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EFF to lay charges against Gigaba over Transnet locomotive procurement 

By: African News Agency      8th June 2017 The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday said it would open a criminal case against Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, whom it alleged was at the centre of corruption in the procurement of diesel locomotives by Transnet. The EFF could also lay charges against the Transnet board that was in... 

The unravelling of Jacob Zuma  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     19th May 2017 At the memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela, a section of the crowd booed President Jacob Zuma. At the end of last year, former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom stood up at a meeting of the national executive committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) and proposed a vote... 

Treasury has been captured – EFF 

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 South Africa’s Treasury has been captured by the controversial Gupta family who have used President Jacob Zuma as their tool, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Friday. “This Treasury and the country have been captured…we are in a crisis, we are going to do anything in our power to fight... 

Zuma pushing SA to crisis point – FW de Klerk

By: News24Wire      2nd February 2017 President Jacob Zuma is determined to accelerate South Africa's descent to an economic and racial crisis, FW de Klerk, the country's last apartheid head of state, said on Thursday. “President Zuma is determined to accelerate our descent along the road to state capture, economic crisis and racial... 

Absa campaign ‘led by Gupta-sponsored groups,’ – EFF

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2017 A campaign to get Barclays-owned Absa to pay back apartheid debt is led by “State Security” and the controversial Gupta family, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said on Monday. The EFF has been attacked in recent times for being complacent after announcing that it would occupy... 

DTI responds to Malema's poultry tariff hike demand 

By: News24Wire      13th January 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established a national committee that will consider the challenges local poultry producers currently face, according to Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies. “The national committee, which includes the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and... 

It don’t matter if you’re black or white

By: Riaan de Lange     2nd December 2016 No, it don’t matter - rather, grammatically it doesn’t matter. It’s not supposed too, but then, in South Africa’s instance it does. Unfortunately, it does. It has been for living memory, and there is no indication that this would not be the case in the foreseeable future. It might not have... 

Likely consequences of an ANC-EFF merger 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     18th October 2016 For about three years now, there have been consistent rumours that some leaders of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African National Congress (ANC) have been engaged in on-off discussions about Julius Malema and others in the top echelons of the EFF going back to the ANC. According to... 

Gordhan confirms SAA losses as MPs demand Myeni’s head

By: African News Agency      14th September 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday confirmed that South African Airways (SAA) suffered losses of R4.7-billion in 2014/2015 and a further R1.8-billion in the past financial year. Gordhan did so when he closed a bitter debate in the National Assembly on SAA that was dominated by demands... 

No more cycle lanes and demand for etoll payments by metro police – Mashaba 

By: African News Agency      13th September 2016 Under the Democratic Alliance (DA), the city of Johannesburg would do away with the construction of bicycle lanes, while the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has been instructed to desist from “harassing” residents who owed e-toll fees, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Tuesday. “In our... 

There’s more to elections than attendance at manifesto launch rallies 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     13th May 2016 An old Prog – a former member of the liberal Progressive Party, one of the precursors of the Democratic Alliance (DA) – told me a story about the 1961 general election, which was held on October 18, 13 months before I was born. 

More than 140 000 new land claims lodged

By: News24Wire      26th April 2016 A total of 143 720 new land claims had been lodged across South Africa by the end of March 2016, Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo said on Tuesday. Of those, around 27 696 were lodged with the help of officials who used mobile offices to reach those too far from the... 

Vote against the tide, Malema urges ANC MPs

By: News24Wire      5th April 2016 Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema went on a tirade against the ruling party in the National Assembly on Tuesday. Malema, who had four minutes to get his point across, added two more minutes to his time, without approval from the presiding officer. 

Zuma to face tough questions over Nene

By: News24Wire      14th March 2016 President Jacob Zuma will have to answer for his decision to sack former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene in Parliament this week. The president removed Nene from his post in December, replacing him with backbencher David Van Rooyen, who was later redeployed to Cooperative Governance and... 

Guptas get interdict against EFF

By: News24Wire      10th February 2016 The Gupta brothers on Tuesday obtained an urgent interdict to stop the EFF from threatening them. Judge Johan Louw granted an order in the High Court in Pretoria, interdicting the party, its leader Julius Malema and its Gauteng spokesperson Ntobeng Ntobeng from making threats of violence against... 

Gupta's face off with EFF in court

By: News24Wire      9th February 2016 The Gupta family and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are expected to face off North Gauteng High court on Tuesday. The family, via their company Oakbay Investments,  is understood to have filed an urgent application on behalf of their shareholders, businesses and staff to interdict the EFF on... 

Sixteen S Africans ranked among top 100 on continent

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th November 2015 Sixteen South Africans are among New African magazine’s 100 Most Influential Africans, including the country’s students – following the recent ‘feesmustfall’ protests that swept across universities in all provinces. Those listed came from a range of sectors including politics, business, civil... 

We will make Joburg ungovernable - Numsa protesters

By: News24Wire      14th October 2015 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) vowed to make Johannesburg ungovernable as they marched against corruption and job losses in the mining industry in South Africa's economic centre on Wednesday. Former Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary, Zwelinzima... 

Malema outlines mining and land policies in interaction with business

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2015 When the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) speaks of nationalising South Africa’s mines, it means that the State will own 60% of the operation, says party leader Julius Malema. Malema says this move will not chase away investors, as some of the same mining companies that operate in South Africa... 

Resources Watch 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2015 This week: Prevost drops a coal bombshell Mining’s bottoming presents an opportunity to write a new script And, the EFF seeks a 60% State ownership of mines 

ANCYL blasts Malema, Vavi over anti-corruption march 

By: African News Agency      1st October 2015 Former Congress of South Africa Trade Union (Cosatu) secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema are corrupt, and should not spearhead anti-corruption campaigns, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) said on Thursday. “We are deeply concerned... 

Thousands participate in Pretoria march against corruption

By: Dylan Stewart     30th September 2015 Thousands of people from various spheres of society on Wednesday gathered in the City of Tshwane, in a march titled Unite Against Corruption. The diverse crowd representing faith-based organisations, student organisations, civil society groups and political parties, marched from Lilian Ngoyi... 

EFF seeks 60% State ownership of mines, govt as custodian of farmland 

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2015 When the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spoke of nationalising South Africa’s mines, it meant that the State would own 60% of the operation, said party leader Julius Malema in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Speaking at an American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) breakfast, Malema said this move would not... 

We need police leaders with integrity - analyst

By: News24Wire      2nd July 2015 If situations like Marikana were to be prevented in the future, South Africa needed police leaders with integrity who did not make decisions based on politics, an analyst said on Thursday. "To move forward and really see a change in the police and the police culture; to reduce police misconduct;... 

EFF to lay criminal charges against deputy president Ramaphosa, ministers 

By: African News Agency      2nd July 2015 The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Thursday it would lay charges against deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, former police minister Nathi Mthethwa and top police management for the deaths of 44 people in Marikana three years ago. ”We are opening these cases because we believe only a proper... 

Parly disruptions destabilise policy making – economist 

By: Sapa     13th February 2015 The disruptions in Parliament while President Jacob Zuma delivered his eighth State of the Nation address on Thursday night were an attempt to disrupt and destabilise policy making, an economist said. "The ugly scenes in Parliament which disrupted the State of the Nation, shows that there are... 

Union urges Eskom to rethink severance packages, focus on rebuilding staff morale 

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2014 Trade union Solidarity, which has 7 000 members working at Eskom, is urging the State-owned utility to abandon its voluntary-severance offer to employees and focus instead on rebuilding staff morale as part of a broader effort to improve the currently dire outlook for electricity supply. CEO Dirk... 

ANC won't privatise power 

By: Sapa     25th November 2014 The ANC is not in favour of privatising the country's power system, despite problems with parastatal Eskom, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday. "Electricity remains a public good and therefore, if you totally privatise it, it will have problems," Mantashe told reporters at the... 

AMCU will not buy Amplats mines – Gama

By: Sapa     20th August 2014 Amcu treasurer Jimmy Gama on Wednesday told MPs the union had no plans to buy two mines Amplats is selling off, while the rival NUM said it remained opposed to such a move. "Amcu is not interested in buying those mines," Gama told Parliament's mineral resources portfolio committee. 

The EFF’s dual character

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     15th August 2014 Where do the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) come from, and where are they going? In the lead-up to the 1949 national conference of the African National Congress (ANC), the Youth League tried to interest the then president of the ANC Dr AB Xuma in the idea of adopting a radical programme of... 

Anti-fracking lobby seeks new moratorium, keeps legal powder dry 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2014 Anti-fracking lobby group Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) and social rights group AfriForum hand delivered a letter to President Jacob Zuma this week calling on him to declare a fresh moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in South Africa, or face possible legal action. TKAG CEO Jonathan Deal... 

South Africans vote in first 'Born Free' election 

By: Reuters     7th May 2014 South Africans voted in the first "Born Free" election on Wednesday, with polls suggesting the allure of the ruling African National Congress as the conqueror of apartheid will prevail even among those with no memory of white-minority rule. Voters young and old wrapped up against the early... 

Moral, ethical issues not major issues for ANC voters despite Nkandlagate

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     18th April 2014 There is no issue or factor that, on its own, will determine whether the African National Congress (ANC) gains or loses support in the May election. While the anger and disappointment of some sections of our country’s citizenry over the response of President Jacob Zuma and his party, the ANC, to... 

Promises, promises . . .

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     21st March 2014 Critical and strategic national conversations seldom occur during an election year and this year is not going to be an exception. As evidenced by the content of the election manifestos of different political parties, election pork pies, pipe dreams and things utopian have taken centre stage. As... 

Seifsa ‘delighted’ by govt commitment to enhanced industry alliance 

By: Natalie Greve     27th February 2014 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed government’s commitment to supporting business by creating an “enabling” environment and providing tax incentives for local manufacturing, as expressed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his 2014 National... 

A number of issues impacting the local commercial and industrial property sectors were highlighted at Improvon’s annual Property Trends Forum

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2013 The forum took place as a panel discussion between JP Landman, a self-employed Analyst on political-economic trends; Stan Garran, the Chief Executive Director and Head of IPD South Africa; Dr Azaar Jammine, Director and Chief Economist at Econometrix; and Estienne de Klerk, President of SAPOA.... 

Yellow metal’s upward trajectory expected to continue throughout 2013

By: Joanne Taylor     1st February 2013 Despite high gold prices, production of the yellow metal in South Africa has failed to respond meaningfully to worldwide demand, rising only 0.2% in 2012, according to Thomson Reuters GFMS’s Gold Survey 2012 – Update 2. Towards the end of last year, the gold price had increased on a yearly basis... 

ANCYL plans nationalisation proposal at conference

By: Sapa     14th December 2012 The African National Congress (ANC) Youth League will propose resolutions on the nationalisation of certain minerals and strategic mining companies at the party's 53rd national conference in Mangaung, it said on Friday. "...We shall be proposing nationalisation of the following minerals: iron... 

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