• Ertugal wins 5-0 in first match in charge

    Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugal began his assessments of players with a  friendly match against North West University (NWU) winning the encounter 5-0 at Potchefstroom yesterday.

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  • Vote EFF to 'empower' the ANC, Malema tells Cliff

    CliffCentral founder, Idols SA judge and former 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff hosted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on web radio on Friday. The EFF leader admitted to feeling a bit tired while criss-crossing the country “back to back” on the campaign trail. The podcast introducing the show says: “Julius Malema is a polarising figure in South Africa, and someone who always attracts a lot of attention for his political actions. But do we really know what he and his EFF party are all about? Gareth gives him an opportunity to talk like never before, providing an interesting pre-election discussion.” Because CliffCentral (punted as “UnRadio”) does not broadcast on air, it is not subject

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  • Gang rape at primary school

    Pretoria - Tears rolled down a father’s cheeks as he broke down and cried in horror after confirmation that his little girl had been raped at school. He had just spoken to police officers from Boschkop police station, who had taken his 8-year-old daughter and her classmate for an examination following reports that they had been raped. “I am so hurt; the principal has been aware of this for two weeks. Despite telling parents that he has taken the matter to the police, he has done nothing,” the father said. The father had discovered possible sexual assault on his daughter two weeks ago. When he investigated it emerged that his little girl had been one of four girls, aged between 7 and 9, raped

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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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  • God gave us a gift, says Gugu Zulu's mom

    While thousands of fans across the country are mourning an icon who touched the lives of many through his contribution to sport- his family are mourning the loss of a son, husband, father and brother. Speaking for the first time since the death of Zulu, his parents have praised the impact their son had on people. In an interview with eNCA Zulu's dad, Peter Zulu, said that the family take solace in knowing the athlete died doing what he loved. Twitter wages war on Dineo Ranaka after 'rude' matric dance dress snub  "I was his number one fan and to me it's a great loss, it's really a great loss," he said. A shattered Peter recalled his final moments with Zulu before the athlete left for Mount Kilimanjaro.

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  • Bafana coach Mashaba to pay homage to fallen Nigerian icon Stephen Keshi

    It is being held at the Christ Ambassadors Church in Kempton Park at 10am on Saturday. Mashaba will be joined by Andre Arendse‚ who kept goal for South Africa’s 1996 African Nations Cup winning side‚ and Kalusha Bwalya‚ the former African Footballer of the Year who is a member of the executive committee of the Confederation of African football. Peterside said they were also awaiting confirmation that Mark Fish would attend. “We want to pay tribute to a great man of football‚” he said on Friday. “He was my senior in the national team. I played alongside him and he was a big friend‚” said the former Nigeria goalkeeper‚ who is now a pastor at the church. “Keshi’s death was a big blow‚ not only to

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  • Grace Mugabe turns 51

    The ministry of defence has called Grace Mugabe a pillar of strength to her husband, who is 92. Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe Grace Mugabe turns 50 HARARE – Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe turns 51 today and state media has published a 12-page supplement in her honour.  The supplement carries adverts from struggling state-run firms, which had been asked to pay for advertising despite the country's crippling economic crisis. For the second year in a row, the first lady is being given near-presidential treatment by Zimbabwe's state media.  Firms like the loss-making Air Zimbabwe have published full colour adverts in the Herald's birthday supplement.  The ministry of defence calls her a pillar of strength

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  • Madonsela 'destroying' blacks - Politics

    Cape Town - The public protector is “destroying” black people, charged Sapho Mahilihili as he toyi-toyied and sang alongside 16 other protesters in front of the Western Cape offices of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Friday. The group demanded the office investigate apartheid corruption. Mahilihili said the focus on Nkandla was “misguided” and a “drop in the ocean” compared with white corruption “that lasted 400 years”. He also took a swipe at Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who, he said, had made an about-turn since founding the National Union of Mineworkers 34 years ago. He “has jumped out of his black skin and is not a black person anymore”. Black people in power were considered white

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  • Thousands brave rain for ANC rally in Port Elizabeth

    Thousands of people have gathered at the Dan Qeqe Stadium in Zwide in the Eastern Cape for the ANC’s Siyanqoba rally despite heavy rain and cold weather. President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the crowd in the party’s last election campaign rally in Nelson Mandela Bay ahead of the August 3 local government elections. Among those already at the stadium are ANC national executive committee member Bheki Cele and other provincial ANC leaders. The crowd is being entertained while they await Zuma’s arrival. TMG Digital/ The Herald

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  • South Africa in crisis: Is there a way out?

    With instability in Zimbabwe, where we are seeing demonstrations that would have been impossible to imagine in recent years, the possibility of change may be on the horizon. It may not be an orderly transition. If the ruling Zanu-PF tries to manage a transition we could end up seeing more of the same, just without Robert Mugabe. It is unclear what will happen partly because there is no mass-based, organised force with a concrete programme for a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe. The opposition MDC and unions are in disarray so it may well be that Zanu-PF (despite internal divisions) could oversee whatever the post-Mugabe era may become. Some believe that the potential for change in Zimbabwe also holds warnings

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  • Children play with HIV blood

    Durban - Horrified Pietermaritzburg parents are still in shock after finding their children covered in blood from test tubes at a private laboratory in a nearby property. It is believed the children, who are aged between 3 and 7 years old, found the blood samples in a box and parents are concerned that their children may have drunk some of the blood from the test tubes. Sindi Mthembu, mother of one of the affected children, said her child came home last Sunday with blood on his hands, but when questioned he said “I was killing a monster”. When she took her child to school the following morning, other parents asked her if she knew what had happened the previous day. “They told me what really happened

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  • In Pictures: Gunmen launch deadly attack on Munich shopping mall

    Police said eight people had been killed and the attackers were still at large. They told the public to get off the streets as the city - Germany's third biggest - went into lockdown, with transport halted and highways sealed off. 'Acute terror' situation in Munich as gunmen still at large  As special forces rushed to the scene, some people remained holed up in the Olympia shopping centre. "Many shots were fired, I can't say how many but it's been a lot," said a shop worker hiding in a store room inside the mall. The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she had seen a shooting victim on the floor who appeared to be dead or dying. Munich mall shooting: what we know  A worker at a different

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  • Hlaudi strikes again: SABC caught in R167m Zuma TV deal

    SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng pushed through a R167-million contract with a production company co-owned by President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Gugu Zuma-Ncube, going  against the advice of a six-member review panel at the state broadcaster.

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  • Zimbabwe threatens 'traitorous' war veterans after Mugabe attack

    Zimbabwe's government denounced leading independence war veterans as traitors on Saturday for an unprecedented attack on ageing President Robert Mugabe and vowed to identify its unnamed authors and put them on trial. Veterans who fought against white minority rule in the former British colony turned on their long-time ally and commander on Thursday, calling him a dictator in a jolting rebuke highlighting political manoeuvring over his succession and mounting anger over economic woes. State-owned newspapers reflected the power struggle on Saturday with a highly unusual 12-page supplement praising his wife Grace on her 51st birthday. War veterans have accused her of having too much influence over her 92-year-old husband.

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  • A million a line for Damon's new Jason Bourne

    In Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the hit franchise, Damon is up against Alicia Vikander's Heather Lee, head of the CIA's Cyber Ops department who is determined to flush out her nemesis. Paul Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) was persuaded to rejoin Damon for the next chapter after both men sat out 2012's The Bourne Legacy.

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  • Park inspector crushed by elephant in KZN

    Durban - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park workers who witnessed their colleague being crushed to death by an elephant are traumatised at the sight. Thembisile Mchunu, 47, of Ngwelezane, Empangeni, died on Tuesday after being attacked by an elephant while inspecting alien plants. It is reported that they were on their way out of the park when a herd of elephants approached. Amon Sithole, one of the workers with Mchunu, said the incident happened shortly after they had completed their inspection. “We had gone right inside the park and had left our car quite far away. One of the elephants made a sound and we thought it was warning the other ones that it had spotted human beings. “After that it sprinted towards

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  • McCarthy's Bafana dream

    Benni McCarthy has been patient but is keen on coaching Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates. The former FC Port striker was strongly linked with the job of assistant coach at his former club Pirates – a job which was given to Bradley Carnell. McCarthy has a Uefa A licence and he is currently busy with his Uefa Pro Licence which he is expected to finish in 2017. “I am keen on coaching and on a return to Mzansi to impart my knowledge to the country,” McCarthy was quoted as saying on SunSport.

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  • SA’s fight against HIV wins donor support

    The department of health’s campaign for an Aids-free generation by 2030 was in the spotlight during this week’s International Aids Conference, Northglen News reports. The department has revealed that the country’s “accelerated response” to the epidemic has made it secure a pledge of donor support from The Global Fund and the United States. On Wednesday South Africa’s Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi highlighted some of the country’s notable HIV/Aids interventions in the fight against HIV/Aids. One of the interventions cited by the minister includes the improved provision of ARV treatment to HIV-positive patients. Motsoaledi noted that over the last 12 years the country had increased ARV treatments

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  • Found in SA … Libya’s trillions

    Johannesburg - The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya. What could be the world’s largest cash pile is stored in palettes at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria. The Libyan billions have led to a Hawks investigation into possible violation of exchange controls as well as international interests from the UN and the US. It has also led to heightened interest in the local and international intelligence community

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  • Conte still wants four new signings

    London - Antonio Conte wants four more players in place before Chelsea start the Premier League season. Conte is determined to sign a top-class centre forward and at least one more defender, possibly two. His back-up goalkeeper is set to be Diego Lopez, 34, from AC Milan who will work with new coach Gianluca Spinelli. Benfica’s young, versatile Swedish defender Victor Lindelof has emerged as a possible target, especially if Chelsea fail to sign Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, who is valued at £50m by Napoli. Everton are also prepared to go close to this figure as they expect to complete the sale of John Stones to Manchester City. However, Koulibaly prefers a move to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are considering

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