• Minnie Dlamini shows off her thighs. Fans go crazy

    On the subject of women in politics, Hillary Clinton is fond of quoting the words of another illustrious first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, who once said: "You need to grow a skin as thick as a rhinoceros."

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  • Last kiss showed a mountain of love - South Africa

    The sky was a dazzle of bright blue. There wasn’t enough oxygen at 3 700m, but there was lots of love in the air. Click. Click. Gugu and Letshego Zulu - the “adventure couple” - were taking their umpteenth photo. They held hands. Their eyes locked, as if they were seeing each for the first time. The faces drew closer. And the kiss - ever so soft. Ever so loving. Click. Click. Yet another piece of evidence of their love, captured by journalist and family friend OG Molefe. Molefe’s photo speaks a million words about the love Gugu and Letshego had for each other. The image, sadly, recorded one of their last intimate moments as man and wife. Sharing their love was one of the things that came naturally

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  • The struggle hero who goes back to jail at night - Politics

    Johannesburg - It’s been almost two weeks since Kenny Motsamai was released on a conditional day parole from Boksburg prison after spending 27 years in jail for the murder of a white North West traffic officer. Yet in spite of his limited freedom, the former commander of the Azania People’s Liberation Army (Apla) seems to be dogged by controversy. Shortly after his release last week, Motsamai was quoted in the Sowetan newspaper as saying he regretted killing the Rustenburg officer in a robbery that he said was sanctioned by the PAC. The PAC also issued a statement in support of Motsamai’s assertions that the killing was an act of war. In the interview with the daily paper, Motsamai said he was

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  • How to sell a R5 coin for R50000

    The R5 coins with the face of former president Nelson Mandela have a special nostalgic appeal, and the most recently issued one was to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. But would you believe it if you were told that one of these 90th birthday coins sold for R2.5 million? Others sell for anything between R50 000 and a couple of thousand rands. These, remember, are simply R5 coins. There is nothing special or rare about them – more than 22 million were issued by the South African Mint. But a lucrative trade has developed in which clever sellers convince gullible buyers that certain R5 Mandela coins are extremely rare and are therefore worth a lot of money. Any coins could be sold in this way,

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Told to Learn From Fallen Gaddafi

    History has proved that arrogance is men's most dangerous failing. For the millions of ardent readers of William Shakespeare's fascinating works, the eponymous hero Julius Caesar disappears halfway through the play because of his unbridled pride. "Beware of the Ides of March," a soothsayer warns the majestic Caesar from the crowd as he strolls down the streets of Rome on Lupercalia, an ancient Roman religious holiday. Despite fervent warnings from his wife, Calpurnia against wading his way into the streets of Rome because she had had a nightmare about his death, the naturally superstitious Caesar dismissed the soothsayer as a "day-dreamer" and marched on to meet his fate at the hands of the conspirators.

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  • Controversy brews for Semenya once again

    Star athlete Caster Semenya could be heading for another storm as she chases a possible double gold at the Rio Olympics in August, and it seems there is little anyone can do to prevent the controversy, least of all the athlete. This week at the African Athletics Championships in Durban, Semenya has shown she has returned to world-beating form with an easy victory in the 1 500m on Friday, with a personal best of 4.01.99. On Saturday she followed that with a win in the 800m heats and will run that final on Sunday. But while Cape Town’s Ross Tucker, an internationally respected sports scientist, is confident Semenya will cruise to gold in the women’s 800m in Rio, possibly with a world record time,

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The under-fire SABC has assured Metro FM listeners that their complaints about the new mid-morning show, Whose Show Is It Anyway, will be evaluated. The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just

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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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  • Mbeki is protesting silently – Malema

    Never listen to veterans who are ignored by their own party, EFF leader Julius Malema told his supporters in Zamdela, Sasolburg, in the Free State yesterday. He was referring to the ANC’s use of veterans such as Ahmed Kathrada and Kgalema Motlanthe to campaign for the party in the upcoming local government elections. “They are so desperate, they even went and asked Winnie Mandela to endorse them. “Can you really ask your own party member to endorse you?” he said. Commenting on the uncertainty around whether former president Thabo Mbeki would campaign for the ANC, Malema said Mbeki was refusing silently, saying to the ANC “when you recalled me, you said you will manage without me”. “[President

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  • Game over for prescribed debt

    Q: Kate Mvula asks: “Please help, my sister and I have a home loan on a repossessed house which we bought. “We stopped paying about four years ago because the people occupying the house refuse to get out. “Now we are called and told we must pay. What must we do?” A: Most debts, such as clothing accounts, cellphones and credit card debt, prescribe after three years - if there has been no payment or acknowledgement of it and no summons in respect of it - and the consumer is then not obliged to pay the debt. But unfortunately, mortgage (home debt), along with tax, rates, TV and  licence debt only prescribes after 30 years, so this debt remains payable. Since last Friday, March 13, in terms of the

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  • It would be disingenuous of Mbeki to campaign for ANC: Maimane - Politics

    Tshwane - Former president Thabo Mbeki is reluctant to join the African National Congress campaign trail ahead of the tightly-contested August 3 polls because the party he once led has degenerated, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane ventured on Monday. “I think he would struggle to campaign for this organisation. Quite frankly, (the ANC) has become a corrupt organisation. It has become an organisation that no longer serves the interests of the people. His delay (to join in the election campaign) is very telling,” Maimane told reporters at the Union Buildings after unveiling posters that read “Honour Madiba’s dream, vote DA”. “It’s a fact that no former president is even willing to wear

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  • Zoleka Mandela bravely shows results of chemotherapy

    The International Olympic Committee held showdown talks Sunday on whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping, an unprecedented decision that could spark the Olympic movement's worst crisis in decades.

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  • From DJ to 'terror twin'

    Brother and sister Ibrahim and Fatima Patel were charged with illegal possession of explosives and ammunition relating to the alleged terror plot. Hours after the four appeared in two separate Johannesburg courts yesterday, family and friends spoke to The Times about how the twins apparently began leading double lives. The 24-year-old Thulsie brothers, in grey hooded tracksuits under black thawbs, appeared crestfallen in the dock of the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on three charges relating to terrorism. The twins' provisional charge sheet states that, between April 2015 and July 8 2016, they allegedly "conspired to commit the crime of terrorism by planning to cause explosions at a Mission of the United States of America and Jewish institutions".

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  • Pogba’s not worth £86m - Scholes

    Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has questioned whether the club should pay a world-record fee for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, saying the 23-year-old is not in the same bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. United have been negotiating with Juventus over the transfer of Pogba, who is a top target for new manager Jose Mourinho, according to media reports in Britain. Scholes was Pogba's team mate when the latter was a teenager at United and feels despite his obvious talent, the France international has a long way to go before he can stake his claim as one of the world's top players and command a record fee. “He was a very talented young player, I played with

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  • The Big Read: One party two campaigns

    They are running two different campaigns and using two different factions within the party to gain votes. Here is my evidence that there are two ANCs. On Saturday morning the ANC in Gauteng issued a media alert in which it invited journalists to cover party veterans accompanying Joburg mayoral candidate Parks Tau to Soweto. The veterans accompanying Tau and ANC Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile were Mavuso Msimang and Tokyo Sexwale. Msimang? This is the man who, in April, stood up with other society luminaries and said: "I would like to say that my hope is that it's not too late for the leadership of the African National Congress to do the right thing and ask the president in everyone's interest

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  • Masasa Mbangeni goes back on stage

    Ater dumping her glamorous television industry award-winning career, actress Masasa Mbangeni has decided to rekindle her love for the stage with the powerful play The Dying Screams of the Moon. Mbangeni, who played Thembeka Shezi-Nyathi in Scandal!, took the decision a few months ago to leave television to discover herself again. The play is a collaboration between two theatre greats - Zakes Mda and John Kani. It was written by Mda and directed by Kani and features Tinarie van Wyk Loots and Mbangeni. It opens at the Market Theatre in Newtown on July 29 . The Dying Screams of the Moon is about Lady and Missy - two women struggling to find themselves in post-apartheid South Africa. The focus is

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  • South Africa: The Many Problems With Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Explained

    Who is Hlaudi Motsoeneng anyway? He hails from QwaQwa in the Free State and his meteoric rise through the ranks of the public broadcaster began in the late 1990s when he worked as a freelance reporter for Lesedi FM. He continued to work at Lesedi FM, amassing more influence over the station's operations, eventually moving to Johannesburg, where he now serves as the SABC's Chief Operating Officer (COO). Fun fact: Hlaudi was once fired from the SABC Speaking to the Sunday World last year, Motsoeneng said he was fired by the SABC in 2007 following a disciplinary hearing. "I was labelled a racist and told that I don't have respect after they asked me to apologise," Motsoeneng said. "I refused and

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  • EFF woos black professionals - Politics

    Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters is pulling out all the stops to woo young black professionals to vote and join the party, with promises that sector-specific bodies would be established for them after the elections. Young black professionals ranging from lawyers, architects, engineers and doctors packed a hotel conference room in Sandton over the weekend. The venue, which was packed to the rafters, was clearly too small as the party had only anticipated about 300 people. EFF national chairman Advocate Dali Mpofu and deputy president Floyd Shivambu heard how many black professionals felt undermined and underpaid in their professions, calling on the EFF to advocate for transformation

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  • Found in SA … Libya’s trillions

    Johannesburg - The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya. What could be the world’s largest cash pile is stored in palettes at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria. The Libyan billions have led to a Hawks investigation into possible violation of exchange controls as well as international interests from the UN and the US. It has also led to heightened interest in the local and international intelligence community

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  • Miss SA, Siba and more team up against hunger

    Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana, Miss SA Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega had their sleeves up as they helped pack 10 million meals for Stop Hunger Now challenge at Carnival City, Johannesburg. On Tuesday, the newly appointed Global Ambassador for Food Sustainability, Siba radiated with excitement as spoke about her involvement with the Stop Hunger Now campaign for Mandela Day. “One of the main reasons why I have decided to join Stop Hunger Now is because once upon a time while I was still at primary school, I was once a beneficiary of people who decided to, out of the goodness of their hearts, package meals (lunch) for us at school,” said Mtongana. ”That is why when Saira Khan (CEO of Stop Hunger Now) said Siba we want you as our brand ambassador, I said ‘I will clear my schedule’ because, what better way to do that which was done to for me when I was young,  for young people now?

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