• AKA and Bonang’s first date: All the details

    While people thought the relationship wasn’t planned and the two just happened to fall for each another, that is not the case. By the sound of things AKA, or rather Kiernan, as Queen-B prefers to call him, planned the whole thing, meaning that him cheating on his baby-mama Dj Zinhle was, in fact, intentional. The power couple revealed all in an interview with You magazine, with AKA explaining Bonang was a very, very expensive date. He pursued me for a long time. And he is such a romantic. Queen B on the other hand took time to explain the romantic atmosphere AKA created to win her over, regardless of being another woman’s man at that point in time. “He pursued me for a long time. And he is such

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  • 'Infuriated' Durban mother starts petition to kick Phat Joe off East Coast Radio

    It’s been one week since Phat Joe officially joined KZN-based radio station East Coast Radio (ECR) and there are already calls of boycott from fuming residents. It has on Wednesday emerged that an angry Durban mother named Hayley Going has started a petition to have him removed from the Drive Time slot‚ and is fast gaining momentum. The petition has been started on an online platform and is being circulated on social media under the hashtag #phatjoemustgo. “As a resident of Durban and a mother with a 13 year old child that drives home at 5pm‚ it is time to make a stand. #phatjoemustgo. He is not the right person for the ECR drive slot. I petition the listeners of ECR to join me and sign the petition‚”

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  • Twitter users mock Indian politician carried through floods

    Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief minister of Madhya Pradesh state, was shown wearing crisp white trousers and white shoes and being carried aloft through the water in a field, trailed by his entourage. The photo of a smiling Chouhan with his arms wrapped around the two officers made newspaper front pages and sparked an outpouring of ridicule on Twitter. Most comments were lighthearted in a country where politicians are almost always flanked by a legion of fawning officials and security guards. "Shame on #Shivrajsinghchouhan. So embarrassing #wetyourfeet my man," Twitter user Jennifer Fernandes wrote. "#Shivraj training Indian athletes for 400M Relay 2020 Olympics," read another. But Chouhan was also

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  • Hawks pile on corruption charge against Gordhan

    News24 is reporting that the case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan appears to be related to corruption, not only the so-called rogue spy unit established during his time at the SA Revenue Service (Sars), as has previously been speculated. The website claims that “this is the first time it has been revealed that the law enforcement agencies are investigating Gordhan for corruption”. A letter sent by the Hawks to Gordhan on Monday suggests Gordhan will be charged with unauthorised expenditure and/or fruitless and wasteful expenditure in terms of the Public Finance Management Act and corruption in terms of the Prevention of Corrupt Activities Act. The letter claims that Gordhan, as finance minister, “approved that then deputy commission of Sars, Ivan Pillay, could take early retirement at 56 with full retirement benefits” from 1 August 2010 and that his employer should pay his early retirement penalty to the amount of R1 258 359 “despite the early retirement being for personal considerations of the employee when ordinarily the employee must pay the early retirement penalty in terms of the law”.

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  • AT HOME AND ABROAD: ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s response to his humiliating setback in the local government elections has been akin to a personal coup d’etat. In seizing centralised control of all the country’s parastatals, Zuma has assumed personal charge of the entire public sector economy, undercutting not only his finance minister, but the collective authority of his whole Cabinet. The only effective defender who has stood between those leeches and us, the taxpayers — Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan — is being dragged off to the political slaughterhouse by the Hawks, no doubt at Zuma’s behest. Once he is arraigned with whatever charges are to be brought against him and a long trial begins, it is difficult to see how he could continue to function as finance minister, which has now been rendered a nonjob.

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  • Bonang or Dj Zinhle? Wayde van Niekerk takes on Q&A

    Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk was this week kind enough to hold a Q&A session on Twitter. While some of the questions tweeps asked were interesting, others were simply meant to be ridiculous or funny. On what he thought of the “ugly” team SA Olympic tracksuits everyone has been complaining about, Van Niekerk only responded: “Life goes on. As long as I made my country proud.” He may be right, but we will not be ready to forgive as long as the frumpy kit remains engraved in our minds. Things got interesting when one Twitter user asked him if he would choose Bonang Matheba over DJ Zinhle. The poor guy did not want to start another storm, so he decided on a safer, yet irrelevant choice:

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  • DA in charge of metros, but Malema the big winner

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) should brace itself for various forms of mass mobilisation by the ANC, especially in the major metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, political analyst Elvis Masoga said yesterday. The next five years would be the most difficult for the party, he said, especially where it was in charge of the metros. Speaking to The Citizen, Masoga said: “The DA must ready themselves for a climb on Kilimanjaro – the party is relatively inexperienced when it comes to handling mass mobilisation. When we talk about the ANC, we talk about a 104-year-old movement that has mastered the art of mass mobilisation over the years.” Masoga said another great

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  • Malema also wants to 'sue' Kebby now

    Yesterday, following the deal brokered between Umkhonto weSizwe head and deputy minister of defence Kebby Maphatsoe and former minister of intelligence Ronnie Kasrils, EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted that it was perhaps time for him to also get in on the action. It’s likely the tweet was a joke, as it’s unclear when Maphatsoe made the allegation, if at all. What he was referring to was the fact that Kasrils had been suing Maphatsoe for defamation after the veteran accused him in 2014 of, among other things, being behind a plot to smear President Jacob Zuma by getting “Khwezi” to lay rape charges against him. Kasrils, in a gesture of “magnanimity”, tried to get Maphatsoe to apologise in the flesh in full view of the media, while smiling and saying that he was happy to move on in the spirit of reconciliation.

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  • ANC is losing values and trust, says Jonas

    Cape Town - Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said the “poverty” of ideas within the leadership of the ANC was making South Africa go “astray”. Speaking at the memorial service of the former Eastern Cape premier Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile in East London on Monday, Jonas said the ANC was fast losing its values and trust among the people. He was speaking In his capacity as family representative during the memorial service held at Abbotsford Christian Centre outside East London. “Bro Stof”, as he was affectionately known, died at his home in Alice in the Eastern Cape last Monday following a short illness. Jonas, who made headlines in March after he said the Gupta family had offered him a job

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  • Being told you are ugly is not nice, says Muvhango's Maumela Mahuwa

    In a revealing interview with Drum magazine Maumela shared painful memories of how she's had to deal with people calling her 'ugly' for most of her life. Maumela revealed that looking back at what she calls her "dark past" she realises that it "overshadowed" her life until she made numerous changes. "Being told you are ugly is not nice. Maumela explained that as a child she was told that she was too dark, her nose is flat and her lips are too big.

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  • Trevor Manuel warns: Arrest of Gordhan will ‘destroy this economy’

    FORMER finance minister Trevor Manuel has come to the defence of the current minister, Pravin Gordhan, saying it is ridiculous that an 'acting' head of the Hawks is persecuting him on baseless charges. Speaking on eNCA, Manuel warned that should Gordhan be arrested, the effect would be catastrophic — far worse than the damage done by the firing of Nhlanhla Nene in December last year. "It will do much more damage. "To go back to that is really to scream fire in a crowded theatre. Such action will destroy this economy. "The next move is up to the head of state to say: If you have any evidence, let's handle this in a responsible way," he said. Manuel said he agreed with Gordhan's decision not to

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  • Now, Hawks take aim at Gerrie Nel

    Johannesburg - Controversial Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is gunning for top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is largely credited with ensuring Oscar Pistorius was convicted for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Ntlemeza is understood to be implicating Nel in the controversy over the alleged “rogue” unit at the South African Revenue Service. The Sunday Independent has been told that the Hawks have launched a probe into Nel for possible contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. It is alleged he approved a payment of R1.5 million to a member of the unit to install spying equipment in the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices. Nel scored a major victory when the Constitutional Court

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  • EFF asks Pravin to prove his innocence, not 'do a Zuma'

    A delegation of church and civil society leaders are expected to head to the headquarters of the specialised Directorate Priority Crime Investigation, better known as the Hawks, on Thursday after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was served with a summons to sign a warning statement. The letter the Hawks sent reveals Gordhan is facing three criminal charges, including allegations that he set up an investigation unit within the SA Revenue Service (Sars) that gathered, collected and evaluated intelligence in an improper way. Gordhan, who said on Wednesday that he would ignore the Hawks summon, has already provided them with a full explanation to the charges and denied any and all wrongdoing. Two

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  • Zimbabwe: Anti-Mugabe Protests Turn Violent in Capital Harare

    Zimbabwean police have used tear gas, water cannons and batons to disperse an opposition rally protesting against police brutality in the capital Harare. More than 200 supporters, mostly youths, of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), took to the streets on Wednesday. Many protesters were reported to have been injured on Wednesday, but police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she had no information on that. Riot police blocked streets around the MDC headquarters and used water cannon against some youths in downtown Harare. Some protesters threw back tear gas canisters, as well as rocks, towards the police, who fired more tear gas outside the MDC offices. The demonstrators

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  • Dwayne Johnson dethrones Robert Downey Jr as highest paid actor

    Johnson, 44, knocked Downey Jr off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings. Hollywood Robert Downey Jr Dwayne Johnson NEW YORK – Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million. Johnson, 44, knocked Robert Downey Jr off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy Central Intelligence. Johnson, known as ‘The Rock’ during his wrestling career, also collected advance fees from the eighth instalment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise. The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women

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  • Zimbabwe: Vice President Mnangagwa Dies

    Bulawayo — Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's elder brother, Mr Philip Mnangagwa (84), has died. Family spokesperson Mr Patrick Mnangagwa said Mr Mnangagwa died on Tuesday after a long illness at his home in Shurugwi. "The Mnangagwa family wishes to announce the death of Mr Philip Mnangagwa, who had become the second eldest boy in the larger Mnangagwa family. Philip was born on August 23, 1932 in Zvishavane and passed away on the same day in 2016 (at 84), after a long illness," he said. "Philip was politically active in supporting the liberation struggle while he was a teacher in Zimbabwe as well as in Zambia. He remained active until he became ill. He was resettled during the land reform programme

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  • Mourinho’s giants could have the edge

    LONDON: Size matters. At least it may do in the Premier League this season. Much has been made of the cost of Jose Mourinho’s revamp of Manchester United but not its sheer physical dimensions. Much like Professor Simon Peach, played by Benny Hill in The Italian Job, Mourinho likes them big. Of the four players he bought this season, three are giants: Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly. United had two in David de Gea and Marouane Fellaini already. Some felt United lost their aura after Sir Alex Ferguson left but, lining up in the tunnel, this team are now an intimidating sight. Mourinho knew, some months out, that there was a chance he would be managing at Old Trafford this season.

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  • Zuma calls on black voters to ‘counteract’ whites

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma has called on black people to think about their poverty and use their majority to counteract white voters’ motives during local government elections. He said while black people were normally lazy to register for elections or to vote, white people always liked to do so in large numbers “for their own interest, which I don’t know”. “Vote is important for black people because they are suffering. It is also important for white people for their own reasons,” he said. Although he avoided telling black people to vote for the ANC, he said were they to do so in large numbers, the government would be able to bring about changes that would benefit them.    Also: SA deserves

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  • We will come back to inspire other girls: scholarship recipient

    Ngidi‚ 22‚ is one of the 32 youth departing for China next week to study at various universities there in a partnership between the South African government and the Chinese government. With a passion for history and legal studies‚ Ngidi began her academic life at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where she was pursuing a degree in legal studies and politics. She even studied French. But in her second year this year‚ she ran out of funds to proceed with her studies. While this was such a setback‚ it somewhat opened a door for pursuing her passion – studying agronomy (agriculture). As a young girl‚ who grew up in Zakheni township‚ in Mnambithi‚ northern KwaZulu-Natal learning about agriculture means

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  • You can finance your home the Islamic way

    One of the “big four” banks has been offering an Islamic home loan, an alternative to conventional property financing, since the beginning of the year. First National Bank (FNB) Islamic Banking says its product is aimed at Muslims who want to finance their homes in a manner consistent with the requirements of their faith. But, like all Islamic financial products and services, it is open to everyone. Islamic finance operates according to strict ethical principles, not least of which is that charging interest on a loan (in other words, putting a time value on money) is prohibited (see “Principles of Islamic finance”, right). FNB Islamic Banking’s home loan is not strictly a loan. It is modelled

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