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Submissions stream in on airport name change

The Department of Arts and Culture has received ''hundreds'' of submissions on the proposed renaming of Johannesburg International airport to OR Tambo International airport, the department reported on Monday. The deadline for submissions is at midnight on Monday. Ministry spokesperson Sandile Memela said that submissions were streaming in ''every moment of every hour''.

M&G editor wins MTN Women in the Media award

<i>Mail & Guardian</i> editor Ferial Haffajee took top honours at the MTN Women in the Media 2006 awards ceremony in Johannesburg on Friday, claiming the overall award. The awards honour women in the South African media industry who have excelled in their careers.

Cosatu: Withdraw SA ambassador to Israel

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will ask the government to withdraw its ambassador from Israel in solidarity with the people of Palestine, its president, Willie Madisha, said on Wednesday. He was speaking after Cosatu held a meeting with Palestinian activist Leila Khaled in Johannesburg.

Want to help transfer the ‘Zuma millions’?

African National Congress deputy president Jacob Zuma's family reacted with shock on Tuesday to reports that his first wife's name has been used in a 419 scam e-mail. Nephew Michael Zuma, in Nkandla, said: ''What? She doesn't even have a computer. She has a phone, but she can't even send SMSs.''

Mail & Guardian editor is new Sanef chairperson

The editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper, Ferial Haffajee, was elected chairperson of the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) at its annual general meeting in East London on Monday. Thabo Leshilo, editor of the Sowetan newspaper, was elected deputy chairperson.

Call to probe Rath’s ‘food supplements’

The South African Medical Association has called for an investigation into the release -- by the director general of health -- of a consignment of anti-Aids food supplements from the Dr Rath Health Foundation. The <i>Mail & Guardian</i> reported on Friday that the consignment allegedly contained a scheduled substance.

SABC defends canning of doccie

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) defended its withdrawal of an "unauthorised" documentary on President Thabo Mbeki in a full-page newspaper advertisement on Saturday. "At no stage was any pressure, political or otherwise, exerted on our editorial or legal staff," read the public broadcaster's advert.

Huge fire blazes at Istanbul airport

A huge fire engulfed the cargo section of Istanbul's international Atatürk airport on Wednesday. Black smoke billowed high into the air, television footage showed. The fire caused panic at the airport, and authorities were trying to evacuate hundreds of people from nearby terminals.

DRC ‘coup plot’: 19 from SA arrested

Nineteen South Africans have been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) alongside three Americans and four Nigerians on allegations of ''destabilisation of government institutions'', the South African Department of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.

Soweto to shop in style at new Baramall

The new R55-million Baramall shopping centre was officially launched in Soweto on Wednesday. The centre is fully let and anchor tenants include Shoprite, OK Furnishers, Jet Stores, PEP Stores, Diskom and Dunns, while financial institutions include Absa, African Bank, First National Bank and Standard Bank.

SA’s Van Dyk wins ‘Oscar of sport’

South African athlete Ernst van Dyk was named Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday. Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer was named World Sportsman of the Year for the second straight year, with the women's honour going to Croatian skier Janica Kostelic.

Mbeki reshuffles Cabinet following Sigcau’s death

President Thabo Mbeki announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday, following the death earlier this month of minister of public works Stella Sigcau. Her post will now be filled by Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs Thoko Didiza. Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy Lulama Xingwana will become Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs.

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