• Tornadoes hit SA towns

    STAFF WRITERS and SAPA TWO TORNADOES ripped through Gauteng and Free State towns just hours apart yesterday, leaving two children dead, hundreds injured and hundreds more homeless. Early estimates suggest at least 1 000 homes were destroyed in Ficksburg’s Meqheleng informal settlement. Rescue teams were assessing the damage in Meqheleng township today, where a nine-year-old boy died and at least 42 people were injured. The tornado hit Zone 8, damaging between 20 and 30 houses in that section alone, said Setsoto municipality spokesman Thabo Mokoena. “The roofs were blown off some houses, and other buildings fell down,” he said. Meqheleng Concerned Citizens leader Molefe Nonyane said the tornado

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  • Cyril hints that Mbeki is needed

    In the wake of speculation about whether former president Thabo Mbeki is willing to assist the ruling ANC to campaign for the local government elections on August 3, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday called on “all ANC heavyweights” to campaign for the party. “All hands have to be on deck,” Ramaphosa said at the ANC’s call centre in Randburg, Johannesburg, in what could be interpreted as a reference to Mbeki. Last week, The Citizen quoted reliable sources as saying that Mbeki, who was recalled nine months before the end of his term in 2008, was not keen to canvass for the ANC. The ANC in Greater Johannesburg has described as “mischievous” the reports that Mbeki was “not keen” to assist

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  • 'Don't anger the Islamic State' – expert

    Government is being warned to tread carefully with regards to the religion factor in the terrorism trial of the Thulsie brothers. They were arrested earlier this month for allegedly planning to bomb the United States embassy and Jewish institutions in South Africa. A security analyst said both the Islamic State (IS) and the Muslim community would be paying very close attention to this case, given the media attention it has been receiving. The twins, Brandon-Lee and Toni-Lee Thulsie, are set to appear again today in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court for their bail hearing. The 23-year-olds have since acquired the services of Czech mobster Radovan Krecjir’s lawyer Annelene van den Heever. In

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  • South Africa: Image of Man Pointing at Tornado Goes Viral

    A brief history of tornadoes in South Africa The icy weather that has gripped vast swathes of the country over the last few days is extraordinary. From flooded CBD streets and severely damaged informal settlements in Durban, to snow-capped peaks in the Drakensberg and now, a tornado in Johannesburg, South Africans find themselves talking about the weather with great gusto. And from the noise on social media you would think tornados are a very rare occurrence in the country. In reality, while rare, tornadoes are not exceptional. While it is difficult to estimate with any degree of accuracy how many tornadoes have been experienced in the country, tornados are said to usually occur in Gauteng, the

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  • Clinton makes history, wins US presidential nomination

    Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s White House nomination, coming back from a stinging defeat in her first presidential run in 2008 and surviving a bitter primary fight to become the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in US history. In a symbolic show of party unity, Clinton’s former rival, US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, told the chairwoman from the convention floor that Clinton, 68, should be selected as the party’s nominee at the dramatic climax of a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Capping nearly a quarter century in public life, Clinton will become the party’s standard-bearer against Republican nominee Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election when she accepts the nomination on Thursday.

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  • ANC Youth League endorses Dlamini-Zuma

    Outgoing African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma received her strongest endorsement in KwaZulu-Natal that she should succeed her former husband President Jacob Zuma as the leader of the African National Congress. Thanduxulo Sabelo, the ANC Youth League’s KwaZulu-Natal secretary speaking at a political rally in KwaMashu where Dlamini-Zuma was the keynote speaker, said: “What we are saying as the ANC Youth League is that we are ready for a woman president. She is heading 54 African states. What is a country? Really?” He said that the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal was leading the charge to ensure that women filled key positions. “We believe, even the ANC, not only in government, can be led

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  • Joburg to be Brics Bank regional centre: Gordhan

    This was announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan during a business breakfast hosted by the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with Ernst and Young. “At about the same time...an African regional centre would be established in South Africa. The purpose of the regional centre will be to address investment in the continent...before the end of the year we should have the regional centre somewhere in Johannesburg. There will be some staff that will be there. The first project proposals...will be invited for submission to the New Development Bank‚” said Gordhan. Brics nations aim to set up own ratings agency This month‚ the New Development Bank‚ established by Brics countries

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  • 'Fake Mazibuko' thinks DA is racist

    DA member of parliament Ian Ollis has taken to social media to warn the public against fake Twitter accounts that are trying to mischaracterise DA leaders such as Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane and Lindiwe Mazibuko. On Tuesday morning, on his personal Facebook account, Ollis wrote: “Hi all. There are a number of fake tweets purporting to come from Helen Zille, Lindiwe Mazibuko and Mmusi Maimane claiming that the DA is racist, that the ANC is great, etc. They have actually recreated the Twitter profiles with relevant photos, etc. Our enemies are clearly desperate. Please don’t be taken in by ANC people on social media posting these fake tweets!” He also shared the warning on Twitter. The Citizen did

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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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  • Tutu’s open letter to baby goes viral - Western Cape

    Cape Town - It's not every day that someone gets a heart-warming open letter written to them from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A letter was written earlier this month after the father of an American infant wrote to Tutu, saying that he was collecting letters for his newborn daughter Juliet. All the way from his Cape Town abode, Archbishop wrote the following: Hello, little sister. You don't know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey - on another continent many miles away - is just beginning. We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it's not really a secret because we should all know it. So I

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  • Frugal Cassper rents his house out online for R2K a night

    Keegan Dolly took a morning plane on Thursday from OR Tambo International to Sao Paulo in excited mood as participation in this year's Olympic Games follows fast on the heels of Mamelodi Sundowns reaching the semifinals of the African Champions League.

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  • ANC, DA go toe-to-toe over Mandela’s legacy - Politics

    Cape Town – As election campaigning enters its last days, the Democratic Alliance on Tuesday responded to African National Congress outrage at attempts to turn Nelson Mandela into a poster boy for the opposition by calling the ruling party desperate and nasty. DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s spokesman Mabine Seabe said the ANC was sour because it faced the prospect of losing control of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay to the official opposition party on August 3. “ANC Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa’s vitriolic attack on the DA’s election campaign today reveals the party’s growing desperation as they face losing Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay to the DA on 3 August 2016,” Seabe said.

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  • How to have the perfect child

    This is according to a pair of studies‚ which further strengthen scientific understanding of the links between what a child experiences in the first years of life and later childhood behaviour and abilities. Funded by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada‚ researchers working in South Africa and Pakistan reported their findings in papers launched on Tuesday. In the first study‚ an international team led by Dr Ruth M. Bland at the Africa Centre for Population Health assessed over 1‚500 children in South Africa‚ 900 of whom had been involved in an early infant feeding study. They found longer durations of exclusive breastfeeding strongly associated with fewer conduct disorders

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  • Hlaudi throws in towel‚ reinstates fired journalists

    The South African Broadcasting Corporation will reinstate the seven news employees who challenged their dismissal for speaking out against a decision by the public broadcaster’s chief operating officer‚ Hlaudi Motsoeneng‚ to ban news coverage of violent protests. “The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) management has instructed its legal team not to proceed with further legal action and the SABC will reinstate the seven dismissed news employees‚” SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. Kganyago added: “The SABC remains committed to fulfilling its public service mandate“.  Four of the seven won their case in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mnangagawa Says Not All Zanu-PF Ministers Are Corrupt

    VICE PRESIDENT Emerson Mnangagwa has said not all government ministers are corrupt, adding that he was an example of those who are farming honestly. He said it was a misconception for people to always believe that only Zanu PF ministers were corrupt because graft is widespread in Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa was speaking to journalists at the launch of the $344 million Special Programme on Maize Production for Import Substitution on Monday night at his Munhumutapa offices. The programme aims to produce at least 2 million metric tonnes of maize grain locally and reduce imports. Responding to a question on what measures were in place to ensure that the programme did not benefit only the Ministers, Mnangagwa

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  • KZN father jailed for raping daughter, 9

    A  Hibberdene father has been convicted by the Scottburgh Regional Court for raping and assaulting his 9-year-old daughter, South Coast Herald reports. The 32-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on each of the two counts of rape. It was heard in court that on January 6 last year the girl, who lives with her grandmother in Nyangwini Ward, Hibberdene, returned from her father’s house and told her grandmother that she had been assaulted by her father. Captain Vincent Pandarum told The Citizen on Tuesday that the man had asked for the little girl from the grandmother and hence led her with another girl to his rondavel, 300m away from the grandmother’s home. The other child was let

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just one week, and I think most of the negative comments about the show have been emotional. "Obviously management would have to do a thorough evaluation

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  • Austerity is no longer the answer - Gordhan

    Gordhan has been trying to find a balance between reining in spending to contain South Africa's budget deficit and avoid credit rating downgrades, while also finding ways to boost economic growth and provide basic services to the poor. “What's very clear is that austerity, which we in some parts of the G20 thought was absolutely necessary ... is no longer the answer,” Gordhan told business leaders. Africa's most developed economy is barely growing after a drop in commodity prices crippled the mining sector, a severe drought hammered farming output and policy uncertainty spooked investors. The ruling African National Congress will face tough competition in local elections next week with all parties campaigning on promises to tackle high unemployment and deliver better lives for millions of poor people.

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  • Op-Ed: Zimbabwe’s Leadership Moment: The centre can no longer hold

    How did we get here? Reflecting on how Zimbabwe got to this moment of renewed protest is an important leadership question. Given the nature and location of the protests, it is clearly more than conjecture on our part to suggest that the answer is found in the dusty streets of Zimbabwe. In other words, understanding the protests and their motivation is a function of lived realities of the people of Zimbabwe. We argue that the protests provide an opportunity for national dialogue around re-imagining our future, but also that this opportunity is in danger of being stillborn, resulting from the continued missing link of inspirational and empathetic national leadership. The lived reality is characterised

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  • New Wits signings set for rude awakening this week in the Cape

    Bidvest Wits’ new acquisitions will be given a rude welcome to the club later this week when Gavin Hunt takes his charges on a now legendary annual pre-season trip to the Cape. It started during his successful stint at SuperSport United‚ where he won three titles‚ and it has extended to his time at Wits. The trip is seen as a crucial ingredient in all the success that Hunt has been able to extract from his clubs. A week-long trip to Stellenbosch forms part of the pre-season preparations and is a hard physical slog for the players with a basis of fitness being laid down for the rest of the season. There is a match every day for the team‚ who take on all the Cape top-flight and National First Division

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