Thursday, 28 August 2014

POLITICS: The SCA orders release of the Spy Tapes - Zille Speech

Dianne Kohler Barnard shared on Facebook:

Democratic Alliance press statement by
Helen Zille
Leader of the DA

SCA orders release of the Spy Tapes

28 August 2014

Release: Immediate

Note to editors: The following speech was delivered by DA Leader Helen Zille from the steps of the Supreme Court of Appeal today following an order for the release of the Spy Tapes.

"Today is an historic day in our young, constitutional democracy.

Today we can feel reassured that the institutions tasked to protect our democracy are very much alive and well.

As long as we have an independent judiciary that is prepared to hand down court orders such as this one today, we are still standing and we are still fighting.

Through five years and six court applications we have said: Give us the tapes. Give us the records showing why the decision was made for charges on over 700 counts of corruption against Jacob Zuma to be withdrawn, clearing the way for him to become President.

And today the courts have answered our call.

It is, in fact, the call of all South Africans for accountability, and equality before the law.By order of the courts, the National Prosecuting Authority has 5 days to hand over the full Spy Tapes, and the full records of the decision to drop the corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

After five years of asking for the NPA to give us the tapes, and after President Zuma's lawyers tried to stop their release by filibustering through the courts over six applications, South Africans now have only 5 days to wait.

We will be analysing those tapes very carefully, and cross checking them, to make sure, as far as possible, that they are authentic.

Today's court order is encouraging because it gives all South Africans confidence that, there are institutions of our democracy that will still defend our rights under the constitution, even if we have to undergo a long process to get there.

We are determined that South Africa will be an open society where all are equal before the law.Today the courts, as the ultimate guardian of our democracy, have acted to stop the capture of another institution -- the National Prosecuting Authority -- by the President and his clique inside the ANC.

They must know that their actions are subject to review by the courts, and that although the wheels of justice grind slowly, they still grind exceedingly fine.As democrats we must use the institutions of our democracy to defend democracy. It is counter-productive to use grandstanding methods to undermine these institutions while we pretend to protect the democracy they are designed to serve.

It is easy to make a noise, it is harder to make a difference.

And today a real difference has been made at a time when we all see the signs that our democracy is under threat. From the refusal to accept responsibility for Nkandla, from Guptagate to the 700 counts of corruption that President Zuma is determined not to answer in court, to the ruling party's cynical attacks on the office of the Public Protector, we see how determined the corrupt in power are to avoid scrutiny. It is a tragic irony that they have unlimited access to taxpayers' money to hire expensive legal teams in order to avoid being held accountable.

This is taking our democracy down a slippery slope. But today, the Supreme Court of Appeal has drawn a line in what will turn out to be the most important review case in 20 years of democracy.

We are now reaching the end of the beginning in this matter. Now that we have these records we will proceed with the review of the NPA's decision to drop the charges against Jacob Zuma.

The DA is determined to see this case through to the end, whatever the cost, not because we are "anti-Zuma" or "anti-ANC" but because the issue at stake is crucial to every South African who wants to live in a constitutional democracy, and have a future for their children and grandchildren here.

Let us acknowledge the significance of today's victory now, in the knowledge that the real fight is still ahead of us.The fight for a South Africa where all of us can have the opportunity to live and prosper, and the fight against those who want to break down our democratic institutions for their own gain, is only beginning."

I for one am excited to hear this news! (Note that I'm not excited for the stresses and strains placed on Zuma's family and children) but it is wonderful that the President of our nation be held responsible for his actions. We are ALL responsible for our actions and must submit to the laws of our country.

Take care everyone,

Sandy Bigara

Friday, 22 August 2014


"When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."

- Winston Churchill

Sandy Bigara

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road

Someone sent this to me and... as a scriptwriter, I just loved it. I could hear their voices in my mind :) have a good day everyone.

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick!

BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.

JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road?

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heartwarming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2014, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2014. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

Sandy Bigara

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Generations Principal Cast Fired En Masse

**UPDATE BELOW IN RED** more to thinks about
**UPDATE BELOW IN BLUE** Press Release from the Generations Actors Guild

I was just scrolling through my newsfeed and spotted this. Interesting turn of events… the following article is a se-post, 1) the Eyewitness News status. 2) Commentary by Vanessa Perumal, 3) Open Letter from the dismissed cast of Generations.

Do they have a valid point? Should other artists stand by them in this?

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Sandy Bigara

1) Eyewitness News wrote:
NEWS JUST IN: Generations executive producer and creator Mfundi Vundla has confirmed that 16 cast members have been fired with immediate effect.

2) Vanessa Perumal wrote:
Generations fans = if you did not get the news -
Generations Principal Cast Dismissed En Masse
The principal cast of Generations, who have been withholding their services, have each received letters of dismissal, with immediate effect.
The cast have made a decision to examine their legal options, as a result of this latest development, and will update members of the media accordingly on their next course of action.

The cast comments: "We are saddened by this development, but remain steadfast in our goal to ensure fair working conditions for ourselves as creative professionals."

 The dismissed cast members are:
 1.     Anga Makubalo (MJ Dlomo)
2.     Atandwa Kani (Samora Lembede)
3.     Katlego Danke (Dineo Dlomo)
4.     Mandla Gaduka (Selwyn 'Choppa' Maithufi)
5.     Menzi Ngubane (Sbusiso Dlomo)
6.     Nambitha Mpumlwana (Mawande Memela)
7.     Patrick Shai (Patrick Tlaole )
8.     Slindile Nodangala  (Ruby Dikobe)
9.     Sophie Ndaba (Queen Moroka)
10.  Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth Mashaba)
11.  Thami Mngqolo (Senzo Dlomo)
12.  Thato Molamu (Nicholas Nomvete )
13.  Winnie Ntshaba (Khetiwe Buthelezi)
14.  Zenande Mfenyana (Noluntu Memela)
15.  Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska Nomvete)
16.  Zolisa Xaluva (Jason Malinga)

3) Open Letter from the Generations Actors Guild to our Audience and Fans

Monday, 18 August 2014

Dear Fans and Generations Viewers;

By now, you would have heard that we, the principal cast of Generations, have made a decision to embark on a strike, and walk off the set of Generations.

First of all, we want to apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause you, as our loyal viewers and fans. Please believe that it is not a decision we came to lightly. However, in light of the SABC and the MMSV Productions continued refusal to engage with us, and our grievances, we felt that reviving the strike was the only course of action available to us.

We wanted to take this opportunity to explain to you exactly what led to this drastic action, and give a full context of the events to date.  It is also important for us to state that before we went on strike, we made a point of communicating our unhappiness to MMSV Productions, to no avail.

We live in a country that is notorious for artists living and dying in a state of poverty, tragically,  never managing to earn what is their due, despite being associated with a number of successful projects.  We have made a decision, as dedicated professionals working on South Africa's most successful TV show, that we will not be part of this painful statistic.  There is no reason, whatsoever, that we should live as 'struggling actors' when our show generates an incredible income for the production house and broadcaster.

There are a number of issues that led us to the strike - however, the main ones are:

1.The Generations cast, despite the show being the most popular in South Africa,  is paid rates well below what is understood to be the industry norm. There has been a great deal of talk from the SABC that we want to be paid extravagant salaries – this is simply not true.  Our actor colleagues on the same platform, SABC, are paid at much better rates – so it is possible. For some bizarre reason, however, the powers-that-be choose to keep Generations cast locked into a lower pay grade. This is unjust, and we want it reviewed.   We don't think this is an unreasonable request, considering the audience figures and revenues that the show generates.  We just want to be paid fairly, that's all.

     When we went on strike last October, we proposed a set of rates that we should be paid. In November 2013, MMSV Productions agreed to meet these rates, provided the SABC would also support the proposed normalization of salaries. The SABC responded that they would like some time to review the proposed rates, and would revert in March 2014.  In March, the SABC requested an extension to July 2014 to continue examining the proposed rates. When the July deadline elapsed, there was no communication from them as to the outcome of their deliberations. When we enquired, we received no response. It became clear to us that their requests for extensions were merely a delaying tactic, and there had never been an intention, as promised, to review the salary scales.

     Bear in mind, that based on the SABC's November 2013 commitment to review the salaries, the cast honoured the broadcaster's request that they return to set and continue filming. In the end, we, as the cast, want what is best for the show.  It's a real pity that the SABC and MMSV Productions chose to use this as an opportunity to continue to exploit the cast, with no intention whatsoever to fulfill their promises.  

2.Royalties and syndication fees.  Our contracts stipulate that we, as cast, are due certain fees whenever Generations is sold to an international broadcaster. To date, the show is aired in a number of different countries across the world. However, we, as the cast, have never received our royalties.  Syndication fees and royalties are a very important revenue stream in any actor's life, and it is worrying – and telling - that the SABC continues to deny us what we are owed in this regard.  Why is this?

3.3-Year Contracts  - the Generations shooting schedule is intense, and leaves little time for us as actors to pursue other professional opportunities.  In requesting 3-year contracts, we are not demanding a blanket 3-year guarantee of work. We understand that clauses can be inserted to terminate employment due to issues of non-performance, insubordination and issues of that nature.  However, if we are effectively locked into working only for Generations, we feel that it is only reasonable that there be a level of stability that we be afforded in turn.

      We have tried repeatedly, to accommodate the SABC and MMSV Productions – whenever they requested an extension to examine the issues, we agreed. When, in November 2013 they asked us to end our original strike while they reviewed our demands, we agreed.  They committed to reverting to us with their responses to our demands – instead, they have issued us with threats to dismiss us if we don't return to work. We regard this as a breach of trust, and working in completely bad faith with us. We also consider their insistence on not paying us our fair due as a disturbing flouting of fundamental labour practices, and a perversion of the South Africa we are trying to build – a South Africa where labour is compensated fairly and appropriately.  The cast remains open to negotiating and working out a solution, and hopes that the broadcaster and production house respond to this sentiment.

We thank you for your patience with us, and hope you understand our difficulty and stand with us in this troubling time.

With love, and respect:

The Generations Actors Guild

Anga Makubalo (MJ Dlomo), Atandwa Kani (Samora Lembede), Katlego Danke (Dineo Dlomo), Mandla Gaduka (Selwyn 'Choppa' Maithufi), Menzi Ngubane (Sbusiso Dlomo), Nambitha Mpumlwana (Mawande , Patrick Shai (Patrick Tlaole), Slindile Nodangala  (Ruby Dikobe), Sophie Ndaba (Queen Ndaba), Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth Mashaba), Thami Mngqolo (Senzo ) , Thato Molamu (Nicholas Nomvete ) , Winnie Ntshaba (Khetiwe Buthelezi), Zenande Mfenyana (Noluntu Memela), Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska Nomvete) , Zolisa Xaluva (Jason Malinga )

Is the SABC firing the Generations cast? (click title to go to the News24 page)

By: Thinus Ferreira2014-08-18 14:13
Cape Town – The South African Guild of Actors (SAGA) tells Channel24 that the SABC's striking Generations actors are going about it the wrong way.
The Generations production was shut down again last week – the second time in 10 months – after the soap’s cast went on strike. The cast demands better and longer contracts and that the SABC pay them for "royalties" or past rebroadcasts of the shows and overseas sales of the show.
The lucrative Generations is the biggest TV soap in South Africa and also the most watched programme in the country, pulling an average audience of 7.5 million viewers on weeknights and eclipsing anything else in terms of ratings in the local TV industry for the past 20 years and counting.
The SABC threatened to fire all of the striking Generations actors on Monday, after having given them a second ultimatum to show up for filming on Monday or all be fired.

SAGA: Actors are freelance independent contractors

Actors working on soaps like the SABC's Generations, 7de Laan, Isidingo and others are freelance independent contractors, a SAGA spokesperson told Channel24 over the weekend.
"This is the correct legal status of the actor. At Generations there's a group who think they have the right to strike and the SABC can't dismiss them. But they're under a contract like when you hire an electrician to fix your geyser. You pay him and he leaves.
"Generations actors are not protected under these labour laws – it’s a contractual agreement to come and do a certain service on a specific day, or for three months. If there's a dispute, then you go for arbitration, and that's the way they should go.

"The wrong approach is that actors 'work' for the SABC or M-Net – the term employees. The correct approach is, and it stands clearly in the SABC's standard contract given to all soap actors, that the SABC pays the production company who in turn pays the actors who also receive this contract.
"In that contract is specifies clearly in clause 36.4 that the performer is contracted exclusively on a freelance basis for the purpose of fulfilling the specific function set out above. On termination of this agreement the performer shall have no right to claim employment by the producer in any capacity.
"The actor is a freelancer – he is not employed by the SABC. And when the contract has run out there is no promise of a continuation of this contract at all. He is an independent contractor.And actors like it because it means you're working for yourself.
"You're self-employed. You can work for the SABC and when you're done with your scenes you at Generations or 7de Laan you can go and do other work – voice work, adverts – because you're working for yourself". That is the correct legal status of the actor.
"There's an incorrect school of thought that soap actors are employed by the SABC or M-Net. M-Net contracts also clearly states: you're independent; you're on your own. Unfortunately there's a group of South African actors who don't yet understand fully what these contracts really mean."

'The SABC needs to be helped to solve the problem'

Generations actors are also unhappy about possible back payments and future payments for rebroadcasts as well as international sales of the show to other countries and broadcasters which they say they have not received.

"Clause 7 of the SABC contract makes provision for commercial exploitation and a percentage that should be divided among the actors. And the SABC did start paying, saying here is your cut for exploitation and sales of this property into Africa," says the SAGA spokesperson.
"The Generations actors are going about it the wrong way. They're approaching it as a labour matter, as employees, which they are not.
"The moment they realise and approach it from the right way, from the correct position given their status as independent contractors and actors, then things will fall in place," says the SAGA spokesperson.
"The SABC must pay them for commercial exploitation. It's just a difficult calculation to do, but you need to pay the actors, since you have to bear in mind what were they paid at the time.
"It takes time and the SABC needs to be helped to solve the problem. Striking is the wrong way to go," says the SAGA spokesperson.
"Nobody really bothered in the past with the money from international sales and repeat fees, but actors are becoming more and more aware of their rights. But it is in the contracts, you must only demand in terms of the contract, where is my cut? The SABC did start paying the Isidingo and Generations actors.
"At the moment SAGA still questions it and says give us the full explanation of how did you calculate this. So, we're going about it the right way, saying we want more information, before we can say yes the process is fair or not. But the money is forthcoming.
"Actors in South Africa are not paid badly. Generations actors, in lieu of the show having been on for so long, are some of the best paid soap actors in our country," says the SAGA spokesperson.
"As actors we don't have a bad deal.”


"The Generations Actors Guild notes with interest that MMSV Productions and the SABC are hosting a press conference to “clear the air” around the dismissal of the 16 members of Generations principal act.

The guild also notes with dismay that the SABC and MMSV Productions have been on a campaign of communicating misinformation about salaries and rates that the cast allegedly earns – these claims are a blatant untruth, and the guild recognizes them for what they are - a petty tactic to turn public opinion against the cast, and paint them as opportunistic, greedy and overpaid. Equally concerning is the fact that their erstwhile employers deem it appropriate to reveal salaries – even as they are a complete fabrication. As an action, it is unethical and totally inappropriate.
The members of the Generations Actors Guild will hold a press conference on Monday 25th August at 2pm at the Market theatre, where they will speak to the issues and provide a proper and true context of their working conditions and issues that led them to this point."

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Chicken Pox Treatment

In the pictures you'll see how MILD the pox has been - and I owe it to the treatment we've followed. My older daughter's pox was spreading rapidly until I started the treatment below. Her pox also halted and was much better within half a day.

Incredible, I've treated both of my children (Chicken pox) with HomeoForce Ferr Phos 4 (energy/inflammation/feverish colds) and Natura Biochemic Tissue Salts - Silicea 12 (abscesses/boils/styes) - I've wiped their entire bodies twice daily with surgical spirits followed by a soothing layer of Savlon cream.

From the minute I began this form of treatment it seemed to halt the spread of the pox, the redness and swelling around each existing boil went down, they scabbed over almost within a few hours, stopped itching (a biggie!) and hardly any new ones formed. For pain and itch I gave them Allergex (itching/blocked nose relief/helped with sleep) and Neurofen (for fevers/pain and itching) 3x daily, my 4 year old struggled with a blocked nose on two of the nights so I gave her Actifed syrup, which cleared her nose and helped her have a good sleep.

When I had chicken pox in 2007, I followed the standard Calomine treatment. The result? I itched like crazy, the pox spread hourly and I stank like, Calomine. Two days in, and I couldn't do it anymore - I started with the surgical spirits instead - the pox that I treated with the surgical spirits healed very quickly and left no scars (they would tighten, burst on the second application and seal up nicely with no redness or inflammation. The ones that were still spotted with Calomine left ugly scars behind and took ages to seal up and begin to heal.

Both of my girls have commented that it 'wasn't so bad' having chicken pox - and I can tell you right now - it is because of the treatments I used.

Hope this helps some of you! Xx

Sandy Bigara

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

All Eyes on Savanna Ashworth Ultimate School Cook Off 2014

Win a gourmet London adventure!

Are you in Grade 11 or 12? Do you have what it takes to be the best student school cook in South Africa? If you have a calling for culinary arts, a fascination for fine food and a passion to pursue patisserie then The International Hotel School welcomes you to the Ultimate School Cook Off 2014 – a national interschool cooking competition – with prizes totaling R300 000 including a gourmet London adventure for the winner, a bursary to study Culinary Arts at The International Hotel School for the 3 regional winners and lots, lots more!
Support this local initiative!
If you can stand the heat in the kitchen and show us that the proof is really in the pudding then what are you waiting for! Enter the Ultimate School Cook Off 2014 and become the ultimate student chef!

The grand prize includes:
  • Return flight to London
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at the Draycott Hotel, voted UK’s leading Boutique Hotel by the World Travel Awards in 2013
  • Exclusive tour of a 5 star Hotel and their kitchens
  • Dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant
  • Dinner at a famous London restaurant
  • Visit to Harrods Food Hall, Fortnum and Mason, and the famous Borough Market
  • Trip to renowned chocolatier
  • A London Eye experience and a sightseeing tour of London
  • Bursary to Study Culinary Arts at The International Hotel School.
  • The final prize includes flight, accommodation, dinner and breakfast daily and transport. The winner will be responsible for his or her own spending money and visa.
  • Winners of the regional portions of the competition will win a bursary to study Culinary Arts at The International Hotel School in either 2015 or 2016.
  • The total prize value for the Ultimate School Cook Off 2014 is R300 000.

My favourite recipe is the: 
PASSION FRUIT CHEESECAKE by Savannah Ashworth (Durban
You can click HERE to see it (and VOTE for it!) All you have to do is register with your email address, login and VOTE! 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Robin Williams Dead in Apparent Suicide

Rest in peace Robin, you made us all laugh, and you made us cry. Your sensitivity in your dramatic roles was only equaled by your manic madcap hilaria in your comedic ones.

Robin passed away on Monday in an apparent suicide. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. It is never easy to lose someone, especially someone who lived their life in full colour - with all nuances exposed and exaggerated.

Robin battled severe depression, along with drug addiction and alcohol addiction - but never stopped trying to gain his independence from these afflictions.

Robin leaves behind a strong legacy and a large body of work, he will be remembered.


Sandy Bigara

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Sandy Bigara Classical Album Launch

Sandy Bigara Classical Album Launch at Hingham Nursery Tea Garden

August 10th 


 R65pp Meal & Show

Sandy Bigara, a local Durban girl, is an experienced classically trained Bella Canto singer, awarded for excellence in 2003 by the Italian Consulate. 

Sandy will be launching her first Classical Album: A Night to Remember during her monthly performance at Hingham Nursery Tea Garden. You can hear some of her performance at

The Tea Garden is situated at the top of Clematis Grove, off Rinaldo rd, which is off Umhlanga Rocks Drive at the top, or Chris Hani rd at the bottom near N2 to Gateway. Utilising performance on piano and guitar, with some backing track items and vocals, Sandy Bigara will be sharing her musical journey with her usual humour and banter. Sandy will share her struggle with chronic asthma and the injury she sustained to her neck in 2011, which almost ended her career, culminating in the production of this album.


R65pp for an English Roast and show, CD's will be available for R100 cash and can be autographed at the show. You can pay R165 for the meal, show and CD. In the spirit of #LoveYourBusker audiences are encouraged to bring cash tips for your performer and any bags of small dog or cat pellets, for the Hingham's Healthy Mongoose Feeding Program.


Booking is essential as the shows have started to sell out. To book your table either under the thatched boma or in the outdoor adventure playground area, call 0768123886. Patrons can email Danielle at if you have any special requests; the venue has wheelchair access, wheelchair friendly toilets, and is pet friendly.