• Pastor Mboro defends his new R2 million BMW: 'God is rewarding me'

    Soon after Mboro flaunted his flashy BMW i8, which retails in the country for about R2 million, eyebrows were raised and Twitter users took to the social media platform to lambaste the pastor, with some labelling him a "false prophet." In response to the slew of backlash, Mboro explained that his latest splurge is one of the ways in which God has changed his life, after embarking on an 8-week journey, called Incredible 8 Weeks, where he apparently prayed for God to transform people's lives, including his. Pastor Mboro's brand new R2million BMW gets tongues wagging  "People don't understand how I am able to afford a BMW," he said during his radio show on Ekurhuleni's Kasie FM. "It's funny because

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  • Chilling details of Rohde murder

    Cape Town - Shocking details about the suspected murder of real estate mogul Jason Rohde’s wife have emerged, with a post-mortem suggesting she was strangled and smothered, before injuries were inflicted on her neck post-death. A pathologist also believes Susan Rohde, 47, died around 5.40am on July 24, it was heard in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court on Friday. These findings contradict what Rohde and his defence team insist happened - that Susan committed suicide by hanging herself after 7am that morning. Rohde, the now-suspended national chief executive of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, is accused of murdering Susan at Spier wine estate, where they were staying for a company

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  • Uproar over Malema’s ‘R16m palace’

    The politician, who portrays himself as a champion of the poor, has levelled the Sandown house and is building a multi-storey R16m mansion in its place. “It will be modern, very modern,” an insider told Weekend Argus. “It has a saferoom underground – in case he is attacked – garages underground, a ground floor and a first floor which can also be used as a viewing platform, a party deck. You will be able to look out over the swimming pool,” the insider said. Malema and his spokesman Floyd Shivambu refused to comment on the house. Shivambu said: “Go ahead and write what you want. We are not going to comment.” The new building in Silvela Road, Sandown Estate, will have an area of about 917 square

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  • Kim 'has official who dozed off executed by anti-aircraft gun'

    South Korea's JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported that one of the men was Ri Yong-jin, an education official, who fell asleep in a meeting with Kim. "He incurred the wrath of Kim after he dozed off during a meeting that Kim presided over," the newspaper quoted a source as saying. "He was executed after other charges, such as corruption, were found during the probe." The second official was Hwang Min, a former agriculture minister, who was executed "because policy proposals he had pushed for were seen as a direct challenge to Kim Jong-un". The executions were carried out with anti-aircraft guns at a military academy in Pyongyang. Use of such weapons has been reported in the past, notably in April

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  • We're the uber of radio stations: Tbo Touch

    Thabo "Tbo Touch" Molefe threw an exclusive bash last night to usher in his radio station, touchcentral.fm. The soiree was attended by some 50 VIP guests from the entertainment and business spheres at the R120000-a-night Villa Royale of the Saxon Hotel in Sandhurst, Sandton. Some of the dignitaries in attendance were tycoon Tokyo Sexwale, Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula and businessman Duduzane Zuma. The line-up of the new station was also unveiled and it sees a collaboration of Cliff Central and touchcentral.fm. The former has now become a podcast platform. Idols SA judge Gareth Cliff is the breakfast host between 6am and 9am, journalist and author Lerato Tshabalala hosts the 9am to 11am slot,

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  • Ehrenreich turns on Zuma

    Cape Town - ANC stalwart Tony Ehrenreich has for the first time spoken out against Jacob Zuma and the ruling party’s leadership. The City of Cape Town councillor and Secretary General of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape blamed Zuma and the “Black Elite” for the ANC’s poor performance at the municipal elections, and said “Zuma needs to go”. Ehrenreich shared an old photo, in which he was tagged, on Facebook on Friday, writing: “This was back in the day, when our principles guided our movement. I luv this movement of the people. Gotto get rid of the leadership destroying the ANC, starting with President Zuma. [sic]” On Sunday when Daily Voice contacted him,

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  • Facebook shuts down pro-Pravin Gordhan group for growing ‘too fast’

    Facebook has shut down growing support on the social network for embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. About 13 400 members have been blocked from inviting their friends to a newly created group “Support for Pravin Gordhan and a better South Africa” for “misusing” it. The group’s administrator‚ Satish Dhupelia‚ created the group on Saturday and members were blocked from Sunday. According to Facebook rules‚ the blocked members were inviting others “too fast”. “We have limits in place to prevent abuse of our features and to protect people from spam and harassment. Limits are based on different factors‚ like speed and quantity‚ but we can’t provide additional details on the rate limits that

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  • Op-Ed: Swaziland hosts a lavish party while people starve

    The Southern African Development Community, a regional bloc of 15 countries, has converged on the little kingdom of Swaziland for the 36th SADC heads-of-state summit. The 10-day talkfest is a moment in the sun for Swazi leader King Mswati III, ruler of his landlocked nation since 1986. This week, the 48-year-old monarch will be handed the SADC chairmanship, taking over from Botswana’s president Ian Khama. Despite this rotational chairmanship being mostly ceremonial, many hold reservations about Mswati’s credentials in leading a regional organisation that ostensibly promotes democratic principles. It is not uncommon for people inside Swaziland, as well as outside observers, to label Mswati a dictator

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  • Between the Lines: China to Mugabe – Submit or Collapse!

    Mugabe can’t pay his public servants and his soldiers. It’s a replay of Zimbabwe’s collapse several times in the last 16 years. But this time his back doors – China and South Africa – are both closed. Mugabe owes China $1.5-billion and has defaulted on several repayments. Chinese President Xi Jinping has a different view from his predecessors, according to Soko. He wants to be paid, and he wants a path forward that is sustainable. Watch: Between the Lines – Mills Soko South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is also not granting relief funds as his predecessor Trevor Manuel did under President Thabo Mbeki, according to other sources familiar with Gordhan’s thinking. “It’s a repudiation of

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  • Shakes defies Pitso request on players

    Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has told Pitso Mosimane to put in a formal request to have Mamelodi Sundowns players withdrawn from the national team. There is no love lost between the two coaches, and Mashaba seemed to throw down the gauntlet to his colleague yesterday by suggesting he should know better than speak to him through the media. Seeing that Bafana's match against Mauritania at Mbombela Stadium on Friday (7.05pm) is a dead rubber and their next one is a friendly against Egypt, Mosimane publicly asked for his players to be excused from the national camp on the basis of a tough schedule that includes the CAF Champions League. Mashaba has called up Hlompho Kekana, Tebogo Langerman, Thapelo Morena, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Keagan Dolly for the two matches.

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  • Eskom is blocking coal probe, says Treasury - Companies

    Johannesburg - South Africa's Treasury and state-owned Eskom clashed on Monday over a probe into coal contracts between the power utility and a company linked to the wealthy Gupta family that is accused of holding undue political sway over President Jacob Zuma. The row further scarred relations in a government rocked by a police investigation of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan over a suspected surveillance unit set up when he ran the tax service. The turmoil has weakened South African assets. Analysts say Zuma's team and the Treasury under Gordhan have disagreed about government spending at state companies and the tussle between the Treasury and Eskom signalled a prolonged dispute. In a statement,

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  • Minister Zwane wanted SA Reserve Bank role changed after Gupta blacklisting – report

    This formed part of an inter-ministerial committee he led to investigate why South Africa’s top banks blacklisted the Gupta family, who are friends with President Jacob Zuma, and their businesses after allegations of state capture. Currently, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is the authority that controls bank licences, but Business Day has a memo authenticated by “individuals in the financial and regulatory arena” that shows Zwane’s recommendations to Cabinet that would put the power of the banks in the powerful political seat. “Zwane’s recommendation (which occurred a few months ago) to the Cabinet was that the Banks Act, which makes provision for the bank to appoint a registrar who has the authority to license banks, be amended,” Business Day deputy editor Carol Paton revealed on Wednesday. “The banking supervision standards and regime are based on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, as well as standards applied by the IMF and other multilateral organisations,” she explained.

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  • Mantashe dodges Ntlemeza credibility question

    Gwede Mantashe says it’s wrong to simplify the spat between Gordhan and Ntlemeza to a credibility contest. African National Congress Hawks ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe Finance Minister Pravin Ghordan JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the party is not going to comment on whether Berning Ntlemeza has the credibility to the lead the Hawks, in its dispute with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, after he was found by a judge to have lied under oath. Gordhan has refused to present himself to the Hawks to give a warning statement, saying he believes the unit is trying to intimidate him. Mantashe says it’s wrong to simplify the issue to a credibility

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  • Nigeria: What Are the Origins of Nigerians?

    Any list of appointments is scrutinised by Nigerians to see whether it contains the names of someone from their state or political zone. If the list contains no one from their area, they instinctively reject the list and complain that their people are marginalised. So, where are we all from and what makes us feel bound together? Most ethnic groups in Nigeria have a myth of coming from the East or North East of Africa, crossing the Sahara desert to arrive in Nigeria. The Sahara was not always a desert. Nigerian politics takes zoning seriously and now insists that each zone be represented in all appointments. Nigerians also insist that public office should rotate from zone to zone and such rotation

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  • No hope for SA universities: Jansen

    Jansen said that history would show that the turning point in the destruction of South African universities was when President Jacob Zuma‚ despite Minister Blade Nzimande's position of a 6% fee increase‚ announced a 0% increase for the 2016 academic year in order "to get the kids out of the union buildings". "In the meantime‚ the political situation has caught up with us such that‚ it is now impossible to ask for anything in terms of a fee increase and that is our dilemma." Jansen also offered insights into the moment he decided to step down – after receiving a WhatsApp message at 2.30am – and the personal strain endured by other vice-chancellors who are grappling with financial constraints at

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  • Transfer dilemmas for PSL clubs

    With the transfer window set to close tomorrow, a mad rush is expected at the PSL offices as teams will be jostling to register players for the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season. Most of the big teams have made signings but there are some that need to beef up. What will the Gauteng teams do? Bidvest Wits Together with SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits is one of the teams that have bought right. Gavin Hunt has acquired players that have added value to his side. So far, Hunt doesn’t need to make any additions as he has a team that can compete for silverware. Kaizer Chiefs The fact that Steve Komphela persists with the likes of Bernard Parker and Edward Manqele points to lack of depth and quality in

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  • South Africa: Rand Slips On Mantashe's Apparent Swipe At Gordhan

    The rand took a whack on Tuesday following ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe's comments that officials who are charged should step down from their roles. He also stated at an ANC press briefing on the public spats between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks; Eskom and Treasury; and allegations of corruption involving the ANC and Prasa, that ministers should cooperate with police and answer questions by the police unit the Hawks if summoned. He was clearly referring to Gordhan's refusal last week to report to the Hawks' office in Pretoria to sign a warning statement for his involvement in the so-called rogue unit established when he was commissioner at the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan

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  • Zimbabwe protesters ‘beaten very badly’ - Africa

    REUTERS Police detain opposition party supporters holding placards during a court appearance of those arrested following Friday's protest march, in Harare, Zimbabwe, on August 29, 2016. Harare - The ground floor of the filthy Harare Magistrate’s Court was on Tuesday crowded with anxious people wanting information about their relatives and friends, some of whom were viciously beaten up and wounded after they were arrested during last Friday’s anti-government demonstrations. Many of those crowded in the dark corridors say they couldn’t afford the daily transport costs from their suburbs to the five-storey court complex on the western edge of the city, not far from the site of one of the demonstrations last Friday. Lawyers said that more than a dozen people were injured after they were arrested during the demonstration, which turned into a riot.

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  • Zuma digs in, unsettles markets

    Cape Town - Stung by his ruling party’s worst electoral performance since the end of apartheid, President Jacob Zuma is going for broke in a battle to maintain his grip on power. The first casualties have been the nation’s rand and bonds. First came Monday’s announcement that he plans to run a committee that will oversee the nation’s state-owned companies. Then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, with whom Zuma has had a fractious relationship, said he’d received a letter from a special police unit known as the Hawks to report to it on Thursday in connection with allegations he oversaw an illicit unit to spy on politicians when he ran the state tax agency. Gordhan denied doing any wrongdoing and

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  • Why Tau, Pitso sometimes fight

    When Percy Tau was asked what makes him so confident to take opponents head-on the way he did on Sunday, the Mamelodi Sundowns attacker turned to coach Pitso Mosimane with a huge smile on his face. There's a father-son relationship between Mosimane and Tau, and the coach admits there are days when they fight, particularly when Tau wants to hold on to the ball too much. On Sunday in the MTN8 against Tshwane rivals SuperSport United, Tau was guilty of holding on to the ball too much at times, but it was to great effect as he dribbled past seasoned players such as Dean Furman and Morgan Gould to create openings in the Matsatsantsa defence. The 22-year-old, who was on loan to Witbank Spurs in the

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