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While HISTORY’s Pawn Stars SA star Roy Peretz and his team at the Cash Inn can attest to some odd people bringing in even odder objects to pawn, they admit to being unable to compete with their counterparts around the world who lay claim to being on the receiving end of some of the strangest things ever brought into their shops. The top 10 all time weird and wonderful items and experiences include:

The gold fillings of dead relatives
A man who took his glass eye out of his head and put it on the counter and asked how much
One customer tried to pawn a herd of cattle
A guy who tried to sell his toupee.
One lady tried to sell a horse. The selling point of this horse? It had both male and female parts.
This from a pawn shop owner: “I had one lady call me and ask if I wanted her swimming pool… an in-the-ground swimming pool!”
A Noah’s Ark made of lollypop sticks. The guy wanted R7000 for it.
A dolphin themed toilet seat
A vibrator that looked like a bath toy.
A man came in, pawned his wheelchair, and then crawled out to a waiting car Continue reading

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 28:  Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends the BET's "Black Girls Rock!" Red Carpet sponsored by Chevrolet at NJPAC  Prudential Hall on March 28, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)

NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 28: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends the BET’s “Black Girls Rock!” Red Carpet sponsored by Chevrolet at NJPAC Prudential Hall on March 28, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)




Johannesburg, 01 April 2016: BET (DStv channel 129) and Beverley Bond, founder and creator of “Black Girls Rock” revealed that eight-time Grammy® Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist Rihanna will receive the Rock Star Award at this year’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards. The chart topping singer, executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist will help illuminate the triumphs of brilliant Black women in an extraordinary night celebrating “Black Girl Magic”.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! acknowledges the achievements of women of colour who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service. This year’s spectacular, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, will premiere across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on Saturday 9 April on at 20:00 CAT. Continue reading

Preferred candidate as Springbok coach ratified by General Council

Note to editors: Please use this version. It updates with the inclusion of the name of the Junior Springbok team manager

The new Springbok coach will be named officially at a media conference on 12 April, Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby, confirmed on Friday.

He made the announcement following the ratification of the coach’s appointment by rugby’s General Council – made up of the 14 member unions of SA Rugby. Ratification by the Council is the final step in the constitutional process to appoint a Springbok coach.

Mr Hoskins said that now that the final governance hurdle had been cleared the formal completion of the new coach’s contract and of that of his management team could be completed.

“We are happy to have reached this point and are particularly excited with our final choice,” said Mr Hoskins. Continue reading

Senior Anchor Andrew Barnes, who co-hosts Newsday on and eNCA, is to leave the channel at the end of April.

Andrew has resigned to pursue business interests abroad.

He has worked at eNCA for 15 years. “It’s been an incredible journey here at ‘e’,” says Andrew. “ I have been able to realise my childhood dream of anchoring TV news and reporting from places like Washington DC, New York and London. Those opportunities followed several rewarding years in news management.”

Mapi Mhlanga, News Director for eNCA says Andrew will be missed: “I would like to thank him for 15 years of dedication and professionalism. Andrew will be missed and it is difficult to imagine the Cape Town office without him. I have no doubt that his new venture will be successful.” Continue reading

Scandal! weekdays at 7:30PM on and eHD on OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194)

Everyone around Lerumo thinks that he has gone mad, but has he? His extreme paranoia and assault on an innocent man has left him in a compromising position about his own sanity. He believes that his brother, Phehello, who supposedly died in prison is still alive and about to unleash a vicious attack on him and steal his wife, Anzani.

True to Lerumo’s thoughts, Phehello is alive and takes Anzani hostage. Petrified for her life, Anzani is taken home to where Lerumo is by Phehello. Phehello’s dream of killing Lerumo and taking Anzani for himself is one step closer.

Only one man will survive. Who will it be?

Tune into Scandal! every weekday at 7:30PM on and eHD on OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194).

LONDON, March 31, 2016 – World and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has said it would be ‘quite a buzz’ to compete in the 2017 World Championships in London before she retires.

Ennis-Hill, who will find out next month if she has won the 2016 Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award, has not yet announced what her plans are beyond the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

But, in an interview with, she said: “It’s going to be a decision to make, whether I retire after Rio or whether I decide to do one more year and go to the World Championships [in London] and retire after that.  But I definitely won’t be going on any longer than 2017. It would be quite a buzz to compete there.” Continue reading

Nicole Mason, lecturer at The Design School of Southern Africa (DSSA), a division of the Independent Institute Education (The IIE), which is internationally accredited with the BAC, offers insight into what it takes to be a designer, what a career in design entails and how young designers and students can break through mediocrity to become leaders and influencers in this demanding yet rewarding field.

Before embarking on a career in design, Mason states that it is vital for students to consider whether they have what it takes to succeed. “In design, creativity is far more important than artistry. That means that students must be able to find the intersection between what is innovative, beautiful and original and what is functional and practical,” she says. “People who can manage this balancing act are more suited to design than those who can only solve problems in the tried and tested way or those that are too caught up in being so different that they fail to fulfil the requirements of the brief.” Continue reading

Thursdays from May 26

In medicine, they call it the ‘critical hour’, in criminal investigations they call it the first 48 hours. Ask any detective and they will tell you that if they don’t have a lead, a suspect or an arrest within 48 hours, their chances of solving the case are cut in half. In a visual style that feels more like a TV drama than a documentary, The First 48 follows homicide detectives during these initial critical hours as they race against time to solve their cases. Each hour-long programme follows various detectives from a few select homicide teams as they track breaking cases each with a running clock that builds pace as the 48 hours inexorably expires. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town has completed its upgrade of the Langa Station South public open space at a cost of more than R10,5 million. This project forms part of the City’s commitment to investing in historically under-invested areas. Read more below:

The upgrade of the Langa Station South public space has entailed the construction of new sidewalks and the improvement of existing sidewalks for safe pedestrian movement. The project has just been completed.

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe, today visited the upgraded site and participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the project. Continue reading

The 22nd Annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) will take place in June this year in Ethekwini (Durban) in KwaZulu Natal.

Regarded as the country’s premier music awards and run and hosted by the Recording Industry of South Africa, this year’s SAMAs take place on Saturday, 4th June at the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) with the EThekwini Municipality as the hosting partner.

Says Refiloe Ramogase, Chairman of the SAMAs: “We are delighted with our new partnership with the very progressively minded Ethekwini Municipality. This marks a fresh chapter in South Africa’s premier music Music Award show! A chapter in which we shall build on the Annual South African Music Award’s solid, respected heritage and proud legacy with a renewed youthful vibrancy.”

Says CLLR James Nxumalo, Mayor of EThekwini, “Music brings people together, irrespective of race, creed or culture and eThekwini is proud to be hosting the 22nd South African Music Awards (SAMAs). It is fitting that the ceremony will take place at our historic venue, the Durban Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC), which has been transformed into a world class events and conference centre over the years. Our ICC is recognised world-wide and has received numerous accolades over the years. Continue reading

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