De Lille slams anti-gay slur by ANC councillor in Cape Town

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Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille at the opening of Parliament.

Cape Town – An ANC city councillor has been taken to task for describing Cape Town as a “moffie city”.

The remarks were reportedly made by Abdulhamied Gabier in Wedmesday’s sitting at the council chambers.

Mayor Patricia de Lille said the councillor had laid into Cape Town with a string of insults, among them the anti-gay slur.

“He was so homophobic and so insulting. I stood up and told the Speaker we cannot allow that language in the house, it’s unconstitutional.”

De Lille said she did not know what had prompted the outburst, as it “was not even relevant to the debate”.

On Twitter, DA councillor Dave Bryant reported: “(The) mayor spoke up and took him (Gabier) to task for homophobic statements and (the) ANC caucus just laughed. What a classy bunch.”


ANC caucus leader Tony Ehrenreich said: “Obviously the ANC does not endorse statements like that, and are completely opposed to such terms.”

Contacted today, Gabier said, somewhat confusingly: “You must ask the mayor why she is angry.” He then hung up.

Cape Argus



Julius Malema pays tribute to Hugo Chavez

Economic Freedom Fighter says Venezuelan President’s fighting spirit will continue to inspire

Former ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema


06 March 2013

I learned of the passing away of President Hugo Chavez, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a Revolutionary anti-imperialist fighter, and a true symbol of anti-imperialist struggles in Venezuela, Latin America, and the whole world. I join millions of progressive individuals, formations and movements across the world in sending my heartfelt condolences to the people of Venezuela for loosing a fearless, politically determined and ideologically steadfast leader in President Hugo Chavez. President Chavez is amongst the few revolutionaries and leaders in the 21st century who challenged the dominance of imperialism in the world and constantly exposed its weaknesses and failures.

Despite massive resistance from rented imperialist puppets, President Hugo Chavez was able to lead Venezuela into an era where the wealth of Venezuela, particularly oil was returned to the ownership of the people as a whole. When we visited Venezuela in 2010 to collect the symbolic flag as hosts of the 17th World Festival for Youth and Students, we witnessed that under President Chavez, the standard of education and health in Venezuela has radically improved and stabilized with guaranteed access for all people of Venezuela to quality free education and healthcare. Under President Chavez, the people of Venezuela enjoyed the fact that beneath their soil are massive reserves of oil through affordable fuel for all the people in Venezuela. President Chavez rescued the oil reserves of Venezuela from imperialist control and manipulation.

As anti-imperialist Fighters and Youth in South Africa, Africa and the Global South, we wish to assure the living and fighting spirit of President Hugo Chavez that we will pick up the spear and continue the fight against imperialist control of the natural resources, in particular oil, mineral resources, land and many other valuable resources. The fighting spirit of Hugo Chavez will continue to inspire all the youth of the world in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Niger Delta, Ghana, Botswana, Venezuela, Cuba, China, Bolivia, Nicaragua, The Caribbean, the whole Latin America and other parts of the world to continue the total onslaught against imperialism and imperialist Masters, their corporations and puppets. We in South Africa would once again want to assure the fighting spirit of President Hugo Chavez that we will continue the fight against imperialist control of our natural resources, and we will realize victory.

From the Youth of South Africa and the African continent, we plead to the people of Venezuela to remain united against imperialist attempts to divide the Bolivarian Republic, and pick up the spear to continue the struggle for total emancipation of the oppressed people of Venezuela, Latin America, and the Global South. Rest in Peace Comrade President!!!

Statement issued by Julius Malema – Economic Freedom Fighter, March 6 2013


SAA set to oppose 1time takeover

Cape Town – South African Airways is set to oppose the planned takeover of liquidated budget airline 1time by London-based Fastjet Airlines due to laws that ban majority ownership of local carriers, a report said.

SAA referred to the legislation that said “airlines operating domestically within South Africa are owned by companies with a minimum 75% South African shareholding,” SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlai told Bloomberg.

Fastjet, which operates mainly in Africa, signed an option agreement with 1time to buy all issued share capital for R1.

The option agreement will see London-based Fastjet join the South African aviation market with an eye to operating domestic and regional flights.

At the time Fastjet CEO Ed Winter said: “I am pleased we have managed to reach a provisional agreement with all parties to buy 1time.”

Before it went under, 1time was the second-largest low-cost airline in South Africa.

Local carriers Comair, the parent company of Kulula and state-owned Mango both of which compete in the budget airline arena, also lodged objections to the takeover with the Air Services Licensing Council, the report said.

1time filed for liquidation in November 2012.


We are proud of our Charlize – Zuma

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President Jacob Zuma, Ms Bongi Zuma and South African Hollywood actress Charlize Theron on the sidelines of the WEF meeting in Davos. Theron was in WEF with Global Fund an organisation she works with to raise funding for HIV/IDS, TB and Malaria. Last night Theron received the WEF Crystal award which honours artists for their humanitarian work.

Davos- President Jacob Zuma congratulated South African-born actress Charlize Theron on Wednesday for scooping the World Economic Forum’s crystal award for her humanitarian work.

“We are proud of our Charlize,” Zuma said in a statement.

“She has succeeded in an extremely competitive environment, and is a visible and hardworking ambassador for her country.”

The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project finances programs designed to prevent the spread of HIV among young Africans, particularly in South Africa.

The programs include mobile health services in an impoverished region of South Africa.

Zuma said he met Theron on the sidelines of the conference in Switzerland on Wednesday, and she briefed him on her work.

“I assured her that South Africans love her and wish her all the best,” he said.

“We wish her success in every venture she undertakes.”

The award was presented to her on Tuesday night.

Last year, the award went to South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, who was recognised for “using her art to improve the state of the world”. – Sapa


Google proves why it’s king

San Francisco – Google reported on Tuesday that its profit climbed and its annual revenue hit an unprecedented high last year as it evolved to stay in tune with people using smartphones and tablets.

“We ended 2012 with a strong quarter,” said Google co-founder and chief executive Larry Page. “We hit $50bn in revenues for the first time last year; not a bad achievement in just a decade and a half.”

The fourth quarter profit was up 6.7% from a year earlier at $2.89bn, and for the full year Google’s earnings grew 10% to $10.74bn.

Revenue in the quarter that ended December 31 was up 36% from the same period a year earlier at $14.4bn. For the year, revenues grew to $50.2bn.

Google shares jumped more than 5% to $738.20 in after-market trading that followed release of the earnings figures, which topped most Wall Street estimates.

Google dominates the US online advertising market, which grew 14.9% to $10.58bn in the final three months of last year, according to eMarketer.

The market tracker estimated that Google takes in more than 41% of digital ad revenue in the United States and “holds more share than any other company” when it comes to online, display and mobile advertising.

In a conference call with financial analysts, Google executives stressed how the company is connecting with people on smartphones and tablets, and cautioned that it would take time to get freshly acquired Motorola Mobility on course.

Page said he was excited about progress Google has made in handling search queries spoken to mobile devices and described the online Play shop for music, books, applications and other digital content as “on fire.”

Google’s mapping service program tailored for Apple gadgets running on the iOS platform have been a hit, Page said, adding that its search and email programs are also popular on Apple devices.

“We now live in a multi-screen world; in fact, we feel naked without our smartphones,” Page said. “Devices have been one of our biggest bets in the last few years, along with the software that goes with these devices.”

In an indirect shot at the Apple iPad Mini launched late last year, Page said Google’s Nexus 7 “continues to define the seven-inch tablet category.”

Google has been shedding unwanted Motorola Mobility assets since it completed its $12.5bn takeover of the company last year.

Chief financial officer Patrick Pichette said during the earnings call that the internet giant has “12 to 18 months of product pipeline it is still working through” at Motorola.

In December, Google announced it was selling the Motorola Mobility Home unit to global communications technology company ARRIS in a cash and stock deal valued at $2.35bn.

The Internet giant’s purchase of Motorola Mobility was seen as a grab for patents to protect Google’s Android mobile operating system from legal attacks.

Modems and television set-top boxes made by Motorola Home evidently did not play into the California-based company’s strategy despite its investments in Google TV technology for tapping into online entertainment in living rooms.

“I am excited about the innovative way they are approaching product development,” Page said of the Motorola Mobility team.

“The opportunities are endless – you shouldn’t have to worry about charging your phone; when you drop your phone, it shouldn’t go splat.”

The majority of Google advertisers are opting to target mobile gadgets, and the company saw successes with experiments tying real-world shopping to smartphones, according to executives.

“Overall, the core search business is doing well, driven really by the growth in mobile,” Pichette said.

Analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley said investors will be watching to see the bites taken from Google revenue by investments in self-driving cars, Internet-linked eyewear, smartphones and other projects.

“Most eyes will be on their build-out,” Enderle said. “Clearly, like Microsoft, they will be expanding their hardware footprint.”


Cape Town’s most popular attractions welcome more than two million visitors in just one month

The City of Cape Town is gearing up for, and already welcoming scores of local and international visitors as they arrive in the mother city for its traditional peak tourism season.

Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe, says the City’s tourism industry has been enjoying a steady annual increase in visitor numbers.

Over two million people have already visited Cape Town’s six biggest attractions in November alone. All of Cape Town’s ‘Big Six’ icons reported growth on 2011’s November figures.
The numbers for November 2012 are:
  • Table Mountain recorded just over 90 000 visitors
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens recorded 70 745 visitors
  • Cape Point recorded 37 600 visitors
  • V&A Waterfront recorded over 1.8 million visitors
  • Robben Island recorded 31 870 visitors
  • Groot Constantia recorded over 20 000 visitors

Groot Constantia recorded above-average sales in the month and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens visitor numbers were up by more than 13% from last year. While reporting increases from last year, the ‘Big Six’ destinations added that they were poised for another good month in December.

“Cape Town as a city has already proven that it is ready to host the throngs of tourists who traditionally visit the city during the summer months,” says Pascoe.
In the run-up to the festive season, several major events attracted over 200 000 visitors. This includes the switch-on of the festive lights; where over 120 000 people flocked to the city centre to enjoy the spectacular event.

Pascoe says the latest figures came on the back of a positive year for local tourism. “Between January and March this year, over 420 000 people visited the Western Cape. This is an increase from just over 379 000 over the same period in 2011. Together these tourists spent more than R5 billion in the Province over just three months,” Pascoe explains. These figures were obtained from the Western Cape Destination Marketing Investment and Trade Promotion Agency South Africa (Wesgro).

Cape Town offers domestic and international tourists the full package.
Pascoe also adds that Cape Town was also named the World Design Capital host City for 2014 – this is another international accolade which has boosted the city’s profile internationally. With the City’s award-winning Blue Flag beaches added to the mix, Cape Town has become the ideal destination for any kind of traveller.
Cape Town Tourism has reported that there could be an increase in visitor numbers this year. Accommodation establishments, especially in the City Bowl and along the Atlantic Seaboard, are predicting a strong demand over the next two months. Overall, they expect an average occupancy of more than 70%.
“While the bulk of the visitors come from the United Kingdom (UK), Germany and the Netherlands, there is also steady growth from Asian countries. Already there is a visible increase in the number of visitors and the City hopes this continues for the rest of the peak season,” Pascoe says.
Published by the City of Cape Town.