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South Africans React to Caster Semenya's Win in Paris

The indomitable athlete won the 2000m race in Paris yesterday amid her battle with the IAAF.

Yesterday, two-time Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya, took home first prize in the 2000m race in Montreuil, Paris. The race was her first since having appealed the IAAF's decision to bar her from competing without first taking testosterone-reducing medication.


There's simply no stopping Semenya. Just when the IAAF thought their discriminatory action had succeeded in permanently barring the superstar athlete from competing as she is, Semenya has proven them wrong—again.

She finished her race in 5m 38.19 seconds ahead of Ethiopian athletes Hawi Feysa and Adanech Anbesa. Semenya's win comes just after the Swiss Supreme Court suspended the initial ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) that saw her lose her appeal last month against the IAAF's new testosterone regulations for women athletes.

Never one to say too much and at times, anything at all, Semenya simply tweeted, "They keep talking, I keep winning. Isn't that beautiful...?" after her victory.

South Africans have once again taken to social media to congratulate the athlete and naturally, throw some serious (and deserved) shade the IAAF's way.


From the former Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa to a number of celebrities, everyone is joining in on sending good vibes to Semenya. Take a look at some of these reactions and congratulatory messages below:







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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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