• Porsche sued again over Walker’s death - Tonight News

    LOS ANGELES - Paul Walker’s father sued Porsche for negligence and wrongful death Wednesday over the 2013 accident that killed the “Fast & Furious” star. Walker’s father, who is the executor of his son’s estate, filed the lawsuit claiming that the Porsche Carrera GT that his son was riding in lacked safety features that could have saved the actor’s life. The lawsuit cites features included in other pending lawsuits against the automaker over the crash that might have saved the actor’s life, including a stability control system, side-door reinforcements and a breakaway fuel line to help prevent the car from bursting into flames after a collision. Walker was on a break from filming the seventh

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  • Malema refuses chamber’s request to tone down rhetoric

    JULIUS Malema was asked by concerned members of the South African Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in London to tone down his rhetoric — and he refused. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, continuing his UK tour, had a lively and robust private meeting with members of the SACC at Deloitte’s London headquarters on Thursday morning. But in characteristic style, Mr Malema told Business Day: "Well that meeting was governed by Chatham House rules … but when it comes to the EFF, the posture we’ve taken in South African politics and internationally has made us who we are. And that strategy is working, there’s no need to change that posture to suit whoever’s uncomfortable." While he admitted that he

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  • Watch: Mugabe's slow Turkey walk sets tongues wagging

    The 91-year-old's less-than-speedy progression up a long blue carpet was filmed by New China TV, Xinhua news agency's official TV channel, and then posted on YouTube. "As [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan waited while Mugabe walked ever so gingerly the short distance from his Mercedes limousine to the entrance of the conference venue, the Turkish leader probably wondered whether he should not have let the Zimbabwean stay at home," news website NewZimbabwe quipped. The report said Mugabe "appeared to walk with some difficulty". Mugabe attended the G-20 summit as head of the African Union, though Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change said he had "no business" there and his attendance at the meeting was "a serious national embarrassment".

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  • Nigerian superstar robbed of R791,000 in Sandton

    Davido, who has received global acclaim for his funky brand of Nigerian music infused with pop and afro soul influences - encountered crime first hand in Johannesburg. Davido was passing through the country en route to Atlanta, USA where he is based and regularly performs.

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  • No exceptions to visa laws, even for Mandela actor Elba: Gigaba

    So believes Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who was addressing the media in Parliament on the implementation of cabinet concessions to the immigration regulations on Wednesday. This comes after award-winning British actor Idris Elba reportedly cancelled a trip to South Africa at the last minute after his daughter, Isan, failed to meet the new immigration requirements passed into law earlier this year. Elba played the role of Nelson Mandela in the award-winning film based on the icon's life, Long Walk to Freedom. Sovereign laws Gigaba said that as Elba was a British national, he did not have to apply for a visa and therefore only found out when he was told by an airline that he could not

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  • Obama 'deeply disturbed' by Chicago police shooting

    President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was “deeply disturbed” by video of a white Chicago policeman shooting dead a black teenager, in the latest such incident to roil the United States. Graphic footage released shortly after officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday has reignited impassioned debate about the use of force by law enforcement in the US, with Chicago left dangerously on edge. Protesters there have likened the Laquan McDonald killing to that of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot dead by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri last year, triggering 15 months of demonstrations in major US cities over perceived police brutality against black men. A small band of demonstrators hit the chilly Chicago streets for a second night in a row Wednesday, reportedly confronting police officers.

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  • Red carpet fit for King Mswati only - Africa | IOL News

    EPA Swaziland's King Mswati III, centre, has banned the use of red - or any other colour carpet - to be used for dignitaries other than himself. Mbababe - If the Oscars or Golden Globes ever desire an African venue for their star-studded shows, they won’t be choosing Swaziland now that police have banned walking on red carpets by anyone other than King Mswati. “The use of red carpets has come under strict monitoring as the Royal Swaziland Police service has been removing such carpets during glamorous social events,” the Times of Swaziland reported on Tuesday. For several years, a red carpet has been rolled out for Mswati as he attends special events and boards or disembarks from his private jet at the national airport.

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  • Nigeria: Group Slams Minister Over Buhari Claim in MTN N1.04 Trillion Fine

    The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, has asked the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, not to drag President Muhammadu Buhari into the $5.2 billion fine imposed on MTN by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC. Mr. Shittu had said recently in Lagos that President Buhari had the final say on the N1.04 trillion fine on MTN "at the appropriate time in public interest". "The sheer number of pre-registered SIM cards discovered on the network of the telecommunications company was alarming and worrisome. "MTN has not disputed the charge. They admitted that they were at fault and they apologized for their role in the whole saga," the minister had said in Lagos.

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  • South African pets have medical aid, but not workers - Malema tells Oxford students

    "We have got a situation where the rich love animals [more] than the people," he told the Oxford Union at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.  "The dogs of rich people in South Africa have got medical aid but their domestic workers, and the university workers, and the farm workers, the petrol attendants, the security guards, do not have medical aid.  "Neither do they have rights as workers." Malema said the recent student protests against fees, and the protests by university workers showed that the interests of the poor are being put on the African agenda.   He added that some university workers who have worked for more than 30 years have nothing to show for it.  Malema said

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  • Afrikaners want own community - Gauteng | IOL News

    Pretoria - Afrikaners want their own community which looks after itself in Pretoria, something along the lines of Kleinfontein and Orania. This should happen as early as after the municipal elections next year, and the area would have its own schools and universities where children are taught in Afrikaans. The statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square could also be moved there. The areas that have been identified are those where many Afrikaans-speaking people live, such as Centurion and Pretoria Moot. Orania in the Northern Cape and Kleinfontein in Gauteng were established by Afrikaners. Only people who identify themselves as Afrikaners are welcome there. And now the Front Nasionaal political party

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  • THICK END OF THE WEDGE: What Zuma must still break to survive

    Last week, one of the world’s best public economists — the lead economics writer on the Financial Times — Martin Wolf, was in SA. He returned to London to basically write us off unless we reverse economic policy. The redistributive efforts of the African National Congress (ANC) were, he said (and we know it ourselves), a zero-sum game. Wolf speaks for and to the international economic community and his article follows a Bloomberg report last week that the insurance being required to trade SA’s government-backed bonds was now so high they indicated the markets were already treating South African debt as if it were sub-investment standard or, in the parlance of the bond markets, junk. It reminds us that Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago was telling an audience in Cape Town last month that raising local interest rates was unavoidable.

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  • BBC 100 Women features 5 South Africans

    Five South Africans will join the BBC 100 Women series, which features woman figures from around the globe who do important work in their countries in their fields. The South Africans include Chairperson of the African Union Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 66, Verashni Pillay, 31, the newly appointed editor of Mail & Guardian and Karabo Mathang, 28, the first female FIFA-accredited sports agent. Naval captain Lieutenant-Commander Zimasa Mabela, 38, and entrepreneur Clara Reid, 29, who designed Reel Gardening in a bid to simplify gardening, also made the list. The BBC 100 Women series on December 1 will host a series of debates on gender issues from across the globe and will be broadcast live on BBC World

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  • Zimbabwe's Mr Ugly pageant turns ugly

    Maison Sere, who was missing several teeth and dressed in torn overalls, beat off five other contestants for the $500 Mr Ugly prize -- a large sum in a country facing massive unemployment. Show organiser David Machowa said he created the pageant in 2012 to celebrate "beauty in ugliness".

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  • Mandla Masango questions PSL standards

    Masango was one of the standout players at Chiefs in their title-winning 2014/15 season, but that did not stop a contractual dispute that was laced in drama. Masanago, along with Itumeleng Khune and PSL player of the year Tefu Mashamaite, could not agree on new terms with Chiefs. In the end, Khune would resolve his differences with the Motaungs while Masango secured a move to Randers and Mashamaite put pen to paper at BK Hacken. And, Masango says, playing in Europe is making him a better footballer. "It’s good for the nation. It benefits both me and the national team also," Masango said of his new venture. "The standard that side is always higher than our standard and I get to learn new things

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  • We join the bullies

    South Africa - along with 13 other countries including North Korea, Sudan, Syria, China, Russia and Zimbabwe - voted on Wednesday against adopting a resolution that would recognise threats against defenders of human rights. The declaration recognises, in international law, the extreme importance and legitimacy of human-rights activity, and those who carry it out. The unanimity of the 1989 adoption of the declaration was broken after Norway asked to vote on it this week. There were 117 votes in favour of the resolution, 14 against and 40 abstentions. This is the latest action that has brought South Africa's reputation as a defender of human rights into question. In June, Sudanese President Omar

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  • The big Capitec question

    HOW long can this upward trajectory continue? For yet another year, Capitec is kicking the bottoms of the big banks, in its quest to break into the big four of the South African banking sector. As the best-performing banking share on the JSE this year, it has risen by a staggering 75%. Barclays, Standard Bank, FirstRand and Nedbank have all reversed their gains. Nedbank, mostly notably, has felt the heat of Capitec’s growth and has fallen 16% year to date. Capitec’s rise from nowhere to universal hero is the biggest success story in the local banking sector in recent decades. Started in March 2001 by the team at Jannie Mouton’s Stellenbosch-based investment company PSG, Capitec listed on the

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  • From petrol jockey to Master’s graduate - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    Durban - Only you can keep your dreams alive; it’s up to you to fight for them. This, said Regina Mlobeli, was her motivation to persevere in the face of severe financial struggles - which have seen her remarkable rise from working as a petrol attendant to having a Master’s degree in psychology. Mlobeli, now the study co-ordinator at the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa), said there was no “secret” to her success. She spoke to The Mercury ahead of World Aids Day, which is on December 1. “Working hard and trying hard. That’s all you can do to get what you want.” Mlobeli grew up in Gugulethu, and from 1976 moved between the Western Cape and Eastern Cape trying

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  • South African bookmaker stacks odds against FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale

    There are five, potentially six, candidates in the running with Michel Platini's current FIFA suspension currently hampering his campaign. But that suspension might be lifted before the election, which would allow the Frenchman to stand. However, it might not matter, as South African bookmakers Sportingbet.co.za have Prince Ali Al-Hussein as the favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter at 5/6 while Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain is second favourite at 3/1. Sexwale, meanwhile, can be backed at a distant 12/1. Next FIFA president odds: Prince Ali Al-Hussein - 5/6 Salman Al Khalifa - 3/1 Gianni Infantino - 6/1 Michel Platini - 8/1 Tokyo Sexwale, Jerome Champagne - 12/1

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  • What exactly is for sale?

    IF YOU’RE at a loose end for investment ideas, you could do worse than take a leap of faith on SA’s unofficial first family, the Guptas. The Guptas, perhaps most famous for managing to convince some official to allow them to land a jet full of wedding guests at the high-security Waterkloof Air Force Base in April 2013, effectively own 64% of JSE-listed Oakbay Resources — a company with big uranium ambitions. The company hasn’t attracted broad investor interest since its low-key listing in November 2014, even though it’s the JSE’s only real uranium prospect. But what is remarkable is that even though less than R2m worth of its shares have traded in the past year, those buyers have managed to drive

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  • Sanchez is like a hunting lion, says Arsenal boss Wenger

    Alexis Sanchez has been compared to a hunting lion by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who says he is amazed by the Chile forward’s resilience and powers of recovery. Sanchez, Arsenal’s joint top scorer this season alongside Olivier Giroud, has lit up the Premier League with a series of eye-catching performances since signing from Barcelona last season. He scored two and set up the third in the Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday and, according to Wenger, is likely to recover in time to play against Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday despite tweaking his hamstring in midweek. “His resistance is remarkable,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the club’s website (www.arsenal.com).

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