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Denise Zimba regrets presenting Vodacom NXT LVL show

Denise Zimba regrets presenting Vodacom NXT LVL

South African actress and TV presenter Denise Zimba has revealed her 2017 career regrets. Denise took to Twitter saying she wishes she was never part of the #Top5Drive and the Vodacom NXT LVL TV shows from DSTV.

She said in a tweet “my biggest regret in 2017 .. doing the Vodacom NXT LVL show with Urban Brew Productions.”


She further added “my biggest regret in 2017 .. doing the #Top5drive with Barleader TV.”


“I strive to only give my best in any environment, personal and professional. To respect and honor the task at hand and the people involved. I also strive to stand against exploitation of individuals and the misconduct of people in power. It’s important to stand by my values,” – Denise added.

Zimba also shared her 2017 highlights.

“My highlights for 2017 … #weddingbashers and #MTVRidiculousnessAfrica . Thank you to everyone who made every sweat and tear worth it! God Bless you all,” – she tweeted.

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Africa Magic to air Banky W and Adesua’s Cape Town wedding

Nigerian stars Banky W and Adesua’s Cape Town wedding

Africa Magic will air Nigerian stars Banky W and Adesua’s Cape Town wedding. Popular Nigerian singer/songwriter, Oluwabankole Wellington, a.k.a Banky W, and Nollywood actress Adesua Etomi got married in November 2017.

The TV special will be broadcast this Saturday across the continent on MultiChoice’s DStv’s satellite pay-TV platform.

The celebrity-wedding documentary, which will be called, The Wellingtons, will be broadcast on Saturday, 6 January on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv 151) and Africa Magic Urban (DStv 153) at 21:30.

According to The Juice, the channel will showcase the couple’s Cape Town “destination wedding” along with the crush of friends and family wedding guests who jetted to the southern tip of Africa for the big occasion.

Watch a preview of the show here:

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How South African celebrities make money through social media posts

celebrities get paid on social media

You might be wondering why some South African celebrities post about certain brands and products on social media. Most of these celebrities get paid to post about those brands.

Khanyi Mbau, Thando Thabethe, Boity Thulo and Lerato Kganyago, who have millions of followers on their social media platforms, have openly spoken about how much they charge for a post on their social media accounts. The first time we heard about this concept was with the Kardashian sisters, who rake in about $500,000 (R6,7 million) per Instagram post. Celebrities with millions of followers get paid thousands of rands to just tweet about a certain product. Local celebrities revealed how much they earn for just one Instagram post.


According to a Sunday newspaper, Generations actress and Metro FM presenter, Thando, charges R10 000 for brands who want her to tweet about their product – and that is just for one tweet! With her 368 000 Twitter followers and one million Instagram followers, she is making loads of money for sure.

Khanyi, who is always on social media for skin bleaching and surgeries, revealed that she is very strategic about the way she chooses clients. She told a Sunday newspaper that she weighs her options carefully, especially when it comes to dealing with competitive brands. “It has to be a brand that I can associate with. You can lose out as a person while endorsing a certain product because of its reputation in the market. I charge between R10 000 and R15 000 per post,” revealed Khanyi.

Lerato revealed to a Sunday newspaper that her fee starts from R5 000 and goes higher. The bigger the brand, the more money she earns. The TV personality has 892 000 Instagram followers and 608 000 on Twitter.

According to reports, Boity Thulo, who recently launched her body toning capsules, charges R60 000 for five tweets. She told a publication that she works only with brands that align with her own brand. “And that R60 000 is way less than the attention the brand is getting. Imagine posting a tweet for 3, 5 million users, that is massive. The brand would be charged way higher than what I charge if they go on TV,” revealed Boity. When Move! contacted the celebs, they were shy to reveal how much money they make and how they got into doing business on social media.


Companies are willing to pay millions of rands to get their brands out there. It’s not only celebrities who can make money on social media. If you have a massive following on social media, you could find yourself making money too.

Source: Channel24

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Lara Kruger was not really happy – Somizi says

Lara Kruger Somizi

Media personality Somizi Mhlonga also gave some insight into Lara Kruger’s state of mind when he post a heartfelt message about his friendship with her on Instagram. Radio personality and socialite Lara Kruger passed away on Wednesday.

Kruger, who was 30 years old, was born Thapelo Lehuleri, a man, however she identified as a woman and become a well known transgender figure in the LGBTI community.

Somizi took to Instagram where he said “”Kanti this wud be our last drink. And our last chat. She was really not happy where she was. I tried my best to be lend an ear and to be the shoulder to cry on. Depression is real ppl. I will sleep at night knowing she knew she cud lean on me. But no one will ever understand her position and pain. We shall not judge. Tomorrow is not promised. Damn u had a potential my boere meisie. Will def miss u and our video chats. Lala gurl @misslarakruger.”

Leading up to her death, she posted the following message on her social media:

“I cannot explain to you how much I HATE Mafikeng. I don’t even see myself coming back here. I came here to collect a depression and death ticket. I have never been this sick. I came here 2016 and it has not been worth it. Not even for a second. I am not going to be a victim to people who have been territorial and who where masks everytime they see me and dish me with crocodile smiles. It surely feels like I have taken 10 steps back in my life. One thing is for sure. Fa!!!! Ga ke boele. Ke sharp shem.”

She went on to speak about her funeral and that it would be a 3 hour long ceremony.

“Today I am going home to love, care and peace of mind. Don’t stay in a situation that compromises you well being. I stayed for way too long. With my condition right now I may die and if I do… Wear white at my funeral and please be advised it will be a 3 hour ceremony. Sweet & short. We should death it’s a way to connecting with God.”

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Criselda Dudumashe joins SABC’s flagship talk radio station SAFM

Criselda Dudumashe joins SAFM

It’s been announced that Criselda Dudumashe will be joining SAFM to co-host a show from Monday to Thursday, 7pm to 9pm.

In an announcement on her Instagram page, Criselda Dudumashe said she was excited about making the move “across the corridor” from Metro FM, a station that she credits with allowing her to grow into the “beat and pulse” for the listener.

“Metro FM forced me to not only converse in health issues, but to be the beat & pulse of my listener in all aspects that the station stands for. It is with sadness that my journey ends with the station, but with elation that I now walk across the corridor to join SAFM, a station filled with seasoned broadcasters that I look up to,” she said.

Criselda added that she was looking forward to the SAFM brand helping her sharpen her broadcasting skills.

” As a news and information leader, SAFM demands that one makes a concerted effort to provide the listener with informed facts for healthy debates. Importantly, by its nature as a talk brand it allows for responsible freedom of expression. Personally, I know that SAFM will sharpen my broadcasting skills and broaden my viewpoint even more as I embark on this new and exciting chapter in my broadcasting journey, she said.

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Ten years ago when I started at Metro FM, the station was celebrating its 20th anniversary, moving out of its teens, preparing for its adult years. We went across the continent on a mission to explore and connect the station with the rest of the continent. That experience set a tone that I have enjoyed over my stay. Traveling with other on-air talent, representing different facets of the station from music, lifestyle, entertainment, politics & news. We built camaraderie of family. Through Metro FM, I have been blessed with not just colleagues but brothers and sisters, who collectively have reinforced my love for broadcasting and broadened my viewpoint. From my KayaFM radio debut, Metro FM forced me to not only converse in health issues, but to be the beat & pulse of my listener in all aspects that the station stands for. It is with sadness that my journey ends with the station, but with elation that I now walk across the corridor to join SAFM, a station filled with seasoned broadcasters that I look up to. As a news and information leader, SAFM demands that one makes a concerted effort to provide the listener with informed facts for healthy debates. Importantly, by its nature as a talk brand it allows for responsible freedom of expression. Personally, I know that SAFM will sharpen my broadcasting skills and broaden my viewpoint even more as I embark on this new and exciting chapter in my broadcasting journey.

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According to IOL, Dudumashe will co-host the show with Naledi Moleo a familiar voice to SAFM listeners. Moleo has hosted a weekend show, The Mash Up and a weekday show, Talkshop on the station. The pair’s new show will focus on issues around gender, work life balance and things that people care about- be it culture, religion or entertainment are given the spotlight. The regular features of the show include relationship advice; men talk and young movers and shakers.

Other SAFM line-up changes include that, Rowena Baird will now co-host The Morning Talk with Bongi Gwala kicking off from the Monday, the 08th of January 2018. The station believes that they are a dynamic duo bringing their flair & zest to complement the first part of our breakfast offering.

Acting station manager Peter Mashamba said the change in the line up is in line with the lifestyle demands of their listeners

“This approach is informed by lifestyle demands of our listeners and that we believe these respective presenters will cater for all the lifestyle needs of our listeners. Criselda brings to the show her wealth of experience as a seasoned presenter”, he said.

Source: IOL

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SABC mourns the death of Lara Kruger

Thapelo Lehulere, popularly known as Lara Kruger dies

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Wednesday said it is mourning the death of flamboyant socialite and broadcaster, Thapelo Lehulere, popularly known as Lara Kruger.

Lara was an immensely popular DJ and while she was biologically male, she identified as a woman.

PR firm Royal Brand Engineers also confirmed her death.

Kruger was born as Thapelo Lehuleri and has said in interviews that from an early age she identified with being a woman.

“I identify as a woman from a social level. I live my life like a woman on a day-to-day basis. But in terms of my ID‚ my driver’s licence and matric certificate and all those documentations of life‚ unfortunately they do still say male because the process [of gender transformation] in our country is not as easy as one may think it is.”

The public broadcaster, in a statement said: “Lara will be remembered for the immense contribution at the SABC as a presenter of Motsweding FM’s weekend show Di direga kae, since joining the station in 2016. Lara’s contribution to the SABC will remain and continue to inspire those who knew her on a personal and professional level.”

The SABC described Lara Kruger as an all-round entertainer and videogrammer on social media platforms, saying she will be deeply missed.

Source: eNCA

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Robbie Malinga’s tombstone honours his award-winning life

Robbie Malinga’s tombstone

The tombstone of the late Singer, Songwriter and producer, Robbie Malinga unveiled before it is erected as he will be laid to rest today.

Robbie Malinga died on the 25th December 2017.

The tombstone features Robbie at the centre of it, surrounded by his awards. The tribute was created by the same people who made Joe Mafela’s tombstone, Bataung Memorial Tombstones.

Robbie was buried in West Park Cemetery where Joe Mafela, Mandoza and Gugu Zulu were also laid to rest.

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Zodwa Wabantu wants to stop drinking in 2018

Vosho Zodwa Wabantu uzalo

Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Zodwa Wabantu told the publication that she wants to stop drinking alcohol as one of her new year’s goals.

The Durban-based also added that she is also determined to make lots of money this year.

She also told the publication that she did not plan to be Zodwa or to meet DJ Tira in 2017, but she thanks God she did.

“God is great. I wouldn’t say I planned to meet DJ Tira or being Zodwa Wabantu – the celebrity. But I have. And I’m travelling the world. Glory be to God.”

Speaking of hopes for South Africa in 2018, Wabantu said “we should learn to accept and love one another. We should stop gossiping about one another and oppressing one another. Women who are abused by their partners end up abusing their employees and I hope it will come to an end.”

All the best Zodwa for 2018.

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A Brief History of the Afropunk Festival

Afropunk Festival History

According to TV Over Mind, Afropunk refers to a community of people from many backgrounds and their choices in music, movies, art, sports, and other activities. If you break down the word, you can get a general idea of who it represents: Afro refers to the African heritage of an Afropunk, whereas punk can refer to the rebelliousness, DIY, underdog nature of this subculture. The Afropunk Festival is a gathering of those who wish to celebrate the unity of Afropunk culture through music, art, movies, and skateboarding. This year, it started on Saturday, December 30th and ended on Sunday, December 31st in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It has come a far way from its humble beginnings. The Festival originally was not international, instead taking place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music exclusively. However, cities on the roster in the past couple of years include Atlanta, London – and of course, Johannesburg. 2017 is the first year that South Africa is included in the Afropunk Festival. The Festival finds its roots in James Spooner’s documentary film, Afro-Punk. The 2003 release explored the lives of black people within a white-dominated punk subculture. Spooner first realized the need for this film when he was examining the punk scene in New York City. After noticing that there were few people of color in the punk community, Spooner decided to research further.

Afropunk Festival 2017

The film followed the lives of four African Americans who consider themselves inseparable from punk rock culture. In addition, James Spooner scored exclusive interviews with some punk bands, including the Dead Kennedys and Fishbone. These interviews helped to expose the issues faced by non-whites in a subculture that is almost wholly dominated by whites. Spooner’s film was featured at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Pan-African Film and Arts Festival, and the American Black Film Festival. It received many awards and other recognition, bringing Afro-Punk to international prominence. Spooner then decided to start a website based on the film that focused on black punk rock culture. Much of the conversation that took place on the website surrounded the band Stiffed and their lead singer, Santi White.

Santi White’s manager, Mathew Morgan, was contacted by James Spooner in late 2003. Spooner wanted to get Stiffed to perform after one of the screenings of Afro-Punk. Morgan decided that it would be a good career move – and the show ended up being very successful. So, shortly thereafter, Spooner and Morgan collaborated to create the Liberation Sessions (a party that promoted black artistry).

Afropunk Fest

Later, Spooner and Morgan worked together again to start the first Afropunk Festival in 2005. The festival was designed to be a place for black punks to enjoy freedom of expression and a sense of community. The subculture tends to ignore their presence, so this was a boon for Afropunks. However, as time went on, and the audience of the festival began to increase, the performances started to drift toward other genres (such as neo-soul).

This drift actually caused co-founder James Spooner to leave after the 2007 festival. He left due to the increasing presence of mainstream culture, and the dwindling attendance of actual punks. Spooner felt that the festival had deviated too far from its original values, and he elected to not be involved in 2008. However, Jocelyn Cooper took his place in 2009. Since then, the festival has grown quite quickly. Many sponsorships, better marketing, and international involvement have followed Cooper’s – an ex-Universal executive – involvement in the festival. In fact, attendees increased from 2500 in Brooklyn alone, to over 90,000 in multiple cities!

Afropunk Festival 2017 South Africa

The Afropunk Festival, which has featured performers such as Suicidal Tendencies, Lauryn Hill, Eve, Lolawolf, Lenny Kravitz, and Gary Clark, Jr., will likely continue to grow as more people hear their message. After this year’s festival in Johannesburg, the sub-subculture will continue to be brought more into the public light, giving a voice to those who were once ignored. James Spooner may not be involved, but we must thank him for planting the seed for this awesome festival with his documentary back in ’03.


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South Africans shocked at racist comments towards Tumi Morake’s accident

Racist remarks towards Tumi Morake

Actress and comedian Tumi Morake was involved in a serious car accident near Sun City in the North West. Tumi and her family were travelling towards Sun City when two cars collided on the R556.

Tumi was travelling with her husband and three children last night when they were involved in a head-on collision.

The response to Tumi Morake’s car accident was met with sympathy & vile hostility on social media.

Social media crime pages shared details of the accident, including pictures of the damaged vehicles and the response was vitriolic.

Screen grabs from comments on the Intelligence Bureau SA post on the accident were being shared on Twitter. Users said the accident was “blind justice” and that “karma is a bitch”.

One screen shot was from Johan van Rhyn who said in response to the post on Facebook: “RIP… oh she did not pass on… Hope she uses her second chance on life… to look back at the comments she makes witout thinking of the negative impact on society.”

Other social media users were outraged by the comments and while some responded with more hate, many others said they were ashamed by what they had read and wished Morake a speedy recovery.

Twitter user Vhugala wrote “This is what white People think of #tumimorake accident, kindly visit the Intelligence Bureau Page and you shall see how evil these things are.”

User Pieter Potgieter said on Facebook said he found the comments shocking.

“I do not wish this on anyone! Not even my biggest enemy! Reading this, I am ashamed to say I am white, afrikaans and was to some extent offended by her comments (but during this time, that is irrelevant). We as white and afrikaans people were not raised THIS heartless! Never! We as a bigger nation were not meant to fight over the demise of another! SIES!!!”

Yolandé De Beer wrote on Facebook: “Karma? Really? Her children & husband was in the car with her that had nothing to do with this whole story. May all involved recover swiftly.”

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Tumi Morake racist comments

Tumi Morake racist comments

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