• 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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  • Under-17 stars in line for Bafana run

    Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba hinted yesterday that he would call up some of the national under-17 players to the senior team in the near future after their extraordinary campaign at the African Junior Championships in Niger. Mashaba was at OR Tambo International Airport to welcome home the team and said two or three of the players had done enough to get a look in for Bafana in the future. Two or three of you will be training with the senior team. Proud parents, some carrying boards reading "welcome home", turned up at the airport yesterday to welcome Amajimbos back.

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  • South Africa: Police Officer Recognised Child as Kidnapped Baby

    The moment he laid eyes on Zephany Nurse he knew she was the baby kidnapped in 1997, Lt-Col Mike Barkhuizen told Beeld newspaper in a report published on Thursday. Barkhuizen, who works for the Hawks, had been searching for Zephany, now 17, for the past five years. Zephany was found after her biological parents' second daughter, born four years after Zephany's disappearance, started grade eight at a school in Cape Town this year.

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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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  • 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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  • Three-year-old girl snatched and killed by crocodile in Zimbabwe

    The Southern Eye newspaper reported on Thursday that Lubelihle Nyoni was snatched from the banks of the Zambezi River in Hwange, northern Zimbabwe, on February 22. Villagers said the child's grandfather and uncle were killed by crocodiles several years ago. Nyoni was playing with her eight-year-old friend Mawili Reno when the crocodile attacked. Relative Margi Reno told the Southern Eye: "I was doing something some few metres from the river when I heard screams before I lifted up my eyes and saw a big crocodile snatching Luba from the banks, where they were bathing.

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  • Life at Ebola 'Ground Zero'

    Scientists traced the source of the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola to two-year-old Emile Ouamouno, whom they believe contracted the disease while playing near the tree, home to hundreds of bats that might have been hosting the deadly virus. The boy's father, Etienne Ouamouno, said Emile fell ill in December 2013 and infected his sister and mother, who was eight months pregnant. Over a year later, having lost all his immediate family, Etienne Ouamouno has difficulty in finding words to describe his grief. Sitting at the foot of the kapok tree, which has since been set alight by the villagers to smoke out the bats, Ouamouno nervously lights a cigarette and takes a number of short drags in quick succession.

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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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  • 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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  • Sudan: New Report - Gold From Sudan Fuels Atrocities, Requires Industry Red-Flags and New Sanctions

    Gold coming from Sudan is conflict-affected, high-risk, and helping to destabilize the country's main conflict-zones of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, according to a new report published today by the Enough Project.

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  • Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran split

    The 25-year-old singer is said to have hooked up with their mutual friend, Nia Amey, 31, while he and Tran were on a break and now has a nine-month-old daughter with the model. Insiders previously revealed Tran was ready to marry Brown, even if he is sent back to jail later this month after his probation was revoked in January. There's not one man she would rather spend the rest of her life with other than Brown.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Intensifies War Against White Farmers

    MORE than 160 white commercial farmers in Mashonaland East province will soon be removed from their properties as the government claims they are occupying the land illegally. The development comes after President Robert Mugabe claimed that some 163 farmers were illegal staying on the farms because they were being protected by dismissed Mashonaland East Zanu PF provincial chairperson, Ray Kaukonde. Kaukonde was ousted from the party provincial post over allegations he was financing a coup plot by former vice president Joice Mujuru.

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  • Battle for set-top box control heats up

    PUBLISHER Caxton and public broadcasting advocacy groups have opened a new front against MultiChoice in the battle over set-top box control, by reporting the company to the Competition Tribunal over a deal struck in July 2013 with the SABC. The set-top box battle is a convoluted one: at issue is whether set-top boxes, which will be required to decode television broadcast signals after SA switches to digital broadcasting, should have a built-in access control mechanism. Access control would mean free-to-air broadcasters could protect their content from piracy.

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  • Mugabe's ex-allies slam Grace in court filings

    The statements came as part of an application to nullify the results of ZANU-PF's December congress, where Grace was placed in an influential post and numerous opponents purged in ongoing infighting to succeed Mugabe. "We want the court to invalidate the congress as it was illegal and unprocedural," Rugare Gumbo, former spokesman for the ruling ZANU-PF, told AFP on Thursday. Gumbo and the party's former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa filed an application at the High Court challenging the December congress, which saw Mugabe stay on as leader while elevating his wife Grace to head of the influential women's wing.

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  • Van Gaal denies rift with Giggs - Premier League

    REUTERS Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reacted angrily to suggestions he had fallen out with assistant Ryan Giggs. London - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reacted angrily to suggestions he had fallen out with assistant Ryan Giggs. “I am very irritated because of this question because everybody can see we have a very good relationship. “We work very hard together and not only with Ryan, with all the staff and players.

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