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  • Donald Trump’s really owning this ‘smocking gun’ misspelling

    US President Donald Trump on Monday posted a tweet that has people flipping through dictionaries and thesauri once again. Continuing his tirade against the Democrats and former FBI director James Comey, Trump tweeted that the former cannot find a "smocking gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia". "That's because there was NO COLLUSION," he added, caps included. “Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,... — Donald...

  • See Andy Serkis play Theresa May and Gollum in this Brexit cross-over event

    Andy Serkis is a living legend. When he's not winning Oscars for becoming an emotive clump of living pixels, he's doing Theresa May impressions in the voice of Gollum and Smeagol of Lord of the Rings fame. In a video published on Sunday, the "Prime Minister" -- presumably possessed by the spirit of the disfigured and slighly evil hobbit -- receives a copy of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, a near 600-page long document that details how the UK will pull out of the EU. Serkis then begins what might be the best cross-over event in history. "We's in a nasty mess my...

  • South Africa (finally) gets its first locally-made Netflix Original

    Netflix has today announced that South Africa will get its first locally-produced and directed Netflix Original in the form of Queen Sono. Starring Pearl Thusi -- who has appeared on Netflix before in the movie Catching Feelings -- will star as a "kickass female spy". "Can't wait for you guys to see what we have in store for you," she added in a tweet. #QueenSono - Africa’s first @netflix original ! A thrilling story about a kickass female spy. Can’t wait for you guys to see what we have in store for you ! @NetflixSA pic.twitter.com/z0LtRTbspv— Pearl Thusi (@PearlThusi) 10 December 2018 According...

  • YouTube Rewind 2018 is now YouTube’s second-most disliked video ever

    YouTube Rewind 2018, in its four days of existence, has shattered a remarkable but unflattering record. The video, which was published on Friday, is now the video company's second-most disliked video ever, with more than 6.8-million dislikes. It's also the most disliked non-music video in YouTube history too. Only Justin Bieber's "Baby" has more dislikes on the platform (at 9.7-million), and Rewind 2018's less than 2.9-million dislikes away from taking its crown. The video's now more hated than "Despacito" -- the most watched video in YouTube history -- Rebecca Black's "Friday", and that Call of Duty trailer from 2016. Rewind traditionally recaps platform's year-that-was,...

  • A whole lot of Jellyfish are washing up on Cape Town’s beaches

    If you're heading to one of Cape Town's beaches this weekend, you may find that much of the fluffy white sand is actually covered in jellyfish. Over the past few weeks, a vast number of the sea creatures have washed up on some of the city's beaches. The Two Oceans Aquarium on Thursday detailed the phenomenon in a blog post, which has been recorded at Milnerton Beach, Lagoon Beach, Melkbosstrand, Bloubergstrand, as well as some beaches along False Bay. The cause is not yet understood. View this post on Instagram 🐙🌊🐙🌊🐙 #qualle#kapstadt#bloubergstrand#südafrika#strand#sommer#sonne#urlaub A post shared by San Dy (@x_san_dy_x) on Dec 4, 2018 at...

  • Cape Town and surrounds enjoyed a wet week in December

    It might be December, but parts of the Western Cape had a particularly wet week according to rainfall figures released by the South African Weather Service on Friday. From Wednesday through to Friday morning, certain high-lying areas of the Cape received notable precipitation. Between 8am on Thursday and 8am Friday, Kirstenbosch, on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, received 46mm of rainfall. On Wednesday, it received an additional 2mm of rain. Further inland, Wellington, Paarl, Ceres and Langebaan all received more than 10mm between Thursday and Friday morning. 24 hour #rainfall measured at 8:00 this morning. @ReenvalSA pic.twitter.com/cKbz4zKU7u — SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) December...

  • Uber is now more expensive to use in South Africa

    As of Friday 7 December, your Uber trip to the airport and back is going to cost a bit more than it did before. The ridesharing company announced on its blog that fares will be adjusted to make the service a more "reliable economic opportunity for drivers, as well as an affordable option for riders". "For driver-partners, this will help to ensure that they are able to maximise their earnings while on the road," the company added. "The change in fare prices will allow driver-partners to earn more in order to make up for the rising cost of business and living...

  • The brief timeline of Kevin Hart’s 2019 Oscars Twitter fiasco

    Comedian and actor Kevin Hart was supposed to host the 2019 Oscars, but on Friday he stepped down from the role after a slew of old homophobic tweets resurfaced. A number of tweets posted some ten years ago were shared by Guardian US journalist Benjamin Lee, and other users on the social network. Many of the tweets screenshot in the post were deleted on Thursday. I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZbYG6SI3Xm — Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) 5 December 2018 Buzzfeed reporter Adam B. Vary too trawled Hart's Twitter account more thoroughly on Wednesday -- when...

  • These were the biggest tracks and artists on Spotify in 2018

    Before we mention anything else, yes, Drake was Spotify's most popular artist globally. Now that that's out of the way, the streaming music service this week announced its biggest (non-Toronto born) artists, and music of the year. So, who placed where? Drake, for the record, snagged 8.2-million plays this year, making him the most streamed artist on the platform of all time. "God's Plan" -- the most popular track of the year on the streaming service -- brought in more than a billion streams alone. Post Malone was world number two, while XXXTENTACION, J Balvin and Ed Sheeran made it an all-male top...

  • The internet thinks YouTube Rewind 2018 is pretty terrible

    Well... it's pretty safe to suggest that YouTube Rewind 2018 is controversial. The annual video published by the Google-owned service pays homage to the year that was and the moments that made it, all created by the internet's biggest personalities. This year's theme was "everyone controls rewind" and, well, it had its highs and lows. For one, animation YouTubers Domics, JaidenAnimations and Illymation among others got their time in the spotlight. Two South African-born creators/personalities also feature in Caspar Lee and Trevor Noah. But that's where the joy seemingly ends. On the face of it, the clip opens with Will Smith being Will...

  • These were South Africa’s hottest Twitter hashtags in 2018

    When people weren't tweeting about South Africa's political issues, health issues, state issues, or sport, they were tweeting about soapies. Twitter on Wednesday shared a few insights into the country's relationship with the social network, including the most popular hashtags, tweets, and conversation topics. Let's start with something upbeat: entertainment. The country's most talked about show was on Mzanzi Magic. #TheQueenMzanzi "is a South African telenovela created and produced by Ferguson Films about a dedicated wife, mother and successful businesswoman who is forced to do the unthinkable when her husband's secret comes to light," notes TVSA. And yeah, South Africa loves it. The show...

  • ‘Comedians of the World’ hits Netflix on New Years Day

    If you like stand up comedy and have no intention of going out on New Years Day, Netflix's latest announcement might tickle your funny bone. The streaming company's Comedians of the World series, which was first announced in July, finally has a launch date: 1 January 2019. The series is set to feature 47 comedians in 13 regions, including South Africa, each delivering a half-hour stand up routine. While many of the content has already been recorded at Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy show in July, other sets have also been taped in São Paulo, Mexico City, Mumbai, Berlin, and Amsterdam thoughout...

  • South Africa’s out of recession after GDP grows by 2.2%

    South Africa is out of recession after the country's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.2% in the third quarter of the year. The new numbers were released by Statistics SA on Tuesday morning. The growth comes after two dull, depressing quarters for the South African economy which plunged it into a technical recession. The South African #economy is out of #recession, growing by 2,2% in Q3:2018 compared with Q2:2018 #StatsSA Access all available #GDP documents here until website has been restored: https://t.co/lr2ofjt7rN pic.twitter.com/pldYYaD1lQ — Stats SA (@StatsSA) 4 December 2018 Sectors responsible for growth in Q3 included manufacturing (7.5% growth quarter-over-quarter), agriculture (6.5%),...

  • Polokwane’s a more popular destination than Cape Town, new study suggests

    More people visited Polokwane in 2017 than Cape Town according to a study conducted by Mastercard. The company's Global Destination Cities Index, published on Tuesday, revealed that Johannesburg was once again the continent's most popular city. 4.05-million visitors stayed in the city for one night or more in 2017, which places it top of the African cities which made the list. "On average, international visitors stayed 10.9 nights and spent US$48 per day in Johannesburg, with shopping accounting for more than 50 percent of their total spend," the report added. Notably, Polokwane -- a city north of Johanensburg and the capital of Limpopo...

  • Video: Bicycle shop trashed, looted after Cape Town lights festival

    Cape Town's annual festive lights gathering is supposed to be a joyous occasion for families, but things turned ugly in the late hours after the event. On Monday around 5am, a bicycle shop in Long Street was trashed and looted. The store, known as Rook Cycles, uploaded a CCTV video to Instagram and Facebook documenting the incident. The 46-second long video shows more than 20 looters jump through the store's broken window, snatching bicycles and bags. At one point, a group of trespassers actually fight over a bicycle in the store. "We’re so optimistic about South Africa. We’ve had opportunities to open elsewhere,...