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Sophie Ndaba to co-host a brand new TV show

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South African actress Sophie Ndaba, now known as Sophie Lichaba, is set to return to our television screens again as a co-host for a brand new talk show “Hashtags”.

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The former Generations star will be joining 947 radio personality Manstoe Pout, and will also be joined by celebrity publicist Jarred Doyle, and media personality Francois Louw.

“The hosts bring their unique blend of personalities, humour and insider knowledge to various topics that affect millennials which we term “Hashtags”,” – Juvais Dunn, executive producer at Weldun Media told IOL.

“After looking at what is currently on offer in the TV market space, we felt that there is a gap for a talk show that addresses real issues faced by millennials, whilst giving Africa a voice to the rest of the world. We have always been passionate about opening up the industry, so choosing talent for the show was very strategic,” added Dunn.

According to BONA magazine, the show will have a range of topics that cater to millennials with a primary focus on social and Lifestyle topics.

Hashtag is set to air on eExtra (DSTV channel 195) on the 2nd of March 2019 at 4pm.

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Phat Joe and his fiancé Palesa Morgan are expecting their first child

Phat Joe and fiancée Palesa Morgan first child

Television and radio personality, Phat Joe and his model fiancé Palesa Morgan have announced that they are expecting their first child together.

ALSO READ: Palesa Morgan Sends Sweet Message To Her Man Phat Joe

Taking to Instagram to announce the pregnancy and to also wish his woman a happy Valentine’s Day, he shared a photo of Palesa holding her baby bump.

“Happy Valentines Day to Me! I love you baby… you are an amazing, intelligent & Gorgeous woman! I’m gonna have to put a ban on those sexy outfits for the next few weeks… it’s for the public good… you’ve been causing way too many accidents! (sic),” Phat Joe said.

Joe and Palesa will welcome a little baby girl on, as anticipated by the doctors, the 13th of May 2019.

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Former Generations and Broken Vows script writer Sifiso Ntozakhe and his mum found dead

Sifiso Ntozakhe dead

Former Generations scriptwriter and translator Sifiso Ntozakhe (34) and his mum June (73) from Gamalakhe, near Port Shepstone, Kwazulu-Natal were found dead on Friday.

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According to Daily Sun, their partly decomposing bodies were found by a neighbour.

Sifiso’s brother Mlungisi Ntozakhe (47) said: “We don’t know what led to their deaths. We will let the cops do their investigations. We were told that a post mortem will be done, so we will know what really killed them when the results are out.

“Nothing will bring them back, even if we go around asking who killed them and why.”

Sifiso worked for Generations for about five years.

But he was working for the drama series Broken Vows at the time of his death.

Generations spokeswoman Gaaratwe Mokhethi said: “Sifiso was hard-working and loved his job. His death comes as a shock.”

KZN police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbele said two counts of murder were opened at the Gamalakhe Police Station for investigation.

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TV personality Anele Mdoda to host M-Net’s Oscars red carpet

Anele Mdoda M-Net’s Oscars red carpet

Television and radio personality Anele Mdoda will be heading to Los Angeles to host the Oscars red carpet for M-Net and M-Net movies on the 24th of February.

ALSO READ: Anele Mdoda To Host New Season Of The Voice SA

“I will be hosting the red carpet at the Oscars this year for MNET and MNET MOVIES …and the Oscar goes to…you for making sure you don’t miss the biggest award show on earth (sic),” – Anele tweeted.

Mdoda is excited to be this year’s host for the Oscars’ red carpet. She will be rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers.

“I have watched the Oscars every year and the most memorable moments for me were when Denzel Washington and Sandra Bullock won, and when Charlize won – and gave South Africa a shout out.” – Anele remembers her devout following of the glamorous event.

According to SowetanLIVE, Anele hopes to interview on the big night includes A Star Is Born actor and director Bradley Cooper as well as BlacKkKlansman filmmaker Spike Lee.

“This year, I look forward to celebrating with the Black Panther cast as they head in with seven Oscar nods,” Mdoda said.” We hope to chat to Mahershala Ali who was nominated for Green Book. And then of course, there’s the fashion!”

The Oscars will go live without a host on 24 February at 03:00 on M-Net Movies Premiere (DStv 104) followed by Anele’s red carpet special at 20:30.

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eNCA’s Checkpoint nominated for 2 SAFTAs

eNCA’s Checkpoint SAFTA

eNCA’s weekly current affairs show, Checkpoint has been nominated for two South African Film & Television Awards. The series, which brings together a team of seasoned investigative journalists, has been at the forefront of thought-provoking journalism since its launch on the channel in April 2014.

ALSO READ: 19 SAFTA Nominations For E.Tv

Two stories, IsiKebhe and Dr Sello of Ikageng were both nominated in the Best Current Affairs Programme category.

IsiKebhe investigated an anti-stock theft organisation that had gone rogue and become a feared vigilante group in the absence of effective policing. After being alerted about brutal community punishment being dished out by the group in rural KZN, producer Sebe Buthelezi and cameraman Tshepo Dhlamini went to find out more.

Buthelezi is thrilled about the nomination, “I’m just a regular girl trying to leave a positive mark in the world, through my work and my stories. Clearly the universe is listening because I’m a SAFTA nominee!”

Following complaints from the public, Dr Sello of Ikageng uncovered the horrific abuses at the hands of a medical practitioner near Potchefstroom. Health-E’s Bernadette Maguire discovered that the practitioner had been hospitalised for mental health issues.

Maguire says, “After being alerted to the tragic death of a toddler and the excruciating last moments of a Potchefstroom grandmother, I was determined to seek justice for the families where the Health Professions Council had failed. Little did I know I would find out so much more about the man dubbed Dr Death.”

The practitioner was suspended as a result of the investigation.

Checkpoint’s executive producer and anchor, Nkepile Mabuse, says that the nominations affirm the work done by the team, “We don’t do our work for awards but being acknowledged by the industry always highlights the dedication of the Checkpoint team. It is most gratifying when those who work tirelessly behind the scenes also get to bask in the glory of achievement.”

The winners will be announced on Saturday, 2 March.

New episodes of Checkpoint premiere every Tuesday at 8.30pm on eNCA (DStv channel 403) with repeats on Sundays at 7pm.

Checkpoint also airs every Tuesday at 10pm on (DSTV channel 194, Openview channel 104)


Tonight (12 Feb):Checkpoint investigates a car dealership accused of scamming now angry clients, who go on the hunt for the elusive and smooth-talking owner.

Next Week (19 Feb): There were 23 murder/suicides involving police officers & their intimate partners over the past year. Checkpoint examines the lives that were torn apart and asks whether SAPS could better handle suicidal officers.

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Win a R20k wedding package with celebrity photographer Xavier Saer

Enhle Mbali and Black Coffee Xavier Saer

Sought after high-fashion, luxury, commercial and celebrity photographer, Xavier Saer, has announced that he’ll be giving away a wedding photography package worth R20 000 as he officially launches his wedding photography division, Wedding Fash by Xavier.

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To stand a chance to have your special day captured by Xavier, you simply have to “like” the Wedding Fash Facebook AND Instagram pages by Friday, 1 March 2019. Xavier will also give away a R5000 engagement shoot to a runner up winner. Winners to be announced on Saturday, 2 March 2019.

Xavier Saer Wedding Fash

Wedding Fash was created to bring a cinematic approach to your big day. Coming from a high-fashion background and working closely with some of the world’s most sought-after names, Xavier Saer brings a distinct magazine quality to your wedding memorabilia and would love to capture you day’s event in a way that you will treasure forever.

Xavier Saer’s Wedding Fash portfolio already includes high profile weddings like that of Black Coffee and Enhle Mbali amongst others.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your special day or engagement shoot captured by Xavier. “Like” Wedding Fash. Visit

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19 SAFTA nominations for

SAFTAs nominations

The SAFTA nominations were announced on Friday, 8 February 2019 and received a total of 19 nominations for seven of its productions.

ALSO READ: SAFTAs Nominations Announced

Leading the nominations are Rhythm City and Broken Vows, with five nominations each, followed by SCANDAL! With three nominations. 

The annual South African Film & Television Awards honour, celebrate and promote creativity, quality and excellence in the local television and film industry.

“Congratulations to all the nominees for this year’s SAFTAs. The nominations are a humbling confirmation that is the entertainment destination of choice. We are committed to continuing to delivering authentic content that resonates deeply with all South Africans. We also want to congratulate the many talented people who work tirelessly on these productions, both onscreen and behind the scenes,” says Ziyanda Mngomezulu, Head of Local content for

Below is a full list of the nominees: 

Rhythm City– 5 SAFTA nominations
Best TV Soap
Best Actor –TV Soap (Jamie Bartlett)
Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Soap
Best Achievement in Make-Up & Hair – TV Soap
Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela

Broken Vows – 5 SAFTA nominations
Best Achievement in Sound  – Telenovela
Best Achievement in Wardrobe – Telenovela
Best Achievement in Art Direction – Telenovela
Best Actress – Telenovela (Jo- Anne Reyneke)
Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela

SCANDAL! – 3 SAFTA nominations
Best Actress – TV Soap
Best Achievement in Editing – TV Soap
Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela

Ambitions – 2 SAFTA nominations
Best Achievement in Sound – TV Drama
Best Achievement in Editing – TV Drama

IMBEWU – 2 SAFTA nominations
Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Soap
Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela

Case Closed, Justice Served – 1 SAFTA nomination
Best Factual & Educational Programme

Sistahood – 1 SAFTA nomination
Best Youth Programme

The winners will be announced on Saturday, 2 March 2019 at the Sun City Superbowl.

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Soweto Gospel Choir Win their Third Grammy Award

Soweto Gospel Choir Grammy Award

Multiple award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir have won the Best World Music Album Grammy for their collection of songs titled ‘Freedom’.

ALSO READ: Chance The Rapper Features Soweto Gospel Choir

The awards took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles and were hosted by Alicia Keys.

This was the group`s fifth nomination in this category and they have now won the prestigious award a total of three times.

Receiving the award on behalf of Soweto Gospel Choir were album producer Diniloxolo Ndlakuse Shimmy Jiyane, Mary Mulovhedzi and Mulalo Mulovhedzi whose late father David Mulovhedzi co-founded the group with producer/director Beverly Bryer 17 years ago.

The Grammy Award winning album Freedom was recorded in June 2018 as part of the group’s tribute to the 100 years of Mandela celebrations. It features a selection of South African struggle songs including their scintillating version of Johnny Clegg’s poignant Asimbonanga.


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WATCH: Idols judge Unathi Nkayi slams married men who ask her out

Unathi Nkayi

Singer and TV personality, Unathi Nkayi, took to Instagram to slam married men who flirt with single ladies.

ALSO READ: Actress Unathi Nkayi Bids Farewell To Show Me Love

Taking to Instagram last month, the Idols SA judge posted a video where she reveals that she has a serious question.

Namely, “why are these married men busy on the streets asking us out?” referring to single women.

“The problem is also with the ladies though as they have created a platform for this to become a norm. If all women valued themselves as you do Unathi we would not have to deal with such. It would take a brave dog to go astray if he knew ladies are tough with the cookie but unfortunately we live In a society where not all women are in favour to support each other (sic),” – one fan responded.

The reason she asked the question was that one of her best friends asked her what it’s like being single.

Nkayi replied by saying that a year ago 100% of men that were hitting on her were married.

She went on to say that she would like to know what a married man is saying about you, the single person, when he approaches you.

“Is he saying that you must know your place in future? Is he saying at times you cannot call? Is he saying that when he looks at you he can see that you share?” said Unathi.

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Tbo Touch set to release an album

Tbo Touch album

Media entrepreneur Tbo Touch whose real name is Thabo Molefe, has announced that he will be dropping an album soon.

ALSO READ: Tbo Touch To Make Screen Debut In New Movie

From producing a film, his own alcohol range and now radio boss Tbo Touch’s next chapter is music.

Tbo Touch took to his social media to reveal to fans that he is going to release a 48-track album.

Taking to Twitter, Tbo Touch said he is bringing everything luxurious.“It’s officially I’m dropping a 48 track album! I think the time is right to detox Hip Hop. I’m bringing all currencies, super cars, mansions, jets, Blessers & Blessies In all videos. We own studios, we own the best film & cinematography facilities red cameras (sic)”, he tweeted.

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