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Andrew Zimmern
She's like, I'm obsessed with your show, it's just amazing what you do and I just looked at her and I said, You know, you're one of my heroes. You're a great actress but your work with AIDS in South Africa and her CTAOP Foundation is really unbelievable.feedback
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Jul 24 2017
South Africa has been commented on by 173 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about South Africa are: Jacob Zuma, Daniel Silke and Mmusi Maimane. For instance, the most recent quote from Jacob Zuma is: “We need to accept the reality that those who are in Parliament, where laws are made, particularly the black parties, should unite because we need a two-thirds majority to effect changes in the Constitution.”.
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Brian McMaster

Regardless of what happens in South Africa our story still makes sense.feedback

Quinton Fortune

I was very fortunate to play for South Africa against him in the Olympics in front of 72,000 fans. But, when he was at Barcelona, he was a different Ronaldinho so I'm hoping we get a glimpse of that and I hope I won't have to mark him!feedback

Eoin Morgan

They (South Africa) were certainly entitled to appeal and the spirit of the game is open to interpretation.feedback

Malusi Gigaba

We need to protect at all times the independence of the South Africa Reserve Bank so we don't subject it to undue influence from anybody. At the moment the central bank is acting on its own initiative, on its own behalf.feedback

Manuel S. Silva

We will go from 3 million to 15 million passengers per year. This airport will be amongst the top three in Sub-Saharan Africa, in competition with Lagos and South Africa.feedback

Brian McMaster

Supply out of South Africa is only going to go one way. There is a supply deficit in the market so there is a need for more platinum.feedback

Tyler Broda - RBC Capital Markets

What is certain that South Africa continues to be a terrible destination for mining investment and assets in South Africa will continue to trade at a discount, impacting the likes of Anglo American, Lonmin, South32, Petra Diamonds and Glencore.feedback

Cyril Ramaphosa

State capture can be said in whatever form it takes, is abhorrent and it is something that we all as South Africans should not and cannot tolerate.feedback

Cyril Ramaphosa

He (Zuma) has indicated that he is not opposed to the establishment of a commission of inquiry and as we speak now, he is in the process of consulting his legal advisers to find ways of giving effect to this proposal.feedback

Sone Aluko

It's just ironical; same stadium, same two nil. We lost this game 2-0 and when I played [against South Africa in 2014], I scored two goals though there's no saying if I played this game I'd have scored two goals.feedback

Robert Bouroujerdi

Five companies poised to dominate disruption - Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet - have added a total of $600m (£474m) of market cap this year, or the equivalent gross domestic product of Hong Kong and South Africa combined. Parallels to the 'nifty-fifty' and 1999 to 2000 are growing as their performance is even more pronounced on a risk-adjusted basis.feedback

Melissa Biggs Bradley

The country has great game viewing, a strong wine scene, beautiful beaches and vibrant cities like Cape Town. Plus, you get value for your money on a trip there.feedback

Cecilia Wessels

I literally took the picture to show my mum and dad in South Africa, Look there's a tornado,' and now everyone is like, Why is your husband mowing the lawn?'. It seems that most people here mow before the rain comes, so he thought he would do that, and, well, ended up famous.feedback

Kyle Sinckler

I like the Phil Vickery one with Andrew Sheridan before the first Test (in South Africa). What was he saying? 'You listening to me' and then he headbutts him. I've always been a fan and always will be, so it's just a massive honour for me to put on the jersey at the weekend and, hopefully, I leave it in a better place.feedback

Trevor Noah

I was born in South Africa during a time when there was apartheid. Apartheid was a system of laws that were racist laws designed to separate and segregate people in the country. One of the core tenants of these laws was that black and white people weren't allowed to fraternize; weren't allowed to share the same spaces; weren't allowed to live in the same areas; and most importantly weren't allowed to have, as they call it, carnal intercourse.feedback

Greg Davies

Banks which were quite strong ahead of the weekend, perhaps pricing in that Zuma might be ousted, and with the NEC meeting over the weekend now banks are a little bit disappointed over that and coming back a little bit.feedback

Gavin Hunt

The players are going back. Sundowns want double figures (in millions) for them. At this point in time‚ they don't want to go back‚ but they'll go back. They have a contract and that was part of the deal. If you look at the local market‚ and I said to somebody yesterday (on Friday)‚ 'If you give somebody R100 million‚ who are you going to buy in South Africa?' because you don't want to pay prices like that‚ and spend ridiculous money on players, and we don't do that.feedback

Gwede Mantashe

We are reading it in newspapers that there is going to be bloodshed. We haven't seen that blood on the floor yet. Today we are in the hard business of the NEC.feedback

Jacob Zuma

Her appointment to the position elevates her to the third highest position in the Judicial Branch, after the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic. We wish to congratulate her for being the first woman to occupy such a high position in the judiciary and wish Justice Maya all the best in her new important responsibility of advancing our constitutional democracy.feedback

Simon Amor

We're looking forward to playing the best side in the world. We know just how good South Africa are and it is always a tremendous battle between us. If we approach this with the same amount of energy and passion and continue to work hard to make the supporters proud then we put ourselves in the best place possible.feedback

Michael Stipe

No one would come and play South Africa because of apartheid. What they were left with were these really cheesy, shitty–it was really bad bands, only bad acts. As a teenager and someone who also shares my political views and attitude, it was really unfair to her and to her friends that they were not able to experience these–the whole punk rock movement was something that they experienced pre-internet, just as almost cargo cult. I feel quite the opposite.feedback

Sebastian Barbe - Crédit Agricole

We are seeing a classic rise in global uncertainty with risk assets being out of favour and positions being closed on some of the most risky emerging markets such as Turkey and South Africa. We have been advising clients to be a bit cautious, even before the Trump issues, because volatility was low, good news had been priced in and protectionist fears had already receded. This is not just the usual political noise that's spreading to markets, it can impact the ability of the government to finalise reforms which are necessary for appetite of investors to continue.feedback

Senzeni Zokwana

As the fall armyworm is a new pest to South Africa, no pesticide was previously registered to be used against it. A process of emergency registration of agricultural chemicals is ongoing with two active ingredients already registered to be applied against this pest. As with all agricultural remedy applications the label instructions must be followed in accordance to the supplier's recommendations.feedback

Aly-Khan Satchu

I think by consolidating the African businesses, you could apply scale and target these markets to make a wider opening to Vodacom and Safaricom. It makes sense to try and get some of the acceleration that we have seen in Safaricom complemented to Vodacom South Africa.feedback

Priyanka Chopra

The subject matter was so hard because it was sexual violence against kids and the number is ridiculously staggering. … One out of three girls in Zimbabwe under 18 has been sexually violated in some way. One out of three. South Africa is one out of five. And these are children who are violated, it's not by strangers, but by relatives and uncles and fathers. It's just so harrowing and hard to see.feedback

Jim Farley

For Ford, it's not only important for the UK's agreement with the 27 (remaining EU) countries but equally important are countries like Turkey and South Africa which hasn't really been talked about. There should be a transition period. That transition period is really critical for the future of our investments in the UK.feedback

Steve Hansen

They're one of [our rivals], along with South Africa, Australia and France. By the time the World Cup comes around, any one of a number of teams could win the tournament. England are getting better and better all the time, but they're in a really strong pool. It's going to be interesting. Will we play Japan between now and the World Cup? We'll have to wait and see, but it wouldn't be a silly idea.feedback

Brian O'Driscoll

I think it is [the toughest tour]. I didn't get much love in the Test series [in 2005]. I'd imagine the [Tests] were pretty tough – the first 30 seconds was tough enough for me. But the other games were ferocious. Way more so than in South Africa and Australia. I just thought the intensity of the midweek games and the Saturday games before the Tests were really, really tough. The New Zealand Maori were the ones who beat us and that will be remembered for a long long time.feedback

Priyanka Chopra

I heard a lot of this when I asked these government officials who said girls are asking for it. In neighboring South Africa it's one out of five, she said. I am from India and I have seen wealth and poverty live together all my life. That is the state of the world. That is our reality. It takes people like us who are privileged, who have everything that we may need in abundance, to be able to share it in parts of the world where they may not have that.feedback

George R.R. Martin

It's distraction. Because the books and the show are so popular I have interviews to do constantly. I have travel plans constantly. It's like suddenly I get invited to travel to South Africa or Dubai, and who's passing up a free trip to Dubai? I don't write when I travel. I don't write in hotel rooms. I don't write on airplanes. I really have to be in my own house undisturbed to write. Through most of my life nobody did bother me, but now everyone bothers me every day. I have assistants and minions whose main job is to make sure people don't bother me so I can actually get writing done.feedback

Per Hammarlund

Zuma still has the support within the ANC – not among all ANC members, but within the decision-making body in the ANC. He has enough allies within that body to keep him in power until the next presidential election.feedback

Tyler Broda - RBC Capital Markets

With the coming revisions to the mining charter in South Africa and recent commodity price volatility, trading in Anglo is expected to remain choppy.feedback

Dominic West

Oh, they're killing thousands every year in South Africa. It's just appalling.feedback

Daniel Moreno

Of the big countries, that's the one that has more risk attached to it politically, even more so than Turkey. In Turkey there is certainty, in South Africa there isn't. They need a very stable government with a very clear policy and they don't have that. As long as we have a country that is driven by internal politics at the ANC, I don't see how it can get any better.feedback

Gardner Rusike - S&P Global

We've had three downgrades over the last four or five years which means that the credit story for South Africa has been deteriorating.feedback

Zuma Nesta Rock

I would go shopping for glasses with my son and I saw how limited and boring the choices were. Wearing glasses should be a fun and positive experience for everyone – including kids and teens.feedback

James Barrineau

This is a very South Africa-specific story in terms of its unique political dynamics. We expect some forced selling of South Africa from funds that can hold only investment-grade rated credits; however much of this was anticipated by the markets and occurred immediately following the news that Gordhan would be out.feedback

Alastair Newton

The country has clearly been struggling economically for some considerable time. If you look at GDP growth it's been very poor indeed and, certainly, that is even poorer if one puts it alongside the demographics of the country. Things may pick up once Zuma is gone or once we know who his replacement is going to be because markets are very good at dealing with poor situations if they are stable situations. With the Rand plummeting, South Africa becomes even more attractive to tourists. It's pretty cheap going down there right now and it still has a wonderful, wonderful, tourist offering.feedback

Alastair Newton

I think markets have consistently underestimated Zuma's ability to survive, despite the fact that the [African National Congress] itself is clearly deeply divided, despite the fact that there will be thousands of protesters on the streets today. Zuma still remains very firmly in control. He enjoys dominance of the national executive committee, the ANC, which he has cultivated through patronage, and I think the chances of him being ousted in the short-to-medium term are pretty low.feedback

Lew Geffen

There is currently a massive economic and skills migration to Cape Town and surrounds, because the city is perceived to offer the best service delivery and lifestyle in the country. You get a lot more house for your money in Cape Town than you would in just about any other world-renowned tourist destination.feedback

John Moodey

We don't agree on many things, but we agree that Zuma must go. The rest we can sort out later.feedback

Susan Booysen

This is a major mobilization that is inflicting a massive amount of damage on the ANC. Even if the rallying call is around Zuma, it's an indictment of the ANC.feedback

Julius Malema

Zuma must leave office and the sooner the better, because this country must recover economically. So, because we love South Africa, today we are going to march hand in hand with all political parties. We want you to send one message and one message only, that Zuma must step down.feedback

Victor Montagliani

Listen, Mexico's a tremendous footballing country and we know that. But you know what? (Canada) is a tremendous footballing country. The stats bear it out. In Brazil and South Africa, the No. 1 (non-participating) country that attended those World Cups was Canada. And if you factor in participating countries we're No. 10, so it's not like we're not consumers of football as well.feedback

Maro Itoje

It was in South Africa – that was the first tour I was interested in. My interest in 2013 was even more profound. I had been playing rugby for a couple of years then, it was a great tour. But the thing that stands out for me is Ugo Monye's try [in 2009]. To see him run down the wing, intercept and celebrate – it was good, to see a fellow Nigerian do that for the Lions was nice.feedback

Rilee Rossouw

It is a great pity that monetary considerations should be put forward to take [him] away from his country and from international cricket. My sympathies are entirely with South Africa. To say the least, a player under such circumstances can only have a very doubtful welcome to English cricket, and I question whether he should be permitted to participate in it – in spite of previous precedents – when obviously it is his duty to be loyal to his own country and those who have done so much for him.feedback

Jakob Christensen - Danske Bank

You don't see really yet what the political endgame will be -- you still don't know how much Zuma can and will fight against this pressure that is on him.feedback

Isaac Mashego - Nedbank

Either the market has fully priced-in the downgrades or it believes that this is good for the country and that it might eventually see President Zuma forced out of office.feedback

Ruth Bookbinder - Verisk Maplecroft

Deploying populist rhetoric is a powerful campaign strategy that has worked for Zuma before.feedback

Gary van Staden

Zuma has shown he can be absolutely reckless in pursuit of his political agenda.feedback

Daniel Silke

The checks and balances in South Africa and the waning political support for the ANC itself make it difficult to disregard or change the constitution. We are in a very different space to what was a very autocratic Zimbabwe.feedback

Daniel Silke

The marches in themselves will not have an effect on the ANC, the only thing that will have an effect will be the internal ebb and flow of its factions.feedback

Daniel Silke

Jonas is the one to watch out of the three. Could he join an alternative movement seeking to shape a better future for South Africa?feedback

Walter Mzembi

(Our biodiversity) has been kept largely authentic, original and undisturbed with very sound conservation models that have become models for the region. I dream big, and I don't think I dream impractical. My dream for the World Cup is based on integration of strength and effort that are neighbours to Zimbabwe, like South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. Nothing is impossible. The current administration is too preoccupied with the self. Too inward-looking and nationalistic, to the point where they are indifferent to anything happening elsewhere.feedback

Mmusi Maimane

We call upon all South Africans, regardless of political affiliation or persuasion to join this mass action for change, where will stand together and speak with one voice that says 'Zuma must go and South Africa must come first.feedback

Lucy Manne - ActionAid

While the nation's eyes are on the future of the Adani coal mine, Efic and the Australian government are quietly considering using tax-payer dollars to fund a new coal mine in South Africa. Efic thought this proposal would slip by unnoticed, but this letter shows the outrage they can expect.feedback

Lorraine Kakaza

Mining in South Africa has a negative impact on women. At the environmental level, the air that they breathe is polluted. The soil, it's no longer fertile, they can't plant, they can't do anything. They lose their loved ones at an early age due to the gasses – the carbon dioxide they inhale almost every day.feedback

Gwede Mantashe

There is no ANC member who will vote for an opposition motion, that will be uncharacteristic of the ANC. What do you think the ANC is, Father Christmas? I don't know where this notion comes from that we are a collection of individuals who have conscience. We are members of ANC in a party political system. No army in the world allows soldiers to be commanded by enemy general. If you say we will recall Zuma because opposition say that, it won't work.feedback

Greg Mills

Jeffrey Herbst is president and chief executive of the Newseum. Greg Mills is director of the Brenthurst Foundation in Johannesburg. They are co-authors of “How South Africa Works” and the forthcoming “Making Africa Work: A Handbook for Economic Success.”.feedback

Aubrey Matshiqi

His conduct has caused serious damage to the A.N.C. His self-interest has always come before the interests of the A.N.C. and the country.feedback

Jacob Zuma

With regards to the finance portfolio, we reiterate that, while the political leadership has changed, the government's overall policy orientation remains the same as derived from the governing party, the African National Congress. We expect the changes to add renewed energy into the Cabinet and the executive as a whole. We thus remain firm in our call that the economy needs to include the black majority in the ownership and control.feedback

Zizi Kodwa

The ANC must remain and it must emerge stronger than it was last week.feedback

Bangu Masisi

Most people think that a vacation to South Africa is out of their budget, but these trips prove that it's more affordable than they may imagine.feedback

Mmusi Maimane

Zuma has just ended the chances of South Africans to create and find work. We should all downgrade him #ZumaMustGo.feedback

Daniel Silke

The road to #JunkStatus recovery will be long & arduous. And it won't be possible with current policy and politics in place.feedback

John Ashbourne - Capital Economics

Any chance of avoiding this result evaporated last week when President Jacob Zuma sacked his respected finance minister. Officials from several agencies had stressed the need to maintain the current team at the treasury.feedback

George Glynos

The narrative is just so overwhelmingly negative against Zuma. The pushback has been so strong that it actually gives one a sense of confidence, and I think a lot of people are trading on this.feedback

Joyce Endresen

It's a great plan, and that's why I still work. We celebrated two years of no tumor in December and went to South Africa . I wear it and wear it proudly. It's an incredible machine and I'm fine not having hair.feedback

Gwen Stefani

We were able to create something that I really wanted to do desperately, which is to do glasses that you could actually interchange emojis on the sides. They have these little magnets on the side, and you can change them out every day.feedback

Gwen Stefani

A lot of kids' glasses, to me, look like kids' glasses. I wanted to do glasses that were things that I would wear. It's fun to be able to be unique.feedback

Malusi Gigaba

As government, our focus is now very much on the radical transformation of our economy so that all who live in South Africa can benefit from the economy. Tough and unpopular choices will have to be made to ensure such a vision. The assurance we can give is ... we are not a bunch of wild gunmen running amok, gung-ho into Treasury, to do different things. We are going maintain the programs that are being implemented.feedback

Cristian Maggio - TD Securities

South Africa remains greatly exposed to a risk of a strong correction. That is something the market is wary of as it would be a further step in the direction of a junk rating.feedback

Jim Rickards

I think most of the most of the bad news is out. The rand is right in the middle of a five-year trading range. It's gone as high as 8 (vs. the dollar) and as low as 17. How much worse can this get? [Zuma] already did the reshuffling. He fired a fairly competent finance minister. It looks like he'll survive the no-confidence vote. But if he doesn't survive and you get better leadership, then that's actually very bullish for the rand. It looks like a bottom, it looks like a good entry point.feedback

Danny Jordaan

If you look at the allocation of Afcon tournaments, you'd realize that West African countries have been preferred more than countries in the Cosafa and Cecafa regions, excluding South Africa in 2013 of course – Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in 2012, Equatorial Guinea in 2015, Gabon in 2017, Cameroon in 2019, Ivory Coast in 2021 and Guinea in 2023. So, those are some of the things we looked at, and decided that change was needed. In that way, we will have to come up with ways to ensure that everyone is considered going forward.feedback

Danny Jordaan

It simply means the end of a 28-year era, and the start of a new regime, not only for South Africa or Cosafa, but for Africa as a whole. The new president will definitely bring change and improvement to the federation, but that we can only achieve if we work as a team. The distribution of revenues to various associations is another thing that will be looked at for example, and I think there will be more changes and improvements under the new president.feedback

Lindokahle Mbele

There was no mistake. All the president did was give another minister a chance. The president is saying he will address youth issues. What people need is housing and assistance at school. Black people didn't receive assistance. I think now they will get help.feedback

Jeffrey Schultz

What 'radical transformation' entails is still unclear to many outsiders.feedback

Dougie Oakes

Zuma is a bread-and-butter politician. While his foes argue about his suitability to be president, his team of loyalists have been busy, quietly wrapping up his support in the regions.feedback

Cyril Ramaphosa

Let us act together in unity. Unite our country, unite our movement under one goal. The goal of making South Africa great. The goal of making South Africa corruption free. The goal of making South Africa a South Africa we can all be proud of and getting rid of greedy people, corrupt people within our country.feedback

Craig Kreeger - Virgin Atlantic

The same thing is true of our sales efforts in China, Hong Kong and South Africa. We're spending more of our resources to drive traffic into the UK.feedback

Jason Burke

A veteran of the struggle, South Africa’s president has a knack for survival. But he may have gone too far in sacking half his cabinet last week, and his time as leader is drawing to a close. His career has been marked by a bullish disregard for convention and a rugged tenacity in the face of adversity.feedback

Cyril Ramaphosa

I told the President so, that I would not agree with him on his reasoning to remove the minister of finance.feedback

Peter Attard Montalto

The market will struggle to digest Gigaba. We think this is bad for the market and for SA. We view this as an open attack on Treasury to replace people who are conservative and anti-corruption with people loyal to Zuma.feedback

Peter Attard Montalto

This is an attack on the institution of the Treasury and as such will trigger multiple downgrades.feedback

Gwede Mantashe

We were given a list that was complete and my own view as the secretary-general, I felt like this list has been developed somewhere else and it's given to us to legitimise it. And my own view is that I'm very uncomfortable because areas where ministers do not perform have not been touched. Ministers have been moved and the majority of them were good performing ministers. I'm very much uncomfortable with it.feedback

Kathrine Switzer

One of the races that's always been on my bucket list has been the [56-mile] Comrades Marathon in South Africa. I've wanted to run that ever since I first heard about it in the late '60s, so who knows, I might get there yet.feedback

Jacob Zuma

I have directed the new ministers and deputy ministers to work tirelessly with their colleagues to bring about radical socioeconomic transformation and to ensure that the promise of a better life for the poor and the working class becomes a reality. We cannot sit by and let this happen.feedback

Daniel Silke

This has been a long time coming. The president has clearly taken a politically risky decision to remove a finance minister who is well regarded both domestically and internationally.feedback

Pravin Gordhan

We hope more and more South Africans will make it absolutely clear that our country is not for sale. It is important that the public knows what we do at the Treasury, how we serve South Africa, how the budgeting process works and how we make sure that the poor in South Africa benefit from the taxes that we collect from all South Africans, as well.feedback

Daniel Silke

Jacob Zuma has take a huge political risk, possibly the biggest political risk of his career thus far. This will put further strain on an already fractured ANC. Zuma will survive but he will survive within an ANC that finds itself unable to accomplish just about anything.feedback

Simon Freemantle - Standard Bank

These tensions will barrel into the ANC's succession debate and here we expect the president's move has strengthened the support for Mr Ramaphosa.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Calls for a negative open come after a down session in Asia overnight at odds with a positive US finish, the latter benefiting from upward GDP revisions. Market weakness may be explained by an element of risk-off into the week-, month- and quarter-end following one of the best starts to the year since 2013. This despite political risk aplenty, the most recent coming from South Africa. Reassuring China PMI prints (employment best in 5 years) are being largely ignored.feedback

Mmusi Maimane

This should be a rallying call for all South Africans to stand together and defend our hard-won Constitutional Democracy. The President has once again shown that he has no interest in our beloved country's future – or the 9 million South Africans who are unemployed. This is an act of complete state capture. We cannot sit by and let this happen. It is time that all South Africans stand together to protect our democracy.feedback

Solly Mapaila

Quite clearly South Africans need to take action against the possibility of the looting of the treasury which comrade Pravin Gordhan has done an excellent job (preventing).feedback

Noelani King Conradie

The little that we know at the moment is that its probably not good news for the markets because he (Gigaba) doesn't have any real finance experience. This definitely raises the risk of rating downgrades and it is going to continue the uncertainty about future economic policies.feedback

Julius Malema

We came here to a lodge a complaint with the Constitutional Court, asking the Constitutional Court to direct parliament to institute disciplinary proceedings against the president of the Republic of South Africa who was found to have breached his oath of office by this highest court.feedback

Nic Borain

If confirmed, this could be the long-awaited compromise where Zuma agrees to go in return for some protection. It would be a very clever move.feedback

Solly Mapaila

The president informed us of his intention to affect a cabinet reshuffle replacing both the minister and deputy minister of finance. We recorded our objection to the intended reshuffle.feedback

Andy Lipow - Lipow Oil Associates

There are signs elsewhere that some inventories are getting liquidated, like for storage in South Africa, we're seeing oil come out. We don't see floating storage of crude oil in the North Sea so there are some signs that things may be getting better for OPEC.feedback

Timothy Ash

Fair to say that if Zuma manages to successfully remove Gordhan it would produce a seismic and very negative move in South African markets, ratings et al. It would suggest ... a more aggressive and confiscatory black empowerment agenda.feedback

Piotr Maty - Rabobank

Gordhan's departure would increase the risk that the required structural reforms will not be implemented and the commitment to maintain spending in check may weaken, which could lead to ratings agencies downgrading South Africa to junk.feedback

Andrew Mlangeni

It was not that he hated the organisation. He criticised it because he loved it and he was prepared to say where it had gone wrong. The organisation should not take his criticism lightly, because many other people are beginning to criticise the ANC, which we love so much. His criticism is genuine criticism. Something is wrong and he was saying let us correct our mistakes to lead South Africa correctly. When I saw him in the hospital, I knew in my heart that sooner or later he was going to leave us.feedback

Winnie Mandela

Anyone who cannot see that South Africa is in a crisis is kidding themselves.feedback

Neeshan Balton

This is great loss to the ANC (African National Congress), the broader liberation movement and South Africa as a whole. Internationally, he was staunch in his support for the Palestinian struggle. Kathy' was an inspiration to millions in different parts of the world.feedback

Daniel Silke

Any suggestion Zuma is interfering with Gordhan's business dealings will be a concern for investors and could signal political instability on the horizon.feedback

Peter Attard Montalto

I believe today could be a test of the water to undertake a reshuffle.feedback

Simon Kjaer

We must go to the World Cup this time after missing out in 2014. I have played for my country at both the World Cup in South Africa and the Euros in Ukraine and Poland, and it is something that I can't bear to miss out on again. Honestly, I haven't even been watching the tournaments without us - it is too hard to sit on the couch at home instead of being there as a player.feedback

Per Hammarlund

The rand has been supported by the commodity rally. Partly that's the reason why CPI came in a bit lower – because the rand is stronger than expected. I don't think it has really turned a corner – it's not a structural improvement in South Africa, it's more the commodity cycle that it's gaining from right now.feedback

James Turner

We're delighted to see this idea spreading across the world, and we wish the D.C. takeover the best of luck. We know of at least two other cities who are planning something similar, too: L.A. and Cape Town. Who knows where this could end up? Maybe in the future our kids will wonder why it took us so long to replace all advertising with cats.feedback

Nina Tanggaard Lomeland

Well, I have lived in different places in the world like South Africa and Mexico and…I can really see that in Norway, we are privileged in many ways. I don't know if we can say that we are the happiest people because you also have a lot of depressed people and lonely people but for me, I feel very privileged.feedback

Johan Froneman

In the deepest and most shaming of ironies, government relies on a private company ... to get it out of this predicament. The sole reason for this litigation is ... the minister's failure to keep its promise to the people of South Africa. There must be public accounting for how this was allowed to happen.feedback

Mark Cutifani - De Beers

If someone has a view on how they would like to see something consolidated in South Africa, we are open to the conversation, but I would have to be able to demonstrate to all of our shareholders that it created value.feedback

David Bellairs

We were forced to make a difficult decision to stop the 40th edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. The morning presented a number of challenges, not least of which were the wind speeds considerably higher than had been predicted yesterday. This combined with the large fire that broke out in Hout Bay in the early hours of this morning and the added risk of protest action on route.feedback

Tom Steyer

I love puzzles. I love figuring things out. I'm someone who really is interested in how companies work, and how industries work, and figuring out – that's the biggest puzzle in the world! How do you think about a Saab dealership in South Africa?feedback

Robert Mugabe

We are not the ones who killed him. We don't know where he died in South Africa but he demanded that he be buried here. The colonialists here in Zimbabwe listened to his wish, which was written in his will, and buried him here.feedback

Alastair Buchan

One of the things that we did lose was that nice and easy flow of clinicians and clinician science from Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. We had really good collaborations, which hopefully in this Brexit climate might be reinvented , because that movement of English-speaking medicine was actually a casualty of joining Europe.feedback

Andries Breytenbach

We are ready to fight back. We need urgent mediation between us and the government.feedback

Julius Malema

People of South Africa, where you see a beautiful land, take it, it belongs to you.feedback

James Wright

Exploring our network of contacts led to successful identification by Marc Dando, who is a local professional wildlife artist, whose work can be seen at the aquarium. This species has never been recorded in the UK before, as it is normally found in deep waters during the day in tropical climates. It is likely to be an isolated incident, but there have been similar stranding incidents in South Africa. This time of year though UK waters are at their coldest so this occurrence is very unusual.feedback

Jacob Zuma

Many citizens of other countries living in South Africa are law abiding and contribute to the economy of the country positively. It is wrong to brandish all non-nationals as drug dealers or human traffickers. The numbers of the foreigners in South Africa are far more than the numbers that Europe is fighting about.feedback

Guy Hayward - Massmart

We are hopeful that several key economic drivers in South Africa will improve in 2017 - lower food price inflation, some rand strength and possibly lower interest rates.feedback

James Selfe

This is a victory for the rule of law and indeed for our country's human rights-based foreign policy which Zuma and his cronies have tried so hard to depart from. Clearly Zuma and his ANC have absolutely no respect for the constitution.feedback

Maya Senussi

We expect the leadership and policy status quo to remain intact until then, with Zuma holding on as ANC head and President.feedback

Joanna Dudley

It's certainly drawing on the history of South Africa, it's drawing on his own personal history and then also for me it's the whole world. It's life, it's death, it's the celebration of life and death, it's a celebration of birth, so it's very human, it can be very funny, but at the same time you can cry at any minute.feedback

Jacob Zuma

This matter is still under investigation... government is ready to act against market abuse, price fixing and collusion in the private sector in order to protect our country's economy.feedback

Uday Patnaik

This Zuma issue, we don't know what he wants to do, there is still a chance they get junked in summer and it depends on what he does.feedback

Paul Fage - TD Securities

Investors in emerging markets overall are still cautiously optimistic. The rand is the biggest mover today ... the one person the market has their eye on is what happens to finance minister (Pravin) Gordhan and I can't believe Zuma would be crazy enough to get rid of him, even if there is no love lost between the two.feedback

Andreas Schwabe

We don't think this will result in a full blown political crisis...but the stand-off between the government and the protesters will go on for the time being. The budget deficit will be higher than 3 percent, maybe 3.5 percent and that would be above the threshold the European Union and the Commission wants to see.feedback

Jacob Zuma

South Africa has lost a legend and one of the best rugby players that the country has ever produced. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, our heartfelt condolences to Mr van der Westhuizen's family. May his soul rest in peace.feedback

Gerhard Herselman - Ford Motor

We are encouraged by and grateful for the continued customer confidence in the Ford brand... despite the challenges relating to the safety recall announced in January for the 1.6-litre Kuga sold in South Africa in 2013 and 2014.feedback

Meg Hillier

The threat of cyber-crime is ever-growing yet evidence shows Britain ranks below Brazil, South Africa and China in keeping phones and laptops secure. Leadership from the center is inadequate and, while the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has the potential to address this, practical aspects of its role must be clarified quickly.feedback

Rangana Herath

I don't think I will have much help in South Africa from the wickets. It will be much better for the seamers.feedback

Lily Sanya - International Organization for Migration

Due to climate change, Zimbabwe is also increasingly becoming a transit route for migrants from other countries such as the Horn of Africa and Malawi heading to South Africa and other parts of Africa.feedback

Jacob Zuma

However, progress is slow, compelling the department to contemplate sterner measures. The Department of Mineral Resources intends to take further action. A compliant housing plan will be requested from Lonmin, failing which immediate action in the form of suspension or cancellation of the mining right will be taken.feedback

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

The Chairperson of the Commission strongly urges President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power.feedback

Daniel Silke

The report has unnerved the position of the president. Zuma is fighting for his political life. The report left him more vulnerable and open to contestation for his position.feedback

Peter Attard Montalto

Ultimately South Africa is not a shock wham bam crisis country that jumps to junk. It is a slow grind of under performance.feedback

Cristian Maggio - TD Securities

They have had a negative outlook on for a year so given that the political and economic situation has deteriorated there's a very good chance they will resolve that outlook into a downgrade. The market has become overly optimistic on South Africa - it has priced in for too long without any solid reason that (President Jacob) Zuma may end his term prematurely.feedback

Cas Coovadia

We will deal with it in parliament again if need be. We would like to expedite this.feedback

Murat Toprak - HSBC

The market sees Turkey as the weak link in the emerging markets story ... One reason is it perceives political risk as higher in Turkey than in Mexico or South Africa. Mexico has played out, the market has priced the U.S. election and now is waiting to see which Trump policies will be implemented and how.feedback

Guillaume Tresca - Crédit Agricole

Usually they are more negative than the other ratings agencies regarding South Africa ... When you read all the statements from S&P regarding South Africa they always mention the indebtedness of the public companies.feedback

Guillaume Tresca - Crédit Agricole

The feud between Zuma and (finance minister Pravin) Gordhan is not over. The market is maybe too complacent and too optimistic.feedback

Glenda Gray

The people of South Africa are making history by conducting and participating in the first HIV vaccine efficacy study to build on the results of the Thai trial. HIV has taken a devastating toll in South Africa, but now we begin a scientific exploration that could hold great promise for our country. If an HIV vaccine were found to work in South Africa, it could dramatically alter the course of the pandemic.feedback

Jacob Zuma

I believe we have indeed done a lot, working together, to create favourable conditions for economic growth and to stave off any downgrade.feedback

Jacob Zuma

No one, no matter what position they hold, can instruct the president to establish a commission and even tell the process through which it must go... so that's a problem. This report has been dealt with in a very funny way. It affected me and many (others). No fairness at all.feedback

Jacob Zuma

Here there was an action by a number of banks at the same time. It suggests that there is something untoward here. And as government we wanted to constructively to interact with the banks.feedback

Hongtao Jiang - Deutsche Bank

The significant increase in (third quarter) CDS trading volume over the previous quarter was mostly driven by a higher level of activities in Mexico, Turkey, and South Africa, due to idiosyncratic developments in these countries.feedback

Nishant Upadhyay

While obviously not the same risk, Turkey and South Africa have similar profiles.feedback

Gary van Staden

President Zuma's contribution to the overall political risk assessment of South Africa is significant. He is clearly a drag on both the economic and financial sectors.feedback

Kevin Lings

The combination of the deteriorating political and economic backdrop and the risk of a credit rating downgrade has had quite a big effect on keeping the rand as weak as it is. If you were to remove those elements convincingly, we would argue you would get a significant rally, and it's not impossible that it might go back to fair value.feedback

Peter Attard Montalto

It would obviously delay downgrades. But if you had an interim president, I wouldn't expect too much policy change on the meaningful economic stuff.feedback

Brian Molefe - Eskom

I was never given an opportunity to explain myself by the Public Protector.feedback

Mmusi Maimane

This motion should not be viewed as a partisan motion - we do not see it as a DA motion. I know there are ANC MPs and cabinet ministers who have had enough. They have an opportunity to actually do something about their anger next week Thursday.feedback

Roxanna Hulea - Société Générale

It's good news the charges were dropped but this does not necessarily remove the possibility that South Africa will be downgraded in December. I wouldn't say this is the end of it. Going into ... next year we will continue to be in this environment, plagued by a lot of political news and headlines which will drive markets.feedback

Roxanna Hulea - Société Générale

We are seeing broad-based weaker momentum in EM and a few stories are compounding that, including the tabling of the budget in South Africa, and that is spilling over to the (Turkish) lira. The drop in oil prices as well, because that undermines the performance of the commodity exporters; the rouble, Mexico and Brazil as well. The freeze in output is not coming through as expected, with a lot of defectors such as Iran and Iraq.feedback

Jacob Zuma

The only way to determine whether the report is final or not is for the Public Protector to say so in no uncertain terms. In this regard I invite her to do so.feedback

Gary van Staden

While the Zuma faction continues to hold sway, it must be aware that there is no reversing the trend within and that its time may be running out.feedback

John C. Lechleiter - Lilly

The pharmaceutical giant will expand a program already in place to provide parts of Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and India with treatment for Type 2 diabetes.feedback

Colin Coleman

Obviously South Africa since December has been something of a roller-coaster. But this year has been a very good demonstration of the strength of all our institutions.feedback

David Makhura

It undermines every little effort that South Africa is making to move forward.feedback

Murat Toprak - HSBC

That hasn't really reassured the market and it shows again that the political side of things remains extremely uncertain and volatile, hence the market is approaching (South Africa) in a very cautious manner.feedback

Sipho Pityana

Zuma must go. We must seize the moment and save South Africa.feedback

Tembinkosi Bonakele

South Africa is a strategic hub for the trade of goods in and out of the southern African region. Any cartel by shipping liners in this region results in inflated prices for cargo transportation.feedback

Timothy Ash

This seems perverse given the political/policy setting in South Africa, (and) worse ratios over Turkey.feedback

Colin Apse

Depending on the green infrastructure investments chosen, a Cape Town Water Fund could lead to a range of climate change adaptation benefits.feedback

Zachary Karabell - Envestnet

The concern last year and into this year was that the incredible collapse of the commodity cycle would lead to huge defaults in emerging markets, particularly those markets like Brazil and South Africa and elsewhere that were really exposed to that.feedback

Uhuru Kenyatta

Volkswagen South Africa will now again establish an assembly plant to produce motor vehicles at the Kenya Motor Vehicle Manufacturers limited in Thika.feedback

Martin Plaut

The ANC, and the population of South Africa, is deeply wedded to the democratic process.feedback

Harry Newman

The establishment of a yuan clearing centre in South Africa in July 2015, as well as Singapore's increased use of the yuan for payments with South Africa, have been a catalyst for yuan growth in the region.feedback

Graeme Stephens - Sun International

In South Africa, the economic environment remains a serious concern. We do not anticipate any meaningful growth in gaming revenue until there is a recovery in the economy and renewed consumer confidence.feedback

Daryl Glaser

The DA is crawling its way into African townships. It's a nightmare come true for the ANC and Jacob Zuma.feedback

Wandile Sihlobo

Food inflation in South Africa is likely to remain high throughout the year.feedback

Vittorio Colao - Vodafone Group

Our growth momentum in AMAP remains strong, with excellent performance in South Africa, Turkey and Egypt and ongoing recovery in India.feedback

Nilan Morar

The market does like these expansion stories. It dilutes some of that South Africa performance into another area in the world and diversifies that income stream.feedback

Ben Lawson

It's impacting all the major export markets because now the Indians are not at a loss for choice, and you can see that from month-to-month they just skip around from South Africa to Indonesia.feedback

Win Thin - Brown Brothers Harriman

South Africa has been hit by a prolonged slowdown coupled with a weaker currency.feedback

Shaun Abrahams

I have decided to apply for leave to appeal against the judgment. I have given instruction to State attorney to go ahead with the application to review the leave to appeal.feedback

Shadrack Gutto

The credibility of the Presidency and the NPA are at stake due this a very far-reaching decision.feedback

Jasper Lawler - CMC Markets

A big part of getting agreement from regulators was guaranteeing employment after the deal. Keeping staff in South Africa shouldn't be too damaging given the region represents one of the biggest growth opportunities in the global beer market.feedback

Mmusi Maimane

We cannot have Jacob Zuma and the Constitution in one parliament. Both those things cannot co-exist.feedback

Fidel Castro

My modest suggestion is that he reflects (on the U.S. role in South Africa and Cuba's in Angola) and not now try to elaborate theories about Cuban politics.feedback

Liow Tiong Lai

The coastal search will be by a Malaysian team and focused around South Africa and Mozambique.feedback

Gwede Mantashe

There is no item on that matter. If it comes, it comes and will be part of the discussions.feedback

Mike Nelson - Reliance Industries

We have seen some competitive rates coming from Australia, Columbia and Russia as well, but South Africa should be a consistent player going forward.feedback

Lesetja Kganyago

It is a complex transaction and very difficult at this stage to say definitively what the impact is. All that we can tell is that a priori, it is positive for South Africa.feedback

Francois Hollande

Brexit will effect no consequences on relations between the European Union and South Africa.feedback

Ian Herbert

It's no more or no less than Warren Gatland's accomplishment with Wales, a side down to third-string players some of their most avid followers had never heard of, who took South Africa to the wire.feedback

John Kerry

There's such a fascination with Cuba because 1959, face it, African-Americans, Latino-Americans couldn't vote, had no basic human rights, almost all of Latin America was under occupation. Africa, down to South Africa was under some form of occupation or colonialism and all of those nations found hope in Cuba's survival.feedback

Llewellyn Hartnick

She's unapologetic in speaking the truth about modern South Africa, okay? In terms of the state of the nation.feedback

Armando Guebuza

We are collaborating very closely with South Africa and Tanzania, but we are also looking for European support, especially from Spain. We hope they can give us the technical means and training so that our navy are better prepared to intervene.feedback

Maria Barradas

But there is no consensus. Some countries, in particular Angola and South Africa are accused of supporting Laurent Gbagbo and therefore adding to the tension….feedback

Desmond Tutu

This government, or government is worse that the apartheid government….because our government representing me, representing me? It says it will not support Tibetans who are being oppressed viciously by the Chinese. Hey, Mr Zuma, you and your government don't represent me, you represent your own interests.feedback

Barack Obama

We all recognise that he has given everything to his people, the people of South Africa, to the people of the continent, and he's ended up being an inspiration to all of us. When you think of a single individual that embodies the kind of leadership qualities that I think we all aspire to, the first name that comes up is Nelson Mandela.feedback

Prince Albert

Yes, a little rest and recuperation. Right after the wedding we will be going to South Africa for a few days that are very studious for me because it'll be the International Olympic Committee session in Durban so I'll be in the meeting room for three days. But we will be able to have an evening with a lot of friends from the Olympic world but also a lot of friends and family of Charlene's from South Africa so it'll be I think a great occasion. And after these proceedings we'll venture off into the unknown!feedback

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

In just two months, we have made significant progress. Gaddafi's reign of terror is coming to an end. He is increasingly isolated at home and abroad.feedback

Mmusi Maimane

I believe that President Zuma has benefited personally and his architect Makhanya benefited throigh this result and therefore a criminal process must take place.feedback

Nelson Mandela

We are here to honour an amazing man who I believe saved South Africa from total annihilation.feedback

Boni Yayi

It means a lot for Africa… for the continent, unity and the empowerment of women.feedback

Cara Loening

The deaf community in South Africa are completely outraged and nobody knows who he is. We can't find a name or anything. The organisations who have accredited interpreters do not know him at all.feedback

Sébastien Vaugnat - Euronews

In the context of the world economic crisis, the World Cup has given a boost to South Africa with the injection of 1.2 billion euros. A secondary benefit will be the money brought in by some half a million visiting spectators.feedback

Mac Maharaj

President Zuma wished Madiba a speedy recovery and appeals to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts.feedback

Thabo Maphosa

Madiba, you have done so much into our government, into us. Now we are getting free education, learning for free. It's because of you.feedback

Jacob Zuma

We sincerely thank you for dedicating a life to building a free and democratic South Africa in which all shall live in equality and dignity. One thing we can assure you of today Tata as you take your final steps is that South Africa will continue to rise.feedback

Margaret Thatcher

The ANC is a typical terrorist organisation … Anyone who thinks it is going to run the government in South Africa is living in cloud-cuckoo land.feedback

David Cameron

The fact that there is so much to celebrate in the new South Africa is not in spite of Mandela and the ANC, it is because of them – and we Conservatives should say so clearly today.feedback

Marcus Soloman

There were people in there because of the struggle for a better world, and that struggle is continuing, because what we struggled for is not yet the reality in South Africa.feedback

Lee Berger

What we have here is the highest resolution scan of an object this size that we can do anywhere in the world. It's a fossil skull of a new species of human ancestor from South Africa dating to about 1.9 million years. And what it's going to do is to allow us to look at internal morphology, the age of death and structures we can't even imagine, in a way that's quite literally unprecedented in paleontological sciences.feedback

Antonio del Greco

Nineteen cases have been confirmed by the judicial authorities. People received superficial medical examinations in Brazil and then they were taken in South Africa. Here they were subjected to surgery and these organs were transplanted to wealthy people.feedback

Hammes Boshoff

A lot of customers just see Africa. They see it as one country. I try and tell people that Europe and America are closer to the Ebola outbreak than South Africa.feedback

Jacob Zuma

While we still have a lot of work to do we are satisfied with the progress made thus far in improving the status and quality of life of women, in only 18 years of our freedom.feedback

Jacob Zuma

Former President Mandela remains in critical condition in the hospital. The doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his wellbeing and comfort.feedback

Jacob Zuma

He is looking very good, he is in good shape. We had some conversation with him, shook hands, he was smiling. As you can see, he's really up and about and stabilised. We are very happy.feedback

Nelson Mandela

Well, there are many people in South Africa who are rich, who can share those riches with people who are not so fortunate, who have not been able to conquer poverty.feedback

Jacob Zuma

At the time when I heard how bad the developments were, before knowing the extent of the damage, I had already decided to set up a commission investigating this so that we can get to the truth. It's not just a commission that will investigate, but a judicial commission that will investigate legally so that we can get to the truth.feedback

Francois Hollande

He had already entered into history during his life, and, in death, he takes his place in the universal consciousness. Nelson Mandela not only changed South Africa – he also sped up the pace of change in the world.feedback

Jacob Zuma

As he remains in a critical condition in hospital we must keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers every minute.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

Well we recruit we believe the best of the best. As researchers being experts on countries, they go to the field, the go to Syria, the go to Russia, they go to South Africa they go to China they go to all of the places where there is war, repression, discrimination and human rights abuse. They undertake hundreds of interviews and there are reports then as we publish them every week new reports, new press releases is footnoted to the minutest of detail because we must be absolutely sure that what we publish is the truth and that is our strength what we say is the truth as we have seen it, smelt it, discovered it in the field.feedback

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