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  • 1 May

    WEF presents government with chance to show unity – Times LIVE

    WEF presents government with chance to show unity

    Shenaaz Jamal | 2017-05-01 16:30:52.0

    President Jacob Zuma.
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    President Jacob Zuma will lead a delegation of 17 ministers and deputy ministers to the World Economic Forum being held in Durban this week‚ in a move economists say is designed to show the foreign community that there is unity in government.

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    The three-day event begins on Wednesday at the Durban International Convention Centre and will see world leaders‚ economists and analysts converge on the coastal city.

    Economists say the large contingent‚ which includes Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and his deputy Sifiso Buthelezi‚ is an attempt for government to show a united front following the Cabinet reshuffle and ratings downgrades that followed.

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    Economist Dawie Roodt said government needed to use the opportunity wisely and ensure it attended the forum with concrete policies and plans to regain investor confidence.

    “There needs to be good leadership at the forefront to calm some nerves but you have to show people what you can offer‚ but we don't even know what radical economic transformation is‚” said Roodt.

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    This year the forum is set to focus specifically on issues that include education‚ skills and employment; entrepreneurship; energy; infrastructure and development finance; combating‚ adapting to and building resilience against climate change; and science‚ technology and innovation.

    Another economist‚ Azar Jamine‚ said the government wanted to see itself as an important leader in Africa and would try to impress investors

    “This is really not going to be making a huge impact on the economy‚ although it seems they are trying to resuscitate the confidence in the economy‚” said Jamine.

    The forum will also see a number of fringe events taking place around Durban‚ including the launch of Oxfam’s “Starting with People: A human economy approach to inclusive growth in Africa” report.

    The report is set to be a response to Africa’s inequality crisis‚ persistent poverty and troubling economic prospects across many African countries.

    “The report explores the potential of the human economy to achieve inclusive economic growth‚ focusing first and foremost on what works for people‚” said Oxfam spokesman Isaac Mangena.

    The forum will also see a heavy presence of police and intelligence officers. On Monday‚ police said security would be tight at the event‚ with extra security measures having been put in place as some NGOs and community organisations are expected to protest. Communities have been warned to protest in the designated areas and within the confines of the law.

    “There will be uncompromising security and any criminal or disruptive conduct will result in appropriate action being taken‚ including arrest and prosecution‚” said police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo.

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  • 1 May

    Gang unit probes triple ‘execution’ in Port Elizabeth – Independent Online

    Port Elizabeth – Eastern Cape police on Monday appealed to communities in Port Elizabeth to assist with information after five people were shot and killed execution-style in the city's northern areas.

    Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, said a group of friends were sitting in a shack on Saturday night when several armed men kicked down the door to gain entry to the premises in Mistletoe street, Extension 33, Bethelsdorp.

    According to information given to police, the victims, four men aged between 22 and 32, were each asked their names before being shot in the head. Naidu said a fifth victim who was in an adjacent shack was dragged outside and shot.

    File picture: Independent Media

    "Not all the victims are gang affiliates and the motive at this stage is unknown," Naidu said.

    Graphic pictures of the victims bodies have since circulated on social media.

    The provincial Gang Investigation Unit is investigating a case of murder, No arrests have been made. Meanwhile, on Sunday, the father of a gang member, who is currently in prison, was gunned down while parked in a driveway at house in Mistletoe street, the same street where the five men were killed just several hours before.

    "[Klaas] Goliath was engaged in a conversation with someone from the house. Suddenly there were gunshots fired and Goliath was shot by an unknown person. Goliath got back into his vehicle and drove about 10 metres before crashing into a lamp post," said Naidu.

    Goliath, 52, sustained a gun shot wound to his arm and chest.

    The provincial Gang Investigation Unit was also investigating the murder case.

    Naidu could not confirm if Goliath's killing was a retaliation shooting.

  • 1 May

    DISCUSSION: Miss Curvy South Africa with Nonhlanhla Skhosana

    In August 2017, the first Miss Curvy South Africa is celebrated. This pageant acknowledges women with fuller figures according to the organisers. Finalists in different provinces were chosen since the beginning of April. Since then, 10 finalists have already been chosen in Gauteng and will go head to head with …

April, 2017

  • 30 April

    South Africa president signs anti-money laundering law – JURIST

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    JURISTSouth Africa president signs anti-money laundering lawJURIST[JURIST] South African President Jacob Zuma signed the anti-money laundering Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (FICA) [text, PDF] on Saturday to combat tax evasion and money laundering in the country. The global Financial Action Task Force ...Court ruling on Zumas nuclear deal is a marker of South Africas political healthEconoTimesAfrica: WEF Africa Focuses On Creating EqualityAllAfrica.comall 22 news articles »

  • 30 April

    Biker killed in collision with kudu among 8 to die in weekend crashes – News24

    Nation – Google News – News24 Biker killed in collision with kudu among 8 to die in weekend crashesNews24Johannesburg – Eight people have died in four separate accidents across the country this weekend, including a collision between a motorbike and kudu, paramedics said on Sunday. "A witness explained that he …

  • 30 April

    #Coup_plotter Elvis a good man, say baffled neighbours – Independent Online

    Johannesburg - When neighbours of Elvis Ramosebudi saw pictures of him appearing in court charged with conspiracy to assassinate President Jacob Zuma and 23 of his cabinet ministers who allegedly benefited from the Guptas, they were shocked.

    His neighbours in Soshanguve Block NN, outside Pretoria, are baffled how the man they described as “a good boy” could have plotted such a serious crime.

    “I grew up knowing him," said Peter Ngobeni. "He worked well as a security guard and we were so surprised to see him on the news appearing in court. I would like to think he was in a bad space as I don’t know him as someone who would do something like this.”

    Elvis Ramosebudi has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Picture: Bhekikhaya Mabaso/ANA Pictures

    Another neighbour, who wanted to remain anonymous, said news of Ramosebudi’s arrest on such serious charges had left her flabbergasted.

    “I can only imagine how shocked his parents must have been by this. He is not the type to fight with anyone.

    “He is a well-bred man. Even if you could ask anyone from around who knows him, they all know him as good boy.”

    However, the Hawks have painted a different picture of Ramosebudi and they are convinced that they got their man.

    Before his court appearance in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday, the Hawks, who carried out the arrest on Wednesday, depicted the 33-year-old Ramosebudi as a man capable of carrying out his plot with the assistance of co-plotters.

    He was described as a founder member of the Anti-State Capture Death Squad Alliance, but strangely none of these details were heard in the Johannesburg Regional Court where he made his first appearance.

    Ramosebudi was provisionally charged with conspiracy to murder Zuma and some members of the Gupta family. High profile politicians and cabinet members, as well newly sworn-in MP Brian Molefe, were among the targets.

    Despite the seriousness of the charges against Ramosebudi, security during his court appearance was lax.

    He walked alone out of the underground court holding cells into the dock. There were no armed police officers guarding him and escorting him to appear before Magistrate Vincent Ratshibvumo. He was not in leg irons.

    A proper profiling of Ramosebudi's plot appeared to have not been compiled before his appearance.

    The court heard only that he had written to businessman and philanthropist Nicky Oppenheimer and asked for donations amounting to millions of rand to carry out his plot.

    No details were given about the Anti-State Capture Death Squad Alliance and Ramosebudi’s history of involvement to clearly determine whether on Tuesday it would be his responsibility to convince the court to grant him bail on Tuesday.

    It also emerged in court that the director of public prosecutions in Gauteng had questioned the mental status of Ramosebudi.

    Ramosebudi had shared his personal bank and residential address information with his potential donors, apparently without any fear of consequences.

    The prosecution also linked him to another plot to kill the former public protector, advocate Thuli Madonsela, and former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.

    All these details prompted Magistrate Ratshibvumo to question whether Ramosebudi might have a mental problem.

    “Were you ever admitted to a mental institution?"

    The reply surprised those in the gallery when he said: “I can’t recall”.

    Ramosebudi is expected back in court on Tuesday.

    The Sunday Independent

  • 30 April

    ‘Prepare for the worst’, says Gigaba’s adviser – News24

    Nation – Google News – News24 'Prepare for the worst', says Gigaba's adviserNews24Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's adviser, Professor Chris Malikane, has warned South Africans to be prepared for the worst if radical economic transformation is to succeed. Malikane was speaking last night at the Blacks in Dialogue event at the …

  • 30 April

    Mbeki urges Africans to embrace ideals of Africa’s liberation heroes

    Former South African President and UNISA chancellor Thabo Mbeki has challenged Africans to embrace the ideals of Africa’s liberation heroes who stood for Pan Africanism. The former President was receiving an honorary degree from Kenya’s Dedan Kimathi University for his role in the liberation of South Africa as well as …

  • 30 April

    Cheetah attack: Cheetah mauls tourists on 2 consecutive days at South Africa safari park – TomoNews

    HLUHLUWE, SOUTH AFRICA — Video footage has emerged of a cheetah attacking a woman at a big cat orphanage in South Africa — just a day before the beast went on to maul a teenager. The Driver family from New Zealand visited the Emdoneni Lodge while on vacation last month, …

  • 29 April

    Several arrested during Polokwane SAPS ops – Bosveld Review

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  • 29 April

    DA urges Gigaba not to delay FICA bill – iAfrica.com

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    iAfrica.comDA urges Gigaba not to delay FICA billiAfrica.comJOHANNESBURG – The Democratic Alliance (DA) says while the president has signed the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (Fica) bill, it's important that the implementation of the bill is monitored carefully. The opposition party says Finance ...Fica bill must not be used for individual 'political goals', says Black Business

  • 29 April

    1st Traditional Nama wedding in South Africa in decades

    The first Traditional Nama wedding in South Africa in decades – with all the bells and whistles – takes place in the Northern Cape’s Richterveld. It’s a colourful affair that lasts three days.. For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news source

  • 29 April

    Gigaba may delay implementation of FICA bill, DA warns – News24

    Nation – Google News – News24 Gigaba may delay implementation of FICA bill, DA warnsNews24Johannesburg – The Democratic Alliance says Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba may delay the implementation of the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (FICA) Bill, which it describes as one of the most important legislative weapons in the …

  • 29 April

    Business in Coligny will take time to recover, says a businessman – Independent Online

    Coligny – It will take at least two years for business in the small town of Coligny in the North West to recover after violent protests, a businessman said on Friday.

    "We are struggling already. It will take a year and a half or two years to recover from this loss," said businessman Andries Meintjies.

    Meintjies, 64, said he was born in Coligny and it was the first time he saw such destruction during a protest. "I am still shocked. This is the first time this kind of a protest occurred in this town. People used to toyi-toyi peaceful."

    Picture: @DerLydia/Twitter

    Shops were looted and damaged while three houses and three trucks were torched during a violent protest sparked by the death of a boy believed to be 12-years-old.

    The boy was killed on April 20, when he allegedly jumped or fell off a moving bakkie driven by a white farmer. The farmer apparently caught him stealing sunflower from his field near Scotland informal settlement in Tlhabologang township.

    He loaded the boy into the bakkie and the boy allegedly jumped out of the bakkie or fell off when it reduced speed to negotiate a curve on the road. He was badly injured and taken to a clinic where he later died.

    Two farmers Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte briefly appeared in court on Friday, in connection with the murder of the boy who is yet to be identified. Their case was postponed to May 9, for formal bail application.

    During their brief appearance both men spotting large beards covered their heads with hooded jackets and requested that the police allow their families to bring them blankets in police holding cells because it was too cold for them.

    Magistrate Mattheus van Loggerenberg of the Coligny Magistrate's Court also recused himself from the case, citing the interest of justice and safety and security for himself and his family as a resident of Coligny.

    Van Loggerenberg ordered that the photographs of the two murder accused not be published because an identity parade was to be conducted. A new magistrate would preside when the two bring their bail application on May 9.

    Meintjies said he found a mountain of stones in front of his cash loan business on Tuesday. "It was like a war, there were stones everywhere," he said standing in front of shop with shut windows. His shop is direct opposite a bottle store which was looted. Most of the shops on Voortrekker Street had their windows broken and were not opened for business.

    "The glass guy will only be here [Coligny] on Tuesday next week, until then we have to wait," said Meintjies, estimating damages to his shop to be over R25 000.

    "The insurance does not cover this. You have to carry the cost," he said.

    The situation was calm on Friday afternoon, although the two accused were taken out of the court building using another gate to avoid a raging crowd that had gathered at the gate they were supposed to.

  • 29 April

    Zuma, Ramaphosa to lead 23rd Freedom Day celebrations

    As South Africa celebrates 23 years of freedom, President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa are set to lead the main celebrations in Manguzi, northern Kwa-Zulu Natal later this morning. The celebrations will focus on the fight against crime. However, President Zuma’s critics will rally against him. A number …

  • 29 April

    SA marks 23 years of Freedom, Pres. Zuma to address nation in KZN

    (27 April 2017) marks 23 years since the advent of democracy in South Africa. The Freedom Celebrations will take place in Manguzi, Umhlabuyalingana Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal. President Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver the keynote address. For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news source

  • 28 April

    Trump’s America Echoes South Africa: Democracy or White Rule?

    This is part 2 of Eric Byler’s interview with South African (now American) author Tony Eprile. See part 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQsit8cq00g&index=1&list=PLqSpk99bLYISlq6Kk2yn-XILOxsFua2Lu&t=2s “The monster of intolerance would like us to think we’re witnessing its renewal, but these are death throes.” South African author and journalist Tony Eprile said he was “horrified…though …

  • 28 April

    South Africa scoops best foreign exhibitor at the Zimbabwe Trade Fair

    South Africa has once again made its mark as the best foreign exhibitor at the Trade Fair in Zimbabwe. The event is aimed at attracting investors in Zimbabwe. 14 Southern African countries are exhibiting at this years Zimbabwean international Trade Fair in Bulawayo. For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news source