• 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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  • $70/Month Is Too Much For Auto Insurance

    If you drive less than 50 miles per day, there is a way to pay less for auto insurance that few people realize. Are you overpaying?

  • 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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  • The Big Read: Zuma's got the right numbers

    Predictions have been made that the man is so weak that he will be recalled by his party within months; that he may be forced to go because of the massive damage he is wreaking on the 104-year-old ANC. I am not convinced Zuma can be forced out by his comrades. Why not? Zuma has always been a cunning analyst of the ANC and its processes. He knows where the power within the party lies. He sleeps easy knowing that the majority of South Africans will still vote for the ANC, at least at the general elections in 2019. The 2024 national elections are another story altogether. The key for him, therefore, is to forget about the general populace and concentrate on what matters to him: the decision-making

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  • Bonang and AKA strike a pose at Da Les’ all-white party (Photos)

    Rumoured couple AKA and Bonang Matheba were some of the many Mzansi A-listers at Da Les’ 7th Annual All-White Pool Party on Saturday.Next The duo even took some time to pose for the cameras together. So are they finally ready to go public with their relationship? Queen B looked breathtaking in a lightweight sheer kaftan, with a daring bodysuit to go with. Held in Sandton, Johannesburg, another rumoured couple was also in attendance. That would be Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane. Nomzmo opted for a tailored relaxed look, donning wide-legged three-quarter pants with a matching top and peek-a-boo bra. Other gorgeous ladies spotted at the event included Nomuzi Mabena,  Boity, Khanya Mkangisa, Natasha

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  • Mandela hitched again

    The marriage appears to have been kept a closely guarded secret until pictures of the happy bride and groom appeared on social media. Mandela confirmed he married Clarke yesterday. "I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on February 6. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community for welcoming me into their hearts. "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." A family friend told The Times the wedding took place at a mosque in Kensington, followed by a reception at Cape Town hotel,

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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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  • Tow trucker war escalates - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - Cape Town is in the grip of an escalating tow truck turf war which has seen one driver stabbed at an accident scene in Parow during a brawl between employees of rival companies. The incident has intensified fears of retaliatory attacks within the lucrative industry. This week, several drivers told Weekend Argus they feared for their lives. A number agreed to interviews, but then backed out because they feared they would be targeted for speaking out. Some who spoke on condition of anonymity said members of bigger tow truck companies were trying to edge out smaller companies or individual drivers through intimidation and violence. The bigger companies are said to be trying to get signed

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  • Mourinho: I'll be back... soon

    Mourinho says he's not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back. Manchester United Chelsea Jose Mourinho LONDON - Jose Mourinho, sacked as manager of Chelsea in December seven months after winning the Premier League title, has said he is not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back in management. He did not comment directly on media reports that have heavily linked him with Louis Van Gaal's job at Manchester United. But he did say that his family will remain in London and that he liked the competitiveness of English football. "For sure, I will be back soon," the Portugese told GQ magazine in an interview published on its website (www.gq-magazine.co.uk). It did not say when

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  • Nigeria: Girl Beats Over 4,000 Students to Win Ikomi Essay Award

    Female students dominated the list of winners at the annual Chris Ikomi essay competition for schools in Delta State organised by Chevron Nigeria Limited, with only one male student among the six winners out of over 4,500 participants. Chevron unveiled three winners each in the junior and senior secondary categories at the 15th edition of Chris Ikomi Memorial Essay Competition Award Ceremony held in Asaba. Miss Christabel Ogbeide, an Edo State-born orphan and SS3 student of Kudos Model School Orhuwhorun in Udu Local Government Area of the state, won the first prize. Miss Emitiri Oghenerunor of Challenge Academy, also in Orhuwhorun, took the second spot while Miss Ojadovba Emuobonuvie of Our Lady

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  • Tourism ‘will take years to recover’ from visa issues

    IT WILL take the tourism industry four to five years to recover from the damage to South Africa’s reputation caused by the Department of Home Affairs’ immigration regulations, Tourism Business Council of South Africa CEO Mmatati Ramawela says. But her organisation has welcomed the regulatory concessions announced by the department. These include waiving the requirement for Chinese travellers to apply for a visa in person as long as they are part of a tour group. The department’s director-general, Mkuseli Apleni, says that a 10-year visa waiver for business executives from Brics countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) is also available, allowing such executives to remain in South Africa for

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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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  • Comair aircraft makes emergency landing at OR Tambo Airport

    It’s understood a guinea fowl allegedly flew into one of the plane’s engines shortly after it took off. Comair Emergency landing Comair Limited Kulula JOHANNESBURG – Comair has confirmed that one its Kulula aircrafts has had to make an emergency landing at the OR Tambo International Airport this morning.   It’s understood a guinea fowl allegedly flew into one of the plane’s engines shortly after it took off from the Lanseria Airport to Cape Town.   The incident has resulted in some delays. No one was been injured.   Comair CEO Erik Venter said, “The Kulula aircraft did make an emergency landing because it’s struck a guinea fowl coming out of Lanseria Airport. It’s not unusual but we obviously

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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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  • EFFSC vow to have ‘guerrilla conversation’ with 'Oros' following

    The Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command (EFFSC) has described being called “monkeys” by African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine as “lame and childish utterances by Oros”. The students said: “Not that we’ve been paying attention or following the events of the ANC youth desk but it is reported to us that Oros man‚ Collen Maine‚ is up to his usual antics of spewing bile once again. “This time‚ he has apparently referred to the EFF as monkeys. “It is incumbent upon us as the EFFSC that we dispute‚ refute and dismiss this madness with the contempt it deserves.” Maine is reported to have said: “If you fight with Zuma you are fighting with the youth league‚ and South

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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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  • Polo SA not Polo Ralph Lauren

    Global marketing gurus have done a brilliant job of marrying lifestyle aspirations with premier luxury brands. Wearing a pair of Gucci sunglasses, donning a Guess T-shirt, clutching a Louis Vuitton bag, all topped off with a spray of Chanel No 5 epitomises an elitist way of life that millions aspire to. But there is more to it than the prestige. Whether justified or not, there is a perception of quality associated with top global brands, some of which have been around for more than 100 years. So when the price tag for a single item is more than some people spend on food a week, customers must feel it is well worth forking money out for. But what happens when the iconic brand you are buying is

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  • SA charmer's trail of treachery in US

    "I was straight out of a divorce. I was needy," the California farmer said this week, recalling her ordeal at the hands of her mystery South African, Abraham "Arno" Smit. "He must have been with four or five women at the same time. If he found out that a woman didn't have the money she claimed she had, then he would disappear. "He sucked me into his web. I didn't know there were people like that out there." Cary was easy prey for Smit, who in a few years allegedly cut a swathe of deceit and bad debt across California cattle country. He claimed to be a middle-aged cattle baron from South Africa, heir to a farming empire. In fact, he was a 25-year-old dealer in broken promises. When investigators

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  • Nigeria: Saraki Expresses Disappointment Over Supreme Court Ruling

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  • SA to deport 140 Zimbabwean ex-convicts

    Reports from Zimbabwe say the deportees have just finished serving sentences of up to 18 years in jail.

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  • Beyonce, in surprise new track, takes on police abuse

    Beyonce is back with her first new music in more than two years, a hip-hop-heavy track with nods to the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. The pop superstar released a single and accompanying video, “Formation,” on Saturday in a surprise one day before she is set to perform before tens of millions of television viewers during halftime of the Super Bowl alongside British rockers Coldplay.  Set in New Orleans, the video offers fleeting but poignant references to Black Lives Matter, the movement against police brutality that has gained steam across the United States in recent years.  A row of police officers in riot gear appears throughout the video. At the end, they raise their hands

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