• DJ Cleo disappointed with Idols results | The New Age

    Multi-award winning producer DJ Cleo who is behind Idols runner-up Mmatema Moremi’s single Because Of You is a disappointed man after Moremi’s loss to Karabo Mogane who hails from Mpumalanga. “The result for me was disappointing. In my view Mmatema is a Jennifer Hudson in the making or a Brenda Fassie if you like. Granted an opportunity to work with her by M-Net, Universal and the management agencies involved with the top 16, I believe she will go very far. “Remember Jennifer Hudson was not the overall winner when she took part in Idols. We are at the stage where now it’s the real thing. These artists are leaving the ‘production’ behind. “There are no more choreographers, dancers, lighting and

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  • Nigeria: South Africa Threatens to Arrest Nigeria's Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

    The South African government has threatened a jail term for Chris Oyakhilome if his church, Christ Embassy, fails to release its financial records, the South African based News24 is reporting. The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities said several religious leaders in the country could be jailed if they fail to comply with the demands of the commission. ‎The commission said it was investigating the commercialization of religion and abuse of people's beliefs and had summoned several churches to appear before it with their ordination certificate, registration certificate, bank statements, and annual financial statements from 2012. Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva

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  • Poster girl for Islamic State 'killed for trying to escape'

    Samra Kesinovic, 17, was murdered after she was caught attempting to escape from Raqqa, Islamic State's self-declared capital in Syria, according to reports in two Austrian newspapers. She appeared extensively in IS propaganda after leaving her native Vienna to join the Islamic terrorists together with Sabina Selimovic, a 16-year-old friend. The two teenagers were shown wearing Islamic headbands and brandishing Kalashnikov rifles, surrounded by masked male jihadists. Both Austrian women are now believed to be dead. Selimovic was reported to have been killed in fighting in Syria last year. Kesinovic and Selimovic were both children of Bosnian refugees who fled to Austria from the war in their

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  • Visa regulations changes to be implemented – Gigaba

    The Department of Home Affairs will implement concessions that have been made to the controversial visa regulations within three months, the department said on Wednesday. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said during a discussion on visa regulations that his department has “taken note of recent statements concerning actions taken regarding concessions that Cabinet had made to ease the implementation of the amended immigration legislation and regulations”. The concessions would include the capturing of biometrics in a pilot phase at ports of entry into South Africa. The biometrics pilot would start with OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Durban’s King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.

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  • Lekoelea off the hook in car theft case

    The soccer star was arrested on Tuesday for driving a stolen car with a fake licence disc and number plates. Stolen car Steve Chippa Lekoelea JOHANNESBURG - The case against former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana star Steve ‘Chippa’ Lekoelea has been struck off the roll due to a lack of evidence. Lekoelea was arrested in Orange Farm on Tuesday for driving a stolen car which Metro Police discovered while conducting a road block. The soccer star was arrested driving a VW Polo which was found to have a fake licence disc and number plates. It’s understood that the vehicle was stolen in Randburg a year ago. The Police’s Johannes Motsiri says despite the disc, charges were withdrawn. “The case has

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  • ‘ANC is bordering on lying to SA’ - Politics | IOL News

    Cape Town - “The ANC is bordering on lying to the masses.” This was one of the revealing remarks made by former ANC treasurer general, Mathews Phosa, in recent interview with eNCA when he spoke about the promises the political party made when it came into power. “We made many promises, now the expectations of our people are around those issues, there are founded on our own promises, there is an extent to which we tried to meet those expectations but the backlog is huge and massive, and it has become intolerable to the masses.” Phosa elaborated that the ANC understood the scale of the problem they faced when they came into power. “The ANC understood the scale of the problem, we had many arguments

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  • Afrikaners want own community - Gauteng | IOL News

    Pretoria - Afrikaners want their own community which looks after itself in Pretoria, something along the lines of Kleinfontein and Orania. This should happen as early as after the municipal elections next year, and the area would have its own schools and universities where children are taught in Afrikaans. The statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square could also be moved there. The areas that have been identified are those where many Afrikaans-speaking people live, such as Centurion and Pretoria Moot. Orania in the Northern Cape and Kleinfontein in Gauteng were established by Afrikaners. Only people who identify themselves as Afrikaners are welcome there. And now the Front Nasionaal political party

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  • #UEL: Spurs, Liverpool and Bilbao through, Dnipro out

    The three sides were among 11 teams who celebrated reaching the knockout stages of the competition. Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Europa League UEFA Europa League LONDON - The value of an in-form striker was underlined as Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Athletic Bilbao needed goals from pivotal front men to grab vital wins that booked places in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday. Harry Kane's late strike gave Spurs a 1-0 win at Qarabag, Liverpool needed Christian Benteke to dig them out of a spot of bother in a 2-1 win over Girondins Bordeaux and Bilbao had Aritz Aduriz to thank for a 3-2 comeback victory in Augsburg. Those three sides were among 11 teams, who celebrated reaching the knockout

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  • EFF’s Malema takes aim at ‘sellout black billionaires’ in Oxford address

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema told Oxford students that South Africa would never follow Zimbabwe’s bloody land redistribution method; that billionaires Patrice Motsepe and Cyril Ramaphosa had "sold their black skin" to become rich; and that he would "never" agree to be in a coalition government with the African National Congress. In his address to the Oxford Union on Wednesday the EFF leader stopped short of calling former president Nelson Mandela a sellout, saying Madiba took the revolution as far as he could but "he was too old, tired" and it was now up to this generation to carry on the fight to implement the Freedom Charter, including the equitable sharing of all of South Africa’s resources.

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  • South Africa: Sono Responded to the Critics

    Despite their poor start to the 2015/16 Absa premiership campaign, Jomo Cosmos coach Jomo Sono has distanced his troops away from the critics stating that they must do the talking on the pitch without being pressured. Sono, however, said that the Ezinkosi have dealt well with their critics as they managed to escape from the relegation zone. "They have dealt well with the critics recently," insisted Sono. "You know that the critics have a way of expressing themselves but our boys play the way I want them to play. "And despite their critics, it didn't change anything to their mentality. "Because I told them to never pay their attentions to the critics and instead they must just do their job which

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  • THE INSIDER: Red-carpet treatment by royal command

    THE excesses of Swaziland’s King Mswati have long since ceased to surprise, although he continues to do his utmost to raise eyebrows. According to the Swaziland Solidarity Network, which is admittedly somewhat biased towards democracy as a system of government rather than absolute monarchy, the king ordered the police to enforce a ban on ordinary Swazis and nonroyal visiting dignitaries using red carpets when attending events. In a "most shocking example of dictatorship, insecurity and blatant madness", the Times of Swaziland reported that events managers say whenever they put down red or white carpets to welcome guests to their events, police remove them. The newspaper avoided revealing the source of this bizarre instruction, but the network reported that police were given the order by their commissioner, who was either acting of his own accord or relaying an instruction from Mswati himself that only royalty should be allowed to strut up red or white carpets.

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  • ANN7 named 'worst employer' in SA

    Cosatu has named the Gupta-owned broadcaster ANN7 as the worst employer in the country. The news television channel was nominated by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which represents employees at ANN7. Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini warned ANN7 that it could not just fire workers "willy-nilly". "If you want to be recognised as a progressive media house, pay your workers correctly,” he told the Cosatu national congress in Midrand, Johannesburg. ANN7 had to resolve all its worker issues, Dlamini added. "You have been rated the worst among the worst... Any other media house, we know these things are happening, workers tell us everyday what is happening and we are coming," he said in a warning

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  • 'Boko Haram' lift Cyril's chances

    A group of ANC heavyweights calling themselves “Boko Haram” appear to have bolstered Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s chances of succeeding President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader in 2017. According to reports, a number of party bigwigs serving in national and provincial legislatures joined the group over the weekend. They are said to include two former premiers, one former provincial secretary and a host of MECs, party regional secretaries and heads of departments in the Limpopo provincial government. This paper has been informed that ANC leaders from Gauteng, along with “Boko Haram”, met secretly in Makgobaskloof outside Tzaneen in Limpopo a fortnight ago. They decided to back Ramaphosa. Yesterday,

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  • Myeni’s preferred adviser changes tune about working with SAA

    MODISE Motloba, the CE of Quartile Capital, the company named in South African Airways (SAA) correspondence as the "third party" in an Airbus lease transaction, on Wednesday made an about-turn and said he did provide SAA with proposals both on the Airbus deal and on financing solutions. On Monday, Mr Motloba told Business Day that he had not done any work for SAA since 2004 and that he had no relationship with the company. But on Wednesday, Mr Motloba revised his responses, saying that he had denied being an adviser to SAA "as we have neither been appointed nor mandated to do so". However, he said that his company conducted and pitched for business with a wide range of clients including SAA.

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  • South Africa: DA's Bid to Have Hlaudi's Permanent Position Declared Unlawful Back in Court

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  • Putin threatens Turkey over jet downing - World News | IOL News

    Beirut/ Brussels - World leaders called for calm on Tuesday after the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border, as Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed “serious consequences.” US President Barack Obama warned against escalation, saying it is important for Turkey and Russia talk to determine what happened. French President Francois Hollande said after meeting with Obama that escalation “would be extremely damaging.” After alliance members held an emergency meeting in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “We have to avoid that situations, incidents, accidents spiral out of control.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “seriously concerned”

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  • Ex-Pirates star held for car theft - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Johannesburg - A former PSL and Bafana Bafana player has been arrested for being in possession of a stolen car, while a current player was hijacked at gunpoint. The two incidents happened a day apart. The former star, Steve Lekoelea, was driving in Orange Farm, south of Joburg, around 2pm on Tuesday when traffic officers nabbed him. He was alone in the car at time. Allegations are that police found that the white hatchback VW Polo had a fake licence plate and a fake licence disc. Police spokesman Captain Johannes Motsiri confirmed that the former player was arrested by the metro police and was being detained at Orange Farm police station. “He has been charged with fraud and possession of a suspected

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  • Mandla Masango questions PSL standards

    Masango was one of the standout players at Chiefs in their title-winning 2014/15 season, but that did not stop a contractual dispute that was laced in drama. Masanago, along with Itumeleng Khune and PSL player of the year Tefu Mashamaite, could not agree on new terms with Chiefs. In the end, Khune would resolve his differences with the Motaungs while Masango secured a move to Randers and Mashamaite put pen to paper at BK Hacken. And, Masango says, playing in Europe is making him a better footballer. "It’s good for the nation. It benefits both me and the national team also," Masango said of his new venture. "The standard that side is always higher than our standard and I get to learn new things

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  • Zimbabwe's Mr Ugly pageant turns ugly

    Maison Sere, who was missing several teeth and dressed in torn overalls, beat off five other contestants for the $500 Mr Ugly prize -- a large sum in a country facing massive unemployment. Show organiser David Machowa said he created the pageant in 2012 to celebrate "beauty in ugliness".

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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