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Zuma didn’t grant Oscar trial interview – Maharaj

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Zuma didn’t grant Oscar trial interview – Maharaj

President Jacob Zuma has not had an interview with British newspaper The Guardian on the Oscar Pistorius trial or any other matter this week, says Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

“A Guardian reporter created an impression that he may have had an exclusive interview with the President on the Pistorius trial,” said Maharaj today.

He said the...

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Chelsea hit Maribor for 6, Bayern crush Roma

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Chelsea hit Maribor for 6, Bayern crush Roma

Chelsea crushed Maribor 6-0 in a predictably one-sided Champions League Group G match at Stamford Bridge that saw José Mourinho’s side stretch their unbeaten run from the start of the season to 12 matches.

Veterans Didier Drogba (36) and skipper John Terry (33) were both on the scoresheet tonight along with Loïc Rémy, Eden Hazard – who scored twic...

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Pistorius’ sentence was carefully chosen – expert

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Pistorius’ sentence was carefully chosen – expert

The five years imposed on Oscar Pistorius was significant, because a longer sentence would not have given him a chance of house arrest, says a law expert.

“The number ‘five years’ was not an ordinary number, it was carefully selected,” said Wits School of Law Professor Stephen Tuson today.

According to Section 276 of the Criminal Procedure Act, if...

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Hair care: Crazy, colourful and cool

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Hair care: Crazy, colourful and cool

Crazy-coloured Afros and dreads are coming back.

The #Trending team is divided, and some are finding it a little garish.

I think it’s an amazing look, and if you’ve got the guts, why not?

If you’re considering it, take into account that you might need to bleach your hair before applying the colour to get that vibrancy.

The post Hair care: Crazy,...

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On the box: Cooking with Mi Casa

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On the box: Cooking with Mi Casa

Something’s Cooking
Mzansi Magic
Wednesday, 7pm

Joao da Fonseca – known to music fans as J’Something – might be known for being part of the hugely popular band MiCasa – but he has other talents too.

One of them is his flair for cooking, and Mzansi Magic is homing in on that in a new 13-episode series called Something’s Cooking.

The lead singer of the...

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Sadtu’s reactionary jibber jabber

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Sadtu’s reactionary jibber jabber

When the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) decided on the theme for its recently held congress, it was clear about its priorities.

“Restore the character of Sadtu as a union of revolutionary professionals, agents of change and champions of people’s education for people’s power in pursuit of socialism,” was the gobbledygook that passed for a conf...

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8 Ebola lessons for South Africa

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8 Ebola lessons for South Africa

There is a step-by-step solution to fighting the disease. Wilmot James advises

We are blessed with being Ebola-free. Now that we better understand its epidemiology and the repertoire of medical and health interventions required to curb its spread, it will take some doing to keep it that way.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is working tirelessly and...

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Pics – Oscar Pistorius jailed

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Pics – Oscar Pistorius jailed

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail on Tuesday (October 21 2014) for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but his lawyer expects the athlete to serve only 10 months of his five-year sentence in prison.

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Oscar expected to serve 10 months behind bars

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Oscar expected to serve 10 months behind bars

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer Barry Roux said he expected the jailed athlete to serve only 10 months of his five-year sentence in prison.

The remainder would be under house arrest, according to Roux.

However, the national prosecuting authority (NPA) disputed this opinion, saying Pistorius was likely to serve at least a third of his sentence in prison – e...

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TV review – Dragons’ Den SA is surprisingly awesome

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TV review – Dragons’ Den SA is surprisingly awesome

Dragons’ Den SA
Mzansi Magic
Tuesdays, 7pm
3/5

The reality TV entrepreneurship trend went pear-shaped in 2005 when Tokyo Sexwale, as our version of Donald Trump, in The Apprentice SA could not ­decide on who to hire between finalists Zanele Batyashe and Khomotso Choma.

Almost 10 years later, we’re trying again with TV shows like Rise Mzansi (SABC1),...

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I am shitting my pants for Oscar – supporter

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I am shitting my pants for Oscar – supporter

There were mixed emotions from Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ supporters this morning, ahead of his sentencing in the North Gauteng High Court.

“This morning there is quite a lot of anxiety and mixed emotions,” supporter Kayla Nolan said.

“He must be pretty anxious this morning. To be honest, I am shitting my pants this morning for him, so I can’t ima...

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Recipe: Summer cocktail

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Recipe: Summer cocktail

It’s summer and we completely understand your need to lounge around and sip cool, fruity drinks. Cocktails don’t have to extremely elaborate or difficult to make.

This fruity cocktail from Cruz vodka is delicious and can be made in a few minutes. Enjoy!

Cocktail
. 50ml vodka
. 20ml orange liqueur
. 200ml dry cranberry juice

Mix together and serve in...

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Is Oscar ‘more equal’ than other offenders?

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Is Oscar ‘more equal’ than other offenders?

The morning of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ sentencing, prisoner rights activist Golden Miles Bhudu stood outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria with chains shackled to his waist, wrists and ankles.

He stood in the closed-off lane in the street and journalists shouted questions at him to make themselves heard above the traffic.

He wore an...

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Justice and equality: Whose privilege is it anyway?

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Justice and equality: Whose privilege is it anyway?

In a week where Oscar Pistorius’ defence tells us how he can’t go to jail because he will in essence lose his rich, white-male privileges, people are asking what it really means to be equal before the law.

Another dangerous sentiment has carried through the Pistorius and Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye cases.

Pistorius’ dodging of a murder charge (which...

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Vigilantes in the suburbs

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Vigilantes in the suburbs

In an innocuous-looking house on a slipway off Ontdekkers Road in Florida, Joburg, four controllers scan their computer screens in Best Secure’s nerve centre. It’s a Monday morning and the day’s first crisis – an abandoned baby discovered in a dustbin – has been reported.

The police have been summoned but haven’t arrived, and the security company s...

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Why is a woman not safe in her home?

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Why is a woman not safe in her home?

Let’s play a game. I say something and you say the first thing that comes to mind.

“Why is a woman still not safe when she’s in her home?”

Yes! You might have thought of Tracy Chapman. That’s her lyric and it’s been playing on repeat in my head this week as I reflected on the fun we have had at the “trial of the century”.

I’m talking about the Oscar P...

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Daley Blind rescues a point for Man Utd

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Daley Blind rescues a point for Man Utd

Daley Blind’s late second half strike helped a lacklustre Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League.

United, who have now gone six games without an away win in the Premier League, their worst run for 18 years, looked sloppy in the opening stages tonight and Stephane...

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Magistrate tells ‘dog’ to date ’16-valve girls’

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Magistrate tells ‘dog’ to date ’16-valve girls’

A Mpumalanga magistrate has called a man a dog for attacking his cousin with a slasher when she denied him sex.

The accused, Sifiso Nkuna, 22, of Mangweni village near the Swaziland and Mozambican border, was sentenced in the Tonga Magistrate’s Court today to 150 days’ imprisonment with an option to pay a fine of R1500.

He was found...

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Our kids’ TV sucks

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Our kids’ TV sucks

It seems that kids’ TV is filled with endless, bad-quality, ‘nutritionally empty’ foreign shows with little real-life relevance to South African children. Thinus Ferreira laments the state of kids’ programming

You can now buy fish for dinner that comes with a green list index to show you how environmentally sustainable it is, snacks carry...

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More tourists to SA in 2013

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More tourists to SA in 2013

The total number of foreign travellers who visited South Africa increased from 13.7 million in 2012 to 15.1 million in 2013.

They came from Africa and overseas through all ports of entry, according to Statistics South Africa’s tourism report, which was released today.

It covers the period from January 1 2013 to December 31 2013.

A total of 9.5...

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Hosting Afcon 2015 is a no-no

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Hosting Afcon 2015 is a no-no

South Africa is not ready to host the Africa Cup of Nations in January if Morocco withdraws because of the Ebola epidemic, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has said.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly approached South Africa, Ghana and five other countries ahead of a November 2 meeting to decide on the future of the...

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Taxpayers’ money disappears into a black hole

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Taxpayers’ money disappears into a black hole

The State Security Agency is more unaccountable than any other institution – and that must change

If the world of spying is encased in a hallway of mirrors and make believe, so the legislation that safeguards it is an opaque cloak protecting it from outside scrutiny.

The State Security Agency (SSA) is a vast state institution with its headquarters...

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William and Kate expecting baby in April

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William and Kate expecting baby in April

London – The second child of Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate is due to be born in April, his office has announced.

William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth and second in line to the throne, announced last month that Kate was expecting a second baby to join Prince George who was born in July last year, but no date for the birth was disclosed...

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ANC looking into Jackson Mthembu shooting

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ANC looking into Jackson Mthembu shooting

Police and the ANC could not immediately confirm a report today that party MP Jackson Mthembu was shot and wounded in Mpumalanga at the weekend.

“We are trying to verify that information,” African National Congress spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

“We are trying to get hold of the family.”

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi said he...

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Mr Elba, if you please

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Mr Elba, if you please

Guess who’s back in town? Idris Elba returns to our shores on November 10 to tour Cape Town, Durban and Joburg as part of an Oude Meester Brandy tour.

Joining him as co-ambassador is actor and comedian Siyabonga Radebe.

The tour seeks to showcase and celebrate the talent, skill and innovative spirit of South Africa’s aspiring creative entrepreneurs;...

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Mind Games: All eyes on Heyneke ahead of World Cup

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Mind Games: All eyes on Heyneke ahead of World Cup

After getting the monkey off his back by finally beating the All Blacks, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer received more good news last week with the announcement of the dates of next year’s Rugby Championship.

It had already been declared that the championship would be a truncated version, with each of the four countries playing each other just once,...

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Parliament committee continues probe into EFF disruption

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Parliament committee continues probe into EFF disruption

Parliament’s powers and privileges committee will resume disciplinary proceedings against 20 Economic Freedom Fighters MPs, including party leader Julius Malema, who heckled President Jacob Zuma in the National Assembly.

The committee is tasked with probing the actions of Malema and his fellow MPs and whether this constituted contempt of the...

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Newsmaker – Afzul Rehman: Newcastle’s Number 1

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Newsmaker – Afzul Rehman: Newcastle’s Number 1

Afzul Rehman believes local government must be run as a business, with ratepayers receiving the maximum return on their investment.

That’s why Newcastle’s young mayor – he’s only 40 – has stopped providing free lunches to councillors, laying out food at official functions and printing council agendas.

The resultant savings have been ploughed into...

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Is corruption really just a Western thing?

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Is corruption really just a Western thing?

I have recently had heated arguments with friends because of my critical stance against President Jacob Zuma.

I have been accused of using the white gaze and prejudicing our government, and of not being critical of big business in post-apartheid South Africa.

Here is the thing. In post-apartheid South Africa, the government is an elected government...

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4 goals in last 7 minutes as Liverpool beat QPR

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4 goals in last 7 minutes as Liverpool beat QPR

Liverpool scored a stunning 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers with four of the five goals coming in the last seven minutes capping an astonishing finale to their Premier League match at Loftus Road today.

Liverpool needed the help of two own goals for the win that lifted them to fifth in the table and left QPR bottom after a mesmerising finish.

Liverp...

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Rich still getting richer

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Rich still getting richer

In South Africa, 63 000 people are among the top 1% of the wealthiest people in the world.

The wealthiest 10% of our population hold 71% of the country’s wealth, according to a global wealth report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute. Rich South Africans have most (73%) of their wealth held in financial assets.

Inequality has risen since 2008,...

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Where has the R37bn gone?

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Where has the R37bn gone?

South Africa’s Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) received R37 billion over the past three years.

Half of them have been forensically investigated amid claims of financial mismanagement, fraud and corruption, and some are under administration or are facing administration.

But some private companies, which contribute 1% of their total...

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Chequebook justice in SA

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Chequebook justice in SA

Justice is said to be blind,but that does not seem to be the case when large sums of money are involved

The high-profile murder trials of megawealthy defendants Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani have brought to the fore the issue of “chequebook justice” in South Africa.

A common complaint the world over is that legal systems favour the rich who are...

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Time to shine for SA’s biggest sports stars

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Time to shine for SA’s biggest sports stars

Star jumper Khotso Mokoena will gauge his popularity against popular swimmer Chad le Clos in the race for this year’s SA Sports Star of the Year award.

Popularity, and not merit, has proved to be the deciding factor in choosing the winner of the prestigious award since the inception of the glitzy event three years ago.

Now Mokoena – triple jump champ...

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Cosmetics: The Tyra Banks experience

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Cosmetics: The Tyra Banks experience

Supermodel, inventor of the “smize” (where you smile with just your eyes) and business empress Tyra Banks has a long career in beauty and fashion.

She’s taken her many years of experience and created Tyra Beauty, which the mere mortal would call a beauty and cosmetics line – but not Tyra.

Tyra Beauty is not just a cosmetics line, it’s a “cosmetics ex...

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SA’s doctoral dilemma

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SA’s doctoral dilemma

South African universities produce a woefully inadequate number of doctorates and are unlikely to meet the National Development Plan’s target of producing 5 000 PhDs by 2030, academics have said.

A snap City Press survey revealed that in 2013 our universities produced just over 1 800 doctorates.

Wits University’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal P...

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Klate fires Pirates to victory

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Klate fires Pirates to victory

Pirates keep pace after 1-0 win over Free State Stars

Orlando Pirates gained ground and kept in touch with the early pacesetters with their victory tonight.

The win, delivered via a volleyed 72nd-minute strike by Daine Klate, drew coach Vladimir Vermezović’s side level on 14 points with Ajax Cape Town, Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns, the other te...

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Nigeria reaches deal with Boko Haram to free abducted girls

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Nigeria reaches deal with Boko Haram to free abducted girls

Abuja – Nigeria said it had agreed to a ceasefire with Islamist militants Boko Haram and reached a deal for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the group six months ago.

There was no immediate confirmation from the rebels, who have wreaked five years of havoc in Africa’s top oil producer and triggered an international outcry by s...

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5 nabbed for suspected rhino poaching

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5 nabbed for suspected rhino poaching

Five suspected rhino poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park today, the SA National Parks (SANParks) and the police said.

SANParks spokesperson Paul Daphne today said the five were arrested in the Tshokwane Section of the park during a joint operation with the SA Police Service.

He said two vehicles, suspected of being involved in...

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SA media houses chop 600 jobs in 1 year

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SA media houses chop 600 jobs in 1 year

Almost 600 people have been retrenched in the media industry in the past year, according to a Wits Journalism report released today.

“We have had 596 retrenchments in the industry … this is serious for journalism and is serious for the media,” lead researcher Glenda Daniels said at the release of the 2014 “State of the...

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Zuma’s new jet not Armscor’s radar yet

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Zuma’s new jet not Armscor’s radar yet

Controversial plans by the department of defence to buy a VIP presidential jet have not been handed on to Armscor, the state-owned arms procurement agency told MPs yesterday.

Neither were two other projects involving the acquisition of transport aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), acting Armscor CEO Sipho Mkwanazi told Parliament’s...

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Inside Labour: Middle class? Think again

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Inside Labour: Middle class? Think again

The question of class came up this week with arch free marketeer Ann Bernstein and the Centre for Development and ­Enterprise (CDE) hailing the potential growth of a global middle class, among them teachers.

At the same time, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union concluded its conference, ­declaring teachers to be “revolutionary professionals [and] agen...

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On my radar: iDisorders and other digital addictions

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On my radar: iDisorders and other digital addictions

Our “always on, always connected” virtual lives should have come with a health warning. We are now slowly discovering that the digital era is giving rise to physical and mental ailments, and doctors are only beginning to understand the magnitude of this growing problem.

The first physical manifestation of our cyberlives started out with incidents...

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Reeva’s cousin, voice of society – Nel

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Reeva’s cousin, voice of society – Nel

The North Gauteng High Court was “lucky” to hear the voice of Reeva Steenkamp’s cousin Kim Martin because she was the voice of society, the state said.

“We were lucky to hear the voice of Kim Martin,” prosecutor Gerrie Nel said today in closing arguments of sentencing procedures.

“Every other mother who heard her evidence felt the pain; I felt the p...

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Thuli Madonsela to get integrity award

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Thuli Madonsela to get integrity award

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will be honoured with Transparency International’s person of integrity award for 2014, Corruption Watch has said.

“Given the recent attacks on the Public Protector and her office, one of the crucial anticorruption institutions in our constitutional democracy, this award represents a gratifying show of support from t...

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Travel ban may not help prevent Ebola spread – Obama

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Travel ban may not help prevent Ebola spread – Obama

Washington – United States President Barack Obama said closing US borders to citizens of three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic would be counter-productive, after White House crisis talks.

He also raised the possibility of appointing an Ebola “tsar” to coordinate the country’s response to the epidemic at the federal level.

“I...

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Travel – Hidden gems of the Northern Cape

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Travel – Hidden gems of the Northern Cape

This week the Northern Cape is in the spotlight. There is so much on offer in this vast province, so here’s our list of off-the-beaten-track adventures and must-see places when you’re planning your sojourn to big sky country.

!Xaus Lodge
If you really need to get away from it all, book at !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. You are...

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