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South African artist Nelson Makamo graces cover of TIME magazine

Nelson Makamo graces cover of TIME magazine

TIME Magazine has revealed the cover for their 2019 “optimists issue” – a beautiful oil painting of a child produced by South African artist, Nelson Makamo.

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The piece, titled “Visions of a limitless future”, is the first magazine cover that Nelson Makamo has ever produced.

Speaking to TIME magazine, the award-winning fine artist said was his first time painting a cover in his career. “It scared me because, even though I’ve been working for a long time, it felt like a debut,” said Makamo.

“Art is worthy of our interrogation and is in fact an antidote for our times,” writes Ava DuVernay, guest-editor of Time’s second special issue devoted to optimism.

“In the issue, we celebrate and suggest ways that one can find inspiration in our present moment through the work of artists who carve a path for us all. Whether a filmmaker or a photographer, an author or an actress, a poet or a painter, these pages are filled with people who use art as a weapon for dynamic optimism (sic)” – TIME Magazine wrote on Instagram.

36-year-old fine artist, who was born in Modimolle, Limpopo province, said his artistic impulse kicked in early. He just had this urge to draw, to make marks.

This is TIME’s second issue devoted to optimism. The issue focuses on “34 people changing how we see our world.”

Read the full story here.

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Local writer, activist, and Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zoleka Mandela birth

Zoleka Mandela gives birth

South African writer, activist, breast cancer survivor and Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zoleka Mandela, has welcomed her fifth baby Zenzile Mutoba Bashala.

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Zoleka Mandela confirmed the good news on social media on Wednesday night.

Zoleka, who gave birth to a baby girl six days before her due date, said that her water broke when she got up in the morning to pack away the dishes.

“I woke up this morning and got up before everyone else to attend to the house – I was trying to pack last night’s clean dishes when my water broke! I was in labour for close to five hours before Mr. Bashala and I birthed our daughter, Zenzile Mutoba Bashala, six before our scheduled birth date!” – she wrote on Instagram.

She also said that there were a few unexpected complications which resulted in her incubation.

The 38-year-old has been updating her fans on social media on her pregnancy journey as well as her attempts to stay fit.

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Local Entertainer Zodwa Wabantu buys herself a R150K coffin

Zodwa Wabantu coffin

Local entertainer Zodwa Wabantu has bought herself a coffin worth R150 000. Wabantu announced on social media that she wants to make sure that all her affairs are in order when she passes away.

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Taking to her Instagram account on Tuesday, Zodwa Wabantu posted a photo of the coffin she bought saying that she doesn’t want people to say when she died that she was famous but didn’t make sure there was enough money to bury her.

“Death. Black Society is Scared to talk about Death. My Coffin ⚰ is 150k. Are you ready or your Family is still gonna Run around? I don’t want Zodwa Wabantu was Famous now there’s no Money to Bury her” – the Vosho Queen captioned her photo.

Wabantu also posted a video on her Instagram. Zodwa can be seen in the video getting into the coffin to see if she fits properly. “Silence, have a beautiful week ahead guys” – she captioned another photo.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Wabantu explained the reason behind ‘coffin shopping spree’. She told the publication that she buried her mom with the cheapest coffin. She was told she would end up like her, so she’s proving people wrong.

“When we buried my mother, it was a sad affair. She was buried in a cheap coffin and her funeral came together on things that were patched together. People always told me that I would never amount to much and would suffer the same fate, so I’ve been living my whole life trying to prove them wrong,” Zodwa said.

Wabantu also said that the coffin is probably between R50 and R70k. The rest of the money went towards the executive package, which includes the cars and other services.

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List of directors confirmed for RapidLion 2019 grows

RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival

The fourth annual RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival has unveiled its lineup of featured directors, ramping up the anticipation for the festivities, which will run at the Market Theatre from March 1 to March 10 2019.

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The selection of directors, like the films on offer, is varied, including documentary filmmakers, short film specialists and seasoned feature film directors.

The strong presence of filmmakers bodes well for creative crosspollination and intercultural dialogue across the BRICS countries, enhancing RapidLion’s profile as an unmissable event on the international cultural calendar.

Among the heavy-hitters slated to speak is director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, and producer Layla Swart whose film Sew The Winter to My Skin presents the true story of John Kepe, dubbed the “Samson of the Boschberg Mountains”. Kepe, very much his own man was taken as something of a Robin Hood figure in the Karoo mountains that he called home.

Like in his earlier film Of Good Report, Qubeka relies on little dialogue, preferring to propel his films through landscape, casting and cinematography. The 7.30pm screening of Qubeka’s film on March 6 will be followed by a question and answer session with the director and producer.

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Representing China is director Da Fei, whose feature length film, Silent Winter, is about the lengths people would go to, to have offspring or to protect their family from the supposed stigma of childlessness. The film will screen twice, first on March 7 (5pm) and again on March 9 (1.30pm).

Another Chinese film being screened and followed by a Q&A session is Zhang Taihai’s Whack. The film, screening at 5pm on March 3, 2019, depicts the story of 39-year-old kickboxer Hongbing, a fighter close to retirement who must deal with a string of intertwined family dynamics and his fading fortunes.

Angela Matemotja, whose film Elevate, tells the story of a dispatch operator who struggles to complete just one day of healthy eating while being body shamed.

Matemojta, who grew up in Tanzania, Russia and Kenya seeks to explore the social, sub-cultural and international aspects of the societies she has been a part of. Matemotja will participate in two Q&A sessions on two consecutive days, the first on March 7 at 10.30am and the second on March 8 at 17h30 hours.

There is also a strong selection of shorts, with Rafeeqah Galant’s 13-minute film In The Light of Fire being screened twice (on March 2 at 11am and March 8 at 18:00).The film tells the story of Slindile, who, having escaped a mental institution in KwaZulu-Natal finds herself alone to brave the woodland. By acknowledging her past, in the form of three characters who remind her to never forget where she comes from.

Some of the short films to be screened in the presence of their directors fall under the ambit of the festival’s LBGTQI shorts, which explore the lives of characters in varying environments. Adetokumboh M’Cormack’s 18-minute film Irish Goodbye, directed and acted by McCormack, tells the story of a young, closeted gay man who is a conflicted but devout Muslim refugee from Syria.

On a night out with a quixotic Irishman named Eric, they will confront issues of trust, abandonment, tragedy and privilege. Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to diplomat parents, McCormack was raised in Kenya and England. His acting credits include leading roles in Battle Los Angeles, Blood Diamonds and Captain America: Winter Soldier. Representing his directorial debut, Irish Goodbye will screen on March 1, the opening day, at 2pm.

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Lorna Maseko Invited to The World’s Most Prestigious Culinary Stage

Lorna Maseko The World Restaurant Awards

Lorna Maseko has been selected to present at The World Restaurant Awards which will be held in Paris this year.

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Known as the ‘Oscars For Restaurants’, the awards ceremony promises to be an extravagant affair for all culinary lovers and authorities across the globe. Lorna Maseko is one of the first South Africans to present at these prestigious awards.

The World Restaurant Awards bring together an array of culinary world stars. The awards will be held on February 18, 2019 in extravagant and luxurious style. Various industries including film, music, design, art as well as fashion, will be coming together to celebrate the world of culinary arts.Lorna will be taking the world stage as one of the leaders in food curation – this is a true honour and career achievement.

The esteemed awards will be celebrating the world’s greatest and pioneering restaurants that range from old to new, and luxury restaurants to more humble eateries. Award categories will include: Restaurant of the Year, Atmosphere of the Year, Instagram Account of the Year, Collaboration of the Year, Original Thinking and Event of the Year, to mention but a few.

Lorna Maseko will be amongst remarkable chefs, restaurateurs and foodies from around the world, coming together to celebrate restaurants in all their glory.

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DJ Shimza’s expensive Mercedes G63 allegedly stolen from his garage

DJ Shimza Mercedes G63 stolen

Local House music DJ, DJ Shimza, whose real name is Ashley Raphala, took to social media to let fans know that his Mercedes-AMG G63 was allegedly stolen from his garage on Monday.

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According to various car websites, Mercedes-AMG G63 will cost you anything between R2,5-million and R3-million.

Midrand police spokesperson sergeant Matome Tlamela confirmed to TshisaLIVE that a case of housebreaking and theft had been opened at the Midrand police station by the DJ’s helper.

She explained that the case would have to be transferred to Olievenhoutbosch as the incident happened at Blue Valley Golf Estate.

“I can confirm that a case was opened on Monday night by the helper, so the helper is the complainant. They reported housebreaking and theft. The incident happened at Blue Valley so the case will have to be transferred to the Olievenhoutbosch branch because that is their jurisdiction.”

DJ Shimza asked fans to help him on social media but his brother, Pontsho told TshisaLIVE that no one had come forward with any leads yet.

“So far we haven’t had any leads from social media. We’ve had people that think this is a joke and others that just haven’t been helpful.”

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Celebrity Cook Lorna Maseko launches her new website

celebrity chef and entrepreneur Lorna Maseko

After successfully launching her YouTube channel in late 2018, executive producer, celebrity chef and entrepreneur Lorna Maseko has bolstered her online presence with the launch of her brand new and elegant website.

ALSO READ: Lorna Maseko Launches Cooking Channel On YouTube

LornaMaseko.com will host exclusive content curated by Lorna plus all her past and highly acclaimed recipes, accolades and other surprises. The user-friendly and highly functional website features the best images, food and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Lorna.

Read up on what ‘Lorna Recommends’ on her site which features exclusive blog posts or check out her favourite recipes for some kitchen inspiration. Everything Lorna is available on her new website so logon now and enjoy.

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Matwetwe makes R2-million in 8 days at the box office

Matwetwe Black Coffee and Kagiso

DJ Black Coffee’s movie Matwetwe has taken South Africa by a storm, being one of the top movies right now in Mzansi. On its opening weekend, the movie Matwetwe made over R900 000 in the first three days.

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The movie, which debuted two weeks ago, has already grossed over R2 million rand in just eight days at the box office.

“The film has been doing really well. We reached around R900,000 in three days and it has just gotten stronger from there. We are now over R2-million. It reached it in eight days and we are happy because it took eight days to make.” – Comedian Kagiso Lediga told TshisaLIVE.

“We are already blown away by the response from people. It has done so well. It has doubled its screens and I think there will be one or two more cinemas debuting this week. It is about taking the film to places like Witbank. It is doing well in Mafikeng and even in Botswana.”

Matwetwe tells the story of two best friends who have just finished matric and have an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Atteridgeville. Their adventures include: scoring a huge deal, dodging a kingpin gangster and winning over a girl.

Kagiso said the secret sauce behind the film’s success was that it was so authentic.

“I think there is a certain kind of authenticity around the film. It’s not like something people have seen before. I think it was well executed and unique. It is really cool that this little experiment is really paying off.”

Matwetwe is produced by the South African House music producer and DJ, Black Coffee. Kagiso directed, written and produced the movie.

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Actress Unathi Nkayi bids farewell to Show Me Love

Actress Unathi Nkayi

South African singer, actress and radio personality Unathi Nkayi has announced that she will be leaving Moja Love’s talk show, Show me love.

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Unathi is best known for hosting shows on youth station YFM and Metro Fm’s drivetime show, with Glen Lewis. She is also a judge on Idols SA.

Taking to her Instagram account, Nkayi shared that she was shooting her second last interview on Show me love.

It’s almost been a year since the debut of the show, which garnered significant buzz due to its panel with the likes of KG Moeketsi, Abigail Visagie, Nontobeko Sibisi and the all-round entertainer Unathi Nkayi.

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Thembi Seete visits Limpopo school and donates 1000 school shoes

Thembi Seete at Moriting Primary School in Limpopo 2

The journey to distributing school shoes to 20 000 children in need across South Africa is in full swing. The #KrushGoodness project recently saw actress Thembi Seete and the Krush Goodness Krew visiting Moriting Primary School in Limpopo this week, where over 1000 learners received a brand new pair of Smart Steps school shoes as part of the project.

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20 schools that received the most nominations by the public will be visited over the next few weeks by the Krush Goodness Krew, including: Connie Ferguson, Zenande Mfenyane, Dineo Ranaka, Lalla Hirayama, Letshego Zulu, Rami Chuene, Ayanda Thabethe, Leanne Manas, Brent “Good Things Guy” Lindeque, Shona Ferguson and Heather Hook.

According to Stats SA, approximately 70% of learners walk to school every day, many of whom walk barefoot or with damaged shoes. The #KrushGoodness project will make a sustainable difference in the lives of 20 000 learners across South Africa, giving them the confidence to conquer the world one step at a time.

Thembi Seete at Moriting Primary School in Limpopo 3

Thembi Seete opens up about her visit to Moriting Primary School:

What drew you to participate in the #KrushGoodness project?

I was drawn to the social responsibility that is carried out by this initiative. I believe our young ones, now more than ever, deserve impactful mentorship that is beneficial to their individual paths. I am truly honoured to be involved with this project.

What were you most looking forward to about visiting Moriting Primary School with the Krush Goodness Krew?

I was looking forward to the rush, the energy, and the spirit of love that would shape the direction of the day. It was amazing to engage with the kids through motivation and taking them through my personal journey. 


What, for you, is the biggest importance of helping our communities and children in particular? 

Children are honestly the pioneers of tomorrow. The #KrushGoodness project paves a way for us guardians to serve as the rightful point of reference, where we can educate and encourage our kids about the importance of staying in school and completing school. I highly believe that school is the best platform there is to cultivate the skills and aspirations of our youth. 

Are you involved with any other community or CSI initiatives personally? 

Yes, I am currently partnered with Reach4Adream who focuses on helping children who face unforeseen circumstances (such as chronic diseases) reach their dreams. 

Do you remember any encounters with a local celebrity when you were younger? What memory sticks out the most for you and why?

My first encounter with the late “Ma Brr ” (Brenda Fassie) has to be one of my most treasured celebrity encounters. She just had a way with people. She shared herself with others and gave her time generously. When I was 12 years old she gave me her full attention. I remember looking straight into her eyes as she held tightly to my face and said “You are going to be one of the BIGGEST super stars one day. You are a beautiful young girl with so much glow, but you have to finish school first”. I remember just jumping on her after those words. 
That is who she was, she was love. Years after that Boom Shaka happened and today I am thankful for her words because I am still living in what she said. 


What is the one piece of advice you have for young fans of yours? 

Always stay hungry. Isolation, laziness or staying indoors will not get you to where hard work and taking the risk will. As the saying goes: “hard work pays”. I can truly attest to this as I have seen it in my own life. It is only when we go for what we want, put in the extra effort, feed into our dreams and work vigorously towards our goals, that things start to happen. One day it will all pay off. 

What does the rest of 2019 hold for you?

At the start of 2018 I declared that it would be an eventful year and indeed it was such an eventful year. A year of so many blessings and cherish able moments. Again, I speak the same words into 2019. It is going to be an eventful year. Each month will come with something amazing. I am speaking it into existence.

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