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Repo rate remains unchanged, Gill Marcus to step down

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Repo rate remains unchanged, Gill Marcus to step down

SA Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus will step down on November 8, at the end of her five-year term.

“This is my last MPC,” said Marcus today as she announced that the monetary policy committee had decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 5.75%.

Marcus said the domestic growth outlook remained “weak”.

In January, the repo rate increased by 50 basis...

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ANC wins 10 wards, DA 1 in by-elections

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ANC wins 10 wards, DA 1 in by-elections

The African National Congress won 10 of the 11 wards contested in yesterday’s by-elections and the Democratic Alliance won one, the Independent Electoral Commission has said.

The elections saw the ANC take two wards, one from an independent candidate and another from the DA.

Ward five of Tsolwana (Tarkastad) in the Eastern Cape went from an...

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Jacob Lebogo granted R5000 bail in Boy Mamabolo shooting case

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Jacob Lebogo granted R5000 bail in Boy Mamabolo shooting case

Attempted murder accused Jacob Lebogo had had his firearm licence for about five months when he allegedly shot and wounded ANC branch chairperson Boy Mamabolo.

This was revealed by the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Malesela Ledwaba, and paved the way for Lebogo to be granted R5 000 bail in the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court today.

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Half the sky but less of everything else

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Half the sky but less of everything else

Women hold up half the sky.

But 20 years ago, there was hardly anywhere for them to pee in our Parliament.

Since then, more women have entered those chambers as politicians rather than merely their wives (for whom the few toilets in the parliamentary precinct were meant before 1994).

The possibility of a female president is also more real now.

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Brickz has to wait to hear if rape case is dropped

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Brickz has to wait to hear if rape case is dropped

Kwaito musician Sipho Charles Ndlovu, also known as Brickz, will have to wait until October 20 to hear whether the national director of public prosecutions will proceed with the rape case against him.

He was supposed to have heard in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court today whether the director of public prosecutions would proceed with the case.

But...

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Book review – Getting Dirty: How to get dirty

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Book review – Getting Dirty: How to get dirty

Getting Dirty

Christa Biyela

94 pages

R130 from kalahari.com

Some South African households will remember Wat Seuns Moet Weet (translated as What Every Boy Should Know) and its equivalent for girls, the superawkward and cringeworthy conservative books by Dr Jan van Elfen that parents used to give their kids to educate them about the s-word.

Since those...

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Friends Friction: Why they bash the Telkom boss

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Friends Friction: Why they bash the Telkom boss

Listen up, you black boys and girls: they’re gonna be coming at you. Remember every inch of success you gain tears at their hearts, so they’re going to fight hard to keep you where you are, and they’re going to be relentless.

Why do you think they keep reminding us that Telkom chairman Jabu Mabuza was a taxi driver? His success and, by proxy, your...

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Charismatic preachers: Healers or charlatans?

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Charismatic preachers: Healers or charlatans?

The building collapse at Nigerian prophet TB Joshua’s church has put charismatic preachers under the spotlight. City Press takes a look at some of the preachers who are equally loved by those who believe in their healing powers and loathed by those who believe they are preying on the vulnerable.

Charismatic preachers: Healers or charlatans?

TB Joshua is well known for his prophecies. The

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Get Ebola info in your home language

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Get Ebola info in your home language

With the death toll rapidly exceeding 2500, the Ebola outbreak has people rushing to search engines to find out more about the disease.

But people who speak only Nguni languages have for the most part been left out of the conversation.

To solve this problem, Wikimedia ZA teamed up with global language service provider Rubric to provide South...

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Lion shot dead, another still at large in Limpopo

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Lion shot dead, another still at large in Limpopo

One of two lions on the loose in Limpopo has been shot in Matikiring, near Tolwe.

The lions, which may have crossed the border from Botswana, have killed at least four animals in the past few days.

“One [lion] we managed to kill. One is still outstanding and we’re still busy searching for it with the helicopter and nature conservation,” Limpopo polic...

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‘Release crime stats frequently to establish trends’

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‘Release crime stats frequently to establish trends’

Crime statistics should be released more often with more detail, says the Institute for Security Studies.

“The more frequently released the better, the more detailed … the better,” the institute’s spokesperson, Gareth Newham, said today.

“Crime has emerging trends and we can’t have a measure where you wait a year later to release them. It sho...

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Taylor Swift tops best-dressed list

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Taylor Swift tops best-dressed list

Pop star Taylor Swift, who has adopted a sexier look on red carpets, was named People magazine’s best-dressed celebrity of the year today.

Swift led the annual unranked list of the top 10 best-dressed celebrity style icons that also included Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, singers Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna and actresses Emma Stone and Emma Watson.

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Springboks look to Schalk Burger for more bite

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Springboks look to Schalk Burger for more bite

Former World Rugby Player of the Year Schalk Burger was recalled to South Africa’s squad for the Rugby Championship tests against Australia and New Zealand in place of injured Francois Louw, the South African Rugby Union said.

Burger has been playing in Japan, where he has a club match on Friday after which he will join up with the Springbok squad...

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School faces animal cruelty charges amid corporal punishment probe

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School faces animal cruelty charges amid corporal punishment probe

A Mpumalanga private school known for its severe beating of pupils has now been accused of animal cruelty.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said they found 27 pigs at Cefups Academy near Nelspruit kept in enclosures that had no clean water, and three of the animals were so emaciated they had to be euthanised.

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Chinese woman’s virginity worth R55 000, court rules

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Chinese woman’s virginity worth R55 000, court rules

Shanghai – A Chinese woman who sued a man for “violating her right to virginity” after he wooed her with false promises has been awarded nearly $5 000 (about R55 000) by a court.

The two were dating but after the woman, surnamed Chen, found out her boyfriend was already married she sued him for swindling her out of her virginity, accusing him of...

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Lion shot dead, another still at large in Limpopo

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Lion shot dead, another still at large in Limpopo

One of two lions on the loose in Limpopo has been shot in Matikiring, near Tolwe.

The lions, which may have crossed the border from Botswana, have killed at least four animals in the past few days.

“One [lion] we managed to kill. One is still outstanding and we’re still busy searching for it with the helicopter and nature conservation,” Limpopo polic...

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Police postpone crime stats release

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Police postpone crime stats release

The release of the 2013-2014 crime statistics has been postponed to Friday.

“The South African Police Service apologises for any inconvenience that may result from this change,” police spokesperson, Colonel Vishnu Naidoo, said today.

The statistics were supposed to be released tomorrow, a day after the Institute for Security Studies briefed media on...

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Watch – SA mourns with families of 67 killed in Nigeria

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Watch – SA mourns with families of 67 killed in Nigeria

President Jacob Zuma has sent his and the nation’s condolences to the families of 67 South Africans killed when a Nigeria church building collapsed on Friday. The moment of the incident can be seen at the beginning of the video.

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No place for whites, really?

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No place for whites, really?

First up, we must move from the starting point that South Africa is a country of laws.

It is a constitutional democracy in which the republic’s supreme law must always reign above all else – a society in which the Constitutional Court stands guardian over the nations laws, norms and practices.

There are decisions and practices which, as individuals...

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Real Madrid hit 5, Dortmund down Arsenal

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Real Madrid hit 5, Dortmund down Arsenal

Real Madrid began their title defence with a 5-1 thrashing of Basel, while city rivals Atletico slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Olympiakos in the first group matches of the Uefa Champions League tonight.

After a deflected Nacho effort put Real 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute, Bale raced on to a Luka Modric pass and dinked the ball brilliantly over...

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Fresh skin for spring

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A local men’s skincare range is rewriting the script for a man’s grooming regime. Lesley Mofokeng finds out more about Michael Mikiala from Tsakani Mashaba, the founder of the beauty products

What does Michael Mikiala Men have to offer?

We have 12 products that offer skincare solutions for black men who suffer from razor bumps, oily skin and...

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Prostitution has kept the City of Gold on its knees since the 1800s

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Prostitution has kept the City of Gold on its knees since the 1800s

“If you’re going to talk about prostitution, you have to go back to day one. Because, not surprisingly, prostitution is part of the fabric of a city like Johannesburg,” says Noor Nieftagodien, head of the History Workshop at Wits University.

A history of the sex trade in the City of Gold offers us a way to understand the population...

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Mind Games: Meyer’s Boks off the radar for World Cup

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Mind Games: Meyer’s Boks off the radar for World Cup

The 2015 rugby World Cup is almost exactly a year away (the tournament kicks off on September 18) and you have to ask if Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has already missed the boat.

There are certainly indications that the Boks are not as well-placed as they might have hoped to be and that a long-term prediction must be that South Africa will not win...

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Defending Jacob Zuma with skinny bum is gluteus eventualis

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Defending Jacob Zuma with skinny bum is gluteus eventualis

Tuesday morning. The beginning of the working week for us Tuesday-to-Saturday punters.

I’m meant to be working out what muck to rake for the week. Whose world to invade. Instead, I’m pondering why so many of the white jihadists are gingers. It’s weird. But true. I’m also thinking about how best I can use my ass to defend the Commander in Chief.

Ok,...

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Biko Day raises tough questions

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Biko Day raises tough questions

South Africa is having a tough time politically – from the attacks on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to Nkandlagate.

On Friday, we commemorated the anniversary of Steve Biko’s death.

I thought it would be appropriate to talk about what people feel and say about Biko, and what that means for the crisis of leadership we face in South Africa.

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Robin Thicke ‘was high, didn’t write Blurred Lines’

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Robin Thicke ‘was high, didn’t write Blurred Lines’

Los Angeles – R&B singer Robin Thicke said he was high on painkillers and alcohol in 2013 when Blurred Lines became a hit, and he exaggerated his contribution to writing the song, according to court papers.

Thicke (37) said in a deposition in April that he had been largely absent during the composition of Blurred Lines, due to being under the...

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5 facts as the Champions League returns

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5 facts as the Champions League returns

Paris – Five facts on the Champions League group stage which gets under way today:

Uefa cash score up

» The European governing body estimates that it will make gross commercial revenue of €1.34 billion (about R19 billion) from the 2014-2015 Champions League and the European Super Cup. Up to €530 million from commercial and media contracts will go to...

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What’s the point of having so many deputy ministers?

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What’s the point of having so many deputy ministers?

It is the largest Cabinet in our post-apartheid history – and the high number of deputy ministers might explain why a little-known politician sprung to infamy this week.

Could it be that Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe is not only nasty, but very bored?

Deputy ministers are usually appointed to huge portfolios where the political workload is...

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Lessons from the sex auntie

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Lessons from the sex auntie

While most women associate their bridal shower with getting a bit tipsy and perhaps indulging in the services of a male stripper, in Kenya and Uganda it’s a whole different kettle of fish.

Across East Africa, women in both rural and urban settings are being prepared for the wedding night and every night after a series of sex lessons, which range...

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R102m seized at Lanseria raises questions – NPA

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R102m seized at Lanseria raises questions – NPA

An invoice for helicopters and armaments intended to be used in Nigeria could indicate why an Israeli citizen was bringing $9.3 million (about R102 million) into South Africa, says the National Prosecuting Authority.

“The case relates to cash which was brought into the country on a flight from Nigeria to Lanseria Airport on September 5 2014,” said N...

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CIA agent or CNA agent?

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CIA agent or CNA agent?

Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe allegedly said Thuli Madonsela was working for the CIA to undermine the ANC, which begs the question: Why does he think the guy with 700 charges against him and a fire pool isn’t?

Of course, if he was serious about it, then Thuli Madonsela next needs to investigate the president for appointing a CIA agent as...

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David Moyes had ‘smaller club mentality’ – Rio Ferdinand

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David Moyes had ‘smaller club mentality’ – Rio Ferdinand

London – Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has become the first senior player to publicly criticise David Moyes, who lasted just 10 months in charge as manager at Old Trafford last season.

Moyes was appointed from Everton to succeed Alex Ferguson before the start of last season but reigning champions United lost three of their first...

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Song warning for Thuli Madonsela at Khulubuse Zuma’s wedding

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Song warning for Thuli Madonsela at Khulubuse Zuma’s wedding

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was warned in a wedding song at the weekend to leave President Jacob Zuma alone.

“Thuli Madonsela, akazi lutho ngaleyonto uZuma [Thuli Madonsela, Zuma does not know what you are accusing him of],” a Zulu regiment sang at the wedding of the president’s nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, on the weekend, The Star reported today.

Ac...

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Julius Malema ‘ally’ wanted for shooting ANC Youth leader Boy Mamabolo

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Julius Malema ‘ally’ wanted for shooting ANC Youth leader Boy Mamabolo

Limpopo police are looking for an associate of Julius Malema who allegedly shot and injured the Economic Freedom Fighters leader’s childhood friend and now political foe Boy Mamabolo in Polokwane.

The suspect is known for having been Malema’s lieutenant during his heyday in the ANC Youth League. He also occupied a powerful position in the p...

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Is Baleka Mbete the right person to lead SA in Parliament?

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Is Baleka Mbete the right person to lead SA in Parliament?

Of course she’s the right person, writes ANC parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo. No way, says DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane.

Mmusi Maimane

Many people would like to blame the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for the August 21 chaos in Parliament when President Jacob Zuma was supposed to respond to questions from members.

But this...

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Gold’s push to exit SA

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Gold’s push to exit SA

The gold mining multinationals born in Johannesburg in the 1990s are being decisively dismantled, signalling a new chapter in the South African gold industry’s 110-year history.

AngloGold Ashanti this week announced it was splitting into two companies. One will keep all the South African gold mines, and the so-called Newco will relocate to London...

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How to Spread it  – Angela Larkan: From theory to good social practice

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How to Spread it  – Angela Larkan: From theory to good social practice

When Angela Larkan started Thanda After-School at KwaNdelu in rural Mzumbe on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast in 2008, when she was just 22, she had no idea her model for assisting Aids orphans in the impoverished farming community would grow into a fully fledged community resource, serving more than 2 500 children every week.

The Thanda model is...

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On the box: Revolutionaries Delinquents

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On the box: Revolutionaries Delinquents

Among the barrage of animated entertainment made by white guys – including South Park, Family Guy, and just about every Adult Swim animation ever – comes The Boondocks, a show by a black creator that tackles being black in the US.

We know black culture is underrepresented in the media, especially in the US. It’s almost as if Tyler Perry is the only...

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Municipal debtors book hits R94bn

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Municipal debtors book hits R94bn

Department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs lays out plans to recover debt

On Tuesday, the department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs laid out its plans to recover R94 billion in aggregate municipal debt – but the plan only focused on 4.8% of this amount.

Two weeks ago, the Treasury reported that, at the end of...

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TV review – Reality TV is killing us softly

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TV review – Reality TV is killing us softly

Last weekend SA’s Got Talent and The X Factor debuted their new seasons on our small screens this weekend, while the 10th season of Idols has been on air for more than a month.

Why, dear TV gods, do they all have to be on air at the same time?

The rivalry between The XFactor and Idols started in the UK in 2004 when the creators of Idols filed a...

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On the road to nowhere

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On the road to nowhere

The decision by the Northern Cape education department to close down schools in Kuruman for the rest of the year is a tragic and regrettable one.

In essence, it means the department is throwing up its hands in despair and giving up on these children.

But the blame for this has to be shared by the Northern Cape government and its failure to provide a...

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Tribute to a gentle scribe

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Journalist Nat Nakasa’s remains were reburied in the Heroes Acre cemetery in Chesterville, Durban, yesterday.

At the service, his former friends, journalists, family and politicians bade a final farewell to the man who died in 1965 and was buried in New York. His remains were brought home last month.

Nokuthula Manyathispoke to a few of the people...

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Nigerians bust with$10m in suitcases

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Nigerians bust with$10m in suitcases

Ahigh-level investigation is under way after a mysterious business jet, registered in the US and carrying nearly $9.3 million (R102 million) in cash, landed at Lanseria International Airport, northwest of Johannesburg, on September 5.

The cash, unused $100 bills, was packed in three suitcases and was apparently meant for buying arms for the...

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Newsmaker: Kebby Maphatsoe

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Newsmaker: Kebby Maphatsoe

Kebby Maphatsoe makes light of the fact that his right arm is missing.

“I’m thinking of going to the missing- person’s task team to help me exhume my arm,” he jokes, while sipping a non-alcoholic energy drink.

The chairperson of the Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) Military Veterans Association has been in the news after he accused Public Protector Thuli...

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Oscar and the diamonds

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It is called Jewel City – the place where merchants, under strict security, trade in diamonds and gold.

And it’s here – the diamond city in the heart of Johannesburg – where Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius has been spotted regularly over the past few months.

That’s according to four independent sources, who say they have seen him there.

Visitors or...

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Here’s why SA loses the war on corruption

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Here’s why SA loses the war on corruption

It’s one of the biggest tender corruption cases against senior Mpumalanga government officials.

But this week the state’s case against the former head of the department of safety and security and a security company boss appeared to be in a shambles.

The former department head, Thulani Sibuyi, and the owner of GNT Security, Stevens Mashaba, were...

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