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

    The University of the Witwatersrand on Monday confirmed that one of its employees died as a result of protest action at the institution last week. Wits management took to Twitter to express its sympathies to the family‚ friends and colleagues of the worker.

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  • South Africa: Zimbabwean Teachers to Be Licensed

    The Zimbabwean and South African governments are working on measures to deal with unemployed but qualified teachers in Zimbabwe while at the same time addressing the needs gap in the "Rainbow Nation". The process is expected to see Zimbabwean teachers in South African being registered and licensed. The move comes against the backdrop of an unquantifiable number of qualified Zimbabwean teachers working in South Africa. Addressing a Press conference, flanked by South Africa's Basic Education Minister Angelina Motshekga, after a two-day conference on identifying possible areas of cooperation, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazaraus Dokora said issues of human resources, research, curriculum implementation and assessment are earmarked for collaboration.

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  • #DataMustFall: Cut costs or else, Icasa warns

    Johannesburg - Network providers have been told: Cut data costs or the authorities will do it for you. The no-nonsense warning came from Parliament, where a committee has been discussing the reality that South African data costs are among the highest in the world. Mmamoloko Kubayi, chairwoman of Parliament’s portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services, said yesterday that network operators have just over a month to get their act together. Either they trim data costs or the National Assembly will order them to do so. “Operators can individually restructure their data plans between now and November or wait for our recommendation when we would make a pronouncement on what should

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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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  • DA accuses ANC of sabotage over racist toilet signs

    The mysterious notice pasted on the front door of the hall, which Grobbelaar and his staff deny erecting, was discovered on Wednesday by temporary government workers employed through the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP). The notice, stuck on the inside of the door, reads: “Down stairs tiolets for non-whites or if you black wearing EPWP overall – By order councillor’s office.” Grobbelaar and his staff denied putting up the notice, saying they were being sabotaged. EPWP worker Joyce Sanusi, 47, left, confronts DA Ward 40 councillor Jason Grobbelaar at the Kuyga Community Hall. Picture: Eugene Coetzee DA chief whip Werner Senekal said he believed the ANC was behind the debacle as it was battling

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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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  • The day Winnie took Malema and pals to police - Special Features

    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s influence on young black revolutionaries was immense, as Julius Malema recalled in an interview with Janet Smith a few years ago. Julius Malema tells a story from 2003 when Cosas staged its infamous march in Joburg, and some of its young members ran amok, running wild through the ranks, overturning hawkers' stands and breaking car windows. A Cosas leader then, he admits now that it was “a very difficult” day. He and other young leaders were terrified as noise and chaos overpowered the streets. Then a mere 22, Malema confesses some of them then fled the scene of anarchy at its most intense. They didn’t know what to do, or where to turn, and so they ran to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s

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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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  • 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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  • EDITORIAL: The SABC’s endless farce

    THE story of the SABC and its erratic chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has now run the full gamut from oddity to tragedy to farce. The Sunday newspapers reported this weekend that Motsoeneng has been given an extraordinary R11.4m bonus in the same month the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his application for leave to appeal a ruling that set aside his permanent appointment. In addition, it is reported the SABC board has redeployed Motsoeneng as group executive for corporate affairs. If that does not constitute a flagrant violation of a legal stipulation, it is hard to know what does. Just following the travails of the SABC is, in its own way, exhausting. The road of destruction,

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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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  • Will Thandi Moraka escape ire of ANC?

    WILL Thandi Moraka be taken to task the way Julius Malema was? The EFF leader invoked the ire of Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu in Parliament earlier in September when he referred to the South African Airways (SAA) chairwoman as "Dudu Myeni Zuma". That came during a heated question-and-answer session during which Malema said Myeni deserved the "Myeni Zuma" surname because of her alleged close relationship with President Jacob Zuma. Myeni heads the Jacob Zuma Trust. ANC MPs were furious when Malema insisted in using Myeni-Zuma saying it was disrespectful as Myeni was a married woman. Despite Zulu’s complaints that the EFF MP was out of order because of what the appellation "Myeni-Zuma"

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  • Meet SA's top10 endangered heritage sites

    Johannesburg - South Africa's top 10 endangered heritage sites include a diverse range of places sprinkled all over the country, stretching from the tip of the continent to the mining towns of Mpumalanga. In celebration of Heritage Month, the Heritage Monitoring (HMP) Project called the public to nominate heritage sites around the country they felt were most endangered. The short-list named 46 sites altogether, and this was scrutinised by a panel of experts who looked into the importance of the site to local communities, and the extent to which the site can be conserved. The final 10, published on Wednesday, are: "The Heritage Monitoring Project hopes that the campaign will bring awareness of

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  • Why Kenny Kunene won't stop catching the feels over Malema

    Hot on the heels of an explosive interview on SABC's Morning Live on Wednesday, Kunene has told TMG Entertainment that he aims to show South Africa that Malema is a "fake" and  a "liar". During his interview on Morning Live, Kunene blasted the EFF leader labelling him a "sell out," and accused him of "deceiving the nation". Kunene also challenged Malema to a public debate. Taking to Twitter shortly after the interview aired the red beret hit back, saying that he would not entertain Kunene until he got "20,000 national votes". WATCH! Musicians perform Nkalakatha tribute for Mandoza  Speaking to TMG Entertainment the businessman explained why he decided to air his opinions on national television.

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  • WATCH: Every time Mantashe opens his mouth he spews bile

    “Every time Mantashe opens his mouth he spews bile‚” said Mcebo Dlamini. Dlamini was a leader of the #FeesMustFall Movement‚ who was dismissed as SRC leader last year following a disciplinary hearing‚ which he followed with racist comments and “I love Hitler” Facebook posts. WATCH: Student protesters have 'ulterior motives', says Blade Nzimande  Mantashe said on the sidelines of the South African Clothing Textile and Allied Workers Union conference in Cape Town on Wednesday” "If you don’t have a responsibility that goes with a right‚ you must actually take away the right. After a year‚ people will know higher education will be important for their future. Dlamini said it was because of statements

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