• Foreigners remark puts king in a fix

    ZULU King Goodwill Zwelithini's call for all foreign nationals to be kicked out of the country has landed him in hot water with the SA Human Rights Commission. The commission said yesterday it had received a formal complaint against the Zulu monarch. Zwelithini reportedly said at the weekend that the fact that certain countries played a role in the country's struggle for liberation "should not be used as an excuse to create a situation where foreigners are allowed to inconvenience locals". Zwelithini's comments have earned him widespread condemnation from various organisations and on social media.

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  • Expect fireworks when WhatsApp allows calls

    Whatsapp, the world's most popular smartphone instant messaging platform, has started rolling out voice services as part of its application (Android users only for now), striking fear into the hearts of mobile telecommunications industry executives everywhere. Industry executives feared that WhatsApp and other so-called over-the-top, or OTT, services would not only eat away at their lucrative voice profits, but undermine the business model for installing the next-generation broadband networks the OTT providers need if they are to offer services to consumers. The reason the rest of the mobile industry is so concerned about WhatsApp is its vast subscriber base of more than 700 million users. The company will soon overtake China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, in subscriber numbers.

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  • Zuma's backup helicopter cancelled - Report

    'City Press' is reporting that the helicopter known as the ‘Zuma Taxi’ costs the presidency R63,000 an hour.

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  • Eskom plans for a total blackout - City Press

    Eskom conducted a national simulation exercise this week to test how systems would function in the event of a national blackout. City Press can reveal that, under the codename Exercise Breaking Dawn, the test took place on Monday to assess the country’s readiness in the event of a complete shutdown – this covered areas from emergency responses to how such a crisis would be communicated to the media and public. The secret exercise involved the utility’s managers, operational staff and support staff who formed part of strategic command structures and divisional tactical command structures. It was seen by some observers as a sign that Eskom was preparing itself for the worst-case scenario, something executives had been warning could happen if the country did not get its energy consumption under control.

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  • Missed flight forces winner Ngxoli to watch Saftas on TV

    Instead, Ngxoli had to watch the glitzy event on television with family. The audience at the convention centre called out her name as a favourite to win the best actress in a supporting role in a TV comedy and a TV drama respectively. Speaking from Xolobe, near East London, Ngxoli said at home "my family was screaming when they [announcers] said my name for the first award.

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  • Serero can’t sleep over Milan move

    “I don’t know what to say, it is difficult, because every time I think about it I lose sleep,” said Serero on Wednesday, with a huge grin on his face. “I don’t know anything (about the rumours of a Milan move) but it is one of the teams supported growing up. Serero, who is with the Bafana Bafana squad ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Nigeria at Mbombela Stadium, has been with Ajax since 2011, and still has two years left on his current contract.

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  • Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH - Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

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  • Mercedes to build world's first premium pick-up | The New Age Online

    The German luxury brand says that it plans to enter the market by 2017 and that its first pick-up will take styling cues from its SUV range and comfort cues from its existing executive sedans. Mercedes says that the decision to move into the mid-size pick-up market, currently dominated by US brands, is because of a huge shift in recent years -- from commercial to personal use and from wanting something that is utilitarian to wanting a vehicle that's as comfortable and refined as it is practical. And although the US is the world's biggest pick-up market -- one in 10 vehicles sold in the country over the last 12 months was a pick-up -- Mercedes plans to initially target its luxury model at the Latin American, European and Australian markets. "We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car," said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

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  • EFF, ANC take on farmer

    THE threat of eviction has united political foes ANC and EFF against a farmer in KwaZulu-Natal. A total of six families are facing possible eviction from a peach and livestock farm in Kokstad. Noel Fleming bought the farm last year. The matter has been reported to the department of rural development and land reform, but the farmer has apparently increased his efforts in intimidating the farm tenant s.

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  • Ex-dictator vs fortunate son in Nigeria’s presidential vote

    The two main candidates in Nigeria’s tense presidential election on Saturday cut sharply different profiles: an ex-military ruler who once cracked down on indiscipline and a zoologist rarely seen without his stylish fedora. Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, 57, is a Christian from the Niger Delta oil region in the south while Muhammadu Buhari, 72, is a Muslim from the north and a retired major general. An ethnic Ijaw from a family of canoe makers, Mr Jonathan’s rise to the top of his country’s ruthless political world has been described as accidental. Fortune certainly seems to have favoured Mr Jonathan throughout his political career, as his first name would imply.

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  • The 19 Most Important Moments In Australian Polling Day History

    Voting is compulsory and glorious.

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  • Taraji P. Henson Apologizes For Claiming Her Son Was Racially Profiled After Video Emerges

    Taraji P. Henson apologized Friday for claiming her son was racially profiled by Glendale, California, police after video emerged of the interaction between an officer and the 20-year-old. The video, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, showed Marcel Henson driving through a lighted crosswalk as a person crosses, prompting the officer to initiate the traffic stop. During the Oct. 18, 2014 incident, the officer can be heard asking Marcel if he has anything illegal in the car. Marcel responds, telling the officer there is marijuana inside his backpack, which he claims he has a medical marijuana license to use, but cannot find.

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  • Meje's turn to expose new talent

    IT WAS her dimpled shy smile and sweet voice that made television audiences remember the adorable youngster from Cape Town when she tried for Idols SA many years ago. In a twist of fate, the now 28- year-old Noluthando Meje who is originally from Mthatha is set to come to the small screen as the host of a singing talent search television show called The Sing Off SA on SABC1. The Sing Off SA pits acappella groups for the coveted R250000 cash prize and a recording contract with Sony Music. Meje says she is passionate about reality shows because she has experienced both sides, as a contestant and as a host.

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  • CIA shadow scares ideological dinosaurs

    My News My Community - Sowetan LIVE.

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  • Community Post: Are You More Blue Ivy Or North West?

    Time to make Kimye and Bey-Z proud.

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  • Zimbabwe Tycoons Sink Into Oblivion

    SWEPT by the economic tide that has hit the Zimbabwean economy since around 2000, numerous high-flying indigenous entrepreneurs who were the country's flag-bearers for black economic empowerment have sunk into oblivion after their businesses spectacularly failed or collapsed. Many local businesspeople who carved out a niche for themselves in the 1990s as leading entrepreneurs in various sectors of the economy such as telecommunications, finance, including banking, transport and manufacturing have failed to last the distance after benefitting from the liberalisation of the economy and government empowerment policies, entailing patronage. There is widespread belief that if these businesses had flourished, they could have helped ease the country's unemployment crisis, added much-needed revenue to the fiscus, as well as contribute to Zimbabwe's economic growth.

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  • The Teen Who Wanted To Buy One Direction Started Her Crowdfunding Campaign As A Joke, But Now It's Real

    2. But Katie, a 16-year-old fan from Elmira, New York, may have outdone them all by starting a GoFundMe campaign to “buy” One Direction. Katie’s mother requested BuzzFeed News not use her daughter’s last name. 4. Many One Direction fans, including Katie, have long believed the group’s management company doesn’t treat the artists well. 5. Katie told BuzzFeed News the campaign started as a joke after another fan tweeted about the idea, but she started taking it more seriously when she saw others contributing.

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  • Malawi: Mutharika's Death Is Imminent, Man Declares Claiming He Has a Vision

    A social commentator has indicated that President Peter Mutharika has a few days to live and has ordered the country to be bracing for another state funeral soon. In a post to the liberal group My Malawi, My Views the man using the name of Vitumbiko Chihanga Kayira Mwenewenya indicated that Malawi will be having a state funeral soon as God was not happy with the rule of Mutharika which he labelled stupid. In further outbursts Mwenewenya used the social media space to allege that after his death Mutharika was to be committed to hell for being a homosexual.

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  • Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name': report

    The black box voice recorder indicates that Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside, French officials say, in what appears to have been a case of suicide and mass killing. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that all the signs were "pointing towards an act that we can't describe: criminal, crazy, suicidal". German prosecutors revealed that searches of Lubitz's homes netted "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment", including "torn-up and current sick leave notes, among them one covering the day of the crash". According to Bild, the young woman, who was "very shocked", flew with Lubitz on European flights for five months last year, during which time they are believed to have been romantically involved.

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  • Zimbabwe: Cabinet Gives Mpofu Ultimatum Over Airzim

    Cabinet has given Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Obert Mpofu a month's ultimatum to revive the national airline by partnering with technical investors. This comes as Air Zimbabwe is faced with financial challenges and a debt burden of more than $188 million. The airline is embroiled in amulti-million dollar insurance scam involving the company's secretary Mrs Grace Pfumbidzayi and other senior managers who are also appearing in court over the matter. Minister Mpofu said he was excited by the decision as it opens up new avenues to the revival of the national airline.

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