After ANC break, NUMSA not embracing Malema

From the SA Press Association: Numsa, which has been openly critical of the ANC and President Jacob Zuma, has expressed wariness at aligning itself with the EFF, the Sunday Independent reported. “Whatever his class position now, [Malema] has recently been a capitalist,” National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim reportedly said. … Read more

Unrepentant Jantjie: “I’m the great fake”

From the SA Press Association: The bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Tamsanqa Jantjie, has called himself “a great fake”. “Even if they call me a fake, but I am the great fake because I expose what is going on in the government and system,” Jantjie is heard saying in a video … Read more

Dagga goes on sale legally in Colorado

By Kirsten Wyatt of Associated Press: The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they’d see the day when they’d get a permit to sell pot. Applause broke out and cameras whirred when the first license was issued … Read more

Zim Ambassador defects, seeks asylum

From SA Press Association: Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Australia is seeking political asylum after denouncing President Robert Mugabe’s government as “illegitimate.” Jacqueline Zwambila said Saturday she feared for her safety if she returned after Mugabe’s Zanu-PF Party won the July parliamentary elections. Zwambila, who has served in Canberra since 2009, said she had not been offered … Read more

China adjusts 2013 growth, heading lower in 2014

From SA Press Association: A Chinese state news agency says the Cabinet has estimated this year’s economic growth edged down to 7.6 percent and warned it faces pressure to decline further. The Xinhua News Agency on Thursday cited a Cabinet report to China’s legislature that said growth declined from 7.7 percent in 2012. That was above … Read more

Richard Branson: Boycott anti-gay Uganda

  Virgin’s founder Richard Branson has written a fierce response to the Ugandan anti-gay legislation. He is calling for strong action by the global community. The blog, which by Tuesday afternoon had attracted over 200 comments, is republished in full below.   By Richard Branson* Ugandan MPs have passed a new law making homosexuality punishable … Read more

Blue Label Telecoms buys RMCS for R306m

R5.5bn mobile solutions group Blue Label Telecoms this morning announced the R306m acquisition of nine year old tech company Retail Mobile Credit Specialists (RMCS). The price is based on 9.5 times RMCS’s projected earnings of R32.1m in the year to end August 2014. It  will be slightly (5%) earnings enhancing as Blue Label’s current PE … Read more

SABC denies “Don’t broadcast Zuma resign” edict

From SA Press Association: Employees at the SABC have been instructed not to broadcast any reports on calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down, the Right2Know (R2K) campaign and SOS Coalition claimed on Tuesday. This was simply the latest case of politically-motivated interference in editorial independence at the public broadcaster, R2K spokesman Mark Weinberg said … Read more

Snowdon: My mission has been accomplished

From SA Press Association: Whistleblower Edward Snowden said his mission has been accomplished, a report said Tuesday. Snowden was speaking to a Washington Post reporter in Russia, where the former National Security agency contractor lives at an undisclosed location under temporary asylum. “For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,” he said. … Read more