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2020-11-18 11:08:12

A starlet is born

The all new Toyota Starlet replaces the Toyota Etios, which achieved 22% of the Sub B segment of the market over its lifespan.

The Toyota Starlet which is based on the Suzuki Baleno, is the first in a new alliance between the two Japanese manufacturers. Toyota drawing from Suzuki’s small car expertise whilst Suzuki will gain from Toyota’s Autonomous and Hybrid technology. The name Starlet dates back to 1973 when it was Toyota’s sub compact hatch in the Japanese market till 1993. The name has been revived as a compact efficient and value focused product here in the South African market. Toyota reported 1102 sales in its first month of sales in South Africa which certainly bodes well for the future of the model.

We tested the top of the range Starlet 1.4 Xr MT. (Manual Transmission)

Using the Suzuki TECT platform as a basis the vehicle has the feel and comfort of a much larger car, with a classic hatch design. The sloping nose with the bold Toyota insignia is further enhanced with the striking rounded off hatch rear end design. The wheel arches give the car a confident and agile stance on the road.

Fitted with keyless entry the driver’s door automatically unlocks when approaching the car, saving the time to physically unlock the door. Settling into the driver’s seat, a multitude of features are easily accessible and are standard on this model. The modern dashboard with leather, telescopic adjusting steering along with a host of controls, enhances the drivers experience. Cruise control, audio controls and phone are all controlled with ease from the steering wheel. Other features including park distance control and a reverse camera ensure safe parking in tight situations. Telematics include in-car wi-fi with 15Gb of free data.

On the open road the Starlet boasts safety features including ABS braking and EDB-electronic brake force distribution, which ensures the correct amount of braking on each wheel. Other features not always available of vehicles in this market category include Vehicle Stability Control, detecting loss of traction. Electronic Stability Control also detects loss of steering control and applies braking to help steer the vehicle. 

Six airbags including side and curtain airbags also enhances safety. 

These spec levels are for the test vehicle, but even the lower priced models are generously specced with air conditioning, electric power steering, dual 12volt power outlets, electric windows, tilt adjustable steering, 60/40 split rear seats, power adjustable side mirrors as well as remote central locking.

Whether travelling in town or on the open road the Starlet feels comfortable and gives the driver a sense of confidence. The 1.4 DOHC 4-cylinder engine featuring Variable Valve Timing (VVT) revs freely and has more than enough power for city commuting or open road travelling. The power output is 68kw/6000rpm with 130Nm of torque/4200rpm.  Fuel consumption of approx. 5.4/100km ensures costs are kept to a minimum. With enough space for 5 adults with reasonable luggage space, the Starlet is an ideal vehicle for the family, as a run around in the city environment or for trips over the weekend.

All Starlet models come standard with a 45 000km service plan-15 000km service intervals- and a 3 year/100 000km warranty

Model line up

John Elford



2020-11-06 13:02:22

Looking ahead

Young people must play a role in political leadership and decision-making
Young people around the world are waking up to a growing list of new and harsh realities. Trapped in the shadow of a relentless pandemic, many are being robbed of the usual opportunities of youth and denied even the chance to socialise with friends and family.Some are watching on helplessly as their dreams of entrepreneurship, employment and academic success edge further out of reach with every new headline.

Others meanwhile are waking up to the horrors of conflict, afraid for their very lives.The statistics are deeply concerning. An International Labour Organisation report shows the global youth population rose from 1 billion to 1.3 billion between 1999 and 2019.

The same period saw young people engaged in the labour force drop by 71 million.Other reports highlight the damaging and disproportionate impact of the pandemic on many aspects of young people’s lives. Their frustration and concern about their future are evident in the growing number of youth-led protests.At their 2018 meeting, Commonwealth heads of government reiterated their commitment to including young people in decision making at all levels.

As the world focuses on taming a raging pandemic, we must rally support from government and non-government institutions and groups to continue to make this pursuit a priority. Here is why.In the Commonwealth, young people represent the bulk of our population. They are bright, innovative, tech-smart and have a unique perspective on our opportunities and challenges. We do a grave disservice to all in our communities when we fail to harness this exceptional talent and vitality.

Every year our Commonwealth Youth Awards unveil impressive feats and innovations, conceptualised and executed by exceptional young people. In our most recent cohort, a young Ugandan showed us how to deal with the global threat of plastic pollution. He found a way to turn plastic into eco-friendly energy.

In the Pacific, a young woman showed us how to transform waste into furniture and empower girls and women in the process. Meanwhile, a young Pakistani found a way to bring clean water to poor communities.Given the huge potential and ingenious proclivity of our young people, we simply cannot afford to exclude them from our decision-making. Or to equate their youthfulness with inexperience and ignorance. This dangerous and damaging discrimination will hold all of us back from achieving our full potential.I believe it is just as important to ensure young people are part of decision-making as it is to fight for parity in the representation of minorities and genders in leadership.Our youth are primed, ready and hungry for the opportunity to lead. This is explicit in their theme for the upcoming Commonwealth Youth Forum, to be held at the 2021 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

‘Taking Charge of Our Future’ urges us to take action to ensure young people are truly represented in leadership and decision-making.

Most urgent is a stocktake. In this regard, we hope our Global Youth Development Index will inspire more data-collection initiatives to measure young people’s prospects and inform policy around education, employment, health and political participation.

Next, we need concerted action to tear down barriers. Nothing should stand in the way of a young person’s access to quality education and training. Despite commendable progress, in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, literacy levels are at 64 per cent and 71 per cent respectively. We are also in a situation where remoteness or socio-economic background are still too large a factor in education outcomes.

Furthermore, we need education and training specifically geared to preparing young people for leadership roles. This is why one of the planned outcomes of next year’s CHOGM is the launch of a Commonwealth Non-Formal Education Alliance for Quality Youth Leadership. We are inviting institutions and groups who work with young people to engage and support this alliance.

However, for these initiatives to translate into a real change we need political parties to clearly articulate their commitment to increasing the number of youth candidates and the level of real youth engagement, with a strategic and measurable set of actions and outcomes.

Finally, it will be impossible to take even one step on the journey towards youth empowerment without the mentors, coaches, advocates and counsellors who dedicate their lives to young people’s development.So, this week, we are celebrating the achievements of our youth workers, recognising that they are critical to our youth development goals.

Globally, we need to scale-up ongoing efforts to fill gaps in their support mechanisms and professionalise youth work through training and degree certification.It is a strange, difficult and uncertain time for us all, but we cannot silence or ignore the voice and contributions of a population which represents our future and is, in many ways, disproportionately impacted by today’s global challenges. 

Patricia Scotland (Commonwealth Secretary-General)  



2020-11-02 09:05:37

Cultural explosion

Carnival celebrates SA’s famous, fabulous 50s-era music and dance as inspiration for today

The Cape Town Carnival held its third Cultural Creative Workshoplast Saturday in its colourful Maitland premises. Thisfirst in-person occasion attracted a large audience, andstrict physical distancing, hand sanitising and mask wearing didn’t deter active participation. The three-weekly workshops stimulate and connect the Cape Town Carnival community of performers, artists and interested public.

Set against a backdrop of giant multicoloured floats and colourful costumery, attendees got a two-hour taste of the 1950s and ’60s Drumera through iconic fashion, foot-tapping marabi and kwela music, dancing, evocative black-and-white photography, and historical commentary from presenters, emphasising Sophiatown and District Six as freedom spaces.

“South African music and dance in the ’50s and ’60s was vibrant and exciting, expressing the creativity of people under enormously difficult circumstances,” says Jay Douwes, CEO of Cape Town Carnival. “Despite the hardship and uncertainty of those years, music, dance and creativity ignited hope and pride and created opportunities for a greater sense of connection and resilience – and the same is true today. At Cape Town Carnival we provide opportunities for artistic expression and celebration as a way of coping with current circumstances.”

Kicking off with energetic kwela dance by talented Carnival lead performers Chante Wildeman and Unathi Makhambi, attendees were introduced to the Drumera, which saw the emergence of a vibrant culture, expressed in streets and shebeens, ina flamboyant “gangster”style, and through literature and music, including jazz. Drum magazine highlighted this unique black urban culture, and featured journalists and photographers like Jürgen Schadeberg, Bob Gosani, Peter Magubane, Ernest Cole and Alf Khumalo whose work came to define theera.

“Though the era has been romanticised through iconic photographs and magazine covers, what many people don’t realise is that it was an incredible time for music, story-telling and journalistic genius, drawing from the social context,” says Brad Baard, creative director for Cape Town Carnival.

“Music and dance helped create spaces for gathering, to navigate the struggle, and as an intentional space to find joy, freedom and love,” says curator and sociocritical adviser Khanyisile Mbongwa.

Music from David Kramer and Taliep Petersen’s District Six the musical including ‘Seven Steps of Stones’, ‘When The Southeaster Blows’, and their famous ‘New Year Song’ brought many participants closer to home and into exploration of District Six. Participants learnt about the multicultural ethnicities of District Six, before apartheid’s brutal forced removals in the late ’60s. This inner-city Cape Town suburb was home to Malay, Eastern European, Indian, Chinese, East/West/North Africans, former enslaved people, artists, musicians and activists, and was a rich hive of diversity.

Carnival participation coordinator Shaunnelle Davids took a deep dive into District Six culture and, along with the music, shared the evocative symbolic meaning of the actual seven steps, moving many to tears.

The workshop then introduced Sophiatown as the epicentre of politics, jazz and blues during the 1940s and ’50s. It was one of the oldest black areas of Johannesburg, home to a lively community in which daily activities from cooking to debating and partying all took place in communal yards and streets. Despite poverty and overcrowding, world-famous music and musicians came out of this suburb.

By way of example, songs like Miriam Makeba’s ‘Sophiatown Is Gone’, Dolly Rathebe’s ‘Unomeva’ and Dorothy Masuka’s ‘Magumede’ were shared. Choreographer Mbovu Malinga inspired and encouraged attendees to shake, jump and jive to the music of the Manhattan Brothers, Miriam Makeba and the Pitch Black Follies.

“Sophiatown’s jazz carried wonderful flavours of American jazz, ragtime and blues, infused with a deep sense of African musical traditions, which contributed to the marabi music played in shebeens,” says Malinga. “Kwela was distinctive pennywhistle street music which evolved from marabi, and remains a signature musical influence.”

In closing, the workshop reflected on how the DNA of music from the era – Lemmy Mabaso’s ‘Cornbread and Blackeyed Peas’, Pat Matshikiza and Kippie Moeketsi’s ‘Tshona’, Hugh Masekele’s ‘Thuma Mina’ – is still so prevalent today, especially in jazz.

It also highlighted the premise on which so much of the iconic culture and cause were built: that despite the oppression and hardship of that era, people lived their identities. In the closing words of host facilitator Mbongwa, “We will play, we will make music, we will dance. We are here, we are fabulous, beautiful, joyful and daring!”

The public are invited to attend the Cultural Creative Workshops. Sign up for our next workshop as we explore Umswenko, the art of expressing oneselves.  http://capetowncarnival.com/online-cultural-creative-workshop-series/  

The valued sponsors of the Cape Town Carnival 2020 are the City of Cape Town, MultiChoice, the National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, DStv, Media24, Kfm, 24.com, the Western Cape Government, Tsogo Sun, the Western Cape Tourism, Trade & Investment Agency (Wesgro), Peninsula Beverages.

For up to date news and information, please follow us @thecapetowncarnival (Facebook), @CTCarnival (Twitter), or #capetowncarnival (Instagram). 

#CTCarnival2020 #IncredibleJourney 



2020-10-30 10:14:06

Eye on the (soccer) ball

International soccer scholarships changing lives for Africa’s soccer youth

Despite being the world’s most popular sport, soccer has not displayed true diversity at the highest level. Talented youngsters from developing countries – and Africa in particular – have faced numerous obstacles in finding opportunities to show their skills in front of talent scouts and decision-makers. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are just the tip of the iceberg of African talent waiting in the wings.

One organisation, World Wide Scholarships Africa (WWS), aims to address the situation by linking young African athletes with opportunities to showcase their talent on the global stage. WWS is the leading scholarships and opportunity linking group and has established relationships with some of the world’s most famous football clubs, regularly hosting talent showcase trials which have resulted in opportunities to sign lucrative high-profile professional contracts and university scholarships.

WWS CEO Munya Maraire, an ex-Zimbabwean athlete who has personal experience of moving to the United States to pursue his sporting dream, says the organisation is set up to bring dreams that much closer to Africa. “While we can hold events to put African talent on display in front of international talent scouts, there is an earlier step that needs to be dealt with first – preparing local athletes to be ready for such assessments. That is our priority in our talent development strategy.”

An example of ongoing collaboration to place African footballers on the global stage is that between WWS and Lombardia Uno Group – Italy’s largest soccer academy and coaching network. LUG is headed by the President of the Italian coaches association Mr Paolo Gatti. Gatti was the head of the AC Milan Youth sector before taking on a bigger role by independently running the AC Milan football club’s technical academy, which deals with more than 1000 players at any one time and boasts a talent pipeline that has produced top Italian players namely most recently AC Milan’s top midfielder Sandro Tonali who signed a contract valued at 32 million euros.  

“We have placed young South African players and youngsters from other African countries with LUG and they have had the opportunity to be trained and scouted through the academy. The chance to actually train with selected talent from around the world and to use top-class facilities provides the kind of grounding and experience aspirant young stars need before they reach the big leagues,” says Maraire.

Aadil Patel who heads up WWS’s soccer programme says, “Collaboration with top global academies and clubs means we get to organise soccer trials on their behalf to scout and select top players from Africa, and to place them with European clubs – the ultimate goal of any young soccer star. But we also need to take care of other aspects of preparation, such as running coaching education courses on European coaching methodology, creating a full development and training programme for local youth talent and coordinating the participation of African teams in European tournaments during holiday seasons.”

“In this way, young African athletes gain as much exposure to what it’s really like in the highly professional and competitive European league environment. We even coordinate high school and university education, as well as language and coursework so that African athletes who are given opportunities to further their soccer careers in Europe can continue to develop themselves as well-rounded individuals with more skills,” Patel adds.

The highlight of this year’s WWS sporting opportunity linkage schedule is the WWS Scout Camp 2020, which takes place at Camp Discovery near Pretoria from 14 – 18 December. “We have extended open invitations to all young athletes who would like to showcase their talent for top international scouts – particularly in a year during which sporting events as an opportunity to shine have been virtually non-existent,” says Maraire.

This event is a multi-disciplinary event for soccer, rugby and basketball, featuring top international talent development agents from some of the world’s premier leagues, such as the NBA. “The cherry on the cake this year is an American Football showcase, which for the first time in history provides an opportunity for local youth athletes to demonstrate that they have the skills necessary to compete in the NCAA /  NFL. It will be a non-contact trial focusing on skills and raw talent, which presents an exciting opportunity for South African youngsters to be recognised by talent scouts from the world’s richest sporting competition,” Maraire says.

For more information and to register visit: www.wwsscoutcamp.com or visit our Facebook and Instagram pages



2020-10-30 10:03:06

Cheese it and enjoy it

Land Rover: Fuelling The Rugby Community

There are some huge rugby fixtures coming up, but fans are still unable to attend fixtures. With a lack of match day attendance, fans are not just missing the action on the pitch, but the whole match day experience. A key part of this being the pre-match meal all rugby fans look forward to.

To bring a slice of the match day experience to rugby fans, wherever they will be watching the upcoming fixtures, Land Rover and rugby ambassador David Flatman embarked on a mini adventure, to learn how fans can make the perfect pre-match meal. 

In a bid to inspire rugby fans to take their own mini adventures, Flatman took the Land Rover Discovery off road, to meet a renowned outdoor cooking enthusiast Genevieve Taylor, before the two prepared a mouth watering Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich; a quick and easy snack that any fan could attempt to make!

To Make Your Very Own Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich:

Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

Fire up the barbecue ready for two zone grilling, so you can cook directly and indirectly. 

Take a small heat proof frying pan (no wooden or plastic handles) and drizzle in the olive oil and add the butter. Set onto the grill bars away from the fire and allow the butter to melt. Add the onions, smoked paprika and a good seasoning of salt and pepper and leave to cook gently for around 15 minutes until the onions start to caramelise, stirring every now and then. Tip in the mushrooms and parsley and keep on cooking gently until the onions are deeply golden and the mushrooms tender.

Once the onions and mushrooms are cooked, drizzle a little oil onto the steak and season with a good sprinkle of salt. Lay onto the grill bars directly over the fire and cook for a minute or two each side. You want to get a good sear on the steaks without over cooking the centre, so a high heat is important. If necessary, add a little more fuel to the fire and if you can, make sure your grill bars are set low near the coals.

Remove the steak and let it rest for a couple of minutes whilst you begin to assemble the sandwich. Take two slices of bread and spread the onion and mushroom mixture between them and top with the stilton (or whatever cheese you prefer). Slice the steak thinly across the grain and divide between the sandwiches then add the top slices of bread, pressing down a little.

Carefully slide each sandwich on to the grill bars directly over the fire and toast for a couple of minutes. Use a fish slice to flip over and toast the other side. Leave to rest for a minute or so - the cheese will be very hot! - then slice in half to serve.

For a vegetarian version, grill up a few extra veggies to add to the sarnie in place of the steak. My favourite is grilled chard. Grill the stems and leaves separately as they cook at different paces, and then roughly chop before adding.

Enjoy!