• House fit for metro king

    Umashi Dhlamini, who is believed to earn about R60000 a month, has built a palatial home valued at about R10-million in Heatherdale, Pretoria North. According to information from Thuli Madonsela's office in April last year, his fortunes improved after Harama Security Services was awarded three contracts amounting to R60-million. The company is owned by his sister-in-law, Hellen Malema. The contracts with Harama are said to have been first awarded in 2009 and were renewed in 2013. Madonsela's spokesman, Kgalalelo Masibi, said the office was also investigating whether Rivongo Security Services, which is also contracted toTshwane municipality, is owned by Dhlamini's niece. "The public protector

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  • How to sell a R5 coin for R50000

    The R5 coins with the face of former president Nelson Mandela have a special nostalgic appeal, and the most recently issued one was to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. But would you believe it if you were told that one of these 90th birthday coins sold for R2.5 million? Others sell for anything between R50 000 and a couple of thousand rands. These, remember, are simply R5 coins. There is nothing special or rare about them – more than 22 million were issued by the South African Mint. But a lucrative trade has developed in which clever sellers convince gullible buyers that certain R5 Mandela coins are extremely rare and are therefore worth a lot of money. Any coins could be sold in this way,

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  • Don't dump us over Zuma – Makhura's voter plea

    With the latest polls suggesting the ANC may lose control of many of the key metros in Gauteng, the provincial premier, David Makhura, has issued an earnest plea to voters not to abandon the party. Some surveys suggest that ANC and national president Jacob Zuma is a key reason the more upwardly mobile, urban voters in South Africa’s economic powerhouse province may be having second thoughts about the 104-year-old governing party. In Tshwane, Zuma is among the least popular leaders, according to Ipsos. The Sunday Times has reported that the premier told members of the Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese Alliance on Thursday night that he didn’t want his party to be judged “on its leader’s behaviour”.

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  • The struggle hero who goes back to jail at night - Politics

    Johannesburg - It’s been almost two weeks since Kenny Motsamai was released on a conditional day parole from Boksburg prison after spending 27 years in jail for the murder of a white North West traffic officer. Yet in spite of his limited freedom, the former commander of the Azania People’s Liberation Army (Apla) seems to be dogged by controversy. Shortly after his release last week, Motsamai was quoted in the Sowetan newspaper as saying he regretted killing the Rustenburg officer in a robbery that he said was sanctioned by the PAC. The PAC also issued a statement in support of Motsamai’s assertions that the killing was an act of war. In the interview with the daily paper, Motsamai said he was

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  • I am no longer dating Khune

    Fitness trainer Sbahle Mpisane and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune are not a couple any more, unfortunately. Mpisane took to Instagram on Sunday morning to share the heartbreaking news, posting a picture with the caption: “Not everything works out the way you wish for it to do … Some situations are worth removing yourself away from! I am no longer dating the Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goal keeper anymore sadly.” This after the couple celebrated their one-year anniversary in June. The couple were among our relationship goals, proving that they were partners in everything. Khune used to post videos of the two working out together, and calling her his Woman Crush Everyday. Though the

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The under-fire SABC has assured Metro FM listeners that their complaints about the new mid-morning show, Whose Show Is It Anyway, will be evaluated. The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just

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  • The end of Mugabe is at hand

    A growing number of other war veterans have joined the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association in calling Mugabe, 92, a “dictator”, demanding he quit and vowing not to support him in the next elections in 2018 if he does not. The association also criticised the government’s recent attacks against peaceful protesters who spoke out about the economy and against the police via social media and conducted a stayaway three weeks ago. Mugabe was facing “an endgame of tragic dimensions”, Zimbabwe weekly The Independent‘s editor Dumisani Muleya said on Friday. On Saturday the governing Zanu-PF struck back at the war veterans, calling them “treasonous” and “traitorous.” Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also a war veteran, delivered a more muted response.

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  • Mbeki is protesting silently – Malema

    Never listen to veterans who are ignored by their own party, EFF leader Julius Malema told his supporters in Zamdela, Sasolburg, in the Free State yesterday. He was referring to the ANC’s use of veterans such as Ahmed Kathrada and Kgalema Motlanthe to campaign for the party in the upcoming local government elections. “They are so desperate, they even went and asked Winnie Mandela to endorse them. “Can you really ask your own party member to endorse you?” he said. Commenting on the uncertainty around whether former president Thabo Mbeki would campaign for the ANC, Malema said Mbeki was refusing silently, saying to the ANC “when you recalled me, you said you will manage without me”. “[President

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  • 'Pregnant' Lindsay outs 'cheating' fiancé

    London - Lindsay Lohan has accused her fiancé of cheating on her. The 30-year-old actress took to Instagram and Twitter in the early hours of Sunday morning to claim that millionaire businessman Egor Tarabasov, 22, had been unfaithful to her with a “Russian hooker”. She wrote: “I guess I was the same at 23... S***ty time- it changes at 26/27 @e2505t thanks for not coming home tonight. Fame changes people “Wow thanks #fiancé with Russian hooker @dasha_pa5h “Home? First time in my life- bare with me/ he cheated on me with hooker #meangirls#meanboysu b. “You're suits are As only as myself, Roman and tags ahi. Wiggins v (sic).” Lindsay also posted a video of Egor enjoying himself at a nightclub.

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  • Lebese looks for 'personal trainer' after Khune's break-up

    Now Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Lebese shared on Twitter that he was looking for a professional fitness trainer. Whether this is shade being thrown at Khune or Lebese really just looking for a fitness trainer remains to be seen. It would not be such a bad idea for Mpisane and Lebese to hook up; after all, history has showed us that it always works out the second time around. Lebese previously dated Sizakele Manonga, who later accused him of physically abusing her.

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  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Controversy brews for Semenya once again

    Star athlete Caster Semenya could be heading for another storm as she chases a possible double gold at the Rio Olympics in August, and it seems there is little anyone can do to prevent the controversy, least of all the athlete. This week at the African Athletics Championships in Durban, Semenya has shown she has returned to world-beating form with an easy victory in the 1 500m on Friday, with a personal best of 4.01.99. On Saturday she followed that with a win in the 800m heats and will run that final on Sunday. But while Cape Town’s Ross Tucker, an internationally respected sports scientist, is confident Semenya will cruise to gold in the women’s 800m in Rio, possibly with a world record time,

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  • Rihanna bans Pokemon GO at her concerts

    Rihanna warned her fans not to play 'Pokemon Go' during her concerts. The 28-year-old beauty performed at the Grand Stade in Lille, France on Saturday night (23.07.16) and warned the crowd that she doesn't want them to be using their phones for texting their loved ones or playing the smash-hit Nintendo smartphone game.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, she told the audience: "I don't want to see you texting your boyfriends or your girlfriends. I don't want to see you catching any Pokemons up in this bitch." And Rihanna's not the only celebrity not impressed with the new craze. Director Oliver Stone thinks the game is no laughing matter and considers the app to be an example of the new invasive

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  • Apartheid-era plunder to be probed after all

    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela anticipates she will have some tough questions for the government once her probe into missing apartheid billions gets under way. This week Madonsela announced she had reversed her initial decision not to investigate allegations that upwards of R26 billion was looted from state coffers via various schemes under apartheid. The allegations originate from a report compiled by a UK-based investigation and asset recovery firm, Ciex, which alleges it was contracted by the government to track billions which were siphoned from the government in the dying years of apartheid. Leading South African bank Absa is mentioned in the report, along with Nedbank, as alleged beneficiaries

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  • Zuma wants six months as a dictator

    Johannesburg - All President Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa on Wednesday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations.

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  • Nats joined the ANC too ... don't forget that – Mpofu

    Over the weekend, President Jacob Zuma again asserted his belief that the Democratic Alliance (DA) could not be separated from its “parent party”, the apartheid National Party. That belief appears to be based on the fact that the Democratic Party (DP) went into a coalition with the New National Party (NNP) in 2000. NNP leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk helped to form the Democratic Alliance in the merger between the NNP and Tony Leon’s DP, but that didn’t last long. Van Schalkwyk and other members of his party crossed over to the ANC in 2001. In so doing, they reduced the DA’s 52.5% outright majority win in Cape Town and handed power to the ANC in the city and the Western Cape. During the 2002 floor-crossing

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  • Schweinsteiger set for United exit?

    Bastian Schweinsteiger is expected to become the highest profile casualty of Jose Mourinho’s shake-up at Old Trafford as the new Manchester United manager sets about trimming his squad. After signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mourinho wants to complete his summer spending with £100million-rated Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba before the Community Shield in a fortnight’s time. Pogba’s arrival will leave United overloaded in central midfield and Schweinsteiger is the favourite to make way, having fallen down the pecking order behind Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini. The 31-year-old Germany captain has been linked with Besiktas

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  • Dangerous to use electricity structures for campaign posters‚ Eskom warns

    Eskom has appealed to political parties to refrain from the dangerous practice of placing election campaign posters on electricity poles and mini-substations‚ warning that it could result in death or injury. “These structures are carrying live electrical equipment and conductors. When someone gets close to them or touches them it may result in a flash-over or electrical contact. This can cause serious injuries or even be fatal‚“ the electricity provider warned. It said only authorised personnel were allowed to climb or work on these structures. “Attaching posters to an electrical structure is not only a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (No.85 of 1993)‚ but also puts the

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  • Woman nabbed in R1.8m tik bust at Cape Town airport

    A 27-year-old Zimbabwean woman was arrested at Cape Town international airport on Saturday morning after police found tik worth R1.8 million in her suitcase. The woman‚ who lives in Hillbrow‚ Johannesburg‚ arrived on a flight from OR Tambo international airport‚ Western Cape police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk. “After passengers had collected their luggage from the carousel‚ the Border Police members conducted random searches. Members found 8.1 kg of tik with an estimated street value of R1.822 million in the woman’s suitcase.  “She is due to appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Monday on drug-related charges‚” Van Wyk said.

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  • Nigeria: Hundreds Living in South Africa Defraud Gov

    Nigeria's Consul-General in South Africa, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said on Sunday that the Federal Government lost $39,370 (about N10.9 million) to visa and passport fees at processing centres in that country. Ms. Okeke told the News Agency of Nigeria in Johannesburg, South Africa, that the Online Integrated Solutions (OIS), a firm that processes passport and visa on behalf of the Nigeria Immigration Service abroad, reported the loss to the Consulate. "Concrete evidence that we have got shows a recent compilation of 254 online payment fraudulent reversals of passport applications which occurred between the months of April and June 2016. "These acts were deliberately done by Nigerians to defraud their

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