• Guptas' opulent mansion irks neighbours - Gauteng

    THE STAR City of Joburg officials are seen entering the Gupta residence in Saxonwold to investigate the complaints. Johannesburg - It’s four floors of luxury that might be empty, but it’s still causing ructions with the neighbours. On Wednesday, the battle between the Gupta family and irate residents of Saxonwold over an “illegally built” mansion that was allegedly devaluing the upmarket Joburg suburb raged on, with City of Joburg officials stepping in to conduct their own inspections. Joining officials during the inspection of the multimillion- rand property was a lawyer representing the Gupta family as well as urban planner Craig Pretorius, who was representing residents belonging to the Saxonwold and Parkwood Residents Association.

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  • Soshanguve councillor takes ANC to court

    A Soshanguve ward councillor has obtained an urgent court interdict allowing him to take part in the upcoming municipal elections after the ANC’s national executive committee unexpectedly replaced him with a female candidate. Judge Natvarlal Ranchod granted an urgent interdict in the high court in Pretoria, restoring Lucas Ngobeni as the duly elected nominee for Ward 89 in Soshanguve. Ngobeni, supported by local community members, took the ANC’s executive committee and the IEC to court after learning that the party had decided to replace him with Maria Skhosana as the ANC nominee for Ward 89. The ANC and Skhosana did not oppose the application and the IEC said it would abide by the court’s decision.

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  • AKA smashes Twitter user: You piece of sh*t. Where is your compassion

    This is what caused the drama: Nick Theodoropoulos tweeted: "Hope the #tornado coverage is not on SABC. Images of its destruction may incite violence and looting. #SABCcensorship" AKA replied with this: The anger continued with AKA taking shots at political parties: "Don't even get me started on The DA using Mandela's name to campaign. White privilege has now, truly .... Lost its mind and its bearings." "Mandela was considered the head of a "terrorist organization" ....today he's a part of their narrative." "Did Mandela ever denounce the ANC or Jacob Zuma? .... Ok, I get it ... So he died and made you his spokesperson. Gotcha!" Extreme weather conditions have hit various parts of South Africa

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  • 'All whites must be hacked and killed'

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party was looking into a matter that allegedly involves one of its members. A screenshot bearing what appears to be the name of EFF member Thabo Mabotja is making the rounds on social media. In the screenshot are the words “All white people must be hacked and killed”. Mabotja could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the matter. The Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) was also reportedly trying to contact him to summon him for an official investigation, but could also not locate him on Thursday. Ndlozi said the party was aware of the incident, but they were still looking into the factuality

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  • 'The Wexit is coming'

    It was on the provincial ballot of the Western Cape in the South African general elections of 2009, where it received 2,552 votes, or 0.13% of the vote. The party complained bitterly that their posters were removed from poles by other parties. Miller told eNCA on Tuesday that his “agenda is to get 5 000 votes in this election”, as that would give his party one seat in the Cape Town council, which would allow him to “bring his message to the political realm of South Africa”. He said the party’s agenda was “greater autonomy for the Western Cape” and, if they were to get majority in the Western Cape, they would declare the province an independent country. The channel’s Lester Kiewit called this

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just one week, and I think most of the negative comments about the show have been emotional. "Obviously management would have to do a thorough evaluation

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  • Frugal Cassper rents his house out online for R2K a night

    Keegan Dolly took a morning plane on Thursday from OR Tambo International to Sao Paulo in excited mood as participation in this year's Olympic Games follows fast on the heels of Mamelodi Sundowns reaching the semifinals of the African Champions League.

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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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  • Nigeria: Nigerians Convicted of Drug Smuggling to be Executed in Indonesia

    Indonesia will execute 14 drug convicts including Nigerians this weekend, the attorney general said yesterday, stepping up a "war on drugs" that has drawn international condemnation. Those to be executed will include nationals of Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India, H. Muhammad Prasetyo told journalists at the state palace. News of the impending executions prompted condemnation from the United Nations and the European Union. "We understand that there is a camp that does not agree with us, but no matter what, this is not a pleasant work but it still has to be done," Prasetyo said, adding that notifications had been sent to the foreign embassies. He did not say which day of the weekend the executions

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  • Zimbabwe: If not Mugabe, then who?

    On Wednesday, Robert Mugabe had an instruction for members of my tribe. “Journalists, tell those you are representing that Robert Mugabe is still here, well and strong. This is me, and my people are going to have me for some time,” he said, in a rousing speech delivered at a supporters rally in Harare. We won’t be implementing this instruction on these pages. Mugabe’s right on one thing: yes, he’s still here, he’s still in charge. But no one’s quite sure for how long, because recent events have left the Zimbabwean president weaker than ever before. The #ThisFlag campaign represents an unprecedented expression of people power which if harnessed effectively could topple the whole system, Arab Spring-style.

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  • Zuma’s Nkandla tax bill is R63.9m - DA

    Towards the end of last month, National Treasury found that President Jacob Zuma should pay R7.8 million for non-security upgrades to his private Nkandla home. This came after the Constitutional Court in March ordered him to pay back a portion of the R250 million spent on the homestead, leaving the quantum up to treasury. In a unanimous judgment read out by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, the court instructed the National Treasury to determine an amount to be paid by Zuma within 60 days for “luxuries” added to his Nkandla home and gave the president 45 days to then personally pay that amount. Maimane says, in terms of the Seventh Schedule of the Income Tax Act, Zuma owes money to the South African Revenue Service, and by extension, the people of South Africa for the benefits he derived from the upgrade to Nkandla.

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  • Dangote’s profit slides - Companies

    Dangote Cement signalled it may ease the pace of adding new capacity amid foreign exchange constraints in its home market of Nigeria, as Africa’s largest producer of the building material reported a decline in first-half profit. Profit for the six months through June declined to 106.3 billion naira ($342 million) from 123.1 billion naira a year earlier, the Lagos-based company said in a filing to the Nigeria Stock Exchange on Thursday. “We have achieved a commendable result, given the very challenging situation in our main market and general economic weakening across Africa,” CEO Onne van der Weijde said in an e-mailed statement. While the company remains committed to its ambitious plans, “we are taking a more measured approach to the roll-out of new capacity across Africa,” he said.

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  • Zimbabwe: A Rand Budget

    THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and government have clearly explained their disdain for widespread use of the United States dollar by locals under a hard currency regime, saying use of the greenback has been detrimental to the economy. The reason, they argue, is that people are using the US dollar as a store of value, and that foreigners have used Zimbabwe as a hunting ground for the currency since the country adopted a multiple currency regime in 2009. Consequently, there has been a depletion of the stock of US dollar notes in the economy, which has been exacerbated by a widening trade deficit, which has essentially amounted to an export of cash. Moreover, the strength of the US dollar has

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  • Nigeria: Meet the 'Yahoo Boys'

    Many undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraud. Nicknamed "yahoo-yahoo" after the international web portal and search engine, this perfidy has become a way of life for the young con-artists. Many of these fraudsters - dubbed "yahoo-boys" - have become filthy rich. Some have been caught by the law. In April 2012, Olasaidi Dare, an undergraduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for an attempt to obtain money under false pretences in a cyber-café. On June 5 2012, a Federal High Court in Kaduna State sentenced Imonina Kingsley, of the University of Ilorin, to 20 years' imprisonment. He defrauded an Australian of US$1,000

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  • Denel wins Gupta business rescue case - Business News

    Johannesburg - Denel on Wednesday said it felt vindicated from allegations of being co-opted by the Gupta family after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed an urgent business rescue application made by LMT Holdings against the state-owned defence conglomerate. The application for business rescue brought by LMT Holdings, a Denel subsidiary, was dismissed with costs by the same court on Tuesday due to the applicants’ failure to make out a case supporting their application. LMT is a local vehicle engineering and manufacturing company that is 51 percent-owned and supported by Denel. In a statement, Denel said the applicants failed to put before the court and the respondents a replying

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  • Land rights act is entirely invalid, Constitutional Court judges declare

    THE Constitutional Court on Thursday declared invalid a law that reopened a process for blacks to make claims on land taken from them during the apartheid era, citing lack of consultation before the law was passed. The Restitution of Land Rights Bill was among the first laws passed by the country’s first democratic government in November 1994. Many people failed to claim their land in an initial period from 1995 to 1998, however, and President Jacob Zuma gave them fresh rights to make claims when he signed the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act on June 30 2014. The top court said Parliament had failed to allow for proper consultation before passing the law to reopen the window to make land claims.

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • How to sell a R5 coin for R50000

    The R5 coins with the face of former president Nelson Mandela have a special nostalgic appeal, and the most recently issued one was to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. But would you believe it if you were told that one of these 90th birthday coins sold for R2.5 million? Others sell for anything between R50 000 and a couple of thousand rands. These, remember, are simply R5 coins. There is nothing special or rare about them – more than 22 million were issued by the South African Mint. But a lucrative trade has developed in which clever sellers convince gullible buyers that certain R5 Mandela coins are extremely rare and are therefore worth a lot of money. Any coins could be sold in this way,

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  • Policy not set by Eskom CEO, says Gordhan

    FINANCE Minister Pravin Gordhan appeared to take a swipe at Eskom CEO Brian Molefe on Wednesday, saying the utility boss was "not qualified to make policy statements". This comes after it emerged recently that Eskom was looking to discontinue the programme to procure renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs). Responding to questions during a meeting with journalists in Port Elizabeth to outline the ANC’s plan for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Gordhan said the IPPs programme was still a key state policy. "It (the programme) is an important part (of the energy mix) going into the future.… The policy still stands and the Eskom CEO (Brian Molefe) is not qualified to make a policy

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  • Bobby 'loving' new-look Chiefs

    Amakhosi's football manager believes coach Steve Komphela has been given something to work with as Chiefs prepare to parade a new-look squad in the 2016-17 season, after going without a trophy in 2015-16. Yesterday Chiefs added two more youngsters - striker Ryan Moon and centreback Siyabonga Ngezana - to the squad. Motaung said, along with new signings such as rightback Ramahlwe Mphahlele from Mamelodi Sundowns, and forwards Edmore Chirambadare and Mitchell Katsvairo from Zimbabwe's Chicken Inn, the additions had brought a new energy to Chiefs. "I'm loving this team. I'm loving it. Since the pre-season we've been with these boys and the energy is wonderful," he said. Left-back Sibusiso Khumalo

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