• Whichever way you slice or dice it, Zuma has had his chips

    President Jacob Zuma is a dead man walking, metaphorically speaking. The political free rein allowed him by cowed party colleagues for the past seven years has suddenly been pulled in. He remains nominally in charge but increasingly less in control. In December, Zuma’s manoeuvring to benefit cronies led to the firing of respected finance minister Nhlanhla Nene and his replacement with a pliable neophyte. Markets predictably went into free fall but instead of being able to ride it out with glib reassurances that foreign investors were just “over-reacting”, Zuma had to retreat for the first time. In the face of an unexpected demarche from cabinet colleagues and normally ANC-sympathetic business

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  • 'Our boss calls us baboons'

    A worker at an aircraft services company has quit his job after his boss allegedly called him and his colleagues k****s and baboons. Sowetan is in possession of the shocking audio clip in which the man insults his employees. Ephraim Seema, 33, of Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, said he endured the abuse for six years asking himself why his boss, Sandro Strimer, owner of Multi Aircraft Services, was insulting black people like that. In one of the audio clips a male voice, believed to be that of Strimer, is heard calling the workers by the k-word. The insults apparently started when Seema went to his room to fetch his lunch box. He said Strimer then got angry and complained that he was using his

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  • Bonang Matheba now a global brand

    Bonang Matheba is making waves all over Africa and the rest of the world. Being nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award and named the new face of E-Africa. On Wednesday the TV and radio personality announced on an Instagram post that she’s been nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters’ Merit Award in the African Broadcaster of the Year: People’s Choice category. This is following the announcement the she is the host of E-Africa, which falls under the E! Entertainment family. Bonang has been open about her plans to expand her brand into the rest of the world and shes doing it.  Bonang’s hustle is on point. Also on Connect: #Sona2016: Expectation for Zuma to resign remains high #CouplesWorkOut

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  • Madonsela steals the show at #SONA2016

    The public protector made her way down the grey streets towards the Cape Town political landmark, with a grace and deportment that would put many a beauty queen to shame. Earlier, Madonsela tweeted her thanks to fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee for the gown, adding: “Hope I do justice to it today”. Meanwhile, other parliamentarians also made their sartorial contribution to the traditional fashion extravaganza that marks the SONA. Clearly bouncing back from her recent controversy over a Facebook post, Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard dressed up for a big night out in a black sleeveless dress, green beaded necklace and drop earrings, as well as a paisley pashmina and blinged-up silver clutch.

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  • Mandla Mandela booed by #SONA2016 protesters

    He was jeered as a traitor and sell-out. Earlier this week‚ the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South African (Contralesa) said Mandela should step down from his position as Mvezo chief following his weekend wedding to a Muslim woman and his apparent conversion to Islam. “It means now he is no longer a chief of AbaThembu in Mvezo (because)… the Mvezo people are not Muslim‚” Contralesa said in a statement. Mandela arrived at the SONA not with his new bride Rabia but with his third “wife”‚ Swazi princess‚ Nodiyala Mbali Makhathini. Their wedding was annulled in court following an application from his estranged first wife. However‚ they are believed to have been living together in Mvezo and the

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  • Malema, not Zuma opens parliament at #SONA2016

    He was supporting the Economic Freedom Fighter's Floyd Shivambu, who started saying he was seeking clarity on the rules of the House, to which Speaker Baleka Mbete replied that she would "not like to give attention" to the matter now. Shivambu said he wanted assurance he would be allowed to speak before Zuma took to the podium. Mbete attempted to continue with proceedings, but then she exchanged words with Malema, who told her he wanted to deal with questions to the president before the opening ceremony starts. "I don't want to stand up while the president is there," said Malema. Mbete said: "On this occasion, no business other than the address by the president is [being] entertained." Rumblings

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  • Zimbabwe: The UK Needs to Stay Out of Nation's Succession Politics

    Whether the UK favours Mnangagwa over Mugabe and Chamisa over Tsvangirai is immaterial. What matters is that it remains a disinterested bystander. Last week, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai sparked controversy in Zimbabwe when he claimed that foreign diplomats he'd spoken to had revealed a preference over who the country's next president should be. Speaking to journalists, the MDC-T party leader said: "I was with one of the ambassadors [in Harare] who was talking about [Vice-President Emmerson] Mnangagwa being a pragmatist". Tsvangirai's suggestion that Western diplomats favour Mnangagwa made headline news in Zimbabwe and re-energised debates about who will eventually succeed the 91-year-old

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  • Madonsela gets request to probe Gupta-Denel link

    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office has confirmed receipt of the request to probe the controversial partnership between state arms manufacturer Denel and the Gupta family. Her spokesperson‚ Oupa Segwale‚ said on Thursday they have received the letter from trade union Solidarity requesting that the joint venture be probed. Solidarity’s quest for Madonsela’s probe stems from media reports last Friday that the controversial Gupta family‚ which has come under fire for its alleged state capture through links with President Jacob Zuma‚ have teamed up with Denel to profit from the sale of its products in the East. Denel reportedly announced the formation of joint venture company Denel Asia last

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  • Malema delivers his own #SONA2016 - Special Features

    Parliament - Zuma has lost credibility and therefore must go, says Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. His speech on steps outside the National Assembly shortly after being asked to leave Parliament was billed as the real State of the Nation Address by his spokesperson. Malema pulled no punches calling Zuma a criminal and a thug who had stolen from South Africans and violated the constitution. "We cannot be addressed by a criminal, he is a thug . Zuma has put country in a crisis. That is unacceptable," said Malema He said that Zuma did not deserve respect. This is a man who has not respected the constitution .To us he doesn't exist, we will never respect him," said Malema. Earlier

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  • Minnie Dlamini, Thomas Mlambo exit SABC's Soccerzone

    A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company’s website by Mark Cutifani‚ Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC‚ is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit‚ says the Bench Marks Foundation.

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  • Islamic State invades vulnerable Africa

    AFRICA’s Muslim belt is getting bloodier. Boko Haram — the regional affiliate of Islamic State (IS) and one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups — has accelerated its campaign of almost daily suicide bombings. Just last month, the group massacred 86 people, many of them children, in the Nigerian village of Dalori and 32 others in the Cameroonian village of Bodo. To the west, al-Qaeda’s regional franchise has been waging war on the government of Mali and expanded its reach last month to the previously peaceful country of Burkina Faso, slaying at least 30 people — many of them Westerners — in an assault on a luxury hotel. In the east, another al-Qaeda affiliate, Somalia’s al-Shabaab, overran

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  • Zuma's resignation, Guptas and Nene take centre stage

    Zuma delivered his State of the Nation Address in a joint sitting in the National Assembly, but opposition parties made life difficult for him. The Democratic Alliance's MPs heckled, mumbled and laughed throughout Zuma’s speech. This was after the Economic Freedom Fighters and Cope walked out of the National Assembly. The EFF walked out an hour after the start of SONA, chanting “Zupta must fall”.

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  • Durban radio jock gets death threats over Facebook post

    A veteran Durban radio producer has found himself in hot water over an insensitive Facebook post commenting on the death of two city cyclists at the weekend. Now East Coast Radio jock and Sunday Tribune columnist Kevin Minter-Brown has received veiled threats to his life as a wave of vitriol sweeps social media. Minter-Brown on Monday posted a comment in jest, suggesting that a running club be started on the N3, after it emerged that cycling on the M4, scene of the weekend tragedy, was in fact illegal. This after cyclists Richard da Silva and Jarred Dwyer were hit by a car and killed on Sunday morning while on a training ride. He posted: "I'm thinking of starting a running club… I know there's

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  • Sanral’s road-building shock - Business News

    Johannesburg - Road construction in South Africa cost between 100 percent and 300 percent more than global benchmarks, according to independent research conducted for the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa). Wayne Duvenage, the chairman of the alliance, now named the Organisation Uniting Against Tax Abuse, said yesterday that the alliance was still analysing the research, but claimed the SA National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) was grossly overpaying for road construction in South Africa. “That talks to more than just collusion. We believe other forces are at play and there is a strong chance of maladministration and corruption,” Duvenage said. “We also believe there is a cosy relationship

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  • South Africa opens doors to US chicken imports

    South Africa imposes "anti-dumping" duties of above 100% on certain chicken products and industry groups said removing those import barriers opened a market which had been closed for the last 15 years. The deal was "within the tolerance of the (South African poultry) industry and is something we can all live with," Rob Davies told Reuters in a telephone conversation from Paris, where the deal was concluded. The agreement, which would see the United States emerge as one of the top poultry exporters to Africa's most advanced economy, should help smooth the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) currently before American lawmakers.

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  • DJ’s cycling joke backfires - Crime & Courts

    Durban - A popular Durban radio personality is facing disciplinary action after making light of the safety issues surrounding cyclists’ use of roads – soon after the deaths of two cyclists at the weekend. Kevin Minter-Brown, a senior producer on East Coast TV and Radio, found himself on the receiving end of a backlash after he penned a post on Facebook joking about starting a running club on the N3, alluding to the illegality of using freeways for such activities. He said: “I’m thinking of starting a running club… I know there’s plenty of other roads, but I think if there’s an opportunity to put us directly in harm’s way, then why not?” The victims – Jared Dwyer and Richard da Silva – had been

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  • SONA 2016: Underwhelmed, opposition parties give Zuma a Zero

    First Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota was asked to leave the House. Then the Economic Freedom Fighters, chanting “Zupta must fall” (a reference to the ties between the Zuma and Gupta families) walked out. EFF leader Julius Malema, standing on top of the stairs of the Marks Building opposite a giant screen showing the president reading his SONA, said: “We do not agree to be addressed by a man who admitted he’s stolen the money and is now prepared to pay back the money”. It was a direct reference to the president’s lawyers who just two days earlier conceded in the Constitutional Court that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding that a reasonable proportion of the money spent for at least the cattle kraal, chicken run, swimming (fire) pool, visitors’ centre and amphitheatre should be repaid.

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  • South Africa: I Didn't Want the Child to Die

    "In the moment I was just scared. It was scary, especially because I am a father myself. I didn't want the child to die." This was the recollection of Umhlanga Sands Guest Services manager Meresh Sukdeo, who has been lauded as a hero after resuscitating a seven-year-old boy who nearly drowned in the beachfront resort's pool at the weekend. "We were at the front desk and one of our pool attendants came running to us and told us that a kid had drowned," he said. "I rushed outside to the pool and found that the child was lying on our stage, which is next to the pool, and I went to the child's side and started CPR," he said. Sukdeo said that as the adrenalin surged, his training took over. "You're

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  • Should Proteas stick with Tahir?

    Proteas captain AB de Villiers has backed Imran Tahir to rediscover his form, saying the leg-spinner is “still one of my go-to guys” in the one-day international set-up. Tahir was one of the stars of last year’s Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, taking 15 wickets to be named in the 2015 ICC Team of the Year. But his performances have been on the wane since the heartbreaking semi-final defeat to New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland. Tahir has taken just 16 wickets in 14 ODIs, starting with the Bangladesh series in July 2015 up to Tuesday night’s seven-wicket win over England at Centurion. His economy rate during that period was 5.39, compared to his career mark of 4.64, with his

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  • Second constable arrested in theft case

    A second police constable attached to the Maitland SAPS in Cape Town has been arrested in connection with two cases of alleged theft. This follows the arrest of a 36-year-old constable by the Anti-Corruption Unit on February 1 in connection with cash stolen from a suspect and the theft of a cell phone from a vehicle the police officer searched. Western Cape police said it was believed that the 35-year-old constable arrested by the Maitland Anti-Corruption Unit on Tuesday night was also involved in the alleged crimes. The constable was scheduled to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of theft. The constable arrested earlier this month appeared in the same court on

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