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MINISTER JACKSON MTHEMBU HAS DIED FROM COVID-19

Minister of the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has died from COVID-19 related complications


Benjamin Gentles | January 2021 | Nochillinmzansi

Jackson Mthembu, Minister in the presidency has died from COVID-19 related complications, on Thursday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa in a statement said “Minister Mthembu was an exemplary leader, an activist and lifelong champion of freedom and democracy. He was a much-loved and greatly respected colleague and comrade, whose passing leaves our nation at a loss.”

The president continued, “I extend my deepest sympathies to the Minister’s family, to his colleagues, comrades and many friends.”

More on Minister Jackson Mthembu:

Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu was born on 05 June 1958, in Witbank, Mpumalanga. Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu was the Minister in the Presidency of South Africa’s government, and parliamentarian for the African National Congress. Previously, he served as the Whip of Parliament for the ruling ANC and as well as the national spokesperson for the ANC.

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Nandi madida receives gift from Beyoncé

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TV personality and singer  Nandi madida. Received a gift from the one and only Beyoncé.

Nandi took to her Instagram and Twitter account to show the public an envelope written “Thank you for your beautiful contribution to black is king” and sealed with what is assumed to be the signature Beyoncé .

“ Thank you @beyonce and the Parkwood team for the beautiful gift, forever grateful and humbled to have been part of such a great project and working with inspiring people. Ngiyabonga” The TV personality went to compose her caption.

Nandi Madida in an interview with MacG on his YouTube channel spoke about how her feature in Beyoncé’s Black is King came about.

Written, produced and co-directed by Beyoncé, Black is King serves as a visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift.

Nandi was among several other famous South Africans who got featured on the the body of work including Warren Masemola and Moonchild Sanelly.

The TV presenter explained that as with other significant milestones in her career, Black is King happened very unexpectedly. 

She explained that as with other significant milestones in her career, Black is King happened when she least expected it to happen. 

She remembers the day she received the email from Parkwood Entertainment, saying: “Holy moly! There is only one Parkwood. And you know the writing. You know when you see Parkwood.”

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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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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.

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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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