• Krejcir’s JHB, Vaal properties sold for R17m

    They were auctioned off yesterday, with the one in Bedfordview attracting 4 registered bidders. Radovan Krejcir Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir Radovan Krejcirs properties on auction JOHANNESBURG - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s two houses, one in Bedfordview and another in the Vaal, now have two new separate owners. Eyewitness News understands his Bedfordview mansion was sold for R12,8 million (all inclusive), while his Vaal home was sold for R4,2 million (all inclusive).  The homes were auctioned off yesterday, with the one in Bedfordview attracting four registered bidders. One bidder who participated in the auction in Bedfordview - but pulled out as the price climbed - says he was disappointed

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  • Malusi Gigaba's alleged ex-mistress details scandalous affair, R288,000 cash gift and trips

    New York based stylist, Buhle Mkhize has written an open letter lifting the lid on the  surreptitious affair she allegedly had with Malusi Gigaba. Their dalliance started in July 2014, lasting an entire year. Mkhize who is married says she met Gigaba on Instagram and realised they shared the same sense of humour. "By the end of July he’d started sending me private messages that were very basic at first but quickly graduated to flirting. The messages were flattering but uncomfortable, I am married and had had a relationship with a public figure in the past and hated what comes with it so this wasn’t the route I wanted to take even if I was single," Mkhize said. The exchange of private messages

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  • Siza Mzimela: First black woman to own an airline - Connect

    South African businesswoman, Siza Mzimela, is making history as the first black woman to start and own an airline. About Siza Mzimela According to about.com, Siza Mzimela, founder and CEO of Fly Blue Crane, a start-up South African airline that began taking flights September 2015, with O.R. Tambo International Airport in Jozi as the airline’s operational hub. The start-up has thus far been operating as an airline that offers low cost domestic routes within South Africa. According to About.com, Mzimela has been vocal about eventually expanding her business to have more regional scope: “We hope to expand our flight destinations to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • Malema’s rant ‘crossed the line’ - Politics | IOL News

    Durban - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has now crossed the red line with his “warped logic and rantings” about former president Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal said on Sunday. Malema, himself a former ANCYL leader until his expulsion from the ANC, said at the Oxford Union in the UK on Wednesday that Mandela had sold out the struggle of the people and of South Africa and deviated from the Freedom Charter. Malema has been universally condemned by political parties and civil society for his statements. KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabela said Malema had now taken his “vicious attacks against the icons of South Africa’s

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Comes Face-to-Face With Gays

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will this weekend come face-to-face with gays and lesbians -- whom he has publicly excoriated as being "worse than pigs and dogs" -- when he officially opens the 18th International Conference on Aids and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) (Icasa) in Africa, in Harare on Sunday. It will be held between Sunday and Friday next week, under the theme "Aids in the Post-2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science and Human Rights". The conference will be attended by thousands of people, including leading scientists, policymakers, activists, gays and lesbians, people living with HIV and Aids, as well as government leaders and civil society representatives. In 1995, government shut

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  • Juju backs down on Madiba jibe

    Malema, who is on a week-long visit to the UK, caused a storm back in South Africa when he told an audience during his address to the Oxford Union on Wednesday that "the deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of selling out ... the revolution". He added: "The Nelson we celebrate now is a stage-managed Mandela who compromised the principles of the revolution which are captured in the Freedom Charter." But on Friday night, speaking at an intimate event at the Pan African People's Movement in Tottenham, Malema moderated his remarks. "[Zimbabwean President Robert] Mugabe took it from here to here; Madiba took it from here to here. We cannot complain that 'No, these old men have sold

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  • Top editor ‘was an apartheid spy’ - South Africa | IOL News

    A legendary figure in journalism, who edited the largest and arguably most influential newspaper of the day, was a “mole” working in the interests of the apartheid government, according to a book released this weekend. God, Spies and Lies: Finding South Africa’s Future Through its Past is written by veteran journalist John Matisonn. He says Tertius Myburgh, who edited the Sunday Times between 1975 and 1990, was the editor whom apartheid secret service head General Hendrik van den Bergh boasted he owned. Gordon Winter, who worked as a government spy in several newsrooms, set tongues wagging when he disclosed that Van den Bergh had told him the Bureau of State Security (Boss) had 37 journalists

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  • South Africa: Adjustment of Fuel Prices Effective From 2 Dec 2015

    The Department of Energy herewith informs the public about the fuel prices for December 2015. South Africa's fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, informed by international and local factors. The pump prices for both grades of petrol will increase by 1.0c/l; diesel and the maximum retail price for LPGas will decrease by between 1.8c/l and 4.0c/l, whilst the wholesale price of illuminating paraffin and the single maximum national retail price (SMNRP) will increase by 1.0c/l with effect from 2 December 2015. The main reasons for these fuel price adjustments are the weakening of the Rand against the US Dollar despite the drop in the prices of all petroleum products during the period under review.

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  • Family & friends bid farewell to Jonah Lomu

    Six simple words eloquently summed up the impact Jonah Lomu had on rugby union when New Zealand paid its final respects to the former All Blacks winger on Monday. “Too big, too fast, too much,” Lomu’s high school coach Chris Grinter told the thousands of people who had flocked to Eden Park for a public memorial service. Lomu’s casket was carried to a specially built stage by former team mates, including All Blacks Michael Jones, Frank Bunce and Jerome Kaino.

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  • Is Cyril fit to replace Zuma? - Sunday Independent

    ANC diehards left the National General Council vowing to do better, but Mcebisi Ndletyana sees no change. More than a month has passed since the ANC held its fourth National General Council (NGC) at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand. In the interim, a number of provincial and regional conferences have followed in various parts of the country. This includes KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the Eastern Cape’s regions of OR Tambo, Buffalo City and Joe Ggabi. The latter two are the largest regions in a province that formerly had the biggest ANC membership. That distinction now belongs to KZN. It claimed it in 2012 en route to Mangaung, where Jacob Zuma was re-elected ANC president over the conscientious Kgalema

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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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  • Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame

    His attackers had followed him down a street, keeping their prey at arm's length, waiting for an opening to land the fatal blow. They circled him as, on his knees amid rubbish, he pleaded for mercy. In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The intensity on his attackers' faces showed that he had become a thing to kill - each thrust aimed with ferocity. Around the macabre scene - where children had played and adults had strolled moments before - some now held their hands to their mouths in horror. Others stood seemingly detached, as if watching a movie. The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes. Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just

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  • Aussie company threatens 'biblical smiting' in ongoing Cape row

    Its Australian owner, Mineral Commodities, has been granted rights to mine mineral sands along a remote section of South Africa's coast - and has plans to mine offshore sands as well. And while local residents rally against the mine's alleged wrongdoings, the company's executive chairman, Mark Caruso, has turned to scripture to admonish his opponents. In an e-mail to local stakeholders last month, he threatened to "rain down vengeance" on anybody who opposed him. Caruso quoted the entire biblical passage made famous by a pair of assassins in the Quentin Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction. "From time to time I have sought the Bible for understanding and perhaps I can direct you to Ezekiel 25.17," Caruso

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  • Take back your trains: Prasa seeks refund in dodgy tender debacle

    The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa wants the Spanish company that provided the controversial Afro 4000 trains - found to be unsuitable for the local rail network - to take back its stock and refund the R2.65-billion already paid to it. The deal attracted international headlines when it was discovered earlier this year that the trains were too tall for South Africa's railways. It has also emerged that Prasa executives involved in the deal could face criminal charges for their part in the scandal. Court papers filed this week detail allegations of blatant collusion in the tender process, designed to favour certain individuals from the start. On Friday, Prasa chairman Popo Molefe approached

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  • Russia slaps economic sanctions on Turkey over jet downing

    With the row showing no sign of abating, the Kremlin released the text of a decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin that announced an end to charter flights between the two countries, a ban on Russian businesses hiring any new Turkish nationals and import restrictions on certain Turkish goods. It also asked Russian tour operators to refrain from selling trips to Turkey, normally a top holiday destination for Russian tourists. The Kremlin announcement came just hours after Erdogan made his most conciliatory comments to date over the shooting down of the jet, saying he wished Tuesday’s incident had never happened. Turkey claims the Su-24 warplane strayed into its airspace and ignored repeated warnings to change course, but Russia has insists it did not cross the border from Syria.

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  • Lies won't save SA, Zuma

    The rest of us have been in this state for a very long time, as corruption, poor governance, lack of delivery, crime and lack of leadership have ravaged our country. Many of us have hung our heads in shame as inequality has increased and unemployment has remained an immovable mountain. Many of us have shaken our heads in despair as our leaders have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar. So it was a great pleasure to hear that Zuma understands what the rest of us are going through. Last Tuesday, the president told a group of journalism students that the South African media's reporting is so negative that he feels like fleeing this country at times. "When I go out, people envy South Africans,

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  • Meyiwa murder case: Phalane to step in

    The acting National Police Commissioner has vowed to solve the case and bring closure for the families. Senzo Meyiwa Senzo Meyiwa killed National Police Commissioner JOHANNESBURG - Investigations into the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa have taken a more serious approach, with reports that the acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phalane is assisting investigators.  The Sunday Independent is reporting that Phalane has asked for the dossier so that he can engage with the investigators.  The 27-year-old player was killed at his girlfriend's mother's home in Vosloorus just over a year ago. The investigation into Meyiwa’s murder is now receiving high priority with acting

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  • ‘No serious injuries after SA’s Black Friday frenzy’

    Checkers' marketing director says there were fights between customers over discounted products. Black Friday Black Friday SA JOHANNESBURG - Retailers say there were no serious injuries despite customers fighting over discounted products on "Black Friday". Checkers, which was the first South African retailer to adopt the concept last year, was joined by more than 30 other retailers this year. The concept originated in the United States on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which was historically known as the day on which business began to turn a profit. Checkers' Marketing Director Neil Schreuder says there were some fights between customers over discounted products. “There were one or two incidents

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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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  • DA: Presidential handbook benefit Zuma's 'cronies'

    Sejamothopo Motau’s statements come a day after the Presidency announced that the handbook was officially a public document.  The document provides guidelines for the administrative, logistical, security and general support services to be rendered by the state to the president, his or her spouse and dependent children, and the deputy president and his or her spouse. Motau in a statement said the handbook maximised the potential for lavish and extravagant expenditure. Criticising some of the guidelines, Motau said the 20 page document was “written with Zuma’s lifestyle in mind” and “explains why he has failed to denounce the purchase of a new VIP aircraft for his personal use, at a cost of up

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