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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.
  • So far, so good: Eskom keeps load shedding away on Friday

    For the first time since Sunday, South Africa's power utility Eskom has not switched off the lights. A load shedding free Friday morning comes after a week of power cuts left much of South Africa in the dark. On Thursday, Stage 2 load shedding was announced. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe and the company itself on Twitter have yet to confirm that load shedding will occur on Friday, but did state that the probability for power cuts was "low". "We are currently NOT loadshedding," tweeted Eskom from its official account on Friday morning. "Please contact your service provider if experiencing a power outage as...

  • Ajay Gupta is no longer on South Africa’s most wanted fugitives list

    Don't be surprised to see Ajay Gupta lazing on a Cape Town beach in the future. The controversial businessmen and one of the brothers involved in state capture, bribery and corruption allegations, is no longer a wanted man in South Africa. The Gupta brothers' wanted level increased in August last year, when former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas revealed that he was offered a R600-million bribe to become the new finance minister in a meeting organised by former President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane Zuma. However, on Thursday, the National Prosecuting Authority announced that Ajay Gupta's warrant for arrest has been revoked. The news...

  • Is this the purge? Instagram users lose thousands of followers thanks to ‘issue’

    On Wednesday, a slew of Instagram users took to other social networks to complain about their dwindling follower numbers. But it seems that people aren't actually smashing that unfollow button en masse. Instead, Instagram acknowledged that there's an issue with the platform. "We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now. We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible," it tweeted from its official account. https://twitter.com/instagram/status/1095664792373743616 The company failed to elaborate the nature of the "issue" but didn't explicitly suggest it was a purge of fake or bot accounts as many online...

  • EskomSePush: developing a load shedding success story

    Load shedding apps first came to the fore in 2014, back when it was common practice for our glorious electricity provider to switch off our lights at the most inconvenient times. Some five years later, South Africa's once again facing long nights lit only by ever-shortening candles. But while this fate can't be avoided by the average South African, we can all be prepared for when it does. That's where apps, and their ability to quickly serve information, come to the fore. We've seen a fair few of these come and go, but one has stuck around since 2014. Perhaps its the name,...

  • South Africa’s unemployment rate decreased in Q4 2018

    South Africa's unemployment rate dropped in the final quarter of 2018, Statistics South Africa announced on Tuesday in its Quarterly Labour Force Survey results. The rate decreased from 27.5% in Q3 2018 to 27.1% in Q4 2018, after an additional 70 000 citizens found employment during this period. In total, 16.5-million South Africans are currently employed. https://twitter.com/StatsSA/status/1095254861053128705 While this is a small win that should be celebrated, there are a multitude of negatives that should be highlighted. For one, this means that 6.1-million people remained unemployed in South Africa in Q4 2018. Additionally, the youth unemployment rate -- specifically looking at those aged between 15...

  • FNB Connect gets data transfer, monthly rollover and usage alert features

    If you're an FNB Connect user, you will now have the option to roll over your remaining data to the following month. In a statement on Tuesday, FNB revealed that the move is in response to ICASA's requirements on data expiry on mobile networks. FNB Connect will also introduce a free data transfer feature, allowing users to send data to one another on the network. This also includes data that has rolled over. The network is also adding an option for users to receive data depletion notifications at 50%, 80% and 100% "allowing them to actively track and manage usage". "This is part...

  • SA still loves ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ more than Kevin Hart, ‘Aquaman’

    How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has retained its top spot on Southern Africa's box office chart for a second weekend, this according to data from Ster-Kinekor. The flick held off Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston's second place flick The Upside for a consecutive week, while Aquaman remained in third as the highest grossing flick on the chart with a haul of R52.9-million to date. In fourth place, DJ Black Coffee and Kagiso Lediga's Matwetwe continues its local popularity surge, jumping two places to fourth this week. Bohemian Rhapsody fell one place to fifth, while South Africa's other two movies...

  • Eskom implements Stage 4 load shedding

    If the announcement on Sunday that load shedding was set to ruin South Africans' lives once again for the next few months didn't annoy you, Eskom's latest announcement surely will. On Monday, Stage 2 load shedding was implemented from 9am, but by around 1pm, not enough load was being shed from the grid. In response, the company's spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe on Monday afternoon announced that the country is now facing Stage 4 load shedding for the remainder of the day. Stage 4 is the most severe level on its panic chart. https://twitter.com/KhuluPhasiwe/status/1094918900637200384 This will allow the ailing power utility to shed more than 4000mW...

  • Netflix’s Smart Downloads features heads to iOS

    Netflix's Smart Downloads feature is now available on iOS, the company announced on Thursday. Smart Downloads was first released to Android in July 2018. The feature allows users to download new episodes immediately after the previous one is complete. It will also delete the older episode automatically. To use the feature, users will be required to connect to WiFi. Smart Downloads are also entirely opt-in, and can be switched on or off from the app's Downloads section. Feature image: Netflix

  • South Africa’s 2019 elections will be held on 8 May 2019

    South Africans will vote for their new national and provincial leaders on 8 May 2019. The date was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during Thursday's SONA. The 2019 General Election will be the second time the event is held in May since democracy, and will fall almost exactly five years since the previous election, held in 2014. Citizens who are registered or partook in the final registration weekend in late January will be eligible to cast their vote. Feature image: screenshot, IEC South Africa

  • South Africa just crowned its best dressed politician at #SONA2019

    Looks like Twitter's found its most fashionable candidate of SONA 2019. Thanks to a viral tweet by TV personality Lelo Boyana on Thursday, ANC MEC Vatiswa Bam-Mugwanya is now famous after a still from an ENCA broadcast was snapped of her in Parliamentary glam relaxing in the chamber. Her outfit was anything but ordinary. https://twitter.com/MsLeloB/status/1093569588154060806 Donning fabulous head wear and even more spectacular glasses, Twitter instantly stanned the National Assembly member. Her chill posture also resonated with South Africans sitting back listening to President Cyril Ramaphosa's second SONA. https://twitter.com/TheeFela/status/1093572243609788416 Thankfully, one Twitter user blessed us with her entire outfit, which is nothing less than wonderful. https://twitter.com/Maunanaa/status/1093574527097933826 See people?...

  • #SONA2019, ‘Afrikaans’ is trending on Twitter worldwide right now

    So #SONA2019 is currently trending worldwide on Twitter, and it's pretty obvious why. But if you gaze further down the social network's top trends on Thursday night, you'll see "Afrikaans". Yes. "Afrikaans" is now trending worldwide on Twitter. Not just in South Africa. Worldwide. As for why, well, it might be because of this little incident at SONA 2019 earlier... https://twitter.com/Zaahidah_M/status/1093554820726865920 During the national anthem, the EFF took a seat in Parliament when the Afrikaans section began. The third stanza of South Africa's current anthem is taken from the country's former anthem called Die Stem, used by the country during the apartheid...

  • Ramaphosa, Maimane will ‘start a band’ if Malema wins the 2019 Election

    When Julius Malema becomes President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa will sing Thuma Mina live in Parliament, this according to the current President during Thursday evening's SONA. In a smart bit of politics, current President Ramaphosa began proceedings -- threatened by the prospect of disruption from the EFF -- with a "disclaimer". It was more a funny, playful way to disarm the party. The President noted that when he ran into Malema earlier on Thursday, the two agreed that if the EFF wins the 2019 Presidential election, Ramaphosa will honour him by singing the famous Hugh Masekela song -- first used by...

  • Watch South Africa’s #SONA2019 live from Cape Town here

    After last year's SONA delay, courtesy of the change in the Presidency, 2019's State of the Nation Address will start on time, and on the initially proposed date. That date is today! President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to deliver his second address at the helm of the country, which will begin at 7pm tonight (that is, if the EFF doesn't disrupt proceedings as suggested). But, if you can't quite get out of the Cape Town CBD before then, find yourself stuck without a television, or want to covertly watch the address from abroad, you can do that from the Parliament YouTube channel's...

  • Trippin’ With Skhumba is Showmax’s first travel-comedy Original

    South African streaming service Showmax on Wednesday announced its third Original set to debut after 2017's Tali's Wedding Diary, and January's The Girl From St Agnes. But unlike these shows, this Original will take the form of a travel show, hosted by and starring South African comedians. Trippin' With Skhumba will star Tembisa-born comedian Skhumba Hlophe as he travels with fellow comedians to their hometowns. Showmax explains that the show will cover the "places that won’t make any tourism brochures and stories that would be edited out of any authorised biographies". Starring in the first season are comedians Celeste Ntuli, Siya Seya, Salesman,...