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All posts tagged "Helen Zille"

  • ‘Cape of Storms to Come’ uncovers the origins of Cape Town’s water crisis

    You must be so sick of hearing about Cape Town's water crisis right now. But it's a huge problem -- and a potential catastrophe -- that isn't about to go away at the snap of a finger. We've seen dam levels gradually rise since June, however five months later, some have yet to breach the 50% mark. The largest dam in the system -- the massive Theewaterskloof -- has yet to breach 30% of its total storage. Considering that plans to augment the surface storage with ground water extraction, desalination and water reuse are still plans, this summer is set to...

  • #StormHelen: Twitter names Cape Town’s storm after Helen Zille

    It's common practice for the United States' National Hurricane Centre to give storms common names, but not cold fronts. Cape Town seems to think that this should change. As Wednesday's #MotherOfAllStorms draws ever closer towards South Africa, Cape Town believes that the weather system should be named after the premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille. Alert: An extreme storm is coming tonght and tomorrow across WCape. I will post regular updates. Pls prepare for v strong wind and rain. — Helen Zille (@helenzille) June 6, 2017 After the above tweet was posted, #StormHelen began trending across South Africa around 4pm Tuesday, just...

  • #HandsOffZuma vs #ZilleMustGo: a hashtag war is brewing on Twitter

    Social media users might seem to travel altogether in fast-flowing streams and strong currents, but that's rarely ever the case. While there are more than a few hashtags supporting the countrywide protest action in South Africa today against President Jacob Zuma, a new hashtag has emerged that is supporting the current president. Memeburn's #AntiZumaMarches coverage: #ZumaMarch: 30+ pictures of today’s anti-Zuma protests across South Africa 15 South African politicians worth following on Twitter Everything you need to know about South Africa’s #AntiZumaMarches Memeburn's images from Cape Town's 7 April 2017 protest #HandsOffZuma is one such trending counter-hashtags to emerge today. It...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #99: social media rage, Nintendo Switch & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This time, the Hadlee Simons once again plays host to the full team: Andy Walker, Graham van der Made and Julia Breakey. The team discuss the numerous instances of social media rage this week, including a number of tweets from Western Cape premier Helen Zille, and a recent hacking scandal involving Twitter, Turkey, the Netherlands and swastikas. We also discuss the booming Nintendo Switch sales figures, and we also take a look at the new PlayStation 4 system software update and how it...

  • Helen Zille infuriates Twitter after defending colonialism

    Helen Zille may have been on Twitter for a while, but she still hasn't acquired the skill of knowing when to put the phone down and go back to bed. On Thursday morning, the Premier of the Western Cape took to Twitter to let everyone know that not everything about colonialism was bad. For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc. — Helen Zille (@helenzille) March 16, 2017 Zille has been in politics a long time. She surely understands the dangers of professing that west is best. She could also do a quick...

  • Understanding how politicians use Twitter: a case study

    Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have fundamentally changed the nature of political discussion. They allow the common person to add his or her voice to the issues that are important to them and to connect with important decision-makers that might otherwise be out of their reach. Twitter has had a particularly profound effect on political discourse, even in emerging market countries like South Africa. In that country, this has been especially true for opposition leader Helen Zille, who has used Twitter to connect with her supporters and to clearly articulate her stance on contentious issues. Following in...

  • South Africa’s 10 most influential political tweeters [Infographic]

    Twitter matters. There’s no doubting that. It can help effect social change, make stars, or pariahs, out of politicians, and make or break a brand. Makes sense then that mattering on Twitter also matters. But who matters? In South African politics, the most influential people on the social network turn out to be a mix of politicians, journalists, activists and academics. At least, that’s according to a list compiled by PR and communications company Burson-Marsteller. The company compiled the list using Klout as a standard of measurement. Klout analyses engagement across social networks and creates a Klout Score...

  • Nando’s offers Helen Zille a tastier alternative to a foot in the mouth

    If anyone shows how easy it is to go from the highest of highs on Twitter to the lowest of lows, it’s Helen Zille. Late last year, people were talking about how well she used the medium. Some even suggested she could be an example to everyone from major brands to Kim Kardashian. How things have changed. Zille’s seemingly uncensored rants, troll feeding and lobbed insults are a far cry from the tweets she was sending out in 2011. In fact, Zille has now reached the point where she's become the punchline in a Nando's campaign. If you’re wondering...

  • 4 Reasons someone should get Helen Zille away from Twitter

    Last year I wrote a piece for Memeburn about ways I felt Helen Zille was using Twitter well. She was controversial even back then, but I liked her for four reasons: She was responsive She was unscripted She was active and She had a sense of humour Overall, I loved the fact that she was both accessible and real. No PR gloss: you got Helen pretty much undiluted. I didn’t mind the sarcasm; somehow it lent her a certain appealing authenticity. A year later and Helen Zille is still all of those things, but something has changed. From being appealingly frank,...

  • Stellenbosch: How a small university town is giving everyone free Wi-Fi

    The small Western Cape student town of Stellenbosch is perhaps best known for the wineries that surround it. But now it’s looking to become one of the most connected places in South Africa by offering free, universal Wi-Fi internet access. The initiative is reportedly a partnership between Stellenbosch, the University of Stellenbosch, and popular instant messaging platform MXit. According to MyBroadband, the service will be available to anyone without registration. The only activity prohibited on the network will be large downloads. A trial area for the network will reportedly go live on Friday, before being extended to the rest...

  • Four Twitter lessons Kim Kardashian could learn from Helen Zille

    Kim Kardashian’s now infamous divorce has dominated the Twittersphere this week. In fact, days after the announcement, the topic was still trending (her cuckolded ex-husband, Kris Humphries whom no one here had heard of until the wedding, was trending alongside his ex). Kardashian herself has contracted a serious case of denial which, when it comes to Twitter, could be fatal. Kardashian is usually a prolific Tweeter, keeping her followers entertained with her "pearls of wisdom". Then the divorce was announced, and all Kardashian could do was Tweet about her latest collection of handbags and Halloween outfits. In fact, she's...

  • Four ways Helen Zille uses Twitter well

    Social media has always presented an obvious opportunity for politicians. As Barack Obama’s campaign advisers were quick to note, social media offers a convenient, low-cost way for elections campaigns and public representatives to connect with the electorate, and it's hard not to get excited about the potential for social media to offer one of the ways in which democracy can be made more meaningful. So, who in South Africa is taking advantage of this? The Office of the President tweets from @SAPresident, while minister of public enterprises Malusa Gigaba is often quite active from @mgigaba. Presidential spokesman Zizi Kodwa is...

  • Popular radio DJ trends worldwide over racist slur

    Popular South Africa radio DJ and rugby commentator, Darren Scott is trending world-wide on Twitter, following his use of the "K-word" late last week. The incident in question occurred at a work function, after Scott lost his temper at a colleague, Africa Tshoaedi. In a recent statement from Scott's PR team, Tshoaedi's presence at a bar after being told leave by Scott was seen as "provocative and used strong language to...

  • ‘No one is safe, but everyone is welcome’: ZANews now on TV

    Online satirical puppet show, ZANEWS, has found a new home on satellite television provider TopTV's flagship channel, Top One. ZANEWS keeps its audience abreast with a mix of the latest and most controversial current events in a "witty and unorthodox way". The site parodies the formulaic style of media broadcasting in order to remind people that it is possible to engage humorously with societal issues that can often be a source of tension and frustration. The show gained popularity online mainly on YouTube and its website, satirically chronicling the day to day of South...

  • DA leader addresses Twitter critics

    Helen Zille, leader of South Africa's largest opposition party, has responded to a recent spat between herself, officials from her party, and South African singer Simphiwe Dana that played out on Twitter. The spat began when Dana directed a number of barbed political points toward Zille on the microblog, to which the Democratic Alliance leader replied in kind, characterising them as "baseless assertions". Dana and like-minded Twitter users then began sending Zille and other DA officials a series of increasingly difficult-to-answer tweets. The spat peaked when DA spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko, in a move reminiscent of the ANC Youth League's characterisation of Twitter...