• Zuma's resignation, Guptas and Nene take centre stage

    Zuma delivered his State of the Nation Address in a joint sitting in the National Assembly, but opposition parties made life difficult for him. The Democratic Alliance's MPs heckled, mumbled and laughed throughout Zuma’s speech. This was after the Economic Freedom Fighters and Cope walked out of the National Assembly. The EFF walked out an hour after the start of SONA, chanting “Zupta must fall”.

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  • Mandla Mandela booed by #SONA2016 protesters

    He was jeered as a traitor and sell-out. Earlier this week‚ the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South African (Contralesa) said Mandela should step down from his position as Mvezo chief following his weekend wedding to a Muslim woman and his apparent conversion to Islam. “It means now he is no longer a chief of AbaThembu in Mvezo (because)… the Mvezo people are not Muslim‚” Contralesa said in a statement. Mandela arrived at the SONA not with his new bride Rabia but with his third “wife”‚ Swazi princess‚ Nodiyala Mbali Makhathini. Their wedding was annulled in court following an application from his estranged first wife. However‚ they are believed to have been living together in Mvezo and the

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  • Madonsela steals the show at #SONA2016

    The public protector made her way down the grey streets towards the Cape Town political landmark, with a grace and deportment that would put many a beauty queen to shame. Earlier, Madonsela tweeted her thanks to fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee for the gown, adding: “Hope I do justice to it today”. Meanwhile, other parliamentarians also made their sartorial contribution to the traditional fashion extravaganza that marks the SONA. Clearly bouncing back from her recent controversy over a Facebook post, Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard dressed up for a big night out in a black sleeveless dress, green beaded necklace and drop earrings, as well as a paisley pashmina and blinged-up silver clutch.

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  • South Africa: The Harsh Realities About South Africa That the World Bank Dare Not Speak

    Sometimes silences speak volumes. In his seminal book The Anti-Politics Machine Stanford University anthropologist James Ferguson criticised the World Bank's 1980s understanding of Lesotho as a "traditional subsistence peasant society." Apartheid's migrant labour system was explicitly ignored by the bank, yet remittances from Basotho workers toiling in mines, factories and farms across the Caledon River accounted for 60% of rural people's income: Acknowledging the extent of Lesotho's long-standing involvement in the modern capitalist economy of South Africa would not provide a convincing justification for the "development" agencies to "introduce" roads, markets and credit. Using Michel Foucault's

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  • South Africa: Malema, EFF Leaders Add Some More Red to SONA Red Carpet

    The top brass of the Economic Freedom Fighters started trickling into Parliament on Thursday ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address. Most politicians took the event as an opportunity to dress to the nines, but the EFF members chose to walk the red carpet in their signature red overalls. The first batch of EFF leaders to arrive included party chair Dali Mpofu and Magdalene Munusamy. Munusamy swapped her red overall for a red jumpsuit and paired it with some red and white heels, and finished off the outfit with an official red EFF beret. Party leader Julius Malema arrived later, in his red overalls, and an iPhone in one hand. Last year, some EFF members, including Malema were

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe's Ex-Spin Doctor Jubilant After 'Brutal' Politburo Meeting

    If President Robert Mugabe's spokesman thought Wednesday's politburo meeting would signal the political defeat of his long-term rival, Grace Mugabe had another message for him. "You stop it, all of you!" an irate Grace shouted, flanked by her 91-year-old husband. There was little doubt to whom she was referring. Jeered at by a handful of the thousands of ruling party supporters amassed outside ZANU-PF's Rotten Row headquarters, presidential spokesman George Charamba appeared out-manoeuvred even before the politburo meeting got underway. As internal party wrangling reached a peak in the days leading up to the meeting, Charamba had campaigned vigorously against his long-time rival Jonathan Moyo,

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  • Madonsela gets request to probe Gupta-Denel link

    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office has confirmed receipt of the request to probe the controversial partnership between state arms manufacturer Denel and the Gupta family. Her spokesperson‚ Oupa Segwale‚ said on Thursday they have received the letter from trade union Solidarity requesting that the joint venture be probed. Solidarity’s quest for Madonsela’s probe stems from media reports last Friday that the controversial Gupta family‚ which has come under fire for its alleged state capture through links with President Jacob Zuma‚ have teamed up with Denel to profit from the sale of its products in the East. Denel reportedly announced the formation of joint venture company Denel Asia last

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  • Nigeria: Rev. Fr. Mbaka, Jonathan and Buhari

    The message of the prophet of God should speak against injustice and portend change. It should console the oppressed and bring hope. Whether or not Buhari is able to live up to his new mandate, to the expectations of his new office, is another thing altogether. I think it is important for Nigerians, and social commentators, to keep these two aspects apart. It is the duty of the prophet to announce change, but it does not belong to him to bring it. Of late, media interests have moved from Rev. Fr. Mbaka's political messages to Nigerians to his personal life. This shift of emphasis appears to blur and undermine the value his message might have for our nascent democracy. It is for this reason that

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  • SONA 2016: Underwhelmed, opposition parties give Zuma a Zero

    First Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota was asked to leave the House. Then the Economic Freedom Fighters, chanting “Zupta must fall” (a reference to the ties between the Zuma and Gupta families) walked out. EFF leader Julius Malema, standing on top of the stairs of the Marks Building opposite a giant screen showing the president reading his SONA, said: “We do not agree to be addressed by a man who admitted he’s stolen the money and is now prepared to pay back the money”. It was a direct reference to the president’s lawyers who just two days earlier conceded in the Constitutional Court that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding that a reasonable proportion of the money spent for at least the cattle kraal, chicken run, swimming (fire) pool, visitors’ centre and amphitheatre should be repaid.

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  • No Afrikaans, no cake

    The "ban" is part of the group's #RedAfrikaans [save Afrikaans] campaign, intended to highlight the need for the retention of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at universities. "We will launch events such as the affirmative action cake-sale to illustrate the unfairness of the [universities] language policy," said AfriForum Youth spokesman Ian Cameron. "Cake will be sold only to Afrikaans-speakers." The debate about the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at some universities gained momentum in November when the University of Stellenbosch announced the language would be dropped as a primary language of instruction. Critics of the use of Afrikaans claim it racially excludes students,

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  • Islamic State invades vulnerable Africa

    AFRICA’s Muslim belt is getting bloodier. Boko Haram — the regional affiliate of Islamic State (IS) and one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups — has accelerated its campaign of almost daily suicide bombings. Just last month, the group massacred 86 people, many of them children, in the Nigerian village of Dalori and 32 others in the Cameroonian village of Bodo. To the west, al-Qaeda’s regional franchise has been waging war on the government of Mali and expanded its reach last month to the previously peaceful country of Burkina Faso, slaying at least 30 people — many of them Westerners — in an assault on a luxury hotel. In the east, another al-Qaeda affiliate, Somalia’s al-Shabaab, overran

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  • EFF's Khawula demands to be addressed in Zulu

    Speaking in isiXhosa, Khawula had stood up in Parliament and questioned why Zuma had not apologised for his wrongdoings ahead of delivering the State of the Nation Address. "Chairperson, I beg, we are not here to play. Please listen to us. First of all our president has not apologised about what he did," Khaula said. She was referring to Zuma finally agreeing to pay back some of the money which had gone into upgrades at his Nkandla homestead. Zuma has for the last two years maintained that he would not pay back the money. He, however, changed his tune earlier this week and said he would pay back some of the money. Speaking in English, Modise ordered Khawula to take her seat. Khawula, however,

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  • Malema delivers his own #SONA2016 - Special Features

    Parliament - Zuma has lost credibility and therefore must go, says Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. His speech on steps outside the National Assembly shortly after being asked to leave Parliament was billed as the real State of the Nation Address by his spokesperson. Malema pulled no punches calling Zuma a criminal and a thug who had stolen from South Africans and violated the constitution. "We cannot be addressed by a criminal, he is a thug . Zuma has put country in a crisis. That is unacceptable," said Malema He said that Zuma did not deserve respect. This is a man who has not respected the constitution .To us he doesn't exist, we will never respect him," said Malema. Earlier

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  • South Africa opens doors to US chicken imports

    South Africa imposes "anti-dumping" duties of above 100% on certain chicken products and industry groups said removing those import barriers opened a market which had been closed for the last 15 years. The deal was "within the tolerance of the (South African poultry) industry and is something we can all live with," Rob Davies told Reuters in a telephone conversation from Paris, where the deal was concluded. The agreement, which would see the United States emerge as one of the top poultry exporters to Africa's most advanced economy, should help smooth the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) currently before American lawmakers.

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  • Activists retract ‘blackface’ apology - Western Cape

    INSTAGRAM Stellenbosch University (SU) student Poekie Briedenhann says she and her friend were dressed up as purple aliens and not blackfaces, for a residence party.  Cape Town - Open Stellenbosch (OS) has retracted its “blackface” apology and has once again called for the two students involved to be expelled from Stellenbosch University (SU). The student activist group initially condemned the actions of two SU students who dressed up as aliens and painted themselves dark purple for a fancy dress party at the university’s Heemstede residence. OS called for the students to be expelled, and for the residence head and committee to be “removed” for allowing the incident to take place on Friday night.

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  • Malema, not Zuma opens parliament at #SONA2016

    He was supporting the Economic Freedom Fighter's Floyd Shivambu, who started saying he was seeking clarity on the rules of the House, to which Speaker Baleka Mbete replied that she would "not like to give attention" to the matter now. Shivambu said he wanted assurance he would be allowed to speak before Zuma took to the podium. Mbete attempted to continue with proceedings, but then she exchanged words with Malema, who told her he wanted to deal with questions to the president before the opening ceremony starts. "I don't want to stand up while the president is there," said Malema. Mbete said: "On this occasion, no business other than the address by the president is [being] entertained." Rumblings

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  • Mourinho tells friends Man Utd job is his

    Jose Mourinho has told friends and associates that he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, according to reports in several British newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph all quoted an unnamed source close to the 53-year-old Portuguese as saying his installation at Old Trafford was a “done deal“. The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto coach was sacked by Chelsea in December but said in an interview last week that he would soon be back in management, preferably in England. Van Gaal, who has another year left on his contract after this season, has had to deal with constant speculation about his position after United made a stuttering start to the season.

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  • Mind the Gap: Here's How You Take on a Power Crisis the Size of a Continent

    One easy way to see Africa’s power problem is by looking at a picture of the Earth from space at night. While other inhabited regions of the world glow and sparkle like jewels in a black velvet display case, Africa remains largely dark. That’s because the continent’s 1.1 billion inhabitants have at their disposal just 185 gigawatts (GW) of installed power-generation capacity. The United States, by comparison, can draw on 1,000 GW for 300 million people. “That statistic alone tells you there is a huge gap,” says Stephane Charrieau, GE Hydro’s sales leader for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The stark contrast is only the beginning the story. Africa is also the fastest-growing continent, with

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  • #RandReport: Rand firmer as dollar weakens, stocks track global markets lower

    The rand traded at 15.7100 versus the dollar, up 1.13 percent from Wednesday's New York at 15,8950. Economy The rand JOHANNESBURG – The rand firmed against the dollar on Thursday, buoyed by a weaker greenback that was hurt by worries over the global economic outlook. The weaker dollar, which reached lows last seen in October against a basket of currencies on the back of cautious comments from US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, helped drive the rand to its firmest level in six weeks Locally, the market was nervous ahead of President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address, which will be scrutinized for any signs of restoring confidence in the battered economy. At 1556 GMT, the rand traded

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  • ‘Vegan food is hot, too, not just salad’

    Johannesburg - The vegan lifestyle is no longer just for Hollywood celebrities. More and more South Africans are making the switch to a plant-based diet. Omeshnie Naidoo spoke to two. Jay d’Engle A model, originally from eManzimtoti in KwaZulu-Natal and now living in China, D’Engle has many strings to his bow. He is also a dance, sailing and fitness instructor and recently became a partner in a vegan restaurant in Cape Town. He has been vegan since a baby because of an allergy to animal products. What is the strangest comment you've received? I get so many stupid ones, but the other day we invited friends to dinner and they said: 'No thanks, it's cold so it's not for me.' I had to explain vegan

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