• Generations, Muvhango snubbed as Isibaya, Binnelanders lead SAFTA nominations

    Cast and crew of the Mzansi Magic telenovela turned full time soapie may have their arms full with Safta gongs come 20 and 22 March. The drama received a slew of nominations including best TV soapie and nods for best actor for Bongani Gumede, best supporting actor nominations for Celeste Ntuli and Pallance Dladla. Since it's inception about three years ago, Isibaya has proven itself a force to be reckoned with despite losing key characters in the form of Sdumo Mtshali, Nomzamo Mbatha and Pallance Dladla.

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  • White widow’s SA plot revealed - Politics | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA British citizen Samantha Lewthwaite, who lived in South Africa under a false identity, is linked to planned suicide bombings in South Africa. Johannesburg - South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) and foreign intelligence services foiled planned suicide bomb attacks by al-Qaeda in South Africa between 2007 and 2010, including one against a Jewish centre in Cape Town, according to secret SSA reports.

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  • 'Jihadi John' killer from Islamic State beheading videos named by media

    In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the masked, black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent appears to have carried out the beheadings of hostages including Americans and Britons. The Washington Post said Emwazi was believed to have travelled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined IS. "His real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming," the Post said. In each beheading video, he is dressed entirely in black, a balaclava covering all but his eyes and the ridge of his nose.

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  • Will Smith tastes like 'a candy cane'

    Margot Robbie says Will Smith tastes like ''a candy cane.'' The 'Focus' actress admits she had no trouble kissing her 46-year-old co-star, who is married to Jada Pinkett-Smith, on the set of their new film. It's like he's just eaten a candy cane.'' The Australian beauty recently insisted she would never date another actor, but joked she has no problem with criminals. The 'Wolf of Wall Street' star has been linked to former 'True Blood' actor Alexander Skarsgard and was reportedly spotted kissing him at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last month. Meanwhile, Will admits Jada, 43, was worried he would embarrass her in front of the 24-year-old actress.

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  • Hamilton fastest as Mercedes ups pace in testing

    World champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest on a rain-interrupted first morning of the final four-day test in Barcelona. Hamilton bettered his own time that sealed pole at the Spanish Grand Prix last year in 1min 24:881sec within the first hour, but was held up by an unexpected rain shower that limited the Englishman to 48 laps. Felipe Massa was second quickest for Williams, whilst Daniil Kyvat was third fastest despite breaking down in the Red Bull on his way out the pitlane early on.

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  • Malema is ANC's role model

    Judging by the extent to which the ANC has been rattled by the emergence of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), one gets the feeling the ruling party has absolutely no clue how to deal with the apparent threat Juju and his bunch of self-styled revolutionaries pose to it’s support. ANC leaders mockingly refer to the EFF as a 6% party, in reference to the EFF’s performance in last year’s elections. During the debate on President Jacob Zuma’s chaotic State of the Nation address (Sona), the ANC’s chronic lack of creativity was laid bare when one of its MPs, Nocawe Mafu, said the “Western Cape is a broken province led by a broken premier, Helen Zille”.

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  • Nigeria: Please Don't Catch Shekau Alive!

    Within the space of 45 minutes, I was able to count thirteen Nigerian Air Force Hercules transporters. It was obvious to me that, at last, the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan, had woken up to the need to act decisively. Boko Haram was allowed to metamorphose from a band of rag-tag Islamist outlaws to a fierce multinational military force that abducted 219 girls from their boarding school and established a separatist enclave that consisted of no fewer than sixteen local government areas in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. Some Northern leaders seemed overjoyed at the bloody "exploits" of Boko Haram though their own homeland and kinsmen were being decimated.

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  • Shoes is 'improving', Tovey also ill

    Rumours that flew on social media yesterday claiming that former Bafana Bafana star John "Shoes" Moshoeu had died, were unfounded. Moshoeu is reportedly in a serious condition at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in Parktown. Hospital public relations manager Lungiswa Mvumvu said she could not confirm Moshoeu's condition.

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  • Chris Brown thinks Rihanna made good choice dating Leonardo DiCaprio

    The Yeah 3x hitmaker - who was convicted of assaulting the Diamonds star in 2009 - insists he isn't "jealous" of his former girlfriend's rumoured new boyfriend and thinks she has made a good choice with the Hollywood hunk. Anything u need to hear is in all our music.

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  • South African Islamic centres shocked by spy cables

    The principal of the country's oldest Islamic school was shocked to learn that the KwaZulu-Natal institution was mentioned in the Spy Cables. Ismail Akoo's voice shook when he said he had "no idea" how to deal with information that Darul Uloom Newcastle featured in a 2010 document titled Operational target analysis. The document states that in KwaZulu-Natal, a person, whose name has been blocked out, was running a special training camp for Muslim students. It goes on to state that the person stemmed from the school but was born in Cape Town.

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  • Zille shoos ‘elephant’ from House - Politics | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Helen Zille did not hold back as she responded to opposition criticism of her disrupted State of the Province Address. Cape Town - Western Cape Premier leader Helen Zille did not hold back as she responded to opposition criticism of her disrupted State of the Province Address on Friday. On Tuesday, while proceedings went ahead without disruption, the raucous debate had the Speaker repeatedly calling for order as members of the provincial legislature on both sides of the House resorted to heckling, running commentaries and name calling. The unoccupied seats of the ANC’s chief whip in the legislature, Pierre Uys, and ANC MPL Siyazi Tyatyam, were a reminder of Friday’s chaotic address, which had to be adjourned without Zille speaking.

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  • Nene hits taxpayers where it hurts most - City Press

    Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s maiden budget has delivered probably the worst year for personal income taxpayers since 1995. Each of the years since 1995 has put a cumulative R155.8 billion back into taxpayers’ pockets through various relief packages, designed to accommodate fiscal drag or bracket creep and provide further relief to lower and middle income earners. There was no such relief in this year’s budget, which only provided for fiscal drag – a situation where inflation-linked salary increases see taxpayers move into higher tax brackets. From next month, personal income tax rates for taxpayers earning more than R181 900 per year will rise by one percentage point.

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  • Thousands flee Libya after beheadings - Africa | IOL News

    Reuters Men in orange jumpsuits purported to be Egyptian Christians held captive by the Islamic State kneel in front of armed men along a beach said to be near Tripoli, in this still image from an undated video made available on social media. An Egyptian border official says about 20 000 Egyptians have fled Libya since the release of a grisly beheading video by Islamic State militants. The video, showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians, prompted Cairo to launch retaliatory airstrikes and ban Egyptians from travelling to the increasingly volatile North African country.

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  • I was not fired: Noelee

    Wed Feb 25 09:33:40 SAST 2015 She confirmed last week that the show is coming to and end 13 years on air but poured cold water on rumours that she was fired."After coming to you live every afternoon for the past 12 years, the show will be ending on

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  • Love gone wrong on Valentine's turns deadl

    Keabetswe, the younger sister of the famed former Sunday Literature show presenter, is alleged to have committed suicide after a fight with her husband of almost two years, Thabo Malebo on Valentine's Day. In a case eerily similar to that of Oscar Pistorius and the late Reeva Steenkamp, security guards at the couple's upmarket Midrand complex are believed to have rushed to the townhouse to intervene during a loud fight. A complex security guard, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he had been on duty on Valentine's evening when the incident occurred at about 11pm.

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  • Baby born in amniotic sac, from Harry Potter to jihad and a ghost in the picture

    1.The Daily Mail had a report today of a mini miracle – a baby born three months premature by caesarean section, still inside the amniotic sac. 2. This chilling story from The New York Times: “Aqsa Mahmood’s family saw her as an intelligent and popular teenager who helped care for her three younger siblings and her grandparents at her home in Scotland. 3. This from The Wall Street Journal: “Congressional hearings often devolve into theater of the absurd. Tuesday’s appearance by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen before the Senate Banking Committee was no exception.

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  • 'This member is bullying me' - EFF MPL

    Economic Freedom Fighters MPL Mandisa Mashego was ordered to leave the Gauteng legislature for 30 minutes for "making noise" on Thursday.

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  • Please, don’t rename the child - City Press

    Just last month, Curro Roodeplaat, a private school in Pretoria, was plunged into controversy when it emerged that it was splitting classes according to race. In both of these cases, it was the parents who took action to protect the rights of their children, which is a lesson to pupils not to tolerate racism – which is important, because incidents of prejudice will likely take years to resolve in this country. In an eNCA news report this week, the CEO of the SA Human Rights Commission, Kayum Ahmed, said a large portion of the 10 000 complaints the commission received every year were about racism.

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  • LETTER: Mugabe is to blame

    YOUR editorial, "Sanctions don’t always work" (February 19), and the related article, "EU resumes aid to Zimbabwe" (February 17) refer. Unfortunately, both pieces reinforce inaccuracies about what measures have been taken against Zimbabwe and compound the confusion peddled by Zimbabwean state propagandists that sanctions are responsible for the dire economic mess Zanu (PF) governance has generated. In short, "sanctions" have come to be a catch-all for all the various measures taken either by states or financial institutions. Restrictions on access to financing through global financial institutions are conflated into this narrative, despite being implemented due to Zimbabwe’s financial delinquency.

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