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From timeslive.co.za:

South Africa has gone from hero to zero, with international investors turning their backs on the country under President Jacob Zuma’s poor leadership.

This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night.

“Can the ANC reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naïve to think that the party – for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions – could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities.  Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done better?” Hain asked.

He said the ANC has to address corruption and cronyism and lead the development of a new social compact if South Africa is to prosper.

He pointed to Zuma’s firing of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, which sent the rand plummeting and the stock exchange into meltdown, as an example of how badly the country was being run.

Full story here:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2016/02/05/From-hero-to-zero-International-investors-turning-their-backs-on-South-Africa

LOFTY BRITISH COMEDIENNE TAKES NO PRISONERS AT ONE NIGHT ONLY COMEDY SPECIAL

Statuesque British comedian Ava Vidal is joining the line-up for Comedy Central Presents Martin Evans Live at Cape Town Comedy Club (Cape Town Comedy Club, 25 February 2016).

The 5’11” former prison guard and mother of two was born Ava Beverley Vidal in Lambeth, South London, and began her career in comedy with an appearance on BBC’s Urban Sketch Show, before gaining wider fame as part of E4‘s Kings of Comedy.  A TV and radio regular, Vidal has also been involved in numerous other BBC shows including The Last Laugh, The Sack Race and The Crouches, and  starred in the  Channel 4 documentary From the Top, a half-hour show which followed her comedy journey.   Other notable appearances include BBC Radio 4’s satirical panel show The News Quiz and BBC Two’s Mock the Week. Continue reading

Nike Football introduces new colorways, with metallic Swooshes and a bold flash of color. The Nike Football Metal Flash pack will be availableFebruary 7 via the Nike Football App and February 9 on Nike.com.

The 4-silo Metal Flash Pack will be available in SA from February 11.

Follow the link for full story with images here: http://news.nike.com/news/nike-football-metal-flash-pack

Ajax Cape Town has regrettably been forced to withdraw from participation in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup. We have been unable to secure the safety of our players for a trip to Angola despite multiple efforts to get all arrangements in place.

We are bitterly disappointed that our players, who were looking forward to representing their country in continental competition, are now denied the opportunity of a lifetime but we are forced to put their welfare ahead of their dreams. Ajax Cape Town has been attempting for weeks to seek clarity from the Angolan Football Federation as regards the internal travel arrangements for the match against Sagrada Esperanca in Dundo on Saturday, February 13.

It is the responsibility of Angola to ensure internal travel but they have been unwilling, despite our numerous requests by e-mail and fax, to give us details of our internal flights. Continue reading

So, this has been something I have been meaning to write about for quite a while now, as I am always approached by individuals reselling popular makeup brands which I use all the time… except for at a fraction of the cost (which was my first alarm bell). It’s something one comes across ever so often online as well and so many are victims to the purchasing of counterfeit cosmetic brands.

Although I personally have not bought counterfeit products, this is something I decided to do a little research on. I hope you will find this post useful and that it helps you when faced with this head-scratching topic. Remember, just because it is being sold doesn’t make it authentic!

Watch out for fake MAC, Nars and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics being sold — there are a few other brands which pop up as well. Fake products are often so good at being fake that they can honestly pass for the real thing. There are however simple things which can assist you in determining the products authenticity.

How to spot the fakes : Continue reading

The rapid growth of Gamification and the computer game culture are helping to create more efficient and profitable contact centres, says leading Strategic Back Office Workforce Optimisation Consultant Graeme Gabriel from Verint, who conducted seminars in Johannesburg and Cape Town recently on the topic of how to boost profitability and performance in contact centres.

The seminars were offered by New York-based analytics company Verint Systems, and Inovo, a leading provider of technological solutions to customer care centres. They were invited by Contact Centre Management Group, the South African professional association for contact centre managers and supervisors.

Service quality drives customer loyalty
Verint recently published the results of a large-scale study of more than 18 000 consumers in nine countries, which found that customer service was the deciding factor in South Africans’ customer loyalty. It showed almost half of consumers would remain loyal even if it was not the cheapest option, depending on service quality.

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The City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, today launched the second leg of the City’s fire campaign in Bellville South. Fire-kit items were distributed to residents as part of the campaign.

The summer season has once again seen an increase in the number of fires, which has resulted in vast areas of vegetation being destroyed. But most tragically, it has resulted in the loss of lives, particularly in informal settlements and backyarder dwellings.

Just yesterday, a fire broke out in a backyarder dwelling in Bellville South which affected a number of structures, while 18 residents were displaced.

I am always saddened to hear of this, particularly as many of these tragic incidents could have been prevented by taking some basic precautions.

As part of our work to build a safe and caring city, the City of Cape Town is therefore conducting ongoing fire awareness campaigns, educating residents on potential dangers and how to take preventative measures in a bid to reduce the number of fires. Continue reading

Iconic American actor Matt LeBlanc has today been revealed as one of the new presenters of the upcoming and eagerly awaited return of Top Gear – the planet’s biggest motoring entertainment show. LeBlanc’s appointment marks the first time the show has ever had a non-British host in its 39-year history.

In what promises to be an explosive cocktail of car-obsessed entertainers and cultural clashes – the eagerly anticipated return of the revamped show is expected to noisily announce itself on BBC Two and TV screens everywhere this May.

The Golden Globe-winning star of the popular BBC comedy Episodes, LeBlanc’s international appeal has never been stronger despite filming the finale of his global hit Friends almost 12 years ago. He’s already a familiar face to Top Gear viewers, having been a two-time guest on the show and the fastest celebrity to date around the Top Gear track in its reasonably priced car. LeBlanc also presented the recent standalone spin-off Top Gear: The Races, where he led fans through some of the most memorable racing moments from the previous 22 series. Continue reading

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