• Official lobolas wife a second time

    A government official set tongues wagging in Giyani, Limpopo, when he paid lobolo for his wife for a second time. Boy Ngobeni and his wife Lettie, a businesswoman, have been married for more than a decade. But Ngobeni, the Gauteng director-general for the treasury, felt the original lobolo was too little. At a ceremony at Nkuri village, attended by family, friends and musicians Penny Penny and Hlengani William Makhubele, Ngobeni paid additional lobolo for his wife. Despite speculation about how much it was, he refused to disclose the amount. "The money that I have transferred cannot be said in the Shangaan language, it is a big amount," he said amid ululations while addressing the gathering.

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  • Motsepe shares his riches

    Billionaire Patrice Motsepe's mining business has not done well to the extent that for the first time his African Rainbow Minerals failed to fund his multi-million rand annual donation programme to traditional authorities and faith-based organisations. Motsepe revealed this yesterday at the Sandton Convention Centre while he was disbursing millions of rands to churches and traditional leaders. He said "the mining industry is going through serious challenges". He said the donation funds this year came from the Ubuntu Botho, a partnership between his Motsepe Foundation and insurance group Sanlam. Ubuntu Botho is also the main sponsor for Motsepe's football team Mamelodi Sundowns. "The global mining

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  • Malema failed woodwork again‚ says Mandla Mandela

    Mandla Mandela issued a scathing attack on Julius Malema on Friday‚ accusing the EFF leader of “trash can politics“. In a statement defending ANC policy and practice‚ the grandson of Nelson Mandela said: “It appears‚ though‚ that Julius Malema has capitulated to the kind of thinking that characterised Eugene Terreblanche’s mission to undermine our nascent democracy at any cost.” Mandla Mandela was reacting to a stinging attack on his grandfather by Malema at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. Malema also attacked Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and businessman Patrice Motsepe at the student forum. “The deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of selling out of

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  • ‘Outsiders in our own land’ - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Afrikaner political party Front Nasionaal set itself on a collision course with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) by burning an EFF T-shirt and a poster showing the face of leader Julius Malema. The party led a march to the Union Buildings from the Pretoria Art Museum on Friday to hand over a memorandum, addressed to President Jacob Zuma, signalling its intention to have areas for Afrikaners to live out their heritage and exercise their right to self-determination as per the constitution. The relatively small group, led by Marius Coertze, Front Nasionaal’s legal representative, set the red EFF T-shirt, as well as a poster with Malema’s face on it, alight. Soon afterwards the

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  • Drogba just selling books, says Jose - Premier League

    London - Jose Mourinho has slapped down Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, accusing his former player of criticising the club in order to sell books, before telling current striker Diego Costa that he is “not reading the game properly”. Drogba, who scored 164 goals and won 12 major trophies at Chelsea, many of them under Mourinho, had said Chelsea did not have as many leaders as they used to. But the Portuguese hit back last night, saying he had little interest in what he thought was merely promotional material for Drogba's autobiography. “When you speak because you want to sell books, I don't read,” Mourinho said. “I like interviews, I like interviews from big guys like Didier with good journalists

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  • Man stabbed at Blue Lagoon

    A man believed to be in his 50s is in a critical condition after being stabbed at Durban’s Blue Lagoon on Saturday afternoon, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said. “It is alleged the man was in an altercation which resulted in him being stabbed in the abdomen; however, the exact facts are unclear and subject to a South African Police Service investigation,” Crisis Medical spokesman Kyle van Reenen said. The man was stabilised on the scene and transported to a nearby hospital for further care, he said.

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  • Zuma's laugh is hiding his hurt

    Malema said talks have been going on with Vavi and Numsa as "we are supposed to be natural allies ... but it looks like there's a problem with egos". "But we hope we can find each other and we continue to engage," he said, without expanding on whose egos were a problem. This was among some interesting revelations made by Malema during his whirlwind tour of the UK where he addressed captains of industry, pan-Africanists in Tottenham, the Chatham House think-tank, students at Oxford and the School of Oriental and African Studies. In a one-on-one interview with The Times, Malema spoke of his plans for the future, both personal and political. He said he loved dogs and animals and just "loves human

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Comes Face-to-Face With Gays

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will this weekend come face-to-face with gays and lesbians -- whom he has publicly excoriated as being "worse than pigs and dogs" -- when he officially opens the 18th International Conference on Aids and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) (Icasa) in Africa, in Harare on Sunday. It will be held between Sunday and Friday next week, under the theme "Aids in the Post-2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science and Human Rights". The conference will be attended by thousands of people, including leading scientists, policymakers, activists, gays and lesbians, people living with HIV and Aids, as well as government leaders and civil society representatives. In 1995, government shut

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  • Does Cassper Nyovest deserve to be named Africa's best rapper?

    For the past year, Cassper Nyovest has gone head to head with fellow rapper AKA. The duo have battled it out in terms of hot lyrics, eye catching videos, awards and record sales. Their hip hop beef has made for interesting headlines and stories, I mean who could forget AKA's team member allegedly pulling a gun on Nyovest at a recording of Sabc 1's Live AMP? Then there is the constant flaunting of iTunes sales between the two. Screen grabs on Instagram and Twitter of who sits higher on iTunes sales has become standard for both rappers. They tend to perform at the same gigs but none dare ask them to share a stage for the fear that shots could literally be fired. While the two rappers have embraced

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  • Black Friday sales fever sweeps SA - South Africa | IOL News

    Hundreds of people braved the long queues at stores’ Black Friday sales on Friday. The event is usually held on the Friday after Thanksgiving Thursday in the US – the day retailers have massive discounts on merchandise across the world. The sales fever gripped South Africa too on Friday as shoppers flocked to stores across the country to snap up one-day-only bargains. At Southgate Mall in Joburg’s south, shoppers at Checkers pushed and shoved as they jostled for nappies, milk, soft drinks, biscuits and soap going at a 50 percent discount. Those who wanted to score braved long queues from before 7am. Pensioner Nkele More left her Orlando West, Soweto home on a mission to buy full-cream milk. She

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  • Winnie's helper takes her to task

    Struggle stalwart and ANC MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is being hauled before labour authorities for alleged irregular deductions from the salary of her former domestic worker. Nomathamsanqa Dunga of Orlando East in Soweto has laid a complaint with the department of labour at Maponya Mall, Soweto. The two parties were scheduled to appear before the department's inspection and enforcement officer, but Madikizela-Mandela did not show up. Dunga, who was employed at Madikizela-Mandela's Orlando West home, alleges she made three deductions from her salary without her approval. The two had agreed on a R1500 monthly salary in early 2013. Dunga said Madikizela-Mandela would occasionally pay her as much

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  • Zuckerberg’s paternity move ‘a milestone’ - International | IOL Business

    Washington - On Friday, with a picture on his Facebook page of a car seat, a pram and his dog, Mark Zuckerberg announced he'd be taking two months of parental leave. It wasn't a huge surprise: The first millennial CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Zuckerberg is part of a generation of men who place more value on work-life balance and taking time off with their children. His company offers four months of paid leave to both male and female employees. His chief operating officer is none other than “Lean In” maven Sheryl Sandberg, who not only advocates for more women in leadership but for more dads doing diaper duty. Had Zuck elected not to take substantial time off, it would have sent a mixed message.

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  • Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame

    His attackers had followed him down a street, keeping their prey at arm's length, waiting for an opening to land the fatal blow. They circled him as, on his knees amid rubbish, he pleaded for mercy. In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The intensity on his attackers' faces showed that he had become a thing to kill - each thrust aimed with ferocity. Around the macabre scene - where children had played and adults had strolled moments before - some now held their hands to their mouths in horror. Others stood seemingly detached, as if watching a movie. The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes. Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just

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  • L-Tido falls off stage at Maftown Heights - Connect

    South African hip-hop artist, L-Tido falls off the stage during the the Maftown Heights music festival , that was held at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, on Friday. The artist posted the video of the fall on his Instagram account, captioned ” We got the footage, fell of the stage last night at Maftown heights – Rockstar life”. L-Tido said that he did not sustain any injuries from the fall or what looks like a jump. The music festival featured local artists, Khuli Chana , HHP, Tuks , K.O, AKA, Ricky Rick and many more. This counts and the fifth Maftown Heights event.

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  • Green light for tax changes - Personal Finance Retirement | IOL Business

    A few million retirement fund members will benefit from the National Assembly’s decision this week not to amend the date (March 1 next year) of implementation in the Income Tax Act of changes that introduce uniform tax deductions for all retirement fund members and the need for provident fund members to buy a pension (annuity) at retirement. The implementation of uniform tax deductions for all retirement fund members will, for most members, mean they will be able to make larger tax-deductible contributions. Provident fund members will enjoy a tax deduction for the first time, which will increase the take-home pay of many tax-paying members from March next year. All retirement fund members, regardless

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  • Take back your trains: Prasa seeks refund in dodgy tender debacle

    The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa wants the Spanish company that provided the controversial Afro 4000 trains - found to be unsuitable for the local rail network - to take back its stock and refund the R2.65-billion already paid to it. The deal attracted international headlines when it was discovered earlier this year that the trains were too tall for South Africa's railways. It has also emerged that Prasa executives involved in the deal could face criminal charges for their part in the scandal. Court papers filed this week detail allegations of blatant collusion in the tender process, designed to favour certain individuals from the start. On Friday, Prasa chairman Popo Molefe approached

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  • Arsenal miss chance to join leaders - Premier League

    London - Arsenal missed the chance to heighten the congestion at the top of the Premier League and suffered fresh injury blows when a frustrating 1-1 draw at Norwich City failed to take them alongside leaders Manchester City and Leicester City on Sunday. Arsene Wenger's side had looked on course to move into second place on 29 points, behind City but ahead of Leicester on goal difference, when Mesut Ozil's 30th-minute goal underlined their early superiority. But Lewis Grabban equalised against the run of play just before halftime with the eventual nervy draw for the pressurised Gunners leaving them fourth on 27, a point behind Manchester United. Worse still for Wenger were three more injury blows

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  • No more Mr shy guy

    Karabo Mogane describes himself as cripplingly shy - the type to compete with wallflowers at events. But the next minute the timidity is out of the window as he belts out a soulful tune on the stage and pleases the crowd with his moves. So I ask if he has an alter ego or if he just has multiple-personality disorder. Mogane, who was crowned Idols SA winner on Sunday, has gone through the claws of judge Somizi Mhlongo who rather bitchily told him that he had the personality of dish-washing water. Mogane rolled with the punches and fixed himself up. He laughs: "I've just had to learn to separate my personality from my persona. I don't let the shy guy take over anymore. "It was my dream to win, so

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  • Collusion claims rejected

    A businesswoman who boasts of providing catering services for ANC bigwigs, including President Jacob Zuma, is at the centre of a R1.4-billion tender battle. Ethel Ruth Shongwe, who allegedly has close links to Mpumalanga legislature speaker Thandi Shongwe, is also a former deputy chairwoman of the Mpumalanga tender board. In May last year, North Gauteng High Court Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen found that Shongwe had submitted two bids under two companies and should have been disqualified in terms of the resolution adopted by the bid evaluation committee. Van Nieuwenhuizen also found that Shongwe hastily formed Mabeke Women and Mbetse Ladies about a month before the closing date of bid submissions.

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  • South African pets have medical aid, but not workers - Malema tells Oxford students

    "We have got a situation where the rich love animals [more] than the people," he told the Oxford Union at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.  "The dogs of rich people in South Africa have got medical aid but their domestic workers, and the university workers, and the farm workers, the petrol attendants, the security guards, do not have medical aid.  "Neither do they have rights as workers." Malema said the recent student protests against fees, and the protests by university workers showed that the interests of the poor are being put on the African agenda.   He added that some university workers who have worked for more than 30 years have nothing to show for it.  Malema said

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