Nobody was more confused than Khanyi Mbau on Tuesday morning when she woke up to find her name trending because of a bizarre announcement about an engagement she had no idea had even happened.
Tweeps have been toying with celebrities on the TL recently and Khanyi was the latest victim of their baseless tweets. It seemed to be a game that “past midnight” Twitter users are into, where they create a rumour and run with it.
Poor Khanyi woke up so confused.
“Woke up to this #KhanyiMbauGetsEngaged trending! What’s going on? How am I engaged? To whom? To what?” she asked.
Khanyi never actually got a straight answer and even though the hashtag is topping the Twitter trends list, it is mainly because people are just as confused as Khanyi.
Cyril Ramaphosa spoke to the nation at 20:00 last night and announced a few regulations that are to be changed as of the beginning of this week.
There are more than a dozen new pieces of legislation that were thrusted upon South Africa.
They cover everything from alcohol, cigarettes and wearing a mask to when you can leave your home.
The laws, gazetted by cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, take effect immediately.
This is everything you need to know about the new Disaster Management Act regulations.
Booze banned (Regulation 44)
“The sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor is prohibited,” the Act states, giving legal force to the announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday night.
The regulation also bans the transportation of liquor, except if it is required for industries producing hand sanitisers, disinfectant, and similar products. Transportation of alcohol is allowed for export, and from manufacturing plants to storage facilities.
Tobacco products still banned (Regulation 45)
Unsurprisingly, the new regulations continue the ban on tobacco and related products.
The regulation states: “The sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products to members of the public and to persons, including retailers who sell directly to the members of the public, is prohibited. The sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products for export is permitted. The sale of tobacco from farmers to local processors or local manufacturers, and from processors to manufacturers, is permitted.”
Curfew is back on (Regulation 33)
Rampahosa said on Sunday that many of the social ills linked to excessive alcohol consumption took place at night, which meant a curfew needed to be brought back. This was made law by regulation 33 of the Act.
“Every person is confined to his or her place of residence from 9pm until 4am daily, except where a person has been granted a permit to perform a service permitted under Alert Level 3, or is attending to a security or medical emergency,” the law states.
Wearing a mask is not an option — it’s the law (Regulation 5)
Regulation 5, which governs the wearing of masks, has been changed to force South Africans to wear them, including in open spaces.
“The wearing of (a) a cloth face mask, (b) a homemade item, or (c) another appropriate item, that covers the nose and mouth, is mandatory for every person when in a public place,” the regulations state.
They go further to state that you cannot use any form of public transport — in any capacity or role — without wearing a mask. You also cannot go into or be inside a building, place or premises without a mask. You cannot “be in any public open space” without a mask.
The exception is for people who are performing “vigorous exercise in a public place”. However, social distancing must be in place, with the person doing the exercise maintaining “a distance of at least three metres from any other person”. What defines “vigorous” will be determined by health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize in due course.
Employers must provide masks, and that includes school bosses (Regulation 5)
“An employer must provide every employee with a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth when in the workplace,” regulation 5 of the Act states.
The law says an employer may not allow any employee to perform any duties or enter the employment premises if the employee is not wearing a mask, or something appropriate.
It also puts similar responsibilities on the shoulders of school owners, managers and principals.
“The principal of a school, or owner or manager of an early childhood development centre, must take all reasonable steps to ensure the relevant authority supplies the school or early childhood development centre with sufficient cloth face masks, homemade items, or other appropriate items that covers the nose and mouth to provide to a learner of that school or early childhood development centre who does not have a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth,” the law states.
If a pupil arrives at school without a mask, they may be provided with an appropriate item, if possible, or must be “isolated and his or her parent, guardian or caregiver must be contacted to, without delay, bring [one] for the learner”. If this isn’t possible, plans must be made to safely transport the child back home.
You can go to your local park (Regulation 39)
The new regulation removes “beaches” from the list of prohibited places, and also allows you to visit parks. However, this is not permitted for exercising and is “subject to health protocols”.
Taxis can operate at 100% capacity (Regulation 43)
In what is perhaps a surprise move, but one that seems to show government buckling to pressure, taxis have been allowed to operate at full capacity for local trips. This is defined as anything less than 200km.
“For purposes of this regulation ‘long distance travel’ is a trip of 200km or more. whether the travel is within a province or interprovincial,” subsection 1 of the regulation states.
For long distance trips, a 70% capacity is permitted.
“Bus and taxi services may operate under the following conditions: (a) May not carry more than 70% of the licensed capacity for long distance intra-provincial and permitted interprovincial travel; and (b) may carry 100% of the licensed capacity for any trip not regarded as long distance travel in terms of sub-regulation (1),” the law states.
Punishment for breaking the rules (Regulations 14 & 48)
Regulation 14 deals with specific punishment for those who fail to enforce the wearing of masks within their ambit of operation. Regulation 48 is overarching and deals with people who break the laws themselves.
Regulation 14 states that when those responsible for enforcing the wearing of masks laws fail to do so — whether it be a taxi driver, company owner or school principal — they could face, on conviction, “a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or to both such fine and imprisonment”.
Regulation 48 also hands down the same punishment for those who breach other regulations — that is a fine or imprisonment of no more than six months, or both.
World-renowned South African musician Nkosinathi “Black Coffee” Maphumulo is the latest Mzansi celebrity to land up in trouble with the taxman.
According to legal papers submitted by the award-winning record producer at the Johannesburg High Court recently, the 44-year-old, who is known for his sold-out shows across South Africa and internationally, may owe the SA Revenue Service (SARS) millions of rands.
The paper reports that Black Coffe owes SARS R40 Million for being in arrears income tax, but negotiated to pay R8 million after he made a representation on his present financial position and inability to comply with R40 million assessment.
He also said he had reached an agreement with SARS to dispose of his immovable properties to generate funds to pay the R8 million, specifically to avoid the attachment of his properties.
Maphumulo’s statement read: “Considering the nature of his business, it is impossible to predict or state his average monthly income due to the fact that it fluctuates substantially as a result of not only market forces, but also the seasonality of the industry.”
When the media approached SARS for comments this week, spokesperson Siphithi Sibeko said this was a private matter between the revenue service and a taxpayer.
“As Sars, we are prohibited to disclose or comment on taxpayers’ confidentiality,” he said.
Black Coffee’s representative, Kagiso Dinaka, declined to comment on the tax matters.
The DJ is also set to sell some of his properties to pay for his debt Black Coffeeand Enhle Mbali recently had tongues wagging after it was reported that Mbali demanded R4 million, for her legal fees as their divorce drama continues.
Clearly there are more problems that he is currently facing in his personal life.
Isibaya’s‘Kentucky’ – SpheleleMzimela, a KZN born artist who’s living it big in the city of Jozi took to social media, and revealed that she is not expecting just one baby, but two!! She chose to make the big announcement with the help of Move! magazine.
Speaking to Move! magazine, Sphelele opened up about the many years she struggled to conceive and how she never went to a doctor to find out why she wasn’t falling pregnant because a real diagnosis of an inability to conceive would have broken her heart.
“I was scared of finding out that maybe I will forever struggle to have children or something,” she said.
However, Sphelele said now that her double miracles had arrived she’s realised that the stars weren’t aligned properly when she previously tried to conceive.
The actress took to her Instagram to announce that she was carrying twins. Sphelele speaks about her pregnancy and her excitement under the heading ‘My Two Little Miracles’. It looks like twins run in both Sphelele and her baby daddy’s families.
“My grandmother (my mother’s mother) whom I haven’t seen since I was 8 came to visit us a few weeks ago. She revealed to me that twins actually run in our family. The father of my children, his mother is a twin.
“I get that it might not have been that I was unable to conceive, the stars were just not aligned. I have never been happier but carrying twins is wild,” she said.
Congratulations momma! You have been blessed beyond description.
A male medical student at Stellenbosch University assaulted a female fellow student. Police have launched an investigation since, but no arrests have been made yet.
The incident took place at Ubuntu House, a residence on Tygerberg campus, in the early hours of Saturday, July 4.
The incident sparked outrage in the university community, and Anti-GBV Movement SU, an advocacy group, which spoke out about it.
Lebogang says both she and her alleged attacker are final-year medical students and were chilling in a friend’s room with their buddies on Friday.
She says at around 1am, the man kept touching her bum and after asking him to stop several times, she slapped him, which led to the alleged assault.The young woman says the man was drinking and made a pest of himself.
“A final-year medical student assaulted me because I kept asking him to stop touching my ass. He continued, and a guy friend of mine spoke to him and told him to stop,” she alleges.
“He continued and after the third time, I slapped him and asked him to stop. This is what I got for asking a man to respect my body, my space,” she says pointing to her dik eyes.
She says a security guard broke up the fight and removed the man from the room.
Taking to Instagram after the incident, she expressed her fear of what her alleged perp might do in the future.
“This person is going to become someone’s doctor. He could do this to me, being his peer/colleague, imagine when he is examining your grandma, mother and children.
“Imagine what he could do if he was in a position of power?” the post reads.
Since then Stellenbosch has been called out by the Twitter society because the severity of the situation is not being taken seriously.
It has been reported that the 3rd year student has been sent to a private accommodation and the university did not necessarily check on Lebo’s well being or if she was okay.
Lebo shared her story on The Radio Police on Wednesday night expressing how she felt about the situation and how the matter has not yet been resolved.
Other students who are attending at the university fear for their safety saying that if matters like these can be easily disregarded they do not feel comfortable being part of the Stellenbosch community.
Since then people have been demanding for justice on the matter.
Senior Director of Student Affairs at the University, Dr Choice Makhetha confirmed in a statement that the alleged perpetrator was temporarily suspended as a disciplinary investigation is set to take place.
The man, whose identity is not known, could not be reached.
Media personality Khanyi Mbau has confirmed that she and long time boyfriend Tebogo Lerole have split again.
The pair first broke up in 2018 but decided to give love another try when they rekindled their romance in the hopes of working through their problems. The star announced the news in an Instagram post on Wednesday, saying their second attempt at love had led them even further apart.
The news of their break-up comes just months after the Kwela Tebza star wrote an open letter gushing over Khanyi and claiming she had “surpassed every test to become Mrs Lerole”.
In the now deleted post she wrote: “Bestie, a decade of adventure a lifetime of experience, a gift of true love and understanding, a lesson on being as human as possible, understanding, patience and a trip on self-love…you have played an important part to this a world of discovery… the 19th declared to be a very important day to my universe. Happy Birthday Love.”
Friends and fans, including Toke Mankiwa and Thulisile Phongolo, sent messages of support to Khanyi.
Former Muvhango actress Lerato Zah Moloi has warned others about the dangers of Covid-19, after she tested positive for the virus.
The star took to Instagram this week to reveal that she first developed symptoms several days ago and hoped her journey might help someone else.
“I’ve been contemplating just posting this video and telling my story because generally I am a private person and I’m a shy person, believe or not … I don’t put my life out there and I hardly post on social media … ” Lerato began her video.
“I tested positive for Covid-19 a couple of days ago. Let me get straight to the point, Covid-19 is real and it is an invisible monster.”
The Rhythm City actress said at the time of posting the video she was already past her 14 days of self isolation. However, some of the symptoms still remained, including diarrhoea and headaches.
Lerato got emotional as she advised people to prioritise their mental and spiritual wellbeing during this time.
“One of the things I wanted to tell you is that when you go through this thing, you have to have mental strength. You have to be strong mentally and spiritually and emotionally because I can tell you, it is one of the hardest things you’ll ever go through. You start thinking, am I dying? Am I gonna die? Am I gonna get through this thing?”
In her caption, she further encouraged people to take the virus seriously.
Castor Semenya and her wife have always been known for being private but it seems with their recent posts they haven’t been shy to show off their bundle of joy.
In a recent post Semenya’s wife, Violet, posted a picture showing off her beautiful baby bump on an Instagram post, however this is a picture which was taken in August, the snap was originally shared by Caster for Violet’s birthday last year, with her belly cropped out.
Meanwhile, in a separate post the double Olympic champion, Semenya posted a picture of baby legs wearing a pair of black and white Nike sneakers, and a short video of a little baby girl running around the house which she captioned ” And we walk”.
She captioned the first picture “#1”.
Violet also shared a picture on Monday of baby shoes, captioning it: “Giving a girl the right shoes will help her to conquer the world … She’s just about to to do it”.
Fans have since flooded athlete Caster Semenya and her wife mentions with messages of love, after the pair had posted on social several media.
The posts come a month after the athlete shared several snaps of Nike baby clothes.