• Zimbabwe: Comedian Mr Pak Bean in Harare for Comedy Night

    Pakistan comedian Mr Pak Bean, real name Asif Muhammad, arrived in Zimbabwe on Monday ahead of comedy night that will be held at the Harare International Conference Centre on September 3. The comedian who is a look-alike of British actor Rowan Atkinson who is the original Mr Bean, is in the country courtesy of Splash Paints. He is expected to be at the stand of the painting company at the Harare Agricultural Show before embarking on several road shows, a trip to Mutare and a comedy show at HICC. In an interview Mr Pak Bean said he was a follower of Atkinson. "I am his follower though we have never met. I wish to meet him in one of the days," he said. The comedian who got a warm welcome in the

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  • Swaziland queen flees to South Africa

    The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa and fled to the neighbouring country after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source said. Angela Dlamini, known as LaGija, sought refuge with South African family members in the upmarket Sun City tourist resort north of the capital Pretoria. "She will be coming to Johannesburg to see the new house that she bought. This means she has officially left the royal family. She is too emotionally wrecked and mentally fatigued after years of abuse from the royal family members," a source close to the queen told AFP. LaGija fled the royal palace in May this year claiming years of physical and emotional abuse

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  • Twitter roasts DJ Shimza over 'EFF comments'

    Chelsea must develop a ruthless mentality to kill games and not invite pressure from their opposition, manager Antonio Conte has said after his side endured a tense finale in their 3-2 League Cup win against third-tier Bristol Rovers.

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  • AT HOME AND ABROAD: ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s response to his humiliating setback in the local government elections has been akin to a personal coup d’etat. In seizing centralised control of all the country’s parastatals, Zuma has assumed personal charge of the entire public sector economy, undercutting not only his finance minister, but the collective authority of his whole Cabinet. The only effective defender who has stood between those leeches and us, the taxpayers — Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan — is being dragged off to the political slaughterhouse by the Hawks, no doubt at Zuma’s behest. Once he is arraigned with whatever charges are to be brought against him and a long trial begins, it is difficult to see how he could continue to function as finance minister, which has now been rendered a nonjob.

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  • Malema also wants to 'sue' Kebby now

    Yesterday, following the deal brokered between Umkhonto weSizwe head and deputy minister of defence Kebby Maphatsoe and former minister of intelligence Ronnie Kasrils, EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted that it was perhaps time for him to also get in on the action. It’s likely the tweet was a joke, as it’s unclear when Maphatsoe made the allegation, if at all. What he was referring to was the fact that Kasrils had been suing Maphatsoe for defamation after the veteran accused him in 2014 of, among other things, being behind a plot to smear President Jacob Zuma by getting “Khwezi” to lay rape charges against him. Kasrils, in a gesture of “magnanimity”, tried to get Maphatsoe to apologise in the flesh in full view of the media, while smiling and saying that he was happy to move on in the spirit of reconciliation.

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  • DA in charge of metros, but Malema the big winner

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) should brace itself for various forms of mass mobilisation by the ANC, especially in the major metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, political analyst Elvis Masoga said yesterday. The next five years would be the most difficult for the party, he said, especially where it was in charge of the metros. Speaking to The Citizen, Masoga said: “The DA must ready themselves for a climb on Kilimanjaro – the party is relatively inexperienced when it comes to handling mass mobilisation. When we talk about the ANC, we talk about a 104-year-old movement that has mastered the art of mass mobilisation over the years.” Masoga said another great

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  • Guardiola handed Barca reunion with Man City

    Pep Guardiola will return to former club Barcelona with Manchester City in the Champions League after the two sides were drawn together in Thursday's group stage draw in Monaco. Guardiola, a European Cup winner with Barca as a player in 1992 before twice guiding the Catalan giants to the Champions League title in 2009 and 2011, will also come up against Borussia Moenchengladbach and Celtic in Group C. City lost to Barcelona in the last 16 of the competition in 2013-14 and 2014-15, while the Premier League side defeated Gladbach twice in last year's group stage. "It’s not a nightmare draw at all because we are in a wonderful competition and we are really happy to be here, but in Barcelona, Borussia

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  • Zimbabwe: Harare Agric Show Round-Up...'Mr Bean' Steals the Show

    There was drama at the Harare Exhibition Park yesterday when Mr Bean look-alike Pak Bean showed up. Pak Bean was at the Splash Paints stand yesterday afternoon where adults and kids queued to get a chance to have a picture taken with the famous comedian look-alike after buying a Splash paint cap for $2. Mr Pak Bean is a spitting image of iconic British comedian, Mr Bean, real name Rowan Atkinson. The second day of the agricultural show was an exciting day for the school children who were admitted into the show ground for free if they were wearing their uniforms. However, some could not gain entry as their parents and guardians could not accompany them inside due to the increase of the gate fee

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  • Zimbabwe opposition seeks court backing for protest - Africa

    Zimbabwe opposition leaders are going to court to demand authorities allow and provide security for a planned march on Friday calling for electoral reform after police chiefs suggested they presented a petition instead. Leaders from 18 political parties, including Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former vice president Joice Mujuru will lead Friday's demonstration, which they expect to draw thousands of supporters. Police commander for the Harare Central District, Chief Superintendent Newbert Saunyama, told protest organisers in a letter on Thursday that they could present a petition at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission without marching, adding that the expected number of participants 150 000 was too big.

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  • DA MP a liar and a fraud

    In her profile on the DA website, she claims she was "born in 1983 in Nelspruit but spent my early childhood in Swaziland and Belgium". Asked to comment on her party spokeswoman being caught out in a lie, DA leader Helen Zille said: "Why is this an issue?" When Zille was informed that the constitution required that all South African MPs be either South African or naturalised citizens and that her spokeswoman was neither, she said she was out of the country and "cannot deal with this from here". A Sunday Times investigation has established that: Phumzile Van Damme was born in Nazarene Hospital, now known as Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, in Manzini, Swaziland, in 1983; Her mother, Lynette van

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  • If you’re innocent‚ there’s nothing they can do to you – EFF to Gordhan

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s refusal to report to the Hawks office‚ as requested‚ will be to “act with the same disrespect” shown by President Jacob Zuma and his “faction” of the state‚ the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Thursday. The party called on Gordhan to rethink his position and present himself to the Hawks. “If he is innocent‚ which we believe he is‚ there is nothing the Hawks can do‚” national spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said. “The last thing we need is anyone being treated as if they are above the law. At all times‚ we ought to respect institutions of the state and uphold them above individuals who may be at their helm.” Gordhan received a letter from the Hawks on Monday‚

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  • Chabane's last words

    But the very thing he warned them of killed him and his two bodyguards. Travelling with the two members of the police's VIP protection unit - Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane - Chabane was killed early yesterday morning when his car and a truck collided on the N1 freeway between Polokwane and Mokopane, in Limpopo. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said C habane's car and the truck were travelling in the same direction, with the truck to the left. The truck driver allegedly made a U-turn and Chabane's car slammed into the truck. What remained was a mangled contortion of steel and fragments of the VW Touareg. The truck - still intact - stood in the middle of the freeway, with a slight

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  • Mbeki's letter to the ANC

    The full text of a controversial letter former president Thabo Mbeki addressed to ANC President Jacob Zuma. Comrade President, I imagine that these must be especially trying times for you as president of our movement, the ANC, as they are for many of us as ordinary members of our beloved movement, which we have strived to serve loyally for many decades. I say this to apologise that I impose an additional burden on you by sending you this long letter. I decided to write this letter after I was informed that two days ago, on October 7, the president of the ANC Youth League and you the following day, October 8, told the country, through the media, that you would require me to campaign for the ANC

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  • Live report: Malema says Mkhwebane is 'Zuma's favourite'

    3:51 Honourable Mncwabe says he’s the one who propose Professor Majola’s “excellent CV”.  But he doesn’t like the fact the Majola declined his public protector nomination. “I still stand by Mkhwebane.” 3:47 Shivambu says Professor Majola’s fundraising ideas “must fall”. “He was not familiar with the office of the public protector,” says Shivambu. 3:44 Now they are discussing Professor Majola. 3:43 Breytenbach says although Lukhaimane had a good interview, she however lacks experience in practicing law. 3:41 Breytenbach says Lukhaimane and Mkhwebane look “remarkably alike”. 3:39 Shivambu believes Lukhaimane would do better as a deputy to Mkhwebane. 3:35 Next on the hotseat is Adv Muvhango Lukhaimane.

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  • Being told you are ugly is not nice, says Muvhango's Maumela Mahuwa

    In a revealing interview with Drum magazine Maumela shared painful memories of how she's had to deal with people calling her 'ugly' for most of her life. Maumela revealed that looking back at what she calls her "dark past" she realises that it "overshadowed" her life until she made numerous changes. "Being told you are ugly is not nice. Maumela explained that as a child she was told that she was too dark, her nose is flat and her lips are too big.

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  • Don’t assume medical schemes pay for emergency care

    A phone call from a stranger in the middle of the night informing you that your child has been injured in a road accident is every parent’s nightmare. Eileen du Toit was told that the car her 20-year-old son, Mathew, was driving had left the road and rolled several times. An ambulance was called and Mathew was taken to the casualty department at Milnerton Mediclinic in Cape Town just after midnight. He was vomiting, and the doctors recommended X-rays. He was given an intravenous painkiller and placed under observation for two hours. When no fractures or acute injuries were identified, he was discharged. Du Toit submitted the ambulance and casualty accounts to Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS),

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  • Nigeria: Garba Shehu, This Is Definitely Not the Change Buhari Promised!

    In his recent article titled 'This is the Change', presidential spokesperson, Mallam Garba Shehu embarked on an arduous but unsuccessful task of attempting to justify the economic hardship, biting hunger, political retrogression, judicial rascality, executive recklessness, electoral inconclusiveness, etc which have all become the indelible insignia of the Buhari-led administration. Honestly, I feel for the president's spokespersons; this is not the kind of president anyone would want to speak for as evidenced in Shehu's and Femi Adeshina's futile attempts to always want to 'squeeze water from stone' in order to convince Nigerians about Buhari. Expectedly, Shehu started that essay rather lamely by reminding Nigerians of how they are now being asked after Buhari in London, Dubai, Beijing, Washington, New York or Tokyo. Rather than ask how is President Buhari, Americans, Brazillians and indeed the world, who have never in the history of the world heard about a contingent arriving the Games the same day they have a match, would rather ask, what is wrong with President Buhari?

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  • Fingerprints now the key to your cash

    Johannesburg - South African banks can now issue debit and credit cards that store your biometric data and enable users to make payments and withdraw cash through fingerprints rather than a PIN. The Payments Association of SA (Pasa) announced yesterday that a new standardised specification to facilitate biometric authentication on payment cards had been developed in collaboration with Mastercard and Visa. Pasa chief executive Walter Volker said this would enable card holders to use the cards at any of the country’s ATMs and merchants that support the technology. Pasa has the SA Social Security Agency, which facilitates the payment of social grants to almost 14 million recipients, in its sights

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  • Government to pay R1 billion for Mala Mala game reserve

    The deal between Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti and multimillionaire lodge owner Michael Rattray will wipe out a vast chunk of the national Land Claims Commission budget for the year. The system was set up to restore white-owned land to black South Africans forcibly dispossessed under apartheid, but this huge deal could result in a major setback for land reform throughout South Africa. The Mpumalanga community that stands to benefit from the deal said that paying the land owners market value would seriously impede land reform, and that it was "unfair to offer such an owner full market value for the property, as he would then benefit twice from apartheid". If successful, it will dwarf all past land claims.

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  • Zimbabwe: Vice President Mnangagwa Dies

    Bulawayo — Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's elder brother, Mr Philip Mnangagwa (84), has died. Family spokesperson Mr Patrick Mnangagwa said Mr Mnangagwa died on Tuesday after a long illness at his home in Shurugwi. "The Mnangagwa family wishes to announce the death of Mr Philip Mnangagwa, who had become the second eldest boy in the larger Mnangagwa family. Philip was born on August 23, 1932 in Zvishavane and passed away on the same day in 2016 (at 84), after a long illness," he said. "Philip was politically active in supporting the liberation struggle while he was a teacher in Zimbabwe as well as in Zambia. He remained active until he became ill. He was resettled during the land reform programme

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