• We've both moved on

    Speaking to Gareth Cliff in an interview on CliffCentral this week, Euphonik was asked about his relationship with Bonang, who he dated.  Nomzamo Mbatha remembers her difficult past in heartfelt messages  "I don't hate her. We had our time. It was great when we were together but would I go back there? No. Have I moved on? Yes. Has she moved on? Yes. Am I bitter? No." But even though they now have their own lives, Euphonik went on to reveal that the pair are no longer on speaking terms. "I don't speak to her. There's no interaction, so it wouldn't be awkward (if I had to bump into her at an event). It would be like 'I'm here and I know what I'm here for in my capacity,'" he added. Bonang recently

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  • AKA smashes Twitter user: You piece of sh*t. Where is your compassion

    This is what caused the drama: Nick Theodoropoulos tweeted: "Hope the #tornado coverage is not on SABC. Images of its destruction may incite violence and looting. #SABCcensorship" AKA replied with this: The anger continued with AKA taking shots at political parties: "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." "Mandela was considered the head of a "terrorist organization" ....today he's a part of their narrative." "Did Mandela ever denounce the ANC or Jacob Zuma? .... Ok, I get it ... So he died and made you his spokesperson. Gotcha!" Extreme weather conditions have hit various parts of South Africa

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  • Priest 'forced to kneel and butchered at altar'

    Britain's Daily Mail, quoting a witness, said the men filmed themselves killing the priest after forcing him to kneel ''before they performed a 'sermon in Arabic' at the altar''. The outrage was the latest in a wave of attacks in Europe inspired by the Islamist terrorist group based in Iraq and Syria. Police said the men entered the church, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near the northern city of Rouen, west of Paris, during morning Mass. They murdered Father Jacques Hamel, 85, and took four people hostage, one of whom was seriously wounded. According to the Daily Mail, one of the attackers was a 19-year-old identified as Adel K, who was being monitored by electronic tag after twice attempting to join IS in Syria.

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  • 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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  • Mokonyane could be disciplined for comments on ANC's R1bn campaign

    Mokonyane‚ who is Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation‚ appears to have irked senior members of the party by stating that the ANC had spent more than R1-billion campaigning for the local government elections. She made the comment in Cape Town last week‚ where‚ to the surprise of many‚ she also stated that ANC provincial chair Marius Fransman – embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal – was back at work. Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that Mokonyane could be disciplined by the party for commenting on its finances. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said: "The secretary-general indicated that anybody that comments about this issue to the media would need to be disciplined in line with the of the

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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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  • 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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  • Malema heaps praise on old ANC rival Maile

    EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted on Wednesday evening about the “enormous respect” he had for his former ANC Youth League comrade Lebogang Maile, who is now the MEC for economic development and an ANC Gauteng provincial executive committee member. Maile served as head of social transformation in the ANC Youth League’s provincial executive committee. Malema tweeted: “I have enormous respect for Lebogang Maile, the guy is real and not fake. I hope @MYANC won’t destroy him, this country needs people like him.” In 2010, the Youth League in Gauteng elected Maile as the organisation’s chairman in Gauteng. He was unofficially backed by Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile, who was contesting the position

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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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  • Gugu Zulu's family don't blame Trek4Mandela for his death

    During an emotionally charged memorial service in honour of late racing car driver Gugu Zulu‚ at Kyalami Race Track on Tuesday‚ his family quashed swirling backlash against the Trek4Mandela organisation. Zulu died last Monday while on a Trek4Mandela expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for sanitary pads for impoverished school girls. Shortly after news of Zulu’s death emerged‚ questions surrounding the circumstances inundated social media. Fans widely questioned and levelled blame against the Trek4Mandela on social media. Setting the record straight on the speculation‚ Zulu’s family said that they do not blame anyone for his death. “There’s an issue that we need to address as

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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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  • How to sell a R5 coin for R50000

    The R5 coins with the face of former president Nelson Mandela have a special nostalgic appeal, and the most recently issued one was to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. But would you believe it if you were told that one of these 90th birthday coins sold for R2.5 million? Others sell for anything between R50 000 and a couple of thousand rands. These, remember, are simply R5 coins. There is nothing special or rare about them – more than 22 million were issued by the South African Mint. But a lucrative trade has developed in which clever sellers convince gullible buyers that certain R5 Mandela coins are extremely rare and are therefore worth a lot of money. Any coins could be sold in this way,

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  • Dlamini-Zuma for president, says KZN ANCYL - Politics

    Durban – Outgoing African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma received her strongest endorsement in KwaZulu-Natal that she should succeed her former husband, President Jacob Zuma as the leader of the African National Congress. Thanduxulo Sabelo, the ANC Youth League’s KwaZulu-Natal secretary speaking at a political rally in KwaMashu where Dlamini-Zuma was the key note speaker, he said: “What we are saying as the ANC Youth League is that we are ready for a woman president. She is heading 54 African states. What is a country? Really?” He said that the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal was leading the charge to ensure that women filled key positions. “We believe, even the ANC, not only in government

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Woman Assaults Ex-Hubby Over HIV Infection

    A Harare woman reportedly assaults her former husband for infecting her with HIV, a civil court has heard. The woman allegedly harasses her ex-husband and his second wife over the treatment of their positive nine-year-old daughter. The man, who was seeking a protection order against his ex-wife over alleged threats to disfigure him and throw him out of their Glen View home, told magistrate Mr Trevor Nyatsanza that she abuses him each time she visits. "At one point I even slept in the toilet because she was denying me access to the house," he said, adding, "I am now living in fear as she promised to fix and harm me." He also told the court that the abuses started over issues about having their nine-year-old daughter on HIV treatment.

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  • Puma’s celebrity partnerships prove good for business

    German sportswear firm Puma reported a stronger than expected rise in second quarter sales on Wednesday, helped by the European soccer championships in which its sponsored player Antoine Griezmann of France was the top scorer. Puma reported a quarterly net profit of €1.6m ($1.76m), compared to a loss of €3.3m a year ago. Sales grew fastest in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, up a currency-adjusted 23.5%, boosted by Puma’s sponsorship of five national teams at Euro 2016, including quarter-finalists Italy, plus players like Griezmann and Portugal goal keeper Rui Patricio. Puma also noted that its sponsored English soccer teams Leicester and Arsenal took the top two slots in the Premier League this season, helping apparel sales rise 19.5% in the quarter.

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  • SA retailers start freebie war at till

    Cape Town - Fun freebies for children and selfie fodder for adults: toys that retail supermarkets give out at the tills have taken over social media. But take a peek behind the gimmicky toys and you will find an enormous amount of strategy, data and money, said marketing and business strategist Jonathan Cherry. Three major retailers - Checkers, Pick n Pay and Spar - have campaigns running which offer customers a freebie when they spend over R150. ‘”It looks like fun and games for children, but there's a lot of info and stats behind the campaign,” Cherry said. It’s not just people sitting round a table thinking that'll be fun.” In the wake of the Stikeez campaign, which had children begging their

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  • Nigeria: Nigerians Convicted of Drug Smuggling to be Executed in Indonesia

    Indonesia will execute 14 drug convicts including Nigerians this weekend, the attorney general said yesterday, stepping up a "war on drugs" that has drawn international condemnation. Those to be executed will include nationals of Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India, H. Muhammad Prasetyo told journalists at the state palace. News of the impending executions prompted condemnation from the United Nations and the European Union. "We understand that there is a camp that does not agree with us, but no matter what, this is not a pleasant work but it still has to be done," Prasetyo said, adding that notifications had been sent to the foreign embassies. He did not say which day of the weekend the executions

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  • Hlaudi throws in towel‚ reinstates fired journalists

    The South African Broadcasting Corporation will reinstate the seven news employees who challenged their dismissal for speaking out against a decision by the public broadcaster’s chief operating officer‚ Hlaudi Motsoeneng‚ to ban news coverage of violent protests. “The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) management has instructed its legal team not to proceed with further legal action and the SABC will reinstate the seven dismissed news employees‚” SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. Kganyago added: “The SABC remains committed to fulfilling its public service mandate“.  Four of the seven won their case in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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  • Clinton makes history, wins US presidential nomination

    Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s White House nomination, coming back from a stinging defeat in her first presidential run in 2008 and surviving a bitter primary fight to become the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in US history. In a symbolic show of party unity, Clinton’s former rival, US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, told the chairwoman from the convention floor that Clinton, 68, should be selected as the party’s nominee at the dramatic climax of a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Capping nearly a quarter century in public life, Clinton will become the party’s standard-bearer against Republican nominee Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election when she accepts the nomination on Thursday.

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