• South Africa: Unbundling DStv for Affordable and Increased a La Carte Viewing

    press release Paying almost R2 000 for internet and DSTV is becoming too much money for too little. It also excludes a vast majority of people from accessing channels they would like to view because of unaffordability. Unbundling of DSTV must occur to allow for a wider audience and for an a la carte TV service. In my view, individuals must have the right to select channels on top of a base package. At present there is just too much drivel on DSTV and just too many repeats for which subscribers have to pay unnecessarily. A more limited menu will harm no one and benefit subscribers. The argument that unbundling will cost more is unacceptable. If an increasing number of people moved to a faster

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • Bob's your uncle, and soon he may be gone

    This week, Mugabe’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa was in London, cap in hand, addressing a conference, looking for money. Assuring any investor who would listen that Mugabe’s controversial and investor unfriendly “indigenisation” policy no longer counts and insisting Zimbabwe has changed and it would also massively revamp its land policies to pay out evicted white farmers. “The past is over, let’s look to the future,” Chinamasa said. The UK Economist, which covered the Tuesday conference in London, said Chinamasa was hoping to finalise a deal to borrow about R15 billion to pay off its debts to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the African Development Bank, so that it can borrow again and restart the economy.

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  • Conte still wants four new signings

    London - Antonio Conte wants four more players in place before Chelsea start the Premier League season. Conte is determined to sign a top-class centre forward and at least one more defender, possibly two. His back-up goalkeeper is set to be Diego Lopez, 34, from AC Milan who will work with new coach Gianluca Spinelli. Benfica’s young, versatile Swedish defender Victor Lindelof has emerged as a possible target, especially if Chelsea fail to sign Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, who is valued at £50m by Napoli. Everton are also prepared to go close to this figure as they expect to complete the sale of John Stones to Manchester City. However, Koulibaly prefers a move to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are considering

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  • Gang rape at primary school

    Pretoria - Tears rolled down a father’s cheeks as he broke down and cried in horror after confirmation that his little girl had been raped at school. He had just spoken to police officers from Boschkop police station, who had taken his 8-year-old daughter and her classmate for an examination following reports that they had been raped. “I am so hurt; the principal has been aware of this for two weeks. Despite telling parents that he has taken the matter to the police, he has done nothing,” the father said. The father had discovered possible sexual assault on his daughter two weeks ago. When he investigated it emerged that his little girl had been one of four girls, aged between 7 and 9, raped

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  • Vilakazi stalled on Sundowns move for Chiefs offer, source says

    Vilakazi’s long-awaited move away from Wits was expected to happen ahead of the 2016/17 season, with Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns as the front runners for his signature. Phakaaathi has been informed by a source close to the player that he wanted to join Amakhosi, and that the midfielder met with head coach Steve Komphela about a possible move to Naturena. According to the source, Komphela made a promise to Vilakazi that he would do everything in his power to have him in his squad next season, but Chiefs didn’t meet Wits’ demands for the player to join the Glamour Boys, forcing the Bafana Bafana man to consider Sundowns’ deal instead. Mike Makaab, Sibusiso Vilakazi’s agent confirmed that a deal with the Brazilians was in its final stages.

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  • Great white killed for its jaws

    Flatley, the star of Riverdance, came under fire yesterday at a Cape Town media briefing to mark the release of research findings that suggest the great white shark faces extinction. One of the reasons is a trade in its jaw, according to shark expert Mike Rutzen, who claimed the trade took off after Flatley acquired one during his visit. "He got himself the biggest jaw ever caught in South Africa," Rutzen said. "But what we saw in the field is the fishermen heard about it and started taking the big animals to wait for the next Mike Flatley." Rutzen claimed Flatleyacquired the jaw in exchange for a £30,000 "donation" to a fishermen's retirement fund. Flatley could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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  • We were better off under apartheid‚ say EC villagers

    “We shot ourselves in the foot by toppling the apartheid government‚” residents of an Eastern Cape village said on Thursday. Tsholomnqa villagers had been waiting for a tarred road and decent houses for decades‚ said community leader‚ Wele Ntshongola. He said the dawn of democracy had marked the beginning of the collapse of quality service delivery for the Eastern Cape rural area which is situated on the R72 outside East London. “This village was in a good state under the Ciskei homeland led by LL Sebe. We used to have a tarred road... with workers who used to maintain it as well as free seed‚ crops and livestock.” He said they celebrated when democracy dawned. “Little did we know that democracy

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  • Crisis brews in Limpopo ANC - Politics

    Johannesburg - The ANC in Limpopo could find itself engulfed by internal strife instead of electioneering if its Youth League in the province does not get its way. Leaders of the structure on Friday called for disciplinary action against party chairperson and Limpopo premier, Stan Mathabatha. At the heart of the conflict is the the mayoral candidacy of mineral rich Greater Tubatse municipality in Ga-Sekhukhune. The league has alleged that Mathabatha unilaterally selected Chorus Phokwane for the contested post, ignoring a PEC decision backing Vincent Shoba. “Shoba is capable to lead there, more than the rest. Our candidate is Vincent Shoba, we have lobbied for him. The one that the premier was

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  • South Africa: Brand New 2016 Land Rover Defenders Seized

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • Zuma disses Maimane and Malema

    Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma upped the tempo of the election campaign rhetoric on Wednesday by going on the offensive against opposition leaders Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema. Zuma was addressing hundreds of ANC supporters and ordinary residents in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, urging them to vote for the ANC on August 3. He said he could not understand how Maimane found the nerve to call himself the leader of a political party of whites who oppressed his own people. According to Zuma, the poverty faced by most blacks in South Africa was the end result of decades of oppression by the previous version of the party that Maimane now leads. “He (Maimane) is the child of the National Party, which

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  • #CelebsShadeTwitter: Watch Kenny Kunene attack Twitter over those blesser comments

    Kenny Kunene is the second personality to take part in our special video series where celebrities get to respond to the constant Twitter trolling that they face.

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  • Fired SARS 'racist' wants his job back

    A former SA Revenue Services official claims the taxman should not have fired him for using the k-word towards his black boss because there was no breakdown of relationship as a result of his utterances. JJ Kruger, a former Sars anti-smuggling officer based at OR Tambo International Airport, went on a racist outburst telling his boss Abel Mboweni in August 2007 that "a ka***r must not tell me what to do". Kruger's papers were filed in the Constitutional Court in May . Mboweni, a long-time Sars employee, is now a specialist tax advisor. At the disciplinary hearing, Kruger blamed stress for his outbursts but failed to provide evidence of stress. The hearing found Kruger guilty and handed him a

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  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Zimbabwe: Arrested National Roads Officials Close to VP Mphoko, First Lady

    THE Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) officials, acting chief executive officer Engineer Moses Juma and non-executive director Davison Norupiri, who were unprocedurally released from police custody last week by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko after being arrested for allegedly defrauding the parastatal of US$1,3 million are close associates of the vice-president and First Lady Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe Independent has learnt. Mphoko, who was acting President at the time, drove to Avondale Police Station in Harare on Wednesday evening and personally secured the release of the incarcerated duo on the grounds that they were his "boys". Government and police sources said Mphoko was so

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  • Zimbabwe skips paying military as economy hits rock bottom

    The military is normally the first priority for payment due to their role in protecting the regime of President Robert Mugabe, 92. But Zimbabwe's soldiers were not paid as scheduled last week, and last month's wages were paid about two weeks late. "We were supposed to get our salaries on Friday but there was nothing at the bank. "We don't know when we will be paid," said a junior soldier, who requested anonymity. Other soldiers confirmed the salary delay. The cash-strapped government, which spends more than 80% of its revenue on wages, has resorted to staggering pay dates as it scrapes the bottom of its coffers. Protests in recent weeks over salaries, alleged police corruption and import restrictions

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

    In a video posted to his social media accounts on Thursday morning, a man is seen trying to charge at Sbu in studio, alleging that the radio personality made derogatory remarks about his favourite soccer team, Moroko Swallows live on air. Massive love for DJ Sbu on day one of radio return  Soon after a security guard tried to stop the irate man from attacking Sbu, he explained that he was sent to beat him up. "My boss paid me to hit you," said the man, adding that Sbu is very "disrespectful." It's understood that the 'attack' was a joke on the show, with insiders telling TMG Entertainment that it was all planned. Watch: I was taken out of context - Lerato Tshabalala 

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  • Granddad earns Master's degree at 71 - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A Cape Town grandfather, who has earned his Master’s degree at the age of 71, has now set his sights on starting his PhD studies. Anthony de la Harpe, from Belhar, started his Master’s studies at 68 and graduated with his MA in history from the University of the Western Cape on Thursday. His research centred around a land claim involving a family who had been granted a farm in 1850 and claims that the farm was acquired from them by an English mining company by means that were not above board. De la Harpe said a bad fall on the day he registered for his MA couldn’t stop him in his tracks. “I fell and my leg broke in three places.” He was born in Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape and

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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