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  • Polokwane’s a more popular destination than Cape Town, new study suggests

    More people visited Polokwane in 2017 than Cape Town according to a study conducted by Mastercard. The company's Global Destination Cities Index, published on Tuesday, revealed that Johannesburg was once again the continent's most popular city. 4.05-million visitors stayed in the city for one night or more in 2017, which places it top of the African cities which made the list. "On average, international visitors stayed 10.9 nights and spent US$48 per day in Johannesburg, with shopping accounting for more than 50 percent of their total spend," the report added. Notably, Polokwane -- a city north of Johanensburg and the capital of Limpopo...

  • Twitter recounts ‘horror movie’ aftermath of Global Citizen Festival

    This weekend, the highly anticipated Global Citizen Festival took place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Though fans in their thousands enjoyed performances from both local and international artists such as Black Coffee, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé, the festival was marred by incidents after the gates were closed. Many attendees were left complaining about the event’s lack of security. Said people took to Twitter to express their concern and recount their experiences of robbery outside the venue at a nearby Sasol garage. Some were also denied Uber rides. Within a few hours, "Uber", "Sasol" and the hashtag #GlobalCitzenFestival began trending. "Can we please...

  • Watch this painted elephant ‘fly’ across a billboard

    Billboards can be obnoxious pimples on the picturesque face of South Africa's beautiful landscape, but this example is perhaps an exception to the rule. Cape Town-based street artist Falko recently spent five separate days painting and repainting a "moving" image of an elephant on a billboard in Cape Town. The artist -- who is well known for his elephant and other artwork -- was commissioned by ISP WebAfrica, to give his portrayal of the company's mascot Rocket Ellie. Yes, that would be a rocket-wearing elephant with a knack for inter-planetary travel. "Over a period of six weeks, Falko updated the billboard five times...

  • 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...

  • Updating: Johannesburg CBD fire is now contained, 3 firefighters dead

    Update, 9am Friday: The fire which burned through a building in Johannesburg's central district has been extinguished. Update, 9pm Thursday: "Significant progress" has been made to extinguish a fire that has been raging in a building in Johannesburg's CBD since Wednesday morning. However, there's no indication that the fire has been extinguished completely as yet. Under the command of @CityofJoburgEMS Acting Director Mucavele, significant progress has been made in the effort to extinguish the #JoburgFire Our partners continue to support us in creating a safer @CityofJoburgZA pic.twitter.com/ZJ6d4T1dCr — Joburg Public Safety (@CoJPublicSafety) September 6, 2018 Original article: A fire which broke out in a...

  • #JoburgFire: Twitter accounts to follow for breaking news

    A fire currently tearing through a Johannesburg CBD building is one of the biggest news stories on Twitter today. While South Africans have the hashtags #JoburgFire to keep up to speed with developments, often hashtags can lead to unverified news disseminating. Here are a few official, trusted Twitter accounts you can follow for more news on the developing story. (Also, read our updating Johannesburg CBD fire roundup for more a more in depth look at the fire.) City of Joburg The City of Johannesburg's official Twitter account. @CityofJoburgEMS official is creating a buffer by directly splashing water into the building to prevent the fire from...

  • #Coldfront trends on Twitter as South Africa freezes

    After turning Cape Town into a temporary lake, and the rest of the Western and Eastern Cape into a winter wonderland, the July cold front has made its way through South Africa's interior. People are not happy. The hashtag #coldfront began trending across the city and South Africa early Tuesday morning in a response to the extreme cold felt over much of the Free State, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. According to the South African Weather Service, these were some of the low temperatures forecast last night: Bloemfontein, FS: -7°C Bethlehem, FS: -8°C Potchesfstoom, NW: -6°C Standerton, MP: -6°C Sutherland, NC: -6°C Vereeninging,...

  • Airbnb Experiences are now available across South Africa

    Airbnb is today rolling out its Experiences programme in Johannesburg and the rest of South Africa. The nationwide move comes after Experiences debuted globally, and in Cape Town, in 2016. "Experiences are activities or excursions that are led by passionate local hosts, highlighting their interests and perspective as well as unique places many visitors might not otherwise get to experience," the company explains in an update. "After the launch of Experiences in Cape Town in 2016 Johannesburg hosts are excited to finally get the chance to show off their city while becoming part of the local economy." At present, there are around...

  • Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Int’l airport evacuated [update]

    Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport was on Monday evacuated after an unattended bag was found in the terminal building. According to eyewitness reports on Twitter, an "explosion" was also reportedly heard around Terminal A's international arrivals. Explosion heard @ortambo_int around international arrivals then panicked running and evacuation. pic.twitter.com/URnvMa6chZ — SECTION27 (@SECTION27news) February 19, 2018 Users at the airport corroborated reports of a "loud bang" followed by panic. Just about to board flight to Cape Town - all of OR Tambo evacuated, apparently an unattended bag somewhere. Now, all been told to go back in and re-do the security process #ORTambo — Karin Mitchell (@KarinLaB) February...

  • [Update] Vodacom users ‘can’t make calls’ in Johannesburg due to network issue

    Update: The issue that affected a large number of Vodacom users across Johannesburg has been resolved, the company tweeted. We have resolved the issue where customers in Gauteng were unable to make calls earlier this morning. We apologise for the inconvenience this caused. — Vodacom (@Vodacom) January 19, 2018 Original article: If you're in and around Johannesburg this morning, on the Vodacom network and can't make or receive calls, you're not the only one. The service provider is today aware of and addressing connectivity issues around South Africa's economic hub. Users on Twitter reported issues early Friday, complaining that calls cannot be placed --...

  • MTN data services down across South Africa

    MTN's data services are down for scores of users across South Africa's major cities after an "unsuccessful" network upgrade. "MTN undertook an upgrade on a section of its network last night," the company wrote in a tweet Thursday. "The upgrade was unfortunately unsuccessful and has resulted in a data fault on the network serving Randburg and parts of Cape Town. Only the data service is affected, voice systems remain fully functional." According to additional reports from users on Twitter, the network's customers have been experiencing issues since 7am Thursday morning. The company notes that users across Cape Town and Randburg are experiencing issues,...

  • Viral video: Johannesburg Metro police officer attacked in Hillbrow

    A video of a group of people attacking a Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) officer has gone viral on both Twitter and Facebook. The video of the incident, which was captured in Hillbrow on Sunday, depicts members of a Johannesburg church congregation pushing, disarming and beating a JMPD officer. The cause of the incident was reportedly the towing of an illegally parked car. Quoted by News24, JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said that the officer at the centre of the incident was left "beaten" and "unconscious" and was later "rushed to Milpark Hospital". The two-minute-long video, initially uploaded to Facebook by Yusuf Abramjee, received more...

  • Uber’s wildly odd ad will resonate with Capetonians stuck in traffic daily

    Uber's first advertisement highlighting the plight of commuters in southeast Asia may just trigger a nerve for those stuck in traffic in Cape Town and Johannesburg daily. Filmed in Bangkok with 200-odd extras, the company's ad trades automobiles for Flintstone-inspired box cars. But that doesn't mean there's any less chaos. From drivers stealing parking spots, to others cutting in ahead of lanes, to those select few who believe one-ways are in fact safe for bidirectional traffic: the video is practically what every road user experiences every day. Perhaps with less cardboard. While the ad is undoubtedly stupid, remarkably silly and deliberately extra,...

  • Couple robbed in Ster-Kinekor theatre

    A couple claims they were robbed of their cellphones and other belongings in a Rosebank Ster-Kinekor theatre this weekend. In a Facebook post that circulated social media, Darren Craig wrote that he and fiancée Giulietta Mazza were "robbed in seats" at The Zone. The number of assailants is disputed, as Craig writes that a "gang of five men" attacked them, while Ster-Kinekor has issued a statement that it was only one robber. "Not one staff member in sight or willing to help," Craig wrote. I have seen no response from @sterkinekor as yet although I was told by a senior executive it is...

  • Johannesburg highways disrupted by metered taxi protest, Uber cars torched

    Traffic along Gauteng's R24 route was brought to a standstill this morning, after metered taxi drivers parked their cars on the road in protest. The R24 and R21 are two of Johannesburg and the East Rand's most important routes, linking key Johannesburg suburbs with OR Tambo International Airport. This morning from as early as 6am however, the roads were barely accessible. #TaxiProtest and #HighwayProtest began trending on Twitter across Gauteng Friday morning, as users tweeted pictures of the blockage, and information channels reported on the incident. According to police, two Uber cars were also set alight. This also comes after a spike in...