• Bonang and AKA strike a pose at Da Les’ all-white party (Photos)

    Rumoured couple AKA and Bonang Matheba were some of the many Mzansi A-listers at Da Les’ 7th Annual All-White Pool Party on Saturday.Next The duo even took some time to pose for the cameras together. So are they finally ready to go public with their relationship? Queen B looked breathtaking in a lightweight sheer kaftan, with a daring bodysuit to go with. Held in Sandton, Johannesburg, another rumoured couple was also in attendance. That would be Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane. Nomzmo opted for a tailored relaxed look, donning wide-legged three-quarter pants with a matching top and peek-a-boo bra. Other gorgeous ladies spotted at the event included Nomuzi Mabena,  Boity, Khanya Mkangisa, Natasha

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  • Mandela hitched again

    The marriage appears to have been kept a closely guarded secret until pictures of the happy bride and groom appeared on social media. Mandela confirmed he married Clarke yesterday. "I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on February 6. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community for welcoming me into their hearts. "Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans." A family friend told The Times the wedding took place at a mosque in Kensington, followed by a reception at Cape Town hotel,

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  • Minnie Dlamini's job spared, all thanks to Hlaudi Motsoeneng

    SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has rescued Soccer Zone and its presenter Minnie Dlamini from the guillotine. Motsoeneng confirmed that the axe won' t fall on the Monday night football highlights show on SABC1 that channel bosses had recommended it be axed along with presenters Dlamini and Thomas Mlambo. "It didn't make sense to get rid of a programme that was doing well as compared with other magazine shows. You can't compare Soccer Zone with Generations and later make a decision that it's not doing well and the numbers are going down. It's doing better than SuperSport," Motsoeneng said. He said that the SABC did not believe in discarding its talent and that was the reason why

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  • Soccer player Oupa Manyisa finds out about wife's 'secret child'

    Former Orlando Pirates captain and Bafana Bafana midfielder Oupa Manyisa has allegedly been keeping a big marital secret for over seven years. This comes after he learnt that his wife Johanna Louw had "forgotten" to tell him that she had a son with another man before they got married in 2013. Sunday World understands that Manyisa discovered after getting married to his wife that she had a child from her previous relationship. The information was revealed after Manyisa's close friends, including an official who is part of his management team, told him about the existence of the child. The informant claimed that Louw had told Manyisa that the child was her aunt's when they were still dating in

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  • Maine's monkey comments offensive: ANC

    "It's offensive to describe a people, because you don't agree with them, [as] monkeys, especially in the context of South Africa where monkeys were used to describe certain groups of people based on racial expression," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said. South Africans were still carrying the scars of racism and such comments should not be seen as jokes or gestures. "Any description of people as any animal, we don't believe is correct." Maine made the comments at a rally in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, at the weekend. He warned opposition parties against fighting with President Jacob Zuma. "The country will be defended. We cannot allow Julius Malema and his monkeys to run our country amok and turn

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  • Shembe pupils kicked out of school - KwaZulu-Natal

    Two KwaZulu-Natal teens say they are being excluded from school because they refuse to cut their hair for religious reasons. They follow the Nazareth Baptist Church, or Shembe faith, which stipulates that a man’s strength is in his hair and it cannot be cut. The case is similar to that of Grade 8 Cape Town pupil Azania Stofile, a Rastafarian, who was stopped from starting high school last month when teachers demanded he cut off his dreadlocks. He was eventually allowed back and to keep his hair when the provincial education department became involved. Nkululeko Mahashi, 19, and Lindokuhle Mhlambi, 18, are in Grade 9 at Osizweni High School in Newcastle. They were kicked out of school last week.

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  • Ugly twar leads to Dana taking Mazwai to court

    According to Jozi Gist the twar began when Mazwai was challenged to come up with a concept for a talent show. Mazwai said that Simphiwe Dana had come to an open mic session she had hosted. Dana didn't remember it. Dana clarified the issue - apparently they were both part of a poetry group called Feelah Sista - and not someone engaged in discovering talent. Things went downhill from there, when Dana accused Mazwai of badmouthing her. Now, according to Sowetan LIVE Dana has responded in a statement - and is planning to take Mazwai to court: "There are various tweets that imply that Simphiwe Dana is an alcoholic and has slept her way to the top, Simphiwe distances herself from these tweets as they

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  • ‘Help find Thuli’s replacement’ - South Africa

    Johannesburg - Corruption Watch, the South African public advocacy group, on Monday urged the public to actively participate in the process of appointing a new public protector to replace outgoing incumbent Thuli Madonsela. Corruption Watch launched the “Bua Mzansi” campaign at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness on the role of the public protector as well as encouraging the public to get involved in the appointment of a new Public Protector. “There are many important roles to be filled this year including the public protector as well as two constitutional court judges that need to be replaced as they are retiring,” said David Lewis, Corruption Watch

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  • Kempton Park ‘a magnet for dealers’ - Gauteng

    Kempton Park on the East Rand is not only home to the biggest airport on the continent, the OR Tambo International Airport, but a magnet for drug dealers and abusers. Over the years Joburg has become the main drug den of Gauteng, with drug-related crime rising out of control, according to the police and a leading community leader. “Hillbrow has lost the top spot in drug use and dealing to Kempton Park. Streets and schools are flooded with all kinds of drugs. Our hands are full - we call for the assistance of members of the community to stop this plague,” says an off-duty policeman who does not wish to be named. He says rape, theft, drugs and hijackings have become a daily occurrence in the previously

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  • 'I stand by what I said in my book'

    “I hold former President Mbeki in high esteem. I will not respond publicly. My story is in my book‚ I stand by it‚” Pikoli said in a brief statement. Pikoli was booted by Mbeki when he tried to execute search warrants on Selebi‚ who was subsequently jailed for taking bribes from a drug trafficker‚ Glenn Agliotti. Mbeki‚ in a letter defending his actions when he was president‚ said Pikoli had not understood the sensitivities around the various arms of law enforcement‚ which were engaged in a bitter feud‚ and had refused to follow the protocols of liaising with the then director-general in the presidency‚ Frank Chikane. Pikoli had also wanted to serve the warrant within a week‚ and had refused

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  • Cape Town club to boost security - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Two managers of Claremont club Tiger Tiger, which has hit headlines in the wake of several attacks on patrons after they left the establishment, say they will try to boost security in the area. Andile and Ayanda Ngidi, have also hit out at people saying the club was unsafe, pointing out no violent incidents had occurred inside the club. “We will meet all the club owners in the area in an effort to try and find solutions to the problems associated with incidents after leaving the outlet,” they said in a statement on the club’s Facebook page. “Clubs all have security to deal with problems, but the challenge is how to protect people after they have left.” They will advise bartenders

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  • No Afrikaans, no cake

    The "ban" is part of the group's #RedAfrikaans [save Afrikaans] campaign, intended to highlight the need for the retention of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at universities. "We will launch events such as the affirmative action cake-sale to illustrate the unfairness of the [universities] language policy," said AfriForum Youth spokesman Ian Cameron. "Cake will be sold only to Afrikaans-speakers." The debate about the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at some universities gained momentum in November when the University of Stellenbosch announced the language would be dropped as a primary language of instruction. Critics of the use of Afrikaans claim it racially excludes students,

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  • Beyonce, in surprise new track, takes on police abuse

    Beyonce is back with her first new music in more than two years, a hip-hop-heavy track with nods to the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. The pop superstar released a single and accompanying video, “Formation,” on Saturday in a surprise one day before she is set to perform before tens of millions of television viewers during halftime of the Super Bowl alongside British rockers Coldplay.  Set in New Orleans, the video offers fleeting but poignant references to Black Lives Matter, the movement against police brutality that has gained steam across the United States in recent years.  A row of police officers in riot gear appears throughout the video. At the end, they raise their hands

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  • LVG in bizarre rant

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal angrily derided the latest reports about his future after his team were pegged back in injury time in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea. Diego Costa equalised for Chelsea in the 91st minute at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, cancelling out Jesse Lingard's opener and leaving United six points below the Champions League places in the Premier League. Reports emerged on Friday that United have approached ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to succeed Van Gaal, but the Dutchman attempted to slap down a journalist who raised the matter at his post-match press conference. When it was put to him that United have not publicly denied the reports, Van Gaal replied: “Why do they have

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  • Durban tremor linked to Taiwan quake? - KwaZulu-Natal

    An earth tremor, estimated to be 3.1 on the Richter scale, rumbled across Durban at 11am on Saturday - and was felt across the Berea, the central city and outlying areas. It is uncertain whether the tremor had any links to the Taiwan earthquake hours earlier. Council for Geoscience project manager, Michelle Grobbelaar, said details of the tremor would be known on Monday. “All I can say at this stage is that it seemed to be located in the KwaZulu-Natal region. From the reports I have received, it is unlikely to be greater than magnitude 3.1, but we will have to analyse and confirm this. There have been earthquakes in the province before. The earliest we have on record is in 1932 off the coast

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  • From hero to zero: International investors turning their backs on South Africa

    This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night.  “Can the ANC reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naïve to think that the party – for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions – could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities.  Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done better?” Hain asked. He said the ANC has to address corruption and cronyism and lead the development of a new social compact if South Africa is to prosper. He pointed to Zuma’s

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  • Zuma drags ANC 'into a dark hole'

    Yesterday ANC members spoke openly of being ''embarrassed'' and ''pained'' by the president after he was forced into a second dramatic climbdown in two months - this time over Nkandla. Two years after denying liability for the splurging of millions in taxpayers' money on his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead, Zuma announced late on Tuesday that he had written to the Constitutional Court proposing to repay some of the money in line with the recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The U-turn came just days before the court was due to decide whether he should foot a portion of the bill for supposed security upgrades, including a swimming pool described as a fire-fighting facility, a chicken run and a cattle kraal, which Madonsela found were undue benefits. It followed years of political fallout during which an ANC-dominated parliamentary committee and the police minister controversially absolved Zuma of liability.

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  • Barclays urged to ditch Africa unit and focus on core UK business

    BARCLAYS CEO Jes Staley should take the "big decisions" to spin off its investment bank and sell its Africa unit to fix the UK lender, which trades at about 40% less than its book value, according to Sanford C Bernstein. Barclays owns 62% of Johannesburg-based Barclays Africa Group, the legacy of a 2005 deal by former Barclays CEO Robert Diamond. "The Africa business has absolutely no synergy whatsoever with the rest of the bank," analyst Chirantan Barua wrote to Mr Staley in an open letter. "With just 10% of your earnings from Africa, you never get a bid up when the continent’s in a bull market, but when the rand is in free-fall, investors are prompt to knock it out of your valuation." Both

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  • Mandla Mandela weds

    “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community, for welcoming me into their hearts,” Mandela said in a statement. The marriage, which took place on Saturday in Cape Town, is the fourth for Mandela, whose heritage is isiXhosa and who currently serves as the traditional chief of Mveso. “Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans,” he said.  According to most recent reports, Mandela is still legally married to his first wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, with whom he has been embroiled in a long-standing bitter divorce battle.  Previously

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