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    Popular model, actress and TV presenter Pearl Thusi has been going through her fair share of drama in recent weeks - now the talk is that her sports presenter boyfriend, Robert Marawa, has dumped her. Independent Media contacted Thusi’s manager, Sarit Tomlinson, of Capacity Relations, to establish the facts. “Pearl and Robert are very much together. The rumour is a 100 percent lie. It is very disappointing that people can create such malicious stories. There have been malicious acts and it’s been disappointing. “We have not been paying attention to every rumour but it has been a matter of setting the record straight about lies that have been circulating,” she said. Rumours are flying after an

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Guptas launch urgent application to interdict Malema, EFF

    The interdict relates to comments Malema made about Gupta-owned ANN7 & 'The New Age' last week. Julius Malema EFF Gupta Gupta family Court interdict (Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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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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  • Students’ ‘blackface’ apology

    Carlo Petersen Stellenbosch University (SU) student Poekie Briedenhann says she and her friend were dressed up as purple aliens and not blackfaces, for a residence party. Briedenhann posted a photograph of herself and a fellow SU student – both covered in dark purple paint and wearing silver foil hats and shoes – on Instagram on Friday night. The photograph sparked a social media outcry under the hashtag #blackface. Blackface is in reference to white people who paint themselves black to poke fun at black people. In an apology, Briedenhann took full responsibility for the incident at the “Stellar Space” party held at the university’s Heemstede residence. “We are aware that our actions in the blackfacing

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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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  • 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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  • Mbeki's letters the ravings of a bitter man

    When former president Thabo Mbeki announced his intention to publish weekly articles, he declared his chief object as the correction of history. Thus, his first dispatch was anchored on Winston Churchill, who during his time set out to soften the heart of history by writing it himself. As Mbeki acknowledges, "Churchill did write the history of WWII, producing a series of six books." By making reference to Churchill's series of books on as weighty a historical subject as the Second World War, Mbeki aroused our appetite to expect no less from his articles. It was tempting to expect a serious reflection on the evolution of South Africa, through the lenses of a former president whose intellectual

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  • "If they want war, we are ready for them" - EFF

    The EFF in Gauteng says it is all systems go for Tuesday’s #PayBackTheMoney march to the Constitutional Court. Speaking to The Citizen, EFF provincial spokesperson, Ntobeng Ntobeng said they are expecting no less than 20 000 people to take part in the march. Responding to reports that the march might be countered by members from the ANC Youth League, Ntobeng responded: “That trolley of grocery called Collen Maine can come with his supporters, and if they want war, we are ready for them…we will defend ourselves. The EFF is the only party that applied successfully for this march, but having said that, anyone irrespective of their political affiliation is welcome to be part of this big march,” Ntobeng

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  • PICS: EFF’s #PayBackTheMoney march - Special Features

    Johannesburg - Economic Freedom Fighters supporters dressed in red T-shirts gathered at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown on Tuesday morning. The EFF supporters will march to the Constitutional Court, where their party is taking its matter against President Jacob Zuma to try and compel him to pay for non-security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence. ANA Related Stories

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  • Zimbabwe: Cont Mhlanga Calls It a Day

    Cont Mhlanga is a name associated with arts, creativity and growth and one cannot talk of the Zimbabwean arts scene without Mhlanga's name. The Godfather of Arts, Mhlanga has published three books and wrote more than 20 plays among them The Good President, The End, Sinjalo, Children on Fire, Games and Bombs, The Members, Vikela and has directed Bamqgibela Ephila and Omunye Umngcwabo. Mhlanga's politically-charged play The Good President won him an Art Venture Freedom to Create award, shrugging off challenge from nearly 1 000 entrants from 86 countries. Although presented as a fictional account, its depiction of an African dictator who has ruled his country since 1980 closely mirrors current events in Zimbabwe.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • SA deports 140 Zimbabwean ex-cons, 100s more to follow this week

    The official Chronicle newspaper said that 950 Zimbabwean migrants who had broken South African immigration regulations had been identified at Lindela Holding Centre in Johannesburg. Zimbabwe's consul-general to South Africa Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro told the paper on Saturday that "most of the immigrants at the transit camp will be sent home on Wednesday [this] week". A total of 140 Zimbabweans, who had served jail time in South Africa, were being sent home on two trucks with a police escort at the weekend. Their offences range from housebreaking to murder, according to the Chronicle.  South Africa has been a destination of choice for decades for Zimbabweans seeking jobs away from home, but migrants

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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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