• "He pursued me for a long time"- Bonang on how AKA wooed her

    There’s no doubt that AKA and Bonang have quickly won over the hearts of fans earning them the title of SA’s power couple. Even though their romance was marred with controversy at the beginning- all of that is in the past and these days they’re the envy of many. In their first official interview with YOU magazine Bonang and AKA revealed intimate details about their whirlwind romance‚ with the rapper explaining how he wooed his queen. Speaking about their first date together‚ Bonang said there was loads of flowers and balloons. But where did they go? On their first official date together AKA took B to Orient in Melrose Arch. “He pursued me for a long time. And he’s very romantic‚ quite the spoiler‚

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  • 'He banna!' Arthur Mafokate shocks Malema

    EFF leader Julius Malema reacted with shock after kwaito star Arthur Mafokate congratulated the man expected to be elected late on Monday as the new mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba. Mafokate, a die-hard ANC supporter, congratulated Mashaba, who the EFF has openly declared their antagonism towards. Malema responded, saying ‘he banna!’, a Sesotho phrase normally used when someone is shocked. The kwaito star congratulated the Black Like Me entrepreneur, saying he had fond memories of Mashaba who used to sponsor artists such as himself. “Wow! Bra Herman Mashaba who used to sponsor us as dancers is about to be a Mayor of the most powerful city in Africa 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #JoburgMayor,” said Mafokate.

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  • Malema's 'Ndlozi rape accuser' tweet has SA guessing

    The man who he said had accused Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of rape and murder had apparently retracted his statements “without reservation”, but only because of an apparent legal threat by a top lawyer. Malema tweeted a screenshot from ANC supporter Thami “Cool Razo” Mthimkhulu’s Twitter account apologising to Ndlozi. Mthimkhulu said: “I retract without reservation all defamatory tweets I posted suggesting that Mr Ndlozi is a rapist and murderer. I apologise to him for all the harm caused by my tweets.” It’s unclear whether Mthimkulu really was responsible for the Ndlozi rape rumours and why he apologised. When The Citizen sent an email to him for comment, his response to

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  • Mbeki's letter to the ANC

    The full text of a controversial letter former president Thabo Mbeki addressed to ANC President Jacob Zuma. Comrade President, I imagine that these must be especially trying times for you as president of our movement, the ANC, as they are for many of us as ordinary members of our beloved movement, which we have strived to serve loyally for many decades. I say this to apologise that I impose an additional burden on you by sending you this long letter. I decided to write this letter after I was informed that two days ago, on October 7, the president of the ANC Youth League and you the following day, October 8, told the country, through the media, that you would require me to campaign for the ANC

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  • Luvo Manyonga broke a deal with the devil and decided to jump rather than die

    If you had asked Luvo Manyonga’s friends and family two years ago where they saw the now 25-year-old in 2016, some might have replied: “dead.” On Saturday night, the prodigal son lived up to the potential he had shown during his junior career. On the biggest stage in the world, it was the biggest performance of his life. And if this was anything to go by, the best is yet to come. Four years ago, Manyonga’s life was in near ruins. He has said that he was ten or maybe even five percent away from death. He was on regular dates with the devil in the shape of a lightbulb and white crystals. The devil’s name was meth. Having emerged as a young star during the 2010 IAAF Junior World Championships, where

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  • South Africa: Cape Town Man Gives Confused Hijacker a Backhand

    A group of hijackers who thought they would get away with a snazzy sports car in Cape Town ended up dazed and empty-handed when their victim fought back. Being attacked was the last thing on JB Meyer SNR's, 52, mind as he locked up his auto repairs shop on Friday afternoon and made his way home through Uitsig. Driving his burnt orange Toyota GT86, he stopped behind a car at an intersection with his window down. "I was still having a sip of ice tea, relaxed, and they must have run from my blind side because this fist connected with my head," he told News24 on Monday. The punch gave him whiplash and left him with a loose tooth and a cut on his upper lip. Two men tried leaning in through the window

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  • There was no R5 million comrades‚ says Gigi Lamayne

    Female rapper Gigi Lamayne who is one of the artists who were caught in the crossfire during the war between EFF leader Julius Malema and Mabala Noise owner Reggie Nkabinde has some strong opinions about the backlash. Mabala Noise and it’s string of artists have been hogging headlines ever since Julius publicly accused Reggie of being embroiled in ‘dodgy tender processes’ and paying artists ‘no less than R5 million.’ Days later Reggie called an urgent press conference where he rubbished the allegations‚ however‚ the EFF on Thursday announced that it had opened a case of fraud and racketeering against the entertainment company. Various artists belonging to the stable including Riky Rick and Khanyi

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  • 'EFF sold my vote' accusation angers Ndlozi

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has slated those who are accusing the party of “selling” their votes. Following the results of the 2016 local government elections where no party won an outright majority, the EFF refused to go into coalition with what they call “a racist party”, the DA, but they nevertheless decided to vote for the DA so they could unseat the ANC. During interviews last week, EFF leader Julius Malema confirmed that “ideologically speaking”, there was no difference between the ANC and the DA, but the DA was “a better devil”. Now their alleged voters have accused the EFF on Twitter of selling their votes to the DA, which now controls

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  • Who wants to win R8m?

    WITH defending champions Ajax Cape Town not in the competition, the MTN8 will have a new winner this season. Who will walk away with the R8m cheque at the end of the competition that kicks off this weekend? Friday: Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs @ Cape Town Stadium, 8pm A year ago Steve Komphela showed he isn’t just a linguistic but also a good motivator. He inspired Amakhosi to come back from being 3-1 down to beating Maritzburg United 5-3 in the opening round of the MTN8. Chiefs went as far as the final where they were defeated by a side from the Mother City, Ajax. Amakhosi lost the final to a superior opponent that exposed their lack of big match temperament. Improving that aspect and scoring

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  • Being told you are ugly is not nice, says Muvhango's Maumela Mahuwa

    In a revealing interview with Drum magazine Maumela shared painful memories of how she's had to deal with people calling her 'ugly' for most of her life. Maumela revealed that looking back at what she calls her "dark past" she realises that it "overshadowed" her life until she made numerous changes. "Being told you are ugly is not nice. Maumela explained that as a child she was told that she was too dark, her nose is flat and her lips are too big.

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  • New Tshwane administration faces first protest

    Japan on Monday reacted with a mix of surprise, delight and cynicism at the sight of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as video game icon Super Mario in a comical cameo at the close of the Rio Olympics.

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  • Early elective conference? Bring it on – Mantashe

    African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says the governing party’s youth wing’s calls for an early national conference to elect a new leadership is not a bad idea. Briefing the media on Tuesday afternoon at Luthuli House in Johannesburg, Mantashe said the proposal made by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) last week Thursday could even unite the party amid the disappointment of electoral decline and loss of power in the country’s key metros to the opposition. “We can’t go to a conference because we are angry, because we have done badly.” In such a scenario, ANC leaders would smash each other and there would be blood on the floor,’’ he said when asked about the league’s proposal.

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  • BREAKING: SARS Wars Endgame – Hawks order Pravin Gordhan and others to “present” themselves

    The convoluted SARS “rogue unit” saga appears to be heading for a dramatic climax as the Hawks are poised to finally make a much anticipated move on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan this week. This in spite of Gordhan's answering of 27 questions personally delivered by the Hawks head Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza in February with regard to the so-called “rogue unit” in SARS. Gordhan has for some time, since his reinstatement as Minister of Finance in December after President Jacob Zuma's disastrous firing of Nhlanhla Nene, been viewed as an obstacle thwarting the interests of individuals linked to Zuma including SAA's Dudu Myeni, current SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane as well as the Gupta family's interest in the country's nuclear deal, among countless other.

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  • UK move to bar SA preacher Angus Buchan

    Durban - British lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisations want KwaZulu-Natal preacher Angus Buchan barred from preaching at events in the UK. They are unhappy with some of his alleged homophobic and misogynistic comments in the past. According to his website, Buchan’s events in the UK are meant to begin in England on Sunday and include visits to Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. His stay will conclude with a Mighty Men conference in North Yorkshire between August 26 and 28. Approached for comment about the controversy on Thursday, a representative of his church, Shalom Ministries, said Buchan was unavailable as he was filming his Grassroots

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  • Zimbabwe to upgrade 900km road - International

    Harare - Zimbabwe signed an agreement on Monday with Chinese and Austrian firms to upgrade a busy highway, a deal that will be one of the country's biggest road projects since independence 36 years ago. China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), a subsidiary of China Communications Construction, will partner Austria's Geiger International to upgrade and add more lanes to the 900km highway from Beitbridge on the border with South Africa to Chirundu on the Zambian border. The highway is economically significant as it links landlocked Zimbabwe and Zambia to the Indian Ocean ports of Durban and Richards Bay in South Africa. Transport Minister Joram Gumbo said the cost of the project, which the minister

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  • Tying the knot in SA full of hitches

    Foreigners coming to South Africa to marry face all sorts of challenges, despite the revenue "wedding tourism" brings in. Marriage officers across South Africa complain about the tortuous Home Affairs procedures involved. Three contacted said they now advised foreigners not to marry here because of the arduous process. Among the steps that create such hassles is getting a printed, unabridged marriage certificate, which is so time-consuming that tourists often leave before getting them. Marriage officer Daniel Brits said it was a nightmare. "I tell people to get married where they come from. I have to be honest with them. I see hundreds of couples with the same problems." The most common complaint

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  • The 15 things that white people should know about black people

    Every now and again I try to use this column for the greater good of mankind. Like Superman, Batman and Catwoman (okay maybe she's not such a good example), I take my civil duties quite seriously. I've often noticed how we continuously misunderstand each other as a nation. Black people in particular, often feel as though they have to explain themselves to their fellow white brothers and sisters. This is normal for a 17-year-old democracy. However, I do believe the time has come for some things to be set straight and myths be busted. Therefore, my South African people, being the model citizen I am, I have put together a little guide which should help accelerate the positive trajectory of race

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  • Do you qualify as a provisional taxpayer?

    Are you a provisional taxpayer? You may be a provisional taxpayer if you earn income from sources such as: • Renting out property; • Running a small business, a home business or freelance work; or • Investments. Online tax practitioner TaxTim says you aren’t a provisional taxpayer if you earn income from other sources, but: • You earn a salary on which you pay PAYE but are under the age of 65 and your taxable investment income (interest and/or dividends) or rental income, is less than R30 000 for the 2016/17 tax year. To be taxable, your investment income must exceed the exemption: R23 800 in interest income a year. Remember, investment income from a tax-free savings account is tax free; • You

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  • Confirmed! Pearl Thusi bids farewell to Metro FM

    Speaking to Sowetan, Sarit Tomlinson, managing director of Capacity Relations, which represents Pearl, confirmed the news, adding that it is highly unlikely that Pearl will return to South Africa this year. "She's no longer there (at Metro FM). She's going to be in New York for a while, she definitely won't be back this year," she told the local publication. Pearl had been dropping hints that she won't be returning to the station, when she spoke to  U.S beauty and lifestyle publication Hello Beautiful about her future in America. Reading out a tweet from a fan on the show who said "Pearl come back. You are so beautiful," the actress responded "I ain't coming back, girl. What! No, look. I'll come

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  • Zimbabwe: Ruling Party Commissar Scoffs At Tsvangirai, Mujuru Union

    Zimbabwe People First leader Dr Joice Mujuru drank the poisoned chalice by joining hands with the opposition MDC-T and should not expect to win over Zanu-PF supporters, the ruling party's national political commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, has said. Dr Mujuru joined MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai at a rally in Gweru a fortnight ago and Cde Kasukuwere said to the Zanu-PF faithful, that was a clear statement that she had sold out and now enjoyed mutual Western support with MDC-T. "That is enough damage she has done to herself. To people out there she has joined MDC-T and people will not take that lightly as they cannot be associated with the policies of MDC-T and have been rejecting it over the

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