• Watch: Little green ship? UFO spotted over South Africa

    Is this little green UFO filled with little green men? Will Home Affairs demand their full unabridged birth certificates? Probably not. The light in the sky was spotted in Cape Town, Soweto and Durban - but may well have just been drones. Video posted to YouTube by Paranormal Videos Africa.

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  • Khune’s younger brother promoted at Pirates

    Itumeleng Khune's brother, Jacob, was promoted from the Augusto Palacios Apprentice academy to the Orlando Pirates academy.

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  • TB Joshua to face charges over church collapse that killed 81 South Africans

    81 of the victims were South Africans. According to Premium Times, the trustees, of whom TB Joshua is one, would be arraigned before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja. They would be prosecuted alongside the engineers who constructed the collapsed six-storey building, the report said. A Vanguard report said Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos had dismissed suits filed by the engineers - Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun - to stop their planned trial. The engineers had filed two separate suits before Justice Buba seeking an order restraining the police from inviting, arresting or prosecuting them over the victims’ death, the report said. An inquest called earlier this

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  • Malusi Gigaba's alleged ex-mistress details scandalous affair, R288,000 cash gift and trips

    New York based stylist, Buhle Mkhize has written an open letter lifting the lid on the  surreptitious affair she allegedly had with Malusi Gigaba. Their dalliance started in July 2014, lasting an entire year. Mkhize who is married says she met Gigaba on Instagram and realised they shared the same sense of humour. "By the end of July he’d started sending me private messages that were very basic at first but quickly graduated to flirting. The messages were flattering but uncomfortable, I am married and had had a relationship with a public figure in the past and hated what comes with it so this wasn’t the route I wanted to take even if I was single," Mkhize said. The exchange of private messages

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  • Grace charms China’s first lady - Africa | IOL News

    Harare - China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, gave goods worth about US$150 000 to Grace Mugabe’s orphanage which is on her luxurious estate in the Mazowe area about 30 km west of Harare. Peng accompanied her husband President Xi Jinpeng on his state visit to Zimbabwe. On Wednesday Xi will conduct a short State visit to South Africa before he and South African President Jacob Zuma co-chair the summit of the Forum for China- Africa Cooperation (Focac) in Johannesburg later in the week. About 90 children and Grace Mugabe sang and spoke in Mandarin to the glamorous wife of the Chinese leader who said she was touched to be in Zimbabwe and to meet the children. The orphanage, on a farm taken from an old

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  • South Africa: Joburg Home Owner Slashes Robber With Sword

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  • Zimbabwe: I Was Persecuted for Telling the Truth - Hosiah Chipanga

    Outspoken musician Hosiah Chipanga likens himself to the Biblical Moses who was sent by God to save the people of Israel. After being neglected by local promoters and with some of his songs allegedly "black-listed" by local radio stations, Chipanga has relocated to a new base in Namibia. Chipanga on Thursday told The Standard Style that he was packing his bags with his Vaparidzi Veshoko band to Windhoek in search of greener pastures. He says he was sent to Namibia by God to preach the word through his hard-hitting sungura music lyrics that portray the true social and economic issues affecting innocent Zimbabweans and Namibians living in that country. Chipanga decries the economic and social decay

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  • ANC motion to impeach Zille set for debate on Tuesday

    THE African National Congress’s (ANC’s) motion to impeach Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is set to be debated in the provincial legislature on Tuesday. This will be the first time since the dawn of democracy that a premier faces a motion of impeachment. The ANC in the Western Cape last week said it had initiated the process of impeaching Ms Zille after accusing her of hiring Paul Scheepers, a senior police crime intelligence officer, in his private capacity to spy on the party. ANC officials recently laid charges at the Cape Town Central police station against Ms Zille for "employing a private covert intelligence investigator to execute illegal communications surveillance work on state land

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  • With Mandela comments 'trash can politics' Malema has failed woodwork again: Mandla

    In a statement defending ANC policy and practice‚ the grandson of Nelson Mandela said: “It appears‚ though‚ that Julius Malema has capitulated to the kind of thinking that characterised Eugene Terreblanche's mission to undermine our nascent democracy at any cost.” Mandla Mandela was reacting to a stinging attack on his grandfather by Malema at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. Malema also attacked Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and businessman Patrice Motsepe at the student forum. "The deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of selling out of the revolution. When Mandela returned from prison he got separated from Winnie Mandela and went to stay in a house of

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  • Messi scoops top award - World Leagues

    Madrid - Barcelona star Lionel Messi, the favourite to win Fifa's prestigious Ballon d'Or title, was on Monday voted the top striker in the Spanish league last season ahead of Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo. It is the sixth time that the Argentinian has won the title in seven editions of the trophy given by the Spanish football league, with the prize presented during a gala ceremony in Barcelona on Monday night. Messi, who scored 43 goals and was the catalyst for Barcelona's run to three titles last season - the Champions League, La Liga and the Spanish Cup - was selected following a computer analysis of the players' statistics in the championship. “I'm proud to receive this award ahead

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  • Zuma loves gangsters, says DA - Politics | IOL News

     Cape Town - “Voetsek” was the word of the day when the Democratic Alliance marched to the ANC’s provincial headquarters in Cape Town. About sixty DA supporters gathered outside Sahara House in the CBD on Monday to protest against what they called the African National Congress’ “cosy relationship” with gangsters in the province. The DA picket, led by Premier Zille, follows an article by the Mail and Guardian which claimed President Jacob Zuma met with gang bosses to offer favours in exchange for help to win back the province from the DA. DA leaders said the fact that Zuma’s office had not denied the allegations or sued the paper meant the story was true. Protestors carried posters which read

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  • Boko Haram ‘abducts more girls’ - Africa | IOL News

    REUTERS A member of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group holds a placard under a bridge on the 140th day of the abduction of 219 schoolgirls in 2014. Abuja - More teenage girls were abducted in the latest attack by Boko Haram militants who stormed a village in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, security sources and residents told Xinhua on Monday. An unspecified number of teenage girls were taken away early Sunday in Bam Village, located about 170km south of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, after razing buildings and killing at least seven persons, an unnamed security officer said. Borno State police spokesman Victor Ikuku said information about the abduction had not reached his office.

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  • Siza Mzimela: First black woman to own a public airline - Connect

    South African businesswoman, Siza Mzimela, is making history as the first black woman to start and own an airline called Fly Blue Crane. About Siza Mzimela According to about.com, Siza Mzimela, founder and CEO of Fly Blue Crane, a start-up South African airline that began taking flights September 2015, with O.R. Tambo International Airport in Jozi as the airline’s operational hub. The start-up has thus far been operating as an airline that offers low cost domestic routes within South Africa. According to About.com, Mzimela has been vocal about eventually expanding her business to have more regional scope: “We hope to expand our flight destinations to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic

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  • South Africa: Counterfeit Ring Bust in Bellville, Fake Degrees Among Goods

    What started out as an investigation into the printing of illegal abortion ads has instead led the Metro Police Tactical Reponse Unit to uncover a massive forgery ring in the city. The ring was bust in Bellville's central business district on Thursday. Various counterfeit goods were discovered at the premises - including university and college degrees from the University of the Western Cape. Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said they received a tip-off from the local ward Councillor and the Voortrekker Road Central Improvement District (VRCID). He said the councillor and the VRCID had been trying to track down the source of stickers advertising illegal abortions. Smith

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  • The end of HIV as a public health threat is in sight: Ramaphosa

    But while “all of us have worked together and have risen to the challenge”‚ Ramaphosa added that “we are still facing many challenges”. SA’s success is evidenced in the fact that that we “have the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world‚ with more than 3 million of our people on life-saving antiretrovirals”‚ he said “People are living longer and fewer people are dying of Aids and TB. “Life expectancy has increased from 53 years in 2006 to just over 62 years in 2013. We have reduced mother-to-child transmission further.” Yet‚ despite acting “in various ways…to spread information‚ to fight stigma and to promote healthy lifestyles”‚ the “number of new HIV infections is still extremely high‚

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  • Lomu ‘too big, too fast, too much’ - World Rugby

    AUCKLAND: Six simple words eloquently summed up the impact Jonah Lomu had on rugby union when New Zealand paid its final respects to the former All Blacks wing on Monday. “Too big, too fast, too much,” Lomu’s high school coach Chris Grinter told the thousands of people who had flocked to Eden Park for a public memorial service. Lomu, rugby’s first global superstar, died unexpectedly at the age of 40 on November 18. He had been suffering from a kidney disease for 20 years and was awaiting a second transplant. The service at the ground where the hulking winger once thundered down the touchlines was the last chance for his compatriots to publicly mourn his death and celebrate his life. He will be

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  • Why is the very idea of white privilege so threatening to Gareth?

    TWENTY years into democracy, with that creeping feeling of having gone astray as a nation, we ask ourselves: who can we blame? Is it the fault of an ailing African National Congress? Or is it the "neoliberal consensus" that has let us down? We also ask: how can we fix it? Should we engage in a radical redistributive project to change patterns of ownership? Or do we play harder and better at impressing foreign investors? A conscious approach to race and racism is intertwined with these questions, but it is not dependent on them. You do not have to be "left-aligned" to understand and work against your own "privilege". For many people from across the political spectrum, unpacking privilege is a

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  • Nhleko steps down as Anglo director - Companies | IOL Business

    Johannesburg - Anglo American said on Friday that Phuthuma Nhleko, a non-executive director, had decided to step down from the board immediately. Nhleko, who is also the MTN executive chairman, wanted to concentrate on his business interests in South Africa, Anglo said. Last month, MTN was fined $5.2 billion (R74.82bn) by the Nigerian Communications Commission for not disconnecting 5.2 million unregistered users from its network. MTN’s stock price had fallen 25 percent since the penalty was announced. BUSINESS REPORT

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  • Prasa fights its BEE locomotive supplier

    BLACK economic empowerment consortium Swifambo Rail Leasing says Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) are the only companies doing business with it. Prasa has taken action against Swifambo and wants a R5bn contract to supply it with locomotives set aside. Swifambo was responding to allegations in an affidavit by Prasa chairman Popo Molefe that it did not have experience in the rail industry as it was formed four months before the contract was awarded. Last week, Prasa applied to the High Court in Johannesburg to review and set aside the contract with Swifambo to supply 70 Spanish locomotives from manufacturer Vossloh España. The contract was initially for 88 locomotives at R3.5bn,

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  • 9/11 Muslim remarks ‘hurt’ Trump - World News | IOL News

    Washington - US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump insisted on Sunday he was “100 percent right” when he said he saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, even though fact-checkers have debunked his assertion. In a phone interview on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Trump said he has heard from “hundreds of people that agree” that there were televised Muslim celebrations of the September 11, 2001, attacks, which he used as evidence to show his remarks were true. “I saw it. So many people saw it,” said Trump, who, in the race for the November 2016 election, has been among the most vocal of the Republican candidates in expressing

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