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Out in the cold II
18 August 2011, 5:31 PM

Out in the cold II
Last year we brought you a story on the Special Pensions Fund for struggle veterans and we exposed syndicates who were fleecing money from old and desperate pensioners in the Eastern Cape who were trying to apply for a special pension. This week Special Assignment revisits this story, only to find that widescale fraud against the fund is still continuing.

A source close to the Special Investigating Unit who was looking into fraud allegations involving the fund, says 90-percent of all special pensions fraud are committed by administrators and senior staff working inside the fund. Special Assignment shows proof, in black and white, of how these administrators have defrauded the fund of millions of rand. Despite several cases still remaining unresolved, and millions of rands that were fraudulently paid out to wrongful applicants still not recovered, the fund is winding down its operations. Thousands of desperate struggle veterans who were left out in the cold by the special pensions fund process, say their hopes are now diminishing of ever receiving what was promised to them.

Watch Special Assignment Wednesday SABC 3 AT 21:30 For more information:Executive Producer: Johann Abrahams TEL: +27 11 714 6757 CELL: 082 416 3759

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Early days – pre World Cup
18 August 2011, 2:12 PM

The first Rugby World Cup was held in 1987 in Australia and New Zealand. Since the first tournament, there have been five others, at four-yearly intervals. The most recent tournament was hosted by France in September / October 2007, which the Springboks emerged victors from. First Attempts There are several stories that depict suggestions of staging a rugby union world cup before the 1980s. One of the earliest known pioneers was Harold Tolhurst, an Australian player who would later become a referee. It has been said that Tolhurst brought up the idea of such a tournament as early as the late 1950s. It has been said that in 1968, the IRB made it known that it did not want its unions to be a part of such a competition that resembled a World Cup. Similar ideas arose during the last years of the pre-WC era. Bill McLaughin, who was the president of the Australian Rugby Union in 1979, suggested the idea of staging a World Cup in 1988, as the event would coincide with Australia’s bicentenary celebrations.

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SABC launches broadcast plans for Rugby World Cup
18 August 2011, 1:26 PM

With just 22 days to go, the SABC today launched its broadcast plans for the 2011 Rugby Word Cup in New Zealand. A panel of experts have been contracted to enhance the SABC’s broadcasts which will include live coverage of all the Springboks’ matches. A brand new television studio has been designed from where more than 20 experts’ analysts and coaches will share their thoughts with viewers. These experts believe the Springboks can become the first team ever to defend the Webb Ellis trophy successfully. 1995 world cup winner, Hennie le Roux believes South Africa always has a chance and should never be underestimated especially if they are wounded. Free State Cheetahs player Kabamba Floors says at the moment the Boks are at a dip but could never be underestimated, because at the World Cup they can peak and beat the best – “I give them a full chance the same as the All Blacks to be the favourites and win the World Cup.” A television commercial and a special Rugby World Cup song entitled “it’s our game” will also be seen and heard in weeks to come. At least 35 of the 48 matches will be broadcast by the SABC — 28 of them will be live. Radio 2000 will broadcast all matches live.

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Kader Asmal – we salute you
17 August 2011, 5:18 PM

Professor Kader Asmal, ANC stalwart and former education minister passed away at a Cape Town hospital on 22 June 2011 at the age of 76. He suffered from bone marrow cancer. Asmal served democratic South Africa for almost 14 years from 1994 until 2008. His cabinet portfolios included Water Affairs, Forestry and Education. He remained outspoken until the end, commenting recently on the proposed media tribunal and Protection of Information Bill, as well as on the arms deal. He is survived by his wife Louise, two sons, two brothers and a sister. He retired at the end of February 2008 from active politics after serving as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament for many years. His credentials include chairmanship of the UCB (United Cricket Board on cricket franchise); chairmanship of the portfolio committee on defence; member of parliament (National Assembly); chairmanship of the ANC national disciplinary committee; chairmanship of the joint parliamentary committee of ethics and Members’ Interests.

Asmal, nicknamed ‘The Bee’ for his prodigious energy, was born on October 8, 1934 in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal

Background Asmal, nicknamed ‘The Bee’ for his prodigious energy, was born on October 8, 1934 in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal to Ahmed (a shopkeeper) and Rasoul Asmal (nee Maithir) into a family of eight children. He was particularly close to his father, who encouraged reading, debate and independent thinking in his seven children. He started his schooling in Stanger and subsequently attended the Oriental Primary School in Pietermaritzburg. He returned to Stanger where he matriculated in 1952.

At school his leadership and debating abilities were recognised and he became a prefect and house captain and won the province-wide Islamic Debating trophy. During his school years several factors influenced his later life and political thinking. From the age of 10, his love of books and newspapers (especially the New Statesman) turned him into a lifelong Anglophile with the ambition to study at the London School of Economics. After seeing films of Nazi concentration camp victims at the age of 12, he decided to become a lawyer in order to root out practices which could lead to such atrocities. He came into contact with the Congress movement in 1953 after arriving in Durban to do a teacher’s diploma. He spent 27 years in Ireland lecturing in human rights, labour and international law at Trinity College.

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Remembering Hector Pieterson
17 August 2011, 4:34 PM

Hector Pieterson, age 13, was one the first students to be killed during the 1976 Student Uprising in Soweto. He has since become a symbol of youth resistance to apartheid. This uprising started on 16 June as a peaceful protest march organized by school students in Soweto. One of the main grievances was the introduction of Afrikaans, regarded as the language of the oppressor, as a medium of instruction in all African schools. Many young people were inspired by the ideas of Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement, giving them the necessary impetus to resist the Bantu Education system, introduced by the apartheid government in the 1950s. This system, dubbed ‘gutter education’, was designed to train African people to accept a subservient role in apartheid society. Hundreds of students joined the protest march planned by the South African Student Movement (SASM), to the Orlando Stadium East where they intended to meet with the authorities to voice their grievances. They carried placards with slogans – ‘Away with Afrikaans’, ‘Amandla Awehtu’ (Power to the People), ‘Free Azania’ (Free South Africa) and sang ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’ (God bless Africa), now the national anthem of South Africa. In Orlando West, police confronted the marchers and ordered them to disperse. Despite the peaceful nature of the march, the confrontation turned violent and was here that a number of students, including Hector Pieterson, were shot and killed. What was a student march, quickly erupted into an uprising, which spread to many other parts of the country. The photograph by Sam Nzima of a young man, Mbuyiswa, carrying the critically injured Hector Pieterson in his arms, captured the attention of people throughout the world and highlighted the injustices of apartheid.

The photograph by Sam Nzima of a young man, Mbuyiswa, carrying the critically injured Hector Pieterson in his arms, captured the attention of people throughout the world and highlighted the injustices of apartheid

After the 1976 Uprising a heightened political awareness saw the emergence of new leaders such as Cyril Ramaphosa, Murphy Morobe, Popo Molefe, Tsietsi Mashinini, Seth Mazibuko and Khotso Seatlholo. Local civic organizations strengthened and scores of young men and women crossed the country’s borders to join the military wings of the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). Many were imprisoned on Robben Island (off the coast near Cape Town) where the younger generation learned much from the older ANC and PAC comrades already there and as a result Robben Island became known as the ‘Robben Island University’. The 1976 Student Uprising changed the course of South African history and accelerated demands such as those for the release of political prisoners, the unbanning of political organizations and the formation of a new democratic South Africa. After the first democratic election in 1994, 16 June was declared ‘Youth Day’ to commemorate the contribution made by South Africa’s youth to the struggle against apartheid. A memorial to hector Pieterson was erected in the early 1990s and is situated in Khumalo Street, a few hundred meters from where he was shot. A new museum opened in 2002 and houses photographic and audio-visual displays of the struggle of the youth against the injustices of apartheid.

– By Hector Pieterson Memorial Website

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