• DA puts e-tolls on poll agenda

    The controversial system, which cost the ANC votes in the 2014 elections, remains a thorn in the side of Gauteng motorists. The DA's mayoral candidates for Gauteng, speaking outside Sanral's offices, pleaded with voters to elect them into power, saying a vote for the party was a vote in favour of eliminating the system. The DA's Tshwane mayoral candidate, Solly Msimang, said if the party won Gauteng's highly coveted metropolitan municipalities, the party would launch multiple efforts to disrupt a further rollout of electronic tolling on the province's freeways. Rethink e-tolls, says ANC Gauteng "When we are elected into government we will ensure that there will be no further e-tolling in Gauteng.

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  • Could this be SA's next finance minister?

    Johannesburg - The man who is tipped to be the next Minister of Finance has come a long way with President Jacob Zuma. The name Sifiso Buthelezi, has been bandied about in some circles as the man Zuma is likely to announce as the next finance minister. He was sworn in as a member of parliament in April and currently is on the standing committee on finance. He has been a member of the ANC from his youth and a commander for Umkhonto we Sizwe. In the mid 1980s he was arrested and imprisoned on Robben Island until 1991. Buthelezi comes from Mahlabathini in northern KwaZulu-Natal. He has an academic background in commerce with a masters through the University of Cape Town. He was Zuma’s economic adviser

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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • Sars nails Zuma’s son over fraud

    At the centre of the dispute is a raid on ATM’s cigarette manufacturing business in Pietermaritzburg in 2011. The expensive plant was imported from China. ATM was incorporated in 2009. The company is registered as manufacturing and distributing of tobacco related products. A squad of Sars officials swooped on the premises, seized goods and machinery, shutting the plant down. ATM was later allowed to operate, but the legal wrangle has continued and Zuma and his partners are now immersed in a bitter exchange with Sars officials. In legal papers which our sister paper The Sunday Independent has seen, Zuma accuses the taxman of corruption, racism and running a smear campaign against him. In an affidavit

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Panics As Soldiers Rampage

    Uniformed soldiers on Friday night emptied Harare's night clubs and ruthlessly attacked people on the streets after police triggered violent protests in the capital earlier in the day as President Robert Mugabe's government fought to suppress dissent against his rule. Zimbabwe's 18 opposition parties including former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had obtained a High Court order barring police from interfering with their intended demonstration. The parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition for Democrats wanted to protest against unfair electoral laws and systems, but were violently blocked by the police; minutes after the High Court had okayed the event.

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  • Trump buys SA Inc for R3bn

    Afbekistan - US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has bought out all of South Africa for R3 billion, sources close to the deal say. The move comes as Trump’s hopes of winning the next election in the United States, set for later this year, fade. The multi-billionaire, whose net worth is pegged at $4 billion - or around R59 trillion - is said to have met with President Jacob Zuma earlier this month in a bid to secure SA Inc. His purchase of all of SA comes in the midst of several probes into the so-called state capture saga in which the Gupta family is alleged to have offered several government ministers high-profile positions and also to have abused their close ties with Zuma. This

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  • EFF ‘salutes gallant forces of young black women’ in #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh protest

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) used the “protest by girls at Pretoria Girls High” to attack the African National Congress (ANC) for being “afraid to implement the wishes of our people as prescribed in the Freedom Charter which they have so boldly declared theirs”.  The party’s acting spokesperson‚ Fana Mokoena‚ on Monday said the “EFF applauds the young black women who protested against their school for their racist practices”. “The girls are not allowed to wear their hair naturally‚ in fact they are forced to straighten it; and their indigenous languages are suppressed‚” he said. Earlier on Monday‚ TMG Digital reported that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is due to visit the school

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  • Olympic medals: How much are they really worth?

    A 2016 Olympic gold medal is not actually solid gold‚ but rather gold plated – so what are those medals worth if one of the winners wanted to sell them? The Rio 2016 website said that the 500g gold‚ silver and bronze medals were "made with sustainability at their heart". The athletes who topped the podium received medals‚ "made from gold that has been extracted without the use of mercury and which was produced according to strict sustainability criteria". Baggy is in eye of the beholder  "The silver and bronze medals have been produced using 30% recycled materials. Half of the plastic in the ribbons which will be used to hang the medals around athletes' necks comes from recycled plastic bottles."

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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • PICS: Downey dethroned from top of Forbes list

    New York - Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world's highest paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million. Johnson, 44, knocked Robert Downey Jr off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy Central Intelligence. Johnson, known as “The Rock” during his wrestling career, also collected advance fees from the eighth installment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise. The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood. Earlier this week the magazine named Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence the world's highest paid actress for a second

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  • Parks Tau: ANC must confront corruption, abuse of state agencies

    Tau says the ANC must be bold enough to confront the wrongs happening within the party and government. Hawks Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan SARS Pravin Gordhan Parks Tau JOHANNESBURG – Former Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says the African National Congress (ANC) must confront the abuses of state agencies. Tau appeared to throw his weight behind Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan who failed to report to the Hawks last week for a warning statement. Gordhan and three other former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials have been identified as suspects in an investigation into a controversial unit.  Tau says the ANC must be bold enough to confront the wrongs happening within the organisation

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  • Zuma's monster cabinet to cost SA R1bn

    He has added two ministries . His cabinet is one of the biggest in the world - he has more cabinet ministers than the US, Germany and Japan, all of which have much bigger economies and broader tax bases. South Africa now has 35 ministers, each of whom earns about R2.1-million a year. T he 37 deputy ministers will each earn R1.7-million. Zuma earns about R2.62-million a year and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, gets R2.36-million . Economist Mike Schussler said: "I'm not sure if a bigger cabinet is going to make a difference or just add to the cost of government." The budget for The Presidency has soared from R257-million in 2007, during president Thabo Mbeki's tenure, to R329-million in 2009. Kgalema

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  • No hope for SA universities: Jansen

    Jansen said that history would show that the turning point in the destruction of South African universities was when President Jacob Zuma‚ despite Minister Blade Nzimande's position of a 6% fee increase‚ announced a 0% increase for the 2016 academic year in order "to get the kids out of the union buildings". "In the meantime‚ the political situation has caught up with us such that‚ it is now impossible to ask for anything in terms of a fee increase and that is our dilemma." Jansen also offered insights into the moment he decided to step down – after receiving a WhatsApp message at 2.30am – and the personal strain endured by other vice-chancellors who are grappling with financial constraints at

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  • Nigeria: 'Kill Rats, Make Money' to Commence in Lagos

    In a bid to avert incidences of Lassa Fever and other vector-borne diseases in Lagos State, an NGO, Phosguard Fumigant Ltd, in partnership with the state government, has introduced a bounty: "Kill rats, make money." Under the project, rodents multiplying ubiquitously across the state are to be exterminated from residential places and markets using hi-tech chemicals and equipment that will make their decomposing bodies non-infectious. Oluwasegun Benson, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that the bounty would help to de-rat the state. Vector-borne diseases are infections transmitted by the bite of infected arthropod species, such

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  • All the 2016 MTV VMAs winners

    It was a night of great performances and a celebration of music at the VMAs held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The big highlights of the evening was Rihanna's many performances to celebrate her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award as well as Beyoncé's live performance of Lemonade. Beyoncé won the award for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video for her song Formation, Best Female Video for Hold Up and she also picked up the award for Breakthrough Long Form Video for Lemonade. Song of the Summer Fifth Harmony (featuring Fetty Wap) — "All in My Head (Flex)" The Chainsmokers (featuring Halsey) — "Closer" Drake (featuring Kyla and Wizkid) — "One Dance" Selena Gomez — "Kill Em with Kindness"

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  • French don’t have to look far for terror’s causes

    The burkini ban is just the latest example of Muslim alienation in France, which began a long way back, says Shannon Ibrahim. Johannesburg - This week we saw France sink to a new low - with French mayors criminalising Muslim swimwear and the French prime minister saying he supported the ban on the burkini by some municipalities. Sadly, a Flemish-Moroccan politician in Belgium called for a similar ban. Do Europeans not understand that the more they impose such draconian measures on Muslim citizens, the more they isolate and radicalise them? France’s highest administrative court suspended the ban on burkinis on Friday, pending a definitive ruling. The ruling followed a request by the League of

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  • PSL mum on payout of insurance policy - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has refused to answer questions on why the R5 million insurance payout to the late Orlando Pirates' skipper Senzo Meyiwa is yet to reach his beneficiaries. This comes nearly four months after the league, together with Pirates, publicly announced the insurance payout to Meyiwa’s children. Meyiwa was shot and killed on October 26, 2014 at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni. Two weeks ago, Meyiwa’s father Sam complained to The Sunday Independent about the non-payment of his son’s insurance money. He said his family was no longer coping financially as Senzo was the breadwinner. “The PSL has not yet paid us Senzo’s money for

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  • Not so bright and beautiful for DA

    The DA could be tempted to rewrite Cecil Frances Alexander’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. With Trollip in the Bay, Joburg in the bag, Mogale City under Lynn Pannell, Bongani Baloyi in Midvaal, Cape Town under Patricia de Lille with Helen Zille at the helm of the Western Cape, things look bright and beautiful for the DA. The jury is still out as to whether the party succeeded because of, or in spite of, its strategy. The DA couldn’t care about that, at least for now. In a rapidly urbanising country, whose wealth resides in its cities, the DA’s urban creep is remarkable, albeit imperfect and incomplete. And yet the DA’s lyrical recital of All Things Bright and Beautiful could be rudely interrupted

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves

    South Africa flirted with the prospect of economic meltdown this week‚ with President Jacob Zuma’s allies moving yet again to neutralise Pravin Gordhan‚ the finance minister made a dramatic vow: that he is prepared to die to save the country from thieves‚ Sunday Times reported. A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle‚ the Sunday Times report said. “He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance‚” said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in

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  • Kaizer Chiefs coach Komphela: Show me any other PSL coach who is not under pressure

    An inability to put the ball in the back of the net lies at the heart of the growing crisis at Kaizer Chiefs‚ says captain Itumeleng Khune after they were bundled out of the MTN8 on Friday night. Chiefs lost 1-0 to new PSL team Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium‚ downed by a Matthew Sim goal in the seventh minute. A second defeat in the matter of four days means Chiefs have now won only once in their last 14 competitive matches since February in a poor run of form unprecedented in the club’s history. “We are trying everything we can. The coach is planning well‚ he’s training us well‚ he’s preparing us well‚ we just can’t score goals. I think that’s where the problem is‚” explained Khune. “We

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