• Tragedy strikes retired Irish couple - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Irish couple PJ and Rachel Daly was about to retire in Tulbagh, where they were going to spend the rest of their lives. But, at the weekend, tragedy struck. The couple went sailing in the yacht Tara with their friend George Mills, but early on Monday morning their vessel ran aground and Mills and Rachel died. Rachel, 49, PJ, 66, and Mills, 60, were sailing from Langebaan to Cape Town to celebrate PJ’s birthday when the Tara ran aground near Melkbosstrand along the West Coast. The Irish embassy and British High Commission liaised with local authorities to give support to their families and the South African Maritime Safety Authority is investigating the incident. The couple’s friend,

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  • Zuma lied about Nene Brics bank 'job'

    Two months after he was dropped from national Treasury, Nhlanhla Nene has told the Financial Mail that he has still not received a formal offer to join the Brics bank, despite President Jacob Zuma indicating otherwise. When Zuma unceremoniously cut Nene from the cabinet in December, he said it was because he needed to rope the able and respected finance minister into the New Development Bank, as the institution is now called. In a statement issued from Zuma’s office a couple of days after he axed Nene, when the president was forced to explain his reckless move in an effort to contain the economic chaos that followed, he said it was because the SA government had identified Nene as the preferred candidate to head the Africa Regional Centre, one of the bank’s priority units.

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  • 'I'm not poor, but I'm broke,' DJ Sbu on how MoFaya took toll on his pocket

    Thousands of unemployed Zimbabwe graduates could soon find themselves with first jobs in South Sudan but there's just one catch: President Robert Mugabe's government is thinking of taking 25 percent of their salaries.

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  • The biggest losers in the Nkandla saga

    Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has come out as the biggest loser in the Nkandla debacle. Former ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi also have egg on their faces due to the saga. The three led the pack in arguing that President Jacob Zuma should not pay for the upgrades at Nkandla. But Zuma's proposal to pay has left his defenders in a corner. While the ANC and Cosatu welcomed Zuma's announcement to pay back some money spent on non-security upgrades at his private home, opposition parties still want him to appear before court. Cosatu said in a statement Zuma's proposal would bring an end to the drawn-out controversy regarding the public protector's report on Nkandla.

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  • It was proper for me to resign

    Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said, on Saturday, he felt it was “proper” for him to resign as an ANC MP. This following his name being put forward to head the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank/Brics bank. “Yes, I resigned last year,” he confirmed. “In line with my removal [and being nominated for the Brics bank position] I felt it would be the proper thing to do.” While he resigned in December, his resignation was processed only last month. After Nene’s sacking as finance minister, President Jacob Zuma said the "urgency of the changes in the leadership of the National Treasury" was because nominations needed to be sent to Shanghai in terms of the head of the African

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  • Zuma drags ANC 'into a dark hole'

    Yesterday ANC members spoke openly of being ''embarrassed'' and ''pained'' by the president after he was forced into a second dramatic climbdown in two months - this time over Nkandla. Two years after denying liability for the splurging of millions in taxpayers' money on his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead, Zuma announced late on Tuesday that he had written to the Constitutional Court proposing to repay some of the money in line with the recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The U-turn came just days before the court was due to decide whether he should foot a portion of the bill for supposed security upgrades, including a swimming pool described as a fire-fighting facility, a chicken run and a cattle kraal, which Madonsela found were undue benefits. It followed years of political fallout during which an ANC-dominated parliamentary committee and the police minister controversially absolved Zuma of liability.

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  • Zuma vs two angry cops

    Yesterday, suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega - reacting to recommendations by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate that she be criminally charged - made it clear she will not go down without a fight. Her refusal to accept either a golden handshake or to resign, follows on action by her predecessor, Bheki Cele, who is still fighting Zuma's decision to fire him in 2012. The Times has been reliably informed that Cele's matter is still before court and that settlement negotiations have been under way since late 2013. The negotiations, which include Cele's demand that the board of inquiry report into his fitness to hold office be set aside, began after Zuma realised none

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  • Trump Is Going To The Next Fox Debate Hosted By Megyn Kelly

    “No, I’ll be there,” Trump told the Steve Malzberg Show on Friday. Trump also claimed — somewhat questionably — that his last absence from the Iowa debate hosted by Fox News had nothing to do with Kelly. “That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly, the fact that I went out of the last one,” Trump stated. “It had to do with a memo that was sent out by Fox that was a little bit taunting and I said it was inappropriate.

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  • Malema gets taste buds going with ‘derogatory’ curry quip

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s reference to a curry is taking flak for ethnic stereotyping – while stirring up recommendations on where to find the best plate of the spicy dish‚ as South Africans mockingly put a positive spin on it. “We’re not going to allow a South Africa that is sold over a plate of curry‚” Malema said at a press briefing at the EFF headquarters in Johannesburg on Thursday‚ in a reference to the perceived political influence being wielded by the Gupta family. Back in 2013‚ Malema said: “Zuma sold SA out for a plate of curry”. On Twitter‚ @MiaMthombeni said: “The #Guptas are not my fav but #Malema saying SA will not be bought with plate of curry and they must leave SA is disrespectful.

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  • Zimbabwe graduates can find jobs abroad

    The official Chronicle newspaper reported on Thursday that South Sudan wanted "20,000 graduates to work in different fields in the North African country." With high levels of unemployment in Zimbabwe, Mugabe's government last year announced a scheme to export graduates to countries including South Sudan, Botswana, Angola and Namibia, according to a report in the Herald of June 2015. The scheme was aimed at promoting "brain circulation" on the African continent, officials said then. They conceded that there would be a financial benefit to Zimbabwe's government. Now the authorities are debating whether to make exported workers send back 25 percent of their salaries to their families "or deposit

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  • Zimbabwe imposes value added tax on nearly 40 imported basic foods

    THE Zimbabwean government has widened its tax bracket to include value added tax (VAT) on nearly 40 imported basic food commodities, as the country’s revenue performance continues to disappoint. With revenue for the year ended December 31 2015 coming in 3% lower than in the prior year, the Zimbabwean authorities are looking for all avenues that can boost revenue collection in 2016. In the January 22 Government Gazette, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa amended section 78 of the VAT Act by repealing clauses that until now allowed the imported food commodities to be taxed at zero rate. The tax is effective from February 1. Earlier this year the Zimbabwean government revised downwards the travellers’

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  • Sturridge set to quit Anfield

    London - Daniel Sturridge is ready to quit Liverpool this summer over his fury at criticism questioning his desire to play for the club. Manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken publicly of his frustrations over Sturridge’s fitness and several former Anfield stars have intimated it is time for the club to sign a replacement. Sturridge is fed up at a growing perception that he lacks the hunger to fulfil his potential and believes a clean break is required this summer. The 26-year-old still has two-and-a-half years to run on his £150 000-per-week contract, meaning Liverpool are likely to demand a high price. He has the qualities of a £60million striker, but his fitness record means he is likely to be valued

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  • Cosatu: Gupta influence on govt a serious concern

    Media reports claim the Guptas stand to benefit from a deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel. Cosatu Gupta Gupta family Guptagate The Congress of South African Trade Unions Cosatu JOHANNESBURG – As fresh controversy emerges around the Gupta family this morning, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is warning that their influence on government is a serious concern. But the trade union federation denies it raised their relationship with the Zuma family at a recent African National Congress (ANC) meeting. The Mail & Guardian is this morning reporting that the Guptas stand to benefit from a lucrative deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel, which recently expanded into

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  • Zimbabwe: Grace Central in Zanu-PF Factional Wars

    Zanu-PF's warring factions that are threatening to tear apart the former revolutionary party have revealed that First Lady Grace Mugabe is responsible for the ongoing bitter succession debacle amid reports she has been playing a double game by meeting and encouraging members from the two main factions battling for supremacy in the party. Two factions, one backing Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Generation 40 (G40), a grouping of young Turks who have the support of Grace have been at loggerheads as they seek to control the party and eventually succeed President Robert Mugabe, who turns 92 on February 21. Although Grace spoke glowingly of Mnangagwa in the run up to the party's December 2014 congress, which swept aside former vice-president Joice Mujuru, then a favourite to succeed Mugabe, she now flip-flops whenever it suits her since he was appointed President Robert Mugabe's deputy.

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  • Nearly half of foreign inflows into Zimbabwe are remittances

    EXPAT Zimbabweans living and working in countries such as SA, the UK and the US sent nearly $1bn back home in 2015, accounting for nearly half of foreign inflows into the cash-starved economy. Zimbabwe is battling a liquidity crunch that has been worsened by growing weakness in the currencies of major trading partners, the South African rand and Chinese yuan. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya said on Thursday there had been an increase in instances of illegal externalisation of funds by both individuals and companies. "The current scenario in Zimbabwe — for example, where firms, especially those in the extractive sectors, and individuals are externalising funds, including export sales proceeds — defies economic logic," he said in his Monetary Policy Statement for 2016.

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  • Ugly twar leads to Dana taking Mazwai to court

    According to Jozi Gist the twar began when Mazwai was challenged to come up with a concept for a talent show. Mazwai said that Simphiwe Dana had come to an open mic session she had hosted. Dana didn't remember it. Dana clarified the issue - apparently they were both part of a poetry group called Feelah Sista - and not someone engaged in discovering talent. Things went downhill from there, when Dana accused Mazwai of badmouthing her. Now, according to Sowetan LIVE Dana has responded in a statement - and is planning to take Mazwai to court: "There are various tweets that imply that Simphiwe Dana is an alcoholic and has slept her way to the top, Simphiwe distances herself from these tweets as they

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  • Mariah Carey rules out kids with James Packer

    Mariah Carey is adamant she and her fiancé James Packer won't be having any children together after they get hitched because her four-year-old twins will get ''jealous.'' The 'Hero' hitmaker and her billionaire beau may be heading down the aisle soon following their engagement last month, but she's adamant they won't be adding any little ones to their brood as it won't be fair on the blonde beauty's four-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, whom she has with her ex-husband Nick Cannon. Asked if she and James will be having any kids together, Mariah replied: ''No, those [Moroccan and Monroe] are my two babies and I think they will get too jealous.'' And, in order to prevent too much disruption

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  • Another #blackface controversy hits Stellenbosch University

    The party, at Heemstede Dameskoshuis, on Thursday night, apparently had a space theme. In an apology posted on Facebook, one of the students said they took full responsibility for the incident at the “stellar space party”. She said they painted their bodies dark purple and covered themselves in glitter. SU spokesperson Martin Viljoen said on Friday the university’s equality unit was investigating. It was established recently to deal with cases of unfair discrimination and sexual harassment. “In the light of a similar incident in 2014, as well as national reports on acts of racism in our country, management regards the incident in a very serious light. Further, management condemns of all forms

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  • Pravin utters P-word

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is said to believe there would be huge interest if a 49% stake in the parastatal was offered to the private sector. In a meeting last week of ANC leaders and government officials, he argued for a sale. His proposal has put him in conflict with Eskom boss Brian Molefe, who has begun turning the utility around, a person with knowledge of the discussion said. The minister suggested private shareholders be able to buy as much as 49%, said the insider who did not want to be named. Molefe disagreed, said the insider. The proposal follows Gordhan's recent meeting with business investors and comes ahead of a meeting this week between President Jacob Zuma and big business.

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  • Nkandla investigation 'manipulated' to protect Zuma: report

    In its report, Netwerk24 quoted three independent sources with direct knowledge of the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) probe into Nkandla who claimed the final report was “sanitised” to protect Zuma. The Afrikaans digital publication has now applied to the North Gauteng High Court to obtain all the SIU’s draft Nkandla reports. According to a sworn statement by Netwerk24 editor, Adriaan Basson, he was informed by credible sources in 2015 that the final SIU report, which effectively cleared Zuma of all blame, was sanitised to remove all evidence that implicated him in the "prestige project". “I was informed that the evidence in this regard contains incontrovertible evidence that contradicts

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