• SA’s 2010 huge ticket sales shock - Soccer

    The controversy swirling around South Africa’s 2010 World Cup has deepened further with fresh claims that Fifa allegedly identified serious issues with South Africa’s bid two weeks before choosing it as the host nation – but did nothing about it. This was because football’s world governing body was more concerned with putting on a good “TV show” when it named South Africa as the winning bidder, according to a new report, which also says the tournament has left the country with “an oversupply of underutilised stadiums”. The report says South Africans are still shouldering the financial burden of the tournament years down the line. The research, published by a British academic days before nine Fifa officials were charged with decades of corruption, appears to undermine the idea that the organisation has been a positive force in Africa – a factor that played a key part in Sepp Blatter’s re-election as president, on Friday.

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  • Police officers caught sleeping on duty

    Pictures of police officers allegedly sleeping while on duty went viral on social media on Monday. Uploaded onto Facebook by Amoré Sameera Jooste, the images show the two officers seemingly in deep sleep in a Wierdabrug police van, Rekord Centurion reported. The men were parked outside a Pick n Pay Express shop at the BP petrol station in Eldoraigne, Centurion, south of Pretoria at around 04:00 on Sunday morning, Jooste said. Crime Line head Yusuf Abramjee also shared the images on his Facebook and said: “I have asked the Gauteng police commissioner to urgently investigate this and take the necessary action.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner: I was 'mistreated' by Kris Jenner

    The 65-year-old former Olympian - who was previously known as Bruce Jenner before undergoing a gender transition - says she chose to end her relationship with the 59-year-old television personality because of the way she was treated. People would see how I got mistreated. Caitlyn also admitted things changed when the pair secured a contract for Keeping Up With The Kardashians. "The relationship was different.

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  • How Did This Woman's Decision Not To Shave Become A Megaviral News Story?

    Yasmin Gasimova hoped to write an opinion piece about beauty standards, but instead became the unwanted focus of a viral news story. BuzzFeed News spoke to the Liverpool University student about he...

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  • Stop moaning about apartheid and lift yourself up

    This is what was on my mind as I imbibed the work of historian David Killingray at the British Library, in London, at the weekend. Simply sitting back and moaning about apartheid is akin to that struggling, and often rowdy, rural boy and girl who have given up on transforming themselves for the better because they believe witchcraft is weighing on them. Witchcraft or no witchcraft, apartheid or not, the African child must pick himself up and defy the odds. More than 100 years ago, a number of natives worked on defying the odds and armed themselves with the knowledge and skills that were to be key in politically liberating SA. After being vanquished by the colonialists, many of these great African ancestors did not just resign themselves to bars and empty sloganeering.

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  • Confirmed: Chiefs fire Khune, Mashamaite and Masango

    “Mandla was made an offer and then he made a counter offer and we made another counter offer and he came back with another counter offer. Mandla has been here for too long but obviously his actions speak louder than words. “With Tefu it was a scenario where he was made an offer quite early to renew his contract, his agent came back with a counter offer. The long and short of it is that we decided that we cannot go forward and therefore we have terminated negotiations as far as Mashamaite is concerned.

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  • Twitter reacts to lion attack - Connect

    On Monday afternoon a woman was killed at the Lion Park, located just outside of Johannesburg after she was pulled from the car by, well, a lion. Brochures are handed out to all of the tourists who visit the park,” Scots Simpson, operations manager at the park, told Fourways Review.

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  • 13 celebrities who gave Caitlyn Jenner love on Twitter

    After Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world via a fierce 'Vanity Fair' cover, the 65-year-old has received tons of support from celebrities on Twitter.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Ambushed and Humiliated in Nigeria

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe may perhaps have to find another phrase to describe Nigeria after he was humiliated by a group of journalists who took him to task over his prolonged stay in power and lack of democracy in Zimbabwe. As soon as Mugabe and his entourage had arrived for president Buhari's inauguration, Nigerian journalists swarmed around his vehicle to ask a barrage of provocative questions, in apparent contempt for the 91-year old strongman. Was Mugabe happy to be in Nigeria? What was his feeling over the fact that he was in Abuja to witness a democratic handover of power when there was no such in his own country?

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  • Rebellion may send e-tolls to the scrap heap of apartheid laws

    In accordance with the inept manner in which it has handled the revolt against e-tolling, the government has played into the rebels’ hands with contradictory advertisements on the revised charges announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. The response to this by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) was suitably chirpy: "There are fun and games ahead. In one sense — though not the scale of penalties — the threat to withhold licence discs is reminiscent of how the National Party (NP) government attempted to break the campaign of defiance against unjust laws in the 1950s. Popular defiance is the name of the game, and there are many lessons from our history about attempts to enforce laws with so little popular legitimacy.

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  • Lion Park attacks: Tourists beware

    A US tourist was killed and a tour guide injured in a lion attack at Johannesburg’s Lion Park.

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  • South Africa: Cape Town Ready for 'Two Weeks Without Power'

    The possibility of a complete countrywide power failure of up to two weeks has forced the Cape Town City Council to be prepared at the highest level for such an event, reported Netwerk24 on Friday. Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has asked the public "not to panic". In March, the national disaster management team held an information session with the provincial government and asked that preparations should be made for what was described as the "highly unlikely" possibility of a complete blackout across the country. "Although the possibility is very small, the impact of such an event could be disastrous," said De Lille at an information session for the media, which took place on Thursday.

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  • Why SAFA's letter to FIFA is so incriminating

    There are a number of important pieces of the World Cup 2010 bribe puzzle that are completed by the letter sent to FIFA by Molefi Oliphant on 4 March 2008. The first is that it fits in exactly with claims made in the US indictment.

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  • Kenya: Forget Malia Obama and Build a White House With Me, Admirer Tells Lawyer Matagei

    A woman has asked a lawyer to withdraw his offer to marry US President Barack Obama's daughter saying she has always been "fascinated" by him. Ann Kioko, 27, said she has followed lawyer Felix Matagei on Twitter and sent him a friend request on Facebook which he is yet to accept. In a letter to the lawyer on Sunday, Kioko said she was impressed by his good looks that she said other men lack. Kioko asked Matagei to consider her application saying they can give Obama an explanation when he comes to Kenya in July.

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  • Malema now owes Sars R31m - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    PRETORIA NEWS Economic Freedom Fighters supporters protested outside the High Court in Pretoria on Monday as arguments in Julius Malema's tax case were being heard. Pretoria - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) wants EFF leader Julius Malema to be sequestrated, saying that the compromised deal it had with Malema was off the table. Sars alleges that Malama was not honest about the source he used to settle his debt, and that he now owed the taxman around R31 million. Malema initially owed Sars R18 million, but this was reduced in May last year to R7.2 million in a compromising deal.

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  • The Massive Real Estate of the Jonathans

    Lying next to it is an elephant project that could not be completed since tenure of corrupt former governor of the State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha. President Goodluck Jonathan while he was governor of Bayelsa State took over the project but also did not finish it. The first lady’s new hotel is only few months away from completion and almost ready for business. Also in Otueke the family compound of the Jonathans is being fully guarded by military men.

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  • Nigeria: Widow - How Boko Haram Leader, Shekau Killed My Husband, Occupied Our House

    On the evening of August 5, 2014, the Boko Haram militant sect, under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau, invaded Gwoza in Borno State and took over the town. Recounting her ordeal to Daily Trust on Sunday, one of the victims of that attack, Balaraba Aliyu Abacha, described how the group invaded her matrimonial home (a big compound with modern facilities) and forced the occupants to leave, saying the new "Amir" would soon occupy the house, from where he would administer the town.

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  • South Africa: Mandela and Mugabe - Heroes With Blemished Records

    Since the turn of the 19th century, Africa has hogged the protagonist birthing bosom. The likes of Samora Machel, Julius Njerere, Jomo Kenyatta, Col Gaddafi et al... the list is endless. For discussion purposes, I will evaluate the two global giants of the South, Madiba and Bob, I resonate with them better, having been resident in both countries, and having experienced first-hand, the tyranny and brilliance of the leaders. Robert Gabriel Mugabe is an African hero, a Pan African's epitome of true leadership.

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  • Sars found ways to recover Malema’s outstanding tax

    The South African Revenue Service (Sars) on Tuesday said its decision to withdraw the sequestration application of Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema came after a High Court judge raised questions over alternative means to recover the outstanding tax debt. Sars withdrew its application in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday, after its advocate spent half the day being grilled by the judge on the decision to pursue the course of action.

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  • Investing in a new passport

    With enough money you can buy anything, even a foreign citizenship. “For families with means, it’s really just about giving yourself and your kids options,” says Andrew J. Taylor, vice-chair of Henley & Partners, the company that basically created the citizenship-by-investment concept, turned around the fortunes of a struggling Caribbean island, St Kitts & Nevis. Around 90% of Henley & Partners’ clients don’t want to move from their home country immediately, but would like to do so at a future date or want the convenience of multiple passports, says Taylor. Its latest Visa Restriction Index says South Africans can access 97 of 199 countries visa-free.

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