• 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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  • Zuma calls on black voters to ‘counteract’ whites

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma has called on black people to think about their poverty and use their majority to counteract white voters’ motives during local government elections. He said while black people were normally lazy to register for elections or to vote, white people always liked to do so in large numbers “for their own interest, which I don’t know”. “Vote is important for black people because they are suffering. It is also important for white people for their own reasons,” he said. Although he avoided telling black people to vote for the ANC, he said were they to do so in large numbers, the government would be able to bring about changes that would benefit them.    Also: SA deserves

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  • Rand plunges after Gordhan report

    Johannesburg - South Africa's rand plunged nearly three percent on reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had been ordered to report to a special police unit by the end of the week. The rand sank to a three-week low before recovering slightly. At 1715 GMT, it was 2.5 percent lower at 13.9200 per dollar, its weakest since August 3. National treasury spokeswoman Phumza Macanda confirmed that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan received correspondence from the special police unit, the Hawks. A local news site reported that he had been told to report to the police unit. The Hawks are investigating a surveillance unit within the South African Revenue Service set up in 2007 when Gordhan was the commissioner

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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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  • EFF not sellouts, insists Malema - Politics

    Parliament – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Tuesday insisted he was not a sellout, saying their collaboration with the Democratic Alliance (DA) was done solely to keep the ruling party out of power in the country’s key metros. “Now people say to us why do you vote for white people when you say you are fighting white monopoly capital? Hey, the country is collapsing. I cannot keep on saying we are fighting white monopoly capital because after defeating white monopoly capital there will not be a country to inherit,” Malema said during an urgent debate on the recent local government elections which saw the African National Congress (ANC) unseated from power in the key metros

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  • Swaziland queen flees to South Africa

    The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa and fled to the neighbouring country after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source said. Angela Dlamini, known as LaGija, sought refuge with South African family members in the upmarket Sun City tourist resort north of the capital Pretoria. "She will be coming to Johannesburg to see the new house that she bought. This means she has officially left the royal family. She is too emotionally wrecked and mentally fatigued after years of abuse from the royal family members," a source close to the queen told AFP. LaGija fled the royal palace in May this year claiming years of physical and emotional abuse

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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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  • Another twist in Zuma corruption saga

    Zuma is seeking leave to appeal the recent judgment handed down by a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria, which reinstated the 783 fraud, racketeering and corruption charges controversially withdrawn by former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mokotedi Mpshe, paving the way for him to become president in 2009. The full bench of the North Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) fully ventilated the issues and they too came to the determination that an appeal to the SCA would be unsuccessful,” Selfe said. Zuma argued that it was a breach of the separation of powers doctrine for a court to determine whether a prosecution should be discontinued or not, as this prerogative vested with the NPA.

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  • ANC is losing values and trust, says Jonas - Politics

    Cape Town - Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said the “poverty” of ideas within the leadership of the ANC was making South Africa go “astray”. Speaking at the memorial service of the former Eastern Cape premier Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile in East London on Monday, Jonas said the ANC was fast losing its values and trust among the people. He was speaking In his capacity as family representative during the memorial service held at Abbotsford Christian Centre outside East London. “Bro Stof”, as he was affectionately known, died at his home in Alice in the Eastern Cape last Monday following a short illness. Jonas, who made headlines in March after he said the Gupta family had offered him a job

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  • Chabane's last words

    But the very thing he warned them of killed him and his two bodyguards. Travelling with the two members of the police's VIP protection unit - Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane - Chabane was killed early yesterday morning when his car and a truck collided on the N1 freeway between Polokwane and Mokopane, in Limpopo. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said C habane's car and the truck were travelling in the same direction, with the truck to the left. The truck driver allegedly made a U-turn and Chabane's car slammed into the truck. What remained was a mangled contortion of steel and fragments of the VW Touareg. The truck - still intact - stood in the middle of the freeway, with a slight

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  • Zimbabwe: Mujuru's Children Wallow in Poverty?

    CHILDREN of the late General Solomon Mujuru are wallowing in poverty amid revelations that Dr Joice Mujuru, the surviving spouse and leader of Zimbabwe People First, is allegedly frustrating the execution of the national hero's estate believed to be running into millions of dollars. Thirteen children are named as beneficiaries of Gen Mujuru's estate. Gen Mujuru died in an inferno at his Beatrice farmhouse on August 16, 2011. According to the Administration of Estate Act Chapter 601 Section 5, the estate should have been registered within 14 days of Gen Mujuru's death. Lawyers representing some of Gen Mujuru's children have since written to the executor of the estate Mr Stanley Mufara, highlighting

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  • Malema’s DA choice has merit

    Reports of about a dozen supposed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members or voters protesting against their party outside Joburg’s city hall yesterday called for a rather large pinch of salt. Sections of social media were also playing host to the complaint by some party members that the EFF was somehow selling them out by agreeing to vote with the DA for the election of the speaker, mayor and other senior positions in the new mayoral committee. If these really are EFF supporters angry at the party’s leadership over the decision to side with what they call the “racist DA”, they are displaying a level of political naivety that the relatively young people leading their party are not. The EFF spokesperson was particularly annoyed by it all, accusing those behind the campaign of being members of the ANC in disguise – but of course that is mere speculation.

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  • Caster not the first Olympics athlete to have their gender questioned

    Here is a look at nine other athletes who underwent numerous gender tests and public scrutiny surrounding their gender. Dutee Chand Indian athlete Chand‚ who has just represented her country in the 2016 Rio Olympics is hailed as one of the bravest alleged intersex athletes in the Olympics. Chand challenged the IAAF’s ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and won after she was barred from competing in 2014 due to high testesterone levels in her body. Caster Semenya wins 800m heats to qualify  Pinki Pramanik Another Indian female track runner was found to be ‘male pseudo-hermophrodite’ in 2012 after she won a silver medal for her country as part of the 400-metre women’s relay team

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  • Mbalula vs Gigaba: Who is the real Minister of Instagram?

    And subsequently, this elicited Twitter reactions which simply begged the question: Who is the real Minister of Instagram between Malusi, and the ever so popular Fikile Mbalula? Fikile, is by far the most active South African minister on social media. His acute understanding of the "cool kids" language and a keen interest in pop culture has earned him a number of titles from 'Minister of Fun' and 'Minister of Beyoncé,' to 'Minister of Twitter.' However, one thing he has rarely been called is "Minister of Instagram," despite his huge following and constant engagement. Which got us thinking if he were not a better candidate for the position, as opposed to Malusi Gigaba, who was given the title

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  • Now, Hawks take aim at Gerrie Nel

    Johannesburg - Controversial Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is gunning for top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is largely credited with ensuring Oscar Pistorius was convicted for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Ntlemeza is understood to be implicating Nel in the controversy over the alleged “rogue” unit at the South African Revenue Service. The Sunday Independent has been told that the Hawks have launched a probe into Nel for possible contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. It is alleged he approved a payment of R1.5 million to a member of the unit to install spying equipment in the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices. Nel scored a major victory when the Constitutional Court

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  • Nigeria: South African Hotel, Gaming Group Quits Nigeria

    Hotel and gaming group Sun International has become the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators and Nigerian shareholders. "The board has decided to exit Nigeria and steps will be taken to achieve this in a manner that does not erode further value," the company said in a statement. "Continued setbacks in Nigeria as well as the ongoing shareholder dispute have frustrated all attempts to develop and improve the property," it added. In January, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun's initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria (TCN) , which owns and operates the 5-star Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.

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  • South Africa: Mkwebane Selected As Public Protector Candidate

    The Public Protector committee has selected Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the last woman standing to fill Thuli Madonsela's shoes. Mkhwebane was lauded for her great communication skills, her experience, and her interview skills. Her age, and how she conducted herself, was also praised by MPs. She was a lady of guts, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Themba Msimang said, while African National Congress' Grace Tseke said she had a fine brain. MPs waxed lyrical about her international experience, and called for Mkhwebane to be nominated for the job. Approval National Freedom Party MP Sibusiso Mncwabe said she was outstanding during the interview. "She is a very brave, young but experienced black female and she

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  • Wine lollies set to hit SA market

    Cape Town - Capetonians will have one more way to cool off when summer hits this year. Alcoholic lollies are about to hit our shores, but both the makers and authorities have warned that they are for adults only. And the City of Cape Town says anyone seen sucking on the alcoholic lollies while driving will be prosecuted. PJ Pops will be the first of its kind in South Africa and the suckers will go on sale in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape from September 1. But parents have been warned to educate their children about the difference between the alcoholic version and normal suckers. A concerned Patric Solomons from child rights group Molo Songololo says substance abuse among teens is

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  • Jennifer Lawrence once again named highest paid actress

    The 26-year-old actress has managed to retain her title on financial bible Forbes’ annual list. Forbes Jennifer Lawrence Forbes best paid LONDON - Jennifer Lawrence has been named the top paid actress for the second year running, but her earnings are down by 11.5 percent. The 26-year-old actress has managed to retain her title on financial bible Forbes’ annual list after cashing in a whopping $46 million in pretax earnings in the financial period June 2015-June 2016. However, the Silver Linings Playbook star has seen an 11.5 percent fall in earnings compared to last year's $52 million, but she's still managed to stay top of the payroll leaderboard. The blonde beauty - whose earnings this year

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  • Zimbabwe: 65 Cheat Death As Bus Catches Fire

    More than 65 people escaped unhurt when a Proliner bus they were travelling in from South Africa to Harare caught fire near Featherstone along the Harare-Masvingo Road. Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, confirmed the incident. "I can confirm the accident happened on the 101km peg along Harare-Masvingo Road and no casualties were reported," she said. She said the fire broke out from the rear end of the bus due to wheel binding. Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the driver noticed the fire and managed to get everyone off the bus safely. According to Proliner agent Mr Lloyd Jiri, most goods were carried out of the bus before the fire spread. "All the people managed to

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