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

SPORT: King Kallis, the quiet conqueror, in last Test

Jacques Kallis was never one for displays of emotion or grand speeches. Instead, he preferred to move quietly, even serenely, through an 18-year test career that established him as arguably the greatest allrounder of cricket’s modern era. His expressions were mostly concealed by his helmet while batting or by his sunglasses and trademark wide-brimmed sun … 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

When to get that first iPad? How much time on it is healthy? (with video)

Being a parent puts every other tough job into the shade. Parents try their best without really appreciating how easy it is to do damage. That law of unintended consequences works overtime. And, especially on this day, what is the right amount to spend on Christmas gifts? Is an iPad for a three year old … 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

Fancy an EU passport? Yours for R16m

By SAPA-DPA Malta, the European Union’s smallest member, on Monday raised the price it will charge well-heeled foreigners for citizenship from 650 000 euros to 1.15 million euros (R16.25m). The scheme, which effectively offers work and residency rights within the 28-nation EU bloc and the passport-free Schengen area, has been rejected by the opposition and … Read more

BA Jumbo hits building at OR Tambo (pic)

From SA Press Association: Four airport staff were injured when a British Airways Boeing 747-400 hit a building at OR Tambo International Airport, in Kempton Park, shortly before taking off for London, the Airports Company of SA (ACSA) said on Monday. The pic on the right showing the damaged wing was taken by a passenger … Read more

SPORT: Famous horse racing arena closes doors

By Beth Harris of Associated Press Fans crowded into Betfair Hollywood Park for the last time Sunday. The track closed for good after the day’s 11 races, ending 75 years of racing that featured such thoroughbred stars as Seabiscuit, Triple Crown winners Citation, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, and Zenyatta. The first Breeders’ Cup in 1984 was … Read more

Apple ties up with China Mobile, potential to boost iPhone sales by over 25%

Tim Cook has achieved something his company’s founder Steve Jobs couldn’t get right. The company has tied up a deal with China Mobile which with 740m subscribers is comfortably the biggest cell phone business on earth. The new relationship has the potential to add more than 25% to Apple’s iPhone sales. It sells around 34m … Read more