• Oh boy, Americans are not happy with Trevor Noah

    Boy oh, boy, Americans are not happy with South African comedian Trevor Noah right now. A week after Trevor was praised for “destroying” American TV host and political commentator Tomi Lahren on The Daily Show when she claimed to “not see colour” and compared the Black Lives Matter movement to white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), he has penned an opinion piece for the New York Times. In the piece, titled Let’s Not Be Divided. Divided People Are Easier to Rule, Trevor Noah decries racial and ideological divisions in America following Donald Trump’s election victory last month. He goes on to explain that stand-up comedy shows in South Africa allow audiences of different races, and comedians,

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  • Zimbabwe: Open Letter to Julius Malema

    Dear Brother Julius. It is one of those rare moments when we have to write somebody a letter. Many times, which is the rule rather than exception, we just tell people what we think.Just like that! In fact, as a writer and in particular on this column -- I love to be polemical and follow the style of that other writer in the west, whose name I can't recall now, who said as a polemicist he tried to annoy as many people he didn't agree with as possible. This is salutary. In a polarised world, or where there are strong contending ideas and views, it can be a rewarding and fulfilling exercise. You just have to say things as they are and stand without pretence or, at times, being constrained by political

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  • KZN man tells of trauma after being raped by 3 women

    Durban - A Hluhluwe man has said he will not be able to forgive the three women who raped him. A video of the incident appeared on social media and has since gone viral. The man, whose name is known to the Daily News, said he was at home when a woman whom he knows called him over, saying she needed help with an electrical problem at her home. “I went into her house and when I got there, I saw another girl in the room. I did not pay any attention to her. Then another girl who was hiding behind the door closed it, that’s when I realised that something was wrong.” He said after they closed the door behind him, they told him they wanted to sleep with him. “I initially thought they were joking,” he

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  • WATCH: Unbelievable! Goalkeeper's bicycle kick goal that's got the world buzzing

    Masuluke - up for a corner in the final seconds of added time on Wednesday night - received a looping half-clearance from the corner by Orlando Pirates' goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane just inside the area with his back to goal, and produced a 17-metre overhead kick that has taken social media by storm in South Africa and around the world. An occasion of inpiration that only the football gods, or perhaps a momentary anomaly in the alignment of the planets at that particular milisecond that Masuluke decided through pure instinct to do what he did, could possibly account for. It robbed Pirates of what would have been a somewhat fortunate third victory in succession under caretaker-coach Augusto Palacios.

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  • Graca Machel throws shade at government: Twitter reacts

    South Africans are in an uproar over a remark attributed to Graca Machel at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Johannesburg by the widow of SA's statesman and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

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  • What’s eating your phone data and how to stop it

    To contain your data costs, you can control your smartphone use, but the “smarter” your smartphone, the more likely you will spend more time online and consume more data than someone with a phone that is not as sophisticated as yours. MTN says consumers who are puzzled because their data isn’t lasting as long as it used to should consider the following: • The transition to a smartphone. There has been an increase in the use of smartphones, because they have become more affordable. When customers transition from a “dumb phone” to a feature phone or smartphone, or when they buy or upgrade to one of the latest smartphones, they don’t always understand how it will impact on their data usage. Some

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  • Remembering Sfiso Ncwane: 5 of his greatest hits

    While his life and career were cut short, the music that he left behind will live for decades to come. Gospel singer Sfiso Ncwane has died - reports  In remembrance of Ncwane, here's a look at five of his most memorable songs: Kulungile Baba Hallelujah Igama Lenkosi When Jesus Says Yes Ingakho Ngicula A family spokesperson confirmed that Sfiso died on Monday morning in Johannesburg after suffering kidney failure.

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  • Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai's Ex Now an Apostle

    Morgan Tsvangirai's ex is now - wait for it - an apostle in South Africa. And Grace Mugabe might have got a bit more than she bargained for at a Zimbabwe beauty contest. Besides bond notes, what have Zimbabweans been talking about in the last few days? Here are five stories you might have missed. The ex and the apostle Remember Locadia Karimatsenga, the feisty ex of Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai? The MDC leader had to hand over a divorce settlement of around $280 000 to Karimatsenga around the time of his marriage to Elizabeth Macheka in 2012. The whole messy saga (Was it true they were only married for a lot less than two weeks? Had he paid lobola?) didn't do much to help Tsvangirai's

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  • Zimbabwe: Group to Assist Veteran Musician Chinx

    Tawanda Marwizi — Several musicians through a local business and arts group The Hub have come together in raising money to assist revolutionary musician Dickson "Cde Chinx" Chingaira.The group's treasurer and Nash Paints chief executive Tinashe Mutarisi said Cde Chinx had played a big role in the development of the music industry in Zimbabwe and there was need for everyone to assist the veteran singer. "Having read the story about Cde Chinx, we felt compelled to play a part not because he is a charity case but in respect of his contributions to Zimbabwe and the music industry," he said. Mutarisi said they appreciate the roles played by their elders in the society and Cde Chinx is one of them.

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  • The Big Read: 'The ANC is on its last mile, headed for total destruction'

    Oh what a grand thing is democracy. It is a great giver and it takes too. I would have loved to have been in the same room with DA leader Mmusi Maimane and the EFF's Julius Malema at 2pm last Tuesday. That was the time ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe sat in front of the microphones at Luthuli House to announce the outcome of the party's marathon national executive committee meeting. Of course Malema would have known exactly what had gone down in that meeting. President Jacob Zuma's divided NEC is leaking like a sieve and Malema is the first man to know what is going on inside the ANC. He knows because at least a quarter of that NEC bleats, directly or indirectly, to him. They know now that

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  • Zuma to appear again before ANC Integrity Committee

    Chairperson Andrew Mlangeni on Tuesday confirmed that there would be another meeting scheduled after Saturday’s initial‚ much-anticipated meeting between Zuma and members of the committee‚ who include former National Assembly Speaker Frene Ginwala. “I am not at liberty to divulge what we discussed during the meeting except to say we discussed the affairs and issues affecting the ANC. What I can tell you is that there will be another meeting but we have not yet agreed on a date‚ time and place at which we will meet but we have agreed that there will be another meeting‚” said Mlangeni. Speculation had been rife‚ in the days leading up to Saturday’s meeting‚ that Zuma was expected to answer some tough questions in connection with observations contained in the State of Capture report‚ suggesting that there may have been some veracity to allegations of state capture by the controversial Gupta family – courtesy of their close links with Zuma.

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  • Trevor Noah's bae penned the most loved-up message to him

    Posting a picture of his newly released book, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African childhood, Jordyn had nothing but love for her man. "I always severly procrastinate on the final chapter of my very favorite books. I do this mainly because I don't want the magic to end. In this case, I'm delaying for that reason but also because I know what pain the last chapter explores. I'm so proud of the dimply-faced crime who shared with us the deepest and sometimes darkest parts of his life, who taught us about nuance and the complexity of good and evil, and who introduced us to one of the strongest women we may ever know. It's time to read these last few pages." 3 reasons why Mafikizolo's Kucheza

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  • 'Person who leads Hawks is one with utmost integrity'

    PRETORIA – Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation have argued that Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza cannot be fit and proper to occupy a high office if he has previously been found to have acted in bad faith. The High Court in Pretoria heard an application on Tuesday brought by the civil rights groups, several months after it ruled that the matter is not urgent. The groups believe that police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko’s decision to appoint Ntlemeza was irrational. Freedom Under Law’s Nicole Fritz says there have been clear pronouncements by high courts that Ntlemeza is a biased and dishonest person. “The decision to appoint him must be reviewed and set aside. The Hawks’ constitutional

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  • Malema: I know who gave cash to Zuma

    He made this startling claim in an 83-page affidavit filed in the High Court in Pretoria this week in his ongoing battle with the taxman. This is the first time a current or former ANC insider has revealed the source of Zuma's funds when he was broke and jobless after former president Thabo Mbeki fired him as South Africa's deputy president in 2005. Malema is also the first high-profile politician to reveal how most ANC struggle veterans funded their lifestyles. Malema said he personally raised funds for Zuma at public ANC rallies "and from unidentified donors" before Zuma became president in 2009. There was no difference, he added, between the conduct of his Ratanang Family Trust, which bankrolled

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  • Mom drives son's body around for three days

    Cape Town - The Western Cape Health Department will launch an investigation into allegations of inefficiency at Stellenbosch Hospital after a family struggled to bury their loved one because of an alleged document bungle. Department spokeswoman Emerantia Cupido said the delay should not have occurred and the reasons behind it would be investigated. Kayamandi resident Nolwandle Tyam said the ordeal began on November 27, soon after her son Mzovuyo died after suffering severe burns to his body. As she was away on a visit to the Eastern Cape at the time, Mzovuyo’s siblings were at the hospital the day he died. “They were told by a nurse who was there to remove the body within four hours and were

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  • These are the 10 biggest radio stations in South Africa

    This comes after the second radio audience survey report was released from the new BRC RAM format, which introduced fresh measurement instruments. A few radio stations, such as Metro FM, Thobela FM and Motsweding FM saw a drop in their daily and weekly numbers this year, while others managed to climb up the ranks. Metro FM suffers major drop in listenership figures  The top 10 radio stations in South Africa, based on weekly listenership figures running from January to September 2016, are: 1. Ukhozi FM - 7, 294, 000 2. Umhlobo Wenene FM - 5, 208, 000 3. Metro FM - 3, 968, 000 4. Lesedi FM - 3, 440, 000 5. Thobela FM - 2, 819, 000 6. Motsweding FM - 2, 640, 000 7. RSG - 1, 488, 000 8. Gagasi FM

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  • We will never accept money from white people, says Malema

    “If we sell our soul‚ if we compromise the radical EFF‚ we can have the biggest posters we want. But we're not going to do that. We will rely on ourselves to finance the EFF‚ not anyone else‚” he said. Malema said that R7‚000 of his salary was given to the party monthly to ensure that it could be financially self-sufficient. This was also the reason for the party deducting 50% of all 78 of its councillors' salaries for the first three months of their term‚ and 10% every month after that. “We're taking half of their salaries‚ and we're not apologising about that. Let me explain why we are taking their money. The EFF must be self sustainable. If the EFF doesn't have its own money it will depend

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  • University Suspends Professor Caught Cheating in Exams

    The University of Jos (UNIJOS) has suspended one of its academic staff who was allegedly caught cheating while writing an examination on May 4, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. Benedicta Daudu, an associate professor of law and former head of the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law of the Faculty of Law in UNIJOS, was allegedly caught copying from a prepared answer during an examination for a Master's degree in Research and Public Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the same university. The development was exclusively reported by PREMIUM TIMES on May 21, frustrating what some staff and student described as a plot by the university to cover up the matter. After the report,

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  • Sundowns star rubbing his hands at the prospect of facing Cristiano Ronaldo in Japan

    The 22-year-old Tau had perhaps the most reason to be excited as Downs travelled via Hong Kong for Osaka in Japan on Tuesday to become the first Southern African team to take part in the 16-year-old Club World Cup (CWC). One of the youngest players in Downs’ 23-man squad has hit form in the past nine months as an increasingly influential‚ tearaway forward while the Brazilians wrapped up the PSL title and then the Caf Champions League. In past weeks‚ Tau went from fourth to fifth gear‚ playing a hand in five goals in a 5-0 thrashing of Highlands Park‚ then scoring two more in a 4-1 beating of Free State Stars. His coach‚ Pitso Mosimane‚ believes Tau still has sixth and seventh gears to find as

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  • Black Coffee goes gold in less than 24 hours

    The Twitter account of a seven-year-old Syrian girl, who garnered followers worldwide with her updates from Aleppo, has become inactive on the micro-blogging site as government forces advance into the city's rebel-controlled areas.

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