• Dancing at dawn: South Africa's new pre-work party scene

    Others are in tutus, black catsuits or animal "onesies". Many have masks and painted faces. This is "Secret Sunrise" -- a new urban craze in which people gather outdoors in the early morning to express themselves to a soundtrack played through headphones. Later in the day, they will toil at office desks in South Africa's economic capital, or be students attending lectures, but for a short time they proudly embrace a less reserved way to live. "The point is to get people working towards something that makes the daily grind a little bit less boring," said Cheryl Hudson, who has a job in project finance when she changes out of her purple dance outfit. "We have it in the week to try to transform

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  • Zuma drags ANC 'into a dark hole'

    Yesterday ANC members spoke openly of being ''embarrassed'' and ''pained'' by the president after he was forced into a second dramatic climbdown in two months - this time over Nkandla. Two years after denying liability for the splurging of millions in taxpayers' money on his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead, Zuma announced late on Tuesday that he had written to the Constitutional Court proposing to repay some of the money in line with the recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The U-turn came just days before the court was due to decide whether he should foot a portion of the bill for supposed security upgrades, including a swimming pool described as a fire-fighting facility, a chicken run and a cattle kraal, which Madonsela found were undue benefits. It followed years of political fallout during which an ANC-dominated parliamentary committee and the police minister controversially absolved Zuma of liability.

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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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  • It was proper for me to resign

    Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said, on Saturday, he felt it was “proper” for him to resign as an ANC MP. This following his name being put forward to head the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank/Brics bank. “Yes, I resigned last year,” he confirmed. “In line with my removal [and being nominated for the Brics bank position] I felt it would be the proper thing to do.” While he resigned in December, his resignation was processed only last month. After Nene’s sacking as finance minister, President Jacob Zuma said the "urgency of the changes in the leadership of the National Treasury" was because nominations needed to be sent to Shanghai in terms of the head of the African

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  • The biggest losers in the Nkandla saga

    Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has come out as the biggest loser in the Nkandla debacle. Former ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi also have egg on their faces due to the saga. The three led the pack in arguing that President Jacob Zuma should not pay for the upgrades at Nkandla. But Zuma's proposal to pay has left his defenders in a corner. While the ANC and Cosatu welcomed Zuma's announcement to pay back some money spent on non-security upgrades at his private home, opposition parties still want him to appear before court. Cosatu said in a statement Zuma's proposal would bring an end to the drawn-out controversy regarding the public protector's report on Nkandla.

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  • Pravin utters P-word

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is said to believe there would be huge interest if a 49% stake in the parastatal was offered to the private sector. In a meeting last week of ANC leaders and government officials, he argued for a sale. His proposal has put him in conflict with Eskom boss Brian Molefe, who has begun turning the utility around, a person with knowledge of the discussion said. The minister suggested private shareholders be able to buy as much as 49%, said the insider who did not want to be named. Molefe disagreed, said the insider. The proposal follows Gordhan's recent meeting with business investors and comes ahead of a meeting this week between President Jacob Zuma and big business.

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  • Zimbabwe graduates can find jobs abroad

    The official Chronicle newspaper reported on Thursday that South Sudan wanted "20,000 graduates to work in different fields in the North African country." With high levels of unemployment in Zimbabwe, Mugabe's government last year announced a scheme to export graduates to countries including South Sudan, Botswana, Angola and Namibia, according to a report in the Herald of June 2015. The scheme was aimed at promoting "brain circulation" on the African continent, officials said then. They conceded that there would be a financial benefit to Zimbabwe's government. Now the authorities are debating whether to make exported workers send back 25 percent of their salaries to their families "or deposit

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  • Zuma lied about Nene Brics bank 'job'

    Two months after he was dropped from national Treasury, Nhlanhla Nene has told the Financial Mail that he has still not received a formal offer to join the Brics bank, despite President Jacob Zuma indicating otherwise. When Zuma unceremoniously cut Nene from the cabinet in December, he said it was because he needed to rope the able and respected finance minister into the New Development Bank, as the institution is now called. In a statement issued from Zuma’s office a couple of days after he axed Nene, when the president was forced to explain his reckless move in an effort to contain the economic chaos that followed, he said it was because the SA government had identified Nene as the preferred candidate to head the Africa Regional Centre, one of the bank’s priority units.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zimbabwe: Mutsvangwa, Moyo Verbal Tiff Escalates

    Bulawayo — A verbal war between Zanu-PF Politburo members Professor Jonathan Moyo and Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa escalated yesterday with Mutsvangwa challenging Prof Moyo to go for a DNA test, claiming the Tsholotsho North MP was the son of the late Zanu (Ndonga) leader Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole. Cde Mutsvangwa was addressing representatives of war veterans, ex-political detainees and restrictees during a regional stakeholder consultation workshop in Bulawayo when he fired his latest salvo at Prof Moyo, claiming the Higher and Tertiary Education Minister was a chameleon, whose life needs to be unpacked. In an earlier interview published by NewsDay last month, Mutsvangwa said Moyo was Sithole's

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  • Mariah Carey rules out kids with James Packer

    Mariah Carey is adamant she and her fiancé James Packer won't be having any children together after they get hitched because her four-year-old twins will get ''jealous.'' The 'Hero' hitmaker and her billionaire beau may be heading down the aisle soon following their engagement last month, but she's adamant they won't be adding any little ones to their brood as it won't be fair on the blonde beauty's four-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, whom she has with her ex-husband Nick Cannon. Asked if she and James will be having any kids together, Mariah replied: ''No, those [Moroccan and Monroe] are my two babies and I think they will get too jealous.'' And, in order to prevent too much disruption

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  • Teen hankers after Boko Haram captor - Africa

    Abuja - Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, 16-year-old Zara John is still in love with one of the Islamic militants who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine and blood test carried out by a doctor in the refugee camp to which she was taken after her rescue. “I wanted to give birth to my child so that I can have someone to replace his father since I cannot reconnect with him again,” said Zara, one of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants during a seven-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. But any decision over the baby was taken out of her hands. Her father drowned during

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  • DJ Sbu takes to the streets to raise funds for students

    The entrepreneur says he sold nearly 240 energy drinks in no less than two hours on Thursday. Sbusiso Leope JOHANNESBURG – Entrepreneur and DJ Sibusiso Leope has been trending for all the right reasons. This time after taking to the streets of Johannesburg to promote a benefit concert that will see him raise funds for his education foundation, SLEF, on Sunday. The businessman says he sold at least 240 cans of his energy drink, Mofaya, yesterday. The drink was introduced last year in order to support the programme, which has helped a number of matriculants access higher education institutions over the years.   A video posted by SLEFBenefitConcert (@sbuleope) on Feb 3, 2016 at 8:10am PST He says

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  • Nigeria: TB Joshua, Others Must Face Justice, LASG Insists

    The Lagos State Government on Thursday said the Registered Trustees of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and two other persons must face justice over a six-storey building that collapsed within the church premises on September 12, 2014. The state government added that the verdict of a Coroner's Court it set up to investigate the cause and circumstance that culminated in the death of 116 persons in the collapsed six-storey building should be adopted and upheld. The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kazeem Adeniji, in a statement yesterday, provided reasons to prosecute those who were indicted by the Coroner's Court, over which Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe presided.

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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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  • Ugly twar leads to Dana taking Mazwai to court

    According to Jozi Gist the twar began when Mazwai was challenged to come up with a concept for a talent show. Mazwai said that Simphiwe Dana had come to an open mic session she had hosted. Dana didn't remember it. Dana clarified the issue - apparently they were both part of a poetry group called Feelah Sista - and not someone engaged in discovering talent. Things went downhill from there, when Dana accused Mazwai of badmouthing her. Now, according to Sowetan LIVE Dana has responded in a statement - and is planning to take Mazwai to court: "There are various tweets that imply that Simphiwe Dana is an alcoholic and has slept her way to the top, Simphiwe distances herself from these tweets as they

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  • Rihanna: I haven't got time for dating

    Rihanna has confirmed she is single and insists she doesn't have time for a ''steady relationship'' at the moment. The 27-year-old singer - who was recently rumoured to have romantically reconciled with Leonardo DiCaprio - confirmed she isn't dating anyone at the moment because there aren't enough hours in the day for her to spend time with a potential partner. She said: ''I'm single right now. And it's not that I'm like, 'Oh, pro single. Yes, I hate men.' I just think that I just have so much on my plate that I can't even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious.'' The Bajan beauty, who released her eighth studio album 'Anti' last week, admitted she cannot even spare

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  • Sturridge set to quit Anfield

    London - Daniel Sturridge is ready to quit Liverpool this summer over his fury at criticism questioning his desire to play for the club. Manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken publicly of his frustrations over Sturridge’s fitness and several former Anfield stars have intimated it is time for the club to sign a replacement. Sturridge is fed up at a growing perception that he lacks the hunger to fulfil his potential and believes a clean break is required this summer. The 26-year-old still has two-and-a-half years to run on his £150 000-per-week contract, meaning Liverpool are likely to demand a high price. He has the qualities of a £60million striker, but his fitness record means he is likely to be valued

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