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Footballers’ lives! High-living Messi scores multi-million Miami apartment

May 13th 2021 at 14:52

The 33-year-old soccer player signed to FC Barcelona has purchased a luxury apartment taking up the entire ninth floor in an upmarket apartment building in Florida, Miami. The four-time UCL winner has reportedly spent a phenomenal $7.5 million (about R102 million) on his latest property purchase. 

Messi to Miami?

Lionel Messi's family just purchased this $7.3M condo in South Beach, per @trdny 🌇

➖ Entire 9th floor at Regalia Miami
➖ 5,515 sq. feet
➖ Fully furnished 4 br, 4.5 bath
➖ 1,000 bottle wine cooler pic.twitter.com/tXv937WHOE

— Front Office Sports (@FOS) April 21, 2021

A HOME FIT FOR A FOOTBALL KING

According to The Sun, the property is located on Sunny Isles Beach and offers spectacular 360-degree views of the ocean. Messi’s new home comes with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a 1000-bottle wine cellar located in the 511 square metres of indoor space.

Image: Realtor.com

The pad, which came fully furnished, boasts all the facilities that a millionaire could wish for. As well as a private pool, Messi and his guests will have access to another six swimming pools in the building. Other facilities available to residents include a spa, a fitness centre, a yoga studio, a children’s playhouse, an on-site private chef and a champagne bar.

  • Images: Realtor.com

Lionel Messi: Net worth and investments

According to reports from Goal, Lionel Messi’s net worth is estimated to be around $400 million (R5.7 billion).  Messi has also been part of prominent campaigns with Pepsi, Gillette and Turkish Airlines. He also has three hotels in Barcelona. 

THE US CONNECTION?

Having purchased a first apartment in the nearby Porsche Design Tower just two years ago, it seems as though Messi is expanding his property portfolio in Florida. It appears that the footballing legend of Argentinian descent may be planning to spend more time in the US since he is building up a property portfolio in Miami.

Messi, who has played his entire professional career at Barcelona, has previously hinted that he would like to play in the United States one day. 

However, the future is not yet certain for this footballing superstar whose contract with FC Barcelona is expiring this summer.  But one thing is sure, Messi will enjoy spending time in his new Florida pad!

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Will work for food: This animal shelter is making cats earn their supper

May 13th 2021 at 13:38

The Tree House Humane Society’s “Cats at Work” program is using feral cats to fight Chicago’s rodent problem. Thus far more than 1000 felines have been trapped, neutered and released (TNR) into natural outdoor colonies – if that’s not possible, they’re placed in residential or commercial spaces to hunt rats and curb the rodent population.

CATS AT WORK

The Tree House Humane Society says their Cats at Work program helps save cats in every environment, adding that feral cats – especially those without safe habitats – have often been overlooked in the past.

The charity organisation traps and neuters kitties and tries to return them to their former colonies but sometimes this is not possible for a variety of reasons, for example, if the cats lived in an abandoned building or a dangerous environment.

Cats that cannot be returned to their colonies are placed in the work programme in teams of two or three where they act as “environmentally friendly rodent control” in exchange for food and a place to stay.

“Property and business owners provide food, water, shelter and wellness to the cats who work for them,” the charity.

“In most cases, our Cats at Work become beloved members of the family or team and some even have their own Instagram pages!”

CHICAGO’S RAT PROBLEM

Chicago, the Windy City, was ranked as America’s “rattiest city” for six years in a row by pest control giant Orkin. The city had the most – residential and commercial – rodent treatments performed in the 2020 ranking.

The pandemic also had a role to play in this. Orkin’s said the visibility of rodents increased because of a dearth of waste food, which led to the pests scavenging in new areas and exhibiting aggressive and unusual behaviour.

The charity said that while their employees do kill rats, often it is just their pheromones that drive the pests away.

Will work for food: This animal shelter is making cats earn their supper

An animal charity organisation in Chicago has found an innovative way to relocate feral cats in the city that has a major rodent problem.

Watch: The 69th MISS UNIVERSE National Costume Show | LIVE

May 13th 2021 at 12:52

The Miss Universe National Costume show is a highlight for lovers of fashion, costuming and over the top concepts.

Traditionally a showcase of national dress, the competition has grown into an artistic expression of the human experience.

During this year’s Miss Universe National Costume show, viewers can vote for their favourite costume by visiting the Miss Universe website.

The Miss Universe National Costume show will stream live on the Miss Universe Youtube channel from 02:00 (SAST) on Friday 14 May. Yes, that is two in the morning, so set your alarm if you must.

Miss South Africa runner-up Natasha Joubert will carry the flag for Mzansi in a bid to become the first nation to see back-to-back entrants crowned Miss Universe

Watch: The 69th MISS UNIVERSE National Costume Show

Please note: The stream will begin at 02:00 SAST on Friday 14 May.

What came before

Zozibini Tunzi was the first black woman from South Africa to win the Miss Universe crown, she won the title on December 8, 2019. She also made history by eschewing expectations and electing to compete with her natural, short-cropped hair, reflecting a deep shift in beauty standards in the pageant industry and beyond.

Having fun in #HollywoodFL! @cohgov pic.twitter.com/3pAoXeiYB3

— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) May 12, 2021

​Zozibini Tunzi is a passionate activist engaged in the fight against gender-based violence and a supporter of the #HeForShe social media movement, helping to evolve gender stereotypes and bring men into the fight for gender equality.

Tunzi hopes to be an example to young girls to embrace their most authentic selves.

She is using her voice as Miss Universe to encourage young women to “take up space” and hopes to bring more voices together to make change across the world. Her message for young women was echoed by everyone from Oprah to Michelle Obama following her crowning.

Before being crowned Miss Universe, Zozibini was working in public relations at a respected global firm.

Check out these iconic crowning moments in Miss Universe history recreated by the queen herself. 👑 pic.twitter.com/kJF4QpgD2q

— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) May 12, 2021

The 69th Miss Universe competition will air from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on
Sunday, May 16, 2021 (02:00 SAST Monday, May 17).

Watch: The 69th MISS UNIVERSE National Costume Show | LIVE

During this year's Miss Universe National Costume show, viewers can vote for their favourite costume by visiting the Miss Universe website.

Life and Times of Michael K: World premiere to kick off at the Baxter

May 13th 2021 at 10:41

Ladies and gents, the world premiere of Nobel Prize-winning author JM Coetzee’s Life and Times of Michael K, will be gracing the Baxter’s stage early next month. Adapted for the stage by Lara Foot, in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, you know you are in for a spectacular performance. 

Get your popcorn ready, fans! The highly anticipated co-production between The Baxter, Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2020, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, debuts from 7 to 19 June 2021, and brings together some of South Africa’s most revered, multi-award-winning artists.

LIFE AND TIMES OF MICHAEL K: BRING ON THE CAST!

Written and directed by Foot, the theatre said it is the largest and “most illustrious” undertaking by the theatre over the past decade and is the culmination of two years of planning. 

According to the Baxter Theatre, it marks the first time that she will be working with the Tony award-winning Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler from the hit production War Horse-fame. 

South African theatre legends Sandra Prinsloo and Andrew Buckland lead the impressive cast comprising Fansiwa Yisa, puppet master Craig Leo, Roshina Ratnam, Carlo Daniels, Marty Kintu, Billy Langa, Nolufefe Ntshuntshe, along with German puppeteer Markus Schabbing.

“The Life and Times of Michael K, is a multi-layered theatrical staging which combines puppetry, performance, film and evocative music, bringing to life Coetzee’s Booker Prize-winning novel,” the theatre said. 

HAVEN’T HEARD OF MICHAEL K? 

The beautiful story follows Michael K, a simple man, who embarks on a journey through South Africa, ravaged by civil war, to return his mother to die on the farm, where she was born. 

“He finds strength in his own humanity, his profound connection to the earth and his unique path which, as it unfolds, reveals to him, his reason for living.”

Fellow South African author Nadine Gordimer said the Life and Times of Michael K was an “outstanding achievement”. The New York Times Book Review said it was “so purifying to the senses that one comes away feeling that one’s eye has been sharpened, one’s hearing vivified”.

Image via: Baxter Theatre / Facebook

The production was invited to debut at the Theater der Welt festival at the Düsseldorf Theatre in Germany in June last year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown and travel restrictions, the festival was postponed to 2021. The organisers decided to open in South Africa at The Baxter with plans to transfer to the Theater der Welt festival when restrictions are lifted.

The creative team is made up of:

  • Handspring Puppet Company (puppet directors, design and makers);
  • Patrick Curtis (set design);
  • Kyle Shepherd (original music composition);
  • Joshua Cutts (lighting);
  • Fiona McPherson and Barrett de Kock (directors of photography and film);
  • Yoav Dagan (videography and editing);
  • Kirsti Cumming (projection design);
  • Phyllis Midlane (costumes); and
  • Simon Kohler (sound design).

GETTING YOUR SEAT

Seating is limited and all performances will be limited to 250 capacity, with COVID-19 protocols in place as regulated at Adjusted Level 1 during the national state of disaster. 

The Life and Times of Michael K will run at the Baxter Theatre from 7 to 19 June at 19:00 every night, with Saturday matinees on 12 and 19 and Wednesday 16 June at 14:00.

Booking is through Webtickets on 086-111-0005, online at www.webtickets.co.za or at any Pick n Pay store. For discounted school or group block bookings, fundraisers or charities contact Leon van Zyl on 021-680-3972 or email leon.vanzyl@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021-680-3993 or email her at carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za.

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WATCH: Trevor Noah – Israel, Palestine conflict ‘not a fair fight’

May 13th 2021 at 10:21

As the world looks on in horror at the most recent intense hostilities between Israel and Palestine, there is a global push for possible intervention.

Associated Press reported constant rocket fire and rioting in mixed Jewish-Arab towns fueled by growing fears on Wednesday that the violence between Israelis and Palestinians that has claimed 50 lives, could spiral into “full-scale war”.

Palestinian militants have launched more than 1,000 rockets since Monday, according to the Israel army. This has led to hundreds of airstrikes on Hamas and other Islamist groups in the crowded coastal enclave of Gaza.

ALSO READ: WATCH: Israel’s Iron Dome intercepts hundreds of missiles, as total war threatens

Comedian Trevor Noah of The Daily Show has been one of the growing number of international stars who have been outspoken on the situation and the complicated nature of the clashes.

“I don’t care what people say, religion has never ever calmed any situation when there is a clash. What makes it harder, is the fact of who is right and who is wrong? It always seems to change depending on when you start measuring time,” Noah said.

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“This week was the perfect example of it. If you start from Israel fired rockets into Gaza, then Israel is the bad guy, because they are bombing Gaza. But, then you take a step back in time, while Hamas fired at Israel, then Hamas is the bad guy.”

Noah then said, if you take a further step back about the reason why clashes started, the Israeli police went into a mosque and started beating up people during Ramadan, the holiest time in the Muslim calendar.

He says the conversation should look at the lives lost and those injured. In Noah’s words, this is not a “fair fight”.

The eight-minute clip has been viewed more than 1.2 million times and widely shared.

Watch:

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— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) May 12, 2021

Bahati Simoens exhibits at ‘Ndoimadzi’ in Johannesburg

May 13th 2021 at 09:30

Ever since the Black Lives Matter movement was born, there has been a spike in interest in black artists across the world, says Belgium-based Congolese-born artist Bahati Simoens.

Simoens joins six other artists in a group exhibition titled Ndoimadzi, or “unstoppable force”, in Johannesburg now on at the Botho Project Space in Eloff Street, Johannesburg until 26 June.

The theme of the exhibition resonates with Bahati who feels while African-origin artists may have been around for ages, “we are finally getting noticed.” She says this has been the case in exhibitions across Europe and other territories.

“I love being on African soil though, engaging with fellow Africans and feeling at home,”

She adds that “for me, it’s just it feels like more of a recognition for me as well, like it would have been different if it were in Europe as opposed to having the exhibition here and just connecting with a lot of people.”

She says that as a black artist living in Europe, a strong sense of isolation can sometimes overwhelm.

She feels that in Europe people do not necessarily resonate with deeper aspects of her work as an artist with an African heritage. “They don’t completely get the whole feeling or parts of the emotion are lost when looking at my work.

“At the opening of this exhibition, in Africa, I talked to a lot of people and I was very, very happy because they got my work when they were, like, explaining how they were feeling and how it impacted them in the moment.”

Simoens says her inspiration lies in her roots and present day. “It’s actually mixture of both. It’s mostly like childhood memories, stories from my mother when she still lived in the Congo and then Belgium, combined with my own experiences and just trying to create like a fantasy world for myself, the world that I would like to live in.”

Alongside her, the showcase ranges from Thoka’s mixed media use of prison and Basotho blankets through to a look at popular culture’s influencers by Tlabela. Lulama Mlambo explores the human condition underlined by a black-woman narrative from Zandile Tshabalala. Artist Zwelethu Machepha partners with Themba Khumalo for his contribution.

The exhibition is labelled a “state of focus and commitment as we cling firmly to our own brilliance and destiny”. This is alongside the separation and isolation caused by the pandemic, which has impacted much of the head space of many artists.

“I know all about isolation,” says Simoens, “and my work expresses not only that, but the various shades between the darkness and the light.”

Collectively, the exhibition is an ensemble of introspection and creativity.

 

 

Arthritis in children: What you need to know

May 13th 2021 at 09:16

Arthritis is a known disease that usually affects elderly people, so for many parents, learning that your child has been diagnosed with the disease is shocking and confusing. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis can affect children between the ages of six months and 16 years.

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints which causes the joints to swell, become painful and warm.

Dr Priya Ambaram, a paediatric rheumatologist practising at Netcare Waterfall City Hospital in Midrand, lists these symptoms as possible signs of arthritis in children:

  • Swollen joint
  • Intermittent fevers
  • Skin rashes
  • Fatigue and body aches

According to Netcare, this disease is surprisingly common among children, with between one and four in every 1,000 children affected.

Sadly, some children go undiagnosed as some fail to communicate their symptoms and some parents might miss the changes that the children experience.

ALSO READ: How to care for your chronically ill child

Ambaram says: “It is important to remember that children are not small adults – they do not communicate in the same way.”

Parents will usually notice a change of behaviour in their little ones. A child will usually start limping or use their legs or hands less. Some children will even regress if they have started walking.

Dr Bhadrish Mistry, a paediatric rheumatologist, notes that one of his clients is a 15 month old who stopped walking. When his parents noticed this change, they took him to a doctor who diagnosed had arthritis in his hip. The pain was too much for him to bear, so he stopped wanting to walk.

There are only nine paediatric rheumatologists in SA

“Misdiagnosis of arthritis in children is truly a tragedy, as it results in unnecessary suffering and often in disability, such as finger and wrist deformities. It can even be fatal,” Mistry says.

There is no cure for the diseaseand early diagnosis is key.

In some cases, arthritis in children lasts for a few days or weeks and clears by itself. In others, the child lives with the disease for the rest of their lives.

“Arthritis can affect a single joint or multiple joints, it can be acute, lasting for less than six weeks, or chronic, extending beyond six weeks,” says Ambaram.

Arthritis in children is manageable with the right diagnosis and treatment

Treatment varies depending on the type of arthritis as well as how long the child has been suffering. Mistry explains that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication is used to provide some relief for the pain and discomfort while disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are used to treat the arthritis itself.

“The sooner the child can receive treatment the better the chances of a positive response and a remission from arthritis,” explains Mistry.

Arthritis Kids South Africa was established to offer support to children and families experiencing this disease and who might be feeling alone. It can be an isolating experience that takes its toll on the mental and physical health of a child. It is a hard experience for any child to go through and even harder for parents to watch their child go through it.

With the right treatment and support, children who are diagnosed timeously can live a healthy and happy life.

No love lost – iFani feels sorry for Black Coffee, not AKA

May 13th 2021 at 08:18

Former rapper and artist iFani who made several hits song from 2010 to 2015, still has many issues with the music industry.

iFani claims he is no longer a “celebrity” and he is well known for his rapper attitude, such complaining about award shows being rigged and “beefs” with other rappers. He has been criticised by Cassper Nyovest and AKA for the standard of his music, who have called it “trash”.

Years later, iFani has not forgotten the shade AKA threw at him four years ago.

Kiernan Forbes (AKA) tweeted: “To think … iFani trolled ME. Fast forward. My album went LEGIT platinum and he hasn’t been seen since. That’s life.”

AKA has been going through a rough time personally since the death of his fiance Anele Nellie Tembe. Videos were posted and leaked on social media showing their unstable relationship.

With all of this going on, iFani doesn’t feel sorry for him at all, tweeting he only feels for Nkosinatihi “Black Coffee” Maphumulo whose private life is also under scrutiny.

ALSO READ: AKA withdraws from performing at Joburg Day

Black Coffee felt vindicated after a protection order was not granted by the court to his estranged wife, Enhle Mbali. Mbali has accused the musician of domestic abuse and is now “tired” of protecting him.

I’m so glad
I’m not a celebrity anymore

I feel for Nkosinathi ????
I feel for Kiernan ????

No, wait, sungxama… I feel for Nkosinathi qha.

— iFani (@iFani_Haymani) May 12, 2021

The tweet was met with some indifference, with tweeps wondering what iFani was up to these days.

Rest like your musical career . Ifani nawe le ndaba

— ツ ØƦł ÐẸBłĠ BẸẠŦ$™ ❼ (@Ori_Debig_Beats) May 12, 2021

How is advertising Noodles going, Small Xhosa?

— The Iron Duke???????????? (@ScelonG) May 12, 2021

It’s funny how aka doesn’t even think of you but wena uvuke wamcinga????.. ahhh aka is the best kodwa

— Axole Don’Mega Takane (@axe_aka) May 12, 2021

With cleavers and blowtorches, Pakistan barber offers hair-raising cuts

May 13th 2021 at 07:31

Abbas’s fringe style is proving a hit in the conservative nation, with customers flocking to his shop in the eastern city of Lahore.

During a typical trim, Abbas will take a bit off the top with a blowtorch.

He adds some layers with the help of a cleaver and butcher’s block, while occasionally thinning out a thicker mane with a bit of broken glass.”I thought I should do something different to attract more clients,” Abbas told AFP.

“In the beginning, I tried it on artificial hair, and then — after practising it for some time — I used it on a client, and he liked it a lot.

“Since first unveiling his style in 2016 and after brushing away customer fears, he says the unconventional approach has become a hit

.His popularity has only grown since, resulting in television appearances and fashion shoots.

“There has been a very good response from my clients, who were quite scared in the beginning,” said Abbas, whose eccentric manner and own unkempt, frizzy locks gives him the look of a mad scientist.

Abbas charges 2,000 rupees ($13) for the unorthodox treatment — or 1,000 rupees for a traditional trim with scissors.”I am feeling quite relaxed and comfortable,” said Ali Saqlain, as the barber took a blowtorch to his head.

Abbas says he also enjoys a large number of women customers, who he charges an additional 500 rupees for extra styling.

“I had my hair cut done at this salon three times,” said Arooj Bhatti.”I prefer it to be done with a cleaver as my hair grows fast after,” she added.

Children’s book is about Caster Semenya’s life

May 13th 2021 at 06:55

On the eve of World Book Day in April, author Dr Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang launched a new children’s book, Qhawe! Caster Mokgadi Semenya.

Msimang wrote the book in a form of a biography in collaboration with Caster Seemenya, but for children.

Speaking to eNCA, she said it was important for Semenya to have her inspirational story told in the form of a children’s book.

“When I spoke to Caster she was over the moon as she loves education and believes that children to learn and go to school,” Msimang says.

“It is also a story about how we should focus on children and support and nurture children.”

Semenya’s grandmother, whose story is shared in the book, has always encouraged her granddaughter to keep practicing her running until she became the fastest girl in her village.

She became the fastest in her village and went to become the fastest in the world.

The book is an inspiring tale of hard work and perseverance.

A young girl who grew up in Limpopo, Semenya’s story is about “hard work and always going after your dreams”, Msimang  says.

Qhawe means hero and Semenya became South Africa’s hero when she won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. She has gone on to win several other accolades, although being met with controversy over her gender.

World Athletics has banned Semenya from competing in any track event between 400m and 1.6 km unless she takes drugs to suppress her hormones. This will prevent her from defending her 400m title in Tokyo this year. She was born with a condition that causes her to have higher testosterone levels than other women.

Semenya continues to be a hero, taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights challenging World Athletics’ ruling.

ALSO SEE: Semenya heads to European Human Rights Court over ban

This is not the first book to be written about the athlete for children. In 2018, author Jeremy Daniel told Semenya’s story for readers aged 10-14 years. The biography shared Semenya’s story from her challenging childhood in rural Limpopo and her tertiary education at the University of Pretoria to becoming a world medalist.

Qhawe! Caster Mokgadi Semenya is available for pre-order and will be in book stores at the end of the month.

Climate change may be changing the taste of tea

May 13th 2021 at 06:45

Climate change is threatening our tea consumption. A recent report shows that extreme weather conditions are likely to alter the taste of the world’s most widely consumed beverage. By 2050, a quarter of the tea plants in India and Kenya could have disappeared.

Wine, rice, chocolate, coffee, etc. The list of foods threatened by global warming is long. And now we can add tea to it. Floods, heat waves, hurricanes… these meteorological events are becoming increasingly frequent due to climate change and threatening tea growing areas in the world.

This is particularly the case in Kenya, the world’s largest exporter of black tea. In this African country, the number of tea plants could decrease considerably in the coming decades, and even dwindle by a quarter by 2050, according to a new report by British charity Christian Aid.

But the effects of the climate crisis could be felt long in another way before a possible tea shortage. Like some wines, the taste of tea could be altered and have less flavour than the tea we’re used to drinking. Indeed, flooding and increased rainfall could alter the subtle flavours of the tea leaf and potentially reduce its health benefits, the report says.

ALSO READ: Recipe: Ginger, lemon and honey tea

“[W]hen tea plants get really wet they suffer a double whammy because the plants stop having the ecological cues to make these metabolites and the few that are there get diluted as the plant gets waterlogged,” explain the study authors.

A threat that also threatens other major tea-producing regions, including China, India and Sri Lanka. To prevent these adverse effects on tea, which remains the most consumed beverage in the world, the report suggests several courses of action, including strengthening international policies dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing climate financing to help countries and farmers adapt to climate change.

The charity also stresses the need to cancel the debt of poor countries (already heavily burdened by the pandemic), in order to give them “the fiscal space to better respond to the impacts of climate change. These recommendations are made in view of the COP26, which will be held in November in the city of Glasgow, Scotland.

Rolene Strauss discharged from hospital after mysterious illness

May 13th 2021 at 05:31

Former Miss World and Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss has been discharged from hospital after a mysterious illness.

Her husband, businessman and author Daniel Strauss, posted earlier in the week she was admitted on Sunday feeling “extremely ill”.

“I have known her for more than nine years and she has never been ill, so this is very difficult for me to see. We thought that she would only spend a night in hospital, but this is the second night,” he said.

“We don’t know what is wrong and doctors ran numerous tests today to try to figure out, but we don’t know anything yet. Doctors do not suspect the illness that the media is writing about all the time, so I was allowed to visit her.”

On Wednesday, Rolene thanked people for their prayers and messages wishing her a speedy recovery. “I was in tremendous abdominal pain, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t do anything. They tried to figure it out but they couldn’t. ”

Rolene won the Miss World pageant in 2014.

ALSO READ: South Africa’s Natasha Joubert favoured to win Miss Universe

She said numerous tests were done that showed there was no infection but the doctors think they found the cause. Rolene was given medication “to conservatively treat it”, but she did not further say what the cause was. The former pageant queen said she learned to take things easy, step back and focus on her family.

 

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Kelly Khumalo’s heartfelt birthday message to her son

May 13th 2021 at 05:14

Kelly Khumalo’s firstborn child Christian Khumalo is almost a teenager. Yesterday, Christian turned 11 years old and Kelly took to social media to share a heartfelt message for him. The songstress called Christian “my heart in a human form”.

This message comes on the eve of the second season of Kelly’s reality show, Life With Kelly Khumalo. In this season, Kelly takes viewers on a journey of finding love and opening herself up to receiving love.

 

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Kelly’s family-centred series features both Thingo and Christaan.

Christian is a pre-teen now and exploring

In the show trailer, Kelly asks Christian about a number on his phone. Kelly seems to have her hands full with some behavioral challenges from Christian, and shares some of them in the show.

ALSO READ: Life With Kelly Khumalo season 2 returns and she’s ready to play

Christian’s father, Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye, also wished Christian a happy birthday, but last week.

 

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Christian got beautiful birthday messages from his mother’s industry friends including Somizi, Basetsana Khumalo and Brenda Mtambo who feature prominently in the first and second seasons of Life with Kelly Khumalo.

Kelly’s life and parenting journey has not been without its challenges.

In her birthday post, she was criticised by a follower who said she should give Jub Jub access to his child. In season 1 of her show, Kelly reached out to Jub Jub’s family and finally introduced Christian to his paternal family. This was after Christian had to meet the family to perform a traditional ritual.

Paternity is an important issue for African families, but it  not known what the state of the relationship between Christian and his father is. Maybe season two of Life with Kelly Khumalo will shed some light.

What should you use on your skin in winter?

May 13th 2021 at 04:41

Winter is harsh on the skin and when temperature drops so does the moisture. Picking the right hydration combination for your skin is about knowing your skin type and the correct consistency that won’t clog your pores.

Oils, moisturisers and serums can be applied – separately, in pairs, or as a trio treatment depending on the needs of the skin.

Oils 

 

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Beauty oil. Picture: istock

Oils work better for dry skin that isn’t prone to break-outs. A common oil is rosehip which is said to be a natural anti-inflammatory and an ingredient in many beauty products.

Usually they are incorporated as an ingredient in creams. The oil comes from the seedlings of the wild rose bush and high in fatty acids and vitamins.

It is said to have regeneration properties that restore dry and injured skin as well as acting as a line of protection against other skin concerns. The benefits are vast but oils should be avoided for oily skin  prone to breakouts.

Benefits of oil:

Serums 

skin serum

Hyaluronic acid. Picture: istock

Serums have a gel-like watery consistency and usually applied first on the skin or just before a moisturiser. Serums have antitoxins that contain hyaluronic acid which has anti-aging properties and helps with the regeneration of skin cells.

It is also used at times for wound healing because of its quicker efficacy. Serums seep into the pores quickly and form a good protection barrier on the surface of the skin.

Serums are usually coupled with a thicker night cream at night or a lighter day cream that contains a high sun protection factor, even in winter. They are fitting for combinations of skin.

Moisturisers 

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Moisturising cream. Picture: Istock

This has a creamy texture that takes longer to absorb and is the final thing applied after an oil or serum.

Moisturisers take a bit of rubbing and time to absorb. They can be applied day and night with a different ingredient added that accommodates appropriate skin needs.

They are most helpful to assist with winter-proofing skin against the season’s drier conditions and act as a barrier against cold air. Moisturisers are most suitable for anyone with very dry skin that isn’t problematic.

Do we really need vaccine influencers?

May 13th 2021 at 04:31

Do we need vaccine “influencers” in our lives? The question that is being raised is whether South Africans are reluctant to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or whether there is just a lack of information and vaccines themselves.

South Africa’s vaccine rollout, is going into its second phase next Monday, 17 May with the registered elderly over 60 years getting vaccinated.

There have been many complaints of slow rollout, lack of clarity and decision making by the government, as some citizens are hesitant to get vaccinated.

ALSO READ: At last, good news on vaccine front

The question is being asked of actress, writer and poet Lebogang Mashile, from TV show L’Attitude, who documented her vaccination.

I was very impressed by the level of care put into explaining the vaccination process to me by the health care workers. I was shown the vaccine, the batch number, and the expiry date. They also did a wonderful job at explaining the possible side effects that I could experience. pic.twitter.com/LGvv5dAgKP

— Lebogang Mashile (@lebomashile) May 12, 2021

When asked how she managed to “jump the queue” and why she was “influencing” people to get the vaccine, Mashile said she was not paid for tweets about the vaccine and wanted to educate people.

“I got the vaccine today so that I could speak from 1st hand experience about the process.”

My own mother is an elderly person with illnesses that make her vulnerable. I am not saying I deserve the vaccine more than her or any other vulnerable person. I got vaccinated so that I could speak about my experience with authority and support the work that is being done. https://t.co/xJqPQ2SjG2

— Lebogang Mashile (@lebomashile) May 12, 2021

She further said she was able to get vaccinated due to the expanded definition of a healthcare worker.

“I qualify as a communications partner to @Afri_Alliance. The definition also includes receptionists, gardeners, cleaning staff, & funeral workers in the health industry & more.”

Comedian Lesego Tlhabi, known as satirical comedian Coconut Kelz, tweeted: “We actually don’t need vaccine influencers right now lol. We need the vaccine. People aren’t not getting vaccinated because we aren’t influenced… we’re not getting vaccinated coz the government isn’t doing its job!”

The biggest concern of many is the lack of information and education about the vaccines, which may be the reason for the hesitancy.

Woke up to the news that more and more people are getting vaccinated at sites around Gauteng. This is wonderful!

It’s now 24 hours since my jab. Aside from a tiny bit of soreness in my arm, I have no symptoms. I’ll keep you posted. So far, so good.

— Lebogang Mashile (@lebomashile) May 13, 2021

Can’t believe we live in a society where vaccine “influencers” would be considered before vaccine information and education. https://t.co/woBEcZEvT5

— Tupac Chopra. (@Nomani__) May 12, 2021


In America, celebrities such as actors Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds have been posting selfie jabs with nurses in the hope to demystify fake information about Covid-19 vaccines.

Reynolds hilariously posted: “Finally got 5G.”

 

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FlySafair launches packaged holidays

May 13th 2021 at 03:28
Low-cost carrier FlySafair has announced a partnership with local company Tripco to launch FlySafair Holidays, which will allow passengers to book both flights and accommodation from a single portal.

SA food brand criticised for making fun of adoption

May 13th 2021 at 03:26

“Mum and dad did not want you to know, but that’s the story of how you got adopted.”

This is the opening line from an Eskort advert where tween twin brothers sit across their younger brother, breaking it to him that he is not biologically related to them.

“I mean, you don’t really look like us. Look at all the family photos,” the ad continues.

The ad has been criticised for being tone-deaf, insensitive and “othering” adopted children. “You don’t look like any of us,” makes the adopted child feel like they do not belong in the family.

Adoptive mom and author Jacqui Bester said the ad saddens her. She acknowledges that brands use social satire to gain a reaction from the audience, and Eskort and the advertising agency Metropolitan Republic have achieved just that.

However, Jacqui feels the ad is “insensitive to the fact that it’s cruel to the boy and it almost feels like bullying”.

The ad ends with the line: “It’s so tasty, you’ll out sibling your siblings.”

Jacqui asks: “What do viennas have to do with out sibling your siblings?”

It was just a joke

Dr Dee Blacke, a child protection activist, wrote a letter to Eskort’s advertising agency after she saw the advert. In the letter, Blacke makes mention of how insensitive the advert is and how it could potentially make an adopted child feel. The agency responded by saying the boy is not actually adopted and the brothers are simply “pranking” him.

Belonging and identity are big challenges in the adoption community and many adopted children grow up without knowing their origin stories. The global pandemic has also exacerbated the issues of child abandonment in SA as we saw a drastic increase in cases of newborns being abandoned.

ALSO READ: FEATURE: How do you share your adopted child’s origin story with them?

These are, therefore, serious issues when we look at a country like SA. Speaking to eNCA, Blacke says “it is not a laughing matter”. Social satire should never be about serious social issues like adoption, especially in a South African context.

How the world has transitioned from making jokes about sexuality, religion and disability should be the same way adoption should also not be a joke, Blacke believes.

Normalising bullying

The boy who was supposedly not adopted sat there and endured meanness and insensitivity from his brothers. The funniest part of the video was his clap back. “Did you know that your girlfriend Stacey is also his girlfriend Stacey?” the boy asks.

He stood up for himself in a situation that was meant to make him feel terrible.

Bullying situations don’t always end well and, like Lufuno Mavhungu, some can be deadly.

The adoption community is submitting complaints to the Advertising Regulatory Board, requesting the ad to be removed so that no other adopted child should see it. Blacke is calling on other people, even outside the adoption community to submit complaints.

WATCH: Sister falls thrice but gets the shot in viral beach proposal video

May 12th 2021 at 17:05

Proposals are tricky – most people hope that meticulous planning will result in flawless execution. Unfortunately, things don’t always go to plan – the worst-case scenario would be rejection, which is not a laughing matter.

On the other hand there may be technical hitches, which happens more and more often in the social media age where recording the proposal is just as important as popping the question itself. Pictures or it didn’t happen, as the saying goes.

Mileage varies and not everyone has a professional photographer or videographer at hand to capture the special moment – sometimes a family member or friend will do. This is exactly the scenario, which led to a hilarious and heart warming video that went viral recently.

BEACH PROPOSAL VIDEO GOES VIRAL

Celine Edwards, a local chef from Pretoria, had a front row seat, so to speak, to her sister’s engagement, which was taking place on a blustery day at Kogel Bay Beach in the Western Cape.

In her excitement to capture the wonderful moment on video, she lost her balance after stumbling over a rock. Once she lost her footing, she struggled to regain her balance. Meanwhile, the proposal was still taking place. Edwards’ sister was fighting back tears of joy while she was fighting the force of gravity.

If you missed it on @MorningLiveSABC – start your day with a good giggle 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/BA8nPKesRW

— Leanne Manas (@LeanneManas) May 12, 2021

pic.twitter.com/8kKa5gK5ud

— Dean Paulse (@deankpaulse) May 11, 2021

Luckily, for the public and the couple, Edwards’ soon-to-be brother in law’s cousin was also filming the engagement from afar.

The video of the proposal went viral as soon as it hit social media and gave everyone a good belly laugh. It was even picked up by mainstream broadcasters. Eventually, the footage from Celine’s point-of-view also surfaced, which made for an interesting side-by-side comparison.

“I’m not a photographer, I’m actually a chef. It’s my sister and I just wanted to take a video of the engagement. I was so excited and I just fell. Three times,” said Edwards to Jacaranda FM’s Rian van Heerden.

Here’s what Jeff Bezos’ superyacht could look like

May 12th 2021 at 12:23

Business mogul Jeff Bezos recently ordered what essentially will become the largest sailing yacht ever built in the Netherlands. The 127-metre-long vessel – named Project Y721 – is being by built by Oceanco

Construction allegedly began little over two years ago. While Oceanco released no official images of the superyacht, the vessel is being compared to Oceanco’s recent project, Black Pearl.

The only difference is that Bezos’ yacht be much bigger.

Jeff Bezos’ yacht – What you need to know

Rumours swirling around the internet state that Bezos’ yacht will be equipped with three massive masts, a ‘support yacht’, and it sown helipad. According to several sources, Project Y721 it is due for completion in June.

Oceanco’s ‘Black Pearl’

According to Forbes, the new Oceanco yacht bears striking similarities to the Black Pearl. Bill Springer explains:

“It is not hard to imagine that it might share some of the characteristics that have made Black Pearl such a recognizable superyacht. Except Bezos’ yacht will be way, way bigger”.

The luxury vessel is worth a mere $500 million, small change for a man worth around $190 billion and counting. And with Amazon shares on the rise, Bezos’ wealth currently increases $75 billion by the year.

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Jeff Bezos’ new superyacht could look a lot like this yatch, the Black Pearl, just bigger. PHOTO: TOM VANOOSSAEN

Most lavish yachts in the world

That’s a modest amount compared to the most lavish yacht. Russian businessman Roman Abramovich owns a beast named Eclipse worth $1.5 billion, with a helipad, two swimming pools, mini-submarine, 24 cabins, a dance all and more.

And let’s not forget the 155-metre vessel worth $1 billion which mimics the streets of the French city of Monaco, complete with scaled-down landmarks like the Hotel de Paris and Monaco Casino, a racetrack, an atrium, mini waterfall, and more.

Then there’s Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi’s royal family’s yacht, named the Azzam. While not the most expensive, it’s the second largetst privately-owned superyacht in the world.

A sailing yacht owned by the 97th wealthiest person in the world, Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko (The White Pearl, pictured below) is currently the largest sailing superyacht in the world.

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Photo: AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

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Jeff Bezos' new superyacht could look a lot like this yatch, the Black Pearl, just bigger. PHOTO: TOM VANOOSSAEN

yacht jeff bezos

Sailing Yacht A owned by Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko is still the largest sailing super yacht in the world Photo: AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Video: Durban toddler’s first brush with the law, receives ‘fake fine’

May 12th 2021 at 11:43

We could all do with a feel-good story every once in a while. If the news cycle is getting you down, then this image of a Durban toddler receiving a “traffic fine” will cheer you right up.

The toddler is stealing hearts across the country this week after SABC News reported the one-year-old Ziyad Hanif became “one of the youngest drivers ever to have had a brush with the law”.

Durban toddler goes viral

Ziyad’s red toy car was a birthday gift. However, his first trip out and about resulted in disaster when the law caught up to him and his paths crossed that of a Durban Metro Police officer.

His mother, Lamess Hanif, snapped the adorable photo of Ziyad receiving his first “traffic fine” on social media. She explains that her initial post on Facebook was “shared lots of times. She adds:

“I didn’t expect this picture to go viral. I think what melts a lot of hearts was the look on his face and that of the policeman.”

Watch: Durban toddler’s ‘first fine’

Did fame change him? Not at all.

In the clip below, his mother explains to him that he’s famous and how does he feel about it. He seems happy about it, though. Watch the cute interaction here. Other than cars, he also mickey mouse and being around his older sister.

Lamess said it “warms [her] heart to know that this picture brought lots of smiles to many faces especially during this sad time, during the pandemic”.

South Africans react to ‘fake fine’

The reactions on social media are just as entertaining. One netizen joked that little Ziyad was “blasting music in the wrong place”, while another added that the “this one was without a licence, you can see his faces says it all”.

Another Twitter user guessed that the fake fine citations include “No plates, no disk, no license, no ID, is on pavement, doesn’t answer questions”.

[A feel good story for your timeline] A tiny tot in Durban has been trending on social media after becoming one of the youngest drivers ever to have had a brush with the law, so to speak.
Lookout for the story on #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/X9EWuzgGbT

— Jayed-Leigh Paulse (@JayedLeigh) May 9, 2021

Step out of the car.

Why?

— mo.taele77 (@taele77) May 9, 2021

Inspired by Ford Ranger drivers. I won’t blame him. Ford Ranger is powerful.😄😄

— The One And Only (@NkosiDlamini82) May 9, 2021

On his way to become president.

— me (@The_right_eye) May 10, 2021

Now read: Oscars Snub: The hilarious parodies inspired by SA’s ‘My Octopus Teacher’

Watch: Durban toddler receives 'play' parking violation ticket [video]

A photo of a Durban Metro Police officer writing out a traffic violation fine to a Durban toddler is going viral on social media.

AKA has CANCELLED his upcoming live appearances – due to ‘social pressure’

May 12th 2021 at 11:19

One of SA’s best-known musicians continues to plummet from grace this week: AKA – real name Kiernan Forbes – has dropped out of a major upcoming festival this month, and all other planned live appearances will now be cancelled.

Confirmed: AKA has cancelled his future live appearances

AKA is in the mire, after his partner Nelli was found dead in April. Sympathies have since turned to anger, after video footage emerged of the rapper trying to break down a door to get access to his then-fianceé.

Forbes has been accused of perpetrating gender-based violence, and his public stock has been in freefall ever since. Therefore, it perhaps comes as no surprise that the hit-maker has decided to exclude himself from all major gigs on his schedule. The Huawei Joburg Day is set to be a star-studded event – but they’ll have to cope without the Supa Mega.

Forbes to ‘step back from spotlight’ due to social pressure

On behalf of his management team, AKA has released a statement on the matter. He confirmed that the ‘social conversation about him in public’ has been a major factor behind these cancelled performances. The artist will now take time out to ‘carry out self-introspection and healing’ – raising concerns about his own well-being.

“Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes is to withdraw his participation at this installment of Huawei Joburg Day, taking place on 28 May. Out of respect for (the) current social conversation about him in the public domain.”

“AKA has chosen to take the necessary timeout of self-introspection and healing – so that he can adequately address all the pertinent issues in due course. He feels it is important to look after his physical and emotional well-being.”

The T Effect Management team, on behalf of AKA
  • You can also read the full statement here

Statement regarding @akaworldwide's participation at the 2021 #HuaweiJoburgDay pic.twitter.com/w3ieSmrUUi

🐝 AFRICAN_RAP_CITY 🇿🇦™ (@Rap_City_SA) May 12, 2021

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Ellen DeGeneres calls time on popular US talk show

May 12th 2021 at 15:49

New York – Ellen DeGeneres, a staple of daytime American talk show culture, said Wednesday she is ending her show after 19 seasons.

The decision came amid slumping ratings following allegations by former and current staffers that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has been a toxic place to work.

The 63-year-old host, writer, producer, actress and comedian won dozens of Emmy awards for the show and has been a pioneer of the LGBTQ community in America since she came out as gay in 1997.

That trailblazing revelation — made by DeGeneres’s character in a sitcom named after her — shocked America and nearly doomed her career.

On Wednesday she insisted her decision to bring the curtain down on her afternoon talk show had nothing to do with allegations in the past year of a workplace environment rife with bullying, racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

ALSO READ: ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ days may be numbered

“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged. And as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter.

When the complaints from people working on the show came out last summer, DeGeneres acknowledged there were problems, apologized and pledged to do better.

‘Very hurtful’

DeGeneres herself was not accused of wrongdoing but she was blamed for allowing the issues to develop.

But things got worse for her when the actor Brad Garrett, who appeared on her show six times, tweeted this last August: “Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge.”

DeGeneres downplayed the fallout from the allegations on Wednesday.

“It almost impacted the show,” Ellen told the trade publication. “It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season.”

DeGeneres is believed to have been considering ending the show for several years. She is married to actress Portia de Rossi.

Since September the show’s ratings have plummeted by more than one-half compared to last season, to 1.2 million viewers per show.

DeGeneres is scheduled for a television interview with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday to talk about ending the program. The final episode is scheduled for the spring of 2022.

DeGeneres was co-producer of her show and last year earned an estimated 84 million dollars, largely thanks to that program. That made her the 12th highest-paid celebrity in the world, according to Forbes magazine.

Mzansi reacts to Jack Mabaso’s bloody farewell

May 12th 2021 at 14:16

The soapie world said goodbye to legendary character Jack Mabaso on Generations: The Legacy on Wednesday night.

A villain who has been watched by generations – pun intended – actor Vusi Kunene bowed out from the character who started his long career in TV.

Mabaso has been one of the main antagonists in the popular South African drama series. Feared, respected and even loved, he was often referred to as one of the best villains of all time.

ALSO READ: Five minutes with ‘Generations’ Zizipho Buti who plays Tracy

His exit was billed as a bloody one and the audience were not disappointed.

This is not the first time Mabaso has died on the soapie. Creator and executive producer Mfundi Vundla had to bring him back to life after dying in 2016.

Returning with his infamous black glove, some audiences were not impressed with his resurrection, even comparing it to Stefano DiMera’s dramatic return from the dead in Days of Our Lives. 

In later years, Kunene joined Mzansi Magic’s Gomora in 2020 as Uncle Rod Sibeko, a confident businessman. As ever, the actor chose to play a character who is cunning, cutthroat and deliberate in his actions.

On Twitter, there was array of reactions about Kunene’s departure (death).

Why am I sad for Jack Mabaso when he’s been working on my last nerve for decades?#GenerationsTheLegacy pic.twitter.com/kqigmYrN4B

— Adorn WamaJwarha♍???????? (@Adorn_SoBee) May 12, 2021

Jack Mabaso ????#GenerationsTheLegacy pic.twitter.com/PWUt9qK724

— Sir Nungu ???? (@NunguSompisi) May 12, 2021

#GenerationsTheLegacy without Jack and Gadaffi???. Jack better be faking his own death and will be coming back months later because what is this??? pic.twitter.com/I9mSH5XQWK

— Lebza (@_LebzaH2O) May 12, 2021

Yho so they killed Jack Mabaso with a chainsaw?! That was a brutal exit!???? #GenerationsTheLegacy

— yammy. (@NtshangaYamkela) May 12, 2021

Not with a chainsaw ????????#GenerationsTheLegacy

— IG:KATLEGOMALEPANE (@katlegomalepane) May 12, 2021

Jack is a boss chop him up put him in a drum but just now what’s gonna happen when he comes back together again it’s over for you #GenerationsTheLegacy pic.twitter.com/bzRiRW48HF

— MILES (@MNQMAD7) May 12, 2021

AKA withdraws from performing at ‘Joburg Day’

May 12th 2021 at 11:00

A statement has been released by rapper Kiernan Forbes’s management, The T Effect, that the rapper will no longer be performing at the Huawei Joburg Day at the end of this month.

“The T Effect takes time to engage the public on the decision made by their artist, Kiernan AKA Forbes, to withdraw his participation at this instalment of Joburg Day, on 28 May,” it said.

Statement regarding @akaworldwide’s participation at the 2021 #HuaweiJoburgDay pic.twitter.com/Lqa40Ww3RQ

— ???????????? ???? ???????????????????????? (@TEffectGlobal) May 12, 2021

The announcement followed viral videos and screenshots circulating on social media after AKA’s fiance’s friend spoke out about alleged abuse Anele suffered during their relationship.

ALSO READ: AKA saga: New videos emerge showing a tumultuous relationship

AKA’s 22-year-old fiancé fell to her death from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town on 11 April.

In the video evidence that Anele’s friend brought forward to the police and the public, AKA can be seen breaking down the door of the apartment the couple shared in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

The statement reads: “Mr Forbes informed the team that at this time, he would like to take time out to focus on his current state of mind and out of respect for the public sentiment, as he prepares to engage on those.

“The hip hop megastar has elected to take a step back from the musical eventing space because he is currently in a space where he feels it is necessary to place a greater emphasis on looking after his physical and emotional well-being.

“Furthermore, out of respect for a current social conversation about him, in the public domain, he has chosen to take the necessary time off for introspection and healing so that he can adequately address all the pertinent issues in due course.”

The event organisers of Joburg Day responded to the statement and assured AKA and his management team that they understood and accepted the withdrawal of AKA.

We respect and understand your decision @akaworldwide.

There will be no additional changes to the #HuaweiJoburgDay lineup. https://t.co/5GhsVRQein

— If you love Joburg, 947 loves you❤️ (@947) May 12, 2021

“We respect and understand your decision. There will be no additional charges to the Huawei Joburg Day lineup,” they said.

Flu or Covid-19? Parents face tough winter ahead

May 12th 2021 at 10:29

For parents with school-going children, contracting the influenza virus is a nightmare in this new normal.

Usually, parents just stock up on some vitamins, get the appropriate medications to treat the associated symptoms and maybe keep their kids home should the kids be too ill. Now, parents must keep their children home should they display symptoms that are closely linked to Covid-19.

Some schools are asking parents to sign a Covid-19 indemnity form that requires them to keep their children home should they display any symptoms similar to those of Covid-19. There is a long list of these symptoms, but the ones on top of the list include:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Tiredness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sore throat
  • Aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Runny or stuffy nose

ALSO READ: Are parents forced to sign Covid-19 indemnity forms from schools?

Is it Covid-19 or flu?

The requirement to keep your child home when they start displaying these symptoms is not only dependent on whether or not they are Covid-19 positive or not. The intention is to ensure that fewer children are infected by the virus. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) “influenza can spread faster than Covid-19”.

This is due to two things:

  • Influenza has a shorter period between infection to appearance of symptoms.
  • Pre-symptomatic transmission occurring in 1-3 days is high.

ALSO READ: What is the difference between flu, allergies and coronavirus in your kids

Like Covid-19, the influenza virus is transmitted through contact, droplets and surfaces that are likely to carry the virus. Practicing good hygiene works equally well for lowering transmission.

However, schools are advising parents to rather keep their children at home until their symptoms have passed. Your child will most likely experience symptoms for up to four days, usually quite abruptly if it’s flu and gradually if it is a cold.

Grade 2 mom Zoleka Queency says: “Kids are kids and playing together is inevitable. When there’s too many of them the teachers won’t be able to control their social distancing.”

This is why she opts to keep her daughter in grade 2 at home when she starts displaying flu symptoms.

“It’s very irresponsible of a parent to send a sick child to school and to put other kids at risk of getting sick,” Guateng mom Swastie Guri adds.

Keeping your child at home not only helps them get better but protects the other children.

If you don’t, the school will send them home

Not every parent has the capacity to stay at home and look after a sick child. Some parents are raising their children singlehandedly, while some parents are employed full time with no one to help at home.

Mom of two Natalie Greaver says: “My daughter has stayed home a few times during the first term because if they have two or more symptoms they aren’t allowed in school.”

Some parents are even called in to come to collect their children should they display symptoms that are risky for other children.

How to protect your children this flu season

  • Get the flu shot/vaccine
  • Give your child multivitamins and immune boosters
  • Encourage them to wear their mask and practice social distancing
  • Keep them home when they are ill

WATCH: South African beach wedding proposal falls flat

May 12th 2021 at 07:51

A local wedding proposal video has gone viral after the photographer and videographer of the proposal loses her balance and falls to the ground a few times while filming the couple’s special moment.

The proposal happened at one of the beaches in South Africa. The weather was not quite in the the couple’s favour as it was super windy, which could explain why the videographer may have lost her balance a couple of times.

In the video posted and shared by eNCA, the couple walked onto the beach with the girlfriend leading the group and the photographer following last.

The girlfriend stopped and turned around to pick her shoes up from the ground and it was at that moment that her boyfriend, hopefully now fiancé, got on his bended knee and proposed.

The photographer who seemed to be either a family member or a friend of the couple rushed to capture the moment, but she unfortunately could not keep her balance, resulting in her falling over.

Determined to capture the romantic and special moment, she attempted to get back up, but fell to the ground again.

The photographer eventually gave up and took pictures and videos of the proposal from her seated position on the ground.

The video has reached 123,000 views on Facebook, and viewers cannot help but laugh and commend the photographer for her fighting spirit.

Here are some comments from Facebook:

“I just love the fact that she never stopped taking the video. That’s the quality of being loyal.” – Euchracia Lebogang

“The level of commitment from the camera woman is commendable though-respect!” – Tsatsi Kheswa

“We all need to see the falling lady’s footage! Her view. She never stopped filming. Priceless! A day they will never forget” – Sandra Gundlach

“Well this was the most beautiful moment one can ever witness” – Simba Dhliwayo

Twitterati weigh in on Enhle Mbali and Black Coffee saga

May 12th 2021 at 06:32

The Enhle Mbali and Black Coffee saga seems to never end.

After Enhle insinuated that her electricity bill wasn’t paid and they were living in the dark, the international DJ was having none of it and took to Twitter to air his side of the story.

“The children you publicly claim to be protecting are suffering because of your lifestyle. Moving forward pay your electricity bill, the kids shouldn’t go through this,” he wrote.

READ NEXT: Enhle Mbali and Black Coffee feud over electricity bill

Twitter users couldn’t believe that Black Coffee was contributing so much to the actress and their children and questioned why she decided to include her kids in her divorce battle. She has included them in numerous videos posted on social media about her allegations and gripes against Black Coffee.

Most people are ignoring the fact that Enhle is using the kids to turn against Coffee, it’s really wrong.

— $ ͪ ⷶ ͧ ᷠ_ ᷜ ͤ ꙷ ᷦ????️ (@_ShaunKeyz) May 11, 2021

Enhle brought this whole thing to social media when Coffee was mizing & happy to settle it lawfully & she got public sympathy but now Coffee is bringing his side of the story to social media and suddenly ke di “why can’t they just settle things offline ????” .. itjaaa.

— Kay Mahapa’s Manager ???????? (@itsBigSexy_) May 11, 2021

Enhle gets R65K per month but still can’t pay electricity then domkop feminists still blame Black Coffee because their gender should not take responsibility for anything. pic.twitter.com/ZJftIplBqN

— Mr Handsome (@Noxza_dube) May 11, 2021

Black Coffee really made Enhle Mbali reject certain roles because they had too many sex scenes. He really made her give up her career because of his insecurities and you’re tryna tell me that man couldn’t have abused her during their marriage?

— moe suttle (@moe_suttle) May 11, 2021

Imagine saying R65K is small lapho your salary Ke R3000 per month

— Sandi (@SandiJaftaRSA) May 11, 2021

I’m not taking sides but you’re getting R65k a month for maintainance and you cant pay for electricity ????

— Mntungwa (@Sandile_K14) May 11, 2021

Government is giving you all baby Mamas R400 monthly and you happy but today you saying R65K is nothing? ????‍♂️????‍♂️????????

— Mvelase (@Mbuso__Mthembu) May 11, 2021

Polygamist dad has 151 children and 15 wives but still wants more

May 12th 2021 at 06:23

Having 151 children and counting has always been a dream for Mischeck Nyandoro.

In 1983, Nyandoro, a retired sergeant in Zimbabwe married his first wife. Between then and 2015, Nyandoro married 15 more women and fathered almost 100 children. His eldest wife bore 13 children and two other wives each gave birth to 12 children.

Now, Nyandoro has 151 children and still wants more. Speaking to The Herald, he says when it comes to fathering children “the sky is the limit”.

He started what he calls his “polygamy project” in 1983 when he vowed to contribute effectively to the Zimbabwean population. He made this vow when he was in the Dande Tribal Trust land as a medic and saw a lot of young people dying at the hands of the Rhodesian army.

He then continued to marry one wife after the next, in some instances marrying three wives in one year. Nyandoro only slowed down in 2005 after Zimbabwe hit a financial hurdle.

“Had it not been for temporary economic hardships, the story would have been different, maybe getting close to 30 wives by now and 200 plus children,” he says.

Fifty of his children are still in school and the rest are working, some with the Zimbabwean army, police and some in other professions.

Two of his wives are now pregnant, with one of his sons following his footsteps and married to four women.

ALSO READ: ‘I had my 11th baby in lockdown while competing in Mrs SA’

Conjugal visits

“I give conjugal rights to an average of four wives a night and I do the duty roster personally,” Nyandoro says.

The roster does not take into account the afternoon sex he has with his wives. For him, satisfying his wives is his job.

“I go to the targeted bedrooms one by one and no wife knows she is on duty until I visit her bedroom.”

Nyandoro, 66, says he feels as young as he was when he was 18. He tailors his visits according to the age of the wives. Now he is considering getting younger wives because his older ones are no longer interested in sex.

How does he afford 151 children and 16 wives?

Nyandoro is a retired sergeant and the government funds his children’s education. The Zimbabwean government recently gave him 93 hectares of land as he relies heavily on farming and his land was proving too small for him.

His “project” is also proving beneficial for him and, as they say, you reap what you sow. It seems that his seeds are finally being fruitful as he receives gifts and money from his children and his in-laws almost daily.

“From my working children I’m getting pampered with money through EcoCash almost daily and 11 of my children have put me on funeral policies,” Nyandoro said.

Nyandoro says his polygamy project will only end the day he dies and is confident that all of his wives are happy.

He is aiming for 100 wives and maybe 1,000 children.

Talk about being fruitful and multiplying!

R12,000 for 24-carat gold-wrapped steak served by Salt Bae?

May 12th 2021 at 06:14

Nusret Gokce, popularly known as Salt Bae, is set to serve up 24-carat gold steaks to customers in London’s famous diners.

Salt Bae became an internet sensations in 2017 for the viral videos that showcased his unique meat slapping and salt sprinkling techniques when preparing and serving food.

According to The Daily Mail, the Turkish celebrity chef has opened 19 restaurants across the globe which have been frequently visited by celebrities such as P Diddy, David Beckham, Conor McGregor and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Salt Bae is set to take his restaurant chain to the UK at the end of May, to serve up some of his R12,000 gold-wrapped steaks.

The Turkish butcher is not only known for the way he handles and seasons his steaks, but is also one of the sexiest chefs and butchers in the world.

Private chef and food blogger Vanessa Cole told GQ in an interview that when heading to one of Salt Bae’s restaurants, she requested she be served by the chef himself. Upon arrival Vanessa was brought a menu that only had the famous chef’s premium or gold-wrapped steaks.

It seems as though Salt Bae only makes a table appearance if his premium dishes have been ordered.

Vanessa also added  in her interview with GQ that “there’s nothing special about the gold add-on other than the experience, but it’s the price you pay to be served by Salt Bae”.

 

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Salt Bae also released a video on Instagram where he dramatically added melted cheese to a burger that consisted of gold-wrapped burger buns.

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WATCH: Bonang and Rorisang Thandekiso’s awkward meeting

May 12th 2021 at 03:58

A video of former child star Rorisang Thandekiso meeting and greeting television personality Bonang Matheba has surfaced and South Africa is cringing at the awkward encounter.

The video was shared on Twitter last night and has since then reached 224,000 views, 393 comments, and 1,492 quoted replies.

The video is of star Rorisang spotting Bonang in what seems to be a restaurant, approaching her and then posing with her in the video while giving off “who is this person, and what is happening” facial expressions.

Guys ??? ???????? pic.twitter.com/IiwxXqS7ac

— Sine (@99Perspective_) May 11, 2021

Rorisang took to her personal Instagram page to post the video on her story and clarify that the awkward meet and greet was staged and the two actually do know each other.

“Why are we trending? This video was staged fam,” said the former child star.

Tweeps were definitely fooled by the video. Here is what they had to say:

Rorisang whyy???? pic.twitter.com/LU7ZTEUN9r

— BurnaGirl (@This_is_me_DeeY) May 11, 2021

But why did she even post this video ???????????????? aibo mina bengzoy delete WTF ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/fF4uCy8jDv

— Gugu???? (@Gugucele_) May 11, 2021

Bonang meant it when she said that girl must eat her lunch at a restaurant. What is this? ????????????????

— Tall_Nique???? (@Nique1Tall) May 11, 2021

Isn’t this girl a celebrity as well ? Or she looks like someone else ? That’s so cringe Bonang’s face ????????????????

— A Girl After God’s Own Heart ????✨ (@I_am_Bucie) May 11, 2021

Tell me this is staged ????????

— sinaphumi (@sinaphumi) May 11, 2021

The Bloemfontein born, Vaal-raised public figure has grown to be a phenomenal actress. The musician is best known as the lead vocalist of MuzArt.

Rorisang is also a presenter, hosting the weekend breakfast show, Mzansi Insider, on SABC1 after replacing Tsholo Maseko in the fifth season in 2016.

3 delicious Eid recipes to try

May 12th 2021 at 03:38

Ramadan, the holy month of fasting will draw to a close with Eid. This occassion is marked by some of these delicious Eid recipes.

It is a joyous occasion and many festivities such as Eid prayers, charity, social gatherings with family and loved ones, festive meals and gift giving are part of the celebrations.

This year, Eid will take place on 12-13 May. This event is usually held in people’s homes all around the world with many gathering at mosques to mark the occasion.

Eid recipes usually call for some time in the kitchen but these dishes are so tasty they are well worth the effort.

ALSO READ: Eid al-Fitr: What to know and ways to wish your friends

The food expected can only be described as mouthwatering.

Eid recipes you must try:

Kriya and Ruby Gangiah’s mutton biryani:

Ingredients

  • 500ml Sour milk (Maas)
  • Masala
  • Turmeric
  • Garam Masala
  • Ginger and garlic
  • Curry leaves
  • Caraway Seeds
  • Bay leaf
  • Star Anise
  • Black Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Salt
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup oil

Ingredients to layer:

  •  Cooked rice – 2 ½ cups of rice is a good amount for a large pot
  • Peel and cut potatoes into ¼, boil until soft and then lightly fry until golden brown
  • Peeled raw potato cut into discs
  • 4 boiled eggs – peeled
  • 2 can of brown lentils
  • Whole green chili
  • 100g of butter
  • Coriander
  • Saffron
Eid al-Fitr biryani

Biryani. Picture: Supplied

Layer your pot:

  1. Line your pot with oil and layer the uncooked potato discs
  2. Add your marinated meat with all the extra marinade
  3. Layer ½ your lentils
  4. Layer ½ your rice
  5. Place your cooked fried potatoes and whole eggs on top of the rice
  6. Layer the balance of lentils
  7. Layer the balance of rice
  8. Poke the whole green chili (as per your taste) into the rice. Place butter on top with saffron and coriander
  9. Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 1 ½ hours (Do not open the lid if possible), use a breadknife to test if it is cooked by poking through the middle, if the breadknife touches the base of the pot and comes out clean you are good to go.
  10. Serve with raita (sour milk with cucumbers, coriander and chilli) and sambals (Grated tomato with chilli and onions).

Roast Leg of Lamb with Sweet Onion Marmalade recipe

Roasted leg of lamb. Picture: iStock

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 stems rosemary, de-stalked
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 red chilies, with or without seeds, depending on taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt flakes
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Natura Sugars Dark Demerara
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

For the roast:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2.5kg free-range leg of lamb
  • 4 onions, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, halved
  • 3 stems thyme
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons Natura Sugars Dark Demerara
  • 2 tablespoons good quality balsamic vinegar
  • salt and cracked black pepper

Method

  1. Starting with the marinade, toast the coriander seeds in a dry pan for several minutes until fragrant.
  2. Place all the marinade ingredients, except the olive oil in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Pulse or grind until fine. Combine the spices with the olive oil.
  3. Massage the spice marinade into the lamb, place in a non-metallic dish and cover with cling film. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Remove the lamb from the fridge and bring up to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 180º C.
  5. Place the onions, garlic and thyme in a large roasting tin. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the leg of lamb with the fatty side facing down on top of the onions. Cover loosely with foil and roast for 2 ½ hours.
  6. Remove the foil and turn the lamb over. Add the Natura Sugars Dark Demerara and balsamic vinegar to onions and stir through to combine. Roast for a further 1 hour, uncovered. Turn the heat up to 220º C and cook for about 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the leg of lamb and garlic bulb halves from the roasting tin and cover with foil. Set aside to rest.
  8. Place the roasting tin with the onions on the hob. With the heat on high, reduce the pan juices until sticky. Add plenty of black pepper and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  9. Return the leg of lamb to the pan and heat through. Serve with root vegetable sides and rosemary roast potatoes.

Recipe provided by Bibby’s Kitchen @ 36, a food blog by Dianne Bibby.

Sooju/ Suji Halwa

Eid-Al fitr suji halwa

Suji halwa. Picture: Supplied

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup oil or ghee
  • 3/4 cup fine suji semolina
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4-5 cardamom pods
  • Food color optional but recommended

Instructions

  1. In a pot, add oil followed by suji.
  2. Stir and let the suji roast for 10-15 minutes on low to medium heat or until it gives off a nutty aroma. Make sure to keep stirring because the suji can burn very quickly.
  3. While suji is roasting, on another stove, boil water.
  4. Once water has come to a boil, add sugar followed by cardamom pods (crushed open).
  5. Let the sugar dissolve completely about five minutes.
  6. Pour the sugar syrup into the suji and continue cooking on low heat for a few minutes or until the suji has thickened up.
  7. Add two drops of yellow food color.
  8. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve warm.

Recipe from Rookiewithacookie food blog.

South Africa’s Natasha Joubert favoured to win Miss Universe

May 12th 2021 at 03:34

Back to back wins? Is it possible that Miss Universe will go to another Miss South Africa?

That is the question many are asking in the pageant world as the long-awaited crowning of Miss Universe on Sunday, 16 May.

Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi has held the crown for more than a year and a half and subsequently been the longest reigning Miss Universe due to the impact of the pandemic.

The pageant organisation took a different strategy for who would represent the country for the international pageant, choosing first runner up Natasha Joubert, rather than Miss SA 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida. 

The decision looked like it might have paid off as it has been predicted that Joubert is the hot favourite. Miss SA organisation said in the statement this is according to social media polls predicting Joubert will take the title.

ALSO READ: PICS: Miss SA, Natasha Joubert’s best fashion and beauty looks

Natasha says she has “big shoes to fill but Zozi and Demi have inspired me and given me great advice. I will go out there and give it my all.”

Natasha thanked the country “for their fabulous support. The messages I have received mean the world to me.” Her fashion looks have been turning heads in proudly South African designs.

Miss SA creative director Werner Wessels said it had been an “incredible experience working with Natasha and seeing her growth and commitment towards becoming the best version of herself as has been evident by her participation at Miss Universe”.

The show will be hosted by Mario Lopez and Olivia Culpo and in California in the US.  It will air on Monday morning South African time at 2am on 1Magic, channel 103 on DStv.

Both Tunzi and Joubert recently meet before the pageant. The hopeful says Tunzi has been a huge influence.

“In 2019, @zozitunzi stood on the Miss Universe stage and said that she wanted girls/women to see their faces reflected in her. Those words stuck with me and is one of the reasons why I entered Miss South Africa. Little did I know that I would be the next woman to represent the same country that she represented that night. I’m forever in awe and humbled by this opportunity! Zozi, just seeing you felt like home!”

 

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SA scentrepreneur’s fragrant fix for COVID-19 loss of smell

May 11th 2021 at 12:12

One of the most prominent symptoms and after-effects of the COVID-19 virus is loss of smell. According to a study done by researchers at the Journal of Internal Medicine in January 2021, 86% of patients lose some, or all, of their ability to smell.

The effects of the virus on this sensory organ, however, is not uniform. For some patients who have struggled with COVID-19 for a long period of time, it can take months for their sense of smell to return – if ever. Others who have overcome the virus, regain their ability to smell in a matter of weeks.

COVID-19 loss of smell: Sue Phillips to the rescue

For those patients who battle with their sense of smell after recovering from COVID-19, it is a disheartening experience. Luckily Scenterprises Inc founder, Sue Phillips, has found an amazing way to help these patients smell all the wonderful things in life again.

Phillips is a renowned fragrance expert and self-proclaimed “scentrepreneur” born and raised in South Africa. Phillips has now been in the fragrance industry for over 40 years. She is outspoken about the amazing qualities of fragrances and is the author of a book, titled The Power of Perfume.

Breakthrough discovery

In an interview with Cape Talk, Phillips outlined her breakthrough discovery – the role perfume can play in helping patients regain their sense of smell.

According to Phillips, she met with a woman who had lost her sense of smell for over a year due to COVID-19. Phillips goes on to outline the complex blends which make up a perfume – the top, middle and base notes. She explained that the woman could not identify the lighter, or top notes of the perfume. However, the woman was able to pick up on the stronger notes.

“Suddenly we had a breakthrough and she was quite emotional. She finally said, and she was crying, ‘Oh my goodness, I can finally smell something beautiful’,” Phillips told Cape Talk.

Zoom sessions and scent kits

Phillips noted that as they continue with the process, more and more fragrances can be identified by patients.

She is now offering Zoom sessions to inform people about this process and she is producing “scent kits” to send to patients battling with their sense of smell.

Watch: What is the Dakiwe Challenge? New dance craze takes SA by storm

May 11th 2021 at 10:28

Pearl Thusi, Lasizwe, and even Norma Mngoma have given the Dakiwe Challenge a good go this week – sparking an explosion of copycat videos in the process. The new dance craze has taken off big time in South Africa, thanks largely to its celebrity endorsements and an instant approval from TikTok users.

How do you do the Dakiwe Challenge?

We’ve had a few new viral dances to get used to in the past year or so. Who can forget the basic steps to Jerusalema, or the moves for a good John Vuli’ Gate? However, the Dakiwe Challenge comes from a DJ whose star is already on the rise. DBN Gogo, a 29-year-old hitmaker from KwaZulu-Natal, has created a phenomenon with her new groove…

It’s a pretty basic concept, but not everyone gets it right: You’re just meant to stand on the spot, and move your body upwards from your hips in a deliberate circular motion. You get extra points for nodding your head, too. Look, none of you should take advice from us on how to perform cool dance moves – just watch the professionals do it instead, yeah?

Watch: The unofficial Dakiwe Challenge tutorial!

@DBNGOGO O boss Girl 🙌💃💃 pic.twitter.com/nfHB2MbzJ5

— Kgadi Ngoepe (@ngoepe_kgadi) May 8, 2021

DBN Gogo gets South Africans, including Pearl Thusi, moving!

The amapiano-inspired trend was initially picked up by DBN Gogo in Daveyton last year. But in the past week or so, the artist performed the move during a live show – and things ‘blew up from there’.

Part of the Dakiwe Challenge is to make the video as interesting as possible – whether that’s by featuring a famous name, or by doing something creative with your friends. Participants can indeed put their own twists on it, and everyone from Hollywood actresses to politician’s ex-wives are getting in on the act! We’ll leave you with the best of the bunch:

Mood: DBN Gogo with the Dakiwe challenge 🚀. pic.twitter.com/kGOWwq6F0o

— Lugz (@mwanzo_k) May 9, 2021

A challenge! pic.twitter.com/eDimtayLuC

— Sandile Mahlangu (@SandileM_) May 8, 2021

We did the #DakiweChallenge with the audience…best audience ever! pic.twitter.com/G1h7p8vkqm

— Tsitsi Chiumya (@TsitsiChiumya) May 10, 2021

People working from home miss office gossip

May 11th 2021 at 10:27

Did you hear?  Gossip, whispered conversation, speculation and half truths that once flowed through the workplace, has all but vanished in our new network of home offices. 

“But while it might seem like a good thing as gossip is often damaging, the truth is it is one the things we miss most about the workplace. And it’s not just idle time wasting – it plays an important part of office life,” said Linda Trim, Director at Giant Leap, one of South Africa’s largest workplace design consultancies. 

Gossip has been researched in terms of its origins in evolutionary psychology, and has been found to be an important means for people to monitor cooperative reputations.”

It also provides stress relief and intellectual stimulation. It helps us gain influence and fosters better interpersonal relationships and is part of the top thing people reported longing for after a year of remote work: in-person and grown-up workplace conversations.

Trim noted that we typically think of gossip as a negative thing, but there is such a thing as positive gossip. Positive gossip is when information that could benefit a person or that results in people developing a positive view of that person is shared. Positive gossip involves sharing in people’s accomplishments and celebrating their achievements with them and with others.

“Positive gossip can enhance work environments, “ said Trim. 

“It can build trust and increase team cohesiveness. A lot of this can be traced back to the mantra of ‘praise in public, critique in private.’ When employees are conditioned to expect their coworkers, supervisors, and subordinates to speak about them positively when talking to others, this builds trust and morale. 

“When employees are conditioned to expect the opposite, it destroys morale, fosters mistrust, and leads to toxicity.” 

She added that positive gossip also builds positive relationships beyond the team or working unit. If a team has a reputation for only speaking positively about each other and their work, others learn to trust that unit and it fosters an impression that the work completed by that unit is good. 

“In short, positive gossip can help build a positive reputation for a team.” 

Positive gossip can also turn into an excellent recruitment tool. 

“If I hear that a team does great work, the team environment is strong, everyone on the team carries their weight, they all get along and like each other, that is a team that I would be interested in working on.” 

But now, detached from many of our work friends and forced to type most of our thoughts we’re finding that gossiping feels risky, weird and hard. Chance run-ins with colleagues from other departments by the coffee machine have been replaced by formal video calls with little time for chitchat. 

Many might say good riddance. And surely at some employers there’s now less drama, and more time for whatever we were hired to do. 

“But gossip almost literally helps us make sense of our working worlds,” said Trim. “You hear the surface story and then you learn what the real story was and how colleagues and the business feel about it. And that’s the gossip.”

Gossip is also an early-warning system; the verbal undercurrent also serves to counter any overly upbeat or sanitised formal corporate communications coming from on high,” Trim concluded. 

Black Girl’s Guide to Corporate South Africa: ‘I did not have a good relationship with my manager’

May 11th 2021 at 10:09

What can be described as a performance review of the working world, the book The Black Girl’s Guide to Corporate South Africa tackles racism, sexism, ethnic chauvinism, ageism, and sexual harassment. It asks many questions as well, such as how do black women make the most of their efforts and support each other.

READ NEXT: REVIEW: ‘The Black Girls Guide To Corporate South Africa’

Book excerpt:

In all of this, I did not have a good relationship with my manager at the time, a black female manager. She joined halfway into my time with the team. She was confident and very smart – theoretically smart and street smart as well. She was just not an easy character to please. From the onset, I felt that she would make comments and remarks that would ‘bother’ me. I would ignore them and continue with what I was expected to deliver.

However, the more the time lapsed and the comments intensified, the more unsettled I started to become. She would say things such as, ‘Your people like to study, study, study, what do you have to show for it? You know, you have the potential to be an executive one day but you have zero experience.

What I didn’t know is that she formed a personal relationship with my peers who were her age mates. Initially, I would share with them how I felt victimised and unappreciated by her. Turned out, they would either record my conversations or go and tell her exactly what I had shared in confidence. This would antagonise me further. I would moan and complain about this toxic relationship to anyone I trusted who would listen, including my family and friends. And because I didn’t know better, I was the perfect victim. I was young, I was fearful; I believed everything my boss said was right. My duty as a subordinate was never to question, but just to do.

When you are perpetually reminded that you are young and inexperienced, you take it on the chin; roll your sleeves up and start collecting that experience. Ageism and prejudice at work aren’t just matters for older people – they can have a serious impact on young employees too. It is as though she would have phrased it this way if she had the chance: Stop working so hard. You are making the rest of us look bad. Your chance will come. You’re only young yet.

About the author

Lindelwa Skenjana is an award-winning professional with over 10 years of experience in various sectors of the corporate world. She holds a master’s in ICT for development from the University of Manchester. Lindelwa is a founding member of the Mbewu Movement, a young women’s dialogue forum. She lives in Johannesburg.

Black Girls Guide author

 

WATCH: Barber offers the hottest haircuts cuts in the land

May 11th 2021 at 10:01

Hoping to prove a cut above the competition, Pakistani barber Ali Abbas relies on an unusual array of tools to practice his craft — including blowtorches, meat cleavers, and even broken glass.

Abbas’s fringe style is proving a hit in the conservative nation, with customers flocking to his shop in the eastern city of Lahore.

During a typical trim, Abbas will take a bit off the top with a blowtorch.

ALSO READ: Italian woman gets six doses of Pfizer vaccine in error

He adds some layers with the help of a cleaver and butcher’s block, while occasionally thinning out a thicker mane with a bit of broken glass.

“I thought I should do something different to attract more clients,” Abbas told AFP.

“In the beginning, I tried it on artificial hair, and then — after practising it for some time — I used it on a client, and he liked it a lot.”

Since first unveiling his style in 2016 and after brushing away customer fears, he says the unconventional approach has become a hit.

His popularity has only grown since, resulting in television appearances and fashion shoots.

“There has been a very good response from my clients, who were quite scared in the beginning,” said Abbas, whose eccentric manner and own unkempt, frizzy locks gives him the look of a mad scientist.

Abbas charges 2,000 rupees ($13) for the unorthodox treatment — or 1,000 rupees for a traditional trim with scissors.

“I am feeling quite relaxed and comfortable,” said Ali Saqlain, as the barber took a blowtorch to his head.

Abbas says he also enjoys a large number of women customers, who he charges an additional 500 rupees for extra styling.

“I had my hair cut done at this salon three times,” said Arooj Bhatti.

“I prefer it to be done with a cleaver as my hair grows fast after,” she added.

 

 

 

REVIEW: ‘The Black Girl’s Guide To Corporate South Africa’

May 11th 2021 at 09:42

It is funny and in some cases quite telling how people go through similar experiences, whether they be traumatic childhood memories or experiences in adulthood.

In the corporate environment, this is no different. In a space that lacks black voices at the management or executive level, especially positions held by black women, one author has decided to document her lived experiences at a few big corporate companies.

The Black Girl’s Guide to Corporate South Africa by Lindelwa Skenjana is a chronological memoir that includes the insights of black women at various stages of their careers as they navigate the pitfalls of the corporate world.

Skenjana, like many black women entering the workforce after they graduate from university, is bright-eyed, eager to learn and make an impact in the working world. This goal is especially directed at the organisation they are hired in if they are lucky enough to get a job. The author journals a story that many youths in this country may go through: the struggle of finding employment as a graduate and, when they do, the highs and lows that the corporate world brings.

ALSO READ: Boulders Ndebele incident: Corporate and cultural confusion?

The guide helps black women learn what Skenjana wished she knew before going into the corporate environment. In the book, she gives other women of colour their sides of the story to tell as well. Quoting famed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “The ‘single’ story creates stereotypes. And the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.”

Skenjana says this was very deliberate and wondered why a book on this subject wasn’t previously used to document these experiences.

“Every story is different to my voice, it was to advance and progress humanness. I strongly believe in mentorship, I love people and having conversations with other women.”

She adds if you don’t have a book that tackles “brown skin matters, who is better equipped to write than the very brown skin girl [sic]”.

An author who is passionate about technology and African women’s development, she had numerous engagements with other women and noticed certain themes that kept coming up. One of those was the perceived allies of other black women, particularly older black women. But, unfortunately, in some realities this is not the case in corporate SA.

Skenjana provides some solutions to these issues, such as how managers can lead a group of people and different approaches needed to allow people to shine in their strengths.

Now a new mother, Skenjana is looking at writing fiction but hopes the success of Black Girl’s Guide continues to be a conversation starter on black women’s economic participation as well as their mental health in a space where they are nowhere near well represented enough.

It would be unfair to place pressure on Skenjana to solve these issues but the insight is necessary as people can reflect on how they can individually change their behaviours.

The Black Girl’s Guide To Corporate South Africa is available nationwide in mainstream book stores.

Limpopo school kids pilot training in coding and robotics

May 11th 2021 at 08:40

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us and the world of work as we know it has changed. To this end the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is officially piloting a coding and robotics programme in the Limpopo province.

The programme will be kickstarted in four Mopani and Vhembe districts.

Twenty two schools of grades R-3 and 110 schools of grade 7 learners are the lucky ones to experience this programme. Their success will determine the greater implementation of the programme.

Jabu Hlakula, director of Quality Learning Campaign gave a presentation on skills and competencies for the changing world. These careers fall under the umbrella of:

-The Internet of Things (IoT)
-Artificial intelligence
-Robotics

The principals are ready to pilot the coding and robotics programme at the four Mopani and Vhembe districts.@ElijahMhlanga @ReginahMhaule @HubertMweli pic.twitter.com/SMOHRUYncj

— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) May 11, 2021

Automation has taken over the world, changing work processes and making other roles redundant

In 2019, Standard Bank closed 91 branches as the bank further digitised. This affected thousands of employees and the bank absorbed the employees into other roles in the bank. Bank tellers, admin staff, factory workers, researchers and analysts are among a number of workers whose jobs are being replaced by robotics and automation. Robots work 24/7 with no need for overtime pay and are less error-prone than humans.

ALSO SEE: Career options of the future for matriculants

In 2019, the DBE announced that Unisa had made available 24 information communication and technology lICT) Laboratories throughout the country for the training of 72,000 teachers in coding. This meant that schools would not need to go on a recruitment drive to acquire new skills.

The pilot project was meant to be kickstarted in 2019 for full implementation in 2020.

Now the project is finally becoming a reality and will help ensure that children in public schools can also compete in the active economy after leaving school and choosing careers.

The Curro Centre for Educational Excellence has been teaching coding since 2011, recognising the “importance of the skill to code as part of new literacy skills”. These children can be better skilled and make more informed career decisions when the leave school.

The DBE has acknowledged the need, therefore infusing coding and robotics in its curriculum.

 

‘Skin-icing’ is the affordable beauty routine that will take on your wrinkles and pimples

May 11th 2021 at 08:23

 

Using a simple ice cube to fight both wrinkles and acne at the same time is a  technique that many TikTok users have already adopted, and certain brands are starting to take notice.

If you want to give it a try, here are a few tips.

Rub an ice cube across your face to take advantage of what the cold can do… have you ever considered it? This technique, both simple and inexpensive, is starting to gain popularity around the world.

The ritual in itself is far from new — it was probably practiced by our ancestors — but it is coming to the fore thanks to social media and the brands that are deploying a plethora of products inspired by this technique.

What is skin-icing?

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Skin-icing consists of rubbing an ice cube in circles on your face for a few minutes to reap the benefits of the cold. And there are many benefits, according to several experts, such as fighting acne and skin imperfections,  smoother skin, boost blood circulation, limit the new appearance of wrinkles and reduce undereye bags.

Cold is known to reduce inflammation in case of a sprain, so why not use the same principle to reduce puffiness?

Social media platforms, particularly TikTok, have attracted hundreds of videos in the past few weeks dedicated to this treatment.

Short clips on the subject posted by influencers have received hundreds of thousands of likes, showing how Millennials are embracing this trend. Many online challenges have also emerged to show the “spectacular” results of this method after a week or a 30-day treatment.

The many benefits of the cold

Is anyone surprised by this method? We’ve known the benefits of ice treatments on skin, and more generally health, for years. Many brands sell masks meant to be stored in the fridge to reduce undereye puffiness and decrease dark circles, while some brands even encourage you to store a multitude of their products in your fridge to increase their effectiveness.

Cosmetic brands have started to launch products that mimic the effects of an ice cube. These include creamy face masks and icy rollers to be kept in your fridge or freezer.

And countless new products tapping that icy trend continue to be launched Cryotherapies (treatments applying very cold temperatures to localized areas) have been used by beauty salons and fitness centers around the world for years. It’s even a staple of Korean beauty routines.

Athletes know the benefits of the cold on muscular recovery after a race or competition.

In Nordic countries, ice cold baths are part of the culture even for the young, and in Iceland and Finland, in particular, winter swimming is seen as providing a boost to one’s system.

A natural (and free) beauty trick spotted on TikTok is putting concealer to shame

May 11th 2021 at 08:12

 

It shows a young woman presenting an amazing beauty trick that allows you to get rid of your dark circles without having to pay a cent.

What could be better?

While Instagram is still the social network of reference for beauty fans, there’s no denying that TikTok is attracting more eyeballs, especially when it comes to members of Generation Z looking for makeup tips and tricks.

Not everything is good to try out at home yourself, however, as several testimonials (and even hospital stays) have shown. It’s better to focus on the most natural tips that, in the worst case, may prove ineffective.

One of the last videos getting buzz is destined for those who are constantly looking to get rid of the dark circles under their eyes, these persistent dark circles that often reappear or even stay put.

And if you have experienced this issue you know that while makeup can help camouflage them, it doesn’t help put an end to them. If too much is applied or it’s applied poorly, it can even make them stand out instead of hiding them. A nightmare for many.

The ice cube technique

Erika Tello, an influencer with some 300,000 subscribers, can boast of getting TikTokers excited with a simple… ice cube.

To get rid of her dark circles which, we must note, are not very pronounced, the young TikToker starts by emptying out a lipstick tube, getting rid of what’s left of the lip color, then cleans it, then fills it completely with water before putting it in the freezer.

This is a very important step because it is the effect of the cold that allows the dark circles to be ‘removed’. As you can imagine, once frozen, the ice in the shape of lipstick is applied directly on the dark circles in question.

Seen and re-watched millions of times, the video seems to have inspired more than one user of the social network. However, is it necessary to get rid of a lipstick to enjoy the benefits of the cold? We’re not so sure.

While the lipstick shape seems perfectly adapted to the shape of the under-eye bags, it seems that a simple ice cube also does the trick.

Indeed, it’s the cold itself that helps de-puff the skin, not the container. It’s another example of the “skin-icing” technique, which went viral last year.

A traditional method, “skin-icing” consists of passing an ice cube over one’s face for several minutes to harvest the benefits from the effects of the cold.

A technique that could be useful to combat dark circles, as we have just witnessed, but also against acne, blemishes, or the formation of wrinkles, while also improving blood circulation.

This TikTok trick may not be innovative, but it is a neat update on a natural method that has already proved its worth and which may help you save some money on makeup.

READ MORE :‘Skin-icing’ is the affordable beauty routine that will take on your wrinkles and pimples

Tumisho Masha joins Will Smith’s 12-week challenge

May 11th 2021 at 07:41

South African artist Tumisho Masha has vowed to get back into shape and join in Will Smith’s 12-week weight loss challenge after seeing the American actor’s dad bod Instagram post.

Masha was inspired by the Men in Black star’s post and his determination to get into “the best shape of his life”.

The former Isidingo star is one of hundreds of men who have taken to social media to announce they will be joining Will Smith in his weight loss challenge.

 

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He posted: “This body has carried me through my whole life. I’ve beaten it, drugged it, drowned it in alcohol, smoked it for 20 yrs and buried it under tons of empty calories. But it’s still here and it’s still carrying me. It’s not in the best shape it’s ever been but I’m so grateful to it for what it’s had to put up with and still keep fighting like a soldier.

“From today I choose to honour it with better nutrition, more rest and healthy exercise. I’m taking up the #12weekchallenge with @willsmith and transforming it into a masterpiece inside and out. #bigwilliechallenge see you on the other side.”

Smith said he would be starting a 12-week weight loss challenge to tackle the extra weight he put on during the pandemic, while quitting some pandemic habits such as eating muffins as a midnight snack.

The Hitch star and coolest dad on the planet recently admitted he had let himself go, thanks to the global pandemic and posted a series of pictures and videos of his current body with the caption: “I’m gonna be real wit ya’ll – I’m in the worst shape of my life.”

 

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Royals news: Meghan wins another legal battle, Harry and Oprah docu-series

May 11th 2021 at 07:11

A lot has happened in the past week in the world of the royals:

Meghan Markle wins copyright against Mail Online

A British court upheld the decision of a claim brought by Markle against Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, for publishing a private letter to her father.

On 5 May, the judge ordered the Mail on Sunday to print a front-page statement acknowledging her legal victory. The publication argued that Meghan did not fully own the letter’s copyright as it may have been written by members of the royal communications team who helped her draft it.

ALSO READ: Meghan Markle wins privacy claim against UK news group

Meghan wrote the letter to her father, Thomas Markle, months after she married Prince Harry.

Harry’s docu-series with Oprah

It was announced in 2020 that Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey would be working together on a show that tackles mental health. This has now materialised on Apple TV.

The much-anticipated series, The Me You Can’t See will see Harry and Oprah as executive producers. The documentary series gives audiences honest accounts by celebrities such as Lady Gaga telling their stories of their own personal struggles with mental health. Oprah adds it will “hopefully spark a global conversation”.

The show premieres on 21 May.

 

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Queen Elizabeth re-emergence

The British monarch will make her first appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral in late April to open a new session of parliament and present her government’s post-pandemic legislative agenda.

Her speech on Tuesday is expected to set out the government’s plans for the year ahead, including the completion of an environment bill to set legally binding emissions targets.

READ NEXT: Queen re-emerges to outline UK govt’s new agenda

Royal family downsized

According to reports in the UK, the royal family is looking to slim down its members. A report claimed that downsizing had been coming for years.

It quoted a “close friend” of Prince Philip that the top royal members, from Prince Charles, his brother Prince Edward to Prince William and their families would also be given more roles and priorities.

Enhle Mbali and Black Coffee feud over electricity bill

May 11th 2021 at 07:04

It has not been long since Enhle Mbali took to Instagram to express her frustrations at being denied a protection order against her ex-husband, DJ Black Coffee.

Now, just last night she took to the social media platform again to share how she and her kids had been left in the dark after their electricity was turned off.

Enhle does not give much detail about why the electricity had been cut off and who might be responsible but makes it clear it is not load shedding or a power outage, but that the power had been turned off.

ALSO READWATCH: I’m done protecting Black Coffee, says a teary Enhle Mbali

The actress and TV personality applied for a restraining order against DJ Black Coffee in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court in April. She was joined by activists outside the court showing their support for the actress.

In a recent Instagram video on 7 May, Enhle told her followers how she had been protecting Black Coffee for far too long and had been physically abused by the DJ in their marital home.

The actress told her followers she was done protecting Black Coffee and she would speak out about everything she experienced in her marriage and during the divorce.

Mbali posted a few video and snaps on her Instagram story last night, one of them a conversation she was having with her son in their dark home.

The Citizen reached out to Mbali’s team, which said they would not be commenting on the matter.

DJ Black Coffee then posted a tweet saying he has settled the electricity bill and wants Enhle to pay for electricity going forward.

“It brought me so much pain to watch your videos making fun of this situation with the kids, they honestly don’t deserve this,” said Black Coffee in his tweet.

It brought me so much pain to watch your videos making fun of this situation with the kids, they honestly don’t deserve this. I have now settled the electricity bill this time just for the sake of the kids. Moving forward pay your electricity bill, the kids shouldn’t go through this.

— Black Coffee (@RealBlackCoffee) May 11, 2021

Enhle she also posted a picture of a suspicious man who has apparently been parked outside her home for some time.

Enhle captioned the picture: “Crazy world. Dude was acting funny outside my property. Good thing I snapped him. Be safe ladies.”

 

 

Minnie Dlamini-Jones shows her baby’s face and he’s adorable!

May 11th 2021 at 06:38

Mother’s Day was a big one for model, actress and TV host Minnie Dlamini-Jones. It was her first Mother’s Day since the birth of her son, Netha Makhosini Jones. Minnie first announced the birth of her son with a picture showing Netha’s cute fingers.

Now she celebrated Mother’s Day with a front-facing picture of a happy mom and baby.

The joyful picture of Minnie’s Mother’s Day breakfast on a balcony will make your day.

She enjoys a good laugh and a bottle of champagne as Netha looks as elated to be in her presence.

Minnie Dlamini shows her son face on Instagram

This is the first time Minnie has shown her son’s face and even this picture stayed online for less than 24 hours as it was shared on her stories. She occasionally shares pictures of her son, but all of them are with his back turned to the camera.

ALSO SEE: Cassper Nyovest’s sweet Mother’s Day message to Thobeka

Online, Minnie celebrated Mother’s Day by sharing pictures from a shoot with songstress and Idols judge Unathi Nkayi. “I am a product of the women around me,” Minnie says as she pays gratitude to Unathi for supporting her through many phases of her life, including motherhood.

Unathi shared the same photos, welcoming Minnie to motherhood.

 

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Sharing Netha’s face for the first time was, to her, a perfect way to make the day extra special, especially for her audience. The last picture she posted of Netha showed glimpses of his face and some of her followers admitted to zooming in to see it better.

So this was a true treat for them, seeing a happy six-month-old Netha living the good life with his mother.

Eid 2021: When will celebrations commence in South Africa?

May 11th 2021 at 05:36

As Muslims all around the world gear up for Eid 2021 or Eid al-Fitr, there are some key details that one needs to be aware of – firstly when it will take place and how it will be celebrated. Eid is known to many as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” and is considered a religious holiday whereby Muslims mark the end of the holy month, Ramadan. 

The dates for Eid vary based on when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities, however, it will most likely be celebrated later this week in South Africa. 

WHEN IS EID 2021 IN SOUTH AFRICA? 

In South Africa, Eid will most likely begin in the evening of Wednesday 12 May and end in the evening of Thursday 13 May 2021. 

As previously reported by The South African, Eid is celebrated twice a year to recognise two distinct events. Eid al-Fitr marks the occasion when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is known as the “lesser” or “smaller” Eid.

Eid al-Adha, on the other hand, will most likely be celebrated from Monday 19 July to Friday 23 July 2021. It commemorates the story of how God commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as a test of faith. 

HOW WILL IT BE CELEBRATED AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF COVID-19? 

While Eid 2021 will still take place against the backdrop of COVID-19, it may have to be celebrated a little differently this year. While the day consists of acts of charity, an Eid prayer and visiting family members, friends and holding celebrations at home, those celebrating have been told to exercise caution as the pandemic is still very much with us.

According to the Sunday Tribune, Vice-president of the Islamic Medical Association of South Africa, Dr Shoyab Wadee,  said those celebrating need to be responsible in terms of social distancing, wearing of masks, sanitising and avoiding large gatherings.  

“There should be no hugging. While we know the Eid prayer is compulsory, we are asking people to have multiple prayers with smaller groups in outdoor arenas. Families getting together also need to restrict their numbers,” said Wadee.

“The virus has not gone from the community. We are seeing numbers are starting to increase again. We don’t have sufficient evidence that we are specially protected,” Wadee added.

Mom gives birth in Covid-19 coma

May 11th 2021 at 04:52

Pregnancy and childbirth were not the happiest experiences for 29-year-old Serena Torres in New York.

When she was six months pregnant she discovered she had contracted Covid-19. Her health quickly deteriorated and with her organs shutting down she was admitted to intensive care.

Before things turned for the worse, Serena was put into an induced coma and gave birth to her daughter, Allesandra, through a C-section birth. Allesandra weighed 1.81kg and was born two months before her due date.

Allesandra spent one month in the neonatal care unit, while her mother spent six months in hospital, two of those in intensive care. Serena only came out of her coma six weeks after the induction.

“My health really declined after the C-section, so basically I had been staying alive for her,” Serena tells ABC News. With amputated toes, a paralysed vocal cord and muscle tremors, she continued to stay strong just to be able to hold her daughter again.

Her daughter was Covid-19 negative and due to the risk of contracting the virus, Serena could only video call her. Those video calls kept her going until she could finally hold her daughter in her arms. The day she finally did was the happiest day of her entire life. She was overwhelmed by joy and could not control her tears.

I have contemplated sharing this story several times, but feel like it is important to share how sudden our lives can…

Posted by Serena Torres on Monday, April 19, 2021

 

Pregnancy and Covid-19 complications

Covid-19 complications have taken their toll on pregnant moms, some never getting the chance to hold their babies and see Mother’s Day.

South Africa’s Anishca Morrison gave birth via emergency C-section in December 2020. She never got to hold her baby because of her Covid-19 status and further pneumonia complications.

ALSO SEE: Pregnant and breastfeeding moms can now get Covid-19 vaccine

She passed away in January 2021.

So here we go. I finally got the courage to put this message out there for the world to see and know that this virus is…

Posted by Anishca Morris on Thursday, December 24, 2020

 

Serena said she will throw a big party to celebrate being able to come home to her daughter.

Ugandan President gifts Mamelodi Sundowns ‘keeper Dennis Onyango with new car – PICTURES!

May 11th 2021 at 04:30

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has gifted Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper and former national team stalwart Denis Onyango with a brand new Pajero Sport car reportedly valued at $52 490 (R738 0094)

According to Kawowo Sport, the handover of the keys to the brand new Mitsubishi to Onyango occurred as the president as well his wife Janet Kataha Museveni, who is also the Ugandan Minister of Education and Sport, hosted a delegation of members from the Federation of Ugandan Football Federation associations (FUFA). The delegation was hosted at the Entebbe State House.

Onyango flew in specifically for the event

Onyango had only just flown into his native earlier on the same day, from South Africa and was accompanied at the event by his mother together with an additional member of the family. Draped in a stylish checked grey suit, Onyango was on hand to receive the keys to the car, as well as framed number 18 jersey from the country’s president.

President Museveni was also reported to have shown his humorous side, entertaining his guests with numerous jokes, including one related to the shot stopper’s decision to retire from international duty and give up his role as captain of the Cranes, in order to maximize what is left of his club career.

He had recently retired from the Ugandan National Team

The 35-year-old Onyango made his Ugandan National Team debut 16 years ago against Cape Verde and amassed all of 79 caps for the Cranes during that period.

After the event President Museveni went on his official Twitter page to tweet the following; “My son Denis Onyango, Mama, Janet Museveni, myself and the entire country appreciate thank you for bringing us national pride through your heroic exhibitions on and off the pitch, in and outside the country.  We wish you the best of luck”

Kawowo Sport goes on further to say the Parliament of Uganda will hold a special plenary session in recognition of his efforts to the country over the years.

Onyango led the Cranes to two consecutive AFCON finals in 2017 and 2019 during his international career.

Car picture gallery (Credit: Ugandan State House):

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Lion vs Leopard: Fighting over prey in Sabi Sands [video]

May 11th 2021 at 03:28

A lion and a leopard recently went head-to-head in order to get some food in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park.

Fighting over breakfast

Latest Sightings uploaded the video on 2 May after it was initially shared by Sandra AB on Instagram.

“This week, in Londolozi, Sandra captured an incredible sighting!” the real-life wildlife app writes. “A leopard was up a tree, eating, and a pride of nearby lions could smell something was up. They explored the area until they found the leopard and its food.”

It wasn’t long after when one lioness decided to try and get to the meat.

“But the leopard put up a fight! While they were fighting, the tree broke, giving the leopard an easy way out!”

Watch: Lion vs Leopard

Leopard enters restaurant full of guests

Last year, a leopard entered a lodge’s restaurant full of guests trying to hunt a bushbuck. Yes, the sighting filmed at the Singita Ebony Lodge in Sabi Sands in South Africa shows the leopard walking around the restaurant. According to Latest Sightings, the video was filmed by Erika Wiese and her friend Marie-Louise Kruger who were busy enjoying their breakfast with other guests when they spotted the leopard.

“The rest of the family had gone to their rooms to rest before the afternoon game drive. Vervet monkeys are one of the best ways to know there is a predator around, by listening to their alarm calls. This particular morning, vervet monkeys alerted us to the presence of a leopard that made its way onto the upper deck, crossed the lower deck and then made its way from the lodge to remain undetected.”

It is said that the leopard was seen stalking a bushbuck in the riverbed in front of the lodge earlier.

Lion vs Leopard: Fighting over prey in Sabi Sands [video]

A leopard was recently spotted minding its own business in a tree in Sabi Sands when a pride of lions interfered.

We compared reward programmes – here’s what we found

May 10th 2021 at 09:49

Loyalty or rewards programmes, usually implemented by retailers and other businesses, offer rewards, discounts, and other special incentives to their customers, as a way to keep their current customers or attract new ones.

South Africa has a wide range of rewards programmes which allow customers to save when shopping and get personalised discounts and specials.

Most of us can’t get through the queue at the store unless we’ve been asked if we have a DisChem card or a Smart shopper. Here is a list of a few of the best rewards programmes in South Africa which you should consider signing up for: 

Checkers Xtra Savings 

When you sign up for a Checkers Xtra Savings Rewards Card you can save up to 25% on selected groceries instantly at the till by just simply swiping the card. The Checkers Xtra Savings rewards programme has no points or levels.

FNB eBucks rewards programme

With the FNB eBucks rewards programme you earn eBucks automatically every time you make use of your qualifying FNB or RMB Private Bank account to pay for goods. Plus, when you use your bank card at an eBucks partner you earn even more eBucks.

Perks:

  • eBucks rewards members can earn up to R8/litre back in eBucks at Engen every quarter
  • up to 15% back in eBucks when buying groceries at Checkers and Shoprite
  • up to 15% back in eBucks on health and beauty essentials at Clicks

Pick n Pay Smart Shopper 

When signing up for a Smart Shopper card at Pick n Pay, you earn points every time you swipe your Smart Shopper card. The accumulated points can be spent on anything you like. Pick n Pay also has personalized discounts every two weeks which are automatically added to your Smart Shopper card. You can make use of your discounts in store, or online once you have linked your Smart Shopper card to your online profile.

Perks:

  • you earn 1x for every R2 you spend
  • for every 1,000 Smart Shopper points you earn, you are entitled to R5 cashback on your Smart Shopper card

Discovery’s Vitality Rewards programme

The Discovery Vitality programme is made up of three different programmes that reward you for living healthier, driving well and banking well.

1 . Vitality Health Programme

Vitality Health points are earned by getting active, eating well and doing all of your health checks. You can get rewarded for each of the different Vitality Health status levels and can improve your status as you get healthier.

Perks:

  • up to 28,000 Vitality points for health checks and assessments
  • up to 30,000 Vitality points for exercising
  • up to 12,000 Vitality points for eating healthy

2. Vitality Drive Points

You can earn Vitality Drive points by improving your driver behaviour and knowledge. You can get rewarded for each of the different Vitality Drive status levels.

Perks:

  • up to 900 Vitality points for driver behaviour
  • up to 350 Vitality points for knowledge and awareness

3, Vitality Money Programme

Discovery Bank aims to assist you to get financially heathier and giving you rewards for spending your money wisely. Improve your financial health by spending less than you earn, saving regularly, paying off your property, investing for the long term and making sure you are protected against insurable events.

Perks:

  • pay up to 6.75% less on your credit
  • get up to 4.75% interest on your demand savings
  • get up to 3.75% on the money in your everyday accounts

Clicks ClubCard

You can sign up for the Clicks ClubClub card on the Clicks app on your smartphone, or sign up at your nearest Clicks store. There is no need to carry around another plastic rewards card, because you can simply open the app and scan your digital ClubCard when you shop at Clicks to earn ClubCard points and save.

Perks:

  • for every R5 you spend at Clicks, The Body Shop, or Claire’s, you earn 1 point
  • if you spend R250 in a two month period, cashback is loaded to your ClubCard
  • if you spend R1,000 in the same period, you start earning double points, which means more cashback

DisChem’s  Loyalty Benefit programmes

DisChem Baby Programme

The Baby Programme is aimed at expectant parents and for parents of toddlers up to the age of 36 months.

Perks:

  • regular newsletter about pregnancy and baby
  • free Benefits Parent and Child magazine every quarter
  • free baby bag for expectant moms.
  • trained sisters in the Well Baby Clinic who can offer advice on topics such as breastfeeding and vaccinating your baby
  • exclusive vouchers and discounts

Beautiful Woman Programme

This programme was created for customers who purchase frequently at the cosmetics, fragrance and beauty departments.

Perks:

  • R100 birthday voucher
  • for every 11th BioNike treatment products purchased, the 12th one is free
  • for every fourth identical treatment received in a salon, the fifth is free but only on selected treatments
  • free quarterly Benefits magazine

60 Plus Programme

Created for senior customers over the age of 60.

Perks:

  • double points on all items purchased in store every Wednesday, excluding all exclusions and prescriptions
  • one free blood pressure test a month, only if you get your chronic medication from a DisChem pharmacy
  • discounts on selected salon treatments
  • invitations to exclusive 60 Plus tea parties

 

 

Eid-al-Fitr to be celebrated on Friday in SA

May 12th 2021 at 13:58

Eid al-Fitr, also commonly known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

This year, Eid-al-Fitr in South Africa will take place on Friday, 14 May 2021.

The religious holiday marks the end of the month-long, dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan for 29 or 30 days.

Due to NO confirmed #hilaal sighting reports in the evening of Wed, 12 May 2021, @uucsa has determined that Blessed Ramadan in South Africa ends with 30 days, on Thu13 May 2020. Eid-ul-Fitr will therefore be on Fri 14 May 2021, in-sha-Allah. #EidMubarak pic.twitter.com/OaVq3iUQPt

— Jamiatul Ulama SA (@Jamiatsa) May 12, 2021

The holiday consists of many joyous festivities such as Eid prayers, charity, social gatherings with family and loved ones, festive meals and gift giving.

In order for the exact date of Eid to be determined, the new moon needs to be sighted on the 28th night of Ramadan.

ALSO READ: 3 delicious Eid recipes to try

In South Africa, the moon is sighted in Cape Town by the “maan kykers”, literally translated into “moon watchers”.  The spotting of the moon for Ramadan was done in Anchor Bay in April by the Crescent Observer’s Society.

Eid celebrations will, however, be muted this year because of Covid-19. Many Muslims congregate for early morning Eid prayers in mosques and open-air fields to mark the day but will need to observe protocol and social distancing this year with many choosing to perform prayers in smaller groups or at home.

 

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Loved ones celebrating Eid al-Fitr. Picture: iStock

Much like other religious celebrations, it is customary to send your friends and loved ones celebrating Eid messages and well wishes during the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Well wishes and greetings you can extend to your loved ones during the occasion:

“May the divine blessings of Allah bring you hope, faith and joy on Eid al-Fitr and forever. Happy Eid al-Adha!”

“May Allah’s blessings be with you today and always. Eid al-Fitr Mubarak!”

“Sending you warm wishes on Eid and wishing that it brings your way ever joys and happiness. Remember me in your prayers.”

“May the peace and blessings from Allah be upon you always. Eid al-Fitr Mubarak.”

“With all the love, blessings and peace on this joyous day. Happy Eid al-Fitr.”

If you have been invited by your loved one to celebrate Eid with them and their family, here is what you should keep in mind:

  • You can take a gift basket along, but do not add pork, any gelatin product or alcohol in the gift basket.
  • If there is anything you do not understand during the celebration, or are not sure what is expected of you, ask your friend.
  • Most times cultural limitations and affections run deep. The women may be separate from the men at the festivities. If you are introduced to someone of the opposite sex, do not hug or shake hands unless your host has said otherwise, or they do it first.
  • Should Eid fall on a Friday, Jummuah prayers, or Friday prayers will take place usually before Eid lunch is served.

‘This is malicious…both tweets are fake’ – Somizi Mhlongo

May 10th 2021 at 08:18

South African actor, radio presenter and TV personality Somizi Mhlongo has cleared the air about tweets circulating on social media last night which made it seem as though he and hubby Mohale Motaung were throwing shots at each other about the AKA and Anele drama.

The married couple have kept quiet about whether or not they are still together and have both been seen travelling to different cities without each other.

They also removed their double-barreled surnames on their social media, both going by the surnames they had before marriage.

Amidst the AKA and Nellie saga last night on Twitter, tweets from both Somizi and Mhoale were screenshotted by a Twitter user and circulated on the social media platform.

In the screenshot of the back and fourth between the couple, Mohale tweeted: “For the record! Abusers and Scammers are two different things. I’ll stop here!”

Somizi responded: “Wena uzonya msunu, msuner, msunest.”

Somizi saw the screenshot and posted it on his Twitter page to let his followers know it was fake and was photoshopped. The tweet was captioned: “I wish you guys would guys could RETWEET and QUOTE TWEET this may thousand of times when I post about my book, shoe, tv show, song, appearances, campaigns etc etc… this photoshop is amazing”

Shemmmmmm maan talk about reaching…..this is malicious but I’m glad we have a platform to correct it…..both tweets are fake pic.twitter.com/eIN1LdxSFl

— somizi somGAGA (@somizi) May 10, 2021

Take a look at what Somizi and Mohale’s fans had to say about the fake tweets:

People honestly need to seriously find jobs or start something lucrative for themselves ???? pic.twitter.com/QAX5EJDGWG

— Joey. ???? (@Joey_MakG) May 10, 2021

But Mohale’s heist wasn’t photoshopped pic.twitter.com/xiVErZsDo3

— Gold hunter (@gold_punter) May 10, 2021

I thought it was real njena???? pic.twitter.com/ndrP4SVtrJ

— ????????.???? (@PhutiDaniel1) May 10, 2021

Great ways to wear your hijab for Eid

May 10th 2021 at 06:44

A hijab is a religious veil worn by Muslim women in the presence of any male outside of their immediate family, which normally covers the hair, head and chest.

The word hijab explains the act of covering up ordinarily, but is often used to illustrate the headscarves worn by Muslim women. In its traditional form, it is worn by women to maintain modesty from males who aren’t relatives.

Hijabs can be found in many different colours and styles and can be worn in different ways. A hijab is not to be confused with a burka, niqab, al-amira or shayla which all cover the head in keeping with modesty.

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Popular fashion brands have noted the need to accommodate Muslim women and have come to the party by creating designer hijabs for women, often called haute hijabs.

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Sports brand Nike created the Pro hijab for women in sport that can also be worn at the gym.

It is described by Nike.com as made with lightweight, breathable fabric “that wicks away sweat, and stays tucked in during any workout or competition”.

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Nike hijab worn for training. 

This has encouraged other designers to look at the hijab differently and start accommodating different markets.

Here are five  great ways to wear your hijab for Eid this week as Ramadan draws to a close:

Earth Tones

 Beaded

 Natural Neutrals

 Multi Monotone

 Perfect Pastels

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Bill and Melinda’s divorce – R2 trillion at stake

May 10th 2021 at 05:57

It has been a week since Microsoft founder and multibillionaire Bill Gates shocked the world with the announcement that he and his wife of 27 years, Melinda Gates will be divorcing as they believe they can no longer grow together as a couple in the next phase of their lives.

In the divorce announcement posted by Bill Gates on Twitter, the couple said that although they are separating, they will still be working together on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021

Amid the separation news, more information has been revealed about Bill’s ex girlfriend, businesswoman and founding partner of Hummer Windbald Venture Partners, Ann Windbald.

Previous interviews with the Microsoft founder have resurfaced reminding of the close relationship Bill had with Ann and that Bill used to go on vacation every year with her, with Melinda’s permission of course.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Melinda began consulting divorce lawyers in 2019 when she was concerned about Bill’s dealings with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The Journal reported Melinda felt then that her marriage with Bill was “irretrievably broken”.

People were also taken aback when they found out that Bill Gates had appointed 97-year-old attorney Charlie Munger to handle his divorce proceedings.

Charlie Munger is the vice chairperson of the multinational company, Berkshire Hathaway. Charlie and Bill met through this company as Bill was a board member for 16 years.

The highly experienced attorney does not even specialise in divorce, but focuses on business, philanthropy and real estate.

Bill and Melinda’s divorce is expected to generate a wealth transfer of a size last seen in the divorce of Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Scott in 2019.

Since the public announcement of their separation, there has been a division of assets between Bill and Melinda that is worth more than $140 billion (R2 trillion).

According to Bloomberg, Melinda has already received $5 billion (R70 billion) worth of stock from the American holding and investment company founded by Bill Gates, Cascade Investment.

Cassper Nyovest’s sweet Mother’s Day message to Thobeka

May 10th 2021 at 05:31

Mother’s Day is one of those occasions all moms can look forward to. Child-rearing is a challenging endeavour and receiving gratitude from those who call you mom is extra special.

Thobeka Majozi celebrated her first Mother’s Day since the birth of her son, Khotso Izwe Simba Phoolo. Khotso is almost eight months old now and Thobeka seems to be loving the motherhood journey.

Cassper Nyovest, born Refiloe Phoolo, took to social media to wish the moms in his life a happy Mother’s Day. He firstly celebrated Thobeka’s mother, “the legend who gave birth to a legend”. He thanked Thobeka for giving him the confidence he needed and teaching him fearlessness.

Cassper then went to show love to “Mama ka Boy.”

“The way you have dedicated yourself to loving and raising our King is commendable,” Cassper said.

Happy 1st Mother’s Day Mama Ka Boy. Oulady waga K Man!!! The way you have dedicated yourself to loving and raising our King is commendable. Nothing but respect for you. Love you always. pic.twitter.com/mfvBHK1Lkk

— Don Billiato (@casspernyovest) May 9, 2021

The picture of Thobeka and Khotso’s face hidden in sunflowers had Twitter asking why they don’t show the baby’s face. Cassper quickly responded to this question. “We tweet amongst witches bro,” Cassper said.

We tweet amongst witches bro bro.

— Don Billiato (@casspernyovest) May 9, 2021

The two joined a pool of celebrities who refrain from sharing their children’s faces on social media, especially during their first year.

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Sphelele Makhunga, the wife of Itumeleng Khune, was dragged by social media last year for hiding her child’s face, with people asking why she shared the pictures in the first place. She is still not sharing her daughter’s face, even though she is a brand ambassador for a nappy brand.

Actress Linda Mtoba also shared pictures of her daughter without showing her face for the first year of her life.

For Cassper and Thobeka, people are more concerned about when they are getting married than when they see Khotso’s face. The couple are very private about their relationship, but their fans are rooting for them all the way.

Hugo Tempelman: An extraordinary legacy

May 9th 2021 at 06:53

Hugo Tempelman arrived in South Africa as a 30-year-old doctor in 1990, in search of opportunities to work in community healthcare.

He was studying towards a specialisation in what was referred to as tropical health at the time, requiring him to do work and research in a country with major gaps in healthcare access, among other factors for which South Africa clearly fit the bill at the time.

Unbeknownst to the general population, South Africa was about to be hit with a fourth and most deadly epidemic to face the country yet, following the bubonic plague, Spanish flu and polio.

The HIV outbreak, which was first reported in the late ’90s, killed hundreds of thousands of people before the government began the world’s largest antiretroviral (ARV) treatment drive, closely overlapped with the uncontrollable spread of tuberculosis.

Authors Coovadia, Jewkes and others write in a series of reports (August 2009, Lancet), the roots of a dysfunctional health
system and the collision of the epidemics of communicable and noncommunicable diseases in South Africa can be found in policies from periods of the country’s history, from colonial subjugation, apartheid dispossession, to the post-apartheid
period.

Though many of the negative effects of this have lingered long past the dawn of democracy, Tempelman has been part of the machinery that enabled positive change to slowly manifest through community-focused projects in rural Limpopo.

His work has impacted South Africa’s entire healthcare system, from policy to patient.

“My proudest moment was when we got funds from an individual Dutch donor to start an antiretroviral roll-out programme while the country was still debating if HIV and Aids were still related,” he says.

Frustrated by the inequality in the early 2000s, he began to hunt for donors to bring the lifesaving drugs to SA during a time those in power were debating whether HIV patients should be given access to ARVs.

This gave birth to the still active and relevant Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

“ In the late ’90s we started to experience the devastating effects and we were standing with our backs to the wall as doctors,” Tempelman said.

“Back then you couldn’t diagnose HIV; there were no references.

“We presumed that you were HIV-positive and treated you as well as possible for as long as possible and made sure that you died as comfortably and as quickly as possible.”

During the worst of times, Tempelman would witness as many as four patients dying a day while waiting to be treated.

Today, his most prized accolade is the legacy of the Ndlovu Care Group – that birthed the Ndlovu Youth Choir – through which he has conducted community-based projects for nutrition, water access, early childhood development and healthcare.

The group was built on his philosophy on holistic community-oriented healthcare.

Over the past 10 years, he has increasingly devoted himself to research into HIV infection and rural healthcare.

He was visiting professor in education and healthcare in resource poor settings at the Utrecht University, in the Netherlands from 2007 to 2012.

He initiated the Ndlovu Research Consortium, a scientific collaboration between Utrecht University, University Medical Centre Utrecht and the University of Witwatersrand Reproductive Health Institute.

He is also involved in several international clinical trials in the field of HIV prevention and treatment.

“I don’t think I was made to spend the rest of my life in consultation rooms – it’s too small, although I do still love it,” he says.

“Real health is not provided in the healthcare sector. I have saved more children’s lives by providing 60 boreholes in the community than I ever could … as a doctor [handing out] anti-diarrhoea medication.

“Ndlovu has saved more lives by providing the knowledge of how to set up vegetable gardens on a plot than I could ever have provided, trying to avoid under-nourishment medically.”

If a country could not provide quality water, food security, education and healthcare to all of its citizens, there was no hope for a future generation and the battle for development in that country continues, he says.

The multi-winning community doctor feels he has little left to achieve, except to leave his legacy in capable hands.

“I have recently been attacked by Covid-19… That had something of an impact in the wiring of my brain. I want to speed up the security of my succession. I have seen how vulnerable and not how invincible I am.”

He wants the authenticity, the passion and the innovation of Ndlovu to remain, likewise sustainability when it comes to employment and opportunities provided by the group.

“Local is lekker and local makes it sustainable.”

WATCH: Elon Musk’s mom kills it on Saturday Night Live

May 9th 2021 at 05:33

Elon Musk kicked off his “Saturday Night Live” debut by declaring himself to be the first person with Asperger’s syndrome to host the US comedy sketch show.

“Or at least, the first person to admit it,” he said.

In his opening monologue, the eccentric tech entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX offered an explanation for some of his past eyebrow-raising behaviour.

“Look, I know I say or post strange things but that’s just how my brain works. To anyone I’ve offended I just want to say, I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars in a rocket ship,” he said. “Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”

Musk has previously drawn criticism for moves like publicly mocking the US Securities and Exchange Commission and calling a cave diver who rescued boys trapped in Thailand a “pedo guy”.

Billionaires make good TV show hosts too
@elonmusk #SNL pic.twitter.com/wUS5ZGcufA

— Jerry King Nwobodo (@JerryNwobodo) May 9, 2021

But on SNL, the billionaire took swipes at his own expense. He joked about his tweets, his son’s unusual name — X Æ A-12 — and that time he smoked weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

And of course, as a big booster of cryptocurrencies, he once again enumerated the benefits of dogecoin.

Pressed on what exactly dogecoin is, Musk called the cryptocurrency — which now has a market value of around $72 billion — “an unstoppable vehicle that’s going to take over the world”.

But then he agreed that actually “it’s a hustle”.

For the second time in a week, the world’s second-richest person seemed to drive the value of the digital asset. Not long after its recent surge after Musk’s Twitter endorsement, it was sent on a brief tailspin during his SNL performance.

It dropped to as low as 49 cents during the broadcast after a pre-show high of about 74 cents, according to CoinDesk.

During the show, cast members wondered aloud why exactly the tech billionaire would want to join their set.

With a segment of a Chinese rocket re-entering Earth’s atmosphere around the time of the live broadcast, they concluded that the spaceman “needed an alibi.”

Tie-dye, animal print and feminine lines- this season’s latest trends

May 9th 2021 at 03:30

“Looking good in tie-dye, athleisure, feminine lines and a soupcon of animal print this autumn.” So says online retailer Kalea Collective’s Liza Andrew. The independent online retailer opened weeks before lockdown last year and has started seeing substantial growth in its business. While a bricks and mortar showroom was opened, Andrew says that it has become more of a studio for product pictures and an order processing warehouse.

“In a sense the pandemic has been very good to us,” says Andrew. This, despite challenges in securing stock and delivery of sales during the first few weeks of Level 5. “What started out as a passion project quickly developed into a booming e-commerce fashion enterprise.” Andrew says that creating bespoke looks that could comfortably light up a runway or a sidewalk has always been a dream of hers. “E-commerce has made it possible to do this, with lower startup costs, overheads and now, publics preferring to shop from home, it spells out the future.”

Andrew is one of a growing number of entrepreneurs who took the leap into digital. “What’s most important in the online rag trade,” she says, “is customer service. Fashion is such a personal and fit-dependent item, fickle if you must, and it is with returns and getting the communication flow between customer and store absolutely right.” However, she says, that Kalea Collective’s garments have been designed with the South African woman’s shape in mind. “Tighter garments are highly dependent on design for better form and function,” and, she adds, that “we all have different shapes and sizes. The secret is in developing a range that accommodates for that.”

It is all about looking good and feeling confident within yourself, believes Andrew. The Kalea Collective swimwear range, activewear and really “every-wear for any occasion.” And being in style this season means showing some leg. “High-slits remain really fashionable with a lot of cheeky leg visible,” she says. “Whether it is a longer skirt, dress or a short little black number. More so this season than the usual suspects of cleavage or butt.” Sheer continues to make an appearance with puffy sleeves here to stay for the foreseeable future. “Patchwork is also making a runway comeback, but it may be a while before we see it in store locally.”

 

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Model Keasha Werner in Kalea-Collective’s top selling, somewhat racy red dress 

It may be getting a bit colder but, at the coast the sun is always shining. “Swimwear, although seasonal, is somewhat evergreen too. Solid colours, one pieces, and Brazilian bottoms have become this year’s classical look. Cuts with an emphasis on all the right places, for normal women, not over the top Hollywood starlet show off styles,” she adds. After all, we do not have the benefit of retouching selfies while in living colour, in real life, waterside.

“We really should start looking at wardrobe planning on a year-by-year basis,” Andrew muses. “It has become prohibitively expensive to try and keep up with seasonal fashion when, in fact, it is really easy to mix and match what’s already in your wardrobe with what’s hot in clobber right now.” She says that taking an annual view of fashion and investing in classics, pairing it with garments that are functional and fashionable, and that could be worn throughout the year. “Apart from the really cold days, our winters are very mild. This affords us the opportunity to plan, save and still look incredible.”

AKA speaks out: ‘I’m not a suspect in Anele’s death’

May 9th 2021 at 02:21

Rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes has taken to social media to distance himself from a “narrative” that himself and his deceased fiancée Anele “Nelli” Tembe had a troublesome relationship.

Tembe apparently fell from the 10th floor of the five-star Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town in April in what has been described as a suicide.

Since her death rumours have started circulating that the pair had a troublesome relationship and over the weekend footage emerged apparently showing the rapper breaking down a door to get to a room where Tembe was hiding.

The incident is said to have taken place in March but the the authenticity of the allegations could not be verified.

AKA took to Twitter to defend his innocence: “It is a sad day when I find myself having to speak to the nature of my relationship with Anele,” he said in a statement.

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— AKA (@akaworldwide) May 8, 2021

He added that while the relationship was “challenging” and “tumultuous” at times, all relationships are.

This, he said, was being used by people close to the couple to fuel a “negative narrative on my character”.

‘Not a suspect’

AKA said in his statement that he and his legal team had been engaging with police officer investigating Tembe’s death and that he has not been named as a suspect.

“What I will say as my truth; I was and still am madly in love with a girl, carrying whatever past traumas she faced before I met her.

“I own up to my past and current traumas, and thus I have submitted myself to psychological and spritual councelling for my own benefit and growth.

He added that he hoped that people affected by the death would do the same and come to terms with “the choice she made that fateful morning of 11 April”.

During her memorial service, Tembe’s father, Moses Tembe, blamed drugs and alcohol for the incident that took his daughter’s life.

Moses also said that Anele was full of life, that she was never suicidal, and no one in the family would have ever associated her with being suicidal.

Mushroom baked potato with cheese

May 9th 2021 at 02:00

Try this mushroom bake potato dish great as a side dish for a braai and mushroom, halloumi and yellow pepper skewers with mint salsa verde.

Mushroom, broccolini & cracked baby potato tray bake with garlic butter

A scrumptious, crowd-pleasing side dish for your next braai.

Ingredients:

(serves 6)

  • 700g-1kg baby potatoes
  • 125 g butter, melted
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped/grated
  • rind of a small lemon, finely grated
  • a generous handful fresh parsley, finely chopped (save half for garnish)
  • salt & pepper
  • at least 250 g portabellini mushrooms
  • 200-300 g broccolini spears
  • olive oil, for drizzling

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Method:

  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Make the garlic butter drizzle: mix the butter, oil, garlic, lemon rind, parsley in a medium jug/bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Arrange the potatoes in a large oven tray, then use the back of a spoon to gently crack them. Add the mushrooms & broccolini, then drizzle with the butter mixture and season with salt & pepper. Bake in a preheated oven at 220 C for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown. Scatter with parsley and serve at once.

Mushroom, halloumi and yellow pepper skewers with mint salsa verde

mushroom halloumi skewers. Picture credit: The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

Turn everyday veggie skewers into a feast with salty halloumi and a zesty green herb sauce.

Ingredients:

(serves 4)

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 1 punnet (20 g) fresh mint leaves (save a few leaves for garnish)
  • 1 punnet (20 g) fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated
  • grated rind & juice of a lemon
  • salt & pepper
  • 250 g portabellini mushrooms, whole or halved
  • about 250 g halloumi cheese, cubed
  • 2 medium yellow peppers, sliced into squares

Method:

  1. For the salsa verde: put the olive oil, mint, parsley, garlic, lemon rind & juice and some salt & pepper into a small blender. Blend to a smooth pulp. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. For the skewers: assemble the skewers by arranging chunks of mushrooms, halloumi & yellow pepper together.
  3. Braai over hot coals or bake in a very hot oven at 220 C for about 10 minutes until golden. Drizzle with salsa verde en serve at once.

Somizi Mhlongo returns to his ‘very first love’ – Acting

May 7th 2021 at 12:57

South Africa’s favourite celeb, Somizi, is returning to his very first love. According to Phil Mphela, Somizi will be returning to his acting roots with a short film called The Gang.

As per his Entertainment Alert, The Gang will also star Seputla Sebogodi, Kagiso Medupe and Thami Ngubeni. Here’s what you need to know.

Somizi’s acting career

Early days

Somizi began in the late eighties when the actor, 13 years old at the time, landed a role in a film titled Scavengers. He rose to fame five years later for his portrayal of Fire in Sarafina.

The Idols judge – who also crafted a career as radio and TV presenter, choreographer, recording artist, MC, and author of a cookbook – went on to star as Juice in the series African Skies.

He portrayed Henry in the TV movie The Line before landing a role in Cry, The Beloved Country in 1995, followed by a part in Tarzan: The Epic Adventure TV series in 1996. In 2020, Somizi also starred in Black Tax.

Social media legacy

In other news, Somgaga recently tipped over the 4-million follower mark on Instagram, saying that’s “it’s been an amazing journey so far”.

He thanked his followers for the “love, tears, support, laughter, and more”. The caption was accompanied by a photo of a champagne bottle with the words ‘Somizi 4 million followers’ printed across.

“Here’s to a better tomorrow. Now to prove that you’re here…..how about u each give me R1. I need a shelter in Clifton Cape Town so that would cover the 10% deposit lol”.

Now read: Cooking with Somizi: Here’s how to recreate the breakfast of champs

Your WhatsApp might not properly work after 15 May deadline

May 8th 2021 at 06:51

You must have noticed the new WhatApp terms and privacy policy update popping up on your phone for some time now. And, like most users, you probably just closed the window to get to that new meme.

However, WhatsApp has again thrown down the gauntlet to users, saying they either accept the new terms and privacy policy from the platform, or face the consequences…

In January this year, the messaging giant wanted to roll out new terms, which included changes to how it collected and shared user data. A global backlash from users saw the Facebook-owned platform eventually back down.

WhatsApp terms

WhatApp terms and privacy policy update.

Now, they are at it again and have given users a pretty significant ultimatum: Accept or you will not have full access to the platform.

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If users do not accept by 15 May, WhatsApp says on their website:

  • Users will not be able to access chats. You will still be able to read messages if you have notifications enables on your phone, but you will not be able to respond.
  • Users will be able to answer incoming voice calls, but the tech giant was mum on the ability to make calls.
  • After a few weeks, it said, you will no longer be able to receive calls or notifications of new messages.

WhatsApp said that it will not delete a user’s account if they do not accept. But, you will still not be able to send messages.

What’s changing in the terms:

The tech giant said that the update to the terms is mostly focussed on how businesses and their customers interact on the messaging platform.

“We are also providing more information about how we collect, share, and use data,” it added.

“Our commitment to your privacy isn’t changing. Your personal conversations are still protected by end-to-end encryption, which means no one outside of your chats, not even WhatsApp or Facebook, can read or listen to them.”

The application requires certain information from users in order to provide certain functionality. For example, if you wish to share your location with contacts, the app needs to be able to access location services.

You can read the full privacy policy here.

Mushroom stuffing recipes three ways

May 8th 2021 at 05:00

Mushrooms are very versatile vegetable that are great for anytime meals. They cook fast and mushroom recipes can be dull, but add bacon, avocado, cheese stuffing’s and you can make magic.

Boerewors Stuffed Mushrooms

Serves 4-6 as a snack

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp coconut oil
  • 250g boerewors, removed from casings
  • 12 Portabellini mushrooms, cleaned, stalks removed and reserved
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 150g full-fat cream cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200°C.
  2. In the meantime, heat coconut oil in a pan and brown the wors mince, stirring often, about 7 minutes.
  3. Finely chop the mushroom stalks and add to the pan with the chilli. Cook for 5 minutes more.
  4. Stir in the cream cheese and parsley and taste for seasoning.
  5. Pack into the 12 mushroom caps, place into oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until browned and bubbling.

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Mushroom and Bacon Salsa Stuffed Avocado

Mushroom stuffings bacon

Mushroom and Bacon salsa stuffed avocado Image Credit The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

Serves 2
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

100g streaky bacon, cut into cubes
½ red pepper, diced
150g fresh button mushrooms, sliced
1 fresh tomato, diced
2 spring onions, sliced
small handful fresh coriander, chopped
1 large ripe avocado, halved

Method

  1. Fry the bacon in a pan over medium heat until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. In the bacon fat, cook the red pepper and mushrooms until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Combine mushroom mixture with the bacon, fresh tomato, spring onion and coriander. Spoon into the avo halves and serve with lime wedges.

Mushroom & Cheese Soufflé Toasts

Mushroom stuffings

Mushroom & Cheese Soufflé Toasts. Image Credit_The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

Makes 4 toasts

Ingredients 

  • 15ml oil
  • 150g button or portabellini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 30ml butter
  • 25ml cake flour
  • 80ml milk, hot
  • 5ml Dijon mustard
  • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and milled black pepper
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 4 slices white bread, lightly toasted
  • 5ml parsley, chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the mushrooms for 4 – 5 minutes.
  3. Add the spring onions and cook for another minute. Set aside and reserve one third for garnish.
  4. Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the flour and cook for 3 minutes, mixing well.
  5. Add the hot milk and stirring continuously, keep stirring, for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the mustard and cheese
  7.  Allow to cool slightly and stir in the egg yolks and reserved mushroom mixture. Season well with salt and pepper.
  8. In a spotlessly clean bowl, whisk the egg whites, using an electric whisk, until soft peaks form.
  9. Carefully fold the egg whites into the mushroom mixture.
  10. Arrange the toast slices onto a baking sheet and spoon the mixture onto the toasts.
  11. Bake for 5 – 6 minutes or until golden and puffy. Serve at once topped with the reserved mushrooms and some parsley.

Take a trip with the family to the magical Tiger Canyon

May 8th 2021 at 02:30

There is a place so magical that no thesaurus has enough synonyms or concepts to appropriately describe what it is like at Tiger Canyon, a private game reserve, about 90 minutes southwest of Bloemfontein.

Created more than a decade ago by conservationist John Varty, the reserve is one of the few places in the world where tigers are conserved and bred, and the only reserve where a white tiger can be seen roaming and hunting.  It is an experience like no other and should rank at the top end of anyone’s bucket list.

Tiger Canyon

Tiger Canyon private game reserve. Picture: Hein Kaiser

“While tigers are endangered there is not enough effort globally to protect them,” says Tiger Canyon field guide Nick Kleer.

The habitat at the edge of the Karoo is near-perfect for these cats and is a close match to their natural habitat in Asia.

“Tigers don’t only occur in rainforests,” says Kleer, “there are some very arid areas where these  majestic animals occur naturally.”

He adds that the cats have adapted exceptionally well to their African environment, hunting and breeding. “After all, tigers did evolve from lions millions of years ago when African lions migrated to Asia.”

Presently there are eight tigers in the reserve, including Mischke, meaning gift of love in Russian, the only white tiger in the wild in the world.

White tigers lack the recognisable orange-hued coats. “It is the consequence of a rare recessive gene that only impacts offspring when both parents pass it on to their young,” says Kleer.

“White tigers are not albino tigers like, for example, white lions are. They still have the black vertical stripes.” On a game drive at Tiger Canyon the reserve’s highly skilled guides easily locates the tigers for viewing and experiencing a breathtaking moment with these giant predators. While we were there, we watched the mother of two young  cubs in the process of introducing them to meat.

Tiger Canyon

White tiger. Picture: Hein Kaiser

Mom ambled off and returned with a small warthog that she had stored in what was likely an aardvark burrow. “Tigers often store a  kill,” notes Kleer. In this instance mom was hiding the kill from dad, who apparently makes a habit of stealing the family lunch. Odour-wise it must have been fermenting for at least a few days.

Standing next to a coalition of cheetahs feasting on a fresh kill is one of life’s moments that feels surreal. Again, Kleer spotted a commotion in the distance and raced us toward it. What happened next was simply out of this world.

Slap bang in the middle of the veld cheetahs were feasting on a fresh kill – a small blesbok. We were invited to exit the vehicle  and slowly approach the dining cats. Greedy chunking and chewing sounds greeted us with the scent of fresh meat and the partly digested last meal of the buck.

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Cheetah feasting on it’s kill. Picture: Hein Kaiser

We literally stood half a metre from the wild cheetahs. It was a bit gory, but then again, where else in the universe could anyone expect to experience something so incredibly dramatic, and savagely beautiful.

The cheetahs are by no means tame pets. But, says Kleer, they are alright with humans. He says that it had taken around six years to make the animals accepting of a human presence near them and
he has personally spent many days communing with the cheetahs in the wild, engaging and getting to know them.

“There are only 12 gene pools of cheetah left in the world, so careful breeding to protect the species is critical. Here, at Tiger Canyon, we work closely with the Endangered Wildlife Trust and its greater efforts to  conserve our natural heritage.”

Beyond the cats, Tiger Canyon is birdwatching heaven. There are 17 species endemic to the area while visitors are also having the opportunity to see another rarity, secretary birds on the hunt.

The flatness of the southwestern Free State landscape allows for great birding and recently Cape Vultures, previously extinct in the area, have also been reintroduced.

Tiger Canyon

Bird watching. Picture: Hein Kaiser

Other wildlife includes blesbok, hartebeest, springbok, eland, kudu and at night, if you are lucky, spotting the elusive aardwolf is an absolute treat. It is a semi-arid area, but life teems between every rock and on every blade of grass.

What city-dweller could ever have guessed that we have vampire-like tick flies that drink your blood like mosquitos do?

Of course, accommodation and sating the tummy are important too, and the three-roomed lodge at Tiger Canyon is built into the side of an actual canyon. Slang probably affords the best expression and saying that it is flipping beautiful is likely still not enough.

The rooms offer a view of the dolerite rock canyon, incidentally  the same rocks found in Antarctica, and it is super quiet. Daisies bake in the sun beneath your veranda. The service is exceptional, personalised and the food delicious.

Tiger Canyon

Rooms at the Tiger Canyon private game reserve. Picture: Hein Kaiser

Try the fish wors, made on site with de-mudded barbel, pork and spice. Dine inside overlooking the canyon or at the lapa, adjacent to a splash pool perfect for hot days. In winter, the mercury can drop to -8°C while summers are hot.

After dinner, step outside and turn your gaze upward. Orion’s belt has never been this clear and our place in the universe really comes into perspective on a clear night. Also ask the guides to share their lookout point, about 500m high, overlooking South Africa’s second largest dam by volume, the Van der Kloof dam.

Perfect for a sundowner, and a Kodak moment of note. Visiting Tiger Canyon is really on another level. All-round. Not enough can be written or said about the incredible conservation efforts of the reserve, the emotion and wonder that accompanies close encounters with the big cats or the quality of the accommodation, hospitality and meals. In one word…. Wow!

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. 

Gauteng 

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! 

Durban

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.

Black Coffee thanks supporters as court denies Enhle a protection order

May 7th 2021 at 15:51

DJ Black Coffee feels vindicated after the Randburg Magistrate’s Court denied his ex-wife Enhle Mbali a protection order against him.

In a tweet on Friday evening, Black Coffee – real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo – reiterated that he did not assault Mbali as she has claimed.

He said after initially trying to “correct the narrative”, he chose to keep mum about the issue because he had faith in South Africa’s judicial system.

Following the proceedings, the Court has ruled in my favour. The interim Protection order was set aside and her case dismissed.
Thank you all who stood by my side.

— Black Coffee (@RealBlackCoffee) May 7, 2021

Earlier on Friday, Mbali took to social media to express her hurt at not being granted the protection order she filed against her ex-husband.

In a teary Instagram video, she begins by telling her followers how she had been protecting Black Coffee for far too long and had been physically abused by the DJ in their marital home.

“I have been protecting this man for far too long…this man lied in the court of law saying he went under my arm as tall as he is, knowing very well that he hit me, struck my hand twice and then pushed me of our marital home,” she said in the video.

ALSO READ: Black Coffee protection order ruling postponed

Mbali said she would be holding a press conference where she would bring evidence to prove her statements and to prove that the father of her children had lied in court.

Additional reporting by Lerato Maimela

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

Compiled by Thami Kwazi 

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

How to celebrate your late mom this Mother’s Day

May 7th 2021 at 11:00

Losing your mother is the single hardest thing any person can experience in their childhood or adult life. This is regardless of the nature of the relationship between a child and his mother.

The fact that the human you were born and birthed by is no longer in this world can change the trajectory of your life.

Grieving for your mother can therefore be a complicated journey that takes many years to navigate and get used to. Mother’s Day can be a triggering day for some, but even moms who are not here can still be celebrated.

When dealing with loss and grief, the symbolism of certain activities can contribute significantly to the process.

Here’s what you can get up to celebrate your late mother this Mother’s Day:

Write her a letter

Nothing can be quite as cathartic as writing a letter through pen and page. This exercise could allow an experience of truly feeling like you are communicating with her. If she were here today, what would you tell her? What would you talk about? It might be hard to have an actual conversation with your mother in her absence, so a letter can help you do that. Tell her how much she means to you and how much you miss her. The experience could leave you much lighter.

Take her flowers

Not everyone believes in going to the graveyard to visit their late family members. That physical closeness, however, can be just what every child needs on Mother’s Day, even adults. Let it be a little visit to her final home. Drop off her favourite colour flowers on her grave. It will feel like you did something super special for her.

Cook her favourite/secret recipe

Not every mom left a secret recipe in the family cookbook, but we know which meals they loved more. In commemoration of her beautiful life, cook this meal and enjoy making it like she would enjoy eating it. If she had a recipe, then this might be a lot more fun for you. Invite people she was close to, or the other mothers in your life and make a true celebration out of it.

ALSO READ: Three easy Mother’s Day breakfast ideas

Plant flowers in memory of her

This might be a fun activity the whole family can be a part of. The kids will love the idea of being part of a symbolic act they know will make you happy. If you have a backyard, plant a couple of seeds at one spot of the garden and watch them grow over time. You can also get a flower pot and plant some flowers in memory of her. This will be a beautiful reminder of how things grow even after death. Just remember to water them.

Get involved in her favourite hobby

If mom was obsessed with cleaning the house, then happy cleaning! Talk about killing two birds with one stone; a clean house and a connection with your mom. The experience might spark some good memories that will brighten up your day. Share some of these stories with your family as you get into your mother’s mode.

 

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.

Cheating, divorce, separations: Tough week for relationships

May 7th 2021 at 10:42

If there is anything this past week has reminded us is that relationships and marriage are complex.

This week alone, we witnessed the public cheating scandal of Prince Kaybee and the formal separation of the one of the wealthiest man in the world, Bill Gates. This is over and above the public separations of Black Coffee and Enhle Mbali, and Malusi Gigaba and Norma Mngoma.

It seems not to matter if you are a billionaire,  famous DJ, politician or regular folk. Connecting with and maintaining a relationship with another human is challenging. This is also regardless of how long you have been together.

Since Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020, the divorce rate has increased globally. In South Africa, the divorce rate has increased by 20%.

So, what does Covid-19 and these past few weeks teach us about relationships?

Relationships are hard

The bit about two people who commit to be together till death do them part is beautiful. However, more conversations need to take place about what happens when money problems surface, or children arrive. Home schooling and financial issues have been among the two biggest issues contributing to the spike in the divorce rate.

Children, for instance, change the dynamics of relationships. The woman has less time to spend with her partner, her body changes, her libido drops and she survives on less sleep. When these issues are not openly discussed, partners may seek solace somewhere else, then the issues may begin.

Coach and practising non-monogamist Ndzalama Ngwenya believes that when couples don’t have open and honest conversations about the state of the relationship, or their feelings about the relationships, couples are enabling each other to misbehave with no accountability.

Would Zola have accepted it if Prince Kaybee told him that he met someone he liked and would like to explore that? They both will never know, because the damage has already been done. He lied.

Ndzalama asserts that people should be allowed to explore their feelings, both male and female.

Relationships and exclusivity

The seriousness of a committed relationship is a big game-changer for people. For someone who got involved with a person that is prone to cheating, like Norma, you expect trust and commitment to be elevated. “Marriage elevates the seriousness of a commitment,” Ngwenya says.

The woman also believes that after marriage their husband’s happiness is their job and no one else’s.

Ngwenya also believes people don’t want their partners to see them happy, especially if the source of that happiness is another person. That, for her, is the foundation of infidelity. For a short while, Prince Kaybee’s “mistress” made him happy, happy enough to cheat on his girlfriend.

Non-monogamy

“Human beings are inherently monogamous,” Ngwenya says, but human connection is inevitable. This is why a person can have a best friend and still meet other people and befriend them.

When your partner meets someone new that they like, or they fall in love with a colleague, the dishonesty that follows is what will make or break a relationship. Ngwenya calls this “pacifying the issue” because it is better to avoid the hard conversation than to tell their partner the truth, understandably so.

The complexities of the human condition may conclude that one partner is doing something wrong, or is not doing enough. Women usually carry this burden, blaming themselves for their partner’s infidelity.

This defeats the purpose, considering that the major reason why the man would lie about cheating in the first place is to “protect” the woman.

“Human beings are social beings and they should be allowed to explore what the connection they have with other people holds for them,” Ngwenya says.

Is communication the way forward?

Open conversations before a relationship commitment will go a long way for couples. These conversations should center around how couples navigate certain realities of relationships like kids, finances, sexual problems and meeting new people.

Couples should then create relationship rules in line with their open conversations. The health of the relationship is how honest we are about how we feel. If your wife’s libido is too low, is it easier to have sex with someone else, or have conversations with them about it?

Choosing the easier route is the biggest contributor to the breakdown of a relationship.

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

Ingredients

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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Method

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

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Ingredients

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

ALSO READ: Proudly South African breakfast bake

Method

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

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Ingredients

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

Method

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.

WATCH: I’m done protecting Black Coffee, says a teary Enhle Mbali

May 7th 2021 at 10:17

South African actress, TV personality and recent divorcee Enhle Mbali has taken to social media to express her hurt at not being granted the protection order she filed against her ex husband, DJ Black Coffee.

ALSO READ: Black Coffee thanks supporters as court denies Enhle a protection order

Mbali applied for a restraining order against DJ Black Coffee in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court in April, where she was joined by activists outside the court showing their support for the actress with banners displaying #JusticeForEnhle,  #HandsoffEnhle and “Am I Next?”.

In a recent Instagram video posted by Enhle, she begins by telling her followers how she had been protecting Black Coffee for far too long and had been physically abused by the DJ in their marital home.

 

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“I have been protecting this man for far too long…this man lied in the court of law saying he went under my arm as tall as he is, knowing very well that he hit me, struck my hand twice and then pushed me of our marital home.”

Mbali continues about how her ex husband and father of her children had been psychological messing with her children, to the extent that her son had been emotionally affected by their divorce and by everything the DJ says to him.

ALSO READ: Black Coffee protection order ruling postponed

“He called my children telling them to stop the case. My child was crying, telling me that he no longer feels like a child any more because of the voice and because he has new siblings and so many other things.”

With tears welling in her eyes, Mbali tells her followers how she is done protecting Black Coffee, that she would be speaking out on everything she experienced in her marriage and during the divorce stages of her marriage.

Mbali said she would be holding a press conference where she would bring evidence to prove her statements and to prove the father of her children lied in court.

Could this be the real life Iron Man?

May 7th 2021 at 10:03

Aerospace company Gravity recently launched a jet suit that allows for human beings to actually fly.

The Gravity team in the UK has made it possible for people to partake in the human flight experience by taking part in group sessions with three jet suit flights and a lab tour.

The human flight experience can be found at its flight facility at the world-renowned Goodwood Estate, located just 90 minutes outside of London.

The experience comes at the cost of €2,000 Euros (R35,000) per person.

The Gravity team has also posted a number of videos on its Facebook page showcasing the set suit in motion going through a series of different tests and training.

In this video founder Richard Browning takes the jet suit out into the mountains on a paramedic trial to fly people in danger who need medical attention, then signals to the rest of the team once he gets there to show them exactly where they are.

This next video showcases Browning training with the jet suit and flying around an obstacle course.

The Gravity team has also released a book titled Taking on Gravity: A Guide to Inventing the Impossible from the Man Who Learnt to Fly. The book was written by Richard Browning and in it he tells the inspiring story behind the iconic jet suit and shares his creative principles for true innovation.

WATCH: Different cities, never together? Signs of Somizi and Mohale jigsaw

May 7th 2021 at 09:22

It has been a hectic week in the world of local celebrities, as the rich and famous danced and wriggled their way out of the news cycle.

The dominant subject matter wasn’t just Prince Kaybee’s cheating scandal, but what’s happening with the once beloved and favourite South African couple Somizi Mhlongo and Mohale Motaung.

Motaung’s  personal life has been well documented for years, so has his marriage. However he drew the line earlier this year with reports concerning his husband. He said earlier this year it was off limits, as the constant reports of their reported marital troubles continued.

Watch the video above for all the latest on what happened and what other celebrities had to say.

When Mohale had a sit-down interview on Jacaranda FM with Mack Rapapali earlier this week, his cryptic words added more confusion as to what is really going on.

The two haven’t been photographed together in months and are rarely seen in the same city. Somizi posted on Friday that he was off to Cape Town for a hosting gig, while Mohale is on a media tour promoting savings, budgeting and insurance targeted at university students.

 

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In other news, Fetch Your Life hitmaker Kabelo Motsamai, known as Prince Kaybee, would rather have his music getting all the attention but this was not the case.

He apologised after on Twitter: “I cheated, I humiliated my girlfriend publicly. To the people I have disappointed, the businesses I represent, my girlfriend and my mother I profusely apologise from the bottom of my heart.”

Ouch! Prince Kaybee to take legal action against ‘Hazel’

First pic of Katlego Maboe all smiles since cheating scandal

WATCH: Jacob Zuma gets down in TikTok dance challenge

What really happened between Prince Kaybee and Zola?

Three easy Mother’s Day breakfast in bed ideas

WATCH: This car guard video by Themba Robin will make your Friday

May 7th 2021 at 07:23

South African voice over artist and actor Themba Robin has created a funny skit that sheds light on the awkward encounters South Africans have with car guards.

You may have seen Themba Robin in a few skits last year during the big Covid-19 lockdown as part of his lockdown series, Lockdown is Lekker.

The comedian has recently released another hilarious skit that shows the awkward yet funny encounters most South Africans have with car guards when they are heading to their cars to leave a parking lot.

In the video, Themba has just left what seems to be a mall or shopping centre and is carrying a shopping bag from Woolworths.

Just before heading to the parking lot, Themba opens his wallet to check if he has any money for the car guard but realises he has none.

Themba attempts to walk from the shopping centre to his car  without being seen by the car guard, played by Matthew Berry.

Themba ducks and dives behind a row of cars, while the car guard is facing a different direction, counting some coins he has received from other drivers.

Just as Themba is about to reach his car, he pulls out his car keys and clicks the button to unlock the car. Unfortunately for him, the car guard hears the car unlock and runs to the car.

Themba tries by all means to rush to his car and get in without having to engage with the car guard, or having to disappoint the car guard by telling him he has no money. All fails as he is trying to reverse his car and looks in the rear view mirror to find the car guard standing directly behind him, ready to assist Themba with reversing.

Then there’s a nice punchline which we won’t spoil for you.

The humorous skit ends off with a very important message: “Pay your parking lot executives, it’s the right thing to do.”

Why you can never just eat one potato chip (and why that’s an issue)

May 7th 2021 at 07:06

A recently published investigation by a former New York Times reporter has dissected the techniques of the food giants. The use of sophisticated addictive mechanisms forces us to keep on taking chip after chip out of the bag.

You come home on a weeknight, tired and weary. Mechanically, you grab a bag of chips and open it, promising yourself, as usual, to eat just a handful. A few minutes later, you’ve eaten the whole bag. The buttery flavor, combined with the salt, sugar and perfect crunchiness, has got you hooked. Don’t worry, you’re not lacking in willpower, you’re just a victim of a very elaborate scheme by the food industry.

In his latest book “Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How The Food Giants Exploit our Addictions,” journalist Michael Moss explores the mechanisms the industry uses to manipulate low-end, but seductive, foods to make us consume more. Our irrepressible attraction to sugar and fat is not new. It has long been known that they activate the reward and addiction circuit.

This is due to our neurons, which have been conditioned for thousands of years to store these foods in case of a shortage. The novelty lies in the careful manipulation of our most primal instincts to push us to consume more food and make us addicted. Like the introduction of countless combinations of flavors and ingredients that are rarely found in nature.

ALSO READ: New study links eating junk food with Crohn’s disease

Doritos addiction

The former New York Times journalist had already made a name for himself in 2013 with the publication of his first book. “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” had earned him a Pulitzer, the highest journalistic award in the United States. In it, we learned, for example, that Frito-Lay, manufacturer of Doritos and other well-known chips in the United States, was spending millions of dollars every year on research.

Of which 40,000 is spent on a machine that mimics chewing to find the perfect break point of the chip under the tooth, and make us want to crunch it even more. Research efforts are now focused on tracking down the genes that predispose us to “craving”, the impulse that drives us to consume, like addicts. Obesity in the United States, the author’s nation, affects 4 out of 10 adults. In

France, it affects 17% of adults.

Are food makers the new cigarette companies?

The analogy between food and drugs is far from coincidental. Moss compares the big food companies to the tobacco industry and says that their processes for getting us hooked are similar. And for good reason, in the United States, General Foods and Kraft Foods were food subsidiaries of Philips Morris.

The author borrows from his definition of addiction from the world of tobacco: “a repetitive behavior that some people find difficult to stop.” Like the famous potato chip that leads to another one, then another, etc. The calculation is so well dosed that our brain releases a large amount of dopamine, a molecule associated with pleasure.

This pleasure encourages us to want more. It becomes so powerful that the brain is no longer able to curb our cravings and addiction sets in. And even looking at a bag of chips can be enough to make us salivate.

When questioned about their practices, junk food manufacturers such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestlé and Unilever answer that consumers are sufficiently informed and that they are not obliged to consume these products. The same argument, in short, that cigarette companies made in court.

Queen Elizabeth is now selling beer…well sort of

May 7th 2021 at 06:50

The head of the royal family in Britain is steering into an interesting and lucrative business venture.

It was confirmed by the palace on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II will launch her own beer, well actually her estate.

The two beers are made from organic barley grown on the queen’s country estate, Sandringham, and will be packaged in bottle form (500ml) and priced at £ 3.99 (R80) each. The beers can be purchased from the estate’s gift shop.

The beer is also made “crystal clear water drawn from the nearby borehole”. The beers come in two variations, a 4.3% Best Bitter and a stronger variation, the 5% Golden IPA.

We’re thinking ahead to Fathers Day and what better way to celebrate than with one of our new Sandringham Beers.

Sandringham Estate has developed an IPA and a Bitter from organic Laurette Barley grown on the wider Estate and is available to buy now from the Sandringham Shop. pic.twitter.com/QHn2q3R3n4

— Sandringham (@sandringham1870) May 4, 2021

The Sun reported Sandringham Beers are brewed by Norfolk-based Barsham Brewery. The label on the bottle reads: “The Sandringham Estate is a wildlife haven for pheasants, hares, owls and many other species thrive in the wood and farmland habitats.”

ALSO READ: What?! Queen Elizabeth is far more interesting than Oprah

The Best Bitter has been described as “uniquely natural” and “full-flavoured” while the IPA is said to have a “subtle flavour”.

This is not the first time Buckingham Palace has tapped into the alcohol industry having released a sloe gin just a few days ago, describing it as a fruit gin and sold on the royal collection shop website.
It has flavours of whole sloe berries steeped in the classic Buckingham Palace gin to give this sloe gin a unique and intense fruit flavour.

Compiled by Sandisiwe Mbhele 

For the love of photography and art with Angie Lazaro

May 7th 2021 at 06:48

Like many of us, high school is the end of the road, a fork in the road and the pressure on career choice is bigger than a mouthful of cheeseburger. Photographer and artist Angie Lazaro had to make a choice and didn’t study photography.

Not at first. Instead, on the influence of a friend Lazaro pursued fashion design, followed by a romance with journalism that led her to finally coupling with pictures. And what a ride it has been, evidenced in her vast portfolio of commercial, editorial, and artful images created over a two-and-a-bit decade long career.

“My first camera was a borrowed one,” says Lazaro, but her natural talent for lighting and composition brought her to the realization of her calling, a life behind the lens, in photography.

A master’s degree from Rhodes University later, Lazaro was ready to immortalise moments, emotion and instances. She eventually did buy her own camera and has travelled the world on assignments since. “It has been about people for me, meeting incredible and amazing people has been so rewarding. I will never forget photographing Nelson Mandela on stage, and, while I was still a junior photographer at the time and it is not my best work, but it left an indelible memory. I also had the honour of meeting Madiba backstage just before.”

Lazaro gets equally as excited about photographing a plate of food as she does beautiful interiors, celebrities, and everyday people. “I can never be a wedding photographer though,” she says. “The pressure of time and deliverables means that one cannot be truly creative and spend time with composition. It’s all just a schedule.” A good picture, she says, is sometimes photographing what’s developing right in front of you.

“I will never forget, on assignment in Kenya, there was a young girl in a bright fuchsia pink dress, selling water. And then at one point she moved away from us, walked into the ocean and took a moment to chill in the breeze, with the bottles still on her shoulders she held her hands up at the breeze.

That’s photography. And that, to me, was beautiful. For a brief instance she was free, free from having to sell the water, free from her poverty, free from her life, and just having that time where she just enjoyed something for herself. So, for me, that is capturing a moment in time and while I know that I’m projecting a bit, that is what I think she was feeling. That’s what it meant to me as an observer.”

Memories are not always just about the picture, but the before and after, too. On assignment to interview and photograph a sangoma in Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town, it was the journey leading up to taking the photograph that ingrained itself into her memory.

“We had to follow directions that literally read something like, ‘at the orange pumpkin, turn left. At the stop with the cell phone tower, turn right,’ you get the picture. It was an adventure just to make it to the interview.” Anecdotally Niq Mhlongo, author of bestselling book Black Tax, was their bodyguard. “How incredible to see his career catapult into the stratosphere,” adds Lazaro.

Lazaro’s credentials read like a rollcall of A-list achievements with, at last count, 45 magazine covers to her name and hundreds of advertising campaigns and editorials.

She has photographed Morgan Freeman, Naledi Pandor and Jeannie-D with a rolodex of other celebrities, sports personalities, captains of industry and, sometimes, wannabes in front of her camera. “Photographing Helen Susman was another highlight of my career, to meet, capture and just bask in the proximity of someone who made such a significant impact on the course of our nation’s history.”

There is nothing as intimidating to an artist as a blank canvas or an empty page in photography. But then again, Lazaro seems to have no problem. Her cup runs over with creativity. As an accomplished artist, too, she recently hosted an online exhibition, A Part Apart, on her site when Covid-19 prevented a bricks and mortar showcase.

Here, she takes browsers on a creative journey, shares her emotion freely and opens-up to the audience in a way few artists can commit to doing. “Though my photography and my art, I want to share my world. An experience, engaging with the universe from a particular point of arrival or departure. Isn’t that the purpose of art – to embrace, to talk, discourse and to feel something,”

 

Totsiens, Pasella: End of the road for award-winning lifestyle show

May 7th 2021 at 05:54

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) announced on Thursday 6 May that season 28 will be the last for the popular show that covers food, travel, competitions, art, culture  and other lifestyle related content. 

The SABC2 lifestyle show Pasella which airs on Wednesdays at 19:30, is the brainchild of Pieter Cilliers and first aired on 17 March 1998.

Pasella has been broadcasted on SABC2 for the last 23 years and ran for a total of 28 seasons. Pasella also won a Golden Horn award for Best Lifestyle Programme in the past. 

‘Pasella’ presenters over the years

Pasella presenters over the years include Derrich Gardner, Shemane Harris, Paul Rothman, Vicky Davis, Minki van der Westhuizen, Amalia Uys, Hemelbesem, Christi Panagio, Mishka Patel, Eloise Cupido and Jo-Ann Strauss. 

“It is necessary with the new schedule introduced in April this year aimed at diversifying SABC2’s Afrikaans magazine offering and providing our audiences with fresh, entertaining, varied and relevant local content,” said Channel head Gerhard Pretorius in a statement.

“This will also enable the channel to showcase different stories which represent the diversity of our nation and offer more opportunities for independent producers to bring their creative works to the channel,” he continued. 

‘PASELLA’ SEASON FINALE  

According to The Citizen, head of publicity Caroline Phalakatshela said that 28 episodes have been shot for the season. The first 13 have already started airing and the second set of 13 episodes will be broadcasted in January 2022.

The season finale will broadcast in January 2022 where viewers will be taking  a trip down memory lane of Pasella over the years. Viewers can also expect past and present presenters to be seen in the lead up to the finale including interviews with the people from behind the scenes for an exclusive look at what happens behind the lens.

Viewers can look forward to a season finale where we take them down memory lane as we look back at Pasella over the years,” said Pretorius.

“The season will close off with a ’Pasella’ family party, inviting all the current presenters, ’Pasella’ friends, and some of the crew and staff behind the scenes, to bid ’Pasella’ a proper heartfelt adieu,” said Pretorius.

In 2019, SABC canned one of the most popular lifestyle programmes Top Billing after two decades due to budget constraints.

Co-parenting as a working mom my biggest challenge – Fae Fae

May 7th 2021 at 05:12

Limpopo-born DJ Faith Makubung, now affectionately known as DJ Fae Fae, is a mom to a beautiful boy who reminds her of herself.

DJ Fae Fae says her life story is a “crazy” one and she tells her story to inspire other young girls to rewrite theirs. 

Falling pregnant during her second year of studies at the University of Johannesburg, Faith had to adjust her plans. Motherhood did not make her abandon her life dreams. Instead, she wanted to model the kind of drive her son would need to display to have the life he dreams for himself. She appears on YFM’s Mix Capital on Saturdays between 10pm and 2am. 

DJ Fae Fae recently answered some of the big mom questions that give us a glimpse into her motherhood journey. 

Being a mom is… both a blessing and one of the biggest challenges and responsibilities I have ever had outside of being responsible for my own life. 

My advice to other moms would be… first you need to embrace your role as a mother the best way you can. Love your child unconditionally because they are an extension of who you are. Another thing is not to give up on the journey because it will never end. Always ask for help because it does take a village to raise a child. 

My favourite part about being a mom is… the fact I have a smaller male version of myself who has his own personality and reminds me of a younger me.

The biggest challenge isco-parenting while working.

My success as a parent is measured by… my child’s happiness and his best interests being met no matter how hard things get in my life. 

The most important affirmation I say to my child is…you are special and surrounded by love. 

The most important behaviour/attitude I mirror for my child is… discipline and hard work. I want my son to understand nothing worthwhile in life comes easy and effortlessly. You have to work towards the future you want.  

My work-life balance as a working mom is… all about managing myself and my time effectively to ensure that I have the strength to give the best to my personal life, career and being a mother to my boy.

‘I had my 11th baby in lockdown while competing in Mrs SA’

May 7th 2021 at 05:08

Mrs South Africa 2020 finalist Pearl Osa found out she was pregnant with her 11th child shortly after she entered Mrs SA  in February 2020. That did not deter her.

Pregnant in a pageant

Pearl, 42, chose not to share news of her pregnancy with her online audience.

“I chose not to disclose my pregnancy because I didn’t want to hear the negativity and other people’s projection of how impossible it would be,” Pearl says. She had assumed the pageant would be canceled after the Covid-19 lockdown announcement was made in March 2020.

The pageant continued and Pearl had to continue finding sponsors for her campaign while pregnant. This was a challenge for her: “I sure did not look anything like a beauty queen because I couldn’t keep dieting and exercising.

“I knew that my assignment in the pageant was to demonstrate the possibility to other mothers; to let them know that having children could be the beginning and not the end of their dreams and aspirations,” Pearl says.

 

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Pearl kept going as a beauty queen, mom, author, philanthropist, content creator and other roles in entertainment.

“During the lockdown, pregnant and in a pageant, I was still releasing music with my husband, running with my charity work of feeding widows and generating content for my YouTube channel and other social media platforms.”

She was also home schooling her children and her successes on that front have been undeniable. “My five year old learned to read and my four year old is almost ready as he is reading his single-syllable words,” Pearl says.

Her home schooling journey recently celebrated a big milestone when her oldest child, 16, was accepted to a university.

Pearl says “anyone who knows the process of university admission will know that is a story of possibility in and of itself.”

A former head of learning and development in the banking and telecoms industries, Pearl has been home schooling her children since 2014. She made this decision after an “uninspiring” chat with her children’s teacher in 2013.

What kept Pearl going?

The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns changed many lives and took many others. “I think with the devastating impact of the pandemic on people’s lives, I became more determined to be a symbol of hope and new beginnings,” she says.

“If a mother with 10 children can go through a pregnancy and parent 10 children during a lockdown, it is possible for me too.” This is what Pearl wanted to inspire other women to believe.

She refused to quit. She got creative and sourced support for her first and possibly last pageant. “I took advantage of the ‘new normal’, holding meetings and sending proposals virtually.”

Pearl made it on a virtual top 50 judging event while she was six months pregnant.

When the pageant could continue as normal again, Pearl had given birth and had two weeks to “shape up”. She collaborated with a fitness brand and continued to share her journey in her book, My Journey to Beautiful.

“Motherhood has been a central driving force of the career decisions I have made,” Pearl says. She left corporate SA when she was a mom of four children. “I knew that, as one who had a unique calling to have these children, the private sector was not for me.”

Being an edutainer and mompreneur has afforded her the flexibility to put her children first and leave a meaningful and impactful legacy for her generation.

Her Mother’s Day message to you

Pearl urges mothers to explore and fulfil their every purpose and assignment in the appropriate season of their lives. To them, she says: “Shine in front of your children, shine for them so that they have permission from you to be great.”

Additive used in sweets and cakes not safe: EU watchdog

May 7th 2021 at 05:05

The EU’s food watchdog on Thursday said that a widely-used additive, known as the artificial colouring E171 on food labels, should “no longer be considered safe” for consumption.

E171 contains nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, and is commonly used in consumer products. In food, it is used mainly as a whitening and brightening agent in sweets, chewing gum, white sauces and cake icing. But its use in food was suspended in France last year over health fears.

The Italy-based European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said that following a review of the evidence, there was a risk that titanium dioxide nanoparticles could cause DNA damage, and no safe level for its daily intake could be established.

“Taking into account all available scientific studies and data, the panel concluded that titanium dioxide can no longer be considered safe as a food additive,” said Maged Younes, chair of EFSA’s expert panel on food additives. It is now up to the European Commission and individual EU member states to decide whether to ban the additive.

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France suspended its use in food last year, following research suggesting titanium dioxide could cause pre-cancerous lesions in lab rats.

“A critical element in reaching this conclusion is that we could not exclude genotoxicity concerns after consumption of titanium dioxide particles,” Younes said in a statement.

“After oral ingestion, the absorption of titanium dioxide particles is low, however they can accumulate in the body.”

Genotoxicity refers to the ability of a chemical substance to damage DNA.Matthew Wright, chairman of EFSA’s working group on E171, added: “Although the evidence for general toxic effects was not conclusive, on the basis of the new data and strengthened methods we could not rule out a concern for genotoxicity.”And consequently we could not establish a safe level for daily intake of the food additive.”

‘Best scene on local TV?’ -Tweeps react to the latest ‘The Queen Mzansi’

May 7th 2021 at 04:08

The latest episode of South African telenovela The Queen Mzansi had avid viewers of the telenovela in absolute awe awe and shock.

On last night’s episode of The Queen Mzansi, Thembisa Mdoda-Nxumalo, who now plays Vuyiswa, was due to marry her love, Thato Hector.

Mdoda-Nxumalo first appeared on the show on 19 April as the new Vuyiswa, after Mzansi Magic announced Msutwana sustained an injury on set and has been booked off to recover at home.

Shockingly, Vuyiswa’s fiance was killed in an altercation moments before exchanging wedding vows.

Xolani  Mayekiso who plays Thato took to Twitter to announce his departure from the show and to express his gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of The Queen Mzansi.

Thank you for welcoming “Thato” in to your homes from season 2. The opportunity has been amazing. What a journey… I’m so grateful.
Itsss a WRAP guys!!
Big thank you to the cast & crew
@the_queen_mzansi @mzansimagic.
Ngiyabonga???????? #TheQueenMzansi
Love you all ❤️❤️❤️
ABUTIIII

— Xolani A. Mayekiso (@XolaniMayekiso) May 6, 2021

Here are a few reactions from last night’s episode from Twitter:

I’m crying ???????????? #TheQueenMzansi

— Jessica Nkosi (@JessicaNkosi) May 6, 2021

Now this is The Queen we were introduce to ku season 1…this episode was ????????????????????????#TheQueenMzansi pic.twitter.com/RXAJXI5oeP

— Zanele Mokoena (@zahMokoena) May 6, 2021

Now that’s the best scene ever on local television ????????????????????????#TheQueenMzansi pic.twitter.com/hBgKaXfMVN

— AbutiNiceTimes???????????? (@Dee_La_Cue) May 6, 2021

I’m sad for Thato but the production team, actors and everyone at Ferguson’s film, you have delivered tonight. #TheQueenMzansi pic.twitter.com/LPXszHplB2

— Mokiry_ (@drdwing) May 6, 2021

This is actually the best episode I’ve ever seen on local television. Job well done ????????????#TheQueenMzansi pic.twitter.com/wf0R07YBFx

— Mokiry_ (@drdwing) May 6, 2021

#TheQueenMzansi this is actually the best scene I’ve seen so far on The queen ???????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/ewCawhUdHw

— S L I E ❤️ (@MSimelaneslie) May 6, 2021

Today’s episode was the Beyoncé of all episodes of The Queen ???????? #TheQueenMzansi pic.twitter.com/eR1MLsauyR

— matebesi sehume (@MatebesiSehume) May 6, 2021

Is it a sandal? Is it a boot? What’s up with these furry shoes?

May 6th 2021 at 10:44

What do you get when you combine a Birkenstock sandal and a prehistoric sense of fashion? The furriest sandal you’ve ever seen.

Winter comes with surprises and fashion retailer Woolworths has introduced a hairy trend that has caught the attention of the Knysna fashion  market.

In a hilarious post about the shoes on her page, Evelyn Pepler from Knysna posted the shoes she’d seen, writing: “ This is the real deal! @woolworths in Knysna – where cutting-edge fashion and prehistoric fashion has collided.

“I ask the universe: was this an order that was placed by head office and when it arrived they realised it was a complete mistake and they thought “Ya well no fine…” perfect place to sell these is in Knysna & Sedgefield cause we have forest fairies, hippies, here ?? Or

“Oh, my word these are to die for! this is perfect for our Knysna Kugels – best when paired with the latest faux animal print designer ware…?”

She even added tips on how they could be potentially styled: “Nooit man these are perfect for those crazy mid-season early winter days in Knysna when the temp starts off freezing then becomes farking hot then freezing again?  OR

“The essential missing piece of a fancy dress caveman/woman outfit (obviously we all have one hanging in our dress-up closet)- ready to wear in case anyone throws a Neanderthal themed party – ?”.

Along with grooming tips that potential wearers could implement she said: “Complete this look by growing your toenails and let them overhang the front of the shoes – ☆☆ Pro tip- extra long nails bonus gives you extra grip if you want to run while wearing these freakin awesome shoes!

“Either way, this is the latest must have- wardrobe Essential! Now rush out and get yours before they are all snapped up.”

Absolutely brilliant commentary Evelyn Pepler !! Just had to share ????

Posted by Alison Ann Pichler on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Additional comments from followers flooded in with some saying they would wear the shoes while others saying a market for people with big toes might be just right.

In a fashion sense, the sandals could be paired with the current trend of faux fur coats or bucket hats seen trending on the urban streets of Johannesburg and sold at stores like Mr Price, Superbalist and online.

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Although the furry slides seem to only be exclusive to one retailer, the trend may catch on.

Kaybee caught with pants down: Experts weigh in on DJ’s cheating shock

May 6th 2021 at 07:46

DJ Prince Kaybee confessed to cheating on his girlfriend, radio presenter Zola Mhlongo, yesterday (5 May) after his side chick shared screenshots and screen recordings of their flirty messages and meet-up details. 

This, after less than a week ago, Prince Kaybee and his Zola were sporting the #CoupleGoals label for “keeping their romance alive” by playing soccer together in Bloemfontein. 

Prince Kaybee and Zola’s #CoupleGoals

Prince Kaybee shared the video that he captioned with a heart emoji with his 752 200 Twitter followers. 

❤ pic.twitter.com/eqVFOeq2em

— THE 4TH REPUBLIC (@PrinceKaybee_SA) April 29, 2021

And in March, Prince Kaybee upped the image of the Mzansi celeb couple’s #CoupleGoals by actually chasing after an ice cream truck just so Zola could get her ice cream fix. And of course, posted a video on Instagram of “the chase”:

Five long years of cheating

Sadly, this “loving couple” image has been turned into a sham (from Prince Kaybee’s side at least…) as the popular DJ admitted that he has been cheating for the past five years.

So how did the pair go from #CoupleGoals to side chicks? Experts weighed in on some of the main reasons behind infidelity in relationships. 

LIFELONG CHEATERS

Adelphi University psychology professor Lawrence Josephs explained that when people are single, some are more likely to have casual sex and when they are married, these are the ones who are more likely to cheat. 

“When they’re single they’re more likely to have promiscuous casual sex, and when they’re married they’re more likely to cheat,” said Josephs according to Men’s Health

The ‘dark triad’

He went on to explain that lifelong cheaters have three specific characteristics which is known as the “dark triad”: Narcissism, psychopathy and a Machiavellian intelligence. 

Their arrogant ways are a form of narcissism. Their lack of consideration for other people’s emotions are psychopathy and their Machiavellian intelligence is their ability to manipulate to get their way in relationships.

Josephs further explained that they are guilt free about cheating because they are rarely open to changing and therefore they only reform when their marriages fall apart. 

“People abuse their power and cheat to make themselves feel superior, but it can’t go on forever. At some point, something happens to their health or finances, and they get a wake-up call and realise that the grass isn’t greener. It’s perfect where it is,” relationship coach Ava Cadell was quoted as saying in the Men’s Health article on infidelity.

COMMITMENT ISSUES 

A 2017 study on the reasons why people cheat, found that commitment issues and low self-esteem are among the factors leading to infidelity in relationships. 

“It’s also possible to really like someone and still fear making a commitment to them. In this case, one partner might end up cheating as a way of avoiding commitment, even if they actually would prefer to stay in the relationship,” according to Healthline

Other reasons for commitment-related cheating, include lack of interest in committing long term, wanting a more casual relationship and looking for a way out of the relationship.

LOW SELF-ESTEEM 

Low self-esteem has been identified as one of the reasons for infidelity. Although these individuals may have loving and supportive partners they still lack self-confidence and this takes a toll on their relationship.

“Many people who cheat because of self-esteem issues have loving, supportive partners who offer compassion and encouragement. But they might think, ‘They have to say that’ or ‘They just don’t want me to feel bad’,” according to Healthline.

Under what category might Prince Kaybee fit in? We’ll leave it up to you to decide…

ALSO READ: Revenge porn? Prince Kaybee to take legal action after nude pics leaked

Boris Johnson floats idea of R4bn royal yacht in honour of Prince Philip

May 5th 2021 at 15:12

When he was foreign secretary, Johnson said a new royal yacht would “add greatly to the soft power of this country”.

But according to the Sebastian Shakespeare column in The Daily Mail newspaper, Queen Elizabeth will not be pleased if the proposed new boat replaces her much-loved Royal Yacht Brittania, which was decommissioned in 1997, and which she loved so much she was even seen wiping away tears at the ceremony in Portsmouth.

Queen Elizabeth’s ‘lukewarm response’ to new royal yacht

Late car parking tycoon Sir Donald Gosling, who offered £20 million (about R340 million) of his own money towards building a new boat, apparently described the monarch’s response as “lukewarm” when he spoke to her about a new yacht previously, while her husband Prince Philip – who died last month aged 99 – feared it would just become a “political football”.

The Daily Mail column quotes a friend of Sir Donald, who said: “HM said the last thing she wanted was to be seen as ‘angling’ for something that detractors could claim was just another royal bauble. And although Philip had been initially keen on the idea of a ‘floating embassy’ which could be used to provide training and apprenticeships, he said the subject had just become the inevitable political football.”

‘Memorial to Prince Philip’s love of Commonwealth, Britain and the sea’

MP Craig MacKinlay is currently leading a Westminster group backing the idea, and said in a statement recently: “The towering figure that was the Duke of Edinburgh deserves a permanent tribute to his support for the country, the Commonwealth and the Queen. I can think of nothing better than a replacement for Royal Yacht Britannia bearing his name as the permanent memorial to his love of Commonwealth, Britain and the sea.”

When you can expect South Africa’s new marriage laws to be introduced

May 5th 2021 at 02:36
The Department of Home Affairs has published its green paper on marriages for public comment, with the goal of submitting an official bill by parliament by 2024.

‘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 pic.twitter.com/LcyAs8Ifpm

— 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.” pic.twitter.com/jFaVxrhL53

— 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 👀 pic.twitter.com/QbzSIAgSCp

— 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🤔😀 pic.twitter.com/1HyBCgRimz

— 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: pic.twitter.com/wsL33vGIUq

— Materiallyfe (@MaterialLyfe) May 4, 2021

BILL GATES: sup girl, I’m single now, wanna come back to my place?
HIS PLACE: pic.twitter.com/szJRoAX9fi

— 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 pic.twitter.com/s91Am7Jg0l

— Julianna Alford (@alfordjulianna) May 4, 2021

billgates got divorced i tried i hope he replies pic.twitter.com/pSIg42X8kq

— 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

Siya Kolisi’s autobiography ‘Rise’ on shelves in September

May 4th 2021 at 10:21

Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi has confirmed on his social media pages that his autobiography entitled “Rise” will be available from September 2021.

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In 2018 Siya Kolisi became the first black captain in the Springboks’ 128-year history and he led the side to the 2019 Rugby World Cup title in Japan.

Siya Kolisi confirmed on his Instagram page on Tuesday that:

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I’m excited and delighted to announce my book, Rise, will be launching in September. 
 
It is rare for a player to release their autobiography during their career but someone else had other ideas and released a book about me without my consent and so I wanted to give you all the opportunity to read my real story. 
 
You can pre-order it now. Links in my bio. If you are based in the UK, you can also order signed copies exclusively from Waterstones.com. 

 
South African signed copies will be announced in due course – keep an eye out!
 
I believe in lifting as you rise, and will be donating a portion of the proceeds towards community development around the country.
 
Thanks for all your support, and god bless.
 
#RISE #RISEBOOK #BEREADY

Top 5 Beautiful Places To Visit In The Bahamas

May 4th 2021 at 09:04

With over 700 scenic islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Bahamas is a beautiful destination situated in the South East of Florida.

The main capital being Nassau, there are absolutely gorgeous places in this home of tourist attraction.

This guide brings you five of the most beautiful places in the Bahamas to explore in 2021.

Atlantis

With a luxurious resort ‘Atlantis Resort’ located on Paradise Island, this is a beautiful place in the Bahamas that has  distinguishing tall pink buildings that rises above the skyline.

Here, there are a lot of interesting activities that will thrill visitors. Think the Aquaventure Water Park which spans 141 acres. Nominated by TripAdvisor as one of the top 25 water parks in the world, Aquaventure Water Park is an exciting place you don’t want to miss out on.

At Dolphin Cay, you’ll be privileged to catch sight of dolphins that come ashore. You also get to swim along with them if you like. There’s also the chance to sip on a cocktail in the lounge or dance at the Aura Nightclub.

Grand Bahama

Located in the north eastern region of the island chain, the Grand Bahama Island is the place for visitors to witness the locals as they go about their daily activities. Here, tourists get the opportunity to meet with a tour guide who takes them around so they can get assimilated into the Bahamian culture. A natural paradise on its own, the Grand Bahama possesses 18 unique species of birds. There’s also the Peterson Kay National Park where visitors can dive and explore the huge underwater cave system. There’s the Pinder’s Point and William’s Town for lovers of history.

Bimini

Regarded as the fishing capital of the Bahamas, Bimini comprises three islands: North Bimini, East Bimini and South Bimini. A regular water activity here is big game fishing. Due to its proximity to Florida, many Americans travel to the islands to partake in scuba diving and snorkeling.

Andros Island

Andros Island is the largest island in the Bahamas. With a huge barrier reef which is about 190 miles long and extends more than 6000 feet below the ocean, a rich fish population is present here which is conducive to lots of coral growing in the reef.

Regarded as the bonefishing capital of the world, the secluded beaches here make Andros a perfect destination for tourists who want to have a quiet vacation filled with tours of the natural marine habitat. Andros is also not as developed as some of the other islands in the chain.

Green Turtle Cay

Green Turtle Cay is situated close to Great Abaco. For lovers of nature, this is the right place to be. This island got its name ‘Green Turtle Cay’ from the green turtles that used to inhabit the waters surrounding this cay.

 

 

 

 

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Union says water ‘won’t be guaranteed’ in parts of South Africa due to strike action

May 4th 2021 at 04:55
The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) says it will embark on indefinite protected strike action at Rand Water from 13 May 2021, which could impact water supply in a number of provinces.

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.

Why you should expect further food price hikes in South Africa

May 3rd 2021 at 04:48
Shoppers in South Africa should expect the trend of rising food prices to continue in the coming months, as rapidly rising agricultural producer price inflation could feed the higher cost of production onto consumers.

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.

WINE TASTING

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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WINE PAIRING

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 IN THE WINELANDS

Fine Dining
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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

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

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!

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10 Things You Absolutely Need On A Romantic Honeymoon In 2021

April 30th 2021 at 15:08

10 Things You Absolutely Need On A Romantic Honeymoon In 2021

Congratulations on your beautiful wedding and finding love with your significant other.

Now it’s time to pack everything that you will need on your honeymoon to the special place you both have picked.

Amid the excitement and rush and trying to be with your partner just after you’ve both vowed forever to each other, a lot can get confusing.

This is why it’s advisable to have your bags packed before the ceremony. This way, you don’t get to forget the important things you absolutely need.

Considering the global pandemic faced in 2020, a lot has changed in traveling. This means that the things that did not seem necessary three years ago may have now become must-haves in your honeymoon travel bag in 2021.

For the 10 things you absolutely need to have along with you on your honeymoon vacation in 2021, you are just a few minutes away from finding out.

Jet Lag Relief

This is something that you absolutely need on your honeymoon in 2021. Take along homeopathic jet lag relief pills to deal with jet lag so that you can be on your best for your special honeymoon.

Lipstick-sized portable charger

This is a must-have on your honeymoon vacation. Easy to use and carry about, this portable charger is essential for you since your smartphone will be used to take pictures, and also for navigation and communication.

Reusable Water Bottle

You will need this to stay hydrated during your vacation. You can always get the Life Straw reusable water bottle that already comes with a built-in filter to make your water safe for drinking.

Hand Sanitizer, Nose Masks

For the new normal, these are now must-haves. Don’t be such in a hurry to leave with your love that you forget these essentials. Remember that staying safe is paramount even as you celebrate your love.

Daypack

This is great for your day adventures. With a daypack along with you, you are guaranteed a great and adventurous honeymoon with your significant other as the daypack is lightweight, durable and large enough to get anything you need.

Sexy Lingerie

What’s a honeymoon without sexy lingerie to spice things up? You need to have this along with you to make your honeymoon all the more exciting and memorable.

Universal Power Adapter

Your honeymoon may be in foreign destinations so you will need to have a power adapter to plug in all your electronics. With a lifetime warranty guarantee and several USB ports, you are guaranteed a better honeymoon experience as you take on the world.

Insect Repellent

This is essential as your health should not be overlooked especially for such an auspicious occasion. It’s your honeymoon and you definitely don’t want it ruined by falling sick due to being bitten.

Personal Toiletries 

Your personal toothpaste, toothbrush, moisturizer, face wash, shower gel and the likes should come in handy with you. It’s better to have yours than expecting to rely on what the hotel will provide. It might not even be the brand you religiously use and this may have a reaction on your skin. No one wants that on a honeymoon.

Cash

This needs no overstatement. It’s important to carry cash in the currency of the country you are visiting. You should also take along a small amount of your home currency.

 

 

 

 

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7 Home Remedies To Fight Bad Breath Fast

April 29th 2021 at 07:04

Let’s face it, it’s not exactly easy to tell when you have bad breath.

Sometimes, it comes as a hunch after having a meal that might trigger it only for a while. And other times, it’s just really morning breath before a quick brush that clears it all.

But when it becomes persistent enough that you notice in the afternoon when you’ve not eaten a trigger, you might need to be concerned about it.

Even when in doubt, you can seek an honest opinion from someone you trust enough to be unbiased.

If it has been confirmed, there are some natural home remedies that can help get rid of bad breath.

What Causes Bad Breath

Built-up bacteria in the mouth can cause bad breath. This comes from bits of food that get caught in the teeth when we eat.

Poor dental hygiene also causes bad breath. Not brushing and flossing often causes the bacteria in the mouth to grow. There is also a thin film of bacteria known as plaque that builds up on the teeth and can cause a foul odour and tooth decay when it’s not brushed away at least two times daily.

All foods get stuck in the teeth. But certain foods like onions and garlic are more common causes of bad breath. Digestion of these foods releases sulfur compounds into the bloodstream. When the blood reaches the lungs, it affects the breath.

Experts say that although 90% of bad breath cases come from the mouth, there are times when the source is from other areas of the body. While acid reflux is one, others are diabetes complications and renal failure. There is also the diet factor to be considered. For instance, starting a new diet such as the keto diet may cause bad breath.

That said, let’s look at 7 home remedies for bad breath.

Home Remedies for Bad Breath

Good Dental Hygiene

Research has shown that poor dental hygiene is the most common cause of bad breath. This helps to avoid a plaque buildup in the mouth. Try to brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes at least twice (morning and night) daily. You should also develop a habit of brushing your tongue regularly as bacteria can also build up on the tongue which can cause a foul odour.

Water

According to research, mouth dryness causes bad breath. The mouth naturally dries out while we sleep and this explains why breath is typically worse in the morning. To prevent a dry mouth, drink water constantly. A minimum of eight glasses of water daily is a good start to regulating saliva that keeps your mouth from developing bad breath.

Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice is said to work well in treating bad breath, according to anecdotal evidence. To achieve this, try to drink a glass of natural pineapple juice after every meal. You can also chew on a pineapple slice for about one to two minutes.

Oranges

Oranges assist in developing a strong and healthy dental hygiene. Rich in vitamin C, oranges work in boosting saliva production in the mouth to fight bad breath. You should take oranges more often now.

Apples

Studies show that there are certain natural properties in raw apples that counteract the foul-smelling compounds in garlic.

Homemade mouthwash with vinegar

The acetic acid in vinegar fights odour-causing bacteria in the mouth. To prepare, add 2 tablespoons of white or apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water. Gargle for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out. Repeat this once or twice daily.

Green Tea

Green tea works effectively in fighting bad breath, according to proven research that shows that green tea has disinfectant and deodorizing properties that can temporarily freshen the breath.

For optimal results, use green mint tea since mint is also a breath freshener. Prepare by brewing two cups of tea before going to bed and refrigerate it overnight. When it is cool, pour into a water bottle and slowly sip on it as you go about your day.

 

 

 

 

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Food price hikes in South Africa in April – here’s what you’re paying more for

April 29th 2021 at 06:44
The latest Household Affordability Index by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity group (PMBEJD) shows that food prices climbed sharply in April, following a slight decline in March.

4 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Pimples Fast

April 29th 2021 at 03:46

It’s not uncommon to have acne. Stubborn pimples on the face can, in actual fact, affect one’s self-esteem.

Innovations in medicine have, however, brought quite a number of remedies to help deal with the stubborn symptoms of acne.

But these ointments also come with side effects. And there’s also the trouble of finding the most suitable one that won’t cause more reactions. This is especially considering how delicate the human skin is.

This is why natural remedies are being considered now than ever before.

With a handful of these natural remedies, experts say that only the ones that have been scientifically proven are actually potent enough to get rid of the unpleasant – albeit common – skin condition known as acne.

However, that said, this guide shows 4 scientifically-proven natural ways to get rid of pimples and acne in the fastest way possible.

Moisturize with Aloe Vera

A tropical plant with leaves that produce a clear gel, aloe vera is a proven traditional remedy for bacteria and inflammation. It has also been proven to help in the healing of wounds.

Other skin conditions such as psoriasis, rashes, cuts, and burns have also been fought with the help of aloe vera and it yielded positive results.

Lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamonic acid, phenols, and sulfur are all components of aloe vera and they have been proven to fight the bacteria that causes pimples.

Medical experts have also advised that aloe vera gel works better and more effectively when mixed with other remedies or ointments.

How to use aloe vera gel for pimples

  1. Use a spoon to scrape the gel out of the leaves
  2. When you want to apply other acne treatments to your skin, also apply the aloe vera gel. Alternatively, you can mix the aloe vera gel with the treatment and apply on your skin.
  3. Repeat once or twice daily

Apply Honey Mask

Honey mask is another natural way of getting fast results if you want to clear your pimples. A natural antibiotic, honey works in removing dirt and impurities from the skin. One of the fastest way to get good results is to use a honey mask.

How to use honey mask for pimples

  1. Add two tablespoons of honey to a cup or bowl.
  2. Then add one teaspoon of cinnamon and mix together.
  3. Rinse your face and pat it dry
  4. Apply the mixture of honey and cinnamon on your skin all over the acne and leave overnight to get desired results.

Use Cucumber Mask

As an anti-inflammatory used in treating puffy eyes, cucumber has many benefits in the skin. A natural remedy for pimples, the properties of cucumber produce fast results.

How to use cucumber for treating pimples/acne

  1. Peel one-half of a cucumber and chop it into pieces
  2. Put the pieces into a blender
  3. Add two tablespoons of fresh aloe Vera gel
  4. Add 1/2 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  5. Apply the mixture on your skin and leave it for 10-15 minutes
  6. Then rinse it off with warm water

Green Tea

The health benefits of green tea are not derived from just drinking it often. You can also derive benefits from it when applied directly to the skin. The properties of green tea include flavonoids and tannins which are known to be anti-inflammatory and also fight the bacteria that causes pimples outbreak.

How to use green tea for pimples 

  1. Boil water
  2. When it is boiling, put in a green tea and leave it in for 3 – 4 minutes
  3. Allow the tea to cool
  4. Use a cotton ball to apply it to your face
  5. Leave it on for 10 minutes or overnight
  6. Then rinse your face with water.
  7. Apply once or twice daily.
  8. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

 

 

 

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Travel restrictions hit South Africa as parts of the world begin to open up

April 28th 2021 at 02:29
As the world looks to resume international travel again, South Africa is facing increased restrictions due to concerns around the country's 501Y.V2 variant of Covid-19.

How to block tracking by apps (starting with Facebook) on your iPhone

April 27th 2021 at 10:50

 

The latest iOS update introduces a very useful feature to help users prevent their activity from being tracked in order to combat the onslaught of targeted ads.

From now on, each app will have to ask permission from its users in order to continue “tracking” them. Rather than disabling them one by one, there is a trick to ensure that no app collects this data.

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Once iOS 14.5 is installed, you just have to go to the “Settings” of your iPhone, then go to the “Privacy” tab, select “Tracking” and uncheck the option “Allow apps to request to track.”

From then on, no application will ask you for permission to continue tracking your online activities, it will simply be cancelled.

If you only want to block the tracking of certain applications, such as Facebook (or others), don’t do this and just respond to the notifications you receive on a case-by-case basis.

This long-awaited feature was announced at the beginning of the year, causing an uproar among several app publishers, starting of course with Facebook, whose personal data collection is at the heart of its business model.

Facebook fears that this decision will harm all the companies that use it today to advertise and that derive a large part of their revenue from it.

Note that the launch of iOS 14.5 is also accompanied by other new features, such as the ability to unlock the device via recognition while wearing a mask (only if associated with an Apple Watch) and new emojis, including a heart on fire, new couples and a new syringe … more than topical with the current vaccination campaign related to the covid-19 pandemic.

Ranking the 13 best universities in South Africa

April 27th 2021 at 09:00
Thirteen universities from South Africa feature in the 2021-2022 list of the top 2000 universities compiled by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR).

Top 10 Islands To Visit In Africa In 2021

April 27th 2021 at 06:43

Africa is a blessed continent. For an amazing safari experience, Africa offers you exactly what you want.

But it’s not enough to visit Africa just to catch sight of the Big Five game or stunning monuments.

You can – and should – visit some of the best islands in Africa that are exotic and cater to your dreams and need to explore.

Amazing island beaches in Cape Verde, Madagascar, Comoros, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, and Mauritius will leave you with unforgettable memories.

This guide shows you top 10 islands in Africa that you should visit in 2021.

Cape Verde Islands 

You shouldn’t miss out on the beauty of Cape Verde islands. Sal is one of the most frequented islands and also offers beauty to visitors. It is also a prominent part of the West African islands map. If you want to assimilate the African culture, you should definitely consider visiting this place. In Sal, there is the beautiful town, Santa Maria which is the most prominent.

São Tomé and Príncipe

The largest and most principal island of São Tomé and Príncipe, São Tomé Island has majority of the residents speaking Portuguese. Famed for exciting sports like snorkeling, swimming and others, this island presents a wonderful getaway experience for you and your loved ones.

Comoros

If calmness and serenity is your thing, then you will definitely enjoy Comoros. One of the most popular East African Islands, Comoros takes pride in its pristine beaches, incredible reefs for snorkelers, and rich rainforest. Here, tourists get assimilated into an amazing blend of Swahili and Arabian culture.

The less-crowded Mohéli island also provides an amazing experience for tourists. Also called the nature island, Mohéli invests heavily on ecotourism. You’ll be glad you did not miss out on Mohéli.

Madagascar

Regarded as the world’s fourth-largest island which offers a plethora of unique collection of flora and fauna, it has been said that almost 90% of the entire wildlife of Madagascar is found nowhere else on planet Earth. One of the famous islands of Madagascar, Nosy Be, should be added to your travel bucket list. Just by the Indian Ocean, Nosy Be boasts of clear turquoise waters and tasty seafood in its array of restaurants and hotels. There is also, incredibly, calmness and tranquility here.

Mauritius

Now what’s this list without Mauritius? One of the world’s most frequented romantic destinations, Mauritius has an abundance of African island beach resorts and gorgeous shores. A world-class place for activities like deep-sea fishing and scuba diving, the islands consist of many mammals, birds, and plant species.

Seychelles

Home to 115 paradise Islands, Seychelles is an archipelago that boasts of sand beaches and azure waters with the opportunity to have exciting activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving and wildlife spotting.

Tunisia Island

Djerba, one of the most important North African islands situated right off the coast of South Tunisia, is an exotic island famous for sandy beaches, a wide range of sports activities and amazing dining places.

Seal Island

The beauty of the seascape in Seal Island keeps tourists coming back for more. The South African coastline offers stunning crystal blue Indian Ocean and sparkling golden beaches. Close to Cape Town, you can visit one of the seal islands to witness many variations of African seals. The most popular ones are the Cape Fur seals.

Zanzibar

Situated off the coast of Tanzania, the Zanzibar Island (or Unguja) is the largest island in Africa. With charming bazaars, mosques, courtyards, and the stunning white sandy beaches, the experience here is guaranteed to stay with visitors for a lifetime.

Lamu Island

With no roads on the island except a set of alleyways and walking trails, the Lamu Island should make for an exciting getaway.

 

 

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5 Snorkeling Mistakes To Avoid As A Beginner

April 26th 2021 at 15:54

5 Snorkeling Mistakes To Avoid As A Beginner

It can get dangerous if you are not knowledgeable about the mistakes to avoid as a first-timer in snorkeling.

Although snorkeling is fun and enjoyable, the lack of proper knowledge about the dangers and conditions of the ocean can cause potential danger for a beginner.

Asides this, there are also some basic skills that should be learnt to help you have a wonderful time during your first snorkeling experience.

Beginners also need to get good equipment that will prevent a disastrous snorkeling experience.

Many snorkelers without the right preparation for snorkeling often experience terrible things from fear to injury, boredom, exhaustion, leaking face mask, and many more.

To avoid all these from happening, this guide offers you 5 snorkeling mistakes to avoid as a beginner.

Renting The Cheapest Equipment

Learn how to fix a mask and prevent fogging

Beginners going on snorkeling need to understand that masks come in different sizes and shapes. They can be adjusted to fit your face. When renting a mask, you should be on the lookout for a fitting one that does not leak.

Also, you need to be aware of a fogging mask that prevents you from having a clear view.

Get a dry snorkel

Try to rent a dry snorkel or at the very least, a snorkel with a splash guard. You definitely don’t want to have a flood of water come down your snorkel. A dry snorkel has a special valve on the top that seals shut when your snorkel goes underwater (like with a wave, or when you tilt your head to the side). It will also have a special purge valve at the bottom of the snorkel so that it is easy to blow water out of the tube. For a first time snorkeler, this piece of equipment is very essential.

Get fins that fit

You should try to rent fins that are too tight, too lose and don’t hurt. You don’t want your fin falling off when you most need it. And getting sores on your feet from fins that have hard spots or are too tight will ruin your time. Also have it in mind that your feet will be wet. Also, it will often shrink a little in the cooler water. This is why a snug fit is important. Don’t even think about not having fins. They are essential for safety. They give you a great amount of swimming force and will save you lots of energy.

Not Practising Ahead Of Time

It is very important to rent the equipment before you go to the beach so that you can have time to adjust to it and get used to it. Also, you need to practise putting on your mask.

For your practice, pick a spot like a swimming pool or a calm shallow sandy beach to get a feel for breathing through your snorkel. It takes a while to train your body into becoming comfortable breathing through a snorkel with your face in the water.

Not Swimming Slowly

As a first-time snorkelers, you need to swim slowly and try to stay relaxed and calm so that you don’t get exhausted from swimming.

Not Carefully Choosing Your First Location

As a beginner, you should carefully choose your first location. It is better to go from a beach the first time instead of jumping off a boat into deep water.

Not Choosing A Calm Spot

You should only go out when it is calm. It is potentially dangerous for you to go out into the ocean when there are waves. Also, your snorkeling experience will be a lot more difficult and less enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

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Cape Town proposes new rule for pets – what you should know

April 26th 2021 at 10:40
The City of Cape Town has asked for public comment on its Animal Keeping Policy, which includes updated rules around pet ownership.

Five steps for a healthier lifestyle

April 26th 2021 at 10:09

It is never too late to change your lifestyle, food choices and create a healthier life.

But this isn’t necessarily a diet, food programme or diary to follow. This is for those of you who are not sure where to start, how to eat and stay healthy without high carbohydrates, sugar and takeaways.

Five rules to live by for healthier choices

Portion control

Big portion of healthy foods can cause unwanted weight gain just like unhealthy foods. Portion control is very important. A healthy portion size according to dietician Bianca Tomp from FutureLife, is plating low-GI starches no more than the size of your fist.

As for lean meat, chicken and fish, have a portion size and thickness of your palm. The rest of your plate should be filled with vegetables.

Exercise

Move. Physical activity and exercise is not only good for your physical wellbeing, many people have attested it makes them feel mentally and emotionally healthy too. Your fitness level doesn’t really matter, taking walks around your complex or gardening, to taking the stairs rather than the evaluator also provide the necessary acts of movement. The suggested amount of moderate physical activity is 150 minutes a week.

ALSO READ: Three ways to detox after a long, decadent Easter weekend

Gut care

To support our immune system and keep our gut healthy we need a balance of probiotics, the “good” microorganisms in our digestive tract. Including a probiotic supplement can assist in maintaining this balance. Greek yoghurt is also a great probiotic as well as kimchi, pickles, kombucha and sauerkraut which are all far more accessible in many food stores these days.

Include protein in every meal

Protein has largely been associated with providing the building blocks for muscle gain and make you feel fuller for longer. The logic means less cravings and snacking on unhealthy foods.

Include a protein source with each meal and snack on less saturated fat protein such as nuts, seeds, nut butters (low sugar and salt), eggs, soy, lean meat, chicken cuts, fish, beans and legumes.

Sleep

Sleep has been a beating drum in the health and wellness industry recently. A good amount of sleep is key for a healthy functioning body.

Lack of sleep can have ripple effects for blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Other potential problems include obesity, depression, impairment in immunity and can even affect your appearance.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to eight hours of sleep for people over age 64 and seven to nine hours for ages 18 to 64. Kids need more sleep. Dr Karine Scheuermaier of the University of Witwatersrand Sleep Laboratory believes people should get seven hours sleep a day.

ALSO READ: Understanding sleep and how to get more of it

 

The Best Beaches In Zanzibar To Explore In 2021

April 23rd 2021 at 11:50

Zanzibar is a great place to explore stunning beaches.

The archipelago’s coastline boasts of some of the best white sand beaches you’ll ever find.

Here, you will learn some of the best beaches in Zanzibar to explore on a holiday vacation.

Nungwi Beach

Nungwi Beach is known for being one of the best out of all the beaches in Zanzibar. Located on the north coast, Nungwi Beach has just the right enchanting turquoise waters and white sand that characterize Zanzibar’s coast.

With the locals’ boats floating on the open sea, Nungwi Beach offers a pleasantly apt background for your vacation photos. You can also find serenity on the quieter side of the beach, where there are less crowds.

This is perfect for travellers seeking peace and solitude surrounded by the island’s graceful beauty. You can enjoy beautiful views while relaxing in a hammock. It’s an absolute tropical paradise.

Kendwa Beach

About 3 kilometers away from Nungwi, Kendwa is one of the best beaches in Zanzibar where you can enjoy swimming and stunning views of the sunset. A trekkable distance from Nungwi during low tide, Kendwa Beach is also the host of The Full Moon Party, a joyous event celebrated with the locals – the African beats meet extraordinary dance and steps right here.

Kiwengwa Beach

Known as the ‘Little Italy’ of Zanzibar due to its long beachfront being occupied by Italian-run resort hotels, you are guaranteed peace right here in Kiwengwa Beach. Heavily influenced by the low tide, this east coast beach is perfect for swimming in the shallow, crystal-clear waters. You also get to enjoy a refreshingly cold tropical drink.

Matemwe Beach

Vibrant fishing communities regularly come to Matemwe. You are guaranteed a beautiful experience here as you unwind. Step on buttermilk sand to enjoy your privacy and relaxation as this beach is not frequented by swimmers.

Jambiani Beach

Jambiani Beach is a great place to relate with the locals. A fun and lively beach with exquisite turquoise waters and white sand and the opportunity to go snorkeling, vacationers also get to enjoy tasty seafood at the small restaurants here.

Paje Beach

For exciting adventures such as sailing and kite-surfing, Paje Beach offers all and more. Come during December and February to experience exciting activities. Also, from May to November, you are guaranteed a lot of fun. Located in the south-east of Zanzibar’s coast, Paje Beach is open to kite-surfers and everyone who wishes to enjoy sunbathing.

Bwejju

At Bwejju Beach, you are guaranteed a calm and quiet time. You can swim in the water when the tide is low and get up to snorkeling. Also, you are privileged to see local fishermen as they sail back home with their catch in wooden dhow boats. There are also sights of local kids playing soccer and women collecting seaweed.

Kizimkazi Beach

Come to Kizimkazi Beach to catch sight of gorgeous bottlenose dolphins in the ocean. Located on the south coast of Zanzibar, fun activities you can get up to here include swimming, snorkeling and diving.

 

 

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How Discovery will roll out Covid-19 vaccines for its members in South Africa

April 23rd 2021 at 02:53
The Discovery Health Medical Scheme has outlined Covid-19 vaccination plans, as it begins preparations for phase 2 of South Africa's Covid-19 rollout.

Proposed marriage law changes for South Africa get the green light

April 22nd 2021 at 07:20
President Cyril Ramaphosa's cabinet has approved the publication of the Green Paper on Marriages for public consultation.

Earth Day 2021: Celebrations Around The World

April 22nd 2021 at 06:30

The theme of the annual Earth Day celebrations in 2021 is ‘Restore Our Earth’.

Celebrated on April 22 every year, Earth Day became a global event set aside to pledge support for environmental protection.

The 2021 Earth Day celebrations is the 51st year since the Earth Day was birthed.

However, in 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 as ‘International Mother Earth Day’.

History of Earth Day 

Earth Day was first celebrated on March 21, 1970. It was the first day of spring that year. It was proposed by John McConnell, a newspaper publisher who proposed the idea at a UNESCO Conference on the Environment the year before. He suggested that the holiday be celebrated every year as a reminder of everyone’s responsibility to help protect the environment.

In 1971, the then United Nations Secretary-General signed a proclamation written by McConnell that the United Nations would celebrate this holiday each year on the first day of spring.

Another environmental activist and United States Senator, Gaylord Nelson organized an event on April 22, 1970, to show other politicians the wide support for environmental issues. The event turned out successful and led to Earth Day celebrations across thousands of colleges, universities, schools, and communities, making it the second Earth Day celebration.

Earth Day Celebrations Around the World

Earth Day is celebrated around the world in different ways. The common theme, however, is creating awareness and educating people about preserving our resources. Here are some of the Earth Day celebrations:

United States

In the United States, Earth Day celebrations have included rallies and teachings. In Washington, D.C, scientists and civic organizers provide training sessions and others encourage marches. New York has had pop-up shops that feature companies that support sustainability. Many other cities establish separate, local events.

Denmark

Denmark celebrates Earth Day United at the Christiansborg Castle Square in Copenhagen, which includes a celebration of drum-playing pointed at the four corners of the world. The group then participates in the March for Science, which is a march that seeks to hold the elected officials accountable for greener initiatives.

Japan

Tokyo celebrates an annual two-day celebration of Earth Day in Yoyogi Park where approximately 100,000 visitors are expected to participate in family activities and learn about companies that encourage sustainability.

Great Britain

London features an Earth Day celebration, sponsored by a group of activists and musicians. The event raises funds for British charities and groups fighting climate change.

Spain

Granada, Spain holds a 24-hour Global Unity and Regeneration Gathering, which includes presentations and workshops on helping the environment.

India

India has a variety of Earth Day activities. Participants are encouraged to dress in green. Also, the country puts on events that focus exclusively on protecting the Asian elephant, an endangered species.

Switzerland

The International School of Geneva hosts a green sale in which they raise funds to plant trees on school grounds throughout the area. At this event, they play recycling games and supply environmentally-friendly arts and crafts.

Canada

Several cities throughout Canada, including Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Amherst participate in educational talks, activities and parades.

Australia

Sydney hosts four different nature walks with experts, bike giveaways and storytelling.

Philippines

The Philippines features marathons as part of Earth Day Celebrations, which include 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K options.

South Africa

South Africa hosts Earth Expo, which presents educational forums on sustainable nutrition, technology, entrepreneurship, and fashion.

Moldova

Gutta-Club in Chisinӑu hosts Earth Day activities in 30 villages, including tree planting, clean-ups and building nesting boxes for birds

Importance of Celebrating Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day helps us in understanding major environmental issues. It also helps to ensure that you are part of this global mission. As a result, celebrations focus on thinking globally and acting locally, such as planting trees, cleaning up water sources or helping in a community garden.

For a successful Earth Day celebration, it is important to spread awareness. Translating flyers and educational materials can help further expand the reach of your event. To find out how you can be part of this important celebration, search for Earth Day celebrations near you.

 

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US labels South Africa ‘no go’ area

April 21st 2021 at 05:34
The United States Department of State has 'strongly recommended' that US citizens reconsider all travel abroad, as it updates travel advisories for a number of countries - including South Africa.

How To Use Your iPhone Camera To Take Amazing Photos During Travel

April 21st 2021 at 04:54

How To Use Your iPhone Camera To Take Amazing Photos During Travel

Most travel junkies will tell you for free that photos are the life of the journey and vacation.

So maybe you don’t even fall into that category. You are simply planning to go on a solo trip to explore a new place and capture great memories on your camera. That’s cool.

And if you have been on different trips alone only to be traveling with your partner or family this time around, then that’s great too.

Photos will still come in. And when they do, how do you handle the task?

The traditional DSLR Camera is, no doubt, famed for higher image resolution. Often a tourist’s first choice, the DSLR Camera is, however, not the only reliable way to take amazing snapshots during your travel experience.

The progressive innovations in iPhone camera technology have opened a new and less complex way of taking great travel photos.

All you’ll need is follow some useful tips and your iPhone camera is ready to be your best travel buddy.

Here are 7 tips on how to use your iPhone camera to take amazing travel shots that you will be proud of.

Do A Little Background Research

You’ll need to find out what you would love to capture. Stunning architecture? The locals? Food? Natural scenery? Your interest determines what you will do next.

For shots of nature, you will need to find out the right moment for your shot. During sunrise? Sunset? Will there be a foggy weather during your shoot? Take all these things into consideration to get the best of photos on your iPhone.

You should also be careful not to take shots of prohibited areas. In some places, some buildings are not to be snapped. You may risk being fined or even a jail-term.

Prepare Your Camera 

Even an iPhone camera needs to be prepared for the task ahead. It’s possible that dust, dirt or grease may have contaminated the lens, which will produce blurry and foggy looking images. So, you need to have a clean piece of fabric handy to clean the lens just before taking your shots.

You don’t also want to run short of battery and ruin your travel experience. A portable battery charger is a must-have if you will be relying on your iPhone to take photos.

Try To Take Unique Shots

Visiting the Pyramids of Giza? There’s already a thousand and one shots that probably look the same. Try to make your shots different. This applies to other locations. Try different angles and lightings. Make your photos unique.

Depict The Local Culture

There’s no way your travel photo shoot is complete without shots of the local culture. A great shot of a busy road or marketplace will do just great. And if you get to interact well with some of the locals, you can seek their permission to take beautiful photos of them. People will likely find it more comfortable to be snapped on a phone than on a conspicuous DSLR.

Use Humans In Natural Scenery 

To capture great shots of natural scenery, include a human being as the subject to add some depth. The photos will turn out looking better than if you took random shots of the desserts or white sandy beaches.

Give Small Details More Attention

Be on the lookout to capture little things that make all the difference. This gives your travel album a well-rounded outlook. There are spectacularly awesome aspects of nature and places that need a more closer look – it could be a close-up shot of a unique animal or an overlooked area in a building – these will turn out great on your iPhone camera.

Tell A Story With Your Photos

Using the “burst” function on the iPhone, you can tell an amazing story about your travel as it allows you to capture micro stories on the spot. Interesting shots of scenes such as a crowd at a car park or a close hug between two people who are reuniting can be captured remarkably well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Covid-19 deaths likely triple in South Africa – medical expert

April 20th 2021 at 06:51
Most South Africans are likely under the impression that the country's death rate from Covid-19 is around 50,000 people. But it is likely triple this amount based on South African Medical Research Council modelling, says professor Shabir Madhi.

Why Maldives Is The Perfect Destination For Couples On A Romantic Honeymoon In 2021

April 20th 2021 at 06:18

Why Maldives Is The Perfect Destination For Couples On A Romantic Honeymoon In 2021

The Maldives is a perfect holiday destination for couples on a honeymoon in 2021.

With the privilege of being in the center of the Indian Ocean, this tropical country is a dream destination for couples seeking to explore stunning islands and beaches.

Also, you and your partner will be treated to some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving experience in the world.

The dry season in the Maldives is from December to April. During this period, there’s little rain and lower humidity.

The wet season is from May to November. During this period, there’s more rain and strong winds. Beautiful hammerhead sharks and reef sharks also reveal themselves at the shallower waters during this season.

Exploring most of the islands in the Maldives usually occurs by smaller planes or luxury boats. This is especially because of the numerous private islands that are not easily accessible.

Best Honeymoon Resorts in the Maldives

For a luxurious experience in the Maldives, there are select resorts that offer premium value to you and your partner.

  • Four Seasons: This is a private luxury hotel and resorts brand in the Maldives that provides a memorable island experience to couples and guests.
  • One&Only Reethi Rah: There are 12 beautiful beaches here.
  • St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort: Opened in 2016, this beach resort gives you and your partner ample space to explore the beauty of the Indian Ocean and nature.
  • Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru: Here, couples are offered a five-star experience, with an unforgettable snorkeling and diving experience among other attractions.

Best Honeymoon Islands in the Maldives

Male Island

As you arrive at the Male International Airport in the Maldives with your partner, you will also be able to explore the beauty of Male Island.

If you want a five-star experience for your honeymoon in the Maldives, you should count on Male Island to offer you more than you could possibly imagine.

Male Island may not have all the sightseeing attractions, but it is a great place to explore the Maldivian culture and enjoy the experience it offers. There’s the chance to swim in Male’s protected ocean pool called the Artificial Beach. You also get to go snorkeling as well as underwater scooter riding. You can visit the Grand Friday Mosque, Mal- Fish Market, Mal-s National Museum, Tsunami Monument, and Sultan Mosque for sightseeing.

Hulhumale Island

Hulhumale Island is one of the best islands for a beautiful honeymoon experience in the Maldives. Located very close to Maldivian capital, Hulhumale is a recovered artificial island that was established to alleviate overcrowding in Male. A not-so-frequented destination in the Maldives, Hulhumale makes for a good private and quiet honeymoon experience.

Biyadhoo Island

Biyadhoo Island is one of the famous honeymoon in the Maldives. Situated in the South Mal- Atoll, Biyadhoo is one of the best places in the Maldives where couples can have a serene experience. A beautiful place where there is plenty of vegetation such as bananas, coconuts, mangoes, cucumbers, cabbage, and tomatoes, Biyadhoo is also well-known for water sports and scuba diving.

 

 

 

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Here’s the latest on the Covid travel bans for South Africa

April 19th 2021 at 07:22
Domestic tourism will be South Africa's 'bread and butter' for the foreseeable future as the country continues to face international restrictions, says South Africa Tourism chief executive Sisa Ntshona.

Cape Town fire damages university buildings and forces evacuations

April 19th 2021 at 04:30
More than 250 firefighters in Cape Town are battling a massive blaze that broke out on the slopes of the city’s Table Mountain on Sunday and spread to a university campus, severely damaging at least three buildings and forcing student residences to be evacuated.

Don’t Leave Lagos Without Visiting These Top 10 Beach Resorts

April 16th 2021 at 14:20

Despite being one of the three main commercial centers in Nigeria, Lagos also boasts of recreational and relaxation facilities.

It is not enough to visit Lagos for a business meeting or a professional event.

The city of Lagos offers you so much more away from its daily hustle and bustle – think exotic beach resorts.

After sealing the deal with clients, don’t be in a hurry to leave Lagos; you should explore some of the best beach resorts along with friends, business partners, clients, and/or family.

This guide brings you top ten beach resorts in Lagos that you should visit.

Stay reading to find out which one you would eventually like to visit.

La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort

La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort is located along the Lekki-Epe Expressway. This beach resort is one of the most popular in Lagos. Famed for hosting romantic couples, this resort offers guests the best of luxury accommodations and art structures. There’s also the opportunity to take part in fun outdoor activities like horse riding, swimming, canoeing, and the likes.

La Manga Luxury Beach Villa

Located in Ilashe, an island in Lagos State, this beach resort is pleasing to the eyes. Here, you are welcomed by grand architecture, coconut trees, and a stunning scenery. This resort also takes pride in its ultra-modern villas. There will hardly be a regrettable moment spent here at La Manga Luxury Beach Villa.

Hermitage Garden Resort

At Hermitage Garden Resort, luxury meets romance in a beautiful environment. Located in Lekki-Ajah peninsula, the water activities you can get participate in include fishing, beach football, and many more. With sandy coastlines and villas with a view of the beachfront, a romantic date cannot go wrong right here.

Eko Tourist Beach Resort

Also known as the Akodo Beach, the Eko Tourist Beach Resort is one of the best beach resorts in Lagos. Famed for its amusement parks, swimming beach, and coconut grooves, the luxury and elite service you get here will leave you with an unforgettable experience. You will also be treated to a fulfilling dining experience with The Eko Akate House, Atlantic Cafe and Beach Bar and Marmundo that all offer tasty and exciting dishes.

Inagbe Grand Resort

The Inagbe Grand Resort is a home-away-from-home. A fifteen-minute boat ride from Victoria Island, Inagbe Grand Resort conveniently makes the list of the best beach resorts in Lagos. With views of the Lagos Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, a splendid experience is packaged for you here. Guests are also treated to a five-star experience with the accommodation packages.

Kamp Ikare Beach Resort

Situated within Ikare Village in Badagry, Lagos, Kamp Ikare Beach Resort is a private beach only accessible by boat. Surrounded by palm trees, blue waters and fine sand, Kamp Ikare Beach Resort is a beach resort that will treat you to an exotic experience.

Epe Resort and Spa

Epe Resort and Spa is a perfect beach resort for you and your family. The calm serenity of the environment coupled with the beautiful scenery and architecture is why you shouldn’t miss out on this place with your loved one(s).

Lekki Beach Resort

If you are a golf lover, Lekki Beach Resort is for you. Guests also get a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Whispering Palms

Located in Badagry, The Whispering Palms is one of the choicest resorts you can find yourself in. The serene environment and topography are perfect for your ideal getaway.

Eleko Beach

Eleko Beach is a place where you can have quality fun and adventure. There are food and snack joints along the shoreline to cater to you and your loved ones.

 

 

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Here’s the average life expectancy in South Africa right now – and the top 3 health conditions among the elderly

April 16th 2021 at 09:00
Data from StatsSA shows that between 2002 and 2020, the life expectancy of males in South Africa increased from 59.9 years to 64.6 years, and for females from 67.2 to 71.3 years.

South Africa on track with new rules for plastic bags

April 16th 2021 at 05:05
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment minister Barbara Creecy has outlined government's push to phase out harmful plastics for recyclable alternatives.

7 Hiking Mistakes You Should Avoid

April 15th 2021 at 14:18

7 Hiking Mistakes You Should Avoid

Hiking is fast becoming a popular sport. Many people are realizing the need to have some time out in nature.

And it’s totally understandable. You do want a break from the everyday life.

But it can get easier only when you are aware of the mistakes to avoid, especially if you are a first-timer.

To help you onto a great start, here are seven common hiking mistakes you should absolutely avoid.

A map you don’t understand

It’s common knowledge that you need a map along on your hike. But not just any kind of map will do. As a newbie, you may think a road map will be of use on your trip, but that’s not the case. It even gets worse if you want to rely on the map app on your smartphone. Maps are not created the same. Topo maps are the ideal in hiking. You can’t go wrong with them as they are tailored to lead you on a specific area, with clear illustrations of your trail system.

Wearing Cotton

This might seem surprising to a newbie but it is not to an experienced hiker. No one is being dramatic but wearing cotton for your hiking trail can lead to hypothermia. Hypothermia is when your body temperature drops abnormally low, leading to disorientation, shivering, and occasionally death. Now this is not the aim, right? Nowadays, outdoor manufacturers offer “wicking” fabrics which transfers your body sweat as you hike away from your skin to the outside of the clothing layer.

Brand new boots

Your hiking boots are very important. This is why you should go for unproblematic ones that are not brand new or have never been used. Use your hiking boots well before going on a trail. Let your feet get used to the boots – wear them everywhere first.

Starting late

It is not advisable to start a trail in the afternoon. This is especially if you are hiking above the tree line. If you want to take on mountainous areas, do so in the morning and be off the trail by noon.

Littering

This is a mistake that you should totally avoid. Don’t litter the trail while hiking. This includes food wrappers, toilet paper, and food scraps.

Underpacking

While it’s understandable to want to go on a trail with a lighter backpack, it might be a costly mistake if you are not experienced in the essential items in contrast to the ones you can leave behind. While starting out, you should carry everything you will possibly need. This is until you have enough knowledge to determine the essentials from the nice-to-haves.

Speeding downhill

The downhill trail is the most-anticipated as hikers try to get through the climbs. But hiking downhill is where you should pay most attention to as this is where you can easily make a mistake. Be careful and don’t speed downhill. As American alpinist Ed Viesturs puts it: “Getting to the summit is optional; getting down is mandatory”, you don’t want to get injured because you are very excited about hiking downhill.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Best Places To Visit In Brazil

April 14th 2021 at 12:59

10 Best Places To Visit In Brazil

It’s one thing to decide to visit Brazil; then it’s another to know the best places to explore there.

Already picked Brazil as your summer holiday spot? If yes, then you must be looking for a guide to help you with the best places to explore during your stay.

Look no further as we’ve got you covered here. There are beautiful places in the home of the world’s largest Carnival.

But to help give you the very best, here are the top 10 best places to visit in Brazil.

Florianópolis, Santa Catarina

Tagged the “Magic Island” by Brazilians, there are a lot of attractions in Floripa for you – from gorgeous waterfalls to awesome beaches. You can also go on an adventurous walk or historical expedition here. Portuguese being the language of Brazil, be ready to be introduced to the Portuguese word for beach, ‘Praia’.

Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais

Ouro Preto has been regarded as one of the best places to visit in Brazil. The center of the gold rush in the 18th century, the city’s name literally means ‘Black Gold’ in English. The splendid architecture here still reflects the city’s historic past. This is in addition to the artworks of Aleijadinho, the brilliant Brazilian sculptor.

São Paulo, São Paulo

Looking for the heart of adventure in Brazil? São Paulo is the right place. A large metropolis, there are a lot of things that will keep you engaged here. There’s Vila Vila Madalena where you can explore the amazing cafes, restaurants, and vintage shops too. Try a pastel with a sugarcane to get the real Brazilian experience. The Museum of Art of São Paulo at Avenida Paulista is a great place to explore if you are a lover of art. It’s guaranteed that you will enjoy your time in São Paulo.

Salvador, Bahia

You’re in for a treat when you get to Salvador. A UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can find many shops, restaurants and cafes for your entertainment and pleasure, don’t blame yourself if you find that you are reluctant to leave here. Despite the attractions here, visitors are advised to be careful of pickpockets and guard their mobile phones, cameras or other personal belongings.

Recife, Pernanbuco

In Recife, Marco Zero Square is one of the most famous attractions that serves as a meeting place for locals and visitors to bond and interact. It also serves as a meeting spot for carnival blocks during Carnival.

Olinda, Pernambuco

Olinda is that historical city in Brazil you do not want to miss out on. Similar to Recife in many ways than you can imagine, it is also one of the hub of Carnival blocks and parties in the whole of Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

What’s this list without Rio de Janeiro? There’s a whole lot of goodies packaged here for you – think of the incredibly spectacular beaches, amazing dishes and warm locals.

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goias

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is the place to be if you are a lover of nature. The entrance is totally free, which means that you are covered even if you are on a budget. The stunning waterfalls, thrilling hiking treks, natural pools and a transcendental garden will make anyone vote this place as one of the top best places in Brazil.

Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul

Seeking an intimate connection with nature? Bonito, literally translated as ‘Beautiful’, is the place where you can get the ultimate natural experience with wild animals, gorgeous caves, hiking, and the stunning and soothing waterfalls.

Alter do Chão, Pará

This small village in Pará is one of the best places to visit in Brazil. The gorgeous turquoise color of the fresh, warm water of the beaches gave the village the title of Amazonian Caribbean.

 

 

 

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Here are the new benefits for Discovery Vitality members – including Nike and Apple Watch deals

April 14th 2021 at 05:13
Discovery has announced a number of changes to its Vitality rewards programme, including an enhanced sports gear and fitness devices benefit - Vitality Active Gear.

Top Amazing Facts About Brazil You Didn’t Know

April 13th 2021 at 15:09

Top Amazing Facts About Brazil You Didn’t Know

When people think ‘Brazil’, they think ‘the biggest and most populous country in South America that boasts of Samba, soccer, and Carnival’.

While that is true, there is a whole lot about Brazil that would – and should – tickle the fancy of any tourist lover.

Home to the world’s largest Carnival, Brazil is much more than just another populous country on the map.

Stay reading to learn the top amazing facts about Brazil that you didn’t know until now.

The only Portuguese-speaking country in South America

You probably didn’t know that Brazil is the only country where the inhabitants speak Portuguese till date. This should come in handy when you plan visiting.

Home to the world’s best beach

That’s right. TripAdvisor ranks Baia do Sancho top on the list of the best beaches in the world. Located in the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, there are 21 islands here that form a marine park that attracts divers from near and beyond to behold green and hawksbill turtles, whales, lemon and reef sharks, clown fish, anemones, and parrot fish.

Brasilia is the country’s capital

The country’s capital was switched from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia, which took four years (1956 – 1960) to build. Rio occupied the spot as the country’s capital for the previous 197 years.

The world’s largest exporter of coffee

Brazil takes the crown as the world’s largest exporter of coffee, having supplied 80% of the world’s coffee in the 1920s.

Read: Why Dubai Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination In 2021

The most popular tourist attractions in the country are the shanty towns

Over the years, Brazil’s shanty towns, also known as the “favelas” have quickly become the center of tourist attractions. The colorful Santa Marta in Rio De Janeiro is one of the most famous, with visitors such as Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and Madonna.

The Amazon River is the world’s largest in terms of the volume of water discharge

Around 209,000 cubic meters per second flow into the Atlantic Ocean. This is more than the next seven largest rivers combined. The river is up to 30 miles wide during the wet season.

There are 21 Unesco World Heritage Sites in Brazil

The Iguacu National Park is among the best known sites in Brazil. It houses one of the world’s largest and most impressive waterfalls at 1.7 miles wide and also with a total of 275 drops. Several rare and extinct species such as the giant otter and the giant anteater can also be found here. The Pampulha Modern Ensemble and the Valongo Wharf Archeological Site are among the newest, established in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer weighs 635 tonnes 

This artifact, damaged by a lightning strike in 2014, is 38 meters high. It was named one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” in 2007.

Silva is the most popular surname in Dubai

Get ready to meet as many people as possible with the surname, ‘Silva’ when you arrive in Brazil.

Brazil was the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery

Slavery was abolished in Brazil in 1888.

Football is the most popular sport in Brazil

Also known as soccer, the men’s national team has won a record five World Cup championships.

Brazilians originated mainly from the Amerindians, Africans, and Europeans. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Woolworths expands plastic bag free stores to these 52 locations

April 13th 2021 at 06:03
Retailer Woolworths says it will scrap single-use plastics at 52 additional stores in Gauteng, the Western Cape and the North West, as part of its campaign to make all its packaging reusable or recyclable - by the end of April.

New cannabis rules proposed for South Africa – to be introduced within next 2 years

April 13th 2021 at 02:48
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has released its draft cannabis master plan, which aims to turn marijuana into a viable business sector for the country.

When South Africans expect life to get back to ‘normal’ after Covid-19

April 12th 2021 at 10:07
Expectations about when life might return to something like a 'pre-Covid normal' vary widely across the globe, according to a new World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey.

Why Dubai Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination In 2021

April 12th 2021 at 06:14
Why Dubai Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination In 2021
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With Dubai maintaining an elevated position of one of the most popular cities in the world, there is no reason why you should be left out of the crowd.

Visited the United Arab Emirates’ commercial center once? And now you’re looking at 2021 for another experience? You are very well in line.

First time considering Dubai after having it on the bucket list for so long? There couldn’t be a more perfect time than 2021 to visit.

Stay reading to find out why you should absolutely book your next flight to Dubai in 2021.

You’ll also find that Dubai being touted as a good holiday destination for you and/or your family is not just hype.

The upcoming events and festivals

2021 is a year of events in Dubai. And this is why you don’t want to miss any of it.

The new festivals alongside the postponed projects from 2020 all contribute to the fun that awaits you in Dubai when you visit in 2021.

Let’s get right into some of these events.

Expo 2020 Dubai

This event was initially planned for October 2020. A six-month-long event, it will now hold from October 2021 to March 2022.

The main theme of the event is Connecting Minds, Creating the Future during which the position of Dubai itself on the global stage will be analyzed.

This World Expo will be the first one in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. It will also be the largest event to be ever staged in the Arab world.

Dubai Shopping Festival

The Dubai Shopping Festival presents the opportunity for you to find something worthwhile and wholesome. To be held across the city, it is for the early birds who visit in the first quarter of the year.

Art Dubai

Entering its 14th edition in 2021, the Art Dubai Festival is another opportunity to showcase the substantial collections and artists from the wider region.

Scores of galleries participate every year. The good news is that you don’t miss out even if you can’t attend the event in March – the art fair provides a continuous schedule that you can catch up on.

The art industry in Dubai experiences yearly growth. This includes grand projects such as the Theatre of Digital Art, which gives visitors the chance to experience classic works in contemporary ways.

The hotels and resorts 

To continously deliver world-class standard hospitality, Dubai invests greatly in hotel experiences for visitors.

Here are a few of them that would color your stay in Dubai.

Missippi’s rooftop hub

Missippi’s Pool Bar and Social Hub is an interesting and ideal modern urban oasis on the rooftop of the Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai Hotel.

Here, you have a mix of colourful elements of Bali, Tulum and Miami. You will get a range of globally inspired bites, creative cocktails and other drinks here.

The fun doesn’t cease at this new venue as the city residents can already enjoy spectacular views long into the night. 2021, here we come.

Ain Dubai

On Bluewaters Island, Ain Dubai is the world’s largest Ferris wheel.

The 210m (689ft) tall ride will be able to hold 48 capsules, with each accommodating about 40 people.

It also enables passengers get the chance to see the breathtaking Dubai skyline in all its glory, including views of the Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah.

To give you an idea of the scale of the structure, each spoke holding up the wheel is longer than a football pitch.

Palm Fountain

Palm Fountain is one of the places that lends credence to Dubai’s status as the hub of the world’s largest attractions.

The Palm Fountain at the Pointe in Palm Jumeirah became the world’s largest dancing fountain when it opened in October 2020.

Its 3,000 multicoloured lights illuminate jets of seawater from sunset until midnight, every night. There are also amazing shows set to the tune of Arabic and international songs.

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Big increase in house robberies in Johannesburg – these are the areas being hit

April 12th 2021 at 05:11
Security company Fidelity ADT says it has seen an alarming rise in the number of armed house robberies across Johannesburg over the course of March 2021.

Shopping price war 2021: Woolworths vs PnP vs Checkers vs Spar

April 11th 2021 at 11:30
As South Africans face rising food prices despite low levels of headline inflation, the latest BusinessTech shopping price comparison among the biggest retailers in the country shows that their price-containment measures appear to be working.

How To Become A Social Media Influencer In Nigeria

April 9th 2021 at 11:09

How To Become A Social Media Influencer In Nigeria

The term ‘social media influencer’ is being used nowadays more often not. And this is proof of the growing presence of the profession in the economic world.

Undoubtedly, the innovation known today as social media is a bedrock of diverse job opportunities.

Tapping into this available goldmine is, therefore, right and timely.

If you have been searching for a simple guide on how to become a social media influencer in Nigeria – and earn an income while at it – then, this is where you can begin your journey.

By the time you are done reading this, you would have gained a lot of insight into the terrains of social media influencing.

Types of Influencers

Arming yourself with the knowledge of the different types of social media influencers is necessary to make the most suitable decision for yourself as you start your journey.

Hence, there are four main types of social media influencers.

  • Celebrities

These are artistes, actors, reality TV stars, sportsmen and sportswomen who have attained the peak of popularity and superstardom. Examples include Wizkid, Burna Boy.

  • Industry experts/Thought Leaders 

These are those who dominate a specific field or industry owing to their wide knowledge and experience. An example is Dimma Umeh.

  • Micro-influencers

These are the ones who have captured the attention of social media users in a unique way and maintain their visibility by promoting their unique content. An example is Bobrisky.

  • Bloggers/Content Creators

Their brand has been built around providing information and content people are most likely to be interested in. An example is Linda Ikeji.

Having learnt the main categories of social media influencers, it’s time to fully go into how to become a social media influencer in Nigeria.

Find your niche

Excelling as a social media influencer requires you to find a niche that you are comfortable in. Trying to dabble into almost all niches at once will only succeed in holding you back from becoming a professional social media influencer that can be taken seriously by brands and social media users. Remember that the goal is to do what works for you and be consistent at it.

Pick a social media platform

This is equally vital. It is unrealistic to dominate all social media channels at the same time. Your target audience might be on Twitter, which would mean that your time on Instagram is unnecessary. There are very good social media influencers who understand that it is wise to stay on a platform and utilize it to your maximum benefit. If you really want to give them a run for their money, then stay on a particular platform and build your base to the strongest of your abilities – watch yourself succeed as you do this.

Work on your content strategy

This is perhaps the most important tip you need to become a social media influencer. Your content has to be unique and also conform to the expectations of your target audience. Good content ideas can come from doing your research on Google and other platforms like Quora and Nairaland. Simply make sure you sound unique as you deliver high quality content that develops your brand as an influencer.

Use hashtags

Hashtags are the spice needed to take your social media influencing to the next level. Hashtag generators such as Kicksta, Ingramer, All-Hashtag can also aid you. Hashtags get you discovered on your preferred social media platform. Don’t underestimate the power of using a popular hashtag to boost your outreach.

Collaborate with other influencers

This is needed to boost your brand. While working on becoming a bonafide social media influencer, you need to engage established influencers with a huge following on your preferred social media platform. Doing so involves sharing and commenting on their posts and reaching out to them via email instead of the regular direct messages on social media.

Always Reply Comments

Don’t make the mistake of not replying comments on your posts. Remember that you are engaging with human beings and people like to feel important. Hence, as you work on gaining their attention, don’t leave them to their assumptions when the comments start rolling in. Reply the comments; engage with them. This is a good way to attain and also retain your status.

When you hit about 5,000 or 10,000 followers, then you can congratulate yourself on the journey that you have started. Always remember to be consistent.

 

 

 

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Here’s when international travel will likely restart in South Africa

April 9th 2021 at 09:00
South African Tourism has published its road to recovery report, detailing how the sector is expected to progress after the Covid-19 lockdown, and when international travel is likely to resume.

Barcelona’s Griezmann has three kids – they were all born on 8 April

April 8th 2021 at 13:52

Madrid – Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann announced on Thursday the birth of his daughter, Alba, on April 8, the same date as his other two children.

Griezmann’s three children – Mia, Amaro and now Alba – have all been born on the same day, with Mia born in 2016 and Amaro three years later.

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The French striker is expected to return to Barca training on Friday, ahead of Saturday’s Clasico against Real Madrid in La Liga.

Barcelona is two points ahead of Madrid on 65 points, with nine games left before the season ends. Atlético Madrid lead the Spanish league with 66 points.

AFP