• Community Post: 8 Important Life Lessons We Learned From Nicki Minaj Songs

    Beneath her eccentric style and suggestive lyrics, there are some valuable life lessons to be found.

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  • Tide turning against Zuma in KZN - Politics | IOL News

    For the first time in nearly nine years KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC’s biggest and most powerful province, appears to be fragmented and patchy, its closely-guarded unity having all but vanished. Gone are the days when KwaZulu-Natal jumped hurdle after hurdle in ensuring the tsunami that is President Jacob Zuma entrenched all political hegemony. With all 11 regions having held their conference and the eThekwini region emerging under murky conditions, it has become a known secret that the tide is turning. Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala is known to be a Zuma man, but he is haplessly watching his grip slip as rebellion takes form.

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  • Jihadi John tried to enter SA

    According to British media, Emwazi was arrested as he tried to force his way past a security checkpoint onto a Johannesburg-bound flight without a passport. Emwazi has beheaded several Islamic State hostages over the past year. It is reported that at the time of his arrest in Tanzania he was with two members of Somalia-based Islamic terrorist organisation al-Shabab: Bilal Berjawi and Mohamed Sakr. It is not clear why Emwazi wanted to fly to Johannesburg.

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  • Teen Allegedly Urged Friend To Kill Himself, Then Tweeted How Much She Missed Him

    Moments before 18-year-old Conrad Roy was going to kill himself last summer, he had second thoughts and climbed out of his running truck. The message allegedly came from Michelle Carter, who police now say sent Roy a series of texts in the last days of his life encouraging him to commit suicide. Roy apparently listened; police later found him dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. In a report, police said that before dying, Roy told Carter “he was scared and didn’t want to leave his family,” the Sun Chronicle reported.

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  • SA’s US ambassador in new ‘dodgy degree’ drama - City Press

    South Africa’s new ambassador to Washington, DC, Mninwa Mahlangu, has set tongues wagging in the US after it emerged that he may have received his distance-learning degree from an unaccredited institution. Mahlangu has, however, insisted his qualification is solid. In his official short bio, submitted for the ambassadorial position – Mahlangu’s first – he counts a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Fairfax in 1995 as among his qualifications. The Louisiana-based Fairfax University was established in 1986 and discontinued in 2004 when, according to Wikipedia, it relocated to the Cayman Islands.

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  • AKA, Nyovest beef still sizzling - City Press

    Cassper Nyovest and rapper AKA are still at war. In December the pair publicly shook hands and claimed they had settled a long-running beef marked by insults, shoving and – on one occasion – a gun being drawn. “They did not even sit next to each other throughout the shoot,” the second source told City Press. Both sources said AKA and Cassper Nyovest determinedly continued to ignore each other, even as they stood together for photographs.

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  • Malema supporters take over EFF in KZN

    Several Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members, who were among the founding leaders of the party in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), have been ousted from their positions following a hastily convened provincial elective assembly where they were replaced by supporters of party leader Julius Malema amid accusations of vote rigging and flouting of processes. Members of the media who had waited the entire day for proceedings to begin on Saturday had to leave after EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu told them the opening session was not open to the media. The most important thing for us is that the assembly went very well,” said Vukani Ndlovu, who was elected new EFF leader in KZN.

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  • Mugabe’s 91st birthday bash - PICS - Africa | IOL News

    The elephant might have been in the room but it was not on the menu, after all, at Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s 91st birthday party at the Elephant Hills hotel in the country’s premier tourist attraction, Victoria Falls, on Saturday. Although Zanu PF supporter Tendai Musasa, who farms on disputed game land in the area, had promised to shoot a couple of elephant, buffalo, possibly a crocodile and other game for the dinner, none arrived at the hotel in the end. All 1060 hotel rooms were booked well before the festivities and the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe said “a couple of hundred” more rooms in the bed and breakfast lodges and rooms in private houses were also booked.

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  • Zimbabwe: Uebert Angel - From Grace to Grass

    Flamboyant and sharp tongued, Prophet Angel made his way into the public glare in 2011, championing the gospel of prosperity. The tall and lanky prophet, who dressed with a flourish, quickly became one of the most sought after prophets locally and regionally. Fondly referred to as "Papa" or "Major" by his congregants at Spirit Embassy, the youthful prophet - whose collection of flashy cars endeared him to the youthful group in his church - was unapologetic about his boastful tirades. Brash and just as captivating as her husband, Beverly - who is the co-founder and vice-president and overseer of Spirit Embassy - soon had the masses eating right out of her dainty hands.

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  • ‘How we found Zephany’ - Weekend Argus

    An astonishing coincidence has led to the discovery of Zephany Nurse stolen from her mother s arms in Groote Schuur Hospital as a newborn 17 years ago. A DNA test has confirmed that Zephany, now in matric at a Cape Town school, is the daughter of Celeste and Morn� Nurse (who are seen here outside the Magistrate's Court after the hearing), who lost their three-day-old daughter when she was snatched from Celeste's arms in her hospital bed in April 1997. INFORMAL chitchat to his daughter’s new best friend, and the casual mention of her birthday triggered a suspicion in Cape Town father Morné Nurse that the teenager could be Zephany, the daughter he’d been searching for over 17 years.

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  • SAA chief in fake e-mails drama - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Private investigator Paul O’Sullivan this week tried to get the chairwoman of South African Airways to resign from her position using fake documents. The Sunday Independent is in possession of fake overseas bank statements and e-mail communication between Dudu Myeni, her lawyers and O’Sullivan, which show the famed investigator demanding her resignation based on fake overseas bank documents. O’Sullivan, who is credited with several corruption-busting investigations – including the conviction of the late former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi – accused Myeni of having received millions of rand from illegal deals involving an SAA tender and the Gauteng e-tolls contract.

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  • These Stunning Photographs From Around The World Are Shortlisted For Sony's Photo Award

    Professionals and amateurs alike compete to be the world's best photographer.

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  • Will Smith Has Come Back Down To Earth

    Two years ago, Will Smith faced something he’d never experienced before: An unforgiving box office belly-flop. Not only did After Earth open in third place with just $27.5 million — a pittance for a sci-fi adventure with a reported $130 million budget — but it opened up Smith and his son and costar Jaden Smith to a degree of unrelenting ridicule that the elder Smith had astutely avoided since he catapulted to stardom in 1995’s Independence Day. The movie did earn a face-saving $183.3 million overseas, maintaining Smith’s reputation as a global box office draw. Instead, the movie suggests a kind of new normal for Smith, neither a return to his 2000s height as the world’s biggest movie star, nor a collapse into the sad swamp of Hollywood has-beens.

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  • Black lawyers blast Mbete - City Press

    Black lawyers’ organisations are furious that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, hires expensive, white-male advocates to win court cases involving Parliament. The chairperson of Advocates for Transformation, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, said the chief justice had repeatedly appealed to all sectors of government to promote the transformation of the legal profession by appointing black advocates, but it appeared even Parliament could not be bothered. “Sometimes, when you ask some government attorneys why they are not appointing black advocates, they say: ‘We want people who are going to win the case,’” Ntsebeza said.

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  • Police Find Lupita Nyong'o's Pearl-Studded Oscar Dress

    Save the pearls. Update: Nyong'o's dress was discovered Friday back in the hotel where it was originally stolen.

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  • Middle class must save itself from collapse - City Press

    This week we report that banks repossessed almost 5 000 cars from the country’s middle class in the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces. Last week, City Press reported on a government tender requesting private companies to help tackle the massive debt burden of civil servants. An increase in personal tax, sin taxes, the fuel levy, e-tolls and petrol over the next few months following this year’s budget speech will stretch the already burdened middle class even further. This is a sign that life is becoming increasingly tough for the middle class in South Africa.

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  • Iraq launches offensive to retake Tikrit - World News | IOL News

    REUTERS A Shi'a fighter holds prayer beads as he prays at Udhaim dam, north of Baghdad. About 30 000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadist positions in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group's main strongholds. Government forces have been working their way north in recent months, notching up key victories against IS but Tikrit, which has resisted them several times, is their toughest target yet. Building on recent successes, commanders voiced hope that the broadest operation since IS overran swathes of the country last June would be a step towards the liberation of Mosul, the jihadists' main hub in Iraq.

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  • I felt like a kid - Mourinho - Soccer Cup Competitions

    AP Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he felt like a kid after claiming the first trophy of his second Stamford Bridge tenure. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he felt “like a kid” after claiming the first trophy of his second Stamford Bridge tenure with a League Cup final victory over Tottenham Hotspur. A deflected John Terry strike and a Kyle Walker own goal gave Chelsea a 2-0 win at a rain-soaked Wembley on Sunday and earned Mourinho his third success in the competition after two triumphs during his first spell as the west London club's manager.

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  • SA’s spies run for cover - City Press

    Within hours of Al Jazeera releasing the first reports about the leaked so-called spy cables, South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) sent a chartered jet to “extract” at least four senior intelligence agents from their posts in Africa. A source in the SSA told City Press one agent was based in Cameroon and the other three were elsewhere on the continent. It happened very fast,” a source close to the SSA said. “The leaks caused chaos in the SSA, and especially among the agents abroad.

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  • Ghana/Nigeria: FIFA Stops Ghana, Nigeria Friendly

    World football governing body (FIFA) has cancelled the proposed international friendly duel between the Nigeria's Super Eagles and the Black Stars of Ghana this month in London. FIFA said that it is against their regulations which states that no country should play two games across two continents in three days. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had earlier announced that the Super Eagles would play Bolivia on March 26 in Uyo, and then take on the Black Stars on 29 March in London, but the friendly has now been scuttled.

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