• SowetanLIVE & Sunday World

    R10m reward for information on cigarette boss Simon Rudland's shooting

    Fita represents the interests of eight local tobacco manufacturers, including Gold Leaf Tobacco Corporation, which is co-owned by Rudland. In a statement on Friday, Fita said it took threats to the security and lives of its members very seriously and was committed to ensuring that those involved were brought to book. "As and when information has come into our possession, we have forwarded it to the law enforcement agencies tasked with investigating the matter," the association said in a statement. Fita called on members of the public who have any information about the attack to  come forward and provide the police with information which would ensure that those  responsible were prosecuted and successfully convicted.

  • Independent Online

    WATCH: 'Apprentice' star captures flight attendant's rant at parents

    Flight attendants are normally the sweet, well-mannered staff of an airline who tend to travellers' every beck and call. But, not this easyJet flight attendant, who yelled at a family for not stopping their child from standing on the seat.  'Apprentice' star Luisa Zissman shared the disturbing video online and called her a jobsworth - a person uses their job description in a deliberately uncooperative way - or who seemingly delights in acting in an obstructive or unhelpful manner.  In the video, the unnamed attendant can be seen yelling at the couple, whose toddler was standing on the seat. She can be heard saying: “He needs to stand on the floor but not on the seat.” When one of the passengers

  • Independent Online

    Nicki Minaj changes Twitter name to 'Mrs. Petty'

    Nicki Minaj has changed her surname on Twitter to "Petty", after saying she will marry her fiancé Kenneth Petty within "80 days". The 36-year-old rapper announced this week she plans to marry her fiancé Kenneth 'Zoo' Petty within the next 80 days, but it seems she's already taken their romance to the next level on social media, as she's taken on her beau's last name on her Twitter account. On Friday Nicki changed her display name on Twitter from "Ms. Minaj" to "Mrs. Petty", to reflect the last name of the 41-year-old music executive. The change comes just days after she revealed she and Kenneth have obtained a marriage license, and had "about 80 days" left to tie the knot. She said: "We still

  • Independent Online

    ANC midgets have Ramaphosa strapped down and politically immobile despite noble intent

    President Cyril Ramaphosa is a modern Gulliver. Despite substantial powers, he has been rendered immobile by the combined actions of political midgets. The Lilliputians in his own party have the president pinned down, bound tight, rendered useless. Far from being vanquished at the December leadership conference, the forces of darkness that coalesced around Jacob Zuma during his presidency hang on grimly. They may not be strong enough to bring him down, yet, but they sure as hell can stop him going forward. On pressing issues such as joblessness, an ailing economy, and the impending collapse of state-owned entities, there have been few effective interventions. The only matters on which the radical

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    Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly expecting a baby

    Television presenter and choreographer, Bontle Modiselle and partner rapper Priddy Ugly are expecting their first child. They shared the news via their respective social media platforms. Modiselle posted a picture of herself wearing a monochrome kimono which showed her baby bump, accompanied by a tribute to her partner as they celebrated a decade of love. She wrote:”10 years of our love has given life to our first love. A culmination of who we are and what we have become. We've done many great things, together and individually, but none as incredible as this. There's no way to describe how this feels, but I feel everything all at once, intensely so.  "For the first time, I feel superhuman. But

  • SowetanLIVE & Sunday World

    I invested R600m in Zimbabwean economy, Frank Buyanga says

    Zimbabwean businessman Frank Buyanga has dismissed charges of corruption levelled against him by a Zanu PF politician, and pointed out that he invested $40 million (over R600 mln) into the country's economy.    The Zanu PF Deputy Secretary for Youth Lewis Matutu was quoted in a Zim Morning Post article announcing the presence of a list containing the names of all who owned multiple farms, thereby contravening the Zimbabwean government's one person, one farm policy. The article implicated the Johannesburg based entrepreneur, but outright named the country's former first lady Grace Mugabe as well as Zanu PF member Justice Zvandasara. In a response carried through multiple adverts in Zimbabwean

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    WATCH: Dead cows, fish found 60km downstream after Dusi oil spill

    Durban - Dead fish and even dead cows were a common sight in the Umsundusi valley on Friday as the massive fatty oil and caustic soda spill from a factory in Pietermaritzburg worked it's way downstream. As the eThekwini municipality issued an urgent warning to residents around the Inanda Dam downstream not to touch the water and not to let their livestock drink it, Duzi Canoe Marathon spokesman Ray de Vries took to Facebook to describe the situation in the valley. "The spill is wiping out everything in the river as far as 60km already. Three cows that we know have died and locals are carrying fish away to eat. There is no sign of authorities at all," he wrote.  “This is one of the worst spillages