• PICS: Trump sweeps in for his big day

    Washington — With fireworks heralding his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington on Thursday on the eve of his presidential inauguration and pledged to unify a nation sorely divided and clamoring for change. The capital braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing. "It's a movement like we've never seen anywhere in the world," the president-elect declared at a celebratory evening concert Thursday night with the majestic Lincoln Memorial for a backdrop. To the unwavering supporters who were with him from the start, he promised: "You're not forgotten any more. You're not forgotten any more." "I'll see you tomorrow," he called out,

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  • Mbeki gives Zuma a lesson in ANC history

    Former President Thabo Mbeki’s latest letter to President Jacob Zuma is a lesson in ANC and struggle history, as well as a primer in statesmanship. Read the unabridged letter below: Comrade President Jacob Zuma, 1 November, 2016 Luthuli House, Johannesburg. Dear Comrade President, Re: ANC Veterans. I was out of the country when the 101 ANC Veterans issued their press release following their interaction with ANC SG, Comrade Gwede Mantashe. Since my return I have read the press release of the 101 Veterans as published by the media, as well as the reported comments of Comrade SG Mantashe in this regard. As you will have seen, the Veterans said: “Regrettably, the response by the (Office of the Secretary

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  • Gigaba 'applying his mind' on Zimbabweans

    Tshwane – Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday, said at the appropriate moment, he will announce the fate of almost 200 000 Zimbabweans residing and working in South Africa on the basis of the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP), which expires this year. "When we look at what to do with the ZSP, we will take into consideration all of the factors that are necessary. I don't want, right now, to be dragged into the conversation because it has not been properly processed by myself, and it has not been canvassed with my Cabinet colleagues," Gigaba told reporters at a media briefing in Pretoria. "We will do that during the course of the year. We are mindful of the fact that people are anxious

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  • IPID members enter complex to search acting police commissioner’s home

    Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) members in five vehicles have made their way into an upmarket security housing complex in Pretoria to raid the home of acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane.   Earlier‚ police in marked and unmarked cars descended on the housing estate. Sources with knowledge of the raid‚ said that the marked vehicles were from the Kameeldrift police station rural safety section. “There are other vehicles here with policemen inside. Several of them have been taking photographs of IPID officers as they arrived. They attempted to block the IPID investigators from entering the property. “At the moment the situation is quite tense‚

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  • Naspers wants phone partnership

    Johannesburg - Naspers, Africa’s biggest company by market value, is seeking partnerships with mobile-phone operators on the continent to boost its video-on-demand business and help compete with US giant Netflix. The owner of Africa’s biggest pay-TV provider is planning to build on a joint venture agreed last year with Kenya’s largest company, Safaricom, to roll out online service Showmax at more affordable data prices. Safaricom is 40 percent owned by Newbury, England-based Vodafone Group. “We will be targeting the whole of sub-Saharan Africa for mobile partnerships,’’ Naspers CEO Bob Van Dijk said on Wednesday at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Working

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  • Not even Hlaudi can survive this one

    It must be said at the outset that the ad hoc parliamentary committee examining the efficacy of the SABC board has done a thorough job in interrogating a matter many believe was patently obvious long before a panel was put together. This was when he emerged from the obscurity of a role as a producer at Lesedi FM to become the éminence gris at the SABC, with enormous political clout. History would show that in 2014, then public protector Thuli Madonsela released a report entitled “When governance and ethics fail”, calling for the SABC board to take disciplinary action against Motsoeneng for dishonesty and the misrepresentation of his qualifications, abuse of power and improper conduct in the appointments and salary increments of several employees.

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  • Home Affairs 'beefs up' security at OR Tambo following IS threat

    After a suspected member of Islamic State (IS) tried to enter the country over the festive season, the home affairs department is planning to increase capacity at the OR Tambo International Airport and appoint additional immigration officials on a permanent basis. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria on Wednesday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said movements recorded at national ports of entry over the festive period showed an increase of 3.78% visitors entering the country. He said OR Tambo International Airport recorded a total of 977 961 visitors between December 9, 2016 and January 14, 2017, compared with 948 477 in the same period in 2015/16. “Key ports were augmented with additional

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  • Zimbabwe: Major Dams Spill

    LAKE Chivero, a key water source for Harare, reached full capacity early this week along with other major dams countrywide following incessant rains that have pounded Zimbabwe for the past two weeks. The national dam level average has risen to 65,1 percent. The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) yesterday said Lake Chivero was 108 percent full. This has, however, not brought relief to Harare residents who still experience erratic water supplies owing to council's inefficiencies. Harava Dam, which also supplies Harare, is full. Other dams which are full are: Exchange, Nyambuya and Kushinga Phikelela, all in the Mazowe catchment area. Wenimbi (Save catchment), Khami (Bulawayo) and Zhove

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  • Zimbabwe: Why Mugabe Stays But Jammeh Goes

    Harare — "We need an Ecowas in southern Africa!" That was the tweeted wail from prominent Zimbabwe lawyer Fadzayi Mahere this week as she and many Zimbabweans watched events up in the Gambia with envy. Much as President Robert Mugabe is widely thought to have done in March 2008, Gambia's ex-president Yahya Jammeh lost polls in his west African nation last month and then insisted on staying put. What happened next was very different. While Jammeh has been ostracised by regional body Ecowas (its forces and troops from Senegal and other Western nations are poised for action), SADC did no such thing nine years ago. When it became clear that the Zimbabwean president was about to lose, he was allowed

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  • The deep lines that divide South Africa: It's not all black and white

    But when Linda Steenkamp climbed into a sheep cage on the back of Johan Erasmus's bakkie, and someone took a photo of her there, it exposed the deep lines that continue to divide South Africa. A racism storm erupted on social media yesterday after the photo was posted on Facebook by a farmworkers' group, with Erasmus accused by the Western Cape ANC of being "blind to cruel acts of racism". Sociologist Jeremy Seekings, director of the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town, said: "Most South Africans take racial differences for granted to an unusual extent. The accusation of racism is a crude measure of someone's kindness or nastiness." But Women on Farms Project director

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  • Zimbabwe: 'Mugabe Renting U.S. $500,000 Dubai Villa'

    THE legal dispute over the botched purchase of a US$1,35 million diamond ring between the First Lady Grace Mugabe and Lebanese businessman Jamal Ahmed, has opened a can of worms amid revelations that the Mugabes are paying up to US$500 000 annually in rentals for an upmarket villa in Emirates Hills, Dubai. The rentals translate to US$42 000 per month, enough to buy two houses in some of Harare's high-density suburbs monthly. This is contained in Jamal's High Court affidavit filed through his lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa on Wednesday in response to Grace's deposition. In the affidavit, Ahmed claims that the Mugabe family have a bank account in Dubai as they rent a 10-bedroomed villa whose address is

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  • In memes: Twitter loses its mind over 'Justin Bieber Wololo remix'

    Babes appeared on V-Entertainment on Tuesday, when she told the show's Nomuzi Mabena about the request. Nomuzi responded with shock and excitement at the news, but Babes just smiled and said "Wololo is doing well". It was all too much for Twitter users, who flooded the social media site with hilarious memes and messages in response to Babes' claim.

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  • Thug to Thug

    Dear fellow thug Julius Malema, our Conmander in Thief, you haven’t held back in expressing your disdain for me. So allow me to respond. Pull up a chair. I have no problem with someone drawing attention to my dark past, because it’s not something I’ve ever tried to hide. I did do despicable things; I was a criminal. I know other people who did the kinds of things I did and today it doesn’t seem to bother them. Some of them are still doing crime and are better at it than ever. But unlike them, my past bothers me, which is why I give back today and have spent the past decade making amends wherever and however I can. But I find that what bothers many people more than the fact that I once committed

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  • Why is the EFF so silent on the 'Absa lifeboat'?

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is a party that has always been known for its claim to be fighting against what they call “white monopoly capital”. It can be traced back right to when its two top leaders were at the helm of the ANC Youth League. Getting rid of the power of white capital, they believe, can be achieved through a number of methods, most especially the nationalisation of mines, banks and other strategic sectors of the economy. In 2015, the party embarked on what they called a “historic march” against financial institutions. The march drew about 50 000 protesters, who peacefully made their way to the Chamber of Mines and the SA Reserve Bank, with a stop at the JSE along the way.

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  • Lead investigator of public protector's Absa report has quit

    Joining a slew of staff that have resigned from the public protector’s office is Advocate Tshiwalule Livhuwani, who was listed as the lead investigator who assisted Mkhwebane in putting together the report last year on the alleged apartheid-era bailouts of several companies who were given “lifeboats”. The draft document into investigations about how the Reserve bank loaned R.,5 billion to Bankorp, which was later bought out by Absa, has caused a stir, as the report recommends the bank should pay back R2.2 billion in interest on the capital amount of the loan. According to Huffington Post, Livhuwani started his new position in the ombudsman’s office on January 3, and this was confirmed by Tony Taverna-Turisa, the city’s chief director of communication.

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  • Truck sales too low for full SA manufacture

    Pretoria - Isuzu Truck South Africa (ITSA) is pessimistic about the sustainability of any government incentive programme to encourage the full-scale manufacture of commercial vehicles in South Africa. Craig Uren, a director and chief operating officer of ITSA, said yesterday that the sales volumes of cars and light commercial vehicles made the business model of the Automotive Production and Development Programme work. However, Uren said there were a multitude of truck manufactures but with only about 30 000 trucks sold in South Africa, the volumes were too low for full local manufacturing of commercial vehicles to be sustainable. Uren said Isuzu’s factory in Fujisawa in Japan built more trucks

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  • South Africa: Zuma's Plans With Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Just a Pipe Dream

    press release When Mr Jacob Zuma told the ANC National Executive Committee that he will not voluntarily resign as the president because there are people who want to put him in jail, he knew the reasons why people want to put him in jail. Congress of the People is not surprised at Zuma's direct involvement in the ANC succession battle. It is an open secret that his candidate to take over from him is his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. That is where he is putting all his hope to keep himself out of jail. If he really is not afraid of jail as he told his supporters a few weeks ago, why is he so hell-bent on supporting Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma's candidacy? He better prepare himself because jail is

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  • Zimbabwe: Ford Recalls Kuga SUV

    Ford Motor Company this week recalled 1,6 litre engine Kuga sport utility vehicles sold in South Africa as a measure to address an engine overheating condition that ignited fire in some vehicles. Reports in South Africa say all Ford Kuga SUV 1,6-litres vehicles manufactured between 2012 and 2014 were affected by the safety recall. A total of 4 556 vehicles were affected by this recall. This is a sad chapter within the Ford group considering the sales impact that the vehicle had managed to amass over the past few years. At the Ford 2015 Go Further Event in Johannesburg where the vehicle was launched, the Kuga was one of the shining lights on exhibition. After leaving South Africa that day, it

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  • Blow for Ghana as key defender is sent home with serious injury

    The 22-year-old left-back was forced off in the first half of the Black Stars' opening Group D game in Port-Gentil, which they won 1-0 thanks to an Andre Ayew penalty. A Ghana FA statement on Thursday confirmed the player, who is currently on loan at Bundesliga side Schalke from Chelsea, would travel to Germany "to undergo further tests and possible surgery." Tests in Gabon's capital Libreville on Wednesday confirmed that Baba had suffered "a rupture of the meniscus and a particular tear of the anterior cruciate ligament with fluid collection in the left knee." Tunisia bounce back to defeat Algeria in tense north African Afcon derby   On the margins of the their training session on Thursday,

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  • WATCH: This little white boy totally rocks singing Wololo

    The video of the cute boy, who also imitates Babes' dance moves was shared on social media by her rumoured boyfriend, Mamphintsha. EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi aka the People's Bae saluted Babes for breaking barriers through her music. “When Babes Wodumo has captured the imagination of so young a white kid: we must salute her! True music really defies race: ask Bob Marley," he tweeted.

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