• Huge 'tip' raised for waitress 'bullied' by RMF leader

    Ashleigh Schultz, 23, who works at Obz Cafe in Observatory, served RMF leaders Ntokozo Qwabe - a student at Oxford University - and Wandile Dlamini. When the bill came, instead of indicating an amount for the tip, Dlamini wrote: "We will give tip when you return the land". Qwabe later boasted on Facebook, saying: "She sees the note & starts shaking. She leaves us & bursts into typical white tears (like why are you crying when all we've done is make a kind request? Lol!)." In response, Sihle Ngobese - spokesman for Western Cape social development MEC Albert Fritz - and two associates started a Twitter fundraising campaign on Schultz's behalf. A crowdfunding initiative was also started on gofundme.com,

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  • Be afraid, ANC ...very afraid - Sunday Independent | IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment

    Who ever would have thought the party of Vuyisile Mini, Oom Gov (Govan Mbeki) and Oom Ray (Raymond Mhlaba) would struggle to fill a stadium and have to transport ANC supporters from across the country to make up for the lack of enthusiasm? Contrast the ANC’s shambolic rally in Port Elizabeth with the sea of blue T-shirts as black DA supporters marched through Joburg to attend the launch of their party’s election manifesto. The ANC’s leadership shenanigans have not only tarnished the image of the party in the eyes of voters, they have made the age-old appeals to liberation struggle sympathies sound incongruous and anachronistic. At the best of times liberation movements have difficulty holding

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  • Patrice Motsepe has no power‚ says Malema

    Patrice Motsepe has no power‚ yet he is portrayed as a billionaire‚ says Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Malema made the statement at his party’s fundraising gala dinner at Montecasino on Saturday night‚ following the launch of the EFF’s election manifesto for the forthcoming local government elections. Malema charged that Motsepe had no control and was not involved in any decision-making processes. “I have never seen anyone empowered by Patrice Motsepe‚” said Malema “I had a friend who worked for him‚ but he never got anything from Motsepe‚” Malema said. “He has started a company like Old Mutual‚ but has brought in white males (to run it).” Malema urged people who attended the

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  • 'Red was always my colour': Vavi joining the EFF

    “Red was always my colour,” Vavi joked as he put on the iconic beret. Vavi has long been skeptical of the tripartite alliance, and when asked about his move to the Economic Freedom fighters talked about how the ANC had stabbed workers in the back. "When I was general secretary I was bound by that, I had to abide by Cosatu's stance on the alliance. "That is the tripartite alliance," Vavi said.

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  • Grandma tells of supermarket ordeal - Western Cape | IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment

    The family has since accepted an apology from Pick n Pay, a R500 grocery voucher and counselling from the retailer. But a distraught and traumatised Iris Beukes, 59, said on Friday she was still “jittery and fearful” after the incident. She was shopping at Pick n Pay in Town Centre, Mitchells Plain, last Saturday when her grandson Tylan broke a wrapped 150g Cadbury chocolate slab into pieces. A security guard and floor manager then allegedly demanded she pay for the broken chocolate. “I told them I didn’t have enough money for the chocolate but they threatened me with jail,” Beukes said. When she was threatened with jail, the diabetic woman collapsed to the floor. “When I awoke (Tylan) was holding

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  • How an Indian tycoon accidentally bought Franschhoek

    At last count Analjit Singh, a business tycoon from Delhi, owns three hotels, five restaurants, a spa, a gym, a micro-brewery, a wine studio and a gallery - encompassing two entire blocks of Franschhoek's prime stretch of main road real estate. The list also includes three adjoining wine farms, one of which has been developed into an ultra-luxurious estate that makes next-door neighbour Richard Branson seem a little cheap. Singh, 62, the founder of an Indian healthcare group, has quietly created a hospitality empire to rival the best in the world, earning him celebrity status in the Cape winelands and accolades from business and political leaders. "We felt like a bite to eat and we asked the driver if we could go somewhere," Singh told the Sunday Times.

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  • Gordhan withholds SAA bailout - Companies

    Johannesburg - Finance minister Pravin Gordhan is holding out on the R5 billion guarantee to SAA, signalling his tough stance on bailing out under-performing state-owned enterprises (SOEs). This followed SAA’s failure to submit its audited financial statements in Parliament at the end of last month, following a promise by Gordhan to Speaker Baleka Mbete this would be done. National Treasury had not responded to enquiries on the SAA matter by yesterday. This is the eighth straight month SAA has not submitted its audited financial statements to Parliament. Last month Gordhan confirmed to the speaker the audited financial statements of SAA would be before the national legislature by the end of the

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  • Noah’s ratings dip on ‘The Daily Show’ - Weekend Argus | IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment

    Forbes magazine reported this week viewing of the show had decreased by 37 percent since Jon Stewart left. Noah reached his highest rating with his first episode on September 28 with just over one million viewers. For the same week the previous year, the show with Stewart garnered 1.5 million viewers. It has been reported the median age of viewers has dropped by six years since Noah took over. Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless revealed last year the US late-night talk and news satire television programme with Noah was the number one show among millennials. Noah has also been able to attract a more diverse audience since taking over. Comedy Central Africa praised Noah, saying this week

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  • Mall of Africa opens in South Africa as economic outlook sours

    The Mall of Africa will house over 300 shops, including global brands such as Inditex's Zara, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), Cotton On and Starbucks. They want to attract the rising number of young consumers in Africa's most developed economy which has thrived on demand for commodities. WATCH: Thousands shop as Mall of Africa opens But the opening comes as the outlook for the economy worsens with rising interest rates and prices putting a squeeze on spending while demand for exports such as gold and other metals is depressed. Political uncertainty has also unsettled the rand currency, making imports more expensive and investors nervous. Has all of SA gone to check out the #MallOfAfrica? See the pics

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  • SA hopes of hosting RWC 2023 are dead

    These two black youngsters represent the transformed future of rugby in South Africa. Both will be 25 years in 2023 and have the potential to play, and even captain the Springboks at that stage of their careers. Dayimani is also deputy head boy at Jeppe. But neither is now likely to have the honour of playing a Rugby World Cup (RWC) on home soil because of a political decision taken this week based on the findings of the Eminent Persons' Group (EPG) report on transformation for 2014/15. Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula revoked the privilege of "hosting and bidding for major and mega international tournaments in South Africa" as a "consequence of not meeting their own set transformation targets",

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  • ‘Zuma should be held personally liable for Nkandla bill’

    ANC members from four provinces are reportedly raising funds to help Zuma. President Jacob Zuma Nkandla Jacob Zuma Nkandla Democratic Alliance DA CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says a decision to reportedly set up a trust to help President Jacob Zuma pay his Nkandla bill is similar to asking South Africans to pay for the expensive refurbishments for a second time. African National Congress (ANC) members from four provinces are reportedly raising funds to help Zuma. Last month, the Constitutional Court ordered the president to comply with the Public Protector’s findings in the Nkandla matter. Two years ago, Thuli Madonsela found President Zuma benefited unduly from the non-security features

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  • Nigeria: Bringing Home Nigerian Professionals Abroad

    Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu's invitation to Nigerian scientists, researchers, and experts in various fields to come home as their country needs them desperately is most appropriate. The minister is right on this justification, but he knows too well, that it is absolute wishful thinking that government can force any successful Nigerian to come home unless the incentive is tangible and real. It is regrettable Nigeria is at this time unattractive to anyone who seeks excellence in his field of endeavour with necessities as basic as regular electricity and water supply not available. It is trite even to say that if the operating environment is conducive, Nigerians would return to this country in droves.

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  • #SpyTapes: Mpshe acted under pressure - Crime & Courts | IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment

    “Mr Zuma should face the charges as outlined in the indictment. This court finds that the decision of 1st April 2009 to discontinue the prosecution of the case against Mr Zuma is irrational and should be reviewed and set aside.” Mpshe threw the case out on the basis that the so-called spy tapes – recordings of tapped phone calls between senior officials in the Thabo Mbeki administration – suggested they manipulated the timing of Zuma’s indictment on fraud, corruption and racketeering charges for political reasons. Over the years, the DA has maintained that this was not sufficient reason to withdraw the 783 charges that dogged Zuma to the steps of the presidency. On Friday, Ledwaba said Mpshe

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  • Japan's corpse hotels upset some of the neighbors

    Tucked away in a quiet residential street in Kawasaki city in Japan is a refurbished workshop with a plain silver exterior and black draped windows that residents describe as creepy. The business inside, Sousou, is one of Japan's latest so-called corpse hotels, a camouflaged morgue used to store some of Japan's mounting pile of bodies waiting for a spot in one of the nation's overworked crematoriums. “Crematories need to be built, but there isn’t any space to do so and that is creating funeral refugees," said Hisao Takegishi, who opened the business in 2014. At a daily rate of 9,000 yen family members can keep their deceased relative in one of Sousou's 10 rooms for up to four days until a crematorium can be found.

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  • Scary statistics should shock us into action

    We can choose to ignore the huge red flags or we can fashion change. It’s our choice as the youth to make, says Malaika wa Azania. Johannesburg - April is a month in which South Africans reflect on the long road to democracy, and what is alleged to be freedom. It is a month in which we pause to introspect on how far we have come and how much further we still need to go. This reflection was aided by the publication of a number of reports towards the end of April. Two of them were from Statistics South Africa and one by the Commission for Employment Equity. In a country that takes its future seriously, these reports provide sufficient grounds for a serious uprising. But in South Africa they were

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  • Zimbabwe: Economy Under Threat of Losing U.S. Dollar

    Zimbabwe's privilege of using the United States dollar as its major medium of exchange is under threat amid revelations the currency is being smuggled out of the country on a massive scale. In his January monetary policy statement, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya said the bank was putting in place stringent and prudent measures to plug illicit financial outflows, as it emerged that close to $2 billion was spirited out of the country last year by individuals and companies, sparking the liquidity crisis. The basket had the South African rand, British pound, Euro and the Botswana pula. Mangudya told Standardbusiness on Friday that the cash crisis had also been caused by an increase in the usage and demand for the United States dollar in Zimbabwe as the other commonly used currency, the South African rand fell out of favour because of its depreciation.

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  • Sars wants R20m from Malema - Crime & Courts | IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment

    The taxman last year cancelled an agreement it entered into with Malema pertaining to the terms and conditions under which he was to pay off his debt. Sars revoked the agreement, claiming Malema had failed to come to the table, “by not complying with the conditions of the agreement”. But the firebrand politician turned to the high court in Pretoria on Monday, asking for an order that the agreement he entered into with Sars in May 2014, was binding. Malema argued he had settled his full debt and “does not owe a cent” to the taxman. His advocate, Piet Louw SC, asked Judge Mabel Jansen to order that “Malema had fully adhered to the terms of the agreement and declare that he had settled all his compromised

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  • Mayweather happy in retirement but hints at ring return

    Floyd Mayweather Jr quit boxing in September after accumulating a 49-0 record during a 19-year career. Floyd Mayweather Jr Boxing Floyd Mayweathers last fight NEW DELHI - Floyd Mayweather Jr is happily retired but the 39-year-old unbeaten American hinted in an interview on Saturday that a return to the ring could not be completely ruled out. Mayweather quit boxing in September after accumulating a 49-0 record during a 19-year career that produced world titles in five weight divisions and earnings in excess of $800 million. The American says he is happy with life outside the ring but acknowledged he was in talks with television networks over a possible comeback fight. "Everyone is asking me 'is

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  • Reports: Gupta family helped Collen Maine secure R5.4m mortgage

    City Press has a copy of Maine’s loan papers, showing that he & his wife bought the R5.4 million property. Gupta family ANCYL Gupta Guptas Collen maine Maine JOHANNESBURG – It’s emerged that African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine’s expensive home in Pretoria, is being paid for by the Gupta family.   The City Press has revealed this morning that Maine’s golf estate property costs R140,000 a month and evidence shows that the controversial family has lent him a helping hand.   The paper also says Maine’s bond repayment will take him four years, rather than 20.    The City Press has a copy of Maine’s mortgage document, showing that the ANCYL president and his wife Kelebogile

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  • ‘Manenberg tense after deadly shootings’

    Three people were killed in suspected gang-related shootings in the community in the last week. Manenberg Manenberg gang violence Manenberg shooting Three people were killed in suspected gang-related shootings in the community in the last week. This brings the number of people who’ve lost their lives in the gang violence there to more than 20 in the last month. The CPF’s Lewellyn Adams says there’s a high police presence in the neighbourhood. Adams says there are several unit in the area to try and bring stability, including units from nearby areas. (Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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