Missing plane – Investigation now on pilots

By IAN MADER and EILEEN NG of Associated Press: Attention focused Sunday on the pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight after the country’s leader announced findings so far that suggest someone with intimate knowledge of the Boeing 777’s cockpit seized control of the plane and sent it off-course. Prime Minister Najib Razak gave the … Read more

Three killed in KZN airplane crash

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Three people were killed when the small plane they were travelling in crashed near a landing strip in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal on Saturday, police and emergency services said. “The plane is apparently burnt beyond recognition,” Santi Steinmann, media liaison officer for private ambulance service Netcare 911, told Reuters. She said the plane … Read more

Ukraine tensions mount ahead of Crimea vote

From the Associated Press: Dozens of billboards throughout the capital of the restive Ukrainian republic of Crimea proclaim “Together With Russia,” but a few have been hit by spray-painters who scrawled out “Russia” and replaced it with “Ukraine.” Crimea, a strategically important Black Sea peninsula that is home to a key Russian naval base, holds … Read more

Sanctions won’t hurt – Russian Economy Minister

MOSCOW, March 15 (Reuters) – Planned western sanctions against Russia after a secession referendum in the Ukrainian province of Crimea on Sunday are unlikely to have a major economic impact, Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said. Investors in Russia are concerned about the effect of the measures that may be levied against Moscow in retaliation for Russian forces taking control of Crimea, which is holding … Read more


Gumede to sue Independent News for R1bn

From the SA Press Association: Independent Newspapers on Saturday declined to comment on a report that an ANC businessman plans to sue the Sunday Independent for defamation of R1 billion. See prior story by EE Publishers @clarevanzwieten http://t.co/SQIR1vGZx9 “@alechogg: Gumede to sue Indy News for R1b http://t.co/KdzEeRUqSm” — Chris Yelland (@chrisyelland) March 15, 2014 “We … Read more

Missing plane – Now evident it was hijacking

By EILEEN NG and JOAN LOWY of Associated Press Piracy and pilot suicide are among the scenarios under study as investigators grow increasingly certain the missing Malaysia Airlines plane changed course and headed west after its last radio contact with air traffic controllers. The latest evidence suggests the missing plane didn’t experience a catastrophic incident … Read more

ANC 2014 candidates for Election (with full list)

Read the list of the ANC’s Parliamentary Candidates by clicking here. Or you can download the PDF from the ANC’s website by clicking here. From SAPA: The ANC submitted its list of candidates for provincial legislatures and Parliament to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) on Tuesday, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said. The top 10 names … Read more

Platinum strike has cost workers R3.4bn and rising

By Zandi Shabalala and Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A public spat emerged on Monday between South Africa’s labour mediator and the Chamber of Mines over the former’s handling of talks to end an almost seven-week strike in the platinum sector, further dashing hopes of any breakthrough. There are no scheduled talks between the two sides. … Read more

Barrick Gold selling $200m stake in African Barrick

By Euan Rocha TORONTO, March 10 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp said on Monday it plans to sell about 13.5 percent of its holdings in its majority-owned subsidiary African Barrick Gold . Toronto-based Barrick, which currently owns a roughly 303.25 million shares in African Barrick, is selling 41 million shares. The gold miner will still … Read more

UK bankers bonuses rise by a third in 2013

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – Almost half of Britain’s bankers and other financial services professionals to receive 2013 bonuses were awarded more than the previous year, with the average payout rising by nearly a third, a survey showed on Tuesday. The increase in bankers bonuses comes against the backdrop of public and investor anger over … Read more