• Parks Tau council spent R73 million on travel in a year, says Herman Mashaba

    Johannesburg’s executive mayor Herman Mashaba says he will only authorise trips for city officials if he can be assured of a direct return on investment — as he revealed the costly expenditure of the previous administration under the ANC’s Parks Tau. “It has come to my attention that over the past three years the previous administration in our City spent R190 million of public money on travel‚” the Democratic Alliance city leader said on Tuesday. “...This could only have happened in an environment where travel opportunities were handed out to too many people‚ groups indulged in excessive luxury and‚ they had no regard for the value of travel to the residents of the City. Mashaba said all international travel conducted by any representative of the City‚ which incurs expenditure for the City‚ must in future be approved directly by the Executive Mayor.

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  • Bonang likes 'trashy' guys – Ntsiki Mazwai

    Following the altercation between Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes and the DStv iRock Festival organisers on Saturday night, poet Ntsiki Mazwai has concluded that Bonang Matheba just likes “trashy” guys. In a series of tweets, Mazwai questioned Bonang’s choices of men, asking how she could date a guy who was always involved in brawls. “Cabanga [imagine] being that girl who has to run around shouting ‘baby stop!’ Gaaaard how embarrassing. Violent men are so humiliating gosh,” she said. She also suggested an application form Bonang’s boyfriends should fill in before she gets into a relationship with them. “On Bonang’s application form her boyfriends have to tick next to the question: are you violent?” Mazwai

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  • Is Hlaudi's mom Zuma's sangoma?

    There is no denying that former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been a force to be reckoned with, once describing himself as an “intellectual lecher” (he meant lecturer, we think). Motsoeneng, like President Jacob Zuma, has to date survived everything thrown at him throughout his career, with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the courts ruling against his chief operating officer (COO) appointment at the public broadcaster. On Tuesday, the public broadcaster held a media briefing to address, among other issues, the court ruling. It announced that the former COO would be reverting to his old position as group executive of corporate affairs, further saying Motsoeneng was free to apply for the COO position once it was advertised (as early as next week).

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  • SABC board could face legal costs, warns Thuli

    HLAUDI Motsoeneng’s “triumphant” return to the top echelons of the public broadcaster might be short-lived. Shortly after SABC board chairperson Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe announced Motsoeneng had been appointed to his old job as group executive of corporate affairs, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela indicated she would scrutinise the decision. She pointed out that the SABC could face personal legal costs for Motsoeneng’s reappointment. Maguvhe also said Motsoeneng was free to apply for the position of chief operating officer, which he held until Monday, when the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) upheld the Western Cape High Court ruling that Motsoeneng’s appointment to that position was irrational

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  • 'I don't believe every woman my age should get married,' says actress Sibulele Gcilitshana

    During an interview with Move!, the single mother of two girls was unafraid to share her thoughts about marriage - which does not appeal to her. She revealed that in bringing up her daughters, she realised that it isn't all that important  for children to have both actively involved parents. US singer Fantasia steps out in Gert-Johan Coetzee dress  "This may sound controversial, but I don't believe every woman my age should get married or rush themselves to raise their kids with a significant other," she told the local publication. She further explained that while her stance on marriage is unpopular among her peers, her little family has been able to adapt to her choices and that they've been

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  • 31 state properties to be sold at auction in October

    Thirty one properties owned by the Gauteng government‚ including the premier’s official residence‚ will be sold at auction next month‚ Gauteng Premier David Makhura announced on Tuesday. Makhura has not stayed at the official residence‚ despite millions of rands being spent on it during the time of his predecessor‚ now Water Affairs and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokanyane. He announced two years ago that the mansion would be used to host official events‚ while he remained in his own home. The property was purchased in 2004 for R11.4 million‚ but further renovations costing an additional R4 million were subsequently made due to what government called “structural defects” to areas such as the

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  • Zimbabwe: Missing Activist Found, Envoys Slam 'Worrying Trend'

    THE EU and the British ambassadors on Wednesday led the outrage following the emergence of pictures of one of the leaders of street traders who was abducted, assaulted and injected with an unknown substance and left for dead. Kudakwashe Kambakunje, one of the leaders of the National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe, was abducted on Tuesday night and found on a farm on Wednesday morning about 22km outside Harare. Pictures showed an injured Kambakunje being treated in hospital. His colleague, Sten Zvorwadza, said Kambakunje was "badly injured". Kambakunje's legs appeared scarred and swollen in injuries synonymous with those inflicted on opposition members Zanu PF youths in the last decade. EU ambassador

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  • Road Accident Fund blocks huge bill of fraudulent claims

    Almost half a billion rands worth of fraudulent claims were detected by the Road Accident Fund (RAF) in the current financial year before payments were finalised. Some of these claims ranged from car accidents that never took place to exaggerated medical reports where a doctor colludes with the claimant. The RAF's annual report for April 2015 to March 2016 shows that the state entity's forensic unit blocked claims totalling R424-million made from a total of 612 fraudulent applications. The report also revealed that 813 cases had been referred to the police and 136 arrests were made, leading to 118 successful convictions. A total of 612 claims totaling R198-million were rejected based on false

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  • Satawu will not back Ramaphosa for ANC leadership

    THE South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) will not endorse Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the next ANC leader because the Treasury, the Reserve Bank and the Constitution have constrained the ANC’s ability to transform the economy. Satawu is the latest Cosatu affiliate to pronounce on ANC succession even though the union federation said it would be silent on the issue. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Satawu have broken rank on the issue and nailed their colours to different masts. The NUM has backed Ramaphosa, but Satawu general secretary Zenzo Mahlangu said it would not support his candidacy. Satawu is among Cosatu affiliates aligned to the "premier league",

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  • WATCH: DJ Black Coffee slaps AKA's manager

    Arnold Palmer was not only one of the great champions of golf; through the panache and daring of his play. He did more than anyone else to turn the game - and in particular the British Open - into a spectacle which commanded the attention of millions.

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  • ANC is going to make Hlaudi president – Ndlozi

    The African National Congress (ANC) will one day make Hlaudi Motsoeneng a minister or even president, tweeted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on Tuesday. Ndlozi’s statement follows the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s media briefing in which it announced that the former COO would be reverting back to his old position as group executive of corporate affairs. During the briefing, SABC chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe said Motsoeneng was free to apply for the COO position once it was advertised. However, the decision seems to have disappointed the EFF spokesperson, who was hoping for a different outcome. Democratic Alliance communications Phumzile

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  • WATCH: Mourners dance to Nkalakatha on Mandoza's grave

    Arnold Palmer was not only one of the great champions of golf; through the panache and daring of his play. He did more than anyone else to turn the game - and in particular the British Open - into a spectacle which commanded the attention of millions.

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  • ALERT: Scammers are watching your social media consumer rants

    Speaking to TMG Digital on Friday‚ mother and business owner Michelle Damaskinos explained unsettling details of how she was minutes away from becoming a victim of cyber-banking fraud. On Wednesday‚ shortly after 4pm‚ Damaskinos posted to Nedbank’s Facebook profile sharing her complaints about the bank’s Greenbacks Rewards Programme and the negative experience she had while trying to redeem her points. Just over three-and-a-half hours later‚ Nedbank responded to her complaint and undertook to address her query the next day. On Thursday morning‚ Damaskinos received a Facebook friend request from “Nedbank General Enquiries” and – unknown to her at the time - a scammer began communicating with her via Facebook Messenger.

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  • Zuma has to go, says top gold miner

    Toronto/Johannesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma “has to go”, with poor governance deterring prospective investors, according to the head of Sibanye Gold, the biggest producer of South African bullion. “Any solid investor, any solid company is founded on good governance and what we have in South Africa at the moment is very poor governance, from a government point of view,” Sibanye Chief Executive Officer Neal Froneman said in an interview on Monday from the Denver Gold Forum in Colorado Springs. He joins a growing chorus of South African business leaders criticising the president’s stewardship of the economy. Sipho Pityana, chairman of AngloGold Ashanti and a prominent African National

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  • WATCH: Every time Mantashe opens his mouth he spews bile

    “Every time Mantashe opens his mouth he spews bile‚” said Mcebo Dlamini. Dlamini was a leader of the #FeesMustFall Movement‚ who was dismissed as SRC leader last year following a disciplinary hearing‚ which he followed with racist comments and “I love Hitler” Facebook posts. WATCH: Student protesters have 'ulterior motives', says Blade Nzimande  Mantashe said on the sidelines of the South African Clothing Textile and Allied Workers Union conference in Cape Town on Wednesday” "If you don’t have a responsibility that goes with a right‚ you must actually take away the right. After a year‚ people will know higher education will be important for their future. Dlamini said it was because of statements

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  • ANC leaders defy Zuma on EFF

    While an Emirati woman seeks permission from the courts in the United Arab Emirates to have that country’s first sex change operation‚ hundreds of people are faced with the prospect of having to wait for up to 25 years to get the surgery done in South Africa.

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  • No luxury cars... not even for me - Tshwane mayor

    Pretoria - Mayor of Tshwane Solly Msimanga will continue using the BMW 5 Series he inherited from his predecessor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, but will replace it with a cheaper car when it “retires”. Upon reaching its prescribed lifespan of 100 000km in accordance with the regulations, the vehicle will retire to the government garage. “Most of the cars have passed the cap or are very close,” Msimanga said on Tuesday. In its place will be a low cost model to ferry the city’s first citizen around. The BMW would not be changed now as procurement of a new cheaper one would constitute wasteful expenditure. “I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars, while our people struggle for services,

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  • WATCH LIVE: Thuli Madonsela releases Eskom investigation findings

    Home Affairs gets a free lesson on austerity, and Paul Hoffman reckons Zuma hasn’t paid enough for Nkandla

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  • DRAMA! Siyakha Tshayela booted off Idols SA for 'contract' issues

    In a press release sent by M-Net on Thursday night it said that contestant on the show are required to sign an exclusive recording deal with the Idols-appointed label when they enter the show. “On the 1st of August‚ Ms Tshayela informed us that she had entered into discussions with an independent recording company before entering Idols‚ but she maintained there was no contract in place. The recording company insists there is‚”reads the statement. It's understood the discussions between all parties were held but there was no resolution. M-Net then made the decision to have Siyakha removed from the show. “Due to conditions stipulated by the Idols format rights holder‚ we are unable to continue

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  • Zimbabwe: Could Fresh Lithium Deposits Transform Economy?

    LITHIUM is set to transform the country's economy following a fresh scramble for the mineral by foreign companies after new deposits were discovered around Harare, Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister, Engineer Fred Moyo has said. In an interview in Mberengwa South last week, Eng Moyo said there were new deposits of lithium in areas surrounding Harare and foreign companies have been jostling for mining licences.Eng Moyo said Government was shifting focus to lithium following an increased demand for the mineral worldwide adding that this could be a breakthrough for Zimbabwe. "There is a scramble for lithium. Right now we have a lot of lithium potential around Harare. "If you check and

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