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Book review – ‘I can draw better than them’

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Book review – ‘I can draw better than them’

My Daddy Says
Justine Smith
Campbell Books
R93 from kalahari.com

My eight-year-old daughter Neo found My Daddy Says a useful tool to improve her reading now that she’s in Grade 2.

She was fascinated by the fact that the subject is close to her heart – she is, after all, daddy’s little girl.

“I can read every line in the book but I think you and I can...

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Proteas make light work of Sri Lanka in first test

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Proteas make light work of Sri Lanka in first test

South Africa pace bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel grabbed four wickets each to lead the tourists to a 153-run win over Sri Lanka in the first game of their two-test series.

Steyn grabbed 4-45 and Morkel 4-29 as the Proteas bowled out Sri Lanka for 216 today after being set a target of 370 to win.

The pace duo swung the ball effectively on a...

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Chimurenga Chronic goes graphic

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Chimurenga’s ever-fabulous pan-African gazette, Chronic, has gone graphic with a focus on African graphic stories.

Chronic also features a special eight-page insert: Hei Voetsek! The Lost Issue circa 2005, Mugabe as Captain America, Michael Jackson in Nigeria, and more.
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Eskom’s Medupi plant struggles to come online

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Eskom’s Medupi plant struggles to come online

The deadline for the first unit of Eskom’s Medupi plant to come online was December this year, with first steady output in April next year.

But last week, this appeared to have quietly moved to the end of June next year.

At last week’s results presentation for the year to March, the utility said Unit 6 of the R105 billion power station in Lephalale w...

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Full statement – President calls on SA to help find kidnapped boy (5)

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Full statement – President calls on SA to help find kidnapped boy (5)

President Jacob Zuma has called on the public to help law enforcement authorities find five-year-old Mongezi Phike who was kidnapped during a hijacking.

Full statement – President calls on SA to help find kidnapped boy (5)

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Why open film fest with eye candy when Mandela: The Myth and Me was on offer?

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Why open film fest with eye candy when Mandela: The Myth and Me was on offer?

The Durban International Film Festival could just as well have opened with Khalo Matabane’s incisive and meditative documentary Mandela: The Myth and Me instead of Zee Ntuli’s Hard to Get, writes Charl Blignaut.

I have nothing against Ntuli’s debut feature Hard to Get. The female-driven crime thriller made for easy enough viewing – especially on the...

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No-frills-no-fuss Hashim Amla on getting the job done

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No-frills-no-fuss Hashim Amla on getting the job done

Hashim Amla made his debut as test captain this week. Mike Haysman caught up with him.

Q: You spoke about, well before the one-day series, making sure that you concentrate on the one-dayers rather than think ahead to the test matches. Was that simple enough to do?

A: During the one-day my mind did go towards the test matches and preparing as captain...

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So you want to be a travel writer?

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So you want to be a travel writer?

#Trending wants to know about your holiday, about your last weekend away, even the last day trip you took.

Why was it fabulous? Why wasn’t it?

We want to see your pictures and we’d like you to share them and your story with the other 1 999 999 City Press readers on Sunday.

The winning 500-word story with two pictures will win two flights to Durban...

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Israeli ambassador should leave SA – ANCYL

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Israeli ambassador should leave SA – ANCYL

Israeli ambassador to SA Arthur Lenk should leave the country, the ANC Youth League in the Western Cape has said.

“We call upon ambassador Arthur Lenk to pack his bags and prepare for travel to avoid unnecessary trauma,” provincial convenor Muhammad Khalid Sayed said today.

“We will support our leaders while they take necessary action and recall our...

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Boy kidnapped during Pretoria hijacking, father injured

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Boy kidnapped during Pretoria hijacking, father injured

A boy (5) has been kidnapped during a hijacking in Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria.

Beeld reported today that the incident happened on Tuesday night and the boy, Mongezi Phike, was still missing, an unnamed friend of the family told the newspaper.

Phike and his father were in a car at an intersection in Masada, Bronkhorstspruit, when four men...

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Proteas fast bowler Vernon Philander fined for ball-tampering

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Proteas fast bowler Vernon Philander fined for ball-tampering

Galle, Sri Lanka – South African pace bowler Vernon Philander has been fined 75% of his match fee for tampering with the ball during the third day of the first test against Sri Lanka.

“The incident that led to the charge being laid took place in the afternoon when Philander was captured on footage changing the condition of the ball by scratching t...

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Celebrities take Mandela spirit to Alex

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Celebrities take Mandela spirit to Alex

Isidingo actors and SA Tourism employees did their bit for Mandela Day by visiting the Abangani Enkosini home in Alexandra, north of Joburg.

The home feeds and takes care of the orphaned children from around the township.

Isidingo actor Keketso Semoko said the first Mandela Day without Madiba was saddening. However, she said the best we can do is to...

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Book review – Calling it like it is: The Jonathan Kaplan Story

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Book review – Calling it like it is: The Jonathan Kaplan Story

Referees are probably the most maligned and criticised people in sport. Dan Retief reviews Jonathan Kaplan’s frank and forthright biography

Call It Like It Is – The Jonathan Kaplan Story as told to Mike Behr
Zebra Press
R185 from kalahari.com
320 pages

Jonathan Kaplan can justly claim to have had the best view of top-class rugby of everyone on the...

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Woman loses relatives in 2 Malaysia air disasters

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Woman loses relatives in 2 Malaysia air disasters

Sydney – An Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has now learned that her stepdaughter was on the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over Ukraine.

Kaylene Mann’s brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on Flight 370 when it vanished in March.

She found out today that her...

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Dying for dignity

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Dying for dignity

We need to develop new ways of thinking about death and what it means to be allowed to die with dignity, writes Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

In all my years of pastoral care, I have never once had the privilege of being with someone when they die. I’ve visited dying colleagues and friends at St Luke’s Hospice in Cape Town in the last period of t...

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Beyoncé, Eminem, Azalea lead MTV Video Music Awards nods

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Beyoncé, Eminem, Azalea lead MTV Video Music Awards nods

Los Angeles – R&B singer Beyoncé and rappers Eminem and Iggy Azalea led the nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, one of the industry’s top televised showcases, the cable TV network has said.

Beyoncé garnered eight nominations and will go up against Azalea in the coveted video of the year category at the August 24 awards show, which...

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SA waits for news of any citizens on Malaysia plane

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SA waits for news of any citizens on Malaysia plane

The department of international relations said this morning it was still waiting for a report on the Malaysia Airlines plane that went down in the Ukraine to see if any South Africans were on board.

“We are waiting for a response from our mission in Kuala Lumpur to see if there were any South Africans aboard the plane,” spokesperson Nelson Kgwete sa...

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Motoring review – Qash in on luxury

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Motoring review – Qash in on luxury

The king of the original crossover concept, Nissan, unveiled the ­updated Qashqai in Joburg ­recently. When the Qashqai was launched locally in 2008, people struggled with the pronunciation and the term “crossover” was an alien concept.

Six years and 20 000 models later in South Africa alone, it has ­become a household name and a firm favourite of s

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Homeland blues

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Homeland blues

Young South African photographer Thabiso Sekgala visited the former homelands of Bophuthatswana and KwaNdebele, and found spaces where history and the present collide

Thabiso Sekgala trails peripheral communities, especially the youth, in former homelands to photograph themes of faded and abandoned commerce, bureaucracy and the ties that still bind...

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Gauteng uses more consultants despite having skills – Auditor General

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Gauteng uses more consultants despite having skills – Auditor General

The Gauteng government’s use of consultants is increasing despite some departments being able to do the work themselves.

“The expenditure on consultants is increasing and not decreasing,” the Auditor General’s Corné Pretorius told the Gauteng standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) today.

“In other areas, departments have skilled staff but are...

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The Morning After: I’m a Johnnie Walker Red? Shudder!

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The Morning After: I’m a Johnnie Walker Red? Shudder!

The “Meet Your Match” party hosted by Johnnie Walker last night was all sorts of amazing.

Held at the room with a view called Shine Studios in Braamfontein, we were treated to the view of Joburg’s twinkling stars. But the real action was inside.

Guests were asked to sample 14 flavours to decide what kind of “Walker” they were.

We took a journey...

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Pics – Marching for Palestine

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Pics – Marching for Palestine

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Friends Friction: Restraint: Just do it

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Friends Friction: Restraint: Just do it

“Let’s do it.” Those were the last words Gary Gilmore said before four bullets shattered his heart. The doctor went forward and pronounced: “He’s still alive.”

Everyone was shocked. The lawyers, the family, the witnesses and executioners. They stared at ­Gilmore, strapped to his chair, blood flowing to the floor. His right hand lifted as if he...

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Plane’s near-miss becomes a whale of a tale

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Plane’s near-miss becomes a whale of a tale

Juneau, Alaska – A dramatic video of a landing sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale in Alaska has become a hit online – but the man who recorded it says it was “blind luck”.

Thomas Hamm, a San Diego businessman, was in the remote village of Angoon, about 35 km southwest of Juneau last week when he recorded the footage with his...

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Guilty: man who targeted young girls for nude photos

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Guilty: man who targeted young girls for nude photos

A Rustenburg man who targeted the young daughters of divorced mothers on social media to get nude photographs from them, has pleaded guilty to being in possession of child pornography.

Construction worker Anthony Louw hid under his lawyer’s robes and was shielded by a friend to avoid being photographed by the media when he appeared in the R...

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Germany’s World Cup victory dance leaves bitter taste

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Germany’s World Cup victory dance leaves bitter taste

The German Football Federation is defending Germany’s World Cup-winning players after they performed a routine that poked fun at defeated opponent Argentina.

During yesterday’s raucous Berlin victory party, six players bent double and sang “this is how the gauchos walk”, then jumped up singing “this is how the Germans walk”.

The daily Frankfurter...

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40 000 join Cape Town protest against Israeli attacks

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40 000 join Cape Town protest against Israeli attacks

An estimated 40 000 people poured through central Cape Town today to protest the Palestine “massacre” at Parliament.

The city came to a standstill at lunchtime as marchers handed a memorandum to the chairperson of Parliament’s international relations portfolio committee, Siphosezwe Masango.

Meanwhile, MP Magdalene Moonsamy – head of international r...

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Govt mulls over minimum wage to bridge income gap – Mildred Oliphant

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Govt mulls over minimum wage to bridge income gap – Mildred Oliphant

Government is weighing the merits of a sectoral versus a national minimum wage.

“We have to look at whether as a country, are we going to be able to have the national minimum wage, or are we going to be able to have a sectoral minimum wage,” said Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant in Pretoria today.

“We are going to learn also from other countries l...

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How much do I need to retire?

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How much do I need to retire?

Retirement can be a financial strain. Make sure you are taken care of, writes Maya Fisher-French

As you approach retirement age, concerns about maintaining your lifestyle can be stressful. It is never too late to make sure your policies are in order and that you are going to be comfortable when you do stop work

Clifford, like many people nearing 50,...

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Cosatu: Dipuo Peters undermines David Makhura’s e-toll review panel

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Cosatu: Dipuo Peters undermines David Makhura’s e-toll review panel

The e-toll reprieve announced by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters means nothing as government policy on e-tolls has not changed.

“This move is an attempt to respond to the huge opposition to e-tolls and the widespread refusal to pay them,” said Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesperson Patrick Craven today.

“Cosatu sees no evidence that it m...

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Eskom’s Medupi plant switches on in December – Lynne Brown

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Eskom’s Medupi plant switches on in December – Lynne Brown

The Medupi power plant will come online at the end of the year, despite another strike having affected construction.

“The synchronisation to the system of Medupi’s first unit will be concluded by December 2014 and subsequent units are scheduled to come on-stream at nine-monthly intervals thereafter,” Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said toda...

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Somali refugee denied heart surgery unless she pays R250 000 deposit

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Somali refugee denied heart surgery unless she pays R250 000 deposit

An urgent application has been brought before the North Gauteng High Court to ensure a 12-year-old Somali girl receives life-saving surgery.

“She arrived in South Africa on July 4 as an asylum-seeker with the intention of applying for refugee status after fleeing conflict in Somalia,” said Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) today.

“Unfortunately, before...

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SA to summon Israeli ambassador over Gaza attack

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SA to summon Israeli ambassador over Gaza attack

Israel’s Ambassador to South Africa, Arthur Lenk, will be summoned to the department of international relations to explain his country’s bombardment of the Gaza strip.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told the SABC at the Brics summit in Brazil that Lenk would have to explain the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.

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E-tolls: You now have 51 days to pay

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E-tolls: You now have 51 days to pay

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has announced a “reprieve” for the users of Gauteng’s toll roads.

Opening the debate in Parliament on her department’s budget yesterday, she told MPs this was being done “to make it easier for people to comply” with e-tolls.

The concessions included a “further extension of the payment period to avoid the VPC [...

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Brics development bank to have headquarters in China

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Brics development bank to have headquarters in China

Fortaleza, Brazil – The leaders of five emerging market powers said they have agreed to create a development bank worth $100 billion (R1.07 trillion) that will have its headquarters in China.

The first president of the New Development Bank will be from India and the position will rotate every five years among Brazil, Russia, India, China and South...

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Inside Labour: Hindsight is also a blinkered perspective

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Inside Labour: Hindsight is also a blinkered perspective

“The misery of people here is very great, with beggars innumerable and increasing every day … pigs and calves live better than they.”

That rhyming comment could apply to the legions of poor people in many parts of the world today, South Africa included.

But that statement was made nearly 300 years ago by the Archbishop of Dublin, writing about...

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To forgive a monster

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To forgive a monster

Jacques Pauw goes behind Eugene de Kock’s dead eyes to understand why the assassin deserves the second chance he denied so many others

Eugene de Kock’s eyes – sunken, sombre and almost devoid of life – spelt doom for scores of activists and revolutionaries who confronted them during his two decade-long killing spree.

Most are not here to speak of...

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Zimbabwean permit holders anxious about SA residency as deadline looms

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Zimbabwean permit holders anxious about SA residency as deadline looms

Zimbabwean nationals who were issued permits under a special dispensation for Zimbabweans in 2009 are uncertain about their future in South Africa.

About 250 000 Zimbabwean nationals’ permits are due to expire in December. So far, Home Affairs has refused to provide clarity on whether the permits will have to be renewed in Zimbabwe or in South A...

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NPA appoints e-tolls prosecutors

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NPA appoints e-tolls prosecutors

Prosecutors have been appointed to work with the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to deal with non-payment of e-tolls, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

“We have assigned two prosecutors to work with Sanral with the view to establish whether the activities by some motorists constitute an offence in terms of the Sanral Act,” Nat...

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