#Budget2017

Got to cover “the lighter” side of this year’s budget speech, via the annual Budget Speech Competition. Twenty finalists battled it out to win over R400 000 in cash prizes for their essays, outlining what economic fixes there are for some of South Africa’s most pressing issues.

Day one was a simulation game that involved allocating and re-allocating the national budget, watch here.

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Simulated budget allocation. Photo: Me

The group also had individual interviews that day with a panel of judges, to motivate why their innovative ideas(s) deserve the win.

They were given a keynote address by Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan the following night, at a fancy pants dinner – winners announced on the night as well. Watch that report, here.

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“Sweets with the change”

“CAPE TOWN – Jewellery that brings Cape Town’s Cape Flats to life –  designed from childhood memory. Stacy Beukes’s concept range, Sweets with Change, is selling like hot cakes.

Inspired by life on the Cape Flats, this jewellery speaks to distinct childhood memories. Aptly-named concept range, Sweets with Change, draws on trips to corner shops in Grassy Park.”

Watch full report from 16min26sec here.

Source: eNCA 

Clifton waiter apologises for ‘2 Blacks’ bill

“CAPE TOWN – The waiter responsible for describing patrons as “2 Blacks” at The Bungalow at Clifton Beach in Cape Town has said he never intended the offence taken.

Screengrab of slip.
Screengrab of slip.

The waiter, Mike Dzange, says he regrets the controversial incident.

“I’d like to apologise deep from my heart for the trouble I have caused; it happened without intention of hurting anybody. I’d sincerely like to apologise to Mr Scott and partner,” Dzange, a Zimbabwean national said.

He has been suspended from The Bungalow, where he has worked for eight years.

Scott Maqetuka tweeted a picture of this slip describing him as one of two blacks, accusing the Bungalow restaurant in Clifton of racism.

Dzange admits he was wrong to use racial descriptions for patrons. He has been suspended in the interim.”

eNCA caught up with Dzange.

Scopa clamps down on government

“Around R46-billlion has been lost to irregular and fruitless expenditure in the last year alone. Now a concerted effort is being made to put a stop to this trend in government departments.”

Watch full report here.

Source: eNCA

Swimma Caps, swimming caps for dreadlocks and braids

“CAPE TOWN – Daily struggles with an ill-fitting swimming cap has led a Cape Town mother to think out of the box.

The saying ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ proved true, as her unique creation – borne out of frustration – shows.

Swimma Caps cater for big hair, like creator Numvuyo Treffers’ long dreadlocks.

She previously opted not to swim because of her hair.

https://twitter.com/ShannaSachi/status/781552838992392192

The caps come in two sizes: afro regular and afro large, using waterproof silicone material.

Different sizes and colours are being developed, and Treffers says sales are going swimmingly.

Watch full story here.

 

Source: eNCA

Life of former Pollsmoor Prison inmate hits the big screen

“CAPE TOWN– An audience at a special screening at Pollsmoor was brought to tears by big screen images of the tale about life inside the maximum security prison. The story, scripted by the former prison inmate, also details his life on the Cape Flats.”

Watch full story here: http://www.enca.com/media/video/life-of-former-pollsmoor-prison-inmate-hits-the-big-screen

** I loved this movie and think everyone should see it. Beautifully written, masterfully directed and the actors were brilliant in their roles.

Source: eNCA

Great Whites on sharp decline

“CAPE TOWN – Fewer than 500 great white sharks remain along South Africa’s coastline.

Stellenbosch University researchers say the apex predators face possible extinction.

Using genetic and photographic methods, researchers have tracked down the entire population — and they are worried about the low numbers.

Poaching, pollution and excessive use of shark nets in public waters have been cited as leading contributors.

Shark jaws and fins are sold for millions of rands, and researchers say protection, increased regulation and fewer nets would benefit the species.

“Our white sharks are in danger, there are very few left. So we’re trying very hard to get the nets out of the ocean,” said Stellenbosch University professor Conrad Matthee.

“But it’s a complicated issue because the nets also provide a false sense of security towards humans – they think because there are nets there won’t be shark attacks, therefore the tourism industry is booming.”

Without the predators in our waters, the entire ocean eco-system could fall off kilter.”

Source: eNCA