• ANC voted for the 'black genocide De Klerk' – Malema

    Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has slated the ANC after they accused the EFF of voting for the “white DA”. Malema said people had rejected the ANC, and it had nothing to do with the EFF. This after the ANC lost key metros Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay to the DA. Despite it still having control of most municipalities in the country, the ruling party has lost big budgets from these major metros, with Joburg accounting for more than R50 billion on its own. The DA also announced this week that it had uncovered evidence of at least R20 billion in improperly spent money from the metros. “Our people rejected the ANC. The ANC was not rejected by the EFF. The

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  • Zuma: give me six months to be dictator

    ALL PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa yesterday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations. Zuma

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  • Being told you are ugly is not nice, says Muvhango's Maumela Mahuwa

    In a revealing interview with Drum magazine Maumela shared painful memories of how she's had to deal with people calling her 'ugly' for most of her life. Maumela revealed that looking back at what she calls her "dark past" she realises that it "overshadowed" her life until she made numerous changes. "Being told you are ugly is not nice. Maumela explained that as a child she was told that she was too dark, her nose is flat and her lips are too big.

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  • Chabane's last words

    But the very thing he warned them of killed him and his two bodyguards. Travelling with the two members of the police's VIP protection unit - Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane - Chabane was killed early yesterday morning when his car and a truck collided on the N1 freeway between Polokwane and Mokopane, in Limpopo. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said C habane's car and the truck were travelling in the same direction, with the truck to the left. The truck driver allegedly made a U-turn and Chabane's car slammed into the truck. What remained was a mangled contortion of steel and fragments of the VW Touareg. The truck - still intact - stood in the middle of the freeway, with a slight

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  • AT HOME AND ABROAD: ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s response to his humiliating setback in the local government elections has been akin to a personal coup d’etat. In seizing centralised control of all the country’s parastatals, Zuma has assumed personal charge of the entire public sector economy, undercutting not only his finance minister, but the collective authority of his whole Cabinet. The only effective defender who has stood between those leeches and us, the taxpayers — Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan — is being dragged off to the political slaughterhouse by the Hawks, no doubt at Zuma’s behest. Once he is arraigned with whatever charges are to be brought against him and a long trial begins, it is difficult to see how he could continue to function as finance minister, which has now been rendered a nonjob.

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  • Grateful Moses keen to repay Conte's faith at Chelsea

    Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses is grateful to be given the chance to prove his worth by manager Antonio Conte after being loaned out by the Premier League club in the last three seasons. The Nigeria international, who went to Stoke City, West Ham United and Liverpool, has played in all three of Chelsea’s games this season, scoring in the League Cup second-round win over third-tier Bristol Rovers. “Every pre-season I feel I’ve done well and it’s just about being given a chance,” Moses told British media. “That was the thing that was missing. I’ve got that with this manager now and he knows what I’ve got and I just want to pay him back by working hard for the team. I want to do the right thing

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  • Bonang or Dj Zinhle? Wayde van Niekerk takes on Q&A

    Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk was this week kind enough to hold a Q&A session on Twitter. While some of the questions tweeps asked were interesting, others were simply meant to be ridiculous or funny. On what he thought of the “ugly” team SA Olympic tracksuits everyone has been complaining about, Van Niekerk only responded: “Life goes on. As long as I made my country proud.” He may be right, but we will not be ready to forgive as long as the frumpy kit remains engraved in our minds. Things got interesting when one Twitter user asked him if he would choose Bonang Matheba over DJ Zinhle. The poor guy did not want to start another storm, so he decided on a safer, yet irrelevant choice:

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  • South Africa: Gordhan's Hawks Response Halts Rand Plunge

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's response to the Hawks directive helped the rand ease off its decline, but analysts said if he is arrested or fired the currency is heading for trouble. Gordhan said on Wednesday he would not adhere to a Hawks request to present himself for a warning letter over corruption charges they have come up with, because these are "wholly unfounded on any version of the facts". "I have a job to do in a difficult economic environment and serve South Africa as best I can," he said. "Let me do my job." The rand was down 1.83% against the dollar at R14.15 at 08:30 on Thursday, slightly lower than when the JSE closed on Wednesday. Umkhulu Consulting's Adam Phillips said some

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Deploy Army in Streets

    GOVERNMENT will today deploy security forces to quell mass demonstrations organised by a coalition of opposition parties joining forces to push for electoral reforms and change -- should the protest turn violent -- as pressure mounts on President Robert Mugabe to reform or quit, it has been established. Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo addressed a press conference in Harare yesterday, threatening to crush today's political demonstrations. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday refused to grant permission to the 18 political parties under the auspices of the National Election Reform Agenda and the Coalition of Democrats to march in the streets of Harare, prompting the parties to approach

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  • Fingerprints now the key to your cash

    Johannesburg - South African banks can now issue debit and credit cards that store your biometric data and enable users to make payments and withdraw cash through fingerprints rather than a PIN. The Payments Association of SA (Pasa) announced yesterday that a new standardised specification to facilitate biometric authentication on payment cards had been developed in collaboration with Mastercard and Visa. Pasa chief executive Walter Volker said this would enable card holders to use the cards at any of the country’s ATMs and merchants that support the technology. Pasa has the SA Social Security Agency, which facilitates the payment of social grants to almost 14 million recipients, in its sights

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  • Dwayne Johnson dethrones Robert Downey Jr as highest paid actor

    Johnson, 44, knocked Downey Jr off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings. Hollywood Robert Downey Jr Dwayne Johnson NEW YORK – Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million. Johnson, 44, knocked Robert Downey Jr off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy Central Intelligence. Johnson, known as ‘The Rock’ during his wrestling career, also collected advance fees from the eighth instalment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise. The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women

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  • Soccer star Linda Shiba accused of not paying back debt

    2016-08-25 09:43:12.0 | AUBREY MOTHOMBENI | Former Orlando Pirates and Chippa United midfielder Linda Shiba has been flagged by his lady friend for allegedly dodging to pay back money he borrowed to finance his girlfriend's "abortion". Ntshako Mmola, a civil servant in Polokwane, alleges the former Polokwane City player came to her cap in hand in May last year and asked for a R1500 loan to give to his girlfriend "to get rid of their baby because she was pregnant". Mmola told Sunday World that Shiba dribbled her every time she asked him for her money. "He would claim that he didn't get paid from Polokwane City and say that he would pay when he has money. But months would go by without him saying

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  • Zimbabwe: Vice President Mnangagwa Dies

    Bulawayo — Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's elder brother, Mr Philip Mnangagwa (84), has died. Family spokesperson Mr Patrick Mnangagwa said Mr Mnangagwa died on Tuesday after a long illness at his home in Shurugwi. "The Mnangagwa family wishes to announce the death of Mr Philip Mnangagwa, who had become the second eldest boy in the larger Mnangagwa family. Philip was born on August 23, 1932 in Zvishavane and passed away on the same day in 2016 (at 84), after a long illness," he said. "Philip was politically active in supporting the liberation struggle while he was a teacher in Zimbabwe as well as in Zambia. He remained active until he became ill. He was resettled during the land reform programme

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  • Parties praise Public Protector front-runner Mkhwebane

    The Democratic Alliance was the only party to oppose Mkhwebane's recommendation. Public Protector Public Protectors Office Protector Thuli Madonsela Public Protector interviews Public Protector position Public Protector Act CAPE TOWN – Front-runner for the position of Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s experience as a public servant and her cool head during her interview counted in her favour yesterday.  The committee in charge of finding a successor to Thuli Madonsela chose Mkhwebane, from among five remaining candidates, in a decision backed by most of the parties. Mkhwebane’s name must now go before the National Assembly before the end of the month.    If 60 percent of all Members

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  • Gordhan: I'm busy saving the economy, the Hawks can wait

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, while speaking at a business event on Wednesday night styled as a debate between himself and Justice Malala, made it clear that he was still focused on the immediate task at hand as finance minister: to get the economy growing again, keep South Africa’s fiscal policy secure and sound and see through plans that would fight poverty, contribute to the creation of jobs and undo the legacy of the past. In reaction to that, he repeated his statement from earlier in the day that he was under no obligation to present himself to the Hawks. “I was advised in no uncertain terms by the head of the Hawks, Berning Ntlemeza, that I was not a suspect in their investigations,” said Gordhan. “I have a job to do in a difficult economic environment and to serve South Africa as best I can.

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  • Maradona criticises Messi over international retirement

    Argentina great Diego Maradona has criticised Lionel Messi, suggesting that the Barcelona star's retirement from international football, and subsequent change of heart, was "staged". "I don't know whether this was staged to make us understand that he'd lost three finals, but we never lost by big margins," said Maradona to radio station La Red. Messi announced his retirement from international football after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties in June, with the Barcelona forward crucially missing in the shoot-out. "This is the end for me with the national team, it's not for me," said Messi at the time. "I think it's best for everyone, for me and for many people who want

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  • ANC weighs risk of calling early elective conference

    THE need to call an early elective conference seems to be the consensus in the ANC across the three factions that are in play at the moment. The similarities are stark — labour federation Cosatu was in the midst of a bitter factional fight in which its leaders where pitted against each other. This had followed a change in trajectory by the federation when some of its leaders decided to throw the organisation’s support behind Jacob Zuma ahead of the Polokwane conference, when it sacrificed principle for expedience by choosing a tsunami of change whose effect was unknown over the interests of workers, its core constituency. The battle that started in Cosatu shortly after 2012 pitted its president against its general secretary.

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  • South Africa: Release Coal Docs At Your Own Peril, Guptas Warn Treasury

    Four days before the Guptas' business chiefs ambushed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on a radio station, their company Tegeta threatened Treasury over a report into coal contracts with Eskom. The threat occurred when Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier submitted a request under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Paia) for Treasury to release the documents. Treasury chief procurement officer Kenneth Brown had been tasked with probing contracts over R10m as Gordhan's team focused on spotting corrupt deals. Tegeta opposed the application and Treasury informed Maynier of this outcome. However, the DA shadow minister of finance then submitted another Paia request for the reasons for his

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  • South Africa: 35 000 Apply for ID, Passport Via Ehomeaffairs

    Cape Town — Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says just over 35 000 applications for Smart ID Cards and passports have been received through the recently-launched eHomeAffairs portal to date. The Minister said the system was now open to citizens of all ages to apply. He said this when he briefed the media on the applications that have been received on the eHomeAffairs portal to date. "As at 23 August 2016, a total of 35 751 applications have been submitted through the system, of which 50% has been finalised to date. Online applications are making a huge difference in the time spent in queues. "In April, in the first month following the launch, we were at 4 088 online applications," he said.

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  • Why are SA companies ditching Nigeria?

    Johannesburg - Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country. In January, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun International's initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria, which owns and operates the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. Sun International, which reported a 20 percent fall in diluted adjusted headline earnings per share (AHEPS) to 628 cents for the year to June, said the Federal Palace had been hit by slow economic growth, the low oil price, the threat from Boko Haram and a weakening

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