• Malema failed woodwork again‚ says Mandla Mandela

    Mandla Mandela issued a scathing attack on Julius Malema on Friday‚ accusing the EFF leader of “trash can politics“. In a statement defending ANC policy and practice‚ the grandson of Nelson Mandela said: “It appears‚ though‚ that Julius Malema has capitulated to the kind of thinking that characterised Eugene Terreblanche’s mission to undermine our nascent democracy at any cost.” Mandla Mandela was reacting to a stinging attack on his grandfather by Malema at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. Malema also attacked Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and businessman Patrice Motsepe at the student forum. “The deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of selling out of

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  • Drogba just selling books, says Jose - Premier League

    London - Jose Mourinho has slapped down Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, accusing his former player of criticising the club in order to sell books, before telling current striker Diego Costa that he is “not reading the game properly”. Drogba, who scored 164 goals and won 12 major trophies at Chelsea, many of them under Mourinho, had said Chelsea did not have as many leaders as they used to. But the Portuguese hit back last night, saying he had little interest in what he thought was merely promotional material for Drogba's autobiography. “When you speak because you want to sell books, I don't read,” Mourinho said. “I like interviews, I like interviews from big guys like Didier with good journalists

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  • ‘Outsiders in our own land’ - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Afrikaner political party Front Nasionaal set itself on a collision course with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) by burning an EFF T-shirt and a poster showing the face of leader Julius Malema. The party led a march to the Union Buildings from the Pretoria Art Museum on Friday to hand over a memorandum, addressed to President Jacob Zuma, signalling its intention to have areas for Afrikaners to live out their heritage and exercise their right to self-determination as per the constitution. The relatively small group, led by Marius Coertze, Front Nasionaal’s legal representative, set the red EFF T-shirt, as well as a poster with Malema’s face on it, alight. Soon afterwards the

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  • Motsepe shares his riches

    Billionaire Patrice Motsepe's mining business has not done well to the extent that for the first time his African Rainbow Minerals failed to fund his multi-million rand annual donation programme to traditional authorities and faith-based organisations. Motsepe revealed this yesterday at the Sandton Convention Centre while he was disbursing millions of rands to churches and traditional leaders. He said "the mining industry is going through serious challenges". He said the donation funds this year came from the Ubuntu Botho, a partnership between his Motsepe Foundation and insurance group Sanlam. Ubuntu Botho is also the main sponsor for Motsepe's football team Mamelodi Sundowns. "The global mining

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  • Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame

    His attackers had followed him down a street, keeping their prey at arm's length, waiting for an opening to land the fatal blow. They circled him as, on his knees amid rubbish, he pleaded for mercy. In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The intensity on his attackers' faces showed that he had become a thing to kill - each thrust aimed with ferocity. Around the macabre scene - where children had played and adults had strolled moments before - some now held their hands to their mouths in horror. Others stood seemingly detached, as if watching a movie. The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes. Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just

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  • Does Cassper Nyovest deserve to be named Africa's best rapper?

    For the past year, Cassper Nyovest has gone head to head with fellow rapper AKA. The duo have battled it out in terms of hot lyrics, eye catching videos, awards and record sales. Their hip hop beef has made for interesting headlines and stories, I mean who could forget AKA's team member allegedly pulling a gun on Nyovest at a recording of Sabc 1's Live AMP? Then there is the constant flaunting of iTunes sales between the two. Screen grabs on Instagram and Twitter of who sits higher on iTunes sales has become standard for both rappers. They tend to perform at the same gigs but none dare ask them to share a stage for the fear that shots could literally be fired. While the two rappers have embraced

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  • Green light for tax changes - Personal Finance Retirement | IOL Business

    A few million retirement fund members will benefit from the National Assembly’s decision this week not to amend the date (March 1 next year) of implementation in the Income Tax Act of changes that introduce uniform tax deductions for all retirement fund members and the need for provident fund members to buy a pension (annuity) at retirement. The implementation of uniform tax deductions for all retirement fund members will, for most members, mean they will be able to make larger tax-deductible contributions. Provident fund members will enjoy a tax deduction for the first time, which will increase the take-home pay of many tax-paying members from March next year. All retirement fund members, regardless

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  • Get real, white South Africa

    We did it in 1910 when the Union of South Africa was birthed by the British. We did it in 1948 when our new apartheid laws turned us into the most unethically dressed nation in Africa. We did it again in 1961 when the National Party declared South Africa a republic, free from the British Commonwealth. Our newest outfit, the dress from our historic Autumn/Winter 1994 collection, is now 21 years old, and evidently in tatters. Unfortunately, South Africa has never fundamentally changed over the years, we simply changed clothes. The greatest problem we face as a nation is not our neo-liberal imperialist economy that favours US and British capitalist endeavours. It's not that the police criminalise

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  • Gautrain management working to get services back on track

    Services were disrupted today when a truck driver lost control and collided into a wall bordering the tracks. Gautrain Gautrain bus service Gautrain Management Agency Gautrain delays Gautrain services suspended JOHANNESBURG – The Gautrain Management Agency said they will be working throughout the weekend to repair a railway line damaged by a cement truck.    Services were disrupted between Pretoria and Hatfield this morning when a truck driver lost control and collided into a wall bordering the tracks.    Gautrain’s CEO Jack van der Merwe said the driver’s coach was slightly damaged during the accident. “We’re going to work right through the weekend, trying to get everything up and running so

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  • Messi tops Goal’s 50 list - World Leagues

    Lionel Messi has cemented his status as the world’s best soccer player, according to Goal.com’s annual award which ranks the best 50 soccer players on the planet over the past 12 months. The Goal 50 list, compiled by Goal.com’s team of more than 500 journalists around the globe, sees the Barcelona superstar beat off the challenge from last years’ winner, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Barcelona and Argentina forward claims the title for the fourth time in recognition of an incredible campaign during which he led his club to a treble winning season, contributing 58 goals across all competitions and captained his country to the 2015 Copa América final. Messi’s personal milestones in 2015 included; The

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  • No hope for Krejcir in Czech Republic

    Radovan Krejcir was yesterday convicted of fraud and attempted murder by a Czech court. Radovan Krejcir Radovan Krejcir on trial JOHANNESBURG - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir could face an additional fifteen years in jail in his home country - if he is ever successfully extradited.   He was yesterday convicted of fraud and attempted murder by a Czech court.   The case is related to the defrauding of the state-owned oil company in the Czech Republic and a plot to kill a customs official.   Krejcir is currently in prison in South Africa awaiting sentencing after being convicted of attempted murder and kidnapping.   He was previously sentenced to ten years in jail in absentia.   Czech TV journalist

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  • Trump drops 12 percentage points in poll

    US presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week, marking the real estate mogul’s biggest decline since he vaulted to the top of the field in July, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Trump was the favorite of 31 percent of Republicans in a rolling poll in the five days ended on 27 November. The dip follows criticism of Trump for comments he made in the aftermath of the 13 November Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. Following the attacks, Trump told an NBC News reporter that he would support requiring all Muslims within the United States to be registered to a special database, which his critics have likened to the mandatory registration of Jews in Nazi Germany.

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  • Sirens ring out as airstrikes hit Islamic State stronghold

    In the Islamic State group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqa, sirens ring out whenever a warplane approaches as jihadists flee their posts and vehicles to hide, activists say. A US-led coalition and Russia have stepped up air strikes on the jihadists’ de facto Syrian capital since Islamic State claimed to have downed a Russian passenger aircraft over Egypt’s Sinai in October and the deadly jihadist attacks in Paris two weeks later. "The sirens are on the roofs of high buildings, in the squares and in the streets," Taym Ramadan, a city resident and anti-Islamic-State activist, told AFP. "When a warplane enters Raqa’s air space, the sirens ring out to warn (Islamic State) members," said the activist from the "Raqa is Being Slaughtered Silently" campaign group.

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  • Buhari, Zuma slated to meet over MTN penalty

    Earlier this week, Nigeria announced President Muhammadu Buhari would make the final decision on whether to impose the full fine. Buhari is expected to meet President Jacob Zuma on the sidelines of the forum, according to informed sources. MTN did not respond to queries about the dramatic turn of events in the discussions, which were being handled by executive chairman Phuthuma Nhleko after CEO Sifiso Dabengwa stepped down earlier this month. The fine relates to about 5.1million unregistered simcards that MTN failed to deactivate despite repeated warnings from the Nigerian Communications Commission. Nhleko, who has been described as a skilled deal-clincher, had been negotiating for a reduction

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  • Pastors threaten ANC election numbers over church commission

    The “pastors‚ under the auspices of the Mahikeng Ministers Fellowship (MMF)”‚ said in a statement that “the issuing of summonses against religious communities has displayed a heavy-handed and misguided approach”. MMF chairperson Apostle Zandisile Reginald Mpame said he shared the “view of the African National Congress Chaplaincy that the commission's controversial public posturing and confrontational statements to the media undermine its primary objective”. “We agree wholly with the chaplaincy that‚ though the commission may have powers of subpoena‚ its main mandate and primary duties are to promote peaceful coexistence between religious cultural and linguistic groups in the country‚ educate‚

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  • Winnie's helper takes her to task

    Struggle stalwart and ANC MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is being hauled before labour authorities for alleged irregular deductions from the salary of her former domestic worker. Nomathamsanqa Dunga of Orlando East in Soweto has laid a complaint with the department of labour at Maponya Mall, Soweto. The two parties were scheduled to appear before the department's inspection and enforcement officer, but Madikizela-Mandela did not show up. Dunga, who was employed at Madikizela-Mandela's Orlando West home, alleges she made three deductions from her salary without her approval. The two had agreed on a R1500 monthly salary in early 2013. Dunga said Madikizela-Mandela would occasionally pay her as much

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  • A bird? A plane? Or an SAA death spiral? - Independent on Saturday | Opinion

    SAA is in a death spiral and will crash and burn if its incompetant leaders are not removed, writes William Saunderson-Meyer. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that South African Airways is in a financial death spiral and that unless the heavy hand of incompetence - that of board chair Dudu Myeni - is removed from the rudder, it may crash and burn. There’s a clue in the fact that it has had seven chief executives in three years. A couple were suspended amid allegations of financial impropriety. A couple resigned and a few others were nudged out as soon as Myeni realised they were not as pliant as she wanted. There’s another clue in the fact that its chief financial officer

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  • 'Unions profit from brokers' - Cosatu boss stops naming and shaming

    Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini blocked what could have been an embarrassing exposé of how unions were profiting from e-tolls and labour brokers. Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant yesterday nearly named and shamed affiliates that had invested money in e-tolls - a project publicly opposed by Cosatu. Oliphant was speaking at the Cosatu congress where she stopped short of calling the organisation's leaders hypocrites. She told the delegates to be open and honest when speaking about labour brokers and e-tolls. Oliphant told Sowetan that Cosatu had to investigate the unions in conflict with its policies. "When you are saying let the government scrap the e-tolls while some of you are investing, the public

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  • The Big Read: Those who died for Zuma

    Cosatu had 2.2million members. Each one could go home and mobilise their family members. The trade union federation's then secretary-general, Zwelinzima Vavi, proclaimed that he was prepared to kill for ANC president Jacob Zuma. SACP leader Dr Blade Nzimande was always with Vavi on stage, flanking Zuma at rallies and stepping in to protect Zuma from making intellectual gaffes. This trio was complemented by a rampant and voluble ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema, who also proclaimed his preparedness to kill for Zuma. Providing guidance and political cover was a graduate from the ANC Youth League, Fikile Mbalula, who ran a vigorous election campaign and pulled off a major coup by bundling

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  • Zimbabwe: Grace Courts Nigerian Tycoon Over Bankrupt Omega Dairy

    First Lady Grace Mugabe has turned to Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumulu to save her family's struggling Gushungo Holdings which is reeling under an unsustainable US$20 million debt amid theft and mismanagement at the company. The First Lady reportedly asked the billionaire, who has a net worth close to US$1,6 billion, to consider investing in Gushungo Holdings before looking at other areas. Elumulu was in Zimbabwe to explore possible investment opportunities in the fields of agriculture, financial services, insurance and healthcare among others. He was scheduled to meet with various captains of industry who included Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chairperson Chipo Mutasa, Schweppes boss Charles Msipa

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