• #NkandlaPayback: Thuli stands firm - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The DA described President Jacob Zuma’s offer to settle the Nkandla matter out of court as bizarre and cheeky, while Public Protector Thuli Madonsela sought to point out how disingenuous Zuma is. In a letter sent to the Constitutional Court by her lawyers on Thursday, Madonsela sought to reinforce her authority. This was in particular reference to parts of the Nkandla report titled Secure in Comfort, parts of which appear to have been overlooked by Zuma on an offer he made this week to settle the matter. In that report, Madonsela recommended that Zuma should pay back a reasonable portion of the R246 million spent on upgrades to Nkandla not related to security. The National Treasury,

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  • If the ANC lost 'the next day, the country would be burning': Mulder

    Speaking at the Cape Town Press Club on Wednesday, Mulder said this would be the case if parties managed to have a coalition that left the ANC as the opposition. "The next day, the country would be burning. I don’t see the ANC ever respecting that kind of arrangement," he said. He said the new generation of the ANC would make the country ungovernable should they lose power, but that he would would love to see the party accepting the change though. Mulder was speaking on the theme, "President for a day". He said the first major fault line in the current South Africa was that the country had the wrong recipe for nation building and social cohesion. True nation building would only come about when

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Teen hankers after Boko Haram captor - Africa

    Abuja - Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, 16-year-old Zara John is still in love with one of the Islamic militants who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine and blood test carried out by a doctor in the refugee camp to which she was taken after her rescue. “I wanted to give birth to my child so that I can have someone to replace his father since I cannot reconnect with him again,” said Zara, one of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants during a seven-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. But any decision over the baby was taken out of her hands. Her father drowned during

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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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  • From hero to zero: International investors turning their backs on South Africa

    This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night.  “Can the ANC reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naïve to think that the party – for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions – could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities.  Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done better?” Hain asked. He said the ANC has to address corruption and cronyism and lead the development of a new social compact if South Africa is to prosper. He pointed to Zuma’s

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  • Expropriation Bill sets out process for property grabbing

    The ANC voted in favour of the bill. The DA and UDM voted against it, the IFP abstained and the EFF was absent from proceedings. The bill will now be debated in the National Assembly, and voted upon. If passed, public hearings and a vote in the National Council of Provinces follow. Should the bill be adopted, it will be sent to President Jacob Zuma to sign into law. The bill gives the minister of public works the right to expropriate land for a public purpose [such as building a road or erecting a power line] or in the public interest, for instance to institute land reform. It sets out the law of general application for property expropriation, as required in section 25 of the constitution. The

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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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  • 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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  • Vavi slams govt over new tax laws, warns of demonstrations

    Zwelinzima Vavi says the nine progressive unions will demonstrate every week till the new laws are scrapped. Cosatu NUMSA Zwelinzima Vavi Tax Various unions supporting the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) formed a human chain at the Union Buildings today in protest against the new tax reforms that prohibit workers from cashing in all their pension funds when they retire. The law, set to go into effect in March, has been met with fierce opposition from Cosatu. He also slammed President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet for allowing the laws to go ahead. “How dare does he thinks he can now be a father to workers, take our wages, keep it for himself and give it to us as if we are

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  • Dancing at dawn: South Africa's new pre-work party scene

    Others are in tutus, black catsuits or animal "onesies". Many have masks and painted faces. This is "Secret Sunrise" -- a new urban craze in which people gather outdoors in the early morning to express themselves to a soundtrack played through headphones. Later in the day, they will toil at office desks in South Africa's economic capital, or be students attending lectures, but for a short time they proudly embrace a less reserved way to live. "The point is to get people working towards something that makes the daily grind a little bit less boring," said Cheryl Hudson, who has a job in project finance when she changes out of her purple dance outfit. "We have it in the week to try to transform

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  • Nigeria: CBN Extends BVN Deadline for Nigerians Abroad

    The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN on Thursday announced the extension of the deadline for the registration and linkage of the bank verification number, BVN, to accounts belonging to Nigerian banks' customers living abroad. CBN's head, banking and payments department, Dipo Fatokun, said on Thursday that the deadline had been shifted from January 31, 2016 to June 30, 2016, while 30 new registration centres had been established in most major cities abroad to facilitate effective participation. Mr. Fatokun explained that the extension became necessary to enable banks' customers in the Diaspora complete the enrollment and link the BVN to their bank accounts. He said the CBN had observed from a recent

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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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  • Is SA legalising weed anytime soon?

    As World Cancer Day was commemorated on Thursday, South Africa’s chance of using medical marijuana for still lingers. The Medical Innovations Bill, presented in Parliament by late IFP MP Mario Ambrosini – who suffered from lung cancer – eventually leading to him taking his own life, was tabled in Parliament in 2014. IFP MP Narend Singh said the bill is still being processed and was sitting before the Portfolio Committee on Health since early last year. “The bill has gone through to the Medicines Control Council. We are looking at amendments to the bill following informal meetings with the ANC,” Singh told The Citizen. Ambrosini shot himself after battling with cancer. Visibly weakened when tabling

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  • Eskom's coal now supplied by the Guptas

    Eskom Holdings did not renew Exxaro's contract to supply Arnot from a nearby mine at the end of December because, it said, the prices were too high. Arnot was supplying 20% of the 2000MW power station's coal needs, Eskom said. Optimum Coal, the mine now supplying Arnot, is being acquired by a company controlled by the Guptas after the operation, formerly owned by Glencore, was placed under administration because Eskom would not relax the terms of a contract for the supply of coal to its Hendrina power station. Glencore said the mine had become loss-making because of Eskom's stance. Tegeta, which is buying Optimum, is owned by the Gupta family's Oakbay Resources & Energy. Tegeta official Jacques

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  • Rihanna: I haven't got time for dating

    Rihanna has confirmed she is single and insists she doesn't have time for a ''steady relationship'' at the moment. The 27-year-old singer - who was recently rumoured to have romantically reconciled with Leonardo DiCaprio - confirmed she isn't dating anyone at the moment because there aren't enough hours in the day for her to spend time with a potential partner. She said: ''I'm single right now. And it's not that I'm like, 'Oh, pro single. Yes, I hate men.' I just think that I just have so much on my plate that I can't even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious.'' The Bajan beauty, who released her eighth studio album 'Anti' last week, admitted she cannot even spare

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  • ANCYL slams Makhura reshuffle - Politics

    Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League in Gauteng has broken ranks with the provincial government over Premier David Makhura’s latest reshuffle of his cabinet that saw the return of Paul Mashatile. The Gauteng ANCYL described Mashatile’s return as “unspectacular” and a “recycling of old faces and friends”. The league’s provincial chairman Matome Chiloane described Mashatile’s appointment as “nothing strategic” but a move aimed at “pleasing the ruling cartel”. He said this was a missed opportunity to give space to young people. “He (Mashatile) has been an MEC since 1994, you bring him back in 2016 and you expect us to applaud,” he said on Thursday. “This is a missed opportunity. People can go clap

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