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15 Inspiring South African Women We Are Taking Life Tips From!

Yes, a list of inspiring women cannot be possibly so narrow. In fact, we can draw inspiration from every woman living in South Africa this very moment! However, we opt to zoom in on 15 women in the public eye who show us how it’s done!

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The truth is – the list of inspiring women in South Africa is simply inexhaustable. Of-course, we can draw inspiration from every single woman in the country! But throughout Women’s Month, we have opted to zoom in women in the public eye we think show us how it’s done.

15. Minnie Dlamini

Minnie Dlamini has proven many a time that versatility is truly in her possession. The media personality not only juggles various roles and currently and several gigs in broadcast media, she also takes risks. At the very beginning of the year, she released her very own calendar which she funded herself. Her success and hard work has since sent her to the US, where she presented an award at the BET awards.

14. Azania Mosaka

Azania’s eloquence, smarts and charisma has seen her hopping from one big radio station to the next with ease. Now set for the afternoon slot on Talk Radio 702, Mosaka boasts a rich radio career that includes lifestyle driven shows on Metro FM and Power FM. But in addition to her impressive career in TV and radio, she collaborated with Egoagwu Iwegbu-Daley to open two Miss Salon London Nail Boutiques in South Africa.

13. Lira

You know what you are getting with Lira. Great music, perfectionism, impeccable finishes, professionalism and oustanding live perfomances. With the singer, we cut straight to the chase and skip the gimmicks. To the fact…All. The. Time.

12. Terry Pheto

The gorgeous Pheto has just returned from her globetrotting adventures to promote her award winning upcoming film Ayanda And The Mechanic. While the actress first entered the global scene as the star on the Oscar winning South African movie Tsotsi, this time she is impressing the world with a movie produced by her own production company – Leading Lady Productions. Get your destiny, girl! Watch the trailer HERE

11. Castor Semenya 

Her exceptional career as a world class athlete is not the only thing that has kept Castor in the minds and hearts of many. Once, she was also a subject of a global gender shaming campaign, in which she suffered public humiliation because she did not fit into some people’s perception of what constitutes legitimate womanhood, based on her physical appearance. Through out the storm, Semenya maintained her strength, professionalism and grace. Years later, she is still at the top, where she belongs.

10. Khanyi Dhlomo

Khanyi Dhlomo bares testimony to the fact that sheer determination is key in achieving success. With a successful media career spawning decades, the businesswoman has gone from a news castor to a leading editor. Now firmly plotting her brilliant ideas behind the scenes as the founder of Destiny Magazine, amongst other successful companies, Dhlomo proves all is within grasp.

9. Bonang Matheba 

Bonang is not dubbed the Queen B for nothing. The star not only boasts successes her peers can only envy, she keeps setting standard higher. Already juggling  several gigs and projects, on top of global endorsement deals, Matheba has mastered the art of curating an excellent brand. Despite adding three new TV shows to her name this year alone, she has pledged to make inroads into the rest of the continent.  And we know the horizon is all hers.

8. Redi Tlhabi

Outspoken, gutsy, sharp and consistently on top of her game, really Redi is one woman from whom we can always learn about precision. We love her because as one of the country’s biggest talk radio show hosts, she keeps us all, and many a politician, on our toes.

7. Lindiwe Mazibuko

Mazibuko stepped down from an outstanding career in male dominated South African politics to go and study at Harvard. And she passed. Now with her incredible experience, intellect, robust politics and refined resolve, we all wait for what’s next so very eagerly.

6. Connie Ferguson

What do you do when the highest rated TV show in the country is suddenly without the entire cast when the show needs to go on? If you are Mfundi Vundla, you make a few phone calls. Connie will be on top of that list. She returned to the soapie and revived it. She also stars on Rockville, one of the country’s best drama series to add to her resilient and outstanding career. Rockville is a Ferguson Films production, a production company she established with her husband Shona Ferguson.

5. Refilwe Modiselle

Refilwe Modiselle teaches each and everyone of us that strength of character confidence are key in gunning for one’s goals. Despite the challenges she has endured as a result of the stigma attached to people with albinism in the country, she continued to search relentlessly for her big break in the beauty industry. Refilwe has been instrumental against the prejudice against albinos in the country, and has made it known that her successful modelling career, she fought hard.

4. Carol Tshabalala 

James Brown may have sang that ‘It’s a Man’s world, but it would be nothing without a woman’, but such women as Carol Tshabalala shoot down that entire notion. Who said it’s a man’s world? Not only has Carol Tshabalala pioneered an insanely successful career in sports reporting, an industry typically thought to be more appropriate for men, she has surpassed most in the field. She has just returned from the NBA Draft 2015 event. Read about HERE

3. Basetsana Khumalo

Now in her 40s, Basetsana is still as beautiful and as energetic as she was back when she was crowned Miss South Africa in 1994. But since then, Basetsana has dabbled into several businesses. She is the executive producer on Our Perfect Wedding one of the country’s most celebrated TV shows. The show is put together by her team at Connecttv, just like she owns 50% at Tswelopele productions – the company behind such shows as Top Billing.

2. Dj Zinhle

She is one of the country’s most successful female producers of all time, as well as one of the highest selling house music producers and DJs of all time, so it’s unsurprising that DJ Zinhle would have such a neck for risk taking and knocking hard on doors protecting rooms some thought only men could occupy. The KZN businesswoman ed nhad combined many of her passions to curate a balanced and inspiring career in music, fashion and philantrophy. Those three are rhe common threads tying the Fuse Academy, ERA By DJ Zinhle and the Pink Revolution Conference.  She also mentors young women on her MOMents by Zinhle website, which we gushed about earlier this year. Read that here.

1. Thuli Madonsela

Public protector Thuli Madonsela first caught our attention when she bravely released the Nkandla Report, in which she revealed the the at President Jacob Zuma, unduly benefited from the Nkandla upgrades – his homestead in Kwa Zulu Natal. She proceeded to make recommendations that he pay back a portion of the money spent. Since that, Madonsela has showed the nation that you do not need to get personal and dirty. Why, if you can be professional, eloquent, intelligent, firm, concise, confident, bold and good at what you do?

That’s our list. Do you have anyone else in mind? Leave it in the comments section below

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.

THE ENDING

Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

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“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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