In a matter of weeks Olympic gold medalist Chad le Clos will go head-to-head with his all-time rival Michael Phelps where they will both battle it out in the pool for an Olympics 2016 gold medal.
The road to Rio 2016 hasn’t been an easy one for Chad‚ whose family has been rocked with the news of his dad‚ Bert‚ being diagnosed with prostrate cancer and his mom‚ Geraldine’s breast cancer returning.
Chad confirmed that both his parents were battling cancer through a statement which was released on July 13.
A video teaser from the swimmer’s documentary‚ which was in the making for the past few months also showed Chad open up about his parents’ battle.
The full documentary entitled Unbelievable: The Chad le Clos Story was released on Sunday night‚ and it’s nothing short of inspiring.
The documentary details the swimmer’s gruelling training schedule‚ takes a trip down memory lane to his high-school and gives fans a glimpse into his family life.
It also follows Chad’s journey in the lead up to the upcoming Olympics.
“I want to take SA swimming to a new level and hope to inspire a generation of youngsters to follow in my footsteps‚” he said.
Even though it hasn’t been easy for Chad to deal with both of his parents’ battling cancer‚ the Olympic swimmer says on the positive side‚ its pushed him to train harder.
“It’s definitely been the most difficult few months of my life‚ family wise‚ the pressure from the Olympic games‚ it’s all come together. But I’ve also never trained harder than I am now‚ their sickness has pushed me through. Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise‚ we’ll see‚” an emotional Chad said.
The documentary also cast the conditions that South African swimmers have to train under‚ compared to the state of the art training facilities of their international competitors.
“The hardships that I’ve gone through in my career makes me who I am. I’m mentally tougher than the other guys and I know how to handle anything that’s thrown at me.”
Unbelievable also takes a look at the inseparable and inspiring bond Chad shares with his dad‚ Bert‚ who has been his son’s number one fan and supporter.
Watch the full documentary here:
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Nearly four decades separated them by age but they shared a despicable trait – luring young girls into a trap.
Police have arrested a 53-year-old man and an unrelated 16-year-old boy for raping children in the township of Khayelitsha in Cape Town.
Police constable Noloyiso Rwexana said the 16-year-old would appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with the rape of a five-year-old girl at his house in Makhaza on Friday.
“The suspect lured the victim into the house and raped her. In a separate incident the same suspect allegedly repeatedly raped a nine-year-old girl using the same modus operandi. According to information the suspect raped the victim several times in the month of July 2016‚’’ Rwexana said.
The 53-year-old will appear in the same court on August 17 to apply for bail.
He allegedly targeted girls between the ages of 12 and 15. He would‚ said Rwexana‚ send them to the shop. When they returned he would lock the doors and allegedly rape them.
“Police management strongly condemn the acts of this nature where young girls are being victimised. We urge the members of the communities to stand together‚ and come forward and put and end to these criminal behaviours by reporting them to police‚’’ she said.
According to the SAPS crime statistics for 2014/15‚ there were 43 195 rapes reported.
– TMG Digital/Cape Town Newsroom
Has the mighty, 104-year-old African National Congress already split in two? With just over a week to go before the August 3 municipal elections, it seems to me there are two ANCs – the ANC in Gauteng and the ANC of President Jacob Zuma and the so-called “Premier League”.
They are running two different campaigns and using two differing factions within the party to gain votes. Here is my evidence that there are two ANCs: On Saturday morning, the ANC in Gauteng issued a media alert in which it invited journalists to cover several party veterans accompanying Joburg mayoral candidate Parks Tau to Soweto.
The veterans accompanying Tau and ANC Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile were Mavuso Msimang and Tokyo Sexwale.
Msimang? This is the man who, in April, stood up with other society luminaries and said: “I would like to say that my hope is that it’s not too late for the leadership of the ANC to do the right thing and ask the president in everyone’s interest to step down.”
Last week, Tau paid a courtesy visit to former president Thabo Mbeki, a man who was humiliatingly and unceremoniously dumped by the Zuma-led ANC in 2008.
Reports after the meeting indicated that Mbeki was receptive to Tau, but was not keen to campaign for the Zuma-led ANC.
Others are not so coy to associate themselves with Tau and Mashatile. In the past week we have seen former president Kgalema Motlanthe and Robben Island veteran Ahmed Kathrada standing up for the ANC in Gauteng.
You will remember that Kathrada wrote an open letter earlier this year – following the Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla declaring that Zuma had failed to “uphold, defend and respect the constitution as the supreme law” – in which he said that if he were Zuma, he would step down.
He asked: “In the face of such persistently widespread criticism, condemnation and demand, is it asking too much to express the hope that you will choose the correct way that is gaining momentum, to consider stepping down?”
What about Motlanthe, the man who challenged Zuma in 2012? In March he said: “They [ANC leaders] say, ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ – and that is why the ANC will die.”
These are the men – and some women – who the ANC in Gauteng, particularly in Johannesburg, have called on to help them win the cities of Joburg and Tshwane.
You can see them reflected in the speeches of premier David Makhura, Mashatile and Tau. They talk about the sanctity of our institutions of democracy and delivery of services. Listen carefully to the speeches of Makhura and you get the idea of a thoughtful young leader who is presidential material.
Meanwhile, Zuma and the rest of his faction – made up of provincial leaders from Mpumalanga, Free State, North West and KwaZuluNatal – have been running a totally different campaign.
It is based merely on exploiting the race divide and on our painful history. They hardly ever touch on delivery or competence or the fight against corruption except to warn voters that the opposition DA may bring apartheid back.
Last week in Tembisa, an area where the EFF has faced horrific violence and has been harassed by the ANC not to try and electioneer, Zuma arrived with his bogeyman at the ready.
“The DA is the offspring of the oppressor, two white parties came together to form one … Where does a black person get the guts to associate with the oppressor?” he asked.
Zuma was of course conveniently forgetting that in fact it was the ANC that swallowed up the party of apartheid, the National Party, in 2004.
He had conveniently wiped Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the former student spy who delivered the NP to the ANC and was amply rewarded with two successive cabinet posts by Mbeki and Zuma, from history.
Just a week before the Tembisa utterances, Zuma was beating the same drum. He told an audience at the Market Theatre that he does not understand black people who choose to vote for the DA.
“After we liberated ourselves they came together, this same DA, … it was an alliance between the Progressive Party and the National Party,” Zuma said.
“If you are a black person, you join that party, really? Really?”
These two very different campaigns sit cheek by jowl with each other in the current ANC. The party is like a married couple who no longer love or like each other, but are staying together merely for the kids. It is no longer a marriage. It is a front. What happens after August 3? Will Zuma punish the Gauteng ANC for using his “enemies” to campaign?
Will he be challenged by these same individuals?
The road to the ANC conference in 2017 is already looking extremely bumpy.
A Sunday afternoon walk at the beach turned to quite an adventure for Sandi van Riet, 53, this weekend.
Port Elizabeth resident van Riet saw a strange object in the water at Humewood Beach on Sunday (24/07/2016) and went to investigate and to their surprise it was a squid trying to swim out of the water.
“It was quite something to see a squid swimming on shore. Very few people will experience that in their lifetime,” van Riet said.
“We called around to see if anyone could help the squid, but we could not get hold of anyone.”
According to Dr Malcolm Smale, a curator emeritus at Bayworld Museum in Port Elizabeth the species could be a Thysanoteuthis rhombus or diamond back squid.
“It lives in surface waters of the open ocean where the water may be more than 400m deep,” Smale said.
Smale said these creatures did not normally come to shore and the reason for the stranding in this case was unknown.
Van Riet said they decided to take the squid back into deep water by picking it up and moving it towards the deep.
After the squid was moved it disappeared into the ocean.
The ANC is at odds with itself over the status of Western Cape leader Marius Fransman‚ with Fransman himself and some party leaders saying he has been reinstated‚ while others insist he has not.
The contradictory public statements over Fransman follow a public dispute over the developments in the SABC in which the ANC was unable to put forward a unified position.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe announced earlier this month that Fransman would face the party’s national disciplinary committee following allegations that he had sexually harassed his 21-year-old assistant, Louisa Wynand, in January when they were on their way to the January 8 rally in Rustenburg.
But‚ on Thursday‚ Fransman joined President Jacob Zuma on the campaign trail in Cape Town. ANC head of elections Nomvula Mokonyane said Fransman had been “cleared and was back on the job‚ [and] nothing had changed”.
ANC national spokesman Zizi Kodwa‚ however‚ denied this and said it was ill-disciplined of Fransman to be communicating otherwise.
In a statement on Saturday, Fransman insisted again that he had resumed his duties as Western Cape leader.
Slain model Reeva Steenkamp’s passion for educating and empowering victims of domestic violence and abuse will continue with the launch of a foundation in her name.
Education is expected to be the key objective when the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation launches next month in Port Elizabeth.
Striving to be “Reeva’s voice”‚ attorney and family spokeswoman Tania Koen says the aim is to continue her work in educating and empowering victims of domestic violence and abuse.
The foundation also plans to provide a bursary to a law student who wishes to qualify as an attorney specialising in family law.
“Donations are welcome as a bursary will be given to a law student(s) – to qualify as an attorney who wants to specialise in family law and who shall‚ after qualifying‚ be available to victims of abuse for legal advice and assistance on a voluntary basis‚” Koen says.
Koen‚ who represents June and Barry Steenkamp‚ said in a statement last week — when the news broke that the state would appeal the “shockingly too lenient” six-year sentence imposed on Oscar Pistorius — that Reeva’s parents were focusing their energy on the upcoming media launch of the foundation on August 19.
“We are concentrating on education at the moment‚ with the long-term goal of having a safe haven‚” Koen said.
The launch is set to take place at Sun International’s The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on what would have been Reeva’s 33rd birthday.
According to Koen‚ a ‘Reeva Pack’ – a one-stop domestic violence education pack — will be revealed on the evening of the launch.
“The intention is to make the Reeva Pack freely available at hospitals‚ police stations‚ places of public transport‚ and any public or private institutions.
“The public can either donate money for this purpose or buy these packs (which will then be sent to them) for distribution‚” she said.
While the daily running of the foundation will be by Koen and Steenkamp’s cousin Kim Martin‚ trustees of the foundation include: June Steenkamp‚ attorney and director of BDLS Attorneys Craig de Lange‚ Jacqui Mofokeng as well as the mother of Pistorius’ ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor‚ Trish Taylor.
Koen added that the trustees and members of the foundation aim to achieve the following:
– To educate the world about the abuse of woman and children;
– To educate woman of their self-worth and right to a safe environment;
– To inform victims of abuse of the resources available to them; and
– To empower these woman through education and skills development to become self-supporting.
– TMG Digital
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A traffic officer was shot dead in front of his Motherwell home late on Sunday night.
Police spokesman Constable Mncedi Mbombo said it appeared Mzwamadoda Khuphiso, 45, had just arrived home from work when he was shot in front of his Bherha Street, Motherwell home at about 10pm.
Khupiso was driving a “state vehicle” when he was shot.
“Police found his body lying in front of the vehicle he was driving with several bullet wounds on the head and on his upper body,” Mbombo said.
“Anyone with the information that can assist the police to arrest the suspects can contact his or her nearest police station.”
The most painful thing about observing from a distance what is happening at SABC Park in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, is that I have friends there who work for the public broadcaster, or as it stands now, that excuse of a public broadcaster. This alone is very painful because I can see how terrified they are even to comment about their jobs, journalism and their futures in it.
It’s sad to see industry colleagues suffer that kind of fate from a management that’s certainly in the pockets of some politicians who want this country to be portrayed from some fictional perspective that doesn’t exist. The SABC, an institution that was supposed to be the national pride of journalism, is no longer about the craft of journalism but rather about individuals who have infiltrated it for their gain and those who sent them there.
It’s almost entirely obvious that SABC chief operational officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng reports to some very powerful people who have told him not to worry as he’s protected and nobody will touch him. He believes, as he’s reportedly said before, to be an alpha and omega at the troubled public broadcaster.
This should scare the hell out of every taxpaying and proud citizen of this once upon a time wonderful and promising country. We are so no more.
Motsoeneng has been vocal about how he and his management will “deal” with those who “pull” to the other direction at the SABC. This is wrong because what he means by this is that the SABC dictates what should be, and that no one shall question it or else they’ll be shown the door, as a dozen people have, with others sadly resigning from their positions as they are unable to carry out their duties effectively or happily.
There are the eight who were fired or didn’t have their contracts renewed because they stood for journalism, and others who are willingly resigning because they can’t be associated with an institution that’s not only breaking the journalistic rules but also because the SABC has suddenly become a one-man show – Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
It is unfortunate that if we are to leave a clueless man without matric to ruin what’s supposed to be our country’s pride, we will then one day wake up and there will, basically, be no SABC.
All this will happen because instead of being a source of national news, the SABC has turned into news itself with its executive regularly conducting hushedup press conferences to tell us that they are not to be touched by anyone. The people Motsoeneng and his gang have fired and those they have forced out aren’t just fathers, mothers, daughters, wives and husbands to their families, but are true South Africans who wanted to save the soul of the public broadcaster and contribute meaningfully to this country going forward.
As the people of South Africa from all walks of life, be it the media industry, religious institutions, civil society and what have you, we need to stand together in solidarity to save the soul of the pride of our nation, the SABC, from the clutches of a few dictators fighting political battles using that noble institution.
If we do not fight this battle as the people of this country we will have to answer some serious questions from those who come after us. And besides the questions, which will certainly be very important, we can’t have hardworking and well-meaning journalists censored because of some self-important men and women at the SABC.
South Africa and what South Africa needs, are bigger than these few selfish and troubled individuals.
The SABC leadership has become the problem that we need to root out before it becomes cancerous and then we are no longer able to deal with it. We have given Motsoeneng so much false belief that he’s powerful for a while now and he has still disrespected us not to furnish us with a matric certificate.
We can do this as a collective South Africa fighting for a right cause, which is to save an institution that connects South Africa to the world. There is just no way we should let the SABC fall into the wrong hands of people who only care about their political principals instead of being principled men and women with the best interests of South Africa in their minds.
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Telkom, under chief executive Sipho Maseko, is a fine example of a legacy company compelled to change its focus, not just for the sake of it, but for its very survival. The swing in direction has become necessary because its traditional fixed-line business is dying and growth is declining.
Why? Well, simply put, customer habits have changed and the future lies elsewhere.
You may have seen the company’s advert on television, featuring a couple of exasperated teens, probably no older than 16, shaking their heads at another, even younger, pair on a bench nearby, the two “youngsters” immersed in their cellphones and a new, fashionable social media application. The payoff line is “Meet your future customers”.
A very clever and contemporary example of how we are all wrestling with the pace of change, and the effects on our businesses and lives.
It is with this in mind I wish to confront a decision of mine to close down La Femme, a weekly women’s feature in The Herald. It has elicited protests by some, even accusations of misogyny, which I have published in the interests of debate. This is my response.
When I arrived at The Herald in February I made a conscious decision to avoid any wholesale and immediate changes. I wanted to take a measured view of the operation and staff.
My first goal was stability, much needed in the newsroom. In the background, though, industry storm clouds have been gathering.
The basic picture – because it is a complicated one – is a seismic shift from print to digital. In a nutshell, our online audience is now larger than our print readership – and it is growing rapidly.
Consumer habits aren’t changing; they already have. So while our traditional business remains under pressure (and this goes for most newspapers, and not just locally), opportunities are opening up online. In line with our group imperatives, we are evolving into a multifaceted media company. To this end we are on the verge of launching a new website, which is visually richer and hopefully much more engaging for users.
As part of the revamping, we are building a comprehensive lifestyle, family, wellness and activity portal, with its own Facebook page, where all the type of content that went into La Femme, and Zest for that matter, will be housed. We’re calling it My HeraldLIVE.
It will be fun, relevant, interactive and, in time, if we can get this right, home to a number of local women bloggers. This endeavour will take time, but once we have it ticking along, and this part is important, the aim is to reverse-publish the choicest content from digital to print to achieve a blend of the best across our delivery platforms.
Having said this, our focus is broader. This week we begin the process of designing a new look and feel for The Herald and Weekend Post.
It will take several months to complete, but it fits in with our group’s new philosophy of “Digital first, print premium”. I have written about this before, but the point to be made in this context is that our papers are getting smaller, driven by economics.
By default this places more emphasis on selection of content because the pages of a newspaper are finite. Readers pepper me with requests for more of this or that, and I hear you.
The page planners know I’m on the hunt for more space, and they accommodate where and when they can, all within the confines of tightening budgets. Some battles I win, some I lose.
Which brings me to La Femme. Industry data show declining interest: La Femme readership fell 13% last year, while The Herald’s increased.
Given the constraints sketched above and the changing landscape of consumer habits, the time was ripe for a review of La Femme’s place in the newspaper and to ask if the space could not be otherwise utilised, while reformatting the entire concept. In arriving at my decision, I also made a commitment to publish the stories of women in the news sections, where they belong, rather than being confined to the pigeonhole of two pink pages a week.
I accept that in forging this change, success is not guaranteed. But neither is longevity and I cannot afford to wait idly by for the end to come.
Beat the winter chill on the couch underneath a blanket, with a good book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. Fogarty’s book store owner Teresa Fogarty will be pairing the best of both worlds along with Maryna Strachan at the Tops at Spar Wine Show from August 4 to 6 at The Boardwalk.
Fogarty and Strachan will also offer a sneak peek at a special Book and Wine Tasting at Walmer Park on Thursday, on how the written word goes hand-inhand with fine wine.
Just for the thrill of it
Get into the heart of the action with Emma Donoghue’s Room.
Room is a chilling tale of a boy’s bravery as he attempts to escape from his prison, a single room, where he and his mother have been held captive for seven years by Old Nick.
“Room pairs well with De Grendel’s Shiraz,” Strachan suggests
“It’s a spicy, deep red to black wine that has a complex palate, with layers of red and black berries, cherries and ripe bloodplums. Just the varietal to savour while immersing yourself in a book layered with intensity and emotion.”
Light and easy
For something less heavy, Teresa suggests women’s literature’s new queen, Jo Jo Moyes and her novel The Girl You Left Behind.
It follows the movements of a 1916 French painting that belonged to Edouard Lefevre and his wife Sophie during the war and ends up in the possession of the modern-day Liv, who takes ownership of it on the death of her young husband.
“While it’s a girly read, The Girl You Left Behind has a sadness about it,” Strachan said.
“So while a white wine is its recommended varietal, it should offer an explosion of flavour like D’Aria’s Sauvignon Blanc.”
Sultry and sexy
If you like a little blush, then try Maestra by LS Hilton.
A story about a young woman, Judith Rashleigh, whose dreams of breaking into the art world lead to her fleeing for her life.
“Delheim’s Pinotage Rosé is both complex and lively – just like Judith’s story,” Strachan said.
Got the giggles?
For something bright and breezy try Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew, a dark and delicious new crime series.
A cook and writer for the local newspaper’s recipe section, gets a visit from a friend and editor, who delivers the ingredients for two recipes of love and murder.
“JC Le Roux’s flagship Cap Classique, Scintilla, uplifts the pages of this tale in an explosion of scintillating bubbles,” Strachan said.
Of love and loss
A literary classic, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini can only be paired with a full-bodied wine with intense undertones such as Spier’s Creative Block 2.
Further information from Fogarty’s on (041) 368-1425.
Tickets to the show can be bought at www.itickets.co.za or at the door.
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