• WATCH: Joyous Celebration to record with T.D. Jake's Potter's House choir

    The SABC unwittingly screened a protest on Friday – but had no idea that it was doing so and that the protest taking place right under chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s nose was by the public broadcaster’s own news staff.

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  • Madonsela 'destroying' blacks - Politics

    Cape Town - The public protector is “destroying” black people, charged Sapho Mahilihili as he toyi-toyied and sang alongside 16 other protesters in front of the Western Cape offices of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Friday. The group demanded the office investigate apartheid corruption. Mahilihili said the focus on Nkandla was “misguided” and a “drop in the ocean” compared with white corruption “that lasted 400 years”. He also took a swipe at Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who, he said, had made an about-turn since founding the National Union of Mineworkers 34 years ago. He “has jumped out of his black skin and is not a black person anymore”. Black people in power were considered white

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  • SA, Poland in controversial poultry deal

    Poland would launch poultry exports to South Africa for the first time from this month in a deal granting one of the EU’s top poultry producers unlimited access to Africa’s most industrialised country, Andrzej Krezel, the head of trade and investment at the Polish Embassy, said yesterday. The deal, negotiated since 2013, would see Poland export poultry meat bone-in, mechanically deboned meat, as well as offal to South Africa, he said. Purchasing power Krezel said according to the health certificate the deal kicked in on June 20. “The first container will reach South Africa within two or three months if not earlier,” Krezel said. “The limit is the capacity of the market to absorb the product,

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  • WATCH: Activist priest Evan Mawarire

    "I saw, in this packed courthouse, between 50 and 60 lawyers that had come to represent me - for no charge, and without any invitation. When the magistrate asked 'Can I see the practising certificate of the lawyer that's representing the accused?' all 50 or 60 whipped out these certificates." But it fell to one lawyer, Harrison Nkomo, to win the liberty of Zimbabwe's citizen activist, by arguing that the last-minute addition of the charge of subversion was unconstitutional. While magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe weighed the demands of justice against the heaviness of the regime, Mawarire sat on the stairway down to the cells. "There was one wall between the courtroom and the dirty, dark, urine-stinking

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  • Found in SA … Libya’s trillions

    Johannesburg - The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya. What could be the world’s largest cash pile is stored in palettes at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria. The Libyan billions have led to a Hawks investigation into possible violation of exchange controls as well as international interests from the UN and the US. It has also led to heightened interest in the local and international intelligence community

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  • Great white shark numbers take a dive - Independent on Saturday

    SUPPLIED Sharks are dying fast in South Africa, this is according to Stellenbosch University research team that is a collaborator on a new Global Environment Facility (GEF) project entitled "Spatial Planning for Protected Areas in Response to Climate Change (SPARC)". At first, Dr Sara Andreotti got sick, very seasick. “The moment we hit the ocean, the seasickness would arrive - I had to take seasickness tablets every day.” But Andreotti, of the evolutionary genomics group at Stellenbosch University’s department of botany and zoology, was living her dream: studying South Africa’s great white sharks for six years. On the catamaran, equipped as a research vessel and loaned by world-famous shark cage diver Michael Rutzen, Andreotti would spend months at sea, cruising Gansbaai and South Africa’s vast coastline searching for great whites and counting them on a shoestring budget.

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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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  • Zimbabwe threatens 'traitorous' war veterans after Mugabe attack

    Zimbabwe's government denounced leading independence war veterans as traitors on Saturday for an unprecedented attack on ageing President Robert Mugabe and vowed to identify its unnamed authors and put them on trial. Veterans who fought against white minority rule in the former British colony turned on their long-time ally and commander on Thursday, calling him a dictator in a jolting rebuke highlighting political manoeuvring over his succession and mounting anger over economic woes. State-owned newspapers reflected the power struggle on Saturday with a highly unusual 12-page supplement praising his wife Grace on her 51st birthday. War veterans have accused her of having too much influence over her 92-year-old husband.

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  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Controversy brews for Semenya once again

    Star athlete Caster Semenya could be heading for another storm as she chases a possible double gold at the Rio Olympics in August, and it seems there is little anyone can do to prevent the controversy, least of all the athlete. This week at the African Athletics Championships in Durban, Semenya has shown she has returned to world-beating form with an easy victory in the 1 500m on Friday, with a personal best of 4.01.99. On Saturday she followed that with a win in the 800m heats and will run that final on Sunday. But while Cape Town’s Ross Tucker, an internationally respected sports scientist, is confident Semenya will cruise to gold in the women’s 800m in Rio, possibly with a world record time,

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  • Vote EFF to 'empower' the ANC, Malema tells Cliff

    CliffCentral founder, Idols SA judge and former 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff hosted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on web radio on Friday. The EFF leader admitted to feeling a bit tired while criss-crossing the country “back to back” on the campaign trail. The podcast introducing the show says: “Julius Malema is a polarising figure in South Africa, and someone who always attracts a lot of attention for his political actions. But do we really know what he and his EFF party are all about? Gareth gives him an opportunity to talk like never before, providing an interesting pre-election discussion.” Because CliffCentral (punted as “UnRadio”) does not broadcast on air, it is not subject

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  • God gave us a gift, says Gugu Zulu's mom

    While thousands of fans across the country are mourning an icon who touched the lives of many through his contribution to sport- his family are mourning the loss of a son, husband, father and brother. Speaking for the first time since the death of Zulu, his parents have praised the impact their son had on people. In an interview with eNCA Zulu's dad, Peter Zulu, said that the family take solace in knowing the athlete died doing what he loved. Twitter wages war on Dineo Ranaka after 'rude' matric dance dress snub  "I was his number one fan and to me it's a great loss, it's really a great loss," he said. A shattered Peter recalled his final moments with Zulu before the athlete left for Mount Kilimanjaro.

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  • Thousands brave rain for ANC rally in Port Elizabeth

    Thousands of people have gathered at the Dan Qeqe Stadium in Zwide in the Eastern Cape for the ANC’s Siyanqoba rally despite heavy rain and cold weather. President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the crowd in the party’s last election campaign rally in Nelson Mandela Bay ahead of the August 3 local government elections. Among those already at the stadium are ANC national executive committee member Bheki Cele and other provincial ANC leaders. The crowd is being entertained while they await Zuma’s arrival. TMG Digital/ The Herald

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  • Park inspector crushed by elephant in KZN

    Durban - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park workers who witnessed their colleague being crushed to death by an elephant are traumatised at the sight. Thembisile Mchunu, 47, of Ngwelezane, Empangeni, died on Tuesday after being attacked by an elephant while inspecting alien plants. It is reported that they were on their way out of the park when a herd of elephants approached. Amon Sithole, one of the workers with Mchunu, said the incident happened shortly after they had completed their inspection. “We had gone right inside the park and had left our car quite far away. One of the elephants made a sound and we thought it was warning the other ones that it had spotted human beings. “After that it sprinted towards

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  • ‘Trollip won’t run Nelson Mandela Bay’ - Politics

    Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela Bay DA mayoral candidate came in for a lashing at the ANC’s Eastern Cape Siyanqoba rally in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Provincial rural development and agrarian reform MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, who is also the ANC provincial spokesman, said there was absolutely no way DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip would run the metro. He criticised Trollip for portraying himself as the “martyr and saviour” of the people of the metro while the ANC still existed. The DA believes that is stands a strong chance of winning the metro following a steady decline for the ruling party in the area. ANC national spokesman Zizi Kodwa characterised Trollip him as the biggest liar to have

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  • Concerns with Africa’s visa-free travel plans

    The new AU Passport is not proposing free, unlimited and unmonitored movement throughout Africa, but it still raises concerns about security and labour migration. At the opening ceremony of the 27th AU Summit in Kigali on Sunday, the chairwoman of the AU Commission - Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma - announced the launch of the African Passport. The passport is a biometric e-passport modelled on the system used in Europe and allows for visa-free travel to all of the AU’s 54 member states. Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno, the chairwoman of the AU, and Rwandan president Paul Kagame were the first to be issued with the new document. “Launch” is perhaps a ceremonial rather than practical word to use in

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  • Children play with HIV blood

    Durban - Horrified Pietermaritzburg parents are still in shock after finding their children covered in blood from test tubes at a private laboratory in a nearby property. It is believed the children, who are aged between 3 and 7 years old, found the blood samples in a box and parents are concerned that their children may have drunk some of the blood from the test tubes. Sindi Mthembu, mother of one of the affected children, said her child came home last Sunday with blood on his hands, but when questioned he said “I was killing a monster”. When she took her child to school the following morning, other parents asked her if she knew what had happened the previous day. “They told me what really happened

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  • Pokemon Go: What it is, where to get it and when it's coming to SA

    Pokemon Go is a recently released free-to-play Android and IOS game based on the hit console turn-based strategy game series Pokemon. In the game you run around capturing Pokémon‚ which are monsters that you can train up and use to battle other people‚ using Pokeballs. Despite the fact that the mobile game currently suffers from having a much weaker battle system than the console titles‚ it allows you to capture your monsters “in real life” – giving you the chance to find them in the streets of your home town using your smartphone tracking your location using its GPS. The main appeal of the game is going out into the world to collect the different monsters‚ as opposed to the more strategically focused main line of titles.

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  • Once loyal Zimbabwe war veterans denounce 'dictatorial' Mugabe

    A surge in recent street protests -- the largest in many years in Zimbabwe -- has been triggered by an economic crisis that has left banks short of cash and the government struggling to pay its workers. Child hunger and death rising in Zimbabwe due to drought, charity says  Mugabe, 92, has used his security forces to crush dissent since he came to power in 1980 after leading the liberation war in the 1970s that ended British colonial rule. Mugabe's supporters march against Zimbabwe protests  But a series of rare public demonstrations have revealed deepening anger at the ageing president, who has vowed to stand for re-election in 2018, and the ruling ZANU-PR party. The Zimbabwe National Liberation

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  • Zimbabwe: Irrigation Schemes Will Boost Production

    Elita Chikwati Agriculture Reporter The Brazil More Food for Africa Programme has the potential to boost agricultural production and ensure the country regains its status as the breadbasket of Africa, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development said recently. Zimbabwe received agricultural equipment worth $38,6 million from Brazil under the More Food for Africa Programme as Government accelerated efforts to achieve targets set under the Zim-Asset Food Security and Nutrition Cluster. The equipment, which includes tractors, fertiliser spreaders and irrigation kits, was the first of three tranches coming under a $98 million loan facility

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