• Merlon out to conquer the globe

    Dj Merlon's crafty efforts in Koze Kuse have resulted in great things for him beyond South Africa's borders, and will see him conquering the international market. The sizzling hot and chart-topping track, with vocals from Mondli Ngcobo, has led to the star, whose real name is Sibusiso Mhlongo, signing with London's DM.Recordings. This will see him release his Reflections EP, featuring Black Coffee and Khaya Mthethwa, in Europe by the end of August. And he has been appointed as a Durban University of Technology ambassador. Although Koze Kuse, now the theme track to Shield's latest advert, has never been officially released in other markets, its presence on iTunes has seen it spread like wildfire.

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • Vote EFF to 'empower' the ANC, Malema tells Cliff

    CliffCentral founder, Idols SA judge and former 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff hosted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on web radio on Friday. The EFF leader admitted to feeling a bit tired while criss-crossing the country “back to back” on the campaign trail. The podcast introducing the show says: “Julius Malema is a polarising figure in South Africa, and someone who always attracts a lot of attention for his political actions. But do we really know what he and his EFF party are all about? Gareth gives him an opportunity to talk like never before, providing an interesting pre-election discussion.” Because CliffCentral (punted as “UnRadio”) does not broadcast on air, it is not subject

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  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Zimbabwe’s cash crisis deepens

    Harare - Zimbabwe will pay July salaries for the army on Monday, more than a week late, but teachers will only receive their wages next month, a union official said, as the government grapples with an acute currency shortage. President Robert Mugabe's government is facing its biggest financial squeeze since it dumped its hyperinflation-hit currency in 2009 and adopted the US dollar, and is struggling to secure international financing. Continued salary delays could fuel political tensions in Zimbabwe, which has been hit by drought, a drop in mineral prices and chronic cash shortages - all factors behind protests this month against 92-year-old Mugabe. Adding their voice to that criticism, veterans

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  • Analysis: South Africa can, and must, act to prevent a disaster in Zimbabwe

    HARARE – Activists and opposition groups in Zimbabwe are rightly proud of their recent efforts to resist the repressive regime led by President Robert Mugabe. It’s not every day in Harare that thousands of ordinary citizens gather in defiance outside the city’s Magistrate’s Court, forcing a usually-pliant magistrate to uphold the law through the sheer force of their collective will. They deserve to celebrate Pastor Evan Mawarire’s release, and the huge publicity generated by the #ThisFlag campaign. But they are also the first to admit that this unprecedented public action against the government is driven foremost by a factor completely out of their control: the economy. To cut a long and convoluted

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  • Amakhosi, Gaxa contract battle to be resolved?

    Johannesbrug - Kaizer Chiefs and out-of-favour defender Siboniso Gaxa will face off at the PSL offices in Parktown in an attempt to resolve what has been a protracted contractual dispute involving the two parties. Chiefs announced on October 21 last year in a Twitter post that Gaxa had signed a new two-year deal to remain at the club before going back on their word two months ago when they declared the right-back a free agent. At 9am on Friday morning, Gaxa’s legal representatives are expected to prove, during a Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) hearing, that the contract he signed is legitimate, while Chiefs will try to argue against that. Amakhosi have since replaced Gaxa with Mamelodi Sundowns

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  • Why Cassper is keeping his coins: 'A lot of young talent go broke trying to act rich'

    It seems those days of Cassper flashing his gold chains‚ watches and latest ride are long gone. Instead of splurging on the finer things in life‚ the rapper has decided to stash his cash. Fans may have noticed how the rapper has gone from posting pictures showing off his expensive gear‚ to ones that show him keeping a coin jar‚ scrapping the last of the tomato sauce out of the bottle and even putting his house up for rent while he is away. Many people have wondered what motivated the change‚ and the rapper kept them guessing until this week when he revealed that he has been part of an initiative with a well-known financial institution for National Savings Month. He also took the opportunity to

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  • Hlaudi strikes again: SABC caught in R167m Zuma TV deal

    SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng pushed through a R167-million contract with a production company co-owned by President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Gugu Zuma-Ncube, going  against the advice of a six-member review panel at the state broadcaster.

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  • Gang rape at primary school

    Pretoria - Tears rolled down a father’s cheeks as he broke down and cried in horror after confirmation that his little girl had been raped at school. He had just spoken to police officers from Boschkop police station, who had taken his 8-year-old daughter and her classmate for an examination following reports that they had been raped. “I am so hurt; the principal has been aware of this for two weeks. Despite telling parents that he has taken the matter to the police, he has done nothing,” the father said. The father had discovered possible sexual assault on his daughter two weeks ago. When he investigated it emerged that his little girl had been one of four girls, aged between 7 and 9, raped

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  • Zuma's race rants

    Pressure is mounting on the ANC as the date for the local government draws closer, leading to President Jacob Zuma stepping up his scathing attack on the leading opposition party, the DA. Yesterday the president continued with his racially charged tirade against the DA during his campaign in Cape Town, a city governed by the opposition party. Apart from the DA, the ANC appears to be also struggling with new kids on the block, EFF, who are threatening to reduce its votes. Addressing supporters in Khayelitsha ahead of the August 3 local government elections, Zuma said the poor in the Western Cape lived a hard life because they were ruled by the DA. "Here in the Western Cape you live a hard life

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • Early payday for Sassa beneficiaries - South Africa

    Cape Town - Social grants are being paid early next month to avoid the disruption of elections. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) said payments would be on July 27 to 29. There would be no payments at paypoints from August 1 to 3 “due to the local government elections”, said Sassa spokesperson Kgomoco Diseko. Payment at paypoints will resume on August 4 until the last payment date. Diseko said payments would be made without interruption from July 27 to August 25 for beneficiaries using other payment channels such as ATMs and stores. The elections are on August 3, which has been declared a public holiday. Sassa enquiries can be made to 0800 60 10 11. Cape Times

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  • Fired SARS 'racist' wants his job back

    A former SA Revenue Services official claims the taxman should not have fired him for using the k-word towards his black boss because there was no breakdown of relationship as a result of his utterances. JJ Kruger, a former Sars anti-smuggling officer based at OR Tambo International Airport, went on a racist outburst telling his boss Abel Mboweni in August 2007 that "a ka***r must not tell me what to do". Kruger's papers were filed in the Constitutional Court in May . Mboweni, a long-time Sars employee, is now a specialist tax advisor. At the disciplinary hearing, Kruger blamed stress for his outbursts but failed to provide evidence of stress. The hearing found Kruger guilty and handed him a

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  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire Is No Saint

    To the world, Evan Mawarire is a hero who stands up to Government, an upright man who represents the downtrodden. His touching story is that he is an honest hardworking Zimbabwean who struggled to raise school fees for his two daughters, leading him into action under the #ThisFlag, Mugabe Must Go Now cam- paign. His emotional breakdown during an interview with Sky News made millions around the world empathise with this poor preacher. At least that is the story that has been sold to the world. What the world has not been told is that Mawarire is a fraudster who collected money from gullible believers in the United Kingdom through his church, only to evade tax. Failure by Mawarire and his wife,

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  • SABC’s Vuyo Mvoko awaits fate

    Johannesburg - The future for one the SABC’s most senior journalists, Vuyo Mvoko, hangs in the balance on Monday - despite the temporary reprieve granted to seven of his colleagues, who together make up the #SABC8. The Star understands that Mvoko, the most senior member of the eight-person group of journalists to speak out against the reign of repression and censorship being waged by SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, was served with a letter on Friday by the public broadcaster's human resources department to provide reasons why his contract should not be terminated. Last week, in a scathing exclusive to The Star, Mvoko, a contributing editor and specialist anchor, told of the increasingly

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  • McCarthy's Bafana dream

    Benni McCarthy has been patient but is keen on coaching Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates. The former FC Port striker was strongly linked with the job of assistant coach at his former club Pirates – a job which was given to Bradley Carnell. McCarthy has a Uefa A licence and he is currently busy with his Uefa Pro Licence which he is expected to finish in 2017. “I am keen on coaching and on a return to Mzansi to impart my knowledge to the country,” McCarthy was quoted as saying on SunSport.

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  • Weapon of Mass Instruction: Apartheid SA’s nuclear arsenal in mixed media

    In 1993, then president FW de Klerk admitted that South Africa had built six nuclear weapons and was working on its seventh when it opted to dismantle its arsenal. The programme, De Klerk explained, had been under way since 1974, arguably signalling an increasingly paranoid and isolated government, but also – according to De Klerk – a response to a perceived Soviet threat, particularly during the Cold War. In 1989, after De Klerk took office, the weapons were destroyed, the blueprints shredded. Cynics speculated at the time that the dying apartheid government may not have dismantled the weapons for entirely altruistic reasons. Today, South Africa remains the only country to have voluntarily destroyed

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  • Gupta-linked company in line for R800m contract at Transnet

    A company with close ties to the Gupta family stands to make a handsome profit from an information technology contract worth R800 million at Transnet. The Mail and Guardian reported on Friday that the contract had been “confined” to a single bidder‚ global software firm SAP‚ although it had yet to be awarded. SAP’s bid documentation showed that it would allocate 60% of the value of the contract to a subcontractor‚ Global Softech Solutions (GSS)‚ owned by the Gupta’s Sahara Systems and a family associate. Gupta holding company Oakbay Investments told the newspaper that it was “preposterous” that a global firm such as SAP could be pressured into the partnership. However‚ minutes of a meeting between

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  • Why did SAA appoint BnP in the first place, asks DA

    THE DA on Friday questioned why controversial financial service provider BnP Capital was ever appointed by South African Airways (SAA) and called for the airline to be placed under business rescue. SAA announced on Thursday that it had cancelled the contract with BnP Capital‚ the "boutique" financier appointed to help the airline restructure its R15bn debt and to raise funds in return for a R256m success fee. SAA said the decision was communicated to BnP Capital on Wednesday. DA spokesman Alf Lees said it was "staggering" that the decision to appoint BnP was ever made. "This contract is a small part of the reckless way in which SAA is being run by its dysfunctional board of directors," he said.

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