Kelly Khumalo Not Welcome at Meyiwa’s Funeral

Johannesburg – Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s family have barred his girlfriend and mother of his child, Kell Khumalo, from attending his funeral in Durban, The New Age reported on Wednesday.

“The service is open to anyone who wants to come to pay their last respects to Senzo, but that girl [Kelly Khumalo] is not welcome. She mustn’t even think about coming,” Meyiwa’s father, Samuel was quoted as saying.

Gauteng detective unit head Maj-Gen Norman Taioe told reporters in Johannesburg that Meyiwa was shot in his upper body while visiting his girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, on Sunday night.

Two men entered the house as the 27-year-old national team and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and captain and his friends were leaving. One of the attackers was waiting outside.

“Senzo and his friends were leaving when the two entered the house. One of the attackers bumped into the first friend and a scuffle ensued,” Taioe said on Monday.

One shot was fired inside the house, and two more were fired randomly outside. The three fled the scene with a stolen cellphone.

A reward of up to R250 000 was being offered for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the killers.

Police have released identikits of two dreadlocked men with gold teeth believed to be involved in Meyiwa’s shooting.

Meyiwa would be buried in Durban on Saturday. – Channel24

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Bonang Matheba to Dazzle the MTV EMA Red Carpet

She presented an award at MTV’s first ever Africa Music Awards in Durban this past July, now – red carpet queen Bonang Matheba, will be jetting off to the city of Glasgow, to cover MTV’s European Music Awards red carpet, alongside South Africa’s top online pop culture and entertainment hub Zalebs SA.

Although the awards are taking place on the 09th of November, Bonang will make her way to finding out what the world’s musical A-listers have to say about everything that is anything on 06th November.

“After having produced my own red carpet show for the South African Music Awards, and sharpening up my expertise as a broadcast professional, I am more than ready to do what I love the most on international platforms like the EMA’s. This opportunity is a showcase of Africa’s growth and involvement in the bigger picture of the international business of entertainment – I’m really exhilarated to be representing African media at MTV’s EMA red carpet”, said Queen B*

“ I can’t think of anybody more fitting for this kind of experience. Bonang is SA’s biggest celebrity and she’ll be on the Red Carpet of one of the biggest events in the world of music. If that’s not putting the nation on the map, I’m not sure what is,” added Celebrity News Specialist and Zalebs Editor Tinashe Venge.

While Bonang gets ready to tell the continent what the super rich and famous of the international music scene were wearing and getting up to on a red carpet fit for the world’s biggest music awards, Mzansi stands in full support of its home grown star as it awaits to hear from her, what the who’s who of the global music scene felt about their nominations and ultimately, who walks away with the highly contested European Music Award – Best African Act.

Stay tuned for more news on Bonang’s road to the EMAs and make sure you keep up with the red carpet maven as “Bonang Takes Glasgow”. The MTV EMAs will air on MTV Ch130 on Sunday, 09th November at 9:00pm CAT.

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Jill Scott to Serenade Jozi for One Night Only!!!

Smooth sounds of a dynamic soprano who infuses R&B, spoken word, jazz and hip hop, epitomizes the songstress that is Jill Scott.

Airey Scott together with Kaya FM, Mzanzi Magic and Tsogo Sun bring us the The No.1 Lady, for one night only in Johannesburg on the 13 December 2014 at the Coca-Cola Dome.

This summer Johannesburg will be catapulted into the world of Miss Jill Scott, as she carries her fans along on a melodic live journey with her dynamic voice for one night only this December. Johannesburg audiences will be treated to the full Jill Scott experience at a seated concert at The Coca –Cola Dome.

Promoters Airey Scott, known for the recent Kendrick Lamar and 2Chainz SA tours, are excited to finally be bringing Jill Scott out to Johannesburg.

“Having only ever performed in Cape Town in the past, we felt that it was only right to bring Jill Scott to Johannesburg and offer the market this exclusive experience,” said promoter Stuart Scott.

Limited tickets for the seated concert are available at Computicket now. These range from R390 to R1020.

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Start Your Engines for the V2 Pride Afterparty

Following a successful re-launch almost a month ago, where some of Joburg’s most trendy came in droves for their staple of top level entertainment, Vula Vala Productions is doing it again this October.

Decked on a rooftop venue that overlooks the iconic Jo’burg skyline under bright city lights, V2 has chosen a suitable venue both safe and refreshingly ambient for networking and connecting on a weekend night out. For the past 4 years, the V2 Experience has branded itself popular for its themed parties and October 25 will be no exception.

Setting the tone for this year’s Johannesburg Pride, the V2 public event is pulling out all the stops to welcome partygoers of all nations, creed or orientation.

“V2 has the highest equity in the entertainment circles, new faces and old without discrimination,” said organizer Matlotlo Gary Malekane-Nkosi referring to the entertainment venue’s varied audience. Topping it off, a tribute will be paid to late Kwaito singer, Lebo Mathosa popularly known as The Lioness who died in a car crash.

For those who are not familiar with the profile of V2, the team consists of young creatives who call themselves the custodians of wholesome entertainment and lifestyle that endorses quality events in a safe environment to be proud of. Trading in their previous Selby venue in Johannesburg, to Braamfontein’s central suburb, the crossover gave the organisers thumbs up from the patrons who arrived in numbers at last month’s launch. This included some of the entertainment industry’s well known choreographers, top stylists and image consultants, young professionals and a variety of party revelers.

Ticking every box when it comes to celebrating the best of Johannesburg out in the spring night, V2 sounds like a treat to bask in the skyline and dance the night away. The entertainment starts at 7 PM.

The V2 Pride Aftreparty details:

Date: Saturday, 25 October 2014
Venue: V2, 17 Wolmarans Street, 10th Floor Bullion Place, Braamfontein
Time: 19H00 PM
Entrance: R60 before 10 PM, R80 thereafter. R120 VIP

For event details contact 083 862 5157 or email

Come and celebrate spring and pride at V2!!!

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Zuma’s Housewives Cost Taxpayers R54.6-million

It cost South Africa R54.6-million to support the country’s first ladies during President Jacob Zuma’s first term in office.

The average annual cost of the Presidential Spousal Support Unit for the last four years of former president Thabo Mbeki’s administration, from 2005 to 2008, was R7.1-million.

In Zuma’s first term, the average rose to R10.9-million a year – an increase of R3.8-million.

In response to questions, the spokesman for the president, Mac Maharaj, said the unit cost R7.877-million in 2010-11; R11.165-million in 2011-12; R7.068-million in 2012-13 and R13.019-million in 2013-14.

The last time information was made publicly available on the unit was in February 2010 when the Presidency revealed in response to a parliamentary question that during Zuma’s first year in office, 2009 to 2010, the unit cost R15.517-million.

According to the Presidency’s website, the spousal office falls under the president’s private office and is designed to support “the spouses of the president and deputy president in their partnership role in presidential, ceremonial, state and executive functions and in all other duties and responsibilities related to their positions as spouses”.

Maharaj said: “There appears to be a belief in the media that government pays for the maintenance of the spouses of the president. This is grossly incorrect. The spouses pay their own living or household expenses, be it food, mortgages, lights, water and so forth.

“Nothing is paid for by the state in the four households of the spouses.”

The specifics of the costs that are covered by the state, according to the Presidency, include:

* Personal support staff (a private secretary and researcher);

* Domestic and international air travel and accommodation for official visits approved by the president;

* Cellular phones for spouses and their secretaries;

* IT equipment such as laptops and printers; and

* A special daily allowance for incidental expenses during official journeys.

There are four officially recognised first ladies at the moment: Bongi Ngema, Sizakele Khumalo-Zuma, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma and Tobeka Madiba-Zuma.

The unit also provides services to Dr Tshepo Motsepe, wife of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Annual reports for the Presidency have historically been guarded about the amount spent on the unit and no information of any sort on the cost of the unit has been available since 2010.

The reports did, however, previously carry a report on the work undertaken by the first ladies over the course of the financial year.

The Presidency’s 2006 annual report carried three pages of feedback on the work undertaken by then first lady Zanele Mbeki.

Such information stopped being reported on towards the end of Mbeki’s tenure.

Maharaj said: “The spouses undertake some community work on a voluntary basis based on their areas of interest.

“For example, Mrs Nompumelelo Zuma focuses on social development issues such as orphans and vulnerable children, Mrs Tobeka Zuma focuses on health especially breast cancer awareness, Mrs Bongi Ngema on health, especially diabetes and Mrs Sizakele Zuma focuses on food security and agriculture.”

The cost of state support for the unit has drawn much political outrage. The Democratic Alliance has called for “a special presidential handbook to introduce a strict regulatory framework for spending on the spousal office” in light of the increases under Zuma.

The Economic Freedom Fighters included the unit in its 2014 election manifesto, saying that an EFF government would “remove all presidential spousal support”. – TimesLIVE

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