• Zuma in a bind over EFF proposal

    A COUNTER-proposal made to President Jacob Zuma on Thursday by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on paying back the money for Nkandla, has put Mr Zuma in a tight spot. The EFF wants Mr Zuma to accept he has breached the Constitution and his oath of office. The alternative proposal filed in court was in response to Mr Zuma’s climbdown on Tuesday to paying back the money. If Mr Zuma were to agree to this order, it would be an unprecedented concession.

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  • 'I'm not poor, but I'm broke,' DJ Sbu on how MoFaya took toll on his pocket

    Thousands of unemployed Zimbabwe graduates could soon find themselves with first jobs in South Sudan but there's just one catch: President Robert Mugabe's government is thinking of taking 25 percent of their salaries.

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  • Got skills? South African employers want you

    The Department of Higher Education’s latest list of occupations that are in high demand lists hundreds of positions for which it says there are either shortages being experienced in the labour market or which have either shown relatively strong employment growth or are likely to show growth in the future. Just for professionals alone‚ there are some 164 occupations listed – ranging from engineers in all fields to educators at all levels and judges. There are also the usual high number of medical or health professionals that are in high demand. ICT continues to remain a popular field where professionals are in demand‚ as does the business world. Managers and technically-skilled people are also

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  • From hero to zero: International investors turning their backs on South Africa

    This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night.  “Can the ANC reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naïve to think that the party – for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions – could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities.  Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done better?” Hain asked. He said the ANC has to address corruption and cronyism and lead the development of a new social compact if South Africa is to prosper. He pointed to Zuma’s

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  • Malema gets taste buds going with ‘derogatory’ curry quip

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s reference to a curry is taking flak for ethnic stereotyping – while stirring up recommendations on where to find the best plate of the spicy dish‚ as South Africans mockingly put a positive spin on it. “We’re not going to allow a South Africa that is sold over a plate of curry‚” Malema said at a press briefing at the EFF headquarters in Johannesburg on Thursday‚ in a reference to the perceived political influence being wielded by the Gupta family. Back in 2013‚ Malema said: “Zuma sold SA out for a plate of curry”. On Twitter‚ @MiaMthombeni said: “The #Guptas are not my fav but #Malema saying SA will not be bought with plate of curry and they must leave SA is disrespectful.

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  • Montezemolo: News about Schumacher 'not good'

    The German is still receiving intensive treatment far from the public eye at his home in Switzerland. Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher head injury MILAN – The latest news about the health of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is not good, his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said on Thursday. The German is still receiving intensive treatment far from the public eye at his home in Switzerland following severe head injuries that he suffered in a skiing accident in France in December 2013. “I have news and unfortunately it is not good,” Montezemolo told reporters without giving any further details. “Life is strange. He was a fantastic driver and only had one accident

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  • Zuma vs two angry cops

    Yesterday, suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega - reacting to recommendations by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate that she be criminally charged - made it clear she will not go down without a fight. Her refusal to accept either a golden handshake or to resign, follows on action by her predecessor, Bheki Cele, who is still fighting Zuma's decision to fire him in 2012. The Times has been reliably informed that Cele's matter is still before court and that settlement negotiations have been under way since late 2013. The negotiations, which include Cele's demand that the board of inquiry report into his fitness to hold office be set aside, began after Zuma realised none

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  • Cosatu: Gupta influence on govt a serious concern

    Media reports claim the Guptas stand to benefit from a deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel. Cosatu Gupta Gupta family Guptagate The Congress of South African Trade Unions Cosatu JOHANNESBURG – As fresh controversy emerges around the Gupta family this morning, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is warning that their influence on government is a serious concern. But the trade union federation denies it raised their relationship with the Zuma family at a recent African National Congress (ANC) meeting. The Mail & Guardian is this morning reporting that the Guptas stand to benefit from a lucrative deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel, which recently expanded into

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  • If the ANC lost 'the next day, the country would be burning': Mulder

    Speaking at the Cape Town Press Club on Wednesday, Mulder said this would be the case if parties managed to have a coalition that left the ANC as the opposition. "The next day, the country would be burning. I don’t see the ANC ever respecting that kind of arrangement," he said. He said the new generation of the ANC would make the country ungovernable should they lose power, but that he would would love to see the party accepting the change though. Mulder was speaking on the theme, "President for a day". He said the first major fault line in the current South Africa was that the country had the wrong recipe for nation building and social cohesion. True nation building would only come about when

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  • Eskom's coal now supplied by the Guptas

    Eskom Holdings did not renew Exxaro's contract to supply Arnot from a nearby mine at the end of December because, it said, the prices were too high. Arnot was supplying 20% of the 2000MW power station's coal needs, Eskom said. Optimum Coal, the mine now supplying Arnot, is being acquired by a company controlled by the Guptas after the operation, formerly owned by Glencore, was placed under administration because Eskom would not relax the terms of a contract for the supply of coal to its Hendrina power station. Glencore said the mine had become loss-making because of Eskom's stance. Tegeta, which is buying Optimum, is owned by the Gupta family's Oakbay Resources & Energy. Tegeta official Jacques

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  • The president, the public protector and respect for law

    THE exceedingly overdue — yet most welcome — announcement by President Jacob Zuma that the long-running #PayBackTheMoney dispute concerning the so-called "security enhancements" at his home in Nkandla can be settled by way of a gracious capitulation on his part is not that hard to explain. The first clue is in the heads of argument filed on his behalf in the application brought by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), in which the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the public protector joined, in the Constitutional Court and set down for hearing next Monday. The concluding paragraphs give away the drift towards the position now taken by the president. "The EFF is not entitled to manipulate the judicial system in a matter of enormous national interest when extraneous factors comprising investigative processes contemplated in that remedial action are yet to be finalised merely because it is politically expedient … the issues would most appropriately be ventilated in the high court and not in this court directly and finally.

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  • Ntsiki Mazwai dismisses defamation claims

    The poet has been slammed for tweets believed to be directed at singer Simphiwe Dana. Defamation lawsuit Simphiwe Dana Ntsiki Mazwai JOHANNESBURG – Poet and musician Ntsiki Mazwai has slated media reports that a series of controversial tweets she posted on Monday were directed at jazz singer Simphiwe Dana.  Dana and her management announced yesterday that they would be taking legal action against the poet for defamation.  The spat started on Monday when Mazwai took to Twitter to say she had helped ‘kick start’ Dana’s career, along with other artists.  Dana then cleared up the story with a response of her own.  It however escalated when Mazwai continued to post suggestive tweets about someone

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Tax Imported Food Commodities

    The Zimbabwean government has widened its tax bracket to include Value Added Tax (VAT) on nearly 40 imported basic food commodities as the country's revenue performance continues to disappoint. With revenue for the year ended 31 December 2015 coming in 3% lower than prior, the Zimbabwean authorities are looking for all avenues that can boost revenue collections in 2016. In a recent Government Gazette of January 22, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, amended Section 78 of the VAT Act by repealing clauses that until now allowed the imported food commodities to be taxed at zero rate. The tax is effective from February 1. Earlier this year the Zimbabwean government revised downwards the travellers'

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  • Nigeria Delisted From Corrupt Countries Index

    The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has said that the the anti corruption war waged by President Muhammadu Buhari is yielding success which has led to the delisting of the country from the list of corrupt countries as compiled by Transparency International (TI). In a press statement signed by the group's national coordinator, Muhammad Labbo and the secretary, Cassidy Madueke, yesterday in Abuja, the group said that the campaign is gradually changing the image of the country to one where corrupt acts are no longer welcomed. The group added that in the latest ranking of corrupt countries in the world over by TI, the name of Nigeria is conspicuously missing. According to the BMSG, the anti-corruption

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  • Glencore ‘forced’ to sell to Gupta unit - Companies

    Johannesburg - South Africa’s biggest opposition party said the country’s mines minister and state power utility “forced” Glencore to sell its Optimum coal operation to a company controlled by the Gupta family, friends of President Jacob Zuma. Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane met Glencore officials in Switzerland ahead of the sale of Optimum to the Gupta’s Tegeta Exploration & Resources in December, the ministry said in a February 1 statement. Johannesburg’s Sunday Times newspaper reported that a delegation representing the Gupta family was there at the same time. Optimum was placed in business rescue proceedings, a form of bankruptcy, in August after Glencore said its contract to supply coal to

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  • Manuel Pellegrini a front-runner to land Chelsea job

    He lacks the charisma of a Jurgen Klopp or the arrogance of a Jose Mourinho and, therefore, that added star quality that the elite clubs now crave so greatly. His record, however, speaks for itself. Two major trophies in his first season at Manchester City and still competing on all four fronts in February of his third, he should be revered to a greater extent than he is at the Etihad Stadium. So in the wake of City's decision to replace him with Pep Guardiola in the off season, where is Pellegrini left? Chelsea are in need of repair. Guus Hiddink is doing a sound job in the interim period but has distanced himself from a permanent role. This league campaign will almost certainly be a write-off

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  • I am not a criminal, says Riah Phiyega - Crime & Courts

    THE STAR Suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said the charges against her were part of a campaign to discredit and vilify her. Johannesburg - Riah Phiyega is convinced that charges laid against her by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) are part of a witch-hunt and a relentless campaign to destroy her. On Wednesday, the suspended national police commissioner pulled no punches as she told of her bewilderment with the decision to institute criminal charges against her. “The undignified haste to announce my imminent charging smacks of a sustained and concerted effort by the people and entities in the Police Ministry to continue with the relentless campaign that seeks to harass, slander and vilify me,” she told the media in Sandton.

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  • UN halts Syria talks as government closes in on Aleppo

    A United Nations envoy halted his attempts to conduct Syrian peace talks on Wednesday after the army, backed by Russian air strikes, advanced against rebel forces north of Aleppo, choking opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city. Another senior UN official said the Russian escalation was the main reason for the suspension of the peace talks, which have made little progress since beginning earlier this week. Staffan de Mistura announced a three-week pause in the Geneva talks, the first attempt to negotiate an end to Syria's war in two years, saying they needed immediate help from the rival sides' international backers, principally the United States and Russia. “I have indicated from the first day that I won't talk for the sake of talking,” the envoy, who has described the negotiations as Syria's last hope, told reporters.

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  • SA bowlers weren’t that bad, says AB

    Cape Town - Don’t blame the bowlers. That was the message from Proteas captain AB de Villiers despite having watched his attack being clobbered for 399 runs by England around the Mangaung Oval on Wednesday. South Africa eventually lost the first one-day international by 39 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis Method after rain brought an early end to proceedings in Bloemfontein. The Proteas, led by a magnificent career-best 138 not out off 96 balls by Quinton de Kock, were still in the hunt for the astonishing 400-run victory target at 250/5 in 33.3 overs. But play was called off, and due to the five wickets lost, the Proteas were 40 runs behind the required mark at 33.3 overs. The English onslaught was

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  • Zimbabwe: Grace Central in Zanu-PF Factional Wars

    Zanu-PF's warring factions that are threatening to tear apart the former revolutionary party have revealed that First Lady Grace Mugabe is responsible for the ongoing bitter succession debacle amid reports she has been playing a double game by meeting and encouraging members from the two main factions battling for supremacy in the party. Two factions, one backing Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Generation 40 (G40), a grouping of young Turks who have the support of Grace have been at loggerheads as they seek to control the party and eventually succeed President Robert Mugabe, who turns 92 on February 21. Although Grace spoke glowingly of Mnangagwa in the run up to the party's December 2014 congress, which swept aside former vice-president Joice Mujuru, then a favourite to succeed Mugabe, she now flip-flops whenever it suits her since he was appointed President Robert Mugabe's deputy.

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