Pay your debts first, angry DA tells ANC

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The ANCs provincial offices are in Sahara House, Thibault Square.

Cape Town – The ANC in the Western Cape should pay its rent and settle its debt before devising strategies to win back the province in 2014, says the DA.

The DA announced on Monday that it had paid R4 million in cash for its provincial headquarters on the seventh floor at 42 Burg Street.

“This is the most visible sign that the DA is growing in this province,” said Ivan Meyer, the DA’s provincial leader.

He was responding to ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman’s announcement on Sunday that 5 000 volunteers would be recruited by May to go on a 12-month unpaid sabbatical “to defeat the DA in the Western Cape” next year.

Western Cape ANC staff were nearly evicted from their provincial offices at Sahara House in Thibault Square in November when their party failed to pay its rent.

The ANC also owes the Cape Town International Conventional Centre R1.7m for the provincial conference it held there in February 2011, at which Fransman was elected the party’s Western Cape chairman.

Meyer said the ANC should “get its organisation and offices in order” before planning a “comeback” in the Western Cape.

“The DA is growing by between 20 and 30 people a day in this province,” he said.

“The ANC’s numbers have declined sharply.

“They must first pay their rent and debt before hoping to get people to support their cause.”

ANC provincial treasurer Fezile Calana said the party had made arrangements with the owners of Sahara House about any outstanding rent.

“We are paying our rent and have made arrangements,” Calana said. “About that debt, the DA is putting pressure on the CTICC to take action against us. We are raising funds to settle it.”

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League has pledged to support the ANC’s provincial leadership in its quest to recruit 5 000 volunteers in a bid to take back the Western Cape “street by street”.

Each of the league’s 91 ward branches in Cape Town would “rally and mobilise” young people to be part of the ANC’s “sabbatical to defeat the DA” in the Western Cape, said Khaya Yozi, chairman of the league’s Dullah Omar (metro) region.

Meetings would also be held with student bodies and ANC branches at UWC, UCT and all Cape Peninsula University of Technology campuses.

“All students will be mobilised to advance the cause of the ANC in the Western Cape,” Yozi said.

“The youth will be an important part of this fight. We must improve young people’s lives through education, looking at health provision and jobs. We will continue advancing this agenda until our needs – of a better life and economic freedom – are achieved.”

Yozi said the league had more than 1 300 members in the metro area alone.



City Sightseeing offers two days of fun

Want to make the most of your festive season break in Cape Town?  Check out City Sightseeing Cape Town, the first carbon neutral bus company in South Africa, offers some budget beating fun for the entire family.

Who knew R250 could bag so much Sightseeing fun. This 2-Day ticket (R220 if you purchase your ticket online) lets you do the following:

Day 1 – Hop on board the double decker City Sightseeing bus for the Red City Tour which takes you to 18 great stops around the City – including the Two Oceans Aquarium, Table Mountain and The Castle of Good Hope (to name but a few).

Then upon your return, climb aboard the City Sightseeing Canal Cruise for a nautical adventure before embarking on the unique City Sightseeing Night Tour, which stops at Signal Hill to watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean.  (The Canal Cruise, normally R30, and the Night Tour, normally R100, are included free on your 2-Day City Sightseeing ticket.)

Day 2 – You will once again hop onto the City Sightseeing bus for the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour.  This scenic tour takes you to 14 stops around the Peninsula, including Kirstenbosch, Mariner’s Wharf and World of Birds.  It also includes a free Wine Tour that takes you to three beautiful wine farms in the historical Constantia Valley – Beau Constantia, Groot Constantia and Eagles’ Nest.

Then upon your return, why not take advantage of City Sightseeing’s latest discount offering and take a ride on the Wheel of Excellence.  All holders of a valid City Sightseeing ticket qualify for a discount on their Wheel of Excellence tickets and instead of paying R80, adults will pay R60, whilst kids will pay R30 instead of R40.

On the topic of discounts – City Sightseeing also run a half price pensioners special on Tuesdays and Fridays out of season (not valid between 15 December and 14 January) and pensioners just need to show their bar-coded SA ID book to qualify, exclusively at Bus Stop 1, the Tour Office outside the  Two Oceans Aquarium.

A memorable treat

And for those that might be looking for that perfect gift for someone special…something that is a definite bucket list item – remember the newly launched City Sightseeing Cape Point Sidecar Tour and the new Blouberg Sidecar Tour, which is an exciting new way to discover Cape Town and the Peninsula  in a vintage World War II styled sidecar.  The ninety minute Blouberg Sidecar Tour, with chauffeur, is for two people at R600 or buy online for R540. (This is a private tour and must be booked at least a day in advance and for two people at a time.)

The City Sightseeing Ticket Office is located outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront and can be contacted on +27 (21) 511 6000.  Buses operate daily from 09h00 with commentary available in 16 different languages, and includes a fun Kids Channel.

Ticket options for the Red City Tour and Blue Mini Peninsula Tours include the 2-Day valid ticket for R220 (if purchased online, otherwise R250 from the Ticket Office or if purchased on the bus at any of the stops) or the 1-Day valid ticket for R120 (if purchased online, otherwise R150 from the Ticket Office or bus).  Tickets for the Night Tour cost R100 (or purchase online for R90 and save R10) or it is free with a 2-Day ticket.  Tickets for the Canal Cruise cost R30 per adult and R10 per child with under 5’s cruising for free.

For more information on discounted tickets and special offers that can be purchased online at

Table Mountain frog under threat

Cape Town – The Table Mountain ghost frog is one of four South African species are on the list of 100 most endangered species in the world, it was reported on Friday.

The Cape Times reported that the Table Mountain ghost frog, the geometric tortoise, the estuarine pipefish and the wild yam were likely to become extinct because they provided no obvious benefit to humans.

Table Mountain was the only place in the world where ghost frogs occurred. Only 200 wild yam were left in Mpumalanga.

The findings formed part of a list released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the ZSL London Zoo, at the World Conservation Congress in South Korea.

The list was reportedly compiled by more than 8 000 scientists who gathered for the first time to identify the most threatened animals, plants and fungi.

In a report issued at the Rio+20 world summit in June, the IUCN said that out of 63 837 species it had assessed, 19 817 run the risk of extinction.

At threat are 41% of amphibian species, 33% of reef-building corals, 25% of mammals, 20% of plants and 13% of birds, the update of the prestigious “Red List” said.

Many are essential for humans, providing food and work and a gene pool for better crops and new medicines, it said.

Experts say that only a fraction of Earth’s millions of species, many of them microscopic, has been formally identified.


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Cape Town to get new name?

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Members of the Khoisan community came together to commemorate the traditional leader and healer of the Khomani San of the Kalahari, Dawid Kruiper, who passed away on the 13th of this month. The gathering also proposed a new Khoisan name for the city of Cape Town suggesting rather Hui! Gaeb.

Cape Town is set to get a new name this week, courtesy of the local Khoisan community – and Nando’s is sponsoring billboards to advertise it.

“We will be putting up the boards for all to see, and if they’re taken down or vandalised, we will not retaliate. Instead, we will just keep replacing them,” Tania Kleinhans, of the Institute for the Restoration of the Aborigines of SA, said during a ceremony at the Castle of Good Hope yesterday.

And the city’s new name?

//Hui !Gaeb, a Khoisan name meaning “where clouds gather”.

Yesterday’s event, which inc-luded a ceremony to honour Oom Dawid Kruiper, the San leader who died on June 13 in an Upington hospital, called for the renaming, saying it was in recognition of the Khoisan history.

On how Nando’s got involved, Kleinhans explained that she approached the company after seeing the fast food chain’s controversial diversity TV ad.

“We love the advert, because it is based on facts. It is not about racism, xenophobia or diversity. It shows that we are the original people of SA,” she said.

Nando’s was quick to offer its support, so from next week expect to see billboards announcing the city’s “new name” on the N2 and outside the Castle in the city centre.

During a wreath-laying ceremony yesterday, about 50 people paid tribute to Kruiper, who died at 71, and the community’s leaders spoke of concern the Khoisan be nationally recognised.