• New legislation expected on migrants

    CAPE TOWN - New migration legislation is being finalised and will be presented to Cabinet next month. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the International Migration white paper will ensure the protection of genuine asylum seekers. He adds it will also suppress the trend where migrants use loopholes within current legislation. Gigaba says other measures such as the establishment of a border management authority will also aid the process. Data released by the Home Affairs Department shows over 33,000 illegal immigrants have been deported during the 2015/2016 financial year. This comes amid protests against illegal immigrants in some Tshwane and Johannesburg suburbs, and ahead of a march planned

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  • WATCH: Ndlozi's interruption in parly leaves Gordhan with hilarious sad face

    If you did not watch the budget speech on Wednesday and thought there was no point of order raised, allow us to update you. For someone who does not seem to like trouble, Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan was left dismayed at the sound of EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s voice after raising a point of order. The minister was doing his introductions, which were going well, until he decided to thank President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of South Africans, for his “guidance”. As a South African himself, Ndlozi felt the minister was not speaking for him, so he raised a point of order. He said Gordhan thanking Zuma was like “a springbok thanking a lion for passing all the other bucks and targeting

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  • Standard Bank forex trader remains on the job

    The Standard Bank trader alleged to have engaged in collusive practices to fix the price of the rand has not been suspended as the bank still seeks clarity on the accusations. In a statement, the bank said it only learnt of the allegations on February 15 2017 – the same day that the Competition Commission lodged complaints with the Competition Tribunal against 18 institutions accused of unlawful conduct in the trading of the ZAR/USD currency pair. According to Standard Bank, the Competition Commission initiated a complaint against its affiliate Standard New York Securities and 21 other institutions concerning the possible contravention of the Competition Act between 2007 and 2013. At the time, Standard Bank was not mentioned in the complaint.

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  • #XenoMarch: Tensions mount in Atteridgeville, President Zuma condemns violence

    JOHANNESBURG - Atteridgeville residents in Pretoria have described how protestors have started to block roads with burning tyres ahead of today’s planned anti-immigrant march. At the same time, President Jacob Zuma has condemned the violence between locals and foreigners in recent weeks. Dozens of foreign-owned shops and properties have been looted in Pretoria West, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville over the last two weeks. Earlier this month, locals in Rosettenville, in southern Johannesburg, torched 12 houses believed to be drug dens and brothels. Today a group calling itself the ‘Mamelodi Concerned Residents’ is planning to march to the Home Affairs Department to protest against illegal immigrants

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  • WATCH: The 'lifeless' Babes Wodumo performance everybody is talking about

    Funds from a dollar bank account in the name of the Jammeh Foundation for Peace, a charity founded by Gambia's former president Yahya Jammeh, flowed to Jammeh himself, not to foundation projects, according to bank records and interviews with a former charity official...

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  • Nigeria: Xenophobia

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  • Kenny Kunene's Beyonce moment

    Cape Town – Businessman and socialite Kenny Kunene has tied the knot and has chosen to announce it Beyonce style. In an apparent exclusive for online website Weekly Xpose, Kunene poses with his new bride, 22-year-old Nonkululeko Whitney Mhlanga, and her pregnant belly in carefully posed shots that are intentionally or not (we can't figure it out) a tribute to Beyonce's recent announcement of her pregnancy with twins. Kunene is the founder and funder of Weekly Xposé. IOL could not afford the pictures, which the PR agency priced at R1500 each. According to the story, the couple are expecting a baby boy and are set to hold a  Zulu ceremony called umembeso (when the groom's family takes gifts to

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  • South Africa: We Don't Need Public Approval for Russian Nuclear Deal

    The South African government is under no obligation to get public approval for a nuclear agreement it signed with Russia, the Western Cape High Court heard on Thursday. State advocate Marius Oosthuizen SC said a court was also not allowed to get involved in a dispute over whether the public is allowed to have a say, as it was about a "nonjusticiable" international agreement. It did not even need approval from Parliament at the moment, Oosthuizen argued, citing a previous Constitutional Court case which found that it was the members of the executive who are responsible for international matters. In any event, the Russian nuclear treaty was not a procurement contract, said Oosthuizen - it was a just a statement of intent, which gave Russia veto rights.

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  • Woman punches would-be rapist

    Honeydew police officers, in the north of Johannesburg, are on the hunt for a man after he allegedly attempted to rape a woman in Little Falls on February 21, Roodepoort Northsider reports. According to a Facebook post by SRT Security, the incident occurred at 10pm on the corner of Hendrik Potgieter and Cascades roads – the same corner where a woman in her 20s was found raped and murdered about a year ago. The would-be rapist was stopped by the victim when she bravely punched him, tearing his upper lip. She then contacted the security company for assistance. The suspect is said to have been wearing a yellow soccer T-shirt and blue washed denims. According to the victim, the suspect is of average

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  • ANC condemns xenophobic violence, blames Mashaba

    JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned the xenophobic violence in Pretoria this morning, calling for peaceful coexistence between those living in our borders. The party has called for law enforcement agents to deal with perpetrators accordingly. It’s also blamed Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, saying he incited the violence in Gauteng with comments made about foreigners in December last year. Dozens of foreign-owned shops and properties have been looted in Pretoria West, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville over the last two weeks. Earlier this month, locals in Rosettenville, in southern Johannesburg, torched 12 houses believed to be drug dens and brothels. Today a group calling

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  • Monyane: I asked Zuma to intervene in dispute with Gordhan

    Johannesburg – South African Revenue Service Commissioner Tom Moyane on Friday disputed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's assertion that there was a tax collection shortfall of over R30 billion which had contributed to the budget deficit. Instead, Monyane accused his boss, Gordhan, of interfering in the running of Sars, to the point of even granting leave to subordinates. He also said he was hurt when the minister refused to shake his hand and he felt that he was being treated like a child. Addressing a hastily convened press conference in Pretoria on Friday, Monyane also responded to claims that there was an exodus of Sars staff under his watch. He said 95 percent of the people he found when

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  • Property sector welcomes increase in transfer duties exemption

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in the budget speech that transfer duty tax will not have to be paid on properties sold for under R900 000. Harry Nicolaides, Century 21 CEO, said this was positive news for first-time homebuyers and the affordable housing segment. “We welcome the increase in the exempt threshold for transfer duty from R750 000 to R900 000, especially as first-time homebuyers make up the bulk of the property sales market,” he said, adding here could be an increase in property sales in this bracket after the announcement. Bruce Swain, managing director of Leapfrog Property Group, said: “Buyers were given some relief in 2015 when the threshold was raised to R750 000 (up

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  • Not one of the R8 billion arms deal submarines is operational

    The SAS Queen Modjadji, named after South Africa's rain queen who lived in Limpopo, struck the ocean floor while conducting training exercises between Port Elizabeth and Durban last week. The Sunday Times photographed the German-built submarine undergoing repairs in Simon's Town this week. The Times Editorial: No surprise as Seriti gives arms deal a clean bill of health And yesterday the SA Navy acknowledged she had been damaged during a "training exercise". This means that all three submarines - meant to police the oceans - are presently undergoing repairs and maintenance. The SAS Manthatisi, the first of the country's submarines acquired in the multibillion-rand arms deal, has been in the dry

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  • Hazard warns Chelsea, as Leicester face storm

    Antonio Conte’s side are eight points clear at the top with just 13 games remaining and they have a golden opportunity to extend that lead when they host lowly Swansea on Saturday. Second placed Manchester City are not in action this weekend because their derby against Manchester United was postponed due to their rivals’ League Cup final showdown with Southampton on Sunday. That gives the Blues a chance to pull clear against a Swansea side who will be heavy underdogs despite their impressive rise out of the relegation zone under the management of former Chelsea assistant coach Paul Clement. However, Chelsea showed a rare sign of vulnerability in a 1-1 draw at Burnley in their previous league

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  • Cameroon: English-speaking Regions Boycott AFCON Trophy

    Cameroon is still basking in the glory of this month’s upset victory at the Africa Cup of Nations. The trophy has been touring major cities in a government bid to bolster national unity. But that plan appears to be backfiring in English-speaking regions where an anti-government strike is deepening. Thousands of supporters cheered the national football team as the trophy they won this month (Feb. 5) at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations arrived in Bafoussam, western Cameroon. President Paul Biya called people to come out massively as a demonstration of national unity, says Njitack Ngompe Pele, traditional ruler of Bafoussam. He says when youth score a victory, it is but normal for the community to

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  • US: The unravelling of Trump, Ep 78

    Over the weekend, this writer was able to get away for two days among the hills, forests and farms near the small town of Machadodorp, right at the edge of the Great Escarpment in Mpumalanga Province, to take in a site-specific outdoor dance festival. The dancing and the nearly unlimited vistas helped clear the mind from months of infestation by politics – American and South African both. As a result of this exercise, in our house it has now been declared that for the sake of our equanimity, all future Saturdays should be Trump-free zones. The problem, however, is that one must eventually return from the mountains and then catch up on the events that have transpired in Donald Trump’s alt-universe

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  • Former Eskom boss Brian Molefe attends North West Sopa

    Newly sworn-in MP Brian Molefe received a special mention at the North West State of the Province Address in Taung on Friday. North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said Molefe must develop a thick skin to survive in politics. “Mr Molefe, the highest tree is the most hit in times of turbulence,” he said. Former Eskom CEO Molefe was sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) on Thursday. He resigned from Eskom late last year in a bid to clear his name after the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report highlighted his close ties to the controversial Gupta family. This week the ANC in Madibeng was at pains to explain Molefe’s membership in Ward 29. This followed an outcry that Molefe

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  • Nigeria: Govt to Float N20 Billion Green Bond for Environmental Sustainability Projects

    The Federal Government Thursday said that plans are under way to launch a N20 billion Green Bond in the Nigerian capital market, the first ever in the emerging markets. The Bond will fund emission projects such as solar power systems and transport so as to achieve environmental sustainability goals of the government. It will also be used to fund part of the infrastructure projects outlined in the 2017 budget. Typically, a Green Bond enables capital-raising and investments for new and existing projects with environmental benefits. Speaking at the Green Bond Capital Market & Investors Conference themed "Green Bonds: Investing in Nigeria's Sustainable Development" at the Nigerian Stock Exchange,

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  • DA MP a liar and a fraud

    In her profile on the DA website, she claims she was "born in 1983 in Nelspruit but spent my early childhood in Swaziland and Belgium". Asked to comment on her party spokeswoman being caught out in a lie, DA leader Helen Zille said: "Why is this an issue?" When Zille was informed that the constitution required that all South African MPs be either South African or naturalised citizens and that her spokeswoman was neither, she said she was out of the country and "cannot deal with this from here". A Sunday Times investigation has established that: Phumzile Van Damme was born in Nazarene Hospital, now known as Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, in Manzini, Swaziland, in 1983; Her mother, Lynette van

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  • Nigeria: Before President Buhari Returns Home

    Fellow Nigerians, something major is happening in our dear beloved country and it is very positive. Every disappointment they say is a blessing. While we are very sad that our President, Muhammadu Buhari, has not been feeling too well for some time now and needs treatment and recuperation abroad, I now believe that God wants him to also have some time for sober and deep reflection. Someone asked me about two weeks ago, on Twitter if I have given up on the Buhari government? My answer was an emphatic NO! And the reason I gave was simple and straight-forward enough: I believe in miracles. What has happened in Nigeria in the past few weeks, even days, can only be a testimony to that miracle I prophesised.

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