You can now register .joburg, .capetown and .durban domains   
Yesterday the much anticipated "dotCity" domains for South Africa moved into "general availability" phase, meaning that anyone can now register one. Businesses can now register .capetown, .joburg and .durban domains. There are many pro's and con's associated with the existence of these new domains. To decide whether you should or shouldn't register a dotCity domain for...
          Inforgraphic - E-commerce in Africa   
Take a look at this interesting infographic we found on paymentsafrika.com, exploring the state of online shopping in Africa and what makes online shoppers tick (and click!). 600 consumers in African countries (South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya) were surveyed by emerging markets research firm, Jana. We've expanded on the results with notes so that you...
          PayPal finally in South Africa?   
PayPal is the world’s biggest e-commerce enable, used by millions of businesses and individuals worldwide to send and receive funds easily via the web. Due to restrictions by South Africa's Reserve Bank, PayPal has not been allowed to operate in South Africa without a banking licence or without joining forces with a local bank. South...
          Popular Websites among South Africans   
So how do you as a South African business targeting South Africans determine where your market is when online? Which websites should you be advertising on be listed on? One way is to use a website called Alexa. Alexa provides general information on global internet usage. Using Alexa to see what sites are apparently most popular...
          Eiledon Hits a Half Century   
Eiledon Solutions has now designed and developed over 50 websites for companies throughout South Africa and internationally. We've upgraded our website development portfolio section to demonstrate our work according to industry, and we now have a logo design portfolio showcasing some logos we've designed for clients.
          South African Directories & Search Engines   
In South Africa we have the following major directories and search engines.AnanziAnanzi is South Africa's oldest search engine and is also a directory.Search24.comThe Media 24 network (consisting of news24.com, health24.com, properties24.com and more) recently launched a South African search engine very similar to Google.GumTree.co.zaGum Tree is a popular classifieds website.YellowPages.co.zaThe Yellow Pages website is a...
          Payment Gateways in South Africa   
A payment gateway service (or payment processing service) is required before you can accept credit card payments via your website. The payment processor is responsible for facilitating for a secure transaction, and for authorizing the transaction. This is usually done by providing a customisable page on a secure connection (SSL) where the customer enters their...
          Choosing a Domain Name (Website Address)   
Here are some points to consider when choosing a domain name for a South African business: You can have more than one domain name for the same website. Try to avoid using a '-' (hyphen) in your domain name. Try to avoid using numbers, or words that sound like numbers - customers may be uncertain...
          SMU Summer English Camp   

SMU (SangMyeong University) Summer English Camp / Seoul Club Summer English Camp is looking for experienced teachers to join our fun camp!

 

Camp Date: Seoul Club July 17 ~ 4 Aug, 2017 / SMU July 24 ~ Aug. 4, 2017

Orientation: July 15 & July 19

Working hour : 08:50 am ~ 6:00 pm

Teaching hour : Mon ~ Fri (9:20 am ~ 4:35 pm)

Location: Seoul Club (Jangchoong-dong, Seoul) / SMU (SangMyeong Univ., Seoul)

Nationality: U.S, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa only

Pay will be dependent on prior experience.

 

If you are interested, Please send a resume with a photo!

 

Contact: English camp Manager Azi Kim (010-4940-9412 / thetiul@naver.com)


          Majola, McIntosh pocketed more than two thirds of IPL bonus   
Former Cricket South Africa official Colin Beggs has alleged that CEO Gerald Majola and former COO Don McIntosh pocketed more than two thirds of the c...
          Analysis: "Bad" foreign firms drive U.S. manufacturing jobs revival   

By Lesley Wroughton and Howard Schneider

SPARTANBURG/CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Years before Donald Trump began promising to bring back good manufacturing jobs by getting tough with U.S. trade partners, such jobs have already been on the rise, largely thanks to foreign companies now cast as villains in Trump's narrative.

Reuters analysis of federal jobs data shows that out of 656,000 new manufacturing jobs created between 2010 and 2014, two thirds can be attributed to foreign direct investment.

More recent jobs numbers are not yet available, but over $700 billion in foreign capital has poured in over the last two years bringing total foreign investment to $3.7 trillion at the end of 2016, a world record. (Graphic: http://tmsnrt.rs/2sWkzTB)

Now foreign companies that have spent billions of dollars on U.S. factories and local leaders who host them worry that global supply networks that back those investments will fray if Trump makes good on his pledge to roll back trade liberalization.

The U.S. president has threatened to tear up North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and slap higher tariffs on nations that run trade surpluses with the United States, such as Germany or China. The administration is also discussing tighter immigration rules and more security screening of investment.

The tough message helped sway swing northeastern and Midwestern Rust Belt states Trump's way in the 2016 election, but puts him at odds with companies and local leaders in the south, which has driven the recent growth in manufacturing jobs.

The southern states have voted for Trump, but have also spent decades wooing foreign companies with flexible labor laws, financial incentives and investment in ports, roads and other infrastructure.

POSTER CHILD AND WHIPPING BOY

The courtship has spawned new auto plants from Kentucky to Georgia, and a new Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.

Few places highlight the gap between Trump's rhetoric and local aspirations better than Spartanburg in South Carolina.

German carmaker BMW has invested here $8 billion in a 1.2 million square foot (11.15 hectares) assembly plant, which has become the largest single exporter of cars by value from the United States.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, a Republican and Trump supporter, credits the German automaker for putting his state on the global investment map.

"The presence of this company changed everything in the trajectory of our state," McMaster said on Monday at an event unveiling BMW's newest X3 sports utility vehicle.

Its Chief Executive Harald Krueger said the carmaker would invest additional $600 million in Spartanburg over the next four years, adding 1,000 jobs to the 9,000-strong workforce, and spend further $200 million on employee training and education.

But the poster child of South Carolina's success also doubles as a whipping boy. In January, BMW's plans to build a plant in Mexico drew Trump's ire and last month the U.S. president was quoted as saying Germany was "very bad" on trade and selling too many cars in the United States.

And even as the company highlights its contribution to the U.S. economy and the benefits of free trade, it is hedging its bets by preparing for a possible protectionist backlash.

Outside of the spotlight, BMW is retooling factories in South Africa and China to build volume models like the X3 SUV, reducing its dependence on Spartanburg.

“We have a big footprint here, and we are flexible enough," Oliver Zipse, BMW's board member responsible for manufacturing, told Reuters. "We will build the X3 not only in Spartanburg, we will split it into South Africa and then to China, so we will have some flexibility to produce cars somewhere else,” he said.

“If something happens at the political level - which we don’t know yet - we are able to have a flexible response.”

The Trump administration has said it welcomes foreign investment and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who spoke at an opening of a new Samsung Electronics <005930.KS> plant in South Carolina, said such projects showed that "America is becoming an even stronger destination for global businesses looking to grow.”

The southern U.S. states owe much of their success to coastal port authorities and cities that have invested heavily to make their channels and docks fit for shipments to and from China and Mexico.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who has often clashed with Trump, said protectionism would undermine those accomplishments and hurt American workers.

DOOMSDAY SCENARIO

"Negotiate a trade agreement with Europe, modernize NAFTA, don't tear it up," Graham told Reuters at the BMW factory. "We're going in the wrong direction. We need more trade agreements, not less."

Graham noted how low-cost competition from China and Mexico destroyed South Carolina's once thriving textile industry and how the state reinvented itself as a manufacturing hub, bringing the likes of BMW or French tire maker Michelin .

The now humming port city of Charleston has a similar story to tell. When a major navy base shut down in the 1990s wiping out 20,000 jobs, local officials worked to bring foreign manufacturers, which now employ around 10,000 in the three counties around the city and more is set to come.

Mercedes-Benz, part of Daimler AG , is adding 1,300 jobs so it can make its Sprinter van here rather than merely assemble it with imported parts, which also means more business for local suppliers.

Up the road, Volvo Car Group, part of Chinese conglomerate Geely, is due to open its first North American plant next year with a target workforce of 2,000.

Local development officials expect more jobs and investment to come, but worry that some steps discussed by the Trump administration could have a chilling effect.

Claire Gibbons, director of global marketing at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, said the proposed new tariffs, tougher immigration rules and stricter reviews of foreign investment projects would amount to a "doomsday scenario" for the region.

"This is an education opportunity for us all, for the people making the decisions that don't understand the ramifications."

(1 euro = $1.1350)

(Additional reporting by Edward Taylor in Munich. Editing by David Chance and Tomasz Janowski)


          MUSIC PREMIERE: Aramide & Adina – Truth   

Award-wining Nigerian, Afro-Soul Queen, Aramide ups the ante by linking up with Ghanaian-South African, Afro-pop star, Adina, to release a new song today, titled ‘Truth’. Recorded during her recently completed...

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          South Africa leads the Advanced Wound Care market in Middle-East and Africa.   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, April 21, 2017 ) Market Data Forecast recently published a report on the “Middle-East and Africa Advanced Wound Care ” which estimates the market to grow from USD 494.7 million from 2016 to USD 604.9 million by 2021 with a CAGR of 4.1% in the forecast period 2016-2021. For full...
          Plastic Headgear Market, Trends, Size and Forecasts   

Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, “Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries”

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/25/2014 -- Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, "Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries" which is a useful piece of information for the global players in the plastic headgear market. The report provides a comprehensive analysis on the market trends, size, forecast and growth of the overall plastic headgear market.

Browse complete report at:
http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/global-plastic-headgear-to-2017-size-growth-and-forecasts-in-nearly-70-countries-market

Report provides the market share of plastic headgears in the overall global market and further segments the plastic headgear market on the basis of product. The product segment includes Safety headgear and other headgears of plastic.

Analysis in the report is based on 2006-2012 market data and the report forecasts the global market till the year 2017, which provides insightful market information for the investors, sales, marketing & product managers and analysts in an accessible and well presented format.

The report covers the following topics:

-Global Market size
-Market growth rate
-Market segmentation on the basis of products
-Growth rate of each product segment
-Market forecasts

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Report covers the following geographical regions:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

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          Vaccines - Global Markets Package   

This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world.

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/12/2014 -- This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world. The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including:

- Overall market for vaccines in different countries
- Market for vaccines by product type
- Forecasts and future outlook of the market
- Macroeconomic indicators

Get detailed report at: http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/vaccines-global-package-market

These market studies answer to questions such as:
- What is the size of the vaccine markets in different countries around the world?
- How are the markets divided into different types of products?
- Which products are growing fast?
- How the markets have been developing?
- How does the future look like?
- What is the potential for the markets?
- How the macroeconomic indicators look like?

Product types discussed in the studies:
Human vaccines
Veterinary vaccines

Years covered: 2006 - 2017

Countries included in the package:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam

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          Typology of the Indian Fan in the context of the FIFA World Cup.    
I don't really follow soccer*. So I don't know much about soccer. But I follow a lot of Indian soccer fans. I view them with mild amusement mixed with scientific curiosity. I study them. I try to find patterns in their bizarrely enthusiastic behavior. And I love doing pop-socio and pop-psych analysis of their behavior and their attitudes towards a game where India ranks even lower than countries smaller than my apartment building in Pune.

So I present here a typology of the Indian Fan in the context of the upcoming World Cup. The typology is arranged according to which country they support or bet on to lift the cup.

BRAZIL: This one is a no-brainer really, so let's get it out of the way. Everyone loves Brazil. It's a country that has won the cup the most often. They always have some of the best players, a style of play which is considered exciting, and wear really eye-catching yellow-and-green colors. So even someone with or without the most rudimentary knowledge of the game feels comfortable saying "Brazil of course!" when someone asks "Which team do you support?" It's like picking the Patriots at the beginning of the NFL season.

But it goes beyond just how good the team is on average (here comes the pop-socio and pop-psych). Brazil is "nice". Brazil is "safe". Other than soccer, what is Brazil associated with? Carnivals, pretty people, beaches, being part of the fashionable BRIC block, and again, carnivals. If countries were brands, Brazil would be like Linux - not really that relevant to your life but easy to love. It's the kind of country that if you visit as an Indian, you expect to love.

So might as well support them. Plus they are the hosts this time. Western media is being mean to them just like they were mean to India in the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games. They have messy social inequality issues just like us. Yes, Brazil is safe to support.

BEST 2 EUROPEAN UNION TEAMS: At any given time, at least 2 of the 3 objectively best teams in the world are from the EU. So the self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" soccer fan from India will be telling anyone willing to listen that one of those two teams is SURE to win. One of the two is always ALWAYS Germany. And the other is some country whose economy Germany has bailed out or will be bailing out soon. Right now it's Spain. A decade ago, it was France. In between, Italy took a break from electing Caligula-esque Prime Ministers to occupy that spot.

So Germany and "Another EU country" are the best bets for Indian soccer pundits who want to set themselves apart from the bandwagon Brazil supporters and maintain a chance for gloating when the dust settles.

ARGENTINA: Ah, Argentina! The most bizarre underdog-favorite combinations in the history of sport. I say this because some of my friends who support Argentina are genuinely convinced that Argentina is THE best team, regardless of the FIFA rankings. These verbose justifications start with "Messi is...." and then meander into incomprehensibility. Other friends supporting Argentina are steadfast about the team's underdog tag. "I always support an underdog, yaar!"

The media helps in whipping up support for Argentina too, given that Argentina is to FIFA what Notre Dame is to college football in America. Every damn year when the college football starts, there will be pundits in the media saying "OH NOTRE DAME HAS A FINE FINE TEAM THIS YEAR!". Most years, they stay in the rankings for three weeks before dropping out. Once in a couple of decades, in the vein of a stopped clock being right twice a day, Notre Dame will indeed have a great season. And then the pundits preen. And Hollywood makes an atrociously weepy movie starring a hobbit. But I ramble.    

So it goes with Argentina. Call it the continuing halo effect of bad boy Maradona. Or maybe the current halo effect of some guy named Messi who's done diddly-squat in two World Cups, but apparently does great in domestic soccer matches in Europe.

HOLLAND: The Dutch team is for true-blue underdog supporters. Again, I don't know much about soccer. But from what I am told, this team has choked more times than the South African cricket team, the 1990s Buffalo Bills, and Ivan Lendl combined. Which makes them particularly alluring for people who just love supporting an underdog in the faint hope that they will be proven right. Last time, these fans were rewarded by having to wait as long as the finals to have their hearts broken.

But still, for these folks, it is HUP HOLLAND HUP. A friend of mine says that the bright orange jerseys appeal to the latent Hindutva tendencies in some Indian fans, but we'll put a pin in that for now.

ANOTHER EU TEAM: The previous four categories take care of 90% of Indian soccer fans. Which brings us to self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" fans of the game who don't like being lumped with the conventional wisdom. They need to cogently claim that a different underdog is actually going to take home the cup, but the heathen masses are too blinded by media tropes to see it. So they pick a team which is ranked somewhere from 4th to 8th in the FIFA rankings and which has a player they have watched in one of the domestic soccer leagues from Europe.

"Of course it'll be Portugal yaar! That Cristiano Ronaldo I tell you...."

For the last 3 World Cups, the top choice for these people has been Portugal, thanks to this Ronaldo fella. Never mind that he and his team have shown the poor judgment of associating themselves with the New York Jets to practice for the World Cup. That anyone can think that a guy who voluntarily decided to learn something from Rex Ryan has any chance of winning anything shows how little soccer fans know about real football. But I troll. And I digress.

When it's not Portugal, it is some other European country that yes, Germany will also have to bail out.  

ENGLAND: Don't ask me why. Seriously don't. I know very little about soccer but even I know enough to know that the chances of England winning the cup are only negligibly higher than an Indian winning the Olympic 100 meter gold. And yet a few Indians will be steadfast in their support of England.

One guy I knew used to base his support on the supposedly "under-appreciated talents" of David Beckham. This was before Beckham became known as the guy who sells underwear on giant hoardings in Times Square. These days, I suspect the support for England is driven by the fact that so many Indians spend so much money on low quality made-in-Bangladesh jerseys of teams from the EPL, that they feel obliged to go all the way.

But seriously Indian supporters of England soccer, what are the chances that an England cricket team will win an ICC title AND a notionally English guy will win the Wimbledon AND England will win the FIFA World Cup, all within 5 years?

USA: The only Indians who support the US are a) Indians who live in the US, and b) follow only cricket and/or American sports. Yes, this includes me, ok? The rest of the time, we are happy with our WillowTV subscription, our NFL fantasy football leagues, out March madness brackets, our opinions on LeBron and the Heat, our love or hate for the Yankees or the Red Sox. We look at MLS ads and go "lulz". We see European soccer matches on our cable guide menu and go "WTF?".

But then once every four years, this damn World Cup thing comes along. And everyone is talking about it. Not just CNN, who will usually talk about the most vapid things. So what do we do?

USA! USA! USA!

We google furiously to find out who our players are. We try to figure out what the hell "Group of Death" means. We practice our pronunciation of Klinsmann. And we set a countdown clock to the start of the NFL season.

* "SOCCER? IT'S FOOTBALL BRO!!!" you say? Read this.  

          Now, Windies Women beaten by India   

TAUNTON, England –

Once again, the Caribbean side struggled with both bat and ball to slump to second loss in four days and extend their losing streak on tour to seven straight including warm-up matches, leaving their campaign at the crossroads.

Sent in at County Ground, the Windies rallied to 183 for eight off their 50 overs with Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 43, Afy Fletcher hitting an invaluable unbeaten 36 and Shanel Daley, 33.

At one stage, they were slumping at 121 for seven in the 40th before Fletcher at number nine provided late resistance with bold striking.

India’s slow bowlers turned the screws on West Indies with off-spinners Deepti Sharma (2-27) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2-42), along with leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (2-19) all finishing with two wickets each.

In reply, India stormed to their target courtesy of a superb unbeaten hundred from left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana who ended on 106 not out, while captain Mitahli Raj chipped in with 46.

The Windies struck with the fifth ball of the innings when fast bowler Shamilia Connell had Punam Raut caught at the wicket of a top edge without a run on the board.

And when off-spinner Stafanie Taylor bowled Sharma for six at 33 for two in the eighth, the game became wide open as a contest.

But 20-year-old Mandhana carved out her second one-day hundred, hitting 13 fours and two sixes in a 108-ball knock, as she put on a match-winning 103 for the third wicket with Raj whose innings came from 88 deliveries and included three fours.

When Raj mis-hit a full toss from off-spinner Matthews to Fletcher at mid-off in the 34th over, Mandhana combined with Mona Meshram (18 not out) in an unbroken 45-run, fourth wicket stand which saw India to their second straight win.

They lie second on four points in the eight-team standings behind defending champions Australia Women who are also on four points, with West Indies languishing sixth without a point – along with Sri Lanka Women and Pakistan Women.

Hoping to turn the page on a tame batting effort in their opener against Australia last Monday, the Windies managed only more of the same.

Rookie Felicia Walters scratched around 27 balls for her nine before nicking a swish at a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht and going caught behind at 29 for one in the seventh over.

Matthews, who looked in fine touch, then dominated a 40-run second wicket stand with captain Taylor who made 16, as West Indies eased to 69 without further loss.

The right-handed Matthews struck seven delightful boundaries on both sides of the wicket in an attractive 57-ball innings before perishing in the 19th over to a tame return catch off Sharma.

With her gone, West Indies lost their way as five wickets crashed for just 22 runs. Taylor and Deandra Dottin (7), both appearing in their landmark 100th ODI, never looked the part and each soaked up a plethora of deliveries without hitting a single boundary.

Taylor faced 42 balls before going run out by Mandhana’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end in the 21st at 70 for three and Dottin laboured for 48 deliveries before picking out long-on with Yadav in the 34th over, with her first shot in anger at 91 for five.

In between, Merissa Aguilleira missed a charge at Yadav and was smartly stumped for six at 80 for four in the 28th over. When Kaur removed both Kyshona Knight (5) and Chedean Nation (12), the Windies were in strife at 121 for seven but Daley and then Fletcher arrived to rescue the innings.

The left-handed Daley struck five fours off 37 balls while the brave Fletcher faced just 23 deliveries and cracked five fours – three of which came in the final over off Kaur which leaked 18 runs.

West Indies have little time to turn their form around as they take on South Africa in Leicester on Sunday. (CMC)


          Eating the Globe: Syria   

I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra.

I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of:
Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce.

The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
          Can Trump Succeed Where Reagan Failed?   
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People with family members who were killed by undocumented immigrants meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 29, 2017.

On Thursday, the House passed the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which proposes to withhold federal funding from localities that refuse to cooperate with Trump administration immigration measures aimed at criminal noncitizens and other undocumented people. The bill would also allow individuals and close family members of individuals who are victims of felonies committed by undocumented immigrants who have been released from local or state custody against the advice of federal authorities to file suit against states.

The day before, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, called on Congress to work on bipartisan immigration and criminal justice law reforms, adding that cities could use more federal assistance to fight terrorism and crime, and provide mental illness, substance abuse, and reentry programs.

Landrieu said in a letter to House members that local leaders do not want their law enforcement officers involved in federal immigration detention activities, nor do they want to be put in legal jeopardy for possible violations of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibitions against unreasonable searches and seizures. (A related bill known as Kate’s Law would establish new mandatory minimum prison terms for deported criminals who return to the United States.)

The sanctuary cities battle, like so many of Trump’s hastily conceived and poorly executed policies, appears headed for another showdown, either when the bills arrive in the Senate, or, in the unlikely event that the upper chamber drums up the 60 votes needed to approve them, almost certainly in the courts.

While the Trumpian turmoil is new, past presidents’ attempts to compel localities to comply with federal policies have met with mixed success. A new report, “Reagan vs. Cities: The 20th Century Battle Over South African Apartheid & Lessons for the Trump Era,” from Jobs to Move America and the Center for Media and Democracy, details the 40th president’s efforts to stamp out the U.S. anti-apartheid movement by several means, including denying federal funds to cities and states that took actions against companies that did business in South Africa.

The report explores the mixed outcomes for two cities that sought to stand their ground against this federal overreach. In 1984, the U.S. Department of Transportation, with the backing of the Justice Department, threatened New York City with the loss of transportation dollars unless the city revoked a local ordinance preventing city officials from contracting with businesses that operated in South Africa or used materials from the country. Although Mayor Ed Koch complained all the way up to President Ronald Reagan, the feisty New Yorker finally backed down, declined to take the matter to the courts, and finally reworked the measure to satisfy federal officials and preserve the city’s federal funding.

Two years later, Baltimore, which had crafted a local ordinance requiring city pension funds to divest $1.1 billion from entities that did business with South Africa, also came under fire. The trustees of the pensions funds and the funds’ beneficiaries (who feared significant financial losses in the short timeframe the funds had to comply with the divestment ordinance) joined forces to take the city to court.

The State Department and the National Security Council submitted briefs supporting the trustees and beneficiaries. But Baltimore ultimately prevailed in the state courts, and the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case. By 1991, nearly 100 cities in 28 states had taken a variety of actions against companies doing business in South Africa.

Although an early attempt by Trump to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities was roundly criticized as unconstitutional (the president aimed to usurp powers granted to Congress) and ultimately blocked by a federal judge, Republicans in Congress have stepped up to take their turn at the issue. Federal courts likely will have the final word on whether the federal government can compel states to assist in immigration enforcement activities or whether such provisions infringe on state powers.

Congress can indeed attach conditions to funding, especially if the funding is related to a specific purpose like law enforcement. Since the Supreme Court has indicated its willingness to consider wider immigration questions like those posed by the administration’s travel ban, it is unlikely that the high court would decline to weigh in, as it did in the Baltimore pension funds question.

Like the anti-apartheid activists, sanctuary cities supporters may find that public response to the crisis may compel different responses from Washington. Grassroots efforts to protect undocumented people have sprouted up all over the country; nearly 650 of the country’s more than 3,000 counties have placed limitations on local law enforcement assistance to federal immigration detention efforts.

But the support for such measures is far from solid in the country at large. Lawmakers in more than 30 states have introduced bills to curb cities’ abilities to weigh in on immigration enforcement. A new Gallup poll shows that Americans’ interests in decreasing the numbers of immigrants admitted to the country have not shifted dramatically.

The “Reagan vs. Cities” report also notes that in addition to cutting off federal funds and other measures, Trump’s tactics include “a public relations strategy aimed at vilifying opponents.” The court of public opinion, however, isn’t always malleable. Reagan may have been the “great communicator,” but he was mostly unable to compel cities and states to abandon divestment and other economic strategies aimed at crippling South African apartheid. Trump, if anything, is more of a great alienator than communicator, who will ultimately run up against the numerical impossibility of deporting millions of undocumented people.


          Comment on Healing Sessions for the Creative Heart & Spirit by Marcelle   
I'm from South Africa and spent two years in LA studying at film school, during what felt like one of the hardest times of my life, and there have been some rather intense times. Despite being in such a huge concrete jungle, the immensity of aloneness and deep old trauma pain surfaced leaving me unable to cope. Im not one to resort to anti-depressants and it was by luck that I was referred to Carol. From the start there was never a time constraint and she opened her heart and world to me as if I was family. The shamanic energetic work we did together literally pulled out illusion, pain, trauma, negative beliefs and patterns and the fears that kept me from moving forward. I say together because my body responded so well to Carol. It knew that she was there to heal and what came up for me to share with her to remove was always so very clear, leaving me afterwards renewed with energy and clarity after the completion of the deep states we both went in too. It was a privilege to have access to Carol when stuff surfaced. Ive traveled the world far and wide and because of my traumatised past ive been on a deep journey of healing much of my life.. I deeply vouch for Carol- She is a powerful shamanic earth healer with a heart so huge, you know you have arrived home.. Thank you Carol-- I miss you:)
          Omnishambles   

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

While the very fabric of space-time warped and undulated over the Trump-Morning Joe conflict (we’ll get to that), Republicans in the House finance subcommittee worked up a scheme to neutralize the Johnson Amendment. The proposed rule would deny the IRS the funds it would need to investigate Johnson Amendment violations…for churches only. That’s right, no mention of other nonprofits, no mention of other houses of worship. We joined a big coalition of groups opposing the measure, and I did the equivalent of marching up and down, toddler-Bart-Simpson style, making noise about it.

But you know, the fabric of space time. Undulating and whatnot. About that:

After Trump did his dumbass Trump thing that he does, Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to justify the president’s behavior as some kind of proportional response to bullying (????), and when asked who she could point to as a role model, she defaulted to God. That’s fine, but you’d think a couple human role models would be useful in a pinch. Maybe keep a couple of those in your back pocket. Just a thought.

More fun was the op-ed by Mika and Joe themselves, where they threw so much shade it looked like an eclipse. They said Trump wasn’t mentally healthy enough to watch Morning Joe, and made the charge that Trump had blackmailed them with the threat of a negative National Inquirer article.

David Roberts at Vox tries to come to grips with what the hell is wrong with the man, and why it’s so hard to figure it out:

Trump defies our theory of mind because he appears to lack a coherent, persistent self or worldview. He is a raging fire of need, protected and shaped by a lifetime of entitlement, with the emotional maturity and attention span of a 6-year-old, utterly unaware of the long-term implications of his actions. ... Politicos and journalists need a story in which Trump’s stumbling and grasping can be construed as a savvy media strategy, a “distraction” from some other wrongdoing he has going on, or a “pivot” from his current omnishambles. Those are all versions of political maneuvering with which they are familiar. They need for Trump to want things, to be after things, to have a plan. ... But there’s no there there.

CFI Los Angeles chief Jim Underdown recoils at the utter plausibility of The Handmaid’s Tale, and laments that the star of the TV version, Elizabeth Moss, is herself a Scientologist:

What doesn’t fit is that the Church of Scientology could be a central character in The Handmaid’s Tale TV series. For decades we’ve been hearing real-life stories from ex-Scientologists that sound like they could be plots in the series.   

Nikhil Sonnad at Quartz does a great service, cataloguing how Alex Jones’ Infowars store and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop store and the Moon Juice store all sell the same snake oil.

Speaking of Alex Jones (if we must), he had a guest, Robert David Steele, who said this:

This may strike your listeners as way out but we actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20 year ride. So that once they get to Mars they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.  

Now, Jones does seem to distance himself from this idea a tad (“Well I don’t know about Mars bases”), but don’t give him too much credit! Or any! Because then he says this:

I know they’ve created massive, thousands of different types of chimeras that are alien lifeforms on this earth now. 

Just in case you’re wondering, NASA denies the allegation. Well, of course they would. Pfft.

In Bizarro America, aka Canada, a new survey shows that the electorate would prefer an atheist, gay, or transgender prime minister over an evangelical Christian. 

CFI’s new intern Andy Ngo thinks back to the Orlando massacre one year ago, and how the discourse about it has been too diffuse, asking, “While it is imperative to prevent and condemn discrimination against Muslims, why does that have to come at the cost of speaking openly about religious fundamentalism, particularly Islamism?”

South Africa will no longer have single-religion public schools. (A group lobbying for this change, the Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie, has the greatest acronym ever: OGOD.) 

Australian homeopathics company Brauer is being investigated for promoting an ebook that advocates the use of homeopathy to treat babies and toddlers.  

Theologian and sociologist Peter Berger has died at the age of 88. I don’t know much about most of his work, but his book The Social Construction of Reality blew my mind when I read it in college a million years ago. 

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          Diesel Mechanic - Alelan Recruitment Services - Umkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal   
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          #TeamTrifocus Brand Ambassador: Jacques Fagan   

Jacques Fagan is no unknown name in the South African fitness industry. He is a previous WBFF pro and #TeamTrifocus brand ambassador. He owns his own fitness studio. Jacques has one of the best physiques in the fitness indstury and is one of the most professional athletes around. We catch up with him to find out more about his […]

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          Financial Controller - Alelan Recruitment Services - Umkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal   
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          Grow and care for Geraniums (Pelargoniums)   
Grow and care for Geraniums (Pelargoniums) The geranium was introduced into Europe from South Africa towards the beginning of the 17th century; today it is one of the most popular of flowers. It is native to South Africa, Australia and Turkey, but is now widely grown in the temperate areas of the world. Of the several sub-divisions of the genus […]
          “Making A Song with Radio And Weasel Was A Privilege” – PJ Powers   

South African legendary PJ Powers is in the country for her highly anticipated ‘Jabulani charity concert’ slated for this Friday at Kampala Serena Hotel. Ahead of the show, ‘Girl up Uganda’ who are the organizers held a press conference at Serena Hotel gardens earlier today where the ‘Jabulani’ musician addressed journalists. Among the questions the […]

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           Bulls surprise Sharks as Super Rugby returns in South Africa    
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) - The Bulls beat the Sharks 30-17 on Friday on Super Rugby's return in South Africa following a monthlong break for internationals,...
           South Africa dominate England Lions on day two at Worcester    
Gary Ballance is denied the chance to impress England selectors before Saturday´s Test squad announcement.
           Super Rugby results and standings    
June 30 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the Super Rugby matches on Friday RESULTS Sharks (South Africa) 17 Bulls (South Africa) 30 STANDINGS...
           World Cup 2010 drug-test lab loses right to test samples    
MONTREAL (AP) - An anti-doping laboratory which tested players during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa has been stripped of its accreditation over...
           South Africa says may need seek outside help to get economy going    
By Joe Brock and Nqobile DludlaJOHANNESBURG, June 30 (Reuters) - South Africa may need outside financial assistance to get out of its economic spiral, ...
           Coetzee staying as Erasmus hired, stress South Africa    
South Africa coach Allister Coetzee will not be replaced, the national rugby body insisted Friday after announcing that Johan "Rassie" Erasmus had been...
          Zimbabwean good Samaritan develops conservation projects in SA   

Eliot Chisango didn’t come to South Africa to improve his own life, but he came to improve the lives of others.

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          Three new luxury SUVs to land in South Africa this year   

Although general vehicle sales in South Africa are at an all-time low, the SUV has maintained a steady rate of sale. We investigate why and take a look at three new SUVs that’ll hit the SA market this year.

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          The year of gin: Trains, hotels and festivals dedicated to our juniper-loving hearts   

All aboard the gin train!

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           South Africa's Absa Bank to challenge anti-graft report    
JOHANNESBURG, June 30 (Reuters) - South Africa's Absa Bank , one of the country's largest financial groups, said on Friday it would go to court to...
           S.Africa's Zuma admits ANC damaged by corruption    
South African President Jacob Zuma admitted Friday the ruling ANC party is beset by corruption and divisions that could threaten its uninterrupted hold on...
           England consider batting order ahead of first Test against South Africa    
England will have a different look to the team that faced India in December.
          Cactus Plant Green Coral. Unique wavy shape and deep green color! Looks like it should be growing under water! by SucculentBeauties   

7.99 USD

The Euphorbia Flanaganii Cristata Cactus is a slender, wavy, columnar cactus a "medusoid" plant, forming a central basal "caudex" with "arms" arising from the basal area. This is an unusual cristate which produces green wave like growth with green spines. Native to South Africa. Protect from frost to prevent scarring. Very drought tolerant. Create your own terrarium or centerpiece using ever-popular cacti, or buy in bulk to use these as wedding or party favors--discounts are available for quantity purchases, just convo me for more info.

Cacti plants are among the hardiest, most drought-tolerant in the world and very easy to maintain, as long as they are planted in a porous cactus/succulent soil, given proper drainage, daily bright light, water thoroughly when soil is dry.

You will receive 1 well-established, rooted plant, from a 3.5 inch pot, sent bareroot and packaged with great care. It will be shipped via USPS Priority mail.

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           England v South Africa Test series talking points    
England and South Africa start their series in London.
          South Africa's Naspers says unit successfully prices billion bond   
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          Credico South Africa Celebrate as Credico United Soar to Success   

As sales and marketing agency Credico South Africa celebrate the success of its Soccer team Credico United, the company has looked into the relationship between sport and business success, and how the...

(PRWeb June 30, 2017)

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          4 South African Lifestyle Brands Worth Your Rand (And Dollars)   
Last month, I was treated to a 10-day trip to South Africa and was blown away by the landscape, the culture, and the crafts. Everywhere we looked there were artisans, particularly along the Ribolla Route  in Polykwane, but what inspired me most was the abundance of men and women turning their crafts into independent businesses. At []
          Space Patrol 193   
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Ear Candy for those equip't with ears! Rapture-Ready! Hot tracks from the US, UK, South Africa, Italy, Nigeria, and Turkey... all in barely under an hour! Holy cow! This episode won't be broadcast at Luxuriamusic.com for months... perhaps years! What's your pleasure? Funk? Latin Soul? Psych? Freakbeat? Oh, it's here, bay-bee! The full illustrated Playlist is at http://axenhammer.com/spacepatrol/sp193/ . Enjoy! Luxuriamusic: http://luxuriamusic.com (live streaming music, chat and webcam) Space Patrol blog: http://spacepatrol.blogspot.com (none of the above!)
          Life, Above All   
"Life, Above All" is a emotional and universal drama about a young girl (stunningly performed by first-time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart. Directed by South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz ("Mapantsula", "Paris, je t'aime"), it is based on the international award winning novel "Chanda's Secrets" by Allan Stratton.
          Comment on South Africa’s Best Boutique Hotels by Sendhamarai   
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          Sustainable Development Innovations Added to African Knowledge Hub   
In collaboration with the South African Government’s Department of Science and Technology, the SA SD KH has added its first cohort of African sustainable development innovations. The first cohort of innovations includes a number of innovations that respond to SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation). The SA SD KH was launched with a view to linking development partners with relevant and potentially transformative African evidence.
          Zwane meets with Anglo Gold Ashanti after retrenchments announcement   
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday instructed the Minerals and Petroleum Board to verify whether the information provided by Anglo Gold Ashanti that it plans to retrench over 8 000 workers took into consideration industry commitments to save jobs. This comes after AngloGold Ashanti said on Wednesday that it had started a consultation process with employees to retrench 8 500 workers at its South African operations. AngloGold Ashanti’s South African operations, employs about 28 000 people, including contractors.
          3D printing could improve mining uptime and productivity   
Forward-thinking mining organisations are realising that industrial-scale, three-dimensional (3D) printing of equipment used in mines could make operations more cost effective and reduce the frustrations of equipment downtime, says information technology consultancy and systems integration firm Wipro South Africa energy and natural resources director Louise Steenekamp. “By 3D printing the spare parts and replaceable components that complex mine machinery requires . . . operators can gain greater control over the supply chain and ensure smooth running of . . . equipment.” She avers that the current methods of producing tooling and components are often time consuming, expensive, wasteful and rely too much on third-party equipment manufacturers. “[Further], mines have to bear the brunt of excess inventory, warehousing and storage costs, as well as the logistical costs of urgently transporting parts.”
          Local miners leverage existing infrastructure to extend operations   
As a result of financial constraints, South African gold miners are looking to exploit their existing infrastructure to mine licensed blocks adjacent to existing operations, says mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi Mining. Ukwazi underground engineer Hans Dippenaar notes that, in this way, miners will be able to increase production and revenue without amassing large capital expenditure costs, highlighting that the consultancy is working on such a project for gold miner Harmony Gold.
          Political, currency instability strengthens the case for gold   
The volatile geopolitical environment and its effects on currency markets have strengthened the appeal of gold as an investment option and rand hedge for South Africans, says gold investment firm SA Bullion. SA Bullion MD Hilton Davies advises that local retail and institutional investors “seize the moment” and invest in gold, as global economic and political developments have aligned to deliver potentially outstanding returns on gold investment.
          AngloGold restructures local operations to ensure viability   
South African gold miner AngloGold Ashanti is making significant investments internationally, while trying to ensure its South African operations are still viable. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the developments.
          Comment on Bafana Cage Listless Eagles In Uyo by Super Eagles Apologise For Bafana Bafana Defeat   
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          Comment on TB Joshua Delivers South African ‘Snake’ Pastor (Video) by Snake Pastor Makes Shocking Revelation About TB Joshua   
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          IT Security Officer Job at Stanbic IBTC Bank   

Stanbic IBTC Bank is a leading African banking group focused on emerging markets globally. It has been a mainstay of South Africa’s financial system for [...]

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          ICC: Beyond the threats of withdrawal   
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Sometime last year, three African countries—Burundi, the Gambia and South Africa—signalled their intention to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC). There was fear that more countries would follow.

After years of criticisms, it appeared as if aggrieved African countries would be making good on their repeated threats to leave the court.


          Monster – Onyx Concept G6 Bodykit am Mercedes GLE C292   

Vergesst den A.R.T. tuning GLE, und vergesst auch den Hamann GLE – hier kommt einer der mindestens das Format des Prior Design PDG800X hat. Die Jungs von ONXY Concept, mit Sitz in London sowie den USA, haben vor einigen Monaten das ONYX G6 CONCEPT fertiggestellt und das Team von RACE! SOUTH AFRICA hat einen GLE mit den Bauteilen ausgestattet. Unserer Meinung …

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          Denmark’s Larsen Meeting Challenge of Multiple Lane Conditions To Retain Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open Lead   

In a tournament that puts a premium on a player’s ability to adjust to vastly different lane conditions, third-round leader Thomas Larsen of Denmark feels he’s as prepared as he can be to meet the challenges of competing in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open.

After three rounds bowled on three different PBA lane condition patterns, the two-time PBA Tour and four-time European Bowling Tour winner, leads a field of 33 players who advanced to Friday’s final round at the FireLake Bowling Center with a 5,398 24-game pinfall (224.9 average).

The players advancing to the fourth round will be put to the test on the 44-foot Oklahoma Open lane condition and will battle to be among the top nine who will advance to the live ESPN stepladder finals Saturday and Sunday at noon CDT (1 p.m. ET) at the Grand Casino Hotel Event Center in Shawnee.

Larsen bowled eight-game pinfall totals of 1,826 on the 32-foot Wolf pattern lane condition in the first round, 1,793 on the 40-foot Bear pattern in the second round and 1,779 on the 52-foot Badger pattern in Thursday’s third round with games of 223, 190, 246, 200, 244, 219, 219 and 238.

“It was another successful day today,” said the 27-year-old Larsen who led after the second round. “You never know what will happen when you’re bowling on a completely new lane condition but I was ready for the challenge.

“I used a lot of balls again today in the round,” he continued. “Just like in yesterday’s round I used several balls and had to make changes in my ball speed and hand position at the release – the changes were just different today.”

Larsen is trying for his first PBA Tour title on U.S. soil. His Tour titles came in the 2013 Abu Dhabi Open and 2014 Kuwait International Open.

Larsen holds a 45-pin lead over 18-time PBA Tour titlist Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in second with a 5,353 pinfall. Three-time PBA Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., is third with 5,346.

Trey Ford III, the 16-year-old PBA member from Bartlesville, Okla., advanced to the fourth round with a 10th-place 5,199 pinfall total. He bowled games of 234, 218, 235, 163, 213, 183, 236 and 206 in the third round.

“I’m a little surprised how well I’m doing because when I practiced on these conditions at home I didn’t do that well,” said the high school sophomore who uses the unique two-handed delivery. “Generally, I feel comfortable making the adjustments I need to make – I’m just trying to learn as much as I can.

“If I have a bad game or get a split, I just have to remember that there are more opportunities and more bowling to go.”

Ford has been a PBA member since age 13 and has three top-10 finishes in PBA regional competition with a best of sixth.

Saturday’s stepladder round will feature players who qualified fifth through ninth with the winner advancing to the no. 5 qualifying position to join the tournament’s top four qualifiers for Sunday’s stepladder final.

Friday’s final qualifying round will be streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame beginning at 9:30 EDT (8:30 CT). For subscription and schedule information click on www.xtraframe.tv.

GRAND CASINO HOTEL & RESORT PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Thursday

Third Round (after 24 games. Top 33 players advance to Friday’s fourth round)

1, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,398.
2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,353.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 5,346.
4, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5,277.
5, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 5,274.
6, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 5,266.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5,243.
8, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,213.
9, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,203.
10, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 5,199.
11, Sam Cooley, Australia, 5,187.
12, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,158.
13, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,157.
14, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 5,150.
15, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5,139.
16, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 5,127.
16, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 5,127.
18, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 5,116.
19, Dom Barrett, England, 5,088.
20, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,087.
21, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,085.
22, Stuart Williams, England, 5,083.
23, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,081.
24, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,071.
25, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 5,064.
26, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,061.
27, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,057.
28, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 5,045.
29, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 5,030.
30, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,019.
31, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,014.
32, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,999.
33, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4,998.

Did not advance
34, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,993.
35, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 4,991.
36, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,979.
37, Dylan Burns, Lawrence, Kan., 4,975.
38, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,965.
39, Richie Teece, England, 4,963.
40, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,951.
41, (tie) DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, and Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 4,947.
43, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,944.
44, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,943.
45, (tie) Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,932.
47, J.R. Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 4,927.
48, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4,923.
49, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4,917.
50, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 4,916.
51, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 4,904.
52, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 4,901.
53, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 4,879.
54, Graham Fach, Canada, 4,876.
55, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 4,875.
56, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,873.
57, Ahmed Alawadhi, Bahrain, 4,870.
58, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4,868.
59, Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,867.
60, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 4,860.
61, (tie) Patrick Allen, Elmwood Park, N.J., Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and James Cantere, Oklahoma City, 4,858.
64, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,851.
65, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,844.
66, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 4,841.
67, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 4,812.
68, Brian LeClair, Athens, NY, 4,792.
69, Osama Hassan, Bahrain, 4,789.
70, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,783.
71, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 4,780.
72, Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 4,761.
73, Dylan Macon, Lubbock, Texas, 4,737.
74, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 4,735.
75, Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., 4,732.
76, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 4,708.
77, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 4,660.
78, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 4,655.
79, (tie) Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Isaac Russell, Malaysia, 4,654.
81, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 4,575.
82, Kenneth Bland Jr., Jacksonville, Texas, 4,549.
83, Omar Rashid, Bahrain, 4,522.
84, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,376.
85, Tyson Branagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 4,358.
86, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 4,304.
87, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 4,296.
88, William Tarpein, McDonough, Ga., 4,058.
89, Jose Rosero, Ecuador, 4,009.
90, Yebgueni Velez, Ecuador, 3,885.

300 games (1) – Walter Ray Williams Jr.


          Comment on Nine-Point Plan to Surviving the Downgrade by New Landlords Need Experienced Agents | News & Advice | Immoafrica.net   
[…] “Already we see more homeowners relocating within South Africa in search of work or taking up offshore contracts to remain employed,” says Greg Harris, CEO of Chas Everitt Property Rentals, “and we expect this trend to accelerate as South Africa begins to feel the unpleasant economic effects of its junk status.” […]
          Soccer Rivals Ghana And U.S. Go At It Once More, This Time At The Rent   

The United States men's soccer team finally beat Ghana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

After Ghana eliminated the Americans in 2006 in Germany and 2010 in South Africa, the U.S. struck back for its first win against the soccer-loving African country in the opening group game.

Clint Dempsey scored...


           MIKE MOON: Full Durban July betting guide    
'The Vodacom Durban July is the pinnacle of horseracing in South Africa, so victory in this one goddamn race is the primary impulse behind an entire industry'
          Platinum Group Metals Announces Closing of Private Placement of US$20 Million 6 7/8% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2022   

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwired - June 30, 2017) - Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (TSX:PTM) (NYSE MKT:PLG) ("Platinum Group" or the "Company") announces that its previously announced private placement of US$20 million aggregate principal amount of 6 7/8% convertible senior subordinated notes due 2022 (the "Notes") has closed.

          Brand South Africa is now on Instagram   

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          isiXhosa sci-fi film wows at BRICS film festival in China   

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          South African Tourism, stakeholders on SME development   

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          South Africa’s transport network   

South Africa has a modern and well-developed transport infrastructure. The air
and rail networks are the largest on the continent, and the roads well maintained.
The country's ports provide a natural stopover for shipping to and from Europe,
the Americas, Asia, Australasia and both coasts of Africa.

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          South Africa dominate England Lions on day two at Worcester   
Gary Ballance is denied the chance to impress England selectors before Saturday’s Test squad announcement.
          England consider batting order ahead of first Test against South Africa   
England will have a different look to the team that faced India in December.
          England v South Africa Test series talking points   
England and South Africa start their series in London.
          Turkish Cargo commences cargo flights to Johannesburg and Madagascar   
Turkish Cargo has launched its scheduled cargo flights to Johannesburg, the biggest industrial and commercial center in South Africa, and Madagascar,

          SA & Jake White's 2007 Rugby World Cup DESTINY   
Go Bokke... Go..!

And boy, didn't they do just that.

What a fantastic picture of John Smit, his team and President Thabo Mbeki with the 2007 Rugby World Cup hoisted high above their smiling heads.


For me, this is a great story of focused strategy and planning on the part of ONE man - Jake White..!

There is absolutely no doubt that Jake visualised this moment four years ago when appointed to the role of South Africa's National Rugby Coach.

He knew what he needed to do - build up a team of committed professionals who would be ready to take on the best in the world in 2007... and set about doing it.

Was it easy? Hell, no! Everything bad about political interference and internal politics in sport was thrown at Jake. Yet, he never wavered on his quest. He knew what he needed to do, and did it.

Not for one moment do I discount the incredible commitment of his players. They were the ones to put their bodies on the line. But, for me, it was Jake White who gave them the support of consistent selection to build up their experience and confidence as players who could take on anyone and win.

John Smit, as captain, was critical to Jake White's plans - he became the solid rock around which the team was built. And, I think that he is only going to get better as both a player and a leader..!

Move over, Sean Fitzpatrick... your successor has arrived.

Well done all... DESTINY smiles on those who prepare for it.

Regards

Trevor Nel - 011 - 705-2790

          Thank-You's, Compliments & Testimonials   
This from one of my old promo pages from a few years ago ago (perhaps good to keep these things on record I suppose):

Trevor Nel - S.A.'s Leading CHANGE-AGENT
Personal - Business - Community
Proven Developer of Multi-Million Rand Projects
'He WALKS His TALK'

How does one measure one's success in life..? Simple... you don't... you go out there and do the best YOU can in your chosen endeavours to please YOU... and let other people give you their measure of your success by their thank-you's... if they really want to... :-)

If you go out looking for compliments you are likely to be disappointed. If you go out looking to achieve your own happiness in life with integrity... the compliments come flowing in.

Each year Trevor has had the wonderful privilege of receiving many 100's of unsolicited thank-you letters from folks grateful for the impact he has had on their lives.

As Trevor travels the country... sharing his own Personal, Business and Community experiences and views on Success... he shares a quick selection of some of the thank-you messages on file to show you how people feel when YOU take the time to make a difference in their lives.

Thank-you's are FOOD for the soul... ;-)

Personal

1. Hi Trevor, It's good to have you back! It feels like you are the heartbeat of business and you shine a BIG bright light making this world look like a dream place of opportunity and possibility, all packed neatly into your emails ... a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling! Just by the way, one can feel your heart and it feels good to have someone around who cares and keeps being the good shepherd. Thanks and God bless... Debbie

2. Hi Trevor, Welcome Back from the Fairest Cape – my home town. Your holiday brought back many good memories for me. That’s going to be my destination next year during the festive season – for an AWESOME break with friends and family! It’s always good to hear from you as you write such uplifting and informative e-mails. Here’s wishing you and your family a GREAT YEAR, FILLED WITH NEW CHALLENGES AND SUCCESS. Kindest regards, Rene Ring

3. Trevor, Just to echo the mails at the bottom. You are superb and it has been one of my finest pleasures getting to meet you and Tony. As I said this morning, the energy you exude is phenomenal and your integrity goes without saying - it is of the highest quality. Lynda Fussell

Business

1. Hi Trevor, Thank you for the infomation you're sending us. As I mentioned before, my life and that of my family has changed due to your inspiration and the articles I have been receiving. I am still using the process of sharing this idea with friends and those I meet. Thank you Martin

2. Trevor, "Just" a compliment and thanks. I have spent the last 2 hours reading your book 'Another Great Day In Africa' and your web links galore..etc,etc,etc. Really amazing how much you have produced in what appears such a short time. Commitment and dedication to the idea keeps it going. Fantastic that your efforts can be made so easily and readily available to the entire world! Thank you, George Savage

3. Hi Trevor, Just a short note to say thanks once again for last Friday at our Business Forum. Jean sent me an e-mail in appreciation, and I quote: '...met sprekers soos Trevor, raak mens weer bewus van die belangrikheid om jouself te omring met positiewe mense. Trevor het daarin geslaag om weer die lekker van die lewe, en die lekker van besigheid, te bevestig. Dra asseblief my waardering aan Trevor en die span oor'. Enough said! Groetnis Chris

4. Trevor, Thanks! You and your group are the most professional team I have ever seen. I'm am so excited to have the chance to work with you. Thanks for your Leadership, Eddie Terranova

5. Hi Trevor, Juvio is one of those fantastic business opportunities that present themselves only on very rare occasions. I am fully committed to do whatever it takes - I like your analogy of R1 million in the bank - that is my goal for 12 months down the line. The incredible support provided by you and the team makes this business a winner in all respects. My heartfelt thanks for the opportunity and the support. Many thanks and kind regards... Vic Burrows

6. Thanks Trev... for ALL of the background efforts as well as the time you put in for all of us. Viv Brown

7. Dear Trevor, Having spoken to Eunice yesterday and having heard of the success she has enjoyed from INNER Circle, I realise that I cannot afford to miss a meeting, neither can any other business person. Janis Bryden

8. Well done Trevor, the pending visit from Steve is amazing, little old South Africa has got someone's attention... you must be very proud of what you have started in a short time frame. Who thought INNER Circle would have resulted in this! Good stuff big guy!! Iain Johnstone

9. Hi Trevor, I would like to first of all say thank you for inspiring me to take the final leap of faith and start my own business. Thank you very much. Ursula Gouws

Community - (a good few 100 on file this year alone :-)

1. Testimonial:, Trevor Nel began the "Lonehill Security Project" in July of 2000. He witnessed one of South Africa's most violent terror attacks which has resulted in one of S.A.'s most successful stories to-date. He decided to take on a 3000 strong community of residents in Lonehill to rise up and fight fire with fire. Residents still stand amazed at the results Trevor has achieved and the buy-in he has attained from the most radically negative and apathetic who today stand as allies in a most noticeable synergy. We all acknowledge the tremendous efforts put in by this one individual and today Trevor is a household name. Tony Henry - Chairman - Lonehill Residents Association 2001

2. Testimonial:, I have had the pleasure of working with Trevor for over 4 years from mid-2000 to the end of 2004 in my capacity as co-director and, for the last three years, Chairman of the Lonehill Residents’ Association. The LRA has achieved results that are world-class in pulling together a community to manage its security and environment to a level with little or no peer. In under 5 years, the LRA has gone from a fairly typical residents’ association with little formal structure and limited means to an operation that now manages R1m a month, a security provider with some 230 people directly employed on the project, a full-time Estate Manager with a team of five gardeners, and a full-time administration service provider managing the infrastructure. A great deal of the credit for these achievements goes to the efforts of Trevor, whose vision and marketing dynamism have been major factors in driving the project forward. Trevor is clear and determined in his goals, and not one to let controversy slow him down. Chris Crozier - Chairman - Lonehill Residents Association 2002 - 2005

3. Hi Trevor, This note to wish you and all your family all the best through the coming year. I also was extremely pleased to see that everything was still intact back home and I would like to express my appreciation for what has been done by you and the rest of the team in keeping Lonehill the place where I want to continue living. Kind regards John Siddall

4. Subject: Grateful - Trevor, my best wishes and thanks for your good care - Charbonnel : Costa Rica Consulate (Lonehill)

5. Dear Trevor, I would like to applaud your dedication to the cause and thank you for your untiring efforts to get the entire Lonehill community on board. Where would we be without you. My very best Christmas wishes to you and the LRA. Yours gratefully, Jennifer Clinton

6. Dear Trevor, I would like to wish you a very happy end-of-year and all the best for 2003. You have been such an inspiration to all of us throughout this year and I am sure there have been hard times for you but we really, really appreciate all your hard work and effort. Keep your spirits up. Kind Regards Cindy and Tony Maddison

7. Dear Trevor, Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I hope next year brings you lots of good things. Thank-you so much for all you, Fidelity and the LRA have done for us Lonehill residents. Sandra Hughes

8. Trevor, I appreciate all the hard work and effort that you put into the Lonehill Security Action Group - thank you. (Letter Shortened) My unreserved good wishes to all 'Lonehillers', and God Bless all of you. Sincerely, Moyra Webster.

9. Trevor, As always - well done on your amazing efforts! I know that to keep up the momentum takes a huge effort. I would like to suggest that all residents who receive your emails, print 3 or 4 copies each and deliver them to their nearest non-contributing neighbours, every single week!. This way we can reach a larger number of these residents. Jen Atkins

10. Dear Trevor, It is really quite daunting to read in your latest bulletin that you are now into the last few months of your commitment to Lonehill. Three years ago you made an undertaking and you have surely delivered "tenfold" in the face of much mindless apathy and resistance. You have rattled many cages and created some antagonisms ... but you have kept the whole process moving forward.

I know that you have created a structure which will endure. Lonehill residents will realise, in the years ahead, how much they owe to you and your "key" group of volunteers, all of whom are busy men with little time to spare. When the LRA is finally set-up to administer and control the activities of the village the residents will have a real asset in their hands. An asset which will continue to improve the values of their homes and businesses, and the quality of their lives in this lovely suburb.

It is just astounding how long and difficult it has been to get across the idea of all working together for the general good. I was sad to note the comments of the Chairperson of Pilgrims Rest Chamber of Tourism ... " one positive aspect of the murder is that the entire community has for the first time all been working together to improve the security and infrastructure of the village" !! What a tragedy that it should need such a terrible thing to happen to make people THINK. We had a wake-up call three years ago... have our non-contributors forgotten ??

I must not write any more ... I'm sure you've heard it all ....and sometimes come close to despair. I started off to say how much all that you and your colleagues have done is appreciated by the "thinking" locals and I finish with warmest good wishes for a Blessed Christmas, and Health, Peace, Good Fortune and Happiness to you all in the New Year.
From Bill and Gina Parr

PS Wishing you and your family a magic and blessed Christmas. May the New Year bring you all the joy, and peace that you so rightly deserve. You are a "giant" of a man, may the Lord continue to bless you and give you the strength you need. Love, Gina.

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Trevor adds this quick message and contact number:

'Hope you get just as inspired to make a difference in other people's lives as I do.'

Regards
Trevor Nel - (int. 2711) 705-2790 - growth@global.co.za
          About The EDITOR   
Extracted from first issue Vol.1 - printed April/May1992

Trevor K. Nel, Founder and Managing Director of Growth Holdings (Pty) Ltd, is one of those rare and unique individuals who has paid his dues in experience.

By the tender young age of 35 he had progressed from failure in matric and University drop-out to part-time lifeguard, to employee, to manager, to small business entrepreneur, to Franchisee, to Franchisor, to Director of Companies, (Private and Listed).

Highly regarded as a public speaker ranging from Share Market Investment to Motivation Techniques and Entrepreneurial Business Skills, Trevor has the extraordinary capability of rousing people of all levels to respond to his message.

His many achievements include being:

- an Exec. Board Member of the South African Franchise Assoc.;
- running 10 Comrades Marathons;
- paddling 10 Duzi Canoe Marathons;
- swimming 15 Midmar Mile Marathons;
- the 2nd person to attain 10 gruelling Natal Iron Man finishes;
- playing Provincial (Natal) and S.A. Universities Waterpolo
- developer of many business concepts & Dir. of Companies.

These and many other interesting extra-mural activities - like taking up the plight of minority shareholders versus the might of S.A.’s heavyweight Financial Institutions and winning - have laid a foundation of experience, determination and drive, which all readers can trust and aspire to.
          Some Soccer News for Jun 28, 2017   
It's Day 179 of 2017.


Earlier today I post du Nord Futbol's MNUFC mid-season grades, and a few mid-season awards.

dN

Six people from the police services have been charged with crimes in connection to the 1989 disaster at the Hillsborough stadium in England that left 96 dead, mostly Liverpool supporters. By David Conn for the Guardian.

dN

Minnesota United

Big news - Brent Kallman out of Thursday's game with a knee injury, suffered against Vancouver:

  • Abu Danladi also out with a thigh injury.

The story is out, although the team has yet to confirm, that MNUFC has signed 22 year old Scottish midfielder Sam Nicholson from Hearts. By Jeff Rueter for ESPNFC.
  • He will be available to play when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Schedule:
-Thu Jun 29
New York City v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on My29
-Tue Jul 4
Minnesota v Columbus - 6:00pm CT on My29

dN

US Open Cup - Round of 16

Dallas advanced to the Quarterfinals for an incredible 16th time.

Some really good looking games coming up tonight, including 1 showing on ESPN.

Schedule/Results:
-Tue Jun 27
Dallas 3-1 Colorado Rapids
-Wed Jun 28
Cincinnati v Chicago Fire - 7:00pm CT on ESPN
Houston Dynamo v Sporting Kansas City
New England Revolution v DC United
New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union
Miami v Atlanta United
San Jose Earthquakes v Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy v Sacramento Republic
-Quarterfinals game will be played between Jul 7 and 16.

dN

Sauce: du Nord Music Mix Vol 128 (download + extract)

dN

MLS

An explanation from the San Jose Earthquakes bossman for the firing of head coach Dom Kinnear. By Robert Jonas for Center Line Soccer.

DC United has a plan to make their presence felt in a much bigger way in the nations capitol. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.

A look at the philosophy behind the successful Dallas academy system. By Noah Davis for B/R.

Atlanta United has bumped Seattle from the top of the average attendance standings! 46,698 per game so far. By JuliaKate Culpepper for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Week 18 schedule/results:
(10 Games)
Thu Jun 29
New York City v Minnesota
-Fri Jun 30
Salt Lake v Orlando
-Sat Jul 1
Chicago v Vancouver
Dallas v Toronto
Kansas City v Portland
Montreal v DC
Columbus v Atlanta
Colorado v Houston
San Jose v LA
-Sun Jul 2
Philadelphia v New England

dN



dN

USMNT

Eight years ago at the Confederations Cup in South Africa Bob Bradley coached the USA to a monumental upset of World Cup holders Spain. It was a coaching master class. By Steve Davis for Four Four Two.

dN

Canadian Championship - Final Schedule/Results:

Drama, excitement, anger, controversy. It was all there!
Tied from Leg 1, Montreal took the lead on a great goal by Ballou Tabla in the 36th minute. Who else but Sebastian Giovinco retaliated for Tornto. So with the game still tied late in the 2nd Leg it was Giovinco again 5 minutes into stoppage time that ended the series with a very dramatic winner.


Results:
2nd Leg
-Tue Jun 27
Toronto 2-1 Montreal - Tor wins championship 3-2 on aggregate.

dN

CONFEDERATIONS CUP - Semifinals:

Two great match ups in the Semis:
  • Today - Euro Champ v S Amer Champ
  • Tomorrow - N Amer Champ v World Cup Champ

I have never seen a goalkeeper save all 3 shots he faced in a shootout after extra time ends tied. Claudio Bravo did it for Chile today. On to the Final.

Schedule/Results:
-Wed Jun 28
Portugal 0-0 Chile - Chi adv 3-0 in Shots From The Mark.
-Thu Jun 29
Germany v Mexico - 1:00pm CT on FS2

FINAL schedule
-Sun Jul 2
Chile v ??? - 12:pm CT on FS1

dN

My columns for 1500ESPN.



The Bird Is The Word


          UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 30   

(Adds company news, futures)

June 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 15points at 7,335 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futuresdown 0.14 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* TRINITY MIRROR: British newspaper group Trinity Mirror Plc said onFriday it expected half-year and full-year adjusted results in line with itsexpectations.

* OLD MUTUAL: The chief executive of Old Mutual's U.S. fund arm isstanding down, the Anglo-South African financial services firm said on Friday asit prepares to break itself into four parts.

* MEC FOSTER/JOHN WOOD: Oil services company Amec Foster Wheeler Plc, which is being bought by peer John Wood Group Plc, said onThursday it had decided to retain its European nuclear unit and sell its NorthAmerican business.

* WPP: WPP, the world's biggest advertising agency, said on Thursdaythat some of its operations continued to be affected by a ransomware attack thatwent around the world earlier in the week, but that services were graduallybeing restored.

* HURRICANE ENERGY: Hurricane Energy plans to raise $520 million fortest drilling at its Lancaster oilfield in the North Sea, a major milestone forthe project that could breathe new life into the ageing offshorebasin.

* OIL: Crude oil futures on Friday were on track for their biggest weeklygain since mid-May, ending five weeks of losses with prices underpinned by adecline in U.S. output.

* GOLD: Gold held steady on Friday, supported by a plunging dollar anddeclining stocks but hawkish comments from major central banks suggesting ashift toward tighter monetary policies kept the bullion shy of majorgains.

* COPPER: London copper was steady near the key level of $6,000 a tonne onFriday and looked set to rack up a 7-percent gain in the first half of the year,with prices supported by a weaker dollar and brighter factory growthChina.

* The UK blue chip index ended 0.5 percent lower on Thursday, caught up in abroad slide driven by concerns over central banks potentially tightening policy.

* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets

TODAY'S UK PAPERS

> Financial Times

> Other business headlinesMultimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for:* 3000 Xtra : visit http://topnews.session.rservices.com* For Top News : http://topnews.reuters.com(Reporting by Harish Bhaskar)


          Editorial Comment: A good day for Zimbabwe sport   
YESTERDAY was a very good day for Zimbabwean sport with the national cricket team breaking records to beat Sri Lanka in an ODI in Galle while the Warriors hammered Seychelles to qualify for the knock-out phase of the COSAFA Castle Cup in South Africa. We join the rest of the nation in celebrating the victories...
          One Direction: 'We are 100% committed to staying in the band'   

The members of One Direction have reiterated their commitment to the band.

The group are now a four-piece after singer Zayn Malik left the group in an attempt to live a more normal life.

Speaking to The Sun, Louis Tomlinson said that the remaining four members will still put their all into the boyband.

He said: "All four of us are 100% committed to staying in One Direction and we want to thank the fans for being so incredible during this time. 

"We have so much more we still want to achieve. Our gigs in South Africa were some of the biggest the country has ever seen, so it's exciting for us to keep breaking records for British music worldwide."

Despite the departure of Malik, One Direction have already started planning the follow-up to their 2014 album 'FOUR'.

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          Champions Trophy loss won’t matter: Elgar on England Tests    
Dean Elgar will lead South Africa against England Lions in a three-day practice match before four-Test series next month
          Neill Blomkamp shakes up the system with Oats Studios   

In 2009, director Neill Blomkamp burst onto the movie scene with the critically and commercially adored District 9. Based on his 2005 short Alive in Joburg, District 9 proved a pretty damn good opening gambit for the South Africa-born director … getting a Best Picture Oscar nomination never hurts.


          Skype   
There is an older Sister in Port Elizabeth, South Africa that I have been corresponding with for some time now that has it and is wondering if any Sisters here are on it and would like to correspond. If so, let me know and I can give you her e-mail address so you can set things up.
          Skype   
There is an older Sister in Port Elizabeth, South Africa that I have been corresponding with for some time now that has it and is wondering if any Sisters here are on it and would like to correspond. If so, let me know and I can give you her e-mail address so you can set things up.
          'The solution here is almost impossible to find' - Marcus Horan and Eddie O'Sullivan lament timing of Rassie Erasmus exit   
Two-time Heineken Cup winner Marcus Horan and former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan have lamented the timing of Rassie Erasmus' exit from Munster with the South African set to depart from the province at the end of December.
          WADA revokes accreditation of two drug-testing laboratories   
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revoked the accreditation of the drug-testing laboratories in Kazakhstan's Almaty and Bloemfontein in South Africa.
          Confirmed: Rassie Erasmus to leave Munster for Springbok Director of Rugby role   
Munster have today confirmed that Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and defence coach Jacques Nienaber will leave the province at the end of December to return to South Africa.
          7/6/2017: Die Week: LELIKE   
Die South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA), wat 1 300 kajuitbemanningslede van die Suid-afrikaanse Lugdiens (SAL) verteenwoordig, kritiseer die regering se gebrek aan optrede op navorsingsverslae wat meer as R1,8 miljard se tenderonreëlmatighede...
          South Africa Women vs West Indies Women, 12th Match   
South Africa Women will take on West Indies Women in 12th Match of Women’s World Cup 2017 on Sunday (02 July) at Grace Road, Leicester. Fixture: South Africa Women vs West Indies Women, 12th Match/ SAW vs WIW Time/Date: 03:00...
          Mobile Game Publisher GameMine Partners With Leading South African Mobile Carrier Vodacom   

Vodacom partners mobile gaming subscription service, GameMineLOS ANGELES, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GameMine Inc., a US-based mobile game publisher, announced today it has entered into a strategic partnership with South African mobile carrier, Vodacom Group. The partnership will provide GameMine's diverse range of subscription-based mobile...



          Worcestershire's Joe Clarke in field as England Lions and South Africa frustrated by weather at New Road   
Only 20 overs were possible today on the first day of the three-day match at New Road.
          Wipro and IDC donate ICT laboratories to 2 schools   
(Telecompaper) Wipro has provided two ICT laboratories to two schools in South Africa's Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, in partnership with South Africa's Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)...
          Timetable in Israel for Aliyah Flight from South Africa 22-24/4   
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          Photos from the Welcoming Ceremony for South African Olim at the Kotel   
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          Welcoming Ceremony for South African Olim at the Kotel   
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          Mokoena jumps to bronze in ‘crazy’ Catalonia Open   

By Mark Etheridge Beijing Olympics silver medallist Khotso Mokoena picked up bronze in the long jump at the Catalonia Open meeting in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday. One of only two South Africans in action, Mokoena rued windy conditions he rated as totally unsuitable for long jump. He leapt 7.53 behind Morocco’s Yahya Berrabah (7.75) and […]

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          High-riding Moolman-Pasio tackles Giro d’Italia   

South Africa’s two-time Olympian, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, competes in the 2017 Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, which gets under way from Friday and ends on 9 July. This high profile event is the only Grand Tour in women’s cycling and starts with an 11.5-kilometre Team Time Trial. Moolman-Pasio has proven that passion, hard work and dedication does […]

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          Gold and bronze for Bruintjies and Erasmus   

By Mark Etheridge Led by Olympian Henricho Bruintjies, more track medals came the way of South Africa’s athletes at the Meeting de Nancy in France this week. Henricho Bruintjies, Emile Erasmus and Wenda Nel were the three South Africans doing duty, and there was a gold and bronze medal for the first two mentioned. Bruintjies […]

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          SA youngsters off to Wimbledon   

A dream has become come true for 22 scholars after they jetted off to London this week to attend the greatest tennis event on earth, the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. The pupils make up the Under-19 and U15 South African High Schools tennis team, who were capped at a ceremony at OR Tambo International Airport by […]

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          Rugby Union: Pro12 discussing South African additions   
South African franchises the Southern Kings and Cheetahs are set to join the Pro12 next season when they are cut from Super Rugby.
          Visiting Pencils of Promise in Laos!   
Earlier this year, somewhere after Bali and before South Africa, I stopped over in Laos to see the Pencils of Promise Laos office. While I had a chance to visit Guatemala in 2013, I’ve never been to any of their other communities. Since, I was in the midst of a Southeast Asia jaunt, I thought...  continue reading > 
          Kenya Ranked The Third Most Innovative Country In Sub-Saharan Africa   
Kenya Ranked The Third Most Innovative Country In Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya Ranked The Third Most Innovative Country In Sub-Saharan Africa
In a new ranking looking at the most innovative country in the world, Kenya has been ranked number three in Sub-Saharan Africa. The East African giant comes in behind South Africa and Mauritius. The ranking is according to the Global Innovative Index 2017...
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          Jews and South African History   
Jews from Lithuania went to South Africa between 1880 and 1940. Many Jews became dentists and came to England.South African Jews were prominent in fighting for racial equality. MandelaIn South Africa
          An Oddbins Adventure: Chenin Man, Buttered Coffee and Spider Pig   

The below is an adventure, what began as a buying trip to South Africa and turned into a true love of the region, the people, the culture and of course the wine! Working for Oddbins is unique in that we are a tiny buying team (just 3 of us), which requires a very involved approach where listing a new wine is more than it seems. It's a new partnership and during my journey I tasted some wonderful wines but also met some truly fantastic people. So, my story is of course about the wine but perhaps more importantly, about the people behind them.

It began with a challenge to revitalize the range, followed by a tasting in our London boardroom, it wouldn't do; I knew that I had to go to South Africa to experience the region and taste the wines in their natural habitat, alongside the people that made them, to get it right. In what seemed like a whirlwind, I touched down in Cape Town just a few weeks later! I remember landing and thinking to myself 'Okay, you're here. Now what?'

I had a lot of ground to cover, from Constantia to Swartland, out to Hemel en Aarde to Greyton in just a 10 day period. I hadn't been to SA before and I was alone with no comfort of a travel buddy, at least at this point...but things have a funny way of working themselves out and as I walked into arrivals there was a man holding a sign with my name on it. This was my first encounter with who I would come to call the 'legendary Campbell Roost' Zoom Safe Trips and Tours. At this time he was simply a ride from the airport to the hotel. I had no idea he would become such a significant part of my trip. From the get go I went to hop in the back seat, but Campbell was having none of it,"in the front with me", he said. And that would be my seat for the remainder of the trip, next to Campbell, not just my driver, but my tour guide, wake-up call, lunch buddy and friend.

There was no better way to start day one (ease into it) than at the serene Stellenbosch farm owned by the legendary Ken Forrester - The Chenin Man! Ken has been making wine for many years and his speciality is Chenin Blanc, which aged to leesy and textured, but for me it is the purity and quality of the 'Petit Chenin' that I loved - no oak, just straight up quality fruit and varietal character - bring on the crunchy apple, honey and linalool! During the visit I wandered down to Ken's barrel room to take a look around. In the back corner was a barrel with 'Roussanne' written on the face...'what is that?'. I love Roussanne, a native white Rhône grape. It's rare to see it completely on its own, especially from South Africa, and rarer to see it done right. Slightly hesitant, I tasted it and was wowed! At this point it was only sold via Ken's farm in SA, but it was so good I had to bring it back and share with the fellow wine lovers in the UK.

Rouossanne Wine

Now that I'm warmed up and have had a few sips of Chenin, it's time for a different experience...I hopped back in the car with Campbell and set off to stop no.2. Through the green, mountainous terrain of Stellenbosch and out into Swartland. It looks more like a desert, but has some super gnarly bush vines! We pulled up to a small farm house and made our way up the driveway. I was met with a curious glance that implied 'who the heck are you?''Jenny', I said, anticipating the questions. He tried to act like he hadn't totally forgotten that I was coming, and what a better way to do that than offer up a plastic cup of a new vermouth they were producing (ok, I can roll with this). Pretty soon though, we were laughing about it along with the fact there is a cheap brand of wine called 'Oddbins' sold in Checkers (the local supermarket) that doesn't have the best reputation for representing winemakers and he had thought that was who I represented! (Note to self - say Oddbins UK moving forward). A few minutes later, the man behind the establishment showed up - Adi! We went to chat in the cellar which was a stark contrast to Ken's place. It contained open top fermenters with all sorts of interesting things bubbling and was being watched over carefully by a big picture of a 60's pin up girl. Adi offered me an espresso - 'do you take butter?' [Huh?]. I truly thought he was taking the piss. A sort of 'let's mess with the tourist' kinda thing, but then he simply plopped a dollop in his own cup - not my cup of Joe please. I later asked Campbell if he had an answer for me. Nope! But he did laugh (mystery to be solved - if you have the answer, feel free to tweet me @oddbinsbuyers). Anyway, I tasted some awesome wines...watch this space!

Wine Blog

Next on the list is Miles Mossop! Miles' story is a good depiction of what's happening in the SA wine scene at the moment. He started at one of the more established estates, making wine for Tokara and was allowed to vinify a small amount under his own label each year as a bit of a side project (quite common). The culmination of this is three awesome wines, yes, awesome. As a couple of months before my visit, Miles has moved on from Tokara, hopefully giving him even more time to focus on what's not a side project anymore. These wines are seriously wonderful. Saskia - an oaky, leesy white Rhône blend, Max - a rich and juicy Bordeaux blend and 'The Introduction', an old vine barrel fermented Chenin from the Swartland.

Introduction Wine

Okay - it's impossible to go through every stop, even the ones with some of the more memorable wines, but at this point I've been in SA for a few days now and I'm slowly settling in and Campbell is definitely helping. On day three, he is waiting downstairs with a cup of coffee, settling into his routine of reading the morning paper in the lobby whilst I'm usually 5-10 minutes late. We hop in the car and we're off again, this time to meet one of the sweetest and most talented people I've met, Adam Mason. Adam is the brainchild behind Mulderbosch Wines and again, has a side project.

The wine is called Marvelous! Finding wines in the UK sub £10 on the shelf that are REAL, crafted wines is difficult. Many a time they are shipped over in large tanks and bottled here. Marvelous is Adam's baby and these are small volume parcels of grapes taken from sites that best suit each varietal, blended to create three seriously delicious wines - a Red Bordeaux blend, a Red Rhône blend and a wonderful White Rhône blend. Also from Adam, and two of my favourites, are his Yardstick Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - the Pinot is juicy, silky and fruit driven and instantly appealing, and the Chardonnay is toasty and rich. Adam is coming over in October to do tastings in the stores. Watch our Twitter feed for when he will be at your local Oddbins.

Adam Mason

Next stop! Not another farm though, this was a different approach. A way to cover more ground and soak up a bit of the culture. Campbell and I were off to Publik - a wine bar in Cape Town run by Dave and Dave (both Dave's actually make wine). They are all about getting the weird and wonderful into the bar and showcasing some of the interesting projects that are happening in the region. While some are awesome, some are a work in progress and some are downright scary, but that was the fun of it and either way it's great to see so much innovation. Over a plate of Charcuterie including Biltong, we tasted through a line up of wines. Part way through, Dave put this bottle down in front of me, with a totally serious and straight face - 'try my wine!'. So, I too kept a straight face, staring at the red headed man affectionately cradling a baby pig! The rosé was simple, charming and quite appealing, but was the UK market ready for Spider Pig to make an appearance on their dinner table? That was up for debate! Either way, the night turned into a great evening and eventually the story of THE Spider Pig was revealed, which made me like the wine even more, but that is a story for another day...The same evening, I came across Samantha O'Keefe's 'Lismore' from Greyton. Sam is an amazing lady and basically pioneered the region way up in the mountains. She is making a Rhône style Viognier, a Syrah that will blow your mind and has just added a Pinot Noir. I tasted these and was so impressed that I rescheduled my trip and Campbell and I drove two hours out to Greyton to meet Sam the next day. Her wines will be arriving into Oddbins in September.

Pig and Lismore Wine

Next up - Alex Dale from Radford (Winery of Good Hope). This guy is a true talent and the range is fantastic. We already work with Alex but I popped by for a lovely lunch with some of the vineyard staff anyway (this is a daily routine - stop, chat, live and enjoy - we could learn a thing or two!). He introduced me to Gus, his brother who grew up making wine in Burgundy. Gus is now working at Paul Roos on a tiny (literally tiny, just 3000 bottles) project, which I only found out about after I tasted and fell in love with his wine. These wines are very old world in style. The white, Paul Roos Die Skoolshoof is a co-fermented blend of Chardonnay/Chenin - really hands off winemaking here that is made in a Burgundy style - it is nutty, roasty, oaky and mineral and a gorgeous and wonderful red Bordeaux blend, the Paul Roos Die Filantroop which is a rustic and earthy Shiraz blend. A true boutique wine, which to top it all off, gives the proceeds back to provide education for the farm workers families. When the wines were listed in Oddbins there was so much pride amongst all the workers, which is exactly what it's all about.

Paul Roos Wines

When the trip came to an end, I was sad to go, and I was very humbled by my experiences and the wonderful people I had met. I received a text message 1 day after landing from Campbell Roost making sure I had made it home safely (enough said).

Meet Jim!

Meet Jim

Days later, I was in one of my local branches and got to chatting to a customer named Jim who is from Johannesburg, about my trip and the wines. Jim and his buddies had signed up to ride the Prudential 100 miles to raise money for children's education in South Africa - www.bokamosotrust.org.uk. He tells me a bit more about the Bokamoso Trust and I am in awe and touched (yes, Buyers do have hearts!). Jim bought himself a few bottles of Paul Roos and in the spur of the moment, I told him that Oddbins would sponsor his team in their ride (oops, how do I sell this to the powers that be on Monday?!). He was surprised and cheekily asked if in addition to the money for the charity, his team could have wines for the ride - my answer was no. Oddbins doesn't do cycling and drinking! But we did agree that they'd get a case of South African wines for AFTER the race. In addition to the £500 being donated by Oddbins on their behalf to the charity, for every 10 minutes Jim shaves off his goal time, the charity will get an extra £50. The ride takes place on July 30th and you can follow Jim's journey @oddbins #OnYaBikeSA


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          Israel pursuing a strategy that is placing its long-term future at risk   
I came across the following article, written by the Israeli Ambassador to Singapore, in today's edition of TODAY.

Following the Israeli Ambassador's article is an essay by John J. Mearsheimer, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. I've read the book which he co-authored with Stephen M. Walt, professor of international affairs at JFK School of Government at Harvard University. The controversial book, published in 2007, started out as a controversial essay in 2006 published in the London Review of Books. (At the end of this post is a video of a 2007 documentary on the Israel Lobby in America)

Read also Stephen M. Walt's essay The myth of Israel's strategic genius and Avi Shlaim's essay How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe.
Lasting peace in the Middle East...

Accepting the existenceof a Jewish state there, and abandoning the dream of destroying it, is the answer

Thursday • January 22, 2009

Ilan Ben-Dov
Israeli Ambassador to Singapore

THREE weeks of fighting in Gaza have once again put the Middle East at the focal point of the international media.

Now, after another round of violence has ended, we have to ask ourselves again, what is the real root of the problem? What is the key which will lead us to peace in the Middle East?

The basic Arab argument is that the root of the problem is occupation. The Arab world accuses Israel of controlling occupied Arab territories and claims that this is the main issue which prevents peace in the Middle East.

This argument is utterly baseless. The Israelis believe that the root of the problem is the very fact that a large fraction of the Arab-Islamic world still rejects Israel’s right to exist, and rejects the basic right of Jews to live in their independent state of Israel.

Israel has shown in the past that in order to achieve peace, it is ready for territorial concessions, exactly as it did when it signed a peace treaty with its neighbour in the south, Egypt, and its neighbour in the east, Jordan. In both these cases, the dispute over territory was not an obstacle to peace.

Moreover, Israel endorses the establishment of a Palestinian independent state that will live in peace next to it.

In the last two military confrontations in the Middle East — the one with the Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the one with Hamas in Gaza — Israel had to defend itself from radical Muslim terrorist organisations which are motivated by extreme religious, Jihadistic ideology that calls for the destruction of Israel.

It is time to reveal these facts loud and clear: Both Hamas and Hezbollah are heavily and directly influenced by Iran. It is the same Iran whose President is calling for the annihilation of Israel, the same Iran which does everything possible to sabotage and to harm any attempt of a dialogue and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel.

Iran does not only supply the ideological basis for Hezbollah and Hamas, it supplies them with huge amounts of weapons, ammunition and money.

It is also important to answer the question of what exactly do Hamas and Hezbollah mean by speaking about “occupied territories”? For them, the whole of Israel is considered a so-called “occupied territory”. They do not distinguish between Gaza and Tel-Aviv, between the West Bank and the city of Haifa. For the Iranian President who supports them, Israel must be “wiped out of the map”.

Should this lead us to despair? Of course not.

The Middle East is nowadays divided into two parts. The first is the radical, fundamentalistic-jihadistic part that dreams of the disappearance of Israel from the region. Whoever dreams these dreams is doomed to lead the Palestinians to a deadlock and to many more years of wars, suffering, poverty and hopelessness.

On the other hand, we find the moderate and pragmatic Arab world which aspires to find a peaceful solution based on mutual recognition, justice for both sides and a territorial compromise. Such a solution will pave the way for all people in this region — and especially for the Palestinian people, who have suffered so much in recent years — to a better future.

The key to a lasting solution of the Middle Eastern conflict is therefore not a question of occupied territories. For this question, we can find a compromise.

The real key to a solution is the willingness of the Arab and the Muslim countries to recognise the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East and to abandon the dream of destroying it.
Another War, Another Defeat
by John J. Mearsheimer
Published in the Jan 26, 2009 edition of The American Conservative


The Gaza offensive has succeeded in punishing the Palestinians but not in making Israel more secure.

Israelis and their American supporters claim that Israel learned its lessons well from the disastrous 2006 Lebanon war and has devised a winning strategy for the present war against Hamas. Of course, when a ceasefire comes, Israel will declare victory. Don’t believe it. Israel has foolishly started another war it cannot win.

The campaign in Gaza is said to have two objectives: 1) to put an end to the rockets and mortars that Palestinians have been firing into southern Israel since it withdrew from Gaza in August 2005; 2) to restore Israel’s deterrent, which was said to be diminished by the Lebanon fiasco, by Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, and by its inability to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

But these are not the real goals of Operation Cast Lead. The actual purpose is connected to Israel’s long-term vision of how it intends to live with millions of Palestinians in its midst. It is part of a broader strategic goal: the creation of a “Greater Israel.” Specifically, Israel’s leaders remain determined to control all of what used to be known as Mandate Palestine, which includes Gaza and the West Bank. The Palestinians would have limited autonomy in a handful of disconnected and economically crippled enclaves, one of which is Gaza. Israel would control the borders around them, movement between them, the air above and the water below them.

The key to achieving this is to inflict massive pain on the Palestinians so that they come to accept the fact that they are a defeated people and that Israel will be largely responsible for controlling their future. This strategy, which was first articulated by Ze’ev Jabotinsky in the 1920s and has heavily influenced Israeli policy since 1948, is commonly referred to as the “Iron Wall.”

What has been happening in Gaza is fully consistent with this strategy.

Let’s begin with Israel’s decision to withdraw from Gaza in 2005. The conventional wisdom is that Israel was serious about making peace with the Palestinians and that its leaders hoped the exit from Gaza would be a major step toward creating a viable Palestinian state. According to the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, Israel was giving the Palestinians an opportunity to “build a decent mini-state there—a Dubai on the Mediterranean,” and if they did so, it would “fundamentally reshape the Israeli debate about whether the Palestinians can be handed most of the West Bank.”

This is pure fiction. Even before Hamas came to power, the Israelis intended to create an open-air prison for the Palestinians in Gaza and inflict great pain on them until they complied with Israel’s wishes. Dov Weisglass, Ariel Sharon’s closest adviser at the time, candidly stated that the disengagement from Gaza was aimed at halting the peace process, not encouraging it. He described the disengagement as “formaldehyde that’s necessary so that there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.” Moreover, he emphasized that the withdrawal “places the Palestinians under tremendous pressure. It forces them into a corner where they hate to be.”

Arnon Soffer, a prominent Israeli demographer who also advised Sharon, elaborated on what that pressure would look like. “When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day.”

In January 2006, five months after the Israelis pulled their settlers out of Gaza, Hamas won a decisive victory over Fatah in the Palestinian legislative elections. This meant trouble for Israel’s strategy because Hamas was democratically elected, well organized, not corrupt like Fatah, and unwilling to accept Israel’s existence. Israel responded by ratcheting up economic pressure on the Palestinians, but it did not work. In fact, the situation took another turn for the worse in March 2007, when Fatah and Hamas came together to form a national unity government. Hamas’s stature and political power were growing, and Israel’s divide-and-conquer strategy was unraveling.

To make matters worse, the national unity government began pushing for a long-term ceasefire. The Palestinians would end all missile attacks on Israel if the Israelis would stop arresting and assassinating Palestinians and end their economic stranglehold, opening the border crossings into Gaza.

Israel rejected that offer and with American backing set out to foment a civil war between Fatah and Hamas that would wreck the national unity government and put Fatah in charge. The plan backfired when Hamas drove Fatah out of Gaza, leaving Hamas in charge there and the more pliant Fatah in control of the West Bank. Israel then tightened the screws on the blockade around Gaza, causing even greater hardship and suffering among the Palestinians living there.

Hamas responded by continuing to fire rockets and mortars into Israel, while emphasizing that they still sought a long-term ceasefire, perhaps lasting ten years or more. This was not a noble gesture on Hamas’s part: they sought a ceasefire because the balance of power heavily favored Israel. The Israelis had no interest in a ceasefire and merely intensified the economic pressure on Gaza. But in the late spring of 2008, pressure from Israelis living under the rocket attacks led the government to agree to a six-month ceasefire starting on June 19. That agreement, which formally ended on Dec. 19, immediately preceded the present war, which began on Dec. 27.

The official Israeli position blames Hamas for undermining the ceasefire. This view is widely accepted in the United States, but it is not true. Israeli leaders disliked the ceasefire from the start, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the IDF to begin preparing for the present war while the ceasefire was being negotiated in June 2008. Furthermore, Dan Gillerman, Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, reports that Jerusalem began to prepare the propaganda campaign to sell the present war months before the conflict began. For its part, Hamas drastically reduced the number of missile attacks during the first five months of the ceasefire. A total of two rockets were fired into Israel during September and October, none by Hamas.

How did Israel behave during this same period? It continued arresting and assassinating Palestinians on the West Bank, and it continued the deadly blockade that was slowly strangling Gaza. Then on Nov. 4, as Americans voted for a new president, Israel attacked a tunnel inside Gaza and killed six Palestinians. It was the first major violation of the ceasefire, and the Palestinians—who had been “careful to maintain the ceasefire,” according to Israel’s Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center—responded by resuming rocket attacks. The calm that had prevailed since June vanished as Israel ratcheted up the blockade and its attacks into Gaza and the Palestinians hurled more rockets at Israel. It is worth noting that not a single Israeli was killed by Palestinian missiles between Nov. 4 and the launching of the war on Dec. 27.

As the violence increased, Hamas made clear that it had no interest in extending the ceasefire beyond Dec. 19, which is hardly surprising, since it had not worked as intended. In mid-December, however, Hamas informed Israel that it was still willing to negotiate a long-term ceasefire if it included an end to the arrests and assassinations as well as the lifting of the blockade. But the Israelis, having used the ceasefire to prepare for war against Hamas, rejected this overture. The bombing of Gaza commenced eight days after the failed ceasefire formally ended.

If Israel wanted to stop missile attacks from Gaza, it could have done so by arranging a long-term ceasefire with Hamas. And if Israel were genuinely interested in creating a viable Palestinian state, it could have worked with the national unity government to implement a meaningful ceasefire and change Hamas’s thinking about a two-state solution. But Israel has a different agenda: it is determined to employ the Iron Wall strategy to get the Palestinians in Gaza to accept their fate as hapless subjects of a Greater Israel.

This brutal policy is clearly reflected in Israel’s conduct of the Gaza War. Israel and its supporters claim that the IDF is going to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties, in some cases taking risks that put Israeli soldiers in jeopardy. Hardly. One reason to doubt these claims is that Israel refuses to allow reporters into the war zone: it does not want the world to see what its soldiers and bombs are doing inside Gaza. At the same time, Israel has launched a massive propaganda campaign to put a positive spin on the horror stories that do emerge.

The best evidence, however, that Israel is deliberately seeking to punish the broader population in Gaza is the death and destruction the IDF has wrought on that small piece of real estate. Israel has killed over 1,000 Palestinians and wounded more than 4,000. Over half of the casualties are civilians, and many are children. The IDF’s opening salvo on Dec. 27 took place as children were leaving school, and one of its primary targets that day was a large group of graduating police cadets, who hardly qualified as terrorists. In what Ehud Barak called “an all-out war against Hamas,” Israel has targeted a university, schools, mosques, homes, apartment buildings, government offices, and even ambulances. A senior Israeli military official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, explained the logic behind Israel’s expansive target set: “There are many aspects of Hamas, and we are trying to hit the whole spectrum, because everything is connected and everything supports terrorism against Israel.” In other words, everyone is a terrorist and everything is a legitimate target.

Israelis tend to be blunt, and they occasionally say what they are really doing. After the IDF killed 40 Palestinian civilians in a UN school on Jan. 6, Ha’aretz reported that “senior officers admit that the IDF has been using enormous firepower.” One officer explained, “For us, being cautious means being aggressive. From the minute we entered, we’ve acted like we’re at war. That creates enormous damage on the ground … I just hope those who have fled the area of Gaza City in which we are operating will describe the shock.”

One might accept that Israel is waging “a cruel, all-out war against 1.5 million Palestinian civilians,” as Ha’aretz put it in an editorial, but argue that it will eventually achieve its war aims and the rest of the world will quickly forget the horrors inflicted on the people of Gaza.

This is wishful thinking. For starters, Israel is unlikely to stop the rocket fire for any appreciable period of time unless it agrees to open Gaza’s borders and stop arresting and killing Palestinians. Israelis talk about cutting off the supply of rockets and mortars into Gaza, but weapons will continue to come in via secret tunnels and ships that sneak through Israel’s naval blockade. It will also be impossible to police all of the goods sent into Gaza through legitimate channels.

Israel could try to conquer all of Gaza and lock the place down. That would probably stop the rocket attacks if Israel deployed a large enough force. But then the IDF would be bogged down in a costly occupation against a deeply hostile population. They would eventually have to leave, and the rocket fire would resume. And if Israel fails to stop the rocket fire and keep it stopped, as seems likely, its deterrent will be diminished, not strengthened.

More importantly, there is little reason to think that the Israelis can beat Hamas into submission and get the Palestinians to live quietly in a handful of Bantustans inside Greater Israel. Israel has been humiliating, torturing, and killing Palestinians in the Occupied Territories since 1967 and has not come close to cowing them. Indeed, Hamas’s reaction to Israel’s brutality seems to lend credence to Nietzsche’s remark that what does not kill you makes you stronger.

But even if the unexpected happens and the Palestinians cave, Israel would still lose because it will become an apartheid state. As Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently said, Israel will “face a South African-style struggle” if the Palestinians do not get a viable state of their own. “As soon as that happens,” he argued, “the state of Israel is finished.” Yet Olmert has done nothing to stop settlement expansion and create a viable Palestinian state, relying instead on the Iron Wall strategy to deal with the Palestinians.

There is also little chance that people around the world who follow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will soon forget the appalling punishment that Israel is meting out in Gaza. The destruction is just too obvious to miss, and too many people—especially in the Arab and Islamic world—care about the Palestinians’ fate. Moreover, discourse about this longstanding conflict has undergone a sea change in the West in recent years, and many of us who were once wholly sympathetic to Israel now see that the Israelis are the victimizers and the Palestinians are the victims. What is happening in Gaza will accelerate that changing picture of the conflict and long be seen as a dark stain on Israel’s reputation.

The bottom line is that no matter what happens on the battlefield, Israel cannot win its war in Gaza. In fact, it is pursuing a strategy—with lots of help from its so-called friends in the Diaspora—that is placing its long-term future at risk.



          International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; Statements by President of UN General Assembly   
This is my playlist of some videos i've collected so far related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

See here for more information about 29 Nov, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. See here for my post on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

These are two statements by Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly,
On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinan People
UN Headquarters , New York, 24 November 2008


It is with mixed emotions that I join you today to observe the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at this event organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. As you know, Solidarity is a concept that is central to my work as the Assembly President. I want to thank the Committee for its dedicated efforts to rally our solidarity with the Palestinian people, pursuing the mandate entrusted to it by the General Assembly.

Today we recall that, 61 years ago this month, the General Assembly adopted the historic resolution 181, calling for the creation of a Jewish State and an Arab State. The State of Israel, founded a year later in 1948, now celebrates 60 years of its existence. Shamefully, there is still no Palestinian State to celebrate.

As I stated in my first address to the General Assembly last September, I believe that the failure to create a Palestinian State as promised is the single greatest failure in the history of the United Nations. It has been 60 years since some 800,000 Palestinians were driven out of their homes and property, becoming refugees and an uprooted and marginalized people.

We cannot avoid the bitter irony that next month we mark the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrines the right to self-determination of these very same people. We are witness to decades of the terrible conditions endured throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, yet the promise – the right -- of the Palestinian people to a homeland remains as elusive as ever.

As I speak here today, almost 1.5 millions Palestinians are enduring an unprecedented blockade of the Gaza Strip. All border crossings into Gaza are closed, blocking even the delivery of emergency humanitarian relief supplied by the United Nations. Lack of fuel is plunging the population into darkness and cold; basic medicines are running out; malnutrition is chronic and peoples’ coping mechanisms are being exhausted.

In solidarity, I urge the international community to raise its voice against this collective punishment of the people of Gaza. We must call for an end to this massive abuse of human rights. I call on Israel, the occupying Power, to allow humanitarian and other supplies to enter the Gaza Strip without delay.

The situation in the West Bank is often overshadowed by the humanitarian crisis facing Gaza. We cannot overlook, however, the existence of over 600 checkpoints and other obstacles to freedom of movement within the West Bank. We must denounce the resumption of house demolitions during the cold months and the unabated settlement expansion that is still being officially authorized. The unprecedented rise in violent attacks by settlers against the Palestinian population must also end. Although different, what is being done against the Palestinian people seems to me to be a version of the hideous policy of apartheid.

This untenable situation highlights the urgent need for the resumption of a genuine peace process that can yield tangible results in the foreseeable future. So far the endless negotiations between two very unequal partners have not borne fruit. What we need is a renewed sense of solidarity to inspire political will, courage and a broader perspective of the conflict. This should include the revival of the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002.

The international community should spare no effort in assisting both Israelis and Palestinians to reach a solution that will fulfill the goal of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. The United Nations has an ongoing responsibility to resolve the question of Palestine in all its aspects and in accordance with international law. Let us be sure that this not become a permanent responsibility.

The enmity between our Palestinian and Israeli brothers and sisters is a bitter and self-perpetuating tragedy. We must find new ways to defuse this enmity, to enable both peoples to reassert their historic bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood. I urge the international community to defuse the political deadlock that cynically perpetuates this hatred, isolation and abuse. Our solidarity must prompt concrete action to realize those elusive rights that most of us can take for granted.

Thank you.

At the 57th Plenary Meeting on Agenda Item 16, the Question of Palestine
UN Headquarters , New York, 24 November 2008


I am pleased to open this plenary session in which we take up the Question of Palestine. This morning, with heavy heart, we observed the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. I joined the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, H.E. Ambassador Paul Badji, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to voice our ongoing concern for the terrible situation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and express our solidarity with this long-suffering People

We heard the comprehensive report of the Chairman on the current situation of Palestinians living under occupation. As well, the Secretary-General summarized the complex initiatives that are being undertaken by the international community to move forward peace talks and the establishment of the Palestinian state.

I urged the international community to raise its voice against the collective punishment of the people of Gaza, a policy which we cannot tolerate. We demand an end to this massive abuse of human rights and call on Israel, the occupying Power, to allow humanitarian and other supplies to enter the Gaza Strip without delay.

I spoke this morning about apartheid and how Israeli policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories appear so similar to the apartheid of an earlier era, a continent away.

I believe it is very important that we in the United Nations use this term. We must not be afraid to call something what it is. It is the United Nations, after all, that passed the International Convention against the Crime of Apartheid, making clear to all the world that such practices of official discrimination must be outlawed wherever they occur.

We heard today from a representative of South African civil society. We know that all around the world, civil society organizations are working to defend Palestinian rights, and are trying to protect the Palestinian population that we, the United Nations, are failing to protect.

More than twenty years ago we in the United Nations took the lead from civil society when we agreed that sanctions were required to provide a non-violent means of pressuring South Africa to end its violations.

Today, perhaps we in the United Nations should consider following the lead of a new generation of civil society, who are calling for a similar non-violent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel to end its violations.

I have attended a great many meetings on the rights of the Palestinian People. I am amazed at how people continue to insist on patience while our Brothers and Sisters are being crucified.

Patience is a virtue in which I believe. But there is nothing virtuous about being patient with the suffering of others.

We must endeavour, with all our heart, to put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian People.

I have great love for the Jewish People and this has been true all my life. I have never hesitated to condemn the crimes of the holocaust or any of the many abuses committed against our Jewish Brothers and Sisters.

However, their suffering does not give anyone the right to abuse others, especially those who historically have such deep and exemplary relations with the Jewish People.

Having said this, I would like to remind our Israeli Brothers and Sisters that even though they have the protective shield of the United States in the Security Council, no amount of arm twisting and intimidation will change the Security Council resolution 181, adopted 61 years ago, calling for the creation of two states.

Shamefully, there is no Palestinian state to celebrate today and the prospects are as distant as ever. All explanations notwithstanding, this central fact makes a mockery of the United Nations and gravely hurt its image and prestige. How can we continue like this?

I call upon our dear Brothers and Sisters at the decision-making level in our Host Country to end the policy that only retards justice in the Middle East.

The international community should spare no effort in assisting both Israelis and Palestinians to reach a solution that will fulfill the goal of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. The United Nations has an ongoing responsibility to resolve the question of Palestine in all its aspects and in accordance with international law. Let us be sure that this not become a permanent responsibility.

The enmity between our Palestinian and Israeli brothers and sisters is a bitter and self-perpetuating tragedy. We must find new ways to defuse this enmity, to enable both peoples to reassert their historic bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood.

I urge the international community to defuse the political deadlock that cynically perpetuates this hatred, isolation and abuse. Our solidarity must prompt concrete action to realize those elusive rights that most of us can take for granted.

Thank you.

          Election of the Executive Council of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission   

Member States of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO have elected the new members of the IOC Executive Council. The Executive Council consists of up to 40 Member States, including the six Member States represented by the Chairperson and the five Vice-Chairpersons.

The Executive Council meets every year to review issues and items from on-going work plans, and make preparations for the IOC Assembly, which is the principal organ of the Commission. Sessions of the IOC Assembly are held every two years to establish general policy and the main lines of work of the Commission, including the approval of the IOC Biennial Draft Programme and Budget.

Representation in the IOC Executive Council Electoral Group I can consist of up to 10 seats; Group II of up to 3 seats; Group III of up to 9 seats; Group IV of up to 9 seats; and Group V of up to 9 seats.

The results of the elections are as follows.

Chair

  • Professor Peter Haugan (Norway) Group I

Vice-Chairs

  • Dr Monika Breuch-Moritz (Germany) Group I
  • Dr Alexander Postnov (Russian Federation) Group II
  • Mr Ariel Hernan Troisi (Argentina) Group III
  • Dr Somkiat Khokiattiwong (Thailand) Group IV
  • Dr Ashley Johnson (South Africa) Group V

Seats on the Executive Council

  • Group I: Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey
  • Group II: Bulgaria1
  • Group III: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Grenada, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay
  • Group IV:2 Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Palau, Philippines, Republic of Korea
  • Group V: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Senegal, Tanzania

Each term lasts two years, corresponding to the interval between ordinary sessions of the Assembly. IOC Officers can serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

For more information, please contact:

Thorkild Aarup (t.aarup(at)unesco.org)

1 Bulgaria was the only candidate for Group II.
2 Pakistan withdrew its candidacy for a seat in Group IV.


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          JUST IN: The INSIDERS Behind Suits To Free Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper - Police Reveals Shocking Details   
By Dansu Peter

EVANS THE KIDNAPPERThe Nigerian Police Authority has said the fugitive members of kidnap gang of Evans, who real name is Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike are behind series of suits in a bid to frustrate further investigation on the notorious kidnap syndicate.

The Police, rising from an emergency meeting, the police authorities said that they have the power to keep the arrested kidnapping kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, widely known as Evans, in their custody.

According to Daily Trust, a senior police source said that some people who felt that their interest was being threatened were the ones behind the move to get the court to release Evans.

A lawyer had approached a Federal High Court to challenge the continued detention of Evans, stressing that it violated Evans’ fundamental human right.  

Sources at the police high command said it was Evans’ gang members yet to be arrested that sought for and got the services of the lawyer to frustrate further investigation into the case.


It was however gathered that the Police expected such a move early enough and had equally secured an order of the Federal High Court to detain Evans for at least three months.

The order, a police source told newsmen, was secured last week Thursday, and it covers the retention of Evans and all his gang members so far arrested for three months.

The source said this was to enable the police conclude all investigations in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa so that all those involved in the kidnapping ring run by Evans would be brought to book.

          Jubilee leaders in Kilifi accuse Kingi of corruption   
Kilifi,KENYA:Jubilee leaders in Kilifi County have attacked Governor Amason Kingi demanding to know how he has been using in excess of sh. 9 billion county annual allocation since 2013. They told the county chief to tell the public how he has been using their money instead of attacking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s national government projects. Kingi has in different occasions criticized the Jubilee administration saying its leaders have failed his county. In March 2017 governor Kingi was quoted asking president Kenyatta to apologize to the residents of Kilifi on a statement he termed as lies over the total amount of allocation Kilifi County gets annually. “I have heard him (President Uhuru Kenyatta) say Kilifi has been receiving Kshs. 9.6 billion annually, that’s a total lie and he must apologize to the people of Kilifi because  I have been received Kshs. 38 billion for the past four years and not what the president reckons,” Kingi was quoted saying in Mwarakaya grounds. In a call for accountability, Deputy President William Ruto said the County was allocated Kshs. 9.6 billion making it fourth largest recipient of County allocations. “Your Governor (Kingi) must explain to you how he has been using Kshs. 9.6 Billion as County allocation annually,” DP. Ruto was quoted saying in February 2017 at the Karisa Maitha grounds in Kilifi town. Jubilee gubernatorial aspirant Gideon Mung’aro said administration has failed residents as corruption scandals marred it as well as overpriced and ghost projects. He slammed Kingi claiming to have imported milk powder from South Africa and processing it in Mombasa instead of empowering the people of Kilifi. “The milk which lasted two weeks only was nit from Kenya, it was from South Africa in powder form and taken to Mombasa for processing,” said Mung’aro. Mung’aro called for support on Election Day promising to empower women and youths groups with tenders and funds. However Kilifi South Mp. Mustafa Idd blasted saying Kingi cannot abandon NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga because he got three ministries when he was a prime minister. “Kingi cannot move out of ODM because in 2007 he was in charge of three ministries courtesy of Raila Odinga. He was given the ministry of Industrialization, East African Community and Fisheries yet he was fresh from university,” said Idd. They were speaking in Dindiri in Chasimba ward on Thursday during a campaign rally that saw Jubilee senatorial aspirant Ken Nyale and Women representative aspirant Amina Munyazi attend.
          6/30/2017: Sports Newspaper Of The Year: T20 star Malan all set for Test call-up   
DAWID MALAN could be given a shock England Test debut against South Africa at Lord’s next Thursday. The opener impressed in the Twenty-20 decider in Cardiff on Sunday, helping secure a series win after smashing 78 in 44 balls. Malan, 29, could...
          South African Cops Caught Fucking On Duty At The Office   
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          South Africa: Parliament Schedules Motion of No Confidence   
[News24Wire] Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete has scheduled the Democratic Alliance's request for a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma for August 3.
          South Africa: Mandela Ordered Select Cops to Infiltrate Underworld, Court Hears   
[News24Wire] Police officers under the instruction of then-President Nelson Mandela infiltrated Cape Town's underworld in the late 90s, it emerged in the Western Cape High Court this week.
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          Pharmacist Assistant Midrand   
Freerecruit - Johannesburg, Gauteng - a Pharmacist assistant. Must be available to work retail hours, Monday - Friday and alternate Saturdays. R 18,500 per month plus company benefits.... Minimum Requirements: Senior Certificate (Grade 12). Current registration with the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) as a Pharmacist Assistant...
          Pharmacist Assistant Boksburg   
Freerecruit - Ekurhuleni, Gauteng - 27 June Salary * R 18.500,00 monthly Province * Ekurhuleni, Gauteng Description * Our client is currently seeking a Pharmacist.... Minimum Requirements: Senior Certificate (Grade 12). Current registration with the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) as a Pharmacist Assistant...
          Pharmacist Assistant Sunnyside   
Freerecruit - Pretoria, Gauteng - 27 June Salary * R 18.500,00 monthly Province * City of Tshwane, Gauteng Description * Our client is currently seeking a Pharmacist.... Minimum Requirements: Senior Certificate (Grade 12). Current registration with the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) as a Pharmacist Assistant...
          Pharmacist Assistant Randburg   
Freerecruit - Johannesburg, Gauteng - a Pharmacist assistant. Must be available to work retail hours, Monday - Friday and alternate Saturdays. R 18,500 per month plus company benefits.... Minimum Requirements: Senior Certificate (Grade 12). Current registration with the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) as a Pharmacist Assistant...
          Soccer Rivals Ghana And U.S. Go At It Once More, This Time At The Rent   

The United States men's soccer team finally beat Ghana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

After Ghana eliminated the Americans in 2006 in Germany and 2010 in South Africa, the U.S. struck back for its first win against the soccer-loving African country in the opening group game.

Clint Dempsey scored...


          Graphic Designer Jnr EHC203 | Graphic   
South Africa - Graphic Designer Marlboro R8000 – R12000 per month We are seeking a young, zesty, out-of-the box, creative, innovative thinker to join our graphic design team. The successful candidates responsibilities will include but not be limited to: In-house design of promotional and marketing materials including concept designs Catalogue design work Product packaging design…
          Lewis Previews ACE Trip to South Africa   
Lewis Previews ACE Trip to South Africa
          Information update of ARCHEMYRIAD   
archemyriad is REGISTERED BUSINESS company incorporated in South Africa with identification number of 2012-017254-07. Company was incorporated on 2012-01-31, so the age of company is approximately 5.42 years. The type of company is Private Company. archemyriad detailed status is In Business. More details...
          Michael Tellinger on Ubuntu philosophy   
Zaradi Aktualnosti vsebine in bližnjega dogodka tokrat objavljamo gostujoči intervju v angleškem jeziku. Bil je narejen za Aktualno 2.0 s strani naše kolegice Andreje Cepuš. Predstavljamo vam izjemen koncept nove dobe, ki se kot virtualni virus širi iz Afrike na vse kontinente in je v mnogih državah že dobil tudi oprijemljive strukture. V razmislek in vpogled v nove možnosti!

Pozdrav, Violeta



Michael Tellinger is a scientist, explorer and internationally acclaimed author of numerous books, who has become an authority on the vanished civilisations of southern Africa and the origins of humankind. His research and discoveries of an advanced vanished civilisation in South Africa includes a diverse field of research and touches on human origins, spirituality, science & consciousness.

Michael’s work touches critical issues around the subject of Unity Consciousness. “The more we push the boundaries of science, the more we come to understand the universal mind – the creative source of all things in the multiverse and beyond. It seems that the knowledge we gain from quantum physics and space-time studies, brings us closer to understanding the true nature of reality, the meaning of the universe and our place in it as conscious beings.” He believes that quantum physics is a gift from the divine creator to allow humanity to find its way back to source – back to unity – from a deeply divided and manipulated species – not only on Earth but in the entire universe.

Photo: Michael Tellinger
Source: personal archive

Tellinger presents a model for a new social structure called CONTRIBUTIONISM – A World Without Money – based on the African philosophy of UBUNTU and proposes how we should move from a money-driven society to a society driven by people, their talents and their passion for life. Where everyone contributes their natural talents or acquired skills to the greatest benefit of all in their community – and money has no meaning.

He is also the founder of the UBUNTU LIBERATION MOVEMENT and the political party called UBUNTU Party, in South Africa – which contested the national elections in SA on the 7th May 2014.
 
You can find more about Michael Tellinger and his work here: http://michaeltellinger.com/
Since Michael is coming to Slovenia, Ljubljana on September (having the lecture in Cankarjev dom on September, 9th titled Megalithic Sites and Free Energy) is seemed like a nice opportunity to ask him a few questions before his arrival.
Povezava do celotnega intervjuja.

Kako lahko sodelujemo
Kje se lahko srečamo
  • Predstavitev knjige Sintropija, 12. september 2014, ob 18h, Atrij ZRC, Ljubljana
  • Naslednji BIN dogodek: BIN@SHEFFIELD, Velika Britanija, 3. - 5. november 2014

           Reviewing Hegemonic Masculinities and Men in Sweden and South Africa    
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          South Africa dominate England Lions on day two at Worcester   
Gary Ballance is denied the chance to impress England selectors before Saturday’s Test squad announcement.
          England consider batting order ahead of first Test against South Africa   
England will have a different look to the team that faced India in December.
          England v South Africa Test series talking points   
England and South Africa start their series in London.
           Fossil lobbies threaten to scupper renewables in South Africa    
SOUTH AFRICAN power utility Eskom recently repeated that it will not conclude supply contracts with the developers of new renewable energy power stations.
          SA startup takes entertainment scene to new heights   
SA startup takes entertainment scene to new heights
Vibescout, a startup that provides event listings and city guides, is now listing movies showing on 690 screens in 94 cinemas across South Africa. Vibescout is now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa and continues to take the country’s entertainment scene to new heights. Co-founded in 2015 by brothers’ Paul and Jonathan Myburgh, [&hellip
          Mwabu sets up hub in South Africa   
Mwabu sets up hub in South Africa
Mwabu has made a notable investment in the South African market, through the establishment of its local hub which will open in Rosebank, Johannesburg in June. In the last four months alone, Mwabu has grown its presence in the country from one to seven local employees. With a mandate to improve the quality of education [&hellip
          20% of consumers in South Africa use iOS in contrast to 74% using Android   
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Ten years since the launch of iOS, a research conducted by Upstream, mobile commerce platform in high growth markets has found that Apple’s operating system could see a new opportunity over the next decade in South Africa where currently 20% of consumers use iOS and 74% use Android. Apple’s global market share slipped 1.1% over [&hellip
          South Africa dominate England Lions on day two at Worcester   
Gary Ballance is denied the chance to impress England selectors before Saturday’s Test squad announcement.
          England consider batting order ahead of first Test against South Africa   
England will have a different look to the team that faced India in December.
          England v South Africa Test series talking points   
England and South Africa start their series in London.
          South Africa: Parliament Unhappy With Treatment of Small, Medium and Micro-Enterprise By Privately Owned Companies   
[Govt of SA] Small Business Committe unhappy with treatment of SMMEs
          General Manager - The Beaches - Nando's - Toronto, ON   
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          Customer Service Associate For The Cannabis Industry - MARY JANE & ASSOCIATES - Toronto, ON   
South African languages. MARY JANE &amp; ASSOCIATES is a financial technology firm for the cannabis industry solely.... $45,000 a year
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          Assistant Manager - The Beaches - Nando's - Toronto, ON   
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          Israeli musicians to Thom Yorke: Canceling Radiohead show will disrupt Israel’s ‘business as usual’ facade   
Israeli musicians write an open letter to Radiohead's Thom Yorke asking him to honor the Palestinian BDS call and cancel the band's upcoming concert in Israel: "Israel is increasingly notorious for being a place that forward-thinking artists who care about equality and freedom want little to do with. We are confident that this reality will contribute to moving the Israeli government to change its unjust policies, and help convince companies to divest from Israel, just as they did in apartheid South Africa. Canceling your show will disrupt the 'business as usual' facade that international performances in Israel perpetuate. Please reconsider violating the Palestinian call for boycott."
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          Another Great White Shark Found Dead With Liver, Stomach, And Testes Surgically Removed   
Something odd is going on off the shores of South Africa. Several deceased great white sharks are turning up along a stretch of coastline with their livers quite precisely removed from their carcasses; two of them were also missing their hearts.
After a brief bit of sleuthing by marine conservationists, the finger was pointed squarely at orcas. Now it appears they have struck again: a fourth great white has been found lacking its liver on the same stretch of coastline. Once again, the organ was removed with “surgical precision”.
The autopsy was carried out once again by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust team, led by White Shark biologist Alison Towner. In a Facebook post, Marine Dynamics explain that the carcass of a male was found on June 24 in a relatively fresh state of decomposition. It was missing not just its liver, but its stomach and testes too – and it bled out profusely before dying.

The carcass this time was 4.1 meters (13.5 feet) long, which is remarkably the third largest of the four murder victims that have appeared recently. The most massive was a 4.9-meter (16-foot) female shark, and took the ignominious award of being the largest shark ever dissected in South Africa.
Incredibly, the culprits weren’t just identified by the type of wounds located on the victim – they were seen actively patrolling the scene of the crime before fleeing the area.
“The pair of orcas believed to be responsible were sighted offshore of Danger Point then again in Franskraal today,” the Facebook post reads. “Marine Dynamics cage diving boat tracked the pair. Subsequently, all cage diving boats failed to see white sharks today and it is believed the sharks may have fled the area once again.”

This murderous pattern began in early May, and the latest killing suggests that it’s likely to continue for some time. Although orcas are effective hunters, it’s somewhat unusual that they’re going after great whites, who are the unquestionable apex predators in these waters.
There are various hypotheses being banded about trying to explain why these orcas are eating select organs of the great white, rather than the whole carcass.
As we noted previously, the specificity of the organ harvesting isn’t too unusual – when hunting whales, orca sometimes kill their calves and only eat their tongues. Some organs provide a lot more energy than the rest of the flesh, so perhaps this type of feasting is a form of energy conservation.
Orcas would expend a lot of energy just killing a great white shark in the first place though, so this idea may be invalid.

In any case, their precise removal of these organs from a thrashing great white is as mysterious as it is unprecedented.

          6/30/2017: Tennis: MALAN LINES UP SHOCK TEST CALL   

DAWID MALAN is being lined up for a shock call-up ahead of Gary Ballance for the first Test against South Africa. And Middlesex team-mate Toby Roland-Jones could cap a great day for the county champions by replacing the injured Jake Ball. Malan’s first...
          The 2017 PALU Annual Conference and Triennial General Assembly   
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Southern Sun Ehlangeni and Maharani Hotel Durban, Republic of South Africa

Last week to register at a discounted fee!

One more week to register at a discounted rate!

 Timeline

 Non-Member

 PALU Ordinary  Member

 Students and Young Lawyers

 (Less than 5 years on Roll of Advocates)

 Until 30 June  2017

 300

 200

 100

 From 1 July  2017

 350

 250

 350

We already have confirmed participants from all five regions of continental Africa, from our diaspora as well as law firms and lawyers’ associations from Europe and North America. Do not miss the opportunity to network, build business ties while also learning about the most topical issues in legal practice on the continent!

If you need any assistance with registration or payment, you are welcome to contact the PALU Secretariat at secretariat@lawyersofafrica.org, or via telephone +255 (27) 254-3192.

 

Programme

The Conference, the leading platform for lawyers on the continent, will have a continuous stream of activities along our 3 sections (Business Law, Legal Practice, and Public Interest and Development Law) that will satisfy the most demanding professionals. The programme can be found here. We will issue Certificates for purposes of Continuing Legal Education/ Continuing Professional Development (CLE/ CPD).

While we already have Panelists for the Sessions, any fully registered participant who is interested in speaking on any Panel, or in sponsoring a Conference Session, or any of the social activities, is welcome to contact the PALU Secretariat at secretariat@lawyersofafrica.org, or via telephone at +255 (27) 254-3192.

 

The Code of Ethics on Anti-Corruption and Professional Compliance Standards for Lawyers working in Africa.

PALU has developed a Code of Ethics on Anti-Corruption and Compliance Standards for African Lawyers (Code of Ethics) which aims at enhancing the level of transparency and accountability in business transactions in Africa. The Code of Ethics will be formally adopted, and opened for signatures, during the Conference and General Assembly. A number of African intergovernmental agencies as well as business corporations have indicated to us that they will use signatures to this Code as one of the criteria when procuring law firms to provide services to them.

We invite African Lawyers to pledge their support to the Code of Ethics by clicking on this link.

 

The Triennial General Assembly

Notice is hereby given, as set out in Article 7.4 of the PALU Constitution, to all Members, Advocates from Africa and the Diaspora, Presidents and Representatives of National and Regional Lawyers’ Associations that the Triennial General Assembly will be held on Friday 7th July 2017, at 16:00, at Southern Sun Ehlangeni and Maharani Hotel, Durban, Republic of South Africa. This will incorporate: -

  • Elections to the Executive Committee (Board) of PALU for the period 2017 – 2020. For anyone interested in serving on the PALU Board, the formal Nomination Form can be found here.
  • Roundtable discussion on, and appointments to, PALU Committees, Task Forces and fora. We encourage members to indicate interest in the wide range of  PALU Committees, Task Forces and fora, which can be found here.

Please find attached the official Notice, containing the proposed Agenda.

 

Membership Committee:

PALU Secretariat has established Members’ Committees (also called ‘Practice Committees’). These Committees enable us to involve many more of our members in the daily life of PALU. PALU has committed to providing African lawyers and law firms the ideal platform to coalesce with others from across the continent and the diaspora who practice in the same specialised areas of law.

This year we invite our members to express interest in the PALU Members’s Committees and specifically in those that will be aligned to the key sessions we will be having in our conference this year. This committees include:

  • The ICT Committee
  • Anti-corruption Task Force
  • The Anti-IFF Task Force
  • The Litigation Committee including the sub-committee on Litigation in African International Courts and Tribunals
  • The Committee on Law , Peace and Security 

 

Side Events

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), based in Washington D.C, USA has come on board as a partner of PALU, for the Annual Conference. PALU and CIMA are co-organizing  a Side-Event, which will take place on Wednesday 5 July 2017, at Southern Sun Ehlangeni & Maharani Hotel, titled “Sub-Saharan Africa Consultation: Building Coalitions for Media Reform - A consultative approach to improving local, regional, and global action.” 

The CIMA Sub-Saharan Africa regional consultation is the third in a series of regional consultations that CIMA and Deutsche Welle Akademie are helping to organize with media stakeholders to diagnose the problems facing independent media in the world today.

 

Tournaments & Tourism

We have planned a number of social activities for Saturday 8th July 2017, to provide the opportunities for members to unwind while networking.

For the Golf Tournament, the Team Captain, Mr. Nathans Browne, Advocate proposes 4-ball pairings. Please email secretariat@lawyersofafrica.org to sign up.

For the Soccer Tournament, the South Africa Indoor Football Association has organised for a tournament of consisting of teams of 7 players for exhibition matches of 30 minutes. Please email secretariat@lawyersofafrica.org to sign up.

For tourism excursions, be it for half-day, full-day or overnight tours, please click here for more information and discover the beautiful surroundings of Durban, including its amazing wildlife.

 

Accommodation

We have negotiated discounted rates with a variety of hotels to provide ample choice for your stay in Durban. As per South African Hospitality Industry Policy, an advance payment is normally required to secure booking, so we invite interested participants to communicate directly with your preferred option and book your accommodation. Available options are:

 

Visa

Citizens of SADC countries, and certain other countries, are visa exempt when entering South Africa. Should you require a visitor's visa to enter South Africa, PALU will provide both an invitation letter and a visa letter in support of your visa application. All visa applications should be submitted to the South African Embassy in your country of origin or residence.

For more information on visas, you can visit: https://www.passportindex.org/comparebyDestination.php?p1=za&fl=&s=yes

 

Airport Transfers

PALU will not provide airport transfers in Durban. However, the city is well served with a regular Shuttle Service, as well as taxis, to and from King Shaka International Airport to all the Hotels.

There are accredited Service Provider who have Shuttles departing from King Shaka International Airport in 30/45 minute intervals, between 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day.

No bookings required for this service. The cost is R80 (5$) per person to Durban and tickets are available on the bus. (https://shuttle.airportbustransport.co.za/)

We welcome you to the pre-eminent gathering of African lawyers, law firms and lawyers’ associations, in what is already certain to be a phenomenal event!

 

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          Thank you, President Trump, high office is not for poor people   

Dear President Trump,

Thank you for the bravery you showed when pronouncing upon the fitness of poor people to manage your nation’s finances or hold high public office in your administration in general. Your off-the-cuff remarks about the wisdom of appointing rich poor to high office reveal more about leaders’, and probably society in general’s, true attitudes to poor people and the superior qualities which wealth supposedly imbues than the platitudes of so-called progressives or the faux empathy of liberals.

Your words are those of a genuine, full-blooded American patriot and recall the deeper class character of the racially and gender exclusivist political project that the Founding Fathers imagined the democratic experiment would turn out to be in the United States. In these days of ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Islamic’ terror, when it has become relatively easy to believe it to be somehow ‘natural’ for people’s consciousness to be defined solely by their ascribed identities, your words remind us of the classist leanings of these erstwhile enlightened figures.

Your comments epitomise the attitude which exalts the status of members of the elite and seduces rich persons into believing themselves to be a beacon for the great unwashed masses whose birth right it is to lead them. In so doing, they expose as a sham the claim that contemporary interpretations of democracy automatically ensure a meritocracy.

In making your remarks, you forcefully asserted the idea that only rich people can save society, a message that, till now, has been conveyed all too subtly if you ask me. Society needed you to decode the pervasive message that seeks to convince us of the benevolence and moral uprightness of rich people, in a way that the adventures of the fascistic superhero Batman, the largesse of the tycoons who publicise their donations to multi-billion dollar charitable foundations yet avoid taxation by spiriting their money away to tax havens or the disproportionate influence of movie and reality TV starlets whose views just as easily determine the outcome of elections as they do the success of the products they endorse never could.

Thanks to you, we are left in no doubt of elites’ ability to save us and their desire to do wonderful deeds despite the consequences of their actions, which say otherwise. Granted, the preachers who aim to save souls by preaching on the ticket of a ‘prosperity gospel’, where material wealth is equated with spiritual favour, are also deserving of mention but you are definitely worthy of being singled out for praise. After all, preachers do ultimately claim to rely on a text which some have interpreted to advocate for providing a preferential option for the poor.

Thank you, too, President Trump for relieving Americans of the burden of anxiety of expectations and assuring them that they can expect more of the same policies that have enabled rich people to gorge themselves and accumulate unprecedentedly vast amounts of riches even though these policies promise only economic pain in the form of austerity programmes for the poor when things go wrong. By pointing out that poor people cannot be trusted with managing public money, you may also have inadvertently confirmed the view (hitherto expressed privately) that poor people are responsible for their station in life. It is not, for instance, the disadvantage wrought by residual discrimination caused by years of oppressive policies or structural barriers that keep them there. In this way, sundry commentators can finally engage in guilt-free blaming of the poor while continuing to peddle the belief that the upward mobility envisioned in notions like The American Dream is possible if only poor people worked harder. Your insights will be useful to help quell demands for greater equality and a fairer distribution of income which are being expressed more vocally in a world where economic inequality is rapidly increasing and starting to fray the tenuous bonds which knit societies together.

Thank you for standing beside members of your class even though they have been responsible for some of the gravest economic and environmental calamities that have befallen the planet in recent memory. Needless to say, your unwavering confidence in their ability and the unquestioned loyalty you exhibited in expressing a willingness to entrust them with all our economic fortunes despite their constant failures may finally enable you to dismiss the accusations of deception that have been levelled against you based on slanderous opinions that you have betrayed the promises you made to ordinary American voters by backtracking on key election promises and playing on their fears instead.

The consistent favour you have shown other rich people is sure to to have put paid to any notions of competence which poor people, many of whom perform miracles to feed and clothe their families each day with minimal or no government assistance, may have harboured. Had you not done so and permitted the possibility that a person from a humble background could prove themselves capable of actually handling finances, poor people may have actually started believing that they could be competent in other areas as well. For example, that one of them could be responsible for your country’s foreign policy. This when everyone can see what a sterling job the phenomenally rich Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been doing issuing threats and generally embodying the belligerent and warlike stance which has characterised US foreign policy in the 21st century and caused your country to become estranged from so many of its friends.

And to think there are those who dare to say that you, dear sir, lack principle?

Most of all, thank you President Trump for making the rest of us across the world realise that making the myth that is your idea of America great again might not work out so great for us.

 

Yours truly,

A working class South African

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          The Canadian who helped conquer 150,000 sq. km for King Léopold II   
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Reflections on Canada’s 150th anniversary are incomplete without this dark chapter of their history

Canada’s 150th anniversary offers a unique opportunity to shed light on some darker corners of the country’s history. One of the dustier chapters is our contribution to one of the most barbarous regimes of the last century and half.

In a bid to extract rubber and other commodities from his personal colony, Belgian King Léopold II instituted a brutal system of forced labour in the late 1800s. Individuals and communities were given rubber collection quotas that were both hard to fulfill and punishable by death. To prove they killed someone who failed to fulfill a quota soldiers from the Force Publique, the colonial police, were required to provide a severed hand. With Force Publique officers paid partly based on the number collected, severed hands became a sort of currency in the colony and baskets of hands the symbol of the Congo Free State.

Between 1891 and 1908 millions died from direct violence, as well as the starvation and disease, caused by Leopold II’s terror. A quarter of the population may have died during Leopold’s reign, which sparked a significant international solidarity movement that forced the Belgian government to intervene and buy the colony.

Halifax’s William Grant Stairs played an important part in two expeditions that expanded Leopold II’s immensely profitable Congolese venture. The Royal Military College of Canada trained soldier was one of 10 white officers in the first-ever European expedition to cross the interior of the continent and subsequently Stairs led an expedition that added 150,000 square kilometres to Leopold’s colony.

In 1887 Stairs joined the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, which was ostensibly designed to “rescue” the British-backed governor of Equatoria, the southern part of today’s South Sudan. Scottish merchant William MacKinnon asked famed American ‘explorer’ Henry Morton Stanley to lead a relief effort. At the time of the expedition Léopold II employed Stanley, who had been helping the king carve out the ‘Congo Free State’. Seeing an opportunity to add to his colony, Leopold wanted Stanley to take a circuitous route all the way around South Africa, up the Congo River and across the interior of the continent.

One of ten whites, Stairs quickly became second-in-command of the three-year expedition. Read from a humanistic or internationalist perspective, the RMC graduate’s diary of the disastrous expedition is incredibly damning. Or, as Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke put it, “Stairs’ account of his atrocities establishes that even Canadians, blinded by racism, can become swashbuckling mass murderers.”

Stairs’ extensive diary, which he asked to be published upon his and Stanley’s death, makes it clear that locals regularly opposed the mission. One passage notes, “the natives made a tremendous noise all night and canoes came close to us, the natives yelling frantically for us to go away” while another entry explains, “the natives destroyed their food rather than let it fall into the hands of the invaders.”

Stairs repeatedly admits to “ransacking the place”. A December 11, 1887 diary entry notes: “Out again at the natives, burned more houses and cut down more bananas; this time we went further up the valley and devastated the country there. In the afternoon [white officer, A. J. Mounteney] Jephson and I went up to some high hills at the back of the camp and burnt all we could see, driving off a lot of natives like so much game. I managed to capture some six goats and yesterday I also got six, which we gave to the men. The natives now must be pretty sick of having their property destroyed in the way we are doing, but it serves them right as they were the aggressors and after taking our cloth, fired on us.”

On a number of occasions the expedition displayed mutilated bodies or severed heads as a “warning” to the locals. Stairs notes, “I often wonder what English people would say if they knew of the way in which we go for these natives; friendship we don’t want as then we should get very little meat and probably have to pay for the bananas. Every male native capable of using the bow is shot. This, of course, we must do. All the children and women are taken as slaves by our men to do work in the camps.”

Stairs led numerous raiding parties to gather “carriers”, which were slaves in all but name. According to The Last Expedition, “[the mission] routinely captured natives, either to be ransomed for food, to get information, or simply to be used as guides for a few days.”

To cross the continent the expedition relied on its superior firepower, which included the newly created 600-bullet-per-minute Maxim gun. Stairs describes one battle, stating that his men were “ready to land and my Maxim ready to murder them if they should dare to attack us.” On another day the firearm aficionado explained, “I cleaned the Maxim gun up thoroughly and fired some 20 or 30 rounds at some howling natives on the opposite bank.” Twenty months into the mission Stairs coyly admits “by what means have we traveled over 730 miles of country from the Congo to the lake? Why by rifle alone, by shooting and pillaging.”

Beyond the immediate death and destruction, the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition opened new areas of the African interior to Arab slave traders and it is thought to be the source of a sleeping sickness epidemic that ravaged the region. The expedition was also devastating for its participants. With little food and much abuse from the white officers, only 253 of the 695 African porters and soldiers who started the mission survived. Additionally, hundreds of other Africans who became part of the expedition at later stages died as well.

There are disturbing claims that some white officers took sex slaves and in one alarming instance even paid to have an 11-year-old girl cooked and eaten. This story scandalized the British public.

For his part, Stairs became almost pathologically inhumane. His September 28, 1887 diary entry notes: “It was most interesting, lying in the bush and watching the natives quietly at their days work; some women were pounding the bark of trees preparatory to making the coarse native cloth used all along this part of the river, others were making banana flower by pounding up dried bananas, men we could see building huts and engaged at other such work, boys and girls running about, singing, crying, others playing on a small instrument common all over Africa, a series of wooden strips, bent over a bridge and twanged with the thumb and forefinger. All was as it was every day until our discharge of bullets, when the usual uproar of screaming of women took place.”

Even with some criticizing the expedition in Britain, Stairs’ efforts were celebrated in Canada. An honouring committee established by the mayor of Halifax decided to give him a sword made in London of Nova Scotia steel and the city organized a reception attended by the Lieutenant-Governor with a military band playing “Here the Conquering Hero Comes.”

Within two years of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition Stairs helped King Leopold II conquer the resource-rich Katanga region of the Congo. Suggested to Leopold by British investors and having already impressed Stanley with his brutality, Stairs headed up a heavily armed mission that swelled to 2,000.

The goal of the expedition was to extend Leopold’s authority over the Katanga region and to get a piece of the copper, ivory and gold trade. Stairs’ specific objective was to get Msiri, the ruler of the region, “to submit to the authorities of the Congo Free State, either by persuasion or by force.” In his diary Stairs says more or less as much, writing that his goals were “above all, to be successful with regard to Msiri ... to discover mines in Katanga that can be exploited ... to make some useful geographic discoveries.” Investigating the area’s suitability for European settlement and for raising domestic animals were other aims of the mission.

As leader of the mission Stairs prepared a daily journal for the Compagnie du Katanga. It details the terrain, resources and inhabitants along the way as well as other information that could assist in exploiting the region. It also explains his personal motivations for taking on the task despite spotty health. “I wasn’t happy [garrisoned with the Royal Engineers in England] in the real sense of the word. I felt my life passing without my doing anything worthwhile. Now I am freely making my way over the coastal plain with more than 300 men under my orders. My least word is law and I am truly the master.” Later, he describes his growing force and power. “I have thus, under my orders, 1350 men — quite a little army.”

Stairs admitted to using slaves even though Leopold’s mission to the Congo was justified as a humanistic endeavour to stop the Arab slave trade. He wrote about how “the anti-slavery society will try and jump upon me for employing slaves as they seem to think I am doing… however, I don’t fancy these will disturb me to a great extent.” The RMC graduate also regularly severed hands and reportedly collected the head of an enemy.

The expedition accomplished its principal objective. Stairs had Msiri killed and threatened Msiri’s brothers with the same fate unless they accepted Leopold as sovereign. After securing their submission Stairs divided the kingdom between Msiri’s adopted son and brothers.

Stairs used a series of racist rationalizations to justify conquering Katanga. He describes the population as “unfortunate blacks who, very often, are incapable of managing their own affairs” and asked in the introduction of his diary: “Have we the right to take possession of this vast country, take it out of the hands of its local chiefs and to make it serve the realization of our goals? … To this question, I shall reply positively, yes. What value would it have [the land he was trying to conquer] in the hands of blacks, who, in their natural state, are far more cruel to one another than the worst Arabs or the wickedest whites.”

At another point Stairs cites another standard colonial justification: “Only rarely do the natives think of improving their lot — that’s the great weakness among the Africans. Their fathers’ ways are theirs and their own customs will be those of their sons and grandsons.”

While Stairs died in the Congo his exploits were lauded in Ottawa when Senator W.J. Macdonald sought to move “a parliamentary resolution expressing satisfaction for Stairs’ manly conduct.” There’s a Stairs Street in Halifax and two brass plaques honour him at the RMC (one for Stairs alone and another dedicated to him and two others). The main plaque reads: “William Grant Stairs, Captain the Welsh Regiment. Born at Halifax Nova Scotia 1 July 1863. Lieutenant Royal Engineers 1885-91. Served on the staff of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition 1887 under the leadership of H.M. Stanley and exhibited great courage and devotion to duty. Died of fever on the 9 June 1892 at Chinde on the Zambesi whilst in command of the Katanga Expedition sent out by the King of the Belgians.” Another plaque was erected for Stairs (and two others) at St. George Cathedral in Kingston, Ontario. And a few hundred kilometers to the southwest “Stair’s Island” was named in his honour in Parry Sound.

Stairs was one of hundreds of Canadians who helped conquer different parts of Africa in the late 1800s. Accounts of Canada’s first 150 years are incomplete without this chapter in our history.

* YVES ENGLER author of, Canada in Africa: 300 years of aid and exploitation.

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          Inga 3 Dam risks plunging DRC deeper into debt   
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New report finds that DRC likely to suffer financial losses, continuing energy poverty if hydropower project advances

Tuesday, June 27, 2017: Today, International Rivers is releasing the first in-depth economic study of the proposed Inga 3 hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Authored by noted British economist Tim Jones, “In Debt and In The Dark” exposes glaring flaws in the assumptions about the dam’s likely performance. The report finds that Inga 3 will likely plunge DRC deeper into debt, exporting needed power and delivering little, if any, to Congolese citizens while allowing international investors to reap the benefits.

“Claims about the benefits of Inga 3 are wildly overstated,” says Jones. “In fact, the dam would be a huge financial burden for the government and the Congolese people and provide little if any electricity.”

From the outset, Inga 3 has been plagued by dangerously optimistic assumptions about the dam’s performance, including power output well above the world’s most efficient plants, zero cost overruns, and unrealistically low transmission losses.

Using empirical evidence from the performance of similar hydropower projects in Africa and globally, Jones tested proponents’ claims regarding Inga 3’s socioeconomic benefits. He then forecasted the dam’s potential performance across a range of scenarios.

His findings highlight the serious financial risks associated with the Inga 3 hydropower project, and should be deeply concerning to the DRC government, potential investors, and the Congolese people.

“The DRC is one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, but suffers from massive energy poverty,” says Freddy Kasongo of Observatoire d’Etudes et d’Appui à la Responsabilité Sociale et Environnementale (OEARSE).

Emmanuel Musuyu of Coalition des Organisations de la Société Civile pour le Suivi des Réformes et de l’Action Publique (CORAP), adds, Unfortunately, this study shows that the Inga 3 Dam will further impoverish the DRC without delivering the energy that we need.”

The analysis shows that in the most likely scenarios, the DRC government will lose money on Inga 3. Even with fairly conservative estimates of cost overruns and generous assumptions of power generated, electricity prices, and low interest rates, DRC would stand to lose $618 million per year on the project, or nearly $22 billion over the project’s 35-year lifespan.

These financial losses could run as high as $1.5 billion to $2 billion per year under unfavorable conditions – up to $70 billion over the project’s lifespan – ballooning DRC’s debt levels and harming its long-term economic health.

“Not only will Inga 3 bring in no revenue, it will likely increase DRC’s debt burden,” says Rudo Sanyanga, International Rivers’ Africa Program Director. “And it won’t bring much-needed electricity access to the Congolese people. This would be a disastrous investment for the DRC.”

The project will sell most of its electricity to South Africa and to mines in eastern DRC. The report finds that losses along what would be the world’s longest transmission line to South Africa could leave very little power available to the mines, and the Congolese people would receive little benefit in increased electricity. Under the most likely scenario, 88% of the power would be sold to South Africa, leaving just 90 MW for Kinshasa, rather than the 1000 MW claimed. Under the worst-case scenario, no power at all would be available for sale to consumers in Kinshasha.

International Rivers’ study shows that the DRC could achieve greater energy access for its population if it used the funds intended for Inga 3 on micro-hydropower and solar energy. Such investment would support the DRC to generate enough electricity to increase access by an estimated 2.7 million people throughout the country.

Kate Horner, Executive Director of International Rivers, says, “If the DRC wants to become a true economic leader that sets a model for energy access in Africa, it should press the pause button on the Inga 3 Dam and instead explore energy solutions that can make a lasting difference for the Congolese people.”

International Rivers is a global NGO with offices on four continents. It protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Rudo Sanyanga, Africa Program Director, International Rivers | rudo@internationalrivers.org | +27 76 842 3874

Josh Klemm, Policy Director, International Rivers | jklemm@internationalrivers.org | +1 202 492 8904

Emmanuel Musuyu, Technical Secretary, CORAP | emmamus42@gmail.com | +00 24 38 1169 7699

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          Some notes on white monopoly capital: Definition, use and denial   

“The theoretical conclusions of the Communists are in no way based on ideas or principles that have been invented, or discovered, by this or that would-be universal reformer. They merely express, in general terms, actual relations springing from an existing class struggle, from a historical movement going on under our very eyes” - Manifesto of the Communist Party, 1848.

“Today, the main task of the working class is to abolish the white monopoly of power, to carry out the national democratic revolution for the liberation of African and other oppressed people”- Augmented Meeting of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party, 1970.

“We have in the past defined the forces which the NDR sought to defeat as the white ruling class, represented by monopoly capitalism and including other class and social strata within the white community, all whom had an objective interest in the continuation of white minority rule”, ANC Discussion Document, Umrabulo 8, 2000.

1. Context

A narrative is now gaining momentum that the concept “white monopoly capital” is an invention of some public relations firm called Bell Pottinger, which was founded in 1987, and that it does not exist in the literature of the national liberation movement.

Some have continued to maintain that “white monopoly capital” does not exist, while others acknowledge that it exists but, fearing for their positions in white monopoly establishments, their deals and careers, they say it is harmful to investment to keep on referring to “white monopoly capital”.

But, is it really true that the concept, “white monopoly capital”, does not exist in the annals of the South African revolution?

In his recent Open Letter, Justice Pitso says something very profound, “…where the fundamental principles of our scientific revolutionary theory of Marxism-Leninism are concerned, the question of who is right or wrong cannot be judged necessarily on the basis of the view of the majority”.

In these notes, we show that the claim that the concept “white monopoly capital” cannot be found in the literature of the national liberation movement is not true. As we have said before in our input titled: “Concerning the Current Situation”, which appeared on 7 April 2017, this narrative which seeks to deny the existence of white monopoly capital, or white monopolisation of South Africa, is aimed at ideologically confusing black people in general, Africans in particular.

This is done so as to hide the real class force that wields power in South African society, the class force which is responsible for much of the poverty, starvation and suppression of talent that is experienced by black people.

Others have decided to give up on the real situation and lurch on to idealism. We are now informed that we should suppress the facts and ignore the national character of monopoly capital in South Africa. All of a sudden, monopoly capital has turned colourless as pure water. This is revisionism.

Writing in the New Age, Nelson Mandela had this to say: “The system of white supremacy has its roots in the cheap labour need of the major economic groups in the country. South Africa’s economy is dominated by giant monopolies in the gold mining industry linked with big financial and farming interests whose tentacles reach also into secondary industry. These groups have been responsible for the reserve system, migratory labour, the low wage policy. These groups own and control the national wealth of our country and determine the basic structure of the South African state ...”

Mandela continued to say: “If tomorrow every discriminatory law on the statute book were repealed, but the mineral wealth, monopoly industry and financial empires were not transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole, the system of white superiority would in its basic essentials be perpetuated for many generations.”

We are exactly where Nelson Mandela warned us we would be, if we did not transfer the basic wealth to the ownership of the people as a whole. As Mzwakhe said, “the people’s patience is not endless”!

Needless to say, the concept “white monopoly capital” is an invention of the South African Communist Party. It emerged in revolutionary literature for the first time in the SACP 1962 programme, The Road to South African Freedom. That was way before the founding of Bell Pottinger.

2. The motive forces: some critical thoughts on the National Democratic Revolution

Some time ago, in 2002, I wrote a paper titled “The motive forces: Some critical thoughts on the NDR”, which was published in Umrabulo Number 14, inspired by the SACP 1962. In that paper, I attempted to scientifically outline the alignment of class forces in the NDR. I sought to define what the class forces of the national democratic revolution are and the forces of the enemy.

At that time in 2002, as it is now, there was confusion on the issue that was peddled by the neoliberals in the ANC. The neoliberals, worked hard to empty the ANC of its revolutionary theory. There was a dominant tendency, as it is to this day, that made the ANC to rapidly depart from a consistent class analysis in the formulation of the Strategy and Tactics document.

When the question “who is the enemy of the NDR?” kept on being asked by ANC activists, we were constantly told that “the enemy of the NDR is poverty, unemployment and inequality”. When we responded by saying that the ANC has defined the enemy to be “white monopoly capital”, we were told, “that was in the past”, now we have to “fight poverty, unemployment and inequality”.

This was obviously unsatisfactory. As young people in the ANC-led movement, we started searching for answers; we felt as though our elders were hiding a “family secret”, because the answer they gave did not make sense.

Another reason that set me off to write that paper was what I perceived to be an error that some of the comrades were committing. They postured in a way that meant the black bourgeoisie as a whole was not part of the motive forces. They ridiculed and rejected the concept of a “patriotic bourgeoisie”. I still think it is wrong to reject this concept.

The issues that were at stake then are still at stake today. In a way, one could argue that, substantially at the theoretical level, the ANC has come full circle to the old debate which we hoped would animate theoretical discussion and change the contents of subsequent Strategy and Tactics documents. Alas, the paper failed to catch the attention of comrades.

In that paper, I stated that: “South Africa's social formation was characterised in the historical papers of the movement as a colonialism of a special type (CST). Because the concept of colonialism does not specify the nature of class relations it was important to move beyond the form of the social formation to its content. Colonialism of a special type was found to be perpetrated by a capitalist class. This class came to be known as "white monopoly capital".

I continued to assert that, “The movement characterised the principal contradiction in SA as between apartheid colonialism led by white monopoly capital on one side, and national liberation led by the black working class on the other side”.

In fact the whole paper is replete with the concept “white monopoly capital”. That was in 2002. My confession is that I had no idea that I was pushing a Bell Pottinger concept which was invented more than ten years later, after 2012!

  1. White monopoly capital: Definition

One of the most disturbing tendencies to emerge from the debate about white monopoly capital is that some contenders claim that white monopoly capital has not been defined. These contenders express their ignorance.

Here we begin with how the national liberation movement defined the main opponent of the South African revolution and the idea of “white monopolisation” of South Africa.

3.1 The South African Communist Party

3.1.1 Extracts from “The Road to South African Freedom, 1962”

“The three million Whites hold a monopoly of political rights and economic opportunities. They alone can vote for and be elected to Parliament and other governing bodies. They are fortified behind a wall of privilege in the civil service, in jobs and professions, in educational opportunities and a hundred other fields. 87 per cent of the land is reserved for White ownership, and White capitalists own and control the mines, factories and banks and most of commerce. Their government inculcates a lying and insulting doctrine of race superiority”.

“Effective economic domination in South Africa is thus exercised by an alliance of local White monopoly interests in mining, industry and agriculture, together with foreign imperialists and representatives of state monopoly capitalism. These interests have conflicts among themselves, which are reflected in the main White political parties and groupings. But they find common ground in the perpetuation of the colonial-type subjugation of the non-White population”.

“In fact, however, real power is in the hands of the monopolists who own and control the mines, the banks and finance houses, and most of the farms and major industries. The gold and diamond mines are owned by seven mining-financial corporations and controlled by a handful of powerful financiers. These seven corporations are closely linked with British and American imperialist interests. They control capital investment in mining alone of R490 million, and employ almost 500,000 workers. In addition, they dominate large sections of manufacturing industries. They are linked with the main banks, two of which control assets of over R2,000 million, mainly in the form of loans to industry, commerce and estate.

They own vast tracts of arable land and mining rights in almost every part of the country. In agriculture, too, monopoly dominates. 4 per cent of the farms make up an area amounting to almost four-tenths of the total White-owned farmland. Thus, in mining, industry, commerce and farming, monopolists dominate the country’s economy. They are also closely linked with state monopoly capital ventures, such as Iscor (Iron and Steel), Escom (Electricity) and Sasol (Petrol).

These monopolists are the real power in South Africa. The special type of colonialism in South Africa serves, in the first place, their interests”.

“All positions of economic strength and influence are held as the jealously guarded monopoly of members of the White group alone”.

Whites have a monopoly of the best paid jobs, and of entry into skilled trades”.

“The once powerful Labour Party is dead. The White trade unions — with a few honourable exceptions — collaborated in the implementation of apartheid in industry and job reservation. In fact, most of these unions have become little more than societies to preserve a White monopoly of skilled jobs. For the most part, the White workers of this country support their capitalist rulers and exploiters in the maintenance of White supremacy and colonialism”.

3.1.2 Extracts from the African National Congress

Extracts from the Green Book, 1979

“The  principal  enemy of our revolution  is   the South   African ruling   class, which  is  distinguished  by  a  combination  of  several  key             characteristics. Like     its counterparts in other    capitalist countries, its power  is  rooted, in the first instance,  in         its        ownership       and      control of         the basic    means  of  production.  But  in South Africa, the  system  of  economic  exploitation  is  reinforced  and  deepened  by the national oppression of the black majority.  Thus, capitalist exploitation and racial oppression operate together and reinforce one another”.

To  maintain this system and safeguard         its        control, the       ruling   class    operates through         a            state    apparatus        whose  political           institutions      and instruments   of repression  -  the army,   police force,   civil            service,  judiciary etc.      -  protect            the existing      relations of         production                  and,     at  the  same            time, the race      rule      which excludes all who     are       not       within  the white   minority group   from    political    rights and        civil     liberties           in         the       land     of  their  birth.  Real  liberation  is  inconceivable without  the overthrow  of  the  economic  and  political   power  of this      class    and      the total destruction of its state apparatus.                                       

Extracts from “The Nature of the South African Ruling Class, 1985”

“But the war had also defined the future relationship of Britain and South Africa: economically, South Africa would be a satellite of British imperialism, an outlet for the export of capital and a source of raw materials; politically, the local ruling class would be allowed autonomy and could even be granted sovereignty. By the terms of Vereeniging, Milnerian policy and finally the terms of Union, this ruling class was to be exclusively white. Thus the `small group which owns South Africa`s wealth` is drawn from one racial community, the whites”.

“The ruling class does not rule on its own, since it is a minority within the white minority. In order to secure its position, it has had to come to terms with other class forces; make deals and reach compromises with class forces and fractions whose interests temporarily intersect with its own. From such alliances has emerged what we can refer to as a bloc led by the ruling class, which wields power. The matrix that holds this bloc together is the ideology of white supremacy which projects the particular interest of the ruling capitalist class as the general interest of all whites”.

“This type of democratic state we envisage is spelt out in the ten clauses of the Freedom Charter. Though we place equal weight on the separate clauses, the first five, setting out the most pressing political, economic and social reforms a democratic state will have to embark on, can be said to be its core. The enactment of these measures will place political power in the hands of the black masses and transform South Africa from a country belonging to and exploited by a small class of white capitalists and their imperialist [backers], into a country belonging to all who live in it, black and white”.

Extracts from “Apartheid South Africa: Colonialism of a Special Type, 1987”.

“This is why the ANC has always considered the two economic clauses of the Freedom Charter: "The People Shall Share in the Country`s Wealth" and "The Land Shall Be Shared Among Those Who Work It" to be the very core of its programme. These clauses envisage the seizure of economic assets, presently owned and controlled either by individual capitalists or capitalist companies drawn exclusively from the white minority or trans-national corporations”.

“This hierarchy of oppression was devised as a tool of divide-and-rule, as an expression of the warped minds of the white racist ruling clique and as a tactic to buttress the forces which would have a stake in the system of apartheid to defend”.

Extracts from “Strategy and Tactics, 1997”

“Over time, the policies of government and the tactical sensibilities of some white monopolists, have precipitated a situation in which some of the black propertied classes are expanding their positions within important sectors of the economy”.

“However, the improvement in Black and female ownership and control of wealth and access to management and many professions is still limited, with overall proportions which are inversely related to the country`s demographics. This is more starkly reflected in terms of land ownership. As such, while progressive forces have attained political power, economic power remains largely in the hands of the white minority.”

4. White monopoly capital: Use

In this part of the notes, we show the use of the concept as such. The point to demonstrate is that those who say the concept “white monopoly capital” does not exist in the documents of the national liberation movement are wrong.

4.1.1 Extracts from the South African Communist Party

“At the same time, in order to guarantee the abolition of racial oppression and White minority domination, the Freedom Charter necessarily and realistically calls for profound economic changes: drastic agrarian reform to restore the land to the people; widespread nationalisation of key industries to break the grip of White monopoly capital on the main centres of the country’s economy; radical improvements in the conditions and standards of living for the working people”- The Road to South African Freedom, 1962. [This is the first time the phrase “white monopoly capital”, appears in the literature of the national liberation movement].

“The form of domination developed by the Union of South Africa also perpetuated the racialised economic structures of the pre-Union period. There was a white monopoly of capitalist means of mining, industrial and agricultural production and of distribution. There was also a virtual white monopoly of skilled and supervisory jobs in the division of labour”- Path to Power, 1989.

“The struggle for national democracy is also an expression of the class contradiction between the black and democratic forces on the one hand, and the monopoly capitalists on the other. The stranglehold of a small number of white monopoly capitalists over the great bulk of our country`s wealth and resources is based on colonial dispossession and promotes racial oppression. This concentration of wealth and power perpetuates the super-exploitation of millions of black workers. It perpetuates the desperate plight of millions of the landless rural poor. And it blocks the advance of black business and other sectors of the oppressed. This reality, therefore, forms the basis of the antimonopoly content of the national democratic programme”-Path to Power, 1989.

“This is not to argue that the economic dominance enjoyed by white-dominated monopoly capital with its strong international links should be ignored. The SACP, in evaluating the first decade of our democracy, came to the conclusion that in economic terms white-dominated monopoly capital was the single biggest beneficiary, at the direct expense of the working class, which experienced casualisation, a job loss bloodbath and outsourcing. Therefore the first decade of our democracy, in economic terms, became the decade of the white-dominated bourgeoisie, joined by a small black elite”-The South African Road to Socialism.

“White monopoly capital in South Africa has, in fact, been the principal beneficiary of the post-1994 period. There is stabilisation and restored profitability, and many of our major corporations have used the period to trans-nationalise, some locating their head-quarters outside of South Africa, others re-locating major share-listings to foreign stock exchanges”. (Two steps forward…two steps back…SACP perspectives on the ANC’s draft Strategy and Tactics 2007, Bua Komanisi Volume 6 - Issue 1, May 2007).

“This central tenet is quite distinct from the core perspective of what we might call the “1988 class project” – we are referring to the strategic agenda of white monopoly capital that evolved primarily in the late 1980s”. (Seeing Double, SACP contribution to the debate on the ANC’s “Economic Transformation for a National Democratic Society” discussion paper).

“By the second half of the 1980s, the apartheid-colonial state and its deepening crisis had, however, indeed become an impediment to sustained growth for white monopoly capital”.

“The continued presence of this 1988 white monopoly class project within our own thinking is visible in parts of the current ANC policy discussion document”.

“Leaving aside the passing reference to a “democratic and redistributive state” which has its own problems and to which we will return below, it is obvious that, in the key concepts it evokes, this paragraph is located within the “liberate the market from apartheid constraints” paradigm of the 1988 white monopoly class project”.

“Clearly in the very last years of apartheid, white monopoly capital experienced regional and global mobility challenges – and, while removing mobility constraints on capital may or may not be one of our tasks, it can hardly be the central strategic task of the NDR to help white monopoly capital to recover its regional and global mobility”.

“But to rise to the challenge of that vision we will have to finally banish the ghost of the 1988 (white monopoly capital) class project from our imaginations, from our practice and…from our discussion papers!”

 “This impact has been deepened by the assiduous cultivation by white monopoly capital of a tiny stratum of ANC-linked black shareholders and board-members in the name of “black economic empowerment”.

“The two allies resolved to stand shoulder-to-shoulder, together with the ANC, in the struggle to deepen our national democratic revolution, to end the national oppression of the majority, the super-exploitation of workers by white monopoly capitalism and the triple oppression faced by women, in order to create a new non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa” (SACP-COSATU Bilateral, 3 April 2012).

We can thus see that the concept “white monopoly capital” is integral to the revolutionary theory of the national liberation movement. It originated from the classic SACP 1962 programme, and has since been used in various versions to explain the nature of South African society.

5. Leaders who used the concept

Several leaders of the national liberation movement emphasised white monopolisation and the dominance of white monopoly capital in the South African economy. In this part of the notes, we highlight a few instances where white monopoly and white monopoly capital were used explicitly. Here we just highlight a few instances to demonstrate the point.

Nelson Mandela 1990

“Our discussion on Strategy and Tactics began by recognising that the ANC and the De Klerk government approach the issue of negotiations with opposed agendas. The government`s aim is to reform the apartheid system out of existence while carrying over into the future the accumulated privileges and advantages the white monopoly on power” ( Speech by Nelson Mandela at an ANC rally after the close of the National Consultative Conference, 16 December 1990).

Joe Slovo 1988

“The immediate primacy of the struggle against race tyranny flows from the concrete realities of our existing situation. The concept of national domination is not a mystification to divert us from class approaches; it infects every level of class exploitation. Indeed, it divides our working class into colour compartments. Therefore, unusual categories such as 'white working class' and 'black working class' are not 'unscientific' but simply describe the facts.

We will come back to the need for immediate steps to be taken in the post-apartheid period to break the economic stranglehold of the monopolies and to transform a major portion of wealth from private into social property. Suffice it to say that such measures will, of necessity, result in an immediate sizeable contraction of the private sector. Ninety nine per cent of this sector is presently owned and controlled by white capitalists; a race monopoly which constitutes the key instrument of national domination.

In the world as a whole, capitalist exploitation does not necessarily involve race domination. But the historically-evolved connection between capitalist exploitation and race domination in South Africa creates a link between national liberation and social emancipation. In our conditions you don't have to be a doctrinaire Marxist to conclude that a liberation which deals only with a rearrangement of the voting system and leaves undisturbed the race monopoly of 99% of our wealth, is no liberation at all” (Joe Slovo, The South African Working Class and the National Democratic Revolution, 1988).

Blade Nzimande

“The call for only organised workers to make sacrifices, without calling for the same from white monopoly capital, is essentially a reactionary call for the maintenance of the super-exploitation of the black working class.” (Blade Nzimande, Address to COSATU Congress, September 18, 1997)

“The single biggest obstacle to the development of the SME and co-operative sector is the lack of finance. In the South African context we have a financial sector that is structured and geared towards supporting white monopoly capital”, (Blade Nzimande, Address to NAFCOC AGM, 4 October 2007 - Durban International Convention Centre).

“The above might appear to be just skirmishes, but in essence they are a reflection of the dominant and suffocating power of the monopolistic white finance capital in the South African economy, and the extent to which our own government is unwilling to confront this power”, (Blade Nzimande, The financial sector charter is on the brink of collapse, Umsebenzi Volume 6, No. 21, 21 November 2007).

“One thread that runs through all the groupings that have broken away or engaged in factionalist activity in our liberation movement is their anti-communism and anti-worker attitude, often expressing itself in exactly the same way as that of the apartheid regime and white monopoly capital”, (Blade Nzimande, The good boys and girls, the boss-class instruments’: The 2008 dissidents in their historical context, Umsebenzi Online 5 November 2008).

Jeremy Cronin

“In 1979 SASOL was privatised by the apartheid regime, with shares being sold at a discount to (white) monopoly capital, particularly in the mining sector” (Jeremy Cronin, Address to the SACTWU 12th Congress, 22 August 2013).

Sdumo Dlamini

“As COSATU, we are now moving forward to build unity of the federation on the ground through activities which takes us closer to the members and position us to heighten our battle against employers and white monopoly capital which is our primary enemy”, (Sdumo Dlamini, COSATU President, Address to the COSATU Gauteng Provincial Congress, 4 August 2015).

Mbhazima Shilowa

“As I  have  indicated  in  the past,  we  need to send     a clear message  that   the time for  white  monopoly  capital  to  pay  lip service to economic transformation and empowerment,  especially      for  women,  is  past     and      will  not  be rewarded  in Gauteng” (Mbhazima Shilowa, Address by Premier Mbhazima Shilowa at the Gauteng BBBEE Strategy launch, 18 April 2006).

Zwelinzima Vavi

“Economic power is still in the hands of white monopoly capital. The aspirant and vocal black bourgeoisie remains numerically small and depends heavily on the state and white business for its survival”, Zwelinzima Vavi, COSATU General Secretary at the SACP Special Congress, 08 April 2005).

Fikile “Slovo” Majola

“Using the superficial banner of our Constitution, the strategic opponent of the NDR – white monopoly capital which includes bourgeois monopoly media houses and its global imperialist connections – is increasingly setting itself on a political collision course with the ANC as part of this wider anti-majoritarian offensive” (Fikile “Slovo” Majola, Joe Slovo Memorial Lecture in North West, 27th January 2013).

Jacob Mamabolo

“But we also said at that Special National Congress that the momentum, pace and character of the NDR is deeply and severely constrained by the pain inflicted on the working class by the persistent and reproduced legacy of the Colonialism of a Special type. The working class in our country continues to suffer the pain inflicted by the many years of the crisis of white monopoly capital and its private accumulation of wealth. (Jacob Mamabolo, Acting Gauteng SACP Provincial Secretary, Message of Support to the 11th Gauteng Provincial Conference, 6-8 May 2010).

We can therefore see that this concept is standard in the language of the national liberation movement. Our own submission is that the concept of white monopoly capital simultaneously implies colonialism of a special type. The two concepts are theoretically inter-twined, one cannot exist without the other. To fail to mention the racial character of monopoly capital is to fail to acknowledge the colonial character of South Africa and the special nature of that colonialism.

6. White monopoly capital: Denials

It is to Hillary Joffe’s credit, in her article “Share ownership can be force for change”, published in the Business Day on 22 March 2017, to note that “We’re told UK’s public relations agency Bell Pottinger crafted the white monopoly capital narrative. Whoever did so seems sadly unfamiliar with Marxist texts from which the notion of monopoly capital comes”. We agree!

However Joffe then makes an unwarranted statement: “…in its original form monopoly capital could not, strictly speaking, have been white, black or any other colour. It was, rather, a particular stage of capitalism, and who owned the means of production didn’t have much to do with it”.

Now this is the problem of failing to express actual relations which arise from the historical movement going under our very eyes.

As Pitso correctly mentions in his Open Letter, it was Lenin who first elaborated in detail the idea of monopoly capitalism as a stage in the development of capitalism. However Lenin’s approach was concrete and historical, in that he understood the importance of identifying who owns the means of production in this stage because he was not just interested in interpreting the world, he wanted to change it.

That is why to us to specify who owns and controls monopoly capital, because our lived experiences, under our very eyes, dictate to us who is responsible for poverty, starvation and marginalisation, so that we can devise proper strategy and tactics to change this situation. Baran and Sweezy as well, did not elaborate the concept of “monopoly capital” in purely abstract terms, they in fact based their study on the concrete history of the United States, and they hinted that some of their conclusions may in fact apply in South Africa.

Baran and Sweezy’s concrete and historical articulation of the concept of monopoly capital leads them to dedicate a whole chapter (Chapter 9), on monopoly capital and race relations, which makes them also mention South Africa. In this chapter they show that “all the forces we have been discussing…are deeply rooted in monopoly capitalism and together are strong enough to account for the fact that Negroes have been unable to rise out of the lower depths of American society”.

Who owns and controls the means of production under monopoly capitalism mattered to Baran and Sweezy, because they would not have dedicated a chapter specifically dealing with the suppression and marginalisation of the Negroes, if the demographic composition of American monopoly capital was non-racial.

Furthermore, the fact that Baran and Sweezy criticise American monopoly capital on the “Negro question”, does not mean that they posit “Negro monopoly capital” as a solution to the “Negro problem”, as some of our intellectually dishonest detractors like to do. In other words, when we criticise white monopoly capital, we do not posit black monopoly capital as a solution. Instead, we posit democratic state monopoly of the strategic sectors under working class leadership as the solution.

But then, despite this repeated clarification, our detractors continue to deny the concept. For instance Jeremy Cronin, First Deputy General Secretary of the SACP, now claims:

“There is a world at play in the slippage between a consistent Marxist perspective and the illusions that arise from adding one small word "white" to "monopoly capital". And it is in this small slippage that you will find the ideological bed on which the Polokwane "marriage of convenience" was consecrated. When the "new tendency" and its demagogic vanguard rail against "white monopoly capital" what they are hearing is "white" and what they are thinking is "it`s our turn now". And while populist demagogues might scream about "imperialism" and "monopoly capital" – the threats to carry out nationalization and expropriation simply increase (as they are meant to) the length of the queues of wealthy supplicants outside their office doors, the numbers of sponsorships, the gifts of whisky and helicopter trips they are offered from the very monopoly capital they are threatening!” (Thinking about class - Part One: What were they doing in BUSA in the first place?, Bua Komanisi Volume 10 Number 15, 20 July 2011).

Thus to Cronin this concept derives its ideological basis from the “Polokwane marriage of convenience”, which was in 2007. But we all know that there was no “Polokwane marriage” in 1962!

In his response to Fikile Mbalula, Trevor Manuel writes:

“If you also took the trouble to read the Economics Resolutions of each ANC Conference since the 49th in 1994, you will not find the language of 'White Monopoly Capital' in any of them. This is because WMC is not part of the lexicon of terms used in ANC policy. It was conjured up as a red herring to obscure the misdeeds of the Guptas and those who benefit from their patronage network” (Fikile, do you remember the tears you shared over the Guptas? Daily Maverick, 09 June 2015).

This statement is very revealing. We can only underline the words “each ANC Conference since the 49th in 1994”. What about the ANC before 1994? What is it about the year 1994 which made the concept “white monopoly capital” to disappear?

Then Manuel makes the claim:

“I stand by what I said at the Nelson Mandela Foundation: the term "White Monopoly Capital" was conjured up by Bell Pottinger on behalf of the Guptas, and filtered into the political discourse to serve their agenda” (Fikile, do you remember the tears you shared over the Guptas? Daily Maverick, 09 June 2015).

In his rebuttal, Fikile Mbalula quoted the article I wrote, which he incorrectly attributes to the ANC. But the point he makes nevertheless remains valid, the concept was there long before the current talk about Bell Pottinger; it was not conjured up by Bell Pottinger.

Trevor Manuel has yet to sustain his argument.

As we have noted, a variation of the concept appears to have mistakenly slipped through into the 1997 ANC Strategy and Tactics, where the ANC spoke about “white monopolists”, or in 2000, where the ANC spoke about “the white ruling class, represented by monopoly capital and including other class and social strata within the white community”.

In his address to the SACP Imbizo held in 2017, the Secretary General of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe said:

“There is an attempt to vulgarise monopoly capital debate; today vocabulary talks about white monopoly capital. It is vulgarisation of the revolution. We then use that vulgarised terminology to deal with each other”.

We all know that the SACP 1962 programme was not a vulgar programme and neither was the SACP 1989 programme vulgar Marxism.

The General Secretary of the SACP, in his address to the COSATU Central Committee in 2017, claimed:

“There is a new phrase that we do not have by the way…white monopoly capital. It’s not anywhere in the documents of the movement. I am challenging you to go. This thing is Gupta-inspired by this public relations company Bell Pottinger by the way, that is now in the emails that are being spoken about…”

But on several occasions he used the concept.

The SACP created this concept in its programme of 1962.

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We’ll now hear why traditional contact center technology has become outdated, inflexible and cumbersome, and why CCaaS is becoming more popular in meeting the heightened user experience requirements of today.
Here to share more on the next chapter of contact center and customer service enhancements, is Vasili Triant, CEO of Serenovain Austin, Texas. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here are some excerpts:

Gardner: What are the new trends reshaping the contact center function?

Triant:What’s changed in the world of contact center and customer service is that we’re seeing a generational spread -- everything from baby boomers all the way now to Gen Z.

With the proliferation of smartphones through the early 2000s, and new technologies and new channels -- things like WeChat and Viber -- all these customers are now potential inbound discussions with brands. And they all have different mediums that they want to communicate on. It’s no longer just phone or e-mail: It’s phone, e-mail, web chat, SMS, WeChat, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and there are other channels coming around the corner that we don't even know about yet.

Triant
When you take all of these folks -- customers or brands -- and you take all of these technologies that consumers want to engage with across all of these different channels – it’s simple, they want to be heard. It's now the responsibility of brands to determine what is the best way to respond and it’s not always one-to-one.

So it’s not a phone call for a phone call, it’s maybe an SMS to a phone call, or a phone call to a web chat -- whatever those [multi-channels] may be. The complexity of how we communicate with customers has increased. The needs have changed dramatically. And the legacy types of technologies out there, they can't keep up -- that's what's really driven the shift, the paradigm shift, within the contact center space.

Gardner:It’s interesting that the new business channels for marketing and capturing business are growing more complex. They still have to then match on the back end how they support those users, interact with them, and carry them through any sort of process -- whether it's on-boarding and engaging, or it’s supporting and servicing them.

What we’re requiring then is a different architecture to support all of that. It seems very auspicious that we have architectural improvements right along with these new requirements.

Triant:We have two things that have collided at the same time – cloud technologies and the growth of truly global companies.  

Most of the new channels that have rolled out are in the cloud. I mean, think about it -- Facebook is a cloud technology, Twitter is a cloud technology. WeChat, Viber, all these things, they are all cloud technologies. It’s becoming a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based world. The easiest and best way to integrate with these other cloud technologies is via the cloud -- versus on-premises. So what began as the shift of on-premises technology to cloud contact center -- and that really began in 2011-2012 – has rapidly picked up speed with the adoption of multi-channels as a primary method of communication.

The only way to keep up with the pace of development of all these channels is through cloud technologies because you need to develop an agile world, you need to be able to get the upgrades out to customers in a quick fashion, in an easy fashion, and in an inexpensive fashion. That's the core difference between the on-premises world and the cloud world.

At the same time, we are no longer talking about a United States company, an Australia company, or a UK company -- we are talking about everything as global brands, or global businesses. Customer service is global now, and no one cares about borders or countries when it comes to communication with a brand.
Customer service is global now, and no one cares about borders or countries when it comes to communications with a brand.


Gardner:We have been speaking about this through the context of the end-user, the consumer. But this architecture and its ability to leverage cloud also benefits the agent, the person who is responsible for keeping that end-user happy and providing them with the utmost in intelligent services. So how does the new architecture also aid and abet the agent.

Triant: The agent is frankly one of the most important pieces to this entire puzzle. We talk a lot about channels and how to engage with the customer, but that's really what we call listening. But even in just simple day-to-day human interactions, one of the most important things is how you communicate back. There has been a series of time-and-motion studies done within contact centers, within brands -- and you can even look at your personal experiences. You don’t have to read reports to understand this.
The baseline for how an interaction will begin and end and whether that will be a happy or a poor interaction with the brand, is going to be dependent on the agents’ state of mind. If I call up and I speak to “Joe,” and he starts the conversation, he is in a great mood and he is having a great day, then my conversation will most likely end in a positive interaction because it started that way.

But if someone is frustrated, they had a rough day, they can’t find their information, their computers have been crashing or rebooting, then the interaction is guaranteed to end up poor. You hear this all the time, “Oh, can you wait a moment, my systems are loading. Oh, I can’t get you an answer, that screen is not coming up. I can't see your account information.” The agents are frustrated because they can’t do their job, and that frustration then blends into your conversation.

So using the technology to make it easy for the agent to do their job is essential. If they have to go from one screen to another screen to conduct one interaction with the customer -- they are going to be frustrated, and that will lead to a poor experience with the customer.

The cloud technologies like Serenova, which is web-based, are able to bring all those technologies into one screen. The agent can have all the information brought to them easily, all in one click, and then be able to answer all the customer needs. The agent is happy and that adds to the customer satisfaction. The conclusion of the call is a happy customer, which is what we all want. That’s a great scenario and you need cloud technology to do that because the on-premises world does not deliver a great agent experience.

One-stop service

Gardner:Another thing that the older technologies don't provide is the ability to have a flexible spectrum to move across these channels. Many times when I engage with an organization I might start with an SMS or a text chat, but then if that can’t satisfy my needs, I want to get a deeper level of satisfaction. So it might end up going to a phone call or an interaction on the web, or even a shared desktop, if I’m in IT support, for example.

The newer cloud technology allows you to intercept via different types of channels, but you can also escalate and vary between and among them seamlessly. Why is that flexibility both of benefit to the end-user as well as the agent?

Triant: I always tell companies and customers of ours that you don't have to over-think this; all you have to do is look to your personal life. Most common things that we as users deal with -- such as cell phone companies, cable companies, airlines, -- you can get onto any of these websites and begin chatting, but you can find that your interaction isn’t going well. Before I started at Serenova, I had these experiences where I was dealing with the cable company and -- chat, chat, chat, -- trying to solve my problem. But we couldn't get there, and so then we needed to get on the phone. But they said, “Here is our 800 number, call in.” I’d call in, but I’d have to start a whole new interaction.

Basically, I’d have to re-explain my entire situation. Then, I am talking with one person, and they have to turn around and send me an email, but I am not going to get that email for 30 to 45 minutes because they have to get off the phone, and get into another system and send it off. In the meantime, I am frustrated, I am ticked off -- and guess what I have done now? I have left that brand. This happens across the board. I can even have two totally different types of interactions with the company.

You can use a major airline brand as an example. One of our employees called on the phone trying to resolve an issue that was caused by the airline. They basically said, “No, no, no.” It made her very frustrated. She decided she’s going to fly with a different airline now. She then sent a social post [to that effect], and the airline’s VP of Customer Service answered it, and within minutes they had resolved her issue. But they already spent three hours on the phone trying to push her off through yet another channel because it was a totally different group, a totally different experience.

By leveraging technologies where you can pivot from one channel to another, everyone will get answers quicker. I can be chatting with you, Dana, and realize that we need to escalate to a voice conversation, for example, and I as the agent; I can then turn that conversation into a voice call. You don't have to re-explain yourself and you are like, “Wow, that's cool! Now I’m on the phone with a facility,” and we are able to handle our business.

As agent, I can also pivot simultaneously to an email channel to send you something as simple as a user guide or a series of knowledge-based articles that I may have at my fingertips as an agent. But you and I are still on the phone call. Even better yet, after-the-fact, as a business, I have all the analytics and the business intelligence to say that I had one interaction with Dana that started out as a web chat, pivoted to a phone call, and I simultaneously then sent a knowledge-based article of “X” around this issue and I can report on it all at once. Not three separate interactions, not three separate events -- and I have made you a happy customer.

Gardner:We are clearly talking about enabling the agent to be a super-agent, and they can, of course, be anywhere. I think this is really important now because the function of an agent -- we are already seeing the beginnings of this -- but it's going to certainly include and increase having more artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning and associated data analytics benefits. The agent then might be a combination of human and AI functions and services.

So we need to be able to integrate at a core communications basis. Without going too far down this futuristic route, isn't it important for that agent to be an assimilation of more assets and more services over time?

Artificial Intelligence plus human support

Triant:I‘m glad you brought up AI and these other technologies. The reality is that we've been through a number of cycles around what this technology is going to do and how it is going to interact with an agent. In my view, and I have been in this world for a while, the agent is the most important piece of customer service and brand engagement. But you have to be able to bring information to them, and you have to be able to give information to your customers so that if there is something simple, get it to them as quick as possible -- but also bring all the relevant information to the agent.

AI has had multiple forms; it has existed for a long time. Sometimes people get confused because of marketing schemes and sales tactics [and view AI] as a way for cost avoidance, to reduce agents and eliminate staff by implementing these technologies. Really the focus is how to create a better customer experience, how to create a better agent experience.

We have had AI in our product for last three years, and we are re-releasing some components that will bring business intelligence to the forefront around the end of the year. What it essentially does is alIow you to see what you're doing as a user out on the Internet and within these technologies. I can see that you have been looking for knowledge-based articles around, for example, “why my refrigerator keeps freezing up and how can I defrost it.” You can see such things on Twitter and you can see these things on Facebook. The amount of information that exists out there is phenomenal and in real-time. I can now gather that information … and I can proactively, as a business, make decisions about what I want to do with you as a potential consumer.

I can even identify you as a consumer within my business, know how many products you have acquired from me, and whether you're a “platinum” customer or even a basic customer, and then make a decision.

For example, I have TVs, refrigerators, washer-dryers and other appliances all from the same manufacturer. So I am a large consumer to that one manufacturer because all of my components are there. But I may be searching a knowledge-based article on why the refrigerator continues to freeze up.

Now I may call in about just the refrigerator, but wouldn't it be great for that agent to know that I own 22 other products from that same company? I'm not just calling about the refrigerator; I am technically calling about the entire brand. My experience around the refrigerator freaking out may change my entire brand decision going forward. That information may prompt me to decide that I want to route that customer to a different pool of agents, based on what their total lifetime value is as a brand-level consumer.

Through AI, by leveraging all this information, I can be a better steward to my customer and to the agent, because I will tell you, an agent will act differently if they understand the importance of that customer or to know that I, Vasili, have spent the last two hours searching online for information, which I posted on Facebook and I posted on Twitter.
Through AI, by leveraging all this information, I can be a better steward to the customer and to the agent.

At that point, the level of my frustration already has reached a certain height on a scale. As an agent, if you knew that, you might treat me differently because you already know that I am frustrated. The agent may be able to realize that you have been looking for some information on this, realize you have been on Facebook and Twitter. They can then say: “I am really sorry, I'm not able to get you answers. Let me see how I can help you, it seems that you are looking online about how to keep the refrigerator from freezing up.”

If I start the conversation that way, I've now diffused a lot of the frustration of the customer. The agent has already started that interaction better. Bringing that information to that person, that’s powerful, that’s business intelligence -- and that’s creating action from all that information.

Keep your cool

Gardner:It’s fascinating that that level of sentiment analysis brings together the best of what AI and machine learning can do, which is to analyze all of these threads of data and information and determine a temperature, if you will, of a person's mood and pass that on to a human agent who can then have the emotional capacity to be ready to help that person get to a lower temperature, be more able to help them overall.

It’s becoming clear to me, Vasili, that this contact center function and CCaaS architectural benefits are far more strategic to an organization than we may have thought, that it is about more than just customer service. This really is the best interface between a company -- and all the resources and assets it has across customer service, marketing, and sales interactions. Do you agree that this has become far more strategic because of these new capabilities?

Triant:Absolutely, and as brands begin to realize the power of what the technology can do for their overall business, it will continue to evolve, and gain pace around global adoption.
As brands begin to realize the power of what the technology can do for their overall businesses, it will continue to evolve and gain global adoption.

We have only scratched the surface on adoption of these cloud technologies within organizations. A majority of brands out there look at these interactions as a cost of doing business. They still seek to reduce that cost versus the lifetime value of both the consumer, as well as the agent experience. This will shift, it is shifting, and there are companies that are thriving by recognizing that entire equation and how to leverage the technologies.

Technology is nothing without action and result. There have been some really cool things that have existed for a while, but they don’t ever produce any result that’s meaningful to the customer so they never get adopted and deployed and ultimately reach some type of a mass proliferation of results.

Gardner:You mentioned cost. Let’s dig into that. For organizations that are attracted to the capabilities and the strategic implications of CCaaS, how do we evaluate it in terms of cost? The old CapEx approach often had a high upfront cost, and then high operating costs, if you have an inefficient call center. Other costs involve losing your customers, losing brand affinity, losing your perception in the market. So when you talk to a prospect or customer, how do you help them tease out the understanding of a pay-as-you-go service as highly efficient? Does the highly empowered agent approach save money, or even make money, and CCaaS becomes not a cost center but a revenue generator?

Cost consciousness

Triant:Interesting point, Dana. When I started at Serenova about five years ago, customers all the time would say, “What’s the cost of owning the technology?” And, “Oh, my, on-premises stuff has already depreciated and I already own it, so it’s cheaper for me to keep it.” That was the conversation pretty much every day. Beginning in 2013, it rapidly started shifting. This shift was mainly driven by the fact that organizations started realizing that consumers want to engage on different channels, and the on-premises guys couldn’t keep up with this demand.

The cost of ownership no longer matters. What matters is that the on-premises guys just literally could not deliver the functionality. And so, whether that's Cisco, Avaya, or Shoretel, they quickly started falling away in consideration for technology companies that were looking to deploy applications for their business to meet these needs.

The cost of ownership quickly disappeared as the main discussion point. Instead it came around to, “What is the solution that you're going to deliver?” Customers that are looking for contact center technologies are beginning to take a cloud-first approach. And once they see the power of CCaaS through demonstration and through some trials of what an agent can do – and it’s all browser-based, there is no client install, there is no equipment on-premises - then it takes on a life of its own. It’s about, “What is the experience going to be? Are these channels all integrated? Can I get it all from one manufacturer?”

Following that, organizations focus on other intricacies around - Can it scale? Can it be redundant? Is it global? But those become architectural concerns for the brands themselves. There is a chunk of the industry that is not looking at these technologies, and they are stuck in brand euphoria or have to stay with on-premises infrastructure, or with a certain vendor because of their name or that they are going to get there someday.

As we have seen, Avaya has declared bankruptcy. Avaya does not have cloud technologies despite their marketing message. So the customers that are in those technologies now realize they have to find a path to keep up with the basic customer service at a global scale. Unfortunately, those customers have to find a path forward and they don’t have one right now.
It's less about cost of ownership and it’s more about the high cost of not doing anything. If I don't do anything, what’s going to be the cost? That cost ultimately becomes - I’m not going to be able to have engagement with my customers because the consumers are changing.
It's less about cost of ownership and it's more about the high cost of not doing anything.

Gardner:What about this idea of considering your contact center function not just as a cost center, but also as a business development function? Am I being too optimistic.

It seems to me that as AI and the best of what human interactions can do combine across multichannels, that this becomes no longer just a cost center for support, a check-off box, but a strategic must-do for any business.

Multi-channel customer interaction

Triant:When an organization reaches the pinnacle of happiness within what these technologies can do, they will realize that no longer do you need to have delineation between a marketing department that answers social media posts, an inside sales department that is only taking calls for upgrades and renewals, and a customer service department that’s dealing with complaints or inbound questions. They will see that you can leverage all the applications across a pool of agents with different skills.

I may have a higher skill around social media than over voice, or I may have a higher skill level around a sales activity, or renewal activity, over customer service problems. I should be able to do any interaction. And potentially one day it'll just be customer interaction department and the channels are just a medium of inbound and outbound choice for a brand.

But you can now take information from whatever you see the customer doing. Each of their actions have a leading indicator, everything has a predictive action prior to the inbound touch, everything does. Now that a brand can see that, it will be able to have “consumer interaction departments,” and it will be properly routed to the right person based on that information. You’ll be able to bring information to that agent that will allow them to answer the customer’s questions.

Gardner:I can see how that agent’s job would be very satisfying and fulfilling when you are that important, when you have that sort of a key role in your organization that empowers people. That’s good news for people that are trying to find those skills and fill those positions.

Vasili, we only have a few minutes left, but I’d love to hear about a couple of examples. It’s one thing to tell, it’s another thing to show. Do we have some examples of organizations that have embraced this concept of a strategic contact center, taken advantage of those multi-channels, added perhaps some intelligence and improved the status and capability of the agents -- all to some business benefit? Walk us through a couple of actual use cases where this has all come together.

Cloud communication culture shift

Triant:No one has reached that level of euphoria per se, but there are definitely companies that are moving in that direction.

It is a culture change, so it takes time. I know as well as anybody what it takes to shift a culture, and it doesn't happen overnight. As an example, there is a ride-hailing company that engages in a different way with their consumer, and their consumer might be different than what you think from the way I am describing it. They use voice systems and SMS and often want to pivot between the two. Our technology actually allows the agent to make that decision even if they aren’t even physically in the same country. They are dynamically spread across multiple countries to answer any question they may need to answer based on time and day.

But they can pivot from what’s predominantly an SMS inbound and outbound communication into a voice interaction, and then they can also follow up with an e-mail, and that’s already happened. Now, it initially started with some SMS inbound and outbound, then they added voice – an interesting move as most people think adding voice is what people are getting away from. What everyone has begun to realize is that live communication ultimately is what everybody looks for in the end to solve the more complex problems.
What everyone has begun to realize is that live communication ultimately is what everybody looks for in the end to solve the more complex problems.

That's one example. Another company that provides the latest technology in food order and delivery initially started with voice-only to order and deliver food. Now they've added SMS confirmations automatically, and e-mail as well for confirmation or for more information from the inbound voice call. And now, once they are an existing customer, they can even start an order from an SMS, and pivot back to a voice call for confirmation -- all within one interaction. They are literally one of the fastest growing alternative food delivery companies, growing at a global scale.

They are deploying agents globally across one technology. They would not be able to do this with legacy technologies because of the expense. When you get into these kinds of high-volume, low-margin businesses, cost matters. When you can have an OpEx model that will scale, you are adding better customer service to the applications, and you are able to allow them to build a profitable model because you are not burning them with high CapEx processes.

Gardner:Before we sign off, you had mentioned your pipeline about your products and services, such as engaging more with AI capabilities toward the end of the year. Could give us a level-set on your roadmap? Where are your products and services now? Where do you go next?

A customer journey begins with insight

Triant:We have been building cloud technologies for 16 years in the contact center space. We released our latest CCaaS platform in March 2016 called CxEngage. We then had a major upgrade to the platform in March of this year, where we take that agent experience to the next level. It’s really our leapfrog in the agent interface and making it easier, bringing in more information to them.

Where we are going next is around the customer journey -- predictive interactions. Some people call it AI, but I will call it “customer journey mapping with predictive action insights.” That’s going to be a big cornerstone in our product, including business analytics. It’s focused around looking at a combination of speech, data and text -- all simultaneously creating predictive actions. This is another core area we are going in an and continue to expand the reach of our platform from a global scale.

At this point, we are a global company. We have the only global cloud platform built on a single software stack with one data pipeline. We now have more users on a pure cloud platform than any of our competitors globally. I know that’s a big statement, but when you look at a pure cloud infrastructure, you're talking in a whole different realm of what services you are able to offer to customers. Our ability to provide a broad reach including to Europe, South Africa, Australia, India, and Singapore -- and still deliver good cloud quality at a reasonable cost and redundant fashion –  we are second to none in that space.

Gardner:I’m afraid we will have to leave it there. We have been listening to a sponsored BriefingsDirect discussion on how CCaaS capabilities are becoming more powerful as a result of cloud computing, multimode communications channels, and the ability to provide optimized and contextual user experiences.

And we’ve learned how new levels of insight and intelligence are now making CCaaS approaches able to meet the highest user experience requirements of today and tomorrow. So please join me now in thanking our guest, Vasili Triant, CEO of Serenova in Austin, Texas.

Triant:Thank you very much, Dana. I appreciate you having me today.

Gardner:This is Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions, your host and moderator for this ongoing series of BriefingsDirect discussions. A big thank you to our sponsor, Serenova, as well as to you, our audience. Do come back next time and thanks for listening.

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Transcript of a discussion on how contact center-as-a-service capabilities are becoming more powerful to provide optimized and contextual user experiences for agents and customers. Copyright Interarbor Solutions, LLC, 2005-2017. All rights reserved.

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How will eight years of Obama influence my son’s take on the world?

Let me say this now: I do not envision a utopian future under Obama. He is not Superman. And the problems he must now take on are mind-boggling. There are no easy solutions to the problems most Americans now face.

I expect Obama to play politics. He has to, to survive. And he has to survive – that is, win reelection and make sure he has more allies in Washington – in order to carry out his program of change. But the question is: Will he end up playing the game mainly so he can survive and stay in power, even at the expense of the great things he has said he wants to accomplish?

I expect him to make mistakes. Hopefully, he also will learn from these mistakes. But most important of all, I hope he owns up quickly to these missteps and explain what he plans to do to fix the errors.

In other words, in what increasingly has become a grim period of uncertainty, even fear – in America and the world, it’s important to set a tone of openness and honesty.

Obama himself has made this promise. Now we’ll actually see if he can, and will, do so.

In my book, I mention the more than 20-year old San Francisco mural featuring activist icons of the 80s, including my friend, the late youth leader Lean Alejandro. The original mural also featured South African leader Winnie Mandela. But her image was later painted over and replaced with the portrait of Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in empowering women, battling corrupt officials and planting millions of trees in ravaged lands in Africa.

Once a symbol of the South African movement, Winnie Mandela had become a reviled figure to many after she was accused of abusing her position and power during the struggle against apartheid. The muralists said they made the made the change principally because they wanted to honor Maathai – but also because Winnie Mandela, as an icon, has become “outdated and complicated.”

The refurbished mural serves as a sobering reminder as America and the world turn to Obama for leadership in a difficult era, of how leaders and how they are perceived can change -- dramatically. Yesterday’s revolutionaries can become today’s tyrants. Yesterday’s mavericks can be today’s staunch defenders of the old, discredited view of the world.

Obama may be the central figure in the new American mural created during his campaign. But he will have to show, in a time of intense anxiety, that he deserves to stay on the painting and not have his image and his legacy be painted over and forgotten.

For in the long run, the mural is being composed and created by the people who made Obama’s historic victory possible.

The only thing certain right now is this: Obama has inspired Americans, young and old, to become involved again, to care about their communities, to hope.

I saw this a couple of weeks ago in an alley behind a French bakery run by a Filipino American family in Los Angeles. I was in LA for the launch of my book Pareng Barack, Filipinos in Obama’s America.

Before the event, lawyer and veteran community activist Prosy Delacruz, whom I mentioned in the book, invited me to have breakfast at the French bakery where she also was scheduled to meet her community group of Obama supporters. Their leader was Abbie Howell; it was she who came up with the idea of a street cleaning campaign once or twice a month as part of their commitment to the Obama campaign themes of change and hope. So for about an hour that morning, I watched her, her dad and Prosy pick up trash around the bakery.

I realized then, as I watched the trio cheerfully pick up cigarette butts, candy wrappers and other trash, that the significance of Obama’s victory goes beyond what he does and how he performs in Washington DC. It is also about how the energy and enthusiasm of people like Abbie Howell can be sustained, and will sustain, the new idealism that emerged from the historic election.

With Abbie Howell, that will be exciting to watch for another reason. The morning she led her group to clean up a small stretch of her community in the name of change, Abbie Howell had just turned nine.


          Turkish Cargo commences cargo flights to Johannesburg and Madagascar | Air Cargo   
Pubblicata da stattimes
Turkish Cargo has launched its scheduled cargo flights to Johannesburg, the biggest industrial and commercial center in South Africa, and Madagascar, the largest island of Vanilla Islands recently. With the majority of its exportation performed to European and American countries, South Africa exports a great variety of products right across the world.

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          South Africa's ANC Policy Conference Begins   
With almost two-thirds of the seats in parliament, the African National Congress (ANC) is South A

          Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask For Dry Hair 200ml    

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          Vintage Fenton Milk Glass Hobnail Basket - Cottage Chic by mymilkglassshop   

37.50 USD

Lovely vintage Fenton milk glass hobnail basket! So pretty as a candy dish!

Measures 8 1/4" tall (including lid handle), depth of base is 3 1/2", diameter 6 3/4"; marked Fenton, with original Fenton label, produced from 1952 to 1989. No chips or cracks.

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          Vintage Milk Glass Pitcher Anchor Hocking Grapevine - Cottage Chic by mymilkglassshop   

19.50 USD

From Anchor Hocking, this cute milk glass grapevine pattern is actually called "Vintage"!

Milk glass pitcher, measures 6 1/2" tall, 6 1/2" from handle to spout. No chips or cracks.

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          Fenton Milk Glass Hobnail Fenton Oval Handled Nut Dish - Vintage Charm by mymilkglassshop   

27.50 USD

Beautiful Fenton milk glass hobnail oval handled nut dish! Produced by Fenton between 1964 and 1989.

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          Vintage Westmoreland Ring & Petal Milk Glass Candleholder Pair, Wedding Decor by mymilkglassshop   

34.50 USD

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          Vintage Westmoreland Milk Glass Paneled Grape Two Piece Epergne/Vase by mymilkglassshop   

99.50 USD

The wow piece! This gorgeous Westmoreland milk glass paneled grape epergne would be such an elegant centerpiece!

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          Düsseldorf--The Presentation of the Teams   


As I was crossing the Rhine River at five o'clock, I could see the stage where the presentation of the twenty-two nine-man teams competing in this year's Tour would shortly be taking place.  I could hear the music of the opening act and see cyclists streaming towards the stage on the bike path along the river to where I was headed too and could feel the first surge of thrill that I had arrived at The Tour once again--my fourteenth.  I had biked to nine p.m. the night before to get within 75 miles of Düsseldorf in hopes of arriving in time for the presentation two days before The Race actually began.  No one in the crowd could be happier than me to be here.

The plaza in front of the stage was already packed with fans all on their feet.  I was so distant that even the large screen beside the stage was smaller than watching it on a television in a bar.  I scouted out the cordoned off route that the racers would follow through the narrow cobbled streets of the old city after their introduction in search of a closer view of another screen showing the proceedings.  I only had to go three blocks before I found a smaller, less packed plaza with a screen. The fans were three deep behind the barriers lining the route, but I could sit on the cross tube of my bike in an open space and gaze upon a good-sized screen flanked by an official Tour boutique selling souvenirs and a stand selling beer--a perfect blend of The Tour and Germany.


Just to my right, under a "Bonjour" banner, I could catch a glimpse of the teams as they rode by.  Peter Sagan in his World Championship jersey, who will be vying for his sixth straight Green Jersey, led his teammates through the gauntlet.  He has arguably the strongest pair of legs in The Tour, and unarguably, the thickest mane of hair.


The "Bonjour" on the banner overhead epitomizedl the theme of the Düsseldorf hosting of the Grand Départ--paying homage to the French.  Other banners saluted the French expression "Allez, Allez" exhorting the riders, rather than the German "Hup, Hup."


Large billboards wished the riders "Bonne Chance" (Good Luck).


But nothing was more French-centric than the abundance of bikes painted red, white and blue, the colors of the French flag. There were still plenty of the more Tour-centric Yellow bikes, but the Germans were certainly expressing their understanding of the French with the red, white and blue bikes.


The large town of Meerbusch outside of Düsseldorf on the Stage Two route had bikes painted red, white and blue with a basket of flowers every few blocks.


Düsseldorf also asserted its rapport with the French, and perhaps wishing to put behind the many times they've invaded France, with banners on the two bridges the riders will cross on the First Stage time trial proclaiming this a "Tour de Friends."


Just as last year, there was a strong representation of fans from Colombia waving or draped in their flag.  One group commandeered a second-floor room on the parade route and hung a Quintana banner and a pair of flags.  Someone up close under the main stage was waving a Colombia flag on a post throughout the ninety minute ceremony.


There were no Colombians to be seen though outside Quintana's hotel the next morning when I stumbled upon the deluxe hotel by the old harbor where his Moviestar team and Team Katusha were staying.  Quintana happened to be rushing by looking very intent and focused not wishing to linger with the handful of the fans hoping for a glimpse of a rider.


Skippy and I had made no arrangements to rendezvous knowing it would happen of its own will.   The time came just after the introductions had been completed and the throngs were dispersing.  I saw Skippy  walking on the other side of the barriers in uniform and helmet, but no bike.  I called out, "Mr. McCarthy," and he actually answered to his last name, perhaps recognizing my voice, rather than flinching that he was about to be apprehended by some authority, having had his share of tussles with the powers-that-be over their draconian enforcement of riding on The Tour route.

"Where's your bike?" I asked.

"Come on, I'll show you," he said.  "It's inside."

We headed over to a building by the stage.  We stood outside as a steady stream of well-dressed dignitaries streamed in.  It was the post-presentation party.  Skippy was the unofficial greeter.  Everyone was in a festive mood.  Two-time Tour winner and present broadcaster Bernard Thevenet gave Skippy a handshake and me too.  Christian Prudhoome, director of The Tour, did the same.  And so did five-time winner Bernard Hinault, looking a bit withered and smaller than when Skippy introduced me to him last year at the Dauphine.  It was a bit of a surprise to see him, as he has retired from his podium duties.  When the arrivals had thinned to a trickle, Skippy asked the man guarding the entrance if I could just duck in for a photo.  Skippy already had clearance.  Even though we were well below the dress code, the guy waved us in.

There was an open courtyard with several tents.  Skippy's first was reaction was, "There's the mayor.  Let me introduce you to him."  He was all aglow from the huge outpouring of the public and the culmination of all his efforts to bring The Tour to Düsseldorf, just the second German city, after Berlin in 1987, to host the Grand Départ.


Skippy's bike was off to the side, part of an exhibit in his campaign to make motorists more respectful of cyclists.


I couldn't linger, as I had an eight-mile ride out to the home of a friend of Ingo, the German cyclist I spent two weeks cycling with in Uganda in 2010 when he was on his way to the World Cup in South Africa.  It was approaching nine o'clock.  It would be light until after ten, but I already felt as if I would be arriving unfashionably late.

The urban sprawl only extended five or six miles in this direction.  I was soon out in the country with inviting pastures and forests for camping, but I pushed on, wanting to meet Ingo's friend Joachim.  His wife answered the door and said her husband was next door with the neighbors in the adjoining house.  Joachim wasn't a cyclist but he knew racing and his neighbor, an ardent cyclist, even more so.  The neighbor's  wife had an insider's knowledge of the sport as she had worked as a publicist for the Telekom team during the 2000 Tour accompanying the team of Ullrich and Zabel from start to finish.  The conversation started fast and furious and never let up. I should have been exhausted, but was temporarily immune to fatigue.  

I could have pitched my tent in their back yard, but accepted the bed room of their son, who is off on a several month sojourn in Australia, somewhat at the insistence of his parents, who wanted him to get a taste of the world after high school before embarking on college.  As with Ingo, I felt an immediate affinity with Joachim and his wife.  They had a most welcoming warmth and genuineness.  They invited me to join them the next evening for a dinner party at a friend's who had a balcony overlooking a concert.  It was hard to decline, but it would have been a late night and I needed to stockpile some sleep, as the day after my race to keep up with The Race would begin.  I'd had a good test with my nine-day hard push to get to Düsseldorf culminating with back-to-back days of biking until after nine p.m., as would become the norm.  

I was much in need of the relative rest day I've just had after the presentation of the teams with just 35 miles of soft-pedaling about Düsseldorf and riding the nine-mile time trial course along the Rhine and through the city center.  It was extra easy on the legs doing it on an unburdened bike thanks to Joachim and Ingo.  Quite a few of the racers were sampling the course  as best they could in the heavy traffic on their time trial bikes with disc wheels.  Peter Sagan passed me practicing bunny-hopping curbs.

I stopped by the tourist office and picked up a 76-page booklet on everything one needed to know about the Tour's visit to Düsseldorf.  It included a full page photo of The Devil accompanying a page of Tour trivia.  He's so synonymous with The Tour, he wasn't even identified.  I haven't seen him yet, but look forward to that as well.  

The time trial doesn't start until 3:15 on Saturday.  I'll watch the riders warm up,and maybe catch some of the caravan, but then I'll start riding the Stage Two route back towards Belgium on roads I've already ridden.  The legs will have a little extra pep to see them anointed with the Yellow Course Markers. 


















          South African batsmen enjoy time in the middle at New Road against England Lions   
SOUTH Africa's batsmen banked some valuable time in the middle on day two of their Test warm-up against England Lions whose captain Gary Ballance was denied the chance to press his own case with the selectors.
          Worcestershire's Joe Clarke in field as England Lions and South Africa frustrated by weather at New Road   
Only 20 overs were possible today on the first day of the three-day match at New Road.
          Comment on LEARNING FROM YANN HOROWITZ, THE GAY SOUTH AFRICAN SKATER by Nicky   
Epic, can't wait for the full video.
          Quinton de Kock's outstanding Test run   
The South African wicketkeeper has consistently been among the runs over the last 18 months, and he will be key to the team's fortunes in the Test series in England
          Obsidian drops some New Vegas tips   

Fallout: New Vegas came out last week Friday in South Africa. Anybody else slogging their way through it in Hardcore mode? Man, it seems I get my ass handed to me by Radscorpions every other day. Well, the guys from Obsidian have been kind enough to pass on some tips and secrets to help you get …

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          Junior Wool Technician - Wool and Mohair Binning Department: Port Elizabeth (WM56)   
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          Chairperson of the Review Panel   
Human Science Research Council (HSRC) - Pretoria, Gauteng - Chairperson of the Review Panel Client Human Science Research Council (HSRC) Reference # ODCEO-R 06/17 Published 29/06/2017 Contract Type Contract Salary Market Related Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa Introduction As the case with other science councils reporti...
          PYXERA Global: Part-Time Consultant   
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          Best Factory Shops in Bloemfontein South Africa in 2017   

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The name Bloemfontein means a “fountain of flowers”. It is then not surprising that residents of this city affectionately call it the City of Roses. The reason behind this name is that this type of flower grows very well here. This city is significant for two reasons; it is the provincial capital of the province […]


          Episode 23: VirtPHP - Managing your Herd of ElePHPants   

This week Ben Edmunds and Phil Sturgeon are joined by Jacques Woodcock and Jordan Kasper to discuss virtPHP.

virtPHP is a tool for managing multiple environments on your development machine. It is similar to Python’s virtualenv or Ruby’s rbenv, but for PHP.

Upcoming Conferences

Phil will be speaking at PHP South Africa in April.

Ben has no idea what he will attend this year.

Jacques will likely be speaking at True North PHP later this year.

Jordan will be speaking at jQuery UK in May and at Dutch PHP in June.


          Whither South Africa?   

Will the South African state fail or can the country thrive in the next 15 years? Four scenarios give us a glimpse of the rainbow nation’s potential fate.

From This Is Africa, the leading forum for African opinion, arts and music.


          South Africa dominate England Lions on day two at Worcester   
Gary Ballance is denied the chance to impress England selectors before Saturday’s Test squad announcement.
          England consider batting order ahead of first Test against South Africa   
England will have a different look to the team that faced India in December.
          England v South Africa Test series talking points   
England and South Africa start their series in London.
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I have said for some years that AIDS has little to do with science and medicine because it is fundamentally a political and sociological phenomenon. Dr. David Rasnick, biochemist and Aids critic. What is the lesson we should be learning from President Mbeki of South Africa? Perhaps Mbeki is the only head of state and indeed the only prominent politician to think that Aids should be discussed, not dogmatically imposed. In 2000, Mbeki called a conference where critics and mainstream scientists could have done the discussing. Unfortunately, contrary views about Aids are just about the last thing a highly paid medical researcher wants to hear. Eight years later, we are still no closer to really understanding Aids than we were back then. So what did we miss? South African President Thabo Mbeki - Image credit: AFP Could it be that AIDS is something completely different from what medical science tells us? Officially, Aids is a world wide epidemic caused by a sexually transmitted virus that happens to preferentially infect certain groups of people and not others. The 'infection' leads, if untreated, to almost certain death. In consequence, it is important that people abstain from sex or use condoms as a 'protection'. It is also important that everyone get a test to ascertain whether or not they have been infected - a positive test is more likely if you happen to be a member of a so-called 'risk group'. Medical science says it's doing what it can but after more than two decades has found neither a vaccine nor a cure. For the moment all that is available are drugs that can 'extend life span' by wrestling down the deadly virus. Critics say that none of this is true. They charge that - the HIV virus was never clearly isolated. Neither Gallo nor anyone else has published a paper in the scientific literature to show the virus and how it was found. - since there is no standard (no virus), any test for 'HIV antibodies' cannot be not a valid test to establish infection. - AIDS is defined as each one of a number of previously known illnesses, in the presence of HIV. Circular reasoning really, if we do not know the virus. - No viable mechanism has been proposed for how exactly the virus hurts the immune system. HIV is said to be 'different' from all other known viral agents associated with illness. - Virology says once you have developed antibodies, you are immune. The antibodies indicate you have overcome the infection and are now protected. Only in the case of AIDS apparently, when you have antibodies, that is taken as a sign of infection to be treated with ineffective but nevertheless toxic drugs. - The drugs used to 'treat' Aids are so highly toxic they often are the cause of death of the patient. Liver failure has become a major cause of death of people under anti-viral therapy. - Those who refuse drug treatments after testing 'positive' survive much longer without developing any of those 'aids defining' diseases, especially if they switch to better nutrition and generally a healthy lifestyle. Certainly things do not add up, yet there is a complete block to discussing alternative strategies for understanding and overcoming Aids. It's drugs and more drugs, especially for the Africans said to suffer from the syndrome, but there is no real viral agent, and no proper treatment. So coming back to David Rasnick's view that "AIDS has little to do with science and medicine because it is fundamentally a political and sociological phenomenon", perhaps we should really look into the political and sociological side of Aids. In a recent email discussion, There was a reply from Dan to David Rasnick's characterization of Aids. Dan says: Absolutely agree. This g*#*!*d "science" debate can go on for years to come. The scientists for whom it threatens their life's work aren't going let go of it. It's an incredible paradigm shift that I wonder if medical science as we know it will survive intact. I doubt it. People don't want to let go of "AIDS". It's part of our lives. It fulfills many, many societal needs. As a gay man, I can tell you that gay men will be the last to let go of this, and they'll be kicking and screaming all the way. It's not because they're such fans of "science". It's because of the many needs it fulfills. "AIDS" is a sociological phenomenon. Then Michael Ellner said I having been saying AIDS is a sociopolitical and economic phenomenon for decades -- I have also been saying that the late Casper Schmidt, MD was on to something and we would be far more effective if we factor in the Group Fantasy and the mass self-hypnosis... Michael also attached his article about THE MBEKI CHALLENGE saying "perhaps the following will be helpful". President Mbeki's experience has shown that scientific discussion of the causes of Aids is difficult if not impossible. Michael Ellner has summed up the situation of dogma versus debate that prevented any discussion back in 2000. He also describes Aids and the approach our symptom oriented medicine takes, the false perception of a virulent germ and the myth that has been spun around these ingredients. His article is not new but remains an important document for anyone trying to unravel the mysteries of Aids. Michael was so good to allow re-posting of the article, which was originally published in CONTINUUM magazine, vol 6 no 11. Here it is......
          #PCPlaylist: Featuring Anny, Chinedu Gboof, Ohyeen, Enkay, Jimi Praise & More!   
Happy weekend PC family! As always, in no particular order, have a go at these specially picked releases still making internet rounds, topping charts/playlists and blessing lives at the same time.
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  • Urban Afro Hip-Hop artiste - Jude Phillips releases -'Grace' off sophomore album

  • Rising Gospel music artiste, Anthony Odion releases - 'It's Grace'


  • Nigeria's Enkay Meets South Africa's soulful crooner, Mabongi in - 'Merciful God'

  • Fellowship of Gospel Music Ministers of Nigeria [FOGMMON] uplifts and stirs up hope in 'Peace Song'


  • Amiable Gospel folk singer - Jimi Praise shares a song of reverence to God in – 'Holy'


  • Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music director - Joshkeyz and band - Aucstave releases 'I Wish I Could' 

  • Award winning music minister and humanitarian, Anny acknowledges God's mighty wonders in 'I Worship You' featuring Efe Nathan 


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          Jews and South African History   
Jews from Lithuania went to South Africa between 1880 and 1940. Many Jews became dentists and came to England.South African Jews were prominent in fighting for racial equality. MandelaIn South Africa
          An Unforgettable Journey   

The Michigan Tech Concert Choir, along with friends and family, spent two weeks sharing their music with the people of South Africa. What they received in return, was life changing.

In May, 45 members of the choir, along with 29 guests, embarked on a two-week concert tour of South Africa. The group traveled to Chicago on May 2 and boarded a plane the following day for the 25-hour trip to Pretoria. In addition to concert stops in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Soweto and Cape Town, the they spent three nights in the African countryside at the Cradle Moon Safari Lodge. The group ranged in age from 14 to 87 and included 12 current Michigan Tech students and 19 current or retired faculty/staff members among the singers.

The group performed a total of five concerts; at the University of Pretoria, Holy Cross Anglican Church in Soweto, Hillbrow Theatre in Johannesburg, Old Apostolic Church in Khayelitsha (Cape Town) and Phandulawazi High School, Mitchell’s Plain (Cape Town). In addition to the concerts, the choir participated in two church services and five choral workshops and exchanges with local choirs.

Michigan Tech Concert Choir Director Jared Anderson poses with a new friend during a visit to a South African school. The choir spent two weeks in South Africa in May.
Michigan Tech Concert Choir Director Jared Anderson poses with a new friend during a visit to a South African school. The choir spent two weeks in South Africa in May.

Choir Director Jared Anderson, chair of the Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts says the choir also embarked on a pair of outreach activities. “We worked with the Amy Biehl Foundation in Cape Town, with pre-K through grade 12 students in an after-school program that included music,” he said. “At the Baphumelele Children’s Home, also in Cape Town, our group interacted with orphans, including many who are the victims of the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa.”

Anderson said the workshops and outreach activities were as significant experiences as were the concerts themselves. “We were able to interact with people who were in difficult situations, but they always had a smile and a great outlook. Something that we could all learn from. Our outreach and concerts all occurred in areas where most Western choirs never visit. We performed in the townships, in churches and schools in the middle of areas that dealt with a lot of poverty.”

Student Spencer Carlson of Royal Oak, Michigan, calls the experience “indescribable … this has changed my life in ways I never thought about before the trip,” he says. “Living, singing and dancing with the South African people, experiencing a bit of their life … I can’t formulate the words. I now have a little bit of Africa in me and I hope this feeling says with me for the rest of my life.” 

Michigan Tech student Spencer Carlson learns some moves during the Michigan Tech Concert Choir's tour of South Africa in May.
Michigan Tech student Spencer Carlson learns some moves during the Michigan Tech Concert Choir's tour of South Africa in May.

Anderson says the exchanges between the Michigan Tech singers and their South African hosts were indeed “life changing.”

“I can’t remember concert experiences that were more varied and exciting for our singers. The choirs that we collaborated with welcomed us with open arms and warm hearts. The choir will never forget the experience of singing side by side with people who sing with such spirit,” says Anderson.

Scott Sviland was impressed by the audience participation. “It was there from the first song on,” the chemical engineering major from Escanaba says. “It was in these moments where you really see how reserved American audiences are compared to audiences in South Africa.” Sviland says this was especially true when the Tech choir would sing a South African piece.

"I now have a little bit of Africa in me ..." Spencer Carlson

“When we performed ‘Hlonolofatsa’ and once we started dancing, the crowd went wild. The audiences would make every single performance special and created a truly magical environment.”

Sviland was not alone in feeling the trip was about so much more than music. “The people of South Africa have taught me what it truly means to live life. The way many of them live without worrying what people thing of them is now something to which I now aspire.”

Anderson said each choir tour ends up being an incredible adventure, but there was something special about South Africa.

“Coming home from South Africa I saw things with new eyes. I know that I am a changed person and I know that many individuals in the choir feel the same way.”

Formed in 1980, the Michigan Tech Concert Choir is made up of Michigan Tech students, faculty, staff, retirees and community members. Since its inception, international touring has been an important part of the Concert Choir experience. To date, the choir has toured and performed in Mexico, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Russia, Dalmatia, China, and now South Africa.


          Game publisher GameMine inks a $20 million partnership with South Africa’s Vodacom   
 On the heels of a $20 million funding round last month, the new game publishing company GameMine has inked its first big deal with a global carrier. The company has partnered with the South Africa mobile carrier Vodacom Group to bring GameMine’s subscription-based mobile games to the South African market. Read More

          Direction and start to    
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          Ten star in The Greatest Show On Turf at Greyville   
South Africa (SAF) Sunday, July 2, 2017 — 3 PM EST | Race ID : 1776660 . THE   GREATEST   SHOW   ON   TURF . Grade I / Group 1*CPU – Purse : $1,500,000  -  Restricted to 3 Year Olds and Older 11 Furlongs | ~2200 Meters | One Mile and and Three Eighths                    [...]
          Sweet Thorn in Chartres   
by riccardo attanasio In occasion Of Orodè Deoro Solo Exhibition in the French city of Chartres, Matlakas performs Sweet Thorn, after South Africa, South Korea, England and Italy, finally in France, in front of the Unesco Heritage Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres. Before the opening of The Contemporary Mosaic Exhibition by the italian Artist Orode' Deoro, curated by Fabio Novembre. Photo Credit: Orodé Deoro
          African penguins threatened by climate change and over-fishing   
Climate change is directly causing potentially catastrophic falls in the African penguin population in the crucial Benguela ecosystem, say scientists in the UK and South Africa. Jim Drury reports.
          PARAMOUNT GROUP WOMENS DAY   

With the 60th Anniversary of the women of South Africa marching on the Union buildings on the 9th August 1956. It was fitting that the topic of Empowering Women was presented by Liesl Vogt to the Paramount Group’s Women’s Day on the 19th of August 2016, at The Venue, Melrose Arch. The talk tried to […]

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          HIDIVE to Stream Love and Lies Anime for International Territories   
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          How Mahatma Gandhi 'lived' cow protection more than preaching it   

The year was 1909. Kastur Gandhi, the wife of Mohandas Gandhi, was so ill that the doctor fearing that she wouldn't wake up if chloroform was given operated while she was awake (medical science was still raw back then). But after the operation when her condition did not improve too much, the doctor suggested giving her beef tea, which back then was considered medicinal.

Gandhi - a devout Hindu - went to his wife and told her this. She said she'd prefer to die in his arms than take beef tea. The incensed doctor said he would not be responsible if something happened to her. Mohandas took Kastur home, to his Phoenix farm (in South Africa) and nursed her day and night himself. Kastur recovered.

It is the same Mohandas, as Mahatma Gandhi, who - decrying cow vigilantism - would tweet: "I would not kill a human being for protection of a cow, as I will not kill a cow for saving a human life, be it ever so precious." Well, he did not tweet this 128-character message (twitter's loss) but if twitter-happy Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who used the Mahatma's name on Thursday to say violence in the name of cow should not go on, was serious about his message, he could have tweeted it.

What the PM instead tweeted was interesting and full of double innuendoes - according to 'sickular libtards' (no more secular liberals in India). "No one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Viinoba Bhave. Yes. It should be done. PM." What was he trying to do – condemn or condone – a lot of people asked after this tweet?

If the PM were truly serious about curbing violence in the name of cows, he would actually have talked about the rule of law and that anyone breaking the law would be dealt with harshly as per the law.

But since the PM talked about Mahatma Gandhi, it is interesting to look at what the Mahatma said and did with regards to the cow and its protection.

Mohandas loved cow's milk. But when he considered the inhuman way in which cows were kept so that they could be milked for human consumption, he vowed never to drink it again (one wonders what he would have thought of farms of cows today kept alive with the sole purpose of milk, drunk gaily by cow-protectors).

This caused a serious problem in January 1919 when he was operated for boils and the doctor told him that he had no chance of recovery unless he took milk. Gandhi was scared, and remembered that his father too had died of boils. His wife Kastur found an ingenious way out. She reminded him that when he had taken the vow, he had cows in mind and surely he couldn't mind taking goat's milk if the goat was also taken care of properly.

After thinking for a day, he finally agreed and the intake of goat's milk helped him recover rapidly. He would hold Kastur highly for thus saving his life.Yet, like all things Gandhi, he was full of contradictions. In 1921 he said, "Cow protection is the gift of Hinduism to the world. And Hinduism will live so long as there are Hindus to protect the cow... Hindus will be judged not by their TILAKS, not by the correct chanting of MANTRAS, not by their pilgrimages, not by their most punctilious observances of caste rules, but their ability to protect the cow." And this despite having said just a few months earlier the tweet worthy, "I would not kill a human being for protection of a cow, as I will not kill a cow for saving a human life, be it ever so precious."

In 1925, he would also say another tweet worthy quip, "Cow protection to me is not mere protection of the cow. It means protection of all lives that is helpless and weak in the world."

Contrast this again to when he said that "Christians and Muslims living in India including the British have one day to give up beef." But this, he said, could happen only if Hindus improved their treatment of the cow. Talking about violence in the name of cow protection, Gandhi said he was committed to showing "the folly, the stupidity and inhumanity of the crime of killing a fellow human being for the sake of saving a fellow animal."

Perhaps that is why both bigoted and liberal folks use Gandhi to defend themselves and their ideology and the reason why the PM uses him to suit his needs.

This is also the reason why the Left in India accuses Gandhi of starting this whole mess of cow protection without realising that Mahatma Gandhi did not start it. Hindu lawmaker Manu did in his Manusmriti, which along with cow protection, gave Hindu society two more ills – misogyny and caste-violence. What Gandhi perhaps did was usurp the same tenets to show how the same cow protection can be taken up in a humane and logical way.

However, the Mahatma also maintained that he was not consistent and that he evolved with time. By this logic, what he said at the end of his life should supersede what he said before. And this presents another very interesting quandary, because at the end of his life, while he remained firm on cow protection as ever, he would change his ideas on the means one could use to achieve it.

In 1946 he would say, "Cow slaughter can never be stopped by law. Knowledge, education, and the spirit of kindliness towards her alone can put an end to it. It will not be possible to save those animals that are a burden on the land or, perhaps, even man if he is a burden."

Again after independence, he would give one of the most telling quotes on cow protection. "The Hindu religion prohibits cow slaughter for the Hindus, not for the world. The religious prohibition comes from within. Any imposition from without means compulsion. Such compulsion is repugnant to religion. India is the land not only of the Hindus but also of the Musalmans, the Sikhs, the Parsis, the Christians and the Jews and all who claim to be Indian and are loyal to the Indian Union. If they can prohibit cow slaughter in India on the religious grounds, why cannot the Pakistan Government prohibit, say, idol worship in Pakistan on similar grounds? I am not a temple-goer, but if I were prohibited from going to a temple in Pakistan, I would make it a point to go there even at the risk of losing my head. Just as the Shariat cannot be imposed on the non-Muslims, the Hindu law cannot be imposed on non-Hindus."

This last quote, the PM - though he cannot tweet - should remember, and make the basis of his policy when it comes to dealing with cow-vigilantes.


(Satyen K Bordoloi is a writer based in Mumbai. His written words have appeared in many Indian and foreign publications.)

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          ICANN59 Johannesburg GAC Communiqué   

29 June 2017 - JOHANNESBURG - The Governmental Advisory Committee meeting at ICANN59 in Johannesburg, South Africa has issued its Johannesburg Communiqué. It is available for review at GAC Johannesburg Communiqué [PDF, 468 KB].


          South Africa says may need seek outside help to get economy going - Reuters   

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South Africa says may need seek outside help to get economy going
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FILE PHOTO: Former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma reacts before addressing a lecture to members of the African National Congress Youth League in Durban, South Africa, April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Rogan Ward/File Photo.

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          Gary Ballance recalled to England Test team against South Africa - The Guardian   

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Gary Ballance recalled to England Test team against South Africa
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Gary Ballance has been recalled to the England Test team for the series opener against South Africa at Lord's on Thursday and will bat at No3 in a move that takes Joe Root down one place to his favourite position in what will be his first match as captain.
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          Game publisher GameMine inks a $20 million partnership with South Africa's Vodacom - TechCrunch   

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Game publisher GameMine inks a $20 million partnership with South Africa's Vodacom
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          South Africa's Zuma admits party corruption, targets critics - Sacramento Bee   

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South Africa's Zuma admits party corruption, targets critics
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South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday acknowledged corruption and other "negative tendencies" in the ruling party that has led since the end of apartheid in 1994, but sharply criticized opposition groups and former supporters who want the ...
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          Munster confirm Rassie Erasmus departure to join South Africa - Telegraph.co.uk   

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Munster confirm Rassie Erasmus departure to join South Africa
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Munster Rugby and the IRFU have announced that Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and Defence Coach Jacques Nienaber are set to depart the province at the end of December. Both men are to join the South African rugby union, Erasmus taking up the ...

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          FIFA determines kick-off times   
FIFA has decided against all games on the final matchday of the African Zone qualifying for South Africa 2010 kicking off simultaneously.
          African hopefuls on the brink   

In the second half of FIFA.com's preview of this weekend's African qualifiers for South Africa 2010, we look ahead to the action in Groups 7 to 12.


          Big guns sign off in style   
Congo DR, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Egypt and Mali all picked up important wins to help their bids to reach South Africa 2010.
          Congo DR level with Egypt   

An easy 6-0 win over Djibouti on Friday left Congo DR level with Egypt at the top of Group 12 in the African Zone qualifiers for South Africa 2010.


          Big guns look to bounce back   
Côte d'Ivoire and Tunisia are two of the teams aiming to get their stuttering South Africa 2010 qualifying bids back on track this weekend.
          Egypt back on song   

Five days after scraping a 2-1 win over Congo DR, Egypt beat Djibouti 4-0 to signal their South Africa 2010 qualification intentions.


          Eto'o scores in Cameroon win   
Cameroon, Namibia, Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi each recorded victories on Saturday in qualifying for South Africa 2008.

          Tight race in store   

Except for Malawi's romp against Djibouti, it was a day of close encounters in Africa as Round 2 of the South Africa 2010 qualifiers began.


          Fever by Deon Meyer review: Ccompelling, action-packed and fraught with emotion   


THIS post-apocalyptic thriller opens with Nico Storm and his father Willem driving across a desolate South Africa after a fever wiped out 95 per cent of the world’s population.
          [$$$] SROs/Shift Managers/SRO Instructors for a nuclear facility (PWR) in Cape Town South Africa - GECI Limited   
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           England recall Gary Ballance to face South Africa    
LAWRENCE BOOTH: Root has signalled the start of a new era for English cricket by successfully pushing for the recall of his Yorkshire team-mate Ballance.
           South Africa dominate England Lions in final warm-up match    
Half-centuries for Heino Kuhn, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock provided a restorative feel as South Africa look to protect their 19-year unbeaten Test record in this country.
           COMPETITION: Win tickets to the England v South Africa    
MailOnline has teamed up with Yorkshire Tea, the official brew of England Cricket, to give you the chance to win four tickets to England v South Africa.
          Artificial Sweeteners Market to Witness Durable Growth During the Forecast Period 2014-2020   

Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “Artificial Sweeteners Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 - 2020" report to their offering.

Valley Cottage, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- Artificial sweeteners are synthetically produced sugar substitutes that are sweet in taste. Some of the major artificial sweeteners include aspartame, acesulfame-K, monosodium glutamate, saccharin and sodium benzoate. Second generation artificial sweeteners include sucralose and neotame. Artificial sweeteners are also called "intense sweeteners" as they are many times sweeter than the regular sugar. For instance, neotame is 8000 times sweeter than sugar. These are potential alternatives to sugar as they add virtually no calories to one's diet and help maintain low blood sugar levels. Additional advantages reflect in pricing and labelling.

Artificial sweeteners are widely used in processed foods, like baked goods, powdered drink mixes, candies, puddings, jams and jellies, dairy products and a variety of other foods and beverages. The market can be segmented based on application such as bakery items, dairy products, confectionery, beverages and others. Regionally, the market can be segmented into Asia-Pacific, North America (the U.S., Canada and Mexico), Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East & North Africa and RoW (Rest of the World including Latin America and South Africa). The market can also be segmented on the basis of distribution channels, like supermarkets and hypermarkets, departmental stores, mom-and-pop shops, convenience stores and others.

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The demand for low-calorie food items in various verticals of food service industry has triggered the growth of artificial sweeteners market. The demand for artificial sweeteners also witnessed growth in the past few decades due to growing health issues like diabetes and obesity. Till 2012, aspartame enjoyed the largest market share as compared to other artificial sweeteners. However, sucralose has surpassed its demand in recent times, globally. Sucralose-based sweeteners are expected to dominate the market space due to their natural profile. New product launches with natural ingredients would fuel the demand for the same. Demand for aspartame in diet soft drinks would continue, perhaps its demand is expected to decline in tabletop market in the forecast period. Application-wise, demand for artificial sweeteners for diet soft drinks is expected to decline. Also, tabletop would emerge as the largest category leaving behind confections and the candy market by 2020.

Researchers are continuously working on the efficacy of artificial sweeteners and found out that they can potentially disrupt the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, which in turn can trigger diabetes. Artificial sweeteners, viz. Sweet'N Low (saccharin), NutraSweet and Equal (aspartame) account for a major market share in the U.S. They have reported a continuous decline in their market share from 2010 to 2013, which shows that the market for artificial sweeteners is shrinking in North America. However, the market for artificial sweeteners is growing moderately in emerging economies. In May 2009, Tate & Lyle (T&L) had stopped the production of aspartame in its manufacturing site at McIntosh, Alabama to concentrate its production in their state-of-the-art plant located in Singapore.

There is a growing trend towards blending two or more artificial sweeteners to mask their bitter or metallic taste in products. For instance, companies blend sucralose and neotame to enhance the quality of the final product. With extended government approvals for the use of artificial sweeteners in different regions and applications have significantly boosted the demand for these products. In August 1999, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had approved the use of aspartame as a general purpose sweetener and expansion of categories in the range of food & beverage applications. The European Union made a new amendment in December 2009 to use neotame as a sweetener across Europe.

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          Yorks lose again in South Africa   
Yorkshire end their Champions League T20 campaign with a four-wicket defeat by Chennai Super Kings in South Africa.
          Germany to fine Facebook, other networks for not removing hate speech   

Germany has passed a law that could see social media networks like Facebook and Twitter paying up to €50-million for failing to remove hate speech within 24 hours.
The Network Enforcement Act was drafted to tackle hate speech and fake news. It requires social networks to delete and block unlawful content.
Germany, like South Africa, takes a tough stance on hate speech in part due to its history. It has cracked down in recent years after the refugee crisis saw many taking strong anti-immigrant stances.
The new law will require networks to delete illegal content within 24 hours. Failing to comply will lead [...]

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          Weekly Round Up: Petya ‘ransomware’, SNES Classic & more   

Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days.
This week sees Hadlee Simons hosting Andy Walker and Stephen Timm.
Kicking off the podcast, Andy talks through the world’s latest cyber-attack. Petya, or NotPetya, reappeared in Ukraine this week after dying down last year. The attack targeted machines running Windows, and spread as far as Chernobyl, Mumbai and a chocolate factory in Tasmania.
Next up, Stephen talks of the Savca report revealing that South African private equity capital returns to investors were up 123.2% last year to R18.3-billion — up from R8.2-billion in 2015.
We then [...]

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          Zero Waste Tour South Africa   
So Zero Waste Tour South Africa happened in May, and I am writing a blog post about it at the end of June!  Slight delay. The tour was absolutely fantastic, and I wish it could have been longer, but it … Continue reading
          Comment on At last, some excitement at the World T20 by jimmymycrushie   
This was a strange tournament. I'm not sure why, there was a strange feel to it. Yup, England played with a team no one sensible would take to a World Cup. So inexperienced, so unpredictable. Plus, the ECB should never have made Stuart Broad the captain. He is crazy.<br /><br />Wonder why South Africa have been chokers for so long. Perhaps they need an unconventional psychologist or a journey or something, anything that would make them believe they are winners and have a fresh line of thoughts and approach.<br /><br />Australia looked strong. If they'd have won it, there would be no doubt over who was the best team in the tournament. West Indies are quite sloppy in the field, I didn't expect them to win. Sri Lanka couldn't have asked for a better opportunity, they have won numerous tournaments at home. But, the fact still remains that no home team has won World Twenty20.
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          South Africa dominate England Lions on day two at Worcester   
Gary Ballance is denied the chance to impress England selectors before Saturday’s Test squad announcement.
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Alex Hales is set to make his first appearance for England this summer when Eoin Morgan's side take on South Africa at Headingley this afternoon.
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from OFENTSE OLERILE in Rustenburg in South Africa RUSTENBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Zimbabwe Warriors were on the rampaging when they demolished Seychelles 6-0 in a thrilling Cosafa Castle Cup Group B encounter played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Friday evening. The Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa coached Warriors were in a no compromising mood as […]
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Lately, we have witnessed the sabre-rattling stance between North Korea and USA. The threat of nuclear war is alarming and cannot be discounted.

China has been spreading its economic power in Africa and elsewhere where there is an urgent need, which effectively gain itself friendship as well as immense influence in the process. Its special interest in South China Sea has seen the building of military bases within, with total disregard of international verdict at The Hague. Besides, it is investing heavily in Malaysia which many believe it can gain undue political influence from Malaysian leaders.

But how many of us have ever thought of using education as a weapon of destruction?

A University professor wrote an expressive message to his students at the doctorate, masters and bachelors levels and placed it at the entrance in a university in South Africa. 

And this is the message:

*"Collapsing any nation does not require use of atomic bombs or the use of long range missiles. It only requires lowering the quality of education and allowing cheating in the examinations by the students".*

The patient dies in the hands of such doctors

And the buildings collapse in the hands of such engineers

And the money is lost in the hands of such accountants

And humanity dies in the hands of such religious scholars

And justice is lost in the hands of such judges...

*"The collapse of education is the collapse of the nation"*


Malaysia has all along shy away from meritocracy in education, unlike Singapore. The latter gained from the brain drain of Malaysians unappreciated locally, and prospered to become one of the most advanced and richest nation in the world.

Through its own lack of foresight or nationalistic reasons, the level of education dropped drastically since it gained independence in 1957. Will we see the collapse of Malaysia in the long term because of this? Collapse seems too strong a term, but in comparison, the glaring success of Singapore which has nothing but human resources, and that also depended partially on foreign input, would put Malaysia which has natural resources to shame.


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Internet Solutions expects massive growth in South Africa’s data centre space, and foresees content distribution moving further to the edge of the network.
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          Angela Merkel Votes Against Same-Sex Marriage Law In Germany ‘Because Marriage Is Between A Man And Woman’   

Angela Merkel has voted against same-sex marriage in Germany because she believes that “marriage is between a man and woman”. Despite her opposition, the Bundestag voted to legalise equal marriage by 393 votes to 226, and the Chancellor said she hoped the move would improve social cohension. “For me, marriage in German law is marriage between a man and […]

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          Genius, 11, Invents Device to Prevent Child Deaths in Hot Cars   

He’s only 11-years-old but he’s already destined for big things.  Because Bishop Curry has invented a device that could potentially save dozens of lives. And it all started after he saw a local news report about a six-month-old who died after being left in a hot car. Within hours of hearing the upsetting news, Bishop […]

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          Gay Marriage Has Been Legalised in Germany   

German politicians have voted to legalise same-sex marriage. The matter of gay marriage was fast-tracked after Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that politicians could take up the issue as a ‘question of conscience’. The move meant that members of her conservative coalition, which has been against same-sex marriage, were free to individually vote for […]

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          Meet Basori, A 50 Year Old Man, With Just 29 Inches Body- Stopped Growing At 5 Years   

A 50-year-old man whose height is that of a healthy five-year-old is currently the toast of villagers and visitors to their tiny Indian village. As a toddler, there was nothing to distinguish Basori Lal from his peers, and it was only around age five that his family started to notice that he had stopped growing. […]

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          Kenyan Actress Lupita Featured on Jay-Z’s Album   

A few years ago, Lupita Nyong’o skyrocketed to stardom when she won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2014. She was literally on everybody’s lips, including hip hop mogul Shawn Jay-Z Carter. Actually, Jay-Z referenced her name in one of his songs – We Made It – rapping: “I’m on my Lupita Nyong’o […]

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          Spend A Day With Soccer Icon Lucas Radebe   

“Soccer can be very cruel”, says Lucas ‘Rhoo’ Radebe. “You can easily be distracted in this career.” Chatting to former Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs and Leeds United Captain at Multichoice, where the soccer icon was introduced as a mentor for Disney XD’s soccer-themed series,11. “When I was approached to be part of this, I got […]

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          Zuma Appoints New ConCourt Judge   

President Jacob Zuma has appointed Justice Leona Valerie Theron to the bench of the Constitutional Court, the Presidency said on Friday. Zuma appointed Theron in terms of Section 174 of the Constitution, after consulting Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and leaders of parties represented in the National Assembly, as required. Theron will fill the vacancy left by Johan […]

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          ANC Calls for Investigation Into BLF Intimidation of Journalist Peter Bruce   

On Thursday afternoon, members of the Black First Land First (BLF) party travelled to the house of TimesMedia editor Peter Bruce. Members of the party banged on Bruce’s garage door with the intention of intimidating him and his family. The slogan “Land or Death” was also spray painted onto his door. Image Credits:Twitter/ Eusebius McKaiser […]

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          Sad!! Sister Gertrud, An 86 Year Old Nun Was Gang R@ped And Murdered In Durban   

An 86-year-old nun was reportedly gang-raped before being murdered in her bedroom at a South African missionary. Gertrud Tiefenbacher’s hands had been tied with a typewriter cord and a towel placed over her face, say local police. Her body was found by other nuns at the Sacred Heart Missionary in Ixopo, a small town 85 […]

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          America’s Enemies Ally to Sink the Dollar   
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          Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize   

Friends, family, and readers know I applaud Snowden's brave whistle blowing and feel he should be allowed to return to the United States, granted total clemency, and thanked for his service to the citizens of this country. So clearly, I'm very happy about this, via CNN:

Two Norwegian lawmakers have jointly nominated National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize, they said Wednesday on their party website. 
Snowden has "revealed the nature and technological prowess of modern surveillance," and by doing so has contributed to peace, said a joint statement by Bard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen of the Socialist Left Party. 
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          6/30/2017: SUPER SPORT: Ferns rained out   
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After a sold-out run during the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, and the 2017 Better Lemons Audience Choice Award winner, A Steady Rain, written by Keith Huff (Mad Men, House of Cards) and directed by premier acting coach John Kirby (The Count of Monte Cristo, Peter Pan, Scream 4, This is Us), continues its run that has audiences on the edge of their seats. A Steady Rain re-opens July 14 at The John Kirby Studio in Hollywood for a three-week run through July 30.


Filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A Steady Rain is a gritty, darkly poetic duologue about two Chicago police officers whose inner need to serve and protect consumes them - and also rips them apart. RJ DeBard (The Commission, Remnant, God Shots) and Andy Hoff (Mad Men, NCIS, NCIS LA, Lethal Weapon, Justified, How I Met Your Mother, A Perfect Getaway) star as partners on the force whose lifelong friendship is put to the test when a deadly error of judgment sends their lives spinning out of control.


Joey (Hoff) and Denny (DeBard) are Chicago cops and lifelong friends. After being passed over for detective promotions the third time in a row, it's obvious that Denny's aversion to following protocol, Joeys drinking problem, and dual formal reprimands from the department are stonewalling their careers. When a domestic disturbance call takes a twisted turn, a severe lapse in judgement begins to unravel their trust and loyalty. Told entirely by the two characters, this story rips, seamlessly, between individual recounting and live action. It's increasingly apparent, however, that the two sides of their story don't add up.


Initially produced by Chicago Dramatists in 2007 and then at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago in 2008, A Steady Rain won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work. In 2009 it opened on Broadway in a production that starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig and broke box office records. Time magazine named A Steady Rain one of the Top 10 Plays of 2009, noting that "Huff's taut, tough-minded script takes potentially clichéd material - the moral challenges faced by cops on the urban mean streets - and makes it fresh and compelling."


"I was drawn to this remarkable story of friendship. These two Chicago childhood best friends have the same dream to "serve & protect". When the system fails them and the competition begins, who's going to protect them from their own human weaknesses. Keith Huff wrote a brilliant script that captures all humanities frailties," explains Kirby. "I was intrigued by this remarkable story of friendship. This two character piece allows my actors to go on a ride with every dimension of the human condition bringing about tour de force performances!"

Keith Huff has written the film adaptation of A Steady Rain for Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson (EON Films); original pilots for HBO, Steven Spielberg/Dreamworks TV and AMC; and was writer/co-producer for Season One of the NetFlix series House of Cards, featuring Kevin Spacey, and Season 4 of AMC's Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series Mad Men, for which he won a 2011 Writers Guild Award (Best Drama Series). Other plays include Big Lake Big City, The Detective's Wife, Pursued By Happiness, and The Bird and Mr. Banks. A Steady Rain continues to be produced across the US and around the world, including in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela. Huff has an MFA from the University of Iowa's Playwright's Workshop, is a Resident Alumnus at Chicago Dramatists, and is the recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award, the Cunningham Prize, the John Gassner Award, the Berrilla Kerr Award, and three Illinois Arts Council Playwriting Fellowships.


John Kirby was born to a successful theatre and television actor Bruce Kirby, and younger brother to the late actor Bruno Kirby, has balanced a demanding career that has spanned over three decades. At age 21 he held the Artistic Director Position at the renowned 'Cast Theatre' for several seasons with the late Ted Schmidt, kept busy writing a weekly column called "Casting About" for Dramalogue (now called BackStage West) and continues to dedicate himself and his abilities to each actor he works with. Hailed by the Hollywood Reporter as "An Actor's Guardian Angel" Kirby has trained, worked with, coached, taught, and directed thousands of incredible actors; from Oscar winners like Jeff Bridges, to a long list a Movie Stars including Cameron Diaz, Jim Caviezel & Morris Chestnut to Tony winners such as Judith Light for her Broadway performance of Wit. Kirby's work has taken him across the globe from numerous states in the U.S. to Australia, Scotland, Ireland, and South Africa. He has also worked with and coached on numerous Television programs including Chrissy Metz on NBC's new hit show This Is Us. He has also shared his expertise by appearing weekly on If I Can Dream, Hulu's first reality series produced by American Idol. Throughout the years, Kirby has directed numerous plays across the United States including; The Crucible, Our Town, Tartuffe and he also coached the entire cast of The 2015 National Tour of Tyler Perry's Madea on the Run.


Scenic design for A Steady Rain is by Mike Flannery; lighting design is by Donny Jackson; sound design is by Aaron Lyons; stage manager is Mara Aguilar; and produced by Andy Hoff and Nathan Nesbitt.

Performances of A Steady Rain take place on Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., July 14 through July 30. Tickets are $20. The John Kirby Studio is located at 1510 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90028. For reservations and information, call (323) 467-7877 or go to steadyrain.brownpapertickets.com.


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Gary Ballance is denied the chance to impress England selectors before Saturday’s Test squad announcement.
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          Sex and Gender in Sports: Part One   
It's just been Olympic time again, and that means we are overdue for a topic which I have been considering for a long time: how do you separate male and female athletes? This article was prompted by the Olympics, but has relevance to sporting competition in all spheres.

The modern Olympic games has been going for more than a century. Revived by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1896, the modern games started to allow women to compete in the 1900 games, held in Paris. But it took until 2012 (the London games) before every competing nation sent women athletes to the games, and the 2012 games were also the first to have women competing in every sport in the programme.

It turns out that men do better, in general, than women at sporting events. As just one example, the four-minute mile has been routinely broken by men, since it was first achieved by Roger Bannister in 1956, but no woman has ever achieved it; the fastest woman is still 12 seconds away. So it makes sense to segregate male and female athletes, so that the competition is fair.


Dora Ratjen
This throws up some problems. First, how do we actually decide who is a man and who is a woman? It hasn't ever been easy. Dora Ratjen was an intersex individual, born with ambiguous genitalia, assigned female at birth and raised as a girl. Ratjen competed for Germany in the women's High Jump in the 1936 Summer Olympic games, and finished fourth. In 1938, Ratjen competed in the European Athletics Championship, and won a gold medal in the high jump. The following year, Ratjen broke the World Record for the High Jump. After an official investigation (following a complaint from another athlete), Ratjen was, at that time, discovered to be working as a male waiter under the name Hermann. He was stripped of his title. Ultimately Ratjen chose the name Heinrich, and lived out the rest of his life as a man.

Wikipedia mentions two other athletes from this period, Zdenek Koubek, and Mary Weston, with similar biographies. These were intersex people with ambiguous genitalia, raised as girls, who competed as women. In common with Ratjen, Koubek and Weston each later transitioned to male.

US Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage called in 1936 for a system to be set up to examine female athletes to make sure they were actually female. Unfortunately, physical examination was the only way to do this. I do not doubt that those examinations were undignified, uncomfortable, and unreliable.

It took another 30 years for chromosome testing to be adopted, in 1968. Surely this would sort everything out, using hard science. Everyone knows that human males have the chromosome pattern 46XY, and females have the chromosome pattern 46XX. So there's your answer.

Maria Jose Martinez-Patino
Except that it isn't. Most individuals with androgen insensitivity syndrome have the chromosome pattern of a male, 46XY, and produce testosterone. However, their bodies are not sensitive to the testosterone, which means they develop as women. Such women are infertile, and lack a uterus, but are externally indistinguishable from 46XX women. Spanish athlete Maria Jose Martinez-Patino was disqualified from competition in the 1988 Summer Olympic games because she failed such a chromosome test, though she was reinstated for competition in the 1992 games. She has since become an academic, and has written about her experience here in the Lancet.

Likewise, some people have the chromosome pattern 47XXY (Klinefelter syndrome), or are mosaics (in other words, not all their cells have the same chromosome pattern).

So, once again, the testing lets us down. The problem is that, even at the chromosome level, the actual level of the DNA itself, humans don't fall neatly into male and female categories.

In 2011, the IAAF came up with yet another idea: that athletes should be separated according to how much testosterone they have. There is a good discussion of this ruling here. The focus on testosterone is because it's considered that a high level of testosterone is what provides men with their athletic advantage. The IAAF ruled (among other things):
  • Athletic competition will continue to be divided into men’s and women’s categories
  • A female with hyperandrogenism who is recognised as a female in law shall be eligible to compete in women’s competition in athletics provided that she has androgen levels below the male range (my italics)

  • The new testosterone limit was set at 10 nanomoles per litre of blood. This level was chosen because it's three times higher than the upper limit of normal for women, and it was reasoned that very few women would naturally have a testosterone level this high. It's at the very bottom of the normal range of testosterone for men under 50.

    This does solve some problems. It does away with examining physical characteristics and chromosomes (though not the indignity of subjecting someone's identity to detailed scrutiny). It even allows for athletes to potentially change sex and still compete as their new sex, provided their hormonal profile fits.

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    But once again, there are different problems. Enter Caster Semenya. This South African athlete became the centre of another humiliating sex-testing furore in 2009 aged 18, when she won the 800m gold medal. She was cleared by the IAAF to compete as a woman in 2010, and has, most recently, won Olympic gold in Rio in the 800m event.

    Details of Semenya's medical profile are somewhat sketchy, because she her test results have (rightly) been ruled confidential. The BBC reports that she has hyperandrogenism, which means her testosterone level is much higher than an ordinary woman, and even higher than many ordinary men. Indian athlete Dutee Chand has hyperandrogenism too.

    The pressure on athletes to succeed at the top level, where the difference between success and failure can be measured in milliseconds or millimetres, is enormous. Therefore, it's understandable that athletes want to take every possible step to maximise their performance (and understandable--but not forgivable--when some resort to cheating to make this happen). And it's understandable that their opponents may be angered by what they perceive as an athlete with an unfair advantage being allowed to compete against them.

    Because of the 2011 ruling, female athletes with hyperandrogenism were sometimes required to take medication to lower their testosterone to the "normal" female range. But it gets worse still. In 2016, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on health reported that "a number of athletes have undergone gonadectomy (removal of reproductive organs) and partial clitoridectomy (a form of female genital mutilation) in the absence of symptoms or health issues warranting those procedures". In other words, some athletes have been having surgery they don't need in order to ensure they don't fail a sex test. The UN is outspoken in its condemnation of this, and there are some more details here.

    The testosterone restriction was removed for the 2016 Rio Olympics, allowing Semenya (and other hyperandrogenic women) to compete, free of testosterone suppression, because the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that the limit should be abandoned for two years to study whether testosterone provides an unfair advantage to athletes. But the debate continues, and there is a powerful article here.

    All of the athletes we have discussed have been competing as women. There seems to be no restriction on anyone who wants to compete as a man. The IOC released a statement in 2012 which said this:
    IOC: In the event that the athlete has been declared ineligible to compete in the female category, the athlete may be eligible to compete as a male athlete, if the athlete qualifies for the male event of the sport.
    Faster than Caster: Usain Bolt
    The next point I want to make is that nobody here is cheating. Dora Ratjen was raised a girl through no fault of her own, and competed as a woman at a time when intersex conditions were poorly recognised or understood. Maria Jose Martinez-Patino has androgen-insensitivity syndrome. And Caster Semenya has hyperandrogenism. None of those people has deliberately done anything to improve their performance other than training. The notion that Semenya and other hyperandrogenic women should have their testosterone levels deliberately suppressed seems no more "fair" to me than the notion that Usain Bolt should have some of his thigh muscles removed, or his legs shortened, to make his performance "fairer". Intersex people have a long history of being "normalised" by medical treatments.

    But Joanna Harper, herself a transgender athlete and medical physicist, argues differently. My quotes come from Sarah Barker's excellent article here:
    Barker: ...success in sports is one of the greatest advancements in women’s lives. If we value women’s equality, it is imperative that we protect the ability of all women to succeed in sports. I believe that billions of potential female athletes deserve the right to compete with some semblance of a level playing field, and that requiring all women to compete within a given testosterone range is the best way we currently have to create such a playing field.
    Is testosterone everything? Surely not; otherwise Caster Semenya would surely be able to run a four-minute mile. The exact role of testosterone remains unclear; there is even a 2014 paper which analyses testosterone levels in 693 elite athletes. It discovered that 16.5% of men (and remember, we are talking about elite athletes) had low testosterone levels, while 13.7% of women had high levels, overlapping with the men. The papers authors concluded:
    Healy, et al: Hormone profiles from elite athletes differ from usual reference ranges. Individual results are dependent on a number of factors including age, gender and physique. Differences in profiles between sports suggest that an individual's profile may contribute to his/her proficiency in a particular sport. The IOC definition of a woman as one who has a ‘normal’ testosterone level is untenable.
    So the debate clearly has a way to go. I think my bottom line is this. If you are going to separate men and women in athletic competition, you need to draw the line somewhere. This will--inevitably--provide advantage to some people and disadvantage to others. If you draw that line as the body you were born with, then hyperandrogenic women like Caster Semenya will surely come to dominate women's sports. If you draw it at an arbitrary level of testosterone, then you will force some athletes to take medications (and in extreme cases, to have surgery) in order to compete.

    No easy answer. I had planned to include transgender athletes in this article, but, as usual, I have found too much material, so I will split this article into chapters. In the next section, I shall consider transgender (rather than intersex) athletes.

    ===
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    Around ten years ago Dickinson College history professor Kim Lacy Rogers traveled through Clarksdale and the Mississippi Delta seeking out stories from those who had lived through the Civil Rights movement.

    Talking with black Mississippians from all walks of life, the oral history interviews Roger’s captured during that time culminated in 2006 with the publication of her book, Life and Death in the Delta: African American Narratives of Violence, Resilience, and Social Change.

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    EARLIER this year, a crowd of patriotic Indian students bristled when Arvind Subramanian, the government’s chief economic adviser, showed them a slide with two charts. One showed India’s steady economic growth and flat debt-GDP ratio; the other China’s slowing growth and fast-rising debt. Yet India’s credit rating from S&P Global Ratings (formerly Standard and Poor’s), has been stuck at BBB-. China, on the other hand, was upgraded from A+ to AA- in 2010 even as its debt shot up. The slide was pithily titled “Poor Standards”.

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    The only known illustration of a woolly cheetah (Public domain)

    Nowadays, the once-obscure, elusive king cheetah, a mutant morph of the normal cheetah Acinonyx jubatusfamously adorned with an ornate patterning of stripes and blotches very different from the latter species' polka-dotted wild-type counterpart, is enjoying a well-earned scientific renaissance.

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    A king cheetah, famed for its exquisite and very elaborate markings, produced by a mutant gene allele (© Steve Jurvetson/Wikipedia – CC BY 2.0 licence)

    On 19 June 1877, Philip L. Sclater, longstanding secretary of the Zoological Society of London, recorded in its Proceedings (i.e. the PZSL) the acquisition by London Zoo of a most unusual cat - male and apparently not fully grown - which he described as follows:

    It presents generally the appearance of a cheetah (Felis jubatus) [the cheetah's old scientific name], but is thicker in the body, and has shorter and stouter limbs, and a much thicker tail. When adult it will probably be considerably larger than the Cheetah, and is larger even now than our three specimens of that animal. The fur is much more woolly and dense than in the Cheetah, as is particularly noticeable on the ears, mane and tail. The whole of the body is of a pale isabelline colour, rather paler on the belly and lower parts, but covered all over, including the belly, with roundish dark fulvous blotches. There are no traces of the black spots which are so conspicuous in all of the varieties of the Cheetah which I have seen, nor of the characteristic black line between the mouth and eye.

    Evidently this brown-blotched felid appeared very different from the usual form - to the extent that Sclater stated that it was impossible to associate it with this. Instead, he proposed for it the temporary name of Felis lanea, the woolly cheetah. It had been obtained from Beaufort West, South Africa, and, as Sclater himself remarked: "It is difficult to understand how such a distinct animal can have so long escaped the observations of naturalists".

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    The PZSL 1877 chromolithograph of the woolly cheetah that accompanied Sclater's report of it (Public domain)

    A year later, on 18 June 1878, Sclater noted in the Society's Proceedings that he had received a letter from a Mr E.L. Layard, informing him that a second woolly cheetah was currently preserved in the South African Museum. Like the first, it had been procured from Beaufort West. It had been killed by Arthur V. Jackson who, like Layard himself, assumed that it was an erythristic (abnormally red) variant of the normal cheetah. At the end of this item, in answer to an enquiry by Layard, Sclater recorded that the claws of the London Zoo specimen were non-retractile.

    Sharing Sclater's own bewilderment as to how so large and unusual an animal could have evaded scientific detection until then, many zoologists had grave reservations concerning his optimism that the woolly cheetah constituted a totally separate species. In 1881, English biologist Dr St George J. Mivart commented that the noted American zoologist Prof. Daniel G. Elliot regarded this felid simply as a variety of the known cheetah species (curiously, Mivart ascribed the presence of a stripe to one side – but not both sides – of the woolly cheetah's muzzle when describing this feline form in his book The Cat, a feature not mentioned by Sclater, and in any event highly abnormal, thereby confusing the issue even further).

    Dramatis personae in the woolly cheetah saga: Philip L. Sclater (public domain), Dr St George J. Mivart (Wellcome Images/Wikipedia – CC BY 4.0 licence), and Prof. Daniel G. Elliot (public domain)

    By then, London Zoo's specimen had died, and Elliot's opinion received support from the discovery by eminent mammalogist Oldfield Thomas of the then British Museum (Natural History) – now known as the Natural History Museum – that this cat's skull did not differ from that of any other cheetah.

    On 4 November 1884, Sclater recorded in the PZSL a woolly cheetah skin sent to him by the Reverend G. Fisk, again obtained from Beaufort West. In comparison with the zoo specimen, this example was more distinctly spotted, less densely furred, and rather smaller in size. Reverend Fisk believed that these differences were due to the specimen being a female, an explanation accepted by Sclater, who felt that this new skin consolidated his opinion concerning the woolly cheetah's separate status. The rest of the scientific world, conversely, remained unconvinced, so that since then it has been regarded as merely an unusual variant of the typical cheetah species.

    A normal, polka-dotted cheetah (public domain)

    The woolly cheetah may indeed be nothing more surprising than an atypical colour morph – perhaps a partial albino, as suggested by king cheetah researcher Lena Bottriell and felid geneticist Roy Robinson, or an erythristic version, as opined by Jackson and Layard. At the same time, Sclater's more radical views can also be appreciated, because this cat form differs from the typical cheetah not only in colour and markings but also in fur density and even in relative limb length. Simple colour variants do not generally exhibit such pronounced differences as these from normal individuals of the same species. Its shorter limbs suggest a non-cursorial life - could it possibly have been a forest form?

    It is worth noting that a 'lion-like forest cheetah' known as the kitanga was described in the 20th Century's early years to Major G. St J. Orde-Brown by the Embu natives of south-eastern Kenya (as recorded by Kenneth C. Gandar Dower in his book The Spotted Lion, 1937,  chronicling Dower's own searches for another of Africa's mystery cats, the elusive marozi). Moreover, according to correspondent Owen Burnham who lived there for many years, a comparable felid has occasionally been reported from the little-explored forests of Senegal, West Africa, where this region's subspecies of the typical cheetah, A. j. hecki, is extremely rare.

    A pair of marozis or spotted lions (© William M. Rebsamen)

    The possibility of a cheetah form becoming modified for life in this type of habitat is by no means implausible. On the contrary, even the normal spotted form is not an exclusive denizen of the savannahs. This was well demonstrated in March 1983, when Lise Campbell spied a single cheetah at a height of 2.5 miles in the vicinity of the Sirimon Track in the moorland zone of Mount Kenya. She had a second sighting later that day of what may have been the same animal, even higher, amidst the tufted high-altitude grass, and documented her observations in an East African Natural History Society Bulletincommunication (May-June 1983).

    As for the woolly cheetah: according to mammalogists Daphne Hills and Dr Reay Smithers in their Arnoldia Zimbabwe paper of 1980 (concerning the king cheetah), this odd form no longer occurs in Beaufort West. Presumably, therefore, it is extinct, and the chance to investigate further its precise taxonomic status similarly lost. Or is it? The Natural History Museum owns the skin of London Zoo's specimen – so now, with the ever-advancing techniques of DNA-based genetic analyses readily available to researchers, perhaps it may be possible to carry out some such tests upon small samples of this skin and finally reveal the precise genetic identity of the mystifying woolly cheetah.


    This ShukerNature blog article is excerpted and expanded from my book Mystery Cats of the World.







              THE FRASERCOT PELTS – A VERITABLE CHINESE PUZZLE SOLVED AT LAST   

    The Frasercot pelt originally owned (see Epilogue) by Mark Fraser (© Dr Karl Shuker)

    In a short Tetrapod Zoology online blog post of 13 August 2007 (click here), English palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish, who also has a longstanding interest in mystery animals, discussed a very eyecatching, enigmatic pelt owned by Big Cats in Britain (BCIB) founder Mark Fraser. As revealed by a colour photograph of it in his post, this most distinctive long-furred pelt sported a beautiful pattern of dark scallop-shaped markings resembling overlapping fish-scales, but which bore no resemblance to the pelage of any known mammal.

    This interesting post swiftly attracted numerous responses from readers, most of whom favoured various feline identities, including king cheetah, aberrant leopard, and woolly cheetah (a freak cheetah form reported from South Africa during the late 1800s and represented by a living specimen exhibited at London Zoo during that same period), although viverrid and hyaena identities were also mooted. Alternatively, could it be a fake – but, if so, how was it done? After all, surely it would take great skill to paint a pelt so meticulously with such a detailed pattern...wouldn't it?

    A chromolithograph from 1877 of the woolly cheetah briefly exhibited at LondonZoo at that time (public domain)

    In his blog post, Darren dubbed this mystifying pelt a Frasercot, in honour of its owner. He also noted that another pelt of this same type had been doing the rounds of antique fairs in Britain.

    Moreover, in October 2009 Darren was in Libya, conducting some palaeontological fieldwork, and while visiting a market in Tripoli he was surprised to see a Frasercot pelt for sale there, hanging down on one of the stalls. It was too expensive for him to purchase, and in any case he was naturally concerned as to whether he would be permitted to bring such an item through customs, so he had to content himself with photographing it (a photo of it duly appeared in a Tetrapod Zoology blog article by Darren uploaded on 16 November 2009 – click here to see the photo).

    Greatly intrigued by these pelts, in February 2012 I conducted some internet research concerning them. While doing so, I discovered a couple of photos of a smaller but otherwise identical pelt (alongside what looked like a second, larger one, but which was partly concealed from view by other furs) among the wares on the hand-cart of a fur vendor in Xiamen (aka Amoy), which is a major city in Fujian, southeastern China (these photos are viewable online here). The photos had been snapped on 31 October 2006 by a professional writer (name unknown to me) hailing from Mendocino in California, USA, but based in Xiamen during that time. Under her Flickr username 'Room With A View', she had later uploaded them into one of her online Flickr albums.

    Further investigations revealed that such pelts were actually from domestic dogs but had been skilfully imbued in some way with the distinctive Frasercot-style scalloping in order for the traders to pass them off as exotic big cat pelts and sell them for lucrative amounts to unsuspecting Western tourists. When I contacted Darren concerning my findings, he confirmed that he had made the same discovery in relation to the Libyan pelt. Indeed, on 15 December 2010, one of his blog's readers, with the username NaturePunk, had provided the following highly illuminating response to Darren's post regarding the Tripoli pelt, verifying my own independent findings:

    This is a dog skin that has been dyed to look like a cat skin. Common thing for vendors to do in Asian countries where dogs are killed for fur. I used to see this a lot when I lived there, and they would sell the dyed pelts along with pelts which were left un-altered. They see this sort of thing all the time at the Wildlife Forensics Center in Ashland [Oregon] where I live now.

    Here are some links to photos of vendors selling dog pelts on the streets, trying to convince people that they're either wolf or big cat skins, a few of which are dyed with the EXACT same patterns as the pelt pictured above [i.e. the Tripoli pelt].

    One of the links provided was the same as the one that I'd also discovered (and which I've given earlier here), to the photo of the Xiamen fur vendor with the pelts. A second one was to a photo that had been snapped and uploaded onto Flickr by Tennessee-born teacher Bill Benson, now living in Tianjin, northern China. It depicted another Chinese fur vendor, this time in Dalian (a big city and seaport in northeastern China's Liaoning Province), whose hand-cart bore a fully laid-out Frasercot pelt. Unfortunately, that particular photo is no longer accessible online (but I have a copy of it on file). Apparently, the vendor had tried to pass it off to Benson as a leopard skin (which it certainly wasn't – no leopard possesses the Frasercot scalloping pattern), but Benson affirmed that it was a dyed dog skin.

    Close-up of Mark's Frasercot pelt, showing its distinctive scalloping pattern (© Dr Karl Shuker)

    Even so, I was still unclear as to the manner in which such an intricate pattern was applied to the pelts, although I wondered whether it may involve a stencil or something similar in order to produce such a precise effect.

    At much the same time, I learnt from British naturalist and taxidermist Jonathan McGowan that he had included on his website (www.thenaturalstuff.co.uk) a photo of the Frasercot pelt that had been doing the rounds of the antique fairs - he saw it at one in Lincolnshire. Of particular interest, however, was that Jonathan was convinced that this particular pelt on which the scalloping had been applied was not from a dog but from a large cat, probably a unicoloured species such as a puma. Memorably, the stall-holder claimed that it was from a rare species that she called a fishscale leopard! On 5 March 2012, Jonathan kindly provided me with the following additional details:

    The pelt I found was at the RAF Swinderby antique fair in Lincolnshire about three years ago. I at first thought it was a painted dog pelt and asked the lady if I could have a look. On doing so I noticed the short legs with typical cat like short bristly fur on the ankles. The feet were cut off unfortunately but the head was on and it had typical cat shape with leopard like ears and big long whiskers, although few in number but not like small dog whiskers. The woman said that it came from South Africa and mentioned that even the dark scales have the skin underneath also black which proves that it is real! I replied that this does indeed suggest that it is a fake as dark pigmented skin does not correspond with dark hairs. It had nothing to do with it, but looking closely at it, only a few of the scallops had dark pigment under them anyway! And when I held the fur up to the light, I could see that each individual hair was black tipped correctly with lighter underneath. If it were a fake, I wondered just why some very skilled person went to the trouble of painting every individual hair just to produce this! However I am well aware of the Chinese ingenuity in regards to faking all kinds of things. Just maybe a mutant leopard did have such scalloping fish scale spots! I don't know but it is unlikely and I would rather see it as a hoax as a genuine thing. She wanted £200 for it and I had already spent my quota for the day.

    Messaging Mark Fraser online via Facebook also on 5 March concerning his Frasercot specimen, I learnt that its head was distinctly dog-like in appearance rather than cat-like, and that he had purchased it from Coventry-based taxidermy enthusiast Martin Cotterill, who in turn informed me that he had bought it several years ago from a dealer at Swinderby Antiques Fair! In other words, exactly the same fair where Jonathan subsequently saw the one that he photographed.

    As Mark's pelt is dog-headed whereas the one seen by Jonathan was cat-headed, they are evidently not the same specimen, but it seems reasonable to assume that they were from the same dealer – otherwise it is a truly formidable coincidence that two such similar yet extremely unusual pelts should come up for sale at the very same antique fair. If so, does this mean that the dealer had a regular supply of them, or had merely bought the two together as a one-off purchase? Whatever the answer, the very fact that a dog-headed pelt and a cat-headed pelt exhibited precisely the same highly-unusual scalloping pattern provided, I felt, conclusive evidence that the pattern was indeed applied artificially rather than being natural.

    Three photos of Mark's Frasercot pelt, showing its pelt, head, and a paw (© Mark Fraser)

    Mark uploaded some photos of his pelt's head and feet onto Facebook, and these were certainly canine rather than feline in shape. On 10 March 2012, moreover, I was able to confirm this directly, as well as ascertaining its total length (55 in from nose-tip to tail-tip) when Mark very kindly sent the pelt to me on loan in order for me to examine it. I was also able to see for myself that the artistic workmanship of the applied scalloping pattern was of an extremely high standard – but the biggest surprise, and revelation, was still to come.

    I showed it to my mother, Mary Shuker, who had always been very knowledgeable regarding clothes and fashion in general, and she told me straight away that she'd seen real and artificial (faux) fur coats with this same pattern in the past, and also with other exotic-looking patterns. She then took out of one of her wardrobes a faux fur jacket with an extraordinary pattern on it, totally unlike that of any real species but which, when I examined it, could be seen to have been applied in precisely the same way as the pattern on Mark's Frasercot pelt – i.e. with the pattern visible on the upper surface of the hairs but not on the undersurface.

    Mom's faux fur jacket exhibiting artificial patterning (© Dr Karl Shuker)

    Moreover, when I asked her how such a pattern could have been applied, she told me that she knew how – because the person from whom she'd bought this jacket had told her, informing her that it was applied by a machine that physically stamps the pattern onto the faux pelt using a form of heated inked plate bearing the pattern. And so, with that all-important disclosure, my mother duly solved the mystery of the Frasercot pelts!

    My mother, Mary Shuker (© Dr Karl Shuker)

    Meanwhile, for absolute confirmation of its taxonomic identity, Mark had kindly given me permission to snip some sample hairs from his pelt and submit them for formal trichological examination and identification. This I did, sending them to Danish zoologist Lars Thomas, based at the Zoological Museum of the University of Copenhagen, who has considerable experience in hair analysis. And to ensure absolute objectivity during their examination, I did not provide him with any information whatsoever as to the source of the hair samples.

    However, when Lars provided me with his findings, and which here on ShukerNature are now revealed for the very first time online, I was extremely surprised. This was because his initial, provisional examination of them had indicated to him that they were definitely not felid, but likely not canid either, seeming instead to be most probably of mustelid origin, and, more specifically, from the genus Mustela (containing weasels, stoats, ferrets, and polecats). Yet he was far from happy about this, because the hairs had also presented him with various anomalous features that he had not anticipated finding.

    In particular, their pigment granules looked very strange, and Lars wondered if they had received chemical treatment, because a lot of the colour in outlying regions of the hairs seemed unnatural, and therefore had possibly been dyed. Moreover, he mentioned to me that chemical treatment can make pigment granules split, thus making canid or felid hairs look like mustelid hairs, because pigment granules in the latter are clearly separate, whereas they are not in canid and felid hairs.

    I then provided Lars with full details of the hair samples' origin, knowing that he had heard of (but never examined) the Frasercot pelts, and I also sent him some photographs of Mark's specimen. After receiving my news and pictures, Lars then conducted a more detailed examination of the hair samples, which included sectioning one of the hairs – whereupon he discovered that it was round in cross-section. Crucially, this eliminated mustelids, because their hairs are oval or elliptical in cross-section. He also discovered that some of the hairs showed signs of heat damage and of being compressed, some of them being completely flat in very specific areas, as if they had been under pressure.

    Needless to say, this would be the case if the edge of a heated stamping device had been applied to them – which in turn is exactly what my mother had described concerning the artificial application of the Frasercot patterning on fur coats that she had seen. In addition, when Lars rubbed some of the darkest hairs with ethanol and various other solvents on a Q-tip, he was actually able to rub off some of the colouring. Consequently, he informed me that he now had no doubt that the hairs had indeed been somehow artificially treated and dyed.

    The scalloped markings of Mark's Frasercot pelt (© Dr Karl Shuker)

    An independent confirmation of his findings came unexpectedly when, while subsequently browsing online in the hope of finding further photos of Frasercot pelts, I revisited Bill Benson's Flickr albums and discovered that although his earlier-mentioned missing Frasercot pelt photo had not reappeared there, a second one was present in a different album by him. He had snapped it on 26 September 2006, and it shows an extremely large Frasercot pelt being held up by its street vendor, somewhere in eastern China (it is viewable here). However, whereas all previous Frasercot pelts seen by me have exhibited a pristine pattern, in this one the pattern is very patchy in appearance, with certain portions faded or even entirely worn off, clearly demonstrating that it had been artificially applied. Benson affirmed again that these pelts are indeed dyed dog furs, and he also noted that poor vendors from western China come to eastern China in the hope of selling their wares.

    Just as the riddle of the Frasercot pelts finally seemed solved, however, a further mystery arose concerning them. Prior to receiving the results of Lars's examination of the hair samples from Mark's specimen, I had discovered online a photograph of yet another Frasercot-patterned pelt – but crucially, unlike all previous ones encountered by me, this was not a detached pelt. Instead, it was a livedog, yet whose fur bore the characteristic fish-scale scalloping of the Frasercot pattern!

    The only information accompanying this remarkable, currently unique example was that the photograph had allegedly been snapped by a Mr Richard Brooks on the Indonesian island of Bali. I have spent considerable time trying to trace Mr Brooks, but all to no avail. And so, due to its great significance to the subject in hand, I'm including a small, low-resolution version of his photo here on a strictly Fair Use, educational, non-commercial basis only, acknowledging fully that Mr Brooks is its copyright holder.

    Live dog allegedly on Bali exhibiting Frasercot fur pattern (© Richard Brooks – reproduced here in low-resolution format on a strictly non-commercial, educational, Fair Use basis only; despite considerable attempts, I have so far been unable to trace Mr Brooks)

    Of course, in this age of readily-available photo-manipulation techniques, it needs to be stressed here that the worrying possibility of this photograph actually being the result of one such process cannot be ruled out, especially as its supposed originator has so far resisted all attempts to be traced and his name may therefore be fictitious, just a pseudonym.

    What makes this living Frasercot-patterned canine specimen so fascinating if indeed genuine, however, is that clearly its pattern could not have been applied to it by a mechanical, heat-stamping device. So as the Frasercot pattern is of artificial, man-made design, it must have been applied to the dog's fur by being painstakingly painted upon it, and surely with the dog fully anaesthetised while this very delicate process was being performed (having said that, the spots on this live dog are rather bigger than those on all Frasercot pelts currently recorded, so it would have been less difficult to apply them to it).

    The obvious question to be asked here is why anyone should wish to perform such an elaborate form of decoration upon a live dog anyway. But perhaps its Frasercot-adorned coat made it valuable or much sought-after as a pet, or even for sale as an exotic 'rare breed' to some unsuspecting tourist, and it is certainly not the first time that I have seen domestic animals with intricately-embellished coats.

    Dog with fake spots in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India (© Sukanto Debnath/Wikipedia – CC BY 2.0 licence)

    For instance, there are photos of many different examples online involving dogs, including tiger-striped, leopard-spotted, and even black-and-white giant-panda-rendered versions (utilising chows - click here for photos). Also, while visiting Tijuana, Mexico, in 2004 I saw one of the famous 'Tijuana zebras' – in reality, donkeys that have been painted with stripes in order to look like zebras – being used for photo sessions with tourists.

    One of Tijuana's famous 'zebras' – in reality a donkey with painted-on stripes (public domain)

    So it would seem that after perplexing cryptozoologists and mainstream zoologists alike for many years, the mystifying Frasercot pelts are finally a (Chinese) puzzle no longer.

    My sincere thanks to Mark Fraser, Lars Thomas, Dr Darren Naish, Jonathan McGowan, Martin Cotterill, and above all my late mother Mary Shuker for their greatly valued contributions to my Frasercot investigations; and additionally to Mark for so kindly loaning to me his Frasercot pelt for examination.


    EPILOGUE – 19 April 2017

    Today I discovered herethat Mark's Frasercot pelt was sold on the internet auction site Ebay UK on 28 June 2014, but at present I have no further details concerning this transaction or its new owner/whereabouts.

    Photographed alongside me for scale purposes (I stand 5'10" tall) while on loan to me during March 2012, the Frasercot pelt then-owned by Mark Fraser (© Dr Karl Shuker)






              EXPOSING YET ANOTHER FAKE BLACK LION PHOTOGRAPH   

    Yet another fake black lion photograph currently circulating online (© Bridges, reproduced here on a strictly non-commercial Fair Use basis only, exclusively for the purposes of education and review)

    Several photographs purporting to be of genuine black lions (i.e. melanistic specimens) are presently doing the rounds on the internet, but as I exclusively revealed on ShukerNature quite some time ago (click here and here) they are all fakes, digitally produced from existing photos of normal lions or, in one instance, of a real white lion. Recently, however, I encountered online a black lion photo that I had not previously seen (and which opens this present ShukerNature blog article). So, just like before, I duly investigated it – and indeed, just like before, it duly turned out to be yet another photoshopped creation.

    Using Google Image, I swiftly discovered that this photograph appeared in a sizeable number of websites, but in some of them the photo contained a small yet very telling inscription tucked away within its bottom left-hand corner – Worth1000.com – and, immediately, all became clear. For until it was incorporated within DesignCrowd.com's site, Worth1000.com had been a website long famous for its thematically-based competitions to produce first-class digitally-created images. The inscription present in this black lion photograph thereby confirmed that the latter image had been produced specifically for entering in one such competition, and therefore with no intention by its creator to deceive anyone. Unfortunately however, it has since been erroneously assumed by some websites to be a genuine photo of a genuine black lion.

    The same black lion photograph, but containing the Worth1000.com inscription, which had been removed from the version that I had first seen online (© Bridges, reproduced here on a strictly non-commercial Fair Use basis only, exclusively for the purposes of education and review)

    The competition in question was entitled 'Color Blind 14' (click here to see all of the entries), and the username of the entrant who submitted this black lion photo was Bridges - my grateful thanks to Twitter colleague AI M for kindly supplying me with this information.

    All that remained now, therefore, was to trace the original, non-modified lion photograph that had been used as the basis for the modified, black lion photo – and thanks once again to Google Image I was soon able to do this. Interestingly, as in one previous case involving the creation of black lion photos, it proved to be a photo not of a normal lion but of a rare white lion instead (such specimens are seemingly leucistic rather than albinistic, as they possess either blue eyes or normal-coloured golden eyes – click here for more details). The white lion in question was named Letsatsi, housed at the famous Lion and Safari Park in Gauteng, South Africa, and was photographed by Arno Meintjes on 24 September 2005. His photo appears on his Flickr site (click here), also on numerous other websites (including that of Project Noah – click here), and is included in the visual comparison below on a strictly non-commercial Fair Use basis only, exclusively for the purposes of education and review, alongside the fake black lion photo created from it by Bridges:

    The fake black lion photo (top) alongside the original photo of a real white lion (bottom) (© Bridges / © Arno Meintjes – both photographs reproduced here on a strictly non-commercial Fair Use basis only, exclusively for the purposes of education and review)

    Another 'black lion photo' case duly solved.

    More details concerning purported black lions, as well as white lions, spotted lions, striped lions, green lions, horned lions, winged lions, lion hybrids, and many other leonine anomalies, can be found in my books Mystery Cats of the World and Cats of Magic, Mythology, and Mystery. And to read a poem of mine inspired by the concept of a black lion, click here.






              Turkish Cargo opens Johannesburg, Madagascar routes    
    Istanbul-based Turkish Cargo, a division of national flag-carrier Turkish Airlines, will launch scheduled freighter flights to South Africa and Madagascar from Saturday, the company said on June 30.
              Love dogs or the Wild Coast? Watch this heart-warming new ad   
    Love dogs or the Wild Coast? Watch this heart-warming new ad

    South African dog lovers and outdoor enthusiasts have taken to social media en masse to share their love for Journey, the new Bobtail dog food ad directed and shot by Egg Films’ Jason Fialkov for Mortimer Harvey.


              The United Nations: Voice Of The Voiceless?   

    Every day we hear about violence and human rights abuses around the world, often feeling angry and helpless about the situation – because it doesn’t appear to be getting any better. Many people are also disillusioned with the response – or lack of response – from the United Nations (UN) in such situations. This is exactly how I felt when attending the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva or the UN Forum on Minority Issues. Attending the sessions did not help with my disappointment in the UN, however, the experience helped me to better understand the massive challenges facing the UN. When sitting in the sessions in the main meeting room at the Palais des Nations, the ‘Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room’, under the most extraordinary ceiling one could imagine, I was listening to oral submissions by NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations). One after another, with sometimes forty to fifty NGO submissions per session. Each submission detailed instances of human rights violations in different parts of the world. Mass murder, killings, persecution, sexual violence, abuse, slavery, discrimination – but these are just words. However, in that room, the words were given meaning, a story, often with graphic details, the words of each NGO telling the UN about the suffering and pain of the people they represent.

    Palais des Nations, United Nations Office in Geneva. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Despite all the pain and suffering detailed in these reports, both to the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Forum on Minority Issues they are only the tip of the iceberg.

    Most people who have experienced violations of their human rights are not represented at the UN – the bars to representation there are many and the cost is prohibitive. Stories are told at the UN primarily through representation by NGOs – NGOs, furthermore, who would have to be able to travel to Geneva to attend any of the aforementioned sessions. The expense of such travel is outside the budget constraints of a majority of NGOs. It would also be necessary for the representing NGO to gain a consultative status of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which can be a difficult process, and stories of NGOs being denied accreditation continue to circulate. Without such accreditation, the ability of NGOs to fully communicate to the highest levels within the UN are limited; they may submit reports for UN Universal Periodic Review; they may attend the UN through invitation from other, larger NGOs, or member states; but there is no chance to speak, in their own capacity, to an assembled group of experts, United Nation staff and representatives of member states, as well as journalists and other invited parties. Despite the fact that a key purpose of the UN should be to give a voice to the voiceless, the bureaucracy and limits placed on civil society NGOs which prevent their involvement there limit the ability of the oppressed to communicate their suffering.

    Most recently, at the beginning of February, an application for consultative status by Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an NGO working to promote the right to freedom of religion or belief and so raising awareness about the persecution of Christians around the world, was rejected after almost eight years of deferment.  The decision to reject their application is surprising, especially after recent reports naming Christianity as the world’s most persecuted religion, making CSW’s area of work more important than ever. As the situation of Christians around the world is deteriorating, the persecuted need more voice. Are there too many accredited NGOs representing persecuted Christians at the UN? Although the list of accredited NGOs includes many who may include working with persecuted Christian communities as part of a wider brief or mission, the number of specialist NGOs in this field who have gained accreditation is limited.

    The broken cross of a Christian Church is seen in the town of Qaraqosh. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

    If the issues the NGO is working on require attention, require UN assistance, and there is not enough representation at the UN, why would the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations reject the application? The answer may lie in the mechanism of approval by member states. Greece, Israel, United States, and Uruguay voted in favor of the accreditation. However, Burundi, China, Cuba, India, Iran, Nicaragua, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, Turkey, and Venezuela voted against. The list of countries rejecting the accreditation speaks a thousand words. Pakistan is ranked 4th on the recently released Open Doors World Watch List 2017, a ranking of 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted. Sudan was placed 5th, followed by Iran in 8th, India in 15th, Turkey in 37th, and China in 39th place. And so the UN allowed states that are notorious for allowing the persecution of Christians in their territories to silence a voice that persecuted Christians so desperately need. Permitting states to cover up their own shortcomings by filtering those who would report them, has created a lack of accountability in the UN system.

    Bureaucratic flaws in the decision-making apparatus at the UN, such as that detailed above, are contributing factors to the disillusionment felt by many at the UN’s lack of response to human rights violations. Preventing NGOs from speaking out on the human rights issues that affect those they represent further stifles the ability to prevent those abuses and means the UN will continue to fail those suffering the most across the globe.


              Trump’s crudeness: Should he be fired?   
    If President Donald Trump were anyone else, he’d be fired, or at least reprimanded, for his latest tweets attacking a female TV host, social media and workplace experts say. And if he were to look for a job, the experts say, these and past tweets would raise red flags for companies doing social media background checks, an increasingly common practice as tweets and Facebook posts become a daily, sometimes hourly part of our lives. Of course, Trump is anything but typical. Still, experts say it’s a mistake to think that because the president is getting away with calling a man “Psycho Joe” and saying a woman was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” and had “low I.Q.,” regular people would get away with it, too. “Mr. Trump would be fired for his tweets of today, and nearly every day,” said Mike Driehorst, a social media expert at the marketing agency Weaving Influence. “Most companies have a thin skin when it comes to public criticism and media reports.” Nannina Angioni, an employment attorney at the Los Angeles-based law firm Kaedian, said certain speech is protected, such as posts about a workplace grievance or organizing a union. But she said that if “you take to Twitter to call your boss a ‘psycho’ or say that your CEO has a ‘low I.Q.’ that could absolutely get you fired.” That applies even to chief executives. “Any good outside crisis adviser would tell the company’s board that they have no choice but to terminate the CEO,” said Kara Alaimo, a public relations professor at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. “Today, more than ever before, citizens expect companies to espouse and uphold values.” PLENTY OF EXAMPLES In 2013, Justine Sacco, a 30-year-old public-relations executive for the internet company IAC, tweeted, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” Though it was on a personal account with only 170 followers, the tweet quickly went viral. She didn’t learn she had become a top “trending topic” — not in a good way — as her phone was off during an 11-hour flight to South Africa. She was fired, of course. Earlier this year, the New York Post fired football writer Bart Hubbuch for comparing the president’s inauguration to the 9/11 attacks. He has since deleted the tweet and apologized. A month later, a preschool teacher in Texas lost his job over a series of anti-Semitic posts, including a tweet that said “kill some Jews.” Nancy Salem had also retweeted: “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough!” according to a news report at the time. Salem later apologized. BROAD RANGE OF POLICIES What happens when workers send out crude, hateful or offensive tweets — especially if they fall in a gray area — can depend on where they work. Many policies encourage common sense, such as refraining from posting private company information or speaking on behalf of the company unless authorized. Hate speech and offensive comments are also frowned upon. “Customers, colleagues, supervisors, suppliers, competitors and others may have access to your posts,” General Motors’ policy states. “Offensive or inappropriate remarks are as out-of-place online as they are offline. Use the same set of standards as you do in the physical workplace.” Government agencies such as the General Services Administration prohibit “engaging in vulgar or abusive language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms targeting individuals or groups.” The White House didn’t respond to requests for comment. Coca Cola’s policy, meanwhile, doesn’t spell out that employees shouldn’t harass others or post racist rants, yet such topics can be construed as falling under “common sense.” The policy reads, “You are responsible for your actions. We encourage you to get online and have fun, but use sound judgment and common sense.” The computer chip maker Intel also trusts employees to use their own judgment. “What do our policies mean? They mean that we trust you,” the guidelines state. “We bring smart people into the Intel family and we expect you to make smart decisions.” But as Sacco, Hubbuch and Salem learned, with trust comes responsibility and if you tweet first and think later, you could face dire consequences. GROWING SCRUTINY As for the next job, Social Intelligence is one of a growing number of companies that screens social media accounts of prospective employees — similar to criminal background checks or credit reports. Its president, Bianca Calhoun Lager, said the company has seen a “really big demand growth” since early 2016. Anecdotally, she said the attention on tweets and other social media during the 2016 elections may have contributed to the growth. The company screens people’s publicly available posts against a set of criteria such as potentially illegal or violent activity, or content that is sexually explicit, racist or intolerant. About 10 to 15 percent of the applicants screened get flagged, often for multiple incidents, suggesting a questionable post is more than a mistake. Rather than wait for an employee to engage in conduct that can lead to firing, Lager said employers are increasingly protecting themselves from hiring people who might create a hostile workplace to begin with. ___ AP Business Writers Tali Arbel and Candice Choi in New York, Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher in Detroit and Jonathan Lemire in Washington contributed to this story. _______________________________________________________ Copyright © 2017 Capitol Hill Blue Copyright © 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved  
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    Zimbabwe: Zinara Suspends Top Brass
    By Takunda Maodza
    Zimbabwe Herald

    Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) has suspended its top brass in finance, administration and human resources departments on charges which include violating tender and procurement procedures, The Herald has learnt.

    Director, administration and human resources Mr Precious Murove, finance manager Mr Shadreck Matengabadza and administration manager Mr Peter Bweterere were suspended on Wednesday.

    The trio's suspension came a week after Zinara suspended its finance director Mr Simon Taranhike. While details on Mr Taranhike's suspension are still sketchy, it is reportedly linked to non-adherence to prescribed processes and procedures.

    The Herald understands Mr Taranhike violated procedures in the repayment of a loan to the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). The bank is said to have lent Zinara $206 million towards the rehabilitation of the Plumtree-Mutare Highway.

    Zinara spokesman Mr Augustine Moyo yesterday confirmed the suspension of Messrs Matengabadza, Murove and Bweterere.

    He said Messrs Murove and Matengabadza were suspended for not following tender and procurement procedures, while Mr Bweterere shares his charges with Mr Taranhike.

    "I am driving from Victoria Falls from a ZNCC conference and that is the little I have got," said Mr Moyo. Mr Murove refused to comment on the matter yesterday, referring all questions to Zinara chief executive Engineer Nancy Masiyiwa-Chamisa.

    The ZINARA-DBSA deal has been shrouded in controversy.

    In November last year, The Herald reported that South African businessman Mr Niko Shefer was alleged to have siphoned millions of dollars from Zinara as facilitation fees for the $206 million loan secured from DBSA.

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    The Johannesburg-headquartered construction concern allegedly coerced ZINARA to pay Value Added Tax and inflated costs. ZINARA then demanded repayment within seven days and it is still not clear if the road administration got anything back.

                 
    Address by YCLSA National Secretary Cde Mluleki Dlelanga at Youth Month Rally: Mpumalanga Province
    18 June 2017

    Consolidate young communists, organize young people and prepare for socialism!

    Leadership of the SACP as led by Cde Madala Masuku, Leadership of the African National Congress by Cde Aron Motsoaledi, Leadership of COSATU as led by Cde Zingiswa Losi, Leadership of the Progressive Youth Alliance, Our National Chairperson Cde Yershen Pillay, Our esteemed National Committee Members, Our Provincial Secretary Cde Tinyiko Ntini, together with all Provincial Secretaries, Former Leaders of the YCLSA, Young revolutionaries who come from across the length and breadth of our country.

    Receive our special profound revolutionary greetings from the 4th National Congress National Committee on this assembly of young revolutionaries during our month as youth of South Africa.

    As the current generation of the YCLSA , First, we first salute the 1976 generation of young people that stood up and fought gallantly against brutal apartheid system and we also salute and thank YCLSA founding members and former leaders of the YCLSA who have established ,moulded , defended and builded this home of the young communists , the YCLSA. These comrades include the likes Mbeki, JN Sigh, Willie Kulk,Stanley Silwana,Sara Sable( the first National secretary of YCLSA), Eddie Rough, Moses Mabhida, Joe Slovo, Ruth First(the second National Secretary),Chris Hani, Moses Kotane, whom we continue to pay homage and remember as we continue with the baton that they have left to those who came before us.

    Secondly our youth month 2017 message is about young people that are unemployed, about employed youth, about young people that has been abused, about young people that have been raped, about young people that have been killed, young people that are casualties, young people that have no access to education, about unemployed graduates

    What is the problem, what is the nature of the problem and what must be done

    South Africa's history of Colonialism, Apartheid and Segregation has led to institutionalized and systemic poverty, inequality, unemployment and underdevelopment requiring a decisive state-led response to redress the imbalances of the past. The brutal and fascist, white monopoly Apartheid regime, systemically dehumanized and underdeveloped black South Africans as part of ensuring a conveyor belt of future labour for the extraction of surplus value with the ultimate objective of ensuring the economy remains solely owned and controlled by white monopoly capital.

    Youth constitute a significant, growing and distinct group in society. Much can be said about how society views youth. The way in which society views youth is critical to shaping perceptions by the adult population and how youths view themselves. There are three contending social perspectives on youth; youth as consumers in society, youth as problems to society and youth as assets to society.

    The legacies of colonialism, apartheid and segregation have produced and reproduced the challenges of youth unemployment, poor quality education, lack of skills, high levels of HIV/AIDS, and low levels of entrepreneurship amongst the youth. It is no wonder that despite significant strides since the advent of democracy in 1994, the majority of young South Africans remain doubtful of a better life endowed with education, skills, jobs and opportunities for social and economic progress.

    Youth must lead their own development and the state must support. Youth must be at the forefront of building schools, libraries and community centers as community builders and leaders of society. Young South Africans must never destroy or damage buildings such as schools or hospitals simply because of anger and frustration due to the lack of access to these buildings or to demand something else. Youth anger must be challenged strategically where youth build and not destroy where youth repair and not damage and where all youth are intellectually and productively militant and not destructively emotional.

    Comrades, allow me to look closely on youth unemployment as it is a major problem facing young people in our country. The youth unemployment statistics in the first quarter of 2017 increased by 1.2 of a percentage point to 27.7% - the highest figure since September 2003.

    The statistician-general of Statistics South Africa, released the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the first quarter of this year recently, saying that the growth in employment was offset by the increase in the number of job seekers who entered the market in the beginning of the year.

    The expanded unemployment rate - which includes those who wanted to work but did not look for work - increased by 0.8 of a percentage point to 36.4%, or 391 000 people. This amounts to 9.3 million people who were unemployed but wanted to work in the first quarter of 2017.

    The statistician-general of Statistics South Africa further said the gap between the unemployment rate envisaged in the National Development Plan (NDP) and the current rate is widening.

    "The NDP states unemployment should be 14% by 2020 and we have only two and a half years to that target," he said. "The gap to 2020 currently stands at 13.7 percentage points."

    In the fourth quarter of 2016, unemployment stood at 26.5%.

    Of the 433 000 of people who joined the ranks of the unemployed in the first quarter of 2017, approximately 58% were young people between the ages of 15 and 34 years. &quot;Unemployment remained high among those with an education level of less than matric at 33.1%, which is 5.4 percentage points higher than the national average.&quot;

    This number is even higher when the number of discouraged work seekers is taken into account. The quarterly figures show that less than 5% of the discouraged work seekers have tertiary education, while approximately 72% had an education level below matric.

    The unemployment rate among graduates are 7.3%.

    Employment by industry level

    The employment by industry levels through the latest figures show that the manufacturing sector reflected the biggest growth in employment in the first quarter of 2017 - by 62 000.

    The mining industry showed employment growth of 26 000 after a decline for four consecutive quarters.

    The agricultural sector shed 44 000 jobs in the period under review, while employment in the trade sector dropped by 15 000.

    Jobs in the informal sector also went down by 14 000 to 2.7 million.

    Unpacking our theme: consolidate young communists, organize young people and prepare for socialism

    When we say that the YCLSA is the home for Communist Youth, branches should bring this into reality as a major player in regard to being a training ground for young communist for the SACP. Therefore, all our strength and resources should focus on building strong YCLSA structures especially the branches.

    The YCLSA should strive to establish branches in all wards, in townships, rural areas, villages, suburbs, towns, workplaces, campuses, and all other places were young people are based. The minimum objective is to establish branches where we currently have SACP Branches, but this should not limit our potential to grow beyond the SACP, thus, indirectly increasing the organisational form of the SACP.

    In doing so, branches should be engaged in the following tasks, to satisfy their vanguard and vigilant role:

    Engage into continuous Political Education programme, aimed at introducing youth and members to the basic philosophy of Marxism-Leninism.

    Introducing members to the constitution of the YCLSA through branch inductions.

    Engage into focused and targeted recruitment of youth, particularly young women, white and coloured youth.

    Lead in international, national and local campaign that seeks to undermine the power, presence and exploitative nature of capitalism.

    Take up various civil responsibilities so as to identify and deal with the problems confronting youth.

    The capitalist social system is characterised by poverty, unemployment, and inequality and class exploitation. This affects the section of society we seek to represent. It also provides political space for the organisation to mobilise youth to fight against this system. As the struggle against Apartheid was one through many forms and tactics, so will the struggle against capitalism.

    In order to increase our mass-base, and to be an advanced guard for youth development, youth interest and aspirations, we need to put concerted efforts towards campaigns. The purpose of our campaigns should be to expose the brutality and inhuman of capitalism, and to highlight the plight of the working class and poor youth. In as much as most of the campaigns that we will engage into will not immediately usher a socialist society, they intervene in scathing minimal but qualitative bruises to the capitalist system. This also provides a platform to draw attention to the fact that societal crises are as a result of capitalist accumulation path.

    We must continue to put our focus and target the following sections in our society and target the brutalities below:

    Socio-Economic Conditions of Young People, Socio-Economic Transformation and Development
    Education, Training and Human Resources Development - Health, Sexuality and the HIV/AIDS pandemic
    Transformation of Gender Relations and Women's Emancipation
    Marginalized Youth and Minority Youth
    Culture, Religion and Ideology
    Criminal Justice
    Environment
    Sports and Recreation

    Our campaigns should also be used to mobilize and organize youth behind the banner of Socialism and Communism, and to ensure that minimum but emphatic struggles are waged against capitalism. We can also use campaigns to educate youth about the social ills that are as a result of the system of capitalism, and how certain behaviour&#039;s, conducts and addictions are as a result of profit and not entertainment. However, as the YCLSA, we should not fall in the trap of making noise and not providing solutions. The YCLSA can engage into alternative seeking Projects by encouraging the formation/ establishment of co-operatives across the province and Issue-Based Campaigns. We must also use South African Road to Socialism as a guide to our programmes and we must set a progressive youth agenda that will characterize a developmental agenda. Therefore if we can succeed on this revolutionary work our organization indeed will be consolidated and young people should have been organized and the momentum, the capacity and preparations for socialism will be indeed in full swing.

    Comrades, there are also current problems facing young people that are not being said?

    As the YCLSA we are in a firm view that to remain silent is the betrayal of the struggle. Our revolution and the Alliance is experiencing turbulences. The sovereignty of our country is a stake. It is not business as usual, the abnormality is the normality we are not lamenting. We are telling things as they are. On this youth month of 2017 we are speaking truth to power and power to truth as part of taking responsibility for the revolution as well as fighting for the betrayal of the revolution. History teaches us that all revolutions and all revolutionaries are capable of selling out the revolution. At times we might be confused that is it him/her, we say history is on our side we are all capable of selling out the revolution. Young revolutionaries and revolutionaries must never be confused when our revolution is being sold out!

    Comrades, a democracy that was won through sweat, blood and struggle has been sold out to the Guptas. Yes monopoly capital is our strategic enemy but the immediate threat to our country, to our people, to our sovereignty are the GUPTAS. Guptas are the enemy of the youth and Guptas are the enemy of the growth and development of our country.

    Corruption is the enemy of our revolution and youth of our country, young people who are not connected or political connected to them growth and development is a dream.

    Factionalism is the enemy of our revolution and the youth of our country, faction rotate, and a faction produce another faction. Factions are brutal and factions are cruel. Factionalism robs young revolutionaries on understanding the theory of the revolution and understanding and valuing the unity of the organization. Factionalism leads to patronage politics and blind loyalty. Patronage corrupt and make young people individual henchmen whilst blind loyalty deprive young people opportunity to objectively understand and differentiate between what is right and what is wrong.

    Capitalism is the mother enemy of the young people, capitalism creates youth unemployment, poverty, in equality, youth in drugs etc.

    Comrades, this what is facing our revolution, the young people and young revolutionaries is the contradiction of the contradiction. We raise this issues that people are afraid to tell the youth of our country. We say to the youth of our country judge us , criticize us , insult us but truth is on our side , we will continue to say no on anything that seeks to affects the future of our youth and our country. We raised the issue of the former security branch member Mr. Ntlemeza, we were insulted but we won. We raised the about Brian Molefe, the golden boy of the Guptas, we were insulted but we won. We are raising the issue in particular the influence of Guptas, we are being insulted, but we know we will win. Now also we have an issue with the Minister of Guptas, Mr. Malusi Gigaba, he is not the Minister of Finance is the minister of the Guptas. He has betrayed the 1976 Youth Generation mission and even betrayed the current youth generation. We say to him you are compromised, your consciousness if you have it must guide you on what you do, either you resin or not but it must guide you. We are also saying now to the President of the Guptas , Mr. Jacob Zuma , who has decided instead of being the President of the ANC and the Republic of South Africa but decided to be the President of the Guptas , we say on behalf of over 105 000 members of the YCLSA, please step down . You have lost your credibility.

    TWO YCLSA MESSAGES TO SENIOR LEADERS AND YOUTH OF OUR COUNTRY
    As the YCLSA on this youth month rally of 2017, we want to send a clear and unambiguous message both to the all senior leaders in the congress movement and the youth of our country.

    Do not corrupt us!

    Young people are the current and the future of both the congress movement and our motherland South Africa. If you care about the future of this country. Don't corrupt us! Instead your responsibility is to teach us about an organization, teach us about the history of our revolution, teach us about the theory of the revolution, teach us about being patriotic and teach us about love for humanity and the importance or the fundamental principle of serving the people.

    YCLSA is your organization!

    As the YCLSA, we are the youth-wing of the SACP however the youth of our country should know that whether you are a member of YCLSA or you are not a member YCLSA is your organization. YCLSA continues to champion the needs, interests and aspiration of all young people in our country. History is on our side, history speaks for itself for us. In our consultative conference, we resolved in the Ten Youth Demands for 2015:

    Decent jobs and a living wage for all workers including young workers and learners.
    Free education for all from pre-school to tertiary education
    Basic services for all
    The provision of good quality treatment , care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS
    An end to the abuse of women and children
    Lowering the pension age to 55 for all women and men in order to create work opportunities to young people
    Extension of child support grants to cover young people up to the age of 16
    The extension of the school feeding scheme to high schools
    Nationalization of all land for productive economic use by landless communities targeting jobless young people
    Public ownership of all mineral wealth
    On our youth month rally in 2016, we launched a youth manifesto with the Ten Youth Fronts:

    Creating jobs for youth
    National youth service
    Improving access and success in education
    Social cohesion and nation building
    Youth enterprises and cooperatives development
    Mentorship
    Health and well-being
    Youth and the environment
    Infrastructure and ICT for youth
    Sport and recreation

    As the YCLSA, we want to argue that while much progress has been achieved since 1996, a new approach that is mass-based and focused targeting unemployed youth, youth from poor households and youth in rural areas is the next phase of youth development most appropriate for a second, more radical phase of the national democratic revolution (NDR). The focus of youth development in the second, more radical phase of the NDR should be on education and skills development, youth entrepreneurship and cooperatives development as well as social mobilization - all of which are the key drivers of accelerated job creation for young South Africans. We argue that more needs to be done to foster a culture of youth entrepreneurship and cooperatives development in order to develop youth who are job-creators and not simply job seekers. As part of making education fashionable, a culture of academic excellence and increased access to education for youth from poor households and youth in rural areas must be prioritized in the new approach.

    Finally, we stress the importance of social mobilization and the need to institutionalize, mainstream and massify youth service in the second, more radical phase of the NDR. The greatest challenge confronting the youth movement today is that of youth unemployment. We therefore argue that the strategic objective of a new approach to youth development should be accelerated job creation for youth in the second, more radical phase of the transition. The new approach to youth development should inform the review of the national youth policy, the review of the integrated youth development strategy and the development of a long term youth employment plan as a blueprint for accelerated job creation.

    Red card to corruption, Red card to dictators and Red card to lies!

    We want to say to SACP and COSATU we applaud you and admire you courage and resilient for speaking out about what is happening in the ANC. No one has a license to speak only about ANC. ANC is the project of the South African people. We all joined the ANC and paid the same subscription amount.

    If the working class is the main motive force of the national democratic revolution as the ANC asserts on strategy and tactics document, then working class has every right not only to express but also to assert its views on who should lead the revolution. The ANC is not national democratic revolution and national democratic revolution is neither ANC nor was it first conceived by the ANC.

    But, if the ANC expects to lead national democratic revolution organizationally, it must also expect that the character of its leadership will be discussed by the main motive force of the revolution, the working class.

    The word democratic in the national democratic revolution, first and foremost means that the leadership of the revolution must itself be a result of democracy or a democratic process. It is dictorial to expect people to follow leadership they could not express their views about it in the first place.

    But as the YCLSA , we note that on the ANC leadership discussion the word women has been vulgarized and has only been centered around one women, whom we are not sure about her capacity. We believe that the name proposed is supposed atleat to be the President of the ANCWL than the ANC as in the ANCWL the is a vacuum of the President.

    As the YCLSA, we want to categorically say we support struggles of the working class women. We support poor women, we support women's work in the kitchens, we support women's that are being raped every day and we support all the women's both employed and unemployed, they must count us, we fully support them.

    We also want to say to the women's in the congress movement, they must refuse women to be used. Any women that has allowed herself to be abused they must stand up and say not in our name.

    The name proposed for ANC president does not even by inch represent the poor women, women in the kitchen and all unemployed women's. This women's candidate is totally belonging in a very different class. Therefore, as the YCLSA we can't support such name and such imitative.

    We say to the youth our country the time is now to emulate the generation of 1976

    We say to the youth of our country let's stand up and fight corruption

    We say to the youth of our country, let's stand up and fight the Guptarization of the ANC and the State

    We say to the youth of our country, lets strive to be the worthy sons and daughters of martyrs that fought for freedom

    We say to the youth of our country, let's all rise up and fight for free, compulsory and quality education for the poor

    We say to the youth of our country, let's all stand up and fight for nation building and development of our country

    We say to the youth of our country, let's stand up and fight the corporate capture of the state by Guptas and its stooges

    We say to the youth of our country, let's all in unison say capitalism is our strategic enemy

    We say to the youth of our country, we are the present and the future and we are building that future and that future is socialism.

    YCLSA leads, YCLSA lives, YCLSA sharpen contradictions and YCLSA provide direction

    Socialism in our life time.

    Amandla!

                 
    Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the South African Communist Party Gala Dinner
    23 June 2017, Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni

    Leadership of the South African Communist Party,
    Distinguished Guests,
    Comrades and friends,

    It gives me great pleasure to greet you - the leaders, supporters and friends of the SACP - on the occasion of this gala dinner.

    We meet here in the Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo, as we celebrate the 100thanniversary of his birth.

    During this year, we have dedicated ourselves to honour his memory by restoring to our movement the values that he represented and the principles for which he stood.

    During this year, we have dedicated ourselves to pursue with greater focus and determination his vision of a South Africa in which black and white shall live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity.

    We have dedicated ourselves to strengthen the Alliance as an effective instrument of fundamental change.

    It was on the occasion of the 60thanniversary of the SACP in 1981 that Oliver Tambo described our Alliance in the following terms.

    He said:

    "The relationship between the ANC and the SACP is not an accident of history, nor is it a natural and inevitable development…

    "To be true to history, we must concede that there have been difficulties as well as triumphs along our path, as, traversing many decades, our two organisations have converged towards a shared strategy of struggle.

    It is this shared strategy of struggle that binds our two organisations - the ANC and the SACP - together.

    Certainly, we are bound together by a shared history of struggle.

    But far more important than that, we are bound together by a shared commitment to the liberation of our people from all forms of oppression and exploitation.

    We are not bound together by electoral alliances or pacts of convenience.

    We are bound together by the shared vision of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.

    As the decades have passed, and as the struggle has moved onto a new terrain, the need for a united, strong and effective Alliance has never been greater.

    The organisational challenges we face, the social and economic realities we must confront and the forces of reaction that we must defeat, all require that the Alliance must remain intact.

    And yet, all is not well within the Alliance.

    Each of the components of the Tripartite Alliance - the ANC, SACP and COSATU - are experiencing their own challenges in maintaining the cohesion of their structures and the coherence of their policies and programmes.

    At the same time, relations between the components of the Alliance have in recent times been strained.

    Different components of the Alliance have taken positions and made public pronouncements that are sharply at odds with each other.

    We cannot allow this to continue.

    If we do not address the tensions within the Alliance, we will weaken - and perhaps ultimately destroy - the greatest hope that our people have for social and economic freedom.

    We must begin now, deliberately and honestly, to work through the differences between our formations.

    We need to do so politically, avoiding the temptation to personalise our difficulties.

    We need to hold fast to principle, act in a disciplined manner, and place the interests of the people above everything else.

    Repairing, uniting and building the Alliance is among the most pressing revolutionary tasks of the moment.

    I firmly believe that, as in the past, we are up to the task.

    Comrades and Friends,

    It is fitting that, as we celebrate the life of Oliver Tambo, we reflect on what his legacy means for the South Africa which we are seeking to build.

    It is exactly 40 years since OR Tambo addressed our combatants in Angola on the challenges of seizing power.

    He warned of the difficulties of meeting the expectations of the masses.

    Above all, he said, avoid repeating the mistakes of the enemy.

    As we gather here at this moment in the history of our revolution, 23 years after seizing power in a democratic election, we are bound to reflect on those words.

    For we are in danger of repeating the mistakes of the enemy.

    There are signs that we may not have learnt the lessons of history.

    There are signs that we may have taken for granted that our revolutionary movement would never succumb to the corrosive currents of political power.

    In considering the state of our country and our movement, we should acknowledge that there is much to be concerned about.

    In doing so, we should not surrender to the feverish narrative of the opposition forces, which seek to deny the outstanding achievements of the last two decades.

    We cannot deny that the ANC, its Alliance partners and the people of this country have made profound progress in fundamentally changing South Africa for the better.

    But as a revolutionary movement, we are bound also to recognise where we have made mistakes, where we have fallen short, where we have taken a wrong turn.

    And as a revolutionary movement, we must correct our mistakes and return to the path that leads to the complete liberation of our people.

    The enemy that we confronted in the struggle to defeat apartheid made the mistake of thinking that power was a substitute for justice.

    It thought, incorrectly, that the might of the state was more powerful and enduring than the will of the people.

    We need to scrupulously avoid making a similar mistake.

    We occupy positions of responsibility solely at the behest of the people and solely to serve their interests.

    The resources that we have to deploy, to manage and to account for, belong to the people and may only be used to improve their lives.

    They may not be used to benefit ourselves or our friends.

    The policies we adopt, the laws we enact, the regulations we enforce are solely intended to serve the needs of our people.

    They are not meant to secure advantage for narrow interests or unduly benefit those that are well-connected.

    We cannot accept in any manner, shape or form the notion that state entities are being used to divert contracts to particular individuals and families.

    We cannot accept any such practices, because they stand in fundamental opposition to the values of the movement that Oliver Tambo led for three decades.

    We cannot accept any such practices because they rob the poor and the marginalised not only of the resources that are due to them, but also of the better future that has been promised them.

    The apartheid enemy had a callous disregard for the rights of the people and the responsibilities of a constitutional state.

    For all their talk of law and order, the apartheid leaders undermined even their own draconian legislation when it served their needs.

    Beyond the law, they had a covert apparatus that was a law unto itself, with little regard even for the courts of a discredited minority regime.

    We must not make a similar mistake, thinking that the constitutional covenant on which our democratic nation is built can be readily changed to serve parochial interests.

    Our Constitution must not be tampered with.

    The institutions of our democracy must not be undermined.

    We must view with concern suggestions that the constitutional mandate of institutions like the Reserve Bank should be summarily changed.

    These are matters that must be approached deliberately, supported by evidence, buttressed by solid arguments, and widely canvassed.

    They need to be approached with a comprehensive understanding of the contribution that such institutions make to the stability of our economy, and, hence, the contribution that such institutions make to our ability to fulfil our mandate for fundamental transformation.

    We must equally be concerned about the development of a culture in which it is possible to burn down schools, destroy libraries and set fire to city halls to draw attention to a grievance.

    It cannot be correct that schools are closed for weeks because of protests over a road.

    We must build a society where those in power are responsive to the cries of the people.

    We must build a society where those who have grievances raise their concerns without doing damage to their own interests and those of others.

    Unlike the South Africa of old, we need to have mechanisms to manage conflict, mediate differences and address the concerns of the people.

    The apartheid rulers made another fundamental mistake - they thought that their economy could survive the isolation of international sanctions.

    As we know, their economy couldn't survive.

    Instead, the final years of apartheid were characterised by dwindling investment, rising unemployment, a growing budget deficit and spiraling debt.

    The apartheid rulers also made the mistake of thinking that an economy that effectively excluded the majority of the people could be sustainable.

    Even now, two decades later, we are living with the legacy of this fundamentally skewed economic approach.

    We should not make the mistake of thinking that we can grow a successful economy that creates jobs and opportunities for all without investment.

    We operate in a global environment where we need to compete with other countries for capital, jobs and trading opportunities.

    We need to develop an environment that is conducive to productive investment that creates jobs and advances the interests of our people.

    We need to significantly increase the levels of investment in the country's economic and social infrastructure.

    For that we need, among other things, access to affordable finance that does not consign future generations to permanent indebtedness.

    That is why we need to care about things like investor confidence, sovereign credit ratings and competitiveness rankings.

    But at the same time, we need to act with purpose and speed to fundamentally change the structure of our economy.

    We must undo not only the concentration of economic power in the hands of white, mostly male, South Africans, but we must also end the dominance by just a few companies of critical sectors of the economy.

    We must diversify our economy both in terms of who owns, controls and benefits from it, but also in terms of what it produces, manufactures and exports.

    We must, in short, undertake a process of radical economic transformation for shared and inclusive growth.

    We must undertake a process of radical economic transformation that draws on all the resources and capabilities of our people.

    And we must do so by bringing together all sectors of society into a social compact for growth and transformation.

    Just as we fought to achieve consensus on the principles, values and progressive provisions of our Constitution, so too should we strive to build consensus on the economic path we must necessarily follow.

    It is this imperative that should inform our approach to critical transformative instruments such as the Mining Charter.

    If we are to succeed in transforming an industry like mining, we need to make sure that the process is inclusive and the outcomes broadly accepted.

    We need to understand the economics of such an industry, its exposure to fluctuations in global demand, its dependence on capital investment and the significant delay between startup and the realisation of returns.

    We also need to understand how, even now, it continues to resemble the apartheid mining model and how fundamentally it needs to change.

    That is why it is critical to engage on the measures we need to take to transform the industry and ensure that it is able to grow, thrive and create jobs.

    We should indeed pursue black ownership targets that are ambitious, particularly those that relate to communities and workers.

    We need a mining charter that delivers real benefit to the people whose land is being mined and that those who work in those mines have a proper share in the fruits of their labour.

    We know from other industries that it is possible to both pursue meaningful transformation and increase levels of investment in the industry.

    Managed correctly, transformation should make industries like mining more stable, more sustainable and more attractive to investors.

    We are hopeful that the engagements that are currently taking place on the issue of the Mining Charter will achieve such an outcome.

    Comrades and Friends,

    The SACP has been a consistent champion of real and fundamental radical economic transformation.

    Not only has it provided intellectual rigour to policy debates within the Alliance and broader society, but it has also taken up popular campaigns to effect real change in people's lives.

    The SACP has, for example, led the financial sector campaign to ensure that financial services are available and affordable for the poor.

    Over many years, it has mobilised, organised and agitated for the transformation of one of the most vital, yet unrepresentative, sectors of our economy.

    In doing so, it has made the critical point that the transformation of our economy - indeed, of our society - cannot be left to charters and codes and legislation alone.

    Transformation requires the active involvement of the masses of our people.

    They need to be engaged in campaigns and programmes that bring about change in the areas that most affect them.

    Even in difficult times like these - where the ANC and the Alliance are facing numerous challenges - the SACP continues to provide steady and consistent leadership on important matters of principle.

    Although not unaffected by the impact of incumbency on our movement, the SACP has remained steadfast in its commitment to the values of the revolutionary Alliance and vocal in condemning practices that undermine the struggle for a
    national democratic society.

    More than that, the SACP continues to provide us with the analytical tools that we need to understand the ideological and political currents within which we find ourselves today.

    The relationship between the ANC and the SACP is not an accident of history, nor is it a natural and inevitable development. For, as we can see, similar relationships have not emerged in the course of liberation struggles in other parts of Africa.

    Allow me to conclude with some more of the celebrated words of OR Tambo on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the SACP.

    He went on to say:

    "Ours is not merely a paper alliance, created at conference tables and formalised through the signing of documents and representing only an agreement of leaders. Our alliance is a living organism that has grown out of struggle... It has been reinforced by a common determination to destroy the enemy and by our shared belief in the certainty of victory."

    Tonight, as we celebrate and salute the SACP, we can confirm that the words of Oliver Tambo still ring true.

    We will have difficulties as well as triumphs along our path.

    But we will always be bound together by our shared belief in the certainty of victory.

    I thank you.

                 
    Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 11th National Congress of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union
    26 June 2017, Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg

    Leadership of NEHAWU,
    Leadership of the Alliance,
    Comrades and Compatriots,

    Thank you for inviting me to address you on the occasion of your 11th National Congress.

    It is fitting that we meet here today on the 62nd anniversary of the adoption of the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People.

    It is the vision contained in the Freedom Charter that binds us together, as an Alliance, as a democratic movement and as a people.

    It is a vision of a South Africa that belongs to all who live in it, black and white.

    It is a vision of a society where no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people, where the people share in the country's wealth, and where there are houses, security and comfort.

    It is this vision that finds expression in the Constitution of NEHAWU, in its objectives, in its policies and its programmes.

    As you gather to review progress since your 10th National Congress, as you identify the priorities of the moment and the tasks you need to undertake, it is important also to consider the progress we have made in advancing the vision of the Freedom Charter.

    Working together, as the people of South Africa, we have changed the face of our society in profound ways.

    We have dismantled the apartheid state and built credible, durable and accountable democratic institutions.

    We have provided housing, electricity, water and sanitation to millions of our people.

    We have opened the doors of learning, significantly expanding access to both basic and higher education.

    Through redistributive policies and social security programmes, we have lifted millions of people out of absolute poverty.

    We have improved access to health by ensuring that clinics are built, maintained and appropriately equipped.

    Although we have achieved much, we know that there is still much more that we need to do.

    Many of our people are still poor and unemployed.

    Many have yet to fully realise their Constitutional rights and enjoy the benefits of freedom.

    Too many of our people die from hunger, disease and neglect.

    We are still among the most unequal societies in the world.

    As we gather here, at the 11th National Congress of NEHAWU, it is this challenge - to fundamentally improve the lives of all our people - that must be at the centre of our deliberations.

    It is this challenge that must also occupy the minds of delegates to the ANC's National Policy Conference, which starts later this week.

    For it is at the Policy Conference where the ANC, together with its allies, examines in detail the progress made in implementing its policies for radical change.

    It must examine the extent to which it has advanced the vision of the 2012 Mangaung Conference of a new era of accelerated social and economic transformation.

    It must establish what has worked, and what hasn't.

    It must determine where policies need to be refined or changed, where implementation needs to be enhanced.

    Most importantly, the Policy Conference must establish a platform for rapid growth, massive job creation and fundamental economic change.

    This is an opportunity to place the South African economy on a new trajectory.

    This is a critical discussion to have now as the country finds itself in difficult economic circumstanes.

    Having recently entered a recession, the economy is still some distance from achieving the rates of growth needed to create jobs on a significant scale.

    The recent ratings downgrades not only undermine investor confidence, but they make it more difficult and more expensive to raise finance for the transformation and development of our country.

    We need to address these challenges in the context of relatively low global demand for the commodities we export.

    We also need to address these challenges in the context of the inherited distortions, inefficiencies and severe inequalities of the apartheid economy.

    It is therefore critical that we act with purpose and urgency on a common programme to stimulate growth, job creation and transformation.

    It is critical that all social partners bring together their resources, capabilities and energies to implement practical measures that can effectively turn our economy around and set us on a path of shared prosperity.

    We need to address the concentration of ownership and control in our economy.

    Not only does the economy need to be deracialised, but we need to end the dominance of a few large companies in key sectors.

    By ending unhealthy market dominance, we will be creating space for new entrants, improving efficiency, encouraging innovation, creating new jobs and reducing prices of goods and services.

    We will begin to make our economy more competitive and more resilient.

    Government is working to increase levels of investment in productive capacity through streamlining investment procedures, establishing special economic zones and refining industrial incentive programmes.

    We are also leveraging our infrastructure investment spend to promote local production and local skills development.

    We are working to reposition our state owned enterprises to more effectively fulfil their developmental and economic mandates.

    That includes improving coordination and oversight, improving governance and financial sustainability and addressing inefficiency in operations.

    Most importantly, we need to urgently get young people into employment.

    In part, this means ensuring that young people have the skills and qualifications that our economy needs - through increased funding for higher education, the expansion of TVET colleges and greater collaboration between education institutions and industry.

    It also means mobilising companies across the economy to recruit young people into paid internships as part of a massive programme to provide valuable work experience to a million youth over three years - and even more beyond that.

    It means significantly increasing support to small black owned businesses by replicating successful models of incubation, training and financial support across the country on a far greater scale.

    These are among some of the measures that are underway - and which need to be accelerated and intensified - to transform our economy and promote inclusive growth.

    To succeed however, we need to ensure that there is clear leadership from all sectors of society.

    All social partners need to be united and all need to be aware of their responsibility to act in the interests of the country.

    Within this, the Alliance needs to play a central role, providing direction, leadership and support.

    The Cuban revolutionary Manuel Pineiro was speaking to all of us engaged in this struggle when he said:

    "Let us increase our vigilance against complacency and arrogance - which may appear like weeds in our work and, if we don't uproot them in time, wind up by invading everything.

    "Let us oppose them with revolutionary unpretentiousness... Let us oppose this with the careful administration of resources, systemisation, planning, and the most intelligent use of all human and technical resources we have."

    We cannot effect meaningful change if we become complacent, if we become comfortable with our own positions in the status quo.

    We dare not accept that the pace of change is fast enough or that the means we have employed so far are sufficient.

    We dare not allow ourselves to be blinded by arrogance to the needs of the people.

    We dare not allow whatever differences we may have among ourselves to blunt our efforts to improve the lives of the working class and poor.

    We cannot have a fractured Alliance, we cannot have a weakened State.

    We need to confront the challenges we face.

    We need to identify our shortcomings and acknowledge our failures.

    Most importantly, we need urgently to take measures to correct our weaknesses.

    We need to restore hope and trust.

    We must address the concern among our people that some leaders - across all spheres of government and in the private sector - are helping themselves to resources meant for the poor.

    We must confront the allegations of state capture, as more and more evidence emerges of undue external influence over appointments and procurement decisions within public institutions.

    The announcement by the President that he will soon be appointing a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate all these allegations needs to be welcomed and supported.

    We should also be encouraged by statements from the Hawks that they are investigating allegations of criminal conduct in this regard.

    South Africans do not want, and do not deserve, leaders who are unaccountable and act with impunity.

    They want leaders who conduct themselves with honesty, integrity and selflessness.

    They want leaders who are able to innovate, manage change and drive essential programmes for development.

    They want leaders who will listen to them, leaders who will keep them engaged, interested and informed.

    They want leaders whose only commitment is to bettering the lives of the people.

    They want a liberation movement and a progressive trade union movement that is responsive, accountable, effective and efficient.

    This year, we have several opportunities to advance the renewal of our movement and Alliance.

    We must emerge from this Congress and those of other affiliates of Cosatu, from the 14th National Congress of the SACP in July and from the 54th National Conference of the ANC in December, more united, more coherent and more capable of fulfilling our responsibilities to the people.

    Let us seize these opportunities to decisively tackle the difficulties in our movement and Alliance.

    Let us speak openly and honestly.

    Let us be disciplined and principled.

    Let us ensure that we listen to our members and empower our branches.

    Comrades,

    It is our duty to organise the working class to ensure radical economic transformation is truly inclusive and that it fundamentally benefits workers.

    It is through the struggles of the working class that the national wealth of our country, the heritage of South Africans, will be restored to the people.

    That means that we must work harder to ensure the broad participation of workers in the direction and exercise of political power.

    We must create opportunities for workers to make a meaningful contribution in decision making.

    This needs to took place throughout society, but especially so within the Alliance.

    The unity of the alliance is founded on a common programme and commitment to the strategic objectives of the National Democratic Revolution.

    We should understand that workers participate in the advancement of the National Democratic Revolution because it creates the most conducive conditions through which South Africans will be able to feed, clothe and shelter themselves as part of the journey towards realising their full human potential.

    The ANC cannot lead a national democratic struggle without the well-organised motive force of the working class, nor can socialists create the conditions for socialism without a democratic society.

    Workers must therefore organise themselves to ensure that the ANC is indeed a disciplined force of the left.

    It needs to ensure that the working class bias of the ANC is not mere rhetoric, but is evident in policy and practice.

    In a developmental state, progressive unions are partners.

    They serve the interests of their members while at the same time collaborating in advancing a programme of social and economic development.

    They are as committed to the fight against poverty, inequality and unemployment in broader society as they are to advancing the rights and working conditions of their members.

    They know that a union's struggle cannot be merely to strive to eat, drink and have shelter and clothing before it pursues politics.

    They understand the intersection between struggles on the shopfloor and the struggle for political and economic freedom.

    To succeed in fulfilling its mission, NEHAWU needs to redouble its efforts to grow union membership.

    It needs to recruit those workers that are not unionised, proving that it is a capable instrument to protect and promote their interests.

    We look to NEHAWU not only to advance the interests of its members in the workplace, not only to advance the interests of its members in communities, but also to take responsibility for contributing to the success of radical economic transformation.

    We look to NEHAWU to organise, to mobilise, to conscientise to strengthen COSATU, the Alliance and the ANC.

    It is no coincidence that this NEHAWU Congress takes place on the anniversary of the Freedom Charter.

    The Freedom Charter is fundamental to the character of the union.

    We have every confidence that NEHAWU will continue to pursue the vision of the Congress of the People, to advance the cause of the working class and to be at the centre of the fundamental transformation of our society.

    On behalf of the African National Congress, we wish you every success in your deliberations.

    I thank you.

                 
    62nd Anniversary of the Freedom Charter an Opportunity to Recommit Ourselves to Unity
    26 June 2017

    The African National Congress celebrates the 62nd Anniversary of the Freedom Charter in a South Africa markedly different from the exclusionary, racist and repressive country of the apartheid regime. Through the advancement of the radical program of the National Democratic Revolution, South Africa today has all the key tenants of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society - a mere dream to our forebears, the drafters of the Freedom Charter in 1955.

    Sixty two years on, our country has much to celebrate as we continue to advance the implementation of the demands of the Freedom Charter. While, together, we have recorded significant successes in dismantling institutionalized racism and lifting the quality of life of many our people, the perennial challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality remain - stubborn and still defined by the contradictions of race, class and gender.

    In 1955, our people declared with no fear of contradiction that, "South Africa, belongs to all who live in it, black and white" . They developed the Charter as the common program of the South African people, becoming the primary political program of the ANC led government in the democratic dispensation. In the words of President Oliver Tambo, "The Charter expresses the aspirations of our people, regardless of color, for the right of the majority to rule our country and regain their stolen birthright, the wealth and land of our country".

    These aspirations of the people laid the foundation for the development of the Constitution of the Republic which poignantly echoes the call that, "South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity". It further sets out the platform for co-existence and the minimum program for co-operation by all in our society. In this regard, the Constitution enjoins us to "Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;"

    The struggle of the South African people led by the ANC was and remains a struggle against racial domination not a struggle against a particular race. The ANC remains committed to resolving the national grievance not by fighting white people, but fighting the system of oppression and its legacy.

    As we mark Freedom Charter Day this year, the African National Congress calls on South Africa across all our artificial divides to unite behind the long-held aspirations of the of the Freedom Charter and our nation's vision as outlined in the Supreme Law. Pushing back the frontiers of poverty, dealing decisively with unemployment and eliminating inequality requires resolute action from all social partners. Of necessity, as a country we must build on that which unites rather than belabor that which divides.

    For its part, the African National Congress will utilise its upcoming National Policy Conference to accelerate the program to realize the aspirations of the Freedom Charter. We will reaffirm the ANC's non-racial character whilst remaining true to our historic mission to effect fundamental socio-economic transformation to the benefit of Blacks in general and Africans in particular.

    It is an accepted fact that the democratic government inherited an economy dominated by monopoly capital, with a few white-owned conglomerates owning large swathes of critical sectors. The principal enemy of the National Democratic Revolution is monopoly capital, made up of local and foreign corporations controlling large chunks of the economy, regardless of its color. To drive transformation of our economy, to the benefit of all our people, we must be unyielding in our project to dismantle monopolies

    We must also come up with bold proposals to usher in a skills revolution amongst young people in the country. Confronted by the reality of the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we must ensure that we prepare our youth and our country for a new and different future in an ever evolving world.

    We must be ruthless in our quest to turn South Africa into a construction site thus ensuring we overcome the legacy and injustice created by colonialism and apartheid by creating monuments of manufacturing excellence in our township and rural areas.

    The African National Congress calls on all South Africans to have unity of strategic perspective on the nature and character of the society we build. We must promote a common loyalty to, and pride in, the country; and, to create a universal sense of freedom and security within its borders. We, all of us who live in South Africa, black and white, must hold hands to build a thriving and prosperous society characterized by total fulfillment of the aspirations of the Freedom Charter

    Issued by the African National Congress
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    South African Government Urged to Hold Job Summit to Tackle High Unemployment
    Xinhua
    2017/6/29 9:09:12

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    The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) stressed the need on Wednesday to hold a job summit to develop a job plan for the country.

    This came after Statistics South Africa released figures on Tuesday which show that the economy has shed close to 50,000 jobs in the last quarter, and almost 60,000 in the past year.

    The high unemployment rate, which hovers around 27 percent, poses a significant, real and immediate challenge to the government led by the African National Congress (ANC), COSATU national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said.

    The ANC will hold its Policy Conference in early July to map out future steps to cope with the current economic situation.

    "COSATU is going to the ANC National Policy Conference to contest the neoliberal policy framework that has left the economy of our country in the hands of the few monopolies and also left more than 9 million people unemployed," Pamla said.

    The ANC Policy Conference will have to come out with real and practical solutions to the ever-growing crisis of unemployment, he said.

    Also on Wednesday, AngloGold, Africa's biggest gold miner, announced a plan to cut 8,000 jobs since two of its mines have reached the end of their economic lives.

    The company said the cuts are part of its effort to improve cost base and production of its operations in the country.

    The National Union of Mineworkers called on the company to rethink its position.

    COSATU, the country's largest union federation which has more than 2 million members, has been calling for a job summit to be convened to discuss retrenchments and employment creation long before the economy went into a technical recession.

    The job summit "will help us develop a jobs plan for the country and not hope and wait for a miracle to help us with unemployment," Pamla said.

    COSATU argues that the long-term unemployment problem in South Africa can only be resolved if the flawed structure of the South African economy is addressed.

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              Canada’s Dark History in Africa: Killing Natives and Seizing Their Land for Leopold II in Congo   

    Canada’s Dark History in Africa: Killing Natives and Seizing Their Land for Leopold II in Congo

    A Brutal Part of Canada's Dark History in Africa. The Role of Canada's William Grant Stairs

    Global Research, June 30, 2017
    Dissident Voice 28 June 2017

    Featured image: Aged and Women had to die of starvation under the rule of King Leopold II in Congo. (Source: Annoyz View)

    Canada’s 150th anniversary offers a unique opportunity to shed light on some darker corners of Canadian history. One of the dustier chapters is our contribution to one of the most barbarous regimes of the last century and a half.

    In a bid to extract rubber and other commodities from his personal colony, Belgian King Léopold II instituted a brutal system of forced labour in the late 1800s. Individuals and communities were given rubber collection quotas that were both hard to fulfill and punishable by death. To prove they killed someone who failed to fulfill a quota soldiers from the Force Publique, the colonial police, were required to provide a severed hand. With Force Publique officers paid partly based on the number collected, severed hands became a sort of currency in the colony and baskets of hands the symbol of the Congo Free State.

    King Leopold II (Source: Annoyz View)

    Between 1891 and 1908 millions died from direct violence, as well as the starvation and disease, caused by Leopold II’s terror. A quarter of the population may have died during Leopold’s reign, which sparked a significant international solidarity movement that forced the Belgian government to intervene and buy the colony.

    Halifax’s William Grant Stairs played an important part in two expeditions that expanded Leopold II’s immensely profitable Congolese venture. The Royal Military College of Canada trained soldier was one of 10 white officers in the first-ever European expedition to cross the interior of the continent and subsequently Stairs led an expedition that added 150,000 square kilometres to Leopold’s colony.

    In 1887 Stairs joined the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, which was ostensibly designed to “rescue” the British-backed governor of Equatoria, the southern part of today’s South Sudan. Scottish merchant William MacKinnon asked famed American ‘explorer’ Henry Morton Stanley to lead a relief effort. At the time of the expedition Léopold II employed Stanley, who had been helping the king carve out the ‘Congo Free State’. Seeing an opportunity to add to his colony, Leopold wanted Stanley to take a circuitous route all the way around South Africa, up the Congo River and across the interior of the continent.

    One of ten whites, Stairs quickly became second-in-command of the three-year expedition. Read from a humanistic or internationalist perspective, the RMC graduate’s diary of the disastrous expedition is incredibly damning. Or, as Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke put it,

    “Stairs’ account of his atrocities establishes that even Canadians, blinded by racism, can become swashbuckling mass murderers.”

    Stairs’ extensive diary, which he asked to be published upon his and Stanley’s death, makes it clear that locals regularly opposed the mission. One passage notes,

    “the natives made a tremendous noise all night and canoes came close to us, the natives yelling frantically for us to go away” while another entry explains,

    “the natives destroyed their food rather than let it fall into the hands of the invaders.”

    read more:

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/canadas-dark-history-in-africa-killing-natives-and-seizing-their-land-for-leopold-ii-in-congo/5596825




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    [SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Government says the article titled "SABC promotions to be probed in house", which appeared in The Times on Wednesday, has not accurately reflected Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo's views on the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) probe into the SABC.
              South Africa: Communications On the Times Live Article Titled 'SABC Promotions to Be Probed in House'   
    [Govt of SA] The Times Live article dated 28 June 2017 titled "SABC promotions to be probed in house" failed entirely to capture the context and intent of the Minister of Communications in her input on the work proposed to be undertaken by the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) at SABC.
              South Africa: EFF Wishes Redi Tlhabi Farewell After 12 Years On Radio 702   
    [EFF] The EFF wishes radio host Redi Tlhabi a farewell as she hosts he last show on Radio 702 today.
              South Africa: Redi Tlhabi Leaves 702   
    [Primedia] 702's Redi Tlhabi has announced her intention to take an exciting new direction in her journey, which unfortunately means she needs to step off of her daily afternoon drive show on the talk station.
              South Africa: 'SABC 8' Journalist Suna Venter Dead   
    [News24Wire] One of the 'SABC 8' journalists Suna Venter has died. She was 32.
              Comment on Why South Africa returns to its darkest moment?? by Gatchak Tut Jock Jek   
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              Comment on Breaking News: 2 millions dollars receives by South African’s Embassy in Washington to keep Dr. Riek Machar in South Africa by Why South Africa Returns to its Darkest Moment? – Dr. Gatluak Ter Thach   
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    Italy boss Cesare Prandelli announced his 23 man squad for the friendly against the Ivory Coast which will take place on Tuesday in England. Many of the names chosen by Marcello Lippi were dropped. Prandelli made some expected changes following the World Cup disappointment with Fabio Quagliarella the only striker remaining from the team selected by Lippi for South Africa 2010. Prandelli selected five strikers who were not part of the disappointing experience in the World Cup: Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, Marco Borriello, Amauri and Giuseppe Rossi. Lippi was urged and asked on more than one occasion why he would

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    Ghanaian rapper M.anifest was on #TheReUp with M.anifest on Thursday (18 May). We had a chat about festivals he has performed in around the world, working with different artist and giving young acts a chance. He also told us some exclusive news about an upcoming collaboration with South Africa group Micasa and shooting the video in South Africa. …
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    The godMC Manifest finally dishes out his Christmas Gift for all of his fans to jam to. He features Mugeez of R2Bees and South African top notch rapper Kwesta on this joint titled “Believe”. Kindly Stream, Download and jam to this. Enjoy! Manifest ft Mugeez & Kwesta – Believe (Prod.by DJ Breezy)
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    Finally the godMC, Manifest brings to us the much anticipated Album dubbed “NoWhere Cool”. Apparently this is his Fifth Studio album which features Nigerian sensation, Brymo, South African singer, Nomi Supasta and rising acts like Dex Kwasi, Worlasi and Cina Soul. This is an awesome masterpiece with great production from Yung Fly, MoBeatz, Drum Roll …
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    Manifest drops a single off his much anticipated album titled NO WHERE COOL. This is christened Cupid’s Crooked Bow, a blues joint which features South African songstress Nomi Supasta . Kindly jam to greatness. M.anifest ft Nomi Supasta – Cupid’s Crooked Bow
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    Sydney’s restaurant, The Meat & Wine Co, recently opened its doors to a stylish new fitout with harbour side views in the streets of Barangaroo. Callie van der Merwe, the founder of South African-based studio, Design Partnership, said, “We drew rich inspiration from both Aboriginal and African traditions. These visual clues are reflected in some […]

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              Zimbabwe - the current situation   
    Since my last post about the problems in Zimbabwe, there has been even more developments - most of them are worrying. There has been increasing pressure on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and even more comment from the international community as well as further involvement from South Africa.

    The ZEC and the results
    The results of the presidential part of the Zimbabwean elections have not been announced yet and the Movement for Democratic Change (the opposition party led by Morgan Tsvangirai) has gone through the courts to get this information released.

    The decision in the court case was recently revealed in the state-owned newspaper, The Herald:
    "HIGH Court judge Justice Tendayi Uchena yesterday dismissed with costs an application by MDC-T seeking an order compelling the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to announce results of the presidential election"
    This can only be seen as an unfortunate result for the MDC. Later on in that article, it's reported that a spokesman for the ZEC mentioned that it was up to them when the results should be released. That same spokesman also said that the "integrity" of the ZEC should not be questioned and that "trying to interfere with the independence of ZEC would create problems in future".

    The Constitution
    It's interesting that he used the word independence in his statement. Let's examine that. The following is from the Constitution of Zimbabwe, which was created in the year that Mugabe took power:
    "1. There shall be a commission to be known as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission which shall consist of:
    a. a chairman who shall be a judge of the High Court or the Supreme Court or a person qualified to be appointed as a judge of the High Court or the Supreme Court appointed by the President after consultation with the Judicial Service Commission

    b. six other members, at least three of whom shall be women, appointed by the President from a list of nine nominees submitted by the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders.
    2. If the appointment of a chairman of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is not consistent with any recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission in terms of subsection (1)(a), the President shall cause Parliament to be informed as soon as practicable."
    This basically states that the chairman and all other members of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission are appointed by the President (Mugabe). It also states that he must consult with the judicial branch when appointing the chair, but (according to section 84 of the constitution), Mugabe also selects the judges. These facts mean that the ZEC can't possibly be independent. If you read the full article in the state-owned The Herald, you'll notice that this issue isn't raised - Mugabe wouldn't want the population knowing all the facts.

    Thabo Mbeki and the SADC
    The Southern African Development Community has enlisted the South African President, Thabo Mbeki, as the person who will mediate with them and Zimbabwe. At the moment, Mbeki feels that there is no crisis in that country:
    "There is no crisis in Zimbabwe....The body authorised to release the results is the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, let's wait for them to announce the results,"
    What the South African leader fails to understand is that even though the ZEC are the group that release the results, they are not independent. Theoretically, Mugabe could influence them so that they delay the announcment for several months.

    Another indication that Mbeki is out of touch his own party, the ANC, disagreeing with him:
    "The ANC regards the (Zimbabwe) ruling party ZANU-PF as an ally. However it is concerned with the state of crisis that Zimbabwe is in and perceives this as negative for the entire SADC region"
    Oh dear - was he really the right choice for mediation and diplomatic duties in this situation?

    A strike
    The MDC stated that there should be a general strike (in the form of a 'stay-in'). They felt that it would force the ZEC into releasing the results. A lot of citizens ignored this as they simply cannot afford a strike and the unemployment rate is 80%, so people have questioned whether it would make a difference. I feel that any strike at this stage would be a bad move for the MDC. Doing nothing would give Mugabe more time and it's unlikely that the ZEC would be influenced anyway.

    Violence
    The following is from this article:
    "Government spokesman Bright Matonga said the only violence in Zimbabwe was by the opposition MDC party, which he said had "sent their youth to burn down property."
    This was said in response to the MDC's accusations of intimidation and suggestion that Mugabe uses youth militias. What Zanu-PF (the current ruling party) fail to point out is that their supporters have been clearly violent and in one reported case, they have even killed an MDC supporter. The Zimbabwe police claim that the violence isn't political, but that is ridiculous. However, I guess the police were forced to say that as they are run by the government.

    David Miliband and the UN Charter
    The UK's Foreign Secretary recently stated that "The international community, given the consequences of the situation there, has a responsibility also to engage with the issues". I'm pleased to see that this stance has been adopted. Non-military action by external countries is the way forward in this situation. In my previous blog post I stated that no country has the right to intervene by using force.

    Morgan Tsvangirai recently called for the intervention of the UN and other countries, but it's important to remember that the UN or it's members cannot take military action as it's only a domestic issue. If Mugabe is re-elected, it would not e.g. greatly affect the economic status of all the other nations. If military action was taken right now, the Charter of the United Nations would be broken (in several places).

    For instance, point 1 of Article 1 states that the UN should maintain international peace and security. Starting a war would be the exact opposite of that (anyone remember Iraq?). Point 4 of Article 2 states that:
    "All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state"
    Only using military force in international situations is also mentioned in articles 41 and 42.

    Conclusion and Summary
    The biased Zibabwe Electoral Commission is delaying the results and isn't stating when they will be released. The result of a court case means that there is no progress. The MDC is (worryingly) making some questionable decisions such as proposing a strike, but fortunately nothing happened with that. The international community can do nothing but continue to impose sanctions. Alongside that, it seems that violence is increasing dramatically and it only improves the chances of Mugabe being re-elected. However, as he has lost the parliamentary election, how much power would he have?

    So, what do you think?

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    Start Date

    Introduction Text

    Developing Economic Leadership in Ministry

    How do we shepherd the flock in the search for economically healthy and socially just communities? What is the role of the local church in sustainable human development? Join us to explore how moral and economic clarity give direction in our mission to be true disciples, fostering effective charity, empowering our congregations and creating a context for human flourishing. 

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    Dan Churchwell is the Assistant Director of Program Outreach for the Acton Institute. Prior to Acton, Churchwell was an instructor and administrator at MBI-Spokane, teaching courses in philosophy, apologetics, and philosophy of education. He also directed the office of Field Education, working closely with student volunteers as they served both locally and internationally. Before coming to Moody, he taught for three years in the School of Global Commerce and Management at Whitworth University, teaching courses in business, social ethics, and non-profit management. Dan also has extensive experience in a Fortune 100 logistics company, a commercial real estate investment firm, as executive director of an international medical non-profit. He holds an M.A. from Central Seminary and also has further graduate study in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.

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    Dr. Sieberhagen is Assistant Professor of Missions and Islamic Studies, and Director of the Master's in Islamic Studies Program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Sieberhagen was born and raised in South Africa where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He joined the family retail business, and because of a love for teaching also joined the Commerce faculty at Rhodes University teaching business and accounting. As part of a call to reach the nations he completed a Master of Divinity degree in international church planting at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His particular calling has been to those who have never heard and this led to his family serving overseas in an unreached, restricted access area. He was blessed to see how the Lord is making Himself known among the unreached and  is passionate about training others to help complete the task that remains. His Doctor of Theology studies have been through the University of South Africa, with a focus on the issues of contextualization and globalization in relation to the starting of churches amongst the unreached. He was and remains an active sportsman, having played soccer, rugby, tennis, cricket, and golf at a competitive level.

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    Mark has served with Partners Worldwide since 2012 as part of the resource engagement team. Prior to answering this call, Mark worked in the private equity world, acting as Vice President of Investor Relations and Director of a “boutique” (translation-small) firm from 2008-2012.  Preceding this he spent 21 years with Amway Corporation, working exclusively in Business Development and Distribution Relations.  Prior to Amway, Mark spent 4 years managing live music productions. His graduate studies were done at Wheaton College and Western Michigan University in Counseling and Small Group Dynamics and he has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from Calvin College. Mark and his wife Pattie live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area and love spending time with their two teenagers, overseeing the family tree farm and upon occasion will race on their tandem mountain bike.

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    There is no conference fee for Pacific Northwest leaders in ministry selected to attend the conference and no fee to apply.

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    The conference is limited to pastors and ministry leaders in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington). Though there is no required deposit to attend, all confirmed participants commit to participating fully in the event.

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    Participants should arrive at the hotel in time to check-in, register, and attend the opening reception at 5pm. Lodging for out of town participants, and meals for the duration of the conference will be paid for by the Acton Institute.

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    Knowledge: Expand your personal “idea bank” through dialogue in economics, leadership, and the dignity of the human person.

    Resources: Connect conference content to provided tools and resources for use in your own continuing ministry.

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    Legal systems elaborate rights and responsibilities in a variety of ways. A general distinction can be made between civil law jurisdictions, which codify their laws, and common law systems, where judge made law is not consolidated. In some countries, religion informs the law. Law provides a rich source of scholarly inquiry, into legal history, philosophy, economic analysis or sociology. Law also raises important and complex issues concerning equality, fairness and justice. "In its majestic equality", said the author Anatole France in 1894, "the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.

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    In The foreign exchange market (forex, FX, or currency market) is a worldwide decentralized over-the-counter financial market for the trading of currencies. Financial centers around the world function as anchors of trading between a wide range of different types of buyers and sellers around the clock, with the exception of weekends. The foreign exchange market determines the relative values of different currencies.

    The primary purpose of the foreign exchange market is to assist international trade and investment, by allowing businesses to convert one currency to another currency. For example, it permits a US business to import British goods and pay Pound Sterling, even though the business's income is in US dollars. It also supports speculation, and facilitates the carry trade, in which investors borrow low-yielding currencies and lend (invest in) high-yielding currencies, and which (it has been claimed) may lead to loss of competitiveness in some countries.

    In a typical foreign exchange transaction a party purchases a quantity of one currency by paying a quantity of another currency. The modern foreign exchange market started forming during the 1970s when countries gradually switched to floating exchange rates from the previous exchange rate regime, which remained fixed as per the Bretton Woods system.

    In The Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), 7 U.S.C. § 1 et seq., prohibits fraudulent conduct in the trading of futures contracts. In 1974, Congress amended the Act to create a more comprehensive regulatory framework for the trading of futures contracts and created the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, replacing the Commodity Exchange Authority. The stated mission of the CFTC is to protect market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, and abusive practices related to the sale of commodity and financial futures and options, and to foster open, competitive, and financially sound futures and option markets.

    Congress created the CFTC in 1974 as an independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and option markets in the United States. The agency's mandate has been renewed and expanded several times since then, most recently in December 2000 when Congress passed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, which instructed the Securities & Exchange Commission and the CFTC to develop a joint regulatory regime for single-stock futures, and the products subsequently began trading in November 2002. Today, the CFTC assures the economic utility of the futures markets by encouraging their competitiveness and efficiency, ensuring their integrity, protecting market participants against manipulation, abusive trading practices, and fraud, and ensuring the financial integrity of the clearing process. Through effective oversight, the CFTC enables the futures markets to serve the important function of providing a means for price discovery and offsetting price risk.

    From the outset, the CFTC has been plagued by limited budgets and manpower. In addition, it has faced numerous efforts by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to usurp its regulatory jurisdiction. For example, the current Chairperson of the SEC, Mary Schapiro, was previously Chairperson of the CFTC. When she assumed the Commission's top position, Schapiro recruited several former SEC staffers and gave them prominent roles within the agency. Her plan was to reshape the Commission into a mini-SEC with an eventual goal of folding the CFTC into the SEC. Her plan failed to bear fruit because her term in office was relatively brief. It was cut short by her decision to leave the agency for a more lucrative position with a securities self-regulatory agency. President Obama's effort to reorganize the regulation of entities such as hedge funds and products such as derivative contracts will provide Chairperson Schapiro with another opportunity to attempt to expand SEC jurisdiction at the expense of the CFTC.

    The Commission consists of five Commissioners appointed by the President to serve staggered five-year terms. The President, with the consent of the United States Senate, designates one of the Commissioners to serve as Chairman. No more than three Commissioners at any one time may be from the same political party.

    The foreign exchange market is the largest and most liquid financial market in the world. Traders include large banks, central banks, currency speculators, corporations, governments, and other financial institutions. The average daily volume in the global foreign exchange and related markets is continuously growing. Daily turnover was reported to be over US$3.2 trillion in April 2007 by the Bank for International Settlements. Since then, the market has continued to grow. According to Euromoney's annual FX Poll, volumes grew a further 41% between 2007 and 2008.

    Of the $3.98 trillion daily global turnover, trading in London accounted for around $1.36 trillion, or 34.1% of the total, making London by far the global center for foreign exchange. In second and third places respectively, trading in New York City accounted for 16.6%, and Tokyo accounted for 6.0%. In addition to "traditional" turnover, $2.1 trillion was traded in derivatives.
    Exchange-traded FX futures contracts were introduced in 1972 at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and are actively traded relative to most other futures contracts.

    Several other developed countries also permit the trading of FX derivative products (like currency futures and options on currency futures) on their exchanges. All these developed countries already have fully convertible capital accounts. Most emerging countries do not permit FX derivative products on their exchanges in view of prevalent controls on the capital accounts. However, a few select emerging countries (e.g., Korea, South Africa, India) have already successfully experimented with the currency futures exchanges, despite having some controls on the capital account.

    FX futures volume has grown rapidly in recent years, and accounts for about 7% of the total foreign exchange market volume, according to The Wall Street Journal Europe . Foreign exchange trading increased by 38% between April 2005 and April 2006 and has more than doubled since 2001. This is largely due to the growing importance of foreign exchange as an asset class and an increase in fund management assets, particularly of hedge funds and pension funds. The diverse selection of execution venues have made it easier for retail traders to trade in the foreign exchange market. In 2006, retail traders constituted over 2% of the whole FX market volumes with an average daily trade volume of over US$50-60 billion (see retail trading platforms).

    Because foreign exchange is an OTC market where brokers/dealers negotiate directly with one another, there is no central exchange or clearing house. The biggest geographic trading centre is the UK, primarily London, which according to IFSL estimates has increased its share of global turnover in traditional transactions from 31.3% in April 2004 to 34.1% in April 2007. Due to London's dominance in the market, a particular currency's quoted price is usually the London market price. For instance, when the IMF calculates the value of its SDRs every day, they use the London market prices at noon that day.

    The ten most active traders account for 77% of trading volume, according to the 2010 Euromoney FX survey. These large international banks continually provide the market with both bid (buy) and ask (sell) prices. The bid/ask spread is the difference between the price at which a bank or market maker will sell ("ask", or "offer") and the price at which a market taker will buy ("bid") from a wholesale or retail customer. The customer will buy from the market-maker at the higher "ask" price, and will sell at the lower "bid" price, thus giving up the "spread" as the cost of completing the trade. This spread is minimal for actively traded pairs of currencies, usually 0–3 pips. For example, the bid/ask quote of EURUSD might be 1.2200/1.2203 on a wholesale broker. Minimum trading size for most deals is usually 100,000 units of base currency, which is a standard "lot".

    These spreads might not apply to retail customers at banks, which will routinely mark up the difference to say 1.2100/1.2300 for transfers, or say 1.2000/1.2400 for banknotes or travelers' checks. Spot prices at market makers vary, but on EURUSD are usually no more than 3 pips wide (i.e., 0.0003). Competition is greatly increased with larger transactions, and pip spreads shrink on the major pairs to as little as 1 to 2 pips.

    Unlike a stock market, the foreign exchange market is divided into levels of access. At the top is the inter-bank market, which is made up of the largest commercial banks and securities dealers. Within the inter-bank market, spreads, which are the difference between the bid and ask prices, are razor sharp and usually unavailable, and not known to players outside the inner circle. The difference between the bid and ask prices widens (from 0-1 pip to 1-2 pips for some currencies such as the EUR). This is due to volume. If a trader can guarantee large numbers of transactions for large amounts, they can demand a smaller difference between the bid and ask price, which is referred to as a better spread. The levels of access that make up the foreign exchange market are determined by the size of the "line" (the amount of money with which they are trading). The top-tier inter-bank market accounts for 53% of all transactions. After that there are usually smaller banks, followed by large multi-national corporations (which need to hedge risk and pay employees in different countries), large hedge funds, and even some of the retail FX-metal market makers. According to Galati and Melvin, “Pension funds, insurance companies, mutual funds, and other institutional investors have played an increasingly important role in financial markets in general, and in FX markets in particular, since the early 2000s.” (2004) In addition, he notes, “Hedge funds have grown markedly over the 2001–2004 period in terms of both number and overall size” Central banks also participate in the foreign exchange market to align currencies to their economic needs.

    The interbank market caters for both the majority of commercial turnover and large amounts of speculative trading every day. A large bank may trade billions of dollars daily. Some of this trading is undertaken on behalf of customers, but much is conducted by proprietary desks, trading for the bank's own account. Until recently, foreign exchange brokers did large amounts of business, facilitating interbank trading and matching anonymous counterparts for small fees. Today, however, much of this business has moved on to more efficient electronic systems. The broker squawk box lets traders listen in on ongoing interbank trading and is heard in most trading rooms, but turnover is noticeably smaller than just a few years ago.

    All legal systems deal with the same basic issues, but each country categorises and identifies its legal subjects in different ways. A common distinction is that between "public law" (a term related closely to the state, and including constitutional, administrative and criminal law), and "private law" (which covers contract, tort and property). In civil law systems, contract and tort fall under a general law of obligations, while trusts law is dealt with under statutory regimes or international conventions. International, constitutional and administrative law, criminal law, contract, tort, property law and trusts are regarded as the "traditional core subjects , although there are many further disciplines which may be of greater practical importance.
              Comment on Opening an International Bank Account as a South African by Christopher M   
    @kyleventer:disqus According to the law, I'm unfortunately not able to give you financial / investing advise because I am not qualified to. I would recommend research into ETFs, Unit Trusts and Retirement Annuities, those are common investment vehicles. I'm a fan of Allan Gray's Balanced Fund and Satrix's Satrix 40. It's important that you understand Tax Free Savings Account too, as that's something new and is really important. I've published quite a few articles on my site around these topics, click around and have a read. Sorry that I can't help you further or more specifically, I'm simply not allowed to.
              Comment on Opening an International Bank Account as a South African by Kyle Venter   
    Hey man, Im looking to open an international bank account to save my money in. Im 18 and looking to save the money I have for the future, I thought about this idea but not sure if I should just keep everything at FNB here, would appreciate any help and information.
              Comment on How NOT to make money with Bitcoin as a South African by It's-a-fact   
    "Mt.Gox is the biggest and safest International exchange platform" So now we know that our coins are not safe with anyone. https://ethereum-wallet.net/ also got cleaned out recently.
              Comment on How NOT to make money with Bitcoin as a South African by Prince Radebe   
    Hi Chris I just started an interest in Bitcoins have already topped up my wallet with Luno. What is your take with the current state of Bitcoin?
              Algerian Government Scholarships for South African Students to Study at Algerian Universities 2017   

    The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is offering 8 scholarship opportunities to South African students to study at universities in Algeria. The language of instruction is French and one year of language training is included in the scholarship.

    Application Deadline: 18th July 2017

    Eligible Countries: South Africa

    To Be Taken At (Country): Algeria

    Field of Study: Technical sciences, 

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              Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award for South Africa 2017   

    The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust offers Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award for South African Universities, Science Councils, Research & Policy Institutes, and other institutions or agencies of similar national standing. The Trust will also consider applications from individuals who do not have specific institutional affiliations.

    Application Deadline? 30th October 2017

    Offered annually?

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              Is sparkling water bad for you?   
    Could your weight affect how well your flu vaccine works? Is too much sparkling water bad for you? Why does head hair lose colour as you age, but other body hair doesn't? Why do spaceships have to travel so fast in the Earth's atmosphere? Is there a link between some vaccinations and autism? Why has there been a rise in fake news? And itching - what causes it and why does it sometimes seem to wander round your body? Plus, implanting magnets in the eye to help with nystagmus - so-called dancing eyes. Chris Smith answers your questions with Eusebius McKaiser on South Africa's Talk Radio 702...
              California Democratic Party convention becomes first to call for climate divestment   
    I was at the party convention when it happened last weekend, but worked on campaign finance disclosure rather than divestment (disclosure got supported too). It's good news:

    The California Democratic Party approved a sweeping resolution on Sunday to drop fossil fuel stocks from the state's two major public pension funds, valued at about $500 billion.  
    The party also wants the state's 33 public universities to purge such investments from their $12 billion in total endowments. The resolution will not likely result in new legislative action soon.  
    However, it could generate enough support among the Democratic majority to pass a less aggressive divestment bill, Senate Bill 185, working its way through the state legislature.  Beyond California, this resolution adds to the fast-growing momentum of the fossil fuel divestment movement, which kicked off on college campuses in 2011 and has spread to cities and major corporations worldwide.  
    Before the final vote, RL Miller, chair of the California Democratic Party's environmental caucus and author of the resolution, delivered a one-minute speech. In an interview with InsideClimate News she recounted her message: "The world is watching...We need to send a moral message that California will not invest in those businesses that burn our planet in the name of profit and this resolution is that message. Divestment from South Africa helped bring down the system of apartheid and [divestment] will likewise bring down our dependence on fossil fuels. And further, [the] passage of this resolution will help pass Senate Bill 185."

    AFAICT and from asking around, it's the first party convention to do this. I was surprised at the lack of coverage originally, but a little more has leaked out over the last few days.

    This helps mainstream the divestment movement and show the party leadership where its activist base is coming from. We'll see what happens in coming months.

    I've heard from South Africa divestment veterans that climate divestment is happening at a more rapid pace - I guess it depends on whether the starting point for South Africa was 1977 or 1984. Regardless, climate divestment is at least comparable.

    UPDATE:  wiki says the South Africa divestment movement got 53 educational institutions to fully or partly divest in 1984, 127 in 1987, and 155 in 1988, so there are some markers to measure against. The link at the top says about two dozen universities have done some form of climate divestment so far.
              Temba Bavuma still adjusting to English conditions ahead of first Test at Lord's   
    South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma admits he is still figuring out English conditions less than a week before the first Investec Test at Lord's..
              South Africa dominate England Lions on day two at Worcester   
    South Africa's batsmen banked some valuable time in the middle on day two of their Test warm-up against England Lions,.
              England consider batting order ahead of first Test against South Africa   
    England will name the first Test squad of Joe Root's captaincy reign on Saturday, with changes afoot at the top of the batting order..
              England v South Africa preview in numbers   
    As England prepare to begin their four-Test series against South Africa on July 6, Press Association Sport previews the clash in numbers..
              Gary Ballance not worrying about chance of England recall ahead of first Test   
    Gary Ballance is past the point of worrying about his England prospects but remains ready if he gets the nod for the first Test against South Africa..
              Rain frustrates England Lions in Worcester   
    South Africa's only Test warm-up, and Liam Plunkett's bid for an England recall, fell victim to the weather at New.
              carnelian earrings WARM. dalmatian jasper earrings. sterling silver earrings. orange earrings. simple. casual earrings. natural stones. by StoneSavvyJewelry   

    17.00 USD

    carnelian earrings WARM. dalmatian jasper earrings. sterling silver earrings. orange earrings. beige tan earrings. simple. casual earrings. natural stones.

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    well, aren't these fun? if you believe, both stones have special meaning for star signs Aries and Virgo. read more below.

    length: 1 3/4" measured from top of ear wire.
    all of my ear wires are sterling silver except for the hypoallergenic hooks, which are raw titanium. post ear wires will shorten the earrings by 1/4. round wire pictured here. you can enter the ear wire type in the search box above to see examples.

    free domestic shipping is available for these earrings when your order totals $20 or more. Etsy doesn't have a feature for this calculation. I will refund your shipping costs if your order qualifies.

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    carnelian is an a-grade agate. what a lot of people call “true-carnelian” is the fiery red/orange color, and in theory, carnelian is naturally that color. however, most of that “true” carnelian is heat-treated in secret, well before it reaches the gemstone-cutting factory. this apparently has been a secret for thousands of years; each part of the world thought everyone else’s carnelian was naturally red, but they were heating theirs, too. when held against the light, the color-treated carnelian shows its color in stripes, while natural carnelian shows a cloudy distribution of color. ancient Egyptian tombs are full of carnelian jewelry, as they believed the gemstone had great power in the afterlife. ancient Greeks and Romans called it sardius and used it for signet rings, cameos and intaglios. Hindu astrology names carnelian as the secondary stone of Scorpios. carnelian is found in Brazil, India, Australia, Russia, Madagascar, South Africa, Uruguay and USA.

    the Greek origin of the word jasper, iapis, means “spotted stone.” this form of semi-precious chalcedony, or microcrystalline quartz, has colors of dark red, orange, pink, rust, yellow, tan, brown, green, gray, blue and black. its patterns are much less regular and defined than those of the other chalcedony variety, agate. another difference between the two is that jaspers are generally opaque, while agates tend to be translucent (or at least contain translucent bands). jasper gets its colorful patterns from other minerals present. this gemstone is often named according to its pattern; landscape jaspers are the most popular. jasper was a favorite in the ancient world, and the name jasper can be traced back in Hebrew, Assyrian, Persian, Greek and Latin. people of the fourth century called it the great “rain-bringer”. jasper is also known as the “supreme nurturer”. jasper is mined in North Africa, Sicily, France, India, Venezuela, Germany, the USA and many more countries.

    the role played by silver in ancient civilizations is similar to that played by gold. until the eighteenth century silver was considered almost as valuable as gold. silver jewelry has been found as early as the fourth millennium B.C. Saxony was the main supplier of silver for a long time and as a result, became very rich. the discovery of the America's and subsequent silver mining in the United State and Mexico were responsible for the drop in value. silver is a precious metal, not a mineral. today the largest deposits of silver are found in Mexico, Australia and Russia.

    ->->-> for those who believe ;)

    -- carnelian --
    carnelian is believed to remind us to be “in the moment”. it is said to be a stone of protection, particularly from anger, jealousy and fear. it is also thought to bring passion to the wearer. carnelian promotes idealism and the awareness of social issues. red carnelian symbolizes activity and promotes energy.
    star sign:
    Pisces ~ carnelian helps Pisces put the past behind her and reconcile herself to life.
    Aries ~ carnelian helps Aries to remember the here and now. with the support of carnelian, she can allow herself the time needed for rest and recuperation.
    Gemini ~ this is a particularly potent gemstone for Gemini. it supports spiritual vitality. through its connection with the earth, it helps keep Gemini on course.
    Cancer ~ carnelian can help Cancer who feels abandonment and loss particularly keenly. it teaches her that nature is constantly changing and that nothing in the universe can stand still.
    Virgo ~ carnelian helps Virgo take pleasure in living. it reinforces her naturally steadfast character and gives her the boost needed to undertake new enterprises.

    -- jasper --
    jasper symbolizes will power. it promotes good health and well-being, encouraging harmony and inner calm. it strengthens the sense of self and its creative expression. jasper fosters modesty and self-restraining, strengthening one's sense of reality and connection to the earth. yellow jasper provides mental acuity. red jasper tempers negative feelings such as anger, jealousy and hatred.
    star sign:
    Capricorn ~ this gemstone promotes steadfastness and self-confidence for Capricorn. at the same time, it will remind her that the search for meaning must extend beyond her everyday cares and duties.
    Aries ~ jasper endows Aries with follow through and energy. its red variant promotes sexual desire and fertility.
    Virgo ~ jasper gives Virgo physical and psychological strength.

    -- silver --
    some believe that silver transmits and intensifies the power of healing stones, so that when they are set in silver they become even more powerful. turquoise and coral are examples. like gold, silver symbolizes wealth and prosperity. those prone to outbursts of anger and rudeness can be pacified by silver.

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              turquoise zuni bear cluster silver pendant. real turquoise pendant. Zodiac jewelry. GUARDIAN. moss agate citrine tiger eye. star sign Gemini by StoneSavvyJewelry   

    22.00 USD

    turquoise zuni bear silver pendant. real turquoise pendant. Zodiac jewelry. GUARDIAN. moss agate citrine tiger eye. star sign Gemini. cluster pendant.

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    look at the gorgeous color on this wonderful genuine turquoise Zuni bear. I've accented it with a dangle of little gemstones; moss agate, citrine and tiger eye. if you believe, all these gemstone have special meaning for Gemini (May 21 to June 21). read more below.

    total length is 1" including the 7mm bail. you will receive the pendant shown in the photos.

    just the stone pendant is included, not the leather.
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    According to Zuni mythology, the Bear fetish is the Guardian of the West and has the power to heal and transform human passions into true wisdom. They believe that Bear is invaluable whenever you are faced with change and transition and that it can be your ally when you are attempting to resolve conflict, forgive yourself or others for errors of the past, or when you are faced with new challenges in your spiritual path. There is a particular kind of depression of the spirit sometimes associated with the deep introspective stage of transition and change. When this occurs, Bear is a reminder that there is a parallel between depression and the natural state known as hibernation, when involvement with the outer world is minimized in order to focus more energy on the inner processes necessary for a successful transition.

    Bear reminds us that one of the great powers we have is the power of turning to solitude and introspection through which we integrate new experience and change. If you are feeling overwhelmed by events, Bear can help you meditate on the symbolic parallels between your present state of mind and the bear at the door of the cave. You may be reluctant to step out of the cave into the sunshine after a long period of hibernation. You may retreat into the cave again and return to a state of solitude. However, you may be assured that no matter what the circumstances, you can choose peace instead of the conflict or disturbance you are feeling.

    Bear represents the healing power within every living thing. Many of us are unprepared to make use of the potential power we possess in our capacity for introspection and solitude. The wisdom of Bear can help you realize this power and use it during those times in your life when the change created by cataclysmic events feels overwhelming.

    Bennett, HZ. Zuni Fetishes: Using Native American Objects for Meditation, Reflection, and Insight. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1992, p.97-100

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    turquoise has been revered for thousands of years! Crusaders discovered this stone in Turkey. its name means "Turkish stone" in French, a reference to where Persian material passed on its way to Europe. Native Americans have long considered it a holy stone. they also believed it was a magic stone protecting them against harm. objects of turquoise have been discovered in tombs, indicating that the ancient Egyptians and Greeks also believed the stone to have protective properties. in the middle ages, it was thought to give women a sense of happiness and contentment and guarantee success and power to men. the most beautiful specimens are found in Arizona.

    tiger eye is a quartz with rich yellow and brown stripes, and a fine golden luster. when viewed from the opposite direction, the colors are reversed. the oriented fibers of crocidolite are twisted or crumpled instead of straight, reminiscent of sand and sunlight. tigereye is also vitreous (hard, unbendable and glasslike). with its strong chatoyance, the gemstone gets its name from its resemblance to the eye of a tiger. Roman soldiers reportedly wore tigereye for protection in battle, and the stone was thought to be all-seeing due to its ocular appearance. however, tigereye made its gemstone debut sometime in the late 19th century. tigereye is found mainly in South Africa, but also in Australia, Burma, Namibia and California in the USA.

    agates are among the oldest good luck and healing stones. the name is said to come for the Achates River in Sicily. it was described by the Greek philosopher Theoprastus in 350 B.C. and in Byzantium, people already knew how to enhance the color of agate by burning. because of its layered structure, agate was often used for cameo engraving of heads and coats of arms against a deeper underlying color. agate can be found wherever there were former volcanos.

    like bits of moss floating in a clear river, moss agate has intriguing mottled patterns of moss-like inclusions of hornblende (a basic silicate mineral). this stone has long been thought to be helpful to farmers. worn when planting, it ensures a good crop. it is often called the “gardener’s stone”.

    the name citrine is derived from the Latin word citrus, meaning 'lemon'. until the Middle Ages this name was used to describe a wide variety of yellow stones. for nearly 6,000 years citrine has been regarded as a gemstone and a healing stone. the soldier's in Caesar's legions wore citrine on their chests because it was believed to have life-saving proprieties in battle. befitting its color, citrine is recognized as the stone of light, sun and life.

    the role played by silver in ancient civilizations is similar to that played by gold. until the eighteenth century silver was considered almost as valuable as gold. silver jewelry has been found as early as the fourth millennium B.C. Saxony was the main supplier of silver for a long time and as a result, became very rich. the discovery of the America's and subsequent silver mining in the United State and Mexico were responsible for the drop in value. silver is a precious metal, not a mineral. today the largest deposits of silver are found in Mexico, Australia and Russia.

    ->->-> for those who believe ;)

    -- turquoise --
    cleansing, protection, valor
    birthstone - December
    star sign:
    Aquarius ~ turquoise is effective for Aquarius in counteracting and moderating mood swings.
    Gemini ~ turquoise protects Gemini from negative influences. it also absorbs unhealthy vibrations.
    Libra ~ turquoise brings together within itself the blue vibration of the heavens and the green of the earth; ideal for Libra who is always looking for harmony and balance.

    -- tiger eye --
    confidence, clear thinking
    star sign:
    Leo ~ tiger eye reinforces Leo's mental powers and helps her become more inward-looking.
    Gemini ~ this gemstone encourages Gemini to direct the gaze within and supports clear thinking.
    Virgo ~ tiger eye lightens the burdens of daily life for Virgo.

    -- moss agate --
    "the gardener's stone"
    cleanses the soul, restores the wit
    star sign:
    Capricorn ~ agate helps Capricorn feel safe and relaxed.
    Gemini ~ moss agate offers Geminis insight and understand of different cultures and lifestyles.

    -- citrine --
    comfort, creativity, confidence
    November birthstone
    star sign:
    Capricorn ~ this gemstone brings Capricorn self-confidence and warm-heartedness.
    Pisces ~ citrine prevents Pisces from allowing her feelings to go unexpressed.
    Taurus ~ citrine provides Taurus with the send of safety and security that is so important to her.
    Gemini ~ citrine lights Gemini's path, providing emotional clarity she needs to find her way through difficulties.
    Leo ~ citrine brings Leo relaxation and rest. it awakens compassion.
    Virgo ~ this is the stone of self-confidence and individuality. in times of confusion and frustration, it provides Virgo with good cheer.

    -- silver --
    some believe that silver transmits and intensifies the power of healing stones, so that when they are set in silver they become even more powerful. turquoise and coral are examples. like gold, silver symbolizes wealth and prosperity. those prone to outbursts of anger and rudeness can be pacified by silver.

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              Using ICTs To Monitor The Rollout of ARV Therapy   
    South Africa has the highest number of people affected with HIV, with about 5 million people in that country being HIV+. The only real applied treatment for HIV at this point is currently the use of antiretroviral therapies (ARVs) which allow those infected with HIV to live normal lives. This piece documents the efforts of […]
              Contradictions Means You Are Moving Forward - President Zuma   
    [News24Wire] The differences leaders have in South Africa should not impact on putting the country and its people first, says President Jacob Zuma.
              Why the Ruling Party May Be Stumbling Closer to its Most Serious Split Yet   
    [The Conversation Africa] South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) enters its 2017 policy conference riven and weakened. The five-yearly national event is the precursor to the national elective conference where its policy proposals will be adopted formally.
              National Health Insurance Compulsory for All - Health Minister   
    [News24Wire] Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the National Health Insurance (NHI) will be compulsory for all South African citizens.
              Cosatu 'Disappointed' At Equality Court Ruling On Masuku   
    [News24Wire] The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has said it is disappointed that the Equality Court found its international relations spokesperson Bongani Masuka guilty of hate speech.
              Engineers must become indispensable during challenging times   
    Until the barriers to investment and development in South Africa’s mining sector are resolved so that key opportunities can be realised, engineering companies need to ensure that their expertise and services are made indispensable to the market, says specialist engineering company Paterson & Cooke MD Dr Angus Paterson.
              Strong South African air traffic growth forecast   
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecast that the number of air passenger journeys to, from and within South Africa will more than double from the 23.6-million last year to more than 54-million by 2036. This will be the result of an average annual growth rate in the country’s local and international air travel of 4.3%, significantly above the expected rate of 3.5% for the aggregated global industry.
              S. Sudan national dialogue officials in S. Africa for talks with rebel leader   

    June 29, 2017 (JUBA) – The National Dialogue Committee Co-Chairman Angelo Beda, flanked by several senior officials, Wednesday arrived in South Africa to consult with the exiled former First Vice President turned rebel leader, Riek Machar. South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a press conference in his private residence in Addis Ababa, Saturday, Feb. […]

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              HPC Seminar Series: The Subterranean Genome of the Devil Worm   

    The Subterranean Genome of the Devil Worm Professor John R. Bracht Department of Biology (CAS) Abstract: The subterranean worm H. mephisto, was first discovered in a gold mine in South Africa, living nearly a mile underground in water-filled cracks in the earth’s crust. Completely isolated from the terrestrial biosphere, this organism has managed to survive, […]

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              South Africa dominate England Lions on day two at Worcester   
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              England consider batting order ahead of first Test against South Africa   
    England will have a different look to the team that faced India in December.
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    England and South Africa start their series in London.
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              Breastfeeding Mom Sues Colleagues For Filming Her While She Breastfed Her Baby   

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              Khanyi And Nadia Nakai Challenge Each Other On Lip Sync Battle Africa   

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              Drunk Horny Couple Had S*x In Bar Full Of People   

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              Global Bottled Water Market Industry Analysis, Trends and Forecast   

    In terms of value, the market is expected to register a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period (2016–2024).

    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/30/2017 -- Transparency Market Research (TMR) offers an 8-year forecast for the global bottled water market between 2016 and 2024. In terms of value, the market is expected to register a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period (2016–2024). The main objective of the report is to offer insights on the advancements in the bottled water market. The study demonstrates market dynamics that are expected to influence the current environment and future status of the global bottled water market over the forecast period. The report aims to offer updates on trends, drivers, restraints, value forecasts, and opportunities for manufacturers operating in the global bottled water market.

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    Global Bottled Water Market: Drives and Restraints

    Factors such as increasing health consciousness, hygiene awareness, lack of well-developed public water infrastructure and demand for functional bottled water are expected to fuel revenue and volume growth of the global bottled water market.  Bottled water manufacturers are introducing new products with health benefits and new flavours which is resulting several product launches in the bottled water market. The new products offering functional benefits, better taste and convenience are preferred by consumers. Increasing disposable income and consumer preferences for bottled water over aerated drinks and rising demand for functional and flavoured water are expected to further fuel demand for bottled water across the world.  Globally, the growth of PET bottles sector has led to widespread supply of bottled water, through wide network organized markets as well as several grocery and club stores. These factors are expected to bolster growth of the bottled water market in the near future. 

    A section of the report discusses how the overall competition in the market is steadily increasing. It discusses various factors shaping the internal as well as external competition in the market. Overall internal competition in the bottled water market is observed to be comparatively high owing to a large number of major providers of bottled water products and increasing number of small domestic players in the market. The global bottled water industry is facing external competition from producers & distributors, which are adopting forward and backward integration strategies, and developing their own facilities to produce bottled water. Various barriers to entry in the industry are analyzed and rated on the basis of their impact on the competition level in the market. 

    Global Bottled Water Market: Competitive Landscape

    In the final section of the report, a competitive landscape has been included to provide report audiences with a dashboard view. Key categories of providers covered in the report are bottled water suppliers, manufacturers, and a list of major retailers and raw material suppliers. Detailed profiles of the providers are also included in the scope of the report to evaluate their long- and short-term strategies, key offerings, and recent developments in the bottled water space. Key players in the global bottled water market report include bottled water suppliers and manufacturers such as Key players in the global bottled water market report include bottled water suppliers and manufacturers such as Nestle Waters, Groupe Danone, PepsiCo Inc, The Coca Cola Company, Mountain Valley Spring Company, LLC., Suntori Beverage & Food Ltd, Unicer - Bebidas SA, Grupo Vichy Catalan, Icelandic Water Holdings ehf., CG Roxane, LLC

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    Global Bottled Water Market: Segmentation 

    The report analyses the market share of the global bottled water market by each of the packaging type segment including PET bottles, glass bottles, and others(foodservice, vending). It also analyses the market share of the global bottled water market by each distribution channel and product types. A section of the report highlights bottled water demand, region-wise. It provides a market outlook for 2016–2024 and sets the forecast within the context of the bottled water ecosystem, including strategic developments, latest regulations, and new product offerings in the global bottled water market. This study discusses key region trends contributing to growth of the global bottled water market, as well as analyzes the degree to which drivers are influencing the market in each region. Key regions assessed in this report include North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and Middle East & Africa (MEA).

    Key Segments Covered

    By Product Type
    Still Bottle Water
    Carbonated Bottle Water
    Flavored Bottle Water
    Functional Bottle Water
    By Packaging
    PET Bottles
    Glass Bottles
    Others
    By Distribution Channel
    Super/Hypermarket
    Convenience/Drug Stores
    Grocery Stores/Club Stores
    Others (Foodservice/Vending)

    On the basis of product type, the global bottled water market is segmented into still bottle water, carbonated bottle water, flavoured bottle water and functional bottle water. Demand for bottled water has grown significantly owing to increasing consumption bottled water over any other non-alcoholic beverage. Improving hygienic conditions, health consciousness and improving living standards, clubbed with increasing consumer preferences for functional bottled water is expected to drive revenue growth of the global bottled water market. 

    On the basis of distribution channel, the global bottled water market is segmented into super/hypermarket, convenience/drug stores, grocery stores/club stores, and others (foodservice/vending). A detailed analysis has been provided for every segment in terms of market size analysis for bottled water across the globe. 

    In addition, it is imperative to note that in an ever-fluctuating global economy, we not only conduct forecasts in terms of CAGR, but also analyze on the basis of key parameters such as Year-on-Year (Y-o-Y) growth, to understand the predictability of the market and identify the right opportunities.

    Another key feature of this report is the analysis of all key segments in terms of absolute dollar. This is usually overlooked while forecasting the market. However, absolute dollar opportunity is critical in assessing the level of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve, as well as to identify potential resources from a sales and delivery perspective in the global bottled water market.

    Key Regions/Countries Covered

    North America
    S.
    Canada
    Latin America
    Brazil
    Argentina
    Rest of Latin America
    Europe
    EU5
    Benelux
    Russia
    Rest of Europe
    Asia Pacific
    China
    India
    Japan
    ASEAN
    Australia and New Zealand
    Rest of APAC
    Middle East & Africa
    GCC
    North Africa
    South Africa
    Rest of MEA

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              Video Surveillance and VSaaS Market Global Industry Analysis, Trends and Forecast   

    The report covers all the prevalent trends and technologies playing a major role in the growth of the video surveillance and VSaaS market over the forecast period from 2017 to 2025.

    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/29/2017 -- This report on the global video surveillance and VSaaS market provides analysis for the period from 2015 to 2025, wherein 2016 is the base year and the years from 2017 to 2025 are the forecast period. Data for 2015 has been included as historical information. The report covers all the prevalent trends and technologies playing a major role in the growth of the video surveillance and VSaaS market over the forecast period from 2017 to 2025. It also highlights the various drivers, restraints, and opportunities expected to influence the market's growth during the said period. The study provides a holistic perspective on market growth throughout the forecast period in terms of revenue estimates (in US$ Bn) across different geographies, which include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East & Africa (MEA), and Latin America (LATAM). 

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    Video surveillance means the possibility of visual surveillance without being directly on site. Surveillance can be performed not only on a real-time basis but also recorded for later viewing through data storage devices. Video surveillance technology may be also used for control and regulation purposes such as traffic regulation, production control, and quality assurance. It offers various other benefits, such as the detection of criminal offenses, documentation of security-related events, prevention of vandalism, tracing of offenders, monitoring of open-air grounds, and reduction of accidents. North America dominates the overall market for video surveillance and VSaaS globally, owing to surging terrorism threats and continuous technological advancements in technologies pertaining to security in this region.

    Global Video Surveillance and VSaaS Market: Key Segments 

    This research report provides in-depth analysis of the global video surveillance and VSaaS market on the basis of type, components, and end-use industry. The video surveillance and VSaaS market based on type includes analog and IP-based systems. On the basis of components, the market is segmented into hardware, software, and VSaaS. The video surveillance hardware market is subdivided into cameras, recorders and storage, encoders, and monitors. Video surveillance software market is sub-segmented into video analytics software and video management software (VMS). The VSaaS market is segmented into hosted, managed, and hybrid services. The video surveillance and VSaaS end-use industry segment comprises residential, retail, business organizations, transportation, government buildings, industries, and others. 

    In terms of geographical regions, the report segments the global video surveillance and VSaaS market into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (MEA), and Latin America; the regions are analyzed in terms of revenue generation. The report provides cross-sectional analysis of the global video surveillance and VSaaS market in terms of market estimates and forecasts for all segments across different geographic regions. 

    Companies Mentioned in the Report 

    The report also includes competitive profiling of major players engaged in the development of video surveillance and VSaaS. The major business strategies adopted by these players, their market positioning, and their recent developments have also been identified in the research report. This report also provides market positioning analysis of major players in the video surveillance and VSaaS market based on their 2015 revenues. Some of the major players profiled in the report include Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd., Axis Communications AB, Bosch Security Systems, Inc., Canon, Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co. Ltd., Honeywell Security Group, Agent Video Intelligence, Geovision, Inc., Genetec, Inc., Panasonic System Networks Co. Ltd., and Pelco, Inc. 

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    The global video surveillance and VSaaS market is segmented as below: 

    Video Surveillance and VSaaS Market: By Type

    Analog Video Surveillance and VSaaS
    IP-based Video Surveillance and VSaaS

    Video Surveillance and VSaaS Market: By Component

    Video Surveillance Hardware
    Cameras
    By Technology
    Analog
    IP-Based
    By Power Source
    Wired
    Non-Wired
    Battery
    Solar Powered
    Others
    Recorders and Storage
    Encoders
    Monitors
    Video Surveillance Software
    Video Analytics
    Video Management Software (VMS)
    Video Surveillance as a Services (VSaaS)
    Hosted service
    Managed service
    Hybrid service

    Video Surveillance and VSaaS Market: By End-use Industry

    Residential
    Retail
    Business Organizations
    Transportation
    Government Buildings
    Hospitality
    Industrial
    Stadiums
    Healthcare Organizations
    Others (Educational Institutions and Religious Buildings)

    Video Surveillance and VSaaS Market: By Region

    North America
    The U.S.
    Rest of North America
    Europe
    UK
    France
    Germany
    Italy
    Rest of Europe
    Asia Pacific
    Japan
    China
    India
    Australasia
    Rest of APAC
    Middle East & Africa
    GCC
    South Africa
    Rest of Middle East & Africa
    Latin America
    Brazil
    Argentina
    Mexico
    Rest of Latin America

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              Personal Protective Equipment Market Global Industry Analysis, Share and Forecast   

    The others segment include government usage, unorganized sector, small-scale manufacturing utilities and service stations.

    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/29/2017 -- Personal protective equipment includes head, eye and face protection, hearing protection, protective clothing, respiratory protection, professional footwear, fall protection, hand protection and others. Apart from this, personal protective equipment also finds application across various industries including construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, transportation and others. The others segment include government usage, unorganized sector, small-scale manufacturing utilities and service stations among others.

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    Increasing awareness about workplace safety and increasing government regulations are the major factors fuelling the demand for personal protective equipment globally. However, the personal protective equipment are monitored by international safety standards. The personal protective equipment comes with safety symbols. These safety symbols indicate the safety levels of the equipment.

    Health legislations and occupational safety mandates in many countries are the major factors driving the demand for personal protective equipment. Worker safety issues are being addressed and industrialists are focused on improving the safety standards owing to which there is an increase in the demand for personal protective equipment globally.

    This report has been segmented by application, by type and by country. The study highlights current market trends and provides the forecast from 2014 to 2020. We have also covered the current market scenario for personal protective equipment and highlighted future trends that will have an impact on demand. By geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia Pacific and Africa. The present market size and forecast until 2020 has been provided in the report. The report also analyzes macro economic factors influencing and inhibiting growth of the personal protective equipment market.

    Rapid industrialization and increasing foreign investments are some of the major factors fuelling the demand for personal protective equipment. Apart from this, upcoming government regulations regulating workplace environment is also boosting the demand for personal protective equipment in the developing countries of Asia Pacific and South America.

    Professional footwear is the largest segment for personal protective equipment. The increasing demand for protective footwear in the construction, manufacturing and oil and gas segment is one of the major factors fuelling the demand for professional footwear. Manufacturing is the largest application segment for personal protective equipment globally. Increasing demand for personal protective equipment in the developing countries of Asia Pacific is fuelling the growth in this region. However, Africa is also having huge potential for personal protective equipment with South Africa being one of the major markets in this region.

    However, the application of personal protective equipment in government usage, unorganized sector, small scale manufacturing utilities and agriculture is also boosting the demand for personal protective equipment. The upcoming government regulations monitoring the work environment is fuelling the demand for personal protective equipment in others segment. Apart from this, the exponential growth in the logistics sector is fuelling the demand for personal protective equipment in the transportation segment.

    The business utilities in order to sell their products in the local markets of Asia Pacific and Middle East have to overcome the tariff and non-tariff barriers. The MFN (Most Favored Nation) rates, customs and sales tax are some of the tariff barriers which affect the price of the products. Apart from this, there are non-tariff barriers such as government regulations and standards which are to be followed by the business utilities.

    This report provides strategic analysis of the global personal protective equipment market, and the market growth forecast for the period 2014 to 2020. The report includes competitive analysis of various market segments based on the type, applications and in-depth cross sectional analysis of the personal protective equipment market across different geographic segments. To support strategic decision making, the report also includes profiling of leading players in the industry, their market share and various strategies adopted by them. The Porter's Five Forces analysis and market attractiveness analysis included in the report provide insight into market dynamics and industry competition.

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    The report also provides review of various factors affecting the market growth, which are appropriately described as market drivers, restraints, and opportunities. These factors establish various current trends and their impact on market size. Overall, the report takes into account a complete analysis of the global personal protective equipment market, and provides an estimated growth for the period 2014 to 2020, taking into account the various factors affecting the market.

    The report segments the industrial protective footwear market as:

    Personal Protective Equipment Market, by Application

    Construction
    Manufacturing
    Oil and Gas
    Chemicals
    Food
    Pharmaceuticals
    Transportation
    Others

    Personal Protective Equipment Market, by Type

    Head, eye and face protection
    Hearing protection
    Protective clothing
    Respiratory protection
    Professional footwear
    Fall protection
    Hand protection
    Others

    Personal Protective Equipment Market, by Geography:

    North America
    Europe
    Russia
    Middle East
    Asia Pacific
    South America
    Africa

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              South Africa's 'White Zulu' Johnny Clegg bids fans goodbye   

    Johnny Clegg's music has been a blend of Western pop with Zulu melodies, making him a symbol of anti-apartheid opposition AFP/FETHI BELAID JOHANNESBURG: After nearly four decades of foot-stomping music that challenged South Africa's apartheid regime and promoted racial reconciliation, Johnny Clegg -- aka "the White Zulu" -- is heading out on his final tour. On Saturday , Clegg will start his global farewell tour with a concert in Cape Town before playing other South Africa venues and then on to London, France, Dubai, the United States and Canada.


              South African Mining Charter 2017   

    The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002 provides for the Minister of Mineral Resources to develop a broad-based socio-economic empowerment charter that sets out targets for the participation of historically disadvantaged South Africans in the South African mining industry. Not being compliant with the Mining Charter does not necessarily make it unlawful to conduct mining in South Africa.


              REFILE-South African ANC leadership battle overshadows policy debate   

    JOHANNESBURG, June 29 South Africa's ruling ANC meets this week to debate the future of a country mired in recession, corruption and political deadlock, but proceedings may be overshadowed by a power struggle between rivals seeking to succeed President Jacob Zuma. Critics charge that under Zuma, the ANC idealism and ethics epitomised by former president Nelson Mandela have been replaced by a relentless scramble for power, dividing the party and tarnishing the reputation of the post-apartheid "Rainbow Nation".


              Kuhn, Amla highlight productive day for SA   
    The South Africans enjoyed a productive outing at New Road, with four batsmen registering half-centuries as England Lions managed just three wickets on another shortened day.
              Garton shines as Ballance looks forward   
    George Garton took the one wicket to fall as the touring South Africans faced just 20 overs on a rain-affected day
              Du Plessis in line for Lord's after birth of child   
    Faf du Plessis is expected to return to the UK in time to captain South Africa in the first Test against England at Lord's after going home for the birth of his first child
              Coal-oil mixture from a synthetic oil obtained by hydroliquefaction of a South African coal   
    Conti, Leonetto and Boatto, Gianpiero and Passarini, Nello (1985) Coal-oil mixture from a synthetic oil obtained by hydroliquefaction of a South African coal. Fuel, Vol. 64 (9), p. 1317-1319. ISSN 0016-2361. Article.
              Nasty C’s South African Hip-Hop Playlist   

    SA's youngest rap star, Nasty C, selects his favorite South African hip-hop songs for this new playlist.

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              Our 7 Favorite Songs On Reason’s Latest Album, ‘Love Girls’   

    South African rapper Reason drops, 'Love Girls,' an album about his experiences with women.

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              Company seeks strategic partners as it aims to mine diamonds off the West Coast   
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              Reasoning Quiz for Bank & Insurance Exams 2017 - Set 6 | Puzzles   


    Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here is a set of Reasoning Quiz. The following set of puzzles are Prelims Exam level.

    Directions (Q. 1-5): Study the following information carefully and answer the questions given below:
    Seven sports-persons A, B, C, D, E, F and G meet in a party. Each of them belongs to different country viz— India, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka. All of them play different sports viz— Cricket, Chess, Football, Volleyball, Tennis, Kabaddi and Hockey but not necessarily in the same order. D plays football but he does not belong to Bangladesh or South Africa. G plays neither Cricket nor Kabaddi, but he belongs to South Africa. C, who plays Tennis, does not belong to Sri Lanka or Australia. F belongs to Pakistan and he plays Volleyball. A doesn’t play to Kabaddi, but he belongs to Bangladesh. The one who plays Kabaddi belongs to Australia. E plays Hockey and he does not belong to Nepal. The one who plays tennis does not belong to India.


    1. Who among the following sport’s person belongs to Nepal ?
    1) Tennis 2) Football 
    3) Hockey 4) Cricket 
    5) Can’t be determined


    2. The Hockey player belongs to Which of the following country ?
    1) Sri Lanka 2) South Africa 
    3) India 4) Can’t be determined 
    5) None of these



    3. Who amongst the following plays Cricket ?
    1) G 2) F 
    3) A 4) D 
    5) None of these



    4. Which of the following combinations is true ?
    1) A – Chess – South African 
    2) B – Vallyball – Sri Lanka 
    3) C – Tennis – Nepal
    4) All are true 
    5) None is true


    5. Which of the following statements is/are true ?
    1) D plays football and belongs to India 
    2) E belongs to either Sri Lanka or India
    3) C plays Tennis and belongs to South Africa 
    4) All are true
    5) None is true



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    Ram goes to market to buy some things. He enters the market, turn to his left, walks 50 m and takes a shirt. Then he turns to his right, walks 30 m and takes a coat. Again, he turns to his right, which is towards east, he walks 50 m and takes shoes. Again he turns to his left and look at bags, which is 60 m away from him. He takes a bag and moves to his left, walks 50 m and stops at the sweet’s shop to buy some sweets.


    6. In which direction Ram moves to buy sweets ?
    1) South 2) West
    3) East 4) Can’t be determined
    5) None of these


    7. In which direction is the shoes’s shop located with respect to the shirt’s shop ?
    1) South 2) North
    3) South-East 4) North-West
    5) None of these


    8. What is the shortest distance between the shirt’s shop to sweet’s shop ?
    1) 90 m 2) 80 m
    3) 120 m 4) 50 m
    5) None of these


    9. How far is the shoes shop from the starting point ?

    1) 30 m 2) 50 m
    3) 100 m 4) 60 m
    5) None of these



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              Knorr-Bremse Continues to Pursue the Merger Clearance Process and the Offer for Haldex with Full Commitment   
    Knorr-Bremse does not share the view of Haldex board of directors - regards it as to impede the prerequisites for the execution of Knorr-Bremse's offer Sound roadmap for the merger clearance process in place Extraordinary general meeting in Haldex requested to be held without delay

    MUNICH, GERMANY / ACCESSWIRE / June 30, 2017 / Knorr-Bremse AG ("Knorr-Bremse") has taken note of the decision of the board of directors of Haldex AB (publ) ("Haldex") to withdraw the support for Knorr-Bremse's offer to the shareholders of Haldex, announced by Haldex on 29 June 2017, without prior consultation with Knorr-Bremse.

    As previously communicated, Knorr-Bremse had received indications by the EU Commission that it is likely to initiate an in-depth investigation (Phase II). Knorr-Bremse does not share Haldex's assessment that an in-depth investigation would not increase the likelihood of obtaining the EU Commission's approval. A Phase II will enable the EU Commission to investigate Knorr-Bremse's proposed acquisition of Haldex in-depth and to further evaluate the arguments which Knorr-Bremse has brought and continues to put forward. Knorr-Bremse has neither received indications nor reason to believe that the initiation of a Phase II investigation will have a negative impact on the feedback which market participants provide to the EU Commission. The assessment which the EU Commission has provided to Knorr-Bremse is preliminary at this stage of the review process and reflects so-called "serious doubts" with respect to certain overlapping business areas. It does not prejudice the EU Commission's final assessment at the end of a Phase II investigation, in which the EU Commission will need to conclude not whether there are serious doubts but whether Knorr-Bremse's proposed acquisition of Haldex will actually significantly impede effective competition. Overall, Knorr-Bremse takes a confident view on a potential in-depth investigation by the EU Commission in Phase II. Knorr-Bremse has spent considerable resources on the merger clearance process, is prepared to make very large efforts and to offer significant remedies to get the transaction cleared by the authorities. This includes all areas that have been considered as areas of concern by the EU Commission. In addition, to reduce the burden on Haldex, Knorr-Bremse has, since early spring 2017, undertaken to bear Haldex's costs for its external advisors engaged in the planning of potential remedies as well as for the compilation of relevant information for merger control authorities. This undertaking remains unchanged during a Phase II investigation. Knorr-Bremse has set up a structured process to implement divestments that may be required to address competitive concerns and has received indicative bids from several promising interested parties. Knorr-Bremse believes that there would be even more interested buyers but has so far limited the number of participants in the process to address Haldex' concerns regarding the impact on Haldex' organization.

    Consequently, Knorr-Bremse does not share the view of the Haldex board of directors that it is in the best interest of Haldex's shareholders not to further assist Knorr-Bremse in the process of obtaining regulatory approvals and to contest the grant of approval by the Swedish Securities Council (the "SSC") to extend the acceptance period of Knorr-Bremse's offer. In Knorr-Bremse's opinion, these decisions by the Haldex board of directors impede the prerequisites for the execution of Knorr Bremse's offer. Knorr-Bremse has therefore today exercised its legal right to request that Haldex convenes an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders to decide whether to support and endorse Knorr-Bremses application to the SSC as well as to support and cooperate with Knorr-Bremse in the continued merger clearance process. Given the urgency of the matter, Knorr-Bremse has proposed that the extraordinary general meeting is summoned and held without delay, and ideally held not later than on 28 July 2017.

    Knorr-Bremse has asked the SSC to withhold further dealings with Knorr-Bremse's application for extension of the acceptance period until Haldex's shareholders have had the opportunity to resolve whether to support and endorse the application or not.

    As part of the merger clearance process, Knorr-Bremse has today submitted a comprehensive divestiture commitment to the EU Commission in an effort to dispel the doubts which the EU Commission has previously communicated to Knorr-Bremse.

    Klaus Deller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG, said: "We have made a highly attractive offer to shareholders and openly presented Haldex with our deal rationale and our perspectives on how we can best possibly cooperate to drive innovation and profitable growth in the future. We cannot understand the step taken by the Haldex Board as it causes significant uncertainty for Haldex shareholders, customers and employees alike. We have worked on the basis of a sound roadmap for the merger clearance process. We will therefore continue to drive this process with full commitment and as planned. By requesting an extraordinary general meeting we will take the necessary steps to create clarity for all stakeholders as soon as possible."

    Background to the offer

    On 5 September 2016, Knorr-Bremse announced a public offer to the shareholders of Haldex to tender all shares in Haldex to Knorr-Bremse. On 25 April 2017, it was announced that the acceptance period for the offer is extended until 26 September 2017. The completion of the offer is conditional upon, inter alia, that all necessary clearances from authorities are obtained on terms acceptable to Knorr-Bremse.

    On 28 June 2017, Knorr-Bremse announced that it has received indications that the EU Commission might initiate a Phase II investigation and that against that background it has applied for permission from the SSC to extend the acceptance period until 9 February 2018. At the same time Knorr-Bremse stressed that it takes a confident view on the potential in-depth investigation by the EU Commission in Phase II.

    Knorr-Bremse AG

    For additional information contact:

    Knorr-Bremse AG

    Dr. Detlef Hug
    Email: Detlef.Hug@knorr-bremse.com
    Phone: +49 89 3547 1402

    Eva Doppler
    Email: Eva.Doppler@knorr-bremse.com
    Phone: +49 89 3547 1498

    Additional contacts for media in Germany

    FTI Consulting SC
    Carolin Amann
    Email: Carolin.Amann@fticonsulting.com
    Phone: +49 69 92037 132

    Thomas M. Krammer
    Email: Thomas.Krammer@fticonsulting.com
    Phone: +49 89 71042 2116

    Additional contacts for media in Sweden

    Comir
    Johan Hähnel
    Email: Johan.Hahnel@comir.se
    Phone: +46 8 31 17 70

    This announcement is not an offer, whether directly or indirectly, in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand or South Africa or in any other jurisdictions where such offer pursuant to legislation and regulations in such relevant jurisdictions would be prohibited by applicable law. Shareholders not resident in Sweden who wish to accept the Offer (as defined below) must make inquiries concerning applicable legislation and possible tax consequences. Shareholders should refer to the offer restrictions included in the section titled "Important notice" at the end of this announcement and in the tender offer document which was published on 26 September 2016. Shareholders in the United States should also refer to the section titled "Special notice to shareholders in the United States" at the end of this announcement.

    Important notice

    The Offer is not being made, directly or indirectly, in or into Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand or South Africa by use of mail or any other means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, facsimile transmission, electronic mail, telex, telephone and the Internet) of interstate or foreign commerce, or of any facility of national security exchange, of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand or South Africa, and the Offer cannot be accepted by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility of, or from within, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand or South Africa. Accordingly, this announcement and any documentation relating to the Offer are not being and should not be sent, mailed or otherwise distributed or forwarded in or into Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand or South Africa.

    This announcement is not being, and must not be, sent to shareholders with registered addresses in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand or South Africa. Banks, brokers, dealers and other nominees holding shares for persons in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand or South Africa must not forward this announcement or any other document received in connection with the Offer to such persons.

    Statements in this announcement relating to future status or circumstances, including statements regarding future performance, growth and other trend projections and the other benefits of the Offer, are forward-looking statements. These statements may generally, but not always, be identified by the use of words such as "anticipates", "intends", "expects", "believes", or similar expressions. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements due to many factors, many of which are outside the control of Knorr-Bremse AG. Any such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Knorr-Bremse AG has no obligation (and undertakes no such obligation) to update or revise any of them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except for in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

    Special notice to shareholders in the United States

    The Offer described in this announcement is made for shares of Haldex AB, a company incorporated under Swedish law, and is subject to Swedish disclosure and procedural requirements, which are different from those of the United States. The Offer is made in the United States in compliance with Section 14(e) of, and Regulation 14E under, the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "U.S. Exchange Act"), subject to the exemptions provided by Rule 14d-1(d) under the U.S. Exchange Act and otherwise in accordance with the requirements of Swedish law. Accordingly, the Offer is subject to disclosure and other procedural requirements, including with respect to withdrawal rights, the offer timetable, settlement procedures and timing of payments that are different from those applicable under U.S. domestic tender offer procedures and laws.

    To the extent permissible under applicable law or regulation, Knorr-Bremse AG and its affiliates or brokers (acting as agents for Knorr-Bremse AG or its affiliates, as applicable) may from time to time, and other than pursuant to the Offer, directly or indirectly purchase, or arrange to purchase, shares of Haldex AB, that are the subject of the Offer or any securities that are convertible into, exchangeable for or exercisable for such shares. To the extent information about such purchases or arrangements to purchase is made public in Sweden, such information will be disclosed by means of a press release or other means reasonably calculated to inform U.S. shareholders of Haldex AB of such information. In addition, the financial advisors to Knorr-Bremse AG, may also engage in ordinary course trading activities in securities of Haldex AB, which may include purchases or arrangements to purchase such securities. Knorr-Bremse AG and/or its affiliates or brokers have purchased shares of Haldex AB during the period following the announcement of the Offer on 5 September 2016.

    NEITHER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION NOR ANY U.S. STATE SECURITIES COMMISSION OR REGULATORY AUTHORITY HAS APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED OF THIS OFFER, PASSED UPON THE FAIRNESS OR MERITS OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT OR DETERMINED WHETHER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS ACCURATE OR COMPLETE. ANY REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    SOURCE: Knorr-Bremse AG via the EQS Newswire distribution service including Press Releases and Regulatory Announcements

    ReleaseID: 467254


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