It was one of the most successful American sitcoms of the late 1970s and 1980s and made Gary Coleman and the often repeated line “What you talkin’ about, Willis?” famous with television viewers around the world.
Diff’rent Strokes’ focused on two black kids from Harlem, Arnold Jackson and older brother Willis, who are welcomed into the family of wealthy New York businessman Philip Drummond and his daughter when their mother, his housekeeper, passes away.
Its three young stars – Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato – soon became wealthy but the real cost of their childhood fame is revealed in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Diff’rent Strokes which airs on True Movies (DStv Channel 138) on Tuesday, March 29, at 20h45.
And it isn’t a cute, pretty or funny story as both Coleman and Bridges reveal in the film, giving their sides of the story. Continue reading
The best women rugby players at Under-18 and Under-16 levels will do battle in Kimberley and Welkom respectively at the annual National Girls Weeks during the mid-year school break, SA Rugby announced on Tuesday.
The National Girls Under-18 Week will be hosted at the Northern Cape High School in Kimberley from4 to 8 July, and the National Girls Under-16 Week at HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom from 27 June to 1 July.
The teams will play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday respectively, while Tuesday and Thursdayhave been classified as rest days. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s Vice Squad and Liquor Enforcement Units had numerous successes in the last week during a series of autonomous and joint operations focusing on prostitution and illegal liquor sales.
On Wednesday 16 March 2016, the Vice Squad conducted a joint operation with the Hawks on a suspected brothel in the Cape Town central business district. They arrested four women for prostitution. While searching the premises, a client who was in one of the rooms on the second floor tried to escape by jumping through the window. The man smashed the window frame and fractured his leg upon landing on the ground. He was transported to Groote Schuur hospital for treatment.
‘Fortunately for this man, pain and embarrassment are the worst of his woes as current legislation doesn’t provide for a client using the services of a prostitute to be charged unless they are caught in the act. Had he known that, I imagine he would not have turned stuntman,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading
On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to extend my wishes to all residents and visitors to have a blessed Easter weekend.
As we observe this holy period for the Christian community, may we be mindful of the true meaning of Easter.
May you enjoy this weekend’s celebrations with your family and friends in a safe and responsible manner.
Many people will also be travelling to and from Cape Town over this time and I appeal to all travellers to please take care on the roads. Continue reading
SA Rugby has for the first time addressed the potential threat of match fixing in the sport by putting in a place a monitoring service for Vodacom Super Rugby and Springbok Test matches in 2106.
SA Rugby has partnered with Sportradar, a Swiss-based global leader in providing data services to media companies, bookmakers, sports federations and state authorities, to operate a match fixing detection service.
SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said: “We have recently seen allegations of match fixing in other South African sports and it is a threat that SA Rugby is not complacent about.
“In the past few years, World Rugby has really stepped up their quest in ensuring the integrity of the game is upheld with their ‘Keep Rugby Onside’ campaign and we fully support that. Continue reading
Sony Pictures Television Networks announced the launch of a free app to help users capture and post images of a better world. The app supports Picture This, the company’s global campaign to preserve and protect the environment.
The Picture This campaign began in September 28th, 2015 in 30 languages as an effort to bring attention to environmental issues in the networks’ footprint of 178 countries around the world including South Africa. Forty-five networks are participating, using their resources – from on-air and social media campaigns to community events – to bring attention to the issues affecting their regions, and together make a global impact. Learn more at www.sptpicturethis.com Continue reading
e.tv viewers can look forward to another brand new cutting-edge rural drama this April. The Kingdom- uKhakhayi, set around the intriguing AmaBhaca tribe who predominantly reside in uMzimkhulu and the surrounding areas, premieres on Tuesday, 5 April at 9:05PM on e.tv.
The Kingdom – uKhakhayi is a rural drama series based on a royal AmaBhaca tribe that was led by Chief Zwelakhe, who is now deceased. The kingdom is currently under the leadership of a paramount chief, Jezebomvu. The drama explores the quest for power by the ruthless and cunning paramount chief. This power struggle leaves the family divided into two camps, one camp is led by the matriarch of the house and the other by Jezembovu. Stories of power struggles, fights for leadership, betrayal, loyalty and backstabbing make for compelling viewing.
Johannesburg, 23 March 2016: This week’s edition of Top Actor Africa (BET, 19:30CAT Tuesday 22 March) saw 23-year old Sabelo Sibeko from Johannesburg and 20-year old Hendrik Lombard from Pretoria in the hot seat.
In tonight’s episode, the contestants were given a memory class by top memory coach, James Jooste, before readying for the main ‘theatre’ challenge. While Alex and Lorraineput on their best performances, Sabelo struggled to impress the judges and Hendrikforgot some of his lines, leaving them in the bottom two. Continue reading
The arrival of the Easter holidays signals a well-earned break for many families as they head off across the country. Make safety your first priority, using these safe driving tips from Midas
Johannesburg, 22 March 2016 – The Easter holidays represent a welcome respite for many families as they take a break from work and school to make the most of South Africa’s great summer weather before autumn arrives. However, it also means a marked increase in traffic volumes, particularly heading out of the major cities towards SA’s popular coastal towns and inland destinations.
Sadly, this also translates into a massive spike in road accidents and fatalities, with over 14 000 people losing their lives on our roads each year – most of which is concentrated around the peak holiday periods during Easter and Christmas. Continue reading
As the topic of race continues to make headlines in South Africa, MTV South Africa got social media buzzing around the globe on Human Right’s Day (21 March) with its #LetsTalkColour campaign.
The TV and social media campaign achieved an estimated 22.7 Million impressions on Twitter as the channel and all its affiliated social media accounts made the symbolic gesture of turning black and white for 24 hours.
Among the high profile figures and organisations who voiced their support to the campaign were Trevor Noah, The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Gareth Cliff, AKA, Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sport and Recreation, Julius Malema, CNN, Unathi Msengana, Poppy Ntshongwana and Khloe Kardashian. Continue reading