• Bonang and AKA strike a pose at Da Les’ all-white party (Photos)

    Rumoured couple AKA and Bonang Matheba were some of the many Mzansi A-listers at Da Les’ 7th Annual All-White Pool Party on Saturday.Next The duo even took some time to pose for the cameras together. So are they finally ready to go public with their relationship? Queen B looked breathtaking in a lightweight sheer kaftan, with a daring bodysuit to go with. Held in Sandton, Johannesburg, another rumoured couple was also in attendance. That would be Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane. Nomzmo opted for a tailored relaxed look, donning wide-legged three-quarter pants with a matching top and peek-a-boo bra. Other gorgeous ladies spotted at the event included Nomuzi Mabena,  Boity, Khanya Mkangisa, Natasha

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  • Mandela hitched again

    The marriage appears to have been kept a closely guarded secret until pictures of the happy bride and groom appeared on social media. Mandela confirmed he married Clarke yesterday. "I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on February 6. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community for welcoming me into their hearts. "Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans." A family friend told The Times the wedding took place at a mosque in Kensington, followed by a reception at Cape Town hotel,

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  • ANC Youth League will allegedly disrupt EFF March Tomorrow

    The EFF will be marching tomorrow , yet the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), says that if the march commences, the EFF should prepare themselves for a ‘’civil war’’. The ANCYL leader spoke at the rally in Shoshanguve, Sunday and he stated that there will be a civil war against people who disrupt the state of the nation address which will be done by Mr. President Jacob Zuma. “From today on, Julius Malema must know that we are declaring war and if needs be, we declare civil war against anyone who attacks the president. No one must march against the president to the Union Buildings…if you do so, there shall be blood,” is what Collin Maine, ANCYL leader, had to say at the rally. When asked for comment on

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Faces Fitness Probe

    A United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean lawyer, Tinomudaishe Chinyoka on Friday filed a Constitutional Court application seeking an interdict to have Parliament investigate whether President Robert Mugabe is still mentally and physically fit to hold office. Chinyoka's application follows recent events, particularly in the past year or so that saw the soon to be 92-year-old leader falling at the Harare International Airport, captured on camera sleeping during meetings, lapses in concentration and reading of a wrong speech in Parliament -- all within the same year. The MDC-T activist cited Mugabe, Justice minister and Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda as well as Senate president Edna Madzongwe as respondents in the application.

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  • Maine's monkey comments offensive: ANC

    "It's offensive to describe a people, because you don't agree with them, [as] monkeys, especially in the context of South Africa where monkeys were used to describe certain groups of people based on racial expression," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said. South Africans were still carrying the scars of racism and such comments should not be seen as jokes or gestures. "Any description of people as any animal, we don't believe is correct." Maine made the comments at a rally in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, at the weekend. He warned opposition parties against fighting with President Jacob Zuma. "The country will be defended. We cannot allow Julius Malema and his monkeys to run our country amok and turn

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  • Cape Town club to boost security - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Two managers of Claremont club Tiger Tiger, which has hit headlines in the wake of several attacks on patrons after they left the establishment, say they will try to boost security in the area. Andile and Ayanda Ngidi, have also hit out at people saying the club was unsafe, pointing out no violent incidents had occurred inside the club. “We will meet all the club owners in the area in an effort to try and find solutions to the problems associated with incidents after leaving the outlet,” they said in a statement on the club’s Facebook page. “Clubs all have security to deal with problems, but the challenge is how to protect people after they have left.” They will advise bartenders

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  • 'I stand by what I said in my book'

    “I hold former President Mbeki in high esteem. I will not respond publicly. My story is in my book‚ I stand by it‚” Pikoli said in a brief statement. Pikoli was booted by Mbeki when he tried to execute search warrants on Selebi‚ who was subsequently jailed for taking bribes from a drug trafficker‚ Glenn Agliotti. Mbeki‚ in a letter defending his actions when he was president‚ said Pikoli had not understood the sensitivities around the various arms of law enforcement‚ which were engaged in a bitter feud‚ and had refused to follow the protocols of liaising with the then director-general in the presidency‚ Frank Chikane. Pikoli had also wanted to serve the warrant within a week‚ and had refused

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  • Mandla Mandela weds

    “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community, for welcoming me into their hearts,” Mandela said in a statement. The marriage, which took place on Saturday in Cape Town, is the fourth for Mandela, whose heritage is isiXhosa and who currently serves as the traditional chief of Mveso. “Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans,” he said.  According to most recent reports, Mandela is still legally married to his first wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, with whom he has been embroiled in a long-standing bitter divorce battle.  Previously

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  • From hero to zero: International investors turning their backs on South Africa

    This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night.  “Can the ANC reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naïve to think that the party – for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions – could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities.  Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done better?” Hain asked. He said the ANC has to address corruption and cronyism and lead the development of a new social compact if South Africa is to prosper. He pointed to Zuma’s

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  • EFFSC vow to have ‘guerrilla conversation’ with 'Oros' following

    The Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command (EFFSC) has described being called “monkeys” by African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine as “lame and childish utterances by Oros”. The students said: “Not that we’ve been paying attention or following the events of the ANC youth desk but it is reported to us that Oros man‚ Collen Maine‚ is up to his usual antics of spewing bile once again. “This time‚ he has apparently referred to the EFF as monkeys. “It is incumbent upon us as the EFFSC that we dispute‚ refute and dismiss this madness with the contempt it deserves.” Maine is reported to have said: “If you fight with Zuma you are fighting with the youth league‚ and South

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  • LVG in bizarre rant

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal angrily derided the latest reports about his future after his team were pegged back in injury time in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea. Diego Costa equalised for Chelsea in the 91st minute at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, cancelling out Jesse Lingard's opener and leaving United six points below the Champions League places in the Premier League. Reports emerged on Friday that United have approached ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to succeed Van Gaal, but the Dutchman attempted to slap down a journalist who raised the matter at his post-match press conference. When it was put to him that United have not publicly denied the reports, Van Gaal replied: “Why do they have

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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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  • Shot fired at DA office in Nelson Mandela Bay

    Armed men burst into the Democratic Alliance’s Ngqura Constituency Office in Kwazakhele in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape on Friday afternoon and fired a gun shot at DA activists and councillors before stealing countless cell phones and a bank card‚ the DA disclosed on Sunday In what seemed to have been a well-orchestrated operation targeted specifically at the DA‚ the armed men knew exactly which individuals to target in order to steal their bank cards‚ the DA’s mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay‚ Athol Trollip‚ asserted. He charged that the attack came only days after the ANC had allegedly called for violence against the DA during a funeral in Port Elizabeth. Trollip added that

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  • Barclays urged to ditch Africa unit and focus on core UK business

    BARCLAYS CEO Jes Staley should take the "big decisions" to spin off its investment bank and sell its Africa unit to fix the UK lender, which trades at about 40% less than its book value, according to Sanford C Bernstein. Barclays owns 62% of Johannesburg-based Barclays Africa Group, the legacy of a 2005 deal by former Barclays CEO Robert Diamond. "The Africa business has absolutely no synergy whatsoever with the rest of the bank," analyst Chirantan Barua wrote to Mr Staley in an open letter. "With just 10% of your earnings from Africa, you never get a bid up when the continent’s in a bull market, but when the rand is in free-fall, investors are prompt to knock it out of your valuation." Both

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  • Shaming of poor South Africans does all citizens a disservice

    THE recent antipoor statement by Herman Mashaba, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) Johannesburg mayoral candidate, during an interview on SABC, should not shock us at all. "It is interesting that you can expect poor people to be leaders. That is looking for trouble, in any given situation... The budget of the city of Johannesburg is R40bn plus, (yet) you put in someone who’s never really seen R100 in his life," he said. Public discourse in SA about the state of the economy always takes on an undertone of insult. One need look no further than "Nkandlagate" to find middle-class commentators claiming they are the sole sponsors of President Jacob Zuma’s private homestead. There is no acknowledgment

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  • Malema unapproachable, only listens to Shivambu says disgruntled EFF member

     "Julius is a liar," said Economic Freedom Fighters member Lufuno Gogoro. "He is lying that we can sit down with him. Julius doesn't want to listen to anyone except [EFF chief whip] Floyd [Shivambu] and we cannot run an organisation through friendship." Gogoro is among a group of EFF members, calling itself defenders of the EFF constitution, which had planned to approach the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday for an urgent interdict against Malema and the EFF's leadership. It wanted a stop put to the party's provincial conferences and its national people's assembly, which is expected to be held in December. Earlier on Friday, Malema told reporters in Johannesburg that disgruntled members were

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  • Africa: That Africa May Have Sufficient Electricity, Dangote Champions Power Africa Initiative

    Dangote Group is leading efforts to significantly increase access to electricity in Africa through Power Africa, an initiative of President Barack Obama. Electricity is fundamental to economic growth and development. It is a major driver of activities in an economy. Developed nations have adequate supply of electricity while developing ones struggle with electricity supply, with frequent power outages. Electricity consumption per household is a measure of economic development. For a developing continent, Africa ranks low on electricity consumption per household. Most African economies lack adequate power supply and experience regular power outages. Many manufacturing firms in such economy depend

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  • Mourinho: I'll be back... soon

    Mourinho says he's not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back. Manchester United Chelsea Jose Mourinho LONDON - Jose Mourinho, sacked as manager of Chelsea in December seven months after winning the Premier League title, has said he is not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back in management. He did not comment directly on media reports that have heavily linked him with Louis Van Gaal's job at Manchester United. But he did say that his family will remain in London and that he liked the competitiveness of English football. "For sure, I will be back soon," the Portugese told GQ magazine in an interview published on its website (www.gq-magazine.co.uk). It did not say when

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  • Durban tremor linked to Taiwan quake? - KwaZulu-Natal

    An earth tremor, estimated to be 3.1 on the Richter scale, rumbled across Durban at 11am on Saturday - and was felt across the Berea, the central city and outlying areas. It is uncertain whether the tremor had any links to the Taiwan earthquake hours earlier. Council for Geoscience project manager, Michelle Grobbelaar, said details of the tremor would be known on Monday. “All I can say at this stage is that it seemed to be located in the KwaZulu-Natal region. From the reports I have received, it is unlikely to be greater than magnitude 3.1, but we will have to analyse and confirm this. There have been earthquakes in the province before. The earliest we have on record is in 1932 off the coast

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  • Zimbabwe: Moyo Recruited to Destroy Zanu-PF

    Munyaradzi Musiiwa — Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairman Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa has challenged Professor Jonathan Moyo to contest his claims that he was Ndabaningi Sithole's illegitimate child, who was seeking revenge for his father who was rejected by the revolutionary party after forging an alliance with the Smith regime at the height of the war of liberation. Cde Mutsvangwa said he also had empirical evidence that Prof Moyo was recruited by western imperialists who were pushing the regime change in Zimbabwe. He said Prof Moyo was assigned by these people to dislodge Zanu-PF with his "petty parochial ideologies" that reside in him. He said Prof Moyo was a traitor

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