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Boity Survives Smash & Grab Attempt PLUS Your Safety Guide

Boity was recently attacked by criminals in an attempted smash and grab scare in Melville, Johannesburg. What should you do?

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Boity Thulo recently opened up about a traumatic incident in which she was almost a victim of a smash and grab. She tweeted someone emerged from nowhere and started on her windscreen in Melville, Johannesburg. Fortunately, she was able to race off quickly with no injuries. Smash and grabs are a serious concern in South Africa. Every driver should always be alert, especially when having to stop at robots and particularly at night. What can you do to be safe?

Firstly, it is important to understand why your car would become a target for criminals who specialise in smash and grabs. The Arrive Alive website lists such valuable items as handbags, wallets, laptops, mobile phones, loose change and more as things that can attract criminals to your car.

Who is at risk?

Female drivers are said to be the most targeted as they are perceived as less likely to pursue the grabbers or fight back.

Drivers who are distracted during stops (on their phones etc) are also at risk.

Single drivers  who place their valuable belongings  in the passenger seat.

Vehicles that are left unattended in isolated areas

Be sure that all your doors remain locked at all times when driving. Do not open the doors or windows for strangers.

Be wary of suspicious looking persons on the road. Grabbers typically work in pairs disguised as street vendors or beggars.

When you encounter rocks or other obstacles placed on the road, do not stop to remove them as they could be a trap. Rather, reverse and drive off in the opposite direction.

For those driving at night, slow down well in advance to give the traffic lights time to turn green by the time you arrive to avoid stopping for prolonged periods.

Always leave a gap between you and the car in front of you so that you may be able to escape without endangering other motorists on the road should criminals pounce.

Smashed glasses on the road maybe a tell tale sign that a smash and gran incident just occurred and the criminals may still be around.

For more info, visit the ArriveAlive.co.za website

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Thuso Mbedu Scores Leading Role In American Series

Emmy Award nominated South African actress, Thuso Mbedu, has been cast as ‘Cora’ – the leading character on a looming American television series

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South African TV audiences first encountered her through the telly when she first appeared on Generations; The Legacy in the not-so-distant past. Four years later, Thuso Mbedu has paced through hoops to become the first South African actress to score a leading role in an American series!

Mbedu has been picked to star as the lead character on Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of The Underground Railroad. The actress will be taking on the role of Cora – the main character in the critically lauded novel.

The 27 year old’s history of flirtations with Hollywood dates back to 2018 and 2019, when she received International Emmy Award nominations for her stellar portrayal of Winnie on Mzansi Magic drama series – Is’thunzi. Although she didn’t bring any of the prestigious gongs home, there’s no lack of evidence that her star has now sky rocketed to global horizons.

The Underground Railroad tells the story of a young Cora’s journey as she negotiates her way in the pre-war South, according to Variety. Following her escape from a Georgia plantation, she discovers the existence of a railroad with a secret network of tracks and tunnels.

“My thumb and neurons are failing me right”, jotted the actress on her Instagram. “So I’ll just do as most South Africans do when this happens: I GOT THE JOB!!!”

 

 

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Esprit Launches in South Africa!

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Esprit is launching in South Africa with three intriguing, multi-faceted flavours – Mango with a twist of Chilli, Watermelon and Strawberry with a twist of Lime, and Blueberry and Basil with a twist of Hibiscus.

 

These are exciting and novel flavours that inspire an independent spirit and sassy confidence. The flavours are matched by distinctive packaging, including striking iconography and colours, and a bold campaign statement: “own your flavour”.

“Esprit is part of the global trend towards interestingly flavoured alcoholic drinks. It embraces the individuality of the modern South African consumer, those who knows who they are and exactly what they want,” says Tania Kotze, Esprit Brand Strategy Manager.

This launch allows Esprit to offer those who are unique, self-assured and self-affirming a drink that reflects their unique personalities. Esprit is expected to be in stores by March 2019, so look out for the advertising campaign that’s as interesting and unique as the drink itself.

Visit espritofficial.com to read more about the new delicious flavours!

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Babes Wodumo Fined & Released on Bail

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Babes Wodumo and her sister were on Monday fined R1000 after failing to show up on court this past Friday. Real name Bongekile Simelane, Babes and her sister, Nondumiso Simelane appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The fine comes after the two had blamed their absence on a car breakdown on their way to court from Pietermaritzburg. The sistren claim to have been out of town attending gigs the night before their car’s said malfunction.

Tipcee was given a warning.

The three are being accused of assaulting a woman in Durban last month. The alleged assault came a day after Babes shared a video of her former boyfriend – Mampintsha – assaulting her on Instagram live.

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