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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Monopoly for Millennials called ‘stereotypical and wrong’ on Twitter

    Last week Hasbro, the toy-making company that makes the Monopoly board game in its many forms, sold a new version of the game aimed at Millennials. Called Monopoly for Millennials, the game went on sale exclusively at Walmart. “Money doesn't always buy a great time, but experiences, whether they're good -- or weird -- last forever. The Monopoly for Millennials game celebrates just that,” described Hasbro on Walmart’s website. The game is all about travelling and collecting experiences, “from your Friend's Couch, to the Vegan Bistro, to a Week-Long Meditation Retreat” and removes the traditional hunt for real estate. “Adulting is hard;...

  • Malusi Gigaba taunts Ndlozi with his little finger in Parliament

    Apparently, middle fingers just won't do as insults in South Africa's Parliament anymore. On Tuesday, during President Cyril Ramaphosa's Q&A session, everyone's favourite subject on Twitter for the past month Malusi Gigaba hit Mbuyiseni Ndlozi with a pinky finger gesture, after the EFF member suggested that ministers get phones that have no camera and cannot be hacked. "It can't even be hacked this phone. Can I come maybe give it to you so you have a model of what phones might be critical for honourable Cabinet members?" Ndlozi added, making reference to Gigaba's leaked sex tape. Gigaba, not amused, responded with this. Another...

  • Woman rejects new Datsun from boyfriend, Twitter has the last word

    Yesterday afternoon "Datsun Go" began to trend on Twitter after news of a woman rejecting the car as a gift from her boyfriend found its way onto social media through a tweet from an apparent witness. My colleague’s boyfriend came to surprise her with brand new Datsun GO are yena gae batle. 😂😂😂😂 — AudioCafe (@Mo_Odi_) November 5, 2018 The person behind the tweet, referred to as Audio Cafe, was interviewed by Power 98.7 yesterday evening, where the incident was explained further. According to the report, the woman rejected the gift because she didn't like the car. "I just don’t like the car, I...

  • Malusi Gigaba’s spokesperson: sex tape was leaked by ‘an opposition leader’

    Malusi Gigaba's spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize has confirmed that the sex tape which sent social media into a frenzy on Sunday was "leaked by an opposition leader". Mkhize, who has been asked by Gigaba to handle queries regarding the now infamous video, published the statement to Twitter on Monday morning, just a few hours after Gigaba himself issued a national apology. "The @mgigaba video was leaked by an opposition leader who obtained it from an mp of his party from umzimkhulu who, in turn, obtained it from a guy who was previously implicated in the failed attempt to blackmail the minister... all...

  • ‘A talent has been taken’: South Africa pays tribute to HHP on Twitter

    South African rapper Jabulani Tsambo, better know as Hip Hop Pantsula, and HHP, has died at the age of 38. The well-known musician was reportedly suffering from depression, and was on Wednesday found dead at his home in Johannesburg. The star’s death was confirmed by his wife on scene yesterday afternoon. Some of HHP most popular songs included "Music and Lights", "Jabba" and "Mptise". Friends and fans of the musician expressed their shock and sorrow at the news on Twitter. I'm GUTTED. I went to high school with Jabs. I listened to him sing in the choir. We went to rugby training. I...

  • This almost perfect rectangular iceberg is a social media star

    Planet Earth usually doesn't like right angles or draw in straight lines. Mountains are rarely perfectly vertical or horizontal, flat areas of land has its nooks and crannies, and the idea of an iceberg is traditionally imagined as a weird mirrored pyramid. But this block of ice is proving this notion false. NASA's IceBridge project, which monitors the shelves across the Antarctic, last week tweeted an image of a rectangular iceberg during a flyby of the continent's northern Peninsula area. NASA's official account retweeted it on Wednesday. From yesterday's #IceBridge flight: A tabular iceberg can be seen on the right, floating among...

  • Cape Town just can’t stop tweeting about this heatwave

    After months of rain, it seems that Cape Town has jumped from the depths of winter straight into the clay oven of summer. The city this week is pretty damn hot. Actually, that itself is probably a bit of an understatement. On Monday, the mercury in the Mother City topped the mid-30s. Tuesday was just as bad. Wednesday, I'm writing this sprawled across the floor, largely melted. The hot weather is also expected to last through the weekend, making many Capetonians question if it's worth braving the surface of Crematoria. "Can this Cape Town weather please protect me from itself?!" one user wrote. 6am...

  • #AfricaEmoji trends on Twitter once again thanks to a ‘virtual march’

    Early on Wednesday, #AfricaEmoji began trending on Twitter in an attempt to make the emoji a permanent feature on the social media platform. Back in July, it was Absa that tried to save the emoji, which would only be available on Twitter for three months. Last week, the financial institution once again asked Africans around the continent to help save the hashtag, which is much more than a simple emoji of our continent, the company believes. “#AfricaEmoji is the start of a new narrative -- the one told by us as Africans. It’s a tiny symbol with massive clout – an emoji that...

  • South Africa celebrates Global Champagne Day on Twitter

    It’s Global Champagne Day, a day seemingly dedicated to enjoying the bubbly drink and its origins. While the likes of Tsogo Sun are celebrating with a weekend long event where “champagne will flow from morning till late at select Tsogo Sun hotels”, other events are taking place in both Cape Town and Johannesburg to commemorate the day as well. Of course, South Africans on Twitter are observing the day too with the trending hashtag #champagneday. Me:...