May 26, 2017

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by Dave JAMES Defending champion Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were drawn to face each other in a blockbuster French Open semi-final on Friday.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 12:34 pm
by Jerome CARTILLIER US President Donald Trump promised Friday that North Korea "will be solved", as G7 powers opened a summit that will confront a series of missile tests by the nuclear-armed nation.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 12:19 pm
About a month ago, the following questions relating to Eskom debt were put to Eskom and its financial director, Anoj Singh, through the official channels of communication, namely Eskom Mediadesk and the Eskom spokesman. While Eskom is yet to answer, a financial sector analyst has. By CHRIS YELLAND.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 11:27 am
Johannesburg – ANC stalwarts and veterans have pleaded with the party’s national executive committee (NEC) to show leadership over serious state capture concerns, ahead of its meeting on Friday and Saturday.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 11:17 am
Pretoria - Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maine was deported from Zambia because he intended pressurising the courts to release Hakainde Hichilema, the country's High Commissioner Emmanuel Mwamba said on Friday.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 11:11 am
The UAE’s military deployments in Eritrea and Somaliland haven’t been welcomed by everyone. By Berouk Mesfin for ISS TODAY.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 9:45 am
The 24th of May had the potential to be a great day for the African National Congress (ANC). They had the opportunity to hit the jackpot and take over two municipalities, situated over 1300 kilometres from each other. Nquthu sitting in the heart of northern KwaZulu Natal and Beaufort West straddling the N1 in the Karoo region of the Western Cape. It failed on both accounts. By WAYNE SUSSMAN.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 7:41 am
South Africans have been bombarded with revelations of how the state has been hijacked to amass wealth for a connected power elite involving President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family. An academic research partnership has consolidated all available information into a frightening compendium on state capture, mapping the deals, the key players and the modus operandi for commandeering control of state institutions and parastatals. Their report shows why it is necessary for a judicial inquiry and criminal prosecution for corruption, fraud, money laundering, racketeering and, possibly, treason. It also shows the danger of key enablers such as Zuma, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and Eskom CEO Brian Molefe remaining in their posts. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY. 
Posted: May 25, 2017, 11:12 pm
We need to reignite our commitment to this country’s founding democratic values, to think about its connection to the African continent, and to primarily consider the principled leadership that this historical epoch calls for, and the collective action required from all of us to restore a vision for an African and global future that is truly inclusive and just in character.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 10:19 pm
Every week, Daily Maverick brings you some of the stranger happenings from South Africa and further afield. This week: goat yoga.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 10:18 pm
A divided Africa is a betrayal of the anti-colonial struggle and the vision of an independent, self-reliant continent. But the restoration of Carthage and the regeneration of Africa requires sacrifice, hard work and the unity of the peoples of Africa.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 10:18 pm
Recent parliamentary hearings on the de-racialisation of the financial sector have exposed the structural and legislative impediments that foster anticompetitive behaviour. Government has now proposed that a Financial Sector Summit be held to introduce interventionist policy aimed at aligning government’s broad agenda designed to engender the attainment of economic equality. We contextualise the issues at play and hope that the summit will finally address what is long overdue.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 10:17 pm
In this extract from Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit, published by Jacana, HENNIE VAN VUUREN reveals a curious historical connection between close Trump acolytes, Roger Stone and Paul Manafort, and apartheid spies who were attempting to buy a US President. The story reveals continuities in deep state conservative networks that persist in the United States today.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 10:17 pm
DA leader Mmusi Maimane was accosted by Zambian officials who boarded his flight after it landed at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda airport and told him he was being denied entry to Zambia. By PETER FABRICIUS.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 10:14 pm
Posted: May 25, 2017, 10:00 pm
It’s easy to think society has “a long way to go” before solving its problems. But we’re just a paradigm shift away from where we tell ourselves we want to be. One simple step towards ending gender-based violence would be encouraging boys to play with dolls.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:58 pm
South Africa’s approach to its gender issues needs a radical shake-up. Here’s one idea: put a man at the helm of the Department of Women in the Presidency. The move could send some imperative messages about gender roles and the need for men to take responsibility for many of the issues currently making life hard for South African women.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:56 pm
Net1 has announced that its long-standing CEO, Serge Belamant, will retire at the end of May 2017 as a consequence of pressure from certain of the company’s shareholders. The news was greeted positively by all market participants, although it is probably meaningless to most social grant recipients.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:54 pm
This is the text of an open letter to the National Executive Committee of the ANC, signed by Struggle hero and veteran WALLY SEROTE on behalf of the organisation’s veterans and stalwarts. The letter was sent to the Secretary-General of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe, with a request that it be given to all members of the National Executive Committee who will be meeting on Friday 25 May 2017.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:50 pm
Following in the slipstream of politically connected attorney Ajay Sooklal's affidavit filed earlier this month in support of a high court application by Corruption Watch and Right2Know to have the findings of the Seriti Commission into the arms deal set aside, the Quaker Peace Centre has instituted a claim against the government to cancel the British Aerospace component of the Arms Deal and for the aircraft to be returned. The centre is wanting R35-billion to be paid back to the country’s fiscus as the deal is tainted by corruption and did not comply with legal procurement processes. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:47 pm
For the first time since its establishment in 1948, an African will be heading the World Health Organisation. It's now up to Ethiopia’s “Dr Tedros” to overhaul the lumbering but vital institution, writes KRISTEN VAN SCHIE.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:44 pm
On the day Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown in her budget speech sidestepped the controversy over Brian Molefe’s return as Eskom chief executive, Cabinet expressed its concern about the saga. But Thursday’s Cabinet statement said little further as the courts and Parliament are involved, aside from confirming that an inter-ministerial committee of public enterprises, energy, finance and justice would advise on how to handle such matters in future. Similarly to Brown, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini sailed over the social grant payment contract controversy that continues to hang over her department. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:40 pm
Few people speak out regarding the financial and social benefits large-scale projects may bring to South Africa. Interested parties should avoid employing unconstructive measures in discussing the core topic of how nuclear energy should be developed in the country. By ANDREW P JOHNSON.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:37 pm
Nearly two years down the line, it remains uncertain whether the bank can fulfil its ambitious goals. By Peter Fabricius for ISS TODAY.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:31 pm
Nine months after it took office, the DA-led Johannesburg government proposed its first budget on Tuesday. Herman Mashaba’s government has reached a milestone. Now it’s time to deliver. By GREG NICOLSON.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:28 pm
Piet Byleveld died earlier this week after a “short but brave” battle with cancer. His career and the criminals he brought to book reads like something out of a gonzo novel. If America is paying attention, this will be streaming on Netflix in the near future. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 9:15 pm
Zambian officials barred South Africa's main opposition leader from entering the country Thursday, his party said, claiming he was blocked over his support for an imprisoned Zambian opposition leader.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 7:47 pm
A private New Zealand-based company joined the exclusive space-race club on Thursday with the successful launch of a Rocket Lab test craft named Electron.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 12:47 pm
Cape Town – “I am a loyal member of the ANC and I subject myself to the wisdom of the party leadership.”
Posted: May 25, 2017, 12:34 pm
Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has enough water to last until August or September at current consumption levels, an official has said.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 12:20 pm
by Ted ALJIBE Philippine security forces bombed residential areas in a southern city on Thursday as they battled Islamist militants who were holding hostages and reported to have murdered at least 11 civilians.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 11:38 am
Manchester police crackdowns continue, cannabis extract reduces epilepsy symptoms, and Proteas go down swinging against England.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 4:00 am
The first large-scale clinical trial of a cannabis derivative known as cannabidiol shows it was able to cut the frequency of severe epileptic seizures by 39 percent, researchers said Wednesday.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 3:31 am
by Julian GUYER England captain Eoin Morgan's fine century laid the platform for a 72-run win over South Africa in the day/night first one-day international at Headingley on Thursday.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 3:24 am
A California judge on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for the yoga guru Bikram Choudhury after he failed to pay nearly $6.5 million to a former legal adviser in a sexual harassment case.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 3:16 am
British police investigating the Manchester attack carried out a controlled explosion at an address in the south of the city early Thursday.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 3:08 am
Many oppressed groups have reached a stage of protest where they no longer have the patience to keep explaining their position and why they too deserve dignity. It makes for a volatile country, but it forces us to be better.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 10:06 pm
As South Africans grapple to understand how a small group of individuals, including Brian Molefe, have been able to divide the spoils of the state, I’ve decided to recount the whole story.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 10:01 pm
Posted: May 24, 2017, 10:00 pm
Angie Motshekga wants a better education system. But she suffers from the same problem that afflicts all ANC politicians. She is compromised by the internal politics of her party and its alliance partners.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:56 pm
Parliament’s trade and industry department has moved a step closer to producing a first – a Bill drafted by a committee, this one aimed at providing debt relief for indebted consumers. On Wednesday the committee’s National Credit Amendment Bill initiative – started in November 2016 – received broad support from National Treasury. But MPs took issue with the officials’ stance that provisions should not endanger the financial services sector. As DA MP Geordin Hill-Lewis pointed out, banks already made provision for the write-off of bad debt. ANC MP Adrian Williams said: “We are here to represent the interest of the people, not the interests of the financial sector.” By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:49 pm
Evidence this week in a peculiar and long-running court case in the North Gauteng High Court involving the former head of the SARS risk management division, Mandisa Mokwena, revealed that she was receiving payment from the State Security Agency while an employee of SARS. Mokwena faces charges of racketeering, corruption and money laundering totalling R11-million. She is also a former business partner of First Lady Tobeka Madiba-Zuma. The questions that have not been answered are why State Security had an agent in SARS, whether she had declared her additional income, and whether it was taxed. Also, why didn’t she reveal, at the start, that payments into her bank account were from SSA. And might President Jacob Zuma have something to do with it all? By MARIANNE THAMM.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:34 pm
The situation in the ANC is now so complex and turbulent that it is obviously impossible to make big and bold predictions. Who, two months ago, could have foreseen ANC MP Pravin Gordhan playing the role of chief inquisitor to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown? This weekend, ahead of the first ANC national executive committee since the reshuffle that released so much of this turbulence, there will be much speculation about whether ANC leaders will in fact vote President Jacob Zuma out of the SA presidency. While it is intriguing to speculate about all the possible outcomes, it is still important to remember one thing: the only analysis that matters is the analysis performed by the people in the NEC – who have previously always backed Zuma. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:16 pm
There is reason to be cautiously hopeful that this may be the moment that government gets serious about tackling gender-based violence. A spate of horrific murders of women and young girls have caused an outcry that cannot be ignored, and there have been promising signs in the last few days to suggest that the issue is assuming the priority status it should always have held. But if you want to stay optimistic, paying close attention to the messages of the Department of Women is probably not advisable. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:13 pm
Two years after Angela Merkel opened her country’s borders to asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, Europe remains in crisis mode. Despite recent victories for centrist politicians such as Emmanuel Macron in France and Mark Rutte in the Netherlands, right-wing parties and candidates have made significant gains and anti-immigrant sentiment remains widespread. European citizens rank immigration as their greatest concern, and politicians, including those on the left and centre, wring their hands over how to stop people from coming to the continent. After two weeks in Germany, however – the epicentre of the “crisis” – I am left wondering what all the fuss is really about.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:06 pm
What are we then to make of the relaunch of the National Anti-Corruption Forum? Is it the last gasp of a dying horse, or are we actually flogging a dead horse?
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:05 pm
The “revelation” that former CEO Brian Molefe never resigned from Eskom but was on “extended long leave” while moonlighting as an ANC MP and has now returned as the CEO has shocked many South Africans. After reading the legal papers, it is difficult not to conclude that whatever might have happened, Molefe and the chair of the Eskom Board, Baldwin (Ben) Ngubane were less than honest about matters. This is why.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:05 pm
Freedom fighters believe they have a right to govern, but struggle to deliver the economic development that Africa needs. By Liesl Louw-Vaudran for ISS TODAY.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:04 pm
The daily news feed reminds us of how our leaders have failed us. The President turned out to be a “mafia” president. Brian Molefe's return to Eskom will no doubt turn out to be an expensive financial and reputational mistake for the ANC and the country. Even President Nelson Mandela is increasingly referred to by some at the margins as having been a sell-out for choosing settlement over conflict. So is South Africa cursed with bad leadership or is something else going on? Might it be the case that leadership is actually a messy and difficult business? By MARIUS OOSTHUIZEN.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:03 pm
The ruthless violence with which Mugabe pursued his objectives after Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980 has prompted biographers, analysts and critics to search for indications of this propensity in earlier years. Typically, generalised assumptions and allegations have been made, but supporting evidence has been scant. Such evidence does, indeed, exist – and in striking form – though it is not to be found in the places where most have looked. By STUART DORAN.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:03 pm
Last week, another busy news week in South Africa, saw two significant events. The one was the announcement by General Motors (GM) that after 90 years, it was pulling out of South Africa. The other was the presentation by the new Minister of Energy of her department’s budget speech. Both events elicited strong debate. GM’s decision has been variously ascribed to South Africa’s poor governance and the country’s newly acquired “junk credit status”. The Minister of Energy’s speech confirmed a long-standing commitment to the development of the oil sector, renewed an effort to get a gas economy going and to get nuclear procurement back on track. Renewable energy procurement, the one outstanding success of her department, gets to be moved under the very poorly performing Central Energy Fund and the whole programme gets to be reviewed. Both events highlight the continual failure of South Africa’s industrial policy and a singular failure of even imagining anything better. By DIRK DE VOS.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:02 pm
I never thought I would say this, but it has come to a point where we do not know what to do with good men. We thank the good Lord for their existence, but in the face of the tribulations and downright war we are facing as women, what women mostly hear from these glorified, respectable men is not a unified front that echoes our sentiments and experiences, but a whole choir of voices bent on justifying why we must “not throw the baby out with the bathwater’. There’s a strong myth that good men cannot participate in violent masculinity. By ANGELA CHUMA.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:02 pm
Earlier this week news broke of a study claiming that modern man may have originated in the Mediterranean, not Africa, and much earlier than previously assumed. Is it true? And if so, what’s the significance? MARELISE VAN DER MERWE took a look. The verdict so far: not so fast.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:02 pm
Just as Homer had to face his monsters in choosing between the Scylla and Charybdis, so to must ANC MPs.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:59 pm
Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing boat and taken it to a port in the north of the country, a watchdog group said Wednesday.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 12:19 pm
Cape Town – Former top cop Piet Byleveld has died at the Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 12:12 pm
International ratings agency Moody's on Wednesday cut China's credit rating for the first time in nearly 30 years over concerns about its growing debt mountain.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 11:57 am
by Amber WANG / Michelle YUN Taiwan's top court ruled in favour of gay marriage Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 10:48 am
Manchester attacker named, UK raises threat level, and Top Gun 2 announced.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 3:51 am
by Edouard GUIHAIRE / Rosie SCAMMELL Britain prepared to deploy soldiers at key sites on Wednesday, having raised its terror threat level to maximum after a suicide bomber massacred 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 3:17 am

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