• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zuma’s state of the nation address passes the baton to Gordhan

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address on Thursday was his most sombre to date. This was serious stuff — befitting the perilous state of the domestic economy. And it was the economy that dominated his speech for more than 40 minutes. Clearly, the penny has now dropped within the higher echelons of government that a ratings downgrade, if it happened, would have severe effects on the country. This was apparent from the get-go in the president’s remarks. He rattled off a series of broad brush-stroke concerns, seemingly a direct consequence of the government’s heightened interaction with business leaders over the past few weeks. In particular, a reference to the need to provide stable

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  • 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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  • 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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  • THICK END OF THE WEDGE: China checks the SA cards it’s played

    THIS column has to be done and dusted by 4pm on a Thursday afternoon. I have no idea what President Jacob Zuma had to say in his state of the nation speech last night, or if he was able to make one at all. If he did, and even if what he said was sensible and constructive, I fear the sacking of Nhlanhla Nene and his treacherous retreat in the Constitutional Court this week on paying back money for construction at Nkandla have finished him as a political force. The best we can hope for is that his speech did no actual damage. One of the keenest followers of the Zuma U-turn on Nkandla and the speech last night will have been a former Chinese ambassador to SA, Zhong Jianhua, now the Special Representative

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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: Water Bombs Needed for Cape Town Blaze

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  • Mantashe calls the nation hypocrites on Nkandla

    Gwede Mantashe said apartheid architects haven’t apologised to millions of black people.

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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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  • Tribunal rules in favour of SABC on Multichoice deal

    Caxton and 2 other groups demanded answers on what they saw as a merger between the two media houses. SABC Multichoice Competition Tribunal of South Africa JOHANNESBURG - The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has ruled in favor of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) following allegations by media groups that the public broadcaster gave up the rights to some of its archives in a 2013 business deal with MultiChoice. The complaint was brought by Caxton, the Save Our SABC Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa, who demanded answers on what they saw as a merger between the two. The tribunal found the groups failed to support their case. It ruled that the agreement between the SABC

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  • Rooney has Black Cats in his sight

    Manchester United will face the worst defence in the Premier League on Saturday, which should have their strike-force of Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial licking their lips in anticipation. Sunderland have conceded 49 goals so far this season - the main reason why Sam Allardyce's side find themselves in relegation trouble inside the bottom three. Their record at the Stadium of Light is not as troubling, with only 13 goals conceded on home turf to date. But the Black Cats are evidently vulnerable and Rooney and Martial will be looking to add to their goal tallies as United bid to keep their prospects of Champions League qualification alive. They go into the weekend six points off the top four

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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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  • In photos: SONA 2016

    Photo: A group of around 400 Ses'khona People's Rights Movement members on Thursday demonstrated before the president's address. They were protesting against the local DA government and at one point threatened a small group of Pan Africanist Congress members for making disparaging remarks about Zuma. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: The Ses'khona demonstration was later joined by student protesters, who police had to keep separate from the Ses'khona group. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Closer to Parliament, a rally under the banner #ZumaMustFall marched through town chanting, yep, “Zuma must fall.” (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Around 150 people joined the Zuma Must Fall march and the brief addresses focused on supporting

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  • Know your news? Test yourself - South Africa

    From the drama at the State of the Nation Address to a hot, hot, hot Super Bowl halftime show. From a 32.1 million euro car auction to Kanye West’s new album and the discovery of a diamond the size of a tennis ball. Were you paying attention to the headlines this week? Take our quiz based on stories carried on IOL this week.

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  • End of season for Sangweni

    Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler does not expect defender Siyabonga Sangweni to return from injury this season. The former Golden Arrows defender, who last featured for the Buccaneers against Ajax Cape Town in November, has played only seven matches in the league this season and three in knockout competitions "Siya has a knee ligament injury. I don't think we will see him again for the rest of the season," said Tinkler, as he gave an update on the progress of other players who have been out on the sidelines. "Rooi Mahamutsa is still out with a hamstring. Happy Jele is doing a bit of field work now and hopefully we will have him back in a week or two. (Thandani) Ntshumayelo is down with flu

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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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  • ‘Precedent-setting al-Bashir court bid will spark negative consequences’

    After being denied leave to appeal the al-Bashir matter, govt has approached SCA in Bloemfontein. Sudanese President Omar alBashir International Criminal Court ICC Supreme Court of Appeal SCA Genocide SCA BLOEMFONTEIN – Government has argued that the precedent-setting nature of the court order involving Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will have far reaching negative consequences and could affect other heads of state. In June last year the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) successfully launched an application to compel government to arrest al-Bashir when he attended the African Union (AU) Summit in Johannesburg, but the order was ignored.  After being denied leave to appeal by a full

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