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latest news headlines | 'People would die if grants stopped' - KZN family surviving on R850 foster care grant.

Rhoda Ntombenhle Khoza of Durban uses a monthly R850 foster care grant to look after her nephew and niece, and says people would die if grant payments stopped.

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Australia leads the world when it comes to millionaire immigrants.

By Colin Kruger Backpackers are not the only ones flocking to our shores in world-beating numbers. Australia attracted more millionaires last year than much larger, and wealthier immigration destinations such as the US, according to a report by South African market research group, New World Wealth. The researcher said the ...

- South China Morning Post - HK | WATCH: Gordhan is trapped, says analyst.

President Jacob Zuma would have most likely booted Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan out of office had he raised value-added tax, Keith Engel tells Fin24.

- Fin24 - SA | Gordhan on tax: All South Africans must pay their fair share.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says it's not a matter of black or white, but simply that in a country with a progressive tax system, everyone must pay their fair share

- Fin24 - SA | Reckless driving: 6 taxi drivers behaving badly.

Reckless, aggressive, inconsiderate ... Minibus taxi drivers are notorious for dangerous road behaviour in South Africa.

- - ZA | Dysfunctional SA's day of reckoning is coming – US expert.

SA's day of reckoning with rating agencies is coming because Zuma has created a kleptocracy that's now reached deep into his entire administration, barring Treasury, says a top US expert.

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South African court blocks govt's ICC withdrawal bid.

JOHANNESBURG,  - South Africa's High Court blocked the government's attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court yesterday, the latest blow to scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma from an assertive post-apartheid judicial system.

- Stabroek News - GY

'No place for xenophobia in Joburg'.

Several officials and organisations have come out against the anti-foreigner sentiments that have gripped Gauteng.

- Cape Times - SA

We're living in taxing times.

South Africa has a budget deficit of 3.1% of GDP and debt on government spending alone amounting to a staggering 48% of GDP.

- Cape Times - SA

Champ Wayde keeps tabs on prem babies.

Ensuring that children born prematurely have an opportunity to live a full life is the driving force behind South Africa's Olympic 400m champion sprinter Wayde van Niekerk's foundation.

- Cape Times - SA

Morningstar project to tackle apartheid legacy – De Lille.

When Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille turned the sod at the groundbreaking of the R34.1 million Morningstar Housing Development in Durbanville yesterday, she said one of her priorities for the next five years would be to address the legacy of apartheid spatial planning.

- Cape Times - SA

Young African penguins are dying because they can't find the fish they need

ShutterstockWhen young African penguins leave their nests for the first time they do so alone, without any guidance from their parents. They need to use their instinct to follow cues in their environment to find food and stay alive in their first months at sea. Hard as that may have been in the past, today climate change ...

- The Conversation - UK

South Africa's airports company faces a hard landing. Why this is bad news for the country

ShutterstockThe Airports Company South Africa – until recently held as a model for other South African state-owned enterprises to emulate – now faces a drastic reversal of fortune stemming from a regulatory decision to reduce airport charges by 35.5% in the coming year. On top of this, the majority state-owned ...

- The Conversation - UK

Poachers kill two rhinos at South Africa's Thula Thula orphanage

The gang broke into the South African reserve on Monday, taking staff hostage.

- BBC - UK | Richelieu Beaunoir shares his top tips for upcoming comedians

Dozens of SA's best comedians battled it out for the title of Comedy Central Roast Battle champion, but there could only be one winner.

- - ZA | Bok flank Louw cops two-week ban

Bath and Springbok flank Francois Louw has been slapped with a two-week ban for committing a dangerous tackle.

- - ZA | Motsoaledi to brief MPs on Esidimeni deaths

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is expected to brief Parliament on the deaths of psychiatric patients transferred from Life Esidimeni clinics to NGOs in Gauteng.

- - ZA | Tormin mine claims false, court hears

The independent' geological consultant who said the catastrophic collapse of a sea cliff in front of a West Coast mineral sands mine was caused by natural events was employed by the mine when he wrote this in a report, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

- - ZA | State workers could face voluntary severance packages

Headcount in South Africa's public service has stabilised but government is considering introducing voluntary severance packages to help keep a lid on its wage bill.

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Juniors struggling to survive amid several stumbling blocks

Various challenges are threatening the existence of junior miners in South Africa, mining and resources growth specialist company To-The-Point Growth Specialists partner Bernard Swanepoel told guests at the thirty-fifth edition of mining networking platform, the Africa Mining Network , on Wednesday evening. Speaking on the ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

Chamber notes Gordhan's bemoaning of Section 54 stoppages

The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has described Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as having done an effective job of maintaining fiscal discipline with a budget deficit of 3.1% in these most trying of times. The chamber comments that the 2017/18 Budget demonstrates the truism that sustaining and enhancing social good is ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

Pan African CEO accuses union of 'blatantly false' safety statements

The CEO of the London Aim- and Johannesburg-listed precious metals and coal mining company Pan African Resources on Wednesday accused the National Union of Mineworkers of making statements that were blatantly false' on safety practice at the Evander gold mine in Mpumalanga. I will not say it in another way,' said Cobus ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

New setback for African rebellion against international court

Court rules that South African government violated constitution by announcing its withdrawal from the ICC without parliament's approval

- The Globe and Mail - CA

South Africa Raises Taxes to Narrow Budget Deficit

South Africa's government will raise taxes on the wealthy, as well as on petrol, alcohol and tobacco, to narrow its budget deficit to 3.1% of gross domestic product, the country's finance minister said.

- Wall Street Journal - US | #Budget2017: Little good news for South Africans

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's 2017 Budget Speech was one that was drafted in difficult economic times and uncertainty about his tenure as head of the National Treasury.

- Fin24 - SA

Shiraaz Mohamed's family distances itself from NGO's deal claim

Truth Collective South Africa, told the media that it was working with Mohamed’s abductors, to have him returned home safely and unharmed.

- Mail & Guardian - ZA

Tainted Molefe fits Zuma's needs

Despite being an able civil servant on paper, the former Eskom boss is seen as compromised.

- Mail & Guardian - ZA

Court Blocks South Africa's Withdrawal From International Criminal Court

In a blow to the government, the court ruled that the executive didn't have the power to order a withdrawal without prior parliamentary approval and questioned the "unexplained haste" to quit the ICC.

- NPR - US

Fed Not Sure Trump Will Be Good or Bad For Economy, Cuba Still Interested in Detente, 7 Earth-like Planets Orbiting Nearby Star: P.M. Links

The Federal Reserve remains unsure whether President Trump will be good or bad for the economy. The lead negotiator for Mexico with the Trump administration says the country will not accept individuals deported by the U.S. who are not Mexican citizens. Cuba is still interested in detente, senators who met with Raul Castro ...

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South African court blocks ICC withdrawal bid

South Africa's high court blocked the government's attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court Wednesday.

- The Daily Star - LB

After saving for 6 years, a couple turned an army truck into a mobile home and drove around the entire African border in 19 months

Google Maps/Courtesy OverAfrica/INSIDER Eight years ago, Steve Lorimer and his girlfriend Roxanne Harvey spent 19 months driving around the entire border of Africa in a converted army truck. The couple is now married and older, but their journals are preserved for posterity on their blog, OverAfrica. And their trip remains ...

- Business Insider - US | Amla predicts success for SA's new T20 league

Cricket South Africa's #T20 Global Destination League is taking shape and Proteas batsman Hashim Amla believes it will be a massive success.

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Shiraaz Mohamed's family distances itself from NGO's deal claim

Truth Collective South Africa, told the media that it was working with Mohamed's abductors, to have him returned home safely and unharmed.

- Mail & Guardian - ZA | Watch the Brit Awards live with Caspar Lee

The famous YouTuber with South African roots will host the international live stream of the British music awards ceremony.

- - ZA | You are a traitor, Edward Zuma tells Mathews Phosa

President Jacob Zuma's son Edward has called Mathews Phosa a traitor after the former ANC treasurer called him a "piece of vomit".

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South African court slaps down bid to leave ICC

The decision was a blow to President Jacob Zuma but a welcome piece of good news for the ICC, which has been rocked by threats of withdrawal amid complaints of an alleged bias against Africa

- Daily Monitor - UG

37: The number of days left for Sassa to know how it'll pay 17-million social grants

Minister Bathabile Dlamini told Parliament that the South African Social Security Agency will disburse the grants but negotiations have not begun

- Mail & Guardian - ZA

South Africa budget targets top earners

Finance minister Pravin Gordhan raises top rate of tax to 45% to help reduce deficit.

- BBC - UK

Taylor, Boult shine as NZ squares South Africa series

TRENT Boult took the prized wicket of AB de Villiers then bowled Dwaine Pretorious in the penultimate over as New Zealand secured a series-levelling six-run victory in the second one-day international against South Africa yesterday. The visitors had been set 290 to win in Christchurch after Ross Taylor scored his 17th ton ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN | Budget in a nutshell: Tough times ahead

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had a tough message for South Africans in his Budget Speech in the National Assembly.

- - ZA | DA vindicated by ICC judgment

The DA has been vindicated by the Pretoria High Court's ruling that revokes government's decision to withdraw from the ICC, says DA chairperson James Selfe.

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African rebellion against international court hit by setback

South African government's attempt to quit the International Criminal Court was deemed 'unconstitutional and invalid'

- The Globe and Mail - CA

South Africa's Notification to Leave International Criminal Court Ruled Illegal

The South African government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court was unconstitutional because it failed to get approval from Parliament, a court ruled.

- Wall Street Journal - US | 3-year-old girl survives Hillbrow family shooting

A 3-year-old girl has survived a family massacre after a man shot and killed five people in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.

- - ZA | South Easter fanning Hout Bay fire

A wildfire in Hout Bay is being fanned by a strong south-easterly wind, the City of Cape Town's fire brigade says.

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South African court revokes government's decision to leave ICC

The court rules that government's notice of exit unconstitutional and invalid'.

- Daily Nation - KE

Matakata speaks out over Prasa 'kangaroo court'

Suspended Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa security boss Jama Matakata described the agency's disciplinary hearing, which found him guilty of misconduct, as a kangaroo court'.

- Cape Times - SA

New French-SA tech incubator praised

A new partnership between the South African and French governments saw the launch of a new technology incubator at Century City, focusing on black entrepreneurs.

- Cape Times - SA

Cape Town groundwater project on hold until 2022

The possible extraction of groundwater from the aquifer underneath the Table Mountain Group formation was shelved because of the high cost.

- Cape Times - SA

#Budget2017: SAA to receive further bailout

South African Airways remains technically insolvent and will receive a further bailout from government in the coming financial year, according to the annual budget unveiled by Pravin Gorhdan.

- Cape Times - SA