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  • Watch live: SA politicians debate Ramaphosa’s SONA 2018

    After what was a remarkably civil Friday in Parliament for SONA 2018, members are back in the house today to debate President Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA 2018. We can almost guarantee that the likes of Mmusi Maimane, Julius Malema and the rest of the opposition will have lots to say. (And everyone on the below list too). Live at 10am, Joint Sitting Debate on the State of the Nation Address #SONADebate #SONA2018 . Watch on ParliamentTV #DSTV408 pic.twitter.com/EUptgH9Tti — Parliament of RSA (@ParliamentofRSA) February 19, 2018 Catch the live Parliamentary stream on YouTube below, and budget about three hours of your day to enjoy...

  • #WeAreNotBaboons: racially-abused employees speak out at KZN hotel [Update]

    #WeAreNotBaboons went viral Sunday after a video of employees speaking out against racism at a KwaZulu-Natal hotel was published to Twitter. On Saturday, @TahBasil pleaded for journalists to cover a "life and death" story. "Please please. We are a broken people," he continued. Please please. We are a broken people. We have been working under too much racism from the management of our hotel. We are called Monkeys, baboons, useless black people, fucking muntus, women the age of my mother are called bitches and we have been trying to get hold of the owner — Basil (@TahBasil) February 17, 2018 "We have been working...

  • How to get the most from your lead scoring model

    Lead scoring offers a highly useful tool, not only for increased engagement but also for conversion. For lead nurturing, scoring simplifies the process of handing over qualified leads, helping to align sales and marketing teams in a way that drives ROI and reduces wasted time and effort. Despite the benefits lead scoring offers, many businesses end up scoring leads manually, using a combination of guesswork and customer track record. In order to see genuine results from this strategy, you first need to ensure that your lead scoring model is set up for success. Leads typically fall into two broader categories: explicit...

  • Peter Ndoro, #WakandaForever & #GodsPlan: weekend news you missed (19 Feb 2018)

    What a week (and a weekend) it has been South Africa. Sink your teeth into Monday and catch up with the social highlights and news you missed this week. Peter Ndoro 'kills' Cyril Ramaphosa, takes a break from the SABC SABC anchor Peter Ndoro on Thursday was asked to take a break from anchoring the channel's newsdesk after he accidentally announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa had died, and not late Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. #PeterNdoro was outshone by #SONA2018, but nonetheless regained trending status on Saturday after DA leader Mmusi Maimane posted the below tweet. Why when an individual has served with...

  • South Africa’s Twitter celebs sponsor R1.4m Gupta ‘bounty hunt’

    South Africa's elite policing unit, the Hawks, are currently searching the country for fugitive Ajay Gupta, Atul Gupta, Rajesh "Tony" Gupta and Duduzane Zuma. Following the fall of Jacob Zuma from the presidency, a number of Gupta associates have been arrested by police. Ajay Gupta is wanted in connection with the Estina Dairy Farm project, but the Hawks just can't seem to find him. "Suspect Ajay Gupta is evading the law, we have begun to hunt him down. He can run but he can't hide," tweeted South Africa's minister of police Fikile Mbalula early Saturday. Suspect Ajay Gupta is evading the law,We...

  • Missed President Ramaphosa’s SONA? Relive it in 50+ tweets

    Would you believe it, the State of the Nation address (SONA) actually kicked off on time for once, with President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering it for the first time. But what were some of the highlights? And more importantly, what did Twitter find most exciting? Here we go. "The calm before it starts," tweets @ParliamentZA, well before proceedings began. WATCH: The calm before it all starts. With Just 7 hours to go until #SONA2018 - final preparations are underway in front of the National Assembly where President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the State of the Nation Address pic.twitter.com/VIrvzouUoi — SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) February 16,...

  • Watch South Africa’s SONA 2018 live on YouTube here

    We've had to wait a few extra days, but tonight South Africans will finally receive a State of the Nation Address (SONA) from its President, albeit not the one they've enjoyed for nearly a decade. Newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will begin his speech at 7pm tonight (if the EFF behave), after the pomp and ceremony that most of us have come to enjoy. Watch Cyril Ramaphosa's first SONA as the President of South Africa below But for those who are working late or don't have access to television coverage, Parliament's always-entertaining YouTube channel has already primed its livestream for viewing. At the moment...

  • Cyril Ramaphosa jogging in Sea Point was a selfie moment not to be missed

    Cape Town's quite used to running into celebrities along its more popular attractions, but a South African president? Yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa was spotted with former finance minister Trevor Manuel and a crew of bodyguards taking a leisurely jog along the city's Sea Point promenade. Naturally, other joggers stopped mid-4km, got out their phones, and asked the new leader of the nation for a selfie. He obliged. The early bird catches the President🐦🏃🏻‍♀️🇿🇦 . #cyrilramaphosa #presidentramaphosa #morningrun #seapoint #sona2018 #southafrica #nike A post shared by Carla Bester (@carla_bester) on Feb 15, 2018 at 10:49pm PST Friday morning celeb spotting on the prom - what...

  • South Africa’s #SaveWater mascot Splash is scarier than the drought

    While the City of Cape Town is using apps, Twitter campaigns and Mmusi Maimane's bucket delegation skills to remind South Africans to save water, the nation's Department of Water and Sanitation is taking a -- ahem -- different approach. "Splash" -- the #SaveWater mascot composed of a water droplet shaped head, no neck, a green-and-gold suit, and a creepy crotch hashtag -- was revealed to the world this week at the DWS's #SaveWater ambassador campaign launch. "The #SaveWater ambassador programme is a multi-sectoral initiative that includes a wide array of partners including Miss Earth SA, Operation SA, Tsogo Sun to ensure...

  • Shh, don’t tag Malusi Gigaba while he’s playing Candy Crush

    When journalists spied a certain finance minister Malusi Gigaba playing iPad games during Ramaphosa's big moment yesterday, you just knew social media would light it up. As unkind as it usually is, Twitter was first to poke and prod. But others were more interested in what level Gigaba was tackling. Over on @AdvBarryRoux -- a Barry Roux parody account now known for pulling no punches on the network -- users asked this question, subsequently tagging @mgigaba. Did anyone tag @mgigaba to ask what level was he playing here? — 😂❤🎧🙏91/🖒/✌👌 (@Teboho_8008) February 15, 2018 "Did anyone tag @mgigaba to ask what level was he...

  • SONA 2018 build up: Memeburn revisits the SONAs of the past

    While it may be the political highlight of the year, the State of he Nation Address (or SONA) is also a social media event not to be missed. Memeburn has covered the social side of SONA for seven long years, and today we take a look at some of the items we've added to the scrapbook. *wipes away the cobwebs* In 2011, a drinking game became the best way to completely forget that Jacob Zuma was your president, courtesy of then 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff. That same year, the Presidency asked South Africans on the budding social network dubbed Twitter for...

  • Global social media partially freaks out after Jacob Zuma’s exit

    Step aside Cape Town water crisis. South Africa has a new big international story that's gracing the home pages of world media websites. According to numbers released by analytics firm Meltwater, more than 20 000 articles focussing on the resignation of President Jacob Zuma's have been penned within the past 24 hours. The United States -- currently processing pressing political issues of its own, including the DACA bill and government spending -- has seen three times as many pieces published on by its own media outlets when compared to that of South Africa's. "The massive online response we’ve seen is no doubt...

  • TWR Podcast: #ZumaResigns, Africa Tech Summit, and Huawei P Smart in SA

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup podcast, where the Burn Media team chats the latest in tech and startup news! This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker and Julia Breakey. This week the team talk resignations, Rwanda, and really average phones The team starts out with the topic on every South African's lips: President Jacob Zuma's resignation. With all the punditry experience that social media provides, we discuss how we feel, what it means for social media, and vaguely reference Thabo Mbeki's role in political party Cope. Julia would like it noted here that her assertion that Mbeki was involved in the foundation of Cope stems...

  • Cyril Ramaphosa is South Africa’s new president

    Former Deputy President and current ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa is now South Africa's new leader after he was sworn in by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at a special Parliamentary sitting on Thursday. This comes after former South African President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation Wednesday evening, after the ANC's national executive committee recalled him. "I'd like to thank all the members of this Assembly. I want to thank you for the honour you bestow on me for electing me in this position," Ramaphosa told the House in a brief speech. #PresidentRamaphosa began trending across South Africa soon after he was put forward...

  • Bug or business? Facebook joins the SMS spamming game [Update]

    Update: According to a note published on Friday by Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, it was indeed a bug. "When we heard about this, we looked into it right away," he began. "Two-factor authentication is an important security feature that has helped a lot of people mitigate the risk of phishing attempts and helps protect people from having their accounts compromised. We also give people control over their notifications, and the last thing we want is for people to avoid helpful security features because they fear they will receive unrelated notifications." He continued that it was "not our intention to send non-security-related...