• South Africa: EFF Scores Nkandla Victory - DA Wants to Join in

    Efforts by political parties to call President Jacob Zuma to account over the Nkandla matter should not be seen as turf battles, the Democratic Alliance said on Friday. This is vitally important jurisprudence for our constitutional democracy and it's too important to indulge in who won what battle," MP James Selfe said. Selfe said the party was surprised by the Constitutional Court's decision.

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  • Photos of drowned Syrian boy shock world as refugee crisis grows

    Harrowing pictures of a drowned Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach brought home the horror of the escalating refugee crisis on Thursday as Europe was accused of letting the Mediterranean become a "cemetery" for migrants. Ugly scenes erupted meanwhile in Hungary as migrants refused to get off a train to be moved to a camp, prompting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to lash out at Germany over its handling of the spiralling situation. Europe remained deeply divided over the response to the worst crisis of its kind since World War II, despite the heartbreaking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead in the surf after the boat taking his family to Greece sank.

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  • Why Bieber broke down on the MTV stage - Tonight News

    Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Justin Bieber breaks down in tears after performing at the MTV

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  • ‘Petrol pastor’ defends ‘snake pastor’ | The New Age Online

    “Petrol” pastor Desmond Murathi from the Lion Pott’s House in Limpopo has defended controversial snake pastor Penuel Mnguni .

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  • Ranking African universities is a futile endeavour

    African higher education circles have reacted with suspicion and disdain after it was revealed that a system is being developed to rank the continent’s universities against each other. The simple question is this: how would one claim to rank institutions when comparable and meaningful data from Africa’s universities is virtually non-existent?

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  • MPs alarmed as SAA executives fail to explain R85m contract

    SOUTH African Airways (SAA) executives were cagey in Parliament on Wednesday about an R85m catering contract awarded to a German company despite the airline having its own catering subsidiary. MPs from all political parties were aghast when told during an SAA briefing to the finance committee that a German firm had won the contract despite the state’s policy of prioritising localisation and supplier development. SAA subsidiary Air Chefs provides catering for its flights and lounges at all domestic airports except for the new OR Tambo lounge which will be serviced by the German company. Neither acting SAA CEO Thuli Mpshe nor the airline’s chief procurement officer Masimba Dahwa were able to name the company.

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  • South Africa: Families of Matola Victims to Find Closure

    The families of people, who were killed in Matola, Mozambique, during what has come to be known as the Matola Raid on 30 January 1981, will finally find closure. This as their contribution to a democratic South Africa will be recognised in an event to be attended by President Jacob Zuma next week. The event will honour the lives of cadres of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the former military wing of the African National Congress (ANC), who were killed during the raid will take place on 11 September as part of the Heritage Month activities. President Zuma will be accompanied by Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, who will unveil the Matola Memorial and Interpretative Centre in Maputo.

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  • You have the right to defend yourself - Ndlozi | The New Age Online

    "If the police cannot defend you when confronted by violent hooligans, you have only yourself to defend yourself," these are the words said by EFF national spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on a radio interview on Power FM.

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  • Promiscuity is murdering us

    Why does South Africa have the largest HIV-positive population in the world? DA leader Helen Zille asked these questions in her statement on Sunday, "Tackling the new Aids denialism", - and she was also kind enough to give us the answer to bringing our HIV-infection rate under control. Zille said the reason we top the list of countries with the largest number of people living with HIV is because we are unfaithful. Quoting Dr Helen Epstein's book, The Invisible Cure on the HIV Pandemic in South Africa, Zille said the only countries in Africa that have turned the Aids pandemic around are those that have focussed on partner reduction.

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  • White business to feel the whip

    The Department of Labour Court issued the threat after receiving the Commission for Employment Equity's latest report into transformation in the workplace. The "alarmed" acting chairman of the commission, Tabea Magodielo, said it found that white people continued to dominate top management structures, particularly in the economic hub of Gauteng. The commission has now called for tougher action, including the docking of annual turnover, depending on a company's size. Businesses fear the possible arrest of directors as part of the Department of Labour's drive to punish insufficient transformation.

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  • Health Check: five reasons to put the kettle on and have a cup of tea

    Growing up, tea drinking was reserved for my grandmother’s visits. Making it followed a strict and fascinating ritual. Take scalding hot water.

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  • From Swans to lack of loyalty: Trends that came to light in transfer window - Cape Times

    If there is a mantra for how to operate in the transfer window, it is to move fast and early. Swansea did just that. The recruits include André Ayew, a steal on a free transfer from Marseilles, snapped up by the Swans while other clubs, including Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle, hesitated.

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  • NWU students refused to compromise their principles for a KFC Streetwise Two: EFF

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday congratulated its student command for securing victory in a heavily contested student representative council election at the North West University (NWU)‚ Mafikeng Campus‚ and slammed the African National Congress’ “anti-intellectual food parcel election strategy”. The party said its representatives had been confronted by “an enemy force that deployed celebrities from outdated personalities like Athur Mafokate‚ Choomee‚ Ishmail to current soap stars from television series like Skeem Sam‚ Scandal and Zabalaza’”‚ all led by Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula.

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  • Selfie madness: Too many dying to get the picture

    The rise of selfie photography in some of the world’s most beautiful, and dangerous, places is sparking a range of interventions aimed at combating risk-taking that has resulted in a string of gruesome deaths worldwide. The act of taking a picture of oneself with a mobile phone, placing the subject centre-stage, has exploded in popularity in recent years, with everyone from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to U.S. President Barack Obama joining in. Dozens of grisly selfie-related deaths and injuries in early 2015 led Russia’s Interior Ministry to launch a campaign warning avid mobile phone snappers about the danger of, among other things, posing for a selfie with a lion. In June, two men in the Ural Mountains died after posing pulling the pin from a hand grenade; in May a woman survived shooting herself in the head in her Moscow office; a month later a 21-year-old university graduate plunged 40 feet (12 metres) to her death while posing hanging from a Moscow bridge.

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  • Two US warplanes land in Estonia amid Russia tensions

    The visit comes as tensions are running high with neighbouring Russia over its role in the conflict in Ukraine. The jets landed at noon at the Amari airbase, which currently also hosts German fighters belonging to NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission, created to help small Baltic members protect their borders with Russia. Estonian Air Force public affairs officer Alar Laats told AFP the visit would last only a matter of hours and was for training purposes. The move is likely to be viewed as provocative by Russia which regularly sends its own fighter aircraft close to the borders of the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, sometimes even encroaching onto Estonian airspace.

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  • South Africans shopping overseas online on the increase

    The research‚ done by Ipsos on behalf of PayPal and FNB‚ also showed that South Africans “are mainly concerned about safety of online payments and delivery of products”. The bulk of goods sourced by SA online shoppers come from North America and Europe‚ 51% and 39% respectively‚ while 24% come from Asia‚ three-quarters of which come from China. Ipsos’ finding also revealed the popularity of the South African e-Commerce‚ particularly for shoppers from Nigeria.

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  • Diamonds on her #BeyDay shoes - IOL Tonight

    The hashtag #BeyDay is trending on Twitter and the Beyhive is enthusiastically wishing her a happy birthday by posting pictures and videos of the birthday girl. Jay Z is treating Beyoncé to a pair of designer heels. The pair will then celebrate with a vegan dinner with their three-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, the 'XO' hitmaker's mother Tina and sister Solange Knowles as well as close pal Kelly Rowland expected to attend, The Sun newspaper reports. Meanwhile, it was previously claimed Beyoncé spent £200,000 on a pair of designer shoes whilst shopping in Birmingham, England.

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  • Details: Rapper AKA and Zinhle split saga gets ugly

    According to Sunday Sun, Zinhle found out about AKA's cheating ways when she found smses exchanged between him and Bonang Matheba. The two are said to have started seeing each other behind Zinhle's back. A source told Sunday Sun that Zinhle and AKA were leading separate lives even while she was pregnant. A well-known DJ had already tipped Zinhle off that AKA’s illicit love affair had blossomed at Metro FM.

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  • Black on the outside white on the inside

    Instead of becoming the trusted go-betweens between black and white, we are turning to conceptions of blackness and mobilising our anger at the very idea of the Rainbow Nation. The fantasy of a colour-blind, post-race South Africa has been projected onto Coconuts but our lived experiences are far from free of racism. A "coconut" is described as a person who is black on the outside but white on the inside. According to Coconut McKaiser, knowledge of "white grammar" is how you would know that, for example, a "sarmie" is a sandwich or that "bru" and "oke" are white-speak for "mfwethu".

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  • Image of dead boy piles pressure on UK's Cameron over Syrian refugees | The New Age Online

    British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure on Thursday to take in more refugees after the image of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach raised the emotional temperature of the debate. "Mr Cameron, summer is over ... Now deal with the biggest crisis facing Europe since WW2," read a headline on the front page of the Sun, Britain's highest-selling newspaper, above the image of the lifeless boy being carried away. The change of tone from a newspaper criticised by the United Nations rights chief in April after one of its columnists compared migrants to "cockroaches", was a mark of the emotional impact of the images of human suffering across Europe. Nicola Blackwood was among several members of parliament from Cameron's Conservative Party who spoke out in favour of a more compassionate stance from the government.

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