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Pupils protest in Joburg CBD

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Pupils protest in Joburg CBD

A large group of schoolchildren are protesting in the Johannesburg central business district, metro police said.

The group was in Albertina Sisulu and Eloff streets around 2pm, said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

The majority of the group were standing in front of the education department building.

Minnaar said there had been reports of the...

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Dashiki Dialogues: Postcoital showers and freedom panties

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Dashiki Dialogues: Postcoital showers and freedom panties

The current political dispensation was inaugurated on the back of kangas, postcoital showers and accusations of forced or violent sexual encounters.

The meaning of any age is seen in the context of the presiding leader. If he is a strict, hard worker, that energy affects the conversations of his time.

So the sordid themes that marked the entry of...

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Road rage case postponed, arrest warrant cancelled

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Road rage case postponed, arrest warrant cancelled

The case against a man accused of a road rage assault in Fourways, Johannesburg has been postponed in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

Gregory Kleinhentz made a brief appearance shortly after 11am.

A warrant of arrest was issued earlier in the morning after Kleinhentz and his lawyer failed to appear when the matter was called.

Dressed in a...

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Commonwealth Games: Will athletics boost Team SA’s medal count?

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Commonwealth Games: Will athletics boost Team SA’s medal count?

Team SA’s athletics able-bodied bunch will make a bid for a first track and field in the code’s three Commonwealth Games medal events tonight.

SA champion Zarck Visser and Rushwahl Samaai (long jump), Sunette Viljoen (javelin) and Wayde van Niekerk (400m) will contest the finals of their beats tonight.

Paralympian sprinter Fanie van der Merwe (gold)...

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Dozens more Palestinians killed as Israel strikes houses, UN school

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Dozens more Palestinians killed as Israel strikes houses, UN school

Gaza/Jerusalem – Israeli fire killed at least 43 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip early today as Israel targeted Islamist militants at dozens of sites across the coastal enclave.

Meanwhile Egyptian mediators prepared a revised ceasefire proposal and Israel’s Channel Two TV said progress was being made to achieve a deal there. A Palestinian delegation...

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Inside Labour: Nationalisation is capitalism by a new name

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Inside Labour: Nationalisation is capitalism by a new name

Nationalise the mines. This demand has been taken up loudly by the Economic Freedom Fighters.

It is a demand long made by many in the labour movement and it has been given added impetus with the decision last week by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to dispose of, or close down, a few of its older underground mines.

But those for and against...

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Miner dies in Harmony accident

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Miner dies in Harmony accident

A miner has died in a fall of ground accident at the Doornkop mine near Krugersdorp, says Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited.

“Investigations into the accident are under way. All production at the mine has been stopped by management,” said the company.

Harmony’s chief executive officer Graham Briggs and his management team conveyed their c...

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Gauteng’s R5bn housing budget ‘tackles apartheid past’

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Gauteng’s R5bn housing budget ‘tackles apartheid past’

The 2014/2015 budget for the Gauteng department of human settlements is R5 billion, says human settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo.

“Of this amount, R4.4bn will go towards all housing programmes within the department and we shall ensure that this allocation translates into new hopes for the many citizens who look up to us to provide this basic need,” he...

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8 terrible trials of dating a feminist

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8 terrible trials of dating a feminist

Many men balk at the idea of dating those most wretched of creatures – feminists. I mean, they’re total buzzkills who keep demanding equal rights to men.

Dating a feminist is extremely hard and terrible. You’ll have to put up with a woman who is smart, won’t expect you to pay for everything and is confident enough to tell you what she wants in bed.

H...

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Arms shouldn’t give legs to graft

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Arms shouldn’t give legs to graft

The man on the other side of the table guffawed loudly and shook his head.

“Nobody will ever find anything. Nobody will ever prove anything,” said the man, his laughter and headshake now making me feel like an imbecile.

It was about 10 years ago and we were discussing the arms deal. I was making a case for a judicial commission of inquiry into...

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The roots of Afrikaner rage

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The roots of Afrikaner rage

Using Die Boeremag’s Soweto bombing in October 2002 as a springboard, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela reflects on the position of Afrikaners in South Africa, who also have a long and bitter history of struggle

‘These were places black people were forbidden to go,” says my mother as we approach a restaurant in an upmarket Cape Town shopping centre.

“And now w...

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TV review – Pantsulas take to the dance floor

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TV review – Pantsulas take to the dance floor

Stumbo Stomp ama Pantsula
SABC1
Tuesdays, 6pm

South Africans are known for their love for dancing – we dance in good times and bad times.

With so many dance shows on our screens lately, including Strictly Come Dancing, Step Up or Step Out and Jika Majika, Stumbo Stomp amaPantsula caters for the pantsula culture – characterised by tsotsitaal, sport...

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4 injured as school bus crashes into wall

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4 injured as school bus crashes into wall

Four people, including three children, were injured when the minibus they were travelling in crashed into a brick wall in Vosloorus this morning, Ekurhuleni police said.

“A minibus transporting nine schoolchildren from Vosloorus to Reiger Park, Comet and Graceland lost control and crashed into a brick wall, where four people sustained injuries,” Ins...

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NSPCA officers ‘bullied’ on Thandi Modise’s farm

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NSPCA officers ‘bullied’ on Thandi Modise’s farm

Two NSPCA inspectors are expected to lay charges against National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise’s farm manager and spokesperson after allegedly being threatened with violence at her farm.

Modise’s pigs reportedly began eating other dead animals due to not being fed for nearly two weeks earlier this month. The National Society for t...

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How much is enough?

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How much is enough?

Leaders implicated in graft and state contracts have become the norm rather than the exception. Hennie van Vuuren addresses the buffalo in the room

Isn’t it remarkable how shifty politicians are tripped up by relatively small bribes? The fall from grace of a top politician is often linked to obvious examples of avarice and conflicting interests.

Thi...

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Fashion: Happy feet by Snoop Dogg

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Fashion: Happy feet by Snoop Dogg

Just when we thought Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion was all out of tricks, the old dawg has managed another.

While other celebrities are making perfume, clothing and apps, Snoop is a man set apart and has been working on a bespoke range of socks.

Inspired by Snoop’s love of art, the socks are actual paintings that were made into what he calls wearable a...

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Parliament prepares for ‘second phase’ of land claims

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Parliament prepares for ‘second phase’ of land claims

MPs are set to conduct visits to land claims lodgement centres to assess government’s readiness to administer claims.

The lodgement of land claims reopened on June 30 when President Jacob Zuma signed the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act into law.

“The visit (by members of the portfolio committee on rural development and land reform) will a...

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The freedom fairytale

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The freedom fairytale

In the wake of Mandela Day, Milisithando Bongela questions what the pervasive image of Madiba and the narrative of ‘reconciliation’ really means

If you walk into any prominent bookstore in urban South Africa today, as I did last weekend, and if you’re observant, you will notice the paperback omnipresence of the great figure of Our Father, which art...

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The price of eating

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The price of eating

The Treasury has decided to amend tax rules that apply to farmers, who may not be able to bear the extra cost

Consumers are paying more for an ever-shrinking basket of groceries, and the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) is battling to keep inflation in check.

Late last week, National Treasury unveiled tax amendments that a farmers’ industry group expects w...

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Tobeka Madiba-Zuma: An example in feminism

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Tobeka Madiba-Zuma: An example in feminism

It would be so easy, wouldn’t it, if President Jacob Zuma’s third wife Tobeka Madiba-Zuma would fit into our set stereotypes.

It would make it simpler to dismiss polygamy as backward.

I suppose we have Sizakele Khumalo-Zuma for that. Appearing glum as she shuffles into Parliament for official ceremonies, she looks the very picture of what we assume...

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Sadtu declares war

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Sadtu declares war

‘Anyone who has planned that they are going to fight Sadtu must know we will fight back.”

That was the stark warning from SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) general secretary Mugwena Maluleke – and it came just hours after Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga named the panel that will investigate allegations of “posts for cash” in the powerfu...

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ANC seeks more party funding

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ANC seeks more party funding

The ANC wants more money for political parties and is working on a national law that will govern the funding of those parties represented in Parliament.

ANC chief whip Stone Sizani confirmed this to City Press on Friday.

The matter also featured on the agenda at the ANC’s caucus lekgotla, which took place this weekend.

“The ANC has already taken a d...

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Design of the week: Fine china for charity

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Design of the week: Fine china for charity

The Goodman Gallery is collaborating with global nongovernmental organisation Orange Babies in a creative project that mixes art and philanthropy.

Orange Babies recently launched a branch in South Africa.

In the project, 12 artists from the Goodman Gallery’s roster contribute a uniquely designed dinner plate and side plate to create a l...

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A labour broker subsidy?

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A labour broker subsidy?

Labour brokers are absorbing the employment tax incentive that is meant for employers. Dewald van Rensburg examines the trend

Labour brokers are absorbing the controversial employment tax incentive (ETI) to boost their profits – without actually subsidising wages in the labour market.

If large providers of contract labour are

absorbing the incentive,...

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Shakes takes on Bafana posers

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Shakes takes on Bafana posers

Yesterday’s anointment of Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba as the new Bafana Bafana coach was expected, but his ascent to the hot seat has created more questions.

Just like the 70s Johnny Nash ditty There Are More Questions Than Answers, Mashaba’s appointment is not an answer to all problems facing South African football.

In fact, it raises quite a few more...

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Music video review – Paris Hilton: Heiress, singer, unicorn

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Music video review – Paris Hilton: Heiress, singer, unicorn

Much like the cockroach that survives a radiation storm, Paris Hilton refuses to go away. In her unfailing desire to convince us she can sing, she’s released another song. Grethe Koen and Gugulethu Mhlungu marvel at her sheer determination

The cockroach lives on

For a moment in time, I thought perhaps Paris Hilton was dead, or at least gone forever....

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TV pick: July 27 – August 2

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TV pick: July 27 – August 2

What to watch on TV this week.

Big screen on the small screen

Man of Steel (2013)
M-Net
Sunday, 8.05pm

From the visionary mind that brought you The Dark Knight comes the tale of a young Superman discovering his true origins. A young, itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extrastellar origin when Earth is invaded by members of his own race.

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DIFF: Victory in Durban for low-budget SA movie

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DIFF: Victory in Durban for low-budget SA movie

A small Cape Town love story won big, Pakistan and Marikana beat Mandela, Tony Kgoroge added another trophy to his cabinet and an African has lifted the top prize at the Durban International Film Festival’s annual awards.

Jenna Cato Bass has made waves at the country’s most important film festival with her fresh and original debut feature.

It was...

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What happens to my retirement income when I die?

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What happens to my retirement income when I die?

There are two options for your funds when you retire. You should choose carefully.

Mike writes:
After you have gone on pension, your retirement annuity will be paid out as monthly income.

But is it true that this will stop paying an income when you die, no matter how much of it has been paid out?

What about any dependants who might still be alive...

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Motsepe-Moloi bags attention at fashion week

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While top local creations shimmered on the catwalks at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Cape Town, the talk in the corridors centred around Precious Motsepe-Moloi’s inability to hold on to her managers.

Industry gossips say that Motsepe-Moloi’s company, African Fashion International (AFI), changes top management faster than some people change t...

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New champ Tete set to defend IBF crown

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New champ Tete set to defend IBF crown

Negotiations are afoot for Zolani Tete to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) superflyweight title in October.

This follows a sensational display in which the Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, boxer registered a unanimous points decision victory over Teiru Kinoshita in Kobe, Japan, last Friday.

All three judges – from SA, the US and Japan – awa...

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Is this the most fashionable job no one can keep?

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Is this the most fashionable job no one can keep?

While top local creations shimmered on the catwalks at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Cape Town, the talk in the corridors centred around Precious Motsepe-Moloi’s inability to hold on to her managers.

Industry gossips say that Motsepe-Moloi’s company, African Fashion International (AFI), changes top management faster than some people change t...

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BEE’s ups and downs 20 years later

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BEE’s ups and downs 20 years later

Employment equity is still the most challenging part of black economic empowerment (BEE) to implement.

This was according to a survey conducted by consulting and auditing services firm KPMG.

The survey, now in its eighth year, speaks to 2 000 respondents and looks at how legislation is faring and how well it is being implemented.

The most recent...

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Moroka Swallows captain on Igesund, 250 matches and the coming season

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Moroka Swallows captain on Igesund, 250 matches and the coming season

After struggling for the better part of last season and ending up in the 13th spot, Moroka Swallows captain Lefa Tsutsulupa is optimistic about the season ahead.

You played under Gordon Igesund at club level. Were you shocked when his Bafana Bafana contract wasn’t renewed? Was he given a fair chance?

I was not shocked that he was sacked. His...

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Burn your TV licence – Julius Malema

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Burn your TV licence – Julius Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says his supporters should stop paying their TV licences.

Speaking at the party’s one-year anniversary rally yesterday, Malema told the more than ten thousand people who had gathered at the celebration rally in Thokoza Park, Soweto, that the SABC did not deserve their respect.

“All of us here must stop p...

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Cheer and loathing at fashion week

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Cheer and loathing at fashion week

There are few certainties in life: An ever-new season of Idols SA and Mark Lottering’s spectacular afro bobbing at a social function near you.

Lottering would attend the opening, closing and sendoff party of an envelope. And that’s fine because he seems like a pretty cool guy.

One also cannot but admire the Idols SA crew’s rampant optimism. Some w...

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AbaThembu hold meetings over ‘calm’ King Dalindyebo’s future

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AbaThembu hold meetings over ‘calm’ King Dalindyebo’s future

The royal family of AbaThembu and the entire AbaThembu nation will hold emergency meetings today and Tuesday respectively to discuss a letter from President Jacob Zuma regarding the dethroning of controversial king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

This comes after three officials from the presidency met with the AbaThembu king’s representatives at E...

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Bucs edge through on penalties

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Bucs edge through on penalties

The two guest coaches – Tebogo Molekwa (Kaizer Chiefs) and Cornelius Motsepe (Orlando Pirates) – who were in charge of the duo of Soweto giants yesterday, got a taste of what it feels like to occupy arguably the hottest coaching seats in domestic football.

And Molekwa, in particular, had first-hand experience of why it cannot be the coach’s fault w...

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Zuma, Buthelezi join revellers as King Zwelithini weds for 6th time

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Zuma, Buthelezi join revellers as King Zwelithini weds for 6th time

King Goodwill Zwelithini has tied the knot with his sixth wife, Queen Zola Mafu, at a massive traditional ceremony in Ulundi.

The royal couple exchanged vows today, confirming that they loved each other and that lobola had been paid in full.

About 10 000 people, including President Jacob Zuma, Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi and...

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Proteas in trouble despite Hashim Amla ton

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Proteas in trouble despite Hashim Amla ton

Colombo – SA captain Hashim Amla remained unbeaten after his 22nd test hundred, but off-spinner Dilruwan Perera’s career best figures gave Sri Lanka a big first innings lead at the end of the third day of the second Test on Saturday.

SA were dismissed for 282 in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 421. At stumps, Sri Lanka were 11 without l...

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Tailored touch: Palse hits the streets

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Tailored touch: Palse hits the streets

In his attempt to take fashion to the people, designer Paledi Segapo of Palse has opened his boutique on Anderson Street in downtown Joburg.

The colour theme is dramatic – the walls are black and the floor is tiled white. Segapo says this is an ode to style’s safest and trusted colour. As they say, “you can never go wrong in black”. He designed the...

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Shakes Mashaba back in the Bafana hot seat

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Shakes Mashaba back in the Bafana hot seat

South African coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has been appointed head coach of Bafana Bafana, the SA Football Association (Safa) announced.

“As we speak Shakes Mashaba is the senior national team’s coach,” Safa president Danny Jordaan told reporters at Safa House in Nasrec, Soweto, today.

“We ask for patience from...

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TV review – House of Cards: The best series on TV right now

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TV review – House of Cards: The best series on TV right now

House of Cards
M-Net
Fridays, 9.30pm

The second season of the Netflix hit, House of Cards, is showing on M-Net on Friday nights.

Although I have been rewatching the episodes as they appear on TV, thanks to the wonderful people at Netflix, I was able to binge-watch the entire season in one weekend.

This show is the best that TV has to offer right now,...

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Pics – 21 school kids in 1 bakkie

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Pics – 21 school kids in 1 bakkie

Twenty-one school children were injured in Soweto this morning on their way to school when the brakes of the bakkie in which they were travelling failed.

Pics – 21 school kids in 1 bakkie

The pupils were from Nka Thuto, Sizanani and Sholomani primary schools. Pictures: Lucky Nxumalo

Pics – 21 school kids in 1 bakkie

Two of the children being treated by paramedics in Dube, Soweto.

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Ministry defends Thuthukile Zuma’s appointment

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Ministry defends Thuthukile Zuma’s appointment

President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Thuthukile was appointed chief of staff at the department of telecommunications and postal services after consideration of her “capacity” for the position, the department has said.

“Thuthukile Zuma’s appointment … is consistent with the rules and regulations governing the appointment of people in government min...

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SA to host 2016 International Aids Conference

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SA to host 2016 International Aids Conference

Melbourne – The 20th International Aids Conference concluded in Australia with a warning that laws worldwide are undermining efforts to curb the disease.

“A wave of discriminatory laws and policies are setting us back towards exclusion: limiting rights, reducing health care access and aiding and abetting the virus,” said Chris Beyrer, president ele...

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