• Sofia's big day is 'wedding of the year' - Tonight News

    Colombia-born film star Sofia Vergara, America's highest-paid TV actress, tied the knot on Sunday in what the entertainment world called the celebrity wedding of the year. The ‘Modern Family’ star pledged her eternal love to fellow actor Joe Manganiello at ‘The Breakers’ a swank Palm Beach resort, before a gathering of friends and family, the culmination of a weekend-long wedding celebration. Vergara posted photos from her nuptials on Instagram, including various pictures showing the curvaceous 43-year old actress in her torso-hugging, strapless lace bridal gown with plunging neckline. Among the stars at her nuptials were Hollywood's Reese Witherspoon, Channing Tatum and the cast of her hit television show ‘Modern Family’.

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  • We’ll occupy Absa offices, warns Malema - Special Features | IOL News

    Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema said business, starting with Absa, must prepare for the occupation of their premises next year as the party moved to force the hand of employers to empower their workers instead of individual black economic empowerment (BEE) beneficiaries. Addressing the German Chamber of Commerce at the Johannesburg Country Club in Auckland Park on Friday, Malema said business needed to submit plans on how black workers in particular would be empowered through owning a stake in the entities they worked for. Malema though assured employers that the 51 percent stake the party was punting for workers would be negotiable. But he said BEE was no longer relevant as it benefited

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  • Bachelor knifed in absurd sortie - SundayWorld

    2012-05-28 07:36:47.0 | KHETHIWE CHELEMU | FORMER Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates soccer star Marc Bachelor was rushed to hospital last Saturday night after being stabbed with a pair of scissors. Sunday World can reveal that the stabbing happened during a fight with Palestinian national Hazem Malaka (27) at Cedar Square in Fourways, northern Jozi. The fight broke out along Cedar and Willow Roads in Fourways after the men allegedly exchanged "funny looks". Bachelor had walked past a barber shop where Malaka and his friends were standing. It is said that one of the men asked Bachelor why he was looking at them but the retired soccer ace allegedly ignored the men and walked into

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • Don't kid yourself about BAs

    Jonathan Jansen: "So what's the difference between a BA degree and a large pizza?" one of my student leaders recently asked a large group of parents inquiring about sending their child to university. "A large pizza can feed a family of four," she joked. I laughed, then cried. Laughed, because of the obvious wit of the comparison. Cried, because this is one of the most misleading pieces of information about BAs in South Africa today. It was not that I had not overheard "BA jokes". At my previous university, there was rampant talk among female students of a "BA man-soek" specialisation (BA find-a-husband). After all, what other reason could you have for doing a BA than to prowl the campus for a

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  • Get real, white South Africa

    We did it in 1910 when the Union of South Africa was birthed by the British. We did it in 1948 when our new apartheid laws turned us into the most unethically dressed nation in Africa. We did it again in 1961 when the National Party declared South Africa a republic, free from the British Commonwealth. Our newest outfit, the dress from our historic Autumn/Winter 1994 collection, is now 21 years old, and evidently in tatters. Unfortunately, South Africa has never fundamentally changed over the years, we simply changed clothes. The greatest problem we face as a nation is not our neo-liberal imperialist economy that favours US and British capitalist endeavours. It's not that the police criminalise

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  • ‘My son was not an IS terrorist’ - Daily News | News

    Durban - The South African driving licence held up next to the body of an alleged Islamic State (IS) terrorist by an Iraqi soldier on Twitter, has been verified as authentic by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs. Departmental spokesman, Mayihlome Tshwete, said on Monday he could not comment further. On Monday the licence owner, Aqeel Abdul-Haq Kloberie’s mother, a Durban resident, was still anxiously awaiting news from the authorities about the fate of her son. Joyce Snyman, 70, of Umbilo, is clinging to the hope that her son is alive despite the picture of his licence appearing on the internet on Thursday. On Sunday, she said she was haunted by new images on the internet of a soldier

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  • Maimane is inconsistent in firing Kohler Barnard

    THE Mmusi Maimane-led Democratic Alliance (DA) federal executive should not have terminated Dianne Kohler Barnard’s membership for sharing a Facebook post that called for the return of former president PW Botha and praised the apartheid president for providing better services to the public. The decision to fire her will not help the DA steal votes from the African National Congress (ANC), nor will it help it source more funds from the JSE-listed companies that support political parties. In fact, that decision is inconsistent with the values for which Maimane claims to stand. I bet if a senior person from the ANC had tweeted something thought to be racist, the party’s national executive committee

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  • Sadtu endorses Ramaphosa as Zuma’s replacement

    The union made the proposal during a debate on Cosatu’s political report at the federation’s congress. President Jacob Zuma Cosatu Cyril Ramaphosa SADTU JOHANNESBURG - Despite an appeal to delegates not to discuss ANC (ANC) succession at the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) congress, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Jacob Zuma as ANC president at the ruling party’s next conference. Sadtu made the proposal during a debate on Cosatu’s political report at the federation’s twelfth congress underway in Midrand. While Sadtu did not mention Ramaphosa by name, they proposed that Cosatu endorse a long-standing principal of deputies

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  • Women to blame for rape because of clothes they wear: Grace Mugabe

    The Zimbabwean first lady, 50, told rally-goers in Mberengwa, southern Zimbabwe that "if you are raped, it's your fault", according to an update from the private Newsday online. Speaking in Shona, she reportedly castigated miniskirts. Mrs Mugabe's disapproval of miniskirts is well-known: last year she expressed her disgust that then vice president Joice Mujuru had (so the first lady said) worn a short skirt. "Victim blaming perpetuates the problem," tweeted @mtchikawa on Friday, complaining that the first lady was "offside". "I wonder where she got the empirical evidence to support this claim!!" said @ArtherChatora. Said @LynnBlaze: "Leaders excusing rape is part of the problem." The mother-of-four's

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  • Flight contributed to Lomu’s death - World Rugby

    Rugby great Jonah Lomu probably died from a blood clot that formed during a long-haul flight to New Zealand, one of his medics said Monday, as plans were unveiled to honour the legendary winger with a public memorial. Former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew, who helped treat Lomu's chronic kidney disease, said a flight-related clot was the most likely explanation for his shock death in Auckland last week aged just 40. Mayhew, a close family friend who announced the star's death to the world, said Lomu's kidney disease made him vulnerable to such a scenario. The player had just returned to Auckland after seeing his beloved All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup in Britain, a marathon flight, even with

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  • Bomber was 'extrovert'

    But on Wednesday morning Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, became Europe's first woman suicide bomber as police stormed the flat where she was holed up with two fellow Islamic State terrorists. One of the two men killed in the siege was thought to be her cousin Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of Friday's attacks in Paris which left 132 dead. Aitboulahcen had appeared at a window to the flat shortly after 6am, as police special forces accompanied by soldiers moved in. She was later heard screaming "help me, help me!", moments before detonating a suicide vest packed full of explosives as armed French anti-terror police stormed the flat. It is suspected her plea was made with the intent of luring police

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  • 2015: A glorious year for Jacob Zuma

    How the outrage against President Jacob Zuma has grown over the past year. It’s remarkable really. Who would have thought, given the amount of vilification he has endured in previous years, it could get any worse. Is there room for it to grow further still? Perhaps. No one personality seems to generate indignation like Number One. He is a lighting conductor for the stuff. Yet, to the consternation of many, with a chuckle and a mumble, he endures. A few weeks ago, Palesa Morudu offered up this quite excellent piece, ANC’s loss of control heralds a new national conversation. In it she argues that "the ANC has become politically weaker, is riddled with factions and is increasingly corrupt". As a

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  • Scheepers debugged my phone, but did not spy for me - Zille

    "They [the ANC] manufactured the story that I and/or the Western Cape government, had hired Paul Scheepers to spy on the ANC, an action which would have been illegal in terms of the National Strategic Intelligence Act," Zille said in her newsletter on Monday. "This is an outright lie. It has no foundation whatsoever. In fact when I heard it, I did not even recognise Paul Scheepers’s name, nor that of his company Eagle Eye Technology Solutions. "What did emerge, was that the service of Paul Scheepers’s company had been procured by the Western Cape government in 2010, following a cabinet decision to debug our cellphones and install anti-bugging software.  "Following the cabinet resolution, the

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  • Drought: SA mulls aid for farmers - Business News | IOL Business

    Johannesburg - South Africa may grant emergency aid to farmers in Gauteng due to a severe drought that is scorching grazing pastures and threatening the key maize crop, a provincial official said on Saturday. Authorities have earmarked R450 million for drought-affected regions, but officials fear it may not be enough to stem the damage in the hardest-hit areas such as Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. “(We're) pondering ways of ensuring that the province does get some emergency relief funding by declaring it as a disaster area,” spokeswoman for the Gauteng agriculture department Phindile Kunene told radio station Eyewitness News. Gauteng includes the economic hub of Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria,

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  • Parker most valuable player in the PSL

    According to football statistics site, Bernard Parker is the most valuable player in the Premier Soccer League.

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  • 'Who are you calling a Teletubby?' - EFF MP

    "Who are you calling a Teletubby?" demanded Mmabatho Mokause, standing up in the bright red attire that her party wears in Parliament. Earlier, when DA leader Mmusi Maimane went to the podium, somebody had called him a "sellout". An attempt was being made to find out who had called Maimane a sellout when DA MP John Steenhuisen waved his hand seemingly in the direction of the EFF benches and said: "Ask that Teletubby over there." An annoyed Mokause complained: This man stood here and called one member a Teletubby." After the debate, Speaker Baleka Mbete wanted to know who had called Maimane "a sellout" and when all she got was blank faces, she moved on to root out the person who had made the Teletubby

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  • The demon of white racism has not been slain in South Africa

    THE central tragedy of our first two decades as a democracy is that, unless something changes fast, the life prospects of South African children born today will still to a large extent cleave to their race. Look at the prevalence of childhood poverty, access to early childhood development, performance in primary and secondary school, access to and dropout from tertiary education, and ultimate household earnings, and you will see how little we have done to change the outlines of the picture that our colonial forebears and the architects of apartheid drew up ages ago. If white people want to belong in this new country, there are a number of places at which we have to part ways with Van Onselen. Van Onselen writes that some people make accusations of racism but that "they are often wrong".

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  • Mathews Phosa takes swipe at Zuma over 'ANC comes first' comment

    “The country and its people must come first,” Phosa said in his keynote address at the 13th Annual Business Awards in Kempton Park. He said no organisation or individual must come before South Africa. Phosa’s comments come as Zuma was at pains to explain and justify his comments at the ANC KwaZulu-Natal provincial conference earlier this month. His utterances also took centre stage when Zuma appeared in parliament for this year’s last presidential question and answer session. Phosa said leaders should not compromise ethics and democracy. He said South Africa’s path to success was through the Bill of Rights. In a wide-ranging speech, Phosa, a former Treasurer General of the ANC and Mpumalanga

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  • Eskom, SAA, ratings, the rand, Zuma - eight reasons investors don't love South Africa

    There has been a shift in the market focus on South Africa, says Montalto, who lists eight factors at play in this equation. 1. Fiscal policy There is no meaningful new fiscal policy news until the National Budget in February. Markets, however, are now much more focused on the issue, for the first time since 2007 (or maybe in a smaller way since the last wobble in fiscal year 2012/13), says Montalto. He reckons next year will be busy, "with NHI funding proposals published mid-year, the nuclear power issue, a contingent liabilities deep dive and a long-term fiscal risks driver report, all at a time of low growth and no (easy) fat left to trim in the budget". "As a result, attention turns to wider

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