• Man sets himself on fire at MonteCasino

    A man has died after setting himself alight at Montecasino in northern Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. Tsogo Sun Group Communications’ Priya Naidoo said an incident involving a possible suicide‚ involving a man who set himself alight at the entrance‚ before the security checkpoint of Montecasino‚ has been reported to the South African Police Service‚ who are currently investigating. “Emergency services are also on the scene and precautionary measures were immediately taken to ensure the safety of visitors. Our thoughts are with the family and friends“‚ said Naidoo. On Sunday evening red tape was still visible at the Casino‚ preventing access from the Monte Casino Clinic elevators to level 4.

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  • R87m Powerball winner hasn't claimed winnings

    The winner of the weekend’s R87-million Powerball jackpot has not claimed their winnings yet. Ithuba‚ which is the National Lottery operator‚ told TMG Digital on Monday that the winner‚ who bought the ticket in Mokopane‚ Limpopo had not yet come forward or arrived at the Lotto offices to claim its biggest Powerball jackpot.  The total amount won is R87 624 435.  The winner purchased a quick-pick ticket for R20 at Global Filling Station in Mokopane on Friday. Ithuba’s Zukiswa Nomnganga said winners have 365 days from the date of the draw to claim their money.  “This was the biggest PowerBall jackpot since Ithuba took over the operation of running the National Lottery in June last year. In addition‚

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  • I am no longer dating Khune

    Fitness trainer Sbahle Mpisane and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune are not a couple any more, unfortunately. Mpisane took to Instagram on Sunday morning to share the heartbreaking news, posting a picture with the caption: “Not everything works out the way you wish for it to do … Some situations are worth removing yourself away from! I am no longer dating the Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goal keeper anymore sadly.” This after the couple celebrated their one-year anniversary in June. The couple were among our relationship goals, proving that they were partners in everything. Khune used to post videos of the two working out together, and calling her his Woman Crush Everyday. Though the

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  • Rihanna bans Pokemon GO at her concerts

    Rihanna warned her fans not to play 'Pokemon Go' during her concerts. The 28-year-old beauty performed at the Grand Stade in Lille, France on Saturday night (23.07.16) and warned the crowd that she doesn't want them to be using their phones for texting their loved ones or playing the smash-hit Nintendo smartphone game.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, she told the audience: "I don't want to see you texting your boyfriends or your girlfriends. I don't want to see you catching any Pokemons up in this bitch." And Rihanna's not the only celebrity not impressed with the new craze. Director Oliver Stone thinks the game is no laughing matter and considers the app to be an example of the new invasive

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  • Mbeki is protesting silently – Malema

    Never listen to veterans who are ignored by their own party, EFF leader Julius Malema told his supporters in Zamdela, Sasolburg, in the Free State yesterday. He was referring to the ANC’s use of veterans such as Ahmed Kathrada and Kgalema Motlanthe to campaign for the party in the upcoming local government elections. “They are so desperate, they even went and asked Winnie Mandela to endorse them. “Can you really ask your own party member to endorse you?” he said. Commenting on the uncertainty around whether former president Thabo Mbeki would campaign for the ANC, Malema said Mbeki was refusing silently, saying to the ANC “when you recalled me, you said you will manage without me”. “[President

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The under-fire SABC has assured Metro FM listeners that their complaints about the new mid-morning show, Whose Show Is It Anyway, will be evaluated. The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just

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  • Al Ahly ready to splash the cash for Billiat

    Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane celebrated after capturing Sibusiso Vilakazi to bolster what is already a formidable Mamelodi Sundowns side, but the coach then quickly revealed that the growing interest in Khama Billiat has him a bit on edge as the club gets closer to a CAF Champions League semi-final spot. Vilakazi’s move from Bidvest Wits to Sundowns was confirmed on Sunday in a deal that included an undisclosed transfer fee as well as playmaker Mogakolodi Ngele and striker Cuthbert Malajila going in the opposite direction in a swap deal. The Brazilians host Zamalek in a Champions League group stage encounter Wednesday night at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, and a draw will be enough to guarantee

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  • Nats joined the ANC too ... don't forget that – Mpofu

    Over the weekend, President Jacob Zuma again asserted his belief that the Democratic Alliance (DA) could not be separated from its “parent party”, the apartheid National Party. That belief appears to be based on the fact that the Democratic Party (DP) went into a coalition with the New National Party (NNP) in 2000. NNP leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk helped to form the Democratic Alliance in the merger between the NNP and Tony Leon’s DP, but that didn’t last long. Van Schalkwyk and other members of his party crossed over to the ANC in 2001. In so doing, they reduced the DA’s 52.5% outright majority win in Cape Town and handed power to the ANC in the city and the Western Cape. During the 2002 floor-crossing

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  • Axing from Uzalo 'a blessing', says actor Bonga Dlamini

    Failure to land a role in the new season of SABC1 drama series Uzalo and the creative industry's inconsistent income has prompted one of President Jacob Zuma's nephews to venture into selling luxury leather bags. Bonga Dlamini was the star of the first season of one of SABC1's most-watched drama series. He played the character of Mkhonto Xulu, a troublesome and murderous brother of Gxabhashe (Mpumelelo Bhulose), leader of a notorious car theft syndicate in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal. "Of course I was saddened to learn that I would not be featured in the new season of the drama series I loved with all my heart, but life must go on," said Dlamini. "That is water under the bridge now and you know what

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  • Cops seize illegal Landrovers worth R3m

    Cape Town - Police on Thursday seized four brand-new 2016 Land Rover Defenders, worth an estimated total of R3 million, at a storage facility in Carlisle Road, Paarden Eiland, in a crackdown on what they suspect is an illegal vehicle export syndicate. Norman Lamprecht, executive manager of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), said on Friday that because the automotive industry was the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa’s economy, contributing 7.5 percent to its GDP last year alone, the illegal import and export of vehicles was eroding foreign investment and local employment. Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said in a statement: “Fraudulent

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  • South Africa: SAA-BnP Cancellation a Ruse to Enrich Myeni's Cronies

    It should come as no surprise that the Chairperson of SAA, Ms. Dudu Myeni, is incapable of doing what is right and what is in fact best for the airline. Now we know from today's Sunday Times, that the cancellation of the BnP contract was just a charade by the SAA board chair and board in an attempt to look good, whilst in the background Myeni and her cronies were planning to pay R 49.9 million to BnP for doing nothing. The directors, led by Ms Dudu Myeni, are not only recklessly allowing SAA to continue to trade at a loss and apparently knowing that the entity is "financially distressed" as defined in the Companies Act but they are participating in the looting of a further R 49.9 million from SAA and thus from service delivery that is so desperately needed.

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  • Africa: 'The World' Praying That Trump Should Not Win U.S. Elections

    American politics matter to everyone in the world. No one can ever ignore what is taking place across the Atlantic, even if you are in the Indian ocean. But it is enough to show that if Ted Cruz on Thursday strongly defended his refusal to endorse Donald Trump during his Republican National Convention speech, who else is expected to approve. We learn that even the Bush family had declined to comment on Trump. Some Americans despite trusting the Electoral College still keep their fingers crossed that Trump should not be elected. It is obvious that he has enough delegates to vote for him though some political analysts and self styled commentators think that his chances of being elected are near

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  • NSFAS, Sars unite to track student debtors

    Johannesburg - Tax authorities are helping to track down former students who owe billions on their National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) loans. This means that when former students are employed and start paying tax, it will be harder for them to dodge repaying loans. On Friday, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) issued a notice allowing its officials to hand over certain taxpayer information to the NSFAS. This doesn't mean handing over their tax records but it does allow Sars to provide information to help the NSFAS trace them. It includes the taxpayers’ names and tax numbers; any identifying number which would include an ID number, addresses and contact details; and their employers’

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  • Lebese looks for 'personal trainer' after Khune's break-up

    Now Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Lebese shared on Twitter that he was looking for a professional fitness trainer. Whether this is shade being thrown at Khune or Lebese really just looking for a fitness trainer remains to be seen. It would not be such a bad idea for Mpisane and Lebese to hook up; after all, history has showed us that it always works out the second time around. Lebese previously dated Sizakele Manonga, who later accused him of physically abusing her.

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  • South Africa: The Many Problems With Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Explained

    Who is Hlaudi Motsoeneng anyway? He hails from QwaQwa in the Free State and his meteoric rise through the ranks of the public broadcaster began in the late 1990s when he worked as a freelance reporter for Lesedi FM. He continued to work at Lesedi FM, amassing more influence over the station's operations, eventually moving to Johannesburg, where he now serves as the SABC's Chief Operating Officer (COO). Fun fact: Hlaudi was once fired from the SABC Speaking to the Sunday World last year, Motsoeneng said he was fired by the SABC in 2007 following a disciplinary hearing. "I was labelled a racist and told that I don't have respect after they asked me to apologise," Motsoeneng said. "I refused and

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  • 12 ANC candidates gunned down in election hell

    Johannesburg - The road to the August 3 local government elections has been bloody for the ANC. The party has already lost 12 councillor candidates and ordinary members this year, allegedly as a result of infighting. Phillip Dlamini, 68, was killed at an SACP meeting in Nchanga outside Durban on January 23. His death heightened tensions in the Tripartite alliance, with the SACP saying they had been “shut out” by ANC members. ANC PR councillor in eThekwini Municipality, Zodwa Sibiya, 47, was murdered at Glebelands Hostel where she lived, in uMlazi on April 16. She was lauded as a fighter who lobbied for women to live in hostels. Sibiya was fatally shot in the head, chest and arm in front of her

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  • Gaddafi billions found in SA

    The Sunday Times has established that Libyan investigators have already met top government officials to discuss locating, securing and repatriating the loot brought here by Gaddafi and his children. The investigators believe there is evidence of more than $1-billion in cash, gold and diamonds being held by four banks and two security companies in South Africa. It could be the largest haul of Libyan assets found until now, although it is only a fraction of the estimated $80-billion of Gaddafi's foreign assets. It has been established that the Libyans: Met President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on December 10 2012; Held a follow-up meeting with Zuma at Nkandla on April 20, which was also attended by

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  • While you were sleeping: 26 July 2016

    Shock knife attack kills 19 in Japan, Michelle Obama endorses Clinton, and chaos at the Olympic village.

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  • Don’t fall for DA’s version of history: Nzimande

    Cape Town - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has accused the Democratic Alliance of trying to rewrite history concerning the ANC's contribution towards democracy, warning students not to fall for the revision of stories the party portrayed about South Africans, particularly black people. Addressing students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) about the role that youth played in voting, Nzimande urged them to get involved in student politics as a way to tackle issues affecting them. “We need the youth’s energy to do well in the upcoming elections,” Nzimande said to warm cheers from the students. Nzimande, who grew up in a mud house, praised the ANC for supplying electricity

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  • Allardyce mum over England captain

    New England manager Sam Allardyce vowed to break the psychological barrier hindering the performance of the country's big-name players at international level. Allardyce also revealed he has not yet made a decision on who will captain England, which leaves the Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney - heavily criticised for his performances at Euro 2016 - sweating on whether he will retain the armband. England's campaign at last month's European Championships under predecessor Roy Hodgson culminated in a humiliating exit to Iceland in the last 16, despite boasting a squad packed with Premier League talent. Hodgson quickly quit. Allardyce, speaking at his first press conference, at St George's Park,

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