• Zuma and Mantashe clash

    Cape Town - ANC Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman has inadvertently blown the lid off the best known open political secret: that there is a major rift between ANC president Jacob Zuma and the party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. In an unprecedented move, Mantashe on Monday openly questioned Zuma’s authority and discretion as to whom he deploys in the Western Cape election campaign, which is gutted by the absence of decisive leadership. Zuma and the ANC election head, Nomvula Mokonyane, last week made it clear they want Fransman to lead the battle for the hearts and minds of Western Cape voters, but Mantashe effectively thwarted the move by declaring Fransman was not back in the ANC’s

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  • Mbeki's quiet campaigning diplomacy

    This week's ghost cartoon is a comment on the fact that former president Thabo Mbeki is yet to publicly utter the words 'vote ANC'.

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  • Mpofu throws shade at AKA

    On Tuesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were celebrating their third birthday and its national chairperson Advocate Dali Mpofu could not hold back but share on Twitter what the party had achieved so far. In one of his tweets, Mpofu took the time to congratulate the party’s leaders who had graduated in their respective fields, implying that his party was for the educated. “Happy3rdAnniversary to these LEARNED FRIENDS & all fellow Fighters for Economic Freedom,” he tweeted. As he was busy with the celebrations on Twitter, one user tweeted at him, thanking him for paying for music group Entity’s album. Mpofu’s son Sizwe was a member of the group. According to the user, the group’s separation

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  • AKA comments on Bonang’s ASSets

    Up-and-coming graphic designer Fresh, who goes by @Freshboi_DBN on Twitter, posted an animation of Bonang, with her “mean mugging” face wearing nothing but black panties - or skimpy bikini bottoms - and a denim jacket. The jacket features AKA’s trademark sneer (with his gold grills showing of course). The picture was shared and eventually seen by AKA, who the commented that the picture is “dope” but Bonang’s ass is ... in real life. We assume he means bigger, as other tweeps hinted as much on the artist’s timeline. Check it out: And isn’t this just cute? IOL Related Stories

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  • Al Ahly ready to splash the cash for Billiat

    Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane celebrated after capturing Sibusiso Vilakazi to bolster what is already a formidable Mamelodi Sundowns side, but the coach then quickly revealed that the growing interest in Khama Billiat has him a bit on edge as the club gets closer to a CAF Champions League semi-final spot. Vilakazi’s move from Bidvest Wits to Sundowns was confirmed on Sunday in a deal that included an undisclosed transfer fee as well as playmaker Mogakolodi Ngele and striker Cuthbert Malajila going in the opposite direction in a swap deal. The Brazilians host Zamalek in a Champions League group stage encounter Wednesday night at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, and a draw will be enough to guarantee

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  • Malema heaps praise on old ANC rival Maile

    EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted on Wednesday evening about the “enormous respect” he had for his former ANC Youth League comrade Lebogang Maile, who is now the MEC for economic development and an ANC Gauteng provincial executive committee member. Maile served as head of social transformation in the ANC Youth League’s provincial executive committee. Malema tweeted: “I have enormous respect for Lebogang Maile, the guy is real and not fake. I hope @MYANC won’t destroy him, this country needs people like him.” In 2010, the Youth League in Gauteng elected Maile as the organisation’s chairman in Gauteng. He was unofficially backed by Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile, who was contesting the position

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just one week, and I think most of the negative comments about the show have been emotional. "Obviously management would have to do a thorough evaluation

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  • Big fuel price drop likely in August

    After months of being squeezed by higher fuel prices, South African motorists are likely to receive some relief at the pumps in August. According to the Automobile Association, mid-month fuel data is pointing towards a petrol price decrease of up to 83 cents a litre, with diesel coming down by around 45 cents and illuminating paraffin by around 42 cents. The usual 'don't get your hopes up too high' disclaimer applies here though as these predictions are based on mid-month data and the final price for August will depend on how the rand and international oil prices perform between now and the end of the month, but so far both factors have been working in our favour. Brexit has been playing to our

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  • Tutu’s open letter to baby goes viral - Western Cape

    Cape Town - It's not every day that someone gets a heart-warming open letter written to them from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A letter was written earlier this month after the father of an American infant wrote to Tutu, saying that he was collecting letters for his newborn daughter Juliet. All the way from his Cape Town abode, Archbishop wrote the following: Hello, little sister. You don't know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey - on another continent many miles away - is just beginning. We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it's not really a secret because we should all know it. So I

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  • DA, EFF won't let Zuma off hook over Nkandla

    The DA insists Jacob Zuma is liable for R63.9 million, while the EFF says he must go to jail. President Jacob Zuma Nkandla Democratic Alliance Economic Freedom Fighters CAPE TOWN - South Africa’s two largest opposition parties have warned that President Jacob Zuma will not be off the hook once he repays the R7.8 million owed to the state for the Nkandla upgrades. The Democratic Alliance (DA) insists Zuma is liable for R63.9 million in fringe-benefit tax, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the President must be held criminally liable for the abuse of taxpayers’ money. The two parties took Zuma to the Constitutional Court earlier this year for an order compelling him to pay back a reasonable

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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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  • Juju’s the man of the moment in Seshego

    Limpopo - EFF leader Julius Malema's name is known by many in Limpopo, but it's not enough to draw them to the party come election time. However, not so for those residing in his Seshego township outside Polokwane. Some affectionately refer to him as Juju, a name he seemed to have shed elsewhere in the country. Young men recite his rhetoric on land and on jobs for all, and against corruption. “It’s obvious,” they say enthusiastically when asked if they will be backing Malema’s party in the elections. The discontent with President Jacob Zuma’s presidency has made it easier for them to choose Malema over their traditional party, the ANC. In Zone 8, Tiny Rakgatla, 48, closely inspected a plumber

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  • Google honours South African teen for experiment using orange peels

    She is now in line to be one of sixteen global finalists and will travel to the Google headquarters in California for the award ceremony. The finals are in September. Kiara Nirghin‚ from St Martin's High School in Johannesburg‚ decided to tackle the drought affecting Southern Africa and has come up with a revolutionary way of keeping crops hydrated for longer‚ at a much lower cost. Using orange peels and avocado skins‚ the teen has managed to create a material‚ that can hold hundreds of times its weight in water‚ in the soil. This super absorbent polymer then acts as a water reservoir in the earth. By saving water this way‚ her idea - which she titled 'No More Thirsty Crops' - could have a massive

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • Amazing comeback for Mashamaite

    Tefu Mashamaite scored his first goal of the season in his comeback to the Hacken side as they defeated Helsingborg 2-0 on Sunday. The former Kaizer Chiefs defender returned after almost five months on the sidelines and netted his team's second goal with a header from a corner. Mashamaite was withdrawn on 68 minutes after a clash of heads with, ironically, former Chiefs team-mate Matthew Rusike, but he said after the game there was no lasting damage. "I got a minor concussion and did not want to risk anything. But it's okay, I'm not injured again." He also hailed his return, having been left frustrated by a long-term injury. "It was a real setback. I had done well. But I needed to be strong and

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  • #ThisFlag pastor toremain in SA - Africa

    Johannesburg - Reunited with his family in South Africa, Evan Mawarire, 39, the part-time pastor of a small, informal Harare congregation, and architect of Zimbabwe’s fast-growing social media protest site, #This Flag, says he is not going home. His family, his wife and two daughters arrived from Zimbabwe late last week and he is now prepared to say on record that he is too nervous to return just yet. Shortly after he encouraged people to stay away from work on July 6, President Robert Mugabe targeted him by accusing him of working for the French and US governments on a “regime change” agenda. Mawarire became an instant national hero when he launched #This Flag in April, highlighting how many

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  • Zimbabwe: 'Well and Strong' Mugabe Vows to Cling to Power for 'A Long Time'

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe vowed Wednesday that he shall remain the country's leader "for a long time" as he dismissed calls for his resignation. He was addressing supporters who turned up in numbers at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare to show their solidarity with him in the wake of renewed attempts by war veterans to force his exit. "I am created, as president, by the people; the people of Zimbabwe," said the 92 year old leader, who has also been named as the Zanu PF candidate for the 2018 elections. The veteran leader said he will only give up his job when his party asks him to or if he felt it within himself that he should take a rest. "Once the party says you rest, fine, or if I ask the party

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  • Trump boosts chance of Democratic gains in the US congress, says Nancy Pelosi

    WASHINGTON — US House of representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi said having Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket would boost chances for Democratic gains in the house, though she stopped short of predicting her party could regain control of the chamber after the November election. "He has really, shall we say, been the gift that keeps on giving," Pelosi said of Trump during a breakfast with reporters on Monday in Philadelphia, where Democrats are gathered to nominate Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate. Pelosi said that she knew Russians hackers had breached the Democratic national committee’s (DNC’s) email system, but that she did not know if they were responsible

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  • Africa: Ranking Universities

    Nearly ten years ago I confronted an expert about what she claimed was an "African phenomenon" in higher education. She was reluctant to provide me with the raw data upon which this "phenomenon" was premised, so I vigorously contested her claim. Later I managed to access that data through a credible international organisation. The conclusion she'd reached about Africa was based on feedback from just one country, Algeria. I am sharing this story because so much of the talk about ranking higher education institutions in Africa goes on without meaningful, let alone credible, data. Research has found that some African universities can't answer basic questions about their own operations because they

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  • 'unDemocratic Alliance's white privilege' angers AKA

    Local rap artist AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes, slated the Democratic Alliance (DA) for using former president Nelson Mandela in its election campaign. AKA has always been an outspoken ANC supporter and sometimes performs at party rallies. He claims that Mandela was once seen as a leader of a terrorist organisation by the DA, and now “he’s a part of their narrative”. Forbes, who argues “white privilege has now, truly …. lost its mind”, asked whether Mandela ever condemned the ANC or its leader President Jacob Zuma. “Don’t even get me started on the DA using Mandela’s name to campaign. White privilege has now, truly …. Lost its mind and its bearings,” he tweeted. “Mandela was considered the head

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