• ‘Madiba’s pool not for fires’ - Politics | IOL News

    Nelson Mandela’s family has firmly doused claims that his Qunu home has a fire pool. Daughter Makaziwe Mandela and grandchildren Ndaba and Ndileka Mandela said it was an ordinary swimming pool, and it was paid for by the late Madiba himself.

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  • Obama's grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip

    President Barack Obama’s Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month.

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  • Woman has to leave behind spouse, kids - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    CAPE ARGUS Lea and Heath Stewart are taking the Home Affairs Department to court. Cape Town - A Zimbabwean woman who faces the “devastating prospect” of being indefinitely separated from her South African husband and four children has turned to the Western Cape High Court to challenge the constitutionality of South Africa’s Immigration Act. Lea Stewart, 39, moved to South Africa with her husband Heath and their boys Joshua, Aiden, Luke and Ethan, all of whom have South African citizenship, in May last year, hoping to secure a better future for the children.

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  • Sandton homeless man gets over 1000 replies in hunt for job - video

    A homeless 22-year-old seeking a job has just received over 1000 replies and job offers on Facebook and a variety of other social media platforms.

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  • Royals get ready for Charlotte’s christening - IOL Tonight

    PA Prince George and Princess Charlotte are seen in this undated handout photo taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk. London - Britain's royal family was gearing up on Saturday for the christening of Princess Charlotte, when the public will have their second chance to glimpse the baby daughter of Prince William and his wife Kate. The two-month-old will be christened on Sunday in a low-key ceremony in a church on her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II's country estate of Sandringham in Norfolk, eastern England. The Church of St Mary Magdalene is also a short walk from Anmer Hall, the secluded mansion to which William and Kate have relocated to bring up their children away from the glare of the media.

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  • Cyril probed after EFF lays charges - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    South Africa's Premier Online News Source. Discover the world of IOL, News South Africa, Sport, Business, Financial, World News, Entertainment, Technology, Motoring, Travel, Property, Classifieds & more.

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  • Zimbabwe: Grace Mugabe's Bedroom Coup

    WHEN former war veterans' leader Jabulani Sibanda last October warned of a "bedroom coup" brewing in Zanu PF ahead of the party's acrimonious December congress, his remarks could have simply been dismissed as polemics in an intensifying succession battle. In fact, Grace -- using her now widely acknowledged influence over Mugabe at home and in the office -- did something unthinkable: ousted a liberation struggle stalwart and precipitated unprecedented political purges in the party's history. At the height of succession-fuelled factionalism and infighting, Sibanda threatened that real war veterans would resist Grace's "a bedroom or boardroom coup".

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  • What you didn't know about Mariah Carey - IOL Tonight

    REUTERS Singer Mariah Carey arrives at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 17, 2015. Mariah Carey - who is currently dating Australian billionaire James Packer - is rarely seen without her stilettos and admitted she doesn't even like to take them off in the water. Meanwhile, Mariah insisted she doesn't observe birthdays but, tongue firmly in cheek, said that she, "celebrates the anniversary of my birth [March 27] every day at 3:27 a.m., p.m., EST, PST, and ST!". Other gems from Mariah's 25 Things You Don't Know About Me interview, include her "extreme aversion to overhead lighting".

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  • Is that a UFO? No, it’s just a bird - IOL SciTech

    SUPPLIED PIE in the sky: There have been multiple reported UFO sightings in South Africa, dating all the way back to 1956. World UFO Day is here, and it sure isn’t a Hollywood film. Unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are mysterious flying objects that can’t be scientifically explained. According to the World UFO Day website, the point of the day, celebrated on July 2, is to mark the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrial life.

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  • Watch Julius Malema praise Robert Mugabe

    Julius Malema sang the praises of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, claiming that the 'true African leader' has never killed any of 'our own people'. Evidently Ndebeles don't count as 'our people' to the EFF's leader. Video posted to YouTube by My Africa.

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  • Nigeria: Love Scam - EFCC Returns 10,000 Euros to French Victim

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has recovered and returned the sum of 10,000 Euros (Ten Thousand Euros) about Two Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira), to F. Mercade, a French citizen, who was a victim of internet love scam. The fund was wired to the victim through his account in France on the recommendation of the French Embassy in Nigeria. According to the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, "Mercade was duped by two internet fraudsters, Omodara Adedapo Oluseye and Adesuyi Ayodeji Adedapo after he was deceived into a phantom relationship that was supposedly altar-bound. "The scam was reported to the Commission via a petition from the French Consulate in Lagos, on behalf of Mercade.

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  • South Africa has had 116 farm attacks in six months: Afriforum, Tau SA

    Gauteng previously had the number one spot‚ said agriculture union TAU-SA and activist group AfriForum. Releasing updated data on farm attacks for the first half of 2015‚ the groups recorded 27 murders and 116 attacks. A total of 1‚747 farm murders and 3‚542 attacks took place between 1990 and mid-year 2015‚ AfriForum and TAU SA said in a statement and via social media. Of the murder victims‚ 1‚133 were farmers‚ 465 direct family members‚ 130 farm workers and 19 visitors.

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  • Zuma's nine-point plan aims to make ANC members rich: Zille

    In her weekly newsletter posted on the Democratic Alliance's website, she said the plan Zuma presented on Thursday disguised his real intentions, which would benefit his network of loyal cadres. "It is an insider enrichment scheme disguised beneath the mantle of the so-called 'developmental state', a word which in ANC-speak, means precisely the opposite of what the English language intended it to," Zille said. Zuma's nine-point plan included resolving the energy crisis, adding value to the country's mineral wealth, and encouraging private sector investment. Focusing on Zuma's call for the energy crisis to be resolved, Zille said this was what South Africa needed, but the African National Congress was not putting any plan into action.

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  • Child advocacy groups back new visa rules

    CHILD advocacy groups emerged as an unlikely ally of the Department of Home Affairs on Thursday when they backed its contentious new travel requirements despite teething problems with implementation. The new visa regulations, which came into effect last month, have been met with fierce resistance by the tourism industry and South Africans, who have bemoaned the turnaround time of unabridged birth certificates — a core requirement when travelling with minors. Parents travelling with their offspring are required to be in possession of unabridged birth certificates detailing the biographical information of both parents.

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  • Papal visit puts Ecuador in spotlight - World News | IOL News

    People turned out for protest marches across Ecuador to call for the ouster of President Rafael Correa just three days before a visit by Pope Francis. Quito - It is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth, boasting Amazon rainforest, Andean mountains and the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution.

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  • Malema calls on SA not to pay e-tolls

    Economic Freedom Front leader Julius Malema was the latest to hit back against the controversial users pay system. “These are public roads they, should not be privatised,” Malema told reporters yesterday. “Unjustifiable laws should not be complied with … we call upon our people not to pay (for) e-tolls.” Malema was of the view tarrifs would increase in six months and if motorists registered “there is no turning back”. The new tariffs and monthly caps for registered users were gazetted on June 17 and are the first part of the new dispensation announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in late May.

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  • Nigeria: Boko Haram Beheads 11 of Its Own Members - Witnesses

    Islamist group Boko Haram on Friday beheaded 11 of its own fighters in north-eastern Nigeria, said an official representing witnesses to the killings. The 11 were executed because they had left a Boko Haram camp in Sambisa Forest and wanted to surrender to the government, said Mahmud Babagana from the National Union of Road Transport Workers, members of which were witnesses to the murders. The killings took place in Miringa village in Borno state. Meanwhile, two female suicide bombers on Thursday killed 11 people on a roadside in Borno state, according to the website Sahara Reporters.

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  • Mandela children douse fire pool 'nonsense'

    Nelson Mandela's Qunu home does not have a fire pool.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Faction Targets Kasukuwere

    Relations between Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa's faction and the group that had coalesced around President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, ahead of the party's acrimonious congress in December last year which led to the ouster of former vice-president Joice Mujuru are fast deteriorating. This comes amid revelations Zanu PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere is locked in an explosive turf war with a key Mnangagwa ally Joram Gumbo, Zanu PF's chief whip. A letter written by Gumbo to Kasukuwere dated June 18 exposes their fierce clashes. Since Mujuru's ouster, Zanu PF fights have shifted to a new terrain where Mnangagwa and his allies are waging a vicious war of attrition against Grace's associates, particularly politburo member Jonathan Moyo and Kasukuwere.

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  • LETTER: Mazwai got it wrong

    YOUR columnist Thami Mazwai (Bashir issue is one of being African, July 1) is a perfect example of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) failure to understand that this is a constitutionally governed state, not the plaything of a political party and its essentially ignorant and dishonest leader. The reality on the ground is that the ANC and its leadership are subject to the rule of law. In the case of the visit by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the requirement of the law passed through Parliament by the ANC was that he be arrested, on the grounds of both the judgment by the High Court in Pretoria and the international treaty obligations on which it was based. It is clear that in Sudan, as in Zimbabwe and elsewhere, black-on-black violence is acceptable to the ANC.

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