Taxi Strike

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MAYHEM erupted late last night as the Nelson Mandela Bay taxi strike turned violent, with stone- throwing, petrol bombings and vehicles set alight across the metro.

Two clinics in Motherwell and an ANC office in NU7 were gutted by fire.

In Heugh Road, Walmer, youths in an attack on the municipal office near Ninth Avenue clashed with police, briefly exchanging gunfire, before they dispersed.

The municipality barricaded taxi ranks yesterday after the violence began, leaving a trail of torched and damaged vehicles.

Both municipal and private vehicles have been set alight since the strike resumed on Monday, again leaving tens of thousands of commuters stranded.

Police spokesman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said several people were arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property.

They will appear in court later this week. Van Rensberg said the police would do everything in their power to protect the community.

“We will act against those who disrespect the law and we won‘t tolerate any disruptions.”

A heavy police contingent barricaded routes leading to the Govan Mbeki taxi rank after a municipal bakkie and a sedan were set alight during lunchtime yesterday.

Firefighters had to swiftly attend to two municipal vehicles, one in Strand Street and the other in Govan Mbeki Avenue, after they were petrol- bombed.

On Monday, a bakkie transporting people to work was set alight after its driver and occupants were forced out of the vehicle by a group of men travelling in two taxis.

Municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said four sedan vehicles were badly damaged after they were pelted with stones at Struanway on Monday.

Earlier yesterday, a tipper truck belonging to a private company was petrol-bombed by youths in Victoria Drive, Walmer, after they jumped in front of the vehicle, forcing the driver to stop.

Janse van Rensburg said the group threw petrol bombs at the truck and ran away, leaving its cab badly damaged.

Late last night, gangs of youngsters were seen in Heugh Road near Walmer Township stoning cars.

And on the Uitenhage Road motorists were also being stoned.

Congress of the People (Cope) regional interim chairman Mike Xego has joined those condemning the strike, saying the party does not want to see the community suffer because of a decision made by a few individuals.

“There are people calling for a consumer boycott, we are saying let us give all the role players involved two weeks to resolve this amicably.

“If, after two weeks, there is no solution, then we, as Cope, will call on the community to gather in the halls and discuss a way forward.”

Xego said they could not allow the decision of a few to affect the majority. The people in the townships were suffering, children were forced to walk to school and adults were forced to walk to work.

DA provincial safety and security spokesman Bobby Stevenson called on the police to urgently intervene to ensure that a climate of freedom from fear of intimidation existed in Mandela Bay.

“It is a shocking indictment of our society that buses are not running because of fear of intimidation. A situation of lawlessness cannot be tolerated in a democracy, and our economy cannot be held to ransom.”

Stevenson said he had written to the provincial commissioner requesting that police members travel with commuters on buses equipped with radios.

Police vehicles should escort buses and that rapid response units be located in strategic spots to ensure the free movement of buses and other vehicles that wish to convey workers to work.

Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Percci) has condemned the acts of violence and intimidation.

Percci chief executive Odwa Mtati said: “The current situation is completely unacceptable as it removes the ability of business to plan and to operate effectively, and tramples on the rights to economic activity of individuals and businesses who are not party to the strike.”

SA National Civic Organisation secretary general Mcebisi Msizi yesterday warned that the strikes could lead to a backlash where consumers decided to boycott taxis.

“If taxis continue to abuse the sympathy of commuters, they might be taking them for granted,” said Msizi.

The metro‘s infrastructure and engineering executive director, Ali Said, said the taxi strike might jeopardise the expenditure of the directorate because construction on the BRT was suspended after construction workers received threats.

Said was speaking at a standing committee meeting yesterday.

The suspension might also compromise the hosting of the 2010 World Cup because, according to an agreement between the city and Fifa, there must be an accessible transport system and people must be safe.

“The strike was compromising both of these aspects.”

He said a report on the cost caused to the municipality by the disruption would be presented at the next committee meeting.

source The Herald

Additional reporting By Tabelo Timse and Nomahlubi Sonjica

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Human beings eat a lot of food. A typical human eats over a thousand pounds of food every year.

Why do we eat so much? There are two big reasons: building blocks and fuel.

Your body uses the building blocks in two different ways. When you are growing, you are adding new building blocks to your body. Your body is also repairing itself – taking out old blocks and replacing them with new ones.

The building blocks of your body are protein, and that’s why you are supposed to eat plenty of it. If you don’t eat enough protein, it is hard to grow.

The other thing your body needs is fuel. Just like a car needs gasoline, your body needs fuel so that your muscles can move and your brain can think.

Have you ever roasted marshmallows and had one catch on fire? Marshmallows burn because they contain a lot of energy, in the form of sugar. We measure the fuel coming into your body in terms of calories.

The funny thing is that in today’s society, Calories are everywhere. Pick up any snack food and you are looking at lots of calories.

For example, a single peanut M&M contains 12 calories. A big snack-size bag of M&Ms has 500 calories in it. Most kids need less than 1,500 calories per day – one bag of M&Ms is one- third of all the calories you need.

This cornucopia of calories is why obesity has become a problem in America. Unless a person is careful, it is really easy to take in too much fuel. Our bodies store all the excess fuel as fat.

It’s something to think about the next time you grab a snack!

Techno talk on menu as PE hosts bloggers‘ dinner

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IT MAY have been a relatively small first “27 dinner” for Port Elizabeth last weekend, but it is set to grow as word spreads about this enlightening “techno talk” aimed at bloggers.

The dinners take place on the 27th of each month, for marketers, entrepreneurs, writers, media practitioners, speakers and anyone computer-minded to share ideas, news and opinions over a meal.

Alternating monthly between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and – since last weekend – Port Elizabeth, the events are open to anyone who wants to attend or contribute technological expertise.

An intimate group of 20 “27 diners” arrived at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club at the Port Elizabeth harbour for their first dose of “techno chat”.

The first speaker was Greig Timkoe, a Bay conflict management specialist, whose talk centred around the dangers of e-mail.

Warning that e-mail could be a source of conflict in the workplace, Timkoe stressed that face-to-face communication was still invaluable, despite the improved, faster processes of the digital age.

Mark Bloomfield, an Adobe communications expert from the Bay, introduced the new Adobe Air, although this could have proved a little high-tech for technophobes.

Main speaker Ramon Thomas‘s talk on how to “blog your way to being an expert” had the audience captivated. A professional speaker, researcher, trainer, blogger and on-line behaviour specialist, Thomas, from Uitenhage, gave advice on how to position yourself as an expert in your chosen field.

Using his catch phrase, the “psychology of technology”, Thomas explained how positioning yourself via the internet could increase traffic to your blog and therefore improve your chances of picking up business – or credibility for being an expert in your field.

Using his own experience as an example, Thomas explained how he had been earmarked as an “online expert” by media who saw his blog on the internet. As a result, he has been quoted in popular magazines, been a guest speaker on SABC TV show Three Talk and interviewed by a host of other media.

He advised potential experts to choose a niche topic to blog about, interview experts in the related field, participate in online discussions and to write articles when blogging. “It‘s important to blog your own original content and not just link to others‘ pages,” he said.

Business cards were exchanged after the formal presentations and chatting of the interpersonal kind quickly got under way.

Newly blogging Uitenhage resident Yusuf Moses said the talks had helped him with his blogging aspirations. “I like that you can blog about whatever you want to but I didn‘t know where to start.”

Port Elizabeth‘s Greg Smith said the dinner allowed for the gap of faceless communication to be closed. “If you chat with people online, it‘s very different from sitting down and exchanging ideas over drinks. This was a great idea.”

The next “27 dinner” is expected to be held in Port Elizabeth in two months‘ time and the organisers hope even the computer ignorant can be converted one “byte” at a time.

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Full programme for Regional soccer sides

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THE Safa Nelson Mandela Bay Regional SAB soccer league resumes this weekend with a double-header for all the teams except Highland Spurs and Young Romans.

Spurs, who went into the recess at the top of the log, play Uitenhage Stars in a derby at the Jabavu Stadium tomorrow.

The full programme is:

Tomorrow: Real Aces v White City (NU 9 Stadium), Royal Bucks v PE United (NU11 Stadium), St George‘s v Morning Stars (Olympics), Uitenhage Stars v Highland Spurs (Jabavu Stadium), United Comrades v Real City (Isaac Wolfson Stadium), Aspen v Young Pirates (Chevrolet Stadium), Real Madrid v Young Professionals (Walmer Community Field), Tomorrow Stars v Young Chiefs (NU9 Stadium).

Sunday: Morning Stars v Uitenhage Stars (Zwide Stadium), PE United v St George‘s (Chevrolet Stadium), Real Aces v Royal Bucks (NU9 Stadium), Young Professionals v Tomorrow Stars (Isaac Wolfson Stadium), Young Pirates v Real Madrid (NU2 Stadium), Real City v Aspen (NU9 Stadium), Young Romans v United Comrades (Zwide Stadium), White City v Young Chiefs (New Brighton Oval).


RED City should pull away from the chasing pack in the New Brighton Premier League this weekend.

With a two-point lead and a match in hand, they play City Lads, who are struggling in ninth place, tomorrow.

Roaring Tigers, held to a surprise draw by lowly PE Sundowns, play Black Stars tomorrow and CCX Callies on Sunday.

The fixtures are:

Premier League Tomorrow: Eastern Jumpers v Boast Pirates, AmaKhosi v PE Sundowns, Bush Bucks v Real White City, Dodgers v PE Rovers, CCX Callies v Winter Rose, Roaring Tigers v Black Stars, City Lads v Red City, Pondo Stars v Kubs.

Sunday: Roaring Tigers v CCX Callies, Bush Bucks v PE Rovers, Dodgers v Real White City, Pondo Stars v PE Sundowns, AmaKhosi v Kubs, Winter Rose v Black Stars.

First Division Tomorrow: Amakhosi v City Strikers, Hubs v Kubs.

Sunday: PE United v Stinging Bees, Friendly City v Atlantic Chiefs, City Young Stars v City Defenders.


THE soccer fraternity in the metro has been saddened by the sudden death on Tuesday of one of the leading Northern Areas administrators, Gerald Korkie, 57.

Korkie captained Swallows in his playing days and then turned to administration. He was the chairman of the club when he died.

NMB soccer secretary Phakamile Daca said: “Gerald will never be forgotten for his tireless efforts, commitment and dedication to build the careers and future of players in the Northern Areas.”

He is survived by his wife Charmaine, three children and two grandchildren. The funeral will take place at the Audrey Renecke church in West End at 11am tomorrow.

source The Herald

Top matriculants share their secrets to success

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THEY cut down on TV, socialising and sport and spent long hours poring over their books, but the sacrifices were worth it for a bunch of Eastern Cape matrics who were named the boffins of the Class of 2008.

The province‘s bright sparks were happy to share their success secrets with Weekend Post, saying this year‘s new batch of matrics should start studying from day one in Grade 12 if they wanted to excel.

“I worked every day in class so I didn‘t have to study so hard when it came to exams and I only watched my favourite programme every week,” said top Grahamstown pupil Megan Yendall, 18, of Victoria Girls‘ High.

Top Graaff-Reinet matriculant Yvonne Scott, 18, of Union High agreed.

“Take it seriously from the beginning. And if you work really hard you can take the finals more calmly.”

Thembalethu Sikwana, 18, of Lungisa Senior Secondary School in KwaDwesi, who was named the top achiever among historically disadvantaged individuals (HDI) in the PE district, said cutting down on watching his favourite cartoons, jogging to de-stress and studying in groups led to his success.

Thembalethu, who wants to study medicine, scored 93 per cent for maths and 94% for life sciences.

Planning and sticking to a timetable were the secret of Emile Naude‘s success.

Emile, of Nico Malan High School, who was the Uitenhage district‘s top boffin, and who will be studying chemical engineering at Stellenbosch University this year, said he planned precisely what he needed to study for each subject.

“It is vital to study hard for the June and September exams. You can‘t start at the end of the year,” said Emile, who pulled off 94% for maths.

Making summaries and teaching his peers was central to the success of East London‘s top Grade 12 pupil, Pratik Pokharel, 17.

Pratik, of Selborne College, said he made “compressed notes” two weeks before exams began and then went over them a day or two before the finals.

“I gave up soccer, movies and going out during the exams,” said Pratik, who will be studying business or actuarial science at UCT this year.

For Melody van Rooyen, of Hoerskool Nico Malan, coming second in the Eastern Cape with six straight A‘s meant studying until 4am on some nights and giving up her hobbies.

“It was all worth it,” said Melody, who will study mechanical engineering at UCT this year.

Avuyile Kopolo, of St James Senior Secondary School in Cofimvaba, said her achievement of becoming the first pupil from a historically disadvantaged background to come third in the province with straight A‘s, was due to “preparing a long time before the exams and being determined and focused on my books”.

Weekend Post Matric of the Year 2008 winner Gerrit Maritz of Daniel Pienaar Technical High School said he was “pleased” with his seven distinctions out of eight subjects.

Daniel, who is enrolled for a degree in electrical engineering at Stellenbosch University this year, advised this year‘s new batch of Grade 12s to “study consistently from the moment the first bell goes with your finals in mind”.

source :Weekend Post

Taxi Striks before 2010

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MAYHEM erupted as hundreds of striking taxi drivers ran amok early yesterday, hurling stones at offices and passing cars, attacking municipal workers, setting a vehicle alight, blocking rush- hour traffic and crippling businesses in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Amid widespread condemnation over the wave of violence, urgent talks between city officials and taxi representatives collapsed late last night with defiant drivers vowing the wildcat strike would continue today, leaving thousands of commuters stranded.

Police, who yesterday drafted in reinforcements including the crack flying squad and rapid response unit members, will be on “high alert”. Police Captain Rassie Erasmus declared: “We will not let taxi drivers hold the city to ransom”.

The drama unfolded yesterday when more than 300 taxi drivers opposed to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system being implemented for the 2010 World Cup blocked major roads including the N2 freeway near Bluewater Bay and the Uitenhage road near Vista University.

Police arrested six people for public violence and confiscated “a number of taxis blocking the roads”. Motorists were left fuming in long traffic jams while many commuters were unable to get to work.

Traffic police and SAPS vehicles were stoned while a municipal vehicle was set alight outside Brister House in Govan Mbeki Avenue.

Police spokesman Captain Johann Rheeder said about 30 men ran up to a municipal car and smashed the windows. “They poured petrol on the car and set it alight.”

Yesterday‘s havoc follows an orgy of violence and looting, which raged in several parts of the city last November, leaving one person dead and others injured.

Police in Nyalas were deployed to quell the protests and officers were forced to fire rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

Nelson Mandela Bay municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said last night: “These violent actions do not belong in a peace-loving society.”

He added that workers at a BRT construction site in Govan Mbeki Avenue were attacked and offices stoned.

However a defiant metro public transport forum spokesman Melekile Hani told The Herald last night: “We are pledging our solidarity to our comrades. We are not going back to work! Until the municipality agrees to suspend work at BRT sites, and we secure the release of our arrested comrades, the strike continues. We apologise to commuters, but they must understand we are at war!”

Meanwhile, Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Odwa Mtati said the strike had “succeeded in causing maximum disruption” to businesses. “The shock of it was that no warnings were issued, so it‘s been very disruptive, especially since large parts of the industry only re-opened on Monday.”

The motor industry, particularly General Motors SA, was hit hard. GMSA spokesman Denise van Huyssteen said: “We are disappointed by the surprise strike, which has impacted on our ability to assemble vehicles.

“We only resumed full operations yesterday following a four-week break. Such actions send negative signals about doing business in this country, particularly at a time when we should be promoting political and economic stability.”

Eveready “definitely felt the impact of the strike”, spokesman Curt Bosman said. “Our workers on the afternoon shift have to leave earlier because they won‘t find taxis later, so we‘ll have to stop production. We might not even have nightshift.”

The DA also condemned the violence and chaos. Eastern Cape transport spokesman Pine Pienaar said: “The situation is just not acceptable”.

Kupido said the strike was especially disappointing “since this disruptive behaviour followed after an important meeting on Tuesday between the mayor and the industry.

“A task team consisting of representatives of the taxi industry and the municipality was established with the sole mandate to prepare for a transport indaba which will address the concerns of role-players in the industry.

“Despite this progressive step, some members of the taxi industry still went ahead with strike action and as a result inconvenienced many commuters who unfortunately rely solely on public transport.”

source : The herald

Techno-wise teens flock to stores for “Twitter-tracking” Apple iPhone gizmo

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Apple 3G iPhone South Africa Port Elizabeth UitenhageTHE eagerly-awaited Apple iPhone, released earlier this month complete with all the frills and fancies craved by gizmo-lovers, has seen cellphone stores in the Eastern and Southern Cape cleared out of their stock by frenzied buyers.

Not only are the young- at-heart clamouring for the latest cellphone toy which sells for R9000 for the handset on its own or R2000 and more on a two-year contract, but youngsters are also managing to get their mitts on the prized gadget.

Already some teenagers’ relentless nagging has paid off with brow-beaten parents flocking to stores en masse to buy the product for children as young as 14 years old, according to sales staff.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from Apple (company) fans who are familiar with the brand. The younger age group are our biggest buyers,” said Naasig Seharnick, a Port Elizabeth cellphone salesman at Cellucity. “Parents come in and pay cash for the phone.”

As if a complete library of music or photo albums was not enough, the phone also gives frequent Twitter updates“, short, SMS-like sentences stating what friends are up to throughout the day on the internet, as well as users’ global positioning system (GPS) co-ordinates.

East London cellphone salesman Renier North said despite the option of other cellphones which could do “similar things”, the iPhone was still coming out tops, especially among Apple technology lovers.

George salesman Geovan Theron said his customers chose the handset over all the others available. “With the iPhone you are getting the raw product that you can download applications for, so you can choose what you want,” he said.

And although better-halves might be occupying second place to the shiny toy, they can feel treasured as its handy GPS positioning means they can check up on their loved ones day or night, with their current co-ordinates posted on the internet via Twitter.

But with the lightening release of new technology comes the quicker pace of replacements, with website giants Google on the cusp of releasing their answer to the iPhone, the G1, or Google phone, heading to South Africa next year.

Techno-junkies say it’s bad news for Apple, but good news for consumers.

For those wanting to read a first-hand iPhone user’s account, log onto Justin McCabe’s blog and scroll down to the iPhone blog entry.

source: Weekend Post