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Millions Misspent for Nelson Mandela Funeral

According to the Public Protector's #MadibaFuneral report released on Monday.

South African public protector Busi Mkhwebane has found that close to R300 million ($22 million) was spent negligently for the memorial services of former South African president Nelson Mandela, whose funeral took place in Qunu, Eastern Cape, four years ago.


Mkhwebane released her #MadibaFuneral report on Monday, and it implicates Eastern Cape officials from the provincial government, state entities and local government, in the mismanagement of funds.

The money, according to the report, had been earmarked for services such as "sanitation, the replacement of mud schools and the refurbishment of hospitals."

It was instead used to buy T-shirts, catering and transport mourners to memorial services.

Mkhwebane has recommended that President Jacob Zuma task the special investigations unit (SIU) with probing the matter.

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These Women Are Breaking Boundaries In Nigeria's Creative Spaces

We speak to five women about their work and contributions to Nigerian society & creative spaces, despite their patriarchal nature.

"African women in general need to know that it's ok for them to be the way they are–to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence" —Wangarĩ Muta Maathai

These words prompt one to think about how terrible a job the media does in sharing the stories of African women. As journalists, our work is based on telling African stories, and the gap of female stories is a very apparent one that needs filling. It's important to have an environment that appreciates fearless and unapologetic women chasing their dreams and breaking the boundaries before them.

We caught up with Toketemu Ohwovoriole, a multimedia storyteller & journalist; Solis, a singer, songwriter, poet, & muse; Lauretta Yemoja, a beauty artist and rapper/singer; Tiwa Pearl, a dancer and creative; and Oyinkansola Dada, an art curator and founder of art gallery Polartics, to talk about their careers.

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Interview: Clxrity, The Producer Behind Elaine’s Hit Single ‘You’re The One’, is Only Getting Started

Pretoria-based producer Clxrity did not expect the life-changing opportunities that came from producing Elaine's hit single 'You're The One' and her EP 'Elements'.

Fortune favours the brave, and luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation. Such is the career trajectory of young South African producer extraordinaire, Clxrity. Unbeknownst to him, the amount of time he spent honing his skills in his dorm room would lead to him getting placement on the biggest R&B project to be released in South Africa in recent times .

He is the producerial brains behind Elaine's culture-defining, mammoth single "You're the One", as well as her other enthusiastically received single, "Risky", which are all part of her brilliant EP Elements. Abound with world-wide appeal, the concise R&B EP propelled Elaine to the pantheon of great international artists like Adele, Beyoncé, Chloe & Halle, Bob Dylan and many others, as they all became her label mates through a deal she inked with Columbia Records announced in August.

We caught up with the virtuoso producer whose producer tag "Clxrity, it's clear to see" has inadvertently been turned into a popular Twitter quip among Elaine's ardent fans. Real name Ntateko Shilowa, the 19 year-old producer from Pretoria, is also a music composer, guitarist, songwriter and audio engineer.

Also having already worked with artists like KC The Plug, Denimadic, J Clu, AKA and Gator, in the interview below, we delve into how he started out, the opportunities that have fallen into place for him post-Elements and what's in store for him moving forward.

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Black Activists Attempt to Remove Congolese Statue from Dutch Museum

A group of Black human rights activists, who want to reclaim stolen African artefacts from European museums, have been arrested after reportedly attempting to remove a sacred Congolese funeral statue from a Dutch museum.

A Black activist group, led by Congolese born Mwazulu Diyabanza, has been arrested after they livestreamed the removal of a Congolese funeral statue from Afrika Musuem in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Diyabanza spoke on behalf of the group which is reportedly part of a movement that aims to reclaim artefacts from European museums stolen during colonisation.

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