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38th Durban International Film Festival Begins Tomorrow With ‘Serpent’ Premiere

38th Durban International Film Festival

38th Durban International Film Festival – Durban will kick off Thursday the next edition of the Durban International Film Festival equipped with 225 features, short films and docs, mostly from South African productions and many from elsewhere of Africa. The event is the longest-running film fest in South Africa that focuses to show assortment of originality. It will open up ...

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Routes Africa 2014 heads to Victoria Falls

Routes, the global network of conferences for the aviation industry, is looking back at an extraordinary year when at all their key events new attendance records were established. Over 5,600 delegates attended the six forums that Routes organised around the globe in 2013, the premier global event of World Routes in Las Vegas, USA, the Routes Asia in Mumbai, India, the Routes Europe in Budapest, Hungary, the Routes Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, the Routes Africa in this correspondent’s home city of Kampala, Uganda and Routes CIS in Donetsk, Ukraine. These gatherings, which focused entirely on aviation route development, have become the must attend events of the year that shape the world’s air services. Katie Bland, the recently appointed Director of Routes, when reviewing the last year and looking ahead to 2014, was quoted to have said: ‘Routes is where the aviation industry decides where people will fly in the future. With 16,000 face-to-face meetings at World Routes alone, our events play a crucial role in shaping the future of air services around the world. In 2013, around 100 CEOs and Tourism Ministers plus 300 senior executives of airlines, airports and tourism authorities attended our global event in Las Vegas. This is simply unrivalled in the aviation industry. The record attendance at our events highlights the growing importance of intelligent network planning – not just for airlines and airports, but also for tourism authorities, cities and regions. They increasingly throw their weight behind the development of new air services which are integral to their economic growth and development’. The following six events will take place in 2014, once again providing the platform for the aviation industry to come together and discuss cooperation and innovation for their region, and then, at the World Routes in September in Chicago, on a global basis again: Routes Americas: 23-25 February, San Salvador, El Salvador Routes Asia: 9-11 March, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia Routes Europe: 6-8 April, Marseille, France Routes Africa: 22-24 June, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe World Routes: 20-23 September, Chicago, Illinois, USA Routes CIS: date and host to be announced very soon In addition have future events already been announced for 2015, which includes bringing World Routes in Durban to Africa, Routes Europe in Aberdeen, Scotland and Routes Asia in Kunming, China as well as Routes Americas in Denver, Colorado, USA.

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S. Africa beat India in Kallis’ final Test

Jacques Kallis ended his Test career with a victory as South Africa beat India by 10 wickets in Durban. Kallis is hoisted on the shoulder of his team-mates after South Africa’s 10-wicket victory. Net photo. The 38-year-old all rounder, who struck his 45th Test century on Sunday, is the third highest Test run scorer, with 13,289 runs from his 166 matches. Kallis was not required to bat again as South Africa reached their target of 58 soon after tea to win the series 1-0.  Earlier Ajinkya Rahane was the last wicket to fall in India’s 223, four short of a maiden Test century. The South Africa players all wore T-shirts featuring an image of Kallis and the words ‘the only player to score 10,000 runs and take 250 wickets’ emblazoned on the back. They joined the all-rounder for a lap of honour around the Kingsmead outfield, the ground where he made his Test debut against England as a 20-year-old in 1995. “It’s a very tough day but my team-mates have made it a special game and I couldn’t ask for a better exit,” said Kallis, who will continue to play one-day internationals. South Africa skipper Graeme Smith said: “We’ve enjoyed time in many changing rooms and had many victories for the Proteas. He’s a really outstanding human being it’s been a privilege to get to know him as a person and a friend. It’s emotional and humbling to see the effect he has had.” India began the final day 98 runs behind with eight wickets still intact but had the worst possible start when Virat Kohli was given out caught behind from the first ball of the day. Replays showed the short ball from Dale Steyn clipped Kohli’s shoulder – but with the Indian authorities objecting to the use of the Decision Review System during the series, no review was possible. There was little doubt about the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara in Steyn’s next over, however, a rapid delivery moving off the seam and crashing into the off-stump. That brought Rahane to the crease in only his third Test, and although wickets continued to fall around him, he reached his second 50 of the match with a single in the final over before lunch. With nine wickets down, Rahane drove Vernon Philander down the ground to reach 90 and then added a six over point two balls later, before his leg-stump was disturbed with the final ball of the over. Kallis led the players off the field but there was no change in the batting order as regular openers Smith and Alviro Petersen took less than 12 overs to secure a victory that increases South Africa’s lead over India at the top of the Test rankings. Agencies

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A toast to South Africa’s black middle class

In the summer of 2005, South Africa–based entrepreneur Marilyn Cooper decided to give her neighbors in a suburb of the capital, Pretoria, a barbecue treat. Alluding to the inscription on her drinking glasses, “Soweto Beer Festival,” she asked her guests, “Why can’t we have a Soweto wine festival?” The economic situation was just right for such a celebration, she felt, as many residents of Soweto, a predominantly black township in Johannesburg, were already showing flashes of middle-class life: buying new cars, modern electronics, mobile phones, designer dresses and houses. And they appeared to love a good wine. Within a year Ms. Cooper had found a partner, Mnikelo Mangciphu, with whom she organized the first-ever Soweto Wine Festival. It has now become a popular annual event. She also owns a winery and business is booming, but she believes that better days are still ahead as she targets a rising black middle-class market. Ms. Cooper is not the only one to be excited about the steady growth of the South African black middle class. Speaking at the Forbes Africa Forum in Congo-Brazzaville in July, South African president Jacob Zuma enthusiastically lauded current progress. “The [black middle-class] growth demonstrates that we are making progress in improving the quality of life and extending opportunities to those who were oppressed only 19 years ago before the dawn of freedom.” Growing demographic But who exactly is in the middle class in South Africa? Although the African Development Bank describes as middle class in a developing economy anyone earning more than $2 per day, a study by John Simpson, director of the University of Cape Town’s Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing, defines middle-class South Africans as those who earn between $1,550 and $4,800 per month or who meet certain criteria, for instance, having a white-collar job and owning a car. In a recent study, Four Million and Rising, Mr. Simpson agrees with President Zuma’s upbeat assessment and provides backup data. For example, currently 40% of black professionals work in the civil service, compared to 13% of whites. This has led to the rise of income levels in black families, which in turn has led to increased consumption. The study found that between 2004 and 2012, the number of black middle-class families who owned a DVD player increased from 30% to 63%; the number with computers at home increased from 19% to 45%; and of those owning microwaves from 60% to 92%. Nicholas Nkosi, a manager with South Africa’s Standard Bank, adds his voice to the excitement about a new and financially empowered black middle class. More blacks are buying homes than before, he told Africa Renewal in an interview. In addition, his bank’s 2013 report shows that car sales to blacks increased by 19% between 2011 and 2012, compared to an increase of 7% for white customers during the same period. Lyn Foxcroft, a business consultant who studied wine consumption among emerging consumers in South Africa, writes, “Of the 8.3 million adults classified as middle class in 2012, 51% are black, 34% white…. This is a dramatic shift from the 2004 proportions: white 52%, black 32%” South Africa’s middle class generally spends a whopping $40 billion annually. Its 4.2 million black middle-class citizens represent a chunk of this amount, with nearly half having a post-secondary degree and more than 50% of families sending their children to private schools. Finance minister Pravin Gordhan adds that since 1994, per capita national income is up 40%, while up to four in five people are now connected to the electric power grid. Economy’s engine Available data, says Mr. Simpson, indicates an expansion of the black middle class, and he sees this demographic as the engine of the South African economy because of its strong purchasing power and contribution to the national coffers through taxes...

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South Africa mall collapses, one worker dead, 50 trapped

At least one person was killed and up to 50 more were trapped under rubble after a half-built shopping mall collapsed near the South African coastal city of Durban, emergency services and domestic media said on Tuesday. Those trapped are believed to be construction workers A further 26 people had been taken to hospital in the town of Tongaat, 30 km (20 miles) north of Durban, with “massive traumatic injuries”, Chris Botha, a spokesman for the Netcare 911 emergency service, told Reuters. It was not yet clear what had caused the collapse. Television footage showed police and rescue workers walking over large piles of rubble and twisted metal lying next to a railway track. Botha said the second floor of the structure had given way. “The scene is extremely horrific … concrete big blocks have fallen on to people,” he told broadcaster ENCA from the scene. “The guys are busy using hydraulic rescue equipment to break through the concrete and get to some of the patients.” Reuters

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Air Seychelles increases reach into South Africa

Air Seychelles has announced an increase in codeshared flights to destinations within South Africa, in conjunction with South African Airways, substantially increasing its reach into key markets beyond Johannesburg. New are 6 codeshared flights each from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, which will link visitors going to the Seychelles directly to the three Air Seychelles Airbus A330 flights which operate each week between the two countries. During the peak tourism season Air Seychelles will add 5 more flights from Mahe to Johannesburg, on December (2013) 14, 21 and 28 and January (2014) 04 and 11 to meet the sharp rise in demand for seats to the islands. These flights are codeshared with South African but operated by Air Seychelles as are the 6 flights from Mahe to Praslin which have been designated as code share flights. It is understood from usually well informed sources close to the airline that discussions are already underway to add more regional destinations in Southern Africa to the present code share deal, as well as destinations outside the African continent, there mainly looking at South African Airways’ South and North American destinations, which would offer the most direct link in terms of flight distance and routing from there to the Seychelles. Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles’ CEO, was quoted to have said on the occasion of making the announcement of the increased code share partnership: ‘Thanks to our new codeshare expansion, South Africa’s regional cities are more accessible than ever to our guests. It is the logical next step in our cooperation, which has seen solid quarter-to-quarter traffic growth on the Johannesburg-Seychelles route since the partnership began in May. With the help of South African Airways, we look forward to extending awareness of our beautiful islands in these four cities, appealing to a new generation of business and leisure travellers, thereby providing revenue that will contribute to the future of our airline and our home economy’. Details on the various schedules of code shared flights can be accessed viawww.airseychelles.com

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More Ugandans interested in baseball

The increase in the number of Ugandan youths attending the Major League Baseball African Elite Camp in South Africa is evidence the game is picking up fast in the country. This year the organizers have recommended 14 players to participate in the camp at the Hoy Park Sports Complex in Durban, December 5-14, where the Ugandans are going to compete for slots in the Major League Baseball teams in the US and Canada. This is the third year that Ugandan players will compete in the camp although on all previous occasions, none has succeeded. But even then, the exposure and experience they get from the camps has been vital. “This shows improvement of our baseball. The number has been rising. We had six to 10 last year and now we have 14 slots. Participants have come from Lugazi, Kampala, Jinja and Arua,” re-elected chairman of Uganda Baseball and Softball Association (UBSA) George Mukobe stated. The MLB African Elite Camp will bring together the very best young players from around Africa to train with top Major League Baseball instructors. It is during the camp that the instructors and coaches will identify players talented enough to compete for a place at a professional baseball club. MLB coaches from South Africa and UK were in Kampala between September 2-5 and held trials. The team selected includes: D. Arago, G. Bekunda, J.Byanyima, J. Cairo, G.Drani, J.Droma, J. Esabu, K. Kisalama, S. Majeta, D. Ogen, R. Okello, M. Omeri, P. Opio and T. Opio. By Silvano Kibuuka, The New Vision

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