• 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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  • '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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  • The damage is done, but does Zuma even know it?

    WHEN President Jacob Zuma rises to address the nation next week, what will we see? Zuma has for the better part of the past decade risen in the National Assembly strong and confident, self-assured, bordering on arrogant — knowing that he commanded the support and backing of the African National Congress (ANC), which was elected by the vast majority of South Africans twice under his leadership. While Gauteng is the most widely cited example, with the ANC’s support slipping almost 10percentage points, the party also lost seven percentage points of its support in Mpumalanga, six percentage points in North West and 6.3percentage points in Limpopo. The reaction to his axing of then finance minister Nhlanhla Nene in December last year indicated that this was a step too far.

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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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  • Tragedy strikes retired Irish couple - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Irish couple PJ and Rachel Daly was about to retire in Tulbagh, where they were going to spend the rest of their lives. But, at the weekend, tragedy struck. The couple went sailing in the yacht Tara with their friend George Mills, but early on Monday morning their vessel ran aground and Mills and Rachel died. Rachel, 49, PJ, 66, and Mills, 60, were sailing from Langebaan to Cape Town to celebrate PJ’s birthday when the Tara ran aground near Melkbosstrand along the West Coast. The Irish embassy and British High Commission liaised with local authorities to give support to their families and the South African Maritime Safety Authority is investigating the incident. The couple’s friend,

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  • South Africa: When Can the Police Detain You for Not Showing Documents?

    GroundUp recently reported the story of Malawian men who were detained by the police for not having documents showing they were legally in the country. Under what circumstances can the police demand that people show identification proving they are legally in the country? We asked Lawyers for Human Rights. Here is an answer from two of their lawyers. The Immigration Act of 2002 regulates the entry of non-nationals into South Africa, their period of stay and the activities they may undertake. It covers the issuance of work visas, study visas, business visas and tourist visas. Every non-national who wishes to enter South Africa must be in possession of a passport and must comply with the requirements

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  • South Africa: Nene Resigns As ANC MP

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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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  • 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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  • 12 things that happened this week you should know about

    1) Zuma proposes plan to 'pay back the money' The Presidency on Tuesday night issued a statement saying President Zuma had asked the Constitutional Court to appoint the auditor-general and minister of finance to “independently and impartially” determine how much money he owes for the Nkandla upgrades.  However opposition parties appeared unimpressed by the move. The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it will go ahead with its Constitutional Court action against the president while EFF leader Julius Malema came out guns blazing, calling Zuma a crook and demanding the influential Gupta family 'get out of South Africa'. 2) Drought hits home and neighbours Ratings firm Moody's this week warned that South

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  • Cape’s R720m fire damage - Western Cape

    Cape Town - The damage caused by fires and drought has been estimated at R720 million in the Western Cape’s wine and fruit industries. MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde believes the impact on the entire agriculture sector could run into the billions. Beverley Schäfer, the chairwoman of the Western Cape Legislature’s standing committee on economic opportunities, tourism and agriculture, said the province’s wine and fruit industries have suffered losses far greater than anticipated. “The wine industry has suffered damage to the tune of R20m thus far, as around 82ha of vineyards have been lost due to drought and fires,” she said. The standing committee was being briefed on the impact of drought

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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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  • South Africa: Suspend Two SAA Employees for Fraud

    The South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) on Wednesday called on acting CEO of South African Airways (SAA), Musa Zwane, to suspend two of the airline's employees for alleged fraud. Satawu wanted pilot Captain Sandy Bayne and general manager of operations, Zuks Ramasia, to be suspended with immediate effect. "Bayne forged the signature of chief pilot Eric Manensa and made changes to the Flight Operations Manual," Satawu said in a statement. They believe Bayne's immediate superior, Ramasia, "swept the matter under the carpet" by saying her subordinate "had made a mistake and should be forgiven". 'Unethical' behaviour Satawu expressed its unhappiness with SAA saying employees

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  • Africa's Future Lies in the Free Movement of Goods and People Across State Borders

    Someone once asked me what I know about Angola, and I excitedly started to list all the things I had seen, read and watched on television about this country. When I was done, she asked me if I had been to Angola and if I know these things to be true. I said I hadn't. She then remarked that it was a pity we Africans only know about each other from what we are told. I grasped the gravity of the issue at hand: That what we hear and see about our trading partners are things that may be far from reality when we visit and trade together. The visit a fortnight ago by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, a year after that of his predecessor, shows the increasing realisation by African leaders of the

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  • Mboweni quizzed over currency risks

    FORMER South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni was back on familiar terrain on Wednesday — fielding pointed questions on currency risks when chairing the annual general meeting of Nampak. The shareholder activist Chris Logan interrogated the Nampak board on whether it would be prudent for the packaging giant to impair the value of its cash holdings in its sizeable operations in oil-rich Nigeria and Angola. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Logan reckoned Nampak could face a foreign exchange loss of up to R500m. This follows a "disconnect" between the artificially pegged official price of the naira and kwanza against the parallel markets in those respective currencies. At last count, the

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  • United Nations halts Syria talk - World News

    Geneva - 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

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  • Intrepid Leicester face start of crunch time

    London - Surprise leaders Leicester City face a severe test of their Premier League title credentials over the next 10 days, starting with Saturday's trip to Manchester City. Claudio Ranieri's intrepid side have become a “second club” for football fans bored with the dominance of Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the last two decades. With 14 games left they will travel to the Etihad Stadium three points clear of a chasing pack, led by Manchester City but missing some usual suspects. A week later they visit Arsenal. It sounds daunting, but all season Leicester have refused to bow to supposed superiors and rather than fade, the Midlands club are growing in stature at just

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  • Rolls-Royce powers into Africa - Companies

    Rolls-Royce Power Systems plans to replicate the 100 megawatt (MW) Mozambique gas-fired power station it is commissioning elsewhere in Africa as the company expands its footprint across the continent, a top official said. Demand for electricity in southern Africa is rising fast and needed to be addressed quickly by new power generation projects, the chief executive officer of its South African subsidiary MTU South Africa said on Thursday. “Such projects can easily be spread to other African countries,” Andrea Nono told Reuters, without giving details of where the expansion would take place. Rolls-Royce Power Systems was working with partners such as the Norwegian government, World Bank and commercial banks that were willing to help finance the projects, she said.

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  • South Africa: FS Municipalities Owe Eskom R842 Million, Face Blackouts

    If Free State municipalities do not settle their debt or make sustainable payment arrangements with Eskom, they will soon face blackouts, the power utility has warned. About eight municipalities in the Free State owe Eskom almost R842m. Eskom has already served notices to the municipalities and said it would exercise its right to disconnect the supply of electricity by March 30. The municipalities in debt include: Nketoana, Masilonyana, Tokologo, Manstopa, Ngwathe, Dihlabeng, Nala and Phumelela. Senior manager of customer services in the province, Bibi Bedir, told News24 that they expected the current debt to be settled in full and would negotiate payment arrangements for outstanding debts with

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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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