May 31, 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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21st century Luddites?

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The right to basic education and Vuwani

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If you had asked most South Africans a fortnight ago where Vuwani was, smart money would be on very few knowing. It is a testament to the heartbreaking chaos and destruction that has taken place there this month that Vuwani is on everyone’s lips and has increasingly trended on social media. According to media, police and government reports, as of Sunday 8 May, 24 schools had been burnt and/or vandalised in the area. This was allegedly done in protest of a High Court decision that threw out the community’s bid not to be moved into the new Malamulele municipality. These…


Apartheid’s purge of Sophiatown

May 6, 2016

… An army of 2 000 police carried rifles and batons, ready to enforce the eviction and clear Sophiatown of its black residents  In 1955, the ‘Chicago of South Africa’ was one of the last areas of black home-ownership in Johannesburg. Then the bulldozers arrived to evict these residents, confirming apartheid’s brutal suppression of black upward mobility. The bulldozers arrived in Sophiatown at five o’clock on the morning of 9 February, 1955. Behind them in the darkness, police commanders lined up with piles of paper – lists of names and addresses, eviction notices, and assignments to new plots in the…


Business played ‘left’ with TRC

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…Analyst says it is important to revisit what big business, as a direct beneficiary of the biggest crime against the South African people, told the commission. A chorus of voices have called for an “economic Codesa”, and alongside these calls has been a coterie of voices calling for a review and undoing of many of the “deals” made in the political Codesa in the early 1990s. The general sense is that the political process and its subsequent Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) did not do enough to address the economic basis of apartheid. That the mother of Lenny Naidu in…



Celtic make room for new signings

CEO says they are looking for players that will add value to the team in the new season Bloemfontein Celtic released three players this week, while loaning out two more in order to make space for prospective signings ahead of the new season. Keamogetswe Wolff, Wade Jooste and Alushavhiwe Marubini have been let go by the Bloemfontein club, with the latter reportedly having already signed a pre-contract with provincial rivals, free State Stars. Wolff has hardly kicked a ball with the Siwelele Park outfit since re-joining them in February, after going club-less for about six months since leaving Chippa United…


Furman confident of beating Pirates

SuperSport United captain Dean Furman says the team will have a game-plan to beat Orlando Pirates in Saturday’s Nedbank Cup final at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. SuperSport are looking to lift the trophy for the first time since they beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2012 decider, while Pirates have been champions as recently as 2014. Furman was rested for the 2-2 league draw on Saturday that saw the clubs finish their season with top-eight places and says Saturday will be a different occasion altogether. “Come Saturday we will have a game-plan that will hopefully allow us to go…


Crinums eye third title

The Free State provincial netball side will take on North West Flames in the semi-finals today A victory over the North West Flames will give the Crinums an opportunity to win their third consecutive Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League title after their previous back-to-back successes in 2014 and 2015. The Crinums and the Flames are set to take each other on at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban this evening at 18:00, while the Gauteng Jaguars take on Western Cape’s Southern Stings in the second semi-final later at 20:00. The Flames – who are unbeaten this year – finished at…


Jomo must do what’s best for his club

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