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Ayanda Thabethe visits schools in KZN

Ayanda Thabethe visiting Sikhona Primary School KZN

If you’ve been following social media you would have seen that various celebrities have been very busy over the past few weeks visiting schools across SA distributing school shoes. This is part of the #KrushGoodness project which will see to it that 20 000 school children in need across SA receive a brand new pair of school shoes for the school year ahead.

ALSO READ: Ayanda Thabethe Living Her Best Life In New York

So far over 15 000 pairs of school shoes have been distributed so far, with the remaining 5 000 to be distributed over the next two weeks.

Ayanda Thabethe is one of the celebs who has thrown her weight behind this special project. We caught up with her just after her visits toSikhona Primary School and Zithuthukise Primary School in KZN last week.

What drew you to participate in the #KrushGoodness project?

I believe that sharing goodness in whatever way we can, in acts that are big and small, should be a part of our daily lives. I couldn’t wait to share the goodness with the beautiful children in the different schools and at the same time challenging others to do the same. 

What were you most looking forward to about visiting a school?

The smiles on their faces and just knowing that I was part of an act of kindness that will go a long way for them in their school year was something very special for me.

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

In the words of Nelson Mandela “Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people”. It’s important therefore that I am part of the narrative that prepares the next generation for their role in continuing to build our beautiful country. 

Ayanda Thabethe visiting Sikhona Primary School KZN

Do you remember any celebrities coming to your school when you were a child? What memory sticks out the most for you and why?

Meeting alumni from my high school (even though they were not celebrities) who had gone out into the world and made a success of themselves in different career fields made a huge impact on me. Knowing that they came from the same rural high school that I had gone to, undergone the same process and made a huge success of themselves made me believe that I too will share a success story someday.

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

Trust the process and timing of your life. Keep your head down and focus on the task at hand which is your education that is the key that will open many doors for you. You have what it takes. Believe in yourself. 

What does the rest of 2019 hold for you?

2019 I’m emptying every ounce of talent I have in me. Availing myself to different opportunities and partnering with exciting brands! The future looks bright!

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Rami Chuene visits Limpopo and donates 1000 school shoes with Krush Goodness

Rami Chuene at Boiketlo Primary School

The journey to distributing school shoes to 20 000 children in need across South Africa is in full swing. The #KrushGoodness project recently saw Rami Chuene and the Krush Goodness Krew visiting Boiketlo 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.

ALSO READ: Dineo Ranaka Visits Soweto And Donates 1000 School Shoes To Learners In Need

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, Thembi Seete, 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.

Rami Chuene with learners at Boiketlo Primary School in Limpopo

We caught up with Rami Chuene shortly after her visit to Boiketlo Primary School this week.

• What drew you to participate in the #KrushGoodness project?

It is a project that speaks to my heart. Anything that is done in the name of making someone feel better by making their burden light is always welcome in my books. Making a difference in someone’s life- no matter how big or small- is a big deal. Knowing that I made someone’s day, contributed to their destiny, is what will always draw me to an initiative like #KrushGoodness

• What did you most enjoy about your school visit to Boiketlo Primary School in Limpopo?

 Spending the day with the young ones, seeing their faces light up at the sight of new shoes brought me joy. And of course, the excitement, the noise and the beautiful vibe that came with spreading goodness.

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

It’s still a struggle for most parents to be able to meet their children’s needs and any form of help goes a long way. In townships and rural areas we have single parent homes and even child-headed homes that struggle with the bare minimum necessities. Helping our communities brings us together, it says to the communities that we see them and that they matter. 

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

I do a lot of community work and the list might be a bit too long but I work with the School Aid South Africa to encourage literacy and reading in the townships. We help schools to renovate libraries, those without libraries we transform one on the classrooms then donate books.

I work with another disadvantaged school in the Vaal called Refalletse Primary school. There I have a group of friends and associates who help raise money to buy school uniforms for the young ones.

There’s also a Clothes Drive that I do with different churches where we collect 2nd hand clothes from friends and colleagues, sort the clothes out and hand them out accordingly.

There’s also a social responsibility of supporting different initiatives like:

  • blood donation (SANBS)
  • POWA

• Do you remember any celebrities coming to your school when you were a child?

 I never had a celebrity come to my school but I once had a celebrity come to my house! I was about seven years old and this very well known, local TV actor pulled up and parked in front of our house. I was dumbfounded by his presence, then I got overwhelmed by the attention it brought me and my family. He had come to see my father – I don’t even know how they knew each other.

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

My advice to the young ones is to never stop dreaming and believing and working hard at school. All that I was dreaming of doing and becoming has come true. Yes, dreams do come true.

• What does the rest of 2019 hold for you?

One can only be hopeful that the year holds great things. I’m a big dreamer and it would be great to see opportunities present themselves to meet with all my preparation and hardwork so we do magic.

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Bona Magazine features 8 SA celebrity couples in their issue of love

Bona Magazine SA celebrity couples

One of the popular magazines in South Africa, Bona Magazine, has created a special SA celebrity couple issue for their February issue. The aim of this is to inspire other South African celeb couples to work as a team and build and conquer life together as one.

ALSO READ: List Of South African Celebrity Couples

The selected celebrity couples share their unique and inspiring stories. Zam and Nkhensani Nkosi, who have been happily married for 23-years, were announced as the cover couple.

See the 8 SA celebrity couple featured on the February issue of Bona Magazine:

Bona cover couple – Zam and Nkhensani Nkosi

Zam and Nkhensani Nkosi have been happily married for 23 years. South Africa fell in love with this couple when they graced our television screens on their 90s hit TV talk show Mojo on SABC 1 (which you can catch on SABC Encore).

The adorable first-ever BONA Weddings 2018 winners – Refilwe Nkosi and Queen Mathosa-Nkosi

Refilwe and Queen Nkosi met in 2008 and have been married since 2016. This cute SA couple danced and laughed like newlyweds about to go on a honeymoon. Sharing their relationship tips and how they are making it work.

Married for over 10-years – Tol Ass Mo and Mome Mahlangu

Tol Ass Mo (real name Mongezi Mahlangu) and Mome Mahlangu are happily married and have been together for 10 years. They met while Mome was taking a jog. We have seen their love blossom from their TV show Mo Love.

Slay Bona Couple – Ntokozo Mbambo and Nqubeko Mbatha

Ntokozo Mbambo and her husband Nqubeko Mbatha met as teenagers in Durban. They have been married for 10 years, and have two children. Working together on their brands and music careers has not affected them but has brought them closer together.

The first date story – Baby Cele and Thabo Maloka

Uzalo actress Baby Cele shared the story of their first date with Bona Magazine where they had prawns for dinner and her husband Thabo Maloka was staring at her the whole time. While she thought that Thabo was mesmerized by her beauty he was in actual fact shocked that she was eating this weird dish!

Fresh Love – Wendy and Bernard Parker

Wendy and Bernard Parker have been married since 2011 and have two sons. Their love is a fresh love which you can feel by just being around them. With all the obstacles and challenges they have overcome they have still managed to grow their relationship.

Through thick and thin Mzansi couple – Jerry and Claudine Mofokeng

Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha and Claudine Mofokeng have been together since 1979, and have five children together. The two have been together through thick and thin. They have a classic love which has managed to carry them and their children for all these years.

Cool Threads – Nomuzi ”Moozlie” Mabena and Sbusiso Motloung

Nomuzi Mabena and Sbuda Roc have been together for four years. They both work together, with Sbu being Moozlie’s manager. And while they may face challenges, as any other couple does, they have managed to push and motivate each other to fulfill their individual goals and dreams!

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Vele Manenje announced as the new OPW season 8 presenter

OPW new presenter Vele Manenje

Mzansi Magic has announced that Our Perfect Wedding Season 8 will be ushering in the new year with a new presenter, Vele Manenje.

ALSO READ: Kayise Ngqula Wins The #OpwPresenterSearch

Vele Manenje, who is versatile and multilingual actress and presenter, made her OPW debut on last night’s episode where she met Thembi and Nakedi, who fell head over heels in love after a simple work-related phone call. The couple believes they are rewriting the dating booklet, and doing love their own way.

Vele, who has previously presented educational series, is excited for her new role.

“I’ve done kiddies shows and educational shows, Our Prefect Wedding is definitely new territory for me and I’ve already met so many wonderful and colourful characters. It’s also been such a great experience being a witness to the celebration of love from different couples and cultures across the country,” said Manenje.

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Lolo Vandal returns on radio as presenter for The Daily Spill

Lolo Vandal The Daily Spill

After 5 years Lolo Vandal is back on radio as an on-air presenter for The Daily Spill – Talk Show. In 2013 the rapper hosted a hip hop show in one of the community radio stations “Forte fm” in Eastern Cape. After the success of his journey as an on-air presenter and content producer, the rapper kept on submitting proposals in different radio stations.

ALSO READ: Rapper Lolo Vandal Releases Two Brand New Singles

Earlier this year Lolo Vandal and his business partner Siyanda Dweba came up with the concept of a talk show tittled ‘The Daily Spill’. The shows focus is on youth development, social responsibilities, to name a few.

One of the most influential and global online radio stations with a rich history in the media industry believed in the concept of “The Daily Spill – Talk Show” and gave it an opportunity to see this concept come to life. The show will make its on-air debut on the 24th of December 2018 on “the 1873 fm”. Streaming link ,the App is also available on Google play and iTunes, search for ” the 1873 fm” and download the app.

It doesn’t end there, the two Eastern Cape born creatives came into an agreement to take AFRICAN ELEPHANT (a company founded by Lolo Vandal) to another level. Siyanda and Lolo founded AFRICAN ELEPHANT ENTERTAINMENT also known as AEE, a branch of AFRICAN ELEPHANT INC, the home of LOLO Vandal and other artists which will be introduced to the masses at a later stage of 2019.

They had one of the most talented producers Sivenathi Menze on board as an in-house producer of the production company, this partnership between the three resulted to the success of INDLELA MIXTAPE by Lolo Vandal, and the two latest hit singles KILLING IT and YIYEKE which were released on the fourth quarter of the current year under the AEE umbrella, ending 2018 on a highnote.

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The three are currently working on future projects for the company and the artists under AEE, and they are looking to grow the AEE family.

With big dreams and passion Lolo Vandal and Siyanda Dweba expanded AFRICAN ELEPHANT and came up with a magazine “AEM” short for African Elephant Magazine, the magazines focus is on documenting Africa; African ideals, African culture and daily living, to motivate and showcase the beauty of Africans worldwide, and the impact Africa has on the world. On their interview at Cliff Central the two didn’t say much about the magazine but they mentioned the Magazine will be launched early 2019 and more details about the magazine will be shared on their social platforms.

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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*. 

ALSO READ: 10 Things We Learned About Khanyi Mbau On Tropika Smoooth Fan

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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Getting to know the first Kwaito female DJ Thembi Mkhumbene AKA Dj Miss T SA

Thembi Mkhumbene AKA Dj Miss T SA

Thembi Mkhumbene AKA Dj Miss T SA is an independent first kwaito female DJ born January 22nd in Tokoza (Ekurhuleni).

ALSO READ: Getting To Know Maphokoane Serobanyane Aka DJ Puggy

Her dress-code is Mathanda kitchen, Samson Overall and all-star sneakers. They said Kwaito music is dead but Dj Miss T would disagree. The first kwaito DJ who tattooed Kwaito Diva on her left hand is not a stranger to entertainment venues. This kwaito Dj is about to release her Kwaito EP/Album titled “Ezase Kasi Lami”.

She has been a kwaito fan since she was young and she started her music career 2016 and she is attracting a large number of audience in the short time she has started and she already shared the stage with the likes of Mandla Spikiri, Mapaputsi , Skhokho , 2.5, Mshoza , Drencko, DJ Jucka , DJ Kaygee, Amon , Blorie Da Jam , DJ Sweetment, Toffolux Wabolova , Nomtha WA Kwaito and Stena DJ Bee just to mention a few. She has played in & outside South Africa in places like Caprivi, Justice Place, Lemba Café, Voltage Lounge, Barrels Place, Ha Pita (Lesotho/Maseru), MT Lounge, Boiketlong Pub.

She was also a nominee at the 2017 edition of the Mzansi Kwaito House Music Awards as the best Kwaito DJ Amongst the best DJ’s on the Best Kwaito DJ category which she unfortunately didn’t win but is back once again to prove her nomination wasn’t a fluke by winning the Best Kwaito DJ category.

DJ Miss T SA is also representing SA at Southern Africa Music Festival alongside with DJ Melody, Dj Shiks and Dj Sweetment who was also a 2017 Kwaito House Music Award Best Kwaito DJ Nominee. S.A.M.F movement also has Mr. Brown from Mozambique, Abuti from Lesotho, Jonico Kobela from Tembisa and other artists from Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Nigeria. Speaking about SAMF Dj Miss T was on a tour to Swaziland in March 25th, Mozambique in June, Botswana in September, Ethiopia after and Lesotho once again in December.

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WATCH: Finally DJ Sbu interviews Mzekezeke on Massiv Metro

DJ Sbu interviews Mzekezeke

South African DJ, producer and entrepreneur DJ Sbu, whose real name is Sbusiso Leope posted a video clip of him interviewing Kwaito Star Mzekezeke on Massiv Metro.

ALSO READ: Award Winning Kwaito Star Mzekezeke Is Back

In a video posted on his account, DJ Sbu can be seen interviewing the mysterious Mzekezeke. Of course, many South African did not buy the interview, claiming that Sbu and Mzakes Man is the same person. They also claim that the person seen in the video wearing the orange jumpsuit and black balaclava is just stand-in actor.

DJ Sbu first announced back in September that Mzekezeke is back, telling his fans that the Kwaito singer will be performing over the festive season.

According to, Sbu is not Mzekezeke and he has never confirmed the reports.

“Mzekezeke whose real name is Zakhele was born in Tembisa in a family of six children. He is a South African Kwaito musician, DJ and radio personality. He is popularly known by his trademark mask and orange overall.” 

“Chichirizing season is upon us!!!!! Breaking news: Exclusive: the king is back!!!! [sic]” DJ Sbu captioned the clip.

Watch the interview here below:

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Lalla Hirayama Opens Up About Clover Krush’s Mission

Lalla Hirayama Clover Krush

When the 2019 school year kicks off, 20 000 children across South Africa will receive a brand new pair of school shoes to better equip them for the school year ahead. This is all part of the #KrushGoodness project by Clover Krush – a brand synonymous with spreading goodness.

ALSO READ: Clover Krush To Donate 20 000 School Shoes In 2019

Now in its second year, the #KrushGoodness project is calling upon South Africans to nominate schools whose children are most in need of school shoes. Nominations are now open and can be made by following the on-pack instructions on promotional Krush products. Krush will go through all nominations and by December 2018, 20 schools from provinces across SA will be selected. These schools will then be visited in the new year where 20 000 scholars will receive their brand new school shoes. Lalla Hirayama is one of the familiar faces who is involved with the project – now for the second year running.

Lalla Hirayama opens up about all things giving back and sharing goodness.

What drew you to participate in Clover Krush’s school shoe donation campaign?

I’m lucky to say that this is my second time being part of the Clover Krush Goodness Krew! It’s a real honour! In 2018 upon launching the project, Krush set out to show that adding a little bit of goodness every day has the power to change the world for the better. If we start our day with one good deed, it has the power to transform someone’s day, leading to them adding a bit of goodness to someone else’s day, and so the goodness spreads, ultimately inspiring a world of goodness.

They say ‘the heart that gives, gathers’ and to be honest this is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve been given the opportunity to do.

Lalla Hirayama Opens Up About Clover Krush

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

Children are our most valuable resources.  They are not things to be moulded but people to be unfolded. Many of our children are victims of injustice and aren’t able to fight for what should already be theirs. Love, education, food, clothing, warmth and educational resources as well as health resources are not always readily available. These are our future leaders and work force, what will become of our country will ultimately rest on them.

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Letoya Makhene Puts Her Biggest Fans To The Test On Tropika Smoooth Fan This Week

Letoya Makhene

In last week’s exciting episode of Tropika Smoooth Fan, Ndumiso Mlangani proved he was Clement Maosa’s smooothest fan. This week, it’s actress Letoya Makhene’s turn to find her biggest fan as the ultimate celebrity quiz show continues. 

ALSO READ: 10 Things We Learned About Clement Maosa On Tropika Smoooth Fan

Letoya Makhene is an actress, singer and TV personality who has shot to fame over the past few years. Letoya’s career started when she was cast in an advert at the tender age of nine. She then became a presenter on KTV before moving to YoTV. When she was 14, Letoya formed the group S’kool Girlz with her sisters which saw the star break into the music industry. Letoya’s presenting career got a boost after she became a co-host on the second season of Idols South Africa and appeared in popular soapies like Isidingo and Generations. Today, the star plays Tshidi on Generations: The Legacy.

This week, four die-hard celebrity fans will compete in various interactive games in the hopes of being crowned Letoya’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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