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South African Stars made It Into The #YouTubeBlackVoices Creator Class of 2021

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Benjamin Gentles | January 2021 | Nochillinmzansi

Mzansi’s very own creators among 20 other content producers from Africa has been selected to receive a grant for the development of their channels from the #YouTubeBlackVoices fund.

Lasizwe, Sho Madjozi, MacG Mukwevho and other South African content producers have been selected for this fund.

This is an amazing achievement and opportunity for a Black YouTuber. The fund assist them with the development of their channel and the development of themselves. The 20 content creators from Africa that has been selected with take part in an intensive three-week incubator programme, which involves some workshops, community engagement and wellbeing, networking programmes and training. They are part of an overall 132 creators from across the world!

We’re excited to spotlight Black creatives and to continue to center both their voices and perspectives. As part of that mission, we developed the #YouTubeBlackVoices grant program, which is an initiative dedicated to investing in Black creators and artists, and equipping them with the resources to succeed on our platform.” – YouTube Team

Additional South African YouTubers part of #YouTubeBlackVoices Creator Class of 2021:

Owamie Hlongwane

Ofentse and Nelisiwe Mwase

Kay Ngonyama

Thato Rampedi

Naledi Monamodi

Nicolette Mashile

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SAB Willing To Take On RSA Leadership- ALONE

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ZikhonaMataka| January 2021| Nochillinmzansi

The South African government has been restrictive about many things essentially in 2020, but the country had it when the alcohol ban was announced again for the third time in December last year.

The South African Brewery (SAB) is one of the frustrated companies by the alcohol ban decision which the government has taken, as a result, the company has decided to take up the government to a court in the Western Cape. SAB which merged with AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer back in 2016- is said to be very much agitated by this third ban and claims that the government is now infringing on people’s rights and must face the law. Not only has this third ban affected a major part of the company’s investment plans but also its chance to recreate the 60,000 jobs which were lost during the past two past bans in 2020.

SAB, which produces a large portion of Mzansi’s beer said its decision to approach the courts had been a difficult one but they consider this third ban an unnecessary one.

“We are concerned about the resurgence of the Covid virus and remain steadfast in our intention to continue to support the government in flattening the curve, but the third ban on the sale of alcohol goes well beyond what is reasonable and necessary to contain the spread of the virus,”

SAB vice President- Zoleka Lisa

Although the concerns have been raised by SAB, it is reported that other liquor producers in South Africa seem to have distanced themselves from this court action leaving SAB to fight the battle on its own for now.

The National Liquor Traders’ Council on Tuesday said liquor traders were very concerned for their livelihoods and urged the government to do more to protect the 250,000 jobs in the sector by allowing off-premise sales to resume on January 16.

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Trevor Noah drops R400M on Bel-Air Mansion

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Benjamin Gentles | January 2021 | Nochillinmzansi

Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show” concluded 2020 on a high note as he has splashed R400 million on this impressive mansion in Bel-Air, a neighbourhood favored by some of LA’s biggest-name buyers.

South Africa’s very own exceptional comedian must have a eye for architectural spaces, as he bought a contemporary megamansion such like this one in 2019 but sold it for about R300 million in 2020 and this 11000-square-foot luxury mansion, designed by Mark Rios in Bel-Air spans over three stories overlooking the city.

Trevor bought this one just last week. This house is fitted with a host of materials like stone, glass wood and the property has floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, where one can see a slight view of the city and out to the ocean. It includes a spa, gym, wine cellar, screening room, rooftop terrace, outdoor bar, and an infinity pool.

Trevor bought this from Mark Rios, an L.A Architect. From the street the home appears to be fitted with a series of cubes, as the home sits on a hillside but all-in-all is an exceptional, stunning home with six bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, also includes a library and an office.

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South Africa’s Own Fresh Prince Takes It To A Whole New Level.

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What The year 2021 Brings For South African Institutions

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ZikhonaMataka| January 2021| Nochillinmzansi

The year 2020 has been exasperating for all, to say the least, Several students were faced with great challenges suddenly imposed by the government when amending the global pandemic lock-down. It is now 2021 and tertiary institutions are now preparing for a new academic year, here are some preparations currently going underway.

With the amended level 3 lockdown regulations placing several restrictions on South Africans, some institutions of higher learning are still preparing for the resumption of on-campus teaching.

While some universities have started with online registrations for the 2021 academic calendar, others will only be completing the 2020 academic calendar in February and March.

Here is the status of some institutions’ preparations, as of the first week of January 2021:

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg

  • Students who are completing their 2020 academic year will be writing their examinations online.
  • The 2021 academic calendar will commence on 8 March 2021.
  • Students will be allowed to register online from 5 January to 5 March, according to their relevant year of study, faculty and programme.

University of Johannesburg (UJ)

  • Operations to continue just as they were before the year-end recess until further notice.
  • Students returned to campus on Monday, 4 January, for contact sessions.
  • Registration will commence on 25 January and close on 12 February for returning students. First years register on 23 February to 5 March.

University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

  • Won’t have physical contact sessions until the second semester.
  • First semester classes will be conducted online.
  • First-year students will be able to register from 23 February, until further notice.

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

  • Will continue with remote-blended teaching and learning from 6 January 2021.
  • University will be in touch with students for whom it is mandatory to complete their practical sessions, to make arrangements.
  • Examination arrangements will be included in the 6 January 2021 communiqué.
  • Registrations will commence after the 2020 March/April academic calendar.

University of Cape Town (UCT)

  • Will commence with physically distanced learning in the first semester, from 15 March.
  • Students will be returning to residences in groups from early January 2021 and only students who have been invited to return to residences will be accepted.
  • Undergraduate teaching and learning, as well some postgraduate teaching, will be online.

University of Pretoria (UP)

  • Online registration commenced on Monday, 4 January.
  • Students will be returning in the second week of March.

This story will be updated as soon as more information becomes available. Some tweets voiced their concerns over tweeter

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DORAH SITOLE RENOWNED AUTHOR & CHEF DIES AT 67

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Benjamin Gentles | January 2021 | Nochillinmzansi

Author, editor and legendary chef Dorah Sitole has died.

Dorah has been an exceptional chef and enjoyed a long four decades run in her career. She was the food editor for True Love magazine, and trained as a cordon bleu cook and also a member of the Professional Culinary Association.

Dorah travelled and showcased South African cuisine to the world and in October 2019 she released her latest cookbook titled 40 Years of Iconic Food which tells the story of her life through recipes. Dorah Sitole was South Africa’s first black food writer!

See a few tweets below:

Details around her death is still unknown at this stage but her death is quite saddening, but her family confirmed her death at a Johannesburg hospital on Sunday.

Dorah is also the parent of the well-known South African Actor Phumzile Sitole, the star that joined the Star Trek cast, in season three.

Dorah Sitole will forever be remembered.

R.I.P Dorah Sitole.

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“This Vaccination Roll-Out Plan Is Long OVERDUE”- Siviwe Gwarube

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ZikhonaMataka| January 2021| Nochillinmzansi

South Africa is one of around 200 countries who have joined the pooled procurement for the coronavirus vaccine, commonly known as COVAX, co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO)

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It comes as no surprise that the year has started with much debate and questions of concern raised by South African citizens regarding the Covid-19 vaccine update. The virus which has been a drawback for most of the year 2020 finally has been ground in alleviation according to the ministry of health’s vaccine roll-out development update this past Sunday.

One of the major questions raised by citizens during the ministry update is whether South Africa will be buying its vaccine from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; to which the health minister, Zweli Mkhize answered as “the process still under negotiation and updates will be made available as soon as a decision has been reached”. Another question that was asked frequently is whether the vaccine can be imported on an individual basis, the minister said that can not be possible.

The vaccine will be available in the second quarter of the year

Zweli Mkhize

In the briefing, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said they were targeting the vaccination of 67% of South Africans against Covid-19 to achieve herd immunity. This equates to just over 40 million people.

Those who will get access to the vaccine first are as follows:

Healthcare workers: Health professionals, nurses, general health workers, care home workers, selected laboratory workers, and traditional healers.

Persons with co-morbidities and at risk for morbidity and mortality: These include persons 60 years and older, persons living with HIV, tuberculosis, diabetics, chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, obesity, etc.

Essential workers: This group includes police officers, miners, and workers in the security, retail food, funeral, travel, banking, and essential municipal and home affairs services.

We’re within the time frame of catching up with other countries

Zweli Mkhize

After all, was said and done, South Africans patently had much to say, some of their reactions towards the vaccine roll-out plans were flooding Twitter.

https://twitter.com/chan_Nav/status/1345871466206797824?s=19
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Taraji P. Henson Reveals She Thought About Taking Her Own Life Earlier This Year

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Benjamin Gentles | December 2020 | Nochillinmzansi

“For a couple of days, I couldn’t get out of the bed, I didn’t care. That’s not me” she said in the latest episode of Peace of Mind with Taraji

The actress opened up about the dark place she was in amid the ongoing pandemic, talking about how she had thoughts about taking her own life, in conversation with Dr. LaShonda Green, a licenced psychologist.

Taraji said: “For a couple of days, I couldn’t get out of bed, I didn’t care. That’s not me.” She continued in conversation, saying “I started having thoughts about ending it”, as she explained that she had recently purchased a gun and considered using it, saying “I could go in there right now, and just end it all”.

She continued on, saying she “didn’t care” about leaving her 26-year-old son Marcell, that her son will not be affected over her death, she said “He’s grown, He’ll get over it. I didn’t care. I felt myself withdrawing. People were calling me, I wasn’t responding, I didn’t care.” She said that she has finally spoken to her friends and opening up about how she was feeling and how it helped her overcome them.

She went on further in the conversation explaining that “for me, I’m no professional, but I felt like, If I don’t say it, it becomes a plan.” She continued by saying “and what scared me, is that I did it two nights in a row. And the thoughts kept coming. Now I started to think about how. At first, it was like, I don’t want to be here. And then I started thinking about going and getting the gun and that’s why when I woke up the next morning, and I blurred it out” in her discussion with Dr. LaShonda Green.

Green then reassured Henson that having such unhealthy thoughts is “absolutely normal”.

Watch the episode below:

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Rihanna is working on her quarantine inspired cookbook

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Rihanna is cooking up her next big idea and it’s not an album.

The singer reveals that she is working on a cookbook inspired by the extra time she’s been spending in her kitchen during quarantine. In an interview with British magazine Closer, Rihanna says the book will be filled with her favorite Caribbean recipes that remind her of home.

also check out: Nochill with Rihanna on facetime

According to rapup.com the hit maker disclosed that she is working on a cookbook inspired by the extra time she’s been spending in her kitchen during quarantine. 

In a interview with British magazine Closer, Rihanna said the book will be filled with her favorite Caribbean recipes that reminds her of back home.

She explained how she “loves food from my Barbadian roots and eats a lot of fresh fish,” but also enjoys comfort food and drink like “mac ‘n’ cheese, Shepherd’s pie, and rum punch.”

Quarantine has forced the star to take a break from her hectic schedule to be “still” and focus on the simple things. 

“At first it was strange because I am not used to being still—but during quarantine you have no choice but to be still,” she said.

 “Then you start to realize during lockdown you are stuck there with your own thoughts and your imagination and it really helped my creativity blossom.”

Forbes‘ wealthiest female musician and businesswoman continues to lead her $600 million empire. In addition to working on her long-awaited ninth album, she recently launched her skincare line Fenty Skin

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Influencer fakes her own kidnapping #Nomfundo

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Nomfundo Radebe  (@NOMFEEZUS on Twitter) an influencer who is curr the talk of town on the Twitter streets. The influencer is being accused of faking her own kidnapping.

Nomfundo posted a series of tweet where she asked for help and uploaded the number of a man who’s name is Andrew which she later deleted. SAns were concerned for her safety and were led to believe that the numbers she shared were the numbers of her kidnapper.

Only to find out that, Andrew was a friend of hers. Many aspects of parts of her capturing were not making sense and had loop holes. SAns wants her to be punished for faking such a serious crime.

Nomfundo shared a post on Twitter explaining that she shared Andrew’s cellphone number online as he was the only person she knew in Cape Town. Nomfundo added that her mother was unaware that she was in Cape Town and her friends were on a flight to Durban.

Nomfundo share a post on Twitter explaining that she shared Andrew’s Cellphone number online as he was the solitary individual she knew in Cape Town. Nomfundo added that her mom was unaware that she was in Cape Town and her friends were on a flight to Durban.

Her twitter account is currently suspended.

She followed up her claims with the following post:

This is what some of tweeps(twitter people) had to say about the whole saga:

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cardi B wears outfit by South African designer on offsets birthday

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American rapper, songwriter, and actress ,Cardi B recently wore an outfit designed by local fashion guru and designer Gert-Johan Coetzee to celebrate her husband Offset’s birthday.

The South African designer posted the news on his Instagram and attached photos of the world-famous rapper wearing his designs.

The beaded outfit consisted of a long skirt and corset in shades of brown that Cardi paired with brown heels and hair past her waist.

The outfit consisted of a long skirt and corset in shades of brown covered in beads. Cardi B paired the outfit with brown heels with hair that had hints of caramel blond then went past her waist.

“The amazing Cardi B @iamcardib in a beaded Gert-Johan Coetzee skirt and corset at @offsetyrn ‘s birthday. Styled by @kollincarter Photo by @princedaphotographer”

Gert-Johan Coetzee took to his Instagram

The local designer went on to  tag the celebrity stylist in his caption and the photographer who captured the major moments.

Check out the outfit and posts below:

American rapper, songwriter, and actress ,Cardi B recently wore an outfit designed by local fashion guru and designer Gert-Johan Coetzee to celebrate her husband Offset’s birthday. The South African designer posted the news on his Instagram and attached photos of the world-famous rapper wearing his designs. The beaded outfit consisted of a long skirt and corset in shades of brown that Cardi paired with brown heels and hair past her waist. The outfit consisted of a long skirt and corset in shades of brown covered in beads. Cardi B paired the outfit with brown heels with hair that had hints of caramel blond then went past her waist. “The amazing Cardi B @iamcardib in a beaded Gert-Johan Coetzee skirt and corset at @offsetyrn ‘s birthday. Styled by @kollincarter Photo by @princedaphotographer” Gert-Johan Coetzee took to his Instagram The local designe went on to tag the celebrity stylist in his caption and the photographer who captured the major moments. Check out the outfit and posts below:
Offset recently turned 29 and his wife Cardi B made sure to make the birthday celebration one that will be impossible to forget. As she got him a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 Roadster as birthday gift. The proud husband didn’t waste time, he shared the video moments after the receiving the gift showcasing the moment his beautiful wife presented the luxurious car to him. Reply Forward

Offset recently turned 29 and his wife Cardi B made sure to make the birthday celebration one that will be impossible to forget. As she got him a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 Roadster as birthday gift. 

The proud husband didn’t waste time, he shared the video moments after the receiving the gift showcasing the moment his beautiful wife presented the luxurious car to him. 

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