• British teen gang raped in Thailand - World News | IOL News

    AFP This 2014 combination of handout images shows British students, Hannah Witheridge, left, and David Miller. A British teenager has been brutally kidnapped, raped and robbed by a gang of local bikers at a picturesque backpacking resort in Thailand, it was claimed last night. The 19-year-old had been dining with friends in a popular town in western Thailand before she was allegedly grabbed off the street by a motorbike gang. The attack comes just eight months after British backpackers David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were murdered on a Thai beach.

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  • Pastor brags about his riches on Facebook

    “Find me a pastor who is living in a house same like mine on the picture and I will give you R2500 (100,000)”, writes Pastor Hastings Salanje. The Malawian Pastor who is the leader of the Wells of Revival Ministries in Johannesburg has become a social media sensation and has gained more than 4000 followers since starting his Facebook page earlier this year. Unlike most men of the clergy, Salanje does not use the platform to share scriptures or reach out to his followers but rather uses it to brag and show off his riches.

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  • Cape told to plan for total blackout - Western Cape | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Rates and tariffs increases were proposed by Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille during her budget speech. Cape Town - The Cape Town city council has been told to make contingency plans for a national blackout - although it says a total shutdown of the electricity grid is “highly unlikely”. Part of the contingency plan is to buy backup generators to keep essential services running.

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  • EFF leaders down their red berets

    EFF leader Julius Malema last night laughed off the resignation of the eight Mpumalanga members saying he thought they left long ago. "I am here addressing communities and do not know what they are talking about," Malema said when asked about allegations levelled against him and other EFF leaders. The eight leaders, led by party chief whip in the provincial legislature, Ayanda Tshabalala, downed their red berets yesterday during a press briefing in Nelspruit.

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  • Last-ditch appeal to halt new visa regulations

    THE tourism industry on Friday launched a last-ditch appeal to halt South Africa’s "draconian" new visa regulations from coming into effect on June 1. The industry has asked that the regulations be reviewed in consultation with the ministers of home affairs and tourism. Represented by the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (Satsa) and Association of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata), the industry bemoaned the fact there had been no roundtable discussion or adequate consultation about the introduction of the regulations despite repeated promises from the home affairs minister.

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  • What Happens When a Harvard Engineer Gets Robbed?

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  • Is it because I’m black?

    Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba has entered dangerous territory by playing the race card in response to criticism of the team’s plate semifinal exit from the Cosafa Cup. After losing their quarterfinal against Botswana on penalties in their first match at the tournament‚ the seeded Bafana again lost via the lottery of the shootout (5-4) to Malawi in Rustenburg on Wednesday night. The South Africans again failed to score and were even less convincing against Malawi‚ managing only one effort on target. After a bright start 10 months ago‚ guiding a young team to qualification for their first major tournament — the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations — in years‚ questions are being asked if the current technical team have lost their way.

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  • Tutu: Nhleko's Nkandla report has humiliated SA

    Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's report on Nkandla, in which he found President Jacob Zuma does not have to pay for the R246 million upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal homestead, has humiliated South Africa and its people. Nhleko’s report exonerated Zuma of any wrongdoing in relation to spending on his Nkandla homestead. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, whose initial report found Zuma liable to pay back a portion of the money says her findings cannot be ignored. The public protector says she never asked Nhleko to comment on her Nkandla report but rather wanted him to determine the amount the president had to pay for non-security upgrades at his private home in Nkandla.

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  • South Africa: Operation Fiela and Our History of Kicking Out 'Illegal' Immigrants

    Operation Fiela has been described as "legitimising xenophobia". While many South Africans have spoken out against the controversial raids, others feel they are justified. "I didn't run away from Zimbabwe because of all that political and economic things," says Loyce Hove, a Zimbabwean woman who had been living at the Central Methodist church in Johannesburg for five years.

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  • Minnie, Kenny, Dineo and Zahara make news

    Another week has passed in celeb ville and these are stories you might have missed about Kenny Kunenen, Sophie Ndaba, Joey Rasdien and Minnie Dlamini. Minnie Dlamini has revealed that Bonang Matheba AKA Queen B is not her friend. Minnie apparently revealed this after she became tired of the two being compared. According to earlier claims from Matheba’s camp, when she was a presenter on SABC’s music show Live Dlamini was strictly instructed not to speak to her co-star.

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  • Video demonstrates how Nkandla fire pool works

    Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has defended the fire pool at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead‚ following on his department’s investigation into the upgrades. -The proximity of the huts to one another and their thatched roofs means that fire would be difficult to control should it occur. -Firefighting experts tested the water pressure and found that “an open water source is best for firefighting and nothing could be better than the pool or dam“. The local fire brigade took one hour and 10 minutes to arrive.

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  • Unexpected sight in heart of Kabul - IOL Travel

    Kabul's historic Bagh-e Babur gardens are one of the few remaining vestiges of serenity in a city awash with snipers, checkpoints and post-traumatic stress. Laid out in the 16th century by the Mughal emperor Babur and restored after the 2001 US-led invasion and fall of the Taliban, they have become a magnet for culture and art aficionados. The 11-hectare gardens have emerged as an attractive venue for plays and Western-Eastern music concerts in a city with ever-shrinking space for cultural activities. After 30 years of conflict, the gardens are an unexpected sight in the heart of Kabul.

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  • Nigeria: The Change Game Begins

    Abuja — "Since the telephone call you made, you have changed the course of Nigeria's political history and for that you have earned yourself a place in our history, for stabilising multi-party democratic system and you have earned the respect of not only Nigerians but world leaders". Speaking at the Presidential Villa after receiving the hand-over notes as well as the report of the National Conference from President Jonathan, Buhari said by the singular phone call that Jonathan made to him conceding defeat, he has changed the course of the nation's political history.

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  • BOOK REVIEW: Secret Revolution: Memoirs of a spy boss

    NOT long after PW Botha became prime minister, he amazed SA by plucking a 30-year-old Free State political science lecturer out of obscurity to succeed the notorious General Hendrik van den Bergh as head of the South African intelligence service. Why he did so remains a mystery — even to Niel Barnard himself. The appointment of an outsider was a clear signal from Botha that he wanted to alter the role and downplay the importance of the Bureau of State Security, which had brought the Vorster regime into disrepute.

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  • Letter: Say bye to tourists - The Star

    From June, it will be almost impossible for a child person under the age of 17 to leave or enter the country, says the writer. If we had an efficient Home Affairs and if it wasn’t so confusing, the new visa laws would be a lovely idea, says Howard Feldman. Proud because South Africa, from next month, will be on the front line in the global fight against child-trafficking. Because from June, it will be almost impossible for a child person under the age of 17 to leave or enter the country.

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  • Kenya: Uhuru Cancels Nigeria Trip After Uproar Over 84-Member Delegation

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has cancelled a planned trip to Nigeria after a list emerged of 84 people who were supposedly part of his delegation. Uhuru was to attend Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari's inauguration on Friday. Deputy President William Ruto left for Nigeria on Thursday evening in the President's place. The People Daily had reported that the list was confirmed in a letter from Thomas Amollo, Kenya's High Commissioner in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • Visa rules cited for Air China not flying to SA - Business News | IOL Business

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Industry surveys suggest South Africa will lose foreign visitors with the new visa rules. AIR China has reportedly cancelled the launch of its direct flights to South Africa due to the new visa regulations. This comes on the heels of studies by airline industry players that indicated that the new visa regulations could lose the local tourism business close to R6.8 billion. From Monday, June 1, children under the age of 18 will be required to have an unabridged birth certificate if they are entering or leaving the country as part of South Africa’s new immigration regulations.

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  • 15 Bollywood Celebrities That Are Way, Way Smarter Than You Think

    Preity Zinta could have been a criminal psychologist if she wasn't an actress.

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  • South Africa: White South Africans Are Worse Than Hitler, Says Suspended Wits SRC President

    White South Africans are worse than Hitler, Education Minister Blade Nzimande is anti-Black, Wits University is an animal farm and he will never work for the fathers of "arrogant Zionist Jewish kids". Dlamini had written on Facebook last month that he admired Hitler for his "charisma and organisational skills" and that there was an element of Hitler in all white men.

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  • PetroSA confirms suspension of three executives

    PetroSA has confirmed three senior executives have been placed on forced leave pending an investigation into their performance. The parastatal’s CEO Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo is one of the executives who has been requested to take leave or face suspension along with the Chief Financial Officer and acting vice-president of upstream operations. Others who have been suspended are CFO Lindiwe Mthimunye-Bakoro and vice president of upstream operations, Andrew Dippenaar.

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  • I think my colour is a problem, says Bafana Bafana's Shakes Mashaba

    BAFANA Bafana coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba has entered dangerous territory by playing the race card in response to criticism of the team’s semi-final exit from the Cosafa Cup on Wednesday. The South Africans again failed to score and were even less convincing against Malawi, managing one effort on target. After a bright start 10 months ago, guiding a young team to qualification for their first major tournament — the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) — in years, questions are being asked if the technical team have lost their way. A first-round exit from the Afcon in Equatorial Guinea in January has been followed by Bafana falling at the first hurdle in a tournament Mashaba had identified as important to win if they were to make an impact on the continent.

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