• Pyramid scams thriving in SA - Personal Finance News

    Pyramid schemes in South Africa are more likely to collapse than be shut down, thanks to regulatory arbitrage. The National Consumer Commission (NCC) this week said it was no longer pursuing an investigation into nine suspected pyramid schemes. It said the police’s Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit has taken over the matter. The NCC was established in terms of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), which defines and outlaws pyramid schemes. However, the commission doesn’t have the capacity to do forensic investigations, Trevor Hattingh, NCC spokesman, says. And only legitimate businesses can be taken to the National Consumer Tribunal, he says. Hattingh was responding to questions about reports this

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  • Sensational return for Special One?

    London - Jose Mourinho is on the brink of getting the job of his dreams by becoming Manchester United manager this summer. In a dramatic twist for Manchester football, it means he would resume his toxic rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who was announced last Monday as City’s new boss for next season. No deal has been signed but talks have opened and Mourinho has his heart set on the job. United see him as the one man who can go head to head with Guardiola when trying to lure new talent to the club. City already wish to land Paul Pogba from Juventus and John Stones from Everton. United hope the arrival of Mourinho, who calls himself the Special One, will give them the chance to compete. The Portuguese

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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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  • 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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  • Malema unapproachable, only listens to Shivambu says disgruntled EFF member

     "Julius is a liar," said Economic Freedom Fighters member Lufuno Gogoro. "He is lying that we can sit down with him. Julius doesn't want to listen to anyone except [EFF chief whip] Floyd [Shivambu] and we cannot run an organisation through friendship." Gogoro is among a group of EFF members, calling itself defenders of the EFF constitution, which had planned to approach the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday for an urgent interdict against Malema and the EFF's leadership. It wanted a stop put to the party's provincial conferences and its national people's assembly, which is expected to be held in December. Earlier on Friday, Malema told reporters in Johannesburg that disgruntled members were

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  • Home Affairs hopes to further ease visa requirements

    Official said the department has given itself a year to introduce further measures to ease travel to SA. Home Affairs Child visa regulations Home Affairs Department Stricter visa regulations South Africa visa regulations SA Tourism Services Association Satsa SATSA PRETORIA – The Home Affairs department said it hopes to further ease visa requirements to facilitate travel into South Africa within the next year.  The department met with the Southern African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) in Pretoria yesterday. The association, which has been highly critical of the department because of restrictive regulations, has welcomed measures already put in place.  Director General Mkuseli Apleni said

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  • Capetonians open their hearts to refugees - Western Cape

    Cape Town - They knew very little about Cape Town, having read only a few news reports here and there or some articles on the internet. But they never imagined moving here. However, after losing everything they had in the violence in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Omar Banian and his wife Reem ended up at Cape Town International Airport with their three daughters in March. There they approached a taxi driver and in broken English asked him to help them find a new home. The family knew it could be dangerous approaching strangers here, but Banian said by then they realised little “could be worse than what we’d already been through”. The family had little money, having spent most of what they had

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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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  • Controversial umpire calls halt Proteas

    Two controversial umpiring decisions halted the Proteas’ progress on Saturday as they ended on 262/7 in the second one-day international against England in Port Elizaeth. Proteas captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first at St George’s Park on a sunny day, but the pitch was a bit slow and didn’t allow the ball to come on to the bat. Duminy had taken his time to get in on a difficult track alongside De Villiers, but the middle-order duo stuck it out to put on a 107-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Just as they got going after De Villiers reached his 48th ODI half-century, the Proteas were rocked by the double blow of losing their captain and then Duminy within three balls.

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Succession: Jonathan Moyo Bares it All

    In your opinion, what could have motivated George Charamba’s attacks against you and those perceived to be opposed to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa? While Charamba’s scurrilous political attack on me and other Cabinet ministers perceived to be opposed to what they allege is Vice-President Mnangagwa’s succession path went viral after his long interview on ZiFM radio and after The Herald reproduced a verbatim script of that interview two weeks ago, in fact Charamba had been on my case over VP Mnangagwa’s succession for a very long time. To make a very long story short, things started turning ugly between Charamba and me and his fellow successionists out there in May 2015 when BBC HardTalk broadcast an interview with me in which I poured cold water on the ambitions of successionists by saying President Robert Mugabe had not appointed his vice-presidents so they could succeed him, but so they could assist him to implement the policy programmes he pledged to the nation in the 2013 elections, which he won resoundingly.

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  • Mozambique: 45 Deaths From Storms and Floods in Northern Provinces

    Maputo — 45 people have died in the storms and floods which have hit parts of northern Mozambique since the start of the current rainy season in October. Speaking at a Maputo press conference on Friday, the director of the National Operational Emergency Centre (CENOE), Mauricio Xerinda, said that the deaths were caused by high winds, lightning strikes, and floods resulting from torrential rains. While heavy rains have hit parts of the north, in southern Mozambique severe drought, blamed on the “El Nino” weather phenomenon, has plunged 167,000 people into food insecurity. According to the Crops and Early Warning Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, in the southern provinces 256,591 hectares of crops have been lost, which is 43 per cent of the total area sown.

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  • New #blackface row at Stellenbosch - Politics

    Cape Town - Stellenbosch University authorities are reportedly investigating an incident in which two white students wore black paint to a residence party. According to News24, the Heemstede Koshuis party was supposed to have a space theme. In an apology reportedly posted on Facebook, one of the students apologised for the incident , saying they painted themselves dark purple and covered their bodies in glitter. News24 reports that Stellenbosch University spokesperson Martin Viljoen said the university’s equality unit was investigating. Read: Blackface scandal hits Stellenbosch “In the light of a similar incident in 2014, as well as national reports on acts of racism in our country, management

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  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the Guptas

    Watch: We will not sell SA to the Guptas over a curry - Malema's top five #Zupta quotes The man on fire, controversial and entertaining, EFF leader Julius Malema cooked up some of his best rhetoric while addressing the media on Thursday. Watch the top 5 quotes from Malema’s press briefing on Jacob Zuma, Nkandla and the Guptas.   The Big Read: Who's running this country? by Justice Malala Who appoints our cabinet ministers? If it is President Jacob Zuma, with whom does he appoint them? With the ANC deployment committee? With the ANC's top-five leaders? Or does he do it with his benefactors, the Gupta family? If he does do it with the Guptas, as seems clear from his last two cabinet appointments,

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  • Woman who turned in Abaaoud speaks - World News

    The woman who turned in Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the November 13 Paris attacks, said on Thursday she felt “abandoned” by the state and lived in fear of reprisals. The woman - using the pseudonym Sonia - also said Abaaoud had claimed he had travelled to Europe with 90 others, including Syrians, Iraqis, French, German and British citizens. Sonia was a friend of Abaaoud's cousin Hasna Aitboulahcen, who helped him hide after he and a group of jihadists killed 130 people in the coordinated bomb and gun attacks on cafes, restaurants, a concert hall and the Stade de France stadium. Both Aitboulahcen and Abaaoud were killed in a police raid on a Paris flat five days after the attacks.

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  • I'm a man of war: Sexwale

    Salman and Swiss Gianni Infantino are now clear front-runners to win this month's presidential election at soccer's ruling body Fifa, which has been embroiled in a huge corruption scandal that has seen 41 people and entities indicted by the US Department of Justice. The governing body of football in Africa, which has 54 full voting members, said Asian Football Confederation president Salman was its preferred candidate for the poll in Zurich on February 26 that will determine who succeeds Swiss Sepp Blatter. "Caf will give full support to Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa towards his candidacy for the Fifa presidency," vice-president Suketu Patel told reporters before declining to answer questions. The decision was a big blow for South African candidate Tokyo Sexwale, who will remain in the race despite having come under pressure to withdraw.

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  • Zimbabwe: Man Displaying Python Skin in His House, Jailed 9 Years

    A LUPANE man has been sentenced to nine years in prison after he was found displaying a python skin in his house. Elvis Khoza, 46, of Shabula Village claimed that he killed the snake because it had wreaked havoc at his homestead by devouring his livestock. "I acted out of ignorance of the law and I beg the court to forgive me," Khoza who pleaded guilty and implored the court for leniency. "The python ate my chickens and goats and I killed it. I have also suffered a stroke and may the court give me an option to pay a fine instead of going to jail." However, Lupane resident magistrate, Ndumo Masuku, said pythons were a protected species. "You should have reported to Parks and Wildlife authorities

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  • South Africa: Govt to Amend Travel Rules

    Parents can breathe a sigh of relief after the Department of Home Affairs announced on Thursday it is amending its controversial rule that makes it a requirement for parents to have their minor children's unabridged birth certificates available before they can travel. Mkuseli Apleni, the department's director general, said the regulations were being reviewed and amended. The amended law would stipulate that parents' details would be printed in the minor's passport, meaning they would not have to carry birth certificates. "Home affairs is working jointly with the national department of tourism to ensure the regulations are amended accordingly," he said. The tourism department had previously argued

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  • Nigeria: Sunday Oliseh, Artificial Turf and Super Eagles

    My piece on CHAN 2016 last week was not in any way intended to make any excuse for the poor showing of the Super Eagles at the championship. The issue of artificial turf affected all the teams equally and I believe that no matter how long players play on it, playing on plastic would never compare to playing on grass. On the Super Eagles and Sunday Oliseh, I am unable to pass critical comment because, as a reader rightly pointed out, I am complicit in the recruitment of Sunday Oliseh through my supportive writings and comments when he was to be appointed coach of the national team. I believed, and still do by the way, that Oliseh would introduce a slightly different dimension to coaching the national

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  • Cyber-crime: SA the most targeted on the continent

    Cisco Annual Security report said that “today’s attackers launch more sophisticated‚ bold and resilient campaigns”. Greg Griessel‚ Consulting Systems Engineer Security Solutions at Cisco South Africa‚ said: “Cyber criminals are getting smarter and employing a number of personalised tactics‚ which places businesses at greater risk. 92% of business leaders agree that regulators and investors will expect companies to manage cyber-security risk exposure. These leaders need to essentially increase measures to secure their organizations’ future‚ particularly as they digitize their operations.” Griessel believes that an understanding of the tactics employed by cyber criminals is an absolute necessity.

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