First Impressions: ‘Real Housewives of Johannesburg’

Real Housewives of Johannesburg

The first episode of the Real Housewives of Johannesburg aired on the 3rd of August 2018 on 1Magic and it’s shocking.

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At first, I wasn’t much hyped up about the show. I thought it would be just another franchised American TV show or another version of Diski Divas and I was wrong!

If you’re not familiar with the ‘Real Housewives’ show, it’s about a group of rich women, (contrary, not necessarily married). They come together to try and form friendships or sisterhood but then egos, drama, and fights come into the process.

Real Housewives of Johannesburg is produced by RHOSA Productions led by a black phenomenal woman, Pepples Gqunta.

My first impression of Real Housewives of Johannesburg; the show is a world-class production. It is invigorating to watch a beautiful side of South Africa, especially in an era where the imagery of Africa is told from perspectives of colonizers who focus on the bad side of Africa and intentionally exclude the fact that Africa is beautiful, and Africans are making the most.

Mercy really wants her vegan menu at Brinnette’s traditional wedding! Should traditional ceremonies cater for vegans and vegetarians too? #RHOJ

The most important thing I took out from the first episode is the fact that most of the women grew up in Soweto. They have their own successful businesses. As much as they are rich, they still uphold their ‘Africaness’ in their culturally diversified personalities.

Though Twitter thought it was a cringe-fest, I agree to some extent. That’s what Reality TV is, a cringe-fest. The first episode was already filled with drama. Being familiar with what unfolds in the Real Housewives of Atlanta, I can tell that punches, slaps, and Moet spills are on the cards soon.

There is already a noticeable clash of personalities. About 3 of the 5 women think they are queens. We know how that attitude ended up with Nene Leaks and Kenya Moore.


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Twitter Rules Simplified-Why Your Account Might Also Get Suspended

Twitter Rules

Twitter has suspended over 70 Million Accounts ever since the beginning of the #TwitterPurge. Even the most prestigious Twitter accounts lost more than 500 000 followers. A definite tragedy especially when you have worked hard, spent money and years to gain followers.

You are presumably here because you fear that you might get a Twitter suspension. Worse, you have been suspended already.

Let me help you understand the complex and long Twitter rules so that you can toe the safe Twitter line and avoid getting in trouble with the Twitter Rules.

Copyrights Infringement

What Twitter is trying to do is to encourage organic, original content creation.

If you steal tweets, post music videos, or any content created by someone else, without crediting them or their permission, you might find yourself without a twitter account.

Stealing a Tweet means that you are publishing someone else’s original content as your own without any acknowledgment.

If the owner of the original tweet can prove the originality of that stolen tweet, they can report you to Twitter Support and as a result, you can get suspended.

Graphic Content

Posting explicit content like death and/or dead animals, an accident or injury, violence, porn or surgical procedures can get you suspended BUT there is an exception. You HAVE to mark that content as Sensitive Material so that you allow the viewer to make a choice to view or not.

And more importantly, you cannot use that material as your Display Picture or your Header.

Unauthorized usage of Twitter badges.

I have seen a lot of videos on Youtube where they teach people how to fake/hack the Twitter Verification badge.

You can get suspended for unlawfully using Twitter badges, Twitter logos or any material that might give the impression that you work for and/or you are endorsed by Twitter.

Selling Twitter Accounts 

Twitter prohibits the creation of multiple similar accounts and the selling of Twitter accounts.

This is familiar to those running Twitter Followers Gain Trains. You find that the owner has more than 3 accounts identical to his/her name. This is specifically for those who sell accounts with a large following. Well, if Twitter catches you, you will lose all if not most of your accounts.

Inactive for 6 months

If you are like most of us who created accounts out of curiosity and went back to Facebook for years because Twitter seemed complicated, you can no longer be away for more than 6 months now.

Stolen identity, impersonation

If you want or have a parody account, indicate that it a Parody, Fan Page and NOT Affiliated with the person you’re impersonating. It must not be confusing with the original person’s account, or else the blade will be upon you.


You cannot make threats of violence that aim to cause serious physical harm, death or disease to an individual or a group of people.

This includes promoting terrorism. Also, you might get suspended for affiliating yourself with organizations that promote violence against civilians.

Suicide or self-harm

Whilst depression is a serious problem, however, if you are promoting suicide and/or self-harm on Twitter, you might be suspended. But, you will be referred to a relevant organization that deals with mental health problems.

Child Sexual Exploitation

This includes but not limited to; child porn, sexual videos of a child. Twitter has a Zero-Tolerance against sexual exploitation of children.

Abuse and Hateful Conduct

Those who think Twitter is a platform to bully, harass people, they are in trouble. Twitter even considers “an attempt to harass, intimidate or silence someone else’s voice” as abusive behavior.

You cannot promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.

If you’re a troll and you make fun of people, your suspension will come.

Also, those who love sending pictures of their genital area in the DMs, are not safe either.

Sharing Private Information

Sharing private information of someone else can get you in trouble.

This depends on what your country’s Constitution defines as ‘private information’.

For example, someone’s HIV Status. No matter how angered you might be with your ex, just don’t hurt yourself by sharing their private information.

This includes threats to expose or hack into someone’s private information, accounts etc.

Spam and Security

Linking your account to malicious content or 3rd party applications/websites that aim to hack, disrupt twitter security in attempting to access someone else’s private information, in simples, hacking into someone’s account can get you suspended. Or even using apps that send automated DMs to your followers.

Twitter defines SPAM as “bulk or aggressive activity that attempts to manipulate or disrupt Twitter or the experience of users on Twitter to drive traffic or attention to unrelated accounts, products, services, or initiatives.”

This includes:

  • Mass following, or mass unfollowing accounts.
  • Sending automated links on the DM
  • If you have a large number of people who have blocked you for various reasons.
  • There is a large number of spam reports against you
  • If you purchase/sell followers
  • If you run follow trains or sharing 3rd party APPs that aims to gain people followers.

The best way to stay safe on Twitter is to stick to your own original content. Do not do follow trains. Credit the writer of the original tweet. Do not send automated links on the DMs. Keep your genitals to yourself. Lastly, stay true to who you are.

Source: Twitter Support

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Global Citizen, Global Citizen Festival

Source: Global Citizen APP.

Here are important things you need to know about getting the Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival Free tickets.

  1. There are only 70 000 Free Tickets to be given.

  2. Actions are not hard at all, even if you don’t have a smartphone, you can participate using Facebook Messenger Lite.

  3. Download the Global Citizen APP here.

  4. Gather as many points as you can in the APP whilst waiting for the 21st of August 2018. (my advice).

  5. There will be days of actions in Johannesburg where you’ll participate in person, physically.

  6. Once you’ve earned your points, you will enter a draw.

  7. Winners of the draw will be let known the following day.

  8. If you didn’t win, you can still enter the draw again, using your points.

  9. Non-SA citizens CAN participate however they’ll have to be able to travel to FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 2nd of December 2018.

  10. If you haven’t signed up online, do it quickly here.

Wishing you all the best.


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CONFIRMED: Beyoncé is Coming To RSA-Here’s How You Can Get FREE Ticket

Beyonce on the run opening night

Beyoncé is coming to a FREE Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival, in South Africa 2nd of December 2018, at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.

The Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival is under a campaign called ‘Be The Generation’ that will end extreme poverty by 2030. Global Citizen has partnered with the Motsepe Foundation which recently had local soccer fans stunned as the Patrice Mostepe-led foundation brought FC Barcelona to play with South African Soccer Team, Mamelodi Sundowns FC, and bringing Beyonce has been a dream for South African Beyonce fans.

The ‘Be The Generation’ campaign and Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival comes to Africa at the time when Nigeria has just been announced as the country that is most battling and affected by extreme poverty overtaking India. It is reported that 82 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty. That is a staggering 42.4 percent of Nigeria’s population, according to the World Poverty Clock.

These Global goals are part of what is called the ’17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations. 190 World Leaders committed to helping end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change. Learn more.

By participating in Global Citizen Campaigns, you will learn about the causes of extreme poverty amongst other big challenges humanity is facing also advocating a fight against these challenges.

The most important thing is for you to take action against those global challenges and that is how you will earn rewards such as a Free Ticket to get to see Beyoncé live for FREE.

And of course, amongst other international artists such as Usher, Tiwa Savage, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, and Wizkid perform live on the 2nd of December 2018 at FNB Stadium. As 2018 is Nelson Mandela’s centenary year, this event will also be honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

What Do You Have To Do?

“All you need to do is, starting 21 August, take action on the Global Citizen platforms —, in the Global Citizen app, or with our Facebook Messenger bot — search “Global Citizen” in Facebook Messenger to learn more.” The Global Citizen.

You have to sign up HERE, all will be further communicated via email on where and how you can take action against the world’s biggest challenges listed below such as:

  • POVERTY (SDG 1): End all forms of poverty everywhere
  • ZERO HUNGER (SDG 2): End all forms of hunger and malnutrition
  • HEALTH (SDG 3): Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • EDUCATION (SDG 4): Ensure every child has access to a quality education
  • GIRLS & WOMEN (SDG 5): End all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere to ensure that #SheIsEqual
  • WATER & SANITATION (SDG 6): Ensure everyone has access to clean water and sanitation
  • LIFE BELOW WATER (SDG 14): addressing the threat plastic pollution poses to the oceans


This action is very simple yet will make a global impact in fighting these big global challenges. It can be in a form of tweeting, sending emails, signing petitions and calling.

Participate in this campaign as an opportunity to learn about sustainability, become a global citizen because all of us are directly and indirectly affected by gender inequality, poverty, water scarcity, poor education and the rest of the major 17 global challenges.

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