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A look back at the famous faces we lost in 2021



Much like 2020, 2021 was a 12 months marked by loss – of pals, household and famous faces alike.

This is due, in main half, to Covid-19 but additionally to tragedies like automotive accidents and previous age in some instances.

This unhappy actuality was mirrored in Google’s “Year in Search” information for 2021.

Earlier this week, Google revealed the outcomes of its 2021 Year in Search, exhibiting how individuals search to seek out solutions to their largest questions.

“Google’s 2021 Year in Search compiles the moments, individuals, matters, occasions, and locations that captured the world’s consideration this 12 months,” stated the firm in a press release.

Although the 12 months in search focuses on a variety of matters, right this moment, we take a look at the deaths of famous those that had been high of thoughts for South Africans.

Shona Ferguson’s funeral happening right this moment and particulars of a memorial service can be communicated at a later stage | Picture: Instagram

Perhaps the most stunning loss of life of a famous particular person occurred earlier this 12 months when the loss of life of Shona Ferguson was confirmed simply days after news that he had been taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) after a Covid-19 analysis.

Killer Kau
Late musician Killer Kau. Picture: Instagram

Another loss of life that trended and saddened many South Africans was that of entertainer Killer Kau (Sakhile Hlatshwayo), who died in a automotive accident together with different younger entertainers Mpura (Mongezi Thomas Stuurman), The Voice (Khanya Radebe), Thando Tot (Thando Sibisi) and TD (Thando Khunjwa).

Rapper DMX
The 2021 BET Awards will honour rapper DMX with a particular tribute. Picture: Instagram

Respected US rapper DMX additionally died this 12 months, after he suffered a coronary heart assault and was topic to a loss of life hoax previous to his precise passing.

AFP reviews that the artist born Earl Simmons died after practically every week on life help following a coronary heart assault.

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Following his passing, he was honoured in a sequence of documentaries by music platforms corresponding to BET, who honoured him with tribute performances throughout award reveals.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu at a press briefing, the place he urged all South Africans to unite behind the Springboks for the Rugby World Cup closing towards England on 31 October 2019. Picture: GCIS

The late minister is one other certainly one of the many lives lost to Covid-19 this 12 months and his passing rocked the total South African political neighborhood.

Colleagues and opposition leaders alike had nothing however sort phrases to say about who Mthembu was as an individual and a politician in the days following his loss of life.

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Actor Menzi Ngubane
The late actor Menzi Ngubane. Picture: Twitter

Due to his unwell well being, former Generations and Isibaya star Menzi Ngubane is a famous one that has been the topic of many loss of life hoaxes, which recurrently went viral on social media.

Sadly, earlier this 12 months, truth mimicked fiction when the actor’s loss of life was confirmed by his household.

A few days thereafter, Menzi’s father died and so they had been laid to relaxation on the identical weekend.

TB Joshua. Picture: Facebook
TB Joshua. Picture: Facebook

Self-proclaimed prophet, televangelist and philanthropist TB Joshua died earlier this 12 months at the age of 57.

Joshua grew to become infamous in South African media after certainly one of his church’s buildings collapsed and killed a number of of the devoted, together with South Africans. More than 80 individuals died when a visitor home in Nigeria collapsed.

Prince Philip dies 9 April
(FILES) In this file picture taken on December 25, 2012 Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh waves to well-wishers as he leaves following the Royal household Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. – Queen Elizabeth II’s 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who was just lately hospitalised and underwent a profitable coronary heart process, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace introduced. (Photo by Leon NEAL / AFP)

In April, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip died at the age of 99 after spending greater than a month in hospital following a coronary heart process.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen pronounces the loss of life of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” Buckingham Palace stated in a press release after his loss of life.

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According to the palace, he handed away peacefully at Windsor Castle.

Later former SA president FW de Klerk
Later former SA president FW de Klerk (Photo by Gallo Images / Brenton Geach)

Former president of apartheid South Africa, FW de Klerk, died final month in Cape Town, after a battle towards most cancers. The FW de Klerk Foundation confirmed his loss of life to News24.

There had been questions about whether or not or not he would get an official state funeral, nonetheless, he was laid to relaxation (and cremated) in a personal ceremony attended by household solely.

Late South actress Noxolo Maqashalala memorial service held at Market theatre in Johannesburg, 24 March 2021. She was discovered lifeless at her house in Honeydew, north of Johannesburg. Picture;Nigel Sibanda

Eastern Cape-born actress Noxolo Maqashalala died in March of this 12 months. Maqashalala’s physique was discovered at her Johannesburg house and it’s believed that the 44-year-old actress had been lifeless for about every week earlier than she was discovered. 

Maqashalala was well-known for her function as Viwe in the first three seasons of youth drama sequence Tsha Tsha. She additionally appeared in Generations, Binnelanders, Diamond City and Intersexions.

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The late king Goodwill Zwelithini was the sole trustee of the Ingonyama Trust. Picture: Gallo Images/Jabulani Langa

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu died in March at a Durban hospital attributable to Covid-related problems whereas being handled for diabetes.

President Cyril Ramaphosa accorded him a Special Official Funeral Category 1 that got here with navy honours. In September, his son Prince Butho died after a reported lengthy sickness.

Other famous individuals who died this 12 months embrace Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Real Housewives of Johannesburg star Naledi Willers, Afrikaans musician Theuns Jordaan, vogue designer Virgil Abloh, writer Wilbur Smith and former Johannesburg mayor Jolidee Matongo, to call a number of.

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‘She got that ring with her own money’



Actor turned musician, Naak MusiQ (actual identify Anga Makubalo), has declared news of his engagement to very long time girlfriend Robyn Mentor “pretend news.”

Naak MusiQ tweeted this in response to a “report” by social media blogger Musa Khawula who assumed that they had been engaged primarily based on a current video shared by Robyn.

“I got my ring again” she wrote on a video exhibiting her sporting a halo ring, just like this Micheal Kors design on her left hand.

According to ZAlebs, Naak MusiQ additionally tweeted and deleted a proof that learn as follows:

“Stop this, she didn’t reveal sh*t. Neither did she make any announcement, neither is it any of your business, to be sincere.”

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“She got that ring with her own money. Where she places it’s her alternative. Stay in your lane. WTF!”

He appears to have deleted the tweets after it prompted some confusion amongst Twitter customers who thought that he was denying the existence of their relationship and never simply the misunderstanding that he and Robyn had been engaged.

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Robyn is a vitamin specialist, a well being and sweetness influencer, and a health fanatic like Naak MusiQ.

The first official post publicly documenting their relationship was posted on Robyn’s account in November 2020, though they’re rumoured to have been relationship for for much longer. Naak MusiQ has no photographs of himself and Robyn on his profile.

Even although Naak has not acted shortly, he’s greatest identified for his roles within the fashionable South African TV exhibits like Generations, Z’bondiwe and Isidingo.

Naak MusiQ additionally lately made headlines for agreeing to get into the boxing ring with rapper Cassper Nyovest after the latter’s struggle with vlogger Slik Talk.

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‘Grootman’ Somizi’s first Cape Town holiday with his ‘grandbaby’



Actor, media persona and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo won’t look a day older than 35, however the former Idols Judge not too long ago grew to become a ‘Grootman’ to the cutest little woman.

Somizi’s daughter Bahumi Madisakwane not too long ago took to Instagram to share the sweetest video clip of her father rocking and kissing his new “grandbaby”.

The 4-month-old child woman, Shona Twala is the daughter of household pals of Somizi and Bahumi, who has been the proper doting aunt, even beginning an Instagram account for her cute little ‘niece’.

Somizi, who has been vacationing within the Western Cape with family and friends, has his followers inexperienced with envy each time he shares snaps of his luxurious Cape Town holiday on Instagram.

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While the principle exercise on the 49-year-old’s holiday agenda appears to have been sipping Champagne, lapping up the solar, and serving appears, he additionally had his flip babysitting his new “grandbaby”.

He is unquestionably the best granddad anybody can ask for, judging by the dance movies he has been sharing.

For a ‘Grootman’ Somizi’s hips are very unfastened and his strikes are envied by 18-year-olds all over the place, however as a choreographer we should always know that dancing is a giant a part of his life.

His followers and followers have been additionally actually glad to see him so joyful and having such a good time. 2021 was a troublesome 12 months for the media persona, after he was fired from his job at each Idols and Kaya 959 following abuse allegations in opposition to him by his ex Mohale Motaung.

2022 appears to be a a lot brighter 12 months for him as manufacturing for his actuality present Living the Dream with Somizi might be resuming.

The collection, which kicked off in 2018, has been confirmed for a fourth season.

The actuality present will observe the flamboyant entertainer round as he juggles life, and whereas he has been very quiet about the main points across the filming of this new season, we are able to’t assist however surprise if the video clips of him racing up a Cape Town road in numerous colored Ferrari’s may truly be a sneak preview of what we are able to count on to see on this new actuality present.

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Celebs who went to the Western Cape this festive season — The Citizen



There is a notion that “everybody” flocks to the Western Cape throughout the festive season and December 2021 was no totally different, particularly for our native celebs.

In addition to seeing social media posts from folks you understand personally residing it up the coastal province, your timeline was in all probability stuffed with footage and movies of most of your favorite celebrities having fun with their break day in the Western Cape.

Take a take a look at a few of the well-known faces who had been residing it up in Cape Town and surrounding areas.

Minnie Dlamini

The actress and TV presenter lately returned to the Western Cape, this time for a ladies journey along with her pals Azola Mona, Thandile Mbana and Unathi Nkayi.

She additionally shut down Instagram in some bikini footage displaying off her wonderful physique and trim, toned midsection.

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Minnie Dlamini in Cape Town | Picture: Instagram

One of the many celebs in the province at the identical time was disgraced radio host Unathi Nkayi. She and Minnie even bumped into worldwide celebrity Jidena.


Somizi in the Western Cape on vacation | Picture: Instagram by Bentley Photography

After dropping some jobs in the wake of the public breakdown of his marriage, Somizi appears to have chosen “optimistic vibes solely”.

He has been on what looks as if one lengthy trip which culminated in a visit to Cape Town.

Not solely has he been frolicking poolside however he additionally sparked rumours of a brand new romance.


Another younger girl who shut down the web is influencer Mihlali Ndamase who is in the Western Cape for a lady’s journey along with her bestie Tebby Leburu.

Although she has been posting content material often, it’s her bikini pics that obtained tongues wagging and sparked rumours of their very own when social media customers speculated that she had beauty surgical procedure to look the means she does.

“These folks hit the fitness center for [a] couple of days, make noise about it then go for surgical procedures than come again with new our bodies mxm. There’s no means that Mihlali misplaced weight this quick,” tweeted @CarlosNubian.

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Mihlali wasted no time in clapping again in opposition to the allegations.

“If solely you knew [how] terrified I’m to go beneath the knife, therefore why I opted to eating regimen until I attain my physique targets, however go off mami,” started the influencer.

“Also let’s say I went in for surgical procedure, why’s it your business?” she added.

“I labored very arduous to get this physique, I want y’all wouldn’t be bizarre about that,” concluded Mihlali.

Lerato Kganyago

Metro FM host, membership DJ and entrepreneur Lerato Kganyago additionally made her means to Cape Town after Christmas to ring in the new yr along with her celeb pals.

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Lerato Kganyago in Cape Town | Picture: Instagram

Sarah Langa

Influencer Sarah Langa was additionally in the Western Cape, alongside the likes of Amanda DuPont, Nqobile Khwezi, Faith Nketsi and Londie London to identify a couple of.

In truth, most of the aforementioned celebs had been current for well-liked Soweto hangout spot Konka’s personal journey to Cape Town with its pop-up type venue.

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Amanda Dupont, Sarah Langa, Nqobile Khwezi on a yacht off the coast of the Western Cape | Picture: Instagram

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