• JZ ally gets Royal Hotel for R78m

    The hotel, which first opened its doors in 1845, went under the hammer after its owner, Swazi businessman Moses Motsa, decided to get out of the hotel business. The auction, conducted by Reliance, set the starting bid for the Royal Hotel at R120-million. Naidu, an ANC funder who has close ties with President Jacob Zuma, is the head of the Saantha Naidu Group that owns the Coastlands group of hotels in Durban. Among them are the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Alfred, Nelson Mandela, Mark Twain, Cecil Rhodes, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Marlene Dietrich, Margaret Thatcher, Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder.

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  • CIA claims: state probes Thuli and Juju - Politics | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA The government has launched an inquiry into allegations that, amongst others, EFF leader Julius Malema, above, and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, below, are CIA agents. Pretoria - The government has launched an inquiry into allegations that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and some political leaders, including EFF leader Julius Malema, former DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and head of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), Joseph Mathunjwa are agents of America’s CIA.

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  • Cops, doctors, pastor bust over RAF scam - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Three police officers have been arrested in what police say is a major breakthrough involving a syndicate that committed fraud worth millions of rand against the Road Accident Fund. The RAF, which has been beset by financial problems, is funded through the fuel levy. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene increased the fuel levy by 30c a litre during his Budget speech last week, and the RAF levy by 50c. In recent years, the RAF has been described as technically bankrupt, with the auditor-general in 2012 saying a lack of internal controls had not curbed the wasting of taxpayers’ money.

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  • 50 Cent says he's betting R19 million Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao - video

    50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather appear to have put whatever issues they had behind them - at least enough for the Hip Hop star to bet millions of rands on the undefeated boxer’s fight against Manny Pacquiao.

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  • Kelly did not assault me, says 'Bhaka'

    Durban herbalist Zamokwakhe “Bhaka” Nzama yesterday claimed he had been misquoted regarding last weekend’s events in a Durban hotel room, in which his new girlfriend, the controversial singer Kelly Khumalo, allegedly assaulted him after the herbalist rebuffed demands to dump his common law wife for the singer. On Sunday, City Press reported Kelly, who has a child with late Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa, poked him in the eye shortly before the Metro FM Music Awards at the Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday. Bhaka had then said his comment had not gone down well with Kelly, given he had a moment earlier rejected the singer’s demand for him to dump his common law wife, Jabu, for her.

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  • Three-year-old girl snatched and killed by crocodile in Zimbabwe

    The Southern Eye newspaper reported on Thursday that Lubelihle Nyoni was snatched from the banks of the Zambezi River in Hwange, northern Zimbabwe, on February 22. Villagers said the child's grandfather and uncle were killed by crocodiles several years ago. Nyoni was playing with her eight-year-old friend Mawili Reno when the crocodile attacked. Relative Margi Reno told the Southern Eye: "I was doing something some few metres from the river when I heard screams before I lifted up my eyes and saw a big crocodile snatching Luba from the banks, where they were bathing.

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  • Gareth Bale reveals the things he doesn't like about Real Madrid

    Gareth Bale has revealed the only thing he does not like about playing for Real Madrid is being embarrassed by his superstar teammates in training and dealing with Spanish spiders.

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  • British luxury cars on a Roll(s) - IOL Motoring Industry News | IOL.co.za

    The Rolls-Royce stand featured what was undoubtedly the most luxurious car on show, the one-off Serenity, trimmed throughout in hand-embroidered and painted raw silk and marquetry-inlaid cherrywood. Geneva Motor Show - Britain’s booming luxury car makers have stormed into Les Halles to steal the limelight from under the noses of their foreign rivals. Show-stopping Aston Martin and Bentley set tongues wagging by taking the wraps off cars which had remained hidden before the show – but that point the way towards significant expansion of both brands, including into each others’ territory. Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer arrived at Geneva hot-foot from the Far East where he had been accompanying Prince William – complete with chauffeur-driven white Aston Martin – on a British export drive to Japan.

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  • South Africa: Police Officer Recognised Child as Kidnapped Baby

    The moment he laid eyes on Zephany Nurse he knew she was the baby kidnapped in 1997, Lt-Col Mike Barkhuizen told Beeld newspaper in a report published on Thursday. Barkhuizen, who works for the Hawks, had been searching for Zephany, now 17, for the past five years. Zephany was found after her biological parents' second daughter, born four years after Zephany's disappearance, started grade eight at a school in Cape Town this year.

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  • South Africa: False Bay Domestic Worker Paid Nothing for 14 Years

    A 61-year-old Zimbabwean domestic worker, Gladys Mafita, claims her False Bay employer fired her without payment after 14 years.The employer is Daniel Deng, son of Francis Deng, the first ambassador of South Sudan to the United States. Francis Deng was previously Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the Prevention of Genocide. Mafita came to South Africa in 2001.

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  • Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran split

    The 25-year-old singer is said to have hooked up with their mutual friend, Nia Amey, 31, while he and Tran were on a break and now has a nine-month-old daughter with the model. Insiders previously revealed Tran was ready to marry Brown, even if he is sent back to jail later this month after his probation was revoked in January. There's not one man she would rather spend the rest of her life with other than Brown.

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  • Thousands of Russian troops in east Ukraine: US envoy

    Speaking to a congressional foreign affairs committee, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland also told US lawmakers that Russia was flooding eastern Ukraine with military hardware. "Since December, Russia has transferred hundreds of pieces of military equipment, including tanks, armored vehicles, rocket systems, heavy artillery," Nuland said.

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  • Robinho back in Brazil squad - Soccer

    Independent Media Robinho, pictured, and Marcelo are back in Brazil's squad for upcoming friendlies against France and Chile. Sao Paulo – Robinho and Marcelo are back in Brazil's squad for upcoming friendlies against France and Chile.

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  • Nigeria: APC - Patience Jonathan Is Crude

    The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has thanked Nigerians for putting up with "an incredibly crude woman," Patience Jonathan, as Nigeria's first lady. Speaking on Tuesday during the PDP women presidential campaign rally in Kogi State, Mrs. Jonathan had described Muhammadu Buhari, APC's presidential candidate, as unfit to be the country's president.

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  • South Africa: Western Cape Fire Under Control, Two Hotspots Left

    The Muizenberg fire that broke out over the weekend leading to hundreds of people being evacuated was under control on Thursday, Cape Town Disaster Risk Management said. "The fire is under control; we are currently dealing with hotspots in Clovelly and Constantia north," spokeswoman Charlotte Powell said. One city fire-fighter sustained burn wounds and 52 frail-care residents from a Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation. This figure included 150 members of the department's Working on Fire (WoF) programme, spokesman Zolile Nqayi said in a statement.

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  • Not my fault, says Khulubuse Zuma - Companies | IOL Business

    Khulubuse Zuma on Thursday bemoaned statements by Cosatu and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) blaming him for the plight of Pamodzi Gold's former mineworkers. “The attack on Zuma by the Cosatu and NUM leadership is rendered even more bizarre by the fact that Zuma is not aware of any claim that has been lodged against Aurora on behalf of NUM members, whether in relation to unpaid salaries or any other entitlement,” his spokesman Vuyo Mkhize said in a statement. Earlier this week, an urgent application by Zuma to have claims of over R1.5 billion against Aurora Empowerment Systems, of which he is a director, set aside was dismissed by the High Court in Pretoria.

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  • EFF rebel group submits ‘mountain of evidence’ against Malema

    A group of disgruntled Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members have submitted what they say is a mountain of evidence showing intimidation and the gross mismanagement of the party's National People's Assembly and is now calling on the High Court to nullify the outcome. The members are led by suspended EFF Member of Parliament (MP) Andile Mngxitama who has accused EFF leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu of abusing party funds and suppressing internal democracy.

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  • Thug to thug - Gayton McKenzie's letter to Julius Malem

    Thu Mar 05 11:05:23 SAST 2015 Dear fellow thug,Julius Malema, our Commander in Thief, you haven’t held back in expressing your disdain for me. So allow me to respond. Pull up a chair.I have no problem with someone drawing attention to my dark past,

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Intensifies War Against White Farmers

    MORE than 160 white commercial farmers in Mashonaland East province will soon be removed from their properties as the government claims they are occupying the land illegally. The development comes after President Robert Mugabe claimed that some 163 farmers were illegal staying on the farms because they were being protected by dismissed Mashonaland East Zanu PF provincial chairperson, Ray Kaukonde. Kaukonde was ousted from the party provincial post over allegations he was financing a coup plot by former vice president Joice Mujuru.

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  • Life at Ebola 'Ground Zero'

    Scientists traced the source of the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola to two-year-old Emile Ouamouno, whom they believe contracted the disease while playing near the tree, home to hundreds of bats that might have been hosting the deadly virus. The boy's father, Etienne Ouamouno, said Emile fell ill in December 2013 and infected his sister and mother, who was eight months pregnant. Over a year later, having lost all his immediate family, Etienne Ouamouno has difficulty in finding words to describe his grief. Sitting at the foot of the kapok tree, which has since been set alight by the villagers to smoke out the bats, Ouamouno nervously lights a cigarette and takes a number of short drags in quick succession.

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