• 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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  • 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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  • '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. The Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) was also reportedly trying to contact him to summon him for an official investigation, but could also not locate him on Thursday. Ndlozi said the party was aware of the incident, but they were still looking into the factuality

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zuma calls on black voters to ‘counteract’ whites

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma has called on black people to think about their poverty and use their majority to counteract white voters’ motives during local government elections. He said while black people were normally lazy to register for elections or to vote, white people always liked to do so in large numbers “for their own interest, which I don’t know”. “Vote is important for black people because they are suffering. It is also important for white people for their own reasons,” he said. Although he avoided telling black people to vote for the ANC, he said were they to do so in large numbers, the government would be able to bring about changes that would benefit them.    Also: SA deserves

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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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  • Rooney hails Mourinho’s ‘winning mentality’

    London – Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes new manager Jose Mourinho has restored a "winning mentality" at Old Trafford. Mourinho was brought in after the end of last season following the sacking of Louis van Gaal. United have failed to win the league since legendary manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, with David Moyes and Van Gaal, who oversaw an FA Cup final victory last season, failing to live up to the exacting standards set by the Scot. But Rooney believes the arrival of Portuguese manager Mourinho, who has 17 major trophies to his name, including eight league titles in four countries and two Champions League successes with different clubs, will help propel United back towards

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  • Mantashe 'was warned' about KZN chaos

    ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe was warned in April that the party would face legal action if it failed to address grievances over the party’s provincial conference, which saw the KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu ousted as provincial leader. While ANC provincial leaders have questioned the timing over the application brought last Friday that seeks to have any resolutions from the conference set aside as unlawful and invalid, they have refused to comment on the application until after the local government elections next Wednesday. Sihle Zikalala, the man who replaced Mchunu as party chairman, and current KwaZulu-Natal premier, Willies Mchunu, are among the respondents, as are other members of the executive. Party members Lawrence Dube, Lindiwe Buthelezi, Martin Mzangwa, Mzweni Ngcobo and Sibahle Zikalala lodged the notice of application, without affidavits, in Pietermaritzburg’s high court on July 22.

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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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  • Policy not set by Eskom CEO, says Gordhan

    FINANCE Minister Pravin Gordhan appeared to take a swipe at Eskom CEO Brian Molefe on Wednesday, saying the utility boss was "not qualified to make policy statements". This comes after it emerged recently that Eskom was looking to discontinue the programme to procure renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs). Responding to questions during a meeting with journalists in Port Elizabeth to outline the ANC’s plan for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Gordhan said the IPPs programme was still a key state policy. "It (the programme) is an important part (of the energy mix) going into the future.… The policy still stands and the Eskom CEO (Brian Molefe) is not qualified to make a policy

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  • SANDF general faces tender charges

    Johannesburg - An SANDF general is facing charges of taking backhanders for tenders. Brigadier General Leon Eggers, the General Officer Commanding the South African Army’s Signal Formation, was arrested on Thursday morning and appeared in the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria, over fraud and corruption allegations. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Eggers was in charge of all the telecommunication systems of the SANDF. “Several contracts or tenders were awarded to various service providers for the installation or maintenance of telecommunication infrastructure,” said NPA spokeswoman Kholiswa Mdhluli. “General Eggers, to a large extent, was involved in the process/es of awarding

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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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  • 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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  • Nigeria: Meet the 'Yahoo Boys'

    Many undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraud. Nicknamed "yahoo-yahoo" after the international web portal and search engine, this perfidy has become a way of life for the young con-artists. Many of these fraudsters - dubbed "yahoo-boys" - have become filthy rich. Some have been caught by the law. In April 2012, Olasaidi Dare, an undergraduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for an attempt to obtain money under false pretences in a cyber-café. On June 5 2012, a Federal High Court in Kaduna State sentenced Imonina Kingsley, of the University of Ilorin, to 20 years' imprisonment. He defrauded an Australian of US$1,000

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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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  • ‘Boks won't cut it due to quotas’

    Cape Town - The Springboks “are gone” due to the fact that they have a selection policy that dictates that half of the squad must be black for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, according to former All Black coach Laurie Mains. The 70-year-old Mains believes that the quota system served its purpose in the late 1990s and early 2000s to help develop more black players at the highest level, but that it was now time to abandon it as there are enough black players coming through the systems. Mains has intimate knowledge of transformation in South African rugby, having coached the Cats to the Super Rugby semifinals in 2000 and 2001 after coaching New Zealand to the 1995 Rugby World Cup final against the Boks.

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