• Bonang Matheba now a global brand

    Bonang Matheba is making waves all over Africa and the rest of the world. Being nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award and named the new face of E-Africa. On Wednesday the TV and radio personality announced on an Instagram post that she’s been nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters’ Merit Award in the African Broadcaster of the Year: People’s Choice category. This is following the announcement the she is the host of E-Africa, which falls under the E! Entertainment family. Bonang has been open about her plans to expand her brand into the rest of the world and shes doing it.  Bonang’s hustle is on point. Also on Connect: #Sona2016: Expectation for Zuma to resign remains high #CouplesWorkOut

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  • Whichever way you slice or dice it, Zuma has had his chips

    President Jacob Zuma is a dead man walking, metaphorically speaking. The political free rein allowed him by cowed party colleagues for the past seven years has suddenly been pulled in. He remains nominally in charge but increasingly less in control. In December, Zuma’s manoeuvring to benefit cronies led to the firing of respected finance minister Nhlanhla Nene and his replacement with a pliable neophyte. Markets predictably went into free fall but instead of being able to ride it out with glib reassurances that foreign investors were just “over-reacting”, Zuma had to retreat for the first time. In the face of an unexpected demarche from cabinet colleagues and normally ANC-sympathetic business

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  • Mandla Mandela booed by #SONA2016 protesters

    He was jeered as a traitor and sell-out. Earlier this week‚ the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South African (Contralesa) said Mandela should step down from his position as Mvezo chief following his weekend wedding to a Muslim woman and his apparent conversion to Islam. “It means now he is no longer a chief of AbaThembu in Mvezo (because)… the Mvezo people are not Muslim‚” Contralesa said in a statement. Mandela arrived at the SONA not with his new bride Rabia but with his third “wife”‚ Swazi princess‚ Nodiyala Mbali Makhathini. Their wedding was annulled in court following an application from his estranged first wife. However‚ they are believed to have been living together in Mvezo and the

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  • Madonsela steals the show at #SONA2016

    The public protector made her way down the grey streets towards the Cape Town political landmark, with a grace and deportment that would put many a beauty queen to shame. Earlier, Madonsela tweeted her thanks to fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee for the gown, adding: “Hope I do justice to it today”. Meanwhile, other parliamentarians also made their sartorial contribution to the traditional fashion extravaganza that marks the SONA. Clearly bouncing back from her recent controversy over a Facebook post, Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard dressed up for a big night out in a black sleeveless dress, green beaded necklace and drop earrings, as well as a paisley pashmina and blinged-up silver clutch.

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  • 'Our boss calls us baboons'

    A worker at an aircraft services company has quit his job after his boss allegedly called him and his colleagues k****s and baboons. Sowetan is in possession of the shocking audio clip in which the man insults his employees. Ephraim Seema, 33, of Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, said he endured the abuse for six years asking himself why his boss, Sandro Strimer, owner of Multi Aircraft Services, was insulting black people like that. In one of the audio clips a male voice, believed to be that of Strimer, is heard calling the workers by the k-word. The insults apparently started when Seema went to his room to fetch his lunch box. He said Strimer then got angry and complained that he was using his

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  • Malema, not Zuma opens parliament at #SONA2016

    He was supporting the Economic Freedom Fighter's Floyd Shivambu, who started saying he was seeking clarity on the rules of the House, to which Speaker Baleka Mbete replied that she would "not like to give attention" to the matter now. Shivambu said he wanted assurance he would be allowed to speak before Zuma took to the podium. Mbete attempted to continue with proceedings, but then she exchanged words with Malema, who told her he wanted to deal with questions to the president before the opening ceremony starts. "I don't want to stand up while the president is there," said Malema. Mbete said: "On this occasion, no business other than the address by the president is [being] entertained." Rumblings

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  • He wanted to kill my children: Grace - Africa

    Harare - Grace Mugabe, the wife of President Robert Mugabe, on Wednesday sensationally claimed that the leader of a little-known political party who was jailed for attempting to bomb their Alpha Omega Dairy farm, had also wanted to kill all her children and bomb her orphanage in Mazowe. Owen Kuchata, the leader of the Zimbabwe People's Front, was jailed for nine years by a Harare magistrate this week after he pleaded guilty to possession of weaponry for sabotage and money laundering after he and three others were caught attempting to bomb the Mugabes' dairy in Mazowe on January 29. Grace made the revelations while addressing hundreds of Zanu PF supporters at the party's headquarters in Harare,

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  • Durban radio jock gets death threats over Facebook post

    A veteran Durban radio producer has found himself in hot water over an insensitive Facebook post commenting on the death of two city cyclists at the weekend. Now East Coast Radio jock and Sunday Tribune columnist Kevin Minter-Brown has received veiled threats to his life as a wave of vitriol sweeps social media. Minter-Brown on Monday posted a comment in jest, suggesting that a running club be started on the N3, after it emerged that cycling on the M4, scene of the weekend tragedy, was in fact illegal. This after cyclists Richard da Silva and Jarred Dwyer were hit by a car and killed on Sunday morning while on a training ride. He posted: "I'm thinking of starting a running club… I know there's

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  • Zuma causes a stir during walkabout

    People jostled to shake Zuma's hand and chanted his clan name "Nxamalala" as he entered the Belle Ombre taxi rank. But many continued with their businesses, ignoring the commotion. Some said they could not wait for him to leave as he was causing a commotion and that his visit would not change their lives. John Chiloane, a Hammanskraal taxi driver, said there was nothing exciting about Zuma's presence, and that even those who thronged just wanted to catch a glimpse of an "infamous leader" and take pictures. He preferred former president FW de Klerk to Zuma, saying life was better under the apartheid government. "I am 45. I am forced to drive a taxi because there are no jobs. Only the ruling elite

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  • Chiefs back in race

    An onslaught from Bidvest Wits almost shook Kaizer Chiefs to their foundations, but the result of an unconvincing 1-0 Absa Premiership victory on Tuesday night is that Amakhosi are right back in the title race. If Chiefs coach Steve Komphela was shaken by the experience, he was not showing it in the post-match interviews. Komphela chose to shift focus, pointing out that Amakhosi were now just a point behind Wits. "We want people to come and enjoy the game. Everybody who comes here wants to see a game that's beautiful and pleasing. "But for us as athletes we're looking more at the result. It was crucial that we got the three points," Komphela said. "The players did their best. We had to fight

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  • Minnie Dlamini, Thomas Mlambo exit SABC's Soccerzone

    A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company’s website by Mark Cutifani‚ Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC‚ is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit‚ says the Bench Marks Foundation.

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  • "When we come back next time, you will not be our president" and EFF walks out

    The opening of Parliament collapsed into chaos on Thursday evening, with a red sea of EFF MPs taking over proceedings and chanting "Zupta must fall". "He [Zuma] has stolen from us," Malema shouted. Leader Julius Malema was addressing the house without being recognised by both the house chairpersons Baleka Mbete and Thandi Modise saying that people have lost respect for President Jacob Zuma. "We do not recognise him as our president. He is not our president," said Malema, before starting to chant "Zupta must fall, Zupta must fall." He added, "You are prepared to remove a whole party which has been elected by the people... [to protect] one man." Malema was speaking following the concession President

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  • Sanral’s road-building shock - Business News

    Johannesburg - Road construction in South Africa cost between 100 percent and 300 percent more than global benchmarks, according to independent research conducted for the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa). Wayne Duvenage, the chairman of the alliance, now named the Organisation Uniting Against Tax Abuse, said yesterday that the alliance was still analysing the research, but claimed the SA National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) was grossly overpaying for road construction in South Africa. “That talks to more than just collusion. We believe other forces are at play and there is a strong chance of maladministration and corruption,” Duvenage said. “We also believe there is a cosy relationship

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  • DJ Donald due to be sentenced for girlfriend’s murder

    Sentencing of former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai for the murder of his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala was expected to begin in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. Sebolai was also found guilty of obstructing justice. Tshabalala was found dead in Sebolai’s bed in June last year. She had a single stab wound to the pelvic area, which severed a main artery. She bled to death. Finding him guilty in October last year, Judge Cassim Moosa said after seeing Tshabalala bleeding profusely, Sebolai tended to his own wound and failed to take her to the hospital, only 900m from his Soweto flat. Following the judgment, Moosa revoked Sebolai’s bail after the State argued that he was a flight risk. He had

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  • SONA 2016: Underwhelmed, opposition parties give Zuma a Zero

    First Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota was asked to leave the House. Then the Economic Freedom Fighters, chanting “Zupta must fall” (a reference to the ties between the Zuma and Gupta families) walked out. EFF leader Julius Malema, standing on top of the stairs of the Marks Building opposite a giant screen showing the president reading his SONA, said: “We do not agree to be addressed by a man who admitted he’s stolen the money and is now prepared to pay back the money”. It was a direct reference to the president’s lawyers who just two days earlier conceded in the Constitutional Court that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding that a reasonable proportion of the money spent for at least the cattle kraal, chicken run, swimming (fire) pool, visitors’ centre and amphitheatre should be repaid.

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  • No special treatment for Syrian family - Western Cape

    Cape Town - The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says a Syrian family seeking asylum in South Africa will be given no special treatment as they await the outcome of an appeal against being deported. Omar Banian and his family are seeking an urgent intervention as their temporary asylum seeker permits expire in less than three weeks. The department had dismissed their application after declaring that Syria is stable, and rejected claims that the family is fearing for their lives if they returned to their war-torn country. DHA spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said on Tuesday the Banians would not be afforded any special treatment. “All asylum seekers get special treatment in SA as the country regards

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  • Zuma's resignation, Guptas and Nene take centre stage

    Zuma delivered his State of the Nation Address in a joint sitting in the National Assembly, but opposition parties made life difficult for him. The Democratic Alliance's MPs heckled, mumbled and laughed throughout Zuma’s speech. This was after the Economic Freedom Fighters and Cope walked out of the National Assembly. The EFF walked out an hour after the start of SONA, chanting “Zupta must fall”.

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  • Mourinho’s United job claim

    London - Jose Mourinho has told friends and associates that he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, according to reports in several British newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph all quoted an unnamed source close to the 53-year-old Portuguese as saying his installation at Old Trafford was a “done deal”. The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto coach was sacked by Chelsea in December but said in an interview last week that he would soon be back in management, preferably in England. Van Gaal, who has another year left on his contract after this season, has had to deal with constant speculation about

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  • No Afrikaans, no cake

    The "ban" is part of the group's #RedAfrikaans [save Afrikaans] campaign, intended to highlight the need for the retention of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at universities. "We will launch events such as the affirmative action cake-sale to illustrate the unfairness of the [universities] language policy," said AfriForum Youth spokesman Ian Cameron. "Cake will be sold only to Afrikaans-speakers." The debate about the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at some universities gained momentum in November when the University of Stellenbosch announced the language would be dropped as a primary language of instruction. Critics of the use of Afrikaans claim it racially excludes students,

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  • Cope walks out of #SONA2016

    Lekota arose on a point of order, and was initially shot down by Speaker Baleka Mbete, who explained that she had already dealt with "spurious" points of order from the Economic Freedom Fighters. "On the basis that I have already explained, I am prevailing on you to take your seat and allow the State of the Nation Address to be delivered," she told him. Lekota then insisted, and Zuma took his seat. The Congress of the People leader then said Zuma admitted to the nation in the Constitutional Court that he had broken his oath of office. "Zuma broke his oath of office and is no longer honourable... We can't listen to someone who has broken his oath. "He is no longer fit to lead our people." The

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