• South Africa: Mandela's Grandson Weds His Muslim Bride

    The grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, Nkosi Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela announced his marriage to Muslim bride, Rabia Clarke on Sunday. "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

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  • Ronaldo hoping to score with Jenner?

    Kendall Jenner is reportedly "flattered" by the interest shown in her by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. The 31-year-old sportsman recently hinted at his admiration for Kendall, 20, by liking one of her photographs on Instagram and it's now reported Ronaldo followed that up by sending her a series of flirty messages inviting her out to party with him when she was in Barcelona, Spain last week. A source close to the situation told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Kendall is very flattered by the attention as Ronaldo is one of the most famous men in the world." The American model is rumoured to have recently ended her brief relationship with singer Harry Styles. However, she is said to be undecided

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  • Hawkers call Zuma a 'yellowbone'

    President Jacob Zuma received mixed reactions to his walkabout in Marabastad, Pretoria, on Monday as some people screamed and waved while others complained that he was causing traffic congestion. Most people took out their phones to get a snap of him, while others wanted to shake his hand. Some were not too happy with his presence, saying they could not move freely and do their work. While visiting stalls and talking to people, a small group of women sitting in a gazebo called him a "yellow bone", a reference given to people who are light in complexion. "Where is he? I can't see him," said one of woman. "There he is, in the middle, the 'yellowbone' surrounded by the police," responded another.

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  • A humble DJ Sbu takes to the streets of Joburg to sell his energy drink

    Armed with a can of Mofaya, matching clothing and a large poster advertising a music concert in benefit of student funding - DJ Sbu sold his drink to drivers in peak traffic. Hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to students of the Sbu Leope Fund which provides tuition and accomodation for disadvantaged school kids. The bold entrepreneur wasn't shy as he walked up and down, selling the drink.  "Thank you to all who gave us words of encouragement, shared laughter with us & bought our entire stock today. We appreciate you guys. We doing this not for us but for your kids. We hope to serve as an inspiration on what active citizenship is all about," said Leope. Watch the DJ below. A video

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  • Mbete's bumbling advocate admits Parly was wrong in Nkandla matter

    She raised her voice, used dramatic hand gestures, and occasionally stood in silence before the judges after they asked her questions. Her demeanour and comments even amused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who laughed when Nkosi-Thomas made a comment about her powers. Nkosi-Thomas was asked if the National Assembly had erred in how it approached the remedial action recommended by Madonsela in her report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. "Did the National Assembly fail to exercise oversight of the president as a member of executive?" Justice Edwin Cameron asked. After mumbling, Nkosi-Thomas conceded, "Parliament took a wrong position." Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke

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  • Soccer player Oupa Manyisa finds out about wife's 'secret child'

    Former Orlando Pirates captain and Bafana Bafana midfielder Oupa Manyisa has allegedly been keeping a big marital secret for over seven years. This comes after he learnt that his wife Johanna Louw had "forgotten" to tell him that she had a son with another man before they got married in 2013. Sunday World understands that Manyisa discovered after getting married to his wife that she had a child from her previous relationship. The information was revealed after Manyisa's close friends, including an official who is part of his management team, told him about the existence of the child. The informant claimed that Louw had told Manyisa that the child was her aunt's when they were still dating in

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  • Minnie Dlamini's job spared, all thanks to Hlaudi Motsoeneng

    SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has rescued Soccer Zone and its presenter Minnie Dlamini from the guillotine. Motsoeneng confirmed that the axe won' t fall on the Monday night football highlights show on SABC1 that channel bosses had recommended it be axed along with presenters Dlamini and Thomas Mlambo. "It didn't make sense to get rid of a programme that was doing well as compared with other magazine shows. You can't compare Soccer Zone with Generations and later make a decision that it's not doing well and the numbers are going down. It's doing better than SuperSport," Motsoeneng said. He said that the SABC did not believe in discarding its talent and that was the reason why

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  • Cape eatery is first of its kind in SA

    Cape Town - There were smiles and laughter at the opening of the Brownies and Downies restaurant in Cape Town on Friday night. The Long Street spot is not like any other restaurant – it is the first establishment in South Africa to train and hire mentally challenged staff. The restaurant, an extension of the successful chain in the Netherlands, aims to help its staff become employable in the service industry. Beyond that, it hopes to spread awareness of mental disabilities around the country. The manager, Wade Schultz, hopes the restaurant will educate more South Africans about working and interacting with people with mental disabilities. “South African culture is very accommodating of people

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  • Students’ ‘blackface’ apology

    Carlo Petersen Stellenbosch University (SU) student Poekie Briedenhann says she and her friend were dressed up as purple aliens and not blackfaces, for a residence party. Briedenhann posted a photograph of herself and a fellow SU student – both covered in dark purple paint and wearing silver foil hats and shoes – on Instagram on Friday night. The photograph sparked a social media outcry under the hashtag #blackface. Blackface is in reference to white people who paint themselves black to poke fun at black people. In an apology, Briedenhann took full responsibility for the incident at the “Stellar Space” party held at the university’s Heemstede residence. “We are aware that our actions in the blackfacing

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  • Nigerians have image problem abroad, hampers emigration to West: President

    Nigerians have an image problem abroad which makes it difficult to emigrate to the West, but they can stay at home where their services are needed, President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying by a British newspaper on Saturday. A former army ruler from the 1980s who returned to power as a civilian after winning an election in March last year, Buhari has the image of an ascetic disciplinarian keen to tackle his country's persistent problems with crime and corruption. "Some Nigerians' claim is that life is too difficult back home," he was quoted as telling the Daily Telegraph newspaper. "But they have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in prisons around the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking," he said.

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  • Guptas get gag order against Malema - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The Gupta family late on Tuesday afternoon scored a major victory over Julius Malema and the EFF, when he and his party were interdicted from badmouthing, threatening or inciting violence against the family and their employees. Judge Johan Louw, in granting the order in favour of the Guptas, said he will later give reasons for his decision. In terms of the order delivered in the high court in Pretoria, neither Malema nor his party members may during public speeches nor in media releases utter anything which could be damaging to the Gupta family. They may also not bar The New Age or ANN-7 from any public events. The court also granted an order directing Lieutenant General Khomotso

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  • Zuma drags ANC 'into a dark hole'

    Yesterday ANC members spoke openly of being ''embarrassed'' and ''pained'' by the president after he was forced into a second dramatic climbdown in two months - this time over Nkandla. Two years after denying liability for the splurging of millions in taxpayers' money on his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead, Zuma announced late on Tuesday that he had written to the Constitutional Court proposing to repay some of the money in line with the recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The U-turn came just days before the court was due to decide whether he should foot a portion of the bill for supposed security upgrades, including a swimming pool described as a fire-fighting facility, a chicken run and a cattle kraal, which Madonsela found were undue benefits. It followed years of political fallout during which an ANC-dominated parliamentary committee and the police minister controversially absolved Zuma of liability.

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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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  • ‘Help find Thuli’s replacement’ - South Africa

    Johannesburg - Corruption Watch, the South African public advocacy group, on Monday urged the public to actively participate in the process of appointing a new public protector to replace outgoing incumbent Thuli Madonsela. Corruption Watch launched the “Bua Mzansi” campaign at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness on the role of the public protector as well as encouraging the public to get involved in the appointment of a new Public Protector. “There are many important roles to be filled this year including the public protector as well as two constitutional court judges that need to be replaced as they are retiring,” said David Lewis, Corruption Watch

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  • Ugly twar leads to Dana taking Mazwai to court

    According to Jozi Gist the twar began when Mazwai was challenged to come up with a concept for a talent show. Mazwai said that Simphiwe Dana had come to an open mic session she had hosted. Dana didn't remember it. Dana clarified the issue - apparently they were both part of a poetry group called Feelah Sista - and not someone engaged in discovering talent. Things went downhill from there, when Dana accused Mazwai of badmouthing her. Now, according to Sowetan LIVE Dana has responded in a statement - and is planning to take Mazwai to court: "There are various tweets that imply that Simphiwe Dana is an alcoholic and has slept her way to the top, Simphiwe distances herself from these tweets as they

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  • United must be wary of Mendes

    London - Manchester United have known for several years that a suspicion of football agents can have unhappy consequences. Sir Alex Ferguson's distaste for Mino Raiola, Paul Pogba's representative, got to a stage where he would no longer entertain the contractual demands for the player. So Pogba took his services to Juventus for next to nothing and a sum of €90m was not enough to bring him back to England, when Manchester City tried last summer. But the financial consequences of crossing swords with Raiola are nothing compared with the dangers of a deepening dependency on the Portuguese Jorge Mendes. It will begin to feel like a Mendes annexation if United's drift towards signing the agent's

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  • Beyonce sets #SuperBowl stage ablaze - Music

    Beyonce Knowles stole the show during her Super Bowl 50 halftime performance with Coldplay and Bruno Mars. The 34-year-old singer joined headliners Coldplay and fellow performer Bruno at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, where she gave a triumphant performance of her new song 'Formation'. She and her dancers, clad in black leather bodysuits, also enjoyed a dance off with Bruno, 30, as they sang his hit 'Uptown Funk'. And Beyonce ensured it was her night by announcing during the telecast that her 'Formation' world tour will launch on April 27th. While Coldplay were the headliners, opening with 'Yellow', followed by 'Viva La Vida', 'Paradise' and 'Adventures of a Lifetime', they

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  • D-Day for Mugabe farm ‘bomb plotter’ - Africa

    Johannesburg - The man behind the plot to bomb a dairy business owned by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will be sentenced on Tuesday. State media said Zimbabwe People's Front political party leader Owen Kuchata, who tried to petrol-bomb the First Family's Alpha Omega Dairy farm in Mazowe, will be sentenced on Tuesday “after he dramatically changed his plea of not guilty to guilty”. The state owned Herald reported that on Friday last week, Kuchata was brought before regional magistrate Hoseah Mujaya for plea recording and pleaded guilty to wanting to petrol bomb the First Family's dairy. Police, acting on a tip off, arrested four people before they could carry out the planned bombing. Kuchata

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  • South Africa: Guptas Just Another Anglo, Glencore CEO to Zwane

    Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane compared his relationship with the Gupta family with that of Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani and Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg on Monday. Zwane said his relationship with the Guptas should therefore not be an issue, he told media at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. "I engage with them on the issues of the country, I engage with them on the issues of asking them to invest more in South Africa," he said. "I will continue to deal with a number of CEOs and I will move to other countries to talk to them to attract investment." Zwane said he will raise issues of transformation with the mining leaders. "I look forward to getting new players

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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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