• Sophie Ndaba reveals her secret to weight loss

    Actress and wedding planner Sophie Ndaba is looking sexy and slimmer these days thanks to a new diet plan. Speaking to Sowetan Live at the Royalty soapie awards nominations party, Ndaba said the key to her weight loss was cutting out sugar from her diet. “Instead of sugar I now take sweeteners in my tea, it’s amazing how much cutting down your sugar intake can make a difference in your diet,” she said.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Reveals Secret to Long Life

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who has just turned 91, said on Thursday that one of his secrets to a long life was "not filling my stomach". In a televised interview ahead of a huge birthday party in Victoria Falls, Mugabe said: "I do certain things that I believe sustain life. You must eat well, and really not go for food because it's attractive and feed yourself until your tummy is full," the longtime Zimbabwean leader said. Mugabe's half sister, Regina Gata, recently confirmed her brother's disciplined habits, saying he neither smokes nor drinks.

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  • Fransman belongs in jail

    This column is a plea to the African National Congress to desist from stoking the flames of anarchy. No sooner had we recovered from that spectacle, with the speaker and opposition members apologising to each other, when Marius Fransman and his followers obstructed the Western Cape provincial opening of parliament. Surely when the ANC allows its members to undermine our constitutional democracy, by using the minstrels as its shock troops, it embeds practices in the social fabric of the nation that will become second nature. Firstly, Marius Fransman should be in jail for allegedly appropriating National Lottery funds for the minstrels for party political purposes.

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  • Nigeria: 10-Year-Old Nigerian in UK Varsity

    Ten year old Esther Okade, one of UK's youngest students from Nigeria, has been accepted to start her maths degree at the Open University. Esther, who enrolled three weeks ago, is already top of her class, scoring 100 per cent in a recent test. Esther's mother, Efe, said the process of applying to the university was 'an interesting one because of her age. From the age of seven Esther has wanted to go to university.

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  • Planned terror attack in South Africa foiled according to leaked spy documents

    The information arises from two State Security Agency presentations, which are among several leaked documents the broadcaster obtained. According to the presentations, the foiled attack came to light through Jermaine Grant, who was arrested in Kenya in December 2011 for alleged links to terrorism. During his arrest police found materials similar to those used during the July 7, 2005 suicide bomb attacks in London. The presentations stated that a financier arrested in April/May of 2011 said he was tasked by Al-Qaeda figure Harun Al Fadul, also known as Harun Fazul, to go to the United Arab Emirates and meet another person regarding the attack in South Africa.

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  • South Africa's ambassador to Japan Mohau Pheko admits lying about PhD

    Pheko told the SABC that she registered for and worked towards her degree with La Salle, but the university closed down before she could complete her "studies". Pheko told the SABC the university was promoted as legitimate and that she had registered at it, but it closed before she could be awarded her doctorate. Pheko joins the list of South African public officials who have fraudulently claimed to have certain academic qualifications. The Democratic Alliance on Friday called for Pheko to be suspended.

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  • White widow’s SA plot revealed - Politics | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA British citizen Samantha Lewthwaite, who lived in South Africa under a false identity, is linked to planned suicide bombings in South Africa. Johannesburg - South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) and foreign intelligence services foiled planned suicide bomb attacks by al-Qaeda in South Africa between 2007 and 2010, including one against a Jewish centre in Cape Town, according to secret SSA reports.

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  • 'Jihadi John' killer from Islamic State beheading videos named by media

    In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the masked, black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent appears to have carried out the beheadings of hostages including Americans and Britons. The Washington Post said Emwazi was believed to have travelled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined IS. "His real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming," the Post said. In each beheading video, he is dressed entirely in black, a balaclava covering all but his eyes and the ridge of his nose.

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  • Stage 2 load shedding on the cards

    Eskom has anounced it's likely to implement stage two load shedding today. The power utility says today's load shedding comes as a result of maintenance being done on a fleet of generators and technicians are reportedly experiencing difficulty bringing the fleet back online. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says, "Our engineers have been trying very hard to restore some of the generating units of power stations but so far they've been unable to return them back to service. In his State of the Nation Address earlier this month, President Jacob Zuma said government was doing everything in its power to resolve the energy challenge.

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  • Pistorius to stop murder charge acquittal appeal

    Jailed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has initiated a legal bid through his lawyers to stop prosecutors from appealing his acquittal on a murder charge relating to the fatal shooting of his model girlfriend Reeva SteenKamp. NPA spokesman Velekhaya Mgobhozi confirmed that the application would be heard by Judge Thokozile Masipa in the South Gauteng High Court on 13 March. Pistorius’ lawyer Brian Webber said the decision to apply for leave to appeal on Judge Thokozile Masipa’s ruling was because he believed she incorrectly allowed leave to appeal to the state. Webber said Masipa erred in allowing the appeal with regards to the matters of facts and law in the trial.

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  • SA gives BRICS port entry visa

    Business and diplomatic travellers from South Africa's BRICS partners --Brazil, Russia, India, and China -- are to receive a port of entry visa into South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday. "... I have approved the issuance of port of entry visas to BRICS business executives for up to 10 years, with each visit not to exceed 30 days," he told the Cape Town Press Club.

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  • Deaths shake Ukraine truce - World News | IOL News

    REUTERS A member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands guard as a convoy of the Ukrainian armed forces including armoured personnel carriers, military vehicles and cannons prepare to move as they pull back from the Debaltseve region, in Paraskoviyvka, eastern Ukraine. Kiev - Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine, denting hopes a ceasefire will hold, and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a “military threat” even if the truce is solid.

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  • Nike ultimatum to Ronaldo: Drop your CR7 footwear range or lose contract

    Nike has forced Cristiano Ronaldo to withdraw his range of CR7 footwear and threatened to break off their contract with him.

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  • Nkandla details could put Zuma's life at risk

    Disclosure of Nkandla security structures, sought by architect Minenhle Makhanya, could put President Jacob Zuma in danger, according to papers before the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday. Such disclosure would reveal "highly sensitive measures which would put the lives of president Zuma and his family in jeopardy", director general of the national public works department, Mziwonke Dlabantu, says in the papers. Makhanya and the public works department face a R155 million civil claim relating to work done at Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

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  • Envoy sorry for fake qualification - Politics | IOL News

    REUTERS SA's ambassador to Japan, Mohau Pheko, says she is sorry she pretended to have a doctoral degree. Johannesburg - South Africa's ambassador to Japan, Mohau Pheko, told the SABC on Friday she regrets saying she has a doctoral degree, when she does not. Pheko claimed she received her PhD from the American La Salle University in 2000.

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  • Nigeria: Ibadan-Based Prophet Predicts Coming of Nigeria's 'Messiah'

    An Ibadan-based prophet, Apostle Perez Iyiola Oluyemi, has predicted the coming of "a messiah" whom he said will lead Nigeria out of the lingering social and economic woes. Apostle Oluyemi, founder of Achievers Rock Commission International who is also the President, Africa Evangelical Council, Ibadan, made the prediction in his newly published 'Prophetic Roadmap on Nigeria 2015 and Beyond', copies of which were made available to journalists in the Oyo State capital. The publication declared pointedly that "Jonathan would not be the messiah, but an unnamed 'David' would be".

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  • Nigeria: Please Don't Catch Shekau Alive!

    Within the space of 45 minutes, I was able to count thirteen Nigerian Air Force Hercules transporters. It was obvious to me that, at last, the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan, had woken up to the need to act decisively. Boko Haram was allowed to metamorphose from a band of rag-tag Islamist outlaws to a fierce multinational military force that abducted 219 girls from their boarding school and established a separatist enclave that consisted of no fewer than sixteen local government areas in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. Some Northern leaders seemed overjoyed at the bloody "exploits" of Boko Haram though their own homeland and kinsmen were being decimated.

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  • Krecjir’s son in bid to return to SA - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Denis Krejcir, son of controversial fugitive Radovan Krejcir, is desperately trying to return to South Africa. Pretoria - Denis Krejcir, son of controversial fugitive Radovan Krejcir, is desperately trying to return to South Africa after he was kicked out of the country in December. Denis, according to papers before the High Court in Pretoria, is in the Czech Republic at present. Marlene Nezar, 22, who described herself as his life partner, brought an urgent application against the Minister of Home Affairs.

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