• Dame Shirley Bassey blasts Beyonce for 'skimpy' Met Ball dress

    Dame Shirley Bassey has blasted Beyonce and other modern singers who feel the need to ''see who can wear the skimpiest outfit''. Dame Shirley said: ''It is like they are all in competition with each other. ''When I saw Beyonce at the Met Ball the other night I was like, 'excuse me?' I think you have to leave a lot to the imagination. Speaking at the 'Shooting Star' book launch in London, Dame Shirley said: ''Of course it is a bad impression for young people to follow because they want to dress like that.

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  • Mazibuko earns master’s degree from Harvard

    Lindiwe Mazibuko is celebrating a Masters of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In her time at Harvard — the world-renowned university first established in 1636 — Mazibuko has shared her excitement at the extreme season changes and taken up cycling. Mazibuko first attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study a Bachelor of Music degree then moved to the University of Cape Town‚ where she obtained a BA (French‚ Classics‚ Media & Writing) in 2006 and a BA Honours (Political Communication) degree in 2007.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Blasts Mandela - And Speaks on Xenophobia

    Admitting he was spewing "poison", President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday blamed unemployment in South Africa for the vicious xenophobic attacks against foreigners there, including Zimbabweans. Clearly revelling in his role as Africa's political grandee and elder statesman, Mugabe claimed that Africa's second biggest economy needed help from its poorer neighbours. Zimbabwe has struggled with a serious economic crisis for about 15 years. The crunch shows no sign of easing and has forced an estimated one million locals across the border into South Africa in search of a better life.

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  • No foul play in SA cop’s Thai hotel death - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    The post-mortem results of Hibiscus Coast Municipality law enforcement officer, Devlyn Abbott, who died while on holiday in Thailand, has revealed he died of inflammation of the brain. Post mortem results sent to Abbot’s family this week said the 41-year-old died as a result of “cerebral edema and bleeding under meninges” - inflammation to the brain caused by meningitis. Staff at a Phuket hotel where he had been staying found his body in his hotel room on May 5. On the day he was found he sent a message to his family via, Whatsapp, saying he had “piercing headaches”.

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  • These Are The Hottest Soccer Players In The World

    Someone grab me a water bottle because the thirst is real.

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  • What Happens When a Harvard Engineer Gets Robbed?

    He designs a smarter home security system—without contracts, installation fees or sneaky salesmen. Discover a smarter way to protect your home today.

  • Minister warns SA mercenaries in Nigeria - Africa | IOL News

    Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has issued a stern warning to South African mercenaries battling Boko Haram in Nigeria that they face serious consequences for their actions. While the former South African Defence Force soldiers have been enlisted by the Nigerian government to help them fight the terrorist group, Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday the Foreign Military Assistance Act prohibits South Africans from fighting outside the country for financial gain.

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  • South Africa: Islamic State Writes Letter to South African Muslims

    A letter addressed to local Muslim scholars, purportedly from South Africans who have joined the Islamic State (IS), has challenged them to visit the "state" to witness firsthand the conditions there. The letter, which was in the possession of satellite radio station Channel Islam International (CII) Broadcasting, was signed by "the brothers and sisters of your countrymen who Allah has blessed with the honour of being citizens of the Dawlatul Khalifah [the state of the leader]". The group is also commonly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). News24 could not immediately independently confirm the authenticity of the letter but State Security Agency (SSA) spokesperson Brian Dube said the department was aware of it and was investigating.

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  • Lindiwe Mazibuko nails masters degree at Harvard University

    Former DA parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko has passed her Masters degree in public administration at Harvard University and is set to graduate next week.

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  • Operation Fiela: Over 12,000 arrested in KZN

    Suspects were apprehended for murder, rape, robbery and other serious crimes.

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  • Andile Jali puts a ring on it - SundayWorld

    On top of earning the title for arguably Mzansi’s most sought-after “It Girl” – thanks to Diski Divas – then announcing that she is expecting a bundle of joy a few weeks ago, Nonhle just broke news on her Instagram that she is officially going to be Mrs Andile Jali. In a series of ambiguous posts Nonhle, not in so many words, confirmed that Andile had popped the question. Nonhle is even seen sporting a sumptuous rock on her engagement ring finger.

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  • Zuma, Malema need to take note - The Mercury

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Mmusi Maimane s black male self may come to represent for many young black men the possibility of aspiring, and transcending, one s humble beginnings, says the writer. Listening to Mmusi Maimane give his acceptance speech after his election as the leader of the traditionally white Democratic Alliance, it became clear that he will need to be taken much more seriously by Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema and the parties they lead, because of the hope he is intent on projecting for young black men, and despite his intimate partner, black women too.

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  • Home Affairs allows big business to jump visa queue

    The one-stop Premium Visa and Permit Centre will fast-track their visas and those of their family members. This centre was launched yesterday at the Gauteng Investment Centre in Sandton by Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba. The new centre was established in partnership with the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency and VFS Global. Its core function is to facilitate increased investment and infrastructure development in South Africa by making it easy for corporate clients to process their visa and permit applications.

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  • No Eskom solution without deep reform

    IT HAS been another confusing week in the Eskom saga. In recent days, representatives of government departments and the African National Congress (ANC) have floated two broad kinds of policy proposals. Thabo Mbeki’s government posited the need for competition in a regulated wholesale electricity market and proposed a clear separation between power generation (which would be in part private) and a transmission grid available to all players. The proponents of market-oriented reform continue to suggest it can help attract the capital Eskom needs and introduce international equity partners with advanced technologies and management skills.

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  • Applying for SA visas made easy for senior executives

    SENIOR executives seeking to make visa and permit applications will no longer have to visit the usual Home Affairs branches in Johannesburg‚ after a "premium" centre was launched by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in Sandton on Wednesday. The application process at the centre took about 10 minutes and thereafter the applicant would wait for nearly four months to get the visa or permit as opposed to the initial eight months‚ the department said. Most of the application process is done electronically‚ including payment. The biometrics and applications are approved at the department’s head office in Pretoria.

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  • Six load shedding jokes - Connect

    Need a pick me up? Whenever your feeling down, refer back to this. I promise it will help.

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  • EFF faction won't back Malema

    Some Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) members have defied an order of their national leadership to support party leader Julius Malema in his court battle against the South African Revenue Service(Sars), it emerged yesterday. Malema is due back in the North Gauteng High Court on June 1, when his provisional sequestration case will be heard regarding his outstanding tax bill. The EFF’s North West sub-region yesterday urged all branches to mobilise members and rally behind Malema in court, saying this was an instruction from the organisation’s national leadership.

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  • Church Street bombing horror recalled - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    The ANC chose to ignore what white people had endured, the singer said. Pretoria - The images of panes of glass falling from a multitude of windows, which exploded into bursts of blood when it hit the ground on Church Street 32 years ago, will never leave the mind of then 19-year-old Lydia van der Merwe. The young woman had just knocked off from her work near the Bosman-Church streets intersection in the Pretoria CBD and was sitting in the bus when she felt and heard the loudest explosion of her life. The confusion of the moment – mixed with the sounds of wailing, injured people, the glass and the bomb – created a scene so horrific it belonged to a war zone, Van der Merwe added.

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  • You are what you read: Osama bin Laden | Daily Maverick

    About a year and a half ago, there was a bit of a scuffle over what, if anything, South African President Jacob Zuma read before he turned out his bedside lamp in his official residences, or at his Nkandla country estate. In an effort to gain a glimpse of any presidential reading list, there was some wrangling with then-presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj over whether or not the president's office should even bother to tell the rest of us whether Zuma dips into Plutarch’s Lives of Nobel Grecians and Romans, Machiavelli's The Prince, an annotated copy of South Africa’s National Development Plan, or perhaps The Freedom Charter, for his evening’s inspirations. This writer even took a stab at trying to identify what was crucial in the reading plans – and the publicity about them – of various world leaders, but never cracked the code on Jacob Zuma’s literary preferences. In the past several days, however, in contrast to the shroud of secrecy that has been drawn across Jacob Zuma’s sources of information from the printed page, courtesy of the US intelligence community, the world now has insights into the literary tastes of the late Osama bin Laden when he was idling away all those years in his lair in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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  • Big Brother duo reflect on near-win - IOL Tonight

    . Chelsea, left, and Mbali: Being a Big Brother contestant is no holiday .

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  • Bafana to play Malawi | The New Age Online

    Bafana Bafana will play their last final preparation game against Malawi tomorrow before they take on Botswana in the quarter-final of Cosafa cup.

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