• Zimbabwe: Mugabe Reveals Secret to Long Life

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who has just turned 91, said on Thursday that one of his secrets to a long life was "not filling my stomach". In a televised interview ahead of a huge birthday party in Victoria Falls, Mugabe said: "I do certain things that I believe sustain life. You must eat well, and really not go for food because it's attractive and feed yourself until your tummy is full," the longtime Zimbabwean leader said. Mugabe's half sister, Regina Gata, recently confirmed her brother's disciplined habits, saying he neither smokes nor drinks.

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  • Mantashe warns whites on land issue - The Star

    On the right is the Transformation Initiative's Roelf Meyer. Gauteng - ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has warned of disastrous economic consequences similar to Zimbabwe if white South Africans don’t stop trivialising land reform by persisting with their defence of the status quo. Speaking at the Land Reform Imbizo in Joburg, Mantashe was responding to a question from the floor, citing the Freedom Charter and querying the government’s commitment to food production.

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  • South Africa's ambassador to Japan Mohau Pheko admits lying about PhD

    Pheko told the SABC that she registered for and worked towards her degree with La Salle, but the university closed down before she could complete her "studies". Pheko told the SABC the university was promoted as legitimate and that she had registered at it, but it closed before she could be awarded her doctorate. Pheko joins the list of South African public officials who have fraudulently claimed to have certain academic qualifications. The Democratic Alliance on Friday called for Pheko to be suspended.

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  • Zuma will not answer 'pay back the money' questions

    President Jacob Zuma will only respond to six questions in the National Assembly next month, Parliament said on Thursday, prompting a demand from the Democratic Alliance for an additional session. DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said he was told at the National Assembly programming committee that “at the presidency’s behest” the March 11 session would not deal with questions that Zuma failed to answer in the chaotic sitting of August 21. Speaker Baleka Mbete adjourned that sitting after the Economic Freedom Fighters chanted “pay back the money” at Zuma when he was posed a question on the Nkandla controversy, leaving three questions unanswered.

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  • Mohau Pheko regrets faking doctorate

    South Africa's ambassador to Japan, Mohau Pheko, told the SABC on Friday she regrets saying she has a doctoral degree, when she does not. Pheko claimed she received her PhD from the American La Salle University in 2000. Pheko told the SABC the university was promoted as legitimate and that she had registered at it, but it closed before she could be awarded her doctorate. Pheko joins the list of South African public officials who have fraudulently claimed to have certain academic qualifications.

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  • Fetch spirits from Nigeria - King Zwelithini - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    Families of the 82 South Africans who died while attending Pastor T B Joshua’s The Synagogue, Church of all Nations in Nigeria should not be “confused by being born again” and should collect the spirits of their loved ones from the foreign land, King Goodwill Zwelithini said on Thursday.

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  • South Africa: Missing Child Found After 17 Years - Report

    Zephany Nurse, who was snatched from Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town 17 years ago, has been found, Beeld reported on Friday. The woman who raised her, and allegedly took her, was taken into custody by the Hawks, following a DNA test and is expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Friday. According to the report, the Nurses' second daughter, born four years after Zephany's disappearance, started Grade 8 at a school in Cape Town this year.

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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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  • Planned terror attack in South Africa foiled according to leaked spy documents

    The information arises from two State Security Agency presentations, which are among several leaked documents the broadcaster obtained. According to the presentations, the foiled attack came to light through Jermaine Grant, who was arrested in Kenya in December 2011 for alleged links to terrorism. During his arrest police found materials similar to those used during the July 7, 2005 suicide bomb attacks in London. The presentations stated that a financier arrested in April/May of 2011 said he was tasked by Al-Qaeda figure Harun Al Fadul, also known as Harun Fazul, to go to the United Arab Emirates and meet another person regarding the attack in South Africa.

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  • Kanye West apologises to Beck, Bruno Mar

    Hip-hop star Kanye West apologised on Thursday to Beck after he loudly objected to the alternative rocker winning the Grammy for Album of the Year. The statements of contrition come after West stole some of the limelight at the Grammys on February 8 by questioning the surprise honor for Beck's "Morning Phase," a melancholy album driven by acoustic guitar and strings.

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  • South Africa: Xenophobic Attacks in Philippi - "It's Like They Can't Even Think We Are Human Like Them"

    Looting and xenophobic violence erupted after protestors from the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement clashed with Somali nationals in Bellville on Tuesday. Foreign nationals in Bellville fled and the clashes soon spread to Philippi, where the looting continued on Wednesday. One person has reportedly been shot and killed, and at least 11 arrests have been made. RA'EESA PATHER spoke to members of the community where the looting continued on Wednesday.

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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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  • Fransman belongs in jail

    This column is a plea to the African National Congress to desist from stoking the flames of anarchy. No sooner had we recovered from that spectacle, with the speaker and opposition members apologising to each other, when Marius Fransman and his followers obstructed the Western Cape provincial opening of parliament. Surely when the ANC allows its members to undermine our constitutional democracy, by using the minstrels as its shock troops, it embeds practices in the social fabric of the nation that will become second nature. Firstly, Marius Fransman should be in jail for allegedly appropriating National Lottery funds for the minstrels for party political purposes.

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  • Botswana: Short Hair Takes Centre Stage

    For many decades, many black women sternly believed that stretched, straightened and tightly curled hair defined their beauty. Natural hair as a result has continuously suffered denigration linked with backwardness, lack of taste and blindness in the look-good arena. Not anymore, most modern and trendy black women are redefining the boundaries. A fashion artist and co-founder of GaTsh Fros, Tsholo Dikobe agrees that more women have found a new sense of confidence which has its roots in African lifestyle and culture.

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  • United lacking prolific striker - Premier League

    REUTERS Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his expensively assembled squad has not challenged for the Premier League title this season because they do not have a prolific striker. London - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his expensively assembled squad has not challenged for the Premier League title this season because they do not have a prolific striker like their rivals. Despite spending more than 150 million pounds ($231.48 million) in the close season, including a six-million pound season-long loan deal for Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, United have looked uncharacteristically subdued when going forward during the campaign. Van Gaal has come under scrutiny for implementing a number of different formations and playing forward Wayne Rooney in central midfield as United have struggled to keep pace in the title race, with his team in fourth.

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  • Kanye West breaks down during interview with Zane Lowe - with video

    Kanye West broke down in tears during an interview with Radio 1's Zane Lowe tonight as he remembered his friend the late Louise Wilson.

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  • Bitter pills for Hlongwa from DA, EFF - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Gauteng ANC chief whip Brian Hlongwa has broken his silence on the multimillion-rand fraud and corruption charges levelled against him. A visibly irritated Hlongwa was responding to accusations from both parties that his fraud and corruption charges made him unsuitable to occupy a seat in the legislature. The DA and EFF suggested this on Thursday in the legislature during the debate on Premier David Makhura’s State of the Province Address. The DA spokesman on health, Jack Bloom, fired the first salvo.

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  • Bob hates to love locals, loves to hate English

    WHEN I suggested in 2013 that an effective means of dismantling Zimbabwe’s arguably illegitimate regime involved cutting off Zimbabwe’s oil supply from SA, all manner of Zimbabweans in SA — possibly beneficiaries of a Zanu (PF) patronage network — became enraged. This was in the wake of Zanu (PF)’s election victory, allegedly assisted by Israeli electoral counting technology, which performed the miracle of turning one dead voter into 100,000 live ones. With a recent history of deliberate obfuscation, identifying where the truth lies in the benighted Zimbabwe has become a complex exercise. On Saturday, President Robert Mugabe will celebrate his 91st birthday — or his 86th birthday, if you believe foreign intelligence sources.

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  • Watch – ISIS destroys priceless antiquities - City Press

    Islamic State militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of statues and sculptures dating back thousands of years, according to a video published online in the name of the radical Islamist group.

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  • SA not safe from al-Shabaab - Cape Times

    The revelations in the secret State Security Agency (SSA) reports leaked to Al Jazeera should finally dispel any illusions that might still remain that South Africa is safe from attack by groups such as al-Qaeda because our government has the correct international stance. Documents written in 2012 reveal that the SSA, working with secret services of other countries, foiled at least two al-Qaeda/al-Shabaab suicide bomb attacks in South Africa between 2007 and 2010. The SSA linked the terrorists who were planning these attacks both with al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab, the Somali militant group which is fighting to topple the pre- carious government of that failed state.

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