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Which South African inspires you?

We all have at least one person we look up to and who’s shaped one or other aspect of our lives. So we were curious to know which South African inspires our Facebook followers…

Of all the responses, it looks like former president Thabo Mbeki is still a great influence among many South Africans. President Jacob Zuma and Economic Freedom Fighter’s leader, Julius Malema, were not far behind either. Continue reading

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Current Affairs

#AskMmusi trends on Twitter

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Upon Mmusi Maimane’s election as the leader of the Democratic Alliance, Maimane immediately opened up communication lines  via Twitter. Dubbed the “Twitter Town Hall with Mmusi Maimane”, the social media event sparked much interest as #AskMmusi soon trended in South Africa. On closing his question and answer session Maimane said he’d enjoyed interacting with the public on the popular social network.

We too, took to our Notables platform to ask Mmusi more about his career and passion for politics. Here’s what he had to say.

Marikana miners strike

Marikana  miners, their families and labour union Amcu have promised to approach courts in order to force President Jacob Zuma to release the Marikana report. The parties involved in the 2012 shootings had written to Zuma requesting that by 14:00 on Sunday, the president announce when he’d release the report. With no word from the President Zuma, Andries Mkome, the lawyer representing all the parties involved, said they had no choice but to approach the court.

The application is expected to be made in the Johannesburg High Court.

Danny Jordaan elected as new NMB mayor

SAFA President Danny Jordaan was elected as the new Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay. The announcement was made by ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe at a media briefing on Monday, 18 May. Jordaan filled in the position of former Mayor Ben Fihle, who along with Deputy Mayor Chippa Ngcolomba and Chief Whip Joy Searle were fired. The new Deputy Mayor is Bicks Ndoni and Litho Suka is the new Chief Whip.

Sports News

Portia Modise retires from soccer

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Banyana Banyana striker, Portia Modise announced her retirement from professional soccer on 19 May. Modise said she was calling it quits after pulling up a hamstring injury ahead of her soccer team’s Rio Olympics qualifying match against Gabon in Libreville. Modise is said to embark on  a new career in coaching.

Khune and Mashamaite to leave chiefs – reports

Kaizer Chiefs has reportedly announced that Itumeleng Khune and Tefu Mashamaite will no longer form part of the soccer club. This announcement follows after the players are said to have demanded seemingly exorbitant salary increases. Khune who was earning R3.9 million per season is believed to have asked for R8.4 million to remain at Naturena.

Entertainment News

Pharrell Williams scheduled to perform in SA

Big Concerts in association with Woolworths, has announced that Pharrell Williams will be performing in Cape Town and Johannesburg in September 2015. The Grammy Award winning producer and performer  has been collaborating with Woolworths on the “AreYouWithUs?” campaign since April 2015.

Visit Channel24 for more information on the tour.

Trevor Noah casts doubt on his cousin’s murder

Comedian Trevor Noah has cast doubt on his cousin’s Cebisile Khoza’s murder. On Sunday, it was reported that Noah’s cousin’s body had been badly burnt and was discovered in a sugar cane plantation near Wasbank, KwaZulu Natal. However, Noah denied these claims and posted the following on his Twitter account:

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SONA 2015: What you need to know

South Africans across the country waited in anticipation ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s annual State of the Nation Address. While some expectations were met, many were not. Below we highlight the issues the president touched on:

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Progress

Although the government’s ambition of achieving a growth target of 5% by 2019 is at risk, the situation is more promising on the jobs front. Two days ago, StatsSA released the employment figures for the last quarter of 2014. The report showed that there are now 15,3 million people who are employed in South Africa. Jobs also grew by 203 000.

The government’s investment in youth employment is also paying off. The Employment Tax Incentive which was introduced last year to support job creation for youth, is progressing very well. To date, R2 billion has been claimed by some 29 000 employers who have claimed for at least 270 000 young people.

Adding to this President Zuma said, “I announced a target of 6 000 000 work opportunities over 5 years last year for the programme. We have thus far created more than 850 000 work opportunities.” Government is confident it’ll meet the annual target of 1 million job opportunities for the youth.

In addition, the government’s programmes including Working on Waste, Working for Wetlands, Working for Water and Working on Fire, have created more than 30 000 work opportunities and aim to create more than 60 000 during the next financial year.

What’s to come

Uppermost in the government’s programme is overcoming the energy challenge faced by Eskom. The government developed a plan which involves both short-, medium- and long term responses. “An amount of R23bn will be directed at Eskom to solve its financial problems in the next fiscal year,” the president said.

While tackling the issue of the energy crisis in the country, President Jacob Zuma stressed the need to fight copper cable and metal theft. Government will introduce tougher measures to deal with this serious crime, he assured.

Government also promised to “set-aside 30% of appropriate categories of State procurement for purchasing from SMMEs, co-operatives as well as township and rural enterprises”. Moreover, it will continue to promote opportunities for the youth. “The National Youth Development Agency has disbursed R25 mil to 765 youth owned micro enterprises in the last financial year nationally” Zuma asserted.

Foreign nationals will no be allowed to own land in South Africa but will be eligible for long term lease.  A bill in this regard will be submitted during the year.

Find out everything you need to know about His Excellency President Jacob Zuma on Who’s Who SA.