• Mandla Mandela’s wedding blues - South Africa

    Cape Town - It seems like Mandla Mandela might lose more than his heart to love... he could also love his Xhosa crown. While his new Muslim wife may be the queen of his heart, Mandla may soon be the king of none – or rather chief of none – after traditional leaders slammed his fourth marriage. The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Controlesa) say they were shocked to learn that Nelson Mandela’s grandson had converted to Islam when he married 22-year-old Rabia Clarke from Pinelands. Mandla is the traditional chief of Mvezo in the Eastern Cape. Contralesa Provincial Chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana said: “As traditional leaders, we expect the woman to convert to the Thembus, because

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  • Mourinho to axe Mata, Fellaini

    Jose Mourinho will begin a ruthless purge of the Manchester United squad by selling £37million Juan Mata and £27m Marouane Fellaini if he is given the job. The former Chelsea manager, who is in advanced talks to replace his friend Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to sell the midfield pair. Mourinho, who has never made any secret of his ambition to manage United, outlined his intentions for the squad during a meeting with Woodward. The Portuguese was behind the decision to cash in on Mata when Chelsea sold him to United with David Moyes still in charge at Old Trafford. Although Mata was named in the PFA team of the year in 2013, Mourinho authorised his

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  • Mantashe calls the nation hypocrites on Nkandla

    Gwede Mantashe said apartheid architects haven’t apologised to millions of black people. Nkandla Jacob Zuma Nkandla ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe APARTHEID JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe says it is hypocritical for South Africans to ask President Jacob Zuma to apologise over the Nkandla saga while the architects of apartheid have not done the same for the suffering of millions of black people. Earlier this week the Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance took the president to the Constitutional Court seeking clarity over the powers of the Public Protector. The court found that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he failed to

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  • Madonsela confirms private meeting with Zuma - Politics

    Parliament - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday confirmed that she had had a private meeting with President Jacob Zuma ahead of the Constitutional Court hearings this week in which he has conceded that her findings have binding force. Speaking on the red carpet, ahead of Zuma's ninth State of the Nation Address, Madonsela confirmed under urging from reporters: "We had a meeting. It was a private meeting." She declined to give further details and downplayed her wrangle with Zuma over his long-standing refusal to repay the state for luxuries added to his private home at taxpayer's expense. Zuma last week reversed his stance, and his lawyers on Tuesday confirmed in court that he was prepared

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  • Malema the target of a plot - EFF - Politics

    #SONA2016 / Cape Town - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday night claimed that their leader, Julius Malema, was the target of a government intelligence plot in Parliament. EFF MPs made these allegations when they were addressing their supporters in St George’s Mall in Cape Town on Thursday night after they were ejected from the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Read: SONA2016: It's all about the money Secretary general of the EFF, Godrich Gardee, said the party had intelligence information that Malema has been targeted since May 2014. “On the 7th of May, 2014, the president (Malema) had to be whisked away due to an intelligence information

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  • Young African Leadership Initiative asks ANC to recall Zuma for 'betraying SA and party': iLIVE

    The announcement by President Jacob Zuma to replace the finance minister has recklessly endangered the South African economy. This decision can only be described as a disaster. As representatives of a young professional generation, passionate about building a better South Africa, we call on the ANC to recall the President for the betrayal of the people of South Africa. This betrayal will be experienced differently by the rich, the middle class, and the poor; but it will negatively impact everyone. From declines in social services to sky-rocketing interest rates, life in South Africa has just become tougher.   The financial indicators of the announcement yesterday have clearly communicated the

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  • Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Demands Apology From Mahoka

    Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has demanded an apology from Zanu PF Women's League secretary for finance Sarah Mahoka who on Wednesday taunted him, in the presence of President Robert Mugabe and thousands of party supporters, saying he was behaving like a duck. Mnangagwa used the politburo meeting to protest to Mugabe over his public humiliation, although he indicated he would forgive Mahoka if she extended an apology. Mahoka, a strong Generation 40 (G40) proponent and an ally of First Lady Grace Mugabe, challenged Mnangagwa to come clean on his presidential ambitions, before equating his silence to a duck, which takes no action even when its ducklets are attacked. She shocked many by stating

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  • Activists retract ‘blackface’ apology - Western Cape

    INSTAGRAM Stellenbosch University (SU) student Poekie Briedenhann says she and her friend were dressed up as purple aliens and not blackfaces, for a residence party.  Cape Town - Open Stellenbosch (OS) has retracted its “blackface” apology and has once again called for the two students involved to be expelled from Stellenbosch University (SU). The student activist group initially condemned the actions of two SU students who dressed up as aliens and painted themselves dark purple for a fancy dress party at the university’s Heemstede residence. OS called for the students to be expelled, and for the residence head and committee to be “removed” for allowing the incident to take place on Friday night.

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  • Cyber-crime: SA the most targeted on the continent

    Cisco Annual Security report said that “today’s attackers launch more sophisticated‚ bold and resilient campaigns”. Greg Griessel‚ Consulting Systems Engineer Security Solutions at Cisco South Africa‚ said: “Cyber criminals are getting smarter and employing a number of personalised tactics‚ which places businesses at greater risk. 92% of business leaders agree that regulators and investors will expect companies to manage cyber-security risk exposure. These leaders need to essentially increase measures to secure their organizations’ future‚ particularly as they digitize their operations.” Griessel believes that an understanding of the tactics employed by cyber criminals is an absolute necessity.

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  • South Africa: The Harsh Realities About South Africa That the World Bank Dare Not Speak

    Sometimes silences speak volumes. In his seminal book The Anti-Politics Machine Stanford University anthropologist James Ferguson criticised the World Bank's 1980s understanding of Lesotho as a "traditional subsistence peasant society." Apartheid's migrant labour system was explicitly ignored by the bank, yet remittances from Basotho workers toiling in mines, factories and farms across the Caledon River accounted for 60% of rural people's income: Acknowledging the extent of Lesotho's long-standing involvement in the modern capitalist economy of South Africa would not provide a convincing justification for the "development" agencies to "introduce" roads, markets and credit. Using Michel Foucault's

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  • Maine spoils it for the savvy party propagandists

    COLLEN Maine, once suspected to be a closet member of the Congress of the People, was appointed leader of the reconstituted African National Congress (ANC) Youth League last year. Last weekend he delivered a speech in Pretoria during which he stumbled over a set of notes in his hand that he — alarmingly — kept turning upside down. With a justifiably puzzled expression on his face, he insulted his political opponents, threatened them and spoke of civil war. Reports that he had to be persuaded to postpone detonating a hydrogen bomb he may or may not have procured from his friend Kim Jong-un over Seshego in Limpopo later that evening could not be confirmed. The expulsion of Julius Malema and the

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  • Rand weaker as market prices in early response to Zuma’s speech

    THE rand was weaker at midday on Thursday, despite a softer dollar, as investors await President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address. The dollar weakened following Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen’s first day of testimony to Congress and crossed the important $1.13 level to the euro earlier on Ms Yellen’s dovish sentiment. The rand usually firms on dollar weakness, but negative sentiment surrounding Mr Zuma’s speech is hampering the local currency. At 11.25am the rand was at R15.9953 against the dollar from a previous close of R15.8836. Against the euro, the rand was at R18.1392 from R17.9428 and was at R23.0866 against the pound from R23.0800 previously. The euro was at $1.1340 from

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  • Coal still SA economy’s lifeblood

    Core commodity: Power supplier Eskom has invested billions in the coal industry over the years and will need to invest more than R39bn over the next 10 years, which has led to its recent regulatory clearing account claim of R5bn. Coal is the lifeblood of the South African economy. It is the predominant fuel source for electricity, providing more than 90% of the country’s energy needs. Without coal-derived electricity, industries such as manufacturing, financial services and social services would be severely crippled.

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  • Food sales feed Woolworths’ earnings - Companies

    Johannesburg - Woolworths, the South African food and clothing retailer, said first-half earnings climbed 47 percent as food sales grew and as revenue from its David Jones unit in Australia climbed. The seller of organic foods and international clothing brands such as Country Road posted the gain even as the worst drought in more than a century pushed South African food prices higher, with December food inflation climbing to 5.8 percent. Woolworths lifted its food prices by 5.7 percent in the second half of last year. Read: SA retailers dominate Africa Net income rose to R2.4 billion in the six months through December 27, from R1.6 billion in the same period a year earlier, the Cape Town-based

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  • Nigeria: Rev. Fr. Mbaka, Jonathan and Buhari

    The message of the prophet of God should speak against injustice and portend change. It should console the oppressed and bring hope. Whether or not Buhari is able to live up to his new mandate, to the expectations of his new office, is another thing altogether. I think it is important for Nigerians, and social commentators, to keep these two aspects apart. It is the duty of the prophet to announce change, but it does not belong to him to bring it. Of late, media interests have moved from Rev. Fr. Mbaka's political messages to Nigerians to his personal life. This shift of emphasis appears to blur and undermine the value his message might have for our nascent democracy. It is for this reason that

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  • South Africa: EFF, ANC Members Clash Ahead of SONA

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  • CEOs want state to take ‘decisive action’

    THE CEOs who recently met with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma want one major thing — and that is action, AngloGold CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan says. While he did not attend the meeting with Mr Zuma on Tuesday, Mr Venkatakrishnan was part of a delegation of about 60 CEOs of major companies in SA who met with Mr Gordhan last week. A sense of growing urgency to tackle deepening economic problems in SA has seized the business community and the government. Both sides want to avert the rating downgrades expected if SA continues o n its current trajectory. "There is huge support from the business community for what Pravin is trying to do," Mr Venkatakrishnan said. "Everybody

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  • Nigeria: Buhari Returns to Work

    press release President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday resumed work at the State House in Abuja after a six-day vacation, a statement by his office said Thursday. In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, the president has sent a formal notice of his resumption to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said in the statement. Mr. Buhari's return to work has marked the end of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's first tenure as acting president. It is the first time since May 29, 2015, when the current administration came to power, that President Buhari would step aside for his deputy to take charge of the country.

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  • Pressure on Maine to retract threats and EFF monkey jibe

    Pressure is mounting on ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine to retract his threats of a civil war and calling Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members monkeys. Maine‚ in his address at an ANCYL rally in Tshwane last week‚ said there would be civil war should the EFF or anyone disrupt President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address. He specifically directed his threats at EFF leader Julius Malema and his supporters whom he referred to as monkeys. Congress of the People (COPE) spokesman Dennis Bloem on Wednesday led a delegation to open a case of incitement of violence against Maine at Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria. Bloem said COPE took Maine’s threats of a civil war seriously.

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  • Courts can't stop us saying we don't like Guptas' curries: Malema

    “We must respect the courts. But the courts can't stop us from saying that we don't love the Guptas. We don't want their curry‚” Malema said. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader were indicted earlier on Tuesday by the Gauteng North High Court from inciting acts of violence against the company’s shareholders‚ staff and property‚ according to Oakbay Investments‚ one of the plaintiffs that also included Ajay‚ Atul and Rajesh Kumar Gupta. This follows the “get out Gupta” statements made by Malema and the Gauteng region of the party last week‚ which the brothers and their lawyers say “we have interpreted as an incitement to violence”. The court document stated that some of the Gupta

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