• 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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  • ‘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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Puzzle of missing mom deepens - Independent on Saturday

    Durban - The mystery over the whereabouts of a British woman, Linda Rowe, 63, believed to have last been in Pietermaritzburg, deepened on Friday when Rowe purportedly contacted the police and SA Community Crime Watch. Last night, Mike Venter from the crime-watch group confirmed he had received an e-mail from a person claiming to be the missing Linda Rowe late on Thursday night. “I asked her to contact the investigating officer, who said a woman had phoned him on Friday morning. The officer asked her to come into the police station to sign an affidavit confirming her identification. But there has been no sign of her as yet,” said Venter. Rowe’s daughter, Kirsty Pockson, who was in South Africa

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  • Mbeki embraces Adriaan Vlok - Politics

    Former apartheid police minister Adriaan Vlok has recommitted himself to pressing ahead, seeking forgiveness from those he offended, regardless of the criminal complaint filed against him this week. The Anti-Racism Action Forum lodged the complaint against Vlok and his erstwhile boss, former president FW de Klerk, relating to the “mass murder” of 27 people in the Sebokeng Massacre in July 1990 and 13 in the Daveyton Massacre in 1991. Another charge related to the killing of the Cradock Four, allegedly by an apartheid-era hit squad. Vlok said in an interview that he had made contact with business executive Moeletsi Mbeki, younger brother of former president Thabo Mbeki, with the object of helping

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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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  • '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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  • Desperate Arthur Mafokate offers fans a cow for Metro FM awards votes

    It’s been four years since his recording label, 999 Music, won an award and the 'King of Kwaito' seemingly subscribes to the saying “desperate times call for desperate measures” and decided to award a cow to a lucky fan among those who vote for the hit song Summa Ya Masumma, which he recorded under 999 Music. Mafokate said winning a Metro FM Award would mean the world to him and his company. Asked why the desperation and why a cow, Mafokate told Daily Sun on Thursday that: “The only thing we need as people is food. You can give people money but that won’t empower them. So I want to give them something they can actually enjoy.” “The album we released represents our comeback as a label." 999 Music

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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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  • 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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  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the Guptas

    Watch: We will not sell SA to the Guptas over a curry - Malema's top five #Zupta quotes The man on fire, controversial and entertaining, EFF leader Julius Malema cooked up some of his best rhetoric while addressing the media on Thursday. Watch the top 5 quotes from Malema’s press briefing on Jacob Zuma, Nkandla and the Guptas.   The Big Read: Who's running this country? by Justice Malala Who appoints our cabinet ministers? If it is President Jacob Zuma, with whom does he appoint them? With the ANC deployment committee? With the ANC's top-five leaders? Or does he do it with his benefactors, the Gupta family? If he does do it with the Guptas, as seems clear from his last two cabinet appointments,

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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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  • South Africa: Visa Regulations

    Today's announcement by the Departments of Home Affairs (DHA) that the it will be relaxing some of the job-killing visa regulations it introduced last year does not go far enough to restore South Africa as a tourist friendly destination. Instead of announcing an E-visa system in line with the recommendations by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the DHA merely noted that it would be considering the idea of issuing visas on arrival in the coming months. Meanwhile the concession by the DHA to do away with the unabridged birth certificate requirement for minors whose passports contain the full details of both parents will have no benefit to those who do not possess these updated passports.

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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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  • Controversial umpire calls halt Proteas

    Two controversial umpiring decisions halted the Proteas’ progress on Saturday as they ended on 262/7 in the second one-day international against England in Port Elizaeth. Proteas captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first at St George’s Park on a sunny day, but the pitch was a bit slow and didn’t allow the ball to come on to the bat. Duminy had taken his time to get in on a difficult track alongside De Villiers, but the middle-order duo stuck it out to put on a 107-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Just as they got going after De Villiers reached his 48th ODI half-century, the Proteas were rocked by the double blow of losing their captain and then Duminy within three balls.

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  • Chief expels family for joining IFP

    A family has apparently been banished from their village near Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal after they joined a political party opposed by the local chief. The Bhengu family said they were shocked when they were expelled from Maqongqo, a place they have called home for more than 50 years. They were banished on Wednesday and were given until today to move out of the area. They said they had nowhere to go. The banishment came after some of the 11 family members publicly joined the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in September last year. After that, they said, their father Bhekumuzi Bhengu was never allowed to speak or address traditional gatherings with the chief and his kinsmen again. On Wednesday,

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