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					Greetings all readers!

We trust that you are well and are enjoying either spring or autumn! Winter is on our doorstep
in Pretoria - the leaves are falling and the blankets have made a comeback from the
cupboards ... Let us start with our usual message:

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South African music and Afrikaans books can now be delivered to your doorstep! Kalahari.net
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As of April 19 2006, the British authorities will no longer allow South Africans travelling with
temporary travel documents access to Great Britain. South Africans who have already made
travel arrangements, have until June 1 2006 to get into to Britain, but not after that.
Therefore please renew your passports in time. It currently takes about 6 weeks - apply in

                                           Get your voice back
                                    Participate in creating a new vision now!

                                     Contributions are required for the compilation of a

                                              Civil Rights Manifesto
                                 South African minorities are increasingly withdrawing from
                                 the public debate and actions. Some even leave the
                                 country. This is the direct result of a lack of meaningful
                                 future expectations and vision.

                                 AfriForum, Solidarity's newly established civil rights
                                 initiative, invites you to assist us in writing a manifesto
                                 which can be used to create a new future.

Just as hundreds of people made contributions to participate in writing the ANC's “Freedom
Charter” in 1955, the time has now come for minorities to give their unlimited number of inputs
for a new manifesto. Individuals and organisations are requested to:

       Make suggestions re the contents of the manifesto in order to ensure a future here for
        all of us;
       Provide information about problems which they currently experience with the
        implementation of trends of policy such as “transformation”;
       Suggest possible solutions for these problems.

You are most welcome to send your inputs to: afriforum@solidariteit.co.za, or mail it to
P.O. Box 17216, Lyttelton, 0140, or fax it to +27-(0)12-664-1281.


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Beeld wrote on April 5 2006: "A housing scheme with 2 000 residential units has been
unveiled in one of the most sensitive and most important bird areas, with the blessings of the
Cape conservation authorities. Don’t be dismayed – this is good news! The “residential
units” are fibreglass canopies in which penguins on Dyer Island (near Gansbaai) can make
their nests. The island offers very little shelter for the penguins and during the breeding
season the nests are often raided by seagulls. In the 1970s there were approximately 25 000
penguins on the island, but by 2000 only about 2 000 breeding pairs were counted. An
initiative by an operator of ecological tours in the area, Mr Wilfred Chivell, led to the
construction of the penguin canopies, which are very popular with the birds. The canopies are
being marketed at R350-00 each among people who would like to help the penguins. If you
are one of them, deposit your donation to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust with First
National Bank, Hermanus, branch code 200412, cheque account no. 621 0020 3497. Your
assistance is greatly appreciated.


       For “hard news” you can visit http://www.news24.com or one of News24’s other
        websites daily.
       South Africa’s boatbuilding industry is worth R1,3 billion per year. Increasing numbers
        of orders are being received from abroad and the industry suffers from a great lack of
        local expertise. This led to the recent opening of the South African Boatbuilding
        Academy on the Westlake campus of the False Bay College. Students are trained in
        all facets of the industry and a national diploma in small vessel construction can be
        acquired after three years’ study.
       In the previous newsletter we reported on widespread power outages in the Western
        Cape and the enormous damages suffered by traders and manufacturers. It is
        calculated that the business community suffered losses totalling as much as R5,6
        billion, but Eskom will not recompense the businesses.                Minister of Public
        Enterprises, Alec Erwin, told the victims to claim compensation from their insurance
        companies. Eskom is planning a campaign to encourage South Africans to save
       South Africa is experiencing a great shortage of social workers. Government is even
        thinking of recruiting social workers in Cuba. The situation is at its worst in the poorer
        provinces, like Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, and inadequate salaries do little to
        encourage people to move there. 16 000 new social workers will be needed in the
        next 3 years if the shortage is to be addressed adequately.
       This month’s loveliest “aah shame” story concerns Sam (9), a Labrador. His Springs-
        based owners gave him away because they suffer badly from (dog-hair induced)
        allergies. Sam and his buddy Rory were given to a family in the vicinity of
        Muldersdrift. Sam walked back more than 80km to his owners in Springs and arrived
        sore-footed and worn-out. The owners decided to get shots for the hay fever rather
        than to get rid of Sam again. They also plan to visit Rory, to check whether he has
        settled into his new home!
       Steve Hofmeyr and Carike Keuzenkamp gave very successful shows in London.
        South Africans living in Fraser Valley, Vancouver, Canada are now begging Steve
        also to pay them a visit. Canada apparently has around 80 000 South African
       A look at South Africa’s tax income:
        R125,4 billion (31%) contributed by personal tax,
        R114,9 billion (27%) from VAT,
        R88,8 billion (21%) from company tax,
        R20,4 billion (5%) from the fuel levy,
        R18,4 billion (4%) from customs duty,
        R15,7 billion (4%) from excise duty and ad valorem tax,
        R12,3 billion (3%) from secondary company taxes,
        R8,5 billion (2%) from transfer duties and
        R4,8 billion (1%) from retirement fund taxation.
       New vehicle sales hit an all-time record in March 2006 by exceeding 60 000 for the
        first time. In total 61 799 commercial and passenger vehicles were sold. This is an
        increase of 29,1% on the figure for March 2005.
        In April 2006 the 12 Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) came to an end.
        Attendance was down since it did not coincide with the Easter weekend this year, but
        the income generated by the festival was approximately the same as in 2005. There
        were fewer shows, which meant better houses for all the performers.
       Third World immigrants regard South Africa as a gateway to the First World.
        According to the International Organisation for Migration, this is because of the
    country’s diversity, inadequate border control and corruption in the Department of the
    Interior. Syndicates help groups of immigrants to enter the country illegally and
    frequently obtain counterfeit South African travel documents for them, which enables
    them to move on to Europe and the US. In the past the syndicates mainly
    concentrated on the exploitation of unskilled labourers, children and sex workers, but
    now the fear exists that terrorists may use the process to destabilise the West.
   South African property prices are expected to increase by an average of 12% this
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    year. Average building costs in the 4 quarter of 2005 was R2 960/m in Gauteng,
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    R4 472/m in KwaZulu-Natal, R4 203/m in the Western Cape and R3 622/m on
    average countrywide.
   South African newspapers are at present full of stories about brutal murders, among
    them the murders of several Limpopo farmers, actor Brett Goldin and award-winning
    TV director Ken Kirsten. Farmers belonging to Agri-Limpopo are even considering, in
    reaction to the murders, applying to the UN for asylum status. In the five years
    between 2000 and 2004 there were 4 126 farm attacks countrywide, and 562 farm
    murders – horrifying numbers. Several South African church leaders this month
    proposed a day of prayer against crime.
    Prof Nic Wiehahn (76), labour law expert, died of a heart attack on April 5 , 2006.
   Dr Allan Boesak won this year’s Andrew Murray Prize for the best Christian book in
    Afrikaans. The prize was awarded for his book Die Vlug van Gods Verbeelding. The
    prize-giving ceremony will take place on May 5 in Wellington.
   The World Bank has voted R11 million to help South Africa dispose of thousands of
    tonnes of expired poisonous substances and chemicals. The country has already got
    rid of approximately 1 000 tonnes of chemicals and poisons in an environmentally
    friendly way over the past few years. People who have chemicals of this description
    in their possession can contact the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
    to arrange free disposal.
   Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s head adorns a new 1-ounce gold coin and R1 silver coin
    introduced by the South African Mint in April 2006. He is the second South African
    Nobel Prize winner to be honoured in this fashion. Nest year it will be the turn of
    Nelson Mandela and F W de Klerk.
   A few weeks ago a small diamond mining company, Nare Diamonds, brought the
    defunct Schmidts Drift Mine near Kimberley back into operation after the previous
    operator had gone bankrupt. On April 19 2006 Nare found a 235-carat diamond –
    the find of a lifetime!
   The world’s most authoritative law body, the International Bar Association, warned
    South Africa not to tamper with the South African Constitution in an tempt to find short
    term solutions for problems of the day. The warning came in response to the
    controversial proposed amendments by the Justice Department, including
    amendments that will take away the South African judiciary’s control of its own
    administration and budget, giving the Minister of Justice too much control over the
    appointment of acting judges in the Constitutional Court and limiting the powers of the
    courts to give fair and equal restitution to the disadvantaged. Well-known legal minds,
    including Richard Goldstone and George Bizos, have spoken up against the
    proposed amendments.
   The South African Institute of Race Relations’ annual survey on the state of the
    country contains sobering statistics all too evident in many families. Young whites
    are leaving the country in droves. While there are some 200 000 white teenagers,
    when it comes to young adults between the ages of 25 and 30 the figure drops by
    half. Another statistic from the survey, namely that graduates in the vital fields of
    engineering, commerce and management sciences are two to three times more likely
    to be white, shows that the future of sustained economic growth looks precarious.
    While many young people embark on world travels once they have finished their
    tertiary education, it would be interesting to know how many return of them. Most do
    not. Many countries are facing skills shortages as post-World War II baby boomers
    approach retirement. Young South Africans are prized because they are well-
    educated and hard-working. Australia, for instance, has begun an aggressive push to
    attract skilled young people, relaxing immigration rules and offering incentives. Other
    countries like Britain, China and Iceland are also on the lookout.

                                            Sardine Pie
2 tins            sardines
120g              grated Cheddar
1 cup             cornflakes
1t                chopped parsley
3 large           eggs, lightly beaten in
40mℓ              milk
1tbs l            lemon juice
5mℓ               chopped onion
Salt and pepper to taste
Short pastry


Preheat oven to 200º C (400º F). Mash sardines and mix with other ingredients. Spoon the
mixture into a pie dish lined with short pastry. Cover with rolled-out short pastry. Bake for 15
minutes and reduce heat to 180º C (350º F). Bake for another 15 minutes and serve hot.


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We wish you everything of the best until next month!

Alana & Annatjie
Migration Forum
[alana@solidariteit.co.za / annatjie@solidariteit.co.za]

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