June 29, 2016


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    Rami Chuene is back on Muvhango as the superbad Khomotjo

    Rami Chuene has hit the ground running. She is back at Muvhango as the superbad and yet superb Khomotjo, wasting no time to don the big girl knickers and lace up the boxing gloves to leave a trail of bloodied noses. “Di a bowa . I’ve already had three fighting scenes. It’s insane,” she laughs. “Khomotjo is fighting over money, she wants what is rightfully hers.” For most of last year, viewers of Muvhango were enthralled by the antics of Khomotjo. At a time when the formula of soapies has morphed so much, it was refreshing to find a character…

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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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    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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Violence threatens a battered democracy

Jun 17, 2016

… An emancipatory programme is urgent, putting peace and nonviolence at its centre as conditions that make democratic debate and contestation possible While seeking to ensure peace, Nelson Mandela and the government he led after 1994 did not devote much attention to establishing the principle of non-violence. They did little to ensure that it was recognised as a necessary condition for social well-being. Nor was it prominent in people’s consciousness in the period after 1990, even though it ought, constitutionally, to be one of the foundations of our lives. We must banish the romanticism that continues to attach to violence…


Terror warnings: Is South Africa really an Islamic State target?

Jun 10, 2016

State Security Minister David Mahlobo said on Monday that government has noted the terror alert issued by the US Embassy in Pretoria and insisted there is no need to panic This past weekend, both the US and the UK warned their citizens about possible terror attacks in South Africa, with malls in Joburg and Cape Town thought to be likely targets. Just how seriously should we take these warnings? The United States on Saturday said it had received information that terrorist groups were planning to carry out attacks in South Africa during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In a…


August promises hung councils

Jun 3, 2016

South Africans might have to adjust to coalition rule in some of the country’s biggest municipalities This year’s local government elections in South Africa are likely to produce shifts in power at municipal level. They will be the fourth local government elections since a new system of local government was adopted under the post-1994 constitutional framework. The polls are expected to be contentious, particularly in the country’s eight metropolitan municipalities. Local government plays a major role in governance and the provision of basic public services in South Africa. First, the country’s municipalities are very big. Spain’s population size and land…



Engen Knockout stage set

Defending champions, Virginia sport academy, will have to fend off some stiff competition in the ‘group of death’ The draw of the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge was conducted yesterday at Grey College Secondary in Bloemfontein with some mouth-watering fixtures lining up what promises to be another thrilling edition of the premium under-17 football tournament next month. The tournament, which will take place at Grey from July 22 to 24, will see the 2015 champions Virginia Sports Academy – who played as Harmony High School last year – defend their title against some stiff competition in Group A in which they…


Anderson out of top 20

US-based South African tennis ace, Kevin Anderson, has continued his swift slide down the world tennis rankings and is now ranked 24th in the world, in spite of him having reached a career-high ranking of 10 last year October. Anderson’s quick drop was largely due to a chronic knee injury and right elbow injury which he sustained in January this year, subsequently forcing him to retire from two matches and seven tournaments overall to date. At the moment the lanky 30-year-old – who is still number one in South Africa – is trying to recover and regain his once swiftly…


SA netball has depth, says Plummer

The Proteas coach says the depth the country has allowed her to experiment with three new caps Fresh off a 3-0 series whitewash over Wales last weekend, South African national netball team coach, Norma Plummer, said she was impressed with her charges and the depth in South African netball. The Proteas as well as the junior side, Baby Proteas, both achieved a whitewash of series victories over Wales in the SPAR Challenge International Netball Series which took place at the Durban International Convention Centre last week. On Sunday, the Proteas – ranked fifth in the world – sealed the series…


Mashaba shining on a trivial platform

The Bafana Bafana coach seems to be thriving on insignificant feats, but can’t qualify for major tournaments Bafana Bafana are really doing well in the Cosafa Cup. The boys are suitably showing off their dominance of the region and there can never be a better way to do it than with a 5-1 victory in the semi-finals and book yourself in the final of the competition. Bafana Bafana will play Botswana in the final and I hope our boys will return from Namibia, where the tournament is hosted, with the trophy. Having won the three times already (in 2002, 2007…