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Mantoa accepts Ramaphosa's apology but slams him for assault 'under your watch'

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s wife, Mantoa Malema, has accepted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s apology.

On Thursday, Ramaphosa apologised to Malema and Mantoa after African National Congress (ANC) MP Boy Mamabolo accused Malema of abusing Mantoa.

He said, “And Honourable Malema, as the allegation was made against you, I felt for Mantoa, your wife, because it was uncalled for, I must say. It was improper, it was not correct for it to be raised, and if I can offer an apology to you about this, I would like to because it was uncalled for and Mantoa responded.”

‘Assault under your watch’

Following Malema’s statement on Thursday accepting Ramaphosa’s apology, Mantoa also issued her own statement on Friday morning.

She said, “I wish to acknowledge and confirm acceptance of your apology, on behalf of myself, my husband and my children. I also want to assure you that I am willing to put this matter aside and dismiss it as a thing of the past.”

Nevertheless, she still had some critical words for Ramaphosa. She said Mamabolo made his claims against Malema, which she termed as an “assault” against her, “under your watch.”

“Thus, the assault on me, under your watch in Parliament, was, in essence, an assault on your daughter, your wife, your mother and all the women in the country,” Mantoa said.

‘I cannot conceal violence in my own home’

Mantoa added that she’s raising three boys to be gentlemen and she cannot do so by “concealing violence in my own home.”

However, both she and Malema have not yet reacted to Mamabolo’s apology contained in a statement he issued late on Thursday.

Mamabolo said he had been influenced by messages he received from a “jealous” group known as “Friends of Mantoa” to make the claims.

Earlier this week, Malema and Mantoa gave Mamabolo until close of business on Wednesday to retract and apologise for the claims or face two separate R1 million defamation lawsuits.

The ANC MP initially rejected the demand and said he had evidence to back up his claims. He therefore missed the deadline.

However, his apology on Thursday came soon after Ramaphosa’s apology to Malema and appeal for MPs not to use issues of gender-based violence to score political points.

Mmabatho Montsho on Ramaphosa's congrats: 'Celebrate us by addressing our grievances'

Award-winning filmmaker Mmabatho Montsho has appealed to President Cyril Ramaphosa to celebrate artists’ achievements by addressing their grievances.

Montsho was reacting to Ramaphosa’s tweet on Tuesday congratulating her after her film, The Award Ceremony, won the Best Short Film at the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival held in Arizona, US, recently.

In his tweet, Ramaphosa said, “South African creatives are relentlessly making their mark on the world stage and they continue to make us proud. @MmabathoMontsho’s short film The Award Ceremony came back with a Best Short Film award at the 2020 Worldwide Women’s Film Festival. We celebrate this achievement.”

‘Nothing about creative arts in SONA’

However, Montsho used the opportunity to highlight some of the challenges creative artists feel the President has not addressed.

In an open letter, she said Ramaphosa had not mentioned anything about creative arts in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week.

She added, “Black filmmakers, black women filmmakers in particular, should not have to negotiate their souls in order to have access to tell our stories and still make ends meet.

“You have not prioritised the SABC which has been in limbo for years. Black practitioners have sat in their homes, in the dark, with no food on the table, while the country watches content they created without getting paid.”

‘Financial apartheid’

Montsho claimed pay TV channel M-Net is exploiting the intellectual property, “our ideas,” of creative artists.

She added, “We are also aware of the disparity in production budgets between channels with black content (e.g. Mzansi) and white content (e.g. Kyknet). This financial apartheid must be unveiled and dealt with.”

The talented filmmaker said the Ministers of Arts and Culture as well as Communications only “pretend to listen” to the creatives’ concerns in the run-up to elections.

She cited other grievances such as intimidation and exclusion based on gender. “In short, we reach these milestones you celebrate against incredible odds. Please celebrate us by attending to our grievances,” she concluded.

The Award Ceremony and Joko Ya Hao, also a Mmabatho Montsho film, have been screening at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, US, in February.

Joko Ya Hao has also won a nomination for a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA). According to Montsho, the film is a “love letter” to the late African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Halala: Esther Mahlangu's artwork displayed on customised Rolls-Royce

South Africans on social media are beaming with pride after renowned local artist Dr Esther Mahlangu’s unique artwork was unveiled on a customised Rolls-Royce Phantom on Wednesday.

Mahlangu, 84, is the first South African artist to make this achievement. She officially unveiled the “Mahlangu” Rolls-Royce Phantom at The Melrose Gallery in the One&Only resort in Cape Town.

According to the Gallery, the prestigious car along with its exquisite artwork will be on display from 13-16 February.

Mahlangu’s solo exhibition at Melrose Gallery

Mahlangu’s distinctive artwork is visible on the car’s dashboard, outside on the front right-hand side, and on the upper side of the rocker panel under the front door.


Posted by The Melrose Gallery on Thursday, 13 February 2020

Marek Letowt, Rolls-Royce’s General Manager in South Africa, said, “We took advantage of this opportunity and are actually the first car in the world to offer a painted piece of artwork done by a very well-known and world-famous artist, Dr Mahlangu, in this particular car.”

The Melrose Gallery is also hosting Mahlangu’s solo exhibition called “Disrupting Patterns,” which features a selection of her paintings. It will run from 13 February to 31 March 2020.

The Gallery’s spokesperson, Craig Mark, said global celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, John Legend and Trevor Noah have bought Mahlangu’s artwork. He added, “She seems to have developed an iconic status of her own.”

Mahlangu wants to preserve heritage

Mahlangu was born in Mpumalanga and has been a creative artist for 74 years. She learned to infuse her Ndebele culture into her paintings from her mother and grandmother.

She began exhibiting on the international stage in 1989 and has collaborated with several global brands and museums since then.

In 2016, the talented artist collaborated with BMW, creating eye-catching artwork for the luxurious 7 Series brand.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Mahlangu said she wants to preserve her artwork by teaching it to the younger generation.

She said, “I teach the kids, as I do not want the art to die off. The kids draw with their open heart and they also like the art.

“I’m happy that they practise the art. It will not fade away. They will grow knowing about it they way I also learned it from my grandmothers.”

AKA postpones Fees For All Mega Concert to 'later in the year'

Popular rapper AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Forbes, has postponed his Fees For All Mega Concert to “later in the year.”

AKA made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday. He did not provide a reason but wrote, “Apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

He announced the concert at a press conference in November last year and said he hoped to raise R10-15 million for students in debt.

Mega Fees Foundation

The concert had been scheduled for 15 February, 2020, with the venue announced as Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.

Tickets went on sale as from 5 December at webtickets.co.za and selected Pick n Pay retail outlets.

The Super Mega said at the time that a fund, dubbed The Mega Fees Foundation, had been established “to receive pledges and donations and disburse funds.”

A website, feesforallmegaconcert.org, was also set up. However, at the time of publishing this article, the website wasn’t working.

Fans react

AKA said his aim was to give something back to society, “Surely for everything I have been given, I have to give back.” He had hoped that his initiative would go beyond 15 February.

However, the plans are on hold now. The Fela in Versace hitmaker’s fans on Twitter reacted to the news with both disappointment and encouragement.

@uKilla_K replied, “The event is not even being promo’d; bet most people had forgotten that you set the date this week.”

@ptmasina added, “Do you realise that now was perfect time [for the] #feesmustfall concert?”

AKA nevertheless got encouragement from others such as @larry09946851 who said, “As long as it’s still happening flop alikho bhova.”

“It’s super fine Mega, all in God’s perfect timing,” added @blnktofdenation.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala passes away aged 78

Joseph Shabalala, the founder of the legendary musical group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, has passed away at the age of 78.

Shabalala passed away on Tuesday morning at the Life Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria, according to the group’s manager Xolani Majozi. He said Shalabala’s wife, Thokozile, was by his side during his final moments.

The talented vocalist and guitarist had battled ill health for several years and retired from the group in 2014. His son Sibongiseni Shabalala took over its leadership.

4 Grammy Awards

Joseph Shabalala led Ladysmith Black Mambazo to global stardom, winning four Grammy Awards in the process.

He was born in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, in 1941. He first joined the Durban Choir, but left them after just two years.

He formed his own musical group, Ezimnyama, in 1959 after taking up isicathamiya, a distinctive a cappella singing style.

Shabalala renamed his group to Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1960 after achieving success in local isicathamiya weekly competitions.

Rise to stardom

Ladysmith Black Mambazo soon signed its first recording contract in 1972, selling more than 40,000 records from its first album.

American musician Paul Simon collaborated with the group and co-composed the popular song Homeless in 1986.

As its popularity grew throughout the world, the group won its first Grammy Award for Shaka Zulu in 1987.

It now includes Shabalala’s sons Sibongiseni, Msizi, Thulani, and Thamsanqa as well as other close relatives.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is currently touring the United States. Majozi said they have been informed and are “devastated.”

Majozi also said Shabalala’s family will issue a formal statement on his passing later on Tuesday.

Sho Madjozi starts scholarship to get more women into 'technical side of music'

Popular rapper Sho Madjozi has started a scholarship to get more women into the male-dominated “technical side of music.”

Madjozi made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday, saying the scholarship is for female producers and will be based at the Bridges Academy in Langa, Cape Town.

“The technical side of music is so male-dominated and I’d like to see more women in that space,” she wrote.

Interest in engineering and studio work

The scholarship’s online application form says applicants should have an interest in sound engineering and studio work.

It adds, “If you want to grow as a creative entrepreneur, as an artist and more importantly on a personal level you are in the right place.

“This programme has been designed by top educators and industry leaders and is focused around three pillars, Sound/Music, Entrepreneurship and Mindfulness.”

Applicants should also be prepared to attend the programme on a full-time basis for about five months, according to the form, which can be accessed here.

Sho Madjozi’s talent search

This isn’t the first time Madjozi is creating opportunities for new talents to emerge. Last year, the John Cena hitmaker started a YouTube reality show called Sho Madjozi Champions League.

It featured young dancers showcasing their xibelani dance moves before a panel of judges, including Madjozi herself.

The BET award-winning rapper started the show to find two female dancers to perform with her over the festive season.

Her fans welcomed her latest scholarship initiative, with one of them, Xolile Sangweni, tweeting, “You truly aspire to the next generation.”

Meanwhile Sho Madjozi’s own star keeps shining brighter and brighter. Last weekend, she performed John Cena before a huge international audience at the Super Bowl in Miami, United States.

She later said, “The entire world is looking at us for what is happening next, culturally, musically etc. It’s so clear that Africa is leading the way trend-wise.

“The best part is that we are just our authentic selves, being proud of our heritage and telling our stories.”

Somizi and Mohale weddings to be aired exclusively on Showmax

Celebrity couple Somizi Mhlongo and Mohale Motaung have struck an exclusive deal with Showmax to air their traditional and white weddings on the online streaming service.

According to Showmax’s website, the four-part wedding special will be dubbed Somizi & Mohale: The Union and will start on 24 February.

Somizi and Mohale had their star-studded and glitzy traditional wedding in Kibler Park, Johannesburg, in September last year.

Somizi and Mohale white wedding

The star couple held their white wedding on Thursday in Muldersdrift. They began sharing glamorous photos of their big day early in the morning – and Showmax was already heavily involved.

The streaming service said, “Somhale’s four-part wedding special is a front-row seat to one of the most historic, heartfelt and not forgetting fabulous weddings in South African celebrity history.”

Several celebrities also tweeted throughout the day that they were headed for the Somizi and Mohale wedding.

They included radio presenter Thando Thabethe, entrepreneur and former Miss SA Basetsana Khumalo, singer Vusi Nova, entertainer Khanyi Mbau, and TV presenter Minnie Dlamini, amongst others.

Only the best for Somizi’s white wedding

The celebrity couple pulled out all the stops for their white wedding. To start with, their diamond-studded wedding rings are engraved with their respective names.

They also planned to go through three wedding outfits, including Christian Louboutin shoes. At least one outfit was designed by Gert-Johan Coetzee.

Zavion Kotze, who recently planned former Miss SA Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters’ wedding, was in charge of the décor.

Somizi and Mohale also imported some of the best flowers one can find from four countries – Kenya, the Netherlands, Colombia and Thailand.

After their traditional wedding last year, the two lovebirds went off on a mini-honeymoon in Mpumalanga.

It’s unclear where they plan to go for their honeymoon this time around. Mohale got plenty of suggestions from his Twitter followers when he asked for ideas recently.

To watch the Showmax preview of Somizi & Mohale: The Union on YouTube, click here.

Patrice Motsepe apologises for 'Africa loves you' comment to Donald Trump

Billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe has apologised for some of his remarks to United States (US) President Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, last week.

Motsepe caused a social media furore when he told Trump, “All we wanted to say is that Africa loves America; Africa loves you. We want Americans to do well. We want you to do well. The success of America is the success of the world.”

In a statement on Tuesday, the founder and chairman of African Rainbow Minerals said he was “aware of the lively, diverse and at times emotional debate” on his comments.

‘I do not have the right’

Motsepe added, “The debate also exposed me to the views of Africans who disagreed with my remarks.

“I have a duty to listen to these differing views and would like to apologise. I do not have the right to speak on behalf of anybody except myself.”

Nevertheless, South Africa’s third richest man said his remarks to Trump were partly aimed at “encouraging discussions between the Trump Administration and African political and business leaders.”

He cited the high unemployment rates in South Africa and Africa, adding that in order to address the challenge, the continent will have to establish partnerships with the rest of the world, including the US.

‘US, Africa share common values’

Motsepe said the US and Africa share common values and principles and that mutual interest outweighs their differences.

He added, “It is in the interest of South Africa and the rest of the African continent to build mutually beneficial socio-political, trade, investment and cultural ties between the economies and people of Africa and America and Africa and the world.”

“I am committed to continue making a humble contribution in this regard,” Motsepe concluded.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was among those who came to Motsepe’s defence in the wake of the controversy.

Addressing a post-WEF media briefing in Davos last week, Mboweni said, Motsepe was within his rights to express his views to Trump, adding, “As South Africans, we are a democratic society. We don’t determine for people to say whatever they want to say.

“He was very clear he was not speaking on behalf of the South African government. He doesn’t have that kind of arrogance to speak on behalf of the South African government.”

'Did American Twitter come to a standstill when Winnie Mandela died?' – Ntsiki Mazwai

Poet and singer Ntsiki Mazwai is known for her controversial views that often go against prevailing narratives or sentiments.

On Monday, she was at it again as the world, including South Africans, mourned the passing of US legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant.

In a tweet, she appeared to suggest that South Africans on Twitter are taking their reaction to the tragedy a little too far.

Tweet sparks debate

Mzawai wrote, “Did American Twitter come to a standstill when Winnie Mandela died? Does American Twitter come to a standstill when a South African sportsman has died??? Umbuzo nje [just a question].”

The tweet sparked intense debate among local fans of Bryant, sending Mazwai to the top of the trending lists.

Some, such as Twitter user George Balekane, supported the poet. He replied, “Ntsiki is making a good point. It even goes beyond that.

“We trade in US dollars, our military tactics are based on US standards, we imitate their music and culture. We must learn to conserve our own and protect our own until they give us same energy.”

Kobe Bryant’s visit to South Africa

However, others disagreed vehemently. Among them was Lebona Sanza, who replied, “I don’t think humanity and empathy should be a competition… or we should abandon ours just because we feel we wouldn’t get it from others… African love for one another has no boundaries.”

Popular sports broadcaster Robert Marawa also pointed out that Bryant visited South Africa in 2010. It was his first-ever visit to Africa.

During the visit, Bryant interacted with young soccer players at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto, Johannesburg.

He said at the time, “This is amazing to me because I never would have thought in a million years that playing the game of basketball would bring me to Soweto to talk to soccer kids about life, about having a dream.”

Bryant passed away on Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles, California, aged 41. His daughter Gianna was also among the nine people aboard the helicopter who perished.

He was one of the greatest basketball players to have played in the NBA and was third on the all-time NBA scorers list until Saturday when LeBron James surpassed him.

His last tweet congratulated James for his milestone. He wrote, “Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother #33644.”

'Heartbreaking:' Host Pearl Modiadie learns of Zaziwa's cancellation on social media

Popular SABC1 talk show Zaziwa will reportedly not be recommissioned for another season and the host, Pearl Modiadie, says she found out about it on social media.

Entertainment commentator Kgopolo Mphela tweeted about the show’s cancellation on Friday morning.

He wrote, “TV: ZAZIWA is CANCELLED. SABC has officially cancelled its popular talkshow hosted by Pearl Modiadie.”


He added, “The show performed well ratings wise – peaking at 4.2 – million viewers over its run. But it was sabotaged when the channel meddled and kept moving the show’s time slot around.”

A short while later, Modiadie quoted Mphela’s tweet and wrote, “It’s heartbreaking to find out on social media.”

Earlier this week, entertainment publication ZAlebs quoted SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo confirming the Zaziwa‘s cancellation.

Seapolelo reportedly said, “A decision was taken not to recommission the show for another season. The channel is, however, exploring other content ideas and formats in the slot, allowing room to curate a diverse offering to viewers.”

Fans not pleased

However, it appears Modiadie was in the dark, something that angered a number of her and the show’s fans on social media.

Fellow TV presenter Siphesihle Vazi replied to Modiadie’s tweet and wrote, “I’m so sorry you had to find out like this @PearlModiadie

“You MADE Zaziwa an iconic show telling authentic South African stories. We will forever love and appreciate you for that. February 2018 you made one of my on screen dreams come true. THANK YOU!!”

Zaziwa has hosted dozens of South Africa’s top celebrities since it started in 2013 and has established itself as a firm favourite among fans.

SABC continues to face financial difficulties, something that has affected some of its programmes. Zaziwa appears to be its latest casualty.

In November last year, the state broadcaster announced that it would decommission SABC3‘s long-running soapie Isidingo, whose final episode will air on Thursday, 12 March, 2020.

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