2018 in review: the biggest stories of the year

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Minister of Public Entreprise Malusi Gigaba delivering his reply of the State of the Nation Address in Parliament, Cape Town.19/02/2013

This year has gone by in one indistinguishable blur. If you can’t quite remember what happened in the past 12 months, enjoy a quick recap of some of Memeburn’s biggest stories below.

Julius Malema calls Trump a ‘pathological liar’

US President Donald Trump is known for giving every one important in his life a nickname, but what about those who bestow the honour upon him? Enter EFF Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema.

Dros Silverton rape sends SA into shock

A six-year-old girl was raped in a Dros branch in Pretoria in September. The news, and resultant videos of the incident on social media, sent shockwaves through South Africa.

All the WhatsApp questions that you need answered

WhatsApp seems simple on the surface, but it’s a complicated chat app the deeper you delve. We answered some of your most pressing questions about the Facebook messenger’s inner workings.

Cape Town’s dams hit 50% full mark in July

Remember when dam levels were just above 20% in January? More than five months and half a rainy season later, dam levels recovered to its strongest position in more than two years. It was big news in July.

Uploading pictures to Instagram using a PC is pretty easy

Don’t ever let anyone tell you it’s impossible to upload pictures from your PC directly to your Instagram feed. It can be done, and here’s how you do it.

Android apps you didn’t know you needed

Google’s Play Store has become a cesspool of useless money-grabbing apps, but among the weeds lie a few blooming roses.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hurt our eyes

Netflix’s reboot of the Archie Comics series was largely successful, but there was something perculiar about its cinematography that almost everyone on the internet just couldn’t understand.

Maze Runner: Death Cure is the weirdest ad for Cape Town

The third instalment of the Maze Runner series had a number of Easter eggs specifically for those who live, work, and holiday in Cape Town.

Revisit Ugandan Knuckles

A complex meme that still makes no sense today, Ugandan Knuckles was all the internet could talk about in the beginning of 2018.

Malusi Gigaba’s sex tape

Finally, who can forget this story? The former Minister of Finance and Minister of Home Affairs had his junk surface online.

Feature image: GovernmentZA via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Andy Walker


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