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Watch: Ramaphosa charms Liberian ex-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President Cyril Ramaphosa turned on the charm in an encounter with former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday.

The two met at the Financial Times Africa Summit in London, where Ramaphosa delivered a keynote address.

He shared a video of their encounter on Twitter and said he had the “joy and honour of being in the presence” of Sirleaf.

In the 30-second clip, he’s heard telling Sirleaf, “You’re looking so much younger. You’ve always been beautiful, but [now you’re] even more beautiful. You make the hearts of young men like me flutter.”

The two, along with another gentleman, shared a laugh before Ramaphosa sauntered to the stage.

The President repeated joke in the opening remarks of his keynote address, drawing laughter from the audience.

Ramaphosa and Sirleaf first met in August 2017 during the latter’s state visit to South Africa when she was still Liberian President. Ramaphosa was Deputy President at the time.

‘Invest in Africa’

Ramaphosa used his address to invite foreign investors to invest in Africa and South Africa in particular.

He cited the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), which he said “will bring together into a single market 54 nations of some 1.2 billion people and a combined GDP of over $3 trillion.”

ACFTA’s operational phase is set to be launched in July 2020. 54 out of 55 African countries have signed it, with many of them also ratifying it in their domestic laws.

Ramaphosa added that African countries are implementing economic reforms and taking measures to improve their ease of dong business.

Unity in Africa

He also appealed to African countries to unite and “use our considerable collective resources to uplift our people.”

He explained, “We may come from different parts of the world, we may speak different languages and have different cultures. 

“But our fortunes are intertwined. Our destinies intersect. And ultimately, our success story will be a shared one.”

Drake turns up for DJ Black Coffee’s show and Mzansi can’t deal

US rap and hip hop megastar Drake turned up for South Africa’s own DJ Black Coffee’s show in Toronto on Sunday, much to delight of local fans of both artistes.

Black Coffee posted a snap of himself and the rapper on Instagram at Rebel Toronto, Canada’s largest entertainment complex.

He accompanied it with the caption, “What a crazy night @rebeltoronto…… Thank you for pulling up Bro [Drake]. Truly appreciate it.”

The two stood next to each other as they posed for the pic. Drake was among thousands of revellers who rocked to Black Coffee’s mixes.

Drake’s Insta stories

The top rapper enjoyed DJ Black Coffee’s sets so much that he posted two Instagram stories of him performing.

Twitter users, such as @MuzEsquire were quick to share them on Twitter. He captioned it, “Drake casually hanging around Black Coffee like a fan.”

The rapper also commented on Black Coffee’s Instagram post with “raised hands” emojis as a sign of appreciation.

South Africa’s top DJ has achieved pretty much everything a DJ can achieve, but having one of the biggest artistes on the planet as your fan is quite something.

Mzansi fans can’t deal

It’s no wonder Black Coffee started trending within an hour of posting the snap on Instagram and Twitter.

Local celebs led the awed reactions. Mampintsha and J’Something reacted with emojis, while Oskido wrote, “Champions league level.”

DJ Tira added, “Nothing can disturb the boy. The boy is too much…even [Drake] agrees!”

The situation was pretty much the same on Twitter. @Lebo_Mitty tweeted, “Black Coffee is doing the most, y’all.”

@_Mfusi added, “I like how Black Coffee always takes the time to take pictures and appreciate his fans.”

Another fan, @Boss4YouG, retweeted Black Coffee’s photo with the caption, “And he never brags about a thing. I’ve never come across such a humble person.”

Mpho Letsholonyane on sharing ‘Jesus is Shangaan’ cartoon: ‘Error of judgement’

Popular sports presenter Mpho Letsholonyane has apologised for sharing a cartoon that suggested Jesus wouldn’t be proud of being Shangaan.

Letsholonyane posted the apology on her Twitter account on Thursday following accusations of perpetuating tribal stereotypes.

She said sharing the video was “an error of judgement” on her part, adding that she has since deleted it.

Letsholonyane emphasised that it wasn’t her intention to hurt anyone: “Apologies for hurting/insulting you. It was not intentional.”

Flak from Twitter users

Letsholonyane got major flak from some Twitter users since sharing the cartoon late on Wednesday.

It depicted Jesus in a clinic where a doctor informs him that he’s Shangaan, not the son of God, after a DNA test.

An apparently disappointed Jesus then attempts to “scrub off” his being Shangaan before attempting to take his own life.

The presenter accompanied the video with the caption, “Still funny coz wow!!” However, some of her followers didn’t find it funny at all.

@Xipopana_ tweeted, “I’m struggling to understand how she finds that funny during a time these Shangaan folk are loaded in police vans and being harassed for sounding “funny” in the City.”

“I am so deeply offended by this mocking video. Tsonga/Shangaan as a tribe needs to be respected as they do to other tribes. We live in a democratic country where we all have equal rights,” @Christos_Fanuel added.

Some defend Letsholonyane

It wasn’t all flak for the presenter, however, as some of her followers came to her defence.

@zintle_queen replied, “I’m a proud Shangaan and definitely find that video funny.”

@original_miss_p argued, “Imagine apologising for what you deem humorous….I laugh all the time when they make jokes about Xhosa people (which I am).

“Sometimes we get dragged for having loose morals and it’s not a joke, Zulus and now Shangaan… I think we are being too sensitive on this app.”

Fergusons on Ndara’s allegations: ‘A ploy to defame and tarnish our name’

Celebrity couple Shona and Connie Ferguson have finally responded to actress Vatiswa Ndara’s allegations against their production company, Ferguson Films.

In a statement posted by entertainment commentator Phil Mphela on Twitter on Wednesday, the Fergusons said the allegations are “misguided” and “a ploy to defame and tarnish” their name.

“The allegations towards Ferguson Films are consequently misguided, misdirected and misleading and can be seen as a ploy to defame and tarnish our name and reputation,” they wrote.

Ndara’s allegations

Ndara is popular for playing the role of NomaRussia in the popular telenovela iGazi, which is produced by Ferguson Films.

She posted an open letter on Twitter on Monday addressed to the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa about her experience with Ferguson Films.

The actress said she had rejected an offer of R110,000 from the production company to continue her role on iGazi‘s Season 3.

She said this amount isn’t much because the contract entails “limitless calls.” This means she could be on set for 12 hours a day, Monday to Saturday.

In addition, Ndara said she would have earned R82,500 after tax while the production house and the channel “will continue to reap the financial benefits through repeat broadcasts, licensing deals and repackaging of the show.”

She claimed she had to return on set within days of laying to rest her late mother.

Contractual constraints

Shona and Connie Fergusons however said Ndara’s allegations “paint a false picture that may mislead the public.”

They said they tried to negotiate with Ndara and her agent about her R700,000 demand for the role to no avail.

They acknowledged that Ndara had “every right to decline” their R110,000 offer, adding they could not meet her demand because of “contractual constraints.”

The couple disputed Ndara’s claim that Ferguson Films benefits from repeat broadcasts and licensing deals.

They said, “Just like the actors, the production company is not guaranteed work, whether the show is performing or not. We are pretty much in the same boat as the artist.

“We do not own the shows we produce under commission and therefore have no right or say in what happens with shows post final delivery to the broadcaster.”

Ferguson Films was not the production company at the time of Ndara’s mother’s passing, they added.

No explanation owed on lifestyle

In her letter, Ndara said producers claim they have no budgets but “unashamedly display on social media their exorbitant material acquisitions.”

However, the Fergusons said they have other business interests besides their production company.

“[They] do not owe anyone an explanation as to how they manage their finances and lifestyle. The jab from Ms Ndara is petty, unnecessary and uncalled for,” they wrote.

The couple said the production company works within a budget for which it has to account to the broadcaster. It only earns a markup at the end of production, they added.

Fergusons ‘threaten legal action’ against Vatiswa Ndara over ‘wrongful’ allegations

Ferguson Films is considering taking legal action against actress Vatiswa Ndara over “wrongful” allegations contained in her open letter, The Star reports.

Ferguson Films is owned by celebrity couple Shona and Connie Ferguson, who haven’t personally commented on the letter yet.

However, through their lawyer Brendan de Kooker, they indicated on Tuesday that they could take Ndara to court.

In response to questions from The Star, de Kooker said, “The allegations made in the letter regarding our client are wrongful and published with the intention of causing our client harm.

“Our instructions are to consider possible legal action against Ndara and as such our client elects to refrain from answering your questions.”

Ndara’s open letter

Ndara is popular for her role as NomaRussia in Mzansi Magic’s drama series iGazi, which Ferguson Films produces.

In her open letter to Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa on Monday, she said she had rejected an offer of R110,000 from Ferguson Films to continue her role on iGazi‘s Season 3.

The talented actress said this amount isn’t much because the contract entails “limitless calls.” This means she could be on set for 12 hours a day, Monday to Saturday.

In addition, Ndara said she would have earned R82,500 after tax while the production house and the channel “will continue to reap the financial benefits through repeat broadcasts, licensing deals and repackaging of the show.”

She called for a stakeholder engagement to discuss “concrete steps” such as establishment of an “independent central regulatory body to monitor the industry.”

Debate rages on social media

Ndara has received plenty of support from several celebrities on social media, including fellow actors Sello Maake kaNcube, Rami Chuene, Kgomotso Christopher, and Flo Masebe.

Kgomotso Christopher tweeted, “Good morning to everyone…except those of you trying to justify the continued exploitation of ARTISTS & CREW, and those in power refusing to sign the #PPAB…it’s Tuesday and STILL #IstandWithVatiswa.”

However, some have jumped to the defence of the Fergusons. One of them was businessman Gayton McKenzie.

He also tweeted, “Be strong @Connie_Ferguson and @Shona_Ferguson. You have made many stars shine brighter; you have given many people breaks in life. The movie industry like all industries needs to become better for Blacks; this is a South African problem.”

iGazi star Vatiswa Ndara rejects ‘daylight robbery’ S3 offer from Ferguson Films

iGazi star actress Vatiswa Ndara has rejected an offer from Ferguson Films to continue her role in the drama series’ Season 3.

Ndara made the revelation in a heartfelt open letter to the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nath Mthethwa on Monday.

She said Ferguson Films offered her R110,000 before tax for five weeks of shooting. This amount would drop to R82,500 after tax, she said.

‘On set for 12 hours a day’

The talented actress said this amount isn’t much because the contract entails “limitless calls.” This means she could be on set for 12 hours a day, Monday to Saturday.

In addition, she would be unable to “seek further employment until this contract is concluded.” Some may therefore call this contract “daylight robbery,” she stated.

Ndara said while all she would get is R82,500, the production house and the channel “will continue to reap the financial benefits through repeat broadcasts, licensing deals and repackaging of the show.”

After two successful seasons, Ndara said she had expected an offer of at least R700,000. However, this figure “shocked the industry,” she added.

Not playing NomaRussia again

However, the actress didn’t back down. “Needless to say, I will not be portraying the character of NomaRussia on iGazi again,” she wrote.

Ndara added, “There appears to be a perception that actors should be grateful to be getting work in the first place, and in being grateful they should accept the same rates they were being offered in the early 2000s.”

Ndara called for a stakeholder engagement to discuss “concrete steps” such as establishment of an “independent central regulatory body to monitor the industry.”

In a tweet, Minister Mthethwa acknowledged receiving the open letter.

Fellow actors react

Ndara’s letter has drawn support from some of her fellow actors.

The Republic actress Flo Masebe tweeted, “We need more gatvol voices to call out the mess in the South African television industry. Thank you Vatiswa Ndara for your bravery. We have to stand with you. All of us.”

Fellow iGazi actor Anga Makubalo added, “Enkosi (thank you) Sis V let us pray that our cries will finally be heard.”

Mapimpi explains video that apparently shows him being sidelined from huddle

Rugby star Makazole Mapimpi has dispelled concerns of racism in the Springboks squad sparked by viral videos on social media.

The clips were taken soon after South Africa’s game against Italy at the Rugby World Cup on Friday.

They show a group of Boks players huddling together as Mampimpi approached. However, Mapimpi appeared to realise something before turning away from the group hug.

For some fans on social media, this suggested that the players huddling together were sidelining Mapimpi.

‘Players from the bench’

In a video he posted on Instagram on Saturday, Mapimpi explained that he wasn’t being sidelined at all.

He said the players seen in the huddle are usually introduced into the game from the bench and therefore have “their own thing going on” to motivate each other.

The star player said this group of players is known as the “bomb squad.”

As he was approaching them, he realised that they were motivating each other as usual after a game and he didn’t want to intrude, he added.

Mapimpi said this is the only reason he turned away, adding that there is nothing wrong in the Springboks squad as has been suggested on social media.

Fans react

Some fans were however still sceptical even after Mapimpi’s explanation. Instagram user thabiso_star23 replied, “I don’t buy this story. You won as collective so you have to celebrate as a collective.”

However, others such as former Generations actor Sidwell Ngwenya accepted Mapimpi’s account of what had transpired.

He tweeted, “So the dudes on the bench are called the ‘bomb squad?’ You learn something new everyday. Mapimpi has clarified everything. Let’s enjoy some rugby…”

Hopefully, South Africa will continue to rally behind the Boks as they face Canada in their final Group B game on Tuesday for a spot in the quarter finals.

Man seeks R227k from Apple because ‘an iPhone app turned him gay’

A man from Russia has taken legal action against global cellphone manufacturer Apple for apparently turning him gay, AFP reports.

The man, identified as D Razumilov, claims an iPhone app drove him into trying out a gay relationship that he now regrets.

He reportedly wants Apple to pay him $15,000 (about R227,000) as compensation for “moral and mental harm.”

GayCoin

Razumilov says he ordered Bitcoin recently, but received another cryptocurrency called “GayCoin” through the iPhone app.

He claims his GayCoin delivery came with a note that said, “Don’t judge until you try.” Hilariously, he claims this compelled him to start a gay relationship with another man.

Now I have a boyfriend and I do not know how to explain this to my parents… my life has been changed for the worse and will never become normal again.

D Razumilov

Razumilov believes Apple “manipulated” him and should therefore be made to pay him compensation.

According to reports, Apple has not yet reacted to the lawsuit. The matter is set to be heard on 17 October in a Moscow court.

Some more hilarious lawsuits

The world isn’t short of hilarious lawsuits as Razumilov ably demonstrates. He probably took some notes from others before him.

In 2006, a US man sought a whopping $416 million (R6.3 billion) from basketball legend Michael Jordan because Jordan resembled him.

Allen Heckard claimed this resemblance caused him “defamation and emotional distress.” Not surprisingly, he withdrew the case before the hearing.

Another funny lawsuit involved a prison inmate in Virginia, United States. He reportedly sued himself for a staggering $5 million (R75 million).

Reason? He had violated his own civil rights by getting himself into prison.

Even more hilariously, he expected the government to pay the damages because he had no income of his own.

Finally, in 2016, a man in California sought damages from Starbucks for adding ice in its cold beverages.

He claimed this amounted to “misrepresentation” to Starbucks customers and therefore fraud. He lost the case.

Awww: Somizi gifts Mohale 100 roses for 100 hours of being his hubby

If there were any doubts what a hopeless romantic mega-entertainer Somizi Mhlongo is, he quashed them on Wednesday.

The Som Som has literally been counting hours since his glitzy traditional wedding with bae Mohale Motaung last weekend.

He dropped by Mohale’s workplace on Wednesday with one mission – to gift him 100 red roses.

The reason, you may ask? To appreciate Mohale for the 100 hours he has been his hubby so far.

A delighted Mohale shared a snap with the gorgeous bouquet of flowers on Instagram. He was literally swooning, to say the least.

“Bae came by my office to give me a hundred roses for a hundred hours of being his Husband. @somizi You’re amazing!” Mohale captioned the pic.

Mhlongo-Motaung and Motaung-Mhlongo

It appears the celebrity couple has taken on double-barrelled surnames after their famous wedding.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Somizi wrote, “Good morning. From
Mr Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung and Mr Mohale Motaung-Mhlongo.”

The couple, popularly dubbed Somhale, also shared a snap of their first home-cooked meal as “husband and husband” on Tuesday evening.

What’s more, the lovebirds treated themselves to a day out at the spa on Monday.

Nevertheless, they seem to have put honeymoon plans on hold for now.

Somizi and Mohale’s traditional wedding was the stuff of fairytales and fans can’t wait for the white wedding scheduled for January next year.

Magda Wierzycka donates quarter of Sygnia shares worth R216m to hubby

Magda Wierzycka, one of South Africa’s richest women, has donated a quarter of her shares at Sygnia to her husband Simon Peile.

According to Business Day, the donated shares are worth a whopping R216 million.

Wierzycka is the co-founder and CEO of Sygnia, a Cape Town-based asset management, stockbroking and administration services company.

She founded the company in 2006 with Peile and now owns 45.7%, the equivalent of 71 million shares. Peile now owns 22 million shares.

A statement from the company said the share transfer is part of “a restructuring of their personal interests in Sygnia.”

Sygnia boasts more than 900 institutional and 14,000 individual clients worldwide. It manages assets worth over R228 billion.

Magda Wierzycka net worth

According to a City Press report, Magda Wierzycka’s net worth was around R1.108 billion in 2018.

While her individual net worth should decrease after this donation, it all stays in the family.

The 48-year-old Wierzycka was just 13 when she moved to South Africa as a refugee from Poland.

In a recent interview with Talk 702, she said she arrived in the country with no money and could not speak a local language.

She worked at a supermarket to make ends meet before making her big break with a bursary to study actuarial science.

She eventually co-founded Sygnia and, as they say, the rest is history.

Anti-corruption activism

Wierzycka is outspoken in her opposition to corruption.

She made headlines in April 2017 by saying she was willing to “pay” former President Jacob Zuma to resign from office.

She is also a known supporter of President Cyril Ramaphosa and recently defended donors of the CR17 campaign.

Wierzycka said those who donated did so “to stop corruption, reduce poverty and save South Africa from Zuma.”

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