• Mandela gets closure on 1969 death of eldest son: iLIVE

    Thembi Mandela was killed in a car accident on 13 July 1969 while his father was in prison on Robben Island. A devastated Mr Mandela was filled with anguish at not being allowed to attend his funeral or to have access to details about the crash. A recent search, with the assistance of Sipho Rala at the South African Library in Cape Town, unearthed a front-page report in the Cape Argus about the accident. Mr Mandela was only informed of his son’s death by telegram the day after the newspaper appeared. The article headlined TEN DIE IN W.P. ROAD ACCIDENTS  described “South Africa’s blackest weekend for years” with 25 people killed in road accidents around the country and ten in the Western Cape

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  • 'I experienced racism far beyond that of America in SA': Popular DJ

    A recent visit to South Africa has left a bitter taste in the mouth for well known house music DJ and producer Afefe Iku Osunlade. Afefe Iku Osunlade was one of the headline acts at the Spring Fiesta festival which took place at Wild Water in Boksburg this past weekend. This is what Osunlade had to say about his experience in the country in a Facebook post: “Now im certain I’ll get lots of shit for this post however it must be said. It’s been about ten years since my last visit to South Africa and I must say this trip has more than opened my eyes that apartheid is alive and kickin! It’s absolutely the most white privileged place I’ve ever experienced in my life and from this date I vow never

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  • Why Rihanna took Chris Brown back - Tonight News

    NEW YORK - Grammy-winning R&B singer Rihanna said she once felt she was strong enough to take back boyfriend Chris Brown after he famously assaulted her in 2009, but finally realised she had been stupid to think that way. “I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn't understand him,” she told Vanity Fair magazine in a cover story for the November issue. Explaining why she took him back after he left her bloodied on the eve of the Grammy awards, Rihanna, 27, said she thought “Maybe I'm one of those people built to handle ... this. “Maybe I'm the person who's almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they're not strong enough” and to be able to “say the right thing.”

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  • Mbalula trolls US losers at World Cup - World Rugby

    We South Africans know nobody trolls a bunch of losers like our Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula. But the USA just got introduced to his flavour of trash talking. Yesterday, The Washington Post published an article capturing all the ways Mbalula heckled the US rugby team before, during and after they played the Springboks and lost. The author, Marissa Payne, wrote: “Politicians aren’t known for their realness, at least in the United States. But things must work differently in South Africa because Fikile Mbalula… left nothing on the table when it came to expressing his glee on Twitter over the Springboks’ 64-0 shutout of the United States during their Rugby World Cup match on Wednesday.”

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  • Indian chiefs rankle Malema

    That was the question Judge Shyam Gyanda posed during his interview with the Judicial Services Commission in Cape Town that set off sparks with Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, a member of the interviewing panel. Gyanda was a candidate for the position of deputy judge president of the KwaZulu-Natal division of the high court. He was up against judges Mjabuliseni Madondo, Gregory Kruger and Kate Pillay. Simon Ndlovu withdrew his application. After lengthy deliberations late yesterday the JSC did not recommend any of the candidates for appointment because none had received a majority vote. The debate began with Malema saying Indians dominated "every sphere of life", particularly

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  • Zuma lashes out at ‘premier league’

    The ANC is bleeding hundreds and thousands of members due to dirty money used in gatherings to buy votes, divisions and fights among its leaders, and perceptions of corruption committed by its members. This is one of the startling confessions ANC president Jacob Zuma made today when opening the governing party's national general council. Addressing more than 4000 delegates gathered at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Zuma conceded that the membership of the party had dropped from 1 million in 2012 to just under 770 000 – which represents a loss of more than 200 000 members. Zuma, who received a lukewarm welcome from delegates, also sought to stamp his authority, stressing that there was no “league”

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  • Mourinho responds to Capello criticism - Premier League

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at criticism levelled by Fabio Capello and said he is determined to lift the Blues out of the rut that has seen them slump to the lower reaches of the Premier League. Chelsea are currently two places above the relegation zone after losing four and winning only two of their first eight league games. Their worst start to a season in 37 years has prompted criticism of Mourinho's methods, with Capello notably claiming the Portuguese coach “burns out his players” after two seasons. Mourinho, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday, admitted he “can't hide the reality” of Chelsea's dire straits but took exception to Capello's assessment of his leadership

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  • Rihanna Revealed The Artwork For Her New Album, And It's Fire

    *aggressively hopes this is a sign that the music will come soon*

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  • Zimbabwe: It's Economy, Not Mujuru a Problem

    "The commander of Zimbabwe's Presidential Guard, Brigadier-General Anselem Sanyatwe has threatened to use violent tactics to stop ousted vice-president Joice Mujuru, now People First leader, amid indications the army will be covertly deployed to combat her new movement ahead of the crucial 2018 elections," the Zimbabwe Independent reported last Friday. "Professionalism is over and many of you are wondering what is happening in the country. I do not want you to hear through the grapevine or read in the newspapers but the animal called Zanu PF shall rule until donkeys have horns. That is why I am saying forward with Zanu PF! Forward with President Robert Mugabe! Down with Joice Mujuru!)," Sanyatwe

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  • Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai, Mujuru Stand Put On Notice

    The Fact That Western-funded political research think-tanks have conducted surveys that repeatedly found that President Mugabe and Zanu-PF enjoy unparalleled popularity countrywide should put paid to the opposition's infantile claims of poll rigging and alleged closure of democratic space. Local and continental research think-tanks such as Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI), and Afrobarometer, have conducted surveys that vindicate Zanu-PF as a people-centred revolutionary party. The US-based Freedom House and pro-MDC-T Zimbabwe Vigil in the United Kingdom, have also produced reports vindicating Zanu-PF's popularity. The latest MPOI results revealing that the majority of Zimbabweans have faith in President Mugabe and Zanu-PF and that if elections were to be held today, the revolutionary party would resoundingly win, are a case in point.

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  • These are the South African provinces where you are most likely to be murdered

    Over the past three years the South African murder rate has increased from 30 murders per 100,000 to 33. This is five times higher than the global average of 6.2 per 100,000. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, South Africa ranked eight out of 167 countries with data available for 2012. Between April 2014 and March 2015, on average 49 people were murdered each day. This is on average two more killings a day than in the previous year and a staggering six more deaths a day than in 2011/12. The 2013/14 South African Police Service annual report showed that 5% of murder victims were children and 14% were women, most of whom were murdered by their intimate partners. By far the

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  • South Africa: DA Shocked By Nw Deputy Leader Plane Disappearance

    The DA in the North West was in a state of shock on Thursday following the disappearance of a plane in Nepal carrying deputy leader Petro Nel. "The Democratic Alliance North West has learned with shock today that the ultra-light aircraft in which our deputy provincial leader was travelling today has been reported as missing in Nepal," provincial leader Joe McGluwa said in a statement. "Petro Nel was on a holiday trip there on a sight-seeing flight over a mountainous area when all contact was lost with the aircraft." Search teams have already started looking for her and the Russian pilot. "Petro has to date served as a DA Ward Councillor in the Matlosana Municipality in Klerksdorp and earlier

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  • Zimbabwe hunger: US, UK pledge $43 million for food relief

    This came as the World Food Programme (WFP) said in August that around 1.5 million Zimbabweans were expected to go hungry this year after a dramatic fall in maize production. Reports indicated that Zimbabwe needed to import at least 700 000 tons of maize from neighbouring countries to avert a food crisis, with analysts saying this would cost the country's cash-strapped treasury around $224m. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently expressed concern over the food imports, saying they were draining the country's already strained resources. News Day reported on Wednesday that the food relief programme, co-ordinated by Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), would be implemented in the form of mobile cash transfers as well as direct food handouts targeting 650 000 people in 29 food-insecure districts.

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  • Orlando Pirates are 'top-class,' says Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung

    South Africa's new visa regulations are having an adverse impact on the country's tourism industry without proof that they are making any impact on child trafficking, according to Hussein Dabbas, International Air Traffic Association (Iata) regional vice-president for...

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  • Boks angered by biting allegation - Springboks

    London – The Springboks have been shocked and angered by a picture published by the British tabloid the Daily Mail of Springbok prop Frans Malherbe supposedly biting American lock Matt Trouville in their Pool B encounter at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday. Springbok team manager Ian Schwartz said that Malherbe was visibly dismayed and in shock at the picture doing the rounds but that the allegations had also angered the entire Springbok squad. “Yes he is (upset) but everybody in the squad is upset about it,” Schwartz said from the team’s base in Lensbury. “He thought we made a joke and he laughed. He was shocked and devastated when he saw the picture,” Schwartz said of Malherbe’s reaction. The

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  • OR Tambo International Airport a no-fly zone

    The failure of control-tower equipment at OR Tambo International Airport left dozens of planes grounded and thousands of passengers frustrated on Wednesday. The problems slowed international and local arrivals and departures at Africa’s busiest airport to a snail’s pace. Airline companies warned that there would be a huge knock-on effect on flights leaving and arriving in Johannesburg. The radio technology problems arose as South Africa’s leading civil aviation safety and security experts met in Johannesburg for a safety and security conference on Wednesday.

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  • Gigaba invites foreign students to become 'new South Africans'

    “We want to make it easy and straightforward for those students who are interested in staying in South Africa after graduating to do so. Explaining his invitation for foreign students to live in SA‚ he said: “No country can produce all of the skills it needs… Skilled immigrants make an important contribution in destination economies”. “International students are especially advantageous‚ as their qualifications have been obtained here in South Africa and are thus able to transition seamlessly into their chosen fields‚” Gigaba said. Pledging to ensure efficiency in the issuing of study visas‚ he said: “We want South Africa to be at the top of list of destinations for prospective students across Africa and the world”.

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  • Bozwana ‘killed for fighting corruption’ - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Mahikeng – North West businessman Wandile Bozwana was killed for fighting corruption, mourners heard on Thursday. “Wandile was questioning the irregular awarding of tenders. We have companies that were awarded multi-million (rand) tenders even when they did not have tax certificates. Bozwana was fighting this corruption,” said Mothusi Montwedi from Taung, an ANC member attending Bozwana’s memorial service in Mahikeng. “The ANC is infiltrated by the premier league. They decide the outcome of conferences. Business in the province cannot be available to Supra (Mahumapelo) and few of his friends,” he said to a chorus of applause from the crowd. The so-called Premier League is believed to be made

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  • VIDEO: Proof Japan is first world

    Giant robots under the ground take your bicycle and store it in the bowels of the earth, safe from weather and thieves. Science fiction? No. Japan. The country is watching the EcoMobility festival closely, with many people hoping it is a raging success for various reasons. It is better for the environment if people commute in more sustainable ways, and – probably the one we all feel the most – the congestion in and out of Sandton could turn a priest into a Hell’s Angel biker. If we want to get an idea of what is possible, we need to cast our eyes towards Japan. Think about cycling somewhere – that is all good and well, then what? What about security? The weather? In cities such as Sandton, do

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  • 'Indians are black people too', judge candidate tells JSC

    People of Indian origin should not be penalised in appointments to the bench in KwaZulu-Natal because of the perception that they already dominate in the province, the Judicial Service Commission heard on Thursday. "We are hard working. Indians are black people as well, we have also been at the ends of injustice," said Judge Shyam Gyanda who is applying for the post of deputy judge president of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court. This comes after EFF leader Julius Malema said there was the perception that people of Indian origin controlled everything in KZN, referring to it as the "Indian question". Malema wanted to know whether it would be in line with the judiciary's commitment to transform if it

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