• Zuma causes a stir during walkabout

    People jostled to shake Zuma's hand and chanted his clan name "Nxamalala" as he entered the Belle Ombre taxi rank. But many continued with their businesses, ignoring the commotion. Some said they could not wait for him to leave as he was causing a commotion and that his visit would not change their lives. John Chiloane, a Hammanskraal taxi driver, said there was nothing exciting about Zuma's presence, and that even those who thronged just wanted to catch a glimpse of an "infamous leader" and take pictures. He preferred former president FW de Klerk to Zuma, saying life was better under the apartheid government. "I am 45. I am forced to drive a taxi because there are no jobs. Only the ruling elite

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  • Bonang Matheba now a global brand

    Bonang Matheba is making waves all over Africa and the rest of the world. Being nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award and named the new face of E-Africa. On Wednesday the TV and radio personality announced on an Instagram post that she’s been nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters’ Merit Award in the African Broadcaster of the Year: People’s Choice category. This is following the announcement the she is the host of E-Africa, which falls under the E! Entertainment family. Bonang has been open about her plans to expand her brand into the rest of the world and shes doing it.  Bonang’s hustle is on point. Also on Connect: #Sona2016: Expectation for Zuma to resign remains high #CouplesWorkOut

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  • 'Our boss calls us baboons'

    A worker at an aircraft services company has quit his job after his boss allegedly called him and his colleagues k****s and baboons. Sowetan is in possession of the shocking audio clip in which the man insults his employees. Ephraim Seema, 33, of Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, said he endured the abuse for six years asking himself why his boss, Sandro Strimer, owner of Multi Aircraft Services, was insulting black people like that. In one of the audio clips a male voice, believed to be that of Strimer, is heard calling the workers by the k-word. The insults apparently started when Seema went to his room to fetch his lunch box. He said Strimer then got angry and complained that he was using his

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  • Madonsela steals the show at #SONA2016

    The public protector made her way down the grey streets towards the Cape Town political landmark, with a grace and deportment that would put many a beauty queen to shame. Earlier, Madonsela tweeted her thanks to fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee for the gown, adding: “Hope I do justice to it today”. Meanwhile, other parliamentarians also made their sartorial contribution to the traditional fashion extravaganza that marks the SONA. Clearly bouncing back from her recent controversy over a Facebook post, Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard dressed up for a big night out in a black sleeveless dress, green beaded necklace and drop earrings, as well as a paisley pashmina and blinged-up silver clutch.

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  • South Africa: Malema, EFF Leaders Add Some More Red to SONA Red Carpet

    The top brass of the Economic Freedom Fighters started trickling into Parliament on Thursday ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address. Most politicians took the event as an opportunity to dress to the nines, but the EFF members chose to walk the red carpet in their signature red overalls. The first batch of EFF leaders to arrive included party chair Dali Mpofu and Magdalene Munusamy. Munusamy swapped her red overall for a red jumpsuit and paired it with some red and white heels, and finished off the outfit with an official red EFF beret. Party leader Julius Malema arrived later, in his red overalls, and an iPhone in one hand. Last year, some EFF members, including Malema were

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  • Zuma's resignation, Guptas and Nene take centre stage

    Zuma delivered his State of the Nation Address in a joint sitting in the National Assembly, but opposition parties made life difficult for him. The Democratic Alliance's MPs heckled, mumbled and laughed throughout Zuma’s speech. This was after the Economic Freedom Fighters and Cope walked out of the National Assembly. The EFF walked out an hour after the start of SONA, chanting “Zupta must fall”.

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  • Sanral’s road-building shock - Business News

    Johannesburg - Road construction in South Africa cost between 100 percent and 300 percent more than global benchmarks, according to independent research conducted for the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa). Wayne Duvenage, the chairman of the alliance, now named the Organisation Uniting Against Tax Abuse, said yesterday that the alliance was still analysing the research, but claimed the SA National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) was grossly overpaying for road construction in South Africa. “That talks to more than just collusion. We believe other forces are at play and there is a strong chance of maladministration and corruption,” Duvenage said. “We also believe there is a cosy relationship

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  • Traditional leaders want answers from Mandela over Islamic conversion

    Eastern Cape traditional leaders want answers from Nelson Mandela’s grandson Nkosi Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela about why he reportedly converted to Islam when he married a Muslim woman. “We reacted with shock on the news of his conversion. We were also very concerned. What we know is that the woman converts, not the man. That is our custom,” Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa provincial chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane said on Tuesday. They were troubled that Mandela married without any traditional leaders present at the ceremony. “Traditional leaders don’t marry secretly. He should have been represented by the traditional council of Mvezo. He is the leader of people of Mvezo.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe's Ex-Spin Doctor Jubilant After 'Brutal' Politburo Meeting

    If President Robert Mugabe's spokesman thought Wednesday's politburo meeting would signal the political defeat of his long-term rival, Grace Mugabe had another message for him. "You stop it, all of you!" an irate Grace shouted, flanked by her 91-year-old husband. There was little doubt to whom she was referring. Jeered at by a handful of the thousands of ruling party supporters amassed outside ZANU-PF's Rotten Row headquarters, presidential spokesman George Charamba appeared out-manoeuvred even before the politburo meeting got underway. As internal party wrangling reached a peak in the days leading up to the meeting, Charamba had campaigned vigorously against his long-time rival Jonathan Moyo,

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  • South Africa opens doors to US chicken imports

    South Africa imposes "anti-dumping" duties of above 100% on certain chicken products and industry groups said removing those import barriers opened a market which had been closed for the last 15 years. The deal was "within the tolerance of the (South African poultry) industry and is something we can all live with," Rob Davies told Reuters in a telephone conversation from Paris, where the deal was concluded. The agreement, which would see the United States emerge as one of the top poultry exporters to Africa's most advanced economy, should help smooth the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) currently before American lawmakers.

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  • Cope walks out of #SONA2016

    Lekota arose on a point of order, and was initially shot down by Speaker Baleka Mbete, who explained that she had already dealt with "spurious" points of order from the Economic Freedom Fighters. "On the basis that I have already explained, I am prevailing on you to take your seat and allow the State of the Nation Address to be delivered," she told him. Lekota then insisted, and Zuma took his seat. The Congress of the People leader then said Zuma admitted to the nation in the Constitutional Court that he had broken his oath of office. "Zuma broke his oath of office and is no longer honourable... We can't listen to someone who has broken his oath. "He is no longer fit to lead our people." The

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  • Minnie Dlamini, Thomas Mlambo exit SABC's Soccerzone

    A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company’s website by Mark Cutifani‚ Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC‚ is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit‚ says the Bench Marks Foundation.

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  • SONA 2016: Underwhelmed, opposition parties give Zuma a Zero

    First Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota was asked to leave the House. Then the Economic Freedom Fighters, chanting “Zupta must fall” (a reference to the ties between the Zuma and Gupta families) walked out. EFF leader Julius Malema, standing on top of the stairs of the Marks Building opposite a giant screen showing the president reading his SONA, said: “We do not agree to be addressed by a man who admitted he’s stolen the money and is now prepared to pay back the money”. It was a direct reference to the president’s lawyers who just two days earlier conceded in the Constitutional Court that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding that a reasonable proportion of the money spent for at least the cattle kraal, chicken run, swimming (fire) pool, visitors’ centre and amphitheatre should be repaid.

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  • Zimbabwe's Chicken Inn undercooked going into Mamelodi Sundowns' clash

    All teams facing South African opposition this weekend in African club competitions - the first round, first leg matches in the African Champions League and African Confederation Cup - are at the start of their new seasons. This means that, while Premier Soccer League sides have passed the halfway mark in the local season, their opponents will be going into the games undercooked. Chicken Inn of Zimbabwe, who host Mamelodi Sundowns in Bulawayo on Saturday, have not yet started their season. "The game against Sundowns is going to be one hell of a fixture that will require maximum concentration, seeing they are halfway through their season and we're just coming out of pre-season," Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas was quoted as saying this week.

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  • Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho tells friends Man United job is his: reports

    Exactly why the Proteas waited until England had them by the throat, gasping for survival and battling to avoid another series shellacking before producing their best batting performance beggared belief.

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  • Mbete's lawyer involved in SAA debacle

    National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's lawyer Lindi Nkosi-Thomas, who fumbled through her submissions in the Nkandla matter in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, was previously accused of doctoring a legal opinion while she was an SAA board member. BDlive reported in December 2014 that the allegation was the basis of a complaint to the public protector and the Johannesburg Bar Council in 2013. Nkosi-Thomas resigned from the airline's board in early 2014. The council said at the time that the complaint did not sustain a case of professional misconduct. The public protector's office told the website that its investigation was continuing. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office and Parliament

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  • #SONA2016: EFF arrives singing and dancing - Politics

    Parliament - Boisterous Economic Freedom Fighters MPs walked into a packed National Assembly chamber singing and dancing on Thursday evening ahead of the much anticipated State of the Nation Address. Dressed in their signature red overalls and hardhats, the MPs, led by EFF leader Julius Malema, sang "imali yethu siyayifuna" (we want our money). They were referring to the over R200 million of taxpayers' money spent on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, a portion of which the Public Protector declared should be paid back. The EFF has threatened to disrupt proceedings on Thursday if Zuma did not answer questions on why Zuma fired former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, while

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  • South Africa is not Zimbabwe-in-waiting

    We are not Zimbabwe-in-waiting. I have personally heard this complaint from every race in this country. “SA is becoming worse than Zimbabwe.”  Since our new cricketers have recently scored so well I would like to try and smack the Doomsday Ball for six.  First – four against one. The greatest gift the ANC has given us is four presidents. They have varied in quality. From Mandela, who lead by superb example; to Mbeki, whose intelligence was undermined by defeatist introspection; to Motlanthe, who took the poisoned chalice and returned it cleaner than it was before; and to Zuma, the most successful political operator and the most erratic leader. The transition of leadership from one individual

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  • Malema, not Zuma opens parliament at #SONA2016

    He was supporting the Economic Freedom Fighter's Floyd Shivambu, who started saying he was seeking clarity on the rules of the House, to which Speaker Baleka Mbete replied that she would "not like to give attention" to the matter now. Shivambu said he wanted assurance he would be allowed to speak before Zuma took to the podium. Mbete attempted to continue with proceedings, but then she exchanged words with Malema, who told her he wanted to deal with questions to the president before the opening ceremony starts. "I don't want to stand up while the president is there," said Malema. Mbete said: "On this occasion, no business other than the address by the president is [being] entertained." Rumblings

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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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