• Independent Online

    Queen doesn't own the term 'royal', claim frustrated Harry and Meghan

    London - The UK's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have made an extraordinary statement laying bare their frustrations after being forced to drop their Sussex Royal brand, the media reported. In the statement, the couple claimed that the Queen does not have "jurisdiction" over the term "royal" overseas, while confirming they would no longer be trademarking the name, the Metro newspaper said in a report on Saturday. Outlining their new roles within the monarchy, the couple suggested that they had been treated differently to other royals who have been allowed to seek employment outside of the institution while retaining their titles. Expressing regret they had not received all the concessions

  • Independent Online

    Daredevil 'Mad Mike' Hughes dies after homemade rocket crashes

    Los Angeles - "Mad Mike" Hughes, a self-styled explorer and daredevil bent on proving that the earth is flat was killed over the weekend when his homemade rocket crashed in the California desert over the weekend. "Michael 'Mad Mike' Hughes tragically passed away today during an attempt to launch his homemade rocket," the Science Channel, which was planning to feature him on an upcoming series called "Homemade Astronauts," said on Twitter. "Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends during this difficult time. It was always his dream to do this launch & Science Channel was there to chronicle his journey," the network said. A videotape of the incident, in which the rocket appears to

  • The Citizen

    Warrant of arrest issued for Malema

    A warrant of arrest has reportedly been issued for Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema for failing to appear at the East London Magistrate's Court on Monday. AfriForum laid charges against Malema after a video emerged in August 2018 of the EFF leader firing what looks like a high-powered automatic rifle into the air at his party's birthday celebration gathering in the Eastern Cape. Malema was charged by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on five counts of allegedly discharging a firearm in public and the unlawful possession of a firearm Video footage emerged showing Malema firing what appeared to be a high-calibre automatic rifle, which led to the EFF being criticised for promoting

  • Independent Online

    Stiff sentences for Cape Town businessmen over R115m fraudulent tax returns

    Cape Town - Two Cape Town businessmen have been sentenced to prison after being found guilty on 487 counts of VAT fraud, racketeering, money laundering and corruption. The SA Revenue Service (Sars) said Melkbosstrand resident Luis D'Almeida Fernandes and Nazmien Warner from Glenhaven, Bellville, both entered a plea bargain following an investigation by the Criminal Investigation Unit. They were sentenced to 16 and 17 years respectively. According to Sars, the two had between 2008 and 2015 claimed R115 million in fraudulent VAT returns. They had used fictitious invoices from non-existent businesses, misrepresenting to Sars that they purchased goods in South Africa and exported them to countries

  • Independent Online

    Why Mike Pompeo did not even stop to say hello to SA

    Mike Pompeo, the world's most powerful secretary of state, just zipped through Africa. He did not stop to say “hello” to South Africa. He winked a warning at us from Ethiopia, though. “South Africa is debating an amendment to permit the expropriation of private property without compensation,” he told a UN Economic Commission session. Pompeo said he was cool with a country that respected property rights, made regulations to encourage investment, promoted the participation of women and protected the rights of its people. Not quite the reasons why he picked Ethiopia, Senegal and Angola before heading out to Saudi Arabia; but who would take South Africa seriously? President Cyril Ramaphosa waited

  • TimesLIVE

    Manufacturer recalls 'unfit for consumption' 400g tins of Pilchards

    Customers who have recently purchased canned Pilchards in Tomato Sauce in 400g tins under the Shoprite, Checkers and OK house brands have been urged to return them for a refund. West Point Processors, which supplies the house brand products, announced a recall on Saturday, citing a “canning deficiency” that may make the product “unfit for human consumption”. “Because consumer safety is our top priority, we wish to recall some Pilchards in Tomato Sauce products,” the company said in a statement. “The recall is only related to the 400g Pilchards in Tomato Sauce products which have the specific batch codes starting with ZST2 and ZSC2. “There is a small possibility that some tins may have a canning

  • Getaway Magazine

    Lanseria Airport says farewell Mango Airline

    It has been reported that Mango Airlines will no longer have scheduled flights in and out of Lanseria Airport from the end of March 2020. The entire Mango Airlines operation will be moved to OR Tambo Airport from 1 April onwards. In January, Mango Airlines scrapped a relatively new route between Port Elizabeth International Airport to Lanseria Airport just six months after its launch. Port Elizabeth residents expressed disappointment at the closure of the route. The route was also a major investment opportunity for the area. The Nelson Mandela Municipality had worked the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber as well as the Easter Cape Development Centre and Mango to make the route possible. The