Grammy organisers deny claims award nominations are rigged

24 January 2020, 4:46 PM
The organisers of the Grammy Awards denied allegations that nominations for the highest prizes in the music industry are rigged, calling the claims “categorically false and misleading.”
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Michael Jackson’s sex abuse accusers given green light to sue late singer’s companies 5 January 2020, 7:32 AM

Two men featured in a 2019 documentary alleging sexual abuse by Michael Jackson have been given the go-ahead to pursue claims against two of the late singer’s companies.

SABC saddened by the passing of radio personality ‘Chilli M’ 4 January 2020, 5:24 PM

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it is saddened by the passing of radio personality Vukani 'Chilli M' Masinga.

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Cape Town minstrels ready for a day of song, dance and colour 4 January 2020, 11:45 AM

Thousands of Cape Town minstrels are gathering to celebrate the city’s culture and history at the annual Cape Town Street Parade. The Tweede Nuwe Jaar procession, which is usually held on the 2nd, is being held on Saturday. It was shelved to Saturday out of respect for the Islamic Jum’ah observation, which coincided with the […]

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City of Cape Town wishes troops successful minstrel parade 4 January 2020, 8:19 AM

The City of Cape Town has wished all troops taking part in Saturday’s annual minstrel parade a successful event.

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Four generations of UK royal family pose for photo to mark new decade 4 January 2020, 6:53 AM

 Buckingham Palace has issued a new photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth, her son Prince Charles, her grandson Prince William and her great-grand son Prince George to mark the start of a new decade.

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Public Broadcaster warns against false SABC News Facebook account 3 January 2020, 7:50 PM

The SABC has distanced itself from a Facebook account purporting to belong to SABC News.

Vegetables
Veganism is a belief protected under UK law, tribunal rules 3 January 2020, 4:28 PM

Choosing to be a vegan for ethical reasons is a "philosophical belief" that warrants protection by law, a tribunal in Britain has ruled in landmark hearing.

Minstrels
Cape Town CBD to close some roads due to minstrel parade 3 January 2020, 3:50 PM

Several roads will be closed in the Cape Town CBD on Friday for the annual minstrel parade.

Initiates
E Cape traditional leaders seek to preserve initiation custom 3 January 2020, 2:06 PM

Chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders in the Eastern Cape, Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane says he is happy that boys who underwent initiation through proper channels, are coming home safe.

Former Ukhozi FM host Vukani “Chilli M” Masinga dies 3 January 2020, 10:30 AM

A popular radio DJ that once worked for SABC's Ukhozi FM has died after an illness. Vukani Masinga, known as “Chilli M”, joined Ukhozi FM in 2012.

Female directors reached record highs in 2019 Hollywood 3 January 2020, 10:02 AM

The number of women behind the camera on Hollywood movies jumped to record levels in 2019, with 12 directing top-grossing films including “Frozen II,” “Captain Marvel” and “Hustlers,” two studies showed on Thursday.

Vetting jurors in Weinstein case will be a challenge, experts say 3 January 2020, 6:30 AM

As former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein goes to trial on rape charges next week in Manhattan, lawyers will need to keep an eye out for jurors who want to use the case to make a statement about sexual abuse following the rise of the #MeToo movement, legal experts said.

Festive season
NMB Municipality pleased with city’s festivities 2 January 2020, 7:35 PM

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the Eastern Cape says it is pleased with the overall summer season festivities it hosted in the city.

Chief Dirahadibonwe Sekonyela dies 2 January 2020, 5:50 PM

The Free State House of Traditional Leaders Deputy Chairperson, Chief Dirahadibonwe ''Ramashweleshwele'' Sekonyela has died. He died in Manapo hospital in Qwaqwa this morning, after a short illness.

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W Cape NSRI delivers healthy baby boy 2 January 2020, 4:15 PM

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has responded to a number of incidents in the Western Cape on New Year's Day. At Strandfontein, duty crew assisted with the delivery of a baby boy.

MEC Masuku urges mothers to breastfeed for at least six months after giving birth 2 January 2020, 7:02 AM

Gauteng MEC for Health, Bandile Masuku has emphasized the importance of breastfeeding particularly in the first six months of infancy.

Homeless people dream of a better life in the new decade 1 January 2020, 8:03 PM

The birth of a New Year usually comes with new plans and hopes for the future. Despite their circumstances, homeless people also dream of a better life as we enter a new decade.

‘Free New Year’s Music Concert has boosted Tshwane’s economy’ 1 January 2020, 2:40 PM

Acting executive mayor of Tshwane, Abel Tau believes the annual Free New Year's Music Concert has boosted the city's economy and tourism.

New parents joyful over parental leave extension 1 January 2020, 12:50 PM

Parents of babies born on New Year’s Day have expressed joy over the enactment of a law allowing the extension of paid parental leave to 10 days for fathers. 

Justin Bieber to chronicle comeback in YouTube documentary series 1 January 2020, 9:35 AM

Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber is opening up about his creative and personal life through a 10-part documentary ahead of a career comeback after three years away from the spotlight.

New Year’s Day babies welcomed in 2020 around SA 1 January 2020, 8:49 AM

74 New Year's Day babies have been welcomed in Limpopo between midnight and six o'clock on Wednesday morning.

‘Murder Mystery’ tops Netflix 2019 shows, ‘The Crown’ out of top 10 31 December 2019, 10:06 AM

Netflix Inc’s original film “Murder Mystery,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, topped a list of the streaming service’s most popular releases of 2019 in the United States but its award-winning “The Crown” failed to make the top 10.

KFC couple’s wedding to take place today 31 December 2019, 7:21 AM

It is all systems go for South Africa's most anticipated wedding that was sparked by a marriage proposal at a KFC branch in Gauteng.

African films made more headlines in the past decade – Showmax 31 December 2019, 7:03 AM

The video-on-demand service, Showmax, says the past decade saw African films make more headlines at the biggest international festivals, earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations along the way.

AFROPUNK festival celebrates arts, film and fashion 30 December 2019, 6:28 PM

The two-day AFROPUNK 2020 festival kicks off at Constitution Hill, Braamfontein on Monday. The event has been running for three years in South Africa and celebrates arts, film and fashion.

South Africans warned about the dangers of binge drinking 30 December 2019, 2:58 PM

South Africans have been urged not to overindulge in alcohol during the festive season as irresponsible drinking patterns could lead to increased road fatalities, domestic abuse, and serious contact crimes.

Zuma urges youth to work hard in school 30 December 2019, 9:15 AM

Former president Jacob Zuma has called on the youth to work towards obtaining qualifications that could help them get jobs in the future.

Newly face-lifted Big Ben will ring in London New Year 30 December 2019, 7:37 AM

Britain’s Big Ben bell in parliament’s landmark clock tower will ring at midnight on New Year’s Eve, marking the start of a year for the first time since its new face was revealed from under scaffolding halfway through restoration work.

Gospel group Avante founder Linda Gcwensa has died 29 December 2019, 5:50 PM

Founder of the gospel music group Avante, Linda Gcwensa has died. The 47-year-old singer-songwriter from KwaMashu, north of Durban was admitted to hospital last week.

E Cape Tourism gives Ebubeleni Music Festival the thumbs up 29 December 2019, 4:21 PM

The Eastern Cape Tourism Agency has given the organisers of the 8th annual Ebubeleni Music Festival in Port Elizabeth the thumbs up.