• South Africa: Idris Elba Cancels Trip After Daughter Fails to Meet New Immigration Laws

    Award-winning actor, Idris Elba has cancelled a planned trip to South Africa at the last minute after his daughter, Isan, failed to meet the new immigration requirements passed into law earlier this year. Idris, who played the iconic role of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, was set to spend time in South Africa to promote his new film, Mandela, My Dad and Me. An accomplished musician and DJ, Idris was so inspired by the film that he decided to make an album, mi Mandela. However, just before the project began, Idris lost his father, Winston and Mandela, My Dad and Me turned into a deeply personal journey for the acclaimed actor. The Juice can confirm that Idris was set to arrive

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  • Malema’s UK visit ‘sends a message’ - Special Features | IOL News

    London - He’s perhaps the second best-known politician in South Africa, a firebrand agitator who is revered and disliked across South Africa in equal measure. However this week Julius Malema is in the old colonial power of the UK where he is less well known and where he will be addressing some distinctly English and internationally highbrow institutions. On Wednesday he will kick off his England tour by travelling to the “dreaming spires” of Oxford where he will address the Oxford Union at the world famous university. He will speak in the Debating Chamber on a subject “loosely agreed” beforehand, a spokeswoman for the Union said. The chamber can take up to 450 people and after the speech there

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • Sofia's big day is 'wedding of the year' - Tonight News

    Colombia-born film star Sofia Vergara, America's highest-paid TV actress, tied the knot on Sunday in what the entertainment world called the celebrity wedding of the year. The ‘Modern Family’ star pledged her eternal love to fellow actor Joe Manganiello at ‘The Breakers’ a swank Palm Beach resort, before a gathering of friends and family, the culmination of a weekend-long wedding celebration. Vergara posted photos from her nuptials on Instagram, including various pictures showing the curvaceous 43-year old actress in her torso-hugging, strapless lace bridal gown with plunging neckline. Among the stars at her nuptials were Hollywood's Reese Witherspoon, Channing Tatum and the cast of her hit television show ‘Modern Family’.

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  • Cosatu ‘ready for Vavi appeal’

    Trade union federation Cosatu was ready to hear the appeal of its expelled former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi at its national congress today in Midrand. This was the assurance given by the Congress of SA Trade Unions’ (Cosatu’s) president, Sdumo Dlamini, yesterday. Dlamini told The Citizen Vavi wrote a letter to Cosatu after his expulsion, indicating his intention to appeal. “Cosatu’s constitution provided him a right to appeal,” said Dlamini. But on November 19, Vavi announced he was not going to appeal his expulsion at the congress yesterday. He claimed this was because Cosatu’s Special National Congress, held in July, had decided his fate without affording him an opportunity to be represented.

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  • Bachelor knifed in absurd sortie - SundayWorld

    2012-05-28 07:36:47.0 | KHETHIWE CHELEMU | FORMER Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates soccer star Marc Bachelor was rushed to hospital last Saturday night after being stabbed with a pair of scissors. Sunday World can reveal that the stabbing happened during a fight with Palestinian national Hazem Malaka (27) at Cedar Square in Fourways, northern Jozi. The fight broke out along Cedar and Willow Roads in Fourways after the men allegedly exchanged "funny looks". Bachelor had walked past a barber shop where Malaka and his friends were standing. It is said that one of the men asked Bachelor why he was looking at them but the retired soccer ace allegedly ignored the men and walked into

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  • ‘Bozwana blocked ANC Premier League tenders’ - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Four months before he was killed, North West billionaire Wandile Bozwana successfully stopped the former North West Human Settlements MEC Collen Maine from distributing tenders worth R470 million. This is among the latest allegations that Bozwana’s supporters believe could also have led to him being killed execution-style last month. Bozwana was shot and killed on the N1 near Garsfontein off-ramp in Pretoria on October 2. He was with a female companion when his attackers fired nine bullets into his body. Last week, a special Gauteng police task team nabbed two suspected killers of Bozwana, in what they believe is a major breakthrough in their investigations. The men, aged 30 and

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  • Don't kid yourself about BAs

    Jonathan Jansen: "So what's the difference between a BA degree and a large pizza?" one of my student leaders recently asked a large group of parents inquiring about sending their child to university. "A large pizza can feed a family of four," she joked. I laughed, then cried. Laughed, because of the obvious wit of the comparison. Cried, because this is one of the most misleading pieces of information about BAs in South Africa today. It was not that I had not overheard "BA jokes". At my previous university, there was rampant talk among female students of a "BA man-soek" specialisation (BA find-a-husband). After all, what other reason could you have for doing a BA than to prowl the campus for a

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  • Hulisani Ravele pens emotional letter about hitting career snag - SundayWorld

    Former child-star Hulisani Ravele has penned an emotional letter to open up about hitting a career snag. Shared on her Facebook page, Ravele jots down a lengthy note about lately being stuck “in a space where I have to wait. Wait on responses from sponsors about show concepts I've pitched, wait on things to happen, wait on a "yes" to come, wait on destiny, wait on God”. Ravele continues to express in writing: “When your career starts at age 9 and you've always moved from one project to the next project, to the next project, with very little difficulty, waiting starts to feel like failing.” Read the touching and motivational open letter, below: Where do I start? Well, the truth would work, right?

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  • Sadtu endorses Ramaphosa as Zuma’s replacement

    The union made the proposal during a debate on Cosatu’s political report at the federation’s congress. President Jacob Zuma Cosatu Cyril Ramaphosa SADTU JOHANNESBURG - Despite an appeal to delegates not to discuss ANC (ANC) succession at the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) congress, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Jacob Zuma as ANC president at the ruling party’s next conference. Sadtu made the proposal during a debate on Cosatu’s political report at the federation’s twelfth congress underway in Midrand. While Sadtu did not mention Ramaphosa by name, they proposed that Cosatu endorse a long-standing principal of deputies

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  • Flight contributed to Lomu’s death - World Rugby

    Rugby great Jonah Lomu probably died from a blood clot that formed during a long-haul flight to New Zealand, one of his medics said Monday, as plans were unveiled to honour the legendary winger with a public memorial. Former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew, who helped treat Lomu's chronic kidney disease, said a flight-related clot was the most likely explanation for his shock death in Auckland last week aged just 40. Mayhew, a close family friend who announced the star's death to the world, said Lomu's kidney disease made him vulnerable to such a scenario. The player had just returned to Auckland after seeing his beloved All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup in Britain, a marathon flight, even with

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  • Players buying into Klopp’s methods - Premier League

    You have to hand it to Jurgen Klopp: he even wears a Liverpool scarf well. It can look like a self-conscious fashion statement around the wrong neck but his was stuffed inside his collar for warmth. This is the individual whose confidence appears to require no artifice or front. Simply to watch Klopp dispense with the usual rituals on Saturday evening and walk around Manchester City's pitch, shaking hands with the opposition players after his side had defeated them 4-1, was to feel that what lies ahead might be very interesting. A number of us were similarly taken with his predecessor Brendan Rodgers for a long while, so some circumspection is required. Yet what we witnessed on Saturday evening

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  • ‘My son was not an IS terrorist’ - Daily News | News

    Durban - The South African driving licence held up next to the body of an alleged Islamic State (IS) terrorist by an Iraqi soldier on Twitter, has been verified as authentic by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs. Departmental spokesman, Mayihlome Tshwete, said on Monday he could not comment further. On Monday the licence owner, Aqeel Abdul-Haq Kloberie’s mother, a Durban resident, was still anxiously awaiting news from the authorities about the fate of her son. Joyce Snyman, 70, of Umbilo, is clinging to the hope that her son is alive despite the picture of his licence appearing on the internet on Thursday. On Sunday, she said she was haunted by new images on the internet of a soldier

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  • Bomber was 'extrovert'

    But on Wednesday morning Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, became Europe's first woman suicide bomber as police stormed the flat where she was holed up with two fellow Islamic State terrorists. One of the two men killed in the siege was thought to be her cousin Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of Friday's attacks in Paris which left 132 dead. Aitboulahcen had appeared at a window to the flat shortly after 6am, as police special forces accompanied by soldiers moved in. She was later heard screaming "help me, help me!", moments before detonating a suicide vest packed full of explosives as armed French anti-terror police stormed the flat. It is suspected her plea was made with the intent of luring police

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  • Zimbabwe: Heavily Pregnant Sandy Delays Flight

    Scores of Air Zimbabwe passengers yesterday morning endured a delay of more than one hour after airline officials refused to let a heavily pregnant Sandra Ndebele board a flight from Harare to Bulawayo. The songstress told our Bulawayo Bureau yesterday that the airline was demanding official confirmation from her gynaecologist that she was fit to fly.She said they apparently feared she could go into labour in midflight. The passengers included Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo and mourners who was going to attend the former Nust Vice Chancellor Professor Lindela Ndlovu's burial in Bulawayo. The morning flight normally takes off

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  • Women to blame for rape because of clothes they wear: Grace Mugabe

    The Zimbabwean first lady, 50, told rally-goers in Mberengwa, southern Zimbabwe that "if you are raped, it's your fault", according to an update from the private Newsday online. Speaking in Shona, she reportedly castigated miniskirts. Mrs Mugabe's disapproval of miniskirts is well-known: last year she expressed her disgust that then vice president Joice Mujuru had (so the first lady said) worn a short skirt. "Victim blaming perpetuates the problem," tweeted @mtchikawa on Friday, complaining that the first lady was "offside". "I wonder where she got the empirical evidence to support this claim!!" said @ArtherChatora. Said @LynnBlaze: "Leaders excusing rape is part of the problem." The mother-of-four's

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  • The demon of white racism has not been slain in South Africa

    THE central tragedy of our first two decades as a democracy is that, unless something changes fast, the life prospects of South African children born today will still to a large extent cleave to their race. Look at the prevalence of childhood poverty, access to early childhood development, performance in primary and secondary school, access to and dropout from tertiary education, and ultimate household earnings, and you will see how little we have done to change the outlines of the picture that our colonial forebears and the architects of apartheid drew up ages ago. If white people want to belong in this new country, there are a number of places at which we have to part ways with Van Onselen. Van Onselen writes that some people make accusations of racism but that "they are often wrong".

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  • Home Affairs to close for system upgrade - South Africa | IOL News

    Cape Town - The Department of Home Affairs will not be processing applications for IDs and passports at a third of its 400 offices from this Friday until next Wednesday to allow for an upgrade. The upgrade will affect 17 offices in the Western Cape, and 123 throughout the country. On Sunday Home Affairs Director general Mkuseli Apleni said the upgrade was for the production of new smart ID cards and passports. Apleni said the department will be increasing the bandwidth to make the system faster and more secure. “It used to take 54 days to get an ID book. Now with the new smart-ID card it takes less than 10 days,” Apleni said. Home Affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola said all affected offices will

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  • Zimbabwe: Diaspora Versus Motherland

    An estimated four million Zimbabweans live in exile. Guest blogger Muranda Kure examines the polarity between the Diaspora community and those living in Zimbabwe. The long distance that separates the people in the Diaspora from our kinsmen back home has, over the years, slowly but surely created a gulf so deep it is becoming difficult to bridge it. We do not speak the same language anymore, both literally and metaphorically. At times the meaning of verbal exchanges is lost in translation in the wavelengths across the oceans when we phone home. This misunderstanding does not emanate only from what is said and what is heard, but from what is conveyed through images and what those back home see,

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  • Paris ‘battered but still afloat’ - World News | IOL News

    Paris - In normal times, the world has a mixed view of Paris. Beautiful, yes, but a little predictable and stuck in the past. As for the Parisians, mon Dieu: so haughty, so rude, so effortlessly and so annoyingly good-looking. The world has a less ambivalent, and often stupidly exaggerated, view of the French (whoever “the French” may be). Arrogant; pretentious; unreliable; lazy; irritatingly good at cooking and football. How strange, therefore, and how strangely moving, to see the world daub itself blue, white and red. How odd to see so many people proclaim “Je suis un Parisien” and adopt the Eiffel Tower as an emblem of peace and tolerance. As someone who has lived in Paris and written about

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