• Zimbabwe: Mugabe Blasts Mandela - And Speaks on Xenophobia

    Admitting he was spewing "poison", President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday blamed unemployment in South Africa for the vicious xenophobic attacks against foreigners there, including Zimbabweans. Clearly revelling in his role as Africa's political grandee and elder statesman, Mugabe claimed that Africa's second biggest economy needed help from its poorer neighbours. Zimbabwe has struggled with a serious economic crisis for about 15 years. The crunch shows no sign of easing and has forced an estimated one million locals across the border into South Africa in search of a better life.

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  • Mazibuko earns master’s degree from Harvard

    Lindiwe Mazibuko is celebrating a Masters of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In her time at Harvard — the world-renowned university first established in 1636 — Mazibuko has shared her excitement at the extreme season changes and taken up cycling. Mazibuko first attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study a Bachelor of Music degree then moved to the University of Cape Town‚ where she obtained a BA (French‚ Classics‚ Media & Writing) in 2006 and a BA Honours (Political Communication) degree in 2007.

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  • Andile Jali puts a ring on it - SundayWorld

    On top of earning the title for arguably Mzansi’s most sought-after “It Girl” – thanks to Diski Divas – then announcing that she is expecting a bundle of joy a few weeks ago, Nonhle just broke news on her Instagram that she is officially going to be Mrs Andile Jali. In a series of ambiguous posts Nonhle, not in so many words, confirmed that Andile had popped the question. Nonhle is even seen sporting a sumptuous rock on her engagement ring finger.

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  • Lindiwe Mazibuko nails masters degree at Harvard University

    Former DA parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko has passed her Masters degree in public administration at Harvard University and is set to graduate next week.

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  • Home Affairs allows big business to jump visa queue

    The one-stop Premium Visa and Permit Centre will fast-track their visas and those of their family members. This centre was launched yesterday at the Gauteng Investment Centre in Sandton by Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba. The new centre was established in partnership with the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency and VFS Global. Its core function is to facilitate increased investment and infrastructure development in South Africa by making it easy for corporate clients to process their visa and permit applications.

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  • EFF faction won't back Malema

    Some Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) members have defied an order of their national leadership to support party leader Julius Malema in his court battle against the South African Revenue Service(Sars), it emerged yesterday. Malema is due back in the North Gauteng High Court on June 1, when his provisional sequestration case will be heard regarding his outstanding tax bill. The EFF’s North West sub-region yesterday urged all branches to mobilise members and rally behind Malema in court, saying this was an instruction from the organisation’s national leadership.

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  • Zuma, Malema need to take note - The Mercury

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Mmusi Maimane s black male self may come to represent for many young black men the possibility of aspiring, and transcending, one s humble beginnings, says the writer. Listening to Mmusi Maimane give his acceptance speech after his election as the leader of the traditionally white Democratic Alliance, it became clear that he will need to be taken much more seriously by Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema and the parties they lead, because of the hope he is intent on projecting for young black men, and despite his intimate partner, black women too.

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  • Dame Shirley Bassey blasts Beyonce for 'skimpy' Met Ball dress

    Dame Shirley Bassey has blasted Beyonce and other modern singers who feel the need to ''see who can wear the skimpiest outfit''. Dame Shirley said: ''It is like they are all in competition with each other. ''When I saw Beyonce at the Met Ball the other night I was like, 'excuse me?' I think you have to leave a lot to the imagination. Speaking at the 'Shooting Star' book launch in London, Dame Shirley said: ''Of course it is a bad impression for young people to follow because they want to dress like that.

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  • Nigeria: Boko Haram - Nigerian Military Evacuates 275 Rescued Women, Children From Camp

    The military has evacuated the rescued 275 women and children from the Malkohi Camp, near Yola. The women and children were recently rescued from the Sambisa forest by the military. The women and children were brought to the Malkohi Camp about three weeks ago by the military who handed them over to the National Emergency Management Agency. The NEMA Camps Coordinator in Yola, Sa'ad Bello, confirmed that the women and children have been evacuated from the camp but said he could not say where the military took them to.

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  • Applying for SA visas made easy for senior executives

    SENIOR executives seeking to make visa and permit applications will no longer have to visit the usual Home Affairs branches in Johannesburg‚ after a "premium" centre was launched by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in Sandton on Wednesday. The application process at the centre took about 10 minutes and thereafter the applicant would wait for nearly four months to get the visa or permit as opposed to the initial eight months‚ the department said. Most of the application process is done electronically‚ including payment. The biometrics and applications are approved at the department’s head office in Pretoria.

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  • Minister warns SA mercenaries in Nigeria - Africa | IOL News

    Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has issued a stern warning to South African mercenaries battling Boko Haram in Nigeria that they face serious consequences for their actions. While the former South African Defence Force soldiers have been enlisted by the Nigerian government to help them fight the terrorist group, Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday the Foreign Military Assistance Act prohibits South Africans from fighting outside the country for financial gain.

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  • TWEET OF THE WEEK: Mbalula’s thug life

    There are no strict rules, only that the tweet in question must offer an important insight, define a debate (notorious or otherwise) or mark an occasion. "Honorable Members, I hereby introduce to you the Mayor of P.E Dr Danny Jordaan. Profile: Fikile Mbalula is SA’s minister of sport and recreation and an African National Congress (ANC) MP. Citation: The cult of personality, by and large, dominates South African politics.

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  • Mpoku found guilty of killing Cuburne, 3 - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    THE STAR Nathaniel Chicken Mpoku has been found guilty of kidnapping and murdering Reiger Park toddler Cuburne van Wyk. Johannesburg - Nathaniel “Chicken” Mpoku has been found guilty of kidnapping and murdering Reiger Park toddler Cuburne van Wyk. “You are found guilty and convicted of the crimes of kidnapping and murder as charged,” Judge George Maluleke said during his judgment in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Thursday. Three days later, his partially burnt body was found on an abandoned mine dump near Reiger Park.

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  • You are what you read: Osama bin Laden | Daily Maverick

    About a year and a half ago, there was a bit of a scuffle over what, if anything, South African President Jacob Zuma read before he turned out his bedside lamp in his official residences, or at his Nkandla country estate. In an effort to gain a glimpse of any presidential reading list, there was some wrangling with then-presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj over whether or not the president's office should even bother to tell the rest of us whether Zuma dips into Plutarch’s Lives of Nobel Grecians and Romans, Machiavelli's The Prince, an annotated copy of South Africa’s National Development Plan, or perhaps The Freedom Charter, for his evening’s inspirations. This writer even took a stab at trying to identify what was crucial in the reading plans – and the publicity about them – of various world leaders, but never cracked the code on Jacob Zuma’s literary preferences. In the past several days, however, in contrast to the shroud of secrecy that has been drawn across Jacob Zuma’s sources of information from the printed page, courtesy of the US intelligence community, the world now has insights into the literary tastes of the late Osama bin Laden when he was idling away all those years in his lair in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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  • South Africa: Islamic State Writes Letter to South African Muslims

    A letter addressed to local Muslim scholars, purportedly from South Africans who have joined the Islamic State (IS), has challenged them to visit the "state" to witness firsthand the conditions there. The letter, which was in the possession of satellite radio station Channel Islam International (CII) Broadcasting, was signed by "the brothers and sisters of your countrymen who Allah has blessed with the honour of being citizens of the Dawlatul Khalifah [the state of the leader]". The group is also commonly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). News24 could not immediately independently confirm the authenticity of the letter but State Security Agency (SSA) spokesperson Brian Dube said the department was aware of it and was investigating.

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  • ‘Drivers smell victory’ and won’t pay reduced tolls: Vavi

    Government’s announcement of a new dispensation for e-tolls “is an admission that the mass campaign against e-tolls is winning and the system is collapsing‚ as thousands of motorists continue to refuse to pay”‚ said Zwelinzima Vavi. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that toll fees for unregistered users will be reduced by almost half and payment will be a condition of receiving a renewed licence disc.

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  • Bok fans can expect a ‘brand new’ Fourie du Preez at the World Cup

    Take Fourie du Preez, for instance. Du Preez was a founding member of the killer squad, handpicked and moulded by Meyer, which went on to win the Currie Cup for three consecutive years and, in 2007, became the first South African team to bring home the Super Rugby trophy. Later that year, the same Bulls core helped the Springboks to their second Rugby World Cup victory under Jake White. Two years later, Du Preez was key to one of the best ever years for a Springbok team.

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  • Opposition parties slam new e-tolls model

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have come out sharply against the new e-toll funding model. Both parties rejected the changes announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday which will see motorists in Gauteng paying significantly less for using the system. Ramaphosa announced a raft of changes including a 50 percent reduction in the monthly cap for light motor vehicle users. EFF Member of Parliament (MP) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said motorists should not have to pay to use public roads.

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  • Operation Fiela: Over 12,000 arrested in KZN

    Suspects were apprehended for murder, rape, robbery and other serious crimes.

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