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  • Dear internet, Sylvester Stallone is alive and well

    Everyone, chill. Sylvester Stallone is still very much alive and "punching". The internet on Monday evening was awash with fresh rumours of the 71-year-old actor and filmmaker's apparent death. Remarkably, it all seems to stem from a Facebook update posted on Sunday, subsequently shared over 1.7-million times. "Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone died early this morning after his battle with prostate cancer, the actor kept his illness a secret, but in the end he couldn't beat it," it read. Some sent their condolences, others questioned if the news was indeed true. #ripSylvesterStallone We'll always miss our rocky pic.twitter.com/HCBAhxGcdr — NeopateighIV (@Neopateigh4Iv) February 19, 2018 Rest In Peace Legend ......

  • Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Int’l airport evacuated [update]

    Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport was on Monday evacuated after an unattended bag was found in the terminal building. According to eyewitness reports on Twitter, an "explosion" was also reportedly heard around Terminal A's international arrivals. Explosion heard @ortambo_int around international arrivals then panicked running and evacuation. pic.twitter.com/URnvMa6chZ — SECTION27 (@SECTION27news) February 19, 2018 Users at the airport corroborated reports of a "loud bang" followed by panic. Just about to board flight to Cape Town - all of OR Tambo evacuated, apparently an unattended bag somewhere. Now, all been told to go back in and re-do the security process #ORTambo — Karin Mitchell (@KarinLaB) February...

  • 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...

  • #WeAreNotBaboons: racially-abused employees speak out at KZN hotel [Update]

    #WeAreNotBaboons went viral Sunday after a video of employees speaking out against racism at a KwaZulu-Natal hotel was published to Twitter. On Saturday, @TahBasil pleaded for journalists to cover a "life and death" story. "Please please. We are a broken people," he continued. Please please. We are a broken people. We have been working under too much racism from the management of our hotel. We are called Monkeys, baboons, useless black people, fucking muntus, women the age of my mother are called bitches and we have been trying to get hold of the owner — Basil (@TahBasil) February 17, 2018 "We have been working...

  • Peter Ndoro, #WakandaForever & #GodsPlan: weekend news you missed (19 Feb 2018)

    What a week (and a weekend) it has been South Africa. Sink your teeth into Monday and catch up with the social highlights and news you missed this week. Peter Ndoro 'kills' Cyril Ramaphosa, takes a break from the SABC SABC anchor Peter Ndoro on Thursday was asked to take a break from anchoring the channel's newsdesk after he accidentally announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa had died, and not late Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. #PeterNdoro was outshone by #SONA2018, but nonetheless regained trending status on Saturday after DA leader Mmusi Maimane posted the below tweet. Why when an individual has served with...

  • South Africa’s Twitter celebs sponsor R1.4m Gupta ‘bounty hunt’

    South Africa's elite policing unit, the Hawks, are currently searching the country for fugitive Ajay Gupta, Atul Gupta, Rajesh "Tony" Gupta and Duduzane Zuma. Following the fall of Jacob Zuma from the presidency, a number of Gupta associates have been arrested by police. Ajay Gupta is wanted in connection with the Estina Dairy Farm project, but the Hawks just can't seem to find him. "Suspect Ajay Gupta is evading the law, we have begun to hunt him down. He can run but he can't hide," tweeted South Africa's minister of police Fikile Mbalula early Saturday. Suspect Ajay Gupta is evading the law,We...

  • 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...

  • SONA 2018 build up: Memeburn revisits the SONAs of the past

    While it may be the political highlight of the year, the State of he Nation Address (or SONA) is also a social media event not to be missed. Memeburn has covered the social side of SONA for seven long years, and today we take a look at some of the items we've added to the scrapbook. *wipes away the cobwebs* In 2011, a drinking game became the best way to completely forget that Jacob Zuma was your president, courtesy of then 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff. That same year, the Presidency asked South Africans on the budding social network dubbed Twitter for...

  • Global social media partially freaks out after Jacob Zuma’s exit

    Step aside Cape Town water crisis. South Africa has a new big international story that's gracing the home pages of world media websites. According to numbers released by analytics firm Meltwater, more than 20 000 articles focussing on the resignation of President Jacob Zuma's have been penned within the past 24 hours. The United States -- currently processing pressing political issues of its own, including the DACA bill and government spending -- has seen three times as many pieces published on by its own media outlets when compared to that of South Africa's. "The massive online response we’ve seen is no doubt...

  • Cyril Ramaphosa is South Africa’s new president

    Former Deputy President and current ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa is now South Africa's new leader after he was sworn in by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at a special Parliamentary sitting on Thursday. This comes after former South African President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation Wednesday evening, after the ANC's national executive committee recalled him. "I'd like to thank all the members of this Assembly. I want to thank you for the honour you bestow on me for electing me in this position," Ramaphosa told the House in a brief speech. #PresidentRamaphosa began trending across South Africa soon after he was put forward...

  • Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa’s president

    South African President Jacob Zuma has officially resigned. The head of state for nine years announced his intentions to step down as leader of the country at a press conference in Pretoria late Wednesday evening. Quite the Valentine's Day present, too. This also comes after the ANC announced its intention to recall the President. "I have come to the decision to resign as president with immediate effect," he told the nation. At the time of writing #ZumaResigns is trending worldwide on Twitter. And everyone seems really, really happy. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!! 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦💐💐💐😘😘😘 #ZumaResigns — Boity Thulo (@Boity) February 14, 2018 Best Valentine's present a country could...

  • Watch: Jacob Zuma responds to resignation calls in SABC interview

    It's been a confusing few weeks in South African politics, but today President Jacob Zuma finally shed some light on the speculation surrounding his future. The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) -- the party's highest decision making bracket -- agreed Tuesday that the party would recall Zuma as leader of the nation after a marathon meeting Monday. "The decision by the NEC to recall its deployee was taken only after exhaustive discussion on the impact such a recall would have on the country, the ANC and the functioning of government," wrote ANC secretary general Ace Magashule in a...

  • Cape Town deputy mayor applauds ‘record low’ water usage

    526-million litres per day: that's how much water Cape Town used last week. And the city's deputy mayor  Ian Neilson believes that's a cause for (moderate) praise. "This is the first time that the weekly average usage has remained under 550-million litres due to the City’s pressure management interventions and the efforts by our residents to use as little water as possible," he writes in a press release. "A year ago, the average water demand was 830-million litres per day and the weekly change in dam levels was 1.9%." Last week, dam levels dropped just 0.6%. In 2016, the rate of decrease...

  • ANC recalls Zuma: here’s how global news outlets reported it

    The ANC has finally taken the decision to recall President Jacob Zuma, following weeks of talks between the National Executive Committee, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the president will resign, as he is not constitutionally required to accede to the party's demands. It suggests that a motion of no-confidence will be tabled if Zuma refuses to go. The press conference was also noteworthy as it was chaired by secretary general Ace Magashule and deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, being two of Zuma's more notable supporters within the party. Here's how international publications reported on the news...