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Ramphele Launches New ‘Agang’ Party

Ramphele Launches New ‘Agang’ Party

Johannesburg – Academic and anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele has announced she is forming a political platform called Agang. She made the announcement in a press briefing at Constitution Hill on Monday, ending weeks of speculation around her political plans. Agang, which means “build” in SeSotho, will be a platform that declares war against corruption. “Corruption

Cape Town Prepares For SONA

Cape Town – Parliament is abuzz with activity as final touches are being put together ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) tonight. There is a heavy police presence around the parliament precinct as they prepare for the arrival of the dignitaries. Most roads in the vicinity of the Parliament precinct

Limpopo Schools still without text books

Limpopo – According to a press-statement released by Jacques Smalle, Leader of the Democratic Alliance in Limpopo, schools in Limpopo remain without textbooks, heading into the second month of the new school year. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said that “at least 98% of textbooks had been delivered to inland schools”. In a letter to parents

DA Slams Gauteng Premier For Spending Millions On Furniture

Johannesburg – The Democratic Alliance (DA) has lashed out at Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane, describing her priority to buy furniture worth R1.2 million as poor when people are struggling financially and services need to be improved in the province. A reply to the DA’s question in the legislature revealed that R1.2 million had been spent

Minister Disappointed By Leaked SMS

Johannesburg – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday said she was disappointed that a private conversation between her and First Rand Bank CEO Sizwe Nxasana was leaked to the media. “We distance ourselves from this leak because it is a serious matter and we will approach the relevant security agencies to investigate,” Motshekga said

Mali Islamists Tougher Than France Anticipated

Bamako – French and U.N. diplomats have said that initial exchanges with Islamist militants in Mali have shown the fighters to be better trained and equipped than previously anticipated. “Our enemies were well-armed, well-equipped, well-trained and determined,” a senior French diplomat said. The realisation could cause ally countries to become more reluctant about getting involved

Over 300,000 March Against Same-sex Marriage in Paris

Paris – Hundreds of thousands of people took to the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday to protest against President François Hollande’s plan to legalise gay marriage and adoption. The current legalisation process is on path to be implemented by June. Turnout estimates varied widely. Organisers claimed 800,000 had protested, while police put the number

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