• Siza Mzimela: First black woman to own a public airline - Connect

    South African businesswoman, Siza Mzimela, is making history as the first black woman to start and own an airline called Fly Blue Crane. About Siza Mzimela According to about.com, Siza Mzimela, founder and CEO of Fly Blue Crane, a start-up South African airline that began taking flights September 2015, with O.R. Tambo International Airport in Jozi as the airline’s operational hub. The start-up has thus far been operating as an airline that offers low cost domestic routes within South Africa. According to About.com, Mzimela has been vocal about eventually expanding her business to have more regional scope: “We hope to expand our flight destinations to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic

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  • Khune’s younger brother promoted at Pirates

    Itumeleng Khune's brother, Jacob, was promoted from the Augusto Palacios Apprentice academy to the Orlando Pirates academy.

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  • Malusi Gigaba's alleged ex-mistress details scandalous affair, R288,000 cash gift and trips

    New York based stylist, Buhle Mkhize has written an open letter lifting the lid on the  surreptitious affair she allegedly had with Malusi Gigaba. Their dalliance started in July 2014, lasting an entire year. Mkhize who is married says she met Gigaba on Instagram and realised they shared the same sense of humour. "By the end of July he’d started sending me private messages that were very basic at first but quickly graduated to flirting. The messages were flattering but uncomfortable, I am married and had had a relationship with a public figure in the past and hated what comes with it so this wasn’t the route I wanted to take even if I was single," Mkhize said. The exchange of private messages

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  • Oppenheimers, rich white men turned Mandela against revolution: Malema

    "The deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of the selling out of the revolution. But why did Nelson Mandela sell out the Freedom Charter? When Mandela returned from prison he got separated with Winnie Mandela and went to stay in a house of the rich white men... he was looked after by the Oppenheimers," Malema told the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.  "Nelson Mandela used to attend the club meetings of those white men who owned the South African economy at the time." His comments were in response to a question on whether Mandela betrayed the people of South Africa in exchange for political power. Malema said these white men had access to Mandela 24 hours a day and

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  • Watch: Little green ship? UFO spotted over South Africa

    Is this little green UFO filled with little green men? Will Home Affairs demand their full unabridged birth certificates? Probably not. The light in the sky was spotted in Cape Town, Soweto and Durban - but may well have just been drones. Video posted to YouTube by Paranormal Videos Africa.

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  • EFF’s door is open to Vavi but egos are in the way, says Malema

    THE door is still open for Zwelinzima Vavi and trade union Numsa, both ousted from union federation Cosatu, to join hands with the Economic Freedom Fighters, says Julius Malema. Mr Malema said talks had been ongoing with Mr Vavi and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa because "we are supposed to be natural allies … but it looks like there’s a problem with egos. But we hope we can find each other, we continue to engage." He did not expand on whose egos were getting in the way. This was among the interesting revelations during the EFF leader’s whirlwind tour of the UK. He addressed captains of industry, pan-Africanists in Tottenham, the Chatham House think-tank, students at Oxford

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Twists Mujuru 'Witchcraft' Tale

    After accusing his former Vice-President Joice Mujuru of plotting to kill him using all sorts of black magic, President Robert Mugabe appears to have abandoned the unverifiable and fanciful realm of the supernatural to come down to mother earth. Mugabe made several different public claims that his deputy Mujuru had gone to consult Nigerian witchdoctors where, in a state of semi-nudity, she invoked black spirits while slaughtering chickens in a bid to kill him. This time it was those fast-moving small black river beetles (nyungurugwi) that the vice-president had captured and had, with the aid of some nefarious witches or wizards, given names; one after him and the other after her (Mujuru). The creatures were then allegedly set against each other in a fight to the death, Mugabe said.

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  • Ray of hope for Ponzi scheme investors - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    There may be a ray of hope on the horizon for the investors who were duped into investing more than R1 billion in alleged ponzi scheme Carmol Distributors. One investor, Themba Madlala, who poured over R1 million into Carmol’s coffers, made a high court application to have the company committed to business rescue. With Carmol in financial straits and liquidation looming, he suggested in court documents that investors are likely to receive up to four times more money back under business rescue than if Carmol were to be liquidated. In his statement, Madlala said, “If investors accept the proposed business rescue plan, it would result in creditors receiving 86.5 cents in the rand (R500m divided

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  • Mugabe proclaims Africa 'cannot and will not' assume more climate obligations

    Nigerian preacher TB Joshua and two contractors facing trial for criminal negligence over a church building collapse that killed 116 worshippers failed to appear in court on Monday, prompting the judge to adjourn the case.

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  • Putin ups ante after jet shot down - Sunday Independent

    A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter launched a missile at a Russian Sukhoi-24 front-line bomber returning to base in Syria on Tuesday morning after a raid against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation’s infrastructure. If Turkey is to be believed, the Russian jet twice strayed into its airspace and was warned 10 times that it was too close to the border. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Sukhoi-24 jet was attacked 1km inside Syrian airspace and crashed 4km from the Turkish border. The crew ejected. The commander was killed in the air, while the navigator, Konstantin Murakhtin, landed safely and was rescued. During the search operation, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter was lost and a Russian

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  • Family & friends bid farewell to Jonah Lomu

    Six simple words eloquently summed up the impact Jonah Lomu had on rugby union when New Zealand paid its final respects to the former All Blacks winger on Monday. “Too big, too fast, too much,” Lomu’s high school coach Chris Grinter told the thousands of people who had flocked to Eden Park for a public memorial service. Lomu’s casket was carried to a specially built stage by former team mates, including All Blacks Michael Jones, Frank Bunce and Jerome Kaino.

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  • Twitter abuzz after ‘UFO sighting’ above city - Cape Times

    Carlo Petersen THERE was not enough “data” yesterday to confirm whether an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) was hovering above the city at the weekend. The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) will view photographs taken with its Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7) today to find an explanation for the green light in the sky on Saturday night. City revellers took to social media at the weekend, posting photographs to report a “UFO” high in the night sky. The hashtag #UFOSA trended on Twitter yesterday after numerous people reported seeing “green orbs floating in the sky”. However, no videos have surfaced. SAAO spokesperson Lorenzo Raynard said it was impossible for SAAO to comment on the sightings.

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  • South Africa: Thousands of Zimbabwean Permits Uncollected in SA

    Cape Town — Zimbabwean nationals that successfully applied for permits in neighbouring South Africa have been urged to collect the documents as the process to regularise their stay draws to an end. South African Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, on Wednesday said more than 11 000 permits were still to be collected. "When we reported to the nation back in August 2015, we said permits that still needed to be collected from VFS Global centres which were in the region of 26 986. "The number has come down to 11 499," Gigaba said as he briefed the media on the exercise to document Zimbabwean nationals. Home Affairs appointed VFS Global to oversee the process to apply for the permits. Gigaba said

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  • Cops uncover Cape forgery ring - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    What started out as an investigation into nuisance posters led the City of Cape Town’s metro police tactical response unit to a much bigger forgery operation, the city said on Sunday. The unit stumbled upon an apparent counterfeit operation at an address in Bellville’s central business district on Thursday, mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said. The officers moved in on the premises to investigate a tip-off from the local ward councillor and the Voortrekker Road Central Improvement District (VRCID) who had been trying to track down the source of stickers advertising the illegal termination of pregnancies, which had become a problem in the Bellville area, he said. Officers also found counterfeit currency from a number of countries, fake passports, identity documents, asylum permits, fake licence documents, vehicle registration discs, and university and college degrees - notably from the University of the Western Cape.

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  • Turkey preparing to hand over body of pilot to Russia

    ANKARA — The body of the pilot killed when Turkey shot down a Russian jet was taken to Turkey late on Saturday to be handed over to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. The body is being treated in accordance with the Orthodox tradition, Mr Davutoglu said in a news conference in Ankara on Sunday before going to Brussels for a meeting with European Union leaders on migration. He did not say how the body was delivered to Hatay in southern Turkey but said Russia’s military attache was going there on Sunday as part of procedures to recover the remains. Relations between Turkey and Russia have sharply deteriorated since Tuesday’s incident, with Russia imposing economic sanctions and revoking

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  • Sundowns most valuable club in South Africa

    According to football statistics site, Mamelodi Sundowns are the most valuable club in South Africa.

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  • Prasa fights its BEE locomotive supplier

    BLACK economic empowerment consortium Swifambo Rail Leasing says Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) are the only companies doing business with it. Prasa has taken action against Swifambo and wants a R5bn contract to supply it with locomotives set aside. Swifambo was responding to allegations in an affidavit by Prasa chairman Popo Molefe that it did not have experience in the rail industry as it was formed four months before the contract was awarded. Last week, Prasa applied to the High Court in Johannesburg to review and set aside the contract with Swifambo to supply 70 Spanish locomotives from manufacturer Vossloh España. The contract was initially for 88 locomotives at R3.5bn,

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  • Pastors threaten ANC election numbers over church commission

    The “pastors‚ under the auspices of the Mahikeng Ministers Fellowship (MMF)”‚ said in a statement that “the issuing of summonses against religious communities has displayed a heavy-handed and misguided approach”. MMF chairperson Apostle Zandisile Reginald Mpame said he shared the “view of the African National Congress Chaplaincy that the commission's controversial public posturing and confrontational statements to the media undermine its primary objective”. “We agree wholly with the chaplaincy that‚ though the commission may have powers of subpoena‚ its main mandate and primary duties are to promote peaceful coexistence between religious cultural and linguistic groups in the country‚ educate‚

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  • Gauteng ‘can’t pay city rates’ - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Ordinary Gauteng residents will be “laughed off” if they tried to pay off rates arrears over two years, but the provincial government expects special treatment in this regard, negatively affecting service delivery, the DA said on Sunday. The Gauteng infrastructure development department (GDID) has admitted it is unable to pay an outstanding rates bill of R57,150 for a house it owns in Dewetshof in east Johannesburg, Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said. “I was astonished when I received this information in a written reply by Gauteng infrastructure development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza in reply to my questions in the Gauteng legislature,” he said. According to Mayathula-Khoza,

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  • ANC declares 'Zille must fall' in bid to impeach Western Cape leader

    ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman gave notice on Monday of the intention to impeach Zille. "The ANC believes there are legal grounds to have Zille democratically removed as premier. The ANC will debate this matter on Tuesday and move for the legislature to kick her out. "It is clear she is not fit for purpose to proceed as premier; she transgressed laws and her misconduct in the whole spy saga is so serious, Zille must fall,” Fransman said in a statement. However, Zille said she was not worried. In her government newsletter published on Monday, Zille said this would turn out to be nothing but "ANC grandstanding". The ANC brought the notion to the legislature in terms of Section 130

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