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Five-star Wits thump hapless Baroka to go top

Bidvest Wits' remorseless 5-0 win over Baroka FC made sure they will go into Saturday's clash against Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the Premier Soccer League log.
Abalone, also known as perlemoen.

Three bust for illegal possession of abalone worth R2.5m

Members of Cape Town’s K9 unit and officials of the Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) seized abalone worth R2.5 million and arrested three men on Wednesday after investigating a suspicious vehicle.

Russia asks Syria to halt bombing during UN peace talks

Russia has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop his bombing campaign while peace talks take place this week, but a political breakthrough on the six-year war remains unlikely, the UN's envoy said Wednesday.

Earth-like exoplanets prime target in search for life: study

The stunning discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our galaxy opens up the most promising hunting ground so far for life beyond the Solar System, researchers said Wednesday.

Man killed and nickel worth R1 million stolen in Wadeville heist

A gang of about 15 men murdered an elderly man and made off with nickel worth more than R1 million in a robbery at the Lauds Foundry Equipment premises in Wadeville‚ Ekurhuleni‚ on Wednesday morning‚ police said.

Brazilian troops withdraw from Rio ahead of carnival

Authorities on Wednesday began withdrawing 9,000 army soldiers who had been deployed to Rio de Janeiro to provide security ahead of this week's carnival celebrations following a strike by police officers.

French artist is entombed in rock for a week

A French artist was entombed Wednesday inside a 12-tonne boulder for a week, saying: "I think I can take it."

JMPD seize kat‚ crystal meth and dagga in raid in Lenasia

After receiving tip-off from the community in Lenasia‚ the Johannesburg Metro Police Department’s (JMPD) K9 unit and members from the South African Police Service had arrested seven suspects in the area for possession and dealing of drugs‚ the city’s MMC for Safety‚ Michael Sun‚ said on Wednesday.
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Budget 2017: Bittersweet reaction to Gordhan’s remarks on sugar tax

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's promises to have further consultations before the sugar tax is implemented has industry delighted.

Budget 2017: COMMENTARY 'Much stronger economic growth needed to counter rising government debt'

Minister Gordhan’s second budget was again delivered against the backdrop of political turmoil.

Future of online shopping in SA is mobile‚ says PayPal chief

High mobile penetration will help South Africa to close the gap on other ecommerce markets.

Budget 2017: What government will earn - and forgo - from new tax changes

The proposed new top personal income tax rate of 45% for the estimated 100‚000 individuals with taxable incomes above R1.5m will raise R4.4bn. The previous top bracket of 41% was set at R701‚301.

EINA! Tax hikes will hurt but fatcats will feel pinch too

South Africans reeling from the tax hikes announced yesterday to fill a R28-billion hole in the state's finances should take comfort in that they are not alone - the president, his cabinet and the rich in general will have to endure the pain, too.

ICC: State was irrational

The government has again found itself with egg on its face after a full bench of the Pretoria High Court found its notice of withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court procedurally invalid and unconstitutional.

Praise all round for Gordhan

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had walked a difficult road but has produced the best Budget possible, said opposition parties and analysts yesterday.

Treasury saves tax payers billions

Delivering his Budget yesterday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the bill for a 7500m² school had been cut from R70-million to R34-million after discussions between the Treasury's chief procurement officer, Ken Brown, and the Department of Basic Education on "cost-effective standards for building design".

READ: Pravin Gordhan's full #Budget2017 speech

Read Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's full 2017 budget speech presented in Parliament on Wednesday.

READ: Edward Zuma's response to Phosa's 'little piece of vomit' taunt

Read Edward Zuma's full response to Mathew Phosa's taunt that he is 'a little piece of vomit and not worthy of any comment because he talks rubbish'.

Court declares SA's withdrawal from International Criminal Court unconstitutional and invalid

The High Court in Pretoria has found that government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) is unconstitutional and invalid.

Rains bring huge relief to drought-affected Gauteng as Vaal Dam level rises

The Vaal Dam is now 71.62% full. "Huge increase since last night‚" a grateful Johannesburg Water announced on Wednesday.

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South Africa's Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games gold medalist, Wayde van Niekerk and his coach, Ans Botha look on after their arrival at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg

Wayde was a wee one - now the athletics giant is helping premature babies

Olympian gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk‚ whose life hung on a thread when he was born two months premature‚ on Wednesday gave hope to mothers he met at the neonatal ICU at Groote Schuur Hospital.
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Police give green light to Athlone Stadium to host Ajax vs Chiefs showdown

Ajax Cape Town’s match with Kaizer Chiefs will go ahead at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday night after police said on Wednesday it was safe to proceed.

Mvovo on the brink of becoming the 34th South African to earn 100 Super Rugby caps

Lubabalo “Tera” Mtembu has been out of the Sharks' Super Rugby team with various injuries for so long that he's forgotten how it feels to don a starting jersey.

Captain AB de Villiers rues missed opportunities by SA's batsmen

South Africa lost the second one-day international against New Zealand to level the series in Christchurch on Wednesday‚ but AB de Villiers liked some of what he saw.

Is Klaasen set for a call-up to the SA Test squad for the New Zealand series?

Heinrich Klaasen's absence at the Titans training session while Heino Kuhn and Rivaldo Moonsamy took turns with the gloves fuelled suspicion that the up and coming Titans wicketkeeper will be named in the Test squad for the New Zealand series.

EINA! Tax hikes will hurt but fatcats will feel pinch too

South Africans reeling from the tax hikes announced yesterday to fill a R28-billion hole in the state's finances should take comfort in that they are not alone - the president, his cabinet and the rich in general will have to endure the pain, too.

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The vibrant colours of military dress uniforms stood out in gloomy Durban weather as the center-piece of Armed Forces Day commenced on Tuesday.

Luvo Makasi threatens legal action over 'Ben 10' claims

Central Energy Fund chairman Luvo Makasi‚ the man accused of influencing the awarding and payment of contracts in the Department of Water and Sanitation‚ is considering taking legal action against those making the allegations.

IN MEMES: Twitter sleuths question #CaiphusSong - labels the 'split' a promotion stunt

AKA's surprise love song hit social media stronger than Cyclone Dineo when it dropped on Tuesday.

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'Drive foreigners out' - new political party

A new political party with virulent anti-foreign national sentiment has been launched by a budding Pretoria politician.
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'Edward Zuma is a little piece of vomit' - Mathews Phosa

Mathews Phosa has labelled Edward Zuma a joke and waste of time.

Traditional healer convicted for murder of woman with albinism

A traditional healer has been found guilty of being the mastermind behind the gruesome murder of a woman with albinism whose genitals‚ hand and other body parts were mutilated for muti.

WATCH: Homeless and white - 'I am bones and skin and poephol alone'

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Reclaim the City laundry protest halts debate on Zille speech

The Western Cape legislature was brought to a halt by a Reclaim the City protest during Tuesday’s debate on Premier Helen Zille's state of the province address.

'Straat meid' insult hurled at DA's Van Damme goes unpunished

Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile van Damme did not react when she was repeatedly called a “straat meid” (wild woman or prostitute) during the debate on the State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament on Tuesday.
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