• Florence Masebe's polygamy secret - SundayWorld

    2015-11-23 09:52:37.0 | JULIA MADIBOGO and NGWAKO MALATJI | Bereaved actress Florence Masebe has been sitting on a startling secret like a broody hen for at least two years.Next Masebe's late child, Masakona, who drowned in a swimming pool at the actress's Bramley house in Jozi last Saturday, was the product of a polygamous relationship between the thespian and Venda chief Livhuwani Matsila. The actress ignored our calls and text messages. News that Masebe was Matsila's second wife came to the fore this week. This was after mischievous people spread rumours that Masakona was the product of an adulterous affair and an illegal congress between the two lovebirds. But three independent sources rubbished

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

    South African businesswoman, Siza Mzimela, is making history as the first black woman to start and own an airline. 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 Republic of Congo.

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  • Shake-up in Meyiwa murder probe - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    A shake-up has begun in the Senzo Meyiwa murder investigation. Acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane has asked that the dossier be handed to him so he can engage with the investigators and help them solve the case. The intervention by Phahlane comes more than a year after Meyiwa was shot at the home of the mother of his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, on October 26 last year. It also comes a month after Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza said the Hawks, the elite unit that he heads, was going to help. Police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that Phahlane had asked for the docket. He said it was part of the acting police chief’s

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  • Malema’s rant ‘crossed the line’ - Politics | IOL News

    Durban - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has now crossed the red line with his “warped logic and rantings” about former president Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal said on Sunday. Malema, himself a former ANCYL leader until his expulsion from the ANC, said at the Oxford Union in the UK on Wednesday that Mandela had sold out the struggle of the people and of South Africa and deviated from the Freedom Charter. Malema has been universally condemned by political parties and civil society for his statements. KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabela said Malema had now taken his “vicious attacks against the icons of South Africa’s

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Comes Face-to-Face With Gays

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will this weekend come face-to-face with gays and lesbians -- whom he has publicly excoriated as being "worse than pigs and dogs" -- when he officially opens the 18th International Conference on Aids and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) (Icasa) in Africa, in Harare on Sunday. It will be held between Sunday and Friday next week, under the theme "Aids in the Post-2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science and Human Rights". The conference will be attended by thousands of people, including leading scientists, policymakers, activists, gays and lesbians, people living with HIV and Aids, as well as government leaders and civil society representatives. In 1995, government shut

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  • Is Cyril fit to replace Zuma? - Sunday Independent

    ANC diehards left the National General Council vowing to do better, but Mcebisi Ndletyana sees no change. More than a month has passed since the ANC held its fourth National General Council (NGC) at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand. In the interim, a number of provincial and regional conferences have followed in various parts of the country. This includes KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the Eastern Cape’s regions of OR Tambo, Buffalo City and Joe Ggabi. The latter two are the largest regions in a province that formerly had the biggest ANC membership. That distinction now belongs to KZN. It claimed it in 2012 en route to Mangaung, where Jacob Zuma was re-elected ANC president over the conscientious Kgalema

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  • Twitter abuzz after ‘UFO sighting’ above city - Cape Times

    Carlo Petersen THERE was not enough “data” yesterday to confirm whether an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) was hovering above the city at the weekend. The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) will view photographs taken with its Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7) today to find an explanation for the green light in the sky on Saturday night. City revellers took to social media at the weekend, posting photographs to report a “UFO” high in the night sky. The hashtag #UFOSA trended on Twitter yesterday after numerous people reported seeing “green orbs floating in the sky”. However, no videos have surfaced. SAAO spokesperson Lorenzo Raynard said it was impossible for SAAO to comment on the sightings.

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  • Cops uncover Cape forgery ring - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    What started out as an investigation into nuisance posters led the City of Cape Town’s metro police tactical response unit to a much bigger forgery operation, the city said on Sunday. The unit stumbled upon an apparent counterfeit operation at an address in Bellville’s central business district on Thursday, mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said. The officers moved in on the premises to investigate a tip-off from the local ward councillor and the Voortrekker Road Central Improvement District (VRCID) who had been trying to track down the source of stickers advertising the illegal termination of pregnancies, which had become a problem in the Bellville area, he said. Officers also found counterfeit currency from a number of countries, fake passports, identity documents, asylum permits, fake licence documents, vehicle registration discs, and university and college degrees - notably from the University of the Western Cape.

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  • South Africa: Adjustment of Fuel Prices Effective From 2 Dec 2015

    The Department of Energy herewith informs the public about the fuel prices for December 2015. South Africa's fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, informed by international and local factors. The pump prices for both grades of petrol will increase by 1.0c/l; diesel and the maximum retail price for LPGas will decrease by between 1.8c/l and 4.0c/l, whilst the wholesale price of illuminating paraffin and the single maximum national retail price (SMNRP) will increase by 1.0c/l with effect from 2 December 2015. The main reasons for these fuel price adjustments are the weakening of the Rand against the US Dollar despite the drop in the prices of all petroleum products during the period under review.

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  • Malema needs pyschological help - ANCYL

    This was in reaction to Malema's statements during a visit to the UK last week. "The attacks on [former] president Nelson Mandela, the father of the nation, were most unfortunate, but considering the state of mind of the man who makes them, the nation should not be worried, but should raise concern on how many people believe in this fellow given his views," the ANCYL said in a statement. The organisation said Mandela's stature and legacy spoke for itself, not only in South Africa, but globally and did not deserve such unwarranted remarks from anyone "let alone a creature of Malema's stature". Malema told the Oxford Union in the UK Mandela had turned his back on parts of the revolution after being released from prison.

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  • South Africa Hosts International Comedy Festival

    The festival is set to take place from November 26 to December 5 and will see headline acts from Africa share the stage with their international counterparts. Africa:   Continent's First International Comedy Festival Launches in South Africa Capital FM, 27 November 2015 Comedy channel Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) launches The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival Brought to you by Savanna – an annual, super-sized comedy ... read more » International Comedy Festival. Comedy Central International Comedy Festival Brought To You By Savanna Author: Comedy Central Africa Publisher: Comedy Central Africa Publication Date: 6 October 2015 The inaugural Comedy Central International Comedy Festival

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  • Putin ups ante after jet shot down - Sunday Independent

    A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter launched a missile at a Russian Sukhoi-24 front-line bomber returning to base in Syria on Tuesday morning after a raid against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation’s infrastructure. If Turkey is to be believed, the Russian jet twice strayed into its airspace and was warned 10 times that it was too close to the border. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Sukhoi-24 jet was attacked 1km inside Syrian airspace and crashed 4km from the Turkish border. The crew ejected. The commander was killed in the air, while the navigator, Konstantin Murakhtin, landed safely and was rescued. During the search operation, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter was lost and a Russian

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  • Dribbling wizard brings his magic - Soccer Cup Competitions

    Johannesburg – The thought of playing for Orlando Pirates in a continental cup final didn’t cross Thabo Rakhale’s mind two years ago. He was too busy thinking about where his career was going. Rakhale was on his second loan spell, this time at Polokwane City, after the Buccaneers signed the dribbling wizard from Sivutsa Stars in 2012 only to loan him back to the Nelspruit outfit. He watched as his “teammates” did battle against Egyptian giants Al-Ahly in Cairo in the final of the CAF Champions League. “I was sad at the time because I didn’t know where my future was heading with the club,” Rakhale said. “I even questioned whether I would ever get a chance to play for the team because before I

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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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  • Finance MEC ‘earns more than premier’ - Politics | IOL News

    Nelspruit - Mpumalanga finance MEC Eric Kholwane earned R2.086 million in the 2014/15 financial year, compared to premier David Mabuza’s salary of around R1.9 million, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. This was revealed in the 2014/15 annual reports for Kholwane’s two departments - finance and economic development. “The report indicates that Kholwane, who is also a member of the South African Communist Party (SACP), drew a salary of R1.771 million from the department of economic development and tourism, and a further R315 000 from the finance department, bringing the total to R2.086 million,” DA MPL Bosman Grobler said in a statement. This was in total contravention of the proclamation

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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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  • Get real, white South Africa

    We did it in 1910 when the Union of South Africa was birthed by the British. We did it in 1948 when our new apartheid laws turned us into the most unethically dressed nation in Africa. We did it again in 1961 when the National Party declared South Africa a republic, free from the British Commonwealth. Our newest outfit, the dress from our historic Autumn/Winter 1994 collection, is now 21 years old, and evidently in tatters. Unfortunately, South Africa has never fundamentally changed over the years, we simply changed clothes. The greatest problem we face as a nation is not our neo-liberal imperialist economy that favours US and British capitalist endeavours. It's not that the police criminalise

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  • Top editor ‘was an apartheid spy’ - South Africa | IOL News

    A legendary figure in journalism, who edited the largest and arguably most influential newspaper of the day, was a “mole” working in the interests of the apartheid government, according to a book released this weekend. God, Spies and Lies: Finding South Africa’s Future Through its Past is written by veteran journalist John Matisonn. He says Tertius Myburgh, who edited the Sunday Times between 1975 and 1990, was the editor whom apartheid secret service head General Hendrik van den Bergh boasted he owned. Gordon Winter, who worked as a government spy in several newsrooms, set tongues wagging when he disclosed that Van den Bergh had told him the Bureau of State Security (Boss) had 37 journalists

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  • Pastors threaten ANC election numbers over church commission

    The “pastors‚ under the auspices of the Mahikeng Ministers Fellowship (MMF)”‚ said in a statement that “the issuing of summonses against religious communities has displayed a heavy-handed and misguided approach”. MMF chairperson Apostle Zandisile Reginald Mpame said he shared the “view of the African National Congress Chaplaincy that the commission's controversial public posturing and confrontational statements to the media undermine its primary objective”. “We agree wholly with the chaplaincy that‚ though the commission may have powers of subpoena‚ its main mandate and primary duties are to promote peaceful coexistence between religious cultural and linguistic groups in the country‚ educate‚

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