• Crocodile takes woman during night swim in Australia

    A woman is feared dead after being taken by a crocodile following a late night swim with a friend at a beach in northern Australia, police said Monday. The women, both aged in their 40s, went for a stroll on Thornton Beach Sunday evening in the far north of Queensland state before making a fateful decision to go for a dip in an area known to be infested with crocodiles. Senior Constable Russell Parker added that the women, believed to be Australian tourists visiting the area, were in the water when one of them was grabbed, with her friend desperately trying to drag her to safety.  “They decided to take a swim in the ocean just in waist-deep water and at that point, we believe that a crocodile has taken one of the women, taken hold of her,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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  • Rain Queen finally recognised

    The queenship of the Balobedu, a Limpopo tribe, has finally been recognised by the government, making it the first in the country. A government gazette released last week shows that President Jacob Zuma proclaimed the recognition of the Modjadji queenship on March 31. In the document, Zuma said he "hereby recognise[s] the Queenship of Balobedu" in terms of the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act. This effectively restores the Modjadji queenship which the apartheid regime nullified in 1972 and demoted Queen Makoma Modjadji IV to a chieftainess.

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  • Is 'Pravin Gordhan' a blesser?

    In Check Point, one of its current affairs shows, eNCA investigated the phenomenon of “blessers” – a euphemism for “sugar daddies on steroids”, as the show referred  to them. It spoke to 27-year-old “blessee” Amanda Cele, who was unemployed but lived in a flat in the suburbs, drove a Mercedes and wore a range of luxury brands – all thanks to her blesser, who she said “makes things happen”, The Citizen reported. We were also introduced to Serge Cabonge, judging by his accent not a South African man, who described himself as a blesser and claimed he had spent R100 000 on one of the women he had “blessed”. He claimed that 75% of the women in South Africa expected money out of a relationship. It

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  • Social media users Photoshop Julius Malema's face on Lerato Kganyago's True Love cover

    In the midst of a social media storm over Lerato Kganyago's True Love cover some social media users thought it funny to take the mickey out of the situation, by photoshopping EFF leader Julius Malema's head onto her body.

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  • Banks on #Guptas, ANC will never allow injustice: Mantashe

    African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General has cautioned on the ability by banks to take unilateral actions at will without any explanation and said it is too much power placed at the disposal of an institution. Mantashe was referring to a decision by four of South Africa’s biggest banks to the accounts of Oakbay Investments. “We can never allow injustice to be exercised, under the guise of being strict with regulations. Following a decision by four major banks namely ABSA, NEDBANK, FNB and Standard Bank to cut ties with Oakbay, none of the banks have yet to provide reasons for the decision taken giving rise to speculations about whether the banks are acting on instructions from power and influential people.

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  • Zuma a concern for international investors‚ Mantashe admits

    Ratings agencies have raised the issue of the African National Congress’ 2017 leadership battle among political risks in South Africa‚ ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Standard & Poor’s (S& P) is set to pronounce on its review of the country’s sovereign ratings on Friday. Mantashe‚ speaking after a meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee‚ was emphatic when he said that government “was not doing things to please ratings agencies“. The party‚ he said‚ was rather working “for the good of the country“.

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  • Watch: Cassper Nyovest lusts over Minnie Dlamini

    For 13 years, Zolani Mkiva and the late Nelson Mandela travelled extensively together, sharing planes, meals and cups of tea as the praise-singer sang Mandela’s attributes, often dressed in animal skins and other traditional Xhosa clothing.

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  • All the presidential men: Zuma under review

    President Jacob Zuma carries the most baggage in terms of graft, nepotism, state capture and self preservation, writes Shafiq Morton. In my life I’ve lived through eight national leaders. Four of these were National Party strongmen (Hendrik Verwoerd, John Vorster, PW Botha and FW de Klerk) and four have been ANC stalwarts (Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Mothlanthe and Jacob Zuma). Our current number one, Zuma, faces unresolved corruption charges, claims of rampant nepotism and a Constitutional Court ruling vis-á-vis Nkandla. Recently, the Public Investment Corporation revealed that it had lost R99 billion within two days of him controversially firing finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, in

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  • The Beast excited about 'new Boks era'

    Tendai Mtawarira has lauded Allister Coetzee's thinking and says he enjoys working with him. Springboks Allister Coetzee Adriaan Strauss Tendai Mtawarira CAPE TOWN - Springbok prop Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira says new coach Allister Coetzee's thinking has brought a different perspective from previous coaches and says he is relishing playing under him. The 75-Test veteran is part of the training camp in Stellenbosch squad ahead of the three-match series against Ireland, which begins at Newlands on 11 June. The prop, who made his debut for the Springboks in 2008, has already noted Coetzee’s demeanour. “He is a relaxed kind of guy, with a relaxed approach.” The Sharks man says Coetzee has already differentiated

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  • Nigeria: U.S.$2.1 Billion Armsgate

    A former member of the Enugu House of Assembly, Engr Ikenna Ejezie has debunked the claims that no petition was sent for the invitation of a former president, Goodluck Jonathan over the ongoing arms probe. Ejezie through his counsel, Ugochukwu Osuagwu, had written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking, within seven days, the invitation and questioning of Jonathan on the alleged authorization of disbursements in the $2.1bn arms funds as claimed by the former National Security Adviser (SAN), Sambo Dasuki and the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic (PDP), Olisa Metuh in their ongoing trial. Metuh in a recent statement through his lawyer, Ben Nwosu, criticized

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  • Executors reveal who got Madiba's cash

    The executors were on Friday making a public announcement of all the cash bequests made in terms of Mandela’s will. No family squabble over Madiba’s will‚ but Qunu home still in dispute Mandela‚ the late president of the first democratic republic‚ passed away at his Johannesburg home in December 2013 at the age of 95‚ and left an estate valued at about R46-million. He was buried in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. Executors to consult family on public access to Mandela’s resting place The executors announced on Friday they had prepared and lodged with the Master of the High Court a first liquidation and distribution account. They said the account had been approved by the Master. This means executors

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  • Zimbabwe: Could First Lady's Utterances Stoke Bloody 2018 Election?

    CRISIS in Zimbabwe Coalition (CIZC) has condemned recent remarks by First Lady Grace Mugabe declaring that her aged husband would rule Zimbabwe from the grave. "We have every reason to fear that the First Lady's utterances could take the country back to the bloody era of 2008 when about 200 MDC-T supporters were murdered by Zanu PF activists who sought to safeguard President Robert Mugabe's continued stay in office," said CIZC in a statement. "If anything, the statements by the First Lady explain Zimbabwe's history of contested elections and also confirm sentiments by President Mugabe that he will not be removed from office by the stroke of a pen (implying elections)." President Mugabe turned

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  • Picture of the day: PSL Awards 2016

    The red carpet was rolled out at Emperors Palace on Monday evening for the 2016 Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) Awards. The players and their partners were joined by celebrities,club coaches, fans and soccer legends in posing for photos upon arrival at the Palace. However, it was Mamelodi Sundowns attacking midfielder Kama Billiat who dominated the podium, picking up three awards for Footballer of the Season, Players' Player of the Season and the Absa Premiership's Midfielder of the Season. Billiat’s teammates Thabo Nthethe was named Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament and best Defender of the Season and Dennis Onyango was voted Absa Premiership Goalkeeper, while Pitso Mosimane picked up

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  • Amber never told cops about violence: source

    AP Amber Heard leaves Los Angeles Superior Court court on May 27, 2016 after giving a sworn declaration that her husband Johnny Depp threw her cellphone at her during a fight on Saturday, striking her cheek and eye. Amber Heard never told police Johnny Depp had thrown an iPhone at her face. Sources told TMZ Amber said she had had a simple argument with "my husband" and never even hinted he had been violent, nor did she have any visible injuries. Amber filed for divorce last week, three days after Johnny's mother Betty Sue Palmer passed away and she claimed in court that her decision to file for divorce was prompted by Johnny physically attacking her with an iPhone, leaving her with a bruised eye.

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  • 5 Things AKA 'taught' us about him and Zinhle

    AKA exposed a number of "secrets" about his relationship with Zinhle, including her relationship with his family and how the pair navigate the rough terrains of co-parenting. 1. They are not actually besties: Sorry to disappoint you but it seems that AKA and Zinhle may not be the "good friends" Zinhle has been claiming in interviews. Ahhhh. Bummer. 2. She's colluded with all his enemies: We are not sure who exactly is on AKA's list of enemies but AKA claims that Zinhle is working with each and everyone of them to bring him down. 3. He has to send emails if he wants to see Kairo: Talking of meeting requests, apparently AKA has to set one up to visit his daughter Kairo. Not only has she apparently

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  • Frustrated ANC leader joins the EFF

    2016-05-31 14:16:12.0 | NGWAKO MALATJI | Former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) National Organiser Dodo Mushwana has been swallowed by the red sea. Mushwana, who is also the former Limpopo ANCYL head of mobilisation, has left the ruling party to join the EFF. The revered politician, who was an ANC councillor in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality, signed the membership form of the red brigade at the organisation's meeting in Tzaneen on Wednesday. He was later paraded to the masses by the party's regional leadership. The former Cosas Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member confirmed that he had joined Julius Malema's EFF and had already started campaigning for the party to win the local government elections

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  • Gordhan case: Arrest the real criminals

    The lead report in today’s paper by Amanda Watson cuts through a lot of the confusion around the Hawks’ supposed attempts to build a case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Those who are clearly sympathetic to President Jacob Zuma have asked the question of why Gordhan should somehow be treated differently to anyone else. If he has a case to answer for, let him be arrested and made to stand trial… That’s all well and good, but for someone to be arrested, there has to be probable cause, and that’s where the Hawks appear to be stuck. They first became interested when the Sunday Times started spreading sensational lies about some sort of SA Revenue Service (Sars) “rogue unit” that was established

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  • Ntsiki Mazwai defends Bonang, weighs in on the AKA and DJ Zinhle saga

    The outspoken poet took to her blog to express her thoughts on what is happening between Zinhle, AKA and Bonang after AKA aired the issues he had with the mother of his child on Twitter. Read the full blog post below. "The last time I defended Bonang I had to deal with Euphonik …..but I'll tell you again….what you are doing to her is wrong and unfair. I do not feel Bonang has shown me enough respect for me to even stand beside her, but when we allow such a horrible attack on another woman, it leaves a gap for ALL women to be horribly attacked. The fact that AKA cheated on Zinhle is not Bonang’s problem. That issue is between AKA and Zinhle. We were never there….in fact we were abruptly introduced

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  • Pep is no distraction, says Mourinho

    Newly-appointed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Tuesday he will not let his rivalry with Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola get in the way of his bid for the English Premier League title. Mourinho and Guardiola will arrive in Manchester for next season with a shared past and pressure to succeed. And Mourinho believes that if they focus on their long-standing rivalry, another team will be crowned champion next season. The pair went head to head in an often bitter rivalry between 2010 and 2012 when the Portuguese was in charge of Real Madrid and Guardiola coached Barcelona. “My experience doesn't allow me to play the innocent. I rubbed shoulders with Pep for two years in a league

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  • UB40 return to South Africa for Red Red Wine tour

    The widely-popular reggae band is set to mesmerise audience with classic hits and gems from their many critically-acclaimed albums, including Red, Red Wine, Kingston Town, and Can't Help Falling In Love. UB40 live in Johannesburg: Gallery  Three of the founding members, Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue - who reformed three years ago - have remained at the top of their game, with highlights including their ongoing world tour, a sellout UK arena tour headlining London's o2 arena, a huge sell out USA tour and critical acclaim for their new material in 2014’s Silhouette album. UB40 heading back to South Africa  Having embarked on their current world tour the band's step up to even larger venues

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