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Cape Town busy with preparations for President’s SONA

Preparations for road closures and other logistical matters are forging ahead for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening.

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Dirco to assess Zindzi Mandela’s tweets

Zindzi Mandela

International Relations says it will enforce its social media policy and take further action should it conclude that Ambassador Zindzi Mandela was behind some of the tweets under the hashtag ‘Our Land’.

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You did very well for us, Lumka Oliphant says in letter to Bathabile Dlamini

Former Social Development spokesperson Lumka Olifant writes a heartfelt letter to her former boss Bathabile Dlamini.

Dear Bathabile Dlamini 

A part of me is glad that you are not in Cabinet but a part of me is also sad. It has taken me hours of agonizing that I should pen this letter but I came to a decision that I should. I should because it is the most principled thing to do. It is the most honorable thing to do. 

You did very well for the Department of Social Development. You did very well for us, women. You did very well for Sassa. I am not going to dwell on the work of Sassa but I know that you wanted to make sure that the poor of this country received their social grants in their communities, with dignity and promote economic development in the areas where they collected their grants. I still hear you say: “We Lumka, if we can bring the voting station where our people live, we can bring the banking system to where they stay!” Yours was a great foresight and we will never recover from removing you from Social Development. 

You had the heart for it but you suffered greatly and this is why I am glad that you are gone! Nobody deserved that treatment. Not even the worst enemy. 

I thought I should write this because I cannot be accused of dancing for my supper anymore, or buying your face and I feel if I don’t write it, I too would have failed in telling your story. 

I saw an article that was headlined no one will miss you but I want to tell you that we will miss you in the future. I, for one, want to thank you for the contribution you made in my life. For exposing me and taking me by the hand. For teaching me that the poor must be treated with dignity. Thank you for the time you rushed to Cape Town because I had lost my father. Thank you for the matching underwear lessons, the right size bra, the beautiful shoes and thank you for your good heart. 

I won’t dwell into much, but I will remind you of the times when the ANC as an organisation in government made bad decisions and killed people in Marikana. You were ashamed of isono esinziwe ngumbutho wakho owuthandayo kodwa wangawuhlambalaza. Instead, you sent us to criss-cross the country to find the widows and their children. 

I want to remind you of the time when social workers went to Bizana and started discriminating against children, dividing families and classifying children as legitimate and illegitimate, not because they wanted to but because the policy was not conducive and you said: not in my name! Not in the name of the ANC! 

I want to remind you of the time when the church in Nigeria collapsed on the people of South Africa. We were in New York! Legislation only allowed for the disaster fund to operate within our borders, therefore, there was nothing the South African government could possibly do but you said: not in my name and not in the name of the ANC! The law must do something. Again, we moved from house to house and city to city trying to find the families and integrating families. Sahlangabezana namanyundululu but you reminded us of what was before us.

I want to remind you of a time when you said the orphans of this country do not want to be separated, government should bring services to their homes and you put your signature supporting Isibindi and professionalised child and youth care work. 

You delivered clean audit reports for that department for as long as you were at the helm. I was in Brazil with you when you fetched babies who were born in prison because their mothers trafficked drugs. I was there when you went inside the cells and you listened to how drugs came into this country. I was there when you asked if the mothers were languishing in jail in a foreign country, ngubani oncancisa abantwana babo eSouth Africa? 

I want to remind you of a time we went to Port St Johns and you saw how and what people used their grants for and you said: not in my name and not in the name of the ANC! We must think about health shops owned by women so that the grants should be collected there and money left in communities. I want to remind you of the sleepless nights trying to get a card that will only work in those shops and leave the millions of rands in rural South Africa. 

Former Social Development spokesperson Lumka Oliphant

Malandela, 

I want to remind you of the hard times when you realised that the PFMA was not conducive for the rural businesswoman and you instructed us to help women in rural areas to form cooperatives, train them and give them business by buying the SRD from them. Those were hard times. 

You were a nuisance to us but the women in rural areas touched for the first time what they called “imali yamanyhani!” I still get calls from the women in Bizana. They miss your leadership. They miss your heart. 

You have served MaDlamini and we know that you have served this country with diligence and you flew the ANC flag high. 

You were battered! Your were bruised! You felt every pain but I have never seen you cry. You were determined to get alcohol out of our communities. You would tell me the story of how the apartheid government used alcohol to destroy black families but in turn we said you were the drunkard. 

I want to remind you Malandela of the time of #FeesMustFall! You would tell me that those young women had legitimate complaints. You looked for your small contribution because you understood the muscle of paying social grants. You said the means test for grant beneficiaries when applying for NSFAS should fall so that those who passed matric as recipients should immediately get assistance. To avoid being forced to sell their bodies just because they wanted education. You sent your soldiers to go negotiate this with NSFAS. 

Young women were being raped at Rhodes University. You dared to get them in one room with the powers that be and you stood for them. Not only did you end at Rhodes, you said we must move from tertiary institution to tertiary institution siyosula iinyembezi zabafundi abangamantombazana. Sikhangele intsusa nezigebenga zesisimanga

MaDlamini, I was there and I can’t be singing with the choir that says you will not be missed. I was there when you fought for the means test of older persons to go because you heard the cries of our grannies when they said they were not getting a grant because their spouses were getting pensions from former employers. I still hear you say: “omkhulu bamosha ooGogo, abakuthengi ukudla! The means test must go!” I was there when you fought tooth and nail but this was never realised. 

I was there when you poured your heart for the recognition of social workers. I was there when you spent sleepless when you were told that social work graduates were sitting at home and you moved from Public Service to Treasury. I was there when you had a social work indaba to hear first hand from the social workers. 

I was there when you tabled the document on comprehensive social security at Nedlac and I still hear the hands clapping for being revolutionary. 

People want us to speak in hushed tones when your name is mentioned but I can’t. History will judge me very harshly. I read your resignation letter which by the way was a conversation between you and your SG and how I wish you had bounced it off me. I understood exactly what you were saying but you could not fill in the gaps properly. The ANC is your home and you have right to tell everyone off! Nathi emakwethu sithetha sophele

Thank you for teaching me the ways of the ANC and its policies. Thank you for fighting patriarchy in the Department of Social Development. Heyi uhluphile we Mama emsebenzini but there was method in your madness! Thank you for ukuwaxosha amadoda when they thought it was okay to come and speak with you sans the women. Today, it is them who remind us and ask us aphi amakhosikazi

I want to remind you of the time when you came back from an IMC meeting on gender-based violence and you asked thina silelele ntoni amakhosikazi ehlukunyezwa? A Gender-Based Violence Command Centre was born. There is no other like the one at DSD. You always knew that social development was the heart of this nation. 

Ndingathetha kuse Dlamini but mna ndiyazi ndiyakukweleta. Ndikukweleta nje oku kwencwadi. Ndikukweleta oku kwamagama. Oku kokuthi enkosi. Usebenzile mntakaDlamini ndiswele nje imilomo yokubulela. I know you love the ANC and it needs you right in Luthuli House. I want you to focus. Focus on fighting for the women. Focus on uniting the women of the ANC. Wenze ismanga mntakaDlamini embuthweni wakho! A woman stood for the position of Presidency! Bathi xa bethetha abayaziyo imbali yalo mbutho ibingumnqa! Uzungawakhathaleli amaxoki namatshivela, oonyuba noba ayinyubisi, namagwala, umsebenzi uwenzile. Uzuthi xa bebuza kutsho bani! Uzuthi kutsho mna ntombi ka Oliphant yase Brinton kwaLanga! 

Ndim lo nanamhlanje etshatshalezeni ndithi ndiyayazi imisebenzi yakho! Sithi aba, simbejembeje sinje ngenxa yakho! 

Dlamini!

* The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Independent Media.

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Zindzi Mandela should be stripped of her position: FF Plus

The Freedom Front Plus has called on government to take action against Zindzi Mandela after she allegedly posted a series of tweets against white people.

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Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, jeans queen, dies at 95

New York – Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the "poor little rich girl" of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and ’80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died on Monday at the age of 95.

Vanderbilt was the great-great-granddaughter of financier Cornelius Vanderbilt and the mother of CNN newsman Anderson Cooper, who announced her death via a first-person obituary that aired on the network Monday morning.

Cooper said Vanderbilt died at home with friends and family at her side. She had been suffering from advanced stomach cancer, he noted.

"Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," Cooper said in a statement. "She was a painter, a writer, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern."

In this undated file photo heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt walks down a New York street. Picture: New York Post via AP

Her life was chronicled in sensational headlines from her childhood through four marriages and three divorces. She married for the first time at 17, causing her aunt to disinherit her. Her husbands included Leopold Stokowski, the celebrated conductor, and Sidney Lumet, the award-winning movie and television director. In 1988, she witnessed the suicide of one of her four sons.

Tributes online came from celebrities and fans of her clothes alike. Alyssa Milano called her "an incredible woman," Dana Delany said she treasures one of Vanderbilt’s paintings and model Carol Alt hailed her as a "fashion icon and innovator." And one Twitter user mourned by remembering the canary Vanderbilt jeans she wore in junior high school.

Vanderbilt was a talented painter and collagist who also acted on the stage ("The Time of Your Life" on Broadway in 1955) and television ("Playhouse 90," ”Studio One," ”Kraft Theater," ”U.S. Steel Hour"). She was a fabric designer who became an early enthusiast for designer denim. The dark-haired, tall and ultra-thin Vanderbilt partnered with Mohan Murjani, who introduced a $1 million advertising campaign in 1978 that turned the Gloria Vanderbilt brand with its signature white swan label into a sensation.

At its peak in 1980, it was generating over $200 million in sales. And decades later, famous-name designer jeans — dressed up or down — remain a woman’s wardrobe staple.

In this 1981 file photo, fashion designers, from left to right: Halston; Bob Mackie; Gloria Vanderbilt and Geoffrey Beene pose on the set of the "Love Boat" at Warner Brothers Studio in Los Angeles. Picture: Wally Fong/AP

Vanderbilt wrote several books, including the 2004 chronicle of her love life: "It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir," which drops such names as Errol Flynn, whom she dated as a teenager; Frank Sinatra, for whom she left Stokowski; Marlon Brando and Howard Hughes.

She claimed her only happy marriage was to author Wyatt Cooper, which ended with his death in 1978 at age 50. Son Anderson Cooper called her memoir "a terrific book; it’s like an older ‘Sex and the City.’"

"I’ve had many, many loves," Vanderbilt told The Associated Press in a 2004 interview. "I always feel that something wonderful is going to happen. And it always does."

Noting her father’s death when she was a toddler, she said: "If you don’t have a father, you don’t miss it, because you don’t know what it is. It was really only when I married Wyatt Cooper that I understood what it was like to have a father, because he was just an extraordinary father."

In 2016, Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper appeared together in the HBO documentary "Nothing Left Unsaid."

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt attend the premiere of "Nothing Left Unsaid" at the Time Warner Center in New York. Picture: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Gloria Laura Madeleine Sophie Vanderbilt was born in 1924, a century after her great-great-grandfather started the family fortune, first in steamships, later in railroads. He left around $100 million when he died in 1877 at age 82.

Her father, Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, was 43, a gambler and boozer dying of liver disease when he married Gloria Morgan, 19, in 1923. Their daughter was 1 when Vanderbilt died in 1925, having gone through $25 million in 14 years.

Beneficiary of a $5 million trust fund, Vanderbilt became the "poor little rich girl" in 1934 at age 10 as the object of a custody fight between her globe-trotting mother and matriarchal aunt.

The aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 59, who controlled $78 million and founded the Whitney Museum of American Art, won custody of her niece.

A shocked judge had closed the trial when a maid accused the child’s mother of a lesbian affair with a member of the British royal family. The fight was chronicled in the best-selling 1980 book "Little Gloria … Happy at Last," made into a TV miniseries in 1982 with Angela Lansbury playing Whitney.

The "poor little rich girl" nickname "bothered me enormously," Vanderbilt told The Associated Press in a

After spending the next seven years on her aunt’s Long Island estate, Vanderbilt went to Hollywood. She dated celebrities and declared she would marry Hughes. Instead, the 17-year-old wed Hughes’ press agent, Pasquale di Cicco, prompting her aunt to cut Gloria out of her will.

Vanderbilt came into her own $5 million trust fund in 1945 at age 21. She also divorced Di Cicco, whom she said had beaten her often, and the next day married the 63-year-old Stokowski. The marriage to the conductor lasted 10 years and produced two sons, Stanislaus and Christopher.

After her marriage broke up, Vanderbilt found herself embroiled in another custody case, this time as the mother. During the closed hearings, Stokowski accused Vanderbilt of spending too much time at parties and too little with the boys. She accused him of tyrannizing his sons and said he really was 85, and not 72 as he claimed.

Justice Edgar Nathan Jr. gave Vanderbilt full-time custody. But he commented that the court had wasted a month on "the resolution of problems which mature, intelligent parents should be able to work out for themselves."

Vanderbilt married Lumet in 1956 and lived with him and her children in a 10-room duplex penthouse on Gracie Square. She divorced Lumet and married Cooper in 1963.

Their elder son, Carter, a Princeton graduate and editor at American Heritage, killed himself in 1988 at age 23, leaping from his mother’s 14th floor apartment as she tried to stop him. Police said he had been treated for depression and friends said he was despondent over a break-up with a girlfriend. Vanderbilt says in "Nothing Left Unsaid" that she contemplated following him out the window, but the thought of how it would devastate Anderson stopped her.

After her success in designer jeans, Vanderbilt branched out into other areas, including shoes, scarves, table and bed linens, and china, through her company, Gloria Concepts. In 1988 Vanderbilt joined the designer fragrance market with her signature "Glorious."

By the late 1980s, Vanderbilt sold the name and licenses for the brand name "Gloria Vanderbilt" to Gitano, who transferred it to a group of private investors in 1993. More recently, her stretch jeans have been licensed through Jones Apparel Group Inc., which acquired Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel Corp. in 2002 for $138 million.

Vanderbilt became the target of a swindle in the late 1970s and early ’80s when she made her psychiatrist and a lawyer associates in her business affairs. A court held that the two had looted millions from Vanderbilt’s bank accounts.

Vanderbilt also made headlines in 1980 when she filed, but later dropped, a discrimination complaint against the posh River House apartments, which had rejected her bid to buy a $1.1 million duplex. She claimed the board was worried that black singer Bobby Short, who appeared with her on TV commercials, might marry her.

In 2009, the 85-year-old Vanderbilt penned a new novel, "Obsession: An Erotic Tale," a graphic tale about an architect’s widow who discovers a cache of her husband’s letters that reveal his secret sex life.

In an interview with The New York Times, she said she wasn’t embarrassed about the explicitness of her new book, saying: "I don’t think age has anything to do with what you write about. The only thing that would embarrass me is bad writing, and the only thing that really concerned me was my children. You know how children can be about their parents. But mine are very intelligent and supportive."

AP

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Investigation under way after SANDF and Moz police shootout

SANDF

An internal investigation by the National Defence Force is underway after a shooting incident involving SANDF troops and Mozambican border police at Ndumo in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Ghana match helped Bafana address starting line-up question: Baxter

Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter was left encouraged by his team’s performance during a training match against Ghana in Dubai on Saturday, as part of the preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament that kicks-off in Egypt this week.

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‘There’s an urgent need for police deployment at public schools’

KwaZulu-Natal Educationa MEC Kwazi Mshengu says there is an urgent need for police deployment at public schools to help fight the increasing levels of violence.

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#YouthMonth: 5 young activists who are helping to change our world

Kailash Satyarthi once said “The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future.”

It’s a fitting quote as South Africa celebrated Youth Day on June 16. But it also puts into context how young people, who were once the backbone of democracy and politics, are once again taking their place on the world stage.

So in honour of Youth Month, we’ve profiled five young activists who are making waves across the continent.

Zulaikha Patel

Age: 16

At age 13, Patel took up the fight against Pretoria Girls High School’s policy regarding black girls’ hair. She led a demonstration that eventually changed school policy, but also an inquiry into allegations of racism at the school. Her story spread across social media and the world as she became the face of #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh movement. 

During an interview with DRUM, she unapologetically said: “I’m an activist for anti-racism and anti-sexism. It’s important for people to stand up for what they believe in, and that’s what I’m doing.” Another feather added to her activism cap was being named one of four South African women who made it onto the BBC’s 100 Women List 2016.

Nosipho Bele

Age: 28

The founder of Mentor Me to Success, which provides schoolchildren with support from university students, Bele grew up in Durban and completed a degree in theatre and performance at UCT. 

In 2015, she was recognised for her efforts by becoming one of the first South African recipients of the Queen’s Young Leader Award. “To be presented with an award by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in recognition of my work is such an incredible honour. It was also really inspiring to see all the other young leaders receive their awards,” she said after receiving the accolade.

Queen Elizabeth and Nosipho Bele share a laugh at Buckingham Palace. Picture: ANA Pics

She is now one of the youngest lecturers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Sanele Junior Xaba

Age: 23

Having modelled for Adidas and GQ, Xaba has come a long way after being the victim of bullying in Durban. As South Africa’s first international male model with albinism, he is using his platform for raising awareness around albinism, and fighting for diversity in the modelling industry. 

Last year he posed naked on the cover of Polish design magazine Label and later had Dutch photographer Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk photograph him in a depiction of the myth of Cupid and Psyche.

With more than 34K Instagram followers, Xaba is very aware of his influence, and stated during a 2017 interview with The Guardian: “Now that I’ve realised I can use my looks to raise awareness and to challenge the perceptions and stereotypes about the condition, I’ve started to take a lot more pride in my own albinism.”

Farai Mubaiwa

Age: 22

Also a recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Young Leader Award (QYL), but in 2017, Mubaiwa has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure her NGO, Africa Matters, is the vehicle used “to change the African narrative by providing spaces for critical engagement amongst Africans”.


Picture: Instagram

Hosting workshops, summits and leadership programmes around the country, she enlightens SA’s youth about important social issues. While studying at the University of Stellenbosch, she campaigned to create awareness around rape culture on campus and teamed up with academics to write a book on the issue.

Shaeera Kalla

Age: Under 30

Known as the student who led the Fees Must Fall movement, Kalla was educated in Pretoria and became involved in politics from a young age. Fitting then that she made the natural progression to SRC leader at the University of Witwatersrand in 2015. 

Former Wits SRC president Shaeera Kalla. Photo: Motlabana Monnakgotla, ANA Pics

“The strategic thinking that informed the shutdown was to physically and symbolically show the inaccessibility and exclusionary nature of our higher education institutions,” she said during an interview with South African History Online.

At the height of the movement, she was shot 13 times in the back by the police who were trying to quell protest action on campus. Now a social activist, Kalla is working with a group of young professionals to deal with social and developmental issues.

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I want a better AFCON experience this time around – Keet

Having played second fiddle to Itumeleng Khune for the better part of his national team stint, all Darren Keet wants now is to cement his spot as the first choice keeper for Bafana Bafana.

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‘Men in Black, International’ leads box office with muted $28 million

Hollywood seems to be coming down with a contagious case of franchise fatigue this summer, as “Men in Black: International” and “Shaft” become the latest sequels largely dismissed by moviegoers in North America.

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Policeman gunned down outside Wentworth car show venue

Durban – A police officer was shot dead and his friend seriously wounded following an altercation at a car show in Wentworth at the weekend. 

It is alleged that hundreds of locals gathered at Ogle Road grounds to watch the show. However, later in the evening an alteration broke out resulting in a gun fight. Warrant Officer Jody Barrend Fenner was shot after he allegedly tried to stop a fight. 

Provincial police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, said the two people sustained gunshot wounds. 

"A police officer in his 30’s and another male in his late 20’s were shot and injured. The victims sustained gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital where a police officer died upon arrival. Wentworth police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder. Police arrested a 35-year-old suspect and he will appear in the Durban Magistrates Court soon," Mbele said. 

Warrant Officer Jody Barrend Fenner was shot dead following an altercation at the weekend. Picture: Facebook.

Residents reacted to the news on social media, calling for an end to gun violence in Wentworth. 

Meanwhile, an inquest has been opened after a constable shot himself at his home in Wentworth. Constable Keagan Everton has been at his home in Croton Road on Saturday. 

Constable Keagan Everton Picture: Facebook.

According to a source, Everton lived with his mother and was not married. He did not have children. 

Colonel Mbele said Wentworth police were investigating an inquest and circumstances around the incident.

The Mercury

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Stellenbosch FC make first signing of the season

Newly promoted Stellenbosch FC have made their first signings ahead of the 2019/2020 Absa Premiership season, bringing in two players from Ubuntu Cape Town.

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‘Young people must be at the centre of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe says young people must be at the centre of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for it to be successful in South Africa.

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SABC executives out to avoid Day Zero

SABC

SABC Chief Financial Officer, Yolande van Biljon, has warned of the possibility of a communication blackout amid the public broadcaster’s dire financial situation but says executives are doing their best to avoid a Day Zero scenario.

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Squash wonder kid Malinga soldiers on at IPT tournament

Young squash sensation Awande Malinga outplayed Rebecca Glanville and Erin Powers without dropping a game, in the Interprovincial (IPT) tournament in Bloemfontein at the weekend. Despite the cold weather, the wonder kid of SA junior squash ensured she won her first match with ease. Malinga says that she is very proud of her performance. Content […]

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President Ramaphosa saddened by Limpopo crash

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed sadness following the death of 24 people in a head-on collision between a mini-bus taxi and a bus near Giyani in Limpopo.

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#YouthDay: The Challengers Club and Glenfiddich aim to change things

Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt whisky, has launched a first of its kind; the first ever functional billboard, complete with all the trimmings that one would expect of a plush whisky bar and audio equipped to capture a unique podcast series, whilst being seamlessly integrated into the Johannesburg skyline.

“For a brand with maverick spirit at its core, the idea for a fully functional and immersive space within the confines of an advertisement billboard has been long in the making, serving Glenfiddich’s ambition to spark meaningful conversations with a diverse range of change makers”, says Kelly Johnson, Marketing Manager of Glenfiddich SA.

Recognised within their fields, by entering The Challengers Club these change makers will transfer their insight, knowledge and passion; creating a ripple effect of inspiration for the next wave of innovators and entrepreneurs.

Glenfiddich Challengers Club event on June 6th. Picture supplied.

In January of this year, the mandate was given to youth specialist agency Andpeople to roll out a global campaign in South Africa, where the call to action was to define ‘maverick’ behaviour and how it translates within our local context. In keeping with the agencies orthodox, a team on the ground was employed to thoroughly interrogate the meaning and connotations that this evoked with individuals who readily fell into this broad category.

What emerged was a very real sense that the meaning was a lot more specific to the unique context we find ourselves in. And while plenty of parallels could be drawn, our local ‘mavericks’ did not necessarily identify with the word. This shapeshifted the brief to become something far more organic and exciting, and where the concept of the Challengers Club was incubated.

Glenfiddich Challengers Club on May 22nd. Picture supplied.

“In order to build cultural context, we wanted to define drivers of maverick behaviours and interpretations in South Africa in order to shape and inform future creative utilisation.” says Johnson. “At the core of this was the need to evolve our interpretation in order to build credible connections with our audience now and in the future whilst remaining true to Glenfiddich.”

The idea for a functional space within the confines of an advertisement billboard served Glenfiddich’s fundamental purpose to facilitate meaningful conversations with the changemakers and luminaries of today; and ultimately for the benefit of future generations to come. By creating a clearly demarcated space used solely for this purpose, the brand enabled real conversations to emerge and to travel, with a series of podcasts being aired on national station Metro FM as an extension to the campaign.

Glenfiddich Challengers Club on May 29th. Picture supplied.

“We have a highly ambitious youth market, but they lack the skills, resources and tools to equip them for their journeys. By bringing together a cross section of established innovators and disruptors of the status quo, we can use these authentic stories to inspire this generation in a meaningful and credible way.” says Duncan MacLennan, Managing Director for Andpeople.

About their core objective, MacLennan says “We wanted to challenge the conventional approach to utilising outdoor media, shifting from simply delivering a passive message, to creating an active experience that creates unique content which can then be amplified via digital and broadcast channels. What we have now is more than a campaign, it’s a programme built on the value it can create for the people it’ll reach.” 

The Challengers Club billboard and is set to tour the country, with a unique conceptual space currently being designed for Durban to launch in July, with Cape Town popping up later this year.

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PICS: Cape Town man handed keys to new home in time for his birthday

JOHANNESBURG – A man has received the keys to his new Breaking New Ground (BNG) home just a few days before his 54th birthday, the City of Cape Town said on Monday.


The city said Fred Swanepoel was overjoyed when receiving his new home along with two other beneficiaries, Faith van Rooi and Helen Fortuin.

The three beneficiaries were among 16 to receive the keys to their homes in the R55 million Belhar-Pentech housing project on Friday.


To date some 24 beneficiaries have received homes built as part of the project, which will provide 340 beneficiaries with homes and is expected to be completed by June 2020.

"Congratulations to all our beneficiaries on becoming homeowners for the first time, including Mr Swanepoel who celebrates his birthday in his new home today," mayoral committee member for human settlements Malusi Booi said in a statement.
Beneficiary Faith van Rooi with her family, Cllr Booi and Cllr Jaftha. PHOTO: Supplied.
"Owning a home means much more to the beneficiaries than just having a roof over their heads. It signifies the restoration of dignity to some of our most vulnerable residents and provides them with security."


Booi said the city was making every effort to ensure that the construction of the housing project remained on track so that more beneficiaries could receive their home.
(From left) Ryan Thomas from the City’s Human Settlements Directorate with Cllr Jaftha, beneficiaries Helen Fortuin and her son Kaylin and Cllr Booi. PHOTO: Supplied.

The housing project includes the building of semi-detached and free-standing single-storey houses, as well as the installation of electrical infrastructure, street lighting, open spaces and sidewalks.
"Our beneficiaries are reminded that as property owners, they are responsible for all matters pertaining to their homes, which have become their assets. As such, they are encouraged to maintain their homes and secure them for their loved ones in future by including it in their wills,"  Booi said

"As the construction of this housing project progresses, we are looking forward to welcoming more qualifying beneficiaries to their homes over the coming months."

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Is sexuality evolving? The proof is in the porn

** This blog was written by guest author Rob**

There are some staggering numbers in the porn industry, but from what I see, they’re all pointing in one very positive direction – we’re opening our minds.

If you feel guilty and think you’re the only person who watches porn, allow me to blast that right out the water. Whether or not people admit it, you are definitely not the only one who consumes porn.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • Last year, PornHub alone had 33.5 billion visits to their website.
  • Every minute on PornHub there are 207 405 videos watched.
  • 147GB of data was used on PornHub every second of 2018.
  • Clearly you aren’t the only one watching videos of people having sex.

The main genres watched are the ones you’d likely expect. Hell, they’re probably the genres you search for. Things like "lesbian" and "anal" have traditionally held positions near the top, but what I’m interested in is the new genres…

The way we change what we search for fascinates me because porn tends to act like a preview of what society is going to look like in the next few years. The trendsetters in porn include obvious countries like the USA, as well as places like Germany and Brazil.
Here are a few of the fastest growing genres across them…

  • Transgender
  • Bondage
  • BDSM
  • Threesome
  • Fetish

If that astounds you, don’t worry. Here in South Africa we tend to follow trends by around 4 years, so the odds are these genres will be a lot less shocking to you in a few years. As far as I’m concerned, "taboo" genres like these show that people are steadily getting more adventurous, and that can only be a good thing.

When you experience something on a daily basis, you get used to it. It’s simple desensitisation. With porn, we’re clearly getting bored of "traditional" sex and now see people getting their turn ons from previously obscure categories. 

I was amazed when I first stumbled across transgender stars like Aubrey Kate, Natalie Mars, and Chanel Santini. I had never considered I’d find their films sexy, and now I’m a big fan. The majority of their other fans? You guessed it. Straight males.

This is great news if you’re somebody who enjoys something different – bondage, pegging, orgies, fisting, etc. In short, it means that it’s going to become easier and easier for you to find people who are into similar things.

If you’re not into such things, don’t worry, because it’s also a great thing for you. Look at it this way – we can only find out what we like by giving it a try. My advice? Explore! With the massive growth in porn categories, there’s bound to be something that turns you on in a genre you didn’t even know existed. 

Maybe you’re a straight guy who normally searches for lesbian porn. Next time you have a hard on and decide to log on, why not make a completely different search. 

At worst, you’ll learn something about yourself. For all you know, you might actually get a bigger turn on from transgender women having sex with cisgender women. Maybe you find out you love watching gay porn (shock, horror!). It doesn’t make you gay any more than watching lesbian porn means you want to be a woman. 

If it turns you on (and it’s legal), enjoy it. Clearly everybody else is starting to.


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#YouthDay: 5 little people making big moves on TV

Here are 5 little people making big moves in the entertainment industry.

MARSAI MARTIN: Child star Marsai Martin is making waves across the world. Marsai’s claim to fame came from the award-winning Black-ish. When the show began airing, she was 10-years-old. She stole the show and won over millions of hearts with her character, Diane. Fast-forward to four years later, Marsai is the star and producer of her first big budget movie, Little. 

IAIN ARMITAGE: At just 10-years-old, Armitage has an impressive CV. He’s acted alongside heavyweights such as Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and even Meryl Streep, in Big Little Lies, where he played Ziggy Chapman. He is also the lead in Young Sheldon, a prequel to The Big Bang Theory, which has just been renewed for a further two seasons. 

At just 10-years-old, Armitage has an impressive CV.

LUYANDA MZAZI: Well known for her role as Lesedi in Generations: The Legacy, she is also a presenter, MC, voice over artist, social media marketer and blogger. At 23-years old, she is one of the best rising stars in the South Africa entertainment industry. Mzazi also works as an ambassador for Caring4Girls, an NGO that helps females. 

At 23-years old, she is one of the best rising stars in the South Africa entertainment industry.

JULIA BUTTERS: The 10-year-old actress is known for her role in American Housewife, where she plays AnnaKat Otto, the youngest child in the family. She is smart and suffers from OCD. She also starred in Transparent. This year, she was in Once Upon a Time and also presented at the Cinema Audio Society awards banquet in February. She started acting at the age of four. 

The 10-year-old actress is known for her role in American Housewife, where she plays AnnaKat Otto.

ZENDAYA: She made her acting debut on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up when she was 14. Since then, the actress has planted her feet firmly in Hollywood. She made her big-screen debut in SpiderMan: Homecoming in 2017. She also starred in the 2017 musical The Greatest Showman, acting alongside Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman. 

Zendaya, star of the HBO drama series "Euphoria," poses at the premiere of the series at the ArcLight Hollywood, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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LOOK: Woman’s body found in Umbilo canal

Durban – Umbilo SAPS is investigating a case of murder after a woman’s body was recovered from a canal at the weekend. 

Police and Metro Search and Rescue officers were called to retrieve the body of the 26-year-old woman from the Umbilo canal along the M7, near the Rossburgh Licencing Office. 

It is believed that the woman’s body was found two days after she had gone missing from the informal settlement not far from the canal. 


According to officials, the body was retrieved from the river, using a rescue Stokes basket and a rope rescue pulley system.

The body was then handed over to Umbilo SAPS for further processing. 

Police confirmed that a murder docket had been opened. 

In a separate incident, officers were called out to a scene in KwaDukuza on the KZN north coast after the discovery of a shallow grave on Friday. 

Details around the find are sketchy but police have confirmed that the remains have been handed over for further testing to determine the cause of death.

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Head-on collision kills 24 people in Limpopo

Twenty-four people have now been confirmed dead after a bus and a taxi which was travelling in opposite directions collided head on at Maphalle village outside Giyani in Limpopo.

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Hip Hop aficionado Sway Calloway on visit to SA

American journalist Sway Calloway is in South Africa. The  radio personality, widely known  for driving hip hop culture around the world. 

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LOOK: 24 killed, three injured in Limpopo horror crash

Tzaneen – Twenty-four people died and three others sustained injuries in a head-on collision between a bus and a Quantum on the R81 road on Sunday evening. 

The horror crash is believed to have happened at around 10pm between Mooketsi and Giyani.

According to police, the bus was reportedly coming from Giyani towards Mooketsi and the Quantum was coming from Mooketsi towards Giyani when the two collided.

"During this fatal crash, 24 passengers in the Quantum died instantly and one sustained serious injuries and he was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. 

"In the bus, the driver and two passengers sustained serious injuries and they were also transported to the hospital for medical treatment, " Limpopo police’s Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said. 

Photo: Limpopo SAPS.

The process of identifying the deceased is still unfolding. Ngoepe confirmed that a case of culpable homcide had been opened and that the cause of the collision is a currently being investigated.

Acting Limpopo police commissioner Major-General Jan Scheepers said he was "saddened by the loss of so many people" but assured members of the community that the police would leave no stone unturned to uncover the main cause of this fatal crash. 

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#YouthDay – Meet the young women who are making wigs more accessible

In 2018 two young ladies, Delicia Kasenge and Zandile Baloy cleverly devised a plan to offer women the opportunity to wear any fashionable and quality wigs without the financial commitment.

Trendy wigs can be costly and as trends go, it will be out of style before you’ve even worn it enough times to make up for the cost of it.

Many trendy wigs. (Picture: Instagram/Hairmeout_za)

Delicia and Zandile started up a business called Hair Me Out. Where they hire out fashionable, good quality wigs. Whether you need one for just a few hours for a special occasion (or photoshoot) or for a few days even weeks, there’s a plan for whatever your needs might be.

So how does Hair Me Out work?

There are two parts to the business. There are the rentals and there are sales. Sales work like most online hair piece businesses.
1. You place an order.
2. You’ll receive a quote.
3. You accept and pay a deposit or make full payment.
4. Your wig is delivered within 3 – 5 working days.

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Baijiu major producers set to expand into global markets

Baijiu is China’s national drink much like vodka is to Russia, yet it is either unknown overseas or viewed as undrinkably strong and harsh.

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Pan African Parliament MP Elhadj Diao Kante dies

JOHANNESBURG –The Pan African Parliament (PAP) at the weekend announced "with regret, the loss of Hon. Elhadj Diao Kante, a national of Guinea Conakry" who was in SA as one of the members of that House.

Kante succumbed to a cancer-related illness last week on Thursday morning in South Africa. He had been hospitalised since the May Parliamentary session that took place in Midrand.

In a statement, president of the PAP, Roger Nkodo Dang, said: "Parliament is saddened by the loss of Hon. Kante, especially as this comes shortly after the former president of PAP departed in the same manner". 

He said Kante’s death "will be deeply felt" not only by his family and nation, but the entire African continent.  

“Since he joined the continental Parliament in in March 2014, Hon. Kante has made an ineradicable contribution to the mandate of our institution," said Dang. 

Pan-African Parliament MP Elhadj Diao Kante from Guinea Conakry died on Thursday, 13 June 2019 in South Africa. Picture: Pan-African Parliament.

"He selflessly served with dedication and bravery; it is for this reason that we shall forever cherish and celebrate his life as one of our African heroes.” 

Kante was a member of the PAP Permanent Committee on Cooperation, International Relations and Conflict Resolution.

"While details about his memorial and burial services are awaited from the Kante family, the Pan African Parliament flags will fly at half-mast in Midrand, while a condolence book will be opened for mourners to register their messages during the mourning period," said the statement issued on Saturday by media officer for the PAP Jeffrey Onganga.

Kante was born on 15 February 1943. 

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Duchess Kate braves the elements in a white off-the-shoulder dress

The Duchess of Cambridge braved the elements on Thursday night, wearing a white, off the shoulder dress to attend a gala dinner.

Kate wore the form-fitting £2,100 (R39000) Barbara Casasola knit dress to the dinner held in aid of one of her charities, Action on Addiction.

Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. (Ian Vogler/Pool Photo via AP)

She completed the outfit with a silver clutch and towering glittery heels as the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, held an umbrella over her. In a pre-dinner speech, Kate praised the charity for the support it offers to ‘children and families affected by addiction – for as long as it takes’.

Kate attends the first annual gala dinner in recognition of Addiction Awareness Week. (Ian Vogler/Pool Photo via AP)

And Kate’s busy schedule means she will appear on Blue Peter tonight to launch a unique royal garden competition for children. She will promote a contest for youngsters to design a sculpture for a garden similar to the one she created for the Chelsea Flower Show last month. The new garden will be at the Royal Horticultural Society’s site in Wisley, Surrey.

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Boeing CEO expected to reassure industry on 737 MAX fate at Paris Air Show

Boeing Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Muilenburg, will have his work cut out for him at the Paris Air Show this week as he tries to reassure airlines and industry partners over the fate of its flagship 737 MAX plane, indefinitely grounded after two fatal crashes.

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Egypt wins last Africa Cup warm-up game against Guinea

Foto del viernes de Mohamed Salah en el banco de suplentes de Egipto en el choque ante Uruguay.

Egypt are in Group A with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe for the June 21-July 19 tournament as they seek a record-extending eighth African title.

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CFO elaborates on SABC financial status

South African Broadcasting Corporation Chief Financial Officer, Yolande van Biljon, has sought to explain the reasons behind the executives’ plea for a R3.2 billion government guarantee.

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Woodland denies Koepka with three-stroke US Open triumph

Gary Woodland of the United States celebrates on the 18th green after winning the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 16, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California.

Gary Woodland punctuated the victory with a birdie bomb at 18, a final flourish in a display of back-nine fortitude that saw him convert a 54-hole lead for the first time in eight career attempts.

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