• Mandla Mandela weds

    “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community, for welcoming me into their hearts,” Mandela said in a statement. The marriage, which took place on Saturday in Cape Town, is the fourth for Mandela, whose heritage is isiXhosa and who currently serves as the traditional chief of Mveso. “Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans,” he said.  According to most recent reports, Mandela is still legally married to his first wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, with whom he has been embroiled in a long-standing bitter divorce battle.  Previously

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  • The Big Read: Zuma's got the right numbers

    Predictions have been made that the man is so weak that he will be recalled by his party within months; that he may be forced to go because of the massive damage he is wreaking on the 104-year-old ANC. I am not convinced Zuma can be forced out by his comrades. Why not? Zuma has always been a cunning analyst of the ANC and its processes. He knows where the power within the party lies. He sleeps easy knowing that the majority of South Africans will still vote for the ANC, at least at the general elections in 2019. The 2024 national elections are another story altogether. The key for him, therefore, is to forget about the general populace and concentrate on what matters to him: the decision-making

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  • Bonang and AKA strike a pose at Da Les’ all-white party (Photos)

    Rumoured couple AKA and Bonang Matheba were some of the many Mzansi A-listers at Da Les’ 7th Annual All-White Pool Party on Saturday.Next The duo even took some time to pose for the cameras together. So are they finally ready to go public with their relationship? Queen B looked breathtaking in a lightweight sheer kaftan, with a daring bodysuit to go with. Held in Sandton, Johannesburg, another rumoured couple was also in attendance. That would be Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane. Nomzmo opted for a tailored relaxed look, donning wide-legged three-quarter pants with a matching top and peek-a-boo bra. Other gorgeous ladies spotted at the event included Nomuzi Mabena,  Boity, Khanya Mkangisa, Natasha

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  • Mandela hitched again

    The marriage appears to have been kept a closely guarded secret until pictures of the happy bride and groom appeared on social media. Mandela confirmed he married Clarke yesterday. "I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on February 6. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community for welcoming me into their hearts. "Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans." A family friend told The Times the wedding took place at a mosque in Kensington, followed by a reception at Cape Town hotel,

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  • ‘I had to step down,’ says Nene

    FORMER Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is keeping busy by tending his garden. Mr Nene was fired by President Jacob Zuma in December and replaced by little known MP Des Van Rooyen, prompting an unprecedented backlash from the markets and a knock to the currency. Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan was then assigned the post in a bid to contain the fallout. Mr Nene had resigned as an MP after his axing in December and was said to be earmarked for nomination for a post at the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank. However, he told the Financial Mail this week that he has not yet received a formal offer for the post months after the decision to nominate him was taken by Mr Zuma. He

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  • Malema unapproachable, only listens to Shivambu says disgruntled EFF member

     "Julius is a liar," said Economic Freedom Fighters member Lufuno Gogoro. "He is lying that we can sit down with him. Julius doesn't want to listen to anyone except [EFF chief whip] Floyd [Shivambu] and we cannot run an organisation through friendship." Gogoro is among a group of EFF members, calling itself defenders of the EFF constitution, which had planned to approach the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday for an urgent interdict against Malema and the EFF's leadership. It wanted a stop put to the party's provincial conferences and its national people's assembly, which is expected to be held in December. Earlier on Friday, Malema told reporters in Johannesburg that disgruntled members were

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  • Comair aircraft makes emergency landing at OR Tambo Airport

    It’s understood a guinea fowl allegedly flew into one of the plane’s engines shortly after it took off. Comair Emergency landing Comair Limited Kulula JOHANNESBURG – Comair has confirmed that one its Kulula aircrafts has had to make an emergency landing at the OR Tambo International Airport this morning.   It’s understood a guinea fowl allegedly flew into one of the plane’s engines shortly after it took off from the Lanseria Airport to Cape Town.   The incident has resulted in some delays. No one was been injured.   Comair CEO Erik Venter said, “The Kulula aircraft did make an emergency landing because it’s struck a guinea fowl coming out of Lanseria Airport. It’s not unusual but we obviously

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  • EFFSC vow to have ‘guerrilla conversation’ with 'Oros' following

    The Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command (EFFSC) has described being called “monkeys” by African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine as “lame and childish utterances by Oros”. The students said: “Not that we’ve been paying attention or following the events of the ANC youth desk but it is reported to us that Oros man‚ Collen Maine‚ is up to his usual antics of spewing bile once again. “This time‚ he has apparently referred to the EFF as monkeys. “It is incumbent upon us as the EFFSC that we dispute‚ refute and dismiss this madness with the contempt it deserves.” Maine is reported to have said: “If you fight with Zuma you are fighting with the youth league‚ and South

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  • Sensational return for Special One?

    London - Jose Mourinho is on the brink of getting the job of his dreams by becoming Manchester United manager this summer. In a dramatic twist for Manchester football, it means he would resume his toxic rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who was announced last Monday as City’s new boss for next season. No deal has been signed but talks have opened and Mourinho has his heart set on the job. United see him as the one man who can go head to head with Guardiola when trying to lure new talent to the club. City already wish to land Paul Pogba from Juventus and John Stones from Everton. United hope the arrival of Mourinho, who calls himself the Special One, will give them the chance to compete. The Portuguese

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Succession: Jonathan Moyo Bares it All

    In your opinion, what could have motivated George Charamba’s attacks against you and those perceived to be opposed to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa? While Charamba’s scurrilous political attack on me and other Cabinet ministers perceived to be opposed to what they allege is Vice-President Mnangagwa’s succession path went viral after his long interview on ZiFM radio and after The Herald reproduced a verbatim script of that interview two weeks ago, in fact Charamba had been on my case over VP Mnangagwa’s succession for a very long time. To make a very long story short, things started turning ugly between Charamba and me and his fellow successionists out there in May 2015 when BBC HardTalk broadcast an interview with me in which I poured cold water on the ambitions of successionists by saying President Robert Mugabe had not appointed his vice-presidents so they could succeed him, but so they could assist him to implement the policy programmes he pledged to the nation in the 2013 elections, which he won resoundingly.

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  • South Africa: Visa Regulations

    Today's announcement by the Departments of Home Affairs (DHA) that the it will be relaxing some of the job-killing visa regulations it introduced last year does not go far enough to restore South Africa as a tourist friendly destination. Instead of announcing an E-visa system in line with the recommendations by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the DHA merely noted that it would be considering the idea of issuing visas on arrival in the coming months. Meanwhile the concession by the DHA to do away with the unabridged birth certificate requirement for minors whose passports contain the full details of both parents will have no benefit to those who do not possess these updated passports.

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  • Prasa boss gets lucky with R11m mansion

    The claims are made in court papers filed this week in the High Court in Pretoria in an action against Siyangena Technologies, which obtained a R3.9-billion Prasa tender in 2009-10. Molefe wants the court to set aside the contract awarded to Mario Ferreira, the owner of soccer club Vasco da Gama and Siyangena Technologies. The Prasa chairman has argued that Siyangena was unlawfully awarded the tender to instal high-speed passenger gates, CCTV cameras and other security related material. "Investigations ... revealed that Mr Lucky Montana has corruptly benefited from his relationship with individuals and entities associated with the first respondent [Siyangena Technologies]. Seven additional stations

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  • SA to deport 140 Zimbabwean ex-convicts

    Reports from Zimbabwe say the deportees have just finished serving sentences of up to 18 years in jail.

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  • SA charmer's trail of treachery in US

    "I was straight out of a divorce. I was needy," the California farmer said this week, recalling her ordeal at the hands of her mystery South African, Abraham "Arno" Smit. "He must have been with four or five women at the same time. If he found out that a woman didn't have the money she claimed she had, then he would disappear. "He sucked me into his web. I didn't know there were people like that out there." Cary was easy prey for Smit, who in a few years allegedly cut a swathe of deceit and bad debt across California cattle country. He claimed to be a middle-aged cattle baron from South Africa, heir to a farming empire. In fact, he was a 25-year-old dealer in broken promises. When investigators

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  • Controversial umpire calls halt Proteas

    Two controversial umpiring decisions halted the Proteas’ progress on Saturday as they ended on 262/7 in the second one-day international against England in Port Elizaeth. Proteas captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first at St George’s Park on a sunny day, but the pitch was a bit slow and didn’t allow the ball to come on to the bat. Duminy had taken his time to get in on a difficult track alongside De Villiers, but the middle-order duo stuck it out to put on a 107-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Just as they got going after De Villiers reached his 48th ODI half-century, the Proteas were rocked by the double blow of losing their captain and then Duminy within three balls.

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  • Hiker dies after falling from Lion's Head - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A hiker died after falling from Lion's Head in Cape Town on Friday night, paramedics said. “Last night [Friday] at around [7pm] Netcare 911 paramedics and the rescue teams from Metro Rescue was called to Lion's Head Mountain in the Western Cape for reports of a person that fell from the mountain,” Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said on Saturday. “Rescue teams and medics found the person in the early hours of this morning [Saturday]. Tragically, it was found that the hiker had died before the arrival of the team,” he said. No other details were provided. African News Agency

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  • Beyonce, in surprise new track, takes on police abuse

    Beyonce is back with her first new music in more than two years, a hip-hop-heavy track with nods to the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. The pop superstar released a single and accompanying video, “Formation,” on Saturday in a surprise one day before she is set to perform before tens of millions of television viewers during halftime of the Super Bowl alongside British rockers Coldplay.  Set in New Orleans, the video offers fleeting but poignant references to Black Lives Matter, the movement against police brutality that has gained steam across the United States in recent years.  A row of police officers in riot gear appears throughout the video. At the end, they raise their hands

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  • Skyrocketing food prices to hit pockets - Business News

    Johannesburg - A combination of the on-going drought in the country and the weak rand has pinned South Africa into a tight spot, shooting food prices sky-high. The Saturday Star has put together a grocery basket of food and other common items to show the increase and difference in food prices at various stores. This will be done monthly to track the projected increase in food prices. Between December 2014 and December last year, food prices went up by an average of 8.7 percent. Lesotho this week declared a national emergency as the drought continued to hit farming communities across the southern African region. The Market and Economic Research Centre also released the food basket survey this

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  • Who made the DA whiter? Mmusi and Lindiwe exchange barbs

    Party leader Mmusi Maimane said this week that white males had also played a key role in controlling the party while Lindiwe Mazibuko was its parliamentary leader. He was responding to an article on BDLive last month in which Mazibuko welcomed the party's stand against racism but said it needed to do something about the white male "brains trust" that dominated it. Mazibuko, now a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, criticised the white men in the DA who she said "callously strut about social media like a law unto themselves". But Maimane dismissed the criticism during an interview at his parliament office. "Things are changing. She left the party, it was her choice," he said.

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  • Mpumalanga Premier Mabuza threatens to end business arrangements with Eskom

    The province’s municipalities currently owe Eskom more than R1,4 billion, with the energy provider threatening to cut off electricity supply in seven municipalities which are not honouring their monthly repayments. Mabuza said that municipalities are willing to pay their debts, but Eskom’s payment terms were unreasonable. “The Eskom payment terms are onerous and untenable for the municipalities, and they need to be reviewed, otherwise we will have no option as a province but to pull out of the business arrangement with Eskom,” said Mabuza, speaking at a Premier’s Coordinating Forum in Mbombela on this week. Mabuza said that numerous municipalities which are distributing electricity on behalf

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