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April 10, 2018

Rihanna’s response to Snapchat beating ad sends shares plummeting

An ad on Snapchat asking users if they’d rather “Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown” has spawned widespread outrage, including from the singer herself, and brought profuse apologies from the company behind the visual-messaging app.

Snapchat said it is investigating how the ad for a mobile video game called “Would You Rather” made it to the app.

Rihanna, who Brown was convicted of assaulting when she was his girlfriend in 2009, posted an angry statement on her Snapchat and Instagram accounts.

“I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess!” Rihanna, 30, wrote. “I’d love to [...]

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April 9, 2018

Police call for calm after farmhouse, sugarcane fields set alight

National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has called for calm and tolerance in Umlalazi, Eshowe, in KwaZulu-Natal following violent protests.

Hundreds of residents went on the rampage after a man was shot dead on the Gqobhokani farm.

According to police, on Wednesday two young men, one of them being 30-year-old Spamandla Xulu, were fishing at a dam on the Gqobhokani farm.

The men were confronted by a security guard who requested that they leave. An altercation ensued which led to the guard allegedly fatally shooting Xulu. The second man escaped uninjured.

The security guard has since been arrested on a charge of murder and is currently in police [...]

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April 3, 2018

‘Investors abroad inspired by new president’

Treasury Director General Dondo Mogajane has told Eyewitness News the country’s new leadership has helped Treasury officials, business and labour in their discussions with investors abroad.

Treasury is leading a high-level delegation including representatives of labour and business on a week-long investor roadshow in London, Boston and New York.

The purpose of the roadshow is to continue developing relationships with international investors and to provide them with an update after budget 2018.

It’s understood that new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has been widely welcomed by investors.

Treasury says investors abroad are inspired by the country’s new [...]

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March 29, 2018

Gold-and-silver bars rain down on airport runway

A handout picture provided by YakutiaMedia news agency shows precious metal ingots on the runway of the airport of Yakutsk on March 15 2018.  Image: HO / YakutiaMedia / AFP

A Russian plane loaded with precious metals lost its glittering cargo on take-off Thursday, scattering the runway with gold and silver.

The Antonov plane was taking off after refuelling in an airport at Yakutsk in Siberia when its cargo door flew open — and out tumbled nearly 200 bars from the Kupol gold mine in the remote Chukotka region, investigators said.

The cargo of bars of concentrated ore used to transport the precious metals weighed 9.3 tonnes.

“As it gathered height, the [...]

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