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Getting to know Top Billing’s Harmony Katulondi

Top Billing Harmony Katulondi

Earlier this month, the fourth season of Presenter Search on 3 saw six brand new faces joining the SABC 3 family.

ALSO READ: Five Minutes With Afternoon Express’ Palesa Tembe

While initially looking for three new presenters to join the SABC 3 stable, judges Patience Stevens, DJ Fresh, Sbusiso Kumalo and Jeannie D were impressed by the overwhelming amount of talent and have decided to open up the industry even further by welcoming Harmony Katulondi, Ryle De Morny, Fezile Mkhize, Palesa Tembe, and Thabiso Makhubela to the SABC 3 family with Mosa Kaiser grabbing a role as Expresso’s new field presenter.

Harmony fast-became a fan-favourite during his time on Presenter Search on 3. With his elegant presenting style, incredible fashion sense and his deep, soulful voice, Harmony crept into the hearts of viewers at home and the Presenter Search on 3 judges. Overcoming every challenge that was thrown his way, Harmony proves that he has what it takes to be an incredible TV presenter – and he’s the perfect addition to the Top Billing family.

Get to know Harmony better with this short Q&A: 

What has been the highlight of your time on Presenter Search on 3?

Having my mom be the one to tell me that I made it to the Top 10 stands out. I could just sense how proud I had made her. Her genuine happiness and joy laced with selfless love is what I felt as she celebrated me. 

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Boity Thulo graces Cosmopolitan cover

Boity Thulo Cosmo Cover

Actress and television personality Boitumelo ‘Boity’ Thulo takes over the September cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. 

ALSO READ: Tweeps Were Not Ready For Boity Thulo’s New Tattoo

The former Club 808 presenter is best known for her phrase “own your throne” which is sprawled across the front cover. The star is seen in fitness wear, showing off her toned body.

Thulo also took to social media to share the exciting news with her fans: “OWN YOUR THRONE!!!! This is beyond what I prayed for! God’s timing!! IT’S FINALLY HERE! I am so honoured to share that I’m your @cosmopolitansa September cover star! (sic).” – She wrote on Instagram

Boity Thulo Cosmopolitan cover

Boity Thulo Cosmopolitan


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Former Mr India South Africa Dr Tevin Naidu removed from The Bachelor South Africa

Dr Tevin Naidu M-Net

M-Net has stated that Dr Tevin Naidu has been removed from his capacity in marketing of The Bachelor South Africa after his offensive comments about molestation on social media last week.

ALSO READ: Trevor Noah Offended By Donald Trump’s Racist Comments

This comes after Naidu posted a picture of a wedding shoot featuring himself and a local model on his Instagram account, which he then captioned it: “Find yourself someone who looks at you the way I look at her (Like a molester who found his next victim),” he wrote.

Dr Tevin Naidu screenshot

The former Mr India South Africa winner, had taken to social media to apologise for his post saying it was “distasteful and offensive” asking for forgiveness from everyone for his error in judgement.

To everyone affected and offended by my social media post directly or indirectly, I would like to issue a formal apology to all of you. My post was made in jest and unfortunately – it lacked sensitivity, was completely distasteful, and offensive. 

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Insane Body Transformation Of Faith Nketsi

Faith Nketsi Queen Twerk Body Transformation

Faith Nketsi is one of the most popular social media and Instagram models in South Africa. She rose to fame as ‘Queen Twerk’ after she and her friends started a twerking group in order to pay for Faith’s studies.

ALSO READ: Social Media Influencer Faith Nketsi Addresses Rumours

As a twerking pro, she used to have a ton of videos on her Instagram and posted on a regular basis. Nketsi, who is the baddest in the game, also appeared in Cassper Nyovest’s ‘Tito Mboweni’ music video.

Faith has undergone some extreme body transformation. She took to Instagram where she posted a series of videos saying her body transformation literally took her less than a month.

“You’ll never please everyone, At the end of the day this is my body and I feel I look and feel my best when I’m smaller. I still have a long way to go and I’m working on it. It’s a journey and so far I’m loving my results. My waist on the before video was 30” And now its 26” – Faith wrote on Instagram.

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Getting to know Top Billing’s Dr. Fezile Mkhize

Top Billing Dr. Fezile Mkhize

The fourth season of Presenter Search on 3 came to a jaw-dropping end earlier this month and six brand new faces including Dr. Fezile Mkhize joined the SABC 3 family.

ALSO READ: Five Minutes With Expresso’s Thabiso Makhubela

While initially looking for three new presenters to join the SABC 3 stable, judges Patience Stevens, DJ Fresh, Sbusiso Kumalo and Jeannie D were impressed by the overwhelming amount of talent and have decided to open up the industry even further by welcoming Harmony Katulondi, Ryle De Morny, Fezile Mkhize,Palesa Tembe, and Thabiso Makhubela to the SABC 3 family with Mosa Kaiser grabbing a role as Expresso’s new field presenter.

One of the faces joining the Top Billing family is Dr. Fezile Mkhize. With his charming good looks, infectious personality and vast medical knowledge, Fezile is bound to add a great deal of experience to the Top Billing stable. Fezile was a front-runner in the competition ever since his girlfriend convinced him to audition and effortlessly undertook every curve-ball that was thrown at him throughout the season – making him the perfect addition to the SABC 3 family.

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Come Dine With Me South Africa is back and calling for contestants

Come Dine With Me South Africa season 5

If you fancy yourself an aspiring chef, are holding onto that ‘always impresses’ family recipe for just the right moment, have the skills to be the host with the most or are simply looking for your (forty) five minutes of television fame then stir things up and enter Come Dine With Me South Africa, which returns to BBC Brit (DStv channel 120), for its fifth exciting season in early 2019.

ALSO READ: Come Dine With Me South Africa Returns For Brand New Season On BBC Lifestyle

Over 12 episodes, four total strangers per episode will have the opportunity to wine, dine, entertain and most importantly impress each other, with some hysterical outcomes, in a bid to score the most votes and win the weekly R10 000 prize.

Season 4 saw a lot of hilarious happenings, yummy food, kitchen mishaps, cringe worthy moments (think episode 6’s red speedo incident) and some very interesting characters, who had a few words of advice for aspiring season 5 contenders.

According to Pretoria business women, Philipine Modomogale (that’s pronounced Phili-PINE like the tree), the most important thing is to be relaxed and create a fun atmosphere. Advise her fellow host, pole dancing fitness instructor, Carmi van Heerden took to heart. “The best part about being part of the show was feeling like a celeb, but don’t forget to give the audience something juicy to remember you by!”

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Hlumela Nyaluza launches unique book Navigate Humans: Be Against Normality

Hlumela Nyaluza

Eastern Cape born independent author, Hlumelo Nyaluza, launches the world’s most uniquely structured self-help book, Navigate Humans: Be Against Normality, a proudly South African product by a young male.

ALSO READ: Inside DJ Zinhle’s Book Meeting Your Power

First revealed last year, Navigate Humans: Be Against Normality, has now been accepted by 16 book stores including CNA stores nationwide. The book is also available globally on AMAZON.

Written in 19 days using a borrowed laptop and minus R7 to his name, Navigate Humans: Be Against Normality shares Hlumelo Nyaluza’s “Human Navigation” philosophy of how humans can move from “nothing” to everything (destiny) using what he or she has and how one should be against the norm to stay ahead of one’s peers.

“Getting to this point has been incredible. The journey hasn’t been easy, but I’m over-joyed by the support I’ve received thus far. Getting the SABC to endorse my book and single-handedly closing the CNA distribution deal are some highlights of this journey. Thank you South Africa for believing in me” shares Hlumelo Nyaluza.

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How to win social media followers and influence people while still remaining authentic

social media and celebrities

Social media influencers have become the darlings of the branding world and PR companies are in heated competition to woo them for their clients.

With declining print numbers, decreasing broadcast reach and the slow death of traditional advertising, brands are turning more and more to social media to win fans and influence consumers. But, just as social media can make influencers, it can also be the instrument of their destruction.

SA celeb Shashi Naidoo recently found herself in the social media spotlight for all the wrong reasons. After writing a lengthy post on Instagram about the Israel-Palestine conflict, which included referring to Gaza as a ‘sh*thole’, she received multiple death threats and lost many endorsement deals, including those with GlamPalm Africa and horse racing company, Gold Circle. Shashi even held a press conference to explain her post, and talk about how she was going to make amends, but the damage to her brand had been done. Just last week Shashi went to Palestine as part of her attempts at reparation but was refused entry into the region.

“In my work as an Influencer Relations Specialist for Hill+Knowlton Strategies, I’ve been able to see the brand relationship from the perspectives of both the influencer and the brand, and witnessed how this relationship can go wrong.” – Phindile Sihlangu said.

Here are a few guidelines for budding influencers to bear in mind to ensure they can remain authentic but still stay on the right side of the public.

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Connie Chiume graces the cover of Bona Magazine

Connie Chiume bona magazine

Connie Chiume is one of the most respected South African actress. She played the role of a mining elder in ‘Black Panther’.

Although the former Rhythm City has starred in other international films such as In My Country with Samuel L Jackson and I Dreamed of Africa with Kim Basinger, she regards Black Panther as her biggest role to date.

ALSO READ: Local Actress Connie Chiume Confirms Black Panther Role

The veteran actress won a couple of awards. She won the Avanti award for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2000 and a Golden Horn award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama at the third South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) in 2009.

Take a look at Connie Chium’s Bona Magazine cover below:

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Five Minutes With PRESENTER SEARCH ON 3’s Peelo Mookodi


In a shocking double elimination, Presenter Search on 3 finalists Peelo Mookodi and Shannon Leibach became the next contestants to be eliminated from the reality competition which has searched the country for three new faces to join SABC 3. 

ALSO READ: Laurina Machite Next To Be Eliminated Off PRESENTER SEARCH ON 3

After a challenging Expresso takeover, the contestants were given a taste of the good life with their very own segment on SABC 3’s flagship lifestyle magazine show Top Billing as they got a chance to showcase fine dining, celebrity interviews and cutting-edge design in the way Top Billing is famous for.

Unfortunately, Peelo Mookodi was eliminated from the show last night in what was the most dramatic episode of the season so far.   “You’ve got this almost rehearsed beauty queen thing about you. It works, I just don’t know if it does you any favours when you’re presenting a show. It does look good, I don’t know if it works for TV,” DJ Fresh told Peelo moments before her elimination. Meanwhile, Patience Stevens tells Peelo that “You came into this competition with an advantage that you have presented before, and when we look at people we look at their potential for growth and you should be so much more ahead of the other people and you’re not.” 

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