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  • 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...

  • Cyril Ramaphosa jogging in Sea Point was a selfie moment not to be missed

    Cape Town's quite used to running into celebrities along its more popular attractions, but a South African president? Yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa was spotted with former finance minister Trevor Manuel and a crew of bodyguards taking a leisurely jog along the city's Sea Point promenade. Naturally, other joggers stopped mid-4km, got out their phones, and asked the new leader of the nation for a selfie. He obliged. The early bird catches the President🐦🏃🏻‍♀️🇿🇦 . #cyrilramaphosa #presidentramaphosa #morningrun #seapoint #sona2018 #southafrica #nike A post shared by Carla Bester (@carla_bester) on Feb 15, 2018 at 10:49pm PST Friday morning celeb spotting on the prom - what...

  • South Africa’s #SaveWater mascot Splash is scarier than the drought

    While the City of Cape Town is using apps, Twitter campaigns and Mmusi Maimane's bucket delegation skills to remind South Africans to save water, the nation's Department of Water and Sanitation is taking a -- ahem -- different approach. "Splash" -- the #SaveWater mascot composed of a water droplet shaped head, no neck, a green-and-gold suit, and a creepy crotch hashtag -- was revealed to the world this week at the DWS's #SaveWater ambassador campaign launch. "The #SaveWater ambassador programme is a multi-sectoral initiative that includes a wide array of partners including Miss Earth SA, Operation SA, Tsogo Sun to ensure...

  • Shh, don’t tag Malusi Gigaba while he’s playing Candy Crush

    When journalists spied a certain finance minister Malusi Gigaba playing iPad games during Ramaphosa's big moment yesterday, you just knew social media would light it up. As unkind as it usually is, Twitter was first to poke and prod. But others were more interested in what level Gigaba was tackling. Over on @AdvBarryRoux -- a Barry Roux parody account now known for pulling no punches on the network -- users asked this question, subsequently tagging @mgigaba. Did anyone tag @mgigaba to ask what level was he playing here? — 😂❤🎧🙏91/🖒/✌👌 (@Teboho_8008) February 15, 2018 "Did anyone tag @mgigaba to ask what level was he...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Bug or business? Facebook joins the SMS spamming game [Update]

    Update: According to a note published on Friday by Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, it was indeed a bug. "When we heard about this, we looked into it right away," he began. "Two-factor authentication is an important security feature that has helped a lot of people mitigate the risk of phishing attempts and helps protect people from having their accounts compromised. We also give people control over their notifications, and the last thing we want is for people to avoid helpful security features because they fear they will receive unrelated notifications." He continued that it was "not our intention to send non-security-related...

  • Tinder’s future feature will let women decide who makes the first move

    Tinder has gone through a number of changes in its six-years as the dating app your parents know you use. And according to the company's new boss, it's about to undergo a big one. Looking over its shoulder at its younger, yellower rival Bumble, Ginsberg announced that the company would add a setting to exclusively allow women to make the first move. This is Bumble's unique selling point. #LoveEquals no 🍆 pics. — Bumble (@bumble) February 15, 2018 "Often, women don’t really want the pressure of kicking off the conversation, but if they want it, that’s great," noted Mandy Ginsberg, the chief exec of...

  • Black Panther is a personal, intimate blockbuster

    Comic fans around the world have waited with bated breath to witness the fate of Black Panther, Marvel’s first black-led superhero film. The blockbuster, with its star-studded cast and partially South African soundtrack, could make or break Marvel’s future plans in diversifying its cinematic universe. It’s an unfair amount of pressure for director Ryan Coogler, but fans will be delighted to know that he pulls Black Panther together with style and composure -- and with a passion so evident it seeps into every shot and every line of dialogue. The film follows King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) of the technologically-advanced Wakanda, a...

  • 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...