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|Oscar Pistorius’s appeared in court on Reeva Steenkamp’s birthday, where his trial date was set for March 2014 and he will face charges of premeditated murder and illegal possession of ammunition

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OSCAR Pistorius’s trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been transferred to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to start on 3 March, 2014. This was announced by Magistrate Desmond Nair during the star Paralympian’s brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday, which would have been Steenkamp’s 30th birthday. The 26-year-old sprinter arrived at the court surrounded by dozens of reporters and cameramen. Steenkamp’s family and friends sat near to Pistorius’s family in the packed courtroom, where the athlete once again struggled to contain his emotions as he stood in the dock. The state is arguing that Steenkamp’s death on 14 February was premeditated murder, a charge which carries a sentence of life imprisonment. Prosecutors handed over a five-page indictment, giving Pistorius’s legal team a chance to understand just how the State will approach the case. The indictment contains two counts: premeditated murder and an additional charge of illegal possession of ammunition. Nair said, “The matter before me today is merely for the postponement to the high court.” According to South Africa’s Sunday Times, the police have built a case against Pistorius as a trigger-happy gunman prone to violent outbursts, which they will say was why he killed Steenkamp. Pistorius’s past boasting of being

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a crack shot and threats to “break people’s legs” could come back to haunt him because the prosecution will now rely on former girlfriends and acquaintances in an attempt to expose his “aggressive character”. The State intends to call 107 witnesses, including former investigating officer Hilton Botha, Steenkamp’s ex-boyfriend Warren Lahoud, Pistorius’s sister Aimee, uncle Arnold and former soccer player Marc Batchelor. Batchelor is expected to testify about an altercation between him

and Pistorius during which the athlete threatened to “break his legs”. Samantha Taylor, who dated Pistorius before he started dating Steenkamp, has also turned State witness and has told police about an incident in which Pistorius “stood up and fired shots through the sunroof” while she was driving along a highway. Taylor previously claimed that Pistorius had a dark side not many people knew about. Her mother wrote on Facebook Continued on page 2

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Continued from front page after the shooting, “I’m so glad Sammy is safe and out of the clutches of that man.” Although it was rumoured that Pistorius and Steenkamp were involved in a love triangle with the model’s ex-boyfriend, the Springbok Francois Hougaard, his name is not on the witness list. The Sunday Times has reported that ballistic tests show Pistorius was, in fact, on his stumps when

he pumped bullets through the toilet door of his Pretoria house in the early hours of Valentine’s Day, killing Steenkamp. The state has argued that Pistorius was wearing his prosthetic legs when he shot through the door. Jannie van der Westhuizen, an international expert in the field of blood spatter, has been reportedly been appointed by the defence to what is sure to be one of the legal trials of the decade.

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One year on from the Marikana massacre, has anything changed in SA? by SARAH WARD

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by police, Ben Magara, head of Lonmin, said, ”It should not have to take the loss of so many lives for us as a company, as employees, as a community and as a nation to learn that this should have never happened and that it should never happen again. Each day we feel the effects of this tragedy,” he said. Since 16 August, 34 families have lacked a breadwinner, and the 78 miners who were injured are unable to work — at risk too, from violent repercussions of their involvement in last August’s Marikana strike. At least two, Lungani Mabutyana and Marvellous Mpofana, have committed suicide. In the year since the massacre not one police officer has been charged, and President Jacob Zuma’s InterMinisterial Committee set up to investigate the problems faced by mining communities has quickly lost its function. President Zuma and the ANC chose to boycott today’s memorial, claiming, “People are taking advantage of a tragedy for their own political benefit.” The National Union of Miners (NUM), the ally of the ANC, and rival of the influential mining union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) who helped to organised the event, also announced that it would be staying away, citing potential violence as the reason. The memorial service was intended as an olive branch between warring sides. Its organisers were chosen for their dedication to the communities of Marikana and their recovery: advocate Dali Mpofu, bishop Jo Seok, and AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa, who said, “One must not get tired of preaching peace. Peace is a process. It should be ongoing.” The increased use of subcontractors has unsettled the unions, whose ability to represent their members in increased economic hardship and with no work guaranteed has caused cynicism and rivalry. In 1998, the formation of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union challenged the monopoly held by the National Union of Mineworkers, for the many miners who felt that NUM was too closely tied to the ANC. The 270 mineworkers arrested on the day of the mass shootings were initially charged with the murder of their colleagues, a case which was dropped as their lawyers called on The Marikana massacre shocked South Africa and the world, and drew attention to the conditions involved in the production of platinum, with international calls for boycotts of Lonmin. The close ties between the ANC, the police and the unions have been examined in the aftermath of the strike, raising questions about how independent any of these establishments are.


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SA innovation leads the way: Musk’s Hyperloop and Shuttleworth’s superphone | Homegrown hi-tech talents are pushing Mzansi to the forefront of innovation in a number of futuristic fields by SERTAN SANDERSON

MARK Shuttleworth is a wellknown South African millionaire who made his fortune at the height of the dot-com expansion by inventing security solutions for online retailers. After selling his company, Thawte, to security conglomerate VeriSign he went on to develop Ubuntu, a derivative version of Linux used by software developers. Now he wants to crowdfund the development of the world’s first smartphone that would be as powerful as an actual computer without compromising size. The ambitious project aims to attract $32 million from geeks all around the world, of which $7 million has already been secured. The specifications of the device sound like a paradigm shift in mobile technology. Between processing speeds that eclipse the fanciest current products, a state-of-the-art screen made entirely of sapphire glass and a battery that just won’t quit on you, it really does sound

Entsha are touring the UK over the next three months, including a return to the Edinburgh Fringe. At the heart of their shows are Zulu songs full of rhythm, style and spirit. Africa-entsha.weebly.com Left and right: Musk’s Hyperloop concept art has been widely disseminated by an eager internet community of transport enthusiasts and futurists

more like a PC in your pocket than a glorified iPhone. The first 40,000 donors pledging $725 or more will automatically be entitled to get an Ubuntu Edge phone fresh off the first production line, so if you’re looking for an unusual investment or a one-of-a-kind present for your loved one, you may not want to look any further. But Shuttleworth isn’t the only South African visionary in the market, who is turning science fiction into reality. Elon Musk, another son of Mother Africa, is also busy stirring up Silicon Valley.

One of the masterminds behind PayPal, Musk went on to produce the world’s first electrically powered sports cars, aptly named Tesla. His latest project is to build a new mode of transport that would connect the US cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco in 30 minutes. The Hyperloop propels carriages along at near-supersonic speeds inside a low-pressure tube. The technology behind the new mode of transport would involve electromagnets shifting the passenger pods through a tunnel with virtually no interference on account of friction.

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IN honour of South African Women’s Day on Friday 9 August, the SA Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion on the issue of gender balance in the corporate world. High profile panellists included actress and director Pamela Nomvete, Jenny Knott, CEO of Standard Bank PLC and Lisa MacLeod, the Head of Operations for FT.Com

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‘Poaching Wars’: Meet the men who risk their their lives to protect rhinos

| Rhino are being shot at a rate of more than two a day in South Africa, for the simple fact that rhino horn is valued at more per kilogram than gold. This ITV documentary goes to South Africa to meet the armed men employed to guard rhinos in the Kruger Park, as well as rhino owners who have resorted to unorthodox ways of protecting their animals, such as dehorning them or training elephants to track poachers by STAFF REPORTER IN Poaching Wars With Tom Hardy, a two-part ITV documentary starting on 22 August, BAFTA award-winning actor Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) travels to South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania to find out why poaching has reached crisis levels and to see for himself what can be done to stop the killing. Having heard some appalling stories about the poaching industry, Tom is galvanised into action. “All over Sub-Saharan Africa, the poaching crisis is spreading like a plague. Cameroon, Chad, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have all seen large-scale elephant slaughter and throughout the rest of Africa, rhino and elephant are being killed in alarming numbers. The everyday effect of the poaching business on African wildlife is one of horror and cruelty that brutalises both the animals and the humans involved,” Tom notes. “Like most of us I have a love for Africa’s magnificent animals. As a result I find it hard to stomach the poaching crisis sweeping the continent and pushing these amazing animals to the edge of extinction. Without doubt the rhino

and elephant are facing extinction well within our lifetime and the war on poaching is being lost. I’m making these documentaries because it’s something practical I can do to ask some questions that need to be asked.” He starts his journey in South Africa, where 80 percent of the world’s rhino are found. With rhino poaching on the increase, they’re in big trouble – 553 animals have already been poached since January, almost as many as were shot in the whole of 2012 (at least 600). The killing is happening on such a massive scale that rhino are being shot at a rate of more than two a day, for the simple fact that rhino horn is valued at more per kilogram than gold. For 20 years Miles Lappeman has been trying to address the balance by breeding rhino on his huge estate but in November 2012, a team of poachers breached his security fences and shot eight of his 22 animals. Miles shows Tom the body of one of his dead rhino, shot dead by poachers although they never managed to get her magnificent horn, so it proved a waste of life by everybody’s standards. She was killed by a single shot, clearly by an experienced professional, ‘a person

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who knows exactly what they’re doing, equivalent to Navy Seals and SAS operatives’, according to Miles. “They’re not poachers, they’re rhino assassins,” he says. Tom visits the Kruger Park, where most of South Africa’s rhino are found and where the highest kill rate occurs. He meets Vincent Barkas who runs an antipoaching unit of 300 men that provides protection for animals in private game reserves. Vincent says, “When the poacher comes in, you’ll have one guy who does the shooting that’s got the hunting rifle. You might have another chap there to cut and carry the horns. And your third and fourth persons might be in possession of a military assault rifle, which they will use to confront the guards.” Vincent’s team are trained to use military assault rifles and he admits that as a private company, being responsible for 33 military weapons sends a shiver up his spine. “The guys make a huge sacrifice. They’ve got no social life. They don’t earn a lot of money. They’re putting their lives on the line… these guys are being trained to be killers. In a democratic country like South Africa, we’re taking 19, 20-yearold kids and teaching them to use semi-automatic rifles, and I’m a private individual. I don’t represent the government. That tells me something’s out of control.” Tom joins Vincent and his men deep in the bush for an anti-poaching training session, attempting to find three men in the middle of 900 hectares of veld. He also spends time with Tumi, one of Vincent’s most trusted men, who introduces Tom to his family and admits in some communities the

poachers are considered heroes. Tumi explains that he is under pressure to join the poachers, even by a government official. “He told me, I want a rhino horn, and if I can get it for him, he was gonna give me 500,000. I was tempted, but I started trying to show him my negatives, telling him, ‘Hey, I’m scared.’ But I can’t do it because they gonna catch me. They will know it’s me. Where will I put that money? I can’t take it to the bank. He says, ‘No, don’t worry. I’ll make you a contract. Prove it. You sign it. I get the money in your account. I’ll do that, easy. One time. Chop, chop.’” When Tumi refused, the man threatened to kill everyone in his street, including his family, if he told anyone. As the father of a 14-month old girl, Tumi doesn’t want to get involved. Next, Tom’s trek takes him to Johannesburg to see some alarming evidence of the international criminal gangs involved in poaching. The city is the major conduit for smuggled rhino horn on its way to South East Asia and Tom meets Julian Rademeyer, an award-winning journalist who has spent three years immersed in the world of the ivory trade. Tom learns about the horns being sold illegally on the black market in incredibly sophisticated, well-run operations, often believed to fund larger scale activity. Julian explains, “If you look at the example of Somalia, you’ve seen al-Shabab using ivory to fund their operations. We’ve seen

instances in Chad, for example, where armed militia men mow down elephants. The wildlife trade is an incredibly lucrative business, and it’s a great way to fund all of those activities… These are incredibly sophisticated, well run operations. You have untouchable kingpins in places like Vietnam and Laos. You’re talking about incredibly dangerous people who are prepared to kill and die for this prize.” Tom also meets John Hume who has a radical solution to the poaching crisis and believes that dehorning a rhino is the only way to save it from poachers. John is the largest rhino owner in the world and claims he is driven to repopulate the species. All 850 of his rhino have been dehorned. Another man fighting back is Sean Hensman, who is training elephants to track poachers, so that the hunted become the hunter. Sean’s elephants patrol his land using their phenomenal sense of smell to find poachers over huge spaces. The pads on their feet are so soft it makes them very difficult to be heard. Tom is keen to find out more but before agreeing to hide in the bush to put the elephant’s searching skills to the test, where he meets an elephant called Toshura up close and is completely overwhelmed by the experience, having never been that close to an elephant before. Poaching Wars airs on ITV on Thursday 22 August from 9pm – 10pm.

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| From Pretoria, Mandela and his co-accused, who had been incriminated by documents found in the Lilliesleaf raid, were transferred to the prison on Robben Island, remaining there for the next 18 years damp concrete cell measuring 2.4m by 2.1m, with a straw mat on which to sleep. Verbally and physically harassed by several white prison wardens, the Rivonia Trial prisoners spent their days breaking rocks into gravel, until being reassigned in January 1965 to work in a lime quarry. Mandela was initially forbidden to wear sunglasses, and the glare from the lime permanently

damaged his eyesight. At night, he worked on his LLB degree, but newspapers were forbidden, and the ANC ‘terrorists’ were locked in solitary confinement on several occasions for possessing smuggled news clippings. Classified as the lowest grade of prisoner, Class D, Mandela was permitted one visit and one letter every six months, although all mail was heavily censored.


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SOUTH African fingerstyle guitar giant Guy Buttery will be embarking on an extensive national and international tour in support of the release of his first live album. For over a decade, the South African Music Award winning musician has sealed the deal with fans around the globe with his idiosyncratic live shows. This year the artist described as a ‘one man guitar orchestra’ presents a live performance on CD. Live in KwaZulu is a gathering of masterworks set before a live audience and strongly reaffirms Guy Buttery’s unique place in the world of guitar heroes today. Guy Buttery was described as ‘something of a national treasure’ by South African newspaper The Mercury. With sell-out performances in the US, the UK, Australia, France, Italy and all over Southern Africa, Guy is Africa’s biggest acoustic music export. His debut 2002 album When I Grow Up… was nominated for ‘Best Instrumental Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ at the South African Music Awards (Samas). This also made him the youngest nominee in the history of the event. In 2010 he won a Sama in the Best Instrumental category and The Standard Bank Golden Ovation Award, chosen from more than 4600 performers at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and again in 2012 for his performances with longtime collaborator Nibs van der Spuy. This accolade led to sold out show at numerous festivals and concert halls in South Africa and Europe receiving rave reviews for both the live show and their debut album. In 2012, Buttery was invited to perform with the 52 piece KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from local achievements, Guy’s worldwide recognition rose exponentially after the release of his award winning album Fox Hill Lane with invitations to perform all over the globe. For many years, the public have asked Guy Buttery to make a live album and in 2013 he decided

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to make the project come alive. “In many ways, I’ve been afraid. In a live environment there’s no way to get it ‘just right’. When you make music in front of an audience, there’s an energy, certain dynamics, a feel, a collective experience. This isn’t the studio. It’s real.” Recorded over two nights at the University of KwaZuluNatal, the album showcases Guy Buttery’s further explorations in instrumentation and innovative soundscapes. Live in KwaZulu features, for the first time on CD, his vivid interpretation of Joanna Newsom’s “The Book of Right On” and his much loved musical saw classic “Smithfield” (also known as “Martian Folk Song”). His lifelong musical partner Nibs van der Spuy performs on two of the 11 tracks. Through the depth of his compositions and the tangible soul of the music Live in KwaZulu captures an artist live at work. Live in KwaZulu is available

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HAPPENED again this morning. The news that someone you knew of a long, long time ago, has passed away. The one you still intend to get around to catching up with. Tannie Gerda was one of those ladies that wobbled when she laughed. Even her toes curled up with glee at the heartiness of it all. Life was wonderful, she concluded, and meant to be tasted – like one of her koeksusters. Six-spoons-in-the-coffee sort of sweet.

‘Nommer Asseblief ’/Number please’ | Life was wonderful she concluded and meant to be tasted, like one of her koeksusters As a young city girl, a while ago now, I was engaged to a boy from the farm. A Free State ‘seuntjie’ – he would not quite drag me to the hills and dales of the farmscapes, but if I wanted to be married to him, I was going to be married to the community. Tjoef, Chaf – hands clapped together. It was a baptism by fire. Sunday after church, the procession of cars would plod along the dusty farm roads, all seeking ‘koek en tee.’ Cake and tea. On the stoep – where the horizon never ended and the children ran freely down to the sheds, racing to pick up the sheep tails and touch the fat

Book review: City of Blood by South African crime writer MD Villiers

| The debut novel by South African crime writer MD Villiers is a complex, credible turf war between two crime lords, ‘The Nigerian’ and local crime boss McCarthy Letswe BY MARIANNE GRAY CITY of Blood is MD Villiers’ first novel and it is a crime thriller set in the dark corners of street war territory in Johannesburg. It is dedicated to the memory of Sabelo Ntose, who died on 12 March 2003, accused of stealing cooking oil, tortured and tied to a railway line by a mob in the Sweet Home squatter camp in Nyanga, Cape Town. This dedication more or less sets the tone for this tough coming-ofage story of two young men, the orphaned Siphiwe and the slightly older Progress, a gangster, in the lawless ‘city of gold’. There is a third man, a white policeman called Adrian Gerber, who steers the story round many unexpected corners. After helping a stabbed mango seller on the street, Siphiwe promises to find her missing son, who is in hiding and is the reason for the stabbing. Quickly but unwittingly he gets caught between rival gangs and the police, and has to find a way to survive and protect those he cares about.

I specifically didn’t read up on the Johanneburg-born author before reading the book. I could have sworn it was written by a man, possibly a Gauteng cop, but definitely somebody in-the-know and streetwise. Instead I find she is a pretty blonde who now lives in London, a former tennis coach and Pretoria University psychology graduate. Her friends call her Martie. City of Blood has been longlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger for published debut writers this year (2013) and it is a damned good and compelling read. Although her style, which is quite carefully slow-paced and precise, doesn’t sweep you off your feet immediately, it gradually draws you deeper and deeper into a complex, credible turf war between two crime lords, ‘The Nigerian’ and local crime boss McCarthy Letswe, who he has forced into exile. And then there’s the formidable Grace, ‘mother’ of the shelter where Siphiwe lives and Letswe’s beautiful mistress, Lucille – both real characters brought vividly to life in this story of survival. CITY OF BLOOD by South African crime writer MD Villiers, is published in the UK by Harvill Secker.

on the skins lying spread out on the floor. The ladies gathered around the table, swapping recipes and there was I, first debut – wanting to run to the hills. This city girl had a dress too short, an accent reminiscent of the those red necks from the war, and an adversion to the slobbery kisses the men would greet one with. Emma Dilemma in her platform shoes. It was Tannie Gerda who came to the rescue. Her knowing smile in my direction, just sort of lilting on

one side, marked a kinship and a bond between us. She would be my guide. Trapped in circles of enquiring ‘tannies’, she would glide by, her arm circling my waist and leading me to a safer place. Through all the years, I was in debt to Tannie Gerda. Her son was paralysed in an accident. Gerda make plans. He would farm beside his father and no disability would hold him back. There was no time for pity or doubt, questioning the gods and wondering how different her life would be. Just as it was when we arrived as orphans on her doorstep – my family had nowhere to stay when my father in

Community law was killed on the family farm. Without hesitation, she set up camp for us, entertained, soothed, baked and dealt with the task of daily things while we sat silent in the front parlour. Did I thank her for that? I cannot remember. I do remember thinking that I must get in touch one day. Pick up the phone or send a card. Make a detour en route when I am over there to pop in and sit on the stoep with her, catching up on the years that made us humble. ‘ Tannie, kan ek asseblief vir Tannie Gerda in die hande kry.’ There is no answer. Go find someone you were thinking of and make sure they get the message.


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Mouritz Botha | Saracens Forward by BRETT PETZER MOURITZ Botha, born in the Rainbow Nation, has acclimatised well to his adopted country, and describes being capped by England as the highlight of his professional life so far. Find out a little more about ‘Mo’ the man below Full name: Mouritz Botha When did you arrive here from the UK? 2004 What position do you play, and in what team? Second-Row Forward, Saracens Where and when was your professional debut? Saracens 2009, London Irish Double Header Twickenham If not rugby, what career would you have pursued? Business Management What is your uniform? What kit works for you? Saracens and England kit How would you compare the British public’s attitude towards your job to that of the SA public? Is the fervour the same in a primarily football-loving country? Both countries are passionate about rugby and the interest in

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Rugby is huge and growing all the time in the UK. Is sport treated similarly in schools in the UK and in South Africa? Not every school kid has the chance to play rugby at their school here. Many kids are affiliated with clubs away from the school which is different to SA, where pretty much every child is introduced to rugby within the school environment. If you were PM for a day, what one thing would you change? Last Friday of the month off and the first Monday of the month off, and thus encouraging everyone to enjoy a long weekend. What is your training secret? No secret really, just application and dedication. What is the biggest public misconception about your job? I suppose that people can tend to put some players on a pedestal but we’re just normal blokes in truth. What has been your proudest moment in sport? My first start in an England shirt Do you think that sport can change social attitudes? Should it? Yes sport can certainly aid change. The core values of rugby are

something that every parent can bring their child up with and it is something that other sports in the UK should take a leaf out of, especially in regards to respecting authority figures and each other. Are you a first-generation sportsperson? Not professionally, my grandfather and father have always played club rugby in South Africa Have you ever tried uniform dating? Have you ever dated someone in uniform? No and No. Catch Mouritz in action during the Saracens’ next fixtures: Saracens v Cornish Pirates, 22 August 18h15. Venue: Honourable Artillery Company. Saracens v Bedford Blues, 31 August 15h00. Venue: Allianz Park Saracens v London Irish (Aviva Premiership), 7 September, 14h00. Venue: Twickenham Stadium. Saracens v Gloucester Rugby (Aviva Premiership), 15th September, 14h00. Venue: Allianz Park.


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Wifi for the people: Telkom’s free internet offer | Local telecommunication behemoth Telkom announced plans this week to open their data network services to non-subscribers across all networks – in the form of 60 minutes free and “unlimited” internet access per person per day at Telkom Mobile hotspots

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UK Home Office appeals High Court judgment on minimum income threshold

THE relief felt by many after the recent High Court judgment on the minimum income threshold currently required for spouse/ partner visas may have been premature, as the Home Office has announced that it has filed an appeal against the judgement made on the 26th of July. The Home Office further confirmed that all decisions are on hold where the case falls for refusal simply because the minimum income threshold is not met. Cases will be paused until the matter has been finally decided by the courts. This is, of course, very frustrating for many families separated due to not being able to meet the minimum financial threshold. Thus, to clarify the current situation; • It is still possible to apply for a spouse/partner or child application under the UK family migration rules, but if you do not meet the minimum income threshold, the UK Home Office will ‘pause’ consideration of your application, until further notice. If you do meet the minimum income threshold requirement, your application will be considered as usual, and should you fulfil all the other requirements, you should be successful in your application. • Applications that will be refused based on the other requirements not being met, such as the English language requirement, and that the relationship must be genuine and subsisting, will be continued to be processed and decided as normal. • If your application has been ‘paused’ and you withdraw your application, you will receive your passport back, but will lose your application fee. Please contact our offices for more advice in every individual case. JP Breytenbach Director of BIC, Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Limited. www.bic-immigration.com or info@bic-immigration.com

LOCAL telecommunication behemoth Telkom announced plans this week to open their data network services to non-subscribers across all networks – in the form of 60 minutes free and “unlimited” internet access per person per day at Telkom Mobile hotspots. Telkom Mobile is the mobile arm of the Telkom Group, and was recently rebranded from its previous incarnation as 8ta. The 8ta brand has not been expunged permanently, but remains as a product of Telkom Mobile. Telkom mobile has around 1 500 wifi hotspots around the country, located within individual branches of partner businesses such as McDonalds, Wimpy and Carlton

Hair. A full list of all hotspots is available online. This is the second significant relaxing of network limits this year. In March Telkom announced that it would be offering free wifi access under certain conditions to its own contract and pre-paid customers, while non-Telkom Mobile customers and customers who didn’t qualify for free access could pay (R25 for 30 minutes) for wifi access. Telkom is a controversial service provider and critics – many of whom are second-tier internet service providers who on-sell bandwidth – accuse the parastatal of anticompetitive practices and being a barrier to enterprise development in the country. It has enjoyed a virtual monopoly for decades, and high service and data costs have been

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Rand continues to weaken from last week

| Euro-zone, Chinese PMI are ones to watch by COURTNEY HUMPHRISS THE Rand has continually weakened over the past week with a similarity to late-June lows of 15.81 GBP/ZAR this morning. The Rand started off at 15.20 GBP/ ZAR last Monday and slowly weakened against the Pound through the week. The Rand closed out at 15.67 GBP/ZAR on Friday afternoon and weakened further over the weekend. It seems it will be a quiet week with regards to offshore data, the only key data coming in Midweek which may show the Rand’s losses improving slightly this week. Markets were dominated by US data last week and their impact on speculation around Fed policy. The Rand seemed to have hit a ceiling of 10.00 USD/ZAR last week Thursday, this has however been broken through to 10.11 USD/ZAR this morning. The Rand was expected to go through some consolidation this week but this remains to be seen.

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Internet for all: SA towns’ race for free public wifi

| The nation’s capital has joined Cape Town and Stellenbosch in the race to roll out fast internet to the public, to the especial benefit of the poor, in a move that signals a newfound understanding of ‘digital rights’ THE nation’s capital has joined Cape Town and Stellenbosch in the race to roll out fast internet to the public, to the especial benefit of the poor, in a move that signals a newfound understanding of ‘digital rights’. The idea that access to the internet is something other than a cutting-edge luxury has been slow to filter into South African discourse. Yet the evidence shows that access to the Internet is far from a luxury for the poor. It is better understood as an enabler of existing rights on a large scale, as well as the most powerful means of job creation and business creation currently known. The poor are least likely to receive government services timeously and fully, but also least able to complain about it and hold those responsible accountable. In a South African context in which one’s likelihood of receiving the services one is entitled to, rises exponentially with one’s ability to punish those concerned when they fail to provide the services, giving the poor access to advanced information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure can change lives. Even where this rationale is not understood or accepted, the business case for free public wifi more than stands on its own, and some of the nation’s leading municipalities have duly set about making digital rights real. The City of Tshwane aims to roll out free wifi to poor neighbourhoods, built-up areas and major centres of learning as early as November this year. The first phase will encompass the venerable Church Square, the University of Pretoria in Hatfield, the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve campus, a community centre in Mamelodi, one of the nation’s largest townships, and another college. Tshwane Executive mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa was quoted as saying, “Eventually...we want to come up with a method where we can make Wi-Fi free to all. We no longer think of it as a luxury … but

as a commodity like electricity and water.” To this end, providing wifi for free in key public spaces like Church Square should be a highly effective way of restoring dignity to urban spaces by injecting them with new and tangible value for Tshwane citizens. By 2015, 60% of the city will be that way; the next year, coverage should reach 100%, according to Ramokgopa. Phase one, costing about R1 million for 5000 m² of coverage - will be paid for by the city, with city partner Project Isizwe - the brainchild of former Vodacom and Mxit CEO Alan Knott-Craig - assisting with further rollout. Stellenbosch moved into the vanguard of progress last year with mayor Conrad Sidego’s announcement in February that the compact City of Oaks would become a wifi leader. Scarcely a year and a half later, the project is already on its second phase, with coverage now extending to outlying Ida’s Valley and Cloetesville and one of the Winelands’ few sizeable black African townships, Kayamandi. The town of Stellenbosch, in partnership with the university and Mxit, a South African cellular messaging service, overcame teething troubles to deliver speeds that have reached 10 mbps at off-peak times - as fast

as in tech-heavy Midrand, South Africa’s fastest broadband town in 2013. The public response has been overwhelmingly positive, as homeowners rush to sponsor or host infrastructure for the network. The far greater scale of Cape Town’s planned broadband network will now doubt benefit from the experience of Stellenbosch and Pretoria. The Mother City plans a wireless mesh network that is larger and more sophisticated than anything at the metro scale in South Africa. While the first public wifi area launched in the Company’s Gardens last month, a feasability study for an ambitious ‘gap internet’ project in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain is now underway. The project, part-funded by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) aims to bridge the digital divide. According to City spokesman Zak Mbhele, this is the first project of its kind, hence the need for a pilot study; the new wireless mesh technology, which promises 100 mbit/second speeds, requires no physical ‘last mile’ connection, unlike ADSL lines. Wireless mesh is a comparatively expensive option but one that is particularly robust to existing problems like cable theft and the difficulty of maintaining rural high-tech infrastructure, and future disruptive technologies. Although currently a rich-world solution, costs are dropping steadily and the Western Cape seems poised to ‘grow into’ the maturing technology as its coverage extends to cover the entire province by the target date of 2030. The Western Cape government claims in a slideshow that economic growth in the province will increase by 1.38% for every 10% increase in broadband coverage. If this international figure holds up in the South African context, the project’s estimated final price tag of around R1.3 billion will be a very good buy indeed.


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Best of two worlds: Les Deux Alpes and Grenoble | KRIS GRIFFITHS goes summer snowboarding on Europe’s biggest skiable glacier – Les Deux Alpes, before exploring the classic French charm of nearby Grenoble

NOTHING quite beats the feeling of standing poised at the summit of a gleaming ski run, boots clipped in and goggles down, surrounded by peaks and blue sky, ready to launch yourself down the piste. Well there’s something that certainly puts a new spin on that feeling – the knowledge that it’s the height of summer, and that only an hour ago you were sunning yourself in typical July temperatures at an outside bar before catching the gondola up. From up on high I’m at Les Deux Alpes, France’s second oldest ski resort after Chamonix, not far from Grenoble in the southern Rhones-Alpes region. It is home to Europe’s largest skiable glacier soaring to 3,200 metres, and hosted the 1968 Winter Olympics. Here in summer 2013 though the winter season crowds are long gone and the hotels and resort thoroughfares fairly quiet. It’s also what makes it ideal for a summer holiday with a difference if you’ve caught the skiing bug early. At this altitude there are never any of the dreaded end-of-season slushy pistes, and fewer skiers mean shorter lift queues. The corollary is that the apres-ski is quieter too, though bars and restaurants are still very much open. Les Deux Alpes’ final trump card is that it’s closer to an airport than other resorts – served by SaintGeoirs, Lyon and Geneva – and is only an hour’s drive from the city of Grenoble which, as it’s served by the same airport, is almost obligatory to visit and stay at in the same trip. To down below If ever you tire of the several runs and freestyle area on offer, there are many other ways of descending the mountains in summer. Paragliding’s one option, but a more heartpumping method is mountain-biking – proper mountain-biking – with tracks carved into the slopes for that purpose. Clad in helmet and body padding my companions and I spent an

afternoon hurtling down these tracks at sometimes alarming speeds, learning swiftly how and when to brake as bends loomed and gradients steepened. With dirt kicking up everywhere and some inevitable wipe-outs, we emerged at ground level mud-splattered from boots to helmet – I hadn’t had as much earthy fun since boyhood mischief years. Capital of the Alps Nestled between three mountain ranges, the “Capital of the Alps” is one of the region’s foremost cities. Despite its mountainous surroundings it’s also France’s flattest, having been built on the wide alluvial plain of the River Isère. This makes it ideal for exploring by bicycle, which are easily rentable (and cheaply at €5 a day) from the railway station or MetroVelo offices. The city is classically French, with lively green squares and ancient Gallo-Roman sites. And alongside the old buildings are some grand modern urban projects like the Bonne ecological neighbourhood, similar to London’s Greenwich Millennium Village, where my hotel resided (Caserne DeBonne). My cycle around the city centre brought me to two memorable visitor sites displaying Grenoble’s historical and newer aspects at their most fascinating. First, the Musée de Grenoble – a striking contemporary structure exhibiting masterpieces chronologically from the 13th century to the modern era of Monet and Matisse. Things then teleport back to the early Middle Ages in one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, at the deconsecrated St Laurent church which now stands as a complex archaeological site and museum, unique in Europe. Almost 2,000 sepulchres, some from the 4th century, have been discovered beneath this one-time major burial site. The ongoing archaeological dig is open to visitors, though the spectacle of partly-exposed ancient skeletons can be quite unsettling.

Grenoble grub There’s nothing like a bit of morbid fascination though to work up an appetite, and Grenoble duly delivers some delicious provincial specialties like Tartiflette and Gratin Dauphinois, with one family-run restaurant doing a sterling job on that front (L’aiguillage, on rue Abbé Grégoire). And expect to be offered at some point during your trip a post-prandial Chartreuse – the spicy herb-based liqueur made for centuries by Carthusian Monks in the Chartreuse mountains overlooking the city. My final view of Grenoble is an arresting panorama from the top of the Bastille – an ancient fortress towering above the city since 1591. To get up there you ride one of the ‘bubbles’ – one of the world’s first urban cable-cars, built in 1934. After disembarking you’ve got options comprising a day out in itself, including a fine restaurant overlooking the valley (Téléphérique) and the opportunity to zipwire hundreds of metres high between the fortress and a neighbouring mountain (at Acrobastille) – a final heartpounding blowout to truly crown the trip. When you come down from the mountain, be it at Grenoble or Les Deux Alpes, the overriding urge is to go straight back up the next day to repeat whatever you were doing – that’s why a few days at each place is a great idea. So I know now for sure what I’m doing for my stag weekend if I ever get married: a dual-location experience of culture and action at their highest, and all less than two hours away from London. Further info: www.rhonealpes-tourisme.com / www.grenoble-tourisme.com / www.les2alpes.com For specific info requests email info. uk@atout-france.fr

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Nhamo the Manyika Warrior – a hilarious African romp with an unlikely hero | Lucian Msamati’s directorial debut ‘Nhamo the Manyika Warrior’ is a unique theatre production combining African folklore, Hollywood heroes and hilarious tomfoolery in a fun postmodern epic

by SANDI THOMPSON THE Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and his sexy wife Chipo starts fairly calmly on the intimate stage of the Tricycle Theatre, under soft lighting, and lulled by soothing sounds of the African bush. This is all over within minutes and one quickly realises that in this play, the theatre gods must be crazy! Think Shakespearian Disney spoof meets Galaxy Quest with reference to Bonnie Tyler, the Queen and Barack Obama, and you still won’t have come close to

describing Zimbabwe-born Denton Chikura’s postmodern African epic. A rather charming and persuasive narrator, played by Don Gilet, has just 24 hours to create an epic African heroic tale. But the tale is sans hero. Enter Nhamo (Ery Nzaramba), the apparent ‘bush’ goatherd and non-actor who is confused by the narrator’s smoothtalking diatribe of HBO, Cinderella, Wikipedia and Batman. However, he is soon coaxed by the promise of winning himself the sexy wife, Chipo (Tanya Fear). Throw in the lovable Stanislavski-spouting,

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method-acting villain, Commander Specimen, superbly played by Nyasha Hatendi, and the narrator’s cast, if a little frenetic, is complete. This play is Zimbabwean actor Lucian Msamati’s directorial debut for Tiata Fahodzi, an Anglo-African Theare company that produces work showcasing the talents and tales of Africans in Britain. If you have any link to any Southern African country, every politically incorrect nuance of this staged adventure is laugh-out-loud funny. For those audience members without an African connection, there are enough stereotypes and western cultural references to encourage a surprising regularity of uncontrollable giggles and the occasional embarrassing guffaw. In such, Nhamo the Manyika Warrior is a self-referential narrative feast while at the same time a flamboyant farce. An unlikely hero Nhamo, the goatherd (Ery Nzaramba) - Image by Richard Davenport An unlikely hero Nhamo, the goatherd (Ery Nzaramba) – Image by Richard Davenport Msamati has not only managed to gather a remarkably funny and talented cast (not forgetting

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the notable cameo of the goat named Robert, constructed out of rubbish and tin cans), but he has coaxed fantastically multifaceted performances from potentially rather stereotypical hero-meetsgirl-meets-villain characters, so that the actors come across bold and larger than life on their minimalist stage. This is an actors’ story-withina-story, which cleverly pokes fun at the rhetoric of theatre and thespians, media and music. Amid the pantomime oohs and aahs, and tongue-twisting dialogue, it is really Nyasha Hatendi who steals the show as the villainous Commander Specimen. Specie – to those close to him – is in constant pursuit of Chipo and in this guise Hatendi manages to bring the house down with one strategically raised eyebrow or Vaseline-oiled movement.

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This little gem of a theatrical romp is the perfect antidote to the end of a long day at work and every bit the signature show of the Tricycle Theatre. If laughter is the best medicine, this concentrated dose is highly recommended. The epic adventure of Nhamo the Manyika warrior and his sexy wife Chipo is running at the Tricycle Theatre from 1-24 August. Box Office: 02073281000


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Surrey County Cricket Club signs the Proteas’ Hashim Amla

| Hashim Amla becomes Surrey’s third marquee signing of the season after fellow South African Graeme Smith and Australian legend Ricky Ponting BY EVAN BARTLETT

SURREY County Cricket Club has announced the signing of South African star batsman Hashim Amla for the rest of the English domestic season. He will play in the county’s remaining six first-class fixtures as they look to maintain their status in the LV County Championship Division One marking his debut against Durham next week. The signing comes after the announcement that a deal for fellow Protea JP Duminy had fallen through due to his commitment to Indian T20 team Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Champions League campaign. Surrey are now entering a key phase of their season – currently sitting in the relegation zone of the Division One table with games against fellow strugglers Derbyshire and Somerset still to come. So the club will be hoping he can replicate the outstanding form he showed at the ground last summer when he scored a remarkable triple-century (pictured above) to help South Africa to a 2-0 series victory over England and claim the man-of-the-series award. In regards to his signing, the 30-yearold said: “It is a great pleasure and honour to have been asked by Alec

Stewart to play for Surrey County Cricket Club. The Kia Oval holds a lot of fond memories for me. I look forward to returning there this year and hopefully enjoying similar success.” The London-based club haven’t enjoyed the success that a county of their size expects in recent years and the signing of Amla is part of a bigger regeneration that Surrey have been experiencing of late. Since the tragic death of young batsman Tom Maynard last year the club have made big strides to change the culture at the club, sacking head coach Chris Adams and bringing in former club stalwart and ex-England captain Alec Stewart. This change has also seen an influx of experienced county players as well as marquee signings from

overseas including the likes of South Africa captain Graeme Smith, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and T20 star Glenn Maxwell. On the signing, Surrey’s new Director of Cricket Stewart said: “I’m very pleased to have secured the services of Hashim Amla, who is unquestionably a world-class batsman, for the last six games in the County Championship. “I would like to thank Hashim and Cricket South Africa for the excellent communication and professional manner which has enabled us to complete this deal.” You can see Amla make his home debut for Surrey at the Kia Oval in their LV County Championship clash against Derbyshire on 29 August.

Saracens, a home away from home London Saffas! | Boerewors, biltong, beer, SA wine and, of course, rugby - London’s SA expat community got a taste of home at Allianz Park

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WALKING into Allianz Park, the home of Saracens, brought a familiar feeling to me. The aroma of boerewors, familiar phrases and a host of warm smiles. It felt like walking into a local South African rugby stadium. Upon entering the beautifully located stadium for last week’s Saracens South African open evening, guests were invited to enter their name in a draw for two season tickets. Not a bad welcome at all! Making my way through the almost 250 people, I followed the aroma and had a look at the menu. Val Paterson, the lovely lady in charge of Saracens catering and hospitality gave me a sneak peek. Boerewors, mieliepap with a tomato and onion gravy (chutney) washed down with stellar South African wine (a choice of Drostdy-Hof or Nederburg). For the non alcoholics there were soft drinks and juices. She also pointed out there was catering for kosher as well. On each table there was a big bowl of biltong; kids were in seventh heaven helping themselves to it. Gorgeous prop Petrus Du Plessis was signing a rugby ball for excited nine-year-old fan Jake van Heerden. Jake’s dad, Jake Senior, heard about the event in TheSouthAfrican.com and was pretty impressed by the evening. I asked Petrus what he is looking forward to celebrating at the end of this season and his

answer made me smile. Winning the Heineken cup! Before he rushed off to take the eager fans on a tour of the stadium he said, “I’m happy with tonight. Families are supporting the club. It feels like the rugby culture back in South Africa.” Neil de Kock said he was ‘overwhelmed’ with the fantastic turnout. “Saracens offers a great day out. It’s important to harness support. Saracens gives South Africans living here a club to support.” Saracens Public Relations manager Hilton Freund, formerly of Johannesburg, was all smiles. “Saracens is to rugby what Manchester United and Arsenal are to football - top class. We have a

champion facility, 22 function rooms, now all we need is the community to come in and enjoy a great day of rugby with the family like they do in South Africa. We have a fantastic Braai Day planned for 22 September. Fans can buy a braai pack and after the match, socialise and enjoy South African music and a braai. We have also launched a newsletter to update the fans about upcoming fixtures and events as well as giveaways. We want to engage with the community and hear from them.” My hubby was certainly fascinated. Being English and a football fan, he got a taste of my passion! A marriage of culture and families. That certainly is what Saracens is all about!


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The In2Touch Summer Finals Circus Rolls into London Town!

| Two old rivals square off in Clapham Common grudge match by MIKE ABROMOWITZ ROLL up, roll up! Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all ages… welcome to the greatest finals week on earth! That’s right; it’s that time of the season again. FINALS WEEK has once again come into London Town! Not only will the pitches and parks across London be dazzled by an amazing array of the finest touch rugby skills, but they will be done so hand in hand with the amazing costumed help of the CIRCUS theme. So, if in passing Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common or King Georges Park, Putney/ Wandsworth at all next week, feel free to stop and watch the magic of the circus of touch unfold. Finals week brings out the best competitive nature in all players, with everyone willing to jump through hoops just for that taste of finals glory. With having clocked up 280 minutes of touch this season, will that be enough for our reigning champs to once again smell the

sweet scent of victory, or will they be sent home with their clown hats down? Though 40 minutes may seem like a long time, in the world of sport that can pass in the blink of an eye. Just like a flying trapeze artist, one drop can be game over! Making every second count, it is those split second decisions that can make or break a game. With many old rivals setting foot onto the pitch next week, this summer 2013 finals week is set to ‘WOW’ and ‘THRILL’ like never before. Fighting it out in the finals will be two especially old Clapham Common rivals, with the game definitely set to be a ‘grudge match’. Last time The Misfits played Chilli Sauce, they only went down by 1 touchdown in the final moments. This game will draw the eye more than a monkey on a bicycle and spectators will be on the edge of their seat! After our finals week, the action for this year isn’t over yet. With the remainder of 2013 set to be bigger and better than ever with our Late Summer Leagues, Autumn

South London rugby club on lookout for new players by STAFF REPORTER

KING’S College Hospital Rugby Club is recruiting new players for the 2013-2014 season as it pushes for promotion. Based in Dulwich, the club’s 1st XV is aiming for promotion to major London leagues whilst the 2nd XV enjoys success in the metropolitan leagues. King’s new Ladies XV will be playing its first matches this season. One of the oldest clubs in the world and one of the founding members of the RFU, King’s is currently celebrating its 145th

season. With a proud history including 2 Lions captains and many internationals, King’s is an open, social but competitive club looking to welcome new members whilst maintaining historic links to the hospital. The club is based at Dulwich Sports Ground on Turney Road (SE21 7JH), a short walk from Herne Hill, North Dulwich and West Dulwich stations and 15 minutes by bus from Clapham. Contact Marc for more details (play@kchrfc.co.uk) or visit www.kchrfc.co.uk

Bafana victory could be turning point for SA soccer

Continued from back page Nelson Mandela’s foundation since he stepped down from power in 1999, and the high-level dignitaries at Johannesburg’s Calabash stadium audience reflected this - Presidents Thabo Mbeki, FW de Klerk and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe were all present, as well as the ministers of sport, Fikile Mbalula, and Arts and Culture, Paul

Mashatile. The day of sport built up to an evening of culture. Before a large and responsive crowd, acclaimed Malian chanteur Salif Keita joined top-ranking acts like David Jenkins, Mahotela Queens, Umoja, Gcina Mhlophe, Black Coffee, DJ Alessandro, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Wouter Kellerman, Naima McLean, DJ Cindo, Mafikizolo, Toya DeLazy, Kurt Darren and Elvis Blue.

Competitions, Active Touch and September Shoot-outs happening in many venues across London. With 16 venues around England from Clapham Common and Regents Park to St Albans and Manchester, with over 600 teams playing in the London leagues alone and over 1,000 teams playing country wide, touch rugby is taking the nation by storm. For more information or if you would like to register for an O2 Touch league or competition, go to www.in2touch.com/uk or e-mail info@in2touch.com or call the London office on 020 85420827


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HUGE WIN FOR BOKS AND BAFANA AT SOCCER CITY DOUBLE-HEADER | Boks shoot to top of world rankings after romping to 73-13 victory over Pumas while Bafana deliver 2-0 win over Afcon runners-up Burkina Faso in first great success of coach Gordon Igesund’s tenure

by BRETT PETZER NOT all of Jacob Zuma’s nationbuilding initiatives succeed, but South Africa’s leaders can take full credit for a boisterous, beautiful Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day that saw the Springboks and Bafana Bafana rise to the occasion magnificently. Two matches played at Soweto’s Soccer City saw the country’s two largest sporting codes deliver solid victories over their opponents - complete with an 1995-style Airbus stadium flyover. The Springboks showed Argentina no mercy in their test rugby match, which they won 73-13 after showing fine form throughout the match. Argentina had lost a key player, Patricio Albacete, to serious injury early in the match; what remained of the Pumas was no match for the Springbok’s solid scrum and very secure lineout. The scale of the win takes South Africa right to the top of the Rugby Championship standings after the All Blacks’ 47-29 win over the Wallabies earlier that day. Perhaps the more significant victory of the day, however, was Bafana Bafana’s. The team beat Burkina Faso, the runners up of the 2013 Africa Nations Cup, with a very comfortable 2-0 score. Bafana fans, whose loyalty has

Argentinian rugby player Juan Martin Leguizamon (R) vies with South African player Willem Alberts during the Rugby Championship first round match between Argentina and South Africa in the first Nelson Mandela Day of Sport at Soweto’s Soccer City. Image: ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images

been sorely tried since the team’s mid-1990s glory days, hope that the victory is proof of a definitive turning of the corner under coach Gordon Igesund.

Mandela Sport and Culture Day is part of a wide-ranging social cohesion and nation-building campaign announced by the South African President to celebrate

Madiba’s 95th birthday. With the elder statesman still in hospital, there was a lot to play for, since the proceeds of the day will go towads the building of a

new flagship children’s hospital in Johannesburg. The future of South Africa’s children has become the major cause championed by Continued on page 15 inside

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