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Jub Jub gets released on parole after serving half of his 8-year sentence. He was convicted in 2012 together with Themba Tshabalala, for crashing their cars into a group of school children in 2010. The accident left four boys dead and two others seriously injured.
As a Nelspruit woman narrowly escapes the 50th Ford Kuga to catch fire, pressure mounts on Ford to account for the spate of life threatening car fires. Ford would only recall the Kuga models later in the year, facing significant reputational damage.
Beyonce announces on IG that she and husband Jay Z were expecting twins. “We would like to share our love and happiness,” she captioned a shot of herself holding her baby bump, surrounded by a beautiful floral arrangement. “We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.”
Orlando Pirates suffers their worst defeat in history at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns. Sundowns put SIX past Orlando Pirates for the first time since 1990. Terrible scenes caused the game to be called to halt with minutes left to play, with fans growing increasingly upset at the club’s poor performances.
Riky Rick put radio stations and his own record label Mabala Noise on blast as he accepted his Best Hit Single MetroFM Music Award for Sidlukotini, “I thought I would be more excited to get this. If you know my raps you know exactly what I’m talking about, shout out to all the kids that never get on radio, that can’t get their songs played on radio because they don’t have enough money… 90 percent of the sh*t I hear on radio is garbage… So if you’re a kid and you’re watching this right now, forget radio. If they don’t let you play on radio you better go to the internet and let your songs pop on the internet.”
Legendary actor, songwriter and film producer Joe Mafela dies at 75 after the entertainer’s Ford Figo was involved in a collision with a bakkie in a construction zone. Mafela was best known for his portrayal of Sdumo in the Zulu sitcom “Sgudi ‘Snaysi”( “it is good”¦ it is nice”). He had an impressive career in film, television and stage and at the time of his death, he was working as Tebogo Moroka on Generations The Legacy.
Drake releases More Life, a collection of songs he calls a ‘playlist’ featuring a remake of Black Coffee’s hit record Superman, the album goes on to break streaming records by amassing over 60 million streams in the first day of release. The remake titled Get Together, is a stand out track on the album, putting Black Coffee’s production right up there with the best in the world.
As President Zuma fires Finance Minister Pravin Godhan to appoint Malusi Gigaba as the 3rd FM in 2 years, his relationship with the Guptas is exposed through the Gupta Leaks, a tranche of e-mails exposing corruption in state entities by those who wield influence over the President. The President ignores numerous calls for his resignation from the public, civil society and even those in the ANC.
Tsonga rapper Sho Madjozi breaks through the industry with a refreshingly original vibe about her. Repping the true North (Limpopo & Mpumalanga), her hit song Tumi HiPhone featuring PS DJz rocks dance floors all over the country.
Our beloved Oros, a concentrate we all grew up on, has seen a rapid price increase to now cost close to R40 for a 2L. Some would blame social media hype for inflating the price of this national treasure.
South Africa has one of the highest rates of violence against women & children in the world. In a society such as ours, that also grapples with high rates of poverty and unemployment, violence and abuse against women tends to take the backseat. Women around the country and on social media took men head on with the #MenAreTrash campaign that dealt with how men can do better to fight this scourge.
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe requests nudes from a 29-year-old presidential photographer. The minister who is married to Bridgette Radebe, later apologises for the “embarrassment” he had caused his family, the ANC and South African public. Jeff Radebe is an ANC Presidential hopeful.
Model Amber Rose drops the hottest nude of the year on Twitter and Instagram to promote her third annual Slut Walk, an Amber Rose branded festival featuring HIV and breast cancer screenings, all with the goal of combating gender inequality and ending double-standards placed on women. Nude for a good cause!
Nominated in the BET Best International: Africa category, Babes Wodumo and team fail to secure her traveling visa to the US for the award ceremony. Babes reportedly only appeared at the American embassy a week before her planned travels, the application process usually takes up to 60 days to secure an interview. The West Ink management team was massively criticized for this failure.
Actress and radio DJ Thando Thabethe and a host of other celebrities strip for the annual Marie Claire Naked Issue. The issue supports the fight against the eradication of HIV/AIDS and changing the devastating narrative of child-headed homes.
Jazz legend Ray Phiri, who founded the band Stimela and performed on Paul Simon’s Graceland tour, dies of cancer at age 70. He had released 12 albums by the time of his death.
Vodacom, one of SA’s largest cellular network providers, experiences a technical glitch that leads to the disappearance of customers’ data and airtime. Affected customers were unable to use their bundles over an extended period. Vodacom later apologized and offered 500mb as compensation.
Floyd Money Mayweather Jr. picks up the 50th win of his illustrious career, defeating UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in the 10th-round. McGregor put up a decent show but was ultimately overmatched against one of the best defensive boxers in history.
Nicole Nyaba, a model who doubles up as a video vixen and known for sharing racy pics on Instagram, poses in front of a BMW i8 that is similar to the one AKA drives, leading to rumours of an alleged love affair with the hip hop star.
Photographer and plus size model Thickleeyonce’s classy clapback over ‘body shaming’ tweet goes viral. Teen Vogue and other international publications interview her as a result of the viral response.
Actress Thuso Mbedu gets an International Emmy Awards nod for her role in the Mzansi Magic drama Is’thunzi. Thuso goes up against actresses from Brazil, Germany and the UK in the Best Actress category. The award went to English actress Anna Friel.
Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, dies at 91. Hefner founded Playboy magazine as a men’s magazine that featured nude images of famous women, emerging models, actresses and singers.
Indie record label Mabala Noise brings US rap trio Migos down for a two-city South African leg of their Culture Tour. The Joburg leg is controversially delayed and a young lady is accused of sleeping with one of the rappers.
Our star goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is injured ahead of a do or die World Cup qualifier against Senegal. A brave Khune settles for a protective mask as we go on to lose the qualifier and fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
South African rap superstar Cassper Nyovest sets his sights on filling up FNB stadium with 75 000 fans to host the biggest hip hop concert ever. His #FillUp series has seen him fill up the Dome & Orlando Stadium.
After longtime Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe fires his Deputy and fellow liberation struggle veteran Emmerson Mnangagwa, the army moves to seize control of the state and unseat President Mugabe in a polite coup.
After a 37-year reign as the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe finally succumbs to pressure from the Zimbabwean people, his own party Zanu-PF and parliament by resigning from the presidency. Fired former Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa steps into his shoes as interim President.
The world is shocked by the danger facing migrants and refugees as they are auctioned off as slaves in Libya. Libya is the main transit hub for refugees and migrants attempting to reach southern Europe by sea. Most are coming from countries like Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Senegal, Sudan and Somalia.
A lot more has happened this year, but these are David’s best picks of what 2017 will be remembered for!