• Xenophobia attacks: concerns rise over reprisal attacks in African countries

    Concerns are now being raised about reprisal attacks in other African countries in response to the xenophobic violence in South Africa. In Mozambique, there were reports that cars with South African registration plates were being stoned and trucks exporting goods grounded. Text messages have also apparently been circulating in that country warning citizens about violence in South Africa. In Zimbabwe, a student leader called on youths to retaliate by attacking South African businesses operating there.

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  • OPINION: Are foreigners stealing jobs in South Africa?

    International migrants are often accused of stealing jobs from locals in South Africa. “The kwerekwere are stealing our jobs,” people say. The claim that “foreigners” are taking jobs from South Africans “is an argument that is always made”, says Professor Loren Landau, director of the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) at Wits University.

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  • Nigeria: South Africa Attacks - House Wants Diplomat Recalled

    In the wake of the xenophobic attacks on Africans in South Africa, the House of Representatives Thursday urged the Federal Government to promptly recall the Nigeria's High Commissioner to the country. Cautioning that Nigeria will no longer treat the wanton killings of its citizens with levity, the House prompted by a motion of urgent matter of public importance moved by the chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora Matters, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the House expressed sadness that the attacks has claimed many lives, ruined businesses and left many wounded. Attributing the mayhem to an alleged statement by the South African Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, "Nigeria frowns at the attacks and will no longer tolerate the killing of its nationals in South Africa.

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  • SARS could be handing Julius Malema a golden chalice

    IT WAS not without a sense of irony that the nation watched on Saturday as Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) chairman Dali Mpofu announced the expulsion of four members for a number of transgressions they allegedly committed. It was barely three years ago that Mpofu and EFF leader Julius Malema were on the other side of such a disciplinary process. While the three — Andile Mngxitama, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Mpho Ramakatsa — are relative political lightweights, it was a route the party did not initially want to pursue, particularly against the talented Mngxitama. The trio, along with former members Kenny Kunene and Gayton McKenzie — who went on to form their own political party, the Patriotic Alliance, which was a nonstarter in last year’s elections — have been campaigning against the leadership of the EFF ever since its National People’s Assembly.

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  • Foreigners: We are ashamed of South Africans

    As the country remains on tenterhooks amid a wave of xenophobic violence, foreigners have told Eyewitness News they’re ashamed of South Africans. While some foreigners in Jeppestown say they are bracing for another night of violence, others have started repairing the damage to their homes and businesses. Police have fired rubber bullets throughout the day to disperse crowds. It remains tense in the area as foreign nationals prepare to safeguard their belongings before night falls.

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  • Xenophobia: ‘payback’ threats issued - IOL News

     Cape Town - African-based terror groups Boko Haram and al-Shabaab’s threats to attack South Africans in retaliation for xenophobic violence should not be taken lightly. Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks, president of the Cape Town-based Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), who said at its Crawford headquarters that “we should not be naive”. A number of Nigerian media outlets reported late this week that Boko Haram “gives South Africa 24 hours to end xenophobic attacks, or face bombing”.

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  • ...But AKA, you are so, so wrong! | The New Age Online

    Your tweets are unfortunate and insensitive. Your disregard of the power that you and other entertainers have to shift mindsets over the xenophobic attacks is sad. Understand that xenophobia and Afrophobia come from a place of ignorance. Ignorance so sad some locals believe South Africa is not in Africa.

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  • Zwelithini to express his thoughts on xenophobic violence

    Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will hold an imbizo (high-level gathering) on Monday with other traditional leaders and government dignitaries to express his opinion on the recent spate of xenophobic violence plaguing the country. The announcement was made today by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu at a press conference. Last month Zwelithini sparked controversy by calling for the deportation of foreign nationals living in the country. The attacks on foreign nationals later spread to other parts of the country – including Johannesburg – and left at least five people dead.

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  • ‘It’s easier to manage Man United’ - Premier League

    AFP Jose Mourinho claims it is easier to manage Man United than Chelsea within the modern confines of UEFA s Fair Play rules. London - Jose Mourinho claims it is easier to manage Manchester United than Chelsea within the modern confines of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. United, as one of the biggest earners in world football, have the financial scope to fund a massive squad, while Chelsea are forced to sell players such as Juan Mata to balance the books.

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  • Future of the iconic jumbo jet is up in the air

    THE JUMBO jet, for many years the workhorse of modern air travel, could be close to running out of runway. Last year, there were zero orders placed by commercial airlines for new Boeing 747s or Airbus A380s, reflecting a fundamental shift in the industry toward smaller, twin-engine aircraft. The outcome of those discussions will affect the value of existing fleets and thousands of production jobs at the aircraft makers and their many parts suppliers. Sales forces at Airbus and Boeing are fighting for potential orders aircraft by aircraft as they seek to keep production going beyond the end of the decade, said other aviation market sources.

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  • Dear brothers and sisters, it’s not you, it’s us! | Daily Maverick

    As far as I can remember, foreign nationals have only come to join our ranks just in the few years leading to and after the birth of democracy. The first time I met a foreign national of any race was when the Transkei government started hiring teachers from Ghana.

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  • Messi nets 400th Barca goal, Bale injured in Madrid win

    Lionel Messi scored the 400th goal of his Barcelona career as the Catalans beat Champions League-chasing Valencia 2-0 at the Camp Nou on Saturday. Real Madrid remain just two points behind Barca at the top of the table as goals from Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo secured a 3-1 win over Malaga despite a rare missed penalty from Ronaldo.

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  • Xenophobic attacks fuelled by myths about foreigners

    Government should act decisively in response to xenophobia and attacks on foreigners, but solutions must be based on unity and cohesion, not more segregation, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said. ISS governance, crime and justice division head Gareth Newham said the recent attacks on foreign nationals in the country were fuelled by two myths about foreigners.

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  • How does SA cope with load shedding? Laugh, of course - City Press

    Facing a long, cold southern hemisphere winter of power cuts, many South Africans are choosing to cope with their frustrations by seeing the lighter side of life in the dark. Africa’s most advanced economy is in the throes of its worst electricity crisis since 2008, with residents subjected to frequent blackouts as state power utility Eskom battles to avoid total grid shut down. Electricity outages are expected to last until 2017 and the government says the knock-on effects could cut 1% from economic growth this year. A wave of crisis-related jokes have sprung up on social media and the stand-up comedy circuit, exemplifying South Africans’ ability to use humour to cope with adversity.

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  • Virgin Active sold off to Brait - Companies | IOL Business

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Brait says it has been tracking Virgin Active since 2011 and moved in quickly on the opportunity to acquire it. Virgin Active agreed to be bought by the investment company owned by South African billionaire Christo Wiese for £682 million (R12 billion), prompting the British health club chain to cancel plans for a share sale. Wiese’s Brait would take an 80 percent stake in Virgin Active, valuing the gym chain at £1.3bn, Brait said in a statement yesterday. British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Group will retain a 20 percent stake, while London-based private equity firm CVC Capital Partners will sell its entire shareholding.

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  • Did TB Joshua predict the xenophobic attacks?

    In the wake of the recent spate of xenophobic attacks in parts of South Africa, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, it has emerged that controversial Nigerian pastor TB Joshua may have predicted the attacks. According to his official Facebook page, Joshua gave a prophetic warning to South Africa about a serious revolt led by young people, which would result in the loss of lives at his congregation in July last year. In a video where Joshua is seen sharing his prophecy, he urges his congregation to pray for South Africa because he sees a youth revolt in the country. Revolt in South Africa,” Joshua says.

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  • ‘Maimane our new Obama’ - Politics | IOL News

    DA heavyweight in the Western Cape Theuns Botha on Saturday gave Mmusi Maimane the thumbs up to succeed Helen Zille as party leader. Maimane’s public announcement of his candidacy at the DA provincial congress in Goodwood, Cape Town, on Saturday was met with loud applause by the close to one thousand delegates present. “I haven’t got words to describe my excitement about Mmusi becoming the new leader of the party,” Botha told the African News Agency.

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  • Watch: Malema puts the blame for xenophobic attacks on Zuma

    In Julius Malema's address to parliament on Thursday, he attributed the current xenophobic violence to the results of the teachings of President Jacob Zuma and claims that the president should bear the responsibility thereof. Posted to YouTube by My Africa.

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  • Nigeria: Xenophobic Attack - Recall Ambassador Reps Tell Jonathan

    The House of Representatives on Thursday mandated President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently recall the Nigeria Ambassador to South Africa for further consultations in the wake of the Xenophobic attacks that has led to the death of 10 Nigerians in that country. The South Africans claim that black migrants from other African countries are taking all the jobs available in their country, leaving the citizens jobless, and slowly taking over their economy. The call followed a motion of urgent public importance brought before it by Abike Dabire, who lamented the predicament being face by Nigerians in South Africa.

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