• ‘True Love’ accused of 'body shaming' in June cover debacle

    The magazine has been slammed for ‘over editing’ and then releasing original images of Lerato Kganyago. Lerato Kganyago True Love magazine JOHANNESBURG - Women's magazine True Love is facing public backlash over its June cover, which features an over-photoshopped image of media personality Lerato Kganyago.  Earlier today, social media users questioned the editorial team about its 'poor' photo enhancements, saying the photograph of Kganyago looks unnatural. Kganyago, who openly expressed her own disappointment at the issue, says she had previously raised concern about the cover. The magazine has created more of a stir with its response to the matter. Screengrab's from truelove.co.za, with the magazine's response

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  • ‘Now let’s make it clear, the ANC is not Zuma’

    Ruling party stalwart Matthews Phosa maintains President Jacob Zuma should step down. Jacob Zuma ANC Hawks Finance Minister Pravin Ghordan Mathews Phosa ANC leadership battles JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Matthews Phosa says the governing party will eventually cleanse itself of the rot within its leadership. Speaking on the side lines of the Kingsmead Book Fair at the weekend, Phosa told Eyewitness News he maintains President Jacob Zuma should step down. He said the governing party learnt bitter lessons from Polokwane. “Now let’s make it clear, the ANC is not Zuma, it’s not Matthews Phosa, it’s not any individual.” He said it would be alarmist to say the ANC is at risk

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  • Standard Bank confirms R300m lost in credit card scam

    The scam involved the withdrawal of cash using a small number of fictitious cards at various ATMs in Japan. Fraud Standard Bank Breaking News Standard Bank South Africa JOHANNESBURG – Standard bank has confirmed it has been affected by a credit card fraud scam involving South African banks in Japan. The gross loss to the bank is an estimated R300 million. This is prior to any potential recoveries that may serve to reduce the loss. “The South African banking operations of Standard Bank Group have been the victim of a sophisticated, co-ordinated fraud incident,” the bank said in a statement.  The bank says the scam involved the withdrawal of cash using a small number of fictitious cards at various

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  • Firing Senzo Mchunu a bad move

    The alleged firing of KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu is “a bad move”, Democratic Alliance provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango said on Sunday. Mncwango told ANA he was shocked when he was told by “highly placed sources” this week that Mchunu had indeed been given an ultimatum to resign by Monday or be given the boot. The African National Congress has dismissed the rumours of Mchunu’s alleged axing or that an ultimatum has been given to him to resign by Monday. “I believe the allegations [that he will be axed] are true. Senzo Mchunu has never been accused of anything – not even of stealing a pen – yet the ANC wants to remove him. But they are happy to have a president in office [Jacob Zuma]

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  • Chinese jets conduct 'unsafe' intercept of US spy plane: Pentagon

    Tensions between China and the United States are high in the disputed waterway, an important shipping route thought to be home to vast energy deposits, and which Beijing claims almost in its entirety. "The Department of Defense (DoD) is reviewing a May 17 intercept of a US maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft by two tactical aircraft from the People's Republic of China (PRC)," Pentagon spokesman Major Jamie Davis said in a statement Wednesday. "Initial reports characterized the incident as unsafe," he added, without giving additional details. The incident comes more than a decade after a collision between a Chinese fighter jet and a US Navy EP-3 spy plane which killed the Chinese pilot and

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  • Uber suspends Sandton service after violent attack outside Gautrain station

    A pop-up notification on the Uber app states that: “As rider and driver partner safety is our top priority‚ we have temporarily suspended service in the Sandton area”. WATCH: Shots fired as police respond to anti-Uber violence in Sandton  The suspension appears to have kicked in immediately‚ as a check for a car in Sandton shows that the nearest car is 15 minutes away. Watch: Three hurt in violent Uber altercation in Sandton  This comes after metered taxi drivers attacked an Uber driver and passenger at about midday‚ outside the Sandton Gautrain station‚ on West Street. Emer-G-Med paramedics said police officers arrived at the scene‚ and while trying to bring order‚ were shot at and assaulted

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  • Genes tell how the giraffe got its long neck

    The animals’ unique body configuration has long been a puzzle for biologists, including Charles Darwin. Giraffe Tallest animals LONDON – Scientists have sequenced the genome of the giraffe for the first time, uncovering DNA quirks that help explain how the tallest animals on earth developed their remarkably long necks. Being a giraffe is not easy. To pump blood two meters up from the chest to the brain calls for a turbo-charged heart and twice the blood pressure of other mammals. Giraffes also need special safety valves to let them bend down for a drink and raise their heads again without fainting. The animals’ unique body configuration has long been a puzzle for biologists, including Charles

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  • Nigeria: Country's Unemployment Crisis Worsen

    Nigeria's employment crisis worsened in the first quarter of 2016, with unemployment rate rising to 12.1 per cent, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, said on Friday. The bureau said in its latest Unemployment Watch report that between December 2015 and March 2016, the population of unemployed Nigerians increased by 518,000 to over 1.45 million. Economically active or working age population, the NBS said, increased from 105.02 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 106 million by the end of March 2016. However, actual population of people willing, able and actively looking for work increased by 1.99 per cent, from 76.9 million in fourth quarter of 2015 to 78.4 million in the first quarter

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  • Another chemical engineering graduate is begging for a job at robots

    The Free State graduate turned street vendor resorted to selling his fruit by the busy R104 and R24 intersection in Rustenburg town to provide for himself. From street corner to candidate for graduate with a board  "I live alone and I have no one to buy me food every day or clothes‚ so I had to do something‚" he said. "It pains me that I rely on my older brother and parents for provisions but I have a B-tech." he added. Mokate received his qualification from the University of Johannesburg in 2014 after he was granted a bursary by the National Skills Fund. He was employed once by a chemical company in Randburg‚ Johannesburg‚ before his contract expired and he returned home. "I thought I would

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  • Zimbabwe: Daring Hunter Sets Impala Snares Around Elephant Hills Hotel

    A daring poacher who set wire snares around Elephant Hills Hotel intending to catch impalas and warthogs that roam around the hotel has been jailed for an effective four months. Thirty-one-year old Andrew Chipembere of Chinotimba suburb in Victoria Falls pleaded not guilty to using class one traps for purposes of catching animals when he appeared before Victoria Falls magistrate Rangarirai Gakanje last Friday. He claimed he was wrongfully implicated. "I was just walking towards the river for fishing when the anti-poaching team said I had set wire snares. I always go fishing to raise money for my children,' said Chipembere in his defence. The magistrate, after hearing that Chipembere had been

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  • Gaddafi billions found in SA

    The Sunday Times has established that Libyan investigators have already met top government officials to discuss locating, securing and repatriating the loot brought here by Gaddafi and his children. The investigators believe there is evidence of more than $1-billion in cash, gold and diamonds being held by four banks and two security companies in South Africa. It could be the largest haul of Libyan assets found until now, although it is only a fraction of the estimated $80-billion of Gaddafi's foreign assets. It has been established that the Libyans: Met President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on December 10 2012; Held a follow-up meeting with Zuma at Nkandla on April 20, which was also attended by

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  • Not one of the R8 billion arms deal submarines is operational

    The SAS Queen Modjadji, named after South Africa's rain queen who lived in Limpopo, struck the ocean floor while conducting training exercises between Port Elizabeth and Durban last week. The Sunday Times photographed the German-built submarine undergoing repairs in Simon's Town this week. And yesterday the SA Navy acknowledged she had been damaged during a "training exercise". This means that all three submarines - meant to police the oceans - are presently undergoing repairs and maintenance. The SAS Manthatisi, the first of the country's submarines acquired in the multibillion-rand arms deal, has been in the dry dock since 2007 after a series of mishaps, including crashing into a quay and damaging

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  • SCA ruling on Malema's Marikana statement 'a major victory'

    The DA says the ruling reconfirms what other courts have found about freedom of speech in Parliament. Democratic Alliance EFF Democratic Alliance DA EFF leader Julius Malema Freedom of Speech CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling has again confirmed what opposition MPs have been saying about freedom of speech being “sacrosanct” in Parliament. The court ruled on Friday that Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema's statement that the ANC government had massacred Marikana miners was not “unparliamentary”. The SCA dismissed an appeal by National Council of Provinces Chairperson Thandi Modise, after the Western Cape High court ruled she

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  • While you were sleeping: 23 May 2016

    D-Day for Zuma and the NPA, Fallujah offensive begins, and Sergio Garcia clinches a much-needed win.

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  • Two killed in eviction clashes in Hammanskraal

    It’s understood that the clashes took place before lunchtime today, however, the situation is now calm. Hammanskraal Eviction PRETORIA - The police have confirmed that at least two people have been killed in clashes between the community and employees of a security company hired to evict them from a piece of land in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.        It’s understood that the clashes took place before lunchtime today, however, the situation is now calm.  The police’s Tsekiso Mofokeng says the Tshwane Municipality conducted an operation to remove shacks erected illegally on a piece of land. “Two companies were contracted to do that. Upon arrival on the area, they were approached and got into

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  • Nigeria: Why I Support Buhari Govt's Petrol Price Hike

    Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said that his support for the federal government's petrol price hike is because the policy "is the difficult pain Nigerians must undergo before reaping the gains". According to him, it does not make economic sense for the government to spend more than half its earnings just on fuel subsidy to the detriment of other development programmes. As labour leader and opposition politician, Mr. Oshiomhole spent years confronting previous governments' attempt to remove fuel subsidy or increase petrol prices. Now a key member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Mr. Oshiomhole said his position had changed because "the fundamentals and economic indices are different from what they were a few years ago".

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  • Man Utd shares waver in Frankfurt as Mourinho hire expected

    Man United’s main stock market listing is in New York and less widely traded, share listing in Frankfurt. Manchester United Jose Mourinho Louis van Gaal Club Manchester United Mourinho

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  • Zuma must quit within 20 days or we occupy Union Buildings: Malema

    "Zuma should step down. If he fails to do so within 20 days, the EFF will march to the Union Buildings... and we will not leave the premises until he resigns," Malema told supporters outside the Sunnyside police station in Pretoria. He said he had laid charges of corruption, theft, fraud and racketeering against Zuma with the Sunnyside police. This was prompted by the release on Wednesday of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's final report on the upgrades to Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. In her report, Madonsela found Zuma "unduly benefited from the enormous capital investment" in the Nkandla upgrades, totalling R246 million. Malema said the charges were laid against Zuma,

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  • ‘Govt will not be held ransom by any transport association’

    The department has stepped in to mediate an ongoing dispute between metered taxi and Uber drivers. Uber Metered Taxi Uber driver Metered taxi protest JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Community Safety Department says government will not be held at ransom by any public transport association over who can operate on certain provincial routes. The department has stepped in to try to mediate an ongoing dispute between metered taxi drivers and Uber drivers after the announcement that Uber will now be regulated. Last week, an Uber driver was allegedly attacked by metered taxi drivers who want fair licensing conditions for everyone in the industry. The department’s spokesperson, Thapelo Moiloa, says both the

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  • End in sight for HIV?

    South African scientists have been testing the newly modified vaccine for two years in this country: first to ensure its safety and then to see if it activated the immune system. Government updates HIV policy to allow ARV treatment for all South Africans Yesterday, at the HIV Vaccine Trial Network conference in Washington DC, it was announced that the tests had been successful and a three-year trial involving 5700 people aged 18 to 35 will kick off in November. Results are expected by 2020. The vaccine is so far advanced in testing that it is likely to be the first marketed. Glenda Gray, head of the Medical Research Council, who will lead the trial, said it was "great news". Current prevention

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