• Baby drowns in bucket - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A one-year-old baby has drowned in a bucket of water at a crèche. But her heartbroken parents say they blame nobody for her tragic death. Demas van Heerden, 28, and Monica Louis, 27, say as Christians they believe everybody’s time is set out for them and that their tiny daughter’s death was an accident. “Almal se tyd is vir hulle uitgesit deur God, so ons is vir niemand kwaad nie (everyone's time is set aside for them by God, we aren’t angry with anyone) ,” said Demas. Little Hope Louis died on Tuesday afternoon after falling into a bucket of water at Vriendelike Voëltjies Crèche in Reier Avenue in Uitsig, Caledon. According to reports, Hope slipped away from her teachers and classmates

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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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  • '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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  • 'Gupta family must leave SA': Malema

    Gupta family must leave the country with immediate effect; this is according to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Leader Julius Malema revealed that the EFF has launched a war against the Gupta family because they are corrupt. In a stern statement made at the party's headquarters in Braamfontein, Malema said the Guptas are not a legitimate body and that their businesses are a 'machinery for corruption'. He said that the EFF are going to take physical actions against them and President Jacob Zuma during their march to the Constitutional Court on February 9. "The Guptas are not in the media business and anyone working for the Guptas is perpetuating corruption," said Malema. He also urged The New

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nkandla investigation 'manipulated' to protect Zuma: report

    In its report, Netwerk24 quoted three independent sources with direct knowledge of the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) probe into Nkandla who claimed the final report was “sanitised” to protect Zuma. The Afrikaans digital publication has now applied to the North Gauteng High Court to obtain all the SIU’s draft Nkandla reports. According to a sworn statement by Netwerk24 editor, Adriaan Basson, he was informed by credible sources in 2015 that the final SIU report, which effectively cleared Zuma of all blame, was sanitised to remove all evidence that implicated him in the "prestige project". “I was informed that the evidence in this regard contains incontrovertible evidence that contradicts

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  • South Africa: Nene Resigns As ANC MP

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  • Pravin utters P-word

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is said to believe there would be huge interest if a 49% stake in the parastatal was offered to the private sector. In a meeting last week of ANC leaders and government officials, he argued for a sale. His proposal has put him in conflict with Eskom boss Brian Molefe, who has begun turning the utility around, a person with knowledge of the discussion said. The minister suggested private shareholders be able to buy as much as 49%, said the insider who did not want to be named. Molefe disagreed, said the insider. The proposal follows Gordhan's recent meeting with business investors and comes ahead of a meeting this week between President Jacob Zuma and big business.

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  • Mariah Carey rules out kids with James Packer

    Mariah Carey is adamant she and her fiancé James Packer won't be having any children together after they get hitched because her four-year-old twins will get ''jealous.'' The 'Hero' hitmaker and her billionaire beau may be heading down the aisle soon following their engagement last month, but she's adamant they won't be adding any little ones to their brood as it won't be fair on the blonde beauty's four-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, whom she has with her ex-husband Nick Cannon. Asked if she and James will be having any kids together, Mariah replied: ''No, those [Moroccan and Monroe] are my two babies and I think they will get too jealous.'' And, in order to prevent too much disruption

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  • Zimbabwe imposes value added tax on nearly 40 imported basic foods

    THE Zimbabwean government has widened its tax bracket to include value added tax (VAT) on nearly 40 imported basic food commodities, as the country’s revenue performance continues to disappoint. With revenue for the year ended December 31 2015 coming in 3% lower than in the prior year, the Zimbabwean authorities are looking for all avenues that can boost revenue collection in 2016. In the January 22 Government Gazette, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa amended section 78 of the VAT Act by repealing clauses that until now allowed the imported food commodities to be taxed at zero rate. The tax is effective from February 1. Earlier this year the Zimbabwean government revised downwards the travellers’

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  • Ugly twar leads to Dana taking Mazwai to court

    According to Jozi Gist the twar began when Mazwai was challenged to come up with a concept for a talent show. Mazwai said that Simphiwe Dana had come to an open mic session she had hosted. Dana didn't remember it. Dana clarified the issue - apparently they were both part of a poetry group called Feelah Sista - and not someone engaged in discovering talent. Things went downhill from there, when Dana accused Mazwai of badmouthing her. Now, according to Sowetan LIVE Dana has responded in a statement - and is planning to take Mazwai to court: "There are various tweets that imply that Simphiwe Dana is an alcoholic and has slept her way to the top, Simphiwe distances herself from these tweets as they

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  • Minister, Eskom 'muscled Glencore to sell to Guptas'

    Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane met Glencore officials in Switzerland ahead of the sale of Optimum to the Guptas' Tegeta Exploration & Resources in December, the ministry said on Monday. The Sunday Times reported that a delegation representing the Gupta family was there at the same time. Optimum was placed in business rescue proceedings, a form of bankruptcy, in August after Glencore said its contract to supply coal to Eskom was unviable, leading to the operation's sale to Tegeta for R2.15-billion. Eskom had refused to renegotiate the contract and said it would hold Tegeta to the same arrangement. It also fined Optimum R2-billion over the quality of the coal it was supplying. "The

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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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  • Cosatu: Gupta influence on govt a serious concern

    Media reports claim the Guptas stand to benefit from a deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel. Cosatu Gupta Gupta family Guptagate The Congress of South African Trade Unions Cosatu JOHANNESBURG – As fresh controversy emerges around the Gupta family this morning, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is warning that their influence on government is a serious concern. But the trade union federation denies it raised their relationship with the Zuma family at a recent African National Congress (ANC) meeting. The Mail & Guardian is this morning reporting that the Guptas stand to benefit from a lucrative deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel, which recently expanded into

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  • Sturridge set to quit Anfield

    London - Daniel Sturridge is ready to quit Liverpool this summer over his fury at criticism questioning his desire to play for the club. Manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken publicly of his frustrations over Sturridge’s fitness and several former Anfield stars have intimated it is time for the club to sign a replacement. Sturridge is fed up at a growing perception that he lacks the hunger to fulfil his potential and believes a clean break is required this summer. The 26-year-old still has two-and-a-half years to run on his £150 000-per-week contract, meaning Liverpool are likely to demand a high price. He has the qualities of a £60million striker, but his fitness record means he is likely to be valued

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  • Drought: Mugabe declares ‘state of disaster’ - Business News

    Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Friday declared a “state of disaster” in many rural areas hit by a severe drought, with 26 percent of the population facing food shortages. A regional drought worsened by the El Nino weather phenomenon has affected South Africa and Zambia as well as Zimbabwe, leaving tens of thousands of cattle dead, dams depleted and crops written off. Read: Drought drains Zimbabwe's farmers Formerly known as the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe has suffered perennial shortages in recent years and has resorted to importing grain from neighbouring countries to meet its needs. “Initial indications were that 1.5 million people were food insecure with all the 60 rural

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  • Every time Zuma turns a page we are going to speak: Malema on Sona

    “Instead of just leaving him alone, we are going to share that time with him. It will be he and the EFF giving the State of the Nation Address that day," Malema told reporters in Benoni at the EFF's annual plenum. He said in the past, MPs had always remained quiet for “respectable presidents”. “He has ceased to be that thing. Every time he turns a page we are going to speak. When he goes to the next page, we will speak. If he speaks for 25 minutes there will be an additional 25 minutes for the EFF." This year, the party wanted to know why Zuma fired Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. Zuma will deliver his speech on Thursday.  Malema said Zuma no longer deserved the respect due to presidents who

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  • DA wants Gupta Competition Commission report tabled in Parliament

    The Democratic Alliance (DA)‚ late on Thursday‚ said it “will be urging the Competition Commission to act in terms of Section 21 of the Competition Commission Act (CCA) to ensure that any irregularities – for which the Guptas are infamous- are made known to Parliament”. This comes‚ the DA’s Natasha Mazzone said‚ after “reports this week have confirmed that Competition Commission is to investigate the deal between Glencore‚ who owned Optimum Mines‚ and the Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration”. Mazzone said the deal was shrouded in “controversy and secrecy” as “Glencore was offered a much higher offer of R3.17-billion from a competitor‚ Endulweni Mining‚ which would have protected workers and provided

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  • NK ‘preparing separate missile launch’ - World News

    Pyongyang - North Korea may be preparing a ballistic missile launch from a base on its east coast in addition to its announced plans to fire a space rocket, Japan's public broadcaster reported on Thursday. Pyongyang's announcement on Tuesday of its rocket plan was greeted by a global chorus of anger and concern, with sharp criticism from South Korea, Japan and the United States, already angry over the North's fourth underground nuclear test early last month. China, which dispatched a top official to North Korea this week, echoed the international concerns while Japan has vowed to shoot down any missile that threatened its territory. Japan's NHK television, citing diplomatic sources it did not

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