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Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila edge Chippa United to win Nedbank Cup

May 8th 2021 at 14:35

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila edged Chippa United 1-0 in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday to win their first major trophy on Saturday.

A first half goal by Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo was enough to earn Vhadau Vha Damani their first silverware since they bought the status of Bidvest Wits last season.

A poor clearance at the back by Chippa in the 27th minute led to what was to be the opening goal and the winner for TTM at the Free State Stadium.

The game started at a frantic pace with both teams having a go at each other, but there were no clear-cut chances earlier on.

Ndlondlo then tried his luck from just outside the 18 yard box after the Chippa defence failed to clear the ball and the ball deflected off Frederic Nsabiyumva and into the back of the net.

TTM managed to hang on to the slender lead until the half-time break.

Chippa coach Vladislav Heric introduced a couple of substitutes in the second half to try and change the complexion of the game.

One of those substitutes Anthony Laffor found himself unmarked just outside the penalty box, but his shot was saved by Washington Arubi in the 77th minute.

Four minutes later, Chippa saw their penalty appeal turned down by the referee after Alfred Ndengane looked to have kicked Ayabulela Konqobe in the face while trying to clear the ball. The referee gave a corner kick instead.

Brandon Theron wasted a good chance to put the game beyond Chippa’s reach in the 84th minute when he found himself through on goals, but shot wide, but TTM went on to win the game in the end.

Hazard apologised to me, the players and the club – Zidane

May 8th 2021 at 09:58

Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday Eden Hazard had apologised to him, the players and the club for laughing with Chelsea players after Real Madrid’s Champions League exit earlier this week.

Hazard joked with Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma and Edouard Mendy after the full-time whistle on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, where Madrid had lost 2-0, and 3-1 on aggregate, to go out in the semi-finals.

It prompted an angry reaction from sections of the media in Spain, with Madrid newspaper Marca claiming Hazard’s “popularity is now at rock bottom”.

The Belgium attacker issued a public apology to Madrid fans on Thursday and Zidane said in a press conference that Hazard also said sorry to his teammates.

“Eden has apologised and he did it well, it was not his intention to hurt anyone, that is the most important thing,” Zidane said on Saturday, ahead of Real Madrid’s crucial La Liga game against Sevilla on Sunday.

“He knows what he has to do on the pitch and he’s going to do it. We spoke the other day, after the match, but to say that. He was apologising for his reaction – to me, to the club, to the players – and that’s it.”

Hazard has endured an injury-ravaged two years in Spain since joining from Chelsea in 2019.

Zidane would not address speculation that Madrid will listen to offers for him this summer but disagreed the 30-year-old is not committed to the club.

“All the players have their hearts in the club but for now it hasn’t been possible to see the Eden Hazard we want to see,” Zidane said.

“But I believe he is going to get there. It’s a difficult moment with everything that’s happened but he has a contract and what he wants is to succeed here.”

Sergio Ramos’ future is also uncertain, with another injury ruling the defender out of the game against Sevilla and raising the possibility he has played his last game for Madrid.

Ramos, whose contract expires this summer, has sustained a hamstring injury after making his first appearance in just over a month against Chelsea.

“It wasn’t hasty, the other day he played because he was 100 per cent,” said Zidane.

“He trained perfectly but after the 90 minutes, he felt something. He is gutted because he can’t be with the team for this final stretch of the season.”

Real Madrid are two points behind Atletico Madrid in La Liga and level on points with Barcelona, with four games left to play. Barca host Atletico at Camp Nou later on Saturday.

PSL assistant referee Shaun Olive passes away after a car accident

May 8th 2021 at 05:31

The South African Football Association (Safa) has announced the untimely passing of assistant referee Shaun Olive.

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In a statement, Safa said Olive sustained serious injuries after being involved in a freak motor accident in Mondeor this week and died on Saturday morning.

“It is with profound sadness and deep grief that we inform the South African football family of the passing of Shaun Olive, SAFA and FIFA Assistant Referee.

“Shaun sustained serious injuries after being involved in a freak motor accident in Mondeor on Thursday and passed on this morning,” read the Safa statement.

Safa president Danny Jordaan described Olive’s death as not a huge blow for the country, but for the continent and the world at large.

“We are gutted as the Association. Here was a young man, taken away at the prime of his career. Shaun was among the rising young officials and his passing on is a huge blow to the country, the continent and world,” said Jordaan.

Chairperson of the Safa Referees Committee, Natasha Tsichlas said she could still not believe Shaun was no more.

“We extend our most sincere condolences to Shaun’s family, his fiancé, friends and the refereeing family as we come to terms with his tragic passing. We pray that they will be comforted and experience deep peace today, and the days hereafter.

“Shaun’s bubbly presence and amiable character will be sorely missed among us. He showed so much promise and was at the cusp of a flourishing career,” added Tsichlas.

Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League has also paid tribute to Olive.

“The Premier Soccer League is saddened by the passing of 2019/20 PSL assistant referee of the season, Shaun Olive.

“The league sends heartfelt condolences to the Olive family, South African Football Association (SAFA) and the football fraternity at large.

“The PSL will observe a moment of silence in honour of Shaun Olive ahead of this weekend’s Nedbank Cup, DStv Premiership, Diski Challenge and GladAfrica Championship fixtures.

“May his soul repose peacefull,” read the League statement.

Phakaaathi sends our sincere condolences to the Olive family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

May Shaun Olive’s soul rest in peace.

Trump welcomes end of probe into Stormy Daniels ‘hush money’ payments

May 8th 2021 at 03:46

Former US president Donald Trump on Friday welcomed the decision by federal election authorities to end their investigation into “hush money” payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels.

“The Federal Election Commission in Washington DC has totally dropped the phony case against me concerning payments to women relative to the 2016 Presidential Election,” Trump said in a statement.

“I thank the Commission for their decision, ending this chapter of Fake News.”

The FEC had been investigating whether a $130,000 payment to Daniels by Trump’s then-personal lawyer Michael Cohen was a violation of campaign finance laws.

The payment, two weeks ahead of the November 2016 election, was allegedly intended to stop Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, from disclosing that she had had an affair with Trump years earlier.

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to violating campaign finance laws, tax evasion and lying to Congress and was sentenced to three years in prison.

But Trump has not been charged in the case and the FEC — which is split equally between Republicans and Democrats — said Thursday that it was deadlocked and ending its inquiry into the payment to Daniels.

Two Democrats on the commission voted to pursue the case while two Republicans voted to drop it.

Cohen, who has broken ties with Trump and become an outspoken critic of his former boss, expressed disbelief at the FEC decision and so did Daniels.

“The hush money payment was done at the direction of and for the benefit of Donald J. Trump,” Cohen said on Twitter. “Like me, #Trump should have been found guilty.

“How the FEC committee could rule any other way is confounding.”

In a tweet, Daniels said “our legal system is a joke but I’ll keep fighting & speaking my truth.

“I was assaulted, threatened, bullied, attacked daily, falsely arrested & had fake charges put on my record because I refused to back down,” she said. “Never thought I’d see the day @MichaelCohen212 & I’d be on the same side.”

In his statement, Trump lashed out at his former lawyer.

“It was a case built on lies from Michael Cohen, a corrupt and convicted lawyer,” Trump said.

7 Mother’s Day spa packages that won’t break the bank

May 8th 2021 at 00:00


A day at the spa is close to perfect for any mom on Mother’s Day, but we all know that spa packages aren’t always affordable.

We’ve done the work for you and researched Mother’s Day massage specials that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

So, go ahead and spoil the special lady in your life this weekend.  

Here are some great Mother’s Day massage specials to help mom unwind this Mother’s Day. 


Revive Wellness, Highlands North 

Revive Wellness Spa in Joburg prides itself on being “your sanctuary in the city.”

A quick drive through Johannesburg will lead you to the entrance of what will feel like an escape from the buzz of the city. The spa not only has a beautiful aesthetic that calls for calm and relaxation, but the facilities are meant to guarantee tranquility.

Flotation pools, steam rooms, and a hydro poll are among the many facilities moms can use when they book a spa date or receive one as a gift.

Revive Wellness is running a Mother’s Day promotion that includes a full body massage, head, foot and a foot ritual. 

Mangwanani Spa, River Valley 

For those looking to escape the buzz of the busy city, take a shot left to Mangwanani Spa right after Hennops River. They have a variety of packages to choose from, including half and full-day packages.

For full-day patrons, bus service is available from Montecasino if self-driving is not an option. The packages range from R1099 to R1799. The outdoor experience is a worthwhile one for those looking to being out in nature. 

Zan Garden, Soweto

In the heart of Soweto lies what customers are calling heaven on earth.

Zan Garden, a bespoke skin and beauty service runs a well-known establishment in one of the oldest townships in South Africa.

The acclaimed spa offers its clients a serene and relaxed experience while maintaining the highest standard of service. Their selection of treatments promises an experience like no other – perfect for Mother’s Day.

ALSO SEE: Four heart-healthy dessert recipes for Mother’s Day

Cape Town 

Bakwena Day Spa, Kuils River 

Pure indulgence is the name of the game with Bakwena Day Spa.

Indulge yourself, or the mom in your life by booking a package suitable to her needs and your budget. The Bakwena Day Spa has spa packages just for Mother’s Day.

They are offering three packages – half-day (AM or PM) and full-day deals. The price ranges from R849 to R1649. 

Tranquila Spa, Cape Town 

For those looking for relaxation and experience, the newly-opened Tranquila Spa on Aquila Private Game Reserve is just the thing.

Guests can book other tours either before or after a spa treatment. The lodge is home to the majestic Big 5 legends: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, and rhino. Game and horse riding options are available to more adventurous moms.

If not, their spa facilities will leave you energised and ready for a new chapter of motherhood! 


Mangwanani Elangeni, Durban 

A warm welcome and professional service will make a half or full-day spa treatment a worthwhile trip for the Durban moms.

Mangwanani Elangeni is known for its good service, and clients keep going back for more. If a full-body massage and a gin experience sound appealing to you, then their Mother’s Day voucher will be just the thing.

For R899, mom can have a full body massage Musgrave Rose Gin Water, Gin Botanicals, and Gin infusion. 

The Oyster Box Spa, Umhlanga 

The Oyster Box Spa is well known for being a great spot for a romantic getaway, but will equally be dreamy for moms on a getaway, even just for a day.

The ocean view is a relaxing sight for tired eyes to take your mind off life for a brief moment. Their spa facilities are aimed at three things; rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

Click here to book a session for a well-deserving Durban mom.

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Daily Covid-19 update: Over 2000 new cases while two provinces record zero deaths

May 7th 2021 at 16:35

As of Friday, 7 May, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,592,626 with 2256 new cases identified, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.

67 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 1 from Eastern Cape, 0 from Free State, 13 from Gauteng, 5 from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), 26 from Limpopo, 2 from Mpumalanga, 0 from North West, 10 from Northern Cape and 10 from Western Cape.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 54,687.

Recoveries now stand at 1,513,202 representing a recovery rate of 95%.

A total of 10,831,738 tests have been completed with 25,934 new tests conducted since the last report, while the total number of vaccines that have been administered stands at 381,171.

#COVID19 Statistics in SA as at 07 May.

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— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) May 7, 2021

Gauteng readiness for third wave

The Gauteng government has made 4564 bed spaces available for Covid-19 patients amid concerns about rising infections.

This comes after Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the province was in the early phases of a third wave.

The premier, however, said the province was prepared and the focus had fallen on flattening the infection curve.

“We have also added additional staff – 4,000 professionals – to the staff complement of the department of health,” he said on Thursday.

Addtional reporting by Molefe Seeletsa

Joburg teacher suspended after allegedly calling pupil k-word

May 7th 2021 at 15:26

An Afrikaans teacher was suspended with immediate effect after allegedly calling a 14-year-old pupil from the Northriding Secondary School the k-word and spraying the pupil with sanitiser.

The parents of the Grade 8 pupil described the incident as a traumatic matter for them, their child and the other children exposed to racial slurs and attacks.

“We are really angry about it,” the father of the pupil said. The father said he never thought his child would have to experience in 2021 what they had experienced when they were young in “that era”.

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“There is a lot that needs to change in the school’s culture and management,” he said.

The pupil’s mother said they would be taking further steps against the teacher and the parents have already laid a complaint at the Human Rights Commission of South Africa (HRCSA).

“We have also pressed charges against the teacher. We are taking it very seriously,” the mother said.

“The thing that upsets me the most is we heard it from our son. Nobody contacted us from the school. It is unfortunate and a failure,” the mother said.

Earlier on Friday, Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi visited the school following the allegations.

“As a department, we are extremely disappointed about this incident.

“Racism will never be tolerated in our schools. Teachers must always teach and guide pupils; not fight them,” Lesufi said.

Lesufi welcomed the immediate suspension of the teacher.

Gauteng department for education spokesman Steve Mabona said during a media briefing at the school that initial investigations indicated an altercation over the making of noise occurred on Thursday between the pupils and an Afrikaans teacher.

“The teacher then allegedly sprayed the pupil with sanitiser when he left the classroom to report the matter to another teacher in the neighbouring class,” Mabona said.

“The teacher allegedly followed and started to engage violently with the pupil, further spraying the pupil with sanitiser all over his body and allegedly calling him a k****r,” Mabona added.

Other teachers had to intervene.

“Reports state that the same teacher then had another altercation, in the next period, with other pupils, where she started swearing at pupils, allegedly calling them baboons, drug dealers and k****rs,” Mabona said.

The education department’s psychosocial team visited the school to provide support for all affected by the incident.

School headmaster Francois Oosthuizen said a teaching agency had been contacted to replace the teacher.

He said he himself would stand in if necessary because he is a qualified Afrikaans teacher. Meanwhile, in the smoking section of the school, two teachers casually sat, puffing away.

The teachers said they were having a very quiet day because the pupils left the classes to protest on the sports field, where they sat down and refused to return to class.

In front of the school’s office, a small group of angry parents gathered to voice their grievances about the incident. The parents wanted to know what processes will be put in place to ensure the school does not become a breeding ground for racism.

Shanduka shade over Free State education

May 7th 2021 at 15:00

Audit firm PwC said R500-million irregular expenditure incurred by the Free State education department is related to an unsolicited bid by the Kagiso Shanduka Trust to improve schools

The post Shanduka shade over Free State education appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Colombians topple ‘rapist’ conquistador’s statue in capital

May 7th 2021 at 14:52

Bogota – Indigenous people in Colombia on Friday knocked down a statue of Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada, who founded the capital Bogota, as protests against the government continued.

Photos shared on social media showed members of the Misak indigenous community standing on the empty pedestal in the centre of Bogota with the statue lying on the ground with a broken arm.

At least 26 people have died in clashes between demonstrators and security forces since protests against President Ivan Duque’s government began on April 28, originally against a now abandoned tax reform.

ALSO READ: Fresh protests called after deadly Colombia tax reform clashes

Indigenous people have joined unions, students and other groups in demanding change to the government’s policies on health, education and inequality.

Demonstrators from the Misak — also called Guambiano — community, originally from the south of the country, arrived at dawn at the statue, erected in 1960, waving their indigenous flags.

“Historically he was the biggest slaughterer, torturer, thief and rapist of our women and our children,” the group said in a statement.

The statement said the “elitist families descended” from De Quesada had “reproduced the great problems” of the country such as the recently abandoned tax reform.

Indigenous people in Colombia’s southwest have knocked down at least three statues to conquistadors since September 2020.

They are waging a historic dispute over land rights but have often been the victims of Colombia’s multi-faceted conflict pitting left-wing guerrillas, drug-traffickers, right-wing paramilitaries and the armed forces against each other.

Nadal defeat casts cloud over Roland Garros bid

May 7th 2021 at 12:39

Rafael Nadal lost 6-4, 6-4 to Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Open quarter-finals on Friday, casting doubts over the Spaniard’s form ahead of this month’s French Open.

Even in Barcelona, however, Nadal needed to save a championship point to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

World number two Nadal is hoping to clinch a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting 21st major in the French capital.

Zverev’s impressive straights-set win at the Caja Magica earns him a meeting with Dominic Thiem in the Madrid semis, in what will be a repeat of last year’s US Open final, which was won by Thiem.

After losing to world number eight Andrey Rublev in Monaco, Nadal was convincingly beaten by Zverev and the spotlight will be on the 34-year-old now in Rome next week, his last tournament before heading to Paris.

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It started well for Nadal when he broke Zverev to love to lead 4-2 in the first set, Zverev serving a double fault to give away the first advantage.

But the world number five immediately hit back and then pulled away, four straight games clinching him the set.

A whipping forehand down the line put Zverev up another break midway through the second and while Nadal resisted more pressure in the seventh game to hold, Zverev served out an impressive victory after an hour and 44 minutes.

Thiem had earlier come from a set down to beat John Isner 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the last four.

The 36-year-old Isner has never been at his most comfortable on clay but he caught Thiem cold by breaking early to claim the opening set.

But Thiem ripped a forehand pass to open up a break opporunity at 3-2 in the second, which the Austrian took when Isner hit the net with a volley.

Thiem was reading Isner’s serve better by the time the match went to a decider but it was not until 4-4 that he struck again, when he chased down three Isner volleys to serve for victory. He closed out the win in just under two hours.

“He’s one of the best servers in history, especially here in the altitude, it bounces high and it’s so difficult to return,” said Thiem after reaching the semi-finals for the fourth successive time.

“To start with a break down is almost like losing the first set but I stayed focused, kept a good fighting spirit. Very few points decide that kind of game and that’s how I turned things around in the second set.”

What to do this Mother’s Day

May 7th 2021 at 12:30

Don’t know what to do on Mother’s Day to spoil the special lady in your life? She’ll love a road trip to one of these fun destinations.

Nirox Sculpture Park, Krugersdorp

An artist’s paradise coupled with a picnic spot, Nirox Sculpture Park has well-manicured and cultivated lawns, arbores, turfs, streams and marshes.

It is placed on the grassy banks of the Blaauwbankspruit River adjoining the Kkatlhamphi Private Nature Reserve and inhabited by assorted local game and birdlife.

The park is home to many implanted artistic sculptures and installations that give plenty of great selfie opportunities. It’s a great place to spend a day enjoying mother nature.

Open to the public on weekends and public holidays. Hours: 10am-4pm, or by special arrangements during the week

Maropeng Cradle of Humankind

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Just 21 minutes drive from Nirox is Maropeng, also known as the Cradle of Humankind. This award-winning exhibition, focusing is a lesson on the origins of mankind, giving numerous experiences and lessons on the origins of humans over millions of years.

From the creation of planets to the world we live in, it’s a lesson in fossils such as Homo naledi to the tools mankind used in the Stone Age and real-life views of what life would have looked like.

Operating times: Days: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Maropeng 9am-4.30pm (final tour at 4.20pm)

The Upside Down House

Located at Hartbeespoort Dam, a fascinating one-of-a-kind house that has to be experienced to be understood. Even then it will be slightly confusing, a mind-blowing house built upside down.

All the furniture inside, which would usually be on the floor, is upside down, making for amazing photo opportunities and popular with all members of the family. This is one of 10 upside-down houses all over the world.

It’s said that those who visit the house tend to stay for a few hours trying to understand the mind-defying illusion that it is.

Contacts : Address: R3 Hartbeeshoek Road, Hartbeespoort, 0216, Opens 9am Thu · More hours Phone: 063 100 9858

Howick Falls

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A place through which the Umngeni River flows north of Pietermaritzburg and to the east of the N3 is Howick Falls gorge walk, Start at the bottom of Harvard Street in Howick, KZN.

The falls are a popular tourist attraction simply because they showcase the true beauty of mother nature in South Africa. Places to stay are close by in the Howick area with an array of B&Bs, apartments and villas to rent.

Kruger National Park: Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

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If you’re looking for something different, this is the perfect place for you. Nestled along the banks of the perennial Sabie River, with breathtaking views which are all the better appreciated from the comfort of African contemporary luxury.

Exclusive accommodation, sensory comforts, intuitive service, good food and fine South African wine come together to promise a safari in style; a Lion Sands Original.

Contact: Address: Sabi Sand Reserve, Kruger National Park, 1260 Phone: 011 880 9992

The Botshabelo Mission Station and Historical Village

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A culturally enjoyable and educational experience in the Mpumulanga province, Middleburg village is popular for lessons in South African history and visually arresting historic buildings.

Botshabelo Mission Station is placed within a small game reserve, with an open-air museum Ndebele village with arts and crafts stores. The Ndebele tribe are known for their bright and colourful beadwork, murals and jewellery.

Enquiries can be made: 27 (0) 13 243 2253/4

Cherry Glamping

Fancy a few nights of glamping?  Cherry Glamping at Elgin in the Western Cape is just the spot.

Elgin is a large, area of land surrounded by mountains in the Overberg region of South Africa about 70 km southeast of Cape Town.

The deluxe tents are 12 fully-furnished enclosures, outfitted with a kitchen, communal lounge area, fireplace and dining table. For those who enjoy a good steak, there’s a braai area with a lapa.

Contacts: Address: N2 N2 Elgin, 7180, Phone: 082 788 9837

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10 sweet Mother’s Day quotes to add to your card this year

May 7th 2021 at 12:00

It’s easy for words to fail you when it’s time to use them for something important.

When it comes to expressing how grateful you are about the mother in your life, finding the words might be harder than usual when writing your Mother’s Day card. Mother’s Day gifts are complete when accompanied with a heartfelt message.

Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of some powerful messages from famous and non-famous people about their mothers. This list can guide you in what to say and can even inspire an even sweeter message from you.

Here are a few that you can use this Mother’s Day:

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colours of a rainbow.” Maya Angelou

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” Henry Ward Beecher

“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.” Unknown

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take” Cardinal Mermillod

“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother” Abraham Lincoln

“To the whole world, you are a caring and loving mother. To me, you are the whole world.” Unknown

“Mother is the heartbeat of the home and without her, there seems to be no heartthrob.” Leroy Brownlow

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” Unknown

“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” St Therese of Lisieux

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” Princess Diana

Mother’s Day is about reminding moms how special they are to us, whether it’s your wife, sister, mother or grandmother. Your words will mean the world to them, and the gratitude will be felt long after Mother’s Day. Don’t forget the gift to go with that as well.

ALSO READ: Cheerful Mother’s Day gift ideas under R500

Foodie ‘party’ to save our pasta dishes

May 7th 2021 at 10:53

It is okay to play with your food. This rarely goes wrong when having fun in the kitchen, one of the ways to get out of your mundane daily meals.

One of these is the favoured starch, pasta. Pasta dishes are family favourites, they are comfort meals and known for their quick and easy recipes. Iconic South African pasta brand Fatti’s & Moni’s is taking an exciting leap and concept of a parody political party called Freedom Party to inspire people to cook delicious new pasta meals.

The hilarious launch happened in the beautiful Houghton Hotel, attended by the party’s influencers, media personalities and chefs on Wednesday evening, 5 May.

Just like political parties, the brand’s “cabinet” was carefully selected to deliver the foodie needs of the republic. The party president is Metro FM host, singer and Idols SA judge Unathi Nkayi who will be steering the ship of helping create magic with pasta.

It was announced that Minister of Lifestyle is Lesego Semenya known as LesDaChef.  The chef said he will be delivering South African flavours infused with other cuisines, on brand to his style of cooking.

“Thinking out of the box when it comes to pasta, you don’t have to do bolognese or a lasagna. You actually can go crazy with them.”

And this was the case with the idea of the manifesto launch menu by himself. Starters were farfalle chicken, with bacon and Caesar salad, very similar to a pasta salad, quick and easy to make. “People always assume that making pasta must be heavy, that is not the case,” Semenya says.

ALSO READ: WATCH: Tashas owner talks all things new menu

If you didn’t know, Caesar salad was created by an Italian immigrant working in Mexican and American restaurants. Semenya has built a strong online community of home cooks and was more than happy to continue sharing his tips.

The second starter of the night was a creamy elbow macaroni with amasi (cultured buttermilk) and exotic mushrooms. As in the mains the pastas were cooked al dente, still firm to the a bite.

One of the mains was butternut and baby spinach gnocchi. The gnocchi was not the traditional potato pasta, rather the shape of it and dried. The dish’s sauce with onion was melt in the mouth and the vegetable perfectly cooked, with a finishing of parmesan cheese.

A pasta dessert? Well, of course. Pasta is never associated with any sweetness, but LesdaChef cleverly incorporated the spaghetti in the custard pudding really well. It was well balanced, not too sweet, with the spaghetti adding a necessary texture. The pudding was topped with strawberry sauce, caramelised honeycomb and a chocolate sauce.

The cabinet also includes celebrity chef and fine dining restauranteur David Higgs. He was were given the matching portfolio of Minister of Fine Dining, as he is the former executive chef of The Saxon, owner of Marble and Saint restaurants.

He said: “The whole idea is to give fine dining ideas, five-star dishes that you can make in the comfort of your home.”

His go-to pasta recipe with cocktail tomatoes: Cut them into half, drizzle olive oil, put them in the oven at 180°C. When they are soft and juicy, add them into fresh pasta and more olive oil and enjoy.

Lastly, the Minister of Health is Phuti Moabelo, the mother of twin boys aged one who will be dishing out recipes that please the taste buds but won’t affect the waistline.

It’s going to be pasta galore on Fatti’s & Moni’s social media pages every Wednesday as the ministers share their weekly recipes.

Does this still matter? Ayanda Ncwane accused of bleaching skin

May 7th 2021 at 10:42

Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD)  star, businesswoman and artist manager Ayanda Ncwane’s name has risen over the past months.

Ncwane’s husband is the late gospel singer, Sifiso Ncwane. She has continued to carry on his legacy since his death in December 2016. Ncwane has built a strong career in her own right and her appearance on Showmax’s RHOD cemented that for her.

Viewers were divided about some of her actions in the first season but what also caught the attention was her fashion sense and beauty looks. When a Twitter user compared how Ayanda looked years ago to now, the difference in skin complexion was noticeable.

Look what money did to Ayanda Ncwane????
Before and After

— Sharon Shaz (@KabzShaz) May 6, 2021

But whether this still matters or not is debatable, as some publications picked up on the discussion. Many people who commented on the picture didn’t think it was a big deal. Times have changed, people are less judgmental.

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These is so me once I become monied????

— C-na (@Cna09506650) May 6, 2021

I think it’s camera quality we all have our darker photos abo ma 2007

— Sammie Dube (@dube_sammie) May 7, 2021

Khanyi Mbau has been open about her skin lightening. In July 2020, she gave advice to people looking at skin lightening. explaining that it doesn’t make her “less black”.

“Being black doesn’t mean you have to look black. Being black is a state of being, being black is a sense of spirit. Being black is how you think and how you see yourself. It doesn’t mean you need to look indigenous. Why are we living in a world that won’t let us explore and be who we want to be? Period.”

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She added that skin lightening had evolved and was less dangerous.

Pre-teen girl shoots three at US school

May 7th 2021 at 10:20

Los Angeles – A girl opened fire at a school in the northwestern US state of Idaho on Thursday, injuring three people before being disarmed by a teacher, police said.

The unnamed student at Rigby Middle School near Idaho Falls was in the sixth grade, meaning she would likely be aged 11 or 12.

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She “retrieved a handgun from her backpack, fired multiple rounds inside of the school and out,” said Jefferson County sheriff Steve Anderson.

Injuries suffered by two students and one staff member are not thought to be life-threatening, he said.

“During the shooting a teacher disarmed the student, and detained her until law enforcement took her into custody,” added Anderson at a press conference.

The shooting is being investigated by the FBI as well as local law enforcement.

The US has suffered a spate of mass shootings in recent weeks, including at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, an office building in California, a grocery store in Colorado and at several spas in Atlanta.

President Joe Biden last month branded US gun violence an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment”

There were more than 43,000 gun-related deaths in the United States last year, including suicides, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Three easy Mother’s Day breakfast-in-bed ideas

May 7th 2021 at 10:17


There is no better way to start Mother’s Day than spoiling her from the get-go. Waking up to a cooked meal is always special. To celebrate your mom or the mother figure in your life is as simple as spoiling her with breakfast in bed.

Mom will love these easy breakfast in bed ideas, plus they won’t take hours to make.

Seeded Bread Omelettes


1⁄2 cup of crumbed SASKO Low GI Seeded
Brown Bread
3 eggs
Ready-made white sauce
Pinch of cayenne
Pinch of salt & pepper

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Pour hot white sauce over the breadcrumbs, mixing and mashing them well. Separate the egg yolk and white, whisking the whites until stiff.

Whisk yolk of eggs, cayenne, salt, and pepper until thick and stir into the white sauce and bread-crumbs mixture.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Cut and fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites to the mixture. In a hot, oiled medium frying pan turn in the omelet and cook lightly. Set the pan in the oven to dry on top of the omelet.

Remove pan from oven and serve.

Linseed and Soy, Chicken and egg quiche

Chicken quiche

Chicken and egg quiche. Picture: Supplied


1 kg cooked chicken
6 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground mustard
6 slices, cut into cubes of SASKO Low GI Linseed White Bread
1 cup grated cheese

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1. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and mustard together.
2. Stir in the bread cubes, cheese, and cooked chicken.
3. Pour into a greased baking dish.
4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
5. Bake uncovered at 180°C for 40 min or until a knife inserted
comes out clean.

Honey and Oats French Toast Muffins

honey oats muffins

Honey and oats muffins. Picture


6 large eggs
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1⁄2 tablespoons sugar
1 1⁄2 tablespoons vanilla extract
14 cups cubed SASKO Low GI Honey & Oats White Bread
Golden syrup for serving


Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a muntin with butter. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Add cubed bread to the mixture and fold until combined and all of the liquid is absorbed. Divide the bread mixture into muntins, pressing it lightly into each cup to compact it.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes, scoop out and serve topped with golden syrup.

* This recipe was courtesy of SASKO.

Secluded destinations to escape to in South Africa

May 7th 2021 at 09:32

People are still cautious when it comes to travelling and when they do, they often opt for more secluded destinations with minimal human contact and maximum contact with nature.

These cabins – whether it’s a traditional log cabin, a luxury cabin or a gyspy vargo you’re after – are the ideal escape from your home that has become your office and the answer to that much-needed digital detox.

Big Pod

Pretoria, Gauteng

Farmstays at Rosemary Hill is the latest craze, with Big Pod being the ideal family cabin sleeping up to six people. What originally started with one A-frame cabin at the beginning of lockdown has evolved into a range of comfy cabins perfect for a break from the city. These trendy cabins are a walking distance from the farm’s coffee shop and include breakfast.

Rate: R3,200 a night

 Rosemary Hill's Big Pod

The loft area at Rosemary Hill’s Big Pod.

The Sunset Dome

Tulbagh, Western Cape

La Bruyere farm’s 2-sleeper Sunset Dome allows you to experience some of the best sunsets in the valley. The self-catering cabin comes with electricity and its hot shower and bath both overlook the dam. There’s also a fruit and vegetable garden for guests to indulge in.

Rate: From R1,900 a night

Sunset Dome

The Sunset Dome’s bath views are simply out of this world.


Memel, Free State

Although still in the planning phase of the actual cabins, Kloofsig’s farm cottage is cabin enough if you’re keen on exploring what the Witkoppe mountain range has to offer. Here a true off the grid experience is a given. The 8-sleeper cottage’s wood-fired hot tub, sandstone braai and traditional donkey boiler are just some of its unique features.

Rate: From R2,500 a night


The Kloofsig hot tub is one for the books.

Treedom Villas & Vardos

Wilderness, Western Cape

In addition to its popular 4-sleeper villa, two of Treedom’s five gypsy vardos have now been completed. These 2-sleeper, boho-style vardos come with outdoor barrel bubble baths, fire pits and a forest greenhouse for lounging and dining. The Owl Vardo also has an outdoor rocking bed, while the Gypsy Vardo comes with an Instagrammable moon swing.

Rate: From R1,700 a night

Treedom Villas

Treedom Villas and Vardos celebrates the importance of moms say owners Debbie and Marc.

Antbear Eco Lodge

Estcourt, Kwazulu-Natal

Become one with nature in Antbear Eco Lodge’s luxury cave. With a wooden, cabin-like deck overlooking the Drakensberg, this cave with actual rock art on the walls effortlessly brings nature indoors. It’s an eco-experience like no other and includes dinner, bed and breakfast.

Rate: From R2,100 per person per night

Antbear's Cave

Antbear’s cave deck boasts magnificent views.

Buff and Fellow

George, Western Cape

Overlooking the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains, Buff and Fellow’s eco-friendly cabins, pods and coconuts are the perfect escape. Guests get to enjoy both nature and farm life with free-to-use Indian canoes, a help-yourself vegetable garden, bonfire bonding, fresh eggs from the working farm’s Cluck and Fellow chicken coop and more.

Rate: From R1,250 a night

Hot tub views Buff and Fellow

Hot tub views at Buff and Fellow.


Hoedspruit, Limpopo

Dotted around a dam popular for catch-and-release fishing, AfriCamps’ Hoedspruit glamping tents can easily go for cabins as they come with all the bells and whistles. One of the unique selling points is their outdoor wood-fired hot tubs and at Hoedspruit camp you get to book a guided game drive to the Kruger National Park or other nearby reserves.

Price: From R1,340 per couple sharing per night

Escape at Africamps Hoedspruit

Total serenity at Africamps Hoedspruit.

Pinetree Cabin at Protea Farm

Montagu, Western Cape

Protea Farm’s Pinetree cabin is the perfect summer hideout, but also a romantic winter escape. Don’t miss out on the Montagu Tractor Trip, boasting the most spectacular views from 1,500m above sea level, or the potjiekos served on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Rate: From R700 per couple sharing per night

The Pintree Cabib

The Pinetree Cabin boasts the most spectacular snow experiences in winter.

MTO Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail

Nature’s Valley, Western Cape

The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail’s rustic cabins are perfect for both serious hikers and slackpackers. These humble overnight cabins all boast magnificent views worth working for and include bunk beds for up to 24 people. They come with basic cooking supplies, braai facilities, showers, toilets and hot water shower buckets.

Rate: From R200 per person per day

Witklipfontein Eco Lodge

Vredefort Dome, Free State

Located on one of the original farms that form part of the Vredefort Dome, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Witklipfontein’s 10-sleeper self-catering unit boasts beautiful scenery, game, art, fresh farm eggs and produce from the permaculture vegetable garden. A green roof, rammed earth and sandbag walls bring you back to earth instantly.

Rate: From R6,800 for 6 people

Reading corners are at the order of the day at Witklipfontein

Reading corners are at the order of the day at Witklipfontein.


Windows of opportunity: Bonang joins line-up of women at Bill’s gates

May 7th 2021 at 09:01

Radio and TV presenter Bonang Matheba tweeted that she has officially joined the internet trend of women sending Bill Gates direct messages following the announcement that Microsoft billionaire and his wife Melinda Gates are filing for a divorce.


Gates tweeted on Monday 3 May that he and his wife will be parting ways after 27 years of marriage. 

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” tweeted Bill Gates. 

“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives,” he added. 

DM trend

Bill and Melinda asked for space and privacy during this time. However, following the news of the divorce, many women from across the globe decided to “take a shot” at introducing themselves to the billionaire.

Bonang, who is already winning at life and recently launched her own luxury beverage range called House of BNG, has now joined this trend to get into the billionaire’s direct messages. 

Bonang slips Bill Gates a message

A Tweep asked Bonang whether she is also trying to get the attention of Bill Gates following his divorce announcement and she responded by saying that she had messaged both Bill Gates and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. 

“I’ve DMed him…Jeff too! Send me prayers ❤,” she wrote. 

I've DMed him….Jeff too! Send me prayers ❤

— Bonang Matheba 👑 (@bonang_m) May 5, 2021


Tweeps were into the idea of Bonang dating a billionaire and fully supported her aspirations. 

I see this working! Yes please!

— Mpilo (@MSHANGASE) May 5, 2021

I’m rooting for you

— The Muffin Man (@NOT_ongama) May 5, 2021

Tbh I'm rooting for you. Imagine putting your money on hold and spending his 😭😭😭😭

— BLACKNIFICENT🇿🇦 (@Blacknificentm) May 5, 2021

Two months ago, a fan said he would do anything for her and the businesswoman — who can definitely afford anything she wants — responded:

“Please send me money, need to do my hair.” 

The fan surprisingly responded asking for banking details.

Send banking details ❤

— ijaqamba (@UnDEANiable) March 9, 2021

Nandi Madida ‘dead serious’ about booking Amapiano dancing Spider-Man [video]

May 7th 2021 at 08:45

After three men in towels went viral for dancing to Amapiano in Washington DC, the South African singer, actress, model and television presenter, Nandi Madida took to Instagram to ask her followers if they know where to find the now-famous Amapiano dancing Peter Parker.

Watch out Tom Hiddleston, there’s a new Spider-Man in town

Yes, this comes after a man dressed in a Spider-Man suit dancing to MFR Souls’ hit song Amanikiniki trended on Twitter for all the right reasons. On social media, many went on to dub the dancer “Sipho-Man” and praised his dance moves.

I can’t stop laughing at siphoman 😭😭😭😭

— President of Siyawathanda Amadoda Association (@mihlalii_n) May 4, 2021

Now, Madida is looking to find the dancing Peter Parker for her son’s birthday.

“Life of being a mother. My son loves this Peter Parker, does anyone know how one can book him for a birthday. I’m dead serious. Thank you in advance.”

In the comment section, many agreed that they also need this Spider-Man to perform at their functions.

“I need this Spider-Man in my life,” one social media user responded to Madiba. “If I do it, will it matter that I have dreadlocks, boobs and a booty?” said South African actress, Bontle Modiselle.

“We all love him this is hilarious I wouldn’t blame you if you booked him,” said another.

Amapiano dancing Peter Parker found

According to The Citizen, the Amapiano dancing Spider-Man is actually part of the entertainment crew from Ms Herbacks & the Mascots. The Mascots put on their suits and entertain guests South African style.

What’s more, “Sipho-Man” has been spotted in several other videos.

Stealing the spotlight

“Even in videos with the other mascots dancing, he always takes the spotlight,” the publication writes. “In one, he was dancing to Morhahu by Makhadzi. This video featured Minnie and Mickey Mouse, a Minion and Peter Parker. As always, Spider-Man’s moves were undisputed, others commenting that “’Spider-Man switched careers and he is excelling with this one'”.

Real business about to start. #missherbacksandthemascots at your service 7 days a week+27 82 705 3216

Posted by Ms Herbacks & the Mascots on Friday, April 30, 2021

2021 Durban July a rapidly changing landscape

May 7th 2021 at 08:21

Plenty has been happening on the 2021 Vodacom Durban July front, with a couple of highly fancied entrants scratched, adjustments to the merit ratings and plenty of shuffling on the ante-post betting boards. 

Ace trainer Mike de Kock appears unlikely to have a runner in the country’s top race this year after he withdrew his two entries, Malmoos and Barahin, following their unplaced finishes in the Premier’s Champions Challenge at Turffontein.

Boom horse Malmoos started as the 5-4 favourite for the Grade 1 race but could manage no better than fifth, 6.50 lengths behind winner Got The Greenlight. Barahin was a bad last.

Joe Soma’s Got The Greenlight, 2020 July runner-up, has been elevated to 5-1 favourite for this year’s renewal following his sparkling performance in the Challenge. Early July favourites Belgarion, Rainbow Bridge, Kommetdieding and Summer Pudding have all eased.

Another heavily fancied July entry, filly Captain’s Ransom, has also been withdrawn from the big event on 3 July. Despite her facile win in the Grade 2 WSB Fillies Guineas at Greyville at the weekend, trainer Justin Snaith announced he and owner Suzette Viljoen had opted to go for the exclusively female Garden Province Stakes on July day instead.

This leaves Snaith with 10 of the remaining 50 July entries. Among these are last year’s July winner Belgarion and two-time July champ Do It Again, who will open their Champions Season campaigns on 16 May in Greyville’s WSB 1900 – one of the traditional Durban July preps. Belgarion has slipped to 12-1 after topping the boards a few weeks ago, while Do It Again can be had at 16-1. 

Got The Greenlight had his merit rating hiked from 124 to 128 after blitzing both Malmoos and Triple Tiara heroine Summer Pudding. The latter finished fourth in the Challenge and trainer Paul Peter said her participation in the July would be discussed with owner Jessica Jell. 

Peter did confirm a July bid with the three-year-old filly Netta, a runaway winner of the 2000m Gerald Rosenberg Stakes on Champions Day. Netta’s MR rocketed up from 102 to 120 after she scooted in by six lengths at 7-1 and consigned hot favourite Running Brave (another July hopeful) to fourth place.

On the Guineas day card at Greyville, Cape Met hero Rainbow Bridge could hardly have been more impressive in winning the 1400m Drill Hall Stakes. However, the handicappers kept his MR at 134, using complicated reasoning that involved third-placed Ultra Magnus running to his full potential and therefore qualifying as the handicap “line horse”. 

A July candidate that did get a MR bump in Durban was Linebacker, who comfortably won the 1600m WSB Guineas. He went from 115 to 124, while third-placed Kommetdieding went from 117 to 120.

The way all this played out in the betting rooms was Linebacker leaping to 6-1 second favouritism in the July, with Kommetdieding slipping to 7-1.

Vodacom Durban July betting:

5-1 Got The Greenlight

6-1 Linebacker

7-1 Kommetdieding

15-2 Rainbow Bridge

12-1 Belgarion, War Of Athena

14-1 The Gatekeeper

16-1 Do It Again, Summer Pudding

20-1 Second Base, Golden Ducat

33-1 Russian Rock, Rascallion, Princess Calla

40-1 and upwards the others

4500 beds available in Gauteng hospitals for Covid-19 wave

May 7th 2021 at 08:10

The Gauteng government has made 4,564 bed spaces available for Covid-19 patients amid concerns about rising infections.

This comes after Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the province was in the early phases of a third wave.

The premier, however, said the province was prepared and the focus had fallen on flattening the infection curve.

“We have also added additional staff – 4,000 professionals – to the staff complement of the department of health,” he said on Thursday.

While giving an update on Covid-19 in Gauteng, alongside the provincial command council (PCC) on Friday afternoon, Makhura noted that the increase in the number cases was a matter for concern.

#COVID19 | The Gauteng Provincial Command Council gives an update on COVID-19

— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) May 7, 2021

Earlier during the briefing Premier advisory council (PAC) chairperson Dr Mary Kawonga said all Gauteng districts had seen an increase in cases in the past week, with the highest increases recorded in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Sedibeng.

Kawonga said Emfuleni was the most concerning sub-district.

“The number of cases from Monday this week have doubled from last week. This a worrying trend. There has been a sustained increase particularly in Emfuleni. Emfuleni is approaching a third wave threshold after consistently recording the highest daily cases every day for the past three weeks,” she said.

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Dr Kawonga agreed with projections by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) that the third wave was unlikely to be more severe than the preceding waves.

According to the NICD, Gauteng is expected to be the hardest-hit province, since it is home to more than a quarter of South Africa’s population.

Hospital Beds

Commenting on the first and second waves, Makhura said he believed the lessons learned from them would help authorities to better prepare for the third wave, adding that more than 4,000 hospital beds were available.

“When Covid-19 first hit, the province had 1,193 beds, we now have 4,564 available beds. With regards to human resources, we are better prepared than we were in May 2020. The availability of oxygen is also a key priority.

“Our response to Covid-19 is not only to deal with the current pandemic, but our interventions will last for the next 20 years or more. We have put in place permanent structures,” he said.

READ MORE: If government says don’t panic about Covid-19 – please do

However during the peak of the third wave, the province is going to need 2,400 critical beds and 7,500 general beds to meet the demand, according to department of health head of infrastructure Dr Sifiso Maseko.

Maseko said the province was currently utilising 3,261 functional beds for admissions and 803 beds for quarantine and isolation, including 150 beds at newly opened Bronkhorstspruit Hospital yesterday.

Additional capacity amounting to 500 beds has been completed and equipped with health technology at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital for future use.

Charlotte Maxeke Hospital fire

It was also revealed that the fire at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg affected 311 beds.

The hospital will be opened in a phased approach, which will see the oncology, obstetrics and gynaecology wards opened first, with the fire inspection having been completed.

Air quality results will be released in due time, Maseko said.

Plan to restore services at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Source: Gauteng Province


Makhura said there appears to be resistance vaccinations as a result of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine being temporarily suspended, adding that only 200,000 out of 1,3 million people had registered under phase 2 of the vaccination programme.

He noted that the vaccination drive would also have to be informed by the case numbers.

“We know vaccination is important but we will only get a limited number of doses so we will have to use a combination of strategies,” he said.

More than 10 000 Community healthcare workers, Community Development Workers & Social Workers will help register all those who do not have access to the internet or smart devices. They will also help those who are unable to leave home & arrange for them to be vaccinated at home.

— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) May 7, 2021

The premier also warned against complacency, especially from the youth attending potential super-spreader events.

“We are appealing to the people of Gauteng to continue to follow all non-pharmaceutical interventions. We have won the battle of the second wave, we can lessen the severity of the third wave by not allowing fatigue to take over,” he said.

Microsoft mansion: Who will get the keys to the gates of Xanadu?

May 7th 2021 at 07:59

After Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage earlier in May, many are wondering who will get their lakefront estate in the Seattle suburbs, which is valued at upward of $131 million (R1 866 553 500)?

Bill Gates house
Image: Archute

About Xanadu 2.0, the Gates’ family mansion

According to the New York Times, the couple’s 66,000-square-foot home on the shore of Lake Washington is one of the big matters of their divorce. It was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Cutler-Anderson Architects, who also designed a house for Steve Jobs, according to Archute.

The house initially cost the businessman over $63 million (R896 729 400) to complete. Its construction took seven years before completion in 1995.

The sprawling complex – which, at the time of a 1995 New York Times story, included a spa, a 60-foot pool, a gym panelled with stone from a mountain peak in the Pacific Northwest, a trampoline room, and a stream for salmon, trout and other fish – got the nickname Xanadu 2.0 from Gates’s biographers.

Xanadu is said to be a reference to the large, lavish property that belongs to the tycoon at the heart of the film Citizen Kane.

A family secret

The details of the waterfront compound have been kept incredibly private by the Gates family – so much so that a tour of the property was auctioned in 2009, according to TechCrunch.

According to Edition, the house has just seven bedrooms but 24 bathrooms.

What’s more, the sand at the beach by the lake was reportedly brought in from Hawaii, according to an intern who viewed the home in 2007. Microsoft published the intern’s report about visiting the estate for a barbecue. “The whole house is built out of this beautiful orangey wood,” they wrote. “The landscaping is just insane.”

Advanced technological aspects

Another aspect of Bill’s vision was to turn the walls into video screens where he would be able to display digitized works of art. As the house was being built, Bill began to purchase the electronic rights to world-famous pieces from museums like the National Gallery in London through a company called Interactive Home Systems.

Image: Archute

Hopes for a smaller house

Back in 2019, Melinda said that she would rather live in a smaller house. “We won’t have that house forever,” Melinda told the Times in 2019.

“I’m actually really looking forward to the day that Bill and I live in a 1 500-square foot house … Just to be clear, the house was being built before I came on the scene. But I take responsibility for it.”

Watch: Inside Xanadu 2.0

Microsoft mansion: Who will get the keys to the gates of Xanadu?

Many are interested to know whether Bill or Melinda Gates will get the mega lakefront mansion called Xanadu 2.0 in their divorce.

Bill Gates house

How a R1,000 South African telecoms investment performed over 3 years – and it is not good

May 7th 2021 at 07:58
If you invested in South Africa’s major telecommunications companies three years ago, you would have lost a large chunk of your money.

‘I need SA citizenship, it’s not safe in the US’ – Lindani Myeni’s widow

May 7th 2021 at 07:18

Lindsay Myeni, the widow of slain KZN rugby player Lindani Myeni, has pleaded with the South African government to give her citizenship – citing fears about the safety of her children if they stay in the US.

Lindani Myeni latest: Wife Lindsay ‘seeking safety in SA’

The 29-year-old victim was shot dead by police last month, who suspected him of breaking and entering. However, bodycam footage from the incident shows a particularly brutal response by the cops in Hawaii. Lindsay is now embroiled in a legal battle with the Honolulu Police Department – but has her eyes on a long-term future in South Africa.

Mrs Lindsay Myeni addressing the media after the memorial service of her husband #LindaniMyeni

— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) May 6, 2021

Family of Lindani Myeni plotting move away from US

Mrs Myeni has been flown over alongside the repatriated body of her husband this week. While attending his memorial, Lindsay made it clear that she does now want to stay in America with ‘children who are considered black’. After several recent high-profile killings of African-Americans by police officers, the Myenis see South Africa as a safer location:

“My next steps, honestly, I need help from the SA government to get me citizenship so I can stay in my children’s home country without my husband. People think when you are married citizenship to each other’s countries is automatic but it takes five years each side.”

“We’ve always wanted the flexibility to be in whichever country the kids can prosper most and right now I feel like this is the safest country for them. I don’t want to raise kids that are considered black in America, where it’s clearly not safe.”

Joe Biden, Barack Obama ‘asked to help’

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala also attended the service, offering his deepest condolences to the Myeni family. He remains utterly unsatisfied by the police response to Lindani’s death – and wants the biggest names in US politics to intervene:

“We pin our hopes on US President, Joe Biden, that his intervention might help the wheels of justice to turn with speed. We also pray for former US president Barack Obama’s mediation, who hails from Hawaii, in bringing the killers of Lindani to book. Lindani Myeni is one of our own and his life matters dearly to his family and to us as his nation.” | Sihle Zikalala

‘Did Msimanga and attacker make peace to cover up corruption?’ – ANC

May 7th 2021 at 06:04

The ANC caucus on Friday called on law enforcement agencies to investigate further the assault of Gauteng DA leader Solly Msimanga.

Msimanga was on Thursday assaulted by a man with a group of people who said they were there to collect items from Msimanga’s cousin’s business.

The man who attacked Msimanga has since apologised for the “unfortunate misunderstanding” and what he describes as a “scuffle”.

The unnamed man, standing alongside the former Tshwane mayor, expressed regret and said there was no money owed to him by Msimanga – which was the reported cause of the altercation.

The ANC said Msimanga and his “victim” may be covering up corruption by making peace after the incident escalated to the media.

It said the haste in which the matter was handled and resolved raised questions and suspicions.

“We call upon law enforcement agencies to properly investigate this incident despite claims that the perpetrator and Msimanga have smoked a peace pipe,” reads a statement by the party.

WATCH: Msimanga attacker sorry for spoiling former mayor’s ‘perfect day’

“We hope the so-called truce is not an attempt to cover up corruption allegations against Msimanga by his victim in the video. This brawl also exposes reasons why Msimanga was hiring bodybuilders as his advisors when he was  mayor.”

Msimanga was at the centre of an R12 billion infrastructure deal with GladAfrica.

The ANC also blasted the DA for coming to Msimanga’s defence.

“We are not surprised by the statement of the DA in defence of their blue-eyed boy, this is how they stood up for him when he was accused of sexually harassing former Gauteng MPL Nkele Molepo, whom the DA expelled from their party for making sexual harassment allegations against Msimanga,” reads the statement.



‘Gauteng prepared for third Covid-19 wave’ – Makhura

May 7th 2021 at 05:28

South Africa remains at significant risk of a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is already showing early signs of rising cases in Gauteng according to Premier David Makhura.

“All indications are that we are in the early phase of the third wave and nobody should come tell us otherwise. Nobody should say there will be no third wave,” Makhura said.

Makhura was speaking at the opening of a newly built 150-bed Covid-19 isolation ward at Bronkhospruit Hospital on Thursday.

ALSO READ: Where is the Covid-19 third wave? Well, it’s probably closer than you think

In partnership between the Gauteng government, BMW South Africa and the German government, the hospital has been upgraded to a 210-bed facility, after the addition to the preexisting 60 beds.

The premier said the provincial government was not only erecting field hospitals, but building infrastructure that would continue to provide communities with access to healthcare services beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking about Gauteng’s readiness for the third Covid-19 wave, Makhura said the province was prepared and the focus had been on flattening the infection curve.

“We have also added additional staff – 4,000 professionals – to the staff complement of the department of health,” he said.

READ MORE: If government says don’t panic about Covid-19 – please do

The premier said the province was monitoring the possibility of increasing hospital admissions, among other things.

“We are monitoring hospital admissions, mortality and the increase in mobility. Our team of scientists says when there is increased mobility and increased interactions between people the risk is far greater.

“What have we learned during the first and second wave was to build tracking capacity with a team of scientists monitoring cases on a daily basis. They will be able to pick up which areas are hot spots,” he said.

WATCH: Premier @David_Makhura speaks on the anticipated third wave in the province. “We are monitoring hospital admissions, mortality and the increase in mobility. The province has built enormous tracking capacity which includes monitoring on a daily basis.”

— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) May 6, 2021

Makhura has also expressed his concern about the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in India.

Gauteng’s largest metropolitan districts – Johannesburg , Sedibeng, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane – have seen a more than 20% average increase in cases over the past two weeks, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday evening.

In a statement, Mkhize said there was a “worrying trend” of rising cases, which had prompted the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) to flag the districts as “under observation”.

The minister said even though some of districts had a low numbers of cases, the “significant rise in percentage changes should be taken as a serious warning”.

According to the NICD, Gauteng is expected to be the hardest-hit province, since it is home to more than a quarter of South Africa’s population.

South Africa has a new debit order system – how it works

May 7th 2021 at 05:04
South Africa’s new debit order system aims to stop abuse in the debit order payment system. Here is what you should know.

WATCH: Dramatic footage emerges of Nafiz Modack’s arrest

May 7th 2021 at 05:00

Dramatic footage has emerged showing the arrest of alleged underworld figure and businessman, Nafiz Modack, in Cape Town a week ago.

At the time, the Hawks said a specially comprised team effected several arrests in Century View on Thursday, followed by further arrests the next morning.

This followed the case of the attempted murder of lawyer William Booth, as well as gang-related extortion, kidnapping and intimidation in the Milnerton area.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said that, when the team attempted to stop the suspects last Thursday, they accelerated and a vehicle missed one of the officers. “A high speed chase ensued and the suspects were cornered at Sable road and arrested.”

#ModackArrest Footage of Nafiz MODACK arrest last week in Cape Town.. By @SAPoliceService Special Task Force @BOSBEER2006 @1SecondLater @MARIUSBROODRYK @News24

— BOSBEER.COM (@BOSBEER2006) May 6, 2021

The footage shows a Toyota Hilux being cornered by two vehicles next to a construction site. Construction workers are seen running away after spotting the officers jump out, brandishing firearms and surrounding the vehicle.

The officers open the front doors and appear to place Modack, in the driver’s seat, on the ground.

“During the arrest, two vehicles were searched. Inside the Mercedes with two occupants that was stopped, two unlicensed firearms were recovered. In the second vehicle, a Toyota Hilux with two occupants, an unlicensed firearm was recovered,” said Mogale.

Modack faces charges of attempted murder, reckless driving and a charge of resisting arrest – related to the car chase captured in the footage.

He appeared in court this week, along with his co-accused Jacques Cronje and Ricardo Morgan.

The three face charges of intimidation, kidnapping, extortion, money laundering, violation of the Electronic Communications Act and charges under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act. Modack and Morgan are also charged with the attempted murder of Booth, conspiracy to commit murder, and pinging (cellphone location tracking).

As an armoured vehicle took Modack away from the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday, some of his supporters called out: “We love you, Nafiz!”

Modack is known for providing meals for impoverished families in some Cape Town suburbs.

An online petition currently circulating asks that he be released on bail.

The matter is expected back in court on Friday.

Additional reporting by Jenni Evans.


#AceSuspendsCyril: Nando’s takes aim at ANC in hilarious new meme

May 7th 2021 at 04:31

Nando’s has clapped back in the best way they know how after the suspension of the Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC), Ace Magashule, and his subsequent “suspension” of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Image: Christopher Moagi/Daily Sun/Gallo Images via Getty Images.


The South African previously reported that after being issued the letter of suspension on Wednesday 5 May 2021, Magashule referred to it as “fatally flawed”, adding that he is questioning Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte authority on the matter.

Magashule said Duarte had no authority to issue the letter of suspension, citing it as “unconstitutional.”

He further added that he would now “summarily suspend Cyril Ramaphosa as the president of the ANC in full compliance with the relevant conference resolutions”.

This means that Ramaphosa would not be able to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the President of the ANC. He may also not represent the party publically in any forum, and may not make public statements pertaining to party interests.


Nando’s proceeded to create a new meme – which was posted on their Twitter page – where they refer to Ramaphosa as “moreki,” a word which translates to a “buyer”, that ultimately aludes to the fact that Ramaphosa is indeed the buyer of the country.

Even Moreki is feeling the heat. #AceSuspendsCyril

— NandosSA (@NandosSA) May 6, 2021

Of course, the internet – and especially social media users in South Africa – are loving it.

Zero chill on Nando's side…..LOVE IT!😂😂😂

— Indigo_Rosefit (@IRosefit) May 6, 2021

The suspendee has suspended the suspender

— Josef tjikeu (@JTjikeu) May 6, 2021

Battle of the suspensions… I wonder who will CHICKEN out? 😏😏

— Da-Emperor (@scmojela1) May 6, 2021


The South African previously reported on Nando’s 15 best adverts, and that’s because their viral campaigns completely dominate the discourse. They’ve tackled everything from xenophobia to state capture Nando’s is known for stirring things up when it comes to their advertisements.

Other memes, includes their take on the various national lockdowns imposed in South Africa, to what feels like ever-lasting loadshedding.

We like to keep conspiracies out of the kitchen. #VaccineforSouthAfrica

— NandosSA (@NandosSA) February 1, 2021

Even when the tough times last a bit longer, we don’t lose hope! #LockdownLingo

— NandosSA (@NandosSA) April 23, 2020

Also read: Nando’s brilliantly calls on us South Africans to “fix our shit” in new ad


BOKSBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 10: Secretary General Ace Magashule and President Cyril Ramaphosa at the annual wreath laying and 28th commemoration anniversary of Chris Hani?s killing at the Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park on April 10, 2021 in Boksburg, South Africa. Hani was shot in the driveway of his home in Dawn Park on 10 April in 1993. (Photo by Christopher Moagi/Daily Sun/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

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Argent on the up

May 6th 2021 at 18:01
Move offshore pays off. Steel beneficiation group is a near 70% rand hedge.

HSF head to ConCourt over McBride’s Ipid ousting

May 6th 2021 at 16:10

Last month, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) threw out the Helen Suzman Foundation’s bid to void former Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride’s ousting in 2019.

But the battle is not over yet. The foundation this week announced it had lodged an application for leave to appeal against the SCA’s decision with the Constitutional Court .

It said the order handed down last month “gives a judicial stamp of approval to a constitutionally impermissible interpretation of the Ipid Act – eroding the independence of Ipid and exposing it to actual or perceived political interference”.

ALSO READ: Suzman Foundation’s application over McBride’s IPID contract dismissed

The drawn-out case dates back to January, 2019, when McBride rushed to the High Court in Pretoria after learning Police Minister Bheki Cele had decided not to renew his contract as Ipid’s executive director, which was set to expire the following month.

He originally wanted an order stating the decision was not Cele’s to make but they ended up reaching a last-minute agreement– later made an order of the court – that Cele could make a recommendation to the police portfolio committee but it would make the decision.

The portfolio committee also decided against the renewal of McBride’s contract and he has since taken up a position with the State Security Agency.

But the foundation, which was admitted as amicus curiae in the original case, says the agreement which set these events in motion should never have been okayed by the high court.

McBride is no longer actively taking part in these proceedings.

However, the foundation argues the Ipid Act does not stipulate whose call it is to extend the executive director’s contract for a second term, stating only that the appointment “is for a term of five years, which is renewable for one additional term only” and that it should actually have been for McBride to decide.

The SCA last month described this interpretation as “illogical”. Suzman foundation director Francis Antonie accused the SCA of “ignoring the constitutionally impermissible manner in which the high court rubber stamped the settlement agreement”.

Moreover, he said, the SCA judgment and order undermines the independence of Ipid and impedes its ability to effectively perform its mandate.

WATCH: Msimanga attacker sorry for spoiling former mayor’s ‘perfect day’

May 6th 2021 at 14:28

The man who attacked Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng leader Solly Msimanga has apologised for the “unfortunate misunderstanding” that led to what he describes as a “scuffle”.

The unnamed man, standing alongside the former Tshwane mayor, expressed regret and said there was no monies owed to him by Msimanga – which was the reported cause of the altercation.

WATCH: Gauteng DA leader’s ‘perfect’ day ruined by East Rand beating

Msimanga was assaulted when the man apparently showed up with a group of people, who said they were there to collect items from Msimanga’s cousin’s business.

Msimanga was then attacked after intervening in a spat between his cousin and the man. The unnamed man was then arrested and offered to pay for Msimanga’s medical expenses.

Earlier, the DA condemned the attack on Msimanga.

“The DA condemns this vicious and criminal attack on the provincial leader. Our country’s Constitution asserts the rule of law as a founding provision. If there is a disagreement, whether involving money or not, South Africans should commit to working through the parameters of the law to resolve their differences,” the DA said.

The DA said since this was a personal matter, they would respect Msimanga’s decision on whether to press charges or not.

Watch the unnamed man’s apology below:

British & Irish Lions: 16 players to enjoy first Lions tour in SA

May 6th 2021 at 08:26

British & Irish Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland, named a 37-man squad to tour South Africa for the 2021 Series including 16 players who will travel with the team for the first time.

All the bolters

Josh Adams, Bundee Aki, Chris Harris, Ali Price, Louis Rees-Zammit, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Zander Fagerson, Iain Henderson, Jonny Hill, Wyn Jones, Andrew Porter, Sam Simmonds, Rory Sutherland and Hamish Watson are them men making their first trip with the British & Irish Lions.

All 16 men have enjoyed excellent campaigns for their respective teams in the 2021 Six Nations.

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British & Irish Lions: Josh Adams of Wales scores his team’s second try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group D game between Wales and Fiji at Oita Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Oita, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

Wales winger Adams was the breakout star of the 2019 World Cup, finishing as the leading try scorer.

England flanker Sam Simmonds hasn’t played for his country since 2018 but has been a livewire in the Premiership. Gatland bolstered the ranks of his loose forwards.

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British & Irish Lions: Ireland’s centre Bundee Aki during the Autumn Nations Cup international rugby union match between England and Ireland at Twickenham in London, on November 21, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Centres Aki and Harris will be eager to force their way into the starting lineup but will need to be at their best to keep Elliot Daly and Robbie Henshaw out of the starting lineup.

Another Wales winger, Louis Rees-Zammit, enjoyed a blinding Six Nations and is one of the most exciting young players in the world right now.

Props Wyn Jones, not to be confused with skipper Alun Wyn Jones, and Zander Fagerson will be in the mix to impact the game in the front row where the series could be decided.

British & Irish Lions squad

Backs (16):

Josh Adams (Cardiff, Wales) Wing

Bundee Aki (Connacht Rugby, Ireland) Centre

Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales) Fly-half

Elliot Daly (Saracens, England) Centre

Gareth Davies (Scarlets, Wales) Scrum-half

Owen Farrell (Saracens, England) Fly-half

Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby, Scotland) Centre

Robbie Henshaw (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Centre

Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs, Scotland) Full-back

Conor Murray (Munster Rugby, Ireland) Scrum-half

Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) Scrum-half

Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby, Wales) Wing

Finn Russell (Racing 92, Scotland) Fly-half

Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) Wing

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, England) Wing

Liam Williams (Scarlets, Wales) Full-back

Forwards (21):

Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland) Second row

Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Back row

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, England) Hooker

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, England) Back row

Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) Prop

Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby, Wales) Back row

Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Prop

Jamie George (Saracens, England) Hooker

Iain Henderson (Ulster Rugby, Ireland) Second row

Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, England) Second row

Maro Itoje (Saracens, England) Second row

Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, Wales) (Captain) Second row

Wyn Jones (Scarlets, Wales) Prop

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, England) Second row

Ken Owens (Scarlets, Wales) Hooker

Andrew Porter (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Prop

Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, England) Back row

Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) Prop

Justin Tipuric (Ospreys, Wales) Back row

Mako Vunipola (Saracens, England) Prop

Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) Back row

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British & Irish Lions: Josh Adams of Wales scores his team's second try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group D game between Wales and Fiji at Oita Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Oita, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)


British & Irish Lions: Ireland's centre Bundee Aki during the Autumn Nations Cup international rugby union match between England and Ireland at Twickenham in London, on November 21, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Australian IPL cricketers flee Covid-hit India … for the Maldives

May 6th 2021 at 07:01

Australian cricketers fled Covid-ravaged India for the Maldives on Thursday, but New Zealand’s top stars are stuck in Delhi until May 11, the earliest they can secure exemptions to enter England where they are due to play a Test series.


Cricket authorities have been rushing to evacuate players and support staff after the lucrative Indian Premier League was abandoned this week.

India reported 3 980 deaths and more than 412 000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

While most overseas-based players headed home, the Australians, including Steve Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins, are unable to do so after Canberra slammed shut its borders and threatened anyone entering from India with jail time.

They must wait until at least May 15, when the travel ban will be reviewed.


In the meantime, the 37 players, coaches, officials and TV commentators left for the Maldives, reportedly on a charter flight arranged and paid for by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

“Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association can confirm Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators have been safely transported from India and are en route to the Maldives,” CA said in a statement.

“The Australians will remain in the Maldives until the conclusion of the travel pause pertaining to flights from India to Australia.”


They are likely to be chartered back to Australia once the ban has been lifted, again with the help of the BCCI.

But Chennai Super Kings batting coach Mike Hussey was not among the travelling party, forced to remain in isolation after testing positive to the virus.

CA said he was “experiencing mild symptoms” and would remain in the care of the Super Kings until it was safe for him to return to Australia.

New Zealand are due to play a Test series with England next month before contesting the World Test Championship against India.

Their IPL-based Test stars – Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner, as well as physio Tommy Simsek – can only depart India for Britain on May 11, the earliest an exemption could be obtained.

Fellow Test regular Trent Boult has opted to return home to see family before reconnecting with the squad in early June, potentially in time for the second Test. The first Test is due to start in London on June 2.

The rest of New Zealand’s IPL contingent will leave Delhi for Auckland on Friday on one of two charter flights.

“We’ve worked closely with the BCCI and the IPL franchises on the various departure strategies and we’re very appreciative of their support during what is, clearly, a very challenging time,” said NZC chief executive David White.

The IPL started in early April. The decision to go ahead in the face of a deepening health crisis prompted criticism from some observers, while others defended it as a welcome distraction.

IBM unveils ground-breaking 2nm chip technology

May 6th 2021 at 06:26
IBM on Thursday said that silicon has at least one more generational advance in store, promising faster computers and smartphones that use considerably less power.

On This Day: What happened on 06 May?

May 6th 2021 at 01:00

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 06 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1994 | South Africa established diplomatic relations with Ghana, Mali and Senegal.

2009 | Jacob Zuma is elected president in the South African presidential election (an indirect presidential election).

2020 | The Deputy Speaker of Mpumalanga’s Provincial Legislature, Vusi Mkhatshwa, was accused of receiving food parcels meant for the poor.

2020 | South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, announced that more than 500 health workers across the country have tested positive for COVID-19.

READ: On This Day: What happened on 05 May?


2002 | Egyptian football player, Saleh Selim (71)

2018 | Egyptian politician and military officer, Khaled Mohieddine (95) 

2020 | Algerian football player, Hamid Bernaoui (82)


1922 | Former First Lady of South Africa, Anna Elizabeth Botha

1978 | South African comedian, Kagiso Lediga

1991 | South African football goalkeeper, Roxanne “Roxy” Barker 

1994 | South African rugby player, Nico Janse van Rensburg


2011 | South African athlete, L.J. van Zyl wins the men’s 400m hurdles at Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix in Doha.



2004 | ‘Friends’ last episode in the 10th season (the finale) is aired. 

2007 | ‘Shrek the Third’ with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy is released.


Africa comprised up to 10,000 different states and autonomous groups before the colonial rule with distinct languages and customs.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Day 11: Athletics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: LJ van Zyl of South Africa in the semi final of the mens 400m hurdles during the evening session on Day 11 Athletics of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Dimension Data: SAP on Azure – time to make the migration

May 6th 2021 at 00:59
Promoted | In this podcast, Dimension Data's Setumo Mohapi and Pieter Potgieter explain what is involved in migrating to SAP S/4Hana and why Dimension Data is well-placed to support companies on the journey.

Barnabas Xulu held in contempt of court

May 5th 2021 at 18:01
Fined R30 000, given a three-year suspended sentence – and must give up his Porsche.

Makate wants billions from Vodacom

May 5th 2021 at 17:17
Nkosana Makate says he deserves billions from Vodacom for suggesting a Please Call Me service to the company.

Leading with empathy

May 5th 2021 at 15:35
'Organisations need to start looking at their employees holistically' – Tamara Parker, CEO, Mercer SA.

State-owned bank could be a reality soon

May 5th 2021 at 15:31
‘There could be no objection in principle to the idea of a state bank having a role in the South African economy – if it is well done and it is efficient’: Prof Raymond Parsons from NWU Business School.

Amended act strengthens Irba’s disciplinary powers

May 5th 2021 at 15:24
Imre Nagy – CEO, The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (Irba)

Five of the best Mother’s Day recipes to prepare for Mum

May 5th 2021 at 15:01

Mother’s Day is only a few days away and if you are lucky enough to stay close to Mum, why not spoil her with a special breakfast-in-bed surprise? Food is a universal language we all understand. Prepare some special Mother’s Day recipes for Mum to express your love.

If you no longer stay in the same house, conspire with Dad to sneak into their house early on Mother’s Day. The delicious flavours floating through the air from the kitchen will certainly wake Mum. Just imagine the surprise on her face if she finds you in her kitchen. Or even better, visualise the happiness brightening her face when you enter her bedroom with a bed-in-breakfast treat!

We have compiled a list of delicious Mother’s Day recipes Mum would love first thing in the morning. Choose the one your Mum will love the most and make Mother’s Day memorable.

Classic English Scones – Featherlight and fluffy

Classic English Scones
Classic English Scones: Just perfect for Mother’s Day. Image: Pixabay.

If there is one breakfast or teatime snack every Mum enjoys, it is these classic English scones. Featherlight and buttery, they are melt-in-the-mouth delicious. Slather a warm scone with a knob of butter, top it with strawberry preserve and a scoop of fresh whipped cream. Divine!

This recipe takes about an hour to prepare, so you may decide to rather prepare the scones at home and visit Mum with a surprise teatime basket of scones. Click here for the recipe.

Easy Flapjacks – Lip-smackingly delicious breakfast bite

Easy Flapjacks Recipe
Easy flapjacks drizzled with golden syrup. Image: Supplied

These light and fluffy flapjacks are the perfect recipe to bake in Mum’s kitchen early on Mother’s Day. This flapjacks recipe is quick and easy to prepare and will make any tummy rumble.

When baked to a golden-brown beauty, remove from the pan and serve warm with a generous drizzle of honey or golden syrup. To make Mum’s breakfast plate extra special, serve the flapjacks with a variety of berries for an antioxidant boost. To add some extra flair to this tasty treat, top the flapjacks with whipped cream. Click here for the recipe.

Mushroom & Bacon Salsa stuffed Avocado – A savoury breakfast delight

Mushroom and Bacon Salsa Stuffed Avocado
Mushroom and Bacon Salsa Stuffed Avocado: Seriously delicious! Image: South African Mushroom Farmer’s Association.

If you are looking for a savoury breakfast option to treat Mum on Mother’s Day, look no further than this Mushroom & Bacon Salsa stuffed Avocado. It’s quick, easy and delicious.

Bacon and avocado go well together due to the salty bacon lifting the flavour of the avo. Mushrooms are an umami flavour bomb to this great bowl too. For the best results, mash the avo up in the halved shell or you can remove it, and mix it in a bowl with the cooked ingredients and spoon it back in. Click here for the recipe.

Fruity nachos – Fresh and tasty start to Mum’s day

Fruity nachos
Fruity nachos: Delightful and fresh. Image: DNAFit.

If Mum is the type of person who loves fresh fruit first thing in the morning, this fruity nachos recipe will be a pleasant surprise. Not only is this fruity breakfast healthy, but so tasty that it almost tastes like a dessert.

Ready in only 5 minutes, this Fruity Nachos recipe consists of sliced apple, peanut butter, honey and some crunchy chopped almond nuts. Then, a tablespoon of sugar-free chocolate chips makes this recipe extra special. Click here for the recipe.

Pancakes filled with Chocolate Mousse – Rich and decadent

Pancakes filled with Chocolate Mousse
Pancakes filled with Chocolate Mousse: For a sweet Mother’s Day. Image: Supplied.

Maybe your Mum has a relentless sweet tooth. Give in to her sweet tooth on Mother’s Day and prepare some pancakes filled with chocolate mousse for her. Mother’s Day only comes around once a year after all.

For many of us, the pungent smell of baked pancakes and spicy cinnamon is synonymous with cold, rainy weather. And it seems as if this is exactly the type of weather some parts of South Africa will have this weekend. Click here for this blissfully delicious recipe.

As you are preparing for Mother’s Day, may you have a beautiful day with this very special person in your life. Cherish each moment.

Classic English Scones

Classic English Scones: Just perfect for Mother's Day. Image: Pixabay.

Easy Flapjacks Recipe

Easy flapjacks drizzled with golden syrup. Image: Supplied

Mushroom and Bacon salsa stuffed avocado 2

Mushroom and Bacon Salsa Stuffed Avocado: Seriously delicious! Image: South African Mushroom Farmer's Association

Fruity nachos

Fruity nachos: Delightful and fresh. Image: DNAFit.

Pancakes filled with Chocolate Mousse

Pancakes filled with Chocolate Mousse: For a sweet Mother's Day. Image: Supplied.

Abantu Bemthetho ‘arrest’ Richards Bay’s progress

May 5th 2021 at 13:19

TS Sporting have climbed closer to and put more pressure on GladAfrica Championship log leaders Richards Bay by beating them 1-0 at KaBokweni Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

It was a tense game and the home side knew a loss would make it even steeper for them as the race heats up. Abantu Bemthetho remain third but are now just two points behind the Natal Rich Boyz with three games to go.

Sporting took the first stab in the 16th minute with Decide Chauke allowed space and time inside the Richards Bay box. With his back to goal, he did well to bring the ball under control, turn and shoot it beyond Malcolm Jacobs’ reach.

The Natal Rich Boyz tried to hit back, with Khanyisa Mayo a constant threat with his signature curled long range shots, but he couldn’t get them on target.

It was in fact Abantu Bemthetho who almost doubled their lead early in the second half. But Jacobs was equal to the task.

Bay’s best chance of the match came only in the 75th minute, and it fell to Lwandile Mabuya who had just come on. The youngster hurried his shot and it went wide.

Siyabonga Vilane also came close to finding an equaliser in the 84th minute but his header went nuts over the bar, with the keeper well beaten.

A minute later, things almost got worse for the KwaZulu-Natal side and were lucky that Mohau Mokate’s well taken hit the post after it had beat Jacobs.

GladAfrica Championship results:

Cape United 1 Polokwane City 0
Free State Stars 1 Steenberg United 1
Uthongathi 1 University of Pretoria 0
Bizana Pondo Chiefs 2 CT All Stars 3
TS Sporting 1 Richards Bay 0
Pretoria Callies 1 Sekhukhune United 2

Former Proteas batting coach signs deal with English county Lancashire

May 5th 2021 at 13:12

Former Proteas batting coach Dale Benkenstein has joined English county side Lancashire on a short-term contract.


Benkenstein played 23 ODIs for the Proteas between 1998 and 2002 and served as the national team’s batting mentor under head coach Ottis Gibson until after the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

The 46-year-old Benkenstein has scored over 16 000 runs in first-class cricket and was prolific with the willow in English county cricket with Durham, who he captained to their maiden County Championship title in 2008.


He also previously served as head coach at Hampshire, leading them to two T20 Blast Finals Days and securing promotion back to the top tier of the County Championship.

Lancashire director of cricket, Paul Allott, said: “We were looking to add some additional expertise to the coaching team and Dale brings a wealth of experience to the changing room.

“He is highly respected in county cricket following his time as a player at Durham and then coaching at Hampshire.

“To add that knowledge into our dressing room can only be a good thing as we look to build on our positive start to the season.”


Daily Lotto results for Wednesday, 5 May 2021

May 5th 2021 at 13:01

Are you ready for the Daily Lotto draw on Wednesday, 5 May? It’s yet another chance to find out whether or not you’re one of South Africa’s latest Daily Lotto winners.

If you’ve decided to Phanda, Pusha, Play then you might just strike gold here.

Let’s have a look at the jackpot and Good luck!

Daily Lotto Jackpot for 05/05/2021 is estimated at R450 000!

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Daily Lotto Winning Numbers

05/05/202104, 08, 14, 24, 25
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First Thursdays: Visit these must-see art exhibitions in Johannesburg

May 5th 2021 at 11:36

If you have ever attended a First Thursdays event, you know that it is vital to have a plan of action when attending the various art exhibitions. Here is a list of the top galleries and artists to look out for in Johannesburg this month of May.


Two solo exhibitions will be taking place at EDG2020. The artists who will be exhibiting their artworks, are Marlise Keith and Elfriede Dreyer on First Thursdays this month.

Marlise Keith will be showcasing her works, titled Abandoned Bodies. This artist is best known for her mixed multimedia collages. Her most utilized mediums include assemblage drawings, collage, polychromos pencils, Schimnke Ink, synthetic fibres, as well as FW acrylic ink.

Elfriede Dreyer will be showcasing Transhipped She focuses on concepts such as utopia, dystopia and heterotopia. Transhipped has a nautical theme with a boat featuring as the focus and recurrent imagery.

Elfriede Dreyer First Thursdays Exhibition
Image via Elfriede Dreyer

Location: Barbecue Bend Corporate Campus, Midrand.

Duration: Thursday 6 May 2021 – Thursday 27 May 2021.

Riboville Boutique Hotel

The multi-disciplined artist Fatima Tayob Moosa will be showcasing her works, titled Beneath My Skin at Riboville Boutique Hotel. These exhibitions will be focusing on the ability of our skin to “tell” deeply rooted narratives.

“My burning melting and heating integration processes utilised on tactile surfaces act as a metaphor for how experiences alter our being through endurance and patience which leads to a place of self-awareness and understanding,” Moosa is quoted as saying on

Location: 1 Apaloosa Dr Gate 9, Waterfall Equestrian Estate, Waterfall Drive, Midrand

Duration: Saturday 1 May 2021 – Monday 31 May 2021.

UJ Art Gallery

Diane Victor, an artist who goes beyond the traditional approach, will be showcasing Frolly, Fraility, Fear at UJ Art Gallery.

The mediums used in this exhibition consist of drawing, printmaking, blackboard chalk drawings, drawing on stone and smoke drawings printed on cloth. The focus in Frolly, Fraility, Fear is on society and the individual and the consequences of their foolish actions. This artist’s exhibitions are popular among across all platforms.

Location: UJ APK Campus, Cnr. Kingsway/ University Rd, Auckland Park

Duration: Wednesday 14 April 2021 – Wednesday 19 May 2021

These female artists have all individually taken the Johannesburg art scene by storm and their latest exhibitions are definitely worth a stop on your First Thursday excursion.


Spanish Grand Prix 2021: Where to watch, live stream, time

May 5th 2021 at 11:03

The Circuit de Catalunya just outside Barcelona stages round four of the F1 season, the Spanish Grand Prix.

It’s a quick turnaround with just a week separating the third and fourth rounds.

Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers World Championship after claiming his second win of the season last weekend in Portimao, with Max Verstappen hot on his heels.

Hamilton will be aiming to win his fifth consecutive Spanish Grand Prix, while Verstappen returns to the scene of his first F1 win.

The Spanish Grand Prix marks the return of spectators following the announcement that 1,000 fans will be allowed entry in to the race after restrictions relating to the pandemic were eased in Spain.

When is the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix?

Practice 1: Friday 7 May 11:30 

Practice 2: Friday 7 May, 15:00

Practice 3: Saturday 8 May, 12:00

Qualifying: Saturday 8 May, 15:00

Race: Sunday 9 May, 15:00 

Where can I watch the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix?

SuperSport will broadcast the entire race weekend on its dedicated Motorsport channel.

Where can I stream the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix

An alternative viewing method for those who have access to the internet is streaming via Formula 1’s own streaming service. A monthly subscription costs approximately R72 ($4.99) and includes: 

  • Live streams of every track session for all Grand Prixs
  • Access to all driver onboard cameras & team radios
  • Live streams of F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup
  • Full Race replays and highlights
  • On demand access to all F1 onboard cameras
  • All F1, F2, F3, Porsche Supercup replays
  • F1’s historic race archive
  • Live timing features

F1 Championship standings

Championship standings – Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 69 pts, 2. Max Verstappen (NED) 61, 3. Lando Norris (GBR) 37, 4. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 32, 5. Charles Leclerc (MON) 28, 6. Sergio Pérez (MEX) 22, 7. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 16, 8. Carlos Sainz (ESP) 14, 9. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 8, 10. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 7, 11. Lance Stroll (CAN) 5, 12. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 5, 13. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 2, 14. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) 0, 15. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) 0, 16. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 0, 17. George Russell (GBR) 0, 18. Mick Schumacher (GER) 0, 19. Nikita Mazepin (RUS) 0, 20. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) 0

Championship standings – Constructors

1. Mercedes 101 pts, 2. Red Bull-Honda 83, 3. McLaren-Mercedes 53, 4. Ferrari 42, 5. Alpine-Renault 13, 6. AlphaTauri-Honda 9, 7. Aston Martin-Mercedes 5, 8. Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 0, 9. Williams 0, 10. Haas-Ferrari 0

Spanish Grand Prix 2021: Where to watch, live stream, time

The Spanish Grand Prix marks the return of spectators following the announcement that 1,000 fans will be allowed entry in to the race.

Adam Habib N-word row: Probe clears former Wits VC of racism claims

May 5th 2021 at 10:38

Professor Adam Habib is returning for duty at SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) after an independent investigation found that his use of the N-word, during a meeting with students, did not make him a racist.

Habib started serving in his post as the institution’s director only in January, but just two months later, found himself at the centre of a racism scandal after students complained about him having used the N-word during a virtual meeting.

The former Wits University vice chancellor and principal was seen in a clip of the said meeting defending his use of the racial slur. This also drew the ire of South Africans who called on SOAS to axe him. Habib was then asked to step down temporarily while the matter is investigated.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, 5 May, the SOAS board of trustees said the probe did not find that Professor Habib’s vocalisation of the word made him a racist.”

Marie Staunton, chair of SOAS’ board, said the report had found that Habib’s mistake of vocalising of the N-word in full, while trying to say that using the word offensively is unacceptable, did not in itself make him a racist.

“The different representations from the SOAS community made during the course of the investigation, particularly as to the preferred outcome, reinforced how complex a situation we find ourselves in,” she said.

Adam Habib isn’t going anywhere – SOAS University of London

When he first addressed his use of the N-word, Professor Adam Habib claimed the clip was taken out of context and that some parts were purposefully omitted to paint him as a racist.

According to Habib, a student had raised a question on how the university intends to addressing anti-black racism. When giving his response, Habib then used the N-word.

“I did use the word (and) said: ‘if someone used the word ‘n*gger’ against another staff member, then it would violate our policy & action would be taken’,” he said explaining himself at the time.

Habib eventually apologise, but stuck to his reasoning behind uttering the word, which SOAS seemed to take issue with.

“Despite his stated apologies he has continued to advance arguments/explanations to justify his actions, which is seemingly in conflict with the ‘unreserved’ apology ultimately offered by Professor Habib,” the report says.

Eskom cannot afford salary increase demands

May 5th 2021 at 08:27
Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. said the South African state utility is unable to agree to certain union demands over wage increases and declined to make an offer on basic salary until labor groups respond.

One currency for Africa

May 5th 2021 at 07:00
A single currency for Africa, which can be a decentralised cryptocurrency, will make it much easier to trade and invest across the continent. - Michael Jordaan

Rape Latest: Man jailed for 14 years for raping sleeping woman

May 4th 2021 at 17:29

A man who raped his friend while she was sleeping has been sentenced to 14 years in jail in the Greytown Regional Court.

SAPS regional spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that the man, Zama Lethuxolo Ngubane, 31, had raped his 24-year-old friend after going out partying with her during the day.

Victim was asleep when suspect sexually assaulted her

Gwala said police had arrested the man on the morning of 14 September 2019 following the reported rape. The victim was asleep when the suspect sexually assaulted her in her own home.

“On 13 September 2019, the victim was sleeping at her residence after parting. The accused realised that she was sleeping and he raped her. She woke up and realised she had been raped and questioned the accused, who denied harming her,” Gwala said.

“The victim was shocked and called her friend who took her to the police station where a rape case was opened.”

Gwala said that the rape docket that had been opened at the local police station was then transferred to the Greytown Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.  The arrest of the suspect followed swiftly.

“He was arrested and appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court before he was granted bail,” Gwala said. 

Suspect found to be a poor witness in court

“The matter was transferred to the Regional Court in Greytown and throughout the whole trial the accused denied the rape allegations which proved him to be a poor witness at court,” Gwala added.

“After the statement given by the victim and the evidence presented in court the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused was guilty.”

Gwala said the Greytown Regional Court sentenced Ngubane to 14 years direct imprisonment. “He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm,” she said.

Mamelodi Sundowns veteran set to say goodbye to Chloorkop

May 4th 2021 at 16:38

Mamelodi Sundowns veteran Tiyani Mabunda will reportedly be released by the defending PSL champions at the end of the season.


The 33-year-old has been a Mamelodi Sundowns player since 2013 when he signed from Black Leopards and has since racked up 145 appearances across all competitions.

However, the midfielder has fallen out of favour at Chloorkop as co-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi, Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela have preferred to play Rivaldo Coetzee, Andile Jali and Mothobi Mvala in the middle of the park.


According to Phakaaathi, Mabunda will not be given a new contract at the end of the current campaign and will be free to pursue other opportunities.

His last league appearance for the Brazilians came in February 2020 when he came on as a substitute against Polokwane City.


Welcome to the ‘Love’ era: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs announces name change

May 4th 2021 at 15:45

The I’ll Be Missing You hitmaker – who has previously been known by various other monikers including Puff Daddy and P. Diddy – has showed off a picture of his driver’s licence, revealing he has dropped John from his legal name.

It’s official: Sean ‘Love’ Combs

Alongside an Instagram post featuring his licence and another photo of him writing “Love” inside a heart alongside different versions of his signature, he wrote: “Look what I just got in the mail today… IT’S OFFICIAL!!! WELCOME TO THE LOVE ERA.(sic)”

He also shared an extract from a court document – which was dated 21 January 2020 – in a second Instagram post and wrote: “Imma need y’all to take me seriously on this one!!! #TheLoveEra LOVE (sic)”

The ‘Brother Love’ era

The 51-year-old rapper first filed a petition in Los Angeles in 2019 for the name change, but two years before then, he announced on Twitter he’d decided he wanted to be known as Brother Love.

He declared in November 2017: “I decided to change my name again! My new name is LOVE aka Brother Love. #TakeDat (sic)”

In an accompanying video, he said: “Hey what’s up y’all? I have some very, very serious news. I’ve been praying on this, and I decided — I know it’s risky, it could come off as corny to some people, like yo — I decided to change my name again.

‘I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy…’

“I’m just not who I am before. I’m something different. So my new name is Love, AKA Brother Love. I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy, or any of my other monikers but Love or Brother Love, okay? It’s my birthday, I feel good. God is the greatest, I give all the glory, and I thank my momma and daddy.”

Man of many alter egos

But two days later, he insisted he was “only joking” and was simply introducing a new “alter ego”.

He said: “Due to the overwhelming response to the media out there, and just to not wanting there to be any confusion, I was only joking. I didn’t change my name.

“It was just part of one of my alter egos, and one of my alter egos is Love.

“To set the record straight, because I have a lot of press to do in the next couple weeks, you can address me by any of my older names, but if you still wanna call me Love, you can call me Love, baby. But I was only playing.”

SAA business rescue: What other SOEs need to learn from this

May 4th 2021 at 15:43
Eric Levenstein - Director and Head of Insolvency, Business Rescue, & Restructuring Practice, Werksmans Attorneys

Rafael Nadal shows off INSANE football skills on the tennis court – watch

May 4th 2021 at 15:18

Is there anything Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal cannot do on a clay court?


Seems not!

Not only is the 34-year-old looking in sublime form as he takes aim at a staggering 14th French Open title at Roland Garros from 30 May, he’s given a reminder of his footballing skills as well.


Rafael Nadal is taking part in this week’s Madrid Open and during a practice session for his opening match he put in yet another Grand Slam title-worthy performance.

Watch and enjoy!

We bet you’ll watch over and over!


Just another impressive performance by Rafa on clay 🙃#MMOPEN

— ATP Tour (@atptour) May 4, 2021

UK public obsessed with Googling Prince Charles and his fingers – see why

May 4th 2021 at 14:50

According to website Cornwall Live, the cheeky phrase has made it into the top 10 most popular queries submitted on the search engine in Britain, while “Prince Charles fingers” is the 20th most popular.

The reason for the popularity of the search is because the Prince of Wales – who also holds the title of Duke of Cornwall – suffers from a condition called dactylitis.

prince charles fingers look more like sausage links than fingers

— jim (@yung__mean) June 13, 2020

Dactylitis: Prince Charles and his ‘sausage fingers’

Dactylitis is severe inflammation of the finger and toe joints which causes them to turn puffy, with the nature of the inflammation causing sufferers digits to resemble sausages. Severe dactylitis can even make your fingers so rigid that you can no longer make a fist.

The name is derived from the Greek word dactylos which means “finger”. Experts say it can be caused by anything from water retention to poor circulation or even arthritis.

The 72-year-old royal isn’t self-conscious about his condition though, and even made a joke about his “sausage fingers” in 2012 during a trip in Australia.

And while visiting India in November 2019, onlookers couldn’t help notice both his hands and feet appeared very inflamed and puffy.

Charles was visiting Gurudwara Bangla Sahib – a Sikh house of worship – to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, when photographers captured his hands looking red and inflamed.

Other popular UK Google searches

Meanwhile, other popular UK Google searches include the late presenter Caroline Flack, Coronavirus symptoms, Coronavirus update, Premier League, Boris Johnson, Eat Out to Help Out, Kobe Bryant and Kim Jong Un.

And the top 10 Google searches worldwide are YouTube, Facebook, Google, Gmail, WhatsApp web, Amazon, Hotmail, Netflix, translate, and traductor, which is “translate” in Spanish.

‘Red Table Talk’ bombshell: Willow Smith admits she is polyamorous

May 4th 2021 at 14:28

The 20-year-old singer, songwriter, record producer and actress revealed on the 28 April episode of her mother’s Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk that she has chosen a  polyamorous lifestyle over monogamy.

ALSO READ: ‘Red Table Talk’: Jada Pinkett Smith back with award-winning entanglement


Polyamory is the practice of having a romantic relationship with more than one person at a time with the consent of all partners involved. In the episode of Red Table Talk, Willow tries to explain her decision to her mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her maternal grandmother, Adrienne “Gammy” Banfield Norris. 

The episode synopsis reads:  

“Gammy tries to understand Willow’s decision to live a polyamorous lifestyle. In a lively generational debate on marriage and monogamy, Willow opens up about her decision to practice ethical non-monogamy.” 


Willow confessed that she could see herself having more than one partner at the same time and that she had researched the idea of polyamory instead of monogamy.

 According to her, infidelity in marriages is a key reason for her choice as it often results in divorce.

“With polyamory, I feel like the main foundation is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you and not just stepping into monogamy because that’s what everyone around you says is the right thing to do,” said Willow.

“So I was like, ‘How can I structure the way that I approach relationships with that in mind?’ Also, doing research into polyamory, one of the main reasons why divorces happen is infidelity,” she added. 


Jada Pinkett Smith came out in support of her daughter’s decision to be polyamorous. When Willow asked her how she felt about it, she had the following to say:

“When you were like, ‘Hey, this is my get down’, I was like, ‘I totally get it’.”

“Wanting to set up your life in a way that you can have what it is that you want, I think anything goes as long as the intentions are clear. You know what I mean? She added.

However, across the table, Gammy had a whole different opinion. She said that she believed in the traditional construct of marriage. While respecting her grandmother’s opinions on marriage, Willow shared some of her own.

“The history of marriage really irks me,” said Willow.

“I feel like the only way that I would get married is — let’s say me and my partner or partners wants to help people and we need to put our finances together in order to make that vision happen. That’s the only way I could see myself getting married,” she added. 

ALSO READ: ‘Men in Black’ star Will Smith opens up about his new ‘roll’

‘Shoot your shot’ – How the internet reacted to Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce

May 4th 2021 at 14:18

Billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates announced on 3 May 2021 that they’ll be divorcing after nearly three decades of marriage. This has led to many shocked netizens flocking to social media.

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce

Time to part ways

The couple released a statement to say they’ve put a “great deal of thought and a lot of work” into their relationship but felt it was time to end their marriage.

They will continue to work together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives”.

Bill Melinda gates divorce
Billionaire Bill and Melinda Gates at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in 2015. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Scott Olson

Their daughter, Jennifer Gates, said via Instagram Stories that “it’s been a challenging stretch of time for our whole family”. Jennifer added that she was “still learning how to best support” her own process and emotions.

That said, she’s grateful for having “the space to do so”. She thanked her followers for their support, but said she won’t be commenting further “on anything around the separation”.

Bill and Melinda Gates memes

Bill and Melinda Gates splitting up made me realize that we shouldn’t close this Gate so it’s my Window(s) of time to shoot my shot. He built computers, but I just want to build a relationship with you. He coded software, but I’m always hard(ware) around you. Hope you’re doing ok

— hugh g. rection (@sne_jajaja) May 3, 2021

“Seeing Bill and Melinda Gates not Excel at their relationship has me like “Word?” I wish our Windows weren’t closed but you made it a PowerPoint to stay away. Here’s hoping your future has a better Outlook.”

— Oluwajomiloju (@JomiAdeniran) May 3, 2021

Of course, this didn’t prevent social media users from sharing their thoughts about the high-profile couple’s split. From memes and tweets to marriage proposals, here’s the best we could find. There were quite a few masterful wordsmiths out there…

“So the Queen of England is newly single and then suddenly Bill Gates gets a divorce. Are you thinking what I’m thinking”

might as well @BillGates 👀

— cum-thulhu (@breezycarter_) May 4, 2021

So the queen of England is newly single and then suddenly Bill gates gets a divorce. Are u thinking wat am thinking🤔😀

— LYTA💥🇺🇬🇷🇼 (@lytamc_ug) May 4, 2021

DMs and ‘fineapples’

Other users were more direct and slid into Bill’s DM’s without shame. One user, Maddy, sent him a direct message saying she’s available if he needed to talk, while another went the poetic route:

“If you were a fruit, you’d be a fineapple”.

Bill and Melinda Gates getting divorced makes me wonder how long #Melania will last before switching up her “visa sponsor.”

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 4, 2021

Bill and Melinda Gates: “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.” Can our families also have space and privacy from both of you?

— Dr Naomi Wolf (@naomirwolf) May 4, 2021

The phrase “shoot your shot” was also used liberally on Twitter today. Matthew Navarro had a go at shooting his shot and asked if Bill would ever consider “switching teams”.

“These days you gotta think outside the box to get ahead in life. Always be on the lookout for the next big opportunity. Shoot your shot. #melindagates #billgates”

Nobody:@BillGates inbox after announcing a possible divorce:

— Materiallyfe (@MaterialLyfe) May 4, 2021

BILL GATES: sup girl, I’m single now, wanna come back to my place?

— everett byram (@rad_milk) May 4, 2021

Privacy jokes

And then, of course, there were privacy jokes. So many privacy jokes. Author Nick Adams asked: “Anyone else find it ironic Bill Gates is asking for privacy”, while a user known only as John D added:

“Bill Gates wants to track every human being with a microchip implant but also wants you to respect his privacy during this difficult time lol”

John D, Twitter.

@BillGates please reply

— Julianna Alford (@alfordjulianna) May 4, 2021

billgates got divorced i tried i hope he replies

— Moeez/ baba jaan stan acc (@iamsademojiuser) May 4, 2021

Bill Melinda gates divorce

Billionaire Bill Gates, chairman and founder of Microsoft Corp., and his wife Melinda attend the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in 2015. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Scott Olson

Daily Lotto results for Tuesday, 4 May 2021

May 4th 2021 at 13:11

Are you ready for the Daily Lotto draw on Tuesday, 4 May? It’s yet another chance to find out whether or not you’re one of South Africa’s latest Daily Lotto winners.

If you’ve decided to Phanda, Pusha, Play then you might just strike gold here.

Let’s have a look at the jackpot and Good luck!

Daily Lotto Jackpot for 27/04/2021 is estimated at R500 000!

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Daily Lotto Winning Numbers

04/05/202108, 20, 21, 24, 30
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Golf’s South African love story: Daniel and Abi van Tonder

May 4th 2021 at 11:54

It is one of the great love stories in golf. The husband and wife team of Daniel and Abi van Tonder continues to flourish on the fairways with victory after victory, the latest of which in the Kenya Savannah Classic in March earned them a European Tour card.

In the last nine months Team Van Tonder has won five times. Van Tonder heads into this week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt as a man very much on the rise in the world rankings. His performances on the Sunshine Tour also saw him experience a World Golf Championship event this year, and he will make his Major debut in the upcoming PGA Championship.

At every opportunity he gets, Van Tonder credits his wife and caddie Abi for the calming influence she is on his bag. Her impact on his life has been far greater though. A quiet and almost shy woman from a humble upbringing in the small town of Potgietersrus, she has been the rock that helped him get through the most difficult years in his life.

ALSO READ: Van Tonder seals status with Kenya Savannah Classic win

Van Tonder suffered immense and sustained emotional trauma as a child and teenager. It carried over into his early professional career and it could quite easily have broken him. “It was a very difficult time for him. The whole of 2015, 2016 and 2017 was especially bad,” says Abi. There is no need to retell here exactly what happened, because this is a love story. And Abi came along at exactly the right time in his life.

She was quite literally a lifeline for Van Tonder when, on that tournament day in December 2013, he walked up to her coffee station on the driving range at Mount Edgecombe during the Nelson Mandela Championship.

“He came over and bought a coffee from me, and started a conversation,” says Abi.

But much like a challenging golf course, Van Tonder was going to need to use every club in his bag to win the heart of the lady at the coffee station.

“We’re both Afrikaans speaking, but I spoke English to him because to be honest I wasn’t really interested,” she says with a laugh.

“He came to buy a coffee quite early and I wasn’t actually open yet. I told him he needed to wait for his change.”

And that’s when Van Tonder delivered the “shot” of his lifetime that would’ve made even Cupid blush.

“He told me he’d wait for a pretty face anytime,” says Abi. “We just kept in contact from there. Then we started dating in 2014, and the following year we were engaged.”

ALSO READ: No stopping Van Tonder as he claims fourth title in last six starts

As simple as Van Tonder likes to keep things on the golf course, he certainly makes up for it as a romantic. His proposal to Abi was definitely one for the books.

“He proposed to me when he played in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in 2015. But then he said it’s half a proposal because he wants to do it properly. After the tournament he took me in a helicopter ride to the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu-Natal, and we had a picnic on the mountain there. He proposed to me there. It was quite special.

“Caddying wasn’t actually in the picture. I wanted to be a game ranger. But it went that way, and now here we are.”

Abi has had a front-row seat to Van Tonder’s transformation as a golfer over the past few years to the point where he now has a European Tour card, is playing in Majors, and is working hard to break into the top 50 on the world rankings from his current position of 75th.

“He’s matured a lot on the golf course. He used to be too aggressive on the course and he would get angry with himself.

“I joke with him now that he’s getting older so can’t get so angry anymore. So now if he gets angry, he’s over it by the next tee box. I like to joke with him a lot during a round. For example, in Kenya (during the final round of the European Tour’s Kenya Savannah Classic) he made back-to-back bogeys on the second nine. When he made the second bogey I turned to him and called him an egg. I was just like, ‘You’re such an egg’.

“He just gave me this comical look, and when the camera was pointing at him he just smiled. It’s little things like that which just break the seriousness a bit. I know him when he gets too serious. It’s not good for him, when he’s too zoned in. He almost loses focus then.”

And now it’s time to take this love story on the road, as the two of them embark on their European Tour adventure. Albeit with the restrictions of love in the time of Covid.

“It’s going to be fun travelling on the European Tour, but the sad part is that with Covid we can’t do any sightseeing,” says Abi.

Either way, you still know that the happiest player-caddie couple in golf are going to have a fun time together.

Kaizer Chiefs vs Tshakhuma: DStvPrem LIVE UPDATES AND STREAMING

May 4th 2021 at 10:27

Kaizer Chiefs will be desperate to get back to winning ways this afternoon when they travel to Limpopo to face Tshakhuma FC and you can you can follow all of the live action below.

Tshakhuma have earned three victories in their last five matches however they still find themselves in the relegation zone and will be desperate for a victory today.

Gavin Hunt’s Kaizer Chiefs on the other hand have won just once in their last seven matches, ironically against the then unbeaten Mamelodi Sundowns, and head into today’s fixture in ninth place on the log standings.

Follow all of the live action from this afternoon’s crunch DStv Premiership clash between the Amakhosi and Tshakhuma below

Tshakhuma vs Kaizer Chiefs: LIVE UPDATES

Starting lineups

Tshakhuma XI: Arubi, Thopola, Nkili, Nonyane, Ravhuhali, Ndlondlo, Rakhale, Timm, Ngema, Mnyamane, Lamola.

Subs: Mamudzidi, Lukhubeni, Nevhulamba, Manaka, Molongoane, Thangwane, Madhanaga, Rantie, Theron.

Kaizer Chiefs XI: Bvuma, Zulu, Ngezana, Frosler, Mphahlele, Blom, Parker, Baccus, Mashiane, Manyama, Nurkovic.

Subs: Petersen, Katsande, Castro, Agay, Kambole, Sasman, Ngcobo, Ntiya-Ntiya, Zuma.

It’s make or break – Hunt

“The line-up has to change. People are getting injured and suspended when you play so many games. It’s only natural that players get injured, so we have a few problems.” Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt said.

“We have to use the squad and anyone who steps in, we have total faith in them. We need to be positive and play. We have five league games to go and we have not secured our place in the top eight yet. It’s going to be a big ask but we can do it.

“Obviously CAF games are around the corner in between all of this so we will be travelling. And locally we have to come back to Limpopo and go further north to Venda to play Black Leopards, which is a long trip that’s going to be in between Kaizer Chiefs’ CAF quarter-final games.”

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Tshakuma vs Kaizer Chiefs: Kick-off time and live streaming

Action at the Thohoyandou stadium gets underway at 17:00. The match will be televised live on Supersport PSL while this website will also be providing you with live coverage under our ‘LIVE UPDATES’ heading above.

You can also live stream today’s DStv Premiership clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Tshakhuma on Multichoice’s streaming platform DStv Now (Subscription required).

22seven founder Christo Davel joins Direct Transact

May 4th 2021 at 06:47
Christo Davel, the co-founder of the 22seven personal financial management platform acquired by Old Mutual in 2013, is joining Direct Transact as chief commercial officer.

MTN is now listed in Rwanda

May 4th 2021 at 04:32
MTN Group has formally listed the shares of subsidiary MTN Rwandacell on the Rwanda Stock Exchange, becoming the first mobile telecommunications operator to do so.

Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce

May 4th 2021 at 02:16
Bill and Melinda Gates, who for decades have overseen one of history’s greatest fortunes and philanthropic operations, said they plan to divorce.

Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce after 27 years

May 4th 2021 at 01:07
Bill and Melinda Gates, who for decades have overseen one of history’s greatest fortunes and philanthropic operations, said they plan to divorce.

Bill and Melinda Gates call it quits after 27 years of marriage

May 3rd 2021 at 17:01

Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda are getting a divorce after 27 years of marriage.

The couple, founders and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, met in the 1980s and were married in 1994. They have three children together.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they announced in a joint statement on Twitter.

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“Over the last 27 years, we have raised  three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world  to enable people to lead  healthy productive lives.

“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation but we no longer believe  we can grow  together as  a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

According to Forbes, Bill Gates is one of the richest people in the world, with a net worth estimated at $124 billion (R1.78 trillion).

This is a developing story.

New aircraft developed in SA set to revolutionise business travel globally

May 3rd 2021 at 15:26
Pegasus Universal Aerospace founder and CEO Dr Reza Mia describes the development of the Pegasus Vertical Business Jet, which combines and enhances the characteristics of a helicopter with the luxury, range and speed of a business jet.

JSE proposes amendments to listings requirements

May 3rd 2021 at 14:10
Webber Wentzel partner Riyaad Cruywagen looks at envisaged enhancements to the process of listing a business, capital raising through the issue of ordinary shares, and directors’ participation in a rights offer during a closed period.

Here’s how much money you need to be considered super rich in South Africa

May 3rd 2021 at 10:49
South Africa has one of the highest rates of income inequality in the world, making it difficult to determine how much money it takes to be considered 'wealthy'.

Police bust taxi with stolen batteries worth R1.2 million

May 3rd 2021 at 09:43
Police in Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday arrested three suspected thieves for stealing mobile tower batteries estimated to be worth more than R1.2 million.

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‘Men in Black’ star Will Smith opens up about his new ‘roll’

May 3rd 2021 at 09:12

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star took to social media to be “real” with his fans about his current life status, as he admitted he is in the worst shape following the coronavirus pandemic.

Taking to Instagram, he wrote: “I’m gonna be real wit y’all – I’m in the worst shape of my life. (sic)”

Will Smith ponders political career

Meanwhile, Smith recently revealed he’s open to a political career.

The 52-year-old actor said: “I think for now I’ll let that office get cleaned up a little bit and then I’ll consider that at some point down the line. I don’t know, it’s like, I absolutely have an opinion, I’m optimistic, I’m hopeful, I believe in understanding between people and I believe in the possibility of harmony…So, I will certainly do my part, whether it remains artistic or, at some point, ventures into the political arena.”

Family man and troubled childhood

Will also opened up about fatherhood, admitting he “cried so hard” when his first child was born.

He said: “From the time I was six years old, I wanted to be a father. I loved how my family was but there were massive critical deficiencies in my father’s parenting that I wanted to correct.

“By the time I was 10 years old, I remember looking at my father and thinking that I could do it better than him. My father had a little bit of a temper. I was a gentle kid, like, I was not a kid that you had to slap or punch or beat. So growing up in a household where physical aggression was approved of, that really chaffed my hide. That hurt my spirit.”

And asked what it was like when Trey was born, Smith added:

“I think that was my first moment of the real weight of parenting. I brought him home, and I remember we put him in the bassinet…and it was like stark terror. It was like, ‘I’m totally responsible for this life’. I just cried so hard. It makes me teary right now. I thought like, ‘I can’t do it. I’m not the guy.’

“Oh man, I just knew I didn’t know nothing. Oh man, I’m going to need to get myself together. I’m going to have to walk this one off…I need a tissue. See, I thought the red couch wouldn’t get me like this.”

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Press Freedom Day: Government stresses role of media in democracy

May 3rd 2021 at 08:14
By: SAnews

Government has emphasised the importance of media in sharing credible information with the public Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Director General, Phumla Williams, said in a statement on Monday.

“In an era of instant information sharing, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for trustworthy and fact-checked news for public good is crucial”.

Williams made her comments as government joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Press Freedom Day under the theme, ‘Information as a Public Good’.

Press Freedom Day

Importance of press freedom

This year’s Press Freedom Day is a call to affirm the importance of valuing information as a public good, realising the importance of having access to credible information, especially in an era of misinformation and disinformation.

“At the core of what is termed fake news is the devastating impact that it leaves on individuals, the public and democracy. In response to misinformation across borders, journalism provides the most effective means of ensuring that public debate is based on established facts,” Williams said.

May 3 is a day set aside to realise and raise the importance of press freedom.

“The GCIS welcomes its regular interactions with the media through platforms that cater for strengthening relationships, while also allowing us to speak about the work of government and to share our successes and challenges,” Williams said.

Press freedom during the pandemic

Government has acknowledged the good work of the South African media during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Whilst government continues to respond to the deadly pandemic, journalists continue to be at the forefront in the fight against the virus by seeding information about the state of national preparedness, precautionary and educative measures to be taken, and general information about the pandemic”.

“Government once again thanks all frontline journalists, who have been working diligently to inform the nation about COVID-19 and help citizens understand the spread and impact of the virus. Government also remembers the brave journalists that have lost their lives while bringing reliable information to our homes,” the GCIS said.

A constitutional right

The 2021 commemoration coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralistic Press.

The seminar in 1991 served as a catalyst to encourage press freedom, independence and pluralism in Africa and in other parts of the world.

“Government remains steadfast in its commitment to uphold press freedom, which is enshrined in our Constitution. Since 1994, the government has been resolute in the belief that an independent and free media are vital partners in strengthening any democracy,” the GCIS said.

Today is World Press Freedom Day;
Yet it means very little in Zimbabwe where journalists are routinely beaten up and arrested!

Zimbabwe had an important place on the continent, today it is just another failed pariah state!

Sadly our journalists have nothing to celebrate today!

— Hopewell Chin’ono Today (@daddyhope) May 3, 2021

Gov. Fintiri celebrates Nigerian journalists on World Press Freedom Day:

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state has felicitated with Nigerian journalists as they celebrate this year’s World Press Freedom Day.

Fintiri in a statement signed by his Director General media,

— Muhammad Bakari Tukur SSA New Media to Gov.Fintiri (@MGcfr) May 3, 2021

Adapt IT CEO Sbu Shabalala’s property deal raises questions

May 3rd 2021 at 07:32
Adapt IT CEO Sbu Shabalala is the only director of Mshengu Property Holdings, which owns the company’s Johannesburg campus.

Nafiz Modack: ‘Gang boss’ charged with attempted hit on William Booth

May 3rd 2021 at 07:22

Cape Town businessman and alleged underworld leader Nafiz Modack appeared at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday 3 May and was charged along with several others of a range of crimes relating to the attempted murder of prominent Cape Town attorney William Booth, as well as a host of extortion and kidnapping related charges. 

Modack was charged  alongside Jacques Cronje and Ricardo Morgan, who were also arrested after a dramatic high-speed car chase on Friday. The cases were all postponed until Friday 7 May, with the accused remanded in custody until then. 

Interest in Modack’s appearance has travelled right to the top of South Africa’s law enforcement hierarchies, with Police Minister Bheki Cele in attendance along with acting provincial Police Commissioner Major General Thembisile Patekile and Major General Jeremy Vearey. 

‘More charges expected’ for Modack  

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in the Western Cape, Eric Ntabazalila, said that the three men are charged with intimidation, kidnapping, extortion, money laundering and contravention of the Electronic Communications Act.

Modack and Morgan were also charged separately with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and illegal pinging relating to the attempted murder of Booth. Booth narrowly avoided an assassination attempt at his home in April 2020. Zane Kilian, the man accused of masterminding the murder of top Cape Town detective Charl Kinnear last year has also been charged with involvement in the Booth case. 

Missing from the charges distributed to Modack and his co-accused on Monday was any link to Kinnear’s death, despite the Hawks having said that their arrests on Friday related to the murder of a cape town police officer. 

“On the first five charges, the State informed the court that more charges are likely to be added and more accused are also likely to be added. I would like to add and emphasise that there is no murder charge faced by the accused who appeared today,” said Ntabazalila. 

Cele lauds arrest of ‘big fish’  

Modack was further charged separately from the other two accused of attempted murder, reckless driving and resisting arrest. “This relates to an incident where he and his co-accused were arrested. All the cases have been postponed to Friday,” said Ntabazalila. 

Police Minster Bheki Cele said after the hearing that he is pleased with the efforts of agencies that carried out the arrests and prepared the mountainous charge sheet against the alleged gang leaders, saying that there is a clear escalation of efforts to rid the province of its underworld scourge. 

“I came here to say ‘bravo’ to the team who is dealing with this case. There has been a call all the time saying that we are dealing with small fish, but it looks like the guys have upped their game. Keep it up, you are doing the good work.”

‘All the Feels’: Natasha Joubert ‘excited’ as she makes her way to the US for Miss Universe

May 3rd 2021 at 05:06

After SA’s Zozibini Tunzi made history as the longest-reigning Miss Universe – due to the coronavirus pandemic – organisers are set to finally welcome the contestants of Miss Universe this May. One of these includes South Africa’s very own Natasha Joubert who is leaving for the states on 3 May 2021.

According to TimesLive, the BCom graduate launched Natalia Jefferys, the Pretoria-based fashion label she runs with her mother, in 2016, which specialises in couture for matric farewells and weddings. In an Instagram post, Natasha, who designed her own outfit for the event, said that she is very excited:

“ALL the feels…I’m leaving on the 3rd of May! I can’t contain my excitement! Thank you to every single person for supporting me & sharing so much love. South Africa, here we go.”

Representing South Africa on a global stage

Meanwhile, the Miss South Africa organisation also took to Instagram to say that they are ready to send Natasha off to the Miss Universe competition.

“It’s been six months of preparation and a lifetime of moulding. We are now getting ready to send Natasha off to represent South Africa on a global stage! Comment down below to show your love to Natasha as she starts packing for Miss Universe.”

When will the 2021 Miss Universe pageant take place?

The Miss Universe pageant will take place in Florida in the US on 16 May (2:00 to 5:00 on 17 May SAST). The reigning Miss Universe, SA’s Zozibini Tunzi, will be in attendance to crown her successor.

Natasha Joubert’s National Costume

Another aspect fans are looking forward to is Natasha’s national costume which is usually a highlight of the event. Natasha’s national costume was designed by South African fashionista Gert-Johan Coetzee and unveiled earlier this year. She will also wear an evening gown by Jolandie Fouche of Jolache Couture — one of several Fouche has made for the event.

“I will be carrying the children of South Africa with me when I walk onto the international stage in my national costume, as the fabric wings of my unique gown have been printed with drawings made by young children from Diepsloot and Randburg,” Natasha explained. “The artwork tells the story of pre-school children’s very personal experiences of lockdown and how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted their young lives.”

Standard Bank launches services status website after payday outages

May 3rd 2021 at 03:54
Standard Bank has launched a service status website which aims to help its customers stay up to date on the status of its banking services and features. 

Your ultimate guide to a winter Winelands escape

May 3rd 2021 at 02:54

With winter drawing near, it is the perfect time to start exploring some winter-friendly locations where you can cozy up and relax. The Cape Winelands has a variety of tranquil locations and leisurely activities to offer.

The Cape Winelands is known for its amazing landscapes, rich wines and some of the most decadent food in the country – making this location the perfect choice for a winter Winelands getaway. Escaping to the Winelands for a day or two will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world.

Here are the top four Cape Winelands attractions that shouldn’t be skipped.


It wouldn’t be a trip to the Cape Winelands without indulging in the various fine wines this region has to offer. Luckily, there are a large number of wine estates in the area that offer a variety of wine tastings. Here are a few estates to visit if you’re looking to treat yourself to a wine tasting, or two.

  • Bellingham Wines in the Franschhoek Valley
  • Babylonstoren Wine Estate in Franschhoek
  • Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch
  • Eikehof in Franschhoek
  • Ken Forrester Wines in Stellenbosch
  • Boekenhoutskloof in the Franschhoek Valley
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When visiting one of the many wineries in the Cape Winelands, you may feel the need to satiate your palate with something other than the tannins and tartness of the wines. Fortunately, there is a multitude of wine pairings to explore in the winelands. Have a look at some of these pairings.

  • Bartinney’s Cape fynbos and wine pairing
  • Fairview’s goat’s milk cheese and wine pairing
  • Villiera’s nougat and MCC pairing
  • Middelvlei’s boerebraai tapas and wine pairing
  • Brenaissance’s pizza and wine pairing
  • Môreson’s charcuterie, wine and MCC pairing
  • Grande Provence’s three-way oysters and wine pairing
  • Perdeberg Winery’s marshmallows and wine pairing


Fine Dining
Image via Claire Lathe

In the Cape Winelands, you will find some of the top chefs in the country. If you consider yourself somewhat of a foodie, your culinary options in the Cape Winelands are endless. Here are some of the recommended restaurants to consider:

  • Chefs Warehouse at Maison, Franschhoek
  • Indochine at Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch
  • Protégé Restaurant, Franschhoek
  • The Table at De Meye, Stellenbosch
  • Le Verger, Franschhoek


The Cape Winelands has beautiful architecture as well as magical landscapes to offer when it comes to accommodation. Your winter winelands escape will not be completed without booking a wonderful ‘home base’ to spend your getaway.

Image via Claire Lathe

A great example of this is Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa.

“Guests can savour some me-time with a spa treatment out in the sunshine, courtesy of the outdoor massage garden, followed by pre-dinner drinks with a view of the spectacular sunset from the Terrace Bar and Lounge,” says Sharmila Ragunanan, group marketing manager for Dream Hotels & Resorts.

Image via Claire Lathe

While exploring all of these Cape Winelands hotspots, be sure to take the time to explore all the beautiful landscapes. Some fresh air after all of the wine and food consumption can only do you well!


Fine Dining

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On This Day: What happened on 03 May?

May 3rd 2021 at 01:00

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 03 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1991 | The Windhoek Declaration which is a statement of press freedom is signed by African newspaper journalists.

 2018 | Sibanye-Stillwater mine collapse causing the deaths of four miners, six hospitalised and three still trapped underground.

2019 | Nedbank created over 3 000 jobs for young people through the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative.

2019 | Nelson Mandela’s drawing of the door of his prison cell on Robben Island where he was held for 18 years was sold in New York for $112,575.

2020 | Lindiwe Sisulu, South African Water and Sanitation Minister placed the Amatola Water Board under legal administration.

READ: On This Day: What happened on 02 May?


2017 | Zimbabwean judge and politician, Godfrey Chidyausiku (70)

2018 | Mozambican politician & opposition leader (RENAMO), Alfonso Dhlakama (65)

2018 | South African-Canadian geologist and palaeontologist, H. Basil S. Cooke (102)

2019 | Congolese musician, Mose Se Sengo (73)


1963 | South African artist, Sfiso Ka-Mkame 

1973 | South African comedian, John Vlismas

1973 | South African comedian, Ben Voss

1990 | South African golfer, Paula Reto



2015 | Chelsea won the English Premier League title by defeating Crystal Palace 1-0.



1913 | The first full-length Indian film, Raja Harishchandra, is released and marked the beginning of the Indian film industry.

2018 |  India’s National Film Awards posthumously recognize Sridevi Kapoor, Best Actress for “Mum” and Vinod Khanna receives the Dadasaheb Phalke award.


 Al’Aziziyah in Libya is the hottest place in the world.


The Chelsea club crest is seen ahead of the UEFA Champions League group G match between Chelsea and Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC at Stamford Bridge. PHOTO: Ian Walton/Getty Images.

The liquidation of iCE3 is a watershed moment for SA’s crypto industry

May 2nd 2021 at 18:01
A legal battle is likely developing over who owns the crypto assets in the exchange – iCE3 or the account holders?

Daily Covid-19 update: Record low death toll

May 2nd 2021 at 15:39

As of Sunday, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,584,064 with 1222 new cases identified, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.

The total number of Covid-19 related deaths was 11, with 1 from Eastern Cape, 5 from Free State, 1 from Gauteng, 0 from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), 0 from Limpopo, 0 from Mpumalanga, 0 from North West, 1 from Northern Cape and 3 from Western Cape.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 54, 417.

Recoveries now stand at 1,507,778 representing a recovery rate of 95%.

A total of 10,699,021 tests have been completed with 27,957 new tests conducted since the last report.

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The total number of vaccines that have been administered stands at 318,670.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the first batches of Pfizer vaccines will land at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday evening, 2 May.

Mkhize confirmed in a statement on Sunday that 325, 260 doses will arrive at 11.45pm.

“Upon arrival, the entire batch will be transported initially to a central warehouse. Samples will be sent to the National Control Laboratory for quality assurance and, after release, will be distributed to the provinces.

“Following this initial delivery of Pfizer we are expecting approximately the same number of doses, ie 325,260, to arrive on a weekly basis to a total of over 1.3 million doses by the end of May. Thereafter the vaccine supply will increase to an average of 636,480 doses weekly from 31 May which will see us accumulating close to 4.5 million doses by the end of June.”

In regards to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, the health minister said they have received communication that the doses are “dispatch in Gqeberha are expected to be released around the middle of May.”

The vaccination of healthcare workers will continue with the Johnson and Johnson vaccines received earlier this year through the Sisonke Protocol. Mkhize called on healthcare workers and citizens over the age of 60 including traditional healers to register to get vaccinated.

Get Nando’s cheaper through Vodacom – how it works

May 2nd 2021 at 11:08
You can now buy Nando’s vouchers through the Vodacom app which are easy to use and gives you more value than what you pay.

Danger of a mobile network crunch in South Africa

May 2nd 2021 at 09:36
MTN has warned that it will face another "network crunch" if temporary licences for precious radio frequency spectrum are not extended beyond 31 May 2021.

Sunrisers Hyderabad ditch David Warner as IPL skipper

May 2nd 2021 at 04:11

The Sunrisers Hyderabad team management has confirmed that Kane Williamson will take over the captaincy from David Warner for the remainder of the IPL season.


Sunrisers have lost five out of their first six games this campaign with David Warner saying after the last defeat against Chennai he took “full responsibility”.

Losing hurts and things may not be going our way but what I do know is we are fighters. We will never give up. #sunrisers #orangearmy @sunrisershyd

— David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 29, 2021

Warner might not be part of the starting line-up for Sunday’s clash against the Rajasthan Royals with the Sunrisers also saying in the statement that a different overseas combination will be tried.


Williamson had captained the Sunrisers in the 2018 season when Warner was barred from the IPL for his involvement in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

The Sunrisers’ statement said: “The decision has not come lightly as the management respects the enormous impact David Warner has had for the franchise over a number of years.

“As we face the remainder of the season, we are sure David will continue to help us strive for success both on and off the field.”

Overall, Williamson’s captaincy record in the IPL reads 14 wins and 12 losses in 26 matches.


On This Day: What happened on 02 May?

May 2nd 2021 at 01:00

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 02 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1936 | Italy invades Ethiopia forcing Emperor Haile Selassie, to escape into exile.

1952 | The first regular jet flight by De Havilland Comet leaves London for Johannesburg.

2004 | Yelwa massacre: Christians counter-attack Muslims resulting in the deaths of 630 Muslims.

2020 | South African Police Service members arrested 18 Fraserburg residents after a group demand to be sold liquor and cigarettes in Karoo.

2020 | The corruption case against former President Jacob Zuma for unlawfully pocketing millions of rands from the controversial arms deal was postponed to 23 June 2020.

READ: On This Day: What happened on 01 May?


1958 | South African film director, Henry Cornelius (45)

1980 | Senegalese writer, Alioune Diop (70)

2020 | Egyptian media producer, Shady Habash (24)


1954 | The first national Director of Public Prosecutions in South Africa, Bulelani T Ngcuka 

1964 | Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Nonkosi Zoliswa Mhlantla 

1981 | South African rapper, Tuks Senganga

1982 | South African cricket player, Johan Botha


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2012 | Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s forward breaks the European goal-scoring record when he scored his 68th goal.



2008 | ‘Iron Man’ the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is released.


 The world’s tallest and largest land animals which are the Giraffe and African Elephant come from Africa.

FC Barcelona v Manchester United – UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Manchester United in the Champions League at the Camp Nou. Photo: TF-Images/Getty Images.

Daily Lotto results for Saturday, 1 May 2021

May 1st 2021 at 13:00

Are you ready for the Daily Lotto draw on Saturday, 1 May? It’s yet another chance to find out whether or not you’re one of South Africa’s latest Daily Lotto winners.

If you’ve decided to Phanda, Pusha, Play then you might just strike gold here.

Let’s have a look at the jackpot and Good luck!

Daily Lotto Jackpot for 01/05/2021 is estimated at R450 000!

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Daily Lotto Winning Numbers

01/05/202105, 13, 22, 30, 31
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See more previous daily lotto results here.

For more details and to verify the winning numbers visit the National Lottery website.

You need to always confirm the official winning numbers on the National Lottery website. We do our best to post the results as accurately as possible but the National Lottery is the only source you can use to 100% verify the results.

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What does a Daily Lotto ticket cost?

  • A single DAILY LOTTO play will cost you R3.00 vat incl.
  • But be aware if you use any of the online services, there might be an additional charge. Always check the terms and conditions.

Daily Covid-19 update: 1632 new cases, death toll increases by 56

May 1st 2021 at 15:26

As of Saturday, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,582,842 with 1632 new cases identified, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.

The total number of Covid-19 related deaths was 56, with 12 from Eastern Cape, 20 from Free State, 11 from Gauteng, 2 from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), 6 from Limpopo, 0 from Mpumalanga, 0 from North West, 3 from Northern Cape and 2 from Western Cape.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 54,406.

Recoveries now stand at 1,506,732 representing a recovery rate of 95%.

A total of 10,682,827 tests have been completed with 27,957 new tests conducted since the last report.

The total number of vaccines that have been administered stands at 318,670.

#COVID19 Statistics in SA as at 01 May.

Use the COVID Alert SA app to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. Start using this privacy preserving app today. Add your phone to the fight! Download the Covid Alert SA app now!

— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) May 1, 2021

MX-5: 0utrun by its earlier incarnations

May 1st 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

Removing the gear stick has left the tiny roadster flat-footed, though stylistically it still has pizzazz

The post MX-5: 0utrun by its earlier incarnations appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Farmers, civil rights groups oppose Uganda’s oil project

May 1st 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

Farmers and the rights groups have called for an in-depth evaluation of the effects on people’s lives and the environment

The post Farmers, civil rights groups oppose Uganda’s oil project appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Lindani Myeni death: ‘Senseless murder of black people by police continues in US’

May 1st 2021 at 13:45

KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza demanded justice for the shooting of Lindani Myeni, allegedly by US police, adding that the US government should “hang its head in shame” as it had become a slaughterhouse for black people.

Myeni’s body arrived at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday. A prayer session was held at the airport.

Khoza said Myeni would not become another statistic of a black man killed by the US police.

Former US president Barack Obama and incumbent Joe Biden must ensure that those who killed Myeni face the law, she said.

“The hostility displayed by the trigger-happy Honolulu police has revived wounds,” she said.

RELATED: Lindani Myeni’s body arrives in SA as US police release recording of 911 call

“Today we are supposed to celebrate Workers’ Day, instead we are here at OR Tambo, mourning our son of the soil whose shining light was diminished by the brutal hands of policemen.”

She added: “This is a sad indictment on Americans that their country continues to be associated with the senseless murder of black people by their police. The murder of our son has reminded us of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and public lynching of black people in America, and South Africa’s recent past when black people suffered untold brutality at the hands of an apartheid regime and its security forces. The time has come to be vocal and condemning the [violence] of the police who kill people of black descent.”

Family member Pastor B Nhleko said Myeni used to show her his rugby skills.

“He would mimic a tackle showing me how he plays rugby, but now he won’t be able to do that with me again.”

She thanked Myeni’s wife, Lindsay, for fighting to have her husband’s remains brought to South Africa.

Nhleko said Lindsay was planning to spend time in South Africa.

“Lindsay has brought piles of her luggage and other stuff with her because she still need to stay here. She said she would be happy to spend time here so that the two children know where they come from… she wants her firstborn, Ntsizwa, to attend school here in South Africa.”

Myeni will be buried in KwaZulu-Natal, his home province.

The 29-year-old former rugby player was shot multiple times, allegedly by Honolulu police in Hawaii.

In a recorded telephone call to 911 – obtained by eNCA – a woman is heard screaming and crying that a man was at her house.

The woman is heard in the recording saying Myeni was unarmed. She tells the operator that “he says he [Myeni] is from South Africa”. She responds that she doesn’t know Myeni.

The operator then tells her that police are on the way. The arrival of the police ended with Myeni being shot multiple times.

His death drew widespread condemnation in the US where police killing of civilians led to #BlackLivesMatter protests across the US.

Lindsay plans to sue the Honolulu police department.

RHOD’s Kgomotso Ndungane comes clean on why she left

May 1st 2021 at 12:24

The absence of Kgomotso Ndungane in season one reunion of the Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD) was felt by viewers this week, with many wondering why she didn’t pitch up.

The reality show, streaming on Showmax premiered its last episode, of what many would say was a very successful first season of the housewives franchise.

Ndungane was a clear absentee when the other four women Ayanda Ncwane, Kgomotso Ndungane, Nonkanyiso Conco, Sorisha Naidoo and Nonku Williams appeared to talk things, housewives.

One of the most revealing moments during the reality show was Ncwane tribalist comments towards Ndgungane. Appearing on Newzroom Afrika on Saturday morning, Kgomotso said the tribalistic comments were made on a “personal level” and “derogatory.”

Ncwane was heard telling LaConco that Ndungane wasn’t a black woman, rather a Tshwane woman. Ncwane, a Zulu, further said because Kgmotso is not Zulu and doesn’t speak it, “akayena umuntu”. Translated, she is not a person.

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“In South Africa, we live in a very diverse country. A country where we have come far as a nation… The last thing you need going forward as a nation is to also be subjected to tribalism,” Kgomotso said.

She further went on to say, the show is set in Durban and this should not mean it focuses on one ethnic group but rather a national platform.

“You shouldn’t be saying things like that because they become very offensive to South Africa as a whole. Because you show, you are not including other tribes or ethnic groups in your thinking.”

Addressing the other elephant in the room, her departure. The businesswoman said her goal when she joined wasn’t to be part of many seasons.

“My objective was to do one season, move on and do other things. For me, the most important thing was the platform. If you have any sort of recognition or platform where people can look into your life, it is actually your duty to influence that platform positively…

“I was never going to be on season two and everyone was leaving doing other things,”  Kgomotso says her exiting wasnt a strategic move. Adding that during filming there were some personal issues that happened in her life and she wasnt in the “right space.”

“I left with a lot of grace and I pride myself on that.” Her appearance on RHOD was portrayed as one of the mean girls. She says she is not in control of how they produce or edit the show and she was just herself.

[Watch] Lindani Myeni’s body arrives in SA ahead of funeral

May 1st 2021 at 08:49

It was no doubt a tough day for the family of Lindani Myeni, as his remains arrived in South Africa on Saturday morning, 1 May 2021.

Myeni’s body touched down at OR Tambo International Airport, via a British Airways flight. It is understood his remains were transported from Honolulu, Hawaii to Texas then to London’s Heathrow Airport before finally arriving on home soil.

Lindani returns home, to lie in eternal rest in the fertile soil of the African garden and next to his next of kin. #LindaniMyeni

— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) May 1, 2021

A prayer service was held not long after the body arrived. Myeni’s wife Lindsay, sitting alongside her late husband’s family members, was visibly distraught at the proceedings.

KZN MEC slams US for Lindani Myeni’s death

Representing the KwaZulu-Natal government was Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza said the United States (US) should bury its head in shame for Lindani Myeni’s passing.

“You have just become a slaughterhouse of our black brothers,” she said.

“We are supposed to commemorate International Worker’s Day, instead we are here at Oliver Tambo International Airport to bemoan and mourn the senseless killing of our beacon of hope whose shining light has been extinguished by the brutal hands of policemen”

KZN Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza

Khoza added that Myeni’s death was a sad inditement on Americans, whose police officers continue killing unarmed black men – something which was highlighted across the globe back in 2020.

“His murder has, if anything, diminished the little hope that there will be sudden change in police attitudes after the globally reported murder of George Floyd. For our part as the provincial government and the country, we will refuse that (Lindani Myeni) becomes another statistic in the long list of black women and black men who are murdered by America, which is supposed to be the land of the free”

After the service, Myeni’s body was taken to his home province of KZN, where he will be laid to rest on Saturday, 8 May 2021.

As they embark on a long and painful journey back to eSikhawini, today, we pray that the journey will be safe and free of incidents. #LindaniMyeni #JusticeforLindaniMyeni

— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) May 1, 2021

While calls mount for justice, prosecutors in Hawaii have announced plans to launch an independent investigation into Myeni’s fatal shooting and that of a 16 year-old boy, also at the hands of Honolulu police.

“I am assigning teams of seasoned prosecutors and investigators to each separate shooting incident involving civilians. They have extensive experience both in the state system and the federal system to investigate each of these recent cases starting with the one in Nuuanu and on Kawakawa,” said prosecutor Steve Alm.

[Listen] 911 call made before Lindani Myeni shooting

May 1st 2021 at 07:27

The Honolulu Police Department in Hawaii, the United States (US) have released the 911 call which was made by the woman who claimed Lindani Myeni was breaking into her home.

The call was made on the evening of 14 April 2021, just before Myeni was fatally shot by police. They were responding to the call from a house in Nuʻuanu, not far from where Myeni stayed with his wife and two young kids.

On the call, a frantic woman can be heard telling the 911 dispatcher that a man had entered her house. At times during the call, the dispatcher struggles to hear the woman as she sounds petrified and can barely finish a sentence.

In the beginning of the call, the 911 dispatcher asks the woman to describe what the man (Myeni) looked like, so it would be easier for law enforcement officers to identify him.

“What is he Asian, White, Black? Hello, what kind of ethnicity is he? Officers are on the way, can you tell me what he looks like”

“I don’t know if he knows our owner or not but he just like…come here and say some strange words,” she replied.

She is also asked whether she knew the man in her home, to which she responded, “I don’t know him.”

“Is he white? Is he Black? Is he local?” the dispatcher asked. The woman eventually answered, “Black.”

Listen to the Lindani Myeni 911 call here

Please note: Some may find the audio disturbing

At the same time, Lindani Myeni’s body arrived in South Africa on Saturday, 1 May 2021 and will then be transported to KwaZulu-Natal, where he will be laid to rest.

Prosecutors in Hawaii have since announced plans to launch an independent investigation into the death of Myeni anda 16 year-old boy, who was also fatally shot by local police.

“I am assigning teams of seasoned prosecutors and investigators to each separate shooting incident involving civilians. They have extensive experience both in the state system and the federal system to investigate each of these recent cases starting with the one in Nuuanu and on Kawakawa,” said prosecutor Steve Alm.

Workers’ Day 2021: NUMSA concerned about unemployment and poverty

May 1st 2021 at 07:10

The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (NUMSA) has expressed its concerns about the high rate of poverty, inequality and the high unemployment rate which worsened by the lockdown, in commemoration of Workers Day.

Workers’ Day has been officially recognised and observed since the first democratic elections in 1994. The holiday serves both as a celebration of workers’ rights and as a reminder of the critical role that trade unions, the Communist Party and other labour organisations played in the fight against Apartheid.


In 2019, the World Bank listed South Africa as the most economically unequal country in the world. The country’s unemployment rate has increased to a record 32.5% and over 7.2 million South Africans who were unemployed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

In a statement commemorating this year’s Workers Day, NUMSA said poverty is deepening in our country, caused in part by high unemployment which has been worsened by the lockdown.

“Hundreds of companies shut down causing expanded unemployment numbers to increase to a shocking 42.6 per cent. At the same time thousands of workers suffered because their COVID-19 TERS relief was squandered by corrupt officials working for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).”
NUMSA Spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said that in spite of insurmountable challenges, they remain resolute and are fighting back.

“The pandemic has reinforced our belief that it is not enough to fight for crumbs from the table of the capitalist ruling. We must fight to overhaul the entire class system,” Hlubi-Majola said.


The union said it is important to remember and honour the huge sacrifices and price that millions of workers in South Africa and the whole world paid “for what has turned out to be capitalist transition.”

“The apartheid system was toppled by the united power of the working class and as a revolutionary organisation, it is important to remind ourselves of our history so that we remember who we are and the power we have as the militant South African working class.

“Twenty-seven years after the first democratic elections, the working class in South Africa continues to be dominated and racially marginalised by white supremacy. More than two decades of so called democracy and the black and African working class masses continue to languish under the burden of poverty, unemployment and extreme inequality. South Africa is the most unequal country under this dispensation just as it was under Apartheid.”


Dumping of cheap 2G phones in South Africa a big problem – Vodacom

May 1st 2021 at 03:57
South Africa, together with many other developing nations, has become a dumping ground for devices which are cheaply manufactured overseas using obsolete 2G technology, according to Vodacom.

Nelson Mandela Bay: Water department to assist with water crisis

May 1st 2021 at 03:17

The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has announced plans to assist Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape in dealing with its water crisis as dam levels continue to plummet. Dam levels in the municipality are currently at 13%.

The drought stricken municipality has put measures in place to prepare for Day Zero and also announced a water crisis plan on Wednesday, 28 April.


In a press briefing held on Friday, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the taps are not dry as yet and that she will also request the rollover of R183 million conditional grant the Treasury took from the municipality.

The municipality’s council recommended the construction of a desalination plant to deal with the drought but that project will be concluded in June 2022.

“We launched with great fanfare a desalination plant in Albany District about a year or so ago and I’m told now it has fallen into disrepair. We also do have experience of a desalination plant in the Western Cape. The mayor has assured me with the experience he has by his side we can avert all the experiences with had with the desalination plant,” Sisulu said.


The Municipality said that it is currently experiencing a severe drought with its major storage dams supplying the metro at the lowest levels of all time.

“Capacity has dropped alarmingly and we all need to save water NOW to prevent our taps from running dry. With no clear indication of rain in the near future it is estimated that various areas in the municipality will run dry as the water levels drop to levels too low to extract water from our dams.

“If consumption is not cut to 250 mega litres per day, areas such as KwaNobuhle and St. Albans will be without water as soon as July!  Other areas will soon follow in August and September.”

Lindani Myeni latest: Former rugby player’s body to arrive in SA

May 1st 2021 at 02:52

The body of Lindani Myeni, the South African man shot dead by police in the United States (US), is set to arrive in the country on Saturday morning, 1 May 2021.

Myeni’s body is reported to have first departed Honolulu International Airport on Tuesday, before making stops in Dallas, Texas, followed by London Heathrow on Thursday.

Government had first said his remains would arrive on Friday, but there was a change of plans.

“Just minor amendments on the arrival of Mr Lindani Myeni’s mortal remains. The arrival of the body will be now Saturday 10:40 at OR Tambo International Airport. Mr Myeni’s body will be handed over to family at 12:40,” government said.

He will be laid to rest on 8 May in KwaZulu-Natal.

Myeni, a KZN-born former rugby player, was shot dead by police in Hawaii, the United States (US) earlier in the month.

American police officers have long been accused of being heavy-handed towards black men, and in a number of instances, the men have died.

While police have released some footage of their exchange with Myeni on that fateful day, his wife believes there’s still some evidence being hidden.

Lindani Myeni’s wife wants US officers jailed for his fatal shooting

Lindsay Myeni, the wife of Lindani Myeni, is continuing in her quest for justice and wants the officers implicated in his fatal shooting brought to book.

Speaking outside Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday, 30 April 2021, Myeni said police still had some of her late husband’s possessions.

“The investigators told me that he had passed. They met me at hospital because I went looking for my husband and I didn’t know where he was. I got a tip from someone that he might have been involved in a shooting,” she said.

“There are so many unanswered questions, We just want his belongings back and I would like for those officers to serve jail time. I can’t continue to speculate, I won’t have peace. I need the evidence. We are suing the city of Honolulu. I just know that he was shot in the leg and three times on the chest.”

Lindsay Myeni, Lindani Myeni’s wife

Myeni’s family is set to take legal action against police for his death.

So far, US police have denied that his race had anything to do with how their scuffle with him played out.

“Officers administered first aid to the suspect and the man was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He died of his injuries at the hospital. The three responding officers were also taken to the hospital for multiple injuries,” Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said.

Scandal soapie teasers: What’s happening this May 2021?

May 1st 2021 at 01:35

This month in Scandal things are intense, don’t miss out with these Scandal soapie teasers! Soapie Teasers provided by TVSA.

Monday 3 May 2021
Episode 3814 

Simo and a colleague play the blame game and Duma receives a radical suggestion. There is good news at the Ngemas’ which calls for a celebration. Gloria and Rorisang suspect that all is not as it should be at the hotel.

Tuesday 4 May 2021 
Episode 3815

Poloko is talked into agreeing to a plan which has Mamba fuming when he finds out about it. Lindiwe and Nhlamulo receive seriously alarming news. Timothy is badly thrown when he is questioned by a subordinate.                                                                                                           

Wednesday 5 May 2021 
Episode 3816

Mamba is blind-sided by the consequences of a challenge and a kiss that no one saw coming happens. Nhlamulo receives news he’s been dreading, but what will it mean for Lindiwe? Gloria’s inspired to move in an unexpected direction. 

Thursday 6 May 2021
Episode 3817

Mamba reels after an interaction that rocks his world and Poloko longs for closure. Nhlamulo hits a major obstacle and Lindiwe scrambles to try and save him. Disappointed Efua again turns to her knight in shining armour.                                                                                                         

Friday 7 May 2021
Episode 3818

Mamba atones for past sins and drops a bombshell on Boniswa. Lindiwe has created only a temporary solution to a serious long term problem. Rorisang finds that more is expected of her than she bargained for. 

Monday 10 May 2021
Episode 3819

Mamba withholds important information which could save a family member’s life. Zinzile suspects her daughter is two-timing a young man. A couple lives the soft life at the hotel while Timothy admits to catching feelings.

Tuesday 11 May 2021 
Episode 3820

Boniswa makes a deadly pact with an unlikely ally and Aya receives shocking information. Zinzile stumbles on a startling find which is quickly explained. Gloria arrives at a decision in order to save her hustle.

Wednesday 12 May 2021 
Episode 3821

Omphile’s suspicions grow and Lindiwe feels the pressure mounting. Boniswa saves the day in the nick of time. Gloria is on the up and up but Timothy lucks out.

Thursday 13 May 2021
Episode 3822

Secrets and lies close in on Lindiwe when Zinzile receives some information. Aya is not dealing with receiving shocking news. Timothy comes clean about his feelings but is he being strung along?

Friday 14 May 2021
Episode 3823

Zinzile is caught red-handed for the wrong thing which forces her to reveal the truth. A family member’s decision has serious consequences for Duma. Rorisang starts to believe there is a ghost in the hotel.                                           

Monday 17 May 2021
Episode 3824

Mlungisi takes serious action after learning that secrets are being kept from him. Boniswa feels all is lost until some valuable information comes her way. Rorisang makes a discovery which compromises Timothy. 

Tuesday 18 May 2021
Episode 3825

Lindiwe is defiant about a celebration and weapons are drawn when a fight over Nhlamulo gets heated.  Boniswa suggests using the Mamba name as the answer to all problems. Rorisang ropes a ‘guest’ into a game of cat-and-mouse.

Wednesday 19 May 2021 
Episode 3826

Mlungisi makes a morally questionable choice and a celebration is disrupted by a devastating occurrence. Mamba decides to take a drastic step that will affect everyone around him. Rorisang has to lie to a minor to protect herself.

Thursday 20 May 2021
Episode 3827

The Ngemas are convinced that a terrible mistake has been made but subsequent events say otherwise. Mamba is taken aback when what he believes to be a generous offer doesn’t have the expected result. Rorisang’s recent behaviour is reported to someone in authority.

Friday 21 May 2021
Episode 3828

Desperate Mlungisi is left with only one appalling solution to a problem and Nhlamulo is confronted about his plan. Poloko confides something highly sensitive and deeply personal. Timothy busts some employees but has a bombshell dropped on him.

Monday 24 May 2021
Episode 3829

Zinzile is plagued by terrible fears for the future and Mlungisi takes a massive risk in order to save his family situation. Poloko seeks answers and guidance from beyond this world. Despite being deeply hurt, Timothy takes a gamble to help a loved one.

Tuesday 25 May 2021 
Episode 3830

Mlungisi issues a serious warning and makes a discovery that confirms a suspicion and opens a can of worms. Mamba makes the decision to move forward from a rejection. Gloria and Timothy get a crash course in chaos management. 

Wednesday 26 May 2021 
Episode 3831

Zinzile extracts a promise but learns that nothing stays hidden forever. It doesn’t rain but it pours for Duma. The truth sets Timothy free.

Thursday 27 May 2021  
Episode 3832

The revelation of a secret defeats Mlungisi but it is not the worst discovery he makes. Simo arrives at a far reaching decision about his future. Tebello seems set to return to an old stomping ground.  

Friday 28 May 2021
Episode 3833

Mlungisi attacks another man in a fit of rage and Zinzile apologises for being the cause of big family changes. Not everyone is happy when Mamba agrees to play a different tune. Seipati is encouraged to spoil herself a little at someone else’s expense. 

Monday 31 May 2021
Episode 3834

Javas imparts some information which could have terrible consequences for a family over which a potentially devastating secret already hangs. Boniswa lies in order to agitate a possible ally into action.  Seipati learns that not all moms are nice.

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On This Day: What happened on 01 May?

May 1st 2021 at 01:00

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 01 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1995 | First celebration of May (Worker’s) Day in South Africa. 

1995 | Shots were fired while President Nelson Mandela is addressing A May Day rally at Umlazi stadium. 

2010 | King Shaka International Airport in Durban is opened replacing Durban International Airport.

2020 | South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, declared three days of mourning for anti-apartheid activist, Denis Goldberg, who died at age 87.

READ: On This Day: What happened on 30 April?


1989 | South African academic and anti-apartheid activist, David Joseph Webster (44) 

2017 | South African novelist, Karel Schoeman (77) 

2019 | Ghanaian radio presenter, Maa Afia Konadu (67) 

2020 | Tanzanian diplomat and Minister of Justice, Augustine Mahiga (74)


1950 | Former South African Minister of Public Service and Administration, Roy Padayachie

1975 | South African actor, Neil Sandilands

1978 | South African sociologist, activist, writer, documentary filmmaker, Zethu Matebeni


Liverpool Mohamed Salah African footballer Europe

2011 | Nigeria wins the African Youth Football Championship for the sixth time. 

2018 | Mohamed Salah, Egyptian soccer forward for Liverpool becomes the first African to win the England Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year award.



1966 | Radio RSA started broadcasting.

1999 | The first episode of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ is released on Nickelodeon. 

2000 | ‘Gladiator’ starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix is released.


 The African continent is home to more than 50% of the world’s French-speaking population.

Mohamed Salah African footballer Europe

Photo: Africa News Agency (ANA)

Standard Bank’s new campaign celebrates triumphant South African businesses

May 1st 2021 at 00:59
By: Partner
Small and medium enterprises are the lifeblood of Africa. They play a crucial role in its growth, providing employment, stoking new economies, and connecting the continent to the rest of the world.

Daily Lotto results for Friday, 30 April 2021

April 30th 2021 at 13:01

Are you ready for the Daily Lotto draw on Friday, 30 April? It’s yet another chance to find out whether or not you’re one of South Africa’s latest Daily Lotto winners.

If you’ve decided to Phanda, Pusha, Play then you might just strike gold here.

Let’s have a look at the jackpot and Good luck!

Daily Lotto Jackpot for 30/04/2021 is estimated at R500 000!

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Daily Lotto Winning Numbers

30/04/202101, 08, 20, 28, 29
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Lindani Myeni’s wife to sue Hawaii police

April 30th 2021 at 15:41

As the family prepares for the return of the remains of Lindani Myeni, allegedly killed by police in Hawaii, his wife has indicated she plans to sue for wrongful death.

Lindsay Myeni, the wife of the former KwaZulu-Natal rugby player, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Honolulu police, Pretoria News reported.

The couple met in South Africa and moved to the United States.

According to the paper, Lindsay said Myeni’s’ shooting was race-related. She also said her husband was not shot at a private home, but at an illegal holiday rental.

ALSO READ: Nearly R300k raised to bring Lindani Myeni’s body home from Hawaii

She believes he was killed because of his race and accent.

“The whole burglary story is a lie. Why would he take off his shoes and rob a house? It is sad that black people should live their lives looking over their shoulders.”

Speaking to EWN, Lindsay said: “If it was me, and the whole situation happened the exact same way, I’d be standing here right now. But because he’s black… he’s not.”

She said they moved to Hawaii because they were worried about police violence against black men on the US mainland.

Myeni, a father of two, was shot multiple times by Honolulu police when they responded to an alleged home invasion.

Police defended their actions, saying they had to use lethal force after they were allegedly attacked by Myeni.

The family’s lawyer, Luke Korkowski, previously told News24 the 29-year-old’s death resulted from poorly-trained police officers.

ALSO READ: Hawaii police release bodycam footage of cops shooting Lindani Myeni

His body will arrive at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday morning.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial government spokesperson, Lennox Mabaso, said the premier, Sihle Zikalala, was sending a delegation, including the MEC of social development, Nonhlanhla Khoza, to be with the family when the body arrives.

“The family will get the body around 12:00. There will be a short prayer service inside the airport, and it will be transported to KZN,” Mabaso said.

Daily Covid-19 update: 1674 new cases as three provinces report no deaths

April 30th 2021 at 14:32

As of Friday, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,581,210 with 1674 new cases identified, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.

19 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 3 from Eastern Cape, 1 from Free State, 7 from Gauteng, 4 from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), 0 from Limpopo, 3 from Mpumalanga, 0 from North West, 0 from Northern Cape and 1 from Western Cape.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 54,350.

Recoveries now stand at 1,505,620 representing a recovery rate of 95%.

A total of 10,654,870 tests have been completed with 29,840 new tests conducted since the last report.

Meanwhile, the total number of vaccines that have been administered stands at 317,656.

READ MORE:  Thursday’s Covid-19 update

#COVID19 Statistics in SA as at 30 April.

Use the COVID Alert SA app to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. Start using this privacy preserving app today. Add your phone to the fight! Download the Covid Alert SA app now!

— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) April 30, 2021

Meanwhile, Humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers, has called on the public for donations to assist its intervention in India, where there has been a surge in Covid-19 cases.

The country had more than 18 million cases by Thursday and hospitals and mortuaries reported they were overwhelmed. On the same day, India recorded 379,257 new infections and 3,645 deaths.

The Queen’s Connie Ferguson shows hubby Shona some love

April 30th 2021 at 12:35

South African actress, filmmaker and businesswoman Connie Ferguson has posted a birthday tribute to her husband Shona Ferguson on her Instagram page.

The couple got married in 2001, two months after meeting at Connie’s home, and they brought their beautiful daughter Alicia Ferguson into the world in 2002.

Shona and Connie launched their production company Ferguson Films in 2010, soon after producing South African favourite’s such as Rockville, iGaziThe GiftThe ThroneThe HerdThe QueenThe River and The Imposter.

ALSO READ: Connie Ferguson and Charlize Theron top Forbes Africa icon list

Shona celebrated his 48th birthday on 30 April, and his wife posted a sweet and touching tribute to him on her Instagram account.

The birthday message reads: “Lord, I just want to say THANK YOU for my husband, my best friend, my soul mate, my baby daddy, my partner in EVERYTHING! He doesn’t like clothes but that’s okay! As long as he is decent in public.

“Happy birthday my SKAT! I love you more than I could ever be able to express to you in words! Thank you for always being there! God bless you beyond your wildest dreams.”


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Connie then soon after shared a video on her Instagram page of the production team of their popular Mzansi Magic show, The Queen, singing the traditional happy birthday song for Shona.

Connie captioned the post: “Wa ratiwa Mr. Sho! Happy MY LOVE. From all of us at The Queen.”

Shona responded to the post with a comment, thanking the team for their warm wishes: “Crew love. Man. Thank you FAM.”


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In conversation with Nerds On Site co-founder David Redekop

April 30th 2021 at 10:31
David Redekop from Nerds On Site discusses the biggest changes in cybersecurity, as well as the areas of market development he is looking forward to.

What’s going on with the Road Accident Fund?

April 29th 2021 at 15:22
‘I'm … struggling to reconcile what I see in the press every day versus the reality that we're seeing in our business’: Elad Smadja – CEO, Taurus Capital.

‘Hopefully, it’s all been digitised . . .’

April 29th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

Actually, digitising archives is far more complex, expensive and arduous than it sounds

The post ‘Hopefully, it’s all been digitised . . .’ appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Zeblon Vilakazi formally installed as Wits vice-chancellor

April 29th 2021 at 13:51

Professor Zeblon Vilakazi has been installed as the 16th vice-chancellor and principal of University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University).

Installed in a hybrid ceremony in the Wits Great Hall on Thursday afternoon, he formally replaced Adam Habib in January this year, who left to head the  School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Vilakazi was hooded by the Wits chancellor Judy Dlamini, in the presence of the chairperson of the Wits Council, Isaac Shongwe and newly installed director-general in the Presidency, Phindile Baleni, among other academic luminaries.

During his remarks at the ceremony, the Katlehong-born nuclear physicist shared a story of his background, in a message to inspire young people.

“I would like to share a story of a child who in 1981, growing up in a dusty township east of Johannesburg, watched as the Space Shuttle Columbia, the STS-1, take off until it was just a tiny speck of dust in the sky.

“This child was inspired to reach for the stars and transcend the latitude that apartheid imposed on him. This child found himself representing his country and continent at the CERN laboratories in Geneva, in what was the largest scientific experiment of its time.

“It is this child who, 40 years later, stands here to address you today as the 16th vice-chancellor and principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,” Vilakazi said.

Shongwe described Vilakazi as a world-class scholar, globally recognised for his scientific work.

“He is a truly talented individual and an inspiring exemplar for all Africans. He is a symbol of hope for our students and an inspiration to our young scholars.

“He will lead Wits to its centennial next year, put forward a new vision for the institution, reinvigorate the African academy, and in so doing chart a way forward that will impact on our collective futures.”

Compiled by Neo Thale

Plans to shut down 2G in South Africa

April 29th 2021 at 08:57
Shutting down South Africa's 2G networks to make way for newer technology is no small task as many businesses with legacy machine-to-machine and Internet of Things systems rely on it.

Standard Bank in partnership with City of Tshwane empowering the entrepreneurs of tomorrow

April 29th 2021 at 06:56
By: Partner
Standard Bank in collaboration with the City of Tshwane, launched the Tshwane Idea Validation Bootcamp, which was focused on giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to make their businesses a success through receiving expert training on how to run a business.

iSAT’s R21 billion fight against Dimension Data

April 29th 2021 at 06:03
Dimension Data and Internet service provider iSAT have appeared in the High Court over a dispute involving a major failure of a cloud platform operated by Internet Solutions in March 2019.

In conversation with Africa Data Centres CEO Stephane Duproz

April 29th 2021 at 05:20
In this MyBroadband Conference video, Africa Data Centres (ADC) Stephane Duproz CEO talks about the surge in cloud adoption in Africa, as well as the obstacles that the continent faces and how to solve them to speed up deployment.

Twitter suspends Oracle executive for doxxing reporter

April 29th 2021 at 03:36
Twitter temporarily suspended an Oracle executive from posting after he used the social network to publicise the e-mail address and Signal phone number of a journalist whose reporting he found objectionable.

Evolving the helpdesk with enterprise service management

April 29th 2021 at 00:33
Promoted | IT professionals from a range of industries came together at a recent TechCentral C-Suite Perspective virtual roundtable sponsored by Micro Focus to discuss how enterprise service management has progressed.

Putting South African whisky on the international map

April 28th 2021 at 15:49
‘Our biggest challenge is changing the perception of the South African consumer, the one who still believes that good whisky can only be made in Scotland or Ireland’: Andy Watts, head of whisky, Distell.

Did anyone see Lindiwe Sisulu’s ‘call’ to engineers?

April 28th 2021 at 15:17

Trade union Solidarity was disappointed in Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu for allegedly changing the story regarding the 24 Cuban engineers brought to SA to assist with ailing water infrastructure.

“At first she said there were no South Africans at all [who could do it] and now there were five companies that were not good enough, or as good as, the Cuban engineers,” spokesman Morne Malan said.

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On Tuesday, Sisulu’s spokesperson Steve Motale said the minister had made a call to engineers and only a few responded.

“When Minister Sisulu made a call for engineers in the country to come forward so the department can have a working partnership, only five companies responded. Now they cry foul,” he said.

A search for Sisulu’s call yielded no results.

However, according to the department’s Sputnik Ratau, “it was known since 2019”.

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Malan questioned why Sisulu did not appoint the five companies that had allegedly approached the department.

“If five companies applied why were any of them not appointed?

“We’ve given her until tomorrow [Thursday] to reply with regards to the qualifications of the Cubans.”

Engineering Council for South Africa spokeswoman Millicent Kabwe said any engineer who was not registered with the council would have difficulty signing off projects.

But Sisulu emphasised the Cubans were not here for employment, but “to mentor municipal workers”.

Covid-caused liquidations hit SMMEs hardest, stats show

April 28th 2021 at 12:51

Liquidations hit small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) hardest and according to Statistics SA data released on Monday, 216 companies were liquidated in March, compared to 178 in February, a jump of 21% and 49% higher than in March last year.

Overall the total number of liquidations increased by 18.9% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020. Financing, insurance, real estate and business services had 77 liquidations, while trade, catering and accommodation had 47 and manufacturing 10.  Small businesses are the hardest hit, says Lings Naidoo, co-founder of BeyondCOVID.

BeyondCOVID Business Survey was launched last year during the hard lockdown and is conducted by specialist management consultancy Redflank to evaluate the impact of the pandemic on SMMEs. This research has shown that smaller, micro and medium-sized businesses are generally 26 times more likely to close their doors in times of economic upheaval than their corporate counterparts.

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Naidoo says BeyondCOVID is determined to help businesses cope with whatever is coming their way this year and beyond, over and above, providing them with trends, forecasts and information they can use to develop survival strategies.

BeyondCOVID has so far talked to Chambers of Commerce and various other players, as well as organising smaller ventures into risk-sharing structures, known as SMME Collectives, that are supported by the organisations networks, services and technological innovations.

“It is true what they say: safety in numbers, also for businesses. Being part of a bigger organisation that has the means individual smaller companies lack, creates more stability. This is exactly what businesses and South Africa need in uncertain times. Covid-19 will be here to stay for a while. We need to work with, not fight, this reality,” he says.

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Liquidations hit SMMEs hardest

Naidoo points out that, despite economic improvements, the situation in South Africa remains precarious as confirmed by the latest statistics of liquidations and insolvencies.

Business consultants say the hardship is a direct result of the past year and affects smaller companies most.

“It is not that more companies suddenly found themselves in trouble. Many of the businesses that have folded in March this year, in all likelihood mostly smaller and medium-sized businesses, have struggled for many months before having to close, if not longer.”

This is how SMMEs are suffering

According to the survey, 26% of SMMEs that participated had to close temporarily or permanently during the lockdown, with 54% of respondents saying they were working below their usual capacity, while a third said they needed funding to continue trading.

In conversation with Ignition Telecoms CEO Valde Ferradaz

April 28th 2021 at 11:26
Valde Ferradez talks about MVN-X’s services, the importance of connectivity and access in the current environment, and the effect that spectrum releases can have on the industry and the public.

Legal action against “foolish and illegal” importation of Cuban engineers

April 28th 2021 at 08:36
Solidarity has started a legal process against Minister of Human Settlements, Water, and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu over the importation of Cuban engineers for water infrastructure projects in South Africa.

South African engineer hit with R100,000 demand for pirated software

April 28th 2021 at 06:34
A South African engineer was hit with a R100,000 legal demand after he was caught with unlicensed software on his computer.

No escape from the step-aside deadline, says Mantashe

April 28th 2021 at 04:02
Hold the line: Minister Gwede Mantashe

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe, who criticised Ace Magashule and Supra Mahumapelo during an interview, said those party leaders who want the NEC to reverse its step-aside resolution used a ‘convenient blackmail argument’

The post No escape from the step-aside deadline, says Mantashe appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

‘They are now crying foul’ – Sisulu lashes SA engineers who missed her call

April 27th 2021 at 14:27

Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu says the 24 Cuban engineers who landed in South Africa to help repair the country’s ailing water infrastructure, are here to mentor SA’s municipal workers, not for employment.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, Sisulu said when she made the call for engineers in the country to come forward and work with the department, only five companies responded.

“Sadly they are now crying foul,” she said.

“I repeat the Cubans are not in our country for employment. They are here to mentor our municipal workers so that we can create jobs for South Africa, both skilled and unskilled. Today we have qualified black women engineers whom they mentored during their last stint in our country,” Sisulu said.

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Sisulu reiterated that Cuba had assisted South Africa with liberation from apartheid, adding that a partnership with the Caribbean nation had been in place “since the dawn of freedom”.

“As the country celebrates 27 years of democracy, we are reminded of where we come from and who assisted our country to be liberated from the chains of apartheid.

“We wish to underline that the Cuban partnership with South Africa has been in place since the dawn of freedom which they helped us to achieve. This was emboldened by the diplomatic ties formulated in 1994 between then presidents Nelson Mandela of South Africa, and Fidel Castro of Cuba.”

Last week, Sisulu announced that 24 engineers would help with water infrastructure and maintenance “from source to tap” and that around R65 million had been budgeted for this financial year. On Thursday, she welcomed the Cubans, claiming their presence would ultimately lead to better living conditions for the majority of South Africans.

However, some quarters expressed dismay at the importing of Cuban expertise, saying South Africa had the capabilities domestically.

Last week, Solidarity sent the government a list of more than 120 “competent and willing” South African engineers who could replace the 24 Cuban engineers.

According to Solidarity, however, its list of local engineers has more expertise at a lower cost than importing Cuban engineers.

Solidarity chief executive officer (CEO) Dirk Hermann said the list contained some of the country’s most experienced and knowledgeable specialists in engineering, some who have masters and doctoral degrees, and others who have up to 42 years of experience.

Additional reporting by Reitumetse Makwea

Magashule hometown comes out swinging for embattled ANC leader

April 27th 2021 at 13:51

Concerned ANC members from party’s Free State regions and branches have distanced themselves from the Fezile Dabi region, which opposed the ruling party’s national executive committee (NEC) decision to ask secretary-general Ace Magashule to step aside.

The Fezile Dabi region in the northern Free State, bordering Gauteng, is where Magashule’s hometown, Parys, is situated.

The area’s ANC members, who claimed to represent the Fezile Dabi regional executive committee (REC), at the weekend lashed out at the NEC’s action against Magashule, saying he was not going anywhere despite a looming deadline for him to step aside this Friday.

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According to them, Magashule was made a scapegoat as part of factional battles because the 2017 Nasrec conference “step aside” resolution talked about allegations, not only charges faced by members. The REC claimed to have obtained a mandate from branches to challenge the NEC decision.

But it has been argued that mere allegations were different to concrete charges as was the case with Magashule and ANC MPs Bongani Bongo and Vincent Smith. The three politicians were charged by the Hawks for corruption and appeared in different courts but ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa, national chairperson Gwede Mantashe and other NEC members were yet to be charged.

But ANC members based in the Mangaung region said the so-called REC was not a fully fledged ANC structure but an interim regional task team (RTT) because all regional structures in the Free State were disbanded and replaced with RTTs. They claimed the Fezile Dabi regional structure did not speak for all the regions but were a small group of individuals who supported Magashule.

Speaking on behalf of concerned ANC members, Monnapule Ntamo said the Fezile Dabi leadership were individuals who belonged to Magashule.

“They do not have the support of branches, but they issued that statement as Magashule’s loyalists. Ace is behind them. Why [did] their statement coincide [with] similar statements by Supra Mahumapelo from North West and Mzwandile Masina in trying to rubbish the ‘step aside’ issue,” Ntamo said.

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Ntamo said Ramaphosa met ANC branches recently and they all expressed their support for the “step aside” policy to be implemented.

“All Mangaung branches and our regional RTTs support the step aside, there is nothing of that nature to say as Free State branches or region we oppose the implementation of this decision. This was a national conference resolution that must be implemented,” Ntamo said.

Meanwhile at the weekend, ANC MP and former North West premier Mahumapelo, a staunch Jacob Zuma supporter, lambasted the “step aside” decision saying it was against the country’s Constitution. He said if a member was asked to step aside but refused to do so, forcing him to resign or step aside was “against the Constitution of the country”.

Mahumapelo said the decision was merely aimed at getting rid of Magashule from the ANC.

Ekurhuleni mayor and ANC regional chair, Mzwandile Masina, last week said the “step aside” resolution should not be used to single out individuals. He said Gauteng province had not yet taken a resolution on the issue but was still deliberating it, but he was personally opposed to the “step aside” matter.

In a radio interview, Masina said while he backed the call for those accused of corruption to step aside in the ANC, the policy should not be selective.

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“As a person, I do support the resolution on the step aside. All I’m advocating is we must never have resolutions about individuals. We must have a resolution about the entire organisation.”

The Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Northern Cape were the only provinces that had explicitly voiced support for the “step aside” decision while Mpumalanga’s provincial secretary, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, individually opposed Magashule’s suspension at a recent NEC meeting, saying rather all the top six must step aside.

Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Free State and North West were yet to pronounce on the issue but their provincial chairpersons and secretaries, as ex-officio NEC members, were part of the move to enforce the decision.

The Beast Foundation: Focused on helping youth reach their full potential

April 27th 2021 at 13:05
Founder Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira, renowned South Africa rugby player, aims to help develop ‘well-rounded individuals’ who will go about making good decisions and become big contributors to their community and society.

The danger of being an uninsured driver

April 27th 2021 at 13:05
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The pandemic’s impact on mergers and acquisitions

April 27th 2021 at 13:05
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The best features coming to Android 12

April 27th 2021 at 07:02
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A guide to the Popi Act

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April 26th 2021 at 16:34
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Vodacom, MTN groupings formally submit bids to enter Ethiopia

April 26th 2021 at 05:28
Ethiopia received bids for telecommunications licences from MTN Group and a consortium led by Vodafone Group, according to Brook Taye, an adviser in the finance ministry.