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Bonang Honoured At 5 For Change Black Tie Gala

Bonang Matheba triumphantly collected her 5 For Changemaker award in Joburg this past weekend.

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This past Saturday, the 7th Annual 5 For Change Black Tie Gala debuted in Jozi with a sold-out house under the city light. It was an unforgettable night with a performance by smash-hit songstress Lady Zamar keeping the crowd on their feet with hits like ‘My Baby’, ‘Love is Blind’, ‘Collide’ and many more and keeping the night flowing was none other than South Africa’s multi-talented MC and personality Maps Maponyane!

5forChange Jhb Event photographed by Wynand van der Merwe and Jacques McKenzie for Wynand van der Merwe Photography. Bonang Matheba received the first #5forchangemaker award at the Maps Maponyane piloted shindig. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: @wynandvandermerwephotography on Instagram.

The event raised funds and awareness for 5 social enterprise beneficiares: Dlala Nje, Olico Maths Education, Hustlenomics, CRSP Dsgn and enke: Make Your Mark. The guests got the opportunity to mingle with the young leaders’ of these organizations and learn how they’re making South Africa a better place and how to get involved.

And adding to the excitement was the live luxury item auction where attendees got to bid on a range of high-end items and experiences – including the biggest item of the evening – a chartered private flight to and from the exclusive Leopard Creek Country club and a day of golf on the world renowned course.

An important element this year was giving recognition to those in South Africa who give back to the community and the event founders we’re proud to present South Africa’s multi –award winning TV presenter, philanthropist, reality star and style icon, Bonang Matheba, with the first-ever ‘5 For Changemaker Award’!

She was celebrated on the night for her work as the Founder of The Bonang Matheba Bursary Fund and for using her platform to advance social justice issues in South Africa and around the world.

“Launching the 5 For Change Black Tie Gala in Joburg was a long time dream for us and the evening absolutely surpassed our wildest dreams. We are so grateful to Joburg for embracing us like this!”, said 5 For Change Managing Director, Robyn Deutsch

The 2018 5 For Change Black Tie Gala promised to be an unforgettable night and it truly was. Keep an eye on the #5FC2018 platforms for official event photos and video coming soon.

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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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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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Everyone’s Talking about DJ Sbu’s Nipsey Hussle Speech

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He’s definitely never been afraid to step outside of the convention to make a splashy point.

From plugging his energy drink onstage at the 2015 Metro FM Music awards (and being suspended shortly after), to faking a Forbes Africa cover (which reportedly resulted in legal action), it’s quite obvious that DJ Sbu has mastered the art of shocking. Unprovoked.

The multi hyphenate media personality and entrepreneur grabbed more headlines when on Tuesday, he shared a clip in which he addresses the crowd at Nipsey Hussle’s memorial gathering in Los Angeles, California.

RELATED: THE FORBES AFRICA DJ SBU COVER THAT WASN’T 

In it, Sbu introduces himself as the ‘ambassador for Hip Hop music’. And more… so much more.

“My name is DJ Sbu. I come all the way from Johannesburg in South Africa. I’m here as an ambassador for Hip Hop music and the culture in the entire African continent. I represent musicians from the whole continent”, says the Sbu in the clip, which does not feature the rest of the speech.

While some have made fun of the questionable claims in the speech, some have commanded the successful entrepreneur’s guts.

 

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