• Zimbabwe: Mugabe Blasts Mandela - And Speaks on Xenophobia

    Admitting he was spewing "poison", President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday blamed unemployment in South Africa for the vicious xenophobic attacks against foreigners there, including Zimbabweans. Clearly revelling in his role as Africa's political grandee and elder statesman, Mugabe claimed that Africa's second biggest economy needed help from its poorer neighbours. Zimbabwe has struggled with a serious economic crisis for about 15 years. The crunch shows no sign of easing and has forced an estimated one million locals across the border into South Africa in search of a better life.

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  • Mazibuko earns master’s degree from Harvard

    Lindiwe Mazibuko is celebrating a Masters of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In her time at Harvard — the world-renowned university first established in 1636 — Mazibuko has shared her excitement at the extreme season changes and taken up cycling. Mazibuko first attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study a Bachelor of Music degree then moved to the University of Cape Town‚ where she obtained a BA (French‚ Classics‚ Media & Writing) in 2006 and a BA Honours (Political Communication) degree in 2007.

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  • Dame Shirley Bassey blasts Beyonce for 'skimpy' Met Ball dress

    Dame Shirley Bassey has blasted Beyonce and other modern singers who feel the need to ''see who can wear the skimpiest outfit''. Dame Shirley said: ''It is like they are all in competition with each other. ''When I saw Beyonce at the Met Ball the other night I was like, 'excuse me?' I think you have to leave a lot to the imagination. Speaking at the 'Shooting Star' book launch in London, Dame Shirley said: ''Of course it is a bad impression for young people to follow because they want to dress like that.

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  • Mashamaite gives Kaizer Chiefs award to Mathoho!

    Tefu Mashamaite has given his Kaizer Chiefs Player of the Season Award to Eric Mathoho! The 30 year old Amakhosi defender picked up R100 000 as Kaizer Chiefs’ Player of the Season, but immediately said he was giving the award to his central defensive partner Mathoho, who played along side him as Amakhosi romped to the Absa Premiership title. Mashamaite also picked up another R50 000 as the Fans’ Player of the Season, and 20 000 more as the Player of the Month for February and May.

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  • Cara Delevingne walks out of Cannes party due to former partner Michelle Rodriguez | The New Age Online

    "Cara and Michelle haven't spoken since they split and they aren't friends anymore. Cara was with her new girlfriend and she couldn't face any kind of awkward confrontation," The Sun newspaper quoted a source as saying, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

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  • Home Affairs allows big business to jump visa queue

    The one-stop Premium Visa and Permit Centre will fast-track their visas and those of their family members. This centre was launched yesterday at the Gauteng Investment Centre in Sandton by Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba. The new centre was established in partnership with the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency and VFS Global. Its core function is to facilitate increased investment and infrastructure development in South Africa by making it easy for corporate clients to process their visa and permit applications.

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  • Andile Jali puts a ring on it - SundayWorld

    On top of earning the title for arguably Mzansi’s most sought-after “It Girl” – thanks to Diski Divas – then announcing that she is expecting a bundle of joy a few weeks ago, Nonhle just broke news on her Instagram that she is officially going to be Mrs Andile Jali. In a series of ambiguous posts Nonhle, not in so many words, confirmed that Andile had popped the question. Nonhle is even seen sporting a sumptuous rock on her engagement ring finger.

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  • 12 000 KZN Operation Fiela arrests - Crime & Courts | 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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  • E-tolls to = more unlicensed cars? - IOL Motoring Industry News | IOL.co.za

    “It will also force many road users to drive unlicensed vehicles. On Wednesday, Ramaphosa said that the user pay principle for e-tolls in Gauteng would remain in place. “A single reduced tariff will be applied to all motorists.

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  • TWEET OF THE WEEK: Mbalula’s thug life

    There are no strict rules, only that the tweet in question must offer an important insight, define a debate (notorious or otherwise) or mark an occasion. "Honorable Members, I hereby introduce to you the Mayor of P.E Dr Danny Jordaan. Profile: Fikile Mbalula is SA’s minister of sport and recreation and an African National Congress (ANC) MP. Citation: The cult of personality, by and large, dominates South African politics.

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  • Islamic State storms ancient city of Palmyra

    Islamic State militants took control of areas of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra from government forces in fierce fighting on Wednesday, and the Syrian antiquities chief called on the world to save its ancient heritage from the jihadists. The central city, known as Tadmur in Arabic, is home to a Unesco World Heritage Site and is also a strategic military location in central Syria linked by highways to the cities of Homs and Damascus, about 240km to the southwest. There are small groups that managed to enter the city from certain points," Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim said. Mr Abdulkarim, who received Unesco’s Cultural Heritage Rescue Prize last year, said hundreds of statues had been moved to safe locations but called on the Syrian army, opposition and international community to save the site.

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  • We Ate The World's Most Expensive Pie And It Nearly Killed Us

    2. Before we begin this tale of bravery, perseverance and unashamed gilded gluttony, it’s important to understand why a meat pie worth $12,000 exists. The dish, affectionately known as the “Posh Pie” inside the kitchen where it was born at Paddington’s Lord Dudley Hotel, was created to celebrate the sale of the two millionth Groupon voucher in Australia. 3. The pie’s ~fancy pants~ ingredient list includes Australia’s dearest wagyu eye fillet, West Australian rock lobsters, french truffles worth $180 a pop and German gold leaf.

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  • Home Affairs jacking up its ability to process visa and work permits | The New Age Online

    Home Affairs reports that it is to accelerate the process of securing visas and work permits. The move is said to be helpful to big businesses and could lead to greater international business input. It could also lead to more foreign investment in an ailing economy.In an effort to accelerate the process of securing work permits and a visa, Home Affairs Minister  Malusi Gigaba launched a visa and permit centre in Johannesburg which will exclusively deal with work visa applications of large companies.

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  • SAPS to recruit former officers

    The SA Police Service (SAPS) is set to recruit former officers who left the organisation, it said on Thursday. The SAPS said the decision was taken after an analysis on loss of police officers was done.

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  • SA agrees to xenophobia summit - Africa | IOL News

    The South African government has only now acceded to a request for a national summit on xenophobia which civil society began agitating for after the African Peer Review Mechanism sounded the alarm in 2007. Laura Kganyago, a leading civil society representative on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) noted that the APRM’s peer review report on South Africa in 2007 had warned of the danger of xenophobia.

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  • ‘Drivers smell victory’ and won’t pay reduced tolls: Vavi

    Government’s announcement of a new dispensation for e-tolls “is an admission that the mass campaign against e-tolls is winning and the system is collapsing‚ as thousands of motorists continue to refuse to pay”‚ said Zwelinzima Vavi. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that toll fees for unregistered users will be reduced by almost half and payment will be a condition of receiving a renewed licence disc.

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  • Six load shedding jokes - Connect

    Need a pick me up? Whenever your feeling down, refer back to this. I promise it will help.

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  • Truth lies in shades of grey in Zim - The Star

    The British hacks were shocked by the Matabeleland killings, but I had long passed the point of shock, writes Brendan Seery. For a village in communal lands just 20km from the city of Bulawayo, the quiet was eerie. My contacts – from the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu) in the Bulawayo township of Magwegwe – were also quiet, as they went from house to house, looking for signs of life.

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  • Mbeki calls for money control

    Former president Thabo Mbeki said there was a need to strengthen the “legal and regulatory framework” to be able to deal with the problem of illicit financial outflows from Africa. Mbeki said countries such as Nigeria and South Africa should have the necessary legislation to be able to deal with the problem properly. “It is necessary for the countries to have the legislative framework which enables them to act to identify resources without impacting negatively on what will be normal and desirable econo-mic integration on the continent,” Mbeki said yesterday at the Pan African Parliament (PAP) ordinary session in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. South Africa already has legislation which enables it to identify what might be an illicit inflow.

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