• Siza Mzimela: First black woman to own a public airline - Connect

    South African businesswoman, Siza Mzimela, is making history as the first black woman to start and own an airline called Fly Blue Crane. About Siza Mzimela According to about.com, Siza Mzimela, founder and CEO of Fly Blue Crane, a start-up South African airline that began taking flights September 2015, with O.R. Tambo International Airport in Jozi as the airline’s operational hub. The start-up has thus far been operating as an airline that offers low cost domestic routes within South Africa. According to About.com, Mzimela has been vocal about eventually expanding her business to have more regional scope: “We hope to expand our flight destinations to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic

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  • Khune’s younger brother promoted at Pirates

    Itumeleng Khune's brother, Jacob, was promoted from the Augusto Palacios Apprentice academy to the Orlando Pirates academy.

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  • Malusi Gigaba's alleged ex-mistress details scandalous affair, R288,000 cash gift and trips

    New York based stylist, Buhle Mkhize has written an open letter lifting the lid on the  surreptitious affair she allegedly had with Malusi Gigaba. Their dalliance started in July 2014, lasting an entire year. Mkhize who is married says she met Gigaba on Instagram and realised they shared the same sense of humour. "By the end of July he’d started sending me private messages that were very basic at first but quickly graduated to flirting. The messages were flattering but uncomfortable, I am married and had had a relationship with a public figure in the past and hated what comes with it so this wasn’t the route I wanted to take even if I was single," Mkhize said. The exchange of private messages

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  • EFF’s door is open to Vavi but egos are in the way, says Malema

    THE door is still open for Zwelinzima Vavi and trade union Numsa, both ousted from union federation Cosatu, to join hands with the Economic Freedom Fighters, says Julius Malema. Mr Malema said talks had been ongoing with Mr Vavi and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa because "we are supposed to be natural allies … but it looks like there’s a problem with egos. But we hope we can find each other, we continue to engage." He did not expand on whose egos were getting in the way. This was among the interesting revelations during the EFF leader’s whirlwind tour of the UK. He addressed captains of industry, pan-Africanists in Tottenham, the Chatham House think-tank, students at Oxford

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  • 9/11 Muslim remarks ‘hurt’ Trump - World News | IOL News

    Washington - US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump insisted on Sunday he was “100 percent right” when he said he saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, even though fact-checkers have debunked his assertion. In a phone interview on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Trump said he has heard from “hundreds of people that agree” that there were televised Muslim celebrations of the September 11, 2001, attacks, which he used as evidence to show his remarks were true. “I saw it. So many people saw it,” said Trump, who, in the race for the November 2016 election, has been among the most vocal of the Republican candidates in expressing

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  • Watch: Little green ship? UFO spotted over South Africa

    Is this little green UFO filled with little green men? Will Home Affairs demand their full unabridged birth certificates? Probably not. The light in the sky was spotted in Cape Town, Soweto and Durban - but may well have just been drones. Video posted to YouTube by Paranormal Videos Africa.

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  • South Africa: Troubled MTN Fights a Lone, Losing Battle in Nigeria

    With the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) unmoved by pleas to reduce a recently-imposed hefty fine and the relations between South Africa and the West African country at an all-time low, MTN has been left short of options in Nigeria where it is increasingly receiving no leniency. On Tuesday, the NCC, which has been accommodating the errant but seemingly remorseful operator in a series of discussions, toughened its stance insisting the South African-headquartered mobile network pay the landmark US$5,2 billion (about R73.623 billion) penalty imposed for failing to deactivate unregistered 5,1 million subscribers. The NCC insisted MTN Nigeria was a serial offender, with the multibillion-dollar fine being the second fine in as many months, and had grossly violated the country's laws that were aimed at fighting crime, especially the terror perpetrated by the notorious Boko Haram sect. NCC said the fine could now be paid until the negotiations were concluded.

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Who will steer the national carrier to less turbulent skies?

    WHAT happens next at South African Airways depends on who is appointed to oversee and run the airline. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas both said last week that steps were under way to appoint a new board. The current board of only three nonexecutive directors (one has resigned) appointed last October was supposed to be an interim measure and should have been replaced after a few months. Neither Mr Ramaphosa (asked last December to oversee SAA) nor Mr Jonas or Finance Minister Nhlahla Nene have had the guts to do it. Now, finally they say "they are in consultation". At issue is whether Dudu Myeni — the chairwoman personally responsible for several recent

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  • ANC declares 'Zille must fall' in bid to impeach Western Cape leader

    ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman gave notice on Monday of the intention to impeach Zille. "The ANC believes there are legal grounds to have Zille democratically removed as premier. The ANC will debate this matter on Tuesday and move for the legislature to kick her out. "It is clear she is not fit for purpose to proceed as premier; she transgressed laws and her misconduct in the whole spy saga is so serious, Zille must fall,” Fransman said in a statement. However, Zille said she was not worried. In her government newsletter published on Monday, Zille said this would turn out to be nothing but "ANC grandstanding". The ANC brought the notion to the legislature in terms of Section 130

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  • South Africa: Joburg Home Owner Slashes Robber With Sword

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  • Prince Harry hands Archbishop Tutu ‘Companions of Honour’

    The Arch received the accolade at a meeting with the British royal in Cape Town this morning. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu Prince Harry Prince Harry in CT Companions of Honour CAPE TOWN – British royal Prince Harry has conferred the ‘Companions of Honour’ on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. The Arch received the accolade at a meeting in Cape Town this morning. The royal is in Cape Town as part of a four-day tour of South Africa. The Prince's official visit to South Africa started with a morning meeting with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu today.  It was during this private session that the 83-year-old anti-apartheid icon was awarded the Queen's ‘Companions of Honour’. The Arch's characteristic

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  • Vardy has what Rooney lacks - Premier League

    From Fleetwood to Eternity, the flight of fancy continues. Swansea City are next in the shy for Jamie Vardy, who, having dispatched Ruud van Nistelrooy into the Premier League weeds by scoring in an 11th consecutive match, is now chasing Jimmy Dunne's 83-year-old record of 12 on the spin for Sheffield United in the old First Division. Vardy's goal against Manchester United on Saturday, under the nose of the England coach, Roy Hodgson, not only set the King Power Stadium ablaze, it set in sharp relief the present failings of the man he might replace in the national team, Wayne Rooney. The United and England captain was hooked with 20 minutes to go by a manager finally tiring of his failure to

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  • Why is the very idea of white privilege so threatening to Gareth?

    TWENTY years into democracy, with that creeping feeling of having gone astray as a nation, we ask ourselves: who can we blame? Is it the fault of an ailing African National Congress? Or is it the "neoliberal consensus" that has let us down? We also ask: how can we fix it? Should we engage in a radical redistributive project to change patterns of ownership? Or do we play harder and better at impressing foreign investors? A conscious approach to race and racism is intertwined with these questions, but it is not dependent on them. You do not have to be "left-aligned" to understand and work against your own "privilege". For many people from across the political spectrum, unpacking privilege is a

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  • Family & friends bid farewell to Jonah Lomu

    Six simple words eloquently summed up the impact Jonah Lomu had on rugby union when New Zealand paid its final respects to the former All Blacks winger on Monday. “Too big, too fast, too much,” Lomu’s high school coach Chris Grinter told the thousands of people who had flocked to Eden Park for a public memorial service. Lomu’s casket was carried to a specially built stage by former team mates, including All Blacks Michael Jones, Frank Bunce and Jerome Kaino.

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  • Nigeria: Burying the Ghost of Biafra

    Mohammadu Buhari is a wise man. Like my twelve-year-old son, he has all the answers to all the problems of Nigeria. To unemployment, he intends to pay each unemployed youth five thousand Naira - at least he said so in his campaigns. My son applauds the idea but wants him to pay secondary school and primary school students as well. "Are we not human beings too?' he asked. Hmmm! Are you wondering why he has not started paying the money yet? Lie (sorry, I mean "Lai") Mohammed, Disinformation (you really must forgive me, "Information") Minister, claims it is because the erstwhile administration of Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan did not include it in the budget. This Goodluck Jonathan was a villain -

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  • 'In-breeding' threatens South Africa's great white sharks

    Only four genetic groups exist in the South African great white shark population‚ and of those nearly nine out of 10 white sharks belong to the same group. This kind of “inbreeding” among these already highly threatened fish‚ could seriously jeopardise their ability to survive in future‚ a Stellenbosch University research project found. Dr Sara Andreotti‚ who headed the research‚ said: “We found only four maternal genetic lineages in the South African population‚ with 89% of all the sharks sharing the exact same gene sequence”. “When compared with other marine species‚ it is even lower than that of the highly endangered bottlenose dolphin.” Andreotti said the reason for the low gene pool was

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  • Oppenheimers, rich white men turned Mandela against revolution: Malema

    "The deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of the selling out of the revolution. But why did Nelson Mandela sell out the Freedom Charter? When Mandela returned from prison he got separated with Winnie Mandela and went to stay in a house of the rich white men... he was looked after by the Oppenheimers," Malema told the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.  "Nelson Mandela used to attend the club meetings of those white men who owned the South African economy at the time." His comments were in response to a question on whether Mandela betrayed the people of South Africa in exchange for political power. Malema said these white men had access to Mandela 24 hours a day and

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  • Prasa fights its BEE locomotive supplier

    BLACK economic empowerment consortium Swifambo Rail Leasing says Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) are the only companies doing business with it. Prasa has taken action against Swifambo and wants a R5bn contract to supply it with locomotives set aside. Swifambo was responding to allegations in an affidavit by Prasa chairman Popo Molefe that it did not have experience in the rail industry as it was formed four months before the contract was awarded. Last week, Prasa applied to the High Court in Johannesburg to review and set aside the contract with Swifambo to supply 70 Spanish locomotives from manufacturer Vossloh España. The contract was initially for 88 locomotives at R3.5bn,

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  • Nigeria: Where Is the Petroleum Minister?

    The current spate of fuel scarcity, which started like a joke about three weeks ago, is about to hit the one month target with no apparent end in sight. If anything, petrol is getting scarcer by the day all over the country, with prices ranging from N150 to N500 per litre depending on the location around Nigeria. Official sources blamed this on the activities of speculators, hoarders and saboteurs; a story we have always been told since fuel scarcity became a normal part of our lives from the early 1990's. Petrol dealers apparently sensed that the continued lowering of crude oil prices in the international market could lead to a drastic cut in the official price of petrol and thus decided to hoard the stock at hand.

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