• Victim tricked 'rapist' to leave evidence

    THE Rustenburg mine-worker who was raped by an intruder in the shaft's change-rooms trapped her attacker to leave his fingerprints on her cellphone. Buyisile Mbobo, 28, who is accused of raping a 31-year-old Anglo American Platinum employee, allegedly dialled his cell number on his victim's cellphone after raping her at the company's Thembelani mine on March 8. This came out in the victim's statement which was read out at the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court where Mbobo was applying for bail. In the statement read by prosecutor Orlinah Mputla to magistrate Amanda Roos, the victim said she found Mbobo hiding in the shower in the female change-rooms around 4am as she was getting ready to start her overtime shift.

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  • Mercedes to build world's first premium pick-up | The New Age Online

    The German luxury brand says that it plans to enter the market by 2017 and that its first pick-up will take styling cues from its SUV range and comfort cues from its existing executive sedans. Mercedes says that the decision to move into the mid-size pick-up market, currently dominated by US brands, is because of a huge shift in recent years -- from commercial to personal use and from wanting something that is utilitarian to wanting a vehicle that's as comfortable and refined as it is practical. And although the US is the world's biggest pick-up market -- one in 10 vehicles sold in the country over the last 12 months was a pick-up -- Mercedes plans to initially target its luxury model at the Latin American, European and Australian markets. "We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car," said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

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  • Eskom plans for a total blackout - City Press

    Eskom conducted a national simulation exercise this week to test how systems would function in the event of a national blackout. City Press can reveal that, under the codename Exercise Breaking Dawn, the test took place on Monday to assess the country’s readiness in the event of a complete shutdown – this covered areas from emergency responses to how such a crisis would be communicated to the media and public. The secret exercise involved the utility’s managers, operational staff and support staff who formed part of strategic command structures and divisional tactical command structures. It was seen by some observers as a sign that Eskom was preparing itself for the worst-case scenario, something executives had been warning could happen if the country did not get its energy consumption under control.

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  • It's reigning queens at the Miss SA pageant

    For one of them, Anneline Kriel, it will be a homecoming of sorts - she was a familiar face at the casino resort in the '80s when she was married to Sun City boss Sol Kerzner. Joining her will be the two other South African beauties to have captured the Miss World crown - the reigning titleholder, Rolene Strauss, and Penny Coelen-Rey, who won back in 1958. Strauss comes back home after a series of international commitments, including appearances in the US earlier this month. It will be the biggest gathering of Miss South Africas ever.

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  • King Mswati’s jet held over debt - Africa | IOL News

    Swaziland’s King Mswati III’s personal jet has been impounded in Canada by order of a Canadian court for settlement of R35 million, part of the R1.6bn a businessman claims the monarch owes him. The plane was in Canada for maintenance when businessman Shanmuga Rethenam petitioned to have the asset seized. Rethenam’s firm, Southern Africa Resources Limited (Sarl), is suing Mswati for R1.6bn in damages for the closure, without Sarl’s consent, of a mining operation in Swaziland.

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  • What can Mugabe teach us about #RhodesMustFall? - City Press

    Barely 35 years ago, our northern neighbour Zimbabwe was still called Rhodesia. The truth is, Zimbabwe has been wrestling with colonial remnants – and, in particular, Cecil John Rhodes’ remnants – for longer than we have. This week, a Zanu-PF official attempted to rekindle the conversation about moving Rhodes’ remains to the UK, but it is largely expected that the 2012 decision made by the governing party and President Robert Mugabe will remain party policy. In 2012, Mugabe said Rhodes’ body should not be removed from its burial site in the Matobo National Park, 35km south of Bulawayo.

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  • Senyaka's father an anti-apartheid hero

    WHILE Senyaka was known for making his fans laugh with his music and roles in low-budget films, it's a little known fact that he came from a political family. The musician, whose real name is Thula Kekana, died on Wednesday aged 58. Before that, He was one of the founding members of the ANC Youth League in 1948. In fact, Senyaka's elder brother, Tladi, said Senyaka was born in the midst of the historic bus boycott which changed the face of SA politics.

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  • Pregnancy now affects primary school girls

    PRIMARY school girls are adding numbers to the problem of pregnancy among schoolgirls. Among more than 20000 pupils who fell pregnant last year, hundreds of them were in primary school, revealed Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga had more pregnant girls in primary school, with 232 and 130 girls respectively. At least 20116 of the pregnancies were secondary school pupils.

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  • The Teen Who Wanted To Buy One Direction Started Her Crowdfunding Campaign As A Joke, But Now It's Real

    2. But Katie, a 16-year-old fan from Elmira, New York, may have outdone them all by starting a GoFundMe campaign to “buy” One Direction. Katie’s mother requested BuzzFeed News not use her daughter’s last name. 4. Many One Direction fans, including Katie, have long believed the group’s management company doesn’t treat the artists well. 5. Katie told BuzzFeed News the campaign started as a joke after another fan tweeted about the idea, but she started taking it more seriously when she saw others contributing.

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  • Zuma's backup helicopter cancelled - Report

    'City Press' is reporting that the helicopter known as the ‘Zuma Taxi’ costs the presidency R63,000 an hour.

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  • Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name': report

    The black box voice recorder indicates that Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside, French officials say, in what appears to have been a case of suicide and mass killing. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that all the signs were "pointing towards an act that we can't describe: criminal, crazy, suicidal". German prosecutors revealed that searches of Lubitz's homes netted "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment", including "torn-up and current sick leave notes, among them one covering the day of the crash". According to Bild, the young woman, who was "very shocked", flew with Lubitz on European flights for five months last year, during which time they are believed to have been romantically involved.

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  • Expect fireworks when WhatsApp allows calls

    Whatsapp, the world's most popular smartphone instant messaging platform, has started rolling out voice services as part of its application (Android users only for now), striking fear into the hearts of mobile telecommunications industry executives everywhere. Industry executives feared that WhatsApp and other so-called over-the-top, or OTT, services would not only eat away at their lucrative voice profits, but undermine the business model for installing the next-generation broadband networks the OTT providers need if they are to offer services to consumers. The reason the rest of the mobile industry is so concerned about WhatsApp is its vast subscriber base of more than 700 million users. The company will soon overtake China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, in subscriber numbers.

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  • Serero can’t sleep over Milan move

    “I don’t know what to say, it is difficult, because every time I think about it I lose sleep,” said Serero on Wednesday, with a huge grin on his face. “I don’t know anything (about the rumours of a Milan move) but it is one of the teams supported growing up. Serero, who is with the Bafana Bafana squad ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Nigeria at Mbombela Stadium, has been with Ajax since 2011, and still has two years left on his current contract.

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  • CIA shadow scares ideological dinosaurs

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  • Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH - Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

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  • Police silence on Van Breda case ‘unusual’ - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    AP A forensics expert retrieves a flashlight from a police vehicle at the upmarket De Zalze housing estate in Stellenbosch. Cape Town - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is still deciding what action to take in the Stellenbosch triple murder case, and while the docket remains with it, police are remaining uncharacteristically tight-lipped about the killings. Aside from saying that significant progress was being made in their investigation, police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut this week refused to say anything more about the case. Since the January 27 murders, provincial police have, in an unusual move, not released even basic details about the crimes.

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  • South Africa: ANC Criminality On City Streets a New Low for Morally Bankrupt Party

    The DA condemns ANC acts of pure criminality, in broad daylight on the streets of the City of Cape Town yesterday. Images today show an ANC t-shirted member robbing and assaulting a patron at a City restaurant, during yesterday's Ses'Khona looting parade. It is disgraceful that ANC branded members committed crimes on our streets, including the theft of personal belongings from restaurant patrons and looting of small businesses.

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  • Ex-dictator vs fortunate son in Nigeria’s presidential vote

    The two main candidates in Nigeria’s tense presidential election on Saturday cut sharply different profiles: an ex-military ruler who once cracked down on indiscipline and a zoologist rarely seen without his stylish fedora. Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, 57, is a Christian from the Niger Delta oil region in the south while Muhammadu Buhari, 72, is a Muslim from the north and a retired major general. An ethnic Ijaw from a family of canoe makers, Mr Jonathan’s rise to the top of his country’s ruthless political world has been described as accidental. Fortune certainly seems to have favoured Mr Jonathan throughout his political career, as his first name would imply.

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  • Advocate takes Thuli to court

    A GOVERNMENT official has dragged the public protector to court to set aside findings that he is unfit to hold any position of trust. Thuli Madonsela's findings were based on a court order from four years ago which saw director of corporate services at the Ramotshere Moiloa local municipality, Samuel Tebogo Motlhamme, being struck off the roll of advocates. In a first of its kind, Motlhamme submits in the court challenge that Madonsela's office has no powers to make any decision based on court orders.

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