• Petrol price hike: S.Africans urged to cut costs

    As motorists brace themselves for next week’s fuel price increase, South Africans have been urged to find areas where they can cut their expenses. The Energy Department announced last night that the price of petrol will go up by 96 cents a litre while a litre of diesel will cost 74 cents more. The petrol price is expected to go up from 4 March and will be the first increase in the fuel price after it hit record lows last year. The last time petrol increased was in April last year by 7 cents a litre and before that in March when it increased by 36 cents a litre.

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  • 'Senzo's killing ushered me to God'

    The horror scene of the cold-blooded murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa still lingers in Sello "Chicco" Twala's son's memory. Longwe Twala was among those who witnessed the brutal killing of Meyiwa at Kelly Khumalo's Vosloorus home. Khumalo's children, Christian and Thingo, as well as her mother, Ntombi, and her sister Zandi were in the house during the shooting. In seeking help after the tragedy, Longwe has found solace in God.

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  • Envoy quiet after fake CV exposed - Politics | IOL News

    South Africa’s ambassador to Japan, Mohau Pheko, was lying low on Friday after revelations that she claimed to have a doctorate on her CV that she never received. Amid calls from the opposition DA for her immediate recall and suspension, a tired-sounding Pheko initially answered a call from Independent Newspapers around 10pm Japanese time, but ended it abruptly when she was asked to confirm the story. The Financial Mail reported that Pheko had made the same claim on her CV when she was posted to Canada in 2010, but had corrected it when the Canadians raised the alarm. The Department of International Relations and Co-operation declined to comment, as did the Canadian high commission and the Japanese embassy.

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  • Spies warned SA Jews of threats - Western Cape | IOL News

    YOUTUBE Screen grabs from a one and a half minute youtube clip that suggests a version of Wikileaks that applies to South Africa. Synagogues around the country strengthened security measures a few months ago following a terrorist attack threat. This has emerged after secret documents revealed this week that al-Qaeda operatives had planned to attack a Jewish conference in Cape Town. A State Security Agency counterterrorism document, leaked to Al Jazeera and published this week on the news network’s website, mentioned the planned terrorist attack against a Jewish conference in Cape Town.

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  • South Africa: R15 Million Worth of Drugs, Seven Arrested in Sandton Sting

    Seven suspects have been arrested in Sandton, Johannesburg, for allegedly dealing drugs worth R15 million, the Hawks said on Friday. Police found 42kg of Crystal Methamphetamine, commonly known as Tik, in one of the rooms of a hotel in Sandton. One suspect was found with a further 14kg of Tik in his vehicle," spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said on Friday. The suspects, aged between 30 and 51, will appear before the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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  • My successor 'may not be a vice president': Mugabe

    Longtime president Robert Mugabe has insisted he will "never" choose a successor, while hinting that the person who takes his place may not be one of Zimbabwe's two vice presidents. Never!" Mugabe said in an interview shown late Friday on state ZBC television ahead of his 91st birthday party. "A successor can come from any level of the party, but usually the top levels -- the central committee, the politburo. Mugabe recently appointed two deputies, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko after sacking Zimbabwe's first-ever female vice president Joice Mujuru.

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  • Zuma, a burden to ANC and society - South Africans must demand the best in office

    The question was not answered, for the column sought mainly to illustrate that South Africa is in the throes of serious political problems. The pandemonium that broke out at the State of the Nation Address (Sona) brings back Popper's question like a ghost that will not stop haunting the living until they meet all its demands. Here it is: a morally and intellectually compromised leader of a political party is a burden not only to his party, but to society as a whole. Eugene Terre'Blanche was a leader of the AWB, but he was a burden for the rest of South Africa.

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  • EFF to begin massive land occupation campaign

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it will begin a massive land occupation campaign in the City of Tshwane next week and will hold meetings with communities on how this will transpire over the next two days.

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  • High court dismisses Agang's urgent application

    The Western Cape High Court on Friday dismissed an urgent application lodged by Agang SA to postpone the scheduling of a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, Parliament said. Debate on the no confidence motion which Agang proposed was scheduled to take place in the National Assembly on March 3. “The party took the matter to court demanding that National Assembly Speaker Ms Baleka Mbete not preside over the debate because of her assumed partiality,” Parliament said in a statement.

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  • Maria Sharapova withdraws because of stomach viru

    Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew Friday before her Mexico Open semifinal against Caroline Garcia of France because of a stomach virus.

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  • Tributes pour in for ‘Mr Spock’ - Movies | Tonight

    REUTERS Leonard Nimoy, cast member of the new film "Star Trek Into Darkness", poses as he arrives at the film's premiere in Hollywood in this 2013, file photo. “Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy,” said Obama, who recalled meeting the Boston-born Nimoy with the Vulcan salute in 2007.

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  • Zimbabwe: The Ritesh Anand - Zimbabwe an Awakening Giant Don't Be Caught Napping

    Zimbabwe is "back in business" according to the Reserve Bank governor, John Mangudya. There are growing signs of optimism as investors flock to Zimbabwe in search of investment opportunities. Zimbabwe has remained isolated for more than decade due primarily to sanctions imposed on the country following the land reform programme initiated in 2000. The frosty relations between Zimbabwe, Europe and the US appear to be thawing though making Zimbabwe an attractive investment destination.

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  • Zambia: Katanga Governor Denounces Fake News in Zambian Online Media

    Katanga province governor Moise Katumbi has reacted angrily to stories on Zambian online media linking him to shady deals in the country. Katumbi, the govenor of Africa's richest mineral province in the Democratic Republic of Congo says anyone reporting about him in that manner must be confused. "I have never signed any arms deal on behalf of Zambia. There are so many stories in Zambia that can be reported; stories that can take the country forward and not lies," he said.

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  • South Africa: Lobola APP Gives South African Bride Price

    Paying lobola, dowry, or bride price is a custom in many parts of the world and calculating it is steeped in tradition. Lobola is the name given to bride price in the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi cultures which span the southern tip of Africa. It is a custom in which the family of the bridegroom man pays the family of the bride for her hand in marriage and has been in existence for centuries. The bride's family, or in most cases her male relatives, decides how much to demand from the bridegroom in the form of cash and live cows.

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  • Nigeria: Capturing Shekau Alive and Other Conspiracy Theories

    The above statement by President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has sparked off a fresh round of debate and with it came several conspiracy theories. It is good to notice the renewed confidence in Nigeria's military as well as its government in the lingering war against terror, since the controversial six-week postponement of the general elections; a period security chiefs asked for, to wipe out the dreaded Boko Haram Islamist sect once and for all.

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  • EFF to tackle Nkandla, NPA in Zuma question session - City Press

    The Economic Freedom Fighters will ask President Jacob Zuma about the impact of his own legal woes on the criminal justice system when he appears in the National Assembly next month, according to an order paper released yesterday. It will return to the Nkandla controversy, but in a question to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In a two-part question scheduled for March 11, EFF leader Julius Malema will ask Zuma to respond to perceptions that institutions are being destabilised to shield him from prosecution for corruption. “In light of the challenges experienced by the criminal justice institutions under his leadership, the uncertainty surrounding the future of the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, the fact that the Special Investigating Unit is without a head, and the future of the Hawks’ leader which is now under threat, what is he doing to ensure that there is stability in these units?” reads the question, according to the order paper.

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  • What’s it like to have China build you a port? Ask Cameroon

    China is investing in ports from Malaysia to Mozambique as part of its vision for a Maritime Silk Road (MSR) linking eastern China with Europe via the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and Mediterranean Sea. With the ambitious plan drawing more attention to the pros and cons of Chinese investment in other countries’ maritime infrastructures, it’s a good time to look at how one such project played out: The Kribi Port project in Cameroon. Cameroon’s largest port is in Douala, which accounts for 95 percent of Cameroon’s imports and exports.

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  • America's Allies In The War On ISIS See Enemies Everywhere

    A Kurdish soldier wheeled a pickup past some buildings smashed in a recent ISIS advance and cast a wary glance at an Arab village down the road. The frontline was a few miles away, a long canal that cuts through the oil-producing city of Kirkuk. Kurdish forces were dug in on one side and ISIS on the other. Kirkuk has been one of the toughest battlegrounds for ethnic Kurdish forces, known as the peshmerga, in their U.S.-backed war with ISIS.

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  • Justin Bieber kicks off 21st birthday celebrations

    The 'Boyfriend' hitmaker, who is set to celebrate the milestone on Sunday, kicked off his celebrations early after John and Sammy Shahidi presented him with a 1965 Lincoln Continental last night. Justin was clearly thrilled with the gift as he spent much of last night driving it up and down the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, according to gossip website TMZ.com. The insider said the car looks similar to the one that features in the opening credits of 'Entourage,' which was one of Justin's favourite TV shows. The singer is gearing up to star in a Comedy Central Roast as part of his birthday celebrations, during which a number of comedians including Kevin Hart will poke fun at him.

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  • Nigeria: Police Nab Robbery Gang Leader in Benin, Recover Cars

    The leader of a suspected notorious armed robbery gang has been arrested by men of the State Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Edo State Police Command. The suspect whose name was given by the police as Chinadu Okocha was said to have been on police wanted list for some months and was also alleged to be the leader of a four-man armed robbery gang that has been terrorizing Edo and Delta States for some months. According to report, the suspect in company of his gang members, now at large, are said to be notorious car snatchers in Benin City. The gang was also alleged to have so far carried out over six armed robbery operations where cars of different brands were snatched.

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