• Zimbabwe: Sere Crowned Zimbabwe's Ugliest Man for 2015

    TWO-TIMES reigning Mr Ugly champion William Masvinu, who had vowed to make it three in a row, got the shock of his life when he was dethroned by Miso Sere. Masvinu came second in a competition that was held Friday night at a Harare night club. Sere who was competing in the pageant for the second time beat 12 other Ugly finalists in a tightly contested Mr Ugly 2015 competition. This year had a record number of Ugly contestants with organisers receiving 36 entries and preliminary rounds had to take place to reduce the number of finalist to 12. Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com after being crowned Mr Ugly 2015, Sere said he had prepared for the competition, having been fourth in the previous competition.

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  • Sofia's big day is 'wedding of the year' - Tonight News

    Colombia-born film star Sofia Vergara, America's highest-paid TV actress, tied the knot on Sunday in what the entertainment world called the celebrity wedding of the year. The ‘Modern Family’ star pledged her eternal love to fellow actor Joe Manganiello at ‘The Breakers’ a swank Palm Beach resort, before a gathering of friends and family, the culmination of a weekend-long wedding celebration. Vergara posted photos from her nuptials on Instagram, including various pictures showing the curvaceous 43-year old actress in her torso-hugging, strapless lace bridal gown with plunging neckline. Among the stars at her nuptials were Hollywood's Reese Witherspoon, Channing Tatum and the cast of her hit television show ‘Modern Family’.

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  • Tomorrow's news: a star, legal dagga and almost R2 million

    When Idols SA Season 11 winner Karabo Mogane couldn’t afford to study at Stellenbosch University anymore, he dropped out and set his sights on a different goal – making a career out of his love for music. Almost a year later, Mogane is the winner of the country’s biggest reality show and has bagged prizes that include R700 000 in cash, a new car and a recording deal with Universal Music. A Boksburg man has been granted leave to join a Johannesburg couple’s constitutional challenge aimed at legalising dagga in South Africa. The High Court in Pretoria last week granted permission to Clifford Thorp to join the legal battle of Julian Stobbs and his partner Myrtle Clarke, which is expected to be heard in March next year.

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  • Malema’s UK visit ‘sends a message’ - Special Features | IOL News

    London - He’s perhaps the second best-known politician in South Africa, a firebrand agitator who is revered and disliked across South Africa in equal measure. However this week Julius Malema is in the old colonial power of the UK where he is less well known and where he will be addressing some distinctly English and internationally highbrow institutions. On Wednesday he will kick off his England tour by travelling to the “dreaming spires” of Oxford where he will address the Oxford Union at the world famous university. He will speak in the Debating Chamber on a subject “loosely agreed” beforehand, a spokeswoman for the Union said. The chamber can take up to 450 people and after the speech there

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  • Actor Idris Elba Cancels South African Trip Over Visa Laws

    The award-winning actor has cancelled a trip to South Africa due to the new child visa laws. South Africa:   Idris Elba Cancels Trip After Daughter Fails to Meet New Immigration Laws News24Wire, 23 November 2015 Award-winning actor, Idris Elba has cancelled a planned trip to South Africa at the last minute after his daughter, Isan, failed to meet the new immigration requirements passed ... read more » Idris Elba. Nigeria:   Idris Elba, Africa's Son in Hollywood Leadership, 13 October 2012 It is hard to come across a member of the top brass in Hollywood, who has not heard the name Idris Elba. read more »

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • Alleged Bloemfontein clitoris collector denied bail

    “The court is not amused by the attitude displayed by the applicant. The applicant has no ties in the country. His children cannot be regarded as ties because he also has children in Denmark,” Magistrate Marlene Marais said. She said there is a likelihood he could intimidate witnesses. "The applicant said he has businesses in the country but does not have documents to validate the claims." Marais said Frederiksen has multiple travelling documents and has no regard for the South African justice system. Being investigated for wife’s murder Frederiksen, dressed in a white T-shirt and green pants with a maroon jersey tied around his neck, remained seated in the dock when his application was denied.

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  • Trevor Noah finds love in the US

    The long legged and dark haired beauty is a model who moved from Los Angeles to New York and currently lives with Noah.  The two are said to have met a few weeks ago but are already head over heels in love. According to US magazine, Taylor works at Ram, modelling in the dealer’s auto shows. Photos from her Instagram - where she has more than 17,000 followers - show her posing in a Ram polo.   It also appears Taylor accompanied Noah when he visited SA recently. They both uploaded images posing in a game reserve with cheetahs. Noah previously dated Dani Gabriel of Cape Town. The pair split when Noah took up a job as the host of The Daily Show.

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  • Bomber was 'extrovert'

    But on Wednesday morning Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, became Europe's first woman suicide bomber as police stormed the flat where she was holed up with two fellow Islamic State terrorists. One of the two men killed in the siege was thought to be her cousin Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of Friday's attacks in Paris which left 132 dead. Aitboulahcen had appeared at a window to the flat shortly after 6am, as police special forces accompanied by soldiers moved in. She was later heard screaming "help me, help me!", moments before detonating a suicide vest packed full of explosives as armed French anti-terror police stormed the flat. It is suspected her plea was made with the intent of luring police

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  • Parker most valuable player in the PSL

    According to football statistics site, Bernard Parker is the most valuable player in the Premier Soccer League.

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  • Miniskirts invite rape: Grace Mugabe - Africa | IOL News

    Harare - Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe, sparked outrage on social media at the weekend when she declared that the way some women dressed was the reason that they were targeted for rape. Addressing Zanu-PF supporters at a rally in Mberengwa on Friday, she said: “You walk around wearing miniskirts displaying your thighs and inviting men to drool over you, then you want to complain when you have been raped? It’s unfortunate because it will be your fault.” She said Zimbabwean women should follow her example to avoid becoming victims. “Wear clothes like Mai Mugabe or you can choose trousers, but not those which are too tight. “These types of clothes are the signs of moral decadence in our country.”

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  • Don't kid yourself about BAs

    Jonathan Jansen: "So what's the difference between a BA degree and a large pizza?" one of my student leaders recently asked a large group of parents inquiring about sending their child to university. "A large pizza can feed a family of four," she joked. I laughed, then cried. Laughed, because of the obvious wit of the comparison. Cried, because this is one of the most misleading pieces of information about BAs in South Africa today. It was not that I had not overheard "BA jokes". At my previous university, there was rampant talk among female students of a "BA man-soek" specialisation (BA find-a-husband). After all, what other reason could you have for doing a BA than to prowl the campus for a

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  • ‘My son was not an IS terrorist’ - Daily News | News

    Durban - The South African driving licence held up next to the body of an alleged Islamic State (IS) terrorist by an Iraqi soldier on Twitter, has been verified as authentic by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs. Departmental spokesman, Mayihlome Tshwete, said on Monday he could not comment further. On Monday the licence owner, Aqeel Abdul-Haq Kloberie’s mother, a Durban resident, was still anxiously awaiting news from the authorities about the fate of her son. Joyce Snyman, 70, of Umbilo, is clinging to the hope that her son is alive despite the picture of his licence appearing on the internet on Thursday. On Sunday, she said she was haunted by new images on the internet of a soldier

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  • ‘Bozwana blocked ANC Premier League tenders’ - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Four months before he was killed, North West billionaire Wandile Bozwana successfully stopped the former North West Human Settlements MEC Collen Maine from distributing tenders worth R470 million. This is among the latest allegations that Bozwana’s supporters believe could also have led to him being killed execution-style last month. Bozwana was shot and killed on the N1 near Garsfontein off-ramp in Pretoria on October 2. He was with a female companion when his attackers fired nine bullets into his body. Last week, a special Gauteng police task team nabbed two suspected killers of Bozwana, in what they believe is a major breakthrough in their investigations. The men, aged 30 and

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  • Bachelor knifed in absurd sortie - SundayWorld

    2012-05-28 07:36:47.0 | KHETHIWE CHELEMU | FORMER Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates soccer star Marc Bachelor was rushed to hospital last Saturday night after being stabbed with a pair of scissors. Sunday World can reveal that the stabbing happened during a fight with Palestinian national Hazem Malaka (27) at Cedar Square in Fourways, northern Jozi. The fight broke out along Cedar and Willow Roads in Fourways after the men allegedly exchanged "funny looks". Bachelor had walked past a barber shop where Malaka and his friends were standing. It is said that one of the men asked Bachelor why he was looking at them but the retired soccer ace allegedly ignored the men and walked into

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  • New SA airline to take to skies next month

    Bookings for flights on the new airline open this Tuesday. “Fly Blue Crane has anticipated and is positioned to deliver on what customers want: the enhanced convenience of frequent flights through high on-time performance‚ commitment to consistent service excellence‚ advanced online technologies that will make the booking and travel process fuss-free‚ and of course highly competitive fares‚” said Fly Blue Crane CEO Siza Mzimela. The COO of Fly Blue Crane‚ Theunis Potgieter‚ said the airline was poised to become an African aviation innovator by responding to market needs and implementing invaluable insights from global travellers who have revealed that customer value is not based on low pricing alone‚ but also in areas such as consistency‚ frequency‚ professionalism and reliability‚ as well as softer touch-points which include complimentary quality meals and the level of attention to detail paid to customers’ special needs when flying. “Fly Blue Crane’s customers can look forward to such a fresh approach to air travel‚ which blends the best of both worlds without compromising on premium service‚” he said.

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  • Flight contributed to Lomu’s death - World Rugby

    Rugby great Jonah Lomu probably died from a blood clot that formed during a long-haul flight to New Zealand, one of his medics said Monday, as plans were unveiled to honour the legendary winger with a public memorial. Former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew, who helped treat Lomu's chronic kidney disease, said a flight-related clot was the most likely explanation for his shock death in Auckland last week aged just 40. Mayhew, a close family friend who announced the star's death to the world, said Lomu's kidney disease made him vulnerable to such a scenario. The player had just returned to Auckland after seeing his beloved All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup in Britain, a marathon flight, even with

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  • Mugabe 'a lion of Africa', says outgoing US ambassador

    According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Wharton said Mugabe, 91, had dedicated his life to fighting for the liberation of the continent. "Robert Mugabe is a lion of Africa. He has dedicated his life to create a free and independent Zimbabwe. He is a leader not only of Zimbabwe, but he helped to bring down apartheid in South Africa," Wharton was quoted as saying. Wharton said this during his final media breakfast meeting in Harare. But he also had some advice regarding the country's harsh economic conditions. Posts on Twitter by the US Embassy in Harare quoted Wharton as saying that the southern African country had the "potential to triple" the size of economy as it had enough "intellectual

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  • Home Affairs to close for system upgrade - South Africa | IOL News

    Cape Town - The Department of Home Affairs will not be processing applications for IDs and passports at a third of its 400 offices from this Friday until next Wednesday to allow for an upgrade. The upgrade will affect 17 offices in the Western Cape, and 123 throughout the country. On Sunday Home Affairs Director general Mkuseli Apleni said the upgrade was for the production of new smart ID cards and passports. Apleni said the department will be increasing the bandwidth to make the system faster and more secure. “It used to take 54 days to get an ID book. Now with the new smart-ID card it takes less than 10 days,” Apleni said. Home Affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola said all affected offices will

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  • The demon of white racism has not been slain in South Africa

    THE central tragedy of our first two decades as a democracy is that, unless something changes fast, the life prospects of South African children born today will still to a large extent cleave to their race. Look at the prevalence of childhood poverty, access to early childhood development, performance in primary and secondary school, access to and dropout from tertiary education, and ultimate household earnings, and you will see how little we have done to change the outlines of the picture that our colonial forebears and the architects of apartheid drew up ages ago. If white people want to belong in this new country, there are a number of places at which we have to part ways with Van Onselen. Van Onselen writes that some people make accusations of racism but that "they are often wrong".

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