• Paid to do nothing for 12 months

    A Limpopo government official has challenged his employer to provide him with the necessary tools to do his job instead of paying him a salary for doing nothing. Phineas Tsebe earns R16000 a month. Tuesday marked a year since Tsebe was hired at the Mogalakwena municipality in Mokopane. Tsebe, 53, was dismissed in May 2014 after he was accused of committing fraud in his capacity as a testing officer. He was accused of signing a learners' licence booking application form, a procedure only cashiers are allowed to do. It was later discovered that Tsebe was wrongly accused and he was reinstated on February 2 2015 after a settlement agreement between him and the municipality. However, he needed to

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  • Cashier’s till scam exposed - Independent on Saturday

    Durban - A good news story created social media waves this week when a Durban business couple, Sbonelo Mbatha and his wife, Zinhle, took a crooked cashier to task. According to Mbatha’s Facebook post, the incident occurred when they went to buy a few groceries at a local Checkers in Durban North. Mbatha said he had gone through the till first and, while his wife was busy paying, he noticed that “her facial expression showed signs of confusion and concern”. Only when the couple were leaving the supermarket did it become clear to them that the cashier had asked Zinhle for a bribe in return for putting some of her items through without scanning them. “The cashier deliberately did not ring up these

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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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  • 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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  • Zuma lied about Nene Brics bank 'job'

    Two months after he was dropped from national Treasury, Nhlanhla Nene has told the Financial Mail that he has still not received a formal offer to join the Brics bank, despite President Jacob Zuma indicating otherwise. When Zuma unceremoniously cut Nene from the cabinet in December, he said it was because he needed to rope the able and respected finance minister into the New Development Bank, as the institution is now called. In a statement issued from Zuma’s office a couple of days after he axed Nene, when the president was forced to explain his reckless move in an effort to contain the economic chaos that followed, he said it was because the SA government had identified Nene as the preferred candidate to head the Africa Regional Centre, one of the bank’s priority units.

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  • ‘I had to step down,’ says Nene

    FORMER Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is keeping busy by tending his garden. Mr Nene was fired by President Jacob Zuma in December and replaced by little known MP Des Van Rooyen, prompting an unprecedented backlash from the markets and a knock to the currency. Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan was then assigned the post in a bid to contain the fallout. Mr Nene had resigned as an MP after his axing in December and was said to be earmarked for nomination for a post at the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank. However, he told the Financial Mail this week that he has not yet received a formal offer for the post months after the decision to nominate him was taken by Mr Zuma. He

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  • Pyramid scams thriving in SA - Personal Finance News

    Pyramid schemes in South Africa are more likely to collapse than be shut down, thanks to regulatory arbitrage. The National Consumer Commission (NCC) this week said it was no longer pursuing an investigation into nine suspected pyramid schemes. It said the police’s Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit has taken over the matter. The NCC was established in terms of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), which defines and outlaws pyramid schemes. However, the commission doesn’t have the capacity to do forensic investigations, Trevor Hattingh, NCC spokesman, says. And only legitimate businesses can be taken to the National Consumer Tribunal, he says. Hattingh was responding to questions about reports this

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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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  • Unabridged birth certificate travel rule scrapped

    Parents can breathe a sigh of relief after the Department of Home Affairs announced on Thursday it is amending its controversial rule that makes it a requirement for parents to have their minor children's unabridged birth certificates available before they can travel.  Mkuseli Apleni, the department's director general, said the regulations were being reviewed and amended. The amended law would stipulate that parents' details would be printed in the minor's passport, meaning they would not have to carry birth certificates. “Home affairs is working jointly with the national department of tourism to ensure the regulations are amended accordingly," he said. The tourism department had previously argued

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sensational return for Special One?

    London - Jose Mourinho is on the brink of getting the job of his dreams by becoming Manchester United manager this summer. In a dramatic twist for Manchester football, it means he would resume his toxic rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who was announced last Monday as City’s new boss for next season. No deal has been signed but talks have opened and Mourinho has his heart set on the job. United see him as the one man who can go head to head with Guardiola when trying to lure new talent to the club. City already wish to land Paul Pogba from Juventus and John Stones from Everton. United hope the arrival of Mourinho, who calls himself the Special One, will give them the chance to compete. The Portuguese

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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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  • Tokyo told to call it quits

    But in a compromise that saved Sexwale from an embarrassing exit from the race, the former Gauteng premier was allowed to stay on as a candidate when Safa decided to leave his fate in the hands of the Confederation of African Football. Sexwale went to the meeting expecting to receive an endorsement from Safa, but The Times learned on Thursday he was instead told to call it a day. "He was told to withdraw because he does not have support," an insider said. "He was told that Europe has made it clear it will back [Uefa general secretary] Gianni Infantino. He was also told he does not have the support of Africa because he has not campaigned as much as he should have." Several African football associations

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  • The shed's nice to play hide and seek with celebs

    Madi's GPS got the shock of its life as she navigated to a rather dingy side of downtown Joburg last week. Somewhere in the vicinity of Johannesburg Central Police Station, hoping to spot another celebrity being hauled off to the police cells for speeding or stealing Grandpa. No such luck. Instead, she finally landed at The Shed bar, where e.tv was launching a new drama series, The Heist. Madi's maid is surely going to enjoy it on TV in the confines of her backroom. The Shed looked pretty jam-packed. The setting was great - a bit dark, though some celebs liked it, to avoid Madi's glaring eye. Think again. Madi doesn't have a lazy eye like Donald, she saw you. Let's start off with DJ Zinhle, who

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  • Chief expels family for joining IFP

    A family has apparently been banished from their village near Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal after they joined a political party opposed by the local chief. The Bhengu family said they were shocked when they were expelled from Maqongqo, a place they have called home for more than 50 years. They were banished on Wednesday and were given until today to move out of the area. They said they had nowhere to go. The banishment came after some of the 11 family members publicly joined the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in September last year. After that, they said, their father Bhekumuzi Bhengu was never allowed to speak or address traditional gatherings with the chief and his kinsmen again. On Wednesday,

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  • Puzzle of missing mom deepens - Independent on Saturday

    Durban - The mystery over the whereabouts of a British woman, Linda Rowe, 63, believed to have last been in Pietermaritzburg, deepened on Friday when Rowe purportedly contacted the police and SA Community Crime Watch. Last night, Mike Venter from the crime-watch group confirmed he had received an e-mail from a person claiming to be the missing Linda Rowe late on Thursday night. “I asked her to contact the investigating officer, who said a woman had phoned him on Friday morning. The officer asked her to come into the police station to sign an affidavit confirming her identification. But there has been no sign of her as yet,” said Venter. Rowe’s daughter, Kirsty Pockson, who was in South Africa

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  • Rhodes Memorial ‘rapist’ strikes again - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - A suspected serial rapist has struck again in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial, this time holding a UCT student hostage in bushes near the famous monument for five hours while he raped her repeatedly. The attacker eventually released the student at 1am on Friday and she managed to get to police to report the incident. Police have told university management the attacker was described as a slender, well-spoken man in his mid-twenties wearing black pants and a hoodie. He starts chatting to the women he preys on, before attacking them. Thursday’s attack, which stretched into on Friday morning, was the fourth in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial since December, and has escalated fears that

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  • Every time Zuma turns a page we are going to speak: Malema on Sona

    “Instead of just leaving him alone, we are going to share that time with him. It will be he and the EFF giving the State of the Nation Address that day," Malema told reporters in Benoni at the EFF's annual plenum. He said in the past, MPs had always remained quiet for “respectable presidents”. “He has ceased to be that thing. Every time he turns a page we are going to speak. When he goes to the next page, we will speak. If he speaks for 25 minutes there will be an additional 25 minutes for the EFF." This year, the party wanted to know why Zuma fired Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. Zuma will deliver his speech on Thursday.  Malema said Zuma no longer deserved the respect due to presidents who

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