• Mandla Mandela weds

    “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community, for welcoming me into their hearts,” Mandela said in a statement. The marriage, which took place on Saturday in Cape Town, is the fourth for Mandela, whose heritage is isiXhosa and who currently serves as the traditional chief of Mveso. “Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans,” he said.  According to most recent reports, Mandela is still legally married to his first wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, with whom he has been embroiled in a long-standing bitter divorce battle.  Previously

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  • The Big Read: Zuma's got the right numbers

    Predictions have been made that the man is so weak that he will be recalled by his party within months; that he may be forced to go because of the massive damage he is wreaking on the 104-year-old ANC. I am not convinced Zuma can be forced out by his comrades. Why not? Zuma has always been a cunning analyst of the ANC and its processes. He knows where the power within the party lies. He sleeps easy knowing that the majority of South Africans will still vote for the ANC, at least at the general elections in 2019. The 2024 national elections are another story altogether. The key for him, therefore, is to forget about the general populace and concentrate on what matters to him: the decision-making

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  • Bonang and AKA strike a pose at Da Les’ all-white party (Photos)

    Rumoured couple AKA and Bonang Matheba were some of the many Mzansi A-listers at Da Les’ 7th Annual All-White Pool Party on Saturday.Next The duo even took some time to pose for the cameras together. So are they finally ready to go public with their relationship? Queen B looked breathtaking in a lightweight sheer kaftan, with a daring bodysuit to go with. Held in Sandton, Johannesburg, another rumoured couple was also in attendance. That would be Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane. Nomzmo opted for a tailored relaxed look, donning wide-legged three-quarter pants with a matching top and peek-a-boo bra. Other gorgeous ladies spotted at the event included Nomuzi Mabena,  Boity, Khanya Mkangisa, Natasha

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  • Comair aircraft makes emergency landing at OR Tambo Airport

    It’s understood a guinea fowl allegedly flew into one of the plane’s engines shortly after it took off. Comair Emergency landing Comair Limited Kulula JOHANNESBURG – Comair has confirmed that one its Kulula aircrafts has had to make an emergency landing at the OR Tambo International Airport this morning.   It’s understood a guinea fowl allegedly flew into one of the plane’s engines shortly after it took off from the Lanseria Airport to Cape Town.   The incident has resulted in some delays. No one was been injured.   Comair CEO Erik Venter said, “The Kulula aircraft did make an emergency landing because it’s struck a guinea fowl coming out of Lanseria Airport. It’s not unusual but we obviously

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  • Mandela hitched again

    The marriage appears to have been kept a closely guarded secret until pictures of the happy bride and groom appeared on social media. Mandela confirmed he married Clarke yesterday. "I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on February 6. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community for welcoming me into their hearts. "Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans." A family friend told The Times the wedding took place at a mosque in Kensington, followed by a reception at Cape Town hotel,

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  • South Africa: Visa Regulations

    Today's announcement by the Departments of Home Affairs (DHA) that the it will be relaxing some of the job-killing visa regulations it introduced last year does not go far enough to restore South Africa as a tourist friendly destination. Instead of announcing an E-visa system in line with the recommendations by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the DHA merely noted that it would be considering the idea of issuing visas on arrival in the coming months. Meanwhile the concession by the DHA to do away with the unabridged birth certificate requirement for minors whose passports contain the full details of both parents will have no benefit to those who do not possess these updated passports.

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  • Mourinho: I'll be back... soon

    Mourinho says he's not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back. Manchester United Chelsea Jose Mourinho LONDON - Jose Mourinho, sacked as manager of Chelsea in December seven months after winning the Premier League title, has said he is not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back in management. He did not comment directly on media reports that have heavily linked him with Louis Van Gaal's job at Manchester United. But he did say that his family will remain in London and that he liked the competitiveness of English football. "For sure, I will be back soon," the Portugese told GQ magazine in an interview published on its website (www.gq-magazine.co.uk). It did not say when

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  • EFFSC vow to have ‘guerrilla conversation’ with 'Oros' following

    The Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command (EFFSC) has described being called “monkeys” by African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine as “lame and childish utterances by Oros”. The students said: “Not that we’ve been paying attention or following the events of the ANC youth desk but it is reported to us that Oros man‚ Collen Maine‚ is up to his usual antics of spewing bile once again. “This time‚ he has apparently referred to the EFF as monkeys. “It is incumbent upon us as the EFFSC that we dispute‚ refute and dismiss this madness with the contempt it deserves.” Maine is reported to have said: “If you fight with Zuma you are fighting with the youth league‚ and South

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Succession: Jonathan Moyo Bares it All

    In your opinion, what could have motivated George Charamba’s attacks against you and those perceived to be opposed to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa? While Charamba’s scurrilous political attack on me and other Cabinet ministers perceived to be opposed to what they allege is Vice-President Mnangagwa’s succession path went viral after his long interview on ZiFM radio and after The Herald reproduced a verbatim script of that interview two weeks ago, in fact Charamba had been on my case over VP Mnangagwa’s succession for a very long time. To make a very long story short, things started turning ugly between Charamba and me and his fellow successionists out there in May 2015 when BBC HardTalk broadcast an interview with me in which I poured cold water on the ambitions of successionists by saying President Robert Mugabe had not appointed his vice-presidents so they could succeed him, but so they could assist him to implement the policy programmes he pledged to the nation in the 2013 elections, which he won resoundingly.

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  • Mpumalanga Premier Mabuza threatens to end business arrangements with Eskom

    The province’s municipalities currently owe Eskom more than R1,4 billion, with the energy provider threatening to cut off electricity supply in seven municipalities which are not honouring their monthly repayments. Mabuza said that municipalities are willing to pay their debts, but Eskom’s payment terms were unreasonable. “The Eskom payment terms are onerous and untenable for the municipalities, and they need to be reviewed, otherwise we will have no option as a province but to pull out of the business arrangement with Eskom,” said Mabuza, speaking at a Premier’s Coordinating Forum in Mbombela on this week. Mabuza said that numerous municipalities which are distributing electricity on behalf

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  • SA charmer's trail of treachery in US

    "I was straight out of a divorce. I was needy," the California farmer said this week, recalling her ordeal at the hands of her mystery South African, Abraham "Arno" Smit. "He must have been with four or five women at the same time. If he found out that a woman didn't have the money she claimed she had, then he would disappear. "He sucked me into his web. I didn't know there were people like that out there." Cary was easy prey for Smit, who in a few years allegedly cut a swathe of deceit and bad debt across California cattle country. He claimed to be a middle-aged cattle baron from South Africa, heir to a farming empire. In fact, he was a 25-year-old dealer in broken promises. When investigators

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  • Prasa boss gets lucky with R11m mansion

    The claims are made in court papers filed this week in the High Court in Pretoria in an action against Siyangena Technologies, which obtained a R3.9-billion Prasa tender in 2009-10. Molefe wants the court to set aside the contract awarded to Mario Ferreira, the owner of soccer club Vasco da Gama and Siyangena Technologies. The Prasa chairman has argued that Siyangena was unlawfully awarded the tender to instal high-speed passenger gates, CCTV cameras and other security related material. "Investigations ... revealed that Mr Lucky Montana has corruptly benefited from his relationship with individuals and entities associated with the first respondent [Siyangena Technologies]. Seven additional stations

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  • SA to deport 140 Zimbabwean ex-convicts

    Reports from Zimbabwe say the deportees have just finished serving sentences of up to 18 years in jail.

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  • Nigeria: Obasanjo Attacks Jonathan, PDP Again, Says Chibok Girls May Not Return

    Despite efforts and assurances by the Federal Government that it would rescue the abducted Chobok girls alive, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has raised doubts on their possible return. Mr Obasanjo, who spoke at an event organized by the Staff Club of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Friday, said anyone saying the girls would return was simply telling lies. The programme which was held at the open arena of the staff club, was themed, "An Evening with Obasanjo." Mr. Obasanjo blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for trivializing the distress call to rescue the girls on the day they were captured. "The former president heard about the kidnap 8am in the morning of the abduction

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  • Who made the DA whiter? Mmusi and Lindiwe exchange barbs

    Party leader Mmusi Maimane said this week that white males had also played a key role in controlling the party while Lindiwe Mazibuko was its parliamentary leader. He was responding to an article on BDLive last month in which Mazibuko welcomed the party's stand against racism but said it needed to do something about the white male "brains trust" that dominated it. Mazibuko, now a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, criticised the white men in the DA who she said "callously strut about social media like a law unto themselves". But Maimane dismissed the criticism during an interview at his parliament office. "Things are changing. She left the party, it was her choice," he said.

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  • Controversial umpire calls halt Proteas

    Two controversial umpiring decisions halted the Proteas’ progress on Saturday as they ended on 262/7 in the second one-day international against England in Port Elizaeth. Proteas captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first at St George’s Park on a sunny day, but the pitch was a bit slow and didn’t allow the ball to come on to the bat. Duminy had taken his time to get in on a difficult track alongside De Villiers, but the middle-order duo stuck it out to put on a 107-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Just as they got going after De Villiers reached his 48th ODI half-century, the Proteas were rocked by the double blow of losing their captain and then Duminy within three balls.

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  • Malema unapproachable, only listens to Shivambu says disgruntled EFF member

     "Julius is a liar," said Economic Freedom Fighters member Lufuno Gogoro. "He is lying that we can sit down with him. Julius doesn't want to listen to anyone except [EFF chief whip] Floyd [Shivambu] and we cannot run an organisation through friendship." Gogoro is among a group of EFF members, calling itself defenders of the EFF constitution, which had planned to approach the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday for an urgent interdict against Malema and the EFF's leadership. It wanted a stop put to the party's provincial conferences and its national people's assembly, which is expected to be held in December. Earlier on Friday, Malema told reporters in Johannesburg that disgruntled members were

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  • Monkeys enjoy a little paddle and play - Independent on Saturday

    Durban - Could it have been a pool party when these vervet monkeys took to the water at a Westville home? Or did it have anything to do with celebrating the Chinese Year of the Monkey – which starts on Monday? Whatever the cause, about half a million of their human cousins have shared the vervets’ pleasure at playing in the pool. This Facebook video, posted by Hillcrest doctor Michael Rout, has clocked up 474 735 visits. In the video, one of the monkeys looked like an otter as it held its breath, swimming across the pool. Another swam a doggy paddle of sorts. “This doesn’t happen very often and it’s quite special to see,” said Hallam Payne, who has studied monkeys at master’s level at the University

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  • Puzzle of missing mom deepens - Independent on Saturday

    Durban - The mystery over the whereabouts of a British woman, Linda Rowe, 63, believed to have last been in Pietermaritzburg, deepened on Friday when Rowe purportedly contacted the police and SA Community Crime Watch. Last night, Mike Venter from the crime-watch group confirmed he had received an e-mail from a person claiming to be the missing Linda Rowe late on Thursday night. “I asked her to contact the investigating officer, who said a woman had phoned him on Friday morning. The officer asked her to come into the police station to sign an affidavit confirming her identification. But there has been no sign of her as yet,” said Venter. Rowe’s daughter, Kirsty Pockson, who was in South Africa

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  • Tow trucker war escalates - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - Cape Town is in the grip of an escalating tow truck turf war which has seen one driver stabbed at an accident scene in Parow during a brawl between employees of rival companies. The incident has intensified fears of retaliatory attacks within the lucrative industry. This week, several drivers told Weekend Argus they feared for their lives. A number agreed to interviews, but then backed out because they feared they would be targeted for speaking out. Some who spoke on condition of anonymity said members of bigger tow truck companies were trying to edge out smaller companies or individual drivers through intimidation and violence. The bigger companies are said to be trying to get signed

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