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Scenes of Hope Echo Spirit of Mandela

SOUTH Africans who remember the 1994 inauguration of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings would have instantly recognised the atmosphere yesterday when Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the US. The powerful sense of history in the making, the intoxicating tingle of anticipation and expectation, all underpinned by a feeling of...

Zuma Turns to Constitutional Court

AFRICAN National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma will approach the Constitutional Court in a bid to challenge the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) did not have to give him an opportunity to make representations before he was charged again. "We have taken the decision to bring an application for...

Mbeki Declines ANC List Nomination

FORMER president Thabo Mbeki is to turn down nomination to serve the African National Congress (ANC) after this year's elections - effectively scuppering an attempt by the ruling party to woo him back into its active fold. Mbeki, who was axed as the country's president by the ANC in September last year, has been nominated by the party's Gauteng...

Zuma Saga Puts Constitution To The Test

In the past few years, the relationship between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the executive has been fraught with tension, testing to the limits constitutional provisions governing the authority. After Monday's Supreme Court of Appeal judgment against Jacob Zuma, there are now three different versions of the appropriate relationship...

Top South African Court Sparks Upset Over Zuma, Mbeki

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal has opened the way for prosecutors to reinstitute corruption charges against Jacob Zuma, the man selected by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) as the next president of the country. In a ruling handed down on Monday, the court upheld an appeal by prosecutors against a lower court ruling which declared...

Court to Decide on Nicholson's Ruling In SA

THE expected judgment by the Supreme Court of Appeal today on whether Judge Chris Nicholson was correct in setting aside the charges against African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma will not mean an end to the long running battle between the prosecution and Zuma. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in November appealed against...

SA's Economy Faces Tough Times

SA's economy faces a rough ride this year, with job losses set to keep consumer spending in check and a slowdown in private investment likely to gather momentum. Several top analysts are predicting growth will slow to less than 1% this year -- its lowest since 1998 -- with a technical recession in the first half of the year looking highly likely....

Party Leaders Will Deliver Election Notes Parrot-Style In South Africa

AS THE countdown begins to this year's general elections the African National Congress (ANC) has started tightening its grip on its often gaffe-prone leaders, who have been issued with strict instructions not to send confusing messages to the electorate. Leaders who speak on behalf of the party do so off the back of prepared "briefing notes...

Tough Year Ahead For Economy

FALLING interest rates, inflation and petrol prices will bring relief to the embattled economy this year, but conditions for business and consumers are set to remain tough. Global markets are being buoyed by optimism that official rescue packages will pull the world's biggest developed economies out of recession, which would be good news for...

Community Gardens Contribute to Food Security In South Africa

A few years ago 66-year-old grandmother Regina Fhiceka and her family of five ate vegetables only once a week. They would survive on maize and bread the rest of the time -- the cheapest food available in the poor township of Philippi, just 15 minutes from the affluent business district of Cape Town. But then Fhiceka got to hear about a municipal...

Mauled Markets In SA End Bad Year With a Whimper

MARKETS are ending 2008 with a whimper, after a severe beating in the second half of the year. Stocks slumped, the rand weakened and the so-called "super cycle" for commodity prices ground to a halt as the credit crunch exploded and predictions for global growth slowed dramatically.And while stock prices are expected to recover next year...

New Party Announces Leader In South Africa

The Congress of the People (Cope) today "selected" Mosiuoa Lekota as president, with Mbhazima Shilowa as deputy president while a woman "from the minority group" was considered for second deputy president. In what is being described as a compromise arrangement of "handpicked" leadership, Cope had still not chosen its...

Foreigners (Still) Beware in South Africa

As Aunesi Omari and her children cowered in her room in Philippi, a low-income section of the South African city of Cape Town, in Western Cape Province, she heard the armed men outside shout: "We're going to kill you because you don't want to listen." Omari's crime was that she had returned to her home after being run out of the...

SA Blocks R300 Million Aid Deal to Zimbabwe

A South African aid package of R300m for Zimbabwe would be withheld until a representative government was in place, the cabinet said yesterday. Government spokesman Themba Maseko said the cabinet was "extremely concerned" about the political impasse that had deepened the humanitarian crisis there. The ultimatum coincides with a...

Miriam Makeba's Mortal Remains Arrive Home

Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordaan joined the Makeba family at OR Tambo International Airport to receive the mortal remains of the late singing legend Miriam Makeba on Wednesday morning.Mr Jordaan joined the Makeba family on behalf of the South African government and he was accompanied by acting Director General in the Department of Foreign...