Cape oil and gas sector to drive economic growth – for who?

In his address for the Department of Economic Development and Tourism 2015/16 budget vote in March, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities elaborated on the growth initiatives for, amongst others, the oil and gas sector. Under the umbrella of Project Khulisa (Project “Nurture”) Winde says that the Western Cape Government aims to deliver over 200,000 jobs – under a high growth scenario – 60,000 of which will come from the oil and gas sector.

The major project driving this growth is the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ.)  The IDZ business model is based on upstream and midstream services including rig repairs. By turning Saldanha Bay, the deepest natural port in the Southern Hemisphere, into an internationally competitive rig repair hub, Project Khulisa proposes to increase the economic contribution of the oil and gas sector from its current R5bn pa to R11bn pa.

One of the biggest hurdles that the province, indeed the country, is faced with across the manufacturing sector is a shortage of skills – a point Winde readily accepts.

“To illustrate the projected demand for Oil and Gas, 1,500 people from 30 different occupations are needed to repair one rig. By the time the IDZ comes online, there will be demand for 18,000 jobs in Saldanha. We currently fall far short of this, and must encourage the development of new artisans.”

Winde went on to say that his department will be addressing the issues with national government that affect the oil and gas industry, including:

  • Regulatory blockages including delays in obtaining abnormal vehicle registrations and abnormal load permits
  • Sections of the Customs and Excise Act (Act 91 of 1964) that affect the temporary importation of oil and gas vessels and parts

The ministry is also working with businesses to minimize the impact of loadshedding on economic growth. Solutions that they are working on include actively fostering alternative energy supply and landing Liquefied Natural Gas in the province. These solutions are centralized around the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ,) the rules for which have just been opened for comment.

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Het Kommuniste Federalisme Geheel en Al Beduiwel en Vermoor?

Die Verenigde State van Amerika word deur baie federaliste voorgehou as ‘n voorbeeld van hoe mag na state afgewentel kan word. In die VSA is dit nie net state wat oor omvattende bevoegdhede beskik nie, maar ook distrikte en munisipaliteite.

Die afgelope paar dekades is daar egter ‘n voortdurende agteruitgang van die federale stelsel in die VSA. Die stryd tussen federaliste en dié Amerikaners wat sentralisme nastreef, is nie iets nuuts nie. Dit het reeds gedurende die negentiende eeu bestaan.

Tydens die negentiende eeu en die eerste helfde van die twintigste eeu is die verlies aan federalisme in die VSA hoofsaaklik gekenmerk deur wetgewing oor belasting, invoertariewe en die ontwikkeling van ‘n sterk sentrale weermag. Die afgelope paar dekades is meer en meer mag egter ook in die wetgewende gesag gesentreer deurdat die kongres in Washington DC toenemend wetgewing begin deurvoer het wat state verplig het om sekere stappe te neem. Veral op die terreine van onderwys en gesondheid is daar sodanig gesentraliseer dat bitter min beleid nog deur state bepaal kan word.

Sentralisme in die VSA is egter die afgelope paar maande na ‘n nuwe vlak geneem deur uitsprake van die hooggeregshof. Een voorbeeld is die onlangse uitspraak oor gay-huwelike. Tot voor die uitspraak was sodanige huwelike wettig in 36 Amerikaanse state en in die oorblywende 14 state was dit onwettig. Die hofuitspraak wat sulke huwelike tot ‘n nasionale reg bevorder, het egter state se mag om hieroor te besluit vernietig.

Ook onlangse uitsprake oor gesondheidsorg en die rol van geloof in die openbare lewe het bewys dat die VSA meer en meer ‘n sentralistiese land word wat beheer word deur ‘n sterk sentrale regering. Beide die uitvoerende, wetgewende en regsprekende gesag tree voortdurend op binne ‘n terrein wat eintlik vir die state gereserveer is.

Beide die Demokrate en die Republikeine is vandag sentralistiese partye wat voortdurend magte wil opwentel, in plaas daarvan om dit te desentraliseer.

Die agteruitgang van federalisme is ook aanwesig in Australië. Is federalisme besig om uit te sterf? Dalk wel in die VSA, Australië en enkele ander lande, maar definitief nie in die res van die wêreld nie. Een voorbeeld van ‘n land waar federalisme steeds sterk is, is Duitsland waar veral Beiere in die Suid-Ooste van die land voortdurend sy regte as staat opeis en sodoende ‘n unieke kulturele karakter behou. In Kanada het die Franssprekendes in Quebec ook uitgebreide magte.

Die Konserwatiewe Party in Engeland het die afgelope tyd ‘n interessante nuwe rigting ingeslaan om magte na munisipaliteite af te wentel. Hulle beplan om dit oor die volgende paar jaar voort te sit.

Suid-Afrika het gedurende die negentigerjare ook ‘n goue geleentheid gehad om ‘n meer federalistiese land te word. Die swak onderhandelaars van die NP en die ANC se sentralistiese drange het dit egter verhoed. ‘n Federale Suid-Afrika sou vir die Afrikaner ‘n eie plek kon verseker. Ook vir die Zoeloes, Xhosas en ander volkere. Die stryd is egter nie verlore nie. Volkere regoor die wêreld wat groepsregte ondersteun moet aanhou om federalisme te bevorder.

Jaco Kleynhans, Oraniablog

 

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Gauteng Residents Are Now Buying Up Cape Town Instead of Kwazulu Natal

New data finds that as many as 40% of home buyers on the Cape Town Atlantic seaboard in the high selling season, are from Gauteng.

This is according to Pam Golding Properties, who said that in a surprising turn, for a region that’s showing its own property upturn, the warm seaside of KwaZulu-Natal is losing its appeal to the chillier waters of the Cape Peninsula.

“The 40% is an all-time high for the peak summer season,” Laurie Wener, MD of Pam Golding Properties’ (PGP) Western Cape Metro region, told Talk 702.

It’s not just rich people, Wener said, noting that parents are buying for their children entering tertiary education – in the southern suburbs and Stellenbosch.

She said that people were also buying for investment purposes – small apartments – up the western seaboard and west coast, where property can be bought for as little as R1 million.

The aesthetic environment, an understated cosmopolitan feel, quality of life and better run municipalities, are some of the reasons why people choose the cape, Wener said.

“Its not just holiday, its not just retirement, people are coming here to live.”

“The KZN buying trend probably has to do with a perception of Cape investment value, and in some cases the need to house children studying at Cape tertiary education facilities,” said Wener.

And, while the prize properties of the Atlantic seaboard have always been a favourite with the moneyed migrants and foreign investors, it is the City Bowl that is experiencing an increase in buying interest from upcountry, with Gautengers in the forefront of those looking for a property in the shadow of the mountain.

“The coast is the traditional hunting ground of the homeseekers from the north, but our Central City is so unusually attractive that it’s catching the eye of buyers who fancy a bit of an inner city vibe for their Cape base and a foothold in the market,” said Basil Moraitis, PGP area manager on the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl.

In a shift from their traditional Cape preference, KZN buyers, who he said at one stage dominated the Waterfront market, are currently making a choice for Sea Point, which is once more in favour.

PGP Cape Metro statistics currently show that in the summer months of the greatest market activity, about 40% of buyers on the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl are Gauteng buyers, and about 15% from KZN.

In the South Peninsula, PGP area manager Sandi Gildenhuys said there is a wide variety of both local and out-of-town buyers. “But Kommetjie, Noordhoek and Fish Hoek are popular among Gauteng buyers, and interestingly, Simon’s Town’s arty vibe is very popular among returning expats.”

The West Coast’s buyers are predominantly from the Cape Town area and rest of the Western Cape, with a smattering from Gauteng and the odd KZN buyer.

In the Southern Suburbs, PGP Constantia reports a strong demand from Gauteng buyers.

Statistics from March 2014 to February this year, covering the Western Cape metro and Boland and Overberg areas as a whole, show that while local Cape residents account for 87% of the market, Gauteng buyers take up 8% of the total, followed by KZN at just over 2% and Eastern Cape 1.15%.

Taking the Western Cape metro alone, the trends are very similar, being 87% local, 7.6% Gauteng, 3.31% KZN and 1.23% Eastern Cape, with a few buyers from other provinces.

 

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Western Cape to get its own Afrikaans soapie called Suidooster from November on Kyknet.

M-Net’s Afrikaans Channel, kykNET, will launch a brand new soap opera on Monday, 16 November 2015. Titled Suidooster, it is the first soapie to be set in the Western Cape and screened on kykNET & Kie, Channel 145 on DStv. 
Over the past few years, M-Net has steadily increased its investment in local content and now produces programming in multiple languages for viewers across the continent.These world-class home-grown shows are available on a variety M-Net channels, exclusively for DStv customers.The new Suidooster will bring together the talents of top South African stars while also giving local cast and crew a valuable platform to showcase their abilities. It is anticipated that the new series will contribute to creating more employment opportunities in the television and entertainment industry in South Africa.

Speaking on the development of Suidooster, M-Net Director for Afrikaans Channels Karen Meiring says, “Binnelanders and Villa Rosa, our two popular kykNET soaps, were film in Gauteng – it is time we expand our production footprint nationally. Suidooster allows us to do this, while still delivering a compelling story for our viewers. Even though the show calls the Western Cape home, its storylines are universal – we look forward to sharing this story with Afrikaans viewers throughout South Africa.”

Suidooster will be produced for kykNET by Gambit Films, reaffirming M-Net’s commitment to the transformation of the TV industry, in terms of promoting and supporting producers from previously disadvantaged communities.

Gambit has proven itself a force to be reckoned with, thanks to a tried and tested skill for scripting and shooting within the drama genre. Their short film Number 37 received critical acclaim at the kykNETSilwerskermfees and they were also instrumental in producing the 20 Ons Stories films that aired on kykNET & Kie in 2014.

“It is a tremendous honour to be tasked with creating a brand new soapie for kykNET and is a great acknowledgement that our hard work is paying off. Over recent years M-Net has played an integral part in our development journey by affording us valuable opportunities to showcase our work,” says Gambit director Travis Taute. “All those steps have led to this moment, and we’re determined to deliver on the confidence that M-Net has placed in us. We’re focussed on ensuring that Suidooster becomes must-watch Afrikaans TV entertainment.”

Meiring also thanked Homebrew Films for their role in mentoring the team at Gambit: “M-Net is delighted that this partnership – which we actively supported, encouraged and nurtured for several years – has led to the birth of a series that’s expected to become a highlight on our schedule. We are passionate about developing capacity in the industry and the kykNET Silwerskermfees has been instrumental in achieving this.”

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Study shows San people used milk-based paint 49,000 years ago in Kwazulu, long before Bantu arrived with domesticated cattle.

An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa has discovered a milk-and ochre-based paint dating to 49,000 years ago that San inhabitants may have used to adorn themselves with or to decorate stone or wooden slabs, in Northern Kwazulu Natal.

While the use of ochre by early humans dates to at least 250,000 years ago in Europe and Africa, this is the first time a paint containing ochre and milk has ever been found in association with early humans in South Africa, said Paola Villa, a curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and lead study author. The milk likely was obtained by killing lactating members of the bovid family such as buffalo, eland, kudu and impala, she said.

“Although the use of the paint still remains uncertain, this surprising find establishes the use of milk with ochre well before the introduction of domestic cattle in South Africa,” said Villa. “Obtaining milk from a lactating wild bovid also suggests that the people may have attributed a special significance and value to that product.”

The powdered paint mixture was found on the edge of a small stone flake in a layer of Sibudu Cave, a rock shelter in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Africa, that was occupied by anatomically modern humans in the Middle Stone Age from roughly 77,000 years ago to about 38,000 years ago, said Villa. While ochre powder production and its use are documented in a number of Middle Stone Age South African sites, there has been no evidence of the use of milk as a chemical binding agent until this discovery, she said.

A paper on the subject was published online June 30 in PLOS ONE. Co-authors were from the Italian Institute of Paleontology in Rome, Italy; the University of Geneva in Switzerland; the University of Pisa in Italy; the University of Monte St. Angelo in Naples, Italy; and the University of Oxford in England. The excavation was directed by Professor Lyn Wadley of the University of Witwatersrand, also a paper co-author.

Cattle were not domesticated in South Africa until they were introduced by migrating Bantu Nguni (Black Africans) from Central Africa 1,000 to 2,000 years ago, said Villa. Wild South African bovids are known to separate from the herd when giving birth and usually attempt to hide their young, a behavior that may have made them easy prey for experienced Middle Stone Age hunters, she said.

The dried paint compound is preserved on the stone flake that may have been used as a mixing implement to combine ochre and milk, or as an applicator, said Villa. The team used several high-tech chemical and elemental analyses to verify the presence of casein, the major protein of milk, on the flake.
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At both African and European archaeological sites, scientists have found evidence of ochre—a natural pigment containing iron oxide than can range from yellow and orange to red and brown – dating back 250,000 years. By 125,000 years ago, there is evidence ochre was being ground up to produce a paint powder in South Africa.

It has been proposed the ochre was sometimes combined by ancient Africans with resin or plant gum to use as an adhesive for attaching shafts to stone tools or wooden bone handles, Villa said. It also may have been used to preserve hides and for body paint, she said, noting that a roughly 100,000-year-old ochre-rich compound blended with animal marrow fat was found at the Middle Stone Age site of Blombos Cave in South Africa.

Body painting is widely practiced by the indigenous San people in South Africa, and is depicted in ancient rock art. While there are no ethnographic precedents for mixing ochre with milk as a body paint, the modern Himba people in Namibia mix ochre with butter as a coloring agent for skin, hair and leather clothing, Villa said.

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ANC Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas Found Guilty Of Racism and Hate Speech Against Khoi San

Lucas, who was the MEC of Environmental Affairs, made reference to “ons h*n*tte dink mos net aan kos en klere” (we only think of food and clothes) during a speech that was broadcast live on radio.

Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas was found guilty of hate speech and unfair discrimination in the Upington Equality Court on Tuesday.

Khoisan leader Stanley Peterson lodged a complaint of hate speech on behalf of the Khoi and San communities with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against Lucas following a racial slur on a live radio broadcast in 2010.

Lucas, who was the MEC of Environmental Affairs, made reference to “ons h*n*tte dink mos net aan kos en klere” (we only think of food and clothes) during a speech that was broadcast live on radio.

The court, in its judgment on Tuesday, ordered Lucas to make a public apology in three Northern Cape newspapers – the DFA, Volksblad and Gemsbok – as well as on air at Radio Kaboesna, Radio Nakwa and Radio Riverside.

She has also been ordered to pay the legal fees of Peterson’s lawyer even though he used the services of a legal aid lawyer.

Peterson said that he is relieved that the case, which has been dragging on for the past five years, has come to an end.

“I am glad that this has finally come to an end after all the sleepless nights and fights I had over this case. This is a great victory for the marginalised Khoisan people in South Africa. This victory is an indication that a minority group is able to take on any person, no matter their position.

“This also shows that anyone has the ability to stand up for him or herself and not keep quiet when they are insulted racially.”

Peterson said he was pleased with the verdict.

“I knocked on a lot of doors and no one wanted to assist me as this was a high-profile case. I am also glad that the court ordered the premier to pay the legal fees of my representative, even though I made use of a legal aid lawyer.

“My lawyer was the only person who wanted to take on a case of this magnitude. The premier had ample time to settle this matter outside court, but disregarded all previous opportunities. This case shows us, as the Khoisan people, that we can still have faith in the courts,” he said.

“I hope the president and the organisation (ANC) will also express their disappointment with regards to the statement she made. No one has the right to make racial comments about people or groups,” Peterson said.

He previously said that he was willing to settle the matter outside court as long as Lucas apologised to the Khoi and San communities, including the radio station on which she made the racial slur.

The Office of the Premier on Tuesday said they would officially comment on the matter at a later stage.

“We are aware of the judgment but first want to look at it before we comment,” the premier’s spokeswoman, Bronwyn Thomas-Abrahams, said.

 

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The arrival and establishment of the Huguenots at the Cape of Good Hope

On  October 22nd, 1685  the Edict of Nantes, which was issued in 1598, was revoked. The Edict guaranteed Huguenots, with their reformed religious convictions, the right to practise their faith in France. By the revocation of the Edict the reformed faith was outlawed in all of France and those who practised it were persecuted and even killed. Thousands of Huguenots fled from France. The majority of them found refuge and a new existence in the Netherlands.

The flight of the Huguenots to South Africa did not, as is generally believed, occur only during the years 1688 to 1689. Over a period of more than three quarters of a century they relocated to and settled at the Cape of Good Hope, although the majority did emigrate there during the two year period.


MariaDeLaQuellerieIt is interesting that the first Huguenot to set foot at Table Bay was Maria de la Quellerie, the wife of commander Jan van Riebeeck, who established the refreshment post for passing ships at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. She and her husband, however, stayed for only 10 years at the Cape and left for the East in 1662. 

The first Huguenot to permanently settle at the Cape of Good Hope was Francois Villion (presently spelled Viljoen), who arrived at the Cape already in October 1671. In 1685 Jean de Long (de Lange) and his family arrived at the Cape, and the next year the brothers  Guillaume and Francois du Toit followed. Only two years later the organised susidised large scale emigration took place. 

On 3 October 1685, thus even before the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the Dutch East India Company, with its extended world wide trade interests, decided to send a number of colonists to the Cape of Good Hope to strenghten the farming activities. It was initially hoped that French refugees, in other words Huguenots, would also be part of this group of colonists. Only three French refugees were however willing to come to the Cape in 1685/6. When the decision of the Dutch East India Company was repeated in 1687, a larger number became interested due to continued deteriorating circumstances in France. Eventually approximately 175 Huguenots settled at the Cape of Good Hope between 1688 and 1689 as part of the official colonisation of the Dutch East India Company. It is recorded that some 279 French and their descendants were living at the Cape of Good Hope in 1729. 

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The first ship with Huguenots on board which arrived in Table Bay on April 26th, 1688, was the Oosterland. Another ship, the Voorschoten, already entered Saldanha Bay on April 13th to seek refuge against a gale force wind and heavy seas. Amonst the passengers were Chales Marais and his family, Philippe Fouché with his wife and children, Jacques Pinard(Pienaar), Jean Leroux (Le Roux) and Gideon Malherbe. Other ships which brought the first groups of Huguenots to the Cape were the Borssenburg, De Schelde, the Berg China, the Zuid-Beveland and the  Wapen van Alkmaar.  On board the Wapen van Alkmaar, which left Texel on July 27th, 1688 and arrived in Table Bay on January 27th, 1689 were forty two Huguenots. After Januariy 1689 various smaller groups of Huguenots still arrived at the Cape. All the ships of this first fleet left the Netherlands from Exel, and sailed along the west coast of Europe and Africa, until they reached Table Bay. 

In 1707 the state-promoted emigration was ended, but various Huguenots arrived at the Cape of Good Hope after this year on their own initiative, including Pierre Labuschagne (1710); Anna Maria Bacat (1717), Jacques Naudé (1718), Jean Blignaut (1723) and Francois Guilliaumé (Giliomee) (1726).

The Huguenots were given farming land in various places, where they were expected to settle: a couple in the Table valley, some in the vicinity of the present day Sometset West and Stellenbosch. The majority were awarded farming land in the Berg river valley between the present day Franschhoek and Wellington. It is noticeable that they were settled on the banks of rivers which flowed into the Berg river. They were purposely spread out and given farms between the Dutch farmers, because the Dutch East India Company was hesitant to allow them to settle as a single group so as to prevent them to collaborate against the Dutch authorities, or to connive with France. Initially all the Huguenots who settled east of the Cape were regarded as members of the Stellenbosch congregation where the Rev Pierre Simond, who came with them, was established as their church minister. In 1691 however they were given the right to establish their own small church building near to the present day church building in Simondium. Here the Rev Simond preached to them in French for several years. Later the church building was moved to the site of the present “Strooidakkerk” (thatched roof church) in Paarl.

Some of the Huguenots who settled at the Cape of Good Hope were well educated for their time, and practised important professions: 

Josue Cellier (Cilliers, Cillié)  –  farmer, wine maker and carpenter 
Daniel Nortier and Jacques Pinard  –  carpenters
Daniël Hugot and André Gaucher (Gouws)  –  ironsmiths 
Francois Villion & Estienne Bruére (Bruwer)  –  wagon makers
Durand Sollier & Jean Cloudon  –  cobblers
Paul Roux  –   teacher
Isaac Taillefert  –  hatter and successful farmer 
Jean Prieur du Plessis, Jean Durand, and Paul le Fébre  –  medical practitioners
Gideon le Grand   –  medical practitioner, dentist, and barber 

The initial years of the settlement were difficult. They had to accustom themselves to a land and climate different to what they knew, and hand to till virgin soil that had never been cultivated. Few of them had any previous farming experience. They often experience problems with the Political Council. Things were certainly not easy. As time progressed they increased their vineyards, maize fields, fruit orchards and animal stock and became part of their new fatherland. Within two generations the French language ceased to exist as home language because after 1700 not enough new French immigrants arrived, and after 1707 the French language was banned in official communications with the Dutch authorities.

Yet their influence and the inheritance of the Huguenots in the areas of religion, freedom of belief, culture and agriculture still persists in South Africa to this day. A particular contribution was the rhyming of a number of Psalms by Pierre Simond. It was the first literary and theological work which was created at the Cape of Good Hope, and subsequently published in Amsterdam in 1704 under the title Les Veilles Afriquaines ou les Pseaumes de David mis en vers Francois (The Africa night watches or the Psalms of Dawid in French verse form). 

Today we honour the Huguenots and their heritage with the impressive Huguenot Monument and Huguenot Museum in Franschhoek.  

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Northern Cape Councillor was “assassinated” because of involvement in several land claim disputes says family

Kimberley – A Northern Cape councillor was shot dead during an apparent assassination because of his involvement in several land claim disputes.

Tueloetsi Tshipo went missing last Monday after travelling to Vryburg in the North West to buy petrol, which he then would have sold to the community in the Dithakong village.

 His body was only discovered a few days later.

Tshipo, who was a Cope councillor in the Joe Morolong Municipality in Kuruman, was shot and killed on the N14 highway near Vryburg.

His uncle, John Bodike, on Sunday told the DFA that they had discovered Tshipo’s body after his wife called to say that he did not return home after going to Vryburg.

“Tshipo left in his bakkie to buy petrol at the petrol station in Vryburg on Monday. He usually sold the petrol to community members because there is no petrol station in the Dithakong village,” Bodike said.

“He, however, never returned home. His wife later called me and told me that he never returned home. I, his younger brother and his wife went to look for him and found his body next to the road (N14).”

According to Bodike, Tshipo was shot in the neck and also had visible injuries to his face.

Tshipo’s bakkie was later discovered parked at the Vryburg police station.

“When we went to inform the police about his death, we saw that his bakkie was parked at the police station. The police officers at the station could not tell us who had left the bakkie there or how it got there.

“The keys of the bakkie and the Tshipo’s cellphone were left inside the vehicle. The only thing that was missing was the SIM card of his phone,” he said.

It is also unclear whether Tshipo was killed on his way home after returning from the petrol station or before reaching Vryburg.

“We did not find any petrol on the back of bakkie and, as far as we know, he went to Vryburg to buy petrol. He may have been killed before he reached the petrol station.”

The family believes his murder was an assassination.

“Tshipo was very outspoken about matters affecting the community. He always used to fight for fairness for the community and this angered many people.

“There is an ongoing land claims matter whereby he was trying to help the community secure land and that matter is currently before the court. Even that case has resulted in him making enemies because he fought for what is right.

“The community has had some success, with the help of Tshipo, in claiming land and has also been compensated for land they have lost. It was a great success for the community, but not everyone was happy about what he did,” his uncle said.

“Tshipo always believed in fairness and he was not afraid to fight for what was right.”

Bodike said they are hoping that his nephew’s killers would be brought to justice soon.

“He was a good person who had the interests of the community at heart. This has not only shocked us as a family but has touched the entire community. We are all saddened by his murder and hope that whoever is responsible will soon be caught. Our hearts are broken for losing such a strong pillar in the family and the community,” he said.

Cope in the Northern Cape on Sunday expressed shock and sadness following the incident.

The deputy provincial chairman of the party, Katiba Mowembo, said they hope those responsible will be caught.

“We sympathise with the family and hope the police will soon give us an answer on who was responsible.

“Tshipo was highly respected by the community he served and always carried their burdens. He represented the party well and was a councillor whom one could depend on,” Mowembo said.

Acting police commissioner in the North West Major-General Jacob Tsumane condemned the murder.

“This appears to be an act of an organised criminal group that has no value to life. My team will work around the clock to bring the perpetrators to book,” Tsumane said.

The police in the North West said no arrests have been made yet and they are investigating the matter.

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The yearning for an independent Cape Republic is not only alive and well, it’s growing stronger!

About eight years ago I wrote a few articles on the prospect of an Independent Cape Republic on the old SA Sucks website which I later copied to here:

What future is there for whites and other minorities in South Africa

South Africa: Civil war or peaceful split?

At the time there were a lot of naysayers and outright animosity over my proposal. Some even accused me of sedition. I was quite surprised and taken aback, seeing that article 235 in our constitution allows for self determination. The constitution also allows for freedom of expression and association.

Shortly after my article, Jack Miller started the Cape Party which I endorsed in 2009. They received 2,552 votes.

Just for the record. I am not a member of the Cape Party. I am not a member of ANY political party.

On 17 March 2009, the party’s website was defaced by vandals. The website was replaced with an image of a “black devil” and the words “fuck off”. They blamed the ANC or the DA.

In 2011, 2500 of their election posters went missing in three weeks and replaced with DA posters. To me it was a sign that somewhere, this idea of an independent Cape Republic struck a few nerves.

Of course my proposal was that the northern border should be the Orange River and the Eastern Border should be the Kei River.

These are natural borders and a small section from Aliwal North to Queenstown (167km on the N6) through the Southern Drakensberg mountains will be the rest of the Eastern Border. See Map above.

I chose this area, because from a historical point of view, this part of SA was never settled by any black tribe and they have therefore no claim to it. Only whites and coloureds can lay claim here. It is also militarily defensible and it will have several major ports such as Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London.

Like I said initially there was a lot of resistance, but over the years we have seen a steady flow of support for this idea.

The Western Cape Politician Peter Marais wants a referendum to determine if the Western Cape should become a Federal State so that inhabitants can take decisions without interference of the ANC government.

Last Friday on Radio Tygerberg he and businessman Hein Marx said a federal Cape is “an achievable prospect”.

Marais also said that it is the only way to protect the inhabitant’s culture, language and religion. The Western Cape is 51% coloured and 80% Afrikaans.

Coloureds in the Cape yearning for a federal state

He ended his talk with, “I want to reiterate that this is just a proposal. Anybody with a better plan is welcome to lay it on the table.”

Well don’t mind if I do…

An independent Cape was for me always only a starting point. A consolidation and building up of forces. Stage one if you like. Taking back our country the Republic of South Africa is stage two…

By Mike Smith
15 June 2015

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Namibian President Hage Geingob says whites are also Namibian and deserve land like everyone else

Incoming president Hage Geingob says third generation whites are also Namibian, and deserve land just like everyone else.
Geingob made the remarks yesterday during a live televised media briefing, where he announced the vice-president, prime minister and deputy prime minister in his incoming Cabinet.

“There seems to be a deliberate misunderstanding created, which is that the land issue is a generational one. It is not, it is everyone’s issue. Third generations whites are Namibians just like every other Namibian and are equally entitled to land. This is indicative of the reality of Namibia.
He was responding to a question about the so-called Affirmative Repositioning campaign, which has seen mass land applications taking place across the country.

Three Swapo youth politicians Job Amupanda, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and George Kambala have been suspended by the party and disciplinary action is pending.
Geingob advised that the land issue must be addressed peacefully and legally.
“People cannot just occupy land. We all need land, food and shelter – all of which costs money. Let’s be systematic and not break laws.
According to him, Illegal methods can’t be allowed.
Geingob also explained that he bought his farm and did not acquire it through other means.
“I was born under a tree with no village. I bought a farm in the area where I was born so that I can have a place I can call home. I didn’t grab land.
Amupanda, Nauyoma and Kambala were first suspended by the Swapo top four last year, after they illegally occupied a Kleine Kuppe plot.
This decision was endorsed by the party’s politburo recently.




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