• The Glencore mine, the Guptas and Zuma’s son - Business News

    Johannesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, has a stake in a company that’s buying Glencore’s Optimum Coal mine along with the Gupta family, according to the country’s antitrust regulator. The Guptas have been criticised because of their links to the nation’s leader. Before Duduzane’s involvement was disclosed, the transaction attracted criticism from opposition parties and labour unions because Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said he travelled to Switzerland to meet Glencore’s Chief Executive Officer Ivan Glasenberg to help advance the deal in what he said was an attempt to save jobs. Optimum is now selling coal to the Arnot power plant owned by the state power company

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  • It has got to a stage where they want to kill my son Bellarmine: Grace Mugabe

    The official Chronicle newspaper has reported that Zimbabwe's first lady told rally-goers in the north of the country, "Imagine it has got to a stage where they want to kill my son Bellarmine." "Is it fair to expect me to smile at you," she reportedly asked in a tirade that clearly showed the ambitious former secretary is backing a faction in her husband's party opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mrs Mugabe also claimed party officials might have killed "dozens" of orphans living in an orphanage she runs next to her dairy in Mazowe, if they hadn't been found out by the authorities first. But Zimbabweans were largely disbelieving on social media. This is not the first time the first

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  • Thug to Thug

    Dear fellow thug Julius Malema, our Conmander in Thief, you haven’t held back in expressing your disdain for me. So allow me to respond. Pull up a chair. I have no problem with someone drawing attention to my dark past, because it’s not something I’ve ever tried to hide. I did do despicable things; I was a criminal. I know other people who did the kinds of things I did and today it doesn’t seem to bother them. Some of them are still doing crime and are better at it than ever. But unlike them, my past bothers me, which is why I give back today and have spent the past decade making amends wherever and however I can. But I find that what bothers many people more than the fact that I once committed

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  • Ramaphosa car in blue light crash - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A blue light brigade vehicle in Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade has been involved in a crash in Blouberg. Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the directorate for priority crime investigation (the Hawks) confirmed the incident on Friday, saying “the lead car in deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade was hit by a bakkie which allegedly jumped the red robot. One member was injured”. Ramaphosa was not in the vehicle involved in the crash on the corner of Blaauwberg Road and the R27, said Mulaudzi. The injured bodyguard is believed to be in intensive care unit in a nearby private hospital, said a police source. The source said a driver faced possible charges of

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  • ‘Millions flee’ Zimbabwe conflict - Africa

    Harare - More than three million Zimbabweans, double the population of neighbouring Botswana, have fled direct and structural violence in their country, a member of the National Transitional Justice Working Group in Zimbabwe (NTJWG) has said. Speaking at a Transitional Justice Policy Discussion series meeting in Harare on Wednesday evening, Reverend Ray Motsi, leader of the Memorialisation Thematic Committee of the NTJWG, said the legacy of violence had endured for more than three decades and had become a knee-jerk response to any conflict in Zimbabwe. This, he said, was because the sins of the past had neither been forgiven nor forgotten mainly because of a defective government policy on reconciliation,

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  • We know who wore 'Kill all whites' shirt, and are pressing charges: UCT

    Kruger said the individual involved was not currently enrolled as a UCT student, although he had been involved in Rhodes Must Fall activities on campus.  "Other legal channels are being pursued urgently and charges are being brought against the person, including reporting the matter to the SA Police Service and the Human Rights Commission," Kruger said She said the T-shirt message breached all limits of free speech and was hateful and vindictive.  The university executive condemned it in the strongest possible terms, she said, adding that the most heinous atrocities had been carried out as a result of hate speech. "Such expression has no place in society, let alone in a university that upholds

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  • South Africa: We Saw Man Shoot Woman in His Car

    A Pretoria woman and her colleagues claim to have witnessed a man shooting a woman in his car before driving off. Rose Maluleke said they were having a meeting in a building on the corner of Visagie and Thabo Sehume streets on Wednesday morning when a man fired several shots at a woman who was sitting in the passenger seat of his car. "We were in the building upstairs, so we heard the first shot. We ran to the window. We saw that guy shoot again. He shot three bullets," she said. "The last bullet was in the head or neck and then he drove away. We then called the police to come and assist." Maluleke said they spoke to officers from the Gauteng Flying Squad and also took down the registration number

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  • Moses Kotane’s widow turns 104 - Politics

    Rustenburg - Rebecca Kotane, the widow of the late struggle stalwart Moses Kotane, celebrated her 104th birthday on Friday. “Mme Rebecca Kotane is our mother and we love her. We thank God for blessing us with her life. She is 104 years old today,” said Fetsang Mokati-Thebe, from the Moses Kotane local municipality, wishing her a happy birthday. The Moses Kotane municipality in North West was named after her husband. Moses Kotane was the former treasurer-general of the ANC and secretary general of the South African Communist Party. He suffered a stroke in 1968. Kotane sought treatment in the Soviet Union where he died on May 19, 1978. Kotane's remains were returned to South Africa on March 1 last

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  • Tax increases, including a ‘wealth tax’, could constrain growth

    THE South African economy has pneumonia, and the best medicine would be relaxation from some stifling laws and regulations and perhaps a few drops of tax relief. However, speculations about what medicine Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is going to apply seems to indicate none of this. Keith Engel, CEO of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT), says to make matters more difficult, tax increases can easily constrain growth even further. "This in turn comes at a price with additional taxes hindering future tax revenue itself as a slowdown in growth leads to a slowdown in growth of tax revenue. South African consumers are already under pressure from increased interest rates, low

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  • ‘Cut the size of government’ - Politics

    Johannesburg - Proposals to relocate Parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria was unnecessary as government should rather focus on reducing the size of cabinet, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said on Friday. “The issue is not one of whether Parliament moves to Pretoria to cut government wastage. The key issue is that government is too big,” De Lille said. “National government needs to cut the cabinet, streamline and rationalise Parliament in order to save costs to the taxpayer and work more efficiently,” she said. Delivering his State of the Nation address in Parliament on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said the issue of having two capitals – Pretoria, as the executive capital, and Cape Town,

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  • 5 drug deaths in a week in Eersterus - Crime & Courts

    Pretoria - In just six months, more than 35 young people from Eersterus, east of Pretoria, have reportedly died from drug-related conditions. They either overdosed, committed suicide from depression caused by drugs, or were killed by drug dealers for failing to settle debts. This week alone, five people lost their lives from drug-related incidents, according to the Eersterus Local Drug Action Committee. Eersterus is known to exhibit a hazardous pattern of drug abuse. Drugs such as tik, Cat, dagga and nyaope are prevalent in the community and children as young as 10 years old, including girls, are reportedly experimenting with them. In August, President Jacob Zuma conducted a community imbizo

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  • Woman tells Malema he has no authority to talk about land, he isn't Khoisan

    "Mr Malema, you have no authority to talk about land. "The Khoisan is the only authoritative voice which can talk about land," she said to loud applause and some cheers. The woman said the Khoisan were the "first freedom fighters" who fought the colonials when they came here 360 years ago. "We were the first people of this nation. We were the first people of southern Africa and we still face oppression." She said the country's history did not start in 1910 when the ANC was formed. "We lived here and you, your ancestors, and the white ancestors found us here. Only we can talk about land ownership." Self isolation Malema told the woman that he thought she was "extremely missing a point". "Me and

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  • Young African Leadership Initiative asks ANC to recall Zuma for 'betraying SA and party': iLIVE

    The announcement by President Jacob Zuma to replace the finance minister has recklessly endangered the South African economy. This decision can only be described as a disaster. As representatives of a young professional generation, passionate about building a better South Africa, we call on the ANC to recall the President for the betrayal of the people of South Africa. This betrayal will be experienced differently by the rich, the middle class, and the poor; but it will negatively impact everyone. From declines in social services to sky-rocketing interest rates, life in South Africa has just become tougher.   The financial indicators of the announcement yesterday have clearly communicated the

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  • Klopp faces first selection headache

    London - Manager Juergen Klopp is looking forward to his first selection headache of the season as a number Liverpool's key players have returned to fitness ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa. Klopp has been dogged by an unusually large number of injuries since he took over at Liverpool in October and has not been helped by a congested fixture list. The Merseyside club have played more games than any other team in England this season and at one point last year the German had 11 first-team players out injured. Ahead of the trip to relegation-threatened Villa, Klopp has four senior strikers available for the first time. “Beforehand, everyone who walked, played. Now, hopefully,

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  • Stellenbosch students cleared following 'blackface' incident

    Stellenbosch University will provide support to two students who were at the centre of the incident. Stellenbosch University Stellenbosch Black face White girls dress up with black faces CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University says an investigation into two of its students, involved in an alleged "black-face" incident, has found they had no intention of black-facing. The institution's Equality Unity which was tasked with probing the matter recommended that the two women be reinstated into residence. They were temporarily suspended from the Heemstede Residence last week after photos showing them in what appears to be a black-face costume caused outrage. In an apology on Facebook, one of the students

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  • Zuma says disruptive opposition showed 'how useless they are'

    Watch the moment EFF walked out of #SONA2016 "They are showing how useless they are, people will never vote for them," Zuma said a day after seeing his annual state of the nation address interrupted. "They don't understand democracy, how it works." "They just move with the wind when it goes this way, that way, shame on them," said Zuma. Lawmakers from the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), dressed in their uniforms of red workers' overalls and hard hats, noisily interrupted his speech for an hour before being ordered out of the chamber on Thursday night. "Zuma is no longer a president that deserves respect from anyone," EFF's firebrand leader Julius Malema yelled at the president. But Zuma

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  • Time for Komphela to step up

    If ever there was a time for Steve Komphela to step out of Stuart Baxter’s shadow as Kaizer Chiefs coach, it is now. Perhaps he can be successful in the CAF Champions League, where his predecessor twice failed to reach the group stages of the competition. Amakhosi travel to the Comoros to face Volcan Club de Moroni, a side probably made up of fishermen and making their debut in the continent’s premier club tournament. It seems like a walk in the park. Komphela takes a break from the intense pressure of attempting to retain the Absa Premiership that the Glamour Boys won last season in such fine fashion under Baxter, now SuperSport United coach. It is in the Champions League that he is likely to

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  • Nigeria: Murtala Muhammed's 198 Days of Action

    ARGUABLY, late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed, Nigeria's fourth head of state, is one of the country's most popular rulers. Murtala Mohammed mounted the saddle of leadership on July 30, 1975 but was killed less than seven months later in an abortive coup of February 13, 1976. Benefiting from the toppling of General Yakubu Gowon, on account of failure to meet the expectations of Nigerians, reneging on returning power to civilians, ruling the country without consultation, neglecting the armed forces and being insensitive to the yearnings of Nigerians among others, Murtala Mohammed had before him urgent and crucial decisions to take. The initial decisions include: Retirement of Gowon, then serving military governors and some members of the Armed Forces with immediate effect; reorganizing the structure of the Federal Government into three organs - the Supreme Military Council, National Council of States and Federal Executive Council; promise to review the political programme and to set up panels on the question of new states and the federal capital; and cancellation of the controversial 1973 population census and reversion to the 1963 census among others.

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  • ‘Restore my sister’s dignity’ - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - All Nokuthula Simelane’s family want is for her integrity to be restored and for her to be buried in a dignified place. This was a desperate plea from the deceased activist’s sister, Thembi Nkadimeng, during a media briefing at the Sandton law firm offices of Webber Wentzel on Thursday, more than three decades after Simelane’s death. Nkadimeng said she did not want any compensation for her sister’s death as Simelane had not been in the Struggle for any benefit. All she expected was for her sister’s integrity to be restored. “That’s the greatest, ultimate compensation,” Nkadimeng said. Simelane was kidnapped by the apartheid police’s Soweto Special Branch and was illegally detained

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  • Investors don’t bite at Gold Brands - Companies

    Johannesburg - Gold Brands became the third company to list on the JSE this year on Friday, but investors didn’t immediately take a bit out of its stock. The company, which opened at R2, was trading at R1.11 by mid-afternoon, as investors showed a lack of appetite for the fast food company. Trading under the share code, GBI first announced its intention to list at the end of November last year. Today, its CEO Praxia Nathanael said the listing would add value to its shareholders, including its empowerment partners, and would give the “man in the street” a chance to access a fast food share with operations in SA and Africa. The company is home to brands such as Chesa Nyama, 1+1 Pizza, Opa!Pitaland,

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