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United prevail to lift Telkom Cup

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United prevail to lift Telkom Cup

This is how cup finals should go – goals, cards, penalties and missed penalties!

This season’s Telkom Knockout will go down in the history books as one of the best-contested finals, and SuperSport United had to dig deep to wrestle the cup away from the defending champions, Platinum Stars.

But it was not easy for United – the game could have gone e...

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Queen B’s favourite things

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Queen B’s favourite things

Hot on the heels of her announce-ment as the first local black cover star for Glamour magazine, Bonang Matheba has returned with another cover for online fashion and culture publication Previdar magazine.

And there’s another treat for her fans. Earlier this year, Queen B’s subjects had the chance to buy some of her loved possessions from her col...

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South African actress to star in US series

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South African actress to star in US series

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Cape Town-born Lesley-Ann Brandt, who recently starred in hit fantasy series Spartacus , will feature in a high-budget premium new series for the Universal Channel (DStv 117) called The Librarians.

The Librarians will star Falling Skies actor Flynn Carsen as the stalwart of a century-old headquarters located underneath the world-famous Metropolitan...

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Peters tackles heavy trucks in rush-hour traffic

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Peters tackles heavy trucks in rush-hour traffic

In a move likely to hearten Gauteng commuters who spend rush hour stuck behind big trucks, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says her department is looking at restricting heavy vehicles during these times.

“The department is considering some form of restrictions on heavy motor vehicles during peak traffic periods on heavily trafficked routes,” she sai...

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Angelina Jolie to turn camera on conflict in marriage

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Angelina Jolie to turn camera on conflict in marriage

Berlin – Oscar-winning actress-turned-director Angelina Jolie launched her latest film, the World War II drama Unbroken, in Germany yesterday, saying her next film will be about another kind of combat – marriage.

Jolie is currently working on her third film, By the Sea, which stars her husband, Brad Pitt.

The film, which Jolie wrote and is...

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Bad weather delays Japan asteroid probe lift-off

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Bad weather delays Japan asteroid probe lift-off

Bad weather will delay the launch of a Japanese space probe on a six-year mission to mine a distant asteroid, just weeks after a European spacecraft’s historic landing on a comet captivated the world.

Hayabusa2 had been set to blast off aboard Japan’s main H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on Sunday.

But thick cloud...

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SA man held for smuggling drugs into UK

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SA man held for smuggling drugs into UK

A South African man has appeared in a London court for allegedly using cats to smuggle heroin worth R13 million into the United Kingdom.

The Star reported today that Scott Parker was accused of hiding the drugs in the bottoms of three cat crates with the animals still inside. The cats were on a flight from OR Tambo International Airport to Heathrow...

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2002 Zim elections free and fair – Thabo Mbeki

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2002 Zim elections free and fair – Thabo Mbeki

Former president Thabo Mbeki has maintained that the 2002 Zimbabwe elections were free and fair despite the Khampepe report suggesting otherwise.

“The South African government did not pluck its views about the outcome of these elections out of thin air,” Mbeki said in a letter published in the Mail & Guardian today.

“South Africa sent two fully f...

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Sombre MPs reflect on behaviour as Parliament wraps up

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Sombre MPs reflect on behaviour as Parliament wraps up

The behaviour displayed in the National Assembly in recent months was a very dangerous phenomenon, ANC Deputy Chief Whip Doris Dlakude has warned.

Delivering a farewell address at the end of the final 2014 sitting of the house last night, she condemned the “senseless behaviour, mudslinging and character assassination” which, she said, had cha...

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Steve Barker swaps AmaTuks for AmaZulu

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Steve Barker swaps AmaTuks for AmaZulu

Steve Barker has left the University of Pretoria to join AmaZulu as head coach.

“AmaZulu have appointed Steve Barker as their new head coach with immediate effect to help the club stabilise their 2014/15 Premiership season,” a statement this evening on the club’s website read.

“Barker could only be officially appointed after he had met with AmaTuks’...

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Pirates strike late to beat SuperSport

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Pirates strike late to beat SuperSport

Sifiso Myeni struck in second-half injury time as Orlando Pirates fought back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win over 10-man SuperSport United in Polokwane today.

While the Buccaneers soared up the top half of the Premiership table, SuperSport continued to struggle as they retained their mid-table position.

“We knew if we could get one back we c...

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More misery for Liverpool

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More misery for Liverpool

Crystal Palace heaped more misery on Liverpool at Selhurst Park when they came from behind to beat them 3-1 in the Premier League today, six months after effectively ending the northern club’s title hopes when they drew 3-3 there.

Palace’s victory, with goals from Dwight Gayle, Joe Ledley and a stunning free kick from Mile Jedinak, condemned L...

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Lewis Hamilton claims second F1 title

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Lewis Hamilton claims second F1 title

Lewis Hamilton joined the elite ranks of double Formula One world champions today after a nerve-racking drive to victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In a floodlit race overshadowed by the ever-present spectre of mechanical failure after the Briton’s Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg suffered a loss of power early on, Hamilton raced to h...

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Post Office: New boss, new hope

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Post Office: New boss, new hope

Simo Lushaba has taken the helm at a broken Post Office. He spoke to Mamello Masote about the massive task he has ahead of him

Simo Lushaba has been brought in by the department of telecommunications and postal services to stabilise the SA Post Office.

His first task will be to appoint an “intervention” team. The Post Office, apart from being com...

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Minstrels land huge Lotto donation

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Minstrels land huge Lotto donation

Cape Town’s minstrels are among the biggest Lotto winners, bagging a massive R25 million in funding in one year alone.

The Cape Town Minstrels Carnival Association got just under a quarter of the R109.3 million of Lotto funding that was divided among about 90 organisations involved in the arts in the Western Cape.

Most organisations got less than...

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Firebrand Simphiwe Dana hits high note

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Firebrand Simphiwe Dana hits high note

Elegantly attired in a black-and-white Thula Sindi creation, Simphiwe Dana – who describes herself as “fiery yet free” – held an intimate listening session hosted by Kaya FM’s Nonn Botha on Thursday night.

She performed for a small studio audience at Kaya House in Joburg and sang two tracks from her forthcoming album, Firebrand. She then took...

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PPC plays board games

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PPC plays board games

Former PPC boss Ketso Gordhan’s corner has been dealt a further blow ahead of a crucial vote that may hand him his job back. On Friday, Darryll Castle, one of the people nominated for the proposed new board, withdrew his name from the list.

Castle joined the current board last month. A spokesperson for PPC said he did not provide reasons for...

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End of era for SA rugby?

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End of era for SA rugby?

South African rugby may be in danger of losing one of its oldest and biggest sponsors.

Word in the sports marketing industry is that Absa, under pressure from British principals Barclays, have given SA Rugby notice that they may not renew their backing of the Springboks (the bank’s logo appears on the jerseys) and the Currie Cup.

Absa’s backing of t...

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Film body rocked by mass exodus

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Film body rocked by mass exodus

A spate of resignations at the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is threatening to hamper government’s film development plans.

The resignations include the head of production and development Clarence Hamilton and the manager in charge of documentaries, Neiloe Whitehead. A few months ago, the unit also lost the manager in charge of fiction...

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Shakes Mashaba could be deprived of key players

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Shakes Mashaba could be deprived of key players

Having just booked a ticket to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals, Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba could be without most of his triumphant squad for next weekend’s Nelson Mandela Challenge.

Bafana take on Ivory Coast at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday for a game to honour the former president. Mashaba is facing a race...

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Macozoma strikes ore

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Macozoma strikes ore

Saki Macozoma’s Ntsimbintle Mining this weekend trumpeted its rise to becoming one of the world’s major manganese companies through its Tshipi Borwa mine.

Despite the current slump in prices for the steel-making ingredient partly related to South Africa’s increasing production, Macozoma also announced that Ntsimbintle has conducted a feasibility s...

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Uefa looks for a contender to stand against Blatter

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Uefa looks for a contender to stand against Blatter

The member countries of European football governing body Uefa could still find a candidate to run against Sepp Blatter for Fifa president next year, said a leading official.

“I do not rule out that before January 24 [the deadline for candidates] there will be a European candidate,” said German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach.

He...

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Healthy workers, healthy company

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Healthy workers, healthy company

Ballet classes, daycare centres, on-site doctors and even a day on which employees are encouraged to “lie on the beach”.

Welcome to life at three of South Africa’s “healthiest” companies, those that are trying to make their employees’ lives easier and happier, and, ultimately, their working hours more productive.

Open Box Software, Johnson Matthey...

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Winning Women – Farzanah Mall: Minder of the gender gap

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Winning Women – Farzanah Mall: Minder of the gender gap

Farzanah Mall, newly elected president of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa, will set the organisation alight with her 15 years of experience in risk consulting, governance, strategy and business development services, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Farzanah Mall is so keen for the Businesswomen’s Association of SA (BWA) to grow, that she t...

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Bafana Bafana: The pride of the nation

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Bafana Bafana: The pride of the nation

There is nothing as sweet as a hard-earned victory. Ask Bafana Bafana. They should be over the moon at qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Unlike the past – where we have taken part in major tournaments because we have been hosts – coach Shakes Mashaba and his bunch of Bafana winners have made the country proud.

The...

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Francesca Cuturi takes aim at European courses

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Francesca Cuturi takes aim at European courses

Sunshine Ladies Tour golfer Francesca Cuturi is a step closer to qualifying to compete in the Ladies European Tour (LET) next year.

Cuturi will be participating for the first time in the LET Qualifying School, in the 2015 Lalla Aicha Tour School Pre-Qualifying B tournament at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Red and Blue Course) in Rabat, Morocco, from...

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We are a giving people

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We are a giving people

What do the US and the small, highly contested Asian nation of Myanmar, or Burma, have in common?

Their citizens are the world’s most generous people, according to the World Giving Index 2014.

The index, which is compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation, reveals that a country’s wealth and its citizens’ generosity are not necessarily intertwined. So...

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No South Africans recruited by Isis – state security

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No South Africans recruited by Isis – state security

The state security department has said while it was not aware of South Africans being recruited for Isis, it continued to monitor issues of terrorism.

“We are not aware of such recruitment that is taking place,” said departmental spokesperson Brian Dube.

“As part of our normal work, the issue of terrorism is something that pre-occupies us. We are c...

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Pics – Thousands unite for Madiba

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Pics – Thousands unite for Madiba

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Kaizer Chiefs in nervy draw

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Kaizer Chiefs in nervy draw

Eleven teams have tried and Mamelodi Sundowns yesterday came close to handing Kaizer Chiefs a first Absa Premiership defeat, but the joy lasted just 12 minutes for the defending champions.

As it turned out, it took two men – Teko Modise and George Lebese – with their big match temperaments to unlock what was a tactically charged game.

Some of the...

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Boks come through after lacklustre performance

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Boks come through after lacklustre performance

The Springboks battled to suppress a spirited Italian side, ranked far below them on the world pecking order, and again slid into the sludgy disorder that had cost them their first game on tour against Ireland.

In the end it took two brilliant incursions by Willie le Roux, after he replaced Johan Goosen, to swing the tide.

Soon after he came on in...

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Man Utd beat wasteful Arsenal

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Man Utd beat wasteful Arsenal

A Kieran Gibbs own goal and a Wayne Rooney strike saw Manchester United return to the Premier League’s top four with a bruising 2-1 victory at Arsenal today.

Arsenal subjected United’s makeshift back-four to heavy pressure throughout the game at the Emirates Stadium, but Gibbs’ unwitting intervention gave the visitors a 56th-minute lead before Roo...

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Messi equals La Liga scoring record

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Messi equals La Liga scoring record

Lionel Messi equalled the La Liga scoring record of 251 goals when he gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead with a superb free kick in the 21st minute of today’s match at home to Sevilla.

The record was set by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra in 1955 in the Spaniard’s 15th and final season with the Basque club.

Zarra scored his 251 goals in 277...

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Chelsea extend lead, Touré rescues Man City

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Chelsea extend lead, Touré rescues Man City

Diego Costa scored again as Chelsea established a seven-point lead at the Premier League summit today by comfortably beating 10-man West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Costa opened the scoring in the 11th minute, leaping into the air to control Oscar’s left-wing cross on his chest and then slamming a side-foot volley past Ben Foster for h...

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Pics – Police raid Durban building

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7 killed in KZN crash

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7 killed in KZN crash

At least seven people died when a sedan and a bakkie collided on the N2 near the Dokodweni toll gate in KwaZulu-Natal, provincial emergency services said.

“Both vehicles burst into flames on impact. Unfortunately, the five occupants of the bakkie and two from the light motor vehicle were declared dead on scene,” spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said tod...

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‘Average is beautiful’ Barbie doll goes on sale

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‘Average is beautiful’ Barbie doll goes on sale

Washington – She’s short, brunette, has an average body shape and can even be given cellulite and acne: the ‘anti-Barbie’ doll is ready to go on sale in the United States.

The brainchild of 26-year-old graphic designer Nickolay Lamm, the Lammily doll will begin shipping next week with the sales pitch that “average is beautiful.”

Lamm told AFP he...

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Vavi: Cosatu must be unified – but not at any cost

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Vavi: Cosatu must be unified – but not at any cost

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the best way forward for the embattled congress was to remain unified – but not at any cost.

“The first prize then has got to be maintaining the unity of Cosatu,” said Vavi yesterday in a speech prepared for delivery at an anniversary event for the SA Labour Bulletin in central Joburg.

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11 die in Zimbabwe crusade stampede

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11 die in Zimbabwe crusade stampede

Eleven people were killed in a stampede at a crusade held by a popular prophet in Kwekwe, central Zimbabwe, police and a religious organisation said.

A number of others were reportedly injured when police fired tear gas into a crowd of around 15 000 people trying to leave a stadium at the close of the religious rally early this morning.

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Scientists study rare tapeworm living in man’s brain

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Scientists study rare tapeworm living in man’s brain

Scientists in Britain removed and studied a rare tapeworm that lived in a man’s brain for four years, researchers said today.

The parasite travelled five centimetres from the right side of the brain to the left.

The tapeworm causes sparganosis, an inflammation of body tissues that can cause seizures, memory loss and headaches when it occurs in the...

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6 burn to death in Tembisa taxi accident

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6 burn to death in Tembisa taxi accident

At least six people died when a taxi and a bakkie collided in Tembisa on the East Rand this morning.

Emergency services found the burning taxi lying on its roof, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.

“Fire fighters extinguished the fire when they arrived at the scene.

“After further assessment, paramedics found what appeared to be six people, i...

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Toll rises to 10 in killer US snowstorm

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Toll rises to 10 in killer US snowstorm

The death toll from a rare pre-winter snowstorm rose to 10 in the northeastern United States yesterday, paralysing communities for days and dumping more than six feet of snow near Buffalo.

The National Weather Service warned an extra 60cm to 90cm of “lake effect snow,” created when frigid air moves over warm lake waters, could fall yesterday.

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Proteas win toss, bat first in 4th ODI

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Proteas win toss, bat first in 4th ODI

South Africa captain AB de Villiers has won the toss and elected to bat in the fourth limited-overs international against Australia, chasing a win to save the series.

Australia, leading the five-match series 2-1, batted first in the previous three matches, winning the first and third games in Perth and Canberra.

Allrounder Mitchell Marsh was...

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‘Oscar appeal won’t bring Reeva back’

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‘Oscar appeal won’t bring Reeva back’

June Steenkamp is launching her book “Reeva – A Mother’s Story” in Port Elizabeth this week, reports the SABC.

In an interview with the broadcaster, Steenkamp said she was not concerned about the outcome of the appeal process undertaken by paralympian Oscar Pistorius, as it would not bring her daughter Reeva back nor bring...

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7 killed in over 1 000 fires this month

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7 killed in over 1 000 fires this month

Seven people died and 900 others were affected in over 1 000 fires in Cape Town since the beginning of November, the city has said.

“More than half of the incidents involved informal structures, resulting in the destruction of nearly 300 homes,” mayoral committee member Alderman JP Smith said today.

Of the more than 1 000 fires in the city in the...

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Eskom: Load-shedding an option

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Eskom: Load-shedding an option

The power system is severely constrained due to unforeseen technical problems at power stations, says Eskom.

“Should we experience further technical problems, we may need to implement load-shedding,” the power utility said today.

“Eskom calls on consumers to urgently switch off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances t...

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Clothes maketh a Man(dela)

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Clothes maketh a Man(dela)

There’s no doubt Nelson Mandela’s face is among the most recognisable in the world – and his shirts are so famous, they have their own exhibition.

Those Famous Shirts, opening this week at the Circa Gallery in Johannesburg, will display a collection of nearly 30 shirts that became almost as famous as the man himself.

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Cops probe Limpopo’s foul school food

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Cops probe Limpopo’s foul school food

The police have stepped in to investigate a spate of food poisonings at Limpopo schools that have left more than 1 300 pupils hospitalised in less than a month.

It’s not clear exactly who they’re investigating since everything from sabotage to bacteria, and inept suppliers to disgruntled bidders, have been blamed in the past few weeks.

Now Limpopo’s...

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Fifa calls Safa ‘culprits’ on Bafana match-fixing

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Fifa calls Safa ‘culprits’ on Bafana match-fixing

Four people who were implicated in the Bafana Bafana match-fixing scandal have been asked to make representations to Fifa’s ethics committee.

This was revealed by Fifa secretary-general Jérôme Valcke during his visit to South Africa this week.

Five SA Football Association (Safa) officials – former president Kirsten Nematandani, CEO Dennis Mumble, A...

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