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Minister Xasa heads to Switzerland to support Caster

Minister Tokozile Xasa and Caster Semenya

Minister of Sport and Recreation, Tokozile Xasa is expected to leave for Lausanne, Switzerland Wednesday night to support 800-meter world champion, Caster Semenya in her legal battle with the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

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Sterling shines to clinch dramatic late win for Man City over Schalke

GELSENKIRCHEN – Late goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling gave Manchester City a 3-2 win at Schalke 04 in their Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday, that put the English side in the driving seat.

Substitute Sane scored against his former club with a sensational free kick in the 86th, after Nabil Bentaleb converted two spot-kicks in the 38th and 45th minutes to put Schalke ahead.

Sergio Aguero had given City the lead in the 18th, and the English champions were left with 10 men in the 68th minute when Nicolas Otamendi was sent off following a second booking.

City, who have conceded at least two goals in six of their seven games in the Champions League knockout stages under Pep Guardiola, will also be without yellow-carded Fernandinho for the return leg in Manchester on March 12.

Argentine Aguero, who netted two hat tricks in his previous three Premier League games, scored with a simple tap-in after a pass from keeper Ralf Fahrmann was intercepted.

Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Manchester City against Schalke. Photo: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters
Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Manchester City against Schalke. Photo: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters

City completely overran the Germans at the start, but instead of scoring again, they inexplicably fell back, allowing determined Schalke to come forward.

The Royal Blues were rewarded when a handball earned Otamendi a booking and the hosts a spot kick that Algeria international Bentaleb converted after the use of the video assistant referee (VAR).

Schalke incredibly went ahead seven minutes later after earning another penalty, when Fernandinho clumsily brought down Salif Sane.

Bentaleb again stepped up and scored his second goal of the evening, despite keeper Ederson getting his hands on the ball.

With coach Guardiola growing increasingly frustrated on the City bench, the visitors tried for an early goal after the break but this time came up against an organised Schalke backline.

To make matters worse for City, Otamendi was sent off with a second booking in the 68th to take any pace left out of City’s game, before Leroy Sane’s missile saved the day for the English side.

Sterling then slipped into the box late in the game to grab victory with a dramatic winner.

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Mrwebi denies having personal relationship with Mti

Mokgoro-Mrwebi

The Mokgoro Enquiry in Pretoria has been told that suspended NPA senior advocate Lawrence Mrwebi never received any bribes nor had any personal relationship with Correctional Services official, Linda Mti.

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Presidential Advisory Panel on land reform makes headway

Professor Ruth Hall

The Presidential Advisory Panel on land reform is beginning to make headway on making proposals to fast-track land reform.

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Rand stronger after Budget Speech

Notes and coins

The Rand is trading under 14 to the dollar on the back of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s announcement that government would not carry Eskom’s debt. 

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Amajita aim for Under-20 World Cup knockout stages

Amajita

The next mission for the South African Under-20 football team is to reach the knockout stage of this year’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Poland.

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Four bodies retrieved from a cliff in E Cape

rescue helicopter

Four bodies have been retrieved from the bottom of a cliff at an airstrip in Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape after a car plunged off the cliff on Sunday.

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Everyone can be an effective advocate for vaccination: here’s how

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has named vaccine hesitancy as one of their top 10 threats to global health for 2019.

Last week, the wife of an NRL footballer made national headlines after posting on Instagram that the couple did not plan to vaccinate their children.

Indeed, there’s rarely a time vaccination isn’t a hot topic of public debate. What’s important to note is that anyone can use evidence-based communication techniques to be an advocate for vaccination – you don’t need to be an expert in the field.

Conversations between peers can be very influential, because our behaviours are shaped by social norms, or what other people in our network value and do.

Who do we need to talk to?

While the current measles outbreaks in the United States and Europe are concerning, much of the reporting has over-simplified the issue, with sensationalised headlines placing the blame almost solely on “anti-vax” parents.

In reality, the vast majority of people whose children are missing some or all doses of the recommended vaccines are not “anti-vaxxers”, and labelling them as such is unhelpful.

The ability to register for vaccination exemption based on conscientious objection was removed in 2016, but it was last recorded in December 2015 as affecting only 1.34% of eligible children.

This suggests that missed opportunities and access barriers, such as parents being unable to get to the GP or a council immunisation session, are much more substantial contributors to under-vaccination.

Communication about vaccines is unlikely to impact the behaviour of firm refusers and those facing access barriers. However, communication has enormous influence when it comes to the 43% of parents who have some questions or concerns about vaccines.

Aggressive or dismissive language can make people less likely to vaccinate, while open, respectful discussion with a trusted individual can encourage hesitant parents towards vaccination.

Tips for discussing vaccination

Many people struggle with how to discuss vaccination when confronted with a friend, relative or acquaintance who expresses hesitancy.

Simply providing lots of facts or dismissing their views is not effective.

Instead, these are some tips everyone can use when talking about vaccines, drawing from evidence-based communication techniques. Studies in the United States and Canada have trained healthcare providers to use techniques like these to increase uptake of adolescent HPV vaccination and infant vaccines, and more studies are currently underway.

Ask about, and listen to, people’s concerns: not everyone is driven by the same issues or experiences. Find out what specifically is concerning the person. Is it safety? Effectiveness? Side effects?

Acknowledge their concerns: remember, everyone loves their children. No one is refusing to vaccinate because they want their child to get sick, or because they wilfully hope other children will get sick. Acknowledging that you see where someone is coming from can go a long way in establishing trust.

Provide information to respond to their concerns: share what you know, and try to provide reliable sources for your information. Be careful not to debunk myths too aggressively, as this can actually backfire.

Share personal stories: emotive stories tend to have more impact than facts. This is one reason stories of rare vaccine adverse events can seem to carry more weight than overwhelming safety figures. Share your own stories of positive experiences with vaccines, or better yet, discuss your experience with the diseases they prevent.

Don’t pass judgment: people may discuss vaccination many times with many different people before they decide to vaccinate, especially if they are very hesitant. Your goal should be to establish yourself as a trusted, non-judgmental person with whom they can share their questions and concerns. Berating them won’t convince them to vaccinate, but it will convince them never to speak to you about vaccines again.

These communication tips can help support discussions about vaccines with someone who is hesitant, but open to discussing their position. If, however, you find yourself publicly debating a “vocal vaccine denier”, the WHO has developed a toolkit to help guide your responses.

In such a situation, your intended audience is not the vaccine denier themselves, but the public who may be watching or reading your debate.

The techniques used by a vaccine denier could include referring to conspiracies, fake experts, selective or misrepresented evidence, or impossible expectations (such as 100% safety). The WHO recommends you identify the techniques the denier uses and then correct their content.

If you’re a strong supporter of vaccination, you can become a powerful ally in the effort to sustain high coverage rates in your community. Listen and share your views respectfully, build and maintain open and trusting relationships, and yours may be the words that encourage another person to vaccinate.

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Mboweni delivers his maiden budget speech

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni faces one of the most difficult tasks of his career so far as he delivers his maiden budget speech amid very weak economic growth, high unemployment and floundering SOEs.

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Mkhwebane hits back at Mboweni’s criticism

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has slammed back at Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni, saying in a  statement that the finance minister was “trivialising the serious matter of dishonesty”.

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I married #MyHeart on Valentine’s Day

For the month of February, IOL is inviting our readers to tell us who they love and why to stand a chance of winning amazing prizes in our #MyHeart competition.

Our next winner is Veronica Coetzer, who submitted the following entry:

Well, where will I start?  I prayed for years for a good husband until I gave up. It was then that Paul invited me on Facebook.

Paul was looking for classmates and saw me (coming from the same school as him).

At first I wasn’t very keen to meet him or to be more than a friend to him but with time we became closer until he started visiting me in Cape Town. He saved money every year to visit me at the end of the year and, despite the fact that he struggles with his crutches, still visited me.

Three years later he asked me to marry him.  We got engaged and decided to tie the knot on 14 February this year.

Paul is more than just my husband. He is my soul mate and is very helpful at home. He was in a big accident causing him to leave his work and apply for disability. I get home to a clean house in the afternoon, dishes done, floor washed, washing ironed and sometimes even a cooked meal and this all despite the fact that he walks with crutches. 

He is incredible and I am so happy that we finally got married.  He rubs my feet and back when I get home at night and treats me like a queen.  I could never have asked for a better husband.

Regards

Veronica Coetzer  


How to enter our #MyHeart competition:

Tell us who you love and why. The IOL team is passionate about news for the heart of South Africa and we want to hear about who holds your heart. Whether it’s the love of your life, your BFF, your cat, your mom, your boss or your second-removed cousin on your grandmother’s side, we want to know why you appreciate them so much.

If you are our pick for the best story of the day, you will win one of our amazing prizes and be entered into our grand prize draw sponsored by Protea Hotels by Marriott. 

Whether it’s an urban escape, going off the beaten track or a romantic seaside soiree you’re after, Protea Hotels by Marriott has just what you’re looking for. Visit  protea.marriott.com/valentines-day for some unbelievable couple’s experiences and imagine the possibilities this Valentine’s month.  

So send an email to iolcompetitions@inl.co.za telling us your #MyHeart story.

You can also DM us on Facebook or Twitter.

Or download our app on Android or IOS and use our MOJO feature to send us your entry.

TIP: The more words the better, and if you have pics and videos, you can send that too. 

The competition runs from February 1 to 28.

Winners will be notified by March 1.

Winners will be notified by email or phone, so please send us your contact details with your entry.

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Selected story entries, pictures and videos will be published on iol.co.za and our social media pages. The winners’ names will be published on our website and social media pages.

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Dodging the bullet on a credit rating downgrade

Moody's

One of the major concerns with this years budget is the growing gap between government expenditure and income. A budget deficit arises when state expenditure exceeds income.

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Mboweni warns public service retrenchments could be on the cards

Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni has warned that something has to be done by government to address the high wage bill in the public sector.

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New Bulls sensation Rosko Specman named in Super Rugby Team of the Week

CAPE TOWN – Former Blitzbok and Bulls wing Rosko Specman has been named in Super Rugby’s Team of the Week after an impressive performance in his debut for the Pretoria team at Loftus Versfeld last weekend.

The Team of the Week has representatives from nine of the teams from a round that produced 41 tries and six away wins.

Standout players were Blues No 8 Akira Ioane and Chiefs centre Anton Lienert-Brown while there were several players who crossed the white line more than once. 

Chiefs winger Etene Nanai-Seturo, Speckman and Sharks hooker Armand van der Merwe all scored two tries while Lions flanker Marnus Schoeman scored a hattrick of tries against the Jaguares. 

Rosko Speckman of the Bulls celebrates scoring a try against the Stormers at Loftus at the weekend. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Rosko Speckman of the Bulls celebrates scoring a try against the Stormers at Loftus at the weekend. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The Super Rugby Team of the Week is: 

15 Ben Smith (Highlanders), 14 Etene Nanai-Seturo (Chiefs), 13 Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies), 12 Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs), 11 Rosko Specman (Bulls), 10 Handre Pollard (Bulls), 9 Nic Groom (Lions), 1 Joe Moody (Crusaders), 2 Armand van der Merwe (Sharks), 3 Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies), 4 Marvin Orie (Lions), 5 Matt Philip (Rebels), 6 Marnus Schoeman (Lions), 7 Peter Samu (Brumbies), 8 Akira Ioane (Blues) 

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#Budget2019: Rand crumbles, but perks up as Budget Speech progresses

JOHANNESBURG – The rand took a battering on Wednesday before recovering some lost ground.

Earlier in the day, the unexpected decrease in consumer price inflation (CPI) to 4 percent compared with the expected 4.3 percent, from the previous 4.5 percent, did little to support the domestic currency as markets geared up for the Budget Speech later in the day. 

Shortly after the CPI release, the rand was trading at R14.12 a dollar after losing 0.6 percent against the greenback.

Once the Budget Speech began, the bloodbath was in full swing. The rand immediately weakened by 1.8 percent following the announcement by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that Eskom would receive financial assistance of R69bn over three years, subject to certain conditions.

Corporate treasury manager at Peregrine Treasury Solutions, Bianca Botes. Photo: Supplied
Corporate treasury manager at Peregrine Treasury Solutions, Bianca Botes. Photo: Supplied

The conditions of the financial assistance will be scrutinised by rating agency Moody’s, which warned of the potential implication a bailout could have on the local sovereign rating.

The rand pulled back from a low of R14.37 a dollar to recover to R14.19 as Finance Minister Mboweni progressed through the Budget Speech, placing particular emphasis on the fact that government would not take on Eskom’s debt.

At 5pm the rand was bid at R14.03 to the dollar, 11c firmer than Tuesday’s 5pm bid. Against the pound, the domestic currency was 7c firmer at R18.30 and versus the euro it was 9c stronger at R15.92.

Bianca Botes is corporate treasury manager at Peregrine Treasury Solutions.

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Mixed reactions to Budget Speech

Nedbank’s Chief Economist Dennis Dykes says the Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget presents the best solutions under the current difficult economic situation.

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Wiaan Mulder to make Proteas test debut

Wiaan Mulder

Highveld Lions all-rounder, Wiaan Mulder, looks set to make his Proteas debut in the second Test against Sri Lanka starting in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

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Convicted racist Vicky Momberg’s lawyer tries to abandon her case

Vicky Momberg

Convicted racist, Vicky Momberg, may not have anyone to argue her appeal in the High Court in Johannesburg in March.

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Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremony

Karl Lagerfeld will be cremated without ceremony and his ashes are likely to be scattered with those of his mother and lover, his label said Wednesday.

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Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Maluleka wins December PSL goal of the month

JOHANNESBURG – Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, George Maluleka’s spectacular goal for Kaizer Chiefs against SuperSport United has been voted the best goal for December.

The central midfielder, who was captain on the day, produced a superb strike on the edge of the 18-yard area after a pass from Kabelo Mahlasela, a goal which saw Chiefs win 1-0 over United.

The 30-year old’s goal ensured that he became the first Amakhosi player to win the award this season and will be the first individual monthly award for Maluleka, who’s also had stints at United and Ajax Cape Town.

George Maluleka shows off his Goal of the Month Award. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix
George Maluleka shows off his Goal of the Month Award. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Maluleka’s strike was one of 10 goals nominated for the award, alongside Bradley Ralani, Lebohang Maboe, Jemondre Dickens, Tshwarelo Bereng, Rhulani Manzini, Salulani Phiri, Thembinkosi Lorch, Kabelo Dlamini and Thabang Monare. 

The goal by Mido as Maluleka is affectionately known, was voted for by fans who picked their favourite via the Premier Soccer League (PSL) website.  

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Burberry apologises for ‘suicide’ hoodie with noose knot

The chief executive and chief creative officer of luxury fashion powerhouse Burberry have apologized for putting a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose on their London Fashion Week runway.

The knotted strings surfaced after Sunday’s show when a model hired to walk (but not wear the outfit) complained both before the show and on Instagram, saying the noose not only evoked lynchings but also suicide.

Model wearing a creation by Burberry at the Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion week runway show in London. The chief executive and chief creative officer of luxury powerhouse Burberry have apologized for putting a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose on their London Fashion Week runway. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Marco Gobbetti, the brand’s CEO, said in a statement Tuesday that Burberry is "deeply sorry for the distress" the top has caused and has removed it from the autumn-winter collection, along with all images featuring the look.

Riccardo Tisci, Burberry’s creative director, also apologized, saying "while the design was inspired by a nautical theme, I realize that it was insensitive."

Model Liz Kennedy took to Instagram the day of the show, posting a photo of the hoodie with a long message directed at Burberry and Tisci.

"Suicide is not fashion," she wrote. "It is not glamorous nor edgy and since this show is dedicated to the youth expressing their voice, here I go. Riccardo Tisci and everyone at Burberry it is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway."

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@burberry @riccardotisci17 Suicide is not fashion. It is not glamorous nor edgy and since this show is dedicated to the youth expressing their voice, here I go. Riccardo Tisci and everyone at Burberry it is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway. How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth. The impressionable youth. Not to mention the rising suicide rates world wide. Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either. There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck. A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance. I left my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look (even though I did not wear it myself). Feeling as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family. Also to add in they briefly hung one from the ceiling (trying to figure out the knot) and were laughing about it in the dressing room. I had asked to speak to someone about it but the only thing I was told to do was to write a letter. I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was “it’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself” well I’m sorry but this is an issue bigger than myself. The issue is not about me being upset, there is a bigger picture here of what fashion turns a blind eye to or does to gain publicity. A look so ignorantly put together and a situation so poorly handled. I am ashamed to have been apart of the show. #burberry. I did not post this to disrespect the designer or the brand but to simply express an issue I feel very passionate about.

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She added, "Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either."

Her post has prompted dozens of negative social media comments directed at Burberry and Tisci.

The collection, called "Tempest," is Tisci’s second for the brand. The clothes were a mix of classic, severely tailored ensembles to more trendy street-inspired looks aimed at younger consumers.

Kennedy and other critics said the company should have known better.

"A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance. I left my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look. Feeling as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family," Kennedy wrote on Instagram.

She said she asked to speak to somebody about it and was told to write a letter.

"I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was ‘It’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself.’"

Gobbetti said he called Kennedy to apologize as soon as he became aware of her concerns on Monday.

"The experience Ms. Kennedy describes does not reflect who we are and our values. We will reflect on this, learn from it and put in place all necessary actions to ensure it does not happen again."

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South African sports backs Semenya amid IAAF hearing

Caster Semenya running

South Africa’s Hockey CEO, Marissa Langeni, Netball South Africa’s (SA), Blanche de la Guerre and Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis have pledged their support for the country’s track and field star, Caster Semenya.

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Durban mother of dumped baby charged with murder

Baby rescue from stormwater drain

A woman who was arrested for allegedly throwing her one-day-old infant into a drain at Newlands East in Durban two weeks ago has been charged with attempted murder.

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From street kids to war romance, Oscar foreign-film slate keeps it real

From Lebanese street children to love behind the Iron Curtain and the daily life of a Mexican housekeeper, in 2019 Oscar-nominated foreign language films draw from real life and, in some cases, deeply personal experiences.

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Larsen’s Chilli Boys to turn on heat for Arrows

DURBAN – It is going to be business as usual for Clinton Larsen when Chippa United battle his former club, Lamontville Golden Arrows, in an Absa Premiership showdown at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium at 8pm on Friday.

Larsen parted with Abafana Bes’thende in December before taking over at the Chilli Boys.

“It is going to be business as usual for me. I don’t get emotional, not at all. I’ve done it before against Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg United,” Larsen said about facing Arrows.

“We are unbeaten in the last six matches since I took over. We want to build the momentum and keep the winning form,” he added.

“We are playing a good team in Arrows. I know some of their players’ strengths and weaknesses. But our preparations are normal. The fact that I was with Arrows doesn’t make our job easier. 

It is going to be business as usual for Clinton Larsen when Chippa play his former club Arrows. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
It is going to be business as usual for Clinton Larsen when Chippa play his former club Arrows. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

They have a new coach who has changed a few things. Danny Venter is their main man. He is making them play. Lerato Lamola and Knox Mutizwa are also dangerous upfront. They sometimes play with three or four at the back and we will be prepared for either of the two,“ Larsen elaborated.

Chippa play with a lot of confidence which is something that never happened under Joel Masutha.

“When I arrived, we were slow in our build up. We never really had too many box entries. I’ve changed that. We are now penetrative and decisive in the opposition area. 

We have improved in our offensive play. We are also defending from the front,” Larsen stated.

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One nabbed after PE police recover artefacts worth R25k

Port Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth police in the Eastern Cape have recovered antiques to the value of R25 000. 

Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu said earlier this week it was alleged that an antiquarian went to an antique shop in Todd Street, North End searching for his antiques which had been stolen from his house in Perridgevale in November last year. 

While there, he recognised some of the items and was informed that a person brought the antiques earlier and was returning on Tuesday with more items and to collect payment. 

Naidu said after receiving this information the 60-year-old complainant contacted the police. 

The immediate response by members of the PE Flying Squad, K9 Unit and SAPS Mount Road members resulted in the recovery of expensive antiques and the arrest of a 28-year-old suspect.

Observation duties were held by the flying squad and K9 unit members and at about 1pm on Tuesday the suspect arrived with more items. 

He was apprehended and expensive items such as a gold medal, gold soda bottle, crystals, cast iron bear clock, a silver teapot, a Chinese teapot and a mortar and pestle were seized. 

Some of the items were also recovered from another antique shop in Albany Road Port Elizabeth.

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The estimated value of the recovered items is R25 000.

Naidu said it was further alleged that the abovementioned artefacts were stolen when the complainant’s house was broken into last year. 

She said nobody was at home when the suspect entered by breaking a window. 

Jewellery, foreign currency and the antique items with an estimated value of R250 000 were stolen. 

The antiquarian alleged that he travels around the world buying antiques and some of his possessions are priceless. 

The suspect was detained on a charge of possession of suspected stolen property and is expected to appear in court soon. 

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Major General Thembisile Patekile commended the members for an excellent investigation and arrest of the suspect: “We urge second hand and antique dealers to report suspicious persons bringing in expensive items for sale. 

"Antique dealers are well aware of the price of the artefacts and should contact police immediately when they are brought in by suspected dodgy sellers. Buying suspected stolen property is an offence and punishable by law,” added Patekile.

African News Agency/ANA

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Review: Spiga is back. But does it live up to the hype?

Spiga D’oro has been a fixture in the Durban culinary scene for many years, so when they closed their doors in March 2018, there was an out pour of sadness from loyal patrons.

In the months that followed, pizza and pasta lovers kept their ears to the ground in the hopes of hearing information about the possibility of a new restaurant, but to no avail. 

At the end of January, Spiga announced on their Instagram page that they would be re-opening. With this news, I took the first opportunity I could to visit – last Sunday after 1pm, just in time for lunch.


Upon arrival, we (myself and two friends) were greeted with a warm welcome, but told that there would be an hour long wait to be seated. Presently, Spiga only takes walk-in customers and no reservations.  So, we added a name and cell phone number to the waiting list and passed time by walking the perimeter of Mitchell Park and stopping for ice-cream on Florida Road.

A little over an hour later, we were seated inside the swarming restaurant. After overhearing delighted customers showering waitrons with praise, I was eager to look at the menu. 

Taking in the new and unfamiliar venue, it’s certainly missing some of its old charm. Maybe it’s the freshly painted grey and white walls that are void of much decoration, but there isn’t yet that “lived in” appeal that gives you a sense that this is a place where memories are made. That being said, they’ve started up another graffiti wall, just like the one that featured in their Florida Road eatery, and it’s already amassed a liberal scattering of ‘welcome back’ messages, my favourite being: “There are many impastas, but only one Spiga”. This, combined with the familiar smell of authentic Italian food wafting through the air, brings a sense of homeliness and nostalgia that are both gradually building on the premises. 


As for the food, Durbanites will be happy to know that the menu is still the same – so everything you know and love is sure to be there. 


Pictured, the Pommodoro Bruschetta with four portions, however our table received three. Picture: Instagram.


For starters, our table shared the Pommodoro Bruschetta (R35). Diced sweet and juicy, tomatoes atop three grilled, crusty slices of bread with garlic, basil, and a little olive oil. The favour and freshness was perfect for a sweltering summer’s day and we quickly polished of every morsel. 

Penne Romano.

I was most excited about trying the Penne Romano (R70) – a reliable and old favourite of mine. It arrived, like all the other dishes to come, piled neatly in the centre of a deep plate. The pasta was perfectly al dente, coated in a rich napoli and cream sauce with a hint of chilli and garlic, finished with a generous dusting of sharp parmesan cheese on top. It tasted just as I remembered – delicious. My only wish was for there to be more mushrooms in the sauce as they greatly add to the overall flavour, which was, as a result, lacking something.

Gnocchi Gorgonzola (left) and Gnocchi Alla Luca (right)

We ordered two gnocchi based main courses, the Gnocchi Gorgonzola (R85) and Gnocchi Alla Luca (R75). Both were tossed in velvety sauces that clung to the generous portions of pillowy Italian dumplings. The Alla Luca is a simple blend of napoli, cream and mozzarella. The rich tomato flavour cuts the fattiness of the cream so that it’s not at all overwhelming, however I felt it needed the addition of garlic and chilli to take it to the next level. With every bite, I enjoyed seeing the strands of melted cheese drip from my fork, a reminder of how decadent this dish is. As for the final entrée, the sauce was full-flavoured and strong with slightly more texture than the Alla Luca. Made from only mature gorgonzola and cream, you’ll savour every mouthful, but definitely want to share.   

Although we enjoyed our meals, we felt that more could be done to add to the atmosphere of the venue to create a fuller experience. Nevertheless, I feel that we can expect more great things in the future, when the management and staff firmly embed their roots in the new location.


Once the hustle and bustle that comes with the excitement of a newly reopened, and well loved restaurant dulls down, we look forward to coming back to try out more. 

Their new location is on 465 Innes Road (next door to Charlies) and operating hours are from 12pm to 10pm, closed on Mondays.
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Relentless journey for the underdog in Charles Abrahams’ ‘Class Action’

Charles Abrahams has spearheaded class action lawsuits to defend the most vulnerable and oppressed, but as a child he experienced oppression himself in the most immediate and visceral way.

In this gripping memoir, he writes about his poverty-stricken youth on the Cape Flats where both gang fights and domestic violence were rife.

In the tiny home he shared with his parents and 10 children, he witnessed the horrors of abuse by his father to his mother and while at school, they were subjected to brutality by teachers and received an inferior education.

Abrahams became an activist in the late 1980s and through relentless reading educated himself and became a lawyer.

This came in the face of having his childhood dream of becoming a world-famous heart surgeon shattered when a school inspector told him coloured children from the Cape Flats “should not aim too high”.


Abrahams initially defended local gangsters and then travelled overseas to the Netherlands to study international law. Today he’s a top lawyer who has sued multinationals for colluding with the apartheid government as a weapon of social justice.

He has sued, for example, multinationals in New York and has taken on food companies for fixing the price of bread. And in a landmark case he secured R5billion settlement from the gold mining industry for miners suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis.

This is his journey of resistance and the harm greed and racism has done to our identities, relationships and the people of our country.

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Mboweni says SA has urgent task of resolving “rot” in economy

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says South Africa has the urgent task of resolving what he calls the “rot” in the economy and at the same time set the nation up for more stable economic growth.

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Kardashians file documents to trademark children’s names

Kardashians

Member of reality TV family the Kardashians have filed documents to trademark the names of their children.

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Hunt fires first shots, claims Sundowns are in the pound seats

JOHANNESBURG – Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has started the mind games that will intensify this week leading to their top-of-the-table clash with the reigning Absa Premiership champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, on Saturday at Bidvest Stadium.

The Brazilians and the Clever Boys have been involved in some tense and entertaining duels on and off the pitch.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane once compared Wits to Stoke City, a tough to break down English side that relies on long balls to beat their opponents.

That dig didn’t sit well with the Wits camp. They gladly reminded Mosimane of his utterance after they won the league two seasons ago, arguing that it was a victory of humility over arrogance.

Mosimane responded by saying he knows where the league title is, and it’s a good thing that Milpark is by the freeway as it’ll make things easier when they fetch it – which they did in the last campaign.

The two sides are once again fighting for the championship. Hunt deflected pressure by arguing that Sundowns, who have kept up with Wits despite playing two games less, have an advantage.

“They’re in the pound seat,” Hunt said after guiding Wits to a place in the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup by beating Black Leopards 3-2 on penalties in Thohoyandou this week.

Wits made two trips to the Vhembe district in two weeks. Their first trip was last week for the match that was abandoned just before half time due to a heavy downpour.

Lehlogonolo Masalesa of Black Leopards and Keegan Ritchie of Bidvest Wits during the Nedbank Cup Last 16 match at Thohoyandou Stadium. Photo: Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix
Lehlogonolo Masalesa of Black Leopards and Keegan Ritchie of Bidvest Wits during the Nedbank Cup Last 16 match at Thohoyandou Stadium. Photo: Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix

They had to once again make the long bus ride from Johannesburg to Thohoyandou. Their trip back was more pleasant this time around, with a place in the draw that will be conducted tomorrow night secured.

“It’s easier going to Egypt than coming here, because (going to Egypt) is getting on a plane and flying for seven-eight hours,” Hunt said.

“Here you get on a bus and drive for eight hours, and our bus broke down yesterday (on Sunday). We had to pile everyone out of the bus with our bags and wait on the side of the road.

“It’s easier going to Egypt than coming to Thohoyandou, because you get on an aeroplane and come out on the other side.”

While Hunt is happy with a place in the quarter-finals, he would have preferred to have collected three points instead as he always argues that the league is a true test of a team’s character compared to a cup which offers instant gratification.

“In our situation we are going to try and go on both fronts. We obviously would have liked this to be a league game (where we collected three points), but it is what it is. We’ll take each game as it comes,” Hunt said.

Wits dropped points in their last league game, losing to Highlands Park in Tembisa. The question then becomes, can Wits sustain their place among the pacesetters now that the Holy Grail is within reach?

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“I don’t know. I don’t know. Let’s see. We haven’t been good in the last couple of weeks,” Hunt said. “We’ve got an honest bunch of players, that’s the most important thing. We’re an honest team. We’re not the best team but we’re an honest team.

“We can achieve things if we stay true to our values, true to what we’re trying to do and stick together. You’ll be surprised to see how far we can go.”

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Cops looking for man who allegedly raped woman he met on social media

Johannesburg police are looking for a man who allegedly raped a woman he met on social media.

According to the police, the man – only known as Tshepo – met the Zimbabwean woman on social networks.

The two chatted for a while and finally met on January 1 this year.

Captain Xoli Mbele of the Johannesburg Police said the man then went to Rosettenville and picked the 27-year-old woman up in a gold Toyota Hilux double cab bakkie saying he wanted to talk to her.

“She said they drove out of the area and went to get food. They ate and then the man went to a secluded area, parked under a tree and raped her after threatening her with a gun.

"From there the man drove her back to the house," Mbele said.

The lady is alleged to have told her sister about what happened and they went to a police station where a case of rape was opened.

Mbele said the lady had taken the registration number of the vehicle. 


The man whom police say raped a woman he met on social media.

"It was registered under a name in Katlehong but when we went there the people there did not know him," he said.

The man is also alleged to have contacted the woman a few days after the alleged rape, casually chatting to her as if they were lovers.

However, when the woman asked how could he speak like that after he raped her, he is alleged to have demanded the money he spent on buying her food.

Mbele said people need to be careful on social media.

"You can’t just trust people you meet on social media," he said.

Although Mbele did not say how long the woman had been in South Africa, he said she did not know the area where the alleged rape occurred as she’s not familiar with Joburg.

Police are appealing to anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tshepo to contact the Johannesburg Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences detective, sergeant Mpho Maphoto on 079 166 3130