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Court to hear DA’s bid to remove SABC chief

The DA’s application to have the appointment of SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng set aside is expected to be heard in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. In February, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report on Motsoeneng, while he was acting COO. She found his salary increased[…]

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Striking soapie actors fired

Producers of television soapie Generations have fired 16 actors who had embarked on a strike, the SABC said on Monday. “MMSV Productions, following consultation with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), have today terminated the contracts of the striking actors on the SABC1 soap drama, Generations,” spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said[…]

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Massmart to reinstate dismissed workers

Massmart has initiated a plan to reinstate employees who were retrenched in 2009 and 2010, the Competition Commission said on Monday. “The acceptance follows several negotiations between the Competition Commission, Massmart and consultations with Saccawu aimed at achieving compliance with the reinstatement condition granted by the Competition Appeal Court in[…]

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Health department to host conference on circumcision

The Department of Health, CareWorks, civil society organizations and medical experts will Tuesday gather to discuss the overarching benefits of male medical circumcisions (MMC) in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The department aims to circumcise 4.3 million South African men by 2016 and says the implementation of MMC could[…]

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‘IS product of ‘divisive’ leadership’

Iraqi prime-minister Nuri al-Maliki succumbed to both internal and international pressure on Thursday, when he announced he would be stepping down from the post, giving his full support for successor Dr Haider Al-Abadi. The move comes in light of an increasing threat in Northern Iraq, where the Islamic State group[…]

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Pleas on deaf ears: Bonteheuwel Forum

The Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum says they are outraged by government officials’ lack of interest in gang violence in the area. The forum has issued authorities with a 10 day ultimatum to address their concerns, or face protests. Residents say they have seen fatal shootings everyday over the past three[…]

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Porn judgement expected in coming months

There has been strong opposition to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa) decision to allow the broadcasting of three pornographic channels on satellite broadcaster StarSat. The Western Cape High Court heard an application from three local NGO’s last week, who were seeking to have Icasa’s decision overruled. The[…]

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SA man tests negative for Ebola

A South African man admitted to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital for suspected Ebola tested negative, the health ministry said on Monday. “The condition of the patient is stable and the results of the Ebola virus disease are negative,” spokesman Joe Maila said in a statement. “We have also conducted the tests[…]

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Land claims hurdles remain: SAHRC

Problems with the land restitution process have not been fully solved and risk undermining the new five-year claim period, the SA Human Rights Commission said on Monday. These included poor research capacity, delays caused by competing claims, incomplete cadastral surveys, and problems in calculating the value of land, the commission[…]

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Battle rages for control of Mosul dam

Fierce fighting is raging around the Mosul dam, Iraq’s largest, as Kurdish Peshmerga troops and Iraqi forces try to recapture it from Islamic State fighters who seized it just over a week ago. Speaking from the town of Badriya on Monday, Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr said: “The dam is right[…]

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