• Vote EFF to 'empower' the ANC, Malema tells Cliff

    CliffCentral founder, Idols SA judge and former 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff hosted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on web radio on Friday. The EFF leader admitted to feeling a bit tired while criss-crossing the country “back to back” on the campaign trail. The podcast introducing the show says: “Julius Malema is a polarising figure in South Africa, and someone who always attracts a lot of attention for his political actions. But do we really know what he and his EFF party are all about? Gareth gives him an opportunity to talk like never before, providing an interesting pre-election discussion.” Because CliffCentral (punted as “UnRadio”) does not broadcast on air, it is not subject

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  • WATCH: Activist priest Evan Mawarire

    "I saw, in this packed courthouse, between 50 and 60 lawyers that had come to represent me - for no charge, and without any invitation. When the magistrate asked 'Can I see the practising certificate of the lawyer that's representing the accused?' all 50 or 60 whipped out these certificates." But it fell to one lawyer, Harrison Nkomo, to win the liberty of Zimbabwe's citizen activist, by arguing that the last-minute addition of the charge of subversion was unconstitutional. While magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe weighed the demands of justice against the heaviness of the regime, Mawarire sat on the stairway down to the cells. "There was one wall between the courtroom and the dirty, dark, urine-stinking

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  • God gave us a gift, says Gugu Zulu's mom

    While thousands of fans across the country are mourning an icon who touched the lives of many through his contribution to sport- his family are mourning the loss of a son, husband, father and brother. Speaking for the first time since the death of Zulu, his parents have praised the impact their son had on people. In an interview with eNCA Zulu's dad, Peter Zulu, said that the family take solace in knowing the athlete died doing what he loved. Twitter wages war on Dineo Ranaka after 'rude' matric dance dress snub  "I was his number one fan and to me it's a great loss, it's really a great loss," he said. A shattered Peter recalled his final moments with Zulu before the athlete left for Mount Kilimanjaro.

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  • Controversy brews for Semenya once again

    Star athlete Caster Semenya could be heading for another storm as she chases a possible double gold at the Rio Olympics in August, and it seems there is little anyone can do to prevent the controversy, least of all the athlete. This week at the African Athletics Championships in Durban, Semenya has shown she has returned to world-beating form with an easy victory in the 1 500m on Friday, with a personal best of 4.01.99. On Saturday she followed that with a win in the 800m heats and will run that final on Sunday. But while Cape Town’s Ross Tucker, an internationally respected sports scientist, is confident Semenya will cruise to gold in the women’s 800m in Rio, possibly with a world record time,

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  • 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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  • Zimbabwe threatens 'traitorous' war veterans after Mugabe attack

    Zimbabwe's government denounced leading independence war veterans as traitors on Saturday for an unprecedented attack on ageing President Robert Mugabe and vowed to identify its unnamed authors and put them on trial. Veterans who fought against white minority rule in the former British colony turned on their long-time ally and commander on Thursday, calling him a dictator in a jolting rebuke highlighting political manoeuvring over his succession and mounting anger over economic woes. State-owned newspapers reflected the power struggle on Saturday with a highly unusual 12-page supplement praising his wife Grace on her 51st birthday. War veterans have accused her of having too much influence over her 92-year-old husband.

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  • Found in SA … Libya’s trillions

    Johannesburg - The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya. What could be the world’s largest cash pile is stored in palettes at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria. The Libyan billions have led to a Hawks investigation into possible violation of exchange controls as well as international interests from the UN and the US. It has also led to heightened interest in the local and international intelligence community

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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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  • Pokemon Go: What it is, where to get it and when it's coming to SA

    Pokemon Go is a recently released free-to-play Android and IOS game based on the hit console turn-based strategy game series Pokemon. In the game you run around capturing Pokémon‚ which are monsters that you can train up and use to battle other people‚ using Pokeballs. Despite the fact that the mobile game currently suffers from having a much weaker battle system than the console titles‚ it allows you to capture your monsters “in real life” – giving you the chance to find them in the streets of your home town using your smartphone tracking your location using its GPS. The main appeal of the game is going out into the world to collect the different monsters‚ as opposed to the more strategically focused main line of titles.

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  • The day Jessie Duarte lost her cool

    Politics reporter Luyolo Mkentane recounts the tongue-lashing he received from ANC secretary-general Jesse Duarte for Independent Media’s coverage of the SABC saga. The dimunitive ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte was probably a school playground bully growing up. How else can I describe the unnecessary abuse she dealt me in her Luthuli House office on Monday afternoon, except bullying? Without any cause, I was belittled, harangued and accused of pushing an anti-ANC agenda. Her attitude was harsh and brutal is an understatement. I had gone to the ruling party’s headquarters, situated across The Star building in central Joburg, to give Duarte a hearing after she demanded her “right of

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  • Twitter responds to Zuma's 'blessing' of Fransman

    A picture by photographer Esa Alexander of Fransman taking a selfie with President Jacob Zuma - used on the front page of the Cape Town edition of The Times on Friday - sparked ironic ripostes. Fransman wore an ANC leather jacket that matched Zuma's when he joined the party leader on the campaign trail in the Cape Flats on Thursday‚ his first ANC event since he agreed to step aside for allegedly sexually harassing his assistant. ‘Women sexually harassed by ANC big wigs don’t get justice’: EFF  ANC national executive committee member and elections head Nomvula Mokonyane told reporters in Philippi that Fransman was back in his old job and "the issues have been resolved".  Is he back in the ANC

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  • Gaddafi billions found in SA

    The Sunday Times has established that Libyan investigators have already met top government officials to discuss locating, securing and repatriating the loot brought here by Gaddafi and his children. The investigators believe there is evidence of more than $1-billion in cash, gold and diamonds being held by four banks and two security companies in South Africa. It could be the largest haul of Libyan assets found until now, although it is only a fraction of the estimated $80-billion of Gaddafi's foreign assets. It has been established that the Libyans: Met President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on December 10 2012; Held a follow-up meeting with Zuma at Nkandla on April 20, which was also attended by

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  • SOS Coalition expects Motsoeneng to act harshly against broadcaster's silent protesters

    The SOS Coalition says Hlaudi Motsoeneng and his affiliates may intimidate employees who show solidarity. SABC Hlaudi Motsoeneng Censorship allegations at the SABC SABC protest Save Our SABC SABC Chief Operating Officer JOHANNESBURG – The Save Our South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Coalition says it expects COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng to react harshly towards employees at the broadcaster who have held a symbolic "blackout" on air. On Friday, TV reporters and anchors wore black clothing, on the same day that four of their colleagues appeared in the Labour Court to fight their dismissal. This showed solidarity with the SABC eight but also signified the contradiction to Motsoeneng's statements

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  • Politics made me step beyond my ethical bounds

    Asked for specifics of the unethical stuff , Rasool said it mainly related to ANC internal battles. “I have no worries about the brown envelope stuff because my conscience is completely clear. “I cultivated media relations otherwise we would never have had a look in with the main newspapers in Cape Town, but I have never paid for that. “I have been vindicated by the fact that the DA has made six forensic investigations and the ANC has investigated it. “Also, the person who made the allegation has given me a signed confession of how much he was paid for it. I don’t even feel the compulsion to leak that document. “But the factional battles in the ANC are not something that I am proud of, having

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  • Child hunger and death rising in Zimbabwe due to drought, charity says

    Southern Africa has been hard hit over the past year by drought exacerbated by El Niño, a warming of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, which has wilted crops, slowed economic growth and driven food prices higher. "This is an emergency," Save the Children UK's interim chief executive Tanya Steele said in a statement, after visiting Binga, on Zimbabwe's western border with Zambia. "Some children are already dying of complications from malnutrition." Mothers are foraging for wild berries and roots to feed their children, while going without food themselves for up to five days, the charity said. The number of under-fives who have died of hunger-related causes in Binga town has reached

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  • 'Varsity Sing' looks set to hit the high notes

    Cape Town - Former Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar may not ordinarily be associated with singing, but he has indeed turned his attention to university choirs. Now, thanks to Pienaar’s Varsity Sports, which has already worked to raise the profile of university rugby, netball, soccer and other sports, South Africa’s best university choirs are set to compete in a new televised choral competition, Varsity Sing. Twelve universities from around the country are competing for the prize of best choir in the 13-week singing contest, being broadcast on kykNET. Pienaar, the former Springbok captain and now chief executive of Advent Sport Entertainment and Media, which runs Varsity Sports, said music

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  • Sapping clean, green future of power

    I criticise them often because I think their policies are wrong and unproductive. But their diligence, integrity and sense of purpose are above reproach - and in modern South Africa these valuable qualities are in short supply. They were the first people I thought of when I read the news that Eskom had decided to pull the plug on the state's successful effort to encourage private investors to build new renewable-energy plants. So far some R200-billion has been spent building wind and solar power facilities. Drive from Port Elizabeth to George and you can't miss the hundreds of huge windmills along the route. Not only do they generate new electricity silently and without any damage to the environment,

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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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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  • Google honours South African teen for experiment using orange peels

    She is now in line to be one of sixteen global finalists and will travel to the Google headquarters in California for the award ceremony. The finals are in September. Kiara Nirghin‚ from St Martin's High School in Johannesburg‚ decided to tackle the drought affecting Southern Africa and has come up with a revolutionary way of keeping crops hydrated for longer‚ at a much lower cost. Using orange peels and avocado skins‚ the teen has managed to create a material‚ that can hold hundreds of times its weight in water‚ in the soil. This super absorbent polymer then acts as a water reservoir in the earth. By saving water this way‚ her idea - which she titled 'No More Thirsty Crops' - could have a massive

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