Snippets from the week

The Mercury of Monday, November 10, 2008 reported, amongst other things, that:

  • The city hall organ, which is unserviceable as reported here, is not going to be fixed. This according to municipal manager Michael Sutcliffe, who said that fixing the organ was not a priority and that it was not something that ratepayers should paying for. The city can’t afford a couple of million to fix an organ dating back to 1894 but it can afford billions for an unecessary football stadium??
  • A local artist Jenny Cullinan held a Dirty Durban exhibition at the Botanic Gardens consisting of photographs of the filth and litter in Durban. The pictures were apparently all taken after the end of the Durban Solid Waste strike.

The Mercury of Tuesday, November 11, 2008 reported, amongst other things, that:

  • That a heist had taken place the previous day in Maphumulo in rural KZN. Sixteen men, armed with assault rifles and pistols, had ambushed a convoy taking money to a pensions pay point, killing two policemen and critically wounding two others. By the sounds of things, the robbers drove up to and opened fire on the police vehicle without warning.

The Mercury of Wednesday, November 12, 2008 reported, amongst other things, that:

  • There was a growing tide of protest at the decision not to fix the city hall organ.
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium visitor’s centre manager Florina Maphalala was quoted as saying that the stadium would be like Durban’s Table Mountain – a great tourist attraction. She apparently doesn’t think she’ll be watching the world cup final because it would conflict with her Christian beliefs.

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