Jeudi 25 Mai 2017
(BBC News Africa 25/06/13)
Land reform is a thorny issue in South Africa; for some it conjures up images of Zimbabwe-like land grabs and raises tensions in small farming communities. The 1913 Natives Land Act divided the country into white and black areas and a century later, most of the country's best land remains in the hands of a few thousand white commercial farmers, while tens of thousands of black peasants are crammed together in less fertile areas. Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22967906
(The Sowetan 19/06/13)
The Democratic Alliance was very quiet about the suspension of its Eastern Cape councillor who circulated a racist e-mail, the ANC said. "It has not issued even a single statement condemning [Stanford] Slabbert for his racially offensive remarks," Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said in a statement. "But this should not be a surprise, as the party did not condemn another racist insult made recently by its MEC in the Western Cape, Theuns Botha." During a debate in the Western Cape legislature Botha had reportedly shouted "'n bobbejaan sê hoe" (a baboon says how) to ANC MPL Ntombizodwa Magwaza. Botha was asked to withdraw the remarks and apologise. Motshekga demanded action be taken against Botha. Stanford Slabbert was suspended from the...
(Bloomberg 19/06/13)
Sibanye Gold Ltd. (SGL), which mines all of its metal in South Africa, said it will trim 305 million rand ($31 million) of annual costs in addition to plans set out before its spinoff from Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI) in February. The gold producer will make the savings from job cuts, reducing overtime and lowering power usage, the Westonaria-based company said in a presentation published on its website today. The savings are in addition to 499 million rand of cost reductions already in its 2013 plans, it said. The company will tackle the “inappropriate organizational structures” and “low operational effectiveness” that it inherited from Gold Fields, Sibanye said in the presentation. Sibanye was spun off from Gold Fields in February...
(Mail & Guardian 18/06/13)
Russia and Turkey have joined SA in expressing outrage over revelations that the UK and the US spied on foreign delegates at G20 meetings in 2009. Turkey's government summoned Britain's charge d'affaires on Monday to explain a newspaper report that London put its finance minister, Mehmet Simsek, under surveillance during the talks. Moscow, meanwhile, expressed concern that US spies intercepted communications made by then president Dmitry Medvedev while he was in Britain, and some Russian lawmakers warned it could harm US-Russian ties. South Africa's government on Monday demanded that allegations of South African computers also being singled out for special attention must be investigated. International relations and cooperation department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Monday the government noted with concern...
(Mail & Guardian 17/06/13)
Former president Nelson Mandela's wife Graça Machel has thanked SA for the outpouring of "love and generosity" during Madiba's stay in hospital. Machel issued a statement via the Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory on Monday morning, as Mandela entered his tenth day in a Pretoria hospital, where he is being treated for a lung infection. "Madiba once said, 'What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made in the lives of others.' I have thought of his words on each occasion the world stood with him, making a difference to him, in his healing," Machel said. She said the outpouring of affection and support had come from South Africans,...
(AFP (eng) 12/06/13)
Nelson Mandela is responding better to treatment, South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday as the frail anti-apartheid hero spent a fifth day in hospital. His family said they were "deeply touched" by the outpouring of support from around the world for the 94-year-old Mandela since he was admitted to a private clinic in Pretoria on Saturday with a recurring lung infection. "I am happy to report that Madiba is responding better to treatment from this morning," Zuma told parliament, using the Mandela's clan name. His announcement was greeted with loud cheers from lawmakers, who, like millions of South Africans, have been on edge over Mandela's latest health scare. Until now, the government had described his condition as "serious but...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(BBC News Africa 11/06/13)
South African President Jacob Zuma says Nelson Mandela is "very serious but stabilised" in hospital and that "all are praying" for his recovery. Mr Zuma said the doctors were doing a "very good job", adding that the former president was a "good fighter". The 94-year-old is spending his fourth day in a Pretoria hospital suffering from a recurrent lung infection. Relatives, including his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, visited the ailing former leader on Monday. The former president has been in intensive care since he was admitted to the hospital on Saturday for the third time this year. In December, Mr Mandela spent 18 days undergoing treatment for a lung infection and gallstones. 'Good fighter'. Referring to Mr Mandela as "the father...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - South African police on Tuesday tightened security at the Pretoria hospital where ailing anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in intensive care battling a lung infection. Around a dozen armed police stood guard outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in the capital, where the 94-year-old remained in "serious but stable" condition. Mandela, one of the greatest figures of the 20th century, is being treated for a recurrent lung infection that medical experts say could be life threatening. Tuesday marked 49 years to the day since he was sentenced to life in prison in 1964 for conspiring to overthrow the apartheid government. Mandela spent much of the subsequent 27 years behind bars on...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(The Guardian 03/06/13)
Former aide to Gaddafi said to be travelling freely, as Libyan investigators seek to recover Gaddafi's assets in South Africa. The South African government is facing demands to arrest a man dubbed "Gaddafi's banker" amid claims the deposed Libyan leader and his family stashed more than $1bn (£658m) in the country. Bashir Saleh, on Interpol's wanted list for his former role as a aide to Muammar Gaddafi, is travelling freely in South Africa, according to a report in the local press. He even allegedly attended the governing African National Congress's centenary celebrations and a recent summit of the Brics emerging economies. The row came as South African officials confirmed they have been approached by Libyan investigators seeking to recover Gaddafi's...
(Mail & Guardian 28/05/13)
Nine months ago the Airports Company of SA embarrassed itself. Now, thanks to accidental timing, the embarrassment turns towards a mid-Guptagate Zuma. For online activist network Avaaz, it is a matter of fighting censorship and setting a precedent about free speech and the responsibility of organs of state to uphold it. For President Jacob Zuma, it is a coincidence he really could have done without amid the continuing fallout around Guptagate. On Monday, Avaaz had its day of court on a dispute with the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) that also involves the advertising arm of Primedia, the company that owns assets including radio stations Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. The case harks back to August 2012,...
(Huffingtonpost 27/05/13)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe criticises Nelson Mandela for being too soft on whites, in a documentary giving a rare and intimate look into the family life of one of Africa's longest serving and most vilified leaders. In a cosy lunch setting with his wife and children, the 89-year old speaks on a wide range of issues from his controversial hold on power, to his relationships with former British premiers Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher. The two-and-a-half hour interview, described in detail by British and South African media ahead of its airing, shows the usually bellicose and sharp-tongued Mugabe as a loving family man. Dali Tambo, the son of South African anti-apartheid hero Oliver Tambo, produced the documentary, which will be...
(Mail & Guardian 27/05/13)
In a cosy lunch setting with his wife and children, the 89-year-old speaks on a wide range of issues from his controversial hold on power, to his relationships with former British premiers Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher. The two-and-a-half hour interview, described in detail by British and South African media ahead of its airing, shows the usually bellicose and sharp-tongued Mugabe as a loving family man. Dali Tambo, the son of South African anti-apartheid hero Oliver Tambo, produced the documentary, which will be broadcast on South African public television next Sunday. In the programme Tambo dines with Mugabe's family at his wife Grace's dairy farm. The interview comes just months before crucial general elections in the country which in recent...
(Reuters (Eng) 15/05/13)
Workers at platinum producer Lonmin's (LONJ.J) (LMI.L) South African shafts continued a wildcat strike for a second day on Wednesday, raising concerns that the bitter turf war between rival unions could escalate into anarchy and violence. Production at all Lonmin's 13 shafts was halted on Tuesday as protesters demanded the closure of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) offices at Lonmin, which said last week that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) now represented over 70 percent of its workforce. "At all the shafts at Marikana, nobody reported for night shift and nobody reported for day shift this morning," said Gideon du Plessis, Deputy General Secretary of smaller union Solidarity. Lonmin has increased security at the mines following...
(Sunday Independent 13/05/13)
Some of the 11 Tshwane metro police officers – suspended for moonlighting as VIP security at the Gupta wedding – claim to have video footage showing illicit drugs offloaded from the Gupta chartered jet. They have allegedly blackmailed the Tshwane Metro Police Department to drop the charges or else they will release the mysterious video. The Sunday Independent was informed that the police officers tried to indirectly negotiate a plea bargain with the head of metro police Steven Ngobeni by threatening to go public with the video footage. Three sources, two top city officials and an insider with intimate knowledge of the matter, confirmed the stand off between the metro police and its officers. The city officials declined to be...
(City Press 13/05/13)
The super-rich Gupta family has received a property tax bonanza on their luxury R26.5 million estate that other homeowners could only dream of. City Press has established that the Guptas’ 6 000m² homestead in Saxonwold, northern Joburg, has been valued for property taxes at less than a third of the R26.5 million the controversial family have poured into the property. And, city valuation records show, not only are they paying taxes on a fraction of the property’s value but the valuation has dropped significantly from 2008 when the last citywide valuation was done. They are also not alone. Experts say that a fortune in potential local tax revenues is falling through the net because city valuations on the properties of the super-rich often...
(Reuters (Eng) 26/04/13)
Africa's brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfortable fact that the region remains far too reliant on commodities. Sub-Saharan Africa's growth has been second only to Asia and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, according to a World Bank estimate, if South Africa, the continent's biggest economy, is excluded. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent's fast-growing and young population. Consumption has had multiplier effects into a range of services including banking and finance. Yet unlike in Asia, Africa's consumer boom has been financed mostly by income generated from...
(Reuters (Eng) 15/04/13)
Wage talks across South Africa's mining sector starting in May will be among the toughest ever with strikes a certainty given inflation, worker militancy and shrinking company margins. There is also real risk of a repeat of the labor violence and wildcat action that led to over 50 deaths last year, costing companies and the state billions of dollars in lost revenue. Emboldened by the high settlements some received after the illegal 2012 strikes, labor militancy has spread from platinum to gold and coal. Some miners have downed tools even before talks start. Their income is being devoured by rising prices but wages account for over 50 percent of company costs and they have paid above-inflation wage rises in recent...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/04/13)
South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday defended his decision to send troops to Central African Republic, saying 13 soldiers killed by rebels there had died fighting for Pretoria's foreign policy, not his party's business interests. The South African force was involved in a nine-hour firefight with thousands of rebels who poured into Central African Republic's (CAR) capital Bangui last month and seized control of the country, which has rich deposits of gold, diamonds and uranium. Zuma has faced enormous pressure over the 13 South African deaths - the worst military setback since the end of apartheid in 1994. South Africa's opposition is calling for a parliamentary investigation and domestic media are speculating that the troops were defending investments made...

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