• Zim land grab is over - Business News

    Harare - Zimbabwe's traumatic 16-year long land grab is over, according to the country's Minister of Lands, Douglas Mombeshora. Briefing Zimbabwe state press last week, Mombeshora said more then 14 million hectares of farmland had been taken from whites in the last 15 years and was distributed to more then 300 000 families. He said that only 900 000 hectares remained and most of that was forests which needed protection. About 4 000 white farmers lost their homes, land, and even personal possessions - without compensation - during 15 years of sometimes violent invasions, and the economy, so dependent on commercial agriculture, crashed after agricultural exports dried up. “Now that we are almost

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  • Contralesa calls on Mandla Mandela to step down

    Mandela married a Muslim woman at the weekend and is believed to have converted to Islam last year. Mandla Mandela Muslim Contralesa Mandla Mandela married CAPE TOWN - The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South African (Contralesa) has called on Mvezo Chief Mandla Mandela to step down following his conversion to Islam.  Mandela married Rabia Clarke, a Muslim woman, at the weekend and is believed to have converted to Islam late last year.  It's his fourth marriage.  Contralesa’s Xolile Ndevu says Mandela’s new religious affiliation is a problem.  Ndevu believes Chief Mandela cannot both lead the people of Mvezo and the Eastern Cape and be a Muslim at the same time. “It means now he is no longer

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  • ‘National Assembly acted on wrong principle in holding Zuma accountable’

    Baleka Mbete's lawyer says it wasn’t up to Parliament to enforce the Public Protector’s findings. President Jacob Zuma Nkandla Baleka Mbete JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers representing Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete say the National Assembly acted on the wrong principle in terms of holding President Jacob Zuma accountable for the Nkandla debacle. The case being heard in the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has focused on how the Public Protector's findings on the R246 million Nkandla project have been interpreted. The DA and the EFF have questioned why Parliament rubber stamped Zuma’s position at the time, when he said Advocate Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action was not binding. Mbete’s lawyer, Lindi

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  • A humble DJ Sbu takes to the streets of Joburg to sell his energy drink

    Armed with a can of Mofaya, matching clothing and a large poster advertising a music concert in benefit of student funding - DJ Sbu sold his drink to drivers in peak traffic. Hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to students of the Sbu Leope Fund which provides tuition and accomodation for disadvantaged school kids. The bold entrepreneur wasn't shy as he walked up and down, selling the drink.  "Thank you to all who gave us words of encouragement, shared laughter with us & bought our entire stock today. We appreciate you guys. We doing this not for us but for your kids. We hope to serve as an inspiration on what active citizenship is all about," said Leope. Watch the DJ below. A video

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  • Mbete's bumbling advocate admits Parly was wrong in Nkandla matter

    She raised her voice, used dramatic hand gestures, and occasionally stood in silence before the judges after they asked her questions. Her demeanour and comments even amused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who laughed when Nkosi-Thomas made a comment about her powers. Nkosi-Thomas was asked if the National Assembly had erred in how it approached the remedial action recommended by Madonsela in her report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. "Did the National Assembly fail to exercise oversight of the president as a member of executive?" Justice Edwin Cameron asked. After mumbling, Nkosi-Thomas conceded, "Parliament took a wrong position." Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke

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  • Don't kid yourself about BAs

    Jonathan Jansen: "So what's the difference between a BA degree and a large pizza?" one of my student leaders recently asked a large group of parents inquiring about sending their child to university. "A large pizza can feed a family of four," she joked. I laughed, then cried. Laughed, because of the obvious wit of the comparison. Cried, because this is one of the most misleading pieces of information about BAs in South Africa today. It was not that I had not overheard "BA jokes". At my previous university, there was rampant talk among female students of a "BA man-soek" specialisation (BA find-a-husband). After all, what other reason could you have for doing a BA than to prowl the campus for a

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  • Mos Def appears in film on World Passport

    The Western Cape High Court will today‚ Tuesday‚ hear an application from Mos Def‚ who’s birth name is Dante Terrell Smith‚ for an indefinite stay in South Africa. The musician was arrested in January after Home Affairs discovered that he did not have a valid passport. This came after he presented a World Passport to airport officials to travel to a gig in Ethiopia. An investigation reportedly discovered that the rapper's wife‚ Sharon Smith‚ and four children had been living in the country illegally since 2014. His family has been granted an interim order to stay in the country. “My country is called Earth‚” Yasiin Bey says in the new film. “This whole thing belongs to everybody that’s on it.”

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  • Nigeria: Rescued Girl Longs for Boko Haram 'Husband'

    Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, Zara John, 16, is still in love with one of the fighters who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine and blood test carried out by a doctor in the refugee camp to which she was taken after her rescue. "I wanted to give birth to my child so that I could have someone to replace his father, since I cannot reconnect with him again," said Zara, one of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram during a seven-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. But any decision over the baby was taken out of her hands. Her father drowned during flooding in 2010 so her uncles

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  • Thunderstorms and hail warning - Gauteng

    Johannesburg - Gauteng residents have been warned to watch for severe thunderstorms across the province on Monday. “Expect strong winds and hail,” SA Weather forecaster Victoria Nurse told The Star on morning. “There is no warning for flash flooding because for that, we need a significant amount of heavy rains and it has been quite dry. “The watch has also been extended into the eastern parts of North West and the north-eastern parts of the Free State,” Nurse said. Nurse said thundershowers were expected to continue into the week. “A 30 percent chance of afternoon thundershowers is expected across Gauteng all week, with a 60 percent chance of showers expected as we move into Saturday and Sunday,”

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  • ‘We grilled Guptas on Glencore deal’ - Business News

    Johannesburg - Be transparent with us: Are you involved in any corruption? This was one of the questions posed to the politically connected Gupta family by the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) at a meeting in Sandton yesterday. “I asked them some very tough questions. And they made a presentation which was fairly transparent. They answered all our questions adequately and to our satisfaction that they are not involved in any corruption,” said Ike Moroe, a member of the MKMVA’s national executive committee, speaking to The Star. Read: Commission set to probe Gupta deal The MKMVA convened a media briefing at the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters later to respond to “lies and

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  • Things not getting better for LVG

    Reuters Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal suffered a fresh blow when the club's share price dipped to its lowest level in over three years. Embattled Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal suffered a fresh blow on Monday when the Premier League club's share price dipped to its lowest level in over three years. Van Gaal has been engaged in a battle to hold onto his job for much of a troubled season and that struggle was hardly helped by news that United's share position isn't much healthier than their league status. United's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were dented on Sunday when Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored in stoppage-time to rescue a 1-1 draw against Van Gaal's team, who are now six points adrift of the top four with 13 matches remaining.

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  • Nigeria church collapse: trial date set - Crime & Courts

    Lagos - A judge on Monday dismissed a bid by two contractors to stop their trial for criminal negligence over a building collapse at a Nigerian megachurch that killed 116 worshippers, most of them South Africans. Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbola Fatiregun challenged their prosecution in relation to the tragedy at pastor TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos in September 2014. But judge Lateef Lawal-Akapo, sitting at the Lagos high court, dismissed the defendants' appeal for the case to be dismissed, saying it had “no merit”. Both should appear with Joshua on February 18 to be charged, despite another legal challenge from the popular televangelist and preacher. Joshua, a self-styled

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  • OPINION: The dangers in UN’s new plan to prevent violent extremism

    United Nations Islamic State Boko Haram Al Qaeda UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon Islamic extremists Extremist movements have gathered force as crises fester and money, weapons and fighters flow in. How should the world respond to the extending reach of radical movements like Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram across today’s battlefields? Reactions have included ground offensives, air strikes, targeted killings and sanctions. But another approach is the “countering violent extremism,” or CVE, agenda, which has emerged as a soft counterweight to the military responses against al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attacks. Its latest addition is United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s action plan to “prevent

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  • Why there is only one race

    Tim Crowe explains how the origin of the KhoiSan tells us that “race” has no place in human ancestry. The ancient origins, anatomical, linguistic and genetic distinctiveness of southern African San and Khoikhoi people are matters of confusion and debate. They are variously described as the world’s first or oldest people; Africa’s first or oldest people, or the first people of South Africa. They are in fact two evolutionarily related but culturally distinct groups of populations that have occupied southern Africa for up to 140,000 years. Their first-people status is due to the fact that they commonly retain genetic elements of the most ancient Homo sapiens. This conclusion is based on evidence

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  • Soccer star bonks friend's wife

    2016-02-07 10:59:16.0 | AUBREY MOTHOMBENI | Former SuperSport United and Polokwane City midfielder Jabu Maluleke is accused of wrecking another man's marriage. The wayward soccer player was allegedly caught after sending raunchy WhatsApp messages to S'busiso Nkosi's wife Puleng, detailing their alleged sexcapades. It is understood the chats put a strain on the couple's struggling marriage. According to Nkosi, Maluleke, also married, comes from Chiawelo, Soweto, the same neighbourhood as his wife. When the "naughty" duo were contacted for comment, Puleng hung up, and Maluleke could not be reached for two weeks and failed to respond to text messages. Some of the raunchy messages between them took

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  • D-Day for Mugabe farm ‘bomb plotter’ - Africa

    Johannesburg - The man behind the plot to bomb a dairy business owned by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will be sentenced on Tuesday. State media said Zimbabwe People's Front political party leader Owen Kuchata, who tried to petrol-bomb the First Family's Alpha Omega Dairy farm in Mazowe, will be sentenced on Tuesday “after he dramatically changed his plea of not guilty to guilty”. The state owned Herald reported that on Friday last week, Kuchata was brought before regional magistrate Hoseah Mujaya for plea recording and pleaded guilty to wanting to petrol bomb the First Family's dairy. Police, acting on a tip off, arrested four people before they could carry out the planned bombing. Kuchata

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  • Mbeki's letters the ravings of a bitter man

    When former president Thabo Mbeki announced his intention to publish weekly articles, he declared his chief object as the correction of history. Thus, his first dispatch was anchored on Winston Churchill, who during his time set out to soften the heart of history by writing it himself. As Mbeki acknowledges, "Churchill did write the history of WWII, producing a series of six books." By making reference to Churchill's series of books on as weighty a historical subject as the Second World War, Mbeki aroused our appetite to expect no less from his articles. It was tempting to expect a serious reflection on the evolution of South Africa, through the lenses of a former president whose intellectual

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  • Zuma drags ANC 'into a dark hole'

    Yesterday ANC members spoke openly of being ''embarrassed'' and ''pained'' by the president after he was forced into a second dramatic climbdown in two months - this time over Nkandla. Two years after denying liability for the splurging of millions in taxpayers' money on his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead, Zuma announced late on Tuesday that he had written to the Constitutional Court proposing to repay some of the money in line with the recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The U-turn came just days before the court was due to decide whether he should foot a portion of the bill for supposed security upgrades, including a swimming pool described as a fire-fighting facility, a chicken run and a cattle kraal, which Madonsela found were undue benefits. It followed years of political fallout during which an ANC-dominated parliamentary committee and the police minister controversially absolved Zuma of liability.

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  • ‘Help find Thuli’s replacement’ - South Africa

    Johannesburg - Corruption Watch, the South African public advocacy group, on Monday urged the public to actively participate in the process of appointing a new public protector to replace outgoing incumbent Thuli Madonsela. Corruption Watch launched the “Bua Mzansi” campaign at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness on the role of the public protector as well as encouraging the public to get involved in the appointment of a new Public Protector. “There are many important roles to be filled this year including the public protector as well as two constitutional court judges that need to be replaced as they are retiring,” said David Lewis, Corruption Watch

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  • Kaizer Chiefs name CAF Champions League squad

    Kaizer Chiefs have announced their squad to play in the 2016 CAF Champions League. According to the Club's website, Chiefs decided to register 26 players for now, which will leave four spaces available for June, when more players can be added for the group stages. Steve Komphela's side will embark on the CAF Champions League journey with the preliminary round first leg against Comoros’ Volcan de Moroni on Sunday, February 14. Their first match is scheduled to take place at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh in Mitsamiouli, Comoros. Kick-Off is at 14:00 (South African time). The second leg will take place at the Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, February 27. Full Squad: Reyaad Pieterse (1),

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