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Animal and geometric prints are this season’s fashion must-haves

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Animal and geometric prints are this season’s fashion must-haves

Woolworths has revealed its must-have essentials for spring and summer. They’re cool, stylish and covered in prints, writes Gugulethu Mhlungu

Animal and geometric prints are hot items for the warmer months, according to Woolworths. Although prints can be a little intimidating if you like solid colours, former design star David West in the W...

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Panyaza Lesufi reads riot act, unveils schools ICT plan

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Panyaza Lesufi reads riot act, unveils schools ICT plan

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has read the riot act to both pupils and teachers.

Lesufi, who was today reporting back on the programmes he has implemented since he was appointed three months ago, said teachers and pupils must be serious or face being axed.

Lesufi said he had already fired 30 teachers and expelled 57 pupils.

“Of the 30 teachers...

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Governor puts a stop to monk’s death by meditation attempt

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Governor puts a stop to monk’s death by meditation attempt

A renowned Buddhist monk, who was attempting to die while meditating, was rescued yesterday at the order of the provincial governor, who cited humanitarian reasons.

The 65-year-old Luang Pu Pim, an abbot at a monastery in Chaiyaphum province, said he was not committing suicide but rather it was just his time to die.

The Bangkok Post reported that...

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Negligent Oscar acted too hastily – judge

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Negligent Oscar acted too hastily – judge

Oscar Pistorius was negligent when he fired four shots into a toilet cubicle that killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Judge Thokozile Masipa said this afternoon, before adjourning court for the day.

“I am of the view that the accused acted too hastily and used excessive force. In the circumstances it is clear that his conduct was negligent.”

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The art of the black eye

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The art of the black eye

There is only one word to express a feeling of affection – or like and love – for someone else in modern isiXhosa.

Ndiyakuthanda means I love you and I like you.

There is no isiXhosa word that equates to the English language and culture’s analytical and incremental process of liking somebody first and gradually learning to love them over time. In i...

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Oscar Pistorius: Murder with intent ruled out

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Oscar Pistorius: Murder with intent ruled out

The state has failed to prove that Oscar Pistorius committed premeditated murder, Judge Thokozile Masipa has said.

The evidence for premeditated murder was “purely circumstantial”, she said in the North Gauteng High Court today.

“I am here talking about direct intention. The state has clearly not proven beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is g...

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Bafana’s lack of goals is a national crisis – Shakes Mashaba

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Bafana’s lack of goals is a national crisis – Shakes Mashaba

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has conceded that a lack of killer instinct is the team’s Achilles heel.

Reacting after Bafana played to a goalless draw with reigning African champions Nigeria last night, Mashaba said Bafana should learn to be clinical in front of goal if they are to be a force to be reckoned with again.

However, Mashaba said he...

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Judge questions Oscar Pistorius’ inconsistent claims

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Judge questions Oscar Pistorius’ inconsistent claims

The claim by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius that he did not think he could kill someone was rejected by Judge Thokozile Masipa in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria today.

“This assertion is inconsistent with someone who shot without thinking,” she read from her judgment.

“I shall revert to this later.”

She was referring to Pistorius’ evidence t...

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Kanye West ‘fine’ after alleged seizure

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Kanye West ‘fine’ after alleged seizure

Australia – Kanye West was reportedly rushed to hospital in Melbourne, just hours before he was due to play his final gig in the city, for an emergency MRI scan following alleged concerns he had suffered a seizure.

The 37-year-old rapper was whisked to Epworth Hospital in Richmond.

A source told E! News that West was “fine and didn’t have a major hea...

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My imperfect proposal

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My imperfect proposal

My Perfect Proposal

MzansiMagic

Thursdays, 7.30pm

South Africa’s romantic hopefuls have answered the call and sent in their videos to be included in the first season of My Perfect Proposal, a follow-up to the hit show Our Perfect Wedding.

South Africa, I reckoned, would be getting an equally hilarious set of controversial characters as the wedding...

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Oscar Pistorius judgment day – and we’re off

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Oscar Pistorius judgment day – and we’re off

By 9.30am today, courtroom GD at the North Gauteng High Court was packed in anticipation of Oscar Pistorius facing judgment over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Inside, the 27-year-old celebrity athlete stared straight ahead.

His brother Carl, who was in a car accident recently, arrived in a wheelchair.

Cameras flashed as Steenkamp’s p...

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Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

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Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

New York – Shia LaBeouf has admitted to acting up at a Broadway show, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in one of several episodes of bizarre behaviour the former Transformers star has displayed in recent years.

LaBeouf, whose representatives have said has had treatment for an alcohol problem since his June arrest, sombrely answered a judge’s q...

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Miners ‘unhappy’ with wage deal that ended crippling 5-month strike

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Miners ‘unhappy’ with wage deal that ended crippling 5-month strike

Platinum workers are dissatisfied with the wage agreement that ended the five-month strike within the sector, according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

The strike, which took place between January and June, crippled the mining industry as mine workers downed tools, demanding basic monthly salaries of R12 500.

“What is the effect of the p...

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Friends Friction: Living in oblivion in the sky

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Friends Friction: Living in oblivion in the sky

‘Does anyone feel pity or compassion for the poor devils about to die?” asked war correspondent William Laurence aboard the B-29 Superfortress as they flew over Nagasaki during World War 2.

At times, one wonders if those in the seat of power here in South Africa have any compassion for the people on the ground, because if they did, they wouldn’t l...

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Comedy Central’s comedians take on religion in Divine Live series

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Comedy Central’s comedians take on religion in Divine Live series

After tackling race and sex, Comedy Central is gagging about religion in its latest live taping in Joburg. Siyabonga Sithole talks to some of the divine talent on the line-up

“Laugh. Read. Say please. Floss. Doubt. Exercise. Learn. Don’t hate. Cut the bullshit. Just chill.”

These are the 10 commandments, according to @TheTweetOfGod, a satirical...

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Sars witnesses’ absence delays Thulani Sibuyi fraud trial

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Sars witnesses’ absence delays Thulani Sibuyi fraud trial

Witnesses from the South African Revenue Service (Sars) were not available to testify today in the fraud trial of former Mpumalanga safety and security head of department, Thulani Sibuyi, and a security company boss.

Sibuyi and GNT Security owner, Stevens Mashaba, appeared in the Nelspruit regional court. Sibuyi approved the awarding of a security...

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Zuma tells Mogoeng to find new IEC chair

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Zuma tells Mogoeng to find new IEC chair

President Jacob Zuma has asked that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng begin the process of filling former Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Pansy Tlakula’s position following her resignation.

In terms of the Electoral Commission Act, a panel consisting of the chief justice as chairperson, the Public Protector, and a representative from the...

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Criticise Madonsela’s findings, not shape of her nose – youth league

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Criticise Madonsela’s findings, not shape of her nose – youth league

People should stop attacking Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and rather critique her findings, the ANC Youth League in Gauteng has said.

“When comrades want to say something about Ms Thuli Madonsela, they should do so without dragging the name of our glorious movement through the mud,” chairperson Matome Chiloane said today.

“The organisation has h...

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Ferrari boss quits after 23 years

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Ferrari boss quits after 23 years

Rome – Ferrari chairperson Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said today he was resigning after 23 years at the helm, in a move that had widely been expected after his record was questioned by parent company Fiat-Chrysler.

On Sunday, Fiat-Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne said Montezemolo had done a “great job” in terms of financial results, but c...

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Thai monk wants to meditate himself to death

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Thai monk wants to meditate himself to death

Bangkok – A Thai Buddhist monk plans on meditating himself to death.

The 65-year-old abbot at a monastery in Chaiyaphum province said he was not committing suicide but rather it was just his time to die.

The Bangkok Post reported that monk Luang Pu Pim climbed into a coffin yesterday and began to meditate.

He told his followers he would be dead by...

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Bafana ‘will change history against Nigeria’. Here’s their grand plan

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Bafana ‘will change history against Nigeria’. Here’s their grand plan

Senzo Meyiwa will once again lead Bafana Bafana as they take on Nigeria in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier tonight.

Coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba has named a strong squad to face the Super Eagles, with Meyiwa retaining his position in goal.

“I am very positive we will get something from tonight’s encounter against Nigeria. There is always a sta...

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Bequeath a rich heritage of democracy

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Bequeath a rich heritage of democracy

As we commemorate Heritage Month, let us remember that our heritage, our story as a nation, our democracy, is what we bequeath to our children and the generation of South Africans who will come after us.

We owe it to them to protect our democracy and its institutions.

South Africa before 1994 was a country in search of the promised land of democracy.

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Hugh Masekela: I’m still a work in progress

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Hugh Masekela: I’m still a work in progress

He is a 75-year-old jazz great who has shared a stage with Miles Davis and was given a trumpet by Louis Armstrong, but he still says he is a work in progress.

Hugh Masekela, who has a long list of accolades and music awards, said he was unfazed by the honours he has received over the years.

The South African icon was speaking at the University of...

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Apple’s ‘masculine’ smartwatch divides fashion world

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Apple’s ‘masculine’ smartwatch divides fashion world

Cupertino, California – Apple’s newly unveiled smartwatch has split fashion critics, who may prove pivotal to its broad acceptance.

Many praised the Apple Watch, priced from $349 (about R3 800) when it debuts next year, for its clean aesthetic, but some bloggers and editors said the watch had a masculine aura, which would limit its allure to parts...

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TUT students’ violent protests over funding breach court order

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TUT students’ violent protests over funding breach court order

Students behind protests at the Tshwane University of Technology were in breach of an interdict the university obtained earlier this year, the institution said.

In January the university suspended classes and evicted students from residences. It obtained a court order to stop protests at its campuses.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said that order...

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Book review – Cobra: Griessel is back

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Book review – Cobra: Griessel is back

Cobra by Deon Meyer
Hodder & Stoughton
352 pages
R199 from kalahari.com

Deon Meyer’s Cobra takes us at breakneck speed on a blood-splattered journey through the Cape winelands, Bellville, the Bo-Kaap and the V&A Waterfront.

Benny Griessel, who Meyer fans will know from previous books, is the key player in an investigation into numerous...

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Inside Labour: ConCourt ruling opens new debate

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Inside Labour: ConCourt ruling opens new debate

Our Constitution and the institutions it created have taken something of a verbal battering over the past few weeks – often for the wrong reasons.

In the process, the Office of the Public Protector has become something of a surrogate battleground for the opposing factions in trade federation Cosatu.

The SA Communist Party (SACP) and senior elements...

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TV pick – Anele Mdoda’s back on TV

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TV pick – Anele Mdoda’s back on TV

Tongue in Cheek
SABC3
Tuesdays, 8.30pm

Radio and TV personality Anele Mdoda ­returns to primetime television as the host of talk show Tongue in Cheek.

Taking its cue from The Talk in the US, the local version includes controversial and serious topics, with a dash of light-hearted discussion, entertainment and pop ­culture.

The panel will include...

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Mango, Comair clip one another’s wings in public relations battle

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Mango, Comair clip one another’s wings in public relations battle

They came through within a minute of each other – the press releases of Comair and Mango’s financial results.

Comair, which flies British Airways in South Africa and kulula, put its financial results on the JSE news service earlier in the day. But it took exactly one minute after Comair sent out a press statement for rival Mango to issue one too.

So...

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Security not up to standard at some malls, says police commissioner

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Security not up to standard at some malls, says police commissioner

The recent mall robberies in Gauteng have mainly targeted shops that stock technical gadgets, such as mobile phones, and were “easy” to pull off.

“[In] 95% of robberies so far, cellphones are the target. Cash is minimal,” Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba said today.

“In two incidents cash was [stolen]. Both incidents o...

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SA hopes to resume Iran oil imports within 3 months

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SA hopes to resume Iran oil imports within 3 months

South Africa is planning to resume oil imports from Iran, once its biggest supplier of crude, and hopes to resolve “sanction issues” that have blocked purchases within the next three months.

South Africa halted crude purchases from Iran in June 2012 because of Western pressure. South Africa bought about 68 000 barrels of oil a day from Iran in the...

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Disability affects African females more than males – Stats SA

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Disability affects African females more than males – Stats SA

Statistics South Africa released the results of the prevalence of disability among South Africans in Pretoria this morning.

Here are 10 things worth knowing about the results as collected from the 2011 Census:

1. Nearly 25% of people with disabilities who are 20 years or older do not have any education, and 49% of people with disabilities between 14...

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Watch – The Faces of Nyaope Street

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Watch – The Faces of Nyaope Street

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1984: A bygone year

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1984: A bygone year

Mondli Makhanya attends the 30th anniversary of the Vaal uprising and finds resentment amid the commemoration

Sometimes it takes a journey back along the road to understand the distance you have travelled and appreciate the hazards you have encountered along the way.

In the case of South Africa’s struggle for freedom, that road is a hazardous one. I...

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Marikana commission accused of being pro-NUM after T-shirt spat

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Marikana commission accused of being pro-NUM after T-shirt spat

Lonmin mine workers have accused the Farlam Commission of Inquiry of being affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers.

“While we were leaving, we were labelled as NUM people. It was also said we were there to waste time.
This was said in isiXhosa by the miners. I know who they are but won’t divulge their names,” commissioner Bantubonke Tokota s...

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Bus burnt, classes suspended as Tshwane students protest

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Bus burnt, classes suspended as Tshwane students protest

Classes were suspended at the Tshwane University of Technology today following a student protest over financial aid.

“Groups of students started protesting this morning at the university’s main campus. Very early in the morning a bus was set alight,” spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said.

“All academic activities have been suspended for the day.”

She...

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Recipe: Cupcake heaven

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Recipe: Cupcake heaven

This is one of a new series of books to be created from Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube, a YouTube food channel that features the wonderful cooks and chefs The Naked Chef has met on his travels and trained in his kitchens.

The Cake Book is a selection of decadent cupcakes like the one below – a riff on a classic sandwich: peanut butter and jam. The baker...

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Thuli Madonsela CIA spy accusation not state’s view – Jeff Radebe

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Thuli Madonsela CIA spy accusation not state’s view – Jeff Radebe

The government has distanced itself from Defence Deputy Minister Kebby Maphatsoe’s claim that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela works for the CIA.

“[These] accusations as were never discussed at any official government meeting nor do they reflect the views and thinking of government,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said today.

“Comments or a...

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It’s unfair to say ICC only targets African countries – president

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It’s unfair to say ICC only targets African countries – president

The perception that the International Criminal Court only targets African countries is inaccurate, the court’s president has said.

“That this particular criticism is not entirely accurate or based on factual situations,” Justice Sang-Hyun Song said yesterday after meeting Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in Joburg.

“Indeed, it is true that the eight c...

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Police commissioner steps in after latest mall robbery in Gauteng

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Police commissioner steps in after latest mall robbery in Gauteng

Gauteng police commissioner Lesetja Mothiba will brief the media today on the recent spate of shopping centre robberies in the province.

Last night, a robbery at a mobile phone store at the Glen shopping centre in Ormonde, Johannesburg, was the sixth robbery of a shop in a mall in the past two months.

“The suspects stole cellphones and fled the s...

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Black woman, you are on your own

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Black woman, you are on your own

Former senior Wits lecturer Tsepo wa Mamatu apologised on Facebook last week.

Supporters of Wa Mamatu have continually said allegations that he sexually harassed students under his tutorship over a six-year period are a slur created by racists to discredit him – thus ignoring the glaring gender-based issue at the centre.

This has extended to the...

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Music festival – I heart Joburg: Great music, crowd surfing and long queues

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Music festival – I heart Joburg: Great music, crowd surfing and long queues

Ellis Park was on fire on Saturday and it wasn’t because of the pleasantly hot day.

The 62 567 capacity stadium was set alight by 12 musical acts whose energy nearly left the venue in ashes.

The inaugural I Heart Joburg music festival was a music lovers’ dream – 12 hours of uninterrupted live music, great weather and an awesome crowd.

The festival...

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Loyiso Madinga: Funniest newbie in town

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Loyiso Madinga: Funniest newbie in town

If comedians are to be trusted (ha! ha!), this year’s brightest new stand-up is a young man called Loyiso Madinga.

He was selected by his peers to receive the newcomer of the year nod at the annual Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards a few weeks ago.

Madinga’s slightly cynical, perceptive brand of humour has earned him a fan base that’s growing like wil...

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Jacob Zuma going to Lesotho to discuss ‘peace and stability’

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Jacob Zuma going to Lesotho to discuss ‘peace and stability’

President Jacob Zuma will travel to Lesotho tomorrow to discuss restoring “peace and stability” in the country.

“During the visit, the president is expected to consult with his majesty, King Letsie III, and also hold discussions with the coalition leaders [of Lesotho] to assess the progress in the implementation of the Windhoek Declaration, as well...

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