants the court to rule the Reserve Bank’s “closed door policy” of insisting that members of the public communicate with it through the intermediation of authorised banks, unconstitutional and invalid. Gauntlett argued that the application on the levy should be dismissed simply because Shuttleworth accused the wrong institution, as the bank only executed the decision announced by the finance minister in a speech to Parliament in 2003. He defended that ruling saying that it aimed to stop the flight of money out of the country in case of an emergency, and not to punish business people trying to make money. He added that tighter exchange controls meant that South Africa could deal with a potential crisis more comfortably than countries with looser ones. Shuttleworth’s application continues before Judge Francis Legodi.

THE Anti-Corruption Bureau, the South African government’s latest attempt to counter corruption, is ready and will take off next month, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has announced. Sisulu is yet to ask President Jacob Zuma to proclaim the need for this initiative, but says the Anti-Corruption Bureau will start its work in July. Briefing Parliament’s oversight committee on public service last week, Sisulu said, “My own party, the ruling party, has been very vocal in its determination to ensure that we deal with corruption wherever it rears its head. And so my job was cut out almost immediately when I came in (last year). So in the very first meeting that we had, we resolved as a department that we would prioritise this matter.” The Anti-Corruption Bureau will conduct investigations and institute disciplinary proceedings on corruption-related matters at all levels of the public service – national, provincial and local. But, initially it will focus on highprofile cases. Sisulu wants the Bureau to target not only public servants but also those who corrupt them, as she pushes for companies that break the law to be blacklisted. The Bureau will also refer criminal cases to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), and facilitate the protection of ‘whistle-blowers.’ So far, South Africa has failed in its struggle with corruption. According to a report called The Real State of the Nation, released in May 2013, officially nearly US$ 111 million of taxpayers’ money was lost due to corruption

last year. However, it suggested that the actual amount was much higher because corruption cases are underreported and the figures did not include local governments. “Corruption is rampant. It’s out of control… And the dedicated units that have been created to fight financial misconduct are in essence fighting a losing battle,” said the author of the report, financial forensics expert Peter Allwright. Some MPs have already questioned the bureau’s future

effectiveness, saying that its budget of R17 million was too little compared to state corruption estimated at billions of rand. Sisulu admitted that the budget was constrained, but said that the Anti-Corruption Bureau will grow incrementally. ANC MP Dumisani Ximbi also raised concerns about the employees of the bureau: “Are they going to be screened by the department to make sure they can handle all those issues, so they can’t release that sensitive information to other people?”

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KYKNET EN FESTIVAL VOOR Spotlight on Afrikaans Cinema Afrikaans film-making is, against the odds, experiencing something of a renaissance. Three of the best of the new Afrikaans cinema are on offer in Amsterdam and the Hague this weekend. by BRETT PETZER

Die Wonderwerker

THE KykNet Silwerskermfees brought three Afrikaans films to the Festival voor het Afrikaans in The Netherlands this past weekend. All were critical and box-office successes and showcase the renaissance of Afrikaans-language film making in recent years. Despite the financial hurdles that face any prospective Afrikaans film project, South Africa now produces in the region of 10 Afrikaans films a year. The vast majority are good; and some are excellent. The festival offers to the Dutch and visitors from elsewhere a window into a living, breathing culture that celebrates its links to Europe and its roots in Africa. The films showcased were:

year old adopted daughter, Jane Bradshaw. Jane is a striking embodiment of his late wife Aletta and Eugene gradually loses his heart to her. But Adriaan is also in love with her. Eugene has a secret demon - his morphine addiction. Maria van Rooyen, a lonely woman who leads an unfulfilled life, discovers his secret and confiscates his morphine. She desperately needs his attention and uses the morphine to assert control over him. This leads to a love quadrangle, like a time bomb ticking. Producer: Sonneblom Films Director: Katinka Heyns Screenwriter: Chris Barnard Cinematographer: Koos Roets Editor: Ronelle Loots Cast: Dawid Minnaar, Elize Cawood, Marius Weyers, Cobus Rossouw, Anneke Weidemann , Sandra Kotze

Verraaiers

Die Avonture van Hanna Hoekom

Die Wonderwerker Eugene Marais was not only a remarkable poet and naturalist, he was also an extraordinary person whose life was a continuous source of drama and controversy. In 1908 he is a qualified lawyer who just spent a solitary two years amongst the baboons of the remote Waterberg, studying their habits. On his way back to Nylstroom, in the grip of malaria, he stops on a farm looking for drinking water. Observing his weakness and the seriousness of his illness, Gys van Rooyen and his wife Maria take him into their home to recover. Here he also meets their son Adriaan and their seventeen

Verraaiers Commandant Jacobus van Aswegen is a loving father and husband, as well as a respected Boer officer. Upon hearing that the enemy, the British, are planning a “scorched earth”-policy, he decides to go home and protect his wife and family instead of further participation in the Anglo-Boer War. This decision leads to him and his sons being tried for high treason. All of them are found guilty in a very one-sided trial and sentenced to death. Van Aswegen, convinced of his cause, pleads with genl.

Koos de la Rey to pardon them. Will they be saved in time ? Producers: Piet de Jager, Danie Bester, Themba Sibeko Director: Paul Eilers Screenwriter: Salmon de Jager Cinematographer: Tom Marais Cast: Gys de Villiers, Rika Sennett, Viljé Maritz, Andrew Thompson, Jacques Bessenger, Neil Bennet, Johan Baird Die Ongelooflike Avontuur van Hanna Hoekom A coming of age dramatic comedy based on the best-selling novel by award-winning Afrikaans author, Marita van der Vyfer. Hanna is an intelligent and imaginative young girl who’s earned herself the nickname “Hoekom” because she’s forever questioning things. One of her great, all-time questions is: Why can I not have a normal life like other kids? Why did my mother have to go and marry an out-ofwork actor with two sons? When her eccentric mother decides that the family - including her gay biological dad, actor stepfather, detestable half-brother and two stepbrothers - should spend their winter holiday in a remote house on the mountain, they end up stranded with nowhere to go and no-one to turn to except each other. It turns out to be an unexpected learning experience for all of them. Producer: Gustav Kuhn Director: Regardt van den Bergh Screenwriter: Gustav Kuhn (based on the book by Marita van der Vyfer) Cinematographer: Tom Marais Editor: C.A. van Aswegen Cast: Anneke Weidemann, AnnaMart van der Merwe, Gys de Villiers, Helene Lombard, Tertius Meintjies


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HET AFRIKAANS BIED AAN: A weekend full of music, culture and gees

The second Festival for Afrikaans in Amsterdam and The Hague brought top South African and Dutch acts together to celebrate the language of Afrikaans. Performers and speakers included Van Coke Kartel, Jack Parow, Antjie Krog and Bittereinder, while David Kramer brought the weekend’s cultural feast to a spectacular close

TOP LEFT: this enthusiastic crowd reflects the consistently good turnout across the Festival;TOP RIGHT: the Radio Kalahari Orkes’ Hannes Coetzee plays guitar with a teaspon (Image: Marli Strydom); CENTRE RIGHT: Rapper Jack Parow with young fans; CENTRE MIDDLE: Namibian rapper Wambuseun in action; CENTRE RIGHT: Lianie May (Image: Marli Strydom); CENTRE FAR RIGHT: The tireless Fees organisers; BOTTOM LEFT: Antjie Krog (Image: Marli Strydom); BOTTOM RIGHT: Radio Kalahari Orkes


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Shaka Zulu opens glamorous Champagne and Oyster Bar

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Luxury South African restaurant Shaka Zulu in Camden last week launched a glamorous new Champagne & Oyster Bar. As well as serving an extensive champagne menu, the venue showcases some innovative oyster infused cocktails.

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An expat’s daughter goes in search of her mother’s mysterious SA past Book review – ‘She Left Me The Gun – My Mother’s Life Before Me’: The title alludes to the small pistol Emma’s mother took from South Africa to Britain at the bottom of her chest with other bizarre trinkets

him. I thought she wasn’t going to make it out of the arrivals hall of OR Tambo Airport. After the initial stereotyping of old white men of a certain age in their tight shorts and knee-length socks, and the terrifying black people resting on the side of the road, Brockes begins gingerly to venture out. She even gets mugged walking around the suburbs, apparently near Zoo Lake, at night!… Yes, yes, serves her right I hear you say. But it quickly becomes clear that Brockes realises she is made of stronger stuff and after meeting her crazy dysfunctional extended

African family and a lot of overfriendly, well-meaning South Africans you can sense her skin thickening. In fact she develops her inner steel in the Joburg suburbs and the hide of a rhino to tell this shocking story. And once she is there Brockes settles down into that African mud to wallow. This secret Brockes uncovers is both sad and shocking, but at the same time strangely life affirming. It shows how some people can survive the worst tragedies, and broken childhoods to repair themselves, like her mother clearly did. Brockes begins to understand the South African character so well that by the time her friend Pooly arrives from England for a South African road-trip, they become part of the landscape; who would have thought? This horsey English girl and her friend from Manchester… Read this book, it is not just deeply shocking, but at times hilariously funny, and in parts a bit of a tearjerker. In my view Brockes shoots and scores. This is someone who has understood South Africa, managed to survive for more than five minutes in Africa and I gather is going back soon. It must be the drums.

Or ‘they’ give you the boot. The day that happens, or the moment you realise that it is gone, is up there with Norman Bates opening your shower curtain. Disbelief in a double d-cup. Cold, white fear. Worse. I lost my daughter’s passport. Not even my own, but my beloved offspring who leaves for the Greek Islands in ten days. About to meet her beloved she has not seen for six months. In that bloodletting moment, all fanciful ideas of going anywhere vapourise like wisps of spiderweb in a jet engine. Wisps of anything become snot and tears. Wailing amidst the demented effort of dissembling life as it once was in your house. I would have torn the walls down, but after checking inside the fish tank, realized I was taking this drama a tad too far. Why would I put a passport inside the fish tank, or remove a brick for that matter? Why would the passport be in the linen closet, amongst the saucepans or perhaps tucked into a pot plant on the balcony? I would have sold my daughter to find the passport; my daughter was more than ready to sell me for

horsemeat Yet she remained calm as I resembled Medusa on a bad hair day. Once found, in an abandoned folder, I kissed the object as I would a new lover on a gondola. Daughter sniffed, took her lifeline from me and I vowed I would never doubt my relationship with my passport again. We are utterly dependent on it. More perplexing pour moi, was having to admit that I had no idea why I would have put it there in the first place. I cannot remember physically taking the green mamba book and ‘putting’ it there. You say, idiot, that is why it’s lost; but I have no recollection of ‘when last did you see the evidence?’ This has been happening rather often of late: the passport, a credit card vanished, had to be stopped and was found beneath the seat of my car. The one and only slip to retrieve the ‘other’ passports from the Greek Embassy. Gone. Repeat the scene of chaos – found stapled in my diary so I WOULD NOT lose it. Methinks the brain is very foggy and I blame it all on the children. This South African passport may be like my partner in life. At times you want to trade it in but the thought of not having it seems worse.

by JEREMY KUPER

She Left Me The Gun – My Mother’s Life Before Me by Emma Brockes I WAS prepared not to like this book. Guardian journalist, Emma Brockes who grew up in the English Home Counties describes her childhood as something out of a Bunty annual. Brownies, swimming and tennis lessons, and were there pony rides? I can’t remember. By her own admission, her South African mother’s warning to her had always been: ‘You wouldn’t last five minutes in Africa.’ The title She Left Me The Gun alludes to the small pistol Emma’s mother took to Britain at the bottom of her chest with other bizarre trinkets and summer clothes. The gun was eventually handed in to the local Buckinghamshire police during one of their gun amnesties many years ago and does not appear to have been used in anger – and certainly not left to her daughter, in case you’re worried. When Brockes’ mother dies, she tries to investigate the dark secrets in her mother’s early life near Johannesburg, to learn more about the rumours and snippets she’d heard about her psychotic South African grandfather and the trial in which her mother testified against

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Losing the Passport

HAVING a South African passport is like a long term relationship. Sometimes one shows it off with pride, bragging about your ‘asset’ to the world. ‘Isn’t he just gorgeous?’ There are the moments when said partner is beyond embarrassing, and you choose the silent alleys and say nothing for fear of admitting you are actually ‘together.’ Ultimately, there is a moment when you wonder how much longer you want this relationship to continue … Until you lose your passport.


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(brought to the boil, rapidly) 100ml White wine 150g Good honey 250g Organic butter, lightly salted Maldon salt to taste Cracked white pepper to taste Method Blend in batches in a Thermomix, set to 80 degrees centigrade for 4 minutes. Now strain through a chinois and reserve to one side. When reheating, add a little double cream, garnish with a few of the trimmed spears and serve with truffle oil, vanilla cappuccino froth and micro herb (onion/chive cress).

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NOU kyk, hierdie ding het al lánkal begin. In Genesis 3:13 al, om presies te wees. En sedertdien het al die Evas van die wêreld saamgespan om hulle skaamtelose gejokkery tot ongeëwenaarde kuns te verfyn. Dít terwyl ons arme mans hulpeloos moes toekyk hoe hulle ons telkens ‘n rat voor die oë draai. Wel, die status quo verander vandág, want ‘Ek stel nie op dié stadium belang in ‘n verhouding nie’. Ek kan ‘n ellelange bespreking oor dié jokkie voer, maar die kort en lank daarvan is dat sy nie op dié stadium belangstel in ‘n verhouding met jóú nie. Aanvaar dit en beweeg aan. See. Vol. Visse. Capisce? ‘Ek weeg X kilogram’. Die feit dat ‘n vrou oor haar gewig jok het niks met jóú te make nie, sy doen dit bloot om selfsugtige redes: omdat sy heimlik meer wil weeg, omdat sy heimlik minder wil weeg, of omdat sy heimlik voel dat X kilogram min of meer by haar selfbeeld pas. Die verhouding tussen ‘n vrou en haar gewig is ‘n misterie, om die minste te sê, en dis iets waarby jy nié betrokke wil raak nie. ‘Ek gaan oor ‘n minuut gereed wees’. As jy, elke keer voor jy die huis kan verlaat, vir ‘n uur lank in die bad moet lê, ‘n skeermes moet inlê oor die helfte van jou lyf, jouself moet verdrink in velbevogter, tien lae grimering moet aanwend en ‘n dosyn verskillende uitrustings moet oorweeg, sal dit jou ook ‘n ewigheid neem om jouself in gereedheid te bring. Raak dus maar rustig en begin solank lees aan daai boek wat al só lank vanuit die rak vir jou loer. Die kanse is uitstekend dat jy tot naby aan die laaste hoofstuk sal kom teen die tyd wat daardie ‘minuut’ verstreke is. ‘Daar is niks fout nie’. Ja, reg.

Is daar nie áltyd iets fout nie? As dit nie jou baardstoppels in die wasbak is nie, is dit jou gebrek aan empatie met die lot van Desperate Housewives, maar fout dié sal daar áltyd te vind wees. Dalk is dit bloot omdat dat die werklikheid deur ‘n Mars-bril absoluut anders lyk as die werklikheid deur ‘n Venus-bril. ‘Dit maak nie saak dat jy vergeet het nie’. Om ‘n verjaarsdag/ herdenking/afspraak te vergeet, is gelykstaande aan ‘n terroristeaanval op ‘n vrou se hart. Sy mag dalk beweer dat sy jou vergewe het, maar sy sal die littekens van daardie rampspoedige dag tot in lengte van dae met haar saamdra. Voorkom dié netelige situasie deur sommer nou dádelik ‘n reëling met Interflora te tref om vir die volgende vyf dekades ‘n bossie blomme op belangrike dae by die voordeur te kom aflewer. ‘Jy is reg’. Vergeet dit ou maat, jy is nié reg nie. Was nog nooit en sal nooit wees nie. En wat hierdie punt betref het jy net twee opsies: jy moet óf daaraan gewoond raak, óf jy moet maar by voorbaat met ‘n bedrewe prokureur in verbinding tree. ‘Ek is mál oor jou vriende’. Natúúrlik is sy. Selfs al ‘steel’ hulle haar tyd saam met jou en selfs al vereis hulle nou en dan ‘n skerfie van jou aandag. Dit behoort immers voor die hand liggend te wees dat sy te alle tye geregtig is op 100% van jou onverdeelde aandag. Kug-kug. Hou egter net te alle tye die volgende in gedagte: soos Bono en sy maats reeds in die 1980’s vasgestel het, mag jy dalk dink dat jy nie sáám met haar kan leef nie, maar jy sal baie, báie beslis ook nie sónder haar kan leef nie. En dít ís die waarheid.


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After Defiance: Banning and the ANC’s Mandela Plan

THE Defiance Campaign was a turning point. It demonstrated for the first time the power of mass non-violent resistance, and caused ANC membership to grow from 20,000 to 100,000; the government responded with mass arrests, introducing the Public Safety Act, 1953 to permit martial law. In May, authorities banned Transvaal ANC President J. B. Marks - who had led the 1946 Miners’ Strike that saw 400 000 down tools - from making public appearances. Unable to maintain his position, he recommended Mandela as his successor. Although ultra-Africanists opposed his candidacy, Mandela was elected

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PINOT Noir originates from Burgundy & Champagne in France. In South Africa it is a light to medium bodied red wine depending on the degree of wood maturation. Cape Chamonix Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 Franschoek Extravagant Pinot with raspberries and cherry aromas followed by a touch of spice. Hint of earthiness shows ageing potential. Great structure. A well deserved 5 stars from Platter. bbr.com Newton Johnson Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 Upper Hemelen-Aarde Vallei: Earthy colour with lovely strawberry and raspberry notes. Light on the palate with supple flowing tannins. bibendum-wine.co.uk

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regional president in October. In the early 1950s, Mandela was influenced by left-wing, anticolonialist thought, including figures like Karl Marx. On 30 July 1952, Mandela was arrested under the Suppression of Communism Act and stood trial as a part of the 21 accused – among them Moroka, Sisulu and Dadoo – in Johannesburg. Found guilty of “statutory communism”, their sentence of nine months’ hard labour was suspended for two years. In December, Mandela was given a six-month ban from attending meetings or talking to more than one individual at a time, making his Transvaal

ANC presidency impractical. The Defiance Campaign meanwhile petered out. In September 1953, Andrew Kunene read out Mandela’s “No Easy Walk to Freedom” speech at a Transvaal ANC meeting; the title was taken from a quote by Indian independence leader Jawaharlal Nehru, a seminal influence on Mandela’s thought. The speech laid out a contingency plan for a scenario in which the ANC was banned. This Mandela Plan, or M-Plan, involved dividing the organisation into a cell structure with a more centralised leadership, the easier to combat state repression.

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South African couple launches English bubbly to rival champagne by SANDI THOMPSON

NESTLED high up in Surrey Hills you will find High Clandon Estate Vineyard. This hidden gem off the A3, just 45 minutes from Greater London, is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is not a surprise therefore that a South African couple has snapped up this prime patch of England and put it to good use producing sparking wine. Bruce and Sibylla Tindale are the proud ‘parents’ of the Quintessence of England High Clandon Queen’s Jubilee Cuvée, a brut-style English Sparkling Wine. Sibylla comes from a marketing background and Bruce has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Viticulture & Oenology from

Plumpton College, Brighton. The Surrey hills are formed of the same limestone stretching all the way to the Dover cliffs and across the channel to the chalky geology of the Épernay Champagne region of France. This makes it the “perfect environment to grow Champagne type grapes for the quintessential English Sparkling Wine,” says

Sibylla. ‘Quintessence’ has been crafted from the classic trio of champagne grapes – Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay (varietals or cépages) – and uniquely has four years’ bottle maturation. High Clandon Quintessence was launched this month and attended by the who’s who of English winemaking. “Champagne is a blended wine so every time you buy a particular bottle you know you are getting the exact same taste. Our wine is a vintage, which means that only the grapes of a particular harvest are included. So every one of our wines is unique to that year and has a unique taste. The cuvee is the best juice from the first press.” www.highclandon.co.uk

Taste Durbanville Hills wines and chocolate at Slug & Lettuce A match made in heaven - Knysna fine chocolate paired with Durbanville Hills wine - at four Slug and Lettuce outlets acorss the UK

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DURBANVILLE Hills Wines, the South African wine cellar which overlooks Table Mountain, Table Bay and Robben Island, is combining two of the world’s most tantalizing palate pleasers with their chocolate and wine pairings on offer at Slug and Lettuce outlets. Chocolate and wine are natural companions offering both complex flavours and notes, similar components and nuances, and their individual tannin structure combines effortlessly. When you pair a good quality chocolate with one of Durbanville Hills’ exceptional wines you’ll experience how these natural companions draw out certain flavours from each other and intertwine to offer a completely new taste. The tastings are currently on offer every Wednesday evening at participating Slug and Lettuce outlets in London, Bath, Harrogate and Birmingham. Durbanville Hills Wines, situated a mere 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, launched the Wine and Chocolate Experience in 2011 to offer wine enthusiasts

visiting the cellar a fun and interactive way to experience a wine tasting. Produced by an artisan chocolatier in the small town of Knysna, situated along the beautiful Garden Route, the chocolates are specifically made to pair with wine. They melt easily and do not coat the palate with a waxy layer as found with traditional confectionery. The best way to taste chocolate and wine is to first take a sip of the wine to coat your mouth and let the flavours build. Take a small bite of chocolate and let it melt in your mouth before taking another sip of the wine to allow the flavours to intensify and blend together. A final sip of wine reveals how the chocolate has transformed its taste. The tastings cost £10.95 each and include a bottle of Durbanville Hills’ wine and four batons of chocolate. The participating Slug and Lettuce outlets are Hanover Street and St Mary Axe in London, George Street in Bath, Montpellier Hill in North Yorkshire and Broad Street in Birmingham. www.slugandlettuce.co.uk


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SAA is central to the economy says CEO, but is it fit for purpose? As Africa’s aviation industry grows, South Africa’s state-owned carrier may contribute to the economy, but many criticise the SAA structure

by PAULA BARANOWSKA

SOUTH African Airways (SAA) CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, announced that the company is crucial to the country’s economy. Bezuidenhout stated on Tuesday, 4 June 2013, that SAA continues to fulfil its mandate in terms of national development. “In South Africa alone, the value of SAA extends well beyond its balance sheet, with the airline functioning as a substantial economic enabler,” he said. However, speaking to Gateway to Africa last week, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, included SAA among dysfunctional state companies. “I’m saying of course because most of our para-statals are dysfunctional. Telkom, Postbank, Transnet….is at least now under Brian [Molefe] is much better, Passenger Rail, SABC, SAA, I rest my case,” said Dr Ramphele. SAA leadership structure has experienced sustained turbulence in the last 12 month. In February 2013 Vuyisile Kona, the acting CEO was suspended after four months in the job, when allegations, which were not further explained, were brought to the attention of the SAA board. Before, in September 2012, six board members and a chairwoman, Cheryl Carolus, all resigned in one night, after Public Enterprises Minister, Malusi Gigaba, decided to cancel SAA’s AGM. In his statement, Bezuidenhout referred to Oxford Economics study, which found that collectively SAA, SAA

Technical, SAA Cargo, the airline Mango, Air Chefs and the SA Travel Centre contributed R3.6bn of direct output to South Africa’s economy. But Bezuidenhout said the airline’s total contribution to the economy was R21.6bn, including R4bn indirectly from its supply chain, R1.6bn through spending on employees and respective supply chains, and as much as R12.4bn in benefits through tourism. “Equal to SAA’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) is the fact that the group supports 34 000 jobs in South Africa,” he added. Of that number 11 500 jobs were directly supported by the group, 16 400 were in the SAA supply chain, and further 6300 jobs were generated through spending by SAA and its supply chain. Bezuidenhout said a sound policy framework was a critical

factor for a state-owned airline, and added that other examples of “whole of state,” aviation policies had succeeded in Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia. General predictions for the aviation industry are positive. On Monday after a meeting in Cape Town, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), increased its profit projections for airlines this year, as they are flying more passengers and benefiting from unexpectedly lower fuel prices. Iata’s predictions for Africa were also rosy, as it is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. Its growth was forecast is at 6.8 per cent annually for the next three years – during the meeting, Mr Gigaba, called for a greater cooperation between leading African airlines – SAA, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.

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South Africa works to attract more investment from Japan by PAULA BARANOWSKA

AHEAD of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which started on 1 June 2013, a series of investment seminars have been held in Yokohoma, which try to encourage Japanese businesses to invest more in South Africa In February 2013, South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry, and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) signed a memorandum of understanding. These investment seminars are a part of the plan envisaged by that agreement. Japan already has 108 companies in the country and has created more than 150 000 jobs in South Africa. “We are at an advanced stage of

establishing a Free Trade Area, which would include 26 East and Southern African member states with a gross domestic product of $624 billion,” she added. South African Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, said that the seminars will give South African businesses a chance to have bilateral interactions with their Japanese counterparts. The seminars are hosted by the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi United Financial of Japan (UFJ), and aim to show Japanese business the opportunities presented by South Africa. But these seminars also try to educate Japanese business about the business climate in South Africa, and the cultural adjustment required on the ground in order to succeed.


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THE Rand began trading at around 15.5 to the British Pound last Monday and around 9.97 against the US Dollar. The Rand weakened against both currencies towards the middle of the week and then strengthened again to close at 15.47 to the Pound and 9.94 to Dollar. The Rand strengthened in late trade on Thursday despite good US data that boosted the dollar against the Euro. Slower growth in Europe, where a debt crisis that began more than two years ago may lead to Greece leaving the monetary union, is curbing demand from a region that buys about a fifth of South African exports. In his budget speech on Feb. 22, Gordhan cut his growth forecast this year to 2.7 per cent from an earlier estimate of 3.4 per cent. There is no evidence that Europe will solve its problems in the near future, and South Africa has to restructure its own economy to address structural constraints.

While the effects of a European crisis will be greater in Africa than the 2008 GFC, with the exception of South Africa the impact will not be as great as other regions that are more exposed to default risk in European financial markets. Still, African leaders cannot afford to ignore the developments of Greece this weekend. If indeed Greece does default, governments in Africa will need to immediately begin to reduce spending and look for ways to diversify trade. GBP / ZAR: 15.5187 EUR / ZAR: 13.1726 USD / ZAR: 9.8720 NZD / ZAR: 7.9736 AUD / ZAR: 9.4880 (17/62013) For expert financial advice on tax, foreign exchange and more, make ‘first contact with us at 1stcontact.com Brought to you by

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WHY did you come to the UK? I did my Masters in Human Ecology at Edinburgh University and my PhD at Nottingham University, which was one of the few universities in the world at that time (10 years ago) that was offering a PhD in corporate social responsibility. After that, I started working for Cambridge University and also started up CSR International and more recently Kaleidoscope Futures. I’ve found the UK a really good base for an international career, with connections to Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa. As a result, my work has now taken me to more than 60 countries. How did you become interested in ecology and sustainability? It was an interest all the way

back when I was studying at the University of Cape Town. I was doing Business Science and I got involved in a business student organisation called AIESEC. They had a conference in Japan in 1990 on sustainable development. It was in the lead-up to what became known as the Rio Earth Summit, the biggest gathering of international heads of state on these issues. That engaged my interest, and then I did my honours dissertation on green marketing. Then I went into general management consulting as a strategy analyst, but always looking out for the positive social and environmental impact that business can make. How would you compare sustainability in the UK and South Africa? Generally, the UK is further ahead on issues like tackling climate change. South Africa is still very much a coal-based economy and despite some innovations like solar panels on low-cost housing, it has one of the worst greenhouse gas emission records in the world. On the other hand, South Africa has very progressive legislation, and it has had some innovation over the years. For example, its track record on recycling has been world class, because it’s linked the issue

to tackling poverty. Unfortunately, South Africa suffers, as many developing countries do, from very good legislation but very poor enforcement. The UK has better policy enforcement, but a lifestyle that has a much bigger negative environmental impact. So, it depends how you look at it. But there is also the argument that developing countries should have the chance to develop? Exactly, it’s difficult to make a moral argument that developing countries should not grow, when we’ve had hundred years to industrialise in the West. But at the same time, there is a global moral imperative to act that crosses borders, because South Africa, like many developing countries, will suffer more from the effects of climate change. The trick is to improve social wellbeing at the same time as reducing environmental impact. And that’s the Holy Grail for the whole world at the moment. Developed countries, like the UK, have a strong responsibility to help – they can transfer clean technology, reduce their own impact and provide incentives for countries like South Africa to grow in a green way.

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SAMMY is the face of the Starfish Greathearts Foundation, which aims to bring life, hope and opportunity to children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa by identifying the very best community based organisations and partnering with them to ensure the highest quality care. Sammy, when did you arrive in the UK? I came over here twelve years ago when the Starfish Greathearts Foundation set up my base of operations in London. As a starfish, what is your job description? I act alone in the service of vulnerable children, constantly reminding people of how they, like the starfish saved and thrown back into the sea, can be helped to have better lives, one child at a time. What does your job entail? My job is to inspire everyone to take up challenges that will result in support for more children in southern Africa. Kids in the UK love to see me here, there and everywhere. Of course I go into intensive training and watch my diet for a day or so in advance of an event, be it marathons, triathlons or cycling. How long have you been in your current position? I’ve been available for superhero

duties ever since a few young South Africans met in a coffee shop in London and made the decision to change lives back home. I have dual citizenship. Did you find that your qualifications were automatically accepted in the UK? Was there a reaccreditation process? As a superhero my qualifications and dynamism are self-evident. I may not be able to fly, but I can do 20 star jumps before breakfast. One look at me and authorities simply wave me through. How does wearing a uniform change your job? Do you, for example, find that the public cooperate more readily with you when you’re in uniform? Does it boost morale? As soon as they see me, people smile. My uniform is an instant morale-booster. Anyone recognising me in my cape and mask, white shorts, orange tights and long matching hair instantly feels confident, enthusiastic and ready to run, cycle or take on any physical challenge that will make Starfish reach more children. How would you compare the British public’s attitude towards your job to that of the SA public? Well, I’ve worked in South Africa, America and the UK, and I find no difference in attitude. Though I must admit to having some very

Sammy in orange at the Comrades Marathon 2012

If you could change one thing to make your job better, what would it be? If I could change one thing it would be the elimination of my arch enemy HIV/AIDS and its tragic consequences. And I’d be happy to do myself out of a job. What is the biggest public misconception about your job? There is one misunderstanding about me. People think that I have extraordinary personal abilities whereas in fact my powers radiate through others. As I limber up and stretch, then cheer, shout and dance and raise my banner, I pass new energy, determination and sheer speed into the runners and jumpers who raise funds for Starfish. Through the power of individuals amazing positive change occurs. What would you change about your uniform? Well, my uniform could be more stylish. But it stands out in a crowd and until I find a sponsor it is the best I can do. You can’t miss me, can you? Not many people in my line of work have orange hair and the cape is a vital indication of my transferable superpowers. What has been your most rewarding day at work so far? Every day that I run alongside children and see the enthusiasm in their faces (and I get to dance around to Johnny Clegg’s Spirit of the Greathearts, which he wrote for Starfish). And I get to hear about the incredible difference we are making back home. Are you a first-generation superhero mascot? Does anyone else in your family work in uniform? My family of superheroes, Superman, Spiderman, Batman, like me, all have distinctive and instantly recognised uniforms. But my other family, all those wonderful people who work within Starfish projects to improve the lives of vulnerable children and all the supporters over here, do not. What message do you have for your fans and other Saffas trying to make a difference? I want to tell them that each of us can bring love and happy days to vulnerable and orphaned children in southern Africa. You never know where I will turn up, so keep looking out for me. See you soon at one of our upcoming events: BUPA 10k, Ride London 100, British 10k, London Triathlon etc... To find out more about Sammy’s activities, get in touch with Sammy Starfish’s UK agent, Elinor at elinor. middleton@starfish charity.org


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Marvellous Marrakech Marrakech has been drawing travellers for over a thousand years. Now, as the only short-haul destinatination that remains hot until October, UK travellers have an excellent reason to head south to a city of couscous, tagines and jewel-like colours bathed in strong Mediterranean light. by MARIANNE GRAY

LEFT The sumptuous Taj Palace Hotel epitomises the juxtaposition of lush green oases, baking desert heat and the distant Atlas Mountains that chracterises Marrakech RIGHT INSET The famed Jemaa el Fna at sunset

THE capital of Southern Morocco, Marrakech is not exactly a secret travel destination. Its enticing attractions have been known to the Arab world since the 11th century and to Western visitors since the late 1920s, when the famous La Marmounia hotel was created. Built in sumptuous Art Deco style in the garden of the palace of an 18th century prince, Moulay Marmoun, the rich and beautiful of the West flocked to La Marmounia to take the winter sun. Churchill and Clemmy stayed there every year for two decades. Rita Hayworth, Arletty, Paul Valery, the Rothschilds and Erich von Stroheim also came. Maurice Ravel brought his piano with him on holiday – it still stands in the lobby – and it is reportedly Mick Jagger’s favourite holiday destination. Marrakech is at the foot of the snowy Atlas Mountains, inland from the Atlantic coast between Casablanca and Agadir and stands behind ochre-orange mud brick rampart walls that have been there since the 12th century. Known as El Hamra, the Red City, it sparkles under a crisp blue sky in sunlight so pure it reflects Marrakech’s colours like jewels – shining marble, glazed green roof tiles, golden courtyards and astonishingly bright flowers and trees. Purple jacarandas,

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pink oleanders, pomegranates, bougainvilleas, orange trees and palms, the famous Marrakech rose. The timeless city is compact within the walls. Inside the Medina, with its winding passages, palaces, carpeted courtyards and museums, are several souks (marketplaces) where Berbers and Arabs come with the finest craftsmanship that seems to have hardly changed in the past thousand years. Things are still cheap to buy but only after a bit of friendly bargaining, when your top price rises to meet their bottom price. In the centre of town is the massive square of Jemaa el Fna where people sip mint tea at pavement cafés and stroll in the shade of tall trees. On the marketplace everything from snake-charming and apothecary and fortune-telling jostles for space with hot food stalls and political debaters. Just when you think you have found a tiny spot of calm in which to compose your photograph and take stock, someone will rustle up a cobra or an amber and silver necklace and you’re back in the swing of it all. There are now many smart restaurants in Marrakech complete with belly-dancers and, for the foreign market, alcohol. Dar Yacout, at 79 Rue Sidi Ahmed Soussi (tel 00 212 44 38 2929) is the best-known and most lavishly decorated restaurant in Marrakech, but there are also many little cafes with names like Jamal and Laksur, with terraces on the roof or courtyards tangled with jasmine and honeysuckle, where you can eat an excellent kebab, cous-cous, omelette or salad. It’s easy to get around Marrakech – walking, by horse-drawn taxis, buses or taxis. Taxis are everywhere – Peugeot 205 taxi’s for three passengers and Mercedes for bigger loads – and they have meters but you need to request for them to be switched on. Like everything else, fares are negotiable. It would be true to call Marrakech a haven of beauty and peace. It is a place I would rush back to at the drop of a rose petal. For more information, see www.visitmorocco.com.


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Ryan Koriya, the flying multi-instrumentalist London-based rocker Ryan Koriya recently played Camden Rocks and Zambezi Fest in Northampton. We talk to him about his passion for flying, his new EP and being Zimbabwe’s answer to Seal… by YOMI ADEGOKE

ZIMBABWEAN singer-songwriter Ryan Koriya’s animated spirit was as evident in our interview as during his recent performance at Camden Rocks. His unbridled energy raised the roof; even more laidback songs were tinged with an undercurrent of excitement, with a soothing sound echoing that of Ben Howard or John Mayer. I caught up with him before the show: How did you end up with your current band? I always find with being a musician it’s hard to find other musicians. Especially ones on the same wavelength as you or those who want to get involved with what you’re doing. I’m a singersongwriter; like John Mayer or Sting, and when you see those guys at a gig they have people playing with them. I essentially needed a backing band and got in touch with a London college where people study music and asked if they could find out if anyone was interested in auditioning. I auditioned these guys in December when I got back from finishing my EP, London’s Burning. It’s a funny story because they actually come as a package – they’re three guys from Sweden, drums (Linus), bass (Lukas) and guitar (Andreas), and also play together as a trio.. And in a way they were looking for a lead singer, so it all kind of works out. How would you describe your music to somebody who has never heard it before? My music is like something you prepare, like food. Because I think of music like soul food. I want it to make people feel warm, but also keep them a little hungry. My music is about trying to inspire people. I’m a guy who went, ‘Okay, I want to be a musician, it’s one of the most difficult things to try and do and most people advise against it but I’m just going to be myself’. As a musician I make music that is both relaxing and empowering. ‘Dark Days’ is a good example; the song is driving but its also chilled.

It has a relaxing effect but also a momentum. I really want people to see my EP as half an hour of music that after you’ve finished listening to you’re going to see the world in a brighter shade. You play guitar, bass, violin and cello – what’s your favourite? Guitar, because it was the doorway to song writing for me. I grew up playing classical music, so violin and cello in orchestras and quartets are very specific in melodic use. I picked up the guitar when I was 20 and it changed my world because I thought ‘Woah, I’m playing an instrument where I can think in chords!’ It’s my favourite when it comes to singing. In terms of playing? The cello. It’s one of the most beautiful instruments, the tone is amazing. My ideal combo is guitar, cello and vocal. I might actually do something like that in my next project. A very Damien Rice approach. Did you always know you were going to be a musician? It kind of sneaked up on me. If you asked any family member, from when I was three I was always going to be a pilot. And then I left school and the economy was bad so university was out of the question and flying was expensive. So I sort of fell back on music. From the age of eight I sang in choirs and when I was 13 I started cello and violin. I realised music was something I always loved, it was my passion and so was flying. I remember being very young and listening to my parents’ Michael Jackson vinyls, so yeah, music has definitely always been a part of me. If you weren’t a musician what would you have been? Definitely a pilot and I still will. When I have money to burn, literally in the form of fuel, I will definitely get a flying licence. I love flying and travelling the world. I did a 26-hour flight to Australia and was like ‘Not a problem!’ People say ‘Oh my gosh, it’s difficult!’ but I love it! I also miss acting. I did it all the way through school.

Ryan Koriya (second from left) and his band (Image: Gauri Chauhan)

Where do you draw inspiration? For me every song begins with a feeling and I follow through with that. A lot has to do with my own experiences. Songs like ’Dark Days’ came from growing up in a sunny country and struggling with winter. I wasn’t used to having darkness come so early and I got quite depressed about it. But the song is actually very positive. It’s sort of like ‘Okay, you’ll be fine. Winter comes but it goes’. It was also about someone I knew who was in a bad relationship and finally left it so those dark days were over. So yeah, its normally very personal. It’s not often I look at things from an outside perspective. What’s an unforgettable touring memory? This is a random one. I was playing

in Putney and a friend was at the front. I have this thing I do in a certain song when I’m playing bass, where after the last chorus I don’t need my pick any more so I throw it into the crowd. And this friend would always pick it up or catch it. So that night I saw her and aimed for her chest, hoping to get it into her top. After the show she said she couldn’t find it anywhere. Then at 2am I got a text from her saying she had found it at the bottom of her bra. It was definitely a good throw! Do you prefer performing in more intimate or larger venues? Both, totally. I’m a man of variety which explains why I’m always on the move. I love playing in London but then I don’t want to stay too long. Last week I was in Barcelona where they had these small rooms

where you’d play to a dozen people but there’s this amazing energy in there, you know? I love intimacy. I’ve had amazing experiences in a friend’s kitchen in Edinburgh and playing to two other people! But I also aspire to bigger venues. Today I was online watching Arcade Fire a few years ago playing at Reading Festival and going ‘Oh! That is my job! That’s me!’ I would love to play something that big. A festival stage feels like I’m in the kitchen and the guitarist is in the bathroom. It means I can run around and headbang by the drum kit and then go sing to the crowd. The London’s Burning EP is out now on iTunes and Amazon. There are two free songs to download from www.ryankoriya.com


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Boks stutter to uninspiring win Scotland provide a sorely-needed wake-up call to the Boks after a lacklustre victory for SA that very nearly went the other way. The score doesn’t tell the whole story, as the Boks led by only three points with six minutes left to play

by GAVIN RICH

THE Springboks regrouped timeously enough after halftime to avoid the ultimate embarrassment, but their 30-17 win over Scotland in their second Castle Lager Incoming Series test at Mbombela Stadium will have left coach Heyneke Meyer with plenty to think about. Indeed, although beaten in the end, it was Scotland who would have ended the game feeling the happier of the teams, for theirs was a rousing display and a vast improvement on the performance they delivered when defeated for the first time ever by Samoa seven days previously. It was on the basis of that Scotland defeat and the Springboks’ emphatic win over Italy later in the day at Kings Park on the first Saturday of the series, that the home side started this game as such overwhelming favourites. But like they have done so often on the other side of the equator in Edinburgh over the past decade, the Scots gave the Boks a much better game than expected and it led to Jean de Villiers’ men losing composure. If you didn’t see the game, don’t read the final score as a completely accurate reflection of what happened. What might be more pertinent in telling the story of this match than the final score is to say that with six minutes to go, there were only three points in it as the Boks led 20-17. It was then that replacement flyhalf Patrick Lambie stepped up to kick a penalty to make it a six point buffer. And then right on the final whistle, with the Scots out on their feet after throwing the kitchen sink at the bigger and stronger South Africans for nearly 80 minutes, young centre Jan Serfontein dropped in to score his first of what should be many tries for the Boks to give the scoreline a

slightly flattering look. It was hard to anticipate Scotland’s 10-6 halftime lead, or the 17-6 lead four minutes into the second half. An 11-point lead with not that much more than half an hour to go – surely that was a joke? But it wasn’t, and in the end the Scots stretched the Boks and gave them a game. That may have been a good thing for the South Africans. Although the Scots will be happy with the brave defeat, maybe it was the Boks who got more out of the game – in the sense that the way they struggled when unable to breach the gainline and knock the Scots back in the collisions was a timely wake-up call for the South Africans, who may have been drawn in by the hubris after last week’s game, where frankly some of the reaction was over the top. But full marks to the Scots for the way they pinpointed where the Boks needed to be fronted – and they did it. Scorers South Africa – Tries: Penalty try, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein. Conversions: Morne Steyn (2), Pat Lambie. Penalties: Steyn (2), Lambie. Scotland – Tries: Matt Scott, Alex Dunbar. Conversions: Greig Laidlaw (2). Penalty: Laidlaw.


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It’s time for the Olympics to be held in Africa IOC official says he wants to see Olympics in Africa, while Zuma admits South Africa would be “very happy,” to host the first Olympics on the continent by PAULA BARANOWSKA

NG SER MIANG, who recently launched his election campaign for the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said that a Games bid from Africa is on the horizon. Ng, who hopes to succeed Jacques Rogge as head of the international body, has been instrumental in growing Olympic culture and aspirations in his home state of Singapore, which won its first Olympic medal in 48 years under his direction. Speaking to insidethegames at the Paris-Sorbonne University after announcing his candidacy, the former sailor said he believed Africa would host the Games in not too distant future. “Africa is the second biggest continent, the second most populous continent [behind Asia], great countries, great cities. The sports leaders and political leaders

Cape Town is the only African city to have proceeded to the candidate round to host an Olympiad since 1916

are passionate. I believe in my lifetime I will see a Games in Africa,” said the 64-year-old. South Africa, which hosted a successful maiden African World Cup in 2010, is often seen as the prime candidate to organise the continent’s first Olympics. President Jacob Zuma, speaking at a press conference in Tokyo

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recently, said, “I think South Africa will be very happy to host the Olympics. We have, I think, sufficient facilities to do so. Ever since 1994, we have been part of the world and have hosted a number of important international events and when it comes to the Olympics, you know, we also attempted to host it.” South Africa opted out of bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games, although Durban was seen as a strong contender. At the time, the government

explained that it wanted to focus on social priorities in a country where many people are still affected by poverty but suggested it would bid for the 2024 Games. The IOC is due to select a host city for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics in 2017. Among other African nations that plan on bidding to host those games are Kenya (Nairobi) and Morocco (Casablanca). They may however face a strong competition from Qatar (Doha) as it failed to make the shortlist

of candidates to host the Games in 2020. Many other cities have expressed interest in hosting the 2024 Olympics. In the United States alone, which recently lost Chicago’s bid to Rio de Janeiro, ten cities are eager to organise the Games, including including Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Paris might be another strong contender as 2024 will be the 100th anniversary of its last Olympics in 1924.


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BOKS STUTTER TO UNINSPIRING WIN

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RAINY TIE SEES PROTEAS CLINCH SEMI-FINAL SPOT

A Dale Steyn catch off the last ball of Friday’s game against the West Indies sees the Proteas advance to this week’s semifinals thanks to the complexities of the Duckworth-Lewis method by EVAN BARTLETT

IN A dramatic finish on Friday in Cardiff, South Africa secured a tie with the West Indies, and a spot in this week’s semi-finals, thanks to the complexities of the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method and their superior net run-rate in Group B. A solitary catch from Dale Steyn with the last ball of the match before rain stopped play ultimately making all the difference. At 190-5 in the 27th over, the West Indies had just moved ahead of the D/L par score for the first time in the match when chasing down a target of 231, but that wicket of Pollard to make it 190-6 meant they fell behind just as the umpires decided to abandon the match for rain. Therefore, the catch that Steyn took was absolutely crucial – had he dropped it, West Indies would be in the semi-final and South Africa on the first plane home. This was a cruel turn of events for the West Indies in a game where they had just started to gain the ascendancy. There was always a chance that the weather would affect play in some way or other, rain had progressed inevitability throughout the morning with the poor ground staff on and off the

field like yo-yos. Eventually the cloud subsided enough at 12.30pm for Umpires Davis and Tucker to make their way to the middle for an inspection. In a match reduced to 31 overs per side, it was the Proteas who started in the more positive manner. Asked to bat first by West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo, South Africa scored an admirable 230 for 6 thanks in the most part to Colin Ingram’s free-flowing 73 including two huge sixes which went out of the ground and into the nearby River Taff. His innings was accompanied by a middle-order contribution from AB de Villiers (37), as well as a late flourish from Faf du Plessis (35) and David Miller (38) who put on a partnership of 68. The West Indies chase had struggled to get going at stages with some tight bowling from South Africa, notably Lonwabo Tsotsobe (0-37) first up as well as Robin Peterson (1-22) in the middle overs. But the chase was brought to life with Gayle’s devastating cross-bat drive for four to long-off from Dale Steyn’s (2-33) first ball of the tournament. Chris Morris (1-30), so good on debut against Pakistan on Monday,

Dale Steyn held on to a swirling catch to clinch a semi-final spot for the Proteas. Peter Cziborra/Action Images

was brought into the attack to take Gayle’s (36) wicket – the batsman slicing one to du Plessis at backward-point. But then an explosive 58 partnership between Samuels (48) and Pollard (28) looked to be taking the game away from South Africa, Samuels taking 31 off 9 balls at one point.

But Dale Steyn, returning for his third spell of the game claimed his wicket with a sharp in-swinger that took the Jamaican’s stump out of the ground. From then on it was a battle against the weather as the clouds started to gather. The contributions of the two Bravos (Dwayne (8) and Darren

(12)) were not quite enough, and ultimately it was that wicket of Pollard from the bowling of McLaren (1-34) that turned the game in South Africa’s favour. That result puts South Africa through to the semi-final at the Oval on Wednesday where they will face the winners of Group A.

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