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KZN Premier vows to work with opposition parties in legislature


KwaZulu-Natal‘s newly-elected Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube has assured members of the provincial legislature that she will maintain a good working relationship with all political parties and keep them updated on important matters.

Dube-Ncube was sworn in on Wednesday, 10 August 2022. She takes over the reins from Sihle Zikalala, who resigned after losing the battle for African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson in the province to Siboniso Duma, at the party’s recently held elective congress.

Dube-Ncube is the first woman to hold the coveted post in the province.


Speaking after taking her oath of office, Nomusa Dube-Ncube addressed opposition parties in the KZN legislature, which she will most likely be butting heads with very soon as premier. Dube-Ncube further expressed her gratitude to her predecessor, Zikalala, for his service.

“I will maintain a good working relationship with all of you and we will have regular briefings where necessary. To my predecessors, particularly Honourable Zikalala. I wish to thank you for all the good work that you have done for the people of KwaZulu-Natal as a Premier and a wonderful spirit of comradie amongst colleagues and political parties and we are going to sustain that as women, we don’t take for granted the fact that we have made history here today.”

Nomusa Dube-Ncube

The Democratic Alliance (DA) nominated its own Mabatho Tembe for the post, but she ultimately lost to Dube-Ncube in a special sitting.

Zikalala’s political future is uncertain at this stage, but in an interview with eNCAhe said he was willing to accept any position he might be offered except that of being KZN Premier again. 

“I would take the position of being the chair of a portfolio committee, an MEC or any other position except that of being the face of government,” he said.

Speaking on why he resigned, the former chairperson said that one does not need to have serious problems in order to leave, however, one of the pressing issues was the “myth” that he dumped former President Jacob Zuma.

“I supported him as a leader and someone who sacrificed his life for South Africa to be liberated. My support has never been personal but always organisational. At no point have I ever tried to get position through being associated with him. Equally I have never badmouthed others because they did not support him,” he said.


A cheesy winter pasta with the family


Did you make too much mince for spaghetti last night or have leftover beef casserole or roast beef? Then, a cheesy pasta is the way to go. Our baked macaroni and mince dish is loosely based on past al forno. It’s baking your mac and mince in layers like lasagna and a top layer of cheesy goodness. It’s the perfect leftover dish which the whole family will appreciate and enjoy any day of the week.

Baked macaroni and mince suggestions

You can still make a creamier pasta by adding bechamel, just like making lasagna. With a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of flour, melt them together until the flour smell goes away. Very slowly add milk and whisk continuously until it’s thick and smooth. Season well and use it to cover the mince before adding a layer of cheese. Bake your casserole until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Serve with a light green salad.

For a winter night in with your family, pasta is the way to go. If you have leftover beef mince, try our baked macaroni and mince. It’s a cheesy delight.

Do you want to make more incredible pasta recipes to enjoy over the weekend with your friends and family? Have a look at our excellent recipe suggestions for you to try. There are many more old-school recipes like this one. They are published in the Potchefstroom Boys High School Tried and Tested Recipes of Parents and Friends.

If you would like to submit a recipe for publication, please complete our recipe form here.

‘I feel empty’: Singer Craig Lucas opens up about suicidal thoughts


South African musician Craig Lucas has candidly shared his thoughts and feelings about his battle with mental health in a social media post on Tuesday 9 August.

The Voice SA season two winner has previously shared through a Facebook post in 2018 that he’d been dealing with depression before publicly coming out as gay for the first time since being famous.


In a recent post, Lucas said that he feels the way he felt two years ago before he’d received his diagnosis and started his medication.

The Happy singer’s lengthy post comes a day after performing at a sold-out concert called An Ode To Women: The Queens Ball at the Grand Arena, Cape Town.

The Smother singer revealed that while he was grateful for the support, he feels “so empty.”

“I’ve been feeling like this for weeks now. I thought was ok. I rushed back into releasing music, being active on social media, doing interviews, university, all of it. Maybe I was trying to distract myself. But it’s caught up.

“Nothing feels good anymore. I’m overwhelmed and I’m exhausted. I’m having to fight off thoughts of suicide almost every day now. And it’s getting harder and harder. I’ve managed to stay clean of drugs and alcohol for almost 6 months now and I’m so proud of myself. But the compulsive thoughts are getting stronger and stronger. And I’m feeling weaker and weaker,” he wrote.

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Although he’s not in a good space currently, Lucas ended off his letter on a positive note and revealed that he’ll be starting therapy soon.

“Luckily after lastnight’s show I’ll be a little more financially stable and can start seeing my therapist again. And take some time to heal.

“I know all of this sounds really negative. And firmly believe that we must speak positively over our lives. So I’ll say that I know I’ll be ok,” he explained.



This comes a few months after the singer lost two family members at once.

In March this year, Lucas’ brother and sister-in-law, Warren and Arlene Lucas were allegedly shot and killed by a 15-year-old in circumstances that are still under investigation.

At the time, the singer took a social media break and later returned to pay tribute to his brother and sister-in-law in a heartbreaking post.

“I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest. I’ll love you forever my heart is broken,” he wrote.

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Here’s what to know so far…


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday, 10 August, officially launched the Africa Super League.


The Africa Super League is set to get underway in August 2023 as per the resolution of the CAF Competition Committee.

And on Wednesday, more details around this new continental competition emerged, and here is what the African football fraternity should know so far…



According to CAF, the Africa Super League is aimed at growing the value of football on the continent through investments, sponsors, development funds, and improved infrastructure.


Furthermore, 24 clubs from over 16 African countries will take part in the first edition of the Africa Super League this time next year.

Patrice Motsepe
CAF president Patrice Motsepe. Photo: Backpagepix

The Super League will be supported and supervised by CAF where the expansion of clubs talent, fans and facilities will also be supported.


CAF has invested $100 million (R1.66 billion est) to the Africa Super League project with the ultimate winner walking away with $11 million (R182 million est) in prize money at the end of it all.

A total of 197 matches will be played in 10 months between August and May 2023, including 21 matches set aside for the promotion/relegation playoffs.


As things stand, it is still not clear which 24 African clubs will take part in the Super League and the criteria that will be used in selecting them.

Arthur Zwane explains why Njabulo Blom didn’t start against Maritzburg United


Njabulo Blom has had a first-hand taste of what the consequences will be if you underperform at Kaizer Chiefs. It seems like Arthur Zwane has no mercy.

Rebuilding the club will take a perfect job on the pitch and that’s what ‘10111’ is looking for.

Blom had a “terrible” game against Royal AM on Saturday according to the Glamour Boys mentor. The 22-year-old right-back was then dropped when AmaKhosi faced Maritzburg United on Tuesday.

However, Blom was brought on late in the second half replacing Dillon Solomons.

Zwane says no one has a guaranteed spot in his team.



“When it comes to Njabulo, he knows very well that he had a terrible game by his standards,” he said in the post-match press conference as quoted by iDiski Times.

“[But] those things they do happen, they happen to the best players in the world. 

From the beginning of the season, in pre-season, all the players were told we’re going to create competition. There is no player that will leave his home, knowing he’ll just walk into the first XI. 

“Everyone will have to dig deeper. Everyone will have to show that he’s good enough to play for a team of Kaizer Chiefs’ calibre and all the players they knew very well.

“Njabulo knew as well, if he doesn’t perform, more especially in his position as right-back, there is Reeve [Frosler], there is [Dillan] Solomons who did very well today, so he must up his game and it goes to everyone, not only him, to all the players.

“[Kgaogelo] Sekgota came in today, we substituted Keagan Dolly and he went in there and gave us what we expected of him. As I said it’s a healthy competition and it starts from training.”


Njabulo Blom – Photo: Twitter – @KaizerChiefs



60 tablets, computers and soup stolen from Free State school


The police in the Free State are investigating the burglary of a Hoopstad high school. Electronics and food were taken from the school in Tikwana.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said Hoopstad police were summoned to Relekile Secondary School after a burglary.

The unknown suspects stole 60 mathematics tablets, two computers, four boxes of chicken soup and a 20-metre electrical extension cord from the school premises. A case of Business Burglary was opened for investigation.

Members of the public with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects and the return of the “valuable items” to the school are encouraged to contact the investigating officer, Detective-Sergeant Lepile Mojananga, who is attached to the Hoopstad Detective Services at 083-334-0684. Alternatively, tip-offs can be made via the Crime Stop hotline at 08600-10111.

Last week, another Free State school was robbed by unknown suspects. A 43-year-old security guard on duty was tied up at gunpoint on the night of Monday, 1 August.

The suspects ransacked Malebaleba Primary School in Kutloanong and made off with laptops, cash and other valuables.

After approximately four hours, the security guard managed to untie himself and called for help. He was uninjured in the incident. The Odendaalsrus Detective Services are investigating a case of business robbery.

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R500 million squad on top


The top five most valuable clubs in Africa.

African clubs are growing in stature on the global stage and with that has come an increase in the value of players plying their trade in Africa.

Here we look at the top five African clubs by the value of the squad at their disposal.

Figures given are estimates of player market value.

The top five most valuable clubs in Africa

5 Pyramids – Egypt – R302 million

The first of a trio of Egyptian giants on this list and the youngest club to crack the top five.

Pyramids were only founded in 2008 and spent much of their existence away from the top flight until 2018 when they received an injection of cash from new owner who also renamed the club which was formerly known as Al Assiouty Sport.

Despite the club’s spending, they are yet to win a major trophy in Egypt or on the continent although they have contested a Caf Confederation Cup final.

4 Orlando Pirates – South Africa – R303 million

Deon Hotto Orlando Pirates
Deon Hotto. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Part of the so-called big three in South Africa, Orlando Pirates are a club rich in history with domestic and continental success.

They have quietly assembled the fourth most valuable squad on the continent although it is yet to bear fruit in the form of silverware.

Bafana Bafana defender Thulani Hlatshwayo and Namibian winger Deon Hotto are the club’s joint most valuable players according to market value estimates.

3 Zamalek – Egypt – R361 million

Zamalek Most valuable clubs in Africa
Zamalek’s Achraf Bencharki (R) in action. Photo: EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

The reigning Egyptian Premier League champions have existed under several different names since 1911, but are now known all over the globe as Zamalek.

Arch-rivals of Ah-Ahly, the club have tasted tremendous success on the continent winning the Caf Champions League five times.

Zamalek’s prized asset right now is Morrocan winger Achraf Bencharki.

2 Mamelodi Sundowns – South Africa – R394 million

Peter Shalulile Africa
A huge part of Mamelodi Sundowns success in the 2021/22 DStv Premiership season has been thanks to star Namibian striker Peter Shalulile. Photo: Twitter @Masandawana

Record-breaking PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns have the second-most valuable squad on the continent.

Owned by the mega-rich Motsepe family, Sundowns have dominated South Africa’s top flight for the last five years.

Namibian striker Peter Shalulile is estimated to be their most valuable player.

1 Al Ahly – Egypt – R536 million

Percy Tau
Percy Tau has recovered his form at the business end of the CAF Champions League for Al Ahly. Image: @AlAhly / Twitter

The runaway leaders at the moment are Egypt’s Al Ahly who currently lay claim to being the continent’s top club.

With South African football guru Pitso Mosimane at the helm Al Ahly have reached new heights.

They have also been willing to splash cash on players and have the most expensive squad on the continent.

Stage 2 load shedding on TODAY- find your schedule here


Brace yourselves as Eskom has announced it will be implementing stage 2 load shedding on Wednesday afternoon, 10 August 2022, from 16:00 until midnight.


The embattled power utility has attributed the decision to breakdowns at some of its power stations.

“The breakdowns of a generation unit each at the Majuba, Tutuka and two at Kriel power stations have put a severe strain on the power generation system. Eskom cautions the public that Stage 2 loadshedding would be required to be implemented at short notice this evening at 16:00 – 24:00 should any further significant breakdowns occur,” Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha in a statement.


For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.

As if that wasn’t enough, there have been delays in several generaing units at Kusile, Hendrina and Arnot power stations returning to service, which has worsened the utility’s electricity constrains.


The return of load shedding comes after Eskom suspended the rolling blackouts this past weekend, citing lower demand and improved capacity. But at the time, the parastatal did indicate that its system remained vulnerable, which could necessitate the implementation of load shedding at short notice.

The utility says it currently has 4 479MW on planned maintenance, while another 12 951MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. Meanwhile South Africans have been urged to keep an on their electricity usage, so as to avoid adding more pressure onto the system.

“We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly, especially during these uncertain times on the power system. Eskom will promptly communicate should a need arise,” Mantshantsha added.


Monterey Car Week: 103 Bentley cars mark 103 years of greatness


Crewe, 10 August 2022: Bentley Motors is returning to Monterey Car Week with a program of features across the event that together define the brand’s greatest ever presence on the Monterey peninsula.

The global reveal of the Bentley Mulliner Batur – the next exclusive, handcrafted, coachbuilt car to be launched by Mulliner – is the pinnacle moment for Bentley in Monterey for 2022, with the car due to be unveiled at Bentley’s renowned Signature Party for several hundred guests on the evening of Saturday 20th August.

Joining the Batur in Monterey will be other stunning cars from Mulliner, including Blower Car Zero – the first car in the Continuation Series – along with the first US showing of a customer Bacalar and examples of Mulliner versions of the Continental GT, Continental GTC and Flying Spur.

Mulliner’s breadth of ability will be showcased in the bespoke and beautiful Bentayga EWB Mulliner Gallery – a one-off car celebrating Mulliner, making its debut at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday 19th August.

The centre point of Bentley’s friendly takeover of the Monterey peninsula is the Home of Bentley, located just 200m from Pebble Beach Lodge. The 4,000 square foot, $30m property is a French-style contemporary home, set in over an acre of beautifully manicured grounds with expansive views of the ocean, Point Lobos, Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove.

The Home of Bentley will also mark the public debut of Bentley’s new signature look and feel for events, developed by Bentley’s own Design team. Beautiful expressions of sustainability, authenticity and craftsmanship link design cues from Bentley’s model range to the Home, both outside the property and within.

Monterey Car Week celebration of Bentley

For 2022, the Home of Bentley includes features to stimulate all five senses. Outside, a display of up to six current Bentleys will change every day, and guests will be able to sign-up for a test drive of one of the 103 Bentleys that will come together on the peninsula – one for every year of the company’s history. Meanwhile, a Flying Spur Hybrid will demonstrate Bentley’s pinnacle Naim audio system through the bespoke track recently created for Bentley by renowned Hollywood composer and producer, Steve Mazzaro (Dune, No Time To Die). Further Naim products will be on display and in use inside the Home.

To the rear of the property, a terrace will accommodate a bar and display area from The Macallan, Bentley’s sustainable whisky brand partner. During the event, The Macallan will host private previews of the next stage of its partnership with Bentley, to be revealed on the afternoon of Sunday 21st. Tastings of The Macallan’s exceptional single malts, and bespoke cocktails, will be offered throughout.

Inside the Home customers will be able to be taken through a configuration journey to design their perfect bespoke Bentley, with the aid of Mulliner Designers and arrays of samples of materials and colours. Guests will also be able to explore Bentley Residences Miami, a collaboration with Dezer Development.   A virtual reality tour of the luxury residences demonstrates how Bentley design DNA is woven throughout the architecture and furnishings of Bentley’s first architectural collaboration. Pieces from the Bentley Home furniture collection will also be on display, which translate the materials, motifs and shapes found in Bentley’s road cars in to the home.

Extraordinary Journeys to Monterey – The Rally and the Speed 8

To start Bentley’s Monterey Car Week, a rally of Bentleys will travel to the peninsula. The journey from Los Angeles starts on Tuesday 16th, with a fleet of 30 Bentleys travelling up the Pacific Coast Highway with an overnight stop along the way.

The rally will arrive at Laguna Seca on Thursday 18th, in time for a track parade led by Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark, driving Blower Car Zero. After a lap of the track, Bentley will start its year-long celebrations of next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans centenary as the Speed 8 that won Le Mans in 2003 takes to the circuit for demonstration laps. This will be the first time a Speed 8 has run at high speed in the USA since Sebring 2003.

Thursday evening will see the formal start of Bentley’s VIP programme, with a welcome at the Home of Bentley. Previews for customers and media will be hosted by Bentley’s Director of Design Andreas Mindt and The Macallan’s Global Creative Director Jaume Ferras, after an opening address by President and CEO of Bentley Americas, Christophe Georges.

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Bentley will feature a stunning selection of cars from past and present at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday 19th. Guests will take a journey starting from heritage with the Blower, to Le Mans with the Speed 8, through to the present-day line-up of Mulliner and Hybrid products with a look ahead to Bentley’s electrified future.

Presented on Bentley’s show stand will be the unique Bentayga EWB Mulliner Gallery, a bespoke version of the new Bentayga EWB which will be making its North American public debut. The Bentayga EWB Mulliner Gallery is an art installation on 22” wheels, with the interior set to showcase some of Mulliner’s recent work through incredible handcrafted artistry.

A further example of the artisanal skills of Mulliner will be provided by the debut of a customer Bacalar in the USA. Bacalar No. 8, kindly provided by its owner, will be resplendent in its colour palette of white, blue and orange and showcase the breadth of ability of Mulliner – the oldest coachbuilder in the world.

After The Quail, Bentley will once again host 120 VIP guests for its celebrated outdoor dinner on Seal Rock Beach, with customers experiencing the Bentayga EWB for the first time.

Reveal of the Batur at Bentley’s Signature Party

Saturday night’s Bentley Signature Party, at The Beach & Tennis Club, has become the social event to be at during Monterey Car Week. This year’s event, for several hundred Bentley customers and other VIP guests, will centre around the reveal and global debut of the Bentley Mulliner Batur at 20:00 local time.

So much more than the successor to Bacalar, the Batur reveals an all-new design language for Bentley that showcases themes and forms that will define Bentley’s future range of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). It will be introduced by Adrian Hallmark together with Andreas Mindt and Director of Mulliner Paul Williams. Joining the Batur on display will be Blower Car Zero, the Speed 8, a Bentayga EWB and a new Continental GT S.

Following the Signature Party, the Batur will make its public debut on the Concept Lawn outside Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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