• Malema comments ‘disrespectful’‚ says AbaThembu royal family

    A stinging attack on struggle icon Nelson Mandela by Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has been condemned as “mischievous and disrespectful” by the AbaThembu family. In a speech to the Oxford Union in the UK last Wednesday‚ Malema accused Mandela of turning his back on parts of the revolution after being released from prison. “Comments made by Julius Malema on Nkosi Dalibhunga Nelson Mandela while addressing Oxford Union in the United Kingdom is mischievous and disrespectful. The Royal Family for the Kingdom of AbaThembu‚ fully understood the commitment of Madiba on issues affecting South Africa while he was still active in politics. “We were comfortable to allow him to serve the

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  • Krejcir’s JHB, Vaal properties sold for R17m

    They were auctioned off yesterday, with the one in Bedfordview attracting 4 registered bidders. Radovan Krejcir Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir Radovan Krejcirs properties on auction JOHANNESBURG - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s two houses, one in Bedfordview and another in the Vaal, now have two new separate owners. Eyewitness News understands his Bedfordview mansion was sold for R12,8 million (all inclusive), while his Vaal home was sold for R4,2 million (all inclusive).  The homes were auctioned off yesterday, with the one in Bedfordview attracting four registered bidders. One bidder who participated in the auction in Bedfordview - but pulled out as the price climbed - says he was disappointed

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  • Siza Mzimela: First black woman to own an airline - Connect

    South African businesswoman, Siza Mzimela, is making history as the first black woman to start and own an airline. About Siza Mzimela According to about.com, Siza Mzimela, founder and CEO of Fly Blue Crane, a start-up South African airline that began taking flights September 2015, with O.R. Tambo International Airport in Jozi as the airline’s operational hub. The start-up has thus far been operating as an airline that offers low cost domestic routes within South Africa. According to About.com, Mzimela has been vocal about eventually expanding her business to have more regional scope: “We hope to expand our flight destinations to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Comes Face-to-Face With Gays

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will this weekend come face-to-face with gays and lesbians -- whom he has publicly excoriated as being "worse than pigs and dogs" -- when he officially opens the 18th International Conference on Aids and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) (Icasa) in Africa, in Harare on Sunday. It will be held between Sunday and Friday next week, under the theme "Aids in the Post-2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science and Human Rights". The conference will be attended by thousands of people, including leading scientists, policymakers, activists, gays and lesbians, people living with HIV and Aids, as well as government leaders and civil society representatives. In 1995, government shut

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  • South Africa: Adjustment of Fuel Prices Effective From 2 Dec 2015

    The Department of Energy herewith informs the public about the fuel prices for December 2015. South Africa's fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, informed by international and local factors. The pump prices for both grades of petrol will increase by 1.0c/l; diesel and the maximum retail price for LPGas will decrease by between 1.8c/l and 4.0c/l, whilst the wholesale price of illuminating paraffin and the single maximum national retail price (SMNRP) will increase by 1.0c/l with effect from 2 December 2015. The main reasons for these fuel price adjustments are the weakening of the Rand against the US Dollar despite the drop in the prices of all petroleum products during the period under review.

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  • Meyiwa murder case: Phalane to step in

    The acting National Police Commissioner has vowed to solve the case and bring closure for the families. Senzo Meyiwa Senzo Meyiwa killed National Police Commissioner JOHANNESBURG - Investigations into the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa have taken a more serious approach, with reports that the acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phalane is assisting investigators.  The Sunday Independent is reporting that Phalane has asked for the dossier so that he can engage with the investigators.  The 27-year-old player was killed at his girlfriend's mother's home in Vosloorus just over a year ago. The investigation into Meyiwa’s murder is now receiving high priority with acting

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  • Is Cyril fit to replace Zuma? - Sunday Independent

    ANC diehards left the National General Council vowing to do better, but Mcebisi Ndletyana sees no change. More than a month has passed since the ANC held its fourth National General Council (NGC) at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand. In the interim, a number of provincial and regional conferences have followed in various parts of the country. This includes KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the Eastern Cape’s regions of OR Tambo, Buffalo City and Joe Ggabi. The latter two are the largest regions in a province that formerly had the biggest ANC membership. That distinction now belongs to KZN. It claimed it in 2012 en route to Mangaung, where Jacob Zuma was re-elected ANC president over the conscientious Kgalema

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  • New Post Office CEO is a state posting that should give us hope

    It is a reminder to the government that there is passionate, experienced and patriotic private-sector talent available to it. Sizwe Nxasana has allowed himself to be diverted from his immediate post-retirement plans after departing from the leadership of the FirstRand group to spend two years reorganising and rebalancing the chaotic state-run student loan scheme. Former South African Chamber of Business CEO Kevin Wakeford has been appointed CEO of Armscor. Brian Molefe is my South African of the Year, not because Eskom is suddenly operating at full strength but because he recognised the debilitating effect that load-shedding was having on the public and on investors and has found a way to re-energise a dispirited machine and to cheer us all up.

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • FNB apologises to customers for technical problem

    Irate customers vented their frustrations as their debit and credit cards were declined. FNB First National Bank FNB system problems Irate customers took to social media yesterday venting their frustrations as their debit and credit cards were declined. FNB says the problem was caused by a queue on the system slowing down transactions. The institution’s Vidya Medapati said, “FNB apologises to our customers for the inconvenience caused. We do view this problem quite seriously especially if it affects our customers. Sufficient remediation has been put in place almost immediately after the problem was experienced. We are confident that his should not happen again.” (Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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  • Russia slaps economic sanctions on Turkey over jet downing

    With the row showing no sign of abating, the Kremlin released the text of a decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin that announced an end to charter flights between the two countries, a ban on Russian businesses hiring any new Turkish nationals and import restrictions on certain Turkish goods. It also asked Russian tour operators to refrain from selling trips to Turkey, normally a top holiday destination for Russian tourists. The Kremlin announcement came just hours after Erdogan made his most conciliatory comments to date over the shooting down of the jet, saying he wished Tuesday’s incident had never happened. Turkey claims the Su-24 warplane strayed into its airspace and ignored repeated warnings to change course, but Russia has insists it did not cross the border from Syria.

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  • Family & friends bid farewell to Jonah Lomu

    Six simple words eloquently summed up the impact Jonah Lomu had on rugby union when New Zealand paid its final respects to the former All Blacks winger on Monday. “Too big, too fast, too much,” Lomu’s high school coach Chris Grinter told the thousands of people who had flocked to Eden Park for a public memorial service. Lomu’s casket was carried to a specially built stage by former team mates, including All Blacks Michael Jones, Frank Bunce and Jerome Kaino.

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  • South African pets have medical aid, but not workers - Malema tells Oxford students

    "We have got a situation where the rich love animals [more] than the people," he told the Oxford Union at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.  "The dogs of rich people in South Africa have got medical aid but their domestic workers, and the university workers, and the farm workers, the petrol attendants, the security guards, do not have medical aid.  "Neither do they have rights as workers." Malema said the recent student protests against fees, and the protests by university workers showed that the interests of the poor are being put on the African agenda.   He added that some university workers who have worked for more than 30 years have nothing to show for it.  Malema said

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  • ‘No serious injuries after SA’s Black Friday frenzy’

    Checkers' marketing director says there were fights between customers over discounted products. Black Friday Black Friday SA JOHANNESBURG - Retailers say there were no serious injuries despite customers fighting over discounted products on "Black Friday". Checkers, which was the first South African retailer to adopt the concept last year, was joined by more than 30 other retailers this year. The concept originated in the United States on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which was historically known as the day on which business began to turn a profit. Checkers' Marketing Director Neil Schreuder says there were some fights between customers over discounted products. “There were one or two incidents

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  • ‘Turkey preparing to hand over body of pilot to Russia’

    Relations between Turkey and Russia have sharply deteriorated since Tuesday's incident. Russia Turkey Russian jet ANKARA - The body of the pilot killed when Turkey shot down a Russian jet was taken to Turkey late on Saturday to be handed over to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. The body is being treated in accordance with the Orthodox tradition, Davutoglu said in a news conference in Ankara on Sunday before going to Brussels for a meeting with EU leaders on migration. He did not say how the body was delivered to Hatay in southern Turkey but said Russia's military attache was going there on Sunday as part of procedures to recover the remains. Relations between Turkey and Russia have

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  • Lies won't save SA, Zuma

    The rest of us have been in this state for a very long time, as corruption, poor governance, lack of delivery, crime and lack of leadership have ravaged our country. Many of us have hung our heads in shame as inequality has increased and unemployment has remained an immovable mountain. Many of us have shaken our heads in despair as our leaders have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar. So it was a great pleasure to hear that Zuma understands what the rest of us are going through. Last Tuesday, the president told a group of journalism students that the South African media's reporting is so negative that he feels like fleeing this country at times. "When I go out, people envy South Africans,

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  • Get real, white South Africa

    We did it in 1910 when the Union of South Africa was birthed by the British. We did it in 1948 when our new apartheid laws turned us into the most unethically dressed nation in Africa. We did it again in 1961 when the National Party declared South Africa a republic, free from the British Commonwealth. Our newest outfit, the dress from our historic Autumn/Winter 1994 collection, is now 21 years old, and evidently in tatters. Unfortunately, South Africa has never fundamentally changed over the years, we simply changed clothes. The greatest problem we face as a nation is not our neo-liberal imperialist economy that favours US and British capitalist endeavours. It's not that the police criminalise

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  • Take back your trains: Prasa seeks refund in dodgy tender debacle

    The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa wants the Spanish company that provided the controversial Afro 4000 trains - found to be unsuitable for the local rail network - to take back its stock and refund the R2.65-billion already paid to it. The deal attracted international headlines when it was discovered earlier this year that the trains were too tall for South Africa's railways. It has also emerged that Prasa executives involved in the deal could face criminal charges for their part in the scandal. Court papers filed this week detail allegations of blatant collusion in the tender process, designed to favour certain individuals from the start. On Friday, Prasa chairman Popo Molefe approached

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  • Zuma's laugh is hiding his hurt

    Malema said talks have been going on with Vavi and Numsa as "we are supposed to be natural allies ... but it looks like there's a problem with egos". "But we hope we can find each other and we continue to engage," he said, without expanding on whose egos were a problem. This was among some interesting revelations made by Malema during his whirlwind tour of the UK where he addressed captains of industry, pan-Africanists in Tottenham, the Chatham House think-tank, students at Oxford and the School of Oriental and African Studies. In a one-on-one interview with The Times, Malema spoke of his plans for the future, both personal and political. He said he loved dogs and animals and just "loves human

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  • Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame

    His attackers had followed him down a street, keeping their prey at arm's length, waiting for an opening to land the fatal blow. They circled him as, on his knees amid rubbish, he pleaded for mercy. In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The intensity on his attackers' faces showed that he had become a thing to kill - each thrust aimed with ferocity. Around the macabre scene - where children had played and adults had strolled moments before - some now held their hands to their mouths in horror. Others stood seemingly detached, as if watching a movie. The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes. Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just

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