• AKA’s expensive apology to Bonang

    AKA makes up with Bonang and spoils her with an expensive Gucci bag estimated to be worth R46,000. This followed after AKA took to Twitter to announce his split with Bonang Matheba. The supposed break-up was very brief. We believe this was just another one of AKA’s stunts just to get attention. Anyway his bae “Bonang” is happy and seems to be over that unnecessary drama. I mean who wouldn’t easily forget after this gift. https://twitter.com/bonang_m/status/833622136774414336 Following Bonang’s tweet, AKA posted a picture of them hugging each other in front of a box of the Gucci bag. Of course Tweeps didn’t let these posts slide. They immediately threw shade. (Featured Image: Instagram) For the

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  • If Malema says my wife is cheating, 'I'd divorce her'

    EFF leader Julius Malema has gained some credibility for his supposed prophecy skills in South African politics. Whether it’s prophecy or information he receives from “EFF spies” within the ANC, as some often allege, Malema seems to be call it right almost all the time. National spokesperson of the EFF and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi took to Twitter to brag about how whatever the “CIC” says comes to light. “You now know that when the CIC of the EFF speaks, one must take note because it shall surely come to light!” said Ndlozi. One Twitter user by the name of “Blesser of my family”, ‏@PilusaTshidi, responded that “if [the] CIC can say my wife is cheating, I would divorce her without hesitation! That man

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  • Makhura washes his hands off e-tolls

    Gauteng Premier David Makhura has washed his hands of e-tolls, saying the contentious project was a mistake which his administration had failed to resolve and that only the national government could break the impasse. “I must admit publicly, as I did last year, that all the efforts we have made through the advisory panel have not led to the resolution of concerns of Gauteng motorists regarding affordability. "We have tried our best. The ultimate solution can only come from national level,” said Makhura yesterday. He was delivering his State of the Province address in Randfontein. The premier said his government would continue to engage stakeholders over the matter “in order to represent the interests

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  • Zuma-Gordhan fight takes centre stage at #Budget2017

    South African President Jacob Zuma’s year-long feud with his finance minister over the nation’s purse strings appears to be coming to a head. When  Pravin Gordhan presents his annual budget in Parliament on Wednesday, Gordhan will seek to keep state spending in check and fend off a junk credit rating. Zuma, meanwhile, wants to spend billions of rand on new nuclear plants and embark on “radical economic transformation” to target yawning racial inequality and widespread poverty. Speculation that Gordhan is on the verge of being fired has been fuelled by an announcement that the ANC will install Brian Molefe, the former chief executive officer of the state power utility, as a lawmaker, easing the way for Zuma to name him to his cabinet.

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  • Nigeria Demands AU Action Over Renewed South Africa Xenophobia

    The Nigerian government has called on the African Union and the South African government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect Nigerian citizens and other Africans within South African borders. The Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made the call Monday amid reports of renewed violence against Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. The Nigerian Community in South Africa led by Ikechukwu Anyene confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday. Mr. Anyene said the union had reported the incident to the Nigerian mission and South African police. "As we speak, five

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  • South Africa: ANC Premier League With Gupta Links Determined to Take Control of Cabinet

    press release The controversy surrounding Brian Molefe's deployment to Parliament is not isolated. The Zuma-Gupta linked Premier League is determined to take control of the Cabinet. It started with another controversial deployment of Msebenzi Zwane from the Free State straight into Cabinet , sacrificing a highly competent person by the name of Ngoako Ramatlhodi. The Gupta Captured Premier of the Free State, Ace Magashule and his handlers the Guptas, were determined to take complete control of the Mines. The latest deployment is that of Brian Molefe to Parliament, another Gupta captured Premier of the North West Supra Mahumapelo is busy executing their dirty Zuma-Gupta agenda . Congress of the

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  • Nigeria: Inside Lagos 'Ghost' Markets Where People Pay Millions to Sell Nothing (2)

    Temitope Oluwatobi displays her goods on the Yaba railway line everyday with her heart literally in her mouth. Sometimes, she spends more time being on the lookout for an oncoming train than she does attending to her customers, she said. Often, whenever a train approaches, she would hurriedly pack her provisions off the rail line, with many of her items falling on the floor in the process. She hates the fact that she trades in fear, but says she has no alternative. "We just have to survive. If we don't do this, we are likely going to starve to death. After all, we cannot afford to rent shops in Tejuoso new market," she told PREMIUM TIMES. Ms. Oluwatobi is not alone on the rail line. She is in

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  • Nigeria: Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians

    Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has called on the South African government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect Nigerian citizens and other Africans within South African borders. She equally called on the African Union to intervene urgently in the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. In a statement issued in Abuja, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, described the attacks as an unnecessary setback. The Nigerian Community in South Africa led by Mr Ikechukwu Anyene confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday. Anyene said that the union had

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  • Universal basic income may be solution to populism

    There’s a new idea that might be the solution to runaway populism. Well, it’s not that new, really – it has been kicking around in left-wing circles for a least a quarter-century – but it has suddenly gone mainstream. It’s called universal basic income (UBI) and pilot programmes to see if it really works in practice are being launched this year in four different countries. It’s populism that gave us Brexit in Britain and President Donald Trump in the United States. It could soon give us President Marine Le Pen in France. But the fundamental lie of populism is that it can “bring the jobs back”. It doesn’t even admit where they really went. Indeed, in the 2016 presidential campaign in the United

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  • Policeman and his metro cop brother in court for Eldos shooting

    A police officer and his brother‚ who is a metro police officer‚ are behind bars after they allegedly shot at their mother’s neighbours in Eldorado Park‚ Johannesburg‚ at the weekend. Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar‚ of the JMPD‚ said one person was killed in the incident. It is alleged a crowd of people wanted to attack their mother’s house and damage the police officer’s car following an argument between the mother and her neighbour‚ said Minnaar. The police officer shot and killed one person. He was arrested and charged for murder. “He will be appearing in the Protea Magistrate’s Court today‚” said Minnaar. The JMPD officer will appear in the Kliptown Magistrate’s Court where he will face

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  • Last-gasp Messi penalty rescues poor Barcelona

    Barca were thrashed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday to leave their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread and had to rely on Messi for snatching all three points from another below par display. The Argentine opened the scoring after just four minutes, but Leganes enjoyed the better of the chances and levelled 19 minutes from time through Unai Lopez. However, Messi ensured Barca did move back up to second in La Liga and close to within a point of leaders Real Madrid, who have two games in hand, from the spot after Neymar had been chopped down inside the area. "We knew it would be a difficult game given what we have come from and what happened in the Champions League," Barca boss Luis

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  • Zimbabwe: Dineo Aftermath

    Two Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopters were deployed to airlift to safety at least 50 families stranded by floods this weekend in the southern district of Tsholotsho, a minister said. Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo, who is MP for the area, said on Twitter that tents had been set up to house the rescued, who come from Sipepa district. The area was cut out when the Gwayi river burst its banks as tropical storm Dineo hit the southern African country, reports say. "National, Provincial & Tsholotsho [civil protection units] with NGOs are helping at least 50 families affected by flooding in Ward 6. Massive crop destruction!" Moyo tweeted. The official Chronicle on Monday quoted an official

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  • Park people work a hard day's night

    They sell themselves for as little as R50. They are the Great Unwashed, writes Don Makatile. Around 4pm the park is a hive of activity as everybody is back “home” after a full day on the street rounds, rummaging through rubbish bins for recyclable material and other discarded usables. Everybody is here to take stock of their day's takings - hits and misses. Many reward themselves with the poison of their choice, a drink or smoke. Some appraise the second-hand clothing they have been given or found. It is a sight to behold, human “waste” finding camaraderie among themselves and making do with the hand fate has dealt them. The women of the park are frenetically at work, too, looking for clients

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  • South Africa: Why Finance Minister Gordhan Should Raise VAT By 2%

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is expected to announce a number of tax increases when he delivers the 2017 Budget speech on Wednesday, February 22. Although higher taxes on corporates and the super-rich may be popular ideas, they may be detrimental to the economy and raising value-added tax (VAT) may prove a much fairer and quicker way to increase revenue, said Tertius Troost, a tax consultant for Mazars. According to Troost, VAT has remained unchanged for quite some time. "It is also widely known that South Africa's VAT rate is low when compared to other African countries, which is why we believe there is scope to increase." With Treasury's stated goal to raise R43bn over the next two years,

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  • South Africa: Molefe's Move to Parliament an Insult to Public Protector Office

    The deployment of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to Parliament will further tarnish the institution's reputation, the Congress of the People said on Saturday. Following a confirmation from Parliament on Friday that Molefe would be sworn in as an MP, Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem raised concerns that this was a prelude to a cabinet reshuffle. "Law abiding citizens can conclude that Parliament has become a safe haven for ANC crooks," he said. This raised questions about finance minister Pravin Gordhan's future in the Cabinet, Bloem said. He slammed the redeployment of Molefe to Parliament while he "still had a cloud of suspicion" hanging over him. Molefe resigned from Eskom following former Public

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  • AKA makes it up to his Queen B, buys her an expensive Gucci bag

    To make up for putting her on blast to his 1 million Twitter followers last week, AKA has bought Bonang a luxury item – an expensive Gucci bag – to show he is remorseful. Bonang showed off her bag on Instagram, posting a video and saying she was so happy that AKA had even visited her at work to give her the gift. The Supa Mega appears to be in the dog box after he tweeted that he and Bonang were over. He said he had reached his limit with the bullsh*t and told men to never love their women more than they were loved. But he quickly retracted his tweets, apologising to Bonang and adding that couples fight. Bonang finally spoke out about the short-lived breakup, tweeting her man that things wouldn’t

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  • ANC whip backs Ramaphosa

    Johannesburg - The chief parliamentary whip of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress threw his support behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the party’s next leader and said the ANC is in danger of losing national power in two years. While the ANC has told its members not to publicly discuss the race to succeed President Jacob Zuma as party leader, Jackson Mthembu said Ramaphosa’s position as deputy means he must become its next president. Ramaphosa’s main rival for the job is Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former cabinet minister and the president’s ex-wife who just ended her term as chairwoman of the African Union Commission. As chief whip, Mthembu leads the ANC’s 249-member caucus

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  • Cape Town’s rental prices are soaring

    Cape Town - Prices for rental accommodation in Cape Town have continued to soar and are now nearly double compared with just seven years ago. Figures released by credit bureau TPN, which vets the credit records of tenants who stay in rental properties, disclosed that the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the Mother City was around R7 000, more than double what the average South African earns a month. “The Western Cape has the highest provincial average rent of R7 463 per month,” said TPN managing director Michelle Dickens. While there had been a slow growth of tenants who were able to afford rent in the R7 000 to R12 000 per month bracket, close to 80% of tenants on a national level

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  • Update: ANC NEC denies calls for Pravin Gordhan to go at meeting

    According to the ANC, “only ANC policy” was discussed at today’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting. Members of the ANC’s highest decision-making body between conferences, the NEC, had earlier reportedly been said to be planning to use the party’s special NEC meeting on Monday to call for the sacking of Gordhan. EWN reported that as party NEC members gathered in Pretoria to prepare for its policy conference in June, some of them would put Gordhan’s fitness for the Treasury post firmly on top of the agenda. This comes in the wake of the ANC Youth League, Women’s League and Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) calling on President Jacob Zuma to fire the minister, who they claim is blocking “radical socioeconomic transformation”.

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  • Cosatu 'surprised' by Molefe's appointment to Parliament

    The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the North West said the move to appoint former Eskom boss Brian Molefe as a Member of Parliament (MP) came “as a surprise” as it was never consulted. “Cosatu has no problem with the former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, he has a sterling record as a manager in this country…but the submission of his name to parliament as MP of the ANC from the North West came as a surprise to us because as an alliance partner, we have never been consulted nor have we discussed the name in the deployment committee,” the organisation said on Monday. Molefe quit in November, shortly after the release of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report “State of Capture” which

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