• Got skills? South African employers want you

    The Department of Higher Education’s latest list of occupations that are in high demand lists hundreds of positions for which it says there are either shortages being experienced in the labour market or which have either shown relatively strong employment growth or are likely to show growth in the future. Just for professionals alone‚ there are some 164 occupations listed – ranging from engineers in all fields to educators at all levels and judges. There are also the usual high number of medical or health professionals that are in high demand. ICT continues to remain a popular field where professionals are in demand‚ as does the business world. Managers and technically-skilled people are also

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 22 charges laid against De Klerk, Vlok - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg – Former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commissar Andile Mngxitama, on Wednesday made a surprise appearance at the Hillbrow police station, where the Anti-Racism Action Forum (ARAF) laid 22 criminal charges against the last apartheid president FW De Klerk. Although Mngxitama introduced members of the newly formed ARAF, he later denied that he was a member of the organisation. Mngxitama, who was an EFF MP, was booted out of the party after a public row with its leaders. In July 2015, months after he was sacked by the EFF, Mngxitama said: “I have lost all hope and respect that the EFF can carry out a revolutionary project.” But on Wendesday, Mngxitama, who claimed at the time, that

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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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  • Zuma drags ANC 'into a dark hole'

    Yesterday ANC members spoke openly of being ''embarrassed'' and ''pained'' by the president after he was forced into a second dramatic climbdown in two months - this time over Nkandla. Two years after denying liability for the splurging of millions in taxpayers' money on his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead, Zuma announced late on Tuesday that he had written to the Constitutional Court proposing to repay some of the money in line with the recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The U-turn came just days before the court was due to decide whether he should foot a portion of the bill for supposed security upgrades, including a swimming pool described as a fire-fighting facility, a chicken run and a cattle kraal, which Madonsela found were undue benefits. It followed years of political fallout during which an ANC-dominated parliamentary committee and the police minister controversially absolved Zuma of liability.

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  • Cosatu: Gupta influence on govt a serious concern

    Media reports claim the Guptas stand to benefit from a deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel. Cosatu Gupta Gupta family Guptagate The Congress of South African Trade Unions Cosatu JOHANNESBURG – As fresh controversy emerges around the Gupta family this morning, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is warning that their influence on government is a serious concern. But the trade union federation denies it raised their relationship with the Zuma family at a recent African National Congress (ANC) meeting. The Mail & Guardian is this morning reporting that the Guptas stand to benefit from a lucrative deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel, which recently expanded into

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  • Nigeria Delisted From Corrupt Countries Index

    The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has said that the the anti corruption war waged by President Muhammadu Buhari is yielding success which has led to the delisting of the country from the list of corrupt countries as compiled by Transparency International (TI). In a press statement signed by the group's national coordinator, Muhammad Labbo and the secretary, Cassidy Madueke, yesterday in Abuja, the group said that the campaign is gradually changing the image of the country to one where corrupt acts are no longer welcomed. The group added that in the latest ranking of corrupt countries in the world over by TI, the name of Nigeria is conspicuously missing. According to the BMSG, the anti-corruption

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  • Wenger implores Gunners to get back on target

    London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side are playing catch-up in the Premier League title race after Tuesday's goalless draw with Southampton left them five points behind leaders Leicester City with 14 games remaining. A four-game winless streak in the league has seen Arsenal slip to fourth in the table after Tottenham Hotspur's 3-0 victory over Norwich City took Mauricio Pochettino's men ahead of the Gunners on goal difference. “We have to catch that back and we have a difficult programme, especially away from home. We need to respond quickly away from home now,” Wenger told the club's website (www.arsenal.com). With Leicester City impressing in their 2-0 win over Liverpool, Wenger

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Tax Imported Food Commodities

    The Zimbabwean government has widened its tax bracket to include Value Added Tax (VAT) on nearly 40 imported basic food commodities as the country's revenue performance continues to disappoint. With revenue for the year ended 31 December 2015 coming in 3% lower than prior, the Zimbabwean authorities are looking for all avenues that can boost revenue collections in 2016. In a recent Government Gazette of January 22, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, amended Section 78 of the VAT Act by repealing clauses that until now allowed the imported food commodities to be taxed at zero rate. The tax is effective from February 1. Earlier this year the Zimbabwean government revised downwards the travellers'

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  • Zuma vs two angry cops

    Yesterday, suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega - reacting to recommendations by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate that she be criminally charged - made it clear she will not go down without a fight. Her refusal to accept either a golden handshake or to resign, follows on action by her predecessor, Bheki Cele, who is still fighting Zuma's decision to fire him in 2012. The Times has been reliably informed that Cele's matter is still before court and that settlement negotiations have been under way since late 2013. The negotiations, which include Cele's demand that the board of inquiry report into his fitness to hold office be set aside, began after Zuma realised none

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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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  • Glencore ‘forced’ to sell to Gupta unit - Companies

    Johannesburg - South Africa’s biggest opposition party said the country’s mines minister and state power utility “forced” Glencore to sell its Optimum coal operation to a company controlled by the Gupta family, friends of President Jacob Zuma. Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane met Glencore officials in Switzerland ahead of the sale of Optimum to the Gupta’s Tegeta Exploration & Resources in December, the ministry said in a February 1 statement. Johannesburg’s Sunday Times newspaper reported that a delegation representing the Gupta family was there at the same time. Optimum was placed in business rescue proceedings, a form of bankruptcy, in August after Glencore said its contract to supply coal to

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  • Cooper misses out on Sydney sevens

    Sydney - Quade Cooper's bid to represent Australia at the Olympics suffered a minor setback after the Wallaby flyhalf arrived too late to make the squad for the Sydney leg of the World Series sevens tournament on Thursday. Rugby sevens will make its Olympic bow at the Aug. 5-21 Games in Rio de Janeiro. The last time rugby featured at an Olympics was in the 1924 Games in Paris, where the United States beat France for gold in a 15-a-side tournament. French club side Toulon agreed to release the 27-year-old Cooper for the Sydney, Paris and London legs of the World Series and the Australian World Cup winner was expected to make his international sevens debut this weekend. However, Cooper could only

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  • Montezemolo: News about Schumacher 'not good'

    The German is still receiving intensive treatment far from the public eye at his home in Switzerland. Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher head injury MILAN – The latest news about the health of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is not good, his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said on Thursday. The German is still receiving intensive treatment far from the public eye at his home in Switzerland following severe head injuries that he suffered in a skiing accident in France in December 2013. “I have news and unfortunately it is not good,” Montezemolo told reporters without giving any further details. “Life is strange. He was a fantastic driver and only had one accident

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  • UN halts Syria talks as government closes in on Aleppo

    A United Nations envoy halted his attempts to conduct Syrian peace talks on Wednesday after the army, backed by Russian air strikes, advanced against rebel forces north of Aleppo, choking opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city. Another senior UN official said the Russian escalation was the main reason for the suspension of the peace talks, which have made little progress since beginning earlier this week. Staffan de Mistura announced a three-week pause in the Geneva talks, the first attempt to negotiate an end to Syria's war in two years, saying they needed immediate help from the rival sides' international backers, principally the United States and Russia. “I have indicated from the first day that I won't talk for the sake of talking,” the envoy, who has described the negotiations as Syria's last hope, told reporters.

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  • Zille writes to Zuma on alleged leak of confidential information

    Zille has been accused of leaking information from a meeting with the Presidency in her latest newsletter. Western Cape Premier Helen Zille Premier Helen Zille Office of the Presidency CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has written to the Presidency seeking clarity on the “confidential information” she’s been accused of leaking. President Jacob Zuma’s office slammed Zille yesterday for publishing information which the Presidency says was not meant for the public. In her Inside Government newsletter this week, she wrote that during a meeting with Zuma, premiers were told to prepare for budget cuts. The Premier’s spokesperson Michael Mpofu says the Zille wrote to Zuma early this morning.

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  • Editor of Gupta-owned newspaper worries about journalists' safety after EFF ban

    He declared that the EFF’s attack on journalists employed by the Gupta family at The New Age and television channel ANN7 was “a declaration of war”. “Julius Malema is our very own Donald Trump‚” Williams was quoted as saying on ANN7’s twitter feed‚ in a debate following the threat by the EFF’s leader that journalists working for Gupta companies would be banned from the party’s events. While Malema had his own rights to freedom of expression‚ Williams invited him to reconsider his position. “It is a very sad situation and we hope that he will reconsider his decision‚ “If the EFF cannot guarantee safety of our staff‚ unfortunately we will not be covering them‚” Williams said. “The safety of our

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  • The president, the public protector and respect for law

    THE exceedingly overdue — yet most welcome — announcement by President Jacob Zuma that the long-running #PayBackTheMoney dispute concerning the so-called "security enhancements" at his home in Nkandla can be settled by way of a gracious capitulation on his part is not that hard to explain. The first clue is in the heads of argument filed on his behalf in the application brought by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), in which the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the public protector joined, in the Constitutional Court and set down for hearing next Monday. The concluding paragraphs give away the drift towards the position now taken by the president. "The EFF is not entitled to manipulate the judicial system in a matter of enormous national interest when extraneous factors comprising investigative processes contemplated in that remedial action are yet to be finalised merely because it is politically expedient … the issues would most appropriately be ventilated in the high court and not in this court directly and finally.

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