• Malema faced tough crowd during debate with Sunter

    Julius Malema pulled no punched in a debate with Clem Sunter in Cape Town. EFF Julius Malema Sunter debates Malema Clem Sunter CAPE TOWN - A day after Julius Malema clashed with Parliament's presiding officers, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader faced another tough crowd. Malema made an argument for his party's policies of expropriation without compensation and nationalisation, to a room full of Cape Town business people. The firebrand politician pulled no punches in a debate with futurist Clem Sunter last night. Sunter and Malema both agree South Africa has economic apartheid. But the two influential men disagree on how to fix the country's problems. Malema says black people remain subjects

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  • It has got to a stage where they want to kill my son Bellarmine: Grace Mugabe

    The official Chronicle newspaper has reported that Zimbabwe's first lady told rally-goers in the north of the country, "Imagine it has got to a stage where they want to kill my son Bellarmine." "Is it fair to expect me to smile at you," she reportedly asked in a tirade that clearly showed the ambitious former secretary is backing a faction in her husband's party opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mrs Mugabe also claimed party officials might have killed "dozens" of orphans living in an orphanage she runs next to her dairy in Mazowe, if they hadn't been found out by the authorities first. But Zimbabweans were largely disbelieving on social media. This is not the first time the first

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  • Porsche, Prada and plush property: SA's ultra rich living the high life

    A report by Sandton-based wealth intelligence company New World Wealth revealed this week that the number of ultra-rich individuals in South Africa - those with net assets of $30-million (about R475-million) or more - rose 18% from 526 in 2007 to 620 in 2015. EFF leader Julius Malema and his band of men and women in red might choke on the fact that rich South Africans held $556-billion in wealth at the end of last year. It demonstrated a growing wealth gap in South Africa at the top end of the wealth pyramid with "ultra-high net worth individuals getting richer and the average millionaire getting poorer". Andrew Amoils, head of research at New World Wealth, said South Africa's ultra wealthy generally held their assets offshore, were involved in multiple businesses and had political connections.

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  • Numsa

    Numsa says President Zuma and his government have run out of ideas to solve economic crisis. NUMSA SONA Sona debate in Parliament Economic crisis JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mine Workers (Numsa) says President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address tried to deflect any attention away from what is likely to be the worst economic and social crisis since the apartheid. On Thursday proceedings at the address were delayed were delayed by an hour and a half after various opposition parties rose on points of order to clarify the rules governing the house. Both the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Congress of the People (Cope) were asked to leave the chambers. Numsa says the address shows

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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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  • Woman tells Malema he has no authority to talk about land, he isn't Khoisan

    "Mr Malema, you have no authority to talk about land. "The Khoisan is the only authoritative voice which can talk about land," she said to loud applause and some cheers. The woman said the Khoisan were the "first freedom fighters" who fought the colonials when they came here 360 years ago. "We were the first people of this nation. We were the first people of southern Africa and we still face oppression." She said the country's history did not start in 1910 when the ANC was formed. "We lived here and you, your ancestors, and the white ancestors found us here. Only we can talk about land ownership." Self isolation Malema told the woman that he thought she was "extremely missing a point". "Me and

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  • ANC outrage over Zuma's Thuli U-turn

    This week it emerged for the first time that a defiant Zuma also ignored advice from party structures and senior leaders as early as two years ago to pay back a portion of the R246-million spent on his Nkandla home. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe yesterday revealed that the NEC had in 2014 - just before the general elections - advised Zuma to take public protector Thuli Madonsela's "Secure in Comfort" report to court for review. But Zuma instead assigned Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to compile his now discredited report that concluded that the president was not liable for any money spent at his private home. "It was the NEC that made that decision [to take Madonsela's report for review],"

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  • Gordhan leads by example - Independent on Saturday

    Durban - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been spotted where many government leaders in this world may fear to tread – in economy class on board a regular flight. Facebook user Adil Nchabeleng posted that he spotted him returning to Joburg from the State of the Nation Address in Parliament. “Our leaders in the ANC must lead by example. Leadership with a conscience,” he wrote. “Yes, as the ANC we suffer all forms of criticism, so must we also must lead by example. The majority of our people are poor. So they look to us as leaders to at least have the conscience to lead them out of poverty and improve their lives. “Let’s us curb wasteful and useless expenditure.” By the time of going to press,

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  • Ramaphosa car in blue light crash - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A blue light brigade vehicle in Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade has been involved in a crash in Blouberg. Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the directorate for priority crime investigation (the Hawks) confirmed the incident on Friday, saying “the lead car in deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade was hit by a bakkie which allegedly jumped the red robot. One member was injured”. Ramaphosa was not in the vehicle involved in the crash on the corner of Blaauwberg Road and the R27, said Mulaudzi. The injured bodyguard is believed to be in intensive care unit in a nearby private hospital, said a police source. The source said a driver faced possible charges of

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  • New row about Gupta ‘monstrosity’ - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - Another showdown is looming between irate residents of the upmarket Joburg suburb of Saxonwold and the embattled Gupta family over an “illegally built” mansion in their multimillion-rand compound. However, in some good news for the family, Judge Johan Louw of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria said on Friday that no reasonable, right-thinking person would consider the utterances made by Julius Malema against the Gupta family and their employees as mere campaigning for the upcoming elections, and not a threat of violence. He was giving his reasons for this week interdicting Malema and the EFF from threatening or inciting violence against the Gupta family and their employees.

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  • Zuma says disruptive opposition showed 'how useless they are'

    Watch the moment EFF walked out of #SONA2016 "They are showing how useless they are, people will never vote for them," Zuma said a day after seeing his annual state of the nation address interrupted. "They don't understand democracy, how it works." "They just move with the wind when it goes this way, that way, shame on them," said Zuma. Lawmakers from the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), dressed in their uniforms of red workers' overalls and hard hats, noisily interrupted his speech for an hour before being ordered out of the chamber on Thursday night. "Zuma is no longer a president that deserves respect from anyone," EFF's firebrand leader Julius Malema yelled at the president. But Zuma

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  • Zimbabwe: Prof Jonathan Moyo Misses Stem Engine!

    THE Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Prof Moyo must be hailed for his STEM initiative. His program of sponsoring A' level students to study Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics with a full government scholarship and even with C grades at O level is a step in the right direction. However, worryingly, the program excludes Computer Science which is the most important subject for the 21st century. Recently, the World Economic Forum in Davos ran under the theme, "the Fourth Industrial Revolution" and put STEM education as an answer to the challenges of the coming decade. Therefore, Prof Moyo is in lock step with global approach to education in the 21st

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  • Stellenbosch students cleared following 'blackface' incident

    Stellenbosch University will provide support to two students who were at the centre of the incident. Stellenbosch University Stellenbosch Black face White girls dress up with black faces CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University says an investigation into two of its students, involved in an alleged "black-face" incident, has found they had no intention of black-facing. The institution's Equality Unity which was tasked with probing the matter recommended that the two women be reinstated into residence. They were temporarily suspended from the Heemstede Residence last week after photos showing them in what appears to be a black-face costume caused outrage. In an apology on Facebook, one of the students

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  • Trump's profanity may be fodder for rivals at Republican debate

    Donald Trump will face pressure at a debate with his Republican rivals on Saturday night. Donald Trump New Hampshire GREENVILLE – Donald Trump will face pressure at a debate with his Republican rivals on Saturday night to show a more presidential side to his personality in South Carolina, where his frequent use of profanity has become an issue. With a week to go until South Carolina's Republican primary vote on 20 February, the debate comes at a time of high anxiety for Trump's opponents. Trump, who won New Hampshire handily on Tuesday after placing second in Iowa on 1 February, has a big lead in the polls in South Carolina. Unless he is slowed down, he could be in position to roll to his party's

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  • Chelsea a team of 'Zorros', says Hiddink

    London - Chelsea striker Diego Costa will become the latest Chelsea player to wear a protective mask after breaking his nose, leading interim manager Guus Hiddink to liken his side to a “team of Zorros”. Spain forward Costa suffered the injury in an accidental clash in training and will become the third Chelsea player to wear a mask this season after Cesar Azpilicueta and Nemanja Matic. “Diego got in a duel on the pitch, got his nose broken,” Hiddink told a news conference on Friday. “It was one of the youngsters in the academy, we like them to participate in the game. Diego put his nose on the back of the player and was very unlucky. “His nose was broken, but he will return today, he will have

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  • Oscar movie: shooting to start soon - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - Today marks three years since Reeva Steenkamp was murdered by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius and interest in that fateful night remains so intense a documentary on the crime and subsequent trial is in the works. Shooting will begin next month and the film is expected to be released early next year. ScreenDaily reports the documentary Oscar Pistorius: Killing A Dream will be produced by Western Edge Pictures and directed by its founder Vaughan Sivell. Sivell told the publication the Pistorius trial shows how the Paralympic star “self destructs in a way the country of South Africa destructs”. Journalist Gareth A Davies, the boxing correspondent of the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, who also

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  • Zimbabwe: Time for Euphemisms Is Over, Names Coming

    The following is a transcript of the address by First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe at Kanyemba Secondary School in Chiweshe yesterday. Pamberi mberi nekubatana! Mash Central woye-e-e! Pamberi neZanu PF! NaVaMugabe! VaMugabe woye-e-e! Gushungo woye-e-e! Pamberi-mberi nekubatana! Nekugarisana zvakanaka! Nekudanana! Nekuchengetedza nyika yedu! Pamberi nekuchengeta mhuri dzedu zvakanaka! Nekudzidzisa vana tsika dzakanaka! Nekushandira nyika yedu! Nekubikira vana baba sadza rakaibva! Pamberi mberi nekushandira party yedu! Nekuendesera zvido zveparty yedu pamberi! Pasi nevasingadi kushanda nevamwe! Pasi nadzo mhandu! Makadiiko vana baba navana mai? Aiwa tinotenda. Tatenda Governor nekutitambira kwamaita.

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  • Guptas are just a red herring

    The EFF is deflecting attention from the true threat - white capital, writes Andile Mngxitama. The carefully crafted narrative that the social, economic and political problems of South Africa are reducible to the Gupta family, not white monopoly capital, culminated in the call “TheGuptasMustGo”. How was this narrative created and whose interests does it serve? The fundamental contradiction in South Africa has always been recognised by the whole liberation movement (the ANC, Pan Africanist Congress, Black Consciousness Movement) as settler colonialism that gives rise to white monopoly capitalism, which in turn renders the black majority powerless. So how did the gaze turn away from this historical

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  • How much should you invest offshore? - Personal Finance Investments | IOL Business

    Increasing your offshore investments significantly in a blind panic about the state of the economy and the weakness of the rand is risky, a leading asset manager says. Many investors are not only worried about further rand weakness, but also the poor state of the local economy and the potential for ratings agencies to downgrade South African government bonds to junk status. The sage advice is that every investor should be diversified into offshore markets, but the percentage of your assets that you should invest offshore depends on where you are in your life, where you plan to realise your investments, your current exposure to offshore and local markets, and the return you require on your investments, Brooke says.

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  • Nzimande blames failure to address class & white privilege for racism

    Nzimande says cracks are showing in society because the economic and class gaps have not yet been addressed. Racism Blade Nzimande Racist posts Racist Racist behaviour CAPE TOWN – South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, says society's failure to address class and white privilege, is driving the resurgence of racist incidents in the country.  Nzimande delivered a memorial lecture on the late military veteran and SACP activist Mzala Nxumalo at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology today. The minister used part of the memorial lecture to speak about an increase in racist incidents. He says the cracks are showing in society because

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