• Brad said Angie was suffocating him: source

    The marriage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie imploded spectacularly on Tuesday amid claims of clashes over parenting, his partying and rumours circulating about a possible affair. Miss Jolie filed for dissolution of marriage on Monday citing “irreconcilable differences”, but had taken the decision “for the health of the family”, her lawyer Robert Offer said. Pitt said in a statement last night: “I am very saddened by this but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our children.” But a battle now looms for Hollywood’s most famous couple over their six children. Court papers show Miss Jolie, 41, has asked for custody of them all allowing Pitt only visitation rights. It is understood Pitt, 52,

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  • Joburg Mayor Mashaba’s shock move

    Johannesburg - In a shock move during his acceptance speech on Tuesday, new mayor Herman Mashaba put the brakes on bicycle lanes and said there would be no co-operation with Sanral over e-tolls by the Joburg metro police. Mashaba announced that the R70 million budgeted on bicycle lanes would not go ahead. It was former mayor Parks Tau's dream to establish bicycle lanes around the city to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads and to get people fit. “When every road in Joburg is tarred, then maybe the city will again look at bicycle lanes,” said Mashaba. He also raised the ante on the contentious Gauteng e-tolls saga, saying there would be no co-operation between the JMPD and Sanral and that

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  • Cyril is getting out of McDonald's

    Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has long been associated with McDonald’s SA as the developmental licensee of the fast-food chain in this country. He signed a 20-year agreement in 2011 to run 145 McDonald’s restaurants in South Africa. The agreement meant he became the owner of all McDonald’s assets in South Africa through his company Shanduka, according to Fin24. According to a statement from the company, however, all that may be about to change. McDonald’s South Africa confirmed in a statement that the stake of Ramaphosa’s company in McDonald’s is being sold to a potential buyer from the United Arab Emirates, MSA Holdings. According to previous statements by Ramaphosa, all of this is part of

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  • Bonang fuels D'Banj dating rumours with cosy selfies

    That is the question being asked on social media about television and radio personality Bonang Matheba since choreographer Somizi Mhlongo posted a picture of Matheba cosying up to Nigerian musician D'Banj on the back seat of a luxurious black Bentley on New Year's Eve. In the picture, the 27-year-old Top Billing presenter, wearing Christian Louboutin and pearls, locks eyes with the Oliver Twist singer - real name Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo - who is signed to US rapper Kanye West's recording label. Minutes after posting the picture, Mhlongo deleted it but it was too late - speculation had already gained ground. One Twitter user, @Yaya_wxlf, wrote: "But Bonang and Dbanj actually look good together."

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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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  • Brexit forever? Britain keeps the world waiting for EU divorce papers

    If investors hoped for one thing after Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union, it was clarity. Britain has so far been clear about what will not happen: Prime Minister Theresa May has repeated that the formal divorce notification will not be sent before the end of the year and that Britain will not get a bad deal. "We will be getting the right deal for the United Kingdom and that is the right deal in terms of trade in goods," May told the chiefs of Wall Street and major US companies such as Citigroup and Amazon in New York this week. During her trip, May said the EU divorce filing would take a few months of preparation, was clear that Brexit would happen and sought to reassure the world that Britain was not turning away from the world.

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  • US sport grapples with racial tension in wake of shootings

    AP Police fire teargas as protestors converge on downtown following police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. San Francisco - The shootings of two black men by police in Tulsa and Charlotte reverberated in the US sports world Wednesday as racial tensions flared around the United States. Steve Kerr, head coach of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, said he would "absolutely" encourage his players to talk as a team about using their platforms to speak out against social injustice. Kerr said he had already spoken to several of his players about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest, in which Kaepernick has declined to stand for the Star Spangled Banner before NFL games.

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  • Cops tell victim: Shoot robbers at your peril

    The businessman and his wife, Kanchan Aaron, a financial consultant, were attacked in their home in a gated complex in Scone Place, Westville North last Tuesday. Mark said he was asleep when a neighbour called, informing him of a robbery at another neighbour’s home in the complex. “That was at around 3am and I decided to go and help. Three guys had tried to enter my neighbour’s home and he fought them off. They hurt him in his face and eyes but didn’t take anything. The police and armed security were unable to apprehend the suspects.” Mark said he returned home at around 4am. “Kanchan was awake by then. She decided that she was not going back to bed and she decided to exercise on the treadmill.

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  • Hlaudi sneaks in via SABC back door - Politics

    Johannesburg - The day after SABC chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng lost his appeal against a high court ruling that his appointment be overturned, the public broadcaster appointed him in his current position on an acting basis. He has been appointed COO for three months - from September 19 to December 18. The decision means that Motsoeneng will be acting in the same position for the second time. He began acting in the key position in 2011, and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi confirmed his permanent appointment by the board in 2014. This was despite the adverse findings by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, including that he had misrepresented his qualifications and awarded

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  • We’ve captured Robert Mugabe

    Harare - In one of the most unforgettable scenes witnessed in Zimbabwe this past week, an opposition protester struck the pose of a triumphant wrestler, holding aloft a street sign emblazoned “Robert Mugabe Rd”. “We’ve captured Robert Mugabe,” shrieked the protester, as if displaying a heavyweight title belt. Stone-throwing youths had just overpowered Harare’s much-feared riot police and barricaded roads leading to the city centre, declaring a liberated zone. When police used tear gas, the youths quickly picked up the canisters and threw them back, sending the jittery officers scampering for cover. The victory pose was an iconic moment, sealing President Robert Mugabe's worst humiliation since

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  • 'SABC board should be probed if Motsoeneng is reinstated as COO'

    Motsoeneng used Mandoza’s funeral to share his thoughts on a court ruling that set his appointment aside. SABC Advocate Thuli Madonsela Hlaudi Motsoengeng JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela says that if Hlaudi Motsoeneng is returned to the permanent position of COO, there would need to be a probe into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board. She says it would be against the law if Motsoeneng is returned to the position of COO or appointed to any other senior position. “We are conducting an investigation into various allegations of corruption, abuse of power and maladministration by Mr Motsoeneng, who is alleged to be involved in wrongful procurement and the

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  • Union resists bid to give Motsoeneng new job

    THE Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) has vowed to challenge any decision to keep Hlaudi Motsoeneng at the SABC as the board of the public broadcaster scrambles to keep him in his position. A highly placed source at the SABC on Thursday said chairman Obert Maguvhe was leading the campaign to keep Motsoeneng at the SABC. "Most of the board members seem intent to do everything within their power to retain Hlaudi in whatever senior position. "Even if it’s not CEO, Maguvhe and others want him at the SABC … They are prepared to create a post for him," the source said. Business Day is in possession of a copy of a memo from group company secretary Theresa Geldenhuys to

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  • Brad Pitt probed for alleged physical, verbal child abuse

    LOS ANGELES — Brad Pitt is under investigation by US authorities after being accused of physically and verbally abusing his children during an angry outburst, TMZ reported on Thursday. According to the entertainment news site the Los Angeles Police Department began probing Pitt based on an anonymous tip received by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services, as is systematic following any report of child abuse. The news comes days after 41-year-old Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, 52, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking custody of their six kids. The source reportedly told authorities that Pitt began screaming and "getting physical" with his children on a private

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  • Mpofu warns Tito Mboweni on Zimbabwe 'regime change'

    National chairperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Dali Mpofu has given a bit of a sarcastic warning to former Reserve Bank governor Toto Mboweni after he allegedly and “indirectly” called for regime change in the neighbouring Zimbabwe on Thursday. This was, Mpofu said, in relation to what happened to EFF leader Julius Malema in 2011 when he said the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) would establish a “command team” that would work to unite the opposition forces against the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in Botswana. He was expelled from the ANC for these comments. Mpofu warned that, just like Malema, the ANC would expel Mboweni for “indirectly” calling for regime change in the embattled

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  • Rand remains firmer after Reserve Bank keeps rates unchanged

    THE rand was still firmer against the dollar on Thursday afternoon, though little changed, after the Reserve Bank kept the repo rate unchanged at 7%, as was widely expected. At 3.39pm, the rand was at R13.4979 to the dollar from Wednesday’s R13.5722. It was at R15.1806 to the euro from R15.1905 and at R17.6981% to the pound from R17.6971. The euro was at $1.1246 from $1.1191 previously. Chairman of the Seeff property group, Samuel Seeff said the decision by the Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank to leave the repo rate unchanged was most welcome in a climate where the economic and housing market outlook remained weak. The decision means the base home loan rate stays at 10.5%. The rand

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  • THICK END OF THE WEDGE: So, Zuma’s going won’t help? Don’t you believe it!

    I AM going to scream the next time I read some analyst, commentator or politician tell me that getting rid of President Jacob Zuma, or him miraculously agreeing to go, would not solve all our problems. Duh! I already know that. But it would still be the perfect start to our national recovery. With Zuma gone, a whole lot of things in SA would begin to go right almost immediately. When Zuma goes, so, contract or no contract, does "General" Berning Ntlemeza, the head of the Hawks, the so-called priority crimes unit of the South African Police. That means the phoney war on corruption would stop and a real one could begin. When Zuma goes, the poodle who appointed Ntlemeza (officially on Thursday,

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  • Heartless thieves hit Childline offices - Crime & Courts

    Durban - The “callous” thieves who broke into Childline KZN’s training offices under cover of darkness, did not “see the big picture”, the new director, Nomvuyo Shabangu, said on Wednesday. “They did not think about the work we do for vulnerable children who need our help. They were only thinking of themselves,” she said. The robbery at the charity’s offices at 163 Percy Osborne Road, Durban, was a “big blow” and a setback for their work,” she added. The robbers, who struck in the early hours of Wednesday, made off with two laptops and also took the digital recording system that would have captured their identities and movements. While the financial information on the stolen laptops would be

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  • Mandoza's funeral underway in Soweto

    The 38-year-old kwaito musician passed away on Sunday following a battle with cancer. Mandoza Mandoza dies Mandoza memorial Mandoza tributes JOHANNESBURG – Friends, fellow musicians, neighbours and relatives have all described late kwaito musician Mduduzi Mandoza Tshabalala as a man who loved his wife and children.    Hundreds of people have gathered at the church in Pimville a part of Soweto, where Mandoza was born and bred.    People are dancing, as some of his hit songs, including Nkalakatha and Godoba, are being played.    His manager, Kevin Ntaopane, says he gains strength, when he sees the kwaito star’s three children.   Some of the people in attendance include Communications Minister Faith

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  • President Zuma breaks his silence on #Fees2017 protests

    The president has urged students to cooperate with Blade Nzimande, saying he has his full support. President Jacob Zuma Fees must fall Fees2017 Fees commission Excessive fees JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has broken his silence on the latest ‘Fees Must Fall’ protests across the country, urging students and universities to cooperate with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. Zuma says he is concerned about the violence that has broken out after the announcement by Nzimande on Monday that fees will increase, but not more than eight percent. The presidency's spokesperson, Bongani Ngqulunga, says the president urges students to explore peaceful avenues to resolve the challenge. “The president

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  • What Hlaudi said at Mandoza’s funeral

    South Africans paid their last respects to music legend Mduduzi “Mandoza” Tshabalala on Friday. The funeral service was attended by Mandoza’s family, friends and music business colleagues, who took to the podium to deliver heartfelt speeches. But the speech that stood out and gained criticism was one delivered by suspended SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. While he started off his speech giving praised to the fallen kwaito legend and his impact on race relations in the country, he later took the opportunity to speak about transformation in South Africa, particularly the music industry since he introduced the 90% local rule, which he also defended. Also Read: Hlaudi and the R167 million Uzalo saga:

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