SA’s bad economy is self-inflicted, says Marcus – Mail & Guardian Online

SA’s economic slowdown is “domestically driven”, says Reserve Bank Govenor Gill Marcus, adding that the country holds the solutions to the problems. Gill Marcus says that South Africa can steer its own fate towards greater productive output. (M&G) South Africa can no longer blame the global financial crisis for its flagging economic performance, says Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus. While the global backdrop remains difficult as the advanced economies emerge from the financial crisis of the past seven years, “it is no longer the main cause of South Africa’s weak domestic economic performance”, said Marcus. Speaking at a business breakfast in Rosebank on Tuesday morning, the governor said that South Africa’s economic slowdown is “domestically…

Zuma Admitted to Hospital – AllAfrica.com

Johannesburg — President Jacob Zuma was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for tests on Saturday, the presidency said. “He was admitted to a hospital here in Pretoria,” his spokesman Mac Maharaj told Sapa. “We prefer not to disclose the name of the hospital for privacy reasons.” He said Zuma was advised to rest following a demanding election and transition programme to the new administration. “President Jacob Zuma has… been admitted to hospital for tests. “Doctors are satisfied with his condition,” he said. On Friday, the African National Congress leadership ordered Zuma to take a break. “Following a gruelling election campaign we found that he needed to rest,” the deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said at…

Nkandla SMS heads to Supreme Court – iAfrica.com

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 1:29 PM A picture of President Jacob Zuma’s private residence in Nkandla. AFP Both the ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have confirmed that the Supreme Court of Appeal will tomorrow hear new arguments in the case involving the controversial Nkandla SMS. The ANC has appealed an earlier judgment by the High Court in Johannesburg which ruled in favour of free speech and declared the SMS to be “fair comment”. The ANC’s Jackson Mthembu says the party is confident it can convince the Bloemfontein court that the wrong law was applied to their complaint. “The heart of our argument is that the DA’s SMS was a false accusation against Zuma.” The…

Tongaat mall plans rejected 4 times – News24

2014-04-03 19:03 kalahari.com Guide to the Architecture of Durban and PietermaritzburgDennis Radford brings us this Guide to Architecture of Durban and Pietermaritzburg Now R133.00buy now Durban – Earthworks plans for the Tongaat mall, outside Durban, which partially caved in last year, were rejected four times, a commission of inquiry into the collapse heard on Thursday. Rajagopaul Naidoo, who heads up the municipality’s development, applications and approvals department, said the plans for the earthworks were rejected four times for “issues that could have been rectified by the architect”. The plans were first rejected in March last year, and then again in May, July, and finally in August. The commission heard the plans for the earthworks upon…

Court hears Oscar and Reeva’s ‘loving’ texts – Independent Online

REUTERS Defence advocate Barry Roux at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko Related Stories Pretoria – The defence in the Oscar Pistorius trial has spent Tuesday morning trying to disprove the State’s assertion that Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp had serious issues in their relationship. On Monday, the High Court in Pretoria heard of two arguments the couple had in the month leading up to Steenkamp’s death. In their WhatsApp conversations, Steenkamp wrote of how frightened she was of the athlete when he was angry. They also revealed a strong jealous streak as he fought with her for allegedly flirting with another man, despite his own serial dating prior to their relationship….

JZ’s architect is key to Nkandla splurge – Independent Online

INLSA A 2009 picture of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. File photo: Bongiwe Mchunu Related Stories   Cape Town – It was “the elephant in the room”. How much was President Jacob Zuma to pay for aspects of the work at his residence at Nkandla which were not strictly security related? Had he even been told such work was to be carried out? If not, did he ever become aware – while, say, ambling past the R2.8 million swimming pool and parking garage built at his private home – that opulent facilities beyond those specified by official security assessments and norms were being built? Did he ever try to find out why a project that…

How Yulia Tymoshenko won the hearts of the Ukraine protesters – Telegraph.co.uk

“It was not politicians or diplomats or world leaders who made this happen. It is you, the people who stood on Maidan, who changed the situation,” “It was never a fair fight. How can it be a fair fight when you have a wooden shields against sniper rifles and kalashnikovs. But the people knew it was not fair and they continued,” she said. But she got her biggest cheer when she promised there would be no forgiveness for those who killed protesters. “The snipers who put their bullets through the hearts of our heroes but a bullet in all our hearts. And it will never be removed until every one of them is punished,” she…

Cop in court for protester’s murder – News24

2014-01-27 18:20 Johannesburg – A policeman accused of shooting dead a protester appeared briefly in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The matter against the officer, who cannot be named because an identity parade has not been conducted, was postponed to Tuesday for a bail application. He was among four police officers arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a protester. He was the only one who was charged with murder. “After receiving the initial factual report on the incident, it was decided that there is enough evidence to arrest and charge the member who fired the shots, for murder as well as defeating the ends [of justice] and the others for defeating the…

Platinum falls despite strikes, but gold rallies – BDlive

Platinum falls despite strikes, but gold rallies by Veronica Brown, 2014-01-23 15:46:23.0 LONDON — Platinum prices headed lower on Thursday, little affected by strike action in South Africa due to ample above-ground stocks, while gold rallied from two-week lows on a falling US dollar. Spot platinum was down 0.3% on the day to $ 1,447.75 an ounce by 11.01am GMT, while bullion gained 0.7% to $ 1,244.66 after falling earlier to $ 1,231.36. South African mines that produce half the world’s platinum shut on Thursday as the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union began a strike for pay increases, which their employers say they cannot pay. Amcu members downed tools at Anglo American Platinum, Impala…