• 6 cows, R7.8m for Zuma, no bull

    When President Jacob Zuma visited the community of Letlhabile, just outside Brits in North West yesterday, he was looking for ANC votes in next week’s municipal elections, but he may have stumbled on a solution to his personal financial woes. The local business forum were so pleased with his presence they presented the president with a gift of six cows and offered to pay the R7.8 million Nkandla bill the Constitutional Court slapped on him. Yesterday, the people of Madibeng Municipality, beset by water shortages amid other service delivery problems, made Zuma, in town to address a Siyanqoba mini-rally as the campaigning for next week’s elections wraps up, an offer he would find hard to refuse. Zuma dedicated more than half of his speech to history lessons, in an effort to stop the local community from abandoning the ANC.

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  • Nigeria: Stephen Keshi Laid to Rest

    It was an emotion-laden atmosphere at Illah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, on Friday as the remains of former head coach of the Nigeria's Super Eagles, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, were laid to rest. Keshi was buried in a tomb within the compound of his personal house in Ukpologwu Quarters in Illah, the football icon's hometown, after a requiem mass at the Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Illah town. Although Federal Government's presence was again conspicuously absent, like during the ceremony of lying-in-state and tributes at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Thursday, the strong presence of numerous former members of the Super Eagles, particularly the victorious

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • Paris Hilton gushes over Black Coffee

    South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande took a swipe at the Democratic Alliance on Saturday saying that the party had been described by former president Nelson Mandela himself as a “party of white bosses and black stooges” and asked why the party...

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  • Shooting at estate leaves two people dead

    “He grew up as a sweet child, he was always smiling and would rarely seem angry. We are shocked and shattered as a family on the shooting,” were the words one of the deceased’s aunt uttered about her nephew, Witbank News reports. This follows after close neighbours heard loud screams in the late hours of Sunday, July 24, which led to two people’s death in a shooting incident. The ordeal happened at Jackaroo Park, where it is alleged that a 36-year-old man was at a pub drinking. When he called it a night he phoned his 33-year-old wife to come and fetch him and take him home. It is alleged that their conflict started in the car and continued all the way to their marital home in Clearwater Estate.

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  • 'All whites must be hacked and killed'

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party was looking into a matter that allegedly involves one of its members. A screenshot bearing what appears to be the name of EFF member Thabo Mabotja is making the rounds on social media. In the screenshot are the words “All white people must be hacked and killed”. Mabotja could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the matter. The Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) was also reportedly trying to contact him to summon him for an official investigation, but could also not locate him on Thursday. Ndlozi said the party was aware of the incident, but they were still looking into the factuality

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  • Rugby Championship set for Europe debut

    London - The Rugby Championship comes to Europe for the first time when Argentina and Australia face each other in a repeat of last year's Rugby World Cup Semi Final at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday October 8 at 7.30pm. The match will be the final game of the 2016 tournament, so both sides could be fighting for glory when they head for the UK and the Pumas will be out for revenge as they aim to topple the Wallabies, the current Rugby Championship title holders. Australia's European stars are also set to return to action for The Rugby Championship campaign after the 3-0 series loss to England in June. Head coach Michael Cheika is poised to welcome back big guns like Matt Giteau, Will

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  • Vuwani demarcation dispute pauses until elections are over

    TRADITIONAL leaders from Vuwani‚ in Limpopo‚ have sealed a deal with the government to end months of tension in the area caused by demarcation disputes. The Electoral Commission of SA feared it might have to reschedule the local government election in the area after eight tradition councils and the Vuwani Service Delivery and Development Forum applied to have the case heard by the Constitutional Court. On Monday‚ representatives of traditional councils in the area met an inter-ministerial team to sign the agreement‚ which was hailed as a "milestone" by Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen. The agreement stipulates‚ among other things‚ an end to all forms of violence and intimidation‚ that the local government election is not be disrupted‚ and that the government commits to continued talks with the communities affected.

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  • How to sell a R5 coin for R50000

    The R5 coins with the face of former president Nelson Mandela have a special nostalgic appeal, and the most recently issued one was to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. But would you believe it if you were told that one of these 90th birthday coins sold for R2.5 million? Others sell for anything between R50 000 and a couple of thousand rands. These, remember, are simply R5 coins. There is nothing special or rare about them – more than 22 million were issued by the South African Mint. But a lucrative trade has developed in which clever sellers convince gullible buyers that certain R5 Mandela coins are extremely rare and are therefore worth a lot of money. Any coins could be sold in this way,

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  • Found in SA … Libya’s trillions

    Johannesburg - The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya. What could be the world’s largest cash pile is stored in palettes at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria. The Libyan billions have led to a Hawks investigation into possible violation of exchange controls as well as international interests from the UN and the US. It has also led to heightened interest in the local and international intelligence community

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  • ‘Dictatorial SABC’ using technicality to keep Vuyo Mvoko off air, SACP says

    THE South African Communist Party (SACP) has vowed to keep campaigning against the SABC and its chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, until senior political anchor Vuyo Mvoko is allowed to return to work. Mvoko was one of eight journalists who lost their jobs for objecting to the ban on the airing of footage of protests in which public property was damaged. Following court action, seven other dismissed employees were reinstated on Wednesday. However, negotiations between the SABC and Mvoko on his return to work broke down on Thursday when he refused to retract his public criticism of the lack of editorial independence at the public broadcaster. "Mvoko’s case is complicated by the fact that

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  • Malema wants old age grants increased to R3‚000

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has told the people of ward 49 in Kanana‚ Hammanskraal‚ that social grants need to be increased in order to meet their basic needs. This comes as a few residents took to the stage to express their concerns with problems ranging from poverty and housing to better service delivery. “You worked hard for this place to be where it is but today when you raise concerns‚ they [the ANC] threaten you that if you vote for anyone else‚ they will take away your pensions. You must tell them before they take your pension‚ they must start with their mothers and grandmothers because they also get pensions‚” Malema said on Thursday afternoon. He said the ANC was going

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  • Dangote’s profit slides - Companies

    Dangote Cement signalled it may ease the pace of adding new capacity amid foreign exchange constraints in its home market of Nigeria, as Africa’s largest producer of the building material reported a decline in first-half profit. Profit for the six months through June declined to 106.3 billion naira ($342 million) from 123.1 billion naira a year earlier, the Lagos-based company said in a filing to the Nigeria Stock Exchange on Thursday. “We have achieved a commendable result, given the very challenging situation in our main market and general economic weakening across Africa,” CEO Onne van der Weijde said in an e-mailed statement. While the company remains committed to its ambitious plans, “we are taking a more measured approach to the roll-out of new capacity across Africa,” he said.

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  • Hlaudi’s hellish future apes fellow spin doctors

    IN Zimbabwe, a funny little sesquipedalian called George Charamba is the press secretary at the ministry of information, which makes him President Robert Mugabe’s official spokesman. At the state-owned Herald, where he is a columnist, he is known as Nathaniel Manheru. Charamba or Manheru is prolific; he is outrageous, childish, venomous — and totally brilliant at his job. It is thanks largely to him that so many Africans and Scandinavian sympathisers and other useless apologists genuinely believe Mugabe’s land-reform policies of the late 1990s and early 2000s were a legitimate means to the economic emancipation of Zimbabwe. It is thanks to Charamba’s masterful stoking of nationalism, that blind

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  • Zimbabwe in the Eye of a Storm

    AFTER landing at the airport, I realised immediately that I had landed in the eye of a storm when a rifle-wielding storm trooper pointed a gun at me, ordering me to open my suitcase. The civilian officer was annoyed and ordered me to proceed. Yet there is a method to this madness. I was later to learn that soldiers and semi-military police have been deployed along the highways in order to intimidate citizens into paying them "something". The government is broke. In a stretch of 240 kilometres, there were 11 police roadblocks. The police find fault with "something", either on the driver or on his car and levy a spot fine of US$20. The spot fine is, however, negotiable and one can get away with

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  • Pogba heads to LA for Man United medical

    London - Paul Pogba will become a Manchester United player again after they agreed a deal close to £100million with Juventus on Thursday night. It means the player who left Old Trafford for next to nothing in 2012 will return as the stellar signing of the summer - in a world record transfer which smashes the British mark by an incredible £40m. The deal for the 23-year-old France midfielder is expected to be formalised on friday after Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola held further talks with Juventus officials and lawyers in Turin on Thursday afternoon. United and Juventus have agreed to pay a fee to Raiola with part of his 20 per cent bonus being accounted for in Pogba’s overall deal. Pogba is due to

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  • Land rights act is entirely invalid, Constitutional Court judges declare

    THE Constitutional Court on Thursday declared invalid a law that reopened a process for blacks to make claims on land taken from them during the apartheid era, citing lack of consultation before the law was passed. The Restitution of Land Rights Bill was among the first laws passed by the country’s first democratic government in November 1994. Many people failed to claim their land in an initial period from 1995 to 1998, however, and President Jacob Zuma gave them fresh rights to make claims when he signed the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act on June 30 2014. The top court said Parliament had failed to allow for proper consultation before passing the law to reopen the window to make land claims.

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  • EFF Limpopo boss rejoins ANC, saying EFF lives in dreamland

    Economic Freedom Fighters Limpopo’s MPL and chairman Mike Mathebe rejoined the ANC on Thursday, claiming that Julius Malema’s party policy was mere theory. “At that time there was a theory, but when we look at the practice it looks impossible to implement. I see that there is no any practicality in terms of what EFF is thinking about their policy,” Mathebe said when he was welcomed by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Thursday in Polokwane. Mathebe said he would not want to settle in EFF’s “dreamland” but wanted to live to see a practical policy. However, he failed to point out which EFF policy he deemed impractical. He denied the notion that he was joining the ANC as a spy. “There were

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  • Zimbabwe: A Rand Budget

    THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and government have clearly explained their disdain for widespread use of the United States dollar by locals under a hard currency regime, saying use of the greenback has been detrimental to the economy. The reason, they argue, is that people are using the US dollar as a store of value, and that foreigners have used Zimbabwe as a hunting ground for the currency since the country adopted a multiple currency regime in 2009. Consequently, there has been a depletion of the stock of US dollar notes in the economy, which has been exacerbated by a widening trade deficit, which has essentially amounted to an export of cash. Moreover, the strength of the US dollar has

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  • 'Crude‚ silly painting won't distract us': Mmusi Maimane

    The Democratic Alliance's leader (DA) says a painting posted on Twitter by controversial “Sushi King” Kenny Kunene‚ depicting three of its members in their birthday suits‚ is irrelevant. Kunene posted a photo of himself behind the image saying‚ "I am now a proud owner of this master piece. Powerful story telling through art...Thanks to the fearless Artist..." The painting portrays what appears to be Western Cape premier Helen Zille‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane and DA shadow minister of correctional services James Selfe with their private parts exposed. Maimane is pulling a cart carrying Zille and Selfe. The words "modern slavery" are hanging from the cart. The DA leader is no strangers to accusations

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