Jacob Zuma

South Africa: Deputy President, Ramaphosa on charm offensive

South Africa's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo©Obed Zilwa. AP/SIPASouth Africa's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says the government wants to increase black people's stake in the economy as a way of addressing unemployment in the country.

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South Africa: Influential ANC official warns of 'mafia state' in Govt and Gupta links row

Gwede Mantashe, Secretary General of South Africa's ruling party, ANC. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Thursday refuted claims that he had been influenced by the powerful Gupta family in his cabinet appointments.

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South Africa's currency takes a hit over Gupta row on finance minister's job

Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's rand fell early Thursday after claims that a wealthy family with close ties to President Jacob Zuma may have been behind his decision to sack the country's respected finance minister Nhlanhla Nene in December.

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South Africa: Pravin Gordhan's stand-off rattles currency

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's rand fell against the dollar on Wednesday as investors fretted over a stand-off between an elite police unit and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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South Africa government loses Sudan's al Bashir court appeal

Sudanese President Al-Bashir has an ICC arrest warrant hanging over his head for alleged crimes against humanity. Photo©ReutersThe South African government on Tuesday lost an appeal against a High Court judgement that condemned its failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during a visit to the country last year, as unlawful.

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South African voices on the winds of economic change

Xhanti payi Economist, Nascence Advisory & Research. Photo©All Rights ReservedSouth African economist Xhanti Payi talks about why both government and business need a shift in thinking to address the country's economic quagmire.

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South Africa's Gordhan charms on roadshow but investors still wary

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Photo©Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPASouth African finance minister Pravin Gordhan won applause for an impromptu London roadshow this week but left many global investors sceptical he could defend his country's investment grade rating - or even stay in office.

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South Africa's finance minister says European banks' old errors to blame for Barclays' Africa exit

South Africa's minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan. Photo©ReutersBarclays' decision to sell down its stake in a Johannesburg-listed venture is a consequence of past mistakes at European banks rather than a reflection of Africa's future prospects, South Africa's finance minister said.

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Trade: South Africa's Zuma heads to Nigeria to meet with Buhari

Jacob Zuma is set to visit Nigeria on Tuesday. File photo©ReutersAfter years of strained political and economic relations between South Africa and Nigeria, President Jacob Zuma visits the West African country this week, a development that many see as the ushering of a new era in relations between the two countries.

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South Africa: ANC seeks to intensify land reform programme

President Jacob Zuma. File Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's President Jacob Zuma says the 1913 cut-off date for land claims should be pushed back and that the government cannot address poverty, inequality, unemployment without fundamentally addressing the land issue.

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South Africa's President Zuma survives another confidence vote

President Jacob Zuma, left, and speaker of the house Baleka Mbete, right. Photo©Mike Hutchings/AP/SIPASouth Africa's President Jacob Zuma survived a vote of no confidence on Tuesday afternoon, his second in 12 months, as opposition leaders claimed the country's citizens had lost faith in their leader.

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South Africa: Markets react to row between Finance Minister and Revenue Service Commissioner

Pravin Gordhan was reappointed in December to calm markets after the rand plunged nearly 10 percent following Zuma's decision to replace former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene with a junior politicianPravin Gordhan, South Africa's finance minister would take legal action to protect himself from what he called attempts to discredit him and the integrity of the Treasury.

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As Zuma sleeps at the wheel

Photo©Christopher Moagi/Daily Sun/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesThe surprise sacking of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene shocked the markets in late December, underlining the high stakes of the May local elections and the economic difficulties the country faces in 2016.

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South Africa minister presents budget amid economic pressure

South Africa’s Finance minister Pravin Gordhan is expected to announce far reaching cuts. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's Finance minister Pravin Gordhan will present his eagerly awaited 2016 budget on Wednesday amid worsening fears of an economic meltdown in the country.

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Gordhan's South African budget must juggle demands of voters and credit agencies

South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Photo©ReutersCharged with restoring confidence in the nation's economic management, South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan must juggle the conflicting demands of voters and credit rating agencies next week in his first budget since he returned to the post.

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South Africa gears for local government polls

Last month, President Jacob Zuma acknowledged that the polls would be a big test for the ANC. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa has stepped up preparations for this year's watershed local government elections where the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is expected to face its strongest challenge since the country's first democratic polls in 1994.

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SA party won't acknowledge Zuma as president

South African President Jacob ZumaOpposition parties once again predictably berated South African President Jacob Zuma following his state of the nation address last week, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) saying the president is not an honourable man, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said they did not acknowledge Zuma as president of the country.

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South Africa: Public Prosecutor happy over Zuma's Nkandla homestead upgrade ruling

A damning report by the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in August 2014 found that Zuma and his family unduly benefitted from the R246 million ($15 million) upgrades to his homestead. Photo©ReutersSouth African President Jacob Zuma was on Tuesday made to make some concessions that a parliamentary and government report on upgrades to his private home were not legally binding and he should have abided by recommendations of the Public Prosecutor.

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Outspoken South African opposition leader under fire over threats against journalists

Leader of Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema. Photo©Reuters An outspoken South Africa opposition leader has come under fire for threatening journalists working for a media group owned by associates of President Jacob Zuma.

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SA president fails to pacify critics despite Nkandla upgrade payment pledge

Seven years after its construction, Zuma's Nkandla homestead still remains a hot talking point in the country. Photo©ReutersSouth African President Jacob Zuma's pledge to pay back millions of dollars used in the upgrading of his rural homestead has failed to pacify his critics who feel the president's promise is not good enough.

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