• Cyril, it's time to pick a side

    I expected it to last. The election afterglow, I mean. The “collision” negotiations barely concluded, and then boom, before you knew it, the Sars wars had resumed without even giving the EFF two days to enjoy their “kingmaker” status. It was straight back to the usual destruction of the country’s institutions. Business as (un)usual. So Pravin Gordhan has been thrust back into the limelight, kicking and screaming. But the markets don’t like it when our minister of finance kicks and screams. They prefer him in the background – but some those in charge don’t appear to care that the rand is reasonably important. The markets, that amorphous mass of invisible investors who love stability, are not kind

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  • WATCH: How Malema predicted Gordhan's arrest

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema has recently made accusations against his fellow politicians that have left South Africans in stitches. He always seems to know things no one else does. Lately, it seems, he’s pretty accurate at predicting the future too. Earlier this month, he accused Mabala Noise boss and ANC Youth League treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde of giving his newly signed artists R5 million each. Nkabinde denied the claims, and later said suing Malema for the claims was “a waste of time”. However, things took a turn for the worse when one of the label’s artists, Khanyi Mbau, came out and confirmed she had been given “lots of money”, denying it was R5 million, though

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  • FW De Klerk weighs in on Gordhan, Hawks tug of war

    Minister Pravin Gordhan refused to present himself to the investigative unit yesterday for a warning. Hawks Finance Minister Pravin Ghordan FW De Klerk JOHANNESBURG – Former President FW de Klerk has described the recent developments around Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks as a tragedy. Gordhan refused to present himself to the investigative unit yesterday for a warning statement. The finance minister and three other former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials have been identified as suspects in a probe into the controversial covert unit. WATCH: Pravin Gordhan explains why he refused Hawks request De Klerk was speaking at the unity in diversity centre in Melrose Arch in

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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • Trump buys SA Inc for R3bn

    Afbekistan - US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has bought out all of South Africa for R3 billion, sources close to the deal say. The move comes as Trump’s hopes of winning the next election in the United States, set for later this year, fade. The multi-billionaire, whose net worth is pegged at $4 billion - or around R59 trillion - is said to have met with President Jacob Zuma earlier this month in a bid to secure SA Inc. His purchase of all of SA comes in the midst of several probes into the so-called state capture saga in which the Gupta family is alleged to have offered several government ministers high-profile positions and also to have abused their close ties with Zuma. This

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  • Zuma's monster cabinet to cost SA R1bn

    He has added two ministries . His cabinet is one of the biggest in the world - he has more cabinet ministers than the US, Germany and Japan, all of which have much bigger economies and broader tax bases. South Africa now has 35 ministers, each of whom earns about R2.1-million a year. T he 37 deputy ministers will each earn R1.7-million. Zuma earns about R2.62-million a year and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, gets R2.36-million . Economist Mike Schussler said: "I'm not sure if a bigger cabinet is going to make a difference or just add to the cost of government." The budget for The Presidency has soared from R257-million in 2007, during president Thabo Mbeki's tenure, to R329-million in 2009. Kgalema

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  • Listen: Zuma 'raping government of every last cent', says Gareth Cliff

    Cliff's comments come after it emerged that Gordhan had been summoned to appear before the Hawks on Thursday about allegations related to his role in the formation and activities of the so-called "rogue unit" set up when he was head of the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan, who has maintained that the setting-up of the unit was above board and had ministerial approval, said on Wednesday afternoon that he would not be complying with the summons as advised by his legal team. Euphonik, Boity and Thembisa Mdoda to 'tell-all' on new show  Weighing in on the debate surrounding the issue, Cliff levelled accusations against Zuma claiming the president is trying to "escape with as much money as he can from

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  • Solly Msimanga defends ‘diverse’ mayoral committee

    The new Tshwane mayor says he has appointed the best & most diverse mayoral committee in SA. Democratic Alliance Economic Freedom Fighters Tshwane Solly Msimanga JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga says he has appointed the best and most diverse mayoral committee in the country despite criticism that it’s not demographically constituted. Msimanga was elected as Tshwane’s new mayor last week after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) agreed to vote for the Democratic Alliance (DA) to elect its preferred candidates. The African National Congress (ANC) lost control of the city in the local government elections, which saw significant infighting and violent demonstrations over the party’s preferred

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  • Limpopo ANC to probe factionalism

    Addressing the media during a briefing in Polokwane on Thursday in the presence of other party leaders‚ ANC provincial secretary Nocks Seabi said they would have to understand how factions had impacted the organisation's performance. The party has maintained that it still enjoys overwhelming support in the province despite losing out on mayoral and other pivotal council seats in two local municipalities this week. The DA unseated the ANC in the newly merged Modimolle/Mookgophong municipality while the Thabazimbi Residents Association won the mayoral seat for the Thabazimbi municipality on Wednesday. "We have to ask ourselves to what extent the issue of factions is affecting us. Factions must

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  • #SiphoPityana: How South Africans reacted to his hard-hitting speech

    Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst those who have reacted to Sipho Pityana's speech. Advocate Dali Mpofu Sipho Pityana JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst the many South Africans who have reacted to what’s being described as a hard-hitting speech made at the funeral of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile on Thursday.  Former director-general Sipho Pityana slammed the current leadership of the African National Congress under President Jacob Zuma's rule in a 30-minute speech delivered at the service. LISTEN: Sipho Pityana lashed out the ANC in his speech at Makhenkesi Stofile's funeral   Social media users and politicians have since reacted, with some questioning Pityana's timing, suggesting

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  • No black like me in the DA

    Firstly, the Democratic Alliance (DA) needs to be congratulated for scooping three metros: Tshwane, Johannesburg, and the Nelson Mandela Bay, which have long been held by the ANC. Twenty-two years into democracy, the community of Alexandra, which neighbours the plush Sandton, is still embarrassingly shanty. Sixty-one years after the “adoption” of the Freedom Charter, the people of Kliptown still live in abject poverty. The ANC inarguably didn’t cover itself in complete glory when it comes to service delivery. And Now the DA has a big task to overturn these dehumanising conditions, if that’s what it’s planning to do. Corruption, being the ANC’s weakest point, is what the DA hopes to eradicate.

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  • Schweinsteiger unlikely to play for Man United - Mourinho

    London - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho indicated to out-of-favour midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger on Friday that there will be no place for him at Old Trafford this season. The Germany international has two years to run on a reported £190 000-a-week contract, but has been frozen out by United's new manager. Schweinsteiger, 32, has declared he will not join another European club and Mourinho suggested that if he stays, he may not even play in the Europa League or the English Football League Cup. Asked if Schweinsteiger might play this season, Mourinho said: “I think it's very difficult to happen. I'm not saying it's impossible. I'm saying it's very difficult. “I have Paul Pogba, Ander

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  • Ciara: Jennifer Lopez is hot

    The singer has confessed she has a girl crush on Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer Lopez Ciara LONDON - Ciara has confessed she has a girl crush on Jennifer Lopez because the singer-actress is so “hot” and is just “killing it” right now. The I Bet singer admits she has a bit of a girl crush on 47-year-old J.Lo because she looks so sexy even as she approaches her 50th birthday. Ciara isn’t afraid of praising her fellow pop stars and has a lot of love for Rihanna, Beyonce and Andra Day as well as J.Lo. In an interview with website WWD, she said, “I’ve always been a huge fan of Alicia Keys. I think all of the women are rocking, Beyonce, Rihanna. I love Andra Day. J.Lo, she’s hot. If I could just look as

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Deploy Army in Streets?

    GOVERNMENT will today deploy security forces to quell mass demonstrations organised by a coalition of opposition parties joining forces to push for electoral reforms and change -- should the protest turn violent -- as pressure mounts on President Robert Mugabe to reform or quit, it has been established. Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo addressed a press conference in Harare yesterday, threatening to crush today's political demonstrations. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday refused to grant permission to the 18 political parties under the auspices of the National Election Reform Agenda and the Coalition of Democrats to march in the streets of Harare, prompting the parties to approach

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  • ‘No charges were put to Pillay, Van Loggerenberg’

    Pretoria - Warning statements were taken from former SA Revenue Services official Ivan Pillay and Johann van Loggerenberg when they spent more than four hours with investigators from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), or Hawks, on Thursday morning. However, reliable sources, said no charges were put to the two men in relation to the investigation into a so-called rogue intelligence unit within Sars, nor were they given court dates for possible appearances. Pillay and Van Loggerenberg, respectively former deputy Sars commissioner and the revenue's services group executive, evaded questions from a big media contingent waiting outside. Robert Levine, counsel for the pair, however

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  • ANCYL says elders embarrassing party

    The youth league has slammed the governing party's elders following former DG Sipho Pityana’s speech. African National Congress ANCYL Sipho Pityana JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) says the governing party's elders have been embarrassing the movement through unruly behaviour. The league has accused former foreign affairs former foreign affairs director-general Sipho Pityana of dragging the ANC’s name through the mud. Pityana used the funeral of former sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile to call for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation this week. WATCH: Sipho Pityana's speech at Makhenkesi Stofile's funeral  Pityana believes the ruling party is in denial about its

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  • Zimbabwe: High Court Approves 'Mega' Demonstration

    THE much anticipated demonstration organised by opposition parties and civil society organisations is expected to go ahead after High Court permitted the demonstration to be led by MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe People First’s Joice Mujuru. Dubbed the Mega Demo, the march hung in the balance after police sought to block it claiming that it stood to cause chaos in central Harare due to the size of crowds anticipated. Moreover, home affairs minister Ignatius Chombo warned the organisers against the march on Thursday, saying government was ready to crush the “illegal” event which he claimed was sponsored by foreign agents. According to organisers, the National Electoral Reform Agenda

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  • ANC veteran tells Zuma: Go now!

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma was told, in the most forthright way, on Thursday: “Go now!” ANC veteran and former director-general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana, speaking at the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University, lashed Zuma and urged him to step aside. “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” At the funeral Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa became the most senior government official to publicly back Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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  • Smart ID card applications now open to many more citizens

    All citizens banking with Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank, can now apply for Smart ID cards and passports, Kempton Express reports. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said when they launched the eHomeAffairs portal, only citizens between 30 and 35 years old could use this innovative platform to apply for their Smart ID cards and passports online. “The system is now open to all citizens who bank with these four participating banks. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. While most of these

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  • Nigeria: Real Reason Central Bank Barred 9 Banks

    The nine commercial banks suspended from inter-bank foreign exchange market operations on Monday failed to remit crude oil sales revenues from oil blocks operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and its joint venture (JV) partners, PREMIUM TIMES investigations revealed. The NPDC is the upstream oil industry subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Further findings showed some of the banks were indicted for refusing to transfer funds in some in domiciliary accounts belonging to some government ministries, departments and agencies, including the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), despite government's directives. Some of the oil blocks include those

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