• Tragedy strikes retired Irish couple - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Irish couple PJ and Rachel Daly was about to retire in Tulbagh, where they were going to spend the rest of their lives. But, at the weekend, tragedy struck. The couple went sailing in the yacht Tara with their friend George Mills, but early on Monday morning their vessel ran aground and Mills and Rachel died. Rachel, 49, PJ, 66, and Mills, 60, were sailing from Langebaan to Cape Town to celebrate PJ’s birthday when the Tara ran aground near Melkbosstrand along the West Coast. The Irish embassy and British High Commission liaised with local authorities to give support to their families and the South African Maritime Safety Authority is investigating the incident. The couple’s friend,

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  • 'Gupta family must leave SA': Malema

    Gupta family must leave the country with immediate effect; this is according to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Leader Julius Malema revealed that the EFF has launched a war against the Gupta family because they are corrupt. In a stern statement made at the party's headquarters in Braamfontein, Malema said the Guptas are not a legitimate body and that their businesses are a 'machinery for corruption'. He said that the EFF are going to take physical actions against them and President Jacob Zuma during their march to the Constitutional Court on February 9. "The Guptas are not in the media business and anyone working for the Guptas is perpetuating corruption," said Malema. He also urged The New

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  • 'I'm not poor, but I'm broke,' DJ Sbu on how MoFaya took toll on his pocket

    Thousands of unemployed Zimbabwe graduates could soon find themselves with first jobs in South Sudan but there's just one catch: President Robert Mugabe's government is thinking of taking 25 percent of their salaries.

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  • Zuma vs two angry cops

    Yesterday, suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega - reacting to recommendations by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate that she be criminally charged - made it clear she will not go down without a fight. Her refusal to accept either a golden handshake or to resign, follows on action by her predecessor, Bheki Cele, who is still fighting Zuma's decision to fire him in 2012. The Times has been reliably informed that Cele's matter is still before court and that settlement negotiations have been under way since late 2013. The negotiations, which include Cele's demand that the board of inquiry report into his fitness to hold office be set aside, began after Zuma realised none

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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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  • Zimbabwe graduates can find jobs abroad

    The official Chronicle newspaper reported on Thursday that South Sudan wanted "20,000 graduates to work in different fields in the North African country." With high levels of unemployment in Zimbabwe, Mugabe's government last year announced a scheme to export graduates to countries including South Sudan, Botswana, Angola and Namibia, according to a report in the Herald of June 2015. The scheme was aimed at promoting "brain circulation" on the African continent, officials said then. They conceded that there would be a financial benefit to Zimbabwe's government. Now the authorities are debating whether to make exported workers send back 25 percent of their salaries to their families "or deposit

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  • South Africa: Nene Resigns As ANC MP

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  • Nkandla investigation 'manipulated' to protect Zuma: report

    In its report, Netwerk24 quoted three independent sources with direct knowledge of the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) probe into Nkandla who claimed the final report was “sanitised” to protect Zuma. The Afrikaans digital publication has now applied to the North Gauteng High Court to obtain all the SIU’s draft Nkandla reports. According to a sworn statement by Netwerk24 editor, Adriaan Basson, he was informed by credible sources in 2015 that the final SIU report, which effectively cleared Zuma of all blame, was sanitised to remove all evidence that implicated him in the "prestige project". “I was informed that the evidence in this regard contains incontrovertible evidence that contradicts

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  • Zimbabwe: Grace Central in Zanu-PF Factional Wars

    Zanu-PF's warring factions that are threatening to tear apart the former revolutionary party have revealed that First Lady Grace Mugabe is responsible for the ongoing bitter succession debacle amid reports she has been playing a double game by meeting and encouraging members from the two main factions battling for supremacy in the party. Two factions, one backing Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Generation 40 (G40), a grouping of young Turks who have the support of Grace have been at loggerheads as they seek to control the party and eventually succeed President Robert Mugabe, who turns 92 on February 21. Although Grace spoke glowingly of Mnangagwa in the run up to the party's December 2014 congress, which swept aside former vice-president Joice Mujuru, then a favourite to succeed Mugabe, she now flip-flops whenever it suits her since he was appointed President Robert Mugabe's deputy.

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  • Sturridge set to quit Anfield

    London - Daniel Sturridge is ready to quit Liverpool this summer over his fury at criticism questioning his desire to play for the club. Manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken publicly of his frustrations over Sturridge’s fitness and several former Anfield stars have intimated it is time for the club to sign a replacement. Sturridge is fed up at a growing perception that he lacks the hunger to fulfil his potential and believes a clean break is required this summer. The 26-year-old still has two-and-a-half years to run on his £150 000-per-week contract, meaning Liverpool are likely to demand a high price. He has the qualities of a £60million striker, but his fitness record means he is likely to be valued

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  • Cosatu: Gupta influence on govt a serious concern

    Media reports claim the Guptas stand to benefit from a deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel. Cosatu Gupta Gupta family Guptagate The Congress of South African Trade Unions Cosatu JOHANNESBURG – As fresh controversy emerges around the Gupta family this morning, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is warning that their influence on government is a serious concern. But the trade union federation denies it raised their relationship with the Zuma family at a recent African National Congress (ANC) meeting. The Mail & Guardian is this morning reporting that the Guptas stand to benefit from a lucrative deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel, which recently expanded into

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  • Trump’s jet in emergency landing - World News

    Nashville, Tennessee - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's plane made an emergency landing in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday because of engine trouble, officials said. The Boeing 757 was flying to Little Rock, Arkansas, from New York when it landed at Nashville International Airport. Trump travelled the rest of the way in a small charter aircraft, a campaign spokeswoman said. The Federal Aviation Administration said Trump's plane landed safely at 4.40pm after reporting engine problems. The agency will investigated the incident, it said. Reuters

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  • Mariah Carey rules out kids with James Packer

    Mariah Carey is adamant she and her fiancé James Packer won't be having any children together after they get hitched because her four-year-old twins will get ''jealous.'' The 'Hero' hitmaker and her billionaire beau may be heading down the aisle soon following their engagement last month, but she's adamant they won't be adding any little ones to their brood as it won't be fair on the blonde beauty's four-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, whom she has with her ex-husband Nick Cannon. Asked if she and James will be having any kids together, Mariah replied: ''No, those [Moroccan and Monroe] are my two babies and I think they will get too jealous.'' And, in order to prevent too much disruption

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  • DA to file PAIA on Motsoeneng's salary increase

    The Democratic Alliance is to submit a PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application to request the SABC’s record of decision on COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s R912‚000 salary increase last year. DA spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme said this comes after Communications Minister Faith Muthambi refused to make public the record of the decision for the “unjustified and above-inflation” increase in Motsoeneng’s salary.  In reply to a parliamentary question‚ Muthambi said that “records of decisions are confidential internal documents that should be kept as such”‚ Van Damme said. “Minister Muthambi seems to have forgotten that the SABC is publicly funded by way of allocations from National

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  • Zimbabwe: Mutsvangwa, Moyo Verbal Tiff Escalates

    Bulawayo — A verbal war between Zanu-PF Politburo members Professor Jonathan Moyo and Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa escalated yesterday with Mutsvangwa challenging Prof Moyo to go for a DNA test, claiming the Tsholotsho North MP was the son of the late Zanu (Ndonga) leader Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole. Cde Mutsvangwa was addressing representatives of war veterans, ex-political detainees and restrictees during a regional stakeholder consultation workshop in Bulawayo when he fired his latest salvo at Prof Moyo, claiming the Higher and Tertiary Education Minister was a chameleon, whose life needs to be unpacked. In an earlier interview published by NewsDay last month, Mutsvangwa said Moyo was Sithole's

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  • Glencore ‘forced’ to sell to Gupta unit - Companies

    Johannesburg - South Africa’s biggest opposition party said the country’s mines minister and state power utility “forced” Glencore to sell its Optimum coal operation to a company controlled by the Gupta family, friends of President Jacob Zuma. Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane met Glencore officials in Switzerland ahead of the sale of Optimum to the Gupta’s Tegeta Exploration & Resources in December, the ministry said in a February 1 statement. Johannesburg’s Sunday Times newspaper reported that a delegation representing the Gupta family was there at the same time. Optimum was placed in business rescue proceedings, a form of bankruptcy, in August after Glencore said its contract to supply coal to

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  • South Africa: Time for an Education On White Privilege

    As the country continues to shake off the anger caused by a series of racist comments on social media, a small group of people in the Mother City have taken it upon themselves to educate South Africans about privilege, specifically of the white variety. The initiative, Awake SA, was kicked off by Bruce Muller, a 38-year-old partner in a branding agency who says that "recent events lit the fire to get things going". One of these "recent events" is the now infamous Penny Sparrow, who complained on Facebook about black people on Durban's beaches - though Muller doesn't want to give her any more coverage. "The current level of discourse is very angry. There's a lack of insight about racism. "Acknowledging

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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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  • Intrepid Leicester face start of crunch time

    London - Surprise leaders Leicester City face a severe test of their Premier League title credentials over the next 10 days, starting with Saturday's trip to Manchester City. Claudio Ranieri's intrepid side have become a “second club” for football fans bored with the dominance of Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the last two decades. With 14 games left they will travel to the Etihad Stadium three points clear of a chasing pack, led by Manchester City but missing some usual suspects. A week later they visit Arsenal. It sounds daunting, but all season Leicester have refused to bow to supposed superiors and rather than fade, the Midlands club are growing in stature at just

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  • 12 things that happened this week you should know about

    1) Zuma proposes plan to 'pay back the money' The Presidency on Tuesday night issued a statement saying President Zuma had asked the Constitutional Court to appoint the auditor-general and minister of finance to “independently and impartially” determine how much money he owes for the Nkandla upgrades.  However opposition parties appeared unimpressed by the move. The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it will go ahead with its Constitutional Court action against the president while EFF leader Julius Malema came out guns blazing, calling Zuma a crook and demanding the influential Gupta family 'get out of South Africa'. 2) Drought hits home and neighbours Ratings firm Moody's this week warned that South

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