The Big Story:- How ‘Spur man’ and Zille are alike

If the act of a black woman telling a white man to f*ck off had the same power as a raging white man, the past 400 years of South African history may have turned out differently. An act of language is stripped of its power when confronted by a historically constructed bulwark of race and […]
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Zille’s tweets the biggest headache for Maimane

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille must be “dealt with” for her praise of colonialism and expelled from the party, several DA leaders said on Wednesday. They believed that how the party handled her defence of colonialism would test the party’s commitment to non-racialism. The leaders, who spoke on condition of anonymity, include members of the […]
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Racism will soon be a crime punishable by law

Jacob Zuma claims that the ideology of racism remained firmly entrenched among some population groups. Practising racism and racial intolerance will soon be an offence punishable by law in South Africa, according to President Zuma. Addressing a small but very enthusiastic crowd at Victoria Grounds in King William’s Town, Eastern Cape, to mark Human Rights Day, Zuma […]
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Replacing South Africa’s finance minister, or his deputy, would carry a heavy cost

Many see the decision by South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) to send the disgraced former CEO of the power utility Eskom to parliament as the precursor to another attack on the National Treasury and to remove finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The decision to give Brian Molefe a seat in the country’s parliament has […]
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SAA to remain under intense government oversight – Gordhan – Budget 2017

SAA will remain under intense government oversight, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in his report contained in National Treasury’s 2017 Budget Review, which he tabled in Parliament on Wednesday. Referring to recommendations made by the Select and Standing Committees on Finance on the 2016 Revised Fiscal Framework, Gordhan said the committees recommend that National Treasury […]
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Gordhan ups social spending and squeezes the rich

Despite trying circumstances, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on Wednesday that the budget introduces new tax measures that target the rich and that social spending is prioritised to favour the poor. In his highly anticipated budget speech, Gordhan announced a new top personal income tax rate of 45% for those with taxable incomes of more […]
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Conspiracy, disinformation and Zuma-Gordhan fight loom over budget

A year after President Jacob Zuma began feuding with his Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan over control of the nation’s purse strings, the conflict appears to be coming to a head. When he presents his annual budget in Parliament on Wednesday, Gordhan will seek to keep state spending in check and fend off a junk credit […]
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Mashaba ‘still pissed off’ – businessman Reddy on City Power investigation

Mayor Herman Mashaba’s investigation into alleged corruption involving the city’s R1bn smart electricity meter tender is just petty politics, businessman Vivian Reddy said. Reddy is the owner of Edison Power which was awarded the billion rand tender to install smart meters throughout the municipality. The contract has been probed four times in the past by […]
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Zuma: We are not racist when we say whites own land

Addressing land ownership in South Africa does not make the government racist, President Jacob Zuma said in his reply on Thursday to MPs who had debated his State of the Nation address (Sona) earlier this week. Zuma was speaking inside the National Assembly in Parliament, where his comments on land reform were met with applause. […]
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ANC plans ‘constitutional revolution’ on land

The government is planning a “constitutional revolution” to fast-track land reform, including considering expropriation without compensation. The ruling party also wants land reform to include restitution for “precolonial dispossession” before the 1913 Native Land Act came into force, and a cap on the amount of land an individual can own. With most South African land […]
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