• Community Post: 8 Important Life Lessons We Learned From Nicki Minaj Songs

    Beneath her eccentric style and suggestive lyrics, there are some valuable life lessons to be found.

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  • Jihadi John tried to enter SA

    According to British media, Emwazi was arrested as he tried to force his way past a security checkpoint onto a Johannesburg-bound flight without a passport. Emwazi has beheaded several Islamic State hostages over the past year. It is reported that at the time of his arrest in Tanzania he was with two members of Somalia-based Islamic terrorist organisation al-Shabab: Bilal Berjawi and Mohamed Sakr. It is not clear why Emwazi wanted to fly to Johannesburg.

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  • POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Zuma faces no-confidence vote in Parliament

    DEPUTY President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Jacob Zuma will come under the spotlight in Parliament this week when Mr Ramaphosa answers questions in the National Assembly and Mr Zuma faces a motion of no confidence. After opposition MPs had complained about the loss of signal in the chamber, Mr Ramaphosa reportedly sent a note to State Security Minister David Mahlobo, after which the signal came back on again.

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  • Teen Allegedly Urged Friend To Kill Himself, Then Tweeted How Much She Missed Him

    Moments before 18-year-old Conrad Roy was going to kill himself last summer, he had second thoughts and climbed out of his running truck. The message allegedly came from Michelle Carter, who police now say sent Roy a series of texts in the last days of his life encouraging him to commit suicide. Roy apparently listened; police later found him dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. In a report, police said that before dying, Roy told Carter “he was scared and didn’t want to leave his family,” the Sun Chronicle reported.

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  • SA’s US ambassador in new ‘dodgy degree’ drama - City Press

    South Africa’s new ambassador to Washington, DC, Mninwa Mahlangu, has set tongues wagging in the US after it emerged that he may have received his distance-learning degree from an unaccredited institution. Mahlangu has, however, insisted his qualification is solid. In his official short bio, submitted for the ambassadorial position – Mahlangu’s first – he counts a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Fairfax in 1995 as among his qualifications. The Louisiana-based Fairfax University was established in 1986 and discontinued in 2004 when, according to Wikipedia, it relocated to the Cayman Islands.

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  • Food shortages loom for SA - Deloitte - Business News | IOL Business

    South Africa is facing the prospect of looming food shortages in the next 10 years as the country struggles to attract new talent to its ageing crop of commercial farmers, according to Deloitte. Data from farming organisation AgriSA shows that the average age of a South African farmer is 62, considerably higher than the EU median age of 55 and also older than the US (58) and Australia (53), a factor that is likely to put considerable pressure on the nation’s status as a net food producer. Compounding this is the fact that South Africa, which is already battling a chronic electricity shortage, is considered semi-arid in most parts with a 2009 World Bank study estimating that just 11.82 percent of its 1,221,037 square kilometres of land is arable. “The average age of a commercial farmer in this country is around 62 and we’re simply not attracting enough new farmers to the sector to fill the gap they are going to leave as they start to retire over the next decade,” says Omri van Zyl, a Senior Associate at Deloitte.

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  • Mugabe’s 91st birthday bash - PICS - Africa | IOL News

    The elephant might have been in the room but it was not on the menu, after all, at Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s 91st birthday party at the Elephant Hills hotel in the country’s premier tourist attraction, Victoria Falls, on Saturday. Although Zanu PF supporter Tendai Musasa, who farms on disputed game land in the area, had promised to shoot a couple of elephant, buffalo, possibly a crocodile and other game for the dinner, none arrived at the hotel in the end. All 1060 hotel rooms were booked well before the festivities and the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe said “a couple of hundred” more rooms in the bed and breakfast lodges and rooms in private houses were also booked.

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  • AKA, Nyovest beef still sizzling - City Press

    Cassper Nyovest and rapper AKA are still at war. In December the pair publicly shook hands and claimed they had settled a long-running beef marked by insults, shoving and – on one occasion – a gun being drawn. “They did not even sit next to each other throughout the shoot,” the second source told City Press. Both sources said AKA and Cassper Nyovest determinedly continued to ignore each other, even as they stood together for photographs.

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  • Zimbabwe: Uebert Angel - From Grace to Grass

    Flamboyant and sharp tongued, Prophet Angel made his way into the public glare in 2011, championing the gospel of prosperity. The tall and lanky prophet, who dressed with a flourish, quickly became one of the most sought after prophets locally and regionally. Fondly referred to as "Papa" or "Major" by his congregants at Spirit Embassy, the youthful prophet - whose collection of flashy cars endeared him to the youthful group in his church - was unapologetic about his boastful tirades. Brash and just as captivating as her husband, Beverly - who is the co-founder and vice-president and overseer of Spirit Embassy - soon had the masses eating right out of her dainty hands.

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  • Malema supporters take over EFF in KZN

    Several Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members, who were among the founding leaders of the party in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), have been ousted from their positions following a hastily convened provincial elective assembly where they were replaced by supporters of party leader Julius Malema amid accusations of vote rigging and flouting of processes. Members of the media who had waited the entire day for proceedings to begin on Saturday had to leave after EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu told them the opening session was not open to the media. The most important thing for us is that the assembly went very well,” said Vukani Ndlovu, who was elected new EFF leader in KZN.

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  • SA’s spies run for cover - City Press

    Within hours of Al Jazeera releasing the first reports about the leaked so-called spy cables, South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) sent a chartered jet to “extract” at least four senior intelligence agents from their posts in Africa. A source in the SSA told City Press one agent was based in Cameroon and the other three were elsewhere on the continent. It happened very fast,” a source close to the SSA said. “The leaks caused chaos in the SSA, and especially among the agents abroad.

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  • Chelsea are League Cup champions

    John Terry set Chelsea up for a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s League Cup final as Jose Mourinho claimed the first trophy of his second stint as manager. Terry’s deflected strike put Chelsea ahead on the stroke of half-time at Wembley and Mourinho’s side sealed victory in the 56th minute when Spurs right-back Kyle Walker deflected Diego Costa’s effort into his own net.

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  • SAA chief in fake e-mails drama - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Private investigator Paul O’Sullivan this week tried to get the chairwoman of South African Airways to resign from her position using fake documents. The Sunday Independent is in possession of fake overseas bank statements and e-mail communication between Dudu Myeni, her lawyers and O’Sullivan, which show the famed investigator demanding her resignation based on fake overseas bank documents. O’Sullivan, who is credited with several corruption-busting investigations – including the conviction of the late former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi – accused Myeni of having received millions of rand from illegal deals involving an SAA tender and the Gauteng e-tolls contract.

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  • The SA men in Islamic State - South Africa | IOL News

    South Africa's Premier Online News Source. Discover the world of IOL, News South Africa, Sport, Business, Financial, World News, Entertainment, Technology, Motoring, Travel, Property, Classifieds & more.

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  • Police Find Lupita Nyong'o's Pearl-Studded Oscar Dress

    Save the pearls. Update: Nyong'o's dress was discovered Friday back in the hotel where it was originally stolen.

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  • Nigeria: Is Wizkid Arrogant or Envied?

    Wizkid's twit-fights are garnering more popularity than his hit songs nowadays. Before the fight, Wizkid came under attack from the Twitter denizens over his post that he would like to sing with Nigeria international artiste Asa. Then came the Twitter rumble with Skales. Wizkid hit the limelight when Banky W signed him on his label Empire Mates Entertainment in 2009.

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  • Nigeria: Creating Two Million Jobs Every Year (II)

    WITH opening times from 8am to 10pm every day, the target will be to get a minimum of 5,000 members for each sports centre at a monthly fee of N5000.00 for each member. A friend mentioned to me that a privately built small football pitch in Lekki area of Lagos has been fully reserved and paid for by one of the oil companies for their staff recreational needs.

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  • Middle class must save itself from collapse - City Press

    This week we report that banks repossessed almost 5 000 cars from the country’s middle class in the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces. Last week, City Press reported on a government tender requesting private companies to help tackle the massive debt burden of civil servants. An increase in personal tax, sin taxes, the fuel levy, e-tolls and petrol over the next few months following this year’s budget speech will stretch the already burdened middle class even further. This is a sign that life is becoming increasingly tough for the middle class in South Africa.

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  • Black lawyers blast Mbete - City Press

    Black lawyers’ organisations are furious that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, hires expensive, white-male advocates to win court cases involving Parliament. The chairperson of Advocates for Transformation, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, said the chief justice had repeatedly appealed to all sectors of government to promote the transformation of the legal profession by appointing black advocates, but it appeared even Parliament could not be bothered. “Sometimes, when you ask some government attorneys why they are not appointing black advocates, they say: ‘We want people who are going to win the case,’” Ntsebeza said.

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  • Plot uncovered to frame SAA chair as 'offshore fat cat'

    Myeni, the airline's combative chair and head of the Jacob Zuma Foundation, was drawn into a bizarre web of intrigue this week after the leak of a cache of fake documents purporting to uncover a R240-million stash in France and Austria. Documents and stamped bank statements surfaced indicating that Interpol had made a formal application to discover à17.7-million in an account at BNP Paribas bank in Paris and à817000 in a second account at Bank Austria in Vienna. The documents were circulated to the office of the president, the public protector and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. The police's Solomon Makgale said no division of the police had requested an investigation into Myeni.

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