• Independent Online

    Province's land reform 'successes' hailed by Chamber of Commerce

    The Western Cape has a success rate of 62% for land reform projects, against a failure rate of 90% for the country as a whole, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Thursday as it weighed in on the emotive debate around expropriation without compensation. Reacting shortly after Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s State of the Province address to the provincial parliament, the chamber said the success of land reform in the province made “nonsense” of radical and destructive measures like expropriation without compensation as put forward by the ruling ANC and new head of state Cyril Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation address last week. “When we see the number of job growth in agriculture

  • Huffington Post South Africa

    Serena Williams Almost Died Giving Birth

    Serena Williams says she lives in fear of blood clots, after a harrowing postnatal ordeal in September, when she almost died giving birth to her first child. In an op-ed piece she wrote for CNN on Tuesday, the tennis legend lifted the lid on her near-death experience while giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, after developing blood clots in her lungs. "I almost died after giving birth to my daughter," Williams said. The 23-time Grand Slam champion said she had to have an emergency caesarean, after her heart rate plummeted dramatically during contractions. The surgery was successful, and before she knew it she was holding the newborn. "But what followed just 24 hours after giving birth [was]

  • ewn.co.za

    Farewell Mr Zuma: Trevor Noah says goodbye to the president of jokes

    JOHANNESBURG - Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa’s president and maybe as the president of jokes (according to comedian Trevor Noah). After the ANC called for Zuma to step down, he reluctantly bowed to pressure and in a televised address he announced his resignation. Noah took to Twitter to express his disappointment in a humorous way. The comedian said: “I don't care what the people say, he will always be the president of jokes. Farewell Jacob Zuma.”

  • dailymaverick.co.za

    EFF hypocrisy on full view through their heckling of Lekota during SONA debate

    I was appalled by the manner in which COPE’s Mosiuoa Lekota was treated in Parliament this week. There are two points I want to make in this regard. The first: Lekota’s contribution to the debate in Parliament was far from irrational. It deserved to be listened to and reflected on. I understood the essence of his message to be a fundamental critique of what had come across from Julius Malema as an unreasonable proposition: anyone against the principle of expropriation without compensation “is an enemy of the people”. This proposition does not make sense. In reality, “the people” are not an undifferentiated mass making a single, simple demand. Within “the people” is a universe of very diverse

  • ewn.co.za

    Marikana victims’ families urge Ramaphosa to turn promises into actions

    JOHANNESBURG - Families of the Marikana victims have urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to turn his promises into action. During his reply to the State of the Nation Address this week, Ramaphosa said the state was committed to compensating the families of the miners who were killed by police during the unprotected strike in 2012. The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (Seri), which represents some of these families, says to date, none of its clients has been compensated. The institute’s Nomzamo Zondo says they’re also demanding a meaningful apology. “The families are optimistic because he said he wants to atone. Unfortunately, these kinds of statements have been made before. We’re six

  • Bentley‚ Lamborghini‚ Maserati - where are the Gupta cars?

    Those linked to Saxonwold also included a BMW Z4‚ Chrysler Crossfire‚ Cadillac‚ Range Rover‚ Mercedes C-Class‚ BMW 750i‚ Audi Q7‚ BMW M5 and BMW X5. The emails also mentioned the Porsche‚ with GP registration plates‚ driven by Duduzane Zuma when he collided with a minibus taxi in 2014 on the M1 motorway in Gauteng. A young woman‚ Mekelina Dube‚ was killed in the collision. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) recently confirmed that it is reconsidering a decision not to prosecute Zuma‚ the son of former president Jacob Zuma‚ on charges of culpable homicide related to the crash. Outa’s trawl also revealed vehicles registered to companies associated with the Guptas including Sahara (Mercedes

  • ewn.co.za

    Hawks again call on Ajay Gupta to surrender

    PRETORIA - The Hawks have repeated their call on Ajay Gupta to hand himself over to the authorities after his attorney questioned claims that their client is a fugitive from justice. The Hawks announced last week after eight suspects appeared in the Bloemfontein magistrates court that Gupta was also expected to be among the accused in the dock, but he failed to turn up at court. The matter relates to the Estina dairy farm project which allegedly unlawfully netted the Guptas and their associates hundreds of millions of rand. The Hawks have reiterated that they are in possession of a warrant of arrest for Ajay Gupta and that it will be executed. But attorney Rudi Krause says that since Sunday he