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All posts tagged "South Africa"

  • Nah fam: South Africans aren’t too happy with the Samsung Galaxy S8’s price

    South Africans really don't like the price of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The Korean company's latest phone was outed today, sporting an infinity screen, an iris scanner and a new personal assistant dubbed Bixby. But it seems that the price got the most attention. Priced at R15 499 for the standard S8, and R17 499 for the Samsung Galaxy S8+, they are by no means cheap devices. And Twitter was all too ready to point that out. Our sister site Gearburn, while live-tweeting the event, saw a slew of retweets and mentions from users commenting on this particular tweet. Pricing info: R15499 for...

  • #UncleKathy: South Africa pays tribute to struggle giant Ahmed Kathrada

    Ahmed Kathrada, known as one of Nelson Mandela's closest allies and a defiant anti-apartheid activist, has died aged 87. The news broke on Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday morning, when the Kathrada Foundation tweeted that its namesake "has passed on". Ahmed #Kathrada has passed on. Details to follow. — Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) March 28, 2017 Kathrada, or Uncle Kathy as many referred to him, was born in the North West town of Schweizer-Reneke in 1929. He was imprisoned with Nelson Mandela at Pollsmoor and Robben Island after the Rivonia Trial. He was released in 1990, and served in the Mandela administration. A...

  • Cape Town wants you to work from home (or take a bus) to reduce congestion

    The City of Cape Town would much prefer you working from home, or thinking twice about those nine-to-five slogs. This after the City revealed a work-in-progress strategy for reducing traffic congestion in Cape Town. According to an EWN report, the strategy will debut in front of council next week, and should include interesting proposals like a boost to public transport, parking perks that privilege irregular parking hours, and carpooling. More interestingly though, the City also wants employers to introduce flexible working hours, or a reduced work week. You can now smile a little wider. Perhaps working from home is the solution to...

  • ‘South Africa’s dumbest criminals’ go viral, social media gets racist

    Three Johannesburg men found viral fame when they attempted to break into a house while the homeowner stood filming them. The men are oblivious to the fact they've been caught and continue to pry open the gate with a crowbar until the Orange Grove homeowner clears his throat. The men, confused and unsure of what to do, look at each other before walking slowly away from the gate. The video posted by TimesLIVE on YouTube has garnered 76 000 views in just over a day, alongside the original posting on Facebook that has picked up near on 30, 000. It has been shared...

  • Ster-Kinekor website leaked millions of users’ private data

    Ster-Kinekor's old website allowed anyone with know-how to retrieve the profile details of every user on the site. This information included phone numbers, addresses and plaintext passwords. Software developer Matt Cavanagh revealed the bug in a blog post on Thursday, after disclosing it to Ster Kinekor last year. "They took the high-road of admitting they were at fault, and didn't try pass the blame off. I appreciate that," Cavanagh told Memeburn of their response to his report. According to the developer, the bug in the backend API was found via the website's Flash bits. He admits he didn't have substantial knowledge of Flash, but...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Twitter talks security after OR Tambo International heist

    Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport was last night the scene of an estimated US$15-million heist. According to airport operator ACSA, the "armed robbery" took place around 7.45pm on Tuesday evening. "No shots were fired and no injuries have been reported. The robbers fled and it is not known at this stage what, if anything, was taken during the incident," the operator adds. Armed robbery at O.R. Tambo International Airport: https://t.co/lPVDEgWErJ — ORTambo (@ortambo_int) March 7, 2017 The SAA flight transporting the goods was due to travel to London. SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali explained that the incident "happened at a time before the consignment, which contained...

  • #Xenophobia: what Twitter can tell us

    South Africa has been hit anew with a spate of xenophobic attacks, and it is clear that until something substantial is done, foreigners will continue to be blamed for major systemic issues within our society and government. In the 21st century, social media is able to shed a light on social crises that has never been available to us before. So we thought it might be interesting to break down exactly how South Africans are talking about xenophobia on Twitter. We asked Crimson Hexagon if they could send us an analysis of #xenophobia to see how the hashtag was being used. The analysis...

  • Pretoria’s #TruckProtest disrupts city’s traffic (and not in a good way)

    Update, 11.38am: Truck drivers in Pretoria engaged in the strike have seemingly left their trucks, and have boarded taxis and bakkies on their way to the Union Buildings. The trucks have been reportedly parked in Marabastad, Pretoria West. #TruckDriverProtest truck drivers now heading to Union Building using bakkies & taxis. Trucks parked in Marabastad. #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/Smy2pt749r — Mr_Stuurman (@Sipho_Stuurman) March 1, 2017 #TruckDriverProtest drive into Marabastad, their assembly point before heading to the Union Buildings @News24 pic.twitter.com/8VzGg2fmY4 — lizzee (@lizTandwa) March 1, 2017 Traffic as a result is at a standstill in Arcadia, Pretoria East. Traffic on Hamilton and Madiba also at a complete standstill...

  • #BlackCoffeeftYoza: Twitter user scores collab with Black Coffee

    Yesterday was Yoza Mnyanda's crown birthday and she decided to shoot her shot. Mnyanda -- a recent University of Cape Town film grad and aspiring cinematographer with the voice of an angel -- seized the day and tweeted South African DJ and producer Black Coffee, asking how many retweets she'd need for him to make a song with her. @RealBlackCoffee how many RT's do I need for you to make a song with me? It's also my birthday today. 😊👑🙂https://t.co/tRidKs3Ger — needacameraplzhelp (@YozaMnyanda) February 23, 2017 Attached was a performance she did last year for UCT's Live Room. Black Coffee was so impressed he...

  • Taking to the tweets: South Africa’s relationship with protests and Twitter

    Just recently EFF leader Julius Malema criticised South Africa’s Twitter activists for thinking the platform was enough to effect change. But South Africans are leaving their houses to protest -- they’re just taking their phones with them. South Africa's history of protests South Africa has the highest rates of public protest in the world, and it isn’t difficult to understand why. It only exists as the country it is today because of protests. The ruling party was created as a form of protest, and our leaders won the country’s freedom because of it. When apartheid ended, new issues of service delivery and education emerged...

  • North West floods in pictures: Facebook, Twitter captures sodden destruction

    Well South Africa, Cyclone Dineo wasn't the weather system we should've been worried about. Although the tropical cyclone passed well north of Gauteng and the North West, floods have ravaged both provinces this week. We've covered the havoc the weather has played in Johannesburg this week, but in the North West, images and videos are now littering social media. Due to ongoing, pelting rain experienced across the North West this week, some municipalities in the province are underwater. Quite literally. Last night's flash floods, which ripped through areas in the province, killed three people. The North West destruction in pictures In Rustenburg -- one...

  • UP reimagines Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech as an adorable LEGO movie

    It's not easy to make something like the formulaic Budget Speech (however important it is) interesting for the average consumer. Sorry Pravin Gordhan. Mention something about "higher fuel costs" and some might pay attention, but can you remember the big numbers announced by Pravin Gordhan yesterday? The challenge to inject some fun into the speech and make it more relatable to the average citizen was taken up by University of Pretoria's GIBS Business School. Instead of simply narrating and explaining what the ten-figure digits mean using, you know... people, the school channelled its inner master builder. You know? Like the LEGO Movie? If...