• 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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  • Obama - America's first hip-hop commander-in-chief

    Atlanta – ” Not only is President Barack Obama the nation's first black president, but it's safe to say he has been America's first hip-hop commander-in-chief. Obama embraced hip-hop more than any of his predecessors: He's Jay Z's lyrics and Kanye West in speeches, released playlists on Spotify that included Nas, Chance the Rapper, Mos Def and Method Man, and was caught dancing to Drake's "Hot Line Bling" at a White House event. And in a recent televised concert celebrating the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Obama was shown rapping along when Public Enemy's Chuck D performed "Fight the Power." Ice Cube called Obama an anomaly. "It will probably be a long

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  • Starting gun fired in race to succeed S.Africa's Zuma

    South Africa’s ruling ANC party, which has dominated the country’s politics since the end of apartheid, has begun its search for a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma. Dwindling popular support, corruption scandals and rampant in-fighting mean that the contest looks set to be a bitter battle exposing divisions at the heart of the party. The contenders will face each other at the African National Congress’ (ANC) 54th national elective conference in December when Zuma is expected to stand down as party chief. The likely frontrunners are outgoing African Union chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is Zuma’s former wife, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. The victor will then be the party’s

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  • A spiritual trip se kak

    Businessman and former EFF member Kenny Kunene has joined other critics of DA leader Mmusi Maimane for his visit to Israel. He claimed Maimane’s trip had nothing to do with spirituality, as the DA has said, and that the DA leader was only visiting his “god”, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. “A spiritual tour se kak…u went to see your god [Benjamin] Netanyahu for further commandments on how to be a perfect puppet…sies Mmusi ha o swabe,” he said. This was in keeping with Kunene’s long-running unsubstantiated allegations that the DA takes instruction from “white monopoly capital”. Kunene also bought a painting last year that depicted Maimane as a naked slave pulling a rickshaw with

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  • The First Lady's first look: what Melania will be wearing for Trump's inauguration

    Inauguration day will be Melania's first chance to show off her take on First Lady style. Reports suggest that Melania has chosen all-American legend Ralph Lauren to create both the daytime and evening looks on her big day tomorrow. Lauren is said to be designing looks for other members of the Trump family too. The fact that Ralph Lauren became deeply linked to the Hillary Clinton campaign would make the choice surprising. The designer created a highly meaningful series of pantsuits for key moments in the Democratic candidate's race in red, white and blue. When the white was worn as Clinton's nomination was officially confirmed, it was seen as a nod to the plight of the suffragettes. When the

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  • Mantashe slams Madonsela over apartheid-era bailout report

    African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has criticised former public protector Thuli Madonsela for not releasing a report implicating Absa into allegations that it benefited from billions of apartheid-era loans. Mantashe has compared Madonsela’s handling of the apartheid bailout report to that of her State of Capture report, saying it supports the perception that she prioritised cases against the ANC over others. “I listened to the past public protector [who was] at pains to explain how she wrote that report and so forth. “The report was written and never published, that is the issue. This report was written [and] kept under the lid, but the State of Capture report was

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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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  • ABSA, SABC and the documentary that never aired

    “At its simplest, it’s a story about you and me being defrauded of billions. Much of the loot was taken as the old government was leaving. They called it lifeboats, Reserve Bank assistance, mainly to the Bankorp group that was later acquired by Absa.” So begins Sylvia Vollenhoven’s documentary on the R30-billion allegedly stolen from government in the dying days of apartheid. SABC2 was due to air Project Spear in 2012 as part of the broadcaster’s Truth Be Told series. At the last minute, it was pulled. (The film is available on YouTube, after a simple search for Truth be Told – Project Spear. – Ed) On Friday, Mail & Guardian said the Public Protector, in a preliminary report, had recommended

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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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  • 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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  • City of CT to launch electric-powered bus pilot project

    CAPE TOWN - Very soon, a Cape Town bus ride will be powered by electricity as the city looks to reduce its carbon footprint. The City of Cape Town will launch a pilot project to determine the reliability of electric-powered buses. The first bus to be assembled in Blackheath will hit the road in June with nine others being introduced soon thereafter. The city’s Brett Herron says the project is aimed at testing two factors. “Firstly, public transport and transport in general is the biggest contributor to carbon emissions and our carbon footprint and so the introduction of our electric-powered buses should start to mitigate that. Secondly, from a transport cost perspective all indications are that

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  • It's official... Pep's gone to La La Land!

    Pep Guardiola spent his birthday on Wednesday taking his Manchester City players to watch La La Land at a Manchester cinema. The City manager (below), who celebrated turning 46, was keen to lift morale following Sunday’s 4-0 humbling at Everton and thought a trip to see the musical comedy at Manchester’s Printworks would give some light relief as they prepare to face Tottenham on Saturday. The Spaniard oversaw training as normal before the 10-minute drive into the city centre with Vincent Kompany, Fernando, Pablo Zabaleta, Jesus Navas, Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling, Aleix Garcia and John Stones. City have lost four of their last eight league matches. City are expected to be handed an extra week

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  • State recognises the Rain Queen

    Eleven-year-old Masalanabo Modjadji is South Africa's youngest queen. She will be crowned when she turns 18, according to Mathole Motshekga, lawyer for the Modjadji royal family. A Government Gazette published last week shows that President Jacob Zuma proclaimed the Modjadji queenship on March 31. Last year a court placed the queen, who lives and goes to school in Gauteng, in Motshekga's custody. The queen's uncle, Mpapatla Modjadji, is her regent. The Modjadji queenship dates back to the 1800s, when Maselekwane Modjadji became the first queen. In the gazette, Zuma said he "hereby recognise[s] the queenship of Balobedu" in terms of the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act. This

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  • South Africa: Bakkie Driver 'Must Exorcise Fear of Black People'

    The Western Cape ANC has described an incident in which a woman was transported in a cage on the back of a bakkie in Cradock as offensive. "The fact that [farmer Johan] Erasmus says Linda [Stenekamp] got into the cage of her free will, voluntarily, does not only exacerbate the offence but reflects this essential need to understanding the nature of racism in order to recognise and counter it," deputy provincial secretary Thandi Makasi said on Thursday. "The ANC would like to make it categorically clear that reconciliation in this country is not going to forever depend on black people's endless patience, unoffended, and gentle with the unyielding attitudes of the other race. "Racism is destructive.

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  • Gordhan: Mkhwebane must explain Absa report leak

    DAVOS - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says he believes Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane owes him an explanation as to how her provisional report on Absa was leaked. The report says she’s found the group owes government over R2 billion because of loans the apartheid government gave to banks that were then incorporated into Absa. Absa, the Reserve Bank and the Reserve Bank’s governor at the time Chris Stals have all said Mkhwebane’s findings are wrong and that she’s misunderstood certain information. Gordhan says he’s not happy that this report was leaked. “Leaks are not good and so the Public Protector still owes us an explanation as to why a provisional report, where there might

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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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  • Purple Food Trend- 5 reasons this colour is so good for you

    Mia De Graaf Keeping a healthy diet can feel like a full-time job. Eat more kale, cut out meat, cut out sugar, eat this fat not that fat, eat some carbs but not too much, read the labels, watch your calories... the list is endless. Now, we are on the brink of a new health fad. But this one is far more simple: eat anything purple. According to the annual trend advisory from Whole Foods, compiled by the store's panel of registered dietitians, purple food is seeing a surge in popularity – and for good reason. 'Richly coloured purple foods are popping up everywhere: purple cauliflower, black rice, purple asparagus, elderberries, acai, purple sweet potatoes, purple corn and cereal,' the panel says. 'The

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  • Committee shocked at SABC report leak

    Cape Town – The ad hoc committee into the SABC has expressed dismay at the leaking of a draft report into the affairs of the public broadcaster. Chairman of the ad hoc committee Vincent Smith said on Wednesday said they were shocked that the document has found its way into the public domain. “The working document was prepared as a foundation upon which a constructive meeting of the committee and deliberations will commence, and it was drafted for that purpose only,” said Smith. “It has no standing as an official document of the Committee until deliberations are exhausted, possibly by Friday,” he said. The document has recommended the dissolution of the SABC board. It has also recommended the

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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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  • Nigeria: Will Singer Majek Fashek Reclaim His Place in Nigerian Music Scene?

    Nigerian-born reggae legend and guitarist, Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek, who in recent years has been in the news following his deteriorating health condition, resulting from suspected case of drug addiction, is hale and hearty again. The re-branded Majek was at Vanguard corporate Head office, in Apapa, Lagos, yesterday, where he declared his readiness to reclaim his pride of place in the Nigerian music scene. Decked in black jeans upon jacket, black boot and black T-shirt with a black cap to match, Majek was brimming with life again compared to when he was a shadow of his old self few years ago. He came to Vanguard in company of his manager, Mr Omeka Uzoma Dee. Fondly

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