• WATCH: Vaal Dam opens sluices

    The Vaal Dam’s operators opened the sluice gates for the first time in years on Sunday after torrential summer rains pushed capacity at the dam close to the 100% mark. The dam was at around 95% on Saturday. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane was addressing the media at the event, where she said that she hoped South Africans would continue to heed the lesson of responsible water use. She thanked those in Gauteng who had adhered to the water restrictions during the drought. Depending on how much water continues to flow into the dam would determine if and how much water gets released in the days ahead. Gauteng’s dams are now collectively above 90% full. Mokonyane said it would remain

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  • Mourinho demands United trophy charge

    LONDON, England – Jose Mourinho has challenged his Manchester United stars to use their dramatic League Cup final win against Southampton as a springboard to bigger prizes. Mourinho lifted the first major trophy of his United reign on Sunday after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late header clinched a 3-2 victory at Wembley. The 54-year-old is the first United manager to win a major competition in his maiden season at Old Trafford and the 19th trophy of his glittering career made him only the third boss, after Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough, to enjoy four League Cup triumphs. Now Mourinho wants his players to learn from the winning feeling as they chase FA Cup and Europa League titles this term, and ideally

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  • Zimbabwe: Anger As Mugabe Snapped Eating Lays At His Birthday

    Forget that gigantic birthday cake. What's got many Zimbabweans really fed up about President Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday party is the fact he was eating a bag of imported Lays chips. Made by PepsiCo, Lays are most definitely NOT Zimbabwean. Yet Mugabe's government has made importing foreign products, including food, very difficult since mid-last year, forcing importers to buy special import licences as part of moves to encourage local production. "Mugabe was snacking on imported lays while washing down with a soft drink from abroad yet to the general populace we can't access imports," tweeted @tashymakaza. Said @zenzele: "# buylocal Mr President". The Standard newspaper reported last September

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  • Ray of hope for fresh method to beat HIV

    About 50 failed trials have been conducted using vaccines and drugs to boost the immune system and help people control HIV. Now one has actually worked. Spanish researchers have reported they took 15 HIV-positive patients off treatment and gave them two vaccines and a drug named Romidepsin. Four of the triallists were able to stay off ARV medication‚ with the virus not replicating‚ for between four and 22 weeks. Whites, Indians asked to open doors to fieldworkers  Teaching the body's immune system to control the virus is a method often punted by the co-discoverer of HIV‚ Françoise Barré-Sinoussi. Speaking to Times media‚ Sharon Lewin‚ director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and

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  • Are you schooled or are you educated?

     Those of you who have had schooling followed the rules of the school, attended your classes, did your homework, wrote the tests, passed, and received a certificate of some kind. When you fell out of line, and came late or missed an assignment deadline, you were punished for this bad behaviour. You were, in a sense, institutionalised. But you can be schooled and still be a barbarian. You can frame and hang your certificates against a wall and still be uneducated. You can attend many years of formal schooling and still be reckless. I see this all the time. School, in this sense, is therefore not primary school or high school; it is all forms of institutionalisation, including college and university,

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  • ANC: DA could lose support over Madikizela appointment

    CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says the Democratic Alliance (DA) could lose many supporters due to the appointment of Bonginkosi Madikizela as interim provincial leader. Madikizela won 75% of the vote at the party's provincial council meeting over the weekend, beating four other candidates. He will serve in the position until the DA’s provincial elective congress in August. Over the weekend, Madikizela told the media he doesn't believe a leader's skin colour affects their number of supporters. "It is a myth to think that a leader of a particular colour will be able to attract more votes because of his or her race. If that was the case the Democratic Alliance,

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  • Kwesta is livid with #MMA16 snub: The bullsh*t must be called

    Kwesta, who went to the awards with four nominations, left the ceremony empty handed and bitterly disappointed. Outraged fans took to social media to demand answers and made the rapper's snub one of the most talked about topics on Twitter. Inside Riky Rick's #MMA16 war  The usually laid-back Kwesta was not impressed at being overlooked and took to Twitter to vent his frustration. Kwesta had earlier warned fans that if he walked away empty-handed his fan's should not "buy it", and he retweeted his warning in the aftermath of the loss. Riky Rick had earlier shaded the station and the awards ceremony by suggesting that some awards had been paid off. Kwesta retweeted Riky Rick's Twitter outbursts

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  • Sassa boss in hot water for defying minister

    Johannesburg - In the midst of a potential social grant crisis, the recently appointed chief executive of the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) is facing suspension for allegedly defying Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Chief executive Thokozani Magwaza allegedly wrote to SA Post Office (Sapo) chief Mark Barnes requesting that the struggling parastatal take over the distribution of social grants when the Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) contract expires next month. The Constitutional Court ruled in 2014 that the contract had been awarded irregularly. Magwaza, who was appointed in June last year, allegedly tried to withdraw the letter when Dlamini became aware of it. The letter was

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  • PICS: Nokia relaunches 'unbreakable' 3310

    Sydney – Referred to as "the unbreakable phone," the Nokia 3310 has been relaunched worldwide on Monday, to the delight of nostalgic tech enthusiasts. With popular games like snake, huge battery life and an affordable price tag, the product sold 126 million units worldwide, making it the most popular phone in the late 90's and early 2000's. "I think it was the simplicity," UNSW, School of Electrical Engineering Professor, Jinhong Yuan told Xinhua. But Monday's launch in Spain, has hit a snag with the Australian market, because the new sleeker model is designed for 2G networks, which are in the midst of being phased out in Australia as the network is updated to 3G. The Finnish brand, now backed

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  • WATCH: Life inside South Africa's smallest prison

    Prince Albert in the Western Cape has not only one of the smallest local municipalities in South Africa‚ but also the smallest prison in the country. Lying on the southern edge of the Great Karoo‚ the small desert town with an employment rate of around 20% is also home to the Prince Albert Prison‚ which houses 72 inmates. “The facilities here are not so good. You must keep yourself busy‚ then the day is walking fast‚” says Koslenus‚ who is expected to leave the prison in August next year after being jailed for murder. His biggest goal now is to prepare for life after prison. He hopes to find a job on one of the nearby diary farms. Ethel Peters‚ who has served five years in the Prince Albert prison‚

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  • DJ Zinhle isn't 'still bitter' over AKA split: 'I'm definitely over it'

    The State has finalised its case against former commercial crimes prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach‚ without the testimony of her arch nemesis - disgraced deputy national director of public prosecutions‚ Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba.

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  • Zuma: SA will allow expropriation of land without compensation

    Johannesburg – South Africa will amend its laws to allow expropriation of land without compensation for owners as it tries to speed up the redistribution of land to its black majority, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. Expropriation without compensation would mark a radical policy departure for Zuma's ruling African National Congress (ANC), shifting from a willing buyer-willing seller approach to more radical alternatives. Most of the land remains in white hands over two decades after the end of apartheid. "We need to take bold steps that will transform our economy, including land ownership, very fast," Zuma said in a speech outlining agricultural policy. "We are busy amending (laws) to enable

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  • Inside Riky Rick's #MMA16 war

    Rapper Riky Rick was praised as a ‘hero’ and ‘advocate of the people’ after he used his acceptance speech at the Metro FM Music Awards to lambaste the music industry and even the awards themselves. Mzansi knew that something was wrong when Riky started out his Best Hit Single winner’s speech by saying that he wished he was more excited about winning the award‚ but that fans who knew his raps would know why he was a little disillusioned by it. Fans of the rapper immediately knew that Riky was referring to the lines of a song he released last year. Riky then took a swipe at the music and radio industries saying that 90% of the music on radio was “garbage” and encouraged young artists who were being blocked by radio to push their music on the internet instead.

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  • Nigeria: How Mandela, Desmond Tutu Encouraged Me to Contest Presidential Election

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday revealed how late South African President, Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu, a retired Anglican Bishop and South African rights activist, influenced him to contest the 1999 presidential race, after he (Obasanjo) was released from prison. Mr. Obasanjo made the revelation‎ at a church service for his 80th birthday organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter, held at the Treasure House of God, Agbeloba, Abeokuta ‎. He said the advice of the duo, among others, prompted him to go into the presidential race in 1999 when he contested for the seat to emerge Nigeria's president. "When I came out from prison for the offence I didn't

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  • Zimbabwe: Inconvenient, Unspoken Truths About Xenophobia

    Remember that name: he is the Mayor of Johannesburg, representing the opposition Democratic Alliance. If you recall that Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, who sparked off deadly attacks on foreigners in 2015 by likening them to ants and lice, this guy is in that mould. "They are holding our country to ransom and I am going to be the last South African to allow it," he decreed. "We will engage the provincial and national government to help us in this regard but I don't believe anyone can expect us to tolerate activities of criminality." In that same breath he claimed that under the ANC's watch, criminals (foreigners) were allowed to come into SA without proper papers, but that cannot happen under the DA's watch, as one report states.

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  • Masechaba Ndlovu keeps her spot at Power FM

    Just weeks after an awkward Twitter error caused havoc at Power FM and shrouded Masechaba Ndlovu’s radio future in mystery‚ the station has confirmed that she will remain at the station. Masechaba found herself in the midst of a social media storm earlier this month when a tweet from Power FM claimed that she could be getting the boot along with Lawrence Tlhabane. “Tjoe bbz‚ they’re firing Masechaba and Lawrence and some other presenters‚” read the tweet. The station claimed that its account had been “compromised” but refused to comment on Masechaba’s future to TshisaLIVE. Power has now put speculation to bed after it announced a number of changes to its lineup. “The changes are a reflection

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  • WATCH: The fake Oscar fiasco

    There was disaster at the Oscars on Sunday night as Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway wrongly announced La La Land as the winner of Best Picture, rather than the triumphant Moonlight. In a heart-stopping moment the stars and producers of La La Land were stopped midway through their acceptance speeches, before being forced to hand their trophies to the stars of Moonlight. The terrible end to an otherwise triumphant show left the audience gasping in horror, stunned by the mishap – which appeared to have been caused by Beatty opening the wrong envelope. In an attempt to explain what happened, Beatty returned to the stage and described how he opened the Best picture envelope to see Emma Stone's name

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  • Nigeria: Xenophobic Attacks

    The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has sent an open letter to King Mswati III of Swaziland, and Chairperson, Southern African Development Community, SADC, urging him to "convene an emergency summit of the SADC heads of state and government to discuss the persistent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in South Africa." The organisation also urged SADC to "Use the Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security Cooperation within SADC to immediately set up an independent and impartial body to investigate all acts of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals. The investigation's findings and recommendations should be made public,

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  • Black Coffee shades Metro Awards: Maybe they should remain a radio station

    Mamelodi Sundowns only reach the halfway mark of their league campaign when they host Chippa United in Pretoria on Tuesday night and have a taxing‚ almost near impossible‚ programme ahead as they seek to continue their trophy-winning form.

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  • Bonang's mom is her biggest fan

    At Centurion - Disciplined bowling by speedsters Junior Dala and Eldred Hawken helped the Titans to a convincing 109 runs and bonus-point victory over Lions in a Momentum One Day Cup clash in Pretoria on Sunday.

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