• Guptas' opulent mansion irks neighbours - Gauteng

    THE STAR City of Joburg officials are seen entering the Gupta residence in Saxonwold to investigate the complaints. Johannesburg - It’s four floors of luxury that might be empty, but it’s still causing ructions with the neighbours. On Wednesday, the battle between the Gupta family and irate residents of Saxonwold over an “illegally built” mansion that was allegedly devaluing the upmarket Joburg suburb raged on, with City of Joburg officials stepping in to conduct their own inspections. Joining officials during the inspection of the multimillion- rand property was a lawyer representing the Gupta family as well as urban planner Craig Pretorius, who was representing residents belonging to the Saxonwold and Parkwood Residents Association.

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  • Frugal Cassper rents his house out online for R2K a night

    Keegan Dolly took a morning plane on Thursday from OR Tambo International to Sao Paulo in excited mood as participation in this year's Olympic Games follows fast on the heels of Mamelodi Sundowns reaching the semifinals of the African Champions League.

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  • Van Damme slams 'coward' Mbalula and AKA

    National spokesperson of the DA Phumzile Van Damme slated Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula and rapper Kiernan Forbes, otherwise known as AKA. This after AKA aired his disapproval of the DA using former president Nelson Mandela in canvassing for votes ahead of the August 3 local government elections. He said Mandela was once seen as a leader of a terrorist organisation by the DA, and now “he’s a part of [the DA’s] narrative”. Forbes asked whether Mandela had ever condemned the ANC or its leader President Jacob Zuma. “Don’t even get me started on the DA using Mandela’s name to campaign. White privilege has now, truly …. Lost its mind and its bearings,” he tweeted. “Mandela was considered

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  • 'All whites must be hacked and killed'

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party was looking into a matter that allegedly involves one of its members. A screenshot bearing what appears to be the name of EFF member Thabo Mabotja is making the rounds on social media. In the screenshot are the words “All white people must be hacked and killed”. Mabotja could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the matter. Ndlozi said the party was aware of the incident, but they were still looking into the factuality of the matter. “Well, as you would know, we are going to familiarise ourselves with the facts of the case.” The party spokesperson said he was in a rally and could not comment

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  • EFF Limpopo boss rejoins ANC, saying EFF lives in dreamland

    Economic Freedom Fighters Limpopo’s MPL and chairman Mike Mathebe rejoined the ANC on Thursday, claiming that Julius Malema’s party policy was mere theory. “At that time there was a theory, but when we look at the practice it looks impossible to implement. I see that there is no any practicality in terms of what EFF is thinking about their policy,” Mathebe said when he was welcomed by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Thursday in Polokwane. Mathebe said he would not want to settle in EFF’s “dreamland” but wanted to live to see a practical policy. However, he failed to point out which EFF policy he deemed impractical. He denied the notion that he was joining the ANC as a spy. “There were

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  • Kwesta not into the flashy spending: 'I only want to provide for my family'

    While most celebrities often spend millions on expensive houses‚ cars‚ and exotic vacations‚ it turns out Kwesta has opted for a more frugal and normal lifestyle. Speaking to DRUM‚ the Ngud’ hitmaker revealed that despite the meteoric rise that his career has witnessed‚ he remains uninterested in the ‘’flashy lifestyle’’ that often comes with being a celebrity‚ adding that his top priorities are taking care of his family and remaining true to himself. “I only want to provide for my family. I’m not into a flashy lifestyle because I want to remain myself. I will always be me‚ regardless of the heights of success I reach‚” he told the publication. Kwesta has a three-year-old daughter‚ Khai‚ with

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  • Malema campaigns in tornado hit Tembisa

    EFF members braved the cold weather to hear their leader Julius Malema speak in Tembisa on Wednesday, the day after a tornado wreaked havoc in the Ekurhuleni town. "We will take this city‚ no matter what‚" said an EFF member outside Maoke Park, where their commander-in-chief, Malema, is on the campaign trail. Struggle songs blared from a truck as EFF members arrived, clad in the party’s distinctive red outfits. TMG Digital

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  • Obama's brother says he will vote for Trump

    Nairobi - President Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the US election in November because he likes the candidate and he is unhappy with his brother's leadership. Malik, who is in his 50s, told Reuters by phone from Obama's ancestral home of Kogelo in western Kenya that he supports Trump's policies, especially his focus on security. “He appeals to me and also I think that he is down to earth and he speaks from the heart and he is not trying to be politically correct. He's just straight-forward,” he said. Malik, a US citizen, has lived in Washington since 1985 where he worked with various firms before becoming an independent financial

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  • Zimbabwe: A Rand Budget

    THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and government have clearly explained their disdain for widespread use of the United States dollar by locals under a hard currency regime, saying use of the greenback has been detrimental to the economy. The reason, they argue, is that people are using the US dollar as a store of value, and that foreigners have used Zimbabwe as a hunting ground for the currency since the country adopted a multiple currency regime in 2009. Consequently, there has been a depletion of the stock of US dollar notes in the economy, which has been exacerbated by a widening trade deficit, which has essentially amounted to an export of cash. Moreover, the strength of the US dollar has

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  • Zuma’s Nkandla tax bill is R63.9m - DA

    Towards the end of last month, National Treasury found that President Jacob Zuma should pay R7.8 million for non-security upgrades to his private Nkandla home. This came after the Constitutional Court in March ordered him to pay back a portion of the R250 million spent on the homestead, leaving the quantum up to treasury. In a unanimous judgment read out by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, the court instructed the National Treasury to determine an amount to be paid by Zuma within 60 days for “luxuries” added to his Nkandla home and gave the president 45 days to then personally pay that amount. Maimane says, in terms of the Seventh Schedule of the Income Tax Act, Zuma owes money to the South African Revenue Service, and by extension, the people of South Africa for the benefits he derived from the upgrade to Nkandla.

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Apartheid relic Eskom holds back transformation

    IMAGINE, for a moment, a world in which South African Airways (SAA) owned all the airports in the country. Imagine all the food stores in the country were owned by farmers. Or that all the roads were owned by BMW. Whenever SAA couldn’t fill its seats, it would just charge other airlines more to arrive and depart. Whenever farmers’ harvests were poor, they could charge people more to buy food. Whenever car sales fell, BMW would simply charge more to use the roads. Monopolies have the same effect on economies as cartels do. They charge consumers what they like — and what they like is inevitably high. But only cartels are illegal. Instead, in a country in which a whole ministry, economic development,

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  • Faith Muthambi accuses media of ‘feeding propaganda’ to the public

    COMMUNICATIONS Minister Faith Muthambi on Thursday dismissed the notion that there was censorship being implemented at the SABC. She said the SABC informed and educated people compared to mainstream media which was "feeding propaganda" to the public. She brushed off comments that she had been quiet in the wake of the controversy at the public broadcaster. "There has been a debate on censorship at the SABC. "I don’t know what you mean by censorship," Muthambi said. She accused mainstream media of writing negatively about the government, describing this as "the propaganda we (are) feeding our people". "We cannot allow a situation where the public is misled." Muthambi also praised the SABC for its

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  • 'Crude‚ silly painting won't distract us': Mmusi Maimane

    The Democratic Alliance's leader (DA) says a painting posted on Twitter by controversial “Sushi King” Kenny Kunene‚ depicting three of its members in their birthday suits‚ is irrelevant. Kunene posted a photo of himself behind the image saying‚ "I am now a proud owner of this master piece. Powerful story telling through art...Thanks to the fearless Artist..." The painting portrays what appears to be Western Cape premier Helen Zille‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane and DA shadow minister of correctional services James Selfe with their private parts exposed. Maimane is pulling a cart carrying Zille and Selfe. The words "modern slavery" are hanging from the cart. The DA leader is no strangers to accusations

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  • Zimbabwe in the Eye of a Storm

    AFTER landing at the airport, I realised immediately that I had landed in the eye of a storm when a rifle-wielding storm trooper pointed a gun at me, ordering me to open my suitcase. The civilian officer was annoyed and ordered me to proceed. Yet there is a method to this madness. I was later to learn that soldiers and semi-military police have been deployed along the highways in order to intimidate citizens into paying them "something". The government is broke. In a stretch of 240 kilometres, there were 11 police roadblocks. The police find fault with "something", either on the driver or on his car and levy a spot fine of US$20. The spot fine is, however, negotiable and one can get away with

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  • How EPL’s ‘big seven’ are shaping up

    Liverpool Liverpool have breezed through their gentler friendlies so far and there will be greater tests for them against Roma, AC Milan and Barcelona. But they look like a team who have far more of their business done already than their rivals. With a manager who has already been in place almost one season, they are ahead of Chelsea and the Manchester clubs in terms of development too, and the likeliest candidates this Premier League season for a fast start. In Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool already have their two top signings, and two players who know the Premier League. Joel Matip will strengthen the defence, while Loris Karius gives them a strong alternative in goal. With a

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  • Zimbabwe: If not Mugabe, then who?

    On Wednesday, Robert Mugabe had an instruction for members of my tribe. “Journalists, tell those you are representing that Robert Mugabe is still here, well and strong. This is me, and my people are going to have me for some time,” he said, in a rousing speech delivered at a supporters rally in Harare. We won’t be implementing this instruction on these pages. Mugabe’s right on one thing: yes, he’s still here, he’s still in charge. But no one’s quite sure for how long, because recent events have left the Zimbabwean president weaker than ever before. The #ThisFlag campaign represents an unprecedented expression of people power which if harnessed effectively could topple the whole system, Arab Spring-style.

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just one week, and I think most of the negative comments about the show have been emotional. "Obviously management would have to do a thorough evaluation

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  • While you were sleeping: 28 July 2016

    “I actually pray every night for a white rhino to die,” says former gangster and newly minted political boss Gayton McKenzie. “Why am I saying this? Because when the last white rhino is dead, maybe people will start caring about the coloured man in this country, who is truly going extinct.” McKenzie is now a (very) minor political boss. His Patriotic Alliance (PA) party may have only garnered 13,500 votes in the 2014 national campaign, and he may be running in only two municipalities (Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay), but the former bank robber believes that the PA is the future. Fringe parties with specific constituencies – in this case, coloured folk in Cape Town and Johannesburg – will

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  • ‘Black business gets no work in DA-run Cape’

    Black graduates from the province’s four universities were also choosing to migrate to Gauteng and Limpopo where they were more likely to be employed because of the hostile reception they received in the city. Business people who attended a breakfast debate with representatives from the DA, ANC and EFF said they had not noticed substantial change in people’s lives in the city’s informal settlements. BMF deputy provincial chairman Yonela Mvana said while there was a raft of enabling legislation to improve people’s lives, the reality was different. BMF provincial chairman Andile Nomlala said black professionals had “disengaged” themselves from holding politicians accountable and had instead become social media critics.

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