• Community Post: 8 Important Life Lessons We Learned From Nicki Minaj Songs

    Beneath her eccentric style and suggestive lyrics, there are some valuable life lessons to be found.

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  • Jihadi John tried to enter SA

    According to British media, Emwazi was arrested as he tried to force his way past a security checkpoint onto a Johannesburg-bound flight without a passport. Emwazi has beheaded several Islamic State hostages over the past year. It is reported that at the time of his arrest in Tanzania he was with two members of Somalia-based Islamic terrorist organisation al-Shabab: Bilal Berjawi and Mohamed Sakr. It is not clear why Emwazi wanted to fly to Johannesburg.

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  • Teen Allegedly Urged Friend To Kill Himself, Then Tweeted How Much She Missed Him

    Moments before 18-year-old Conrad Roy was going to kill himself last summer, he had second thoughts and climbed out of his running truck. The message allegedly came from Michelle Carter, who police now say sent Roy a series of texts in the last days of his life encouraging him to commit suicide. Roy apparently listened; police later found him dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. In a report, police said that before dying, Roy told Carter “he was scared and didn’t want to leave his family,” the Sun Chronicle reported.

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  • Tide turning against Zuma in KZN - Politics | IOL News

    For the first time in nearly nine years KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC’s biggest and most powerful province, appears to be fragmented and patchy, its closely-guarded unity having all but vanished. Gone are the days when KwaZulu-Natal jumped hurdle after hurdle in ensuring the tsunami that is President Jacob Zuma entrenched all political hegemony. With all 11 regions having held their conference and the eThekwini region emerging under murky conditions, it has become a known secret that the tide is turning. Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala is known to be a Zuma man, but he is haplessly watching his grip slip as rebellion takes form.

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  • Malema supporters take over EFF in KZN

    Several Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members, who were among the founding leaders of the party in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), have been ousted from their positions following a hastily convened provincial elective assembly where they were replaced by supporters of party leader Julius Malema amid accusations of vote rigging and flouting of processes. Members of the media who had waited the entire day for proceedings to begin on Saturday had to leave after EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu told them the opening session was not open to the media. The most important thing for us is that the assembly went very well,” said Vukani Ndlovu, who was elected new EFF leader in KZN.

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  • SAA chief in fake e-mails drama - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Private investigator Paul O’Sullivan this week tried to get the chairwoman of South African Airways to resign from her position using fake documents. The Sunday Independent is in possession of fake overseas bank statements and e-mail communication between Dudu Myeni, her lawyers and O’Sullivan, which show the famed investigator demanding her resignation based on fake overseas bank documents. O’Sullivan, who is credited with several corruption-busting investigations – including the conviction of the late former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi – accused Myeni of having received millions of rand from illegal deals involving an SAA tender and the Gauteng e-tolls contract.

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  • Will Smith Has Come Back Down To Earth

    Two years ago, Will Smith faced something he’d never experienced before: an unforgiving box office belly flop. Not only did After Earth open in third place with just $27.5 million — a pittance for a sci-fi adventure with a reported $130 million budget — but it opened up Smith and his son and co-star Jaden Smith to a degree of unrelenting ridicule that the elder Smith had astutely avoided since he catapulted to stardom in 1995’s Independence Day. The movie did earn a face-saving $183.3 million overseas, maintaining Smith’s reputation as a global box office draw. Instead, the movie suggests a kind of new normal for Smith, neither a return to his 2000s height as the world’s biggest movie star, nor a collapse into the sad swamp of Hollywood has-beens.

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  • SA’s US ambassador in new ‘dodgy degree’ drama - City Press

    South Africa’s new ambassador to Washington, DC, Mninwa Mahlangu, has set tongues wagging in the US after it emerged that he may have received his distance-learning degree from an unaccredited institution. Mahlangu has, however, insisted his qualification is solid. In his official short bio, submitted for the ambassadorial position – Mahlangu’s first – he counts a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Fairfax in 1995 as among his qualifications. The Louisiana-based Fairfax University was established in 1986 and discontinued in 2004 when, according to Wikipedia, it relocated to the Cayman Islands.

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  • ‘Jihadi John was a cold loner’ - World News | IOL News

    REUTERS A masked militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi, stands next to a man purported to be Steven Sotloff in this still image. Newly released emails written by the man known as “Jihadi John” have revealed that he harboured a sense of paranoia and sympathies for a jailed scientist linked to al-Qaeda in the years before he was identified as the killer on Isis videos in Syria. The troubled state of mind of Mohammed Emwazi was revealed in an email to a former Independent journalist in which he said he suspected that he had unwittingly sold his laptop via the online sales site Gumtree to an undercover MI5 agent because the buyer knew his first name. “I never told this person my first name!!” he said in an email to the journalist Robert Verkaik who was investigating claims that he was being harassed by MI5.

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  • Zimbabwe: Uebert Angel - From Grace to Grass

    Flamboyant and sharp tongued, Prophet Angel made his way into the public glare in 2011, championing the gospel of prosperity. The tall and lanky prophet, who dressed with a flourish, quickly became one of the most sought after prophets locally and regionally. Fondly referred to as "Papa" or "Major" by his congregants at Spirit Embassy, the youthful prophet - whose collection of flashy cars endeared him to the youthful group in his church - was unapologetic about his boastful tirades. Brash and just as captivating as her husband, Beverly - who is the co-founder and vice-president and overseer of Spirit Embassy - soon had the masses eating right out of her dainty hands.

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  • Black lawyers blast Mbete - City Press

    Black lawyers’ organisations are furious that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, hires expensive, white-male advocates to win court cases involving Parliament. The chairperson of Advocates for Transformation, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, said the chief justice had repeatedly appealed to all sectors of government to promote the transformation of the legal profession by appointing black advocates, but it appeared even Parliament could not be bothered. “Sometimes, when you ask some government attorneys why they are not appointing black advocates, they say: ‘We want people who are going to win the case,’” Ntsebeza said.

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  • AKA, Nyovest beef still sizzling - City Press

    Cassper Nyovest and rapper AKA are still at war. In December the pair publicly shook hands and claimed they had settled a long-running beef marked by insults, shoving and – on one occasion – a gun being drawn. “They did not even sit next to each other throughout the shoot,” the second source told City Press. Both sources said AKA and Cassper Nyovest determinedly continued to ignore each other, even as they stood together for photographs.

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  • Ghana/Nigeria: FIFA Stops Ghana, Nigeria Friendly

    World football governing body (FIFA) has cancelled the proposed international friendly duel between the Nigeria's Super Eagles and the Black Stars of Ghana this month in London. FIFA said that it is against their regulations which states that no country should play two games across two continents in three days. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had earlier announced that the Super Eagles would play Bolivia on March 26 in Uyo, and then take on the Black Stars on 29 March in London, but the friendly has now been scuttled.

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  • The "Rich Dogs Of Instagram" Are Total Ballers

    The 1% has never looked so cute.

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  • Mugabe’s 91st birthday bash - PICS - Africa | IOL News

    The elephant might have been in the room but it was not on the menu, after all, at Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s 91st birthday party at the Elephant Hills hotel in the country’s premier tourist attraction, Victoria Falls, on Saturday. Although Zanu PF supporter Tendai Musasa, who farms on disputed game land in the area, had promised to shoot a couple of elephant, buffalo, possibly a crocodile and other game for the dinner, none arrived at the hotel in the end. All 1060 hotel rooms were booked well before the festivities and the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe said “a couple of hundred” more rooms in the bed and breakfast lodges and rooms in private houses were also booked.

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  • Nigeria: Is Wizkid Arrogant or Envied?

    Wizkid's twit-fights are garnering more popularity than his hit songs nowadays. Before the fight, Wizkid came under attack from the Twitter denizens over his post that he would like to sing with Nigeria international artiste Asa. Then came the Twitter rumble with Skales. Wizkid hit the limelight when Banky W signed him on his label Empire Mates Entertainment in 2009.

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  • North Korea launches 2 missiles into sea to protest US war games with South

    The two missiles, believed to be Scud-C missiles, took off from near Nampo, a coastal city southwest of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, and flew across the peninsula before crashing into the sea off the North’s east coast, officials at the South Korean Defense Ministry said. The ministry’s main spokesman, Kim Min-seok, condemned the North Korean missile tests as a “saber-rattling provocation” and a violation of U.N. resolutions that banned North Korea from testing any ballistic missile-related technology. The ban was imposed after North Korea’s recent tests of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles raised fears that the country was developing a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea launched its missiles Monday shortly after a statement from its military warned that it “will never remain a passive onlooker” to the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle annual joint war games the United States and South Korea started Monday.

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  • Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF and the CIO Desperate to Infiltrate the MDC

    It is beyond debate that Morgan Tsvangirai is the most popular political leader in Zimbabwe at the moment. In similar measure, it is also indisputable that the MDC that he leads is the largest and most supported political party in Zimbabwe. Because Robert Mugabe and the moribund and ragtag Zanu PF political outfit that he leads are acutely aware of the massive and breath - taking mass appeal and popularity of Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC, the CIO and all other organs of the Zanu PF regime have been specifically tasked to inflict maximum damage on the Tsvangirai brand and also to infiltrate and destabilise the MDC. Hence, the relentless onslaught by the Zanu PF - controlled media to fabricate false and malicious stories about Tsvangirai's personal life as well as the ceaseless campaign to infiltrate the MDC structures in order to cause panic, confusion, alarm and despondency.

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  • Nigeria: Why Boko Haram Attacked Yobe, Borno, Kano - - DSS

    The Department of State Services (DSS) have given reasons why Boko Haram insurgents have attacked three states in the northeast in spite of the heavy depletion of their forces by invading federal forces, saying that the insurgents were taking their anger out on hapless civilians. The DSS gave the reason yesterday in a statement signed by the deputydirector on public relations, Marilyn Ogar and made available to LEADERSHIP Weekend, in which she advised Nigerians to be vigilant and watch out for suspicious characters and movements.

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  • Middle class must save itself from collapse - City Press

    This week we report that banks repossessed almost 5 000 cars from the country’s middle class in the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces. Last week, City Press reported on a government tender requesting private companies to help tackle the massive debt burden of civil servants. An increase in personal tax, sin taxes, the fuel levy, e-tolls and petrol over the next few months following this year’s budget speech will stretch the already burdened middle class even further. This is a sign that life is becoming increasingly tough for the middle class in South Africa.

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