• Vote EFF to 'empower' the ANC, Malema tells Cliff

    CliffCentral founder, Idols SA judge and former 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff hosted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on web radio on Friday. The EFF leader admitted to feeling a bit tired while criss-crossing the country “back to back” on the campaign trail. The podcast introducing the show says: “Julius Malema is a polarising figure in South Africa, and someone who always attracts a lot of attention for his political actions. But do we really know what he and his EFF party are all about? Gareth gives him an opportunity to talk like never before, providing an interesting pre-election discussion.” Because CliffCentral (punted as “UnRadio”) does not broadcast on air, it is not subject

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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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  • 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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  • Grace Mugabe turns 51

    The ministry of defence has called Grace Mugabe a pillar of strength to her husband, who is 92. Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe Grace Mugabe turns 50 HARARE – Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe turns 51 today and state media has published a 12-page supplement in her honour.  The supplement carries adverts from struggling state-run firms, which had been asked to pay for advertising despite the country's crippling economic crisis. For the second year in a row, the first lady is being given near-presidential treatment by Zimbabwe's state media.  Firms like the loss-making Air Zimbabwe have published full colour adverts in the Herald's birthday supplement.  The ministry of defence calls her a pillar of strength

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  • Hlaudi strikes again: SABC caught in R167m Zuma TV deal

    SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng pushed through a R167-million contract with a production company co-owned by President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Gugu Zuma-Ncube, going  against the advice of a six-member review panel at the state broadcaster.

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  • EFF dominates Limpopo poles

    Polokwane - If the amount of posters and banners in and around Polokwane in Limpopo are anything to go by, the EFF has won the branding wars as election campaigning hots up. The party’s posters hang on bridges along the N1 highway towards the provincial capital, and billboards bearing the smiling visage of EFF leader Julius Malema greet motorists on main roads, such as Grobler leading in and out of Polokwane. Even poles around some villages in the Capricorn Municipality bear the ubiquitous red placards, some spreading the word about the party’s upcoming rally on July 31st, while others make promises about much needed services such as water, if residents voted EFF. Although the flags of the ANC,

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  • Madonsela 'destroying' blacks - Politics

    Cape Town - The public protector is “destroying” black people, charged Sapho Mahilihili as he toyi-toyied and sang alongside 16 other protesters in front of the Western Cape offices of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Friday. The group demanded the office investigate apartheid corruption. Mahilihili said the focus on Nkandla was “misguided” and a “drop in the ocean” compared with white corruption “that lasted 400 years”. He also took a swipe at Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who, he said, had made an about-turn since founding the National Union of Mineworkers 34 years ago. He “has jumped out of his black skin and is not a black person anymore”. Black people in power were considered white

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  • Vilakazi stalled on Sundowns move for Chiefs offer, source says

    Vilakazi’s long-awaited move away from Wits was expected to happen ahead of the 2016/17 season, with Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns as the front runners for his signature. Phakaaathi has been informed by a source close to the player that he wanted to join Amakhosi, and that the midfielder met with head coach Steve Komphela about a possible move to Naturena. According to the source, Komphela made a promise to Vilakazi that he would do everything in his power to have him in his squad next season, but Chiefs didn’t meet Wits’ demands for the player to join the Glamour Boys, forcing the Bafana Bafana man to consider Sundowns’ deal instead. Mike Makaab, Sibusiso Vilakazi’s agent confirmed that a deal with the Brazilians was in its final stages.

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  • Zuma lands high-profile role at the United Nations

    The appointment by the United Nations Secretary-General‚ Ban Ki-moon‚ is aimed at stimulating the creation of new employment opportunities in the health sector across all countries‚ especially in least developed countries. Zuma said in a statement: "The focus of this Commission goes to the heart of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development‚ which we adopted in September last year‚ and which could go a long way in helping to address the triple challenge of unemployment‚ poverty and inequality." "Growing health workforce shortages is a particular challenge for all developing countries‚ including South Africa." According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 45 million job opportunities

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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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  • Trump leaves Wall Street wary and confused - Markets

    Donald Trump has said a lot of things that, were he a sitting US president instead of a candidate for the job, could be expected to roil financial markets. If investors were taking the Republican presidential nominee at his word, they would be selling shares of Apple, Mondelez International and Ford Motor, and cashing out of Mexican equities - all targets of Trump threats of boycotts, barrier walls or import taxes. Investors betting on a Trump presidency would be buying shares of US companies that dealt exclusively with domestic customers and suppliers. Should Trump win the November 8 election, some investors said, it is not clear how the New York businessman could push through policies that clash with mainstream Republican party views on free trade and low taxes.

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

    The family of racing car driver Gugu Zulu is still grappling to come to terms with his untimely death on Monday morning‚ after attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. 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. “I was his number one fan and to me it’s a great loss‚ it’s really a great loss‚” he said.

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  • Cape Town teen gets gift of sight

    Cape Town - Two days ago, Riyaaz Carollisen’s eye sight was at only 10 percent and now a cornea donation may restore his eyesight within a couple of days. The 15-year-old from Hanover Park and Grade 9 Batavia School of Skills pupil underwent cornea surgery on his right eye at Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont on Tuesday night. He had lost about 90 percent of his eyesight after being diagnosed with keratoconus, a progressive disease in which the round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape, causing distorted vision. The transplant, which can cost up to R75 000 in the private healthcare sector as most corneas are imported from overseas, amounted to R45 000 as the donor was local

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  • Nigeria: Munich Shootings

    President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep shock at the shootings which recently rocked Munich, Germany, killing at least 9 persons. In a terse statement by the Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adsina, the president said that a united force by world countries, evil would be defeated. The statement read thus: "On behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Buhari sends his most sincere condolences to the families and friends of victims of the barbaric act. "The President says it is quite unfortunate and inconceivable that the forces of evil do not relent on their activities, but expresses confidence that with the unanimity of purpose from all forces around the world, the workers and perpetrators of these evil acts will not prevail.

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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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  • McCarthy's Bafana dream

    Benni McCarthy has been patient but is keen on coaching Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates. The former FC Port striker was strongly linked with the job of assistant coach at his former club Pirates – a job which was given to Bradley Carnell. McCarthy has a Uefa A licence and he is currently busy with his Uefa Pro Licence which he is expected to finish in 2017. “I am keen on coaching and on a return to Mzansi to impart my knowledge to the country,” McCarthy was quoted as saying on SunSport.

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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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  • Zimbabwe threatens 'traitorous' war veterans after Mugabe attack

    Zimbabwe's government denounced leading independence war veterans as traitors on Saturday for an unprecedented attack on ageing President Robert Mugabe and vowed to identify its unnamed authors and put them on trial. Veterans who fought against white minority rule in the former British colony turned on their long-time ally and commander on Thursday, calling him a dictator in a jolting rebuke highlighting political manoeuvring over his succession and mounting anger over economic woes. State-owned newspapers reflected the power struggle on Saturday with a highly unusual 12-page supplement praising his wife Grace on her 51st birthday. War veterans have accused her of having too much influence over her 92-year-old husband.

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  • There’s place for Mata at United - Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho has told Juan Mata that he has a future at Manchester United - with the warning that he will not guarantee regular football for anyone at Old Trafford. Spain midfielder Mata was sold by Mourinho just six months into the new United manager's second spell in charge of Chelsea in January 2014. With United offering a then-club record £37.1m for Mata, Mourinho sanctioned his sale following Oscar's emergence ahead of the former Valencia player at Stamford Bridge. But despite spending £26.3m on Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitarayan earlier this month, Mourinho insists that Mata has a place in his plans at United. “I think since the first day, everything is clear between us,” Mourinho

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  • Gupta-linked company in line for R800m contract at Transnet

    A company with close ties to the Gupta family stands to make a handsome profit from an information technology contract worth R800 million at Transnet. The Mail and Guardian reported on Friday that the contract had been “confined” to a single bidder‚ global software firm SAP‚ although it had yet to be awarded. SAP’s bid documentation showed that it would allocate 60% of the value of the contract to a subcontractor‚ Global Softech Solutions (GSS)‚ owned by the Gupta’s Sahara Systems and a family associate. Gupta holding company Oakbay Investments told the newspaper that it was “preposterous” that a global firm such as SAP could be pressured into the partnership. However‚ minutes of a meeting between

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