Support Zimbabweans, Zuma tells South Africa

1. Durban – President Jacob Zuma on Saturday called on South Africans to support the people of Zimbabwe.

2. SADC is committed to providing support to the people of Zimbabwe to resolve the political situation in that country, said Zuma.

3. A stable and peaceful SADC (Southern African Development Community) region is in our best interest and Zimbabwe is a critical member of our regional community,” he said.

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Net1 Understated South Africa Profit to Court, Group Says

1. Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc. , a unit of which distributes welfare payments in South Africa, understated its profit from the government contract in a submission to the country’s Constitutional Court that was audited by KPMG LLP, a report released by a development-economics research agency said.

2. The report adds to criticism of the conduct of both Net1 and the state welfare agency, which put payments of 17 million grants under threat by failing to comply with an earlier court order to find a replacement for Net1.

3. Net1 said it had complied with the court’s order to compile and submit an audited statement of expenses incurred, income received and net profit earned under the completed contract, and that it was only made aware of the AIDC report on Sunday.

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This South African batsman scored 490 in a one-day cricket game

1. A 20-year-old South African batsman, Shane Dadswell, smashed 490 runs for his club NWU Pukke against Potch Dorp 1st in a 50-overs club game at the Wiltrand Oval at Potchefstroom, South Africa.

2. A product of Johannesburg’s King Edward the Seventh School, which has also produced the likes of Graeme Smith, Dadswell is known for his big-hitting prowess and had played quickfire knocks for his school.

3. Three years back, in 2014, S Sankruth Sriram had hammered 486 for JSS International School against Hebron School in the Nilgiris DCA U-16 inter-school one-day tournament at Ooty, India.

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Coach Noves under pressure as France lose to South Africa

1. SAINT-DENIS, France – France coach Guy Noves’s job came under pressure when Les Bleus lost 18-17 to South Africa after yet another mediocre performance at the Stade de France on Saturday.

2. France got off to a dominant start but fluffed a good try chance early on, while South Africa touched down at the end of their first foray into the French half when Leyds dived over for his first try with the Springboks.

3. South Africa scored two tries through Dillyn Leyds and Jesse Kriel with Handre Pollard, who missed four kicks, adding eight points with his boot.

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South Africa shows signs of bouncing back in governance index

1. This is according to the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)‚ a monitor of overall governance performance in African countries which was released on Monday.

2. Despite current controversy over state capture and financial instability‚ governance in South Africa is showing signs of bouncing back from a decade of decline.

3. The Seychelles‚ Namibia and Tunisia occupied the top tier positions in terms of overall performance while South Africa remains in the top ten most deteriorated countries over the past decade along with Libya‚ Madagascar‚ Mali and the Central African Republic.

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OPINION: The merits of a state-owned bank for South Africa

1. To the extent that there is a need for a state bank, it is not lost even to a casual observer that the state already owns a number of banks, prominent among them being the Post Office Bank, the Land Bank, the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Ithala.

2. Third, in the matured phase beyond that, the state bank must acquire more shares for South Africa, both in the Bank of Settlements and the Brics Bank.

3. The idea of a state bank contrived and accordingly structured to make the state wealthy is deliberately contrasted to the kind of state bank solely designed to benefit some individuals and a select slew of politically connected corporations.

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Black academics soon to outnumber white researchers in South Africa

1. The authors suggest that in the next decade, more than 4,000 researchers — about 27% of the country’s academics, and most of them white men — will retire, which should create opportunities for younger researchers.

2. But over the past decade, the proportion of black South African researchers has risen steadily: from 26% in 2005 to 35% in 2015, according to the study, which was published1 in Higher Education last month.

3. He and his co-author, geoinformatics specialist Greg Breetzke at the University of Pretoria, also note that black women, the country’s largest demographic, remain significantly under-represented in universities, accounting for just 14% of academics in 2015. .

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Like Zimbabwe, South Africa needs leadership change

1. The African National Congress (ANC) should get President Jacob Zuma to stand down as head of state after a party conference next month because like Zimbabwe the country urgently needs a change of leader, a senior ANC official said.

2. ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said that whoever the party chooses next month, the incoming leadership should tell Zuma to go to allow the ANC to clean up its act.

3. The party is split between factions backing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former minister and ex-wife of Zuma, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the ANC’s top job.

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New book brings ‘explosive’ allegations against South African President Jacob Zuma

1. Zuma is no stranger to accusations of corruption — he’s survived eight votes of no confidence in parliament — but the allegations in Jacques Pauw’s book are “explosive,” says journalist Kim Cloete.

2. Zuma has denied all allegations since it was published, and South Africa’s State Security Agency attempted to pull the book from circulation.

3. “It’s been brewing for some time,” she says, “but this is sort of the first time that [the allegations] have been documented in such detail and exposed in this way.

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Angola’s New Leader Shakes up Old Order, Visits South Africa

1. Since winning election in August, Lourenco has put in place a new government and fired the daughter of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos as chair of the powerful state-owned oil company.

2. Joao Lourenco is to visit South Africa Thursday and Friday, after having already met with President Jacob Zuma in Angola earlier this week.

3. Angola’s new leader is making surprising moves to shake himself free of the legacy of one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents, and is seeking closer relations with South Africa.

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