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Efforts stepped up to get SA bodies home from Nigeria

17 November 2014 7:23

Efforts are now being escalated to ensure that the bodies of 11 people who died in the Nigeria church building collapse are returned home, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

Devastation: Bedan Bai, the mother of a victim who died after undergoing a sterilisation operation at a government mass sterilisation camp, holds her granddaughter Kirti outside her house at Bilaspur district in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday (November 15 2014). Tablets linked to the deaths of more than a dozen women who visited a sterilisation camp in eastern India are likely to have contained a chemical compound commonly used in rat poison, a senior official in Chhattisgarh state said on Saturday.

Picture: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

Cops probe Limpopo’s foul school food

@City_Press 16 November 2014 18:00

The police have stepped in to investigate a spate of food poisonings at Limpopo schools that have left more than 1 300 pupils hospitalised in less than a month.

Nkandla officials fear for lives

@City_Press 16 November 2014 15:45

Eleven of the public works officials charged in relation to the spending at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead say they fear for their lives if journalists sit in on their hearings.

Public Service ‘abusing’ affirmative action

@City_Press 16 November 2014 15:00

The Public Service Commission says some government departments are abusing affirmative action by not filling posts when there are no qualified black candidates available.

Philae streams data to Earth before going to sleep

@City_Press 16 November 2014 15:00

The Philae lander on comet 67P sent a stream of data back to Earth before losing power in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke deserves kudos for asking uncomfortable questions and provoking discussions about how power is dispersed in our democratic dispensation. He is correct to ask if we need future presidents to have sweeping powers, and his critique of land reform, the access to justice and inequality is pertinent.

    Not:

    Unpatriotic and “prima donna” behaviour will take you nowhere. Bafana Bafana midfielder May Mahlangu this week shunned the national team’s call, citing fatigue. Mahlangu has no one else to blame but himself if he does not feature for Bafana ever again after Safa imposed an immediate ban on him from playing for the team.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Barcelona star Lionel Messi is really something special. This week, he equalled Raúl González’s Champions’ League goal tally of 71 and did this after just 90 games in the competition. His rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is not far off the mark with 70 goals after 111 games. Both will clearly beat the record, but Messi is likely to do this in fewer games than Ronaldo.

    Not:

    Igor Gamula seems determined to entrench racism in sport. The coach of FC Rostov, the Russian Premier League outfit, said this week his club was not going to sign any more black players
    because they had “enough dark-skinned players, we’ve got six of the things” and that they would spread Ebola. What a pillock!

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Lindiwe Zulu. In three months, the new small business minister has been a bundle of energy, even though she does not have a budget. This week, Zulu told Parliament her department had ensured R400 million was paid to small and medium businesses by defaulting government departments.

    Not:

    Siphelo Makeleni and Siphakamise Ngxowa of Cosas are surely the two most stupid students in the ­country. This week, they vowed to continue with the vile campaign to place pigs heads at Woolworths stores as part of a solidarity ­campaign with Palestinians. Oink!

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Not all of us can deliver bad news in a way that makes it sound positive, or proactive and certain. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene did it this week. He said we were going to pay more tax and told his colleagues in government their belts would be tightened. And no one seemed that angry. This was probably because his speech was not hot potatoes; it was just plain hot.

    Not:

    “Doesn’t it just blow your mind,” CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour asked a guest, “to see a township black judge handing down a sentence?” What is a “township black judge”, Ms Amanpour, and why would Judge Thokozile Masipa’s calm, capable handling of the Oscar Pistorius trial blow anyone’s mind? She’s just doing her job.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Shakes Mashaba for turning no-hopers Bafana Bafana into a respectable outfit. They are unbeaten in four matches, and are on course to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals after a 3-0 away victory over Sudan, a goalless home draw against Nigeria, a 2-0 away win over Congo Brazzaville and a goalless draw at home. Bafana have yet to concede a goal under Mashaba.

    Not:

    A media monitoring company ­reported on Friday that Brett ­Kebble’s killer, Mikey Schultz, snapped up 30% of the previous day’s media coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial – just by being in court. This may be the highlight
    of Schultz’s life because his only claim to fame up to now is getting away with murder.

Don’t klap your kids, new study warns

@City_Press 16 November 2014 15:00

Think twice before you smack your child. The University of Cape Town Children’s Institute has said in its Child Gauge 2014 report that corporal punishment can cause lasting damage to a child.

Jacob Zuma’s new number one

@City_Press #Nkandla 16 November 2014 15:00

In the corridors of Parliament, Cedric Frolick is described as an “extremely hard-working” man and as a person who sticks to the rules.

Parliament: Opposition promise boycott, disruptions

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema this week warned of a “loss of life caused by police” after riot police removed one of the party’s MPs, Reneilwe Mashabela, from the House for refusing to obey an order by House chairperson Cedric Frolick to withdraw a remark that President Jacob Zuma was a thief.

A-level education comes to Joburg’s East Rand

@City_Press 16 November 2014 15:00

A township school on Johannesburg’s East Rand is administering one of the world’s most prestigious and rigorous academic qualifications – for just R200 a month.

Newsmaker – All party stripes flock to Jujutown

@City_Press 16 November 2014 15:00

You’d expect Pretoria’s newest informal settlement to be brimming with red berets. After all, it’s named after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

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If there was an election tomorrow, the ANC would lose in Gauteng.
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