• The damage is done, but does Zuma even know it?

    WHEN President Jacob Zuma rises to address the nation next week, what will we see? Zuma has for the better part of the past decade risen in the National Assembly strong and confident, self-assured, bordering on arrogant — knowing that he commanded the support and backing of the African National Congress (ANC), which was elected by the vast majority of South Africans twice under his leadership. While Gauteng is the most widely cited example, with the ANC’s support slipping almost 10percentage points, the party also lost seven percentage points of its support in Mpumalanga, six percentage points in North West and 6.3percentage points in Limpopo. The reaction to his axing of then finance minister Nhlanhla Nene in December last year indicated that this was a step too far.

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  • 'I'm not poor, but I'm broke,' DJ Sbu on how MoFaya took toll on his pocket

    Thousands of unemployed Zimbabwe graduates could soon find themselves with first jobs in South Sudan but there's just one catch: President Robert Mugabe's government is thinking of taking 25 percent of their salaries.

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  • School bans pupil for his dreadlocks - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A Rastafarian pupil says his school’s governing body will not allow him to return to class until he has cut off his dreadlocks, while teachers have refused him textbooks and other resources. Anathi Mare’s case is the second complaint of alleged discrimination against a Rastafarian pupil brought to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) over the past few weeks. Last month, a Rastafarian family from Khayelitsha reported that their son, Azania Stofile, was not allowed to attend classes at Bulumko Secondary because he had dreadlocks. He missed several days of school before he was allowed to return to class. On Thursday, Neziswa Mare told the Cape Argus that during a meeting earlier

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  • Safa ‘asked Sexwale to withdraw from Fifa race’

    TOKYO Sexwale was asked to withdraw from the Fifa presidential race when he faced the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) emergency committee at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday. But in a compromise that saved Sexwale from an embarrassing exit from the race‚ the former Gauteng premier was allowed to stay on as a candidate when Safa decided to leave his fate in the hands of the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Sexwale went to the meeting expecting to receive an endorsement from Safa but as TMG Digital was reliably informed on Thursday‚ he was instead told to cut his losses and call it a day. "He was told to withdraw because he does not have support‚" an insider said.

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  • It was proper for me to resign

    Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said, on Saturday, he felt it was “proper” for him to resign as an ANC MP. This following his name being put forward to head the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank/Brics bank. “Yes, I resigned last year,” he confirmed. “In line with my removal [and being nominated for the Brics bank position] I felt it would be the proper thing to do.” While he resigned in December, his resignation was processed only last month. After Nene’s sacking as finance minister, President Jacob Zuma said the "urgency of the changes in the leadership of the National Treasury" was because nominations needed to be sent to Shanghai in terms of the head of the African

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  • Nigeria: Buhari Begins Vacation, Osinbajo is Acting President

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  • Teen hankers after Boko Haram captor - Africa

    Abuja - Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, 16-year-old Zara John is still in love with one of the Islamic militants who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine and blood test carried out by a doctor in the refugee camp to which she was taken after her rescue. “I wanted to give birth to my child so that I can have someone to replace his father since I cannot reconnect with him again,” said Zara, one of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants during a seven-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. But any decision over the baby was taken out of her hands. Her father drowned during

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  • Friends of JZ Trust ready to help Zuma pay back the money on Nkandla

    DURBAN – "As an organisation we are virtually non-existent because we did what we had to do back then. But if he needs us individually, we will always support him, like we always did in the past," businessman Don Mkhwanazi told News24.  He said Zuma had not approached the organisation for financial help. He would also not comment when asked if he would personally help Zuma out.  On Tuesday, Zuma asked the Constitutional Court for an order that Auditor General Thembekile Kimi Makwetu and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan determine how much he should repay for those upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead not related to security, namely the visitors' centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal, chicken

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  • Maybe we expected too much from the ANC, says former UK cabinet minister Hain

    LONDON — SA has gone from hero to zero under President Jacob Zuma’s poor leadership, with international investors turning their backs on the country. This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night. "Can the ANC (African National Congress) reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naive to think that the party — for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions — could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities. Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done

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  • The biggest losers in the Nkandla saga

    Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has come out as the biggest loser in the Nkandla debacle. Former ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi also have egg on their faces due to the saga. The three led the pack in arguing that President Jacob Zuma should not pay for the upgrades at Nkandla. But Zuma's proposal to pay has left his defenders in a corner. While the ANC and Cosatu welcomed Zuma's announcement to pay back some money spent on non-security upgrades at his private home, opposition parties still want him to appear before court. Cosatu said in a statement Zuma's proposal would bring an end to the drawn-out controversy regarding the public protector's report on Nkandla.

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  • Rand flat ahead of US data - Markets

    Johannesburg - South Africa's rand weakened slightly early on Friday, pausing a rally that has seen the unit trade below the crucial 16 rand per dollar mark for three straight sessions as global risk appetite has improved. Stocks were set to open flat at 07h00 GMT, with the JSE securities exchange's Top-40 futures index slipping 0.1 percent. By 06h45 the rand was flat at 15.8995 per dollar, easing off its firmest level in one month after statements from the United States Federal Reserve this week suggested interest rates there would remain lower for longer. Government bonds were also firmer, with the benchmark paper due in 2026 shedding 2 basis points to 9.115 percent. Traders said currency moves

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  • ANCYL slams Makhura reshuffle - Politics

    Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League in Gauteng has broken ranks with the provincial government over Premier David Makhura’s latest reshuffle of his cabinet that saw the return of Paul Mashatile. The Gauteng ANCYL described Mashatile’s return as “unspectacular” and a “recycling of old faces and friends”. The league’s provincial chairman Matome Chiloane described Mashatile’s appointment as “nothing strategic” but a move aimed at “pleasing the ruling cartel”. He said this was a missed opportunity to give space to young people. “He (Mashatile) has been an MEC since 1994, you bring him back in 2016 and you expect us to applaud,” he said on Thursday. “This is a missed opportunity. People can go clap

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  • Pravin utters P-word

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is said to believe there would be huge interest if a 49% stake in the parastatal was offered to the private sector. In a meeting last week of ANC leaders and government officials, he argued for a sale. His proposal has put him in conflict with Eskom boss Brian Molefe, who has begun turning the utility around, a person with knowledge of the discussion said. The minister suggested private shareholders be able to buy as much as 49%, said the insider who did not want to be named. Molefe disagreed, said the insider. The proposal follows Gordhan's recent meeting with business investors and comes ahead of a meeting this week between President Jacob Zuma and big business.

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  • Malema gets taste buds going with ‘derogatory’ curry quip

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s reference to a curry is taking flak for ethnic stereotyping – while stirring up recommendations on where to find the best plate of the spicy dish‚ as South Africans mockingly put a positive spin on it. “We’re not going to allow a South Africa that is sold over a plate of curry‚” Malema said at a press briefing at the EFF headquarters in Johannesburg on Thursday‚ in a reference to the perceived political influence being wielded by the Gupta family. Back in 2013‚ Malema said: “Zuma sold SA out for a plate of curry”. On Twitter‚ @MiaMthombeni said: “The #Guptas are not my fav but #Malema saying SA will not be bought with plate of curry and they must leave SA is disrespectful.

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  • Lesotho drought action plan set in motion

    More than a third of the country's population is affected by the drought and, to deal with it, Lesotho is likely to turn to South Africa for assistance. According to the World Food Programme, Lesotho has set aside R150-million for drought relief but still wants another R345 million. Some of this money is needed for constructing temporary water reservoirs and distributing water. The government said R13-million would go towards health services to deal with water-borne diseases. Of this, R131-million has been set aside to provide potable water. African analyst and scenario strategist Koffi Kouakou said the irony in the situation was that, while Lesotho provides water to South Africa through the

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  • Zimbabwe: Absentee Mothers in the Diaspora

    Recently, a UK based Zimbabwean woman gave her candid views, in a video, on the subject of absentee mothers in the Diaspora, who send their children home to be raised by grandparents. The video went viral and guest blogger Rumbidzai Mugadza gives her view on the subject. Aunt Rhoda's militant stance regarding the perceived deficiencies of parenting in absentia is obviously justifiable and easily understood. It is an undisputed fact that children need their parents. No one would argue with this, but there is another side to the story of absentee mothers. If we take the time to unpack the reasons why a parent might make the heart wrenching decision to send their children away to be raised by someone

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  • Sturridge set to quit Anfield

    London - Daniel Sturridge is ready to quit Liverpool this summer over his fury at criticism questioning his desire to play for the club. Manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken publicly of his frustrations over Sturridge’s fitness and several former Anfield stars have intimated it is time for the club to sign a replacement. Sturridge is fed up at a growing perception that he lacks the hunger to fulfil his potential and believes a clean break is required this summer. The 26-year-old still has two-and-a-half years to run on his £150 000-per-week contract, meaning Liverpool are likely to demand a high price. He has the qualities of a £60million striker, but his fitness record means he is likely to be valued

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Declares 'State of Disaster' As 2.4 Million Face Hunger

    Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has declared the El Niño induced drought a state of national disaster as millions of people face hunger. In a press statement released on Friday by the Local Government Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Mugabe has "declared a State of Disaster in regard to severely affected areas in communal and resettlement lands of Zimbabwe effective from 2 February 2016". The declaration seeks to ensure that urgent priority be given to mobilisation of resources to "alleviate suffering from impacts of drought". Minister Kasukuwere said preliminary indications are that the food insecure population has risen to 2 444 000, or 26% of the population.

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  • Rihanna: I haven't got time for dating

    Rihanna has confirmed she is single and insists she doesn't have time for a ''steady relationship'' at the moment. The 27-year-old singer - who was recently rumoured to have romantically reconciled with Leonardo DiCaprio - confirmed she isn't dating anyone at the moment because there aren't enough hours in the day for her to spend time with a potential partner. She said: ''I'm single right now. And it's not that I'm like, 'Oh, pro single. Yes, I hate men.' I just think that I just have so much on my plate that I can't even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious.'' The Bajan beauty, who released her eighth studio album 'Anti' last week, admitted she cannot even spare

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  • Expropriation Bill sets out process for property grabbing

    The ANC voted in favour of the bill. The DA and UDM voted against it, the IFP abstained and the EFF was absent from proceedings. The bill will now be debated in the National Assembly, and voted upon. If passed, public hearings and a vote in the National Council of Provinces follow. Should the bill be adopted, it will be sent to President Jacob Zuma to sign into law. The bill gives the minister of public works the right to expropriate land for a public purpose [such as building a road or erecting a power line] or in the public interest, for instance to institute land reform. It sets out the law of general application for property expropriation, as required in section 25 of the constitution. The

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