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  • More than 45000 people attended Comic Con Africa 2018

    The continent's first Comic Con took place in Johannesburg in mid-September. And while chatter suggested that local fans were excited, no one really knew just how many feet on the ground we'd see. Now, the organisers have revealed the numbers. Throughout the event, which took place between 14 to 16 September, more than 45 000 visitors reportedly made their way through Comic Con Africa's gates. While Telkom's VS Gaming tournaments were one of the highlights, a number of cast members from American Gods, Vikings' Travis Fimmel, and Kevin Sussman from The Big Bang Theory were also in attendance. "Africa’s inaugural Comic Con has...

  • Kim Jong Un gifted two adorable puppies to South Korea’s president

    Say what you want about Kim Jong Un, but he may just be the world's best secret Santa. The North Korean leader has reportedly gifted his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae In two Pungsan puppies as a sign of a growing peace between the two leaders and countries. This comes after a landmark summit held between the two leaders in September. A presser posted to The Blue House's website details the the nature of the two puppers -- named Songgang and Gomi -- who underwent "animal quarantine procedures" before being allowed into the country. "Adapted to the cold mountainous terrain, is...

  • South Africa’s petrol price breaks through R17 per litre

    You're about to pay a lot more for fuel, South Africa. From midnight on Tuesday, 93 ULP and 95 LRP will see price increases of 99 cents per litre and R1 per litre, respectively. That means that at the coast, prepare to pay R16.49 for a litre of go-juice. For inland provinces, you'll have to fork out R17.08 per litre. The reason for the increase is twofold, suggests South Africa's Department of Energy. "The average international product prices of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin increased during the period under review," it expressed in a release. It also blamed the weakening rand, which lost more...

  • Viral video: Indonesia island hit by tsunami after strong earthquake

    Indonesia has a storied and frightening history with tsunamis, and on Friday, it was given a stark reminder. A 7.7-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of the island of Sulawesi triggered a tsunami which lashed parts of Indonesia. Brave citizen journalists armed with their smartphones took to high land -- or a tall building -- and filmed the entire ordeal. In the case of the below haunting video doing the rounds on Twitter, the latter is true. Indonesia geophysics agency says Sulawesi quake caused a tsunami. This video is doing the rounds. We believe it is real. pic.twitter.com/7xDzzRuj5v — David Lipson (@davidlipson) September...

  • A train at Cape Town Station is on fire (once again)

    A train at Cape Town Station is reportedly on fire, according to a number of eyewitness reports. Twitter users on Friday afternoon uploaded pictures showing plumes of black smoke rising from within the station precinct. #capetown @CapeTownTrains on fire, again #trainfire #fixourtrains pic.twitter.com/GGtEkwiN4I — Jodi Allemeier (@urbanjodi) September 28, 2018 @CapeTownTrains trains burning on Cape Town Station? pic.twitter.com/0dhVzVyale — Amgelica_Davids (@That_Amgelica) September 28, 2018 @CapeTownTrains train on fire 🔥 pic.twitter.com/k4s2IDt2wE — Shane Arm (@arm_armshane) September 28, 2018 Train set alight at the Cape Town Station. So irritating when people destroy public services pic.twitter.com/LALwBlxwQF — Scott Ortlepp (@SOrtlepp) September 28, 2018 Some reported scenes from within the station itself, suggesting...

  • This ‘Kingsman’ star is playing Elton John in 2019’s Rocketman

    Taron Egerton, the lead character in the Kingsman franchise, will be playing Sir Elton John in Rocketman -- an upcoming musical about the icon’s life. Paramount Pictures posted the first official photo of Egerton in character on its Twitter account saying, “an epic musical fantasy. An uncensored human story”. An epic musical fantasy. An uncensored human story. @TaronEgerton stars as Sir Elton John in @RocketmanMovie, in theatres Summer 2019. #Rocketman pic.twitter.com/m9QyDXQyTp — Paramount Pictures (@ParamountPics) September 28, 2018 Does Egerton suit the role? Can he sing? Guess we’ll have to wait until mid-2019 to find out, but Twitter endorsed the decision. Taron looks almost...

  • SA government asks Twitter users to stop sharing videos of Dros rape

    The South African government has asked citizens to not share a video of the alleged rape of a little girl in a Dros in Gauteng. A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Saturday in the men's bathroom of Dros Silverton restaurant, a branch situated in Pretoria. The eatery's management confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday. Twitter conversation however peaked on Thursday as users discussed the identity of the suspect. A video of the incident was later that evening uploaded to the social network, depicting the naked perpetrator covered in blood. It was seemingly recorded from a cell phone. The 20-year-old...

  • More than a million people now use UberEats in South Africa

    UberEats is this week celebrating its second year of operation in South Africa, and with it provided a slew of factoids on our eating habits and SA user numbers. The food delivery service first came to Johannesburg in 2016, and launched in Cape Town in 2017. At present it operates in three additional South African cities. In a press release celebrating the milestone, the company said that in the past year user growth has doubled with over a million people now using the service in South Africa. It also revealed it lists more than 2000 South African restaurants are "providing over 50...

  • The internet thinks this Namibian teen is Regina George from Mean Girls

    Doppelgangers are instant viral internet fodder, but even more so when the person in question looks like Regina George from Mean Girls. A 16-year-old model from Namibia, Clarisse Muller, fits this bill almost entirely. She became an overnight viral sensation after the internet just couldn't believe how similar she looks to villain of the 2004 pop culture classic Mean Girls, played by Rachel McAdams. And of course, it was a tweet that kicked it all off. This month we chat with Miss Teen Namibia 2018 1st Runner Up, Clasrisse Muller. An inspirational teen with an incredible mission. Read more about her on our site....

  • Julian Assange resigns as WikiLeaks editor because he can’t do his job

    Julian Assange has stepped down as editor of WikiLeaks... mainly because he can't actually connect to the internet. The Australian has been "held incommunicado" for more than six months in London's Ecuadorian embassy, which forbids him from contact with anyone from the outside world bar his lawyers. This also means that he cannot access the internet, and is therefore unable to continue his duty as WikiLeaks editor (or browse Memeburn for that matter). ANNOUNCEMENT: Assange appoints Hrafnsson Editor-in-Chief after six months of effective incommunicado detention, remains publisher pic.twitter.com/0Fwvf3SrkL — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 26, 2018 Assange has been at the helm of WikiLeaks...

  • An intense ‘medicane’ is posing a threat to southern Europe

    After Florence and Mangkhut, do you need any more proof that the weather is all sorts of crazy this year? If you answered yes, we may have just the thing. Actually, no, more specifically, it's the Mediterranean Sea that has the answer. A "medicane" is at present forming in the massive body of water that separates north Africa from southern Europe. Although bearing similar nomenclature to "hurricanes" which form in the Atlantic Ocean, medicanes are cyclonic storms that form within the confines of the Med. They're not as intense and don't live as long, but they can pack a punch. And their satellite...

  • Hi Ryugu: Japanese spacecraft snaps crazy pictures of asteroid’s surface

    Have you ever wondered what the surface of an asteroid looks like? Well, you're in luck. The Japanese space agency Jaxa published new pictures taken from an asteroid called Ryugu. The snaps were taken by two little robotic rovers, hopping around on the giant rock's surface. The remarkable thing though: you probably wouldn't know these pictures were from the surface of another space body if we didn't tell you. This image was taken just before Rover-1B hopped. Photograph snapped on September 23, 2018 at about 09:46 JST pic.twitter.com/m8S3cyYFq6 — HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 27, 2018 Ryugu's surface looks remarkably similar to rock formations found...

  • Everyone’s wondering what happened to the ANC’s website

    If you've been wondering what happened to the ANC's official website, well, it's down. You can check for yourself here, but any attempts to visit the site are greeted with "no input file specified" error. When visiting specific pages, we were met with a "the server is currently undergoing maintenance" message. The website has been down for at least two days, users online report. According to a Business Live report, it's because the ruling party in South Africa hasn't paid its bills on time, service provider bills that amount to R32.5-million. Although the ANC denies these claims, suggesting that no money is owed...

  • Watch a kayaker get slapped in the face by an octopus-wielding seal

    They say practically every animal is designed to kill things -- including humans -- in Australasia. A recent viral Instagram post proves this theory. In a video captured off the coast of New Zealand, a kayaker was slapped in the face by a hungry seal attempting to kill a desperate octopus. Yeah, you can't make this stuff up. "Yes I got slapped in the face with an octopus by the seal! I know crazy right," wrote Kyle Mulinder on his Instagram post. "After a fun paddle around the peninsula catching waves we spotted a giant male seal fighting an octopus. Before we knew...

  • South Africans prefer buying products in store, even after seeing them online

    How often have you seen an item online only to purchase it in a physical store? If seems that this phenomenon, called "webrooming", is pretty popular in South Africa. According to research firm GfK South Africa's latest study, a majority -- 58% -- of South Africans use their smartphones for research, but venture into physical stores to complete purchases. 47% of consumers do the opposite -- purchase a product online after seeing it in a physical store. This is in stark contracts to the other BRICS nations, which tend to purchase items online after seeing it in a brick and mortar store....