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As Eskom buckles, guess who will pay up? You

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As Eskom buckles, guess who will pay up? You

Eskom is no closer to resolving its cash crunch, and its revenue shortfall “requires significant shifts in the business”, it indicated in a statement on Friday.

The power utility said it had secured 90.5% of R300 billion in funding for its capital expansion programme, but it was hobbled by the National Energy Regulator’s (Nersa’s) decision to allow...

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Kroonstad crooner hits Hollywood

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Kroonstad crooner hits Hollywood

Levy Sekgapane from Kroonstad in the Free State will feature in a new Hollywood production as hunky actor Denzel Whitaker’s piano-playing double.

Sekgapane hit a showbiz high note when a friend invited him to play the piano in Back to School Mom, a drama recently filmed in Stellenbosch.

The 27-year-old opera student also got to rub shoulders with...

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The week of the red onesie

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The week of the red onesie

If I was the colour red, I’d sue Valentine’s Day for defamation. There’s so much more to red than roses and silly balloons.

Let’s talk about red. Neighbour to orange on the colour wheel, red dabbles in purple with stakes in pink and brown too.

With a wavelength of roughly 700 billionths of a metre, red light has more spring in her step than her...

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Behind the scenes: Dancing for change

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Behind the scenes: Dancing for change

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Watch – Naked for Protest Art

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Watch – Naked for Protest Art

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Province keep Lions at bay

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Province keep Lions at bay

Western Province’s Jaco Taute, the man who broke the heart of the Sharks in Super Rugby, popped up to do the same to the Lions in the Currie Cup match at Newlands in Cape Town last night.

Taute kicked a crucial dropped goal to give the Stormers a win over the Sharks in the Super Rugby competition, and yesterday he came on as a substitute,...

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Bucs cane students

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Bucs cane students

Orlando Pirates strikers came to the party last night as quality strikes from Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro steered the Buccaneers to a fifth successive domestic cup final – and a potential clash against Kaizer Chiefs in this year’s MTN8 Cup final.

It was a special night to savour for Majoro as his brace – which came six minutes apart in t...

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Pics – Fashion by the sea

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Pics – Fashion by the sea

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Remembering the sheroes who fought back

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Remembering the sheroes who fought back

After the British colonised the Asante in Ghana in 1896, the colonialists’ representative, Arnold Hodgson, visited an area known as Kumasi and demanded to sit on the Golden Stool, which, to the Asante, symbolised the soul of the people.

This story is documented in an essay titled Spirituality, Gender and Power in Asante History by Emmanuel...

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Travel – Sri Lanka: Rebirth and bitter memories

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Travel – Sri Lanka: Rebirth and bitter memories

Sri Lanka is recovering from the twin effects of a tsunami and a civil war. On a recent visit, Firdose Moonda found a country that somehow keeps getting back up on its feet

Beauty and broken hearts may not share a space as snugly anywhere other than at the train tracks that run from Colombo to Galle.

On one side, the Indian Ocean sparkles in the...

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Robbers steal R1m worth of goods from Pretoria iStore

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Robbers steal R1m worth of goods from Pretoria iStore

The iStore at Centurion Mall was robbed of goods worth over R1 million today.

iPhones, laptops, and tablets worth more than R1 million were taken, said Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Khensani Magoai said.

Four men allegedly entered the store pretending to be customers before holding up the store manager with a firearm. They then...

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Don’t be conned by fake Nhlanhla Nene Facebook accounts

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Don’t be conned by fake Nhlanhla Nene Facebook accounts

There are several fake Facebook accounts claiming to be those of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

“The ministry of finance would like to warn the public about a number of Facebook accounts which purport to be those of the minister,” his ministry said today.

“These accounts are part of ongoing attempts to con the public, both in South Africa and a...

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Pressing issues: TV wars good for SA football, or are they?

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Pressing issues: TV wars good for SA football, or are they?

The broadcast deal between the SA Football Association (Safa) and Siyaya TV appears to have let the cat loose among the pigeons.

No sooner was the news out than there was frantic movement in the soccer broadcast-rights sphere.

First was the SABC, which held an urgent meeting with Safa a day after City Press broke the story.

Then came a terse...

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Recipe: Genuine Kaapse curry

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Recipe: Genuine Kaapse curry

Sophia Lindop’s new beautifully photographed book, Cape Town: Flavours and Traditions, is a must-have compilation of authentic Cape food.

From ostrich fillet with onion marmalade to Smoorsnoek Parcels, it’s all simple food with an emphasis on local ingredients.

But no Cape Town cookbook is complete without acknowledging the deep Malay influence.

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No injuries reported after 4.6 earthquake rocks Gauteng

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No injuries reported after 4.6 earthquake rocks Gauteng

No injuries were reported when a 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit Joburg in the early hours of this morning.

Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe said no injuries were reported and they were not called out to help anyone.

ER24 spokeperson Werner Vermaak said they were on standby after the quake struck but they were also not called...

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Duduzane Zuma scheduled to appear in court for taxi crash

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Duduzane Zuma scheduled to appear in court for taxi crash

President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane is expected to attend an inquest at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court today.

Zuma allegedly hit a minibus taxi in Rivonia, Joburg, while driving a Porsche, causing the taxi to overturn.

One person was killed and three people were injured.

At the time, metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said...

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On my radar: Activism meets capitalism

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On my radar: Activism meets capitalism

Hashtag activism has become a new form of armchair protest and mobilisation, but companies are also taking advantage of the medium

If you’re a regular social-media user, the hashtag has become part and parcel of your online language. For the uninitiated, hashtags enable people to search for a topic of interest, or follow a breaking news story on s...

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All fire, no ice for Coco and Ice-T

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All fire, no ice for Coco and Ice-T

One of reality TV’s most loved personalities, Coco Austin, says her trick to a healthy sex life is shoes.

“Ice [T, her rapper husband] is really into shoes. He connects to shoes in a really sexy way. So I always leave a pair of high heels next to the bed, just in case there is an occasion when we are watching TV and we get in the mood,” she said wit...

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The nation: A  process, not an event

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The nation: A  process, not an event

A cohesive society doesn’t simply happen overnight, writes Gail Smith

“All of us, all South Africans, are called upon to be builders and healers. The objectives of equality, nonracialism and nonsexism constitute the very essence of the new society we seek to build. We can neither heal nor build if the rich see the poor as hordes or irritants, or t...

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Pension funds won’t be nationalised, says Jeff Radebe

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Pension funds won’t be nationalised, says Jeff Radebe

The government has given assurances that proposed pension reforms will not see the state take over pension funds or prevent workers making withdrawals when they change jobs.

“There is no intention on the side of government to nationalise these things. I want to state emphatically, no, no, no,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said today, fol...

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Motoring Review – Hyundai Elentra undergoes a face lift

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Motoring Review – Hyundai Elentra undergoes a face lift

Since the Elantra won the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists’ car of the year award in 2012, things have been going swimmingly for ­Hyundai SA.

However, it has been three years since the outgoing model was launched, and it’s time for an update.

Instead of giving the Elantra a complete overhaul with reconstructive surgery, Hyundai has decided to...

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Photographer sues Justin Bieber, bodyguard over beach altercation

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Photographer sues Justin Bieber, bodyguard over beach altercation

Los Angeles – A photographer who says he was assaulted by Justin Bieber’s bodyguard on a Hawaii beach last year is suing the pop singer for assault and negligence.

Aja Oxman sued Bieber and bodyguard Dwayne Patterson yesterday in Los Angeles. Oxman is seeking unspecified damages for injuries and mental and emotional distress that he claims are a...

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Friends Friction: Technology will erode blackness

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Friends Friction: Technology will erode blackness

In his book, Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, Professor Francis Fukuyama claimed that the first human being has already been cloned in the US.

This was 12 years ago.

Fukuyama is no nutty professor. He is a senior fellow at Stanford University, and when he first put his theory forward, he was a professor at Johns...

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Burglars tie up Radovan Krejcir’s family, demand guns and cash

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Burglars tie up Radovan Krejcir’s family, demand guns and cash

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s Bedfordview, Johannesburg, home was broken into today.

Krejcir’s wife, his two sons and one of their girlfriends were home at the time, said Colonel Noxolo Kweza.

“The suspects gained entry into the house by breaking through the kitchen door. They tied up the family with shoelaces and electric cords before ransacking...

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From a virtual to a real community

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From a virtual to a real community

“Number 20’s doors are open. Does anyone know if all is okay? I received a call concerned about the property,” queries Nancy.

Ahmed responds: “Will be in the area in about 15 min only, but can drive by.”

Before too long, Ahmed reports: “Seems fine. Worker there says gate is jammed open. Called ADT patrol, who will keep an eye.”

“Aaaah that’s me!!!” Ni...

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State drops charges against Marikana miners

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State drops charges against Marikana miners

Charges against 279 miners who were arrested during the August 2012 unrest at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana have been dropped.

“The charges were dropped due to the fact that the State would not be able to prove their cases if the matter went to trial,” said Andries Nkome, who was part of the defence team at the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court, no...

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Generations actors’ R16 000-a-week ‘peanuts’ can secure their future

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Generations actors’ R16 000-a-week ‘peanuts’ can secure their future

A comment by a caller to a radio station on the ongoing Generations saga got me thinking.

The caller said the actors were paid “peanuts” and this was why most people in this industry were buried as paupers when they died.

An article in a Sunday newspaper reported that the 16 main actors in the popular soapie were demanding a salary increase from R16...

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What Moody’s downgrade of banks means

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What Moody’s downgrade of banks means

If you thought African Bank was an isolated case of a single company lending recklessly and not having enough reserves, yesterday’s ratings downgrade of the big banks proved otherwise.

Moody’s has downgraded South Africa’s big banks not only because of their exposure to African Bank (they are all taking a knock in their bail-out of the microlender)...

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Tshediso Matona takes Eskom hot seat

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Tshediso Matona takes Eskom hot seat

Cabinet has appointed public enterprises director-general Tshediso Matona as the new Eskom chief executive.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced in Parliament today that Matona would be at the helm of the power producer for five years.

Matona is the first Eskom boss in 10 years to not come from within the utility’s ranks. He takes over t...

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Women must redefine Africa’s agenda

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Women must redefine Africa’s agenda

The Women’s Charter, adopted at the 1954 founding conference of the Federation of SA Women – the first nonracial women’s organisation in the country – laid the foundation for democratic South Africa’s domestic and international prioritisation of women as an integral part of nation-building and development.

It indicated the aims of women of all...

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The depressing truth about mental illness

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The depressing truth about mental illness

We were standing in a circle stretching when I heard the hearts of a few people collapse on to the soft green grass.

“What a dumb-ass,” was the comment. “He had so much going for him, why on earth did he do something stupid like kill himself.”

Her opinions were true.

Robin Williams did have a stellar career behind and ahead of him. And suicide is...

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Fashion star – Ruth McNaughton: From PE to Chanel

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Fashion star – Ruth McNaughton: From PE to Chanel

Port Elizabeth designer Ruth McNaughton started her range while studying for her BTech degree. Now her creations can be seen on the runways of Paris, New York and Milan.

Today, she is being ordered by Karl Lagerfeld for collections for Chanel.

Milk: Mohair She Felt is a line of mohair and wool cocoon-shaped capes, flowing jerseys and jewellery that...

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Girl (5) screams hijackers out of car

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Girl (5) screams hijackers out of car

A five-year-old girl from Pretoria screamed so hard during a hijacking that the robbers stopped the car and ran away.

Annamarie van Greunen was left in the car when an armed man and two accomplices forced her aunt out of the vehicle in Danville, Pretoria, on Sunday afternoon, Beeld newspaper reported today.

The girl reportedly asked one of the...

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6 Daveyton protesters nabbed after looting foreigners’ shops

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6 Daveyton protesters nabbed after looting foreigners’ shops

Six people have been arrested for looting shops owned by foreigners in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni metro police said.

“Law enforcement officers arrested them and they will be appearing in the Daveyton Magistrates’ Court within the next 48 hours,” Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said today.

He said criminal elements had organised themselves into small...

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Man in court for stabbing woman 50 times

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Man in court for stabbing woman 50 times

A 42-year-old man will appear in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court today in connection with the stabbing of a woman in Bryanston.

The man was arrested in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, yesterday.

“The suspect was on the run following the murder of a woman on Saturday afternoon at the corner of Peter Place and Karen Street in Bryanston,” said Gauteng...

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Inside Labour: Do prostitutes need legal recognition?

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Inside Labour: Do prostitutes need legal recognition?

All people who sell their labour to survive are workers. And all workers are, to one or other degree, exploited because they are paid less than the final value of the work they do. In a profit-driven system, it could hardly be otherwise.

This is the general trade union definition and approach. But it is not without its problems.

What about...

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NUM fights Petra Diamonds retrenchments ‘tooth and nail’

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NUM fights Petra Diamonds retrenchments ‘tooth and nail’

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has vowed to fight retrenchments at Petra Diamonds’ Helam mine in North West.

“We will fight tooth and nail to make sure that these retrenchments do not happen,” said chief negotiator Lekhotla Mabea today.

He said the company was planning to retrench 370 employees.

The mine, near in Swartruggens, had 421...

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Marikana: Focus shifts to second phase of inquiry

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Marikana: Focus shifts to second phase of inquiry

It would be unfeasible for the Farlam Commission of Inquiry to embark on a second phase probing the 2012 Marikana unrest, lawyers argue.

“If justice is to be done to the issue of the underlying causes, then a separate and different inquiry must be done,” said Dali Mpofu, who represents hundreds of injured and arrested Lonmin miners, today.

“A c...

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Local fashion designs for the curvy woman

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Local fashion designs for the curvy woman

We’re loving the Under the African Sky range from Swaziland-based fashion label House of Diva, which was started by Phiwase Nxumalo.

The range is one of four brands under House of Diva and is described by Nxumalo as the label’s “shining star”. It features ready-to-wear garments in sizes 30 to 52.

According to Nxumalo, the range is inspired by the...

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Capitec bounces back

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Capitec bounces back

After its Moody’s downgrade over the weekend, followed by some pressure yesterday, Capitec’s shares bounced back today, gaining more than 4%.

Capitec has been dogged by fears, which were reinforced by Moody’s rating, that it could suffer the fallout of rival African Bank’s curatorship.

Capitec directors reacted strongly to the downgrade and even the...

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More than 1000 SA businesses need rescuing – Rob Davies

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More than 1000 SA businesses need rescuing – Rob Davies

More than 1000 business need to be rescued in South Africa to avoid liquidation, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has said.

“There are 1121 valid rescue processes in South Africa that have already started, with only 73 resulting in liquidation,” he said at a company law symposium in Johannesburg.

The symposium was examining, among other...

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Luis Suarez: Don’t worry, I won’t bite again

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Luis Suarez: Don’t worry, I won’t bite again

Barcelona, Spain – Luis Suarez says Barcelona’s fans needn’t worry – he won’t bite again.

Barcelona unveiled Suarez today, an event delayed for over five weeks since his transfer from Liverpool due to his latest suspension for biting an opponent at the World Cup.

“I say to all the fans, don’t worry, because I won’t do that any more,” Suarez said.

Suar...

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Now up to Parliament to deal with Nkandla – Thuli Madonsela

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Now up to Parliament to deal with Nkandla – Thuli Madonsela

It is now up to Parliament to weigh President Jacob Zuma’s response to the findings on public spending on his private Nkandla home, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has said.

Her remark came as the ANC proposed, as expected, that an ad hoc parliamentary committee be set up to mull the matter.

“The next part actually is for Parliament to evaluate, n...

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Qualified or capable? There’s a difference

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Qualified or capable? There’s a difference

A graph showing “South African presidents’ qualifications” since 1989 made the rounds last week.

FW de Klerk, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki were all shown to hold postgraduate/master’s degrees, Kgalema Motlanthe a matric, and Jacob Zuma “none”.

The graph offered no context, no interpretation of “data”, but its subtext was clear: South Africa has the...

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How do we get rid of President Jacob Zuma?

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How do we get rid of President Jacob Zuma?

This column originally appeared in Beeld newspaper

President Jacob Zuma can’t stay on much longer as the president of South Africa. We simply can’t afford him.

We need a leader with clean hands who can lead with integrity. Someone who can intervene, talk and strategise when a Marikana happens, an African Bank collapses or when gang bullets smash...

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