• Man sets himself on fire at MonteCasino

    A man has died after setting himself alight at Montecasino in northern Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. Tsogo Sun Group Communications’ Priya Naidoo said an incident involving a possible suicide‚ involving a man who set himself alight at the entrance‚ before the security checkpoint of Montecasino‚ has been reported to the South African Police Service‚ who are currently investigating. “Emergency services are also on the scene and precautionary measures were immediately taken to ensure the safety of visitors. Our thoughts are with the family and friends“‚ said Naidoo. On Sunday evening red tape was still visible at the Casino‚ preventing access from the Monte Casino Clinic elevators to level 4.

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  • NSFAS, Sars unite to track student debtors

    Johannesburg - Tax authorities are helping to track down former students who owe billions on their National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) loans. This means that when former students are employed and start paying tax, it will be harder for them to dodge repaying loans. On Friday, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) issued a notice allowing its officials to hand over certain taxpayer information to the NSFAS. This doesn't mean handing over their tax records but it does allow Sars to provide information to help the NSFAS trace them. It includes the taxpayers’ names and tax numbers; any identifying number which would include an ID number, addresses and contact details; and their employers’

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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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  • 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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  • R87m Powerball winner hasn't claimed winnings

    The winner of the weekend’s R87-million Powerball jackpot has not claimed their winnings yet. Ithuba‚ which is the National Lottery operator‚ told TMG Digital on Monday that the winner‚ who bought the ticket in Mokopane‚ Limpopo had not yet come forward or arrived at the Lotto offices to claim its biggest Powerball jackpot.  The total amount won is R87 624 435.  The winner purchased a quick-pick ticket for R20 at Global Filling Station in Mokopane on Friday. Ithuba’s Zukiswa Nomnganga said winners have 365 days from the date of the draw to claim their money.  “This was the biggest PowerBall jackpot since Ithuba took over the operation of running the National Lottery in June last year. In addition‚

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  • South Africa: The Many Problems With Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Explained

    Who is Hlaudi Motsoeneng anyway? He hails from QwaQwa in the Free State and his meteoric rise through the ranks of the public broadcaster began in the late 1990s when he worked as a freelance reporter for Lesedi FM. He continued to work at Lesedi FM, amassing more influence over the station's operations, eventually moving to Johannesburg, where he now serves as the SABC's Chief Operating Officer (COO). Fun fact: Hlaudi was once fired from the SABC Speaking to the Sunday World last year, Motsoeneng said he was fired by the SABC in 2007 following a disciplinary hearing. "I was labelled a racist and told that I don't have respect after they asked me to apologise," Motsoeneng said. "I refused and

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Al Ahly ready to splash the cash for Billiat

    Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane celebrated after capturing Sibusiso Vilakazi to bolster what is already a formidable Mamelodi Sundowns side, but the coach then quickly revealed that the growing interest in Khama Billiat has him a bit on edge as the club gets closer to a CAF Champions League semi-final spot. Vilakazi’s move from Bidvest Wits to Sundowns was confirmed on Sunday in a deal that included an undisclosed transfer fee as well as playmaker Mogakolodi Ngele and striker Cuthbert Malajila going in the opposite direction in a swap deal. The Brazilians host Zamalek in a Champions League group stage encounter Wednesday night at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, and a draw will be enough to guarantee

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  • Axing from Uzalo 'a blessing', says actor Bonga Dlamini

    Failure to land a role in the new season of SABC1 drama series Uzalo and the creative industry's inconsistent income has prompted one of President Jacob Zuma's nephews to venture into selling luxury leather bags. Bonga Dlamini was the star of the first season of one of SABC1's most-watched drama series. He played the character of Mkhonto Xulu, a troublesome and murderous brother of Gxabhashe (Mpumelelo Bhulose), leader of a notorious car theft syndicate in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal. "Of course I was saddened to learn that I would not be featured in the new season of the drama series I loved with all my heart, but life must go on," said Dlamini. "That is water under the bridge now and you know what

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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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  • From DJ to 'terror twin'

    Brother and sister Ibrahim and Fatima Patel were charged with illegal possession of explosives and ammunition relating to the alleged terror plot. Hours after the four appeared in two separate Johannesburg courts yesterday, family and friends spoke to The Times about how the twins apparently began leading double lives. The 24-year-old Thulsie brothers, in grey hooded tracksuits under black thawbs, appeared crestfallen in the dock of the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on three charges relating to terrorism. The twins' provisional charge sheet states that, between April 2015 and July 8 2016, they allegedly "conspired to commit the crime of terrorism by planning to cause explosions at a Mission of the United States of America and Jewish institutions".

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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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  • Gwede Mantashe rebukes Fransman for dividing party in Western Cape

    ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has blasted the party’s chairman in the Western Cape, saying Marius Fransman "is trying to be divisive". ANC leaders including Mantashe and the party’s head of elections, Nomvula Mokonyane, have made conflicting statements on Fransman’s position. Mantashe has said Fransman still has to appear before a disciplinary committee and cannot return to work. In a statement on Monday, Fransman said he was forced to rely on "often contradictory" media reports to learn the status of his integrity committee investigation, the report of which he had not seen. He would approach the Western Cape High Court to compel the ANC to give him the report. The saga stems from accusations

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  • Living undersea becomes a reality for South African researcher

    Du Toit is expected to take the plunge on Tuesday to live and do research along the sea bed as part of a NASA exercise to simulate future deep space missions. Known as NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations project 21 the mission involves studying human and robotic interaction as three to four astronauts from NASA‚ the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and other subject matter experts are sent to live underwater for up to three weeks. “I will be performing science tasks ranging from DNA sequencing to coral sampling‚ as well as human-robot interaction tasks. “My stay will include five 'spacewalks' and a multitude of habitat-based science tasks and human physiology

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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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  • Cops seize illegal Landrovers worth R3m

    Cape Town - Police on Thursday seized four brand-new 2016 Land Rover Defenders, worth an estimated total of R3 million, at a storage facility in Carlisle Road, Paarden Eiland, in a crackdown on what they suspect is an illegal vehicle export syndicate. Norman Lamprecht, executive manager of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), said on Friday that because the automotive industry was the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa’s economy, contributing 7.5 percent to its GDP last year alone, the illegal import and export of vehicles was eroding foreign investment and local employment. Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said in a statement: “Fraudulent

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  • EFF makes grand musical entrance into Parly at #SONA2016

    The group, dressed in red overalls, stopped singing and instead cheered loudly for the judiciary arriving, headed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Earlier this week, EFF leaders were amongst those who took Zuma to that same judiciary, questioning in the Constitutional Court when he would pay back the taxpayer funds used towards upgrades at his Nkandla homestead. Zuma has since conceded that he will pay back the money. Meanwhile, Western Cape leader Helen Zille of the Democratic Alliance made her way into Parliament along with other Premiers. Clad in a blue dress, Zille gave a quick wave to the crowd as she hurriedly made her way through the red carpet. Last year, her party's MP staged a walkout

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  • Nigeria: Agriculture Nigeria's 'New Oil'

    Agriculture is the "new oil" for Nigeria and the only way to get the country out of the present economic downturn, the Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, has said. He spoke Thursday night at the Lagos Business School Alumni Association Abuja Zonal dinner at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Akabueze said there were two alternatives to oil-agriculture (as Nigeria's best shot to improved economy) and solid minerals, where Nigeria still had a long way to go. Explaining the opportunities in agriculture, he said over 79million hectares of the total land mass in Nigeria were arable with less than 50% already being cultivated. "Nigeria is only behind Brazil with this much

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