• 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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  • EFF woos black professionals

    Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters is pulling out all the stops to woo young black professionals to vote and join the party, with promises that sector-specific bodies would be established for them after the elections. Young black professionals ranging from lawyers, architects, engineers and doctors packed a hotel conference room in Sandton over the weekend. The venue, which was packed to the rafters, was clearly too small as the party had only anticipated about 300 people. EFF national chairman Advocate Dali Mpofu and deputy president Floyd Shivambu heard how many black professionals felt undermined and underpaid in their professions, calling on the EFF to advocate for transformation

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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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  • 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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  • The Big Read: When will Zuma and Co stop gambling with our money?

    It gave the SABC five days to comply and institute the order "retrospectively". Even before Icasa had published its full finding, Hlaudi Motsoeneng - the SABC's de facto leader, and the man who apparently our president "loves so much" - was declaring that the public broadcaster would approach the highest court in the land if necessary to challenge the decision. "We are challenging that ruling . we are equal to the task," Motsoeneng told reporters. There isn't a single legal opinion - except those paid for by the SABC when and if the SABC does actually consult them - that indicates that the Icasa ruling can be challenged. But what makes me stop to ponder is this: who pays for these frivolous legal

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  • Chiefs-Bucs show takes centre stage

    Some 90 000 people will cram themselves into the FNB Stadium for the sixth year running, having been handed the chance to select their very own Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates sides to compete in a Soweto derby. It is a massive pre-season money-maker for two clubs that probably don’t really need the cash, and a chance for Steve Komphela and Muhsin Ertugral to cast their eyes over their sides, even if they didn’t pick them. It is likely that the starting XI that takes the field for both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates’ opening PSL matches will be very different from Saturday, given that the voting process doesn’t allow much room for new signings. Nevertheless the game is perhaps also a chance

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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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  • Trump boosts chance of Democratic gains in the US congress, says Nancy Pelosi

    WASHINGTON — US House of representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi said having Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket would boost chances for Democratic gains in the house, though she stopped short of predicting her party could regain control of the chamber after the November election. "He has really, shall we say, been the gift that keeps on giving," Pelosi said of Trump during a breakfast with reporters on Monday in Philadelphia, where Democrats are gathered to nominate Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate. Pelosi said that she knew Russians hackers had breached the Democratic national committee’s (DNC’s) email system, but that she did not know if they were responsible

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Lumumba Hires Chamisa

    Former zanu-pf activist William Mutumanje, also known as Acie Lumumba, who is facing charges of undermining the authority of President Mugabe, has engaged Advocate Nelson Chamisa to represent him. Lumumba was yesterday back in court for continuation of his application for referral of the matter to the Constitutional Court. Advocate Chamisa notified the court that he was now taking over the matter from Mr Arshiel Mugiya. He then sought a postponement of the matter on the basis that he needed time to peruse the record. "Your Worship we are seeking a postponement of this matter on account of developments that have taken place," he said. "The application for postponement involves constitutional rights,

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  • Miss SA, Siba and more team up against hunger

    Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana, Miss SA Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega had their sleeves up as they helped pack 10 million meals for Stop Hunger Now challenge at Carnival City, Johannesburg. On Tuesday, the newly appointed Global Ambassador for Food Sustainability, Siba radiated with excitement as spoke about her involvement with the Stop Hunger Now campaign for Mandela Day. “One of the main reasons why I have decided to join Stop Hunger Now is because once upon a time while I was still at primary school, I was once a beneficiary of people who decided to, out of the goodness of their hearts, package meals (lunch) for us at school,” said Mtongana. ”That is why when Saira Khan (CEO of Stop Hunger Now) said Siba we want you as our brand ambassador, I said ‘I will clear my schedule’ because, what better way to do that which was done to for me when I was young,  for young people now?

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  • Google honours South African teen for experiment using orange peels

    She is now in line to be one of sixteen global finalists and will travel to the Google headquarters in California for the award ceremony. The finals are in September. Kiara Nirghin‚ from St Martin's High School in Johannesburg‚ decided to tackle the drought affecting Southern Africa and has come up with a revolutionary way of keeping crops hydrated for longer‚ at a much lower cost. Using orange peels and avocado skins‚ the teen has managed to create a material‚ that can hold hundreds of times its weight in water‚ in the soil. This super absorbent polymer then acts as a water reservoir in the earth. By saving water this way‚ her idea - which she titled 'No More Thirsty Crops' - could have a massive

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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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  • 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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  • WATCH: DJ Sbu gets 'attacked' during his radio show

    The Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start Monday, with a major internal row over leaked emails playing havoc with nominee Hillary Clinton's bid to present a united front against Donald Trump.

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  • Mpofu throws shade at AKA

    On Tuesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were celebrating their third birthday and its national chairperson Advocate Dali Mpofu could not hold back but share on Twitter what the party had achieved so far. In one of his tweets, Mpofu took the time to congratulate the party’s leaders who had graduated in their respective fields, implying that his party was for the educated. “Happy3rdAnniversary to these LEARNED FRIENDS & all fellow Fighters for Economic Freedom,” he tweeted. As he was busy with the celebrations on Twitter, one user tweeted at him, thanking him for paying for music group Entity’s album. Mpofu’s son Sizwe was a member of the group. According to the user, the group’s separation

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  • EDITORS’ LUNCHBOX: Michelle Obama fires up Democrats for US election

    Michelle Obama gave a 15-minute address to the Democratic national convention that drew cheers, left some delegates openly weeping and did more than any governor or congressman to unite and fire up the party for November’s presidential election. The introduction of a national minimum wage of R3500-R4600 a month would push South Africa’s GDP growth to an average of 2.8% to 2.9%, according to a report by researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has just passed an emphatic vote of no confidence in South African Airways (SAA) board chair Dudu Myeni and her fellow board members when he said a new board at the national airline would need "credible people".

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  • Nigeria: 50 Years After, Nigerians Extol Fajuyi's, Ironsi's Virtues

    Fifty years after, Nigerians have stressed the need to turn the spot where the then Head of State, Major-General Aguiyi Ironsi, and erstwhile Military Administrator for Western Region, Lt. Col. Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, were killed into a national monument. They were shot in Ibadan during Nigeria's second military coup July 29, 1966. "Where they were killed should be turned to a national monument. There should be films and books about him. And the government should raise more monuments, especially these days that we are talking about corruption and trying to promote integrity," said Head of Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Professor O. B. C. Nwolise. The family of Lt. Col

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  • Brace yourselves for Monday night's big freeze

    Speaking to TMG Digital‚ SAWS forecaster Wayne Venter said that temperatures in the interior of the Eastern Cape as well as the interior of the Free State never rose above 10º C on Monday. “Night temperatures are expected to drop this evening and will continue into the early hours of tomorrow morning‚” Venter said. “Morning temperatures are expected to be below freezing level in the Vryburg area which will be -4 ºC‚ and Upington will be -2 ºC‚ while the western interior of South Africa will also experience temperatures below freezing level‚” he said. According to an earlier report‚ a family of three were trapped in their car due to heavy snowfalls near the town of Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

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  • #FeesMustFall: Here we go again

    Student leader Chumani Maxwele, known for being the person who kicked off the movement #RhodesMustFall when he threw faeces at a Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town (UCT), said at the university’s campus that students were concerned about talk that universities would be hiking fees by 6% “and we are watching those talks very closely; if the fees go up, we will definitely call communities to shut down universities”. Maxwele first gained prominence in 2010 after his wrongful arrest and interrogation for allegedly giving an obscene hand gesture to President Jacob Zuma’s presidential motorcade convoy in Cape Town city traffic. Maxwele said the ruling party’s policy of free education should be taken further or higher education institutions would again come to a standstill.

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