• Al Ahly ready to splash the cash for Billiat

    Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane celebrated after capturing Sibusiso Vilakazi to bolster what is already a formidable Mamelodi Sundowns side, but the coach then quickly revealed that the growing interest in Khama Billiat has him a bit on edge as the club gets closer to a CAF Champions League semi-final spot. Vilakazi’s move from Bidvest Wits to Sundowns was confirmed on Sunday in a deal that included an undisclosed transfer fee as well as playmaker Mogakolodi Ngele and striker Cuthbert Malajila going in the opposite direction in a swap deal. The Brazilians host Zamalek in a Champions League group stage encounter Wednesday night at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, and a draw will be enough to guarantee

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  • Big fuel price drop likely in August

    After months of being squeezed by higher fuel prices, South African motorists are likely to receive some relief at the pumps in August. According to the Automobile Association, mid-month fuel data is pointing towards a petrol price decrease of up to 83 cents a litre, with diesel coming down by around 45 cents and illuminating paraffin by around 42 cents. The usual 'don't get your hopes up too high' disclaimer applies here though as these predictions are based on mid-month data and the final price for August will depend on how the rand and international oil prices perform between now and the end of the month, but so far both factors have been working in our favour. Brexit has been playing to our

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  • Mbeki's quiet campaigning diplomacy

    This week's ghost cartoon is a comment on the fact that former president Thabo Mbeki is yet to publicly utter the words 'vote ANC'.

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  • Tutu’s open letter to baby goes viral - Western Cape

    Cape Town - It's not every day that someone gets a heart-warming open letter written to them from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A letter was written earlier this month after the father of an American infant wrote to Tutu, saying that he was collecting letters for his newborn daughter Juliet. All the way from his Cape Town abode, Archbishop wrote the following: Hello, little sister. You don't know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey - on another continent many miles away - is just beginning. We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it's not really a secret because we should all know it. So I

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  • Mpofu throws shade at AKA

    On Tuesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were celebrating their third birthday and its national chairperson Advocate Dali Mpofu could not hold back but share on Twitter what the party had achieved so far. In one of his tweets, Mpofu took the time to congratulate the party’s leaders who had graduated in their respective fields, implying that his party was for the educated. “Happy3rdAnniversary to these LEARNED FRIENDS & all fellow Fighters for Economic Freedom,” he tweeted. As he was busy with the celebrations on Twitter, one user tweeted at him, thanking him for paying for music group Entity’s album. Mpofu’s son Sizwe was a member of the group. According to the user, the group’s separation

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  • DA, EFF won't let Zuma off hook over Nkandla

    The DA insists Jacob Zuma is liable for R63.9 million, while the EFF says he must go to jail. President Jacob Zuma Nkandla Democratic Alliance Economic Freedom Fighters CAPE TOWN - South Africa’s two largest opposition parties have warned that President Jacob Zuma will not be off the hook once he repays the R7.8 million owed to the state for the Nkandla upgrades. The Democratic Alliance (DA) insists Zuma is liable for R63.9 million in fringe-benefit tax, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the President must be held criminally liable for the abuse of taxpayers’ money. The two parties took Zuma to the Constitutional Court earlier this year for an order compelling him to pay back a reasonable

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  • Malema heaps praise on old ANC rival Maile

    EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted on Wednesday evening about the “enormous respect” he had for his former ANC Youth League comrade Lebogang Maile, who is now the MEC for economic development and an ANC Gauteng provincial executive committee member. Maile served as head of social transformation in the ANC Youth League’s provincial executive committee. Malema tweeted: “I have enormous respect for Lebogang Maile, the guy is real and not fake. I hope @MYANC won’t destroy him, this country needs people like him.” In 2010, the Youth League in Gauteng elected Maile as the organisation’s chairman in Gauteng. He was unofficially backed by Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile, who was contesting the position

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  • Google honours South African teen for experiment using orange peels

    She is now in line to be one of sixteen global finalists and will travel to the Google headquarters in California for the award ceremony. The finals are in September. Kiara Nirghin‚ from St Martin's High School in Johannesburg‚ decided to tackle the drought affecting Southern Africa and has come up with a revolutionary way of keeping crops hydrated for longer‚ at a much lower cost. Using orange peels and avocado skins‚ the teen has managed to create a material‚ that can hold hundreds of times its weight in water‚ in the soil. This super absorbent polymer then acts as a water reservoir in the earth. By saving water this way‚ her idea - which she titled 'No More Thirsty Crops' - could have a massive

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  • SAA needs whole new board, says Pravin Gordhan

    FINANCE Minister Pravin Gordhan has renewed his call for a new board to be appointed at South African Airways (SAA) to turn the national carrier around, signalling that the stalemate between the Treasury and the airline’s board chairwoman Dudu Myeni continues. On Tuesday, at an event held by EY and the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gordhan said that SAA required a “whole new board”. Gordhan said the national airline needed an experienced management team that would include existing members at the airline, as well as “new blood”. Gordhan has also said he would be looking into SAA’s latest scandal, the cancelled deal with financier BnP Capital, to see if there had been any noncompliance

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  • Trump boosts chance of Democratic gains in the US congress, says Nancy Pelosi

    WASHINGTON — US House of representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi said having Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket would boost chances for Democratic gains in the house, though she stopped short of predicting her party could regain control of the chamber after the November election. "He has really, shall we say, been the gift that keeps on giving," Pelosi said of Trump during a breakfast with reporters on Monday in Philadelphia, where Democrats are gathered to nominate Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate. Pelosi said that she knew Russians hackers had breached the Democratic national committee’s (DNC’s) email system, but that she did not know if they were responsible

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  • WATCH: DJ Sbu gets 'attacked' during his radio show

    The Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start Monday, with a major internal row over leaked emails playing havoc with nominee Hillary Clinton's bid to present a united front against Donald Trump.

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  • Zimbabwe: Identity Crisis Haunts Jah Prayzah

    IT seems multi-award winning artist Jah Prayzah suffers from an identity crisis. With more than four years in the music industry, he is yet to identify his genre. The Uzumba-bred crooner even admitted that his forthcoming 10-track album titled Mdhara Vachauya, cannot fit in one particular genre as it is a fusion of different types of beats, adding that he was leaving his traditional style. "With each passing year, I have strived to do things differently," Jah Prayzah said. "Mdhara Vachauya is in a league of its own that we are not even sure of what to call it as it is a fusion of different genres." The crooner said he was now focusing on breaking into the global stage after he collaborated with

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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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  • South Africa: DA to Report Lindiwe Sisulu to the Public Protector, Again

    press release The Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu's has continued her ANC election campaigning, using public funds, today in Princess Informal Settlement, Johannesburg. At the event, with clear department regalia being displayed, the Minister was seen together with ANC branding. It has also been marketed via ANC social media. The DA will submit this latest evidence to the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, for urgent investigation. In addition to this being at odds with section 195(d) of the Constitution; we contend that this is also a violation of the Executive Members Ethics Code. In fact, this sort of conduct has already been the subject of a scathing Public Protector

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  • Denel fires back in court battle over LMT Holdings

    ARMS manufacturer Denel has hit back at the shareholders of South African military contractor LMT Holdings for using the "populist narrative" of state capture in their legal bid to reclaim Denel’s majority stake in the company. Denel CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe rubbishes LMT Holdings claims of "state capture by proxy" as "sensational" in his replying affidavit to the urgent application for LMT to be placed under business rescue. Denel holds a 51% stake. In court papers filed earlier in July, the LMT Holdings shareholders claim that Denel redirected work meant for the company to VR Laser, a company owned by the Gupta family. LMT Holdings holds the patent to manufacture the Hoefyster, an antimine vehicle

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  • Real still in the hunt to sign Pogba

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has ended speculation regarding the future of Colombian international James Rodriguez by confirming the 25-year-old winger will remain at the club. Reports in England and Spain linked Rodriguez, who joined Real from Monaco shortly after the 2014 World Cup, with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United among the clubs keen to acquire his services. Speaking ahead of his team's opening pre-season game against Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, United States, Zidane said: “James is a Real Madrid player. “We have a very good squad, we have won with this team and James is just one more in the team. He will remain

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  • South Africa: SABC

    press release A founding affidavit filed by the SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, represents the height in frivolous litigation for which he should be held personally liable and pay the costs for this abuse of court process and the taxpayers' money. Mr Motsoeneng's petition to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on a matter that it has already ruled on decisively is an abuse of our judicial system and he should personally bare the financial costs in this matter and indeed in all the court applications that have been shown-up to be strikingly without merit. Mr Motsoeneng has lodged a petition to the SCA seeking leave to appeal the judgment by Davis J setting aside his permanent appointment as SABC COO.

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  • EDITORS’ LUNCHBOX: Michelle Obama fires up Democrats for US election

    Michelle Obama gave a 15-minute address to the Democratic national convention that drew cheers, left some delegates openly weeping and did more than any governor or congressman to unite and fire up the party for November’s presidential election. The introduction of a national minimum wage of R3500-R4600 a month would push South Africa’s GDP growth to an average of 2.8% to 2.9%, according to a report by researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has just passed an emphatic vote of no confidence in South African Airways (SAA) board chair Dudu Myeni and her fellow board members when he said a new board at the national airline would need "credible people".

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  • Super Rugby giving Bok coach sleepless nights

    Cape Town - While the Lions are still in with a chance of Super Rugby glory, the dismal performances of the two other South African sides in the Super Rugby playoffs is likely to be a cause for concern for Springbok coach Allister Coetzee. The Boks will be back in action in just over three weeks' time when the Rugby Championship kicks off on August 20, with the South Africans taking on Argentina in Nelspruit and the world champion All Blacks squaring up against Australia in Sydney on the same day. But while New Zealand have three teams in the Super Rugby semifinals this weekend, only the Lions will be flying the South African flag after both the Stormers and Sharks suffered heavy defeats in their

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  • Zimbabwe: How Long Can Mugabe Survive Without War Veterans?

    The war veterans and Emmerson Mnangagwa have been key pillars underpinning Mugabe's 36-year-long rule. Without them, it could quickly disintegrate beyond repair. Last week, Zimbabwe's war veterans' association broke its silence as the group released a statement accusing President Robert Mugabe of "dictatorial tendencies" and "bankrupt leadership". For decades, the war veterans have been indispensable allies of Mugabe and have been central to the manner and maintenance of his 36-year-long rule. So it was a momentous moment when elements within the association declared: "We are dismayed by the president's tendency to indulge, in his usual vitriol against perceived enemies, including peaceful protesters,

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