• JZ ally gets Royal Hotel for R78m

    The hotel, which first opened its doors in 1845, went under the hammer after its owner, Swazi businessman Moses Motsa, decided to get out of the hotel business. The auction, conducted by Reliance, set the starting bid for the Royal Hotel at R120-million. Naidu, an ANC funder who has close ties with President Jacob Zuma, is the head of the Saantha Naidu Group that owns the Coastlands group of hotels in Durban. Among them are the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Alfred, Nelson Mandela, Mark Twain, Cecil Rhodes, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Marlene Dietrich, Margaret Thatcher, Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder.

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  • Cops, doctors, pastor bust over RAF scam - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Three police officers have been arrested in what police say is a major breakthrough involving a syndicate that committed fraud worth millions of rand against the Road Accident Fund. The RAF, which has been beset by financial problems, is funded through the fuel levy. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene increased the fuel levy by 30c a litre during his Budget speech last week, and the RAF levy by 50c. In recent years, the RAF has been described as technically bankrupt, with the auditor-general in 2012 saying a lack of internal controls had not curbed the wasting of taxpayers’ money.

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  • Kelly did not assault me, says 'Bhaka'

    Durban herbalist Zamokwakhe “Bhaka” Nzama yesterday claimed he had been misquoted regarding last weekend’s events in a Durban hotel room, in which his new girlfriend, the controversial singer Kelly Khumalo, allegedly assaulted him after the herbalist rebuffed demands to dump his common law wife for the singer. On Sunday, City Press reported Kelly, who has a child with late Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa, poked him in the eye shortly before the Metro FM Music Awards at the Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday. Bhaka had then said his comment had not gone down well with Kelly, given he had a moment earlier rejected the singer’s demand for him to dump his common law wife, Jabu, for her.

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  • CIA claims: state probes Thuli and Juju - Politics | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA The government has launched an inquiry into allegations that, amongst others, EFF leader Julius Malema, above, and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, below, are CIA agents. Pretoria - The government has launched an inquiry into allegations that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and some political leaders, including EFF leader Julius Malema, former DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and head of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), Joseph Mathunjwa are agents of America’s CIA.

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  • Nigeria: Queen of Bleaching Disses Lupita Over 'Stolen' Dress

    Nigerian and Cameroonian singer and cosmetics seller, Dencia has hit out at Lupita Nyong'o over the theft of her Oscar red carpet "pearl dress". In her usual fashion, Dencia took to her Twitter page and posted, "Moral of the story, cut Ur coat according to Ur size. Lupita's stolen dress was returned after the thieves found out the pearls were fake. The Calvin Klein dress was said to be covered in more than 6,000 pearls and valued at more than $150,000.

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  • McDonald’s eyes natural chicken - Companies | IOL Business

    REUTERS A McDonald's 10-piece chicken McNuggets box is photographed at the Times Square outlet in New York. Washington - A plan by McDonald's to phase out chicken raised with certain kinds of antibiotics at its 14 000 US restaurants will put additional pressure on an already-stressed supply chain. The decision by the world's biggest restaurant chain to jump into the fray seems likely to complicate things further, tightening supply and thereby raising prices, said Athlos Research principal Jonathan Feeney. “This is very likely to cause a disruption in McDonald's food supply and will likely raise operating costs for McDonald's franchisees,” added Richard Adams, a former McDonald's franchisee who now runs the consulting firm Franchise Equity Group.

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  • Wall Street down for second day - International | IOL Business

    US stocks closed down on Wednesday for the second day in a row as investors stepped back after a recent rally ahead of jobs data due later in the week. Health-care stocks were the only bright spot in the market after a US Supreme Court hearing and a cancer drug approval. Equities had surged in February and both the Dow and S&P hit record highs on Monday, when the Nasdaq surpassed the 5,000 level for the first time in 15 years. The market had a terrific February,” said David Katz, chief investment officer at Matrix Asset Advisors, in New York.

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  • Bobbi still in a coma on her birthday - Tonight News

    AFP Bobbi Kristina Brown, Nick Gordon and family arrive at Tri-Star Pictures' premiere of 'Sparkle' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 16, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend Nick Gordon has wished her a happy 22nd birthday. The aspiring singer and daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston has been in a coma since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home in Atlanta on January 31, but her boyfriend admitted he wished he could be with her on her birthday. Entertainer Bobby Brown,right, stands outside of Emory Hospital in Atlanta where his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is being treated, on February 5, 2015.

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  • Gareth Bale reveals the things he doesn't like about Real Madrid

    Gareth Bale has revealed the only thing he does not like about playing for Real Madrid is being embarrassed by his superstar teammates in training and dealing with Spanish spiders.

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  • EFF rebel group submits ‘mountain of evidence’ against Malema

    A group of disgruntled Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members have submitted what they say is a mountain of evidence showing intimidation and the gross mismanagement of the party's National People's Assembly and is now calling on the High Court to nullify the outcome. The members are led by suspended EFF Member of Parliament (MP) Andile Mngxitama who has accused EFF leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu of abusing party funds and suppressing internal democracy.

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  • 50 Cent says he's betting R19 million Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao - video

    50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather appear to have put whatever issues they had behind them - at least enough for the Hip Hop star to bet millions of rands on the undefeated boxer’s fight against Manny Pacquiao.

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  • Thug to thug - Gayton McKenzie's letter to Julius Malem

    Thu Mar 05 11:05:23 SAST 2015 Dear fellow thug,Julius Malema, our Commander in Thief, you haven’t held back in expressing your disdain for me. So allow me to respond. Pull up a chair.I have no problem with someone drawing attention to my dark past,

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  • One killed in Cape Town head-on crash

    A driver was killed and two people were seriously injured in a head-on collision on the M7 West near Bellville, Cape Town, on Wednesday afternoon, paramedics said. “Paramedics quickly assessed the scene and found that one of the drivers had suffered severe injuries and had passed away before paramedics arrived,” Rescue Care spokesman Garrith Jamieson said.

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  • 'Petrol price, food price and electricity is going up and I must still pay e-tolls'

    "We're here as the voice of the people of Gauteng and to raise awareness that we're taking their fight forward," he told Sapa at the picket, in central Johannesburg. Over 100 people wearing Democratic Alliance T-shirts danced and sang in Simmonds Street, where Moodey was expected to address them later. "The petrol price, food price and electricity is going up and I must still pay e-tolls," he said. Letticia Spani said it had become expensive to travel by taxi into Johannesburg each day from her home in Grasmere.

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  • Deputy minister in car accident - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    South Africa's Premier Online News Source. Discover the world of IOL, News South Africa, Sport, Business, Financial, World News, Entertainment, Technology, Motoring, Travel, Property, Classifieds & more.

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  • Parliamentary dress code tips - PHOTO

    Wed Mar 04 16:56:00 SAST 2015 The fifth Parliament has not yet been constituted but there is already quibbling over how Ministers in Parliament (MPs) should dress.ANC has been arguing that MPs should be given a dress code - to stop standards slipping

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  • Letter: Dirt, disorder at Beit Bridge border - The Star

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Immigrants queue at the Beit Bridge border post. The writer says the service at the crossing leaves much to be desired. File picture: Motshwari Mofokeng Beit Bridge border post is anything but a pleasant experience for a tired

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  • Chris Brown, August Alsina to perform in Johannesburg, Durban in April

    GRAMMY Award winner, R&B artist Chris Brown and hip hop singer August Alsina are to perform in Durban and Johannesburg in April, promoters said on Thursday. The show is likely to appeal to a younger audience, the older generation having been treated to a show by R&B artists Johnny Gill and James Ingram in February. Mr Brown’s 2012 SA concert in Johannesburg and Cape Town was sold out way before the concert date. Along with chart-topping hits "Love More", featuring Nicki Minaj, "Don’t Think They Know" featuring Aaliyah and "Fine China", Mr Brown has gained critical praise and excitement from the public for his album, X.

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  • Former allies sue Mugabe and Zanu-PF - Africa | IOL News

    AP In this file photo Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, right, arrives for the heads of state meeting of the annual AU summit, held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Harare - Two former allies of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe whom he fired last year are suing the 91-year-old leader and his Zanu-PF party for unfair dismissal and for breaching the party's constitution, court papers seen by Reuters showed. Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, changed the party's constitution ahead of Zanu-PF's December congress to allow him to appoint his two deputies himself rather than having them elected by the party. Rugare Gumbo, once the Zanu-PF spokesman, and Didymus Mutasa, the party's former secretary general, say in their lawsuit, which also targets a former party chairman, that these changes were illegal.

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  • Harrison Ford badly hurt in LA plane crash

    “Indiana Jones” star Harrison Ford was critically injured Thursday when his small plane crash-landed on a golf course outside Los Angeles, media reports and officials said. A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman, who did not identify Harrison, said the pilot of a single-engine plane was critically injured in the crash. “We cannot disclose any of our patients’ names,” spokesman Erik Scott told AFP, recounting the early afternoon crash at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, southwest of Los Angeles.

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