• Ronaldo hoping to score with Jenner?

    Kendall Jenner is reportedly "flattered" by the interest shown in her by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. The 31-year-old sportsman recently hinted at his admiration for Kendall, 20, by liking one of her photographs on Instagram and it's now reported Ronaldo followed that up by sending her a series of flirty messages inviting her out to party with him when she was in Barcelona, Spain last week. A source close to the situation told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Kendall is very flattered by the attention as Ronaldo is one of the most famous men in the world." The American model is rumoured to have recently ended her brief relationship with singer Harry Styles. However, she is said to be undecided

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  • Contralesa calls on Mandla Mandela to step down

    Mandela married a Muslim woman at the weekend and is believed to have converted to Islam last year. Mandla Mandela Muslim Contralesa Mandla Mandela married CAPE TOWN - The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South African (Contralesa) has called on Mvezo Chief Mandla Mandela to step down following his conversion to Islam.  Mandela married Rabia Clarke, a Muslim woman, at the weekend and is believed to have converted to Islam late last year.  It's his fourth marriage.  Contralesa’s Xolile Ndevu says Mandela’s new religious affiliation is a problem.  Ndevu believes Chief Mandela cannot both lead the people of Mvezo and the Eastern Cape and be a Muslim at the same time. “It means now he is no longer

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  • Hawkers call Zuma a 'yellowbone'

    President Jacob Zuma received mixed reactions to his walkabout in Marabastad, Pretoria, on Monday as some people screamed and waved while others complained that he was causing traffic congestion. Most people took out their phones to get a snap of him, while others wanted to shake his hand. Some were not too happy with his presence, saying they could not move freely and do their work. While visiting stalls and talking to people, a small group of women sitting in a gazebo called him a "yellow bone", a reference given to people who are light in complexion. "Where is he? I can't see him," said one of woman. "There he is, in the middle, the 'yellowbone' surrounded by the police," responded another.

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  • Thunderstorms and hail warning - Gauteng

    Johannesburg - Gauteng residents have been warned to watch for severe thunderstorms across the province on Monday. “Expect strong winds and hail,” SA Weather forecaster Victoria Nurse told The Star on morning. “There is no warning for flash flooding because for that, we need a significant amount of heavy rains and it has been quite dry. “The watch has also been extended into the eastern parts of North West and the north-eastern parts of the Free State,” Nurse said. Nurse said thundershowers were expected to continue into the week. “A 30 percent chance of afternoon thundershowers is expected across Gauteng all week, with a 60 percent chance of showers expected as we move into Saturday and Sunday,”

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  • Mbete's bumbling advocate admits Parly was wrong in Nkandla matter

    She raised her voice, used dramatic hand gestures, and occasionally stood in silence before the judges after they asked her questions. Her demeanour and comments even amused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who laughed when Nkosi-Thomas made a comment about her powers. Nkosi-Thomas was asked if the National Assembly had erred in how it approached the remedial action recommended by Madonsela in her report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. "Did the National Assembly fail to exercise oversight of the president as a member of executive?" Justice Edwin Cameron asked. After mumbling, Nkosi-Thomas conceded, "Parliament took a wrong position." Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke

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  • Jeweller eases Shaleen’s pain in style - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - Shaleen Surtie Richards is experiencing a lucky streak after a robber grabbed her valuable necklace while she sat in traffic a week ago. On the necklace were her parents’ wedding rings, along with a Krugerrand. She cursed the robber on Facebook, saying: “May the fleas of thousands of donkeys infest his ass and may his hands be too short to scratch it - the pig!!!!!” Dis vamore met groot bitterheid teleurstelling en hartseer dat ek die post opsit .Op die foto as jy mooi kyk het ek n... Posted by Shaleen Surtie Richards on  Saturday, January 30, 2016 But now her luck has turned, with Arno Egen, owner of Mr Kruger jewellery store, and his team having decided to reach out to Surtie

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  • A humble DJ Sbu takes to the streets of Joburg to sell his energy drink

    Armed with a can of Mofaya, matching clothing and a large poster advertising a music concert in benefit of student funding - DJ Sbu sold his drink to drivers in peak traffic. Hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to students of the Sbu Leope Fund which provides tuition and accomodation for disadvantaged school kids. The bold entrepreneur wasn't shy as he walked up and down, selling the drink.  "Thank you to all who gave us words of encouragement, shared laughter with us & bought our entire stock today. We appreciate you guys. We doing this not for us but for your kids. We hope to serve as an inspiration on what active citizenship is all about," said Leope. Watch the DJ below. A video

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  • Don't kid yourself about BAs

    Jonathan Jansen: "So what's the difference between a BA degree and a large pizza?" one of my student leaders recently asked a large group of parents inquiring about sending their child to university. "A large pizza can feed a family of four," she joked. I laughed, then cried. Laughed, because of the obvious wit of the comparison. Cried, because this is one of the most misleading pieces of information about BAs in South Africa today. It was not that I had not overheard "BA jokes". At my previous university, there was rampant talk among female students of a "BA man-soek" specialisation (BA find-a-husband). After all, what other reason could you have for doing a BA than to prowl the campus for a

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  • Zim land grab is over - Business News

    Harare - Zimbabwe's traumatic 16-year long land grab is over, according to the country's Minister of Lands, Douglas Mombeshora. Briefing Zimbabwe state press last week, Mombeshora said more then 14 million hectares of farmland had been taken from whites in the last 15 years and was distributed to more then 300 000 families. He said that only 900 000 hectares remained and most of that was forests which needed protection. About 4 000 white farmers lost their homes, land, and even personal possessions - without compensation - during 15 years of sometimes violent invasions, and the economy, so dependent on commercial agriculture, crashed after agricultural exports dried up. “Now that we are almost

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  • Beyonce, Bruno Mars heat up Coldplay's Super Bowl halftime show (Photos)

    Coldplay was the headline act at Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, but it was R&B super stars Beyonce and Bruno Mars who delivered the sizzle for a lively, upbeat performance that paid homage to previous halftime show headliners. While known mainly for mellow hits, British alt-rockers Coldplay amped up the energy with their upbeat hit "Viva La Vida," surrounded by dancing violinists and standing on a colorfully illuminated stage floor. The band then performed its hits "Paradise" and "Adventure of a Lifetime" before a black-leather-clad Mars, who headlined the halftime show in 2014, bounced in, singing and dancing through his hit "Uptown Funk!," with producer Mark Ronson on DJ decks on stage.

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  • Cape eatery is first of its kind in SA

    Cape Town - There were smiles and laughter at the opening of the Brownies and Downies restaurant in Cape Town on Friday night. The Long Street spot is not like any other restaurant – it is the first establishment in South Africa to train and hire mentally challenged staff. The restaurant, an extension of the successful chain in the Netherlands, aims to help its staff become employable in the service industry. Beyond that, it hopes to spread awareness of mental disabilities around the country. The manager, Wade Schultz, hopes the restaurant will educate more South Africans about working and interacting with people with mental disabilities. “South African culture is very accommodating of people

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  • Sowetan Live's wedding blog

    Summer, Spring; these are the best seasons for weddings and we'd like to share the special occasions with you. If you recently got hitched, this is the platform to share your beautiful wedding pictures. Check out our latest wedding posts below: Here’s how to get your wedding featured in 5 simple steps. 1) Select your best 20 pictures to email to us. 2) Give us the names of you and your spouse 3) Include a little story of “HOW WE MET” 4) Include details of the wedding vendors (ie, who made your cake, where you bought your wedding dress etc).. If you want us to share in this wonderful experience, send your wedding photos to: MolaudiW@timesmedia.co.za or tellus@sowetan.co.za

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  • Nigeria: Rescued Girl Longs for Boko Haram 'Husband'

    Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, Zara John, 16, is still in love with one of the fighters who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine and blood test carried out by a doctor in the refugee camp to which she was taken after her rescue. "I wanted to give birth to my child so that I could have someone to replace his father, since I cannot reconnect with him again," said Zara, one of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram during a seven-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. But any decision over the baby was taken out of her hands. Her father drowned during flooding in 2010 so her uncles

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  • ‘Help find Thuli’s replacement’ - South Africa

    Johannesburg - Corruption Watch, the South African public advocacy group, on Monday urged the public to actively participate in the process of appointing a new public protector to replace outgoing incumbent Thuli Madonsela. Corruption Watch launched the “Bua Mzansi” campaign at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness on the role of the public protector as well as encouraging the public to get involved in the appointment of a new Public Protector. “There are many important roles to be filled this year including the public protector as well as two constitutional court judges that need to be replaced as they are retiring,” said David Lewis, Corruption Watch

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  • Cops in dock for apartheid-era murder - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - An apartheid-era mystery spanning 33 years is one step closer to being solved after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced it would be prosecuting four police officers linked to the kidnapping and death of ANC operative Nokuthula Simelane. Simelane was an ANC undercover operative and the men were linked to the Soweto Special Branch at the time of her disappearance in 1983. On Monday, NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku confirmed that the four members would be appearing in court later this month on a charge of murder. “The National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, decided to indict the four members of the Soweto Special Branch.” Mfaku said Simelane was an ANC activist

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  • Nigerians have image problem abroad, hampers emigration to West: President

    Nigerians have an image problem abroad which makes it difficult to emigrate to the West, but they can stay at home where their services are needed, President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying by a British newspaper on Saturday. A former army ruler from the 1980s who returned to power as a civilian after winning an election in March last year, Buhari has the image of an ascetic disciplinarian keen to tackle his country's persistent problems with crime and corruption. "Some Nigerians' claim is that life is too difficult back home," he was quoted as telling the Daily Telegraph newspaper. "But they have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in prisons around the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking," he said.

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  • Malema: We have the right to criticise anyone

    Politicians have the right to criticise anyone without the fear of intimidation, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said on Tuesday. "We have a right as politicians to critique any roleplayer in the media, in the economy, in politics, in society, in general, and no one should dare take away that right from us," Malema told thousands of EFF members who had marched with him from Newtown to the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein. A large police contingent was present at the EFF's meeting point at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, as well at the end point at the court. Ahead of the march to the court, Malema told supporters that people had sacrificed their lives for the right to express themselves.

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  • Malema unapproachable, only listens to Shivambu says disgruntled EFF member

     "Julius is a liar," said Economic Freedom Fighters member Lufuno Gogoro. "He is lying that we can sit down with him. Julius doesn't want to listen to anyone except [EFF chief whip] Floyd [Shivambu] and we cannot run an organisation through friendship." Gogoro is among a group of EFF members, calling itself defenders of the EFF constitution, which had planned to approach the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday for an urgent interdict against Malema and the EFF's leadership. It wanted a stop put to the party's provincial conferences and its national people's assembly, which is expected to be held in December. Earlier on Friday, Malema told reporters in Johannesburg that disgruntled members were

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  • Zuma drags ANC 'into a dark hole'

    Yesterday ANC members spoke openly of being ''embarrassed'' and ''pained'' by the president after he was forced into a second dramatic climbdown in two months - this time over Nkandla. Two years after denying liability for the splurging of millions in taxpayers' money on his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead, Zuma announced late on Tuesday that he had written to the Constitutional Court proposing to repay some of the money in line with the recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The U-turn came just days before the court was due to decide whether he should foot a portion of the bill for supposed security upgrades, including a swimming pool described as a fire-fighting facility, a chicken run and a cattle kraal, which Madonsela found were undue benefits. It followed years of political fallout during which an ANC-dominated parliamentary committee and the police minister controversially absolved Zuma of liability.

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  • Soccer star bonks friend's wife

    2016-02-07 10:59:16.0 | AUBREY MOTHOMBENI | Former SuperSport United and Polokwane City midfielder Jabu Maluleke is accused of wrecking another man's marriage. The wayward soccer player was allegedly caught after sending raunchy WhatsApp messages to S'busiso Nkosi's wife Puleng, detailing their alleged sexcapades. It is understood the chats put a strain on the couple's struggling marriage. According to Nkosi, Maluleke, also married, comes from Chiawelo, Soweto, the same neighbourhood as his wife. When the "naughty" duo were contacted for comment, Puleng hung up, and Maluleke could not be reached for two weeks and failed to respond to text messages. Some of the raunchy messages between them took

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