Editotial: Bad precedents for plane politics – Mail & Guardian Online

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The problem is that we stumbled around for half a decade without addressing the structural problems that cause scandal to erupt every few months. Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in Japan in a Gupta-owned plane. (Kopano Tlape) This article has been tagged as premium content and is exclusive to M&G subscribers. To read this article, please subscribe by following this link. Alternatively, the Mail & Guardian newspaper is available at all good newsagents. If you are an existing subscriber, please email your subscriber number to [email protected] in order to have your free digital subscription activated. Additionally, holders of our free M&G member accounts get free access to this content online after the weekend. Top Stories – Google…

JZ looms large in cop vs cop battle – Mail & Guardian Online

18 Sep 2015 00:00 Sam Sole This week’s raid by the Hawks’ boss on a senior colleague is linked to the presidential succession race Political obstacle: Johan Booysen is said to be close to former police commissioner Bheki Cele, who is part of an anti-Jacob Zuma faction in the KwaZulu-Natal ANC. Photo: Tebogo Letsie This article has been tagged as premium content and is exclusive to M&G subscribers. To read this article, please subscribe by following this link. Alternatively, the Mail & Guardian newspaper is available at all good newsagents. If you are an existing subscriber, please email your subscriber number to [email protected] in order to have your free digital subscription activated. Additionally, holders of…

Maimane: Eskom must declare national energy crisis – Mail & Guardian Online

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The DA’s parliamentary leader also said that government should follow a “World Cup approach” to completing the Medupi and Kusile power stations. The DA has demanded that President Jacob Zuma sign the Ismo Bill into law, which will open the electricity grid to independent power producers. (Delwyn Verasamy. M&G) Eskom must declare the rolling blackouts a national crisis, Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday. Maimane was speaking outside the offices of the public enterprises ministry in Pretoria where he handed over a list of demands addressed to minister Lynne Brown. “The president, the public enterprises minister and Eskom must come clean and acknowledge that load shedding is indicative of a national…

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…

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…

Clicks forecasts higher earnings with growth strategy – Mail & Guardian Online

Despite weak consumer spending, Clicks Group has forecast higher earnings per share as it plans to open 25 new stores. Clicks Group plans to tap into a growing trend of self-medication and generics. (Reuters) Beauty and pharmaceutical retailer Clicks Group forecast higher earnings this year as the opening of 25 stores will help offset weak consumer spending. Diluted earnings per share excluding one-time items will rise 8% to 12% in the year through August, the Cape Town-based company said in a statement on Thursday. EPS on that basis gained 10% to 157.4 cents in the six months through February as first-half sales rose 9.6% to R9.3-billion ($ 878-million), Clicks said. The South African “consumer condition…

DA’s find not textbooks but leftover manuals, says department – Mail & Guardian Online

Limpopo’s education department has expressed disappointment with “false claims” that undelivered textbooks were found in a warehouse in Fetakgomo. A photo posted by the DA on their Twitter account fo the alleged undelivered textbooks. (Twitter) Limpopo’s education department on Thursday called false claims that undelivered textbooks were found in a warehouse in Fetakgomo. “The department wishes to set the record straight,” department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said in a statement. “The contents in the boxes are not textbooks but manuals and workbooks used previously by the province. They are being stored at the Fetakgomo teacher training college as they were left over from specific deliveries made in the past.“ He said the department had no contract with…

DON’T MISS THIS: Fundraiser for Prince Mofokeng’s cancer treatment – Mail & Guardian Online

Fly On The Wall is hosting a fundraiser for street dance legend Prince Mofokeng, who has been diagnosed with blood cancer. Prince Mofokeng (centre). (Supplied) This Saturday Fly On The Wall is hosting a fundraiser for South African street dance legend Prince Mofokeng, who was diagnosed with blood cancer earlier this year. Prince Mofokeng was the star of Bryan Little’s multi-award-winning documentary The African Cypher, as well as his new short film This is Prince Mofokeng. The African Cypher will be screened at The Bioscope in Maboneng Precinct, Jo’burg, on Friday, with an art auction and after-party at Curiocity Backpackers. The art auction includes work from local creatives like Alexia Webster, Chris Saunders, Frederick Clarke,…

Peta asks to adopt Mandela’s rabbit – Mail & Guardian Online

The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals has written to the department of arts and culture, asking if it could take over the bronze rabbit. Animal rights group Peta wants to adopt the bronze rabbit once it is removed from a statue of former president Nelson Mandela, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said on Thursday. “The group intends to use the miniature statue to highlight the plight of billions of rabbits and other animals who are slaughtered for their skins, used in forced labour or kept in chains and who are innocent but imprisoned and denied the chance to be free,” he said in a statement. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta)…