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  • Durban’s North Beach promenade lashed by huge-little waves

    Visitors to Durban's North Beach today likely got wet whether they wanted to or not. The usually-busy beachfront was this afternoon lashed by huge waves which broke beyond the promenade, filling parking lots and nearby shops with salt water. Before you get worried though, no, it wasn't caused by an earthquake and resultant tsunami. Although, searching for "Durban Tsunami" in Google does bring up some interesting videos... Nope, Durban did not experience a tsunami earlier, but rather a large ocean swell The below clip was snapped by Rescue Care, and published to IPSS Medical Rescue's Facebook page. Another clip, this time snapped by Craig...

  • Cape Town Cycle Tour cancelled as dangerous gales wreak havoc

    The Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world's largest timed event, has been cancelled "due to extreme weather conditions". It's an unprecedented move in a race involving over 35 000 participants, but gale force wind in some areas of the city forced the organisers to draw the curtain. At the time of the announcement, the elite ladies race had begun, but was red flagged before the cyclists could complete the route. Ladies Elites lining up at the start chutes! #CycleTour2017 pic.twitter.com/pnqqDLnHRH — Cape Town Cycle Tour (@CTCycleTour) March 12, 2017 The route was earlier shortened from 109km to 78km due to "protest action unrelated...

  • #HelpFindDurbanBaby: baby Siwaphiwe found as SAPS arrest her mother

    Update #2, 12 March, 12.50pm: Baby Siwaphiwe has been found at Marianhill toll plaza in the early hours of Sunday morning, Police tweeted. The toll plaza is located along the N2 in Pinetown, on the outskirts of Durban's metropolitan area. #sapsKZN Baby #SiwaphiweMbambo found unharmed at roadblock in Marianhill in the early hours of this morning. NP https://t.co/uh5qgieJvQ pic.twitter.com/JXU2Mcuzmy — SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) March 12, 2017 However, a new twist has emerged in the story. Police have arrested three suspects -- a woman, a man, and Siwaphiwe's mother -- due to "too many inconsistencies" in the latter's story. "Too many inconsistencies emerged during...

  • Kalushi movie review: an unapologetic tale of South Africa’s past and present

    If Invictus is a film on one side of the political spectrum, Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu sits firmly on the other. Uncompromising in its politics, the South African-made film about struggle stalwart Solomon Mahlangu (Thabo Rametsi) holds no punches in its retelling of the violence of the apartheid regime. The film follows Mahlangu as he struggles with his political identity in 1970s South Africa. The young man is shown as a loving son, brother and boyfriend who cares deeply for the happiness of the ones he loves. Mahlangu works hard for his money, and avoids conflict at all...

  • Johannesburg’s anti-Uber #TaxiStrike according to Twitter

    Update: We've received the following comment from Uber South Africa regarding the #TaxiStrike: Our technology is open and pro-choice and we are keen to offer it to a broad number of taxi drivers to boost their chances for profit. In fact many metered taxi drivers are already using our technology to boost their incomes and we would welcome more who wish to join their colleagues. We do not feel that it should be about Uber or Taxi but rather Uber AND Taxi. Threats and intimidation against those who want to use Uber to boost their income is unacceptable. Today’s protest only...

  • 15+ everyday South Africans doing beautiful things on Instagram [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. Forget the influencers for a moment, or accounts with millions of followers. Think about the first few months Instagram hit South Africa. The platform was laced with pretty images of landscapes, buildings, people and cats, taken by those either just starting their careers in photography or trying out a new platform. While corporate use has largely become a...

  • Game of Thrones season 7 release date and teaser is here

    Game of Thrones fans rejoice: the great war is here. Yesterday, the Game of Thrones Twitter announced the much-awaited release date on a live stream with Jaime Lannister actor Nikolai Coster-Waldau. The date -- 16 July 2017 -- was hidden behind ice that was melted as watchers commented "fire" or "dracarys". After the date was revealed, a teaser was posted to Twitter. The great war is here. #GoTS7 premieres 7.16. pic.twitter.com/1Jna10kNuQ — Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) March 9, 2017 The teaser features sound bites from previous seasons over a menacing statue of the House animals, which eventually crumbles to the ground. "Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell, they're all just spokes...

  • Facebook brings Snapchat Story clone to Messenger

    Another day, another clone. Facebook has launched Messenger Day for it messaging app, a month after it gave WhatsApp the unnecessary and underused WhatsApp Status. The feature allows you to add pictures to your "Day", where your friends can view what you've been up to in the past 24 hours. Messenger users in Poland and Australia have been the guinea pigs for the product since late last year, but  the feature has been rolling out globally as of yesterday. Messenger Day boasts more than 5 000 frames, stickers and effects, as well as the ability to monitor who can see what you post. "You’re always in control of who...

  • #DStv2017 showcase: fewer repeats, but no option for self-selected channels

    There is no doubt that TV is becoming more and more accessible online. Platforms like Netflix have offered users an efficient and affordable way to curate the way they watch series. YouTube TV has launched in the US, allowing users the ability to watch live TV on any device. The game is changing -- and DStv needs to keep up or get left behind. The DStv 2017 Media Showcase is underway, and that means we'll be hearing all about what the service is doing to compete in an industry that seems to be on its way out. What you need to know from...

  • WhatsApp testing a direct business-to-customer messaging system

    According to a new report by Reuters, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is trialing a service that will allow businesses to talk directly to users on the service. The project was "seen" by Reuters, and is believed to be used by a "handful of companies" from the Y Combinator startup incubator. While the nature of the service isn't yet fully understood, the report believes that this will allow Facebook to finally use WhatsApp as a revenue tool. Be it advertising revenue by allowing companies to send select users messages, or simply provide ads within content rolls like Status -- much like what Facebook's Instagram...

  • Cape Town, think your water is bad? Onoway, Canada wants a word

    Cape Town's suffering from a bit of a water crisis at present. With less than 32% capacity remaining in our dams, the city has been declared a disaster area. But hey, at least we don't have bright pink water, right? A town in Alberta, Canada called Onoway is this week freaking out largely thanks to bright, luminous water flowing from the resident's taps. And by bright, we mean raspberry red. It's not Cream Soda or pink lemonade but a sample of what is coming out of the water taps in Onoway. @ctvedmonton pic.twitter.com/hvxJm3eZuR — Susan Amerongen (@SusanCTV) March 7, 2017 According to reports from...

  • 13% of South Africans use ad-blocking – study

    A new report by Effective Measure has found that 13% of South Africans use ad-blocking software. The study saw 2987 respondents being surveyed from December 2016 to January 2017, Effective Measure wrote in an emailed release to Memeburn. As for the reasons why people use ad-blockers? Well, there aren't any surprises here... "The report reveals that the top reasons why ad blockers are used by consumers are because of the disruptive, annoying and overwhelming number of advertisements. Security and speed were also common concerns." How does South Africa's figure compare to ad-blocker usage in the USA and Australia? Well, 26% of people...

  • Immersive Facebook 360 app hits the Samsung Gear VR

    Facebook has released an app that makes finding 360 degree  photos and videos that much easier on Gear VR, the company announced yesterday. Facebook 360, which can be downloaded from the Oculus app, is a "one-stop shop" for all the 360 content that Facebook provides. The app allows users to view saved content, content from those they follow, their own timeline, and an "explore" feed that will feature the most popular 360 degree content on Facebook. The app also provides the ability to share, save and react to the 360 degree content as users see fit. According to Facebook, more than 25-million 360 photos...

  • 9 ridiculous Wikipedia lists to waste away the work day

    For the last six years of my life, I have had teachers, lecturers and tutors drill into my brain: Wikipedia is not an acceptable source. And for six whole years I have steered clear of the tomes of knowledge Wikipedia offers me. No longer. Wikipedia has a knack for distracting me from the anxieties of daily life, and there is no better distraction than its carefully curated lists. So, for your consideration, here are the nine best lists on Wikipedia right now. List of music considered the worst Image: Adam Sundana via Flickr (CC 2.0, resized) This list mostly looks at...

  • Logan movie review: a tale of a broken man redeemed

    Logan is the story of Wolverine post X-Men when the world no longer needs heroes and mutants are a thing of the past. This Western-style film was written by Scott Frank and James Mangold, with the latter also claiming a director credit. Mangold had previously directed The Wolverine so he's no stranger to the character. He's also directed the critically acclaimed western 3:10 to Yuma which explains why this instalment to the Wolverine franchise feels much like an adage to old Westerns. In fact, it feels pretty close to the Old Man Logan comics, the aesthetic and general tone of the movie...