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R98m tender in 24 hours

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R98m tender in 24 hours

They could not prove they had ever completed a building and the prices in their bidding documents were pencilled in.

But that did not stop a construction consortium from bagging a R98 million tender in a single day.

Senior officials in the Gauteng department of roads and transport spent more than eight months pleading with their counterparts in...

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Yacoob calls for judicial commission into NPA

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Yacoob calls for judicial commission into NPA

Retired Constitutional Court Justice Zak Yacoob has recommended a full judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the rot at the top levels of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

City Press can today reveal that Yacoob, who was appointed by national director of public prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana to conduct a fact-finding inquiry into the N...

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Post Office needs a R2.3bn bailout

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Post Office needs a R2.3bn bailout

Without an injection of R2.3 billion and a shedding of 1 680 surplus staff, the SA Post Office (Sapo) is heading for disaster.

In a presentation made to the parliamentary portfolio committee on Friday, Sapo gave the strongest indication yet that it was in a critical condition.

Sapo’s annual financial statements for March 31 2014 are still not f...

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City hold off 10-man United

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City hold off 10-man United

Sergio Agüero’s goal ensured Louis van Gaal’s first Manchester derby ended in defeat as Manchester City beat 10-man Manchester United 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Van Gaal’s side had to play more than half the match a man down as defender Chris Smalling was sent off in the 39th minute after collecting two needless yellow cards, having charged down g...

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Sadtu still giving jobs to pals

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Sadtu still giving jobs to pals

Commission is probing corruption at schools, but the scam continues, writes Sipho Masondo

Threats of ‘chaos’, and a candidate’s name ‘scratched out with a pen’ and replaced with another. These are some of the newest post-fixing allegations to emerge against members of Sadtu.

The union is currently under investigation by Basic Education Minister...

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SAA boss finds himself locked out

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SAA boss finds himself locked out

SAA chief executive Monwabisi Kalawe’s email and gate access were blocked this week.

He confirmed on Friday that this was the result of a “unilateral decision” by chair Dudu Myeni and the head of the audit risk committee following weeks of boardroom drama, which resulted in the removal of seven board members.

Kalawe said although he was on sick...

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Graphic – A tender tale

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Graphic – A tender tale

The 20 steps the bid evaluation committee skipped when awarding an R98 million tender.

A tender tale

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HCI bromance ripped to shreds

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HCI bromance ripped to shreds

For the first time in 20 years in business at the side of long-term partner Johnny Copelyn, Marcel Golding has no immediate plans as to what he’ll do next.

But he does plan to spend time with his young ­children after quitting his post as Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) chairman at the company’s AGM on Thursday.

Golding and Copelyn live down...

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Numsa takes Cosatu to court

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Numsa takes Cosatu to court

Metal workers’ union Numsa is heading to court to force Cosatu to hold a special congress that could save it from being expelled from the federation.

City Press understands that Numsa filed papers in the South Gauteng High Court on Friday, asking the court to compel Cosatu to accede to its demand for a special congress.

Numsa’s general secretary I...

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Is Ketso back in favour?

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Is Ketso back in favour?

Former PPC chief may be on his way back after company calls special meeting with a view to sacking the board

Former PPC boss Ketso Gordhan might be a step closer to getting his job back after the company agreed to hold a special meeting to consider the election of a new board.

The company said on Friday it had received a request from three...

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Victim-blaming, slut-shaming in a time of crime

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Victim-blaming, slut-shaming in a time of crime

The murder of Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa has thrown up long-held ideas about victimhood and morality.

To understand the seemingly unending violence, we have largely internalised the idea that we can avoid crime. So we blame victims of crime when they encounter it because they should have known better.

It is, therefore,...

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Senzo Meyiwa: The boy from KwaMgaga

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Senzo Meyiwa: The boy from KwaMgaga

Friends, family members and mentors share their experiences of the dedicated footballer who was ‘full of fun’

When slain Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was in his early teens, he came up against the first serious obstacle to achieving his dream of becoming a professional footballer.

His parents, Samuel and Ntombifuthi Meyiwa,...

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South African music, art wows New York

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South African music, art wows New York

It’s not every day a South African artist follows in the footsteps of Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and the Beatles.

But in the past few weeks, the names Madala Kunene, Young Cape Malay Stars Choir and Kesivan Naidoo have been up in lights at New York’s Carnegie Hall – a venue that’s hosted hundreds of international superstars in its 120-year history.

Th...

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The weird world of politics: What’s in a name?

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The weird world of politics: What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?
Our petty politicians will never let a crisis go to waste.

The tragic death of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was a fresh opportunity for the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and its offshoot, the National Freedom Party (NFP), to revive old rivalries.

The NFP started by suggesting Meyiwa should be honoured by renaming...

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Free berets do not win votes – EFF

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Free berets do not win votes – EFF

Latching on to protests and dishing out its signature red berets did not help the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) win votes, the party has admitted.

In its 230-page policy discussion document, prepared for its first conference, or National People’s Assembly, next month, the party says it did not do as well as it thought it would in the May 7 polls.

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Senzo Meyiwa’s wife drops a bombshell

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Senzo Meyiwa’s wife drops a bombshell

Senzo Meyiwa’s wife has admitted that her husband chose her love rival, Kelly Khumalo, over her.

Mandisa Mkhize told City Press last week, just days before her husband was shot dead, she had accepted she had lost him forever.

Asked if she felt betrayed by Meyiwa after he told her that he and Khumalo had broken up, Mkhize (28) said in a text message:...

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Who broke the ANC?

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Who broke the ANC?

Imagine it is June 2024. The ANC has narrowly won the latest election – its victory was cast at just more than 52% of the vote on the lowest voter turnout in 30 years of democracy.

At Luthuli House, country and party President Cyril Ramaphosa presides over a meeting where the mood is dark and brooding. National executive committee members snipe at...

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‘Cult-influenced’ mom loses kids

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‘Cult-influenced’ mom loses kids

A court has removed two children from their mother’s care after she apparently joined a religious cult.

“[My wife] is of the view that she is a messenger from God,” the father of the children, aged 10 and 12, said in papers before the High Court in Pretoria, the Sunday Times reported.

He approached the court last week with an urgent application to...

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Burkina after the coup

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Burkina after the coup

Two men – an army general and a colonel – have claimed they will lead Burkina Faso to democracy after street protests ended President Blaise Compaoré’s almost 30-year reign.

Al Jazeera reported Colonel Yacouba Zida said in a recorded speech posted early yesterday on the website of a national television station that he was filling the vacuum.

Zida...

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Sata’s body back in Zambia

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Sata’s body back in Zambia

Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda was among those who gathered at Lusaka’s main airport yesterday to greet the plane carrying late president Michael Sata’s body.

The website Zambia Reports said the plane bringing Sata’s body from London, where he died on Tuesday, landed at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday morning, 10 days before...

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Thandi Modise to meet police over farm of horrors

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Thandi Modise to meet police over farm of horrors

National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chair Thandi Modise has declined to discuss a report that she would meet police to discuss the discovery, earlier this year, of dead and starving animals on her North West farm.

“I don’t want to comment,” Modise said today when asked about the Sunday Times reporting that a meeting with police had been scheduled f...

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Ethiopians triumph at Soweto Marathon

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Ethiopians triumph at Soweto Marathon

New winners emerged in the Soweto Marathon as Ethiopia’s Sintayehu Legese Yinesu and compatriot Meseret Biru were crowned 2014 champions in the 42km race in Johannesburg today.

Yinesu won the men’s race in two hours, 17 minutes and 55 seconds (2:17:55), while Lesotho’s Motlokoa Nkhabutlak came in second and Tebogo Sello finished third.

The 42km race...

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Eskom: Coal storage silo ‘just collapsed’

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Eskom: Coal storage silo ‘just collapsed’

The coal storage silo at Eskom’s Majuba power station in Mpumalanga has collapsed.

“The silo ruptured or cracked and so employees were evacuated … and it just collapsed,” Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said.

“The conveyer belt systems, which feeds coal to the power station, were damaged and therefore we can’t get coal into the power s...

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Khumalo lookalike jeered at Senzo’s funeral

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Khumalo lookalike jeered at Senzo’s funeral

Kelly Khumalo wasn’t at her partner Senzo Meyiwa’s funeral in Durban yesterday – and one incident early in the day suggested the crowd wouldn’t have welcomed her.

More than 30 000 people braved the rain to pay their respects to the slain Bafana Bafana captain and Orlando Pirates goalie at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Shortly before Meyiwa’s c...

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Me My Icon Facebook Competition

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Me My Icon Facebook Competition

Win! More than half a MILLION RAND in prizes! Including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Take a selfie with a 21 Icons City Press poster and post it to our Facebook competition page for a chance to win.

The competition runs from November 2 to December 7, 2014.

Each week we’ll be giving away:

» 10 entries for a one in 50 chance of winning a Mercedes-Benz...

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Ebola: vaccine is no silver bullet

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Ebola: vaccine is no silver bullet

An Ebola vaccine has been in the works for nearly a decade – but work on it stalled because there was no real urgency, virologists say.

Until earlier this year when the disease hit west Africa and sparked a pandemic, confirmed Ebola cases had been

clustered in remote villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Robin Shattock, professor of...

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Graphic – Senzo Meyiwa’s milestones

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Graphic – Senzo Meyiwa’s milestones

A look back at the late goalkeeper’s journey to the top.

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Ramaphosa orders ban on farm evictions

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Ramaphosa orders ban on farm evictions

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has infuriated organised agriculture by announcing an immediate ban on legal and illegal farm evictions.

Ramaphosa announced the moratorium after he and a delegation of senior ministers met for hours yesterday (subs: Sat) in Paarl with agricultural and farm labour representatives.

The discussion was part of an...

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Tears, confusion as Senzo Meyiwa lowered into grave

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Tears, confusion as Senzo Meyiwa lowered into grave

Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s coffin was lowered into a grave at the Heroes Acre cemetery in Chesterville, KwaZulu-Natal, this afternoon.

As the coffin descended, a police bugler performed a rendition of The Last Post.

Meyiwa’s wife wept, and appeared to be speaking to the slain Orlando Pirates goalkeeper as she threw a flower into the grave.

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Mine drainage treatment threatens sanctuary

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Mine drainage treatment threatens sanctuary

A proposed acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment facility could threaten an internationally-protected wetland near Nigel, east of Joburg.

The Saturday Star reported that the environmental impact assessment for the sludge disposal facility in the Eastern Basin warns that its proximity to the Marievale Bird Sanctuary and the Blesbokspruit wetlands could...

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Growing support for DA in Eastern Cape – Zille

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Growing support for DA in Eastern Cape – Zille

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is gaining strong support from the people of the Eastern Cape, says party leader Helen Zille.

“Between 2006 and 2014, the African National Congress’ support in Nelson Mandela Bay dropped from 67% to 49%. During the same period, support for the DA climbed from 25% to 40%,” Zille said today at the party’s provincial congre...

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Family’s pain enormous – Danny Jordaan

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Family’s pain enormous – Danny Jordaan

No one can feel the pain of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s family, SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan said.

“We are painfully aware that we are gathered to say our farewell to Senzo. His life has been taken in the most cruel and violent way,” Jordaan said today at Meyiwa’s funeral service at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

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Mbulaeni Mulaudzi laid to rest

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Mbulaeni Mulaudzi laid to rest

Former world champion and Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was laid to rest at his home village of Muduluni in Limpopo.

Some of the dignitaries who reportedly attended his funeral were Gauteng premier David Makhura, acting Limpopo premier Rudolf Phala, and Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi.

The SABC reported today that Public...

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Death is a thief – eThekwini mayor

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Death is a thief – eThekwini mayor

Death is a thief that has stolen a bright shining light from the nation, says eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo.

“It’s true that death is a thief,” he said today in isiZulu to thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral service of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

“Wherever you are, what do you say when we are...

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Emotions run high as Senzo’s body arrives at stadium

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Emotions run high as Senzo’s body arrives at stadium

The body of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa arrived at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban this morning just before noon, accompanied by a police brass band.

The thousands in the stadium rose to their feet as a sign of respect to the goalkeeper whose body arrived in a white Audi Q7. The roar of vuvuzelas filled the stadium.

A convoy of the white...

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Officials arrive for Senzo Meyiwa funeral

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Officials arrive for Senzo Meyiwa funeral

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba arrived for the funeral of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban this morning.

Gigaba, wearing a black suit, white shirt and grey tie, was accompanied by his wife, who wore similarly subdued colours.

He shook hands with supporters before paying tribute to Meyiwa.

“Senzo was p...

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Son to Usher: Dad, you’re not a great singer

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Son to Usher: Dad, you’re not a great singer

New York – One of Usher’s sons studies his dance moves meticulously, while the other has said to the Grammy-winning star: “You’re not a great singer.”

Usher says his son Naviyd Ely Raymond, who turns 6 in December, isn’t impressed with the multiplatinum singer.

“He doesn’t care about what I do as much … He’s like, ‘I’m the star. Who are you? Yo...

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Two nabbed over R4.5m worth of rhino horn

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Two nabbed over R4.5m worth of rhino horn

Two men were arrested at OR Tambo International Airport for possession of rhino horn worth an estimated R4.5 million, the SA Revenue Service said.

“As a result of specific, targeted profiling work, two foreign nationals travelling from Maputo to Vietnam via Joburg were intercepted in the international departures section of the airport for a...

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CAF meet over Ebola-clouded Cup of Nations

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CAF meet over Ebola-clouded Cup of Nations

When and where the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be staged should be resolved within days amid pleas from hosts Morocco to postpone the tournament over the Ebola epidemic.

The virus has claimed almost 5 000 lives this year, almost all in west African countries Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Pig-head protest ‘misguided and extremely unfortunate’ – ANC

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Pig-head protest ‘misguided and extremely unfortunate’ – ANC

The ANC has expressed concern at the action by Cosas members who placed a pig’s head in the meat section of a Woolworths store in protest against trade relations with Israel.

“The placing of pigs’ heads, in violation of the religious beliefs of certain sections of our population, is misguided and extremely unfortunate,” ANC deputy secretary-general...

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Boko Haram: Kidnapped girls married off

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Boko Haram: Kidnapped girls married off

Nigeria – Boko Haram denied that they had agreed to a ceasefire in a new video, describing the Nigerian government claims as a lie and apparently ruling out future talks.

The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, in the video obtained by AFP also claimed the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from the remote northeast town of Chibok, in Borno state, in April had...

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SA a water-scarce country – Zuma

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SA a water-scarce country – Zuma

South Africa is a water-scarce country with it being a problem in many communities, President Jacob Zuma has said.

“South Africa is rapidly growing into a water-scarce country, particularly due to broader changes which are caused by climate change and global warming,” Zuma said yesterday in Giyani, Limpopo.

“As a result, many countries experience v...

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‘Rest in peace Senzo Meyiwa’

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‘Rest in peace Senzo Meyiwa’

Scores of soccer supporters arrived at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban this morning to attend the funeral of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Wearing sport regalia, and mostly in Orlando Pirates colours, they sang and danced as they waited for the gates to the stadium to open.

Meyiwa also captained Orlando Pirates.

Vuvuzelas and drums...

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Travel – Seychelles: Unmitigated bliss

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Travel – Seychelles: Unmitigated bliss

Zinhle Mapumulo was invited to the opening of Eden Island, a man-made jewel in the Seychelles. She almost didn’t come back

There I was, nibbling on fresh oysters and lobster, sipping French Champagne, and relaxing on a sun deck admiring the pristine Indian Ocean.

It sounds like a scene from the TV series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but...

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Pics – Senzo Meyiwa back home

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Pics – Senzo Meyiwa back home

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Zuma extends arms inquiry

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Zuma extends arms inquiry

President Jacob Zuma has extended the deadline for the Seriti Commission of Inquiry’s public hearings into alleged corruption in the multi-billion-rand arms procurement deal.

The term of the commission had been extended to April 30 2015, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said today.

“Upon the conclusion of the term, the commission shall submit its final r...

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Man appears for Meyiwa murder

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Man appears for Meyiwa murder

A 25-year-old man appeared in the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court in connection with the murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Senior prosecutor Henk Strydom confirmed the arrest and court appearance to TimesLive.com, while eNCA identified him as Zanokuhle Mbatha.

“I can confirm that a suspect has appeared this afternoon [at the Boksburg M...

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Arsenal can still win Premier League, says Wenger

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Arsenal can still win Premier League, says Wenger

London – Arsenal are still in contention for the Premier League title and it is too soon to say that leaders Chelsea can go through the season undefeated, says manager Arsène Wenger.

Wenger’s so-called “Invincibles” team achieved that feat over 38 league games in 2003-2004, but he said that José Mourinho’s Chelsea, with seven wins and two draws from...

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