• Outcry over black doll, white doll prices - South Africa | IOL News

    Cape Town - Tweeters were up in arms over the weekend after a picture was posted of a Shoprite store in Botswana apparently selling a black doll and a white doll at two different prices. The white doll had a price display of R149.95 while the incorrect price display beneath the black doll read R99.95, which was actually meant for a plush teddy bear. IOL MOJO

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  • Tomorrow's news: a star, legal dagga and almost R2 million

    When Idols SA Season 11 winner Karabo Mogane couldn’t afford to study at Stellenbosch University anymore, he dropped out and set his sights on a different goal – making a career out of his love for music. Almost a year later, Mogane is the winner of the country’s biggest reality show and has bagged prizes that include R700 000 in cash, a new car and a recording deal with Universal Music. A Boksburg man has been granted leave to join a Johannesburg couple’s constitutional challenge aimed at legalising dagga in South Africa. The High Court in Pretoria last week granted permission to Clifford Thorp to join the legal battle of Julian Stobbs and his partner Myrtle Clarke, which is expected to be heard in March next year.

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  • Malema’s UK visit ‘sends a message’ - Special Features | IOL News

    London - He’s perhaps the second best-known politician in South Africa, a firebrand agitator who is revered and disliked across South Africa in equal measure. However this week Julius Malema is in the old colonial power of the UK where he is less well known and where he will be addressing some distinctly English and internationally highbrow institutions. On Wednesday he will kick off his England tour by travelling to the “dreaming spires” of Oxford where he will address the Oxford Union at the world famous university. He will speak in the Debating Chamber on a subject “loosely agreed” beforehand, a spokeswoman for the Union said. The chamber can take up to 450 people and after the speech there

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  • Zim’s Mr Ugly ‘too handsome’ to win - Back Page | IOL News

    Harare, Zimbabwe - Pageant judges have crowned a new winner of for Zimbabwe's 4th annual Mister Ugly contest, upsetting supporters of the crowd favourite and prompting rioting at the event. Judges chose Milton Sere on Saturday, citing his numerous missing front teeth and a wide range of grotesque facial expressions, over William Masvinu, who has held the title since 2012. Masvinu and his supporters mobbed the judges upon hearing their decision, claiming that Sere was “too handsome” to win and his ugliness wasn't natural since it was based on missing teeth. Judges said Sere, 42, made a “tremendous effort to enhance his ugliness by pulling facial stunts,” while Masvinu did not try hard enough.

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  • Idols SA winners: Where Are They Now? - Tonight TV & Radio

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Karabo Mogane is crowned as the winner of Idols.  Karabo Mogane was crowned Idols winner 2015, walking away with a prize package worth R1.2m, a recording contract with Universal Music Africa and will also be in the audience at the spectacular live American Idol final in the US next year.

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  • Trevor Noah finds love in the US

    The long legged and dark haired beauty is a model who moved from Los Angeles to New York and currently lives with Noah.  The two are said to have met a few weeks ago but are already head over heels in love. According to US magazine, Taylor works at Ram, modelling in the dealer’s auto shows. Photos from her Instagram - where she has more than 17,000 followers - show her posing in a Ram polo.   It also appears Taylor accompanied Noah when he visited SA recently. They both uploaded images posing in a game reserve with cheetahs. Noah previously dated Dani Gabriel of Cape Town. The pair split when Noah took up a job as the host of The Daily Show.

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  • Putin rages as Turkey shoots down Russian fighter jet

    ANKARA — North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) member Turkey on Tuesday shot down a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border, an act President Vladimir Putin said would have "serious consequences" for ties between two key protagonists in the Syria war. The Turkish army said the aircraft was shot down by two F-16s after violating Turkish airspace 10 times within a five-minute period, an account challenged by Moscow which said it was over Syria. Turkish television pictures showed the jet exploding and crashing in a ball of flames into a Syrian mountain. Turkish media said one pilot had been captured by rebel forces in Syria after both ejected by parachute while Syrian opposition sources said

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  • Twitter reacts to #IdrisElba visa row - Travel News | IOL Travel

    Johannesburg - When folks report that celebrities have been turned back for not complying with travel laws, are they suggesting special laws for them? Spokesperson for the Department of Home Affairs Mayihlome Tshwete posed this question to Twitter followers, after some people were up in arms that UK-born actor Idris Elba cancelled his trip to South Africa because he did not have the necessary documents for his daughter who was accompanying him on the trip. Tshwete asked that question when people attacked the government for their controversial and stricter laws that govern the travelling of children in and out of the country. He also said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was stopped and searched

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  • Grace Mugabe courts controversy - again - Africa | IOL News

    Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has put her foot in her mouth - again! The wife of Zimbabwean veteran ruler Robert Mugabe came under fire on Twitter after she said that women who walk around wearing mini skirts invite men to drool over them, and so they cannot complain when raped. Well known for her acid tongue and quick temper, Grace has a talent for getting under people's skin. We look at other things she has said or done that caused controversy. Related Stories

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  • Netcare to expand wings - Companies | IOL Business

    Netcare said the private-hospital operator is seeking international acquisitions as full-year earnings rose 13 percent on the addition of new beds in its domestic market of South Africa. “When the right opportunity presents itself we certainly have the resources to execute,” CEO Richard Friedland said in an interview in Johannesburg on Monday. Netcare is benefiting from increasing demand for private health care in South Africa and the UK as higher earners switch from state-owned providers. The company added 584 new beds in its home market during the 12 months through September, bringing the total to 9 996, and plans to invest R2 billion ($143 million) on 44 more beds and other items this financial year.

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  • Tomorrow's news: we take you inside Krejcir's mansion

    Lobola and being gay South Africa was one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to legalising gay marriages. However, this does not mean that the general mood in the country has been welcoming people from the LBGT+ community. We profile a lesbian couple and their journey through this traditional practice. Be sure to grab your copy of The Citizen. A peak inside the luxurious world of Krejcir We take a tour through the luxurious mansion of Radovan Krecjir as his properties go under the hammer, showing you the life he lived before being incarcerated. If the walls of Radovan Krejcir’s house could talk, what secrets would they reveal? Yet they remained as closed mouth as the Czech gangster

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  • Get real, white South Africa

    We did it in 1910 when the Union of South Africa was birthed by the British. We did it in 1948 when our new apartheid laws turned us into the most unethically dressed nation in Africa. We did it again in 1961 when the National Party declared South Africa a republic, free from the British Commonwealth. Our newest outfit, the dress from our historic Autumn/Winter 1994 collection, is now 21 years old, and evidently in tatters. Unfortunately, South Africa has never fundamentally changed over the years, we simply changed clothes. The greatest problem we face as a nation is not our neo-liberal imperialist economy that favours US and British capitalist endeavours. It's not that the police criminalise

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  • Parker most valuable player in the PSL

    According to football statistics site, Bernard Parker is the most valuable player in the Premier Soccer League.

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  • ‘My son was not an IS terrorist’ - Daily News | News

    Durban - The South African driving licence held up next to the body of an alleged Islamic State (IS) terrorist by an Iraqi soldier on Twitter, has been verified as authentic by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs. Departmental spokesman, Mayihlome Tshwete, said on Monday he could not comment further. On Monday the licence owner, Aqeel Abdul-Haq Kloberie’s mother, a Durban resident, was still anxiously awaiting news from the authorities about the fate of her son. Joyce Snyman, 70, of Umbilo, is clinging to the hope that her son is alive despite the picture of his licence appearing on the internet on Thursday. On Sunday, she said she was haunted by new images on the internet of a soldier

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  • Boy’s essay shows way to change cricket - Western Cape | IOL News

    Cape Town - When Theo van der Westhuizen, 11, wasn’t selected for the Western Province cricket team, he went home confused, and with a heavy heart. The Grade 5 pupil had worked his way up from his school’s under-11C team to the under-11A team and thought he had provincial colours in the bag. To his disappointment, he discovered that because he was white, there was no place for him in the team. His father later explained to him about the quota system and transformation in sport. Theo went on to write an essay about transformation in sport, entered it into a competition, and won first prize. Theo submitted his piece of writing to the Radikale Redenaars competition that was open to pupils up to

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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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  • Mchunu buckles under ANCYL pressure - Politics | IOL News

    Premier Senzo Mchunu has backed down to pressure from the ANC Youth League. In a letter to the ANC and the league, Mchunu distanced himself from disgruntled party members who marched to the ANC provincial office last week to demand a re-run of the conference held three weeks ago. Mchunu was given a three-day ultimatum by the league on Wednesday to distance himself from the march in Durban, which they described as bringing the organisation into disrepute. The ultimatum was made two days after Mchunu’s supporters staged a march to the ANC offices to complain about alleged irregularities at the elective conference in Pietermaritzburg that saw the premier ousted as party chairman in the province by Sihle Zikalala.

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  • Don't kid yourself about BAs

    Jonathan Jansen: "So what's the difference between a BA degree and a large pizza?" one of my student leaders recently asked a large group of parents inquiring about sending their child to university. "A large pizza can feed a family of four," she joked. I laughed, then cried. Laughed, because of the obvious wit of the comparison. Cried, because this is one of the most misleading pieces of information about BAs in South Africa today. It was not that I had not overheard "BA jokes". At my previous university, there was rampant talk among female students of a "BA man-soek" specialisation (BA find-a-husband). After all, what other reason could you have for doing a BA than to prowl the campus for a

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  • Home Affairs to close for system upgrade - South Africa | IOL News

    Cape Town - The Department of Home Affairs will not be processing applications for IDs and passports at a third of its 400 offices from this Friday until next Wednesday to allow for an upgrade. The upgrade will affect 17 offices in the Western Cape, and 123 throughout the country. On Sunday Home Affairs Director general Mkuseli Apleni said the upgrade was for the production of new smart ID cards and passports. Apleni said the department will be increasing the bandwidth to make the system faster and more secure. “It used to take 54 days to get an ID book. Now with the new smart-ID card it takes less than 10 days,” Apleni said. Home Affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola said all affected offices will

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  • Glitz and glam at the 2015 South African Sports Awards (PHOTOS)

    South African Sports Awards went down with great grandeur and style on Sunday night in Bloemfontein at the Sand du Plessis Theatre. Top sprinter Wayde van Niekerk walked away with a Mercedes Benz C-Class as well as a R500000 cheque after a stiff competition from cyclist Greg Minnaar and swimming sensation Chad le Clos. Politicians, celebrities, media personalities, fashion idols and soccer stars looked sensational at the event. They dressed to evoke envy as they sashayed on the red carpet elegantly. Football figures present at the event included Bafana Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba, Mamelodi Sundowns defender Thabo Nthethe, Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo, Happy Jele, Lucky Lekgwathi

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