Leaked Letters Reveal ‘SARS Wars’ Showdown Between Gordhan And Moyane

Leaked letters between SARS head Tom Moyane and finance minister Pravin Gordhan reveal a complete breakdown in the relationship between the two finance heads. In one letter, leaked to and republished by the Mail & Guardian, Gordhan lambasted Moyane for approving his own salary increase for the 2015/16 financial year. In the letter to Moyane, […]
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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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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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#Zupta Penalty: Foreign Investors Pull Plug On South African Investments. SONA Penalty Next?

Jacob Zuma and his buddies in the ANC might be impressing Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters supporters with talk of radical economic transformation to slay the imaginary beast of white monopoly capital. But their rhetoric, together with seemingly endless revelations of corruption, is sending foreign investors to distant climes. This worrying development is highlighted in […]
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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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Eskom Customers will be Paying Twice for their Electricity due to “The African Way”

The civil rights organisation AfriForum is worried that municipalities that owe Eskom money will have consumers coughing up to pay off these debts.  AfriForum will therefore introduce a project today in 102 AfriForum branches country wide to empower communities to provide input regarding the drafting of municipalities’ integrated development plans (IDPs) and concept budgets. This […]
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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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The nuts and bolts of radical economic transformation

At President Jacob Zuma’s second inauguration, he vowed that economic transformation would “take centre stage” during his last term of office. He promised that “the structure of the economy will be transformed through industrialisation, broad-based black economic empowerment and through strengthening and expanding the role of the state in the economy”. That the economy would […]
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South Africa In Economic Breakdown: Zuma’s Grim Legacy In Charts – But His Friends Are Having Fun

Jacob Zuma South Africans have become accustomed to heaving a collective sigh of relief as ratings agencies continue to stave off a ratings downgrade. But, South Africa’s ratings have moved close to sub-investment grade with President Jacob Zuma at the helm, as the graphs below indicate. The rand’s value has declined steadily, too, with a few […]
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The Truth And Lies Of Zuma’s SONA 2017

Amidst unprecedented security measures, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma delivered his tenth State of the Nation Address on 9 February 2017. We fact-checked his speech. Claim: “To date, nearly 7 million households have been connected to the grid and now have electricity.” Verdict: Correct South Africa’s development indicators showed that 6,340,321 households had been connected […]
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