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  • Infographic: Facebook celebrates Int’l Women’s Day with stats

    South Africa may celebrate National Women's Day on 8 August each year, but on 8 March the globe celebrates International Women's Day. "In 2017, International Women’s Day was the #1 most talked-about moment of the year," Facebook wrote in a post. "It was a moment that rallied the world around empowering women, and that was just the beginning of mounting energy for women’s movements that shows no signs of slowing down in 2018." Today, Facebook released some interesting stats about women on its social network and the impact International Women's Day has had on the site. According to the company, more than 40%...

  • How to have a movie night to remember [Sponsored]

    As the weather gets colder, the nights get longer. Going out is becoming a hassle and you want nothing more than to curl up by the fire and soak up the warmth. At the same time, you want a little more excitement during these cozy nights in. Well, we have the answer. Time to turn on your QLED TV, turn down the lights and grab some popcorn — it’s movie night! And what better way to get lost in the movie world than with the immersive experience of 4K HDR, HDR 1500, and HDR10+ in one screen? 4K HDR takes you...

  • Here’s how SA’s dealing with its polony withdrawal on Twitter

    Forget avocado. Polony is now the most talked about food on social media in South Africa, this after the likely source of the country's listeriosis crisis was revealed. Listeriosis is a potentially deadly illness caused by the bacterium listeria, which can be found in uncooked and processed animal products. More than 180 people have died in South Africa during the current outbreak. Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi this week suggested that an Enterprise factory in Polokwane, Limpopo was earmarked as ground zero, in addition to a facility in Germiston and a Rainbow Chicken factory in the Free State. This caused a mild panic...

  • Google adds ‘jobs search experience’ to its Search pages

    Google wants to make it easier for those unemployed in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to find a job online. This at least according to its "new job search experience" will it suggests will simplify the process of researching local job listings on Google when using mobile and desktop. Similar to searching for flights and products, when users search for jobs an additional box with more granular information will be displayed on the results page. Tapping on this box will provide users with more details on the listings, from the job title, location, duration and requirements. Google Maps data will also...

  • MiniMeme podcast: How to thrive as a South African YouTuber

    Welcome to MiniMeme, the podcast run by Burn Media's junior staff where we talk any topic that tickles our fancy! This week, Julia Breakey chats to prominent South African YouTubers to find out what it takes to make YouTube a career, from content to monetisation to engaging with the community. If you're looking to make your way onto the platform but are struggling to find your stride, let the wisdom of the experienced push you in the right direction: https://soundcloud.com/burn-media/south-african-youtubers-talk-ma/s-4AIY9 Find the creators featured in this episode here: Gareth Mason Hayls World Michael Cost Naledi Mallela Sandhira Chetty Sibu Mpanza Pap Culture

  • Watch Malusi Gigaba deliver the 2018 Budget Speech live on YouTube

    Settle down, tune into Parliament's livestream, and clutch your bank balances tightly as Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba delivers his maiden budget speech. The budget speech lays out the government's expenditure road map for the year ahead, and is definitely as important as the State of the Nation Address. And judging by media chatter prior to the speech, this one likely won't go without drama. The 2018 Budget Speech begins at 2pm today The EFF have threatened to boycott the speech if President Cyril Ramaphosa does not sack Gigaba. Additionally, Gigaba -- who enjoyed a wonderful game of Candy Crush while the new SA...

  • South Africa’s social media was surprisingly positive last week

    The good feels are back in South Africa's social and news media spheres according to stats from analytics firm ROI Africa. It suggests that South Africa had just enjoyed one of its more positive weeks in recent memory. The firm's data -- which encompassed the past week ending 18 February -- suggests that Twitter went from its usually extremely nihilistic self to Cloud Cuckoo Land in a matter of hours. Jacob Zuma's resignation last Wednesday, together with Cyril Ramaphosa's rise contributed to more than 55% of local online news, ROIAfrica stated. "On the day of #Zuma’s resignation, 80% of our reporting and social...

  • Watch live: SA politicians debate Ramaphosa’s SONA 2018

    After what was a remarkably civil Friday in Parliament for SONA 2018, members are back in the house today to debate President Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA 2018. We can almost guarantee that the likes of Mmusi Maimane, Julius Malema and the rest of the opposition will have lots to say. (And everyone on the below list too). Live at 10am, Joint Sitting Debate on the State of the Nation Address #SONADebate #SONA2018 . Watch on ParliamentTV #DSTV408 pic.twitter.com/EUptgH9Tti — Parliament of RSA (@ParliamentofRSA) February 19, 2018 Catch the live Parliamentary stream on YouTube below, and budget about three hours of your day to enjoy...

  • Missed President Ramaphosa’s SONA? Relive it in 50+ tweets

    Would you believe it, the State of the Nation address (SONA) actually kicked off on time for once, with President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering it for the first time. But what were some of the highlights? And more importantly, what did Twitter find most exciting? Here we go. "The calm before it starts," tweets @ParliamentZA, well before proceedings began. WATCH: The calm before it all starts. With Just 7 hours to go until #SONA2018 - final preparations are underway in front of the National Assembly where President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the State of the Nation Address pic.twitter.com/VIrvzouUoi — SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) February 16,...

  • Watch South Africa’s SONA 2018 live on YouTube here

    We've had to wait a few extra days, but tonight South Africans will finally receive a State of the Nation Address (SONA) from its President, albeit not the one they've enjoyed for nearly a decade. Newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will begin his speech at 7pm tonight (if the EFF behave), after the pomp and ceremony that most of us have come to enjoy. Watch Cyril Ramaphosa's first SONA as the President of South Africa below But for those who are working late or don't have access to television coverage, Parliament's always-entertaining YouTube channel has already primed its livestream for viewing. At the moment...

  • TWR Podcast: #ZumaResigns, Africa Tech Summit, and Huawei P Smart in SA

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup podcast, where the Burn Media team chats the latest in tech and startup news! This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker and Julia Breakey. This week the team talk resignations, Rwanda, and really average phones The team starts out with the topic on every South African's lips: President Jacob Zuma's resignation. With all the punditry experience that social media provides, we discuss how we feel, what it means for social media, and vaguely reference Thabo Mbeki's role in political party Cope. Julia would like it noted here that her assertion that Mbeki was involved in the foundation of Cope stems...

  • Elon Musk bids Starman farewell in a final Instagram snap

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has shared the "last pic" of his cherry-red Tesla roadster hurting towards the Asteroid Belt, after it was launched into space on Tuesday. The launch itself was historic, giving SpaceX claim to the most powerful operational rocket, the Falcon Heavy. "Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt," he wrote on Instagram. Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Feb 7, 2018 at 2:00pm PST And with the caption, he included an image taken looking down...

  • TWR podcast: New emoji, triple-camera phones, & another blockchain startup

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, Burn Media's podcast that rounds up the latest in tech and startup news. This week, Andy Walker hosts Julia Breakey and Daniel Mpala in studio. On this week's podcast, the team talk emoji, triple-camera phones, and a South African blockchain success First on the agenda are the 157 new emoji heading to smartphones this year, including options for redheads, bald heads, and superheroes. Daniel then discusses the Johannesburg-based blockchain surveillance startup Faceter, which claims it raised over US$10-million in 20 seconds during a sale. If accurate, it could be South Africa’s fastest and most successful token presale. And finally, Andy tells us...

  • Bitcoin is pretty cheap right now (compared to its peak)

    February has not been a good month for Bitcoin traders, or traders of any cryptocurrency for that matter. According to CoinMarketCap's figures at the time of writing, Bitcoin's value has fallen by nearly 16% in the past 24 hours, hitting a new three month low. It will now set you back just US$6704 to purchase 1 BTC, this compared to its peak of nearly US$20 000 in December 2017. Overall, its market cap has also fallen to US$112-billion, while the cryptocurrency market cap as a whole is below US$300-billion once again. This is a far cry from the late 2017 value surge. But...

  • Video of man watering goose on Clifton Beach goes viral

    Cape Town's humans are eagerly seeking new, reliable water sources, but what of its animals? A video published to Facebook this week tells a rather adorable story of how an Egyptian goose found water... from the hand of a Clifton beachgoer. Published on Joel Graham's page, the clip isn't very long, but does show him cupping his hand, throwing water from a bottle into it, and allowing the goose to drink from the makeshift bowl. "An Egyptian Goose landed on Clifton beach. We calmly approached each other. I offered water for her to drink. She drank then she flew off," he wrote. The...