• Mandla Mandela weds

    “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community, for welcoming me into their hearts,” Mandela said in a statement. The marriage, which took place on Saturday in Cape Town, is the fourth for Mandela, whose heritage is isiXhosa and who currently serves as the traditional chief of Mveso. “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,” he said.  According to most recent reports, Mandela is still legally married to his first wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, with whom he has been embroiled in a long-standing bitter divorce battle.  Previously

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  • South Africa: Visa Regulations

    Today's announcement by the Departments of Home Affairs (DHA) that the it will be relaxing some of the job-killing visa regulations it introduced last year does not go far enough to restore South Africa as a tourist friendly destination. Instead of announcing an E-visa system in line with the recommendations by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the DHA merely noted that it would be considering the idea of issuing visas on arrival in the coming months. Meanwhile the concession by the DHA to do away with the unabridged birth certificate requirement for minors whose passports contain the full details of both parents will have no benefit to those who do not possess these updated passports.

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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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  • The Big Read: Zuma's got the right numbers

    Predictions have been made that the man is so weak that he will be recalled by his party within months; that he may be forced to go because of the massive damage he is wreaking on the 104-year-old ANC. I am not convinced Zuma can be forced out by his comrades. Why not? Zuma has always been a cunning analyst of the ANC and its processes. He knows where the power within the party lies. He sleeps easy knowing that the majority of South Africans will still vote for the ANC, at least at the general elections in 2019. The 2024 national elections are another story altogether. The key for him, therefore, is to forget about the general populace and concentrate on what matters to him: the decision-making

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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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  • 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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  • Zimbabwe: Moyo Recruited to Destroy Zanu-PF

    Munyaradzi Musiiwa — Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairman Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa has challenged Professor Jonathan Moyo to contest his claims that he was Ndabaningi Sithole's illegitimate child, who was seeking revenge for his father who was rejected by the revolutionary party after forging an alliance with the Smith regime at the height of the war of liberation. Cde Mutsvangwa said he also had empirical evidence that Prof Moyo was recruited by western imperialists who were pushing the regime change in Zimbabwe. He said Prof Moyo was assigned by these people to dislodge Zanu-PF with his "petty parochial ideologies" that reside in him. He said Prof Moyo was a traitor

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  • SA charmer's trail of treachery in US

    "I was straight out of a divorce. I was needy," the California farmer said this week, recalling her ordeal at the hands of her mystery South African, Abraham "Arno" Smit. "He must have been with four or five women at the same time. If he found out that a woman didn't have the money she claimed she had, then he would disappear. "He sucked me into his web. I didn't know there were people like that out there." Cary was easy prey for Smit, who in a few years allegedly cut a swathe of deceit and bad debt across California cattle country. He claimed to be a middle-aged cattle baron from South Africa, heir to a farming empire. In fact, he was a 25-year-old dealer in broken promises. When investigators

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  • Mourinho: I'll be back... soon

    Mourinho says he's not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back. Manchester United Chelsea Jose Mourinho LONDON - Jose Mourinho, sacked as manager of Chelsea in December seven months after winning the Premier League title, has said he is not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back in management. He did not comment directly on media reports that have heavily linked him with Louis Van Gaal's job at Manchester United. But he did say that his family will remain in London and that he liked the competitiveness of English football. "For sure, I will be back soon," the Portugese told GQ magazine in an interview published on its website (www.gq-magazine.co.uk). It did not say when

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Succession: Jonathan Moyo Bares it All

    In your opinion, what could have motivated George Charamba’s attacks against you and those perceived to be opposed to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa? While Charamba’s scurrilous political attack on me and other Cabinet ministers perceived to be opposed to what they allege is Vice-President Mnangagwa’s succession path went viral after his long interview on ZiFM radio and after The Herald reproduced a verbatim script of that interview two weeks ago, in fact Charamba had been on my case over VP Mnangagwa’s succession for a very long time. To make a very long story short, things started turning ugly between Charamba and me and his fellow successionists out there in May 2015 when BBC HardTalk broadcast an interview with me in which I poured cold water on the ambitions of successionists by saying President Robert Mugabe had not appointed his vice-presidents so they could succeed him, but so they could assist him to implement the policy programmes he pledged to the nation in the 2013 elections, which he won resoundingly.

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  • SA to deport 140 Zimbabwean ex-convicts

    Reports from Zimbabwe say the deportees have just finished serving sentences of up to 18 years in jail.

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  • Comair aircraft makes emergency landing at OR Tambo Airport

    It’s understood a guinea fowl allegedly flew into one of the plane’s engines shortly after it took off. Comair Emergency landing Comair Limited Kulula JOHANNESBURG – Comair has confirmed that one its Kulula aircrafts has had to make an emergency landing at the OR Tambo International Airport this morning.   It’s understood a guinea fowl allegedly flew into one of the plane’s engines shortly after it took off from the Lanseria Airport to Cape Town.   The incident has resulted in some delays. No one was been injured.   Comair CEO Erik Venter said, “The Kulula aircraft did make an emergency landing because it’s struck a guinea fowl coming out of Lanseria Airport. It’s not unusual but we obviously

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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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  • Who made the DA whiter? Mmusi and Lindiwe exchange barbs

    Party leader Mmusi Maimane said this week that white males had also played a key role in controlling the party while Lindiwe Mazibuko was its parliamentary leader. He was responding to an article on BDLive last month in which Mazibuko welcomed the party's stand against racism but said it needed to do something about the white male "brains trust" that dominated it. Mazibuko, now a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, criticised the white men in the DA who she said "callously strut about social media like a law unto themselves". But Maimane dismissed the criticism during an interview at his parliament office. "Things are changing. She left the party, it was her choice," he said.

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  • Prasa boss gets lucky with R11m mansion

    The claims are made in court papers filed this week in the High Court in Pretoria in an action against Siyangena Technologies, which obtained a R3.9-billion Prasa tender in 2009-10. Molefe wants the court to set aside the contract awarded to Mario Ferreira, the owner of soccer club Vasco da Gama and Siyangena Technologies. The Prasa chairman has argued that Siyangena was unlawfully awarded the tender to instal high-speed passenger gates, CCTV cameras and other security related material. "Investigations ... revealed that Mr Lucky Montana has corruptly benefited from his relationship with individuals and entities associated with the first respondent [Siyangena Technologies]. Seven additional stations

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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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  • EFFSC vow to have ‘guerrilla conversation’ with 'Oros' following

    The Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command (EFFSC) has described being called “monkeys” by African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine as “lame and childish utterances by Oros”. The students said: “Not that we’ve been paying attention or following the events of the ANC youth desk but it is reported to us that Oros man‚ Collen Maine‚ is up to his usual antics of spewing bile once again. “This time‚ he has apparently referred to the EFF as monkeys. “It is incumbent upon us as the EFFSC that we dispute‚ refute and dismiss this madness with the contempt it deserves.” Maine is reported to have said: “If you fight with Zuma you are fighting with the youth league‚ and South

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  • Nigeria: Etisalat Drags MTN to Court Over Visafone Acquisition

    Lagos — Telecommunications firm, Etisalat Nigeria has brought a legal action against MTN Nigeria and Visafone Ltd, challenging MTN's use of the 800MHZ spectrum following the acquisition of Visafone. Etisalat said the court action was necessary to prevent the use of the spectrum by MTN at this time, as it will entrench the dominance of MTN in the retail data services market. It noted that MTN Nigeria had been declared dominant by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in 2013 and remains dominant in the wholesale leased line and retail voice markets. Chineze Amanfo, Head of Media, Etisalat in a statement said: "The use of the 800MHz spectrum to deploy broadband services ahead of its competitors,

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  • Zimbabwe, China Central Banks Have Yet to Agree On Yuan Settlement

    THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is still negotiating with its Chinese counterpart for a deal for the southern African country without its own currency to settle payments using the Chinese yuan as an alternative to the American greenback. Central Bank Governor John Mangudya said at his annual monetary policy statement that Harare sought to use the yuan to settle bilateral trade and repay loans from China. China has become Zimbabwe's major trading partner but still trails far behind the continent's economic powerhouse South Africa. Zimbabwe is currently using multiple currencies since 2009 after it abandoned its hyperinflation ravaged currency. The nine trading currencies are the British pound, euro,

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  • Mbeki embraces Adriaan Vlok - Politics

    Former apartheid police minister Adriaan Vlok has recommitted himself to pressing ahead, seeking forgiveness from those he offended, regardless of the criminal complaint filed against him this week. The Anti-Racism Action Forum lodged the complaint against Vlok and his erstwhile boss, former president FW de Klerk, relating to the “mass murder” of 27 people in the Sebokeng Massacre in July 1990 and 13 in the Daveyton Massacre in 1991. Another charge related to the killing of the Cradock Four, allegedly by an apartheid-era hit squad. Vlok said in an interview that he had made contact with business executive Moeletsi Mbeki, younger brother of former president Thabo Mbeki, with the object of helping

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