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Sho Madjozi blames 8-hour SAA flight delay on 'mass looting under Zuma'

Rapper Sho Madjozi has blamed “mass looting” under former President Jacob Zuma’s administration for an eight-hour South African Airways (SAA) flight delay she experienced on Sunday.

Madjozi made the comment in reply to a fan’s query on Twitter. She had earlier tweeted about her long wait at the airport.

“Been waiting at the airport in Durban for about 8 hours waiting to fly to PE [Port Elizabeth]. The flight is now scheduled for 23h45. Hoping for the best.”

SAA business rescue

When a fan inquired what had caused the delay, the popular rapper replied, “Business rescue on SAA my friend. But if you wanna go deeper, it’s because of mass looting of state funds under JZ [Jacob Zuma].”

SAA has been battling to return to normalcy since the recent strike by workers who were demanding salary increases.

The struggling state airline had to cancel some domestic and international flights for several days and was reportedly losing around R50 million in revenue per day.

Although the strike was resolved, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan suggested last week that its impact had contributed to government’s decision to put it into business rescue.

Fans react

Predictably, Sho Madjozi’s comment sparked debate among her fans, with some criticising her for it.

Sanele Sane Ngcobo replied, “Highly disappointed by this misinformed comment. Most painful part is that it [is] coming from my favourite. It is important for one to understand history of SAA before making such reckless comments. Capitalists want to privates SAA at all cost.”

“She need not to allow the hype of John Cena to get over her head. She is Thuma [Mina] Brigade we knew but wasn’t expecting her to spit on our faces. She must get her high horse and stop behaving like politicians because we will treat like one,” @Munyai_R_Gundo added.

However, others, like @PhandleVuyo, came to Madjozi’s defence. He replied, “Sho Madjozi is not wrong! At all!

“All those expressing ‘disappointment’ at the truth she tweeted must know their disappointment does nothing to her. At least we know she’s not a stomach artist like that goat-bearded dude who’ll sing praises for [leaders] like Zuma for their next plate!”

@Great_Kopi added, “They will attack you sisi. Truth hurts. Almost all SOEs suffer under the ‘father of RET’ [radical economic transformation].”

Social media abuzz as Mr Price launches own beauty range Scarlet Hill

Popular retailer Mr Price has launched it own beauty range called Scarlet Hill – and social media is abuzz with the news.

According to its website, the name is derived from the colour scarlet red, “which is a fierce and sassy version of our iconic MRP red,” and Brickhill Road, where Mr Price’s first-ever store was opened.

Mr Price has roped in talented singer Shekhinah as the face of Scarlet Hill – and she expressed excitement about the opportunity.

‘Dream come true’

“Working with MRP to launch their brand-new beauty brand is honestly a dream come true. From wearing their clothes since childhood, to being a part of something so monumental is so exciting!” she said.

Lungile Thabethe, the sister of TV host and actress Ayanda Thabethe, is also the head makeup artist for the new Mr Price beauty range.

Lungile Thabethe is already a popular makeup artist and YouTuber in her own right. She was at the launch at Gateway Mall in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday and shared the news on Instagram.

She wrote, “Thank you @mrpfashion for entrusting me as the Head Makeup Artist for this amazing brand. I hope to be a true reflection of all the brand represents. I have no doubt that you guys are going to absolutely love all these products!”

‘Nothing above R100’

The Mr Price makeup brand includes a range of body, bath, face, skincare, lips, eyes, nail and fragrance products. It also features a range of tools.

Prices begin from R9.99 to R89.99, something social media users noticed immediately for their affordability.

One user, @kelebogiiile, remarked on Twitter, “Mr Price’s beauty range has nothing over R100.”

“Mr Price ALWAYS looking out for the people though. Should be a political party honestly,” added MissLebo_M.

Mr Price’s Scarlet Hill makeup range is already available in stores across the country as well as online on its website.

For more information on which stores stock Scarlet Hill Beauty, visit Mr Price.

Exasperated Enhle Mbali appeals for 'silence' on Black Coffee divorce

Actress Enhle Mbali has appealed for “silence” as she goes through a divorce from her husband DJ Black Coffee.

In an exasperated message on Twitter on Tuesday, Mbali said her appeal is not for herself, but for her children.

She wrote, “I have not gone to media and will continue on this trend. NO COMMENT!! I have had to explain the unexplainable to my children which is really unfair. I once again ask for silence in this time. Please. Not for me but my children!!!

DJ Black Coffee’s interview

Her tweet appears directed at Black Coffee, who opened up about their divorce in a lengthy interview with City Press published over the weekend.

In the interview, DJ Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, said he accepts part of the blame for the divorce. He added that he had tried everything to salvage the marriage to no avail.

He said, “I believe I have done enough to try to fix things. I don’t want to speak about her faults – she is the mother of my children after all.

“Whenever I was wrong, I admitted I was wrong. We tried everything, such as seeing a therapist and a life coach, but nothing worked.”

‘2 children outside marriage’

In the same interview, City Press cited anonymous sources claiming Black Coffee had fathered two children outside his marriage with Mbali.

The children are reportedly aged 12 and 14 months old. The popular DJ declined to answer questions related to this claim, citing legal advice because the matter is before court.

However, the two celebrities have been trending on social media since the interview was published. This appears to have triggered Mbali, hence her tweet appealing for silence.

The actress has steadfastly refused to speak about the matter publicly since confirming the divorce proceedings via an Instagram video last month.

However, she opened up about her marriage tribulations while hosting DJ Zinhle on her talk show Sincerely Yours in August.

She said, “I remember in my pain, tears, strength and stillness there was one day when I was sitting alone and I thought: ‘Why do I care so much?’”

End of an era: SABC officially confirms 'Isidingo' is canned

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has officially confirmed that it is decommissioning SABC3 soapie Isidingo.

In a statement on Friday afternoon, the state broadcaster said Isidingo‘s final episode will air on Thursday, 12 March, 2020.

The soapie is one of South Africa’s longest-running storylines, having graced the country’s small screen for 21 years.

‘Poor audience ratings’

Acting SABC group executive for television, David Makubyane, said, “The decision to decommission Isidingo was informed by a number of factors which include poor audience ratings during the time slot, decline in revenue and poor return on investment.

“The organisation was faced with no option but to review the performance of all programmes on the channel that are not performing and to ensure that the channel’s content is competitive and commercially viable.”

SABC nevertheless said it will continue to “commission and intensify its investment” in local productions that are commercially viable.

“The channel will, through its content division, welcome any proposals that respond to these plans and channel direction,” it added.

Social media reacts

As expected, South Africans on social media are already having a lot to say about the soapie’s cancellation.

Some, like Twitter user Esethu Hasane, thought the the show could have been moved to a difference SABC channel.

He opined, “I still believe Isidingo would do better on another channel. Maybe I’m wrong – but they could have tested that first.”

However, others felt the decision was understandable. @KabeloWaka2 tweeted, “TV is now a competitive space. Mediocre storylines and loyalty don’t keep people watching anymore.”

Some, like @Themba_Speaks, noted that SABC3 seems to be making sweeping changes to its programme lineup.

She tweeted, “So SABC3 has dropped Real Talk, The Bold & The Beautiful, Top Billing, and now most recently Isidingo. All in just a little over a year.”

Slow news day: Man creates dating app for women with 1 choice – himself

Online dating is a pretty tricky scene to navigate for several reasons, but competition is the one that sticks out for many men.

One tech-savvy man from North Carolina, US, has found a way to get ahead – by creating his own dating app specifically for women and making himself the only choice available.

31-year-old Aaron Smith has aptly called his app Singularity because, well, women signing up on it only have a single choice.

‘Face not featured prominently’

Speaking to a local news outlet WFMY News 2, Smith said he grew frustrated with normal dating apps because his face was not “featured prominently.”

He likened his decision to create Singularity with the old saying that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

He added, “Then make sure no other companies can produce or distribute their own soft drinks. So the only game in town is lemonade.”

Smith has even published a video on YouTube to promote his app. It has gained more than 70,000 views so far.

‘Saving you countless hours of swiping’

In the video, Smith is heard saying, “Singularity saves you countless hours of swiping by just matching you with me.”

The app features several photos of Smith in various settings, prompting him to joke, “Don’t worry if you actually swipe past your future husband’s profile – they’re pretty much all the same.”

Smith has gained himself a legion of fans whose comments on his YouTube have matched his hilarious concept.

One of them, Aaron Clifford, joked, “My wife used your app and accidentally went back in time and ended up marrying me. Sorry, wrong Aaron!”

South Africans on Twitter have also caught on to the joke. Mayihlome Tshwete mused that Smith is “controlling the market.”

Others hilariously dubbed the concept “monopoly capitalism,” while some said Smith should be a keynote speaker at South Africa’s fictitious “men’s conference.”

To watch Smith’s video on YouTube, click here.

AKA hopes to raise R10-15m in 'Fees For All Mega Concert'

Rapper AKA hopes to raise R10-15 million for students in debt through his “Fees For All Mega Concert.”

AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Forbes, held a press conference on Friday to give more details about the concert. TV host and radio presenter Hulisani Ravele was the host.

The Super Mega announced the concert’s date as 15 February, 2020. The venue will be the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.

‘I have to give back’

AKA said his aim is to give something back to society, “Surely for everything I have been given, I have to give back.”

Concert tickets will go on sale from 5 December at webtickets.co.za and Pick n Pay retail outlets.

Ticketpro Dome, in partnership with Glen21 Entertainment, will offer the venue for free, according to an update on the #FeesForAllMegaConcert Twitter account.

AKA said a fund, dubbed The Mega Fees Foundation, has been established “to receive pledges and donations and disburse funds.”

A website, feesforallmegaconcert.org, has also been set up. AKA added that the aim is for the initiative to go beyond 15 February.

‘Not just university students’

The Fela In Versace hitmaker said funds from the concert will benefit tertiary students in general, not just those in universities.

“We may not be able to help everyone but, who we do get to help is someone who wouldn’t have gotten the help before,” he said.

Sibu Mabena, a young businesswoman and founder of Duma Collective, is also involved in the initiative.

Speaking at the press conference, she said there will be a structured application process and criteria for those wishing to receive funding.

AKA is no stranger to helping out students. He donated R100,000 to Wits University’s Student Representative Council (SRC) humanitarian fund in February this year.

Lesufi wants less kissing in soapies: ‘It can’t be television for kissing’

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has urged local TV production houses to produce soapies with storylines that “advance society.”

Speaking at the 2019 South Africa Men of the Year Awards held in Ekurhuleni on Wednesday, Lesufi lamented that there is too much “guns and kissing” on TV.

He said this may have an effect on young learners who come home from school every day only to watch scenes with such acts on evening soapies.

‘Build society’

Lesufi said, “You can do better. We are calling on the production companies to say you can run stories that build society rather than decide it.

“We don’t want to dictate to your talent but it can’t [be] television for kissing. Muvhango, they are kissing, Generations, they are kissing…”

The MEC has made similar comments in the past. In 2016, he told The Citizen that “kissing, violence and witchcraft” contribute to ill discipline in schools.

“If it is not kisses, it is guns and nowadays it is witchcraft, and honestly speaking, this really worries me big time because when you go to developed countries, during prime time, pupils are told important things about life,” he was quoted saying.

SA Men of the Year Awards

According to its Facebook page, the SA Men of the Year Awards are held to “recognise men who contribute positively in their societies and honour them.” It is organised by a “group of professionals.”

It is held annually and Wednesday’s event was the fifth. It honours men in various categories including media, sports, education and leadership, amongst others.

The event also awards one man the overall title of “Man of the Year.” Members of the public are allowed to make nominations.

Tshepo Mokoena, the founder and chairman of Moving Ahead Development Agency (MADA), was named 2019 SA Man of the Year.

According to its website, MADA is a non-governmental organisation “that is dedicated to the empowerment of youth and communities, through skills, career, enterprise and social development.” It is based in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Previous winners include Gustav Wilson, Director of Free State’s Department of Correctional Services, and Themba Gudlhuza, chairman of the Gudlhuza Football Club.

11 awesome Game Black Friday deals on electronics and appliances

Black Friday 2019 is here and as expected, Game stores have come up with awesome deals for shoppers looking to make huge savings.

The retail giant has spread out its Black Friday deals over several days, with some deals in fact expiring before 29 November when thousands of shoppers are expected to flock into stores.

We compile some of these awesome Game Black Friday 2019 deals on electronics and appliances below.

Laptops

In case you’re looking for a laptop, you could save R1,000 by opting for an HP 15.6″ Intel Core i3 Notebook for R5,999 from an initial price of R6,999. Offer is valid until 28 November.

The price for an I-LIFE 17.3″ Touch Screen Intel Celeron All-In-One laptop has also dropped from R5,999 to R3,499, a huge saving of R2,500. Offer is valid until 28 November.

TV sets

The LG – 55″ UHD Smart TV is now priced at R7,999 from R8,999, a saving of R1,000 with the offer valid until 28 November.

You could also opt for a Telefunken 43″ FHD LED TV TLEDD-43FHD, which is retailing at R2,999 down from R3,999. Offer is valid until 28 November.

Alternatively, you could save R1,500 by choosing the Hisense 55″ UHD Smart TV priced at R6,999 down from R8,499. This offer is available until 2 December.

Fridges

Up until 28 November, you could get a Hisense 8Kg Front Loader Washing Machine WFHV8012S for just R3,999, down from R4,999.

For those interested in a high-end fridge, a Hisense 610L SXS Fridge H700SI-IDL is priced at R11,999, a whopping R3,000 drop from R14,999. Offer valid until 28 November.

The Hisense 359L B.F Fridge INOX H359BI is a little friendlier to the pocket at R3,699. You would save R1,000 because its normal price is R4,699. The offer is up until 28 November.

The Hisense 670L SXS Fridge H670SI-WD, normally priced at R11,999, now goes for R8,999, saving you R3,000. You have until 28 November to get it.

Ovens

Until 28 November, an AEG – 60cm Oven and hob set is priced at R3,999, down R1,500 from its normal price of R5,499.

Gas users could save R2,000 by buying the DEFY 5 Burner Gas Electric Stove for R8,999. The offer is valid until 28 November, when it will presumably go back to its normal price of R10,999.

It’s official: Patrice Motsepe, Johann Rupert now own 74% of Blue Bulls

Billionaires Patrice Motsepe and Johann Rupert now own 74% of Blue Bulls Company, which owns the Pretoria-based rugby franchise Blue Bulls.

Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital and Rupert’s Remgro each own 37% while the Blue Bulls Rugby Union (BBRU) now owns the remaining 26%, according to an update on the club’s website on Friday.

The much-anticipated deal was reached during a meeting at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Thursday evening.

‘Privileged to have Motsepe’

Previously, Remgro and BBRU each owned 50% of the franchise. This means that they reduced their respective shares to allow a buy-in from Motsepe.

BBRU president Willem Strauss welcomed the deal, “We put a lot of effort into making this possible over the last few months, and I am proud to say that all the union committee members unanimously voted in favour of the deal.

“I firmly believe that private investors will add immense value to our beautiful game going forward. We are privileged and excited to have partners like Mr Motsepe in our corner.”

Motsepe is understood to have sought ownership of Blue Bulls to streamline its brand with that of Mamelodi Sundowns.

Second franchise controlled by private investors

Mamelodi Sundowns already play many of their home games at Loftus Versfeld, the Blue Bulls’ home ground.

In 2018, the colours of the Blue Bulls’ Super Rugby away jersey also matched those of Mamelodi Sundowns.

The deal means that Blue Bulls becomes South Africa’s second rugby franchise to be controlled by private investors. The first is Southern Kings.

Blue Bulls Company CEO Alfons Meyer was upbeat about the future of the franchise and its contribution to Pretoria’s communities.

He said, “I look forward to a host of synergies and opportunities that will be forged between us.

“With Mr Motsepe also owning soccer giants Mamelodi Sundowns, there is no doubt that a relationship like this will further enhance and entrench our vision to make Tshwane the sporting capital.”

‘KFC couple’ meets Precious the Planner to plan New Year’s Eve wedding

Mzansi’s famous “KFC couple” met Precious Thamaga, popularly known as Precious the Planner, on Wednesday to begin preparations for their much-anticipated wedding.

KFC SA announced last week that Hector Mkansi, 37, and Nonhlanhla Soldaat, 28, will have their wedding on New Year’s Eve.

Thamaga, who is one of South Africa’s top wedding planners, posted photos of herself with the adorable couple on Twitter.

‘The national couple’

She wrote, “Wedding Planner to the National Couple. The date is set; @KFCSA reached out to me at the request of the couple.

“I met with Bhuti Hector and his lovely wife Sis Nonhlanhla today. Wedding planning underway, I can’t wait. #KFCProposal# StreetwiseWedding #precioustheplanner.”

Mkansi and Soldaat warmed the hearts of thousands of South Africans when a video of their proposal at a KFC restaurant earlier in November went viral.

Within a short time, dozens of corporate entities, celebrities and ordinary citizens pledged to contribute to their wedding in various ways.

Pro bono wedding planning

Thamaga was among those who offered their services pro bono. She tweeted at the time, “I will plan, design and coordinate the wedding pro bono and collab with one of the venues, dress & suit designers.”

Kulula.com offered them a fully paid honeymoon in Cape Town, Total SA offered free fuel during their wedding, and Audi SA pledged free rides during their honeymoon.

Celebrities weren’t left behind. Singer Zakes Bantwini offered to perform at Mkansi and Soldaat’s wedding for free.

MC and TV personality K Naomi added, “If the wedding committee will have me. In addition to the dress, I’d be happy to assist with jewellery! Every girl deserves to be the bell of the ball.”

It’s unclear at this stage where the couple will have their nuptials. They met in 2010 and Mkansi began paying lobola the same year, according to TimesLIVE.

However, financial constraints delayed their plans for a proper wedding. Thanks to South Africa’s spirit of Ubuntu, their dreams are now set to come true.

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