• Independent Online

    No one else has managed to paralyse their rivals as well as Downs have

    JOHANNESBURG - We sat in the boardroom of one of South Africa’s top law firms several years ago when Pitso Mosimane, fresh from winning his first PSL championship with Mamelodi Sundowns in 2014, said he would raid title rivals for their best players. I remember the interview clearly. Mosimane was about two hours late, but because the season had just ended and this was the only opportunity to speak to the coach and get his thoughts on a remarkable championship-winning campaign, the only thing to do was to wait. Mosimane’s excuse was that he had been delayed at an embassy trying to get a visa to go watch a player he’d been scouting. But spending time stockpiling voyager miles by flying across continents

  • AllAfrica.com

    Zimbabwe: New U.S.$150 Million Victoria Falls Airport Not Fit for Purpose

    When the new $150 million Victoria Falls Airport - funded (through a loan) and built China - was commissioned, the Harare government hyped the fact that it could accommodate the world's biggest planes. However, it has now turned out that, while the new terminal can accommodate larger aircraft, it apparently has no room for the passengers. An immigration official last week told tourism executives that, by the time construction started, the airport design was actually 20 years too old. The project had been conceived several years in advance, but when funding was eventually secured and the first brick laid, the designs were not revised. "I want to point out that, although the airport is new, its

  • Independent Online

    Screws turn on #Guptas

    Johannesburg - More than a dozen officials from several state watchdogs and law enforcement agencies are circling around companies and businesspeople linked to the controversial Gupta family in the hunt for R50 billion allegedly looted from state-owned enterprises. The National Prosecuting Authority's asset forfeiture and specialised commercial crime units are working with officials from the National Treasury, the Financial Intelligence Centre, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission and the Hawks. Specialised Commercial Crime Unit acting head Malini Govender said the team had received state capture dockets in March but prosecutors were then not yet in a position to present case files.

  • Huffington Post South Africa

    Trevor Noah Has 1 Serious Question For Trump's Doctor

    President Donald Trump may be in overall good health, but on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Daily Show,” host Trevor Noah posed one question to the White House’s official physician, Ronny Jackson: “No heart problems, no dementia, no dentures… but did you test for racism?” The news that Trump was declared completely sane made Noah “even more worried.” “Because that means he’s doing all of this shit on purpose. You covfefe in your normal mind?” Check out the full segment above.

  • AllAfrica.com

    Nigeria: Boko Haram Leader Shekau Mocks Chibok Girls Parents, Says We're 'In-Laws'

    Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has taunted distraught parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, telling them to accept the insurgents as their sons-in-law. At least 100 of over 200 Chibok girls kidnapped by the terror group in 2014 remain in captivity. A new video released on Monday by the group showed more than a dozen girls who identified themselves as the abducted Chibok girls. Many of them had babies, an indication they had been sexually abused by the militants. A young woman who spoke on behalf of the girls said the captives were doing well and were unwilling to return to their families. The speaker wore full face veil and could not be identified. Mr. Shekau said the parents of the

  • Independent Online

    List of Gupta-linked affiliates to have had their assets frozen

    JOHANNESBURG - On Monday, a report by City Press cited that senior officials in investigative unit, the Hawks, had secured warrants to arrest one of the Gupta brothers and his associates and were waiting for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to sign off on the warrants. The charges stem from the Public Protector's report into state capture. South Africa’s companies registry office said on Wednesday that it would be pursuing criminal complaints against SAP, KPMG and McKinsey on suspicion that business they conducted with friends of President Jacob Zuma contravened the companies act. In wake of the reports, the Democratic Alliance has appealed to ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to issue an

  • AllAfrica.com

    Zimbabwean Family Still Stranded At Thailand Airport

    A Zimbabwean family stuck for months at an airport in Thailand remain stranded there after their plight was revealed last December. The family of eight, including four children between the ages of two and eleven, arrived in the Thai capital of Bangkok on tourist visas in May last year and overstayed by five months. They tried to leave for a third country but were thwarted due to the lack of visas after which they were not allowed back into Thailand, having overstayed their initial welcome. Immigration officials this week told local media that the group remained stranded at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport. They are reportedly awaiting help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees