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Arçelik Group CEO Levent Çakiroglu, Buffalo City deputy mayor Temba Tinta, trade and industry minister Dr Rob Davies, and Defy CEO Hakan Kozan. Arcelik Group which acquired Defy electronics in 2011 launched a facility to produce its first side-by-side fridges in East London after a R500-million investment since the acquisition. Picture: STEPHANIE LLOYD

Defy is brought back from brink

A Turkish investment of R500-million has brought Defy East London back from the brink of closure. 

ART LESSON: East London artist Bernard Barry, who created this mosaic mural at Guido's in Vincent, said East London artist should not have been snubbed in favour of a Cape Town mosaic company to produce five mosaic plaques for the German Settler Monument at Heroes Park on the beachfront. PICTURE ALAN EASON

City artists angered at snub

EAST London artists were left seething after a commission to create mosaic plaques for the German Settlers Monument on the beachfront was awarded to a Cape Town company.

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Festive fun comes early for revellers

NOT even an electricity blackout could dampen the spirits of the estimated 16000 revellers who attended business tycoon Patrice Motsepe’s Christmas party on Saturday in East London.

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Furore over schoolboy rape claims

AN EAST London primary school pupil accused of sodomising seven little boys and a girl has been taken to a place of safety as parents of his victims accused the school of handling the matter insensitively.

A shortage of student accommodation is fuelling a property boom in some of East London’s 
suburbs close to the central business district, according Pam Golding’s East London principal.picture: STEPHANIE LLOYD

Student digs in high demand

A SHORTAGE of student accommodation is fuelling a property boom in some of East London’s suburbs close to the central business district.

ROLE MODELS: Among the requests, SABC2 wants proposals on a  13-part sitcom similar to the popular ‘Modern Family’, featuring Phil and Claire Dunphy and their children

Aspiring writers help grow SABC

THE SABC is giving aspiring screen writers and producers from the East London area the opportunity to learn more about the new programmes it hopes to feature next year at their Request For Proposals (RFP) Roadshow at the Miriam Makeba Centre for Performing Arts tomorrow.

ANC members admire wares on sale outside of the Orient theatre where registration took place. The ANCYLconference in East London on the weekend. picture: STEPHANIE LLOYD

ANC youth elections heat up

THE provincial ANC youth league elective congress is expected to be highly contested as delegates from around the province converged on East London yesterday.

FOR THE BIRDS: The former bird park on John Bailie Road has been rezoned from private open space to residential zone 5, meaning that an apartment block may now be built on the site near the world-renowned East London Golf
Club. The land was acquired by the owner for less than R55 000 on condition it be used as a bird park or botanical garden for the general public.

BCM approves bird park rezoning

Despite a flurry of objections from residents and the East London Golf Club, BCM has approved the rezoning of a former bird park on John Bailie Road from private open space to residential land, upon which a 34-unit apartment block is set to be built.

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