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Two people were injured after a dialogue with refugees at the Central Methodist Mission turned violent. Meanwhile, protesting migrants who had scaled the fence of the UNHCR offices in Pretoria were removed from the office grounds after the organisation laid a charge of trespassing. The group was facing eviction following a court order from the North Gauteng High Court.
A tense stand-off erupted into violent scuffles as Tshwane metro police removed hundreds of refugees from the UNHCR office yard in Waterkloof. The confrontation came 24 hours after the refugees had scaled the fence of the property and set up camp – after being ordered to leave the pavement outside.
I could never have imagined that our decision to move to the UK in 2002 would result in a profound event in the life of someone I hadn’t yet met, who was to become a great friend. An event that inspired him to write a book now on sale in the UK, US, Australia and South Africa.
A delegation of interfaith leaders and an SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) commissioner were allegedly attacked inside the Cape Town Central Methodist Church on Friday as they tried to mediate an impasse with refugees and asylum seekers looking to leave the country.
Luyanda Botha was sentenced to three terms of life imprisonment plus five years by the Cape Town High Court after he pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of 19-year-old University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana.
From croissants to her ‘fat kid food’ indulgences, Courtney Stuart is baking her heart out in Durban. Winning fans. Luring them with creative surprises, quality ingredients and flavour. She runs out often. They keep coming back. Intermittent reinforcement at its best. Plus social media smarts. She’s baking flat out and thriving on it.
Exploring this wildly beautiful coastline and the people that call it home, West Coast Wander takes readers on a culinary caper from Yzerfontein to Doringbaai, documenting each delicious detour. As for trendy Paternoster? Hmmm, not so much, according to this forthright author.
In what’s defined as a hamlet here, really a dollop abutting a town that’s included in quite a big city’s district, and there’s no English. The Italian seems to be an unfathomable dialect. It’s what my sister’s neighbour speaks. But I do understand her food. Last year when I was here, she plied us with a succession of the country-style dishes she makes with effortless skill, plus delectable gifts.
Trade union Amcu has signed a three-year wage deal with the country’s platinum producers that will see workers get an extra R1,000 per month. The industry will avoid a strike, but the platinum belt remains tense with rival union NUM planning a rally in Amcu’s stronghold Marikana on Sunday.
MAPUTO, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Mozambique's top court has dismissed opposition party Renamo's application to have the results of its recent general election dismissed - a scenario Renamo has said could result in violence in the country just months after an historic peace deal.
The son of Julian Assange’s senior judge is linked to an anti-data leak company created by the UK intelligence establishment and staffed by officials recruited from US intelligence agencies behind that country’s prosecution of the WikiLeaks founder.
Violent storms and tornadoes caused havoc in KwaZulu-Natal this week and more heavy storms, hail and floods are predicted for the next few days. Maverick Citizen asked an expert to explain what is going on with the weather.
In late October 2019, Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni revised down South Africa’s estimated GDP growth for 2019 to 0.5% – from the 1.5% provided in the February Budget. This big decrease will have a negative impact on tax collection, sovereign debt service capability and business confidence in general. Ironically, the plunge may be a direct result of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s actions to root out corruption.
South Africa dodged a recession in the second quarter of 2019, but the economy may be in the throes of one now. Data for the third quarter is generally bleak and suggests the economy contracted over that period. This means that if growth did not start rebounding last month, the economy could well be in recession mode now.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. priced the retail portion of its Hong Kong share sale Friday, issuing an appeal to retail investors in a city in the throes of recession after months of violent pro-democracy protests.
The U.S. Senate plans moves to support Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, Jack Ma sees trade “turbulence” ahead for 20 years, and we’ve hit a new global debt record. Here are some of the things people in markets are talking about today.
LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party said it would unveil plans on Friday to provide free 'full-fibre' broadband across the country by creating a 'British Broadband' public service, formed by bringing parts of telecoms provider BT back into state ownership.
Russia’s concerted push into Africa is re-establishing the country’s strongest links with the continent since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Trade with Africa grew to $20.4bn in 2018 while Russia has signed military agreements with 21 African countries.
A first in-depth investigation and audit into the meteoric rise of the shadowy private Wagner Group in Africa has revealed the presence of thousands of Russian mercenaries in at least 20 African countries including Mozambique, Libya, Sudan, the Ivory Coast and the Central African Republic.
The dismissal of over 3,000 security guards – with October salaries unpaid – means more than 10,000 jobs directly linked to Prasa’s meltdown could be lost this year as maintenance companies and components suppliers close shop.
The former head of state Jacob Zuma has played manga manga with the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, causing tension within its structures and concerns that his game-playing can damage the credibility of the commission.
Evidence is mounting that VBS aided another elaborate bank heist north-west of the border by producing fake paper trails and channelling stolen cash to fool regulators and auditors – ultimately leading to the collapse of yet another small institution serving the poor and vulnerable.
The Department of Basic Education has released its proposed lesson plans for Comprehensive Sexuality Education online in the face of an outcry from conservative groups. All the signs are that this move is unlikely to placate critics, who are unmoved by arguments backed by research that the syllabus is one of the best weapons in the battle against HIV, teen pregnancy and gender-based violence.
This essay looks at women’s participation in local spaces in order to examine the state’s engagement with democratic participation in South Africa and Kerala, India. It explores the way in which the states create arenas for participation as well as the states’ attempts to limit and control participatory spaces.
South African Airways flights have been cancelled as a strike looms. Between proposed restructuring that could lead to mass retrenchments and deadlocks over wage negotiations, here is what you need to know about where the airline stands.
A question on Thursday in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament about turnaround strategies to improve the quality of passing for learners from poorer schools led to a discussion that was adversarial rather than educational.
A report released by Statistics South Africa paints a grim picture of inequality in the country. It looks at trends such as access to basic services, healthcare and the inequality in the labour market.
A higher minimum wage might deliver benefits beyond what is captured in the traditional economic calculus. Given capitalism’s growing crisis of credibility, business leaders would do well to consider embracing such policies more enthusiastically.
Dealing with all the issues facing South Africa is a matter of profound importance. It is difficult to see what a focus on race offers in doing so. In raising the costs of doing business, race policy has made it more difficult. And it incentivises racial thinking – helping to turn it from South Africa’s great abomination to a source of cynical pride.
After giving birth to her pup on a Port Elizabeth beach, the first time since the 1950s that this has happened, a 600kg elephant seal dubbed Zelda left this week, presumably for colder seas. She left behind her pup, Ziggy, who will be looked after by the same volunteer rescuers who guarded them 24 hours a day when the pregnant Zelda first stranded and delivered the pup.
The Eastern Cape Department of Education this week apologised to learners at a primary school that was meant to be rebuilt in 2017, after pictures went viral of them writing their exams outside dilapidated mud classrooms. The department was also hit with a court order compelling it to fix another school’s toilets – something it had failed to do so since 2013.
PPC Southern Africa MD Njombo Lekula believes there is a merger opportunity with smaller rival AfriSam in the future. Since 2014, both companies have twice attempted to combine their operations, but PPC shareholders blocked a merger. Lekula said the pressing issue is cheap cement imports from China and Vietnam that are hurting SA’s cement industry.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni declared himself ‘no Father Christmas’ during the MTBPS briefing. He has opened a discussion about the viability of the MTBPS and it looks increasingly likely that his wish to offload some of the state’s airline assets will materialise. Times are tough, the ‘family is in trouble’ so a rebalancing of the government’s portfolio is in the offing. Now, this is no longer a question of ‘if’, but ‘when’.
The new Integrated Resource Plan commits our economy to coal for the foreseeable future — but the costs of this on South Africans are mounting. This article explores the devastating impact of a dying, immensely destructive industry on a KwaZulu-Natal rural community, and the determined battle being waged by Sabelo Dladla and others to have their rights acknowledged.
On the morning of Thursday 14 November 2019, a number of migrants entered the premises of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Tshwane, moving a sit-in protest from outside its walls to within it.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has once again said that wage deals will be signed with South Africa’s big platinum producers, this time on Friday, 15 November 2019. The union said on Tuesday that the signing ceremony would take place on Wednesday and then pulled the plug amid apparent last-minute wrangling. Hopefully, there is no false alarm this time.
In South Africa, women’s sexual and reproductive health rights are often glorified based on our progressive laws. The reality, however, is that women’s sexual and reproductive health rights are routinely undermined in the absence of accurate information on safe abortion services.
Women whose pregnancies are ended through natural causes or medical intervention before 26 weeks are not issued with death certificates enabling them to bury their children. The Voice of the Unborn Baby and Cause for Justice wants to change this and have brought a constitutional challenge against the Registration of Birth and Death Act in the Pretoria High Court.
The first day of open public hearings inquiring into the impeachment of US President Donald Trump is completed, but many more days of potentially explosive testimony lie ahead. The outcome is uncertain.
It is common in global and local capital markets for an investment holding company to trade at a discount to its net asset value. How to spot the wealth that is trapped in these management vehicles is easy, but finding answers to the other questions – who, when and what – is a tad trickier.
Former CEO Bongani Maseko was not fired by the Airports Company of South Africa – because his contract was expiring the following month. But the company did hand case files on ‘wasteful, fruitless and irregular expenditure’ to the Hawks. By Refentse Shinners for ACSA
SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Nov 14 (Reuters) - A California high school student dressed in black opened fire on campus on Thursday, killing a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy and wounding three other teens before shooting himself in the head, officials said.
WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday President Donald Trump already has admitted to bribery in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of a Democratic-led inquiry, accusing him of an impeachable offense under the U.S. Constitution.