• Maybe we expected too much from the ANC, says former UK cabinet minister Hain

    LONDON — SA has gone from hero to zero under President Jacob Zuma’s poor leadership, with international investors turning their backs on the country. This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night. "Can the ANC (African National Congress) reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naive to think that the party — for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions — could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities. Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done

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  • Sensational return for Special One?

    London - Jose Mourinho is on the brink of getting the job of his dreams by becoming Manchester United manager this summer. In a dramatic twist for Manchester football, it means he would resume his toxic rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who was announced last Monday as City’s new boss for next season. No deal has been signed but talks have opened and Mourinho has his heart set on the job. United see him as the one man who can go head to head with Guardiola when trying to lure new talent to the club. City already wish to land Paul Pogba from Juventus and John Stones from Everton. United hope the arrival of Mourinho, who calls himself the Special One, will give them the chance to compete. The Portuguese

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  • Farmers takes issue with Zuma over land - Politics

    A court battle is looming between President Jacob Zuma and white commercial farmers over his recent statements that South African land was “stolen” from black people. TAU SA, a union representing mainly white commercial farmers in the country, has announced its intention to take Zuma to the Equality Court if he does not apologise and retract his statement. The union said on Thursday it had sent a lawyer's letter demanding an apology and retraction from Zuma and the ANC, and also released the letter publicly. In the week leading up to the 104th anniversary of the ANC and its annual January 8 statement in Rustenburg this year, Zuma came out perhaps stronger than he ever has on the land question.

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  • Ex-Ferrari chief has no 'good news' on Schumacher

    Sombre ex-Ferrari chief Luca de Montezemolo admitted Thursday that he did not have “good news” regarding the condition of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher. Former seven-time world champion Schumacher suffered head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013 and spent six months in an induced coma before returning to his home in Switzerland to continue his rehabilitation. “I get news about him constantly, and unfortunately it’s not good,” said Montezemolo when asked about Schumacher in Milan on Thursday. Montezemolo did not elaborate on 47-year-old Schumacher’s condition, but he added: “He was the most successful driver Ferrari ever had. He only suffered one

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  • It was proper for me to resign

    Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said, on Saturday, he felt it was “proper” for him to resign as an ANC MP. This following his name being put forward to head the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank/Brics bank. “Yes, I resigned last year,” he confirmed. “In line with my removal [and being nominated for the Brics bank position] I felt it would be the proper thing to do.” While he resigned in December, his resignation was processed only last month. After Nene’s sacking as finance minister, President Jacob Zuma said the "urgency of the changes in the leadership of the National Treasury" was because nominations needed to be sent to Shanghai in terms of the head of the African

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  • Teen hankers after Boko Haram captor - Africa

    Abuja - Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, 16-year-old Zara John is still in love with one of the Islamic militants who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine and blood test carried out by a doctor in the refugee camp to which she was taken after her rescue. “I wanted to give birth to my child so that I can have someone to replace his father since I cannot reconnect with him again,” said Zara, one of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants during a seven-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. But any decision over the baby was taken out of her hands. Her father drowned during

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  • Pravin utters P-word

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is said to believe there would be huge interest if a 49% stake in the parastatal was offered to the private sector. In a meeting last week of ANC leaders and government officials, he argued for a sale. His proposal has put him in conflict with Eskom boss Brian Molefe, who has begun turning the utility around, a person with knowledge of the discussion said. The minister suggested private shareholders be able to buy as much as 49%, said the insider who did not want to be named. Molefe disagreed, said the insider. The proposal follows Gordhan's recent meeting with business investors and comes ahead of a meeting this week between President Jacob Zuma and big business.

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  • Guptas’ safety can’t be guaranteed, warns EFF - Special Features

     Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng on Saturday warned that the politically-connected Guptas' safety in Gauteng cannot be guaranteed and threatened to drive them out of the province and the country. “Our message is simple, the Guptas, otherwise known as the Zuptas must heed the call of the commander in chief of the EFF [Julius Malema] and vacate South Africa, otherwise, the predictability of what could happen to them and any of their properties, becomes a highly volatile matter. No one can guarantee their safety in this Gauteng,” EFF provincial spokesman Ntobeng Ntobeng said. “We are sick and tired of massaging the cheap and thug-like egos of counter revolutionary neo-capital

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  • Court case ‘spoiling my retirement’, says Lamoer

    FORMER Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer wants his corruption case dealt with so he can enjoy his retirement, he said on Friday. "But this is going on and on forever. For me to enjoy my pension, I want this to be finalised," he said outside the High Court in Cape Town, following a pre-trial hearing. Mr Lamoer, Brig Kolindren Govender, his wife Sharon, and Brig Darius van der Ross allegedly received cash and expensive gifts from businessman Mohamed Saleem Dawjee and his son Zameer, in exchange for special treatment. They face 109 charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering involving approximately R1.6m. The matter was postponed to May 6. Mr Lamoer, who retired in November

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  • Cape hospital without water - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Tygerberg Hospital had to postpone surgery procedures and send patients home after operations were plunged into disarray as the hospital was left without water for a second consecutive day on Thursday. At least one doctor claimed the lack of water posed a serious risk to infection prevention. The biggest hospital in the province was left without water when a water main burst on Wednesday morning. On Thursday, scores of hospital staff, including UWC students who live on Tygerberg campus, could be seen milling around the hospital with buckets of water supplied by the city council via tankers. In the morning, staff had to mop up the hospital’s extensive corridors following flooding on

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  • Security guard killed in gang ambush

    Durban - Police are hunting for a gang who shot dead a security guard and wounded another in an ambush near a Mount Edgecombe supermarket on Thursday. The unnamed guard who was killed had multiple bullet wounds, while his companion was shot in the thigh. The tragedy occurred at about 9.15am when the driver of an Isuzu van was driving along Flanders Drive towards the M41 North intersection. Two security guards were also in the vehicle. They had delivered a consignment of cigarettes to a petrol station when the gang struck, said police spokeswoman, Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala. Suddenly, a white Toyota Corolla with three men in it overtook the van and slammed to a halt in front of it. “The suspects

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  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma Wishes Chinese Community Happy New Year

    press release I would like to wish all members of the Chinese Community in South Africa and around the world, a happy and successful New Year - the Year of the Monkey! The Monkey is known as an auspicious symbol, thus heralding a year that looks forward to agility, inventive solutions, innovative endeavours, and flourishing business achievements. Indeed, the Year of the Monkey must encourage and celebrate individual entrepreneurs, the setting of goals with confidence and reaping the rewards of consistency and dedication. The relations between South Africa and China have grown from strength to strength. Indeed, the symbol and the spirit of the Monkey can be said to capture the energy of these

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  • Coega is best-connected industrial or special economic zone in Africa

    Bringing home the seriousness of the challenge facing the country is the announcement on Monday by Kumba Iron Ore that it would be laying off more than 4,000 workers and contractors. Other mines will be under similar pressure — World Bank analysts expect prices for 37 of the 46 commodities the bank monitors to fall this year. Economists and investors at the World Economic Forum held in last month in Davos, Switzerland, were almost unanimously pessimistic about short-to-medium-term prospects for countries in Africa and elsewhere that are reliant on commodity exports. It is a vicious circle — the temptation is to dig as fast as one can when the commodity price is high to bring money into the country, and to put on hold plans to build the infrastructure and plants needed to add value.

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  • The biggest losers in the Nkandla saga

    Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has come out as the biggest loser in the Nkandla debacle. Former ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi also have egg on their faces due to the saga. The three led the pack in arguing that President Jacob Zuma should not pay for the upgrades at Nkandla. But Zuma's proposal to pay has left his defenders in a corner. While the ANC and Cosatu welcomed Zuma's announcement to pay back some money spent on non-security upgrades at his private home, opposition parties still want him to appear before court. Cosatu said in a statement Zuma's proposal would bring an end to the drawn-out controversy regarding the public protector's report on Nkandla.

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  • Woman claims racism in eviction row - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - A Sea Point woman being hauled to court for breaching her lease agreement and owing her landlord R180, is citing racism as the motive behind the action. Beauty Sisusa, 37, has been renting a room at the Rapallo Flats in Beach Road, Sea Point, for several years and claims she only recently received a new leasing contract that displayed a termination date. Sisusa rents the room for R350 a month and contributes R150 towards electricity. The building’s administrator, the Lior Trust, has filed papers in the Western Cape High Court in which they say Sisusa contravened her lease agreement which stipulated the term of residence as from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. The City of Cape

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  • ANCYL slams Makhura reshuffle - Politics

    Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League in Gauteng has broken ranks with the provincial government over Premier David Makhura’s latest reshuffle of his cabinet that saw the return of Paul Mashatile. The Gauteng ANCYL described Mashatile’s return as “unspectacular” and a “recycling of old faces and friends”. The league’s provincial chairman Matome Chiloane described Mashatile’s appointment as “nothing strategic” but a move aimed at “pleasing the ruling cartel”. He said this was a missed opportunity to give space to young people. “He (Mashatile) has been an MEC since 1994, you bring him back in 2016 and you expect us to applaud,” he said on Thursday. “This is a missed opportunity. People can go clap

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  • All 79 miners trapped underground rescued

    Relief efforts continued well into the night for three remaining miners who were still unaccounted for. Mosebenzi Zwane Lily Mine Lily Mine collapse Mine collapse JOHANNESBURG – All 79 miners trapped underground after a collapse at the Lily Gold Mine in Baberton have been rescued.  Relief efforts continued well into the night for three remaining miners who were still unaccounted for, after a building at the entrance of a shaft caved in yesterday morning.  In a meeting with mine managers, Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane urged bosses to do everything possible to mitigate any harm while miners are underground.  His spokesperson Martin Madlala said, “Minister Zwane takes matters of health

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  • Ugly twar leads to Dana taking Mazwai to court

    According to Jozi Gist the twar began when Mazwai was challenged to come up with a concept for a talent show. Mazwai said that Simphiwe Dana had come to an open mic session she had hosted. Dana didn't remember it. Dana clarified the issue - apparently they were both part of a poetry group called Feelah Sista - and not someone engaged in discovering talent. Things went downhill from there, when Dana accused Mazwai of badmouthing her. Now, according to Sowetan LIVE Dana has responded in a statement - and is planning to take Mazwai to court: "There are various tweets that imply that Simphiwe Dana is an alcoholic and has slept her way to the top, Simphiwe distances herself from these tweets as they

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  • Rand flat ahead of US data - Markets

    Johannesburg - South Africa's rand weakened slightly early on Friday, pausing a rally that has seen the unit trade below the crucial 16 rand per dollar mark for three straight sessions as global risk appetite has improved. Stocks were set to open flat at 07h00 GMT, with the JSE securities exchange's Top-40 futures index slipping 0.1 percent. By 06h45 the rand was flat at 15.8995 per dollar, easing off its firmest level in one month after statements from the United States Federal Reserve this week suggested interest rates there would remain lower for longer. Government bonds were also firmer, with the benchmark paper due in 2026 shedding 2 basis points to 9.115 percent. Traders said currency moves

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  • School bans pupil for his dreadlocks - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A Rastafarian pupil says his school’s governing body will not allow him to return to class until he has cut off his dreadlocks, while teachers have refused him textbooks and other resources. Anathi Mare’s case is the second complaint of alleged discrimination against a Rastafarian pupil brought to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) over the past few weeks. Last month, a Rastafarian family from Khayelitsha reported that their son, Azania Stofile, was not allowed to attend classes at Bulumko Secondary because he had dreadlocks. He missed several days of school before he was allowed to return to class. On Thursday, Neziswa Mare told the Cape Argus that during a meeting earlier

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