• Official lobolas wife a second time

    A government official set tongues wagging in Giyani, Limpopo, when he paid lobolo for his wife for a second time. Boy Ngobeni and his wife Lettie, a businesswoman, have been married for more than a decade. But Ngobeni, the Gauteng director-general for the treasury, felt the original lobolo was too little. At a ceremony at Nkuri village, attended by family, friends and musicians Penny Penny and Hlengani William Makhubele, Ngobeni paid additional lobolo for his wife. Despite speculation about how much it was, he refused to disclose the amount. "The money that I have transferred cannot be said in the Shangaan language, it is a big amount," he said amid ululations while addressing the gathering.

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  • Motsepe shares his riches

    Billionaire Patrice Motsepe's mining business has not done well to the extent that for the first time his African Rainbow Minerals failed to fund his multi-million rand annual donation programme to traditional authorities and faith-based organisations. Motsepe revealed this yesterday at the Sandton Convention Centre while he was disbursing millions of rands to churches and traditional leaders. He said "the mining industry is going through serious challenges". He said the donation funds this year came from the Ubuntu Botho, a partnership between his Motsepe Foundation and insurance group Sanlam. Ubuntu Botho is also the main sponsor for Motsepe's football team Mamelodi Sundowns. "The global mining

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  • Malema failed woodwork again‚ says Mandla Mandela

    Mandla Mandela issued a scathing attack on Julius Malema on Friday‚ accusing the EFF leader of “trash can politics“. In a statement defending ANC policy and practice‚ the grandson of Nelson Mandela said: “It appears‚ though‚ that Julius Malema has capitulated to the kind of thinking that characterised Eugene Terreblanche’s mission to undermine our nascent democracy at any cost.” Mandla Mandela was reacting to a stinging attack on his grandfather by Malema at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. Malema also attacked Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and businessman Patrice Motsepe at the student forum. “The deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of selling out of

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  • ‘Outsiders in our own land’ - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Afrikaner political party Front Nasionaal set itself on a collision course with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) by burning an EFF T-shirt and a poster showing the face of leader Julius Malema. The party led a march to the Union Buildings from the Pretoria Art Museum on Friday to hand over a memorandum, addressed to President Jacob Zuma, signalling its intention to have areas for Afrikaners to live out their heritage and exercise their right to self-determination as per the constitution. The relatively small group, led by Marius Coertze, Front Nasionaal’s legal representative, set the red EFF T-shirt, as well as a poster with Malema’s face on it, alight. Soon afterwards the

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  • Drogba just selling books, says Jose - Premier League

    London - Jose Mourinho has slapped down Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, accusing his former player of criticising the club in order to sell books, before telling current striker Diego Costa that he is “not reading the game properly”. Drogba, who scored 164 goals and won 12 major trophies at Chelsea, many of them under Mourinho, had said Chelsea did not have as many leaders as they used to. But the Portuguese hit back last night, saying he had little interest in what he thought was merely promotional material for Drogba's autobiography. “When you speak because you want to sell books, I don't read,” Mourinho said. “I like interviews, I like interviews from big guys like Didier with good journalists

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  • Winnie's helper takes her to task

    Struggle stalwart and ANC MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is being hauled before labour authorities for alleged irregular deductions from the salary of her former domestic worker. Nomathamsanqa Dunga of Orlando East in Soweto has laid a complaint with the department of labour at Maponya Mall, Soweto. The two parties were scheduled to appear before the department's inspection and enforcement officer, but Madikizela-Mandela did not show up. Dunga, who was employed at Madikizela-Mandela's Orlando West home, alleges she made three deductions from her salary without her approval. The two had agreed on a R1500 monthly salary in early 2013. Dunga said Madikizela-Mandela would occasionally pay her as much

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  • L-Tido falls off stage at Maftown Heights - Connect

    South African hip-hop artist, L-Tido falls off the stage during the the Maftown Heights music festival , that was held at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, on Friday. The artist posted the video of the fall on his Instagram account, captioned ” We got the footage, fell of the stage last night at Maftown heights – Rockstar life”. L-Tido said that he did not sustain any injuries from the fall or what looks like a jump. The music festival featured local artists, Khuli Chana , HHP, Tuks , K.O, AKA, Ricky Rick and many more. This counts and the fifth Maftown Heights event.

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  • Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame

    His attackers had followed him down a street, keeping their prey at arm's length, waiting for an opening to land the fatal blow. They circled him as, on his knees amid rubbish, he pleaded for mercy. In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The intensity on his attackers' faces showed that he had become a thing to kill - each thrust aimed with ferocity. Around the macabre scene - where children had played and adults had strolled moments before - some now held their hands to their mouths in horror. Others stood seemingly detached, as if watching a movie. The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes. Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just

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  • No more Mr shy guy

    Karabo Mogane describes himself as cripplingly shy - the type to compete with wallflowers at events. But the next minute the timidity is out of the window as he belts out a soulful tune on the stage and pleases the crowd with his moves. So I ask if he has an alter ego or if he just has multiple-personality disorder. Mogane, who was crowned Idols SA winner on Sunday, has gone through the claws of judge Somizi Mhlongo who rather bitchily told him that he had the personality of dish-washing water. Mogane rolled with the punches and fixed himself up. He laughs: "I've just had to learn to separate my personality from my persona. I don't let the shy guy take over anymore. "It was my dream to win, so

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  • First National Bounce - FNB customers fume over network crashes

    Many people said they had to leave their groceries behind as their cards were declining at shops. The bank's system was not well received with others questioning why in their opinion the system was often down. Thulile Ncube took to Twitter to say she was forced to stop her shopping as she could not use her card.  “#FNB what an inconvenience. had to put things back in the shops because their services are not available.” Kim Sarkin said: “#FNB network has crashed so much for the digital banking leader!!” Another user Nicola Monsma questioned how the system could be down on one of the busiest days. “#FNB off line on the busiest Saturday of the month.  People walking out of shop unable to pay for

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Twists Mujuru 'Witchcraft' Tale

    After accusing his former Vice-President Joice Mujuru of plotting to kill him using all sorts of black magic, President Robert Mugabe appears to have abandoned the unverifiable and fanciful realm of the supernatural to come down to mother earth. Mugabe made several different public claims that his deputy Mujuru had gone to consult Nigerian witchdoctors where, in a state of semi-nudity, she invoked black spirits while slaughtering chickens in a bid to kill him. This time it was those fast-moving small black river beetles (nyungurugwi) that the vice-president had captured and had, with the aid of some nefarious witches or wizards, given names; one after him and the other after her (Mujuru). The creatures were then allegedly set against each other in a fight to the death, Mugabe said.

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  • Black Friday sales fever sweeps SA - South Africa | IOL News

    Hundreds of people braved the long queues at stores’ Black Friday sales on Friday. The event is usually held on the Friday after Thanksgiving Thursday in the US – the day retailers have massive discounts on merchandise across the world. The sales fever gripped South Africa too on Friday as shoppers flocked to stores across the country to snap up one-day-only bargains. At Southgate Mall in Joburg’s south, shoppers at Checkers pushed and shoved as they jostled for nappies, milk, soft drinks, biscuits and soap going at a 50 percent discount. Those who wanted to score braved long queues from before 7am. Pensioner Nkele More left her Orlando West, Soweto home on a mission to buy full-cream milk. She

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  • Collusion claims rejected

    A businesswoman who boasts of providing catering services for ANC bigwigs, including President Jacob Zuma, is at the centre of a R1.4-billion tender battle. Ethel Ruth Shongwe, who allegedly has close links to Mpumalanga legislature speaker Thandi Shongwe, is also a former deputy chairwoman of the Mpumalanga tender board. In May last year, North Gauteng High Court Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen found that Shongwe had submitted two bids under two companies and should have been disqualified in terms of the resolution adopted by the bid evaluation committee. Van Nieuwenhuizen also found that Shongwe hastily formed Mabeke Women and Mbetse Ladies about a month before the closing date of bid submissions.

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  • Arsenal slammed over 14 minute flight - Premier League

    London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended the club’s decision to take a 14-minute flight to Norwich for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash. They were criticised by environmental groups in October 2012 for using a private jet to travel 100 miles from London Luton to Carrow Road and have come under fire again. The decision has been labelled ‘ridiculous’ and ‘ludicrous’ by campaigners, who also claim it proves footballers ‘live in their own bubble’ due to their excessive wealth. Wenger confirmed at his press conference: ‘We will fly to Norwich on Saturday night after having dinner at the training ground. When we made the decision there was some road work planned. Sometimes the access

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  • Does Cassper Nyovest deserve to be named Africa's best rapper?

    For the past year, Cassper Nyovest has gone head to head with fellow rapper AKA. The duo have battled it out in terms of hot lyrics, eye catching videos, awards and record sales. Their hip hop beef has made for interesting headlines and stories, I mean who could forget AKA's team member allegedly pulling a gun on Nyovest at a recording of Sabc 1's Live AMP? Then there is the constant flaunting of iTunes sales between the two. Screen grabs on Instagram and Twitter of who sits higher on iTunes sales has become standard for both rappers. They tend to perform at the same gigs but none dare ask them to share a stage for the fear that shots could literally be fired. While the two rappers have embraced

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  • 'Unions profit from brokers' - Cosatu boss stops naming and shaming

    Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini blocked what could have been an embarrassing exposé of how unions were profiting from e-tolls and labour brokers. Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant yesterday nearly named and shamed affiliates that had invested money in e-tolls - a project publicly opposed by Cosatu. Oliphant was speaking at the Cosatu congress where she stopped short of calling the organisation's leaders hypocrites. She told the delegates to be open and honest when speaking about labour brokers and e-tolls. Oliphant told Sowetan that Cosatu had to investigate the unions in conflict with its policies. "When you are saying let the government scrap the e-tolls while some of you are investing, the public

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  • Scans suggest '90%' chance of hidden chamber in King Tut tomb

    "We can now say that we have to find behind the burial chamber of King Tutankhamun another chamber, another tomb," Mamduh al-Damati said at a press conference, speaking in English. He said experts were "approximately 90 percent" sure. The tests were spurred by a study by renowned British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves that said Nefertiti's lost tomb may be hidden in an adjoining chamber. Speaking at the same press conference, Reeves said the initial results could bear out his theory. "Clearly it does look from the radar evidence as if the tomb continues, as I have predicted," he said. "The radar, behind the north wall (of Tutankhamun's burial chamber) seems pretty clear. If I am right it is a

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  • Green light for tax changes - Personal Finance Retirement | IOL Business

    A few million retirement fund members will benefit from the National Assembly’s decision this week not to amend the date (March 1 next year) of implementation in the Income Tax Act of changes that introduce uniform tax deductions for all retirement fund members and the need for provident fund members to buy a pension (annuity) at retirement. The implementation of uniform tax deductions for all retirement fund members will, for most members, mean they will be able to make larger tax-deductible contributions. Provident fund members will enjoy a tax deduction for the first time, which will increase the take-home pay of many tax-paying members from March next year. All retirement fund members, regardless

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  • Messi tops Goal’s 50 list - World Leagues

    Lionel Messi has cemented his status as the world’s best soccer player, according to Goal.com’s annual award which ranks the best 50 soccer players on the planet over the past 12 months. The Goal 50 list, compiled by Goal.com’s team of more than 500 journalists around the globe, sees the Barcelona superstar beat off the challenge from last years’ winner, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Barcelona and Argentina forward claims the title for the fourth time in recognition of an incredible campaign during which he led his club to a treble winning season, contributing 58 goals across all competitions and captained his country to the 2015 Copa América final. Messi’s personal milestones in 2015 included; The

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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