President Donald Trump has nominated handbag designer Lana Marks to be the next US ambassador to South Africa, CNN reports. Marks, a Florida resident and member of Trump's exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort, according to a source familiar with the club, was born and raised in South Africa, where she attended the University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute of Personnel Management in Johannesburg, the White House said in a statement. Marks is photographed and quoted giving a warm testimonial on the website of Mar-a-Lago's official photographer, saying she had captured her daughter's wedding at the club "in a very special way." Marks is known for luxury handbags in exotic animal skins, such as ostrich and alligator, with prices that can hover above $19,000. One of her more expensive creations, a $400,000 clutch, has been carried on the red carpet. The designer's website features photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston carrying her goods and says her accessories have become a … [Read more...] about Trump picks handbag designer to be envoy to South Africa
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told the European Parliament on Wednesday that his country’s land reform will faithfully adhere to the country’s constitution with respect to the rights of all its citizens. The Ramaphosa-led African National Congress (ANC) aims to change the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land from white landowners without compensation. The land is to be distributed to the country’s landless black majority. Ramaphosa says the change in law is necessary in order to address racial disparities in ownership persisting more than two decades after the end of apartheid. Read more “This problem of land will be resolved through adherence to the rule of law and adherence to the constitution,” Ramaphosa told the European Parliament. The widely debated land reform was proposed by the ANC last December. The draft was aimed at changing Section 25 of the South African Constitution that regards property rights. The policy … [Read more...] about Land seizures in South Africa won’t violate Constitution… once it’s changed – Ramaphosa
A murder investigation is underway after an Irishman was stabbed to death in South Africa.The discovery was made at his apartment after an associate raised the alarm.John Curran a former Director of Education at Mellon Educate in Cape Town is understood to have been living in an apartment there for the past couple of months.Police in Capetown were called to the apartment after being contacted by a concerned associate.Captain Ezra October confirmed emergency services declared Mr Curran dead at the scene yesterday morning at around 10.30am.He had suffered mutliple stab wounds and a post-mortem is due to be carried out either tomorrow or Monday.Investigators have completed a forensic examination at the scene and are following a number of lines of inquiry including looking at CCTV footage.They also confirmed Mr Curran's mobile phone is missing.The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed its aware of the case and is providing consular assistance to the family of Mr Curran. The … [Read more...] about Police investigate Irishman’s murder in South Africa
South Africa's controversial land reform that aims to take property and farmland away from white owners without compensation for redistribution among the black population is stirring heated debate in the country. The reform, which has become a burning issue both domestically and internationally, was pushed by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) earlier this year. Last month, the country’s president Cyril Ramaphosa pledged to speed up implementation of the disputed policy. Read more Expropriating and fair distribution of lands is set to boost economic development and redress the historical balance‚ according to Andile Mngxitama, the leader and founder of pan-Africanist revolutionary socialist political party Black First Land First (BLF). Mngxitama claims that the farm lands were stolen by whites, and thus must be returned to its rightful black owners. “In South Africa‚ if we were to look at just two sectors‚ agriculture and mining‚ we argue … [Read more...] about Rumble in the jungle: Is South Africa heading for imminent property war?
Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, has said he will appear before a judicial anti-corruption inquiry to account for his actions as a senior official during what he described as a “very dark period of our recent history”. Ramaphosa took power in February, three months after winning a close-run internal party election, but has struggled to overcome the legacy of his predecessor, Jacob Zuma. Zuma has been accused of presiding over an immense system of corruption and patronage that drained billions from the exchequer and damaged the reputation of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) beyond repair. Ramaphosa served as deputy president under Zuma. Speaking to a small group of reporters in Johannesburg on Thursday Ramaphosa spoke of a “new dawn” for South Africa and for the ANC, which has been in power since the country’s first free elections in 1994. “There is a new confidence, a new hope in the ANC. The shine that had been tarnished is … [Read more...] about Ramaphosa says corruption inquiry shedding light on dark period in South Africa