• Zungu - the forgotten man of SA football

    Out of sight, out of mind. Shame, that’ss the story of one Bongani Zungu - a player whose meteoric rise in SA football is well recorded, but you would swear he is wasting away somewhere because nobody talks about him these days. And all he did was pursue a once in a lifetime opportunity abroad to take his career to the next level, or so he thought. Zungu, who turns 23 next month, began life in Portugal two months ago where he has joined Primeira Liga side Vitoria SC on a two-year deal from reigning Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns. It struck me last Friday, when coach Shakes Mashaba named his 25-man Bafana Bafana squad for the upcoming opening World Cup qualifier away to Burkina Faso

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  • DJ Zinhle confirms Bonang wrecked her home with cheating AKA

    Taking to her blog, Zinhle Jiyane wrote an entry about how she found out that Matheba and AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes had hooked up behind her back for five months. This means AKA and Matheba carried on with their saucy dalliance while Jiyane was pregnant. Matheba was linked to D'Banj, and while dating him, she also juggled her affair with AKA. Jiyane wrote that because of all the media attention Matheba and AKA were receiving she felt it was time to come clean about their affair.  Bonang and AKA in Los Angeles - where their affair is said to have started. Image via Bonang's Instagram. "A week before our daughter was born, I found out about an affair between Kiernan (the father of my child)

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  • Reborn Russian Ponzi scheme scams Africans - Business News

    London - Thousands of investors are feared to have lost their money after a pyramid scheme run by a convicted Russian fraudster crashed, somewhat predictably, in Zimbabwe. MMM Global has swept across Africa, with branches promising returns on investment of 30 per cent a month in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and some east African states. It is masterminded by the former Russian politician Sergey Mavrodi, who went on the run when the original MMM – standing for Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox – collapsed in the late-1990s, losing investors an estimated $100m (£77m). On its website, MMM Global unashamedly advertises itself as a scheme whereby new members “assist” older members by paying a fee to join.

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  • Is Hlaudi's mom Zuma's sangoma?

    There is no denying that former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been a force to be reckoned with, once describing himself as an “intellectual lecher” (he meant lecturer, we think). Motsoeneng, like President Jacob Zuma, has to date survived everything thrown at him throughout his career, with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the courts ruling against his chief operating officer (COO) appointment at the public broadcaster. On Tuesday, the public broadcaster held a media briefing to address, among other issues, the court ruling. It announced that the former COO would be reverting to his old position as group executive of corporate affairs, further saying Motsoeneng was free to apply for the COO position once it was advertised (as early as next week).

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  • Hlaudi Motsoeneng splits ANC

    Hlaudi Motsoeneng has emerged as one of the names deepening divisions within the ANC and its alliance partners. Yesterday, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu came out guns blazing, blasting the SABC board for announcing Motsoeneng's reappointment into a senior executive post and called for a parliamentary inquiry into their conduct. The SABC crisis is set to be one of the vexing issues that will cause serious divisions between ANC leaders at the party's national executive committee at the weekend. Mthembu - also chairperson of the party's sub-committee on communication - said he was "gravely concerned" about the situation at the SABC as their "shenanigans" were cause for embarrassment. But the ANC

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  • ANC leaders defy Zuma on EFF

    While an Emirati woman seeks permission from the courts in the United Arab Emirates to have that country’s first sex change operation‚ hundreds of people are faced with the prospect of having to wait for up to 25 years to get the surgery done in South Africa.

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  • I've been blocked from roles because of my accent, says actor Luthuli Dlamini

    Speaking to TMG Entertainment in a sit down interview recently, Luthuli opened up about the struggles of the industry and says that he has "definitely" been overlooked for certain roles over the last few years because of his accent. "Especially in the last five years or so when they (film producers) are looking for an authentic Zulu accent and a delivery that is authentically Zulu," Luthuli explains. Iconic Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu teams up with John Legend in war on Aids  He revealed that the snubs have affected him and believes that he would have been able to fill the roles if he was given the opportunity. "It has affected me because I feel like, given the script and if the dialogue is

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  • 'I don't believe every woman my age should get married,' says actress Sibulele Gcilitshana

    During an interview with Move!, the single mother of two girls was unafraid to share her thoughts about marriage - which does not appeal to her. She revealed that in bringing up her daughters, she realised that it isn't all that important  for children to have both actively involved parents. US singer Fantasia steps out in Gert-Johan Coetzee dress  "This may sound controversial, but I don't believe every woman my age should get married or rush themselves to raise their kids with a significant other," she told the local publication. She further explained that while her stance on marriage is unpopular among her peers, her little family has been able to adapt to her choices and that they've been

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  • Durban eatery makes world restaurant list

    Durban - The taste of the authentic South African braai has now grabbed the attention of the world. International luxury travel and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler has named Durban restaurant Max’s Lifestyle one of the best 207 restaurants in the world. uMlazi-based Max’s joins East Head Cafe in Knysna and The Pot Luck Club in Cape Town as the South African representatives on the list. Reviewer Cherae Robinson wrote that Max’s was “the best place to get braai”. Owner Max Mqadi told The Mercury that he was honoured by the recognition. “I am humbled. I don’t know what I am to say,” he said. “When I was starting in the township where it is disadvantaged, nobody knew me. Today it (Max’s) is

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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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  • Five facts you need to know about Hlaudi's new post

    Everything you need to know about Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s controversial appointment that was announced recently. There wasn’t a clear interview process to reappoint Motsoeneng, as the SABC merely removed the person who was the group corporate affairs executive and replaced them with him. Speaking to 702, Motsoeneng declined to answer if he had been interviewed for the position, referring radio presenter Xolani Gwala to the SABC. Public protector Thuli Madonsela is challenging Motsoeneng’s appointment and says she will probe it. Motsoeneng, however, says he is unaware of any new investigation, further accusing Madonsela of tarnishing his image. The SABC is finalising the application process for the

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  • Zimbabwe: Missing Activist Found, Envoys Slam 'Worrying Trend'

    THE EU and the British ambassadors on Wednesday led the outrage following the emergence of pictures of one of the leaders of street traders who was abducted, assaulted and injected with an unknown substance and left for dead. Kudakwashe Kambakunje, one of the leaders of the National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe, was abducted on Tuesday night and found on a farm on Wednesday morning about 22km outside Harare. Pictures showed an injured Kambakunje being treated in hospital. His colleague, Sten Zvorwadza, said Kambakunje was "badly injured". Kambakunje's legs appeared scarred and swollen in injuries synonymous with those inflicted on opposition members Zanu PF youths in the last decade. EU ambassador

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  • Pogba wanted by Chelsea last year: agent

    London - Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was targeted by Jose Mourinho for Chelsea last year but was blocked by an agreement between his agent and Juventus, the Frenchman's agent Mino Raiola said Thursday. Pogba, who left United for free to join Juventus in 2012 at the age of 18, returned to Old Trafford in a world record 105m euro deal earlier this summer. But Raiola told Rai Sport: "Paul could have left (Juventus) last year because (Jose) Mourinho - then at Chelsea - really wanted him. "But Juventus and I had agreement: win the league title and the Champions League, then he can go." Juventus claimed a record-equalling fifth consecutive Serie A title last season but their progress in

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  • Zimbabwe: Why Some Zimbabweans Are Looking Forward to Paper Money

    Former vice president Joice Mujuru's last ditch attempt to stop the Zimbabwe central bank bringing in bond notes failed on Wednesday - but not everyone will be disappointed. If the story of Zimbabwe's last lot of "paper money" is anything to go by, there will be fortunes to be made. Or at the very least, bills to be paid off quickly. The Constitutional Court in Harare this week dismissed an application from Mujuru challenging the forced introduction of the notes next month, according to legal watchdog Veritas. The court said that it was too soon to determine if laws governing the introduction of the notes were unconstitutional. Analysts say the ruling means the notes will have to be introduced

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  • WATCH: Zuma bumbles on CCTV News

    Zuma, who was in Hangzhou with a number of South African delegates, including Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, was given the opportunity to explain how South Africa - the only African country in the G-20 - would represent the rest of the continent and what Africa's role in the G-20 was. In the interview with Chinese journalist Tian Wei, he gave vague answers. Asked by Wei what the positive and negative connotations of industrialisation in Africa had been, Zuma said there had been only positives. "So what do you think is the approach that African countries, including yours, should adopt in order to have industrialisation," Wei asked, to which Zuma responded: "Well, there are many things we need to do.

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  • Wayde to go! Zille wants to rename stadium after 400m hero Van Niekerk

    Wayde Van Niekerk has a world record and an Olympic gold medal‚ and now Western Cape Premier Helen Zille wants him to have immortality. Zille has written to Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille suggesting that Green Point Athletics Stadium be renamed after Van Niekerk‚ who was born in Kraaifontein‚ in the city’s northern suburbs‚ and went to school in Bellville. Van Niekerk won the men’s 400m final at the Rio Olympics‚ breaking the 17-year-old record of 43.18 seconds set by Michael Johnson during the 1999 World Championships. “Mr Van Niekerk flew South Africa’s flag high and did the nation proud‚” Zille said on Wednesday. In 2015‚ he won the 400m final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing‚

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  • Mama Winnie hailed at 80th birthday bash - PICS

    Cape Town - Known for her powerful speeches, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela took a different direction on Wednesday night as she addressed guests at her birthday celebration. Madikizela-Mandela turns 80 on September 26. On Wednesday she arrived in Cape Town to celebrate her birthday at the Mount Nelson Hotel. She had guests laughing through her “thank you” speech and started by thanking everyone, saying “because of my age I am allowed to say all protocol observed”. “I have to keep pinching myself to find out whether I am really still alive.” Keeping to the speech, Madikizela-Mandela said that she was not going to take a dig at the political atmosphere in the country. “I am not going to say anything

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  • DRAMA! Siyakha Tshayela booted off Idols SA for 'contract' issues

    In a press release sent by M-Net on Thursday night it said that contestant on the show are required to sign an exclusive recording deal with the Idols-appointed label when they enter the show. “On the 1st of August‚ Ms Tshayela informed us that she had entered into discussions with an independent recording company before entering Idols‚ but she maintained there was no contract in place. The recording company insists there is‚”reads the statement. It's understood the discussions between all parties were held but there was no resolution. M-Net then made the decision to have Siyakha removed from the show. “Due to conditions stipulated by the Idols format rights holder‚ we are unable to continue

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  • McDonald’s halaal warning a hoax - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Cape Town Muslims reacted with shock and anger this week after receiving widely-distributed messages warning that McDonald’s restaurants are not halaal. But the MJC Halaal Trust (MJCHT) said the message is nothing but a “malicious hoax”. Five readers contacted the Daily Voice after getting the message via WhatsApp from a sender named Yusuf Essa. The message starts off by saying: “U had enough pig meat and fat to eat O Muslim. Give it up! Give it up to save your imaan [faith].” The message claims the Muslim Judicial Council and “IQSA” have withdrawn their halaal certification from the fast food chain. “According to the kitchen office in Florida, United States, study into the McDonald’s

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  • South Africa: Bury Winnie Next to Nelson Mandela, Says Jailed King

    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela should be laid to rest next to former President Nelson Mandela when she dies, jailed Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has said. "I believe you are still married, because in our records I do not have any such record in the kingdom that dissolves such a marriage, as mandated by our customary law," he said in a letter read at a gala dinner in Johannesburg on Monday, in celebration of the struggle icon's 80 th birthday. It was read by Nkosana (Prince) Langalibalele Mthunzi Ngonyama. Dalindyebo said he wrote the letter from his dark prison cell. He said he would have loved to be at the dinner. "You were there for me as a mother throughout my dark days, when I needed

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