• Guptas' opulent mansion irks neighbours - Gauteng

    THE STAR City of Joburg officials are seen entering the Gupta residence in Saxonwold to investigate the complaints. Johannesburg - It’s four floors of luxury that might be empty, but it’s still causing ructions with the neighbours. On Wednesday, the battle between the Gupta family and irate residents of Saxonwold over an “illegally built” mansion that was allegedly devaluing the upmarket Joburg suburb raged on, with City of Joburg officials stepping in to conduct their own inspections. Joining officials during the inspection of the multimillion- rand property was a lawyer representing the Gupta family as well as urban planner Craig Pretorius, who was representing residents belonging to the Saxonwold and Parkwood Residents Association.

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  • 6 cows, R7.8m for Zuma, no bull

    When President Jacob Zuma visited the community of Letlhabile, just outside Brits in North West yesterday, he was looking for ANC votes in next week’s municipal elections, but he may have stumbled on a solution to his personal financial woes. The local business forum were so pleased with his presence they presented the president with a gift of six cows and offered to pay the R7.8 million Nkandla bill the Constitutional Court slapped on him. Yesterday, the people of Madibeng Municipality, beset by water shortages amid other service delivery problems, made Zuma, in town to address a Siyanqoba mini-rally as the campaigning for next week’s elections wraps up, an offer he would find hard to refuse. Zuma dedicated more than half of his speech to history lessons, in an effort to stop the local community from abandoning the ANC.

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  • 'All whites must be hacked and killed'

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party was looking into a matter that allegedly involves one of its members. A screenshot bearing what appears to be the name of EFF member Thabo Mabotja is making the rounds on social media. In the screenshot are the words “All white people must be hacked and killed”. Mabotja could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the matter. The Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) was also reportedly trying to contact him to summon him for an official investigation, but could also not locate him on Thursday. Ndlozi said the party was aware of the incident, but they were still looking into the factuality

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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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  • R699 car buyers out on their own now

    Many are venting on the Facebook group “I have been done in by ‘Drive a New Car From R699 per month’”, some going so far as to question the competency and integrity of the judge in the matter, without having read the judgment. The application was found to be flawed in several respects, starting with the fact that the PE court doesn’t have jurisdiction because none of the respondents are based in the Eastern Cape. INFORMATION MANIPULATED A few 699-ers do indeed have evidence that the information they gave Satinsky about their personal finances was manipulated in order for them to pass the banks’ affordability tests – as revealed in Consumer Watch in recent weeks. But, unfortunately, in the case

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • EFF Limpopo boss rejoins ANC, saying EFF lives in dreamland

    Economic Freedom Fighters Limpopo’s MPL and chairman Mike Mathebe rejoined the ANC on Thursday, claiming that Julius Malema’s party policy was mere theory. “At that time there was a theory, but when we look at the practice it looks impossible to implement. I see that there is no any practicality in terms of what EFF is thinking about their policy,” Mathebe said when he was welcomed by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Thursday in Polokwane. Mathebe said he would not want to settle in EFF’s “dreamland” but wanted to live to see a practical policy. However, he failed to point out which EFF policy he deemed impractical. He denied the notion that he was joining the ANC as a spy. “There were

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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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  • ‘Boks won't cut it due to quotas’

    Cape Town - The Springboks “are gone” due to the fact that they have a selection policy that dictates that half of the squad must be black for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, according to former All Black coach Laurie Mains. The 70-year-old Mains believes that the quota system served its purpose in the late 1990s and early 2000s to help develop more black players at the highest level, but that it was now time to abandon it as there are enough black players coming through the systems. Mains has intimate knowledge of transformation in South African rugby, having coached the Cats to the Super Rugby semifinals in 2000 and 2001 after coaching New Zealand to the 1995 Rugby World Cup final against the Boks.

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  • Zuma calls on black voters to ‘counteract’ whites

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma has called on black people to think about their poverty and use their majority to counteract white voters’ motives during local government elections. He said while black people were normally lazy to register for elections or to vote, white people always liked to do so in large numbers “for their own interest, which I don’t know”. “Vote is important for black people because they are suffering. It is also important for white people for their own reasons,” he said. Although he avoided telling black people to vote for the ANC, he said were they to do so in large numbers, the government would be able to bring about changes that would benefit them.    Also: SA deserves

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  • Tourists avoid Turkey after deadly bomb blasts

    ANKARA — The number of foreigners visiting Turkey plummeted more than 40% in June, official data showed on Thursday, marking the biggest drop in at least 22 years as tension with Russia and a series of deadly bombings kept tourists away. Tourist arrivals fell 40.86% year-on-year in June, with 2.44-million people arriving during the month, data from the Tourism Ministry showed. It was the biggest drop on record, according to the data, which goes back to 1994. The previous record was set in May, when tourist arrivals fell 34.7%. Tourism has been hit hard by tension with Moscow after Turkey shot down a Russian jet over Syria in 2015. While Ankara and Moscow have recently started to rebuild ties,

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  • 'Who cares'

    The former inmate-turned-“Sushi King” remained a Twitter trend on Friday after his self-publicised purchase of a painting depicting three senior members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in their birthday suits. Kunene on Thursday posted a photo of himself behind the image saying: “I am now a proud owner of this master piece. Powerful story telling through art...Thanks to the fearless Artist...” The painting‚ by Iven Amali‚ portrays Zille‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane and what appears to be the DA's federal executive chairperson James Selfe with their private parts exposed. Maimane is pulling a cart carrying the other two‚ the words “modern slavery” are hanging from the cart. Maimane's spokesperson

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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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  • Zimbabwe: Fed Up, Unafraid, and Just Getting Started

    Through social media, Zimbabweans in the country and diaspora have been organising, debating and planning with great effect. But the movement must now evolve if it is to continue to grow. When the Zimbabwean government arrested Pastor Evan Mawarire earlier this month, it came as no surprise. Legal harassment has become a standard tactic of the ruling ZANU-PF in dealing with individuals it sees as a threat. However, by prosecuting Mawarire - the social media savvy man behind the popular #ThisFlag movement and a successful national "stay away" on 6 July - the government inadvertently gave the movement a substantial boost. On 13 July, the day of the pastor's trial, the government's miscalculation

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  • Mokonyane could be disciplined for comments on ANC's R1bn campaign

    Mokonyane‚ who is Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation‚ appears to have irked senior members of the party by stating that the ANC had spent more than R1-billion campaigning for the local government elections. She made the comment in Cape Town last week‚ where‚ to the surprise of many‚ she also stated that ANC provincial chair Marius Fransman – embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal – was back at work. Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that Mokonyane could be disciplined by the party for commenting on its finances. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said: "The secretary-general indicated that anybody that comments about this issue to the media would need to be disciplined in line with the of the

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  • Zimbabwe: A Rand Budget

    THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and government have clearly explained their disdain for widespread use of the United States dollar by locals under a hard currency regime, saying use of the greenback has been detrimental to the economy. The reason, they argue, is that people are using the US dollar as a store of value, and that foreigners have used Zimbabwe as a hunting ground for the currency since the country adopted a multiple currency regime in 2009. Consequently, there has been a depletion of the stock of US dollar notes in the economy, which has been exacerbated by a widening trade deficit, which has essentially amounted to an export of cash. Moreover, the strength of the US dollar has

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  • Zimbabwe: R1,8 Million Drugs Haul Lands Zim Woman in Trouble

    A Zimbabwean woman has been arrested at Cape Town International Airport after she was found in possession of illicit drugs worth over R1,8 million stashed in her luggage. According to the South African Police Services (SAPS) website, the woman, aged 27, from Hillbrow was arrested on Saturday morning on a flight from OR Tambo International Airport. "This (Saturday) morning members from Border Police based at Cape Town International Airport arrested a Zimbabwean woman from Hillbrow, Johannesburg, after she landed in Cape Town at 10am on a flight from OR Tambo International Airport," SAPS said. "After passengers had collected their luggage from the carousel the Border Police members conducted random

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  • SABC: Labour court battle won, but the war is still on

    SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been allowed to operate above the law, exploiting malleable boards, in constant disarray, that fail to hold the man who lied about his matric and the executive accountable. In fact, Motsoeneng purged the SABC of 14 detractors without following proper procedures, leading to a spike in its salary bill due to settlements and legal fees. Hlaudi has further honed his particular style of management since Thuli Madonsela called him out over two years ago. The likes of Right2Know, Save Our SABC Coalition, the DA and EFF have kept up the pressure but failed to build anything that would force a change (the DA’s efforts in court have largely been successful, but that’s a long-term game).

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  • Nigeria: Why Some Nigerians Are Scared of Talking On Phone

    You are probably already wondering: Why on earth would anyone be scared or have the fear of talking on the phone? The funny truth is that the fear of making and receiving phone calls is so common it has its own name: phone phobia (also telephone phobia or telephobia). A number of Nigerians who have phones and seem to be married to their devices actually struggle with this "ailment". Many phone users find it easy to text with their phones, email on them, navigate with them, and then we play Candy Crush on them, but when it comes to picking up the telephone and talking, it becomes a different ball game. Actually, there are quite a number of reasons why a person might be afraid of phone calls. Jumia

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  • 'Crude‚ silly painting won't distract us': Mmusi Maimane

    The Democratic Alliance's leader (DA) says a painting posted on Twitter by controversial “Sushi King” Kenny Kunene‚ depicting three of its members in their birthday suits‚ is irrelevant. Kunene posted a photo of himself behind the image saying‚ "I am now a proud owner of this master piece. Powerful story telling through art...Thanks to the fearless Artist..." The painting portrays what appears to be Western Cape premier Helen Zille‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane and DA shadow minister of correctional services James Selfe with their private parts exposed. Maimane is pulling a cart carrying Zille and Selfe. The words "modern slavery" are hanging from the cart. The DA leader is no strangers to accusations

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