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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng April 18th 2014

I flew into South Africa on Friday morning after dog's-legging it via Dubai. Did you know that some of the door handles are detachable in Dubai International? I discovered this to be the case when I went to the toilet which got me thinking about their aircraft. It was not conducive to a healthy state of mind (I was flying Emirates on both legs: UK -> Dubai -> Joburg) so I pushed that to one side... Detachable door handles aside the flights were fairly uneventful. I watched a couple of movies and caught a few winks where I could. The best part as far as I was concerned was looking out the window over Southern Africa after sunrise. I've always felt that if geography lessons were taught from the bird's eye perspective of a Being 777 ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Pretoria April 11th 2014

Yesterday we were going to catch the train to Pretoria, South Africa’s capital, but to do that we had to find the station, so with dud confident that he could take us to the station direct, we wondered through the streets in circles for half an hour until dud swallowed his pride and asked for directions. From the station we caught the train to Pretoria and set off from the station to find the parliament house, and lo, more wandering under the guidance of the great dud. Then he again relented and we caught the bus back to the train station were we got a taxi to monument hill from there we climbed the 500 steps up to the top were I looked town and my legs literally turned to jelly as the marble floor made ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton April 10th 2014

Mum, Dad, Chris and I flew out from Perth to Joburg at midnight, it was hell. The only positive was the fact we had a spare seat next to us so we could sort off lie down during the flight. There were two twins behind us that cried ALOT!! Dad had also ditched us for business class… >: (Chris and I slept for four hours and Mum for two… dad probably slept the whole flight.) We landed, after what seemed like an eternity, at 4:30 am local time, an 11 hour flight. We got to our hotel at 6 and checked into a temporary room so we could freshen up and relax. We had breakfast (see paragraph7) I had a bacon and cheese omelette. Then we went to Sandton city, like a giant shopping centre – ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Pretoria April 7th 2014

Oscar Pistorius Highlights Culture of Crime in South Africa I attended the trial today in Pretoria- in fact anyone can go into the overflow of the court and see Oscar speaking live –it’s called “ open justice” and it must be really the worst experience of his life. Today I watched how Oscar explained to his defense attorney (they go first)-the prosecutor will get his chance in the next day or so… He looked tearful at times…speaking with a respectful tone to the judge… open…transparent…answering the questions to the best of his ability… generally trying to give his version of the events… Mr. Le Roux began by asking him if he had ever taken any drugs or sports enhancing medication …to which Oscar replied “ No”- THEN it went to his early life , his good ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 29th 2014

CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE CONSTITUIONAL COURT ISSUES DIRECTIONS The Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein , Johannesburg has issued directions in the matter between the AFRICA UNITE party and the IEC case No.CCT 45/14. The case against the IEC is whether the security deposit required under the IEC constitution shows “seriousness” or infringes on the Right to Stand for Public Office under Section 19, b of the Bill of Rights. Mr. Denton, President of the AUP has brought the case against the IEC; to the highest court in the land to decide this issue once and for all; and for all South Afri... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng March 25th 2014

HOW TO STOP ANARCHY IN SOUTH AFRICA Many times in the past people have predicted this country would slip into chaos and mayhem. It happened in 1976 and the property prices dropped to the floor…thousands left South Africa in their droves (mostly white people) and sold everything for as much as they could get… fearing a Mau MAU MOB of bloodthirsty cannibal communists. It didn’t happen. But it sent enough shock waves amongst the business community that shortly afterwards in 1980 the rand dropped for the first time. The rand was at one point one dollar to one rand… today its 11 rand to one dollar. What’s changed? We got our freedom…everything should be banana, pineapple and coconut… it isn’t. it’s called business confidence. South Africa i... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Soweto March 21st 2014

Media Release 21ST March, 2014, Human Rights Day The Africa Unite Party stands with the EFF and the DA to call for the swift impeachment of the president of the Republic of South africa on corruption charges following the Nkandla report of Thuli Madonsela. We as AFRICA UNITE dedicated to Human Rights and transparent government have decided to take a stand against the misappropriation of public funds by Mr. Zuma. We feel it not only discredits our nation in the eyes of the world but also all of our citizens and those who have had faith in the ANC as a political organisation with integrity. Today on Human Rights Day we will be holding a protest outside Johannesburg Police Station( John Vorster Square) from 10 am and we will also be laying a charge against the ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 21st 2014

Media Release 2/Zumagate 21st March 2014- Human Rights Day. Africa Unite Party has joined the “coalition of the willing” by opening up a docket today against President Zuma for theft, fraud and corruption. Shortly after 2 pm the leader of the party Mr. Denton entered the largest police station in South Africa- also known as John Vorster Square. He was not accompanied by a large entourage of lawyers, media or spectators but went representing the” little man” …the average South African who is sick and tired of the rampant rot that has besmirched the good name of our country... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 16th 2014

After a busy week of on-calls, GSWs (gun shot wounds), emergency theatre lists and needle stick scares we were well ready for a weekend break. First stop, Centurion for Australia vs SA T20. Let's hope the South Africans give the Aussies a good battering!! Sneaking in through a back entrance of the Supersport car park we were soon placed pitch side, beer (and vuvuzela!) in hands and ready for some lighting-paced cricket action. But not before a cheeky appearance on KFC Kids For Cricket Radio!! Surrounded by Afrikaners friends we quickly got sucked into the atmosphere. 6...4...6!!!! The South African openers were putting on a real show! Unfortunately the rest of the team didn't follow suit and on a slow, boggy outfield the Proteas slumped to a measly 135-9. With half time looming the trauma trio ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 14th 2014

Johannesburg, RSA (March 14, 2014) We've all arrived safely in Joburg, and gathered up our luggage, cleared immigration and customs, exchanged money and met Barbi Moore at the airport. We're staying the night at the City Lodge - not the one at the airport but a newer one just a couple of miles away. A Megabus picked us and our luggage up and now we're paired up and settling in to the hotel. Dinner tonight in about one hour, then we'll all crash I'm sure. We get up early for breakfast tomorrow and head out in vans to the George Hotel in Manzini, Swaziland. The trip was long and tedious, but uneventful. Its impressive how they are able to fill every seat in the plane these days. We arrived about 20 minutes ahead of schedule - ... read more
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