July 30, 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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Discrimination and the law explained – again

Jul 8, 2016

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…



CUT claim vital away point

Varsity Football debutants Central University of Technology (CUT) managed to hold University of Johannesburg (UJ) to a 0-0 stalemate on Monday night at the UJ Stadium not only to remain undefeated in their maiden season of the competition, also to claim an important point away from home to remain in the top three on the log. After winning their debut match against university of fort Hare last week, the Bloemfontein side went into the game against the Johannesburg outfit composed and brimming with confidence. Their will to do well in the Varsity football competition saw them tame a fearsome UJ…


Downs inch closer to CAF dream

They will now play whichever team that finishes second in Group A between Wydad Casablanca, Zesco United , Asec Mimosas and Al Ahly With both feet safely in the CAF Champions League semi-finals, ABSA premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns are now just two matches away from playing in their second ever Champions League final after winning Group B on Wednesday The Brazilians secured their semi-final berth with a 1-0 return leg victory over Zamalek having beaten them 2-1 in the first leg in Cairo two weeks ago. Their final group match against Enyimba – who they also defeated 2-1 in the…


SA canoeists compete in Belarus

Despite an arduous series of intercontinental flights fraught with inevitable complications the seven paddler strong South African team has arrived in Minsk ahead of the ICF Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Belarus from 28-31 July as the strongest age group team from the Rainbow Nation to challenge at the global showcase. The team will be spearheaded by Under 23 star Louis Hattingh who has impressed on the national sprint scene recently when he picked up the senior Victor Ludorum award at the South African Canoe Sprint Championships in March highlighting his pedigree as a paddler to watch…


Rabada rewrites record books

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