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Inside Story: ANN7’s Power Four Are Women On The Wheel!

ANN7 boasts some of the most skilled young woman who make things happen on screen, but how much do you know about them? We’ve got the 411.

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When it comes to the progressive make up of the newsroom as most aspire, ANN7 has chosen to be ahead of the game. With a line up of its anchors and reporters comprising of some of the most skilled women at the pinnacle, the news network is what ambitious girls dreams are made of. Take a look of 4 news anchors and get to know them better

ABIGAIL VISAGIE

ANN7 Abigail Visagie

Abigail Geneve’ve Visagie (25) was born in Kimberley but grew up in Mafikeng. Abigail’s first taste of the industry was through beauty pageants and has about 300 pageant titles to her name. Studying Bcom business management. Abigail has been with ANN7 since its inception and even though the journey was not easy, it has definitely been worth it and we can proudly say that out of over 20 girls initially blessed with the opportunity she is one of the remaining 4.

Abigail anchors the news for three hours from Monday to Friday. And also produces and presents her own segment, which she proposed, called Face in the Crowd every Friday.

Face in the Crowd is a show designed to inspire the youth of South Africa into action by giving them examples of real people who have worked hard to achieve their dreams and allowing those people to tell their story.

Before ANN7 Abigail did some part time modelling and was crowned Johannesburg’s hottest chick in 2010

(Boity came second) she can be seen in numerous music videos including liquid deep and DJ Kent, Theo from Mafikizolo, Psquare, teargas and culoe de song to name a few and was also a semi finalist for Miss South Africa.

Abigail Is a BlackBerry ambassador and also an ambassador for clothing designers Quiteria and George.

Abigail has a passion for uplifting the youth of our country and strongly stands by her life motto

#PushPastYourWeaknesses #LiveToInspire which is also the sign off line for FACE IN THE CROWD.

CHANTE JANTJIES

Chante Jantjies

Currently presents: Newsroom Live and Express Lunch on ANN7tv Chante Jantjies, full named Chante Siyamthanda Jantjies Duffy, is of Xhosa and Scottish Italian descent born in 1993, April 14. She describes herself as a dynamic and loquacious being with big dreams.

She started pageants at the age of 7 and has since won hundreds to her name including ‘Little Miss SA 2004 ‘, ‘Miss SA teen 2009’ and the international event Miss Teenager Universe 2010 also referred to as Miss Teenager 2010 which took place in Costa Rica , Central /South America.

Although incredible opportunities arose at this time she decided to come back to South Africa to finish her Matric and further pursue her studies hence her strong notion on the importance of education and having ‘ beauty with a purpose’.

Chante was an active scholar in high school in sport , cultural activities and academically excelled in receiving academic colours. She received national Pro Arte colours for her cultural activities of Public Speaking and Redenaars Respectively. Her big personality served her well as she acted and directed plays in high school earning her Best Director and Best Female lead actress awards.

Entering the working and media world, Chante was a KTV Presenter on MNET from the age of 14 years old. She described working on the kids channel as an overwhelming and incredible experience and it was then that she discovered her passion for TV. Currently​, she works in cosmetic and beauty modelling. She is the ANN7Tv News Anchor for the Express.

LERATO LETSOTSO

Lerato Letsoso ANN7

Lerato Letsoso also known as Lerato kaYise (Her daddy’s little girl) was born in Barkley East and raise in Kimberley. Lerato is an ambitious individual who has excellent language skills in that she is fluent in English; Afrikaans; isiXhosa; Setswana; Sotho and Zulu. Lerato has a National Certificate in Musical theatre obtained from TUT then Technickon Pretoria; a Helicopter Starter Certificate based on Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley and is currently busy with her BA in Communication Science with UNISA.

Lerato is a freelance News Anchor for Morning Prime on ANN7. She is also a Voice Over Artist, Public Speaker, Producer and Writer. Some of her works include producing a musical stage production that was performed at the Soweto Theatre for Nelson Mandela Day 2013.

She hosted a Talk Show “The Garden, A Place of Wholeness” on Radio Junto of which she was also Executive and Content Producer. Lerato has also shared a stage alongside world renowned names like Simba Morri; Ringo Madlingozi; Charles Webster; Frank Rodgers; Themba Mkhize to mention but a few.

She has worked as free lance editor for The Nigerian Voice SA and shares some of her writing styles on her blog www.leratokayise.wordpress.com. Her childhood highlight remains being part of the Kimberley Children’ Choir which afforded her the opportunity to travel to Zimbabwe and Zambia and also her first TV interview on Take5.

Lerato has a passion for women, children and literacy in that she has worked as reading coach in partnership with the Northern Cape department of education and also as a cluster mentor for PRAESA on the NAL’IBALI programme.

On her spare time she continues to spread the importance of children reading and telling their stories. Her future ambitions include having a literacy foundation also becoming a world renowned News Anchor and ultimately Researcher.

“My passion for life, love and excellence is what produces my deadline driven personality to best suited results.” She says and also mentions her favourite quote which she subscribes to “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light and not our darkness that mostly frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be this brilliant, talented, gorgeous and fabulous? Who are we not to be? You are a child of God; you playing small does not serve the world.”

NANDI NTONI

Nandi Ntoni ANN7

Nandi Ntoni was born in England to Jazz legend Victor Ntoni and music executive producer/business woman Linda Ntoni. Nandi was destined to forge her way in the world of broadcasting. She started off her love for media from a tender age and her interest led her to studying and getting a qualification in Media Studies.

Having gone through college with fellow industry trail blazers, she picked up a job with Crux a christian magazine show on SABC 1 as a presenter, along side Thokozani Nkosi, director at Eclipse Productions, this is where she learnt how to hone her craft in front of the camera. Later in 2007 she joined Yfm as a producer and co­host with Mo Flavor, whilst still completing her studies.

She always dreamed of having her own talk show and her prayers were answered when she landed a position as a host and producer for Talk To Me. A talk show that debuted on Tshwane TV, here she had the opportunity to interview people from all walks of life, including industry movers and shakers and touching on current affairs.

She soon found out about a news channel that was looking for new news anchors, seeing that she already had the training, experience and qualification, she took a leap of faith and landed the position as a permanent news anchor and producer for ANN7’s morning slot Vuka Africa, along side Gerry Rantseli Elsdon.

She continues to expand her 10 year media experience in the news realm. In her spare time she runs an egg donor agency assisting potential infertile parents find donors so that they can fall pregnant and start a family. Children have always been a passion and she finds time to volunteer at soup kitchens and donate needed items to those in need.

One of her many other talents has always been fashion, she turned her hobbie into supplying clothing for boutique stores and her styling skills have impressed local celebrities. She aspires to make both her agency, Match Making Donors and clothing procurement, Jozi Island, thriving businesses one day.

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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.

Midnight Mass

“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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