• 6 cows, R7.8m for Zuma, no bull

    When President Jacob Zuma visited the community of Letlhabile, just outside Brits in North West yesterday, he was looking for ANC votes in next week’s municipal elections, but he may have stumbled on a solution to his personal financial woes. The local business forum were so pleased with his presence they presented the president with a gift of six cows and offered to pay the R7.8 million Nkandla bill the Constitutional Court slapped on him. Yesterday, the people of Madibeng Municipality, beset by water shortages amid other service delivery problems, made Zuma, in town to address a Siyanqoba mini-rally as the campaigning for next week’s elections wraps up, an offer he would find hard to refuse. Zuma dedicated more than half of his speech to history lessons, in an effort to stop the local community from abandoning the ANC.

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  • R699 car buyers out on their own now

    Many are venting on the Facebook group “I have been done in by ‘Drive a New Car From R699 per month’”, some going so far as to question the competency and integrity of the judge in the matter, without having read the judgment. The application was found to be flawed in several respects, starting with the fact that the PE court doesn’t have jurisdiction because none of the respondents are based in the Eastern Cape. INFORMATION MANIPULATED A few 699-ers do indeed have evidence that the information they gave Satinsky about their personal finances was manipulated in order for them to pass the banks’ affordability tests – as revealed in Consumer Watch in recent weeks. But, unfortunately, in the case

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  • Guptas' opulent mansion irks neighbours - Gauteng

    THE STAR City of Joburg officials are seen entering the Gupta residence in Saxonwold to investigate the complaints. Johannesburg - It’s four floors of luxury that might be empty, but it’s still causing ructions with the neighbours. On Wednesday, the battle between the Gupta family and irate residents of Saxonwold over an “illegally built” mansion that was allegedly devaluing the upmarket Joburg suburb raged on, with City of Joburg officials stepping in to conduct their own inspections. Joining officials during the inspection of the multimillion- rand property was a lawyer representing the Gupta family as well as urban planner Craig Pretorius, who was representing residents belonging to the Saxonwold and Parkwood Residents Association.

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  • Paris Hilton gushes over Black Coffee

    South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande took a swipe at the Democratic Alliance on Saturday saying that the party had been described by former president Nelson Mandela himself as a “party of white bosses and black stooges” and asked why the party...

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  • Zimbabwe: U.S $3 Billion Beitbridge-Chirundu Highway Project Stinks Graft

    THE long-awaited dualisation of the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway now estimated to cost US$3 billion -- a dramatic price escalation from the initial US$2 billion - has moved a step closer after the dodgy companies awarded the project began meetings in Harare this week to seal final agreements with government. The project was awarded to Chinese firm China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), which was blacklisted by the World Bank for fraud and corruption. Austrian company Geiger International, which specialises in military equipment not construction, will finance the project. CHEC, a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) Limited, has attracted controversy in Uganda and several other countries for shady deals.

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  • 'All whites must be hacked and killed'

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party was looking into a matter that allegedly involves one of its members. A screenshot bearing what appears to be the name of EFF member Thabo Mabotja is making the rounds on social media. In the screenshot are the words “All white people must be hacked and killed”. Mabotja could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the matter. The Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) was also reportedly trying to contact him to summon him for an official investigation, but could also not locate him on Thursday. Ndlozi said the party was aware of the incident, but they were still looking into the factuality

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  • Guptas' opulent mansion irks neighbours

    Joining officials during the inspection of the multimillion- rand property was a lawyer representing the Gupta family as well as urban planner Craig Pretorius, who was representing residents belonging to the Saxonwold and Parkwood Residents Association. Central to the dispute is whether the Guptas got the required municipal planning permissions for alterations to the property. The association complained that the large four-storey building was infringing on their privacy as those in the Gupta house could see into their gardens and other sections of their homes. The committee was told that neighbours considered the scale of the Gupta house to be inappropriate because only three storeys should be allowed on the property.

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  • SANDF general faces tender charges

    Johannesburg - An SANDF general is facing charges of taking backhanders for tenders. Brigadier General Leon Eggers, the General Officer Commanding the South African Army’s Signal Formation, was arrested on Thursday morning and appeared in the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria, over fraud and corruption allegations. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Eggers was in charge of all the telecommunication systems of the SANDF. “Several contracts or tenders were awarded to various service providers for the installation or maintenance of telecommunication infrastructure,” said NPA spokeswoman Kholiswa Mdhluli. “General Eggers, to a large extent, was involved in the process/es of awarding

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  • How to sell a R5 coin for R50000

    The R5 coins with the face of former president Nelson Mandela have a special nostalgic appeal, and the most recently issued one was to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. But would you believe it if you were told that one of these 90th birthday coins sold for R2.5 million? Others sell for anything between R50 000 and a couple of thousand rands. These, remember, are simply R5 coins. There is nothing special or rare about them – more than 22 million were issued by the South African Mint. But a lucrative trade has developed in which clever sellers convince gullible buyers that certain R5 Mandela coins are extremely rare and are therefore worth a lot of money. Any coins could be sold in this way,

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  • Rooney hails Mourinho’s ‘winning mentality’

    London – Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes new manager Jose Mourinho has restored a "winning mentality" at Old Trafford. Mourinho was brought in after the end of last season following the sacking of Louis van Gaal. United have failed to win the league since legendary manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, with David Moyes and Van Gaal, who oversaw an FA Cup final victory last season, failing to live up to the exacting standards set by the Scot. But Rooney believes the arrival of Portuguese manager Mourinho, who has 17 major trophies to his name, including eight league titles in four countries and two Champions League successes with different clubs, will help propel United back towards

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  • 'Crude‚ silly painting won't distract us': Mmusi Maimane

    The Democratic Alliance's leader (DA) says a painting posted on Twitter by controversial “Sushi King” Kenny Kunene‚ depicting three of its members in their birthday suits‚ is irrelevant. Kunene posted a photo of himself behind the image saying‚ "I am now a proud owner of this master piece. Powerful story telling through art...Thanks to the fearless Artist..." The painting portrays what appears to be Western Cape premier Helen Zille‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane and DA shadow minister of correctional services James Selfe with their private parts exposed. Maimane is pulling a cart carrying Zille and Selfe. The words "modern slavery" are hanging from the cart. The DA leader is no strangers to accusations

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  • Zimbabwe: A Rand Budget

    THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and government have clearly explained their disdain for widespread use of the United States dollar by locals under a hard currency regime, saying use of the greenback has been detrimental to the economy. The reason, they argue, is that people are using the US dollar as a store of value, and that foreigners have used Zimbabwe as a hunting ground for the currency since the country adopted a multiple currency regime in 2009. Consequently, there has been a depletion of the stock of US dollar notes in the economy, which has been exacerbated by a widening trade deficit, which has essentially amounted to an export of cash. Moreover, the strength of the US dollar has

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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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  • No EFF coalition with ANC: Malema

    Speaking to journalists on Wedneday during a visit to victims of the tornado disaster in Tembisa‚ Malema said his party was not thinking about partnerships‚ but rather about governing metros across the country. Malema lashes out at 'biased' ENCA and Ipsos  "We don't have a manifesto of coalitions. We have a manifesto of governing. We will deal with those issues after the elections. But the mandate of our party has been that we must not go to coalition with the ANC‚" Malema said. We will rebuild shacks damaged by tornado: EFF's Malema  He warned that the party would surprise a lot of people when it claimed major metros across the country. "We are strong in Port Elizabeth. We are going to take

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  • EFF Limpopo boss rejoins ANC, saying EFF lives in dreamland

    Economic Freedom Fighters Limpopo’s MPL and chairman Mike Mathebe rejoined the ANC on Thursday, claiming that Julius Malema’s party policy was mere theory. “At that time there was a theory, but when we look at the practice it looks impossible to implement. I see that there is no any practicality in terms of what EFF is thinking about their policy,” Mathebe said when he was welcomed by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Thursday in Polokwane. Mathebe said he would not want to settle in EFF’s “dreamland” but wanted to live to see a practical policy. However, he failed to point out which EFF policy he deemed impractical. He denied the notion that he was joining the ANC as a spy. “There were

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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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  • Zimbabwe in the Eye of a Storm

    AFTER landing at the airport, I realised immediately that I had landed in the eye of a storm when a rifle-wielding storm trooper pointed a gun at me, ordering me to open my suitcase. The civilian officer was annoyed and ordered me to proceed. Yet there is a method to this madness. I was later to learn that soldiers and semi-military police have been deployed along the highways in order to intimidate citizens into paying them "something". The government is broke. In a stretch of 240 kilometres, there were 11 police roadblocks. The police find fault with "something", either on the driver or on his car and levy a spot fine of US$20. The spot fine is, however, negotiable and one can get away with

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  • Malema wants old age grants increased to R3‚000

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has told the people of ward 49 in Kanana‚ Hammanskraal‚ that social grants need to be increased in order to meet their basic needs. This comes as a few residents took to the stage to express their concerns with problems ranging from poverty and housing to better service delivery. “You worked hard for this place to be where it is but today when you raise concerns‚ they [the ANC] threaten you that if you vote for anyone else‚ they will take away your pensions. You must tell them before they take your pension‚ they must start with their mothers and grandmothers because they also get pensions‚” Malema said on Thursday afternoon. He said the ANC was going

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  • Obama's brother says he will vote for Trump

    Nairobi - President Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the US election in November because he likes the candidate and he is unhappy with his brother's leadership. Malik, who is in his 50s, told Reuters by phone from Obama's ancestral home of Kogelo in western Kenya that he supports Trump's policies, especially his focus on security. “He appeals to me and also I think that he is down to earth and he speaks from the heart and he is not trying to be politically correct. He's just straight-forward,” he said. Malik, a US citizen, has lived in Washington since 1985 where he worked with various firms before becoming an independent financial

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  • "The days of apartheid are gone" – Pitso

    Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has fired a shot of disdain at the short-term thinking of PSL clubs who do not take continental competitions seriously. Downs beat Zamalek 1-0 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday night to confirm themselves winners of the 2016 Caf Champions League’s Group B and reach the semifinals. This follows Orlando Pirates having reached the finals of the 2013 Champions League and 2015 Caf Confederation Cup in an unprecedented period of success for South African clubs in continental football. Pirates’ exploits have ensured South Africa enough points to move up to sixth on the Caf rankings that determine how many teams a country can enter in continental club competitions.

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