• High praise for Michelle Obama after speech at the DNC

    Michelle Obama brought down the house at the DNC, delivering a powerful speech endorsing Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton Michelle Obama Democrats JOHANNESBURG – Many on Twitter are now calling for US First Lady Michelle Obama to run for president of the United State after she gave "the speech of her life" at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). She lit up the Twittershere with many expressing their admiration, love and praise. Obama’s speech was particularly influential on the night where deep divisions were on display on a disorderly first day of the DNC, with Bernie Sanders portraying Hillary Clinton as a fellow soldier in his fight for economic equality while his supporters jeered the

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  • Summer bodies are made in winter: Check out Sbahle and Amanda owning the gym

    The Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start Monday, with a major internal row over leaked emails playing havoc with nominee Hillary Clinton's bid to present a united front against Donald Trump.

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  • Mbeki's quiet campaigning diplomacy

    This week's ghost cartoon is a comment on the fact that former president Thabo Mbeki is yet to publicly utter the words 'vote ANC'.

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  • Labour Court rules in favour of four fired SABC journalists

    Labour Court has ruled that the South African Broadcasting Corporation must reinstate the journalists. SABC Labour Court Breaking News Censorship allegations at the SABC Save Our SABC JOHANNESBURG – The Labour Court has ruled that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) must reinstate the four journalists who were sacked by the public broadcaster. The court found the SABC acted unlawfully when it dismissed the senior reporters for voicing their concerns over the public broadcaster’s controversial editorial policy. Judge Andre Van Niekerk also granted an interdict prohibiting the public broadcaster from instituting disciplinary hearings against the group.  He also says those responsible

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  • Brace yourselves for Monday night's big freeze

    Speaking to TMG Digital‚ SAWS forecaster Wayne Venter said that temperatures in the interior of the Eastern Cape as well as the interior of the Free State never rose above 10º C on Monday. “Night temperatures are expected to drop this evening and will continue into the early hours of tomorrow morning‚” Venter said. “Morning temperatures are expected to be below freezing level in the Vryburg area which will be -4 ºC‚ and Upington will be -2 ºC‚ while the western interior of South Africa will also experience temperatures below freezing level‚” he said. According to an earlier report‚ a family of three were trapped in their car due to heavy snowfalls near the town of Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

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  • Former Chelsea player Mosia dies

    Phakaaathi has learnt that the 31-year-old Mosia died on Saturday after a short illness. According to Wikipedia, Mosia started his career at Juventus FC in Italy, where he spent a year. On his return to South Africa, he joined AmaZulu and later moved to the Transnet School of Excellence. Mosia played for different teams in Belgium until 2006 when he returned to Chelsea.

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  • Big fuel price drop likely in August

    After months of being squeezed by higher fuel prices, South African motorists are likely to receive some relief at the pumps in August. According to the Automobile Association, mid-month fuel data is pointing towards a petrol price decrease of up to 83 cents a litre, with diesel coming down by around 45 cents and illuminating paraffin by around 42 cents. The usual 'don't get your hopes up too high' disclaimer applies here though as these predictions are based on mid-month data and the final price for August will depend on how the rand and international oil prices perform between now and the end of the month, but so far both factors have been working in our favour. Brexit has been playing to our

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  • Zimbabwe: The Arms Cache At Ascot Farm

    book review The book is available in Harare from Blackstone Books, Baroda Trading and Weaver Press. It is available in Bulawayo from Vigne Bookshop and 'amabooks'. The Struggle Continues: 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe -Chapter 8 Had Mugabe and Mnangagwa in particular been prepared to negotiate, the horror which was to follow could have been avoided I was astonished that a prime minister would take the time to write me a telegram. Senator Norman had told me that Mugabe had taken a personal interest in the matter and was saddened about the cancellation, but as a mere student I didn't expect this. I rushed off to my lecture which was about to be given by one of my favourite lecturers, Dennis Davis

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  • Mpofu throws shade at AKA

    On Tuesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were celebrating their third birthday and its national chairperson Advocate Dali Mpofu could not hold back but share on Twitter what the party had achieved so far. In one of his tweets, Mpofu took the time to congratulate the party’s leaders who had graduated in their respective fields, implying that his party was for the educated. “Happy3rdAnniversary to these LEARNED FRIENDS & all fellow Fighters for Economic Freedom,” he tweeted. As he was busy with the celebrations on Twitter, one user tweeted at him, thanking him for paying for music group Entity’s album. Mpofu’s son Sizwe was a member of the group. According to the user, the group’s separation

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  • Nigeria: Buhari Hails "Chief Amaechi" for Abuja Railway Completion

    press release Protocol I am delighted to be here today to commission the Abuja - Kaduna railway track and flag-off the Abuja-Kaduna train services (Passengers & Freight) on Nigeria's first ever Standard Gauge Rail track to go into operation. This project was conceived by a previous administration, started by the last government and I am pleased to complete and commission it. It is on record that between 1963 and early '80s, Nigeria had a vibrant rail system which conveyed agricultural and livestock and solid mineral resources to Lagos and Port Harcourt sea ports from where they are exported to other parts of the world. It is our vision and hope that those good old days will soon be back with

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  • Tutu’s open letter to baby goes viral - Western Cape

    Cape Town - It's not every day that someone gets a heart-warming open letter written to them from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A letter was written earlier this month after the father of an American infant wrote to Tutu, saying that he was collecting letters for his newborn daughter Juliet. All the way from his Cape Town abode, Archbishop wrote the following: Hello, little sister. You don't know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey - on another continent many miles away - is just beginning. We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it's not really a secret because we should all know it. So I

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • WATCH: DJ Sbu gets 'attacked' during his radio show

    The Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start Monday, with a major internal row over leaked emails playing havoc with nominee Hillary Clinton's bid to present a united front against Donald Trump.

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  • Pravin Gordhan: SAA needs a whole new board, new blood

    The minister is quoted as saying Treasury must ensure that credible people are appointed to the board. SAA Finance Minister Pravin Ghordan SAA deal CAPE TOWN - South African Airways needs a “whole new board,” and an experienced management team which may also require new blood, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday. Gordhan reportedly made the comments at an event in Sandton, hosted by Ernst & Young and the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The cash-strapped airline recently cancelled a controversial debt-restructuring deal with little-known boutique financier BnP Capital. But it has since emerged Board Chairperson Dudu Myeni wanted the financier to be paid a cancellation

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  • The Big Read: One party two campaigns

    They are running two different campaigns and using two different factions within the party to gain votes. Here is my evidence that there are two ANCs. On Saturday morning the ANC in Gauteng issued a media alert in which it invited journalists to cover party veterans accompanying Joburg mayoral candidate Parks Tau to Soweto. The veterans accompanying Tau and ANC Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile were Mavuso Msimang and Tokyo Sexwale. Msimang? This is the man who, in April, stood up with other society luminaries and said: "I would like to say that my hope is that it's not too late for the leadership of the African National Congress to do the right thing and ask the president in everyone's interest

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  • Google honours South African teen for experiment using orange peels

    She is now in line to be one of sixteen global finalists and will travel to the Google headquarters in California for the award ceremony. The finals are in September. Kiara Nirghin‚ from St Martin's High School in Johannesburg‚ decided to tackle the drought affecting Southern Africa and has come up with a revolutionary way of keeping crops hydrated for longer‚ at a much lower cost. Using orange peels and avocado skins‚ the teen has managed to create a material‚ that can hold hundreds of times its weight in water‚ in the soil. This super absorbent polymer then acts as a water reservoir in the earth. By saving water this way‚ her idea - which she titled 'No More Thirsty Crops' - could have a massive

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  • South Africa: DA to Report Lindiwe Sisulu to the Public Protector, Again

    press release The Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu's has continued her ANC election campaigning, using public funds, today in Princess Informal Settlement, Johannesburg. At the event, with clear department regalia being displayed, the Minister was seen together with ANC branding. It has also been marketed via ANC social media. The DA will submit this latest evidence to the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, for urgent investigation. In addition to this being at odds with section 195(d) of the Constitution; we contend that this is also a violation of the Executive Members Ethics Code. In fact, this sort of conduct has already been the subject of a scathing Public Protector

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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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  • Nigeria: Secret Documents Expose Nigerian Oil Mogul's Offshore Hideaways

    Held through a shell company created by the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal, Mossack Fonseca, the yacht is now caught up in a massive investigation in Nigeria. The government claims the yacht was bought with profits from crude oil sales that were diverted and never paid to authorities. The Galactica Star's owner is Kolawole Aluko, a petroleum and aviation mogul who is one of four defendants accused of helping to cheat Nigeria out of nearly $1.8 billion owed to the government on massive sales of oil. In a separate investigation, Nigerian authorities are also reportedly probing whether Mr. Aluko helped smuggle millions of dollars out of the country as kickbacks to Nigeria's former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

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  • Hunt sad to see Vilakazi leave Wits

    Bidvest Wits yesterday finally confirmed the worst-kept secret in South African football, when they announced that Vilakazi, 26, had joined Mamelodi Sundowns. “It is always sad to see a player go, but this happens,” said Hunt. The Clever Boys played hardball in their negotiations with Sundowns, securing a transfer fee, as well as Botswanan forward Ngele and Zimbabwean striker Malajila from the Brazilians.

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