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Maison Martell celebrates the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela at the Forever Young Gala Dinner

Maison Martell Nelson Mandela

Maison Martell has donated a 100-year-old cognac to be auctioned at the Forever Young Gala Dinner, which will be held in Johannesburg on 30th November 2018, and marking the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. 

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Three foundations – the House of Mandela Foundation, the Enhle Cares Foundation and Africa Rising – are at the heart of this initiative, which is also supported by Global Citizen.

Maison Martell is proud to pay tribute to the exceptional life and legacy of Nelson Mandela with an outstanding eau-de-vie distilled in 1918, the year of his birth. Selected by Cellar Master Christophe Valtaud, this eau-de-vie from Grande Champagne was aged in the Jean Martell cellar, where the House’s most prestigious cognacs are stored.

Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie have unique potential for ageing, expressing their character fully only after 40 years. This century-old eau-de-vie retains supreme freshness and intensity, with a complex, expressive taste. It is presented in an elegant bottle, created in consultation with Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba Mandela of Africa Rising, which is inscribed “Vintage 1918 – Mandela 100 – Aah Dalibhunga Madiba Nkosi”.

“What counts is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

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Somizi Is In The Hot Seat On Tropika Smoooth Fan This Week

Somizi Tropika Smoooth Fan

Over the past few weeks, superfans of various local celebrities battled it out on TV to prove that they’re the smooothest fans in Msansi on SABC 1’s exciting new celebrity quiz show Tropika Smoooth Fan. Last week, Dianetse Letsika proved that she was Bonang Matheba’s smooothest fan and this week, Somizi is the celebrity in the hot seat. 

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Somizi is a popular choreographer, reality show judge, radio personality and TV presenter. His career began when he was 13 years old – he joined the Broadway musical Sarafina! and travelled the world for 5 years with the production. He made a name for himself as a choreographer and took on massive projects like Miss South Africa between 1998 and 2008 (and again in 2015) and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He is now one of the most impressive TV presenter and reality star in the country with a massive loyal following.

This week, four die-hard celebrity fans will compete in various interactive games in the hopes of being crowned Somizi’s smooothest fan. The winner will make it to the finals on 7 December 2018 where they will compete against the smoootest fans of the other celebrity contestants where, after another round of games, the two top contestants will go head to head to win R250 000 cash and a Honda Amaze!

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Rapper Big Zulu arrested for assaulting his lover

Siyabonga Nene Big Zulu

Rapper Big Zulu, whose real name is Siyabonga Nene was recently arrested for allegedly physically assaulting his girlfriend and mother of his two-year-old daughter.

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According to SowetanLIVE, Big Zulu grabbed his partner by the throat and threw her on the floor three times at their rented flat in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Speaking to Sunday World, the victim who cannot be named, told the publication that it was the first time the rapper laid his hands on her.

“The problem started two weeks ago when I confronted him. He was sitting outside with his friends and two girls. I called him to the side and asked him who the girls were. That was not the first time [I found him hanging around with strange women]. I asked him because I needed to know why he keeps doing that and disregarding my feelings. He got aggressive but that time he walked away,” she said.

She further told the publication that she had been battling depression which was made worse by the abusive situation. As a result, she attempted suicide by trying to overdose on pills with alcohol.

“I sent him a message to tell him it was not worth it anymore, however, he rushed home and found me before I overdosed on the pills,” she said. 

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HHP’s ex partner Lerato Khanye has passed away

HHP’s ex partner Lerato Khanye

The former partner of the late rapper Jabulani ‘HHP’ Tsambo, Lerato Khanye, has has passed away. HHP and Khanye have a 13-year-old son together, Leano.

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Tsambo family spokesperson Nkululeko Ncana confirmed to TshisaLIVE that Lerato died in the early hours of Monday morning.

According to the publication, the exact circumstances surrounding her death are not clear and Nkululeko called for privacy as the family tried to process the news.

“I am not at liberty to disclose any further details. The family are still trying to deal with the sudden tragedy and are asking for privacy during this difficult time,” – Nkululeko told The Juice.

Last month shortly after HHP’s death, Lerato told Sowetan that both she and Leano had been struggling to come to terms with HHP’s passing.

According to TshisaLIVE, HHP took his own life after a lengthy battle with depression.

Lerato and Jabba were co-parents to their son Leano and they were not romantically involved for years. The late hip-hop star was traditionally married to publicist Lerato Sengadi.

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10 Things We Learned About Bonang Matheba On Tropika Smoooth Fan

Bonang Matheba Tropika Smoooth Fan

In another exciting episode of Tropika Smoooth Fan this week, Bonang Matheba was in the hot seat as the star was on the hunt to find her smooothest fan. Viewers at home uncovered some interesting facts about the star during the exciting live quiz show.

ALSO READ: Bonang Matheba To Find Her Biggest Fan On Tropika Smoooth Fan This Week

In Tropika Smoooth Fan, four die-hard celebrity fans were chosen out of thousands to compete in a variety of interactive games and ultimately Dianetse Letsika proved she was Bonang’s smooothest fan. Dianetse won prizes to the value of R23 000 and will now move on to compete in the final alongside the smooothest fans of the other celebrity contestants in the hopes of winning R250 000 cash and a Honda Amaze.

These Are Some Of The Exciting Things We Learned About Bonang Matheba On Tropika Smoooth Fan: 

  • Bonang was born and raised in the beautiful city of Mafikeng.
  • Her middle name is Dorothy.
  • Mo’ghel is the proud sister to two brothers.
  • Her family calls the star by her nickname Mafanda.
  • Before she became a powerhouse in the entertainment industry, Bonang wanted to be a teacher.
  • Viewers fell in love with Bonang from her very first gig. She hosted the popular SABC 1 music show ‘Live’. The platform essentially catapulted her into superstardom and the presenter went on to present a range of television shows like the popular magazine show ‘Top Billing’.
  • In the early days of Bonang’s career, she ventured into the world of YouTube with an exciting online reality show titled B*Dazzled.
  • Fashion has always been something Bonang has been passionate about. While she’s worn some incredible outfits throughout her career, the star has also had a few of her own ranges – namely Baby Star, her bag range, Distraction, an underwear line for Woolworths, and Bonang By Bonang, a T-shirt range which was launched earlier this year.
  • Bonang has had an incredible rise to fame and shared her story in the best-selling autobiography ‘From A to B’ which was released last year.
  • The star wears a size five shoe.
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Nasty C and his girlfriend Sammie celebrate their anniversary

Nasty C and his girlfriend Sammie

Rapper Nasty C and his long-time girlfriend Sammie “Samukelisiwe Zulu” celebrated their 6th-year-anniversary together over the weekend. 

ALSO READ: Meet Nasty C’s Girlfriend Samukelisiwe Zulu

The couple took to Instagram to appreciate each other on just how far they have come. In the photos, there was whipped-cream, rose petals and champagne.

“You watched me struggle w this caption for a good 15 minutes… I was tryna come up w something that’ll tell you how much I love & appreciate you.. I couldn’t find the words so I’ll show you instead. Happy 6th Anniversary babe (sic),” – Nasty C wrote on Instagram.

His girlfriend, Sammie also took to Instagram to send her man a sweet message on their 6 year anniversary:

“Happy 6th Anniversary to my highschool sweetheart I remember being told that I was too young to know what love is. I remember being 15 and telling my mom that I love you and getting my ass whooped for it it was all so worth it babe I’m so blessed to have you And I love you from the tip of your toes to the top of your head, Happy anniversary my baby (sic),” – she wrote.

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Simphiwe Ngema to honour her late husband Dumi Masilela

Simphiwe Ngema eternal crush Dumi Masilela

Last year, actress Simphiwe Ngema lost her husband, musician and actor Dumi Masilela, but Simz wants to make sure that his legacy lives on.

ALSO READ: Simphiwe Ngema Has Finally Finished Dumi Masilela’s Album

The former Rythm City actor Dumi Masilela was killed in suspected hijacking in Tembisa. Before his death, he had released a single titled “Shona Phansi.” Now Simphiwe is planning on releasing the album he was working on. The talented actress has also printed out T-shirts with the words ‘Eternal Crush’ emblazoned on them.

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Fans have been enquiring about where to get the t-shirts and she replied that they will be available next week.

“Good morning my blessings?? I just want to say thank you so much for all your support. It’s been overwhelming. I haven’t been able to reply to all of you but I’ve read all your requests. The T-shirts will be available to the public by end of next week. I will be posting all the information on how to get them soon. You guys have touched my heart?? you are truly my blessings. I love you.?? #Eternalcrush (sic),” – Simphiwe Ngema wrote on Instagram.

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Ayanda Thabethe confirms her split from Dash

Ayanda Thabethe and Dash

Media personality Ayanda Thabethe has confirmed that she and Zulu Mkhathini (formerly known as Dash) have ended their relationship. This comes after weeks of speculations. 

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Last week at the Feather Awards, Somizi Mhlongo hinted about their break-up and tried to get Dash to collect the award in her absence. On Monday in an impromptu Q&A Ayanda hosted on her Insta Stories on Monday, she confirmed their split.

“I’m single again. I’ll always think the world of him,” she said after a fan asked about the status of her relationship.

She went on to say: “I’m not looking. I believe life will bring at the right time. I’m not in a rush either. I love a guy that is secure in himself and his self worth, honest, humble and kind. One who is hard working, ambitious, family orientated, adventurous and God fearing.” 

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Bonang Matheba To Find Her Biggest Fan On Tropika Smoooth Fan This Week

Bonang Matheba Tropika Smoooth Fan

Nkosindiphile Nkosi proved he was Khanyi Mbau’s smooothest fan on SABC 1’s exciting new celebrity quiz show Tropika Smoooth Fan last week and this week, Mo’ghel Bonang Matheba is set to find her biggest fan as four contestants are put to the test to see how well they really know Queen B*. 

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Bonang Matheba has cemented her spot as one of the most popular celebrities to have ever come out of South Africa. The TV presenter started her career as the host of SABC 1’s popular music show ‘Live’ before venturing into radio as a presenter on youth station YFM.  Since then, Bonang’s career has flourished. She has launched multiple fashion lines, became a presenter on Top Billing, hosted a popular radio show on Metro FM, hosted numerous television shows and MC gigs and even appeared in her very own reality show.

Bonang Matheba has become an epitome of class and sophistication and continues to build an empire with her various projects and endorsement deals. Bonang is proof that hard work, being unapologetic and always pushing herself to the limit has affirmed that anything is possible.

Bonang has always been incredibly appreciative of her fans, and her featuring on Tropika Smoooth Fan is another way for her to engage with more fans personally.

My fans have always been important to me and I acknowledge them each and every day. They have allowed me to be who I am, and to find my biggest fan would be something truly special! You are where you are, not only through hard work but also because of your fans. They are the ones who keeps me going, through thick and thin. They inspire me each and every day, as much as I hope to inspire them. For me, it’s important to recognise that no one is an island, and that making it to the top means so much more when you have the support of those who have been there from day one,” says Bonang Matheba.

This week, four die-hard celebrity fans will compete in various interactive games in the hopes of being crowned Bonang’s smooothest fan. The winner will make it to the finals where they will compete against the smoootest fans of the other celebrity contestants where, after another round of games, the two top contestants will go head to head to win R250 000 cash and a Honda Amaze!

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Sho Madjozi hosts Pendoring Awards 2018 in Tsonga

Sho Madjozi Pendoring Awards

Popular for her amazing poetry and eclectic dress sense Sho Madjozi has been a breath of fresh air for the local music scene. This Tsonga poet and songstress has broken language barriers for her pride and preference to uphold her mother-tongue and home language XiTsonga.

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It is no wonder she was selected to host this year’s Pendoring Awards. Madjozi was stellar host articulating all points and winners with ease.

The question now is, has the industry over all forgotten about our indigenous languages and what are we doing to continue upholding this as part of our heritage?

The Pendoring Awards 2018 walked the talk this year with a true first: an awards ceremony in our 10 indigenous languages only. With English sub-titles for the untransformed, steadily playing their part to transform the industry.

The winners were announced at a high energy evening – a celebration for all those in the creative industry who have excelled in driving the use of our indigenous languages in advertising.

Hosted and MC’d by linguist and comedian Pule Welch (who holds an Honours degree from Wits University specialising in the phonology of African languages), with entertainment from rapper and poet Sho Madjozi, comedian and Actor Anne Hirsch, eclectic band Bombshelter Beast and the queen of Ndebele music Dr Nothembi Mkhwebane on her electric guitar – #SpeakSouthAfrican #Pendoring2018 was loud and proud.

This year’s overall winner for the Pendoring awards is Joe Public United for their Get It Back campaign. They walked away with an overseas trip to the value of R100, 000.00 as a part of the Prestigious Umpetha Award and the advertiser SAB (AB InBev) received R550 000 in free airtime from KykNET and Mzansi Magic. The overall winning student is North-West University for their project, Volk and Vaderland. They won R10, 000.00, while every winner of a gold Pendoring received R6, 000.00 and the silver award winners walked away with R 2,500.00 each. The 2018 Craft gold winners each walked away with a R3,000.00 cash prize.

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