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    Why Queen Elizabeth banned royals from eating garlic

    You will never find garlic in the kitchen cupboards at Buckingham Palace because Queen Elizabeth banned it from use years ago. The monarch is also not too fond of anyone from the royal family using the ingredient in their kitchens. A few years ago former Buckingham Palace kitchen chef Darren McGrady confirmed the rumours: "When [the Queen] was at the table, there was no garlic at all...she was very Victorian and believed when she was brought up that you don’t eat garlic-because if you were holding an audience the next day, you didn’t want to be breathing garlic. It was seen as antisocial." This has now been confirmed by the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles who earlier this month appeared

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    Mnangagwa left humiliated as Zanu-PF supporters walk out at rally

    Mutare - Scores of Zanu-PF supporters started walking out of a a campaign rally in Mutare, 265km east of the capital Harare on Friday, before Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressed them. His deputy, Constantino Chiwenga, had to ask the supporters to remain seated since his boss had not yet addressed them. “Your buses and trains are not going as yet, your transport is still here. So please, do not leave the venue as yet,” Chiwenga said. “Can you remain seated please? National youth service, please stop them (supporters) from leaving.” Mnangagwa, who came to power through a military coup and now popular for his “chicken dance” at rallies, had to cut short his speech due to light showers

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    #CITHeist: How ANC man was nabbed

    Johannesburg - A crack cash-in-transit heist-busting unit proved to be the downfall of the ANC Luthuli House staffer who is allegedly embroiled in several “heinous crimes”. Brigadier Vishnu Naidu said on Wednesday that Errol Velile Present, who worked at the governing party’s Joburg headquarters, was nabbed by a multidisciplinary team for allegedly being involved in a mall robbery in Dobsonville, Soweto on July 4. This comes as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Hawks have said more charges could be added to the one that Present is facing in a case which has drawn sharp attacks aimed at the ANC by its political foes. John Botha, a labour attorney, has also said that Present’s dismissal

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    The Rock amazed by making history as 'highest paid actor'

    Dwayne Johnson would have never thought "in his wildest dreams" that he would be named the highest paid actor in Forbes' history. The 'Skyscraper' star was honoured to top this year's list as well as make the history books and he feels his "business philosophy and acumen has been sharpened over time and through failure". He shared on Instagram: "I work extremely hard but never anticipated (in my wildest dreams) I'd become the highest paid actor in Forbes' history. I don't have a Harvard MBA, but my business philosophy and acumen has been sharpened over time and thru failure. My goal when I was wrestling in flea markets for $40bucks per match (well before the bright lights of the @wwe) is still

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    Trevor Noah, France ambassador spar over 'Africanness' of World Cup champs

    WASHINGTON, United States - The host of America's late-night TV program "The Daily Show" has drawn the ire of France's ambassador to the US after joking that "Africa won the World Cup." Earlier this week Trevor Noah praised "Africa" for its World Cup victory, considering the immigrant heritage of many of the French squad's players and their families. The joke triggered controversy in France, with some social media users accusing the comedian Noah - a South African born to a black mother and white father during apartheid - of racism. French ambassador to the US Gerard Araud on Wednesday sent Noah a stern letter criticizing the joke, saying "nothing could be less true." "The rich and various backgrounds

  • Mazibuko on Zille and Maimane: ‘She did it to me and she’s doing it again’

    Lindiwe Mazibuko, Leader of the Opposition, Parliament of South Africa (2011-2014) Democratic Alliance (DA) at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 in Durban, South Africa. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle Could the Democratic Alliance nurture young leaders with former party leader Helen Zille hanging in there? Lindiwe Mazibuko would know, because it happened with her, and she says it’s happening again. It was unambiguous and it was a bombshell amid speeches that veered more towards self-affirming, pretty-looking power talk. Former DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, now 38, dressed simply and powerfully in a black dress and black shoes, told how Helen Zille, the one woman

  • Mabuza being ‘punished’ for turning on NDZ, may relinquish DP position - report

    According to a report in the Mail & Guardian on Friday, ANC and national deputy president David Mabuza may not be nominated as a member of parliament by several ANC members in provinces that are angry at him for unexpectedly backing Cyril Ramaphosa on a “unity” slate at December’s Nasrec elective conference for the ANC. He had been on Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s slate as deputy president, but his unexpected decision to apparently support Ramaphosa gave him the edge over his rival. Mabuza has maintained that he merely allowed Mpumalanga branches and delegates to support whomever they preferred, but the M&G reports that the province has become “highly divided now” and is struggling to hold a provincial