1. As South African’s we awoke to the news on Valentine’s Day that one of our favourite son’s Oscar Pistorius had shot and killed is girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by accident. Subsequently the decorated Para-Olympian has today been charged with murder. As one of the biggest stories to date the world’s media has gone into a frothing frenzy. Take your pick. Reuters, NY Times, Huffington Post or the Mail&Gaurdian
2. A little event on the South African calendar the State of the Nation address has been overshadowed by Oscar’s Pistorius’s shooting, President Jacob Zuma delivered a hell of a boring speech as these thing’s usually are, all the while struggling from flu – well done guy!. Eye Witness News has put together a really nice little micro-site summarizing the speech and what’s important. [EWN]
3. Meteorite cannon’s into Russia via the Ural mountain thankfully exploding over the mountains with the force of an atomic bomb, injuring 500. “The meteor – estimated to be about 10 tons – entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement.” [Huffington Post] [CNBC]
4. On a lighter note Protea’s skipper Graeme Smith led the lad’s out on Thursday for his 100th test as test captain. Good on ya Biffy.[Sowetan]
5. Something that has not happened since the 1200′s Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from..well being the Pope. He’s literally to buggered for this stuff. [News24]
Posted in 5 on Fridays
Tagged Five on Friday's, Graeme Smith, meteor, meteor hits Russia, news, Oscar Pistorius, Pope Benedict, Protea's, Satate of the Nation, SONA2013, the Squire, Zuma
Man found with his nephew’s genitals in his wallet. Only in South Africa where weird shit truly happens….all I ca say is “wow….just wow”
Rising political star Lindiwe Mazibuko, the Democratic Alliance’s parliamentary leader, takes aim at Jacob Zuma for being a total muppet.
1Time, South Africa’s well loved low cost airline, dive bombs and files for liquidation:
President Barak Obama win’s a second term and proves Republicans need to grow some brains.
DA’s leader and Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, marched on Zuma’s Nkandla compound only to be blocked by the ANC and cops.
Julius Malema is in the media again for all the wrong reasons, this time supposedly rigging a R1.7 billion school feeding programme in Limpopo to ensure his pellies are looked after. The show goes on.
Loving the fact that our two local domestic team’s are dominating the Champions League Twenty, sending all those fancy boy’s packing. Last night the Highveld Lions booked their way into the final by moering the Delhi Daredevils.
Microsoft launches Windows 8 in South Africa, getting every techie out there very excited.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers his mid-term budget and tell’s South Africa to catch a wake up.
Whether you like it or not, E-tolls aren’t going away.
Obama was tipped to come out swinging in the second round presidential race debate and hell bells the chap did not disappoint. Like two prize fighters they circled each other on the platform and by all accounts Obama won this one. [Look]
Ernie Els turns down offer to play in the 2012 Nedbank Million Dolloar Golf Challenge.
The national public protector goes on the offensive by looking into Zumaville and misuse of state funds, seriously pissing off the ANC.
The Bookmarks Awards have shortlisted the entries with the ceremony taking place on the 1 November in Cape Town.
A event in the guise of the Loeries, the Bookmarks is the digital version on the media world. [Look]
Mixit boss Alan Knott-Craig Jnr steps down as CEO [Look]
The digital landscape in South Africa is growing in leaps and bounds with decent publications starting to hit the bookshelves most notably that of Alan Knott-Craig Jnr (World of Avatar founder) called Mobinomics and another penned by lessor known Lee-Roy Chetty (technology commentator and serious academic) Imagining Web 3.0 . It’s safe to say the local digital industry is beginning to take a serious step in the right direction when compared to the major players across the ocean.
We have some awesome websites and blogs around that offer some great insight into industry trends and opinions on developments that anyone interested in tech and more specifically the digital landscape should take note of. I’ve put together a list of five of my favourite digital media sites for your perusal.
1. Memeburn - “Memeburn plays particular attention to the web, mobile, social media, online media and social networking fields. A mixture of the site’s own journalists, contributors, columnists and key opinion leaders world-wide write for Memeburn, providing their insights on the online world”
2. The HeavyChef - A blog and ‘project’run by the digital agency World Wide Creative most well known for producing the ‘Heavy Chef sessions’ where market leaders in the digital landscape discuss the various issues and trends affecting the industry as well as delving into the basics of what digital media really is.
3. GottaQuirk - another digital agency run blog with original content produced by the staff themselves on all things digital. A definite punt for the agency but some good info avaliable.
4. Mybroadband - the largest IT website in South Africa providing a wealth of business tech and technology news.
5. Winner of the best science and technology blog at the SA Blog Award 2011 the Bandwidth Blog offers previews, reviews, news and features on all things tech in South Africa.
Posted in 5 on Fridays, Digital
Tagged Bandwidth Blog, blog, digital, GottaQuirk, Imagining Web 3.0, Memeburn, Mobinomics, Mybroadband, South Africa, South African Blog Awards, The HeavyChef
Ok so when it’s test rugby season time and the Bok squad gets chosen the whole country quite literally proceeds to lose it’s collective tits and rage back and forth between what a kak squad we had to how we going to hand the opposition one almighty po@s-klap!
Heyneke Meyer might be starting to feel the heat with his first game of his tenure fast approaching, but us supporters have more pressing concerning. Setting up the den for a three week test rugby fest.
In the following order now:
No.1 – No Bok supporter would be worth their salt without a Bok jersey to his or her name. Etiquette demands it!
No.2 – Make sure your superbru predication’s always pick the Boks to win by 50. Always be positive.
No.3 – Either a skottle (gas braai thingy) or a solid braai is a prerequisite to any test match. With 4pm kickoff’s naturally some chops will be tanned…as one does.
No.4, Adequate fridge space is needed for beers, orange juice and champagne, rehydration is essential.
No.5, Round up the chom’s/charna’s/bru’s/Lad’s and gals watching the Springboks is best shared.
Winter seems to have finally found it’s way to our fair cape and what better way to enjoy a rainy weekend than by scoffing oneself full on all the decadent things we crave.
1. A bottle of Fat Bastard’s Shiraz has my name all over it to see the Friday evening in.
2. Porters Estate Produce Market all the way in Tokai is a perfect spot to test out the new winter wardrobe, coat and all. Slug back a decent cup of farm style brewed coffee that pusts hair on your chest and welcome the Saturday in with a bang.
3. The business end of the Super Rugby tournament is upon us and what better way to watch the Sharks claw their way up the table than at the venerable pub Forris (Foresters Arms – in Newlands) to nurse a few Castle Lager Milk Stouts – virtually a meal in a glass.
4. Chase this down with another Fat Bastard’s Shiraz – dangerous but well worth it.
5. Sunday is definitely a designated couch day, a few quality flicks from the Red Sofa Cafe in Vredehoek and we laughing.