• Outrage over huge Durban mussel-cracker haul - KwaZulu-Natal

    Durban - A photograph of two Durban fishermen with a haul of 10 very big black mussel-crackers has sparked outrage on social media, with calls for both men to be prosecuted and banned by local fishing clubs. The black mussel-cracker (poenskop) is a vulnerable and long-lived fish species whose numbers have crashed by almost 80% in recent times. Licensed anglers are not allowed to catch more than one a day. Now Warner Beach anglers Craig van der Linde and Garth Richardson have been labelled “greedy” (along with some much rougher terms) after the photograph went viral on several social media sites. The fish were said to have been caught near the Aliwal Shoal near Umkomaas. While neither Van der

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  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Zuma: give me six months to be dictator

    ALL PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa yesterday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations. Zuma

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe dumps war vets in high stakes gamble

    Last week, in an extraordinary central committee meeting of the ruling party, Robert Mugabe identified a new enemy. This time, it was Zimbabwe’s infamous war veterans that have fallen foul of the Zimbabwean president – despite having done much of his dirty work over the last few decades. Mugabe, apparently without irony, told the Zanu-PF top branch that he was tired of war veterans interfering in politics. “That is dissident behaviour and we will not allow it. It is not your business to talk of who should succeed the president and worse still I am stunned you threatened that unless your wish is fulfilled, there shall be bloodshed.” Mugabe’s comments came shortly after the war veterans’ association

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  • 'I'm an intellectual lecher'

    Amid all the drama of censorship and journalists being fired at the SABC, a video from 2015 of Hlaudi Motsoeneng boasting about his natural intellectual abilities outside court has been circulating on social media. About a hundred people picketed outside the court in the morning, brandishing placards such as “Hands off Hlaudi!”, “SABC now better than before”, or just “Hlaudi is simply the best”. At times, it’s difficult to actually know what he is saying, as he apparently talks about being “an intellectual lecher” (he probably meant “lecturer”) and then nearly says that he’s not “acamedical”, before changing it to “academic”. Following this speech, the supreme court ultimately found in favour of the public protector, but Motsoeneng still doggedly remained in his job.

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  • WATCH: DJ Sbu gets 'attacked' during his radio show

    In a video posted to his social media accounts on Thursday morning, a man is seen trying to charge at Sbu in studio, alleging that the radio personality made derogatory remarks about his favourite soccer team, Moroko Swallows live on air. Massive love for DJ Sbu on day one of radio return  Soon after a security guard tried to stop the irate man from attacking Sbu, he explained that he was sent to beat him up. "My boss paid me to hit you," said the man, adding that Sbu is very "disrespectful." It's understood that the 'attack' was a joke on the show, with insiders telling TMG Entertainment that it was all planned. Watch: I was taken out of context - Lerato Tshabalala 

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  • Zuma disses Maimane and Malema

    Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma upped the tempo of the election campaign rhetoric on Wednesday by going on the offensive against opposition leaders Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema. Zuma was addressing hundreds of ANC supporters and ordinary residents in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, urging them to vote for the ANC on August 3. He said he could not understand how Maimane found the nerve to call himself the leader of a political party of whites who oppressed his own people. According to Zuma, the poverty faced by most blacks in South Africa was the end result of decades of oppression by the previous version of the party that Maimane now leads. “He (Maimane) is the child of the National Party, which

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  • Zimbabwe: Toyota Zimbabwe Launches New Fortuner

    Toyota Zimbabwe's sales dominance this year is expected to continue with the entry of the latest 2016 Toyota Fortuner. Unveiled in Zimbabwe on Sunday at Donny Brook, the car becomes the Japanese global manufacturer, Toyota's fourth seven seat SUV. The vehicle looks robust and is expected to command respect in the streets because of its macho appeal. The new Toyota Fortuner was launched together with the new Toyota Hilux. The Toyota Fortuner brand has been a favourite within the Zimbabwean circles despite earlier unsubstantiated concerns raised over its lack of balance when travelling at high speeds. A sporty styling, rugged mechanicals, comfortable interior and the reliability that comes associated

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  • Give back Zimbabwe’s bird!

    Zimbabwe needs all the help it can get, so if it believes a mythical sculpture can bring fortune, we should return it, writes Shannon Ebrahim. Julius Malema, I have a new slogan for you: Give Back the Bird! Many Zimbabweans believe that their country will never experience good fortune or return to its former glory until its eight mythical soapstone birds are reunited. There has never been a time when Zimbabwe was in greater need of good fortune. The country was just listed as the poorest country in Africa with a per capita income of $200 (R2 965), compared to that of Mauritius, which is $21 700, according to the Africa 2016 Wealth Report released this week. This is the country of the Great Zimbabwe

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  • We were better off under apartheid‚ say EC villagers

    “We shot ourselves in the foot by toppling the apartheid government‚” residents of an Eastern Cape village said on Thursday. Tsholomnqa villagers had been waiting for a tarred road and decent houses for decades‚ said community leader‚ Wele Ntshongola. He said the dawn of democracy had marked the beginning of the collapse of quality service delivery for the Eastern Cape rural area which is situated on the R72 outside East London. “This village was in a good state under the Ciskei homeland led by LL Sebe. We used to have a tarred road... with workers who used to maintain it as well as free seed‚ crops and livestock.” He said they celebrated when democracy dawned. “Little did we know that democracy

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  • Sammy Ndjock's blunder overshadows Bournemouth win in Minnesota [+video]

    In what was a simple preseason friendly 4-0 win for Bournemouth on their United States tour, Minnesota’ United goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons. A first-half brace from Callum Wilson was sandwiched by Ndjock’s own goal before Lewis Grabban grabbed a late fourth in the 87th minute for the Cherries. The North American Soccer League outfit were already struggling to contain the visitors but it was Ndjock’s 26th minute howler that made it worse. After rushing out to collect a wayward high ball in his own box, Njock immediately threw the ball out to one of his defenders, but he somehow managed to direct it straight into his own net. With Minnesota slated to join

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  • Granddad earns Master's degree at 71 - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A Cape Town grandfather, who has earned his Master’s degree at the age of 71, has now set his sights on starting his PhD studies. Anthony de la Harpe, from Belhar, started his Master’s studies at 68 and graduated with his MA in history from the University of the Western Cape on Thursday. His research centred around a land claim involving a family who had been granted a farm in 1850 and claims that the farm was acquired from them by an English mining company by means that were not above board. De la Harpe said a bad fall on the day he registered for his MA couldn’t stop him in his tracks. “I fell and my leg broke in three places.” He was born in Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape and

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  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire Is No Saint

    To the world, Evan Mawarire is a hero who stands up to Government, an upright man who represents the downtrodden. His touching story is that he is an honest hardworking Zimbabwean who struggled to raise school fees for his two daughters, leading him into action under the #ThisFlag, Mugabe Must Go Now cam- paign. His emotional breakdown during an interview with Sky News made millions around the world empathise with this poor preacher. At least that is the story that has been sold to the world. What the world has not been told is that Mawarire is a fraudster who collected money from gullible believers in the United Kingdom through his church, only to evade tax. Failure by Mawarire and his wife,

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  • Zimbabwe: Bank Loses $79 000 to Manager

    A solution specialist with E-Learning Solution yesterday appeared in court accused of defrauding FBC bank of about $79 000 during the time he was branch manager for the bank. Lawrence Mwerenga (39) was employed by FBC bank as its Makoni, Chitungwiza, branch manager. He appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe facing fraud charges. The complainant is FBC represented by its security manager Mr Ndabezihle Moyo. The prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that between December 2012 and April 2013, Mwerenga used dormant accounts at FBC Makoni branch. He allegedly manufactured fake pay slips and letters of confirmation in the name of CITI Med Hospital. It is alleged that he compiled loan

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • Vilakazi stalled on Sundowns move for Chiefs offer, source says

    Vilakazi’s long-awaited move away from Wits was expected to happen ahead of the 2016/17 season, with Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns as the front runners for his signature. Phakaaathi has been informed by a source close to the player that he wanted to join Amakhosi, and that the midfielder met with head coach Steve Komphela about a possible move to Naturena. According to the source, Komphela made a promise to Vilakazi that he would do everything in his power to have him in his squad next season, but Chiefs didn’t meet Wits’ demands for the player to join the Glamour Boys, forcing the Bafana Bafana man to consider Sundowns’ deal instead. Mike Makaab, Sibusiso Vilakazi’s agent confirmed that a deal with the Brazilians was in its final stages.

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  • EFF rebel-for-life candidate guns for Polokwane ward

    Len Meyer, an Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) ward councillor candidate for Ward 22 in Polokwane, tells Review Online he has always been a rebel. Born in Pretoria, Len grew up in the town of Komatipoort, in Mpumalanga, and always had the interests of others at heart. Growing up during apartheid, Len never agreed with the old regime and strongly disagreed with oppression. “My father once told me that there was a man locked up in jail (Nelson Mandela) and he is being wrongfully incarcerated and I thought ‘Why would you lock up an innocent man?’, and that is where my consciousness about the plight of others under the apartheid regime started,” he explains. Len says his rebellious nature was stirred

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  • KwaZulu-Natal: All quiet on the eastern front as Ramaphosa meets ‘clever blacks’

    Across the province, there has been a breeze of unhappiness about certain “imposed” candidates. In three wards, ANC supporters will be voting for murdered candidates. Intra-party conflict is suspected. But if the organisation is panicking, it was hard to tell when Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa sat down with Durban’s professionals this week to enlist their support ahead of the elections. Members of the Black Management Forum and the ANC-aligned Progressive Professionals Forum were joined by public servants, business leaders, doctors, advocates, entrepreneurs and tenderpreneurs, accountants and such types – all very “clever blacks”, if you asked President Zuma. The ever-deferential Ramaphosa

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