• Nigeria: Why Some Nigerians Are Scared of Talking On Phone

    You are probably already wondering: Why on earth would anyone be scared or have the fear of talking on the phone? The funny truth is that the fear of making and receiving phone calls is so common it has its own name: phone phobia (also telephone phobia or telephobia). A number of Nigerians who have phones and seem to be married to their devices actually struggle with this "ailment". Many phone users find it easy to text with their phones, email on them, navigate with them, and then we play Candy Crush on them, but when it comes to picking up the telephone and talking, it becomes a different ball game. Actually, there are quite a number of reasons why a person might be afraid of phone calls. Jumia

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  • Guptas' opulent mansion irks neighbours - Gauteng

    THE STAR City of Joburg officials are seen entering the Gupta residence in Saxonwold to investigate the complaints. Johannesburg - It’s four floors of luxury that might be empty, but it’s still causing ructions with the neighbours. On Wednesday, the battle between the Gupta family and irate residents of Saxonwold over an “illegally built” mansion that was allegedly devaluing the upmarket Joburg suburb raged on, with City of Joburg officials stepping in to conduct their own inspections. Joining officials during the inspection of the multimillion- rand property was a lawyer representing the Gupta family as well as urban planner Craig Pretorius, who was representing residents belonging to the Saxonwold and Parkwood Residents Association.

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  • 6 cows, R7.8m for Zuma, no bull

    When President Jacob Zuma visited the community of Letlhabile, just outside Brits in North West yesterday, he was looking for ANC votes in next week’s municipal elections, but he may have stumbled on a solution to his personal financial woes. The local business forum were so pleased with his presence they presented the president with a gift of six cows and offered to pay the R7.8 million Nkandla bill the Constitutional Court slapped on him. Yesterday, the people of Madibeng Municipality, beset by water shortages amid other service delivery problems, made Zuma, in town to address a Siyanqoba mini-rally as the campaigning for next week’s elections wraps up, an offer he would find hard to refuse. Zuma dedicated more than half of his speech to history lessons, in an effort to stop the local community from abandoning the ANC.

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  • R699 car buyers out on their own now

    Many are venting on the Facebook group “I have been done in by ‘Drive a New Car From R699 per month’”, some going so far as to question the competency and integrity of the judge in the matter, without having read the judgment. The application was found to be flawed in several respects, starting with the fact that the PE court doesn’t have jurisdiction because none of the respondents are based in the Eastern Cape. INFORMATION MANIPULATED A few 699-ers do indeed have evidence that the information they gave Satinsky about their personal finances was manipulated in order for them to pass the banks’ affordability tests – as revealed in Consumer Watch in recent weeks. But, unfortunately, in the case

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  • 'All whites must be hacked and killed'

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party was looking into a matter that allegedly involves one of its members. A screenshot bearing what appears to be the name of EFF member Thabo Mabotja is making the rounds on social media. In the screenshot are the words “All white people must be hacked and killed”. Mabotja could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the matter. The Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) was also reportedly trying to contact him to summon him for an official investigation, but could also not locate him on Thursday. Ndlozi said the party was aware of the incident, but they were still looking into the factuality

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  • "The days of apartheid are gone" – Pitso

    Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has fired a shot of disdain at the short-term thinking of PSL clubs who do not take continental competitions seriously. Downs beat Zamalek 1-0 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday night to confirm themselves winners of the 2016 Caf Champions League’s Group B and reach the semifinals. This follows Orlando Pirates having reached the finals of the 2013 Champions League and 2015 Caf Confederation Cup in an unprecedented period of success for South African clubs in continental football. Pirates’ exploits have ensured South Africa enough points to move up to sixth on the Caf rankings that determine how many teams a country can enter in continental club competitions.

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  • Derby thriller set up

    Why do you think you're the right man for tomorrow's game? Ndlovu: The passion I've got for football, and Chiefs in particular, as well as the little experience I have from coaching young players where I stay. I will make sure that I start my level one of coaching after this game, which I believe will open the doors for me. Mahlangu: Although we won this cup four times already, I felt we never won it convincingly and I wanted to be in charge this time. I'd like to pursue a career in coaching after this experience. Which club did you support growing up? Ndlovu: I was born in the family of Chiefs supporters and I've never supported any [other] club. Mahlangu: I grew up supporting Pirates since

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  • How to sell a R5 coin for R50000

    The R5 coins with the face of former president Nelson Mandela have a special nostalgic appeal, and the most recently issued one was to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. But would you believe it if you were told that one of these 90th birthday coins sold for R2.5 million? Others sell for anything between R50 000 and a couple of thousand rands. These, remember, are simply R5 coins. There is nothing special or rare about them – more than 22 million were issued by the South African Mint. But a lucrative trade has developed in which clever sellers convince gullible buyers that certain R5 Mandela coins are extremely rare and are therefore worth a lot of money. Any coins could be sold in this way,

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  • WATCH: Terrence Howard gives Donald's Red Mic Experience some Empire love

    The US actors sent a message across the Atlantic this week, expressing their support for Donald and the Red Mic Experience. "Look, all of you guys out there need to check out Donald and his DVD recording, The Red Mic Experience, August 19. This is the Lyon family giving all our love out to Donald. Kill it," Terence says on the video, while Jussie is heard saying "Always! To the empire! To Donald!" Donald won over Terence and Empire actress Taraji P. Henson during their recent visit to South Africa. It’s a star-studded line up for Donald’s first Live DVD  He performed for the pair and, according to Donald, the stars asked to be moved from the VIP area, where they were initially seated, to get

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  • Tau seeks counsel from Mbeki after nomination

    Mbeki had a brief meeting with Tau on Monday in his foundation’s offices in Killarney to discuss the nomination and get a brief on what the city is doing on the transformation of apartheid spatial patterns. Watch: We help you choose Johannesburg’s next mayor  “We were here to brief former president Mbeki on the work that we are doing as a city but also the international responsibilities. We had to seek his advice on the work that we are doing internationally. As you know I have been nominated to be president of United Cities and Local Government which is a global responsibility. I thought it would be appropriate to seek counsel and advice from our elders and leaders on that work‚” Tau told reporters

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • 'Who cares'

    The former inmate-turned-“Sushi King” remained a Twitter trend on Friday after his self-publicised purchase of a painting depicting three senior members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in their birthday suits. Kunene on Thursday posted a photo of himself behind the image saying: “I am now a proud owner of this master piece. Powerful story telling through art...Thanks to the fearless Artist...” The painting‚ by Iven Amali‚ portrays Zille‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane and what appears to be the DA's federal executive chairperson James Selfe with their private parts exposed. Maimane is pulling a cart carrying the other two‚ the words “modern slavery” are hanging from the cart. Maimane's spokesperson

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  • Malema wants old age grants increased to R3‚000

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has told the people of ward 49 in Kanana‚ Hammanskraal‚ that social grants need to be increased in order to meet their basic needs. This comes as a few residents took to the stage to express their concerns with problems ranging from poverty and housing to better service delivery. “You worked hard for this place to be where it is but today when you raise concerns‚ they [the ANC] threaten you that if you vote for anyone else‚ they will take away your pensions. You must tell them before they take your pension‚ they must start with their mothers and grandmothers because they also get pensions‚” Malema said on Thursday afternoon. He said the ANC was going

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  • Tourists avoid Turkey after deadly bomb blasts

    ANKARA — The number of foreigners visiting Turkey plummeted more than 40% in June, official data showed on Thursday, marking the biggest drop in at least 22 years as tension with Russia and a series of deadly bombings kept tourists away. Tourist arrivals fell 40.86% year-on-year in June, with 2.44-million people arriving during the month, data from the Tourism Ministry showed. It was the biggest drop on record, according to the data, which goes back to 1994. The previous record was set in May, when tourist arrivals fell 34.7%. Tourism has been hit hard by tension with Moscow after Turkey shot down a Russian jet over Syria in 2015. While Ankara and Moscow have recently started to rebuild ties,

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  • ‘Boks won't cut it due to quotas’

    Cape Town - The Springboks “are gone” due to the fact that they have a selection policy that dictates that half of the squad must be black for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, according to former All Black coach Laurie Mains. The 70-year-old Mains believes that the quota system served its purpose in the late 1990s and early 2000s to help develop more black players at the highest level, but that it was now time to abandon it as there are enough black players coming through the systems. Mains has intimate knowledge of transformation in South African rugby, having coached the Cats to the Super Rugby semifinals in 2000 and 2001 after coaching New Zealand to the 1995 Rugby World Cup final against the Boks.

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  • Zimbabwe in the Eye of a Storm

    AFTER landing at the airport, I realised immediately that I had landed in the eye of a storm when a rifle-wielding storm trooper pointed a gun at me, ordering me to open my suitcase. The civilian officer was annoyed and ordered me to proceed. Yet there is a method to this madness. I was later to learn that soldiers and semi-military police have been deployed along the highways in order to intimidate citizens into paying them "something". The government is broke. In a stretch of 240 kilometres, there were 11 police roadblocks. The police find fault with "something", either on the driver or on his car and levy a spot fine of US$20. The spot fine is, however, negotiable and one can get away with

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  • Cassper getting fit for #FillUpOrlandoStadium - Music

    Amidst preparations for #FillUpOrlandoStadium, perfoming at #AGHashtagRefiloeAlbumTour at Emerald Casino on Friday and then Namibia on Saturday, it’s no wonder Cassper Nyovest needs his daily exercise. The rapper recently took to social media to make an announcement about the ticket sales of his next project: Fill Up Orlando Stadium. He posted: “Getting ready for#FillUpOrlandoStadium on 29th of October 2016!!! Hope you got your tickets ready !!! Let's go!!! This is history in the making!!!” Caspper also made an announcement about the release of his 428 To LA video on MTV Base on July 29. In 2015 the 'Mama I Made It' star filled up the dome (a 20 000 seater), becoming the first South African artist

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  • Zimbabwe: If not Mugabe, then who?

    On Wednesday, Robert Mugabe had an instruction for members of my tribe. “Journalists, tell those you are representing that Robert Mugabe is still here, well and strong. This is me, and my people are going to have me for some time,” he said, in a rousing speech delivered at a supporters rally in Harare. We won’t be implementing this instruction on these pages. Mugabe’s right on one thing: yes, he’s still here, he’s still in charge. But no one’s quite sure for how long, because recent events have left the Zimbabwean president weaker than ever before. The #ThisFlag campaign represents an unprecedented expression of people power which if harnessed effectively could topple the whole system, Arab Spring-style.

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  • EFF Limpopo boss rejoins ANC, saying EFF lives in dreamland

    Economic Freedom Fighters Limpopo’s MPL and chairman Mike Mathebe rejoined the ANC on Thursday, claiming that Julius Malema’s party policy was mere theory. “At that time there was a theory, but when we look at the practice it looks impossible to implement. I see that there is no any practicality in terms of what EFF is thinking about their policy,” Mathebe said when he was welcomed by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Thursday in Polokwane. Mathebe said he would not want to settle in EFF’s “dreamland” but wanted to live to see a practical policy. However, he failed to point out which EFF policy he deemed impractical. He denied the notion that he was joining the ANC as a spy. “There were

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  • SANDF general faces tender charges

    Johannesburg - An SANDF general is facing charges of taking backhanders for tenders. Brigadier General Leon Eggers, the General Officer Commanding the South African Army’s Signal Formation, was arrested on Thursday morning and appeared in the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria, over fraud and corruption allegations. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Eggers was in charge of all the telecommunication systems of the SANDF. “Several contracts or tenders were awarded to various service providers for the installation or maintenance of telecommunication infrastructure,” said NPA spokeswoman Kholiswa Mdhluli. “General Eggers, to a large extent, was involved in the process/es of awarding

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