• Cyril, it's time to pick a side

    I expected it to last. The election afterglow, I mean. The “collision” negotiations barely concluded, and then boom, before you knew it, the Sars wars had resumed without even giving the EFF two days to enjoy their “kingmaker” status. It was straight back to the usual destruction of the country’s institutions. Business as (un)usual. So Pravin Gordhan has been thrust back into the limelight, kicking and screaming. But the markets don’t like it when our minister of finance kicks and screams. They prefer him in the background – but some those in charge don’t appear to care that the rand is reasonably important. The markets, that amorphous mass of invisible investors who love stability, are not kind

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  • WATCH: How Malema predicted Gordhan's arrest

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema has recently made accusations against his fellow politicians that have left South Africans in stitches. He always seems to know things no one else does. Lately, it seems, he’s pretty accurate at predicting the future too. Earlier this month, he accused Mabala Noise boss and ANC Youth League treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde of giving his newly signed artists R5 million each. Nkabinde denied the claims, and later said suing Malema for the claims was “a waste of time”. However, things took a turn for the worse when one of the label’s artists, Khanyi Mbau, came out and confirmed she had been given “lots of money”, denying it was R5 million, though

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  • FW De Klerk weighs in on Gordhan, Hawks tug of war

    Minister Pravin Gordhan refused to present himself to the investigative unit yesterday for a warning. Hawks Finance Minister Pravin Ghordan FW De Klerk JOHANNESBURG – Former President FW de Klerk has described the recent developments around Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks as a tragedy. Gordhan refused to present himself to the investigative unit yesterday for a warning statement. The finance minister and three other former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials have been identified as suspects in a probe into the controversial covert unit. WATCH: Pravin Gordhan explains why he refused Hawks request De Klerk was speaking at the unity in diversity centre in Melrose Arch in

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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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  • ANC veteran tells Zuma: Go now!

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma was told, in the most forthright way, on Thursday: “Go now!” ANC veteran and former director-general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana, speaking at the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University, lashed Zuma and urged him to step aside. “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” At the funeral Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa became the most senior government official to publicly back Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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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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  • #SiphoPityana: How South Africans reacted to his hard-hitting speech

    Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst those who have reacted to Sipho Pityana's speech. Advocate Dali Mpofu Sipho Pityana JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst the many South Africans who have reacted to what’s being described as a hard-hitting speech made at the funeral of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile on Thursday.  Former director-general Sipho Pityana slammed the current leadership of the African National Congress under President Jacob Zuma's rule in a 30-minute speech delivered at the service. LISTEN: Sipho Pityana lashed out the ANC in his speech at Makhenkesi Stofile's funeral   Social media users and politicians have since reacted, with some questioning Pityana's timing, suggesting

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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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  • Nigeria: Real Reason Central Bank Barred 9 Banks

    The nine commercial banks suspended from inter-bank foreign exchange market operations on Monday failed to remit crude oil sales revenues from oil blocks operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and its joint venture (JV) partners, PREMIUM TIMES investigations revealed. The NPDC is the upstream oil industry subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Further findings showed some of the banks were indicted for refusing to transfer funds in some in domiciliary accounts belonging to some government ministries, departments and agencies, including the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), despite government's directives. Some of the oil blocks include those

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  • No black like me in the DA

    Firstly, the Democratic Alliance (DA) needs to be congratulated for scooping three metros: Tshwane, Johannesburg, and the Nelson Mandela Bay, which have long been held by the ANC. Twenty-two years into democracy, the community of Alexandra, which neighbours the plush Sandton, is still embarrassingly shanty. Sixty-one years after the “adoption” of the Freedom Charter, the people of Kliptown still live in abject poverty. The ANC inarguably didn’t cover itself in complete glory when it comes to service delivery. And Now the DA has a big task to overturn these dehumanising conditions, if that’s what it’s planning to do. Corruption, being the ANC’s weakest point, is what the DA hopes to eradicate.

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  • Are prison nurses trying to kill Oscar Pistorius?

    The People's Bae is taking a break. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced on Friday that national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi “will be on study leave effective immediately‚ till 1 November 2016”.

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  • Smart ID card applications now open to many more citizens

    All citizens banking with Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank, can now apply for Smart ID cards and passports, Kempton Express reports. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said when they launched the eHomeAffairs portal, only citizens between 30 and 35 years old could use this innovative platform to apply for their Smart ID cards and passports online. “The system is now open to all citizens who bank with these four participating banks. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. While most of these

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  • Solly Msimanga defends ‘diverse’ mayoral committee

    The new Tshwane mayor says he has appointed the best & most diverse mayoral committee in SA. Democratic Alliance Economic Freedom Fighters Tshwane Solly Msimanga JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga says he has appointed the best and most diverse mayoral committee in the country despite criticism that it’s not demographically constituted. Msimanga was elected as Tshwane’s new mayor last week after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) agreed to vote for the Democratic Alliance (DA) to elect its preferred candidates. The African National Congress (ANC) lost control of the city in the local government elections, which saw significant infighting and violent demonstrations over the party’s preferred

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  • 'ANC poll losses made late councillor weep'

    The day the ANC lost control of Tshwane, councillor Nonhlanhla Mthembu sobbed to the point where she had to be hospitalised. This was revealed by the late councillor’s best friend, Barry Swarts, at her memorial service at Naturena Primary School in Joburg last night. “She then asked me: ‘Do you think we will lose Joburg?’ I just said let’s wait and see,” Swarts recalled. “She (Mthembu) then replied and said ‘I would be very depressed if we lose Joburg’. That is how much she loved the organisation.” Mthembu collapsed and died during the inaugural Joburg council meeting on Monday in the Johannesburg City Hall, where the DA took over control of the city from the ANC. Former executive mayor Parks

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  • Ciara: Jennifer Lopez is hot

    The singer has confessed she has a girl crush on Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer Lopez Ciara LONDON - Ciara has confessed she has a girl crush on Jennifer Lopez because the singer-actress is so “hot” and is just “killing it” right now. The I Bet singer admits she has a bit of a girl crush on 47-year-old J.Lo because she looks so sexy even as she approaches her 50th birthday. Ciara isn’t afraid of praising her fellow pop stars and has a lot of love for Rihanna, Beyonce and Andra Day as well as J.Lo. In an interview with website WWD, she said, “I’ve always been a huge fan of Alicia Keys. I think all of the women are rocking, Beyonce, Rihanna. I love Andra Day. J.Lo, she’s hot. If I could just look as

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  • Nigeria: Crimes Commission Arrests Man Over U.S.$145,000 Love Scam

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, said it arrested Iwuchukwu Uche for obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of USD145, 000. Mr. Uche, who said he was a military officer working for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, in Kabul, Afghanistan, allegedly collected the money from his victim, H. Uyen, a Vietnamese woman, after promising to marry her. The suspect, who also claimed to be a property agent operating in Nigeria and Ghana, allegedly told the victim that he needed the money to procure some documents for the planned wedding. The money was allegedly wired to the suspect's Diamond Bank account number: 0028998256. The suspect will soon be charged

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  • SAA in liquidation danger

    Yakhe Kwinana‚ the former head of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) audit and risk committee who resigned earlier this week‚ says she feared the damage to her reputation‚ as the possibility of the liquidation or business rescue of SAA came into sharp focus at the end of July. Risks were heightened by a demand from Standard Bank to repay a R250m loan immediately and the September 6 deadline from the Hong Kong registrar of companies‚ which threatened to terminate routes to the city due to concerns about the airline’s financial sustainability. The registrar wants SAA to submit its financial statements. SAA urgently requires a R5bn loan guarantee from the Treasury in order to be considered a going concern and to assure lenders of its sustainability.

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Deploy Army in Streets?

    GOVERNMENT will today deploy security forces to quell mass demonstrations organised by a coalition of opposition parties joining forces to push for electoral reforms and change -- should the protest turn violent -- as pressure mounts on President Robert Mugabe to reform or quit, it has been established. Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo addressed a press conference in Harare yesterday, threatening to crush today's political demonstrations. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday refused to grant permission to the 18 political parties under the auspices of the National Election Reform Agenda and the Coalition of Democrats to march in the streets of Harare, prompting the parties to approach

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  • DA calls for parliamentary meeting on SAA to be brought forward

    THE DA has called for the next meeting of Parliament’s standing committee on finance with South African Airways (SAA) to be brought forward in an effort to stave off the "increasingly certain" liquidation of the embattled airline. The party’s Alf Lees said on Friday this was "vital in order to ensure that SAA is placed under business rescue before it collapses". The meeting is scheduled for September 20‚ but the DA has requested that it should be set for August 31. Lees said SAA’s "liquidation is increasingly become a certainty" following reports of "this week’s shock resignation of Yakhe Kwinana‚ the head of the audit and risk committee". BDlive reported on Friday that Kwinana said she feared

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  • ANC Limpopo dismiss divided PEC

    Polokwane - The African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo on Thursday denied that its executive is divided over who should take over from President Jacob Zuma next year during the elective conference. Provincial secretary Nocks Seabi told a media briefing that the succession debate has not started in the province, adding that rumours that the provincial executive committee (PEC) was divided are untrue. “We must indicate that there is no discussion in our PEC about the 2017 conference, we will discuss issues of the 2017 conference at the right time, and when we do so, we will be ready to appreciate divergent views,” said Seabi. He said after the 2016 Local Municipal Elections there were rumours

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