• Minnie Dlamini, Thomas Mlambo exit SABC's Soccerzone

    A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company’s website by Mark Cutifani‚ Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC‚ is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit‚ says the Bench Marks Foundation.

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  • Whichever way you slice or dice it, Zuma has had his chips

    President Jacob Zuma is a dead man walking, metaphorically speaking. The political free rein allowed him by cowed party colleagues for the past seven years has suddenly been pulled in. He remains nominally in charge but increasingly less in control. In December, Zuma’s manoeuvring to benefit cronies led to the firing of respected finance minister Nhlanhla Nene and his replacement with a pliable neophyte. Markets predictably went into free fall but instead of being able to ride it out with glib reassurances that foreign investors were just “over-reacting”, Zuma had to retreat for the first time. In the face of an unexpected demarche from cabinet colleagues and normally ANC-sympathetic business

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  • Traditional leaders want answers from Mandela over Islamic conversion

    Eastern Cape traditional leaders want answers from Nelson Mandela’s grandson Nkosi Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela about why he reportedly converted to Islam when he married a Muslim woman. “We reacted with shock on the news of his conversion. We were also very concerned. What we know is that the woman converts, not the man. That is our custom,” Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa provincial chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane said on Tuesday. They were troubled that Mandela married without any traditional leaders present at the ceremony. “Traditional leaders don’t marry secretly. He should have been represented by the traditional council of Mvezo. He is the leader of people of Mvezo.

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  • Wife stages picket over UK visa refusals - Gauteng

    Pretoria - Patronella Treasure on Monday began her lone picket outside the British High Commission in Pretoria - and vowed to continue camping there until she was granted a visa to join her husband in Britain. The 46-year-old from Soshanguve in Tshwane spent the day sitting on a chair with a sign on her lap as high commission staff carried on with their business. Passers-by looked on curiously and approached her to find out the reason for her picket. Treasure showed The Star a passport and certificate confirming she was indeed married to Briton John Treasure of Slough, near London. “Since we got married last year, I have been refused a visiting visa on five occasions with no valid reasons and

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  • Public Protector 'the biggest winner' in ConCourt case

    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was the biggest winner after Tuesday’s Constitutional Court hearing into the Nkandla saga, a legal expert has said. President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers accepted that her report about Nkandla was binding and had to be implemented, University of Cape Town constitutional law expert Professor Pierre de Vos said. Zuma further conceded he had been in the wrong and that his actions were based on the fear of further political fallout which could lead to impeachment. "Thirdly, Parliament did not concede that it acted wrongly, but given the other concessions, it is almost certain that the court will find Parliament completely stuffed up the way it dealt with the Public Protector's

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  • South Africa is not Zimbabwe-in-waiting

    We are not Zimbabwe-in-waiting. I have personally heard this complaint from every race in this country. “SA is becoming worse than Zimbabwe.”  Since our new cricketers have recently scored so well I would like to try and smack the Doomsday Ball for six.  First – four against one. The greatest gift the ANC has given us is four presidents. They have varied in quality. From Mandela, who lead by superb example; to Mbeki, whose intelligence was undermined by defeatist introspection; to Motlanthe, who took the poisoned chalice and returned it cleaner than it was before; and to Zuma, the most successful political operator and the most erratic leader. The transition of leadership from one individual

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  • JZ throws allies under the bus

    One by one their counsel conceded before Constitutional Court justices that they were wrong to act against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report that found Zuma to have unduly benefited from non-security upgrades to his home. In her report in 2014 titled "Secure in Comfort", Madonsela said some features included in the R246-million security upgrades to Zuma's Nkandla residence were not security features. First to concede was Zuma's counsel, Jeremy Gauntlett SC, who told the court that the president did not want to obstruct but bring an end to the Nkandla matter. Gauntlett said the Supreme Court of Appeal, in another case last year, had said that remedial action prescribed by the public protector was binding."It is not necessary for this court to replough the furrow," he said.

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  • Boko Haram leader may have been replaced

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau may have been replaced by another commander. Speaking during an interview with British publication The Telegraph, Buhari said that he had received conflicting information on the militant leader's whereabouts, saying that he may have been replaced by a less charismatic leader. Buhari's remarks comes at a time when it is widely believed that Shekau may have been wounded or killed in one of the Nigerian military's many raids on Boko Haram territory. According to Nigerian website Naij, Shekau's voice was last heard in an audio message dated March 7 2015, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS). Shekau

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  • Beyonce accused of ‘attacking’ police

    A day after the Super Bowl, people were still parsing over each frame from Beyonce's halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year. The halftime show - seen by an estimated 112 million people - is drawing praise from her fans and consternation from critics. While Beyonce hasn't commented on the specifics of the show, and her rep declined comment, the imagery speaks for itself. Beyonce's dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party, founded in 50 years by Huey P. Newton and Bobby

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  • Why hate Guptas but love MacImperialism?

    In the past few weeks there have been a barrage of attacks in the mainstream media and across social media networks on the Gupta family that reportedly has significant stakes in several businesses, notably the New Age newspaper and ANN7 TV news channel. Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, launched a vicious tirade against the Guptas and their business interests and even threatened staff working for their media outlets that cover EFF events. A number of organisations representing journalists and news editors have correctly condemned Malema’s utterances. There is an allegation that has been regurgitated in the media over the past few years that President Jacob Zuma is disproportionately

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  • Guptas focus helping mining firms get away with murder: Mantashe

    African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said big mining companies operating in South Africa lack patriotism and a focus on the Gupta family was not helping in dealing with mischief committed by these companies. Speaking to the SABC ahead of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Mantashe said a concerted focus on Gupta family was actually helping big mining companies like Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American evade tough questions about their transformative roles in the South African economy. Asked whether he thinks there is a Gupta obsession, Mantashe said: “The point I am making is that the obsession is when you leave Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American scot-free

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  • He wanted to kill my children: Grace - Africa

    Harare - Grace Mugabe, the wife of President Robert Mugabe, on Wednesday sensationally claimed that the leader of a little-known political party who was jailed for attempting to bomb their Alpha Omega Dairy farm, had also wanted to kill all her children and bomb her orphanage in Mazowe. Owen Kuchata, the leader of the Zimbabwe People's Front, was jailed for nine years by a Harare magistrate this week after he pleaded guilty to possession of weaponry for sabotage and money laundering after he and three others were caught attempting to bomb the Mugabes' dairy in Mazowe on January 29. Grace made the revelations while addressing hundreds of Zanu PF supporters at the party's headquarters in Harare,

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  • Mourinho’s United job claim

    London - Jose Mourinho has told friends and associates that he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, according to reports in several British newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph all quoted an unnamed source close to the 53-year-old Portuguese as saying his installation at Old Trafford was a “done deal”. The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto coach was sacked by Chelsea in December but said in an interview last week that he would soon be back in management, preferably in England. Van Gaal, who has another year left on his contract after this season, has had to deal with constant speculation about

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  • Offers of help give hope to Bonteheuwel teen - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Bonteheuwel teen Clayton Pieters is confident he will finally be able to achieve his dream of becoming a physiotherapist. The 19-year-old has been inundated with offers of help after the Cape Argus published a story about his battle to improve his maths and science marks in order for him to be accepted into his chosen field of study. On the days Pieters was due to write his matric exams, there had been gang-related shootings in the suburb, resulting in him scoring 22 percent for maths and science. He achieved good grades for his other subjects and achieved a Bachelor’s pass. Pieters said the assistance he has been offered has given him hope. “I have been stressing a lot about what

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  • Bobby Brown is holding on

    The 47-year-old singer's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away in July, six months after she was found unresponsive in her bathtub, and Bobby is still coming to terms with the tragedy. A source told E! News: “This has been a difficult year. When a person goes through something like this it makes you look around and think, 'What the hell is going on?' When you bury your child, it's just really hard—it's not how it's supposed to go. “Under the circumstances, he is doing as good as can be expected.” Bobby turned 47 on Friday February 05, and had planned a low-key celebration with his wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown and their two children, son Cassius, six, and six-month-old daughter Bodhi. The insider

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  • EFF gives 25 reasons why ‘the Guptas must go’

    THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday released the full list of the "25 reasons why the Guptas must leave or be made to leave the country immediately #Guptasmustgo". The party had launched the campaign on Tuesday night‚ hours after it and its leader‚ Julius Malema‚ were indicted by the North Gauteng High Court from inciting acts of violence against the Gupta family‚ Oakbay Investments‚ The New Age‚ ANN7 and other of the family’s subsidiary company’s shareholders‚ staff and property. By Tuesday night‚ the EFF had shared the first three reasons on its Instagram account‚ and on Wednesday morning released the full list. A defiant Mr Malema had‚ in reaction to the High Court ruling‚ said: "We must respect the courts.

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  • Justice for Simelanes after 33 years - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg – The family of murdered South African activist Nokuthula Simelane has welcomed the news that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will finally charge four former apartheid security policemen with her murder and kidnapping. The NPA on Monday said the four former members of the Soweto Special Branch would stand trial for the murder of Simelane who disappeared without trace in 1983. In a statement issued on behalf of the family, representatives said: “After 33 years in the relentless pursuit of truth and accountability, the family of anti-apartheid activist Nokuthula Simelane will finally see justice done.” It described the decision to charge the policemen as a “significant and

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  • Mbete's lawyer involved in SAA debacle

    National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's lawyer Lindi Nkosi-Thomas, who fumbled through her submissions in the Nkandla matter in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, was previously accused of doctoring a legal opinion while she was an SAA board member. BDlive reported in December 2014 that the allegation was the basis of a complaint to the public protector and the Johannesburg Bar Council in 2013. Nkosi-Thomas resigned from the airline's board in early 2014. The council said at the time that the complaint did not sustain a case of professional misconduct. The public protector's office told the website that its investigation was continuing. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office and Parliament

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  • South Africa opens doors to US chicken imports

    South Africa imposes "anti-dumping" duties of above 100% on certain chicken products and industry groups said removing those import barriers opened a market which had been closed for the last 15 years. The deal was "within the tolerance of the (South African poultry) industry and is something we can all live with," Rob Davies told Reuters in a telephone conversation from Paris, where the deal was concluded. The agreement, which would see the United States emerge as one of the top poultry exporters to Africa's most advanced economy, should help smooth the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) currently before American lawmakers.

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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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