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Ebola: Avoid travel to high-risk areas – Cabinet

#Ebola 28 August 2014 22:48

Passengers wishing to travel between South Africa and the Ebola high-risk areas in West Africa must request permission from the health department, says SA Airways.

Zuma spy tapes: Nomgcobo Jiba gets tongue lashing

28 August 2014 19:14

The office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions received an unprecedented tongue-lashing in the “spy tapes” order handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Stop the Nkandla mudslinging, Thuli Madonsela tells ANC

@mbanjwax #Nkandla 28 August 2014 17:51

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has made an impassioned plea to the ANC to stop the name calling and rein in officials who are making “unwarranted” attacks on the integrity of her office.

Arms deal critics pull out of commission, citing a cover-up

28 August 2014 13:35

The Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 multibillion-rand arms deal is no longer salvageable, arms deal critic and former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein has said.

Hot or Not

  • This Week


    When it’s your time, it’s really your time. Fresh from a gold in triple jump at the Commonwealth Games, Khotso Mokoena led the South African ­contingent with a solid victory in the men’s long jump event at the ­Diamond League meeting in Stockholm this week. This could prove to be Mokoena’s year to capture the world stage and make it his own.


    Ratings agencies have become one of those things we love to hate. Whether anyone agrees with the downgrades or not, the minute they declare a company or country junk, a whole lot of investment protocols kick in, ensuring that the rating is proven correct. We have felt their scorn, and we want them to go away and pick on someone else.

  • Previous Weeks


    Laughter is the best medicine, but it wasn’t enough to cure actor Robin Williams of his deep depression. He made us weep with laughter and, in his darker roles, just weep – and hid his own demons behind a wide smile and sad eyes. His ­suicide this week left the world a little emptier.
    Thanks for the memories, Robin – we’re sorry for your pain.


    President Jacob Zuma has mastered the art of passing the buck. After keeping us waiting for months for a response to the Public Protector’s Nkandla report, he delivered what was essentially two pages of a reply as most of the 20 pages were a regurgitation of other reports. And the substance was: Ask the police minister.

  • Previous Weeks


    When science is cool, it’s really cool. European spacecraft Rosetta caught up with a comet this week. It will ­attach a probe to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – Chury to its friends – and gather data from its surface. This will offer a peek into what reports call a kind of “astronomical time capsule” to see what things were like when our solar system was born.


    Lending money to poor people at high interest rates is bad enough. Springing one of the biggest shockers in South Africa’s corporate
    history is not hot either. Not long ago, African Bank’s management indicated it was at rock bottom. Almost R10 billion got burnt this week once the extent of its ­problems became clear.

  • Previous Weeks


    Team SA for their 37-medal haul with three days to go at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, getting closer to the target of 43 set by Sascoc and already surpassing the 33 from the 2010 Games. The SA lawn bowls (five gold medals), judo (one) and Rugby Sevens teams proved that the nation should not only always rely on swimming and athletics for gold medals.


    What will it take for the US to ­finally ditch its “softly, softly” ­approach to Israel? Not even the bombing of a UN-run school in Gaza by Israeli forces could do it. The US called the act “indefensible” and called on Israel to “live up to their own standards” of protecting civilians. That’ll show ’em, Obama. Or not.

  • Previous Weeks


    It is common cause that when a minister’s official car breaks down, the department hires a replacement. Not for Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chose to drive her own private car when her state car was not in use. At a time when government is calling for cuts in excessive spending, Pandor’s action shows a minister leading by example.


    Dragged for kilometres during a hijacking and then dying. That’s the end of life for four-year-old Taegrin Morris. His death should shock us all into taking a stand against crime. The fight against crime cannot be relegated to the police alone. It will also take society’s efforts to clear our country of violent criminals.

Baleka Mbete letter to EFF: Why shouldn’t you be suspended?

28 August 2014 12:37

All 25 EFF MPs have received formal letters from Speaker Baleka Mbete asking them to motivate why the party should not be suspended from Parliament for disrupting a sitting.

Spy tapes must be released, court rules

28 August 2014 9:32

The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed President Jacob Zuma’s application to prevent the release of the so-called “Spy Tapes”, in a judgment handed down in Bloemfontein today.

ANC supporters: Julius Malema can’t undermine democracy on our watch

@CaiphusK_11 27 August 2014 16:45

About 200 ANC members chanting “Dubula uMalema” (shoot Malema) arrived in Parliament today, saying they were there to defend the ANC from the EFF and its leader Julius Malema.

Why should I apologise to families? – Marikana strike leader

#Marikana 27 August 2014 14:54

There is no need to apologise to the families of Lonmin workers killed at Marikana in August 2012, one of the strike’s leaders has told the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

‘Purged’ mayor resurfaces to lend helping hand to David Mabuza

@City_Press 27 August 2014 13:53

A mayor forced out of his job two months ago has returned to rally his region to support Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza to retain the provincial ANC chairpersonship for a third term.

EFF cries foul around ANC bus plan

@City_Press 27 August 2014 11:10

The Economic Freedom Fighters have cried foul, claiming the ANC is “planning to undermine the very Parliament that it claims to protect and respect” by busing in supporters for this afternoon’s sitting.

Thuli Madonsela must finish her term – Gwede Mantashe

26 August 2014 21:42

The ANC does not want to see Public Protector Thuli Madonsela vacate her office before the end of her term but she must do her job correctly, says secretary general Gwede Mantashe.



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