• Zim’s Mr Ugly ‘too handsome’ to win - Back Page | IOL News

    Harare, Zimbabwe - Pageant judges have crowned a new winner of for Zimbabwe's 4th annual Mister Ugly contest, upsetting supporters of the crowd favourite and prompting rioting at the event. Judges chose Milton Sere on Saturday, citing his numerous missing front teeth and a wide range of grotesque facial expressions, over William Masvinu, who has held the title since 2012. Masvinu and his supporters mobbed the judges upon hearing their decision, claiming that Sere was “too handsome” to win and his ugliness wasn't natural since it was based on missing teeth. Judges said Sere, 42, made a “tremendous effort to enhance his ugliness by pulling facial stunts,” while Masvinu did not try hard enough.

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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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  • Idols SA winners: Where Are They Now? - Tonight TV & Radio

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Karabo Mogane is crowned as the winner of Idols.  Karabo Mogane was crowned Idols winner 2015, walking away with a prize package worth R1.2m, a recording contract with Universal Music Africa and will also be in the audience at the spectacular live American Idol final in the US next year.

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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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  • Free Palestine – Zuma

    There were murmurings last night by a section of the crowd at the South African Jewish Board of Deputies biennial national conference in Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City casino when President Jacob Zuma called for the establishment of a sovereign Palestine state. “We believe that the key to peace in the Middle-East will be the establishment of a sovereign Palestine state … with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Zuma said. “That can only become true by peaceful negotiations by all affected parties without any pre-conditions.” But this did not go down well with a section of the crowd. Zuma said the government holds the view that the support of Palestine people is not against the existence and safety

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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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  • Belgians fight terrorism with cat pics - World News | IOL News

    When Belgian police requested social media silence during a series of anti-terrorism raids on Sunday, they might have expected a catty response from the Internet. In fact people politely complied but with a surreal twist, as thousands tweeted pictures of their feline friends when the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown went viral. It began when Defence Minister Steven Vandeput tweeted: “Police are asking the public not to report their movements on social media, please support & rt #BrusselsLockdown.” Frustrated and anxious after the city spent a second day on its top state of alert as authorities intensified their hunt for a key Paris attacks suspect, Belgian twitter users responded bizarrely. Instead

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  • Botswana to award contract for 300 MW coal-fired power plant

    GABORONE — Botswana will award a contract to build a 300 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station this week that could transform the southern African nation to be an exporter of electricity by 2018, the mining and energy minister said on Monday. "Hopefully the decision will be made by Thursday," Mining, energy and water minister Kitso Mokaila told a diamond conference in Gaborone, adding that construction on the Morupule plant could start next year. Botswana, which is facing both electricity and water shortages, slashed its 2015 growth forecasts by almost half to 2.6% in September due mainly to a drop in diamond prices. Botswana is the world’s top producer of diamonds by value. The Morupule plant,

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  • Get real, white South Africa

    We did it in 1910 when the Union of South Africa was birthed by the British. We did it in 1948 when our new apartheid laws turned us into the most unethically dressed nation in Africa. We did it again in 1961 when the National Party declared South Africa a republic, free from the British Commonwealth. Our newest outfit, the dress from our historic Autumn/Winter 1994 collection, is now 21 years old, and evidently in tatters. Unfortunately, South Africa has never fundamentally changed over the years, we simply changed clothes. The greatest problem we face as a nation is not our neo-liberal imperialist economy that favours US and British capitalist endeavours. It's not that the police criminalise

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  • EFF seeks funding abroad – analyst

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party will advocate the economic emancipation of African people during a four-day tour in the United Kingdom, according to party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. An EFF delegation, which includes Ndlozi, party leader Julius Malema and his deputy, Floyd Shivambu, was due to depart for the United Kingdom last night. Ndlozi told The Citizen Monday the EFF was in demand around the globe. “Since the EFF was established in 2013, it has received a lot of invitations from all over the world. “We have been asked over and over again to come over. We have decided to visit the United Kingdom this time.” He said the EFF had received invitations from universities, activists

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  • Sanco infighting may harm ANC - Cape Times

    Michael Nkalane and Quinton Mtyala NEXT year’s local government elections, and places on the ANC’s list of proportional representatives, are believed to be behind the disputed election of the SA National Civics Organisation(Sanco) provincial leadership. But the ANC’s provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs says no places would be reserved for Sanco on the party’s list of proportional councillors, and that every candidate will be chosen on merit. Yesterday, Sanco’s former provincial task team charged that the organisation had no provincial leadership, insisting that the process which saw Sam Ndzunga elected as provincial chairman was flawed. Sanco’s former provincial co-ordinator Andile Ndevu said:

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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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  • Grace Mugabe courts controversy - again - Africa | IOL News

    Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has put her foot in her mouth - again! The wife of Zimbabwean veteran ruler Robert Mugabe came under fire on Twitter after she said that women who walk around wearing mini skirts invite men to drool over them, and so they cannot complain when raped. Well known for her acid tongue and quick temper, Grace has a talent for getting under people's skin. We look at other things she has said or done that caused controversy. Related Stories

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  • Twitter reacts to #IdrisElba visa row - Travel News | IOL Travel

    Johannesburg - When folks report that celebrities have been turned back for not complying with travel laws, are they suggesting special laws for them? Spokesperson for the Department of Home Affairs Mayihlome Tshwete posed this question to Twitter followers, after some people were up in arms that UK-born actor Idris Elba cancelled his trip to South Africa because he did not have the necessary documents for his daughter who was accompanying him on the trip. Tshwete asked that question when people attacked the government for their controversial and stricter laws that govern the travelling of children in and out of the country. He also said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was stopped and searched

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  • ANALYSIS: Why South Africans need to can soft drinks

    Obesity Health Cold Drink Soft drinks Aviva Tugendhaft and Karen Hofman project that SA will have 1.2 million more obese adults by 2017. If South Africans don’t drastically reduce the number of cool drinks, juices and sugar-sweetened beverages they drink every day, there will be more than nine million obese adults in the country by 2017.  Just three years ago, the country hit the mark of eight million obese people, making it the most obese nation on the continent and joining the likes of global heavyweights such as Mexico and the US. The 2017 projection, captured in our study, means there will be 1.2 million more obese adults in South Africa. And more than one-quarter of these people will be

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  • Putin rages as Turkey shoots down Russian fighter jet

    ANKARA — North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) member Turkey on Tuesday shot down a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border, an act President Vladimir Putin said would have "serious consequences" for ties between two key protagonists in the Syria war. The Turkish army said the aircraft was shot down by two F-16s after violating Turkish airspace 10 times within a five-minute period, an account challenged by Moscow which said it was over Syria. Turkish television pictures showed the jet exploding and crashing in a ball of flames into a Syrian mountain. Turkish media said one pilot had been captured by rebel forces in Syria after both ejected by parachute while Syrian opposition sources said

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  • Mathews Phosa takes swipe at Zuma over 'ANC comes first' comment

    “The country and its people must come first,” Phosa said in his keynote address at the 13th Annual Business Awards in Kempton Park. He said no organisation or individual must come before South Africa. Phosa’s comments come as Zuma was at pains to explain and justify his comments at the ANC KwaZulu-Natal provincial conference earlier this month. His utterances also took centre stage when Zuma appeared in parliament for this year’s last presidential question and answer session. Phosa said leaders should not compromise ethics and democracy. He said South Africa’s path to success was through the Bill of Rights. In a wide-ranging speech, Phosa, a former Treasurer General of the ANC and Mpumalanga

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  • DA demands removal of minister after she ‘drops the ball’ on work permits

    THE government’s job-creation efforts are being undermined by the tardiness of the Department of Labour in issuing work permits for skilled personnel, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday. DA MPs have demanded the removal of Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant for her underperformance in key areas of her portfolio and for being "missing in action". However, a report received by the American Chamber of Commerce by one of the leading companies involved in the processing of work permits indicated that things had improved significantly over the last year and were running smoothly. DA labour spokesman Ian Ollis said he and fellow MPs had received numerous complaints daily from skilled workers

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  • Nigeria: MTN Hit With More Fines

    Apart from facing a $5.2bn fine in Nigeria, mobile network MTN has this year already paid millions of rands in other penalties, according to regulators. MTN announced in October that it's been fined $5.2bn by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for failing to disconnect up to five million unregistered SIM cards in that country. Talks between the mobile network and the NCC are ongoing regarding the mega fine, which has been described as the world's largest by Denmark-based Strand Consult. MTN is Nigeria's biggest mobile network with over 60 million subscribers. But MTN has been hit with other multi-million naira fines between July and September this year, according to the NCC's compliance

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