Die bekende sanger, akteur en skrywer, Steve Hofmeyr, se jongste rolprent begin op 29 Mei in teaters draai. Treurgrond handel oor die lewe van Lukas van Staden, ‘n boer wat sy plaas en sy familie ten alle koste probeer beskerm, en lewer kommentaar op plaasmoorde in Suid-Afrika.
Hofmeyr, wat die rol van Van Staden vertolk, het tydens die premiére in Pretoria aan Netwerk24 vertel dat hy ook ‘n snesie by die deur moes neem, want Treurgrond “is ‘n ontmoeting met jou eie sterflikheid”.
Die akteur Richard van der Westhuizen, wat ook in die fliek te sien is, het gesê “plaasmoorde is ‘n brutale en ‘n grusame gemors” en dit blyk nie of iemand bereid is om daaroor te skryf of the praat nie. Shaleen Surtie-Richards het gesê: “Dis tyd dat ons ons bekke toehou en ons ore oopmaak en luister en kyk en sien wat gebeur in ons land.”
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Treurgrond-regisseur Darrell Roodt het aan Charlea Sieberhagen vertel waarom Hofmeyr perfek was vir die rol van Van Staden.
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“Steve het my toegelaat om hom in ’n groter politieke konteks te plaas. En ek dink dit laat jou iets verstaan van die mens agter dit wat nou met Steve aangaan.”
Hy meen mense gaan baie hou van Steve in dié rol.
“Ek dink Steve is ’n ongelooflike mens en Suid-Afrikaner. Hy is ongelooflik in hierdie rol.”
Hofmeyr is die skrywer van onder meer Steve Hofmeyr 50, Laaste dans, Drienie en Kapabel. Treurgrond, geskryf deur Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo en vervaardig deur Samuel Frauenstein, ondersoek die impak wat plaasmoorde op die gemeenskap het.
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Former Grand Slam tennis champion Bob Hewitt was recently sentenced to six years in prison for the rape of Suellen Sheehan more than 30 years ago, although he was then given bail and placed under house arrest. The trial effectively changes the judicial landscape for historic rape survivors in South Africa. Zebra Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will bring you the memoir of the woman who had the courage to take Hewitt on.
After the sentence was delivered on Monday, 18 May, Sheehan said the following about the book deal: “I have been vindicated but I am one of the few who has had the opportunity to see my rapist pay for his crime. I am one of the few who has had my voice heard. And now that I have found my voice I am going to use it for all of the women and men and children who have experienced hell and who thought that they were the only ones.”
In her book, Justice Served: The Trial and Conviction of Bob Hewitt, written by journalist Jamaine Krige, Sheehan will tell her story – from the first day she gripped a tennis racket at the age of five to the years of devastation and the betrayal of her family as a result of the abuse and rape. She also explores her decision to press charges – a decision that encouraged other women to come forward and secured Hewitt’s eventual conviction. Her story circles back to optimism on the day of his sentencing when the grueling court case is finally over and her new life can begin. The book will be published in November 2015.
In 1992 Hewitt was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In November 2012, he was indefinitely suspended following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from women he used to coach when they were girls. On 23 March 2015, Hewitt was found guilty of two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. On 18 May 2015 he was sentenced to an effective six years in jail.
Krige is a journalist who published her first article at the age of 14 and has barely stopped writing since. She is currently a reporter at SABC Radio News and provided media coverage of the Bob Hewitt trial from day one. She holds a BPhil Degree in Journalism from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a triple-major degree in Psychology, Sociology and Criminology from the University of South Africa (UNISA). She is busy with an Honours degree in Criminology. She is also a qualified Intermediate Life Support paramedic. She spent a year as a medic on Madikwe Game Reserve and also worked on a mine in the Northern Cape.
This week a new e-toll deal was announced. Since its inception the issues around e-tolls have caused social and political dissension.
The new deal addresses some of the important grievances with respect to the tolling system by reducing the tariffs and lowering the monthly tariff caps.
Camilla Bath has written an article about changes to the e-toll tariff structure. Read more about the concessions of the arrangement:
If a motorist is an infrequent user and goes under fewer than 30 gantries a year, there will be no charge.
Public transport vehicles (buses and taxis) that have valid permits will remain exempted.
Motorists no longer need to purchase e-tags in order to benefit from the lower tariffs. Everyone gets the same deal regardless of whether they have an e-tag or not.
All motorists will get a 60% discount if outstanding e-toll bills are settled within the next six months.
Contemporary residents of Johannesburg might be surprised to learn that the dissent and anger about who pays what for driving where predates those odious gantries. Tolling strife goes all the way back to the days Afrikaner Republic, who saw the English city of Johannesburg as “more of a cash cow than a city entitled to independent management”.
There are, perhaps, some uncanny parallels to be drawn between then and now.
Van Onselen wrote an article about early tolling in Johannesburg for Business Day:
Lacking the administrative competence or expertise to run the system, the state looked instead to the market and private enterprise to manage the tolls. The right to collect tolls at stipulated points was put out to tender, with winning bidders being left to manage the risk of making a profit or sustaining a loss. Despite it being a hazardous business, scores of tenders were awarded and toll collectors appointed. The tolls, for some time, produced a handsome return. In just four months in 1894, for example, the state benefited to the tune of more than £9000 – the equivalent of between £4m and £5m (R46m-R58m) a year in current terms.
Dean Allen, historian and author of Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa, was recently interviewed by Kabous Meiring on Prontuit about his book and what inspired him to set out writing it.
Allen says he “stumbled upon” this incredible story in the 90s, when he first visited Maatjesfontein. The history of James Logan is sheathed in a fair amount of myth and mystery, but even the facts behind the fallacies of his story are as fascinating.
Logan, Allen says, was the man who was responsible for bringing sport to South Africa. His achievements in business and property of also impressive and important.
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David Klatzow, forensic expert and author of Justice Denied: The Role of Forensic Science in the Miscarriage of Justice, recently spoke about the fire hazards associated with loadshedding on John Robbie’s Talk Radio 702 show.
In the podcast, Klatzow says that fires after loadshedding are a fairly common phenomenon. In addition to the damage done to electrical appliances, the “dirty power” that comes in immediately after the power comes on causes a number of problems. This power is not at the frequency and voltage, and does damagae to wiring and insulation.
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Jenny Crwys-Williams recently interviewed Dean Allen on Talk Radio 702 about his book, Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa.
Allen speaks about Matjiesfontein in the Klein Karoo and explains how he found “this perfectly preserved Victorian village in the middle of nowhere” on a tour through the region in the early 90s. He says it was like finding “historical gold” as no one had written much about the history of the town or its founder James Logan.
Logan was a working class Scotsman who came to South Africa and the Karoo as a young man with the dream of creating his own village.
When Allen found out about the connection the town had to cricket and discovered the folklore surrounding the people and culture he knew this was a story he wanted to share with the world.
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Waldimar Pelser recently invited Mac Maharaj to join him in the Insig studio to talk about the principles of democracy and Jacob Zuma’s public image and his trial by media. He also speaks about Nelson Mandela’s illness and the media storm before and after his death and the future of our country.
Pelser kicks off the interview with the question: “Is the president a misunderstood man?”
“Is he misunderstood as a man? I think he came into office with a number of dark clouds over his head,” Maharaj says.
The author of Reflections in Prison talks about the democracy that was achieved in 1994: “Let me be very, very clear that the government of national unity in 1994 was an enforced coalition and if we regard that as a rainbow then we are defying the fundamental principle of democracy.”
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Lauren Beukes’ first book, Maverick: Extraordinary women from South Africa’s past, published in 2005 and shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award, is a non-fiction work focusing on the fascinating, sometimes under-appreciated, characters in South Africa’s history.
Beukes followed up with four wildly successful novels, Moxyland, Zoo City, The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters, reaching global success with the latter two. Beukes fans unfamiliar with her early work – read on!
This is a book about raconteurs and renegades, writers, poets, provocateurs and pop stars, artists and activists and a cross-dressing doctor. From Africa’s first black movie star and Drum covergirl, Dolly Rathebe, to Glenda Kemp, the snake-dancing stripper who shook up the verkrampte social mores of the 70s, these are the riveting true tales of women who broke with convention and damn the consequences.
Spanning over 350 years of history, Maverick explores the compelling lives of some of South Africa’s most famous – and notorious – women, including Brenda Fassie, Daisy de Melker, Sara Bartmann, Ingrid Jonker, Helen Joseph, Nongqawuse and Bessie Head. But it also delves into lesser-known stories of the likes of reluctant Boer commando Sarah Raal, the ill-fated khoekhoe interpreter Krotoa-Eva, Black Sophie, the brothel queen of Bree Street, and Elizabeth Klarer, who gave birth to an alien love child in 1958.
The extract shared by Namibiana Buchdepot comes from the chapter entitled “The Fabulist: Helen Martins”, and explores the creator of the famous Owl House in Nieu Bethesda:
Helen Martins, or Miss Helen as she was known, was considered positively potty in her lifetime. While there may have been truth to the rumours at the end (when she became ever more reclusive and paranoid, fluttering around nude between the statuary) at the time she first conceptualised the Owl House with its bespangled interiors and menagerie of fantastical beasts, her mind was as sharp as the twinkling shards that coated her walls. When she died a gruesome death in 1976, some of the residents wanted to have the place razed to the ground. Instead, her private paradise has become a National Monument.
Police commissioner General Riah Phiyega says the increase in the number of arrests and convictions for rhino poaching is “heartening”.
Addressing a conference in Pretoria on Sunday‚ Phiyega said between January and April this year 64 people had been arrested for poaching inside the Kruger National Park and 66 others outside the park.
“During the same four month period‚ we recovered 16 firearms‚ 99 rounds of ammunition‚ nine vehicles‚ 13 rhino horns and 27 axes and knives‚” she said.
Between July and December 2014‚ 53 firearms‚ 228 rounds of ammunition‚ nine vehicles‚ 20 rhino horns and 42 axes and knives were recovered.
“The increase in the number of arrests is due to not only the excellent work being done by field rangers‚ but also the cooperation of the police and SA National Defence Force‚” the police commissioner said.
A total of 701 dockets had been opened and these cases were presently under investigation.
“In recent months‚ detectives have been instrumental in securing 8 convictions – and have attended to 692 crime scenes. We executed at least three operations per week‚ and concluded 46 intelligence-driven operations since July last year. In addition‚ police canine support teams are situated at four gates in the Intensive Protection Zone. These officials conservatively search 40 vehicles per day‚ per team‚” Phiyega said.
As part of this heightened focus‚ three senior Hawks members had also been involved in strategic interventions since January‚ partaking in 36 investigations‚ follow-up and intelligence operations‚ as well as 26 disruptive operations.
“We take the fight against rhino poaching very seriously. We even arrest our own. Early this year‚ an undercover operation was held by Durban Organised Crime‚ Special Task Force‚ Crime Intelligence and Nyathi Anti-Poaching Unit at Mkhuze area‚ after they received information a certain Warrant Officer Christopher Gumbi was involved in corruption activities in the area.
“The members followed him and he was arrested. Two horns were recovered. Warrant Officer Gumbi‚ from Jozini Crime Intelligence‚ was charged for armed robbery‚ possession of horn and defeating the ends of justice. He has appeared in court and the case was remanded until 30 June 2015.”
Recently‚ in an operation led by Crime Intelligence and the Hawks‚ information had been received that a rhino horn was going to be sold to people in Pretoria.
“We followed up the information which led to the arrest of a Crime Intelligence official from Roodepoort‚ together with a member of the public‚ were arrested. Their matter is also in court‚ where they will appear soon‚” Phiyega added.
Source: RDM News Wire
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For more on the illegal trade in rhino horn, see Julian Rademeyer’s seminal book Killing for Profit and the recently published Operation Lock and the War on Rhino Poaching by John Hanks.
David Klatzow, author of Justice Denied: The Role of Forensic Science in the Miscarriage of Justice, recently conducted a forensic investigation of the fires that devastated Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula earlier this year.
An early report commissioned by SANParks indicated that the fires were not started deliberately, but Klatzow says that at least some of the fire was “no accident”, and has witness statements to support his case.
Western Cape Councillor JP Smith says: “We will take all the documents we have and hand them to the police next week with Klatzow’s report and say ‘please investigate’.”
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Forensic investigator David Klatzow said the fire at the top of Pecks Valley, above St James, was “in all probability” accidentally caused by vagrants, religious groups or overnight campers.
But the fires that burned along the slopes of Clovelly and Scarborough Road were “most likely caused by deliberate human agency with the view of starting a large-scale fire”.
The report contradicts an earlier report commissioned by SANParks, which found no evidence that the fires had been deliberately started.