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'Where is that corrupt bastard?' - Molefe receives frosty welcome from opposition MPs

"Where is that corrupt bastard?" That's how newly appointed MP Brian Molefe was received by opposition MPs as he made his first appearance in the National Assembly yesterday as a backbencher.

No need for judicial inquiry into Life Esidimeni deaths: ANC

The health ombudsman's report on the deaths of more than 100 mentally ill former patients from Life Esidimeni is sufficiently comprehensive and a judicial commission of inquiry is therefore unnecessary, the ANC maintains.

Sanef concerned after 'cordial' cops pop in at M&G

The SA National Editors' Forum has expressed concern about two police officers calling at the Mail & Guardian newspaper's offices yesterday following a complaint made by the public protector last month.

Nigerian protesters vandalise MTN head office in Abuja

Nigerian protesters attacked and vandalised the head office of South African mobile phone giant MTN in Abuja on Thursday in apparent retaliation for anti-Nigerian violence in South Africa, an MTN spokesman said.

Nigerian vs South African kill count ugly: Gigaba

Should we start counting how many South Africans have died in South Africa at the hands of Nigerians?

Elderly woman fights for life after Emalahleni power cuts halt oxygen machine

An elderly woman is fighting for her life after Emalahleni power cuts rendered her oxygen machine useless.

Three transgender women seek birth certificate change

Three transgender women want their birth certificates amended to reflect their true genders and an assurance that their civil marriages to their spouses will remain intact.

R400,000 raised after staff assaulted and rhino slaughtered at animal orphanage

Almost R400,000 has been raised in less than 24 hours for a KwaZulu-Natal rhino orphanage after a brutal attack in which a woman was sexually assaulted and two rhino died.

Bucket baths for Witbank hospital patients amid water and electricity crisis

The water and electricity situation in Emalahleni is so bad patients in a wing of the Witbank Provincial Hospital have to wash in rainwater collected in buckets by nurses.

Emalahleni residents are still in the dark

While Eskom says it will immediately lift blackouts in Witbank, some residents were yesterday still without power.

Club ruck turning into a tattered maul

A rugby club president accused of racism believes that "if an apology doesn't count in this country then f**k all counts".

Bad start doesn't mean we won't be roaring in the end: Lions coach Ackermann

Lions coach Johan Ackermann says his team does not want to be judged on how they start the Super rugby tournament, but how they peak at the business end.

Peterson takes early lead in rain-drenched Joburg Open

American Paul Peterson is quite used to approaching the game from a different angle, so it is hardly surprising that he was least affected by the rain that eventually forced a suspension of the first round of the Joburg Open.

Athletics SA preparing teams for World Relays

Athletics SA (ASA), stopping just short of accepting blame for last year's relay fiasco, says it is making efforts to prepare teams for World Relays in April.

The man who flew too close to the sun

He blew into racing from nowhere, spent millions on scores of horses, won the elusive Triple Crown, threw a tantrum when he didn't win the Durban July, and suddenly was gone. It all took just four years.

Toyana challenges Hendricks to scale batting heights reached by disgraced predecessor Petersen

Highveld Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana has challenged Reeza Hendricks to be consistent and scale the batting heights his disgraced predecessor Alviro Petersen did last season.

Pollard unfazed by burden of becoming youngest Bulls captain in Super Rugby history

One the eve of becoming the youngest Bulls captain in Super Rugby history‚ 22-year old pivot Handrè Pollard does not appear to be burdened by the enormity of the responsibility.

Meet South Africa's R87,3 million IPL men

South Africa’s on-field contribution to the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) amounts to nine players in four of the eight franchises.

Spoilers Ajax planning an elaborate ambush for Chiefs at Athlone

Ajax Cape Town have to patch up their midfield for Saturday’s clash against Kaizer Chiefs as two key elements will be missing for the match at the Athlone Stadium.

Jonevret set for first appearance on the Pirates bench after receiving temporary work permit

New Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret has been granted a temporary work permit and will be on the bench for his first game on Saturday in a tricky Absa Premiership encounter against Polokwane City.

Flinging money at the problem is not the only solution

The noise made by the Fees Must Fall movement echoed in the National Assembly on Wednesday as Pravin Gordhan delivered his bitter-pill Budget to taxpayers.

The Big Read: Charge of the erudite brigade

When we walked through the swinging doors of the saloon the locals looked up and narrowed their eyes, and their hands twitched over their quiz pencils.

Budget's beauty in the balance

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his National Treasury team should be praised for striking the correct fiscal balance in this year's Budget.
A woman uses an ATM at a branch of Barclay's South African subsidiary Absa bank in Johannesburg

We're sorry we rigged the rand: Barclays

Barclays Africa - aka Absa - asked for forgiveness yesterday for its role in rigging the rand , a scandal that has raised questions over the dominance of the big four local banks.

Eskom only gets 2‚2% tariff increase

South Africa's energy regulator has granted state entity Eskom an approval of a 2.2% tariff increase for 2017/18 financial year - much less than in the past two financial years.
Absa Bank Ltd Controlled By Barclays Plc Sees Executives Exit

Brit bank coughs up R13bn to exit Africa

Barclays has agreed to pay Barclays Africa nearly $1-billion (about R13-billion) to fund investments needed for it to split from its African business, paving the way for the British bank to cut its stake to below 50%.

Some good news amid the gloom

Producer inflation slowed more than expected in January, which could be good news for consumer inflation in the coming months.

IN PICTURES: Shoot the nation - how photographers are helping prisoners

Works by leading photographers go on auction by Stephan Welz & Co in Cape Town Tuesday and Wednesday to aid Young in Prison SA (YiPSA), a group that uses art therapy to help offenders to rebuild their lives in correctional centres in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Office yoga

Office workers need sun to grow

A survey of office workers across South Africa has revealed the five things employees most want from their office space.

DJs could turn the tables on rappers at the Metro FM Awards

In the beginning DJs were the gods of hip hop, regarded not only as party starters but, along with rappers, as performers in their own right.

Jidenna’s debut album is finally out — & it's boss

Two years ago Jidenna shot to YouTube fame when he released the catchy song 'Classic Man'. It was a great introduction to the man who became as famous for his sartorial style and slicked-back hair as he did for his ability to pen a good tune.

How the Oscars lost their credibility

The sheer predictability of the Academy Awards is beginning to wear thin, writes Yolisa Mkele

Who will win an Oscar vs who should win one

It’s Oscar night on Sunday. Tymon Smith gazes into his crystal ball and gives predicting the winners a bash