• Watch: Mugabe's slow Turkey walk sets tongues wagging

    The 91-year-old's less-than-speedy progression up a long blue carpet was filmed by New China TV, Xinhua news agency's official TV channel, and then posted on YouTube. "As [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan waited while Mugabe walked ever so gingerly the short distance from his Mercedes limousine to the entrance of the conference venue, the Turkish leader probably wondered whether he should not have let the Zimbabwean stay at home," news website NewZimbabwe quipped. The report said Mugabe "appeared to walk with some difficulty". Mugabe attended the G-20 summit as head of the African Union, though Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change said he had "no business" there and his attendance at the meeting was "a serious national embarrassment".

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  • Porsche sued again over Walker’s death - Tonight News

    LOS ANGELES - Paul Walker’s father sued Porsche for negligence and wrongful death Wednesday over the 2013 accident that killed the “Fast & Furious” star. Walker’s father, who is the executor of his son’s estate, filed the lawsuit claiming that the Porsche Carrera GT that his son was riding in lacked safety features that could have saved the actor’s life. The lawsuit cites features included in other pending lawsuits against the automaker over the crash that might have saved the actor’s life, including a stability control system, side-door reinforcements and a breakaway fuel line to help prevent the car from bursting into flames after a collision. Walker was on a break from filming the seventh

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  • Malema refuses chamber’s request to tone down rhetoric

    JULIUS Malema was asked by concerned members of the South African Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in London to tone down his rhetoric — and he refused. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, continuing his UK tour, had a lively and robust private meeting with members of the SACC at Deloitte’s London headquarters on Thursday morning. But in characteristic style, Mr Malema told Business Day: "Well that meeting was governed by Chatham House rules … but when it comes to the EFF, the posture we’ve taken in South African politics and internationally has made us who we are. And that strategy is working, there’s no need to change that posture to suit whoever’s uncomfortable." While he admitted that he

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  • What exactly is for sale?

    IF YOU’RE at a loose end for investment ideas, you could do worse than take a leap of faith on SA’s unofficial first family, the Guptas. The Guptas, perhaps most famous for managing to convince some official to allow them to land a jet full of wedding guests at the high-security Waterkloof Air Force Base in April 2013, effectively own 64% of JSE-listed Oakbay Resources — a company with big uranium ambitions. The company hasn’t attracted broad investor interest since its low-key listing in November 2014, even though it’s the JSE’s only real uranium prospect. But what is remarkable is that even though less than R2m worth of its shares have traded in the past year, those buyers have managed to drive

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  • South African pets have medical aid, but not workers - Malema tells Oxford students

    "We have got a situation where the rich love animals [more] than the people," he told the Oxford Union at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.  "The dogs of rich people in South Africa have got medical aid but their domestic workers, and the university workers, and the farm workers, the petrol attendants, the security guards, do not have medical aid.  "Neither do they have rights as workers." Malema said the recent student protests against fees, and the protests by university workers showed that the interests of the poor are being put on the African agenda.   He added that some university workers who have worked for more than 30 years have nothing to show for it.  Malema said

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  • ICG: What the War on Islamic State means for Syria | Daily Maverick

    Crisis Group: What has been the impact so far of the escalating campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria? Noah Bonsey: It’s too early to speak in precise terms about impact, but the Islamic State (IS) is an organisation that has learned to adapt to airstrikes. They control a broad swathe of territory spanning much of Syria and Iraq. They can move equipment and personnel across this territory. They can use human shields, and co-locate military facilities in civilian areas. They have taken steps to raise the risk of collateral damage in order to deter airstrikes. Large numbers of civilian casualties can stoke anger and thus contribute to IS’s recruitment. The capacity of airstrikes

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  • Nigerian superstar robbed of R791,000 in Sandton

    Davido, who has received global acclaim for his funky brand of Nigerian music infused with pop and afro soul influences - encountered crime first hand in Johannesburg. Davido was passing through the country en route to Atlanta, USA where he is based and regularly performs.

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  • Obama 'deeply disturbed' by Chicago police shooting

    President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was “deeply disturbed” by video of a white Chicago policeman shooting dead a black teenager, in the latest such incident to roil the United States. Graphic footage released shortly after officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday has reignited impassioned debate about the use of force by law enforcement in the US, with Chicago left dangerously on edge. Protesters there have likened the Laquan McDonald killing to that of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot dead by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri last year, triggering 15 months of demonstrations in major US cities over perceived police brutality against black men. A small band of demonstrators hit the chilly Chicago streets for a second night in a row Wednesday, reportedly confronting police officers.

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  • THICK END OF THE WEDGE: What Zuma must still break to survive

    Last week, one of the world’s best public economists — the lead economics writer on the Financial Times — Martin Wolf, was in SA. He returned to London to basically write us off unless we reverse economic policy. The redistributive efforts of the African National Congress (ANC) were, he said (and we know it ourselves), a zero-sum game. Wolf speaks for and to the international economic community and his article follows a Bloomberg report last week that the insurance being required to trade SA’s government-backed bonds was now so high they indicated the markets were already treating South African debt as if it were sub-investment standard or, in the parlance of the bond markets, junk. It reminds us that Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago was telling an audience in Cape Town last month that raising local interest rates was unavoidable.

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • Get real, white South Africa

    We did it in 1910 when the Union of South Africa was birthed by the British. We did it in 1948 when our new apartheid laws turned us into the most unethically dressed nation in Africa. We did it again in 1961 when the National Party declared South Africa a republic, free from the British Commonwealth. Our newest outfit, the dress from our historic Autumn/Winter 1994 collection, is now 21 years old, and evidently in tatters. Unfortunately, South Africa has never fundamentally changed over the years, we simply changed clothes. The greatest problem we face as a nation is not our neo-liberal imperialist economy that favours US and British capitalist endeavours. It's not that the police criminalise

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  • Afrikaners want own community - Gauteng | IOL News

    Pretoria - Afrikaners want their own community which looks after itself in Pretoria, something along the lines of Kleinfontein and Orania. This should happen as early as after the municipal elections next year, and the area would have its own schools and universities where children are taught in Afrikaans. The statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square could also be moved there. The areas that have been identified are those where many Afrikaans-speaking people live, such as Centurion and Pretoria Moot. Orania in the Northern Cape and Kleinfontein in Gauteng were established by Afrikaners. Only people who identify themselves as Afrikaners are welcome there. And now the Front Nasionaal political party

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  • BBC 100 Women features 5 South Africans

    Five South Africans will join the BBC 100 Women series, which features woman figures from around the globe who do important work in their countries in their fields. The South Africans include Chairperson of the African Union Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 66, Verashni Pillay, 31, the newly appointed editor of Mail & Guardian and Karabo Mathang, 28, the first female FIFA-accredited sports agent. Naval captain Lieutenant-Commander Zimasa Mabela, 38, and entrepreneur Clara Reid, 29, who designed Reel Gardening in a bid to simplify gardening, also made the list. The BBC 100 Women series on December 1 will host a series of debates on gender issues from across the globe and will be broadcast live on BBC World

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  • Zikalala puts his foot (or bum) in it - Politics | IOL News

    Pietermaritzburg - Sihle Zikalala’s first day in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature as leader of the ruling African National Congress kicked off in dramatic fashion on Thursday when three opposition parties stormed out in a huff over his decision to sit in the seat normally reserved for the province’s premier. Members of the provincial legislature (MPL) from the Democratic Alliance, the Inkatha Freedom Party and the National Freedom Party staged a walkout during the sitting. The problem, according to them, was that although Zikalala had replaced Senzo Mchunu as chairman of the ANC, Mchunu was still the province’s premier. “We want to say that this is unprecedented when a new member gets

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  • Zimbabwe: An Orphan's Struggles to Put Food On the Table in Zimbabwe

    press release Life has not been fair for 18-year-old Micho Gatsi, an orphan who stays in the flood prone and drought stricken Mukombwe village, 340 kilometres north of Zimbabwe's capital. He had to drop out of school in grade 3 as his peasant parents could not afford tuition fees. He then lost his parents to HIV/AIDS three years ago. Since then, he has been faced with the daunting task of fending for this 14-year-old brother, all by himself. "We are surviving at the mercy of the community who give us some food handouts. We count ourselves lucky when we have a meal of porridge in a day. Things are really tough for us these days as fellow community members who used to give us some food handouts

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  • Would-be rapist caught on Facebook - World News | IOL News

    London - A young woman who fought off a would-be rapist outside her home brought the man to justice after tracking him down on Facebook. Chanel Purchase, 21, spent hours trawling through the website shortly after her ordeal to find a photo of the stranger who attacked her after accompanying her home from a nightclub. He never gave his name but she remembered he had mentioned some mutual friends. Checks on her computer led to her spotting a photo of James Huggett, 22, who was arrested the next day after she handed details to police. He denied attempted rape but was convicted last week following a trial. Miss Purchase - who waived her right to anonymity to discuss the case - on Wednesday revealed

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  • The big Capitec question

    HOW long can this upward trajectory continue? For yet another year, Capitec is kicking the bottoms of the big banks, in its quest to break into the big four of the South African banking sector. As the best-performing banking share on the JSE this year, it has risen by a staggering 75%. Barclays, Standard Bank, FirstRand and Nedbank have all reversed their gains. Nedbank, mostly notably, has felt the heat of Capitec’s growth and has fallen 16% year to date. Capitec’s rise from nowhere to universal hero is the biggest success story in the local banking sector in recent decades. Started in March 2001 by the team at Jannie Mouton’s Stellenbosch-based investment company PSG, Capitec listed on the

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  • Africa’s failures may spawn another genocide - IOL News

    Shannon Ebrahim The reality is we have failed to learn the lessons of history on our own continent. And it seems no one is listening. Burundi just keeps deteriorating but does anyone really care? The African Union has left the political resolution of the conflict in Burundi up to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who had this to say three weeks ago when asked about the progress of his mediation efforts: “I received a report on the progress of the dialogue. I hear the talks are not going well... I have not been following this closely. I think I will need to find out…” In a neighbourhood that has known more genocide than any other region in the world, is this honestly what we call African solutions

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  • From petrol jockey to Master’s graduate - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    Durban - Only you can keep your dreams alive; it’s up to you to fight for them. This, said Regina Mlobeli, was her motivation to persevere in the face of severe financial struggles - which have seen her remarkable rise from working as a petrol attendant to having a Master’s degree in psychology. Mlobeli, now the study co-ordinator at the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa), said there was no “secret” to her success. She spoke to The Mercury ahead of World Aids Day, which is on December 1. “Working hard and trying hard. That’s all you can do to get what you want.” Mlobeli grew up in Gugulethu, and from 1976 moved between the Western Cape and Eastern Cape trying

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  • Zille grilled over spy versus spy palaver

    Speaking in the Western Cape legislature yesterday, Zille responded to parliamentary questions from the ANC related to her provincial government hiring Eagle Eye Solutions Technology - a company owned by crime intelligence officer Paul Scheepers - to debug cellphones belonging to members of her cabinet. ANC chief whip Pierre Uys asked if Zille knew Scheepers, if she had communicated with him and if Eagle Eye Solutions Technology had done work for her. Scheepers was arrested early this year and faces 19 charges of fraud, 19 of corruption, and one of tender fraud. Zille's spokesman Michael Mpofu confirmed the Western Cape had hired Scheepers's company to debug cellphones. The ANC has now laid a

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