• Zuma met Russians, was 'warned' before Cabinet reshuffle - report

    Former state security minister and now head of the energy portfolio, David Mahlobo is understood to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Russian government. Mahlobo was moved from state security to energy by Zuma last week when he announced changes to his administration which saw SACP general secretary, Blade Nzimande being dropped from the Cabinet. According to Sunday Times, Zuma is understood to have met with several high level and powerful officials from Russia who flew in to discuss the controversial nuclear deal and pressure the President to speed up the process and have the deal signed off by the minister of energy. “Their visit was to deliver what many of us believe to be the final warning to

  • Cabinet Reshuffle: Zuma may strike yet again before December

    While the country was abuzz with the changes President Jacob Zuma made to his executive on Tuesday morning, some comrades were already commenting on the moves he didn’t make. In the process of shuffling five ministers and shunting deputy minister Buti Manamela sideways to higher education, Manamela’s old position as deputy minister in the Presidency was left open. This implies that Zuma still has at least another card to play before the party’s elective conference in December, should he need to. A close aide of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, veteran trade unionist James Motlatsi, has already aired rumours on eNCA that Ramaphosa would be the next to go - and that Zuma would use another “intelligence report” to justify axing him.

  • Mourinho tears into Man Utd after shock loss

    United were beaten for the first time this season, while promoted Huddersfield’s 2-1 win marked their first top-flight victory over their illustrious visitors since 1952. Huddersfield’s goals, scored by Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre, were a direct result of disastrous mistakes by United’s Juan Mata and Victor Lindelof. “In the first half I was waiting for it,” said Mourinho, whose side replied through substitute Marcus Rashford. “It was Mata and Victor, but it could have been another because the attitude was really poor. “When I lose matches, I like to lose because the opponent was better, had more quality. When you lose because of attitude, that is really bad. “I heard Ander Herrera in an

  • Expensive temper tantrum for Koko disciplinary hearing lawyer ​

    A temper tantrum this week put an end to lawyer Sebetja Matsaung’s lead role in a disciplinary hearing into  suspended Eskom executive Matshela Koko - but not before Matsaung had billed the power  utility handsomely for his work. A legal expert said the R804,000 that Matsaung billed Eskom for work done between August 12 and 30 “equates to robbery”. Eskom fired Matsaung on Saturday following his altercation with a reporter after the disciplinary hearing had been adjourned on Friday night. The axing also followed complaints by several senior employees to Eskom executives earlier in the week, in which they called for him to be fired  because of his unprofessional treatment of witnesses. A copy of

  • This Is What Disney Princesses Would Look Like As Queens

    I know, I know, the internet is obsessed with Disney princesses. We've seen them reimagined as a bunch of different things over the past few years, but this photo series by photographer Tony Ross in collaboration with designer Nephi Garcia is STUNNING, and refreshing.

  • Lesotho: Namibia Deploys Troops to Lesotho

    THE government of Namibia has approved the deployment of 250 soldiers to Lesotho as part of a 1 200-strong Southern African Development Community (SADC) standby force scheduled to be in the country by 1 November 2017. According to Namibian media reports, the country had acquiesced to a request by SADC for member states to provide military and diplomatic support to the standby force. The development comes as the Lesotho government is still seeking answers from SADC after the bloc's defence chiefs earlier this month decided to dispatch a third security assessment mission to Lesotho. Foreign Affairs Minister Lesego Makgothi, will today travel to Luanda, Angola to meet the new Ministerial Double

  • Western Cape violence: DA calls for urgent intervention

    Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has demanded that police resources in the Western Cape be stepped up and brought into line with the average police-to-residents ratio in the rest of the country.    In a memorandum handed to the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Saturday, the DA highlighted the plight of communities living in constant fear due to the shortage of police and police resources in their areas, DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela said. "While police bosses have talked tough in the aftermath of brutal killings of hundreds of people on the Cape Flats over the past months very little has come of any of their promises," he said. The memorandum handed to the station commander