• WATCH: 'It's just a dent'

    A video has surfaced on social media showing what appears to be a squashed minibus taxi driving on a freeway. The video, which was shared on Twitter by Norma Mansoor, has already garnered more than 800 retweets and 500 likes. The footage shows a minibus taxi driving on the highway in a state of absolute disrepair. The formerly rectangular frame of the vehicle now appears nearly triangular as the left side of the vehicle seems to have been squashed inwards, leaving a gap at the back of the taxi. The driver’s door might well be attached through prayer alone. Smoke trails behind the taxi as it makes its way along the freeway. Many people shared their disbelief that a vehicle in that state was allowed

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  • Zuma: I'm tired of being insulted in the House

    Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma is tired of being insulted and humiliated in Parliament. He is going to write a letter to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, so she can put a stop to it. Speaking to community radio listeners, he said other African leaders were shocked by the behaviour of MPs in the House. “I meet heads of state in Africa who look at our television. They ask what is happening to you guys. We are learning from South Africa. We are even learning how you are dealing with democracy. How could you fail us the way you do?” He criticised the EFF and said he didn’t understand why people voted for it. “If a party stands in Parliament to deprive people to get a report from the president,

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  • Another Ford bursts into flames (but it's not a Kuga)

    In the wake of about 50 Ford Kuga SUVs bursting into flames in South Africa, Nomsa Dondashe had just enough time to get out of her burning Kuga before it was engulfed in flames on the N2 near East London over the weekend. It all happened when a passing motorist flagged Dondashe down and said, “Lady‚ your car is burning,” reports Dispatch Live. Somila Dondashe did not confirm it was a Kuga when she posted photographs of the burning vehicle on Twitter with the advice: “If you have a Ford‚ please return it‚ even when they insist nothing is wrong with the car. My mother’s car just burnt to pieces”. But many assumed it is indeed a Kuga. It turned out to be a 2013 Ford EcoSport 1.5 litre‚ owned by

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  • South Africa: Finance Minister, Deputy Speak Out on Former Eskom CEO Rumours

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, on Wednesday spoke out on rumours that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe was set to take one of their jobs in a bid to shake up Treasury. Addressing media ahead of the Gordhan's Budget Speech in Parliament, Gordhan said they "serve at pleasure of the president". Gordhan said if President Jacob Zuma wanted to "redeploy" them, then that "is his decision". "We don't have an appeal process like you," he said. "You are either in or out, that is the end of the story. We are very much alive to that situation."Using the word "deploy", Gordhan said the use of the word "fired" was "not very dignified". Gordhan did, however, warn against messing

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  • Anti-Banting researcher investigated

    The employee, Ali Dhansay, in a recent investigation in the US, was found to be linked to the International Life Sciences Institute, described as "a Coca-Cola proxy". Dhansay was president of the South African division of the institute in 2013 and worked with Coca-Cola, Mars and Nestlé. The council has distanced itself from Dhansay's evidence at Noakes's disciplinary hearing before the Health Professions' Council. It said it would investigate his alleged links to the sugar industry. Noakes's high-fat diet a hit in rural Canada Aziel Gangerdine, the council's spokesman, said they would investigate "Professor Dhansay's position in his capacity as president of [the institute] and the funding thereof;

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  • Diamonds, cash, whisky for MPs: Gordhan, Ramaphosa among those with most to declare

    The committee on ethics and members' interests released its register of MPs' declarations yesterday. Committee co-chairmen Amos Masondo and Aumsen Singh said an investigation into the 14 who had not disclosed their interests would be made "before any consideration of sanctions". Masondo said the 14, who have not been named, would be given seven days in which to "explain their noncompliance". Acting registrar Nthuthuzelo Vanara said the seven days would be counted from when the MPs received letters asking them for an explanation. The letters would be sent "in due course". The MPs with the most considerable financial interests include Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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  • 'Unsuitable for office: A Pence presidency inevitable'

    Donald Trump's presidency is likely to be the second shortest ever, a leading historian and author has claimed.  Professor Ronald L Feinman predicted that the former reality TV star will stay in the top job "between the 31 days of William Henry Harrison in 1841", who died of pneumonia, and the "199 days of James A. Garfield in 1881", who died 79 days after he was shot by an assassin "after terrible suffering and medical malpractice". Even if his time in office is "dragged out", Feinman predicted that Trump is unlikely to last the 16 months and five days of 12th president Zachary Taylor, who died of a digestive ailment while head of state in 1850. The 20th century American history professor, who

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  • #Budget2017: Private sector holds back growth

    Parliament – South Africa's improved economic outlook is not sufficient to reduce mass unemployment, poverty and inequality. Instead, National Treasury says, the country needs a gross domestic product growth rate of at least 5 percent to meet the National Development Plan goals. South Africa's economy, which grew 0.5 percent last year, is set to grow at 1.3 percent this year, 2 percent next year and 2.2 percent the year after. The gains are mostly thanks to improving commodity prices, and the end of the drought that ravaged SA last year. However, National Treasury indicates the improvement isn't good enough, and argues that the low level of private sector investment is the main inhibitor. Remedying

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  • Elvis' grandchildren taken into care

    New York - The twin eight-year-old granddaughters of Elvis Presley have been taken into care by US social services, according to court papers filed by their mother. Lisa Marie Presley also claims to have found hundreds of inappropriate pictures and videos on her fourth husband Michael Lockwood’s computer. The claims emerged as part of Miss Presley’s bitter divorce battle with the guitarist after ten years of marriage. Miss Presley – Elvis’s only child – also claims to have lost her £80million inheritance after allegedly being ripped off by Mr Lockwood and others. She says she is so broke that she even owes the British Government £4.2million in unpaid taxes for her £1.4million country estate in

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  • Nigeria: Senate Condemns Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians in S/Africa

    The Senate Committee on Diaspora Matters on Monday condemned the recent xenophobic atta‎cks on Nigerians living in South Africa, urging the Federal Government to take retributive stance against the country. The committee's condemnation followed the alleged killing of one Tochukwu Nnadi, a 34-year-old businessman by the South African police on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Chairman of the committee, Senator Rose Oko,‎ who expressed dissatisfaction on the continuous killings of Nigerians in South Africa, said her committee had written a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to furnish it with information on what actually happened. "We condemned in very strong term these attacks on Nigerians and several times, there are extra-judicial killings in South Africa and there is xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

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  • Nigeria: Chocolate City Boss, Audu Maikori Speaks After Release From Detention

    President of Chocolate City Entertainment, Audu Maikori, who regained his freedom, weekend, after his detention by the Nigeria Police, has attributed his release on bail to the immense support he got from well-meaning Nigerians. Maikori was reportedly arrested in Lagos, Friday, by a team of policemen attached to Inspector-General monitoring and intelligence team for misinforming the public via his tweets on the Southern Kaduna crisis after he was allegedly misinformed by one of his staff. He was immediately transferred to the Force Headquarters in Abuja. In a series of tweets on January 23, he alleged that five students of Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Kafanchan, were murdered

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  • Somizi throwing shade at Bonang and AKA's breakup drama?

    Bonang Matheba and Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes’ breakup drama this weekend left most of their followers wondering if it was real or just another publicity stunt. Bonang’s former best friend Somizi Mhlongo was one of those who questioned the couple’s actions. Taking to Instagram, he said all the events of the past week had left him confused. He wrote: “One word to describe how I feel right now. After the events that took place this past week. Pirates. Dineo. Break ups or Stunts. A Reece and Fifi leaving Ambitiouz records. Sona.” We could not help but think Somizi was also questioning the couple’s breakup and calling it a stunt. However, with Bonang telling AKA things would never be the same after airing

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  • Gautrain brass deny hiding cause of derailment

    Pretoria - The Gautrain Management Agency yesterday denied it was hiding the cause of the derailment this week of South Africa’s passenger speed-train, which caused serious delays in Pretoria. This comes after the rail link between Hatfield and Pretoria stations was closed around 8.30am on Thursday allegedly due to the derailment. Hundreds of passengers were forced to use alternative transport after they were evacuated from the Gautrain following the suspension of operations as a “minor derailment” had occurred when the train approached Hatfield station. DA Gauteng spokesperson on roads and transport, Neil Campbell, accused the agency of keeping the investigation away from the public. “A derailment

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  • Police back on the scene in PTA West following violent protests & looting

    JOHANNESBURG – Police are back on the scene in Atteridgeville in Pretoria West after violent scenes unfolded on Monday night with the looting of foreign-owned shops. Thirty shops were damaged in Atteridgeville and Lotus Gardens and the occupants assaulted by locals who claim the properties are being used as drug dens and brothels. Police say they couldn’t make any arrests as the looting was sporadic and they opted to protect the shops. Police spokesperson Bongi Msimango says, “What happened is that while they were looting in certain places, police got in there and then they attacked another spaza shop in another place nearby. So what we did as police is that we come in to guard the areas to prevent

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  • Park people work a hard day's night

    They sell themselves for as little as R50. They are the Great Unwashed, writes Don Makatile. Around 4pm the park is a hive of activity as everybody is back “home” after a full day on the street rounds, rummaging through rubbish bins for recyclable material and other discarded usables. Everybody is here to take stock of their day's takings - hits and misses. Many reward themselves with the poison of their choice, a drink or smoke. Some appraise the second-hand clothing they have been given or found. It is a sight to behold, human “waste” finding camaraderie among themselves and making do with the hand fate has dealt them. The women of the park are frenetically at work, too, looking for clients

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  • Carnell leaves Orlando Pirates

    Pirates have confirmed they have parted ways with assistant coach Bradley Carnell.

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  • Home Affairs dealing with challenges around documentation of foreign nationals

    JOHANNESBURG – The Home Affairs Department says it’s not fair to say there has been a lack of action from government in dealing with challenges around the documentation of foreign nationals in South Africa. The department was responding to the allegations that police and government have been slow to respond the violence in Rosettenville and Pretoria West. Late on Monday night, around 30 foreign-owned shops were looted in the capital by locals who claim the properties were used as drug dens and brothels. The department says distortion in the labour markets is happening as a result of undocumented people who are given what is referred to as slave wages, which South African’s can’t compete with.

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  • Calm returns to PTA West after a night of violence & looting

    JOHANNESBURG – Police say the situation is now calm in Pretoria West following a night of violence, tension and the looting of foreign-owned shops. Thirty shops were damaged in Atteridgeville and Lotus Gardens late on Monday night. The occupants were assaulted by angry residents who claimed the properties were being used as drug dens and brothels. The police’s Bongi Msimango says, “We’re managing the situation and so far everything is under control. So at the moment, no cases were opened but possibly the complainants will come as time goes on, to open cases.” Similar scenes played out in Rosettenville in Johannesburg two weeks ago. IMMIGRANTS LIVE IN FEAR While the police have increased patrols

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  • A new political party on the block

    There's a new kid on the block who has his sights set on the 2019 elections – and wants nothing to do with other kids from outside South Africa. South African First, a fiercely nationalist political party, has a following of more than 10 000, who are concerned about foreigners taking over. The party was recently registered with the Electoral Commission of SA. Yesterday, its leader said its main mandate was to do away with foreigners who threatened patriotic South Africans’ livelihoods. “Their tuckshops, hair salons and businesses are crippling our people,” party leader Mario Khumalo said. He calls himself a nationalist, and said he was merely voicing what most South Africans were thinking and

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  • ANC slates Youth League's 'culture' of disrespect

    Durban – The culture of disrespect that is now entrenched in the ANC Youth League can be traced back to the behaviour of ANC members leading to the Polokwane conference in 2007. This is according to ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala, who added that the fierce contestation between President Jacob Zuma and his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, was allowed to get out of hand. Zikalala said in the 90s, youth league members had high regard for the leadership of the party, but that was “completely” eroded by the 2007 conference. “Going to that conference, we saw a number of challenges which have never been seen before in the ANC,” he said. Zikalala said as Zuma and Mbeki supporters were campaigning

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