• South Africa: Mandela's Grandson Weds His Muslim Bride

    The grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, Nkosi Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela announced his marriage to Muslim bride, Rabia Clarke on Sunday. "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

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  • Ronaldo hoping to score with Jenner?

    Kendall Jenner is reportedly "flattered" by the interest shown in her by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. The 31-year-old sportsman recently hinted at his admiration for Kendall, 20, by liking one of her photographs on Instagram and it's now reported Ronaldo followed that up by sending her a series of flirty messages inviting her out to party with him when she was in Barcelona, Spain last week. A source close to the situation told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Kendall is very flattered by the attention as Ronaldo is one of the most famous men in the world." The American model is rumoured to have recently ended her brief relationship with singer Harry Styles. However, she is said to be undecided

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  • A humble DJ Sbu takes to the streets of Joburg to sell his energy drink

    Armed with a can of Mofaya, matching clothing and a large poster advertising a music concert in benefit of student funding - DJ Sbu sold his drink to drivers in peak traffic. Hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to students of the Sbu Leope Fund which provides tuition and accomodation for disadvantaged school kids. The bold entrepreneur wasn't shy as he walked up and down, selling the drink.  "Thank you to all who gave us words of encouragement, shared laughter with us & bought our entire stock today. We appreciate you guys. We doing this not for us but for your kids. We hope to serve as an inspiration on what active citizenship is all about," said Leope. Watch the DJ below. A video

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  • Mbete's bumbling advocate admits Parly was wrong in Nkandla matter

    She raised her voice, used dramatic hand gestures, and occasionally stood in silence before the judges after they asked her questions. Her demeanour and comments even amused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who laughed when Nkosi-Thomas made a comment about her powers. Nkosi-Thomas was asked if the National Assembly had erred in how it approached the remedial action recommended by Madonsela in her report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. "Did the National Assembly fail to exercise oversight of the president as a member of executive?" Justice Edwin Cameron asked. After mumbling, Nkosi-Thomas conceded, "Parliament took a wrong position." Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke

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  • Hijack ring takes VW orders online

    More than 100 cases, most involving alleged VW employee imposters, have been under investigation since the beginning of last year. Police believe they have cracked the syndicate with the arrest of one man in Port Elizabeth and, at the weekend, of two others they traced to Gauteng's East Rand. A VW polo TSI, valued at about R230 000, was recovered during the weekend raid and more vehicles are expected to be confiscated as the investigation continues. Police spokesman Warrant Officer Basil Seekoei confirmed the syndicate was targeting VW cars and particularly VW employees who drive company vehicles. "These men are part of a larger group who pose as VW employees in Gauteng. They advertise on Facebook

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  • Soccer player Oupa Manyisa finds out about wife's 'secret child'

    Former Orlando Pirates captain and Bafana Bafana midfielder Oupa Manyisa has allegedly been keeping a big marital secret for over seven years. This comes after he learnt that his wife Johanna Louw had "forgotten" to tell him that she had a son with another man before they got married in 2013. Sunday World understands that Manyisa discovered after getting married to his wife that she had a child from her previous relationship. The information was revealed after Manyisa's close friends, including an official who is part of his management team, told him about the existence of the child. The informant claimed that Louw had told Manyisa that the child was her aunt's when they were still dating in

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  • Nigerians have image problem abroad, hampers emigration to West: President

    Nigerians have an image problem abroad which makes it difficult to emigrate to the West, but they can stay at home where their services are needed, President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying by a British newspaper on Saturday. A former army ruler from the 1980s who returned to power as a civilian after winning an election in March last year, Buhari has the image of an ascetic disciplinarian keen to tackle his country's persistent problems with crime and corruption. "Some Nigerians' claim is that life is too difficult back home," he was quoted as telling the Daily Telegraph newspaper. "But they have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in prisons around the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking," he said.

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  • Minnie Dlamini's job spared, all thanks to Hlaudi Motsoeneng

    SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has rescued Soccer Zone and its presenter Minnie Dlamini from the guillotine. Motsoeneng confirmed that the axe won' t fall on the Monday night football highlights show on SABC1 that channel bosses had recommended it be axed along with presenters Dlamini and Thomas Mlambo. "It didn't make sense to get rid of a programme that was doing well as compared with other magazine shows. You can't compare Soccer Zone with Generations and later make a decision that it's not doing well and the numbers are going down. It's doing better than SuperSport," Motsoeneng said. He said that the SABC did not believe in discarding its talent and that was the reason why

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  • Cape eatery is first of its kind in SA

    Cape Town - There were smiles and laughter at the opening of the Brownies and Downies restaurant in Cape Town on Friday night. The Long Street spot is not like any other restaurant – it is the first establishment in South Africa to train and hire mentally challenged staff. The restaurant, an extension of the successful chain in the Netherlands, aims to help its staff become employable in the service industry. Beyond that, it hopes to spread awareness of mental disabilities around the country. The manager, Wade Schultz, hopes the restaurant will educate more South Africans about working and interacting with people with mental disabilities. “South African culture is very accommodating of people

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  • Students’ ‘blackface’ apology

    Carlo Petersen Stellenbosch University (SU) student Poekie Briedenhann says she and her friend were dressed up as purple aliens and not blackfaces, for a residence party. Briedenhann posted a photograph of herself and a fellow SU student – both covered in dark purple paint and wearing silver foil hats and shoes – on Instagram on Friday night. The photograph sparked a social media outcry under the hashtag #blackface. Blackface is in reference to white people who paint themselves black to poke fun at black people. In an apology, Briedenhann took full responsibility for the incident at the “Stellar Space” party held at the university’s Heemstede residence. “We are aware that our actions in the blackfacing

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  • South Africa: Zimbabwean Woman Banned Despite Minister's Promise

    A woman finds herself unable to re-enter South Africa even though she has the correct permit Tracey (not her real name) was denied entry into South Africa at Beitbridge on 6 January 2016. "I don't know what to do, where to go ... In South Africa, I have to pay my bills," she says. "Really I will lose my job and since I am a single parent, who then will look after my children?" Her children are aged 10 and 14. She was married for four years before her husband abandoned her. Although Tracey appears to have followed all the correct procedures, she finds herself blacklisted and stuck outside the country, in what appears to be a problem of communication between the ministry, the department and the

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  • ‘Help find Thuli’s replacement’ - South Africa

    Johannesburg - Corruption Watch, the South African public advocacy group, on Monday urged the public to actively participate in the process of appointing a new public protector to replace outgoing incumbent Thuli Madonsela. Corruption Watch launched the “Bua Mzansi” campaign at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness on the role of the public protector as well as encouraging the public to get involved in the appointment of a new Public Protector. “There are many important roles to be filled this year including the public protector as well as two constitutional court judges that need to be replaced as they are retiring,” said David Lewis, Corruption Watch

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  • Beyonce sets #SuperBowl stage ablaze - Music

    Beyonce Knowles stole the show during her Super Bowl 50 halftime performance with Coldplay and Bruno Mars. The 34-year-old singer joined headliners Coldplay and fellow performer Bruno at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, where she gave a triumphant performance of her new song 'Formation'. She and her dancers, clad in black leather bodysuits, also enjoyed a dance off with Bruno, 30, as they sang his hit 'Uptown Funk'. And Beyonce ensured it was her night by announcing during the telecast that her 'Formation' world tour will launch on April 27th. While Coldplay were the headliners, opening with 'Yellow', followed by 'Viva La Vida', 'Paradise' and 'Adventures of a Lifetime', they

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  • Kaizer Chiefs name CAF Champions League squad

    Kaizer Chiefs have announced their squad to play in the 2016 CAF Champions League. According to the Club's website, Chiefs decided to register 26 players for now, which will leave four spaces available for June, when more players can be added for the group stages. Steve Komphela's side will embark on the CAF Champions League journey with the preliminary round first leg against Comoros’ Volcan de Moroni on Sunday, February 14. Their first match is scheduled to take place at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh in Mitsamiouli, Comoros. Kick-Off is at 14:00 (South African time). The second leg will take place at the Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, February 27. Full Squad: Reyaad Pieterse (1),

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  • Guptas get gag order against Malema - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The Gupta family late on Tuesday afternoon scored a major victory over Julius Malema and the EFF, when he and his party were interdicted from badmouthing, threatening or inciting violence against the family and their employees. Judge Johan Louw, in granting the order in favour of the Guptas, said he will later give reasons for his decision. In terms of the order delivered in the high court in Pretoria, neither Malema nor his party members may during public speeches nor in media releases utter anything which could be damaging to the Gupta family. They may also not bar The New Age or ANN-7 from any public events. The court also granted an order directing Lieutenant General Khomotso

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  • Zuma drags ANC 'into a dark hole'

    Yesterday ANC members spoke openly of being ''embarrassed'' and ''pained'' by the president after he was forced into a second dramatic climbdown in two months - this time over Nkandla. Two years after denying liability for the splurging of millions in taxpayers' money on his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead, Zuma announced late on Tuesday that he had written to the Constitutional Court proposing to repay some of the money in line with the recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The U-turn came just days before the court was due to decide whether he should foot a portion of the bill for supposed security upgrades, including a swimming pool described as a fire-fighting facility, a chicken run and a cattle kraal, which Madonsela found were undue benefits. It followed years of political fallout during which an ANC-dominated parliamentary committee and the police minister controversially absolved Zuma of liability.

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  • Zimbabwe: SA Car Dealers Cut Ex-JAP Vehicles Prices

    South African car dealers have started reducing prices of pre-owned vehicles mainly from Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom at Beitbridge Border Post as they battle to clear huge stocks which have been necessitated by low business in the last five months. High rates of import duty on vehicles at Beitbridge had also resulted in many people preferring to use alternative ports such as Kazungula, Plumtree and Chirundu where the duty is relatively low. A snap survey over the weekend revealed that most of the car dealers on the South African side of the border have reduced prices by between $300 and $900. On average, one needs at least $3,000 excluding duty to get a modest car from dealers on the South African side.

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  • AU summit of ghosts, guns and Mugabe’s angels

    THE recently concluded African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa was a tale of political ghosts. The outgoing AU chair, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, started off this theme when he told United Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-moon that Africans "are also human, not ghosts". After bemoaning the dehumanisation of Africans, the 91-year old Zimbabwean leader — in power for 36 years — controversially confirmed his president-for-life intentions: "I will still be there until God says, come join the other angels." Mugabe then called for greater African representation on the 15-member UN Security Council, before suggesting that the UN Secretariat be moved from New York to China, India or Africa.

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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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