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  • Budget Speech 2017: Google Trends highlights South Africa’s concerns

    Google is an integral part of the internet and, well, searching for information on the internet. So when you apply the search giant's extensive trends system to societal issues in South Africa, you almost always get interesting results. This week's buzz has centred on the Budget Speech, a public address that South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver at 2pm today. Understandably, people are wondering just what Gordhan will deliver. We have a fairly good idea that taxation, government programmes and general national talking points (like education) will be raised, so to garner a better understanding of what's pressing South...

  • Watch the 2017 Budget Speech livestream right here

    Okay, so it's not as flair-filled as the State of the Nation Address, nor does it carry the sheer social media clout. But the Budget Speech delivered by South Africa's finance minister every February is massively important. After today, you'll know how much you'll need to pay for beer, fuel, sugary drinks and even everyday household items. If that isn't important, we not sure what is. Our #Budget2017 coverage: - Budget Speech 2017: South Africa protests on the streets & Twitter Some have already taken to Twitter and the city streets across the country to voice their concerns, opinions and suggestions, and that'll...

  • Budget Speech 2017: South Africa protests on the streets & Twitter

    Today, South Africa's minister of finance Pravin Gordhan will deliver his annual Budget Speech to the nation. Although proceedings officially get underway at 2pm in Cape Town, citizens are already making their voices heard. While South Africans are voicing concerns about a possible jump in personal income tax, an introduction of a sugar tax, and a higher national fuel levy, some are also finding time to practice their right to demonstrate. South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver the 2017 Budget Speech at 2pm, 22 February In Cape Town's city centre, Nehawu (National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union) members are...

  • Rain in Johannesburg, drought in Cape Town: SA’s weather according to social media

    As boring as it might seem, the weather has been a massive talking point for South Africans in 2017. And no, it's not because 55-million of us are awkwardly engaging in small talk. With Cyclone Dineo passing over the country's extreme north this week (social media had plenty to say about her), we also have Johannesburg and Cape Town on two extreme ends of the rainfall spectrum. Although Johannesburg is a summer rainfall region, the city is experiencing quite a bit this week with the SA Weather Service issuing warnings of possible floods in Gauteng. Cape Town, on the other hand,...

  • #AskThePublicProtector: South Africans troll Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Twitter

    The South African government should know by now: Twitter does not take anything seriously. So when it created #AskThePublicProtector, it should have come as no surprise that no one was using it to ask Busisiwe Mkhwebane questions she would ever read aloud. Mkhwebane has only been working as Public Protector since October last year, so she may not fully grasp the way South Africans deal with politics on Twitter. The platform allows a certain level of anonymity -- and the users hold the power. On Twitter, the public are able to throw comments they never would in person. They can post without...

  • Cyclone Dineo aftermath: cleanup begins in Mozambique, Zimbabwe

    Cyclone Dineo is no longer a threat to South Africa after the storm dissipated over Namibia this weekend. That doesn't mean it didn't have devastating effects for those in Mozambique, Botswana or Zimbabwe. A number of Twitter users this weekend took to the social network to publish images of the aftermath of Dineo, as the storm swept through their neighbourhoods. In total, at least seven people died as the result of the storm, with over 100 000 people affected in Mozambique alone. At least 20 houses have been damaged in South Africa. But numbers alone can't reflect the true damage of...

  • Totally fake: the false Cyclone Dineo news you should know about

    Yes, Cyclone Dineo is an actual storm. Yes, it also made landfall in Mozambique and is tracking in a westerly direction over northern South Africa, southern Mozambique, and southern Zimbabwe. It's also slowly losing intensity, but is dropping plenty of rain. While those sentences are all factual, there are some examples of fake news floating around social media today. In this article, we'll take a look at what's false, what's absolute nonsense, and what you should do if you encounter any of these online. Memeburn's Cyclone Dineo coverage: - Dineo’s dangerous siblings: 4 other cyclones that hit South Africa this century - Tropical Cyclone...

  • Samsung Group vice chairman Jay Y. Lee arrested

    Samsung Group's vice chairman and de facto head Jay Y. Lee has been arrested, following charges relating to "bribery, embezzlement and perjury" were laid by South Korean prosecutors in January. Lee, 48, was the former COO of Samsung Electronics, and has been at the company since 1991. He effectively assumed control of Samsung after his father, suffered a heart attack in 2014. The South Korean was accused of leveraging his wealth and influence to gain political favours from the country's chief officials. The New York Times reported that Lee paid for support from government (namely an unnamed South Korea advisor to President...

  • Dineo’s dangerous siblings: 4 other cyclones that hit South Africa this century

    Tropical cyclones are fairly common in the Indian Ocean, but they rarely venture anywhere near South Africa's shores. Most of the time, the country lies too south on the continent to be affected by them. But once in a while, they do make landfall. That's largely what Dineo is doing right now. The tropical cyclone is by no means the most intense cyclone to affect South Africa and hit Mozambique's coastline, but it is the first in the age of peak social media. But before the likes of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook really fueled citizen reporting, there were other storms. We take...

  • Tropical Cyclone Dineo in pictures: devastation captured on Twitter, Instagram

    UPDATE: 17 Feb, 1.17pm: The Middle Letaba Dam in Limpopo is reportedly 102% full. Community members have been alerted. #Dineo Water and sanitation department says the Middle Letaba Dam in Limpopo is 102% full. An alert has been sent for possible flooding. — EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 17, 2017 UPDATE: 17 Feb, 9.08am: The Mozambique government have confirmed that seven people have died. The storm is currently moving through Limpopo. #dineo is officially in Polokwane right now pic.twitter.com/wKfH0okaoB — Senku Matsepane (@SenkuMatsepane) February 17, 2017 The clouds this morning in Muyexe, Giyani #Dineopic.twitter.com/ylf6WGEEaT — African Child (@ZikhonaTshona) February 17, 2017 UPDATE: 16 Feb, 1.30pm: At least four people, including a child,...

  • Julius Malema criticises South Africa’s Twitter activists

    At an EFF press conference this afternoon, party leader Julius Malema denounced the actions of South Africans who see Twitter as the highest form of protest. Twitter has been one of the biggest platforms for activism in South Africa recently, mainly because of users' ability to get information out quickly. During last year's #FeesMustFall protests, the platform gave protesters a voice to counter what universities were touting as the truth. In the party's first briefing after the State of the Nation address last week, the EFF outlined their version of the chaotic evening. While accusing President Jacob Zuma of not abiding by...

  • Donald Trump to call Jacob Zuma today? Here’s what Twitter thinks

    Donald Trump just can't stay out of world news. Jacob Zuma just can't stay out of South African news. A match made in heaven? It seems like it, especially in light of new details that emerged Monday. According to the South African Government's official Twitter account, President Trump wants to ring President Zuma today, continuing the American president's diplomatic olive-branching spanning his first 100 days. The Presidency confirms a request from the White House for a telecon between President Zuma and President Trump this afternoon, 13/2/17 — PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) February 13, 2017 While it's not exactly out of the ordinary for a president...

  • Watch: Twitter captures ugly Sundowns, Pirates fracas

    We've seen some violent scenes in South Africa this weekend largely thanks to the State of the Nation fracas on Thursday night. But when Mamelodi Sundowns took on Orlando Pirates in Tshwane today, no one thought it would end up like this. Sundowns put six goals past Pirates in the first 80 minutes of the game. Yes, six. This didn't seem to sit well with some in the stadium. With some Sundowns fans looking on from the stands, a number of other spectators flooded the pitch, overwhelming Premier Soccer League security, forcing the players back into the dressing room, and...

  • #SONA2017: Govt plans to drop data costs for South Africa’s youth

    Amidst a bevy of chaos, President Jacob Zuma eventually got his State of the Nation Address across to the seated members of Parliament and South Africa at large. Although many points regarding South Africa's future for 2017 were made (including land claims, black business growth and agriculture), one in particular stood out for us. And that's the cost of data. President Zuma announced that the government will ensure that dropping the cost of data will be one of its most important focus points in 2017. He emphasised the youth in particular. President Zuma: We assure the youth that the lowering of the...

  • Julius Malema’s EFF, Parliament security throw punches at #SONA2017

    We knew President Jacob Zuma wouldn't have it easy tonight delivering his State of the Nation Address, but we weren't expecting the scuffles between the EFF and parliamentary security. While the President only began his speech around 8pm SAST, the hour prior was marred by violence, chants of strong language and silent walkouts. The DA left the house peacefully, but the EFF did anything but. The party, led by Julius Malema, were determined to delay the Address, and were eventually requested to leave the house by the National Council of Provinces' chair Thandi Modise, and Speaker of the House Baleka Mbete. However,...