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Scots Footballer Leads Anti-poacher Drive to Save Rhinos in South Africa

Scots Footballer Leads Anti-poacher Drive to Save Rhinos in South Africa | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

FOOTBALLER Gordon Gilbert has revealed why he is using his skills on the pitch to lead a new drive in South Africa to save the white rhino from brutal poachers.

 

The number of rhinos killed by gangs soared from just 13 five years ago to 488 last year and the 29-year-old is determined to stop the white rhino being hunted to the same level as the black rhino, which teeters on the verge of extinction.

 

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A New Era for South African Rail Transport

A New Era for South African Rail Transport | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

The Gautrain project, managed by the Bombela Concession Company, has transformed rail transport in South Africa. Facilitating rapid rail links in the Gauteng region - the economic hub of the country - its aim is to alleviate traffic congestion and provide an alternative to road transport.

 

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Vibrant Village Life In Johannesburg City

Vibrant Village Life In Johannesburg City | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

Malls have proliferated all over Johannesburg, which is why the quaint, open-air urban “village” of 44 Stanley Avenue in Milpark is such a treat. Owner Brian Green says it offers people a simple, authentic experience in an “outsized, depersonalised” world.

 

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India Edge South Africa 4-3 To Win Hockey Series

India Edge South Africa 4-3 To Win Hockey Series | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

A seven-goal extravaganza on Friday saw India beat South Africa 4-3 in the fourth hockey Test to take a winning lead in the five-match series being played at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

 

After conceding a 0-1 lead at the stroke of half-time, the hosts went on a goal splurge in the second half, scoring four goals in 13 minutes of an attacking hockey display. However, South African took advantage of some shoddy trapping by the Indians with two second-half goals before conceding the series in a tight finish.

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South Africa Will Meet Debt Obligations of Road Agency Amid Tolls Dispute

South Africa Will Meet Debt Obligations of Road Agency Amid Tolls Dispute | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

The South African government will meet the South African National Roads Agency Ltd.’s obligations to bondholders following the indefinite postponement of its flagship toll project, the Department of Transport said today.

 

“Whatever obligations there are will be settled,” Logan Maistry, spokesman for Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele, said in a phone interview. The agency incurred 20 billion rand of debt, half of which is government-backed, to build the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

 

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Former Vodacom CEO Joins Small Incumbent Cell C

Former Vodacom CEO Joins Small Incumbent Cell C | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

Former Vodacom CEO Alan Knott-Craig has been appointed new CEO of SA's number three cell phone provider, Cell C.

 

Knott-Craig yesterday signed a three-year contract as Cell C’s new CEO, starting from April. He has a restraint of trade from Vodacom, which expires in March. The industry has become a "bit boring" in the three years since he left, except for the competition from social media, but "we will make sure that they don’t eat into our lunch," he was quoted as saying.

 

An analyst who asked not to be named said the appointment posed a threat to Vodacom, given that Mr Knott-Craig started the company, ran it for 15 years and understands how it operates, despite having had a three-year break. "He could help Cell C crack into the corporate sector. It is not going to be easy but he is well respected and has good relationships in the corporate world."

 

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Former SA Top Judge Appointed To Help Reform Kenyan Judiciary

Former SA Top Judge Appointed To Help Reform Kenyan Judiciary | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

KENYA has appointed leading South African jurist Albie Sachs to help clean up its judiciary, identified as one of the causes of the country’s poor ranking for ease of doing business there.

 

Kenya’s judiciary has been accused of corruption, which makes it more difficult and more expensive to enforce contracts in the country.

 

Former Constitutional Court Justice Sachs will be a member of the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Board that will start work next week. All working judges and magistrates in Kenya will be vetted in line with the requirements of the country’s new constitution, and those found to be of doubtful conduct will be retired.

 

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Armed Response Chosen Over Police - Report

Armed Response Chosen Over Police - Report | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

South Africans are increasingly relying more on armed response services than on the police to keep them safe, according to a report published on Friday.

 

From 2005 to 2010 about 2 000 new security companies had entered the market as a result of the drop in confidence in the police by home owners and businesses, the Beeld newspaper reported.

 

Dr Johan Burger, from the Institute of Security Studies, told the daily newspaper there was a need for armed response because of an increase in crimes targeting homes and businesses, such as robberies and hijackings.

 

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Gauteng Premier 'Disobeys' Court Order

Gauteng Premier 'Disobeys' Court Order | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

Security for the Premier of Gauteng Ms Nomvula Mokonyane yesterday prevented the deputy sheriff of the Johannesburg High Court from collecting furniture worth R10-million from her office.

 

Mokonyane's office furniture was attached in October following the Gauteng government's failure to pay off medical costs after the parents of 12-year-old Sibusiso Khanyi sued the Pholosong Hospital for staff negligence after Khanyi's birth with brain damage. Mokonyane's spokesperson Xoli Mngambi yesterday admitted that the sheriff of the court came to the offices to attach goods.

 

"The premier was not in the office at the time, she was visiting schools and communities the whole day. I heard that the sheriff had gone to the office to attach [furniture]. We have spoken to our legal department and they are holding a meeting with the sheriff and the matter is being resolved," said Mngambi.

 

 

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South Africa Ex-Central Bank Chief Mboweni Weighs Aviation Foray

South Africa Ex-Central Bank Chief Mboweni Weighs Aviation Foray | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

Tito Mboweni, who served two terms as South Africa’s first black central bank governor, said he may follow a planned investment in iron ore mining with forays into aviation and mobile communications technology businesses.

 

Mboweni, 52, would do the deals through Mboweni Brothers, which he set up with relatives and friends as a “vehicle through which we can generate business ideas and enter into partnerships,” he said in an interview yesterday.

 

Labor Minister in Nelson Mandela’s cabinet, Mboweni was a member of the ruling African National Congress’s national executive committee, the party’s highest decision-making body.

 

Mboweni is non-executive chairman of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., the world’s third-largest gold producer, and an international adviser to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

 

He quit the South African Reserve Bank in 2009.

 

 

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No coal, no growth: South African power company chief

No coal, no growth: South African power company chief | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

It might be one of the world's worst polluting energy sources, but coal has allowed South Africa to become the continent's largest economy, according to the chief executive of the country's power utility company Eskom.Speaking to CNN's Robyn Curnow, Eskom's Brian Dames said coal has been key to fueling South Africa's economic growth and improving the lives of many in the country.

 

"We've been very successful in the use of coal in growing one of the largest economies, in bringing electricity to the majority of South Africans -- we're absolutely not defensive about it," said Dames.

 

South Africa gets 86% of its energy from coal and, despite the criticism that it is bad for the environment -- when burned, coal emits more air pollution and greenhouse gases than other major energy sources -- Dames argued that South Africa will continue to use the natural resource.

 

An edited version of the interview on link above.

 

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House With Underwater Rooms In South Africa

House With Underwater Rooms In South Africa | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

Built into a mountain side, the "Spa House" by Metropolis Design features an underwater spa. Yeah, that's right, an underwater room. The home's emphasis on water extends to an open ground floor plan and large deck space around the pool. Relaxing is certainly the right description. The home is located in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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Kruger Park Flood: Sanparks Travel Advisory

Kruger Park Flood: Sanparks Travel Advisory | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

January 18th, 2012

Following heavy rains encountered in and around the Kruger area, this is an urgent warning. The following areas have been affected:

 

The entrance gates listed below have been closed until further notice:

 

Entrance Gates:

Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo Border post

 

The road between Letaba and Satara is not accessible. Guests wishing to travel to Olifants and Letaba can only do that from Phalaborwa Gate. All gravel roads and low level bridges must be avoided.

 

Currently, the following four facilities are closed:

 

Biyamiti Bush Camp
Shimuwini Bush Camp
Talamati Bush Camp
Tshokwane Picnic site

 

The Tinga Private Lodge is currently being evacuated and guests that were on the Sweni Wilderness Trail have already been evacuated. The National Parks helicopter is currently being used for evacuations where necessary.

 

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Gijima Falls as South African Government Order Probed

Gijima Falls as South African Government Order Probed | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

Gijima Group Ltd. (GIJ), a South African computer-services company, fell the most in a month in Johannesburg trading after South Africa’s anti-corruption agency started a probe into a government contract.

 

The stock declined as much as 6.3 percent to 60 cents, the biggest drop on a closing-price basis since Dec. 22, as of 10:26 a.m. in Johannesburg. Gijima will cooperate with a probe by the Public Protector into a 2.3 billion-rand ($290 million) contract awarded to it by the Department of Home Affairs, the company said in a statement.

 

Gijima executives learned from Johannesburg’s City Press newspaper that the Public Protector is investigating the June 2008 contract, Chief Executive Officer Jonas Bogoshi said in the statement. Centurion-based Gijima won an order to upgrade the department’s information technology systems in 2007. The department later canceled the contract, saying it was invalid, and accused the company of corruption.

 

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Majola Will Not Quit Cricket South Africa

Majola Will Not Quit Cricket South Africa | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

Embattled Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola has refused to step down from his post despite coming under fire from former officials during the Nicholson Inquiry into the CSA's financial affairs.

 

"No!" was the terse reply from Majola when asked whether he would resign at a weekend press conference following a meeting of the board.

 

Majola has been under pressure in recent weeks at the Nicholson inquiry into the financial affairs of CSA instituted by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. The minister set up the inquiry after almost two years of bitter wrangling over large IPL II bonuses that Majola paid himself and other CSA staff without informing the board.

 

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Grace Surges Clear At Fancourt

Grace Surges Clear At Fancourt | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

Local man Branden Grace continued his red-hot run of form by powering into a four-shot halfway lead at the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa.

 

Grace, who won last week's Joburg Open, had the home fans roaring again with a superb second-round seven-under 66 which saw him kick clear of the field in the 35-man winners-only event at Fancourt Links.

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South Africa Post 299-7 vs. Sri Lanka In 4th ODI

South Africa Post 299-7 vs. Sri Lanka In 4th ODI | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

Captain AB de Villiers smacked 96 in leading South Africa to an imposing 299-7 against Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international at Diamond Oval on Friday.

South Africa won the series on Tuesday in Bloemfontein when it took an unbeatable 3-0 lead, but it's not willing to concede anything to the tourists, who also lost the preceding test series 2-1.

 

De Villiers looked set to earn his 12th ODI century until he was bowled by medium-pacer Thisara Perera.

 

Former captain Graeme Smith (68) and Alviro Petersen (37) gave the Proteas a solid start with 84 runs, advanced by De Villiers and JP Duminy (36), but from 242-3 in the 39th over the home side lost wickets regularly to the defiant Sri Lankans.

 

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Birthday Truce In Tatters: South Africa's Ruling ANC Faction Fight Hots Up

Birthday Truce In Tatters: South Africa's Ruling ANC Faction Fight Hots Up | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

Tension between the pro-Jacob Zuma faction and those calling for his removal as ANC president intensified this week ahead of the crucial appeal hearing of suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and his officials.

 

With just 10 months before the ANC's watershed elective conference in Mangaung both factions were trying to gain the high ground this week, with ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe lashing out at treasurer general Mathews Phosa for questioning the decision to suspend Malema and Cabinet's decision to place five Limpopo provincial departments under administration.

 

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SA Reserve Bank Keeps Rates Steady In Effort To Help Growth

SA Reserve Bank Keeps Rates Steady In Effort To Help Growth | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

THE South African Reserve Bank kept its key repo rate steady at 5,5% yesterday, as expected, and made clear that it would continue to do so in the face of slowing economic growth and rising inflation.

 

It now predicts that inflation will stay above its official 3%-6% target range for the rest of this year, peaking at 6,6% in the second quarter — well above the forecasts announced at its previous policy meeting in November.

 

But the Bank also revised its growth forecasts for the economy lower, saying output would slow to 2,8% this year from about 3,1% last year, in the face of contagion from Europe’s sovereign debt crisis.

 

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Moody’s Puts South Africa's Road Agency On Notice

Moody’s Puts South Africa's Road Agency On Notice | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

MOODY’s Investors Service has placed the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) on review for a possible downgrade on concern that its debts will soar after the postponement of freeway tolling in Gauteng.

 

Sanral incurred R20bn in debt to finance the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, which was to be repaid from the tolls. It intended to start tolling in June last year, but this was delayed, first until next month, and this week indefinitely because of public opposition. The company’s total debt burden is R32,6bn.

 

"According to the company (Sanral), cash on hand available to date will only cover operating costs and debt service until June 2012," Moody’s said yesterday. The decision to indefinitely delay tolling "will likely exert pressure on the company’s cash flows and casts doubt on the government’s transport policy strategy", Kenneth Morare, Moody’s lead analyst on Sanral, said yesterday.

 

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Raped Wife Wins Landmark Case

Raped Wife Wins Landmark Case | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

In a landmark case in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court, a man has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for physically abusing and raping his wife over a period of 12 years.

 

The case of Annelise Kriek, 47, marks the first reported case of rape in a marriage since the new Domestic Violence Act of 1996, The Times reported. Kriek fought a lengthy battle to stop the abuse at the hands of Frederik Christiaan Bossert, 48. She gave permission for her name to be used.

She initially laid three rape charges against her husband and also got a restraining order against him.

 

The court heard how the abuse started after only one year of marriage. Her husband allegedly assaulted her, tried to drown and strangle her, and repeatedly raped her.

 

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Burmese Firm Gets South Africa Exploration Right

Burmese Firm Gets South Africa Exploration Right | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

South Africa has handed an offshore petroleum exploration right to a company reportedly tied to the military junta that has ruled Burma brutally for nearly half a century. The company, Silver Wave Energy, is pursuing other mineral concessions in South Africa, including access to petroleum deposits off the south coast and diamond and gold resources.

 

An opposing bid for the same concession was rejected during the same month that President Jacob Zuma received gifts, gems and artwork from Burma's ambassador to South Africa at the time, Tin Oo Lwin. Two months later, Lwin gave both Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe calendars and sculptures.

 

Silver Wave is registered in Singapore, but the Mail & Guardian understands a Burmese man, Min Min Aung, owns it. An employee at the company's office in Rangoon confirmed this.

 

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Tim Sluiter leads Jordi Garcia by one after first day of British Open qualifier in South Africa

Tim Sluiter leads Jordi Garcia by one after first day of British Open qualifier in South Africa | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

 

Dutchman Tim Sluiter posted a 6-under 66 to Wednesday lead the first round of the British Open’s African edition of International Final Qualifying (IFQ) at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

 

The 22-year-old took a one-stroke lead ahead of Thursday’s final round as 51 players began the 36-hole battle for three coveted places at the 141st British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in July.

 

“I played solidly and gave myself a lot of chances,” said Sluiter. “If I keep the same approach tomorrow then I will be playing in The Open, which is really something.”

He started well and penciled in birdies at the first and second, kick-starting his campaign to play in golf’s oldest major.

 

After a run of four pars, he birdied the seventh and reached the turn at 3 under. He made a further pair of birdies at the 13th and 14th before closing out with a final birdie at the par-5 18th.

 

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Condoms are slowing HIV spread in South Africa: New Scientist

Condoms are slowing HIV spread in South Africa: New Scientist | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

CONDOMS are to thank for falling HIV infection rates in South Africa.

So say Leigh Johnson at the University of Cape Town and colleagues.

 

They fed data from 2000 to 2008 on the country's HIV rates, condom use and the number of people taking antiretroviral therapy (ARTs) - which reduce the chances of passing on the virus - into two computer models of viral transmission and prevalence.

 

Condom use accounted for the vast majority of the decline in HIV, with only up to 17

per cent due to the natural dynamics of the disease, and up to 10 per cent down to the use of ARTs (Journal of the Royal Society Interface, DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2011.0826).

 

David Wilson at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, says the results highlight that condoms are "the most effective" way to protect against HIV epidemics. Johnson emphasises that all prevention and treatment programmes should be intensified. newscientist http://t.co/5MoAdVVI

 

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South Africa Corn Export Push May Exhaust Stocks

South Africa Corn Export Push May Exhaust Stocks | South Africa Now | Scoop.it

A government-backed plan to export a record corn surplus may leave South African silos drained of the country’s staple food by the end of April.

 

The price of white corn, used to make the corn meal eaten by many South Africans, has risen to a record in Johannesburg and the nation is importing the yellow variety of the grain for the first time in two years.

 

Millers, chicken producers and cattle breeders are facing a surge in costs and food inflation may quicken to as much as 15 percent from 11.1 percent in November, said Gina Schoeman, an economist at Absa Group Ltd.

 

The mismanagement that is pushing up food prices and consumer inflation comes as South Africa grapples with the gap between rich and poor. It is the most unequal of 67 countries assessed by the World Bank and one-fourth of South Africans are jobless.

 

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