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monday – 19 september 2011

Index
a daY In pIctures
It happened overnIght
south afrIca
afrIca
World
BusIness
lIfe, etc
sport
Index
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tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
a day in pictures
tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
a day in pictures israel/palestine
Jewish settlers take part in a general drill to protect their unauthorized outpost of Havat
Gilad, south of the West Bank city of Nablus September 19, 2011. General drills take
place on a regular basis in Jewish settlements and outposts throughout the West Bank.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday
that he would push ahead with plans to seek full U.N. membership for a Palestinian state, a
move the United States and Israel say could lead to disaster. REUTERS/Nir Elias
tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
a day in pictures bangladesh
A police offcer walks through a road as a motorbike burns in Dhaka September 19, 2011.
Street marches by members of Bangladesh's biggest Islamic party seeking the release of
its leaders from jail turned violent across the country on Monday, with at least 70 people
wounded in clashes, witnesses said. Activists belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami party, many
carrying sticks and throwing rocks, fought running battles with steel-helmeted riot police in
Dhaka and set at least 30 vehicles on fre. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
a day in pictures pakistan
Fatima, 12, sits on a bed in a fooded room with her family belongings in the Badin district
of Pakistan's Sindh province September 19, 2011. The latest foods, triggered by monsoon
rains, have killed more than 230 people, destroyed or damaged 1.2 million houses and
fooded 4.5 million acres (1.8 million hectares) since late last month, offcials and Western
aid groups say. More than 300,000 people have been moved to shelters. Some 800,000
families hit by last year's foods are still homeless. Aid groups have warned of a growing
risk of fatal diseases. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
a day in pictures singapore
An aerial view shows part of the illuminated Marina Bay street circuit of the Singapore
Formula One Grand Prix at dusk September 19, 2011. The Singapore F1 night race will take
place on September 25. REUTERS/David Loh
tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
a day in pictures brazil
A woman walks near brooms placed by members of NGO Rio de Paz (Peace Rio) at
Copacabana beach as a form of protest in Rio de Janeiro September 19, 2011. A total of
594 brooms, which represent the number of congressmen in the country, were placed
at the beach to symbolize the need to 'sweep off' corruption in the Brazilian National
Congress. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
it Happened OVerniGHt
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Benyamin Netanyahu (Reuters)
politics
south africa
The South African government
has made clear it has not
scrapped the hated Protection
of Information Bill and will
have it fnalised by the end
of the year. ANC chief whip
Mathole Motshekga said
further debates with special
interest groups would take
place. The contentious part of
these negotiations encircles
a public interest defence, i.e.
protecting whistleblowers.
Cosatu, the Right2Know
campaign, opposition parties
and other bodies have been
debating the bill with the
ANC pretty much since it was
dreamt up.
palestine
Israeli Prime Minister
Benyamin Netanyahu has
called for talks between his
country and Palestine in New
York this week as Palestine
pushes ahead with its plans to
force a United Nations vote on
its own sovereignty on Friday.
The US, which will veto the
Palestinian resolution, should
it succeed, repeated its call for
direct negotiations between
the two governments for a
two-state solution. Country
after country has repeated
its support for the bid, which
most recently includes Latin
American powerhouse, Brazil.
usa
President Barack Obama laid
out a defcit-cutting plan on
Monday, aided by raising
taxes on America’s wealthiest,
which is supposed to cut $3
billion of the US national debt.
House Republicans rejected it
immediately. These are most
likely mere theatrics as election
season gets closer and closer.
Joseph Padilla, convicted on
terrorism charges in 2007, will
have his sentence adjusted
after an appeals court declared
it too low due to his history as
a gangster in Chicago, 17 prior
arrests and training at an al-
Qaeda camp in Afghanistan.
The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy
ends today, which means,
as Barack Obama said in his
state of the union speech this
year, “no American will be
forbidden from serving the
country they love because of
who they love”.
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turkey
US secretary of state, Hillary
Clinton, has urged Turkey
not to worsen ties with Israel,
as she sought to stem the
haemorrhaging relationship
between the nations which,
if it progresses much more,
will further reduce Israel’s
diplomatic allies. Turkey has
recently become angered
by Israel after a refusal to
apologise for the fotilla
incident last year, and Israel’s
ties with Cyprus which Turkey
shares its own contentious
relationship.
In an about-turn from
yesterday when it claimed
it would recuse itself from
European Union membership
if Cyprus got the presidency
as scheduled in 2012, Turkey
has demanded full European
Union membership or nothing.
This is directly against an
Angela-Merkel suggestion for
“privileged partnership” which
would centre on trade only.
libya
Sabha, about 750km south
of Tripoli, is the latest
battleground for the war in
Libya with the transitional
national council forces making
ground there, including the
airport and other strategic
points. The TNC has also
warned that troubles for
vulnerable civilians in
Gaddaf-held areas are getting
worse, and this is one of the
reasons TNC forces have not
yet launched a maximum
assault on Bani Walid where
battle has raged for a week.
yemen
Without releasing specifc
details, an opposition leader
in Yemen said that a ceasefre
with government has been
negotiated. Reuters reported
that a government source
claimed there wasn’t yet a deal,
but he expected an agreement
later on Monday. A government
crackdown on pro-democracy
protestors on Monday killed
26 people. In spite of the
agreement, shots and heavy
shelling were heard in the
capital, Sana'a, in the early
hours of Tuesday morning.
Zambia
More than 5 million Zambians
head to the polls today for
national elections which will
see incumbent Rupiah Banda
square of against nationalist
Michael Sata. Analysts are
struggling to predict the
outcome of what seems a tight
race. Sata, who has accused
Banda of allowing major
economic growth to beneft
foreigners ahead of Zambians,
said that if his party wins
he will bring back the 25%
mining tax which Banda
abolished in 2009.
business
italy
Standard & Poor’s lowered
Italy’s credit rating from A+ to
A with a negative outlook, with
the country’s national debt set
to increase to a level higher
than expected. The agency
also revised Italy’s growth
from 1.3% to 0.7%. Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who
also still faces four court cases,
Rupiah Banda of Zambia (Reuters)
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tuesdAY - 20 september 2011
S&P cuts Italy's credit rating (Reuters)
must be feeling the pressure
worse than a South African
cricketer in a semi-fnal.
greece
The Greek fnance ministry
has assured the International
Monetary Fund, the European
Union and the European
Central Bank that it remains
committed to its austerity
plans during a conference
telephone call on Monday. The
call will resume on Tuesday
when the fnancial bodies will
enquire about the specifcs
of what the Greek fnance
department is doing and
decide whether to proceed
with the bailout.
nigeria
Nigeria and the EU have
signed a $1.6 billion
agreement which involves
mass power infrastructure,
including a gas pipeline,
and housing. Vanguard
reports a Memorandum of
Understanding was signed by
Nigeria’s minister of trade and
investment, Olusegan Aganga,
and a consortium from
the EU, one of which is the
body’s head of international
afairs and investments.
Said Aganga: “It is the desire
of the federal government,
through the ministry of trade
and investment, to attract
foreign direct investments
into Nigeria, create jobs,
generate wealth and enhance
the economic growth of the
country.”
malawi
Vodacom is in talks to
purchase a stake in Telekom
Networks Malawi, according
to unidentifed sources in a
report by the Daily Times,
a Malawian paper. TNM
ofcials were not available for
comment and Vodacom’s head
of international operations,
Johan Dennelind, said the
company was looking at
expansion into the continent,
but declined to provide
specifcs. Vodacom already has
some sort of operation or stake
in companies in four African
countries outside South Africa.
south africa
The government is set to
clamp down on illegal use of
Vaal River water by farmers
who pump out 244 million
cubic metres a year, said the
department of water afairs.
The department has set itself
a target to have reduced the
illegal consumption by 92%
by March 2012. Should we all
quickly sing “Shoot the rapid”?
paraguay
The Paraguayan government
ceased all beef exports for at
least 80 days on Monday after
foot-and-mouth disease on a
farm 400km north of the capital,
Asuncion, was discovered.
Neighbouring Uruguay has
already closed the border to
all cattle movements. Beef is
Paraguay’s second biggest export
and it could take six months to
get to a point where the disease
has been eradicated, and this will
probably result in 5,000 jobs in
the meat packing industry being
terminated.
argentina/china
The whackload of Sino-
Argentine trade has brought
authorities from both countries
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together who agreed to
exchange tax information
about any entity “liable of
fscal responsibility” (meaning
people and companies) which
includes companies listed in
Buenos Aires, Shanghai and
Shenzen. Under the terms of
this agreement authorities
from either country can make
inspections in the other. In
the last year Argentina has
exported more than $6 billion
worth of goods while China
has invested $15 million in
Argentina in the last two years.
usa
Google has released its
proposed physical wallet- and
credit-card-killing technology
in the form of Google Wallet
which turns a smartphone into
a payment mechanism. The
app will come out this week,
but only to people who use a
Sprint Nexus 4G phone. Next
year will be the biggie as the
app is set to spread throughout
Android-powered phones. So,
how many of you will give your
bank account details to Google?
A 2% gain on Monday sent
Apple’s stock to an all-time
high of $411.50, overtaking the
$403.61 set in July, which will
only fuel more speculation
about the iPhone 5.
sport
new Zealand
The Springboks have made
fve changes to the team to
play Namibia on Thursday
with Bryan Habana returning
from injury in place of Odwa
Ndungane and Gio Aplon in for
JP Pietersen. Jannie du Plessis
will have a rest and have his
place taken by CJ van der Linde
while Heinrich Brüssow and
Fourie du Preez will also sit
out. They will be replaced by
Willem Alberts and Francois
Hougaard. Chilliboy Ralepelle
replaces Bismarck du Plessis on
the bench.
Springbok Team:
Springbok team: 15 Pat
Lambie, 14 Gio Aplon, 13
Jaque Fourie, 12 Frans Steyn,
11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné
Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8
Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger,
Google Wallet (Reuters)
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Springboks (Reuters)
6 Willem Alberts, 5 Danie
Rossouw, 4 Bakkies Botha,
3 CJ Van der Linde, 2 John
Smit (captain), 1 Gurthro
Steenkamp. Replacements: 16
Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Tendai
Mtawarira, 18 Francois Louw,
19 Heinrich Brüssow, 20 Fourie
du Preez, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22
Juan de Jongh.
life
uk
The family of Milly Dowler,
the slain schoolgirl whose
story became embroiled in the
phone-hacking scandal, may
receive a payment of between
$3.1 million and $4.7 million,
with some funding to also go
to charities, in a settlement
with News Corp. Rupert
Murdoch has apologised to the
Dowlers for one of his papers,
News of the World, having
listened to Milly’s voicemails
and deleted them to make
space for more.
denmark
A necklace which once belonged
to a passenger aboard the
Titanic has been stolen from
a museum in Copenhagen.
Police have ofered a €1,000
reward for its return. The most
embarrassing aspect for the
exhibitions organisers is that the
display case was not damaged,
nor did an alarm go of. Luckily
the necklace is insured for
€14,000 …
usa
Dolores Hope, widow of
comedian Bob Hope, has died
of natural causes. The singer
was married to Bob Hope for
69 years and lived until the
ripe old age of 102, eight years
after he died at an even 100 in
2003.
guatemala
Three people died and 13 were
injured when a series of four
earthquakes struck Guatemala
within two-and-a-half hours.
Four-hundred people were
evacuated and telephones and
electricity services were down.
Of the three who died, one
was killed in a house which
collapsed and two were buried
in landslides while driving.
Authorities do not expect any
signifcant aftershocks.
burundi
Thirty-six patrons were killed
when raiders attacked a bar
near Bujumbura, Burundi.
Witnesses claimed dozens
of attackers made everyone
in the bar lie down and then
began shooting in an attack
which lasted 20 minutes. The
attackers are speculated to
come from either the DRC or
represent the former Hutu
rebel movement National
Liberation Forces. Escalating
violence in the last few months
is raising a resumption of civil
war fears.
tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
sOutH aFrica
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Gwede Mantashe (Reuters)
right2Know proceeds with
freedom of expression
candlelight vigils
Across the country, the
Right2Know campaign held
candlelight vigils in support
of freedom of expression and
access to information on what
was supposed to be the eve of
the Protection of Information
Bill’s passage into law. The
ANC had withdrawn the Bill
earlier in the day, but the
campaign went ahead with the
vigils because the substance of
the Bill has not changed.
mantashe: anc membership
has grown to
almost 1 million
The ANC’s Gwede Mantashe
told reporters at a briefng
on Monday that the party’s
membership had grown by
almost 50% since its general
conference in Polokwane in
2008. The party has 933,672
members and would like to hit
the 1 million mark in time for
its centenary celebrations next
year. Following ill-discipline at
the start of the Julius Malema
disciplinary hearing, the party
had said it would begin vetting
its members to weed out those
likely to act violently.
KZn correctional services
regional commissioner
suspension lifted
Suspended KwaZulu-Natal
correctional services regional
commissioner Mnikelwa
Nxele told Sapa on Monday
he had been re-instated and
the issues over his suspension
resolved amicably. Nxele had
been suspended on 8 July
for misconduct, the details
of which were not made
public. He said correctional
services minister Tom Moyane
announced the lifting of the
suspension on Monday.
sacp: sabc being
manipulated for
political purposes
The South African Communist
Party on Tuesday joined
the National Union of
Mineworkers in calling for
urgent intervention at the
SABC. The “skewed news
coverage” and “collaboration
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with the anti-majoritarian
liberal tendency” of SABC
news were chief among
the SACP’s complaints in
a statement released by
spokesperson Malesela
Maleka. It said the SABC
is being manipulated for
political purposes and
called on government to
resolve the issues with the
board appointments so the
broadcaster is not captured for
“sinister agendas”.
ficKsburg protestors
in court
Fifteen protestors arrested in
Meqheleng during the service
delivery protests in which
Andries Tatane was killed
appeared before the Ficksburg
magistrate’s court on Monday.
The case was postponed
to 7 November for further
investigation. The 15 were
among a group of 40 arrested
for public violence during the
protests. The charges against
the rest were withdrawn.
burst pipe worsens bloem
water supply problem
Following weeks of
interruption, Mangaung
residents were left without
water on Monday after a pipe
burst at the Welbedacht Dam.
Repairs conducted over the
weekend afected supply to
a few parts of Bloemfontein,
which is still operating on
water restrictions due to low
water levels in most reservoirs.
The city announced that the
water restrictions imposed on
7 September continue to apply
until further notice.
school suicides up in
eastern cape
According to an Eastern Cape
provincial department report,
96 students have committed
suicide since the beginning
of the year. Last year, 109
students took their own lives.
The province, along with
KwaZulu-Natal, has in the
past shown a higher number
of student suicides than
other provinces. The report
cited bullying in schools,
peer pressure, HIV and Aids
prevalence and poverty as the
possible causes of the suicides.
health and education
departments wasted r2
billion on poor quality
infrastructure
A report on the performance
audit conducted by the auditor
general on the delivery of
infrastructure by provincial
departments of health and
education has revealed that
poor quality workmanship by
contractors cost the taxpayer
R2 billion. The projects, some
of which were not completed
on time, had to be handed over
to other contractors to re-do
or fx, resulting in further
expenditure.
mahlangu-nKabinde:
irregularities found in
public worKs tenders
worth r3bn
Beleaguered public works
minister Gwen Mahlangu-
Nkabinde said on Monday
that her department and the
Special Investigating Unit
had uncovered irregularities
in tenders worth R3 billion.
She said she began the
investigations when she took
over 10 months ago after fnding
out that the ANC “had been let
down by dishonest ofcials” in
her department. Mahlangu-
Nkabinde said ofcials who had
been involved and those who
had lied to her to hide what was
going on would be disciplined
and prosecuted.
police fire rubber
bullets to disperse
thembisa protestors
Police fred rubber bullets on
Monday to disperse about
2,000 protestors in Thembisa.
The protestors threw bottles
and stones when they were
told to disperse, according to
police. Electricity to Thembisa
was also cut of on Monday
morning prompting fears that
residents would become even
angrier.
tuesday - 20 september 2011
south africa corruption
public Works
Working Well for
greedy officials
When you’re a minister in trouble, the best
strategy is always to blame the guy who fell
before you anyway, and suspend someone for
good measure. Ask Public Works Minister Gwen
Mahlangu-Nkabinde, who has “uncovered” R3
billion of tender irregularities in her department.
By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
The minister, who was appointed ten months
ago in the place of Geof Doidge, now claimed
she was “inadvertently handed a poisoned chal-
ice” because the conniving ofcials have done
nothing but lie to her so that they could “line
their own pockets”. Poor minister.
“I inherited a situation where serious irregu-
larities had occurred. It was extraordinarily dif-
fcult to get to the truth of what had been taking
place because some ofcials did everything they
could to obstruct my investigations,” she said.
“We know of more than 40 cases where ten-
ders were awarded improperly, where proper pro-
cedures were not followed and dishonesty took
place.”
She neglected to say whether the R1.6 billion
of questionable police leases in the Pretoria CBD
and Durban were included in these tenders or
not.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has found
that the department, under Mahlangu-Nkabi-
nde’s watch, deviated from the tender process on
these deals, and Madonsela has recommended
action against Mahlangu-Nkabinde.
Meanwhile DA MP John Steenhuisen put out
his own statement on Monday claiming that the
acting Public Works director-general Sam Vukela
has now also been suspended. The one before
him, Siviwe Dongwana, was suspended in De-
cember last year about the police lease saga, and
still remains so – on full pay.
Public Works spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi,
however, appeared surprised when asked about
it, and Steenhuisen couldn’t be reached.
While the attention was on the Protection of In-
formation Bill in Parliament on Monday, Public
Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde qui-
etly released a statement from her Cape Town
ofce announcing that a departmental investiga-
tion with the Special Investigating Unit has found
R3 billion of “serious irregularities in the award of
certain tenders granted by the department”.
tembisa south africa
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tembisa protests and the shadow
0f things to come
It takes three data points to show the beginning
of a trend, and Tembisa this week provided the
third major service delivery protest in Gauteng
in as many weeks. The direction is pointing
towards “uncomfortable” at best: an increase in
the number of such protests in coming months
with a good chance for escalation.
On Monday thousands of residents in Tembisa took to the streets to demonstrate primarily against the
high price of electricity. They were swiftly dealt with, forcefully, politically and temporarily, but not
before giving us some insight into what promises to be a long, hot summer of service-delivery protests.
By PHILLIP DE WET.
Photo: Phillip de Wet for iMaverick
Residents of the township took to the
streets in their thousands early on Monday
morning, blocking tens of kilometres of roads
with rubble ranging from paving stones to
entire trees and threatening to stone police to
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tuesday - 20 september 2011
keep the roads closed; whether or not there
was any actual stone-throwing is a matter of
some contention. Though children went to
school, much of the rest of Tembisa ground
to a halt, with those who are employed being
strenuously advised not to go to work, shops
remaining closed and even a municipal service
centre closed for part of the day. By early
evening the protest was halted, for the time
being, even though vast sections remained
largely impassable to trafc.
Although it far outstripped them in sheer
scope, the Tembisa protest was not all that
diferent from similar community uprisings
last week in Chiawelo, Soweto, and nearby
Themb'elihle in Lenasia. The major underlying
complaint is the high cost of electricity, with
a laundry list of other complaints (sanitation,
housing, healthcare) added as something as
an afterthought. Much of the community
believes its letters and memorandums and
queries have been ignored by an unfeeling
local government, that it has been failed by its
representatives, and that causing a ruckus is
the only way to get noticed.
Notably, though, many of the people
we spoke to also believe the government,
whether local, provincial or national, can
relatively easily improve their lives should
it apply its mind to the problem. That is
perhaps the most telling diference between
communities that try their hand at such
protests and their neighbours that do not;
where apathy has trumped hope, people
Photo: Phillip de Wet for iMaverick
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still grumble but do little else. Faith that a
government that could, for example, turn back
the clock on electricity prices by fve years is
a prerequisite for politics to spill out into the
street.
That makes for a large number of
contenders, however. The increasing spread
between social grants and administered
prices is universal. Towns and townships
were mobilised ahead of both national and
local government elections with promises of
change and improvement. Anecdotal evidence
is showing even those who don't closely
watch labour statistics that the odds of a DIY
improvement in economic circumstances
aren't great. So we wouldn't bet against
further sporadic and, eventually, long-running
service-delivery protests everywhere from
Gauteng and Cape Town to the rural reaches.
In Tembisa, residents ofcially agreed
to wait on a response from the city before
planning their next move, but some of the
more militant and perhaps less political young
men muttered darkly about petrol bombs and
the ease of targeting state infrastructure as a
lesson in the power of the people. They were
joined by a new crop of radicalised citizens,
not so youn, but incensed by heavy-handed
police tactics in breaking up small groups
of people quietly talking on street corners
on the basis that these constituted illegal
gatherings. That approach did get major roads
and business nodes reopened on the quick,
but the bill may come due the next time
people decide to stand up to authority.
Organisers in Themb'elihle, Chiawelo and
Tembisa have all promised they will not rest
until their demands (mostly for electricity, or
cheaper electricity) have been met. In all three
communities they hope to do that through
negotiations spurred by their attention-
getting tactics. In all three they are likely to
be frustrated and again grow impatient. In all
three they have at least the tacit support of
the majority of residents for protest action –
without a great deal of concern about keeping
such action entirely peaceful. It could be a
long, hot summer.
in tembisa, residents offcially agreed to wait on a
response from the city before planning their next
move, but some of the more militant and perhaps
less political young men muttered darkly about
petrol bombs and the ease of targeting state
infrastructure as a lesson in the power of the people.
secrecy bill south africa
tuesday - 20 september 2011
aNc makes u-turN oN secrecy bill -
aNd lives to tell the tale
It beggars belief that SA's democratic process
may actually have prevailed (for now). After one
year and 20 or so days, has a grassroots civil
society movement succeeded where opposition
parties have failed? Frankly, no. The bill being
pulled at the 11th hour has more to do with
“Tell us another one” was the response from everyone when ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said
the party’s reason for pulling the Protection of State Information Bill on the eve of its tabling at the
national assembly was because the ANC cares about what its constituency has to say. But despite the
derision, Motshekga did not change his tune. He’s adamant the ANC is listening. And cares.
By OSIAME MOLEFE.
Photo: Osiame Molefe for iMaverick.
internal ANC squabbles than civil society
pressure. And that theory may have merit.
Before the ANC parliamentary caucus met
on Monday at 14:00 to debate whether the bill
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tuesday - 20 september 2011
should be withdrawn, ANC secretary general
Gwede Mantashe had all but announced that
the bill would be withdrawn. And by the time
the caucus meeting began, it was confrmed
that the bill would be withdrawn, reinforcing
the idea that the decision had been made
over the weekend at the ANC’s national
executive committee and that the caucus’s
function was to rubber-stamp it. This left
Motshekga with just one question to answer.
Why?
“There are still interested parties who
need further hearing as well as other parties
who have made late submissions. The ANC
is of the view that these voices should be
heard,” Motshekga said reading his prepared
statement. He added that ANC MPs wanted to
take the bill to their constituencies and that
the further debates sought by the party were
to improve the quality of a bill with which
everybody within the party was perfectly
happy. But we know that was not entirely true.
From within its alliance ranks, Cosatu
– spurred by info bill committee chairman
Cecil Burgess’s insistence on clause-by-
clause voting on the bill – released a
statement that could have easily come from
the Right2Know campaign. It was this that
the Right2Know credits as the tipping point
in its battle against the draconian elements
of the bill. Other senior and respected party
voices, too, began to speak out publicly from
this point. Former state security minister
Ronnie Kasrils has been warning for a long
time now that the haste to complete the bill
would lead to disaster in the future. And
two weeks before his death, former minister
education minister Kader Asmal penned a
letter calling on all South Africans to reject
the bill in its entirety.
It is also apparent that others on the
NEC had adopted Pallo Jordan’s wait-and-
see approach in Parliament. Speaking at an
open ANC branch meeting in Cape Town
debating the media appeals tribunal, Jordan
emphasised the need for a bill to regulate
information that would compromise national
security, but hastened to add that the bill
was of such importance it should be debated
until it was ready to be enacted without
regard for deadlines or cost. “The protection
of information bill will go through many
changes (in Parliament). That’s how
democracy works. If you want it cheap, go for
a dictatorship. It’s dirt cheap,” Jordan said.
But give credit where it’s due, Cosatu,
Kasrils, Asmal and others echoed wide
support garnered by the Right2Know
“the protection of
information bill will go
through many changes
(in Parliament). that’s
how democracy
works. if you want
it cheap, go for a
dictatorship. it’s dirt
cheap.” - Pallo Jordan
secrecy bill south africa
tuesday - 20 september 2011
campaign, so it cannot be said that the
pressure from within that led to Monday’s
developments existed in a vacuum. Part of it
may also have been what Motshekga called a
“revolutionary conscience” gnawing away at
members of the NEC and the ANC caucus.
The bill’s withdrawal, though, is
temporary. Motshekga said it would be
fnalised by the end of the year, but was
unclear what will happen between now
and then. Now that the ad hoc committee
on the bill had fulflled its function, it
ceases to exist, leaving the bill in limbo.
Opposition parties hope that sense continues
to prevail and that the bill will be returned
for parliamentary debate. The Right2Know
campaign has been cautiously optimistic,
saying that the further engagement promised
“has the potential -- if fully implemented
-- to meet the key Right2Know demand that
the bill in its current form be scrapped and
referred back to the people”.
However, Burgess and fellow ANC
MP Luwellyn Landers – who sat fanking
Motshekga at Monday’s briefng in a bad
cop-good cop-bad cop formation – said they
see nothing else in the bill that should be
changed. In between Motshekga’s assurances
that the bill is the culmination of the
democratic process and that further debate
is its crescendo, Burgess defended the lack
of a public interest defence while Landers
said the bill’s jail terms were genteel by
international norms.
As for who else needs to make or has
made further submissions, Motshekga was
non-committal. He tried several times to
say it is “the people”, but the media wasn’t
going to let him get away with something
so vague. He relented saying he did not
yet have names. And with the yet-to-be-
determined process that will follow, there
are still many unknowns in this U-turn. It
may eventually redraft the bill, as demanded
by the Cosatu, Right2Know and other voices,
or it could, at a more opportune moment, be
voted on and passed unchanged. One thing
is certain, though: SA's civil society remains
vehemently opposed to the bill and will not
relent.
but there’s been a massive change in the last 20 or so
years as humanity has shifted toward that next frontier: the
human mind and the capacity to augmentintelligence.
this has led some intellectuals to wonder whether
humans are now more android or even on the verge of
becoming “techno-sapiens”.
tuesday - 20 september 2011
south africa media freedom
african Platform
on access to
information
declaration
adoPted in caPe
town
Access to information is a crucial issue right now,
not least in South Africa, and the adoption of the
Apai declaration on Monday was both timeous
and geographically apt. Like the Windhoek
Declaration 20 years ago, it could be one of
those conference declarations that actually has
a real-world impact. We certainly hope so. By
THERESA MALLINSON.
The several media-related conferences that have
taken place in Cape Town over the last three
days culminated in the African Information
and Media Summit on Monday afternoon. At
the summit, delegates overwhelmingly voted to
adopt the African Platform on Access to Infor-
mation declaration, which will be presented to
the both the AU Commission and the UN.
The declaration petitions Unesco to proclaim
28 September as International Right to Infor-
mation Day. It's worth remembering that World
Press Freedom Day, 3 May, was adopted after
the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting an
Independent and Pluralistic African Press pro-
posed the idea 20 years ago.
The Apai declaration's key principle is that
access to information is a fundamental human
right, and it calls on governments of AU mem-
ber states to “adopt or revise existing compre-
hensive laws on access to information in line
with the principles in this declaration, and the
proposed AU model law, and fully implement
them”. To date, only ten of the 53 AU member
states have access-to-information laws – and
not all of them comply with regional and inter-
national standards.
As the Apai declaration was being adopted,
on the other side of central Cape Town, a press
conference was held in Parliament ofcially an-
nouncing the ANC's withdrawal of the Protec-
tion of State Information Bill, to allow for fur-
ther consultation. We hope the party takes time
to read the declaration as part of its consultative
processes, particularly the sections on limited
exemptions, oversight bodies and whistleblower
protection. The fght for access to information is
far from over.
dalai lama south africa
Tuesday - 20 sepTember 2011
dalai lama’s visit:
sa's real integrity test
dalai lama south africa
Tuesday - 20 sepTember 2011
In mid-August of 1996 I sat across from the Dalai Lama in a
suite at Johannesburg International Airport’s VIP lounge, as
we reviewed his frst-ever visit to South Africa. I learnt over
the years that followed, and during the next two visits of the
Tibetan leader, that this was standard practice. As his entourage
went through the departure procedures, the Dalai Lama would
take the opportunity to sit with his hosts and refect on the
trip. He would ask questions of us to get fnal clarity on certain
issues, and in turn share his thoughts on anything we might
want to understand from his perspective.
For us it established the Dalai Lama’s take on his experiences
of South Africa, and also provided a close-up opportunity to get
a better grasp of his worldview.
The highpoint of the ’96 visit was the frst meeting between
the Tibetan leader and then president Nelson Mandela. I asked
the Dalai Lama if he would comment on that encounter. He was
silent for a few moments, considering the question, and then
responded by saying that he had had the good fortune to meet
some of the world’s greatest leaders; kings, spiritual notables,
presidents, social icons, his fellow Nobel Peace Laureates,
luminaries from the sciences, as well as captains of industry
Outside of China, there is little doubt the Dalai
Lama is the epitome of integrity, humility,
leadership and kindness. The question now is
whether South Africa’s rulers have the integrity
and moral fortitude to aspire to the same lofty
standards – or bend the knee, yet again, to the
power-rattling of communist China. By GUY
LIEBERMAN.
Photo: REUTERS
dalai lama south africa
Tuesday - 20 sepTember 2011
and human rights activists. In preparing to
meet with all of these people, he would study
their stories in-depth and take into account the
nature of their reputations.
“In most cases, the reputation of that leader
would always be very large. However, every
time I would meet the individual, I noted that
the reputation was always far bigger than the
person. Now, as I was preparing to meet Nelson
Mandela, I considered that his reputation was
in fact larger than anyone else’s. But in only
this case, was the individual much larger than
his reputation.”
I have often wondered what it was about
Nelson Mandela that the Dalai Lama had
witnessed. Was it that Madiba is simply unique
among men, above his peers and beyond fault?
Did he stand out from his comrades as someone
entirely diferent from them? Or, as it’s been said,
is Madiba essentially an African leader who holds
to a certain moral code, one that is drawn deeply
from the culture of his birth? The giant who is
Nelson Mandela is in fact a man who expressed an
intrinsically African integrity through his political
will. My sense is that it was this aspect of Mandela
that the Dalai Lama had perceived.
In preparing for the ’96 visit, I had presented
the case for Tibetan freedom to the then deputy
director general of the Asia desk at the Ministry
of Foreign Afairs. She happened to be sensitive
to the plight of the Tibetan people, and came
at it from the perspective of having lived for
Photo: A Tibetan exile shouts slogans during a protest to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against China, in New Delhi March 10, 2011. The Dalai
Lama said he would step down as Tibet's political leader, a move seen as transforming the government-in-exile into a more assertive and democratic body in the
face of Chinese pressure. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
dalai lama south africa
Tuesday - 20 sepTember 2011
years in exile as an ANC activist. Although not
government policy, she, among more than a few
other ANC comrades, resonated closely with
the Dalai Lama and his open call for autonomy,
and for the long-overdue relief from the brutal
Chinese oppression in his country. In her mind,
she saw political parallels with her president and
the Dalai Lama.
Preceding the ‘96 visit, the Chinese applied
heavy pressure on Mandela’s government. They
instructed the president to deny the Dalai Lama
a visa. Mandela made it clear to the Chinese
that he was welcoming the Dalai Lama to South
Africa as a friend and spiritual leader. But
whatever the case, as president, he had the right
to say who could and couldn’t visit his country.
South Africans had experienced decades of their
own oppressive regime telling them what they
could and couldn’t do – the decision to grant
the Dalai Lama a visa was South Africa’s. There
was little the Chinese could do but threaten that
it would weaken political and economic ties,
but even more interesting, there was little the
Chinese actually did once the visit took place.
The empty threats issued by the Chinese
have never been acknowledged as being just
that: empty. They have not once acted on
their intimidations in South Africa, which
preceded each of the three visits of the
Dalai Lama (’96, ’99 and ’04). The Chinese
understand that they need economic ties
with Africa as much as Africa needs these
links to China. There is too much at stake for
the Chinese to interfere with the continued
strengthening of this relationship.
The question now is whether our leaders can
stand up in the way Mandela did, and welcome
the Tibetan leader. Can they grasp that whether
the Dalai Lama comes or not, little will change
in the relationship between Africa and China.
There is yet another angle here, from the
Dalai Lama’s position. The Chinese have always
accused the Tibetan leader of being a stooge
of the West. As a young activist who always
wished to be more of a frebrand, I would
elect to update my activities to Dharamsala
(the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile
and home of the Dalai Lama), and hoped time
and again for some sort of signal to heat up
the campaign for Tibetan freedom. On one
occasion, early in my career as an activist for
Tibet, I travelled to India to brief the Dalai
Lama on my eforts. I was proud to report that,
when having recently presented to said deputy
director general of the Asia desk and her staf
in Pretoria, she had become very agitated about
the Chinese embassy ofcials who had stormed
into her ofce, uninvited, and issued their
demands to deny the Dalai Lama a visa. “Yes,
exactly, they will do just that!” I had exclaimed,
which only caused further agitation on her
part. I considered this exchange a successful
the question now is whether
our leaders can stand up in
the way mandela did, and
welcome the tibetan leader.
can they grasp that whether
the dalai lama comes or
not, little will change in the
relationship between africa
and china.
dalai lama south africa
Tuesday - 20 sepTember 2011
Photo: a woman prays as townsmen gather for the swearing-
in ceremony of lobsang sangay, the elected prime minister
of the tibetan government-in-exile, in the courtyard of the
tsuglakhang temple in dharamsala august 8, 2011. sangay,
a harvard graduate, replaced the dalai lama as the tibetan
movement's political leader. reuters/adnan abidi
dalai lama south africa
Tuesday - 20 sepTember 2011
Guy Lieberman has served as local liaison for the visits
of the Dalai Lama to South Africa, and between 1995 and
2000 was a full-time activist for the Tibetan freedom
movement.
step on the path to South African support of
the Tibetan liberation movement. The Dalai
Lama listened quietly and closely to my entire
account and responded simply by saying: “No
use making people angry. No use.”
When the Tibetan Nobel Laureate and
Buddhist Master says it’s no use making
people angry, it extends to the full spectrum
of human dignity. Throughout the years of my
activism, I received the same message from the
Tibetan leadership and the local representative
in Pretoria: we will do all we can to avoid
embarrassing the South African government.
The Dalai Lama will not come to South
Africa if it is going to be overly complicated
politically. He will accept an invitation from
a host, but unless a visa is granted, which is
considered an expression of welcome by the
South African government, he will make no
demands from his side. He comes as a guest,
and only if he is welcome.
When seeking his endorsement of
campaigns to boycott Chinese goods, the Dalai
Lama often disagrees with Tibetan and Chinese
human rights activists around the world. His
view is that countries should rather fully engage
China, welcome her into the family of nations,
and bring her fully to her senses. While his
method might not feed the fres of the activists,
his view is broad, deep and patient.
The Dalai Lama’s political stance on China
is clear, and has been for decades. He does not
seek secession from China. He seeks a genuine
autonomy where Tibetans can live freely in
Tibet, without intimidation from the Chinese,
practicing their religion and culture within the
borders of a larger China. Being inspired by the
democratic process, the Tibetans in exile (and
via various channels within Tibet), have been
through referendums regarding the political
track they should follow. The Dalai Lama’s
position, among his own people, is the Middle-
Way Approach, which embodies his view of an
autonomous Tibet within a unifed China. If
this is how he honestly and openly presents his
case to his own people, why would the Chinese
not believe him? Does this dynamic sound at all
familiar to those South Africans old enough to
remember our own political transition?
What this is, in efect, is the wisdom of
His Holiness. His largesse is too close in
form and character to that of Mandela. We
have to allow ourselves to see this obvious
comparison, and all the related associations
regarding the freedom struggles of both
Tibet and South Africa.
On the current issue of whether or not to
provide the Dalai Lama with a visa to visit
South Africa next month, our leadership has a
clear choice: to look deep into the African soul
and emulate Mandela’s actions by extending
a hand of friendship, while at the same time
understanding that it won’t, in fact, have any
real impact on our relations with China.
Or, once again to yield as the people who
will submit to the will of another nation,
to constrict our spirit and our standing as
a moral society, and close our doors on a
genuine man of peace and the justifed hopes
of his people.
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aFrica
briefs africa
tuesday - 20 september 2011
Marc Ravalomana, the former President of Madagascar (Reuters)
NTc deNies sysTemic abuse
of blacks iN libya
The National Transitional
Council has denied involve-
ment in the systemic abuse of
blacks following confrmation
by a UN commission of inquiry
on Libya that it had received
complaints of ill-treatment
of black Africans and dark-
skinned Libyans in the country.
The NTC has been accused of
not only abusing black African
mercenaries hired by Gaddaf,
but also black migrant work-
ers and black Libyans, like
those who lived in the now-
abandoned town of Tawergha.
The tensions that existed be-
tween Arabs and blacks in the
country from before the revolt
against Gaddaf’s government,
worsened after the former
Libyan dictator hired African
mercenaries to help quash the
rebellion.
GuNmeN kill 36 iN buruNdi
bar
At least 36 people were killed
on Sunday in Burundi when
gunmen, some of whom were
dressed as policemen, stormed
and open fre on a bar fre-
quented by ruling party sup-
porters. Attacks against civil-
ians have intensifed since the
elections last year were boy-
cotted by the opposition, ac-
cording to a Reuters report. No
group has claimed responsibil-
ity and the attack has sparked
fears that Burundi could fall
again into ethnically charged
rebellion.
Police direcTor: uGaNda
could face chemical or
bioloGical aTTacks sooN
According to reports, Uganda’s
police director of counter-
terrorism, Abbas Byakagaba,
has warned that the coun-
try could face a biological or
chemical attack in the imme-
diate future. Byakagaba was
speaking at the conclusion of
one-week chemical, biological
and nuclear weapons aware-
ness programme conducted
by US government ofcials in
Uganda. The country has in
recent times been targeted by
al-Shabaab for sending troops
into Somalia as part of the AU’s
peacekeeping mission in the
country.
exiled madaGascar
PresideNT faces arresT oN
reTurN
Exiled Madagascar President
Marc Ravalomanana faces ar-
rest if he is to return to the
island, according to justice
minister Christine Razana-
mahasoa. She told Reuters
on Sunday – the day after the
country had signed an AU-
brokered elections roadmap
that granted Ravalomanana
the right of unconditional re-
turn – that the former presi-
dent would be arrested on a
2010 warrant for the deaths of
demonstrators shortly before
he was overthrown. Ravaloma-
nana has been in exile in South
briefs africa
tuesday - 20 september 2011
Africa and has called plans to
arrest and prosecute him “il-
legal” as his being president
means he cannot be judged by
an ordinary court.
reward for NiGeriaN uN
buildiNG bomb aTTack
susPecT
Nigeria has put a $160,000
bounty on the head of the man
suspected to be the master-
mind of last month’s bomb-
ing of the UN buildings in the
country. The man, Mamman
Nur, is a suspected member
of Islamist radical group Boko
Haram, which has claimed re-
sponsibility for the attacks that
killed 23 people. Four suspects
have been arrested so far, but
the country’s police have said
they were just operatives and
not the brains behind the at-
tack.
wesT africaN couNTries
To dePloy TrooPs To ivory
coasT-liberia border
The Ivorian army and the UN
mission in the Ivory Coast has
increased number of troops
deployed in towns near the
Liberian border following at-
tacks, according to a Reuters
report. The report also said
that the governments of Libe-
ria, Guinea and Sierra Leone
would also be deploying troops
in a bid to maintain stability in
the region. The most recent at-
tacks killed 23 people last week
and are thought to be the result
of ethnic tensions over land
and last year’s disputed elec-
tion result.
sudaN aNd souTh sudaN
siGN border deal
Sudan and South Sudan have
signed a deal mediated by for-
mer South African President
Thabo Mbeki that will see ten
border crossings opened be-
tween the two countries. The
two have disagreed on oil shar-
ing agreements, fghting in the
South Kordofan region and
border demarcations following
South Sudan’s independence.
Announcing the deal, Sudan’s
defence minister downplayed
the disagreements between the
neighbouring states and said
the border crossings would im-
prove the movement of people
and communication between
the two countries.
eleveN PresideNTial
caNdidaTes for drc
PresideNT sTreNGTheN
kabila’s re-elecTioN bid
None of the 11 candidates regis-
tered so far for the Democratic
Republic of the Congo’s presi-
dential election on 28 No-
vember are women. The large
feld has also split support and
is thought to have strength-
ened President Joseph Kabila’s
chances for re-election. Some
of the leading candidates have
tried to rally opposition sup-
port behind them but have
been unsuccessful so far in
positing themselves as strong
challengers to Kabila.
uGaNdaN PresideNT To
declare cows as GifT
Rwandan President Paul
Kagame donated ten long-
horned cattle to Ugandan Pres-
ident Yoweri Museveni during
the latter’s visit to Rwanda last
month. The spokesman for
the inspectorate of govern-
ment told the Daily Monitor
that Museveni would declare
the animals as gifts under the
country’s Leadership Code Act,
which bars public representa-
tives for accepting gifts in their
private capacity.
al-shabaab oN a camPaiGN
To recruiT keNyaN youThs
Following a confession by a
captured al-Shabaab operative,
Kenyan police have launched
a campaign to capture the
group’s recruiters operating
in the country. The confession
detailed that nationals from
Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan
were smuggled into Kenya
earlier this year to recruit and
conduct training in Mombasa,
Lamu and the South Coast
counties. Earlier this year, a
Yemeni and a Syrian were ar-
rested in the country and were
suspected to be part of an at-
tempt by the group to recruit
Kenyan youths.
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
africa swaziland
Mswati stalls on
sa loan
read More:
1. Swaziland’s King Mswati III has no clothes in the Zimbabwe
Independent
2. Swazi King wants bailout from IMF, World Bank on AFP
King Mswati III has been so busy tapping up other
institutions for cash that he hasn’t found the time
to sign the papers necessary to fnalise the huge
loan from South Africa. Or maybe he’s just looking
for a new source of income, one that won’t make
him change his ways. By SIMON ALLISON
Swaziland was meant to be grateful. The near-
bankrupt country was supposed to prostrate
itself in the face of South Africa’s generosity
– R2.4 billion worth of generosity – and its gov-
ernment was supposed to sheepishly agree to
change its authoritarian and spendthrift ways.
Instead, it’s been nearly two months since
the grand and controversial announcement
that South Africa was going to bail out its debt-
stricken neighbours, and nothing’s happened.
The South African treasury confrmed on Mon-
day that although it was ready and waiting to
transfer the frst tranche of the loan, it couldn’t
actually do so until the necessary papers had
been signed by the Swazi government. They
seemed confused by the hold-up; after all, the
money was pledged in response to an eco-
nomic emergency. Swaziland’s High Commis-
sion seems just as confused; the frst secretary,
Thomas Mavulo, said he didn’t know anything
about it.
It’s almost as if King Mswati III doesn’t want
our money. In the time he has not been sign-
ing the loan papers, he’s been lobbying other
institutions such as the IMF and World Bank
to provide a Greek-style bailout, perhaps hop-
ing to get some cash without those very delicate
strings attached by South Africa to the loan
agreement.
In the meantime, Swaziland is barely func-
tioning. Schools and universities are shut, and
public sector workers aren’t getting paid. Every
week, the government is having to deal with
new protests from civil society groups, or edu-
cators, or – as on Monday – taxi operators, who
were dispersed with tear gas, leaving thousands
of commuters stranded.
tuesday - 20 september 2011
world zambia
zambia: Put down
that machete, it’s
election time
read more:
1. President Banda addresses the nation in Lusaka Times
2. Why Zambia’s elections will be all about China in TIME
3. Cobra v codger in The Economist
Campaigning has ceased, a holiday
declared and police have banned the
selling of machetes and beer. It’s
election day in Zambia and it’s gonna be
close. By GREG NICOLSON.
tion or, even worse, physical
violence, I have this message
for you: I have ordered the po-
lice to arrest and prosecute all
those who ofend. Expect no
mercy, expect no favour, ex-
pect only the full force of the
law to come down on you,”
said the Movement for Multi-
party Democracy leader.
Once again Banda will face
his main rival, Michael “King
Cobra” Sata, after claim-
ing a narrow victory against
the Patriotic Front leader in 2008. Polls (depending on
which you read) suggest Banda has the edge going into
the country’s ffth multiparty elections, but Sata, with the
confdence of an opposition leader, has mobilised voters
by positioning himself as a champion of the poor.
On paper it looks as though Zambians have little rea-
son to complain about the current government. Growth
averaged 6% a year over the last fve years and Banda
was able to court Chinese investment when recession-hit
western investors left the economy high and dry in 2009.
But, despite the skyrocketing Chinese investment, almost
two-thirds of Zambia’s 13 million citizens live on less than
$1.25 a day.
And so, central election issues like service delivery and
good governance have coalesced into the “China ques-
tion”: does foreign investment boost state cofers, create
jobs and improve services? Or does it exploit the coun-
try’s resources and sacrifce sovereignty? We’ll get an idea
when polls close tonight.
Photo: President Rupiah Banda. (REUTERS)
Even as accusations of vote rigging
were slung in his direction, Zambia’s in-
cumbent President Rupiah Banda used
his fnal address before Tuesday’s presi-
dential election to urge voters to turn
out for peaceful elections and issued a
warning to those thinking of disrupting
the process. “To those who may be con-
templating any illegal acts or intimida-
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
africa egypt
Mubarak’s political elite
look to regain power in
parliaMentary elections
read More:
1. Return of the NDP: Mubarak-regime diehards retrench ahead of Egypt’s
parliamentary elections in Egypt’s Al Ahram
2. Egypt groups try to block Mubarak loyalists from vote on Reuters Africa
Egypt’s military government has fnally
set a date for parliamentary elections,
after months of procrastination. But
the new political parties are worried
the electoral system might just let
Mubarak’s goons back into power. By
SIMON ALLISON.
Egypt’s political parties across
almost the entire political spec-
trum have been calling for the
military-led interim government
to announce election dates to
start the process of handing over
power to civilian rule that will be
a truer ref lection of the goals of
the revolution.
But even as parliamentary elec-
tion dates are announced (they’ll
begin on 21 November), no one can
agree on what the goals are. The
young activists want a liberal, secu-
lar democracy; the big Islamist movements want a state
based on the principles of Islam, if not necessarily a the-
ocracy and the country’s professional political class, most
of whom are old hands from Mubarak’s party, just want
a way back into power. It’s this last group that’s causing
the most problems, with everyone else worried that for-
mer ruling party members will use their historic politi-
cal clout and know-how, along with a bit of old-fashioned
patronage, to gain a foothold in the new parliament.
This is not an unlikely scenario. The old ruling elite
has splintered into new political parties, most prominent-
ly the 6,000-member strong Egyptian Citizen party and
the 8,000-member Horreya party. And given the current
system for parliamentary elections – which sees people
vote for individuals rather than parties – they could well
use their old tricks (especially the distribution of cash, fa-
vours and promises) to get elected. To prevent this, other
parties are calling for this system to be changed to one in
which citizens vote for a party, and MPs are chosen from
a party list.
Photo: A protester attends Friday prayers at
Tahrir Square in Cairo September 16, 2011.
After the activation of emergency law, the Union
of Revolutionary Youth called for a "Friday
with no Emergency" and protested against
military trials in Tahrir Square and other main
squares nationwide, also warning of further
demonstrations, local media said.
REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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africa libya
Oil be back, says
TOTal sa TO libya
read mOre:
1. Total CEO eyes Libya business
expansion in Reuters Africa
Everyone wants Libya’s oil.
Presumably the national
transitional council will not be
recognising deals struck by the
Gaddaf regime, which would
explain the rush to renegotiate
with the new bosses in Tripoli.
The latest to join the rush is
French oil company, Total SA.
By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
Total SA (“Société Anonyme”, not “South Africa”) has
plans to get into Libya. Christophe de Margerie chief
executive ofcer told German daily newspaper Handels-
blatt, “We want to cooperate with the Libyans on an
industrial development plan to develop their oil and gas
production.”
He said Total had already written to the president of
the Libyan rebel council, had a positive response and
was working on a list of proposals to submit to them be-
fore the end of the year.
“We have good reason to believe that our production
facilities are in good shape despite the confict. So we
should be able to resume oil production quite quickly,"
De Margerie said.
Many countries and oil companies had oil deals with
Muammar Gaddaf’s government, and have now been
forced to quickly renegotiate with the NTC. France, Ita-
ly, the UK and Switzerland have all been linked to new
oil deals with the rebel government.
China recently recognised the NTC, only after the
Libyan rebels promised to honour all commercial agree-
ments signed with Gaddaf’s regime. There are also vari-
ous construction frms vying for infuence, where the
reconstruction process of Libya will make some people
very rich.
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formiNg New goverNmeNT
Just one day after the United Nations
recognised the NTC as Libya’s interim
government, interim Prime Minister
Mahmoud Jibril revealed that his proposal
for a new Cabinet did not receive unanimous
backing from council members. Jibril,
former head of Gaddaf’s National Economic
All is not rosy in the new Libya. Gaddaf remains elusive and forces loyal to him continue to take the
battle to the National Transitional Council (NTC)’s forces. After widespread expectation that a transitional
government would be formed last weekend, the NTC announced on Monday that it had decided to
postpone the formation of an interim government – indefnitely. The NTC is clearly not as united as
previously claimed. Infghting will severely damage efforts to reconstruct Libya. By KHADIJA PATEL
Photo: Chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) Mustafa
Abdel Jalil speaks during a news conference with Turkey's Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Rixos Hotel in Tripoli September 16, 2011.
REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
Development Board, is widely believed to be
part of the problem.
A post by a disgruntled Libyan in British
libya africa
tuesday - 20 september 2011
publication The Telegraph relates how
some Libyans view Jibril as the American
choice for Libyan leadership. This particular
Libyan voice argues that some rebels
“(object) to become subservient to Western
installed appointees who sat in plush
desks in Benghazi and are pushed now
to top positions in a post-Gaddaf Libya”.
Embittered NTC ofcials accuse Jibril of
failing to consult with the “grassroots” of
the opposition movement, but the ofcial
NTC position insists that disagreements over
the assignment of portfolios have delayed
the formation of the government. Jibril has
himself smoothed over reports of dissension
in the NTC ranks saying “much has been
achieved to mete out several portfolios”.
The African Union’s requirement that a
transitional government be fully representative
of all the varying factions that make up Libya
is not likely to be easily realised. The formation
of a government is the frst step in assuring all
Libyans feel adequately represented in their
leadership. As well as tribes that may have
once boasted loyalty to Gaddaf, the position
of Islamists in the new Libya is also a touchy
issue. Much to the chagrin of Western leaders,
the NTC has been under pressure to appoint
Islamist fgures in the Cabinet to refect their
role in the revolution. Shelving plans for the
government indefnitely may take the pressure
of Jibril for now, but it will have to be addressed
eventually – one way, or another.
read more:
1. Libya stalls on interim cabinet line-up in The Sydney Morning
Herald
2. Libya’s Islamists bide their time, build their strength in The
Globe and Mail
3. Libya transitional government gets UN seat in News24
4. Libyan Islamist says NTC executive committee should resign
in Al Arabiya News
Photo: An anti-Gaddaf fghter fres a multiple-rocket launcher near Sirte, the
hometown of deposed leader Muammar Gaddaf, September 17, 2011. NTC
forces advanced on Sirte on Libya's central Mediterranean coast but Gaddaf
loyalists are holding out, a day after NTC forces captured the city's airport on
its outskirts. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
libya africa
Tuesday - 20 sepTember 2011
finishing off gaddafi: What’s taking
the rebels so long?
Let it never be said that the Libyan rebels lack
confdence. Saturday was a prime example.
“Sirte will be completely cleared today,” said a
spokesman. It wasn’t. Nearly three weeks ago,
another spokesman was even more confdent,
telling reporters that Bani Walid, the other
major town held by Gaddaf forces, would
fall “within a matter of hours”. It didn’t. Just
yesterday, yet another spokesman – there are
a proliferation of them – claimed that it would
be a a “matter of days” before the two towns are
cleared. We’re not holding our breath.
But what’s taking them so long? The Libyan
revolution took months to make the major
breakthrough, but the fall of the regime,
when it came, was precipitous; Tripoli was in
Gaddaf’s last stands have been standing for quite a while now. It’s been four weeks since Tripoli fell
to the rebels, but the towns of Bani Walid and Sirte remain under the control of pro-Gaddaf forces,
with Brother Leader himself suspected to be holed up in one or the other of them. According to rebel
commanders, it’s just a “matter of days” before the towns fall, but it’s not the frst time we’ve heard
these claims. Just how long can the old regime hold out? By SIMON ALLISON
Photo: REUTERS
rebel hands within days of their frst attack,
and few expected them to still be fghting
four weeks on. That, perhaps, is part of the
problem. Regardless of their hold on a couple
of minor towns, Gaddaf’s regime has been
comprehensively ejected from power, and the
rebels are already getting on with the serious
business of governing. They’ve arranged for
sanctioned international funds to be released,
they’ve opened the Tripoli port for business and
they’re about to announce an interim Cabinet
to govern the country. For the men who fnd
themselves still on the frontline, it might be
a little dispiriting to still be dodging bullets
libya africa
Tuesday - 20 sepTember 2011
while their leaders wine and dine certain
visiting European presidents. It’s one thing to
martyr yourself in the life-and-death cause of
overthrowing an evil dictator, it’s quite another
to die once victory’s already assured and the
rest of the country is in party mode.
But their lack of success is more puzzling
given their overwhelming numerical advantage,
combined with far superior weaponry. Reports
the New York Times: “By most accounts, the
attackers greatly outnumber the defenders;
they have apparently limitless ammunition,
hundreds of pickup trucks with heavy weapons
mounted on the back, and even Russian-made
main battle tanks like the T-72. The defenders
have Grad multiple rocket launchers, mortars
and RPG-7s — all weapons portable enough
to hide from the air — but whenever Gaddaf
forces wheel out any vehicles or heavy weapons,
Nato promptly destroys them in airstrikes”.
But it’s not about how big your gun is, it’s
about how you use it. And on this front, the
rebels could do with a bit of training. At least
ten have been killed by their own frearms after
accidents, and their proclivity for fring in the
air to celebrate every minor victory has taken its
own toll; statistics aren’t available for the areas
still fghting, but falling bullets have killed 20
people in Tripoli alone. And the heavy weapons
mounted on the back of their Landcruisers,
while looking very impressive, are often anti-
aircraft guns, which are great for taking out
fghter jets but rather irrelevant when the only
fghter jets in the sky belong to Nato. When
fred horizontally, they’re extremely inaccurate
and tend to exponentially increase the risk of
civilian casualties, something the rebels are
desperate to avoid and another factor making it
very hard for them to advance.
Meanwhile, the pro-Gaddaf forces are well-
armed and well-trained. Gaddaf’s spokesman
Moussa Ibrahim says they’ve still got months
of ammunition left. He also said the goal
of avoiding civilian casualties has been
comprehensively missed, claiming that Nato
bombings had killed 354 people in Sirte on
Friday night (a claim not confrmed by Nato,
which sidestepped the question by saying
that previously such reports were false). The
Gaddaf forces are suspected to be protecting
the regime’s high profle fgures, including
some of Gaddaf’s sons and maybe even the
Colonel himself; this could account for their
tenacity in the face of what seems an ultimately
unwinnable situation.
So expect the rebels’ optimistic timeline
for the fnal resolution of the confict – just
“a matter of days” – to drag on for quite a bit
longer as Gaddaf’s regime reveals the sting in
its tail.
it’s not about how
big your gun is, it’s
about how you use it.
and on this front, the
rebels could do with
a bit of training
read more:
1. Anti-Gaddaf forces capture, then lose, last redoubts in The
New York Times
2. Gaddaf forces offer stiff Libya resistance on Al Jazeera
tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
WOrLd
briefs world
tuesdAY - 20 september 2011
Syrain demonstations (Reuters)
sYriA
Syrian protestors are rapidly
becoming an endangered spe-
cies. Campaign group Avaaz,
who have also been busily
petitioning against our own
Secrecy Bill, released a report
on Monday which says that
they have verifed the names
of 3,004 people killed since
March, with a further 2,356
people recorded as killed,
but whose names are not yet
known. The Syrian government
continues to claim that only
1,400 people have died, with –
conveniently – exactly half of
those being civilians and half
of those being members of the
security forces. A likely story.
YeMeN
It's becoming hard to distinguish
Syrian and Yemeni news. The
UN Human Rights Council on
Monday issued a condemnation
of the crackdown on dissent in
Yemen. Trouble has been build-
ing in the capital, Sana'a, with at
least 26 protestors killed on Sun-
day by Yemeni security forces.
Despite this, the country's for-
eign minister rejected claims of
excessive force, saying these were
"baseless". Oddly, despite them
being so baseless, he still felt
compelled to issue a statement of
"sorrow and condemnation" for
Sunday's bloodshed in Sana'a.
UsA
On Monday Barack Obama re-
leased his $1,5 trillion tax plan,
and as we reported yesterday, it
includes the controversial "Buf-
fett tax" on the wealthy. The
$1.5 trillion increase in taxes
comes half from eliminating
the Bush tax cut for households
making more than $250,000
annually, and half from limit-
ing deductions from the same
households and closing other
loopholes that have been al-
lowing the wealthy to pay less
tax than they probably should.
The plan is being alternately
labelled as a "Fair Share" mea-
sure or "class warfare", depend-
ing where you sit.
libYA
It's not quite all over yet in Lib-
ya. The rebels sufered a setback
on Sunday when more than 20
fghters were killed and another
31 injured in the northern city
of Sirte. All casualties were the
result of rocket-propelled gre-
nades fred by Gaddaf loyalists,
the National Transitional Coun-
cil said on Monday. In Bani
Walid, the rebels are also facing
losses. The NTC claims that on
Sunday, 18 civilians were cap-
tured by pro-Gaddaf fghters
and 12 of them executed. The
NTC says that some of the fght-
ers are mercenaries from other
African countries, but we're
not sure if we trust that – the
rebel council has revealed itself
to have a bit of a xenophobic
streak.
briefs world
tuesdAY - 20 september 2011
Martin McGuiness (Reuters)
PAlesTiNe
Sometimes global politics is
enough to drive you to drink.
Israel has an unlikely ally in its
opposition to Palestine's bid
for statehood: its archenemy
Hamas. Admittedly, it's for
very diferent reasons to Israel.
Hamas worries that Palestine
will sacrifce "fundamental Pal-
estinian rights" by only seeking
recognition for the state that
existed before the 1967 Six Day
War. Hamas Prime Minister Is-
mail Haniya said that Hamas re-
jects the kind of concessions Pal-
estine is willing to make. They
have said they will not disrupt
the bid, however. Hamas wants
the UN to strip Israel of state-
hood, but because they won't
acknowledge Israel by name,
they have to resort to circumlo-
cutions like "the entity that took
the decision to establish itself on
the land of another".
MoroCCo
Morocco is back on the pro-
test wagon. On Sunday thou-
sands of Moroccans took to
the streets of Casablanca to
protest against government
corruption. Infuenced by the
Arab Spring, Morocco frst
experienced pro-democracy
protests in February, but mo-
mentum has been lost in re-
cent months, partly because
King Mohammed VI has made
certain cosmetic reforms that
appeased some quarters. Ac-
tivists say nothing meaningful
has changed however. "Head of
the army, it's too much; head
of the religion, it's too much,"
the crowd chanted on Sunday.
UK
Police have arrested seven
people in Birmingham under
suspicion of planning a mass-
casualty attack in England.
Six were men arrested under
counter-terrorism laws and a
woman was arrested on charges
of failing to disclose informa-
tion. The plot is believed to
be linked to al-Qaeda, though
police have released no details
yet. They have not raised the
UK's terrorist threat level
yet, which has been sitting
at "substantial" (an improve-
ment on the previous "se-
vere") since July.
irelANd
Northern Ireland Deputy First
Minister Martin McGuinness
is running for president – of
the Republic of Ireland. He will
have to gain the approval of the
Sinn Fein executive, but this is
unlikely to present problems.
The nomination has raised eye-
brows because McGuiness was
once an IRA commander and a
witness in the Bloody Sunday
Tribunal. The BBC suggested
McGuiness was "the personi-
fcation of republicanism's
transition from violent para-
militarism to constitutional
politics". McGuinness said that
if elected, he would work for
the reunifcation of Ireland.
CHiNA
China has called on regional
powers to revive nuclear disar-
mament talks with North Korea.
briefs world
tuesdAY - 20 september 2011
Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu (Reuters)
murders is not yet known but
Villanueva's party believes that
drug gangs are to blame.
NePAl
An earthquake in the Himala-
yas has killed at least 53 peo-
ple and damaged more than
100,000 homes. North-eastern
India, Nepal and Tibet were af-
fected by the quake. On Mon-
day rescue workers struggled
to reach thousands of newly
homeless villagers cut of by
mudslides. Paramilitary heli-
copters dropped food to villag-
es and evacuated the injured.
Structural damage is substan-
tial with buildings buckled,
pavements cracked and roads
collapsed. Two men and a child
died in Nepal's capital, Kat-
mandu, when a wall collapsed
outside the British embassy.
TUrKeY
Turkey is turning its back on
former friends Israel and Syria
in favour of shacking up with
Egypt, the foreign minister an-
nounced on Monday. Ahmet
Davutoglu said on Monday that
he hoped Turkey and Egypt
would establish a "true axis of
democracy". He also told the
New York Times that Israel
had nobody but themselves to
blame, saying that it was "the
government's decision to iso-
late themselves".
frANCe
Finally some words of remorse
from Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
The former IMF chief said in
his frst TV interview after his
rape charges that his liaison
with hotel chambermaid Nafs-
satou Diallo was "inappropri-
ate". In fact, he went further
with the self-chastisement,
saying it was a “moral failing”.
Strauss-Kahn also took advan-
tage of the platform to put to
bed rumours that he might still
contest the next election, say-
ing that he would play no part
in it, and now needed time
to refect on his future. We
know what's in his immediate
future: dealing with the rape
charges brought by author
Tristane Banon.
Speaking at a forum in Beijing,
foreign minister Yang Jiechi told
diplomats that it was time to
restart talks which had fzzled
out. A six-party agreement
struck in 2005 ofered North
Korea economic and energy aid
in exchange for dismantling its
nuclear programme, but noth-
ing came of it. Yang says it is
time for the parties involved to
restart the talks.
MeXiCo
A missing Mexican politician
has been found shot dead with
his driver. Federal congress-
man Moises Villaneuva and his
driver, Erick Estrada Vazquez,
have been missing since 4
September, when the pair left
a party held by a colleague in
the Institutional Revolutionary
Party. The motive behind the
tuesday - 20 september 2011
World china
Zuma in
the running
for chinese
peace priZe
read more:
1. Obama Passed Up For Chinese Version Of Peace Prize in
Forbes
2. Award jury member slams early release of Chinese peace
prize list in People’s Daily Online
After the Nobel Foundation dared to award the
vaunted peace prize to imprisoned Chinese
writer Liu Xiaobo last year, a group of Chinese
scholars linked to the Chinese Culture Ministry
responded with an announcement of the victor in
the inaugural Confucius Peace Prize. Not quite as
rich as its Nobel rival that is worth a handsome
US$1.4 million, winners of the Confucius prize win
100,000-yuan, which translates to approximately
US$16,000. South African President Jacob
Zuma may not crack a nod in Oslo but in Beijing,
he’s made the short list for two years running.
KHADIJA PATEL explores who else has earned the
approbation of the Chinese.
The award is an unabashed rival of the Nobel
peace prize, created because “China is a symbol
of peace…it owns the absolute power to uphold
peace…Norway is only a small country with scarce
land area and population…it must be in the mi-
nority…concerning the conception of freedom and
democracy”. Critics may argue that China has no
moral authority to judge such ideals as freedom
and democracy when it continues to shackle even
the slightest intimation of dissent in the country,
but the prize is a clever attempt by Beijing to win
over its critics – or at the very least, fool them.
A frontrunner on the shortlist this year is the
Panchen Lama. The position held by the Panchen
Lama is second only to the Dalai Lama in the hi-
erarchy of Tibetan Buddhist leaders, but in 1995,
the Chinese rejected the Panchen Lama chosen by
the exiled Dalai Lama, and took him and his fam-
ily into “protective custody”. He has not been seen
since. In his place, the Chinese selected their own
Panchen Lama – someone who advocated for na-
tional unity. He’s clearly a favourite with Beijing so
his nomination comes as no surprise.
More curious though are the other names on
the shortlist. President Zuma is being rewarded,
no doubt, for pursuing South Africa’s peculiar
brand of foreign policy. Along with Zuma is Rus-
sian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, German
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Yuan Longping, a
Chinese agricultural scientist known as the father
of hybrid rice. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and
former UN secretary general Kof Annan are also
on the list.
After they awarded the prize to Lien Chan, a
Taiwanese politician who has championed peace
with China last year, members of the jury vehe-
mently denied any links to the Chinese govern-
ment.
DAY - 00 month 2011
world yemen
yemen hurtles
towards civil war
read more:
1. Saudi Arabia sending tanks to Yemen in Bikya Masr
2. The costs of ignoring Yemen in Foreign Policy
3. Yemeni anger rises as peaceful protests fail to end nine-month standoff
in The Guardian (UK)
As Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah met
with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh
in Riyadh on Monday, reports began to
circulate that Saudi Arabia, had mimicked
its intervention in Bahrain by staging
a military intervention in Yemen. The
reports remain unconfrmed but accounts
of Saudi tanks in Yemen continue to
circulate, fuelling speculation that despite
statements to the contrary, the diplomatic
negotiations over Yemen’s future may
now be in vain. By KHADIJA PATEL
On Monday Oxfam painted a grim
picture of the efects of the political
stalemate in Yemen. As the economy is
pushed further to the verge of collapse,
and the embattled Yemeni government
towards total paralysis, one in every
three Yemenis goes hungry. A total of 7.5
million Yemenis have been going hungry
as the country battles to regain stability
after months of protests and an armed
insurrection against the rule of Ali
Abdullah Saleh. Yemen however is being
pushed further towards a full scale civil
war as renewed violence claims scores of
lives, leaves hundreds injured and on Monday, ominously
sparked army on army violence.
Thousands of protesters, joined by soldiers from the
renegade First Armoured Division, stormed a military base
in the capital on Monday without resistance. The capture
of the base has signalled to protesters a possible collapse of
President Saleh’s regim,e but elsewhere in the capital gun-
fre continued to rain down on protesters. Mortar rounds
and automatic rife fre were reported to have continued
late into the night on Monday, forcing the airport to remain
closed and confning many residents to their homes.
Demonstrators are growing increasingly wary of the
ceaseless diplomatic negotiations and many have begun to
call for a Libyan-style intervention to get rid of Saleh. The
violence of the past two days may prove a turning point in
the impasse. Saudi Arabia and the United States will seek to
speed up the negotiations as a civil war in a heavily armed
and deeply unstable nation could prove devastating.
Photo: Anti-government protesters demanding
the ouster of Yemen's President Saleh fee
after security forces fred tear gas grenades at
them during clashes in the southern city of Taiz
September 19, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
world civets
civets on the global economic prowl
Following the earlier Japanese example, these
four carefully managed economies were riding
a rapid rise in high quality exports, strong
government leadership in economic guidance
and serious attention to high-tech educational
and training skills of their populations.
On the other hand – as economists love
to say – some argued these economies really
Twenty years ago, Harvard professor Ezra Vogel popularised the terms “the four little dragons” or “the
four little tigers” to describe the rapidly growing economies of Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and
Singapore. Then came all-known Bric. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome “Civets”.
By J BROOKS SPECTOR.
Photo: A coffee grower picks coffee fruits in a plantation near Montenegro in
Quindio province August 12, 2011. Colombia, the world's largest producer of
high-quality Arabica beans, expects to produce around 9 million 60-kg bags
this year, slightly higher than the year before but below historical averages.
Picture taken August 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez
come from the same litter at all. Hong Kong’s
laissez faire economy was entirely diferent
from Singapore’s carefully controlled one; and
Taiwan’s high tech industries like computer
civets world
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
screens and peripherals were very diferent
from Korea’s smokestack industries like
shipbuilding, steel and automobiles – but this
debate will wait for a diferent article.
Ten years later, Jim O’Neill at Goldman
Sachs came up the “Bric” – clustering the
Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese
economies in a package Goldman Sachs
used to market investments in those four
economies. To many economists, the beauty
of Bric was that it really did describe an
important aspect of the emerging-markets
universe in a new way. Then, in a clever
political move the four Bric nations added an
‘s’ when South Africa joined the pack.
Now, the newest investment animals
are the Civets, bringing together Colombia,
Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South
Africa – punted as the newest generation of
little tiger economies, although the civet cat
has less muscle than its bigger feline cousin.
These nations do share youthful
populations – average age of just 27 years.
The concept’s sponsor, HSBC Global Asset
Management, argues that these countries are
poised to beneft from fast-rising domestic
consumption in their relatively diverse
economies. Moreover, says HSBC, they should
be less dependent on external demand for
their growth than the Brics.
HSBC launched its HSBC GIF Civets fund
earlier this year to take advantage of what
it argues is a group of nations with rising
levels of foreign direct investment, generally
low levels of public debt (save for Turkey)
and sovereign credit ratings that are moving
toward investment grade even as other
economies are going the other way.
Critics of this newest animal investment
metaphor retort that the Civets really share
nothing except lots and lots of young people.
Moreover, their economies’ liquidity and
corporate governance are patchy, and political
risk remains a real factor in virtually all of
them – Egypt’s a member after all.
Darius McDermott, managing director
at Chelsea Financial Services, argues, “This
sounds like a gimmick to me. What does
Egypt have in common with Vietnam? At
least the Bric countries were the four biggest
emerging economies, so there was some
rationale for grouping them together. A
general emerging-markets fund would be a
less risky way to get similar exposure.” Still,
The Wall Street Journal says “The S&P Civets
60 index, established in 2007, is ahead of two
hsbc launched its hsbc giF civets fund earlier this year
to take advantage of what it argues is a group of nations
with rising levels of foreign direct investment, generally low
levels of public debt (save for turkey) and sovereign credit
ratings that are moving toward investment grade even as
other economies are going the other way.
civets world
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
read more:
1. After Brics, Civets? In the Wall Street Journal
2. The Four Little Dragons: The Spread Of Industrialisation In
East Asia in Foreign Affairs
3. Market.view - Another BRIC in the wall - The perils of
overestimating emerging markets in the Economist
4. The Myth of Asia's Miracle in the Financial Times
other emerging-markets indexes – the S&P
BRIC 40 and S&P Emerging BMI – over one
and three years.”
For example, Columbia, once the topic
of shoot ‘em up “drugs and thugs” movies,
is becoming an attractive destination for
investors as security improves. Per-capita
GDP has doubled since 2002 and its sovereign
debt moved up to investment grade in 2011.
And Indonesia is the globe’s fourth most-
populous nation. It grew by 6% last year and
its sovereign debt rating has risen to one
notch below investment grade in the last year.
Meanwhile, Vietnam has been one of
the fastest-growing economies in the world
for the past 20 years, and the World Bank
projects 6% growth this year – rising to 7.2%
in 2013. Given its communist government,
some cynics insist it was included just to
make the acronym work.
Egypt’s revolution may have put the brakes
on the economy but analysts expect it to
regain its growth trajectory when political
stability returns. And its many assets include
fast-growing ports on the Mediterranean and
Red Sea linked by the Suez Canal and its vast
untapped natural-gas resources.
Then there is Turkey. “Turkey is a dynamic
economy that has trading links with the
European Union, but without the constraints
of the eurozone or EU membership,” says Phil
Poole of HSBC Global Asset Management.
And the World Bank is predicting growth of
6.1% this year. Go out to buy a refrigerator,
as this writer did the other day, and you may
well fnd that the well-known brand you’ve
purchased was actually made in Turkey – not
China or Germany.
South Africa rounds out the grouping –
or marketing gimmick, depending on your
cynicism. But The Wall Street Journal notes
that SA has already rebounded into positive
growth after the global economic downturn.
And despite competition from Nigeria, Ghana
and Kenya, many analysts still see it as the
best gateway to investment into the rest of the
continent. HSBC is telling its clients there is
still long-term growth potential here in the
mining, energy and chemical sectors.
So, after the tigers, dragons and Civets,
what new bestiary awaits the investor –
marmosets, sifakas, lemurs? The iMaverick
can hardly wait.
columbia, once the
topic of shoot ‘em up
“drugs and thugs”
movies, is becoming
an attractive
destination for
investors as security
improves.
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
world sweden
Major oil slick hits
swedish coast
read More:
1. Sweden hit by substantial oil spill: coastguard in AFP
2. Oil spill clean-up underway off Sweden in UPI
A big oil spill has hit Sweden’s south-
west coast after two ships collided in
the Kattegat, the stretch of sea between
Denmark and Sweden. Authorities
calculate that it will take weeks to clean
up. By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
Crews were working on Sunday
to clean up a major oil spill of
the south-west coast of Swe-
den following a collision at sea.
Coast guard ofcials weren’t
saying how the collision hap-
pened, but had recovered about
130,000 litres of oil so far. The
crash itself happened on 10 September in the Kattegat, but
the resultant oil slick only hit the coast of Sweden a few
days later.
“The accidental oil spill, on which the coast guard is
working day and night in the Bohuslan archipelago, is
the most substantial in the southwest of Sweden in many
years,” a statement from Swedish authorities said.
The worst-hit area is around Tjörn, about 66km to the
north of the coastal city of Göteborg, which sits on the
very edge of the scattering of tiny islands known as the
Bohuslan archipelago.
“The clean-up operation began on Thursday night and
will continue for several weeks, but most of the work will
be completed in the coming days,” coast guard ofcial Bir-
gitta Andersson said.
She added the decontamination of the surrounding
beaches is where the real schlep would be. Bird rescue ser-
vices had picked up about 15 stricken birds already.
Photo: A small Swedish Coast Guard vessel
navigates a thick oil spill at Tjorn, Sweden
September 17, 2011. The extent of damage
to wildlife after one of the largest oil spills in
Sweden in several years is still uncertain. Picture
taken September 17, 2011. REUTERS/Erik Abel
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palestine/israel world
tuesday - 20 september 2011
palestinian statehood bid:
the view from south africa
When the last of the Wikileaks cables were
unceremoniously prised open for all the world
to see, one cable leaked from the American
embassy in Pretoria detailed the testy
relationship between Israel and South Africa.
In February last year, US Ambassador Gips
met Israeli Ambassador Dov Segev-Steinberg
New York: diplomats are preparing for what one US Department of State employee is quoted as
describing as a “week of hell”. International attention is focused on Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas as he continued to defy international pressure, insisting that the Palestinian bid will not be
thwarted. The outcome of the bid remains unknown – even informed speculation is ill-equipped to
predict exactly what will happen in New York this week. But whatever the outcome, the Middle East
confict has returned to the top of the world agenda. KHADIJA PATEL spoke to South African-based
activists on both sides of the confict to draw their opinions on the planned statehood bid.
Photo: Palestinian school children hold fags and a poster depicting Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas during a rally supporting Abbas' bid to seek full
United Nations membership for a Palestinian state, in the West Bank town of
Tulkarm September 19, 2011. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
and discussed Israel's relationship with
South Africa. The Israeli Ambassador Segev-
Steinberg told his American counterpart that
he did “not see much chance for substantial
palestine/israel world
tuesday - 20 september 2011
change in the relationship in the near future”.
The Palestinian bid for statehood at the United
Nations General Assembly in New York this
week, will certainly prove a further challenge
for strained ties between Tel Aviv and Pretoria.
South Africa’s Department of International
Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) continued
to stall on revealing its stance on the
Palestinian bid, but a well placed source
within Dirco reiterated to the Daily Maverick
that South Africa would defnitely vote in
favour of the Palestinian statehood bid. An
Israeli publication revealed on Saturday that
the United States was working to gather
enough United Nations Security Council
members to resist the planned statehood bid
in order to avoid having to use its veto power.
South Africa, a non-permanent member of the
Security Council, is not likely to be swayed by
American persuasion.
Outside of government, South Africans
are preparing to articulate their varying
perspectives on the bid.
Trade union federation Cosatu was still
busy penning its opinion on the matter on
Monday but as avowed supporters of the
Palestinian cause, it is unlikely to oppose the
planned bid. Cosatu may, however, have a
few choice words for the likes of US President
Barack Obama for standing in the way of the
Palestinian bid to be recognised as a state.
Essentially however, last ditch attempts by
American, European and Israeli diplomats to
scupper the bid may well prove fruitful. The
bid is after all, an elaborate publicity stunt by
the Palestinian Authority to draw attention
to the tenuousness of the status quo in Israel.
Vice Chairman of the South African Zionist
Federation, Ben Swartz, believes it would do
all parties an injustice to comment on the
bid as it is currently planned. “The situation
is very fuid,” Swartz said, making it difcult,
he believes, to ofer an adequate response.
Swartz did however indicate that “any
unilateral movements in the context of the
confict would prove unhealthy.” He stressed
a need for dialogue and negotiations between
both sides to end the impasse.
Joshua Schewitz, the director of the South
African Union of Jewish Students strongly
denied the planned statehood bid by the
Palestinians would act as impetus back to the
negotiation tables. “The Israeli government,”
he says, “has been ready to negotiate for years”.
In Abbas, Schewitz says, the Israelis have
found a dishonest negotiator, but added that
intra-Palestinian politics does severely stymie
the Palestinian President’s eforts towards
essentially however, last ditch attempts by american,
european and israeli diplomats to scupper the bid may
well prove fruitful. the bid is after all, an elaborate
publicity stunt by the palestinian authority to draw
attention to the tenuousness of the status quo in israel.
palestine/israel world
tuesday - 20 september 2011
read more:
1. Palestinians seek a state but the problem of statelessness is
not easily solved in The Daily Maverick
2. Analysis: Why Democrats fear losing the Jewish vote in The
Daily Maverick
3. Palestinians' U.N. recognition bid met with apathy on
Facebook in Los Angeles Times
4. Debating the UN bid for Palestinian statehood in Al Jazeera
achieving a lasting solution to the confict.
“For some reason,” Schewitz says, “negotiations
have never gotten anywhere.” Schewitz was
careful, however, to stress that the formation of
a Palestinian state was in the interests of both
Israelis and Palestinians. It is the timing of
this bid, without addressing other contentious
issues like the fate of Palestinian refugees,
that he believes will prove detrimental to the
confict. “A lot must happen before statehood
can be achieved,” he says but adds later, “We
want a Palestinian state to be created.”
On the Palestinian side of the fence in South
Africa, Muhammed Desai from the South
African arm of the Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions campaign against Israel and the
Coalition for a Free Palestine was reticent to
express his support for the bid. “As civil society
in South Africa, we take our lead from Civil
Society in Palestine,” he said. “Any initiative to
the UN,” he says, “must be supported but most
importantly the question of whether this (bid)
represents the views of the Palestinian people
needs to be addressed.” Desai stresses the
need to diferentiate between the Palestinian
Authority (PA), of which Mahmoud Abbas
is President, and the Palestine Liberation
Organisation (PLO). The PA as the result of the
Oslo accords, Desai believes, has failed to live
up to its ofcial billing as representatives of the
Palestinian people. Desai points out that the
PLO, as a body representing Palestinians living
within the occupied territories as well as those
in the diaspora, are already recognised by the
UN. A nod of approval to the PA will ultimately
come at the cost of the Palestinian diaspora.
Late on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, through his Twitter
account, implored Palestinians to return to
negotiations. “I call upon the #Palestinian
president to meet with me in NY to resume
immediately direct negotiations for peace,” he
tweeted. The Palestinians however have their
eyes set on an audience with the UN General
Assembly. But it remains to be seen whether
the diplomatic wrestling will actually enact any
tangible change on the grounds of the contested
territory.
schewitz was careful,
however, to stress
that the formation of
a palestinian state
was in the interests
of both israelis and
palestinians
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
world ken starr vs bill clinton
Public disinfectant or witch
hunt: lessons for
the arms deal commission
ken starr vs bill clinton world
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
While we don’t really know what the commission of inquiry
into the arms deal, under Judge Sandile Ngcobo, will be
allowed to examine, its terms of reference and mandate give it
serious gravitas.
Presumably it will examine the initial call to supply South
Africa with new weapons systems, the way those tenders were
evaluated and who actually had the fnal decision-making,
the terms of the orders, payments and how those elusive local
ofsets were determined. If it’s real credibility, it will have to
follow the apocryphal advice of Watergate’s famous “Deep
Throat” to “follow the money” - identifying all the intermediaries,
payments and agreements.
And almost inevitably, that’s where the real troubles will begin.
What’s the point of a special commission, anyway? These
special commissions are what governments usually arrange
when they don’t know what else to do. Sometimes they’re
appointed to investigate a difcult issue where all the choices
are unpalatable. Sometimes they address a daunting policy
challenge. Sometimes, too, they must assess blame or exonerate
the politically well-connected.
With the announcement of a judicial
commission of inquiry under Judge Sandile
Ngcobo into the vexed Arms Deal scandal, there
are valuable lessons to be learnt from similar
exercises – called investigations by special
prosecutors – in the US. J BROOKS SPECTOR
analyses the case of the Clintons.
Photo: Independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who spent more than fve years and $47 million investigating
President Bill Clinton, will leave his post next week and be replaced by one of his prosecutors, sources
close to Starr said October 15. Starr will reportedly formally resign after heading the investigation that led
to Clinton's historic impeachment in the U.S. House of Representatives and then acquittal in the Senate in
the Monica Lewinsky affair. 19 November 1998. REUTERS
ken starr vs bill clinton world
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
In a democracy with traditions of strong
opposition politics, special commissions come
into being – usually after lots of foot-dragging
– as a concession to the opposition. And
sometimes these mechanisms help those
in power shift responsibility for a mess to
their political foes.
As South Africa girds itself for the whole
tawdry public washing of the dirty linen, it may
be helpful to look back at Kenneth Starr’s
performance as the special prosecutor who
sifted through the life of then-president
Bill Clinton.
When he was frst appointed to investigate
the suicide of White House senior stafer
Vince Foster and the ambiguous real estate
investments of the Clintons, Republican
Kenneth Starr was seen as a star – a
conservative one - but a true high fier. He
had already served as a federal judge and
he had been solicitor general of the justice
department in George Bush’s administration.
Authorised under a three-judge panel
appointed by Clinton’s own attorney general,
Starr’s investigation eventually took on the
prosecutorial equivalent of metastasising
mission creep.
Over time, Starr sought authority to carry
out a raft of additional investigations, each
one theoretically linked to the one before it,
but eventually including the fring of some
White House travel ofce personnel, potential
political abuse in the handling of confdential
FBI fles, the fnances of an investment bank,
the operations of the Rose Law Firm, Paula
Jones’ law suit against Bill Clinton and, then,
most notoriously, charges of perjury and
obstruction of justice to cover up Clinton's
sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The
Lewinsky investigation eventually ended up
with the secret taping of conversations between
Lewinsky and a co-worker, requests by Starr
to tape Lewinsky's conversations with Clinton,
and fnally, requests by Starr to compel Secret
Service agents to testify about what they might
have seen while guarding Clinton.
By the time Starr was investigating Clinton's
possible adulterous behaviour and Clinton’s
infamous “whatever ‘is’ is” comment, Starr’s
growing list of critics were charging he had
crossed the line – a big one. The charge was
that he was acting more like a political hitman,
acting on his own sense of appropriate sexual
behaviour, rather than his ostensible task as a
special prosecutor – investigating issues only
remotely connected to his original mandate. By
the time it was all over, the evening TV news
in a democracy with
traditions of strong
opposition politics, special
commissions come into
being – usually after
lots of foot-dragging –
as a concession to the
opposition. and sometimes
these mechanisms help
those in power shift
responsibility for a mess to
their political foes.
ken starr vs bill clinton world
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
had become the kind of programme parents
felt they had to monitor carefully for age-
appropriate content and language.
After years of investigation and millions
of dollars, Starr and his staf generated a
report that Clinton had lied about his afair
with a White House intern, rather than
somehow engineering the death of Vince
Foster or subverting the country’s real estate
investment universe.
CNN said, “The [Starr] report refutes claims
by conservative political organizations that
Foster was the victim of a murder plot and
cover-up…[but] despite those fndings, right-
wing political groups continue to allege darkly
that – somehow, some way - there was more to
his death” and that the president and frst lady
had tried to cover it all up, rather than simply
acknowledging Vince Foster’s undiagnosed
depression as the real root cause of his death.
Moreover, by the time Starr’s investigations had
been wrapped up, he now stood accused of his
Photo: Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gestures to stop a crowd during a presentation of her book in Munich, March 29. The book "Monica's
Story" spoke about her affair with U.S. President Bill Clinton.
ken starr vs bill clinton world
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
read more:
1. Kenneth Winston "Ken" Starr in Wikipedia
2. Kenneth W. Starr at CNN
3. Imagine; This is a Job for Ken Starr at The New York Times
own collection of some signifcant violations of
confict of interest rules.
Nonetheless, the Lewinsky charge was
the trigger for Clinton’s impeachment by a
Republican-led House of Representatives –
although not a conviction in the Senate. But
it also led to the restoration of the Democrats’
control of the House, Kenneth Starr’s moving
out of Washington to head, frst the socially
conservative Pepperdine University Law
School in California and then, more recently,
the equally conservative Baylor University
in Waco, Texas. Bill Clinton, meanwhile,
fnished his second term of ofce to almost
global popularity and the start of a career as a
philanthropist, sage-author, world-traveller and
international motivational speaker.
And so, can we draw any lessons from this
rather squalid episode in American politics
that may help a putative Ngcobo Commission?
Perhaps there are four big ones.
First of all, a commission must keep its eye
frmly on the key issue. If the task is to winkle
out the money trail of an arms deal pointing
to illegal transactions, they must resist the
urge to dig into the fun bits like those lavish
parties the companies bidding for contracts
undoubtedly hosted.
Secondly, they must resist the urge to dribble
out the juicy bits to the media piecemeal – the
resulting pre-publicity will only compound the
difculties of successful potential prosecutions
down the line, once the whole investigation is
wrapped up.
Thirdly, the investigation must let the chips
fall where they will and follow the leads where
they lead. But this task will not be made easier
by developing what lawyers call “a theory
of the crime” that avoids uncomfortable
facts, connections and the role of
powerful individuals.
Finally, keep the investigation out of the
clutches of any one political party or faction.
The investigation is on behalf of the public, not
in partisan service.
American Supreme Court Justice Louis
D Brandeis was almost certainly right when
he said, “Publicity is justly commended as
a remedy for social and industrial diseases.
Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants;
electric light the most efcient policeman.”
and so, can we
draw any lessons
from this rather
squalid episode in
american politics
that may help a
putative ngcobo
commission?
tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
Business
tuesday - 20 september 2011
business briefs
Copper (Reuters)
south AfricA
The JSE All Share Index ended
down 0.3% to close at 30,960.
Airline service operator, Co-
mair Ltd gained 8.5% while
the gold counters all recorded
impressive gains. Anglogold
Ashanti, the continent’s larg-
est producer of bullion, closed
at its highest level since June
1998, up 5%. The gold price
surged 3.2% as demand was
rejuvenated on the back of re-
newed concerns over the Euro-
pean fnancial crisis. Goldfelds
gained 6% with Harmony Gold
up 3.3%. Combined Motor
Holdings, the Fiat/Renault/
Toyota franchise holders, lost
9% in trading.
The National Union of Mine-
workers accused resources
giants Rio Tinto and Anglo
American of bowing out of
Palabora Mining Company,
without having "concluded any
meaningful black economic
empowerment transaction".
Condemning the companies'
plans to sell their combined
74.5% stake in the South Af-
rican copper miner, the trade
union said it was concerned
that the decision to sell was “a
pure reaction to its demand for
a proper employee share own-
ership programme at Palabora”.
Avusa’s AGM unveiled a few
surprises when group chairman
advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza and
two non-executive directors
resigned from the board. The
resignations were a result of
meddling by shareholders in
the day-to-day running of the
company, with CEO Prakesh
Desai also rumoured to be
leaving.
As investors fock to perceived
secure assets, the rand took a
beating in trading, losing 3.6%
to the USD to its worst level
in a year. Investors dumped
emerging market assets on
fears that the eurozone crisis
was worsening. Commodity
prices, led by copper, fell to
lowest levels in months after
European policy makers failed
to announce a plan to stem the
regions fnancial woes.
uK
The FTSE 100 fell 2.03%, end-
ing a four-day rally on the
London bourse. The index
closed at 5,259 as renewed Eu-
ropean debt crisis fears rocked
equity markets. Royal Bank of
Scotland and Lloyds Banking
group lost more than 5% as
fnancial stocks bore the brunt
of the market‘s wrath.
London property sellers raised
prices the most in seven
months as lack of housing
stock and a bias to safer assets
caused prices to rise. Asking
prices rose 2.4% after a 3.4%
decline in August. The average
house value rose 0.7% as low
interest rates supported prop-
erty values and cash buyers
scooped up bricks and mortar
assets in the face of fnancial
turmoil on the equity markets.
briefs business
tuesday - 20 september 2011
Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos (Reuters)
The Bank of England said that
its programme of bond purchas-
ing had a signifcant impact
on the fnancial system of the
UK. In purchasing over £200
billion worth of securities, in
so-called quantitative easing,
GDP was raised 1.5% and in-
fation increased by up to the
same amount as a direct result.
The long-term efect of further
planned purchases may difer,
according to the country’s cen-
tral bank.
europe
Greece’s ability to avoid default
hangs in the balance as interna-
tional monitors assess whether
the government can meet ob-
ligations of any further bailout
packages.
Deutsche Bank led German
stocks lower as investors specu-
lated that Greece would not re-
ceive a further bailout payment
that would help it avoid a sov-
ereign debt default situation.
Bonuses at Switzerland’s larg-
est investment bank, UBS, are
at risk after uncovering a $2.3
billion loss from rouge trad-
ing activities. A loss that size
is expected to wipe out any
profts for the third quarter
and coupled with the continu-
ing job cuts already underway,
bonus pool awards look highly
unlikely.
usA
As global growth struggles, the
usual reaction to higher infa-
tion may not materialise for
the USA. Raising interest rates
in the face of rapidly rising in-
fationary measures may not be
the best course of action, given
the economic challenges the
world fnds itself in. US Federal
Reserve chairman, Ben Ber-
nanke, may follow his British
counterpart by tolerating low
interests rates for infation lev-
els under 3%, thereby challeng-
ing central bank orthodoxy.
AT&T is approaching smaller
rivals in a bid to sell spectrum
and subscribers in order to save
its $39 billion bid for T-Mobile.
Regulators are currently evalu-
ating the bid that has attracted
negative motions from several
states claiming that competi-
tion would be diminished and
prices raised if the deal went
through. As part of its attempt
to fght the justice department,
AT&T is trying to shed assets
to prove the anti-competitive
claims as unfounded.
A leading hedge fund manager
has reported that gold, plati-
num and Brent crude oil will
lead commodity gains in the
next six months. Estimates for
gold could see gains of up to
21% reaching $2,200, with plat-
inum expecting a 10% rise and
Brent crude oil expected to rise
25% to $140 per barrel.
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
business diamonds
de beers takes trading
to botswana
read more:
1. De Beers to deal in Botswana in
The Wall Street Journal
After 120 years of trading
from London, De Beers
has signed a deal to move
its rough diamond sales to
Botswana, who will fnally get
a slice of value-added profts.
By GREG NICOLSON.
For years the government of Botswana and De Beers have shared
ownership of the world’s most valuable diamond mines. The
profts helped the country become a paragon of democracy and
development, but as long as the rocks were auctioned in London,
Botswana would be missing out.
The new 10-year deal will shift the sorting and trading of the
gems to Gaborone by the end of 2013. About 100 workers will be
transferred from the De Beers London ofce to the Botswanan
capital and the agreement is predicted to provide a signifcant
fllip to the local economy by attracting diamond traders from
around the world. In the frst half of 2011, De Beers sold $3.5 bil-
lion in uncut diamonds from its English auction house.
The government will also move beyond mineral extraction as
it will start to independently sell diamonds from the co-owned
mines, 10% of output at frst and then 15% by 2013.
“This agreement, and the tangible outcomes it will deliver,
will enable Botswana to achieve its aspiration to be a major dia-
mond centre engaged in all aspects of the diamond business,"
said mines minister Ponatshego Kedikilwe.
Analysts are viewing the concessions as a neutral outcome for
De Beers. "De Beers should beneft from a longer agreement as it
removes the periodic disruption in having to wrestle with a new
pact every fve years," Des Kilalea from RBC Capital Markets told
Bloomberg. "In a world with looming tightness in rough diamond
supply, the certainty of a long-term agreement over the world's
largest source of rough is welcome."
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
business apple
apple fights to keep
the bugs at bay
Read moRe:
1. Lost iPhone just one problem for Apple security in USA Today
Apple recently took on more security
staff. There’s no comment on whether
this has anything to do with the
iPhone 5 prototype that went missing
in a pub a few weeks ago. The
company is far more worried about
corporate espionage, it said. By SIPHO
HLONGWANE.
“A day after a recent report
surfaced that an Apple em-
ployee had lost a prototype
for a new but unreleased
iPhone at a Northern Cali-
fornia watering hole, two
job listings appeared on
Apple's website for manag-
ers of ‘new product security’,”
AFP reported. “Such workers
would join a team at the $350
billion company that has
included ex-FBI agents and other highly trained pros
with backgrounds in intelligence and law enforcement.”
In late August, a prototype of the iPhone 5 went
missing in a northern California bar due to the negli-
gence of an employee entrusted with the device. It was
the second such incident in so many years. The com-
pany wouldn’t say whether the new positions that
opened had anything to do with their prototypes
that keep go missing.
“Corporate espionage, that's big money. Billion-dol-
lar money. The paranoia is justifed,” said Jim Stickley,
co-founder of corporate security consulting frm Trac-
eSecurity. “Whatever they're trying to do, their com-
petitors want to know. Everybody wants to know.”
Apple has also beefed up security in Asia, where a
new security unit has been established in Hong Kong
to chase down counterfeiters of Apple’s products. The
team was reportedly bought from Pfzer, where their
job was tracing manufacturers and sellers of fake Vi-
agra. Entire fake Apple stores have begun springing up
all over China of late.
Photo: REUTERS
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
business advertising
Cape town and
digital are big hits
at loeries
read more:
1. Cape Town shines at 33rd annual Loeries, on Bizcommunity
Riaan Cruywagen was in a jacuzzi. Patricia de
Lille was at a table with David Hasselhoff. It
could only have been in aid of the 33rd annual
Loeries, South Africa's festival of advertising. By
REBECCA DAVIS.
dio ad for Mercedes, “New Friends”, another
comic-sinister ad in the vein of “Pappie wag vir
jou” which warns that driving an unsafe (non-
Mercedes) car and crashing is likely to win you
some unwanted “friends”. The agency won a
Cannes Grand Lion this year for the same cam-
paign. The fnal Grand Prix was awarded to
digital agency Hellocomputer, which created
a “Flo Browser” for Musica building of Micro-
soft’s Xbox Kinect which enabled Musica shop-
pers to interact with Musica’s online catalogue
on a screen in-store without having to touch it.
What do these awards tell us? Firstly,
the judges aren’t afraid to reward cutting-
edge stuf.
But more importantly, they are a reminder
that an ad judged to be the most creatively im-
pressive may be far from the most “successful”
in terms of what manages to shift products of
shelves. The awards given at the Loeries refect
industry members high-fiving each other for
cleverness more than what actually gets the
average South African out to the shops to
buy something.
Ididthatad.com’s Julie Maunder suggested to
iMaverick that the shifting emphasis towards
rewarding digital content shows that these cam-
paigns are increasingly valued more highly than
the tired old domains of print, TV and radio. In
reality South African ad spend is still heavily
dominated by TV, however, rising by 28% last
year. Ads for Joshua Doore are unlikely to be
wreathed with the Grand Prix any time soon,
but you can bet they’re getting a fair few lounge
suites sold.
Cape Town-based agency FoxP2 took home the
title of best overall agency, success attribut-
able to the splash it made with its controversial
“Pappie wag vir jou” campaign for Brandhouse
(message: drunk-driving will land you in prison,
where a selection of unsavoury characters are
waiting to rape you). The ad was slammed by
prison advocacy groups who said it exploited
sexual violence and presented rape as an ac-
ceptable part of prison life. Perhaps the debate
around the ad’s acceptability explains why
it missed out on one of the three Grand Prix
awards, the Loeries’ top honours.
These were won by Ogilvy Cape Town's
Marching Band video for Volkswagen, a fash-
mob-like online campaign which features a
marching band walking along Sea Point's prom-
enade soundlessly playing their instruments
while onlookers watch in confusion (message:
the new VW is so quiet, you won’t understand
it). Net#Work BBDO nabbed one for their ra-
productivity business
tuesday - 20 september 2011
experiences. But why isn’t a 40-hour week
ever long enough to do everything that needs
to be done? The short answer is humanity is
buckling under a data deluge.
The Global Information Industry Centre at
the University of California, San Diego, did a
research survey three years ago in which they
discovered that people in the US consumed
an average of 12 hours of information every
day. The “How Much Information” research
stated: “Consumption totalled 3.6 zettabytes
and 10,845 trillion words, corresponding to
100,500 words and 34 gigabytes for an average
person on an average day. A zettabyte is ten
to the 21st power bytes, a million million
gigabytes. These estimates are from an
analysis of more than 20 diferent sources
of information, from very old (newspapers
and books) to very new (portable computer
games, satellite radio, and internet video).
Information at work is not included.”
Given that data growth is exponential, it is
safe to say we are all chowing down on a hell
of a lot more data now, than we did in 2008.
But is the answer to dealing with all this
data to be found in working longer hours in
the hope of achieving more?
Au contraire. Thinking we’ll get on top
of our work by multi-tasking or working
harder for longer is both nonsensical and
scientifcally incorrect. The big shift that
needs to be made is a move away from
managing time to managing energy and
attention. To achieve better productivity,
science is telling us that we need to revolt
against linear, factory type work attitudes
and become ft, alert and enlivened.
Managing data overload isn’t a matter
of time failure, but rather flter failure
which speaks to an inability to pick out the
most relevant information. The National
University of Singapore did an experiment
where they gave groups of students books to
go through as part of an attentiveness and
fltering test. The task required a high level
of attentiveness to ensure varsity students
fltered the correct information.
The results showed that students that
didn’t take any breaks during the task
showed a marked drop of in performance,
while those who took short breaks and
simply surfed online were energised
and did really well. However doing work
during breaks, like attending to email,
was disastrous and signifcantly hampered
productivity.
But productivity isn’t just a matter of
watching time. Increases in output are
greatly infuenced by energy. Industrial
machinery can carry on unabated as long as
thinking we’ll
get on top of our
work by multi-
tasking or working
harder for longer is
both nonsensical
and scientifcally
incorrect.
productivity business
tuesday - 20 september 2011
the plug is in the socket, but humans need to
manage their health a lot more carefully.
Sadly physical ftness has become less,
rather than more, important despite the
fact that we’ve moved from a mechanical
to a digital age. For the past 20,000 years
or so, human development was all about
augmenting physical capabilities. Cars to
help humans go faster and further, planes
to enable people to cross oceans of water,
factories to speed up production.
But there’s been a massive change in the
last 20 or so years as humanity has shifted
toward that next frontier: the human mind
and the capacity to augment intelligence.
This has led some intellectuals to wonder
whether humans are now more android or
even on the verge of becoming “techno-
sapiens”.
The focus shift from body to mind brings
its own challenges, because our physical and
cultural practices haven’t developed at the
same pace as technology. People have got
centuries worth of wisdom about physical
health, but there’s very little insight to deal
with email overload, data expansiveness
or the merits of surfng for productivity.
Undoubtedly your mother will have told you
to eat green cruciferous vegetables, but it’s
unlikely she’d have given you a recipe for
handling your bloated inbox.
In the whir of today’s information
technology enriched ofces, people are
doing more mentally, while physically doing
less. In the strain of trying to ft more in
from sunrise to sunset, healthy habits have
succumbed to convenience food, snacking
on the go, remaining static, not chewing
properly and forgetting basic bodily
functions (how to fll your lungs with air).
Richard Branson was lunching at that
lush little resort he owns in the British
Virgin Islands called Necker Island when he
was asked how he manages to live the good
life. You know Sir Richard – the business
icon, founder of the Virgin empire and
intrepid explorer who is still rocking after
all these years. Branson contemplated and
answered that the reason he’s able to do so
much is because exercise gives him an extra
four hours of productivity a day.
Tim Ferris the man Wired Magazine
calls “The Superman of Silicon” valley says
that Branson’s “secret” is the billionaires’
but there’s been a massive change in the last 20 or so
years as humanity has shifted toward that next frontier: the
human mind and the capacity to augmentintelligence.
this has led some intellectuals to wonder whether
humans are now more android or even on the verge of
becoming “techno-sapiens”.
productivity business
tuesday - 20 september 2011
productivity principle. The author of The
New York Times’ best-selling books “The
4-Hour Workweek” and “The 4-Hour Body”,
Ferris became famous for showing people
how to live more and work less by adopting
an efcient mobile manifesto.
Ferriss’ body book is a life hack that
looks at how people can become super ft
by making small life changes. This makes
absolute sense because if you’re running a
global empire, you can hardly do it efciently
with “dead batteries” or by being half
charged.
Too often the frst thing people do after
the alarm bell rings is to switch on their
mobile, crank up their computer, switch on
the espresso machine and head into the day.
It’s not a bad way to start out but if you’re
forsaking exercise, it could be a big mistake.
Physical ftness may be the most important
part of your day if you’re serious about
productivity, your ability to concentrate and
maintain of energy levels at work.
In summary, the biggest lesson from the
new productivity principles is to reorient
thinking. Instead of starting your day with
how much time you need in the ofce, begin
with what you need to get done, what your
priorities are and what your purpose is.
Don’t do long static stretches without taking
breaks, even if it’s just to stand up and
breathe, or take a quick stroll around your
cubicle. And if you think you don’t have time
to exercise, perhaps you need it more than
you think but won’t fnd the time unless you
make the time.
The bottom line? Just do it. Your body will
love you for it, but more importantly, so will
your mind.
This is part of an ongoing series by Dave
Duarte and Mandy de Waal on Nomadic
Leadership.

read more:
1. Tim Ferriss Wants to Hack Your Body in Wired Magazine
2. Three Self-Delusions That Infuence Your Decisions And
Productivity in Fast Company
3. Web surfng is good for offce workers, study says in Digital
Trends
resource:
1. Tim Ferriss’ blog
2. The Four Hour Body
3. McKinsey’s ‘Big Data’ Report
4. How Much Information? 2009 Report on American Consumers
instead of starting your
day with how much time
you need in the offce,
begin with what you
need to get done, what
your priorities are and
what your purpose is.
media business
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
Huff, puff and blow tHe majors down:
ariana and company get into tHe
e-book publisHing game
MagazinE-book! Phat-E-Zine! What do we call the brand new phenomenon of major
magazines and internet sites getting into the publishing game by producing mid-size
e-books? Regardless of nomenclature, the practice has the majors very, very worried.
By RICHARD POPLAK
Photo: Arianna Huffngton, President and Editor in Chief of Huffngton Post Media Group takes a
question during a Women and Media 3.0 panel discussion at the Women in the World conference in
New York March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi REUTERS
media business
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
What is an e-book? This question is one part
Kantian, one part Hegelian, and four parts
straight ontological querying. Is it merely the
electronic rendering of an opus that, before
the era of the Kindle or the iPad, would have
showed up at your local Exclusive Books, and
subsequently gathered dust on the shelves?
Is it a volume specifcally developed for an
e-reader, assembled from bits and bytes
rather than tree trunks? Alternatively, is it
some hybrid of the two, a sort of poly-media
creature, neither fsh nor fowl, easily adapted
to publishing’s new rules of expediency?
Answer: No one really knows. But plenty
of players, new media and old, are trying
to fgure it out. Consider a phenomenon
that is currently being stress-tested by the
likes of The New Yorker, The New York
Times, Hufngton Post, Vanity Fair and
Politico. They have started bundling articles,
reformatting slews of previously published
pieces, or outright repackaging thematically
consistent writing (on 9/11, say, or the 2008
US Presidential election), and have started
selling them independently as e-books.
On one hand, this is a means for these
companies to repurpose their archives, in
the sort of Greatest Hits volumes that The
New Yorker has been particularly adept at
producing over the years. But it’s also a way for
magazines to start thinking outside the article.
As any long form writer will tell you, the only
diference between researching a book and a
6,000-word article is the size of the advance.
So much material hits the cutting room foor
that it makes good sense to try and package
that into something longer, easily delivered to
the e-book platform.
Are the majors worried? You bet they are.
And that’s why Random House and Politico
have been working on a collaboration for
a series of four e-books detailing the 2012
Presidential election. As the furiously non-
partisan, go-to site for all things American
politics, no other outlet has the same credibility
and insider status as Politico. Naturally, they
have two seasoned vets covering the race, in
Mike Allen and Evan Thomas. Each piece will
run 30,000 or so words, roughly the same
length as Lawrence Wright’s recent Scientology
mini-opus for The New Yorker. In other words,
Allen and Thomas are essentially repackaging
their investigative work for Politico as a series of
big, fat articles. Or e-books, as the case may be.
Random House, along with other major
publishing companies, understands that the
e-book format poses a massive existential
threat. Why bother with stodgy bricks-and-
are the majors worried? you bet they are. and
that’s why random House and politico have been
working on a collaboration for a series of four
e-books detailing the 2012 presidential election.
media business
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
mortar publishing companies when you can
run a great idea through the e-book digi-mill,
quickly and with minimum bureaucracy? The
answer to that question lies with the music
industry. While labels have certainly lost
much of their infuence over the years, iTunes
poses a problem of depth. Put another way,
how is a consumer to know that a particular
record has made it to the e-storefront, without
a marketing push? Yes, iTunes has remodeled
the music industry. No, it has not negated
the need for labels and their marketing
departments. It is a question of scale, and
everything has been duly downsized.
Random House and their peers face
daunting competition from the likes of
Hufngton Post and The New York Times, two
publications that have well established online
brands, and hundreds of thousands of repeat
visitors a day. Their sites double not only as
possible portals to storefronts like Amazon or
iBooks, but also as advertising billboards. The
Huf is preparing to release “How We Won”,
an e-book detailing the collapse of the US
military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, written
by Aaron Belkin. While Belkin may never get
see his book in glorious, sensuous hardcover
on a table-top in Barnes and Noble, he would
never otherwise have the tome announced
to one million readers on the day of it’s
publication. And at a very reasonable $3,99, it
doesn’t hit consumers’ pocketbooks the way a
fat hardcover does.
Indeed, that $30 price diferential—almost
R200 by local standards—may well be the
saving grace of the publishing industry. As
hardcover books become fetish objects, read by
a dying breed of stalwarts, the cheap e-book
may become the industry’s fnancial mainstay.
Easy to produce, topical in a way books cannot
be, and drawing on the resources already at a
publication’s disposal, the neo e-book could be
a terminal threat to the major houses.
That said, there will always be a need for
the defnitive tome, the last word on a subject
that demands hindsight, years of research, and
Herculean commitment. The ideal format for
that will always be hundreds of thousands of
words meticulously assembled in the correct
order, regardless of the format in which it is
published. A newspaper editor is not a book
editor, and a newspaper journalist is not
necessarily an author. The neo e-book is an
answer, but not the answer.
indeed, that $30 price
differential - almost
r200 by local standards
- may well be the saving
grace of the publishing
industry. as hardcover
books become fetish
objects, read by a dying
breed of stalwarts,
the cheap e-book may
become the industry’s
fnancial mainstay.
tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
LiFe, etc
briefs life, etc
tuesdAY - 20 september 2011
Super Girl China (Reuters)
cHiNA
Chinese ofcials have decided
that musical talent shows are
not suitable viewing for the
populace. The hugely popular
“Super Girl” TV show, which
is the Chinese equivalent of
Idols, has been scrapped by the
state broadcasting watchdog.
It's thought that the reasons
behind the show's dismissal are
twofold: frstly, it's too popu-
lar for a show that doesn't air
on the state broadcaster; and
secondly, the public's voting
for the winners sets a danger-
ous democratic precedent. It
has ordered the network which
screens the show to replace it
with "programmes that pro-
mote moral ethics and public
safety, and provide practical
information for housework".
Makes all those “Style by
Jury” repeats on e.tv look
quite thrilling.
UsA
A Tennessee vegetarian has
learned the hard way that there
is no place for ambiguous van-
ity number-plates in her state.
Whitney Calk ordered a num-
ber-plate which reads “ILVTO-
FU”, to express her love of tofu.
I-LV-TOFU, in other words. But
those perverts at the Tennessee
number-plate authority chose
to read it as I-LV-TO-FU, and
thus rejected it on the basis of
"vulgarity". Now the perennial
attention-seekers and animal
rights organisation Peta has
climbed on board, defending
Whitney's right to express her
vegetarian fervour.
isrAel
Spencer Tunick, a photogra-
pher who is known for taking
naked pictures of people at
famous landmarks (nice work
if you can get it), has photo-
graphed over a thousand nude
Israelis bobbing in the Dead
Sea. The aim of the piece (oth-
er than giving media outlets
around the world a semi-legit-
imate reason to print a picture
of nude people) was to draw
attention to the fact the water
levels in the Red Sea are drop-
ping at the rate of four feet a
year. The group of naked foat-
ers was aged from 18 to 77.
cHiNA
It is not often that you get to
use the phrase "heroic pig",
unless you are a screenwriter
pitching the “Babe: Pig in the
City” plot. But in this case it
seems apt. Scientists in China
have cloned a pig which sur-
vived more than a month bur-
ied under rubble after the 2008
earthquake, and produced six
heroic little piglets. Actually,
it's unclear if they have inher-
ited the hero gene, but they
do have DNA identical to their
dad, so here's hoping.
UsA
Disney has re-released “The
Lion King” in three glorious
dimensions. “The Lion King
3D” is proving a roaring success
so far, devouring $29.3 million
at the box ofce in its opening
briefs life, etc
tuesdAY - 20 september 2011
Ginger McCain (Reuters)
weekend. Its success is attrib-
uted partly to nostalgia and
partly to young parents keen to
introduce their kiddies to the
wonders of Simba and the gang
for the frst time on the big
screen. Disney is also hoping to
make a killing on the Blue-ray
version, which debuts in Oc-
tober. Hakuna matata on the
fnancial front at Disney.
UsA
Don't panic, but you may want
to consider digging an under-
ground bunker immediately.
A Nasa satellite the size of a
school bus is going to fall out
of the sky on Thursday, or may-
be Friday, or perhaps Saturday.
This is not a joke. Nobody's
quite sure when it will happen,
which it is awfully reassur-
ing. Nasa says it will hit earth
somewhere between 57 degrees
north latitude and 57 degrees
south latitude, which is a ter-
ritory so vast that it covers the
entire inhabited planet. Not
to worry though, Nasa seems
very confdent it will fall in the
water. Phew.
UsA
As if you needed another rea-
son to hate the recession: it's
been found that incidents of
child abuse increase in times
of economic crisis. The results
come out of America, where a
study in Pittsburgh found that
within a group of 422 abused
children, there were around
65 cases a year prior to the re-
cession, and 108 yearly during
it. Some paediatrics criticised
the fndings, though, saying it
would be necessary to study
more middle-class families to
determine whether the reces-
sion actually was a root cause.
PHiliPPiNes
A group of women in a vio-
lence-plagued area in the Phil-
ippines have brought peace to
their region by embarking on
a sex strike until men stopped
fghting. No, really. Women on
the island of Mindanao, which
has been the site of a separat-
ist rebellion since the 1970s,
were fed up of not being able
to deliver their sewing prod-
ucts for sale due to violence,
and agreed to withhold sex
from their husbands until the
fghting stopped. The fghting
stopped within a week. Surely
this idea has wider application?
UK
The racing world is in mourn-
ing with the news of the death
of legendary horse trainer Gin-
ger McCain, aged 80. McCain
trained famous racing horse
Red Rum, who won England's
premier race, the Grand Na-
tional, in 1973, 1974 and 1977.
McCain was originally a taxi
driver before striking it big
with Red Rum, and was known
on the racing circuit as a char-
acter who was always good for a
controversial quote after a race.
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
life, etc sarah palin
could this book
make you feel sorry
for sarah palin?
read more:
1. Sarah’s Nosy Neighbour, on the Daily Beast
2. The political provocateur, in the NY Times
3. McGinniss book on Palin comes out, NY Times
4. Todd Palin says McGinniss book flled with "disgusting lies", on
CBS News
5. McGinniss book about Palin yet another attack on America,
American Thinker
Spare a thought for former US VP Dick
Cheney, whose memoirs hit the shelves
a few weeks ago. It received a few days
in the spotlight, but now there's only one
book that America's politicos are talking
about: Joe McGinniss's controversial new
biography of Sarah Palin.
By REBECCA DAVIS.
The controversy surrounding McGinniss's book
began in May 2010, when he rented the house
next door to Palin's in order to get a feel for her
environment (or, in Palin's account, spy on her
family). But if Palin resented the author back
then, one can only imagine her feelings now
that “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah
Palin” has actually been released.
Actually, you don’t have to imagine her feelings:
her husband Todd has released a statement rebut-
ting the book’s allegations, denouncing them as
“disgusting lies”. The Palins aren’t the only ones
saying that the book is a load of nonsense, in fair-
ness. The NY Times trashed it, saying that its con-
tent was largely “caustic, unsubstantiated gossip”.
The book’s claims are, admittedly, pretty wild. Mc-
Ginniss says that on a snowmobiling trip with her hus-
band, Palin snorted lines of cocaine of an oil drum. He
also claims she had a one-night stand with professional
basketball player Glen Rice, and then boasted to friends
about bedding a black man. The aspect of “The Rogue”
which has attracted most opprobrium is the fact that
McGinniss speculates at length that Palin's baby Trig is
not Todd's daughter – without any apparent proof.
In fact, “The Rogue” is said to be so unfair to Palin
that it risks engendering new sympathy for her – a
suggestion McGinniss has rejected. Regardless, we
have to admit that the book sounds like a cracking
good read.
Photo: REUTERS
tuesDAY – 20 september 2011
spOrt
briefs sport
tuesday - 20 september 2011
Victor Matfeld and John Smit (Reuters)
south AfricA
Orlando Pirates have been
boosted by the return to train-
ing of Benni McCarthy ahead
of Saturday's mouth-watering
PSL clash against Mamelodi
Sundowns. The former West
Ham and Blackburn striker
injured his hamstring during
a practice match almost a fort-
night ago, but he returned to
training with his team-mates
on Monday.
Kaizer Chiefs have named Zim-
babwe duo Ebson Muguyo and
Knowledge Musona as two of
the greatest ever non-South
African players to have donned
the famous gold and black
jersey. Muguyo, who signed
for Amakhosi from Zimbabwe
Saints in 1976, was prolifc for
the club, and had an appetite
for scoring against Soweto ri-
vals Orlando Pirates. He netted
nine times against their bit-
ter rivals and also became the
frst player to score a hat-trick
against Pirates in a 1975 BP Top
16 semi-fnal replay.
The Blue Bulls have announced
that former South African U20
playmaker Lionel Cronjé will
join the Pretoria-based side
from Western Province in a
two-year deal. The 22-year-
old fy-half/full-back has been
playing for Western Province in
the Currie Cup and the Storm-
ers in Super Rugby for the last
two seasons, but is currently
recovering from knee surgery.
New ZeAlANd
Springbok lock Victor Matfeld
is on track to recover from a
hamstring strain in time for the
business end of the pool stages.
Matfeld missed the Spring-
boks 49-3 win over Fiji after be-
ing forced of the feld during
his side's opening clash against
Wales. However, news from the
South African camp is positive,
with team doctor Craig Roberts
revealing that he is "very hap-
py" with the veteran's progress.
Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu is like-
ly to fnd himself in hot water
after hurling a tirade of abuse
at the IRB via his Twitter page.
In the wake of Samoa's 17-10
loss at the hands of Wales,
Fuimaono-Sapolu took excep-
tion to the fact that Samoa
were playing their second game
in four days while Wales had
enjoyed a week's break since
their opening game against
South Africa.
"IRB, Stop exploiting my peo-
ple. Please, all we ask is fair-
ness. If they get a week, give us
a week. Simple. Equity & Jus-
tice," the centre tweeted.
Japan coach John Kirwan has
named a full-strength line-up
for his side's Pool A clash with
Tonga on Wednesday. Hav-
ing seen his charges put up
a superb efort in their 47-21
loss to France frst up in the
competition, Kirwan made ten
changes to the team for last
Friday's mauling at the hands
of New Zealand. As such, it
comes as no surprise that the
Kiwi has once again overhauled
his starting XV for the game
against Tonga, a match the
Cherry Blossoms believe they
can win.
Argentina prop Martin Scelzo
believes it is crucial that Felipe
briefs sport
tuesday - 20 september 2011
Harry Redknapp (Reuters)
Contepomi is ft for Sunday's
Pool B clash against Scotland
in Wellington. Contepomi,
who is Argentina's captain,
was forced of the feld in their
opening 13-9 defeat against
England and did not play in his
team's 43-8 win over Romania.
Rob Horne and Tatafu Polota-
Nau have warned the USA
that Australia will come out
with all guns blazing when
the two teams meet on Friday.
The Australians are licking
their wounds after their shock
15-6 loss to Ireland and with
the Eagles next on their radar,
the Wallabies will be looking
to ease the pain with a barn-
storming performance.
England's selectors face a di-
lemma about whether to play
Jonny Wilkinson or Toby Flood
at fyhalf for the big matches
at the RWC. That is the word
from back-line coach Brian
Smith who reckons England
are fortunate to have two genu-
ine international-class players
vying for the position.
All Blacks winger Zac Guild-
ford has admitted that he is
dealing with a drinking prob-
lem and apologised for break-
ing an agreement he had with
the All Blacks management.
The 21-year-old faced the me-
dia on Monday to address the
situation and conceded that
"there is a drinking issue" but
that he is taking steps to ad-
dress the problem.
us
Despite just making the Presi-
dents Cup team, Jim Furyk has
missed out on an opportunity
to defend his title at the Tour
Championship next week. It
was a case of taking the good
with the bad for the 41-year-
old American in Sunday's fnal
round at the BMW Champion-
ship in Lemont, Illinois.
uK
Harry Redknapp says Totten-
ham will ofer Luka Modric a
new contract in the coming
weeks with the midfelder's at-
tentions now frmly focused on
helping Spurs get their season
back on track. Modric was back
to his best following an indif-
ferent start to the season as he
scored a spectacular opener in
Sunday's 4-0 win over nine-
man Liverpool. The Croatian's
head had been turned by Chel-
sea in the summer but Spurs
remained defant in their bid
to keep Modric, even turning
down a £40million ofer from the
Blues for the player.
Tottenham striker Emmanuel
Adebayor has revealed that it
was on Jose Mourinho's advice
he made the move to White Hart
Lane. With three goals in two
games for Spurs following his
transfer deadline loan switch
from Manchester City, the To-
golese striker has lived up to his
star billing. But the 27-year-old
believes that if it hadn't been
for the support of “The Special
One”, he might've continued to
push for a permanent deal at
Real Madrid.
Norwegian Tippeligaen side
Molde FK insist that manager
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not
be leaving the club after he was
linked with Blackburn Rovers.
The Lancashire side are strug-
gling at the wrong end of the Pre-
mier League table and recorded
their frst win of the season at
home to Arsenal on Saturday.
iNdiA
The Board of Control for Cricket
in India on Monday removed the
Kochi Tuskers Kerala from the
Indian Premier League. Kochi
was one of two new teams added
to the lucrative Twenty20 tour-
nament for its fourth edition this
year and was sold to Rendezvous
Sports World for $333 million.
Reports suggested that Kochi's
problems are related to defaults
on their payments, leading to
the BCCI's decision to revoke the
franchise's license.
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
sport davis cup
argentina to face
spain in davis cup
final
Argentina will face Spain in the fnals
of the Davis Cup after winning their
respective semi-fnal ties against Serbia
and France.
Having gone up 2-0 in Friday's singles
rubbers, Argentina were pegged back
by Serbia in the doubles rubber on
Saturday to take the tie to 2-1 ahead
of Sunday's singles.
And with World No. 1 Novak
Djokovic back on the court, Serbia
had hoped to make it through to the
fnals, but it wasn't to be.
Having lost the opening set
and going down 0-3 in the second,
Djokovic went down with a scream
and had to be carried of the court,
giving Argentina an 3-1 lead with one
rubber remaining.
"I feel very disappointed to end the tie in this way,"
said the 24 year old. "I tried although I was only 60% ft
and I got into the match knowing there was a risk of ag-
gravating the injury which I frst felt at the US Open.
"We knew my condition was not good, but we be-
lieved that even so I would have a better chance against
Del Potro than my teammate Viktor Troicki. At the end
of the day it was my decision and it backfred.
"I am not saying I would have won if I had been 100%
ft because Del Potro played at a very high level today
and never in my professional career did I struggle with
my return of serve as I did today.”
Janko Tipsarevic narrowed the fnal defcit for Ser-
bia when he won the frst set against Juan Monaco who
subsequently retired. However, it was Argentina that
progressed through to the fnals 3-2.
They will face Spain after the four-time Davis Cup
Champions beat France 4-1 in Cordoba.
With a 2-1 lead heading into Sunday's singles, Rafael
Nadal and Fernando Verdasco claimed straight-sets
wins over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet.
Spain captain Albert Costa said he was thrilled he
was through to another fnal.
Photo: Novak Djokovic (C) of Serbia clasps hands
with Argentina's team coach Tito Vasquez (L) as
Juan Martin Del Potro (R) applauds after their
Davis Cup World Group tennis semi-fnal match
in Belgrade September 18, 2011. Djokovic retired
due to injury in the second set against Del Potro.
REUTERS/Novak Djurovic
golf sport
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
tiger’s fall from grace continues
That's because only the top 50 in the world
are allowed to play in the end of season event
which he has hosted since its inception several
years ago and which is taking place from 1 to 4
December at Thousand Oaks in California.
Tiger Woods has tumbled to No. 49 on the latest World Rankings list, but it looks as if he might just
squeeze into his own Chevron World Challenge by the skin of his teeth. By Golf365.com
Photo: REUTERS
At his current rate descent down the
rankings, the long-time former World No. 1
would have had the red-faced task of asking for
an invitation to his own tournament. But with
golf sport
tuesDAY - 20 september 2011
the cut-of point for the event coming up today
(20 September), he'll only just make it - and
with a huge sigh of relief both by himself and
the organisers.
Woods, who was sidelined for several
weeks earlier this year and saw his last hope of
qualifying for US golf 's end-of-season FedEx
Cup play-ofs fall away when he missed the
cut at the fnal major of the year, the PGA
Championship, has intimated that his next
tournament will be the Frys.com Open at the
start of October.
A few weeks back when Woods's chances of
qualifying for the Chevron World Challenge
were already looking questionable, its
tournament director Greg McLaughlin said
he was confdent the 21st century's richest
sportsman would be in the top 50 when the
time came, saying the organisers hadn't
considered taking any steps to ensure he gains
entry, like for example throwing out the world
ranking requirement.
Phil Mickelson, who for a spell seemed the
only man capable of reeling in Woods and
taking over the rankings crown, is also on
the slide.
On Monday he had fallen to No. 49 and
now sits behind Englishmen Luke Donald
and Lee Westwood, Northern Ireland's Rory
McIloy, Germany's Martin Kaymer, the leading
Americans, Steve Stricker and Dustin Johnson,
who are at Nos. 5 and 6, Australian Jason Day
and fellow American Matt Kuchar.
The week's big movers, after the BMW
Championship, was winner Justin Rose who
rocketed from 40th to a top 20 spot at No.
17 and Geof Ogilvy, whose third place at
the same event saw him move from 50th to
39th and earned him a qualifying spot in the
International team for the Presidents Cup.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 20 ON THE RANKINGS LADDER:
1 Luke Donald (Eng) 10.52
2 Lee Westwood (Eng) 8.06
3 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 6.97
4 Martin Kaymer (Den) 6.66
5 Steve Stricker (USA) 6.64
6 Dustin Johnson (USA) 6.59
7 Jason Day (Aus) 6.00
8 Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.72
9 Phil Mickelson (USA) 5.64
10 Adam Scott (Aus) 5.62
11 Nick Watney (USA) 5.29
12 Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 4.99
13 Webb Simpson (USA) 4.91
14 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 4.57
15 Bubba Watson (USA) 4.55
16 K J Choi (Kor) 4.53
17 Justin Rose (Eng) 4.27
18 David Toms (USA) 4.16
19 Ian Poulter (Eng) 3.93
20 Paul Casey (Eng) 3.77
at his current rate
descent down the
rankings, the long-time
former World no. 1 would
have had the red-faced
task of asking for an
invitation to his own
tournament.
cricket sport
tuesday - 20 september 2011
skewed champions League
Losing credibiLity
Unknown youngsters such as Rilee Rossouw
and Adrian Barath sprang to prominence, old
hands such as Glenn McGrath enjoyed a fnal
fing and a new superstar was born in the shape
of Kieron Pollard. There were close matches
and a few proper upsets, none more spectacular
than Trinidad and Tobago's out-of-nowhere
victory over New South Wales as the West
Indians established themselves as the darlings
of the show.
And yet, truth be told, nobody really cared.
The people of Sydney did not pour on to the
city's streets to celebrate when New South
Wales won the fnal. In fact, they were probably
all sleeping. Meanwhile, stadiums for most
of the matches were half-full at best, and
television ratings in Twenty20-mad India were
poor. There was little appetite for matches that
Two years ago the Champions League Twenty20 started with a bang. On a balmy night in Bangalore, JP Duminy
played one of the knocks of the tournament to silence a capacity crowd as the Cape Cobras won the sort of match
which makes Twenty20 undeniably enjoyable. It set the tone for the tournament, which went on to produce plenty of
moments that should theoretically have made it a success. By Cricket365.com
Photo: Kleinz1
didn't involve Indian teams, which became a
huge problem when none of the IPL sides made
the last four.
The second edition of the Champions
League, held in South Africa last year, showed
a small improvement, but it wasn't enough to
stop Airtel from bailing out of their fve-year,
$40 million title sponsorship after just two
years. A tournament which was meant to be like
the IPL except better has failed to even live up
to the Indian tournament.
The organisers have, therefore, decided
the answer is quite simple: just make the
Champions League more like the IPL. A fourth
Indian team has been squeezed in via a new
qualifying system, which adds six matches to
cricket sport
tuesday - 20 september 2011
the programme to pacify ESPN Star Sports -
whose 10-year, $1 billion broadcast deal was
an incredible steal for the Champions League
organisers - and also gets rid of some of the rif-
raf (i.e. teams from countries who don't have a
share in tournament profts) early on.
In theory, TV ratings in India should
improve, and more prize money should channel
into the teams from the three founding boards
- India, Australia and South Africa - since
only one out of their eight representatives
has to qualify.
Just to decrease the chance of Indian teams
slipping up against the others, the rule over
players who qualifed for the tournament with
two teams has also changed since that frst year.
In 2009 the home team (non-Indian team) had
the choice of whether they wanted to retain that
player. Now the decision rests with the players,
who are unlikely to put sentiment ahead of a fat
contract with their IPL franchise.
The Indian sides will be at full strength,
while, for example, New South Wales will
be without Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger and
Brad Haddin. Even if the home teams pocket
$150,000 a player that turns out for an IPL
franchise, on the playing feld the dice are
loaded. It would be a real surprise if a foreign
team was to win the third edition over the next
two weeks.
Whether all of this will make it a success is
debatable. The frst edition, in Twenty20 terms,
was a success from a cricketing perspective,
but then Twenty20 success has always been
measured in dollars and cents by the organisers.
After all, it's a form of the game with little
cricketing value that was actually created to
prop up the other forms fnancially.
The changes to the Champions League
have shifted that relationship even further,
eroding its legitimacy in cricket terms for a
little bit more fnancial success. The idea of
the tournament is to crown the best domestic
Twenty20 franchise in the world. But that
becomes skewed when franchises from one
country are not only allowed to feld more
foreigners than everyone else, but are given frst
choice on their opponents' players.
It also seems devalued when the qualifying
process is set up so that eight of the 10 teams in
the tournament proper are likely to come from
only three countries.
Whether it at least brings in more punters
remains to be seen, particularly with the IPL
losing ground this year. Having marginalised
several countries and taken away some of
the Champions League's global appeal, the
organisers need the Indian public to justify
the direction in which the tournament has
been taken.
whether all of this will make
it a success is debatable.
the frst edition, in twenty20
terms, was a success from
a cricketing perspective,
but then twenty20 success
has always been measured
in dollars and cents by the
organisers.
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