• Siza Mzimela: First black woman to own a public airline - Connect

    South African businesswoman, Siza Mzimela, is making history as the first black woman to start and own an airline called Fly Blue Crane. About Siza Mzimela According to about.com, Siza Mzimela, founder and CEO of Fly Blue Crane, a start-up South African airline that began taking flights September 2015, with O.R. Tambo International Airport in Jozi as the airline’s operational hub. The start-up has thus far been operating as an airline that offers low cost domestic routes within South Africa. According to About.com, Mzimela has been vocal about eventually expanding her business to have more regional scope: “We hope to expand our flight destinations to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic

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  • Khune’s younger brother promoted at Pirates

    Itumeleng Khune's brother, Jacob, was promoted from the Augusto Palacios Apprentice academy to the Orlando Pirates academy.

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  • EFF’s door is open to Vavi but egos are in the way, says Malema

    THE door is still open for Zwelinzima Vavi and trade union Numsa, both ousted from union federation Cosatu, to join hands with the Economic Freedom Fighters, says Julius Malema. Mr Malema said talks had been ongoing with Mr Vavi and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa because "we are supposed to be natural allies … but it looks like there’s a problem with egos. But we hope we can find each other, we continue to engage." He did not expand on whose egos were getting in the way. This was among the interesting revelations during the EFF leader’s whirlwind tour of the UK. He addressed captains of industry, pan-Africanists in Tottenham, the Chatham House think-tank, students at Oxford

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  • Malusi Gigaba's alleged ex-mistress details scandalous affair, R288,000 cash gift and trips

    New York based stylist, Buhle Mkhize has written an open letter lifting the lid on the  surreptitious affair she allegedly had with Malusi Gigaba. Their dalliance started in July 2014, lasting an entire year. Mkhize who is married says she met Gigaba on Instagram and realised they shared the same sense of humour. "By the end of July he’d started sending me private messages that were very basic at first but quickly graduated to flirting. The messages were flattering but uncomfortable, I am married and had had a relationship with a public figure in the past and hated what comes with it so this wasn’t the route I wanted to take even if I was single," Mkhize said. The exchange of private messages

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  • Klopp has Kop knocking on title door - Cape Times

    Adam Shergold It wasn’t pretty by any means and it was certainly some way shy of the thrash metal football Jurgen Klopp likes his teams to produce. But nobody inside Anfield seemed to mind. A first Premier League victory for Klopp on Liverpool’s home soil arrived in the form of a hard-fought 1-0 against Swansea and courtesy of a James Milner penalty. It may have lacked the swashbuckling style of their recent, jaw-dropping wins over Chelsea and Manchester City – they faced a resolute opponent in windy conditions – but three points are three points however they arrive. The biggest concern for Klopp may now come in expectation management. These slender, ground-out wins are not spectacular but they

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  • Why is the very idea of white privilege so threatening to Gareth?

    TWENTY years into democracy, with that creeping feeling of having gone astray as a nation, we ask ourselves: who can we blame? Is it the fault of an ailing African National Congress? Or is it the "neoliberal consensus" that has let us down? We also ask: how can we fix it? Should we engage in a radical redistributive project to change patterns of ownership? Or do we play harder and better at impressing foreign investors? A conscious approach to race and racism is intertwined with these questions, but it is not dependent on them. You do not have to be "left-aligned" to understand and work against your own "privilege". For many people from across the political spectrum, unpacking privilege is a

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  • Watch: Little green ship? UFO spotted over South Africa

    Is this little green UFO filled with little green men? Will Home Affairs demand their full unabridged birth certificates? Probably not. The light in the sky was spotted in Cape Town, Soweto and Durban - but may well have just been drones. Video posted to YouTube by Paranormal Videos Africa.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Twists Mujuru 'Witchcraft' Tale

    After accusing his former Vice-President Joice Mujuru of plotting to kill him using all sorts of black magic, President Robert Mugabe appears to have abandoned the unverifiable and fanciful realm of the supernatural to come down to mother earth. Mugabe made several different public claims that his deputy Mujuru had gone to consult Nigerian witchdoctors where, in a state of semi-nudity, she invoked black spirits while slaughtering chickens in a bid to kill him. This time it was those fast-moving small black river beetles (nyungurugwi) that the vice-president had captured and had, with the aid of some nefarious witches or wizards, given names; one after him and the other after her (Mujuru). The creatures were then allegedly set against each other in a fight to the death, Mugabe said.

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  • Chelsea better without stroppy Costa - Premier League

    In many ways it was a throwback, a return to a period of English football when two teams could kick lumps out of each other and still shake hands afterwards. Diego Costa would have loved it out there. This brooding London derby was right up Costa’s street, with an air of menace about the place as Tottenham and Chelsea snarled at each other for 90 minutes. Chelsea looked like a team again, stubborn and resistant to pretty much everything Spurs could muster after their long-distance trip to play Qarabag in Azerbaijan. Costa had thrown a king-sized strop when he was named on the substitutes’ bench, failing to warm up or warm down with the rest of his team-mates at White Hart Lane. He is a stain

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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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  • Oppenheimers, rich white men turned Mandela against revolution: Malema

    "The deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of the selling out of the revolution. But why did Nelson Mandela sell out the Freedom Charter? When Mandela returned from prison he got separated with Winnie Mandela and went to stay in a house of the rich white men... he was looked after by the Oppenheimers," Malema told the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.  "Nelson Mandela used to attend the club meetings of those white men who owned the South African economy at the time." His comments were in response to a question on whether Mandela betrayed the people of South Africa in exchange for political power. Malema said these white men had access to Mandela 24 hours a day and

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  • Putin ups ante after jet shot down - Sunday Independent

    A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter launched a missile at a Russian Sukhoi-24 front-line bomber returning to base in Syria on Tuesday morning after a raid against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation’s infrastructure. If Turkey is to be believed, the Russian jet twice strayed into its airspace and was warned 10 times that it was too close to the border. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Sukhoi-24 jet was attacked 1km inside Syrian airspace and crashed 4km from the Turkish border. The crew ejected. The commander was killed in the air, while the navigator, Konstantin Murakhtin, landed safely and was rescued. During the search operation, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter was lost and a Russian

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  • Ray of hope for Ponzi scheme investors - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    There may be a ray of hope on the horizon for the investors who were duped into investing more than R1 billion in alleged ponzi scheme Carmol Distributors. One investor, Themba Madlala, who poured over R1 million into Carmol’s coffers, made a high court application to have the company committed to business rescue. With Carmol in financial straits and liquidation looming, he suggested in court documents that investors are likely to receive up to four times more money back under business rescue than if Carmol were to be liquidated. In his statement, Madlala said, “If investors accept the proposed business rescue plan, it would result in creditors receiving 86.5 cents in the rand (R500m divided

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  • Zimbabwe: Soldiers Will Not Stop Poaching

    Environment, Water and Climate minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri recently announced that government had finally decided to deploy the army -- supported by aerial platforms which include helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) -- to conduct anti-poaching patrols in Hwange, Chizarira, Matusadona, Mana Pools and Gonarezhou national parks. The deployment follows a resurgence of the mass slaughter of elephants by poaching syndicates which use cyanide concentrate to poison water sources, salt licks or lace it on fruits which are then fed to the elephants. The latest cyanide poisoning crisis is itself a chilling reminder of the slaughter of more than 300 elephants by a syndicate which ravaged Hwange National Park between 2008 and late 2013.

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  • South Africa: Thousands of Zimbabwean Permits Uncollected in SA

    Cape Town — Zimbabwean nationals that successfully applied for permits in neighbouring South Africa have been urged to collect the documents as the process to regularise their stay draws to an end. South African Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, on Wednesday said more than 11 000 permits were still to be collected. "When we reported to the nation back in August 2015, we said permits that still needed to be collected from VFS Global centres which were in the region of 26 986. "The number has come down to 11 499," Gigaba said as he briefed the media on the exercise to document Zimbabwean nationals. Home Affairs appointed VFS Global to oversee the process to apply for the permits. Gigaba said

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  • Khoisan: It's our land and we want it back

    "The colonial powers became rich from our land: our diamonds, our gold," said John van Rooyen, chairman of the Gauteng Khoisan Council. He was speaking during the SA Human Rights Commission hearings into the alleged marginalisation of the Khoisan community. The group is demanding better representation for the Khoisan at all levels of government in South Africa, and wants Khoisan languages to be officially recognised. SA Human Rights Commission member Danny Titus said the commission was holding hearings in Northern Cape and Western Cape on the rights of indigenous people. "The general experience in this country is that we have constitutional rights but we don't have implementation of them," Titus

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  • South Africa: Joburg Home Owner Slashes Robber With Sword

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  • Twitter abuzz after ‘UFO sighting’ above city - Cape Times

    Carlo Petersen THERE was not enough “data” yesterday to confirm whether an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) was hovering above the city at the weekend. The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) will view photographs taken with its Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7) today to find an explanation for the green light in the sky on Saturday night. City revellers took to social media at the weekend, posting photographs to report a “UFO” high in the night sky. The hashtag #UFOSA trended on Twitter yesterday after numerous people reported seeing “green orbs floating in the sky”. However, no videos have surfaced. SAAO spokesperson Lorenzo Raynard said it was impossible for SAAO to comment on the sightings.

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  • Eskom gives councils time to pay up before pulling plug

    ESKOM will switch off the lights at 27 broke municipalities if they renege on payment agreements as they have just inked a last-minute deal that will see them get a crucial cash injection. The Treasury said on Friday that it had reached agreement with the municipalities not to withhold their equitable share of the budget and conditional grant allocations for failing to pay Eskom and water boards. The councils, some of which have defaulted on repayment agreements, owe the utility R4bn and water boards R3bn. Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said the utility had not yet interrupted electricity supply to the municipalities. However, the law permits Eskom to cut the councils’ power supply if they violate

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  • ANC declares 'Zille must fall' in bid to impeach Western Cape leader

    ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman gave notice on Monday of the intention to impeach Zille. "The ANC believes there are legal grounds to have Zille democratically removed as premier. The ANC will debate this matter on Tuesday and move for the legislature to kick her out. "It is clear she is not fit for purpose to proceed as premier; she transgressed laws and her misconduct in the whole spy saga is so serious, Zille must fall,” Fransman said in a statement. However, Zille said she was not worried. In her government newsletter published on Monday, Zille said this would turn out to be nothing but "ANC grandstanding". The ANC brought the notion to the legislature in terms of Section 130

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