July 27, 2016


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    Love, confusion in Mrs Right Guy

    Home-grown romance comes to the big screen next month, with the opening of escapist romantic romcom ‘Mrs Right Guy’, on May 27. The film stars Dineo Moeketsi as the lovelorn Gugu Hlatshwayo. Downhearted and disappointed by love, she has grown up with the curse of being the ‘It Girl’, the most beautiful and wanted by everyone. Having been raised by Gog’ Agnes saved her, with the older woman warning her off boys, but then she had her heart broken when she was left deserted on an island. Raising laughs as well as hope for those who have been wounded by…

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    Upgrading informal settlements

    … The importance of the Slovo Park judgment A judgment this week by the South Gauteng High Court in a dispute between the City of Johannesburg and residents of Joe Slovo Park informal settlement over plans by the city to relocate them to another site far away from their present homes has set an important precedent on how municipalities handle upgrading of informal settlements and relocation of their residents, writes Nomzamo Zondo and Lauren Royston. Frank Mapara told the gathered media outside the High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning about his joy at a judgment that had just been…

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    ‘Anti-Zuma chorus’ rejected

    FS ANC says Nkandla judgment being used as a political weapon, The opposition’s real target is not Zuma but the ANC itself The Free State ANC will not join the anti-President Jacob Zuma crusade, it has said, dismissing opposition-led calls on the president to step down as nothing but an attempt to manipulate the Nkandla judgment to destabilise the former liberation movement. The provincial party called on all structures and cadres of the party across the country to wake up to opposition schemes to use the Constitutional Court ruling as a weapon to force Zuma out of office and ultimately…

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    ‘Rainbow nation concept naive’

    Manyoni says South Africa needs to adopt a more practical and less idealistic way to combat racism South Africa’s approach to removing the key characteristics of apartheid such as racial discrimination and inequality at the dawn of democracy in 1994 by championing the notion of a rainbow nation was too idealistic and incapable of truly transforming and uniting people, Mangaung Metropolitan mayor Thabo Manyoni said. Manyoni said the problem of racism had remained entrenched in South African society to this day because there was no defined strategy and a binding mechanism to address the issue of racism. The executive mayor…

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    MEC wants baby dumpers punished

    … No excuse to throw away babies when there are so many shelters willing to look after the little ones, Ntombela Social development MEC Sisi Ntombela has called on the courts to impose stiffer penalties on mothers who dump babies, saying there was no need for such cruelty when it is common knowledge that there are shelters willing to take babies of parents who do not want or cannot afford to keep them. Speaking on Saturday, outside Maitland Hotel, in central Bloemfontein, where a newly born baby had just been found dumped in a rubbish bin, Ntombela said there was…

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Another week. Another incident of racial and homophobic discrimination comes to light. This time the perpetrator is the owner of Sodwana Bay guesthouse, André Slade, who says no black people or gays and lesbians are welcome at his establishment. Slade is obviously a bit unhinged and his views would be considered extreme – even by middle of the road racists and homophobes. But many share his unfounded belief that the religious views of the owner of a private business justifies discrimination, writes Pierre De Vos. For some reason that defies logic, many South Africans still believe the myth that their…


Can banks legally deduct from SASSA grants?

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… Expert explains the legal hurdles agency faces in case against bank and why parliament might be the best placed to give solution  Almost 17 million South Africans rely on social grants. That’s about 30 percent of the country’s population. So what might first appear to be a small news item is actually an important legal issue: the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), which administers social grants, has laid criminal charges against Grindrod Bank. The charges come after grantees complained that debit orders and bank charges were being deducted from grant funds deposited into their accounts. South Africa spends roughly four…



Engen Knockout Challenge kicks off

More than 100 players who once played in the tournament have gone on to play their football at the highest level at home and abroad Sixteen teams from all over the province have gathered in Bloemfontein for yet another exciting edition of the regional Engen Knockout Challenge tournament which is set to kick off today at Grey College Secondary. The Bloemfontein leg of the tournament is the second last instalment of the tournaments, with three other regional tournaments having been held in Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town since the beginning of July. Johannesburg will host the final leg of…


Tributes pour in for Zulu

‘They are our treasured possessions, jewels in our country’s crown. They will know that their triumphs are celebrated by the entire rainbow nation whose banner they have raised high amongst the nations of the world.’- Nelson Mandela Tributes poured in on Monday morning after the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced that Gugu Zulu tragically lost his life earlier in the morning while attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro with his wife Letshego, as part of the Trek4Mandela initiative. Gugu had experienced problems breathing and that the medical team supporting the trek had put him on a drip and descended the mountain with…


SAB champs treble eludes FS

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Gugu Zulu epitomised black athlete’s aspirations

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