• Nomzamo Mbatha reflects on her humble beginnings: 'First year at IsiBaya I earned peanuts'

    While reflecting on her journey in the entertainment industry, Nomzamo Mbatha revealed that she was "very underpaid'' during her first year on Mzansi Magic's hit telenovela IsiBaya. Speaking to a group of students at Nedbank's Talks 4 Success, Nomzamo said her bank account was often overdrawn in most months when she first started out at the telenovela. "First year at IsiBaya, I earned peanuts, but I was working hard. Most months my bank account was in a minus," she revealed, before quipping about how she would go to industry events without a "black cent" in her account. She added that on top of being underpaid, she was overworked. "I was underpaid but I was overworked. The problem was there was

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  • South Africa: Joburg Man Killed Chasing Lotto Ticket On N1

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  • Man critical after being shot in Joburg CBD

    A man is in a critical condition after being shot in Commissioner Street in the Johannesburg CBD in the early hours of Saturday. “ER24 paramedics arrived on scene and found that a vehicle had come to a standstill in front of a building‚ close to Polly Street. “The driver of the vehicle was found slumped over the passenger seat‚” said ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing Harduth. “Upon assessment of the patient it was found that he had been shot in his shoulder and was in a critical condition. He could also not move his legs. He was treated and transported to hospital for further medical care‚” Bodasing Harduth said. She said the exact cause of the incident was unknown and was subject to investigation.

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  • Less braaiing, more learning to pronounce our names, asks Malema

    As a message to white South Africans for Heritage Day today, EFF leader Julius Malema took to Twitter yesterday to encourage his white compatriots to make more of an effort to pronounce African names as they were intended. He also retweeted outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s message about the importance and sweetness of having your name said properly. Another hashtag in a similar vein that trended yesterday was the humorous one #AfricanNamesInEnglish, which played on how some white people pronounce names, as well as the real and not so real meanings of African names. Check out some of them below: https://twitter.com/DaRealTshepiegh/status/779295257817210881 https://twitter.com/lupinion/status/779224105920921600

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  • Zuma's brother makes dramatic plea: Quit now or risk being killed

    Michael Zuma and his wife Thembekile MaXulu Zuma spoke to the Sunday Times this week at their home in Nkandla, where they expressed their fears for the president's life amid growing calls for him to step down. "My brother is having a very difficult time and I have never seen such difficulty. My brother has such difficulty in such a way that you fear that they are going to kill him," said Michael. His wife added that some members of the family thought that if Zuma resigned and returned home to Nkandla he would "be safe from these enemies". She said: "We fear for his life. As a family we sometimes think that they are going to kill him. And in our humble view we tell ourselves that maybe if he comes

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  • WATCH: The video where Babes Wodumo confirms she's engaged

    The Wololo star recently revealed to DRUM’s Unscripted With Mathawe Matsapola that she is engaged to someone in the music industry. She went on to reveal that the pair have been in a relationship for seven years. Take a look at that video and skip to 6:27 to hear Babes herself confirm her engagement and gush about her man.   And while Babes wouldn't reveal any names - that hasn't stopped fans from speculating that her bae might be her music boss DJ Mampintsha. There's no doubt that Babes and Mampintsha are close. But rumours of a relationship between the pair were reignited late last week when Afrotainment record label owner DJ Tira posted a snap of the pair, next to the caption:"2013 2016

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  • Zimbabwe: Opposition Says Mugabe Should Stop Dreaming

    OPPOSITION parties and political scientists have poured cold water on foreign affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi's claim that Barack Obama may lift sanctions imposed on Harare before he leaves office. Obama's term as the US president ends in January next year, but opposition parties and analysts said it was day dreaming for anybody to hope that he will have lifted the sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe's government by then. The US administration slapped Mugabe and his inner circle with sanctions following human rights violations and the breakdown of rule of law more than a decade ago. Mumbengegwi told media after a meeting with US assistant secretary of state for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the side lines of the just ended United Nations General Assembly that, following several years of engagement with the Washington, the sanctions regime may be reviewed.

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  • Zimbabwe's new bond notes to smooth liquidity crunch

    That switch dealt a blow to forex dealers in the parallel market - accustomed to a life of pegging the exchange rate of the local unit against foreign currencies. Its long hiatus appears set to end. Next month, Zimbabwe will introduce its local version of the US dollar - the bond note. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe hopes the bond notes, in values of $2 and $5, will help ease the liquidity crunch of the past nine months. On the streets of Harare, forex dealers await the issuing of the bond notes with glee - and not for the same reasons as the RBZ, the issuer of the currency. In Roadport, the heart of Harare's popular spot for forex dealers, Winnie Makota expects roaring trade once the local currency

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  • Why Kenny Kunene won't stop catching the feels over Malema

    Hot on the heels of an explosive interview on SABC's Morning Live on Wednesday, Kunene has told TMG Entertainment that he aims to show South Africa that Malema is a "fake" and  a "liar". During his interview on Morning Live, Kunene blasted the EFF leader labelling him a "sell out," and accused him of "deceiving the nation". Kunene also challenged Malema to a public debate. Taking to Twitter shortly after the interview aired the red beret hit back, saying that he would not entertain Kunene until he got "20,000 national votes". WATCH! Musicians perform Nkalakatha tribute for Mandoza  Speaking to TMG Entertainment the businessman explained why he decided to air his opinions on national television.

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  • PICS: Tide hits Cape Town beaches

    Cape Town - A high spring tide has swept up beaches in the city, leaving debris in its wake. December 26 is traditionally a day when many Capetonians head to the beach. Clifton resident Cyril Harrisberg says that Clifton 4th beach has been swept away. “Vendors’ beach chairs, usually secured at the back of 4th beach, were picked up and scattered by the churning waves, “ he wrote. “ The crashing waves covered the whole beach and lapped up at the pathway steps at the back of Clifton 4th beach, washing into the public facilities. This is very unusual for this time of year.” Residents in Kommetjie and Hout Bay are posting pictures of the devastation on Facebook. PICTURES: Cyril Harrisberg. 

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  • Rooney’s not coping - Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho claims that England captain Wayne Rooney is being worn down by constant criticism of his performances. Manchester United manager Mourinho warned Rooney last night that he will only be picked on merit and not reputation at Old Trafford. But the United boss went on to make the extraordinary claim that one of the most experienced and battle- hardened players in the Premier League is being affected by what his manager believes is excessive criticism from outside the club. Mourinho said last night: ‘Honestly, I think there was a Wayne before the Slovakia game (for England three weeks ago) and a Wayne after the Slovakia game. And I am not blaming Sam (Allardyce), not at all. I’m blaming

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  • Britney Spears shows off dance moves and her banging body in impromptu dance

    An opposition group taking part in a so-called "national dialogue" to resolve a political crisis in DR Congo said Friday it had suspended its participation after deadly violence in the capital this week.

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  • Madonsela squares up to Hlaudi - Independent on Saturday

    Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has threatened to probe the SABC board if they reappointment Hlaudi Motsoeneng as chief operations officer. Madonsela said on Cape Talk Radio on Friday she had written to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to say Motsoeneng should not be considered for the position of COO and said if he was appointed it would raise questions “about the ability of this board to discharge its responsibilities”. Meanwhile Motsoeneng remained defiant about his controversial reappointment when he spoke at the funeral of kwaito star Mandoza in Soweto, saying that no one would decide his future. Madonsela, said on Cape Talk Radio on Friday she had written to Muthambi

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  • Faster, cheaper internet to be rolled out

    Johannesburg - South Africans will soon experience super-fast internet connection. Wireless Business Solutions (WBS) announced this week that it is investing billions in a new national high-speed LTE-A network in South Africa. The company, run by former FirstRand co-founder Paul Harris, tech-savvy former FNB chief executive Michael Jordaan and Design Indaba boss Ravi Naidoo, aims to bring fibre-like speeds, initially to home users, bypassing the growing fashion of fibre-optic cable connections in South Africa’s suburbs. The WBS network is expected to be rolled out in the next few months, and is further set to enable 5G technology and make South Africa “leaders in the field”. The new wireless

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  • Abuse claims against Brad ‘exaggerated, fabricated’

    London - Allegations of abuse against Brad Pitt are “exaggerated and fabricated”. After it was revealed that Brad is reportedly being investigated by the FBI for child abuse after a confrontation whilst drunk on a private jet, sources close to the actor have hit out at the “smear campaign” against him. A source told DailyMail.com: “These claims are exaggerated and fabricated. “It's unfortunate for the whole family that people are insisting on continuing this endless smear campaign against Brad that hurts everyone. “They are a solid family with two caring parents and a normal share of verbal disagreements like major households. “Hopefully people can move on and leave them all alone to work this

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  • Aliko Dangote determined to buy Arsenal

    London - Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, plans to buy London-based Arsenal soccer team within four years. Dangote, a Nigerian worth $10.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, announced his intention to buy the club last year. He said he needs to wait for his business prospects to improve and his investments in gas pipelines and an oil refinery to play out before making the acquisition. “There’s no doubt” he’ll buy Arsenal and “it’s not a problem” of money, Dangote said in an interview with Bloomberg in New York on Wednesday. “Maybe three to four years. The issue is that we have more challenging headwinds. I need to get those out the way first and start having tailwinds.

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  • PICS: Celebrating 200 years since the birth of the Zulu nation - Politics

    Durban - The dominance of the Zulus in South African life was evident yesterday when the whole country was supposed to be celebrating Heritage Day, but the Zulu component of the population took centre stage. It resulted in President Jacob Zuma, a proud Zulu, delegating the responsibility of giving the main address of Heritage Day at Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley to his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa. Zuma was at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban to attend an uMkhosi weLembe (Shaka’s Day) celebration that marked 200 years since King Shaka founded the mighty Zulu kingdom. The momentous occasion, which coincided with Heritage Day, also marked the 45-year reign of the incumbent monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini.

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  • Black hair, sharp scissors and the totality of white power

    “Arrest us all”, the young women said, contemplating arrest before even fully grasping the uncertainty of puberty. I thought “detention” was a rite of passage for our parents’ generation in the 1980s. I have always been shocked by the anxiety of the old guard at some of South Africa’s model C schools. The kind of anxiety that makes middle aged men call for “reinforcements” when confronted by articulate young teenagers who just want to grow their hair. Black women have always known that their hair is a site of struggle. If it’s not Bra Hugh or Bra Don unhelpfully berating weaves, its confused ‘tannies’ telling our sisters that their hair is wild. The aesthetic, hair and skin more notably, have

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  • Wilson B Nkosi's still switched on

    Wilson B Nkosi has been in fashion for 30 years. The Metro FM star DJ shows no signs of waning. He has been at the station from day one and has amassed a fiercely loyal following of his show, Sounds and Stuff Like That. He says that he heard from some of his listeners that if they have to attend church during his show, they will take headphones and sneak in a listen during the sermon. For a radio institution in his own right, Nkosi is modest. He is unassuming when he rocks up for our meeting in casual sportswear and a cap. His muscular physique is imposing. The clean-living star says he's never tasted alcohol and doesn't smoke. He doesn't look a day past 49. "I don't ask for much except good

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  • Gordhan warns on SA corruption, patronage

    In an address to the Ahmed Kathrada heritage day gala dinner, Gordhan painted a bleak picture of the far-reaching consequences of corruption and patronage in the country. He delivered the keynote address to an audience which included former president Kgalema Motlanthe. Gordhan most glaringly took a dig at those who condone corruption under the pretext of transformation. "The flip side of this transformation, the rotten product in the gift wrap, is what is called rent-seeking. It means every time I want to do something, I say it is part of transformation. But in the meantime, it means giving contracts to my pals in closets," Gordhan said. "That is what they call transformation and a lot of that

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