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Fat Cheques! The 10 Highest Earning South African Celebrities in 2016

You will be surprised which South African celebrities are making the most bank. Here’s the 2016 list of the highest earning South African Celebs

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10. BONANG MATHEBA

Also known as Queen B, Bonang Matheba has curated one of the most distinguishable lux brands in South Africa. The 29 year old media personality juggles various gigs, including a popular slot on Metro FM (‘The Front Row’), Top Billing and Afternoon Express (both on SABC 3).

In addition to these steady paycheques, Matheba is also the brand ambassador for global mega brands Revlon, Ciroc , Brazilian footwear brand Ipanema, as well as a lingerie line at Woolworths.

She bagged R500 000 when she replaced Trevor Noah as an MTV African Music Awards host in earlier this year.

Matheba is also currently penning a book about her experiences in showbiz. Check out the 10 Things everyone is dying to see in that book HERE, as soon you as you’re done of course.

Various sources, including The Citizen, have reported Bonang’s net worth to be over R7,2 million.

9. DJ BLACK COFFEE

He is one of the biggest house music producers South Africa has seen.

And now that he’s gaining solid global relevance, Black Coffee has joined the list of South African celebrities who are making money in several currencies around the world.

The ‘We Dance Again‘ hitmaker, who is also the founder of Soulistic Records – a music label that has housed some of the biggest house music DJs and producers like Culoe De Song, DJ Shimza and Da Capo amongst others, is cashing big money from his hectic international touring schedule.

Mr. Coffee’s total net worth is currently estimated at $1.5 million. That’s over R20 million!

8. DJ SBU

DJ Sbu is one of South Africa’s most dynamic entertainers and entrepreneurs.

The 37 year old has done everything from churning multi platinum selling albums, hosting some of the country’s most popular radio shows, jumping on some of the highest rated television shows, starting his own successful record label (TS Records) and then eventually putting on shelves his very own beverage – MoFaya.

Perhaps also the most controversial name on this list, Sbu has said that his brand alone is already worth R1 billion. He has also made it no secret that will stop at nothing to actually become one.

In the meantime however, DJ Sbu’s net worth is estimated at R22 million.

7. CASSPER NYOVEST 

Following his unprecedented success as the first South African rapper to single handedly sell out The Dome, and then later reportedly move over 90% of the seats at his Orlando Stadium concert, Cassper’s net worth has been a point of much interest to fans.

The 26 year old multi platinum selling rapper and entrepreneur has claimed to be broke after The Dome concert, while at other points hinting that his endorsement deal with MTN is the biggest music endorsement deal the network has inked with an artist in SA.

Although never confirmed, some reports have estimated the deal to be well worth over R10 million.

Cassper has piled on other deals including KFC,  AG Mobile and MTN (with whom he partnered for his cellphone) and BP.

In addition to these, the rapper is the founder and CEO of his record label Family Tree, which he started in 2014. Family Tree houses some of the country’s biggest rappers, a list that includes the likes of Gemini Major, Tshego and Nadia Nakai.

It doesn’t end there; Nyovest has been making a killing from his Cassper Nyovest merchandise, which he brings along to all his live shows.

On top of the album sales, Cassper’s release of his live concert DVD from The Dome is sure to also rake in some pretty decent dough.

While all of this suggests that the Ayeye hitmaker is making a killing, Cassper Nyovest has been careful to keep the real figures under wraps. Reports are currently placing his balance to be anywhere between R30 million and just less than R50 million currently.

 6. TREVOR NOAH 

If reports from various trusted sources are anything to go by, Trevor Noah is currently South Africa’s highest earning comic export.

The 32 year old comedian, who famously replaced Jon Stewart as the newest host of American television show The Daily Show, invoices R 3 million for a hour private gig. And according to Destiny Magazine, that amount excludes accommodation, flights and his entourage. The funnyman currently juggles about 5 shows a week

Although MTV was willing to pay him far more than that for his hosting duties at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards, Noah could still afford to pull out due to a throat infection.

That’s okay. In addition to his gig on The Daily Show, for which the previous host earned $25 million, Trevor has also been selling out international comedy shows.

According to Celebrity NetWorth, he is currently worth over R40 million.

5. JAMIE BARTLETT 

Jamie is one of the country’s most critically acclaimed actors. He is most famous for his portrayal of a David Genaro on eTV soapie Scandal! Bartlett takes home an average of R120 000 a month, and is reported to be R80 million deep in the bank.

4. SELLO MAAKE KA NCUBE

He’s one of South Africa’s most critically acclaimed actors, and has a bank balance to prove it. Sello is the highest paid actor in the country, with a charge ranging between R100 000 and R120 000 per month, depending on the production. Sello’s net worth is estimated to be between R70 million and R100 million.

3. SHARLTO COPLEY

Toprichests.com estimates Sharlto Copley’s net worth to be at R177 million. Although he is not as commonly known in South Africa, the 49 year old actor, producer and director has done some pretty big things in his impressive career. Some of his acclaimed work has been represented at the Cannes Film Festival, while he boasts some work in commercials and music videos.

Copley is most noted for his roles on Oscar nominated District 9, The A Team, Elysium, horror flick Europa Report as well as starring on Maleficent. He has also appeared on the film Chappie, and on television series Powers.

Banking big bucks!

2. CANDICE SWANEPOEL 

Candice Swanepoel is South Africa’s biggest export in the modelling world.

The 26 year old Victoria’s Secret beauty was discovered at a flee market at the tender age of 13. Forbes lists Candice as the 8th highest paid model in the world during 2016, with earnings exceeding R96 million in just one year. Candice makes most of her money from her contract with Victoria’s Secret, but also cashes in on beauty endorsement deals.

1. CHARLIZE THERON 

In 2015, Charlize Theron’s net worth was estimated to be at $ 110 million. To put things into perspective, she has more than R1.5 billion in her account.

The Benoni brewed thespian became the first South African actor to snatch herself a ‘Best Actress’ Oscar for her acclaimed portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the movie Monster back in 2004.

And because she’s been consistent in the game, she bagged some $10 million advance for the movie Huntsmen: Winter’s War’ .

In addition, she totalled some $16.5 million from another revenue streams – namely her deal with Dior and J’ Adore as well as the film Mad Max.

 

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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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