Siyabonga Sithole and Jeanette Chabalala pick out 10 must-see theatre productions for the family during the holiday season
Thousands of fans, some driving souped-up cars, converged in Southern California at the site of actor Paul Walker’s death, paying tribute to the Fast and Furious star and a friend who were killed in a fiery crash two weeks ago.
Benedict Cumberbatch has reimagined one of literature’s most famous detectives, Sherlock Holmes; he reanimated one of sci-fi’s most notorious villains, Khan in Star Trek; and he is voicing the necromancer in The Hobbit trilogy.
Even behind bars Nelson Mandela was a global cause célèbre. From the time he took his long walk to freedom in 1991 until he announced his retirement from public life in 1999 and again in 2004, an array of princes and princesses, pop stars, politicians and celebrities of every stripe had a stop at Madiba’s Houghton home on their itinerary.
People’s poet Mzwakhe Mbuli is in trouble again – this time after allegedly punching his girlfriend because he believed she was cheating on him.
Maxwell believes his music has become better with age – and he plans to continue the trend well into his 70s.
Over the years Nelson Mandela has inspired musicians to write about him and the struggle against apartheid. Lesley Mofokeng shares his playlist of the top 10 tunes to remember him by
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He was a father – not to his children alone. He was a father – not only to South Africa. He was a father – not only to Africa, but to the entire world. God gave us 95 years to share with him in this world. His passing should ignite the world to live with the ideals that he lived by. We are thankful for the time we had with him. Thank you, Madiba.Not:
All lawyer Nomzama Zondo seemed to be doing wrong was celebrating with her clients after winning a court case for traders to return to their spots. Instead, Joburg metro police arrested her and ignored the judgment of the Constitutional Court against the council. But courts are the final arbiters of disputes and their decisions should be respected by all.
Bafana Bafana’s win over the world champions could have counted for nothing. But this week, soccer governing body Fifa ruled that the game – in which the Spanish team tried to reduce it to nothing by making more substitutions than required – will stand as an official friendly. The nation now has every reason to celebrate beating the world champions. Hooray!Not:
President Jacob Zuma could not possibly be hot, knowing that he can cool down in a R550 000 swimming pool at his Nkandla home. According to Public Works documents, the “fire pool” doubles up as a second water reservoir for fire-fighting purposes and was funded by tax money. Pity the pool can’t put out the fire of public opinion.
Like that David versus Goliath fight in the Bible, Bafana Bafana made the country proud by beating world champions and top-ranked team Spain on Tuesday. Winning the game with a gutsy performance brought joy to many South Africans. Now, we need our boys to treat each and every game they play with the same vigour and determination.Not:
They could be the top team in the world, but Spain showed little respect for South Africa. Making seven substitutions in a single match, thereby flouting Fifa’s rules on the matter, is inexcusable. Their arrogance on Tuesday clearly shows they forget the little team when they are on top. But being on top is not a permanent spot you occupy.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has displayed that she takes her job seriously. She will not buckle under pressure from anyone. This week, she took on security-cluster ministers – who went to court to stop her from releasing a preliminary report into state spending at President Jacob Zuma’s private residence of Nkandla – and won. We need more of her ilk.Not:
Government’s responsibility is to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent correctly to address the many challenges the country faces. In our case, the opposite is true. The Auditor-General found that R30.8 billion has either been wasted or irregularly spent. As long as our public services are open to this kind of misspending, fraud and corruption will thrive.
Registering to vote in next year’s general elections is the right thing to do. This is the chance for people to vote in or out those they want to lead them. By registering, South Africans would be making sure that the freedom fought for so hard over the many years was not in vain. So, let us all register to vote and make our mark. That way, your voice is heard.Not:
Education should encourage critical thinking and creativity. Spokesperson forthe department of basic education Panyaza Lesufi showed he does not encourage either by saying “derogatory art” won’t be tolerated in government schools like Westville Boys’ High. What Mr Lesufi called derogatory art, some might consider a legitimate attempt at satire. So much for opening up minds.
Veteran rapper Jay-Z topped nominees for the 2014 Grammys with nine nods, while Taylor Swift and Daft Punk were also among those in the running in major categories.
“You know, it’s funny, I didn’t really expect the well of emotions I felt when I heard the news,” says soul star Simphiwe Dana of hearing of Nelson Mandela’s passing last night.
Avatars have gone all iconic on Twitter, with images of Nelson Mandela being put up across the planet to honour and mourn the former president.
From around the world celebrities, dignitaries and political leaders voiced condolences on Madiba’s passing.
Universal Pictures has shut down production of action sequel Fast & Furious 7 to consider its options for the franchise following the death of actor Paul Walker, the studio has said.
Eddie Mbalo, the interim CEO of On Digital Media (ODM), is proud to bring porn to South African TV, with the South African satellite pay-TV operator planning to bring more sex channels to its pornographic package in the new year – including pornography coming from Africa.
If outfits could talk, she believes hers would tell the world how bold and ambitious she is. Lerato Kganyago – Miss Soweto 2004, presenter of SABC1 lifestyle show The Link and the face of two leading brands – no longer plays it safe when it comes to fashion.
He preached and believed that we should live in peace, that we should live in unity and should be united as the rainbow nation.
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- MT @biennehuisman: Buthelezi gets a mixed response, is cut short for time constraints. Rowdy audience. Calls for order. #Madiba 3 hours ago
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