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‘Anti-Indianism’ is infiltrating SA, says Hindu body

@City_Press 31 August 2014 6:00

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha has laid a complaint of hate speech against AmaCde over the anti-Indian lyrics contained in their song, Umhlab’Uzobuya with the South African Human Rights Commission.

Trapped: Miners and rescue workers hold a miner (front) covered in mud after he was rescued from a gold mine blocked by a landslide in Bonanzas town on Friday (August 29 2014). Rescue workers have spoken to 20 miners still trapped in the gold mine after the landslide in northern Nicaragua, though seven are still unaccounted for. Some 29 miners were trapped on Thursday, with two of them rescued the same day, said Rosario Murillo, government spokesman and wife of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

Picture: Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters

Mpumalanga parastatal’s CEO gets R4.4m golden handshake

@City_Press 31 August 2014 6:00

The chief executive officer of a Mpumalanga parastatal has scored a R4.4 million golden handshake following his sudden resignation under a cloud of irregularities.

Limpopo ‘wasteful expenditure’: Companies make millions

@City_Press 31 August 2014 6:00

A Limpopo law firm has made R576 000 in four hours “perusing” 32 tender files as part of a R1.4 million deal to conduct a forensic investigation of the troubled Greater Tubatse Municipality.

SA troops not heading to Lesotho – dept

#Lesotho 30 August 2014 17:43

The South African government was not immediately sending troops to Lesotho following claims that the neighbouring country had been taken over by the military, the department of international relations (Dirco) has said.

SA troops not heading to Lesotho – dept

#Lesotho 30 August 2014 17:33

The South African government was not immediately sending troops to Lesotho following claims that the neighbouring country had been taken over by the military, the department of international relations (Dirco) has said.

Susan Shabangu: I didn’t call Cyril Ramaphosa a ‘liar’

30 August 2014 16:07

Women Minister Susan Shabangu wants an apology from broadcaster eNCA for reporting that she called Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa a liar.

Hot or Not

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    Hot:

    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.

    Not:

    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

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    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.

    Not:

    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

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    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.

    Not:

    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

    Hot:

    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.

    Not:

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

Lesotho PM says army attempted coup, military denies

#Lesotho 30 August 2014 14:23

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane today accused his country’s army of attempting a coup against him, but the military denied seeking to oust him and said its soldiers had returned to barracks.

2 found with 208kg of stolen platinum

30 August 2014 12:28

Two people found in possession of 208kg of suspected stolen platinum are expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

30 August 2014 9:17

The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be touched by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, while riots broke out in neighbouring Guinea’s remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast.

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