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Kaizer Chiefs in nervy draw

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Kaizer Chiefs in nervy draw

Eleven teams have tried and Mamelodi Sundowns yesterday came close to handing Kaizer Chiefs a first Absa Premiership defeat, but the joy lasted just 12 minutes for the defending champions.

As it turned out, it took two men – Teko Modise and George Lebese – with their big match temperaments to unlock what was a tactically charged game.

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Boks come through after lacklustre performance

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Boks come through after lacklustre performance

The Springboks battled to suppress a spirited Italian side, ranked far below them on the world pecking order, and again slid into the sludgy disorder that had cost them their first game on tour against Ireland.

In the end it took two brilliant incursions by Willie le Roux, after he replaced Johan Goosen, to swing the tide.

Soon after he came on in...

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Man Utd beat wasteful Arsenal

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Man Utd beat wasteful Arsenal

A Kieran Gibbs own goal and a Wayne Rooney strike saw Manchester United return to the Premier League’s top four with a bruising 2-1 victory at Arsenal today.

Arsenal subjected United’s makeshift back-four to heavy pressure throughout the game at the Emirates Stadium, but Gibbs’ unwitting intervention gave the visitors a 56th-minute lead before Roo...

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Messi equals La Liga scoring record

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Messi equals La Liga scoring record

Lionel Messi equalled the La Liga scoring record of 251 goals when he gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead with a superb free kick in the 21st minute of today’s match at home to Sevilla.

The record was set by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra in 1955 in the Spaniard’s 15th and final season with the Basque club.

Zarra scored his 251 goals in 277...

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Chelsea extend lead, Touré rescues Man City

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Chelsea extend lead, Touré rescues Man City

Diego Costa scored again as Chelsea established a seven-point lead at the Premier League summit today by comfortably beating 10-man West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Costa opened the scoring in the 11th minute, leaping into the air to control Oscar’s left-wing cross on his chest and then slamming a side-foot volley past Ben Foster for h...

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Pics – Police raid Durban building

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7 killed in KZN crash

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7 killed in KZN crash

At least seven people died when a sedan and a bakkie collided on the N2 near the Dokodweni toll gate in KwaZulu-Natal, provincial emergency services said.

“Both vehicles burst into flames on impact. Unfortunately, the five occupants of the bakkie and two from the light motor vehicle were declared dead on scene,” spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said tod...

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‘Average is beautiful’ Barbie doll goes on sale

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‘Average is beautiful’ Barbie doll goes on sale

Washington – She’s short, brunette, has an average body shape and can even be given cellulite and acne: the ‘anti-Barbie’ doll is ready to go on sale in the United States.

The brainchild of 26-year-old graphic designer Nickolay Lamm, the Lammily doll will begin shipping next week with the sales pitch that “average is beautiful.”

Lamm told AFP he...

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Vavi: Cosatu must be unified – but not at any cost

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Vavi: Cosatu must be unified – but not at any cost

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the best way forward for the embattled congress was to remain unified – but not at any cost.

“The first prize then has got to be maintaining the unity of Cosatu,” said Vavi yesterday in a speech prepared for delivery at an anniversary event for the SA Labour Bulletin in central Joburg.

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11 die in Zimbabwe crusade stampede

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11 die in Zimbabwe crusade stampede

Eleven people were killed in a stampede at a crusade held by a popular prophet in Kwekwe, central Zimbabwe, police and a religious organisation said.

A number of others were reportedly injured when police fired tear gas into a crowd of around 15 000 people trying to leave a stadium at the close of the religious rally early this morning.

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Scientists study rare tapeworm living in man’s brain

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Scientists study rare tapeworm living in man’s brain

Scientists in Britain removed and studied a rare tapeworm that lived in a man’s brain for four years, researchers said today.

The parasite travelled five centimetres from the right side of the brain to the left.

The tapeworm causes sparganosis, an inflammation of body tissues that can cause seizures, memory loss and headaches when it occurs in the...

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6 burn to death in Tembisa taxi accident

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6 burn to death in Tembisa taxi accident

At least six people died when a taxi and a bakkie collided in Tembisa on the East Rand this morning.

Emergency services found the burning taxi lying on its roof, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.

“Fire fighters extinguished the fire when they arrived at the scene.

“After further assessment, paramedics found what appeared to be six people, i...

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Toll rises to 10 in killer US snowstorm

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Toll rises to 10 in killer US snowstorm

The death toll from a rare pre-winter snowstorm rose to 10 in the northeastern United States yesterday, paralysing communities for days and dumping more than six feet of snow near Buffalo.

The National Weather Service warned an extra 60cm to 90cm of “lake effect snow,” created when frigid air moves over warm lake waters, could fall yesterday.

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Proteas win toss, bat first in 4th ODI

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Proteas win toss, bat first in 4th ODI

South Africa captain AB de Villiers has won the toss and elected to bat in the fourth limited-overs international against Australia, chasing a win to save the series.

Australia, leading the five-match series 2-1, batted first in the previous three matches, winning the first and third games in Perth and Canberra.

Allrounder Mitchell Marsh was...

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‘Oscar appeal won’t bring Reeva back’

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‘Oscar appeal won’t bring Reeva back’

June Steenkamp is launching her book “Reeva – A Mother’s Story” in Port Elizabeth this week, reports the SABC.

In an interview with the broadcaster, Steenkamp said she was not concerned about the outcome of the appeal process undertaken by paralympian Oscar Pistorius, as it would not bring her daughter Reeva back nor bring...

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7 killed in over 1 000 fires this month

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7 killed in over 1 000 fires this month

Seven people died and 900 others were affected in over 1 000 fires in Cape Town since the beginning of November, the city has said.

“More than half of the incidents involved informal structures, resulting in the destruction of nearly 300 homes,” mayoral committee member Alderman JP Smith said today.

Of the more than 1 000 fires in the city in the...

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Eskom: Load-shedding an option

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Eskom: Load-shedding an option

The power system is severely constrained due to unforeseen technical problems at power stations, says Eskom.

“Should we experience further technical problems, we may need to implement load-shedding,” the power utility said today.

“Eskom calls on consumers to urgently switch off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances t...

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Clothes maketh a Man(dela)

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Clothes maketh a Man(dela)

There’s no doubt Nelson Mandela’s face is among the most recognisable in the world – and his shirts are so famous, they have their own exhibition.

Those Famous Shirts, opening this week at the Circa Gallery in Johannesburg, will display a collection of nearly 30 shirts that became almost as famous as the man himself.

In archival footage from the...

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Cops probe Limpopo’s foul school food

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Cops probe Limpopo’s foul school food

The police have stepped in to investigate a spate of food poisonings at Limpopo schools that have left more than 1 300 pupils hospitalised in less than a month.

It’s not clear exactly who they’re investigating since everything from sabotage to bacteria, and inept suppliers to disgruntled bidders, have been blamed in the past few weeks.

Now Limpopo’s...

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Fifa calls Safa ‘culprits’ on Bafana match-fixing

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Fifa calls Safa ‘culprits’ on Bafana match-fixing

Four people who were implicated in the Bafana Bafana match-fixing scandal have been asked to make representations to Fifa’s ethics committee.

This was revealed by Fifa secretary-general Jérôme Valcke during his visit to South Africa this week.

Five SA Football Association (Safa) officials – former president Kirsten Nematandani, CEO Dennis Mumble, A...

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Ray-Ban Mandela

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Ray-Ban Mandela

Michael Elion responds to the criticism levelled at his installation

A giant pair of sunglasses erected on the Sea Point Promenade under the auspices of the public art initiative Art54, and with the support of World Design Capital, has had tongues wagging.

As the glasses face Robben Island, artist Michael Elion has chosen to invoke a picture of...

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Nicki’s new video

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Nicki’s new video

Only is the follow-up single to the highly infectious and popular Anaconda from Nicki Minaj, who’s having a great year.

She ditches the pop and fun and goes for heavy bass and queen-of-rap swag to address her haters directly.

It seems a bit pedestrian for the reigning queen of rap and one of the best rappers out there.

Drizzy and Weezy tell us they...

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The R1.7bn profit pie

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The R1.7bn profit pie

Construction firms allegedly divided up tenders, deciding who would bid on which stadiums and who would supply cover prices for them

About R1.7 billion in profit is what seven of South Africa’s largest construction companies stood to earn by allegedly colluding on the tenders for the country’s 2010 World Cup stadiums.

The companies, which are...

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Travel – The road trip from hell

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Travel – The road trip from hell

In June, a group of young African writers, photographers and film makers set off from Nigeria on the ambitious Invisible Borders Trans-Continental Road Trip.

They would tour 11 African cities and several in Europe, meeting like-minded communities and generating work. By the time they reached Amsterdam, six of the seven participants| quit, levelling...

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Bill will legalise teenage sex

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Bill will legalise teenage sex

A controversial amendment bill that will legalise sex between teenagers will be tabled in Parliament within the next month.

This was according to Deputy Minister of Justice John Jeffery, who told the portfolio committee on justice on Thursday the bill was in the final stages of the Cabinet cycle.

The amendments to the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences...

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Kaizer Chiefs’ conundrum

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Kaizer Chiefs’ conundrum

Kaizer Chiefs might be caught in an unpleasant club-versus-country debacle ahead of their clash against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.

Just a few days after midfielder May Mahlangu shunned national duty, Amakhosi could be made to pay for honouring the Bafana Bafana call-up. The league leaders have five players in the Bafana squad.

The national team...

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Graphic – Suffer the children

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Graphic – Suffer the children

There are 18.5 million children – those younger than 18 – in SA. Here are some of the facts and figures contained in the Child Gauge 2014

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Wrongs of last season turn out to be positives

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Wrongs of last season turn out to be positives

Staying true to the idiom of making lemonade when life gives you lemons, the wrongs from last season have turned out to be positives as Golden Arrows adapt to life in the National First Division (NFD).

“We are more organised in defence as our downfall last season was conceding a lot of goals [50 in 30 league fixtures], something that led to our r...

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Why won’t Lonmin learn?

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Why won’t Lonmin learn?

What has the mining firm learnt in the two years that have elapsed since the Marikana tragedy? Very little, if its new leadership is anything to go by, writes Ferial Haffajee

Take a look at the pictures below. This is Lonmin’s leadership. Does this look like a board that can efficiently run a tough platinum enterprise in a volatile belt of South A...

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Knocking on Bafana Bafana’s door

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Knocking on Bafana Bafana’s door

It’s just a matter of time before Polokwane City’s leading marksman Puleng “Y-Tjukutja” Tlolane earns a Bafana Bafana call-up.

This was the bold prediction from Boebie Solomons, the former City coach who handed Tlolane regular game time in the 23-year-old’s debut in top-flight football last season.

His goal-scoring rate underlines the pedigree of a...

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Graphic – Hangover cures – the best and worst

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Graphic – Hangover cures – the best and worst

You’re hung over, and you need a cure – fast. Why not try sushi instead of cereal for breakfast?

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SA won’t ground Emirates flights – dept

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SA won’t ground Emirates flights – dept

The department of transport has refuted a report that Emirates airline flights would be grounded in South Africa, pending a meeting with a UAE minister.

“These rumours are quite unfortunate and regrettable,” said transport department spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso.

“That’s not the spirit in which we are having the conversations with the UAE …

“Who...

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Was Bheki Cele speaking to the plants?

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Was Bheki Cele speaking to the plants?

Tuesday. I’m catching up on some reading after a week of higher learning. A pretty damned fine gig. Hanging around Wits, learning shit from cats not much older than my offspring, Small James and Big James.

I’m the kinda old dog who’s always keen to learn new tricks, so I’m good with that.

My academic career was pretty brief. Even shorter than Pallo...

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Good Samaritan killed in ‘hit-and-run’

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Good Samaritan killed in ‘hit-and-run’

A man, who had stopped on the M1 highway near Malboro to assist a stranded motorist, has been killed, Johannesburg paramedics say.

A car travelling in the far left lane apparently hit the man who was on the side of the road assisting a motorist whose car had broken down, said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring today.

“According to bystanders on...

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Michael Clarke out of ODI series against Proteas

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Michael Clarke out of ODI series against Proteas

Skipper Michael Clarke will miss the rest of Australia’s one-day series against South Africa with a persistent hamstring injury, Cricket Australia said.

Clarke reinjured his troublesome left hamstring as he made just 11 in the Australian innings of Friday’s 32-run win over the Proteas in the series opener in Perth and took no further part in the g...

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Russia to G20: We’re here. So are our warships

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Russia to G20: We’re here. So are our warships

Vladimir Putin is underlining his presence at a major summit of world leaders in Australia by stationing warships in waters off the country’s northeastern coast, prompting the Australian prime minister to angrily accuse Russia of trying to reclaim the “lost glories” of the Soviet Union.

The diplomatic drama, which has been simmering since a...

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Glencore Xstrata to shut Australia mines over Christmas

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Glencore Xstrata to shut Australia mines over Christmas

Mining and commodities giant Glencore Xstrata said today it would close its Australian coal mines for three weeks during Christmas owing to weak prices and oversupply.

The shutdown will start in mid-December and affect the company’s 13 mines, which have 8 600 workers and produce more than 80 million tonnes of thermal and coking coal, across the s...

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First ODI: Australia sets Proteas 301 to win

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First ODI: Australia sets Proteas 301 to win

Australia have set South Africa a target of 301 in the series-opening limited-overs cricket international today at the Waca Stadium in Perth.

Australia finished their innings on 300-8 (George Bailey 70, David Warner 46, Aaron Finch 35; Vernon Philander 4-45, Dale Steyn 2-62).

Australia will resume after lunch without their captain Michael Clarke,...

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ANC to blame for Parliament chaos, says unapologetic EFF

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ANC to blame for Parliament chaos, says unapologetic EFF

The Economic Freedom Fighters blamed the ANC for the chaos that erupted during a sitting in Parliament yesterday and saw one of its MPs removed by police.

“The ANC is a cause of disruption because they use Parliament to obstruct accountability of a member of the executive, particularly President [Jacob] Zuma who is constitutionally bound to account...

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SA elect to bowl in Perth

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SA elect to bowl in Perth

The Proteas won the toss and elected to bowl in the one-day international cricket match against Australia at the Waca Ground in Perth on Friday.

It is the first game of a five-match series, with Australia winning the preceding Twenty20 series between the countries 2-1.

The home side left out all-rounder Steve Smith, naming him 12th man.

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Doctor with Ebola flies to US for care

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Doctor with Ebola flies to US for care

A  surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown to the United States for treatment tomorrow.
The doctor is a citizen of Sierra Leone but also is a permanent US resident, according to the federal government source.
The surgeon will be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The source spoke on condition of
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Dentist in court for sjambok attack

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Dentist in court for sjambok attack

A Cape Town dentist who allegedly beat a gardener with a sjambok, could face an attempted murder charge, the Star reported today.
Jan van Tonder who also serves in the army, appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court yesterday on a charge of assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, crimen injuria and defeating the ends of justice.
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Gunmen seize ‘drug baron’ from mosque

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Gunmen seize ‘drug baron’ from mosque

A wealthy Mozambican businessman branded a “drug baron” by the US government has been kidnapped at gunpoint, prompting a large police operation.

Momade Bachir Suleman was seized by a group of gunmen reportedly armed with AK-47 assault rifles from a mosque in a shopping centre in the capital Maputo.

Police spokesperson Orlando Mudumane said he was...

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No holds barred in National Assembly chaos

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No holds barred in National Assembly chaos

Members of Parliament’s protection services had their hands full keeping angry MPs in check outside the National Assembly chamber.

An irate Lindiwe Zulu, minister of small business development, was physically restrained after an altercation in the hallways outside the chamber.

Tensions rose when Zulu and Economic Freedom Fighters MP Godrich Gardee...

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PPC divides black business

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PPC divides black business

Black business groupings are divided on who to back ahead of a crucial vote to either keep or vote off the current board of cement producer PPC early next month.

On Friday, PPC set the date of a special general meeting for December 8 to vote on an overhaul of the board led by Bheki Sibiya – a victory for former CEO Ketso Gordhan and shareholders F...

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Bafana: Tears into ecstasy

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Bafana: Tears into ecstasy

What was a sombre setting last week will transform into a place of hope on Saturday, as Bafana Bafana brace themselves to take on Sudan with the intention to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Last week, we witnessed scenes of a gloomy Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, where the funeral of slain Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was held.

T...

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Lamola bids to rule the ANC Youth League

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Lamola bids to rule the ANC Youth League

Ronald Lamola has “unfinished business” with the ANC Youth League, and wants to tackle it by becoming the league’s new leader.

Lamola, who was the ANC Youth League’s deputy president until earlier this year, says he’s prepared to step up for possible election to revive the league, which, he says, has become a “moribund structure that is in ICU and i...

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Africa’s super-rich asked to step up in the fight against Ebola

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Africa’s super-rich asked to step up in the fight against Ebola

Scores of Africa’s business heavyweights and billionaires were expected to attend a fundraising conference at the African Union (AU) in Ethiopia this weekend, but by Friday, there were only a few of the richest people on the continent in attendance.

The AU wants to raise $100 million (R1.1 billion) to fight the Ebola epidemic.

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Gambling board loses to the house

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Gambling board loses to the house

Ahead of a disciplinary hearing, the acting CEO of the National Gambling Board left in July after sharing confidential information relating to an eight-year contract, worth millions, with a potential bidder.

And now the board, suspended in September by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, has implied in court papers it was pushed aside over the...

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