• Zuma's monster cabinet to cost SA R1bn

    He has added two ministries . His cabinet is one of the biggest in the world - he has more cabinet ministers than the US, Germany and Japan, all of which have much bigger economies and broader tax bases. South Africa now has 35 ministers, each of whom earns about R2.1-million a year. T he 37 deputy ministers will each earn R1.7-million. Zuma earns about R2.62-million a year and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, gets R2.36-million . Economist Mike Schussler said: "I'm not sure if a bigger cabinet is going to make a difference or just add to the cost of government." The budget for The Presidency has soared from R257-million in 2007, during president Thabo Mbeki's tenure, to R329-million in 2009. Kgalema

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  • WATCH: How Malema predicted Gordhan's arrest

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema has recently made accusations against his fellow politicians that have left South Africans in stitches. He always seems to know things no one else does. Lately, it seems, he’s pretty accurate at predicting the future too. Earlier this month, he accused Mabala Noise boss and ANC Youth League treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde of giving his newly signed artists R5 million each. Nkabinde denied the claims, and later said suing Malema for the claims was “a waste of time”. However, things took a turn for the worse when one of the label’s artists, Khanyi Mbau, came out and confirmed she had been given “lots of money”, denying it was R5 million, though

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  • Smart ID card applications now open to many more citizens

    All citizens banking with Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank, can now apply for Smart ID cards and passports, Kempton Express reports. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said when they launched the eHomeAffairs portal, only citizens between 30 and 35 years old could use this innovative platform to apply for their Smart ID cards and passports online. “The system is now open to all citizens who bank with these four participating banks. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. While most of these

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  • Signals of desperation, not control, from Zuma

    THE renewed assault on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has President Jacob Zuma’s fingerprints all over it. Given that the creation of an investigative unit inside the South African Revenue Service does not, under any existing law, constitute a criminal offence, and given that the failure of the Hawks to specify the nature of the crime for which the finance minister is supposedly being investigated, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that we are witnessing a ham-fisted attack on Gordhan’s reputation. At first sight, this move might suggest that Zuma’s hold on power is intensifying. Zuma has clearly been pondering a Cabinet reshuffle for some time, to oust Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and other South African Communist Party-(SACP-)aligned leaders.

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  • ANC under siege, admits Mantashe

    Johannesburg - ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has painted a bleak picture of what the party faces in its quest to reconnect with the electorate after it suffered crushing losses in the key metros in the municipal elections. The ANC’s loss of power in the three key metros of Joburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth appears to have proven a damning indictment on the party’s leadership. On Tuesday Mantashe went as far as to give credence to a call by the ANC Youth League for an early conference to elect new leaders to take the party forward. He suggested to journalists that that was “not a bad idea”. Mantashe said the ANC acknowledged that the negative narrative towards President

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  • Zuma: give me six months to be dictator

    ALL PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa yesterday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations. Zuma

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  • ANC veteran tells Zuma: Go now!

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma was told, in the most forthright way, on Thursday: “Go now!” ANC veteran and former director-general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana, speaking at the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University, lashed Zuma and urged him to step aside. “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” At the funeral Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa became the most senior government official to publicly back Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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  • Listen: Zuma 'raping government of every last cent', says Gareth Cliff

    Cliff's comments come after it emerged that Gordhan had been summoned to appear before the Hawks on Thursday about allegations related to his role in the formation and activities of the so-called "rogue unit" set up when he was head of the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan, who has maintained that the setting-up of the unit was above board and had ministerial approval, said on Wednesday afternoon that he would not be complying with the summons as advised by his legal team. Euphonik, Boity and Thembisa Mdoda to 'tell-all' on new show  Weighing in on the debate surrounding the issue, Cliff levelled accusations against Zuma claiming the president is trying to "escape with as much money as he can from

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  • No black like me in the DA

    Firstly, the Democratic Alliance (DA) needs to be congratulated for scooping three metros: Tshwane, Johannesburg, and the Nelson Mandela Bay, which have long been held by the ANC. Twenty-two years into democracy, the community of Alexandra, which neighbours the plush Sandton, is still embarrassingly shanty. Sixty-one years after the “adoption” of the Freedom Charter, the people of Kliptown still live in abject poverty. The ANC inarguably didn’t cover itself in complete glory when it comes to service delivery. And Now the DA has a big task to overturn these dehumanising conditions, if that’s what it’s planning to do. Corruption, being the ANC’s weakest point, is what the DA hopes to eradicate.

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  • CWU accuses 'fleeing' Mantashe of being 'arrogant'

    The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) has accused ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe of being arrogant. The accusations come in the wake of a strike by CWU members employed at Telkom. On Tuesday, CWU members marched to Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, to meet the leadership. But according to CWU president Clyde Mervin, instead of meeting the union, Mantashe held a media briefing. “What did he do after that briefing? He ran away,” Mervin said. Labour is demanding a salary increase of 11%, and six months’ fully paid maternity leave. Other unions at Telkom, Solidarity and the SA Communication Workers’ Union, have already reached a deal with Telkom, including no forced retrenchments

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  • DA MP a liar and a fraud

    In her profile on the DA website, she claims she was "born in 1983 in Nelspruit but spent my early childhood in Swaziland and Belgium". Asked to comment on her party spokeswoman being caught out in a lie, DA leader Helen Zille said: "Why is this an issue?" When Zille was informed that the constitution required that all South African MPs be either South African or naturalised citizens and that her spokeswoman was neither, she said she was out of the country and "cannot deal with this from here". A Sunday Times investigation has established that: Phumzile Van Damme was born in Nazarene Hospital, now known as Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, in Manzini, Swaziland, in 1983; Her mother, Lynette van

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  • Rashford pays the price under Mourinho

    Marcus Rashford will begin the Sam Allardyce era playing for England’s Under 21s after he was dropped from the senior squad. The Manchester United striker was one of the few England players to emerge with credit from Euro 2016 after a scintillating breakthrough season at Old Trafford saw him earn a late call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad. However, the 18-year-old has struggled for playing time under new United boss Jose Mourinho, amassing just 20 minutes of action in the Community Shield final against Leicester. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are all ahead of him in Mourinho’s pecking order. That lack of first-team action has persuaded Allardyce to omit Rashford from his first

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  • 60% white = diverse, says DA

    National spokesperson of the DA Phumzile van Damme has dismissed allegations that the race and gender representation of the party in Nelson Mandela Bay is “too white”. The DA won the metro from the ANC and is run by a coalition government led by the DA, with Athol Trollip as mayor. Besides Nelson Mandela Bay, the DA also dislodged Tshwane and Johannesburg from the 20-year grip of the ANC. Van Damme, who clearly showed unhappiness with the criticism when asked about it, told The Citizen that race and gender representation in Nelson Mandela Bay was “diverse”, despite the fact that Trollip’s mayoral committee is majority male and 60% white. Here are the names of the city’s executive, as published

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  • Zuma digs in, unsettles markets

    Cape Town - Stung by his ruling party’s worst electoral performance since the end of apartheid, President Jacob Zuma is going for broke in a battle to maintain his grip on power. The first casualties have been the nation’s rand and bonds. First came Monday’s announcement that he plans to run a committee that will oversee the nation’s state-owned companies. Then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, with whom Zuma has had a fractious relationship, said he’d received a letter from a special police unit known as the Hawks to report to it on Thursday in connection with allegations he oversaw an illicit unit to spy on politicians when he ran the state tax agency. Gordhan denied doing any wrongdoing and

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  • Zimbabwe: High Court Approves 'Mega' Demonstration

    THE much anticipated demonstration organised by opposition parties and civil society organisations is expected to go ahead after High Court permitted the demonstration to be led by MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe People First’s Joice Mujuru. Dubbed the Mega Demo, the march hung in the balance after police sought to block it claiming that it stood to cause chaos in central Harare due to the size of crowds anticipated. Moreover, home affairs minister Ignatius Chombo warned the organisers against the march on Thursday, saying government was ready to crush the “illegal” event which he claimed was sponsored by foreign agents. According to organisers, the National Electoral Reform Agenda

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  • You can finance your home the Islamic way

    One of the “big four” banks has been offering an Islamic home loan, an alternative to conventional property financing, since the beginning of the year. First National Bank (FNB) Islamic Banking says its product is aimed at Muslims who want to finance their homes in a manner consistent with the requirements of their faith. But, like all Islamic financial products and services, it is open to everyone. Islamic finance operates according to strict ethical principles, not least of which is that charging interest on a loan (in other words, putting a time value on money) is prohibited (see “Principles of Islamic finance”, right). FNB Islamic Banking’s home loan is not strictly a loan. It is modelled

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Deploy Army in Streets

    GOVERNMENT will today deploy security forces to quell mass demonstrations organised by a coalition of opposition parties joining forces to push for electoral reforms and change -- should the protest turn violent -- as pressure mounts on President Robert Mugabe to reform or quit, it has been established. Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo addressed a press conference in Harare yesterday, threatening to crush today's political demonstrations. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday refused to grant permission to the 18 political parties under the auspices of the National Election Reform Agenda and the Coalition of Democrats to march in the streets of Harare, prompting the parties to approach

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  • eHomeAffairs open to teenagers

    Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has extended the age bracket of South Africa citizens able to use the eHomeAffairs online portal to apply for the new Smart ID Card and passport to 16 years and above. The system, launched four months ago, was initially only accessible for citizens aged between 30 and 35. “As from today, the system is now open to all citizens [16 years and over] who bank with the four participating banks: Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank,” the minister told a media briefing in Cape Town yesterday. “Currently, 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town.” According to Gigaba, a total of 35 751 applications

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  • Coega signs R11bn deal with Chinese car maker

    Johannesburg - The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has signed a historic R11 billion investment deal with the Beijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) from China for the establishment of a completely knocked down (CKD) vehicle manufacturing plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). The signing follows BAIC committing in December to invest R11bn in a manufacturing plant in South Africa. The BAIC investment is an outcome of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) held in Johannesburg in December, where President Jacob Zuma and Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping signed 26 bilateral agreements valued at about R100bn. The investment in the plant will be funded largely

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  • Bonang or Dj Zinhle? Wayde van Niekerk takes on Q&A

    Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk was this week kind enough to hold a Q&A session on Twitter. While some of the questions tweeps asked were interesting, others were simply meant to be ridiculous or funny. On what he thought of the “ugly” team SA Olympic tracksuits everyone has been complaining about, Van Niekerk only responded: “Life goes on. As long as I made my country proud.” He may be right, but we will not be ready to forgive as long as the frumpy kit remains engraved in our minds. Things got interesting when one Twitter user asked him if he would choose Bonang Matheba over DJ Zinhle. The poor guy did not want to start another storm, so he decided on a safer, yet irrelevant choice:

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