• Limpopo premier an ‘enemy’ of the ANCYL - Politics

    Johannesburg- The national leadership of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) is gunning for the provincial chairman, Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha. Cracks are becoming more pronounced ahead of the local government elections due to take place on August 3. Mathabatha has been dubbed “the enemy” and described as “autocratic” by the ANCYL who urged him to refrain from “marginalising” them in Limpopo. He has ruffled the feathers by snubbing ANCYL provincial chairman Vincent Shoba to become the mayoral candidate of Tubatse, soon to be merged with Fetakgomo to become a metro. ANCYL national secretary Njabulo Bhekamanzuza Nzuza has accused Mathabatha of taking a decision to pronounce Chorus Phokwane ahead

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  • Controversy brews for Semenya once again

    Star athlete Caster Semenya could be heading for another storm as she chases a possible double gold at the Rio Olympics in August, and it seems there is little anyone can do to prevent the controversy, least of all the athlete. This week at the African Athletics Championships in Durban, Semenya has shown she has returned to world-beating form with an easy victory in the 1 500m on Friday, with a personal best of 4.01.99. On Saturday she followed that with a win in the 800m heats and will run that final on Sunday. But while Cape Town’s Ross Tucker, an internationally respected sports scientist, is confident Semenya will cruise to gold in the women’s 800m in Rio, possibly with a world record time,

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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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  • Miss SA, Siba and more team up against hunger

    Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana, Miss SA Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega had their sleeves up as they helped pack 10 million meals for Stop Hunger Now challenge at Carnival City, Johannesburg. On Tuesday, the newly appointed Global Ambassador for Food Sustainability, Siba radiated with excitement as spoke about her involvement with the Stop Hunger Now campaign for Mandela Day. “One of the main reasons why I have decided to join Stop Hunger Now is because once upon a time while I was still at primary school, I was once a beneficiary of people who decided to, out of the goodness of their hearts, package meals (lunch) for us at school,” said Mtongana. ”That is why when Saira Khan (CEO of Stop Hunger Now) said Siba we want you as our brand ambassador, I said ‘I will clear my schedule’ because, what better way to do that which was done to for me when I was young,  for young people now?

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  • Found in SA … Libya’s trillions

    Johannesburg - The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya. What could be the world’s largest cash pile is stored in palettes at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria. The Libyan billions have led to a Hawks investigation into possible violation of exchange controls as well as international interests from the UN and the US. It has also led to heightened interest in the local and international intelligence community

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  • God gave us a gift, says Gugu Zulu's mom

    While thousands of fans across the country are mourning an icon who touched the lives of many through his contribution to sport- his family are mourning the loss of a son, husband, father and brother. Speaking for the first time since the death of Zulu, his parents have praised the impact their son had on people. In an interview with eNCA Zulu's dad, Peter Zulu, said that the family take solace in knowing the athlete died doing what he loved. Twitter wages war on Dineo Ranaka after 'rude' matric dance dress snub  "I was his number one fan and to me it's a great loss, it's really a great loss," he said. A shattered Peter recalled his final moments with Zulu before the athlete left for Mount Kilimanjaro.

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  • Twitter responds to Zuma's 'blessing' of Fransman

    A picture by photographer Esa Alexander of Fransman taking a selfie with President Jacob Zuma - used on the front page of the Cape Town edition of The Times on Friday - sparked ironic ripostes. Fransman wore an ANC leather jacket that matched Zuma's when he joined the party leader on the campaign trail in the Cape Flats on Thursday‚ his first ANC event since he agreed to step aside for allegedly sexually harassing his assistant. ‘Women sexually harassed by ANC big wigs don’t get justice’: EFF  ANC national executive committee member and elections head Nomvula Mokonyane told reporters in Philippi that Fransman was back in his old job and "the issues have been resolved".  Is he back in the ANC

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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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  • Pogba’s not worth £86m - Scholes

    Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has questioned whether the club should pay a world-record fee for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, saying the 23-year-old is not in the same bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. United have been negotiating with Juventus over the transfer of Pogba, who is a top target for new manager Jose Mourinho, according to media reports in Britain. Scholes was Pogba's team mate when the latter was a teenager at United and feels despite his obvious talent, the France international has a long way to go before he can stake his claim as one of the world's top players and command a record fee. “He was a very talented young player, I played with

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  • NSFAS, Sars unite to track student debtors

    Johannesburg - Tax authorities are helping to track down former students who owe billions on their National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) loans. This means that when former students are employed and start paying tax, it will be harder for them to dodge repaying loans. On Friday, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) issued a notice allowing its officials to hand over certain taxpayer information to the NSFAS. This doesn't mean handing over their tax records but it does allow Sars to provide information to help the NSFAS trace them. It includes the taxpayers’ names and tax numbers; any identifying number which would include an ID number, addresses and contact details; and their employers’

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  • Man arrested for possessing unlicensed firearm

    A 44-year-old suspect has been arrested in Tafelsig‚ Cape Town‚ on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm. Western Cape police spoksman Captain FC van Wyk said that at about 10.55pm on Friday night‚ Mitchells Plain Crime Prevention Unit members had received a complaint about a firearm being kept at a premises in Lebombo street in Tafelsig. “Upon searching the premises members found a 303 hunting rifle hidden under a mattress.The rifle was wrapped in cellotape. A 44-year-old was arrested on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm.  “The suspect is due to appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court on Monday on the said charges‚” Van Wyk said.

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  • Analysis: South Africa can, and must, act to prevent a disaster in Zimbabwe

    HARARE – Activists and opposition groups in Zimbabwe are rightly proud of their recent efforts to resist the repressive regime led by President Robert Mugabe. It’s not every day in Harare that thousands of ordinary citizens gather in defiance outside the city’s Magistrate’s Court, forcing a usually-pliant magistrate to uphold the law through the sheer force of their collective will. They deserve to celebrate Pastor Evan Mawarire’s release, and the huge publicity generated by the #ThisFlag campaign. But they are also the first to admit that this unprecedented public action against the government is driven foremost by a factor completely out of their control: the economy. To cut a long and convoluted

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  • Pokemon Go: What it is, where to get it and when it's coming to SA

    Pokemon Go is a recently released free-to-play Android and IOS game based on the hit console turn-based strategy game series Pokemon. In the game you run around capturing Pokémon‚ which are monsters that you can train up and use to battle other people‚ using Pokeballs. Despite the fact that the mobile game currently suffers from having a much weaker battle system than the console titles‚ it allows you to capture your monsters “in real life” – giving you the chance to find them in the streets of your home town using your smartphone tracking your location using its GPS. The main appeal of the game is going out into the world to collect the different monsters‚ as opposed to the more strategically focused main line of titles.

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  • Freedom Charter wrong

    That was the message Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema gave at an election rally in Newcastle at the weekend. Eyewitness News reported that he said the Freedom Charter – which states: “restrictions of land ownership on a racial basis shall be ended‚ and all the land redivided amongst those who work it” - was problematic. “If we say that South Africa belongs to whites too it means we are defeating what our forefathers were fighting for‚” the site quoted Malema as saying. South Africa would be boring without white people: Julius Malema  “These whites found us here and not one of them came with a piece of land in their pockets.” “So‚ if you see a piece of land 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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  • 'Fatigue killed doctor'

    She crashed on her way home from Paarl Hospital on Friday after working a shift of at least 24 hours. The young doctor, who qualified in 2008, was described as someone who went out of her way to help others. Markwat veered into oncoming traffic on the N1 in Paarl in an accident that killed three others. The police have not said what caused the accident but doctors believe working long hours was almost certainly to blame. Markwat worked in the obstetric unit of Paarl Hospital, where interns last year complained to the Junior Doctors' Association of SA about overly long shifts. Legally, a doctor's shift can be 30 hours but many doctors said they worked an average of 300 hours a month. Safe Working

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  • Google honours South African teen for experiment using orange peels

    She is now in line to be one of sixteen global finalists and will travel to the Google headquarters in California for the award ceremony. The finals are in September. Kiara Nirghin‚ from St Martin's High School in Johannesburg‚ decided to tackle the drought affecting Southern Africa and has come up with a revolutionary way of keeping crops hydrated for longer‚ at a much lower cost. Using orange peels and avocado skins‚ the teen has managed to create a material‚ that can hold hundreds of times its weight in water‚ in the soil. This super absorbent polymer then acts as a water reservoir in the earth. By saving water this way‚ her idea - which she titled 'No More Thirsty Crops' - could have a massive

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  • New Zambian leader will have to make copper glisten for all

    Whoever wins the election will have to reinvigorate the economy, which is under serious strain following the collapse of the copper price, writes Claude Kabemba. Zambians go to the polls to elect a new president on August 11. The country is celebrated as a beacon of democracy on the continent, yet the election campaign is being marred by political intimidation and sporadic violence. There is great expectation that the poll will be free and fair and the results will be accepted by all parties. I have no doubt Zambians will rise to the challenge. But the big question everybody has avoided is how the party that wins can reinvigorate the economy, which is under serious strain following the collapse

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  • Thermal power plant a first for Africa

    Concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) is able to store solar power generated during day. The company already has two operational photovoltaic solar power plants in the Northern Cape, namely Jasper, which generates 96MW of energy, and Lesedi, which generates 75MW. Addressing the media during an energy tour in the Northern Cape recently, vice-president of SolarReserve Terence Govender said construction on the $1 billion (R14.9bn) Redstone project was expected to start in September. “SolarReserve’s three solar projects have seen the investment of billions of dollars of foreign capital into the Northern Cape and include investors like IEC, PIC Standard Bank, Nedbank and Old Mutual,” Govender said.

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  • From DJ to 'terror twin'

    Brother and sister Ibrahim and Fatima Patel were charged with illegal possession of explosives and ammunition relating to the alleged terror plot. Hours after the four appeared in two separate Johannesburg courts yesterday, family and friends spoke to The Times about how the twins apparently began leading double lives. The 24-year-old Thulsie brothers, in grey hooded tracksuits under black thawbs, appeared crestfallen in the dock of the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on three charges relating to terrorism. The twins' provisional charge sheet states that, between April 2015 and July 8 2016, they allegedly "conspired to commit the crime of terrorism by planning to cause explosions at a Mission of the United States of America and Jewish institutions".

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