• FlyAfrica – not worth the gamble

    But, two days after their Harare and Bulawayo offices celebrated their first birthday, the airline pressed criminal charges of fraud against a relative of one of their Zimbabwe shareholders. The company then suspended their Zimbabwe partner for breach of directorial and fiduciary duties. In retaliation, the Zimbabwe partner “illegally and unilaterally” tried to surrender their Air Operator Certificate to the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, according to a company statement. So, as a result of boardroom and aviation authority squabbles, both the Zimbabwe and Namibia routes were cancelled. On Facebook, flights were announced, but travellers complained they were not notified and only realised

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  • Axing from Uzalo 'a blessing', says actor Bonga Dlamini

    Failure to land a role in the new season of SABC1 drama series Uzalo and the creative industry's inconsistent income has prompted one of President Jacob Zuma's nephews to venture into selling luxury leather bags. Bonga Dlamini was the star of the first season of one of SABC1's most-watched drama series. He played the character of Mkhonto Xulu, a troublesome and murderous brother of Gxabhashe (Mpumelelo Bhulose), leader of a notorious car theft syndicate in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal. "Of course I was saddened to learn that I would not be featured in the new season of the drama series I loved with all my heart, but life must go on," said Dlamini. "That is water under the bridge now and you know what

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  • R87m Powerball winner hasn't claimed winnings

    The winner of the weekend’s R87-million Powerball jackpot has not claimed their winnings yet. Ithuba‚ which is the National Lottery operator‚ told TMG Digital on Monday that the winner‚ who bought the ticket in Mokopane‚ Limpopo had not yet come forward or arrived at the Lotto offices to claim its biggest Powerball jackpot.  The total amount won is R87 624 435.  The winner purchased a quick-pick ticket for R20 at Global Filling Station in Mokopane on Friday. Ithuba’s Zukiswa Nomnganga said winners have 365 days from the date of the draw to claim their money.  “This was the biggest PowerBall jackpot since Ithuba took over the operation of running the National Lottery in June last year. In addition‚

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  • EFF woos black professionals

    Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters is pulling out all the stops to woo young black professionals to vote and join the party, with promises that sector-specific bodies would be established for them after the elections. Young black professionals ranging from lawyers, architects, engineers and doctors packed a hotel conference room in Sandton over the weekend. The venue, which was packed to the rafters, was clearly too small as the party had only anticipated about 300 people. EFF national chairman Advocate Dali Mpofu and deputy president Floyd Shivambu heard how many black professionals felt undermined and underpaid in their professions, calling on the EFF to advocate for transformation

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  • Nats joined the ANC too ... don't forget that – Mpofu

    Over the weekend, President Jacob Zuma again asserted his belief that the Democratic Alliance (DA) could not be separated from its “parent party”, the apartheid National Party. That belief appears to be based on the fact that the Democratic Party (DP) went into a coalition with the New National Party (NNP) in 2000. NNP leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk helped to form the Democratic Alliance in the merger between the NNP and Tony Leon’s DP, but that didn’t last long. Van Schalkwyk and other members of his party crossed over to the ANC in 2001. In so doing, they reduced the DA’s 52.5% outright majority win in Cape Town and handed power to the ANC in the city and the Western Cape. During the 2002 floor-crossing

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  • I am no longer dating Khune

    Fitness trainer Sbahle Mpisane and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune are not a couple any more, unfortunately. Mpisane took to Instagram on Sunday morning to share the heartbreaking news, posting a picture with the caption: “Not everything works out the way you wish for it to do … Some situations are worth removing yourself away from! I am no longer dating the Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goal keeper anymore sadly.” This after the couple celebrated their one-year anniversary in June. The couple were among our relationship goals, proving that they were partners in everything. Khune used to post videos of the two working out together, and calling her his Woman Crush Everyday. Though the

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  • Zuma wants six months as a dictator

    Johannesburg - All President Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa on Wednesday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations.

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  • Al Ahly ready to splash the cash for Billiat

    Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane celebrated after capturing Sibusiso Vilakazi to bolster what is already a formidable Mamelodi Sundowns side, but the coach then quickly revealed that the growing interest in Khama Billiat has him a bit on edge as the club gets closer to a CAF Champions League semi-final spot. Vilakazi’s move from Bidvest Wits to Sundowns was confirmed on Sunday in a deal that included an undisclosed transfer fee as well as playmaker Mogakolodi Ngele and striker Cuthbert Malajila going in the opposite direction in a swap deal. The Brazilians host Zamalek in a Champions League group stage encounter Wednesday night at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, and a draw will be enough to guarantee

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  • Lebese looks for 'personal trainer' after Khune's break-up

    Now Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Lebese shared on Twitter that he was looking for a professional fitness trainer. Whether this is shade being thrown at Khune or Lebese really just looking for a fitness trainer remains to be seen. It would not be such a bad idea for Mpisane and Lebese to hook up; after all, history has showed us that it always works out the second time around. Lebese previously dated Sizakele Manonga, who later accused him of physically abusing her.

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  • Mbeki is protesting silently – Malema

    Never listen to veterans who are ignored by their own party, EFF leader Julius Malema told his supporters in Zamdela, Sasolburg, in the Free State yesterday. He was referring to the ANC’s use of veterans such as Ahmed Kathrada and Kgalema Motlanthe to campaign for the party in the upcoming local government elections. “They are so desperate, they even went and asked Winnie Mandela to endorse them. “Can you really ask your own party member to endorse you?” he said. Commenting on the uncertainty around whether former president Thabo Mbeki would campaign for the ANC, Malema said Mbeki was refusing silently, saying to the ANC “when you recalled me, you said you will manage without me”. “[President

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  • WATCH: DJ Sbu gets 'attacked' during his radio show

    The Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start Monday, with a major internal row over leaked emails playing havoc with nominee Hillary Clinton's bid to present a united front against Donald Trump.

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  • Mpofu throws shade at AKA

    On Tuesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were celebrating their third birthday and its national chairperson Advocate Dali Mpofu could not hold back but share on Twitter what the party had achieved so far. In one of his tweets, Mpofu took the time to congratulate the party’s leaders who had graduated in their respective fields, implying that his party was for the educated. “Happy3rdAnniversary to these LEARNED FRIENDS & all fellow Fighters for Economic Freedom,” he tweeted. As he was busy with the celebrations on Twitter, one user tweeted at him, thanking him for paying for music group Entity’s album. Mpofu’s son Sizwe was a member of the group. According to the user, the group’s separation

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  • Chiefs-Bucs show takes centre stage

    Some 90 000 people will cram themselves into the FNB Stadium for the sixth year running, having been handed the chance to select their very own Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates sides to compete in a Soweto derby. It is a massive pre-season money-maker for two clubs that probably don’t really need the cash, and a chance for Steve Komphela and Muhsin Ertugral to cast their eyes over their sides, even if they didn’t pick them. It is likely that the starting XI that takes the field for both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates’ opening PSL matches will be very different from Saturday, given that the voting process doesn’t allow much room for new signings. Nevertheless the game is perhaps also a chance

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  • Trump boosts chance of Democratic gains in the US congress, says Nancy Pelosi

    WASHINGTON — US House of representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi said having Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket would boost chances for Democratic gains in the house, though she stopped short of predicting her party could regain control of the chamber after the November election. "He has really, shall we say, been the gift that keeps on giving," Pelosi said of Trump during a breakfast with reporters on Monday in Philadelphia, where Democrats are gathered to nominate Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate. Pelosi said that she knew Russians hackers had breached the Democratic national committee’s (DNC’s) email system, but that she did not know if they were responsible

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  • Living undersea becomes a reality for South African researcher

    Du Toit is expected to take the plunge on Tuesday to live and do research along the sea bed as part of a NASA exercise to simulate future deep space missions. Known as NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations project 21 the mission involves studying human and robotic interaction as three to four astronauts from NASA‚ the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and other subject matter experts are sent to live underwater for up to three weeks. “I will be performing science tasks ranging from DNA sequencing to coral sampling‚ as well as human-robot interaction tasks. “My stay will include five 'spacewalks' and a multitude of habitat-based science tasks and human physiology

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  • Cops seize illegal Landrovers worth R3m

    Cape Town - Police on Thursday seized four brand-new 2016 Land Rover Defenders, worth an estimated total of R3 million, at a storage facility in Carlisle Road, Paarden Eiland, in a crackdown on what they suspect is an illegal vehicle export syndicate. Norman Lamprecht, executive manager of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), said on Friday that because the automotive industry was the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa’s economy, contributing 7.5 percent to its GDP last year alone, the illegal import and export of vehicles was eroding foreign investment and local employment. Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said in a statement: “Fraudulent

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  • Google honours South African teen for experiment using orange peels

    She is now in line to be one of sixteen global finalists and will travel to the Google headquarters in California for the award ceremony. The finals are in September. Kiara Nirghin‚ from St Martin's High School in Johannesburg‚ decided to tackle the drought affecting Southern Africa and has come up with a revolutionary way of keeping crops hydrated for longer‚ at a much lower cost. Using orange peels and avocado skins‚ the teen has managed to create a material‚ that can hold hundreds of times its weight in water‚ in the soil. This super absorbent polymer then acts as a water reservoir in the earth. By saving water this way‚ her idea - which she titled 'No More Thirsty Crops' - could have a massive

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  • Zimbabwe: How Long Can Mugabe Survive Without War Veterans?

    The war veterans and Emmerson Mnangagwa have been key pillars underpinning Mugabe's 36-year-long rule. Without them, it could quickly disintegrate beyond repair. Last week, Zimbabwe's war veterans' association broke its silence as the group released a statement accusing President Robert Mugabe of "dictatorial tendencies" and "bankrupt leadership". For decades, the war veterans have been indispensable allies of Mugabe and have been central to the manner and maintenance of his 36-year-long rule. So it was a momentous moment when elements within the association declared: "We are dismayed by the president's tendency to indulge, in his usual vitriol against perceived enemies, including peaceful protesters,

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  • #ThisFlag pastor toremain in SA - Africa

    Johannesburg - Reunited with his family in South Africa, Evan Mawarire, 39, the part-time pastor of a small, informal Harare congregation, and architect of Zimbabwe’s fast-growing social media protest site, #This Flag, says he is not going home. His family, his wife and two daughters arrived from Zimbabwe late last week and he is now prepared to say on record that he is too nervous to return just yet. Shortly after he encouraged people to stay away from work on July 6, President Robert Mugabe targeted him by accusing him of working for the French and US governments on a “regime change” agenda. Mawarire became an instant national hero when he launched #This Flag in April, highlighting how many

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  • Austerity is no longer the answer - Gordhan - Business News

    Johannesburg - South Africa cannot rely on austerity measures to reduce public debt and boost economic growth, as previously thought, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday. Gordhan has been trying to find a balance between reining in spending to contain South Africa's budget deficit and avoid credit rating downgrades, while also finding ways to boost economic growth and provide basic services to the poor. “What's very clear is that austerity, which we in some parts of the G20 thought was absolutely necessary ... is no longer the answer,” Gordhan told business leaders. “In South Africa, as well, we have some austerity fans amongst our public commentators and its time to rethink.” Africa's

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