• Zuma says disruptive opposition showed 'how useless they are'

    Watch the moment EFF walked out of #SONA2016 "They are showing how useless they are, people will never vote for them," Zuma said a day after seeing his annual state of the nation address interrupted. "They don't understand democracy, how it works." "They just move with the wind when it goes this way, that way, shame on them," said Zuma. Lawmakers from the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), dressed in their uniforms of red workers' overalls and hard hats, noisily interrupted his speech for an hour before being ordered out of the chamber on Thursday night. "Zuma is no longer a president that deserves respect from anyone," EFF's firebrand leader Julius Malema yelled at the president. But Zuma

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  • Ramaphosa car in blue light crash - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A blue light brigade vehicle in Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade has been involved in a crash in Blouberg. Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the directorate for priority crime investigation (the Hawks) confirmed the incident on Friday, saying “the lead car in deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade was hit by a bakkie which allegedly jumped the red robot. One member was injured”. Ramaphosa was not in the vehicle involved in the crash on the corner of Blaauwberg Road and the R27, said Mulaudzi. The injured bodyguard is believed to be in intensive care unit in a nearby private hospital, said a police source. The source said a driver faced possible charges of

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  • Time to drag Mbete to the ConCourt for shielding Zuma: Cope

    “The people's Parliament is in danger of becoming something other than the Constitution envisaged‚” the party said. “Cleaners‚ secretaries and many other people working in Parliament were given the day off. Police will be everywhere‚” it added‚ describing security measures taken to control three different marches protesting against President Jacob Zuma on Thursday. And Baleka Mbete is to blame. Cope’s Dennis Bloem said it was the speaker’s fault that Parliament had “patently failed in the past seven years to scrutinise and oversee executive action because Mbete will not allow that”. “Parliament has become less and less a national forum and more and more an executive appendage willing to do the

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  • Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Demands Apology From Mahoka

    Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has demanded an apology from Zanu PF Women's League secretary for finance Sarah Mahoka who on Wednesday taunted him, in the presence of President Robert Mugabe and thousands of party supporters, saying he was behaving like a duck. Mnangagwa used the politburo meeting to protest to Mugabe over his public humiliation, although he indicated he would forgive Mahoka if she extended an apology. Mahoka, a strong Generation 40 (G40) proponent and an ally of First Lady Grace Mugabe, challenged Mnangagwa to come clean on his presidential ambitions, before equating his silence to a duck, which takes no action even when its ducklets are attacked. She shocked many by stating

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  • Thug to Thug

    Dear fellow thug Julius Malema, our Conmander in Thief, you haven’t held back in expressing your disdain for me. So allow me to respond. Pull up a chair. I have no problem with someone drawing attention to my dark past, because it’s not something I’ve ever tried to hide. I did do despicable things; I was a criminal. I know other people who did the kinds of things I did and today it doesn’t seem to bother them. Some of them are still doing crime and are better at it than ever. But unlike them, my past bothers me, which is why I give back today and have spent the past decade making amends wherever and however I can. But I find that what bothers many people more than the fact that I once committed

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  • South Africa: Curry Restaurant Uses 1996 Prices to Help Consumers

    An iconic Durban curry house is putting their money where the mouths are, bringing back their prices from 1996 in response to the drought crippling the country. Sunrise Chip 'n Ranch, also known as Johnny's Rotis, has listed curries, bunny chows and rotis for as little as R5. The family-owned business has been operating for nearly three decades and remains a Durban staple. Speaking to News24, owner Akash Brijanund said that in the wake of the drought, food prices had soared and everyone was feeling the pinch. "The way I look at it... 2015 was a tough year for everyone and the economy at large. This year going to be difficult and it is clear to see that people are struggling out there," he said.

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  • Govt bags P75m from foreign students – The Voice Newspaper

    Botswana has embarked on an ambitious programme to market and recruit tertiary students from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region, as part of efforts to expand its base of international students and revenue collection. Assistant Education and Skills Development Minister Fidelis Molao made this revelation in his remarks during the official opening of Botho University Francistown campus recently, saying the recruitment drive had as of October 2015, injected P75million into government coffers. “The main objective of the programme is to make Botswana a preferred educational destination in certain niche areas,” he said adding that the idea is to ensure that the country becomes an educational hub in the near future.

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  • Young African Leadership Initiative asks ANC to recall Zuma for 'betraying SA and party': iLIVE

    The announcement by President Jacob Zuma to replace the finance minister has recklessly endangered the South African economy. This decision can only be described as a disaster. As representatives of a young professional generation, passionate about building a better South Africa, we call on the ANC to recall the President for the betrayal of the people of South Africa. This betrayal will be experienced differently by the rich, the middle class, and the poor; but it will negatively impact everyone. From declines in social services to sky-rocketing interest rates, life in South Africa has just become tougher.   The financial indicators of the announcement yesterday have clearly communicated the

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  • Finally, an award Messi has never won!

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been named La Liga's player of the month for January, the first time he has won the award since its introduction in 2013. The five-times Ballon d'Or winner scored six goals in the league in January, including his first hat-trick of the season against Granada. Argentine Messi's team mate Neymar won the award in November, the first Barca player to claim it. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has won it twice. Reuters

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  • Zimbabwe: Grace Says Not Fooled By Mnangagwa's Games, Mphoko, Kasukuwere Throw Weight Behind Her

    FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe has given the clearest hint yet that she is out to get Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. After fronting the assault on former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her lieutenants in 2014 and in the aftermath of the Zanu PF congress that year, Grace now says "we made a mistake". She was adressing a rally in Chiweshe Friday. "In 2014 we went around denouncing factionalism but what we did not know was that we were empowering the other. So, we are saying to the other faction; Stop It. Many people go around calling me Mazoe Crush. "I cannot then go around and claim I do not know what that means. This is the problem with our colleagues. There are children being paraded in apparel

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  • Zimbabwe: Qatar, Etihad to Fly Into Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls — Qatar and Etihad are among a string of global airlines lining up to start flights into Victoria Falls following the extensive upgrade of the Victoria Falls International Airport to modernise and increase its capacity. The $150 million upgrade to increase the airport's capacity and give it a new modern look has been touted as a game changer that will allow the biggest, reputable global airlines to fly into the resort town and boost arrivals. Initially designed to handle just 500 000 travellers per year, the extensive upgrades have increased the airport's capacity to 2 million while making it possible for the biggest airliners to land at the airport. The expansion followed realisation

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  • Maine spoils it for the savvy party propagandists

    COLLEN Maine, once suspected to be a closet member of the Congress of the People, was appointed leader of the reconstituted African National Congress (ANC) Youth League last year. Last weekend he delivered a speech in Pretoria during which he stumbled over a set of notes in his hand that he — alarmingly — kept turning upside down. With a justifiably puzzled expression on his face, he insulted his political opponents, threatened them and spoke of civil war. Reports that he had to be persuaded to postpone detonating a hydrogen bomb he may or may not have procured from his friend Kim Jong-un over Seshego in Limpopo later that evening could not be confirmed. The expulsion of Julius Malema and the

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  • Chiefs' focus divided

    CAF Champions League football comes at a very tricky time for Kaizer Chiefs and coach Steve Komphela. In the Absa Premiership, Amakhosi are trying hard to keep up with league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, and there's now the added pressure to do well in the Champions League, having come under criticism for seemingly not taking continental club competitions seriously. They've made it clear that they want to make the country proud this year, so they've got their first opportunity to show it when they face Volcan de Moroni of the Comoros at Stade Said Mohammed Cheikh on Sunday (2pm SA time). Komphela believes the competition will help build the mental strength of his players. "I think we should be

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  • South Africa: 10 Moments From Sona2016 That Killed Us

    Since 2015, the State of the Nation Address has become an event marked by drama and plenty of crazy antics to look out for. AAISHA DADI PATEL rounds up the ten most ridiculous moments that had us tweeting flame emojis during #SONA2016. 1. "Honourable Malema, take a seat." The proceedings had barely begun at 7:13pm. As the speaker of the House Baleka Mbete began to introduce the president, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were already trying to raise points of order. Her patience was obviously running thin as she remembered the events of last year, Mbete had no qualms about threatening to throw the EFF out, and told Malema to take a seat. 2. "Mr Zupta" When President Zuma tried to begin his

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  • Proteas to field first at Wanderers

    South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl in the fourth One Day International (ODI) against England at the Wanderers, on Friday. South Africa made one change to their team that won the third ODI, as they look to square the five-match series which England lead 2-1. Chris Morris comes in for Morne Morkel who is being rested. England made two changes to their team. Stuart Broad comes in for Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes replaces David Willey. Teams: South Africa: 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 David Wiese, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Kyle Abbott, 11 Imran Tahir. England: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3

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  • Nigeria: SWF

    The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) managers of Nigeria's Sovereign Wealth Fund has entered into collaboration International Finance Corporation (IFC) in order to boost investment in the healthcare sector especially to develop private healthcare. Speaking at the NSIA, IFC, joint media briefing in Lagos, Chief Risk Officer and Executive Director, NSIA, Mrs. Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli, said that the Federal Government set up a pool of fund worth about $400 million for the Nigeria Infrastructure Fund out of which, $140 million was allotted to the health sector. She said, considering the scale of what needs to be done in Nigeria, the money is not too much. "We thought of creative way to

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  • #SONA2016 - R7bn for more port facilities - Business News

    Cape Town - South Africa President Jacob Zuma has announced that R7 billion has been committed to new port facilities. Delivering his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday night, Zuma said government was concerned that South Africa did not own vessels while the country was surrounded by about 3 000 kilometers of coastline. “Through the oceans economy segment of Operation Phakisa, we are trying to solve this challenge. I am pleased that two bulk carrier vessels have been registered in Port Elizabeth, and a third tanker in Cape Town under the South African flag,” Zuma said. This follows the adoption of a public-private partnership model for port infrastructure development by Transnet

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  • Nigeria: Germany Signals Interest in Gas Supply From Nigeria

    Germany has indicated interest in gas supply from Nigeria, a move that will boost Nigeria's quest to expand its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market into Europe. Germany is Europe's biggest gas user and Russia's most important customer and is said to be at the forefront of European Union members planning to reduce natural gas imports from Russia because of the sour political relations between Russia and the EU. A visiting German trade delegation expressed the country's burgeoning desire for Nigeria's gas when they paid a visit to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu in Abuja on Thursday. A statement by Ohi Alegbe, spokesman for the NNPC said the large contingent of the

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  • South Africa: De Lille Weighs in On Possible Parliament Move

    The national government needs to cut the Cabinet and streamline Parliament, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Friday. This follows President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address on Thursday, in which he raised the possibility of moving Parliament to Pretoria. De Lille said the issue was not about moving Parliament to Pretoria to cut government wastage. "The key issue is that government is too big," she said. "National government needs to cut the Cabinet, [and] streamline and rationalise Parliament in order to save costs to the taxpayer, and work more efficiently." She said regardless of the possible move, the City of Cape Town "would always be open to the people of Gauteng". During

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  • South Africa: So Who Gave the Real State of the Nation Address Anyway?

    It was the least surprising moment of the evening, the Economic Freedom Fighters were invited to leave the National Assembly on Thursday evening after repeatedly disrupting President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address. But if their departure was expected, and some might even say, carefully choreographed, then it was certainly a relief that there was no repeat of the same scenes that accompanied the EFF's eviction from parliament during the 2015 State of the Nation address. Security called in. EFF chants: Zupta Must Fall!!! #SONA2016 -- Ranjeni Munusamy (@RanjeniM) February 11, 2016 But the EFF did not leave the chamber before giving South Africa a new slogan to translate to a hashtag. "Zupta

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