• Mandela hitched again

    The marriage appears to have been kept a closely guarded secret until pictures of the happy bride and groom appeared on social media. Mandela confirmed he married Clarke yesterday. "I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on February 6. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community for welcoming me into their hearts. "Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans." A family friend told The Times the wedding took place at a mosque in Kensington, followed by a reception at Cape Town hotel,

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  • Minnie Dlamini's job spared, all thanks to Hlaudi Motsoeneng

    SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has rescued Soccer Zone and its presenter Minnie Dlamini from the guillotine. Motsoeneng confirmed that the axe won' t fall on the Monday night football highlights show on SABC1 that channel bosses had recommended it be axed along with presenters Dlamini and Thomas Mlambo. "It didn't make sense to get rid of a programme that was doing well as compared with other magazine shows. You can't compare Soccer Zone with Generations and later make a decision that it's not doing well and the numbers are going down. It's doing better than SuperSport," Motsoeneng said. He said that the SABC did not believe in discarding its talent and that was the reason why

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  • Bonang and AKA strike a pose at Da Les’ all-white party (Photos)

    Rumoured couple AKA and Bonang Matheba were some of the many Mzansi A-listers at Da Les’ 7th Annual All-White Pool Party on Saturday.Next The duo even took some time to pose for the cameras together. So are they finally ready to go public with their relationship? Queen B looked breathtaking in a lightweight sheer kaftan, with a daring bodysuit to go with. Held in Sandton, Johannesburg, another rumoured couple was also in attendance. That would be Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane. Nomzmo opted for a tailored relaxed look, donning wide-legged three-quarter pants with a matching top and peek-a-boo bra. Other gorgeous ladies spotted at the event included Nomuzi Mabena,  Boity, Khanya Mkangisa, Natasha

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  • Soccer player Oupa Manyisa finds out about wife's 'secret child'

    Former Orlando Pirates captain and Bafana Bafana midfielder Oupa Manyisa has allegedly been keeping a big marital secret for over seven years. This comes after he learnt that his wife Johanna Louw had "forgotten" to tell him that she had a son with another man before they got married in 2013. Sunday World understands that Manyisa discovered after getting married to his wife that she had a child from her previous relationship. The information was revealed after Manyisa's close friends, including an official who is part of his management team, told him about the existence of the child. The informant claimed that Louw had told Manyisa that the child was her aunt's when they were still dating in

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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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  • South Africa: Zimbabwean Woman Banned Despite Minister's Promise

    A woman finds herself unable to re-enter South Africa even though she has the correct permit Tracey (not her real name) was denied entry into South Africa at Beitbridge on 6 January 2016. "I don't know what to do, where to go ... In South Africa, I have to pay my bills," she says. "Really I will lose my job and since I am a single parent, who then will look after my children?" Her children are aged 10 and 14. She was married for four years before her husband abandoned her. Although Tracey appears to have followed all the correct procedures, she finds herself blacklisted and stuck outside the country, in what appears to be a problem of communication between the ministry, the department and the

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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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  • Shembe pupils kicked out of school - KwaZulu-Natal

    Two KwaZulu-Natal teens say they are being excluded from school because they refuse to cut their hair for religious reasons. They follow the Nazareth Baptist Church, or Shembe faith, which stipulates that a man’s strength is in his hair and it cannot be cut. The case is similar to that of Grade 8 Cape Town pupil Azania Stofile, a Rastafarian, who was stopped from starting high school last month when teachers demanded he cut off his dreadlocks. He was eventually allowed back and to keep his hair when the provincial education department became involved. Nkululeko Mahashi, 19, and Lindokuhle Mhlambi, 18, are in Grade 9 at Osizweni High School in Newcastle. They were kicked out of school last week.

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  • Mugabe’s health in the spotlight as 92nd birthday approaches

    A Zimbabwean lawyer wants parliament to investigate if Mugabe is really fit enough to rule. Robert Mugabe Robert Mugabes government Robert Mugabes party ZIMBABWE – A Zimbabwean lawyer is putting President Robert Mugabe's health in the spotlight as he celebrates his 92nd birthday this month. Tinomudaishe Chinyoka wants parliament to investigate if the president really is fit enough to rule. Chinyoka is well known, both as a former student activist and as a lawyer who has practised in the United Kingdom.   He announced he was joining the ruling Zanu-PF in 2013, though state media now refers to him as an MDC activist.  Chinyoka has launched an appeal with the Constitutional Court over Mugabe’s continued

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  • Health MEC discharged from hospital - Politics

    Johannesburg - Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has been discharged from George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Pretoria, her department said on Saturday. “MEC Mahlangu was discharged after spending about three days in hospital. Her doctors were satisfied and convinced by her response to medical treatment and as such, decided to discharge her to recuperate at home,” said spokesman Steve Mabona. “She is doing very well and feeling much better; we hope she will be back at work on Tuesday, February 9.” Mahlangu complained about her health just before a public meeting in Tshwane on Wednesday. She was rushed to hospital and admitted for observation, Mabona said at the time. Mahlangu, premier David

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  • Man arrested after fatal Dbn accident - Crime & Courts

    Durban - A man has arrested for alleged drunken driving and culpable homicide after two cyclists were killed when his car hit them on a Durban highway early on Sunday morning. KwaZulu-Natal SA Police Service (SAPS) spokesman Brigadier Jay Naicker said the 33-year-old man was expected to appear in court soon. Provincial Emergency Medical Service (EMS) spokesman Robert McKenzie said the accident happened shortly after 5am on the M4 highway, also known as the Ruth First Highway. The two cyclists were part of a group of 40 cyclists passing the Hypermarket-by-the-Sea when a car ploughed into them. Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said the Netcare 911 advanced life support paramedic and his team arrived

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  • Maine's monkey comments offensive: ANC

    "It's offensive to describe a people, because you don't agree with them, [as] monkeys, especially in the context of South Africa where monkeys were used to describe certain groups of people based on racial expression," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said. South Africans were still carrying the scars of racism and such comments should not be seen as jokes or gestures. "Any description of people as any animal, we don't believe is correct." Maine made the comments at a rally in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, at the weekend. He warned opposition parties against fighting with President Jacob Zuma. "The country will be defended. We cannot allow Julius Malema and his monkeys to run our country amok and turn

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  • Ntsiki Mazwai has a go at Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse

    Official moves towards the deployment -- fiercely opposed by China -- of a US missile defence system in South Korea highlight the inherent dangers of disunity in dealing with North Korea's growing military threat, analysts say.

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  • Durban tremor linked to Taiwan quake? - KwaZulu-Natal

    An earth tremor, estimated to be 3.1 on the Richter scale, rumbled across Durban at 11am on Saturday - and was felt across the Berea, the central city and outlying areas. It is uncertain whether the tremor had any links to the Taiwan earthquake hours earlier. Council for Geoscience project manager, Michelle Grobbelaar, said details of the tremor would be known on Monday. “All I can say at this stage is that it seemed to be located in the KwaZulu-Natal region. From the reports I have received, it is unlikely to be greater than magnitude 3.1, but we will have to analyse and confirm this. There have been earthquakes in the province before. The earliest we have on record is in 1932 off the coast

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  • Beyonce, in surprise new track, takes on police abuse

    Beyonce is back with her first new music in more than two years, a hip-hop-heavy track with nods to the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. The pop superstar released a single and accompanying video, “Formation,” on Saturday in a surprise one day before she is set to perform before tens of millions of television viewers during halftime of the Super Bowl alongside British rockers Coldplay.  Set in New Orleans, the video offers fleeting but poignant references to Black Lives Matter, the movement against police brutality that has gained steam across the United States in recent years.  A row of police officers in riot gear appears throughout the video. At the end, they raise their hands

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  • United must be wary of Mendes

    London - Manchester United have known for several years that a suspicion of football agents can have unhappy consequences. Sir Alex Ferguson's distaste for Mino Raiola, Paul Pogba's representative, got to a stage where he would no longer entertain the contractual demands for the player. So Pogba took his services to Juventus for next to nothing and a sum of €90m was not enough to bring him back to England, when Manchester City tried last summer. But the financial consequences of crossing swords with Raiola are nothing compared with the dangers of a deepening dependency on the Portuguese Jorge Mendes. It will begin to feel like a Mendes annexation if United's drift towards signing the agent's

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  • Tourism ‘will take years to recover’ from visa issues

    IT WILL take the tourism industry four to five years to recover from the damage to South Africa’s reputation caused by the Department of Home Affairs’ immigration regulations, Tourism Business Council of South Africa CEO Mmatati Ramawela says. But her organisation has welcomed the regulatory concessions announced by the department. These include waiving the requirement for Chinese travellers to apply for a visa in person as long as they are part of a tour group. The department’s director-general, Mkuseli Apleni, says that a 10-year visa waiver for business executives from Brics countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) is also available, allowing such executives to remain in South Africa for

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  • Kempton Park ‘a magnet for dealers’ - Gauteng

    Kempton Park on the East Rand is not only home to the biggest airport on the continent, the OR Tambo International Airport, but a magnet for drug dealers and abusers. Over the years Joburg has become the main drug den of Gauteng, with drug-related crime rising out of control, according to the police and a leading community leader. “Hillbrow has lost the top spot in drug use and dealing to Kempton Park. Streets and schools are flooded with all kinds of drugs. Our hands are full - we call for the assistance of members of the community to stop this plague,” says an off-duty policeman who does not wish to be named. He says rape, theft, drugs and hijackings have become a daily occurrence in the previously

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  • No Afrikaans, no cake

    The "ban" is part of the group's #RedAfrikaans [save Afrikaans] campaign, intended to highlight the need for the retention of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at universities. "We will launch events such as the affirmative action cake-sale to illustrate the unfairness of the [universities] language policy," said AfriForum Youth spokesman Ian Cameron. "Cake will be sold only to Afrikaans-speakers." The debate about the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at some universities gained momentum in November when the University of Stellenbosch announced the language would be dropped as a primary language of instruction. Critics of the use of Afrikaans claim it racially excludes students,

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