• What I really want to do is sweep the floor in Parliament, says Cyril Ramaphosa

    DEPUTY President Cyril Ramaphosa continues to be coy about his ambitions, in line with African National Congress (ANC) tradition, telling the Japanese Press Club that he wants to be a "sweeper" in Parliament. While it is still early for firm positions in the ANC’s 2017 succession race — with a number of provincial conferences to take place in the coming months, as well as the party’s national general council set for October — Mr Ramaphosa is widely seen as the natural successor to President Jacob Zuma when his two terms conclude in just over two years.

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  • ‘Snake-feeding’ pastor in hot water again | The New Age Online

    The controversial snake-feeding pastor is in hot water again, as Soshanguve residents are spitting fire after learning that Penuel Mnguni had been conducting services at Ayanda Primary School hall. Mnguni has reputedly asked his flock to feed on snakes and rats. Community leader, Nkele Kakhutla, says parents and community members are not impressed. The school's principal says no permission was granted to the self-proclaimed prophet.

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  • Iconic 9/11 'Dust Lady' dies of cancer

    The family of Marcy Borders announced her death on Monday on Facebook. Borders, who was 28 at the time of the attacks, was just one month into a job for Bank of America in one of the Twin Towers. As one of the World Trade Centre towers collapsed, she took refuge in a nearby office building, where photographer Stan Honda took a haunting photo of her completely covered in a thick layer of ash, which earned her the moniker the "Dust Lady". The air appeared heavy and a distraught Borders was shrouded in a cloud of dust and backlit by an eerie yellow luminescence.

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  • 'F@#k you black people' - yells cop who had just been caught shoplifting

    A pair of police officers got caught shoplifting at the Vodacom store in Cradlestone Mall.

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  • ‘Zimbabweans will miss Mugabe when he dies’

    Grace Mugabe says that Zimbabweans will miss her husband's leadership when he's gone.

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  • ‘The rand is falling... HAHA!’ - Politics | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Zim minister Jonathan Moyo has sparked a patriotic Mexican Wave on Twitter by gloating over the fall of the rand. Johannesburg - Zimbabwe’s poison-tongued cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo has sparked a patriotic Mexican Wave on Twitter by gloating over the fall of the rand on Twitter.

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  • Snake pastor makes congregants speak Chinese - Connect

    Rekord North reports that ‘Snake pastor’ Penuel Mnguni now claims to make congregants speak Chinese and Nigerian. The controversial Soshanguve pastor was out of the spotlight for a while after the tent he uses as his church building was torn to shreds and then burnt.

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  • ‘South Africans should be worried by Malema’s attack statements’

    The African National Congress (ANC) says South Africans should be “very worried” now that Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has publicly announced his red berets will not tolerate disruptions by other parties and will attack if provoked. This week Malema ordered EFF members and supporters to attack a group of South African Students Congress (Sasco) members at the Tshwane University of Technology when they tried to disrupt a campaign meeting.

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  • Two US journalists shot dead on live TV

    A former reporter fired by a Virginia television station shot dead two of its journalists during a live broadcast Wednesday and posted chilling footage of the crime online before fatally shooting himself. The gunman — Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, also known as Bryce Williams — died in a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being taken into custody by state police following an intense morning manhunt across the state. Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were fatally shot at close range while conducting an on-air interview for WDBJ, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, about 240 miles (385 kilometers) southwest of Washington. The killings once again highlighted gun violence in America — prompting a quick White House call for action — and also raised questions about how the Internet provided a brief but unfiltered window on a horrific crime.

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  • Matt Damon Says New "Bourne" Film Is About "A Post-Snowden World"

    It has been eight years since covert super-soldier Jason Bourne disappeared at the end of 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum — and it is still the most successful film in Matt Damon’s career. The Bourne Legacy continued the franchise with a new character and a new star (Jeremy Renner) in 2012, but next week, Damon will start production on the fourth film featuring Jason Bourne, due out in July 2016. “We always looked at those movies as really about the Bush presidency, and so we kind of had to wait for the world to change,” Damon told BuzzFeed News of the lag time between films during an interview about his upcoming movie The Martian. To answer that question, the 44-year-old actor said that he and director Paul Greengrass would “revisit the idea” of making another Bourne movie every few years, but it wasn’t until the NSA whistleblowing revelations from Edward Snowden that the duo came up with a new story for Jason Bourne.

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  • Springboks World Cup Squad - Springboks

    BackpagePix Jean de Villiers will captain South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Umhlanga, Kwazulu-Natal - Midfielder Jean de Villiers will captain South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup starting mid-September in England. SARU (South African Rugby Union) deputy president Mark Alexander announced the eagerly-anticipated 31-man Springbok squad at the team hotel in Umhlanga on Friday evening.

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  • Visa negligence gets UK baby banned from SA

    Officials say the UK-born child had overstayed on her visa by 18 days and would be banned for 5 years.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo: A talent squandered? - Cape Times

    There are times when, watching Ronaldo respond so emotionally to the individual acclaim, you wonder if the team s failings are easier for him to take. LONDON: This October, Universal Pictures will release Ronaldo, a film documentary that follows the Real Madrid player for a year of his life. Asif Kapadia, who directed Senna, was involved as an executive producer and if the film is as good as the biopic of the Brazilian Formula One driver, it is to be eagerly anticipated. The story will include Ronaldo’s coronation as Fifa World Player of the Year at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in January and is likely to take up his story in May 2014 as he wins the Champions League in Lisbon.

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  • Miley Cyrus hits out at Nicki Minaj rant

    Miley Cyrus doesn't think Nicki Minaj came from a ''place of love'' when she ranted about not being nominated for Video of the Year at the MTV VMAs. The MTV Video Music Awards host has hit out at the 'Anaconda' rapper's rant last month about being overlooked for the prestigious Video of the Year prize. At the time Nicki claimed she would have been nominated if she was a ''different kind of artist'' and said: ''Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it (sic)''. The comments sparked a response from Taylor, who is nominated in the Video of the Year category, and felt Nicki was taking aim at her.

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  • Microsoft learns R95 billion math lesson in its Nokia blunder

    Considering that the deal included $1.5 billion in cash, the write-off means Microsoft now values a business that once controlled 41 percent of the global handset market at just a small fraction of the purchase price. Thanks in large part to the huge accounting charge, Microsoft reported its largest quarterly loss ever last week ($3.2 billion). “If you were talking about any other industry, this would be considered a catastrophe that’s the equivalent to a natural disaster,” said Horace Dediu, who spent eight years at Nokia during its heyday and is now at the San Francisco research firm Clayton Christensen Institute, which studies disruptive technologies. This being the technology business, Microsoft’s still relatively new chief executive, Satya Nadella, gets credit for swiftly confronting reality and taking the hit to earnings.

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  • 'EFF will bring Habib down' - Shivambu

    EFF MP Floyd Shivambu said the party has never lost a court case and will bring vice-chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, Adam Habib, down. This comes after the High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday ruled that the on-going Student Representative Council (SRC) elections at the University of Witwatersrand should continue and that the suspension of seven students by the institution be lifted. “The elections are underway, and should continue as planned. The suspensions are set aside, and the respondent [Wits] is instructed to allow the students direct access to the university facilities such as lecture halls, libraries, laboratories and dining halls,” Judge Motsamai Makume said.

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  • Surprise omissions in Springbok rugby World Cup squad

    The scrumhalf and the fullback have not been in Heyneke Meyer's plans but with the transformation cloud hanging menacingly over the Springboks, they could be termed as quota selections. Paige was one of the better scrumhalves during the Bulls' underwhelming Super Rugby campaign while Kirchner, who started for the Springboks in their previous test match against Argentina in Buenos Aires, seems to have improved his attacking game while in Ireland with Leinster. There were casualties with Sharks players Marcell Coetzee and Cobus Reinach missing the selection boat. Cornal Hendricks was also a surprise omission even though he faced stiff competition at wing.

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  • Hamilton gets seal of approval from Rihanna's family

    Lewis Hamilton has won over Rihanna's ''second mother'' during a recent visit to Barbados.

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  • Female students at TUT Nelspruit are fat – EFF’s Ndlozi

    Students at the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Mbombela campus in Mpumalanga are fat and out of shape, according to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Ndlozi was addressing the students at the campus on Tuesday during the party’s rally ahead of the SRC elections to be held today, Mpumalanga News reported. “The girls here will wonder why the men leave them for girls in Gauteng – it is because there are sports facilities there where students are able to attend gym and keep fit,” Ndlozi said.

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