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Man sets himself alight at police station

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Man sets himself alight at police station

A man has died after setting himself alight in a car at the Tlhabane police station, North West.

“Police in Tlhabane are investigating a case of malicious damage to property after a 35-year-old man died when he allegedly attempted to commit suicide by setting fire to his estranged wife’s vehicle yesterday,” Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said today.

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What makes the price of Krugerrands go up and down?

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What makes the price of Krugerrands go up and down?

Krugerrand prices are driven largely by three variables:

First is the dollar price of gold – as the price of gold internationally, in dollar terms, goes up, the value of Krugerrands will do the same.

To be more precise, every 1% increase in gold price internationally, will translate into roughly the same for Krugerrand.

Thus, if inflation erodes the...

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West Indies collapse to 122 all out

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West Indies collapse to 122 all out

The West Indies collapsed to 122 all out against South Africa in the third One Day International at Buffalo Park, in East London.

Imran Tahir took four wickets for 28 runs today as the Proteas bundled out the visitors for their second lowest total against South Africa in the format.

Vernon Philander was the next best bowler with 3/27 from his eight...

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Shadrack Sibiya laments ‘unfair’ Hawks suspension

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Shadrack Sibiya laments ‘unfair’ Hawks suspension

The head of the Hawks in Gauteng, Major-General Shadrack Sibiya, is disappointed about his suspension and still deciding on the way forward, says his lawyer.

“We are studying the letter that was handed to him yesterday. At the moment, we do not hold instruction of the route he is going to take,” said Victor Nkhwashu today.

“He is both disappointed a...

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Frenzied crowd steal, slaughter cattle after N1 crash

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Frenzied crowd steal, slaughter cattle after N1 crash

With knives and buckets, a crowd of people tried to hack meat off cattle after a trailer they were being transported in overturned on the N1 in Gauteng.

“The mob was chasing cattle that had managed to release themselves from the vehicle, some of which had injuries including broken legs. Their intention was to hack meat from the living animals,” the...

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The World Economic Forum in pictures

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What the heck’s a WEF, anyway?

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What the heck’s a WEF, anyway?

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos this week is almost universally viewed as important – although many would be hard pressed to explain why.

It was the brainchild of German polymath Klaus Schwab, who is still the executive chairman and has also been instrumental in popularising the notion of “social entrepreneurship” all over t...

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Calm restored in Soweto after looting

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Calm restored in Soweto after looting

Calm has been restored in various areas in Soweto after shops owned by foreign nationals were looted and a teenager was shot dead, Gauteng police said.

“It’s calm now. We are continuing to patrol the area,” Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said today.

Looting had spread to Emdeni, Zola and Protea Glen overnight following a shooting in Snake Park, near...

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Elderly couple attacked on farm, burnt with iron

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Elderly couple attacked on farm, burnt with iron

An elderly couple was badly injured in an attack on their plot in De Wildt near Brits.

Three armed men wearing blue overall pants attacked Hannes and Annetjie van der Merwe, both in their 70s, around midday yesterday, North West police spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

“Three men covered in balaclavas came on to the farm, disarmed him, t...

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Obama strikes defiant tone with Republicans in big speech

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Obama strikes defiant tone with Republicans in big speech

Washington – President Barack Obama greeted the new Republican-led Congress with defiance yesterday, calling for his opponents to end their resistance to raising taxes on the wealthy and threatening to veto any legislation they approve that would challenge his key decisions.

Dogged by an ailing economy since the start of his presidency six years...

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Saudi Arabia’s rights crackdown linked to war on terror

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Saudi Arabia’s rights crackdown linked to war on terror

A man is given 50 lashes in a public square for “insulting Islam” on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman’s public beheading. Two women are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter in support of women driving.

These cases have thrust Saudi Arabia’s record on human rights back into the spotlight, with i...

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US-Cuba talks open today

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US-Cuba talks open today

Talks aimed at normalising relations between the United States and Cuba are to begin in Havana, Cuba, today and tomorrow.

The talks, between US diplomat Roberta Jacobson and Cuban diplomat Josefina Vidal follow five weeks after US President Barack Obama announced the US intention of restoring relations with the communist country just 150km...

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Shaquille O’Neal becomes reserve police officer

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Shaquille O’Neal becomes reserve police officer

Former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal is now a reserve police officer in South Florida.

Doral police chief Donald de Lucca swore the retired NBA player in during a ceremony yesterday. Shaq had originally applied in September. He will not receive a salary and will cover his own insurance costs.

O’Neal will commute to work from his homes in Fort L...

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AirAsia’s fast climb ‘could be due to faulty instrument’

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AirAsia’s fast climb ‘could be due to faulty instrument’

The abnormally fast climb recorded by the doomed AirAsia plane might be due to a broken instrument, an Indonesian aviation official said today.

Data received by air traffic control showed the aircraft climbing too fast before crashing into the Java Sea on December 28, Indonesia’s Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan told Parliament yesterday.

But the...

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Our nation needs courage and ideas to grow

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Our nation needs courage and ideas to grow

We need to move from a developmental state to a developmental society, argues Sandile Zungu

There is no choice to be made between economic growth and poverty alleviation. The past 35 years demonstrate that fast growth in a modernising economy can be potent in terms of poverty alleviation.

China is the poster economy of this phenomenon. Over the...

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SA has to own the Charter

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SA has to own the Charter

When was the last time you heard an American political party claiming the Declaration of Independence as its own?

Or a British party claiming ownership of the different ­incarnations of the Magna Carta? Or a French party saying that the Declaration of the Rights of Man belonged to it?

It’s likely you have never heard any of the above. That’s because...

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Cameroon grab late goal to draw with Mali

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Cameroon grab late goal to draw with Mali

Cameroon salvaged a 1-1 draw against Mali in their Africa Cup of Nations opener thanks to Ambroise Oyongo’s late equaliser in Malabo.

Oyongo netted six minutes from time to cancel out Sambou Yatabare’s second-half opener to leave all four sides in Group D level after Ivory Coast and Guinea drew 1-1 earlier today.

Mali made a good start with Bakary...

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Lusapho April set to fly SA flag in Boston

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Lusapho April set to fly SA flag in Boston

Distance runner Lusapho April will be the only South African in the elite men’s or women’s fields at this season’s two major international Spring marathons.

While no SA athletes were included in the elite line-up for the London Marathon, announced earlier this month, the 32-year-old athlete was named in a 20-man field for the...

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AirAsia plane climbed too fast, then disappeared

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AirAsia plane climbed too fast, then disappeared

Indonesia’s transport minister says the AirAsia plane that crashed last month with 162 people on board was climbing at an abnormally high rate, then plunged and suddenly disappeared from radar.

Ignasius Jonan told Parliament today that radar data showed the Airbus A320 was climbing at about 6 000 feet (about 1.8km) a minute before it...

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Is Sadtu still accountable to society?

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Is Sadtu still accountable to society?

Whether one agrees with its position or not, the fact that teachers’ union Sadtu publicly declares its position is commendable and creates an avenue for wider public engagement that is beyond the union itself, and encompasses both teachers and the government as the employer.

Its end-of-year statement also highlights an interesting standpoint...

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DA wants answers on Eskom’s WEF sponsorship

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DA wants answers on Eskom’s WEF sponsorship

The Democratic Alliance has welcomed Eskom’s cancellation of its participation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“Though we welcome the cancellation of the WEF trip, Eskom is now claiming not to be a sponsor of the Davos event when reports state otherwise,” Natasha Michael, DA spokesperson on public enterprises, said today.

“To this...

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Mbombela municipal manager carries on as normal despite fraud charges

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Mbombela municipal manager carries on as normal despite fraud charges

The Mbombela city council has not decided what action to take against its municipal manager, who was charged with fraud and corruption on Friday.

Mayor Sipho Mathonsi sent an email to employees yesterday. It confirmed that Noko Seanego had been charged and that he was continuing with his duties as normal.

City Press has seen the email.

Seanego was...

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Heritage site Okavango Delta may face ecological collapse

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Heritage site Okavango Delta may face ecological collapse

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of Africa’s natural wonders, but the new Unesco World Heritage Site is facing a multitude of threats, which could lead to its ecological collapse.

A canoe slides on the silky surface of the dark water. Between the reeds, water lilies raise their white heads. A golden-coloured heron opens its white wings. A...

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Boy dies after fondue accident

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Boy dies after fondue accident

The seven-year-old boy who suffered serious burns after firelighter gel for a fondue exploded, has died from his injuries.

Arno van Greunen had suffered 45% burns on his body after the gel exploded in father Schalk’s hands as he lit a fondue flame. The boy had been walking past his father at the time.

His mother Bernadine posted on Facebook: “Our A...

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Tour Down Under: Daryl Impey finishes 10th in stage 1

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Tour Down Under: Daryl Impey finishes 10th in stage 1

South Africa’s Daryl Impey finished 10th in the opening stage of the Tour Down Under cycle race today.

Jack Bobridge won the stage, attacking on the climb to the finish and catching the peleton napping. Bobridge was part of a four-man break that led for more than 120km of the 132km stage from Tanunda in the Barossa Valley wine region to...

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Marathon online gaming session leaves man dead

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Marathon online gaming session leaves man dead

A 32-year-old Taiwanese man was found dead after playing online games for three days straight at an internet café in southern Taiwan, police said today.

It was the island’s second death involving an online gamer this year.

The man, whose surname was Hsieh, entered Chu Hsiang Internet Café on January 6 and was found motionless and sprawled on a table...

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Eskom imports power from Namibia

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Eskom imports power from Namibia

Namibian power utility NamPower is currently exporting electricity to its South African counterpart Eskom, which is struggling to meet demand, says an official.

“We are currently exporting up to 200MW of electricity to South Africa,” said Werner Graupe, senior manager for energy trading at NamPower, today.

“The electricity comes...

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It’s Bafana’s time – Mashaba

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It’s Bafana’s time – Mashaba

Coach Shakes Mashaba believes Bafana Bafana will have a successful Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

Speaking ahead of Bafana’s opening game of the tournament against Algeria this evening, Mashaba was confident of the team’s success.

“There is no any other way,” said Mashaba when responding to a question on whether this was Bafana’s time.

“Even if you c...

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Killer teen’s lawyer ‘not paid’

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Killer teen’s lawyer ‘not paid’

The former lawyer for Don Steenkamp, convicted for the murder of his family, is taking legal steps to recover his legal fees from Steenkamp’s guardian.

Stoffel de Jager was appointed instructing attorney by Steenkamp’s guardian, Bennie Heckroodt, according to a report in today’s The Star newspaper.

On Friday, de Jager handed a draft order regarding...

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Pressing Issues: Mashaba’s confident charges are set to shake up Afcon

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Pressing Issues: Mashaba’s confident charges are set to shake up Afcon

It is 11 years ago now that Bafana Bafana returned from Tunisia with their tails between their legs like a canine that had been caught stealing.

The national team had been knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) following a 1-1 draw with Morocco that was not enough to see them advance to the knockout stages.

They had flattered to deceive...

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Malamulele: ‘Give us our own municipality or else …’

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Malamulele: ‘Give us our own municipality or else …’

The leaders of the protests in Malamulele, Limpopo, have threatened to escalate their activities should authorities not meet their demand for their own municipality.

“Today we are waiting for a response from the Municipal Dermarcation Board and the minister [of cooperative governance], said one of the leaders, Isaac Nukeri.

“If that does not happen,...

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Climbing the mountain of Cape Town’s whiteness

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Climbing the mountain of Cape Town’s whiteness

Martina Dahlmanns blew the whistle on racism encountered by her friend Tumi Mpofu, who recently tried to go to dinner at a restaurant at the Twelve Apostles hotel in Cape Town. Mpofu asked Dahlmanns to make the booking, which was confirmed. The booking was subsequently denied when the visitors turned out to be black. This is Dahlmanns’ story of f...

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Winning Women – Neo Momodu: A mother of reinvention

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Winning Women – Neo Momodu: A mother of reinvention

Neo Momodu, head of corporate affairs for Media24, has just been made president of Print and Digital Media SA. It’s a challenge in our fast-moving times and one she looks forward to tackling, she tells Sue Grant-Marshall.

Neo Momodu rises majestically to her feet in her light, large-windowed working space that overlooks huge trees in her Media24...

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Have they been wise?

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Have they been wise?

Journalists Karima Brown and Vukani Mde should be congratulated for their honesty in posting pictures of themselves in ANC regalia on social media last weekend.

These two – the group executive editor and group editor of opinion and analysis at Independent Newspapers – have caused a row about whether journalists should parade their political aff...

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Design of the week: Hip-hop beef gets animated

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Design of the week: Hip-hop beef gets animated

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South African hip-hop is now coming of age.

Where once there was an awkward imitation of American rappers, there is now a growing sense of local heroes emerging – the K.Os, AKAs, Khuli Chanas and Cassper Nyovests of the scene had such a good 2014 they are even the subject of an animated web series by Phaa Toonz called Kronikles of Hip Hop.
It...

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Zambia held by Congo

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Zambia held by Congo

Zambia and Congo drew 1-1 to open Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations at a tiny new stadium carved out of the dense jungle in far north-eastern Equatorial Guinea.

Zambia’s Given Singuluma struck first after an early error by Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba in the remote town of Ebebiyin.

Congo equalised in the 66th minute when Yannick Bolasie swept...

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Arsenal see off Man City

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Arsenal see off Man City

Arsenal ended their away hoodoo against Premier League title challengers with a 2-0 victory at Manchester City that left Chelsea five points clear at the top.

Santi Cazorla gave Arsenal the lead from the penalty spot in the 24th minute, after returning City skipper Vincent Kompany felled Nacho Monreal, and Olivier Giroud doubled the lead in the...

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Rockville rocks on!

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Rockville rocks on!

Rockville rocks on!

FAMILIAR FACES: The new season of Rockville sees some key characters played by new actors

 

Some poor acting, but promising

Season three of the Shona and Connie Ferguson-produced ­drama series Rockville began with a bang two Sundays ago. It seems there is no stopping the celebrity couple, who also recently gave us The Gift, a made-for-TV film...

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Record-breaking AB sets up huge Proteas win

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Record-breaking AB sets up huge Proteas win

AB de Villiers took 31 balls to smash the fastest century in one-day internationals as South Africa crushed West Indies by 148 runs at The Wanderers today.

The Proteas posted 439 for two wickets, their highest team total in this format, before restricting the tourists to 291 for seven in their 50 overs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

De...

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Thanks for the visit, but this is how things work

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Thanks for the visit, but this is how things work

Last week, the ANC came to Cape Town to celebrate its 103rd birthday. It wanted to use the Cape Town Stadium and negotiated the terms with us.

We dealt with each other in good faith – I personally met with a senior delegation at the end of last year.

Both parties left feeling good. We had a contract and we were both looking forward to a successful...

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Manyisa at crossroads

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Manyisa at crossroads

Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana midfielder Oupa Manyisa has confirmed that he is in talks with the Soweto outfit’s rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Despite denials from both camps, the midfield marshal, who is here in Equatorial Guinea with the national team, told City Press: “There have been discussions with Sundowns, but nothing concrete has come of t...

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Brace for a R1 per kilowatt-hour electricity bill

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Brace for a R1 per kilowatt-hour electricity bill

Consumers could be looking at paying more than R1 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of power from April 2017, compared with 70.75c currently.

That means a household buying 480kWh directly from Eskom each month could be looking at a bill of R463.06 from April next year – and R564.91 in 2017.

Economists at Barclays Africa Corporate and Investment Banking see...

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Leleti sinks her teeth into telenovela role

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Leleti sinks her teeth into telenovela role

The journey back to her hometown of KwaMashu has proven to be surprisingly challenging for actress Leleti Khumalo-Ncube – both professionally and emotionally.

Khumalo-Ncube, a veteran in the industry, feels torn between the role of actress and playing mother on set.

“ … because of the new blood on set I find myself giving guidance and paying ba...

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Newsmaker – Buti Manamela: Defusing a ticking time bomb

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Newsmaker – Buti Manamela: Defusing a ticking time bomb

A new policy proposes awarding government tenders worth more than R10 million only to companies that have 50% youth representation.

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela unveiled the government’s draft National Youth Policy this week.

Navigating it through a public comment process and making it work will be the biggest challenge of his...

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MaNtuli out in the cold?

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MaNtuli out in the cold?

The presidency would not comment on a report that one of President Jacob Zuma’s wives, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, had been ousted from the spousal office.

“No comment is available at this stage,” said presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj this afternoon.

Earlier, the Sunday Sun published an article in which it claimed that Ntuli-Zuma, commonly known as...

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