• South Africa: Image of Man Pointing at Tornado Goes Viral

    A brief history of tornadoes in South Africa The icy weather that has gripped vast swathes of the country over the last few days is extraordinary. From flooded CBD streets and severely damaged informal settlements in Durban, to snow-capped peaks in the Drakensberg and now, a tornado in Johannesburg, South Africans find themselves talking about the weather with great gusto. And from the noise on social media you would think tornados are a very rare occurrence in the country. In reality, while rare, tornadoes are not exceptional. While it is difficult to estimate with any degree of accuracy how many tornadoes have been experienced in the country, tornados are said to usually occur in Gauteng, the

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  • 'Don't anger the Islamic State' – expert

    Government is being warned to tread carefully with regards to the religion factor in the terrorism trial of the Thulsie brothers. They were arrested earlier this month for allegedly planning to bomb the United States embassy and Jewish institutions in South Africa. A security analyst said both the Islamic State (IS) and the Muslim community would be paying very close attention to this case, given the media attention it has been receiving. The twins, Brandon-Lee and Toni-Lee Thulsie, are set to appear again today in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court for their bail hearing. The 23-year-olds have since acquired the services of Czech mobster Radovan Krecjir’s lawyer Annelene van den Heever. In

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  • Cyril hints that Mbeki is needed

    In the wake of speculation about whether former president Thabo Mbeki is willing to assist the ruling ANC to campaign for the local government elections on August 3, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday called on “all ANC heavyweights” to campaign for the party. “All hands have to be on deck,” Ramaphosa said at the ANC’s call centre in Randburg, Johannesburg, in what could be interpreted as a reference to Mbeki. Last week, The Citizen quoted reliable sources as saying that Mbeki, who was recalled nine months before the end of his term in 2008, was not keen to canvass for the ANC. The ANC in Greater Johannesburg has described as “mischievous” the reports that Mbeki was “not keen” to assist

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  • Bail application for Thulsie twins postponed - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The bail application of twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie, accused of terrorism, was postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. The matter was postponed to Thursday, after the court heard that the 23-year-old twins stated in their affidavits that they felt they were unlawfully arrested. Prosecutor Chris MacAdam said that he had to research the issue that was brought up by the twins and would be ready to proceed and respond accordingly on Thursday. Magistrate Pieter Du Plessis reiterated that this matter was meant to be brought up in their first appearance and the sooner it was dealt with the better. Annelene Van den Heever, for the Thulsie twins, requested

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  • Zimbabwe: Soldiers Receive July Salaries

    Soldiers received their July salaries on Monday as Government started paying its workers' salaries for this month. In interviews, soldiers confirmed Government had honoured its promise to pay them. "We received our salaries today and we are happy that the Government honoured its promise. We hope that efforts are being made to ensure that our salaries are paid on time every month," said a soldier who requested anonymity. The Government released the civil servants' pay dates for July last week. Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said the army and the Air Force of Zimbabwe would be paid yesterday followed by the health sector tomorrow. She said the Zimbabwe Republic

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just one week, and I think most of the negative comments about the show have been emotional. "Obviously management would have to do a thorough evaluation

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  • Mokonyane could be disciplined for comments on ANC's R1bn campaign

    Mokonyane‚ who is Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation‚ appears to have irked senior members of the party by stating that the ANC had spent more than R1-billion campaigning for the local government elections. She made the comment in Cape Town last week‚ where‚ to the surprise of many‚ she also stated that ANC provincial chair Marius Fransman – embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal – was back at work. Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that Mokonyane could be disciplined by the party for commenting on its finances. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said: "The secretary-general indicated that anybody that comments about this issue to the media would need to be disciplined in line with the of the

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  • Nigeria: Meet the 'Yahoo Boys'

    Many undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraud. Nicknamed "yahoo-yahoo" after the international web portal and search engine, this perfidy has become a way of life for the young con-artists. Many of these fraudsters - dubbed "yahoo-boys" - have become filthy rich. Some have been caught by the law. In April 2012, Olasaidi Dare, an undergraduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for an attempt to obtain money under false pretences in a cyber-café. On June 5 2012, a Federal High Court in Kaduna State sentenced Imonina Kingsley, of the University of Ilorin, to 20 years' imprisonment. He defrauded an Australian of US$1,000

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  • Nigeria: Govt Urged to Ban Tomato Paste Importation

    The President, Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Nike Akande, has called on the federal government to support local production of tomato pastes in Nigeria, pointing out that this would help the country attain self-sufficiency in food production and boost local consumption. Also, NLC scribe cum Secretary General of the Textile Workers' Union, Issa Aremu, has urged the federal government to ban the importation of tomato paste into the country. The duo made the call during the unveiling of Erisco Foods Innovation Tomato Processing Technology in Lagos. The equipment converts dry and fresh tomatoes into finished products. Akande said that agriculture can play a vital role in

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  • Denel wins Gupta business rescue case - Business News

    Johannesburg - Denel on Wednesday said it felt vindicated from allegations of being co-opted by the Gupta family after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed an urgent business rescue application made by LMT Holdings against the state-owned defence conglomerate. The application for business rescue brought by LMT Holdings, a Denel subsidiary, was dismissed with costs by the same court on Tuesday due to the applicants’ failure to make out a case supporting their application. LMT is a local vehicle engineering and manufacturing company that is 51 percent-owned and supported by Denel. In a statement, Denel said the applicants failed to put before the court and the respondents a replying

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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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  • Malema heaps praise on old ANC rival Maile

    EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted on Wednesday evening about the “enormous respect” he had for his former ANC Youth League comrade Lebogang Maile, who is now the MEC for economic development and an ANC Gauteng provincial executive committee member. Maile served as head of social transformation in the ANC Youth League’s provincial executive committee. Malema tweeted: “I have enormous respect for Lebogang Maile, the guy is real and not fake. I hope @MYANC won’t destroy him, this country needs people like him.” In 2010, the Youth League in Gauteng elected Maile as the organisation’s chairman in Gauteng. He was unofficially backed by Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile, who was contesting the position

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  • 'Fake Mazibuko' thinks DA is racist

    DA member of parliament Ian Ollis has taken to social media to warn the public against fake Twitter accounts that are trying to mischaracterise DA leaders such as Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane and Lindiwe Mazibuko. On Tuesday morning, on his personal Facebook account, Ollis wrote: “Hi all. There are a number of fake tweets purporting to come from Helen Zille, Lindiwe Mazibuko and Mmusi Maimane claiming that the DA is racist, that the ANC is great, etc. They have actually recreated the Twitter profiles with relevant photos, etc. Our enemies are clearly desperate. Please don’t be taken in by ANC people on social media posting these fake tweets!” He also shared the warning on Twitter. The Citizen did

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  • Frugal Cassper rents his house out online for R2K a night

    Keegan Dolly took a morning plane on Thursday from OR Tambo International to Sao Paulo in excited mood as participation in this year's Olympic Games follows fast on the heels of Mamelodi Sundowns reaching the semifinals of the African Champions League.

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  • Hamilton and Rosberg see red over yellow flag

    The unstable relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg threatened to boil over in the drivers' press conference room on Sunday afternoon following the Hungarian Grand Prix as the pair clashed over Saturday's controversial qualifying session. Rosberg was able to take pole position despite driving through a section of the track that was under double yellow flag conditions, with the rule book requiring drivers to “slow down and be prepared to stop”. Video footage revealed that Rosberg had lifted going into turn eight and again for turn nine, where Fernando Alonso's McLaren had been parked on the exit of the corner. By the time Rosberg arrived though, Alonso had recovered and the yellow flags were retracted, allowing the German to continue on his way to set a faster lap time than Hamilton after the three-time world champion aborted his final lap.

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  • Fraud and lies alleged in Inge probe

    Cape Town - Several legal experts and investigators in the Inge Lotz murder case, including legendary detective Piet Byleveld, have firmly distanced themselves from two amateur investigators whose theories are scheduled to be broadcast on MNet’s Carte Blanche programme on Sunday night. This comes amid a flurry of accusations of fraud, lies and defamation and a series of mysterious burglaries at the offices and homes of professionals linked to the case. Inge Lotz was murdered in Stellenbosch in 2005. Her body was found with at least 50 wounds, including serious head injuries, but her murder remains unsolved. Two amateur investigators, Thomas and Calvin Mollett, recently contacted key witnesses

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  • DA, EFF won't let Zuma off hook over Nkandla

    The DA insists Jacob Zuma is liable for R63.9 million, while the EFF says he must go to jail. President Jacob Zuma Nkandla Democratic Alliance Economic Freedom Fighters CAPE TOWN - South Africa’s two largest opposition parties have warned that President Jacob Zuma will not be off the hook once he repays the R7.8 million owed to the state for the Nkandla upgrades. The Democratic Alliance (DA) insists Zuma is liable for R63.9 million in fringe-benefit tax, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the President must be held criminally liable for the abuse of taxpayers’ money. The two parties took Zuma to the Constitutional Court earlier this year for an order compelling him to pay back a reasonable

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  • Tutu’s open letter to baby goes viral - Western Cape

    Cape Town - It's not every day that someone gets a heart-warming open letter written to them from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A letter was written earlier this month after the father of an American infant wrote to Tutu, saying that he was collecting letters for his newborn daughter Juliet. All the way from his Cape Town abode, Archbishop wrote the following: Hello, little sister. You don't know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey - on another continent many miles away - is just beginning. We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it's not really a secret because we should all know it. So I

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  • Phelps not the greatest Olympian - historian

    An Olympic historian disagrees with a widely held consensus that American swimmer Michael Phelps is the greatest ever Olympian. Phelps holds the record for career gold medals at 18, followed by Soviet gymnasts Larisa Latynina (nine) and Nikolai Andrianov (seven). But as Bill Mallon points out, swimmers, gymnasts and runners, among others, benefit greatly from being more easily able to pile up medals in several events. But discus throwers and pole vaulters, to use just a couple of examples, can win only one gold medal every four years. Mallon, while freely acknowledging the greatness of Phelps, rates discus thrower Al Oerter the greatest Olympian. Oerter, who died in 2007 at the age of 71, won

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  • Nigeria: Keshi's Final Burial Rites Begin

    Final burial rites for late Nigerian Captain and Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, will start in Benin City, Edo State tomorrow morning even as funds have hampered plans by the Federal Government to give him a heroic burial. The Federal Government has now said it will play its own part for the late soccer icon's burial after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games because of a combination of factors. "We don't want a haphazard burial for such a great patriot, that is why the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said the FG will play its own part after the Olympics", declared a top sports ministry source. The Keshi family is however going ahead with the burial plans beginning with a Church Service on Thursday, July 28 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Benin City by 9am.

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