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  • Patricia de Lille announces GOOD, South Africa brings the puns

    Prepare for puns, people. Former Cape Town mayor and DA member Patricia de Lille this weekend announced the name of her new political party, set to run against her former employers, the ANC, and EFF in the 2019 elections. Its name is GOOD. No really, that's what it's called. "That name and identity arose from the hopeful and patriotic vision we hold and from the values we have enshrined in our movement’s constitution and our country’s constitution," the young party tweeted on Sunday morning. That name and identity arose from the hopeful and patriotic vision we hold and from the values we have...

  • Sabrina’s sassier and witchier than ever in this new season teaser

    This weekend, when everyone in South Africa was busy doing other things (like waiting eight hours to see Beyonce perform for 25 minutes), Netflix released its teaser trailer for the second part of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. That's right. Seasons aren't cool anymore. "Parts" it is. If you're expecting high drama in this short, don't. The trailer runs a little over 40 seconds, and showcases the now bleach-haired full-witch (played by Kiernan Shipka) experimenting with her powers (and fashion sense), running from bats, and receiving encouragement from Satan. You know, usual teenage witch stuff. Although it's not clear how many episodes will constitite...

  • Netflix’s Nailed It! gets a special Holiday-themed edition this December

    Nicole Byer is back, and bringing Jacques Torres along for another mini-season of the slightly disgusting and questionable cooking show Nailed It! The "Holiday!" edition of the Netflix's popular cooking show will still see three "chefs" pitted against one another, only this time they're recreating classic holiday munchies. The show is set to debut on 7 December 2018, but for a 100 second glimpse into the tummy-ache trials that is Nailed It! have a look at the teaser trailer below. Feature image: Netflix

  • EFF lays into DA’s John Steenhuisen for lacking post-matric qualification

    Twitter's all for education this morning after it was revealed that DA chief whip John Steenhuisen doesn't have a post-matric qualification. The news broke this weekend courtesy of a Sunday Times report (paywall). DA's 'degree' proposal could be bad news for chief whip John Steenhuisen https://t.co/gSO9j5nxtg — Sunday Times (@SundayTimesZA) 25 November 2018 It's not totally novel for a politician to have no tertiary education certificates -- our former President Jacob Zuma is a good example -- but the DA intends to pass legislation that would relegate chief whip Steenhuisen to a lower position based on his education certificates. Twitter, namely opposition parties on...

  • Bitcoin was stupidly cheap this weekend, now hovering around R55k

    Bitcoin didn't have a good Thanksgiving. Whether it was the dry turkey or the grainy pumpkin pie, the cryptocurrency has lost some 40% of its value in the past two weeks, falling to below US$4000 (R52 364) on Saturday. Compare this to its high water mark of US$19 666 recorded late in 2017, and the digital currency has lost three-quarters of its value in 2018 alone. At present, Bitcoin has recovered slightly, standing at just below R55 000. Other cryptocurrencies, which also didn't fare much better during the Thanksgiving-Black Friday mayhem, have largely recovered. Ripple (XRP) -- a cryptocurrency that's fast becoming a heavy...

  • ‘The Lion King’ trailer will give you the feels all over again

    In 1994, little known animated movie (/s) The Lion King made its debut and became my (and possibly the entire world's) favourite flick of all time. Filled with endearing characters, moving scenes, and a storyline laced with valuable life lessons, it was hard to beat in its day, and now. But next year, a reimagined CGI version of that same movie is set to make its debut, and today, Walt Disney Studios released its first trailer. Directed by Jon Favreau (who brought the world Iron Man and The Jungle Book), The Lion King tells the story of Simba who "must overcome betrayal...

  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade’s biggest attraction was blue-haired Goku

    The 92nd edition of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade may have been the coldest on record, but that's only until everyone's favourite super saiyan took to the skies. Goku (or Kakarot if you're his edgy brother or everyone's favourite meme star), regarded by many as the best manga character, made his first appearance at the balloon parade which usually features pop culture stalwarts like Charlie Brown and Ronald McDonald. Goku takes NYC—making history in his first-ever appearance in the #MacysParade! #DBsuper pic.twitter.com/8p6dJm9bo9 — Macy's (@Macys) November 22, 2018 But on Thursday morning, the character took to the skies above New York in the form...

  • #CabinetReshuffle: Ramaphosa recycles two ministers, merges two ministries

    A cabinet reshuffle during the day? I know right. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, albeit a little late, announced his newly spring-cleaned cabinet to the country on Thursday afternoon. In light of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba's resignation last week, and Minister of Environmental Affair's Edna Molewa's death earlier this year, there were a few vacancies to fill. Ramaphosa picked former Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele as Malusi Gigaba's replacement at Home Affairs. President @Cyril Ramaphosa announces new Ministers. #CabinetReshuffle pic.twitter.com/BHMJp54wJj — South African Government (@GovernmentZA) November 22, 2018 Nomvula Mokonyane, the country's former Minister of Communications, is now minister of...

  • Memeburn’s top tips and tricks for winning those Black Friday specials

    Black Friday is a game. Imagine that you're Mario, the sites offering specials are Princess Peach, and everything between you and the checkout is the level. Sometimes, these levels are pretty unfair, and laced with design issues. But there are ways to improve your chances of winning the game. Here are just a few. Log in to your favourite sites beforehand Once the crush begins and servers start melting, ensuring that you're logged in well before enhances your chances of successfully purchasing items. Last year, attempting to log in to any sites after 12am was impossible. Don't make that same mistake this...

  • Black Friday: these are Cell C, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom’s data specials

    Looking for more data this Black Friday? We take a look at what South Africa's big four networks -- Cell C, MTN, Telkom, and Vodacom -- are offering consumers this year. Cell C's Black Friday specials Following the announcement of its MediaPlay contract packages earlier this year, Cell C is now "is doubling the inclusive anytime data for both MediaPlay Postpaid and MediaPlay TopUp customers who purchase a 24-month contract". In a release, the mobile network suggested that the offer is valid for any new subscribers or those upgrading, and will be valid until 6 January 2019. "The double data will last for...

  • Dolce & Gabbana offends China, then claims its Instagram was hacked

    Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana is facing a huge PR dilemma after a tone-deaf advertisement was published to social media, mated to leaked discriminatory messages from co-founder Stefano Gabbana. Let's start with the ad. On Sunday, the brand published the first of a series of #DGLovesChina marketing clips to Instagram. The clip was part of the fashion company's build up to "The Great Show", an extravaganza featuring some of China's top personalities and models. The ad, which took the form of a short Instagram video, aimed to meld Italian and Chinese culture, but largely represented the latter as basic. "Welcome to Episode...

  • Pick n Pay Smart Shoppers can now gain points for petrol at BP

    Pick n Pay Smart Shopper card owners can now swipe their plastic at BP service stations to earn points on their fuel spend. The retailer and fuel company had previously hinted that the extended partnership will be implemented before year-end. Today, the pair made it official. BP and @PicknPay have partnered up! Visit your nearest BP and swipe your Smart Shopper card to start earning 20 points per litre of fuel! pic.twitter.com/7TnLlRfuLx — BP South Africa (@BP_SouthAfrica) November 22, 2018 Those who swipe their Smart Shopper cards at BP service centres will earn 20 points per litre of fuel. The points here, unlike...

  • Ariana Grande hits back at Piers Morgan for criticising Little Mix, Ellen and her mom

    Good Morning America anchor Piers Morgan has once again found himself at the centre of a Twitter war between UK pop group Little Mix, Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande and her mother. On Tuesday, Morgan targeted the girl band and criticised their choice of art for their upcoming album LM5. The cover is reminiscent of an Entertainement Weekly cover of the Dixie Chicks, who have text adorning their naked bodies. Hey @LittleMix - when are you going to admit you stole this idea from @dixiechicks? pic.twitter.com/dLRX2TMv2k — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 20, 2018 "Hey @LittleMix - when are you going to admit you stole...

  • Craziest Black Friday deal? Makro offers R150k off this bottle of whisky

    Stores are usually criticised for taking advantage of the hype by offering less-than-impressive Black Friday discounts, but one retailer is slicing nearly R150 000 off one particular product this year. The usually R550 000 bottle of Glenlivet 50 Year Old Winchester Collection Speyside Single Malt Scotch whisky (*breathe*) will this week retail for R399 999 at Makro. That's 27% discount, but results in quite the price drop nonetheless. Sure, we doubt any one is camping outside the firm's stores this morning waiting to get their hands on a bottle, but others on Twitter are considering using the deal for their own...

  • Instagram users have nothing but love for pumpkin pie

    Forget turkey, pies are an integral centrepiece to the Thanksgiving meal. It's so important, that even the Pentagon has gone a bit nuts with pie orders, while Khloe Kardashian has even "lied" about making her own little pastries in the past. Scenes. Yeah, it's a serious, serious menu item. So it's massive news when Instagram announces the most popular pies of the feast day. According to hashtag analysis of posts made within the past week, the social media company revealed that over half of its users hold pumpkin pie in the highest regard. 🚨 TREND ALERT 🚨 #Thanksgiving = time for pie. So, here's...