• 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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  • Mbete's bumbling advocate admits Parliament was wrong in Nkandla matter

    National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's lawyer Lindi Nkosi-Thomas gained instant fame on social media after she fumbled through her submissions in the Nkandla matter in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. She raised her voice, used dramatic hand gestures, and occasionally stood in silence before the judges after they asked her questions. Her demeanour and comments even amused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who laughed when Nkosi-Thomas made a comment about her powers. Nkosi-Thomas was asked if the National Assembly had erred in how it approached the remedial action recommended by Madonsela in her report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. "Did the National Assembly

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Trump: Celebrity billionaire, next US president?

    Donald Trump is a billionaire real estate tycoon with bravado to spare, a former reality television star who says winning is everything. The unlikely Republican presidential frontrunner now can claim his first victory in the political arena after notching up a win in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday — to the horror of the political establishment. The 69-year-old New Yorker has upended the 2016 presidential election by casting a spell over grassroots conservatives and not shying away from talking tough. To his fans, he is the definition of American success, the cut-throat tycoon who can magically fix all that’s wrong with a country no longer sure of its place in the world, and home to an increasingly frustrated white working and middle class.

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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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  • South Africa: 'I Kind of Gave Up On Harvard'

    A KwaZulu-Natal teenager, through persistence and perseverance, will be attending the prestigious Harvard University in the United States after being accepted on a full scholarship for 2016. Mfundo Radebe, 18, an Umlazi resident, was awarded an all expenses scholarship worth $69 000 per year to study political sciences. The straight A student spoke to News24, saying it was diligence and a hunger for wanting more that saw him accepted to Harvard. According to the teen, he planned his future since the tender age of 13 when he was at Addington Primary School. "I just thought that I needed to seriously look forward. I know it's weird for a kid to think that, but it was what happened." After speaking

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  • LIVE BLOG: State of the Nation #SONA2016

    So, did the speech rise to the occasion? Zuma certainly tried to use the right words: belt-tightening, the need to attract investment and a general ‘we can’t carry on as usual’ tone. Detail was scarce and the snipping of dinner budgets and the like is not really going to change the game. The big ticket expenditure items such as the civil service payroll are untouched. It appears that Zuma has finally had to accept that his nuclear build needs to be tailored to what is affordable, which is an important step. His bombshell announcement that the scrapping of two capital cities is likely to cause a stir going forward. As for the carry on before the speech, it seemed a little tired and short of imagination.

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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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  • Pressure on Maine to retract threats and EFF monkey jibe

    Maine‚ in his address at an ANCYL rally in Tshwane last week‚ said there would be civil war should the EFF or anyone disrupt President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address. He specifically directed his threats at EFF leader Julius Malema and his supporters whom he referred to as monkeys. Congress of the People (COPE) spokesman Dennis Bloem on Wednesday led a delegation to open a case of incitement of violence against Maine at Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria. Bloem said COPE took Maine’s threats of a civil war seriously. "If you look in Africa we had many civil wars because of reckless talks such as those from Maine. When leaders say such things supporters and people on the grounds literally

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  • 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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  • No Afrikaans, no cake

    The "ban" is part of the group's #RedAfrikaans [save Afrikaans] campaign, intended to highlight the need for the retention of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at universities. "We will launch events such as the affirmative action cake-sale to illustrate the unfairness of the [universities] language policy," said AfriForum Youth spokesman Ian Cameron. "Cake will be sold only to Afrikaans-speakers." The debate about the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at some universities gained momentum in November when the University of Stellenbosch announced the language would be dropped as a primary language of instruction. Critics of the use of Afrikaans claim it racially excludes students,

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  • Dangote Group struggles with ‘extremely tight’ forex situation

    LAGOS — Dangote Group, Nigeria’s largest company, is struggling with a constricted supply of foreign-exchange in the West African country and is relying on its international cement operations and export-credit agencies to get around the shortage. "The forex situation is extremely tight in Nigeria," group executive director Devakumar Edwin said on Wednesday. "But Dangote Cement is already generating income in foreign exchange in Ethiopia, SA, Tanzania, Senegal and Cameroon. Further, we are also making financing arrangements through export-credit agencies for the first time." The central bank in Africa’s top crude producer has pegged the naira at 197-199 to the dollar since March 2015 to stem its

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  • Guptas focus helping mining firms get away with murder: Mantashe

    African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said big mining companies operating in South Africa lack patriotism and a focus on the Gupta family was not helping in dealing with mischief committed by these companies. Speaking to the SABC ahead of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Mantashe said a concerted focus on Gupta family was actually helping big mining companies like Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American evade tough questions about their transformative roles in the South African economy. Asked whether he thinks there is a Gupta obsession, Mantashe said: “The point I am making is that the obsession is when you leave Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American scot-free

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  • DJ Donald due to be sentenced for girlfriend’s murder

    Sentencing of former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai for the murder of his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala was expected to begin in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. Sebolai was also found guilty of obstructing justice. Tshabalala was found dead in Sebolai’s bed in June last year. She had a single stab wound to the pelvic area, which severed a main artery. She bled to death. Finding him guilty in October last year, Judge Cassim Moosa said after seeing Tshabalala bleeding profusely, Sebolai tended to his own wound and failed to take her to the hospital, only 900m from his Soweto flat. Following the judgment, Moosa revoked Sebolai’s bail after the State argued that he was a flight risk. He had

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  • Japan body open to Eskom for funds and technology

    THE Japan International Co-operation Agency (Jica) says it is in talks to provide Eskom with financing and technology. Jica is also funding technology developed by Hitachi that would reduce the amount of electricity lost during distribution. Hitachi and Eskom have begun talks on the use of this technology. Jica is a state-owned agency responsible for technical co-operation carried out under Japan’s official development assistance. In 2007, Hitachi Power Africa, now Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa, was awarded Eskom contracts valued at R38bn at the time, for work including the construction of boilers at Medupi and Kusile power stations. Director-general at the ministry of foreign affairs

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  • Public Protector 'the biggest winner' in ConCourt case

    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was the biggest winner after Tuesday’s Constitutional Court hearing into the Nkandla saga, a legal expert has said. President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers accepted that her report about Nkandla was binding and had to be implemented, University of Cape Town constitutional law expert Professor Pierre de Vos said. Zuma further conceded he had been in the wrong and that his actions were based on the fear of further political fallout which could lead to impeachment. "Thirdly, Parliament did not concede that it acted wrongly, but given the other concessions, it is almost certain that the court will find Parliament completely stuffed up the way it dealt with the Public Protector's

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