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NPA KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara has welcomed the life sentence for a man convicted of rape. (Darren Stewart/Gallo Images) A 41-year-old KwaZulu-Natal man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after he raped a 5-year-old girl in November 2018 and gave her R1 as well as an instruction not to tell anyone about it.The man pleaded guilty to raping the child in the Ladysmith Regional Court. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said on Wednesday that the man was the child’s neighbour and was friends with her uncle.  South Africans need to be in the know if we want to create…

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Woolworths has inked a deal to pick up about 150 Absolute Pets stores. Woolworths has ambitions to become the number one player in the local pet care industry through its acquisition of Absolute Pets. Even as it struggles with volume declines in its core SA business, the JSE-listed retailer says it plans to spend to bulk up in this lucrative segment.The group, which is funding the acquisition of its 94% interest in Absolute Pets with cash, told an interim results presentation that, in addition, it was also earmarking some of the R10 billion it plans to invest in all its…

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Eastern Cape premier, Oscar Mabuyane, delivered his last State of the Province Address in East London last week. Photo:SUPPLIED EASTERN Cape premier, Oscar Mabuyane, says that the provincial government has built over 100 schools across the province since he was appointed to the office in 2019.According to Mabuyane, 20 of these schools were built in areas under Alfred Nzo District, 20 in OR Tambo District, 17 in Chris Hani District, 15 in Amathole District, nine in Joe Gqabi District and four in the Sarah Baartman District.Mabuyane made the remarks as he delivered his last State of the Province Address…

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Australia’s Cameron Green acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the field at the end of play during day one of the first test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on 29 February 2024. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images),vàý Cameron Green slammed only his second Test century Thursday to steer Australia to 279-9 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test in Wellington.The visitors were tottering on 89-4 after being put into bat at the Basin Reserve before Green dug in for a rescue mission with the help of Mitchell Marsh, who made 40.The 24-year-old brought…

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A fire at Du Toit’s Kloof in the Cape Winelands has entered its second day, despite cooler overnight temperatures aiding firefighting efforts. (CWDM Fire Officer Hein Strumpher / Supplied) A fire on the mountain along Du Toitskloof Pass in the Cape Winelands has entered its second day, despite cooler overnight temperatures that aided firefighting efforts.Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) spokesperson Jo-Anne Otto said the blaze started on Wednesday afternoon and quickly spread towards the N1 highway, resulting in road closures and disruptions to traffic flow. South Africans need to be in the know if we want to create a prosperous…

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A concert of music from the Baroque on period-appropriate instruments awaits music lovers in Kimberley when members of the Cape Town Baroque Orchestra showcase an expressive repertoire.The concert forms part of the first instalment of the South African Strings Foundation’s Buckle Up for Baroque Strings touring series.This series focuses on the promotion of Baroque music and Baroque stringed instruments, and the foundation facilitates tours for members of the Cape Town Baroque Orchestra to present workshops, school demonstrations, and concerts in various regions.From the end of the 17th century two prominent styles emerged in European music: The Italian style, with Arcangelo…

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Joshlin Smith is missing and police are searching for her. (Executive Mayor Andrè Truter/Facebook) The Western Cape’s social development department in Saldanha Bay has intervened to keep the siblings of six-year-old Joshlin Smith safe. Joshlin has been missing for more than a week, after she disappeared outside her home in the Middlebos Informal Settlement. Despite an extensive search by authorities, residents, search and rescue teams, as well as a R100 000 reward for information about her whereabouts, there has been no sign of the little girl.  South Africans need to be in the know if we want to create a prosperous future.…

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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Tebogo Letsie/Gallo Images) A tense standoff between Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan and the parliamentary committee that exercises oversight of his department ended yesterday with Gordhan handing over confidential documents on the SAA sale. Gordhan had requested that his appearance at the Portfolio Committee be held in camera and that MPs sign non-disclosure agreements. The documents include those related to the shortlisting of Takatso as SAA’s preferred strategic equity partner in June 2021, and the sale and purchase agreement. The chairperson of the committee, Khaya Magaxa, refused the request that non-disclosure agreements be signed, which he…

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Manchester United’s Casemiro celebrates his goal in the FA Cup Fifth Round match against Nottingham Forest at City Ground in Nottingham on 28 February 2024. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images) Manchester United beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 to set up an FA Cup quarter-final against Liverpool.Liverpool cruised past Southampton, winning 3-0.Chelsea nagged a 3-2 win against Championship promotion chasers Leeds.For more sports news, go to the News24 Sport front page.Manchester United will host Liverpool in an FA Cup quarter-final blockbuster after the bitter rivals took contrasting routes to their fifth-round victories on Wednesday.United eased the pressure on beleaguered boss Erik ten Hag as…

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Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes and Tebello ‘Tibz’ Motsoane were gunned down in February 2023. (Oupa Bopape/Gallo Images) Lindokuhle Ndimande, one of three alleged seasoned taxi hitmen brothers, swiped his new Standard Bank card at Wish on Florida restaurant while rapper Kiernan Forbes, known as AKA, was getting his haircut in the salon inside.The 29-year-old man from Ocilwane village, KwaMbonambi, outside Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, had opened the account that very morning. The following day, 11 February 2023, an amount of R133 000 was deposited into the account as alleged payment for his apparent role in the murder of the famous rapper and…

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