FEATURE: Southern Africa’s ancient inhabitants evicted from ancestral lands – Times LIVE

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The government says it wants to integrate the hunter-gatherers into modern society. At the resettlement camp for Bushmen at New Xade, west of Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the only bar fills up in the afternoon. Customers play cards in the yard. One of them tries to tune-in an old radio for music. Some people are already so drunk they can barely stand. Empty beer cans litter the sand. “Everyone drinks in New Xade,” barmaid Kgomotsego Lobelo said from behind the counter in the bare concrete room, with bottles ranged neatly on shelves. “Even I drink. There is nothing else to do.” More than 3,000 Bushmen – also known as the San or Basarwa –…

PlayStation TV set for launch by year end – Times LIVE

PlayStation TV set for launch by year end AFP | 2014-06-10 12:24:55.0 Sony’s PlayStation 4. File photo. Its PlayStation TV box will launch at the end of 2014.Image by: Sunday Times Extra Sony Computer Entertainment on Monday said a PlayStation TV home entertainment system will debut in North America and Europe by the end of this year. The small, stand-alone PS TV box will be priced at $ 99 here and 99 euros in Europe. A bundle containing a wireless video game style controller, a memory card, and a “LEGO: The Movie” video game from Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment will sell for $ 140. PS TV is designed as a platform for games, films, television…

Case postponed for cops who shot at Khuli Chana – Times LIVE

Case postponed for cops who shot at Khuli Chana Sapa | 2014-04-24 12:57:10.0 South African rapper Khuli Chana. File photo.Image by: Tshepo Mashego The trial of two police officers who allegedly shot at musician Khuli Chana was postponed in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, his lawyer said. “The defence for the police officers wanted to be given time to go through the docket, and also to consult with their clients as to whether they would plead guilty or not,” said Chana’s lawyer Cliff Alexander. The officers face charges of attempted murder. Chana, whose real name is Khulane Morule, was not in court. Police shot at the award-winning musician’s car when he allegedly failed to…

‘Conversation crowdsourcing': would you let the internet put words in your mouth? – Times LIVE

‘Conversation crowdsourcing': would you let the internet put words in your mouth? AFP Relaxnews | 2014-02-22 12:46:18.0 “Crowdpilot” iPhone App We’ve all been there… you’re on a first date and all of a sudden you can’t think of a single thing to say. But how would you feel if online strangers could step in and direct you? A new app called Crowdpilot which lets you ‘crowdsource your conversations’ has been designed exactly for that purpose. The concept allows users to stream live conversations to the web — either to a selected group of contacts or to the whole world — and get assistance and advice. Designer Lauren McCarthy was inspired to create the app following a social…

Hit poachers where it hurts most – the horn: iLIVE – Times LIVE

Hit poachers where it hurts most – the horn: iLIVE Colin Currell, by e-mail | 2013-07-29 00:25:34.0 Users of rhino horn will stop buying it only if their health is placed at riskImage by: THULI DLAMINI “Fight stepped up as 515 rhino die” ( July 25) refers. The figure so far equates to an average kill rate of more than 73 rhino a month for the first seven months this year. By December the number will probably be in the order of 882. When will the government, senior officials at the Environmental Affairs Department and most well-meaning South Africans realise that current conventional methods to save rhino are doomed? All this achieves is to rob…

Vavi dodges one bullet – Times LIVE

Vavi, flanked by his wife, Noluthando, could not contain his excitement during an exclusive interview with The Times. As soon as his worried children arrived back from school, he announced to them that he was off the hook. “That woman has just withdrawn the case against me,” Vavi told his son as soon as he walked through the door. The boy jumped with joy and hugged his father. The two remained in the embrace for more than a minute. In the brief interview, Vavi warned his political nemeses that he was here to stay: “I am not going to resign from my position, it’s not my family that elected me into the Cosatu position but…

Doctor tells of initiation horrors – Times LIVE

The tradition, which goes back centuries, is meant to usher youths into manhood, inculcating them with the ability to take on the responsibilities of an adult who is a valued member of his community. But at least 60 boys have died since the start of the initiation season in May, 30 of them in Eastern Cape in the past six weeks. About 300 have been admitted to hospitals. Dingeman Rijken, a doctor at the Holy Cross Hospital, has treated so many cases that he is campaigning for more proficiency at the ceremonies and has circulated a training manual that calls for adequate medical precautions. The manual contains graphic images of circumcisions and illustrates the best…

Vavi faces suspension over new complaint – Times LIVE

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The complaint is that Vavi employed a woman – who is now accusing him of rape – without following due processes. Cosatu members who are to bring the complaint this week want the trade union federation to investigate whether Vavi flouted its rules when he hired the 26-year-old woman. According to the Sunday Times, the woman was hired at Cosatu a year ago without being properly interviewed. “We met at his office, just me and him. We discussed the salary package, but no paperwork was signed at that stage. There wasn’t even an interview. Vavi said he would inform the other office-bearers,” she told the paper. Cosatu is expected to start a formal internal investigation…

Vavi’s rape accuser speaks – Times LIVE

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