All Eric Ubisi could do was stay still and hope his instincts were dead right as the young lion got so close he could have leaned down to touch it.
The tracker said he wasn’t scared as the lion decided to get a closer look at him and the safari vehicle. In fact, he enjoyed the encounter.
“If this were any other lion, I wouldn’t have allowed him to get so close, but this lion I know. He is relaxed, that lion is like my dog at home,” said Ubisi, who works for Tintswalo Safari Lodge, on the border of Kruger National Park.
It all happened on Monday afternoon during a game drive in the Manyeleti Game Reserve concession when they spotted the three lions lying on the ground.
“When the lions stood up and approached the vehicle, one lay down behind the vehicle and another moved towards the front and stopped and looked at Eric, so I couldn’t back away,” said ranger David Jacobs.
Ubisi said he could see that the lion was relaxed and would pass him.
Jacobs asked Ubisi if he was comfortable and he said “yes”.
“I have spent a lot of time in the bush, and you can judge the behaviour of an animal. You can see when it is going to charge,” he said.
For the first time ever, The Herald is staging a comedy show next weekend at the Port Elizabeth Opera House, featuring some of the country’s top comedic acts.
Called The Herald Comedy Series, the show will feature the likes of comedy giants Jason and Nicholas Goliath, Loyiso Madinga, Richelieu Beaunoir and Prins, who are sure to tickle the city’s funny-bone.
Chief marketing officer of The Herald Justin Peel said the newspaper was proud to bring South Africa’s top comedians to Nelson Mandela Bay, as part of “our new comedy series”.
“We look forward to a night of fun-filled laughter with friends and family,” Peel said.
Jason Goliath is a larger-than-life comedian, with a ridiculous amount of energy, who is sure to have the audience in fits of laughter.
In his performances, he sheds light on his own life, as well as social issues, whether it be gangsterism in the northern areas or obesity.
“I’ve always loved making people laugh and as a kid, I would memorise jokes and tell them to anyone who would listen.
“But although I loved telling jokes, I believed I was braai-funny and not stage-funny,” Goliath said. In his own talk show, Larger Than Life on SABC 3, Goliath has performed at comedy events such as Kings and Queens of Comedy, AWEdnesday Comedy Jam and the Proudly Coloured Comedy Festival.
He added that his new talk show was an exciting step in his career, which allowed him to stretch his own comedy and give other comedians a platform.
Goliath said he loved performing in Port Elizabeth.
“PE audiences are generous and lovely. Definitely one of my favourites in SA,” he said.
Also in the line-up will be PEborn comedian, Virgil Prins, who goes by his last name – Prins.
Dubbed one of the hottest up-and-coming comedians in South Africa, Prins has performed alongside the likes of Loyiso Gola and Deep Fried Man.
A previous winner of the Jokenation International Competition, Prins also has international experience, having performed at the biggest comedy festival in Europe – the International Jokenation Gala in Montreux Switzerland – at the Montreux Comedy Festival.
Prins said audiences could expect to “laugh, laugh abundantly and consistently”.
“Good, healthy belly-laughs. And that’s the short and sweet of what they can expect from me and the rest of the guys who are South Africa’s top on-form comedians right now,” Prins said.
The comedian said he was “super proud” to be part of the growing industry of comedy in South Africa.
The show, on Saturday, July 30, starts at 7pm.
Tickets are R160 per person, available at www.quicket.co.za . Further information from (041) 504 7911
It is obvious that those in charge of the SABC, and those who in turn are in charge of them, are obsessed with imposing their blinkered views on us and denying us unbiased news. Goebbels-like, they are deaf to reason, blind to logic and unmoved by moral and ethical values.
It serves no purpose, therefore, to attempt to engage them in intelligent debate – their minds are closed.
Max du Preez recently cut his ties with the SABC in protest against news and views being censored. He felt that his professional integrity would be compromised were he to continue his association with the SABC.
His actions are admirable and we should emulate him by flooding companies, who taint their products by advertising them during news programmes, with complaints. Companies who continue to support SABC news broadcasts should be blackballed on social media.
Let them understand that, if they are prepared to associate their products with biased reporting, we will no longer buy their products. Let’s reclaim the airwaves by hitting them, and by extension the SABC, in their pockets.
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Violence is an umbrella term for physical actions which occur when one or more parties fail to resolve disputes through peaceful means, much like the apartheid regime did to unarmed protesting children on June 16 1976 in Soweto. Intimidation is the use of threats of force or other means to motivate the targeted party to do or refrain from doing certain things, to hold or abandon a certain viewpoint, or whatever else may be in the interest of the party engaged in making such threats.
Both are different and separate offences codified in law, though often used in a hybrid form to achieve desired results. While they may be the results of applied force, poverty, illiteracy or discrimination these are consequences, not acts of violence.
Furthermore, education is not a right, human or otherwise. It is a legal obligation placed on parents by the government, which is borne by the state only when parents lack money to send their kids to school.
It’s not free, like deluded left-wingers and ignorant students think, because somebody (in this case taxpayers) must foot the bill for teachers, books, schools and associated facilities.
The reason why universities are fundamentally Eurocentric is because the university is a European concept (Greek, actually) which was brought to Africa. Facilities were built in urban areas to cater for urban educational requirements as well as to further the interests of power elites (often colonial and city-based) by luring intellectual talent from and attempting to divide rural power centres of the continent’s colonial era.
This state of affairs has changed, with universities becoming more reflective of the communities they serve with locally or nationally sourced courses and lecturers.
The relationship between students and universities is not supposed to be one of violence, but of education received in return for payment. If violence occurs, it is initiated by students and responded to by the government.
After all, how many bona fide universities have refused to teach students after fees were paid, burned their homes and possessions or defaced their art? They neither seek to dehumanise students nor to use violence and intimidation against them as is done in the primary and secondary school systems to this day.
They do in fact provide opportunities for education and self-development instead of the indoctrination students received as pupils in primary and high school. For the first time in their lives, students are given a chance to find the multiple facets of their humanity through independent thought, research and study.
To kids used to being spoon-fed knowledge, and protected from the world by their families and communities, this process is frightening, difficult and fraught with risks of failure at every turn. It’s this fear, along with the inability of some to adapt to a new environment, that leads students to violence, not the peaceful tertiary education establishments who do the best they can to welcome every student into their halls of learning.
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Indaba on support, way forward and transformation agenda at varsity
In a quest to give all an equal opportunity to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University through sport, Madibaz Sport will be hosting a sport transformation indaba on Monday.
Madibaz Sport director Yoliswa Lumka says the aim of the conference – at the Goldfields Auditorium, north campus, from 5pm to 9pm – is to have an honest discussion about sport at NMMU and to get feedback from the students and other stakeholders.
The idea was to develop a sports charter, Lumka said.
“We need this information to plan appropriately and get the maximum support for future sport programmes at NMMU.
“Secondary, is to give information to our stakeholders on what the varsity is busy with and where we are with transformation.”
A request for an open discussion had come from the SA Students Congress (Sasco), Lumka said.
Sasco had penned a letter to the vice-councillor, questioning some issues, including sport transformation.
“That letter led to engagement between Sasco and Madibaz Sport and a decision was made to hold a sports indaba for an inclusive forum for all NMMU sports people.
“It is also for organisations and the people who affect sport in the Eastern Cape, like the Eastern Cape Sports Confederation, the provincial and regional federations, the office of the mayor as well as macro bodies, the Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and the Department of Sport and Recreation SA (SRSA),” Lumka said.
Expected to be discussed are:
How the National Sport and Recreation Plan is linked to transformation in the higher education institution sector;
The national and provincial status of transformation
The status of transformation of sport at NMMU;
The role of other stakeholders – like the Department of Basic Education, Department of Culture, Arts, Sport and Recreation, municipalities, provincial and national federations (SRSA and Sascoc) in the transformation of sport in the Eastern Cape; and
The role of high-performance focus areas in the transformation of sport.
Lumka said the university hoped to get an understanding of the needs of students.
“It is to get answers on some of the questions, like why are the women participation numbers declining and why do certain sports get more support than others?
“The indaba is also to educate other institutions of higher education on how to manage their sport codes and showcase statistically how much NMMU is committed to transformation,” Lumka said.
The issues raised at the congress would be encompassed in a strategic plan of the sport going forward.
The university had delayed to update its Madibaz Sport plan for the second semester until after the indaba, so that the issues that are raised can be included in the plan.
“It is crucial that the views of students are incorporated in everything that we do as a university,” she said.
“In the same way that students can raise political issues, they can raise similar issues in the sports arena.
“It is important that we develop programmes in accordance with what our 27 000 primary stakeholders want.”
Britain’s Chris Froome put the hammer down in his bid to retain the Tour de France title when he won the 18th stage, a 17km mountain time trial, to extend his overall lead to almost four minutes yesterday.
The Team Sky rider, aiming to become the first to retain the title since Miguel Indurain in 1995, clocked a best time of 30 minutes 43 seconds on a course featuring the punishing Cote de Domancy, a 2.5km climb at an average gradient of 9.4%.
He beat time trial specialist Tom Dumoulin by 21sec and Italian Fabio Aru by 33sec.
“I really didn’t expect to beat Tom today,” Froome said. “Pacing was key. “I started off steady and really controlled that first part, then gave it everything I had.”
Dutchman Bauke Mollema, who started the day 2:27 behind Froome in the general classification, lost 1:25 and trails the defending champion by a massive 3:52 going into two final stages in the Alps before Sunday’s parade to the Champs Elysees.
Froome’s compatriot Adam Yates is third, 4:16 off the pace, as the race to the podium is set to heat up with at least five riders still in the mix for second place.
Colombian Nairo Quintana, runner-up to Froome in 2013 and last year, had another tough day in the saddle, losing 1:10. The Movistar rider is fourth overall, 4:37 behind Froome.
On his heels is Frenchman Romain Bardet, 4:57 behind after finishing a surprise fifth yesterday, while Australian Richie Porte, fourth yesterday, is sixth, three seconds further back.
Froome started cautiously but finished strong to claim his second stage win in this Tour, raising his fist in celebration after crossing the line.
Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford said: “As always in the time trial the pacing strategy is critical, particularly in one like today where it was very easy, with that first steep ramp, to go out a little bit too hard and pay for it at the end.”
Froome was one of few riders using both a time trial bike and a rear disc wheel, which played a part.
Today’s 19th stage is a demanding 146km mountain trek with an uphill finish at Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc.
Child hunger and deaths are rising in Zimbabwe due to the worst drought in two decades, with thousands facing starvation by the end of the year without additional aid, an international charity said yesterday.
Southern Africa has been hard hit over the past year by drought exacerbated by El Nino, a warming of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, which has wilted crops, slowed economic growth and driven food prices higher.
“This is an emergency,” Save the Children UK’s interim chief executive Tanya Steele said after visiting Binga on Zimbabwe’s western border with Zambia.
“Some children are already dying of complications from malnutrition.”
Mothers were foraging for berries and roots to feed their children, while going without food themselves for up to five days, the charity said.
The number of under-fives who had died of hunger-related causes in Binga town had reached 200 over the last 18 months – triple the usual rate, it said.
More than 60 million people, two thirds of them in east and southern Africa, are facing food shortages because of droughts linked to El Nino, according to the United Nations.
The Reserve Bank kept its benchmark repo rate unchanged at 7% yesterday, saying that while it was still concerned about inflation, the weak economy had provided some room to delay further policy tightening.
“The MPC [monetary policy committee] is aware that some of the favourable factors that contributed to this decision could reverse quickly,” governor Lesetja Kganyago said.
“It remains ready to respond appropriately to any significant change in the inflation outlook.
Although inflation is running higher than the bank’s 3%-to6% target – the consumer price index (CPI) rose 6.3% last month, Wednesday’s report showed – the outlook for economic growth has weakened.
The bank now expected CPI inflation to average 6.6% this year, Kganyago said yesterday, from an earlier forecast of 6.7%, while the forecast for next year was revised to 6% from 6.2% and for 2018 to 5.5% from 5.2%.
The bank now sees inflation peaking at 7.1% in the fourth quarter this year.
Food inflation is expected to peak at 12%, also in the fourth quarter.
The economy contracted 1.2% in the first quarter, and the International Monetary Fund’s latest projections for the year put growth at just 0.1%.
Yesterday, the bank revised its projection for growth this year to 0% from 0.6%.
It puts growth next year at 1.1%, from a previous 1.3% forecast, and the 2018 outlook is for 1.5% growth (1.7% before).
The economy’s sluggishness is one of the main concerns of international rating agencies, which will review their ratings of South Africa again at the end of the year.
All 16 of the economists surveyed by Business Day had expected rates to be left unchanged yesterday.
A stronger rand – it has strengthened to well below R15/$ 1 – and prospects for stabilising or falling global interest rates had also supported their expectations.
Yesterday’s decision left the repo rate unchanged at 7%.
The bank has raised rates by 75 basis points since the start of the year, and by 200 since January 2014.
The last increase was 25 basis points in March, and followed a 50-point hike in January. In its annual report last month, the bank warned that further increases this year could likely not be avoided.
“As most measures of underlying inflation and inflation expectations are already close to the top end of the inflation target range, there is little space to defer a policy response,” the bank’s management said in that report.
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The Lions’ prayers were answered yesterday after influential captain Warren Whiteley was cleared to lead the side in tomorrow’s Super Rugby quarterfinal showdown against the Crusaders.
Coach Johann Ackermann was a much happier man when he announced his team and his demeanour was very different from the forlorn figure he cut when the Lions returned from Argentina last week.
Ackermann’s crestfallen attitude at the time was understandable, as he had to contend with a defeat in the Lions’ last pool stage match‚ and he also had to deal with a stomach bug that plagued no fewer than 11 of his players.
While a decision is still to be made on the readiness of Jaco van der Walt and Sylvian Mahuza‚ both of whom are options as backline cover‚ Ackermann named a strong side to take on the Crusaders.
Whitely’s return will have pleased the coach the most as he was expected to return to action only after six weeks following what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury while on international duty last month.
But the No 8 has made a speedy recovery in just four weeks.
“The good news is that Warren is cleared to play‚ therefore [he] will be the captain this weekend‚” Ackermann confirmed.
“It’s good to have him back. He put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes‚ medically‚ to get into the position that he is in. We are really happy to have him back in the side.
“We did not want to get everybody’s hopes up and have a lot of expectation out there. We always knew that if we pushed him hard medically‚ we could push it down to four weeks. The ideal time for the average guy would be six weeks.”
Whiteley confirmed that just two days after the devastating news emerged that he would be out for more than a month with the shoulder injury‚ he set his sights on returning to the Lions in the knockout stages of the competition.
The Lions captain was so set on helping the side to success in the competition that he turned down an opportunity to represent South Africa in the Sevens team at the Olympic Games in Brazil next month.
“This was my goal from the start. I was always eyeing this game. I was not telling everyone that‚ but it was what I was working towards‚” he said.
“I don’t think it’s a miracle that I’m here‚ not at all. The underlying factor is that the team was praying for me and the medical staff was great.
“I’m 100% ready to play and I’m excited.”
Champions League semifinal spot beckons
Mamelodi Sundowns’ fairytale run in the African Champions League owes its inspiration to the club’s Absa Premiership triumph last season‚ according to coach Pitso Mosimane.
“We are riding on the momentum of the league. We are still flowing with what happened in the league‚” Mosimane said.
The Brazilians have one foot in the door to the Champions League semifinals after beating Zamalek in Egypt on Sunday.
After back-to-back victories against Nigerian side Enyimba and Zamalek in Cairo on Sunday‚ Downs are the only unbeaten team in their group.
They have bristled with confidence and this has resulted in their winning displays on the pitch.
Mosimane’s side have been playing arguably their best football in the continental competition and the coach credits the inspired performances to last season’s title-winning charge on the domestic front.
Downs lost only three games in 30 premiership outings and had amassed a mammoth 71 league points by the end of the campaign.
“When we played [Jomo] Cosmos‚ Polokwane [City] and then went to Ajax . . . it did not look good,” Mosimane said.
“After Ajax we have not stopped. Even when we faced Tuks the league was wrapped up‚ but we kept going.
“We went to [PSL runners-up] Wits and kept moving with the momentum. We were just in that whirlpool‚ a beautiful whirlpool. We just kept going‚ and it is a beautiful dream. I hope we don’t wake up.”
With Downs topping their group‚ they only need a draw against Zamalek in the Champions League return leg match in Atteridgeville next Wednesday to confirm their place in the semifinals.
Ending the group stages at the summit is a feat they have set their eyes firmly on.
But Mosimane insisted that he did not want to get ahead of himself just yet.
“We would like to finish on top‚” the coach said.
“It looks like we have enough points [to ensure qualification for the knockout stages]‚ but mathematically‚ we don’t. “When I say ‘we have’ – it means we do not have to win on Wednesday‚ as long as Zamalek beat Enyimba or they stop them with a draw.
“For them [Enyimba] to win in [Cairo] – I don’t think so‚ in my opinion after the games I saw. [Zamalek] will win in Cairo because it is their lifeline and they want to finish on top of the group.
“You have to be very careful of thinking you have arrived and missing the point of finishing on top.”
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