• Mourinho tells friends Man United job is his

    The former Chelsea boss told friends & associates he would replace Louis van Gaal at the end of the season. Manchester United Jose Mourinho Louis van Gaal Mourinho Jose Mourinho sacked from Chelsea 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

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  • South Africa: All SA Wants for SONA Is Zuma's Resignation

    All South Africans want to hear during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address is "I am retiring", non-governmental organisation Accountability Now said on Wednesday. Zuma's credibility was at an all-time low, its director Paul Hoffman told reporters in Cape Town. However, Zuma would neither resign nor retire on his own as he was too compromised and too protected. "But the interests of the country would be served if he resigned," he said. Hoffman said the main problem was lack of confidence in the president as a result of "Nenegate" and the "flip-flop on Nkandla". Zuma axed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December, replacing him with relatively unknown ANC member and former Merafong

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  • Bonang Matheba now a global brand

    Bonang Matheba is making waves all over Africa and the rest of the world. Being nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award and named the new face of E-Africa. On Wednesday the TV and radio personality announced on an Instagram post that she’s been nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters’ Merit Award in the African Broadcaster of the Year: People’s Choice category. This is following the announcement the she is the host of E-Africa, which falls under the E! Entertainment family. Bonang has been open about her plans to expand her brand into the rest of the world and shes doing it.  Bonang’s hustle is on point. Also on Connect: #Sona2016: Expectation for Zuma to resign remains high #CouplesWorkOut

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  • Cyber-crime: SA the most targeted on the continent

    Cisco Annual Security report said that “today’s attackers launch more sophisticated‚ bold and resilient campaigns”. Greg Griessel‚ Consulting Systems Engineer Security Solutions at Cisco South Africa‚ said: “Cyber criminals are getting smarter and employing a number of personalised tactics‚ which places businesses at greater risk. 92% of business leaders agree that regulators and investors will expect companies to manage cyber-security risk exposure. These leaders need to essentially increase measures to secure their organizations’ future‚ particularly as they digitize their operations.” Griessel believes that an understanding of the tactics employed by cyber criminals is an absolute necessity.

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Backs Neither of Rival Factions, but Mnangagwa Mauled By Grace Ally

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe met with his bickering lieutenants for a marathon 10 hours on Wednesday and, going by the statement issued at the end of the gathering, the veteran leader chose not to back either of the two rival Zanu PF factions. But in the one-upmanship contest between the group reportedly rallying behind vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and the G40 faction said to back First Lady Grace Mugabe, the latter group might have reason to brag. War veterans showed no fight after threatening to block claimed G40 man, Jonathan Moyo, from attending; the higher education minister turned up to no incident. Again, Grace and top ally Kasukuwere brought to party headquarters hundreds of supporters

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mbete's bumbling advocate admits Parliament was wrong in Nkandla matter

    National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's lawyer Lindi Nkosi-Thomas gained instant fame on social media after she fumbled through her submissions in the Nkandla matter in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. She raised her voice, used dramatic hand gestures, and occasionally stood in silence before the judges after they asked her questions. Her demeanour and comments even amused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who laughed when Nkosi-Thomas made a comment about her powers. Nkosi-Thomas was asked if the National Assembly had erred in how it approached the remedial action recommended by Madonsela in her report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. "Did the National Assembly

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  • Nigeria: A Dozen and One Things to Embarrass Buhari

    Shortly before he jetted out to London on a well-deserved recess, Sai Baba's reaction to invigorated Boko Haram attacks was that the insurgents were trying to embarrass his government. That is the whole truth. Candidate Muhammadu Buhari's promise to end the insurgency in three months should not have been taken literally. It is a reality of life that when politricians make promises, they do so only to woo the electorate for their votes. So, let us pretend that Sai Baba did not condemn the lacklustre attitude of President Jones or vilify him for missing the road to Chibok on governance GPS until votes were needed. Everyday, militicians make additions to the political lexicon. We were trying to

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  • Messi, Suarez, Neymar left out of Copa del Rey semi-final

    Barcelona’s star attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were all left out of coach Luis Enrique’s squad for their Copa del Rey semi-final, second-leg against Gary Neville’s Valencia on Wednesday with Barca already leading 7-0. Messi underwent treatment on kidney stones which affected his participation in the Club World Cup last month on Monday and Tuesday, but is expected to be fit to face Celta Vigo on Sunday. Suarez, who scored four times in the first-leg, and Neymar have been rested along with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique as Enrique takes advantage of the dead rubber amongst a hectic schedule, which sees Barca play six games in the next 18 days.

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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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  • VIDEO:What went down at the #PayBackTheMoney March

    #PayBackTheMoney is what most of the country has been going on about since President Zuma and his Nkandla home become known the public. The EFF took part in a march which addressed all there feelings about Mr President Zuma and the Guptas. The members all met at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newton and proceeded to march to the Constitutional court where they forcefully attempted to enter the court. Julius Malema, the president of the party asked his followers to remain peaceful and allow the court to proceed. See here: Here’s a short video as to what happened on the day. Also on Connect:

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  • South Africa: Protests After Cape Town Cops Nab 'Machine Gun Gangster'

    The arrest of a suspected gangster found with an Uzi sub-machine gun and ammunition near Bishop Lavis on Wednesday morning sparked a protest by some residents. Western Cape police said they arrested the man for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. They profiled the man and believed that he was linked to the 28s gang. "However this [arrest] sparked an uprising within the community that supports the activities of these gangsters," said police spokesperson FC van Wyk. He said some residents threw stones at police officers and passers-by. The protest led to Robert Sobukwe Road being closed at the intersections of Valhalla Drive and the N2, according to traffic services spokesperson Maxine

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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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  • Gaddafi billions found in SA

    The Sunday Times has established that Libyan investigators have already met top government officials to discuss locating, securing and repatriating the loot brought here by Gaddafi and his children. The investigators believe there is evidence of more than $1-billion in cash, gold and diamonds being held by four banks and two security companies in South Africa. It could be the largest haul of Libyan assets found until now, although it is only a fraction of the estimated $80-billion of Gaddafi's foreign assets. It has been established that the Libyans: Met President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on December 10 2012; Held a follow-up meeting with Zuma at Nkandla on April 20, which was also attended by

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  • No Afrikaans, no cake

    The "ban" is part of the group's #RedAfrikaans [save Afrikaans] campaign, intended to highlight the need for the retention of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at universities. "We will launch events such as the affirmative action cake-sale to illustrate the unfairness of the [universities] language policy," said AfriForum Youth spokesman Ian Cameron. "Cake will be sold only to Afrikaans-speakers." The debate about the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at some universities gained momentum in November when the University of Stellenbosch announced the language would be dropped as a primary language of instruction. Critics of the use of Afrikaans claim it racially excludes students,

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  • 'Jiba under fire for handling of high-profile cases'

    The second most powerful person at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been castigated by the courts for her handling of high-profile cases, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday. The Democratic Alliance (DA) was arguing in support of its application to have Nomgcobo Jiba suspended pending an inquiry into her fitness to hold office. The opposition political party took the matter to court because it believes President Jacob Zuma’s decision not to suspend her, in light of serious and repeated judicial criticism, was patently unlawful and irrational. Advocate Sean Rosenberg told the court that former NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana was confronted with three judgments in a short period of time, castigating Jiba.

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  • Alleged Islamic State Recruiter Arrested in Nigeria

    Nigeria: DSS Arrests Isis Recruiter in Nigeria Guardian, 9 February 2016 The Department of State Service on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 400-level student of Federal University of Technology, Minna, for being the operational arrowhead of the ... read more » Nigeria: DSS Arrests Alleged Isis Recruiter in Kano, Others Vanguard, 9 February 2016 The Department State Services (DSS), has announced the arrest of one Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa, alleged to be a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). read more » Nigeria: Terrorism - DSS Arrest Isil Recruiter in Kano Daily Trust, 9 February 2016 The Department of State Services (DSS) said it has arrested an alleged Islamic State of

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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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