• Last kiss showed a mountain of love - South Africa

    The sky was a dazzle of bright blue. There wasn’t enough oxygen at 3 700m, but there was lots of love in the air. Click. Click. Gugu and Letshego Zulu - the “adventure couple” - were taking their umpteenth photo. They held hands. Their eyes locked, as if they were seeing each for the first time. The faces drew closer. And the kiss - ever so soft. Ever so loving. Click. Click. Yet another piece of evidence of their love, captured by journalist and family friend OG Molefe. Molefe’s photo speaks a million words about the love Gugu and Letshego had for each other. The image, sadly, recorded one of their last intimate moments as man and wife. Sharing their love was one of the things that came naturally

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  • The struggle hero who goes back to jail at night - Politics

    Johannesburg - It’s been almost two weeks since Kenny Motsamai was released on a conditional day parole from Boksburg prison after spending 27 years in jail for the murder of a white North West traffic officer. Yet in spite of his limited freedom, the former commander of the Azania People’s Liberation Army (Apla) seems to be dogged by controversy. Shortly after his release last week, Motsamai was quoted in the Sowetan newspaper as saying he regretted killing the Rustenburg officer in a robbery that he said was sanctioned by the PAC. The PAC also issued a statement in support of Motsamai’s assertions that the killing was an act of war. In the interview with the daily paper, Motsamai said he was

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  • How to sell a R5 coin for R50000

    The R5 coins with the face of former president Nelson Mandela have a special nostalgic appeal, and the most recently issued one was to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. But would you believe it if you were told that one of these 90th birthday coins sold for R2.5 million? Others sell for anything between R50 000 and a couple of thousand rands. These, remember, are simply R5 coins. There is nothing special or rare about them – more than 22 million were issued by the South African Mint. But a lucrative trade has developed in which clever sellers convince gullible buyers that certain R5 Mandela coins are extremely rare and are therefore worth a lot of money. Any coins could be sold in this way,

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  • I am no longer dating Khune

    Fitness trainer Sbahle Mpisane and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune are not a couple any more, unfortunately. Mpisane took to Instagram on Sunday morning to share the heartbreaking news, posting a picture with the caption: “Not everything works out the way you wish for it to do … Some situations are worth removing yourself away from! I am no longer dating the Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goal keeper anymore sadly.” This after the couple celebrated their one-year anniversary in June. The couple were among our relationship goals, proving that they were partners in everything. Khune used to post videos of the two working out together, and calling her his Woman Crush Everyday. Though the

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  • Mbeki is protesting silently – Malema

    Never listen to veterans who are ignored by their own party, EFF leader Julius Malema told his supporters in Zamdela, Sasolburg, in the Free State yesterday. He was referring to the ANC’s use of veterans such as Ahmed Kathrada and Kgalema Motlanthe to campaign for the party in the upcoming local government elections. “They are so desperate, they even went and asked Winnie Mandela to endorse them. “Can you really ask your own party member to endorse you?” he said. Commenting on the uncertainty around whether former president Thabo Mbeki would campaign for the ANC, Malema said Mbeki was refusing silently, saying to the ANC “when you recalled me, you said you will manage without me”. “[President

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  • Nats joined the ANC too ... don't forget that – Mpofu

    Over the weekend, President Jacob Zuma again asserted his belief that the Democratic Alliance (DA) could not be separated from its “parent party”, the apartheid National Party. That belief appears to be based on the fact that the Democratic Party (DP) went into a coalition with the New National Party (NNP) in 2000. NNP leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk helped to form the Democratic Alliance in the merger between the NNP and Tony Leon’s DP, but that didn’t last long. Van Schalkwyk and other members of his party crossed over to the ANC in 2001. In so doing, they reduced the DA’s 52.5% outright majority win in Cape Town and handed power to the ANC in the city and the Western Cape. During the 2002 floor-crossing

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  • Controversy brews for Semenya once again

    Star athlete Caster Semenya could be heading for another storm as she chases a possible double gold at the Rio Olympics in August, and it seems there is little anyone can do to prevent the controversy, least of all the athlete. This week at the African Athletics Championships in Durban, Semenya has shown she has returned to world-beating form with an easy victory in the 1 500m on Friday, with a personal best of 4.01.99. On Saturday she followed that with a win in the 800m heats and will run that final on Sunday. But while Cape Town’s Ross Tucker, an internationally respected sports scientist, is confident Semenya will cruise to gold in the women’s 800m in Rio, possibly with a world record time,

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The under-fire SABC has assured Metro FM listeners that their complaints about the new mid-morning show, Whose Show Is It Anyway, will be evaluated. The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just

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  • Rihanna bans Pokemon GO at her concerts

    Rihanna warned her fans not to play 'Pokemon Go' during her concerts. The 28-year-old beauty performed at the Grand Stade in Lille, France on Saturday night (23.07.16) and warned the crowd that she doesn't want them to be using their phones for texting their loved ones or playing the smash-hit Nintendo smartphone game.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, she told the audience: "I don't want to see you texting your boyfriends or your girlfriends. I don't want to see you catching any Pokemons up in this bitch." And Rihanna's not the only celebrity not impressed with the new craze. Director Oliver Stone thinks the game is no laughing matter and considers the app to be an example of the new invasive

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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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  • Lebese looks for 'personal trainer' after Khune's break-up

    Now Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Lebese shared on Twitter that he was looking for a professional fitness trainer. Whether this is shade being thrown at Khune or Lebese really just looking for a fitness trainer remains to be seen. It would not be such a bad idea for Mpisane and Lebese to hook up; after all, history has showed us that it always works out the second time around. Lebese previously dated Sizakele Manonga, who later accused him of physically abusing her.

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  • The end of Mugabe is at hand

    A growing number of other war veterans have joined the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association in calling Mugabe, 92, a “dictator”, demanding he quit and vowing not to support him in the next elections in 2018 if he does not. The association also criticised the government’s recent attacks against peaceful protesters who spoke out about the economy and against the police via social media and conducted a stayaway three weeks ago. Mugabe was facing “an endgame of tragic dimensions”, Zimbabwe weekly The Independent‘s editor Dumisani Muleya said on Friday. On Saturday the governing Zanu-PF struck back at the war veterans, calling them “treasonous” and “traitorous.” Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also a war veteran, delivered a more muted response.

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  • Apartheid-era plunder to be probed after all

    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela anticipates she will have some tough questions for the government once her probe into missing apartheid billions gets under way. This week Madonsela announced she had reversed her initial decision not to investigate allegations that upwards of R26 billion was looted from state coffers via various schemes under apartheid. The allegations originate from a report compiled by a UK-based investigation and asset recovery firm, Ciex, which alleges it was contracted by the government to track billions which were siphoned from the government in the dying years of apartheid. Leading South African bank Absa is mentioned in the report, along with Nedbank, as alleged beneficiaries

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • Zoleka Mandela bravely shows results of chemotherapy

    The International Olympic Committee held showdown talks Sunday on whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping, an unprecedented decision that could spark the Olympic movement's worst crisis in decades.

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  • Nigeria: Hundreds Living in South Africa Defraud Gov

    Nigeria's Consul-General in South Africa, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said on Sunday that the Federal Government lost $39,370 (about N10.9 million) to visa and passport fees at processing centres in that country. Ms. Okeke told the News Agency of Nigeria in Johannesburg, South Africa, that the Online Integrated Solutions (OIS), a firm that processes passport and visa on behalf of the Nigeria Immigration Service abroad, reported the loss to the Consulate. "Concrete evidence that we have got shows a recent compilation of 254 online payment fraudulent reversals of passport applications which occurred between the months of April and June 2016. "These acts were deliberately done by Nigerians to defraud their

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  • Health-e News: AIDS-free baby girls face infection in their teens

    Two weeks before the international AIDS conference, a friend contacted me because the previous night something she never imagined had happened. The man she had met that night had removed the condom during sex and she had only noticed afterwards. I was surprised that she did not know she could access anti-retroviral (ARV) medication as post-exposure prophylaxis as a precautionary measure to protect herself against HIV infection, provided she did so within 72 hours. This friend is 29 years old. She is educated, smart and world-wise. Throughout the conference, she kept popping into my head. If she felt so disempowered, I couldn’t imagine how a 15-year-old could negotiate condom use with a partner

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  • Woman nabbed in R1.8m tik bust at Cape Town airport

    The International Olympic Committee held showdown talks Sunday on whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping, an unprecedented decision that could spark the Olympic movement's worst crisis in decades.

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  • Zimbabwe: Chiefs Siphoning Fortune From Small Miners, Minister Chidhakwa Told

    TRADITIONAL chiefs are cashing in on the gold rush in the country by charging artisanal and small scale miners who wish to prospect for the mineral within their jurisdiction, a key industry figure has said. Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) Chief Executive Officer, Wellington Takavarasha, said this to delegates attending the Zimbabwe Miner's Federation Conference at the Mining, Engineering and Transport Expo (Mine Entra) in Bulawayo. The expo which was running under the theme, "Unearthing Opportunities", ended on Friday. Takavarasha appealed to the Mines and Mining Development Minister, Walter Chidhakwa, who was the guest of honour at the conference, to address the issue of exorbitant levies charged

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  • Mashamaite scores first goal of the season in Sweden

    The former Kaizer Chiefs defender finally returned after almost five months on the sidelines and netted his team’s second goal with a header from a corner. Mashamaite was withdrawn on 68 minutes after a clash of heads with‚ ironically‚ former Chiefs teammate Matthew Rusike‚ but he told reporters after the game there was no lasting damage. “I got a minor concussion and did not want to risk anything. But it's OK‚ I'm not injured again‚” he said. Liverpool's Origi ready to fight for first-team spot  He also hailed his return‚ having been left frustrated by a long-term injury that came at a time when he was hitting top form for his team. “It was a real setback. I had done well. But I needed to be

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