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  • These are MTN’s new customer care, airtime balance numbers

    Keeping in tune a new ICASA regulation, MTN will ditch its old airtime balance check number, voicemail numbers and customer care numbers (short codes) in the coming weeks. MTN is the second South African telecoms network to announce its new list of short codes, following Vodacom's announcement earlier this week. "From 24 March 2018 the short codes that MTN customers use to check their airtime balance, retrieve voicemail messages and to contact the call centre, will be replaced with a new set of numbers," the company explained in a press release. "To allow customers time to familiarise themselves with the new codes,...

  • Three Billboards appropriates black and female struggles for the white man

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri tells a universal tale of women abandoned by the justice system sworn to protect them. In South Africa, this story is all too common; a study by the South African Medical Research Council found that, in 2012, only 8% of rape cases reported to the police resulted in guilty verdicts. If that figure held until 2017, over 36 600 reported rape cases saw the accused walk free. Our own President Jacob Zuma was accused of raping Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo before his election. He was elected anyway, a sour piece of history echoed in the US's...

  • Budget Speech 2018: Yes, Malusi Gigaba just quoted Kendrick Lamar

    After President Cyril Ramaphosa quoted Hugh Masekela during his SONA 2018 finale, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba likely thought he'd do something similar to rouse the nation. His pick? The admirable Kendrick Lamar. But while the multi-Grammy winner is held in high esteem across the world, it's Gigaba's delivery of "Alright" that Twitter didn't quite enjoy. "We gon' be alright," he quipped, quoting complete with hand whip and before announcing an increase to sin tax. The social network broke soon after. I'm done with this budget speech, did Gigaba just quote Kendrick? 🤣🤣🤣 #BudgetSpeech2018 #Budget2018 — Sakkie Ntloko (@sk_shred) February 21, 2018 That Kendrick quote was...

  • MiniMeme podcast: How to thrive as a South African YouTuber

    Welcome to MiniMeme, the podcast run by Burn Media's junior staff where we talk any topic that tickles our fancy! This week, Julia Breakey chats to prominent South African YouTubers to find out what it takes to make YouTube a career, from content to monetisation to engaging with the community. If you're looking to make your way onto the platform but are struggling to find your stride, let the wisdom of the experienced push you in the right direction: https://soundcloud.com/burn-media/south-african-youtubers-talk-ma/s-4AIY9 Find the creators featured in this episode here: Gareth Mason Hayls World Michael Cost Naledi Mallela Sandhira Chetty Sibu Mpanza Pap Culture

  • Watch Malusi Gigaba deliver the 2018 Budget Speech live on YouTube

    Settle down, tune into Parliament's livestream, and clutch your bank balances tightly as Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba delivers his maiden budget speech. The budget speech lays out the government's expenditure road map for the year ahead, and is definitely as important as the State of the Nation Address. And judging by media chatter prior to the speech, this one likely won't go without drama. The 2018 Budget Speech begins at 2pm today The EFF have threatened to boycott the speech if President Cyril Ramaphosa does not sack Gigaba. Additionally, Gigaba -- who enjoyed a wonderful game of Candy Crush while the new SA...

  • How Cyril Ramaphosa’s Twitter account rose with his political status

    On 15 December 2017, then-Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had 19 600 Twitter followers. Two months later, and bearing the shiny new title of ANC President and South African President, that number increased to 106 000. It's a remarkable rise for Ramaphosa as a politician and as a social media personality. And for South Africans, it's a breath of fresh air to have a President with a social media presence. While Jacob Zuma did have a personal Twitter account (@SAPresident has since been deleted from the social network) he last posted an update in 2013. Ramaphosa's account came into being on January 2015....

  • Cape Town’s Day Zero moves to 9 July 2018

    Cape Town's infamous Day Zero has been pushed back once again. the City's deputy mayor Ian Neilson announced on Wednesday. "Day Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, has now moved to 9 July due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5%," he wrote in a statement. "This week’s lower rate of consumption can be attributed to the Groenland water reaching Steenbras Upper Dam last week and slightly increasing the dam level." The dam's level increased by 4.5% over the previous week. Neilson also attributed the push back to a "further reduction" in the city's...

  • South Africa’s social media was surprisingly positive last week

    The good feels are back in South Africa's social and news media spheres according to stats from analytics firm ROI Africa. It suggests that South Africa had just enjoyed one of its more positive weeks in recent memory. The firm's data -- which encompassed the past week ending 18 February -- suggests that Twitter went from its usually extremely nihilistic self to Cloud Cuckoo Land in a matter of hours. Jacob Zuma's resignation last Wednesday, together with Cyril Ramaphosa's rise contributed to more than 55% of local online news, ROIAfrica stated. "On the day of #Zuma’s resignation, 80% of our reporting and social...

  • Vodacom’s ditching its old customer care, airtime balance numbers

    Vodacom's customer care, prepaid recharge and airtime balance check numbers have just become a little bit harder to remember. The telecoms network will be "changing its customer care contact numbers to comply with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Number Plan Regulations, 24 March 2016, Government Gazette Number 39861," it notes in a press release. "The numbering plan regulations and standardisation of certain short codes is applicable to all licensees that have an independent electronic service licence (I-ECS) and applies to both mobile and fixed networks and not only 'cellular networks'." Vodacom users can still dial 111 to reach customer...

  • In graphs: Cape Town dams 24.4% full as water usage spikes

    Although #DayZero has largely fell to the wayside this week in the wake of SONA 2018, Cape Town is still in the midst of a drought. But judging by the City of Cape Town's latest dam report, it seems that the situation is beginning to stabilise. After #DayZero was pushed back last week to 4 June giving Capetonians more than a 100 day buffer before the taps are set to be shuttered, dam levels are now dropping more slowly than we've seen previously this year. The collective Big Six dam storage level -- which includes the Theewaterskloof, Voëlvlei, Berg River, Wemmershoek,...

  • Let’s go down the Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir rabbit hole one last time

    Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are record-breaking ice dancers who have wowed the skating world since forming a team in 1997. The pair have won three Olympic gold medals and two silvers -- but, more importantly, they've also won the internet's hearts. Record-breaking ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have endured dating rumours for ages because we all have eyes The thing about Tessa and Scott is that they're also, according to the web and very good science, madly in love and secretly dating. But the 2018 Winter Olympics marks the end of their competitive careers. So, without any promise that they'll ever...

  • #TummyMustFall: Cyril Ramaphosa jogs through Gugulethu

    If you were anywhere between Athlone and Gugulethu around 6am this morning, you may have caught a glimpse of a striding President. As he had done in Sea Point before last week's SONA 2018, Cyril Ramaphosa took to the streets of Cape Town to jog with fellow South Africans. He didn't wear those Where's Waldo? socks from last week, but he did manage to push a number of hashtags into Twitter's zeitgeist. Wear socks. Put on your running shoes. Become an active healthy South African! Yes Mr President #CRGetFit ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/zMxo8Z25F3 — Ontiretse Marumo (@OntiMarumo) February 20, 2018 Most of the sentiment was...

  • 8 feel-good shows on Netflix to help escape the world’s suck

    Life is hard. Problems barrel at us at a steady pace, and social media has allowed us all direct access to almost every human being on the planet's problems. People weren't made to handle so much -- and you're allowed to step away from it when you need. For some that could mean partaking in a hobby, or exercising, or spending your salary on face masks. Life is hard - if you want, try these shows that could make it a little lighter For me, it often means finding TV shows that transport me to a world where real-world problems are infrequent and, when...

  • Everything you need to know about Cape Town’s Day Zero plans

    As Cape Town's water crisis deepens, and Day Zero draws nearer, a lot of questionable information is currently circulating on the internet. But the City of Cape Town is finally getting its act together -- at least in terms of providing regular updates on the progress of its disaster plan, what Day Zero will mean for all Capetonians, and how its water collection points will work. Although it's still calling on users to reduce consumption, in addition to new social media campaigns including #DefeatDayZero, there's no doubt that Mayor Patricia de Lille's words of "We have reached the point of no...

  • Indulge in 5 of the best SONA 2018 memes

    This past Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa demonstrated that the State of the Nation Address (SONA) can go on without Jacob Zuma. And South Africa's meme game (like its currency) was stronger than ever. So what were some of the gems that were inspired by this year's address? Sit back and enjoy the five best memes from this year's SONA. SONA 2018 meme #5: Ministers of Unemployment Widely believed to be replaced as the Minister of Twitter Minister of Police in the coming days, Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter Friday to rubbish claims he was afraid of Ramaphosa's potential plans. But instead of opposing...