Zimbabwe-Raised Teen Donel Mangena is the Talk of The Voice UK

Donel Mangena The Voice UK

Sixteen-year old Donel Mangena, who was raised in Zimbabwe, has become the talk of fans of The Voice UK.

The teen wowed UK and South African viewers and scored a standing ovation after his jaw-dropping rendition of Major Lazer and Justin Bieber’s Cold Water in the blind audition round at the start of the series, singing parts of the song in his native isiNdebele.

Mangena, who now lives in Southampton, barely made it through half his song before all four coaches pressed their buzzers and turned their chairs for the young singer. Mangena’s 77-year-old grandmother Nita, who looked after him in Bulawayo in his younger years, could barely contain her excitement and ran onto the stage, stealing the show with her own dance moves.

The four coaches – Sir Tom Jones,, Jennifer Hudson and Olly Murs, then proceeded to battle over who gets to train the young talent, with finally managing to persuade the teen to join his team after both he and Hudson compared their careers and awards in order to impress.

Viewers flocked to Twitter to hail Mangena, praising him for his electrifying blind audition with one fan claiming: “Here is the winner of The Voice UK 2018. Everyone can go home now. It’s all over.”

And it seems bookies are willing to get behind the singer too, offering solid odds for Mangena to scoop a record deal.

“Donel stole the show on the return of The Voice and has attracted a flurry of bets to win the series where he is sure to be in the mix come the live shows,” said a leading UK bookmaker.

Donel Mangena told The Voice UK producers that his dad is his inspiration and that the father-and-son duo have a studio at their house. Mangena’s father is Bulawayo-born musician and composer Nkosana Mangena who is also known as Mangesto.

A new episode of The Voice UK premieres every Sunday on ITV Choice (DStv 123) at 18:00 with catch-up opportunities the next day at 20:00 as well as at 16:00 on Sundays before the new show.

The show broadcasts in South Africa within 24-hours of the UK making it as up-to-date and relevant as possible.

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Siyabonga Radebe to play cupid

Siyabonga Radebe to play cupid

South African actor, singer, writer, director and stand-up comedian Siyabonga Radebe is set to play cupid and host on a brand new match-making TV show.

Siyabonga Radebe, also known in comedy circles as Siya B, will host an all new dating reality show called Kheth’Omthando on 1Magic, the new DStv channel which replaces Vuzu Amp (channel 103) and carries top local content.

The show will see a bachelor or bachelorette matched up with four potential baes who will have to jump through different hoops before they can bag a date and possibly land the love of their lives.

Unlike most dating reality TV show, in Kheth’Omthando contestants will actually have to prove how serious they are by going through several challenges.

The suitor will be put to the test by their potential love interest, family and their friends.

In the first challenge, all four potential baes will go through a questioning session by a panel that includes the love interest – whom they won’t know – and must prove why they could be the best “Ms or Mr” Right for the seeker.

In the end, one suitor will be eliminated based on this interrogation, leaving three to battle it out for the affection of their potential bae.

The next segment will be a really tough one – trying to impress and convince a family member that they are ‘The One’ who can take care of their precious loved one’s heart.

The challenge will be anything from physical agility to emotional intelligence, so the suitor will have to bring their A-Game along. Only two admirers will be left standing after this gruelling round.

Based on what the bachelors or bachelorettes have learned about their potential love interest, they will have to come up with a date to top all dates.

Kheth’Omthandayo starts on Friday, 2 Friday 2018, at 20:30 on 1Magic (DStv Channel 103).  – Daily Sun

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SABC to intervene on the drama between David Tlale and winner of The Intern Kuena Moshoeshoe

David Tlale and Kuena Moshoeshoe

Kuena Moshoeshoe who hails from Lesotho approached the media after she expressed that she was “tired of being treated like sh*t” by David’s camp after she had to wait for her prizes worth R1 million. David and Kuena were embroiled in a fiasco about her having not yet received her prizes that she won from David Tlale’s The Intern competition which aired on SABC 3.

The prizes included a new Mercedez Benz CLA, R200,000 in cash, studio equipment and a chance to be an assistant designer for David Tlale for one year. Kuena said that there were just too many unnecessary conditions involved when it came to receiving her prizes.

Kuena had to wait for more than two months in order to receive her prizes and to be appointed as David’s assistant designer, which left her very frustrated.

In an interview on Metro FM, David Tlale went on to explain that he could not yet appoint Kuena with the new job title as she did not have a work permit and had no contract.

“No, she can’t receive that because the first basis is you have to be an assistant designer to David Tlale for a year. The car is there, that’s not going away. It’s not going to be released until Kuena has a work permit…and also Kuena wants us, as a brand, to register the car in in her uncle’s name, which is not right and cannot be done that way.” Said Tlale in the interview.

In a statement released by the SABC, the broadcasting corporation confirmed that Kuena’s prizes would be given to her in due time.

The statement read:

“SABC 3 has noted the reported dispute between David Tlale and the winner of The Intern, Kuena Moshoeshoe. We have since made interventions between the two parties in an attempt to find a workable solution on the matter. Currently, the situation is still under continuous discussions between the winner and David Tlale with the Channel as the mediator.

The SABC will ensure that the delivery of prizes to the winner will be honoured within the contractual stipulated time frame.”

Source: Zalebs

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Contestants revealed for Tropika Island of Treasure Maldives

Tropika Island of Treasure Maldives

So far it has been revealed that Katlego Maboe will be the host for this eighth season, and the seven celebrities who will take to the Maldives are: Khanya Mkangisa, Brendan Peyper, Sbahle Mpisane, Nay Maps, Tumi Voster, Melinda Bam, and Karabo Mogane.

Over the past few weeks Tropika has been revealing the contestants who will join the celebrities and Katlego in paradise. They are:

Lihle Ngubo
20 year old Lihle Ngubo from Pietermaritzburg is a drama student with a passion for acting and dancing. She is also a part-time model, and will soon start training young children from the age of five years old how to swim. She is also passionate about young people and one day hopes to start a production company and a bursary foundation for students wanting to study in the arts and performance field. If she wins TIOT8, she’ll use her prize money to pay off her school fees, help her mother out, and invest the rest.

Lisanne Lazarus
21 year old Lisanne Lazarus from Amanzimtoti is a final year broadcast major and a marketing coordinator. She used to play golf for KZN, and is the former Miss Mamelodi Sundowns KZN; Miss eThekwini 2014; Miss dut 2015; and Miss SA Campus first princess 2016. If she wins TIOT8, she will invest in an apartment and use part of the prize money to travel.

Mpande Buthelezi
21 year old Mpande Buthelezi from Benoni is a student at City Varsity, a model, and runs a magazine. He has a passion for acting and loves working with people. He comes from a big family (he has 18 siblings!) and if he wins TIOT8 he will do something really special for his family with the prize money.

Nondu Mabizela
23 year old Nondu Mabizela is a medical student from Johannesburg with a passion for drawing and running. If she wins TIOT8, she will use the prize money to pay off her studies, do something special for her parents, buy a car, and do some shopping.

Rudi Witkowsky
27 year old Rudi Witkowsky from Cape Town is a Chartered Accountant, CA (SA); fitness instructor; model and actor. He has a passion for surfing and fitness. If he wins TIOT8 he will invest a portion of the prize money, take a well-deserved holiday, and send his parents on a vacation to Zanzibar as they deserve it the most after what they have done for Rudi.

Kelly Gunnell
23 year old Kelly Gunnell from Johannesburg was an avid swimmer (and has represented South Africa internationally numerous times) and has just finished her Honours in Sports Science at the University of Pretoria. If she wins TIOT8 she will use the prize money to elevate her passion for health and fitness by starting up a business to aid people of all walks of life to implement a healthy lifestyle that actually fits into their lives.

Mark-Anthony Bingham
29 year old Mark-Anthony Bingham from Johannesburg is the PA to a financial advisor. He has a passion for Latin, ballroom, salsa and hip-hop dancing, and also teaches salsa dancing. If he wins TIOT8 he will use the prize money to surprise and spoil his mom, and will start an art project in his community of Westbury

Miantha Padayachee, Brand Group Manager for Tropika, is looking forward to seeing how #TIOT8 plays out, and has assured fans that they can expect a lot of surprises this season. “Each season of Tropika Island of Treasure has something new and exciting for fans – and #TIOT8 will be no different. We have an incredibly diverse mix of celebrities and contestants who will compete in all new and awesome challenges on one of the most beautiful islands on earth. Will there be excitement? Yes. Drama? Most likely. Plot twists? Without a doubt. #TIOT8 might very well be the best season yet!”

The Adaaran resorts and villas in the Maldives will be home for the celebs and contestants, and will provide a spectacular setting for this season.

South Africans who are keen to get a taste of the new season can download ‘Smoooth Fame’ – the theme song for #TIOT8 – from iTunes. The song, written by Katlego and producer Ross Finck, is all about becoming a star while going beyond challenges and taking necessary, yet calculated risks, to reach those goals – a message inspired by the TV show. The song has a strong tropical influence blended with subtle pop and hip-hop elements which makes it the perfect theme song for this season.

South Africans still stand to win* smoooth daily prizes when they buy Tropika product, including:

  • A Kia Picanto
  • Vouchers from
  • Airtime
  • American Tourister luggage
  • And more

The more Tropika bought, the more chances to win.

*Full Ts and Cs can be found on:

On Monday 5 February 2018 at 19:30, the first episode of Tropika Island of Treasure Maldives will air on SABC3.

Image Courtesy: Supplied

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Loyiso MacDonald and Zola Nombona crowned 2018 Mzansi’s Sexiest

Zola Nombona crowned Mzansi’s Sexiest

The Queen heartthrob Loyiso MacDonald and Lockdown vixen Zola Nombona have been announced as 2018 Mzansi’s Sexiest man and woman.

Loyiso was competing against Tiisetso Thoka, Donovan Goliath, Jesse Suntele, Solo and Cedric Fourie while Zola beat out fellow actresses Michelle Mosalakae, Motsoaledi Setumo, Makgotso M as well as presenters Ayanda Thabethe and Bontle Modiselle.

All the 12 stars sizzle in the Sowetan LIVE 2018 calendar. Past female winners include Boity Thulo, Terry Pheto, Babes Wodumo, Pearl Modiadie and Blue Mbombo.

“This is such an amazing way to start my year. I’m ready to conquer 2018. My hard work in the gym has paid off,” an ecstatic Zola Nombona gushed.

“I’ve been working out a lot and I’ve gotten to a place where I’ve started understanding my body and what my sexy is. Your sexy is you and embracing your uniqueness.”

“This is going to bring so much attention – but such amazing pressure. For me it’s about showing the people how important following your dream and working hard can do. I am where I am because I respect my art and people.

“I want to use this title in a way that’s going to change the perception of Mzansi’s Sexiest. It’s not just about celebrities posing in their swimsuits. They should be a responsibility that comes with it to society.”

Past male winners include Vuyo Dabula, Zwelethu Dube and Siyabonga Thwala. MacDonald amazed that South Africans voted him the sexiest man in land since he has never considered himself to be hot.

Loyiso MacDonald crowned Mzansi's Sexiest

“I have no clue why people find me sexy. I guess it’s a subjective thing, people will find something [sexy] about you and that’s cool,” he said coyly.

“It’s probably because of my character on The Queen (Kagiso Khoza). I’m sure my character (Ray) on Zabalaza helped too because people like bad boys.

“For me it’s always about the work, I consider myself first and foremost an actor. But this is so good for publicity and putting my name out there for people who are not familiar with my work. I appreciate it so much.”

2018 Mzansi’s Sexiest

Source: SowetanLIVE

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Delron Buckley and Thando Manana join Dancing with the Stars SA

Delron Buckley Dancing with the Stars SA

Soccer star Delron Buckley and rugby legend Thando Manana take to the stage on Dancing with the Stars SA.

The two will be joining Thembisa Mdoda, Frank Opperman, Juanita De Villiers, Liesl Laurie, Odessa Swarts and Zola Nombona as they hit the dancefloor on the series.

Delron Buckley is currently retired from playing. He is an assistant coach at Amazulu, and runs his own soccer school. Talking about his ambition in the series, he said: “I am competitive like most pro-sports people are – so make no mistake that I am going to give my best and I will be looking to win this dance off!”

Thando Manana is a rugby commentator, pundit and member of the infamous Room Dividers team on Metro FM. He is determined to win. “I love dominating anything I put my mind to, so my next challenge will be to dominate the dance floor.”

Both Delron and Thando have successfully released autobiographical books about their lives and sporting journeys.

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Former Big Brother Naija contestant T Boss shows her bikini bod

Big Brother Nigeria T-boss

Second runner up in the Big Brother Nigeria reality show, Tokunbo Ajayi, also known as T boss, displayed her attractive body as she shared a series of vacation photos on her Instagram account.

While posting hot photos of herself from a vacation in Tanzania, the fast-rising actress penned a note of appreciation to her sponsors, designers, and stylist.

Big Brother Naija T-boss

“A little something beautiful I stumbled upon today; wanna share real early just to help kickstart your day on a wonderful note. This is sort of an Appreciation Post- Special Thanks to Ubi Franklin’s TripleMG for this beautiful vacation to Paradise, Edee Beau -you’re all sorts of Lovely- Makeup on Fleek, Hair looking like it grew out of my scalp- and yes it is a wig- Even I don’t believe it Myself,” – T Boss wrote on Instagram.

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Pop star Connell Cruise joins Dancing with the Stars SA

Connell Cruise Dancing with Stars SA

South African pop star Connell Cruise is the seventh celebrity to join M-Net’s new reality show Dancing With the Stars.

Connell Cruise’s rise in the music industry can only be described as meteoric. His debut hit “Not Just Friends” took South African radio stations by storm and garnered him three SAMA nominations. He has since topped the South African charts with 10 hit radio singles.

Connell says he was very excited when he got the call to join the show.

“I love a challenge and when I’m in something I’m in all the way. Aside from that, I think this is going to be an awesome experience. What an amazing way to learn a new skill, meet new people, and step out of my comfort zone,” says Connell.

Since his debut hit Not Just Friends Connell has taken the South African charts by storm. His EP Into the Wild thrust him into the international music scene.

When it comes to ballroom and Latin, Connell says he has a faint memory of learning to do the Foxtrot in grade 5.

“I think I dance pretty well, my friends might tell you otherwise,” says Connell.

Dancing with the Stars SA will see 12 untrained local celebrities put their best foot forward with the help of highly skilled professional Latin and Ballroom dancers to clinch the highly contested title.

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former Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie joins Dancing with Stars

former Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie

Former Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie will also take part in Dancing With The Stars SA in 2018. comp Her famous competitors must watch the space.

The 12 celebrity spots in M-Net’s glitzy new reality show Dancing With The Stars SA are filling up fast. Earlier this month the channel confirmed that acting legend Frank Opperman and award-winning TV Presenter Thembisa Mdoda will be dusting off their dancing shoes.

Gorgeous screen and stage actress Juanita de Villiers followed suit and today M-Net confirmed the next household name to compete in the series.

“I’m ready to win!” a confident Liesl gushed. “I’m also ready to learn and have fun – I’ve always wanted to do the splits, and now I have the opportunity!”

After growing up in Eldorado Park and completing a B.Com degree at the University of Johannesburg, Liesl won the Miss South Africa pageant in 2015. During her reign she stole the hearts of South Africans from all walks of life as she impressed everyone with her humility, boundless energy and striking sense of style. These days, she is also a presenter on popular independent radio station Jacaranda FM, and is the international brand ambassador of L’Oreal – Vichy Laboratoires in SA, USA and Brazil.

Dancing with the Stars SA, in which 12 untrained local celebrities will put their best foot forward with the help of highly skilled professional Latin and Ballroom dancers, will commence on M-Net channel 101 on Sunday 4 February 2018.

The hosts of the series are Tracey Lange and Chris Jaftha and the esteemed panel of judges will be announced in due course.

Source: Channel24

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Stellenbosch Brewing Company Scoops Top Award

Stellenbosch Brewing Company

Fresh from taking top honours at the recent South African National Beer Trophy Competition for its Hoenderhok Bock, Stellenbosch Brewing Company scooped the big prize at last weekend’s Cape Town Festival of Beer. Not only did the small brewery win the Best Dark Beer award for its Eike Stout, the beer also secured the Best Beer in Show trophy making it two from two.

Says an elated Bruce Collins, master brewer of the Stellenbosch Brewing Company:

“We are over the moon! It has never happened before that the same brewer and brewery has won the South African National Beer Trophy and the Best of Show at the CTFOB ever, never mind in the same year.

“They are calling it the Grand Slam of Beer.”

The Cape Town Festival of Beer is considered the highlight of the South African beer festival calendar, with 45 of the province’s top breweries showcasing over 230 different beers, from the seasoned varieties to the more unique creations brewed exclusively for the event.

The Stellenbosch Brewing Company officially opened its doors in late 2015, but its story started much earlier. On their many travel adventures, Collins, and his wife often found themselves sampling beers from around the world. They were intrigued by the art of brewing and developing great tasting beer. After one such trip, they got involved in a friend’s brew in a basement in Karen’s native Minnesota, USA, which got them hooked on brewing interesting and flavourful beers and they spent the next six years reading, learning, researching and trying (and tasting) many different beer recipes.

“When Karen and I decided it was time to settle down, there was only one place for us, Stellenbosch. And there was only one thing I wanted to do and that was brew beer,” says Collins.

“We focus on brewing beers utilizing fresh and natural ingredients which respect the heritage of traditional styles yet we creatively brew them to suit our South African taste buds, modern lifestyles, diverse cultures, beautiful landscapes and unbeatable climate.”

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