July 20, 2017



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Cape Town - On Wednesday, residents in Khayelitsha were updated on a court case brought against the South African Police Service (SAPS) on its allocation of resources.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 12:47 pm
Young people's trust in key figures such as politicians and religious leaders has fallen sharply over the past five years but they remain largely happy, a global study said Thursday.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 12:11 pm
Mozambique must fill in "critical information gaps" over $2 billion of secret government loans, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, in a scandal that has damaged the nation's economy.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 11:54 am
Durban - President Jacob Zuma appointed construction company Moneymine Enterprises long before the Department of Public Works was involved in the Nkandla tender process, the Nkandla disciplinary hearing heard on Thursday.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 11:21 am
While South Africa champions lost causes far away, the neighbourhood is in trouble. By Peter Fabricius for ISS TODAY.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 9:05 am
Trump regrets attorney-general appointment, McCain diagnosed with cancer, and Dali to be exhumed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:00 am
Children exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to suffer autism, but the added risk is very small and may not, in fact, stem from the drugs, researchers said Wednesday.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 3:27 am
by avec Adrien VICENTE à Madrid / Benjamin BOULY RAMES Salvador Dali's remains are to be exhumed on Thursday from his Spanish hometown in an effort to test a fortune teller's claims the renowned surrealist is her father.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 3:25 am
by Andrew BEATTY Donald Trump said he regretted his choice for attorney general Wednesday as he sought to protect himself from the growing firestorm over Russia's alleged election meddling which is engulfing his presidency.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 3:17 am
by Michael Mathes US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war and the maverick 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office announced Wednesday.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 3:11 am
Living on the northern-most portion of the Wild Coast of South Africa, the coastal Amadiba villages have been resisting the proposed Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project for over 10 years through directly confronting attempts to mine, and have also used the very land that is under threat of destruction as a weapon in creative ways. These tactics show us powerful forms of resistance to the state’s political project from above. They also they show us the seeds of alternative, democratic projects from below. By ANDREW BENNIE.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 10:19 pm
The red flag still flies in the south-west of India where lessons in governance and equality abound for our Cabinet ministers.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 10:09 pm
If art today seems to have become unmoored in the global tidal wave of late capitalism, and the yen by wealthy captains of industries to collect it continues, there is Documenta. By MELVYN MINNAAR.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 10:08 pm
Is it a cookbook? Is it a memoir? It’s both. Tony Jackman’s foodSTUFF is a wonderfully indulgent mix of food memories and recipes that’ll be as comfortable in the hands of a serious foodie as it would be for the novice cook. ANTOINETTE MULLER reviews it.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 10:00 pm
In April this year, ousted National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana, deposed a damning affidavit accusing President Jacob Zuma’s legal adviser, Michael Hulley, of attempting to induce him to lie – under oath – that the President had not pressured him into leaving office. The capturing of the NPA by President Zuma is a matter of national public interest, as is the allegation that the President’s legal adviser might be guilty of defeating the ends of justice. The KZN Law Society, however, doesn’t think it’s worth investigating. By MARIANNNE THAMM.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 9:45 pm
GroundUp: Red Ants turf residents out of Johannesburg building The legality of the eviction of inner city residents is under question. By Steve Kretzmann for GROUNDUP.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 9:22 pm
This is a struggle for what is right. A fight that will have to be led by good women and men, people who don’t hold public office or seek the limelight.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 9:06 pm
Chief Albert Luthuli exemplified moral and practical convergence and much like Nelson Mandela, had the ability to think futuristically. Between these two leaders there is much to learn about selfless leadership that strives to achieve goals beyond yourself for the people you lead. The lessons of his life and quality of leadership are relevant for all South Africans but particularly leaders, especially in these times when challenges of leadership within the ANC are clearly evident.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 9:05 pm
UK and Southern African Customs Union (SACU) trade ministers agreed on Wednesday to replicate southern Africa’s European Union trade deal in a new trade agreement that will have to be negotiated with Britain when it leaves the EU in April 2019. By PETER FABRICIUS.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 9:05 pm
Passively interested in cycling? Nothing more than a passing patriotic interest in how the South Africans are getting on in the Tour de France? Our daily wrap is for people just like you. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 9:04 pm
Presenting its yearly results on Wednesday, delayed after auditors challenged the power utility’s books, Eskom tried to acknowledge its challenges but offered no facts. By GREG NICOLSON.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 4:20 pm
Call centre employees are striking over poor working conditions and low salaries. By Vincent Lali for GROUNDUP.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 3:40 pm
Port Shepstone – A chicken that was thrown into the sea as part of a traditional ritual in Port Shepstone has ended up with all the luck after it emerged unscathed, and with a safe new home.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 12:39 pm
Cape Town - James Aguma's resignation from the SABC will not mean he'll be left off the hook for his part in the institutional breakdown at the public broadcaster, the Democratic Alliance vowed on Wednesday.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 12:33 pm
Johannesburg – Veteran ANC leader, Reverend Frank Chikane, on Tuesday said he believed that funds laundered during the state capture project would be used to "steal the 2019 elections".
Posted: July 19, 2017, 12:31 pm
Lagos – A high ranking Boko Haram leader and three other extremists reportedly handed themselves over to the Nigerian military early this week.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 12:16 pm
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has appointed KwaZulu-Natal regional manager Pearl Bhengu as interim CEO of the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa). By NEWS24.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 12:05 pm
Suspended SABC acting CEO James Aguma has resigned – a move which saw the public broadcaster drop all charges against him. By NEWS24
Posted: July 19, 2017, 11:30 am
Sometimes, you just have to accept that being impartial is not always possible. The heartbreak of the Proteas in the semi-final made that a reality. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 8:11 am
Trump reveals second secret Putin meeting, DRC murders linked to government groups, and a new wombat joins rare group.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 4:07 am
by Carole LANDRY UN experts say they are not ruling out the possible involvement of Democratic Republic of Congo state security forces in the murder of two of their colleagues.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 3:32 am
by Mauricio RABUFFETTI Pharmacies in Uruguay start selling marijuana from Wednesday under the final phase of a four-year-old law that made the small South American country the first in the world to legalise pot from production to sale.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 3:22 am
The population of one of the world's rarest species has been boosted with the birth of a northern hairy-nosed wombat joey, Australian wildlife officials said Wednesday.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 3:16 am
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had an additional, previously undisclosed chat at this month's G20 summit in Hamburg, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 3:08 am
South African Post office CEO Mark Barnes confirmed that SAPO had received a signed final letter from Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza expressing the agency’s intention to appoint the post office as part of the plan to “in-source” the payment of social grants after March 2018. On Monday Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini fired Magwaza, refusing publicly to provide reasons for the drastic move only eight months before the current extended contract with CPS/NET1 expires. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 11:12 pm
The Gupta influence network reached into the heart of the Presidency, the #GuptaLeaks show, drawing into their web at least three people who were just a whisper away from President Jacob Zuma. They targeted officials holding positions of personal trust closest to Zuma, offering gifts, favours and business deals. Even the deputy president’s office was fair game. By SCORPIO, AMABHUNGANE and NEWS24.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 10:57 pm
amaBhungane and Scorpio, having extensively trawled the be-hashtagged #GuptaLeaks, have found that the Saxonwold Syndicate proposed business ties, however tangential, with four – four! – key staff members within the Presidency. Which proves the old battle adage: in order to capture the king, first you capture the castle. By RICHARD POPLAK.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 10:48 pm
Internet Service Providers should not have to decide which websites are kosher. By Nathan Geffen for GROUNDUP.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:43 pm
Police in Gauteng have been accused of brutality and it looks like the system meant to hold them accountable is failing. By GREG NICOLSON.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:40 pm
When you work on sensitive cases such as Burundi it is important and necessary to be prudent, to be fair and to ensure that the message you send out will contribute to peace and cohesion. There is a danger in just a single story, writes PATRICK HAJAYANDI.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:36 pm
There are a number of projects under way, but it’s not yet clear if it’s enough. By Lilly Wimberly for GROUNDUP.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:36 pm
Without proper leadership, policing and public safety will only get worse. By Gareth Newham for ISS TODAY.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:35 pm
Passively interested in cycling? Nothing more than a passing patriotic interest in how the South Africans are getting on in the Tour de France? Our daily wrap is for people just like you. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:34 pm
The purpose of the project was to build a dairy farm that would be owned by 80 beneficiaries from the local community. We will arrange for them to travel to Parliament where they can tell their story, so that ANC MPs can see for themselves the very human face of the victims of corruption.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:30 pm
Perhaps if we entertain some possible contributing factors to this impasse we might be able to then agree on a mechanism out of the current “delayed justice” quagmire.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:27 pm
There is a profound historical significance in the decision of the SACP at its national conference last week at Boksburg to contest the 2019 general election under its own banner, unlike in all elections of the previous 25 years.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:25 pm
A couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their seven children, Swiss media reported Tuesday. 
Posted: July 18, 2017, 12:09 pm
California legislators late Monday approved extending the state's tough measures to fight climate change to 2030, a major victory for Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 11:34 am
Every individual has the power to transform the world and make an impact. This is what Nelson Mandela tried to instil in South Africans when he fought for social justice for 67 years. DAILY MAVERICK spoke to ordinary South Africans about what Mandela's legacy means for them today, the former statesman's birthday.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 10:36 am
Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma should step aside and allow someone to lead the country and reset the course to fulfil the kind of aspirations that Nelson Mandela and his generation had for SA, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 10:26 am
On Monday security guards in Pretoria continued their fight against outsourcing by the Tshwane metro by occupying a space outside the offices of mayor, Solly Msimanga. The security guards stand to lose their jobs in a few months as the contacts which their employers have with the City of Tshwane will expire. By IHSAAN HAFFEJEE.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 10:09 am
Some of the Gupta family’s most tireless defenders have been the leaders of the ANC’s former military wing: the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association. New evidence from the #GuptaLeaks emails reveals that this loyalty has come at a price, however, with the Guptas footing the bill for the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association’s four-day national general council in 2010, in addition to issuing the group shares in their company. Consider the military veterans officially captured. By SCORPIO and AMABHUNGANE.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:58 am
Court orders Department of Labour to pay out is asylum seeker contributed to UIF while employed. By Safura Abdool Karim for GROUNDUP.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:53 am
Kenyatta’s election promise of free secondary schooling ignores the real problem in education. By Stellah Kwasi for ISS TODAY.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:47 am
Trumpcare suffers setback, Iran deal retained, and strange signals from distant star.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 3:54 am
Some very "peculiar signals" have been noticed coming from a star just 11 light-years away, scientists in Puerto Rico say.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 3:05 am
by Andrew BEATTY Donald Trump backed away from a campaign promise to scrap a major nuclear security deal with Iran Tuesday, with officials announcing the agreement and related sanctions relief will stay in place for now.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 2:53 am
South African hopes of dodging the Men's Hockey World League axe were shattered Monday when humiliated 9-1 by merciless Belgium in the final mini-league match in Johannesburg.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 2:48 am
Two more US Republican lawmakers announced their opposition Monday to the Senate's Obamacare repeal bill, all but killing the plan in its current form and potentially dealing a monumental setback to President Donald Trump.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 2:41 am
The Islamic State’s legacy of a Caliphate will be the centrepiece of the immediate future as herein is embedded an imaginary world that has become reality; the martyr that was born against all odds, that was ruled by a governance structure, that provided a safe haven for those willing to make sacrifices and that was attacked by an alliance of “monsters”. By JASMINE OPPERMAN.
Posted: July 17, 2017, 10:19 pm

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