• SA weighing existing infrastructure for hydropower

    Johannesburg - The government was considering generating hydropower by retrofitting existing infrastructure, such as large dams, water schemes and canals, according to a Department of Water and Sanitation draft sustainable hydropower generation policy. South Africa has increasingly looked to renewable energy technologies to reduce the country’s overreliance on coal for power generation. In the recently gazetted draft policy, the department said the country had the potential to develop hydropower at existing water infrastructure. “Instead of dams being constructed… existing reservoirs that are used for other purposes, can be fitted with hydropower plants in order to augment electricity supply

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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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  • Outrage over huge Durban mussel-cracker haul - KwaZulu-Natal

    Durban - A photograph of two Durban fishermen with a haul of 10 very big black mussel-crackers has sparked outrage on social media, with calls for both men to be prosecuted and banned by local fishing clubs. The black mussel-cracker (poenskop) is a vulnerable and long-lived fish species whose numbers have crashed by almost 80% in recent times. Licensed anglers are not allowed to catch more than one a day. Now Warner Beach anglers Craig van der Linde and Garth Richardson have been labelled “greedy” (along with some much rougher terms) after the photograph went viral on several social media sites. The fish were said to have been caught near the Aliwal Shoal near Umkomaas. While neither Van der

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  • Zuma disses Maimane and Malema - Politics

    Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma upped the tempo of the election campaign rhetoric on Wednesday by going on the offensive against opposition leaders Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema. Zuma was addressing hundreds of ANC supporters and ordinary residents in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, urging them to vote for the ANC on August 3. He said he could not understand how Maimane found the nerve to call himself the leader of a political party of whites who oppressed his own people. According to Zuma, the poverty faced by most blacks in South Africa was the end result of decades of oppression by the previous version of the party that Maimane now leads. “He (Maimane) is the child of the National Party, which

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  • Zuma: give me six months to be dictator

    ALL PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa yesterday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations. Zuma

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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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  • Zim's repossessed farms no relief for new owners

    Charles Samuriwo, a farmer from the Odzi area northwest of Mutare city, cannot hide his frustration. As a beneficiary of Zimbabwe's controversial programme to redistribute land taken from white farmers, Samuriwo has been working his tobacco farm since 2001. Today he is struggling because 15 years after taking over the farm, he still has no security of tenure or title deed. Without such collateral, he cannot borrow from a bank to buy machinery or pay for seasonal expenses such as seeds or fertiliser. "As farmers, we have nothing but the land," Samuriwo said. "Financial institutions need a form of security for them to lend us money. We want to invest in irrigation, but without financial support

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  • Burglar, 12, dies after being shot

    Cape Town - A 12-year-old boy bled to death after he was shot allegedly by the owner of the house he and an adult accomplice were trying to break into. The accomplice, a man in his 30s, told the Daily Voice the youngster bled to death as they ran away. On Monday, police arrested the alleged burglar at his Fisantekraal home, where he had tried to hang himself. Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said a case of discharging a firearm in a public area has been opened against the boy’s alleged shooter: “The firearm has been confiscated.” Residents say deceased Clinton Boonzaaier was an orphan who had lived with his aunt after his mom passed away more than a year ago. The boy didn’t have contact with his

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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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  • Pirates place Myeni, Majoro on transfer list

    New Orlando Pirates boss Muhsin Ertugral has begun his “clean-sweeping” at the Buccaneers, with two former Bafana Bafana players among a group of six players who were transfer-listed on Thursday. Former Wits star Sifiso Myeni, as well as ex-Kaizer Chiefs striker Lehlohonolo Majoro are the two high-profile names who are being let go by Pirates under the new Ertugral regime. The Turkish coach replaced Eric Tinkler at the start of the off-season and has promised to reinvigorate Pirates to return them to their former glory after a trophyless 2015/16 season. They ended in a disappointing seventh position in the Absa Premiership, and the closest that the Soweto giants got to silverware came in the

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  • Tempers flare as principal bars Radebe from entering East London school

    A bossy East London school governing body member came to Jeff Radebe’s rescue on Thursday after the school’s head barred the Minister in the Presidency and his entourage from entering the premises. Lumanyano Primary’s acting school principal Wendy Kuse told Radebe’s entourage that they would not be allowed to campaign within the school grounds as the school was apolitical. The drama unfolded in Phumlani village near East London airport. Radebe was one of many senior ANC leaders who took the party’s campaign trail to the Buffalo City Metro where the party is trying to lure votes away from independent candidates from within its ranks. Lumanyano Primary School children were enjoying their lunch

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  • EFF rebel-for-life candidate guns for Polokwane ward

    Len Meyer, an Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) ward councillor candidate for Ward 22 in Polokwane, tells Review Online he has always been a rebel. Born in Pretoria, Len grew up in the town of Komatipoort, in Mpumalanga, and always had the interests of others at heart. Growing up during apartheid, Len never agreed with the old regime and strongly disagreed with oppression. “My father once told me that there was a man locked up in jail (Nelson Mandela) and he is being wrongfully incarcerated and I thought ‘Why would you lock up an innocent man?’, and that is where my consciousness about the plight of others under the apartheid regime started,” he explains. Len says his rebellious nature was stirred

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  • Cassper's debut album goes multi-platinum

    Rapper Cassper Nyovest is swimming in platinum. The rapper announced to fans earlier this week that his debut album has gone multi-platinum and his second one has been certified double-platinum. Cassper confirmed the news during a Twitter Q& A session with fans‚ saying that he didn’t want to announce anything until his certificate had arrived. When asked by a fan whether his second album Refiloe had gone double-platinum‚ Cassper replied that it had. I didn’t want to announce on social media before I get my certificates but YES. Tsholofelo is also Multi Platinum. https://t.co/vj2T5363Kg  — FillUpOrlandoStadium (@CassperNyovest) July 19‚ 2016 Cassper had earlier hinted at the achievements in an

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  • Thuli’s report best captures SABC rot

    Johannesburg - There is no document that better gives a full glimpse into the genesis of the SABC chaos than the public protector’s report, “When Governance and Ethics Fail.” The report dealt with systemic corporate governance failures at public broadcaster’s core - expediency, poor human resources management and a dysfunctional board - which were said to be primarily due to manipulative scheming by the SABC’s chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Thuli Madonsela’s probe followed claims that Motsoeneng lacked the requisite competencies for his post and “manipulated” primarily new boards to have his way and purge colleagues who stood in his way. Madonsela found all these to be true. She

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  • Get the show on the road to depose Emperor Hlaudi

    OVER the past few days we have witnessed the SABC kicking out some of its most illustrious and dedicated journalists and media workers. Busisiwe Ntuli, Lukhanyo Calata, Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp have all been summarily dismissed. Vuyo Mvoko’s contract with the corporation has ended and is not being renewed. Last week, the very same people were awarded the prestigious Nat Nakase award for fearless journalism. This week they have been fired for practising just that, and for approaching the Constitutional Court to intervene on their behalf against their arbitrary and senseless dismissals. What is at stake here is not some small or insignificant workplace dispute.

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  • Med school race quotas questioned

    Durban - The dreams of hundreds of matriculants with ‘A’ aggregate passes to study medicine are dashed by the limited places on offer at universities. And some say the race- based quota system, which gives enrolment priority to many under-performers, patronises such candidates. Doctors believe tertiary institutions should be encouraging the previously disadvantaged to raise their academic standards instead of accepting mediocre matric results and offering enrolment over academic high achievers. Former Miss India South Africa and Miss India Worldwide, Dr Kajal Lutchminarian, 27, said it baffled her how matriculants with average marks continued to be accepted into medical schools. Lutchminarian,

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  • Is Baleka Mbete haunted by the EFF?

    Port Elizabeth - The Economic Freedom Fighters seem to be haunting National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete beyond Parliament. In a hushed tone, the ANC national chairwoman asked a party supporter: “Who is the EFF mayoral candidate?” Mbete was campaigning for the ruling party at the France informal settlement near KwaZakhele in Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday morning. Her first stop was at the shack of resident Mbongeni Mdolomba, 50, who had lived in the area for the past 22 years. He told Mbete they needed houses and proper electrification. “You guys only come here during election time and disappear once we have voted you into power,” he lamented, looking Mbete in the eye. Deputy mayor Bicks Ndoni

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  • Once loyal Zimbabwe war veterans denounce 'dictatorial' Mugabe

    A surge in recent street protests -- the largest in many years in Zimbabwe -- has been triggered by an economic crisis that has left banks short of cash and the government struggling to pay its workers. Child hunger and death rising in Zimbabwe due to drought, charity says  Mugabe, 92, has used his security forces to crush dissent since he came to power in 1980 after leading the liberation war in the 1970s that ended British colonial rule. Mugabe's supporters march against Zimbabwe protests  But a series of rare public demonstrations have revealed deepening anger at the ageing president, who has vowed to stand for re-election in 2018, and the ruling ZANU-PR party. The Zimbabwe National Liberation

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  • Segolela released by Stars

    Tlou Segolela headlined the list of players leaving Platinum Stars ahead of the new season. Stars announced their new signings on Thursday and also revealed the list of players that will no longer be with the North West based team next season.

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  • Nigeria: La Liga Boss Commissions Local Office Tomorrow

    The Spanish League, LaLiga will on Friday, July 22 open an office in Nigeria as part of the implementation of the technical and commercial partnership recently signed with the League Management Company (LMC). Shehu Dikko, Chairman of LMC disclosed on Wednesday in Abuja that the LaLiga office in Nigeria is situated inside the LMC office in Maitama District and that the LaLiga President, Javier Tebas will be in Nigeria to personally commission the office. Dikko described the coming event as another major milestone in the partnership between the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and LaLiga, coming on the heels of the NPFL All-Star LaLiga tour coming up in August. "We are delighted that

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