JOZI WIRE https://joziwire.co.za South Africa Breaking News, Entertainment, Politics, Business, Sports Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:39:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.13 Tobacco Giant Philip Morris To Open More IQOS Retail Shops in South Africa https://joziwire.co.za/2020/01/tobacco-giant-philip-morris-to-open-more-iqos-retail-shops-in-south-africa/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:39:13 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=2741 Giant tobacco giant Philip Morris is uping its game in South Africa. In 2020, the group says its investments in the country will exceed R650 million. Known for its Marlboro and Chesterfield brands of cigarretes, Philip Morris is looking towards a different future, with its new smokeless device IQOS. South Africa is one of the […]

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IQOS south africaGiant tobacco giant Philip Morris is uping its game in South Africa. In 2020, the group says its investments in the country will exceed R650 million.

Known for its Marlboro and Chesterfield brands of cigarretes, Philip Morris is looking towards a different future, with its new smokeless device IQOS.

South Africa is one of the countries where IQOS is already launched, and where the company hopes to transition to a different kind of nicotine future, one where you don’t need to inhale any smoke.

“Despite challenging economic conditions, we’re investing to bring better, smoke-free alternatives to South Africa’s 10 million adult smokers. Our total investment from 2017 to 2020 will exceed R650 million and we plan to continue investing in the years to come. This underlines our ongoing commitment to the South African economy,” said Marcelo Nico, PMSA’s managing director.

The company has already opened 26 IQOS retail stores in the country since launching in 2017. 15 of those were added in 2019 alone, and more will be added this year, including some kiosks.

Read: Popular South African Gin Bought by Owners of Absolut, Jameson and Chivas

Unlike other flavoured cigarette alternatives that have been controversial across the world, IQOS is not flavoured and is not targeting children.

“It’s a product for adult smokers who would otherwise continue smoking cigarettes. While not risk-free, our heated tobacco technology emits an aerosol that reduces the level of harmful chemicals by 95% compared to cigarettes,” Nico added.

The IQOS device retails at R850 with the HeatSticks going for R39. 50 per pack of 20.

It remains to be seen whether IQOS will catch on in South Africa and on the continent in general.

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Phumeza and Shota Mark 6 Years of Marriage https://joziwire.co.za/2020/01/phumeza-and-shota-mark-6-years-of-marriage/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:55:28 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=2735 One of Mzansi fav couple, Mnqobi “Shota” Mdabe and his wife Phumeza Mdabe, are setting another marriage milestone. Last week marked their 6th year in holy matrimony, something many couples are unable to achieve these days. The couple has been through worse times, with 2014 being particularly difficult for them. Their last born son was […]

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One of Mzansi fav couple, Mnqobi “Shota” Mdabe and his wife Phumeza Mdabe, are setting another marriage milestone.

Last week marked their 6th year in holy matrimony, something many couples are unable to achieve these days.

The couple has been through worse times, with 2014 being particularly difficult for them. Their last born son was diagnosed with stage 4 eye cancer. In the years that followed, the family racked up huge medical bills and had to cut down on their lavish lifestyle.

They had to spend R50,000 just to buy their son prosthetic eyes after he failed to respond to treatment.

Read:He Would Have Been 31… Akhumzi’s Friends Gather To Celebrate His Life

It was a hard time for them and lots of their friends abandoned them.

“The business calls dry up and you look around and discover you are left with no one but him

“You wake up every day and you don’t know if he is going to lose his life or not.

“We decided to dedicate our time and love to him, but that came with its consequences,” Phumeza told SowetanLive then.

The family held together, with the couple’s bond growing even stronger.

The couple has now learned to live with the new reality, and now appreciate life even more.

On their sixth anniversary, Phumeza wrote on Instagram, ”6 years ago, on this day, we made our union official at home affairs (literally😁) and went home to celebrate with a few friends and family. 6 down, a lifetime to go!Happy Anniversary baba weyingane!”

Read: DJ Tira’s Wife Gugu Khathi Assaults Elderly Neighbour

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PHOTOS of Somizi and Mohale’s Groomsmen Party https://joziwire.co.za/2020/01/photos-of-somizi-and-mohales-groomsmen-party/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 08:44:45 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=2724 After hosting a traditional wedding that was the talk of the country last year, Mzansi power couple Somizi and Mohale are preparing for their white wedding. The Idols SA judge married the love of his life Mohale Motaung in September 2019, in a wedding that was attended by among others: Julius Malema, Caster Semenya, Khanyi […]

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After hosting a traditional wedding that was the talk of the country last year, Mzansi power couple Somizi and Mohale are preparing for their white wedding.

The Idols SA judge married the love of his life Mohale Motaung in September 2019, in a wedding that was attended by among others: Julius Malema, Caster Semenya, Khanyi Mbau, Bonang Matheba and Thando Thabethe.

Somhale, as the couple is affectionately referred to, pulled all strings and that by itself was one of the biggest weddings of 2019 in South Africa.

Now, they are getting ready to host friends and family again for a potentially bigger ceremony.

Read: 100 Roses to Celebrate 100 Hours of Marriage.. Somizi’s Gift to Mohale

As the big day draws near, the couple hosted a groomsmen party this past weekend, that could easily have been mistaken for the actual wedding, due to its lavishness. The event was hosted at Centurion luxurious boutique, River Meadow Manor in Gauteng. Some of Somizi and Mohale’s high profile friends were in attendance, including artist Vusi Nova

The couple also unveiled their groomsmen, with one particular letter where Somizi requests Alan Solomon to wear Christian Louboutin’s red bottom shoes.

Most details about their wedding, including the venue and their honeymoon destination remain under wraps, but we’ll continue to update you as we learn more.

Read: Somizi Reveals White Wedding Date

Here are some more photos from their groomsmen party.

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Thando Thabethe Pays Tribute To Her Mother https://joziwire.co.za/2020/01/thando-thabethe-pays-tribute-to-her-mother/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 08:18:14 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=2718 Actress and media personality Thando ‘Thabooty’ Thabethe has taken to social media to pay tribute to her mother. In a moving Twitter post, the TV presenter recognized her mother as the ‘strongest person she knows’. She recounted how her mom took an early retirement so she could use that money to get her through University […]

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Actress and media personality Thando ‘Thabooty’ Thabethe has taken to social media to pay tribute to her mother.

In a moving Twitter post, the TV presenter recognized her mother as the ‘strongest person she knows’.

She recounted how her mom took an early retirement so she could use that money to get her through University to study accounting. Though she eventually decided not to pursue that career choice, her mother was still supportive of her in her early media days.

”She then would park her busted old Audi, without heater in the coldest of winters and sit in the parking lot while I do grave yard radio show that wasn’t even mine,” Thabethe wrote.

”I have never quite grasped how forward thinking and mentally liberated she must have been to not only be okay with my ‘wild’ dreams but to actually get behind them and be my biggest supporter. I love you mom.”

This is not the first time Thabethe is appreciating her mother. In 2017, she was on everyone’s lips when she presented her mom the gift of a brand new Mercedes Benz. ”Best thing I’ve ever done…love u mom,” she wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of her kissing her mother.

Read: Thando Thabethe Shows off Newly Renovated Bedroom and House

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Zodwa Wabantu Strongly in Love With Boyfriend Vusi https://joziwire.co.za/2020/01/zodwa-wabantu-strongly-in-love-with-boyfriend-vusi/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 08:05:37 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=2714 Dancer, socialite and a regular on these gossip sections, Zodwa Wabantu, is keen to remind her followers that her relationship is working out well. Zodwa, who broke up with her fiancé last year despite already paying lobola, quickly found herself another ‘Ben 10’ by the name Vusi Buthelezi, and their love has never been stronger. […]

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Dancer, socialite and a regular on these gossip sections, Zodwa Wabantu, is keen to remind her followers that her relationship is working out well.

Zodwa, who broke up with her fiancé last year despite already paying lobola, quickly found herself another ‘Ben 10’ by the name Vusi Buthelezi, and their love has never been stronger.

Over the months, she regularly posts pictures and clips of her boyfriend on Instagram, and the latest one portrays a happy couple.

On Saturday, she posted this cute picture of herself and Vusi.

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Watch Bloodshot Trailer: New Vin Diesel Movie Filmed in South Africa https://joziwire.co.za/2020/01/watch-bloodshot-trailer-new-vin-diesel-movie-filmed-in-south-africa/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:28:55 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=2707 One of the most aniticipated movie of 2020, Bloodshot, just got its second trailer released. The movie, based on a comic book and starring Vin Diesel, was partly shot in Cape Town, South Africa. It will test Vin Diesel’s star power outside of the Fast and Furious franchise, with a big budget to support him. […]

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One of the most aniticipated movie of 2020, Bloodshot, just got its second trailer released.

The movie, based on a comic book and starring Vin Diesel, was partly shot in Cape Town, South Africa.

It will test Vin Diesel’s star power outside of the Fast and Furious franchise, with a big budget to support him.

He stars as a soldier killed in action but then brought back to life as an enhanced superhuman designed to be a killing machine.

Bloodshot has a March 2020 international release date.

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Watch the trailer.

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Watch: 2 Metre Long Black Mamba Caught in Durban Chicken Coop https://joziwire.co.za/2020/01/watch-2-metre-long-black-mamba-caught-in-durban-chicken-coop/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:15:17 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=2704 On thursday morning, snake catchers were called to a farm in Canelands, just north of Durban, to deal with a reptile that was terrorising chicken. In a viral video, snake catcher Jason Arnold of Universal Reptiles and Kevin Valoo of security company Reaction Unit South Africa are seen catching a 2-metre long snake black mamba. […]

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On thursday morning, snake catchers were called to a farm in Canelands, just north of Durban, to deal with a reptile that was terrorising chicken.

In a viral video, snake catcher Jason Arnold of Universal Reptiles and Kevin Valoo of security company Reaction Unit South Africa are seen catching a 2-metre long snake black mamba.

Jason bravely finds the snake in its hiding place and grabs it. Kevin meanwhiles provides logistical support.

It is unclear what will happen to the snake, but we assume it will be released back into the wild.

Here’s that video.

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Vegan Lifestyle Grows in South Africa as Retailers Stock More Meat Alternatives https://joziwire.co.za/2020/01/vegan-lifestyle-grows-in-south-africa-as-retailers-stock-more-meat-alternatives/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:46:20 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=2701 JOHANNESBURG – It is a growing trend across the world; Eating less meat or cutting it out completely. This is partly because of health concerns associated with red meat and other animal products, but it can also be attributed to environmental issues. South Africa is leading the way on the continent when it comes to […]

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Vegan Lifestyle South AfricaJOHANNESBURG – It is a growing trend across the world; Eating less meat or cutting it out completely.

This is partly because of health concerns associated with red meat and other animal products, but it can also be attributed to environmental issues.

South Africa is leading the way on the continent when it comes to embracing this new lifestyle. Retailers and restaurants across the country are increasingly catering to the vegan audience, adding more exciting products to their offerings.

Speaking to IOL, Checkers’ general manager of marketing Willie Peters noted that there is a upward trend in the uptake of plant-based meat alternatives.

“Demand for vegan, plant-based, meat-free and dairy-free options continue to grow. Whether a customer is strictly vegan or just cutting down on meat and dairy, we are making sure we meet their needs.”

While many households in South Africa have plant-based diets by virtual of it being more affordable, rising income levels over the years have led to a more Western-like lifestyle of eating more meat.

However, more and more people are becoming self-aware when it comes to their personal health and weight. The result has been an increasing demand for meatless products that taste just as good as the real thing.

Read: Top 20 Hospitals in South Africa

“It is already clear that restaurants and retailers in South Africa are stocking more meat alternatives, vegetarian and vegan products in support of this trend, which suggests that there is more demand for plant-based options from consumers,” Association for Dietetics in South Africa spokesperson Kelly Scholtz is quoted as saying.

She added that environmental concern will take a driver’s seat when people are deciding what to eat in future.

“I think that there will be a combination of active and passive consumer behaviour change.

“Individuals who care about sustainability will make conscious choices, such as more plant-based eating, careful water usage, less plastic packaging and more recycling. These consumer choices prompt businesses to produce foods with sustainability in mind,” she noted.

Apart from large retailers, small restaurants are also adjusting to this new reality. For instance, TV personality Maps Maponyane’s new burger chain of restaurant will reportedly sell the Beyond Burger; a plant-based meat alternative.

Read: Pick n Pay Trials Plastic Free Packaging

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Maps Maponyane Opens Second ‘Buns Out’ Restaurant https://joziwire.co.za/2020/01/maps-maponyane-opens-second-buns-out-restaurant/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:27:53 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=2696 South African model and media personality turned restaurateur, Maps Maponyane, is moving on well with his dream to take over the country’s burger scene. Maps has opened doors to his second ‘Buns Out’ restaurant, this time in Durban. He opened his first outlet in September last year in Johannesburg. Writing on Twitter then, Maps said, […]

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Maps Maponyane Buns Out BurgerSouth African model and media personality turned restaurateur, Maps Maponyane, is moving on well with his dream to take over the country’s burger scene.

Maps has opened doors to his second ‘Buns Out’ restaurant, this time in Durban.

He opened his first outlet in September last year in Johannesburg. Writing on Twitter then, Maps said, ”Couldn’t say anything until I brought my toughest critic along, and now that she’s happy – I’m Excited to share that I’ve just opened my first restaurant. A burger spot in Linden, Johannesburg called ‘Buns Out’
Come through for a great quality burger! We’re open every day.” That was alongside a picture of himself and his mother.

Announcing news of his second outlet, Maps wrote on Instagram,

”Are you going to tell them, or should I?”…
Liam and I have got some good news for you – BUNS OUT 2.0 is here!!!✌🏾
It’s in DURBAN, UMHLANGA at Gateway (Shop 1A Palm Boulevard) and it is officially popping up from tomorrow for a few weeks, before deciding whether or not to call it home.”

Buns Out will have on its menu a range of burgers, including the much hyped Beyond ‘meatless’ Burger.

Now Read: PHOTOS of Maps Maponyane’s Joburg Apartment

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Alistair Mokoena Appointed New Google South Africa Head https://joziwire.co.za/2020/01/alistair-mokoena-appointed-new-google-south-africa-head/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 06:06:08 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=2711 Google has appointed an advertising veteran to lead its operations in South Africa. Alistair Mokoena, the current CEO of Ogilvy South Africa, will leave his position and take on his new role with the search engine giant in April 2020. Speaking on his appoitment, Mokoena said, “The digital economy presents many challenges and opportunities — […]

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Google has appointed an advertising veteran to lead its operations in South Africa.

Alistair Mokoena, the current CEO of Ogilvy South Africa, will leave his position and take on his new role with the search engine giant in April 2020.

Speaking on his appoitment, Mokoena said, “The digital economy presents many challenges and opportunities — particularly in developing markets like South Africa’s.

“Technology is mainstream and the online digital world is no longer a challenger to the offline world. I am looking forward to joining Google South Africa, which is well-positioned to help South African organisations navigate a rapidly changing landscape as the online and offline worlds converge.”

Mokoena holds an LLB from Rhodes University, an MBA from Mancosa and is in the process of getting his PhD.

Prior to Ogilvy, he had worked at Absa, South African Breweries, Tiger Brands, Unilever and Mondelez.

Read: Google To Bring Fast WiFi To South Africa

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