Johannesburg – Bungeni Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:25:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Johannesburg – Bungeni 32 32 CPC congress sparks hope across Africa Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:03:00 +0000

Mainland priority keeps infrastructure front and center, forum says

The results of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China are a victory not only for China but also for South Africa and the rest of the continent, a South African lawmaker has said.

Floyd Shivambu, a member of the national parliament, said the direction shown at the congress, held in Beijing last month, makes it clear that an even deeper friendship with China is in store.

“The CPC National Congress is one of the most important events in the world,” he said. “President Xi Jinping is prioritizing Africa and we must take advantage of our friendship with China to meet many of our challenges. In the next five years, we will have another chance to improve our infrastructure with the help from China.

Shivambu made the comments during a speech at a high-level symposium in Johannesburg that analyzed the Party congress. The event was hosted recently by the Consul General of China in Johannesburg, Tang Zhongdong.

Shivambu spoke of the benefits Africa has received as cooperation with China grows. He highlighted projects such as the TAZARA railway, which links Zambia and Tanzania; the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya; and the Maputo Bay Bridge linking South Africa to Mozambique. The Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway, linking the Ethiopian capital to Djibouti on the Red Sea, was also built by China, with the line helping to boost economic growth, he said.

Friendly relations

The election of the new CPC leadership means that South Africa and other developing countries will continue to enjoy friendly relations with China, with further infrastructure improvements likely as a result, he said. declared.

“We want our government (of South Africa) to work with China and build a standard gauge railway line from Durban to Johannesburg,” he said. “We also want our friend China to connect Africa through more standard gauge railways.

“Agenda 2063 aims to connect the African continent and we should pursue the standard gauge railway to connect the whole continent,” Shivambu said, referring to a development plan announced by the African Union.

He said African countries should work with China to industrialize and produce goods for domestic and international markets, especially China with its vast population.

At the forum, Tang explained the CCP’s election processes and the results of the congress.

In later comments to China Daily, he said these Party congress results would touch people’s lives in many countries in Africa and the developing world.

He said China, under the leadership of the CPC, is willing to work with other countries to build a better world for everyone. Tang said the Party is ready to strengthen exchanges with all political parties and organizations and will respect their independence.

Emmanuel Matambo, research director at the Center for Africa-China Studies at the University of Johannesburg, is also among those who believe that African countries should work with China to improve infrastructure and boost efforts to achieve greater great integration in the region. Matambo said the Agenda 2063 development plan and the African Continental Free Trade Area can achieve the goals set for them with stronger cooperation from China.

Bongani Baloyi, a member of Action SA, a South African political party, said the CCP can provide pragmatic lessons to African nations with the achievements displayed in the five years since the previous Party Congress.

The CCP is “futuristic” with its long-term plans and committed leaders backed by a stable leadership, he said.

The writer is a freelance writer for China Daily.

‘RHOPTA’ Peet Viljoen allegedly scammed JHB Metro out of 30 properties Sat, 19 Nov 2022 12:02:39 +0000

Tammy Taylor’s “power couple” Peet and Mel Viljoen just can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight. The Real Housewives of Pretoria the stars had their social media jaws open when they offered the other housewives’ real diamonds for their nails during the final episode which aired on Thursday.

But reality TV shows aside, Peet is making headlines for other “indiscretions” and not for his dramatic James Bond diamond entrance in the latest episode of RHOPTA.

Viljoen, a well-known former solicitor struck off the roll in 2011 due to serious allegations of fraud, appeared in Pretoria North Commercial Court sitting in the Regional Court on Monday.

The Tammy Taylor CEO is one of the defendants in a case involving the illegal sale and transfer of tens of millions of rands worth of Johannesburg Metro’s public assets.

Network 24 reported that the charges against Viljoen include up to 297 charges of fraud, alternating between theft and forgery. The corruption charges against the businessman bring the total charges against him to 347.

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Conspiracy against Peet Viljoen

Viljoen strongly denied being part of the plot, saying the magistrate, prosecutor, investigator and his co-defendants were conspiring against him, adding that there are other corrupt people who control the national prosecution.

“I was just the corresponding attorney for the transfer. I had no idea of ​​the value of the properties. Until today, the State has not been able to provide me with the “forged documents” for that I can assert my constitutional rights. So far, the procedure has been irregular,” he said. Network24.

Peet Viljoen and Kie

Six people, including Viljoen, have been charged in the 2010 case.

They are:

  • Edwin Maringa a lawyer from Roodepoort, who was in charge of the affairs of the private company Eildoug Investments. Eildoug Investments was reportedly a dormant company which was not registered with the South African Insolvency Service (SARS) for tax purposes. Yet it was apparently used as a front company to hijack the metro properties in question.
    The properties would first be transferred fraudulently, and with false documents in the name of Eildoug Investments, before being transferred in the name of the company of the potential buyers.
  • Wiets Nell, a businessman from Pretoria: Nell and Viljoen acted as “agents” to market the properties to potential buyers.
  • Ronel van Vuuren, a former Viljoen employee, also allegedly helped him prosecute the illegal sale of government properties.
  • Dorah Madisha from Johannesburg, former employee of the Johannesburg Metro.

Three other defendants had already pleaded guilty when the case was heard and were each sentenced to five years in prison. They will likely be witnesses for the prosecution when the trial begins.

They are:

  • Virginia Mahlangu, a former Viljoen courier who helped bribe a Sars employee to obtain transfer tax certificates.
  • Annalene van der Berg, a former Viljoen actuary who helped obtain stolen JPC clearance certificates with document forgery as well as bribery; and
  • Bongani Makhanya, the Sars employee who issued the exemption certificates at R50 per certificate.

Hijacked properties

The state says the embezzlement of Johannesburg Metro properties began after one of the defendants came into possession of a book listing the three thousand Metro properties. Many metro properties are vacant lots.

Maringa, Viljoen and Nell allegedly conspired to sell the affected properties to potential buyers.

A total of 27 properties worth over R27 million were reportedly ‘hijacked’ and sold. The money from these transactions would have been paid into the account of Peet Viljoen Incorporated.

The indictment states that Wayne Ernest Africa, who at the time was the director of Eildoug Investments, was appointed by Maringa to carry out the necessary searches on the properties sought.

Africa, who was not a defendant in the case, was reportedly approached by Maringa several times for information about the properties. This included aerial photographs, as well as physical visits to confirm their exact location, as well as whether they were in use at this point.

The properties that are part of the deal are land in the prestigious suburb of Bryanston, near Sandton on the busy William Nicol Road.

A source familiar with the investigation said Network24 that the property is now used by street artists, who, among other things, make and sell metal sculptures. But at the time, the defendant believed the land was ideal for a development such as an office building.

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25 million rand still missing

Of the money paid into Peet Viljoen Incorporated’s account, over R10 million went to Maringa, over R3 million to Nell and R60,000 to van Vuuren. The rest of the more than R25 million collected, according to the indictment, remained in the account of Peet Viljoen Incorporated.

A source familiar with the matter said the money had not yet been recovered.

Johannesburg Metro has never received any money for the properties.

At the time, Metro had to make several applications to the High Court to reverse the transfers and recover its properties.

*Compiled by Xanet Scheepers

South African Vodacom affected by the deployment of the Ethiopian network Mon, 14 Nov 2022 07:43:29 +0000

The company, majority-owned by Britain’s Vodafone, said overall earnings per share, the main measure of earnings in South Africa, fell to 457 cents in the six months to September 30 from 505 cents a year earlier. .

Vodacom said it has implemented a new simplified dividend policy, which is set at at least 75% of overall Vodacom Group profit, and declared an interim dividend of 340 cents per share.

Kenya’s Safaricom leads a consortium, including Vodacom and Vodafone, which entered the Ethiopian market last month, becoming the first private operator in one of Africa’s biggest telecommunications markets.

It has already launched its network in 16 cities in Ethiopia, with plans to expand its services to 25 cities by April 2023 and reach its first milestone of covering 25% of the population, Vodacom’s chief executive said, Shameel Joosub.

The company also blamed various initiatives it has taken to help customers in financial difficulty for the drop in profits.

“Vodacom has tried to absorb the huge inflationary costs of the dramatic increase in energy costs as much as possible,” Joosub said.

The group’s revenue, however, rose 7.7% to 53.7 billion rand ($3.10 billion), thanks to 3 million additional customers and demand for data and financial services.

($1 = R17.3178)

(Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; ​​Editing by Christopher Cushing and Subhranshu Sahu)

TAKE A LOOK | Netcare auctions off two of its former hospitals in Joburg Fri, 11 Nov 2022 15:17:47 +0000

Netcare Clinton Hospital (Supplied)

  • Netcare’s Union and Clinton hospitals, both south of Johannesburg, will go under the auctioneer’s hammer on November 23.
  • The Union facility is the larger of the two, at 12,024 m², and once housed over 200 beds.
  • Both facilities have been decommissioned and replaced by Netcare’s Alberton Hospital, which opened in April earlier this year.
  • The new hospital has 427 beds with 135 critical care and intensive care beds and a rooftop solar power plant.
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Private healthcare company Netcare has auctioned off two of its disused hospitals in Johannesburg after opening its flagship facility in Alberton earlier this year.

Netcare’s Union and Clinton hospitals, both located south of Johannesburg, have served the surrounding community for approximately 20 years. Both will now be auctioned separately to the highest bidders on November 23 by Broll Auctions and Sales.

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Netcare Union Hospital (provided)

The Disused Netcare Union Hospital at 47 Clinton Road in Alberton once housed state-of-the-art facilities and technology, operating as a multidisciplinary medical facility. The 12,024 m² building had more than 200 beds and included cardiac intensive care units and catheterization laboratories. The hospital also had an active helicopter landing pad, as well as a 24-hour accident and emergency unit.

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Netcare Union Hospital (provided)

Netcare is smaller Clinton Hospital, located a few hundred meters from the Union Facility, will also be auctioned. The 9,247 m² hospital housed 165 beds and was renowned for its specialized mother-child services.

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Netcare Union Hospital (provided)

“These multi-story compartmentalized buildings are ideal for a residential/mixed-use conversion, storage facility or medical facility,” said Jayson-Lee Collins, director of sales at Broll Auctions and Sales.

“Properties are priced to sell, and we invite investors, developers and owner occupiers to view by appointment.”

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Netcare Clinton Hospital (Supplied)

Both hospitals have since been decommissioned and merged with Netcare’s Alberton Hospital, which was officially handed over to the private healthcare group in February 2022.

Netcare Alberton Hospital opened in April, with 427 beds including 135 critical care and critical care beds. It is one of only three private sector hospitals equipped to handle the highest level of trauma, with accreditation from the South African Trauma Society.

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Netcare Clinton Hospital (Supplied)

The new hospital includes two emergency helipads, a rooftop solar photovoltaic power plant that generates 2 GWh of electricity per year, and a gray water recycling system that is expected to reduce water consumption by 60% to 70%.

“This renewable solar energy will significantly alleviate the hospital’s use of fossil fuel-based energy resources while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, being the most ambitious photovoltaic system installed in the Group’s operations to date. .” says André NortjeNational Environmental Sustainability Manager at Netcare.

It also has an attenuation basin that can capture rainwater, as well as four boreholes, all of which can be reinjected into the treatment plant and reused within the installation.

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Netcare Clinton Hospital (Supplied)

“If needed, we have even planned black water treatment with minimal adjustment of the sewage treatment plant as one of the future design adjustment features of the hospital,” Nortjé added.

The construction of Netcare Alberton Hospital employed more than 800 locals, according to the private healthcare group, while more than 90 local businesses were used and more than R200 million was spent on businesses and local suppliers.

Metro FM presenter Pearl Shongwe dies in her sleep, family confirms Tue, 08 Nov 2022 18:50:00 +0000

His family confirmed his “premature passing” with “great sadness” on Tuesday

Pearl Shongwe, news anchor of MEtroFM. Photo: MetroFM/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG — MetroFM news anchor Pearl Ntombifuthi Shongwe has died.

His family confirmed his “premature death” with “great sadness” on Tuesday.

“She died in her sleep,” family spokesman Khehla Tshabalala said in a statement.

The family say Shongwe (35) died at her home in Johannesburg.

Shongwe’s family has made a request to be able to mourn privately during this difficult time.

“Our daughter was a famous radio and television host. Her presence will live on in our hearts forever,” the family added in a statement.

Shongwe’s broadcasting career began at YFM in 2010.

She then worked at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) – where she started as a sports presenter.

The public broadcaster has since sent words of comfort to the Shongwe family.

“The SABC has learned from the family of Pearl Shongwe that she has sadly passed away. The SABC sends its deepest condolences to the Shongwe family.”

News of Shongwe’s passing began circulating on social media platforms on Tuesday afternoon, with many expressing shock.

Championship Saturday: Benzie’s Hunter Jones wins record 4th state title; Traverse City St. Francis, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Aiden Harrand of Buckley also win state crowns | Sports Sun, 06 Nov 2022 10:30:00 +0000

BROOKLYN — The Northern Michigan runners announced their presence with authority at the MHSAA Cross Country State Championship Finals on Saturday.

Benzie Central’s Hunter Jones left Brooklyn with his record fourth state title. He also set the fastest Finals time in Division 3 history with a 14:46.5, was the fastest runner on the day to win the Mr. Cross Country and set the second best performance in the final behind Dathan Ritzenhein’s 2000 mark of 14:10.4.

Buckley’s Aiden Harrand joined Jones in winning individual gold, doing so in Division 4. Traverse City St. Francis women’s team won their first state championship since 2016, and Johannesburg- Lewiston won the tag team title for the first time on the program. the story.

Jones’ time surpassed Hartland’s Riley Hough time of 14:49.62 set in 2020 for second place all-time in the final, and the senior Huskie joined Austin Plotkin of Brimley from 2016-19 in Division 3 and Central Lake’s Ryan Shay from 1993-96 in Class D as the only other cross-country racers in state history to win four individual state championships.

Jones said all his hard work paid off in his four years.

“I was really nervous. I feel like there was a lot of stress on me to win that fourth title,” Jones said. “I felt quite stressed, but it was still exciting to know that was the last time I was there representing Benzie Central in cross country, it was awesome and really special.

Jones has won his 11 races this year and 51 of 54 races in his career. His only career losses have been against top runners in Divisions 1 and 2.

“It’s been a terrific four years,” Jones said. “I feel incredibly grateful to have had this opportunity.”

Benzie’s head coach, Asa Kelly, said Jones’ potential was evident from an early age.

“You really need to go back to college with Hunter. State record holder in the mile and 2 mile in eighth grade. We knew he was special even when he was in second grade and destroying sixth graders,” Kelly said. “We knew he had a crazy future ahead of him.”

That future culminated on Saturday in what most took for granted before the race.

“Going into today, I have nothing against anyone else on the court, but we knew he was going to win,” Kelly said. “There was no doubt in our minds.”

With his victory almost certain, the race came down to what other goals Jones would pursue.

“He came out with crazy wind and crazy time for the second fastest time in state history,” Kelly said. “The ultimate goal was to break Ritzenhein’s record, but the day just didn’t give him that opportunity. With this wind it just wasn’t going to happen, but not because of lack of effort.

Hart won the Tag Team Championship with 116 points, beating second-placed Traverse City St. Francis by 31. St. Louis finished third with 161. St. Francis saw its five runners score the top 74 overall, with its first runner 23rd place Josh Slocum to earn All State Honors.

The St. Francis girls came out of a close battle to claim their first title since 2016 with 134 points. Pewamo-Westphalia was second with 142 and Lansing Catholic was third with 165.

“Obviously, that was our expectation. That’s what we thought we could do,” St. Francis head coach Julie Duffing said of the win. “We feel complete gratitude for what they have done. Our key words this morning were, ‘Let go and let God’. The hay was in the barn this morning. They knew what they had to do and they did it. did.

Sophomore Betsy Skendzel led the Gladiators, placing seventh in 18:48.33. Senior Sophia Rhein was 26th (19:43.27), second Grace Slocum was 33rd (20:07.95), junior Rylee Duffing was 60th (20:44.82) and junior Margot Hagerty was 63rd ( 20:45.78).

Duffing said the girls’ individual times were “not great,” but that was more because of the bad weather and difficult conditions that affected all of the riders on Saturday.

“It was a little windy,” Duffing said, adding that it rained intermittently throughout the races. “The gusts of wind were a bit harsh. It was like they were going 30, 40 miles an hour.

Duffing said the race edged closer to the three-mile mark as she watched the live score come and go between her Gladiators and Pewamo. St. Francis’ fourth, fifth and sixth runners finished within five seconds of each other to cement the win.

“It was huge for us,” Duffing said. “Having our first three low sticks also really helped. The next three held on and carried us through.

“We told the kids, boys and girls, going to the races this morning that it had nothing to do with the weather today. It was all about the location,” she continued. just beat those people around you, and every person counted today.”

The boys’ second place is the best in program history. No men’s team at St. Francis had ever stood on the podium before.

“It’s amazing to see these kids and their love of going out and competing,” said Duffing. “It’s a question of gratitude today to be able to coach them. We are very lucky to be able to train these young people. We wouldn’t want it any other way. We are blessed to be with them.

In Division 4, Harrand fought his way to a state title for Buckley as a junior. People in Harrand’s support system saw potential in her before she saw it in herself.

“My freshman year, I had all the people around me saying, ‘You could win the state in your freshman year,'” Harrand said. “I didn’t really believe it. Well, I started looking at the leaderboards and stuff, and I really could. But I had a rough morning that year. It didn’t go the way I wanted it to. It ignited something in me like, ‘I want this done. I want that to be my main focus.

It took two years, but Harrand delivered on the promise her coaches and teammates had given her, winning on Saturday with a time of 19:05.89 on a windswept course at Michigan International Speedway.

Harrand was a contender her first two years, placing fifth in freshman year and second last year. This year, it all came together.

“Mentally it’s a lot better to have a team, because you’re not just racing for yourself, but you’re racing for the people that are with you,” she said. “It’s just better.”

Harrand has won 11 of his 12 races this year, finishing second in the Sparta Invitational to Kent City runner-up Lila Volkers, who finished fifth in the Division 3 race. Harrand won her regional competition with a season-best time of 6:11 p.m., but MIS was not going to give personal bests on Saturday.

“I wish it had gone a little faster, but due to the wind and weather it was a bit difficult to get through,” she said. “It’s always madness here.”

Johannesburg-Lewiston won their first team championship, scoring 118 points to beat the best sixth-place finish in last year’s schedule. Hillsdale Academy was second with 151 and Whitmore Lake third with 192.

Sophomore Allie Nowak was third in 19:20.80, rookie Yolanda Gascho was seventh in 20:04.18, junior Madalyn Agren was 49th in 21:17.05, senior Adelaida Gascho was 54th in 21:26.87 and junior Rosalinda Gascho finished 58th in 21:32.23 for Johannesburg-Lewiston.

On the Division 1 boys side, Traverse City Central finished second with 196 points behind inaugural champion Northville. The Trojans placed Joe Muha (ninth) and Micah Bauer (10th) in the top 10; his next finishers were 47th, 110th and 134th overall. Traverse City West’s Jonah Hochstetler took all-state honors with a seventh-place finish at 15:48.72.

Central’s second place tie for best team performance of all time. The last Central crew to take second place was in 1996, a year before the high school split into Central and West.

“We are thrilled,” said TC Central boys head coach Bryan Burns. “As a team we couldn’t have raced much better than we did. From our one to our seven the guys just ran a very well controlled and smart race. They didn’t let the great atmosphere get to them at all.

Burns said the D1 run started slowly and saw Bauer and Muha take the lead. It also allowed their other four runners to stay in the race without getting “too excited or anxious.” The Trojans were in first place and on pace for a state championship after the first mile, but champion Northville quickly took over.

Burns said the Boys at Troy 2022 pride themselves on their depth and team chemistry

“You run for the other six guys on the course, and they really believe in it,” Burns said. “It was a fantastic day for the children.”

In girls D1, Traverse City West finished 12th and Traverse City Central 18th. Neither school had runners from all states in the top 30. Central’s Alexis Ball was the zone’s top finisher in the 40th (19:15.28). Abby Veit was West’s top runner in 61st with a time of 19:30.23.

MHSAA contributed to this report.

21 bodies found in mine in South Africa Thu, 03 Nov 2022 16:23:00 +0000

By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME, Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police are investigating the discovery of at least 21 bodies suspected of being illegal miners who were found near an active mine in the town of Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg.

According to the police, 19 bodies were discovered on Wednesday afternoon and two more were discovered on Thursday morning. Police said they suspected the bodies had been moved to where they were found, which is a private mine.

“We can confirm that this morning our search and rescue team returned to the scene and while searching they discovered two more bodies. They recovered them from an open pit (mine)” , police spokeswoman Brenda Muridili said Thursday.

Muridili said evidence found at the scene suggested the people did not die where their bodies were found, but “no foul play” was suspected. The bodies would undergo autopsies, she said.

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The Sowetan newspaper reported that the bodies were those of illegal miners who died when a tunnel at another mine collapsed, although police declined to confirm this before the results of autopsies. Sowetan, citing an unnamed illegal miner, said the bodies had been moved so police could not find where the illegal mining was taking place.

The grim discovery is the latest in a series of incidents linked to illegal mining in the Krugersdorp region. In July, eight female film crew members were raped and robbed at an abandoned mine in the area, where they were working on the set of a music video. The incident sparked violent protests against illegal miners in surrounding communities.

Last week, rape and robbery charges against 14 men, who are also suspected of being illegal minors, were dropped after police were unable to link them to the rapes through DNA evidence. The men were arrested during police raids on the abandoned mine where the rapes took place.

Illegal mining is rampant in South Africa, with miners known locally as “zama zamas” panning for gold in the many disused and abandoned mines in and around the Johannesburg area. Krugersdorp is a mining town located west of Johannesburg.

Illegal mining gangs are considered dangerous by police, are usually armed, and have been known to fight violent turf battles with rival groups. The trade is thought to be dominated by immigrants who enter illegally from neighboring countries of Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

The 14 men who were accused of rape and robbery have been dropped. They are accused of being in South Africa illegally and have been charged with immigration offences.

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William Kentridge: the line of thought, by Jon Bird (Le Monde diplomatique Tue, 01 Nov 2022 09:53:34 +0000

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“My work is about a drawing process that tries to find a way through the space between what we know and what we see,” explains William Kentridge. Filling the 11 galleries of London’s Royal Academy of Arts, his epic practice is a powerful argument for a politics of aesthetics, art that addresses historical and current wrongs in (multiple) forms that engage the viewer. emotionally and intellectually.

Kentridge’s projections and installations redefine the gallery space as a studio-studio — a place of creative production and work in progress — immersing the viewer in the artist’s vision: a world of dialogue, debate , collaboration and production where ideas flow freely and find form in drawing, performance, film, dance, theatre, opera, tapestry and sculpture.

Born in Johannesburg in 1955, Kentridge studied political science in the 1970s, then moved into theatre, directing and design with the Junction Avenue Theater in Johannesburg. This formative period provided the main focus of her art – drawing as a form of knowledge and performance – and informed her critical commentary on the realities of the apartheid regime and the legacy of postcolonial inequality.

He grew up sheltered from all this, in a white, progressive and professional South African family, opposed to apartheid. Her father, Sydney Kentridge, was a prominent anti-apartheid lawyer who represented the family of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko; his mother, also a lawyer, co-founded the human rights organization Legal Resources Centre.

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Contradiction and transformation are recurring themes in his drawings, animations and theatrical performances – identified in the characters of Soho Eckstein, an aggressively miserly capitalist; Felix Teitelbaum, his alter ego, a compassionate and poetic figure; and Mrs. Eckstein, Felix’s lover. In the animated film Tide table (2003), these opposing personalities (…)

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Taiwan warns Nigerian and South African citizens against terrorist attacks Sat, 29 Oct 2022 13:53:00 +0000

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) The Foreign Ministry on Saturday warned Taiwanese citizens not to travel to the Nigerian capital Abuja and Sandton, the financial hub of Johannesburg, following terrorist alerts issued by the United States and some other western countries.

The ministry also instructed Taiwan’s representative offices in Nigeria and South Africa to alert Taiwanese living in those countries of possible terrorist attacks so that they can avoid traveling to the targeted areas, according to a statement released. Saturday by the ministry.

The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and some European countries have issued a security advisory to their citizens in Nigeria due to a “high threat of terrorist attack” in Abuja, it said. -he declares.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy in South Africa has advised staff to avoid crowds and other large public gatherings in the Greater Sandton area of ​​Johannesburg on October 29-30, the ministry said in the statement. .

The US Embassy in South Africa said via its website that it had received information that terrorists may be planning an attack targeting large gatherings of people at an unspecified location in the area on October 29.

There was no further information regarding the timing, method or target of the potential attack.

Qantas will replace Perth-Jakarta with Perth-Johannesburg Wed, 26 Oct 2022 18:03:27 +0000

LONDON – Qantas will suspend services to Jakarta from Perth and in turn fly to Johannesburg, but until March 2023 as it will be ‘suspended until further notice’.

Itinerary swap

Qantas, which was due to travel to Jakarta on November 30, decided to switch to Johannesburg with a deadline until March 2023.

To complicate matters, flights from Johannesburg (QF66) will either go to Terminal 1 or Terminal 3, while the flight from Johannesburg (QF65) will always depart from Terminal 3.

The airline will have two periods regarding the use of terminal QF66, namely the flight arriving from Johannesburg. Flights between November 1 and January 15 will go to Terminal 3.

“Passengers with a connecting Qantas flight will clear customs and immigration at T3 so they can easily connect to their connecting service. Passengers ending their journey in Perth will be transported by bus from T3 to Terminal 1 ( T1) to go through customs at T1.

Between January 16 and March 25, 2023, QF66 will arrive at T1, “where all passengers will pass through customs and immigration. Passengers with connecting Qantas flights will be transported by bus to T3.

March 25 is the day Qantas will (for the time being) suspend this route, “Due to these constraints and the operational workarounds required, the Johannesburg service will be suspended from March 25, 2023 until further notice. “

One of the main reasons given by Qantas as to why the flight will be “suspended until further notice” comes down to T3 constraints on safety and biosecurity requirements for flights at T3.

“Infrastructure constraints at Terminal 3 make it difficult to provide the levels of border security and biosecurity screening required to process passengers arriving from certain destinations, including South Africa.”

Qantas International CEO Andrew David said the T1/T3 split came “after detailed discussions with border agencies… it is about balancing the needs of our customers and our operations with the important work that our border agencies do passenger checks and risk management at the border.

The benefit, David said, was “all of our Johannesburg flights will depart from T3, meaning passengers traveling from other parts of Australia to take advantage of this service will have a seamless experience, and eligible passengers will be able to access our lounge”.

“We appreciate the support of Perth Airport as well as government agencies in developing and implementing these alternatives so that we can meet the high demand for travel to South Africa during the peak travel period. holidays.”

“We are working with the airport and the government on how we can develop our international services from Perth given these developments,” Mr David added.

A Perth Airport spokesperson said: “Perth Airport had agreed to host Jakarta and Johannesburg services from Terminal 3, subject to Qantas obtaining the appropriate federal regulatory approvals.

“Perth Airport has done everything possible to ensure that flights can go ahead as planned, and while we are understandably disappointed that services are not continuing, we understand the position of the government agencies involved.”

Qantas also provided a statement explaining why they have decided to cut flights to Jakarta. The main reason is that due to “the same constraints”, Qantas decided to clear this route.

This means the suspension is not because Qantas failed to obtain the necessary approvals.

When Qantas CEO Alan Joyce announced the Perth-Jakarta route, it was “the first time Qantas has operated the route which will support growing trade and tourism links between Australia and Indonesia” and was to ” be popular”. with travelers connecting to other major Indonesian cities such as Surabaya and Medan.