• Idols SA winner Karabo on his big plans

    When Idols SA Season 11 winner Karabo Mogane couldn’t afford to study at Stellenbosch University anymore, he dropped out and set his sights on a different goal – making a career out of his love for music. Almost a year later, Mogane is the winner of the country’s biggest reality show and has bagged prizes that include R700 000 in cash, a new car and a recording deal with Universal Music. “I’ve always known that it’s my responsibility to make my dreams come true,” he says. “I didn’t want to drop out of school, but I had to. I didn’t give up on myself though, so I took a chance and auditioned for Idols.” The 24-year-old former Geo-informatics student grew up in Nelspruit and is the youngest of

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  • Malema’s UK visit ‘sends a message’ - Special Features | IOL News

    London - He’s perhaps the second best-known politician in South Africa, a firebrand agitator who is revered and disliked across South Africa in equal measure. However this week Julius Malema is in the old colonial power of the UK where he is less well known and where he will be addressing some distinctly English and internationally highbrow institutions. On Wednesday he will kick off his England tour by travelling to the “dreaming spires” of Oxford where he will address the Oxford Union at the world famous university. He will speak in the Debating Chamber on a subject “loosely agreed” beforehand, a spokeswoman for the Union said. The chamber can take up to 450 people and after the speech there

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  • Motsepe, Ramaphosa

    He stopped short of calling former president Nelson Mandela a sellout, saying Madiba took the revolution as far as he could "he was too old, tired" and it was now up to this generation to carry on the fight to implement the Freedom Charter, including the equitable sharing of all South Africa's resources. Malema said: "The deviation from the freedom charter was the beginning of selling out of the revolution. When Mandela returned from prison he got separated from Winnie Mandela and went to stay in a house of a rich white man, he was looked after by the Oppenheimers, Mandela used to attend those club meetings of those white men who owned the SA economy. He stayed in one of their houses, they had

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  • Home Affairs gives man identity crisis - Gauteng | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Is Phineas Ndlovu a South African, a Lesotho national or a Zimbabwean? Is his real name even Phineas Ndlovu? According to the 63-year-old man and his family, he was born at the then Coronation Hospital (now Raheema Moosa Mother and Child Hospital) and lived his whole life in Soweto, where he attended Motsaneng Lower Primary School in Mapetla. However, the Department of Home Affairs and its officials disagree. They say their records indicate that Ndlovu is a Lesotho national who committed a crime there in 1969 when he was 17 years old, while other records show that he is actually a Zimbabwean man. It was only when he went to apply for a smart card that all this was revealed, leaving

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  • Victoria Beckham: 'We spoil our kids with love'

    Victoria and David Beckham insist that they don't spoil their children. The British fashion designer, who has sons Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 13 and Cruz, 10, and four-year-old daughter Harper with the former soccer player, insists they don't buy them everything they want. She said: ''Our children are very polite, respectful, they work hard, they have great personalities. We're in a privileged position, and the children are growing up to understand that. The only way we have ever spoiled them is with lots of love.'' David agrees that ''nothing ever comes before [their] kids'' and admits he almost shed a tear during a recent family holiday to Disneyland because he felt so lucky to be with them. Meanwhile,

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  • Judge to chair teacher’s pay inquiry - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has appointed Judge Khayelihle Kenneth Mthiyane as Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into the remuneration of teachers and other civil servants, the Presidency said on Tuesday. Zuma appointed the Commission in August 2013. It was established to investigate the remuneration and conditions of service in the public service and public entities listed in Schedule 3A and 3C of the Public Finance Management Act, with the remuneration of educators receiving priority attention, the Presidency said. The Commission is also mandated to investigate matters relating to organisational development, job evaluating and grading, recruitment, appointment and promotion,

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  • ‘Clock boy’ seeks $15m over arrest - World News | IOL News

    Irving, Texas - Attorneys for a 14-year-old Muslim boy arrested after the homemade clock he took to his Dallas-area school was mistaken for a possible bomb said on Monday he was publicly mistreated and deserves $15 million. A law firm representing Ahmed Mohamed sent letters on Monday demanding $10 million from the city of Irving and $5 million from the Irving Independent School District. The letters also threaten lawsuits and seek written apologies. Ahmed took his clock to school in September, and an educator thought it could be a bomb. Ahmed was arrested but never charged. He was suspended from school. “What has happened to this family is inexcusable,” Kelly Hollingsworth, an attorney for Ahmed

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  • Russia ratchets up anti-Turkish rhetoric as Nato calls for calm

    SOCHI/ANKARA — Russia ratcheted up criticism of Turkey and moved to reinforce its operations in Syria as US President Barack Obama and the Nato military alliance called for an easing of tensions after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. Turkey showed no sign of backing down. "We certainly don’t have any idea to escalate this issue," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Istanbul Wednesday, though "we will maintain our stance" and protect the country’s airspace. Russia would have to respond to any future air incidents, President Vladimir Putin said. "We are taking this incident in the most serious possible way and all means will be used" to maintain security, he said on Wednesday in Yekaterinburg,

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  • Cosatu’s accounts in disarray

    THE Congress of South African Trade Union’s (Cosatu’s) finances and membership records are in a shambles and the federation is struggling to meet its obligations, a financial report prepared for presentation on Tuesday at the organisation’s national congress shows. Affiliates are said to owe the mother body more than R9.6m and auditing company Deloitte says it found it impractical to verify membership numbers supplied by the affiliates. The federation is embroiled in factional fights that have resulted in the dismissal of the largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa). With more than 300,000 members, Numsa was the largest contributor to Cosatu’s coffers, chipping in R3.2m

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  • Trevor Noah finds love in the US

    The long legged and dark haired beauty is a model who moved from Los Angeles to New York and currently lives with Noah.  The two are said to have met a few weeks ago but are already head over heels in love. According to US magazine, Taylor works at Ram, modelling in the dealer’s auto shows. Photos from her Instagram - where she has more than 17,000 followers - show her posing in a Ram polo.   It also appears Taylor accompanied Noah when he visited SA recently. They both uploaded images posing in a game reserve with cheetahs. Noah previously dated Dani Gabriel of Cape Town. The pair split when Noah took up a job as the host of The Daily Show.

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  • Orlando Pirates' Tunisian trip in doubt

    Tunisia has declared a state of emergency & a curfew after an attack killed 12 people. Orlando Pirates Tunisia CAF Champions League Final Tunisia uprisings (Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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  • Has Beyonce had Botox? - IOL Tonight

    Kevin Federline has accused Beyonce of having Botox injections and surgery. The 37-year-old DJ - who is best known for his three-year marriage to pop star Britney Spears - has taken to social media to accuse the 'Drunk in Love' hitmaker of having Botox surgery after she was seen on TV alongside her husband Jay Z at a boxing fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Kevin tweeted: "She looked botoxed. (sic)" Later, he added: "So sad when a beautiful woman chops and screws her face up with Botox and surgery." Of course, Twitter users responded to Federline's jab at QueenBey: Earlier this year, Kevin admitted his high-profile relationship with Britney was "chaos", adding that the attention they received

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  • Mourinho: Costa row sorted with ‘kisses and cuddles’ - World Leagues

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he and striker Diego Costa have made up with “kisses and cuddles” after their halftime row in Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League win over Israeli opponents Maccabi Tel Aviv. The pair appeared to be engaged in an angry exchange of views as they headed towards the players’ tunnel at halftime. Mourinho took issue with Costa’s lack of movement in the first half, but the Spain international went on to finish the match after the 52-year-old Portuguese displayed a more tender side in the dressing room. Costa was involved in the major flashpoint of the first half, after he was chopped down by a terrible challenge from Maccabi’s Tal Ben Haim, which led to the former Chelsea

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  • Pupil dies after being struck by train - Western Cape | IOL News

    Cape Town - She would have been preparing for her last matric exams paper set to be written on Wednesday, but a walk to the shop ended in tragedy for Megan Smith. Instead of planning to celebrate, Megan’s family is now planning her funeral. The Grade 12 Scottsdene High pupil was killed on Sunday when she was knocked down by a train. School principal Karel Cupido said Megan was walking to the shop with two friends when tragedy struck. He said they were walking on a train bridge near Meerlust farm, where Megan lives, when the train struck her. “It happens that they misjudged the speed of the train, because the train didn’t warn them by hooting. Two of the children that were with her managed to

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  • Tomorrow's news: we take you inside Krejcir's mansion

    Lobola and being gay South Africa was one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to legalising gay marriages. However, this does not mean that the general mood in the country has been welcoming people from the LBGT+ community. We profile a lesbian couple and their journey through this traditional practice. Be sure to grab your copy of The Citizen. A peak inside the luxurious world of Krejcir We take a tour through the luxurious mansion of Radovan Krecjir as his properties go under the hammer, showing you the life he lived before being incarcerated. If the walls of Radovan Krejcir’s house could talk, what secrets would they reveal? Yet they remained as closed mouth as the Czech gangster

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  • Is Zimbabwe’s New ‘Mister Ugly’ Too Handsome to Wear the Crown? - CameroonOnline.org

    This weekend, Zimbabwe’s newly crowned “Mister Ugly” hitched up his slouching coveralls and smiled widely as supporters poured beer over his head to celebrate the 42-year-old’s win in the country’s annual anti-beauty pageant. Mison Sere beat out 35 other entrants for the coveted title, surviving three rounds of runway modeling at a nightclub in Harare. The purpose of the event — to look as ugly as humanly possible — is simple. The stakes are anything but: The winner takes home a grand prize of $500, roughly half the annual income in hyper-inflation wracked Zimbabwe. This time around, though, the fourth-annual competition turned even uglier than usual, when sore losers claimed Sere simply wasn’t

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  • Lesotho: Minister Malusi Gigaba Briefs Media On Zimbabwean and Lesotho Special Permits, 25 Nov

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  • Letter: I just want to finish my exams - IOL News

    Pretoria - Waking up to the terrible news that I, a TUT Soshanguve student, might not write my first paper was the worst thing ever. For a final year student who has been doing well from first year, the news was alarming to me. I’m at the point where I just want to finish with my exams, graduate, get a decent job and support my family. I’ve spent weeks studying and just a day before my first paper, the exam hall was set alight. Though only half of it was on fire, no student could sit for exams. I’m one with outstanding fees myself but burning the hall was totally absurd. If the hall was burnt all in the name of “we are part of the revolution” then I say they are fooling themselves and making

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  • Ramaphosa favoured to lead ANC after Zuma - Business News | IOL Business

    Johannesburg - Cyril Ramaphosa has emerged as a favourite to succeed Jacob Zuma as president of the ANC, during Cosatu’s congress, with some delegates believing Ramaphosa’s election could unify the federation’s affiliates. On Tuesday the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) urged the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to endorse ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as the next president of the ANC. Sadtu’s deputy general secretary, Nkosana Dolopi, argued that it has been a tradition in the ANC that the deputy president becomes the president of the party. “The deputy presidents of the ANC are prepared to become the leaders of the ANC,” he said during the debate on the

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  • Murdered businessman Bozwana's colleague dares assassins to come for him

    A business colleague of murdered North West businessman Wandile Bozwana has dared assassins to come after him following revelations of an alleged hit list. Former Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality mayor Themba Gwabeni said he was prepared to take on hitmen and would "fight fire with fire". Gwabeni's name allegedly appears on the list along with those of North West Business Forum secretary-general Sello Mogodiri and chairperson Fana Moraka. It is not clear how many names were on the list. Police spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko, however, has said police were not aware of any hit list. Bozwana, who was chairperson of the forum before his death, was apparently at the top of the list. He

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