• New political party sets its sights on winning major metros

    BUILDING a Cohesive Society (BACS), a new political party launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday, is confident of putting up a good showing in the upcoming local government elections, and has set its sights on winning some of the major metros including Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Bay. The party is the brainchild of businesswoman Lynda Odendaal‚ formerly second deputy president of the Congress of the People (COPE). Ms Odendaal has been referred to by some her detractors as a "party hopper" following her decision to join the African National Congress (ANC) in 2010 after quitting COPE the year before amid leadership disputes. She said the decline in the country’s fortunes under President

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  • Save the ANC by leaving, Zuma - News | IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment

    “I’m really glad he did not sentence us to death,” he laughed when I interviewed him a while ago. But this week, in an interview at his Hout Bay home, Goldberg was not in the mood for laughing. In fact, on more than one occasion, his eyes were filled with tears. “I have spent my lifetime speaking truth to power, but I think I am more nervous doing it now than I was in apartheid times, even though they wanted to hang me then. I see a violence and a roguery within our ranks, I see people in KZN and Mpumalanga, who raised the cry of corruption, getting murdered, presumably by our own people.” Goldberg, who turned 83 last week, recently joined the ranks of several senior ANC activists who have called

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  • Mall of Africa’s ribbon to be cut this week - Business News

    Johannesburg - When Attacq snips the ribbon on its Mall of Africa in Johannesburg on Thursday, it will add to an oversupply of retail space that threatens to topple the best returns among South Africa’s real estate investment trusts. The R5 billion ($345 million) centre north of the city will add 130 000 square metres of stores, the largest first-phase mall development in southern Africa, according to Attacq. South Africa has more than 23 million square meters in shopping center space, placing it 7th globally and ahead of all the countries in continental Europe, with another 2 million square meters under construction or planned, according to Urban Studies, a Johannesburg-based property market

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  • Mall of Africa’s opening adds to SA’s oversupply of shopping centre space

    WHEN Attacq snips the ribbon on its Mall of Africa in Johannesburg on Thursday, it will add to an oversupply of retail space that threatens to topple the best returns among SA’s real estate investment trusts. The R5bn centre north of the city will add 130,000m² of stores, the largest first-phase mall development in southern Africa, according to Attacq. SA has more than 23-million square metres in shopping centre space, placing it seventh globally and ahead of all the countries in continental Europe, with another 2-million square metres under construction or planned, according to Urban Studies, a Johannesburg-based property market research firm. "There might be a general oversupply in the country,

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  • White SA business ‘on strike’

    The misallocation of asset ownership and a lack of fair economic equity among citizens is a national security threat. To find big business in a high inflationary environment as South Africa’s hoarding large sums of cash is bizarre, counterintuitive and unproductive. Large cash hoarding is not only negative to the those who own shares, but the economy at large. For any economy, the essence of cash productivity is on its productive circulation. If cash circulation is constrained, the economy suffers. In South Africa, we find cash circulation constraints in two ways: wealth inequality and large cash hoarding by corporates. With the business sector largely white in SA, there are signs of corporate

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  • 'I can't accept Zuma's apology' - Politics | IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment

    Mashatile said that though there was a general consensus to forgive the president, he disagreed with it, and he wasn't the only one. He said “there were those among us who felt that the apology was not adequate”. “I was one of them. I say this because sometimes people think we say things in corners. I don’t speak in corners. But, of course, I was not the only one.” Mashatile said the meeting was characterised by robust discussion and was not an exercise to “just paper over important issues”. He said that after the NEC meeting, somebody wanted to know what would happen if he crossed paths with Zuma. “I told the person that after saying what I said in the NEC meeting, the president looked at me

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  • 'Barrel of a gun' threat backfires

    It has been reported in the press (The Star: “Cops to probe Juju over his war talk”, April 26) that the police have confirmed that they are investigating Julius Malema for declaring on the Al-Jazeera network that he would remove the government through the barrel of a gun if necessary. This follows the laying of a charge of high treason by the ANC against him for this statement in which, in effect, he declared that he would take up arms against the government if needs be. High treason is the most serious of all crimes and, according to a police definition, it consists of any conduct committed by a person owing allegiance to the state with the intention of: (a) Overthrowing the government of the

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  • Is Zuma entitled to have a moment with Mswati? - The Star | IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment

    It was only when DA leader Mmusi Maimane posted a photo of Zuma at the opening ceremony that the Presidency grudgingly acknowledged it. Why the secrecy? Was he trying to hide South Africa’s closer ties with the Saudis from the Iranians - Saudi Arabia’s arch-enemies in the Middle East and historically the ANC’s greater allies? He was soon to visit Iran too and there were perhaps some regional sensitivities to be circumnavigated. But since his Gupta business cronies had just entered a controversial joint venture with Denel to manufacture steel products for the defence, mining, rail and transport industries, the secrecy over the Saudi munitions venture was bound to arouse suspicion. And the Saudis

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  • MK vets threaten 'war' over broken promises

    The veterans fired the warning shot yesterday during a march to the headquarters of the Department of Military Veterans in Pretoria to highlight their plight. About 2000 veterans marched from the Pretoria train station to SA National Defence Force headquarters in Hatfield yesterday. Manase Sefatle, commander of the Johannesburg region of the MK Military Veterans Association, said there were inconsistencies in the allocation of housing and problems with the payment of bursaries and medical benefits to veterans. He gave Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula 14 days to sort out their grievances or "face war". "How long shall we suffer for the bad, not for the good?" Umkhonto weSizwe Military

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  • 'We will kill for Zuma' - Politics | IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment

    Earlier, Malema said there was no question that the ANC president would be the country's next president. He added that those who did not respect the current ANC leadership should go. Malema said those in the party who have indicated that they would not be available for positions in the new government, under Zuma, should not wait but leave now. He also reiterated that the Scorpions case against Zuma, expected to begin later this year in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, should be dropped. "The future belongs to us. We do not want a situation where the state prosecutes its own president," Malema said. He said the ANCYL was planning to assemble a legal team to try to get the case against Zuma thrown

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  • Zimbabwe: Local Artistes for U.S. Talent Show

    Scouting for Zimbabwean participants to take part at the World Championships for Performance Arts competition to be held in the United States has begun. Speaking during unplugged, an event that takes place monthly in Borrowdale, over the weekend, Zimbabwean representative for the international talent scout, Zandile Ndlovu said they have been travelling around the country interacting with performance arts institutions, schools and arts coaches to partner them in assisting to spot talent. "We have so far been to three cities scouting for talent and we have only two months left before the world championships," said Ndlovu. The world championships of performing arts are held in Hollywood annually and this year marks the 20th edition.

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  • What Africa’s most newly independent states did with 22 years of freedom

    South Africa is celebrating 22 years since its first democratic elections. To get a feel for its progress The Conversation Africa’s politics editor Thabo Leshilo asked academics to review how well Namibia and Zimbabwe, the other two most recently independent countries on the continent, had performed 22 years into their independence journey. Twenty years after independence first began to sweep across Africa Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980. Ten years later, in 1990, it was Namibia’s turn. Zimbabwe Enock C. Mudzamiri, PhD candidate in Politics, University of South Africa After 22 years of freedom Zimbabwe was in the throes of a severe socio-economic and political crisis. The turbulent political

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  • People’s Assembly march for Zuma resignation - Politics | IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment

    “We call on all South Africans to mark this important day on which the nation triumphed over racism and subjugation. On this day we will be promoting unity and working together to build a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa,” Zuma said. However, civil society, under the banner of the People’s Assembly, will add their voices to the growing calls made by prominent figures and organisations after the Constitutional Court found that Zuma failed to uphold the constitution. The People’s Assembly said protests were expected to take place in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. The People’s Assembly is a broad coalition of labour, social justice activists, community organisations,

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  • Zimbabwe: Zim, Belarus Move to Conclude Deals

    Zimbabwe and Belarus are moving fast to operationalise multi-million dollar deals signed by the two countries last year. The deals, which cut across almost all sectors of the economy, fit in the 10-point-plan that was enunciated by President Mugabe in his State of the Nation Address last year. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa signed the deals during his visit to Minsk last year, where he was accompanied by Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made and Reserve Bank Governor Dr John Mangudya. Speaking to journalists after meeting VP Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa Offices yesterday, Belarus Ambassador to Zimbabwe who serves from Pretoria, South Africa, said his country was happy with the political commitment shown by the Zimbabwean leadership to implement the deals.

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  • PSL clubs casting an eye on next season

    Cape Town - With less than a month of the current season to go, several Premier Soccer League (PSL) are already embarking on recruitment drives for next season, the rumour mill gathering momentum in South Africa. Amongst the most noteworthy transfer rumours is that of Chippa United defender James Okwuosa. The towering defender is being linked with a move to Soweto giants Orlando Pirates, a contact close to the player being quoted as saying that an offer has already been tabled by the club. The Buccaneers recently announced the retirement of centre-back Siyabonga Sangweni, with immediate effect, while veteran defender Lucky Lekgwathi is not far off his 40th birthday and unlikely to play next season.

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  • 'SA’s unity could be under threat'

    Marius Fransman has encouraged South Africans to tackle issues of exclusion in the country. Marius Fransman Freedom day CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman says South Africa’s ‘united in diversity nation could be under threat’. The beleaguered provincial party leader spoke at the Council of Traditional Leader's conference in honour of the late chief doctor Richard Kutela in Cape Town today. Fransman is currently facing allegations of sexual harassment and has been asked to step aside, pending investigations. Addressing traditional leaders at the Cape Town City Hall, Fransman paid tribute to the late author and chief, calling the leader 'remarkable'.

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  • WATCH: Somizi tells black people to stop hating Cassper for being rich

    Cassper had some people up in arms over his spending habits after he recently bought a Rolex watch‚ a Bentley and a new house. “I speak for my black brothers and sisters because that’s all I know. When someone of our own achieves in life and they are not apologetic about their success‚ eg Cassper Nyovest buying a Bentley at age 20-something. Somizi goes on to praise Cassper for his hard work ethic‚ saying that instead of criticising‚ people should be looking up to him as a source of inspiration.

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  • EFF, foreign-funded NGOs threaten stability, ministers warn

    On the eve of South Africa celebrating the 22nd anniversary of its first nonracial democratic election, the ministers of state security and police yesterday closed ranks to warn of forces working to destabilise the country. Having painted a picture of a South Africa under siege, State Security Minister David Mahlobo lashed out at NGOs that were helping foreign agencies “destabilise” South Africa. “Some of the NGOs can’t explain where their funding comes from and who their directors are,” said Mahlobo. Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said everyone had the right to freedom of speech, but warned that it had limitations, “especially in cases where such utterances have the potential of plunging the country into chaos”.

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  • Fuss about Guptas misguided, says Brown - Politics

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown says the Guptas are not her friends, but that the focus on them is unnecessary. Parliament - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Tuesday said the Gupta brothers were not her “dinner people” but that she thought the focus on one family was misplaced and her call for a review of Eskom's coal contracts misinterpreted. After delivering the public enterprises budget vote speech, the minister faced questions about the joint venture between State-owned arms manufacturer Denel and the Gupta-associated company VR Laser, and the sale of the Optimum coal mine to Tegeta, also associated with the family accused of wielding improper control over the state. Brown was pointedly asked at a media briefing whether she knew the Guptas and whether they had sought to influence her decisions, given former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan's recent claim that she had had to fend off pressure from them while holding the portfolio.

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  • Speaking truth to power is what lawyers need to foster rule of law: Madonsela

    Madonsela was addressing the Faith and Law Around the Globe (FLAG) convocation in Limpopo. FLAG is a global network of legal professionals‚ including attorneys‚ judges‚ law faculties and students. Madonsela warned the legal profession against telling those entrusted with power‚ particularly public power‚ what they wanted to hear‚ instead of what they needed to hear. Madonsela used her personal experience to warn lawyers drawn from countries such as Egypt‚ India‚ Singapore‚ Canada‚ the US and Korea that in their quest to advise on justice‚ ethics or proper conduct‚ they risked being thrown out of a circle of trust. She advised them that they should take comfort in the fact that when they told

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