• Former Metro FM DJ's furniture sold to pay off debt

    Lebyane owed R65 830 to Fiona Hudgson, and though she had made payments towards her debt, the sheriff of the court sold her furniture to recover the rest of the money. According to Sunday Sun, Lebyane defaulted on payments in 2012, with the matter being taken to court in 2014. Lebyane’s goods were attached by the Randburg Magistrates’ Court and sold off recently. Some of the goods sold include a four-piece bedroom suite, double-door fridge, washing machine, seven-piece dining room suite, gas heater, three TVs, microwave, dishwasher and coffee table. Lebyane told the weekly she was indebted to Hudgson but hade made plans to pay her. She was surprised to learn her furniture was sold to recover

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  • Minister Zwane wanted SA Reserve Bank role changed after Gupta blacklisting – report

    This formed part of an inter-ministerial committee he led to investigate why South Africa’s top banks blacklisted the Gupta family, who are friends with President Jacob Zuma, and their businesses after allegations of state capture. Currently, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is the authority that controls bank licences, but Business Day has a memo authenticated by “individuals in the financial and regulatory arena” that shows Zwane’s recommendations to Cabinet that would put the power of the banks in the powerful political seat. “Zwane’s recommendation (which occurred a few months ago) to the Cabinet was that the Banks Act, which makes provision for the bank to appoint a registrar who has the authority to license banks, be amended,” Business Day deputy editor Carol Paton revealed on Wednesday. “The banking supervision standards and regime are based on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, as well as standards applied by the IMF and other multilateral organisations,” she explained.

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  • Pastor Mboro defends his new R2 million BMW: 'God is rewarding me'

    Soon after Mboro flaunted his flashy BMW i8, which retails in the country for about R2 million, eyebrows were raised and Twitter users took to the social media platform to lambaste the pastor, with some labelling him a "false prophet." In response to the slew of backlash, Mboro explained that his latest splurge is one of the ways in which God has changed his life, after embarking on an 8-week journey, called Incredible 8 Weeks, where he apparently prayed for God to transform people's lives, including his. Pastor Mboro's brand new R2million BMW gets tongues wagging  "People don't understand how I am able to afford a BMW," he said during his radio show on Ekurhuleni's Kasie FM. "It's funny because

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  • Calls for early ANC elective conference divide the party

    THE call for an early ANC elective conference is gaining traction in the upper echelons of the party, but, branches are being called on to fight against this move. The proposal for an early elective conference was first tabled by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL). Sources in the party, who did not want to be named, said the only consensus between factions in the ANC was that the conference be held before December 2017, when it was originally meant to sit, but the group seen to be aligned to President Jacob Zuma wants no comtestation at the conference. This comes as the governing party is conducting an appraisal of its poor performance in the recent local government elections and ongoing skirmishes within the government.

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  • Chilling details of Rohde murder

    Cape Town - Shocking details about the suspected murder of real estate mogul Jason Rohde’s wife have emerged, with a post-mortem suggesting she was strangled and smothered, before injuries were inflicted on her neck post-death. A pathologist also believes Susan Rohde, 47, died around 5.40am on July 24, it was heard in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court on Friday. These findings contradict what Rohde and his defence team insist happened - that Susan committed suicide by hanging herself after 7am that morning. Rohde, the now-suspended national chief executive of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, is accused of murdering Susan at Spier wine estate, where they were staying for a company

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  • Between the Lines: China to Mugabe – Submit or Collapse!

    Mugabe can’t pay his public servants and his soldiers. It’s a replay of Zimbabwe’s collapse several times in the last 16 years. But this time his back doors – China and South Africa – are both closed. Mugabe owes China $1.5-billion and has defaulted on several repayments. Chinese President Xi Jinping has a different view from his predecessors, according to Soko. He wants to be paid, and he wants a path forward that is sustainable. Watch: Between the Lines – Mills Soko South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is also not granting relief funds as his predecessor Trevor Manuel did under President Thabo Mbeki, according to other sources familiar with Gordhan’s thinking. “It’s a repudiation of

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  • Juju and the jet plane

    Mystery tycoon Mohamed Dada, who is said to be flying ANC Youth League president Julius Malema around the country in his private jet, was awarded lucrative tenders by the Limpopo Roads Department - whose projects are managed by Malema's company. Malema's Ratanang Trust owns shares in On-Point Engineering, which scored a R52-million deal to act as "project manager" for Limpopo's roads department. This effectively gave it influence over how tenders are awarded. This week the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, launched a probe into On-Point Engineering as evidence mounted of businessmen giving kickbacks to Malema's company in return for lucrative tenders. Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela also confirmed

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  • Ndlozi takes a break from politics to hit the books

    The People's Bae is taking a break. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced on Friday that national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi “will be on study leave effective immediately‚ till 1 November 2016”.

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  • Choosing Van Rooyen to speak on Gordhan saga 'a terrible choice’

    African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe has lambasted the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) treasurer-general and local government minister Des van Rooyen for his recent comments relating to issues between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks. Speaking at the party’s National Working Committee media briefing at Luthuli House on Tuesday‚ Mantashe said the MKMVA had made a wrong choice to choose Van Rooyen to speak. “I won’t give Des a public advice on the matter… but if the MKMVA made a choice to choose Des to speak on the matter‚ it was a terrible choice… it was a terrible choice because then you trap Des into saying ‘I will do it‚ there is nothing

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  • WATCH: Cassper shows off his bling

    Rapper Refiloe ‘Cassper Nyovest’ Phoolo is living his best life. The Mama I made It hitmaker has a Rolls-Royce, a beautiful house and recently shared that he spends more than a thousand rands on his ponytail. Though he has been sharing money-saving tips, we know he likes the finer things in life, and he makes sure we see it on social media. He recently shared on social media his bling – a Rolex watch and necklace. In the video, Cassper can be seen holding a glass of what we can only assume is expensive too. Watch video below: Life is definitely moving in the right direction for Cassper, as Cellular giant MTN on Friday confirmed it would be sponsoring the Fill Up Orlando Stadium concert set to

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  • Whale thanks volunteers after rescue - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A humpback whale appeared to show its gratitude to volunteers who freed it from entanglement in rope and fishing equipment off Cape Point on Sunday by resting its massive head on the gunnel of the rescue craft for about 20 minutes. Volunteers from the SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) had responded to reports from fishing boats of a whale entangled in rope and flotation buoys near Rocky Banks off Cape Point on Sunday morning. The network’s spokesman Craig Lambinon said two rescue from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Simon's Town were dispatched carrying volunteers. A sub-adult 9-metre male Humpback whale was found about five nautical miles offshore of Smitswinkel Bay

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  • We're the uber of radio stations: Tbo Touch

    Thabo "Tbo Touch" Molefe threw an exclusive bash last night to usher in his radio station, touchcentral.fm. The soiree was attended by some 50 VIP guests from the entertainment and business spheres at the R120000-a-night Villa Royale of the Saxon Hotel in Sandhurst, Sandton. Some of the dignitaries in attendance were tycoon Tokyo Sexwale, Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula and businessman Duduzane Zuma. The line-up of the new station was also unveiled and it sees a collaboration of Cliff Central and touchcentral.fm. The former has now become a podcast platform. Idols SA judge Gareth Cliff is the breakfast host between 6am and 9am, journalist and author Lerato Tshabalala hosts the 9am to 11am slot,

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  • Cosatu slams Van Rooyen for Gordhan comments - Business News

    Johannesburg - The Congress of South African Trade Unions on Tuesday condemned statements by Kebby Maphatsoe of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister David van Rooyen against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, and accused the MKMVA of brewing factional battles within the tri-partite alliance. “Cosatu is deeply disappointed by the actions of MKMVA leaders, comrades Kebby Maphatsoe and Des Van Rooyen, of publicly condemning another minister (Pravin Gordhan) using their different political hats as a justification. We find this insincere and distasteful because these ministers have many forums available at their disposal to

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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • Transfer dilemmas for PSL clubs

    With the transfer window set to close tomorrow, a mad rush is expected at the PSL offices as teams will be jostling to register players for the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season. Most of the big teams have made signings but there are some that need to beef up. What will the Gauteng teams do? Bidvest Wits Together with SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits is one of the teams that have bought right. Gavin Hunt has acquired players that have added value to his side. So far, Hunt doesn’t need to make any additions as he has a team that can compete for silverware. Kaizer Chiefs The fact that Steve Komphela persists with the likes of Bernard Parker and Edward Manqele points to lack of depth and quality in

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  • Zimbabwe: Beitbridge Farmer's Lone Battle Against Invasions

    Eighty-year-old Mananje conservancy and Benfer Estate owner Ian Ferguson, has been fighting to hold on to his two properties which have been invaded time and again for over a decade. Ferguson has spared no effort in his quest to protect his properties, the 17 500 hectare game ranch Mananje conservancy and the 1 400 hectare citrus Benfer Estates in Beitbridge. He has knocked on the doors of the two vice-presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko in his battle to retain his conservancy and farm. Mananje has been invaded four times since 2000 with the most recent being in 2013 which has resulted in the killing of animals, the ransacking of lodges and theft of 57km of fencing. The game

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  • Maimane asks top cop: ‘Why is SAPS dragging its feet on Gupta charges?’

    As it “has now been almost half a year” since his party laid corruption charges against Atul and Ajay Gupta‚ Mmusi Maimane is demanding that the country’s top cop say when the investigation will be completed. “The public remains in the dark on this matter – while the Guptas and President (Jacob) Zuma continue to raid government in order to benefit themselves personally‚” the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader said on Wednesday. Maimane said he had written to acting national police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane‚ “requesting that he clarify the following”: - “What progress has been made with regards to these charges? - “Whether an investigation has been initiated by the SAPS?; - “If not‚ why not?;

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  • Could this be SA's next finance minister?

    Johannesburg - The man who is tipped to be the next Minister of Finance has come a long way with President Jacob Zuma. The name Sifiso Buthelezi, has been bandied about in some circles as the man Zuma is likely to announce as the next finance minister. He was sworn in as a member of parliament in April and currently is on the standing committee on finance. He has been a member of the ANC from his youth and a commander for Umkhonto we Sizwe. In the mid 1980s he was arrested and imprisoned on Robben Island until 1991. Buthelezi comes from Mahlabathini in northern KwaZulu-Natal. He has an academic background in commerce with a masters through the University of Cape Town. He was Zuma’s economic adviser

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  • Zimbabwe protesters ‘beaten very badly’ - Africa

    REUTERS Police detain opposition party supporters holding placards during a court appearance of those arrested following Friday's protest march, in Harare, Zimbabwe, on August 29, 2016. Harare - The ground floor of the filthy Harare Magistrate’s Court was on Tuesday crowded with anxious people wanting information about their relatives and friends, some of whom were viciously beaten up and wounded after they were arrested during last Friday’s anti-government demonstrations. Many of those crowded in the dark corridors say they couldn’t afford the daily transport costs from their suburbs to the five-storey court complex on the western edge of the city, not far from the site of one of the demonstrations last Friday. Lawyers said that more than a dozen people were injured after they were arrested during the demonstration, which turned into a riot.

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  • State of the nation address: what President Zuma needs to tell South Africa

    The event will be keenly watched to establish what the president and the governing African National Congress consider to be the most important challenges facing the country, and how they plan to tackle them. Politics and society editor Thabo Leshilo asked three political scientists what to expect. What are the most important issues the president should be addressing? Andre Duvenhage: The four most important issues are the economy and economic growth, social cohesion, land reform and preparing the terrain for the 2016 local government elections. Economic growth is necessary to prevent international rating agencies downgrading South Africa’s sovereign rating to junk status, to create jobs and to

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