The year 2022 will be remembered for its huge celebrity scandals – from US actor Will Smith’s infamous Oscar slap to millions of rands in lawsuits every other month as stars took each other head-on.
Embattled former ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule could be held liable for breach of contract following the Ace Magashule Foundation’s alleged failure to pay for the accommodation of students it sponsored to live and study in Turkey.
His dreadlocks are so long they almost touch the ground. He stands 1.83m tall and is almost 60 years old, yet he is still young at heart.
Dressed in blue jeans and a T-shirt imprinted with an image of Bob Marley, he looks totally different from the other men of his age.
The Special Investigating Unit is refusing to accept that the chief financial officer of a crucial district municipality in North West mistakenly authorised inflated purchase orders of irregularly appointed companies to supply personal protective equipment at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With all his nine lives seemingly depleted, The Cat of ANC politics, David Mabuza, hit a cul-de-sac at this week’s ANC national conference. Mabuza departs from his rather short-lived national position with all the perks afforded the country’s deputy president.
Family members of poachers, who spend money earned from the illicit rhino horn trade, will not be spared prosecution and conviction.
This year we were tried and tested, but we survived. The year was filled with a range of events, some of which left us frustrated and emotionally drained.
The year saw the world embroiled in a war, its citizens protest for their rights, a volcanic eruption and a lot more suffering. Despite the globe opening up after Covid-19, the world seems a more isolated place.
The idea of the return of ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa for a second term in that capacity was implanted in the public’s mind – ironically – by a man who desperately tried to undermine it.
The new ANC national executive committee (NEC) signals a significant generation shift, with all 36 members making way for a fresh group of faces. However, the older generation is still evident, as people who have served on the committee since the return of the ANC from exile, such as Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, have been given new five-year terms in the party leadership.
The re-election of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president could either be the death knell for the so-called radical economic transformation (RET) lobby or it could lead to the group realigning to later appear in a different form.
Young amapiano duo Boboza and Toto are offering a refreshing take on the genre. At just 15 and 10 years old, respectively, the siblings are set to take the new year by storm with their in-tune and age-appropriate amapiano track, Imali.
An unemployed woman from Mpumalanga is at her wits’ end after spending more than R3 000 to fight for a car she won during the SABC Summer Song of the Year campaign.
Next year promises to be a big one for businessperson Aubrey Tau, who heads the country’s controversial television channel Moja Love, as he plans to list it on the JSE and launch an online supermarket.
When he started his medical journey, Dr Randall Ortel had to drive taxis during weekends and holidays to be able to generate funds for his bursary shortfalls, books and day-to-day needs of a young person.
One week before the ANC’s national conference in Nasrec, Johannesburg, word was circulating – as always before such occasions – that there would be big exposés about certain candidates who were vying for the party’s top positions.