• Zuma in a bind over EFF proposal

    A COUNTER-proposal made to President Jacob Zuma on Thursday by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on paying back the money for Nkandla, has put Mr Zuma in a tight spot. The EFF wants Mr Zuma to accept he has breached the Constitution and his oath of office. The alternative proposal filed in court was in response to Mr Zuma’s climbdown on Tuesday to paying back the money. If Mr Zuma were to agree to this order, it would be an unprecedented concession.

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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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  • Safa ‘asked Sexwale to withdraw from Fifa race’

    TOKYO Sexwale was asked to withdraw from the Fifa presidential race when he faced the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) emergency committee at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday. But in a compromise that saved Sexwale from an embarrassing exit from the race‚ the former Gauteng premier was allowed to stay on as a candidate when Safa decided to leave his fate in the hands of the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Sexwale went to the meeting expecting to receive an endorsement from Safa but as TMG Digital was reliably informed on Thursday‚ he was instead told to cut his losses and call it a day. "He was told to withdraw because he does not have support‚" an insider said.

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  • Another #blackface controversy hits Stellenbosch University

    The party, at Heemstede Dameskoshuis, on Thursday night, apparently had a space theme. In an apology posted on Facebook, one of the students said they took full responsibility for the incident at the “stellar space party”. She said they painted their bodies dark purple and covered themselves in glitter. SU spokesperson Martin Viljoen said on Friday the university’s equality unit was investigating. It was established recently to deal with cases of unfair discrimination and sexual harassment. “In the light of a similar incident in 2014, as well as national reports on acts of racism in our country, management regards the incident in a very serious light. Further, management condemns of all forms

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  • If the ANC lost 'the next day, the country would be burning': Mulder

    Speaking at the Cape Town Press Club on Wednesday, Mulder said this would be the case if parties managed to have a coalition that left the ANC as the opposition. "The next day, the country would be burning. I don’t see the ANC ever respecting that kind of arrangement," he said. He said the new generation of the ANC would make the country ungovernable should they lose power, but that he would would love to see the party accepting the change though. Mulder was speaking on the theme, "President for a day". He said the first major fault line in the current South Africa was that the country had the wrong recipe for nation building and social cohesion. True nation building would only come about when

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  • It was proper for me to resign

    Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said, on Saturday, he felt it was “proper” for him to resign as an ANC MP. This following his name being put forward to head the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank/Brics bank. “Yes, I resigned last year,” he confirmed. “In line with my removal [and being nominated for the Brics bank position] I felt it would be the proper thing to do.” While he resigned in December, his resignation was processed only last month. After Nene’s sacking as finance minister, President Jacob Zuma said the "urgency of the changes in the leadership of the National Treasury" was because nominations needed to be sent to Shanghai in terms of the head of the African

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  • The biggest losers in the Nkandla saga

    Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has come out as the biggest loser in the Nkandla debacle. Former ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi also have egg on their faces due to the saga. The three led the pack in arguing that President Jacob Zuma should not pay for the upgrades at Nkandla. But Zuma's proposal to pay has left his defenders in a corner. While the ANC and Cosatu welcomed Zuma's announcement to pay back some money spent on non-security upgrades at his private home, opposition parties still want him to appear before court. Cosatu said in a statement Zuma's proposal would bring an end to the drawn-out controversy regarding the public protector's report on Nkandla.

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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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  • Eskom's coal now supplied by the Guptas

    Eskom Holdings did not renew Exxaro's contract to supply Arnot from a nearby mine at the end of December because, it said, the prices were too high. Arnot was supplying 20% of the 2000MW power station's coal needs, Eskom said. Optimum Coal, the mine now supplying Arnot, is being acquired by a company controlled by the Guptas after the operation, formerly owned by Glencore, was placed under administration because Eskom would not relax the terms of a contract for the supply of coal to its Hendrina power station. Glencore said the mine had become loss-making because of Eskom's stance. Tegeta, which is buying Optimum, is owned by the Gupta family's Oakbay Resources & Energy. Tegeta official Jacques

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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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  • Katsande decries lethargy

    The fact that Kaizer Chiefs have not won at least two matches in a row in the Absa Premiership this season frustrates midfielder Willard Katsande. It's quite astonishing that the defending champions have gone from the dominant side they were last season to struggling to get two wins on the trot in the league this term. On four occasions this season, fourth-placed Amakhosi have gone on to draw immediately after winning. After their 2-0 victory over Golden Arrows on Tuesday, Amakhosi are eager to break the jinx by registering a second straight victory for the first time this season when they host bottom-of-the-table Maritzburg United tomorrow at FNB Stadium. Kickoff is at 6pm. "We have not won

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  • ANCYL slams Makhura reshuffle - Politics

    Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League in Gauteng has broken ranks with the provincial government over Premier David Makhura’s latest reshuffle of his cabinet that saw the return of Paul Mashatile. The Gauteng ANCYL described Mashatile’s return as “unspectacular” and a “recycling of old faces and friends”. The league’s provincial chairman Matome Chiloane described Mashatile’s appointment as “nothing strategic” but a move aimed at “pleasing the ruling cartel”. He said this was a missed opportunity to give space to young people. “He (Mashatile) has been an MEC since 1994, you bring him back in 2016 and you expect us to applaud,” he said on Thursday. “This is a missed opportunity. People can go clap

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  • Trump Is Going To The Next Fox Debate Hosted By Megyn Kelly

    “No, I’ll be there,” Trump told the Steve Malzberg Show on Friday. Trump also claimed — somewhat questionably — that his last absence from the Iowa debate hosted by Fox News had nothing to do with Kelly. “That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly, the fact that I went out of the last one,” Trump stated. “It had to do with a memo that was sent out by Fox that was a little bit taunting and I said it was inappropriate.

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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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  • 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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  • Dancing at dawn: South Africa's new pre-work party scene

    Others are in tutus, black catsuits or animal "onesies". Many have masks and painted faces. This is "Secret Sunrise" -- a new urban craze in which people gather outdoors in the early morning to express themselves to a soundtrack played through headphones. Later in the day, they will toil at office desks in South Africa's economic capital, or be students attending lectures, but for a short time they proudly embrace a less reserved way to live. "The point is to get people working towards something that makes the daily grind a little bit less boring," said Cheryl Hudson, who has a job in project finance when she changes out of her purple dance outfit. "We have it in the week to try to transform

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  • Teen hankers after Boko Haram captor - Africa

    Abuja - Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, 16-year-old Zara John is still in love with one of the Islamic militants who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine and blood test carried out by a doctor in the refugee camp to which she was taken after her rescue. “I wanted to give birth to my child so that I can have someone to replace his father since I cannot reconnect with him again,” said Zara, one of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants during a seven-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. But any decision over the baby was taken out of her hands. Her father drowned during

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  • Rihanna: I haven't got time for dating

    Rihanna has confirmed she is single and insists she doesn't have time for a ''steady relationship'' at the moment. The 27-year-old singer - who was recently rumoured to have romantically reconciled with Leonardo DiCaprio - confirmed she isn't dating anyone at the moment because there aren't enough hours in the day for her to spend time with a potential partner. She said: ''I'm single right now. And it's not that I'm like, 'Oh, pro single. Yes, I hate men.' I just think that I just have so much on my plate that I can't even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious.'' The Bajan beauty, who released her eighth studio album 'Anti' last week, admitted she cannot even spare

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  • Expropriation Bill sets out process for property grabbing

    The ANC voted in favour of the bill. The DA and UDM voted against it, the IFP abstained and the EFF was absent from proceedings. The bill will now be debated in the National Assembly, and voted upon. If passed, public hearings and a vote in the National Council of Provinces follow. Should the bill be adopted, it will be sent to President Jacob Zuma to sign into law. The bill gives the minister of public works the right to expropriate land for a public purpose [such as building a road or erecting a power line] or in the public interest, for instance to institute land reform. It sets out the law of general application for property expropriation, as required in section 25 of the constitution. The

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  • Is SA legalising weed anytime soon?

    As World Cancer Day was commemorated on Thursday, South Africa’s chance of using medical marijuana for still lingers. The Medical Innovations Bill, presented in Parliament by late IFP MP Mario Ambrosini – who suffered from lung cancer – eventually leading to him taking his own life, was tabled in Parliament in 2014. IFP MP Narend Singh said the bill is still being processed and was sitting before the Portfolio Committee on Health since early last year. “The bill has gone through to the Medicines Control Council. We are looking at amendments to the bill following informal meetings with the ANC,” Singh told The Citizen. Ambrosini shot himself after battling with cancer. Visibly weakened when tabling

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