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Cassper’s #Fillup exposes unique (South) African places to explore


Inspired by the celebrated rapper, Cassper Nyovest’s famed #FillUp concert series, South Africans revealed Thursday top destinations they would like to visit and explore in their lifetime.

The hashtag #ShotLeft2FillUp was all the rage throughout the day as it topped Twitter’s hottest top trending topics, alongside Cassper Nyovest’s upcoming Samsung-sponsored  #FillUpRoyalBafokeng stadium concert.

The festival brings a vast range of artists within South Africa and other African countries – yet to be revealed.

An initiative of the South African Tourism (@ShotLEft) which called on South Africans to post pictures of the places they’d like to visit in order to win a trip to the Fill Up Royal Bafokeng concert on Sunday, December 15 in Rustenburg, North West, the #ShotLeft2FillUp had users showing interest towards the continent at large.

 While many seem to have taken fancy to the likes of the Sun City Resort in Rustenburg, North West, and the Mpumalanga’s God’s Window, along with Kruger National Park  – which lies across Limpopo and Mpumalanga – other top world destinations such as the Gesbok National Park, a vast wildlife preserve situated in the Kalahari Dessert region of Botswana and South Africa, featured among their top travel destination wish-list.

So did the land of the gods, Bali, in Indonesia.

Top travel destinations S.Africans wish to explore

Precious Ramabulana’s alleged murderer appears in court

Precious Ramabulana’s alleged murderer, Aubrey Manaka, made his first court appearance at the Morebeng Magistrate Court on Monday, where it emerged that he was on parole after serving six years for a “rape type of charge”.

Manaka, 28, appeared at the Morebeng Magistrate Court in Limpopo, for the alleged rape and murder of the Capricon TVET College student. 

The 21-year-old died after being stabbed 52 times in her rented room in Mokomene, Botlokwa on Sunday, November 24.

Manaka, who was arrested last week after being found in possession of Ramabulana’s phone and a murder weapon, has been charged with rape, murder, and housebreaking with aggravating circumstances.

Following widespread reports that the alleged murderer had a previous conviction for child rape, police spokesman Briagadier Vish Naidoo said they are yet to confirm if these reports are true.

The revelations were made by President Ciryl Ramaphosa during his visit to the family of the slain student on Sunday. 

“What saddens me even more is that the perpetrator had had his brushes with the law on a rape type of charge. I don’t have the full details and he was still out patrolling the streets of our country,” Ramaphosa said.

He added that perpatrators of sexual violence and murderers should not be in jail and enjoy life there. “They should be subjected to hard labour – the harshest of labour.”

Meanwhile, Manaka has abandoned bail and will appear in court again on January 30, 2020.


Ethiopia rejects Arab States’ resolution over GERD dispute

Ethiopia rejects Arab States’ resolution over GERD dispute. [Image: Courtesy]
ETHIOPIA — in an effort to reach an agreement on the filling of the much disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) foreign ministers of Arab countries met on Tuesday in Qatar to find a resolution.

The Foreign ministers yesterday backed calls for the United Nations Security Council to intervene in the prolonged GERD dispute.

Ethiopia has however today rejected the Arab league Resolution.

“The Arab League of States should know that utilization of the Nile waters is also an existential matter for Ethiopia.

“It is about lifting millions of its people out of abject poverty and meeting their energy, water and food security needs.

“Ethiopia is exercising its legitimate right to use its water resources in full respect of international law and the principle of causing no significant harm,” said Ethiopia’s foreign ministry

Ethiopia embarked on the construction of the GERD in 2011 hoping to produce electricity so as to relieve Ethiopia’s acute energy shortage and for electricity export to neighboring countries.

The massive gravity dam is almost complete and is expected to reach full generating capacity in 2023.

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have been embroiled in a prolonged state dispute following Ethiopia’s move to construct the GERD dam on the Nile River.

Egypt heavily relies on the Nile River for 90 percent of its fresh water. Both Sudan and Egypt have raised concerns that the Ethiopian project would limit its water supply.

The contentious dam is said to possibly be Africa’s largest hydroelectric power generator and seventh largest in the world.

Negotiations between the three countries have been unsuccessful prompting Egypt and Sudan to seek the intervention of the United Nations Security Council.

Both countries have issued dire warnings to Ethiopia’s peace and stability should the latter fail to strike a deal.

Ethiopia has however said it regrets the move by Sudan and Egypt to “unnecessarily politicize” the negotiations and turning it into an Arab issue.

The Arab League resolution had called on the United Nations Security Council to take necessary measures to launch an active negotiation process which will reach a deal in a specific timeframe.

TB Joshua wife to preside over church, burial date revealed

TB Joshua wife to preside over church as burial plans for the late takes shape

NIGERIA — Family sources have revealed that the late TB Joshua will be burried on July 9 at his church in Ikotun, Lagos state.

Initially, the deceased who passed on in July 5 was set to be burried at his home in Arigifdi-Akoko, Ondo state according to reports.

However, it is reported that the pastor’s family and church elders intervened and decided the pastor will be buried in Lagos.

“Since they said the reason was spiritual, the family agreed with them,” a church source said

The sources have also indicated that Joshua’s wife Evelyn will take over his church.

SCOAN elders have also met and selected Evelyn as TB Joshua’s successor as there was no succession plan for the church.

“Someone must take charge immediately and give spiritual direction on the mode of service continuity. So much spiritual and financial efforts went into building SCOAN and it cannot just waste away,’’ a top aide said.

“None of the pastors were trained to succeed him. I would have known if any exists. For now, the wife has taken charge.’’ he added

TB Joshua was the founder of the Synagogue Church OF All Nations (SCOAN). SCOAN is a Christian megachurch runs the Emmanuel television station from Lagos.

With a presence in Africa and Latin America, Joshua had amassed a huge following on social media. His Facebook page had over six million fans while his YouTube channel was the most viewed Christian ministry on the platform with over one million subscribers.

Before his death, Joshua’s YouTube channel was suspended after he was accused of giving a homophobic speech.

Some parts of Nairobi to experience water shut down following construction of the Expressway

Some parts of Nairobi to experience water shut down following construction of the Expressway. [Image: Courtesy]
NAIROBI, Kenya — Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) has announced that it will shut down water supply in some parts of Nairobi.

NCWSC said it will implement the move in areas along Mombasa Road for 24 hours starting from 6:00 am Thursday June to 6:00 am Friday June.

The water company added that the disruption is to facilitate the interconnection of the new and old water pipelines on the Uhuru Highway between Museum Hill and the KBC area.

Areas which will be affected include: the whole of city centre, areas along Mombasa road, South Band South C and the neighbourhoods.

University of Nairobi main campus, Coca Cola Factory, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, EPZ-Athi River.

Areas along Jogoo road: City Stadium, Maringo, Bahati, Buruburu and the surrounding estates.

The whole of Industrial area will also be affected.

The construction of the Nairobi Expressway is one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s infrastructural developments in his agenda.

the Expressway is a planned toll road in Kenya connecting Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the neighborhood of Rironi, in Kiambu County along the Nairobi-Limuru Road.

The government hopes to complete the project buy end of 2021.

Shatta Wale embroiled in yet another beef! Mark Okray responds to the artist

Shatta Wale embroiled in yet another beef! Mark Okray responds to the artist. [Image: Courtesy]

GHANA — Shatta Wale has recently been engaged in disagreements with several renowned people including Davido and journalist Asamoah – Baidoo. The dust has not yet settled, yet he is at it at it again. This time, he has created another beef with Deputy Prime Minister Designate Mark Okray.

The Ghanaian artist seems to be irked following Okray’s appointment as Deputy Minister. According to the artist, the latter has nothing to offer to the Creative Arts Industry since he has been a key player in the industry for years.

“For years we have been watching you, if it is nonsense talk, you have it. If they go take you Nonsense Deputy Minister we like it … but don’t try Creative Arts. If Mark Okraku Mantey becomes Deputy Minister then there will be war

“There will be war in the music industry, they shouldn’t come and try that thing. I swear everything like it won’t be easy,” said Shatta Wale in a video

While addressing the Appointments Committee, Okray responded to the artist saying that people in the creative arts industry are opinionated.

The creative space is an opinionated one and it is so because by the DNA of a creative person, you must be anti-status-quo and so most creative people cannot be gagged, they will definitely voice out when they have to.

But we need everybody on board and so we are going to engage even those who do not believe that we can do it and together we would do it.” He said

Responding to the artist’s infamous call for Ghana to sell High Life as a music genre, Okray said highlife still has presence in the country.

We still enjoy highlife, we are still producing highlife but it is in a different form for the youth of today. It will be difficult for highlife to die, because most of the music we listen to today, even the dancehall, or other genres of music, they all have the rudiments of highlife.”

The vetting was attended by celebrities including Samini, Wendy Shay and Kuami Eugene among others.

Nigeria: staunch Buhari supporter loses Instagram account, play store deletes his app

Staunch Buhari supporter loses Instagram account, play store deletes his app.

NIGERIA — Just hours after play store deleted his app, former presidential aspirant Adamu Garba has lost his account after Instagram deleted it following reports from some users.

“My account was reported by some users and disabled by instagram.” Said Garba

Two days ago, his microblogging platform dubbed Crowwe was deleted from Google Play Store. Some users insinuate that the app was taken down following bad reviews while others have blamed it on plagiarism.

“Google removes from the Play Store, applications that are perceived to have violated its policy.

“Once your app is removed, the published version of your app won’t be available on Google Play until a compliant update is submitted,” says Google policy report

The former politician has however rubbished the rumours saying he ordered Google to take down the app since it need an update.

Garba who is a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari has been on the receiving end for supporting Buhari’s move to ban twitter in Nigeria.

A week ago, Buhari banned twitter in the country after the social networking platform deleted one of his posts which seemed to be a threat to those vandalizing Nigeria’s electoral body offices.

In a move to show his support, Garba has since been inactive on twitter following the president’s ban.

Reason for deleting Garba’s account is not yet clear. However, Instagram bans accounts that violate its policy or those that report spam or fraud as well as fake accounts.

Ethiopia’s Tigray faces looming famine, UK warns

Ethiopia’s Tigray faces looming famine, UK warns. [Image: Courtesy]
ETHIOPIA — In a move to combat an impending famine that could kill thousands of people in conflict-afflicted Tigray region, the United Kingdom has called for support to help solve the dire situation.

British ambassador Barbara Woodward has pledged for a further 16.7 million pounds ($23.6 million) in UK government aid for Ethiopia.

According to Woodward, an estimated 350,000 people in Tigray are facing hunger owing to the lack of food, livestock and agricultural tools.

“We would welcome a discussion that would look at support of African-led solutions and, working with regional initiatives to bring this crisis to an end.” Said Woodward

Tigray region faces a prolonged conflict that ensued in November 2020 between government forces and troops in the region.

The conflict follows Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s move to send troops to a military base in northern Tigray which borders Eritrea and Sudan.

Since then, massacres have been reported with some killed and thousands displaced from their homes.

While the violence continues, it is not only condemning the people of Tigray to desperate hunger this year, but next year too. Millions of people’s lives hang in the balance.

“The solution is clear – a ceasefire, humanitarian access, and political dialogue … Without a ceasefire, this could become a man-made famine,” Woodward warned.

The food crisis in Tigray is considered the worst since the Somalia famine which killed nearly 260,000 people in 2013.

According to a UN report, half of those who died were young children.

Algeria’s FLN party wins preliminary elections

Algeria’s FLN party wins preliminary elections. [Image: Courtesy]
ALGERIA — Electoral board, National Elections Authority has announced that the country’s National Liberation Front (FLN) party has won the parliamentary elections.

FLN is said to have secured 105 out of 407 seats in the Saturday elections which saw a historic lower turn out at 23%.

FLN’s win was unexpected since the party was considered as weak following its link with former ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Despite its win, the party is said to have lost 50 seats and controls less than a quarter of the new assembly; a significant decline compared to previous elections.

Independent candidates secured 78 seats with the country’s main islamist party, the Movement of Society of Peace (MSP) claiming 64 seats.

The Democratic National Rally (RND) which is also said to have links with the former president got 57 seats.

The elections which were held on Saturday saw a low voter turnout of only 5.6 million people out of 24 million eligible voters. The electoral body recorded over one million invalid votes.

Electoral commission chief Mohammed Chorfi assured that the elections were fair and corruption free.

“The foundations of this Parliament were built in freedom and transparency by the people,” said Mohamed Chorfi.

Snap parliamentary elections were held in Algeria on 12 June 2021 to elect all 407 members of the People’s National Assembly. Initially expected for 2022, the elections are being held early in the context of a constitutional amendment carried out by a referendum in November 2020.

Nigeria’s service could be disrupted owing to rising insecurity

Nigeria’s service could be disrupted owing to rising insecurity. [Image: Courtesy]
ABUJA, Nigeria — South Africa’s multinational mobile telecommunications company MTN has warned of service disruptions in Nigeria following escalating insecurity in the country.

In a message to its customers, MTN Nigeria informed of rising insecurity while acknowledging its services could be disrupted.

“Sadly, we must inform you that with the rising insecurity in different parts of Nigeria, service delivery to your organization may be impacted in the coming days.

“This means that in some cases, our technical support team may not be able to get to your site and achieve optimum turnaround time in fault management as quickly as possible.” said MTN Nigeria in its message.

Being the most populous nation in Africa with an estimated 209 million people as of 2019, Nigeria has the most lucrative market compared to the other 22 countries where MTN operates.

MTN runs Nigeria’s largest mobile phone which generates around a third of the company’s revenue.

However the country is plagued by escalating insecurities caused by communal violence, criminal gang attacks carrying out mass kidnappings and multiple insurgencies.

The country also faces food inflation and stalled reforms which have destabilized Nigeria’s economy.

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa MTN operates majorly in Africa including Nigeria. It also has a presence in Asia and the Middle East.

Sigh of relief for traders as Burundi reopens its borders with Tanzania

Burundi reopens its borders with Tanzania. [Image: Courtesy]
BURUNDI — Burundi has announced the re-opening of the Kobero-Kabanga and Mugina borders with Tanzania.

This comes as a reprieve to many traders who mainly use the borders to import and export goods to and from Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam port.

In January, Burundi had closed its maritime borders following the country’s historic surge in the number of Covid-19 cases.

In a bid to curb Covid­-19, the government enforced tighter measures which included closure of borders, social and distancing and mass testing among others.

Burundi has also reopened its borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Quarantine for all travellers, and all mandatory quarantines countrywide now have been suspended but the travellers are expected to self-quarantine at their homes or a hotel of their choice for 24 hours waiting test results through their emails.

“The border of Kobero and Mugina is now open for travellers and they will have to test for Covid-19 as well as continuing their travels.” Said Jean Baptiste Nzoriro Nkankuze, The permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Public Health.

Kenya: Did you know ugali can produce a multi-millionaire? Ugali man lands multimillion deal, a new car and a package for his cat!

Ugali man lands multimillion deal, a new car and a package for his cat! [Image: Courtesy]
NAIROBI, Kenya — Who would have thought that simple daily routines in our lives, like eating, can land someone multimillion top jobs?

Well, Kenyan man Charles Odongo, popularly known as Ugali man has a tale to tell. This is after he was unveiled as the brand ambassador for Odibets.

Ugali man has today been handed an ambassadorial deal alongside a fully kitted gym and a brand new seven-seater car at an event attended by renowned media personalities.

Odongo who is also a gym instructor was given a five-million cheque to support his career and business.

And if you thought that was it, there’s more. His cat, Puss Puss was also given a package.

“I will support my fellow youth from Rongai just the same way Odibets has supported me,” said an elated Odongo.

His new partnership is part of Odi Mtaani, a grassroot talent development initiative by OdiBets.

Ugali man came into the limelight three weeks ago after a hilarious video of him eating ugali went viral.

He would later become an internet sensation after a section of the public used the video as a meme urging people to grab opportunities the way he grabbed Ugali. Interestingly, Ugali has now bagged him new opportunities.

He has since been featured in an advertisement deal with the company. Today, internet has been a buzz after making him a trending topic while congratulating him on the deal. From now onwards, ugali man and his Puss Puss have got lanes so watch out people!