Government has called on citizens that are planning to attend the Presidential inauguration to arrive early to avoid disappointment as Loftus Versveld stadium in Pretoria will have limited public capacity.
Former Transnet electrical engineer, Francis Callard, has told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that the wrong foreign exchange rate was used to justify a cost increase in the acquisition of 100 locomotives from Gupta-linked China South Rail.
Fast bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir have been drafted in to Pakistan’s final 15-man squad for the World Cup along with middle-order batsman Asif Ali, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said on Monday.
In honour of African Month, Marchelle Abrahams goes in search of local toymakers that are proudly flying the African flag.
Founded by Caroline Hlahla and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu in 2016, Sibahle is a Zulu phrase that means “we are beautiful”. The Sibahle Collection was encourages children to be comfortable in their own skin and now it has expanded to include party accessories, books and puzzles.
Our favourite product: Zuri Doll (R373.95)
African Creative was born from a desire to bring hand-crafted South African design to a larger audience. They began working with wire and bead artists in Cape Town in 2004, bringing their works to a larger audience. Today, their passion for indigenous African pieces has expanded into the rest of the continent.
Our favourite toy: Shwe Shwe Soft Toys (POA)
Little Black Ant
Little Black Ant was created in 2011. It’s a gorgeous range of handmade, limited edition, multicultural, rag dolls and soft toys, inspired by and for the beautiful and colourful people of South Africa.
Made especially for South African children, the Baby Thando doll speaks 25 phrases in English and 25 phrases in Zulu. “Baby Thando is no ordinary doll and the educational aspects of the doll is a huge plus for both parents and children,” said Sphe Zikode, brand manager for Prima Toys.
Huawei could lose its grip on the No. 2 ranking in worldwide cellphone sales after Google announced it would comply with US government restrictions meant to punish the Chinese tech powerhouse.
Google said basic services would still function on the Android operating system used in Huawei’s smartphones. Google also said existing smartphone owners would not lose access to its Google Play app store or security features.
But unless the US Commerce Department grants exceptions, a ban announced last week on all purchases of US technology would badly hurt Huawei, analyst say.
Washington claims Huawei poses a national security threat. Its placement on the so-called Entity List by the Trump administration last week is widely seen as intended to persuade resistant US allies in Europe to exclude Huawei equipment from their next-generation wireless networks, known as 5G.
"This is major crisis for Huawei. Instead of being the world’s largest handset manufacturer this year, it will struggle to stay two, but probably fall behind," analyst Roger Entner said. "How competitive is a smartphone without the most well-known and popular apps?"
Huawei will likely use its own, stripped-down version of Android, whose basic code is provided free of charge by Google. But it’s not yet clear what other Google software and services — such as maps, Gmail or search — it will be able to use.
Entner, founder of Recon Analytics, said Google itself won’t have a large direct impact, "as consumers will shift to other Android devices. The biggest concern is not to be caught in the crossfire of two governments."
Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen said 48% of Huawei’s phone shipments last year were outside of China and the company will need to scramble not to lose market share.
Samsung led global smartphone sales in the first quarter of this year with a 23.1% share. Huawei was second with 19%, followed by Apple at 11.7%, according to IDC.
Huawei’s smartphone sales in the US are tiny — and the Chinese company’s footprint in telecommunications networks is limited to smaller wireless and internet providers— so any impact on US consumers of a Google services cutoff would be slight.
Hardware suppliers led by Qualcomm, Broadcom and Intel would also be forced to halt shipments to Huawei under the Commerce Department rule, which requires all US technology sales to the company to obtain US government approval unless exceptions are made.
The global risk assessment outfit Eurasia Group said the Commerce Department was expected to set a 90-day grace period this week. Department officials did not immediately return phone calls and emails seeking comment.
In a report, Eurasia Group said that if the Commerce Department sanction process helps persuade European carriers to shun Huawei equipment, a full ban on purchases of US technology products and services could be avoided.
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., said in a statement late Sunday that it was complying with and "reviewing the implications" of the requirement for export licenses for technology sales to Huawei, which took effect Thursday.
"For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices," it added.
Google did not immediately respond to questions about whether it planned to request Commerce Department approval to be able to continue to provide Huawei with the value-added services and apps that have made Android the world’s most popular mobile operating system.
Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight, said it’s unclear what Google has told Huawei, but any disruption in getting updates to software would have "considerable implications" for its consumer device business.
The U.S. government says Chinese suppliers including Huawei and its smaller rival, ZTE Corp., pose an espionage threat because they are beholden to China’s ruling Communist Party. But American officials have presented no evidence of any Huawei equipment serving as intentional conduits for espionage by Beijing.
Huawei, headquartered in the southern city of Shenzhen near Hong Kong, reported earlier that its worldwide sales rose 19.5% last year over 2017 to 721.2 billion ($105.2 billion). Profit rose 25.1% to 59.3 billion yuan ($8.6 billion).
Huawei smartphone shipments rose 50% in the first three months of 2019 to 59.1 million, compared with a year earlier, while the global industry’s total fell 6.6%, according to IDC. Shipments from Samsung and Apple both declined.
Huawei defended itself Monday as "one of Android’s key global partners." The company said it helped to develop a system that "benefited both users and the industry."
"We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally," the company said.
A foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said China will "monitor the development of the situation" but gave no indication how Beijing might respond.
The US order took effect Thursday and requires government approval for all purchases of American microchips, software and other components globally by Huawei and 68 affiliated businesses. Huawei says that amounted to $11 billion in goods last year.
That could certainly create some collateral damage for U.S. companies.
The California chipmaker Xilinx Inc. tumbled 4% Monday. David Wong, an analyst with Nomura, said Xilinx has benefited from demand in next-generation, 5G technologies and "action against a major maker of communications infrastructure equipment like Huawei likely poses risk for Xilinx."
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says should it win today’s court case regarding the Vrede Dairy Farm report, it will ask that the Public Protector’s office be excluded from dealing with the matter.
Arnold Schwarzenegger "is not pressing charges" after an obsessed fan dropkicked him at a sports event over the weekend.
The ‘Terminator’ actor was seen in a viral video recording a message to his Snapchat account at the Arnold Classic Africa event in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Saturday where he was judging a rope jumping contest, when the "idiot" jumped on his back from behind and knocked him down.
Schwarzenegger admitted he had no idea what had happened to him until he saw the clip online.
He has since updated his 4.3 million Twitter followers to let them know he won’t be involving the police and said he hopes the unidentified male "gets his life on the right track".
He wrote: "Update: A lot of you have asked, but I’m not pressing charges.
"I hope this was a wake-up call, and he gets his life on the right track.
"But I’m moving on and I’d rather focus on the thousands of great athletes I met at @ArnoldSports Africa."
Update: A lot of you have asked, but I’m not pressing charges. I hope this was a wake-up call, and he gets his life on the right track. But I’m moving on and I’d rather focus on the thousands of great athletes I met at @ArnoldSports Africa.
Schwarzenegger had used the micro-blogging site to reassure his fans that there was "nothing to worry about" after the video surfaced.
He wrote: "Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat. (sic)"
The Hollywood legend also asked his followers not to share the footage and instead support the "hero" young athletes competing at the event, which is named after the 71-year-old star.
He added: "Do me a favor: instead of sharing the video of the guy who wants to be famous, watch some of our @ArnoldSports athletes like this young hero proving that fitness is for everyone who deserve to be famous. They’re on my Snapchat. (sic)"
He continued "We have 90 sports here in South Africa at the @ArnoldSports, and 24,000 athletes of all ages and abilities inspiring all of us to get off the couch. Let’s put this spotlight on them."
The SAGA of Castle Hot Springs resort sounds like a Carl Hiaasen novel if he swopped South Florida for Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. The history of the hard-to-access oasis an hour’s drive north of Phoenix, US, has involved a quail-hunting, self-made mogul, Native Americans, New Age crystal worshippers, scheming hoteliers and a gun-toting, toothless caretaker who had an enormous pet pig and strategically placed dead rattlesnakes to scare off people.
And those are just the recent chapters.
Save for the hunter, all were after its namesake natural resource. Rich in minerals and free of sulpher’s rotten-egg smell, the springs’ water cascades and trickles down mossy rocks at the rate of about 757083 litres per day into two tiered pools ranging from 35ºC to 40.5ºC.
“You’ll feel the energy. Breathe it in,” said Gertrude Smith, the director of Yavapai culture for the Yavapai Apache Nation in Camp Verde, Arizona, who said the springs had been a place of healing for her ancestors, until they were discovered by Anglo settlers after the Civil War.
“Our people would go there when they were injured or pregnant.”
After being closed for more than 40 years, the newly restored resort reopened in February for a brief season – because of the desert heat it will close on May 31 and reopen on October 1.
Once recreational vehicles peel off the dirt road for Lake Pleasant Regional Park, ramshackle homesteads are the only signs of civilisation until the resort’s sultan-worthy allée of mature date palms appears like a cartoon mirage. A driveway winds past pale yellow cottages and a chapel to the renovated main lodge and a cluster of new, contemporary bungalows.
The springs have a long, fuzzy history of enchanting speculators and generations of wealthy families.
The abridged version begins with George Monroe, a prospector more interested in gold than natural beauty. He staked his claim in the 1870s and named the springs after himself.
From Maxfield Parrish to the Rockefellers
The site was transformed into an elite resort at the turn of the 20th century when Frank Murphy, a railroad and mining magnate, and his brother Nathan Oakes Murphy, the Arizona territorial governor, established the Castle Creek Hot Springs Improvement Co. Rand McNally touted the destination as a new mecca of the West, and construction cranked up. Briefly serving as a sanatorium, where Maxfield Parrish painted the dramatic scenery while curing his tuberculosis, the resort soon traded patients for deep-pocketed patrons.
Walter Rounsevel, its debonair manager-turned-owner, catered to the Rockefellers, Roosevelts and Goldwaters of the country. Alberta Pew, wife of Joseph N Pew jr, the oil scion and co-founder of the Pew Family Trusts, spent 60 consecutive winters at the resort. Rounsevel ran Castle Hot Springs for decades, including during World War II, when injured veterans like John F Kennedy were sent there to convalesce.
Trainer and his brother Steve bought Castle Hot Springs in the 1980s. The resort closed because of a devastating fire in 1976. The brothers hired experts to try to reopen it, but none managed it.
“This thing is truly a book,” said Elizabeth Brazilian, a former developer who proposed a wellness retreat for the property that never opened. “When you add in the other factors like providing employee housing since staff can’t commute, and that it can operate only half the year due to the heat and flash floods, we just couldn’t figure out a way to make a profit,” she said.
The new owner, Mike Watts, became smitten with the 85 hectare property while quail hunting at the resort in the early 1970s, bought it in 2014, and then acquired its surrounding 360ha late last year.
He and his wife Cindy, entrepreneurs and philanthropists who recently gave $30 million (R428m) to Arizona State University to found the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, were looking for something to do after selling their construction equipment rental company.
“I never dreamt I’d go into the hospitality business, but it’s a unique place and story,” he said. “It was a real eye-opener when a fifth-generation resident of Wickenburg near here called to thank me for rebuilding it. That’s when I had a greater understanding of how many people feel it’s a treasure.”
Helicopters instead of Pullman cars
Before the automobile age, visitors took a train, often in private Pullman rail cars, to Morristown followed by a dusty 37km stagecoach ride. They stayed for the season to justify the trek, unlike today’s weekenders who have the option to arrive by helicopter.
Entering by Sport Utility Vehicle or truck still requires crossing several washes on a rocky road for half the journey. The cost of transporting building materials and daily supplies over such difficult terrain was one of the reasons previous efforts to revive the resort failed.
The Wattses envision the resort as Arizona’s answer to the all-inclusive Blackberry Farm in Tennessee that’s on every Garden & Gun subscriber’s bucket list. There are 32 rooms ($660 to $2200 for two with breakfast, lunch and dinner and gratuities, excluding alcohol). Guests choose their own adventures from back-to-the-land activities like harvesting chrysanthemum greens and borage for salads outside the main lodge’s kitchen door, riding trail horses and hiking the Bradshaw Mountains. The lawn – a lush, emerald carpet despite being in the middle of the desert – is set up for activities like croquet.
The couple hired an executive chef who had cooked at Gordon Ramsay’s and David LeFevre’s restaurants in Southern California, along with an agronomist who planted 150 types of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers to supply the resort’s kitchens and bars.
The Wattses intend to bottle their own mezcal and a blue agave plantation is planned.
“Tequila and mezcal are having a moment, and it will be nice for sipping,” said Mike Watts, who has developed lager exclusively for guests with Phoenix’s Helio Basin Brewing Co.
The resort’s spa heritage lives on through tented treatment rooms at creekside and cabins’ outdoor soaking tubs that are hooked up to the springs for heated, mineral baths. Wi-fi is available only for emergencies. Dark-sky stargazing is also encouraged with campfires and telescopes. Children under 16 are not allowed.
Watts and others involved in the project declined to say how much it had all cost.
“I honestly don’t know, and I don’t think you can really put a price on it anyway,” said Steven Sampson, the director of national sales for Westroc Hospitality, Castle Hot Springs’s management company, whose portfolio also includes the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain and Mountain Shadows.
“It’s an entirely different concept for the market, too, because it’s about passion versus profit.”
Cape Town – The murder of Scarborough surfer David Wolfromm has brought the entire coastal community together in a mass community event on the beach where they discussed how to stop the violence.
About 200 residents from Scarborough, Ocean View, Masiphumelele and Kommetjie all gathered on the beach to form a human heart for peace within and between their communities.
The 38-year-old father of three was murdered on May 8 in what is believed to have been a botched hijacking, after which the suspects later torched Wolfromm’s new Nissan X-Trail – with him in the boot, covered with a towel, after having been shot.
Scarborough resident Sally Berg said the gathering was what Wolfromm would have wanted.
“David was a spiritual leader, a very lovely man, part of a strong community and we believe he would have wanted us to follow up after his death to show it wasn’t meaningless, that significant change could come from his death.”
Berg said the Ocean View community reached out to her to organise the gathering.
“It was a beautiful experience. We hugged each other and spoke – you felt new energy of people wanting change.“I spoke a bit about my feelings, as a collective apology was necessary from the white community for the lack of acknowledgement towards the black and coloured community for the loss they experience on a daily basis. It feels like white lives still matter more than coloured lives.”
Berg said she wanted to see a change in white communities.
“White systems created the suffering so badly and we are not doing enough as ordinary white people to say ‘I see you, I care, I want to be of service to you, to help make a difference’.
“It starts with daily acts of kindness making sure you are paying workers a generous wage so they can afford to feed their families.”
She said the participants all exchanged numbers and had begun discussing ideas of how the white community could offer support through homework classes for kids, yoga, taking kids on trips and having picnics to “mingle and hear each other’s stories”.
Lady Gabriella Windsor didn’t want a white wedding dress until it was decided she would marry in Windsor Castle in front of Queen Elizabeth.
The 38-year-old royal – the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent – tied the knot with her partner Thomas Kingston in front of family and friends including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle on Saturday (18.05.19) wearing a stunning ivory gown and tiara, but her initial vision for her big day was very different.
Explaining how the royal initially wanted a blush dress, designer Luisa Beccaria said: "In the very beginning, she didn’t even really want a white dress. Her requirements changed a little bit when they decided to marry at Windsor."
A lot of Luisa’s design was inspired by the Kent City of London Fringe tiara, which was previously worn by the bride’s grandmother, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, when she wed Prince George, and also by her mother on her own wedding day, after it was decided Gabriella would also don the headpiece.
Luisa told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "The tiara is legendary so we knew we should pay credit to it.
"The dress couldn’t be as simple as she was thinking. Looking at the pictures of her grandmother, although the dress was completely different, the chicness came from a train so now both dresses have that. To make a dress for the granddaughter of a style icon like that is an honour."
And the designer hoped the royal bride enjoyed her own special "moment" in the spotlight on her big day.
She said: "I think this girl deserves a moment, she is a very quiet and understated, she works hard and she copes with difficult situations in the family. Sometimes it is not that easy, you know? I love her mother, she’s an incredibly talented woman but she is a powerful presence.
"I was surprised to see how opinionated and strong Ella is and how she needs to have her own space, her own moment."
It was the third royal wedding at Windsor Castle in a year. But there were some notable absentees when Lady Gabriella Windsor married financier Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel on Saturday.
The Duke of Cambridge was at the FA Cup final, while wife Kate decided to spend the day finishing a garden she has co-designed for the Chelsea Flower Show.
And as expected, although some onlookers were dismayed, the Duchess of Sussex – who married Prince Harry at the castle a year ago on Sunday – stayed at home with baby Archie. Harry turned up with "Peep Show" actress Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Lady Gabriella’s brother Lord Frederick.
The Queen was joined by Prince Philip, 97, who made a rare public appearance. Philip appeared in good spirits and joked with the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner.
Sarah, Duchess of York, and her ex-husband Prince Andrew arrived with their daughter Princess Beatrice and her boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Beatrice’s sister Eugenie, who married Jack Brooksbank at the venue in October, did not attend.
Despite Kate’s absence, the rest of the Middleton family were out in force, with Carole, Michael, Pippa and husband James Matthews all in attendance. Kate’s younger brother James also made his public debut with new girlfriend Alizee Thevenet. Other familiar faces included Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.
Lady Gabriella, the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, wowed onlookers in a bespoke wedding dress designed by Luisa Beccaria. Made from lace, the gown was embroidered with flowers and embellishments, with a blush shade created by layers of tulle and organdie.
The bridesmaids included Maud Windsor, five, and Isabella Windsor, three – daughters of Gabriella’s brother Lord Frederick and wife Sophie – along with Leonora Weisman, Aurelia del Drago, Eliza Goldsmith and Emily Conolly.
"Prince Diaries" star Anne Hathaway also made it onto the royal guest list. She donned a black cape to fend off the evening chill, but there was a glimpse of a glamorous yellow dress.
LIFE in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, is difficult, and the high rates of crime and unemployment in the area make it even harder.
Many residents have to sell fruits and vegetables on the streets to make a living. Some young people grabbed an opportunity to make money through the scattered garbage that was dumped in the streets. They clean the streets so motorists can drive smoothly and ask for a donation of as little as R2.
Diepsloot is notorious for being a hot spot for rape and robbery, including car hijacking.
The area, which was occupied by different nationalities, including people from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and other places, was developed with Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses and electricity. However, in need of houses and water, they live cheek by jowl with those in formal houses.
The City of Johannesburg could not reveal how many people call Diepsloot home, but according to this year’s statistics from Worldpopulation review website, about 350000 live in the area.
Residents said they have to walk a long distance when they need help from police as the station is based in Extension 2.
Hoping for customers to flock to her mini-supermarket in Extension 1, Phumza Dineni said she could not operate in the evenings as crime is rife.
“Even last week there was a guy who was assaulted by thieves. They took his wallet and still beat him. This is because there’s no electricity and it’s dark at night. Our problem is crime and houses. We need houses and water,” she said.
The 42-year-old mother of three alleged that police often arrive late at crime scenes as they are also robbed of their cellphones. She added that even emergency service employees are afraid to drive in the area.
“We need to take our patients to Extension 6 where there are street lights. If they drive here they will be robbed of everything. Sometimes, we have to wait until morning to report our cases to police because they are also scared of this place. Sometimes they don’t arrive at the scene at all,” she said.
Last year, about 149 cases of rape were reported in Diepsloot, and 67 murder cases were reported, according to last year’s crime statistics.
The situation was dire for Aseko Mti, who lives in fear after she heard of several cases of rape.
“The problem here is the scourge of drugs among young people. Drugs are behind the increase of crime, especially in winter. Again, there are so many cases of rape in this area. And the victims of rape are also murdered,” she said.
But Diepsloot police spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula refuted the allegations saying “people were exaggerating. Yes, there are cases of sexual offences and house robberies, but to say crime is rife is exaggerating. As police, we are doing our jobs and patrol in the areas. We are committed to operating in the evenings because crime is committed at night,” he said.
Makgwale Mapopa, 24, said life is difficult for her as she has to buy paraffin to cook.
“It’s a struggle in this area because there is no electricity and we have to buy paraffin to cook and for light, and this is expensive. This is sad because we are unemployed. This situation is also increasing the already high rate of crime,” she said.
In Extension 6, David Ramollo was concerned about health hazards as the rubbish dumped in the streets gives off a terrible stench. Trying to clear rubbish in Lapeng Street, Ramollo said: “We are tired of the smell coming from this rubbish and it’s a health risk for children. This has been there for two weeks now. So we are trying to clean so people can pay us.”
CoJ spokesperson Nthatisi Modingoane said the city has installed communal taps for residents in squatter camps to access water. Modingoane also said Pikitup experienced some labour issues last week, but has been resolved and waste collection started on May 8. He added that Pikitup will work overtime to clear the waste backlog in Diepsloot.
Gauteng Human Settlements spokesperson Keith Khoza said there is an ongoing housing project in Riverside View to benefit residents in Diepsloot.
Former Transnet Electrical Engineer, Francis Callard has told the State Capture Inquiry that McKinsey’s final business case for the costs associated with the purchase of 1064 locomotives was deliberately misleading.
Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City will ultimately be judged on whether they win the Champions League despite wrapping up an unprecedented domestic treble with a 6-0 whipping of Watford in the FA Cup final.