• A humble DJ Sbu takes to the streets of Joburg to sell his energy drink

    Armed with a can of Mofaya, matching clothing and a large poster advertising a music concert in benefit of student funding - DJ Sbu sold his drink to drivers in peak traffic. Hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to students of the Sbu Leope Fund which provides tuition and accomodation for disadvantaged school kids. The bold entrepreneur wasn't shy as he walked up and down, selling the drink.  "Thank you to all who gave us words of encouragement, shared laughter with us & bought our entire stock today. We appreciate you guys. We doing this not for us but for your kids. We hope to serve as an inspiration on what active citizenship is all about," said Leope. Watch the DJ below. A video

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  • What's next for Zuma?

    Talk Radio 702 | Political analyst Prince Mashele makes sense of Jeremy Gauntlett's concession at the ConCourt hearing yesterday. CAPE TOWN – Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma's lawyer Jeremy Gauntlett said the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla was binding. Political analyst Prince Mashele said Gauntlett’s concession in the Constitutional Court hearing against Zuma exposed attempts by the African National Congress (ANC) and Zuma to undermine the Constitution. Mashele says many more embarrassments are coming the ANC’s way. “It appears to me that all along, he has adopted an arrogant posture thinking that this case had no serious implications.” He adds if the Constitutional Court rules against

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  • Minnie Dlamini, Thomas Mlambo exit SABC's Soccerzone

    A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company’s website by Mark Cutifani‚ Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC‚ is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit‚ says the Bench Marks Foundation.

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  • Traditional leaders want answers from Mandela over Islamic conversion

    Eastern Cape traditional leaders want answers from Nelson Mandela’s grandson Nkosi Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela about why he reportedly converted to Islam when he married a Muslim woman. “We reacted with shock on the news of his conversion. We were also very concerned. What we know is that the woman converts, not the man. That is our custom,” Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa provincial chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane said on Tuesday. They were troubled that Mandela married without any traditional leaders present at the ceremony. “Traditional leaders don’t marry secretly. He should have been represented by the traditional council of Mvezo. He is the leader of people of Mvezo.

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  • He wanted to kill my children: Grace - Africa

    Harare - Grace Mugabe, the wife of President Robert Mugabe, on Wednesday sensationally claimed that the leader of a little-known political party who was jailed for attempting to bomb their Alpha Omega Dairy farm, had also wanted to kill all her children and bomb her orphanage in Mazowe. Owen Kuchata, the leader of the Zimbabwe People's Front, was jailed for nine years by a Harare magistrate this week after he pleaded guilty to possession of weaponry for sabotage and money laundering after he and three others were caught attempting to bomb the Mugabes' dairy in Mazowe on January 29. Grace made the revelations while addressing hundreds of Zanu PF supporters at the party's headquarters in Harare,

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  • Guptas focus helping mining firms get away with murder: Mantashe

    African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said big mining companies operating in South Africa lack patriotism and a focus on the Gupta family was not helping in dealing with mischief committed by these companies. Speaking to the SABC ahead of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Mantashe said a concerted focus on Gupta family was actually helping big mining companies like Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American evade tough questions about their transformative roles in the South African economy. Asked whether he thinks there is a Gupta obsession, Mantashe said: “The point I am making is that the obsession is when you leave Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American scot-free

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  • JZ throws allies under the bus

    One by one their counsel conceded before Constitutional Court justices that they were wrong to act against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report that found Zuma to have unduly benefited from non-security upgrades to his home. In her report in 2014 titled "Secure in Comfort", Madonsela said some features included in the R246-million security upgrades to Zuma's Nkandla residence were not security features. First to concede was Zuma's counsel, Jeremy Gauntlett SC, who told the court that the president did not want to obstruct but bring an end to the Nkandla matter. Gauntlett said the Supreme Court of Appeal, in another case last year, had said that remedial action prescribed by the public protector was binding."It is not necessary for this court to replough the furrow," he said.

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  • Zonke to support Lionel Richie's SA tour

    Multi-platinum award winning singer Zonke has carved out a distinctive position in the musical landscape. She’s one of South Africa’s biggest stars and not only performs but also writes and produces her own material. Zonke Dikana has long been one of the most accomplished songwriters on the SA music scene and has written and co-written hits for dance artist Winnie Khumalo, kwaito rapper Thebe, late R&B star TK and also worked with legends like Bongo Maffin and Oskido. With three albums on major international labels under her belt she recently won two acclaimed SAMA awards for Best Live DVD and Best African Adult album. Her latest album Work of Heart has received three Metro Fm nominations in

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  • Obama to ask Congress for funds to fight Zika

    WASHINGTON/LONDON — President Barack Obama will ask the Congress for more than $1.8bn in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but the president added there is no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Zika, spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil, and public health officials’ concern is focused on pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. Mr Obama’s request to Congress includes $200m for research, development and commercialisation of new vaccines and diagnostic tests for the virus. On Monday, the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA), Europe’s drugs regulator, said it had established an expert task force to advise companies working on Zika vaccines and medicines, mirroring similar action during the two-year-long Ebola epidemic that started in December 2013 and the pandemic flu outbreak in 2009.

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  • Nigeria: Rescued Girl Longs for Boko Haram 'Husband'

    Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, Zara John, 16, is still in love with one of the fighters who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine and blood test carried out by a doctor in the refugee camp to which she was taken after her rescue. "I wanted to give birth to my child so that I could have someone to replace his father, since I cannot reconnect with him again," said Zara, one of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram during a seven-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. But any decision over the baby was taken out of her hands. Her father drowned during flooding in 2010 so her uncles

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  • EFF gives 25 reasons why ‘the Guptas must go’

    THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday released the full list of the "25 reasons why the Guptas must leave or be made to leave the country immediately #Guptasmustgo". The party had launched the campaign on Tuesday night‚ hours after it and its leader‚ Julius Malema‚ were indicted by the North Gauteng High Court from inciting acts of violence against the Gupta family‚ Oakbay Investments‚ The New Age‚ ANN7 and other of the family’s subsidiary company’s shareholders‚ staff and property. By Tuesday night‚ the EFF had shared the first three reasons on its Instagram account‚ and on Wednesday morning released the full list. A defiant Mr Malema had‚ in reaction to the High Court ruling‚ said: "We must respect the courts.

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  • Nigeria's Most Wanted Corruption Suspect Lives in UK

    President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that one of Nigeria's biggest corruption suspects is currently residing in the United Kingdom. Buhari said this during an interview with The Telegraph. He said his government would put its trust in British officials to ensure that the unnamed suspect was brought to justice. Despite his refusal to identify the individual in question, all fingers seemed to point to former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is believed to have embezzled $20m from the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Buhari also said that he had enlisted the co-operation of the British National Crime Agency (NCA) in prosecuting individuals

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  • Beyonce accused of ‘attacking’ police

    A day after the Super Bowl, people were still parsing over each frame from Beyonce's halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year. The halftime show - seen by an estimated 112 million people - is drawing praise from her fans and consternation from critics. While Beyonce hasn't commented on the specifics of the show, and her rep declined comment, the imagery speaks for itself. Beyonce's dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party, founded in 50 years by Huey P. Newton and Bobby

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  • South Africa is not Zimbabwe-in-waiting

    We are not Zimbabwe-in-waiting. I have personally heard this complaint from every race in this country. “SA is becoming worse than Zimbabwe.”  Since our new cricketers have recently scored so well I would like to try and smack the Doomsday Ball for six.  First – four against one. The greatest gift the ANC has given us is four presidents. They have varied in quality. From Mandela, who lead by superb example; to Mbeki, whose intelligence was undermined by defeatist introspection; to Motlanthe, who took the poisoned chalice and returned it cleaner than it was before; and to Zuma, the most successful political operator and the most erratic leader. The transition of leadership from one individual

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  • E-mails provide secure harness in Cliff case

    YOU are negotiating an exciting business deal. There is a back and forth of e-mail correspondence between you and representatives of the other organisation involved in the negotiations. No written agreement has been signed yet; there are still a few kinks that need to be ironed out before that stage is reached. Then, the deal falls through. Can the undertakings made in the e-mails constitute a binding agreement? Despite the informal nature of this form of correspondence, e-mails can create binding obligations. In the recent case of Cliff vs Electronic Media Network, Gareth Cliff claimed that a contractual agreement existed between him and M-Net on the basis of oral and e-mail correspondence between

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  • South Africa: Man Bitten By Snake While Clearing Logs

    A man was taken to hospital after being bitten by a snake on Monday afternoon. According to Netcare911 spokesperson, Chris Botha, the man was working in a smallholding in the Drummond area when he was bitten by what is believed to be a Night Adder. Reports indicate that the worker was clearing logs when he was bitten on the hand. Paramedics stabilised the man at the scene before they transported him to a hospital in Chatsworth for the care that he required. There have been several reports of snake bites recently as the reptiles become more active after the first major rainfall. In January, a Jack Russell terrier died in the Free State after it was bitten by a Cape cobra which it killed in a bid

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  • Why there is only one race

    Tim Crowe explains how the origin of the KhoiSan tells us that “race” has no place in human ancestry. The ancient origins, anatomical, linguistic and genetic distinctiveness of southern African San and Khoikhoi people are matters of confusion and debate. They are variously described as the world’s first or oldest people; Africa’s first or oldest people, or the first people of South Africa. They are in fact two evolutionarily related but culturally distinct groups of populations that have occupied southern Africa for up to 140,000 years. Their first-people status is due to the fact that they commonly retain genetic elements of the most ancient Homo sapiens. This conclusion is based on evidence

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  • 'Jiba under fire for handling of high-profile cases'

    The second most powerful person at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been castigated by the courts for her handling of high-profile cases, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday. The Democratic Alliance (DA) was arguing in support of its application to have Nomgcobo Jiba suspended pending an inquiry into her fitness to hold office. The opposition political party took the matter to court because it believes President Jacob Zuma’s decision not to suspend her, in light of serious and repeated judicial criticism, was patently unlawful and irrational. Advocate Sean Rosenberg told the court that former NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana was confronted with three judgments in a short period of time, castigating Jiba.

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  • Mbete's lawyer involved in SAA debacle

    National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's lawyer Lindi Nkosi-Thomas, who fumbled through her submissions in the Nkandla matter in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, was previously accused of doctoring a legal opinion while she was an SAA board member. BDlive reported in December 2014 that the allegation was the basis of a complaint to the public protector and the Johannesburg Bar Council in 2013. Nkosi-Thomas resigned from the airline's board in early 2014. The council said at the time that the complaint did not sustain a case of professional misconduct. The public protector's office told the website that its investigation was continuing. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office and Parliament

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  • Van Gaal refuses to see he is failing

    As he frequently likes to remind the world, Louis van Gaal is a smart man. So it is perplexing that he refuses to grasp why speculation about his future at Manchester United will not go away. It is because this season, his job was easy: and he has made it hard. In this, of all years, it did not need a genius to manage Manchester United. Knowing what we now know, that Chelsea would mount quite the poorest defence of any champions in Premier League history, and that an outlay of more than £100million on players would not greatly improve Manchester City, to have Manchester United in the top four, and challenging for the title, really wasn’t rocket science. Yet Van Gaal has been battling the odds

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