• Found in SA … Libya’s trillions

    Johannesburg - The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya. What could be the world’s largest cash pile is stored in palettes at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria. The Libyan billions have led to a Hawks investigation into possible violation of exchange controls as well as international interests from the UN and the US. It has also led to heightened interest in the local and international intelligence community

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  • South Africa: Unbundling DStv for Affordable and Increased a La Carte Viewing

    press release Paying almost R2 000 for internet and DSTV is becoming too much money for too little. It also excludes a vast majority of people from accessing channels they would like to view because of unaffordability. Unbundling of DSTV must occur to allow for a wider audience and for an a la carte TV service. In my view, individuals must have the right to select channels on top of a base package. At present there is just too much drivel on DSTV and just too many repeats for which subscribers have to pay unnecessarily. A more limited menu will harm no one and benefit subscribers. The argument that unbundling will cost more is unacceptable. If an increasing number of people moved to a faster

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  • 'CBD' just got more potent

    Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane will be the envy of a lot of coaches in the PSL in the coming season. Sibusiso Vilakazi's signature has been secured, according to an informant, meaning Sundowns will have the deadliest attack in the league. The famous CBD of Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly tore defences apart last season and one can only wonder how teams will cope once Sundowns add Vilakazi to make it an awesome foursome. Mosimane has always admired Vilakazi for his ability to score goals and that's what Sundowns will need to defend their title. The experience Vilakazi has gained from playing with Bafana Bafana on the continent will come in handy, though he won't compete

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  • Twitter responds to Zuma's 'blessing' of Fransman

    A picture by photographer Esa Alexander of Fransman taking a selfie with President Jacob Zuma - used on the front page of the Cape Town edition of The Times on Friday - sparked ironic ripostes. Fransman wore an ANC leather jacket that matched Zuma's when he joined the party leader on the campaign trail in the Cape Flats on Thursday‚ his first ANC event since he agreed to step aside for allegedly sexually harassing his assistant. ‘Women sexually harassed by ANC big wigs don’t get justice’: EFF  ANC national executive committee member and elections head Nomvula Mokonyane told reporters in Philippi that Fransman was back in his old job and "the issues have been resolved".  Is he back in the ANC

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  • Vote EFF to 'empower' the ANC, Malema tells Cliff

    CliffCentral founder, Idols SA judge and former 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff hosted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on web radio on Friday. The EFF leader admitted to feeling a bit tired while criss-crossing the country “back to back” on the campaign trail. The podcast introducing the show says: “Julius Malema is a polarising figure in South Africa, and someone who always attracts a lot of attention for his political actions. But do we really know what he and his EFF party are all about? Gareth gives him an opportunity to talk like never before, providing an interesting pre-election discussion.” Because CliffCentral (punted as “UnRadio”) does not broadcast on air, it is not subject

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • Hlaudi strikes again: SABC caught in R167m Zuma TV deal

    SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng pushed through a R167-million contract with a production company co-owned by President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Gugu Zuma-Ncube, going  against the advice of a six-member review panel at the state broadcaster.

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  • WATCH: DJ Sbu gets 'attacked' during his radio show

    In a video posted to his social media accounts on Thursday morning, a man is seen trying to charge at Sbu in studio, alleging that the radio personality made derogatory remarks about his favourite soccer team, Moroko Swallows live on air. Massive love for DJ Sbu on day one of radio return  Soon after a security guard tried to stop the irate man from attacking Sbu, he explained that he was sent to beat him up. "My boss paid me to hit you," said the man, adding that Sbu is very "disrespectful." It's understood that the 'attack' was a joke on the show, with insiders telling TMG Entertainment that it was all planned. Watch: I was taken out of context - Lerato Tshabalala 

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  • Analysis: South Africa can, and must, act to prevent a disaster in Zimbabwe

    HARARE – Activists and opposition groups in Zimbabwe are rightly proud of their recent efforts to resist the repressive regime led by President Robert Mugabe. It’s not every day in Harare that thousands of ordinary citizens gather in defiance outside the city’s Magistrate’s Court, forcing a usually-pliant magistrate to uphold the law through the sheer force of their collective will. They deserve to celebrate Pastor Evan Mawarire’s release, and the huge publicity generated by the #ThisFlag campaign. But they are also the first to admit that this unprecedented public action against the government is driven foremost by a factor completely out of their control: the economy. To cut a long and convoluted

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  • We were better off under apartheid‚ say EC villagers

    “We shot ourselves in the foot by toppling the apartheid government‚” residents of an Eastern Cape village said on Thursday. Tsholomnqa villagers had been waiting for a tarred road and decent houses for decades‚ said community leader‚ Wele Ntshongola. He said the dawn of democracy had marked the beginning of the collapse of quality service delivery for the Eastern Cape rural area which is situated on the R72 outside East London. “This village was in a good state under the Ciskei homeland led by LL Sebe. We used to have a tarred road... with workers who used to maintain it as well as free seed‚ crops and livestock.” He said they celebrated when democracy dawned. “Little did we know that democracy

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  • China’s WeChat takes on WhatsApp in Africa

    Late to the party, WeChat, China’s biggest Internet-based mobile messaging platform, is scrambling to get a piece of the action in the booming African market. The move is leading the SA-China joint venture down a fiercely competitive path as Facebook’s WhatsApp is already part of the social media fabric in most African countries. Africa is not often the scene of battles between tech giants, but the outcome could help determine who can turn the exponential growth in online messaging services into profits. WeChat stands at a major disadvantage as WhatsApp is used far more widely, making users naturally reluctant to choose a rival service. But WeChat is betting an array of services that include

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  • Gupta-linked company in line for R800m contract at Transnet

    A company with close ties to the Gupta family stands to make a handsome profit from an information technology contract worth R800 million at Transnet. The Mail and Guardian reported on Friday that the contract had been “confined” to a single bidder‚ global software firm SAP‚ although it had yet to be awarded. SAP’s bid documentation showed that it would allocate 60% of the value of the contract to a subcontractor‚ Global Softech Solutions (GSS)‚ owned by the Gupta’s Sahara Systems and a family associate. Gupta holding company Oakbay Investments told the newspaper that it was “preposterous” that a global firm such as SAP could be pressured into the partnership. However‚ minutes of a meeting between

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • Zimbabwe: Arrested National Roads Officials Close to VP Mphoko, First Lady

    THE Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) officials, acting chief executive officer Engineer Moses Juma and non-executive director Davison Norupiri, who were unprocedurally released from police custody last week by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko after being arrested for allegedly defrauding the parastatal of US$1,3 million are close associates of the vice-president and First Lady Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe Independent has learnt. Mphoko, who was acting President at the time, drove to Avondale Police Station in Harare on Wednesday evening and personally secured the release of the incarcerated duo on the grounds that they were his "boys". Government and police sources said Mphoko was so

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  • Barcelona beat Real Madrid to Portugal's Gomes

    Barcelona - Barcelona have swooped for Portugal international Andre Gomes of Valencia, the Catalan club announced on Thursday. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder had been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United after impressing in his two seasons at Valencia having joined them from Benfica. “Agreement with Valencia for Andre Gomes. The player will both sign and be presented as a new Barcelona player next week,” Barca tweeted. Barcelona have not revealed any more details about the transfer but Marca reported that Gomes will sign a five-year deal and join the Spanish champions for 50 million euros. Gomes, under contract with Valencia until June 2020, started 27 league games for the club

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  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Gang rape at primary school

    Pretoria - Tears rolled down a father’s cheeks as he broke down and cried in horror after confirmation that his little girl had been raped at school. He had just spoken to police officers from Boschkop police station, who had taken his 8-year-old daughter and her classmate for an examination following reports that they had been raped. “I am so hurt; the principal has been aware of this for two weeks. Despite telling parents that he has taken the matter to the police, he has done nothing,” the father said. The father had discovered possible sexual assault on his daughter two weeks ago. When he investigated it emerged that his little girl had been one of four girls, aged between 7 and 9, raped

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • EDITORS’ LUNCHBOX: Fraud finances movie about fraud, and SAA ditches BnP

    Stories of note Bytes from the digital world The movie "Wolf of Wall Street" was financed by a $3.5bn Malaysian money-laundering scheme, according to the US Feds Its a case of playing politics with people’s lives. But this is not a mere cliche. Apparently, the ANC-run Masilonyana Municipality in the Free State has tried‚ rather unsuccessfully‚ to stop the DA from delivering clean water to residents. What does ANC head of elections Nomvula Mokonyane know that no one else is aware of? She surprised many by saying while on the campaign trail with Jacob Zuma and party leader in the province Marius Fransman, that the latter been "cleared and was back on the job, (and) nothing had changed". Fransman

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  • Fired SARS 'racist' wants his job back

    A former SA Revenue Services official claims the taxman should not have fired him for using the k-word towards his black boss because there was no breakdown of relationship as a result of his utterances. JJ Kruger, a former Sars anti-smuggling officer based at OR Tambo International Airport, went on a racist outburst telling his boss Abel Mboweni in August 2007 that "a ka***r must not tell me what to do". Kruger's papers were filed in the Constitutional Court in May . Mboweni, a long-time Sars employee, is now a specialist tax advisor. At the disciplinary hearing, Kruger blamed stress for his outbursts but failed to provide evidence of stress. The hearing found Kruger guilty and handed him a

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