• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mawarire fears he may not go home

    Mawarire inspired the #ThisFlag movement and has become the face of Zimbabwe's recent protests which culminated in a national stayaway that was supported by public servants two weeks ago. They were fiercely put down by Mugabe's government, which detained Mawarire. Mugabe's supporters march against Zimbabwe protests  After charges against him were thrown out, the 39-year-old met Zimbabwean exiles in South Africa to plan their next move. "We have been talking through some of the activities we are doing," Mawarire told The Times. Zimbabwe is again scrambling to find money with which to pay its public servants. The government faced a similar situation last month but this time the army, including

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  • EFF rebel-for-life candidate guns for Polokwane ward

    Len Meyer, an Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) ward councillor candidate for Ward 22 in Polokwane, tells Review Online he has always been a rebel. Born in Pretoria, Len grew up in the town of Komatipoort, in Mpumalanga, and always had the interests of others at heart. Growing up during apartheid, Len never agreed with the old regime and strongly disagreed with oppression. “My father once told me that there was a man locked up in jail (Nelson Mandela) and he is being wrongfully incarcerated and I thought ‘Why would you lock up an innocent man?’, and that is where my consciousness about the plight of others under the apartheid regime started,” he explains. Len says his rebellious nature was stirred

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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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  • Once loyal Zimbabwe war veterans denounce 'dictatorial' Mugabe

    A surge in recent street protests -- the largest in many years in Zimbabwe -- has been triggered by an economic crisis that has left banks short of cash and the government struggling to pay its workers. Child hunger and death rising in Zimbabwe due to drought, charity says  Mugabe, 92, has used his security forces to crush dissent since he came to power in 1980 after leading the liberation war in the 1970s that ended British colonial rule. Mugabe's supporters march against Zimbabwe protests  But a series of rare public demonstrations have revealed deepening anger at the ageing president, who has vowed to stand for re-election in 2018, and the ruling ZANU-PR party. The Zimbabwe National Liberation

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  • Zim's repossessed farms no relief for new owners

    Charles Samuriwo, a farmer from the Odzi area northwest of Mutare city, cannot hide his frustration. As a beneficiary of Zimbabwe's controversial programme to redistribute land taken from white farmers, Samuriwo has been working his tobacco farm since 2001. Today he is struggling because 15 years after taking over the farm, he still has no security of tenure or title deed. Without such collateral, he cannot borrow from a bank to buy machinery or pay for seasonal expenses such as seeds or fertiliser. "As farmers, we have nothing but the land," Samuriwo said. "Financial institutions need a form of security for them to lend us money. We want to invest in irrigation, but without financial support

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  • Newly-engaged Pippa Middleton’s top 5 fashion moments

    Kate Middleton's sister Pippa just got engaged to handsome hedgefund manager, James Matthews. We have put together our top 5 fashion moments from the world's most stylish socialite. 1 Match point! Pippa is 'blooming' at Wimbledon in this gorgeous peony-printed dress by designer Suzannah. 2 Perfect pose! Pippa promotes her first book "Celebrate", on the subject of party planning wearing a classic tweed Stella McCartney dress with black suede heels. 3 Pippa Middleton arrives on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London with a trendsetting two-piece monochrome outfit. She rounded off the look with aviator sunglasses and a small white clutch. 4 Excuse my trench! Pippa leaves after

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  • Is Malema above the law?

    Police have to be commended for dealing decisively with the unlawful occupation of the office of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela this week by members of the newly formed Black First, Land First (BLF) led by former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Andile Mngxitama. Some of the issues being raised by Mngxitama are legitimate, but there is absolutely no justification for the unlawful manner in which the group aired their grievances. The lawlessness witnessed at Madonsela’s office is part of a disturbingly growing culture of South Africans to engage in unlawful conduct, instead of peaceful protest – a right guaranteed by our constitution. In most cases, law enforcement agencies have been caught off-guard, as witnessed in Pretoria and Vuwani recently, where public property worth hundreds of millions of rands went up in smoke.

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  • Med school race quotas questioned

    Durban - The dreams of hundreds of matriculants with ‘A’ aggregate passes to study medicine are dashed by the limited places on offer at universities. And some say the race- based quota system, which gives enrolment priority to many under-performers, patronises such candidates. Doctors believe tertiary institutions should be encouraging the previously disadvantaged to raise their academic standards instead of accepting mediocre matric results and offering enrolment over academic high achievers. Former Miss India South Africa and Miss India Worldwide, Dr Kajal Lutchminarian, 27, said it baffled her how matriculants with average marks continued to be accepted into medical schools. Lutchminarian,

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  • Tempers flare as principal bars Radebe from entering East London school

    A bossy East London school governing body member came to Jeff Radebe’s rescue on Thursday after the school’s head barred the Minister in the Presidency and his entourage from entering the premises. Lumanyano Primary’s acting school principal Wendy Kuse told Radebe’s entourage that they would not be allowed to campaign within the school grounds as the school was apolitical. The drama unfolded in Phumlani village near East London airport. Radebe was one of many senior ANC leaders who took the party’s campaign trail to the Buffalo City Metro where the party is trying to lure votes away from independent candidates from within its ranks. Lumanyano Primary School children were enjoying their lunch

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  • Segolela released by Stars

    Tlou Segolela headlined the list of players leaving Platinum Stars ahead of the new season. Stars announced their new signings on Thursday and also revealed the list of players that will no longer be with the North West based team next season.

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  • Ndlozi, Malema team up against Manamela on Twitter

    As August 3 approaches, political parties have been making all-out efforts in a bid to convince people to vote for them. The Citizen previously compared the parties’ election ads, asking readers which party has the best. Recently, the DA used Nelson Mandela in their campaigns, receiving a backlash from the ruling party, saying the party was showing desperation. However, the DA defended its decision, saying: “Mandela belongs to us all”. In a funny twist, Club 808 last month had Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Mayihlome Tshwete and Bongani Baloyi go against each other in a dance-off. Watch video below to refresh your memory: Recently, it was Ndlozi and Julius Malema against Buti Manamela in a hilarious exchange

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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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  • Former minister slams ANC

    Durban - The founding secretary of Cosatu and a former minister in Nelson Mandela’s cabinet, Jay Naidoo, said the people needed to reclaim their power from the leaders. Addressing the Kendra Business Forum in Durban on Tuesday night, Naidoo said it was “time to reclaim that power” and slammed the ANC, saying it had lost its moral compass. “When a system gets corrupt at the top, what does it inspire at the bottom? It’s about me, my dreams, it’s about my individualism, it’s about my success. That’s something we’ve lost, success being success of the community, solidarity and praying for my neighbour, I think that’s where we’ve got to revert to as society and take some tough stands. “We have given

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  • Pirates place Myeni, Majoro on transfer list

    New Orlando Pirates boss Muhsin Ertugral has begun his “clean-sweeping” at the Buccaneers, with two former Bafana Bafana players among a group of six players who were transfer-listed on Thursday. Former Wits star Sifiso Myeni, as well as ex-Kaizer Chiefs striker Lehlohonolo Majoro are the two high-profile names who are being let go by Pirates under the new Ertugral regime. The Turkish coach replaced Eric Tinkler at the start of the off-season and has promised to reinvigorate Pirates to return them to their former glory after a trophyless 2015/16 season. They ended in a disappointing seventh position in the Absa Premiership, and the closest that the Soweto giants got to silverware came in the

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  • Give back Zimbabwe’s bird!

    Zimbabwe needs all the help it can get, so if it believes a mythical sculpture can bring fortune, we should return it, writes Shannon Ebrahim. Julius Malema, I have a new slogan for you: Give Back the Bird! Many Zimbabweans believe that their country will never experience good fortune or return to its former glory until its eight mythical soapstone birds are reunited. There has never been a time when Zimbabwe was in greater need of good fortune. The country was just listed as the poorest country in Africa with a per capita income of $200 (R2 965), compared to that of Mauritius, which is $21 700, according to the Africa 2016 Wealth Report released this week. This is the country of the Great Zimbabwe

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