11 Couples we love!
THISHIWE ZIQUBU & MANDISA NDUNA
Their posts on Instagram can melt any heart even on the coldest morning, especially when the couple decides to treat their followers to their usually goofy IG Stories. Although Thishiwe and Mandisa tend to keep a rather low profile, given their recent success appearing on some of the country’s highest-rated television hits, the actresses don’t mind putting their beautiful romance in the stratosphere.
ZAKES BANTWINI & NANDI MADIDA
People who know these things always say that it’s about meeting someone who compliments who you are, rather than complete you. Zakes Bantwini and Nandi Madida, whose premiere snaps of their adorbs son Shaka melted the internet last year, share more than just their love for music. The talented music couple, who’ve made lovely music together, also have a thing for fashion! The conversations must be so interesting, we imagine. But then again, so are the cute photoshoots they keep banging out for posteriority.
MINNIE DLAMINI JONES & QUINTON JONES
Minnie Dlamini and her Television Producer hubby, Quinton Jones, are now one of the hottest couples in the country. So much so that they were able to leverage public demand of their breathtaking wedding into a million rand deal for a three-part TV Special: Becoming Mrs Jones, which aired on Vuzu Amp in 2017. They started out as friends. Quinton used to buy Minnie lunch, her mother revealed on the show. The rest is history.
REASON & LOOTLOVE
Sometimes, celebrity couples sometimes leave the public guessing about whether or not they’ve hooked up for various reasons, including the fact that two major brands have just merged. Or like Minnie Dlamini said during the build-up to her Wedding TV Special; “I wanted to own my story.” While Reason and Lootlove also took their time, they’ve recently loosened up a little.
BLACK COFFE & ENHLE
Without a doubt, this is one of the country’s most formidable power couple. He’s crafted a massive career as one of the world’s biggest DJs, and she continues being a consistently celebrated actress and fashion designer. Their IG pages are proof that success is nothing without family.
SOMIZI & BAE
Somizi is one of the hardest working people in the industry. So it’s nice seeing him being able to wind down and get some good loving. For months, the multi-talented media personality shared abstract pictures of the new man in his life; many which were silhouettes, or toes, or back shots. Even that had to come to an end, and Somizi debuted beautiful pictures of his boyfriend at the recent Sun Met shindig, where the couple twinned their outfits.
According to Channel24, the 24-year-old’s name isMohale Tebogo Motaung. He’s a ‘matured’ Wits student.
CASTER SEMENYA & VIOLET
“She is someone I can rely on… through thick and thin”, the gold medalist revealed in a BET special, in which she revealed how she met the woman that would become the life of her live. It all happened in a restroom, which seems to be a really popular place for good things to start. The couple got married in 2017, and are still going strong.
SIPHIWE TSHABALALA & BOKANG
He’s a soccer player in the prime years of his career, and she’s a smart beauty queen who once wore the Miss SA crown. Siphiwe and Bokang didn’t get into a relationship for a while after they met. Opening up about their first encounter to Pabi on Power FM in 2017, the couple revealed that they wanted to be friends first and allow the relationship to evolve organically. That it did! Now happily married parents, the couple have joined forces to release an African themed children’s clothing line.
BABES WODUMO & MAMPINTSHA
Is ‘Babes Wodumo’ a duo? This question has been puzzling fans, who’ve been taking to social media to enquire further. While that’s a stretch, it’s quite true that Mampintsha has been a ubiquitous presence in Babes’ career, as the two do everything together. Most notable is their support for each other as they both push the West Ink movement.
DASH AND AYANDA
Stylish, young, beautiful and successful… this is South Africa’s picture-perfect couple. The two leave no one in doubt about the love and support they have for each other; They constantly hype each other up on social media and often travel together to exotic locations. They also sometimes refer to each other as ‘DNA’…
DINEO & SOLO
South Africa’s most editorial couple Dineo and Solo are simply perfect together. The actress and rapper’s love for high-end fashion is often evident whenever they rock head-turning fashion-forward garb on red carpets, in which they always arrive as a couple.
Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
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.
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.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
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.
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.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
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.
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.