• 'Gupta family must leave SA': Malema

    Gupta family must leave the country with immediate effect; this is according to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Leader Julius Malema revealed that the EFF has launched a war against the Gupta family because they are corrupt. In a stern statement made at the party's headquarters in Braamfontein, Malema said the Guptas are not a legitimate body and that their businesses are a 'machinery for corruption'. He said that the EFF are going to take physical actions against them and President Jacob Zuma during their march to the Constitutional Court on February 9. "The Guptas are not in the media business and anyone working for the Guptas is perpetuating corruption," said Malema. He also urged The New

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ‘We need this money to survive’ - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Mitchells Plain was in uproar on Tuesday as Sassa beneficiaries discovered their bank accounts have been raided. Hundreds of pensioners and disabled people were left devastated after finding money had been stolen from their accounts, and in some cases the crooks cleaned them out completely. In most cases, hundreds of rands have been deducted for electricity and airtime, but people don’t know anything about it. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) did not make a statement by Tuesday night, while the Department of Social Development (DSD) called on Sassa to immediately put an end to the unlawful deductions. It is uncertain whether the beneficiaries will be reimbursed, and

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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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  • Gordhan wants to sell some of Eskom - Companies

    Johannesburg - South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan argued for the sale of a stake in the state power company at a meeting of senior ruling party leaders and government officials last week, putting him in conflict with the head of the utility, a person with knowledge of the discussion said. Gordhan suggested private shareholders should be able to buy as much 49 percent of Eskom Holdings, according to the person with knowledge of the discussion who asked not to be identified as they aren’t authorised to speak to the media. Eskom Chief Executive Officer Brian Molefe disagreed with the minister at the meeting, the person said. Gordhan’s spokeswoman requested Bloomberg send questions by

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  • Nigeria: 'No Nigerian Child Should Be Born With HIV'

    In spite of the overwhelming evidence that women with Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) could have children free of the virus through free Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) programme, positive couples in Nigeria are still having children with the virus. Reasons: Daunting challenges remain including inadequate domestic funding in the face of declining support from donors; insufficient capacity (human resource and infrastructure) to effectively provide prevention, treatment and care programmes; poor health seeking habit among the rural population, particularly Ante Natal Care (ANC) attendance and reluctance of pregnant women to deliver in health facilities. Other reasons are: pockets of insecurity in some parts of the country, which disrupts service delivery, commodity supply and overall coordination of interventions and programmes; and poor health care workers attitude to People Living with HIV (PLHIV), stigma and discrimination related to HIV and tuberculosis.

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  • Manuel Pellegrini a front-runner to land Chelsea job

    He lacks the charisma of a Jurgen Klopp or the arrogance of a Jose Mourinho and, therefore, that added star quality that the elite clubs now crave so greatly. His record, however, speaks for itself. Two major trophies in his first season at Manchester City and still competing on all four fronts in February of his third, he should be revered to a greater extent than he is at the Etihad Stadium. So in the wake of City's decision to replace him with Pep Guardiola in the off season, where is Pellegrini left? Chelsea are in need of repair. Guus Hiddink is doing a sound job in the interim period but has distanced himself from a permanent role. This league campaign will almost certainly be a write-off

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • SA bowlers weren’t that bad, says AB

    Cape Town - Don’t blame the bowlers. That was the message from Proteas captain AB de Villiers despite having watched his attack being clobbered for 399 runs by England around the Mangaung Oval on Wednesday. South Africa eventually lost the first one-day international by 39 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis Method after rain brought an early end to proceedings in Bloemfontein. The Proteas, led by a magnificent career-best 138 not out off 96 balls by Quinton de Kock, were still in the hunt for the astonishing 400-run victory target at 250/5 in 33.3 overs. But play was called off, and due to the five wickets lost, the Proteas were 40 runs behind the required mark at 33.3 overs. The English onslaught was

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  • 12 things that happened this week you should know about

    1) Zuma proposes plan to 'pay back the money' The Presidency on Tuesday night issued a statement saying President Zuma had asked the Constitutional Court to appoint the auditor-general and minister of finance to “independently and impartially” determine how much money he owes for the Nkandla upgrades.  However opposition parties appeared unimpressed by the move. The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it will go ahead with its Constitutional Court action against the president while EFF leader Julius Malema came out guns blazing, calling Zuma a crook and demanding the influential Gupta family 'get out of South Africa'. 2) Drought hits home and neighbours Ratings firm Moody's this week warned that South

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  • Mos Def's family can stay until February 17

    The celebrity, who goes by the name Yasiin Bey, lodged an application in the Cape Town High Court yesterday for his family to be allowed to stay in the country pending his court case for allegedly contravening immigration laws. Bey was arrested last month when he tried to leave the country for Ethiopia using a "world passport". His visa expires this month. His wife and four children were given two weeks to leave the country because their visas had expired in April 2014. Over the weekend the court granted an interim order allowing the family to remain pending their application to stay until the conclusion of the case. The high court extended the order yesterday until February 17. "We have asked

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  • Mboweni quizzed over currency risks

    FORMER South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni was back on familiar terrain on Wednesday — fielding pointed questions on currency risks when chairing the annual general meeting of Nampak. The shareholder activist Chris Logan interrogated the Nampak board on whether it would be prudent for the packaging giant to impair the value of its cash holdings in its sizeable operations in oil-rich Nigeria and Angola. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Logan reckoned Nampak could face a foreign exchange loss of up to R500m. This follows a "disconnect" between the artificially pegged official price of the naira and kwanza against the parallel markets in those respective currencies. At last count, the

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  • I am not a criminal, says Riah Phiyega - Crime & Courts

    THE STAR Suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said the charges against her were part of a campaign to discredit and vilify her. Johannesburg - Riah Phiyega is convinced that charges laid against her by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) are part of a witch-hunt and a relentless campaign to destroy her. On Wednesday, the suspended national police commissioner pulled no punches as she told of her bewilderment with the decision to institute criminal charges against her. “The undignified haste to announce my imminent charging smacks of a sustained and concerted effort by the people and entities in the Police Ministry to continue with the relentless campaign that seeks to harass, slander and vilify me,” she told the media in Sandton.

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