• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Police silence on Van Breda case ‘unusual’ - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    AP A forensics expert retrieves a flashlight from a police vehicle at the upmarket De Zalze housing estate in Stellenbosch. Cape Town - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is still deciding what action to take in the Stellenbosch triple murder case, and while the docket remains with it, police are remaining uncharacteristically tight-lipped about the killings. Aside from saying that significant progress was being made in their investigation, police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut this week refused to say anything more about the case. Since the January 27 murders, provincial police have, in an unusual move, not released even basic details about the crimes.

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  • Zuma's backup helicopter cancelled - Report

    'City Press' is reporting that the helicopter known as the ‘Zuma Taxi’ costs the presidency R63,000 an hour.

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  • What can Mugabe teach us about #RhodesMustFall? - City Press

    Barely 35 years ago, our northern neighbour Zimbabwe was still called Rhodesia. The truth is, Zimbabwe has been wrestling with colonial remnants – and, in particular, Cecil John Rhodes’ remnants – for longer than we have. This week, a Zanu-PF official attempted to rekindle the conversation about moving Rhodes’ remains to the UK, but it is largely expected that the 2012 decision made by the governing party and President Robert Mugabe will remain party policy. In 2012, Mugabe said Rhodes’ body should not be removed from its burial site in the Matobo National Park, 35km south of Bulawayo.

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  • Senyaka's father an anti-apartheid hero

    WHILE Senyaka was known for making his fans laugh with his music and roles in low-budget films, it's a little known fact that he came from a political family. The musician, whose real name is Thula Kekana, died on Wednesday aged 58. Before that, He was one of the founding members of the ANC Youth League in 1948. In fact, Senyaka's elder brother, Tladi, said Senyaka was born in the midst of the historic bus boycott which changed the face of SA politics.

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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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  • Expect fireworks when WhatsApp allows calls

    Whatsapp, the world's most popular smartphone instant messaging platform, has started rolling out voice services as part of its application (Android users only for now), striking fear into the hearts of mobile telecommunications industry executives everywhere. Industry executives feared that WhatsApp and other so-called over-the-top, or OTT, services would not only eat away at their lucrative voice profits, but undermine the business model for installing the next-generation broadband networks the OTT providers need if they are to offer services to consumers. The reason the rest of the mobile industry is so concerned about WhatsApp is its vast subscriber base of more than 700 million users. The company will soon overtake China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, in subscriber numbers.

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  • The Teen Who Wanted To Buy One Direction Started Her Crowdfunding Campaign As A Joke, But Now It's Real

    2. But Katie, a 16-year-old fan from Elmira, New York, may have outdone them all by starting a GoFundMe campaign to “buy” One Direction. Katie’s mother requested BuzzFeed News not use her daughter’s last name. 4. Many One Direction fans, including Katie, have long believed the group’s management company doesn’t treat the artists well. 5. Katie told BuzzFeed News the campaign started as a joke after another fan tweeted about the idea, but she started taking it more seriously when she saw others contributing.

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  • Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH - Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

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  • Serero can’t sleep over Milan move

    “I don’t know what to say, it is difficult, because every time I think about it I lose sleep,” said Serero on Wednesday, with a huge grin on his face. “I don’t know anything (about the rumours of a Milan move) but it is one of the teams supported growing up. Serero, who is with the Bafana Bafana squad ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Nigeria at Mbombela Stadium, has been with Ajax since 2011, and still has two years left on his current contract.

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  • South Africa: ANC Criminality On City Streets a New Low for Morally Bankrupt Party

    The DA condemns ANC acts of pure criminality, in broad daylight on the streets of the City of Cape Town yesterday. Images today show an ANC t-shirted member robbing and assaulting a patron at a City restaurant, during yesterday's Ses'Khona looting parade. It is disgraceful that ANC branded members committed crimes on our streets, including the theft of personal belongings from restaurant patrons and looting of small businesses.

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  • Why Price is wrong over Rhodes - Sunday Independent

    The UCT vice-chancellor’s eagerness to spring to the defence of the indefensible and inglorious Cecil John Rhodes is astounding for former Rhodes Scholar Adekeye Adebajo. Johannesburg - Being a former Oxford University Rhodes Scholar and given the students’ furore calling for the removal of the Cecil Rhodes statue in the front of the University of Cape Town (UCT), I was rather startled to read the views of vice-chancellor Max Price, on the arch-imperialist in last week’s Sunday Independent (“The student statue protest is significant, but the greater debate around this is what really matters,” Max Price tells Michael Morris, March 22).

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  • Nigeria in tense vote count after second day of polling

    Nigeria counted ballots in a closely fought general election Sunday after failures in controversial new technology pushed voting into a second day, with President Goodluck Jonathan facing a stiff challenge from ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. Despite violence linked to Boko Haram militants and sporadic unrest elsewhere, UN chief Ban Ki-moon and others praised the conduct of the vote and called for calm to avoid a repeat of deadly rioting that followed 2011 elections. In a sign of the continuing threat posed by the Islamists however, military fighter jets and ground troops pounded Boko Haram fighters in the northeastern state of Bauchi after a series of attacks on polling stations at the weekend. The presidential election in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer is the closest in the country’s history, with the first credible challenge from an opposition party.

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  • It’s back to future for Proteas - Proteas Cricket

    Gallo Images Kagiso Rabada is set to become one of most important South African cricketers over the next decade. Melbourne – Over the next few weeks, the reports and reviews of South Africa’s performance at the 2015 World Cup will be conducted by Cricket SA as they seek to unlock why, despite the resources thrown at the national team, they again come up short in the tournament. It is, of course, way too early to start building to the next World Cup in 2019.

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  • Ex-dictator vs fortunate son in Nigeria’s presidential vote

    The two main candidates in Nigeria’s tense presidential election on Saturday cut sharply different profiles: an ex-military ruler who once cracked down on indiscipline and a zoologist rarely seen without his stylish fedora. Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, 57, is a Christian from the Niger Delta oil region in the south while Muhammadu Buhari, 72, is a Muslim from the north and a retired major general. An ethnic Ijaw from a family of canoe makers, Mr Jonathan’s rise to the top of his country’s ruthless political world has been described as accidental. Fortune certainly seems to have favoured Mr Jonathan throughout his political career, as his first name would imply.

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  • DA slams music tour of ‘woman-beater’ Brown - Saturday Star

    EPA International RnB star Chris Brown is scheduled to perform in the country for his X-Tour Live shows at the Coca-Cola Dome in Joburg and Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Johannesburg - As fans count down the arrival of international RnB star Chris Brown, the DA says it is not backing down and will do everything to highlight its discontent with wasteful money spent on a “woman-beater”. Brown is scheduled to perform in the country next week for his X-Tour Live shows at the Coca-Cola Dome in Joburg and Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

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