• Malema welcomes his baby Munzhedzi

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and his wife, Mantwa, have welcomed baby Munzhedzi to the world. Taking to Instagram on Friday, Malema posted a picture of himself with his wife and called “Mma Munzhedzi” (Munzhedzi’s mother). Munzhedzi is a Tshivenda name given mostly to girls, so we’re assuming that a little girl fighter has joined the army. Malema has a 12-year-old son, Ratanang, from a previous relationship. Check out his post on Instagram below: Reports of Mantwa’s pregnancy surfaced in August during the elections when she was spotted with a baby bump. When asked about the pregnancy, Malema said he was not a celebrity and it was not okay to discuss it in his Sepedi culture.

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  • Ramaphosa’s Gordhan surprise: A sign of the turbulent times to come

    We live in unprecedented times. If last week marked the first time since 1994 that a sitting ANC premier, in Gauteng’s David Makhura, publicly criticised the national ANC government (accusing it of “recklessness” in relation to Gordhan), then the weekend had plenty more to offer. Not only in the incredibly explosive proof of the Financial Intelligence Centre's concern about the R6.8-billion worth of suspicious transactions by the Gupta family and their companies, but also in the statement issued by the Deputy President. Surely, never before, have we had a sitting Deputy President issuing a statement, in the full pomp of their office, in support of someone facing criminal charges. Just that simple

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  • End of the road for SABC’s 7de Laan?

    Cape Town - Friday night may be the last episode of popular Afrikaans soapie 7de Laan, as production and script writing staff attached to Danie Odendaal Productions have not been paid. This means the show might not play on SABC2 in the coming months. The SABC has, however, denied there is a wage dispute between the staff and the public broadcaster. In an internal memo sent to staff, line manager and spokeswoman, Frances Maposa outlined that the period during which salaries were to be paid was drawing closer, “with no contract being in place”. Maposa said without a contract, the company was unable to invoice the SABC and, in turn, unable to receive payment. “This ripple effects of this sees no

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  • How long is the world’s longest flight?

    Hamburg - Eight hours in the air is already torture for most people. But there are flights that take twice as long as that. The current record is held by a long-haul direct flight from Auckland to Dubai with Emirates with a distance of 14.718km. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the flight from New Zealand to the Gulf takes 17 hours and 20 minutes - as of September 2016, there is no other journey on offer that has passengers in the sky for so long. Following close behind, at 17 hours and 5 minutes and 13.293km, is Saudia airline's flight from Los Angeles to Riyadh, taking passengers from the US West Coast to the Arabian Peninsula. In third place is the Air India

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  • Government drops appeal of SCA ruling on the arrest of Al-Bashir

    The government will withdrawn its application for leave to appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) decision on its failure to arrest Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir. Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced this decision at a media briefing in Hatfield on Friday‚ at which he also confirmed that SA had notified the United Nations of its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The application was set down for November 22 at the Constitutional Court. “An application for leave to appeal the decision of the SCA...will now be withdrawn‚” Masutha said. “This is so‚ especially as the SCA has removed the uncertainty around customary international law in relation to diplomatic

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Son Visits Firm for Grain Importation Facility

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's eldest son Robert Jr approached BancABC Zimbabwe in August seeking information on a maize importation facility at a time the country is facing one of its worst droughts induced by the El Niño phenomenon, it has been established. Although details of the facility could not be ascertained, this comes after the Zimbabwe Independent on September 30 erroneously reported that Mugabe's last born son Chatunga had a US$380 000 loan application rejected by the same bank. The report was published despite several attempts by this newspaper to seek comment from BancABC MD Joe Sibanda ahead of printing deadline. The bank was given a chance to clarify that it was Robert Jr not Chatunga who had visited the bank but decided to be uncooperative.

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  • Nigeria: Does Your Wife Belong to the Kitchen?

    There is a lot of excitement over the dramatic outburst of Aisha Buhari followed by chauvinistic reply of the President, all providing comic relief to the battered nation. The most interesting part of it was the kitchen and inner room position of the first lady, sorry, the wife of Mr President. While some consider it as being too harsh and relegation of the status of women, others say it is a fact especially from the standpoint of comparative experience of both the President and his wife in governance and taking care of the home. Yet, other see it as a comic relief, a joke to whittle down the gravity of the issues raised by Aisha in the BBC interview. However, from the standpoint of Islam, the

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  • Cosatu rocked by its timid Ramaphosa stance

    Cosatu has taken a cautious approach on the ANC’s succession debate and has asked its affiliates to engage further on the issue. It emerged yesterday that affiliates such the National Union of Mineworkers, Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), SA Democratic Teachers’ Union and National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union – which are backing Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader next year and eventually as head of state in 2019 – are not happy with the posture taken by Cosatu. Outgoing chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is expected to challenge Ramaphosa. The ANC Youth League, ANC Women’s League and the Premier League, an ANC

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  • If #FeesMustFall how do we fund universities? Africa Empowered's Vuyo Jack has a plan

    Speaking at media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday‚ Jack proposed the nation building fund which he said was neither a government nor a private sector fund. #Feesmustfall fails in Parliament, as MPs declare state no 'free for all'  He said the fund would be structured as a donation and would tap into enterprise development funds and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) ownership schemes. “The biggest amount would be around the BEE ownership schemes so when you look at the ownership targets of all companies‚ there is a 3% that is targeted for broad-based BEE schemes‚” said Jack. He said listed companies had a R13-trillion market capitalisation‚ and just a little bit of that would make a big difference.

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  • Nigeria: Many States Risk Owing Salaries Again As Attacks By Niger Delta Militants Hit Nigeria Hard

    Niger Delta militants have had another grave effect on Nigeria's income as all the three tiers of government in Nigeria got in September N90.2 billion less than what they got from the central pool in August, indicating that many states will again be unable to pay the salaries of their workers, officials said. The decline has been blamed on the sabotage of the oil sector, which has made the country produce only two thirds of its crude target. The Chairman, Commissioners of Finance Forum, Mr John Inegbedion, from Edo state agreed the lower revenue generated for the month would put a strain on the finances of states and local government. "Something needs to be done to end the activities of the Niger-Delta

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  • You support Gordhan? Explain yourself! – NPA head Abrahams (allegedly)

    According to a special report in the Mail & Guardian, it has emerged that the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, Shaun Abrahams, is allegedly highly intolerant of what he perceives as dissent from his juniors. The paper alleges that he “seems to lack the support of his colleagues in the NPA” and that “he is apparently so sensitive about this that the slightest show of support for Gordhan from within his own ranks, such as sharing messages on social media, has been harshly criticised and he has demanded explanations”. The paper says it came into possession of an “information note” that appears to contradict what Abrahams announced earlier this month in a grandstanding performance at which he announced that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan would be charged with fraud. The note, however, from Crimes Against the State commander Brigadier Nyameka Xaba, is apparently an update to Hawks boss Mthandazo “Berning” Ntlemeza updating him on the case.

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  • You're too clever for your own good, Pep

    London - Pep Guardiola’s decision to leave out Sergio Aguero was very strange because he has been Manchester City’s Lionel Messi in recent years. He’s their star man - scoring 50 league goals in the past two seasons - and I can’t imagine Guardiola would have ever have left Messi out of such a big game. It looks like he has been too clever for his own good here. He’s still in the process of building relationships with his players, so it was a risky move anyway, but bringing Aguero on in the 79th minute with the game already gone would have been almost embarrassing for the striker. Guardiola also didn’t start Aguero against Everton - which led us to believe he was being rested for the Barcelona

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  • Brangelina divorce: Pitt refuses to file papers

    Brad Pitt will not file a legal response to Angelina Jolie's divorce petition. The 52-year-old actor was expected to file his own legal papers following the 42-year-old actress' divorce petition in which she requested to be granted full physical custody of their six children; Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - on Wednesday (19.10.16), but the deadline came and went without him or his legal representatives filing. Brad reportedly refused to send off the paperwork because he believes a potentially nasty legal battle could cause psychological damage to their children. A source close to the 'Fury' actor told website TMZ: "Brad wants joint legal

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  • How Clinton could lose even as she wins

    A lot of Americans resent being governed by educated experts and professionals like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, writes Bill Schneider. It's not enough to win the election. You also have to win the interpretation. That's where your mandate comes from. What kind of mandate will Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton get if she wins? Much depends on her margin of victory. And her coattails. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has indicated that he does not intend to concede, even if Republican leaders try to concede for him. Trump is already claiming the election is rigged. If he loses narrowly he will likely insist the election was stolen. Asked in the final debate Wednesday

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  • African banks sink into trouble - Business News

    Johannesburg - African banks are sinking deeper into trouble. Drowning in bad debt and swamped by slowing economies, more and more of the continent’s lenders are starting to fail. The collapse of a Ugandan bank, said to be an acquisition target of Bob Diamond’s Atlas Mara, is adding to woes stalking the industry from Mozambique to Nigeria. High interest rates, soaring levels of unpaid loans and low commodity prices are just some of the factors felling banks as growth across the world’s poorest continent stutters. Ugandan regulators on Thursday suspended the board of Crane Bank and took over operations because the lender was under-capitalised, days after trying to ward off a run on deposits. Nigerian

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  • 'Durban poison' that now comes in a glass

    Durban - Two veteran surfers have adapted the famous “Durban poison” brand from something illegal to a local craft beer. In doing so, former company executive Graeme Bird and restaurateur Andre Schubert aim to offer locals an alternative to other craft beers available in the city, which are mostly from Cape Town. The logo of their brewery features the distinctive five-leaf shape most commonly associated with Bob Marley and cannabis, but in this case is made up of images of surfboards instead of leaves. “Two things Durban is famous for is its Durban Poison (dagga) and surfing,” said Bird, adding that the hops used in beer and cannabis have more in common than one might imagine - both belong to

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  • Coca-Cola to end deal with Zimbabwe company - Companies

    Harare - Coca-Cola plans to end a bottling deal with brewer Delta Corporation as Anheuser-Busch InBev NV becomes the biggest shareholder in Zimbabwe’s largest company. The move may have “a material impact on the company’s business”, Harare-based Delta said in an emailed statement on Thursday. The maker of Chibuku sorghum beer was about 23 percent-owned by SABMiller, taken over by AB InBev in a $103 billion deal to create the world’s largest brewer last month. Coca-Cola has also signalled an intent to buy out AB InBev from an African bottling joint venture originally agreed to with SABMiller. AB InBev’s ultimate goal is possible acquisition of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, HSBC said in a note on September

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  • South Africa: Acsa Weighs in On Samsung Note 7 Ban

    Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has thrown its weight behind global calls for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to be banned from flights. Jason Tshabalala, Group Manager for Security at Airports Company, in a statement urged passengers to heed the communication issued by the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to the effect that the device should not be carried on board aircraft at all. "This notice by the SACAA goes beyond the initial stance adopted by global regulators and airlines when the problems with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 first came to light," he said. Samsung South Africa is currently installing exchange kiosks at airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban after the 'exploding' Note 7 phone has been banned from several airlines.

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  • BMW presents its self-balancing motorcycle of the future

    The German automaker unveiled its Motorrad Vision Next 100, a sleek, self-balancing prototype the company released as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations. The zero-emissions bike has self-balancing wheels designed to stand upright even at a complete stop, stability that the company says will allow riders to forgo riding a helmet. "Its self-balancing system will help protect the rider at any time," said Edgar Heinrich, the design director of BMW's motorcycle division. "Any late reaction from the driver will trigger and the vehicle will balance out." "In the future, motorcycle riders will be able to enjoy riding without protective gear." The world's top maker of luxury vehicles has also

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  • Sick Trevor Noah backs Bonang as MAMA host

    Comedian Trevor Noah has explained to his fans on Facebook why he could not make it as the MTV Music Awards set to take place on Saturday. In a video he posted on Facebook on Friday, the comedian says he has been sick for a few days and taking medication. “At some point, it’s too much medicine, and the doctors just want me to stay in bed and rest. Couldn’t do The Daily Show for one day, couldn’t fly out to South Africa, I wanted to do the show, I love doing comedy for everybody, but at some point you have to do the right things and get better.” He further thanked fans for supporting him, saying he was aware they were disappointed that he was not going to host the event. Anyway, he says he hopes

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