• DA to start clean up of metros

    An exodus of municipal employees from lucrative jobs is set to take place in key municipalities where the ANC has been dislodged by the DA. These include the City of Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and the City of Johannesburg. The DA vowed to conduct a clean up in the cities it has won from the ANC in an attempt to root out beneficiaries of cadre deployment, nepotism and those who are incompetent. The ANC suffered its biggest setback in the recent municipal elections since 1994, failing to reclaim control of some of the hotly contested metros. With the assistance of the EFF, the ANC has already been removed by a DA-led coalition in Tshwane and in the Eastern Cape's Nelson Mandela Bay. Today, all

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  • Pyramid scams thriving in SA

    Hattingh was responding to questions about reports this week that the NCC has concluded a preliminary investigation into nine suspected pyramid schemes and subsequently handed them over to the commercial crimes unit. “Fraud can be investigated only by the police. We assisted them in identifying the characteristics of a pyramid scheme … but only legitimate businesses can be taken to the tribunal,” Hattingh says. The tribunal was established to adjudicate on allegations of business practices that are prohibited in terms of the CPA and the National Credit Act. Applications can be brought by the NCC. The NCC investigation into the schemes began last year and stemmed from concerns raised by the South

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  • Coke could close SA plants - Companies

    Johannesburg - Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, the bottling joint venture between the US soft-drink maker and brewer SABMiller may close South African plants and see profit more than halve if the government pushes ahead with a proposed sugar tax. South Africa’s National Treasury last month recommended a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages that would generate almost R11 billion ($813 million) in government revenue, based on 2012 consumption data cited in the policy paper. The charge is aimed at reducing consumption of sugar and encouraging producers and suppliers to cut the sugar content of their drinks, according to the government. The newly created bottler’s volumes in South Africa would probably

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  • 'He banna!' Arthur Mafokate shocks Malema

    EFF leader Julius Malema reacted with shock after kwaito star Arthur Mafokate congratulated the man expected to be elected late on Monday as the new mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba. Mafokate, a die-hard ANC supporter, congratulated Mashaba, who the EFF has openly declared their antagonism towards. Malema responded, saying ‘he banna!’, a Sesotho phrase normally used when someone is shocked. The kwaito star congratulated the Black Like Me entrepreneur, saying he had fond memories of Mashaba who used to sponsor artists such as himself. “Wow! Bra Herman Mashaba who used to sponsor us as dancers is about to be a Mayor of the most powerful city in Africa 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #JoburgMayor,” said Mafokate.

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  • EFF councillors ordered to forfeit half of their salaries – report

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has asked its newly elected councillors to forfeit half of their salaries to help pay off the party’s election debt for a period of three months, the City Press reported at the weekend. The report said the EFF had incurred “serious debt’’ campaigning for the recent municipal elections and had taken a loan worth millions from Standard Bank to fund its campaigns. The salary cuts of all the 761 EFF councillors nationwide are expected to recover at least R24 million, and contributions will come from all councillors, including those from a ward level. The party is also planning ahead – it wants members to buy vans, and not sedans, for the 2019 general election campaigning and for the servicing of their constituencies.

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  • Black Coffee blesses Alicia Keys with a remix

    A slew of Twitter users are accusing staunch ANC supporter Arthur Mafokate for not having a "backbone," after he seemingly came out in support of the DA's Johannesburg mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba in the wake of Joburg's inaugural council meeting on Monday.

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  • ‘Leadership resigning because of poor results not a farfetched idea’

    Gwede Mantashe says the ANC has looked into international trends that relate to party leadership resigning. Nkandla African National Congress Gwede Mantashe JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the idea of leadership resigning because of poor results is not a farfetched idea and international trends reflect this. Mantashe has briefed the media at Luthuli House after the party lost a number of metros. Mantashe says the National Executive Committee (NEC) will revisit communities who have voiced concerns with the party this weekend.  He says the ANC has looked into international trends that relate to party leadership resigning, making reference to

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  • Swaziland queen flees to South Africa

    The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa and fled to the neighbouring country after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source said. Angela Dlamini, known as LaGija, sought refuge with South African family members in the upmarket Sun City tourist resort north of the capital Pretoria. "She will be coming to Johannesburg to see the new house that she bought. This means she has officially left the royal family. She is too emotionally wrecked and mentally fatigued after years of abuse from the royal family members," a source close to the queen told AFP. LaGija fled the royal palace in May this year claiming years of physical and emotional abuse

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  • Majority of homeowners under strain - Absa review

    Johannesburg - The percentage of homeowners paying only the minimum amount on their mortgage loans for their primary residences has increased to 67 percent, its highest level since mid-2010, as household financial strain increased significantly in the current almost zero growth economic environment. By comparison, in July 2013 only 54 percent of homeowners made the minimum repayment on the mortgage loans for their primary residences. The percentage of homeowners paying extra into their mortgage loan accounts on a monthly basis has also dropped to its lowest level during this period at 14 percent after peaking at 31 percent in July 2013, according to the latest Absa quarterly housing review. Absa

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  • Luvo Manyonga broke a deal with the devil and decided to jump rather than die

    If you had asked Luvo Manyonga’s friends and family two years ago where they saw the now 25-year-old in 2016, some might have replied: “dead.” On Saturday night, the prodigal son lived up to the potential he had shown during his junior career. On the biggest stage in the world, it was the biggest performance of his life. And if this was anything to go by, the best is yet to come. Four years ago, Manyonga’s life was in near ruins. He has said that he was ten or maybe even five percent away from death. He was on regular dates with the devil in the shape of a lightbulb and white crystals. The devil’s name was meth. Having emerged as a young star during the 2010 IAAF Junior World Championships, where

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  • Hazard ahead: ANC wounded, Zuma unpredictable, Gordhan targeted

    South Africa was very much in a holding pattern during the local government elections period. Politicians were out on the campaign trail and the country was on autopilot. It was also risky to make any controversial moves that might affect voter sentiment. But now that the elections have passed and the councils have all been established, it is back to business. And in this country, back to business in politics means back to scheming, skulduggery and powermongering.  It should be no big surprise that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former SARS officials Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and Pete Richer have been asked to present themselves to the Hawks headquarters in Pretoria on Thursday.

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  • "He pursued me for a long time"- Bonang on how AKA wooed her

    There’s no doubt that AKA and Bonang have quickly won over the hearts of fans earning them the title of SA’s power couple. Even though their romance was marred with controversy at the beginning- all of that is in the past and these days they’re the envy of many. In their first official interview with YOU magazine Bonang and AKA revealed intimate details about their whirlwind romance‚ with the rapper explaining how he wooed his queen. Speaking about their first date together‚ Bonang said there was loads of flowers and balloons. But where did they go? On their first official date together AKA took B to Orient in Melrose Arch. “He pursued me for a long time. And he’s very romantic‚ quite the spoiler‚

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  • Malema's 'Ndlozi rape accuser' tweet has SA guessing

    The man who he said had accused Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of rape and murder had apparently retracted his statements “without reservation”, but only because of an apparent legal threat by a top lawyer. Malema tweeted a screenshot from ANC supporter Thami “Cool Razo” Mthimkhulu’s Twitter account apologising to Ndlozi. Mthimkhulu said: “I retract without reservation all defamatory tweets I posted suggesting that Mr Ndlozi is a rapist and murderer. I apologise to him for all the harm caused by my tweets.” It’s unclear whether Mthimkulu really was responsible for the Ndlozi rape rumours and why he apologised. When The Citizen sent an email to him for comment, his response to

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  • Caster not the first Olympics athlete to have their gender questioned

    Here is a look at nine other athletes who underwent numerous gender tests and public scrutiny surrounding their gender. Dutee Chand Indian athlete Chand‚ who has just represented her country in the 2016 Rio Olympics is hailed as one of the bravest alleged intersex athletes in the Olympics. Chand challenged the IAAF’s ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and won after she was barred from competing in 2014 due to high testesterone levels in her body. Caster Semenya wins 800m heats to qualify  Pinki Pramanik Another Indian female track runner was found to be ‘male pseudo-hermophrodite’ in 2012 after she won a silver medal for her country as part of the 400-metre women’s relay team

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  • Babes Wodumo issues an apology after failing to pitch at Newcastle event

    Babes Wodumo and West Ink Records have issued an apology to a slew of fans who were left disappointed over the weekend after the singer failed to pitch for an event at Scrapyard Lounge based in Newcastle‚ KZN. Taking to her Instagram account‚ the Wololo hitmaker shared an apology statement from her record label‚ West Ink Records‚ which claims that “unforeseen logistical difficulties” made it impossible for Babes to make it to the event. “We would like to extend our most profound and sincere apologies on Babes Wodumo’s failure to show up at last night’s show‚” the statement reads. Unforeseen logistical difficulties saw all the artist’s efforts to make it to the show defeated. The situation was

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  • There was no R5 million comrades‚ says Gigi Lamayne

    Female rapper Gigi Lamayne who is one of the artists who were caught in the crossfire during the war between EFF leader Julius Malema and Mabala Noise owner Reggie Nkabinde has some strong opinions about the backlash. Mabala Noise and it’s string of artists have been hogging headlines ever since Julius publicly accused Reggie of being embroiled in ‘dodgy tender processes’ and paying artists ‘no less than R5 million.’ Days later Reggie called an urgent press conference where he rubbished the allegations‚ however‚ the EFF on Thursday announced that it had opened a case of fraud and racketeering against the entertainment company. Various artists belonging to the stable including Riky Rick and Khanyi

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  • Now, Hawks take aim at Gerrie Nel

    Johannesburg - Controversial Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is gunning for top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is largely credited with ensuring Oscar Pistorius was convicted for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Ntlemeza is understood to be implicating Nel in the controversy over the alleged “rogue” unit at the South African Revenue Service. The Sunday Independent has been told that the Hawks have launched a probe into Nel for possible contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. It is alleged he approved a payment of R1.5 million to a member of the unit to install spying equipment in the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices. Nel scored a major victory when the Constitutional Court

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  • Myeni’s salary is too much – Tinkler

    Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler is keen on signing transfer listed Orlando Pirates winger Sifiso Myeni, but the former Bafana Bafana international says the midfielder’s wages are a bit high to match. Tinkler is obviously speaking from a well-informed position, as he was in charge of the Mayfair-based side last season, where he managed Myeni. “So to try and take him to the club [Cape City], it will be extremely difficult because of his [financial] expectations,” he added.

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  • South Africa: Cape Town Man Gives Confused Hijacker a Backhand

    A group of hijackers who thought they would get away with a snazzy sports car in Cape Town ended up dazed and empty-handed when their victim fought back. Being attacked was the last thing on JB Meyer SNR's, 52, mind as he locked up his auto repairs shop on Friday afternoon and made his way home through Uitsig. Driving his burnt orange Toyota GT86, he stopped behind a car at an intersection with his window down. "I was still having a sip of ice tea, relaxed, and they must have run from my blind side because this fist connected with my head," he told News24 on Monday. The punch gave him whiplash and left him with a loose tooth and a cut on his upper lip. Two men tried leaning in through the window

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  • Being told you are ugly is not nice, says Muvhango's Maumela Mahuwa

    In a revealing interview with Drum magazine Maumela shared painful memories of how she's had to deal with people calling her 'ugly' for most of her life. Maumela revealed that looking back at what she calls her "dark past" she realises that it "overshadowed" her life until she made numerous changes. "Being told you are ugly is not nice. Maumela explained that as a child she was told that she was too dark, her nose is flat and her lips are too big.

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