• Outrage over huge Durban mussel-cracker haul - KwaZulu-Natal

    Durban - A photograph of two Durban fishermen with a haul of 10 very big black mussel-crackers has sparked outrage on social media, with calls for both men to be prosecuted and banned by local fishing clubs. The black mussel-cracker (poenskop) is a vulnerable and long-lived fish species whose numbers have crashed by almost 80% in recent times. Licensed anglers are not allowed to catch more than one a day. Now Warner Beach anglers Craig van der Linde and Garth Richardson have been labelled “greedy” (along with some much rougher terms) after the photograph went viral on several social media sites. The fish were said to have been caught near the Aliwal Shoal near Umkomaas. While neither Van der

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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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  • 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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  • Zuma: give me six months to be dictator

    ALL PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa yesterday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations. Zuma

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  • Big electro dance gig comes to town

    Considered one of the biggest electronic dance festivals in the world, the Tomorrowland Unite over-the-top set is reminiscent of Alice's Wonderland, taking fans on a colourful, strobe-lit journey with their favourite dance tunes on rotation for 12 hours on over 15 stages. South Africa's first instalment takes place at the 20000-capacity The Dome in Randburg, northern Johannesburg, on Saturday and will feature local heavyweights DJ Fresh, Roger Goode, Dean Fuel, Timo ODV, Kyle Watson, Household Funk, Ricardo da Costa, Vimo and Chunda Munki. Foreign DJs include Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Afrojack, Nicky Romero and Axwell & Ingrosso, who will link to South Africa through live interactive streaming.

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  • Zuma laughs while SA fumes

    Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma’s laughter is no joke for opposition parties.  While Zuma appeared unperturbed about the reaction his giggling was provoking, MPs pulled no punches. Many took to social media to publicly voice their displeasure at the president's failure to tackle critical issues. The Democratic Alliance was scathing in its criticism of the president’s performance during the Question and Answer session in Parliament. The party tweeted from it’s official account: Meanwhile the Economic Freedom Fighters tweeted that “The country has no president”. Questions about lavish spending, most notably the procurement of a R4 billion presidential jet were left mostly unanswered by the jovial

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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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  • Zuma allies in revolt over Guptas - report

    Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma’s closest political allies this week broke ranks with him over his close ties to the influential Guptas, in a move that has isolated Zuma and laid bare growing hostility in ANC circles to the family, the Sunday Times reported. Although there had long been whispers about the family’s close ties to Zuma and some of his ministers, this week Cosatu and SACP leaders went public with their growing irritation at the influence the Guptas are said to have on some leaders, the newspaper reported on Sunday. The latest development followed a visit to Zurich in December by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who met the CEO of the Glencore mining conglomerate in the

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  • JSE firms slightly after Reserve Bank keeps rates on hold

    THE JSE closed a little firmer in see-saw trade on Thursday after the Reserve Bank kept interest rates unchanged, but revised GDP growth for 2016 downwards to 0%, from 0.6% previously. The stronger rand supported banking shares after the local currency broke through the resistance level of R14.20/$ to R14.1626/$. Platinums led the gains on the day with resources also firming after a sell-off on Wednesday. The JSE was also supported by firmer commodity prices with the gold price having risen 0.72% to $1,324.50 an ounce soon after the bourse closed. Platinum was up 1.23% to $1,096.50 an ounce. Brent crude had softened 0.99% to $46.64 a barrel. The all share closed 0.26% higher at 52,974 points

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe dumps war vets in high stakes gamble

    Last week, in an extraordinary central committee meeting of the ruling party, Robert Mugabe identified a new enemy. This time, it was Zimbabwe’s infamous war veterans that have fallen foul of the Zimbabwean president – despite having done much of his dirty work over the last few decades. Mugabe, apparently without irony, told the Zanu-PF top branch that he was tired of war veterans interfering in politics. “That is dissident behaviour and we will not allow it. It is not your business to talk of who should succeed the president and worse still I am stunned you threatened that unless your wish is fulfilled, there shall be bloodshed.” Mugabe’s comments came shortly after the war veterans’ association

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  • Mourinho tight-lipped on £100m Pogba signing

    SHANGHAI — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted on Thursday the club needed one more signing before the season started, but would not confirm it would be record target Paul Pogba. Media reports in the UK on Wednesday suggested United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had pulled out of the club’s pre-season tour to China so he could meet and agree personal terms with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola. British media reported that United, Woodward and Raiola had negotiated a prospective five-year contract worth £220,000 a week after tax. Mourinho was asked at a news conference in Shanghai whether he could confirm the reports. "I don’t confirm and I don’t deny. I cannot tell you," Mourinho

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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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  • SA suffering more than Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe’s land reform programme, in which land was taken from white farmers, may have left the country in an economic bind, but black Zimbabweans are better off than their South African counterparts, says EFF leader Julius Malema. He was speaking in Mogalakwena, Limpopo, on Tuesday night as he campaigned ahead of the local government elections. The EFF would give Africans land if the party was voted into power, he added. “When we push for land reform, they say we are mad, we want South Africa to be like Zimbabwe, but South Africa is worse than Zimbabwe, because Zimbabweans are suffering with their land in their hands,” said Malema. He said Zimbabwe had the potential to recover after attaining

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  • Is Baleka Mbete haunted by the EFF?

    Port Elizabeth - The Economic Freedom Fighters seem to be haunting National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete beyond Parliament. In a hushed tone, the ANC national chairwoman asked a party supporter: “Who is the EFF mayoral candidate?” Mbete was campaigning for the ruling party at the France informal settlement near KwaZakhele in Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday morning. Her first stop was at the shack of resident Mbongeni Mdolomba, 50, who had lived in the area for the past 22 years. He told Mbete they needed houses and proper electrification. “You guys only come here during election time and disappear once we have voted you into power,” he lamented, looking Mbete in the eye. Deputy mayor Bicks Ndoni

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  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire Is No Saint

    To the world, Evan Mawarire is a hero who stands up to Government, an upright man who represents the downtrodden. His touching story is that he is an honest hardworking Zimbabwean who struggled to raise school fees for his two daughters, leading him into action under the #ThisFlag, Mugabe Must Go Now cam- paign. His emotional breakdown during an interview with Sky News made millions around the world empathise with this poor preacher. At least that is the story that has been sold to the world. What the world has not been told is that Mawarire is a fraudster who collected money from gullible believers in the United Kingdom through his church, only to evade tax. Failure by Mawarire and his wife,

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  • Thuli’s report best captures SABC rot

    Johannesburg - There is no document that better gives a full glimpse into the genesis of the SABC chaos than the public protector’s report, “When Governance and Ethics Fail.” The report dealt with systemic corporate governance failures at public broadcaster’s core - expediency, poor human resources management and a dysfunctional board - which were said to be primarily due to manipulative scheming by the SABC’s chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Thuli Madonsela’s probe followed claims that Motsoeneng lacked the requisite competencies for his post and “manipulated” primarily new boards to have his way and purge colleagues who stood in his way. Madonsela found all these to be true. She

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  • Granddad earns Master's degree at 71 - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A Cape Town grandfather, who has earned his Master’s degree at the age of 71, has now set his sights on starting his PhD studies. Anthony de la Harpe, from Belhar, started his Master’s studies at 68 and graduated with his MA in history from the University of the Western Cape on Thursday. His research centred around a land claim involving a family who had been granted a farm in 1850 and claims that the farm was acquired from them by an English mining company by means that were not above board. De la Harpe said a bad fall on the day he registered for his MA couldn’t stop him in his tracks. “I fell and my leg broke in three places.” He was born in Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape and

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Toyota Zimbabwe Launches New Fortuner

    Toyota Zimbabwe's sales dominance this year is expected to continue with the entry of the latest 2016 Toyota Fortuner. Unveiled in Zimbabwe on Sunday at Donny Brook, the car becomes the Japanese global manufacturer, Toyota's fourth seven seat SUV. The vehicle looks robust and is expected to command respect in the streets because of its macho appeal. The new Toyota Fortuner was launched together with the new Toyota Hilux. The Toyota Fortuner brand has been a favourite within the Zimbabwean circles despite earlier unsubstantiated concerns raised over its lack of balance when travelling at high speeds. A sporty styling, rugged mechanicals, comfortable interior and the reliability that comes associated

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  • TWEET OF THE WEEK: The ANC’s hate factory

    WELCOME to Tweet of the Week. Every Friday I will use this column to hand out an award to one person who has tweeted something of significance. There are no strict rules, only that the tweet in question must offer an important insight, define a debate (notorious or otherwise) or mark an occasion. This week the Tweet of the Week goes to @TheCapeArgus for: Profile: @TheCapeArgus is the official Twitter handle for the Cape Argus newspaper. Its Twitter profile describes the paper as, "Cape Town’s oldest daily newspaper, bringing you the news since 1857". It has about 26k followers. Citation: The final few weeks of almost any South African electoral campaign are defined by one thing: the ANC goes

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