• Nigerians Resort to Self-Defence Against Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

    Nigerians resident in South Africa resorted to self-defence yesterday in the face of xenophobic attacks by South Africans, who specifically targeted them in the latest wave of attacks against black immigrants, Saturday Vanguard learnt. It was gathered that plans by South Africans to further attack Nigerians especially those resident in Pretoria and Johannesburg last Thursday, was thwarted by Nigerians, who defended themselves having earlier been informed of the scheduled attacks. Specifically, an investigation by Saturday Vanguard revealed that the Nigerian Embassy in South Africa rose to the occasion as it informed Nigerians of the imminent attacks and consequently advised that they should close their business places.

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  • Kenny Kunene's Beyonce moment

    Cape Town – Businessman and socialite Kenny Kunene has tied the knot and has chosen to announce it Beyonce style. In an apparent exclusive for online website Weekly Xpose, Kunene poses with his new bride, 22-year-old Nonkululeko Whitney Mhlanga, and her pregnant belly in carefully posed shots that are intentionally or not (we can't figure it out) a tribute to Beyonce's recent announcement of her pregnancy with twins. Kunene is the founder and funder of Weekly Xposé. IOL could not afford the pictures, which the PR agency priced at R1500 each. According to the story, the couple are expecting a baby boy and are set to hold a  Zulu ceremony called umembeso (when the groom's family takes gifts to

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  • Xenophobic march a platform for ‘black-on-black violence’, says EFF

    The anti-immigrant march in Pretoria was a platform to brew violence among Africans, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Friday. “The current debacle pertaining to unemployment and inequality is wrongfully placed and blamed on African brothers and sisters and black people from the developing world. Furthermore, the march against foreign nationals is disingenuous and is a platform for black-on-black violence,” the party said. “The failure of society ought to be put at the door of the ANC [governing African National Congress]. The ANC has failed to transform the lives of South Africans. In the midst of attempting to confront economic strongholds against black people, white monopoly capital

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  • WATCH: The 'lifeless' Babes Wodumo performance everybody is talking about

    Funds from a dollar bank account in the name of the Jammeh Foundation for Peace, a charity founded by Gambia's former president Yahya Jammeh, flowed to Jammeh himself, not to foundation projects, according to bank records and interviews with a former charity official...

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  • Zuma should face ICC charges over farm murders: former Miss World Anneline Kriel

    Her call‚ which includes the deployment of the military to protect vulnerable farmers‚ comes after a string of farm murders and the release of quarterly crime statistics‚ which revealed that there had been 116 more murders than the same period last year. Kriel was the default winner of the Miss World title in 1974 after the United Kingdom’s Helen Morgan resigned several days after being crowned. “If the President and the ANC are against these killings then they must act accordingly. If the ANC can deploy the army at the State of the Nation Address he can surely authorise protection for vulnerable farmers by support for local farm watch organisations and deal with these murderers‚” Kriel said.

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  • Better late than never: Zuma addresses students after arriving 7 hours late

    This was the advice of President Jacob Zuma to members of the South African Student Congress (Sasco) when he delivered his keynote address during the national Right To Learn Rally held at Mangosuthu University of Technology on Friday evening. "We must never have career students or student veterans who do not finish their studies but come back for gatekeeping‚" warned Zuma to rapturous applause. Zuma‚ who was seven hours late‚ also encouraged students to study to create jobs rather than to study to get employment. Earlier in the day Zuma had been at the launch of Operation Phakisa and had an impromptu media briefing on the so-called xenophobic tensions in Pretoria. His plane would not take off

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  • ANC MP Khoza confirms move from Finance Committee

    Parliament – African National Congress (ANC) MP Makhosi Khoza on Tuesday confirmed she is being moved out of her position on Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance, but says she does not know why, despite speculation that her departure was intended to make way for former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. "If you want to know about my appointment and being moved, the first person to speak to is Jackson Mthembu because he is the one that is responsible, at least in this institution, for the deployment of ANC members...," Khoza said on the sidelines of Parliament's ad hoc committee probing the affairs of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board. Khoza is a member of the ad hoc committee.

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  • Whites Have Taken Over Again, Says Mugabe

    "It's sad, isn't it, that some black people in Zimbabwe have gone to sleep and allowed white people to take over Zimbabwean land, " President Robert Mugabe has said in an interview marking his 93rd birthday.

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  • I will not be made to feel small by Gordhan, says Tom Moyane

    SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane in a press conference on Friday afternoon that was called to discuss a media report revealing tensions between himself and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan made it clear that he had taken issue with the way Gordhan has treated him. The press briefing also discussed operational matters at Sars. Moyane has asked President Jacob Zuma to appoint someone to adjudicate issues between himself and Gordhan. He said that he was not getting the co-operation he requires from the minister and would not “be made to feel small” by anyone, including Gordhan. Moyane denied that he had lodged a personal, criminal case against Gordhan. He said: “That’s a complete

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  • Cameroon: English-speaking Regions Boycott AFCON Trophy

    Cameroon is still basking in the glory of this month’s upset victory at the Africa Cup of Nations. The trophy has been touring major cities in a government bid to bolster national unity. But that plan appears to be backfiring in English-speaking regions where an anti-government strike is deepening. Thousands of supporters cheered the national football team as the trophy they won this month (Feb. 5) at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations arrived in Bafoussam, western Cameroon. President Paul Biya called people to come out massively as a demonstration of national unity, says Njitack Ngompe Pele, traditional ruler of Bafoussam. He says when youth score a victory, it is but normal for the community to

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  • 'Leicester's owners are snakes'

    LONDON - The sacking of Claudio Ranieri just nine months after guiding Leicester City to a sensational Premier League triumph brought a torrent of condemnation on the team's Thai owners on Friday. "Disgusting," former England and Leicester player Gary Lineker said of the decision taken barely two weeks after the owners had given the Italian boss "unwavering support" despite the team's troubles. Amid reports of a breakdown in the relationship between Ranieri and senior Leicester players, the British press took a severe line against the owners who announced the bombshell sacking late Wednesday. "Leicester's owners were snakes claiming to support Ranieri," said a Daily Mail tabloid commentary. "Ranieri

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  • ANC accounts to be moved to Ithala bank

    Durban – KwaZulu-Natal has identified Ithala Bank as a future state bank following calls by the ANC to move government accounts from commercial banks to a state financial institution. The provincial government had been raising concerns about the delay by the government to implement the ANC’s resolution of radical economic transformation such as establishing state-owned institutions, including a state bank. The ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal had also called for the government departments and municipalities to move their accounts from commercial banks to a yet-to-be-established fully fledged state bank. The league had called for the ruling party to close down its major commercial bank accounts.

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  • Restaurant owner blames rivals over Hawks raid

    Durban – Jealousy in the entertainment and hospitality industry could be behind the raid by the Hawks on Eyadini Lounge shisanyama in uMlazi last week, the owner, Jabulani Zama, said on Monday. He said he was left unsettled by the conduct of the police who acted on untrue information that drugs were being sold at his restaurant. He said he feared a business rival could be trying to tarnish his business. “It could be that a business rival or a friend of a business rival is trying to tarnish my name and that of Eyadini, so patrons would stop coming to us and go to that rival’s business,” he said. Hawks from Mpumalanga and members of the organised crime unit raided his business on Thursday morning

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  • South Africa: Country Gears Up for Metro FM Awards

    The Metro FM Music Awards will be held at the iNkosi Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. Every award winner will bag R100,000. This year's theme is What's Next Is All That Matters. FULL LIST OF NOMINEES: African Pop Album Musa Amanda Black Vusi Nova Soul Kulture Sjava Best Collaboration Ms Pru — Ameni Bucie — Rejoice DJ Speesta — Mayo Kwesta — Mayibabo Best Compilation Album DJ Tokzen DJ Qness DJ Fresh Best Dance Album Babes Wodumo Dr Malinga Mobi Dixon Mpumi DJ Merlon Best Female Album Amanda Black Babes Wodumo Kelly Khumalo Lebo Sekgobela Brenda Mntambo Best Group Album Jeziel Brothers The Soil Soul Kulture Durbans Finest Encore Best Hit Single Citi Lyts — Vura Riky Rick — Sidlukotini

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  • 'No place for xenophobia in Joburg'

    Several officials and organisations have come out against the anti-foreigner sentiments that have gripped Gauteng. Yesterday, the justice, crime prevention and security cluster (JCPS cluster) noted with concern the inflammatory remarks currently circulating on social media. “These inflammatory posts are made by South Africans and foreign nationals against each other on social media sites. “The threatening posts have been escalating since the recent attacks on homes and property occupied by foreign nationals in Joburg and Tshwane,” said spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini. He said the cluster called for these acts, which only sought to divide communities, to stop. “The JCPS cluster further appeals to

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  • Rwanda Wants to Be East Africa's Aviation Center

    RwandAir is increasing its destinations to 22, and is aiming to end this financial year with at least 750,000 passengers, says the national carrier's chief executive officer. East Africa:   Rwanda Targets to Be the Regional Aviation Hub New Times, 24 February 2017 This week, Rwanda hosted the Africa Aviation 2017 Summit at Kigali Conventional Center. RwandAir, the national carrier of the republic of Rwanda has attracted a lot of attention… Read more » RwandAir Chief Executive Officer, John Mirenge, presenting the Ubumwe A330 airbus at Entebbe International Airport. Rwanda:   New Chief of Firm That Will Construct Bugesera Airport Has Work Cut Out New Times, 24 February 2017 The Aviation, Travel

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  • ‘Lost continent’ discovered under Mauritius

    Johannesburg - A new study headed by Wits University geologist Professor Lewis Ashwal has confirmed the existence of a “lost continent” under Mauritius. The study, “Archaean zircons in Miocene oceanic hot spot rocks establish ancient continental crust beneath Mauritius”, was published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. “We are studying the break-up process of the continents in order to understand the geological history of the planet,” said Ashwal, who is the lead author on the paper. He explained that this “lost continent” was left over from the break-up of the super-continent, which started about 200 million years ago. Gondwanaland existed more than 200 million years ago and contained

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  • Spur now ready to open more restaurants

    Food franchise group Spur said on Thursday it would continue to expand both at home and abroad in an effort to secure its revenue streams. Chief executive Pierre van Tonder said the group would continue to focus on expanding locally and abroad as it looked for new opportunities to increases its market share. Van Tonder said 12 new outlets would be opened across all brands in South Africa while nine new franchised restaurants would be opened in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe. The group, which also owns brands such as Panarottis, John Dory’s, The Hussar Grill, Captain DoRegos and RocoMamas, said during its six-month results to December that total sales increased 10.4 percent to R3.8­ billion.

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  • Beyonce pulls out of Coachella fest

    Pop superstar Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins, has pulled out of her headlining spot at the Coachella music festival in southern California, event organizers announced on Thursday. The event is among the world's premier live music festivals and Beyonce's performance had been eagerly anticipated. However, "following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival," a statement said, adding that "she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival." It was unclear who would take the pop diva's spot at the two-weekend festival in April in Indio, California. The superstar

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  • Zimbabwe: VIDEO

    Zimbabwe's fine-seeking traffic police are at it again - and this cop is demanding that a driver produce two fire extinguishers. In a clip being circulated on social media, the officer tells the occupants, who are clearly foreigners, that he will impound their vehicle. "I want the money for another fire extinguisher. You have got one fire extinguisher so I need one more," the cop says. It's not clear when the clip was filmed. It was posted on Wednesday to Twitter, where it's already had nearly 800 views. Under Zimbabwe's road regulations, vehicles need to have one properly-secured fire extinguisher which must also be serviceable. Police often interpret this to mean that the drivers must prove

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