IOL SIU: R360m IT tender was rigged The R360m government tender awarded to GijimaAST was irregular and should be scrapped, the Special Investigating Unit has found. Sars unit ‘approved at highest level’ Far from being a “covert” or “rogue” unit, the SA Revenue Service national research group was approved at the highest levels of government. Pastor invites victims’ families for Christmas TB Joshua has invited families of the SA victims who died while visiting his church to spend Christmas with him – and they have accepted. ... CTN fires leave hundreds homeless A total of 118 people have been left homeless after 30 shacks burned down in various parts of Cape Town, according to a ... Hard road to redress for Atlantis families Hundreds of Atlantis families have received R100 000 each thanks to the latest land claims settlement. De Lille launches beach safety plan Cape Town looks set for a bumper holiday season with visitor numbers similar to those of last year, mayor Patricia de Lille said. Triumphs and trials of 2014 As the year nears its end, the Independent on Saturday looks at what made headlines. Wounds still raw for families of Taegrin, Tibbetts It will be a bleak festive season for Joburg families who have lost young sons to violent crime this year. Dagga worth R80 000 confiscated A stash of dagga, with a street value of R80 000, has been found in a deserted shack at Skiet, Eastern Cape Police ... Innocents suffer as bungling continues It was a dramatic day for the parents of two young boys who were stabbed multiple times in a robbery in their home ... iAfrica Police ramp up farmer murder probe Southern Cape police have ramped up their investigation into the killing of a Hartenbos farmer. Cape 'serial killer' strikes again? Fears of a serial killer operating in Cape Town have been heightened after the body of a sixth woman was found near the Century City ... Santa slugs in-law at EC mall The Santa Claus at an East London shopping mall was fired after he allegedly assaulted his former father-in-law. Last of 'Waterkloof Four' gets parole The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed the last member of the so-called "Waterkloof Four", Frikkie du Preez, has been released on parole. SA team to probe Ireland stabbing Government has sent a team to Ireland to assist with investigations after a South African couple was found stabbed to death in their home. SA has good reason to celebrate - JZ President Jacob Zuma, in his end of year statement, said that South Africa had much to celebrate in the past year. Ex-Blue Bull gets five life terms Former Blue Bulls rugby player Phindile Ntshongwana was handed five life sentences on Friday for killing four people with an axe in 2011. Soweto toddler 'stabber' released The suspect accused of stabbing two toddlers during a robbery at a Dobsonville, Soweto home earlier week has been released, news reports said. Tutu gets apology over Hitler jibe Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has received an apology from pro-Israel Likud-SA chairperson Leon Reich for comparing the retired cleric to Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Jozi sword 'killer' being assessed The 16-year-old Roodepoort teenager accused of killing his grandmother with a sword is reportedly being assessed by a panel of experts. News24 News24.com | Slovoville fire razes 50 shacks A fire has raged through Slovoville informal settlement, destroying at least 50 shacks, Johannesburg Emergency Services say. News24.com | Rogue spy unit report rocks Sars An independent investigation into a rogue spy unit has rocked the South African Revenue Services as tax settlements worth billions could be reversed. News24.com | Sars' Pillay faces suspension again The SA Revenue Service deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay faced suspension again, a day after he was reinstated, the Sunday Times has reported. News24.com | Eastern Cape murder accused arrested A man accused of fatally stabbing another man was arrested in Ngqamakhwe near Butterworth, Eastern Cape police have said. News24.com | Motorcyclist killed in Stellenbosch crash A motorbike rider was killed when his bike and a car crashed head on in Stellenbosch, paramedics have said. News24.com | Man goes missing after paddle-ski capsizes A man who fell off his paddle-ski in Pringle Bay, Western Cape was missing, the National Sea Rescue Institute has said. News24.com | Zuma to play soccer with KZN youth President Jacob Zuma has said that an under-17 soccer tournament which he would participate in would keep the youth disciplined and engaged in healthy activity. Times Live Police confiscate dagga worth R80,000 A stash of dagga, with a street value of R80,000, has been found in a deserted shack at Skiet, an informal settlement in Butterworth, Eastern ... Cape Town shack fire leaves 118 people displaced A total of 118 people have been left homeless after 30 shacks burned down in various parts of Cape Town, the City’s Disaster Operations Centre ... Furore over Zim baby elephant move Zimbabwean authorities have maintained that they abide by international treaties when sending live animals abroad, following controversy over the possible export of baby elephants to ... Road Accident Fund payout criteria sexist, says judge A High Court judge has criticised criteria used to determine Road Accident Fund (RAF) payout amounts for widows. Pierre Korkie's family to use R1,7 million donation for fresh start The R1,7 million that was raised to help kidnap victim Pierre Korkie and his family after his expected release in Yemen, will now assist his ... An emotional Rolene Strauss calls on South Africa to 'walk this journey with me' Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss on Saturday called on South Africans to support her through her tenure. '7th Heaven' dad denies he is a pedophile Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he’s not a pedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor just once. Miss World, Rolene Strauss touches down in SA Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss on Saturday walked out of the arrivals terminal of OR Tambo International Airport to loud cheers, whistles and ululation as ... SABC News More road fatalites as festive season kicks off More deaths on the roads of South Africa as the festive season kicks off. Circumcision death toll drops in Eastern Cape Fikile Xasa says the number of initiates who die during the circumcision period has dropped significantly this year compared to last year. Two arrested for transporting cow in ambulance Two men have been arrested after they were caught transporting a cow in a private ambulance. More than 200 drunk drivers arrested in Gauteng Road blocks are the order of the day as holiday commuting continues. 30 killed on Mpumalanga roads so far About 30 people have so far lost their lives in road accidents in Mpumalanga this festive season. This is less than half the lives lost ... Suspect in Kraaifontein horror murder not off hook The NPA says even though it has withdrawn charges against one of the men arrested for the Kraaifontein murders, north of Cape Town, he’s not ... Korkie family will use donation for a fresh start The R1.7 million that was raised to help kidnap victim Pierre Korkie and his family after his expected release in Yemen, will now assist his ... Google South Africa Police ramp up farmer murder investigation - Eyewitness News Eyewitness News Cops confiscate dagga stash in EC - iAfrica.com iAfrica.com Sars unit 'approved at highest level' - Independent Online Independent Online EFF are Swaziland's foes - The Swazi Observer BDlive Over 100 displaced after shack fires - Eyewitness News Eyewitness News Innocents suffer as bungling continues - Independent Online Independent Online Fury as axe killer jailed - Independent Online Independent Online Moneyweb All employees to be told if bosses are insolvent Following a ConCourt ruling. Can Africa turn poaching into an economic blessing? SA has lost up to $325m in potential revenue due to rhino poaching. Swartland Winery sells majority stake to Chinese investor ‘The market is in China where I have a ready demand ….’ – Wu. Metal wage agreement set aside - Neasa Oliphant extends agreement to employers not party to the agreement. Eskom mum on alleged suspension of top official Grave concern about state of ‘nerve centre’. SA Breaking News Social Media Abuzz After AKA-Cassper Confrontation The South African hip hop awards could have easily been mistaken for the AKA VS Cassper Nyovest awards ... Santa Claus Sacked For Smacking Ex Father-In-Law At Mall A man dressed up as Santa Claus to take photos with children at an East London mall ... End Of Year Statement By President Jacob Zuma We are about to draw the curtain on the year 2014, a landmark year marking 20 ... Mozambique Legalises Abortion Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Thursday signed into law a bill that legalises the termination of ... Motorists To Be Shocked Into Obeying The Rules The Gauteng Transport Department will strategically place mangled cars on the side of the road to deter reckless ... Mail & Guardian N Korea offers assistance to US into Sony cyber attack In a move to prove it had nothing to do with the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, North Korea offers its efforts to investigate the ... Moyane won't fold his hands during Sars' challenges In an email to Sars employees, Tom Moyane assured the staff that he will keep to his promise of not allowing rogue activities under his ... Korkie family to use R1.7m donation for 'fresh start' Donations that were raised to help rescue Pierre Korkie, killed in a US rescue operation, will now be used to assist his widow and children. President Kenyatta signs controversial anti-terror bill amid criticism a law that promotes censorship and allows authorities to crack down on suspected terrorists, impeding on human rights, set to be passed in Kenya. Athletics: Kenya stands behind their anti-doping status According to Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat 32 cases of doping in Kenyan sports is better than what other federations have had to report. The Star Cop mistaken for robber shot at mall An undercover policeman was shot in the leg when security guards at the Golden Walk shopping centre “mistook him for a robber”. Paving SA’s brighter way forward President Jacob Zuma dwells on the ANC government’s successes over the 20 years since the end of apartheid. ‘Taxis, behave or be shut’ Although the closure of two taxi ranks in Gauteng has been averted, MEC Ismail Vadi warned that other problematic ones could be closed. Bleak Christmas for Cuburne’s family This will be the first Christmas that Daphne Fredericks doesn’t celebrate with her grandson, Cuburne van Wyk. Guards foil robbery at Soweto food store A failed robbery attempt left shoppers at Maponya Mall uncertain about how safe they are at the Soweto shopping centre. The Argus ‘I realised something had to change’ All it took was one photograph to make Zintle Ntshikila decide to get healthy and lose weight, writes Nontando Mposo. Police beat me up, says diplomat An African diplomat visiting SA for her son’s graduation has accused five cops of kicking and slapping her. Paving SA’s brighter way forward President Jacob Zuma dwells on the ANC government’s successes over the 20 years since the end of apartheid. Farmer acquitted of assaulting epileptic man A farm manager has been acquitted of assaulting Flippie Engelbrecht after a magistrate found inconsistencies in evidence. Life expectancy down in SA SA is one of the countries in the world where life expectancy has dropped in the past two decades, seeing citizens dying at younger ages. Cape Times City back to square one over stadium Now that the “significantly higher” cost of running the Cape Town Stadium has put off the Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU), the city ... Lili given an ultimatum Se’skona leader Andile Lili has refused to apologise for accusing the ANC of being behind an attempt on his life. Keeping safe ‘is key to a happy holiday’ An influx of visitors to the city is set to boost the tourism sector and visitors have been advised that keeping safe is ... Obama urges end to ‘outdated approach’ World leaders welcomed the groundbreaking news that the US and Cuba are moving to restore diplomatic relations and bury one of the last ... Boost for Cape Times bursary fund The Cape Times Bursary Fund yesterday received a cheque for R140 000 to provide support for matriculants from disadvantaged communities in the Western ... Sowetan 'Prime evil' helps family find closure HE WAS a brutal apartheid assassin but a few weeks ago Eugene de Kock walked out of Tshwane’s C Max Prison to help locate the ... Centurion Radise a lady for all seasons - 100 and counting HELINA Radise might be a century old, but is still concerned about her looks. Foreigners living in fear - two shops belonging to Somalis petrol-bombed FOREIGNERS in townships and informal settlements around Durban are living in fear after several attacks on Somali shopkeepers in KwaMashu. Pretoria News Madiba’s book ‘undergoes evolution’ Factual, as well as spelling and grammatical errors in Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk To Freedom have been corrected. Tighter security at SA prisons for festive The department of Correctional Services intends to intensify security at all its facilities to prevent inmates from escaping. How justice was served in 2014 While the high court had the usual mixed bag of civil and criminal cases, cases regarding children took centre stage, writes Zelda Venter. R97m Tshwane flats scam The City of Tshwane has launched a court action to nullify its own R97 million Schubart Park tender. Mom loses battle to keep son in SA A Limpopo woman has decried a ruling by the high court in Pretoria to return her son to the UK, where his father ... Daily News Mom stunned by stabbing Couple’s death in Ireland shocks family Tuck in! MasterChef SA winner Roxi Wardman and runner-up Siphokazi Mdlankomo will cook fabulous traditional dishes for family and friends at Christmas. They shared their ... Finally, thaw in the Caribbean We are seeing the start of an era of hope between old enemies The good and bad of drones Machines best utilised where public safety outweighs right to privacy, writes Jane Duncan Tips to prevent piling on holiday kilos It’s the time of the year when it is hard not to overindulge IT Web BlackBerry third-quarter revenue falls more than expected BlackBerry’s revenue is not satisfying, says CEO John Chen. BlackBerry on Friday reported a bigger-t… Obama vows response to North Korea over Sony cyber attack Barack Obama has criticised Sony for pulling The Interview after a cyber attack. US president Barack… More ructions hit Eskom's IT unit? Laher recently told ITWeb his role was not under threat. As power utility Eskom battles to keep the … Ellies comes in at a loss Despite a torrid first half, things are looking better for Ellies, says CEO Wayne Samson. Electronic… 'Swipe ads to earn points' Thumbtom users can interact with polls and surveys aiming to better understand consumers. Mobile adv… TechCentral And now for 4D printing Additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – is 30 years old this year. Today, it’s found not just in industry but in households, as the ... Court reserves judgment on Motsoeneng The Western Cape high court has reserved judgment in the matter involving the suspension of SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Beeld newspaper reported on ... Staff aren’t laughing at SABC jokes The best thing about Zandile Tshabalala’s resignation as SABC chair this week, staffers say, is that they will go into festive season parties less likely ... TechCentral’s best-read stories of 2014 It was another busy year in South Africa’s technology industry. From the drama at the SABC to the drama over the splitting of the department ... Videogames have cultural cachet UK videogames industry body Tiga has called for the products to be treated like other creative industries such as television or film, rather than mere ... AllAfrica Not-So-Trivial Trivia Trumps On Trivia SA [Biz-Community]Did you know that the man behind the popular Zuma Eskom meme actually runs an entire site based on trivia? Ian de Jager, ‘Fun Master’ ... DTI Presents Award to Unilever [SAnews.gov.za]The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has presented an award to Unilever South Africa on behalf of the United Nations Conference on Trade and ... Kwenta Media's Essence of Africa Changes Name to Essays of Africa [Biz-Community]To avoid name clash issues, from today, 19 December 2014, Kwenta Media’s Essence of Africa magazine has changed its name to Essays of Africa… Nomad Refreshes Website for 2015 [Biz-Community]Nomad Africa Magazine has refreshed its website for 2015. It has been more than three years since its last redesign, during which time the Web ... Public Urged to Join Gift of Light Campaign for Festive Season [Biz-Community]Philips has launched its ‘Gift of Light’ campaign during the festive season, enabling the public to make a donation from as little as R300 to ... SouthAfrica.info Welcome home, Rolene South Africans have been urged to give a proudly South African welcome to Rolene Strauss, the new Miss World. She is landing back home at ... Hi-tech boost for fight against rhino poaching The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal, which has one of the largest rhino populations in the world, has reportedly experienced a 92% reduction in poaching incidents ... Vlogging the South African story Independent young South Africans are choosing to share their experiences and thoughts with followers around the world by vlogging, or blogging by using video. All 'Significant progress' for SA's nuclear programme A tender process for the building of new nuclear power stations in South Africa will soon be introduced as the government wraps up workshops with ... SA makes 'intensive investment' in infrastructure As the country battles with an erratic power supply, recent financial data from Statistics South Africa indicates increased investment by players in the electricity, gas SA Rugby Mag Olivier makes impact for Montpellier Wynand Olivier scored a try as Montpellier beat Toulouse 23-20 in a tightly contested match in the French Top 14 on Saturday. Nonu headed to Toulon All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu has signed a two-year deal with French Top 14 club Toulon. Swiel boots Harlequins to victory Tim Swiel kicked five penalties as Harlequins beat the struggling Newcastle Falcons 15-7 at the Stoop on Saturday. All Blacks prepare for exodus The New Zealand Rugby Union are expecting an exodus of top-level players following the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. Adam Jones’ drop goal masterclass Wales and Cardiff Blues prop, Adam Jones, demonstrates the art of the drop goal.