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Just voted the best tourist destination in the world by the World Travel Awards, Portugal is becoming the destination of choice for South Africans looking to live and invest their money elsewhere. Most popular is the Portuguese Golden Visa Programme which gives Saffers a Plan B or the option to go and live in Portugal for a minimum €350,000 investment.
At a media briefing on Tuesday, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane hit out at the DA-instigated parliamentary process to investigate her fitness to hold office. Mkhwebane said the removal proceedings violate both the Constitution and the independence of Chapter 9 institutions – and indicated her belief that they may be a form of revenge for findings she has made against President Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
When Enoch Mpianzi drowned on a school orientation camp, it was not because he was poor, black and foreign. Nor was it, as leadership of the Nyati Bush and Riverbreak Lodge has stated, ‘a terrible accident’ and ‘no one’s fault’. It was the result of a series of actions and decisions made by the adults entrusted with his care. These decisions were at best poor, and at worst reckless and negligent. Tragically, the result was foreseeable.
JERUSALEM, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday withdrew his bid for parliamentary immunity from prosecution on corruption charges, making a criminal trial against him a near certainty.
Now that my service to the craft of journalism has come to an end — for now, and in this form — I regret not stepping on more toes than I actually did. Over the past 15 years of dedicating my life to the Fourth Estate, there were always more stories to tell, so much to do, and so little time.
It is encouraging that young activists have made supportive statements about the value of meritocracy as the basis for professionalising the public service and creating a capable state. But this has to be a meritocracy that is different from the ideologically-bound one associated with privilege.
Important points have gone MIA in the political noise around the ANC National Executive Committee’s lekgotla decision that the executive would determine all regarding expropriation without compensation. Ministerial powers on various land matters already are expansive. But a general law to effect compensationless expropriation after a constitutional amendment is barely on the horizon.
The case to have former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni declared a delinquent director was finally set to go ahead on Monday, 27 January. But Myeni is not out of delaying tactics just yet – launching a fresh application to appeal against the right of Outa to file a civil case against her and arguing for her right to change her plea.
South Africa's arms trade regulator has failed in its mandate to monitor the export of weapons to countries that, among other things, abuse human rights, or wage war against their own citizens. This begs the question, who will guard the guards themselves?
There’s a class of chemicals popularly dubbed ‘forever chemicals’. It’s supposed to be terribly scary that there are tiny quantities of them in the environment and even in food and drinking water. Some have already been phased out. Yet the research, and the very nickname itself, suggests they’re not very scary at all.
There is no doubt that by 2100, the world will enjoy abundant, cheap, zero-carbon energy. Coal will be confined to museums, and oil and gas use will be dramatically reduced. Technological progress makes that inevitable, even if unassisted by government policy. But to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change, a zero-carbon global economy must be achieved by mid-century. That, too, is possible, but only with strategic vision and strong policy support.
Baby Kwahlelwa Tiwane was abducted in Parow, Cape Town, this month by a woman posing as a social worker. He is still missing. Meanwhile, a second suspect appeared in court in connection with his disappearance.
The Makana municipality will apply for leave to appeal against a precedent-setting judgment by the Makhanda High Court that its council must be dissolved, but the applicant in the case, the Unemployed People's Movement, has vowed to oppose any attempts to have the judgment overturned.
The Congo Republic appears to have borrowed a page from the Mozambican handbook of financial shenanigans, according to a new report by rights campaign group Global Witness. And once again, the African oil industry is in the campaigners’ crosshairs.
Ordinary Zimbabweans have suffered for years as a result of currency manipulation and corruption by the elites who have siphoned US dollars away into their overseas bank accounts. Now, a recent ruling by the Zimbabwe Supreme Court, declaring that up until February 2019, the US dollar and Zimbabwe RTGS dollar were valued at 1:1, has provided another windfall for the rich. In a country in the throes of a deepening food crisis, it will also deepen the economic meltdown at the expense of human rights.
Brian Molefe has not paid back one cent of the millions he owes the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund, almost six months after the Constitutional Court dismissed the former CEO’s application for leave to appeal against an order that he repay the money. This past fortnight, the matter has re-appeared on the roll of the High Court, which the fund says would enforce the judgment by ‘among other things’. But it is in these ‘other things’ that lies the catch.
Geoff Setswe, a public health expert with global health impact organisation, The Aurum Institute, tells us that the NHI is no different to any other structural change implemented in the health system. However, implementing it in South Africa will be a challenge.
Just as climate change had clawed its way to the top of the priority list at the World Economic Forum, the new coronavirus swooped in to divert attention away from the long-term seismic risks, to the shorter-term possibility of the epidemic becoming a Black Swan risk that could derail the financial markets and global economy.
Zimbabwe has frozen the accounts of a Chinese company which it said weakened the local currency through manipulation. With inflation reckoned to be galloping at more than 500%, Zimbabwe's farcical attempt at dumping the US dollar appears to be failing, with or without manipulation.
The Proteas toiled on day four of the final Test against England, trying their best to delay the inevitable. It wasn’t to be though, as the English bowlers dismissed the fightback by the South Africans. To compound their misery, the Proteas were fined by the International Cricket Council.
Construction giant Stefanutti Stocks paid R2m into an apparent slush fund that was used to enrich some of Eskom’s top officials at the Kusile power plant project. Similar payments from fellow Kusile contractor Tubular Construction in part led to the recent arrests of Tubular’s top executives and former Eskom official France Hlakudi.
LISBON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos said on Monday she was launching legal action against a consortium of journalists and its media partners over the publication of thousands of documents about her business empire.
WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate came under fresh pressure on Monday to allow witnesses and new documents in his impeachment trial, while Trump's defense team argued that policy differences were a crucial reason that Democrats have sought to remove him from office.
In the aftermath of the Davos 2020, Investec Bank CEO Richard Wainwright talks to Business Maverick's Tim Cohen about whether the global economic growth we’re seeing is a consequence of low-interest rates rather than increased productivity.
SHANGHAI, Jan 27 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump offered China whatever help it needed on Monday to control a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 81 people, stranded tens of millions during the biggest holiday of the year and rattled global markets.
Why is it when someone comes out as gay, we immediately turn to labels? Why does our sexuality define our identities? In a special episode straight from Zimbabwe, we speak to a group of openly out people who discuss the struggles of living in an extremely conservative, and at times, dangerous country. We look at the labels and discriminations they face every day and explore what life is like for the LGBTIQ community in Zimbabwe.
BANJUL, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Gambian police arrested 137 people and more than two dozen were injured as protests calling for President Adama Barrow to honour a pledge to step down after three years in office turned violent for the first time, the government said.
KABUL, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A plane crashed in Ghazni, central Afghanistan on Monday, three senior government officials said, but details remained unclear as authorities sought to locate the aircraft's wreckage in the mountainous province, which is partly controlled by the Taliban.
LISBON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A Portuguese hacker has taken responsibility for disclosing hundreds of thousands of files revealing how billionaire Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angola's former president, built her vast business empire, his lawyers said on Monday.