• Miss South Africa Finale - The Citizen

    The Citizen shares pictures from the red carpet at the Miss South Africa finale.

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  • Eskom plans for a total blackout - City Press

    Eskom conducted a national simulation exercise this week to test how systems would function in the event of a national blackout. City Press can reveal that, under the codename Exercise Breaking Dawn, the test took place on Monday to assess the country’s readiness in the event of a complete shutdown – this covered areas from emergency responses to how such a crisis would be communicated to the media and public. The secret exercise involved the utility’s managers, operational staff and support staff who formed part of strategic command structures and divisional tactical command structures. It was seen by some observers as a sign that Eskom was preparing itself for the worst-case scenario, something executives had been warning could happen if the country did not get its energy consumption under control.

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  • Tbo Touch falls foul of Metro FM’s rules - City Press

    Metro FM suspended a second DJ, Thabo “Tbo Touch” Molefe, this week following the uproar over Sibusiso “DJ Sbu” Leope last week. City Press understands the national broadcaster, SABC, took the action after Leope and “his people” questioned why Molefe had not been suspended for punting his own commercial products, as well as American boxer Floyd Mayweather, on his drive-time show a few weeks ago.

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  • Graeme Smith linked to blonde Cape beauty

    Friends say the former Proteas captain has formed a close relationship with blonde beauty Justine Haddon, a Cape Town businesswoman who owns a clothing boutique. Smith, who is in Australia, has refused to comment on the claims, but Haddon this week said she was not responsible for the break-up of Smith's marriage and denied she was involved in a romantic relationship with him. "They have been seeing each other for a few months and Morgan [Deane] is gutted," said a friend, who did not want to be named. Earlier this month, the Sunday Times reported that Deane only learnt about Smith's plans to divorce her when he mistakenly sent her an SMS meant for his lawyer.

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  • King denies xenophobic comments - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA King Goodwill Zwelithini s alleged xenophobic comments have sparked criticism. Durban - King Goodwill Zwelithini has denied saying foreigners should be deported from South Africa or making xenophobic comments while speaking in Pongola in northern KwaZulu-Natal last week. A complaint was lodged with the Human Rights Commission earlier this week. The Royal Household has written to the Human Rights Commission seeking clarity on the nature of the complaints.

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  • Bonang wins international award - City Press

    While you were sleeping Bonang Matheba was named Best South African DJ at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards ceremony that took place at The Forum in Los Angeles. Dressed in a beautiful black and multicoloured dress by Gert Johan Coetzee, South Africa’s Queen B announced on Twitter: “@bonang_m: Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award winner!!! Matheba beat out 94.7 DJ Whackead Simpson and 5fm’s Poppy Ntshongwana with more votes to take home the honours. Last week, Matheba lost out on the Best Presenter prize at the South African Film and Television Awards, with the versatile Katlego Maboe emerging the winner, but she can now add the orange Nickelodeon blimp and recognition from the international channel to her mantelpiece and resumé.

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  • Mercedes to build world's first premium pick-up | The New Age Online

    The German luxury brand says that it plans to enter the market by 2017 and that its first pick-up will take styling cues from its SUV range and comfort cues from its existing executive sedans. Mercedes says that the decision to move into the mid-size pick-up market, currently dominated by US brands, is because of a huge shift in recent years -- from commercial to personal use and from wanting something that is utilitarian to wanting a vehicle that's as comfortable and refined as it is practical. And although the US is the world's biggest pick-up market -- one in 10 vehicles sold in the country over the last 12 months was a pick-up -- Mercedes plans to initially target its luxury model at the Latin American, European and Australian markets. "We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car," said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

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  • King Mswati’s jet held over debt - Africa | IOL News

    Swaziland’s King Mswati III’s personal jet has been impounded in Canada by order of a Canadian court for settlement of R35 million, part of the R1.6bn a businessman claims the monarch owes him. The plane was in Canada for maintenance when businessman Shanmuga Rethenam petitioned to have the asset seized. Rethenam’s firm, Southern Africa Resources Limited (Sarl), is suing Mswati for R1.6bn in damages for the closure, without Sarl’s consent, of a mining operation in Swaziland.

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  • It's reigning queens at the Miss SA pageant

    For one of them, Anneline Kriel, it will be a homecoming of sorts - she was a familiar face at the casino resort in the '80s when she was married to Sun City boss Sol Kerzner. Joining her will be the two other South African beauties to have captured the Miss World crown - the reigning titleholder, Rolene Strauss, and Penny Coelen-Rey, who won back in 1958. Strauss comes back home after a series of international commitments, including appearances in the US earlier this month. It will be the biggest gathering of Miss South Africas ever.

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  • Zuma's backup helicopter cancelled - Report

    'City Press' is reporting that the helicopter known as the ‘Zuma Taxi’ costs the presidency R63,000 an hour.

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  • Serero can’t sleep over Milan move

    “I don’t know what to say, it is difficult, because every time I think about it I lose sleep,” said Serero on Wednesday, with a huge grin on his face. “I don’t know anything (about the rumours of a Milan move) but it is one of the teams supported growing up. Serero, who is with the Bafana Bafana squad ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Nigeria at Mbombela Stadium, has been with Ajax since 2011, and still has two years left on his current contract.

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  • What can Mugabe teach us about #RhodesMustFall? - City Press

    Barely 35 years ago, our northern neighbour Zimbabwe was still called Rhodesia. The truth is, Zimbabwe has been wrestling with colonial remnants – and, in particular, Cecil John Rhodes’ remnants – for longer than we have. This week, a Zanu-PF official attempted to rekindle the conversation about moving Rhodes’ remains to the UK, but it is largely expected that the 2012 decision made by the governing party and President Robert Mugabe will remain party policy. In 2012, Mugabe said Rhodes’ body should not be removed from its burial site in the Matobo National Park, 35km south of Bulawayo.

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  • Killer blocks prison transfer bid - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    SATURDAY STAR Donovan Moodley is currently serving sentence for the killing of Leigh Matthews. Johannesburg - Convicted killer Donovan Moodley has successfully blocked an attempt by the Department of Correctional Services to move him from the Johannesburg Prison to the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria. While his main request was to remain at the Johannesburg Prison so he could write his exams at the facility in May, he was also concerned that if he was moved he would lose the use of his guitar, which had brought him “unspeakable joy, comfort and solace”. Moodley kidnapped Leigh Matthews at Bond University on July 9, 2004.

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  • Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name': report

    The black box voice recorder indicates that Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside, French officials say, in what appears to have been a case of suicide and mass killing. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that all the signs were "pointing towards an act that we can't describe: criminal, crazy, suicidal". German prosecutors revealed that searches of Lubitz's homes netted "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment", including "torn-up and current sick leave notes, among them one covering the day of the crash". According to Bild, the young woman, who was "very shocked", flew with Lubitz on European flights for five months last year, during which time they are believed to have been romantically involved.

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  • Thai anger over 'Fast and Furious' movie court ban

    Fast and Furious 7 had been due to open in cinemas on April 1. Suwat Apaipakdi, a lawyer for Sahamongkol Film International, said the company had filed their suit because Jaa was committed to them in an exclusive contract until 2023. "The court has ordered a ban on showing the movie until there is a further ruling", he told AFP.

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  • Can Vodacom legally increase contract fees?

    Vodacom spokesman Richard Boorman said the hikes were unavoidable due to several factors, but said he understood consumers’ “frustration”. “Can Vodacom legally do this?” I’ve been asked repeatedly on Twitter and via email.

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  • White privilege carved in stone - Sunday Independent

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA A student who only gave her first name, Katie, argues her point with the protesters at the Rhodes statue at UCT. Reactions to the Rhodes Must Fall campaign show up the white disconnectedness from issues that plague black lives, writes Gillian Schutte. Johannesburg - The media coverage of the “Rhodes Must Fall” student movement that started at the University of Cape Town (UCT) this month, has all but exposed the violence of white privilege and enduring white disconnectedness from issues that continue to plague black lives. The black students listen with incredulous looks on their faces.

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  • The Teen Who Wanted To Buy One Direction Started Her Crowdfunding Campaign As A Joke, But Now It's Real

    2. But Katie, a 16-year-old fan from Elmira, New York, may have outdone them all by starting a GoFundMe campaign to “buy” One Direction. Katie’s mother requested BuzzFeed News not use her daughter’s last name. 4. Many One Direction fans, including Katie, have long believed the group’s management company doesn’t treat the artists well. 5. Katie told BuzzFeed News the campaign started as a joke after another fan tweeted about the idea, but she started taking it more seriously when she saw others contributing.

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  • Tom Brady Jumping Off A Cliff In Costa Rica Is Just So Glorious

    No balls were deflated during this stunt.

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