Let’s Talk About Fake News!

This is one of the most important and interesting topic I’ve ever spoken about. Yesterday I’ve done my first Live Talk on Facebook with the American Embassy Team that I’m proud of and as much as it was my first, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It is important for people to be aware of fake news and how it affects them.

Having to emerge this topic on Facebook, it wasn’t easy at all I’d say. Most people preferred to watch and learn than to watch and engage. I suppose it wasn’t meant for all viewers.

In general, news does play a crucial role in our lives. Imagine the world without news? Pretty much dead. We can all agree that not everyone is well equipped to differentiate between genuine content and fake.

News is not only to inform about our surroundings but also entertains and educate us.

What is fake news?

Taking a closer look at the picture on the right, this was supposed to be an alleged announcement by Minister of Police Bheki Cele about when people will be allowed to purchase alcohol and times that stores are allowed to sell alcohol.

This image was edited to appeal original to the eyes of the public, the headline was attractive, they used SABC logo and attention grabbing picture to look genuine but this was reported fake.

To prove that, usually the sign language translator is on the bottom right of the screen and not next to the speaker.

Impact of fake news in the society?

People in the society are mislead due to fake news that trends on social media. If you remember the post about blue musks and that they are contaminated instead of minimizing risks of catching the covid 19, it mislead a lot of people especially those who were not aware that it wasn’t true and because they used a picture of an influential person to make it look like he was the one warning the public.

The public’s perception around the blue musk changed because they thought it was contaminated. It didn’t look like it was minimizing the chances at all because of what they thought it was said about the musk.

Which in turn causes a lot of distraction to the public. If you were one of those who owned a pair of blue musk you would panic that you have caught it from the musk which is not true, that will also confuse your emotions leading to depression about your status.

How to spot fake news?

Usually fake news is spread on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp either from Friends or even families. Anyone can share fake news on purpose or without the knowledge. Hence it is important to learn how to spot fake news.

Consequences of spreading fake news

This might look like is not a serious issue but it is a serious conviction according to the law. Most people don’t initiate to check before forwarding or posting on social media or even go extra mile and do research about the content before sharing and some people are sharing fake news on purpose.

The guy on the picture was recently in court due to sharing a video that went viral on social media, saying that the government will start testing people using contaminated tools and even illustrated what they will be using to text for Covid 19.

According to the law of South Africa, when you are caught spreading fake news you will either be in prison for six month or get a fine for it. Think about how you will be seen in the public if you spread fake news, think about your reputation and the public not being able to trust information you share after this happened.

My advice to you

If you receive a suspicious content rather double check for confirmation before sharing. Check with reliable sources, watch the news or listen to the radio to be updated on what’s happening around you to avoiding spreading misinformation. The more you are aware of your surrounding the easier it is to spot fake news or to consider the content suspicious.

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By: Fortunate Machaba

Prank: Department of Health Urge Mamelodi Residents to Stop Drama Over Covid-19

The Ministry Health Republic of South Africa has released a statement urging the residents of Pretoria especially Mamelodi to calm down over the attack of Coronavirus (Covid-19) as the matter is under control.

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This happens after a 27 year-old female tested positive. Apparently the female works for the Department of Defence in the CBD at Poyntons building.

According to the statement the women is curently quarantined at one military hospital in Thaba Tshwane.

It was reported that she’s still in a good condition with no threatening signs.

“We urge the residents of Pretoria not to panic as the situation is under control, more especially the residents of Mamelodi. We all know that they love drama and attention”.

News Updates on COVID-19 (Please note this information is not a trick)

On the other news reports, the Department also announced a newly-launched website detailing all COVID-19 related resources. The website contains important contact details, including the emergency support hotline, and up-to-date news and resources.

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According to source, the Department also has put a WhatsApp support group into place where concerned South Africans can join the conversation and stay informed.

“This means that our numbers have increased by 14 from Friday’s confirmed cases of 24,”said Mkhize. The minister had warned on Friday that there would be more infections as the department along with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases awaited laboratory confirmation. 

By: Fortunate Machaba

“ALKEBULAN”! Look Out For Don Dada’s New Album To Be Released Soon

Speaking of Don Dada a humanitarian, RuFF CuTT Studio owner and recording multi-platinum selling Reggae / Hip-Hop artist.

Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada will be officially releasing his highly anticipated album, ALKEBULAN on January 17.  DON DADA is determined to raise and promote his ALKEBULAN album as an important part of black history that must become known as “OurStory”.  

The album’s release coincides with the African continent leaders’ unity conversations, will be available on all digital services worldwide distributed by Tuff Gong International.

“I AM AN AFRICAN BECAUSE MY SPIRIT CRIES FOR THE SOIL” exalts Don Dada.

Alkebulan is The Original name for Africa: ” The Land Of The Blacks”.

According to Don, Alkebulan is the oldest and the only name of indigenous origin. It was used by the Moors, Nubians, Numidian’s, Khart-Haddans (Carthaginians), and Ethiopians. Africa, the current name adopted by almost everyone today, was given to this continent by a European invader by the name of Louis Africanus. Like all methods of manipulation, the Romans sought to completely disconnect the indigenous Africans from their culture, deities, and knowledge.

“Think about your Alkebu-lan consciousness, your culture, your names, your homeland, your past, your civilizations, your heritage, your ancestors, and your Mind. Today we have a false identity of self, self-hatred, hatred for your brother, and a deep hatred for Alkebu-lan our origin” A quote from Ghana Chief, Nana Nasi.

Don Dada is bringing you a ALKEBULAN as a phenomenal physical interpretation of the power of Afrkans coming together at home and abroad, to deliver a common purpose.

This track is born to transform the narrative of the negative events that affect our beloved Afrika, addressing social issues while bringing messages of self-pride, love, hope, peace, reconciliation and celebration yet still capturing the essence and vibrancy of Africa, the eight track album “ALKEBULAN“ was birthed.

Dada has already won the hearts of many people with his multi-platinum hit “Viva Mandela,” and newer releases “Heal Mama AfriKa” and “WAR” an apocalyptic song showing that not much of the social ethos has changed across the globe.  

ALKEBULAN is expected to show the whole world that peace and love changes everything. There is still more hits to come to keep the sparkle going!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Tips on how to have a happy and healthy relationship

Although a relationship is between two people is it also good to take expert advice to improve the quality of your relationship.

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Relationships require a lot of time, effort and commitment that is if you want them to work.

Read: Here’s What 15 Relationship Experts Can Teach Us About Love

Most women who experience or have experienced an abusive relationship have a negative perspective on a good relationship because of their bad experience.

But in order to have a positive relationship you need:

  • To have a positive and healthy mindset before starting on a new relationship.
  • To have different thoughts about men, not all will be the same.
  • Always communicate things you like and dislike in your relationship with your partner.
  • Always meet your needs as well as your partners, it doesn’t have to be only one-sided or about you and not your partner.
  • Have weekly or monthly dinner set up where you only talk about relationship issues or things you want to achieve together.
  • Be open about your feelings, keeping a secret on how you feel about certain things in your relationship might cause problems.
  • Be responsible for your happiness, sometimes if you rely on your partner to make you happy and they don’t you will never be happy and end up being single.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Hot tips for having a sexy night with your lover

Sometimes when you had a long week and you are tired from work, you need something to cheer you up when you get home to your lover.

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Is it not a great idea to take your stress and worries from work to your bedroom. What you can do is start with a sexy text on your way home to give them an idea on what you are on about.

  • Once you get home run a nice warm bath for you and your partner.
  • Prepare a lovely breathtaking dinner after a good bath.
  • Catch up for a great romantic comedy movie that you both fancy.
  • Pick a hot sex game you can play with your partner, maybe try “x” marks the spot where your partner’s job as explorer is to kiss a different part of your body ‘till he/she guesses which spot you’re thinking about.

Never underestimate little things you do to make your partner happy. It doesn’t only have to be when it’s still new love, even when you are planning a long-term relationship.

This tips will brighten your night with your partner and it will be a long-lasting good memory for that night.

By: Fortunate Machaba

How to supercharge the spark in your relationship

New love doesn’t have to be old and kill all the sparks in your relationship only because you are used to each other or have been in a relationship for over 5 years.

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Read: 8 Ways To Keep The Spark Alive In Your Relationship

When is still new love, you can’t keep your hands off each other, you think about your partner almost every second, often talk to them on phone or text each other. You are more than capable of keeping that spark alive!

Everyone is responsible to keep their relationship going no matter what obstacles you and your partner face, is part of your relationship thriving.

Usually people would say fighting or having a conflict with a partner id not healthy, or perhaps you should but the truth is there’s no a smooth relationship, when conflicts hit your relationship doesn’t mean your relationship also has to end just work on it with your partner and keep that spark alive.

By: Fortunate Machaba

How to keep the spark alive

New love doesn’t have to be old and kill all the sparks in your relationship only because you are used to each other or have been in a relationship for over 5 years.

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Read: 8 Ways To Keep The Spark Alive In Your Relationship

When is still new love, you can’t keep your hands off each other, you think about your partner almost every second, often talk to them on phone or text each other. You are more than capable of keeping that spark alive!

Everyone is responsible to keep their relationship going no matter what obstacles you and your partner face, is part of your relationship thriving.

Usually people would say fighting or having a conflict with a partner id not healthy, or perhaps you should but the truth is there’s no a smooth relationship, when conflicts hit your relationship doesn’t mean your relationship also has to end just work on it with your partner and keep that spark alive.

By: Fortunate Machaba