• Gigaba 'applying his mind' on Zimbabweans

    Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said that at the appropriate moment, he would announce the fate of almost 200 000 Zimbabweans residing and working in South Africa on the basis of the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP), which expires this year. “When we look at what to do with the ZSP, we will take into consideration all of the factors that are necessary. I don’t want, right now, to be dragged into the conversation because it has not been properly processed by myself, and it has not been canvassed with my Cabinet colleagues,” Gigaba told reporters at a media briefing in Pretoria. “We will do that during the course of the year. We are mindful of the fact that people are anxious about

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  • WATCH: We tracked down the white girl who dances better than Babes Wodumo

    28-year-old Mari Raudsepp has been making waves in the SA entertainment industry, dancing her way into the hearts and minds of South Africans with her crazy smooth moves. The Swedish-based dancer has travelled and performed around the world in her 18-year career but seems to have a soft spot for Mzansi. "I discovered South African dance through house music eight years ago and fell in love with it from the start. The music and dances in South Africa has touched my soul in a deep and spiritual way.

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  • There’s no such thing as a coloured identity

    There has never been a race called “coloured”. Denying this or fighting this unfortunate reality would only strengthen apartheid’s hold on them as this will mean they accept the dominance and legitimacy of apartheid over their identity, their plight and their destiny. Subscribing to the “coloured” tag also celebrates as victorious the attempts of the architects of apartheid to make people feel inferior, to determine their cultural destiny and to, in a programmed way, question themselves and accept what is enforced upon them. More than that, it dishonours the struggles of those who fought against apartheid, died in their struggle against the evil system that denied people their identity, rights and land.

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  • No tweeting... and more advice for Trump's inaugural speech

    Tradition suggests it's time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment. When Trump stands on the west front of the Capitol on Friday and delivers his inaugural address, all sides will be waiting to see whether he comes bearing a unifying message for a divided nation or decides to play up his persona as a disrupter of the established order. How Trump tends to that balancing act, in both style and content, will be a telling launch for his presidency. "The inaugural is an address that is meant for the ages," said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a communications professor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • PSL transfer news: All the comings and goings

    Cape Town – January has been a busy period for club administrators, as the PSL teams look to invigorate their challenges for the second half of the 2016/17 season with new signings. Ajax Cape Town have acquired former Maritzburg United full-back Rheece Evans on an 18-month deal from Mamelodi Sundowns, where he has only featured in a handful of matches over the last two seasons. The Urban Warriors have also brought in Sameehg Doutie for a second stint at the club (on a six-month deal) after his contract at Indian Super League side Atletico de Kolkata recently expired. The Cape team have also snapped up a new number 10 in the form of Zambian international Rodrick Kabwe. Fellow Mother City side

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  • Become a full-time politician or just shut up, Zuma tells Madonsela

    While addressing a press gathering in Cape Town, Madonsela made comments that could be interpreted as her questioning Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s capability to lead the ANC and country independently. “I’m neither qualified to be president nor interested in that job.” “Should he be a male, should she be a female … I would love it to be a female, but I would hate to have a female that is a proxy, because that would be worse than having a man,” said Madonsela. Edward Zuma said Madonsela was clearly referring to his ex-stepmother, who is at the forefront of a presidential campaign within the governing party and has the support of President Jacob Zuma, the Women’s League and three premiers from Mpumalanga,

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  • Hijacking victim found in boot

    Police have found a man in the boot of his car after he was hijacked on Sunday, Pretoria Rekord North reports. Police spokesperson Constable Godfrey Mabusela said the man was hijacked in Orchards, north of Tshwane, and his car was recovered later the same day at Block VV in Soshanguve. “Police and the tracking company traced the car to Block VV, where it was found abandoned on the side of the road,” said Mabusela. When officers investigated the scene, they heard screams coming from inside the boot, he said. “Police called for assistance and, when the car was opened, they were shocked to find a man locked in the boot. It was then discovered that the man was the owner of the car and a victim of

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  • Woman thrown out of Busy Corner because her panties were visible

    2017-01-17 14:35:43.0 | Limakatso Khalianyane | A Joburg woman was thrown out of a popular shisanyama joint in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni because her dress was too short and flashing her underwear. Bonolo Nthompe, also from the sprawling township, said she was shown the door by bouncers at Imbizo-Busy Corner on Friday last week. Nthompe, 24, said the incident happened hours after she and her friends had arrived at the popular tourist joint. "We arrived there at 5pm. Then at about midnight I was violently thrown out because of the dress I was wearing," she said. She said the eviction followed an argument they had with patrons sitting next to them. "We informed Vusi, the floor manager, about the verbal

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  • Kanye West to undergo 'intense therapy'

    Kanye West is reportedly planning on "intense therapy" to help him recover from his recent hospitalisation. Kanye West is reportedly planning on "intense therapy" to help him recover from his recent hospitalisation. The 39-year-old rapper was admitted to hospital in November for treatment for what his doctor Michael Farzam branded as "temporary psychosis", and is now reportedly working on doing "whatever it takes" to improve his mental health. A source said: "Kanye swore he was going to continue with intense therapy. "He really wants to get better and will do whatever it takes to get healthy." And his wife Kim Kardashian West - with whom he shares North, three, and Saint, 13 months - is reportedly

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  • 'Lion Man' Scott-Crossley nabbed in Gauteng

    Johannesburg – Wanted man Mark Scott-Crossley has been arrested in Pretoria after being on the run since December, Limpopo police said on Wednesday. "The suspect will be transported to Limpopo to face a charge of attempted murder," said spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo. "He will appear before Hoepspruit Magistrate's Court soon. The date of his court appearance will be communicated." Game farmer Scott-Crossley, dubbed the “Lion Man” after he made headlines when he threw an employee into a lion cage, had been a wanted man after police issued a warrant for his arrest on December 21 2016. In 2004 Scott-Crossley was convicted of masterminding the premeditated murder of the farm worker by throwing

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  • Bafana star training with youth team in Denmark

    The New Age reported on Wednesday that Randers had been unhappy with Masango’s conduct after the talented forward trained with SuperSport United without their consent. For now he will be training with the youth team again,” Randers’ sports manager, Ole Nielsen was quoted as saying. Masango was previously rumoured to be on his way to Matsatsantsa but the move fell through as the Tshwane team could not afford the prize put on his head by Randers.

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  • South Africa: Absa Public Protector Report May Come Back to Haunt ANC

    It is no coincidence that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's version of former PP Thuli Madonsela's preliminary report into the Absa/Bankcorp bailout was leaked just as President Zuma, the Gupta family and those who have illegally benefited from State Capture are slowly being cornered and squeezed. And while the Twitter rent-a-crowd predictably howled "white minority capital", the most obvious question is why the ANC, when it was informed of it all back in the mid '90s, did nothing about grotesque apartheid-era plunder? Someone who was there at the start is veteran journalist and lawyer Martin Welz, editor of Noseweek. He spoke to Daily Maverick. By MARIANNE THAMM. "History is a needle for

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  • WATCH: This little white boy totally rocks singing Wololo

    The video of the cute boy, who also imitates Babes' dance moves was shared on social media by her rumoured boyfriend, Mamphintsha. EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi aka the People's Bae saluted Babes for breaking barriers through her music. “When Babes Wodumo has captured the imagination of so young a white kid: we must salute her! True music really defies race: ask Bob Marley," he tweeted.

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  • Bella Hadid warns The Weeknd about Selena Gomez

    LOS ANGELES - Bella Hadid has reportedly warned her ex-boyfriend The Weeknd that Selena Gomez is just using him. The 20-year-old model has reportedly warned her ex-boyfriend - real name Abel Tesfaye - about the 24-year-old singer's real intentions but he isn't listening. A source said: "Bella has reached out to Abel a few times and told him Selena is using him. He thinks she's just jealous and isn't listening to her." Selena and Abel's relationship is said to have come about after the pair started "working on very sexy music" together. An insider told US Weekly magazine: "They started hanging as friends and it became romantic. They're working on very sexy music, so it spilled over." It comes

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  • Humble Thuli more than qualified for top job

    In her quietly understated way, former public protector Thuli Madonsela has carved through the emotive and sometimes irrational debate over the succession raging between different factions within the ANC. Madonsela was not always flavour of the month among the ruling party’s leaders, but went about her task in a dignified manner that was as impressive in the issues – mistakenly thought immune from question or criticism – her office tackled. Asked at a meeting of the Cape Town Press Club about any outside chance of making herself available as a presidential candidate, Madonsela’s reply was typical. “I am neither qualified to be president, nor interested in that job,” she said, in a phrase, showing her innate humility but, equally typically, a steel inner core hardened by the harsh realities of the complexities lurking beneath the shifting sands of South African political expediency.

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  • Millions of US$ enter Botswana in car boot

    A South Africa-based Malawian billionaire who is accused of smuggling cash stashes of close to P100 million in the boot of his car from South Africa into Botswana has been restrained from accessing the money which he has deposited with Stanbic Bank Botswana. Simbi Phiri, who is being investigated by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) for money laundering, owns South Africa-based multi-billion Pula civil design and construction company, Khato Civils Ltd, which at the time of the alleged smuggling of contraband money into Botswana faced an investigation by the South African Special Investigating Unit for alleged tendering corruption. Stanbic Bank Botswana is also being investigated

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  • Why is the EFF so silent on the 'Absa lifeboat'?

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is a party that has always been known for its claim to be fighting against what they call “white monopoly capital”. It can be traced back right to when its two top leaders were at the helm of the ANC Youth League. Getting rid of the power of white capital, they believe, can be achieved through a number of methods, most especially the nationalisation of mines, banks and other strategic sectors of the economy. In 2015, the party embarked on what they called a “historic march” against financial institutions. The march drew about 50 000 protesters, who peacefully made their way to the Chamber of Mines and the SA Reserve Bank, with a stop at the JSE along the way.

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  • Me retire? Not so fast, says van Gaal

    Louis van Gaal says he is not definitely done with football just yet, after appearing to suggest earlier this week that he was retiring from the game at 65. The Dutchman, who was sacked by Manchester United last year after an uninspiring stint at Old Trafford, had told popular daily tabloid De Telegraaf: "I don't believe I'll return to work." But less than a day later van Gaal rowed back on that, telling Spanish radio overnight Tuesday-Wednesday that nothing was final and his future "depends on offers" at the end of what he has called a sabbatical. "I am not retiring," van Gaal, whose decorated coaching career included two spells at Barcelona and with the Dutch national side, told Cadena Ser

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  • In sickness and in health

    Medical students get married in November in order to ensure they don’t get sent to far-flung posts in rural areas or other provinces‚ according to Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. There is a spike in marriages‚ especially in KwaZulu-Natal‚ at the end of students’ six years of studying before they need to work full time.  Motsoaledi was speaking at a press briefing to address reports that doctors and pharmacists had not been placed in community service or intern positions‚ which prevented them from completing their studies.  “I am not being cynical. It is like that… this is a societal issue‚” he said about the rushed marriages. Doctors who are married are allowed to ask to be placed in certain

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  • 5 Questions Hlaudi Motsoeneng must answer

    The ad hoc committee is expected to deliberate the draft findings on Thursday and Friday in order to produce the first draft report. While the committee has not called Motsoeneng as a witness‚ some on the committee feel there are questions for him to answer‚ including the UDM’s chief whip‚ Nqabayomzi Kwankwa‚ who requested committee chairman Vincent Smith call Motsoeneng to testify. Kwankwa said it was in the interests of justice and fairness that Motsoeneng be given an opportunity to respond to everything that had been said about him. 1. Motsoneng must answer to an accusation contained in the leaked draft report that he was at the centre of the divisions in all the SABC boards between 2009 and 2016.

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