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Double murder suspect arrested

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Double murder suspect arrested

A man wanted for two murders that took place at the Jabulani Hostel in Soweto has been arrested.

“On Friday night, we arrested a 29-year-old man wanted for a murder that occurred in March and another that occurred on Christmas Day,” Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said today.

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Eldery woman killed in Mpumalanga crash

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Eldery woman killed in Mpumalanga crash

An 80-year-old woman was killed and her daughter injured when the vehicle they were travelling in drove up an embankment on the R540 near Dullstroom, Mpumalanga yesterday.

“Both women were trapped inside the vehicle and were in a critical condition. Paramedics found that the mother had weak vital signs as well as multiple fractures and injuries,” ER...

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Windies waste 4 chances after lunch

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Windies waste 4 chances after lunch

The West Indies wasted four chances against South Africa as the hosts moved to 157 for one at tea on the opening day of the second Test against the West Indies in Port Elizabeth today.

Faf du Plessis was given a reprieve with his score on eight. He hit a Jerome Taylor delivery straight to Marlon Samuels at gully, but the West Indian inexplicably...

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3 rescued from high waves in Cape Town

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3 rescued from high waves in Cape Town

Three swimmers in Kalk Bay were rescued after parts of Cape Town flooded, when eight-metre-high waves hit the coast.

“Coastal towns and resorts along the Atlantic and False Bay coastline were left swamped after tidal surge during the early hours of this morning,” acting head of the City of Cape Town’s disaster operations centre, Wilfred Solom...

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Streaming release of The Interview a test for industry

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Streaming release of The Interview a test for industry

Sony’s The Interview has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theatres, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.

The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists tasked by the CIA with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Its...

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China starts building massive new Beijing airport

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China starts building massive new Beijing airport

Construction on a huge new international passenger airport in Beijing began today, as booming demand for travel to and from China stretches the capacity of existing facilities.

Beijing’s current international airport is the world’s second busiest, but also one of the most delayed, with fewer than 20% of commercial passenger flights leaving on sch...

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Finally, big-sized fries are back on the menu in Japan

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Finally, big-sized fries are back on the menu in Japan

An emergency airlift has eased a French fries shortage in Japan which forced McDonald’s to ration the crispy treat at more than 3 000 outlets across the country.

From January 5, medium and large-sized fries will be back on the menu, almost three weeks after the fast-food giant restricted customers to small portions due to import delays.

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Nurses strike over Ebola hazard pay amid lockdown

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Nurses strike over Ebola hazard pay amid lockdown

Nurses at a public hospital in northern Sierra Leone have gone on strike to demand hazard pay for treating Ebola patients, as the region is under lockdown in a bid by authorities to combat the killer virus.

About 30 nurses at the Mabenteh Hospital in the town of Makeni said they had been refusing to work since Wednesday because of “the nonpayment o...

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Man dies after being stoned by Soweto residents

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Man dies after being stoned by Soweto residents

A man was killed and another critically injured when they were allegedly stoned by residents of Dobsonville Extension Two, Soweto.

“One [man] died at  the scene and the other was taken to hospital,” Gauteng police spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said today.

He said the motive for the attack on the pair was unknown and police were...

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Inside Labour: Pessimism pervades our thought

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Inside Labour: Pessimism pervades our thought

As another year draws to a close, the advice usually attributed to Italian revolutionary Antonio Gramsci comes to mind: “Exercise pessimism of the intellect but optimism of the will.”

I must admit, it has become a great deal easier over recent months to exercise pessimism of the intellect, and increasingly difficult to exercise optimism of the will...

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Pics – Now these are good sports

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Pics: Festive fun around the world

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’Tis the season to be thankful, and celebrate

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’Tis the season to be thankful, and celebrate

As the year draws to a close, we take a moment to breathe. Mzansi lives at a breathless pace – the news treadmill does not stop, or even quieten down. But we do now.

There is a lot to be thankful for at the end of the year celebrating the 20th anniversary of democracy.

So this editorial is your gift – it does not nag, advocate, opine or rage against...

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WBC gains for Oosthuizen-Liebenberg grudge fight

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WBC gains for Oosthuizen-Liebenberg grudge fight

Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman has returned from the World Boxing Council convention in Las Vegas with some considerable gains for the Thomas Oosthuizen and Rayno Liebenberg grudge fight at Emperors Palace next year.

The eagerly awaited battle between Oostuizen and Liebenberg will take place on March 21.

The ratings of the two South African...

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Man eats 160 eggs to mark Christmas

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Man eats 160 eggs to mark Christmas

A Chinese competitive eater who marked the Christmas season by consuming 160 eggs in one sitting said he was in good health and planned more extreme stunts.

Pan Yizhong (46) sported a red and white Santa hat as he gobbled 150 quail eggs and 10 chicken eggs in less than 40 minutes yesterday to promote a restaurant in central China’s Hunan province.

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Man killed in Vaal crash after hijacking

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Man killed in Vaal crash after hijacking

A man suspected to have been fleeing the scene of a hijacking has been killed in a collision between a car and truck in Vanderbijlpark.

“He allegedly hijacked a motor vehicle and injured the driver and then fled the scene with the stolen car. While fleeing he collided with a truck and sustained fatal injuries,” ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said...

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Specialised, competitive workouts among top 2014 fitness trends

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Specialised, competitive workouts among top 2014 fitness trends

For exercise buffs who want to prove that they’re the fastest and the fittest, 2014 has been a good year. With an explosion of boutique studios, back-to-basics exercises and performance-based training, it was a year when specialised and competitive workouts took off.

Concepts from CrossFit, the constantly varied, high-intensity mix of calisthenics,...

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US court dismisses immigration lawsuit against Obama

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US court dismisses immigration lawsuit against Obama

Washington – A United States federal judge handed a victory to President Barack Obama late yesterday, throwing out a lawsuit over controversial action he took last month that shielded millions of undocumented migrants from deportation.

The suit brought by Joseph Arpaio, the conservative sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, challenging the...

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Christmas viewing for the kids

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Christmas viewing for the kids

CBeebies
Wednesday, December 24

If you’re a parent of an active toddler, you might want to cut this out and put it on the fridge. BBC kids’ channel CBeebies will be airing delightful holiday programmes over Christmas.

First is the Gigglebiz: Christmas Special at 1.05pm. Here, we see Captain Adorable looking for a mysterious man in a red suit who is...

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Cipla wins R2bn state ARV tender

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Cipla wins R2bn state ARV tender

Cipla Medpro has been awarded a R2-billion share of the government’s 2015-2017 national antiretrovirals tender.

Cipla chief executive Paul Miller said Cipla was proud to have been recognised as a preferred partner of the state in the fight against HIV and Aids.

“Cipla is known as a pioneer of fixed-dose combinations following Cipla’s Dr Yusuf Ham...

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Metro cops foil robbery

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Metro cops foil robbery

Two Johannesburg metro police officers unwittingly foiled an armed robbery at a stationery shop in Planet Road, Amalgam, this morning.

“One officer unknowingly walked into the building at around 8.15am and saw people lying on the floor and he immediately drew his firearm and moved backwards. He tripped and fell in the process,” spokesperson Chief Su...

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Police are appealing key points judgment

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Police are appealing key points judgment

The police ministry has lodged papers in the South Gauteng High Court to challenge the court’s ruling that it should disclose the names of 200 national key points.

“Yes police lodged papers to appeal the [national key points] judgment because we believe a different court may come to a different conclusion than the judgment delivered,” police spo...

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Police hunt for stolen pigeon worth R2m

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Police hunt for stolen pigeon worth R2m

Police in Germany are looking for a missing pigeon, and any finder could be in line for a €10 000 (about R142 000) reward.

Düsseldorf police said today that the six-year-old male homing pigeon, named AS 969, was stolen on Saturday night from a locked aviary in the city’s suburbs.

They say the light grey bird is valued by its owner at €150 000 (about...

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Man killed in collision with truck

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Man killed in collision with truck

A man was killed in a collision between a truck and a car in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, today.

ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said paramedics found the man in the driver’s seat of the car.

“He sustained multiple severe injuries and could only be identified as a man through a few body features,” she said.

“He was declared dead on the scene. It is u...

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Parliament accepts EFF court ruling

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Parliament accepts EFF court ruling

Parliament said it would comply with the Western Cape High Court’s interim order lifting the sanctions against 20 suspended Economic Freedom Fighters MPs.

“Parliament notes the judgment… delivered today, which, as an interim measure, requires Parliament to pay, with immediate effect, the salaries and allowances to 20 EFF members,” it said.

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Bees attack mourners at funeral

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Bees attack mourners at funeral

Mourners at a funeral in Zimbabwe had to abandon a coffin in a church and flee from a swarm of attacking bees that left more than 30 people injured, according to reports today.

The incident occurred early on Sunday in the remote western Tsholotsho district when one of the mourners, who had left the church to visit a latrine, ran back inside pursued...

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Ireland to rule on pregnant woman on life support

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Ireland to rule on pregnant woman on life support

Dublin judges are deciding whether a brain-dead pregnant woman should be kept on life support to give her 17-week-old fetus a chance at life, a case that has reignited debate over Ireland’s abortion ban.

Three High Court judges are hearing arguments from five groups of lawyers representing the woman, her fetus, her parents, her partner and the...

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Friends Friction: Go slowly on to that gravel road

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Friends Friction: Go slowly on to that gravel road

You’ll get there faster if you go slower. You’ll burn far less fuel, which is good for the environment and even better for your pocket. Your stress levels will be lower, and your passengers will enjoy the ride.

Unlike a rose that will bloom again next summer, a life that has been cut too soon is gone forever, often leaving orphans behind.

Remember,...

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Taxi driver arrested for rape

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Taxi driver arrested for rape

A minibus driver was arrested today for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in Soweto.

“The girl comes from Palm Springs. She came to Soweto for a party,” Gauteng police spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said.

The party was held in a parking lot on December 16 by a group of 26 minibus drivers who transport pupils to school.

After the party...

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Soul singer Joe Cocker dies at 70

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Soul singer Joe Cocker dies at 70

Raspy-voiced, Grammy-winning singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends and You Are So Beautiful, has died, his agent said yesterday. He was 70.

The death was confirmed by Marshall Arts, the company of Cocker’s agent, Barrie Marshall, in England.

The rock singer, known for flailing his arms on...

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José Mourinho ecstatic at ‘difficult victory’ over Stoke

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José Mourinho ecstatic at ‘difficult victory’ over Stoke

Chelsea manager José Mourinho hailed his side’s 2-0 Premier League victory at Stoke City as one of their most significant yet this season.

A second-minute header from John Terry and Cesc Fàbregas’ finish in the second half gave the Londoners a three point lead at the top of the table over Manchester City.

But it was the manner of the victory that...

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‘Course needed to help nurses prepare for death’

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‘Course needed to help nurses prepare for death’

A new course is needed within nursing to help nurses prepare for the deaths of patients under their care, the University of Cape Town said.

This followed from new research conducted at UCT by PhD graduate Nicola Foucheé, spokesperson Riana Geldenhuys said today.

In her thesis, Foucheé said nurses, particularly those working in critical care units,...

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Copper theft decreases

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Copper theft decreases

The cost of copper theft decreased to R13 million in November from R13.2 million in October.

According to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s copper theft barometer, the November figure is 1.51% lower than a month ago and 36.8% higher than a year ago.

“The slight downward movement is welcome but by no means an indication of a d...

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Baby Jesus and Joseph’s beard stolen

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Baby Jesus and Joseph’s beard stolen

A baby doll depicting Jesus at a nativity scene display in Durban’s upperclass Westville suburb has been ripped from its crib.

The Daily News reported today that all that was left behind in the crib was the doll’s arm.

The vandalism to the nativity scene, which was discovered on Saturday, had left organisers fuming, the newspaper reported.

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Body of missing mother found

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Body of missing mother found

The body of a woman who drowned while trying to rescue her son and other children from the strong-running Berg River in Paarl has been found.

“Police divers and metro divers attended to the scene and the body of the mother was recovered at about 6pm [on Sunday],” Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said today.

An inquest has been opened.

Police responded...

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Woman raped twice in 1 night

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Woman raped twice in 1 night

A woman was raped yesterday, allegedly by three men in two separate incidents.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela today said a man picked up the woman (24) at a tavern in Moletsane, Soweto, and took her to an open veld where he allegedly raped her, then dropped her off near a petrol station.

Two other men offered to help her and drove around with her,...

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Man dies after jumping from building

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Man dies after jumping from building

A man died after jumping off a building in Yeoville, Joburg, this morning.

This was at least the third incident of someone jumping from a building in central Joburg this month.

Emergency Management Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said that the man, who was in his 30s, jumped from the fifth floor of Sanders Mansion, a block of flats, and died...

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Memorial to be built on Australian children’s death home

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Memorial to be built on Australian children’s death home

Sydney – The home where eight children were found murdered in northern Australia will be demolished and a memorial built on the site,.

Flowers continued to be laid by grieving relatives on the front lawn of the home in a Cairns suburb where four boys and four girls aged between two and 14 years old were found murdered on Friday.

The mother of seven...

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How the PSL’s big 3 compare

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How the PSL’s big 3 compare

On paper, Pirates and Downs should be ahead of Chiefs, writes Daniel Mothowagae

Squad depth

Before this weekend’s matches, Mamelodi Sundowns had used 31 players in their Absa Premiership fixtures, Orlando Pirates had used 25 and Kaizer Chiefs only 21.

With more than 10 attacking midfielders on their roster, the Sundowns midfield alone can win just...

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My best gig of 2014

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My best gig of 2014

This was the year I became Carlo Mombelli’s stalker.

Whether it was watching him run his now-defunct weekly jam session at the Bassline in Newtown, Joburg, on Wednesday nights, taking part in experimental music recitals at the Wits Theatre or performing with his new band (Kyle Shepherd on piano, Kesivan Naidoo on drums and Mbuso Khoza on vocals);...

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2014 in review – Fashion

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2014 in review – Fashion

#Trending rounds up the best and worst in pop culture this year

Fashion designer of the year: David Tlale

2014 in review – Fashion

Fashion designer David Tlale

Our fashion designers had a fantastic year with David Tlale showing his Feminine Allure at New York Fashion Week.

He was named Fashion Designer of the Year in Africa and the Diaspora by Applause magazine and African...

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Recipes for financial freedom

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Recipes for financial freedom

Maya Fisher-French reviews The Wealth Chef by Ann Wilson

Most of us are what Ann Wilson, the author of The Wealth Chef, describes as “TV dinner money cooks”. A small amount of our income trickles into investments – such as an underfunded retirement fund – but most of it is poured out into expenses and debts.

“These are the same people who get up e...

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The weird world of politics: A backward look

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The weird world of politics: A backward look

A backward look
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) former commissar Andile Mngxitama this week threw a tantrum about the proceedings at the fighters’ conference in Bloemfontein – there was strange democratic horse trading that was quite contrary to his revolutionary conscience. But he should have listened to his younger self.

In 2011 he wrote a piece...

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2014 in review – TV and movies

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2014 in review – TV and movies

#Trending rounds up the best and worst in pop culture this year

TV drama of the year: Generations

Generations fires actors

Generations fires actors

TV reporter Asanda Magaqa was escorted off ANN7 premises, there was a stampede at the Skeem Saam auditions, DA political ad campaign Ayisafani was banned by the SABC and a nation was transfixed by the Oscar Pistorius trial, but...

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#Paybackthemoney

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#Paybackthemoney

Say what you like about the Economic Freedom Fighters, but the men and women in red berets coined the most popular saying of the year when they bellowed “Pay back the money!” to President Jacob Zuma in Parliament.

It was a war cry that saw riot police storm the parliamentary precinct. It shortened tempers and gave Speaker Baleka Mbete a...

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ANC coughs up R2.2m for 103rd b’day bash

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ANC coughs up R2.2m for 103rd b’day bash

Preparations for the ANC’s annual January 8 celebrations are in full swing, with the party paying just more than R2.2 million on Friday to secure the Cape Town Stadium as a venue for its 103rd birthday event.

The race is now on for ANC leaders to make sure that party members and supporters will fill the 64 000-seater venue in the party’s weakest pro...

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Thobejane not Zuma’s nuclear adviser – Maharaj

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Thobejane not Zuma’s nuclear adviser – Maharaj

A Sunday newspaper has totally disregarded the Presidency’s response to questions on an energy department official the paper identified as a nuclear adviser to President Jacob Zuma, says the Presidency.

“The side of the Presidency has been completely omitted in the story,” said spokesperson Mac Maharaj today.

“This behaviour...

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