• Man fleeced in transport scam - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    When 46-year-old Cape Town IT worker Clive Sheppard needed to urgently organise a lift to work, he, like many others, posted an advert on an online classified site. “Normally I got a lift with a chap from work but (he) was fired, so I desperately needed transport,” the Bellville resident said, adding that public transport “is a joke” in his area. Sheppard said that after posting the message on Gumtree, he received a message from a company saying it could provide him with transport. “We have 20 Toyota Quantams (sic) registered with the Department of Transport,” read the reply from a company calling itself Icon Tours & Shuttle Services.

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  • Is it because DJ Sbu’s black? - Sunday Independent

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA DJ Sbu has earned the ire of many due to his aggressive campaign to market his new energy drink MoFaya, says the writer. File photo: Bhekikhaya Mabaso Is the problem with DJ Sbu that black people are not expected to be aggressive

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  • Miss South Africa Finale - The Citizen

    The Citizen shares pictures from the red carpet at the Miss South Africa finale.

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  • Tbo Touch falls foul of Metro FM’s rules - City Press

    Metro FM suspended a second DJ, Thabo “Tbo Touch” Molefe, this week following the uproar over Sibusiso “DJ Sbu” Leope last week. City Press understands the national broadcaster, SABC, took the action after Leope and “his people” questioned why Molefe had not been suspended for punting his own commercial products, as well as American boxer Floyd Mayweather, on his drive-time show a few weeks ago.

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  • Zimbabwe: 'Pray for President Mugabe'

    Prophet Walter Magaya has appealed to Zimbabweans and other people from all over the world to pray for President Robert Mugabe. Magaya said Mugabe's "wisdom" was from God hence people should pray for the 91-year- old leader. "Pray for President Robert Mugabe. Speaking to journalists later, Magaya said his message on praying for Mugabe was not political.

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  • Graeme Smith linked to blonde Cape beauty

    Friends say the former Proteas captain has formed a close relationship with blonde beauty Justine Haddon, a Cape Town businesswoman who owns a clothing boutique. Smith, who is in Australia, has refused to comment on the claims, but Haddon this week said she was not responsible for the break-up of Smith's marriage and denied she was involved in a romantic relationship with him. "They have been seeing each other for a few months and Morgan [Deane] is gutted," said a friend, who did not want to be named. Earlier this month, the Sunday Times reported that Deane only learnt about Smith's plans to divorce her when he mistakenly sent her an SMS meant for his lawyer.

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  • Goals galore in Euro 2016 qualifiers

    Matchday 5 of the Euro 2016 qualifying round was played between Friday and Sunday.

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  • Sangoma's vision leads KZN premier to ask Zuma for 'mass grave' probe

    Now the premier, armed with Bongekile "Mshanyelo" Nkomo's tale of "restless spirits", has asked President Jacob Zuma to authorise an investigation into the "mass grave", where hundreds of prison labourers are believed to have been buried. Provincial government spokesman Thami Ngwenya confirmed on Friday that Mchunu had formally written to Zuma asking for his guidance on the level and extent of the inquiry into the grim "discovery" at Glenroy Farm in Dududu on the South Coast.

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  • Eskom plans for a total blackout - City Press

    Eskom conducted a national simulation exercise this week to test how systems would function in the event of a national blackout. City Press can reveal that, under the codename Exercise Breaking Dawn, the test took place on Monday to assess the country’s readiness in the event of a complete shutdown – this covered areas from emergency responses to how such a crisis would be communicated to the media and public. The secret exercise involved the utility’s managers, operational staff and support staff who formed part of strategic command structures and divisional tactical command structures. It was seen by some observers as a sign that Eskom was preparing itself for the worst-case scenario, something executives had been warning could happen if the country did not get its energy consumption under control.

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  • Bonang wins international award - City Press

    While you were sleeping Bonang Matheba was named Best South African DJ at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards ceremony that took place at The Forum in Los Angeles. Dressed in a beautiful black and multicoloured dress by Gert Johan Coetzee, South Africa’s Queen B announced on Twitter: “@bonang_m: Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award winner!!! Matheba beat out 94.7 DJ Whackead Simpson and 5fm’s Poppy Ntshongwana with more votes to take home the honours. Last week, Matheba lost out on the Best Presenter prize at the South African Film and Television Awards, with the versatile Katlego Maboe emerging the winner, but she can now add the orange Nickelodeon blimp and recognition from the international channel to her mantelpiece and resumé.

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  • King Mswati’s jet held over debt - Africa | IOL News

    Swaziland’s King Mswati III’s personal jet has been impounded in Canada by order of a Canadian court for settlement of R35 million, part of the R1.6bn a businessman claims the monarch owes him. The plane was in Canada for maintenance when businessman Shanmuga Rethenam petitioned to have the asset seized. Rethenam’s firm, Southern Africa Resources Limited (Sarl), is suing Mswati for R1.6bn in damages for the closure, without Sarl’s consent, of a mining operation in Swaziland.

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  • Mercedes to build world's first premium pick-up | The New Age Online

    The German luxury brand says that it plans to enter the market by 2017 and that its first pick-up will take styling cues from its SUV range and comfort cues from its existing executive sedans. Mercedes says that the decision to move into the mid-size pick-up market, currently dominated by US brands, is because of a huge shift in recent years -- from commercial to personal use and from wanting something that is utilitarian to wanting a vehicle that's as comfortable and refined as it is practical. And although the US is the world's biggest pick-up market -- one in 10 vehicles sold in the country over the last 12 months was a pick-up -- Mercedes plans to initially target its luxury model at the Latin American, European and Australian markets. "We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car," said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

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  • Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name': report

    The black box voice recorder indicates that Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside, French officials say, in what appears to have been a case of suicide and mass killing. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that all the signs were "pointing towards an act that we can't describe: criminal, crazy, suicidal". German prosecutors revealed that searches of Lubitz's homes netted "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment", including "torn-up and current sick leave notes, among them one covering the day of the crash". According to Bild, the young woman, who was "very shocked", flew with Lubitz on European flights for five months last year, during which time they are believed to have been romantically involved.

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  • 14 Seemingly Harmless Things That Could Actually Kill You

    If you get enough air, blown at sufficient force, it can result in a fatal air embolism — when air bubbles get into your blood stream and kill you. According to a 1998 report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were roughly 15,600 dryer fires that year, causing 20 deaths and 370 injuries.

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  • California's Severe Drought Is Making Electricity More Expensive, And Less Clean

    As California’s severe drought enters a fourth year, it’s beginning to hit residents where it hurts: their wallets. More than 99% of California was experiencing drought conditions in March, and 40% of the state was in the grips of an “exceptional” drought — the highest category. Drought means less water, but it also means that electricity is costing Californians more as well, according to a new report from the Pacific Institute. According to the report, the drought cost California $1.4 billion because it has significantly reduced the amount of water in reservoirs and streams that run hydroelectric power plants.

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  • King denies xenophobic comments - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA King Goodwill Zwelithini s alleged xenophobic comments have sparked criticism. Durban - King Goodwill Zwelithini has denied saying foreigners should be deported from South Africa or making xenophobic comments while speaking in Pongola in northern KwaZulu-Natal last week. A complaint was lodged with the Human Rights Commission earlier this week. The Royal Household has written to the Human Rights Commission seeking clarity on the nature of the complaints.

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  • It's reigning queens at the Miss SA pageant

    For one of them, Anneline Kriel, it will be a homecoming of sorts - she was a familiar face at the casino resort in the '80s when she was married to Sun City boss Sol Kerzner. Joining her will be the two other South African beauties to have captured the Miss World crown - the reigning titleholder, Rolene Strauss, and Penny Coelen-Rey, who won back in 1958. Strauss comes back home after a series of international commitments, including appearances in the US earlier this month. It will be the biggest gathering of Miss South Africas ever.

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  • KZN’s Miss SA hopeful ‘ready for the final’ - Independent on Saturday | News

    Preparing for her last round of interviews with the judges, KwaZulu-Natal’s only hopeful in the Miss SA competition yesterday reminisced about her first audition for the beauty pageant. Posting a picture on Instagram of herself sitting outside the judges’ room, Sihle Makhanya wrote: “Getting ready for final interviews. “It all started at Sibaya Casino in Durban last year. The glitzy Miss SA pageant will be broadcast live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic from 5.30pm.

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  • Nigeria: Gunmen Open Fire on Voters

    At least 38 people were killed in bomb and shooting incidents in Gombe, Borno and Rivers states yesterday. In Gombe, suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on voters at polling stations killing at least seven people. The first of the attacks happened in the neighbouring villages of Birin Bolawa and Birin Fulani in the Nafada district of Gombe, which has been repeatedly targeted by the Islamists. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video message last month that the militants would disrupt Saturday's general election, which they see as "un-Islamic".

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