While some scratched their heads about who the Snoop Lion was who toured South Africa this week, Lesley Mofokeng digs in his memory for some of the most prominent name changes in modern popular culture – an identity crisis that seems to affect mainly men.
Leonardo DiCaprio is going to get closer to stars of a different kind as he heads into space aboard the Virgin Galactic, and a well-heeled bidder at the Cannes Film Festival has paid 1.2 million euros (more than R14 million) to be his travel buddy.
The author of an erotic novel whose interview got the Touchdown crew kicked off air says she “feels bad” for the team who had the “courage” to have her on their show.
Justin Bieber’s pet monkey is set to become the property of Germany.
Snoop Lion ignored a metro police warning and allegedly smoked dagga on stage at the Standard Bank Arena, in Ellis Park, Johannesburg.
There was neither gin nor juice to be seen when Snoop Lion ordered his breakfast this weekend. Instead, the American rapper tucked into fried chicken and boiled eggs to start his day.
Extra jugs of chocolate sauce for your ice cream. The masks created out of cinnamon by baristas on your cappuccino.
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City Press readers. This week, your newspaper won a clutch of awards at the Sikuvile ceremony. The awards were won for our work on finding the stories of the lives of the miners who died at Marikana and for our investigation into the splurging of R206 million on the president’s estate at Nkandla. Thank you for supporting City Press and our work.Not:
Instructors at the Army Infantry School in Oudtshoorn, who were suspended this week after assaulting 10 recruits who sneaked out for a drink. The recruits were hit with broomsticks on their kidneys while they were forced to carry poles while naked. The military ombudsman is investigating the disgusting incident.
Gwede Mantashe. The ANC secretary-general called time this week on the cronyism and influence-peddling in South Africa that has been the practice of the entrepreneurial Gupta family for years now. Late on Tuesday night he said enough following reports of a chartered wedding jet landing at Waterkloof. He should blow the whistle more often.Not:
Banana republics are places where the rule of law is a slippery thing that can be evaded by backhanders and the politically connected. Sometimes South Africa can feel like one when impunity rules, despite serious allegations of corruption. When a foreign jet landed sans permission and its passengers walked unchecked into Mzansi, we felt like one. It must not happen again.
Incidents of shack fires increase every winter. As reported in Daily Sun this week, four-year-old Spelele Mzizane of Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, became a hero when his family shack caught fire. The young boy woke his older sister, who in turn screamed for help to save a nine-year-old brother who was still trapped inside the house. A neighbour went into the house and saved him.Not:
One can always count on conservative lobby group AfriForum for a good laugh – like painting themselves black. But their latest antic – of selling coffee at different prices for different races to mock affirmative action policies – smacks of a complete lack of historical context and ignorance of recent studies showing how well white people have been doing since 1994.
Smartphones. For the second time in the past two months, major human rights violations were recorded by a citizen on a smartphone. Last month, Mido Macia was dragged by a police van and tortured to death; and this week, Esther Mankge was brutally beaten. The only way we know about these incidents is because of amateur video footage taken on smartphones.Not:
Tukwini Mandela (don’t worry, we hadn’t heard about her either) continued to heap opprobrium on her revered family name this week. The daughter of Makaziwe (last seen launching a wine label in Nelson Mandela’s name) wrote an open letter to 84-year-old George Bizos, accusing him of bringing the Mandela family name into disrepute. Pot. Kettle. Black.
Maggie Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died this week. Thatcher completely overhauled the British economy, yanking it into the 21st century. She knew that legacy industries had to end, she made the City a key node on a new global economy and reversed a three-decade long decline in Britain. Good leaders are not scared of tough decisions.Not:
Maggie Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died this week. Thatcher was no friend of the trade unions and in mining towns across Britain, her death was celebrated. Milk snatcher Maggie, as she was called, withdrew rations of milk from school as she eroded the welfare state. Bad leaders are not humanists.
Next weekend will see wine enthusiasts trying a vine meander of a different kind when they ditch the likes of Stellenbosch for the township, where the third annual Tops at Spar Gugulethu Wine Festival takes place. Babalwa Shota and Cape Wine Master Marilyn Cooper tell you what to expect
I fell for a mirage once in Cairo. I booked a room at a hotel based on the mirrored and gilded lobby festooned with bright green palm trees and shiny black Anubis statues.
Bite-sized reviews of the movies on circuit.
Penny Lebyane, who presents the SABC2 talk show Motswako, is furious that organisers kicked her to the kerb just hours before she was due to co-present the night’s biggest award, the Record of the Year, with Metro FM DJ Glen Lewis.
It’s all about peace and love for Snoop Lion – real name Cordas Broadus Jr – who performs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban tonight.
The number of Americans who watched vocal powerhouse Candice Glover win the American Idol title sank to 14.2 million, a decline of 31% from last year’s record low.
Universal Music celebrated their loot at last week’s SA Music Awards (Sama) with an exclusive breakfast at their Sandton offices. It was a bragging session for the company that collected six Sama trophies.
We call for vigilance and urge all our officials not to succumb to pressure from name-droppers.
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