Issue 315 | 02 March 2018
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced changes to the National Executive and the appointment of David Mabuza as the new Deputy President of the Republic.
Nhlanhla Nene, who held the post once before, has been appointed as Minister of Finance.

In a media briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday evening, 26 February 218, the President said he had made the decision to make certain changes to the composition of the National Executive.

“These changes are intended to ensure that national government is better equipped to implement the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State of the Nation Address,” he said.

The ministerial appointments are as follows:
  • International Relations and Cooperation: Lindiwe Sisulu
  • Communications: Nomvula Mokonyane
  • Higher Education and Training: Naledi Pandor
  • Home Affairs: Malusi Gigaba
  • Human Settlements: Nomaindiya Mfeketo
  • Mineral Resources: Gwede Mantashe
  • Police: Bheki Cele
  • Public Enterprises: Pravin Gordhan
  • Public Service and Administration: Ayanda Dlodlo
  • Public Works: Thulas Nxesi
  • Rural Development and Land Reform: Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
  • Science and Technology: Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane
  • Social Development: Susan Shabangu
  • Sport and Recreation: Tokozile Xasa
  • State Security: Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba
  • The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
  • The Presidency: Women: Bathabile Dlamini
  • Tourism: Derek Hanekom
  • Transport: Blade Nzimande
  • Water and Sanitation: Gugile Nkwinti
The President also announced the following deputy ministers:
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Sfiso Buthelezi
  • Communications: Pinky Kekana
  • Finance: Mondli Gungubele
  • Public Service and Administration: Chana Pilane-Majeke
  • Small Business Development: Cassel Mathale
The positions of Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises and Deputy Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation will remain vacant.

“Pending the completion of their swearing-in as members of the National Assembly, I intend to further appoint Mr David Mabuza as the Deputy President of the Republic; Dr Zweli Mkhize as Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs; Mr Nhlanhla Nene as Minister of Finance; and Ms Reginah Mhaule as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.”

President Ramaphosa said in making the changes, he was conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation.

“As indicated in the State of the Nation Address, we have begun a review of the configuration, size and number of national ministries and departments. We will retain the existing ministries and departments until that review is completed,” he said.

“I wish to express my appreciation to all outgoing Ministers and Deputy Ministers for their service to government and to the people of South Africa,” said President Ramaphosa.

– Source: SA
From a “village boy” to ascending to the second-highest office in the land, the newly sworn-in Deputy President says he is humbled by the opportunity to serve the people of South Africa.
David Mabuza said this in an interview shortly after a swearing-in ceremony that was officiated by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at Tuynhuys in Cape Town on Tuesday evening, 27 February 2018.

After being sworn in as a Member of Parliament in National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete’s office around midday, the Deputy President took an oath of office in the presence of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, family, staff from The Presidency and family members of executive principals.

The Deputy President said in reaction to his swearing-in: “It is a very humbling experience to see the trust that people have in you and it encourages you to do more and to do your best. I am very humbled by the trust displayed in me by the President and the ruling party … I hope I won’t disappoint. I will do my best”.

Describing himself as a village boy who has ascended to the second-highest office despite several challenges, the Deputy President was born in Brondal, Mathafeni, on 25 August 1960.

A teacher by profession, the Deputy President rose as an activist and got involved in the labour movement and politics before eventually being part of the Mpumalanga provincial legislature in 1994.

He was eventually elected as the Chairperson of the African National Congress in Mpumalanga in 2008 before being appointed as Premier the following year – a position he continued to hold until his appointment as Deputy President.

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The former Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, has been appointed as the Minister of International
Relations and Cooperation. Minister Sisulu replaces Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane who will in future be responsible for the portfolio, Rural Development and Land Reform.


President Cyril Ramaphosa announced changes to the National Executive on 26 February 2018.

Reginah Mhaule was appointed as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. She is the former MEC for Education in Mpumalanga.


1. Current positions

  • Minister of International Relations and Corporation since February 2018
  • Member of the National Working Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) since 2002
  • Member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC since 1997
  • Member of Parliament since 1994.

2. Previous positions

2.1 Government

  • Chairperson of Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (1994 – 1996)
  • Deputy Minister of Home Affairs (1996 – 2001)
  • Minister of Intelligence (2001 – 2004)
  • Minister of Housing (2004 – 2009) 
  • Minister of Defence and Military Veterans (2009 – 2012)
  • Minister for the Public Service and Administration (2012 – 2014)
  • Minister of Human Settlements (2014 – 2018)
  • Currently of International Relations and Cooperation (2018 – )

2.2 Political

  • Member of the Transitional Executive Council
  • Member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) – 1997 to present
  • Member of the ANC National Working Committee (NWC) – 2002 to present
  • Chairperson: NEC Security Subcommittee (2001 – 2009)
  • Chairperson: NEC STC Subcommittee (2009 – current)
  • Board Member: Nelson Mandela Foundation (2001 – 2007)

3. Academic qualifications

  • Completed GCE Cambridge University Ordinary Level at St Michael's School, Swaziland (1971)
  • Completed GCE Advanced Level at Waterford Kamhlaba, Swaziland (1973)
  • BA degree and Diploma in Education, University of Swaziland (1980)
  • BA Hons, History, University of Swaziland (1981)
  • MA in History, Centre for Southern African Studies, University of York (1983 – 1984) – Oppenheimer Scholarship Fund
  • M Phil, Centre for Southern African Studies, University of York (1989)
  • Upgraded to D Phil (1989)
  • Doctoral Thesis: “Women, Work and Liberation Struggle in South Africa”

4. Career/memberships/positions/other activities

4.1 Political

  • Member of Masupatsela of the ANC
  • Member of the Black Consciousness Movement (1970 – 1972)
  • ANC Underground Operative (1973 – )
  • Founder of Roma Student Movement (Lumumba) (1976)
  • Detained without trial for political activities in solitary confinement (1976 – 1977)
  • Exile in Mozambique (1977)
  • Military training in USSR (1977 – 1979) – Received highest award of USSR Defence Force (Award of the Red Star)
  • Return to forward areas – Swaziland as underground operative (1980)
  • Returned to South Africa as part of the advance team to prepare for negotiations as PA to Head of Delegation (1990)
  • Administrator of Intelligence, ANC Department of Intelligence and Security (1990 – 1991)
  • Chief Administrator for the ANC at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA I and CODESA II) (1991 – 1992
  • Head of Sub-Council on Intelligence, Transitional Executive Council (Interim Government) (1994)
  • Chairperson of the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (1995 – 1996), piloting and introducing legislation on intelligence oversight
  • Deputy Minister of Home Affairs (1996). Responsible for establishment of Film and Publication Board and legislation. Responsible for first Refugees Bill. Responsible for legislative requirement for identification for elections
  • Established an NGO, Votani Mawethu, to assist in providing free photos for identity documents for voters. Greatest success is provision of 1.6 million identity documents ahead of elections (1999)
  • Chairperson of the African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) (2005 – 2007)
  • Member of the United Nations Eminent Persons Panel: Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor (2007 – 2009)
  • Chairperson of the Board of Slumdwellers International (2007 – current)
  • Chairperson: NWC Task Team on legal challenges facing the ANC President, Mr J Zuma (2008 – 2009)

4.2 Military

  • Joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) and worked for underground structures of the ANC while in exile (1977 – 1978)
  • Military training, specialising in Intelligence (1977 – 1979)

4.3 Academic

  • Lecturer, Department of History, University of Swaziland (1982)
  • Awarded Leadership Scholarship to conclude studies at United Nations, Geneva
  • As part of tenure at UN University in Geneva, established police management course and coursework for MK soldiers to prepare for management positions in regular police force. Programme was adopted and resides under PDM at the University of Witwatersrand
  • Established the Govan Mbeki Research Fellowship at the University of Fort Hare. Became Senior Research Fellow and Head of Institution, supervising 10 Master’s degree students (1992)
  • Research Centre oversaw the publication of two books of Govan Mbeki and Jack Simons
  • Chancellor of the Mangosuthu University of Technology since 2014

4.4 Other

  • Sub-editor, “The Times of Swaziland”, Mbabane, Swaziland (1983)
  • Chief Examiner, History for Junior Certificate Examinations Syndicate in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (1985 – 1987)
  • Consultant of the National Children's Rights Committee, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) (1992)
  • Established a Policing Management Course at PDM, University of the Witwatersrand (1993)
  • Chairperson, African Ministerial Commission on Housing and Urban Development (2005 – 2008)
  • President of the Urban Poor Fund International (2008 – )
  • Member of the UN Eminent Persons on Human Settlements (2004 – 2009)
  • Chairperson Spier I (2002) and Spier II (2003) – Negotiations of the Middle East Peace Process

5. Awards/decorations/presentations/bursaries

  • Housing Foundation Award, 2005
  • International Housing Institute Award, 2007
  • Black Business Quarterly Award, 2007

6. Publications

  • “Women at Work and Liberation Struggle in the 1980s” in R Cohen (ed), Themes in the twentieth century South Africa, Oxford University Press (1991)
  • “South African Women in Agricultural Sector” (pamphlet) York University (1990)
  • “Women Working Conditions in South Africa” South African Situation Analysis, National Children's Rights Committee, UNESCO (1992)
  • “Women and Policing” (article) (1993).

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Deputy Minister Mhaule served, among others, as Executive Mayor of the Mbombela Local Municipality from 2003 to 2006.
Makgabo Reginah Mhaule was born on 1 December 1961.

Before her appointment as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 26 February 2018, she was the MEC for Education in the Mpumalanga province.

Her academic qualifications include a BA degree, obtained from the University of South Africa in 1996, and B ED (Hons), obtained from the University of Potchefstroom in 2002.

– Source: Mpumalanga Provincial Government
The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, participated in a series of meetings at the High-Level Segment of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, from 26 to 28 February 2018.
The HRC met against the background of numerous challenges in the world that impact on human rights, peace and security and development. The council presents an opportunity for developing countries, including South Africa, to ensure that human rights and development issues are made central to any future discussions in the UN system.

The Deputy Minister’s attendance of the High-Level Segment amplified South Africa’s high regard for the HRC.

The High-Level Segment was attended by a number of heads of state, including the UN Secretary-General.

The Deputy Minister delivered South Africa’s national statement at the High-Level Segment and during high-level panel debates.

On the margins of the 37th Session, Deputy Minister Landers held bilateral meetings with leaders of various delegations.
South Africa, through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), was bestowed with the singular honour of hosting and chairing the inaugural meeting of the Drought Core Group (DCG) on 28 February 2018 at the OR Tambo Building.
The DCG is the outcome of the United Nations (UN) High-Level Partnership Mission, co-led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the African Union Commission (AUC). The DCG is a coalition of key humanitarian and development donors that has been formed to keep the focus and attention on the issue of tackling drought and preventing famines. Through the DCG, the members will consolidate their support and leverage urgent international assistance to not only provide immediate relief to affected people, but also to build their long-term resilience.

South Africa is the only African country that had participated in the High-Level Partnership Mission and subsequently stepped up its humanitarian support and the Chair is a recognition of that effort.

The inaugural meeting focused on the outlook and risks for drought and famine on the African continent in 2018 and also deliberated on the Terms of Reference and future strategy of the group.

The meeting was graced by the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Partnerships with Middle-East and Central Asia, Rashid Khalikov, the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy, Ahmad Al-Maraikhi, as well as the AU Commissioner. DIRCO’s Deputy Director-General for Global Governance and Continental Agenda delivered the keynote address on behalf of Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has written to the Government of the United Kingdom (UK), through the UK High Commission in Pretoria, requesting that the Travel Advice on South Africa, updated on 19 February 2018, be reviewed.
The department is concerned about the removal of the sentence that “there have been no terrorist attacks in South Africa in recent years”, which had appeared in previous iterations of the Travel Advice, and that a new sentence has been added to the Travel Advice that is linked to the issue of terrorism that reads: “In February 2018, two individuals (dual SA-UK nationals) were kidnapped in KwaZulu-Natal province”.

The said kidnapping has not been proven to be linked to terrorism. The linkage that has been created by the Travel Advice is therefore viewed as premature. The isolated threats of terrorism that have been experienced in South Africa have been effectively and promptly dealt with.
Africa needed transformational policies that included private-sector participation, increased productivity levels and the creation of jobs, said the former Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi.
“A robust economic transformation is the key to shaping Africa’s ability to generate inclusive growth and tackle serious challenges, such as poverty and unemployment,” said the Minister when he recently addressed the handover of the rail rolling stock from Transnet to the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) in Bulawayo.

Transnet SOC Ltd-Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) Consortium delivered rolling stock to the NRZ to strengthen regional integration, trade and the recapitalisation of the Zimbabwean railway programme.

Transnet said the transaction between a South African-Zimbabwean consortium and NRZ was estimated at just over USD400 million.

It will further contribute to the realisation of the North-South Corridor Programme in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

“I believe that the NRZ/Transnet partnership will go a long way towards harmonising and supporting the safe movement of freight and passengers in the region.

“What is imperative for us as ministers of transport is to ensure that such opportunities contribute towards building intra-regional trade, contribute to increasing industrialisation in the target country and that the initiative is aligned with priority programmes in the host country, the region and the continent,” former Minister Maswanganyi said.

Transnet said the delivery of the rolling stock would contribute to the region’s plans to perform an uninterrupted intra-trade and efficient railway system cementing Transnet’s Africa strategy, which will see railway, terminal and ports integration throughout the continent.

“To address Zimbabwe’s immediate railway capacity shortfalls, the consortium has entered into a six-month lease agreement for the rolling stock; the agreement is renewable on demand,” Transnet said.

Transnet’s Group Chief Executive, Siyabonga Gama, said the nature of the contract and the relationship with neighbouring and continent-wide rail, ports and pipeline logistics providers told a story of how Transnet strove to collaborate and grow its footprint on the African continent, Middle East and South Asia.

“This is not only a historical event, but a key economic contribution to the milestones set out for Zimbabwe,” he said.

Transnet said the delivery of the new and refurbished rolling stock would be finalised and announced in the near future as the consortium and Zimbabwe authorities concluded all the required governance processes and agreements.

“The new railway equipment for the mainline solution will be manufactured in South Africa by Transnet through its advanced manufacturing arm. This accomplishment will also reinforce Transnet’s transition from its current Market Demand Strategy to Transnet 4.0 Strategy,” Transnet said.

The main growth thrusts of Transnet 4.0 include the expansion of the company’s manufacturing business, with leading technologies to enhance new and existing  products and improve business processes.

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The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, addressed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Meeting of Ministers of Employment and Labour in Cape Town on Thursday, 1 March 2018.
Minister Oliphant assumed the Chairship of the SADC Ministers of Employment and Labour in 2017.

The Meeting of the Ministers of Employment and Labour in SADC discussed, among others, the following issues:
  • mining and ex-mine workers within the SADC region
  • unemployment in the SADC region
  • interventions relating to regional economic integration in the SADC region
  • immigration issues within the region.
South Africa remains committed to intra-African investment, says Trade and Invest Africa (TIA) head, Lerato Mataboge.
Speaking at a networking session recently, Mataboge assured delegates of South Africa’s support and commitment to the realisation of high level intra-African trade and investment.

The networking session was attended by a high-level delegation from several African countries, which participated in the annual Africa Energy Indaba Conference at the Sandton Convention Centre. The session was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in partnership with the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC).

Mataboge spoke of the importance of engagements between government, the private sector and the business fraternity that was essential for African countries to trade among themselves. She said that by working together, African countries could address energy deficiency challenges.

“While opening up conversations to address energy deficiency, the continent need not miss out on the digital industrial revolution. This is a new wave that we need to apply our minds to while coming up with solutions,” said Mataboge.

Created in April 2016, the TIA initiative aims to be the arm of the dti that coordinates and implements South Africa's economic strategy for Africa. It focuses on advancing the priorities for Africa set out in the Industrial Policy Action Plan and the National Export Strategy, as well as the opportunities uncovered through continental trade negotiations.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of SAEEC, Chiboni Evans, expressed satisfaction on the arrival of the high-level delegation from Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan and Zambia in the country.

“Site visits are important to showcasing capabilities. For this reason, delegates will also have an opportunity to visit some of the leading South African manufacturers and suppliers of energy-related products that will showcase their capabilities and capacities in the energy sector. This will assist them in knowing where to source energy-related products and services for their own projects within the continent itself,” said Evans. 

The Africa Energy Indaba Conference focused primarily on convening relevant and strategic international and local stakeholders to discuss and explore solutions to Africa's energy challenges.

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A group of 20 South African companies specialising in agro-processing, chemicals, clothing and textiles, forestry furniture, creative industries, built environment and capital equipment is exhibiting their products and services at the Ghana International Trade Fair in Accra.
The companies partake in the fair as a result of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) Scheme, which aims to develop export markets for South African products and services and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country.

Speaking ahead of the fair, Minister Rob Davies said the international exhibition would provide an opportunity for South African companies to interact with Ghanaian businesses, as well as others that would be participating in the fair.

“The exhibition is aimed at offering a platform to not only introduce locally-made products to major decision-makers and prospective buyers on a one-on-one basis, but to also increase a footprint of South African products into the Ghanaian market,” said Minister Davies.

The Minister added that the country was keen to deepen bilateral trade and investment relations with the West African country.

This mission forms part of the dti’s objective to identify and create export markets for South African value-added products and services. It also serves to promote South African products, and service offerings, while creating business partnerships between business communities of the respective countries.

Under the theme, “Industrialising Ghana, Creating Jobs”, the fair is running from 28 February to 7 March.

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South Africa and Serbia have agreed to explore other potential areas of cooperation in line with both countries’ priorities and interests.
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Bulelani Magwanishe, said other identified areas of cooperation that hold prospects between the two countries included cooperation in the field of defence, trade, energy, arts and culture and sports.

“Our countries established an important platform at senior officials’ level to coordinate and enhance bilateral relations and cooperation.

“The last senior officials’ consultations hosted confirmed the growing cooperation and also acknowledged the need for intensification of sectoral cooperation, especially in the areas of agriculture and education,” Deputy Minister Magwanishe said on Friday, 23 February.

He was speaking at the Serbia Statehood Day celebrations that took place in Tshwane.

Deputy Minister Magwanishe added that the cooperation between the Serbian province of Vojvodina and Limpopo in agriculture was one of the encouraging cooperation programmes that could be replicated in other provinces.

“In the area of skills development, we appreciate the offer provided by the Serbian Government for scholarships for South African youth. We will need to look at how cooperation in this area could be strengthened.”

The Serbian Ambassador to South Africa, Bozin Nikolic, said South Africa was an important partner, not only in Africa but internationally.

He said the relationship between Serbia and South Africa was strong and had great potential to further deepen and develop in a wide variety of areas.

“Serbia is ready to further elevate the Serbia-South Africa mutually beneficial relations to new heights.

“With bright prospects and great potential of cooperation under the different frameworks, Serbia is willing to work with South Africa to enhance our partnership in development strategies, and to turn our bilateral traditional friendship and economic complementaries into a driving force to further cooperation,” Ambassador Nikolic said.

South Africa’s total exports to Serbia in 2016 were worth R39 million, while total imports from Serbia to South Africa amounted to R103 million in the same year.

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Applications for fully-funded international scholarships for 2018 are now open for South Africans to study abroad.
The Department of Higher Education and Training every year engages in several international scholarship partnerships to provide opportunities for South Africans to study abroad on fully-funded scholarships at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The department facilitates the nomination process for several of the scholarships, which are open to all South African citizens with a strong academic record.

“The priority is on postgraduate studies, particularly for students intending to pursue a career in academia or in scarce skills areas,” the department said.

In some instances, scholarships are taught in the official language of host countries and will therefore only be awarded to applicants who already have the required level of language proficiency.

“Scholarships for language preparatory courses are available and applicants should successfully complete these language studies first before reapplying for a scholarship for degree studies taught in the foreign language,” the department explained.

Currently, there are two scholarship opportunities with different deadlines open for applications in China and Russia.

The Chinese Government is offering 30 scholarships to study at recognised Chinese institutions, at Bachelors, Master’s and PhD level with an opportunity to do Chinese language studies.

All programmes at Bachelor’s level are taught in Chinese, while many programmes at postgraduate level are taught in English.

The application deadline for scholarships in China is 7 March 2018. For more information, visit the international scholarships website at

The Russian Government is offering 35 scholarships to study courses in participating public universities in Russia. The programmes are offered at Bachelors, Master's and PhD levels, with specific focus on engineering, nuclear physics and technology, aeronautical engineering, natural and physical sciences, and many more.

The application deadline for scholarships in Russia is 28 February 2018. For more information on the scholarships and steps on how to apply, visit

All applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into a similar programme at a South African university.

The scholarships offer travelling expenses, registration and tuition, accommodation, living allowance and medical insurance.

For general information about opportunities to study abroad and to view information on other scholarships that are open for application, visit

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The 82-year-old Ndebele artist is being celebrated throughout her home country.
The long-awaited result of a groundbreaking "legacy partnership" between celebrated Ndebele artist, Esther Mahlangu, and arts powerhouse, the Market Theatre Foundation, has finally been unveiled — and it's spectacular.

The new murals, which are full of the colour, graphic linearity and punch associated with the 82-year-old artist, are located across three key locations around downtown Johannesburg — the Market Theatre foyer in Newtown, the brand-new Esther Mahlangu Boardroom at the Windybrow Theatre in Hillbrow and the contemporary Market Square complex.

"This is the proudest moment in our 42 years, when the internationally acclaimed artist Esther Mahlangu and the iconic Market Theatre Foundation come together in a meeting of artistic expression," says Chairperson of the Market Theatre Foundation, Kwanele Gumbi.

2018 is proving to be a bumper year for the artist, with upcoming solo exhibitions around the world and an important local showing at the Nirox Foundation with multimedia artist Yoko Ono at the Cradle of Humankind.

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Trevor Noah’s award-winning autobiography, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood”, will be getting the big screen treatment.
Deadline reported recently that Academy Award winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, will play his mother Patricia in the upcoming film adaption.

The Black Panther actress shared the news on Instagram alongside a picture of her and Noah she wrote: “When I read @TrevorNoah's "Born A Crime," I could not put the book down. Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation! #BornACrime.”

Noah reposted the picture saying: “My mom is a powerful woman who could easily be one of the beautiful soldiers in Wakanda. So it's beyond a perfect fit that she would be portrayed on the big screen by the radiant and regal Lupita Nyong'o. I'm beyond excited”.

The 2016 best-seller centres on Noah’s childhood growing up in post-apartheid South Africa as the son of a white father and black mother.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film which is still in its early stages will be produced by Noah’s Ark Angel Productions.

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CTIJF recently announced that a timely tribute to Africa’s greatest jazz icon, the late Hugh Masekela, will be added to the line-up.
Celebrating his long history with the CTIJF, from performing at the very first festival in 2000, to his many on-stage appearances over the years, this emotional tribute is endorsed by the Masekela family.

The festival will take place on 23 and 24 March 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

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South Africans in New Zealand have the opportunity this month to watch Northern Cape performer, Dantanio Goodman, star as Michael Jackson in Showtime Australia’s tribute concert, “The Michael Jackson History Show”, which has been blowing audiences away around the world.
Dantanio (38) hails from Kimberley where he grew up in a musical family – his mother sang in church, his father played guitar and his grandfather played the organ. From a young age, Dantanio mimicked famous singers, but when he saw Michael Jackson on VHS he was hooked, and not before too long he was performing Michael Jackson numbers at local festivals.

It was his dream to perform around the world … and so he sent a video clip to production houses around the globe. At the top of his list was Showtime Australia. And sure enough, after a “vigorous audition process” and a year of searching for someone who was talented enough to pull off a Michael Jackson performance in front of die-hard MJ fans, they cast Dantanio in the role of his dreams in 2014 … selecting him from 1 600 tribute artists.

Dantanio has performed around the world (including in Singapore where a woman who had seen seven live MJ shows still couldn’t believe she wasn’t watching MJ himself) and the bookings keep coming.

Dantanio is currently in New Zealand for the second time. Next month, the show heads to Ireland, and then the United Kingdom in May … and he’ll be back home performing in South Africa in January 2019.

Dantanio says: “I love doing it. I’ve been doing it since I was nine years old. To tour the world, being from South Africa, is very inspirational and very humbling.”

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After returning from a successful show at New York Fashion Week, Nandi Madida has announced that she will be showcasing her Colour clothing line at more international shows.
Although the star has not said too much about the shows, it will take place in Europe.

“Amazing news! I’ve been invited to showcase Colour at other fashion capitals in Europe later this year for their Fashionweeks! So excited and grateful,” Nandi tweeted on Thursday.

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Future Park has arrived in Johannesburg after a successful run in Cape Town.
Drawings created by participants come alive in a unique digital universe.

The show is the brainchild of TeamLab, a group of University of Tokyo graduates.

It's fully interactive. Users can create their own dreamscapes, move them about, dissolve them. They’re limited only by their own imagination.

The exhibition is underway at the Silver Star Casino in Gauteng and continues till early April.

– Source: www.enca,com
Desiree Ellis has been announced as the new Banyana Banyana coach after serving the role in the past 18 months on an interim basis.
Under Ellis‚ Banyana won the 2017 Cosafa Cup in September‚ and the team was awarded CAF’s Women’s Team of the Year of 2017 in January.

The 54-year-old former national team captain took over the reigns after Dutch coach, Vera Pauw, resigned after last year’s abortive Rio Olympic Games.

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