• Eskom's stand against private power

    Eskom’s shock decision not to enter into further power purchase agreements beyond the department of energy’s bid round 4.5 is in line with its earlier stance towards the renewable energy procurement programme and might impact investors, Ashburton Investments credit risk manager Corneleo Keevy said on Thursday. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe confirmed to Moneyweb that the utility’s chair, Dr Baldwin Ngubane, had written to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to ask for a meeting to discuss future power purchases from independent power producers (IPPs). According to Phasiwe, Eskom’s issue is with procuring generation capacity from the private sector and is not limited to the renewable energy

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  • Old Ndlozi rape allegation gets revived

    At the start of 2015, the media was first given the “lead” that EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi had possibly raped a woman (and even had her killed) during the party’s first elective conference in Bloemfontein. At the time, the story seemed intriguing because Ndlozi had been replaced by an acting spokesperson in the form of Fana Mokoena. When the media requested comment on the allegations, we were told by the EFF in a statement that Ndlozi was not actively involved in his party role while doing work on his PhD thesis. “Commissar Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is on study leave, working on his PhD thesis, and will come back as head of communications and spokesperson on the 1st of February 2015,” the opposition party said at the time.

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  • Gang rape at primary school

    Pretoria - Tears rolled down a father’s cheeks as he broke down and cried in horror after confirmation that his little girl had been raped at school. He had just spoken to police officers from Boschkop police station, who had taken his 8-year-old daughter and her classmate for an examination following reports that they had been raped. “I am so hurt; the principal has been aware of this for two weeks. Despite telling parents that he has taken the matter to the police, he has done nothing,” the father said. The father had discovered possible sexual assault on his daughter two weeks ago. When he investigated it emerged that his little girl had been one of four girls, aged between 7 and 9, raped

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  • Vote EFF to 'empower' the ANC, Malema tells Cliff

    CliffCentral founder, Idols SA judge and former 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff hosted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on web radio on Friday. The EFF leader admitted to feeling a bit tired while criss-crossing the country “back to back” on the campaign trail. The podcast introducing the show says: “Julius Malema is a polarising figure in South Africa, and someone who always attracts a lot of attention for his political actions. But do we really know what he and his EFF party are all about? Gareth gives him an opportunity to talk like never before, providing an interesting pre-election discussion.” Because CliffCentral (punted as “UnRadio”) does not broadcast on air, it is not subject

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  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Cops seize illegal Landrovers worth R3m - Crime & Courts

    Police on Thursday seized four brand-new 2016 Land Rover Defenders, worth an estimated total of R3 million, at a storage facility in Carlisle Road, Paarden Eiland, in a crackdown on what they suspect is an illegal vehicle export syndicate. Norman Lamprecht, executive manager of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), said on Friday that because the automotive industry was the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa’s economy, contributing 7.5 percent to its GDP last year alone, the illegal import and export of vehicles was eroding foreign investment and local employment. Businesses and individuals can only import and export vehicles if they have been granted permission to do so by the South African Bureau of Standards (Sarbs) in a bid to protect the local manufacturing industry.

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  • Zuma lands high-profile role at the United Nations

    The appointment by the United Nations Secretary-General‚ Ban Ki-moon‚ is aimed at stimulating the creation of new employment opportunities in the health sector across all countries‚ especially in least developed countries. Zuma said in a statement: "The focus of this Commission goes to the heart of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development‚ which we adopted in September last year‚ and which could go a long way in helping to address the triple challenge of unemployment‚ poverty and inequality." "Growing health workforce shortages is a particular challenge for all developing countries‚ including South Africa." According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 45 million job opportunities

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • God’s own? Holy mackerel!

    When the ANC invokes God or Jesus Christ as their inspiration, I simply get the heebie jeebies. Since 1994 there has been absolutely no evidence that this party has been “filled with the spirit” to lead South Africa into a state that exemplifies the Abrahamic moral values that underpin the constitution and the Bill of Rights. Instead, it has spiralled down into a banana republic, when everything was going for it to be the leading democracy in Africa since 1994. The ANC secretary-general [Gwede Mantashe], without batting an eyelid, told the Assembly of God congregation in Nyanga, that “the ANC was anointed by God to lead South Africa … from oppression to freedom, and there are things that show

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  • Hlaudi strikes again: SABC caught in R167m Zuma TV deal

    SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng pushed through a R167-million contract with a production company co-owned by President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Gugu Zuma-Ncube, going  against the advice of a six-member review panel at the state broadcaster.

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  • Boko lays down the law

    It was expected to be an emotionally charged elective congress with prophets of doom predicting a split for Botswana National Front (BNF). To the contrary, BNF seem to have gotten out of the weekend congress stronger than ever before. Under the leadership of Duma Boko, BNF has been a stable party which he rightly said: “Unlike in the past BNF is now being envied by other opposition parties.” The BNF president delivered a subliminal message when dissolving the outgoing Central Committee. Boko borrowed heavily from Philosopher Socrates and punctuated his message with biblical passages entrancing his followers with eloquence and off-the-cuff humour. Linked with the lobby-list known as Tea-Kairos

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  • Sapping clean, green future of power

    I criticise them often because I think their policies are wrong and unproductive. But their diligence, integrity and sense of purpose are above reproach - and in modern South Africa these valuable qualities are in short supply. They were the first people I thought of when I read the news that Eskom had decided to pull the plug on the state's successful effort to encourage private investors to build new renewable-energy plants. So far some R200-billion has been spent building wind and solar power facilities. Drive from Port Elizabeth to George and you can't miss the hundreds of huge windmills along the route. Not only do they generate new electricity silently and without any damage to the environment,

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  • McCarthy's Bafana dream

    Benni McCarthy has been patient but is keen on coaching Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates. The former FC Port striker was strongly linked with the job of assistant coach at his former club Pirates – a job which was given to Bradley Carnell. McCarthy has a Uefa A licence and he is currently busy with his Uefa Pro Licence which he is expected to finish in 2017. “I am keen on coaching and on a return to Mzansi to impart my knowledge to the country,” McCarthy was quoted as saying on SunSport.

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  • Google honours South African teen for experiment using orange peels

    She is now in line to be one of sixteen global finalists and will travel to the Google headquarters in California for the award ceremony. The finals are in September. Kiara Nirghin‚ from St Martin's High School in Johannesburg‚ decided to tackle the drought affecting Southern Africa and has come up with a revolutionary way of keeping crops hydrated for longer‚ at a much lower cost. Using orange peels and avocado skins‚ the teen has managed to create a material‚ that can hold hundreds of times its weight in water‚ in the soil. This super absorbent polymer then acts as a water reservoir in the earth. By saving water this way‚ her idea - which she titled 'No More Thirsty Crops' - could have a massive

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  • Zimbabwe threatens 'traitorous' war veterans after Mugabe attack

    Zimbabwe's government denounced leading independence war veterans as traitors on Saturday for an unprecedented attack on ageing President Robert Mugabe and vowed to identify its unnamed authors and put them on trial. Veterans who fought against white minority rule in the former British colony turned on their long-time ally and commander on Thursday, calling him a dictator in a jolting rebuke highlighting political manoeuvring over his succession and mounting anger over economic woes. State-owned newspapers reflected the power struggle on Saturday with a highly unusual 12-page supplement praising his wife Grace on her 51st birthday. War veterans have accused her of having too much influence over her 92-year-old husband.

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  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire Is No Saint

    To the world, Evan Mawarire is a hero who stands up to Government, an upright man who represents the downtrodden. His touching story is that he is an honest hardworking Zimbabwean who struggled to raise school fees for his two daughters, leading him into action under the #ThisFlag, Mugabe Must Go Now cam- paign. His emotional breakdown during an interview with Sky News made millions around the world empathise with this poor preacher. At least that is the story that has been sold to the world. What the world has not been told is that Mawarire is a fraudster who collected money from gullible believers in the United Kingdom through his church, only to evade tax. Failure by Mawarire and his wife,

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  • Arrested for breaking the law

    Disgruntled Molepolole taxi drivers set aside their duty on Tuesday and convened at the Molepolole Police station gate in protest of the arrest of more than forty drivers who were fined P500 each. It was a common occurrence for taxi drivers to make a loud noise with their hooters as a call for passengers by the roadside oblivious that they were breaking the law. Offending taxi drivers were however nabbed by plainclothes cops in a sting operation, which involved cops posing as potential passengers, which resulted in taxi drivers calling them with the sound of a hooter. The police officers would then reveal their identity and instruct the taxi drivers to follow them to the police station to be charged.

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  • Park inspector crushed by elephant in KZN

    Durban - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park workers who witnessed their colleague being crushed to death by an elephant are traumatised at the sight. Thembisile Mchunu, 47, of Ngwelezane, Empangeni, died on Tuesday after being attacked by an elephant while inspecting alien plants. It is reported that they were on their way out of the park when a herd of elephants approached. Amon Sithole, one of the workers with Mchunu, said the incident happened shortly after they had completed their inspection. “We had gone right inside the park and had left our car quite far away. One of the elephants made a sound and we thought it was warning the other ones that it had spotted human beings. “After that it sprinted towards

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  • Vilakazi stalled on Sundowns move for Chiefs offer, source says

    Vilakazi’s long-awaited move away from Wits was expected to happen ahead of the 2016/17 season, with Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns as the front runners for his signature. Phakaaathi has been informed by a source close to the player that he wanted to join Amakhosi, and that the midfielder met with head coach Steve Komphela about a possible move to Naturena. According to the source, Komphela made a promise to Vilakazi that he would do everything in his power to have him in his squad next season, but Chiefs didn’t meet Wits’ demands for the player to join the Glamour Boys, forcing the Bafana Bafana man to consider Sundowns’ deal instead. Mike Makaab, Sibusiso Vilakazi’s agent confirmed that a deal with the Brazilians was in its final stages.

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  • Zuma wants six months as a dictator

    Johannesburg - All President Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa on Wednesday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations.

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