• ANC: Divided. Confused. No plan. (Except in Gauteng)

    The gravity pull of the centre of the ANC has been weakening for nearly two decades. In some ways, it is a myth that it has always had deep roots among the people in all parts of the nation. That is not to dispute the place it may have had in people’s hearts, but merely to point out that it did not have formal structures on the ground in most places. Its powerful branch structure did not exist in the 1980s. When Nelson Mandela came to power, big decisions could be made easily at the centre. Since then the centre was hollowed out in favour of the provinces. Still, there was a coherence to the structure, a set of rules were followed, a direction in which the whole body was moving. In the last three

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  • Mom heard crash then found son in wreck of £1m Ferrari - World News

    London - It was a dream come true for any teenage boy – the offer of a ride in a rare £1.2 million Ferrari. But seconds after Alexander Worth, 13, climbed into the 200mph supercar he was dead. The Ferrari – driven by the owner of a car storage company Alexander was visiting with his mother – had crashed into a wooden fence. The boys’s mother heard the crash and rushed to the scene, but there was nothing she could do to save her son. Police are investigating how the red Ferrari F50, which was due to be auctioned at Sotherby’s, came to leave a rural access road near Hook, Hampshire. The driver, Matthew Cobden, 37, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Alexander lived with his older brother

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  • DA Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba to sell Pikitup

    The new DA mayor, Herman Mashaba, might remove these mugshots of his bruised enemies. Or he might retain them as a motivational tool. But he has far tougher calls to make. During an interview with Sunday Times on Day Two of his new life, he's in a jubilant mood, and not above gloating. "The critics wrote me off from day one. Nobody gave me a chance. Where am I sitting right now? Here I am." The critics won't back off, however. The ANC will obstruct him in any way they can. The EFF will gouge concessions on every budget, every bylaw. "Die poppe sal dans [The fat will be in the fire]," warned EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi this week, if they think DA policies betray the black poor. Analysts will

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  • Nike pays tribute to Caster Semenya

    Creative collaboration lies at the heart of Arcade Content’s brand philosophy, as was demonstrated beautifully in Unlimited Fight. The idea for the film comes from a long journey between Nike South Africa, their agency Design Futura and Arcade’s co-founder and director Lebogang Rasethaba, who played a key role in developing the delicate tonal and conceptual foundation of the piece. From there, Arcade director Kyle Lewis entered the mix to bring his stylistic and emotional sensibilities to the film, resulting in something the company is deeply proud of - a tribute to Caster that garnered over 500 000 views in the space of a weekend, with Caster herself being proud enough to share it on her social media. Arcade’s co-founder and producer William Nicholson had the task of steering the production from start to finish within the course of five days.

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  • ‘We never expected Sipho Pityana to stoop so low’

    “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” On Friday the ANCYL said: “We expect former leaders of our government and structures to allow those that are currently in charge and elected a space to govern and lead. “In a case of any advice being ... given, we expect such to be done in a comradely and respectful manner. These comrades, who chose a funeral service to vent their anger and frustration, should have known better that African value systems and

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  • Joburg will never be the same again

    The ANC were hit hard by the Monday blues with the help of a vengeful red tide, writes Madala Thepa. Johannesburg - It was always going to be a day of reckoning at City Hall in Joburg. The shock demise of the ANC-ruled Joburg council made it extraordinarily hard and painful - heartless even - as technology, the producer of speed, began to announce their defeat. The precarious start and countless disruptions at the ballot booths, whether to have the vote secret or not - personal choice versus what the rule book says - only made it worse. As the night drew to a close, outgoing mayor Parks Tau could no longer contain himself. He broke down in tears in the city hall’s foyer and minutes later left

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  • Mezam man of God arrested for impregnating two sisters

    Pastor kokih Emmanuel of the Cross Over Ministry located in kedjom kekuh, Tubah sub division in Mezam in the North West region has been arrested and remanded in custody for impregnating two sisters. The senior of the girls, 18 year old Akombom Marie Claire is 6 months pregnant while her younger sister Brenda Nyingmah, 14, is 3 months pregnant for the said pastor. Pastor Kokih Emmanuel, 29, after police interrogation accepted all the allegations and charges brought against him. The parents of the sexually abused girls have pleaded with the CPDM government to help them get fair justice for the man of God. Source: Cameroon Intelligence Report

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  • Dead! 5 celebs Malema absolutely nailed

    AKA It's no secret that AKA is firmly ANC, and when the ANC won 43% of the vote in Johannesburg, he celebrated. AKA responds to Malema's 'druggie' remarks: I'm honoured  So when Malema said, "A druggie was saying 'we won Joburg' kere [I said] yoh, drugs are dangerous. These artists, the way he's so innocent, he took nyaope and thought 43% is winning. He thinks it's simple like that," he continued, adding that a "drunkard minister retweeted the druggie." AKA responded, by saying he was honoured. “If Julius is indeed referring to me, man what a day!! With everything on his plate, and he still has time to think of me?! I'm honoured,” AKA tweeted. Kelly Khumalo Afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo has proven

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves, says Gordhan

    A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle. "He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance," said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in Pretoria on Friday afternoon. "He said we didn't think what happened to Nhlanhla Nene could happen, but it happened," said another source. A third source said: "He said this is part of a bigger political battle. Don't be surprised if me and the deputy minister [Mcebisi Jonas] are removed this weekend". Gordhan

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  • Listen: Zuma 'raping government of every last cent', says Gareth Cliff

    Cliff's comments come after it emerged that Gordhan had been summoned to appear before the Hawks on Thursday about allegations related to his role in the formation and activities of the so-called "rogue unit" set up when he was head of the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan, who has maintained that the setting-up of the unit was above board and had ministerial approval, said on Wednesday afternoon that he would not be complying with the summons as advised by his legal team. Euphonik, Boity and Thembisa Mdoda to 'tell-all' on new show  Weighing in on the debate surrounding the issue, Cliff levelled accusations against Zuma claiming the president is trying to "escape with as much money as he can from

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  • Adele wanted for KUWTK

    The Kardashians want Adele to appear on their reality TV show. Adele Keeping Up With the Kardashians LOS ANGELES - The Kardashians want Adele to appear on their reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The reality TV family are huge fans of the singer and are desperate to have her over for dinner so that she can appear on the family reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but Adele isn't so keen. A source told the Sunday Mirror: "Kendall Jenner has been pushing for her to come to dinner as she is smitten by her. She loves her talent and thinks she is a really funny woman. "And now the family are on board, Kris Jenner feels it would be amazing for Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Panics As Soldiers Rampage

    Uniformed soldiers on Friday night emptied Harare's night clubs and ruthlessly attacked people on the streets after police triggered violent protests in the capital earlier in the day as President Robert Mugabe's government fought to suppress dissent against his rule. Zimbabwe's 18 opposition parties including former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had obtained a High Court order barring police from interfering with their intended demonstration. The parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition for Democrats wanted to protest against unfair electoral laws and systems, but were violently blocked by the police; minutes after the High Court had okayed the event.

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  • Now, Hawks take aim at Gerrie Nel

    Johannesburg - Controversial Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is gunning for top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is largely credited with ensuring Oscar Pistorius was convicted for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Ntlemeza is understood to be implicating Nel in the controversy over the alleged “rogue” unit at the South African Revenue Service. The Sunday Independent has been told that the Hawks have launched a probe into Nel for possible contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. It is alleged he approved a payment of R1.5 million to a member of the unit to install spying equipment in the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices. Nel scored a major victory when the Constitutional Court

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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • Chilling details of Rohde murder - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - Shocking details about the suspected murder of real estate mogul Jason Rohde’s wife have emerged, with a post-mortem suggesting she was strangled and smothered, before injuries were inflicted on her neck post-death. A pathologist also believes Susan Rohde, 47, died around 5.40am on July 24, it was heard in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court on Friday. These findings contradict what Rohde and his defence team insist happened - that Susan committed suicide by hanging herself after 7am that morning. Rohde, the now-suspended national chief executive of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, is accused of murdering Susan at Spier wine estate, where they were staying for a company

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  • No hope for SA universities: Jansen

    Jansen said that history would show that the turning point in the destruction of South African universities was when President Jacob Zuma‚ despite Minister Blade Nzimande's position of a 6% fee increase‚ announced a 0% increase for the 2016 academic year in order "to get the kids out of the union buildings". "In the meantime‚ the political situation has caught up with us such that‚ it is now impossible to ask for anything in terms of a fee increase and that is our dilemma." Jansen also offered insights into the moment he decided to step down – after receiving a WhatsApp message at 2.30am – and the personal strain endured by other vice-chancellors who are grappling with financial constraints at

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  • Trump buys SA Inc for R3bn

    Afbekistan - US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has bought out all of South Africa for R3 billion, sources close to the deal say. The move comes as Trump’s hopes of winning the next election in the United States, set for later this year, fade. The multi-billionaire, whose net worth is pegged at $4 billion - or around R59 trillion - is said to have met with President Jacob Zuma earlier this month in a bid to secure SA Inc. His purchase of all of SA comes in the midst of several probes into the so-called state capture saga in which the Gupta family is alleged to have offered several government ministers high-profile positions and also to have abused their close ties with Zuma. This

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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • The Big Read: For want of a few good men

    It's hard to get good free advice these days but because I like both Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe I am going to give them some. Free, gratis, for nothing. They can use it or they can discard it. Up to them. But they must not feel bad when I point a finger at them in January 2018 and say: "I told you so." I am giving them this advice because wherever I go now people ask about Ramaphosa. They ask what his game plan is and, if he is really such a great leader, why doesn't he raise his voice while the movement he belongs to is falling apart? Where is he when men of integrity such as Mcebisi Jonas and Pravin Gordhan are being harassed and targeted by thugs?

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  • Show me any other PSL coach who is not under pressure

    An inability to put the ball in the back of the net lies at the heart of the growing crisis at Kaizer Chiefs‚ says captain Itumeleng Khune after they were bundled out of the MTN8 on Friday night. Chiefs lost 1-0 to new PSL team Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium‚ downed by a Matthew Sim goal in the seventh minute. A second defeat in the matter of four days means Chiefs have now won only once in their last 14 competitive matches since February in a poor run of form unprecedented in the club’s history. “We are trying everything we can. The coach is planning well‚ he’s training us well‚ he’s preparing us well‚ we just can’t score goals. I think that’s where the problem is‚” explained Khune. “We

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