JOZI WIRE https://joziwire.co.za South Africa Breaking News, Entertainment, Politics, Business, Sports Fri, 16 Oct 2020 09:48:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 https://joziwire.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/cropped-Jozi-Wire-icon-32x32.png JOZI WIRE https://joziwire.co.za 32 32 10 Things That Make Johannesburg Unique https://joziwire.co.za/2020/10/10-things-that-make-johannesburg-unique/ Fri, 16 Oct 2020 09:48:25 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=3869 Johannesburg is one of South Africa’s ‘big three’ cities, the rest being Cape Town and Durban. It traces its origin to the 1880s gold rush in the Witwatersrand Basin. People converged here from all of South Africa and the rest of the world, in the process creating one of the biggest urban centres in the […]

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Unique Things About JohannesburgJohannesburg is one of South Africa’s ‘big three’ cities, the rest being Cape Town and Durban.

It traces its origin to the 1880s gold rush in the Witwatersrand Basin. People converged here from all of South Africa and the rest of the world, in the process creating one of the biggest urban centres in the country.

Don’t be deceived by its large size, Joburg is one of the newer cities in South Africa, especially when compared to its peers.

Here are some things that make Johannesburg unique.


Unique Things About Johannesburg1. Johannesburg is a young city, having been founded in October 1886. It is one of the youngest major cities in the world, and even in South Africa.

Cape Town for example is well over 400 years, with historical mentions going back 600 years. It has however gone on to overtake all of them becoming South Africa’s biggest city.


2. Not only is Johannesburg one of the biggest cities in Africa, but also one of the most developed. While many African cities have poor infrastructure and non-functional systems, Joburg is to a large part doing well.

The city and the larger Gauteng area is well served by a metro rail system as well as a Bus Rapid Transport system. Many major African cities have neither.
When it comes to air transport, the O.R. Tambo International Airport is ranked as the busiest in Africa.

Joburg’s infrastructure doesn’t stop at transportation. The city has thousands of kilometres of water pipes, sewege pipes, nearly 200,000 streetlights etc.


3. Johannesburg is home to the largest hospital in Africa – The Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital. It is also ranked as a top 5 hospital in the world in terms of bed capacity. With 3400 beds, the hospital is staffed by a workforce of 6,760.

Unique Things About Johannesburg

It serves more than 2000 outpatients every day, and can serve up to 3.5 million inpatients and outpatients per year.


4. Johannesburg is one of the largest cities in the world, not built next to a large water body.

Unlike major cities that grow and develop near coastlines or rivers or lakes, Joburg’s gold rush history didn’t allow it this luxury.


5. Until 2014, the Johannesburg Zoo was home to Africa’s only polar bear – Wang. The bear died just months after his partner of 27 years, GeeBee died too.

The two had been brought to South Africa in 1986 as part of a conservation exchange programme with a zoo in China.


6. The boiling point of water is lower in Johannesburg compared to coastal cities like Cape Town, owing to its high altitude. As a result, foods that require boiling eg. eggs, take longer to cook.


Unique Things About Johannesburg7. Joburg is one of the world’s ‘greenest’ cities, with millions of man-planted trees dotting the landscape.

The city has an estimated 10 million trees according to the City of Johannesburg website. By comparison, New York has 5 million trees.


8. More pre-historic human fossils have been discovered in Johannesburg than anywhere else in the world.

By some estimates, up to 40% of the human fossils have been dug up here.


9. Johannesburg has been transformed 4 times in just over a century.

From empty ground, to tented camp, to tin shanties, then Edwardian brick building to its modern skyscrapers.


10. It is the only African city to have hosted the FIFA World Cup, Cricket World Cup and IRB Rugby World Cup

Bonus: Some of the more common and fondly used names for the city are Joburg and Jozi.

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Where Can You Buy Kombucha in South Africa? https://joziwire.co.za/2020/10/where-can-you-buy-kombucha-in-south-africa/ Fri, 02 Oct 2020 08:45:37 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=3863 One of the peculiar and niche products that have caught on globally thanks to millennials is Kombucha. If you have not heard of Kombucha, you are not alone. It came into the limelight mainly in the 90s, but it is only in the past decade that it has moved from the domain of home brewers […]

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Where can I buy Kombucha in South AfricaOne of the peculiar and niche products that have caught on globally thanks to millennials is Kombucha.

If you have not heard of Kombucha, you are not alone. It came into the limelight mainly in the 90s, but it is only in the past decade that it has moved from the domain of home brewers and niche health food boutiques to your supermarket shelves.

What is Kombucha?

Basically, Kombucha is made by fermenting sweetened tea with a gelatinous pancake-like substance called SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast).

As a result of the yeast eating the sugars in the drink, it picks up a slightly sour but largely non-alcoholic taste. The alcohol content is in the region of 0.5%.

Kombucha is widely belived to have originated in the Manchuria region of China as early as two millennia ago. From there it spread to Russia in the 1900s and later the rest of Europe.

Initially brewed on a small scale by home brewers or artisan cafes, Kombucha’s popularity has grown rapidly, attracting major corporations like PepsiCo and CocaCola.

Where Can I Buy Kombucha in South Africa?

Following the same trajectory as the western world, this beverage is gaining popularity in South Africa.

A Google trends graph for the past 10 years shows a steady increase in search terms for ‘Kombucha’ and Kombucha-related phrases.


Western Cape leads in search volume, perhaps due to the high number of tourists from western countries flocking into Cape Town.

The rising interest shows that this is a growing market and players are probably making a killing. But who are these players anyway?

Where can you buy Kombucha in South Africa?

There are two approaches when it comes to Kombucha. You can either buy the brewed beverage, or you can buy the SCOBY and brew it yourself.

The second approach is for those who want to home brew; mostly seasoned and regular drinkers. It is much more economical because one SCOBY can be reused many times over.

And the fact that it is a living organism means it produces ‘baby SCOBYs’ over time.

There are lots of tutorials on YouTube on how to brew your own Kombucha.

Where to buy Kombucha SCOBY in South Africa

In South Africa, you can buy the SCOBY from online sources like Takealot. Specialty stores like Green Heart Organics go a step further by providing you with a full starter kit that also includes a jar.

CraftyCultures also offers a starter kit.

Overall you should be looking to spend between R 250 and R 350.


If you are just starting and have probably never tried or tasted Kombucha, perhaps your first route should be buying the ready beverage.

Here there are multiple options for you, both online and physical.

Woolworths stock their own private label brand for about R 29.

There is also an increasing number of Kombucha specialty outlets in the country, including: Brew Kombucha, The Tea Merchants, DrTom’s,  Fresh Earth Food Store, Crafty Cultures etc.

Many of them also have online shops where the beverage can be shipped to you after your purchase. A small bottle of about 350ml should set you back between R 20 – R30.

The Kombucha craze is not going anywhere, and perhaps there will never be a better time for a businessman to get in.

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When Are South African Schools Re-opening? https://joziwire.co.za/2020/10/when-are-south-african-schools-re-opening/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:26:12 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=3860 South Africa being the most affected country in Africa by the Covid-19 pandemic, has seen widespread disruption of learning. After a brief re-opening in June and July, the government was forced to close them down again when infections surged. The country had initially closed them in March alongside most of the world. Basic education minister […]

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When are South Africa Schools ReopeningSouth Africa being the most affected country in Africa by the Covid-19 pandemic, has seen widespread disruption of learning.

After a brief re-opening in June and July, the government was forced to close them down again when infections surged. The country had initially closed them in March alongside most of the world.

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday revealed that schools are still set to sit their matric exams before the end of the year.

National Senior Certificate exams will start on 5 November and will conclude on 15 December 2020. The results are then expected on 23 February 2021 following the conclusion of marking a month prior.

According to Motshekga, this will be the largest public examination conducted in South Africa’s history, with over 1 million learners involved.

For the 2021 calendar year, reopening is expected later than usual, with the date scheduled for 25 January 2021.

“We are fully aware that the country needs the school calendar for effective planning purposes and we have worked hard to ensure that it is done properly, taking into account the disruptions that took place in 2020.

“We will need to carry over some of the curriculum work into 2021. We have done our best to accommodate the interests of everybody but the priority will be our learners” the minister said.


When are South African Universities Re-opening?

Meanwhile for universities, Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande revealed that each institution will take its own approach depending on its needs and readiness.

Nzimande revealed that the ministry had colour-coded the insitutions as ‘Red’ for those that are at a high-risk of not completing the academic year effectively; ‘Orange’ for those who are at a medium-risk and ‘Green’ for those that are on track to complete.

“As at the 17 September, the picture had moved somewhat, with seven institutions in the medium-risk category and 19 that are at low-risk. Currently, no institutions remain at high risk,” he said.

“For the universities at medium-risk, general observations are that they still have some way to go to complete their first semester programme. Summative assessments, where these are required, have yet to begin.”

When it comes to completion of the 2020 academic year, all universities aim to be done by March 2021, with at least 10 on track to complete by December this year.

The rest have given timetables of January, February and March 2021.

As for first year students affected by the late release of Matric results, the start of the new academic year will be staggered between 8 March 2021 and the 12 April 2021.

Read: Top 5 Best Universities In South Africa

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Cassper Nyovest Raises Alarm Over Human Trafficking in South Africa https://joziwire.co.za/2020/10/cassper-nyovest-raises-alarm-over-human-trafficking-in-south-africa/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 09:50:27 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=3856 Rapper Cassper Nyovest has raised the alarm on human trafficking in South Africa. The award winning artist took to Twitter to speak up on the increasing cases of missing persons in the country. “Guys no ways. So many people going missing and our President still hasn’t said anything? Like nothing? Fokol? Kana everyday it’s a […]

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Rapper Cassper Nyovest has raised the alarm on human trafficking in South Africa.

The award winning artist took to Twitter to speak up on the increasing cases of missing persons in the country.

“Guys no ways. So many people going missing and our President still hasn’t said anything? Like nothing? Fokol? Kana everyday it’s a new person I see on the timeline who went missing. I can only imagine what women feel like having to walk in these streets. YOH! #HumanTrafficking,” he wrote in a tweet that was liked and retweeted nearly fifteen thousand times.

It is unclear whether Cassper was triggered by a particular incident, or it was just a pattern he has observed.

In South Africa, most human trafficking occurs as a practise of sexual exploitation, sometimes commercially. Forced/underpaid labour is also a big driving force for the vice.

Victims can either be South Africans within the country or exported to other countries; or other nationalities brought into South Africa for sexual purporses or underpaid labour.

However, it is worth noting that not all missing person cases are as a result of human trafficking. In fact, very few turn out to be the case.

Here is all you need to know about human trafficking in South Africa.

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Government Updates List of Covid-19 High Risk Countries https://joziwire.co.za/2020/10/government-updates-list-of-covid-19-high-risk-countries/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 09:13:53 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=3850 On Wednesday night, the South African government updated its list of red-list countries from which tourists are deemed ‘high risk’. This is in relation to the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic. The relevant ministries are categorizing countries as high, medium, or low risk. The updated list was announced at a press conference on Wednesday night by […]

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On Wednesday night, the South African government updated its list of red-list countries from which tourists are deemed ‘high risk’.

This is in relation to the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic.

The relevant ministries are categorizing countries as high, medium, or low risk.

The updated list was announced at a press conference on Wednesday night by international relations minister Naledi Pandor.

Leisure travellers from countries listed as ‘high risk’ will not be allowed into South Africa. These are mainly countries with infection rates higher than South Africa’s.

Among them are the United States, United Kingdom and France. Brazil had earlier been ommitted from the list but was later also rated ‘high risk’.

The only exceptions from these countries will be diplomats, sports people on sports business, investors and those with high-skill visas.

Here is the full list of the high risk countries. The list will be reviewed and updated every fortnight.

Albania Albania Armenia Austria Bahrain Belgium
Bolivia Bosnia and H Brazil Chile Columbia Costa Rica
Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Equador France Georgia
Greece Guatemala Guyana Honduras Hungary Iceland
India Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Jamaica
Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Luxemburg Maldives Malta
Mexico Moldova Montenegro Nepal Netherlands North Macedonia
Oman Palestine Panama Paraguay Peru Portugal
Puerto Rico Qatar Romania Russia Slovakia Suriname
Switzerland Ukraine United Emirates United Kingdom USA Venezuela

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Master KG: How I Lost 2 Phones on the Same Day https://joziwire.co.za/2020/10/master-kg-how-i-lost-2-phones-on-the-same-day/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 08:38:20 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=3845 Mzansi star Master KG may be riding high on his international success, but he still faces everyday problems like the rest of us. The Jerusalema chart-topper this week revealed that he had lost two of his phones on the same day, after forgetting them inside a taxi hailing app. Writing on Twitter, Master KG said […]

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Mzansi star Master KG may be riding high on his international success, but he still faces everyday problems like the rest of us.

The Jerusalema chart-topper this week revealed that he had lost two of his phones on the same day, after forgetting them inside a taxi hailing app.

Writing on Twitter, Master KG said that he left the two phones inside a Bolt cab, but upon calling the driver to ensure they were secure, his (the driver) phone was off.

It was not until 5 hours later that the Bolt driver became reachable, but by then it was too late. He denied any knowledge of finding the phones, claiming that he had done private trips and the passengers likely took off with them.

“I forgot my two phones inside @Boltapp_za and the guy dropped me off And immediately when I realized my phones are not wit me..I tried calling they guy phone.and it was off..5hours later it was on he says he did private trips they might have taken my phones.mxm eish phone tsaka..”

Most of us have experience losing or misplacing phones, and the feeling never gets better. In Master KG’s case, it must have really stung because of the phones in question.

As he would later reveal, the two phones were an iPhone and a Samsung S20 Ultra.

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Mzansi RnB Star Elaine Signs To Columbia Records https://joziwire.co.za/2020/08/mzansi-rnb-star-elaine-signs-to-columbia-records/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:27:06 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=3839 Fast rising South African star Elaine has signed to Columbia Records. Columbia is one of oldest music record companies in the world, having been founded in 1889. Today, it is owned by Sony Music Entertainment. The signing of the Pretoria born RnB singer was announced on Columbia’s Twitter page. Welcome to the Columbia family @elaineofficial_! […]

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Fast rising South African star Elaine has signed to Columbia Records.

Columbia is one of oldest music record companies in the world, having been founded in 1889. Today, it is owned by Sony Music Entertainment.

The signing of the Pretoria born RnB singer was announced on Columbia’s Twitter page.

Elaine joins international superstars like Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and others in the Columbia family.

The news of her signing was received well by fans, among them Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa who tweeted, We’re proud to hear the news that South African R&B sensation Elaine

@elaineofficial_has signed with @ColumbiaRecords, joining global icons such as Beyoncé & Adele. Her hit song “You’re the one” has over 2,7 million views on YouTube. We’re incredibly proud of your achievements.”

Elaine is currently the most streamed female South African artist on Spotify.

Congratulations indeed.

Watch her new single ‘Risky’ below.

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VIDEO: Lasizwe Elated After Finding Out That Alexa Recognizes Him https://joziwire.co.za/2020/08/video-lasizwe-elated-after-finding-out-that-alexa-recognizes-him/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:01:48 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=3835 TV personality and social media influencer Lasizwe Dambuza has achieved a lot since the days of his early vlogs. He has gone on to become an actor, radio host, comedian and all-round internet celebrity. In the process, Lasizwe, who is the younger brother to Khanyi Mbau, has become a household name. The 22 year old […]

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TV personality and social media influencer Lasizwe Dambuza has achieved a lot since the days of his early vlogs.

He has gone on to become an actor, radio host, comedian and all-round internet celebrity. In the process, Lasizwe, who is the younger brother to Khanyi Mbau, has become a household name.

The 22 year old still posts cheeky videos for the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of his social media followers.

The latest one was some kind of flex, where the comedian voice-searches his name on Alexa. “Alexa, who is Lasizwe?”

The Amazon-owned voice assistant then goes on to give a detailed description of who he is, using data scraped from Wikipedia.

He could not hide his excitement.

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Alexa, Who is Laysizwe? 👀

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While hearing your name and information being read out by a voice assistant is awesome, it is not that complicated. Alexa and other AIs simply pull the data from Wikipedia and it is reasonable to assume that anyone or entity with a Wikipedia page will be recognized.

Read: The Good Life: Lasizwe Goes on Luxury Shopping Spree

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Bonang Reveals She’s Not a Fan of Nathi Mthethwa https://joziwire.co.za/2020/08/bonang-reveals-shes-not-a-fan-of-nathi-mthethwa/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 08:39:30 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=3830 One of South Africa’s most popular celebrities, Bonang Matheba has revealed that she is not a huge fan of cabinet minister Nathi Mthethwa. It’s not much of a story, until you realize this is the man in charge of the arts and culture docket, which should be looking out for the welfare of people like […]

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Bonang MathebaOne of South Africa’s most popular celebrities, Bonang Matheba has revealed that she is not a huge fan of cabinet minister Nathi Mthethwa.

It’s not much of a story, until you realize this is the man in charge of the arts and culture docket, which should be looking out for the welfare of people like her.

Replying to a tweet from a user who said that the minister ‘annoys him’, Bonang agreed, tweeting, “Me too. Very much.

It’s unclear why the minister irks Bonang ‘very much’, but she is definitely not alone. The arts department has come under attack from many artists and creatives in the past, but more so during this Covid lockdown period.

Artists have been some of the most affected people with many unable to make a living owing to the cancellation of many events.

Read: Jack Dorsey Ignores Bonang’s Request, Explains Why Twitter Will NEVER Get Edit Button

Anyway, the minister extended an ear to Bonang, inviting her to share her concerns with him.

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5 Things You Should Know About Tino Chinyani – Simz Ngema’s New Boyfriend https://joziwire.co.za/2020/08/5-things-you-should-know-about-tino-chinyani-simz-ngemas-new-boyfriend/ Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:32:47 +0000 https://joziwire.co.za/?p=3825 Earlier this week, Simz Ngema broke news of her pregnancy. The actress and media personality posted stunning photos on Instagram, receiving close to 150,000 likes. In the post, she also revealed who the father of her child is. “Indeed there is a God in heaven. He wiped away my tears and gave me joy in […]

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Tino ChinyaniEarlier this week, Simz Ngema broke news of her pregnancy.

The actress and media personality posted stunning photos on Instagram, receiving close to 150,000 likes. In the post, she also revealed who the father of her child is.

“Indeed there is a God in heaven. He wiped away my tears and gave me joy in abundance. You’ve brought hope and purpose to my life. @tino_chinyani I will forever be grateful to you for this beautiful gift and for teaching me how to love again. I love you both with all my heart.”

As expected, there was a frenzy by her fans trying to find out everything they could about Tino Chinyani.

Read: Simz Ngema Flaunts Brand New BMW

On his own Instagram, Tino also reposted photos from the same pregnancy shoot.

Lord knows how long I prayed on this moment & to be answered in the most beautiful way possible. I thank the Lord up above that you blessed me with your presence & showed me who I could truly be & for that I’ll forever be grateful. For this gift you have given me, I promise I will always love, care & be there for you & our seed. May our seed grow to be a leader of change, a leader of hope & serve the Lord in all their ways. My legacy continued, my mini me.
Ladies & gentleman say hello to Dzaddy.
A FATHER OF NATIONS. “

The two received lots of congratulation and goodwill messages.

But who exactly is Tino Chinyani. Here are some things you may not know about him.

1. Tino Chinyani is 25 years old, turning 26 in a matter of weeks. He was born on September 9.

2. Just like his girl, Tino is an actor, model and media personality.

3. He was born in Harare but relocated to South Africa upon completion of his high school studies.

4. He is a director at GVO productions – a media production company.

5. He considers himself an athlete and has the body to prove it.

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