Nelson Mandela Bay is abuzz with activities this weekend. The Herald gives you a round-up of some of the action, see more in print on Friday, July 29:
SMILE FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER
PORT Elizabeth comedian Roland Gaspar is heading Humour With a Heart at the Amphitheatre at the Boardwalk to raise funds for the Smile Foundation, along with other acts, on Friday night, July 29. Niqui Cloete-Barrass and Annaline Stiglingh will perform comedy cabaret from their show The Midlife Chronicles. Tickets R100 per person at Computicket and doors open 7.30pm. Inquiries: email@example.com.
ALL BLACK PARTY
NEW Asia Lounge in North End is the venue for an All Black party on Friday, July 29 featuring Soul Candi and DJ Franky. Sham de Funk, Eazy E, Dexter K, DJ Spectrum, Clint, APO, Eclipse, Chad Julies, Meshin and GBoy will be the support DJS. Doors open at 8pm for the smart-casual evening, promoted by Olmeca Tequila. Tickets are R80 at the door before 10pm and booths R500. Inquiries: Dexter Kannemeyer, 076-937-0933.
VISION4 WOMEN WITH NOSI LAUNCH
THE second season of Port Elizabeth businesswoman Nosi Ncoyo’s Bay TV talk show, Vision 4 Women with Nosi, launches tonight with an event at the Protea Hotel Marine Drive. Tickets for the launch are R250, and the cocktail event is from 6.30 to 10pm. In celebration of Women’s month Emambozana Studios also is hosting a breakfast on August 7, also at the Protea Hotel Marine Drive with the singing group The Soil. Inquiries: Pholile, 079-955-9843.
THE Herald Comedy Series hosts the Goliath Comedy Club on Saturday, July 30 at 7pm at the Opera House in Central with Jason Goliath, Prins, Loyiso Madinga, Nicholas Goliath and Richelieu Beaunoir. Tickets cost R160, on sale at the Herald Office, 19 Baakens Street, or www.quicket.co.za Inquiries: Berna Walters, (041) 504-7119.
JEFFREYS BAY CRAFT MARKET
HOME-MADE merchandise and craft work will be on display and for sale at the Jeffreys Bay Tecoma Craft Market tomorrow, Saturday, July 30, from 9am, at the market on the corner of Da Gama Road and Tecoma Street. Inquiries: Neil Skinner, (042) 296-2791.
ANIMAL WELFARE SCOTTIE DOG WALK
THE Animal Welfare Society of Port Elizabeth hosts a Scottie dog walk on Sunday July 31 at Victoria Park in Walmer from 8.45am for 9am. Food and blanket donations are welcome and money donations will be in aid of Scottish Terrier SA. Inquiries: Melissa, 084-282-9042 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COS PLAY AT CON.ECT
THE Con.ect event aimed at bringing together gamers, cosplayers and fandom lovers starts on Saturday July 30 at 10am and runs until Sunday July 31 at the NMMU Vodacom Indoor Sport Centre, South Campus. Tickets can be booked online at webtickets.co.za, at R50 for Saturday and Sunday pass separately and R80 for a weekend pass. Limited tickets available at the door. Inquiries: Janelle Vermaak, email@example.com.
ST VINCENT Catholic church is a having a golden oldies event with DJ Manozay tonight, July 29, at the West End community hall from 8pm. Admission is R40. Inquiries: Lynette Prince, 084-946-2910.
WINTER WARMER FOOD MARKET
THE Emmanuel Church in Macon Road, Lorraine, is having a “winter warmer” food market this afternoon, July 29 from 5.30pm. It will be selling curries, soups and potjies accompanied by a live band. Inquiries: Kalay Naidoo, 082-748-4537.
TABLE OF HOPE MEMORIAL LECTURE
THE first Nelson Mandela Bay Table of Hope event and memorial lecture is today, July 29, at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium. The lecture by University of Fort Hare Vice chancellor Prof Mvuyo Tom starts at 3pm with the Table of Hope cultural programme starting at 6.30pm. Inquiries: Merica Oliphant, 083-397-5438.
AFRIKAANS GOES POP
PORT Elizabeth’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s concert series, Draadloos, is on tonight and tomorrow at 7.30pm, July 29 July 30, with a matinee at 2pm tomorrow SAT at the Savoy Theatre, on the corner of Diaz and Stirk roads. The concerts will feature classic Afrikaans hits, ranging from artists like Ge Korsten to Karen Zoid and more. Tickets are R80 or R70 per person for bookings of eight or more and R60 for the Saturday matinee. Inquiries: Rose Cowpar, 072-906-1977.
MEDITATION FOR CHILDREN
JOIN the Brahma Kumaris organisation for an afternoon of spirituality and games for children at 8 Dan Pienaar Street, Glendinningvale from 2.30pm tomorrow, Saturday July 30. Children aged between 7 and 11 will explore different values and have a meditation. Inquiries: Gita Loosz, 082-710-0175.
ART IN THE PARK
ART in the Park invites the public to join in for a day out with food, collectibles, arts and craft at St George’s Park from 9am until 2pm on Sunday, July 31. Inquiries: Maureen Oliver, 072-245-4926.
Recent job statistics confirmed the parlous state of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s economy, amid a more general national jobs miasma.
No surprise then that the council has added another 23 000 households to its official indigent list. The move equates to an increase of nearly a quarter on the 88 000 already benefitting from a basket of free services through the city’s Assistance to the Poor (ATTP).
It means more than a third of households are destitute. They cannot pay rates, and rely on the free allocation of electricity, water, sanitation and refuse removal.
Writing off their debts “cost” the municipality R451-million, revenue it could have used to plough back into the community. Quite simply, the distress we are seeing is a story of grinding poverty.
In its Integrated Development Plan, the city acknowledges the ATTP programme “is an unsustainable situation that requires urgent intervention”. The problem is fundamentally a spatial one.
ATTP households are concentrated in previously disadvantaged communities.
A report by the Centre for Enterprise and Development (CDE), which argues for the densification of cities as a solution to the poverty question, addresses the spatial conundrum, but also argues that the vaunted township economy actually requires an inclusive approach.
“Ultimately, the interests of township residents lie in ensuring the expansion of businesses and jobs in the city as a whole, rather than seeking to ensure that jobs are created predominantly in the townships. This means that urban policy should focus much more closely on what it would take to get urban economies to grow more rapidly, and to absorb more labour. This has not been the approach to date.”
Yes, the poor need a helping hand, but a fix is what is needed. By the CDE’s measure, that means starting by bringing them into the fold.
Céline Dion undoubtedly has one of the most powerful voices on earth‚ but a 17-year-old Gabonese teenager‚ Samuel‚ is proving to be some stiff competition.
Samuel’s sensational mostly French-language cover of Céline’s 1993 smash The Power of Love went viral after being shared by blogger Barack Nyare Mba‚ boasting more than two million views as of Thursday afternoon.
When the clip reached Céline herself‚ the singer and songwriter gushed over Samuel in a bilingual Facebook message to him.
“Samuel‚ your talent is as big as your voice‚” she wrote.
“I’m touched my songs have travelled all the way to you and hope we have the chance to meet one day. May all your dreams come true. Keep singing like you do. When music comes from the heart‚ it knows no borders!”
Samuel‚ who lives in Libreville‚ Gabon‚ belts out the demanding tune in a cappella while sitting barefoot on a staircase.
Music producers are reportedly now circling Samuel‚ who has admitted that all the newfound attention is a little overwhelming.
“Where I live in Libreville‚ people recognise me on the street and want to say hello‚” he told Mashable France in French. “I absolutely do not know how to handle it.”
In another video‚ Samuel proves that he has more than just The Power Of Love in his oeuvre. It shows him capably singing her deeper cut To Love You More.
Céline wrote that she hoped Samuel’s dreams come true — and it appears there’s one only she can grant.
“My dream?” he told Mashable France. “Meet Céline Dion at least once in my life.”
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Orlando Pirates will stand behind their player who has tested positive for cocaine‚ said club administrative officer Floyd Mbele on Thursday.
He said the player has disputed the positive finding and requested that a B sample be tested. A hearing has been set for August 31.
“We respect the process and we will await the outcome‚” Mbele said.
Asked if Pirates would stand by the player or wait for the process to be completed‚ Mbele replied: “Those things are not mutually exclusive. You can have both. You can stand by the player and still appreciate that they must go through a judicial process.”
The Bucs official said the player would have to provide his own legal representation.
Explaining the process surrounding the player testing positive‚ Mbele said: “The team on the day of an official match would go through the doping control officer‚ who selects random jersey numbers to be tested where the medical officers of the two teams are present.
“At the end of the match‚ the players come through to give samples‚ which are sealed and signed off by the medical official of the team and then sent off.
“Once tests are completed and they find what they are looking for‚ or not looking for‚ the league is advised. Because you must remember that Drug Free Sport deals with clubs on behalf of the league and Safa.
“The league then informs its member‚ the club‚ that there is a transgression and then you will take it up from there.
“You obviously have recourse for testing a B sample in the instance that there is a dispute‚ such as in this case. And once that’s taken place they will then officially write and charge the player. That again is brought through the club.
“Then the hearing tales place. We [Pirates] will wait for that to take place‚ and once there is an outcome we will see what the way forward is.”
Mbele said he could only speculate about why the player would contest the finding and request a B sample.
“From my own little experience with doping it may well be because the player does not feel that they committed the offence. It would be similar to going to court to prove your innocence‚” he said.
The official took a swipe at a media house that published the name of the player as midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo.
“I think it was unfortunate and regrettable‚” Mbele said.
“I just hope that we learn from it that it doesn’t matter how excited or carried away we are with getting stories‚ we need to be circumspect on how we approach things. Obviously there are legal implications.” – TMG Digital/The Times
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The Constitutional Court has declared invalid in its entirety the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act.
“The NCOP public participation process was unreasonable and thus constitutionally invalid‚” Judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga found in a unanimous judgment delivered on Thursday.
The court pointed out that provinces gave out notices just days before hearings‚ which were held only in certain municipalities and excluded many of those affected. Those who did get to attend were not given an opportunity to share their views.
The finding upheld a challenge brought by the Land Access Movement of South Africa‚ the Association for Rural Advancement‚ the Nkuzi Development Association‚ Moddervlei Communal Property Association‚ the Makuleke Communal Property Association‚ and the Popela Communal Property Association.
They had contended that the NCOP and provincial legislatures had failed in their constitutional obligation to facilitate public participation by leaving less than two weeks for the advertising and holding of public hearings; invitations for and consideration of all oral and written public submissions; and provision of negotiating and final mandates.
The NCOP‚ National Assembly and eight Provincial Legislatures had opposed the challenge‚ contending that the public participation process passed constitutional muster.
The Restitution of Land Rights Act enacted in 1994 gave people or communities until December 31 1998 to lodge claims for restitution or redress for being dispossessed of land after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices.
A draft Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill providing for‚ among other things‚ the reopening of claims‚ was tabled and passed by the National Assembly in 2014. All but one of the provincial legislatures had approved the bill by March that year‚ the NCOP passed it the same month‚ the president assented to it in June and it was enacted on July 1.
“Failure by one of the Houses of Parliament to comply with a constitutional obligation amounts to failure by Parliament‚” Madlanga said in his judgment.
“The deficient conduct of the NCOP in facilitating public participation in passing the bill taints the entire legislative process and is a lapse by Parliament as a whole.
“This is of particular significance where – as here – there was a heightened need for the involvement of the NCOP‚” he said.
The court reiterated that the right to restitution of land plays a pivotal role in South Africa’s constitutional democracy‚ and is a means to achieving the guarantee of
dignity for those who continue to suffer from the racist practices and laws of the past.
Madlanga ordered that claims made under the Amendment Act before Thursday’s judgment would continue to exist‚ but that no more could be lodged.
He also interdicted the Land Claims Commission from considering‚ processing and settling new claims for two years pending Parliament’s re-enactment of the Amendment Act or finalising of the claims filed by December 31 1998‚ whichever happened first.
Failing this‚ the Chief Land Claims Commissioner was directed to approach the court for further relief.
The NCOP was ordered to pay the applicants’ costs.
There are plenty of original ballot papers from the historic 1994 election‚ but one in mint condition with late President Nelson Mandela’s signature on it could be worth a small fortune.
Jeremy Marten from Fish Hoek‚ Cape Town has listed this rare piece of political memorabilia on Gumtree.co.za‚ South Africa’s largest online classifieds site‚ with an asking price of R50 000.
Marten told TMG Digital that he and his brother are antiques collectors and they bought the ballot paper from another collector three years ago. He declined to divulge the initial price.
“We bought it because it’s a beautiful piece of our country’s history and Mandela left a beautiful legacy‚” said Marten.
The sale was listed on on Gumtree on July 7.
When asked if he was not scared of being condemned for cashing in on the global icon’s name‚ he said a lot of people were selling items bearing Mandela’s name.
“We are selling a lot of stuff that is not Madiba related and it’s just a coincidence that the sale went up just before election time.”
Martens said that he would love to see it end up on display in a museum or public space of some kind.
He is confident of his price because in 2011 a 1994 ballot paper signed by Madiba‚ FW de Klerk and Thabo Mbeki sold on auction for R80 000‚ he said.
Clare Cobbledick‚ the Marketing Head for Gumtree SA‚ said‚ “there’s always a spike in interest for politically connected items during election periods and anything related to President Mandela automatically generates interest on the site.
“And when actually searching‚ we found a huge amount of gold Mandela coins‚ a Mandela and (Francois) Pienaar-signed 1995 World Cup rugby shirt and a few canvas portraits‚” Cobbledick said.
Martens says he hope that the ballot paper will land in hands that will preserve it for future generations.
Link to the ballot paper sales page: http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-antiques-collectables/fish-hoek/collectable-nelson-mandela-autograph-on-1994-ballot-paper-and-certificate-of-authenticity/1001708160710910757516009
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A wife of one of the twins arrested for their alleged involvement in a suspected terror plot has described the night of their arrest.
The case against brothers Brandon-Lee Thulsie and Tony-Lee Thulsie was on Thursday postponed to give the State time to prepare its response to an application brought by them‚ claiming that their arrests and subsequent detentions are unlawful.
They claim they were not furnished with arrest warrants when they were taken into custody.
The 23-year-olds have now appeared at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court three times this week. They are yet to formally bring their bail applications.
Bail proceedings have been put on hold in order to establish whether their arrests were in fact unlawful.
The prosecution must now prove that proper procedures were followed when the identical twins were taken into custody on July 9.
If it fails to do so‚ the Thulsie brothers may be released.
The twins‚ who previously worked in promotions and as actors in commercials‚ were arrested in Newclare‚ west of Johannesburg.
In a sworn affidavit the wife of Tony-Lee‚ Aadila Alben‚ gives details of the evening of the arrests. She said that on that night‚ police documents were signed by her brother-in-law and mother-in-law‚ who lived together‚ under a “climate of fear and intimidation”.
Brother and sister Ibrahim and Fatima Patel‚ charged with illegal possession of explosives and ammunition relating to the same alleged terror plot‚ have been released on bail of R5‚000. The Patel siblings were arrested in Azaadville on Johannesburg’s west rand.
The Thulsie twins will return to court on Friday.
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“Evidence of rapid climate change…is already upon us‚” Parliament has said by way of urging South Africans to heed “weather warnings and to take all the necessary steps to avoid loss of property and life”.
The chair of the legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs‚ Phillemon Mapulane‚ made the call on Wednesday after tornados‚ snowfalls and floods affected parts of the country at the start of the week.
“Evidence of rapid climate change‚ including more frequent and intense weather systems and greater climate variability‚ is already upon us‚ as shown by ongoing changes in average rainfall patterns with some parts of our country experiencing heavy rainfall and extreme weather events‚” he said.
“Gauteng‚ KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape are the most affected by the current extreme weather conditions‚ which are only expected to relent over the weekend.”
“…We would like to take this opportunity to remind fellow South Africans that our White Paper on Climate Change has sounded these warnings‚ stating that rainfall is expected to become more variable‚ with an increase of extreme events such as flooding and droughts.”
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Short-term insurers returned from their annual conference at Sun City on Wednesday to a mountain of paperwork.
All insurers have seen an unusual spike in claims for July as severe weather has hit all three SA’s major metropolitan areas.
According to Willem Roos‚ CE of Outsurance‚ the leading direct personal lines insurer‚ there has been 10 times the usual number of weather-related claims for the last week in July — with 2‚000 such claims‚ mostly on the property book rather than the motor book.
Outsurance insured one of the shops at Phumulani Mall in Tembisa that was severely damaged in Tuesday’s tornado.
“Though this isn’t the first time we have had a freak incident at this time of year — the 2014 Orkney earthquake happened on August 5‚” said Roos.
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Coca-Cola wasn’t to “blame” for the mess‚ but when it came to removing it from KwaZulu-Natal’s litter-ravaged beaches‚ the beverage giant said: “Yes‚ we are in.”
After seeing the state of his city’s beaches in the wake of the week’s extreme weather‚ Durbanite Richard McLennan took to Coca-Cola South Africa’s Facebook page to appeal for help.
“Dear Coca-Cola South Africa‚” he wrote‚ “as you are no doubt aware we have had some serious rain and flooding in KZN. Besides the loss of lives‚ damage to homes‚ schools and roads‚ we have also seen our rivers spilling huge amounts of plastic waste into our oceans.
“A lot of this waste is actually your empty bottles‚” his post‚ which was accompanied by a photo of a plastic-strewn coastline‚ said.
McLennan noted that “much of this plastic waste will end up far out at sea where it takes hundreds of years to decompose‚ if it’s not consumed by marine animals‚ either way this is bad for our planet and your brand”.
The Northwood Boys High old boy said that as the local authority has “insufficient resources to deal with this quickly and effectively”‚ he wanted to know if there was “any chance Coca-Cola can muck in and help us clean up their bottles?”
He stressed that there is a “short window to clean up” the beaches.
Team Coca-Cola South Africa replied promptly that: “We appreciate citizens who are actively involved in the community and care about the environment. Yes‚ we are in‚ we would like to meet with you asap so we can make this happen.”
The Facebook reply continued: “We are planning a coastal inspection in the morning.”
McLennan later noted “to clarify‚ I DO NOT blame Coke for this litter‚ short-term I am asking them to assist in cleaning up our beaches‚ medium- to long-term I am asking them to put top of their corporate responsibility: recycle initiatives‚ education around recycling and the development of environmentally friendly packaging and maybe even to create employment opportunities around recycling and waste collection”.
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