• Malema failed woodwork again‚ says Mandla Mandela

    Mandla Mandela issued a scathing attack on Julius Malema on Friday‚ accusing the EFF leader of “trash can politics“. In a statement defending ANC policy and practice‚ the grandson of Nelson Mandela said: “It appears‚ though‚ that Julius Malema has capitulated to the kind of thinking that characterised Eugene Terreblanche’s mission to undermine our nascent democracy at any cost.” Mandla Mandela was reacting to a stinging attack on his grandfather by Malema at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. Malema also attacked Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and businessman Patrice Motsepe at the student forum. “The deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of selling out of

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  • ‘Outsiders in our own land’ - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Afrikaner political party Front Nasionaal set itself on a collision course with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) by burning an EFF T-shirt and a poster showing the face of leader Julius Malema. The party led a march to the Union Buildings from the Pretoria Art Museum on Friday to hand over a memorandum, addressed to President Jacob Zuma, signalling its intention to have areas for Afrikaners to live out their heritage and exercise their right to self-determination as per the constitution. The relatively small group, led by Marius Coertze, Front Nasionaal’s legal representative, set the red EFF T-shirt, as well as a poster with Malema’s face on it, alight. Soon afterwards the

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  • Watch: Mugabe's slow Turkey walk sets tongues wagging

    The 91-year-old's less-than-speedy progression up a long blue carpet was filmed by New China TV, Xinhua news agency's official TV channel, and then posted on YouTube. "As [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan waited while Mugabe walked ever so gingerly the short distance from his Mercedes limousine to the entrance of the conference venue, the Turkish leader probably wondered whether he should not have let the Zimbabwean stay at home," news website NewZimbabwe quipped. The report said Mugabe "appeared to walk with some difficulty". Mugabe attended the G-20 summit as head of the African Union, though Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change said he had "no business" there and his attendance at the meeting was "a serious national embarrassment".

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  • SA reacts to Afrikaner-only area plan - Gauteng | IOL News

    Pretoria - There has been an overwhelming response on social media both in favour of and against Front Nasionaal’s plan to have areas that will be exclusively for Afrikaners in Pretoria. Front Nasionaal, a newly formed political party which claims to represent cultural and ethnic Afrikaner communities in South Africa, will on Friday hold a march for self-determination. The march was set to start at 10am at the Pretoria Art Museum on the intersection of Francis Baard and Wessels streets in Arcadia Park. They were then to make their way to the Union Buildings. Wessel Basson, Front Nasionaal’s Gauteng leader, said other Afrikaner groups would be joining them, including the Boere Afrikaner Volksraad.

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  • Drogba just selling books, says Jose - Premier League

    London - Jose Mourinho has slapped down Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, accusing his former player of criticising the club in order to sell books, before telling current striker Diego Costa that he is “not reading the game properly”. Drogba, who scored 164 goals and won 12 major trophies at Chelsea, many of them under Mourinho, had said Chelsea did not have as many leaders as they used to. But the Portuguese hit back last night, saying he had little interest in what he thought was merely promotional material for Drogba's autobiography. “When you speak because you want to sell books, I don't read,” Mourinho said. “I like interviews, I like interviews from big guys like Didier with good journalists

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  • Nigerian superstar robbed of R791,000 in Sandton

    Davido, who has received global acclaim for his funky brand of Nigerian music infused with pop and afro soul influences - encountered crime first hand in Johannesburg. Davido was passing through the country en route to Atlanta, USA where he is based and regularly performs.

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  • Get real, white South Africa

    We did it in 1910 when the Union of South Africa was birthed by the British. We did it in 1948 when our new apartheid laws turned us into the most unethically dressed nation in Africa. We did it again in 1961 when the National Party declared South Africa a republic, free from the British Commonwealth. Our newest outfit, the dress from our historic Autumn/Winter 1994 collection, is now 21 years old, and evidently in tatters. Unfortunately, South Africa has never fundamentally changed over the years, we simply changed clothes. The greatest problem we face as a nation is not our neo-liberal imperialist economy that favours US and British capitalist endeavours. It's not that the police criminalise

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  • Collusion claims rejected

    A businesswoman who boasts of providing catering services for ANC bigwigs, including President Jacob Zuma, is at the centre of a R1.4-billion tender battle. Ethel Ruth Shongwe, who allegedly has close links to Mpumalanga legislature speaker Thandi Shongwe, is also a former deputy chairwoman of the Mpumalanga tender board. In May last year, North Gauteng High Court Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen found that Shongwe had submitted two bids under two companies and should have been disqualified in terms of the resolution adopted by the bid evaluation committee. Van Nieuwenhuizen also found that Shongwe hastily formed Mabeke Women and Mbetse Ladies about a month before the closing date of bid submissions.

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  • Motsepe shares his riches

    Billionaire Patrice Motsepe's mining business has not done well to the extent that for the first time his African Rainbow Minerals failed to fund his multi-million rand annual donation programme to traditional authorities and faith-based organisations. Motsepe revealed this yesterday at the Sandton Convention Centre while he was disbursing millions of rands to churches and traditional leaders. He said "the mining industry is going through serious challenges". He said the donation funds this year came from the Ubuntu Botho, a partnership between his Motsepe Foundation and insurance group Sanlam. Ubuntu Botho is also the main sponsor for Motsepe's football team Mamelodi Sundowns. "The global mining

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  • Trevor’s back, better than ever

    Trevor Noah is back in SA to do what he does best – make us laugh at ourselves. For a little over an hour, Noah did his thing on the first night of the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival at Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp. Noah, host of The Daily Show in the US, is in SA with his comedy show, the Nationwild Gala. With 60 comedians performing at the festival until tomorrow, it is believed to be the largest comedy festival on the continent. But on Wednesday night it was evident the crowd had come to see one man – Noah. He may be an international star, but was just as awkward on the red carpet as his fellow comedians, who couldn’t wait to move away from the media’s gaze. But when he started

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  • Lekoelea – I’m glad the ordeal is over

    Former Orlando Pirates star Steve Lekoelea says he is happy that the “embarrassing” ordeal of being arrested for being in possession of a stolen car is behind him now and that he can refocus on his life. Tuesday’s arrest almost ruined a reputation that I have worked hard to keep,” Lekoelea told Phakaaathi.

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  • Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame

    His attackers had followed him down a street, keeping their prey at arm's length, waiting for an opening to land the fatal blow. They circled him as, on his knees amid rubbish, he pleaded for mercy. In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The intensity on his attackers' faces showed that he had become a thing to kill - each thrust aimed with ferocity. Around the macabre scene - where children had played and adults had strolled moments before - some now held their hands to their mouths in horror. Others stood seemingly detached, as if watching a movie. The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes. Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just

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  • Mary J. Blige coming to South Africa

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that Leicester City's Premier League heroics are no flash in the pan and that the surprise leaders must be taken seriously as potential title contenders.

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  • Best of the Best: Budget Cars - IOL Motoring Special Features

    Johannesburg - As the countdown continues to our Best of the Best awards ceremony on December 7, our judges have been hard at work sorting through the lengthy list of cars launched in South Africa in 2015. At the end of each year our publication's team of motoring journalists selects an overall winning Best of the Best vehicle as well as victors in the categories of Small/Budget Car, Family Car, Performance Car, Luxury Car, and Adventure Vehicle. There is also a Best-Styled Vehicle voted for by readers. From the more than 70 all-new or upgraded vehicles that have been launched in SA this year, we've come up with a shortlist across numerous categories. These are the budget cars; use the links

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  • High Court deals heavy blow to SABC’s Hlaudi

    BELEAGUERED South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been dealt another heavy blow following a Western Cape High Court judgment on Friday ordering his appointment be set aside. The Western Cape High Court last month heard part B of a review application by the Democratic Alliance (DA) which specifically sought to have Mr Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as the SABC’s chief operating officer set aside as being irrational. The DA believes that there is a strong legal case that Mr Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment was irrational and unlawful‚ given Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings against him. The first part of the DA’s application

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  • Zimbabwe: Prof Sam Moyo - Shunned By Fellow Academics for Daring to Back Mugabe

    The news of the passing on of Prof Sam Moyo, when it came through on Friday last week, was devastating. Sam died following a car crash in New Delhi where he was attending a conference. Attempts to stabilise him failed and, just like that, we lost one of the best academic authorities on the land and agrarian question. Sam is a former Vice-President (1998-2001) and President (2008-2011) of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. I was lucky to serve in the CODESRIA executive committee that Sam chaired. But my first memorable engagement with him was at the 30th Anniversary of CODESRIA in 2005. You might ask why write about Sam, someone an average Kenyan might never

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  • South African pets have medical aid, but not workers - Malema tells Oxford students

    "We have got a situation where the rich love animals [more] than the people," he told the Oxford Union at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.  "The dogs of rich people in South Africa have got medical aid but their domestic workers, and the university workers, and the farm workers, the petrol attendants, the security guards, do not have medical aid.  "Neither do they have rights as workers." Malema said the recent student protests against fees, and the protests by university workers showed that the interests of the poor are being put on the African agenda.   He added that some university workers who have worked for more than 30 years have nothing to show for it.  Malema said

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  • VIDEO: Front Nasionaal members set alight EFF shirt

    Members of the Front Nasionaal have set alight an EFF t-shirt and placard depicting Julius Malema’s face on Friday. The group is calling for the establishment of their own enclave in Pretoria. A memorandum was delivered to the office of Tshwane Mayor and Premier David Makhura this week. Today the group of about 50 are marching to the Union Buildings to deliver a memorandum to the President’s office. Messages here include a stern warning to Malema that “the country might be afraid of you but we are not”. Leaders have told the crowd here they are ready to go to war if their demands are not met. Die Stem was sung just before they started their march.

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  • Turok slams Zuma over SA economy - Politics | IOL News

    Cape Town - ANC veteran and former MP Ben Turok has slammed the government and President Jacob Zuma for their management of South Africa’s economy, saying the country’s leaders could do more to encourage growth. Turok was speaking at the Cape Times Breakfast on Thursday about his new book, ‘The Changing Colour of Capital’, which is a collection of essays on SA’s political economy. He said Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu had reported that R26 billion of public funds were lost through “irregular spending”, but the government had earlier told students it did not have R3bn to make up a funding shortfall at South African universities. While Zuma and the ANC insisted SA was not experiencing a crisis,

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  • From dung to BMWs at green energy plant in South Africa

    "Every day, 120 tonnes of manure and 66 tonnes of recycled paper are mixed in one of these tanks," Bio2Watt project manager Steven Roux said in the shadow of a looming 9,000 cubic metre vat. Also in the tank alongside the bacteria-rich dung is a steaming mix of old yoghurt, fruit juice and abattoir waste, which bubbles away at 52 degrees Celsius for 22 days. "It's basically a huge living organism," explained project creator Sean Thomas. "While the bacteria is breaking down the waste, it's producing methane gas, which is our primary fuel for our combustion engine -- similar to that of a car." The engine, in turn, is connected to an alternator. The result: 4.4 megawatts (MW) of electricity, enough

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