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Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn.
  • Cyril Ramaphosa’s stimulus package gets social media talking

    Remember the early days of President Cyril Ramaphosa rise to power? He was loved across South Africa, and especially on social media. But that love affair, that "ramaphoria" as it was known, has largely abated. At the Union Buildings on Friday morning, Ramaphosa announced a R400-billion stimulus package that he and his administration hopes will reignite the smouldering South African economy. President Ramaphosa: The #StimulusPackage has four broad parts: 1 implementation of growth enhancing economic reforms 2 reprioritisation of public spending to support job creation 3 the establishment of an Infrastructure Fund 4 addressing urgent matters in education & health — South African Government (@GovernmentZA) September 21,...

  • The Berg River Dam is now more than 100% full

    Cape Town's third largest and youngest dam, the Berg River Dam, is the first of the city's large dams to hit the 100% mark. After a week of cold weather and rain, the dam gained 2.8% putting it over its specified capacity of 130 000 megalitres. It now joins its northerly Western Cape neighbour, the Clanwilliam Dam, in breaching the 100% mark this week. Interestingly, based on percentage of capacity, the Misverstrand Dam is currently the Western Cape's most bountiful dam, holding 113.6% of its designed capacity. It's commonly used for water sport and recreation. View this post on Instagram So awesome to see...

  • You can now DM friends GIFs on Instagram

    Instagram has introduced a feature everyone has wanted since the dawn of the company. No. It's not chronological feeds. Instead the company now lets users send your friends GIFs via Direct Messages. "From 'LOL' to 'I love you,' you can express yourself in countless visual ways when you’re messaging your friends," the company wrote in an update. Users stick of words and emoji can now insert moving images into their direct messages to friends. Tap the GIF button in the message composer bar to access the GIF library. It's not clear if it's the same library you find on Stories -- yes,...

  • The Clanwilliam Dam becomes an unlikely social media star

    The Clanwilliam Dam, north of Cape Town, is an unlikely social media star this week, after the reservoir's sluice gates were opened and dramatic videos were the result. The dam, which holds 121 000 megalitres used for irrigation, was 99.4% full as of 17 September according to the Western Cape Government. However, it's likely that recent rains have pushed the dam's level beyond the 100% mark, because it's now releasing water back into the Olifants River. Videos and pictures on Twitter and Instagram have been posted of the dam's improved state this week. For comparison, it was just 38.4% in September 2017. This video...

  • How do you follow Cape Town’s new mayor on social media? You can’t

    It's official: Cape Town's next mayor will be former mayor Dan Plato, the DA confirmed on Tuesday. He will take over the reins from outgoing mayor Patricia De Lille from 1 November. This week the party also announced that Alan Winde will be the DA's candidate for Premier of the Western Cape, and confirmed that Mmusi Maimane -- who was running against Winde -- will remain the party leader. But while Winde is active on social media, De Lille boasts a big online following, and Maimane has an undoubted and established presence on Twitter, Dan Plato is the outlier. His personal...

  • Captain Marvel rediscovers her past in the movie’s first trailer

    When was the last time you saw non-pirate Nick Fury? Is Captain Marvel auditioning for the next Spider-Man movie? How on Earth is Captain Marvel going to fit into the larger cinematic universe? All this and more was answered in Marvel's first Captain Marvel trailer, which debuted on Tuesday. The trailer, which provides little backstory and lots of hype, largely explores the notion that Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) thinks she had a life on Earth. The trailer's framed around this idea, with Danvers seemingly exploring her own origin story in the upcoming flick. This, for all intents and purposes, would be...

  • Video: Hey Cape Town, it’s officially snowing on Table Mountain right now

    Well, here's something you don't see often, let alone in September. On Wednesday morning, the Table Mountain Cableway on Instagram reported that snow had begun falling at the Upper Station near the mountain's summit. A video was also included for non-believers, and those experiencing immense FOMO. "Christmas has come early at the #Cableway ... it's 2 degrees at the summit of #tablemountain and it's snowing," the company wrote in the post, published around 11am Wednesday. View this post on Instagram Christmas has come early at the #Cableway ... it's 2 degrees at the summit of #tablemountain and it's snowing 😎 A post shared by...

  • Cannabis in Coca Cola may be the future of wellness drinks

    Coca Cola has confirmed that it's not ruling out the use of cannabis in its future wellness products. More specifically a substance contained in cannabis called Cannabidiol (CBD) which said to relieve pain but not produce the high that many associate with weed, could be added to a wellness drink. "Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world," Coca Cola spokesperson Kent Landers said in a statement to Bloomberg. "The space is evolving quickly. No decisions have been made at this time." Notably, the...

  • Cape Town’s dams up to 70% but Theewaterskloof lags behind

    Cape Town's dams are now 70% full, this according to the City's latest dam levels report. That an increase of just 0.9% over the previous week. Still, it's the first time this milestone has been reached in September since 2015. That may seem sufficient, but the largest dam in the system that holds nearly 54% of Cape Town's surface water, the Theewaterskloof Dam, remains just 52.5% full. It did however gain 1.1% over the previous week. Other dams however are all above 80% full. The Berg River Dam is 97.6% full, but fell by 0.8% over the previous week. The Voëlvlei Dam...

  • SpaceX will fly a Japanese billionaire around the moon for art

    Elon Musk's SpaceX has announced the first private space tourist to venture to the Moon's orbit will be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. Maezawa, founder of Japanese fashion firm Zozo and art aficionado, will hand pick "a painter, musician, film director, fashion designer..." and some of the "Earth's greatest talents" to join him on the mission. "During the week-long spaceflight, what will they see? What will they feel? What will they create," quips a totally cringe line on the mission's web page. Looks like that BA degree might come in handy after all. Although the party won't land on the Moon's surface, it will...

  • Someone’s sticking needles in Australia’s strawberries, and no one knows why

    Australia's dealing with a rather odd crisis at present. Sewing needles have been found lodged in strawberries and bananas across the country, in what some are calling "commercial terrorism". Last week, a man was taken to hospital after swallowing a strawberry that contained a needle. This week, the issue has escalated, with six of the country's territories all reporting incidents. Incredibly, at least six brands are also afflicted. The country's minister for health Greg Hunt has ordered the "Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate the handling of strawberry contamination," he tweeted. "I urge all Australians be vigilant for potential contaminants." I have ordered...

  • Watch: Typhoon Mangkhut wreaks havoc in Hong Kong

    Last week, at least seven cyclonic storms were active in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. While all the news focused on Hurricane Florence which clattered into the US east coast, fiercest storm was making landfall just south of Hong Kong. When Super Typhoon Mangkhut finally struck China, it lashed Hong Kong with 180km/h wind and driving rain. Can't quite wrap your head around that number? That's more than enough power to rip a crane from a building in Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong. Scaffolding collapse at a building site in Kowloon pic.twitter.com/O69ILlXOJr — 高地柏啲 (香港) (@HighlandPaddyHK) September 16, 2018 This video was viewed over 1.4-million...

  • Canadian college offers new qualification in growing cannabis

    You can soon leave college in Canada with a qualification in growing cannabis. Yes Elon, weed. Ontario's Niagara College, CBC reports, recently debuted its cannabis programme which teaches students the fundamentals of cultivating and caring for the versatile herb. "Students will get intensive hands-on training in growing pot with classes that focus on topics like plant nutrition, climate control, pest control and plant selection," the report adds. Courses about Canada's cannabis legislation are also taught. Even with the prospect of sitting through boring legal chatter, the course as a whole is proving extremely popular. Reportedly only 24 spots are available, but more than 300 people...

  • These people are getting very wet reporting on Hurricane Florence

    Hurricane Florence is just a few kilometres east of North Carolina at the time of writing, but hurricane-force winds have been lashing the US east coast since late Thursday. As is customary with hurricanes in the modern era, a few fearless meteorologists, reporters and camerapeople are braving the conditions to broadcast live images to stations and social media across the world. Nat Geo photographer Mike Theiss is one such example. Intense band from Hurricane #Florence swirling through Wrightsville Beach right now causing strong winds and torrential downpours !! Currently a barometric pressure of 989mb. pic.twitter.com/mA8X0em9dy — Mike Theiss (@MikeTheiss) September 14, 2018 Mike Seidel,...

  • Nelson Mandela Bay’s Churchill Dam is 100% full (and overflowing)

    On 3 September, the Eastern Cape's Churchill Dam held less than 25% of its storage capacity. As of today, the dam's more than 100% full. According to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the 35 420 megalitre dam just east of Humansdorp is full to the brim, with its neighbouring reservoirs not far behind. In all, the dams serving the metropolitan area surrounding Port Elizabeth are now 45% full. 10 days ago, they were 18% from being completely dry. Pictures of the Churchill Dam's remarkable recovery have also been posted to social media. Weather enthusiast account @ReenvalSA posted the below picture on Thursday morning,...