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IOL also hosts the digital offerings of some of the country’s most prominent newspapers including The Star and Pretoria News in Gauteng, The Cape Times and Cape Argus in the Western Cape and The Mercury and Daily News in KwaZulu-Natal as well as national business publications Business Report and Personal Finance.

  • Mariechan Luiters is serving flames with her latest single, “Stella”.The former Jamali singer has been on a roll with her solo career since the band split up officially in 2019.Jamali first rocketed to fame in 2003 when they came second to Ghetto Lingo on the reality singing competition “Coca-Cola Popstars”. Since then, the powerhouse singers have gone on to achieve greatness, even outshining the winners.They were also nominated for three SA Music Awards and won in 2009 in the category Best South African Pop Act.Some said that if Jamali were Destiny’s Child, then Mariechan would be the Beyoncé of the […]
  • Harry Styles is in demand for a Las Vegas residency.The “As It Was” hitmaker is being eyed to perform a series of gigs at the new Sin City venue The MSG Sphere for a bumper £40m (R852m) fee.Styles is in the middle of his “Love on Tour” shows that will keep him busy until July but is wanted to perform a series of shows at the £1.6 billion venue in 2024.Watch video:!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),n.id=r,n.defer=!0,n.src="https://playback.oovvuu.media/player/v1.js",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");It has been confirmed that U2 will open the site, which has a capacity of 17 500, this autumn.A source told “The Sun on Sunday newspaper”: “The Sphere […]
  • Annie Wersching has died at the age of 45.The star, who was best known for her role as FBI agent Renee Walker in the TV series “24”, passed away on Sunday morning in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer.Wersching also appeared in the TV shows “Bosch” and “Timeless” and voiced the character of Tess in the popular video game “The Last of Us”.She had been diagnosed with cancer in 2020 but continued to act with prominent roles in both “The Rookie” and “Star Trek: Picard”.Wersching's husband, actor Stephen Full, said in statement: “There is a cavernous hole in the […]
  • After what might feel like forever for hardcore Sjava fans, the award-winning musician has finally released his full-length (18 track) studio album titled “Isibuko” (Translated: A mirror).As the name suggests, the album exposes a deeply introspective side to the artist as he takes the listener on a journey of bare and raw emotions.Sjava last released music in 2020 with the release of his EP “Umsebenzi”, which was highly successful. He released a deluxe version in 2021.The musician shared in a statement that the new album speaks of his experiences and growth as a person.“This album obviously is a reflection of […]
  • The drama inside the “Big Brother Titans” house is hot and viewers are finding themselves having to catch their breaths just to keep up.The housemates are living their best lives getting to know each and forming bonds as they get to know each other. Last week, the housemates had no eviction but were joined by four new housemates: Sandra, Miracle OP, Blue Aiva and Theo Traw.This Sunday marks two weeks of the housemates living together and others have already got very cosy with each other.Khosi and Yemi were among of the first housemates to be introduced at the season launch […]
  • Legendary rock band U2 have announced that they’ll be releasing “Songs Of Surrender” on Friday, March 17. “Songs Of Surrender” is set to be a collection of 40 seminal U2 songs from the band’s vast catalogue that spans nearly 50 years.The twist to this collection is that all the songs were re-recorded and reimagined for 2023 in sessions over the last two years, and is to be released in full on Friday, March 17. The first track made available from this brand new set of recordings is “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”, which was made available on January 11. […]
  • Cape Town will be showing off its beauty as A-listers flock to the Kenilworth Racecourse for the annual World Sports Betting Cape Town Met on Saturday, January 28.As always, fashionistas, party-goers and horse-racing enthusiasts will be gathering and, aside from the annual sporting event, we all know its more about the fashion and getting ahead with the theme. This year’s theme is Mardi Gras so, by now, you already know to expect an array of gold, purple, green, glitter, feathers and an entire day of fashion parades.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),n.id=r,n.defer=!0,n.src="https://playback.oovvuu.media/player/v1.js",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");This means, everyone can expect high fashion and frivolous fun, in addition […]
  • Kanye West has been named as the suspect in a battery investigation.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),n.id=r,n.defer=!0,n.src="https://playback.oovvuu.media/player/v1.js",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");The controversial 45-year-old rapper was involved in a "heated exchange" with a woman who was filming him on her phone in Los Angeles and it escalated to him allegedly grabbing her device and throwing it away.TMZ reports it is unclear if the woman was a photographer or a member of the public who was videoing him.Footage of the incident shows West accusing the woman of following him, while she exclaims: "You’re a celebrity" and continues to record.He then grabs the phone and throws it into the street.A […]
  • Johannesburg – The man who was accused of being the mastermind behind Hillary Gardee’s kidnapping and murder was released on R20 000 bail last week after seven months behind bars.Now he wants the state to withdraw all the charges against him and apologise for their blunder. In an exclusive interview with Sunday Independent on Friday, Philemon Lukhele claims he was tortured and begged by police to implicate EFF deputy president, Floyd Shivambu, whom he hasn’t seen or spoken to for many years, as the one who ordered a hit on Gardee.“I was tortured and asked to admit that I worked […]
  • This year, I’ve made it a mission to explore and find the gems who are on the rise and aiming to break into the cut-throat industry, expanding my playlists beyond the top artists who we have all come to love.These artists may not be newcomers to the industry, but have been working, releasing music and gaining a handful of supporters along the way.Record producer AirDee, aka AirDee Global / AirDee Mosotho (born Mohlomi Edward Ramolula), is steadily making a name for himself.AirDee. Picture: SuppliedHe has worked with a handful of top artists in the country such as DJ Vigilante, Yanga […]
  • By Ann HornadayWhen the nominations for the 95th Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, most of the names called out had been handicapped for months. Few were shocked that such theatrical hits as "Top Gun: Maverick," "Avatar: The Way of Water" and "Elvis" made the cut. Ditto Cate Blanchett's ferocious lead performance in "Tár" or Brendan Fraser's heart-rending comeback turn in "The Whale".Even this year’s little-movie-that-could, the kaleidoscopic martial-arts-meets-existential-dread adventure "Everything Everywhere All at Once", met the expectations of conventional wisdom. Watch video:!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),n.id=r,n.defer=!0,n.src="https://playback.oovvuu.media/player/v1.js",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");With the day’s most nominations (11), the art house sensation continued its stealth campaign of world […]
  • Everything seemed to click into place when Zakes Bantwini and his manager and business partner Sibo Mhlungu joined forces towards the end of 2021. The veteran singer and music producer had just released “Osama” and Mhlungu, a seasoned entrepreneur and talent manager who earned his stripes working with talent from around the world including the internationally acclaimed Lebo M from “The Lion King”, was looking for a new challenge. After a few meetings, the pair decided to join forces and launch a new agency called IMG Africa. Together, they set off to maximise the potential of “Osama” and leverage this […]
  • By Andrew DixNever one to downplay the power of film, Stanley Kubrick once said that “almost every novel could be successfully adapted”. He carried this confidence into his own film-making, working not from original screenplays, but from adaptations of novels as different as William Makepeace Thackeray’s historical romp “Barry Lyndon” (1844) and Vladimir Nabokov’s erotic fantasy “Lolita” (1955).Even Kubrick, however, allowed for the possibility of unfilmable fiction. Any novel can be adapted, he said, “provided it is not one whose artistic integrity is lost along with its length”.The new screen version of American writer Don DeLillo’s 1984 novel “White Noise”, […]
  • I'm not a fan of horror movies or psychological thrillers but I thoroughly enjoyed the first season of “Dam”, Showmax’s original thriller. As such, I’m equally thrilled about the second installment, which is set to make its debut on February 16.It was the unexpected twists and turns, amazing local talent and lots of hair-raising scenes, coupled with skin-crawling moments that pushed me to get through the entire season in less than 48 hours.It was no surprise that “Dam” was the top 10 most-watched streaming show on the platform when it premiered in 2021.Fast forward to 2023, the show is back […]
  • By Thomas Floyd and Travis M. AndrewsProsecutors waited until last week to announce that they will charge Alec Baldwin in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a New Mexico film set, but the 64-year-old actor has pleaded his case in the court of public opinion since the October 2021 incident.The actor has defended himself in several high-profile interviews and social media posts in which he deflected responsibility for the shooting, even filing a lawsuit against the film's armourer and first assistant director, among others, whom he accuses of negligence.Baldwin's public approach to clearing his name is risky, according […]
  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas have matching tattoos.The “Matrix Resurrections” actress has showed off her body art, including one of her late father's handwriting, a map of the world, and three paw prints, and explained the special meaning behind the design behind her ear, which is the same as an inking her husband has elsewhere on his body.Speaking in a video for British Vogue, she said: "I have a check and a box behind my ears.Watch video:!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),n.id=r,n.defer=!0,n.src="https://playback.oovvuu.media/player/v1.js",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");"My husband has them on his arms, because when he proposed, he asked me, that I checked all his boxes, and […]
  • MarketsWindermere Antique Fair: (today) Browse the Windermere Centre from 8.30am to 2pm where about 20 dealers sell a wide selection of antiques, vintage and collectibles including porcelain, glass, crystal, jewellery, silver, records, books, paintings, linen, old toys. Interesting treasures of yesteryear at prices to suit all pockets. Call Helen Clementz on 084 241 0241.Golden Hours Market: (today and tomorrow) The first of a monthly Saturday ‘rustic treasures’ antiques, collectables and car boot market today from 9am to 3pm at Golden Hours School. Tomorrow: family-friendly market from 10am to 2pm. Live music and food stalls on both days. Call Lyn on 076 400 […]
  • Kylie ThomasPhotographer Ernest Cole was born in 1940 in Eersterust, Pretoria, just before apartheid was introduced in South Africa in 1948.He was 20 when thousands of people gathered outside a police station in Sharpeville township to protest against being forced to carry pass books by the white minority government. On that day, at least 69 people were shot dead, hundreds were injured and a state of emergency was declared. The Sharpeville Massacre is regarded as a turning point in the struggle for liberation in South Africa. It marked the beginning of a decades-long period in which images of human rights […]
  • The release of Jimmy Nevis’ latest album, “Things We Don’t Talk About”, is the talk of the entertainment industry, with everyone in awe of his creation.The lyrics tell a story of the last 10 years of his music career and the things many prefer to sweep under the carpet.Nevis felt it’s time to address the elephant in the room for most of us.He posted the album cover on Instagram and wrote: “IT'S HERE!!! My new album #ThingsWeDontTalkAbout is officially out right now!!! I actually can't believe it. I hope you enjoy this body of work.“Thank you for all the love […]
  • Will Dintle Nyathi ever catch a break? This is the burning question on everyone’s lips after Dintle (Mapaseka Koetle-Nyokong) unknowingly married the father she never knew on e.tv’s soapie Scandal!After a series of bad relationships, Dintle finally found her soul mate in good-looking, mature rich guy, Reggie Pheko (Makhaola Ndebele), who happens to be her daughter Khanyi’s art teacher.Dintle has never had it easy. After losing the love of her life, Quinton Nyathi, to a freak accident, Dintle was reunited with her long-lost daughter Motshabi. And when she least expected it, love came her way as well.But Reggie’s son Karabo […]