• The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • TWEET OF THE WEEK: The ANC’s hate factory

    WELCOME to Tweet of the Week. Every Friday I will use this column to hand out an award to one person who has tweeted something of significance. There are no strict rules, only that the tweet in question must offer an important insight, define a debate (notorious or otherwise) or mark an occasion. This week the Tweet of the Week goes to @TheCapeArgus for: Profile: @TheCapeArgus is the official Twitter handle for the Cape Argus newspaper. Its Twitter profile describes the paper as, "Cape Town’s oldest daily newspaper, bringing you the news since 1857". It has about 26k followers. Citation: The final few weeks of almost any South African electoral campaign are defined by one thing: the ANC goes

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  • South Africa in crisis: Is there a way out?

    With instability in Zimbabwe, where we are seeing demonstrations that would have been impossible to imagine in recent years, the possibility of change may be on the horizon. It may not be an orderly transition. If the ruling Zanu-PF tries to manage a transition we could end up seeing more of the same, just without Robert Mugabe. It is unclear what will happen partly because there is no mass-based, organised force with a concrete programme for a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe. The opposition MDC and unions are in disarray so it may well be that Zanu-PF (despite internal divisions) could oversee whatever the post-Mugabe era may become. Some believe that the potential for change in Zimbabwe also holds warnings

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  • Zimbabwe skips paying military as economy hits rock bottom

    The military is normally the first priority for payment due to their role in protecting the regime of President Robert Mugabe, 92. But Zimbabwe's soldiers were not paid as scheduled last week, and last month's wages were paid about two weeks late. "We were supposed to get our salaries on Friday but there was nothing at the bank. "We don't know when we will be paid," said a junior soldier, who requested anonymity. Other soldiers confirmed the salary delay. The cash-strapped government, which spends more than 80% of its revenue on wages, has resorted to staggering pay dates as it scrapes the bottom of its coffers. Protests in recent weeks over salaries, alleged police corruption and import restrictions

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  • Granddad earns Master's degree at 71 - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A Cape Town grandfather, who has earned his Master’s degree at the age of 71, has now set his sights on starting his PhD studies. Anthony de la Harpe, from Belhar, started his Master’s studies at 68 and graduated with his MA in history from the University of the Western Cape on Thursday. His research centred around a land claim involving a family who had been granted a farm in 1850 and claims that the farm was acquired from them by an English mining company by means that were not above board. De la Harpe said a bad fall on the day he registered for his MA couldn’t stop him in his tracks. “I fell and my leg broke in three places.” He was born in Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape and

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  • Fired SARS 'racist' wants his job back

    A former SA Revenue Services official claims the taxman should not have fired him for using the k-word towards his black boss because there was no breakdown of relationship as a result of his utterances. JJ Kruger, a former Sars anti-smuggling officer based at OR Tambo International Airport, went on a racist outburst telling his boss Abel Mboweni in August 2007 that "a ka***r must not tell me what to do". Kruger's papers were filed in the Constitutional Court in May . Mboweni, a long-time Sars employee, is now a specialist tax advisor. At the disciplinary hearing, Kruger blamed stress for his outbursts but failed to provide evidence of stress. The hearing found Kruger guilty and handed him a

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • We were better off under apartheid‚ say EC villagers

    “We shot ourselves in the foot by toppling the apartheid government‚” residents of an Eastern Cape village said on Thursday. Tsholomnqa villagers had been waiting for a tarred road and decent houses for decades‚ said community leader‚ Wele Ntshongola. He said the dawn of democracy had marked the beginning of the collapse of quality service delivery for the Eastern Cape rural area which is situated on the R72 outside East London. “This village was in a good state under the Ciskei homeland led by LL Sebe. We used to have a tarred road... with workers who used to maintain it as well as free seed‚ crops and livestock.” He said they celebrated when democracy dawned. “Little did we know that democracy

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  • McCarthy's Bafana dream

    Benni McCarthy has been patient but is keen on coaching Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates. The former FC Port striker was strongly linked with the job of assistant coach at his former club Pirates – a job which was given to Bradley Carnell. McCarthy has a Uefa A licence and he is currently busy with his Uefa Pro Licence which he is expected to finish in 2017. “I am keen on coaching and on a return to Mzansi to impart my knowledge to the country,” McCarthy was quoted as saying on SunSport.

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  • Sanco lauds Tshwane street names ruling

    The SA National Civil Organisation (Sanco) has welcomed a Constitutional Court ruling that set aside an interim high court interdict preventing the City of Tshwane from replacing apartheid-era street names with the names of struggle heroes. The Constitutional Court on Thursday upheld the Tshwane municipality’s appeal against a 2013 interim order granted in the high court in Pretoria that forced it to restore old street names in the city. A full bench of the high court in June last year upheld the interdict, forcing the city to restore the old street name signs (underneath the new names) pending AfriForum’s application to review the 2012 decision to change the street names. In a strongly worded

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  • WATCH: DJ Sbu gets 'attacked' during his radio show

    In a video posted to his social media accounts on Thursday morning, a man is seen trying to charge at Sbu in studio, alleging that the radio personality made derogatory remarks about his favourite soccer team, Moroko Swallows live on air. Massive love for DJ Sbu on day one of radio return  Soon after a security guard tried to stop the irate man from attacking Sbu, he explained that he was sent to beat him up. "My boss paid me to hit you," said the man, adding that Sbu is very "disrespectful." It's understood that the 'attack' was a joke on the show, with insiders telling TMG Entertainment that it was all planned. Watch: I was taken out of context - Lerato Tshabalala 

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • Give back Zimbabwe’s bird!

    Zimbabwe needs all the help it can get, so if it believes a mythical sculpture can bring fortune, we should return it, writes Shannon Ebrahim. Julius Malema, I have a new slogan for you: Give Back the Bird! Many Zimbabweans believe that their country will never experience good fortune or return to its former glory until its eight mythical soapstone birds are reunited. There has never been a time when Zimbabwe was in greater need of good fortune. The country was just listed as the poorest country in Africa with a per capita income of $200 (R2 965), compared to that of Mauritius, which is $21 700, according to the Africa 2016 Wealth Report released this week. This is the country of the Great Zimbabwe

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  • Get the show on the road to depose Emperor Hlaudi

    OVER the past few days we have witnessed the SABC kicking out some of its most illustrious and dedicated journalists and media workers. Busisiwe Ntuli, Lukhanyo Calata, Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp have all been summarily dismissed. Vuyo Mvoko’s contract with the corporation has ended and is not being renewed. Last week, the very same people were awarded the prestigious Nat Nakase award for fearless journalism. This week they have been fired for practising just that, and for approaching the Constitutional Court to intervene on their behalf against their arbitrary and senseless dismissals. What is at stake here is not some small or insignificant workplace dispute.

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  • Thousands brave rain for ANC rally in Port Elizabeth

    Thousands of people have gathered at the Dan Qeqe Stadium in Zwide in the Eastern Cape for the ANC’s Siyanqoba rally despite heavy rain and cold weather. President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the crowd in the party’s last election campaign rally in Nelson Mandela Bay ahead of the August 3 local government elections. Among those already at the stadium are ANC national executive committee member Bheki Cele and other provincial ANC leaders. The crowd is being entertained while they await Zuma’s arrival. TMG Digital/ The Herald

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  • EFF rebel-for-life candidate guns for Polokwane ward

    Len Meyer, an Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) ward councillor candidate for Ward 22 in Polokwane, tells Review Online he has always been a rebel. Born in Pretoria, Len grew up in the town of Komatipoort, in Mpumalanga, and always had the interests of others at heart. Growing up during apartheid, Len never agreed with the old regime and strongly disagreed with oppression. “My father once told me that there was a man locked up in jail (Nelson Mandela) and he is being wrongfully incarcerated and I thought ‘Why would you lock up an innocent man?’, and that is where my consciousness about the plight of others under the apartheid regime started,” he explains. Len says his rebellious nature was stirred

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  • #CelebsShadeTwitter: Watch Kenny Kunene attack Twitter over those blesser comments

    Kenny Kunene is the second personality to take part in our special video series where celebrities get to respond to the constant Twitter trolling that they face.

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  • Pirates cast Majoro adrift

    After a handful of starts and a solitary goal to his name last season, Orlando Pirates felt there was no longer a place for striker Lehlohonolo Majoro in the team as new coach Muhsin Ertugral continued to overhaul his squad for the upcoming season. Pirates yesterday named Majoro, and attacking midfielder Sifiso Myeni, among the players that the club has placed on transfer. The others were Roger Majafa, Letsie Koapeng, Felipe Ovono and Yassar Mugwera. This group is not part of the team's pre-season training that started on Monday at a secret location in North West, according to Pirates administrative officer Floyd Mbele. He, however said the transfer-listed players still effectively belonged to

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  • Gupta-linked company in line for R800m contract at Transnet

    A company with close ties to the Gupta family stands to make a handsome profit from an information technology contract worth R800 million at Transnet. The Mail and Guardian reported on Friday that the contract had been “confined” to a single bidder‚ global software firm SAP‚ although it had yet to be awarded. SAP’s bid documentation showed that it would allocate 60% of the value of the contract to a subcontractor‚ Global Softech Solutions (GSS)‚ owned by the Gupta’s Sahara Systems and a family associate. Gupta holding company Oakbay Investments told the newspaper that it was “preposterous” that a global firm such as SAP could be pressured into the partnership. However‚ minutes of a meeting between

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  • UPDATE: Trump vows to put 'America first'

    Donald Trump accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of a legacy of "death, destruction, terrorism and weakness" as US secretary of state and vowed to be tough on crime and illegal immigrants in a speech on Thursday accepting the Republican presidential nomination. Trump's speech of more than an hour was designed to set the tone for the general election campaign against Clinton, an answer to Republicans who say the best way he can unify the divided party is to detail why the Democrat should not be elected on 8 November. As the crowd chanted: "Lock her up" for her handling of US foreign policy, Trump waved them off and said: "Let's defeat her in November." Thousands of supporters who were gathered in the convention hall roared their approval. The acceptance speech by Trump, 70, closed out a four-day convention that underscored his struggle to heal fissures in the Republican Party over his anti-illegal-immigrant rhetoric and concerns about his temperament.

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