Man who was ‘resurrected’ by pastor Lukau dies again

Man who was 'resurrected' by pastor Lukau dies again

Man who was 'resurrected' by pastor Lukau dies againAccording to reports, the man who was “raised from the dead” by South African pastor, Pastor Alph Lukau back in February has died.

Zimbabwean born Brighton ‘Elliot’ Moyo made headlines across various social media platforms after a video in which he was allegedly raised from the dead after 3 days went viral although Pastor Lukau later backtracked on his claims and accused Moyo’s family of staging the miracle.

According to local publication H-Metro, Brighton died last week in a village called St Luke’s in South Africa. Unfortunately for Brighton, there was no resurrection this time and he was buried on Saturday. He is survived by his wife only as they had no children. A close family member who spoke to H-Metro said,

“His stomach started swelling and didn’t stop for three days and on the third day, he died.”

According to other reports, when Brighton joined Lukau’s Alleluia Ministries International there were reports that he was HIV positive and he had kidney failure and he also had TB (tuberculosis).

When reached for comment, officials from the church stressed that what happened in February was not a miracle.

AKA wins Nickelodeon Kids Choice Favourite SA Star award

AKA wins Nickelodeon Kids Choice Favourite SA Star awardUnlike many, rapper AKA scooped up a prestigious Nickelodeon Kids Choice award at a glitzy ceremony in LA.

The Supa Mega won the award for Favourite SA Star. He competed with Nomzamo Mbatha, Somizi, Kagiso Rabada and Siya Kolisi for the prize.

AKA became the first SA rapper to win the award.

He dedicated the win to his daughter Kairo, his fans and also rapper Kwesta, who held his white wedding this weekend.

“I also want to dedicate this award to my brother Kwesta and his wife who got married this past weekend. I couldn’t attend because I had to be here in LA. God bless the Vilakazis and cheers to many happy years of more life.”AKA wins Nickelodeon Kids Choice Favourite SA Star awardEver since AKA’s nomination was announced earlier this month, Kairo has been on a mission to make sure her daddy wins the prize. She posted a cute video asking the nation to vote for her dad so she could slime him at the awards, as is customary for winners.

Unfortunately Kairo couldn’t make the trip because of visa issues, but she sent her favourite doll to represent her.

AKA took the doll with him to the awards, even jokingly making conversation with it in videos on his Instagram live.

Out on social media, the streets were filled with memes and messages congratulating Kairo …and her dad.

South Africa Airways set to pay rival Comair $78 million

South Africa Airways set to pay rival Comair $78 millionState-run South African Airways (SAA) will pay its rival Comair 1.1 billion rand ($78 million) to settle an anti-competition case, sending shares in the local aviation company soaring.

Struggling SAA has not made a profit since 2011 and was given a 5 billion rand bailout by government last year to shore up its balance sheet.

It is one of a handful of state firms cited by credit ratings agencies as a major risk to the sovereign rating of Africa’s most industrialised economy.

Comair said in a statement on Friday that SAA would start making payments to it from this month until July 2022, unless SAA decides to pay the full amount earlier.

Comair operates flights in southern Africa under a licence from British Airways and launched low-cost airline

Menzgold Boss Nana Appiah Mensah jumps bail, relocates to South Africa

Menzgold Boss Nana Appiah Mensah jumps bail, relocates to South AfricaBusinessman Nana Appiah Mensah is believed to have jumped his bail condition and relocated first to Nigeria through the Togo Border and then to South Africa where his family has already been since the news of the Menzgold scam broke.

Nana Appiah Mensah was first invited in October 2018 for questioning at the EOCO. Later on Wednesday, November 21, he was picked up by the Bureau of National Investigations where he was granted bail under certain conditions. Our source refused to disclose the full conditions. It is now believed that he has jumped bail and has not reported three times in a row while his phone and other forms of contacts are unreachable. is reliably informed government intends to use all available state resources at its disposal to ensure NAM 1 is brought to justice for duping unsuspecting Ghanaians. Another source at the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) with knowledge on the matter hinted this portal that NAM1 broke his bail about 8 days ago and a one-week ultimatum was given him.

After this, it is expected that the government will use whatever resources at its disposal to smoke him out from wherever he will be hiding in the world. Our source refused to state whether NAM 1’s passport was actually seized or not.

While this news came to our attention about a week ago, our source warned against publication as it had a potential of causing Menzgold customers to react in a disturbing way following their notification of police of their protests in Kumasi, and in Tarkwa this week.

But influential Nephew of President Akufo-Addo active in government but without a portfolio, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has now confirmed for the public the news of the NAM’s running away.

“I understand the owner of Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah, has breached his bail condition and absconded. We can’t allow those who allegedly dupe people with such impunity to get away with it that easily.” He said.

“Let’s smoke them out, wherever they are, and throw the book at them! While I will not want a pesewa of my tax money to be involved with this Ponzi matter, I believe majority of Ghanaians will agree with me that the law must come down heavily on those who use such schemes to destroy the lives of many people.” He added.

It is suspected that NAM 1 first moved to Nigeria via Togo with the help of some immigration officials and from Nigeria, he found his way back to South Africa where his wife and children are.

NAM1’s mother, sister, wife and son

Currently, his mother and sister are in Ghana doing some asset recovery with some particular clients of Menzgold. They were last sighted at Nima Police Station where they had caused the arrest of one customer over breach of contract.

He has however moved his nuclear family out of Ghana for fear of their safety as authoritatively reported.

Mr Appiah Mensah moved his son and wife, Roselyn out of Ghana to South Africa where he owns a stream of real estate.

His wife’s fashion and jewellery shop, Rozy’s Collections in Accra has been closed and items emptied. Neighbours say the shop was emptied by a team who came around at night with 3 Tundras and one KIA pickup about two weeks ago to pack the shop wares.

His mother, Mrs Eva Brew and sister, Abigail Mensah who played prominent roles in the business are however in the country chasing their own debtors, learnt. Nana Appiah Mensah is believed to have named Brew Marketing Ltd, where Menzgold customers bought their fake gold, after his mother, Mrs Eve Brew.

South Africa train collision kills 3, dozens injured

South Africa train collision kills 3, dozens injuredAt least three people have been confirmed dead and more than 200 injured on Tuesday when two trains collided in the South African capital Pretoria.

The crash, which occurred at 9:30 a.m. (07:30 GMT), left 82 passengers with serious injuries after a packed train careered into a stationary train at Mountain View station.

“We do not rule out the possibility of additional fatalities as we search under the wreckage,” emergency official Charles Mabaso said.

“We have got three confirmed fatalities, and we have got different emergency services on site,” Charles Mabaso added.

South Africa is one of few African countries that has a very functional rail system. The incidence of train accidents have been recorded once a while over the years.

In 2016, a similar train collision end one person’s life while injuring hundreds at a spot between Tembisa and Kaalfontein in the Guateng region on a route known as the East Rand.

2018 alone saw two different clashes where the second accident in October had about 320 people injured when a packed train travelling from South Africa’s business hub Johannesburg to the capital Pretoria crashed into the back of a stationary train.

The first clash in January increased the death toll to at least 14 when a train crashed in South Africa’s Free State province.

Idris Elba writes stage show about life after Nelson Mandela

Idris Elba writes stage show about life after Nelson MandelaIdris Elba has co-written a stage show about life in South Africa after Nelson Mandela, which will have its premiere in Manchester next summer.

The Luther star has written Tree with Kwame Kwei-Armah, the new artistic director of London’s Young Vic theatre.

Elba played the late South African president in the 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Tree will combine drama with music, dance and film, and will be part of the 2019 Manchester International Festival.

However, Elba won’t appear in the show, which is also inspired by the 2014 album Mi Mandela, which saw the actor bring together British and South African musicians.

Elba said he and Kwei-Armah had “both experienced personal moments of healing connected with the country and we’re starting to explore that together”.

He said: “For me, an interesting part of the process is looking at the next part of the story; the new universe that sprung up after Mandela.”

Mr Mandela was president of South Africa from 1994-1999 and died in 2013.

The show will run at Upper Campfield Market Hall from 29 June to 10 July before transferring to the Young Vic.

Tree is one of the first three productions to be announced from the festival line-up.

Mercury Prize-winning rapper Skepta will stage a live show titled Dystopia987, combining live performances by him and other artists with DJ sets along with “a wealth of new technology and a cast inhabiting a hidden netherworld”.

The three-night run will take place from 17-19 July in a secret location in the city.

A statement said it would be “a waking dream that presents Skepta’s singular vision of the future: deep, dark, radical and riveting”.

It is also described as “a journey into eternity – a future riven with uncertainty and fear but rich in wonder and possibility”.

The festival will kick off on 4 July with an event created by Yoko Ono in which members of the public will be asked to gather in Cathedral Gardens, where a “people’s orchestra of bells” will send a message of peace.

Cathedral Gardens is a stone’s throw from Manchester Arena, where 22 people died in a bomb attack in May 2017.

Ono said: “The beauty of this piece will break the sky and more. One of the reasons this is very different is the fact that all of us will be making the sound together.

“More than ever, we must come together to heal each other, and the world.”

South Africa minister Malusi Gigaba ‘blackmailed’ over sex video

Malusi Gigaba

South Africa minister Malusi Gigaba, 'blackmailed' over sex videoSouth Africa’s security services have been accused of hacking a politician’s phone after a sex tape emerged.

The 13-second video of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba masturbating on his own has been shared widely on WhatsApp among South Africans.

His spokesman accused security services of stealing the video from his phone and he accused an opposition politician of leaking it to the public.

The spokesman said that the minister had started getting blackmail threats last year but Minister Malusi Gigaba has refused to entertain blackmail attempts. His spokesman, Vuyo Mkhize, told public broadcaster SABC that the people behind the blackmail have been demainding 10m rand ($690,000, £540,000).

On Sunday Mr Gigaba took to micro-blogging site Twitter, to apologise to his family and friends.
“The state security agency was behind the illegal interception of the minister’s communication/retrieval of the video from his phone,” he tweeted. South Africa minister Malusi Gigaba, 'blackmailed' over sex videoSouth Africa minister Malusi Gigaba, 'blackmailed' over sex videoThis is not the first time Mr Gigaba’s sex life has filled South African newspapers. Times Live reminds its readers that his wife had a public spat with his mistress in 2015.

South Africa withdraws land expropriation bill passed in 2016

South Africa’s parliament withdrew an expropriation bill it passed in 2016 that allowed the state to make compulsory purchases of land to redress racial disparities in ownership, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Tuesday.South Africa withdraws land expropriation bill passed in 2016The thrust of the bill, which had not been signed into law, has been overtaken by a proposal by the ANC to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation.

The bill was meant to enable the state to pay for land at a value determined by a government adjudicator and then expropriate it for the “public interest”, ending the willing-buyer, willing-seller approach to land reform.

However, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Aug. 1 the ANC plans to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation, as whites still own most of South Africa’s territory.

South Africans are taking part in public hearings on land reform that are being held countrywide, to give their comments on the ANC’s proposal to change the constitution.

“The bill in its current form would need to be re-considered in light of the process of reviewing Section 25 of the constitution for the expropriation of land without compensation,” Nonceba Mhlauli, a spokeswoman for the ANC’s chief whip, said.

“Were the bill to be re-introduced, it would contain a clause or clauses reflecting expropriation of land without compensation if that is the way that South Africans have chosen to go,” she said.

The rand ZAR=D3 rallied briefly on the news, firming more than one percent to a session high of 13.9525 before giving up all the gains to trade at 14.1250 at 1502 GMT.

Markets and investors are wary because of concerns about wider threats to property rights.

Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and James Macharia

Nasty C talks Hip Hop in South Africa, spends time with 50 Cent

South African hip-hop star Nasty C is currently in the US and he seems to be making the most of his time while it last.

Nasty C talks Hip Hop in South Africa, spends time with 50 Cent
Nasty C interview with Sway

First doing an interview with Sway, the 21-year-old rapper took time to have a real conversation about Hip Hop in South Africa, while giving props to Prokid.

When Nasty C took the hot seat with Sway In The Morning he got some things off his chest, like how people were “messing with his money”.

Nasty C went to the States to promote his latest album Strings and Bling but when reflecting on how much “fame” had changed his life, he spoke about he had to cut off a few people.

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“A couple of people man. There’s… I don’t wanna say his name. But there are a couple of people that I was working with and this one person in particular, was just messing with my money and that kind of stuff. I thought I could trust him because we had to hustle together, we came up from nothing together but he changed out of nowhere.”

Nasty C talks Hip Hop in South Africa, spends time with 50 Cent
Nasty C hangout with 50 Cent

The Strings and Blings hitmaker shared a few pictures of himself hanging out with 50 after his interview. “He said, ‘If they say sum about your hair again get the strap’,”he captioned the photo above on Instagram, joking about his bad haircut drama he had while in New York.

Nasty also showed off a gift he got from the American star – a signed copy of his book, The 50th Law.  Watch the interview below.

Afrocentric chef Sizo Henna opens restaurant in Johannesburg

Afrocentric chef Sizo Henna opens restaurant in JohannesburgSizo Henna is one of South Africa’s top chefs – well known for discovering and celebrating African dishes on his cooking show, ‘Rustic Chakula’.

Henna took the plunge avoided by many young chefs and opened his own restaurant, Blaque Wine and Grillhouse, in Johannesburg.

The eatery offers an exclusive pairing of South African wines and African cuisine with a spins on international dishes.

I was not that kid that loved burger or fishfingers, I actually loved soups, different broths, curries

During his famous “One Night with Sizo” dinner, Henna told Reuters that his love for food can be traced back to his childhood, when his family would travel to different parts of the country, enjoying indigenous cuisines made by locals.

“From the age of 9-years-old, I didn’t know what was a palate but my palate grew and understanding different flavours and textures, hotel food from restaurant food, felt like I could tell a difference. So, I was not that kid that loved burger or fishfingers, I actually loved soups, different broths, curries,” he said.

“What I made now, is the lamb cutlets, beautiful lamb cutlets, French trimmed underneath we did a nice casserole which is potato, butternut, cream and then just to make the plate pretty, we put the baby fennels, which went beautiful with it,” he boasted.

The 5-month-old restaurant has already won positive reviews and guests are flocking in to enjoy his signature flame-grilled meats.

Henna studied at London’s prestigious Walthamstow Forest College. After graduating, he travelled around the world, learning about different cultures and cuisines.

His ideas come from worlds as far apart as a pan fried foie-gras from France, and creamy Umngqusho – a mix of dried kennels, sugar beans and potatoes from his home town.

But one thing is constant, his obsession of pairing local wines with local dishes.

“Being a chef and obviously we work very well with wines and I’m human – I love wines, I love good wine. I then decided now it’s time to open my own little baby which is called ‘Blaque Wine and Grillhouse. We’re taking South African dishes with South African wines – we pair that together,” he says.

Henna’s TV cooking show, Rustic Chakula airs on South Africa’s national broadcaster SABC3.

On the show, he explores a contemporary lifestyle while trying to demonstrate how simplicity is always best.

But moving from screen to the restaurant business was not easy.

Like most entrepreneurs, he struggled to find funding and says he is finding his way.

“Of course, I have spent 16 years of my life in the kitchen so now when you are having to run the business, looking at the stock, the cost, HR and everything, it becomes a big thing you know? So… but I am learning every day. Those are the biggest challenges,” he said.

Henna has received massive support from black South Africans, who say they are consuming more than just food. There are not many black-owned fine-dining establishments in South Africa.

Eating here, they say, is part of an emergent lifestyle where tradition can be honoured in a fine dining setting.

“Being here with my friends, my friends that I wanted to be with and to be in Sizo’s restaurant – I love Sizo, I love all he’s doing and I actually want to celebrate all my happy moments and I hope many other black people do because he’s doing something amazing,” said Dashi Sabina.

“I enjoyed the fact we are celebrating a dear friend’s milestone birthday in a black-owned establishment that’s successful and just having a good time and great food, great wine, great company,” said Shiela Otieno-Osanya.

Sometimes referred to as Joburg’s afrocentric chef, Henna considers himself a humble trendsetter who has stayed grounded from his days waiting tables, to cooking for South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

With Reuters