• #MduMasilela’s 'baeness' breaks Twitter

    Kwaito legend Mdu Masilela started trending during #MandozaFuneral. The 'Chomi ya Bana' star clearly stood out during a tribute by kwaito stars, and the ladies went into a frenzy over how "baeable" Mdu is.

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  • Cosatu pressured over ANC succession stance

    CONGRESS of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) affiliates are piling pressure on the mother body to pronounce its position on ANC succession, with its largest industrial union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday backing Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the party post-2017. The federation’s central executive committee meeting last week did not make a call on its preferred leader despite the fact that most of its affiliates wanted it to endorse Ramaphosa. But it was agreed at the meeting that they could proceed individually. While Cosatu has no voting rights in the ANC, its voice is crucial, as most of its members are also members of the governing party. The federation is the third leg in

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  • Bonang likes 'trashy' guys – Ntsiki Mazwai

    Following the altercation between Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes and the DStv iRock Festival organisers on Saturday night, poet Ntsiki Mazwai has concluded that Bonang Matheba just likes “trashy” guys. In a series of tweets, Mazwai questioned Bonang’s choices of men, asking how she could date a guy who was always involved in brawls. “Cabanga [imagine] being that girl who has to run around shouting ‘baby stop!’ Gaaaard how embarrassing. Violent men are so humiliating gosh,” she said. She also suggested an application form Bonang’s boyfriends should fill in before she gets into a relationship with them. “On Bonang’s application form her boyfriends have to tick next to the question: are you violent?” Mazwai

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  • Rooney reaps what he sows

    It was late afternoon on Saturday when Wayne Rooney walked out of the Manchester United dressing room and down the players’ tunnel with sons Kai and Klay, and a football. This has become a routine in these past few years when he has had the run of the place. A kick-about with Kai and his mates in the Stretford End six-yard box has often ensued. Considering that the side had just demonstrated in their 4-1 win over Leicester that Rooney, an 80th minute substitute, is dispensable now, the way he rejected the request to stop and speak was gracious. His demeanour in the dressing room pre-match impressed the players, too. “He is often one of the most vocal and he was the same today,” said stand-in

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  • SABC board could face legal costs, warns Thuli

    HLAUDI Motsoeneng’s “triumphant” return to the top echelons of the public broadcaster might be short-lived. Shortly after SABC board chairperson Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe announced Motsoeneng had been appointed to his old job as group executive of corporate affairs, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela indicated she would scrutinise the decision. She pointed out that the SABC could face personal legal costs for Motsoeneng’s reappointment. Maguvhe also said Motsoeneng was free to apply for the position of chief operating officer, which he held until Monday, when the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) upheld the Western Cape High Court ruling that Motsoeneng’s appointment to that position was irrational

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  • Repo men ready to pounce on Zuma's biggest fan

    In the build-up to last month’s local government elections, self-proclaimed king of kwasa kwasa and President Jacob Zuma die-hard supporter Malo A Botsheba criss-crossed the country in a convoy consisting of his fleet of cars and taxis campaigning for the ruling party. But Malo A Botsheba, real name Steven Sefofa, is likely to now be dispossessed of his cars and taxis. Malo has turned to appealing to Good Samaritans to help him with funds to pay his debts on these vehicles. All his cars and taxis are branded in ANC colours. On Monday, Malo confirmed that he was set to lose his wheels. “Please,  come and assist me,” Malo pleaded. “I was volunteering for the ANC. “The bank has written a letter

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  • In Pictures: Durban July fashion

    International war crimes judges are to rule on Tuesday in the case of a former Islamist rebel who pleaded guilty to wrecking holy shrines during Mali's 2012 conflict and apologised for the damage he caused in Timbuktu.

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  • Angelina 'hired PI to spy on Brad and co-star'

    Pitt, 52, was said to be devastated by Jolie's decision to file for divorce on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences. And he is furious at swirling suggestions that she was concerned by his alleged alcohol consumption, marijuana smoking and anger issues. Jolie supposedly hired a private eye to follow Pitt on set with French actress Marion Cotillard - who is currently expecting her second child with her partner, actor Guillaume Canet - and is said to be "absolutely devastated" at being dragged into the circus. WATCH! George Clooney learns of Brangelina split on live TV interview By awkward coincidence, a trailer for Allied, the steamy World War 2 spy drama starring Pitt and Cotillard, due

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  • Treasury denies Malusi Gigaba’s travel request

    HOME Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba had a request for cushier travel for his staff turned down. Gigaba had sought permission from Treasury — whose belt-tightening measures for government include travel costs — for his staff to travel business class. The motivation for the deviation from the Treasury’s cost-containment measures read: "The minister was inconvenienced and had to further wait for the disembarking of the personnel assistant from another terminal to be able to proceed with the trip which resulted in the minister arriving late for scheduled appointments." In refusing Gigaba’s request, Treasury said these time delays should be taken into account by the Department of Home Affairs when

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  • Laughing all the way to a bankable error

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma is well known for his three-part harmony chuckle, often rendered as "heh heh heh" in cartoons and other writings chronicling his mirth. Following the news that he timeously paid the money he was ordered by the Constitutional Court to hand over for five nonsecurity enhancements to his home in Nkandla, he has cause to chuckle frequently. Simple arithmetic reveals that the president has, thus far anyway, escaped with only the lightest of "fines" for the malfeasance perpetrated during the Department of Public Works’ debacle of excessive expenditure during the execution of supposed "security upgrades" at his country seat in Nkandla. Estimates of the total expenditure vary: taking the lowest of these, R246m, and deducting, for the purposes of argument and not in expectation of recovery, the R155m the president niftily instructed the Special Investigating Unit (which can act only if so instructed by him) to recover from his errant architect, as well as the R7.8m craftily raised from an obscure bank and paid over by the president, there is a notional R162.8m that could possibly be paid back if the architect loses the case he is fighting and is good for the R155m.

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  • No luxury cars... not even for me - Tshwane mayor

    Pretoria - Mayor of Tshwane Solly Msimanga will continue using the BMW 5 Series he inherited from his predecessor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, but will replace it with a cheaper car when it “retires”. Upon reaching its prescribed lifespan of 100 000km in accordance with the regulations, the vehicle will retire to the government garage. “Most of the cars have passed the cap or are very close,” Msimanga said on Tuesday. In its place will be a low cost model to ferry the city’s first citizen around. The BMW would not be changed now as procurement of a new cheaper one would constitute wasteful expenditure. “I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars, while our people struggle for services,

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  • More revelations before Thuli Madonsela goes? - Business News

    Johannesburg - Thuli Madonsela was called a CIA spy by a South African deputy minister and received death threats as she pursued politicians in her role as the nation’s graft ombudsman. Now she’s planning a last round of potentially explosive revelations before she steps down next month. In her sights is what South Africans call “state capture” - a reference to allegations that the Guptas used their friendship with President Jacob Zuma for profit and influence. In one instance, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said the Guptas offered him the post of finance minister. The controversy around the family prompted the nation’s largest banks to close accounts belonging to companies owned by the

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  • WATCH: Mourners dance to Nkalakatha on Mandoza's grave

    Arnold Palmer was not only one of the great champions of golf; through the panache and daring of his play. He did more than anyone else to turn the game - and in particular the British Open - into a spectacle which commanded the attention of millions.

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  • Misbehaving teen taken to police station to 'calm down'

    On Wednesday the Montagu mother, who cannot be named, scolded her 15-year-old daughter for coming home late. Her daughter responded to the reprimand by "throwing tantrums" and smashing items in the house. The last straw for the mother was when she broke a mirror. The distraught woman said she had called the police because she was "too emotional" to deal with her daughter. Sonto [not her real name] said when the police arrived she told them what had happened and said to them that she wanted her daughter to be detained for the night so she could "calm down". She realised that something was wrong when she and her husband went to collect her daughter the next day from the police station. "She was

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  • It will take time to build a successful team, says Mphahlele

    Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele maintains that the team has the potential to be successful. Mphahlele joined Chiefs on the back of having won the league title and Telkom Knockout last season with Mamelodi Sundowns and believes that it was team spirit that saw the Brazilians prevail. "Look, it is not easy to make a team, especially a winning team. Football is a collective effort and you need everybody to buy into what you want to do; everybody to buy into your vision and everybody to share the same goal as the coach," said the 26-year-old. "So for us the most important thing is we have to support what the coach wants and try to implement what he says on the pitch. And most importantly,

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  • SA universities drop in world rankings

    Durban - South African universities have dropped markedly in the QS World University Rankings survey, with the country's best ranked tertiary institution, the University of Cape Town, slipping 20 places. Apart from the new entrants - North West University and the University of the Western Cape, both ranked in the 700+ category - all South African universities which had previously featured in the survey conducted by the higher education think tank QS Quacquarelli, declined in rank - some by more than 100 places. The University of KwaZulu-Natal, which was ranked in the 551-600 category last year and sixth in South Africa, has dropped to the 651-700 category. The University of Johannesburg remained

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  • ANC stages EFF-style disruption of Tshwane council sitting

    African National Congress councillors‚ now in opposition in the City of Tshwane‚ on Tuesday disrupted a planned sitting of the council — even getting into a brief physical scuffle. This came after ANC supporters earlier broke a glass door to force their way into the council chambers‚ prompting police to use pepper spray to disperse them. During the sitting at the council chambers in the Sammy Marks centre in Pretoria CBD‚ ANC councillors demanded that the chair of chairs in council steps down‚ saying he was not properly appointed. Speaker Rachel Mathebe had made her opening remarks‚ greeting the executive mayor Solly Msimanga‚ chief whip of council and chair of chairs — who is from the Democratic

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  • ‘Chances of success in any appeal by Jiba and Mrwebi are very slim’ – law expert

    It is unlikely that Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi would be granted leave to appeal a court ruling that struck their names from the roll of advocates. And “one would be hard-pressed to legally justify their continued employment by the” National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)‚ Centre for Constitutional Rights director Phephelaphi Dube wrote on Monday. She noted that the North Gauteng High Court had “made damning findings against the two” NPA executives and expressed disbelief that they would “stoop so low for the protection and defence of one individual who had been implicated in the serious offences”. That was a reference to Jiba’s decision to drop charges against former police crime intelligence

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  • Zuma launches his stay-out-of-jail bid

    He asked the Supreme Court of Appeal on Monday to give him a hearing on the spy tapes. In an affidavit submitted days after the ANC lost metros during local elections, Zuma said the case was "important" to him and raised matters of "public interest". Zuma asked the SCA for leave to appeal against the Pretoria High Court's decision in April to set aside the dropping of 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering against him. Zuma said it was not in the "public interest" to prosecute him and that the timing of the charges was manipulated. In April 2009 former National Prosecuting Authority head Mokotedi Mpshe dropped the charges, citing interference by former Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy

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  • Sammy Sosa is tired of the bs: 'I'm not who you think I am'

    Sammy has had a highly-publicised break from the spotlight, after falling ill and recovering in Cape Town. But speaking to TMG Entertainment at an event in Johannesburg this week, Sammy said she is stronger and more determined to succeed. "It's been two months since I was back in Johannesburg. I spent five days in ICU... it was really really bad. It was just a lack of sleep, a lot of stress, a lot of pressure, I wasn't eating well and it can get to you. But the break was good for me to get some rest and peace of mind," she said. Fikile 'MbaWeezy' Mbalula bags a 'MAMAs' nod  Sammy revealed that she wants to prove to her haters that she is not what they say she is. "This time around, now that I

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