• Mandla Mandela’s wedding blues - South Africa

    Cape Town - It seems like Mandla Mandela might lose more than his heart to love... he could also love his Xhosa crown. While his new Muslim wife may be the queen of his heart, Mandla may soon be the king of none – or rather chief of none – after traditional leaders slammed his fourth marriage. The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Controlesa) say they were shocked to learn that Nelson Mandela’s grandson had converted to Islam when he married 22-year-old Rabia Clarke from Pinelands. Mandla is the traditional chief of Mvezo in the Eastern Cape. Contralesa Provincial Chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana said: “As traditional leaders, we expect the woman to convert to the Thembus, because

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  • Jose’s shadow hangs over United

    Manchester United’s players and staff are worried about the negative impact Jose Mourinho would have if he replaces Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. Mourinho has told friends that his appointment is a ‘done deal’, although it is understood there is no formal agreement with United, despite reports in Spain yesterday of a three-year contract worth £15million a year. The prospect of working under the 53-year-old Portuguese coach has been met with some consternation at United’s Carrington training base, with players and staff said to be concerned about his confrontational approach. They know of the problems that engulfed the former Chelsea boss before his departure from Stamford Bridge in December

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  • Madonsela confirms private meeting with Zuma - Politics

    Parliament - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday confirmed that she had had a private meeting with President Jacob Zuma ahead of the Constitutional Court hearings this week in which he has conceded that her findings have binding force. Speaking on the red carpet, ahead of Zuma's ninth State of the Nation Address, Madonsela confirmed under urging from reporters: "We had a meeting. It was a private meeting." She declined to give further details and downplayed her wrangle with Zuma over his long-standing refusal to repay the state for luxuries added to his private home at taxpayer's expense. Zuma last week reversed his stance, and his lawyers on Tuesday confirmed in court that he was prepared

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  • Mantashe calls the nation hypocrites on Nkandla

    Gwede Mantashe said apartheid architects haven’t apologised to millions of black people. Nkandla Jacob Zuma Nkandla ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe APARTHEID JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe says it is hypocritical for South Africans to ask President Jacob Zuma to apologise over the Nkandla saga while the architects of apartheid have not done the same for the suffering of millions of black people. Earlier this week the Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance took the president to the Constitutional Court seeking clarity over the powers of the Public Protector. The court found that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he failed to

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  • Malema the target of a plot - EFF - Politics

    #SONA2016 / Cape Town - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday night claimed that their leader, Julius Malema, was the target of a government intelligence plot in Parliament. EFF MPs made these allegations when they were addressing their supporters in St George’s Mall in Cape Town on Thursday night after they were ejected from the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Read: SONA2016: It's all about the money Secretary general of the EFF, Godrich Gardee, said the party had intelligence information that Malema has been targeted since May 2014. “On the 7th of May, 2014, the president (Malema) had to be whisked away due to an intelligence information

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  • Young African Leadership Initiative asks ANC to recall Zuma for 'betraying SA and party': iLIVE

    The announcement by President Jacob Zuma to replace the finance minister has recklessly endangered the South African economy. This decision can only be described as a disaster. As representatives of a young professional generation, passionate about building a better South Africa, we call on the ANC to recall the President for the betrayal of the people of South Africa. This betrayal will be experienced differently by the rich, the middle class, and the poor; but it will negatively impact everyone. From declines in social services to sky-rocketing interest rates, life in South Africa has just become tougher.   The financial indicators of the announcement yesterday have clearly communicated the

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  • Woolworths sees tough year in SA - Companies

    Johannesburg - South African food and clothing retailer Woolworths said weaker consumer spending and economic growth would make trading conditions more difficult this year in both its Australian and domestic market. “It’s going to get tougher in South Africa,” Chief Executive Officer Ian Moir said on a conference call from Cape Town on Thursday. “I think we will take market share, but we need to keep on top of costs.” Read: Food sales feed Woolworths' earnings South African retailers and consumer spending are under pressure as the country’s worst drought in more than a century pushes prices higher, with December food inflation climbing to 5.8 percent. Meanwhile a weakening rand against the dollar

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Juggles Succession Wars

    President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday attempted a balancing act to pacify feuding factions in Zanu PF who are locked in a cut-throat succession battle after he skirted around the contentious issue of factionalism despite berating bigwigs for igniting an unprecedented fight in the party, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt. Politburo sources said the 10-hour long meeting saw sparks flying from warring members as Zanu PF tried to resolve widening fissures that have seen Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, presidential spokesperson George Charamba and War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa hurling invectives at each other in public. President Robert Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe arrive for a Zanu PF politburo meeting on Wednesday at the party's headquarters in Harare.

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  • South Africa: EFF, ANC Members Clash Ahead of SONA

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  • In photos: SONA 2016

    Photo: A group of around 400 Ses'khona People's Rights Movement members on Thursday demonstrated before the president's address. They were protesting against the local DA government and at one point threatened a small group of Pan Africanist Congress members for making disparaging remarks about Zuma. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: The Ses'khona demonstration was later joined by student protesters, who police had to keep separate from the Ses'khona group. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Closer to Parliament, a rally under the banner #ZumaMustFall marched through town chanting, yep, “Zuma must fall.” (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Around 150 people joined the Zuma Must Fall march and the brief addresses focused on supporting

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  • Rand weaker as market prices in early response to Zuma’s speech

    THE rand was weaker at midday on Thursday, despite a softer dollar, as investors await President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address. The dollar weakened following Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen’s first day of testimony to Congress and crossed the important $1.13 level to the euro earlier on Ms Yellen’s dovish sentiment. The rand usually firms on dollar weakness, but negative sentiment surrounding Mr Zuma’s speech is hampering the local currency. At 11.25am the rand was at R15.9953 against the dollar from a previous close of R15.8836. Against the euro, the rand was at R18.1392 from R17.9428 and was at R23.0866 against the pound from R23.0800 previously. The euro was at $1.1340 from

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  • Activists retract ‘blackface’ apology - Western Cape

    INSTAGRAM Stellenbosch University (SU) student Poekie Briedenhann says she and her friend were dressed up as purple aliens and not blackfaces, for a residence party.  Cape Town - Open Stellenbosch (OS) has retracted its “blackface” apology and has once again called for the two students involved to be expelled from Stellenbosch University (SU). The student activist group initially condemned the actions of two SU students who dressed up as aliens and painted themselves dark purple for a fancy dress party at the university’s Heemstede residence. OS called for the students to be expelled, and for the residence head and committee to be “removed” for allowing the incident to take place on Friday night.

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  • Chelsea a team of 'Zorros', says Hiddink

    London - Chelsea striker Diego Costa will become the latest Chelsea player to wear a protective mask after breaking his nose, leading interim manager Guus Hiddink to liken his side to a “team of Zorros”. Spain forward Costa suffered the injury in an accidental clash in training and will become the third Chelsea player to wear a mask this season after Cesar Azpilicueta and Nemanja Matic. “Diego got in a duel on the pitch, got his nose broken,” Hiddink told a news conference on Friday. “It was one of the youngsters in the academy, we like them to participate in the game. Diego put his nose on the back of the player and was very unlucky. “His nose was broken, but he will return today, he will have

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  • Cyber-crime: SA the most targeted on the continent

    Cisco Annual Security report said that “today’s attackers launch more sophisticated‚ bold and resilient campaigns”. Greg Griessel‚ Consulting Systems Engineer Security Solutions at Cisco South Africa‚ said: “Cyber criminals are getting smarter and employing a number of personalised tactics‚ which places businesses at greater risk. 92% of business leaders agree that regulators and investors will expect companies to manage cyber-security risk exposure. These leaders need to essentially increase measures to secure their organizations’ future‚ particularly as they digitize their operations.” Griessel believes that an understanding of the tactics employed by cyber criminals is an absolute necessity.

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  • CEOs want state to take ‘decisive action’

    THE CEOs who recently met with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma want one major thing — and that is action, AngloGold CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan says. While he did not attend the meeting with Mr Zuma on Tuesday, Mr Venkatakrishnan was part of a delegation of about 60 CEOs of major companies in SA who met with Mr Gordhan last week. A sense of growing urgency to tackle deepening economic problems in SA has seized the business community and the government. Both sides want to avert the rating downgrades expected if SA continues o n its current trajectory. "There is huge support from the business community for what Pravin is trying to do," Mr Venkatakrishnan said. "Everybody

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  • Courts can't stop us saying we don't like Guptas' curries: Malema

    “We must respect the courts. But the courts can't stop us from saying that we don't love the Guptas. We don't want their curry‚” Malema said. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader were indicted earlier on Tuesday by the Gauteng North High Court from inciting acts of violence against the company’s shareholders‚ staff and property‚ according to Oakbay Investments‚ one of the plaintiffs that also included Ajay‚ Atul and Rajesh Kumar Gupta. This follows the “get out Gupta” statements made by Malema and the Gauteng region of the party last week‚ which the brothers and their lawyers say “we have interpreted as an incitement to violence”. The court document stated that some of the Gupta

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  • Downs looking unstoppable

    Sundowns continued last night with their habit of picking up three points and spanking anything in front of them. Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly (christened CBD) once again inspired the Brazilians as they keep moving closer to claiming the Holy Grail that is the Absa Premiership. Nothing could save Pirates, who were chasing shadows while Sundowns schooled them. Sundowns, on the other hand, had plenty of style with the CBD combination dazzling with their telepathic understanding. The trio led the Brazilians’ attack with their arrow-shaped formation that has pierced many defences. They went into this match with a combined 19 goals. Their strength is how well they complement each

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  • #SONA2016: Zuma’s full speech - Politics

    State of the Nation Address by President Jacob G Zuma on the occasion of the Joint Sitting of Parliament. Cape Town, 11 February 2016 The Speaker of the National Assembly, The Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces; Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Former President Thabo Mbeki, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and all esteemed members of the judiciary, The President of the Pan African Parliament, Mr Roger Nkodo Dang, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Premiers and Speakers of Provincial Legislatures, Chairperson of SALGA and all Executive Mayors present, The Heads of Chapter 9 Institutions, Chairperson of the National

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  • South Africa: #zumamustfall Protester 'Pushed Around'

    A man carrying a #ZumaMustFall poster was reportedly pushed around at the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement gathering in the CBD. Witnesses say the man, believed to be a PAC member, was part of a group of members of the party taking part in the march. "Leadership stopped the scuffle before it got out of hand," one protester said. "We are not here to be violent." Police have managed to keep the group in Keisergracht Street despite the group planning to make their way through the streets to the DA's Mill Street office. They only had permission for a gathering, not for a march, the City of Cape Town said on Thursday morning. Mothers with babies on their backs, MK soldiers in uniform and elderly

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  • Maine spoils it for the savvy party propagandists

    COLLEN Maine, once suspected to be a closet member of the Congress of the People, was appointed leader of the reconstituted African National Congress (ANC) Youth League last year. Last weekend he delivered a speech in Pretoria during which he stumbled over a set of notes in his hand that he — alarmingly — kept turning upside down. With a justifiably puzzled expression on his face, he insulted his political opponents, threatened them and spoke of civil war. Reports that he had to be persuaded to postpone detonating a hydrogen bomb he may or may not have procured from his friend Kim Jong-un over Seshego in Limpopo later that evening could not be confirmed. The expulsion of Julius Malema and the

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