• Paid to do nothing for 12 months

    A Limpopo government official has challenged his employer to provide him with the necessary tools to do his job instead of paying him a salary for doing nothing. Phineas Tsebe earns R16000 a month. Tuesday marked a year since Tsebe was hired at the Mogalakwena municipality in Mokopane. Tsebe, 53, was dismissed in May 2014 after he was accused of committing fraud in his capacity as a testing officer. He was accused of signing a learners' licence booking application form, a procedure only cashiers are allowed to do. It was later discovered that Tsebe was wrongly accused and he was reinstated on February 2 2015 after a settlement agreement between him and the municipality. However, he needed to

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  • Cashier’s till scam exposed - Independent on Saturday

    Durban - A good news story created social media waves this week when a Durban business couple, Sbonelo Mbatha and his wife, Zinhle, took a crooked cashier to task. According to Mbatha’s Facebook post, the incident occurred when they went to buy a few groceries at a local Checkers in Durban North. Mbatha said he had gone through the till first and, while his wife was busy paying, he noticed that “her facial expression showed signs of confusion and concern”. Only when the couple were leaving the supermarket did it become clear to them that the cashier had asked Zinhle for a bribe in return for putting some of her items through without scanning them. “The cashier deliberately did not ring up these

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  • 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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  • 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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  • ‘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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  • Pyramid scams thriving in SA - Personal Finance News

    Pyramid schemes in South Africa are more likely to collapse than be shut down, thanks to regulatory arbitrage. The National Consumer Commission (NCC) this week said it was no longer pursuing an investigation into nine suspected pyramid schemes. It said the police’s Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit has taken over the matter. The NCC was established in terms of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), which defines and outlaws pyramid schemes. However, the commission doesn’t have the capacity to do forensic investigations, Trevor Hattingh, NCC spokesman, says. And only legitimate businesses can be taken to the National Consumer Tribunal, he says. Hattingh was responding to questions about reports this

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  • If you vote for another party, you waste your vote

    President Jacob Zuma lashed out at why other political parties were established at an ANC fundraising event held in Pretoria on Friday evening. The event was attended by most of the ministers and Gauteng MECs, as well as the new minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des Van Rooyen. “Other political parties were developed by an ideology or individuals that were angry about something and in a moment of anger established a party,” Zuma said during his keynote address. “But the ANC was established as an answer to a national serious challenge by the people of South Africa to fight for the right of all the people of the country.” He added that the ANC was established to fight

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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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  • Unabridged birth certificate travel rule scrapped

    Parents can breathe a sigh of relief after the Department of Home Affairs announced on Thursday it is amending its controversial rule that makes it a requirement for parents to have their minor children's unabridged birth certificates available before they can travel.  Mkuseli Apleni, the department's director general, said the regulations were being reviewed and amended. The amended law would stipulate that parents' details would be printed in the minor's passport, meaning they would not have to carry birth certificates. “Home affairs is working jointly with the national department of tourism to ensure the regulations are amended accordingly," he said. The tourism department had previously argued

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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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  • #DurbanTremor shakes coastal belt - KwaZulu-Natal

    Durban - The earth tremor that shook the KwaZulu-Natal coastal regions on Saturday morning is unlikely to be greater than magnitude 3.0, the Council for Geoscience said on Saturday. “Unfortunately, we can only confirm the location and magnitude on Monday,” Council for Geosciences seismologist Michelle Grobbelaar told ANA. “But the earthquake seems to be located in the KZN region and was felt quite widely in the province. It occurred at 11.30 this morning [Saturday] and from the reports I have received, it is unlikely to be greater than magnitude 3.0, but this needs to be confirmed,” she said. Grobbelaar said there had been earthquakes in the province before – the earliest on the council’s records

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  • Mother had dream about girl's rape

    A North West mother dreamt about her daughters being raped. Weeks later her dream became a reality when one of them was raped inside their home while the mother was at church, the North West High Court heard yesterday. This was the testimony of a young woman whose sister was one of the women who were allegedly raped by Lucky Rababue, 23. Rababue is facing 69 charges, including for attempted murders, rapes and robberies that occurred between January 2012 and May 2014. The court interpreter had to give the woman a glass of water when she burst into tears while explaining to Judge Samkelo Gura that her mother saw the incident in the form of a dream before it happened. It was on Saturday March 17

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  • North Korea launches rocket it says is carrying satellite

    North Korea had notified UN that it planned to launch a rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite. North Korea North Korean government North Korean rocket launch North Korea fires missiles antiNorth Korea SEOUL/TOKYO – North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has said is a satellite, South Korea’s defence ministry said, in defiance of United Nations sanctions. The US Strategic Command said it had detected what it called a missile entering space, appearing to quash earlier media reports indicating it might have failed during flight. The rocket was launched at around 9:30am Seoul time in a southward trajectory. Japan’s Fuji Television Network showed a streak of light

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  • Tokyo told to call it quits

    But in a compromise that saved Sexwale from an embarrassing exit from the race, the former Gauteng premier was allowed to stay on as a candidate when Safa decided to leave his fate in the hands of the Confederation of African Football. Sexwale went to the meeting expecting to receive an endorsement from Safa, but The Times learned on Thursday he was instead told to call it a day. "He was told to withdraw because he does not have support," an insider said. "He was told that Europe has made it clear it will back [Uefa general secretary] Gianni Infantino. He was also told he does not have the support of Africa because he has not campaigned as much as he should have." Several African football associations

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  • The biggest losers in the Nkandla saga

    Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has come out as the biggest loser in the Nkandla debacle. Former ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi also have egg on their faces due to the saga. The three led the pack in arguing that President Jacob Zuma should not pay for the upgrades at Nkandla. But Zuma's proposal to pay has left his defenders in a corner. While the ANC and Cosatu welcomed Zuma's announcement to pay back some money spent on non-security upgrades at his private home, opposition parties still want him to appear before court. Cosatu said in a statement Zuma's proposal would bring an end to the drawn-out controversy regarding the public protector's report on Nkandla.

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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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  • 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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  • Rhodes Memorial ‘rapist’ strikes again - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - A suspected serial rapist has struck again in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial, this time holding a UCT student hostage in bushes near the famous monument for five hours while he raped her repeatedly. The attacker eventually released the student at 1am on Friday and she managed to get to police to report the incident. Police have told university management the attacker was described as a slender, well-spoken man in his mid-twenties wearing black pants and a hoodie. He starts chatting to the women he preys on, before attacking them. Thursday’s attack, which stretched into on Friday morning, was the fourth in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial since December, and has escalated fears that

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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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  • 'I played for England while drunk'

    London - Andrew Flintoff has revealed that he played Test cricket for England when under the influence of alcohol. The former all-rounder, who played 79 Tests for England, has been open about his battles with depression and alcohol. Speaking on tonight's Jonathan Ross Show on ITV, he was asked if he had ever gone on to a pitch drunk. “I think the question is, was I ever sober?” joked 38-year-old Flintoff, who is now teetotal. “I played a Test match against South Africa and we were getting beat... I was next in to bat the next morning so I had one in the bar... then we had two or three. It was Stella, the strong stuff, and the captain said, 'Get to bed'. “He started to have a go at me. I said,

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